Sneijder agent rubbishes Galatasaray claims

Soren Lerby, the agent of Wesley Sneijder, has refuted suggestions that the Inter midfielder is on the verge of completing a transfer to Galatasaray.

The Super Lig leaders were given permission to speak with the Netherlands international after they negotiated a fee with the Nerazzurri, and it was reported on Friday that the 28-year-old would “most likely” arrive at the Turk Telecom Arena within the next few days.

However, in quick response to the remarks made by the Turks’ sporting director Abdurrahim Albayrak, Sneijder’s representative insists he is unaware of an agreement between the two sides and is waiting on other teams to put their cards on the table.

“That’s impossible,” Lerby told Voetbal International. “We didn’t even talk with Gala, so there couldn’t be an agreement.

“I have no idea [about an agreement between the two sides]. Inter haven’t told me about it. I don’t expect Sneijder to sign a contract just yet.

“Anything is possible. Over the next few weeks we will consider every offer that comes our way. It’s the choice of Wesley and his wife Yolanthe. Until then, Wesley needs to rest so he can make the right decision.”

Ancelotti: Nothing has changed with Anelka

PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti insists nothing has changed regarding Nicolas Anelka’s situation in Paris and he will return to Chinese outfit Shanghai Shenhua.


The former France international has been training with Les Parisiens in order to keep up his fitness while his Asian club are on their off-season break, which has led to speculation over the striker’s future.

However, Ancelotti is adamant that his initial conditions have not been altered and Anelka will return to China as proposed.

“Anelka? nothing has changed. He is training with us before resuming with his Chinese club,” the 53-year-old told reporters.

The Italian coach watched on as his side settled for a 0-0 draw with relegation candidates Ajaccio on Friday, on a night where Lucas Moura made his much anticipated debut for the hosts, but Ancelotti remained upbeat about the side’s display against the Corsicans despite failing to grab the three points.

Ancelotti added: “We could have done better if we played with more intensity in the first half. The second was better. Lucas [Moura] has been well, he did good things on the field.

“The team is in place, it is the same as in December.  No result, but the performance was not bad.

“You cannot be happy with the result. This can happen sometimes. We must win the next match.”

PSG finished the game with ten men as Thiago Motta saw red, but there was other worrying news for capital outfit as Thiago Silva limped off with an injury, but Ancelotti remained tight-lipped on the extent of the knock.

He added:”Thiago Silva was hit in the thigh.”

PSG remain in first place but with Lyon and Marseille due to play this weekend, they could find themselves slipping down to third in Ligue 1.

Reading sign Fulham defender Stephen Kelly

Reading have completed the signing of defender Stephen Kelly from Fulham for an undisclosed fee.

The full-back has penned a two-and-a-half year deal with the Royals but, with the move awaiting ratification, will be unable to make his debut in Saturday’s clash with West Brom.

Kelly has made just two Premier League appearances so far this term for the Cottagers but his new manager, Brian McDermott, is confident he will make an impact.

“I’m delighted to have Stephen here,” he told the club’s official website. “He has played a lot of games in the Premier League and more than 30 times for his country.

“He’s the kind of player I’ve been talking about – someone with great experience, but at 29 still young in football terms and at a really good stage in his career.

“I’ve always liked him as a player, and the first time I met him was at Kevin Doyle’s wedding a while ago now and I thought he was a top guy. I know he’s going to fit into the dressing room here really well. He’s up for the fight, up for the battle, he’s hungry, he wants to do well and I know he’ll be successful for us.”

The club’s chairman, John Madejski, has also hailed the arrival of the defender – who will take the No.27 shirt at the Berkshire club.

 “It’s a great signing for Reading Football Club. He’s a proven international and Premier League player and he seems like a lovely guy as well,” he said.

“We’ve had some great success stories with players from Ireland in recent years and I’m sure the signing of Stephen will be no different. I’m delighted he has signed and we all wish him very well during his career at Reading.”

Galatasaray expect imminent Sneijder deal

Wesley Sneijder is extremely likely to become a Galatasaray player, according to Abdurrahim Albayrak, who expects the playmaker to give the club an answer by Friday night.

The Super Lig holders agreed a fee with Inter to engage in talks with the Netherlands international earlier in the week, and the sporting director admits that his side expect to announce the midfielder’s arrival soon.

“Sneijder transfer is one of great interest, especially the president’s. All that is left is for the player to agree to the move,” Albayrak told Sporx.

“His wages are too high for Inter, and right now, it is most likely that the player will accept our terms.”

“He is thinking about giving us an answer this evening. Perhaps he has yet to talk to other clubs, but Inter have agreed a deal with us for a fraction of his market value.”

However, Albayrak stopped short of giving the transfer his seal of approval, adding: “There is no signature without the agreement so I cannot say much more.

“I’ve got to be very cautious and represent my club’s interests.”

West Ham complete Wellington Paulista loan deal

West Ham have completed the signing of Cruzeiro forward Wellington Paulista on a six-month loan deal.

The 29-year-old striker makes the move from South America with the option of a three-year permanent deal come the summer, and becomes the second attacking reinforcement of the transfer window following the loan acquisition of Marouane Chamakh from Arsenal.

And Paulista has revealed his pleasure at completing his transfer to London, but was also keen to state his desire to prove himself on these shores.

“I am really happy to be here at West Ham,” he told the club’s official website.

“Everyone has been very kind to me since I have been at the club this week. I think I can do my best here and I am coming to England to prove to everyone that I am one of the best strikers in Brazil and to get better and better.

“I am strong, I am a fighter and I can score with both feet. I run a lot on the pitch and I can play as either as first or second striker.”

Joint-chairman David Sullivan welcomed Paulista to Upton Park, adding that the Brazilian can go on to prove an “excellent acquisiton” for the club.

Sullivan said: “I’d like to welcome Wellington Paulista to east London and West Ham. He is another exciting player to add to our squad and although he may not be that well known on these shores, he comes with an excellent track record in Brazil.

“His arrival is similar to some of the other ‘wildcard’ players we have signed before like in Demba Ba and Ilan. They both made significant contributions and if he can match their efforts he will be an excellent acquisition for West Ham.”

Paulista has enjoyed a prolific career across Brazil and also had a spell in Europe with Spanish side Alaves.