Daily Archives: June 20, 2012

Tottenham and West Ham face competition for Turkish hotshot

Burak Yilmaz is wanted by Spurs and West Ham

Lazio are ready to fight Tottenham and West Ham for the services of Turkish hotshot Burak Yilmaz.

The Trabzonspor ace hit a staggering 33 goals in 34 appearances last season and a move to a major European league looks on the cards.

The London rivals reckon he could cut it in the Premier League and are both reportedly preparing bids.

But now it has been revealed that Lazio have already tabled an offer for Yilmaz, who they want to spearhead their attack next season.

According to reports in Italy, the Rome side are willing to hand the 26-year-old a five-year deal at the Stadio Olimpico, which would treble his current wage at Trabzonspor.

It is now up to Burak to decide whether he sees his long-term future in Serie A, or whether he wants to try his hand in England’s top flight.

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Polish police find body believed to be Irish football fan James Nolan

Police divers in Bydgoszcz find body in canal after Nolan’s disappearance on Sunday sparked huge search effort

Body found in search for missing Irish fan

Police divers in Bydgoszcz, Poland, who believe they have found the body of James Nolan. Photograph: Tytus Zmijewski/EPA

Polish authorities believe a body found floating in a canal is that of an Irish soccer fan who came to the country for the Euro 2012 football championship, officials said, after documents in his name were discovered on the corpse.

James Nolan, 21, of Blessington, County Wicklow, disappeared early on Sunday in the northern city of Bydgoszcz, sparking a huge search effort in the city. Police divers found a body early on Wednesday and authorities are awaiting the arrival of Nolan’s father, Jimmy, and other family members later in the day to make a formal identification.

“There is a high probability that this is the body of the man we have been searching for,” a spokesman for prosecutors, Jan Bednarek, told the Associated Press.

The body was found lying face down in fast-flowing water of the Bydgoszcz canal and trapped by a weir that runs across it. The canal is an offshoot of the city’s Brda river, and brings water for a small hydroelectric plant.

No signs of violence were apparent, deputy chief prosecutor Wlodzimierz Marszalkowski told the Associated Press. Robbery didn’t appear to be the motive since 600 zlotys (£114) and a credit card were found on the corpse, he said. An autopsy was planned for Thursday.

The clothing on the body matched a description given by friends of what Nolan was wearing when he went missing, officials said.

Police and firefighters, some in boats and others with dogs, had been searching along the river, canal and adjacent waste ground Tuesday and again on Wednesday. Moments before the body was found, two divers in an inflatable dinghy were seen speeding toward the site. A police cordon was quickly set up around the area.

Nolan was in Poland for Euro 2012 to follow Ireland, which has now been eliminated from the tournament. He had been travelling with friends in a rented campervan, but was also registered at a hotel on the city’s outskirts. He was last seen visiting local bars after watching televised games in a fanzone Saturday night.

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Hammers sign Diame with a new striker set to follow

Mohamed Diame says he is “happy and excited” after becoming West Ham’s third permanent new signing of the summer.


The defensive central midfielder, 25, has signed a three-year contract at Upton Park and will officially become a Hammer when his current deal with Wigan Athletic expires on July 1.

The Senegal international is a free agent after spending three years with the Latics, for whom he made 103 league and cup appearances.

And he is looking forward to playing his part as West Ham seek to consolidate their place back in the Premier League.

Diame said: “I’m very happy and very excited to have joined the club and I’m looking forward to the start of the season.

“I know the fans here get behind the team all the time and I’m looking forward to showing everybody what I can do on the pitch.”

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was pleased to have secured Diame’s signature after being linked with the player for several weeks.

“His potential is really good and he is ready to compete in the first team straight away as he has had three years in the Premier League already,” he said.

“He is 25 and can only get better – and I hope he can go on to prove that to me and all of the West Ham United fans.

“He will be a very exciting addition to the squad.”

Sunderland and Aston Villa had also been linked with the player, who joined Wigan from Spanish outfit Rayo Vallecano for a fee of £3.6million in 2009.

Diame joins goalkeepers Jussi Jaaskelainen and Stephen Henderson as West Ham’s new signings following the club’s return to the top flight via the play-offs.

West Ham are also hoping to bolster their attack with the signing of a new striker next week.

The Hammers have been linked with several hitmen in recent weeks, including Grant Holt of Norwich City and Real Madrid’s Spain under-21 international Joselu.

Reports suggest that West Ham have made an increased £5.5m bid for Holt, who scored 17 goals as the Canaries enjoyed a comfortable first season back in the Premier League.

The 31-year-old wants to quit the East Anglia club, but Norwich rejected the striker’s initial transfer request in May.

Joselu, 22 – full name Jose Luis Sanmartin Mato – was born in Germany, but after spending time with Celta Vigo has been playing for Madrid’s B team Castilla.

Allardyce has been in Italy, where it was claimed he was seen speaking to Juventus director Fabio Paratici.

One of his targets was believed to be Dutch winger Eljero Elia, 25, who made a £7m move from Hamburg to Juve last summer, but made only four appearances and recently submitted a transfer request.

Allardyce has also been linked with another Dutchman in the shape of Luc Castaignos, a 19-year-old striker who spent last season with Inter Milan after two years at Feyenoord.

Sweden defender Jonas Olsson is another potential target, but new West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke is reluctant to let him go.

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West Ham set to up the ante with striker offer


West Ham have increased their bid for Norwich Captain Grant Holt to £5.5 million, according the The Daily Mail.

The 31-year old announced earlier this month his desire to leave Carrow Road via Twitter stating;

“I have expressed to the board and the CEO that I want to leave the club due to disagreements”.

West Ham had their initial bid of £3.5 million turned down by the Norfolk club but have now returned with a more attractive offer.

Norwich, who paid just £400,000 for Holt in 2009 are set to make a healthy profit on their target man who contributed 17 goals to the clubs tally last season.

Hammers manager Sam Allardyce is looking to bolster his newly promoted side and has already made early movements in the transfer market. Jussi Jasskelainen has arrived at Upton Park after the departure of former ‘keeper Robert Green, while former Wigan midfielder Mohomed Diame has signed a three-year deal with the club this morning.

Allardyce would be required to sell a number of his attacking options in order to accommodate Holt, with 6 recognisable strikers all plying their trade at the East London club.

Norwich are yet to respond to the increased bid from West Ham. However, with claims that the Canaries Chief Executive David McNally felt that Holt was too old to be offered a new 3-year contract with the club, it may only be a matter of time before their want away skipper moves on.

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