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Tottenham to cut losses on star as Villa eye bid

first_img Everton and Brighton could be set to do battle for Jeremie Boga in the summer transfer window (Daily Express) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Christian Eriksen joined Inter in January for just £16.9m as he entered the last six months of his contract while Jan Vertonghen is due to be a free agent at the end of the season. Dier, 26, has played 20 times in all competitions this season but last started a Premier League match in December Spurs are also interested in the Canaries’ England Under-21 right-back Max Aarons (Daily Express) Manchester United have been given approval to sign Lyon’s French striker Moussa Dembele in a £60m deal (Daily Star) But Chelsea have also been encouraged in their own pursuit of Dembele as Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas admitted they will “sell the players who want to leave” (Daily Mail) West Ham are keen to sign AZ Alkmaar winger Oussama Idrissi in the summer (Hammers News) Manchester United star Paul Pogba “would not mind” going back to Juventus next season, according to his agent Mino Raiola (Goal) Tottenham are ready to cash in on a midfielder wanted by Aston Villa, while West Ham are chasing a 16-goal winger, according to Friday’s Paper Talk. Jose Mourinho was spotted in the stands as RB Leipzig took on Bayern Munich in a German table-topper Tottenham are reportedly ready to sell Eric Dier in the summer transfer window, with Aston Villa showing interest in the player. Dier has struggled to break into the Spurs side this season, although he seen more game time since Jose Mourinho replaced Mauricio Pochettino in north London. The 26-year-old was tipped to leave the club in January, with Villa strongly linked with a move for the England international. Dier’s current contract is due to expire in 2021 and he is reluctant to put pen to paper on a new deal over a lack of game time. The Daily Mail reports that unless Dier is willing to commit his future to the club, he will be sold in the summer. Spurs are keen to avoid a situation whereby the midfielder enters the final stages of his contract and could only command a significantly reduced transfer fee or leave on a free at the end of it. Promoted Content9 Most Disturbing Movie DystopiasCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hootlast_img read more

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Keane out of Celtic reckoning

first_img A source close to the club told Press Association Sport: “Roy was not offered the job – no-one has been offered it yet. “But he has ruled himself out and asked not to be considered for the position.” The FAI later released a short statement confirming Keane would be staying put. It read: “The Football Association of Ireland today (June 2) confirmed that Roy Keane will travel with the Republic of Ireland squad to the US after he decided not to pursue the informal talks that took place with Celtic any further.” Keane had emerged as the frontrunner for the position vacated by Lennon last week over the weekend. But his departure from the scene now leaves former West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke as the man expected to land the job. Sacked Cardiff boss Malky Mackay and Owen Coyle – who has been out of work since leaving Wigan last year – are also in the race to take the post. Keane’s U-turn comes as something of a surprise after reports on Monday had suggested he was within 24 hours of taking the job. Press Association Roy Keane has “asked not to be considered” for the vacant managerial position at Scottish champions Celtic. The Republic of Ireland assistant manager has ruled himself out of the running to replace Neil Lennon, preferring to continue his work alongside Martin O’Neill. Dermot Desmond, the Hoops majority shareholder, held talks with the former Manchester United skipper last week but it is understood the discussions did not get as far as a formal job offer. O’Neill confirmed on Thursday evening that his 42-year-old number two has held informal talks with the Hoops, for whom he played briefly at the end of his career, after Desmond had made contact. O’Neill said: ”I had a call the other day from Dermot Desmond wanting to speak to Roy if it was at all possible, and I mentioned it to Roy, of course. ”I am sure he was wanting to have chat anyway because a club like Celtic might not come around too often. ”It was just a really informal chat, I think, but if you are asking me would I be really disappointed? Of course if Roy was to leave us.” However, Keane had earlier hinted it would be difficult for him to leave his current role with the Football Association of Ireland. The ex-Sunderland and Ipswich boss – who now doubles his coaching duties with work as an ITV pundit – said on June 23: ”I’ve got a job – I’ve got two jobs – I can’t have another one. They are a brilliant club, an absolutely fantastic football club, one of the best in the world. But I have got a job.” He added with a smile: ”I’m not taking a pay cut for anybody.” last_img read more

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Ryan Norton thrives in simplified role of kickoff specialist

first_imgWhen Syracuse hosted Wake Forest on Sept. 12, Syracuse had seven kickoffs. Five of them were too deep in the end zone for the Demon Deacons to attempt a return. Of the first 33 kickoffs Norton had this season, 17 — more than half — went for touchbacks.“It’s kind of more natural for me to do kickoffs,” Norton said. “Since I started kicking when I was younger, (kickoffs) came more easily for me.”Norton, a senior who is 17-of-38 on touchbacks this season, has traded spots as a kickoff specialist and a field goal specialist during his time at Syracuse. When incumbent kicker Ross Krautman missed most of the 2013 season, Norton made 10 of his 15 field goal attempts at a position he didn’t expect to compete in. He came in as the field goal starter in 2014 before being unseated by freshman kicker Cole Murphy four games in.Now, Norton is back focusing solely on the position he feels most comfortable with. His leg is the strongest on the team but far from the most accurate. It’s what’s kept him from holding the field goal job down, but what’s also allowed him to thrive this season as a reliable kickoff specialist.“Ryan came in here with a strong leg, and he knew that there was a good chance that that could be his role coming into the season,” special teams coordinator Tim Daoust said. “That’s what he had done for us in the past and he’s back to his form from a couple years ago.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDaoust said Norton and Murphy came into training camp in competition for both facets of the kicking game, and the two separated from each other at each position. Still, they both work on the other’s craft at every practice.Murphy said the two critique each other at the other’s position. While the primary focus, Murphy said, is improving his own game, the two also make an effort to give each other pointers.“There’s a lot of the same things over and over,” Murphy said. “A lot of it’s mainly just keep your eyes back, swing straight through the ball, swing your target. Attack your plant foot. Don’t swing around, things like that. It’s little things.”In the training room, Norton said sometimes there are things he wants to fix or areas he wants to get stronger in. While others might be lifting weights, Norton will be doing one-legged squats, jumping, or working on other explosive leg movements. It’s important to have a strong core and lower body if you’re a kicker, Murphy said.Norton visualizes his kicks before they come. He tells himself that he knows he can do it. It’s what he works on all week for.When Syracuse played Pittsburgh on Saturday, Norton was instructed to kick it short with 25 seconds left in the first half. He didn’t place the ball where he wanted, and was eventually called for a late hit on a tackle to end the play.“You kick yourself,” Norton said of the mistake that eventually cost SU three points in a 23-20 loss.In his job, there’s only so many chances to execute. And in his job, there’s only so many definitions of success. For almost all of 2015, Norton has done the job that’s been asked of him.“At this level, everybody’s got a guy back there that can be a game changer,” Daoust said. “He’s at a much higher percentage than he’s had in the past … I know he’s doing a nice job with that.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 30, 2015 at 1:49 pm Contact Sam: sblum@syr.edu | @SamBlum3last_img read more

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