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Roma need another defender, says Garcia

24 July 2014 13:15

Roma coach Rudi Garcia has confirmed he would like to add another defender to his squad amid talk of a move for Davide Astori.

The Italian capital club began their tour of the United States with a win on Wednesday, Marco Borriello’s 90th minute strike earning a 1-0 triumph over Liverpool at Fenway Park.

Roma have already recruited extensively in the transfer window, bringing in winger Juan Iturbe from Verona, while also signing midfielder Seydou Keita and left-backs Ashley Cole and Urby Emanuelson.

Genoa centre-back Astori is a reported target for Roma after his prospective move to city rivals Lazio fell through.

And Garcia revealed that sporting director Walter Sabatini is working to try and bring a central defender to the Stadio Olimpico.

“We all know that we need another central defender,” Garcia said.

“This is why I have brought many youngsters along to see if more than one can help us in the season.

“Sabatini is working on this and we need to find the right man to be even stronger this season.

“We will see later, but there is no rush to find this central defender, but if there is an exciting opportunity then we will take it.”

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Everton on verge of new signings

24 July 2014 12:56

Roberto Martinez has revealed Everton are set to sign several new players in “the next few days”.

Gareth Barry recently agreed a permanent deal at Goodison Park following a successful loan spell last season, but Martinez has yet to make any further additions to his squad.

The Spaniard confirmed earlier this week that highly-rated Anderlecht forward David Henen was close to joining Everton and it appears other fresh faces can be expected.

Martinez told talkSPORT: “The main priority was to have continuity in what we did last season. We have had a few players signing extensions and we got Gareth Barry becoming a permanent signing, which was huge for us.

“In the next couple of days we will have a few players coming in because it was important for me to assess the youngsters.

“The youngsters have done terrific and are showing the good work we are doing in the academy at Finch Farm, but there are areas that need to be strengthened and over the next few days we are going to get the three, four players we need just to finalise the squad facing the huge demands with European football ahead of us.”

Romelu Lukaku impressed during his loan spell at Everton last season, but Martinez is remaining coy over whether the Belgium striker can be lured back to the club from Chelsea.

“Rom fits in really, really well at Goodison,” he said: “We created a fantastic bond with the player, and the player with the fans, and that is something that we would love to extend.

“It is difficult to say because he is not our player and I would never be disrespectful in that respect. He enjoyed his time at Everton, he developed as a footballer and we hope the parent club, Chelsea, were very happy with that loan relationship.

“Whatever happens in the future, at the moment there is not much we can speak about.”

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Rodrigo hails Nuno after Valencia switch

24 July 2014 12:27

Rodrigo is excited by the prospect of working under new Valencia coach Nuno after joining the Liga club on a season-long loan.

Valencia agreed a deal to loan the forward from Benfica with an option to buy on Wednesday.

Rodrigo is the second player to have moved to the Mestalla from Benfica in the current transfer window, following midfielder Andre Gomes.

Nuno was appointed as the successor to Juan Antonio Pizzi earlier this month after guiding Rio Ave to the final of the Taca de Portugal and the Taca da Liga, ensuring Europa League qualification for the Primeira Liga club.

And Rodrigo, the scorer of 18 goals for Benfica last season, has faith in Nuno’s abilities.

“Nuno is a highly respected coach in Portugal, and last year took his side to two finals,” said the 23-year-old.

“He brings intensity, character and clear thinking to his teams.”

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Delph eager for new Villa deal

24 July 2014 12:00

Fabian Delph is keen to open talks with Aston Villa over a new contract but the midfielder has stated “it’s not up to me.”

By his own admission, Delph lost his way at Villa Park following his move from Leeds United five years ago but he has rediscovered his form to become a key player for the Premier League side.

The 24-year-old is entering the final year of his contract with the West Midlands club and is eager to extend his stay.

He said in a question and answer session with supporters: “I feel like I went missing for a few years and that’s not something I’m happy with.

“The owner [Randy Lerner] has been brilliant. He’s always believed in me and every time I’ve seen him he’s been nothing but positive.

“I’d love to sign a new deal and am ready to talk but it’s not up to me so we’ll have to see.”

Delph started 33 of Villa’s 38 matches in the top flight last season and scored three goals as they finished 15th.

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Ljajic not seeking Roma exit

24 July 2014 11:36

Adem Ljajic plans to hold talks with Roma after their pre-season tour of the United States but is not looking to leave the club.

The Serbia forward has been linked with a move away from the Eternal City outfit ahead of the new season, with the likes of Milan, Liverpool and Manchester United reportedly keen to sign him.

Ljajic’s future has been called into question following the arrival of Juan Iturbe from Verona last week, but the 22-year-old is not seeking another change of club just a year after his arrival from Fiorentina.

He is quoted as saying in Corriere dello Sport: “It’s normal that you speak of the market, the market is alive, but I have come to Rome a year ago to stay and I would (like to) stay.

“I spoke with the company and speak with the manager again (sporting director Walter Sabatini) on my return to Italy. I like Roma, I signed a contract for four years and I would like to complete my cycle here.

“If there is so much competition (it) is good for the team. My goal is to find a place, but then the coach makes the choices.”

Roma coach Rudi Garcia stated this week that he has no intention of allowing Ljajic to leave Stadio Olimpico.

Garcia’s side beat Liverpool 1-0 in Boston on Wednesday, with Marco Borriello scoring the only goal of the game right at the death at Fenway Park.

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