WEST BROM TO GO BACK TO HODGSON
Well then, this is some bona fide big news. In the Daily Mirror, Dave Kidd reports that Roy Hodgson has been sounded out regarding taking over from Tony Pulis at West Brom.
‘It is understood the Baggies asked former England manager Hodgson whether he would be interested in going back to the Hawthorns for a second spell in charge, while making contingency plans in case current boss Tony Pulis quits his post,’ Kidd writes, before saying that Albion do intend to stick with Pulis.
Hodgson has previously managed West Brom, enjoying a reasonably successful spell before taking over at England. Now 69, there were suspicions that he might retire, but Kidd also says that Uncle Roy still fancies a return to management.
IVANOVIC ON HIS WAY OUT OF CHELSEA
There’s some logical stuff in the Daily Telegraph on the future of Branislav Ivanovic, who the paper believe could be surplus to requirements at Chelsea. It’s logical because Chelsea have signed a left-back in Marcos Alonso and a central defender in David Luiz. The expectation is that Cesar Azpilicueta shifts over to Ivanovic’s place on the right.
However, we can’t help feeling that we’ve been here before. We thought Ivanovic was done at Chelsea when they signed Filipe Luis. And when they signed Baba Rahman. And when Ivanovic was playing woefully last season. Yet still he remains, like the big-arsed barnacle that he is.
BARCELONA GIVE UP ON BELLERIN
A line from Mundo Deportivo now, and one that will make Arsenal supporters breathe a little easier. They report that Barcelona have given up on the signing of Hector Bellerin, after numerous approaches were rejected out of hand.
Bellerin had been identified as the perfect replacement for the departing Dani Alves, but the player himself stated that he was happy with life in London. Arsenal had no interest in selling at any price, and Barcelona have reportedly decided that they will not pay silly money.
In addition, Mundo Deportivo talk up the performances of Sergi Roberto since being moved into the right-back role.
AND THE REST
Zlatan Ibrahimovic surprised his Manchester team-mates by turning up with his own personal physio… Manchester United fans have criticised Feyenoord after receiving a heavily reduced ticket allocation for the Europa League clash… Crystal Palace face competition to sign free agent and former Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini… Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi is poised to face Southampton after shaking off a hip injury… New West Ham signing Alvaro Arbeloa, 33, turned down AC Milan in favour of a Premier League move… Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, has hinted that he will move away from the club next season.