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Brendan Rodgers is on the brink of signing Fulham star Clint Dempsey in a transfer reported to be around £10million. The 29-year-old has impressed with his versatility playing as a front-man or an attacking midfielder with an eager eye for goal. Rodgers will be keen to tie the deal up after missing out on Gylfi Sigurdsson earlier this month. Unfortunately for Andy Carroll fans this could be another nail in the strikers coffin.
Arsenal have said that there are plenty of offers on the table for Robin Van Persie who looks certain to leave the Emirates this summer. The Gunners are playing a risky game with winger Theo Walcott as well as they are yet to open contract negotiations. Walcott is now in the last 12 months of his contract and in the same position as RVP and Samir Nasri, with an eye to move away from the London side.
Brazilian super-star Oscar landed in London yesterday to complete his medical with Chelsea. The 20-year-old is a proven goalscorer who will further bolster Roberto Di Matteo’s squad as they look to retain the Champions League. The £25million move takes Roman Abramovich’s spending up to £63.5m after the signings of Eden Hazard and Marko Marin.
Alex Ferguson is confident that Manchester United will reclaim the Premier League. The Scot that the reds are at their most dangerous after experiencing failure and will be keen to recover. The gaffer pointed out then when Arsenal won the title in 1998 United went on to win the treble the next year and when Chelsea came into force United responded.
Tiger Woods is keen to put his Jekyll and Hyde performances behind him and focus on living up to his favouritism in the Open Championship. Woods has won three US Tour events since his sex scandal a few years ago but flopped at the US Open and the Masters. He hasn’t won a major title for four years and given his erratic form it is hard to say how well he will do at Royal Lytham this week.
Tiger’s said, ‘I’m just trying to get more consistent. That’s something I’m looking forward to in the future.’ He currently heads the market at 9/1 before the tournament starts tomorrow.
Racing today comes from Lingfield, Catterick and Uttoxeter with the first race at 2:00pm.
Lewis Hamilton has heaped the pressure on McLaren after insisting that they must provide him with a title-winning car if he is to re-sign with the team. Hamilton has been with McLaren since he was just 13-years-old but the team have struggled this year and the driver has started to look elsewhere. His current contract ends at the end of the season and if McLaren don’t start improving their position it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them looking for a new driver.