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Leicester City assistant manager Derek Fazackerley confirms interest in … – Goal.com

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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The Nigerian has struggled at Goodison Park this season, starting just eight games, and netting just once, which has prompted the Sven-Goran
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Darius Vassell is to Leicester City what Carlos Tevez is to Manchester City – GiveMeFootball.com

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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Leicester boss Sven-Goran Eriksson believes striker Darius Vassell is as good a player now as he was when the pair worked
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Leicester City defender set for Owls move

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

​Leicester City defender Michael Morrison is
undergoing a medical with a view to completing his transfer to Sheffield
Wednesday, according to Leicester Mercury sources.

For full story see tomorrow’s Leicester Mercury

Leicester City line up swoop for Everton striker Yakubu

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Leicester City have made an inquiry for Everton striker Yakubu as
Sven-Goran Eriksson continues his search for a big-name signing.

Toffees manager David Moyes has revealed a Championship club had made an approach for the Nigeria international.

However,
the Everton boss said it was too early to say whether the move would be
a loan or permanent, but the Leicester Mercury understands it is City.

City have also been linked with a move for Aston Villa striker John Carew.

The
Norway international has fallen out with manager Gerard Houllier and is
almost certain to leave Villa Park during the January transfer window,
but sources at the Premier League club say City have not made an
approach.

City boss Eriksson is targeting a quality striker and
has previously tried to entice Tottenham Hotspur’s Robbie Keane and
Manchester City’s Roque Santa Cruz to the Walkers Stadium, and even made
an inquiry about Emile Heskey’s availability.

Eriksson was
promised the financial backing of the club’s Thai owners to make the
deals happen, but was unsuccessful as neither Keane or Santa Cruz wanted
to drop down into the Championship. He will face a similar issue with
Yakubu.

One possibility is for Eriksson to offer a contract with a non-promotion release clause should City fail to go up this season.

Everton
turned down a £6million offer for Yakubu from West Ham United in the
summer but the 28-year-old, who signed a five-year contract with the
Toffees in 2007 after his £11m transfer from Middlesbrough, could be
available for around £4m as he has struggled to force his way into
Moyes’ side this season.

Yakubu has scored just one goal in 13
appearances, starting only six, and the Merseysiders may be prepared to
cash-in to finance any transfer activity this month as they look to
avoid a relegation dogfight.

With top scorer Tim Cahill away with Australia at the Asia Cup, Moyes wants to bring in another striker but has limited funds.

Meanwhile, City will face a fight with Wolverhampton Wanderers to convince defender Curtis Davies to re-sign.

Davies,
who Eriksson wants to sign, has returned to Villa after his loan period
finished and has said he wants to review all his options during January
before committing his future.

Davies has said he wants to stay
in the Premier League and Eriksson has admitted City may struggle to
sign the centre-back if top-flight clubs make him an offer, but
Leicester will be able to match any financial package Wolves offer
Davies.

Victory for Leicester City over Premier League giants Manchester City would be … – Leicester Mercury

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

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Can Sven end Leicester City’s jinx against his former club?

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Leicester City fans will be hoping history does not repeat itself when their team take on the blue half of Manchester in the FA Cup.

The clubs have met nine times in the competition, Leicester winning only twice. But, significantly, they have been paired five times at the third-round stage, and Leicester have not managed a single victory.

There have been one or two close shaves, most notably the last time they met in January 2004.

Hopes were high. Two months earlier, Leicester had won 3-0 in Manchester, one of only six Premier League wins in a season which ended in relegation.

They got the perfect start at Eastlands, Paul Dickov turning home James Scowcroft’s cross as early as the fourth minute. Nicolas Anelka equalised from the penalty spot after Billy McKinlay had brought down Paul Bosvelt.

Undeterred, City regained the lead through Marcus Bent. But the celebrations had hardly died when Anelka grabbed his second to force a replay.

Back to the Walkers Stadium and the omens were not good. Frank Sinclair returned after a long absence with Achilles trouble but his defensive partner, Steve Howey, was injured in the warm-up. Matt Heath stepped in and an emergency call was made to the players’ lounge for skipper Matt Elliott to get down to the dressing room to start on the bench.

Antoine Sibierski put Manchester ahead after 12 minutes but Les Ferdinand’s 72nd-minute free-kick brought parity.

As extra-time loomed, disaster struck. Sinclair and goalkeeper Ian Walker got their wires crossed and allowed Anelka to pounce. Salt was rubbed into the wounds when Jon Macken made it 3-1 deep into time added on.

It wasn’t all joy for Manchester. Afterwards, some of their players, including Trevor Sinclair, Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler stayed too long in the players’ lounge and the team bus left without them.

The 1996 third-round meeting also went to a replay. The teams drew 0-0 at Filbert Street, but Manchester ran riot on their home patch, scoring five without reply through Ged Creaney, Georgi Kinkladze, Niall Quinn, Steve Lomas and Uwe Rosler.

Still, Leicester’s season ended on a high and, with the recruitment of Muzzy Izzet, Steve Claridge and Neil Lennon, they gained promotion via victory in the play-off final against Crystal Palace.

Two years earlier, Leicester again fell at the third-round hurdle, Manchester winning 4-1 with Norwegian Kare Ingebrigtsen scoring a hat-trick.

The two other third-round clashes came in 1989, when a Neil McNab penalty was enough to separate the sides at Maine Road, and in 1967, where Mike Doyle and Glyn Pardoe scored in a 2-1 victory, Tom Sweenie on target for Leicester.

The teams first met in 1920 when George Douglas, Davie Walker and Tom Smith netted in a 3-0 fourth-round win for Leicester. More than 21,000 packed into Filbert Street to produce gate receipts of £1,945.

There was a gap of 46 years to the next showdown, in the fifth round. Leicester drew 2-2 in Manchester, Jackie Sinclair and Mike Stringfellow on target. In the replay, it was Neil Young, who had scored twice in that first game, who claimed the only goal.

The clubs’ fourth-round meeting in 1968 sparked plenty of excitement. Leicester drew 0-0 in Manchester but pulled off a dramatic 4-3 win in the replay.

That was some victory, because they were 2-0 down early on. But some inspired play from Frank Large, who got a couple, plus efforts from Rodney Fern and David Nish sealed a thrilling success.

The ninth meeting? Surely the most famous, the final of 1969. Again, Young was Leicester’s nemesis, scoring the only goal in the first half.

These two famous clubs meet again on Sunday. Will Leicester end their third-round jinx? Sven-Goran Eriksson will be hoping they do – and who better to do it against than his former club.

In-form Vassell could trouble Premier giants, says Sven-Goran Eriksson

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Sven-Goran Eriksson believes Darius Vassell is as good now as he was when he played for him at Manchester City three years ago.

Vassell and Eriksson face their former club on Sunday in the third round of the FA Cup and Eriksson said 30-year-old Vassell has lost none of the talent that made City pay £2 million for him in 2005.

Vassell is hitting form and has scored in consecutive games, despite a back injury, and is set to spearhead the forward line again against Roberto Mancini’s side at the Walkers Stadium on Sunday.

Eriksson believes he could cause the Premier League giants plenty of problems.

“When he signed for us he hadn’t trained at all, but now he is 100 per cent fit and showing good form,” said Eriksson.

“He is as good today as he was at Manchester City. He hasn’t lost his pace.

“He is not tall but very strong and when he gets the ball and turns things happen around him.

“It is not easy to play against him because you never know what is going to happen.

“He is strong and quick. He can keep the ball but he is even better when he spins and can run in behind, he is very good at that.”

Eriksson admits Vassell is being nursed through a back injury and said it was a problem that had to be rectified.

“He has some back problems every now and then and if you had asked me on Sunday if he was a doubt to play against Swansea I would have said yes,” he said.

“He was doubtful even for Hull. He could hardly walk after leaving training before that game. It has to be sorted sooner rather than later.”

Eriksson is relishing facing his former club, and revealed opposite number Mancini had promised to send his strongest side.

“It is a great tie against Manchester City, who are at this moment one of the richest clubs in the world,” he said.

“I think they can win the Premiership, as well as some other clubs.

“We are going to prepare and do everything we can to win it. It will not be easy and we are not the favourites, especially when I spoke to Mancini and said ‘come with the reserves’. He said ‘no, I am coming with all my big players.’ I suggested that Tevez can have a rest, he said ‘no, he will be here’.

“That shows they want to win trophies.”

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