Van Dijk to sign for Liverpool after signing for Saints, Man United ‘Muller deal’ and 10 things that will happen by deadline day

first_img 2. Paul Pogba will sign a pre-contract agreement to join Barcelona next summer, despite the Catalans’ transfer ban – The Juventus and France maestro is being coveted by a number of European heavyweights but, like Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal already this summer, is tipped to join Barcelona despite the La Liga champions’ transfer embargo existent until January. 10 10 10 8. Newcastle enquire about signing the entire Marseille team – Alan Pardew may have left the club, but Newcastle’s affiliation with Ligue 1 players still runs deep after several seasons of raiding the French top flight. This summer, comparatively, has seen a lack of French recruits (only Florian Thauvin, above, of real note has arrived) so expect a late window splurge to maintain the equilibrium. 10 3. Manchester City weren’t able to find £5 for a birthday cake for Yaya Toure, but they will cough up £50m-plus for Kevin De Bruyne – Sold by Jose Mourinho from Chelsea, could the Belgian cost his old club the title? Or will he be City’s Frank Lampard Mk II? By which we mean he won’t cost Chelsea the title, not that he’ll sign for New York City! 10. Ruben Loftus-Cheek will sign a new deal at Chelsea…before joining Vitesse Arnhem on loan for the season – Chelsea have 26 players out on loan currently, with five of those at Dutch side Vitesse. Loftus-Cheek has been earmarked for a more regular role this season, but it only seems a matter of time before he joins the likes of Izzy Brown and Nathan in the Eredivisie. 10 10 1. Ed Woodward flies to Munich to ‘wrap up the Thomas Muller’ deal, only to come back with a ‘bigger target.’ Schalke’s Klaas Jan Huntelaar? To find out nine other things we predict will happen before the window closes, click the arrow above! – He flew to Spain to supposedly secure the Pedro deal before the Barcelona forward opted for Chelsea instead. Of course, Woodward insisted the snub wouldn’t affect them as they were ‘eyeing bigger targets.’ 9. Charlie Austin will pull a Peter Odemwingie and drive to the nearest Premier League club showing an interest… just to secure a route out of QPR – 18 league goals in a side so underwhelming last season would surely justify a move for Austin? Apparently not, with clubs so far disinclined to meet QPR’s £15m asking price. He unequivocally should be playing Premier League football. 5. Liverpool will agree to sell Fabio Borini only for the Italian to reject the move as he wants to prove himself at Anfield… for the second summer in succession – Believe it or not, Fabio Borini has been at Liverpool nearly as long as Brendan Rodgers after becoming one of the Ulsterman’s first signings. Despite a loan spell away at the Black Cats where he impressed Borini rejected the chance to move permanently to Wearside, duly disappearing into obscurity amongst the Reds’ ranks instead. Expect a repeat saga this summer. 6. Saido Berahino will vehemently deny he is a ‘money grabbing 22-year-old’, despite Tottenham offering to triple his wages and no guarantee of starting – See the Raheem Sterling saga for context, but Berahino’s previous affiliation with the now Manchester City winger’s agent Aidy Ward means another infamous publicity stunt is just around the corner. Spurs will get their man, but don’t expect things to run smoothly. 10 There’s just under a week until the end of the summer transfer window and clubs are still busy strengthening their squads.The 6pm cut off on September 1 means we wont be graced with the late night deals so accustomed with transfer deadline day, but we could still be set for a series of engrossing sagas.Premier League clubs are nearing an accumulative spend of £700m in the window so far and, with history in mind, we fully expect that total to be surpassed with ease.Raheem Sterling’s move form Liverpool to City currently represents the biggest summer deal within the Premier League’s borders, while Angel di Maria’s acrimonious £45m Manchester United departure is the largest sum across Europe.But will any deals trump Benteke and Di Maria? Will we see a deal of the magnitude of Mesut Ozil circa 2013?Here are talkSPORT’s ten predictions for the last week of the window… 10 10 7. Southampton will sign Virgil van Dijk from Celtic for £10m… ahead of his £30m move to Liverpool next year – Celtic missed out on the Champions League group stages after a dismal aggregate defeat to Malmo, meaning Van Dijk may well seek more glorified destinations. Why not warm himself up for an inevitable transfer to Liverpool with a brief spell at St Marys? 4. Arsene Wenger will toy with the idea of buying a striker… but will soon realise Danny Welbeck is back from injury – effectively a new signing, right Gunners fans? – Karim Benzema? Edinson Cavani? Don’t you mean Danny Welbeck! The England forward has been sidelined since April with a niggling knee injury. Arsenal supporters have been crying out for their manager to sign a world-class striker, but do Benzema and Cavani have the Premier League experience Welbeck boasts? Fat chance. 10last_img read more

Hawksbee and Jacobs daily – Tuesday, September 8

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Jurgen Klopp can help Brazilian star flourish at Liverpool – but what now for James Milner?

first_img Roberto Firmino 3 3 3center_img Milner’s reputation as a reliable utility man at Manchester City has been the hallmark of his domestic and international career, and Klopp may wish to utilise him in a similar manner once he gets a full look at his squad after the international break.At Dortmund, Klopp had a very Milner-esque player in Kevin Grosskreutz who was a typical 7/10 performer every week, and there is a feeling Milner’s versatility could see him mimic that role as a workhorse on the right side of midfield.Time will tell how Klopp plans to amalgamate his array of attacking talent, particularly with Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Danny Ings all vying for what is likely to be one forward’s position, but his appreciation for youth may also see the introduction of a few new faces.One thing is for sure – no one is safe. Every Liverpool player now has a mercurial and ruthless new manager to impress. Klopp will not be reticent to cast established first-team players into the wilderness, and that may just be what the Reds need to inspire an upturn in fortunes.Is this how Klopp’s Liverpool could line up once his squad is back to full strength? Comment below if you think it may differ… Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Liverpool has installed levels of hysteria on Merseyside perhaps only rivalled in recent times by the final six months of the 2013/2014 season in which they came agonisingly close to a first Premier League title.The general consensus is this could be a fresh start. A blank slate. Brendan Rodgers, who was dismissed last week, was undermined by his tendency for hyperbole which ultimately created disillusionment amongst the Anfield faithful who lost patience with the Northern Irishman’s digressions.Klopp’s appointment has understandably manifested tenuous reports linking players from his Borussia Dortmund days with moves to Merseyside, with the German viewed as an enticing pull factor by the club’s owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG).But it is a player already amongst the Reds’ squad who may benefit the most from Klopp’s arrival.The £29m capture of Roberto Firmino in the summer epitomised the dysfunctional relationship between Rodgers and the club’s infamous transfer committee. The Brazilian was a committee signing rather than a player, like Christian Benteke and Nathaniel Clyne, actively pursued by Klopp’s predecessor.Rodgers’ reluctance to promote and entrust Firmino, who is currently sidelined with a back injury, with greater responsibility became candidly apparent almost instantly, casting the former Hoffenheim star into wide positions rather than his more established central role.In the aftermath of the disappointing 3-1 defeat to their great rivals Manchester United last month, Rodgers launched a thinly-veiled jibe at Firmino for his side’s ‘lack of creativity’ after he deployed the Brazilian on the right wing.For a player who amassed the most assists in the last two Bundesliga seasons and was statistically ranked the German top flight’s third best player last term, behind Arjen Robben and Kevin De Bruyne, it made little sense and was inhibiting his unique talents to float deceptively in between the lines.Klopp is already a well-known admirer of Firmino from his Bundesliga days and may look to restore the 24-year-old to his preferred number ten role where he previously flourished in Germany.The 48-year-old’s high intensity, dynamic 4-2-3-1 formation at Dortmund saw Marco Reus, his most prized asset, fielded on the left of the three behind a lone striker. Liverpool’s most potent attacking force is Philippe Coutinho, and Klopp may look to emulate his success with Reus by shifting Coutinho to the left to incorporate Firmino in a more natural role.Reus isn’t a winger but excelled in that role when allowed to cut in on his right foot – something Coutinho has made his signature move in 2015. The Brazilian wouldn’t be expected to hug the touchline either with left-back Alberto Moreno’s tendency to bomb forward providing the natural width.James Milner is another summer signing whose Liverpool career could take an interesting turn under Klopp. The England international cited Rodgers’ promise to deploy him in his favoured central midfield position as the main factor in his decision to move up the East Lancs Road, but he has so far struggled with the added responsibility.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho: Special One’s club-by-club record in pictures

first_img Real Madrid (May 31, 2010 – June 1, 2013) – Played: 178; Won: 128; Drew: 28; Lost: 22; Win percentage: 71.91; Trophies: Primera Division (2012); Copa del Rey (2011) 7 7 7 Chelsea (1st spell: June 2, 2004 – September 20, 2007) – Played: 185; Won: 124; Drew: 40; Lost: 21; Win percentage: 67.03; Trophies: Premier League (2005, 2006); League Cup (2005, 2007); FA Cup (2007) Jose Mourinho’s second spell in charge of Chelsea ended on Thursday, just seven months after leading the London club to the Premier League title. The Portguese boss is the Blues’ most successful ever manager, having won three Premier League titles, three League Cups and one FA Cup.He leaves Chelsea 16th place in the Premier League, just a third of the way through the 2015/16 campaign. Here, talkSPORT brings you the manager’s club-by-club record, starting with his first managerial position, Benfica. Click the yellow arrow above to see his records in full!  SEE HERE – Ex-pros react to Roman Abramovich sacking Jose MourinhoSEE HERE – Where did it all go wrong for Jose Mourinho at Chelsea? A timeline showing how their disastrous season unfolded… Porto (January 23, 2002 – May 26, 2004) – Played: 127; Won: 91; Drew: 21; Lost: 15; Win percentage: 71.65; Trophies: Primeira Liga (2003, 2004); Portuguese Cup (2003); UEFA Cup (2003); Champions League (2004) Uniao de Leiria (July 2001 – January 23, 2002) – Played: 20; Won: 9; Drew: 7; Lost: 4; Win percentage: 45.00; Trophies: None Inter Milan (June 2, 2008 – May 28, 2010) – Played: 108; Won: 67; Drew: 26; Lost: 15; Win percentage: 62.04; Trophies: Serie A (2009, 2010); Italian Cup (2010); Champions League (2010) 7 7 7 Benfica (September 20, 2000 – December 5, 2000) – Played: 11; Won: 6; Drew: 3; Lost: 2; Win percentage: 54.55; Trophies: None Chelsea (2nd spell: June 3, 2013 – December 17, 2015) – Played: 136; Won: 80; Drew: 28; Lost: 28; Win percentage: 58.82; Trophies: Premier League (2015); League Cup (2015) 7last_img read more

Metro line on track

first_imgThe Metro Gold Line Eastside extension is yet to be completed, but officials are already planning for a second leg of the line that could reach as far as Whittier. The $898 million Eastside extension, which will run from Union Station through East Los Angeles and end near the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Pomona Boulevard near Monterey Park, is on schedule and slated to open in 2009. Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have already scheduled a series of public meetings to discuss options for the second phase of the line, said Metro spokesman Jose Ubaldo. The meetings will take place in some of the cities that could be traversed by the new line, including Whittier, Montebello, Rosemead and Pico Rivera. The mode of the future transit line has yet to be determined, Ubaldo said. “We are looking at proposing either light rail a rapid busway like the Orange Line or rapid bus service like Metro Rapid,” said Ubaldo. Possible routes could follow Beverly Boulevard, Whittier Boulevard or the Pomona (60) Freeway. The Whittier and Beverly boulevard routes, as well as a third option along Washington Boulevard via Atlantic Avenue, would end in Whittier. While a rapid transit line connecting Whittier to downtown Los Angeles and the rest of the Metro rail system would be an “absolutely wonderful idea,” Whittier City Councilwoman Cathy Warner said she had questions about the plan’s viability. “The reality is it has to be paid for and constructed,” said Warner. “Is it possible to obtain funding for it? Do we do it with a bond? And then there are the concerns associated with construction.” The proposed Gold Line extension to Montclair has run into similar funding issues. While environmental reviews and design plans have already been completed and the construction authority in charge of the project already owns the right-of-way for the line, the plan hinges on approval of $8 million in operating expenses from MTA and another $400 million for construction of the first phase. Gold Line Extension Construction Authority officials are in the process of lobbying the state and federal government for the funding. They insist that they could start construction as early as next year, as long as the money comes through. Rosemead City Councilman John Nu ez said he was excited about the probability of the Eastside extension. But he added that the proposed 60 Freeway route, which would take the line past his city, is the most logical option. “Going down the 60 makes sense because you could feasibly use it to get to the (Ontario) airport,” said Nu ez. “Montebello would also be very interested in having the route go there because they have a mall there. It is just a natural way.” Plans are also being considered to lengthen the proposed Gold Line extension to Montclair down to the Ontario Airport. Ubaldo, the MTA spokesman, said Metro is projecting 23,000 daily passenger boardings on the first phase of the Gold Line Eastside extension by 2025. He said the authority does not have ridership projections yet for the second phase. “This is a study only; we don’t really have the funds to do anything more,” said Ubaldo. “It would take at least 10 years to finish a project like this, and that is why we want to start planning now.” The meetings will take public input on the proposed lines and analyze those suggestions to determine which is most feasible from the perspective of environmental impact, economic feasibility and ridership. Revised options will be brought back to the public in March 2008, and the final locally preferred alternatives will be presented to the Metro Board by September 2008. The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Palm Park, 5703 Palm Ave., Whittier; at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Senior Center, City Park, 115 S. Taylor Ave., Montebello; at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Potrero Heights Elementary School, 8026 E. Hill Drive, Rosemead; and at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at North Park Middle School Cafeteria, 4450 Durfee Ave., Pico Rivera. fred.ortega@sgvn.com (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2306 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

L.A. kids still in U.S. cellar in grades 4 and 8

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre “Looking at the trend, we’re going in the right direction, but we still have a lot to do,” said Esther Wong, assistant superintendent of planning, assessment and research at LAUSD. “The work that we’ve done and the focus continues to show at least promising practices in what we need to do.” The NAEP assessment, based on district achievement trends on standardized tests, compared 2005 test scores with 2003 data. It found the average math score for LAUSD fourth-graders was 221 out of 500 – up slightly from 216 the previous year but still below the large central-city average of 230 and the national average of 239. Among eighth-graders, the score rose to 257 – up from 245 the previous year but also still lower than the large-city average of 269 and national average of 280. Los Angeles students fared even worse in reading – averaging 196, up slightly but still below the large central-city average of 208 and national average of 220. Math and reading scores of Los Angeles Unified’s fourth- and eighth-graders showed no improvement over last year and continue to lag behind both state and national averages, according to a national report released today. In reading, performance of students in fourth and eighth grades in the Los Angeles Unified School District was the worst among 11 of the nation’s largest urban school districts, according to the report card by the National Assessment of Education Progress. In math, fourth-graders ranked eighth among peers in districts including Boston, Houston and New York, while eighth-graders fared better than peers in just two districts: the District of Columbia and Atlanta. But LAUSD officials said Wednesday that a review of the district’s performance over four years shows it is making gains that outpace those in the 10 comparable school districts. And while eighth-graders scored 240 in reading, that was still 10 points below the large central-city average and 21 points below the national average. Meanwhile, LAUSD’s African-American, Asian/Pacific Islander and white students saw no significant change in their NAEP average score. Latino and lower-income students were the only groups to buck the trend and boast a higher average score over the years compared. While LAUSD has the highest percentage of Latino students of all the large districts studied – about 75 percent in both grade levels – the improvements in that group could be because the district focused on underperforming students, district officials said. “Our improvement strategy has been to use standard-based, rigorous and coherent curricula that are supported by research, and to focus on expanding and deepening teachers’ understanding and use of high-quality instruction that meets the needs of English learners, standard English learners, students with disabilities, and all other students in all classrooms,” LAUSD Superintendent David Brewer said. “As a result of our efforts, we are seeing a steady rise in our reading scores and in the performance of English learners.” And the improvements are noteworthy, Wong said – particularly since, of the 11 districts studied, LAUSD has the highest percentage of English-language learners. In the fourth grade, 48 percent of students are English learners, while the national average is 11 percent; in the eighth grade, LAUSD’s 28 percent compares with 7 percent nationally. “These increases are amazing considering we include almost all of our English learners in the testing sample, as well as our students with disabilities,” Wong said. Any comparison of LAUSD with other districts also should take into account the fact that California has broad testing requirements that other districts might not have, said Michael Casserly, executive director of the Council of the Great City Schools. “Keep in mind, in making those comparisons, that not only does L.A. test a higher proportion of kids by far, but the city has the highest combined enrollment of poor kids and English learners in all of the districts in this project,” Casserly said. “This testing is really the first time we’ve had a multiyear trend line in a way that means anything.” The NAEP reading and math assessments were administered by the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year in districts that volunteered. Most of the 11 districts continued to gain in math, but progress in reading was less consistent and more modest. And the achievement gap between racial and ethnic groups remained a challenge. “Performance in the participating districts varies. Some are above the national averages for different groups of students and some are below,” said Darvin M. Winick, chairman of the National Assessment Governing Board, which sets policy for NAEP. “There is still quite a bit of room for improvement. But on average, when demographics are considered, student performance in the (participating) districts is similar to the performance of their peers nationwide.” For the latest school news, go to www.insidesocal.com/education. naush.boghossian@dailynews.com (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Officer injured in Boyle Heights crash

first_imgA Los Angeles Police Department narcotics officer was injured today when struck by a suspect’s vehicle in Boyle Heights, police said. The injury occurred about 8:30 a.m. near Fourth and Dacotah streets, said LAPD Officer Kate Lopez of the Media Relations office. The officer, whose condition was not immediately known, was taken to a hospital, Lopez said. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

MONEY MATTERS WITH MCCOLGAN

first_img*In the first of a regular series of articles on money matters, well-known Donegal financial adviser John McColgan deals with the issue of Life Cover. In the coming weeks John will deal with a range of money matters and how people can handle their finances properly.‘The Importance of updating your Life Cover’For all Donegal families Life Cover is a necessity……………. not a luxury !! You budget for your house insurance and car insurance because you will not allow yourself to be without them. ‘What if my house burns down?’ But what you don’t think about is your most valuable asset – Yourself !!You are the one who makes money to pay for your mortgage, loans, bills, food, education……and those are just the basics! My point is, don’t just insure your house or your car, insure yourself as well! You are the most valuable asset to your family!Unfortunately, many people don’t realize the importance of Life Cover until it’s too late, it protects those who depend on you and your ability to provide for them.We have all heard the tragic stories, we all know someone who has died suddenly from an accident, something unforeseen like a massive heart attack or stroke and prolonged illness. We all have to think about what and who we are leaving behind. Peace of mind in some cases CAN be bought! The security in knowing your loved ones will be looked after financially is priceless!Take for example Michael, a plumber, who had three kids with Theresa. He died suddenly from a massive heart attack. Luckily their mortgage was covered by a mortgage protection policy. They had car loans, credit cards, kids in school, the bills for the maintenance of the household, to name buta few expenses.Social Welfare payments did help but not to the extent that was needed. Michael had taken out Life Cover of €200,000 just 3 years previously at a cost of €39 per month. This lump sum was paid to Theresa three weeks after Michael’s death and was a major help in coping with the financial lossof the family breadwinner.I cannot advise you on how to cope emotionally with these things but I can advise you on how to cope financially. You may think that you require Life Cover only when you start getting older, but accidents and illnesses can strike at anytime………plus the younger you are when you take out these policies the cheaper the premiums will be.Over the last two years Life Assurance and Serious Illness Cover has become cheaper. There is no better time to get sorted! However cheap is not always best, get to know what’s on offer, the type, the amount and term of cover, but always make sure it suits you, your family and your financial needs, if the worst were to happen. The cost of these policies can vary substantially from one company to another so always check the fine print and the coverage offered especially if you want Serious Illness cover. The amount of Serious Illnesses which are covered is different with every company.Life Cover is a necessity…….. to be without it is not an option for you or your family.So talk to your local Donegal broker or call us on 074 9124366 or email enquiries@mccolganfinancial.ieCheck out our website at www.mccolganfinancial.ie John Mc Colgan Financial Services Ltd is regulated by the Central Bank of IrelandEndsMONEY MATTERS WITH MCCOLGAN was last modified: May 8th, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

MORE BUSINESSES IN TROUBLE AS RECESSION BITES

first_imgA NUMBER of businesses in the county are in severe financial trouble as the recession begins to bite.These include:* McNamee Construction Limited, Castlefin. A creditors meeting takes place this Friday, August 5th, at the Silver Tassie Hotel in Letterkenny at 11am. * Breslins Londis supermarket in Bundoran. A creditors meeting takes place at 9am tomorrow, Tuesday August 2nd at 9am at the Great Northern Hotel.* Greencastle Plumbing Limited. A meeting is scheduled at Gallaghers Hotel in Letterkenny at 9am this Wednesday, August 3.MORE BUSINESSES IN TROUBLE AS RECESSION BITES was last modified: August 1st, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegal businesses in troublelast_img read more

Video: Tottenham starlet Alli nutmegs Liverpool midfielder Can

first_img1 England and Tottenham starlet Dele Alli Most England fans last night were celebrating a historic 3-2 friendly win over Germany after Eric Dier’s winner in added time.Some Tottenham Hotspur fans, though, were rejoicing about another statistic as Dele Alli’s rise to the top continues.The Spurs midfielder may have missed a sitter with the score at 2-2 but in the first-half the 19-year-old successfully added another nutmeg to his collection – and Liverpool star Emre Can was his victim.Picking up a neat pass from domestic team-mate Dier, he then gently nudged the ball between Can’s legs before scuttling away from his foe.According to Spurs Stat Man on Twitter, Alli has now taken his nutmeg tally to 24 for the season, while he grabbed another two in pre-season.You can see the brilliant nutmeg below…last_img read more