Club Brugge midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe is back on the agenda of Everton boss David Moyes. Club Brugge midfielder Vadis Odjidja-Ofoe is back on the agenda of Everton boss David Moyes.The Daily Mail says Everton manager David Moyes is stepping up his pursuit of Belgium midfielder Odjidja-Ofoe after ordering a form report of him in European action on Thursday night.Eager to bolster Everton’s impressive push for a top-four finish in the Barclays Premier League, Moyes has earmarked Odjidja-Ofoe ’s energy as the ideal addition to his midfield and is ready to try and sign him at the second attempt when the January transfer window opens.A deadline-day bid in August was thwarted by red tape, but Moyes is back on the trail of the 23-year-old after dispatching one of his top scouts to watch him in Bruges’ Europa League tie with Bordeaux.Everton believed they had signed him on loan in August, until FIFA ruled the paperwork had been submitted too late and prevented the move going through.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he’s a fan of Aston Villa powerhouse Christian Benteke. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits he’s a fan of Aston Villa powerhouse Christian Benteke.The big Belgian dropped a bombshell last week when he revealed he loves the Gunners and only joined Villa as a stepping stone to bigger things.So Benteke will be pleased to hear he is on Wenger’s radar.He said: “We have looked at him but we had already signed Giroud who had a clause in his contract, so that was an easy decision.”
Manchester City have made a shock move for Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil. Manchester City have made a shock move for Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil.BILD says City took the opportunity of their Champions League clash with Real Madrid to make an approach for Ozil, it has been revealed.The 24-year-old was contacted through a consultant for the Premier League champions.Ozil was an unused substitute for his side’s 1-1 draw with City on Wednesday night.
Harry Redknapp is in the money after taking charge of QPR.The Daily Star says Redknapp snubbed a staggering £3m-a-year, THREE days-a-week deal from the Ukrainian FA. Harry Redknapp is in the money after taking charge of QPR.The Daily Star says Redknapp snubbed a staggering £3m-a-year, THREE days-a-week deal from the Ukrainian FA.Instead he has been handed a two-and-a-half year deal similar to Hughes’ worth £3m a year.Redknapp is also set to land a bumper bonus in the region of £1m if he keeps Rangers up.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he won’t panic buy in January. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert insists he won’t panic buy in January.Lambert has spoken to Randy Lerner, Villa’s owner, to discuss plans for the January transfer window, although he says that he will not be pressurised into making signings because of the team’s plight.”At the end of December we’ll see where we are and where we go from there,” said the Scot. “Even when you get to January, I never panic. In some cases you can do that because of inflated prices and people wanting ridiculous money for players.That’s something I won’t do, I won’t panic in the last week or so.”
Chelsea players are furious after a slip by Rafa Benitez yesterday.The Daily Star says Benitez has had a bust-up with TWO senior Chelsea stars just TWO days into the job. Chelsea players are furious after a slip by Rafa Benitez yesterday.The Daily Star says Benitez has had a bust-up with TWO senior Chelsea stars just TWO days into the job.The Spaniard scored a massive own goal when he revealed Frank Lampard and Ashley Cole won’t be getting new contracts at the club – without the players knowing the fact themselves.Benitez caused outrage in the dressing room by letting slip the pair’s time at Stamford Bridge was up.Lampard in particular was seething as, although it has been widely assumed they were not likely to get new deals when their contracts expire this summer, they have had no actual confirmation from the club.
Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is adamant they’ll beat the drop.Villa are currently in the bottom three. Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert is adamant they’ll beat the drop.Villa are currently in the bottom three.Asked whether he was confident Villa would be clear of the scrap at the bottom, Lambert replied: “Yeah, I’m always positive. When we win games or lose them, I try not to dwell on them. I think it’s important that you let it go and move on to the next one as quickly as you can. The crowd are with us – you’ve got to keep the crowd on your side, I think that’s important. The lads will need them as well. I’ve always said that.”
Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has mocked Rafa Benitez over his appointment at Chelsea. Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has mocked Rafa Benitez over his appointment at Chelsea.Mourinho – now coach at Real Madrid – could not resist a swipe at his former rival.When he was informed that Benitez had landed the Chelsea job, Mourinho laughed and said: “So Materazzi assistant?”That was a reference to retired Italian defender Marco Materazzi, who worked under Benitez at Inter Milan.He was quoted as saying: “Benitez thought that he knew everything, but instead he was afraid of his own shadow.”
Liverpool hero Didi Hamann says Rafa Benitez will win the Premier League with Chelsea. Liverpool hero Didi Hamann says Rafa Benitez will win the Premier League with Chelsea.Benítez has initially only been given the job at Stamford Bridge until the end of the season, but Hamann is confident Chelsea can win title with him in charge.“If Rafa is at Chelsea for a couple of seasons I can guarantee they will win the title,” he told the Telegraph. “I think they may well win it this season because he is taking over a squad which already has some excellent players.“It’s a really good squad and that will suit him. It is the perfect situation for him. It’s an excellent appointment, regardless of how long he has been given at this stage.“The players at Chelsea have, perhaps, had a little too much to say, but they have a strong manager who will take control. They are a group of who have had some fantastic success, but that is in the past and they need to focus on what they want to achieve going forward.”
AS Roma are being sued by kit sponsors Kappa.Roma have terminated their contract with Kappa due to “serious defects,” but in turn the kit sponsors announced they will take the club to court. AS Roma are being sued by kit sponsors Kappa.Roma have terminated their contract with Kappa due to “serious defects,” but in turn the kit sponsors announced they will take the club to court.“In consideration of the serious defects found in the technical material and the line of clothing produced by BASIC ITALIA S.p.A. for the 2012/13 season, the A.S. Roma S.p.A. board of directors has decided to cancel the contract with the technical sponsor with immediate effect due to BASIC ITALIA’s non-performance of contractual obligations.“The board of directors reserve the right to pursue A.S. Roma’s best interests through the appropriate channels.“The A.S. Roma team will continue to wear the technical material with the Kappa brand until the end of the current season.”However, this evening President of BasicNet S.p.A. Marco Boglione, which includes Kappa, gave a statement to the ANSA news agency.“For over a year the Americans now in charge of Roma have declared their intention to terminate the contract with us.“The reasons they gave with regards to the quality of material are nothing more than excuses which will be torn apart by the judges.“Unfortunately, from Monday our rapport with the club will be only through the courts.”