LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 24 July 2009 37 ARSENAL FIRST GAME: EVERTON (A) JAYSIMPSONhastargeted afirstteambreakthrough afterendinglastyearwithWestBrom. Hesaid:IenjoyeditbutIwanttoget goalsforthefirstteamnow. PRE-SEASON: Monday Szombathelyi (a) July 29 Hannover (a) August 1 Atletico Madrid (h), 2 Rangers (h) 8 Valencia (a) CHELSEA FIRST GAME: HULL (H) GALATASARAY are pursuing Chelsea midfielder Deco. The Portuguese star is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge after a poor first season at the club. PRE-SEASON: Tomorrow AC Milan (Baltimore) Monday Club America (Arlington) August 1 Reading (a), 9 Man United (CS, Wembley) FULHAM FIRST GAME: PMOUTH (A) ROY HODGSON fears Everton could pip him to the signature of Hull star Michael Turner. The centre-half has been linked with a 9m move to Craven Cottage. PRE-SEASON:TomorrowPeterborough(a) TOTTENHAM FIRSTGAME:LIVERPOOL(H) HARRY REDKNAPP says: Jermain Defoe has looked absolutely fantastic in pre- season. So we look in good shape. PRE-SEASON:Today Barcelona (Wembley)Sun Celtic (Wembley)July29 WestHam(Beijing)31TBC(Beijing)August 2 SouthSChina(HongKong)9Olympiakos (h) WEST HAM FIRST GAME: WOLVES (A) ROBERTGREENislooking forwardtohisfirstLondon derbyoftheseasonagainstSpursin ChinanextWednesdaybutsaid:It wontbethesameatmosphereasat UptonPark. PRE-SEASON:July 29 Tottenham (Beijing)31TBC(Beijing)August 8 Napoli (h) CHAMPIONSHIP CRYSTAL PALACE FIRSTGAME:PLYMOUTH(H) THEEAGLEShave acceptedacompensation offerfromNorwichforout-of-contract defenderRhoysWiggins,whowillnow holdtalkswiththeLeagueOneclub. PRE-SEASON: July 28 Norwich (h) 30 Bromley (a) August 2 Gillingham (h) QPR FIRSTGAME:BLACKPOOL(H) RANGERS will step up his interest in unsettled Leicesters DJ Campbell after Dexter Blackstock joined Nottingham Forest. PRE-SEASON:TodayOxford Utd (a)July 28 Wycombe (a) August 1Southampton (h) READING FIRST GAME: FOREST (H) BIRMINGHAMbossAlex McLeishhascooled suggestionsheisreadytobidfor StephenHunt.Iamnotabouttosign anybodyatthemoment,hesaid. PRE-SEASON:TodayBristolRovers(a) Tomorow ToloIF(a)July 28 QvidingFIF(a) August 1Chelsea (h) WATFORD FIRSTGAME:DONCASTER(H) JAYDEMERIThasstarted trainingwiththeHornets squadattheirpre-seasoncampin Spain.TheAmericanwasgivenextra timeoffduetohisinvolvementinthe ConfederationsCup. PRE-SEASON: July 29 St Albans (a) August 1 Parma (h) LEAGUE ONE BRENTFORD FIRST GAME: CARLISLE (A) NATHANELDER(above) admitshehasstruggled toshakeofftheeffectsoffracturinghis cheekbonelastseason.Hesaid:Im stillcomingtotermswithit,mentally. PRE-SEASON: Tomorrow Croydon (a) August 1 Hayes & Yeading (a) CHARLTON FIRST GAME: WYCOMBE (H) PHILPARKINSONadmits heisconcernedathislack ofdefensiveoptionsjusttwoweeks aheadofthenewseason.Weonly haveonecentre-backsignedup,said themanager. PRE-SEASON:TomorrowBarnet(a)July 28 Ipswich (h)August 1Bournemouth (a) GILLINGHAM FIRST GAME: SWINDON (H) MOSESASHIKODIwill notbereturningtoGills despiteappearinginthedefeatat Aveley.Wevegottolookbetterthan that,saidmanagerMarkStimson. PRE-SEASON: Tomorrow RUFC Calais (a) July 28 Bromley (a) 30 Croydon (a) August 1 Thurrock (a) 2 Thurrock (a) 2 Crystal Palace (a) 4 Whitstable Town (a) LEYTONORIENT FIRST GAME: BRISTOL R (A) GERAINTWILLIAMSwill notsigntrialistsMatt RichardsandDominicCasciato.They gaveagoodaccountofthemselvesbut wewontbesigningthem,hesaid. PRE-SEASON:TomorrowLuton(a)July 30StAlbansCity(a)August 1Dag&Red(a) MILLWALL FIRSTGAME:SHAMPTON(A) KENNY JACKETT has been impressed by on-trial defender Jack Smith. He has been working hard, said the manager. We will keep monitoring him. PRE-SEASON:Tomorrow Stevenage(a) July28Dartford(a)August 1Middlesbro(a) SOUTHEND FIRST GAME: HFIELD (H) STEVETILSONadmitshe needsmoretimetodecide whethertoofferacontracttoon-trial BlackburnstrikerMaceoRigters. PRE-SEASON: Tomorrow Dag & Red (a) July 28 Barnet (a) 31 Stevenage (a) WYCOMBE FIRST GAME: CHARLTON (A) PETERTAYLORinsistshe willnotberushedintoa decisiononwhethertosignon-trial CarlCort.Hesaid:Theresnotime limit.IlldecidewhenIveseenenough. PRE-SEASON:Today Eastbourne Tomorrow DoverJuly28 QPR (h)30 Hampton and RichAugust 1BristolCity (a) LEAGUE TWO BARNET FIRST GAME: LINCOLN (A) JOE DEVERA has suffered a groin injury and could miss the clubs League Two opener against Lincoln on 8 August. PRE-SEASON: Tomorrow Charlton (h) July 28 Southend (h) 29 Billericay (a) August 1 Ebbsfleet United (a) DAG & RED FIRST GAME: CREWE (A) PAUL BENSON looks certain to start the season with the Daggers as there hasnt been an acceptable offer for the striker. PRE-SEASON: Tomorrow Southend (h) Monday Braintree Town (a) July 29 Birmingham (h) August 1 Leyton Orient (h), 3 Enfield (a) Fixtures are subject to change LONDON CALLING Yourclub-by-clubguidetoalltheteamsinandaroundthe capital.Keepupwiththelatestnewsonyourclubeveryday Harrys summer shopping spoilt by Hughes splurge Wembley Cup, Sky Sports 1, 7.45pm TOTTENHAM v BARCELONA HARRY REDKNAPP admits Manchester Citys spending power has made it impossible for him to strengthen his squad over the summer. The Spurs boss was keen on bringing Gareth Barry and Roque Santa Cruz to White Hart Lane, but both players found the wages on offer at Eastlands too good to turn down. Redknapp (right) is also struggling to raise the 12m Pompey are demanding for Peter Crouch and admits he is unlikely to be able to meet the salary demands of Real Mardid striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. He said: We pay good money but we dont pay crazy money. So its hard. I was interested in Barry, and in Santa Cruz, but we couldnt get anywhere near them. If Inter Milan or Real Madrid want to sell one of their big hitters on big wages, theyve got to help with the wages otherwise its impossible to do a deal. Despite adding only Sheffield Uniteds teenage Kyles, Naughton and Walker, to his ranks Redknapp is confident he has a squad capable of challenging for a top six finish. He said: I think we have got a big chance of certainly being a top six team this year. There is no reason why not. We have got some real quality players here. Redknapp has the opportunity to assess exactly where his squad are in their pre-season preparations when they face European Champions Barcelona at Wembley this evening. Boss Pep Guardiola is set to field a full-strength side which will include the likes of Lionel Messi, but Thierry Henry is a slight injury doubt. right is) strugglingalso betounlikely themeettoable demandssalary thinkIsaid:He agothavewe chancebig whyreason haveWenot. realsomegot King Henry: Former Arsenal captain Thierry prepares for Barcelonas friendly against Spurs tonight with Brazilian Maxwell LITE&BITTER Gotanaxetogrind?Doithere... THE oldest manager for the oldest club? He has made more comebacks than an Aussie boomerang! Yet another Swedish hit. Mama Mia here I go again. Money, Money, Money! Benny the Swede WHY does the media ignore speedway? Lite should publish results of Londons nearest team come on you Lakeside Hammers! Nicky, E1 please let us know when something interesting happens Ed PAUL (L&B 24/07) er, obviously Paul you werent watching last years sports personality of the year. Chris Hoy won and I believe hes a cyclist! Shawn RE BENDTNER (L&B 24/07) Arsene Wenger must be thinking all his Christmases have come at once. First, he offloads that lazy lump Adebayor and gets 25m, now we hear AC Milan are trying to nick Bendtner for 10m. Eboue anyone? Archw8 To be considered for publication, texts must be submitted with name and address or postcode. Please restrict messages to 25 WORDS. Thanks. >>Text TELLUS to 65800 followed by a space and your messageEach text costs 50p plus standard network charges >>Text LL RANT to 65400 Terms apply. See Going on holiday? You can now keep up with all the action in LiteSport by logging on to: 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html