AC Milan are lining up a move for Arsenal target Hakan Calhanoglu, according to reports in Italy.The Bayer Leverkusen ace, who has been dubbed ‘the new Mesut Ozil’, has been on Arsene Wenger’s radar for a while but Barcelona are also keeping close tabs on him.But now Tuttosport have revealed that Milan have placed the 21-year-old at the top of their transfer wishlist after a meeting between manager Sinisa Mihajlovic and chief executive Adriano Galliani.Calhanoglu arrived from Hamburg last year and scored eight goals in 33 Bundesliga appearances during his first season at the club.The Turkish set-piece specialist has scored once in seven outings so far this campaign and now Leverkusen are bracing themselves for interest from Milan. Hakan Calhanoglu 1
Simon Cox Striker Simon Cox has joined Bristol City on loan from Reading.The 28-year-old Republic of Ireland international has fallen out of favour at the Madejski and has not featured for the Royals since August.Now it has been confirmed that he has made the short trip down the M4 to join Championship strugglers Bristol City until January 3.Cox, who made 37 Premier League appearances during three years at West Brom, joins Elliott Bennett as a new loan arrival at Ashton Gate.Bennett completed a temporary switch to the Robins from Norwich earlier on Friday. 1
Paul Scholes and Louis van Gaal Louis van Gaal has hit back at Paul Scholes’ criticism of Manchester United for “lacking creativity”, claiming he always takes risks.United’s Dutch manager said the criticism did not hurt him and insisted he did have an attacking philosophy.“I think Manchester United is always entertaining but when I read the papers I see that it is boring,” he said.“You have a saying in England that sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me.”Asked if the next phase in United’s development under him was to start taking risks, Van Gaal replied: “Now you are agreeing with the opinion of Paul Scholes. I don’t agree with his opinion. I always take risks.“But I don’t want to defend myself as he is a legend and he has a lot of resonance I hear. I think when you are a legend you have to speak to the manager or his friend Ryan Giggs or [vice-chairman] Ed Woodward but not because he shall be paid by the BBC or Sky and then have to say something.”Scholes had told BBC Manchester following the Capital One Cup defeat to Middlesbrough that he would not want to play for the current side.He said: “There’s a lack of creativity and risk. It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised.” 1
Chelsea may still be recovering from their humiliation at the hands of Liverpool at the weekend, their sixth Premier League defeat of the season, but they have no time to feel sorry for themselves with Dynamo Kiev out to heap further misery on the reigning English champions.November could make or break Jose Mourinho, and the Portuguese manager will need to inspire his troops to a convincing Champions League victory over Kiev at Stamford Bridge, particularly if he wishes to ensure that the supporters remain on his side.However, despite the blockbuster names in his squad, picking his team will be a task not envied by many; with their form so poor, Mourinho arguably does not have a strongest XI to field at present.Eden Hazard, Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa – to name but a few – are not delivering for the Blues, and are certainly not guaranteed a place as they were in their title-winning campaign.Find our predicted Chelsea XI by clicking the yellow arrow above, right. 7. Ramires (centre midfield) 26. John Terry (centre back) 24. Gary Cahill (centre back) 5. Kurt Zouma (right back) 1. Asmir Begovic (goalkeeper) – to see our complete line up, in squad number order, click the arrow above 21. Nemanja Matic (centre midfield) 11 8. Oscar (centre midfield) 11 10. Eden Hazard (left wing) 19. Diego Costa (striker) 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 22. Willian (right wing) 28. Cesar Azpilicueta (left back)
1 Arsenal’s 5-1 Champions League thrashing at Bayern Munich was painful enough on the pitch, but the Gunners have taken a pasting off it too.You know it’s bad as an Arsenal supporter when Tottenham start wading in, and that’s what happened after the capitulation in Munich.Check out a selection of the social media reaction, including Spurs having a bit of fun with Bayern on Twitter. Bayern 5-1 Arsenal
1 Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has praised Wayne Rooney after the England captain’s ‘fantastic’ winner against Swansea City.With the game poised a 1-1 and just 13 minutes left at Old Trafford, Rooney superbly flicked home a winner from Anthony Martial’s left-wing cross.The strike ends a drought for the 30-year-old, which had lasted seven games, and the relief was obvious as he celebrated.“He scored a fantastic goal, with his left foot behind his right foot and you cannot imagine what a goal that is,” Van Gaal said.“It was a great goal.”With the strike, Rooney became the second highest goalscorer in Manchester United’s history.His 238th goal sees him go clear of Red Devils legend Denis Law and Van Gaal admitted he was impressed by the feat.“It is amazing and that on the age of 30 years,”“Now we are playing much more matches but still it is an achievement.“For me, it is more important he scores today. I hope it is a fantastic starting point for the team and for him.” Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney
“The goal is to get in the first team.“I try to do my best and impress Warren Joyce and the coaches plus the first-team staff in training. Hopefully, I can get there. I just try to do as well as I can by keep pushing and striving towards that first team. I just want to get on their radar. You never know how things will work out – I look at Paddy [McNair], Willo [James Wilson], Andreas [Pereira] and Jesse [Lingard] and just hope I can do that too.” Manchester United star James Weir As Manchester United drew 3-3 with Newcastle United at St James’ Park an unfamiliar name sat on the bench.Alongside Juan Mata and Memphis Depay sat James Weir, a meek looking youngster with a shock of blonde hair.The casual observer may not have known too much about the 20-year-old midfielder, who didn’t make it on to the pitch during the thrilling encounter.So, here at talkSPORT our Talent Spotter has run the rule over the Red Devils starlet.Name: James WeirDate of birth: 4 August 1995Birthplace: PrestonPosition: MidfielderClub: Manchester UnitedDid you know?1. Weir was on the books at hometown club Preston North End before being snapped up by Manchester United back in 2008.2. Such was the strong competition in Man United’s youth team, Weir initially made the break into their Under-18 side as a full-back in the 2011/12 season.3. He eventually moved into his preferred midfield role and was highly-rated by Under-18 boss Paul McGuinness.4. Weir, who is blessed with quick, nimble feet, has been capped at Under-16, Under-18 and Under-19 level with England.5. Last season the youngster helped Manchester United’s Under-21s to win their league, making 21 appearances in the process. 6. In 2015/16, Weir has scored three goals in 10 games with Manchester United’s Under-21 and captained the side on these occasions.They say:“A strong runner, he keeps possession with his neat, economical passing and is always capable of bursting through to make things happen.”– Manchester United’s official website.“He needs a little bit more confidence but the lad is a clever footballer and he does finish well. He is clever when coming inside and he makes good runs that are hard to pick up. More often than not, he does finish too.”– Manchester United Under-21 boss Warren Joyce.He says:“I’ve been mainly on the left this year but I can come in off the flank and play as a false winger, if you like, which is quite popular in the modern game.“I can also still play as a central midfielder who can make runs forward and hopefully get back as well. I can play that narrow left-winger role and do a job for the team while also scoring some goals.” 1 Video evidence:
Fiorentina are closing in on a deal for Arsenal and Tottenham target Emanuel Mammana.The River Plate centre-back is one of the hottest young properties in South America and has been linked with both north London clubs.However, Sky Sport Italia claim Fiorentina are in negotiations over the 19-year-old and are close to agreeing a fee of around £6m.They also claim the main issue that is yet to be resolved is whether Mammana joins now or in the summer.That would end both Arsenal and Tottenham’s chances of bringing the defender to the Premier League unless they decide to make a last-minute bid for his services. Emanuel Mammana 1
It looks like Manchester United have a real gem on their hands in Marcus Rashford.The 18-year-old striker has emerged as the Red Devils’ newest star with four goals in his first two senior United appearances this past week, scoring a brace against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League and another in Sunday’s 3-2 victory over Arsenal.With his seemingly natural goalscoring ability, eye for a pass and rapid speed, it’s clear to see what the senior management saw in him ahead of handing him a first-team promotion.And now you can see for yourself with these highlights of the youngster in action for the club’s Under-21s side.Check out a selection of Rashford’s goals in the video above!
By Verne Kopytoff SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE Getting telephone directory assistance doesn’t have to cost you a fortune, or at least that’s how many emerging services are pitching themselves. They’re offering consumers free 411, which on its face seems to be an attractive alternative to paying nearly $2, in some cases, for calling a traditional information line. The San Francisco Chronicle recently tested several services to see how they worked. What was found through a combination of landline and mobile phone calls was a wide range in quality. Generally, the services work as follows: You call the number, listen to a short advertisement and then get prompted by an automated voice for a business or residential listing. After listening to a second advertisement, you’re – in theory – told the number you’re seeking or connected to the number directly. Although the services are billed as free, roaming charges and other fees still may apply for mobile phone users. Based on the Chronicle’s test results, I probably would use Google’s service for business and AT&T’s for residential listings for free 411 service.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 MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.But with the savings come some major trade-offs. Instead of talking to a human, callers must deal with a computer that uses voice recognition technology to field requests. Also count on having to listen to advertisements before getting the telephone number you want. Many companies, including AT&T Corp., have entered the field. Google Inc., the Mountain View search engine, has perhaps the most celebrity, after introducing its version this year and more recently aggressively marketing the service on billboards across the San Francisco area. Although the free directory assistance can be used on landline phones, it is also targeted at mobile phone users, who face some of the steepest charges for traditional directory assistance, and who usually have no access to old-fashioned telephone books while out and about.