Monday, January 25, 2010

Preston Sighn Welbeck For Rest of Season

Preston have signed Manchester United youngster Danny Welbeck on loan for the rest of the season.

The 19-year-old striker has made 11 first-team appearances for United this term but manager Sir Alex Ferguson has agreed to let him go out on loan as his side head into the business end of the season.

It will be Welbeck's first spell away from Old Trafford and is a path also trodden by David Beckham, who kick-started his career with a one-month stint at Preston in March 1995.

Manchester-born Welbeck is Darren Ferguson's first signing as Preston boss and goes straight into the squad for Tuesday's trip to Peterborough.

"Danny is a young lad who has played quite a few games for United this season," Ferguson junior told Preston's official website. "He's got fantastic potential.

"I think it helped with United going out of the FA Cup - they wanted him to go out and get experience.

"He'll come here and get games, and I'm sure he'll show the right attitude because of where he's come from."
Welbeck has scored five goals in 24 appearances for United and signed a four-year contract extension in December.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Sunderland after Beye

Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has confirmed his interest in signing Aston Villa full-back Habib Beye after missing out on Guy Demel. 

Bruce, who has already brought in Matthew Kilgallon from Sheffield United, is looking to bolster his defensive options before the close of the transfer window.

He had targeted a deal for Demel, but the Ivory Coast international has opted to stay at Hamburg until the end of the season.

That has prompted Bruce to now train his sights on Beye, who has made just nine appearances for Villa since his move from Newcastle United last summer.

The Black Cats boss is now waiting to learn whether Villa will be prepared to let Beye return to the North East before the end of the money.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Preston after Man Utd Players

Footbsll Europe understands Preston are planning an ambitious swoop for Manchester United starlet Danny Welbeck.

Preston boss Darren Ferguson, son of United manager Sir Alex Ferguson, has admitted he could try and use his connections at Old Trafford to bolster his squad.

Welbeck who is regarded as one of the best young prospects to come through at United in recent seasons and is tipped for a big future in the game.

The England Under 21 forward has made 11 appearances for his club this season, but the recent arrival of Mame Biram Diouf has pushed him down the pecking order in Sir Alex Ferguson's plans.

Wigan are also thought to be tracking Welbeck as they look to reinforce their attacking options before the close of the transfer window.

It remains to be seen if Sir Alex Ferguson would be willing to loan out Welbeck with his side still competing in the Premier League and UEFA Champions League.

Latics May Make Move for Ruben

Wigan are locked in talks with Villarreal over Argentine striker Marco Ruben, we understand.

Ruben has been with Villarreal since 2008 when they paid River Plate more than £5million for his services.
Upon his arrival he was loaned out to Recreativo where he scored seven times.

He returned to Villarreal in the summer, but was transferred to their B side - who are playing in the Segunda Liga.

And Ruben has done well in Spain's second tier and is one of the top-scorers with nine goals.
Now Roberto Martinez has set his sights on the 23-year-old, who has one international cap to his name.

Martinez flew to Spain earlier this week and held talks with Villarreal - who are not wanting to sell Ruben as they rate him highly.

They have rebuffed any notion of him going on loan to England, and Wigan are now hoping a permanent deal can be struck - although Villarreal want to recoup their £5million and more for the player.

Ruben himself is believed to know of Wigan's interest and is keen to move to England, which could help Martinez's quest to prise him away from El Madrigal.

Essien out for a Possible 6 Weeks

Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien is facing up to six weeks on the sidelines with the knee injury he suffered on international duty. 

The Ghana ace, who had only just recovered from a hamstring problem, flew out to the African Cup of Nations at the start of the month.

But his involvement in the tournament was immediately curtailed when he damaged his knee during training.
He was subsequently ruled out of the remainder of the competition and is now facing a number of weeks out to recover from the problem.

Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti is keen to have the key midfielder available again within a month, but admits his recuperation could take longer.

Ancelotti told the club's official website: "He had a tear in the meniscus, and he has to stay out for four to six weeks. I hope four."

The Italian will not be tempted to dip into the transfer market and is confident his squad will be able to cope in Essien'scontinued absence.

He added: "In January, Essien was not here, he was at the African Cup.
"Maybe we lose him for one month, it is not good news but I think that we will do a good job again."