BRING ON THE MOYES
It’s as exciting as it is inevitable, but at what point will David ‘THE CHOSEN ONE’ Moyes make his long-awaited return to Premier League football?
According to the Daily Star Sunday (and the Sunday Express), it could be rather soon. Tim Sherwood looks like a man on borrowed time at Aston Villa after defeat to Chelsea left his side with one point from a possible 24, and Moyes is reportedly eyeing a return to England with the Midlands side.
Much of this one depends on Villa and their patience with a manager appointed only in February. Sherwood is Villa’s fifth manager since 2010, but it’s difficult to shake off the opinion that the former Spurs boss is horribly out of his depth in the Premier League. With nine games gone and only Sunderland and Newcastle beneath them, Villa chiefs could act quickly and oust Sherwood, in which case Moyes would surely top the list of potential replacements. The Scot is struggling after a positive start at Real Sociedad, and Villa would provide him with the perfect return following his Manchester United debacle.
ARSENAL EYEING GRIEZMANN
Antoine Griezmann is French, young and highly-talented. Basically, he is a stereotypical Arsenal target. He is also a literal one, according to the great Fichajes.net.
The glorious Spanish website claim that Arsene Wenger has identified the Atletico Madrid forward as an ideal signing, but that it must be ahead of next summer’s European Championships in order to avoid any potential increase on his value.
They go on to admit that while Griezmann is happy in Spain, ‘anything can happen in football’. However, it would take ‘at least 45million euros (£33million)’ to sign the 24-year-old who joined Atleti last summer for £24million.
Fichajes accredit ‘the British press’ for their reports, and the Metro predictably picked up on the claims by late Saturday. Considering the only mentions of Griezmann in the British press within the last two months concern interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid, one has to wonder just where Fichajes information has come from.
FALCAO TO BARCELONA?
Sticking with Fichajes, with the Spanish publication reporting that Barcelona are considering making a move for supposed Chelsea striker Radamel Falcao.
Barca are widely reported to be seeking a ‘Henrik Larsson style’ forward this January, a player who is willing to play second fiddle to the Messi-Suarez-Neymar triumvirate. Plenty of potential targets have been identified, but now Fichajes are reporting that Spanish newspaper Don Balon claim Falcao is close to the top of Barca’s list.
The Colombian has scored just five goals in 38 games in the Premier League since joining Manchester United on loan last year, but Barca could be counting on the 29-year-old rekindling the kind of form he found last time he was in Spanish football, scoring an incredible 70 goals in 91 games for Atletico Madrid. It’d be a pretty big leap, mind…
AND THE REST
West Ham are watching Ivory Coast international striker Gohi Bi Zoro Cyriac of Belgian club Oostende…Huddersfield lead Everton and Crystal Palace in the race to sign Ballymena whizz-kid Matthew Shelvin…Newcastle boss Steve McClaren wants Manchester United misfit Victor Valdes to solves his goalkeeping crisis…Bayern Munich have identified Carlo Ancelotti as a potential successor to Pep Guardiola as fears grow the Spaniard could leave for Manchester City in the summer…David Ospina could consider his Arsenal future if he is dropped from the Champions League line-up against Bayern Munich this week…QPR striker Charlie Austin will turn down all Premier League interest in January – to move on a free transfer next summer…Swansea keeper Kristoffer Nordfeldt plans to leave in January to safegaur his place with Sweden Ahead of Euro 2016 – if they get there in the play-offs…Bolton youngster Zach Clough, a reported target of Manchester United, is set to sign a new contract at Bolton…Arsene Wenger wants to launch a second bid for striker Aleksandr Kokorin…Chelsea are in a battle with Arsenal to land teenage Swiss flier Nishan Burkart.