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Tottenham miss chance to move level with Liverpool

Tottenham missed the chance to move level on points with fourth-placed Liverpool in the Premier League as they were frustrated by struggling Southampton at St Mary’s. The hosts took a deserved early lead as Spurs central defender Davinson Sanchez diverted Ryan Bertrand’s low cross into his own net. The advantage lasted less than four minutes, though, with Harry Kane – the division’s top scorer – nodding home a straightforward header as the Saints defence failed to compete for Ben Davies’ corner. Jack Stephens missed a glorious opportunity to restore Southampton’s…

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Transfer gossip: Chelsea open Carroll talks, striker pleads for Arsenal move, Spurs want Norwich starlet

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers and online… West Ham United are braced for a bid for Andy Carroll after Chelsea opened talks over a move for the striker, who missed the FA Cup third-round replay with Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night. Sources have suggested that West Ham will listen to offers of £20 million for Carroll. (Guardian) Everton are on track to complete the signing of Theo Walcott on Wednesday. The Arsenal forward spent this afternoon at Finch Farm undergoing a medical and finalising personal terms. Walcott is…

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Norwich transfer news: Russell Martin completes Rangers loan move

The 32-year-old becomes Graeme Murty’s fourth signing Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Rangers have announced the loan signing of Norwich defender Russell Martin until the end of the season. The 32-year-old becomes Graeme Murty’s fourth signing as Rangers manager after previous loan deals for Sean Goss, Jamie Murphy and Jason Cummings. Nottingham Forest striker Cummings signed on Monday night and the former Hibernian player is eagerly anticipating his first meeting with Celtic for his new club. The 22-year-old told the Rangers website: “I love playing in bigger games, and the bigger…

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Everton FC news: No criminal wrongdoing involved in Ross Barkley’s Chelsea move, say Merseyside Police

Ross Barkley Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Merseyside Police has found no evidence of wrongdoing in Ross Barkley’s transfer from Everton to Chelsea. Barkley joined the Premier League champions earlier this month in a move worth £15million – significantly less than the £35million agreement between the clubs in the summer which eventually came to nothing. Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson wrote to the force, the Football Association and Premier League requesting an investigation into the cut-price move switch. Press Association Sport understands no offences have been identified by Merseyside Police. However, it is understood Assistant…

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Deal close: Arsenal winger Theo Walcott set for Everton medical ahead of £20million move

Theo Walcott is set to join Everton this month Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Arsenal winger Theo Walcott’s £20million move to Everton is edging closer after the player travelled to Merseyside for a medical. The 28-year-old is scheduled to attend the club’s Finch Farm training ground on Tuesday to undergo his physical examination and finalise terms. Walcott, who has scored 108 goals in 397 matches for Arsenal, is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium having made just 15 appearances this season. He has not made a Premier League start since…

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Australian Open 2018: Johanna Konta beats Madison Brengle to move into second round

Johanna Konta began her Australian Open campaign in comfortable fashion with a 6-3 6-1 victory over American Madison Brengle. The ninth seed has a fine record at Melbourne Park having reached the semi-finals and quarter-finals the last two years and is one of a whole raft of contenders for the women’s title. Konta made a few too many errors in the opening set but grew convincingly into the match and was simply far too good for her 90th-ranked opponent. The 26-year-old, who next faces another American in lucky loser Bernarda…

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Transfer news: West Ham rule out Andy Carroll loan deal as Chelsea eye shock move for striker

West Ham have no interest in allowing Andy Carroll to leave the club on loan during the transfer window, assistant manager Alan Irvine has said. The 29-year-old forward, who is due to miss West Ham’s FA Cup third-round replay against Shrewsbury on Tuesday through injury, has been linked with a temporary move to Chelsea. Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is keen to bolster his attacking options after seeing his side go three successive matches without scoring a goal. Chelsea transfer report: Michy Batshuayi’s Sevilla switch ‘depends on the Blues signing Andy…

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