Aurier wanted by AC Milan in January transfer window as Andrea Conti alternative

first_imgSassuolo star Francesco Caputo falls spectacularly over hoarding when celebrating second goal in 3-0 win over Spal AC MILAN are considering a January swoop for Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier, it has been claimed.The ex-PSG man is said to be wanted by San Siro chiefs as an alternative to Andrea Conti.3 AC Milan are said to be interested in Serge AurierCredit: Getty – ContributorItalian international Conti, 25, has struggled for form this season and AC Milan big wigs are said to be unconvinced by his showings for the Rossoneri.And according to Italian outlet Sport MediaSet, the board have earmarked Aurier as a suitable replacement and could make a move in January.Aurier has started Spurs’ last two Premier League games – a 4-0 home win vs Crystal Palace and Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Leicester.But despite his repeat inclusion, the 26-year-old reportedly told teammates he wants to leave.His old team Paris Saint-Germain are said to be interested which could make life difficult for Milan if the French champions also make a move for his signature in January.The Ivory Coast international joined Spurs in a £23million switch from PSG two years ago.3MOST READ IN FOOTBALLTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himAurier is Spurs eighth most expensive signing of all time.And while he has not necessarily lived up to his price tag, Mauricio Pochettino may be hesitant to let Aurier leave given his lack of options at right-back.Kieran Trippier left for Atletico Madrid in the summer leaving only Aurier and 22-year-old Kyle Walker-Peters left in the position.3 Andrea Conti may have fallen out of favour at AC MilanCredit: AFPlast_img read more

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Krul reveals water bottle wasn’t only reason for Norwich shootout success

first_imgTIM KRUL insists his FA Cup penalty heroics at Tottenham were not all down to bottle.The Norwich keeper saved two spot kicks in Wednesday’s shootout to book the Canaries a quarter-final place – after his coach wrote all the details of the Spurs takers on his water bottle.2 Tim Krul has revealed all about his penalty shootout heroicsCredit: GettyHe said: “My goalie coach prepares me before every match and he gave me a bottle with all the details on.“But I started mixing up the players and there was one point when I thought Gedson Fernandes was taking two penalties.”Krul, 31, saved spot-kicks from Fernandes and Troy Parrott, after Erik Lamela had hit the bar, to give Norwich a 3-2 win on pens after the fifth-round tie was deadlocked at 1-1 after extra time.The Dutch keeper has a reputation for saving pens after he was sent on a sub in the final minute of extra time in his country’s 2014 World Cup quarter-final against Costa Rica.He then helped book the Netherlands a semi-final place by saving two spot kicks in the shootout.After thwarting Tottenham, Krul – whose heroics were overshadowed by Eric Dier’s row with a fan in the stands afterwards – said: “It is hard work and requires some homework but when the moment comes maybe it’s my experience.“I’ve faced a few penalties in my career and I just see when one person is more nervous than another, who is more comfortable.”Of course in the end of you need a little bit of luck as well.“I prepared before the game and got the clips. And even just before the shootout got some more clips and did some more homework.“But when the moment is there, like Erik Lamela changed from his normal side and luckily enough it went off the crossbar. Normally he goes the other way.”MAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at LadbrokesKrul admitted psychology plays a large part in the win too, saying: “I look at the player. Who is comfortable, who is confident?“With the young lad Parrott, I played a little bit with his head as well. I just said: ‘I haven’t seen many penalties from you on my homework’ and he was looking at me.“To be honest, I hadn’t seen any of his penalties.“This is when you have to forget everything and go back to what you’ve learned and from your experience.“Frans Hoek who was with me at the World Cup in Brazil is a specialist in it. He used to say ‘Just wait on the line and react to the shot’ and that’s what I did for that one.”2 Jose Mourinho has never won a penalty shootout in EnglandMORE SPURS STORIESHARRY ALL FOUR ITKane admits Spurs must win EIGHT games to rise into Champions League spotGossipALL GONE PETE TONGVertonghen wanted by host of Italian clubs as long Spurs spell nears endBELOW PARRSpurs suffer blow with Parrott to miss Prem restart after appendix operationPicturedSHIRT STORMNew Spurs 2020/21 home top leaked but angry fans slam silver design as ‘awful”STEP BY STEP’Jose fears for players’ welfare during restart as stars begin ‘pre-season’KAN’T HAVE THATVictor Osimhen keen on Spurs move but only if they sell Kane this summerYOU KAN DO ITKlinsmann quit Spurs to win trophies but says Kane’s better off stayingTURBULENT PAIRINGDrogba and Mido had mid-flight brawl after stewardess prank went wrongGossipSPURRED ONTottenham table contract offer for Bayern Munich’s teenage starlet Taylor BoothExclusivePASS THE TESTEngland’s NRL-based stars urge bosses to make room for a Test this yearKrul insists the pressure is not only on the taker, though.He said: “There’s pressure for me as well. When Tottenham’s first one went in I was saying to myself, ‘You’ve got a name for saving penalties so you’d better start saving some’.“But the pressure was on them, in front of their own fans, it was huge for them. I played on that.”Tim Krul runs the length of the pitch after Norwich beat Spurs on penalties in the FA Cuplast_img read more

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THE CHAD TALKS HAIR CARE

first_imgThe ‘Chad Townsend Hair Appreciation Page’ has 411 followers and the Cronulla halfback is well aware of its existence although he can’t grasp the fascination around his rug.“I don’t know why I get all this attention for my hair,” Townsend told PlayersVoice host Anna Flanagan.“People just love to talk about it. I don’t put anything in it.“I just get out of the shower and dry it and that’s it. There’s no secret to it.”If you want to join the Facebook page, take a look by clicking here!last_img read more

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A lot expected of Nelson Asofa-Solomona

first_imgNicknamed Big Nasty, Asofa-Solomona hadn’t played in a month before their preliminary final win over Cronulla due to an ankle injury.Coming off the bench, he used his 201cm, 123kg frame to plenty of damage through the middle against the Sharks while making 21 tackles.But Storm assistant coach Jason Ryles warned the New Zealand Test prop would be better for the hit-out and he expected an improved performance at ANZ Stadium.”I was pleasantly surprised with big Nels,” Ryles said of Asofa-Solomona, who was voted this month by his peers in the Rugby League Players’ Association Dream Team”What we saw on the weekend was obviously his power running and he was really effective with his defence, which is good.”He will be better for the run and hopefully he can repeat some of what we saw on the weekend.Ryles said the 22-year-old was initially despondent he wouldn’t recover from syndesmosis, suffered in round 23, in time for the finals.But he worked hard on his rehabilitation and is now reaping the rewards.”Once the ankle started to improve he sensed that he was a chance and he put a lot of work in, a lot of time with the performance guys so I think that’s what you saw on the weekend – that hard work coming out.”We like having the big boy in the team.”The Storm are at full-strength with their only injury concern, fellow prop Tim Glasby, overcoming rib cartilage damage to take his place in the title decider.last_img read more

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Hunters make it 14 in a row

first_imgThe Jets started out strongly and asked questions early on in the opening minutes of play.After gaining some possession, the Hunters were given a penalty and opted to kick taking a 2-0 lead from the boot of Noel Zemming in the 8th minute of play.The Hunters registered more points minutes later when quick hands sent Stargroth Amean over to score. Zemming added the extras to take the  lead to 8-0.Straight from the kick off, the Hunters raced away through a line break and looked certain to score out wide.But a dropped ball saw the Jets scoop up the ball and give it to winger Marmin Barba to run 70 metres to score his 20th try for the season.10 minutes out from half time, Atte Bina crashed over under the posts to grab another four pointer for the Hunters.Zemming made it 3 from 3.The kick for Zemming also registered 150 points for him this season.The utility from Morobe slotted in another 2 points about 2 minutes out from full time to take a 16-4 lead going into half time.Into the second half of play, the Hunters continued to put on more pressure forcing the Jets to make errors and give away penalties.Zemming got his fifth for the game to further extend the lead to 18-4 in the 50th minute of play.Zemming racked up more points scoring near the posts after a pass from a flying Isreal Eliab.Up next was Eliab who ran 80 metres to grab the Hunter’s fourth try. Zemming made it 7 from 7 with less than 20 minutes of play remaining.Five minutes before full time, captain Dane Phillips gave the Jets something to salvage scoring a late try.Barba brought some more respectability to the score with a runaway try picking up his second try of the game.This left the final score at 32-14.last_img read more

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Rovanama 2015 champions of Southern Region 9s

first_imgThe Titans got off to the worst possible start after a knock on from the kick off. ‘Rovanama capitalized immediately scoring out wide and again minutes later to lead 8-0.The Titans regrouped and hit back through outside centre Wanipu Chris.The momentum swung the Titans way when they got their second try.Helangi Kovae Jnr put his side right back in the game converting both tries to push his side out to a 12-8 lead going into half time.The second half saw a flurry of tries from both sides.Rovanama scored the first two tries to take back the lead at 16-12.The Titans equalized right from the kick only to have Rovanama take back the lead from the restart.The scores were tied right after the Rovanama try at 22-22 after a solo effort from Maraga Lohia that saw him spin out of a tackle and slam the ball down over the try line.But Rovanama showed they wanted the win more with two unanswered tries in the dying minutes to win the game.The boys from the Aroma Coast won K10, 000 in prize money while the Titans were awarded K7, 000.In the Pennant division grand final; Wanigela Kavela beat Rovanama (2) 14-10. Wanigela picked up K1, 000 while Rovanama (2) settled for K800.The Bowl division grand final saw Irupara GK do it easy over Lime Beach Stones winning 26-6. Irupara GK walked away with K3, 500 while Lime Beach Stones got K2, 000.The Plate division grand final was claimed by Tuhava Hunters who defeated Maopa Paio 20-8. The Tuhava Hunters were awarded K5, 000 for their win while Maopa Paio won K4, 000last_img read more

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Elegant Valverde letter in goodbye

first_imgErnesto Valverde wanted to say goodbye to Barça on Tuesday with an open letter that the web has spread through its official channels. After saying goodbye to players and employees in the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper, he has written a few lines to give thanks. He goes with two leagues, a Cup and a Super Cup in his pocket. On tiptoe, without making noise and like a man. So he says goodbye. With sobriety and elegance. “Dear Culés: My stage as a coach of FC Barcelona has come to an end. It has been two very intense seasons and a half since the beginning. During this time I have lived very happy moments celebrating victories and titles, but also other hard and difficult ones. But above all I want to highlight the experience and affection that I have felt from the fans during this stage.I want to thank President Josep Maria Bartomeu and the Board of Directors for the opportunity they gave me to lead this team and their confidence during all this time. I would also like to thank the support and treatment of all the people who have accompanied me in the Club during these two and a half seasons and especially those who work in the first team and around it and with whom I have shared so many moments in the Ciutat Esportiva and on the move. Obviously I also want to thank the players for all the work and effort that allowed us to celebrate four titles s together, from now on I wish you all the luck in the world, as well as the new technician, Quique Setién. A hug to all.Visca Barça and Visca Catalunya “.last_img read more

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