Eight January signings! Arsenal, Man United, Liverpool and the players who can sign pre-contract deals

first_img 8 8 2. Giorgio Chiellini – Perfect for: Man United – Click the arrow for more – It’s almost mind-boggling to think Man United spent in excess of £150m during the summer and failed to address arguably their biggest concern in central defence. The Red Devils are reportedly set on eventually luring Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels to Old Trafford, but they must surely keep an eye on other potentially available players as well. One such player is Juventus’ highly-respected centre-back Giorgio Chiellini. The Italian is in the last year of his contract, although he will likely remain in Turin unless an unbelievable offer comes his way. 8 5. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – Perfect for: Man City – Click the arrow for more – Manuel Pellegrini may have dropped a bit of a clanger when he allowed Alvaro Negredo to leave at the end of the summer window without bringing in a replacement striker. Should he decided to move for a replacement in the winter, then he should look no further than Schalke hitman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. The Dutchman is out of contract in the summer, but given Schalke have cashed in on a player early before (selling Lewis Holtby to Tottenham), they could do it again. 8 6. Nigel De Jong – Perfect for: Man United – Click the arrow for more – Despite their extravagant spending this summer, Man United remain a club in flux and one that still need to address a number of areas. One of these is still central midfield. Despite drafting in Daley Blind from Ajax, the Red Devils could do with a real bruiser to protect their fragile back four. Dutchman Nigel De Jong was uttered as exactly that solution, and while United opted against moving for him six weeks ago, they could reignite interest with the midfielder reaching the end of his AC Milan deal. 8 4. Jon Flanagan – Perfect for: Liverpool – Click the arrow for more – Unquestionably one of the unearthed gems of last season, it would be a minor disaster if Liverpool were to lose Jon Flanagan when his contract expires next year. Everything suggests he will pen a new deal at Anfield as soon as he returns from a lengthy injury lay-off, but with his potential there for all to see, he could attract the attentions of other established clubs. 1. Glen Johnson – Perfect for: Tottenham – Click the arrow for more – With Liverpool looking pretty stacked in the full-back area, it seems increasingly likely that Glen Johnson will be allowed to leave Anfield when his contract expires. There have been silent calls for him to take his chances abroad – much like Ashley Cole and Micah Richards, but he could find a suitable home in the Premier League at Tottenham. Beyond Kyle Walker, Mauricio Pochettino has few options at full-back, recently playing Eric Dier in that role. 8. Sami Khedira is out of contract in summer 2015 and would be perfect for Arsenal – Click the arrow to see seven more players available to sign pre-contract agreements in January – The Real Madrid man seemed destined to leave the Bernabeu during the summer, but a move failed to materialise. Two bit-part appearances for Los Blancos this season is indicative of his place in boss Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, so expect him to seek a move at the next possible opportunity. Arsenal were rumoured to be talking to him earlier this year and would be foolish not to reignite that interest in January. The Gunners have the funds to sign him early, but might opt to agree a pre-contract and snap him up for nothing come June. The summer transfer window may be closed, but as a number of clubs will attest to, the winter window can’t come around quickly enough.The likes of Man United, Tottenham and Liverpool have endured mixed starts to the new campaign, while their rivals are still showing areas of weakness that need to be addressed soon.January may still be over three months away, but for the clubs in need of further strengthening, work will start now on engineering the next purchases.However, a brief look over the list of players in the final year of their contract offers some particularly interesting reading.Click on the arrow above to see which players could be snapped up in January either permanently or on pre-contract agreements. 8 8 3. James Milner – Perfect for: Liverpool – Click the arrow for more – Although he may be frequently derided for his less glamorous approach to the game, James Milner remains a very talented and dependable footballer. It is therefore perhaps a little surprising that he is could be available for nothing come the end of the season. The former Leeds United man is arguably an ideal addition to Liverpool’s ranks, especially given his workman-like approach – similar to that of Dirk Kuyt. Brendan Rodgers’ recent deployment of Raheem Sterling as a wing-back was a little baffling, and if he is going to use this tactic in future, Milner would be the perfect selection, with the England man defensively astute and capable of producing excellent crosses. 8 7. Yevhen Konoplyanka – Perfect for: Tottenham – Click the arrow for more – One of the most talked about names last January was Dnipro’s Yevhen Konoplyanka, as both Tottenham and Liverpool reportedly battled it out for his signature. Fast forward 12 months and the same man could be at the centre of transfer dealings again, as his contract reaches its conclusion. Although Liverpool have made great advancements in wide areas, Spurs still seem to need the level of wizardry Konoplyanka would offer. last_img read more

Geology Roundup

first_imgWonders under the sea highlight this roundup of recent geology news.  Speaking of seas, the Dead Sea also made headlines, as well as data on the question of whether earthquakes are increasing. Ocean floor lava flow:  A fresh lava flow five meters thick covering 10 million square meters was discovered off the Oregon coast.  That’s just one of several surprises found by a seafloor mapping robot reported by PhysOrg, which said the device “has had a busy year. It documented a huge lava flow from a three-month-old volcanic eruption off the Oregon coast; it charted mysterious three-kilometer-wide scour marks on the seafloor off Northern California; and it unearthed data that challenge existing theories about one of the largest offshore faults in Central California. Volcanoes into the abyss:  Can you imagine a volcano falling into a huge chasm?  That’s what the BBC News reported is happening to seamounts near New Zealand.  An accompanying animation from sonar data shows mountains poised on the edge of a huge crack in the Pacific plate, drawing them in at 6cm per year. Dead Sea fluctuations:  The Dead Sea is apparently a remnant of a once much-larger lake that engulfed the Sea of Galilee to the north, yet also shrunk to near dryness in the past.  That’s what the BBC News reported about drill cores interpreted by geologists to represent large climate fluctuations in the past, including the “coming and going of ice ages.”  Live Science asked, “Could the Dead Sea completely vanish?”  Apparently so, since it has happened before. Earthquakes on the rise?  The recent spate of major earthquakes in Haiti, Japan, New Zealand, Turkey and elsewhere might make one think earthquakes are increasing in frequency and intensity, but that’s not the case, according to two teams of geologists who reported their statistical analyses at the American Geophysical Union.  The pattern of major quakes is indistinguishable from randomness, and one major quake does not appear able to trigger others at remote distances.  Story at Live Science. Snowflake puzzle solved:  Atmospheric science is not geology, but overlaps it somewhat.  Snowflakes do fall to the ground and contribute to erosion.  A seasonally-appropriate subject was reported by both PhysOrg and BBC News, along with pretty pictures by snowflake photography wizard Kenneth Libbrecht.  He figured out why snowflakes are flat – razor thin, in fact.  If interested in hearing how they grow faster at the edges, read the articles.  It’s worth a click to the BBC article just for the beauty of the photo.  What crystal designer could outdo this? These stories are offered to pique your interest, in hopes some readers will investigate them further and evaluate their claims.  For those who want to think outside the secular billions-of-years box, Dr. Tasman Walker (BA Earth Science, PhD Mechanical Engineering), a writer for Creation Ministries International, maintains a Biblical Geology Blog with news of interest, informative and attractively presented.(Visited 25 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Rugby steps up transformation drive

first_imgThe Vodacom Cup has been contested on an annual basis since 1998 and is an inter-provincial competition for all 14 South African unions. Jurie Roux, the CEO of Saru, said that no sanctions had been specified, should a province fail to select the required numbers of black players. He said the question and other operational matters around the policy would be addressed by the Games and Policy committee. Hoskins said Saru had taken the initiative, rather than wait for other agencies to force action. “The Vodacom Cup is a critical step on the development pathway in professional rugby, but it had moved away from its primary purpose of presenting opportunities for young emerging players, particularly black players. “All the 14 provinces recognised that fact and that we needed to address it as a strategic objective at our Transformation Indaba last year. That and other decisions were shared with the Department of Sports and Recreation, as well as the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee. ‘We needed to intervene’“The mood of the organisation is that we needed to intervene – and this was coming from the provinces as well – to see the graph of black player representation begin to rise,” he said. SAinfo reporter and SA Rugby ‘Tangible step’“This is rugby’s tangible step on delivering on that pledge,” he said. “The intended outcome is an increased pool of black talent from which Absa Currie Cup and Vodacom Super Rugby coaches can select and, in due course, more options for the Springbok coach.”center_img 15 August 2013 The South African Rugby Union (Saru) has stepped up its transformation drive, announcing compulsory targets for next season’s Vodacom Cup competition that will require a minimum of seven black players in each of the country’s provincial teams. The directive, released on Wednesday, also says that at least of those players must be in the starting 15, and at least two of the players must be forwards. The initiative was taken by the executive council of Saru on Monday and discussed with provincial unions on Tuesday. The numbers were determined in line with Saru’s global transformation strategy and after a review of historical levels of black representation in the competition. The tournament runs from March to April and, since its introduction, has been the competition in which virtually the majority of Springboks have made their senior provincial debut. ‘Commitment to transformation’“This decision to introduce measurable targets underlines Saru’s commitment to transformation,” Saru president Oregan Hoskins said in a statement. last_img read more

Hunters harvest more than 14,000 deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Hunters checked 14,182 white-tailed deer during Ohio’s muzzleloader season, Jan. 5-8, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). During last year’s muzzleloader season, 13,268 white-tailed deer were checked.Hunters still have opportunities to pursue deer this winter, as archery season remains open through Sunday, Feb. 3.The ODNR Division of Wildlife remains committed to properly managing Ohio’s deer populations. The goal of Ohio’s Deer Management Program is to provide a deer population that maximizes recreational opportunities, while minimizing conflicts with landowners and motorists.Hunting PopularityOhio ranks fifth nationally in resident hunters and 11th in the number of jobs associated with hunting-related industries. Hunting has a more than $853 million economic impact in Ohio through the sale of equipment, fuel, food, lodging and more, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation’s Hunting in America: An Economic Force for Conservation publication.Find more information about deer hunting in the Ohio 2018-2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations or at wildohio.gov.An updated deer harvest report is posted online each Wednesday at wildohio.gov/deerharvest.last_img read more

Beermen escape Fuel Masters for share of third place

first_imgLATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Rain or Shine dumps Alaska in Hontiveros, dela Cruz farewell MOST READ With the game tied at 100, Terrence Watson took charge and muscled his way inside for four straight points to give San Miguel a 104-100 lead with 1:46 left in the game.Arwind Santos then, stole the ball from Brandon Brown at the 27-second mark and this led to June Mar Fajardo’s two free throws that gave the Beermen a 106-100 bubble.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I realized it’s really hard to win a game especially when you go up against a team that has everything to gain nothing to lose,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria. “Phoenix’ pride is still there and they really want to win.”San Miguel enjoyed a bevy of double-double performances from three individuals with Terrence Watson leading the way with 26 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo put up 24 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and six blocks while point guard Alex Cabagnot had 24 points, 13 rebounds, and six assists.Brown had a game-high 30 points with 17 boards to lead the Fuel Masters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—San Miguel held off a tough endgame from Phoenix to escape with a 109-107 victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Beermen improved to 7-3 and created a logjam at third place with TNT and NLEX while the Fuel Masters, who failed to qualify for the quarterfinals, slipped to their ninth straight loss and a 2-9 card.ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges View commentslast_img read more