Month: December 2019

Arsenal transfer news: Exciting gossip surrounding the Gunners’ January deals

first_img 5 With Liverpool sacking Brendan Rodgers and bringing in Jurgen Klopp to replace him, it might be time for Arsenal to worry again about the threat of the Reds.Arsenal have had a good, if inconsistent, start to the new season, which sees them sitting second, despite two losses – more than Tottenham, Everton and Leicester.Liverpool could soon be right up there challenging them if Germany boss Klopp has anything to do about it.And with the possibility of another team to battle against in the race for the Premier League title, Arsene Wenger may now look at bringing in reinforcements to his squad.So, what is the latest news on their movements in the transfer market? talkSPORT takes a look.Click the right arrow above to see which players Arsenal could sign to bolster their title bid… 2. Alexandre Pato (Corinthians (on loan at Sao Paulo)) – Click right for more Arsenal transfer news… – Arsene Wenger is clearly keen on adding another striker to his ranks, despite the form of Theo Walcott. One man being touted with a possibly move to the Emirates is ex-AC Milan Pato, who is in good for over in Brazil with Sao Paulo. The loan star has been in inspired form, scoring goals aplenty but sees his time there come to an end in December and agent Kia Joorabchian (more on him later) could move him to the Premier League 5 1. William Carvalho (Sporting Lisbon) – Read all about the latest gossip, below, then find out who else could be on their way to Arsenal by clicking the arrow above – The 23-year-old has been coveted by several top clubs in recent seasons but freely admits Arsenal are a club he’s incredibly fond of. Thierry Henry’s time in north London brought them to his attention and, as a defensive midfield, Carvalho is a player who could interest Arsene Wenger too. He’s in no hurry to leave Portugal but a move could materialise with the player rated at around £25m. 5 5. Luis Henrique (Botafogo) – He might be only 17 but plenty of European giants, including the Gunners are interested in pinching the forward from Brazil, according to reports. His release clause is £10.5million and it’s being reported agent Kia Joorabchian may try and help his star get the move. Arsenal may want to move quickly as he’s been selected for Brazil’s Under-17 World Cup squad and could grab the attention of more suitors. 5 4. Nir Bitton (Celtic) – Click right for more Arsenal transfer news… – Francis Coquelin’s emergence at Arsenal, rather strangely, may have put a spanner in the works for Arsene Wenger. While William Carvalho is being linked with a move to the Emirates, it may be more suitable to find an understudy for Coqueling rather than a big-money signing to usurp him and rock the boat. This is where Bitton could come in, with Gunners scouts reportedly watching him. He’d certainly be a cheaper alternative to Carvalho. 5 3. Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint-Germain) – Click right for more Arsenal transfer news… – The Uruguayan didn’t leave the Ligue 1 side in January, despite interest from the Gunners and Manchester United. Arsenal, though, are still keeping tabs on the striker as they contemplate reviving their interest next summer. Arsene Wenger appears extremely keen on landing the lank-haired star and will not be desisted. last_img read more

Gerard Deulofeu trying to convince Barcelona youngster to make Everton switch

first_img1 Everton are preparing to raid Barcelona for youngster Munir El Haddadi, claim reports in Spain.The 20-year-old has made just 16 appearances since graduating from the club’s B team in 2014 and is reportedly eager to secure a move to the Premier League.With the likes of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar in front of him, El Haddadi has struggled to get a look-in at the Nou Camp and now, according to Don Balon, Roberto Martinez is readying a swoop.El Haddadi has received criticism for his lacklustre displays when given a chance for Barca and the forward is fed up of sitting on the bench, it is claimed.He has reportedly spoken to former team-mate Gerard Deulofeu, who has told him to seriously consider a move to Goodison Park. Munir El Haddadi last_img

Athletic Bilbao to offer Spain youth star new contract to fight off Everton interest

first_img Inaki Williams 1 Athletic Bilbao are preparing to offer Everton target Inaki Williams a new contract to quash increasing speculation surrounding his future.The Toffees were reportedly willing to meet the winger’s buy-out clause of £14m in January and have regularly scouted the Spaniard since the summer.But, according to AS, Bilbao are close to renewing terms with the Spain youth international, ending any immediate interest from Premier League clubs.Williams’ current deal expires in 2017 but Bilbao are ready to offer him a significant pay rise as well as doubling his buyout clause.The 21-year-old has scored three goals in seven appearances for the La Liga club this season, including a brace against Real Betis last weekend.last_img

Aston Villa loanee Joe Cole set to extend Coventry City stay

first_img1 Joe Cole Aston Villa outcast Joe Cole is on the verge of extending his loan spell at League One Coventry City until January 3.The 34-year-old former Liverpool and Chelsea midfielder joined Coventry last month and has made three appearances for the club so far, scoring once.And now manager Tony Mowbray has revealed that Cole is set to stay until the New Year with an  agreement with Villa now in place.“The extension is all agreed with Aston Villa,” Mowbray told the club’s official website.“He hasn’t put pen to paper yet but he’s about to. Once that’s done the loan will be until January 3rd.”Mowbray also said Cole is set for a rigourous training schedule as he bids to get back to full fitness.The manager added:  “I’m having a meeting with Joe about putting a plan together of three weeks solid training.“For Joe, it’s better for him to try and get fit and not chase the next game. It’s like a mini pre-season for him.“He’s probably been playing with the Under-21s at Villa and so we’ll put that plan together to get him to train day, after day, after day with the group and all the extra stuff to do in the gym too.“When he gets fully fit, we’ll have a footballer who is playing well below his talent level.”last_img read more

Barcelona forward not ruling out Liverpool move

first_img Luis Suarez Luis Suarez has revealed he would only be interested in a Barclays Premier League return if it was with Liverpool.The Uruguay striker left Anfield for Barcelona in the summer of 2014, months after Manchester City pipped the Reds to the Premier League title.Since then the 29-year-old has struck up a formidable partnership alongside Lionel Messi and Neymar at the Nou Camp – winning the Primera Division, the Copa del Rey and the Champions League in his first season in Spain.Suarez was idolised by the red half of Merseyside during his three-and-a-half-year stint and, although he intends to stay in Catalonia for the foreseeable future, the former Ajax forward has not ruled out a return.He told the Daily Mail: “I’d prefer to stay here for many more years. I know it doesn’t always turn out that way. But if I had to return to the Premier League, I would only go to Liverpool.“I wouldn’t go to another team. It wouldn’t be a move for money. I’d also love to play again for Ajax as they allowed me to develop as a player in Europe.”Barcelona are currently three points clear of Atletico Madrid at the top of the Primera Division, with a game in hand, and on course for another trophy-laden season.Yet with the Premier League title race the most unpredictable in recent memory, with shock leaders Leicester currently five points clear, Suarez admits there are certain aspects of the English game which he misses.“In the Premier League you never really know what is going to happen,” he said. “There is very little between the teams.“Here, three or four teams aside, there is a difference with the smaller teams.“I don’t mean this to sound disrespectful but there are some games where you look at the press and they are asking: ‘Let’s see how many goals Barcelona are going to score today?’ In the Premier League, you never know what is going to happen and that is something I miss.” 1last_img read more

Alleged purse-snatcher held

first_imgA La Habra man and reputed gang member allegedly broke into cars in church parking lots and robbed middle-aged women and seniors of their purses in Orange County. In one case, Fullerton police said Alejandro Sanchez Montes walked up to an 82-year-old woman and held his hand out as if to shake hands. When she offered her hand, the 26-year-old allegedly knocked her down, took her purse and fled in a waiting vehicle. She suffered scrapes and bruises in the Sept. 23 encounter at a Fullerton church parking lot. But officers said she jotted down a partial license plate number for the getaway car in the margin of her Bible. Three days later, she saw a police chase of robbery suspects on TV, recognized one of the men and called police. Montes is being held at the Theo Lacy Facility in Orange without bail because of a probation hold. The armed robberies happened in Fullerton, Huntington Beach, La Habra and Santa Ana. Fullerton police spokeswoman Sgt. Linda King said a 62-year-old woman had her purse snatched on Aug. 27 in Santa Ana, a 44-year-old woman was robbed Sept. 9 in a Fullerton church parking lot and a 61-year-old woman fell prey to a purse-snatcher on Sept. 15 in Huntington Beach. The 82-year-old victim was robbed Sept. 23 in Fullerton and a fifth robbery is alleged on Sept. 25 but the criminal complaint did not give the age of the victim or where the incident took place. “He’s not picking on young ones,” King said. The car burglaries occurred Sept. 19 and 24. King said vehicles in a church parking lot on Brea Boulevard were broken into. Fullerton police arrested Montes and Jorge Diaz on Sept. 26 after a chase that ended when their silver Dodge Magnum ran a red light and hit three cars. An off-duty reserve officer with Fullerton police was driving one of the cars hit. King said Diaz, 36, of La Habra was booked on suspicion of parole violation and sent to Chino State Prison. ruby.gonzales@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026160Want 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 MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe woman declined to be interviewed on Friday. “I’m just trying to get over it. It’s still too new in my mind,” she said. Montes was scheduled to appear Friday at the North Justice Center in Fullerton for a pretrial hearing. He pleaded not guilty Sept. 28 to 21 charges including robbery, street terrorism, elder abuse, vehicle burglaries, reckless driving, possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent use of an access card and receiving stolen property, according to Farrah Emami, spokeswoman for the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors also allege that Montes used a firearm during one of the robberies, that he committed the crimes for the benefit, and at the direction, of the Fullerton Tokers/Ward Street gang, and that he inflicted great bodily injury on a woman while driving recklessly. last_img read more

Fire guts Malibu Colony mansion

first_imgMALIBU – Fire heavily damaged an actress’ beachfront Malibu home today, killing two cats but injuring no one. The fire at 25330 Malibu Road was reported at 12:01 a.m. and put out at 12:29 a.m., according to Betty Parker, a county fire dispatcher. Firefighters reported flames shooting throught the roof, she said. The two-story home, with living quarters over a garage, is just west of the celebrity-thick Malibu Colony. Two people were displaced by the fire, and damage estimates were expected to exceed $1 million, according to camera crews at the scene. How the blaze started was not immediately known. 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Actress Bara Byrnes, who has appeared in shows such as “NYPD Blue,” lived in the house, according to camera crews at the scene. last_img read more

Schwarzenegger to talk up new DUI murder law

first_img 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.She pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and was given 10 years in prison. At the time, Spitzer complained that the manslaughter statute enables someone kill a person in an intoxicated state and serve only about half of the 10-year term. SANTA ANA – Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to talk up a just-passed law making it easier to charge people with murder in drunken- or drugged-driving fatalities during an appearance at California Highway Patrol offices in Santa Ana. The Ambriz Act, authored by Assemblyman Todd Spitzer, R-Orange, is named for the late Orange City Councilman Steve Ambriz, who died in a DUI-related crash last year. Schwarzenegger signed it into law Sunday. The governor also is expected to discuss new laws that increase penalties for underage drinking and the making fake identification. Ambriz, Spitzer’s chief of staff when Spitzer was an Orange County supervisor, was killed on May 25, 2006. Sara Lynn Ward, a Ralphs employee, was high on methamphetamine when her Dodge Dakota pickup swerved onto the wrong side of Santiago Canyon Road and struck a vehicle driven by Ambriz. last_img read more

Scientist praised for pioneer research

first_imgIn that time, Andersen said, “there have been big success stories, like the cochlear prosthetics” that have restored hearing for many by carrying sound information directly to the auditory nerve. “But even though this has been going on for a long time, it seems like recently it’s just taken off,” he said. “I think in part it’s because there have been advances in engineering … and it’s very multi-disciplinary, so it requires not just physiology labs but clinicians, engineers, theorists.” Andersen’s lab does most of its work in the brain’s parietal lobe, a sort of “central station,” where sensory signals and higher-level cognitive information go in, and decisions and goals go out. “I think originally I was interested in (that area) because patients with lesions there from strokes and traumatic accidents have this very unusual set of deficits that are very interesting,” he said. Such patients ignore a part of the space around them, and also have problems making coordinated movements. In healthy brains, however, the parietal cortex – located about an inch above each ear – can be harnessed as a window into how monkeys, and hopefully humans, plan movement. “It’s like listening to a group of people,” Andersen said of recording the electrical firings in a parietal lobe’s neurons. “Each one is saying one little bit of a paragraph, and you’re putting them all together, so you can’t just listen to one to get the whole story.” But it takes surprisingly few brain cells, only about 40 or 50 amidst millions and millions, Andersen said, to capture a snapshot of the subject’s intentions. The electric chatter is collected by a tiny array of electrodes, each one like a fine needle in a matchhead-sized pin cushion. These electrodes are implanted onto the brain’s surface at a precise location and are connected to wires running through a hole in the skull to a bank of amplifiers, converters and computers. Shrinking the hulking size of many of these components is one of the many remaining challenges for the researchers. Among them, “one of the main issues is longevity of the device,” said Igor Fineman, a Huntington Hospital neurosurgeon who works with Andersen to perform the surgeries. Because the brain’s chemistry is like sea water, it slowly corrodes materials. More challenging is the fact that, over time, the signal from the neurons tend to fade, Fineman said, because of scarring, or as the neurons shift away from the foreign intrusion. For now, the neuroprosthetics can last from several months to years. Hopefully, Andersen said, one day they will continue to function for a patient’s lifetime. Fineman and Andersen won’t be the first to implant neuroprosthestics into humans – the Massachusetts-based company Cybernetics has already tested similar technology on a small number of patients. For their trials, they collect signals from a different region of the brain that more directly controls movement, called the motor cortex. Connecting directly to the parietal cortex could have some advantages, however, Andersen said, including faster reaction times. “I think in the long run, the field will target different parts of the brain to get different kinds of signals, so there will not be any particular area that’s superior to all others,” Andersen said. “After all, we have all those other areas for a reason.” elise.kleeman@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4451160Want 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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Next year, pending approval from the Food and Drug Administration, Andersen plans to implant a small group of quadriplegics with devices that will give them – like the monkeys in his lab – new control over their worlds. Such patients normally are not be able to move their limbs, and many cannot speak or breathe on their own. If all goes well, Andersen said, “we would have them communicate through the computer, so they could do things like computer games, typing, e-mail, controlling their environment.” Such is the promise of the burgeoning field of neuroprosthetics. Scientists have been working toward this sci-fi fantasy of plugging directly into the human brain for about the past 40 years. PASADENA – The monkeys in Richard Andersen’s laboratory at Caltech practice mind control. Without so much as twitching a muscle, they can drag a cursor across a computer screen or flex a robotic arm. All it takes is a few tiny receptors in their brains, a bank of computers – and the insights of Andersen, a neuroscientist who this month was admitted into the prestigious Institute of Medicine. Over the course of his years of research, Andersen has worked to expand scientists’ understanding of how the brain functions. Now he stands poised to apply what he’s learned toward giving new freedom to people trapped in unresponsive bodies. last_img read more