Is Jermain Defoe worth £6.5 million?

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Tottenham have reportedly valued Jermain Defoe at £6.5 million, with West Ham linked with bringing him back to Upton Park.

Jermain Defoe has yet to establish himself in Andre Villas Boas’ first team plans. Certainly not in the league anyway, he has mainly been used in the Europa League which he can’t stop scoring in.

With the World Cup coming up at the end of the season, Defoe may himself want to move on to get more minutes under his belt. The Times have reported that Spurs have put a value of £6.5 million on Defoe.

Defoe would have a lot of suitors if he was available. He has been linked with a move to the MLS, but that would be a waste. A move there is unlikely tot do his England chances any good, and he can still do a job at the highest level in this country. That is why I believe a move to Queens Park Rangers would be a strange one as well. Obviously Harry Redknapp is a big fan having managed him already in three separate spells. A drop to the Championship should not be considered by the 31-year-old.

Jermain Defoe still remains one of the best natural finishers in the country. When given a chance, he will more often that not put the ball in the back of the net. He is an exemplary finisher, and one that many clubs in the Premier League currently struggling for goals would be desperate to have. Teams like Sunderland, West Ham, and Stoke, currently lacking a classic goalscorer would love to have Defoe on board.

AVB does like Defoe too, and has praised him in the past, but given he only plays with one striker in the team, £26 million Roberto Soldado is always likely to get the nod ahead of the former Portsmouth striker.

£6.5 million still represents a decent fee for a 31-year-old. AVB wouldn’t want to lose him as he can see that he is still important to the club.

Defoe’s goals could hypothetically keep a team up. He has always hit the ground running when transferred, scoring on his debut on all five occasions. West Ham and other clubs could find themselves in even more precarious positions come January. Defoe is someone who wouldn’t take time to settle in and would not represent a gamble, as he is a natural goalscorer. Therefore £6.5 million would not seem like much at all. I feel that price does represent Defoe’s value at this moment in time.

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Would ex Manchester United player solve West Ham’s problems?

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West Ham have been linked with a move for former Red Devil, Diego Forlan.

West Ham and Big Sam have had a lot of striker problems so far this season. Their star signing in the summer was Andy Carroll who they reportedly forked out £15 million for, as well as giving him wages of £100,000 a week. Unfortunately he has had a recurring Achilles injury that has kept him out all season so far.

West Ham’s other striking options haven’t had the best of season’s either. They are expected to invest in another forward in January, and The Mirror has reported that they are interested in Diego Forlan. The Uruguayan is currently at Internacional in Brazil but would be open to a move to England.

Forlan must feel that he has something to prove in England. Obviously he has shown elsewhere that he is a class striker. His career after leaving Manchester United has been phenomenal. He twice won the Pichichi trophy in Spain, awarding to the top goalscorer in a season. He was also named the best player at the 2010 World Cup where he led Uruguay to a fourth place finish. His spell in England is the only blip in his career, so what better way to put that demon to rest than by joining West Ham.

The Hammers are in need of goals and have only scored nine goals in the league so far. Their top goalscorer is Ravel Morrison with three. Their only recognised fit out and out strikers at the moment are Carlton Cole and Mladen Petric. Sam Allardyce attracted many stars to Bolton Wanderers, who were coming to the end of the careers, and that turned out well. Ivan Campo, Youri Djorkaeff, Fernando Hierro amongst others. Forlan is still banging in the goals for Internacional, and Uruguay, so wouldn’t represent too much of a gamble.

I would like to see Diego Forlan in the Premier League once more, as I feel it is a shame we missed out on seeing him at the peak of his career. Whilst he is not at that stage anymore I believe he could offer a lot to West Ham.

War of words between Boreham Wood and Carlisle after FA Cup fixture

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Following the FA Cup replay on Tuesday night Carlisle United have complained about Boreham Wood.

On Tuesday Carlisle United beat Boreham Wood in an FA Cup 1st round replay. The game finished 2-1 after the Cumbrians scored two late goals.

Shortly after the game Carlisle United alleged the Southern side of trashing their dressing room, including Boreham Wood have issued an explanation on their website, stating that the accusations have no foundations.

Boreham Wood have said that the story has been created out of nothing by the local media who for some reason were invited into the away dressing room after the Conference South side had left. They have stated that claims or ‘urine’ on the floor was in fact orange juice which a player had kicked over after being disappointed with the Carlisle players reaction to the last minute winner.

Carlisle chairman John Nixon has accepted the wrong conclusions were made. However Boreham Wood want a written apology that is made public, and a unequivocal retraction of the accusations.

Boreham Wood’s full statement makes quite an interesting read and it certainly is a shame that such a great effort by the Conference South side has been marginally overshadowed by such an event.

Would Chelsea be the right move for PSG star wanted by Arsenal, Spurs?

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Chelsea have joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the race to sign PSG youngster, Adrien Rabiot

Adrien Rabiot has impressed so far this season with a number of mature performances for Paris Saint-Germain. The 18-year-old has featured 11 times in the league so far this season, but seven of those have been from the bench. The Express has reported that Chelsea have now joined Arsenal and Tottenham in the race for his signature.

Rabiot is unhappy at his limited playing time, and finds himself below quite a few high profile midfielders in the pecking order. His current contract runs out in 2015, and despite his club trying to convince him to sign a longer contract, he is yet to commit. The Express go on to say that a January move is unlikely to tempt Rabiot, but a move in the summer could certainly be on the cards.

Adrien has compared his situation to that of former teammate, Mamadou Sakho. He was left out of the team after the club splashed some cash, but his move to Liverpool has turned out to be a great step in his career. He has got off to a good start there, and played a prominent part in France’s play-off victory over Ukraine on Tuesday.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Rabiot and have been monitoring his progress. However the truth is that Rabiot is unlikely to be given a guaranteed starting place at any of those clubs either.

Speaking about his current situation the 18-year-old said ‘If I am to be set aside on the day where others players are recruited in my position, it is not worth it. If a new midfielder is recruited in the winter transfer window, it will change the game for me.’

Chelsea, Arsenal, and Tottenham already have a wealth of talent in the centre of midfield. You only have to look at the quality of their substitutes to see that they have great depth in that area. It would be more likely for those clubs to focus on bringing in a striker, as that seems like more of a priority for them.

The former Manchester City academy prospect should see out the season with PSG and see if he commands a starting role under manager Laurent Blanc. If he still feels he needs more games then I’m confident he will have many suitors. Perhaps Chelsea, Arsenal, and Spurs would not represent the best move for the Frenchman though.

MLS newcomers target Kaka, as football in USA continues to grow

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Orlando City will enter Major League Soccer in 2015 and they have already stated their ambitious plans.

American soccer’s latest franchise Orlando City have said that they hope to attract Brazilian, Kaka to the club when they join the league in 2015. According to BBC Sport, the 21st franchise in the league hope to sign Kaka once his contract with AC Milan is up.

The MLS has certainly increased in stature since David Beckham joined Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007. Since then other well known footballers have followed suit. The MLS has now seen Alessandro Nesta, Robbie Keane, Marco Di Vaio, Nigel Reo-Coker, Thierry Henry and Freddie Ljungberg grace the league.

Since Beckham’s arrival in 2007, there have been six new franchises that have joined the league. Orlando City and New York City will enter in 2015. Whilst Beckham himself is hoping to launch a football club in Miami, and basketball superstar LeBron James has already expressed an interest in the venture.

It is fair to say Kaka’s career has fizzled out since his world record transfer to Real Madrid. He didn’t quite reach the heights that were expected of him after he showed so much promise in his first spell at AC Milan. He may be interested in a move to the MLS in 2015. The league is rapidly progressing, and it would allow him to be closer to his native Brazil.

Orlando’s Brazilian co-owner Flavio Augusto da Silva told BBC Sport that they hope to sign at least one Brazilian. Kaka would certainly be a marquee signing and could easily attract the crowds to come and watch in Orlando. It is still some way off however, and a lot could happen for both club and player between now and then. Although it would no longer be much of a surprise to see someone of Kaka’s pedigree join a team in the MLS, such has been the increase in quality in recent years.

Manchester City legend keen to get into management with League 2 side

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Former Manchester City striker Shaun Goater has expressed his interest in becoming the manager of Bury

Shaun Goater has been out of the game since his retirement in in 2010. His last spell in England was in 2006 with Southend United, but he then went on to play for Bermuda Hogges, and North Village Rams in his homeland.

Feed the Goat and he will score”,  was a chant that would often reverberate around Maine Road during his time at the club. Goater powered in 103 goals in 189 appearances for City, and was the club’s top goalscorer four seasons in a row. He was instrumental in the club’s revival back up to the top flight around the turn of the millennium.

According to Manchester Evening News Shaun Goater is now extremely keen on testing himself as a manager in England. His current interest is with Bury, a club in the local area to Manchester City. He was present at the recent FA Cup tie against Cambridge United which finished 0-0. The M.E.N reported that a source close to Goater said “He’s determined and he’s got his eye on Bury, he’s been to see them a couple of times and he thinks it’s perfect for him.”

Bury are currently struggling towards the lower end of League 2, in 21st place. Kevin Blackwell  was sacked in October, and former Bury player Ronnie Jepson has been placed in charge until January.

Goater has reportedly spoken to former City teammates Paul Dickov and Uwe Rosler who manage Doncaster Rovers and Brentford respectively. The talks have led to Goater believing he has what it takes to be a successful manager.

Will Nani ever move to Juventus?

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Manchester United‘s Nani has once again been linked with a move to Juventus

Juventus have been linked with a move for Manchester United winger Nani numerous times over the last year or so. Today Talksport have said that the Turin side are once again considering making a move for the player.

In the summer it looked a real possibility that Nani would leave Old Trafford. He hasn’t consistently impressed since his arrival from Sporting Lisbon, and many Manchester United fans think he should be moved on. In his six years at the club, he has produced some great performances and scored some fantastic goals too. But those performances don’t occur on a regular basis.

Therefore it was hugely surprising to see Nani offered a new contract at the club. David Moyes obviously believes he still has a lot to give to the club. The Portugal international signed a new deal in September that will see him tied down at the club until 2018. If Moyes has faith in Nani, which he obviously does, then Nani will be unlikely to seek a move anywhere else.

Juventus manager Antonio Conte reportedly wants to incorporate Nani in a 4-4-2 formation for his side, seeing him as the perfect winger to offer speed and width. However, if Conte was so keen on bringing Nani to the club then he should have made a move in the summer. Now Nani has signed a new contract at United it would take a very large offer to convince the Red Devils to sell.

Although Nani has committed his future to the club, he has only featured in four games this season. Antonio Valencia, Adnan Januzaj and Shinji Kagawa in recent weeks have been preferred in the wide roles. With Portugal’s place at the World Cup confirmed this week, Nani will want to assure that he keeps his place in the national side. If Juventus offer him first team football then he could be tempted.

With so many rumours, and links between the two there must surely be some interest there. We will see in January if they finally do make their move.