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    Henry: Poised for Arsenal return


    Arsene Wenger believes Thierry Henry could give Arsenal the same short-term boost provided by Sol Campbell when he returned to the club for a second spell in 2010.
    The Arsenal manager has confirmed Henry, the club's all-time record scorer, will sign for the Gunners on a two-month loan deal if insurance agreements can be agreed with current club the New York Red Bulls.
    And he hopes the deal will prove as successful as Campbell's 11-match stint two years ago when he filled a defensive void.
    Wenger said: "Sol was fantastic when he came back. Sol is like Thierry. Once they are committed you know you can rely on them.
    "I remember when we went to Tottenham, Sol was absolutely amazing for a guy who, three weeks before, you wondered if this guy can still play in the Premier League. He had such a capacity to fight. They have that pride. Now we have Thierry, it is a continuity of the special link with our former players."
    Wenger, however, warned Arsenal fans not to expect the Henry of 10 years ago, even though he decided after one training session to ask the 34-year-old to rejoin the club.
    Wenger said: "You do not find players on the planet of this quality who are available for two months.
    "You can never take away from people what they have done, that will remain forever. Nobody expects him to be what he was 10 years ago.
    "He is here to help out, not to suddenly be the leader, the main player in the squad. He and I are conscious that he is 34 years old, but he has not lost his class or his brain."
    Wenger wants Henry, who is available until the MLS season restarts in March, to fill the supporting striker void which will be left when Marouane Chamakh and Gervinho leave for the African Nations Cup next month, although Arsenal are trying to delay their departure by two days to leave them available for the FA Cup tie against Leeds on January 9.
    The Gunners boss insists Henry, who scored 226 times in 370 appearances for the club before moving to Barcelona in June 2007, needs two weeks to be fully match fit but in theory he could be available for seven Premier League matches, including key encounters against Manchester United and Tottenham as well as FA Cup ties and Arsenal's Champions League last-16 encounter against AC Milan.
    He said: "The players are all happy that Thierry is coming back. You can always learn in life from people who have the knowledge like he has."
    The man who Henry replaced as Arsenal's record scorer, Ian Wright, believes that Wenger should try and make the move a permanent one.
    Writing in the Sun today, he said: "I don't like the fact that it is a two-month loan - it seems a bit weird.
    "He could blitz Spurs in his final game then everyone would be on a downer if he left.
    "So for this reason, Wenger should try to make his move permanent if he does superbly. Henry should finish his career at the club and then take a role behind the scenes, like Patrick Vieira has done at Manchester City.
    News on England midfielder Jack Wilshere's ankle injury is also positive with a February return date a possibility.

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    Villas-Boas: Chelsea stars not for sale


    Manager Andre Villas-Boas has told Carlo Ancelotti to forget about poaching players from Chelsea and questioned why any of them would want to join Paris St Germain anyway.
    More than one Blues star has been linked with nouveau riche PSG in recent days, especially after it emerged Ancelotti would be their new manager.
    The former Chelsea boss was finally unveiled on Friday and is expected to be given a huge transfer war chest by the French club's billionaire Qatari owners when the window opens next month.
    But any approach for one or more of the players Ancelotti managed for two years at Stamford Bridge would be rebuffed, according to his successor.
    "They're not for sale," said Villas-Boas, who accepted managers often tried to sign their old players after taking over new clubs.
    "It's a situation that can happen."
    Villas-Boas himself failed to land Porto wing-back Alvaro Pereira after leaving the Portuguese champions for Chelsea this summer, while he has also been linked with Joao Moutinho and Hulk.
    He added: "There's always that possibility because you get to know people from the past."
    Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda, Salomon Kalou and even Frank Lampard have been linked with January moves away from Chelsea, who are looking to offload Alex and have already allowed Nicolas Anelka to join Shanghai Shenhua.
    Villas-Boas refused to rule out further January sales but insisted the Blues had "no interest" in letting anyone else leave.
    Malouda this week publicly admitted he would be prepared to move on in search of regular first-team football, while fellow forward Kalou is seeking assurances of more game time before signing a new contract to replace the one that expires this summer.
    Drogba, who is also a free agent at the end of the season, has already rejected a one-year extension to his Blues deal and he and Kalou are less than two days away from being able to pen a pre-contract agreement with a rival club.
    Villas-Boas conceded Chelsea might not be able to match the wages on offer at PSG, or in emerging markets like China, but warned almost any move from Stamford Bridge would be a step down.
    He said: "We are speaking about new ambitions, new clubs with great financial power being involved in great transfer market activity. That can attract players.
    "But look at what is being built here and our recent history in the Premier League, of winning titles.
    "We've had European trophies and great FA Cup wins, but the most successful period of the club has happened from 2000 onwards. I would say this plays a part in any player's ambition.
    "You get that impression from players when you interview them when they arrive here.
    "It is possible to make a step forward from this club, but they're few and far between.
    "PSG are a club that, for quite some time, have been desperately trying to win the French league. Great investment, great turmoil in terms of managers and ownership changes from 2000 onwards.
    "There's big investment now with the Qatari owners, but I'm unsure whether players would respond to their call as they would from the most prestigious clubs out there."
    When Roman Abramovich bought Chelsea, they had more financial clout than any other club on the planet.
    But Villas-Boas accepted they had been overtaken and could fall further behind non-European teams during the era of Financial Fair Play.
    That could ultimately affect their ability to attract players as well as keep the ones they already have.
    "There are players with ambition who want to be continually challenged in this environment," Villas-Boas said.
    "Others take into consideration social lives and family lives for the future.
    "We are speaking about emerging markets able to pay what we cannot pay.
    "It's pretty nice to appeal to a club's crest, but you have to understand your family's future is at stake sometimes, even if players are already earning wages abnormal to normal levels."
    Chelsea are no paupers, however, and Villas-Boas refused to rule out spending big in January a year after the club splashed a record 75million on Fernando Torres and David Luiz.
    "We are looking for talent, above all, always looking for the best talent available," said Villas-Boas, who was hopeful of reaching an agreement with Bolton's Gary Cahill over personal terms.
    "January is difficult because the talent is not (always) available. If it is, it's available at extra cost.
    "Hopefully we finish this deal with Cahill and then, regarding the forward situation, we will have to study and decide whether it's worth it or not."

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    Cahill: Closing on Chelsea move


    Chelsea remain confident of sealing a deal for Gary Cahill despite negotiations with the Bolton defender hitting a stumbling block.
    Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas revealed on Friday the parties were "miles apart" in their negotiations over personal terms after a 7million fee was agreed with Wanderers.
    Villas-Boas would not go into details about the impasse with Cahill - although one issue is understood to be the player's salary - or whether Chelsea had made a take-it-or-leave-it offer.
    The Portuguese was nevertheless hopeful of a positive outcome, saying: "I think we can sort it out - it should be no problem.
    "It's in my chief executive's hands at the moment. It's an ongoing conversation.
    "We'll have to wait for the best outcome. The best outcome for us is for the player to join us."
    However, Villas-Boas warned Chelsea would turn elsewhere if an agreement could not be reached.
    "We will continue to monitor this situation as we continue to monitor the other targets for this position," he said.
    England star Cahill is not short of admirers, with Arsenal seeing a bid rejected for him in the summer and Tottenham also coming close to landing the defender.
    Spurs retain an interest and may choose to gazump Chelsea, as they did when signing Steven Pienaar from Everton in January.
    Villas-Boas had no doubt about Cahill's qualities, despite Bolton's current struggles in the Premier League.
    He said: "I think his technical attributes are immense. His pace is fantastic as well.
    "There are weaknesses. But they're also related to the collective organisation of Bolton.
    "He's a player who has been playing magnificently well at international level, normally alongside John Terry, and he can add to this squad or any squad in the Premier League. He can make this jump."
    Bolton boss Owen Coyle was confident Cahill would give his all in what could be his final game for the club against Wolves.
    He said: "I have said to Gary that he has to be focused on giving everything for Bolton Wanderers, because he knows Bolton Wanderers has been terrific for him just as much as Gary has been for us.
    "That is why they have representatives - to sort that out - and whatever January 1 brings, it will bring."
    An early January sale of Cahill, who is out of contract in the summer, would give Coyle plenty of time to buy a replacement.
    New York Red Bulls defender Tim Ream has been linked, as has Chelsea midfielder Josh McEachran on a loan deal.
    Villas-Boas reiterated yesterday Bolton would not receive preferential treatment should Cahill complete his move in the opposite direction.
    But the Chelsea boss did confirm he was considering farming out McEachran, who is also wanted by Premier League new boys Swansea.

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    Lee Clark: Looking to boost Huddersfield's squad


    Huddersfield boss Lee Clark says he "might need a bigger shopping bag in January" after being troubled by his side's recent defensive displays.
    The Terriers sit third in League One ahead of their promotion rivals' games on Saturday afternoon but Clark expects more from his men.
    They could have moved second with victory over Carlisle on Friday night but had to settle for a 1-1 draw at the Galpharm Stadium.
    That was disappointing for Clark and he could now make a bigger impact in the January sales.
    "The incentive was there to get the three points to into the top two and put the pressure on the teams playing tomorrow but we've got to dust ourselves down as there's no point feeling sorry for ourselves," he said after the match.
    "There are lots of positives but ultimately we have to stop this nonsense in terms of what we are doing at the back.
    "It is driving me crazy and we will work a lot on the defensive work.
    "The same players keep making the same errors so I might need a bigger shopping bag than I thought in January."
    Clark was full of praise for Jordan Rhodes after Huddersfield's star striker found the back of the net for his 21st goal of the season in all competitions.
    The forward missed a late chance to give the Yorkshire club victory but Clark still feels he will have impressed the watching Scotland boss Craig Levein.
    "I tell you what if he gets the same chance on Monday (against Notts County) he will just tuck it in with no second thoughts.
    "His overall performance tonight was of an international class player. His hold-up play, his movement, his touch, his desire, his winning of the aerial battles against two big lads was top drawer.
    "Craig Levein was here and he must have been impressed by that as he was absolutely superb."

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    Didier Drogba: Talks with Chelsea continue


    Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has not ruled out reaching an agreement with Didier Drogba over a new deal despite the January transfer window looming.
    Drogba is out of contract at Stamford Bridge in the summer and will be free to talk with potential suitors next month over a possible move, with clubs in France and China thought to be interested.
    Should the Ivory Coast international stay put in January it would mean he could leave on a free transfer at the end of the season.
    Negotiations with the Blues over an extension are on-going but the striker is yet to be offered the two-year deal he reportedly covets, with the club refusing to budge on their 12-month proposal.
    The stalemate suggests Drogba could be on the move in the near future but manager Villas-Boas remains hopeful he will stay.
    "We've had these talks before," he said Chelsea. "Our interest is there and the agreement hasn't been done.
    "January arrives and the player is free to start speaking to other people and he has this advantage but his integrity and his values are never in question, neither his professionalism.
    "We have to reach an agreement. It's a two-way process and it's been on-going for quite some time.
    "We could have reached an agreement earlier but it wasn't the case and now January arrives for the player to consider his options.
    "For me as a manager it's important to count on the player and person and I'm sure I can have it 100 per cent."
    The Blues are thought to be closing on a deal for Bolton's Gary Cahill, which would clear the way for defender Alex to leave after he has fallen down the pecking order.
    Villas-Boas says, while the club are yet to receive any concrete offers for the Brazilian, there has been plenty of interest, adding: "There has been a lot of interest of course, and the player is a player of quality and has been associated with numerous clubs in different countries.
    "Regarding the options we are taking we always identified that position to be strengthened after the decision we took and we feel we are ready to respond as soon as the market opens and that's our main prerogative."

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    David Beckham: No PSG deal yet


    David Beckham's representatives have stressed the midfielder is yet to commit to Paris St Germain, insisting they remain in negotiations with "a number of clubs".
    Reports in France continue to suggest Beckham has already agreed a deal with the Ligue 1 giants, who have unveiled former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti as their new coach.
    The former England captain is out of contract at Major League Soccer outfit LA Galaxy at the end of the month and is thought to be heading to PSG on an 18-month contract.
    But the 36-year-old's representatives, 19Management, have rejected fresh reports that the ex-Manchester United star has already signed with the Parisian side.
    "There is no agreement with PSG at this time, an offer does not make a contract, we continue to hold negotiations with a number of clubs," Beckham's representatives said in a statement released by the SEMP public relations company.
    "No decision has been made and we do not expect one at the moment."
    Despite the agency's insistence, PSG's mega-rich owners Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) expressed confidence that Beckham would "soon be a player for PSG".
    They said: "We are confident that he will be in attendance for the (friendly) match with AC Milan, and are happy to see David and his family settle into Paris."

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