Allardyce: Song can be our Yaya

first_imgSam Allardyce believes on-loan midfielder Alex Song will be a “Yaya Toure-type signing” for West Ham this season. Press Association “That’s a Yaya Toure-type signing for us. He’s a top quality player of the highest calibre and he’ll provide the sort of service our front line need. “He links everything together very well so we’ve got a top quality international player that’s played for Arsenal, for Barcelona and in the Champions League. “He’s obviously being slightly overshadowed by Enner Valencia and Sakho at the moment but he’ll have a big impact for us.” West Ham played City four times last season and lost on each occasion, conceding 14 goals and scoring just once. The worst of those defeats came in the Capital One Cup first leg in January when the Hammers were thrashed 6-0 but Allardyce is confident it will be a different story this time around. “We’ve got a different team, a different set of players, some of them last season will remember the fact we didn’t get anything against City,” the West Ham boss said. “Everyone still talks about the semi-final of the Capital One Cup but there was little we could do with the injuries we had. “If we’re going to challenge against them, it’s at this moment in time – City have just come back from playing in the Champions League and we’re in good, confident form.” West Ham will be boosted by the returns of James Tomkins and Cheikhou Kouyate. Defender Tomkins and midfielder Kouyate have recovered from thigh and groin problems respectively while striker Andy Carroll is back in training but not considered ready for the clash at Upton Park. Guy Demel (thigh), Joey O’Brien (knee) and James Collins (groin) are also out injured. Former England midfielder Frank Lampard has been ruled out of champions Manchester City’s trip. Lampard suffered a thigh injury in last Saturday’s 4-1 win over Tottenham and will not be back in training until next week. Playmaker Samir Nasri, who had groin surgery last month, has now rejoined the squad and could be back in contention to play next week. Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes striker Sergio Aguero has the potential to become the best player in the world. Aguero’s superb start to the season, which has seen him score 11 goals in as many games, including four against Tottenham last weekend, has reignited debate over his standing in the world game. A year ago comparisons with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi were common but injuries then hampered Aguero throughout the second half of last season. Those problems, which also affected the Argentina international at the World Cup, now seem behind him and he appears close to his blistering best. But Pellegrini expects the 26-year-old to get even better and eventually surpass the levels of those currently regarded as the best. Pellegrini said: “Sergio is a young player, he has a lot of years to improve – three or four years more than other players. It just depends on what he wants to do in the future. I think he has all the conditions to do that. “I don’t think it is the best I have seen from Sergio. I was always sure he would return to his normal performance but I think he can get even better.” City’s trip to Upton Park gives them a chance to cut Chelsea’s five-point lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League and apply pressure before Jose Mourinho’s men face Manchester United on Sunday. City beat West Ham four times last season, scoring 14 goals, but Pellegrini insists that counts for little and has noted the fourth-placed Hammers’ good start this term. He said: “West Ham are in a good moment, playing good, attractive football. “They are scoring a lot of goals, they had an important win against Liverpool at home and they have won their last two games. “I am sure we are going to have a very difficult rival, exactly as we have every game in the Premier League.” Song swapped the Nou Camp for Upton Park when he moved from Barcelona in August and the 26-year-old has helped lift the Hammers to fourth in the Barclays Premier League table. West Ham’s strong start will be given a rigorous examination when they host defending champions Manchester City on Saturday and when asked about his opponents’ world-class stars, Allardyce said: “We’ve got that type of signing in Alex Song. last_img read more

MLB trade rumors: Red Sox could pursue White Sox slugger Jose Abreu, Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson

first_img Pumpsie Green, Red Sox’s first African American player, dies at 85 The #RedSox are among the teams to evaluate #BlueJays reliever Daniel Hudson in recent days. Hudson, with a 0.93 ERA in his last 16 outings, is drawing trade interest from multiple teams, source says. @MLBNetwork @MLB— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 21, 2019Abreu, 32, has spent his entire six-year career with the White Sox. The three-time All-Star is slashing .273/.307/.491 with 21 home runs and 69 RBIs in 95 games with Chicago this season.Boston president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has “long admired” Abreu, according to Forbes’ report. Related News Florida’s Feleipe Franks calls baseball a ‘backup plan’ “I think everything started with the rotation,” Cora said. “We know that. We do feel those guys are going to give us a chance to win. … We have enough arms to finish the job.”The Red Sox finished play Sunday three games out of the second American League wild-card spot with a 54-46 record. The Red Sox have some targets in mind if they decide to be buyers before the July 31 trade deadline.Boston is “monitoring” the availability of White Sox slugger Jose Abreu and evaluating a potential deal for Blue Jays reliever Daniel Hudson, according to reports from Forbes and MLB.com. Dave Dombrowski has long admired Jose Abreu. The @RedSox are among a few teams monitoring Abreu’s availability. He might be most impactful bat on the market if @whitesox we’re willing to deal him. Could trade him and re-sign him but value as a rental is limited.— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) July 19, 2019Hudson, meanwhile, is in his first year with the Blue Jays. He holds a 5-2 record with a 2.72 ERA in 40 appearances in 2019.The 32-year-old right-hander has also pitched for the White Sox, Diamondbacks, Pirates and Dodgers during his 10 MLB seasons.The Red Sox already completed one trade this month as they acquired starter Andrew Cashner from the Orioles. There’s a chance the team is finished making moves after that deal, Dombrowski told reporters.“We might (stand pat),” Dombrowski said, via MassLive.com. “I think it’s one of those where we’ll analyze and see what takes place. … When you look out there, there’s a good core of guys we like.”Boston manager Alex Cora said the team “should be fine” as presently constructed. Red Sox trade news: Boston acquires Andrew Cashner from Orioleslast_img read more

Tropical Storm Fay Moves Toward Mid-Atlantic, New England

first_imgMIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Fay slightly picked up speed and strength as it moved closer to land Friday, and forecasters decreased projections for rain totals and flooding.Fay was expected to bring 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 centimeters) of rain, with the possibility of flash flooding in parts of the mid-Atlantic and southern New England, The U.S. National Hurricane Center said in its 5 a.m. advisory. That’s down from earlier forecasts of about 3 to 5 inches (8 to 13 centimeters) of rain.The storm picked up speed Friday morning, moving north around 10 mph (17 kph) and producing top sustained winds of 50 mph (85 kph), forecasters said. Earlier observations showed it moving at 8 mph (13 kph) with top sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph).A tropical storm warning remained in effect from Cape May, New Jersey, to Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The warning area includes Long Island and the Long Island Sound in New York, forecasters said.Fay is the earliest sixth-named storm on record, according to Colorado State University hurricane researcher Phil Klotzbach. The previous record was Franklin on July 22, 2005, Klotzbach tweeted.Two named storms formed before the official June 1 start of the hurricane season. None of this season’s previous five named storms strengthened into hurricanes.last_img read more