Wednesday 13 December 2017

United sticking to guns over Nasri

Manchester United are ready to hold firm on their £20m valuation of Samir Nasri, with Alex Ferguson remaining optimistic that the club's offer for the Arsenal midfielder will secure his signature before next month's transfer deadline.

Nasri held talks with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger yesterday after reporting for pre-season training. It is believed that he refused to commit to a new £90,000-a-week contract to replace the final 12 months of his current deal at the Emirates and emphasised his determination to force a move to Old Trafford.

Ferguson is confident that Nasri views United as his preferred destination should he be allowed to leave Arsenal despite interest from Manchester City and Chelsea, but Wenger remains determined not to sell any of his players to a domestic rival.

Sven's Foxes to save career of Hargreaves

Sven Goran-Eriksson is ready to make Owen Hargreaves the crown jewel in his glittering spending spree at Leicester.

Eriksson is ready to offer free agent Hargreaves the chance to spearhead his mission to reach the Premier League as he prepares to take his summer outlay towards the £16m mark, even though the midfielder has only played five minutes of football since September 2008.

Hargreaves (30) was given his England debut by Eriksson in 2001.

Fulham progress despite shut-out

Fulham were held to a frustrating goalless draw by Faroe Island part-timers NSI Runavok last night, but still progressed to the second qualifying round of the Europa League.

Martin Jol's side will face Crusaders of Northern Ireland next Thursday after completing a 3-0 aggregate victory over the battling Faroese minnows. Damien Duff hit the crossbar after five minutes and then sliced a shot over from six yards out as Fulham peppered the NSI goal.

Bohs face tricky test against Ljubljana

Bohemians will face Slovenian side Olimpija Ljubljana in the Europa League second round qualifiers after the East Europeans' 3-0 win over Siroki Brijeg of Bosnia last night. The Gypsies will travel to the Slovene capital next Thursday for the first leg, with the second leg a week later at Dalymount Park.

Qatar deny 2022 game-split plan

Organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar have denied that there have been discussions about splitting games into three 30-minute periods if temperatures in the stadiums become dangerously high for the players.

Irish Independent

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