32 Tuesday, 7 July 2009 London Lite Inbrief Anderson backs historical Owen MANCHESTER UNITED midfielder Anderson has tipped Michael Owen to rediscover his shooting boots at Old Trafford after his free transfer from Newcastle. Anderson said: Owen has played a big part in the history of English football and I hope he has more success in Manchester. Owen is more than just an athlete, he is the pride of the country. Our intention is to help him get back to his best. Real deadline on Xabi move REAL MADRID are believed to want any move for Liverpools Xabi Alonso sorted out in the next fortnight. The Spanish giants, who have yet to make an official bid, have set a time limit on their interest, according to sources close to the Bernabeu club. Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is expected to decide Alonsos future before the player returns for pre- season training on 19 July. One more cap for legend Pele PELE has urged FIFA to introduce a salary cap for players and warned that the vast sums of money changing hands could ruin the game. In Nigeria to promote Rio de Janeiros bid to host the 2016 Olympic Games, he said: My time was a little different we did not have the big sponsors. Today they have big sponsors, big companies to support football. But these (players salaries) must be controlled. Goodison news on Jo loan deal BRAZILIAN striker Jo is with Everton at their Scottish training camp ahead of a likely loan move being agreed with Manchester City. Jo, who scored five goals in 11 games while on loan at Everton last season but was cup-tied for the run to the FA Cup final, is expected to have a season-long spell at the Goodison Park club confirmed shortly. Everton play a friendly at Bury on Friday. Blades keeper is suspended SHEFFIELD UNITED have confirmed that goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, 31, has been suspended from the club for failing a drugs test. Kenny tested positive for a banned substance, ephedrine, following last seasons Championship play- off semi-final second leg against Preston and faces a lengthy ban. A club statement read: We confirm Paddy has been suspended. This is an ongoing, confidential matter. LITESPORT CHELSEAmidfielderJohnObiMikel has agreed terms on a new five-year contract to keep Inter Milan from signing their Nigerian star. Mikel, a vital stand-in for Michael Essien for much of last season,is expected to sign the deal before the end of the week. It is understood Mikel, 22, who so nearly went to Manchester United as a teenager in 2005, is now going to be paid around 70,000-a-week. HisagentJohnShittusaid:Hewill sign the deal early this week. Some of the club officials were away but they were expected back last week- end. As soon as everybody is in, we will sign the new contract. It is a very good deal for him and would put him at par with some of the top earners in the club. Mikel, who had only 12 months remaining on his existing contract, is due to report back for pre-season training next week, but is expected to cut short his summer break by a few days to sign off the new deal. The 21-year-old -- full name John Michael Nchek- wube Obinna -- has made good progress since his controversial arrival from Lyn Oslo in 2006 -- he was even pictured holding up a Man- chester United shirt -- and is set to play a major roleundernewmanagerCarlo Ancelotti (above). He started a career-high 47 games last season, including the FA Cup Final victory over Everton in May. Chelsea have already secured Florent Malouda on a new contract and striker Didier Drogba, full-back Ashley Cole, midfielder Joe Cole and centre-back Alex will follow soon. The news of Mikels new deal may appease Ancelotti, who appears to have failed in a bid to sign Andrea Pirlo from former club AC Milan. The 30-year-old midfielder said: I am staying at Milan. I have experienced other similar situations in the past, where there have been been rumours about me in the press but then nothing happened. Reading the press and being men- tioned in the transfer market specu- lation doesnt give me any particular feelings. I am calm, I have a contract with Milan and I want to stay. New deal puts Obi Five-yearcontractwill seeNigerianstarinthe 70,000-a-weekelite BY NEAL COLLINS Yuris just too good to be Blue says Pav ROMAN PAVLYUCHENKO has backed Yuri Zhirkov to become a Chelsea great. The Blues have agreed an 18m deal with CSKA Moscow for the 25-year-old, subject to a medical. A three-year contract with the option for another 12 months is already in place and Spurs striker Pavlyuchenko believes his Russian international team- mate will be a big success. He said: Im very glad Yuri has moved to Chelsea. Its a once-in-a-lifetime offer, you have to say yes. Zhirkov is a great professional. He could become a team leader. The only problem is his knowledge of the English language. If he masters that, all will be well. the newfew days to sign off --21-year-oldThe Johnnamefull Nchek-Michael --Obinnawube Oslo in 2006 -- he picturedevenwas Man-aupholding --shirtUnitedchester and is set to play a major Carlomanagernewunderrole Ancelotti,appease who appears to have failed in a bid to sign fromPirloAndrea former club AC Milan. midfielder30-year-oldThe professional. He could become a team leader. The only problem is his knowledge of the English Adel wants to lose his Spurs ADEL TAARABT is desperate to leave Tottenham and has pleaded with manager Harry Redknapp to stop pricing him out of a move. Taarabt, who joined from Lens for 3.5m in 2007 and went on loan to QPR last season, said: Malaga wanted me to join on loan with the option to buy. Spurs president (Daniel Levy) agreed the transfer, but the problem is Harry. I contacted him and said listen to the offers coach. Ive been here for two years and never really have a chance. KelvintobekeptonbutwheresNeill? FORMER England Under-21 goalkeeper Kelvin Davis is training with the rest of the West Ham senior squad and is expected to sign a permanent deal by the end of this week. Davis, who is expected to be No2 behind Englands Robert Green next season, is out of contract at troubled Southampton. One notable absentee as Gianfranco Zolas squad returned to training yesterday however was Australian full-nack Lucas Neill. There had been speculation that Neill, who had initially rejected the offer of a new contract by the Upton Park club, had changed his mind and was ready to re-sign but Turkish club Galatasary are poised to step in. Neills representative, Paddy Dominguez, says: Zola has been speaking with Lucas and, from his point of view, he not only wants him at the club next season but to remain as the captain. Lee Bowyer, on loan at Birmingham, is set to join the Blues on a permanent basis from West Ham on a free transfer. BY KRISS IVERSEN Go West: Kelvin Davis looks like a Hammer index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html