Aymen Abdennour 1 Liverpool and Aston Villa target Aymen Abdennour is set for a move to Valencia, according to reports in Spain.The Monaco centre-back has been chased by a host of European clubs this summer, with Villa boss Tim Sherwood keen on using leftover funds from the sales of Christian Benteke and Fabian Delph to strengthen his back-line.Abdennour looks to be closer to an exit from the French outfit after they were knocked out of the Champions League last night, but it seems the beneficiaries could be Valencia – the team that beat Monaco 4-3 on aggregate to progress to the group stages.Super Deporte claim a deal is close to being agreed, with Abdennour replacing Nicolas Otamendi, who moved to Manchester City earlier this month.
Month: December 2019
1 Everton have rejected a transfer request from defender John Stones.Toffees chairman Bill Kenwright released a statement to reaffirm the club’s stance that the 20-year-old, who has been heavily linked with Chelsea, will not be allowed to leave Goodison Park this summer.The Blues have had three bids for the England youngster rejected – the latest in the region of £30m – as they look to bolster their defensive reinforcements.Stones informed the club of his desire to leave earlier this week, but Everton manager Roberto Martinez reiterated following the club’s Capital One Cup victory at Barnsley that he will not be sold.The club statement read:Everton Football Club has rejected a transfer request from John Stones. Since the start of the transfer window, we have resolutely turned down offers from another Premier League football club for our player. John is not for sale and he will remain a highly valued member of our first team squad. John Stones
2 Labelled as ‘winners’ of the summer transfer market, Manchester City look ominous as they aim to regain the Premier League this season.City’s mega-rich owners spent a mind-boggling £153.5m in the close season, adding a whole host of superstar names to their squad.Manuel Pellegrini appears to have all bases covered with the additions of Raheem Sterling, Kevin De Bruyne, Nicolas Otamendi and Fabian Delph.The only possible issue City might have would be finding an adequate replacement for Sergio Aguero should the Argentine get injured. Wilfried Bony won a lot of admirers for his performances for Swansea but has yet to prove his worth at City since joining them in January.What do you think of the Manchester City squad compared to last season? Vote below.Are there any areas of weakness? Let us know by leaving your comments… How Manchester City’s squad looked at the end of last season – Click right to see how they look now… 2 Manchester City’s 2015/16 squad
1 Vincent Kompany Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is convinced Vincent Kompany will not be fit enough for Belgium’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers.Kompany has been named in the Belgium squad for their upcoming fixtures against Andorra and Israel despite missing City’s last four games with a calf injury.The 29-year-old will not feature for City against Newcastle this weekend and Pellegrini does not expect him to be fit for at least another fortnight.Pellegrini said: “I can’t ask him not to travel – if the national team call him, he must go. He is an important player, he must be with his mates and Belgium are playing important games for the next European Championship.“It is not a problem for him to go to the national squad but he cannot play, so I don’t think he will play.“In the same way when you don’t play for your national team you cannot play after for your club, it must be the same in the other sense. If you cannot play for your squad you cannot play for your national squad.”“I hope that Vincent can return after the international break but I am not sure. I hope that after 15 days he will be able to play but the calf is a difficult muscle. We must see in the way he improves.“It is not normal what we have had in the last few weeks. Against Sunderland we had 11 players injured. Since then we have had an average of six, seven or eight (out). I think it is too much and I hope in this international break most of them will be fit.”
Aston Villa have recalled Aly Cissokho from his loan spell at Porto, the Portuguese club have confirmed.The left-back will return to Villa, although he cannot play until January, with Jordan Amavi out for the season with a serious knee injury. Cissokho played under boss Remi Garde at Lyon and the 49-year-old has opted to bring him back with Villa bottom of the Barclays Premier League. Leandro Bacuna, a right-back, played on the left in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal which left Villa eight points from safety with Kieran Richardson failing to impress while deputising for Amavi. Former Liverpool loanee Cissokho, 28, has made 27 appearances since signing from Valencia under Paul Lambert in 2014 but he has made just two league appearances for Porto this term. He initially joined Porto on a season-long loan deal in August. 1 Aly Cissokho
MONTEBELLO – There might be no better place to meet with voters than their polling place, and that’s exactly what Robert Urteaga did Wednesday night at the Senior Villas. Urteaga, one of six candidates running for two seats on the Montebello City Council, held a “coffee klatch” with some of the 200 seniors who live at the facility. Some of Urteaga’s opponents were unhappy with the setting of the event. “The property is not only a polling place, but it’s leased from the city,” said incumbent Bob Bagwell, who is running against Urteaga. “Everyone should have been invited to speak.” “There are no prohibitions related to this sort of activity,” said spokeswoman Marcia Ventura. “Other than on Election Day.” The Montebello Senior Villas is one of four senior housing developments in the city. The property itself was built by TELACU and is owned by Hank Attina, a developer who is backing the recall of City Councilman Jeff Siccama. Attina did not return a call seeking comment. Siccama is not up for re-election. Besides Urteaga and Bagwell, the field includes incumbent Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid, former Councilwoman Kathy Salazar, Giuseppe “Joe” Veneziano and Leo Rodriguez. The off-year election is scheduled for Nov. 6. Bagwell said Thursday he was concerned that low voter turnout coupled with solid support for Urteaga from within the Montebello Senior Villas could sway the election. Montebello has about 61,000 residents and about 20,000 registered voters. Voter turnout could be as low as 4,000 or 5,000, Bagwell said. “It could change the election,” Bagwell said. “Because we’re probably looking at a small turnout. These voters could sway an election and separate the winners from the losers.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want 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.But, Urteaga, 32, defended the campaign stop, and claims his opponents are slinging mud in an election he’s said he’s “100 percent sure to win.” “I got to speak to 100 seniors who live there and are on board with me,” Urteaga said. “Yes, it is a polling place, but I don’t find it as a conflict.” Urteaga said if the meeting poses a problem to other candidates he would back any effort to monitor the polls at the Senior Villas. “If we need to bring some extra poll watchers so there’s assurances there’s nothing illegal, I would back that,” he said. “I don’t want there to be a perception of something that it’s not.” A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder/County Clerk’s Office said meeting with voters at the place where they vote is perfectly legal – except on Election Day.
GLENDALE – For the first time in more than a decade, Glendale could have no winter shelter to save the homeless from the cold this year. No group has applied to run the shelter at the Glendale Armory, which serves homeless people suffering from mental illness and drug addiction. “They have to find someplace to go when there’s inclement weather,” said Bruce Nelson, director of community services at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. “If we don’t have (the shelter) there will be people who will suffer exposure and they will get sick.” The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority funds similar shelter programs in Santa Clarita, Sylmar and other parts of the county, said David Howden, a funding manager for the agency. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.This year, no one had applied to run the shelter in Glendale when the deadline passed Sept. 19. It is supposed to open Dec. 1. LAHSA is still accepting applications from any group willing to run the center. Last year, 133 homeless people a night stayed at the center, Howden said. The YMCA of Glendale ran the shelter for several years, but stopped in 2006. The group had to use its own money because LAHSA didn’t provide enough funds, said John Thomas, president and CEO of local YMCA. Volunteers of America ran the winter shelter last year, but that group has not applied to run it this year. Glendale has nearly 300 homeless people on any given night, 79 of them chronically homeless and 85 of them children, according to a report to the city’s Housing Authority. In a report released last week, LAHSA said the San Fernando Valley has 6,411 homeless people every night. PATH Achieve Glendale has applied to the county for funding to start a 24-hour, year-round shelter with 25 beds. But even if approved, the $1million program would not start until next year. The agency already runs a 40-bed shelter on San Fernando Court, but that’s exclusively for participants who go through sobriety screening, not for just any homeless person who would use a winter shelter. [email protected] (818) 546-3304160Want 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 MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre The event serves more than 600 children and their family members. Cardinal Roger Mahony will attend with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. North Valley Caring Services will be hosting its annual Thanksgiving lunch Wednesday at Sepulveda United Methodist Church. “Whenever you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don’t, you’re wasting your time on Earth,” said Dan Rathbone, kitchen coordinator. “I don’t want to waste my time.” The nonprofit, which started about 30 years ago as a soup kitchen and serves the poorest communities in the San Fernando Valley, is expected to feed up to 300 people. Also on Wednesday, actor Kirk Douglas and his wife, Anne, will be on the street in Skid Row hosting the Los Angeles Mission’s annual Thanksgiving dinner of turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls and pumpkin pie. Actors and politicians will also be on hand dishing up traditional dinners. In Santa Monica, the St. Monica Parish Community will be feeding about 1,000 people during the 28th annual Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday. After dinner, the guests are invited to browse through the parish’s clothing boutique for free new and used clothing and toiletries. Free bus transportation will be provided across from St. Joseph’s Center at the southwest corner of Rose Avenue and 4th Street, next to the Public Storage yard in Venice.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VAN NUYS – Thanksgiving will come two days early for thousands of homeless throughout the Valley and elsewhere in Los Angeles. The North Hollywood-based San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission will be coordinating the Great Thanksgiving Banquet, which feeds more than 500 homeless and impoverished Valley residents today. “It’s been said that one’s life has no real meaning until they dedicate themselves to helping others and this is an opportunity to help and inspire those who need encouragement and a fresh start,” said pastor Bob Sobo of the Rescue Mission. Children and their families are invited to today’s Para Los Ni os annual Thanksgiving Celebration at The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.
Continuing a holiday tradition, more than 250,000 people are expected to turn out today for the new Hollywood Santa Parade. With the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce abandoning its sponsorship of the annual parade, city government has stepped in to back a scaled-down version of the parade along Hollywood Boulevard. Bob Barker, the longtime host of “The Price is Right,” is serving as grand marshal, and, in addition to traditional holiday greetings, he will be urging residents to spay or neuter their pets. Among others expected to participate are cast members from “Dancing with the Stars,” “Wicked” and “High School Musical.” 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 MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThere is no charge to attend the parade, although grandstand seats cost $35. A number of streets in the area will be closed during the event, and Los Angeles police officials said they will strictly enforce parking restrictions. Today there will be no parking on Franklin Avenue between La Brea Avenue and Vine Street, Yucca Street between Gower Street and Highland Avenue, Hollywood Boulevard between Formosa Avenue and Western Avenue, and Hawthorne Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue. Also, there will be no parking on Selma Avenue between Gower Street and Highland, Lanewood Avenue between Orange Drive and La Brea Avenue, Sunset Boulevard between Western Avenue and Formosa Avenue, De Longpre Avenue between Gower Street and La Brea Avenue, Fountain Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue, Fountain Avenue between Bronson Avenue and Cahuenga Avenue, Lexington Avenue between Highland Avenue and La Brea Avenue, Santa Monica Boulevard between Hobart Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, and Melrose Avenue between Western Avenue and Highland Avenue. Other streets in the area will also be affected, and drivers are urged to look for street signs limiting parking.
France eased into the Euro 2016 semi finals, thanks largely to Olivier Giroud.The Arsenal striker scored twice in the 5-2 thrashing of Iceland in Paris but he wasn’t the only player Gooners have been lavishing praise on.Granit Xhaka and Aaron Ramsey have both had good Euros, while some supporters ‘were in tears’ over Mesut Ozil’s display against Italy.Giroud and compatriot Laurent Koscielny will now face Ozil’s Germany in the semi-final.Here, talkSPORT looks at a selection of tweets from happy Arsenal fans. Arsenal fans insist their players are among the best performers at the Euros 1