LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 17 July 2009 35 Inbrief Pardew given Saintly mission FORMER West Ham and Charlton boss Alan Pardew has been appointed as Southamptons new manager. The 47-year-old left The Valley in November following an eight-game winless run. Swiss businessman Markus Liebherr, who completed his takeover last week, said: Alan has a strong track record and impressed us with his vision, commitment and ambition. Ronaldo backs Owen to shine CRISTIANO RONALDO believes Michael Owen will prove a fine replacement for him in the coveted Manchester United No 7 shirt. United bought in England striker Owen, a free agent after leaving Newcastle, to help fill the void left by Ronaldos move to Real Madrid. Manchester United did well to give him the number seven, the Portuguese star said. He is a great player, an English player. He has everything to win there. Fulham plotting Crouch hijack ROY HODGSON is preparing to launch a late bid to steal Peter Crouch from under Sunderlands noses. The England centre forward held talks with Black Cats boss Steve Bruce yesterday and now looks certain to leave Portsmouth. But Hodgson hopes the attraction of a return to London may pay in his favour. He said: Crouch is a player were interested in, but so are others. Cole back on treatment table JOE COLE has suffered a setback in his comeback from injury and will miss Chelseas pre-season tour of the United States. A cruciate knee ligament injury in January ruled Cole out for the remainder of the campaign. He recently returned to training but suffered a tear to the meniscus in his knee and has undergone surgery. We expect Joe to return to full training in approximately one month, said a club statement. Ray day for Stubbs at ESPN ESPN has hired former BBC presenter Ray Stubbs to host its coverage of the Premier League when it launches its football channel next month. Stubbs, who joined the BBC in 1983, will no longer host darts coverage and Final Score on the BBC. The corporation has not announced a replacement. Stubbs will make his debut on 15 August for ESPNs first live match Everton play Arsenal. So what if Ade goes, Arsene always knows WEST HAM looked closer to landing Eidur Gudjohnsen today after his father said he would like to return to England. The Hammers are weighing up a move for the former Chelsea striker after Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola told him to find a new club and indicated he would be available for around 5m. Gudjohnsens father and agent, Arnor said: It is a real possibility that Eidur could leave Barcelona this summer. Barcelona have not told Eidur yet, but I have seen the reports that he could go. There is interest from a number of clubs in Eidur and I expect serious discussions with clubs next week. Eidur would be open to a move back to England as he knows everything in England and it would seriously appeal to him. Return to England would be Gud, says Eidurs dad Spurs target: Alvaro Negredo AFTER previously being heavily linked with Real Madrid strikers Ruud van Nistelrooy and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Tottenham are now expected to sign Bernabeu striker Alvaro Negredo. The 23-year-old scored 19 goals on loan at Almeria last season and has emerged as Tottenhams most likely capture after Huntelaar continued to dither over moving to Stuttgart. That deal, though, is far from complete and it may be the case that Tottenham are considering Negredo as an alternative if Huntelaar does decide to move to Germany. Tottenham are also set to announce their first signings of the summer after agreeing an 8m fee with Sheffield United for defenders Kyle Naughton and Kyle Walker. Pascal Chimbonda is now expected to leave, while the futures of Chris Gunter and Alan Hutton also look uncertain. ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger received a ringing endorsement from one of his star players today over a future without Emmanuel Adebayor. Adebayor is finally expected to com- plete a 25m move to Manchester City today and Russian striker Andrey Arshavin has said he trusts Wengers judgement over whether to replace him. The former Zenit St Petersburg player told Sky Sports News: I think it is very difficult for Arsenal and Adebayor as well. He is an excellent striker. Every- bodyknowshimandhecanscorefrom nothing.Butitishisdecisionwhether he wants to stay or he wants to go. And in a comment that echoes the banners that hang around the Emir- ates on matchdays declaring Arsene knows, Arshavin added: We have Arsene. He knows everything. He knows if we need someone then he will buy. Despite City and Arsenal agreeing on a reported 25m fee for the striker on Tuesday, Adebayor has yet to undergo a medical at Eastlands after apparently hesitating over the pros and cons of joining City. However the Arsenal striker held more talks with Eastlands officials yesterday and City are now hopeful of doing a deal. AnEastlandssourcesaid:Adispute over the terms on offer to Ade- bayor, which threatened to KO the move, was ironed out last night. City have already embarked on their pre-season tour of South Africa but are said be confident that Ade- bayor will soon be jet- ting out to join them. T h e t o w e r i n g striker has proved a n e x c e l l e n t weapon for the Gunners since he joined the club from Monaco three years ago. He has netted 62 goals in 142 appear- ances for the North London club but has grown unsettled. Wenger remains keen on Mar- ouane Chamakh, of Bordeaux, although the French club are insistent that defender Mikael Silvestre moves the other way as part of any deal. The 7m-rated striker said: Arsenal would be perfect for me because it is a big club and I know some of the players in the squad. 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