Arsenal are preparing a £10 million bid for Everton star Leighton Baines. Arsenal are preparing a £10 million bid for Everton star Leighton Baines.The Daily Star Sunday says Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a huge admirer of Baines, 28, and believes that his adventurous overlapping style would be a perfect fit at The Emirates.Manchester United, Chelsea and Paris St-Germain have also been linked heavily with a move for Baines and Wenger is prepared to go up to £15m for the left-back.That might well be enough to force David Moyes into selling a player who cost £5m – although the Toffees boss prefers the idea of keeping Baines to the end of the season then reviewing the situation.
Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech says he’s enjoyed 2012.Cech also admits that being part of Chelsea’s roller-coaster year has, in a strange way, been fun. Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech says he’s enjoyed 2012.Cech also admits that being part of Chelsea’s roller-coaster year has, in a strange way, been fun.He said: “If you have a year like that and you keep getting trophies then in the end you’re happy. It’s better than winning nothing.“Having manager after manager is not the ideal situation but, on the other hand, you play football to win things and to have trophies.“In the end, if you manage to have trophies this is what gives you the satisfaction. My target is to retain my place and keep playing. I’m trying to do everything I can to be on the pitch all the time.”
Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard says it’s crucial the club holds onto manager David Moyes. Everton goalkeeper Tim Howard says it’s crucial the club holds onto manager David Moyes.So far highly-regarded Moyes, 49, has refused to commit beyond that date – and Everton keeper Howard believes that is a genuine cause for concern.Howard, 33, said: “It’s a difficult conversation to start talking about where we go if the manager leaves. But it’s a conversation I want to have. It’s important.“He’s obviously the figurehead of this club. He’s become the person everyone looks to.“Whether a board member, a fan, a player, or a casual observer, your focal point is David Moyes.“Everything trickles down from there. We have to have him in place.”
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich still has Pep Guardiola’s appointment at the top of his agenda. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich still has Pep Guardiola’s appointment at the top of his agenda.Despite the success of Rafa Benitez, the Sunday Express says Abramovich leading the race to secure his services.Joan Laporta, former president of Barcelona, the club Guardiola left last season, said: “I think Pep will return next year. But I think he wants to be able to decide on all sporting matters.”
David Bentley is hoping for a new chance at Tottenham.He has spent the last three months on loan at Russian club FC Rostov. David Bentley is hoping for a new chance at Tottenham.He has spent the last three months on loan at Russian club FC Rostov.Bentley said: “Villas-Boas is a very good coach with new ideas.“It’s been a difficult four years but that’s life and that’s football. I’m contracted to Tottenham until the end of the season.“So I’ll go back and see what happens.”
Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard can rake in the cash with a lucrative move to China during 2013. Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard can rake in the cash with a lucrative move to China during 2013.The Sunday Express says Didier Drogba has already urged his employers at Shanghai Shenhua to try to tempt his former Chelsea team-mate to link up with him again in China. But rivals Guizhou Renhe and Beijing Guoan are also waiting in the wings with offers of their own.Elsewhere, LA Galaxy have made no secret of the fact that they would like Lamps to follow in the footsteps of David Beckham, who is also considering “serious offers” from all over the world.
QPR fullback Armand Traore insists he and his teammates do ‘care’ about the club’s plight. QPR fullback Armand Traore insists he and his teammates do ‘care’ about the club’s plight.Traore, who has played in six of the seven games under Redknapp, insists he is far more concerned with collecting points than a big salary – and that the same applies to the majority of the Hoops squad.The ex-French Under-21 star said: “Some of the fans might think, ‘Oh, they are here for the money’ – but I hate not winning.“I have everything to prove still and I believe a lot of the players are like me and think the same way. They give 100 per cent in training and in Premier League games.”