Chelsea ‘offer Batshuayi, Barkley as part of £80m for Rice swap deal

first_imgChelsea reportedly offered Michy Batshuayi and Ross Barkley to West Ham in an £80million deal for Declan Rice. But The Times reports the Hammers rejected the swap deal and are holding out for £80m in cash. David Moyes’ side are not interested in taking on the rarely used pair. Both Barkley and Batshuayi have had peripheral roles in Frank Lampard’s Chelsea set-up. But the club were hoping to bring down the massive price tag on Rice’s name by offering some of their unwanted stars as a makeweight. Chelsea were hopeful as West Ham previously tried to sign Batshuayi and Moyes coached Barkley at Everton, but it appears to have done them no favours. Blues boss Lampard is desperate to bring in reinforcements to fix his leaky defence. Chelsea conceded more goals than any other side in the Premier League’s top ten last season and has identified Rice as a potential solution.Advertisement The 21-year-old was released by the Blues as a teenager before joining West Ham aged 14. Rice played every minute of every league game last term, but mainly in his usual position of central midfield. However, Lampard is keen to use his versatility and convert him into a talismanic centre-back. And fans were convinced Rice would return to Chelsea after being spotted with “agent” John Terry. read also:Former Chelsea star brings ‘Rice’ to Stamford Bridge Rice posed with the former Stamford Bridge hero in a post shared to Instagram by Aston Villa’s assistant manager. And Lampard is hopeful he could have a similar impact to Terry if he can lure the England international back to West London. Rice is currently on holiday with best mate and Chelsea star Mason Mount. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually True7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themlast_img read more

Phil Jones wants Manchester United’s players to stand up and be counted

first_img “We might be playing well, or playing well in patches, or not scoring or whatever it may be, but we need to stick together and us as players need to take responsibility for that. There’s no two ways about that. “We just have to keep plugging away, keep creating chances and hopefully we’ll hit someone four or five nil, but we just have to get back to the drawing board again and pick ourselves up.” United were booed off after the Canaries loss, but Jones hopes the fans get behind the team as they bid to recover form and confidence. He said: “We need them more than ever now. We have got to pull through and we will.” However, Jones claims the mood at the club was worse during David Moyes’ ill-fated season in charge two years ago. The defender said: “I wouldn’t say it’s the lowest moment. I think it became pretty glum, if you like, under David Moyes and it was unfortunate. We weren’t playing well at the time. “There’s no point saying we’ve played some good football this season because ultimately we’ve lost three games in a row – but we have in patches. We need to stick together, there’s nothing else you can do.” United, who have not won in six games in all competitions, have slipped to fifth in the Barclays Premier League and Jose Mourinho, who left Chelsea last week, has been linked with Van Gaal’s job. But Jones insists the players are backing the Dutchman to turn the situation around and are also determined to pull their own weight. The 23-year-old said: “The manager is doing all he can and is doing a terrific job. It’s not even questionable in the dressing room. The lads are absolutely fully focused on performing well for the manager, the fans, ourselves week-in, week-out. “The players in there aren’t hiding behind anyone. We know full well we have to take responsibility. “There’s no other way. The manager picks the team and the team has got to go out and do its best. Phil Jones has called on Manchester United’s under-performing stars to pull together to ease the heat on manager Louis van Gaal. The Dutchman has come under increasing pressure and faced the wrath of discontented fans amid a dismal run of results and some insipid performances at Old Trafford. United’s 2-1 loss to Norwich in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday was their third successive defeat in a sequence which also saw them eliminated from the Champions League. Press Associationlast_img read more

Andrew White diversifies offensive game amid shooting slump

first_img Published on December 29, 2016 at 8:53 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Andrew White knew he had to change up his strategy. After receiving a face-guard from St. John’s’ Malik Ellison, White’s inklings of needing to diversify his offensive game surfaced once again. He couldn’t rely so much on 3-pointers if he hoped to be successful going forward.Against Cornell on Tuesday, White charged toward the basket more often and scored at the rim. The fifth-year graduate transfer is still adjusting to Syracuse and 13 games into the season, how he’s scoring is undergoing a bit of a change.“I’d like to get to the hole a little bit more,” White said. “… I’m going to try and take some of the stuff that I used last year, kind of mold that into my game so that I can be a little bit more well-rounded.”Following White’s worst game of the season, a two-point performance against St. John’s on Dec. 21, the changes had to happen. He successfully attacked the basket on six occasions against the Big Red and racked up 12 points. The game provided a glimpse at what he can do even when he goes scoreless from deep and it’s a transformation that SU (8-5) may continue relying on when Atlantic Coast Conference play begins on Sunday at noon at Boston College (7-6).In a six-game stretch prior to the St. John’s game, 25 of White’s 31 converted field goals were 3-pointers. He mostly either spotted up at the 3-point line waiting for a pass or curled around a screen designed to get him open. It resulted in a similar, even predictable, catch-and-shoot rhythm.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorThe strategy worked for the ACC’s leader in 3-pointers made (39) this season, until Ellison shut White down in his first game scoring fewer than 10 points this year. It was the first time since high school that White faced a box-and-one defense, he said, and without being a dangerous threat to dribble, St. John’s went all in on locking him down to defend the 3-pointer. Paired with a Syracuse offense that ranks 126th in the country with 76.7 points per game, shutting down SU’s leading scorer is a strategy that opponents could likely employ again.“Teams are going to deny him as much as they can,” Orange head coach Jim Boeheim said.While White has gone 0-for-7 from behind the arc in the past two games, he scored in different ways in Syracuse’s last nonconference game against Cornell.Twice in the first half, White split two defenders in the lane on his way to the basket for an easy layup in transition. Four minutes into the second half, he grabbed an offensive rebound and made both free throws after he got fouled on the putback attempt. A minute later, he stole the ball, went coast-to-coast, drew a foul and again hit both free throws. Thirty seconds after that, he cut along the baseline, caught a pass inside from Taurean Thompson and smoothly finished.His makes surrounded the basket as he went 3-for-5 on 2-point field goals. His six made free throws against Cornell were a season-high, an indication that he was getting inside well enough to draw fouls.“When you’re a good shooter you’ll have to take a few tough shots,” point guard Frank Howard said, “but you don’t want every shot to be that tough.”White said he wants to get back to being a threat from several places on the court, like he was last year. At Nebraska last season, 44.6 percent of White’s field goals came via 3-pointers, compared to 63.9 percent this season. But as a result of improved point guard play getting him the ball in open spots, White said he hadn’t had to find other ways to score. Until recently.“I try to look at the shots, look at my form, look at my technique,” White said, “and figure out what I could have done to correct that shot and what else was going on around it.”Amid his current shooting slump, the answer for White is attacking the basket. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more