Lambert passes Liverpool medical


Southampton and England striker Rickie Lambert has passed a medical at Liverpool after the clubs agreed a fee of about £4m plus add-ons.

The 32-year-old’s move to Anfield will be confirmed on Monday, after he has flown to Miami with the rest of England’s World Cup squad.
The Liverpool-born forward will sign a two-year deal at the club where he spent five years as a youth player.
Lambert was an unused substitute in England’s 3-0 win over Peru on Friday.
He scored 14 goals in 39 games this season, and has netted 117 times in 235 appearances since joining Southampton from Bristol Rovers in 2009.
Lambert, whose contract at St Mary’s has two years remaining, has won four England caps, scoring twice.
And former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler believes his signing is a smart move by Reds manager Brendan Rodgers.
“From a Liverpool point of view, it’s a perfect fit,” Fowler told BBC Sport.
“For £4m-£5m, it is a fantastic piece of business for a recognised English striker who is proven in the Premier League.
“He’s probably a little bit different from what we’ve got already but he’s a Liverpool lad and all his family are from Liverpool, so straight away you are going to get that extra 10% from him.”
Southampton turned down one offer from Liverpool for Lambert, having rejected a similar bid from West Ham in January. (external)
There has been interest in the striker from other clubs, but it is understood he was only considering Liverpool.
Saints, without a manager following Mauricio Pochettino’s move to Tottenham, decided they would not stand in Lambert’s way if they received an acceptable offer.
Liverpool remain in talks with Southampton over England midfielder Adam Lallana, 26, and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, 24.
They have also made an enquiry for Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno, 21, and said they are willing to pay as much as £16m for the player.
Saints have turned down one offer for Lallana and are resisting Liverpool’s attempts to rush a deal through, though the player was keen to resolve his future before flying out to Miami on Sunday.
Southampton remain in talks with Manchester United over the sale of left-back Luke Shaw, who is also in Roy Hodgson’s England squad.
They are under no financial pressure to sell and are determined not to be forced into sanctioning deals by suitors keen to make signings before the World Cup.


Good news for arsenal fans as Wenger get £100m to lounge an assault in the transfer market this summer


Arsene Wenger admits he is ready to spend heavily this summer to transform Arsenal into genuine title contenders after finally signing his new contract.

Sportsmail revealed on March 19 that the Frenchman had agreed a new three-year deal worth £8million a season.

The club yesterday confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in English football, just 31 days before his contract was due to expire.

Arsene Wenger signs up for £100m Arsenal spending spree… with Karim Benzema, Lars Bender and Loic Remy on his radar

By Sami Mokbel
22:30 30 May 2014, updated 09:31 31 May 2014

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Arsene Wenger admits he is ready to spend heavily this summer to transform Arsenal into genuine title contenders after finally signing his new contract.

Sportsmail revealed on March 19 that the Frenchman had agreed a new three-year deal worth £8million a season.

The club yesterday confirmed one of the worst kept secrets in English football, just 31 days before his contract was due to expire.

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Arsenal will hand Wenger a £100million transfer fund this summer who said: ‘We know we have to have a successful June and July, that’s where you strengthen the team,’ said the Gunners boss. 

‘It’s very important that we are good now in the next two months until the end of August, that we can give to the team some more quality and go into next season with the belief we got from [the FA Cup] win.

‘Should the fans expect a big summer? Yes, they should expect that. 

‘What I can promise is that we work very hard in a market that is very, very congested with many people who have a lot of money. 

‘But we have a big advantage, players want to join us and if we find the right quality I’m sure we can strengthen the team.

He added: ‘We are entering a very exciting period. We have a strong squad, financial stability and huge support around the world.

‘The club has always shown faith in me and I’m very grateful for that. We have gone through fantastic periods and also periods where we have had to stick together. 

‘Every time when that togetherness was tested I got the right response. I think I have shown some loyalty towards this club and hopefully we can make some more history.

‘It’s time for another great Arsenal team [to emerge]. It’s the start of a new team and I believe [the FA Cup] victory was crucial in that belief.’

Wenger has prioritised three positions to strengthen this summer: right-back, central midfielder and centre forward.

He also needs a new back-up goalkeeper following the departure of Lukasz Fabianski to Swansea.

Atsuto Uchida (Schalke), Callum Chambers (Southampton) and Serge Aurier (Toulouse) feature on the club’s list of potential right-backs.

Lars Bender (Bayer Leverkusen) and Morgan Schneiderlin (Southampton) are contenders to for the midfield signing, while a move for former captain Cesc Fabregas is not being ruled out.

Gunners chiefs have held talks with Real Madrid chiefs about moves for strikers Karim Benzema and Alvaro Morata, while Mario Mandzukic (Bayern Munich) and Loic Remy (Newcastle) are being considered.

Navas, Iturraspe & Moreno out of World Cup squad as Del Bosque axe them from squad.


Vicente del Bosque has confirmed that Jesus Navas, Ander Iturraspe and Alberto Moreno will not make his final 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil next month.

The former Real Madrid coach took a squad of 27 to the Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville on Friday night for his side’s 2-0 victory over Bolivia.

But that number has now been reduced to 24 after Del Bosque confirmed that Manchester City winger Navas, Athletic Bilbao’s Iturraspe and Sevilla defender Alberto Moreno will all miss out.

“Navas has recovered well over the last few days, but he has gone six weeks without playing, so we have told him it’s difficult for him to come,” Del Bosque told reporters.

“I have told Iturraspe and Alberto Moreno that, for now, they will not travel with us unless something else happens.”

Diego Costa is still hoping to overcome his injury and Del Bosque revealed that he will make a decision on the Atletico Madrid striker and his club team-mate Juanfran on Saturday.

“We still have Juanfran and Diego Costa who have small problems. On Saturday at 1pm we will make our decision,” the 63-year-old continued.

“With Diego Costa it is still up in the air. We will wait for the response from our medical team.”

One man who looks like he will be going to Brazil is Fernando Torrres, who opened the scoring from the penalty spot on Friday.

“I have a lot of confidence in Torres, that is why he is here,” added Del Bosque. “I am very happy with his work.”

Netherlands announce 23-man World Cup squad


Goalkeepers: Jasper Cillessen (Ajax), Michel Vorm (Swansea City), Tim Krul (Newcastle United)

Defenders: Paul Verhaegh (Augsburg), Daryl Janmaat (Feyenoord), Joel Veltman (Ajax), Stefan de Vrij (Feyenoord), Ron Vlaar (Aston Villa), Bruno Martins Indi (Feyenoord), Terence Kongolo (Feyenoord), Daley Blind (Ajax)

Midfielders: Leroy Fer (Norwich City), Nigel de Jong (AC Milan), Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord), Jonathan de Guzman (Swansea City), Georginio Wijnaldum (PSV), Wesley Sneijder (Galatasaray)

Forwards: Arjen Robben (Bayern Munich), Robin van Persie (Manchester United), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Schalke), Dirk Kuyt (Fenerbahce), Jeremain Lens (Dynamo Kiev), Memphis Depay (PSV)

Brad Pitt’s Ukrainian attacker pleads no contest to battery


The Ukrainian prankster who struck actor Brad Pitt in the face at the Los Angeles premiere of the movie “Maleficent” was ordered to stay away from celebrity events as he pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge on Friday.

Vitalii Sediuk, a 25-year-old Ukrainian TV personality infamous for pulling pranks on celebrities at events, was charged with four misdemeanor counts of battery, assault, unlawful activity and interference at a theatrical event.

He pleaded no contest to battery and unlawful activity, and the rest of the counts were dismissed as part of his plea deal.

Sediuk was sentenced to 20 days of community service and 36 months on probation. He was ordered to stay 500 yards (about 460 meters) away from all celebrity events including awards shows and premieres, and to stay away from Pitt and his partner Angelina Jolie, Los Angeles City Attorney spokesman Rob Wilson said.

He was also ordered to 52 sessions of psychological counseling. He is due back in court for a hearing on July 8.

Sediuk jumped across a fence and onto the red carpet at Wednesday’s “Maleficent” premiere in Hollywood, where Pitt had joined Jolie, the film’s star, to sign autographs for fans.

Police said Sediuk struck Pitt in the face, and was arrested immediately.

Pitt was not seriously hurt and continued to sign autographs for fans after the incident, but was issued a restraining order against Sediuk.

In previous exploits, Sediuk tried to climb under actress America Ferrera’s dress as she posed for photographers at the Cannes Film Festival, stormed the stage during singer Adele’s Grammy acceptance speech, and was slapped by Will Smith after kissing the actor at a Moscow premiere.

California man returns $125K dropped from armored car


A California man who found a bag containing $125,000 said he returned the cash to the armored truck company that accidentally dropped it because it was the “right thing to do.”

Joe Cornell, 52, told the Fresno Bee newspaper he saw the bag of cash fall out of the back of a Brinks armored cash transport car as it drove over railroad tracks in downtown Fresno on Thursday afternoon.

Cornell, who was working in the lot of a Salvation Army location as part of a substance abuse rehabilitation program, told the newspaper he recovered the bag and found it stuffed with hundred dollar bills.

“I started crying and shaking,” Cornell said. “Everything was going through my mind, the good devil/bad devil thing,” he said.

Cornell made up his mind to alert his boss at the Salvation Army and the pair called Fresno law enforcement authorities who helped facilitate the bag’s return to Brinks.

The Virginia-based company could not be reached for comment Friday, but a spokesman told the Fresno Bee it had thanked Cornell for his honesty with a $5,000 reward and another $5,000 donation to the Salvation Army.

For Cornell, deciding to give back the cash became a simple decision.

“They’re going to back-track,” he said of Brinks officials when they realized the money was lost. “There are cameras everywhere now. You’d be doing federal time. And it’s the right thing to do.”