Watford to tie up late deal for Roma forward

first_img Victor Ibarbo 1 Watford expect to complete the loan signing of Victor Ibarbo today.The 25-year-old only moved to Roma on loan from Cagliari earlier this summer, but following the arrival of Mohamed Salah he has been deemed surplus to requirements.That has sparked interest from Watford, who contacted Cagliari on Monday over a possible move for the forward.And, according to Sky Sport Italia, the Hornets are confident of sealing a swoop for Ibarbo before today’s transfer deadline.The newly-promoted side have now scheduled for the Colomba international to have a medical and are negotiating terms with Cagliari.Watford also made an enquiry for Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao – but the Serie A club told the Hornets they have no desire to lose the 20-year-old.last_img

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You’ll be surprised by this list of the biggest spending football clubs in Europe

first_img 3. AC Milan: £60.9m net spend – Thai businessman Bee Taechaubol secured a 48 percent stake in the Rossoneri during the summer, which allowed Siniša Mihajlovi? to bloster his squad. 17 2. Valencia: £63.4m net spend – It will be a surprise to many to see Valencia so high up on the list, but new owner Peter Lim has helped bumped the Spanish side up to second in the list. 17 17 17 10. Bayern Munich: £40m net spend – Combative midfielder Arturo Vidal and tricky winger Douglas Costa were the headline names for Bayern this summer. 17 17 17 17 17 4. Paris Saint-Germain: £60m net spend – Angel Di Maria, who was the subject of a British Record transfer, left Manchester United after spending less than 12 months in English football. 5. Atletico Madrid: £46.8m net spend – Diego Simeone added extra firepower to his attack with the additions of Jackson Martinez and Luciano Vietto. 14. West Ham: £29.6m net spend – Premier League clubs continue to dominate the list, with West Ham signing four players on deadline day alone. 15. West Brom: £24.8m net spend – Marquee signing Salomon Rondon was Tony Pulis’s most eye-catching purchase this summer. 12. Barcelona: £37.4m net spend – Despite being under a fifa-imposed transfer ban, Barcelona signed Arda Turan and Aleix Vidal. However, both players can’t be registered until January. 17 9. Newcastle: £42m net spend – Mike Ashley has come under heavy criticism for not spending enough in recent years. Now things have changed. The Magpies have a higher net spend than Bayern, Chelsea and Barcelona. 13. Watford: £31.6m net spend – Watford signed a total of 15 players in the transfer window, more than any other Premier League club. 8. Juventus: £42.9m net spend – The Old Lady lost high-profile players- Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal and Carlos Tevez during the window. Massimiliano Allegri had to try and rebuild his Champions League runner-up squad with the likes of hot prospect, Paulo Dybala. 11. Chelsea: £38.1m net spend – Chelsea managed to pip Manchester United to the signing of Pedro, who made a bright start by scoring and assisting on his debut. 7. Real Madrid: £42.9m net spend – Real Madrid’s transfer window was dominated by the news that the David De Gea collapsed in the final minutes. This left signings such as Mateo Kova?i? and Danilo going under the radar. 17 1. Manchester City: £101.3m net spend – Uefa relaxed Financial Fair Play restrictions during the summer which allowed City to spend over a £100m on just two players! Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne and former Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling have added extra quality to Manuel Pellegrini’s ranks. 16. AFC Bournemouth: £23.0m net spend – The two most expensive acquisitions for The Cherries were Tyrone Mings and Max Gradel. However, both suffered serious knee injuries, ruling them out for nine and six months respectively. 17 17 17 Kevin De Bruyne, Angel Di Maria, Anthony Martial and Arturo Vidal are among the biggest names to have moved clubs this summer. However, don’t expect just the usual suspects to feature in our rundown of the biggest net spending clubs. With the Premier League clubs possessing impressive TV revenues, the list provides a few surprise names. Not forgetting continental sides that underwent takeovers/makeovers this summer.Click the arrow on the right of the picture to find out which clubs have spent the most this summer.  17 17 17. Liverpool had a net spend of £21.7m in the summer 2015 transfer window – to find out which European clubs spent more, click the arrow above – There were more players leaving than coming in at Liverpool this summer. The most notable signing was Christian Benteke at a whopping £32.5m. 17 6. Manchester United: £43.4m net spend – The world’s most expensive teenager, Anthony Martial, opened his account against Liverpool last Saturday. last_img read more

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Chelsea’s blues continue: Eight GREAT images from another blockbuster day of Premier League action

first_img Sergio Aguero was in formidable form, becoming only the fifth player to score five times in a single Premier League game in the competition’s history. 8 Kevin De Bruyne celebrates with man of the match Sergio Aguero after his fine goal made it 4-1 to Manchester City. 8 8 We are already approaching the quarter mark of the Premier League season and England’s top flight is still seeing some ludicrious results.Chelsea’s blues continued with a desperate home defeat to Southampton, leaving some serious questions about Jose Mourinho and his charges.Man of the day was Sergio Aguero after his five-star display against a beleaguered Newcastle, while the Magpies’ north east rivals Sunderland’s struggles also continued after they threw away a 2-0 lead at home to West Ham.There were also victories for Crystal Palace, Leicester and Stoke, while a late Heurelho Gomes penalty save ensured Watford earned a point at fellow promoted side Bournemouth.Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see a selection of the best images from another bumper day of top flight action… 8 8 Radamel Falcao is correctly booked after this incident as the Colombian appealed for a penalty against Southampton. 8 The Southampton players congratulate Sadio Mane after his goal and brilliant individual display in Southampton’s stunning win at Chelsea. Leicester players mob Jamie Vardy after his penalty against Norwich – a strike which took him top of the Premier League scoring charts. Glenn Murray celebrates opening his Bournemouth account, although the striker would later miss a last minute penalty for the Cherries. Stoke’s Marko Arnautovic wheels away after grabbing a second-half winner against Aston Villa at Villa Park. Sunderland captain John O’Shea is dismayed after the winless Back Cats squandered a two-goal lead against West Ham at the Stadium of Light. 8 8last_img read more

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Lazio still chasing Kurt Zouma but line up alternative defender deal

first_img1 Lazio will turn to Chelsea and Liverpool target Nicolas N’Koulou if they fail to land Kurt Zouma next month.The Serie A side are desperate to sign a new central defender during the transfer window and have placed Chelsea youngster Zouma at the top of their wish list.Zouma, who arrived from St Etienne last year, has made 17 appearances in the Premier League and is regarded as an important member of the Blues squad despite being just 21.But that will not stop Lazio making their move, according to sources in Italy, as they attempt to plug one of the leakiest defences in Italy’s top-flight.Zouma is the man they want but, should Chelsea dismiss their interest, Lazio are ready to reignite their long-term interest in Marseille’s N’Koulou.The 25-year-old, who is also on the radar of both Chelsea and Liverpool, is out of contract in the summer when he can walk away as a free agent.So his French employers may look to cash in on him during the window to stop him from leaving for nothing at the end of the season. Nicolas N’Koulou last_img read more

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Bristol City land Ben Gladwin on loan from fellow Championship side QPR

first_img1 QPR outcast Ben Gladwin has joined Bristol City on loan for 93 days.The talented midfielder, who was signed from Swindon Town in the summer, has managed just two Championship appearances for the west London club.The 23-year-old rejoined his former club Swindon on loan in October and played 13 times in League One, scoring twice.Swindon had hoped to sign him again during this window but now he has agreed a deal with their west Country rivals Bristol City, who are hoping Gladwin can help drag them away from relegation trouble.City are currently third bottom of the Championship, seven points clear of rock-bottom Bolton, and will be able to call upon Gladwin for all of their remaining league games – except the one against his parent club QPR on the final day of the season. Ben Gladwin last_img read more

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Who will win the Golden Glove? Those in contention revealed as Petr Cech leads the way

first_img 9 9 9 3. David De Gea (Manchester United) has kept nine clean sheets this season Who is in contention for the Premier League Golden Glove at the end of the season?Petr Cech, who has kept the most clean sheets in the history of England’s top flight after surpassing David James’ tally of 169 in December, is already closing in on the 14 Joe Hart kept to clinch the award in the 2014-15 campaign.And if the Arsenal goalkeeper maintains his performances, he is in with a chance of breaking his own record of the most clean sheets in a single season – 21.But, who else is in the running for the prize?Jack Butland? Joe Hart? Simon Mignolet? Find out by clicking the yellow arrow above, right.Statistics correct up to and including matches played on 7 February 2016 9 8. Simon Mignolet (Liverpool) has kept seven clean sheets this season 1. Petr Cech (Arsenal) is leading the way in the Golden Glove race having kept 12 clean sheets, so far, this season – find out who is chasing the Gunners ‘keeper by clicking the arrow above 9 7. Kasper Schmeichel (Leicester City) has kept eight clean sheets this season 2. Joe Hart (Manchester City) has kept 11 clean sheets this season 8. Boaz Myhill (West Bromwich Albion) has kept seven clean sheets this season 3. Heurelho Gomes (Watford) has kept nine clean sheets this season 9 9 9 3. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) has kept nine clean sheets this season 3. Jack Butland (Stoke City) has kept nine clean sheets this season 9last_img read more

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Real Madrid consider stunning summer swoop for Leicester star Riyad Mahrez

first_img1 Real Madrid could launch a shock summer swoop for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez, according to reports.The forward has been in sensational form this season, scoring 15 goals and providing ten assists in 27 appearances for the surprise Premier League leaders.It has led to the Algeria international being linked with a move to one of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Barcelona also said to be tracking his progress.And, according to Sport, Real are now weighing up whether to join the race for Mahrez this summer.The Spanish giants have already scouted the 25-year-old and have been impressed by what they have seen.Leicester naturally want to keep hold of Mahrez in the upcoming transfer window, but are aware of the growing interest in their star man. Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez last_img

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Large firefighting force hunts embers

first_imgResults can take a few days, he said, to as long as two months. It took just days for officials to determine that downed power lines caused the Grass Valley Fire. Richard Minnich, a UC Riverside professor of fire ecology, doesn’t understand why it’s taken so long. An hour after the Slide Fire ignited around 8 a.m., Minnich said it was likely started from remnants of Butler II. On Friday, Minnich remained convinced. “It’s the Butler III Fire, not the Slide Fire,” Minnich said. “It took off almost exactly from the point that Butler II stopped. It’s improbable that a fire would start right next to where another fire was burning just a month ago.” According to scanner traffic that morning, the fire started on or near a U.S. Forest Service road known as 2N13. That road is next to the border where Butler II stopped and the Slide Fire started. In fact, the area dividing the two is a nearly 2-mile stretch of land, as depicted on a Forest Service map displaying wildfires in recent years. Dietrich said the Slide Fire started near Butler II’s westernmost footprint. But he would not say how near. “(Investigators) are still looking at all the causes,” Dietrich said. “I really don’t know what they are looking at. They don’t show it to us, which makes sense. You don’t want to compromise the investigation.” Minnich said firefighters shouldn’t worry about being blamed if the Slide Fire’s cause is found to be the burning remains of Butler II. “This is absolutely normal,” Minnich said. “They shouldn’t blame themselves.” Some wildfires used to burn for an entire summer, Minnich said. Historical records dating back to the 1860s show that at least one wildfire burned every year through the entire summer, he said. Fires can be sustained for many weeks, long after the flames have been extinguished. Remnants of a blaze will smolder inside trees and deep within the roots. All it takes is a strong wind to breath life into some embers buried in a tree and a wildfire can be off and running. “It’s paramount that people are here and are putting out the smokes,” said Forest Service Capt. Bill Molnar, who leads a team in the San Bernardino National Forest. “And we have all these resources – now.” Resources were stretched thin when the Slide and Grass Valley fires devastated nearly 15,000 acres of forest because six other counties were burning. Altogether, the two fires destroyed 450 homes, which the county Assessor’s Office figures will cost $155.7 million to rebuild. Now, resources above and beyond the norm are being offered to ensure the blaze is out in coming weeks. Rain or snow would be ideal, fire officials said, but they’re settling for top-notch technology and increased ranks. Firefighters with thermal imaging cameras are trekking through the burn zone. Helicopters are using infrared to create maps guiding crews to hot spots. About 1,500 firefighters from California, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado have worked 16-hour shifts for nearly two weeks to mop up the mountain fires. Some walk the perimeter, dousing hot spots and using 3,000 feet of hose to drench any smoking tree limbs. Others are responsible for cutting down hollowed-out trees known as “widow makers” because of the crushing force with which they fall to the earth. On Friday, five members of a crew from the Plumas National Forest grabbed their dirt-covered shovels and spread out down a steep hill near Deer Springs Mountain Retreat in Running Springs. It was the second time in hours they’d covered this ground. They lined up about 100 feet apart, and each slipped off one stained white glove. With a nod from the crew’s engineer, the weary firefighters began trudging through the ash and blackened dirt, swinging their shovels every few feet. “This is the dirty part,” said Capt. Frank Pingiczer. “It’s monotonous and filthy.” He lifted the soil waist-high and laid the back of his left hand on the cool dirt before letting it sprinkle back to the ground. When someone stumbles across a hot spot, he yells “halt!” to the rest of the crew and pulls a 45-pound backpack pump out to drench the embers with water. Then it’s back to the grind – but it’s a grind each crew member knows is critical. Explained Pingiczer, “Just because it looks good – you don’t see any smoke columns or aircraft making drops – doesn’t mean there’s not that potential to rekindle, and we plan on being vigilant.” george.watson@sbsun.com (909) 386-3884 stacia.glenn@sbsun.com (909) 386-3887160Want 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 “We’re increasing our efforts beyond what we had, and we will continue to do that,” Dietrich said. “We collectively cannot afford even the potential of another fire starting. We’re working really hard to make sure nothing happens. “Nothing’s guaranteed, but we are doing our best.” Dietrich added that fire officials made a similar order after the Butler II wildfire, which burned about 14,000 acres in September. He estimated that they had doubled or tripled “our mop-up standards” after that blaze – the cause of which is still under investigation. That fire started Sept. 14. Dietrich said it’s not unusual that investigators have yet to determine the cause of Butler II, let alone the Slide Fire that ignited Oct. 22. SAN BERNARDINO – As many as 1,000 firefighters spent their weekend in the San Bernardino Mountains, stamping out the remnants of two recent wildfires while waiting for a call no one wants to be made. Officials had decided to stockpile an army of firefighters in case they had to be called to stop any new wildfires. Weather forecasters had called for Santa Ana winds to hit the region over the weekend. Although this batch of winds was expected to be weaker than those that spurred the recent Slide and Grass Valley fires, any wind has the capability to let loose another blaze. It’s an unprecedented response here in the aftermath of a fire, said Chief Mike Dietrich of the San Bernardino National Forest’s Fire Department. last_img read more

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LAPD announces plan to map city’s Muslims is DOA

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre But the plan immediately came under attack as an attempt to racially profile Muslim residents and potentially set them up for special attention by police. Bratton said new efforts to work with the Muslim community will be undertaken in the future to establish a relationship. “I admit that I do not know a great deal about the American Muslim community,” Bratton said. “Not much of law enforcement does. This is a community where there is not a lot of criminality, and we do not come in contact with it.” But, he said, one of the things he learned is the importance placed by Muslims on being an American. “One of the things said to me during this session is that they chose to be an American, it was not a matter of chance of birth,” Bratton said. “What they said they appreciate about being American is the freedom from fear. “A lot of these people came from countries where the police were the terrorists. We don’t do that here. We do not want to spread fear. We want to deal with criminals.” Several Muslim leaders praised Bratton and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for responding to their concerns and changing the policy. “We are not criminals and we do not tolerate them,” said Maher Hatout of the Muslim Public Affairs Council. “If we saw someone breaking the law, if it was the chief himself, we would call the police at the drop of a pin.” Sadegh Namazikah of the Iranian-American Muslim Network also offered his thanks. “This is a good day to be an American, this is good day to be an Angeleno,” Namazikah said. Deputy Chief Mike Downing, who heads the LAPD’s Counter Terrorism Division that developed the program, said it was an effort to extend community policing. “My whole career is based on reaching out and community policing,” Downing said. “This is not what the community wanted, so we are dropping it.” rick.orlov@dailynews.com 213-978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Reversing itself after generating national controversy, the Los Angeles Police Department announced Thursday that it is officially abandoning a program to map the city’s Muslim community. “In police parlance, it is DOA – dead on arrival,” Police Chief William Bratton said at a late-afternoon news conference at Parker Center after a more than two-hour closed-door meeting with religious and civil rights officials. “We police this city with the consent and cooperation of the community. We did not have that here, and we will not go forward with this program.” Police officials have maintained for the past week that the program – first outlined to Congress and disclosed last week – was an attempt to increase understanding between law enforcement and the 500,000 members of the Muslim community in Los Angeles. last_img read more

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Merger to create video game giant

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat Kings Vivendi SA said Sunday that it plans to acquire a controlling stake in Activision Inc. and combine the company with Vivendi Games in a deal that would create a rival to Electronic Arts Inc. as the world’s largest video game publisher. The combination of Santa Monica-based Activision, whose titles include “Guitar Hero,” “Call of Duty” and the “Tony Hawk” series, and Vivendi Games, which publishes “Crash Bandicoot” and owns the online role-playing franchise “World of Warcraft,” would create the world’s largest pure-play online and console game publisher, the companies said. Vivendi Games will convert its equity into Activision shares valued at $8.1 billion, and Vivendi will buy an additional $1.7 billion of stock, for a total of $9.8 billion, giving Vivendi a 52 percent stake in a new company to be called Activision Blizzard. On that basis, Activision and Vivendi valued the combined company at $18.9 billion. “This transaction has always stuck out as the way to become the number one most successful video game publisher,” Activision Chief Executive Bobby Kotick said in an interview. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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