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The alternative 2017 sports awards: the year’s best quotes, gaffes and meltdowns
The alternative 2017 sports awards: the year’s best quotes, gaffes and meltdowns

Behind the scores and stats, 2017 was another big year of sporting soap opera. The rows, the tweets and the storms that made the past 12 months special

Behind the scores and stats, 2017 was another big year of sporting soap opera. The rows, the tweets and the storms that made the past 12 months special

December 29, 2017

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told to sign FOUR new players after Virgil van Dijk
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp told to sign FOUR new players after Virgil van Dijk

That is the verdict of ESPN FC pundit and former West Ham goalkeeper Shaka Hislop.

Liverpool will sign Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk for a club-record fee of £75million when the transfer window opens on Monday. 

“This is one piece in a five-piece puzzle in my opinion,” he said.

Who are Liverpool targeting in the January transfer window?

A back four and a goalkeeper, I think Li...

December 29, 2017

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil tells Barcelona he will snub Man Utd on two conditions
Arsenal star Mesut Ozil tells Barcelona he will snub Man Utd on two conditions

Arsenal star Ozil is in demand with both Manchester United and Barcelona determined to lure him away from the Emirates Stadium.

Express Sport understands the Germany international is among United’s top winter targets with Jose Mourinho ready to offload Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the New Year.

Barcelona, however, are also interested in signing him with the club ready to switch attentions from Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho.<...

December 29, 2017

Thierry Henry makes scathing assessment on Arsenal squad after Crystal Palace win
Thierry Henry makes scathing assessment on Arsenal squad after Crystal Palace win

But he was joined by just a handful of team-mates as he celebrated both goals.

The 29-year-old was evidently frustrated at the rest of the team for not joining in his celebrations as he gestured towards them.

The Chile international has been subject to heavy transfer speculation in recent months and it has been suggested he will seek a move away from the club next month.

It was like he thought he was alone ...

December 29, 2017

Rangers team news: Expected Rangers line up to face Celtic in Old Firm derby
Rangers team news: Expected Rangers line up to face Celtic in Old Firm derby

Rangers will be looking to close the gap on Aberdeen when they take on the Hoops.

But Gers haven’t beaten Brendan Rodgers’ side since their return to the Scottish Premiership in 2016. 

And after picking up a knee injury against Motherwell, Ryan Jack is a doubt for the trip to Celtic Park. 

Murty will also be without Kenny Miller, Graham Dorrans and Lee Wallace who are all in the treatment room. 

...

December 29, 2017

Chelsea news LIVE updates: Isco transfer calls, Luiz Barcelona shock, Bonucci deal advice
Chelsea news LIVE updates: Isco transfer calls, Luiz Barcelona shock, Bonucci deal advice

Chelsea transfer news LIVE: Express Sport bring you all the updates from Stamford Bridge

11:15: Eden Hazard’s father has sensationally hinted his son is inviting a move from Real Madrid in the summer.

Chelsea want to push through a new contract for Hazard to prevent him from leaving in the near future. 

However, they face a battle on their hands to push through an extension.

That’s because Hazard’...

December 29, 2017

Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo furious at Isco because of James Rodriguez
Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo furious at Isco because of James Rodriguez

Isco was left on the bench as Real Madrid slumped to a 3-0 defeat to Barcelona in El Clasico last week.

Ronaldo, meanwhile, stayed on the pitch but was unable to spark their La Liga title challenge back into life at the Bernabeu.

Recent reports have claimed Ronaldo was behind Isco’s omission, saying the Portugal international stopped Zinedine Zidane from sending the Spaniard on against Barcelona.

And Spanish outlet Diar...

December 29, 2017

Former Arsenal defender makes big claim after ‘strange’ Alexis Sanchez celebration
Former Arsenal defender makes big claim after ‘strange’ Alexis Sanchez celebration

Those are the thoughts of former Arsenal and England defender Matthew Upson.

The Gunners beat Crystal Palace 3-2 at Selhurst Park, with a second-half brace from Alexis Sanchez securing all three points.

The celebration following Sanchez’s first goal has been a big talking point since the game, with only half of the Arsenal players going over to the Chilean.

Nobody played on that pitch last night as if ther...

December 29, 2017

Real Madrid press start charm offensive to lure Harry Kane to Bernabeu... just like Bale
Real Madrid press start charm offensive to lure Harry Kane to Bernabeu... just like Bale

How could Real Madrid line up if they signed Harry Kane?

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December 29, 2017

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger discusses Alexis Sanchez future after odd goal celebration
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger discusses Alexis Sanchez future after odd goal celebration

And Wenger refused to rule out Sanchez being allowed to leave in January. “I have answered that question,” he said.

“First of all, nobody knows what will happen really. It’s difficult to speculate. At the moment we are focused on short-term, that means the next game with the players committed and ready to fight.”

With Jack Wilshere – another player out of contract in the summer – also turni...

December 29, 2017

Chelsea BOMBSHELL: Eden Hazard rejects contract to push through Real Madrid move
Chelsea BOMBSHELL: Eden Hazard rejects contract to push through Real Madrid move

The Belgium international currently has over two years left on his current contract at Stamford Bridge.

But speculation in the summer suggested Real could soon make a move for Hazard with both Zinedine Zidane and Florentino Perez keen admirers of Hazard.

However, they face a battle on their hands to push through an extension.

What I can say about Eden is that he refused an extension of contract

Tha...

December 29, 2017


	Why Mourinho is way off the mark with his recent moans
Why Mourinho is way off the mark with his recent moans

The under-fire United boss pointed the finger of blame – but this time there were multiple targets.

Jose Mourinho pointed the finger of blame at plenty of targets after United dropped points

In his press conference, he took aim at his players, his budget and rivals Manchester City

In 2014 Luke Shaw cost almost £30million. Last year Gabriel Jesus cost £27m. So, it is not as if United do not spend.

It is well documented t...

December 29, 2017


	Novak Djokovic relishing return to tennis
Novak Djokovic relishing return to tennis

The 12-time Grand Slam winner has not played since abandoning his Wimbledon quarter-final against Tomas Berdych in July.

Djokovic did not pick up a racket for almost four and a half months after having surgery on his right elbow.

Novak Djokovic hasn't played since retiring in the Wimbledon quarter-final's vs Tomas Berdych

But the 30-year-old Serb will return to action at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi - l...

December 29, 2017


	Harry Kane Phenomenon: How the Spurs star has risen to top
Harry Kane Phenomenon: How the Spurs star has risen to top

He scored a hat-trick in Tottenham's 5-2 victory over the Saints on Boxing Day.

It was his second hat-trick in as many games as he equalled Shearer's goalscoring record against Burnley on Saturday.

Harry Kane broke Alan Shearer's 22-year record for most goals in a calendar year on Tuesday

Kane's body-fat reading was 18 per cent in 2014 when Mauricio Pochettino arrived - one of the highest in the squad. The new boss ordered hi...

December 29, 2017


	Vincent Kompany suffers yet another injury setback
Vincent Kompany suffers yet another injury setback

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has suffered yet another injury setback

Kompany limped off less than 10 minutes into City's Premier League clash with Newcastle

Kompany suffered a calf strain only six minutes into the match, and after limping on for a short while, had to be taken off by City manager Pep Guardiola.

He waved to the away fans as he limped from the field, handing the captain's armband to Fernandinho.

December 29, 2017


	Rafael Nadal pulls out of the Brisbane International
Rafael Nadal pulls out of the Brisbane International

Nadal was forced to withdraw from the ATP World Tour Finals in November with the issue and he has been unable to sufficiently recover in the off-season.

The Spaniard was due to play in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi this weekend but pulled out earlier this week and he has now cancelled his plans to play in Brisbane.

Rafael Nadal was named as the International Tennis Federation's men's player of the year

N...

December 29, 2017


	Wasps coach Dai Young snubs Wales
Wasps coach Dai Young snubs Wales

Dai Young is prepared to turn his back on Wales and commit his future to Wasps.

Young, 50, who won 51 Wales caps and went on three Lions tours, was on the shortlist to replace head coach Warren Gatland when he leaves Wales after next year's World Cup.

But Young, Wasps' director of rugby, has ruled himself out and is set to sign a long-term contract extension with the Coventry-based club in the next fortnight. 

Dai Young is pr...

December 29, 2017


	David Moyes speaks about West Ham transfers in January
David Moyes speaks about West Ham transfers in January

West Ham manager David Moyes says he wants to sign a midfielder in the January window

Moyes has bemoaned his squad for including lots of attacking options but few midfielders

'We've got quite a few who are comfortable playing on the left, but not so many who can play on the right, so we've got a little bit of an imbalanced squad which we've got to straighten out in January if we can.

West Ham have lost once in the last five l...

December 29, 2017


	Gennaro Gattuso: 'Perhaps I am the worst coach in Serie A'
Gennaro Gattuso: 'Perhaps I am the worst coach in Serie A'

Patrick Cutrone scored his eighth goal of the season in the 14th minute of extra time to hand Gattuso his third win in seven games as Milan boss.

It has been a tough start to his reign at the San Siro and Gattuso made reference to his previous poor results, but the former midfielder called on his team to reproduce their level of performance against Inter in future matches. 

Gennaro Gattuso was delighted after his AC Milan side beat...

December 29, 2017


	Joshua v Parker takes 'giant leap forward'
Joshua v Parker takes 'giant leap forward'

Following months of negotiations, Parker's side expect to return a contract to Joshua's promoter Eddie Hearn on Friday after the two camps finally agreed a purse split — of between 70-30 per cent and 65-35 per cent in AJ's favour.

Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker could come face-to-face as early as mid-January

Representatives for the New Zealand fighter (left) are set to fly to London next week

A date and venue for the mega-f...

December 29, 2017