Moyes: Everton would welcome Villa if he could come on loan

Everton manager David Moyes has stated that he would welcome Barcelona’s David Villa, if the striker was interested in joining the club on loan.

The Toffees’ boss also made clear that he expects stars such as Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini to stay at Goodison Park this season as he ruled out the possibility of selling any of his key players in the January transfer window.

Both Baines and Fellaini have been in superb form for the Toffees this campaign, which has seen them linked with moves away from Merseyside but Moyes claimed he was expecting a quiet transfer window.

“”If he [Villa] was loanable and he wanted to join Everton, we’d be more than happy to have him,” Moyes  told BBC Radio 5 Live.

“Last year, we sold [Diniyar] Bilyaletdinov for £5.5m back to Russia and that gave us the opportunity to go and buy.

“We brought in Steven Pienaar on loan from Spurs, we bought [Nikica] Jelavic from Rangers for £5m and Darron Gibson from Man Utd for £500,000. We spent the money we got in. That is the way we have tended to work.

“My intention is not to sell anyone this January.”

The Toffees are currently pushing hard for a place in the top four, and next season’s Champions League, and are only six points behind champions Manchester City in second.

I think Ronaldo will stay but I don't know about Mourinho, says Pepe

Real Madrid centre-half Pepe believes Cristiano Ronaldo will extend his contract with the club, but is not so certain that boss Jose Mourinho will do the same.


The former Manchester United attacker is rumoured to have grown unhappy with life at the Bernabeu, and has been recently linked with a move to Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint-Germain.

The French side are also reportedly interested in Mourinho, who is enduring a difficult period at Real Madrid as his team find themselves in third place in La Liga, 16 points off arch-rivals and table-toppers Barcelona.

“Cristiano is happy at Real Madrid and focused on helping the team. I’m sure he’ll extend his contract,” Pepe said in an interview with Grande Area.

“However, I’m not sure what Mourinho will do. There are no certainties. Only the boss knows what the future holds for him, but I hope he stays because we need him.”

Pepe then took the time to comment on los Blancos‘ recent struggles in La Liga, and stated that the team have only themselves to blame.

“It’s not about Barcelona being better, it’s about Madrid being worse.

“At Madrid we are like one big family. We’re all united because we know we have to be, otherwise we’re going nowhere.”

Sir Alex Ferguson: I am not looking to do any serious transfer business in January

Alex Ferguson, Manchester United, 2012

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Manchester United will not be spending in the January transfer window, according to their manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

United have been linked with Everton defender Leighton Baines and Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski in recent weeks, but the 70-year-old manager has ruled out any major signings.

“Don’t hold your breath waiting for Manchester United to jump through the transfer window when it opens next week!” he wrote in his matchday programme column ahead of the match against West Brom.

“If you believed everything you read in the media, we would have the biggest squad in Europe, not to mention becoming bankrupt!

“It’s been open season to link us with a stack of players, admittedly some very good ones, but it just isn’t going to happen.

“You can never say never in football because you don’t know who might become available but, speaking generally, I am not looking to do any serious transfer business in January.

“I don’t have to because I am more than satisfied with the players I have in my squad, a group as good as any I have had in my time at Old Trafford.

“So we won’t be dashing around in a panic. Of course, as always, we will be on the lookout for young players of potential who we can develop.”

United will be without Wayne Rooney for the game against West Brom, but Sir Alex revealed he plans for such injuries.

“I always work on a 10 per cent injury rate so that, on average, I expect that out of a group of 20 players we will be missing a couple,” he added.

“It gets tricky if you are hit by more in the same department. It was quite worrying for instance when we had so many defenders out of action earlier in the season, and I think it showed in one or two results.”

Redknapp rules out Frank Lampard or Demba Ba signings

Harry Redknapp has squashed reports linking Demba Ba and Frank Lampard to QPR, with the former Tottenham boss ruling out moves for the duo.

Redknapp has made a steady start to life at Loftus Road, but is expected to look at available players in January, with the likes of Ba, Lampard and Joe Cole rumoured to be likely targets.

However, the QPR manager told reporters of the difficulties he will face when trying to get players to join a club who are currently in the drop-zone.

“Who is going to let you have players at this stage of the season? Teams are either fighting to get to the top, to get into Europe, or to stay out of the bottom group,” he said.

“Why would you let someone go if you’re the manager of a team in the top four, five or six? Why are you going to weaken your squad?

“Unless, that is, there’s a reason you want to get them out, so there’s obviously a problem if you want them out of your club in January.

“It’s so difficult to find players who can make the difference to you. The time to do that is in the summer.”

Redknapp even admitted that there is no reason for Demba Ba to leave Newcastle for a club who have a lower ground capacity, especially considering the reports which have linked the striker to Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham.

He added: “He’s a good player and he’s proved himself. I can’t see how we can get Demba Ba really, if we’re being realistic.

“It’s £7.5 million and is he going to leave Newcastle – 55,000 people there every week – to come to a team at the bottom? I can’t see that, to be truthful.”

Villas-Boas quashes Sneijder rumours

Andre Villas-Boas has played down reports linking Tottenham Hotspur with a move for Inter outcast Wesley Sneijder, before adding that he feels his squad needs no additions to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

The former Chelsea boss has impressed so far at White Hart Lane, bringing in six new signings in August including France captain Hugo Lloris, the creative Mousa Dembele, and fellow Belgium international and former Ajax captain Jan Vertonghen.

However, Villas-Boas does not believe that Tottenham will make any further additions in January.

The Spurs manager told reporters: “It’s very unlikely we will do anything in the window.”

Consistent with this, the Premier League’s youngest manager squashed reports which have linked Sneijder to White Hart Lane, claiming they “aren’t true”.

The north London club currently sit fourth in the Premier League, and a win against Sunderland on Saturday could see them climb to third in the table and temporarily overtake Chelsea, who will have two games in hand. But Villas-Boas knows that Tottenham must defeat Sunderland if they want to consolidate their position in the top four over the New Year period.

Villas-Boas added: “We have to open up a gap between the rest of the teams at the top.

“At the moment, regarding the league position, it’s very dangerous because a 4-0 win doesn’t mean anything — everyone is so tight together.

“We are not far off Chelsea or Manchester City, but we need to keep some consistency to settle into the top four and open up some kind of gap.

“We want to have a strong second half to the season, better than last year.

“It’s always difficult at Sunderland and will be particularly so this time after they beat the champions. We expect a run for our money, but hopefully we can get a result.”

Tottenham travel to the Stadium of Light on Saturday for the 12:45 kick-off against Martin O’Neill’s Black Cats.