36 Thursday, 30 July 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Bent frustrated as move stalls DARREN BENT is losing his cool with his drawn out exit from Spurs is still to materialise. The England striker was hauled off the clubs flight to China earlier this week and was widely tipped to complete a 15m switch to Sunderland. But the 25-year-old, who joined Spurs from Charlton for 17m in 2007, is still waiting. His latest Twitter update read: Seriously getting p***ed off now. Alonso hands in transfer request XABI ALONSO is reported to have handed in an official transfer request at Liverpool as he seeks to secure a switch to Real Madrid. The Liverpool Echo claims that the Spain midfieder has informed Anfield officials in writing that he wishes to leave. The Spanish giants have been very public in their pursuit of the midfielder and on Wednesday there were reports that he had been given 48 hours to make a decision on his future. Itd be Andy if he scored more ANDERSONS stunning goal against Boca Juniors could be just what he needs to begin scoring with regularity, according to Manchester Uniteds manager Sir Alex Ferguson. It has taken the Brazilian over two years to open his account for United but Ferguson believes the floodgates may well now open. We hope this will spark him off and give him the incentive to be more positive with shooting for a start, said Ferguson. Elano finds the Eastlands exit ELANO has quit Manchester City and joined Turkish side Galatasary. The Brazilian midfielder decided to move on after falling out of favour with manager Mark Hughes last season. Following his arrival two years ago, when Sven-Goran Eriksson was in charge, Elano quickly became a fans favourite with a string of excellent displays. However he has struggled for consistency under Hughes. Zola to see if Jose plays Balo GIANFRANCO ZOLA believes it would be in Mario Balotellis interests for the Inter Milan striker to join West Ham. Hammers boss Zola is keen to improve his striking options, with Carlton Cole currently his only senior fit forward. Zola has now lined up a move for teenage ace Balotelli, who has struggled to make an impact for Inter since Jose Mourinho took over as coach. Wright out of the blue... is Vieira on his way back to the Gunners?HE COMES from Senegal, he came backtoArsenal:thatcouldbethechant reverberating around Emirates Sta- dium this season if Ian Wright is to be believed. The former Arsenal striker revealed onhistalkSPORTradioshowlastnight the word on the street is that Vieiras coming home. He said: Im hearing Vieira, pay-as- you-play back at Arsenal. Thats what Im hearing and thats what Im hoping. Arsenal havent won a trophy since Vieira (below) last kicked a ball in anger for the north London club -- his decisive penalty secured the FA Cup in a shootout against Manchester United four years ago. The 33-year-old Frenchman was heavily linked with a return to the Premier League, but with Arsenals bitter rivals from down the road, Tottenham. And their manager Harry Redknapp is stunned to hear he might be about to p e r fo r m a m a s s ive u-turn. That is surprising but I hadheardnothingaboutit, he said. I am sure he will be a good signing whoever he signs for. He belonged to Arsenal, he was fan- tastic there so if an opportunity to go back there came along then Im sure he would take it. But I havent spoke to anyone, it could only be a rumour so I dont know its true. Vieiraspotentialhomecomingwould go against the majority of Arsene Wengers transfer principles, but des- perate times call for desperate measures. Wengerhaspreviouslygoneonrecord as saying he would never buy back a former player, and generally discards his midfielders when they are over 30, as was the case with Ray Parlour, Edu and Gilberto Silva. With Kolo Toure and Emmanuel Ade- bayor having been sold for handsome profits in the past fortnight, Wenger has a bundle of cash to play with. The Ivory Coast defender first attracted Citys interest in the Janu- arytransferwindow,andathisunveil- ing today he revealed his move away from Arsenal had been a long time coming. I think before Adebayor we knew, he said. There was some talk about com- ing here. Its from six months ago. Wenger, meanwhile, is refusingtobowtopublic opinion and will not rush into the transfer market. He said: We will spend ourmoneyintherightway if and when we decide to do it. SetWorldCupfreebut nottheTestssaysBBC THE BBC has called for World Cup and Euro qualifiers to become listed events on free-to-air TV in all four home nations. In their submission to the Governments review of listed events, the BBC has called for the current list to be expanded to include the qualifiers -- but not Test cricket. The broadcaster also believes that in Wales the Six Nations and autumn rugby internationals should also be on the list of protected events. The BBCs submission, published today, says the importance of having major sports events protected is vital. The corporation, funded by licence fee payers, says: Imagine the 2018 World Cup being hosted in England and not being available to the entire UK population. Imagine the London 2012 Olympics restricted to pay TV. Aside from the social and cultural consequences of eroding universal access to sporting events of national resonance, who would gain? WEST HAMS preparations for the new season have been rocked by the news that Luis Boa Morte is out for the rest of the year. The Portuguese winger played 14 minutes of the 1-0 Asia Trophy defeat against Spurs in Beijing yesterday before going down in a challenge with Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Boa Morte was taken to hospital where it was confirmed he has suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage to his right knee. Boss Gianfranco Zola said: It is a big blow for me. He is an important person both on the pitch and off the pitch. He is a vital player for us. West Ham will now face Chinese side Beijing Guoan in the third-place match tomorrow, with Spurs tackling Hull in the final. Zola said: I am going to use it to see the problems that we will work on. Morte dread: Boa Morte is carried off after just 14 minutes in Beijing BY JAMES GOLDMAN Arsenal keep clean sheet, Eboue gives up dirty shirt ARSENAL shut out German Bundesliga side Hannover as their impressive pre-season form continued. Cesc Fabregas (above) got the only goal for the Gunners in the ninth minute after an exquisite pass from Robin van Persie as the Arsenal defence got used to life without Kolo Toure after his 16m move to Manchester City. Emmanuel Eboue (right), believed to be on his way to Fiorentina, significantly tossed his shirt to Arsenal fans at the final whistle. 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