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    David Beckham: Still weighing up his future


    David Beckham's representatives have denied reports that the former England captain has already signed a deal to join Paris St Germain.
    Speculation in France has claimed that the 36-year-old has accepted an 18-month deal to join PSG when his contract at Los Angeles Galaxy expires at the end of the month.
    However, a spokesperson for the midfielder stated that Beckham is still weighing up his options and has yet to make a decision on his future.
    "No agreement with any football club has been reached," said the spokesperson.
    "Any talk of a deal is premature. David is presently considering his options."
    Beckham has reportedly been offered the opportunity to stay in Major League Soccer with the Galaxy for a further year and has also been linked with a return to the Premier League.
    The former Manchester United midfielder trained with Tottenham Hotspur earlier this year, but has previously admitted he would find it difficult to play for another English club.
    Queens Park Rangers had been linked with a bid, but PSG remain favourites to sign Beckham, who wants to be part of the Team GB squad at the 2012 Olympics.

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    Tevez: Looks set to leave Manchester City


    Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini has delivered a thinly-veiled attack on Kia Joorabchian by claiming Carlos Tevez has received bad advice during his time with the Blues.
    And in an equally stinging assessment, Mancini has questioned Wayne Bridge's motives for staying at City, hinting that the defender was more interested in money than the game.
    City officials will meet AC Milan counterparts on Thursday in an attempt to thrash out a deal that would allow Tevez to leave for Italy during next month's transfer window.
    The obvious problem is that Milan want to negotiate an initial loan period, which would then turn into a permanent transfer in the summer.
    City are not willing to countenance this and meanwhile, the player remains in Argentina, where he has repeatedly been pictured playing golf.
    "We were better with Carlos in the squad because he is a fantastic striker," said Mancini, ahead of Wednesday night's Premier League encounter with Stoke.
    "I had a good relationship with him and he was always well behaved.
    "I don't know what happened but it was really strange and frustrating because we were better, 100 per cent."
    Asked directly whether Tevez had received some bad advice, Mancini replied: "Yes."
    Tevez's advisor, Joorabchian used to have a close relationship with the City hierarchy but, as they eased him away, so the club have made a link with Tevez becoming increasingly difficult to deal with.
    Twice the 27-year-old slapped in transfer requests, citing personal problems and a desire to settle somewhere more acceptable to his wife and two young daughters.
    Despite interest from wealthy French outfit Paris St-Germain, AC Milan appear to be his preferred destination.
    Yet Mancini is adamant they will need to come up with the money.
    "When Manchester City buy a player, they have to pay a lot of money," he said.
    "But when we want to sell them, they have to go on loan. This is not good. It is not correct for the other players.
    "Manchester City paid Carlos a lot of money for three years. It is correct that if one club, it could be Milan, Juventus, PSG, Inter, want him, they pay Carlos for his value. This is correct.
    "They can't have him on loan, 100 per cent."
    Whilst it could be argued there is little point keeping Tevez on the playing staff, where he is a distraction in the overall aim of winning the Premier League title, Mancini feels that a player in the peak years of his career should not voluntarily miss an entire season.
    To that end, the City boss simply does not understand Bridge.
    An England international two years ago, Bridge knew last year he had no future with the Blues and spent the last half of the season on loan at West Ham.
    However, collecting a weekly salary believed to be around 90,000, the former Chelsea man has found no-one willing to match those terms, even though there are plenty, including Celtic according to Mancini, who would like to sign him.
    "I don't understand why there are some players that have a chance to go and play, maybe not in the Premier League but in the Championship, and don't," said Mancini.
    "I don't know why you would want to stay at a club where you can't play.
    "When we are young and start to play football we don't play for money, we play because we like football. Every player should have this target in mind - to play football.
    "Wayne is a good guy, but he had two or three chances in the summer, including Celtic, who are an important team.
    "He trains with us sometimes and sometimes with the young players but I hope, for him, he leaves in January because it's difficult for a player to stay training every day."
    Meanwhile, Mancini has confirmed he is fighting a losing battle in his attempts to delay the departure of Yaya and Kolo Toure to the African Nations Cup.
    City were hoping to have the pair available for a Premier League trip to Wigan on January 16, just five days before the tournament kicks-off.
    However, this idea has so far been rebuffed by the Ivory Coast, who are insisting the pair join up a week earlier than that, which would make them available for the FA Cup tie with Manchester United but not the following Wednesday's Carling Cup semi-final first-leg against Liverpool.
    "I think they will leave after United, two weeks before the start of the African Cup," said Mancini.
    "If we can find another solution with the Ivory Coast federation, that will be good, but it is difficult."

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    Wenger: Could sign full-back on loan


    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may look to bring a full-back in on loan in January after revealing that Kieran Gibbs has suffered another setback on his recovery from stomach surgery.
    Arsenal head to Aston Villa without one recognised full-back after Johan Djourou joined Gibbs, Andre Santos, Carl Jenkinson and Bacary Sagna on the club's injury list thanks to a groin strain he suffered in defeat at Manchester City on Sunday.
    That means Wenger will have to include either teenager Ignasi Miquel or centre-back Sebastien Squillaci in his side, with Thomas Vermaelen and Laurent Koscielny likely to play at full-back.
    Wenger expected all his injured defenders to be out until 2012, except Gibbs, who was due to return this week.
    He suffered a hernia in October but, despite initial optimism that the 22-year-old would be out for a fortnight, he struggled to recover and had to undergo surgery last month.
    With Santos recently ruled out until March, Wenger desperately hoped that Gibbs would be fit for Wednesday night's game, but the left-back has now suffered another setback on his road to recovery, leaving Wenger to contemplate bringing in a temporary replacement next month.
    "He (Gibbs) will see a specialist again and if something happens there that he has had a real setback then we could (go in to the loan market), possibly, yes," Wenger said.
    "That's what we are doing. We are starting to look at players if Gibbs is not back."
    Wenger admitted that his team's defeat at City was caused partly by him having to introduce Miquel, 19, and reshuffle his back-four.
    With the Gunners facing Villa, QPR, Wolves and Fulham over the festive period, the Frenchman concedes asking his centre-backs to play out of position in such a key period is risky.
    "No solution will be ideal because whatever we do, two players will have to play out of position," Wenger added.
    "We have centre-backs who do not like to play at full back and we are a team who likes to go forward through the full-backs, so they are in a position where they have to produce different games.
    "That is much more demanding physically. That exposes us even more to injuries."
    Wenger did reveal some good news from the treatment room about Bacary Sagna, who broke his leg in October, however.
    "He has started to run again yesterday and today," Wenger said.
    Although Arsenal by no means disgraced themselves at the Etihad Stadium at the weekend, the result meant the club's eight-match unbeaten run came to and end.
    The sequence, which started in October, put Arsenal back in to the hunt for a Champions League place after a woeful start which included defeats to rivals Tottenham, Liverpool and Manchester United.
    The north London outfit are still three points behind fourth-place Chelsea, though, and Wenger admits his men must quickly forget the defeat at City if they are to break back in to the top four.
    "I said after the game that we can take a lot of encouragement therefore it's important we respond quickly," Wenger said.
    "It (the loss) was very difficult to explain. All players had spirit.
    "We are a team who wants to respond quickly now and keep our spirit and determination.
    "Then we have a bright future, but it's important that if we keep that spirit and determination we can go from strength to strength. "We are not the same team we were two months ago."
    Meanwhile, Arsenal expect to find out on Wednesday if their home game against Wolves on Boxing Day will go ahead.
    The club are considering moving the game back 24 hours due to a proposed tube drivers' strike called by union Aslef.
    London Underground are challenging Aslef's proposed action in the High Court on Wednesday and Arsenal are expected to base their decision on the outcome.
    It will be almost impossible for the 60,000 ticket-holders for the game to reach the Emirates Stadium if strike action goes ahead.
    Chelsea's home game against Fulham could also be postponed if the 24-hour walk out takes place.

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    Walter Smith: Left Rangers at the end of last season


    Former Rangers boss Walter Smith could be tempted by a return to management if offered the right opportunity.
    The 63-year-old quit the Scottish champions at the end of last season, bringing to an end a second successful spell at the Ibrox helm.
    Although not keen to pursue offers which have come his way so far, Smith does not consider himself to be retired just yet and could make a return to the game.
    He said: "I'll wait and see if an offer comes along that I would be interested in. I haven't actively pursued that at the moment.
    "I've had a couple [of offers] back in August and September but not ones I would have wanted to take."
    The former Scotland and Everton boss added: "I suppose when you get to my age, you are thinking of retiring anyway.
    "But I think in a football sense, you find a lot of people who come to my age and who are not involved, they can get the offer for an opportunity to get back into the game at different spells.
    "If I get one, I'll consider it. I wouldn't say I was in retirement at the present moment.
    "You miss the footballing parts, there is no doubt that happens.
    "That's the part that I do miss - the involvement in matches and the competitive aspect of seeing your team play against another.
    "I don't miss an awful lot of the rest of the stuff but I miss that aspect of it."
    Smith revealed he has limited his visits to Ibrox since his departure but has been impressed by his successor Ally McCoist.
    He said: "I've only been to a couple of games this season. It's been strange to watch them mainly on television.
    "With the changes - a new owner, a new manager and some new players to integrate into the team - I feel Alistair has started very well."
    Smith, who was helping to promote ESPN's festive football schedule, believes next week's Old Firm derby at Celtic Park could be pivotal in the title race as McCoist aims to steer Rangers to the SPL crown in his first season in the hotseat.
    He said: "From a Rangers point of view, the next few matches are obviously vitally important.
    "For any club, if you find yourself in the early part of the year going into the second half of the season at the top of the league, that's a big thing psychologically.
    "That's what makes the forthcoming games big games for both clubs."

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    Steve Kean: Under more pressure


    Blackburn manager Steve Kean has claimed he still expects to be in charge of the club for the Boxing Day trip to Liverpool despite the 2-1 home defeat to Bolton.
    The result sent Rovers plummeting to the foot of the Premier League and drew more vicious abuse for the Scot from home fans, who booed him throughout.
    Yet he insists he does not expect to get sacked.
    "I expect to be here on Boxing Day," said Kean.
    "I would be completely shocked if they (the owners) decide to replace me, yes."
    It had been suggested a board meeting had been convened for Wednesday.
    Given Kean was nearly dismissed earlier this month, it was expected by many to end his time in charge.
    Yet the Scot insists there is no such meeting.
    "There is no board meeting tomorrow," he said.
    "I spoke to the owners prior to the game and I spoke to them at length yesterday."
    Rovers were 2-0 down at the break after goals from Mark Davies and Nigel Reo-Coker and although a much-improved second-half display brought a goal for Yakubu, the hosts could not force another.
    "I was disappointed with our first-half performance," said Kean. "We never really got started and let Bolton dictate the play.
    "I hope I can win the fans over but I can only do that by winning games."
    Kean knows the only side to be bottom on Christmas Day and still survive in the Premier League era is West Brom.
    It is a long way back now, though, and the Scot's future will continue to be the subject of intense debate as owners Venky's, who were also condemned by the Rovers fans, determine Kean's fate.
    However, veteran Spanish full-back Michel Salgado already knows his, given extended leave by Blackburn despite their chronic shortage of defenders.
    "We have given him time off to speak with his agency because he won't be here at the end of the year," said Kean, who denied Salgado was close to triggering a clause in his contract which would automatically give him a year's extension.
    "He has got a clause which activates after a certain amount of games but he is miles away from that."

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    Neymar: Reportedly agreed a deal with Barca


    Barcelona have refused to confirm or deny reports they have agreed a deal to sign Brazil striker Neymar from Santos.
    Reports in Spain said Barca had agreed a deal to pay 10million euros in advance in order to have the right to conclude a transfer for the 19-year-old before 2014, with Santos forced to pay financial penalties if they choose not to sell the player before that date.
    But at a press conference on Wednesday, Barca spokesman Toni Frexia refused to be drawn on the question.
    "What we do is communicate agreements when they are finalised," he said. "We also respect that the player is a member of another team, Santos, so we have nothing to say.
    "I don't explain things that we are doing until they are done."

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    Eggert Jonsson: Snapped up by Wolves


    Hearts utility player Eggert Jonsson has agreed to join Wolves on a three-and-a-half-year contract from January 1.
    Jonsson, 23, has signed for an undisclosed fee after passing a medical.
    He started his career in Iceland with second division side KF Fjardabyggdar before joining Hearts in the summer of 2006.
    Jonsson, who can play at full-back, centre-back and in midfield, was voted player of the year by Hearts supporters for the 2009-2010 campaign and made more than 150 appearances for the club.
    Jonsson, who joins former Hearts defender Christophe Berra at Molineux, has won 12 full caps for Iceland and also represented his country at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 levels.
    Wolves boss Mick McCarthy said: "We've been watching Eggert for a long time and he has impressed our scouts up there.
    "He's a versatile midfield player who can play in a number of positions comfortably and will be a good addition to the squad.
    "He's a good player now but he's also one of those at an age where he has got more improvement in him and should get better and better. Playing alongside better players in a better league will only help him in that respect."
    The deal will be ratified on January 1 when the transfer window reopens.
    Jonsson said: "I've been up in Scotland for a long time and feel ready to take the next step.
    "Wolves is a great club for me to do that so hopefully I can get into the team and keep improving. I've been at Hearts for six years and have got a lot of friends up there.
    "I played in Europe (the Europa League) and also a fair few internationals and hopefully I can bring my best form to Wolves and continue to improve."
    Jonsson added: "I've met the manager and I liked the way he came across to me.
    "He seems to be doing things the right way and hopefully I will help him here and he will help me. I'm really looking forward to working with him."

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    Gary Cahill: Being monitored by Chelsea


    Chelsea and Tottenham look set for yet another transfer tug-of-war after Andre Villas-Boas admitted his interest in signing Gary Cahill.
    Thursday night sees the two clubs renew their on-field rivalry when the Blues travel to White Hart Lane for a game Villas-Boas admitted his side cannot afford to lose if they are to keep their realistic Barclays Premier League title hopes alive.
    They could then renew hostilities when the January transfer window opens, with Chelsea manager Villas-Boas and Spurs counterpart Harry Redknapp both confirmed admirers of Bolton defender Cahill.
    Redknapp narrowly missed out on the England star last summer and recently admitted he was considering trying again to sign him next month.
    Villas-Boas denied reports Bolton had accepted a 7million bid from Chelsea but confirmed Cahill, who is out of contract next summer, was a potential target.
    "We are aware of Gary's contractual situation," Villas-Boas said.
    "His talent is never in question. He is an interesting player for the club."
    Chelsea are short of experienced cover in central defence, with Alex having been banished from the first-team squad after handing in a transfer request.
    Villas-Boas, who said he had yet to receive any offers for the Brazilian, added: "We have taken a decision this season regarding Alex - a transfer request accepted - but we haven't decided yet on what we are going to do with the Alex situation.
    "We'll have to let the market open and make the wisest of decisions, whether it be on Alex, Cahill or other central defenders who are available."
    Tottenham and Chelsea have already clashed twice this year on the transfer front, with the former coming out on top on both occasions.
    Spurs won the race for Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar in January, while they rejected several bids from the Blues for star playmaker Luka Modric during the summer.
    Villas-Boas admitted for the first time today that the club had made a decision on their January transfer targets.
    "We have been identifying targets that might strengthen the team," he said.
    "But we have to decide who we go for."
    With almost half the Premier League season gone, it is becoming evident Chelsea's squad is not strong enough to provide a sustained challenge to leaders Manchester City.
    And Villas-Boas has conceded his side could not afford another defeat.
    "At the moment, yes, that's the case," he said.
    "(Manchester) United the same, Tottenham the same. City went through these difficult games and are beatable, but they're also competent.
    "You wouldn't expect them to lose many games."
    Villas-Boas must decide whether to drop Frank Lampard for another big game, with Ramires fit to return from a leg knock.
    Chelsea, who enjoyed a long unbeaten record against Tottenham during the 1990s and early 2000s, have not won at White Hart Lane since 2005.
    With third-placed Spurs arguably stronger now than they have been since the 1960s, ending that sequence might have proven tougher than ever.
    But with Redknapp facing injury concerns over Ledley King, Gareth Bale, Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon, tomorrow could be a good time to visit.
    Bale and Lennon would be particularly missed and Villas-Boas said: "Those two are key players, vertical players, quick and explosive who create problems on the flanks, and they are big parts of Redknapp's philosophy.
    "But I'm sure Harry has enough solutions to turn the situation around."
    Indeed, Redknapp's stock has never been higher and he is now the firm favourite to succeed Fabio Capello as England manager next summer.
    Villas-Boas said: "He has pedigree, experience, knowledge.
    "At the moment, England are led by one of the most successful managers of all time in football, so you are in pretty good hands.
    "The decision regarding their future is not for me to decide, but I'd say that Capello is more than competent to take England to the highest level. Not saying Redknapp, if chosen, is not."

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    Chris Herd: New Villa deal done


    Aston Villa utility player Chris Herd has vowed to keep on improving after signing a new four-year contract with the club.
    Herd had 18 months remaining of his current deal but has earned his new contract after impressing manager Alex McLeish, particularly since switching from right-back to central midfield.
    The Australia Under-20 international told the club's official website: "I am really happy to have signed a new contract and I'm pleased that I'm going to be here for the next four years.
    "When we came back for pre-season the gaffer said he would give anyone a chance who deserves it and hopefully I can repay him and keep improving.
    "Coming through the ranks the fans have been great for me, both home and away - and I really appreciate it.
    "Growing up here, coming through the youth team, the reserves and then eventually the first team, they see that and they are happy about that to see youth players coming through."

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