LITESPORT London Lite Tuesday, 7 July 2009 35 THE SWINGERS BREAKING NEWS... Arsenal told: Have Melo if we get Eboue FIORENTINA are prepared to trade Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo in exchange for Arsenal full-back Emmanuel Eboue. Melo, who arrived in Florence from Spanish side Almeria last summer in a 7m transfer, is a target for the Gunners. (Arsenal manager Arsene) Wenger wants to talk to me, Fiorentina sporting director Pantaleo Corvino told Gazzetta dello Sport. I have no objection also because Eboue seems a valid swap. Brazilian Melo, 25, has signed a one-year contract extension with Fiorentina that includes a 21m release clause. Fiorentina are looking to reinforce their defensive line and believe that 26-year-old Eboue would be the right candidate. The Ivory Coast international has been unhappy about his lack of regular first-team action at Arsenal and had a torrid time at the hands of Gunners fans, who have booed him on and off the pitch. Englandcouldturnto SwannandPanesar ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss has had his first real look at the strip for the first Ashes Test at Cardiff tomorrow -- and is threatening to play two spinners. England will wait until tomorrow morning before finalising their XI, although they have reduced their squad to 12 by releasing Warwickshire batsman Ian Bell. Strauss is keen on playing both Graeme Swann and Monty Panesar but wet weather in south Wales leaves the door open for Durham paceman Graham Onions. Strauss said: Two spinners gives you more balance. They can attack both left and right-handers differently and that will be an option for us. Australias only specialist spinner Nathan Hauritz is struggling for form while their paceman Brett Lee is out with a rib injury after taking six wickets against the England Lions last week. Strauss said: We have to handle the pressure well and play well, and if we do that we have the raw material to win the Test match. An Ashes series has a bit more spice and often teams can play better than they have played before. We know the type of cricket we need to play against Australia: we need to go toe to toe with them and look them in the eye. BY HARRY LANE Spin when youre winning: Strauss may play Swann and Panesar tomorrow 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