Defender ‘open-minded’ to Rangers exit, names which club he’d consider joining


Defender ‘open-minded’ to Rangers exit, names which club he’d consider joining – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Lee Hodson has admitted he’d be “open-minded” to leaving Rangers on a permanent basis, naming St Mirren at the club he’d consider joining. The right-back has spent the season on loan at St Mirren Park and could be open to a permanent switch as he’s enjoyed his time with the Saints.
Hodson initially joined Rangers from MK Dons in 2016 and has gone on to make just 27 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating two goals. The Northern Ireland international, who has represented his country on 24 occasions, has made eight appearances for St Mirren this season.
The Premiership side are struggling, however, sitting 11th in the table with only four points from 10 games. Nevertheless, Hodson wouldn’t be afraid at leaving Rangers for good to stay with St Mirren, and somewhat issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to the club to make their intentions known.
He told the Scottish Herald: “If the opportunity came for me to stay and there was a contract on the table I wouldn’t say no. Whatever options there are I’ll be open-minded. Apart from the results, I’ve been enjoying it as they are a good bunch of lads in there.”
Hodson has played for the likes of Watford, Brentford, MK Dons, Kilmarnock, Rangers and now St Mirren. He’s yet to settle at a club and make a real name for himself, so it’s easy to see why the Saints look an attractive proposition despite their toils in the Premiership.
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Charlie Nicholas names which Rangers player will be ‘eventually banned’


Charlie Nicholas names which Rangers player will be ‘eventually banned’ – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Charlie Nicholas believes Allan McGregor will be “eventually banned” after his return to Rangers has led to numerous altercations with players.
The experienced goalkeeper, who left Rangers for Besiktas in 2012, returned to Ibrox over the summer from Hull City and has so far made 19 appearances in all competitions under Steven Gerrard, keeping an impressive eight clean sheets.
McGregor, however, has been guilty of involving himself in scuffles with players and other off-the-ball incidents that could land him in hot water. He had a coming together with Motherwell defender Peter Hartley, was seen kicking Celtic defender Kristoffer Ajer and elbowed Aberdeen winger Gary Mackay-Steven.
Nicholas was critical of McGregor’s behaviour upon his return to the Scottish Premiership and says he will be “eventually banned” if he carried on this season. He told the Daily Express (h/t HITC): “How many more dodgy incidents is Rangers keeper Allan McGregor going to get away with?”
“Gary Mackay-Steven was hardly hurt by McGregor’s elbow in the Betfred Cup semi, but the intent was there. McGregor has previous after getting involved with Celtic’s Kristoffer Ajer and Peter Hartley of Motherwell. On each occasion he escaped punishment.
“Even if he does eventually get banned, I don’t think he will care. He wants to mess with people and he’ll be at it again in the next Old Firm derby.”
McGregor has made a total of 269 appearances across the board for Rangers, with his first stint for the club coming between 2001 and 2012. The goalkeeper has played for St Johnstone, Dunfermline, Besiktas, Hull City and Cardiff City but could be ending his career where it all began at Ibrox.
Rangers are fifth in the Scottish Premiership with 17 points from nine games, coming off the back of four wins from their last five.
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Spurs handed massive transfer boost as reported Poch's £50m target demands January exit


Spurs handed massive transfer boost as reported Poch's £50m target demands January exit – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur have been handed a massive transfer boost as Barcelona forward Malcom has asked to leave the Nou Camp in January.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the Brazilian asked to meet Ernesto Valverde and requested to leave in the winter transfer window if the manager can’t guarantee him playing minutes.
Since sealing a £36million move to the Spanish giants from Bordeaux in the summer, Malcom has only played 25 minutes of football, failing to make the matchday squad on several occasions.
The frustration is at its peak for the winger, and he won’t be short of suitors once he is available in the transfer market.
According to Corriere dello Sport, Malcom is one of Spurs’ key targets, and they are said to be prepared to pay £50 million in order to land him.
AS Sport also claims Tottenham will launch a bid for him in January, and it seems manager Mauricio Pochettino is ready to pull out all the stops in securing the signature of his man.
While the north London side aren’t lacking quality attacking options, Malcom brings pace and directness to the table, and would be a perfect addition.
He netted 12 goals and seven assists in 35 games for the French side last term, and could help Spurs challenge strongly across all competitions this season and going forward.
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John Hughes names which Celtic player could solve Scotland’s problem in attack


John Hughes names which Celtic player could solve Scotland’s problem in attack – originally posted on Sportslens.com

John Hughes believes Ryan Christie could solve Scotland’s problem in attack, with the 23-year-old being in fine form of late. Christie has struggled for playing time at Celtic, but he’s impressed when called upon this season which could lead to him adding to his three caps for the Scotland national team.
With Leigh Griffiths having withdrawn himself from international duty in October and Steven Naismith currently injured and ruled out for two months, Scotland need a centre-forward for their upcoming Nations League double-header against Albania and Israel.
Hughes wants to see Christie given a chance to prove his worth to Alex McLeish next month, as he believes he can successfully operate up front and has a good relationship with the Scotland boss.
He told BBC Sportsound (h/t The Sun): “I’ll fling a name in – Ryan Christie. “He had a wonderful game at the weekend there. The reason I’m saying that is because he can play centre-forward. He played centre-forward for Celtic against Motherwell, 7-0, last game of the season.
“And he had a man-of-the-match performance. I know Alex likes him. Maybe it’s a little bit early for him but when you’ve got a guy who’s on form and on a high…I don’t think he’d let the country down.”
Christie joined Celtic from Inverness Caledonian Thistle in 2015 and has gone on to make 24 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating six goals. He was loaned out to Aberdeen in his early years at Celtic but is finally making a name for himself in the Hoops first-team.
With the talented attacking-midfielder getting more senior game time and being called up to the national team, Christie could be in for a bright 2018/19 campaign.
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Sliva has come up with an exciting transfer target who could transform Everton


Sliva has come up with an exciting transfer target who could transform Everton – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton have been recently linked with a move for Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, and he would be a terrific signing for the Toffees.
According to reports from the Daily Mirror, Everton are interested in signing Vardy in the January transfer window. Marco Silva has assembled a solid attacking set-up at the club, but they are lacking a clinical number nine.
The likes of Cenk Tosun, Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Oumar Niasse have all failed to score goals consistently which has forced Silva to use Richarlison up front. Although the Brazilian has an eye for goal, he looks more threatening while playing from the flanks.
Everton want to solve that problem by bringing in Vardy who has established himself as not only a key player for the club but as one of the best strikers in the league.
Vardy has scored over 20 goals in two of his last three seasons, and he’ll bring his valuable experience to the side. He is fast, direct, and a superb finisher.
With Vardy on the side, goals are guaranteed if he is given proper supply. He will turn 32 in January but with his experience and quality, he can play a big part in transforming the club under Silva.
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Frenchman ‘likes’ Aston Villa, agreeing personal terms might be a stumbling block


Frenchman ‘likes’ Aston Villa, agreeing personal terms might be a stumbling block – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to Calciomercato, Laurent Koscielny ‘likes’ Aston Villa and may be considering them as a potential next destination. The French international’s future at Arsenal is unsure with his hopes of playing time uncertain under Unai Emery, and Villa would surely jump at the chance to sign the experienced centre-back as they’ve been desperate to bolster their backline.
Koscielny joined Arsenal from FC Lorient in 2010 and has gone on to make 324 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 29 goals. The 33-year-old has struggled with an achilles injury from May and is slowly nearing a return. Koscielny will be short of fitness and finds himself behind Shkodran Mustafi, Sokratis Papastathopoulous and Rob Holding in the pecking order.
As for Villa, they may struggle to match his lofty personal terms, as Koscielny is reportedly earning £90k-per-week. New manager Dean Smith is in the market for a centre-back, as Tommy Elphick’s loan move to Hull City left Villa with only Axel Tuanzebe and James Chester as natural options. James Collins is currently training with the club with a view to signing on a free transfer when his fitness improves, but another defender appears to be on their radar.
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'Nothing special': Some Spurs fans react after knowing who Pochettino wants to sign


'Nothing special': Some Spurs fans react after knowing who Pochettino wants to sign – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Mauricio Pochettino would be looking to delve into the transfer market in the January transfer window, but will he be looking to sign a goalkeeper?
With Michel Vorm out of contract at Spurs at the end of this season, the Spurs boss will require a solid back-up goalkeeper.
According to reports from Voetbal International, Spurs are showing keen interest in Andre Onana.
The report doesn’t state properly whether Spurs want the 22-year-old as a replacement for club skipper Hugo Lloris, who has had an up and down season for the club.
Ajax took him away from Barcelona youth system in 2015. He has made over 70 appearances for the Dutch club already and has six caps for his country.
Onana set to enter the final two-and-a-half years of his contract in 2019, and Ajax could feel that this is the right time for them to cash in on the player.
Spurs have signed a lot of players from Ajax in recent years – Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Davinson Sanchez – and it remains to be seen whether Onana follows their footstep to the north London club.
However, some Spurs fans are not convinced about him, while many doubt that it could spell the end of Paulo Gazzaniga’s tenure at the club.

How much to just buy Ajax?
— Zach (@SonnyCoys) October 30, 2018

What’s wrong with Gazza?
— John Wardell (@oldjdub) October 30, 2018

Flog Lloris to Lyon part X for Ndembele
— DAVSPURS (@davspurs) October 30, 2018

Would be ideal to get him or donnaruma
— Oh No! (@Marwan4TW) October 30, 2018

Like the lad quite abit and wouldnt totally be against replacing hugo, good goalkeeper but has cost alot and balls out from the back simply aren’t good enough for the way we like to play
— Musa (@Musathfc) October 30, 2018

Imo he is nothing special, watch Ajax regularly…
— Gerd De Keyser (@Bubbsisclean) October 31, 2018

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Nuno has just come up with a smart transfer target for Wolves…but there's a catch


Nuno has just come up with a smart transfer target for Wolves…but there's a catch – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to reports from Express and Star, Wolves are eyeing up a move for Liverpool striker Divock Origi in the January transfer window.
Wolves enquired about signing the Belgium international during the summer transfer window, but they were put off by a hefty asking price.
Nuno Espirito Santo is keen to add a striker to his rank, and has earmarked the 23-year-old as perfect fit for Wolves.
Wolves have scored nine goals in 10 games, and bolstering the attacking department is one of Nuno’s top priorities in January.
However, Liverpool are demanding a fee of over £20m for the striker who has scored 21 goals in 77 appearances for the Reds.
He is way down the pecking order at Anfield and hasn’t played this season. Liverpool are open to letting him go in January, but Wolves can only sign him on loan or if the Reds lower their asking price.
Origi, who joined Wolfsburg last season on loan, has Premier League quality and could represent a smart signing for Wolves.
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Could Everton soon commit potential £100million-mistake like Manchester City?


Could Everton soon commit potential £100million-mistake like Manchester City? – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Everton youngster Ademola Lookman has once again been linked with a move to Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, and after seeing playing opportunities still hard to come by, a move to Germany could tempt him again.
The 21-year-old has only played four league games this season, all cameo appearances off the bench.
Lookman spent the latter half of last season on loan with Leipzig, netting five goals in 11 appearances.
According to Sky Sports, the Germans were keen on a permanent deal afterwards, offering £25million for his signature, but despite the player also being keen, the Goodison Park weren’t willing to let go.
However, Lookman could now push for an exit in January, and should he insist on leaving and Leipzig meet Everton’s asking price, like Manchester City, the Toffees could end up committing a mistake potentially worth £100million.
England international Jadon Sancho quit the Etihad Stadium outfit in the summer of 2017 for Borussia Dortmund in order to get more playing minutes.
The 18-year-old winger was sold for just £8million, but has since seen his stock skyrocket following an impressive start to 2018-19 that has seen him have a hand in 12 goals in as many appearances.
According to Mirror, Dortmund now value Sancho around £100million, and suitors will have to pay that price to have a chance of luring him away.
The youngster’s story will surely inspire young players like Lookman, and having seen what he can do in the Bundesliga last time out, a permanent move will now be more tempting than ever.
Everton aren’t giving the England youth international the chances he so much craves for, and with an exit very much likely on the cards if the situation doesn’t change, Lookman could follow in Sancho’s path, excel so much and also see his stock rise to as high as £100million in the next few months.
It is a huge mistake Manchester City have already made, and it seems the Blues could be next.
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‘Excellent’, 'Quality' – some Aston Villa fans are excited at the prospect of signing midfielder


‘Excellent’, 'Quality' – some Aston Villa fans are excited at the prospect of signing midfielder – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Barry Bannan, a former player of the Villans who could set them back £8m in January, and supporters are actually open to the idea of signing him.
Some have been wary of the lofty price tag, given the Midlands club sold him for a fraction of that price years ago, but he could thrive under manager Dean Smith.

Excellent signing at this level but £8M seems a lot and not sure he’s got much improvement left to make. Is he a prem level signing? Would only be a back up at best at the top level, and that’s a lot to pay for a back up #avfc
— Reece J (@ReeceyBones) October 29, 2018

I always liked the player. Same as Albrighton. Should never have let the pair of them go in my opinion.
— cyril sneer (@cyril_sneer_ex1) October 30, 2018

Brilliant player
— Patrick (@TheVillaaa) October 29, 2018

Would take that
— Callum Hughes (@Callumh1310) October 30, 2018

Baz is quality. Would be perfect for us but not for 8 mill.
— Chez Avfc (@AvfcUTV1) October 29, 2018

Bannan is a deep-lying playmaker who can pick out a pass and will help to retain possession. He showed glimpses of real quality during his time at Villa but wasn’t deemed good enough to warrant keeping. The 28-year-old made 82 appearances in all competitions between 2008 and 2013 for Villa, scoring and creating nine goals.
The Scotland international, who has made 27 appearances for his country, was loaned out to Derby County, Blackpool and Leeds United before joining Crystal Palace on a permanent deal. He spent two years at Selhurst Park before his move to Sheffield Wednesday and turned his career around at Hillsborough – 133 appearances, seven goals, 15 assists.
With Villa playing more attractive football under Smith, a player like Bannan would perfectly fit the mould. He doesn’t come cheap, however, so it’s unknown if the Midlands outfit will make a genuine approach.
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