Hammers eyeing summer Song switch

first_img Allardyce also said there has been no change in Winston Reid’s situation despite a reported interest from Arsenal in the New Zealand defender. Reid, 26, is out of contract in the summer but Allardyce has insisted in recent weeks he will not allow the player to leave on the cheap this month. Arsenal have been struggling for numbers in defensive positions for much of the season and have again been hit by a long-term injury to Mathieu Debuchy. They have Carl Jenkinson on loan at West Ham but Allardyce does not believe there is a chance he could be recalled to the Emirates Stadium before his deal runs out at the end of the campaign. “I’m 99 per cent sure he’s ours for the season to be fair,” he said. “I don’t think there is a call back clause in this month.” The Hammers welcome Hull to Upton Park on Sunday looking for their first Premier League win since December 20, having failed to pick up a victory in their last four league outings. Hull have won twice in that time but Steve Bruce’s Tigers are embroiled in the relegation battle and could travel to east London bottom of the table if results on Saturday go against them. Press Association West Ham boss Sam Allardyce insists the club will have the financial clout to tie up a permanent deal for Alex Song in the summer. The 27-year-old is enjoying a fine start to his time at Upton Park having moved to the club on loan from Barcelona at the start of the season. The former Arsenal midfielder is attracting interest from some of the Premier League’s biggest clubs, with the Gunners and Liverpool believed to be looking into the possibility of bringing the ex-Cameroon international back to England on a permanent basis. But Allardyce feels that the Hammers will be able to compete with those clubs for Song’s signature and still remain within the constraints of Financial Fair-Play. “I think that next year is next year’s budget and there’s a considerable amount of fund available next season,” he replied when asked if West Ham could be priced out of a move. “They can’t be spent this season because we’re at the extreme of that budget but next year is a completely new budget. “So, affordable? It depends on what Barcelona are looking for and what Alex is looking for, that negotiation will happen at some stage in or around that period.” Having brought in a number of new faces in the summer, Allardyce is likely to have to remain in the loan market if he is to bolster his squad in the January window and the 60-year-old does not envisage many deals in or out of Upton Park. “We’re Financial Fair Played with no money available at the moment,” he added. “I think what money we do have available is only wages so if a player pops up within that wage structure with what we’ve got left with financial fair play – and we feel it’s somebody who could have an immediate impact on the team – then we will pursue it but we think that’s highly unlikely in this window. “But you never know what turns up in the next two or three weeks. We will never say never but probably highly unlikely.” last_img read more

Watch Frank Kaminsky ‘Shake it Off’ in dance-off

first_imgWisconsin senior center Frank Kaminsky is well known for his talents on the basketball court. ESPN recently named Kaminsky the best player in college basketball while the Big Ten selected the seven-footer as the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year.But apparently Kaminsky has even more talents away from basketball, as he showed in this video with University of Wisconsin acapella group Fundamentally Sound. Wisconsin’s center breaks it down in a dance-off to Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” with David Grube of Fundamentally Sound.Watch out, Dancing With the Stars.last_img read more

Turkey 2013 :Aboagye wins adidas Bronze Ball

first_imgGhana U-20 midfielder Clifford Aboagye was named the third best player of the 2013 FIFA U20 World Cup.The 18-year-old was handed the Bronze Ball award for his eye-catching exploits throughout the tournament hosted by Turkey.Aboagye who plays for newly promoted Ghana Premier League side Inter Allies was named behind Uruguay’s Nicolas Lopez and Paul Pogba in the rankings of best players in 2nd and 1st respectively.Pogba was handed the Golden Ball while Lopez clinched the Silver Ball award.Aboagye shot to worldwide fame for his deft touches, skills on the ball and immense vision with his passes at the tournament.His contribution in providing vital assists helped Ghana recover from a disastrous start to the tournament to finish strongly in third place. The youngster is now being talked of as one of the brightest prospects to watch out for in the future.But he must make the right decisions with respect to the club he chooses to join with an expectation of a plethora of interest from top European clubs for his services in order to realize his vast potential.last_img read more