Month: January 2016

Leicester City deal for Sampdoria’s Eder accepted


Premier League leaders Leicester City had made a £9.8 million bid for Eder Citadin Martins, which was accepted by the Serie A side.

Report now claims that the Foxes leads the chase for the Italian striker amidst fierce competition from Inter Milan, another Serie A club.

Eder, who scored 12 goals in 19 Serie A appearances this season, will be holding contractual discussions with Leicester, although he could also speak to Inter should Roberto Mancini’s side submit an acceptable bid for the forward.

Leicester City had to increase their earlier offer to £10million after their £7.95m bid was rejected. Eder is an Italy international but is 29 so Leicester, though willing to hand him a three-year contract, do not want to bid beyond their value.

Furthermore it appears that Claudio Ranieri still has other transfer targets that his club is working on, such as Chelsea’s Loic Remy who can be a replacement for Andrej Kramaric.

The tinkerman had also rejected any notion that Leicester might sell Riyad Mahrez or Jaime Vardy, the two players forming a dynamic duo that is at the core of Leicester City’s brilliant run this season.

Compared to Leicester City, Inter Milan trails in Serie A at fourth place, tied with third-placed Fiorentina at 41 points, 6 behind league leaders Napoli. Sampdoria meanwhile hangs dangerously above the relegation zone by only five points.

Victor Valdes completing move to Belgian Liege


Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes is expected to complete a loan move to the Standard Liege, joining the Belgian club until the end of the season.

The former Spain International and Barcelona keeper who is 34 this year signed an 18-month contract when he joined United.

He joined the Red Devils in January 2015 after training with them for two-and-a-half months as he sought to regain fitness following a cruciate ligament injury.

Manager Louis van Gaal omitted him from the United squad for their preseason tour of the United States, alleging that he had refused to play for the club’s reserves.

Moreover, he has only started twice for Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United –replacing an injured David De Gea against Arsenal in May, and starting in a 0-0 draw against Hull.

He has not trained with United’s first team since his fall out with Van Gaal, who has been noted to be a strict disciplinarian.

Regardless of a failed proposed move to Besiktas in August, the player’s agent indicated that Valdes would move on this month.

Valdes won the Champions League three times with Barca and was part of the Spain squads that lifted the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 trophies.


“Brady is a crybaby,” says Antonio Smith


In the build-up to the Broncos-Patriots match in the NFL Conference Championships, Broncos defensive lineman Antonio Smith said that it was fair to describe Tom Brady as a crybaby.

“That would be an accurate statement. I’ve never seen any quarterback look to the referee right after he gets sacked more than Brady,” Smith said.

“Every time he gets sacked, he looks at the ref like, ‘You see him sack me? Was that supposed to happen? He did it a little hard. Please throw a 15-yard penalty on him. Get him fined.’”

On the other hand, Smith does acknowledge Brady’s passion and inner strength that the four-time Super bowl champion expresses in the game.

“He’s not going to rattle just because you hit him hard. I’ve tried over the years,” Smith explained.

“That’s what D-linemen think: ‘The harder you hit the quarterback, the better it will make it on the secondary.’”

“With Brady, he’s a great competitor. You know it’s coming. He’s going to cry about getting hit, but he’s going to take the hit and keep going.”