Press Association Sport understands France international Debuchy has agreed personal terms with Arsenal and undergone a medical, but that the Gunners are yet to reach agreement with Newcastle. However, the sticking point is as much Alan Pardew’s need to find a replacement for the former Lille defender as it is over the financial aspects of the deal, and it is to that end that the club has made its move for Janmaat. The 24-year-old is still on World Cup duty in Brazil, where the Dutch face the hosts in Saturday’s third-fourth place play-off, but sources close to the player have indicated his willingness to listen to what the Magpies have to say. But such are the complexities of the summer transfer market that Mike Ashley’s recruitment team has identified a series of alternatives with Manchester City’s Micah Richards and Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier among their potential targets. Managing director Lee Charnley is the man charged with getting the deal done, and he is stepping up his activity after an early flurry of signings with Siem de Jong, Jack Colback and Ayoze Perez having already arrived at St James’ Park this summer. Pardew’s main priority is attacking flair with strikers Loic Remy and Luuk de Jong having returned to their parent clubs after loan spells last season, while Shola Ameobi’s contract has expired. Remy and former Newcastle frontman Demba Ba have been mentioned in dispatches in recent days with their respective futures still undecided. However, as well as the focus on Janmaat, the Magpies are locked in talks with Montpellier over long-term midfield target Remy Cabella, although they are yet to meet outspoken president Louis Nicollin’s valuation of the player, which amounts to around £12million. Press Association Reports from the Netherlands have suggested the Magpies have seen an initial bid for the Feyenoord full-back rejected, although it is understood talks are at an early stage. But having allowed midfielder Yohan Cabaye to join Paris St Germain in January without signing a man to fill his boots, the Tyneside club is refusing to be caught out for a second time. Newcastle are stepping up their efforts to find a replacement for Mathieu Debuchy after opening negotiations for Holland international Daryl Janmaat.
The second half began as frantically as the first and Austin was in the thick of the action again as his header was scrambled onto the post by Fabianksi. Swansea emerged unscathed, however, and began to regain some control as the game drifted past the hour mark. Gomis dragged a shot wide at the back post in the 70th minute while at the other end, Fer powered another long-range effort narrowly wide. Bony was introduced for Sigurdsson with 20 minutes to play and the striker almost made an instant impact, curling a free-kick towards the top corner and forcing a superb save from Green. The visitors cranked up the pressure and with 10 minutes to go almost grabbed an equaliser as Ki Sung-yeung’s shot was blocked by Green and Marvin Emnes’ follow-up header was cleared off the line. Rangers should have put the game to bed on the counter-attack when Vargas found the side-netting but the hosts were given a boost in the 86th minute when Routledge was sent off for an altercation with Karl Henry. In the 92nd minute, however, it was Bony who added a late twist to the tale, hammering past Green into the top corner to break Rangers’ hearts. There was still time for one more chance and Austin could have had the last word but he blazed over the bar from close range at the death and a pulsating game ended honours even. Press Association Wilfried Bony came off the bench to score a dramatic injury-time equaliser and ensure Swansea took a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw at QPR. Harry Redknapp’s side, unbeaten at Loftus Road since mid-October, are now two points above the relegation zone while Swansea sit ninth, three points off the top six. The visitors started the brighter of the two sides, with Gylfi Sigurdsson in particular causing problems for the QPR defence. It was the Iceland midfielder’s superb first-time ball in the sixth minute that put Wayne Routledge in the clear and Green was lucky not to give away a free-kick and be sent off as he stopped the winger’s progress by handling the ball outside the area. QPR capitalised on their good fortune, gradually establishing a foothold in the game as Charlie Austin saw two shots blocked from close-range. Swansea’s early momentum had stalled and in the 20th minute, the hosts took the lead as Fer collected the ball 25 yards out and drilled it past Lukas Fabianski for his third goal of the season. Rangers were in the ascendancy and should have doubled their advantage when a deep cross found Bobby Zamora at the pack post but the striker was unable to keep his header down. Gomis could have made Rangers pay when he was set free twice either side of the half-hour but his first shot flew wide of the far post and his second rolled harmlessly into the hands of Green. Eduardo Vargas tested Fabianski with a stinging effort from range and the Chilean tried his luck again shortly before the break, smashing Austin’s cross against the outside of the post. A stunning first-half strike from Leroy Fer looked to have sealed another valuable three points for QPR at home but Bony scored his ninth goal of the season two minutes into injury-time to salvage a hard-earned point for the visitors. QPR were lucky not to be reduced to 10 men early on when Rob Green handled outside the area but it was Swansea who finished with a man less after Wayne Routledge was sent off with four minutes to play.
The Wales full-back booted six penalties and a conversion of wing Bryan Habana’s interception try midway through the additional 20 minutes as Toulon triumphed 25-20 to book a Twickenham final appointment with fellow French heavyweights Clermont Auvergne on May 2. Leinster gave as good as they got for most of the contest, with centre Ian Madigan kicking five penalties and flanker Sean O’Brien scoring a late try, but it was Madigan’s pass that South African speedster Habana intercepted to see Toulon home. Toulon, bidding to become the first team in 20 years of European knockout club rugby to win three successive tournaments, were pushed all the way by a Leinster side that delivered its best performance of this season’s competition. Ultimately, though, they were left to reflect on what might have been, conceding 13 points during extra-time after holding Toulon 12-12 after 80 minutes. But Toulon will need to deliver a far more clinical display if they are to threaten Clermont in what will be a repeat of the 2013 European final. England international Steffon Armitage had to be content with a place on the Toulon bench, providing cover for the back-row trio of Juan Smith, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Chris Masoe, while Matt Giteau partnered Mathieu Bastareaud in a midfield of contrasting styles. Leinster, meanwhile, fielded an unchanged team from the side that edged past quarter-final opponents Bath two weeks ago as they looked to reach a fourth European final in the past seven seasons. Toulon exerted pressure from the start, and they almost went ahead after five minutes when a steepling Frederic Michalak kick failed to be gathered by Leinster wing Fergus McFadden or full-back Rob Kearney, and Toulon skipper Chris Masoe touched down. Referee Wayne Barnes, though, brought play back for an early infringement after playing advantage, and Halfpenny booted Toulon ahead. But the lead proved to be short-lived as Madigan passed 100 points in Europe this season with an angled penalty that tied things up, and he landed two further penalties during a four-minute spell that left Toulon with food for thought. Leigh Halfpenny kicked Toulon into the Champions Cup final at Twickenham next month and kept his team on course for an unprecedented European title hat-trick following an extra-time finish at Stade Velodrome. Leinster did not to need to do anything spectacular, it was more a case of keeping pressure on Toulon and making them concede penalties, with Madigan in the mood to gratefully accept his opportunities. Halfpenny narrowed the deficit via his second successful penalty 11 minutes before half-time, and there remained little to enthuse the crowd in terms of attacking rugby, as both teams seemed intent on trying to dominate midfield exchanges. Armitage entered the action five minutes before half-time, replacing an injured Smith, but Leinster still held the advantage, having rarely been threatened by a Toulon team that often built solidly, yet lacked a final thrust. Michalak, who had failed to spark Toulon during the opening half, lasted just eight minutes of the second period before being subsituted, with head coach Bernard Laporte sending on Rudi Wolf and moving Matt Giteau from inside centre to fly-half. Halfpenny then missed a difficult penalty, but he made amends with a 55th-minute penalty that drew Toulon level and at least breathed life into a game riddled by errors and that cried out for some attacking initiative. Leinster continued to absorb Toulon’s somewhat limited attacking game, and as the clock ticked down, it became a battle of wits and which team could control its nerve. Madigan showed signs of cracking when a penalty attempt 15 minutes from time hit the post, which gave Toulon an opportunity to counter-attack, forcing their opponents into some frantic defending. Leinster kept their defensive line intact, but they were punished at the breakdown by Barnes, and Halfpenny’s fourth successful penalty made it 12-9. But Madigan continued to match his fellow marksman blow for blow, finding his range from just inside Toulon’s half with a superb strike that levelled things up once more entering the closing 10 minutes. Gopperth had a chance to win it for Leinster with two minutes of normal time remaining, but his drop-goal attempt drifted agonisingly wide, then Armitage landed a final-kick penalty well short, which meant 20 minutes’ extra-time. Halfpenny and Madigan exchanged further penalties during the early flurries of extra-time, before Toulon’s New Zealand World Cup-winning lock Ali Williams was sin-binned for taking out rival lock Devin Toner in the air from a restart. It appeared a harsh call by Barnes, yet Toulon galvanised themselves via another Halfpenny penalty and Habana’s breakaway score that finally broke Leinster, even though O’Brien crashed over from close range with five minutes left. Press Association
Press Association The 29-year-old is out of contract in the summer and the club have announced his departure as they look to rebuild following relegation from the Barclays Premier League. The Scotland international will follow Steven Reid out of Turf Moor after the defender announced his retirement earlier this week. Relegated Burnley are to release winger Ross Wallace at the end of the season. But long-serving midfielder Michael Duff could stay on after the Clarets confirmed they will begin discussions with the 37-year-old over a new deal. Wallace, a former Celtic trainee signed from Preston five years ago, has made 165 appearances and scored 13 times for the club. He has played 15 times in the Premier League this season, finding the net twice. Wallace said: “It’s a sad day for me to be leaving Burnley. I have thoroughly enjoyed five terrific years at the club and made many friends.” Duff, who is in his testimonial season, joined Burnley for £30,000 from Cheltenham in 2004. He has played in each of the top eight tiers of English football across his career. Manager Sean Dyche said: “With the outcome of the season now clear we have met with the players to put them in the picture. “Ross will be leaving and, of course, we thank him for his contribution to the club and we wish him well in the future.” Burnley travel to Aston Villa for their final game of the season on Sunday.
But Van Gaal does not think that was a sign from De Gea that his four-year spell at United was up. ”I believe still that David de Gea shall stay,” the United manager said. Following the stalemate against Arsenal, Van Gaal sounded somewhat more pessimistic about his star goalkeeper, who was named club player of the season this week for the second successive year. Two days after saying he had drawn up a list of potential replacements for United’s player of the season, the Dutchman admitted the lure of returning to his homeland may end up being too strong for De Gea. Van Gaal said in his post-match press conference last weekend: ”He is Spanish and his girlfriend is Spanish, now a Spanish club is coming, his father and mother come every week or every two weeks here, so it is difficult. But we would be very happy if he stays.” But there was a more optimistic tone from Van Gaal when he spoke at his weekly press conference at Carrington on Friday. The Spain international may even take the gloves back off Victor Valdes, who replaced De Gea after he suffered his hamstring injury. ”I want to play him against Hull City because of the fact that I have to put out my strongest team,” Van Gaal said. Real Madrid are interested in signing De Gea this summer and contract talks between United and the Spaniard have so far been unproductive. The 24-year-old waved to United fans as he left the pitch at Old Trafford last week after suffering an injury in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal. Press Association Louis van Gaal gave hope to Manchester United fans on Friday when he said he was optimistic about the chances of goalkeeper David de Gea staying at Old Trafford. ”And I think with David de Gea we have the strongest team. “I think De Gea is a better goalkeeper (than Valdes). ”He (De Gea) has trained today for the first time. He still had a problem so we have to wait and see tomorrow.” It is not just De Gea’s future that has been the source of speculation over the last few weeks. A number of players still have question marks over their futures. Robin van Persie, Anders Lindegaard, Rafael, Jonny Evans, Nani, Adnan Januzaj, James Wilson, Radamel Falcao and Javier Hernandez all could be playing their football elsewhere next year – either on loan or permanently. Van Gaal has spoken to a number of them about their futures already and will conclude discussions over the weekend. ”I shall talk with them maybe tomorrow,” Van Gaal said. ”We have a farewell drink after the match. I have the Monday to talk, and I have already this week for some players to talk so I shall do that. ”You have to wait and see how these talks develop in staying or going away.” After those discussions end, Van Gaal will fly to his villa in the Algarve for a well-earned rest. The 63-year-old had just two days off after the World Cup so he is looking forward to a break, but his phone will be close by his side just in case he is needed for any transfer business. “Immediately after the match we will have a farewell drink and after that we have a recovery day, and then we go off,” he told MUTV. “All the players have to fly out to international duties but I will go on holidays and I’m willing to go to my paradise in Portugal.” Asked if all transfer business will be left to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward during that time, Van Gaal said: “No, not to Ed because you also have a telephone and computer, so we are always in contact. “As a manager, you never have holidays but I am in a better climate than here in Manchester. I am sorry to say that!” Van Gaal, who has Wayne Rooney available for Sunday’s match, wants to end the season on a high even though he knows victory against Hull would mean relegation for former United defender Steve Bruce. Van Gaal added: ”I have said to the players in spite of him being a Manchester United guy, we have to do what everybody is expecting from us. ”We have the same approach as ever. We have to give our utmost best.”
“I was the one who brought him back from loan and gave him the games. So as much as we owe Glenn he owes us for the platform we have given him, particularly in the Premier League, where he did very well for me. I have a good relationship with him.” Fellow forward Dwight Gayle is likely to leave despite turning down a move to Championship newcomers Bristol City. Pardew added: “I don’t think Dwight had a flavour for going to Bristol City. “Sometimes that’s the player’s decision and we stand by that, so he remains our player until such time as another club put a bid in that we accept.” Bolasie’s sparkling form over the past couple of seasons has apparently attracted the interest of Spurs, although Eagles boss Pardew wants to keep the 26-year-old and recently slapped a £25million price tag on him. Bolasie has refused to play down talk of leaving Selhurst Park, but Pardew said: “If any of my players get linked to bigger clubs I wouldn’t expect them to (ignore it). It would be a foolish move. “Players move a lot in the current world of football, they don’t stay at clubs for five, seven years. You have to keep your options open and I have no problem with that. “The option I want is that is that he’s a Crystal Palace player who is loved by our fans and loved by the management team. “Yannick is a player who will be linked with other clubs like Tottenham because he is an exciting player.” Striker Glenn Murray is another Eagle being touted for a move away from south London, with Bournemouth reportedly eyeing a £3million swoop. But Pardew feels the 31-year-old should stay loyal to the club which gave him his chance in the Premier League after nine months on the sidelines with cruciate ligament damage. Murray had been farmed out on loan to Reading when Pardew took over at Selhurst, but he returned to play a major role in their storming finish to last season. Pardew said: “He’s very much our player and someone who has been brilliant for this football club and who will be brilliant for this football club going forward if he remains our player. “He has all the attributes you want as a striker in the Premier League. Alan Pardew admits sought-after Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie would be “foolish” not to consider moving to Tottenham. Press Association
“I’m trying to instil in them not to be scared to lose,” he said. “If anyone should be scared to lose then it should be me. But I’m not. “I want to go out on the front foot and, if I die, I die on my sword. “Why do we need to be more pragmatic? I would never be pragmatic. I’ve done it a few times but I don’t like myself for it.” Sherwood knows his status is out of his hands, with the next match with Swansea rumoured to be a crunch game for the former Tottenham boss amid suggestions Villa are lining up his successor. “I can only control what I can do and I remain confident in that,” Sherwood added. “The boys have responded. I need the boys to respond and I think they did and did what I asked them to.” Sherwood pointed to the youth and potential in Villa’s squad and hopes to lead by example, along with their more experienced team-mates. Villa lost 2-0 at Chelsea on Saturday, falling to a seventh loss from nine Premier League games this season and 18th in the table. Sherwood’s future is the subject of speculation, but he wants his team to go on the attack. “I think they look around for inspiration and I’m trying to give as much as I can,” he added. “They would also look at Joleon Lescott, Micah Richards and Alan Hutton. Certainly, Hutton and (Kieran) Richardson have been at the club for a long time now. “They are looking at them now and seen them experience it for many years, far too many years. “We are in it again and we’ll get through it. If we do, then this group of players will grow. “If you want to play for a big club like Villa then you’ve got to take pressure otherwise play for a smaller club in a lesser league. “I realise that comes with pressures, with the manager as well, and I hope they can see me. I won’t shirk away. “I can take a lot of inspiration from people like Alan Pardew, who was screamed out of town in Newcastle and look at him now.” Press Association Tim Sherwood says he is prepared to “die on my sword” as he tries to encourage Aston Villa to play their way out of trouble.
James Morrison (hamstring) is out for two months and Darren Fletcher (knee) remains a doubt for Saturday’s FA Cup game with Peterborough. The club are trying to push the Sandro deal through so the Brazil international can play against Posh at The Hawthorns. Boss Tony Pulis told a press conference: “We’re interested in Sandro but nothing’s been done yet so that’s ongoing. “Whether we can do a deal or not we’ll have to wait and see. We’re working on it if we can get a deal done we’ll get a deal done.” Sandro has made 11 appearances for Rangers this season but has not played for Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s Sky Bet Championship side in 2016. He has played 28 times for the club, scoring once, since a 2014 switch from Tottenham. The deal would give the Baggies a boost with winger McManaman likely to miss at least six games as they aim to stay clear of the Barclays Premier League bottom three. The 24-year-old has made 14 appearances for the Baggies – but just two starts – this season and 24 in total after joining from Wigan last January. Chris Brunt is also a doubt to face Posh with a calf injury and Pulis insisted he will not rest players. “I’ll pick a strong team again,” he said. “I know it’s a three-game week, I think if they’re well managed and well prepared then they should be able to cope with three games a week.” Press Association Midfielder Sandro is having a medical with the Baggies ahead of a move until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent transfer. The switch will bolster the Baggies’ midfield after McManaman was sidelined with an ankle injury which is likely to keep him out until March. West Brom are close to sealing the loan signing of Sandro from QPR but have been dealt a blow with the news that Callum McManaman has been ruled out for six weeks.
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Disney’s Frozen 2 is not out yet and we are already talking about Frozen 3.It appears that Elsa is getting a girlfriend in the third installment.Disney wanted her to have a girlfriend in the sequel but were afraid that some countries would ban the movie if they did.There was six years between Frozen 1 and Frozen 2 so clearly Frozen 3 is down the road.The hope is by the time Frozen 3 comes around Elsa having a girlfriend and being a lesbian won’t be perceived as a controversial topic anymore.Parents, get ready to do some explaining to your kids when this movie hits theaters.