32 Tuesday, 14 July 2009 London Lite Inbrief WBA see red at Greening offer WEST BROM have rejected what chairman Jeremy Peace describes as a derisory offer from Fulham for captain Jonathan Greening. The midfielder, 30, has been at the centre of much speculation over his future in recent weeks. Peace said: Jonathan is our captain and a vital member of the squad. Therefore, we didnt give Fulhams offer a second thought. It is derisory for a player of Jonathans talent and experience. Old Lady move delights Melo FELIPE MELO is delighted to be on the verge of completing his move to Juventus. The 26-year-old spent yesterday in Turin having a medical and is expected to put pen to paper on a contract with the Bianconeri later. Im absolutely delighted to be at Juventus, Melo told Corriere dello Sport. Im very happy. Juve are expected to pay around 21.5m euros for the Brazilian midfielder. Ljajic taking no Partizan in Rhyl RHYL caretaker coach Osian Roberts is disappointed Adem Ljajic will be missing from Partizan Belgrades line-up at Belle Vue tonight. The Manchester United-bound midfielder has not travelled to Wales for this Champions League qualifier as he is playing for Serbia in the forthcoming European Under-19 Championships. Roberts said: Our players would have liked to have faced him. Bruce strikes gold with Silva STEVE BRUCE hopes he has unearthed another South American gem in the shape of Paulo da Silva -- his second signing since becoming Sunderland manager. The Paraguay captain, 29, has agreed a three-year deal with the Wearsiders and follows the capture of Fraizer Campbell from Manchester United. Bruce said: Ive seen him play on a couple of occasions and I can tell you hes a very, very good player. FA refuse to let Toon go Dutch NEWCASTLE are furious the FA have blocked their friendly against Dutch side FC Utrecht. The fixture on 26 July clashed with north-east rivals Sunderlands games in the annual Amsterdam Tournament just 30 miles away where the mayor, Job Cohen, yesterday called for the Black Cats to be banned in an effort to head off possible violence. But the English FA last night came down on Sunderlands side. LITESPORT CHAMAKH ME AN EMMANUEL ADEBAYORS impendingmovetoManchester City will allow Arsene Wenger to finally secure the services of t o p t a r g e t M a r o u a n e Chamakh. Sunderlandyesterdayentered the race for the Morocco inter- nationalstriker,butthe25-year- old is waiting for Arsenal to firm up their long-standing interest before making a deci- sion on his future. Mega-rich City are hopeful of pushing through a 25m deal for Adebayor (below) before theydepartfortheirpre-season t o u r o f S o u t h A f r i c a tomorrow. Wenger fought tooth and nail to keep hold of the Togo hit- man last summer, but his patience has finally snappedwithaplayer who is viewed as a disruptive influ- e n c e i n s o m e quarters. Adebayor was rewarded with a new80,000-a-week deal 12 months ago but scored just 13 goals, missed a large chunk of the campaign with a hamstring injury and angered the clubs fans with a series of insipid displays. Wenger left little to the imagi- nation last month when asked whether or not Chamakh was a genuine target, saying: Yes, but only in theeventof a departure. Chamakh scored 14 goals last season as Bordeaux won the Ligue 1 title, ending Lyons seven-year reign. At 6ft 4in he would represent an ideal replacement for Ade- bayor,whocostArsenalaround 6m when he joined from Monaco in January 2006. Chamakh has a 7m buy-out clause, but his club are hoping to spark a bidding war between surprise big-spenders Sunder- land and Arsenal, who will be flush once Adebayor joins the Manchester City revolution. And Chamakh himself gave the Arsenal boss a gee-up after headmittedhewouldnotneces- sarily be averse to moving to Wearside. I want to make the right choice, I dont want to leave just to leave, he said. Thats why Im taking my time. Im not worried. I have con- crete offers and its up to me to make the right choice. It shouldnt take too long because the club will have to replace me if I leave. I understand the president, but its not up to him to tell me the Togo hit-to keep hold of man last summer, but his finallyhaspatience playerawithsnapped who is viewed as a influ-disruptive s o m ei ne n c e 80,000-a-weeknew deal 12 months ago 13justscoredbut goals, missed a large the campaignchunk of injuryhamstringawith fansclubstheangeredand but only in aofeventthe departure. Bordeaux starwaits forArsene tomake hismove BY JAMES GOLDMAN NowIdbehappytoplayagainstUnited,saysBecks American duty: Beckham returns to LA Galaxy training DAVID BECKHAM would consider a return to the Premier League to boost his World Cup chances -- despite having said he would never play for any English side other than Manchester United. The 34-year-old was speaking in California where he has returned to link up with the Los Angeles Galaxy after turning out for AC Milan in Italys Serie A. Beckham is desperate to play in next years World Cup in South Africa and admits he would be open to a move back to his homeland if it enhances his chances. He said: I would definitely consider it. Never say never. When I left United, I said that I would never want to play for another English club again. My heart was in Manchester -- and I couldnt see myself wearing another shirt in the Premier League and playing against United. Now I wouldnt rule it out. At present, though, Beckham is lined up to return to Milan in January, having impressed during a five-month stay last season. He said: Milan said they want me to go back, so I dont see any reason why that would change. Well have to wait and see. I hope to be going back there. Beckham also met with team- mate Landon Donovan, who has publicly suggested a lack of commitment from the clubs best-paid player. The duo met, along with manager Bruce Arena, and Beckham said: Im not going to talk about what was said. That was between me, Landon and the manager -- but we had a good talk. BY NEAL COLLINS 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