Manchester United are being tipped to launch a move for Anthony Martial before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.United look desperately short of firepower and, with Wayne Rooney yet to score in the Premier League this season, Louis van Gaal has reportedly earmarked the Monaco youngster as the man to boost his forward line.We’re not ashamed to admit we know little about Martial here at talkSPORT Towers, so we’ve been doing some digging to find out more…Name: Anthony MartialDate of birth (Age): 5 December 1995 (19)Birthplace: Massy, FrancePosition: StrikerClub: MonacoWhat’s the latest?According to reports in France, Manchester United took Monaco by surprise on Sunday by tabling a €50million (£36m) bid for Martial.Louis van Gaal has been frustrated in his search for a new forward in recent weeks and, having seemingly given up hope of luring either Neymar or Gareth Bale to Old Trafford, has turned his attentions to the French youngster.Le Parisien, a leading French newspaper, went as far to claim on Sunday that Martial has already agreed personal terms with United and the deal could be finalised today, but there has been no official confirmation from either club.Did you know?1) The forward began his career with Lyon and made four senior appearances for the club before Monaco swooped to land the 17-year-old for €5million in the summer of 2013.2) Martial went straight into the Monaco first team squad, and scored twice in nine Ligue 1 appearances in his debut campaign. He became a regular in only his second season at the club, following Radamel Falcao’s loan move to Manchester United, and made 31 league appearances, scoring eight goals.3) He has scored four goals in 12 appearances for France’s Under-21 side and was last week called up to the senior squad for the first time for the upcoming friendly matches against Portugal and Serbia.4) Frighteningly quick, skilful and with an eye for goal, Martial has been compared in style to Arsenal and France legend – and another former Monaco youngster – Thierry Henry.5) Martial was linked with a move to Tottenham at the start of the summer. The north London club were said to be planning an £18m move but Martial was not keen on a move to White Hart Lane and instead signed a new deal with Monaco in July.Video Evidence: Anthony Martial [left] 1
Simon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman says Jurgen Klopp looks nailed-on to become the next Liverpool manager, with betting suspended on the German taking charge at Anfield.He also says Sam Allardyce remains the favourite to take charge of Sunderland despite claims he is not keen on the post, while Sean Dyche and Nigel Pearson are also in the frame.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast
1 Manuel Lanzini West Ham have received a fresh injury blow after Slaven Bilic confirmed Manuel Lanzini will be sidelined for a “few weeks”.The Argentine returned to action at the end of December against Southampton after a month out with a thigh injury.He started West Ham’s win over Liverpool last weekend but suffered a recurrence of his thight injury in the first half and was forced off shortly before half-time.Now the 22-year-old, who has been a big success at Upton Park since arriving on loan, is expected to be out until the end of the month.“Lanzini suffered the same injury as before, hopefully it will only be a few weeks,” said Bilic“We all want him back as soon as possible, he orchestrated the game against Liverpool. It looks like two or three weeks.”
Mauricio Pochettino 1 Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he does not have to splash the cash to bring success to White Hart Lane.Spurs chose not to buy any senior players during the January transfer window despite concerns surrounding the club’s reliance on Harry Kane up front.Andros Townsend was sold to Newcastle for £12million but the money was not reinvested as Pochettino continues to place faith in youth and squad harmony ahead of big-money signings.Tottenham’s net spend stands at around -£6m during Pochettino’s four transfer windows in charge, with expensive arrivals like Heung Son-min and Toby Alderweireld offset by the sale of fringe players like Roberto Soldado, Paulinho and Etienne Capoue.Pochettino said on Thursday Spurs fans should expect a “tough period” as the club saves money for the new stadium opening in 2018-19, but the Argentine believes success can still be achieved on a budget.“We grow up in this financial world and my quote is always, ‘Football is not an ordinary business’. That is very important,” Pochettino said.“You can spend a lot of money and create a big team and win everything.“But sometimes you can maybe not spend too much money and buy cleverly and by mixing the pieces you can build a big team too.“For me, this is the most important thing – to be clever and try to discover the best way to get success.”He added: “If you get success, you are shown to be right. If not, the people kill you. You are always going to take decisions against the normal way that everybody is thinking.”Spurs host Watford on Saturday, sitting third in the table on the back of five consecutive victories in all competitions.Leicester’s remarkable season has kept the spotlight away from Spurs but Pochettino’s men remain in the race at the top, sitting two points behind Manchester City and only five back of the Foxes.“In my experience it is better to show than speak,” Pochettino said.“In football when you speak too much only you can wait for the worst.”Watford will present a tough challenge this weekend, as proven by the reverse fixture in December when only a late Son goal snatched a 2-1 win at Vicarage Road.The defeat began a four-match losing run for the Hornets but Quique Sanchez Flores’ side have picked up in recent weeks, beating Newcastle and Nottingham Forest in the FA Cup before holding Chelsea to a goalless draw on Wednesday.“They played very well against a good team like Chelsea,” Pochettino said.“I was at the game and you can see they are a very good team with good players.“Quique Sanchez Flores is a great manager and it will be good to meet him on Saturday.“We need to be focused because they are a very tough team and we expect a very difficult game.”
PSG striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic celebrates his goal against Chelsea in the Champions League 1 Zlatan Ibrahimovic has teased that he would be interested in a move to the Premier League in the summer when his Paris Saint-Germain contract expires.The enigmatic Swede has won league titles in Holland, Italy, Spain and France during a sparkling career.And now the 34-year-old striker has hinted he could bring his undoubted talents to England on a short-term deal, before an expected swansong in the MLS in 2017.Quoted in several national newspapers, Ibrahimovic said: “I have another three months here and then…what will happen? Big things will happen.”Asked specifically about a move to the Premier League, Ibrahimovic added: “Let’s just say I am in good shape.”Ibrahimovic’s career has taken him from Malmo to Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan and PSG. Unless he were willing to take a significant pay cut, only a handful of clubs could afford to match his reported £200,000-a-week after tax wages.Manchester City can almost certainly be ruled out after Ibrahimovic was critical of Pep Guardiola – his coach at Barcelona – in his autobiography. But move to Manchester United could be on the cards.Ibrahimovic played for Jose Mourinho at Inter, and the Portuguese is strongly linked with the Old Trafford post should the under-pressure Louis van Gaal leave.
Emmanuel Eboue, 32, has been on trial on Wearside 1 Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue could have a part to play in Sunderland’s relegation fight as he closes in on a short-term contract.Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce has confirmed that he hopes to clinch a deal soon which will keep the 32-year-old full-back at the Stadium of Light for the remainder of the season after a successful trial on Wearside.Allardyce said of the Ivory Coast international: “We will try to sign him by the end of the week if we can negotiate a contract until the end of the season.“It would be wrong of me to turn down a player with such great experience of the Premier League, Champions League, international football, not to think that he could play a part for us in our fight against relegation this season.“He’s a terrific guy, a very, very good talker as well as a good player. Hopefully when the test comes, he is fit enough to cope.“I think that’s probably the only reason you would be concerned, has he still got the capabilities physically to cope with the Premier League? Because he has certainly got the experience and the talent, there’s no question about that, so we will look forward to him signing on to the end of the season, hopefully.”Eboue, who made 216 senior appearances for the Gunners, is a free agent after being released by Turkish club Galatasaray.
It seems not to matter that the government’s own studies have shown snowmobiling has had adverse effects on the park’s wildlife, soundscape and air quality. The opinions of park staffers, who at one point donned masks to filter fumes from idling snowmobiles, seem not to matter either. We’re pessimistic that this administration will do much to curtail snowmobiles in the park. The tranquility of Yellowstone, especially in the winter, is one of its fundamental beauties. It shouldn’t be on the table for debate.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! One of the many splendorous things about Yellowstone National Park is the abiding quiet that visitors can find among its craggy mountain peaks and array of wildlife. However, the peaceful beauty of the park has been disrupted each winter by the whine of snowmobiles. The practice was on its way to being phased out until the Bush administration took office some seven years ago and reversed the impending ban. The controversial issue has bounced around in the judicial system and the court of public opinion and is back up for consideration. A government proposal would set the number of snowmobiles allowed in the park at 540 a day. That’s better than a previous plan that put the limit at 720. But keep in mind that in recent years about 250 snowmobiles a day have used the park. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.A decision is expected before the park opens Dec. 19 for the winter season. This proposal goes in the right direction, but it’s still unacceptable, despite improved technology making snowmobiles quieter and cleaner. It’s not as if there aren’t alternative snowmobiling routes – there are some 400 miles of trails to ride outside the park. Snowmobiling has always been about speed and power, a combination that is more appropriately pursued outside a place set aside for preservation. After all, all-terrain vehicles aren’t allowed in the park in the summertime, nor should they be. No, this is about the desires of the snowmobile industry and a vocal group of snowmobile rental business owners.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“It’s nonstop,” Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Sam Padilla said. “It’s been so dry, there’s been this potential with the high winds. We saw it today what that can do.” Already battling the 35,500-acre Buckweed Fire stretching from Agua Dulce to Saugus, fire crews scrambled Monday afternoon when a huge plume was spotted in Valencia, with flames shooting into the skies behind the thrill rides at Magic Mountain. The new blaze, dubbed the Magic Fire, exploded within a few hours to 1,200 acres, forcing some residents on Mallory Drive and Waycott Avenue to evacuate their homes. At the same time, the Ranch Fire in Castaic drove toward Piru and beyond, threatening hundreds more homes in Ventura County as well as the Sespe Condor Preserve. “It was horrible, the wind, the smell. The fire was right behind our house,” said 19-year-old Jillian Ibarra, who spent the night with her family at an American Red Cross evacuation center in the Saugus High School gym. Their resources already spread thin, air and ground crews scrambled Monday afternoon to contain a fast-moving wildfire near Magic Mountain, one of more than a dozen burning across Southern California. Tens of thousands of residents fled hillside homes in the Santa Clarita Valley, Ventura County and Malibu as exhausted firefighters fought relentlessly against the ferocious flames. Fanned by powerful Santa Ana winds and fueled by tinder-dry brush, flames raced up hills and across ridgelines covered by burgeoning housing developments. Teams of firefighters shifted from one fire to the next as threats peaked, and water-dropping aircraft criss-crossed the skies. More than 1,200 firefighters from across the state, aided by SuperScooper aircraft and an army of helicopters, attacked the numerous fingers of the massive Buckweed Fire as gusts up to 60 mph pushed flames toward homes. By late afternoon it was 20percent contained. About 15,000 Saugus residents were evacuated as flames threatened their housing tracts, but unlike Sunday, when 25 homes were destroyed by this fire, none burned Monday. Also destroyed was the district office in Saugus for the Angeles National Forest. Nine hundred homes and businesses lost electricity. The blaze continued to spew heavy black smoke into the skies as it charred brush and threatened destruction. Driven by the relentless wind, the fires sent residents fleeing with the treasures and necessities that fit in a car. Others ignored orders to evacuate and stayed to protect their homes, a hindrance for firefighters who said stubborn homeowners hampered their efforts. Among those displaced by the fires were about 1,000 inmates at the Pitchess Detention Center in Castaic, in the path of the Buckweed Fire. The men, among 10,000 in five jails at the Pitchess compound, were moved to another facility on the grounds. The air and ground battle also continued against the Malibu Fire, as more than 1,500 firefighters fought to contain the 3,000-acre blaze as it darted in and out of the area’s jagged hills, threatening expensive homes and sending clouds of smoke billowing over the seaside city. As 50mph winds whipped through the already fire-ravaged hillsides near Pepperdine University, the flames shifted and had begun to burn deep into the hillside near Carbon Canyon. Five homes, including an ornate mansion known to locals as “The Castle,” were destroyed Sunday in the fire, along with a glass shop and the landmark Malibu Presbyterian Church. On Monday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger toured the rubble of the church, where only blackened bricks, scattered nails, and some untouched play equipment remained. The church marquee contained a single word: Revelation. “It’s a tragic time for California,” said Schwarzenegger, who declared a state of emergency in Los Angeles and six other Southern California counties as the wildfires continued their march. He also deployed the National Guard to help fight the fires, and sought additional resources from Nevada and Arizona. “We are doing all we can to protect lives and properties,” he said. Robin Morgan, who lost her Carbon Canyon home in the 1993 fire, evacuated her rebuilt home Sunday night and came back Monday to find it intact. Malibu residents are resilient, she said, and fire danger is a small price to pay for living along the coast. “After 1993, this isn’t scary,” she said. “We stay in Malibu for the beautiful days, when the sky is blue and the water is shimmery.” Firefighters kept up their battle to protect homes, making a stand at Las Flores Canyon and around Will Rogers State Park. Authorities also continued to evacuate residents living in the path of the fire. Among those evacuated over the weekend were actors Mel Gibson, Kelsey Grammer and Victoria Principal, although their homes were not among those damaged. With a white cloth held over his mouth to protect him from smoke and ash, television producer Michael Watkins watched Monday afternoon as helicopters doused a far-off ridgeline with water from the Pacific. On Sunday, the fire skipped his house but destroyed Castle Kashan, the multimillion-dollar mansion owned by socialite Lilly Lawrence. “All you could see was a thousand embers; rocks pelted you,” said Watkins, whose credits include “Las Vegas” and “The X-Files.” “It came like it was a wick and shot into the property,” he said, pointing to a blackened pine in front of Lawrence’s home, where only a couple of giant urns and the remnants of a fireplace remained. “This one was the scariest one I have been in,” Watkins said. Firefighters from around Southern California were called in to fight the infernos in both Malibu and Santa Clarita, part of a mutual-aid agreement that guarantees cooperation among agencies. Firetrucks from Redondo Beach, El Segundo and Torrance were among those that could be seen zooming Monday down The Old Road to fight the blaze that erupted near Magic Mountain. As gawkers gathered on a hillside near Magic Mountain Parkway to watch the initial firefighting efforts, a sheriff’s deputy admonished them to leave. “This is not a party,” he said over the squad car’s public-address system. Still burning to the north was the 29,000-acre Ranch Fire, which threatened Val Verde and the Hasley Canyon Estates area of Castaic, but skirted homes as the flames headed west. Nevertheless, a contingent of several Bay Area fire departments – from Oakland, Fremont and Alameda County – staged to the east on Chiquita Canyon Road in rural Val Verde. With erratic gale-force winds continuing a second day, the effort is to keep ahead of the fires on all potential fronts. By 5 p.m., that fire was just 10percent contained. In Val Verde, residents were awakened at 2 a.m. to evacuate as fire raced toward their hamlet. “It was the middle of the night and I got a big old bang on my door,” said Rita Nunley of Val Verde, who was alerted by a cousin that fire was moving their way. “We packed up the kids and my baby. She took them and I stayed here.” Staff Writers Jerry Berrios and Susan Abram contributed to this report. email@example.com (661) 257-5251160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
An FBI billboard meant to speed the capture of a wanted man was vandalized Tuesday to curtail the effort. The billboard was unveiled Friday at Imperial Highway and Leffingwell Boulevard in Whittier and included photos of Emigdio Preciado Jr., a member of the Southside Whittier gang. The graffiti, which obscured Preciado’s face and name, was discovered by sheriff’s Norwalk Station deputies on patrol check at 9:20 a.m. Tuesday. “It’s disappointing for the community to have to deal with that element in the community that would deface public property,” FBI representative Laura Eimiller said. Preciado is Latino, 5 feet 5 inches tall and 180 pounds, and may have tattoos of “Susana” and “Alexa” on the left side of his chest. A reward of $150,000 is being offered for his capture. Anyone with information about Preciado’s whereabouts can call (888) 226-8443. Tips can always be given anonymously. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Eimiller said the advertising company has been contacted and the FBI is working to replace or clean the billboard, which Eimiller said will be expensive. “It will cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars depending on whether it needs to be fully replaced,” Eimiller said. Preciado is among the FBI’s 10 most-wanted fugitives for allegedly shooting a sheriff’s deputy in the head seven years ago. The deputy survived, but was severely injured. Sgt. John Fredendall discovered the graffiti. He said the billboard will be replaced, and that officials are still seeking information on Preciado. “We’d appreciate it if the public would be aware of that this individual is still wanted,” Fredendall said. “If anybody in the public has information on the person being sought, we’d appreciate a call.”