Norwich City’s search for a forward continues after they miss out on former Arsenal man

first_img1 Benik Afobe Wolves have confirmed Benik Afobe will not be leaving the club this summer – despite reported interest from Norwich City.The former Arsenal striker has been linked with a move to the Premier League after scoring 32 goals for MK Dons and Wolves last term.Afobe, 22, has also hit two goals in his opening three games this season, raising speculation he could be on the move to a top-flight club.But in a statement released today, the Championship club said: “Neither Benik nor any of Wolves’ first team forward players will be sold this season.“Benik has developed into a player of key importance to Wolves and the club’s plans for this campaign.“Wolves have previously resisted the opportunity to sell other key first-team players in this and other recent transfer windows.“As far as the club is concerned there is no need for any further comments or speculation about this issue.”last_img read more

World class! Peter Crouch hails England record-breaker Wayne Rooney on talkSPORT

first_imgPeter Crouch paid tribute to Wayne Rooney on talkSPORT after the Manchester United forward became England’s all-time leading marksman.Rooney scored from the penalty spot against Switzerland on Tuesday night to surpass Sir Bobby Charlton’s long-standing haul of 49 goals Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Wednesday, Stoke striker Crouch said of his former international teammate’s achievement: “It’s incredible.“The fact he has stayed at the top for so long is the most amazing thing.“He is a class player. We have probably got two or three world class players and he certainly came into that category when I was in the squad.“He has got so much ability and it is not just the goals he brings to the team, it is the all-round performances as well.”last_img read more

Money piling in on Poyet to become Aston Villa’s next boss – Coral Daily Download

first_imgDave Stevens joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman looks at the contenders to succeed Tim Sherwood as Aston Villa manager and reveals there has been much support for Gus Poyet, with the former Sunderland boss now into 5-1 to take the job.He also previews tonight’s League Cup action, including talkSPORT’s live game between Sheffield Wednesday and Arsenal, with the Gunners 2/5 to beat their Championship opponents at Hillsborough.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img read more

FIFA seeking to ban UEFA president Michel Platini from football for LIFE

first_imgFIFA’s ethics committee is seeking a lifetime ban for Michel Platini, his lawyers have confirmed.UEFA president Platini and outgoing FIFA president Sepp Blatter will have formal hearings into allegations of FIFA’s ethics code breaches later this month over a £1.3million payment made to the Frenchman in 2011.A spokesman for Platini’s lawyer Thibaut D’Ales confirmed the recommendation from the ethics committee’s investigatory chamber was for a lifetime ban if the charges are proved.It is expected that a similar sanction will be sought against Blatter, but there has been no confirmation from his legal team, while FIFA’s ethics committee refused to comment.French sports daily L’Equipe reported D’Ales as saying the recommended lifetime ban was a “pure scandal” and “disproportionate” and claimed that it had been deliberately leaked to further damage Platini’s hopes of running for the FIFA presidency.D’Ales added: “This ban is subject to corruption being proved but it is clearly a disproportionate punishment.“In releasing this, there is clearly a desire to harm. The masks are slipping one by one in FIFA, the electoral calendar is being manipulated and there is a strategy to eliminate Platini as a candidate.”Hans-Joachim Eckert, the German judge who heads the adjudicatory chamber of FIFA’s ethics committee, opened proceedings against the pair on Monday after studying reports from investigators and a decision is expected before Christmas.Blatter and Platini – who are both provisionally suspended for 90 days – are facing Charges of four ethics code breaches: mismanagement, conflict of interest, false accounting and non co-operation with or criticising the ethics committee.Other senior FIFA figures previously to receive lifetime bans include Jack Warner (Trinidad and Tobago), Chuck Blazer (USA), Mohamed Bin Hammam (Qatar) and Manilal Fernando (Sri Lanka). 1 Michel Platini last_img read more

Ex-Real Madrid president tells talkSPORT Zinedine Zidane is set to replace Rafa Benitez

first_imgZinedine Zidane is in line to replace Rafael Benitez as Real Madrid boss, the club’s former president Ramon Calderon has told talkSPORT.Benitez has endured a difficult start to his Bernabeu reign after replacing Carlo Ancelotti in the summer.He has overseen a humiliating defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Barcelona and Real are currently five points adrift of the La Liga leaders.President Florentino Perez is reportedly weighing up whether to ditch the ex-Liverpool boss and Calderon says, should he do so, then Zidane will almost certainly be his successor.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, he said: “Benitez is having problems. “Ancelotti was doing well and the players were backing him. Now with results not as expected people are starting to get fed up [under Benitez] and the players seem not to be very happy.“Having Benitez from the beginning was a problem. We knew this could happen if the results weren’t right. If he leaves, the man who will come in will be Zidane.”One of the club’s greatest ever players, Zidane’s appointment would be popular with the Bernabeu faithful.But Calderon believes Spain boss Vicente del Bosque, who enjoyed great success in charge of Real from 1999 to 2003, should be Perez’s top target.“Del Bosque proved to be a fantastic coach. He was with us all his life as a player and a coach. He won two Champions Leagues, he won the World Cup and the European Championship with the national team, so he would be the perfect manager,” he insisted.“I know the president doesn’t like him but, for me, he would be the right one. He knows the club well, he knows how things work. He did perfect at the time he was with us. He would be the right manager, no doubt.“It is too early [for Zidane]. He has been coaching the second team in the second division – he lacks experience. But it seems that the president has decided to have him on the bench if Benitez leaves.”last_img read more