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Mehdi Benatia Arsenal and Liverpool target Mehdi Benatia is wanted by Roma, according to reports in Italy.The centre-back has struggled to make an impression since moving from Roma to Bayern Munich in the summer of 2014 and is now being linked with a move away from Bavaria.And Gazzetta dello Sport claim that could mean a return to Roma for the Moroccan as Rudi Garcia attempts to shore up his side’s defence.If Bayern are willing to do a deal that could also reignite interest from Premier League duo Arsenal and Liverpool as they look to beef up their sides ahead of potential title challenges in the second half of the season. 1
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Friday’s newspapers and online…Antonio Conte has edged closer to becoming the next Chelsea manager after positive talks between his representatives and the Premier League club on Thursday. The Italy manager is keen to succeed Guus Hiddink in the summer and is now hoping to be offered a contract in the next 10 days. (Guardian)Pep Guardiola wants Manchester City to hijack Chelsea ’s move for Dutch wonderkid Riechedly Bazoer. The Premier League champions – poised to make Italy boss Antonio Conte their new boss – are already in advanced talks with Ajax over a £24million move for the 19-year-old midfielder. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are stepping up their interest in West Ham prodigy Reece Oxford. City sent scouts to watch the 17-year-old in Under -21 games after his impressive display on his Premier League debut when the Hammers won 2-0 at the Emirates. And rivals Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool are also thought to be monitoring the centre-half’s progress as they look to add valuable home-grown talent to their squads. (The Sun)Barcelona and Real Madrid are preparing to battle it out for Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez this summer. Both clubs are prepared to pay up to £25million to land him. (The Sun)Arsenal could make a double raid on Newcastle this summer. Arsene Wenger has set his sights on 19-year-old goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, who is out of contact at the end of the season, and winger Rolando Aarons, who has also entered the final year of his contract. (Daily Express)Neymar signed a new five-year contract with Spanish giants Barcelona in December, quashing talk he could join Manchester United. Barca have kept it secret due to the player’s ongoing tax issues. (ESPN Brasil)?Michael Carrick has rejected the chance to become the latest recruit to the Chinese Super League. The Manchester United and England midfielder, 34, is out of contract in the summer and has not yet secured an extension to his current deal. (Daily Mirror)Mauricio Pochettino wants to make a summer move for Napoli’s Italy international forward Lorenzo Insigne. The Tottenham boss has been assured that after two years of transfer-market profit, he will be given funds to spend this summer as long as Champions League qualification is sealed. (Daily Mirror)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Chelsea transfer report: Blues set to swoop for £30m-rated AC Milan defender Alessio RomagnoliManchester United transfer report: Fiorentina starlet wanted in £22million dealTransfer report: Leicester planning audacious move for Roma legend Francesco TottiInter Milan star denies Roberto Mancini bust-up reports as Arsenal and Manchester United links played downTransfer report: AC Milan ready to rival Arsenal and Liverpool for Dutch starlet Riechedly Bazoer
Tom Rennie is joined by the former Tottenham defender Chris Perry to look ahead to the Premier League’s most vitriolic derby as Spurs host Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Saturday. Can the North London rivals bounce back from midweek defeats to chase down league leaders Leicester?The former Manchester City captain Steve Lomas was stunned by how poor the Citizens were against Liverpool in midweek… and wonders whether Pep might regret signing for City if they don’t make the Champions League. Steve also has his says on West Ham’s terrific season – another of his former clubs.Plus: Sam Parkin is on the podcast – the former Chelsea & Ipswich striker looks ahead to the Blues match against Stoke this weekend as they chase down the top 6.
Parents interested in enrolling their children in Los Angeles Unified School District magnet schools for next year and getting bus transportation to classes can begin applying today. The district has more than 160 magnet schools and centers with specialties ranging from math and science and technology to the performing arts and music. Magnet schools and the accompanying transportation program have been a key component of the district’s voluntary integration efforts. Complete information is available in the 2008-09 CHOICES brochure sent to all LAUSD students’ parents. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The application period closes Jan. 11.
A recent report from the commission found that of the 584 recruits who graduated in the 2006-2007 fiscal year, only 6 percent were African-American. And most of the LAPD command staff is white. Though the department has been aggressively reaching out to people of color and the homosexual and transgender community, Saltzman said it is often management who makes the difference. And he noted that during his time at USC, he helped diversity the student body. “From the gay guy standpoint, I am thrilled,” Councilman Bill Rosendahl said during the swearing-in. “We as gays and lesbians have problems with the Police Department.” The five-member civilian Police Commission creates policy for the department and often sets the tone for high-profile investigations, including this year’s May Day melee at MacArthur Park involving police and immigration-rights protesters. During Wednesday’s meeting, the council pressed Saltzman on everything from the rotation of top brass to whether officers should live in the city. He cautiously told council members that he still needs to familiarize himself on the ins and outs of the department and policy matters. But he said he has been pleased with how the LAPD has handled the MacArthur Park case, pointing to its recently released report that offered a frank look at officer mistakes. Prior to joining USC, Saltzman served as special counsel to the Los Angeles County health director and was a senior deputy to former county Supervisor Ed Edelman. Saltzman was appointed to the city Ethics Commission in 2005. He is a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Leadership Institute’s board. “He has the academic background, both personally and professionally,” said Councilman Jack Weiss, head of the council’s public safety committee. “He is all together a tried and true, very careful, very deliberate … person.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Saying diversity is still one of the most pressing problems facing the LAPD, Robert Saltzman was sworn in today as the latest Los Angeles police commissioner, vowing to help make the department reflect the community. Saltzman, 53, who was unanimously confirmed by the Los Angeles City council, will replace commissioner Shelley Freeman, an openly gay banker who left to focus on her job. She was viewed as a champion of diversity who bluntly pointed out instances of poor management in the department. A former city ethics commissioner and associate dean at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law since 1988, Saltzman is also gay and says he, too, will focus on diversifying the 9,549-officer force. “Diversifying the police force is a significant problem, perhaps the most significant problem facing the force,” he told the council. “I view it as a very long, very difficult process and for me … one of the most important, if not the most important, issues.”
THE BOSS of Donegal’s most famous wine shop has added some festive cheer to the bad budget news – he’s refusing to pass on a new tax hike on wine until after Christmas.Richard Finney, owner of the Wine Buff in Letterkenny, is furious at Michael Noonan’s decision to slap an extra €1 tax on every bottle of wine. The move came into effect at midnight last night.And most places have already added it to your wine bill.However Richard said: “It now means the vast majority of the cost of a bottle of wine is now tax.“But I can’t pass that on to my customers coming up to Christmas. I’m going to try absorb the cost until after the festivities. “So all prices stay the same until after Christmas on all wine and gift packs.”WINE BUFF BOSS ADDS TO FESTIVE CHEER BY REFUSING TO ADD NEW €1 TAX was last modified: December 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WINE BUFF BOSS ADDS TO FESTIVE CHEER BY REFUSING TO ADD NEW €1 TAX
Former Manchester United winger Nani is eyeing a return to the Premier League, claim reports in Turkey.The Portugal international has enjoyed a productive campaign with Fenerbahce since he arrived from United last summer, scoring 10 goals and providing eight assists in 39 appearances.It is understood that Nani still believes he has unfinished business in the Premier League, after he was shipped out on loan to Sporting Lisbon by Louis van Gaal before eventually being sold to Fenerbahce.According to Fanatik, Everton are among a handful of top-flight teams who are eager to make a summer bid for the 29-year-old.Clubs from Italy and Spain are also keen on landing Nani this summer, who has a release clause of just £6.4m. Luis Nani in action for Sporting Lisbon 1