Everton, West Ham keen on Ola Aina

first_imgRelatedPosts Fulham keen on Lookman loan deal EPL: Calvert-Lewin treble fires Everton past West Brom EPL: Gunners gun for West Ham scalp Everton and West Ham United are keen on Torino defender Ola Aina.After impressing on loan with Torino last season, the Serie A decided to splash out €10 million to sign Aina from Chelsea on a permanent basis. But the Turin-based club have been unimpressed with the Nigeria international’s consistency and are open to selling him this summer, according to calciomercato.com.The Toffees and West Ham have been linked with Aina in the past.Torino are not willing to accept anything less than the €10 million they paid the Blues.Tags: EvertonOla AinaSerie AWest Ham Unitedlast_img read more

Rooney rejects claims about Twitter page

first_img It was confirmed earlier this week that Rooney submitted a transfer request a fortnight ago, which was subsequently rejected by the Old Trafford outfit. On Thursday, it was noted that Rooney no longer had the words Manchester United on his Twitter page, and instead referred to himself as an “athlete”. This was taken as a sign the 27-year-old sees his future away from the Red Devils despite David Moyes’ arrival as manager. Yet Rooney is adamant the stories are wrong, releasing a statement on his website, which read: “There’s a load of rubbish being written about me changing twitter bio saying I have deleted Manchester United from it.” Wayne Rooney has rejected claims he removed the name Manchester United from his Twitter homepage, condemning the allegations as “a load of rubbish”. The statement went on: “I have never deleted Manchester United from the bio whatever the papers are saying because it was never on there. “All that happened was that I was asked by Nike to add @nikeuk to it – the same as many other sportspeople they sponsor. Funny, no one’s written about that though! “That change was made THREE weeks ago and yet people are talking about it as if it’s something that was put up yesterday.” Little wonder Rooney is so annoyed, given the sensitivities he is already facing from United fans in Sunday’s Barclays Premier League encounter with Swansea. A relationship that cooled markedly since his high-profile demand to leave in 2010 can only worsen given news of his latest transfer request. A spokesman for Nike confirmed: “In April we asked Wayne Rooney and other Nike-sponsored athletes to add @nikeuk on to their profiles due to changes in ASA guidelines relating to athletes and social media.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Ulster claim impressive away win

first_imgUlster secured one of the most memorable away Heineken Cup wins as they comprehensively beat last season’s quarter-finalists Montpellier 25-8 in southern France. Andrew Trimble crossed for Ulster’s only try on 11 minutes before Ruan Pienaar paved the way for victory with 15 points from his boot. Paddy Jackson also added five points. Ulster had waited 15 matches in the Heineken Cup to beat a French side on their own soil when they edged Castres 9-8 to reach the last-eight last season, but this was a far more impressive triumph to show how much they have grown. The score cut the gap to two points, but the conversion attempt failed to level the scores. That could have been the springboard for a major revival from the Montpellier side, but they were never able to get on top of the dogged Ulster pack. They wasted one glorious try-scoring opportunity, but generally made far too many mistakes for their own good. All the while Pienaar made them pay as he kicked three penalties to stretch the visitors’ lead to 22-8 before Jackson added the coup de gras with a sixth penalty with the final kick of the game to leave his side in very good shape after two rounds. Not only did this win move Ulster two points clear of Leicester Tigers – who they beat last week – in Pool Five, but it also prevented Montpellier a point of their own Yves du Manoir stadium. The French side were in good form heading into the match having opened their own European campaign with a useful away win over Benetton Treviso while they sit level on points at the head of Top 14 with Toulon and Toulouse. They were also unbeaten at home this season but trailed at half-time after Trimble’s try. A brilliant counter-attacking move involving four back-line players, which started on their own 10-metre line, ended with a score to remember for the Irish winger. Jonathan Pelisse gave the home side an encouraging early lead with a penalty, but that was much less than their early endeavour should have brought. Ulster rode the expected early storm and came thundering back into the contest with Trimble’s try. A long kick down field was gathered on his 10-metre line by Jarad Payne. His long pass opened up an avenue on the left touchline and Trimble took a pass from Darren Cave on the outside, passed inside to Tommy Bowe and then took a return ball from his wing partner before cutting inside to score a try which Jackson converted. There were three missed penalties from Ulster, and a wayward drop-goal attempt from home fly-half Francois Trinh-Duc before half-time and the game was evenly balance at 7-3 at the break. Pienaar then opened the second half with a long-range penalty before TMO Gareth Simmonds confirmed there had not been a knock-on in a build-up to a breakaway try for winger Yoan Audrin. Press Associationlast_img read more