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 Wisconsin women’s hockey team is looking ahead to the matchup with the Minnesota Golden Gophers this week after ending the season on a high note, going 35-3-1 overall and remaining undefeated at home. Head coach Mark Johnson said he feels grateful for another week of practice and game to play.After defeating Mercyhurst 6-0, clinching their spot in the NCAA Frozen Four, the Badgers will face the Gophers in Durham, New Hampshire. The last time the Badgers played the Gophers, they lost both games, one ending in overtime. The Badgers have played the Gophers five times this season, and Johnson has peace of mind knowing they will be matching up against a familiar opponent in the Frozen Four.In a press conference Monday, Johnson acknowledged how playing the Gophers has historically been tough.“Generally they’re pretty close games, they’re overtime games, you know, they’re end-to-end action,” Johnson said. “And for the people that show up, to get a chance to watch it on the stream line, similar to the previous five games this year — it will be entertaining.”Johnson remarked on his veteran team, noting that they have been in this position before.Larson: Badgers’ victory showcased complete team effort, what is needed to reach NCAA finalHad you walked into LaBahn Arena this weekend and not known that it was the NCAA Quarterfinal game, you would’ve Read…With only three freshmen, playing a familiar opponent always helps with the confidence of the team. However, when game time starts, it all comes down who can execute, and who will play to the strengths of their team.“You need to stay out of the penalty box and do a list of maybe four or five things,” Johnson said. “And if you’re able to check those off at the end of the game, you’ve probably given yourself a pretty good chance to win.”Johnson also reflected on two of his best players, Emily Clark and Annie Pankowski, and what they’ve done beyond the success of the program. Clark has been chosen to help defend Team Canada’s title in the World Cup of Hockey, and Pankowski has been chosen to represent Team USA.But with a national championship still the task at hand, Johnson has been very impressed with the way both Clark and Pankowski have been playing recently.“All of a sudden [Clark’s] feet are a little bit lighter, she is skating a little bit quicker,” Johnson said. “You want your big players to be good right now, and certainly both Emily and Annie have elevated themselves here as we got into the playoffs and got ourselves into a position for the game Friday night.”The Badgers will face the Gophers Friday, March 18 at 6 p.m. in Durham, New Hampshire, available on NCAA.com.