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Osvaldo eyes long Roma stay

Roma striker Pablo Osvaldo has insisted that he has no intention of leaving the Italian capital any time soon, despite rumours that he met the club’s management to discuss his future.

The Italy international has been touted as a potential replacement for Alexandre Pato, who left AC Milan for Corinthians on Thursday, but the player is adamant that he will stay put.

“I hope that Roma are my future,” he told Sky Sport Italia.

“I never said I wanted to leave Roma. I want to stay for a long time. [The club’s hierarchy] only spoke to me to find out if I was okay.”

Roma return to action with a clash against Napoli on Sunday, and Osvaldo is hoping to do better than Edinson Cavani to help him climb up the scoring charts.

“The match against Napoli will be a great spectacle for the people. Cavani is better than me, but I think we can get there to move ahead of Napoli.

“It would be great to win for the scoring charts.”

Official: Wigan complete signing of Espinoza from Sporting Kansas City

Wigan have confirmed the signing of Sporting Kansas City midfielder Roger Espinoza on a two-and-a-half-year deal.

The Honduras international makes the move after four years and 113 games in the MLS and is eligible to play in Saturday’s FA Cup third round tie against AFC Bournemouth.

The 26-year-old’s move has been in the pipeline for a long time and he told Goal.com in December that he was looking forward to the challenge of the Premier League and ready to “give his all” for Roberto Martinez.

“I am just so happy to finally be here,” Espinoza told Wigan’s official site.

“It’s taken a while to get all the paper work done but now I can concentrate on fighting for my place and helping the team.

“I just want to say a big thank you to everyone at the club who have been working so hard to get everything through in time, and for the manager to have the belief in me. Now it’s down to business.”

Martinez was similarly pleased in concluding his second signing of the current window, suggesting Espinoza will add “something new” to his side and citing the example of the midfielder’s performances during the Olympics as proof of his talent.

“It is great to finally welcome Roger to Wigan and I know the supporters will give him a real Latics welcome,” said Martinez.

“Usually players would have more time preparing for their debut and getting used to their new team-mates, but Roger is so desperate to play as soon as he can that we hope to see him on the pitch on Saturday.

“He is an excellent talent and every time we have seen him play he has shown the desire that as a club we like to see from our players.

“The Olympics in the summer gave a great example of just what he can do on the pitch, especially in his performances against Spain and Brazil.

“He’ll bring something new to the group and we hope to have many happy memories of him playing for Latics.”

Del Nido: Sevilla have rejected a €16m bid for Negredo

Jose Maria Del Nido - Sevilla

Jose Maria Del Nido – Sevilla

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido says his club have rejected a €16 million bid for striker Alvaro Negredo, claiming that they do not have to offload players because of financial constraints.


The Spain international has reportedly been the subject of interest from England, but the club supremo says he has no reason to sell the player.

“We are not obliged to sell players,” the 55-year-old was quoted as saying by AS. “[Our] concern regards those who engage in disinformation.

“We will not sell Negredo, [Ivan] Rakitic or [Jose Antonio] Reyes. We have had offers for seven players in the first team. The seven were rejected. We rejected €16m [for Negredo] but we will not publicise it.

“There is no need to sell … We have reached agreements with the treasury. Every six months we have reached
agreement with the Agencia Tributaria [State Tax Administration Agency] to defer payments.

“We are among the five clubs with the least need for the tax deferral. The Agencia Tributaria told me that. We have already said that we do not have to sell in January or June.”

Wenger expecting 'very calm' transfer window

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes the January transfer window will be a quieter period than normal.

Whilst the Frenchman has declared an interest of bolstering his Arsenal squad before the window shuts at the end of the month, he believes business will be done between clubs in England as it will be more difficult to buy from abroad.

“[I’m expecting it to be] very calm because, first of all, I believe there is little money and what can happen is basically a transfer market within the English clubs,” Wenger told reporters.

“That is more difficult than with the foreign clubs. Overall, I believe that not a lot will happen.

“That [the economic situation] could [affect movement], because the clubs have to look at the finances. What make the clubs are the fans and what makes the fans is the economy. On that front, nobody is really sure what will happen in 2013.

“A lot [of players are] over 30. Of course, they are all great players. They have proven that.

“It shows that the market will be more difficult for the players because the fact that you have so many top-quality players available means that [the clubs] are cautious as well.”