‘I could see myself playing for Liverpool’ – Ogenyi Onazi

The Nigerian international has impressed in the Eternal City and has been linked with a move to Everton recently
Young Lazio midfielder Ogenyi Onazi has declared his interest in signing for Liverpool, with Everton also thought to be monitoring the situation.

The 20-year-old has made 14 appearances for the Rome club so far this season and is believed to be attracting interest from the likes of Wolfsburg and Fiorentina, as well as the Toffees.

However, Onazi has declared himself interested in a move to the Red side of Merseyside at some point in the future.

“I would jump at the chance to play in the Premier League,” said Onazi following Nigeria’s 2-2 draw with Italy at Craven Cottage.

“Liverpool? They are a huge team and are attractive to any footballer. I could see myself playing for them.”

Niklas Bendtner eyes Spain move in January

It’s looking likely that the Danish striker is going to leave the Gunners in the new year after disappointing in the few chances he’s been afforded this season as Olivier Giroud’s only recognised back-up forward.

Bendtner had agreed to join Crystal Palace in the summer, but Arsene Wenger pulled the plug on the deal after failing to sign a player as a replacement, while previous moves away from the Emirates have fallen through due to the 25-year-old’s wage demands.

However, the confident Dane has seemingly set his sights high for his next club.

Asked if he chased the money when trying to find a new club,Bendtner told Danish publication Politiken: “I do not. It is the sport that is the most important.

“I’m going somewhere where I know I can be happy to play. With a team where I can score goals and preferably to win something.

“I do not want to sit on the bench staring. I love playing lots of games.”

When asked how he envisaged his career would continue, the striker said: “Real Madrid or Barcelona.”

West Ham Handed Blow In Pursuit Of Quagliarella

The Hammers were interested in Quagliarella in the summer and the Italian international has slid down the pecking order due to the arrivals of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente.

But according to Talk Sport, the player’s agent has ruled out a move away from Italy for the 30-year-old.

“I am not aware that there have been any contacts between Lazio and my client, because Fabio has no intention of leaving Juventus in January,” Giuseppe Bozo told Calciomercatonews.

“[Juventus manager Antonio] Conte does not want to deprive himself [of Quagliarella]. We cannot say that Fabio is treated as the fourth striker after Carlos Tevez, Fernando Llorente and Mirko Vucinic.

“Plus the fact he is playing in a team that is fighting for the title is an extra motivation for him and he will not give up.”

The Hammers have really struggled for goals this season and have been forced to play a 4-6-0 formations several times in the absence of Andy Carroll.

A striker is an absolute must for Allardyce in January but it seems that Quagliarella will not be open to a move to the Premier League.

There are strong rumours circulating that Jermain Defoe could make a shock return to Upton Park with the forward struggling for game time at Spurs since Roberto Soldado arrived.

Dembele on Napoli radar

Italian daily newspaper Il Mattino reports that Napoli are considering a January move on Tottenham star Moussa Dembele.

It is no secret the Azzurri are looking to add another high-profile central midfielder to their ranks in January, and they have so far been linked with Maxime Gonalons, Blaise Matuidi, Ever Banega and Fernando.

Nevertheless, Il Mattino understands that Tottenham midfielder Moussa Dembele is also on their hit-list.

Rafael Benitez is well aware of the player’s qualities and he believes the Belgian would be an excellent addition to the squad at Stadio San Paolo.

However, persuading Spurs to let their star player leave the club is likely to prove a very difficult task.

Moussa Dembele developed into a key player at White Hart Lane shortly after arriving from Fulham, although his place in the starting line-up is no longer guaranteed following the heavy summer recruitment.

The Belgium international has started 8 Premier League fixtures this term, while making another 3 substitute appearances.

Wenger admits Ozil's deal was complicated

Ozil-WengerArsene Wenger has said that Arsenal are now in a position where they can get top players, after they pulled off the signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid this summer.

The Germany international joined the Gunners in a record-breaking €47million deal on transfer deadline day, following years of criticisms over Wenger’s reluctance to spend.

“Of course [it’s a statement],” Wenger said. “We had to go through some years with restricted financial potential and the target was to stay in the Champions League during this period.

“We were able to do it and now we are strong financially. The best thing is to spend the money in an efficient way. That means to strengthen the team and spend money you can afford to spend.”

Ozil is expected to make his debut for the North London club on Saturday against Sunderland, but the Arsenal boss is not certain if he will be in the starting 11.

Wenger also admitted that Ozil’s departure must have been linked directly with Gareth Bale’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu and expessed surprise at the La Liga’s side willingness to sell the midfielder.

“Honestly, I think it was linked with the Bale transfer,” Wenger added. “I don’t know why Madrid sold him – was it financial reasons? Was it because they had to let somebody go? I was surprised, yes.

“He’s already a great player but there’s room between 25 and 30 to become a dominant player. That’s the age range when you step up from very good to great.

“I wouldn’t say it was an easy deal. It was very complicated because the timing was short. On Sunday, just before the Tottenham game, I thought we had managed to do it. We were 90 per cent there.”

Wenger admits Ozil’s deal was complicated

Ozil-WengerArsene Wenger has said that Arsenal are now in a position where they can get top players, after they pulled off the signing of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid this summer.

The Germany international joined the Gunners in a record-breaking €47million deal on transfer deadline day, following years of criticisms over Wenger’s reluctance to spend.

“Of course [it’s a statement],” Wenger said. “We had to go through some years with restricted financial potential and the target was to stay in the Champions League during this period.

“We were able to do it and now we are strong financially. The best thing is to spend the money in an efficient way. That means to strengthen the team and spend money you can afford to spend.”

Ozil is expected to make his debut for the North London club on Saturday against Sunderland, but the Arsenal boss is not certain if he will be in the starting 11.

Wenger also admitted that Ozil’s departure must have been linked directly with Gareth Bale’s move to the Santiago Bernabeu and expessed surprise at the La Liga’s side willingness to sell the midfielder.

“Honestly, I think it was linked with the Bale transfer,” Wenger added. “I don’t know why Madrid sold him – was it financial reasons? Was it because they had to let somebody go? I was surprised, yes.

“He’s already a great player but there’s room between 25 and 30 to become a dominant player. That’s the age range when you step up from very good to great.

“I wouldn’t say it was an easy deal. It was very complicated because the timing was short. On Sunday, just before the Tottenham game, I thought we had managed to do it. We were 90 per cent there.”

Ozil's father threatens legal action against Real Madrid

Oz-1Mesut Ozil’s father has slammed Florentino Perez, for allegedly leaking negative stories about his son, in order to pacify angry Real Madrid players and supporters, who have criticised him for selling the playmaker to Arsenal.

Spanish newspaper ABC, this week carried reports which claimed that Perez told senior Madrid members, that Ozil was allowed to leave because the club was fed up with his unprofessional behaviour off the pitch. The report said the Germany international had deviated from his Islamic faith and was socialising and womanising to the extent his performances have dropped.

The paper also accused Mustapha Ozil of leaking stories of interest from other clubs, after Madrid refused to raise his salary to €8.5 million a year.

“Just because someone earns a lot of money does not make them automatically a man of honour,” Ozil senior told Bild. “And [Florentino] Perez is no man of honour. Mesut is made the scapegoat now. And I am the greedy father, who only waits for the big money. A put-up job, a bad business. We will defend ourselves legally.”

A lot of observers in Madrid, saw the ABC story as a ploy by Madrid to defend themselves and Ozil senior insisted that it was the exact scenario.

“If Mesut leads such a dissipated life, as they always say, then I wonder: Why did he always play?,” he said. “They want to talk Mesut down, because the fans and some team-mates are angry about his sale.”

On shopping Mesut around to Premier League clubs, he said: “There is an agent in England who forged an authorisation with my signature in order to shop around Mesut in my name. “We have taken legal measures against this person. We will see this through.”

Ozil’s father threatens legal action against Real Madrid

Oz-1Mesut Ozil’s father has slammed Florentino Perez, for allegedly leaking negative stories about his son, in order to pacify angry Real Madrid players and supporters, who have criticised him for selling the playmaker to Arsenal.

Spanish newspaper ABC, this week carried reports which claimed that Perez told senior Madrid members, that Ozil was allowed to leave because the club was fed up with his unprofessional behaviour off the pitch. The report said the Germany international had deviated from his Islamic faith and was socialising and womanising to the extent his performances have dropped.

The paper also accused Mustapha Ozil of leaking stories of interest from other clubs, after Madrid refused to raise his salary to €8.5 million a year.

“Just because someone earns a lot of money does not make them automatically a man of honour,” Ozil senior told Bild. “And [Florentino] Perez is no man of honour. Mesut is made the scapegoat now. And I am the greedy father, who only waits for the big money. A put-up job, a bad business. We will defend ourselves legally.”

A lot of observers in Madrid, saw the ABC story as a ploy by Madrid to defend themselves and Ozil senior insisted that it was the exact scenario.

“If Mesut leads such a dissipated life, as they always say, then I wonder: Why did he always play?,” he said. “They want to talk Mesut down, because the fans and some team-mates are angry about his sale.”

On shopping Mesut around to Premier League clubs, he said: “There is an agent in England who forged an authorisation with my signature in order to shop around Mesut in my name. “We have taken legal measures against this person. We will see this through.”

Odemwingie denies he advised Anichebe on West Brom move

Anichebe moves to WBAOsaze Odemwingie has denied reports which said he encouraged his compatriot Victor Anichebe, to move to his former club, West Bromwich Albion.

Anichebe left Everton for WBA, while Odemwingie finally left the Hawthorns and joined Cardiff City on transfer deadline day.

“Just to be clear I never advised V. Anichebe on the move to WBA,” Odemwingie tweeted.

“In different circumstances it was a good thing to say but not all the way to a family club. I think it will be obvious when it will be so.

“The headline just didn’t make sense. The journalist making me to look too good which I don’t need, or making me look too strange.”

Odemwingie also insisted that there were no issues between him and the Baggies.

Fabregas reveals he would never have joined United this summer

Fabregas prezzerBarcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas, has said that he never considered moving to Manchester United, even if David Moyes had tabled an offer that would triple his wages.

The Spaniard was one of United’s top targets this summer and Moyes failed with two official bids for the former Arsenal captain.

Fabregas however says he was never tempted to move back to England and is enjoying himself at his boyhood club.

“I would not have moved for double the money. Nor triple. No,” Fabregas told The Sun.

“I’ve paid out of my pocket to play for Barca. I earned more at Arsenal. There are dreams and this was mine since I was a child.

“United never spoke with me. Obviously when a club wants you they have to do it with the club and they don’t necessarily have to speak to the player.

“I always said that I hadn’t spoken to anyone – and the only thing in my head was to be a success at Barcelona.

“The truth is United made official offers and it became known in public.

“I know there are other places where they give you more money. But at no time did I think of leaving.”