first_imgOMAHA BEACH EYES GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT TEAM PRAT LOOKS FOR 2019 WILD RIDE TO CONTINUE PAVED IS ON SMOOTH ROAD TO RODEO DRIVE STAKES STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARD TO BE UNVEILED FRIDAYcenter_img WORLD CLASS RIDERS AT SANTA ANITA FOR OPENING JOHNNY V, ROSARIO, HERNANDEZ AT SANTA ANITA OPENING WEEKENDTwo-time Eclipse Award-winning jockey John Velazquez has been engaged by Bob Baffert to ride Eight Rings and Bast in the Grade I, $300,000 American Pharoah Stakes and the Grade I, $300,000 Chandelier Stakes opening day this Friday as Santa Anita continues to enhance its historic resume that began on Christmas Day 1934 and will culminate by hosting the Breeders’ Cup for a record 10th time on Nov. 1 and 2.Velazquez, a 47-year-old Hall of Fame member who is represented by fellow shrine member and Puerto Rican native Angel Cordero Jr. leads all jockeys in career purse earnings with $410,561,486. Johnny V. also will pilot turf sprint specialist Eddie Haskell for trainer Mark Glatt in the Grade II Eddie D. Stakes on opening day.“I’m flying Johnny V. in to ride because I wasn’t sure Drayden (Van Dyke) would make it back in time to ride my horses,” Baffert said by phone Monday morning. Van Dyke was injured when unseated by Eight Rings after the start of the Grade I Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 2, but has recovered and is expected to resume riding this meet.Van Dyke had ridden both Eight Rings and Bast in each of their two starts, winning twice. “I asked Johnny V. to ride and he’s doing me a favor and coming in,” Baffert added.Rosario, 34, a native of the Dominican Republic who earned his stripes in Southern California before going global under the auspices of agent Ron Anderson, is set to ride Hopeful Stakes runner-up Shoplifted for Steve Asmussen in the American Pharoah, like the Chandelier a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race providing the winner with a fees-paid berth to the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile and the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, respectively.Louisiana-born Hernandez, who turns 34 on Nov. 3, rides multiple graded stakes winner Seeking the Soul for trainer Dallas Stewart in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 Awesome Again Stakes at 1 1/8 miles, a “Win and You’re In” Challenge Race with a fees-paid berth to the winner for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 2.Also pointing to the Awesome Again are McKinzie, Mike Smith, Draft Pick, Joe Talamo; and Higher Power, Flavien Prat.Expected for the American Pharoah: American Theorem, Tiago Pereira; Defense Wins, Rafael Bejarano; Eight Rings, John Velazquez; Fore Left, Mario Gutierrez; Shoplifted, Joel Rosario; and Storm the Court, Flavien Prat.Also on tap for the Chandelier are Doug O’Neill trainees Buyer’s Remorse, Mario Gutierrez, and Comical, Abel Cedillo.A fitting piece of trivia for the American Pharoah: debut winner American Theorum, trained by George Papaprodromou for owner Rustin Kretz, is a son of 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah, for whom the race is named.Kretz provides internet marketing services through Scorpion Design, Inc., which he operates in California out of nearby Valencia as well as in Texas. The company designs websites for health care, home service, and automotive businesses and franchises.First post time on opening day is 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.OMAHA BEACH TO LAND IN GRADE I SANTA ANITA SPRINT CHAMPIONSHIPOmaha Beach, who had been scheduled to return to the races in the Grade III, one-turn mile Ack Ack Stakes at Churchill Downs on Sept. 28, now is being pointed to the Grade I Santa Anita Sprint Championship after a training snafu last Friday.“Simply put, the work got messed up and I’m not taking him to Kentucky off a long layoff, so I scrapped that idea, period, and I’m going to run him in the Sprint. I didn’t want to ship him unless everything was perfect,” trainer Richard Mandella said early Monday morning.The Sprint is a Breeders’ Cup “Win and You’re In” event at six furlongs on Oct. 5.Omaha Beach was the pre-race favorite for the Kentucky Derby last May 4 but an entrapped epiglottis during the week leading into the classic forced the son of War Front to be scratched and he hasn’t raced since. Omaha Beach’s work was aborted after a furlong when a horse in front of him lost its rider forcing Omaha Beach to pull up. He galloped around the track, then broke off again at the six furlong pole, working a furlong past the finish in 1:27.20 in company with Charlito.“I think he’ll be perfect in time for the Sprint,” Mandella continued. “He’ll have a nice work before the race in a few days.”PRAT ON COURSE TO CONTINUE WILD RIDE AT SANTA ANITAKentucky Derby-winning jockey Flavien Prat hopes to continue 2019’s wild ride when Santa Anita begins its 23-day Autumn Meet this Friday.The 27-year-old Frenchman piloted Higher Power to a 9-1 upset by 5 ¼ lengths in the Pacific Classic when he rode him competitively for the first time, and will be back aboard in the Awesome Again Stakes for John Sadler and Hronis Racing.“It was a good run,” Prat said in recounting Del Mar’s marquee race. “He broke well and he put me in the race. There wasn’t a lot of pace so we were in a good spot. When we entered the turn he kind of jumped on the bridle and he took me from there.“I worked him yesterday (six furlongs in a bullet 1:13 flat) so I’m quite excited.”Added Prat’s agent, Derek Lawson: “Winning the Pacific Classic and the Del Mar title was a lot of fun for us. This year has marked a major stepping stone for Flavien, winning the Derby and the Pacific Classic.“Winning the Breeders’ Cup Classic would top off a super year.”McCARTHY COULD HAVE PAVED ON RIGHT ROAD IN RODEO DRIVEWith surprising stakes victories by City of Light and Ohio on his resume, Michael McCarthy hopes to add to his list of Grade I upsets with Paved in Saturday’s Grade I, $300,000 “Win and You’re In” Rodeo Drive stakes Breeders’ Cup Challenge Race for fillies and mares, three and up, at 1 ¼ miles on turf.“She was beaten a short ways in the Rodeo Drive as a three-year-old in her third race off a layoff,” the trainer pointed out, alluding to her second by a half-length behind win machine Vasilika last Sept. 29. “Right now I don’t think I could ask her to be doing any better.”A four-year-old Quality Road filly, Paved was third beaten two lengths in the restricted Osunitas at Del Mar on July 19, her first race in nearly seven months, followed by a fourth in the Grade II John C.  Mabee on Aug. 31.Also in the race are Elysea’s World, Flavien Prat, and Siberian Iris, Rafael Bejarano.NEW STATE-OF-THE-ART VIDEO BOARD AT SANTA ANITA              Santa Anita has installed a new state-of-the-art LED Infield video board, which will offer viewers dramatically improved brightness and visual clarity beginning on opening day.Manufactured and installed by Daktronics, America’s leading manufacturer of outdoor LED (light-emitting diode) boards, this new 30′ x 54′ display contains 648,000 total 15 mm pixels, the optimum size for a board of this scope, ensuring an improved view of the races and all video content throughout the race day.Due to the breadth of this project, the previous board was removed in August and the new board was installed last month while the Santa Anita stable area was closed.Based in Brookings, South Dakota, Daktronics employs 2,500 people and parts are made in the USA. Daktronics is the preferred vendor for 21 of 31 NFL stadiums and 22 of 30 Major League Baseball parks throughout the United States.Santa Anita will also be offering fans other major new amenities, such as its Stretch Run Suites and Trackside Terrace Dining and Seating, at a cost of more than $5 million.FINISH LINES: There were 190 recorded workouts at Santa Anita Monday, including 31 on the training track. Victor Espinoza worked Anonymity, never out of the money in nine starts, five furlongs in a bullet 59 flat. Richard Mandella is pointing the five-year-old mare to the Grade III LA Woman Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs Oct. 5 . . . Santa Oaks winner Bellafina, fourth in the Cotillion at Parx last Saturday, will train up to the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Sprint Nov. 2, trainer Simon Callaghan said . . . Congrats to apprentice Jorge Velez on winning four races yesterday at Los Alamitos to clinch the title with 13 victories. It marked the fifth time agent Nelson Arroyo has represented a rider who won the crown at the Cypress track, also calling shots for previous winner Heriberto Figueroa . . . Trainer Andrew Lerner captured three races at Los Al over the weekend, two owned in partnership by newcomers Alydom Racing. Lerner, 30, is a rising presence in California. He had 18 horses after starting out a year ago but now is up to 44 head . . .  Fasig-Tipton presents its California Fall Yearling sale at Fairplex Park in Pomona this Thursday at 12 noon. For further information, visit CONTENT FROM XBTV: WORK OUTS:Draft Pick (Eurton) 9/22/19Mongolian Groom (Ganbat) 9/22/19Neptune’s Storm (Outside) (Baltas) 9/22/19Eight Rings (American Pharoah) and American Anthem (Baffert) 9/22/19Omaha Beach (Mandella) 9/20/19 (Santa Anita Sprint Championship)Roadster (Baffert) 9/19/19Pantsonfire (Baltas) 9/18/19 (Rodeo Drive)last_img read more

Windies Women win first T20 World Cup

first_imgKOLKATA, India (CMC):Teenager Hayley Matthews and captain Stafanie Taylor fashioned half-centuries as West Indies Women produced a superb run chase to beat three-time defending champions Australia Women by eight wickets and lift their first-ever Twenty20 World Cup title here yesterday.Set 149 for victory at the historic Eden Gardens, West Indies Women reached their target with three balls to spare, with the 18-year-old Matthews top-scoring with 66 from 45 balls and the in-form Taylor getting 59 from 57 balls.The pair put on a magnificent 120 for the first wicket to take Australia Women out of the contest and even when Matthews fell in the 16th over, Deandra Dottin (18 not out) joined Taylor to add 24 for the second wicket to keep the Caribbean side on top.West Indies Women entered the final over requiring three to win and Dottin reduced the target even further with a single to cover off seamer Ellyse Perry.Britney Cooper, who finished on three not out, failed to score off the next delivery, but took off for a suicide single off the third ball. The fielder at short midwicket missed a direct hit at the bowler’s end that would have seen Cooper on her way and the resulting overthrow handed West Indies Women the crucial win.The result sparked scenes of jubilation across the outfield as the remainder of the women’s team, along with members of the men’s team, ran on to the ground to celebrate.ELATED TAYLOR”I am (on top of the world). I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” an elated Taylor said afterwards.”I think it has actually come at the right time because we’ve played some fantastic cricket today. We didn’t get the start that we wanted with the ball, but I think the batting gave us the edge.”Matthews, who struck six fours and three sixes to post her maiden T20 International half-century, was voted Player of the Match, while Taylor was adjudged Player of the Tournament for her 246 runs overall.Earlier, Australia Women captain Meg Lanning and Elyse Villani both struck 52 to get the title favourites up to 148 for five off their 20 overs, after opting to bat first.Alyssa Healy fell cheaply for four at 15 for one in the second over when she tapped a low return catch to off-spinner Matthews, but Lanning and Villani put on 77 for the second wicket to rally the innings.Lanning faced 49 balls and gathered eight fours, while opener Villani counted nine fours in her 37-ball innings.”We probably did not get the result that we wanted, but congratulations to West Indies for the way they batted,” Lanning said. “We felt we were a little short, 160 would have been nice. But if we had bowled well we would have defended.”last_img read more

Gov’t Deploys AFL to Combat Ebola

first_imgThe Minister of National Defense, Brownie J. Samukai, has disclosed that men of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) have been tasked to provide security for all health workers and institutions across Liberia, to ensure that they perform their job under good atmosphere,  free of violence.At the regular Information Ministry press briefing yesterday on Capitol Hill, Monrovia, the Defense Minister said the deployment of the AFL is intended to support quality decisions, especially containing the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in the country.“The men and women of the AFL, White Shell, as they will be called during  this assignment, have  been tasked to provide security for all our health practitioners, institutions and secure other security personnel assigned with the health authorities to ensure that they have a safety ground in carrying out their duties to curtail the virus.”The Minister said the State of Emergency as declared by the President, was timely and in the right direction and would help allow the Government to focus on fighting the deadly virus for the next three months or 90-days.   He disclosed that AFL is being divided into task forces mandated to facilitate the movement of people, including businesspeople in Lofa, Bong, Margibi, Montserrado, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount counties, respectively to ensure that the deadly outbreak is controlled.According to Minister Samukai, Task Force one will base in Montserrado and Margibi Counties, Task Force will be assigned in Lofa county especially borders in containing the movement of people coming and going out of Liberia as well as going to market places between Foya to Voinjama.“They will have position with the borders, including Foya, Lofa’s Bridge and Barkedu, were there are more new cases according to the Health Ministry in order to response to any outbreak that require the presence of the Armed or the deliveries of any materials.”The Defense Minister said, Task Force three will be assigned in Bomi County and Task Force would be assigned Grand Cape Mount with a patrol team in Robert Sports including the Bo-Water side to contain any personal movement in support of combating the deadly Ebola virus in the country.“We have put into placed process to help safe our people given the circumstance of the current health problem in the country, but will also like to warned those involve in providing false information to our people on ‘well poisoning,’ on the basic of rumors, falsehood to desist from the process.”According to him, the Task Force will carry out a consistent containment of people especially in Bomi and Grand Cape Mount Counties to observe a 21-day surveillance to ensure that counties affected would extend such to other counties.Mr. Samukai said, the virus was real and needed more measures to help curtail it, adding that it is importance for the Government including relevant partners to treat it with seriousness to ensure that the people are safe.      Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! FRIDAY Thomas the Tank Engine tour weekends through April 29, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Fillmore & Western Railway Co., 351 Santa Clara St., Fillmore. Tickets $16. Call (805) 468-7630. From book to movie: “Stuart Little”, 3:30 p.m., Glendale Public Library, 222 E. Harvard St. Call (818) 548-2030. Family night movie presentation, 4-6 p.m., Sparr Heights Community Center, 1613 Glencoe Way, Glendale. Free. Call (818) 548-2187. “Threepenny Opera” weekends through April 29, 7:30 p.m., Janet & Ray Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Tickets $10-$25. Call (805) 449-2787. “The Spring Sky” planetarium show, 8 p.m., Los Angeles Valley College Planetarium, 5800 Fulton Ave., Valley Glen. Call (818) 947-2335. Laser light rock show, 8-10:30 p.m., College of the Canyons Performing Arts Center, 26455 Rockwell Canyon Road, Valencia. Free. Call (661) 362-3101. Mail Datebook entries – including time, date, location and phone number – to Daily News City Desk, P.O. Box 4200, Woodland Hills, CA 91365; fax (818) 713-0058; e-mail read more

Libya hold Harambee Stars to frustrating draw

first_img0Shares0000Harambee Stars skipper Musa Mohammed vies for the ball with Libya’s Tubal Moahmed. PHOTO/Raymond makhayaMACHAKOS, Kenya, Dec 5- A visibly jaded Harambee Stars dropped points in their second CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match after being held to a goalless draw by invitational side Libya at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on Tuesday.Despite the draw, Kenya still maintained their lead in Group A with four points after two matches with Zanzibar second with three, though the island nation who Kenya faces next have played a match less. Stars head coach Paul Put made only one change from his team that won 2-0 against Rwanda on the opening day, bringing in Mathare United top scorer Chris Oduor in place of Sammy Onyango who missed the match entirely.Compared to Rwanda on Sunday, Libya posed a bigger threat to the host nation and they were not afraid to attack, knowing they needed maximum points on their second match to boost their chances of playing in next week’s semi-final.They almost grabbed the opener in the ninth minute when Tubal Moahmed broke away on the right after evading Musa Mohammed’s tackle, gliding into the box to face Patrick Matasi one on one.However, the Kenyan shot stopper played the role of keeper-sweeper, swiftly coming off his line to slide in and sweep the ball away for a throw-in.Stars had a similar chance two minutes later when Oduor sent George Odhiambo through on goal from the left, but the Gor Mahia winger could not hit the net, Libya keeper Azzaqah Ahmed managing to keep the ball away with his feet.Libya goalkeeper Azzagah Ahmed towers to pick the ball during his side’s CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match against Kenya’s Harambee Stars at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 5, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaTwo minutes on the turn, Odhiambo sought to make amends for missing what looked like an easy chance, collecting the ball from 25 yards out, finding shooting space and having a go at goal, but the effort went inches wide.Libya were not afraid to attack and their prowess on set pieces was especially worrying for the Kenyans. In the 15th minute, Almaryami Khalid sneaked in at the near post to glance in a header from Albadri Faisal’s corner, but the ball went over.The host side lacked the punch and pace on the wings they had against Rwanda in Kakamega, probably due to the absence of Onyango who was gassing up either wing over the weekend. Oduor and Whyvonne Isuza who were interchanging on the right failed to punch in the needed pace.Three minutes to the break, a combination of Khalid and keeper Ahmed at the near post kept off Odhiambo from hitting the opener after the ball fellfell kindly on his feet on the right, headed back in by Oduor from a Wesley Onguso corner.At the start of the second half, Masoud who seemed to have picked up ankle injury in the first half was hauled off for Kepha Aswani. The Kariobangi Sharks forward was rushed to hospital immediately.Libya’s Madeen Muhanad tracks down Kenya’s Massoud Juma during their CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup match at the Kenyatta Stadium in Machakos on December 5, 2017. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaStars kept their feet upfront in search of an opening and five minutes after the restart, Jockins Atudo saw his freekick saved by the keeper with the rebound cleared by the defense.Put made his second change, bringing on Ovella Ochieng for Chris Oduor after 65 minutes, looking to punch up the pace on the wings.But it was Libya who almost grabbed the headline with Moahmed’s volley from the right after Faisal’s freekick was nodded down going wide from the right.Stars had two chances in quick succession go begging, first Isuza’s curling shot from inside the area after picking up Ochieng’s cut back going against the bar while Odhiambo’s returning header was tipped over the bar by the keeper.Five minutes to go, Duncan Otieno found some shooting space from range and he took one of his favorites, the ball rising over the bar by inches.On the other end, Atudo was forced to clear the ball off his line after substitute Saeid Saleh managed to tap the ball away from keeper Patrick Matasi.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Allardyce plays down talk of top four finish for high-flying West Ham

first_imgWest Ham manager Sam Allardyce believes it’s too soon in the season for his side to be thinking about securing European football, despite their 3-1 win over Swansea lifting them up to third in the Premier League.The Hammers came from behind to win at the Boleyn Ground in fine style, thanks to a headed brace from fit-again Andy Carroll and another from returning striker Diafra Sakho.It marks the first time the club have recorded eight victories before Christmas since the 1998/99 season under Harry Redknapp.And while Carroll told talkSPORT there is no reason why West Ham can’t claim a European spot this term, Allardyce refused to get carried away with their lofty position.“It’s a bit early yet, many things can happen over the Christmas period,” said the Hammers boss.“The position we’re in at the moment is something we didn’t expect, but we must accept that we’re here because we deserve to be.“What the players have to think now is what they can do to maintain this position for as long as possible, we have to almost reset our ambition and goals for the season.“To stay at this level our performances have to be almost at 100 per-cent every game, whereas the Manchester City’s and the Chelsea’s of this league can sometimes win a game after half an hour and conserve their energy, so that’s the difficulty.“We’re not at that level yet, but we’re in a really good position in that if we play at our best we can beat anybody at this moment in time.“We’re the only team to win three on the trot during this tough period, only Manchester United [who play Southampton on Monday] can match us, and that’s the huge importance of these three results.“It’s been a fabulous season so far, so let’s hope we can keep it going into Christmas and the New Year.”last_img read more

Vihiga United hold Tusker at Ruaraka

first_img0Shares0000Vihiga United’s Patrick Okulo attempts to move past Tusker FC’s Eric Ambunya during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 15- Tusker FC’s Kenyan Premier League struggles this season continued as they were held to a barren draw by Vihiga United at their Ruaraka Complex backyard on Sunday afternoon.With only two wins this season, Tusker were under pressure to deliver a win and ensure they pump up the journey off the bottom half of the log. Vihiga though playing away were not coming in for anything short of a win as they are also perched in the bottom half of the log. It was the visitors who had the earliest chance of the game, captain Bernard Ochieng powering a header across the face of goal in the 14th minute when he rushed in to meet a well delivered freekick from Patrick Okulo.On the other end, Tusker’s first real chance of the game came in the22nd minute when Timothy Otieno picked up the ball inside the box but his shot on the turn under pressure from the Vihiga skipper Ochieng went over.Vihiga had gotten a good hold of the game and were not afraid to express themselves, playing balls behind the Tusker defense in a bid to use their pace and break the backline.In the 32nd minute, Tusker keeper Duncan Ochieng made a great save using his body to block a shot from Dennis Wafula who had picked the ball inside the box after Andrew Murunga had nodded down the ball for him from a deep cross.Vihiga United’s Dennis Ombewa attempts to shoot under pressure from Tusker FC’s Timothy Otieno during a Kenyan Premier League clash at the Ruaraka Complex on April 15, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluFive minutes later Vincent Wonder came close with a freekick from the edge of the box which went inches over after curling beyond the wall.Tusker should have ended the half at least one up with a good chance at the end when Robert Achema played a quick one-two with Amos Asembeka but his eventual shot was weak and an easy pick for Barnabas Tiema.At the start of the second half Tusker head coach Sam Timbe changed his options upfront, Asembeka and Paul Odhiambo coming off for Mathew Odongo and Mike Khamati.The home side managed to push Vihiga into their own half but were not lucky to his the target. On the hour mark, Hashim Ssempala came close with a shot from distance which was turned against the bar by Tiema.On the other end, Duncan Ochieng pulled off another great save to deny skipper Ochieng who had taken a one-time volley at goal off an Okulo freekick.Tusker had more chances with Achema and Ssempala’s shots from range well collected by Tiema.Tusker were almost caught out five minutes to full time when Murunga broke the offside trap to meet Okullo’s cross from the left, but the former Tusker man volleyed over.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Poll: Carl Jenkinson or Aaron Cresswell – who had the biggest nightmare this weekend?

first_imgAfter both West Ham defenders were culpable of defensive errors leading to goals in the Hammers’ defeat to Bournemouth at the weekend, the Drive boys want to know your thoughts… 1 Carl Jenkinson last_img

£57m La Liga star, 18-goal star, and more! Five forwards Manchester United could sign on deadline day

first_img 3. Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) – Click the right arrow for more targets… – According to the Sunday Express, United have made an enquiry to Atletico Madrid about the Frenchman’s availability. His release clause is an eye-watering £57m but United have the cash in the bank to make this deal possible. With just two days of the transfer window remaining, Atletico will be reluctant to let their star forward leave but a big-money offer could prove too tempting to turn down. 5 Manchester United flattered to deceive in the Premier League yet again on Sunday as they lost 2-1 to Swansea City. Despite taking the lead through Juan Mata, United left the Liberty Stadium with nothing after goals from Andre Ayew and Bafetimbi Gomis condemned them to defeat. Wayne Rooney missed a gilt-edge chance to snatch a draw late on but United once again looked toothless in attack. As the transfer period enters its final hours, talkSPORT take a look at five strikers the Red Devils could buy to solve their goalscoring woes. Who do you think Louis van Gaal should try to sign before the transfer window closes? Share your thoughts…  5 5 2. Gareth Bale (Real Madrid) – Click the right arrow for more targets… – He might not be an out-and-out striker, but the Welsh wizard would represent the superstar attacking signing United fans are craving. The Sunday Express have reported that Bale could be included in a deal that sees David De Gea go the other way. A deal this summer appears unlikely given Bale’s impressive start to the season with Real Madrid but United have been long-term admirers of the former Tottenham man. 5 4. Charlie Austin (Queens Park Rangers) – Click the right arrow for more targets… – At the start of the summer, United would have set their sights on a more high-profile signing than the QPR man. But desperate times call for desperate measures and Austin’s return of 18 goals in the Premier League last season should not be ignored. West Ham and Crystal Palace have been strongly linked with 26-year-old but have yet to submit a suitable offer to QPR and United may be tempted to capitalise on other clubs’ hesitancy. 5 Could Paris Saint-Germain star Edinson Cavani join Manchester United? Click the right arrow for more targets… – He’s no Neymar, but a late swoop for Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani would surely get Man United fans excited. According to the Guardian, United expressed an interest in the Uruguayan striker earlier this summer and after their unconvincing start to the season, the Red Devils could make a late bid for the 28-year-old. 5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint-Germain) – The Swede would be open to a move to Old Trafford this summer, according to the Daily Mail and reports suggest the forward is becoming increasingly unsettled with life at Paris Saint-Germain. Despite having a controversial relationship with Louis van Gaal, Ibrahimovic has admitted he could work with the Dutchman again.last_img read more

La Liga star NOT considering future despite interest from Arsenal

first_imgArsenal target Nolito insists he is NOT currently considering his future at Celta Vigo.The 28-year-old has scored five goals in the first seven La Liga games this season, attracting the interest of Arsenal – as well as Real Madrid and Barcelona.But Nolito is under contract at Celta Vigo until 2019 so would not come cheap and he insists he is not looking for a way out.He told El Mundo Deportivo: “Barcelona’s interest? Yes that’s what is being said.“But what I know is that I’m glad to be at Vigo, I am happy. I try to stay out of it and I still have four and a half years left on my contract with Celta.“I am calm because like many things in life, what will happen will happen, whether good or bad.“I’m glad to be at Vigo, focused on my work and I have my goals in mind.”When pressed specifically on the interest from north London, Nolito added: “Arsenal? Everybody asks me but I’m still at Celta.“As I said, I try to stay out of this, because it’s not good to lose concentration with these things.“You can never know what will happen. It’s taught me that life. For now I’m at Celta Vigo and I am very happy.” 1 Nolito last_img read more