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LONDON---When European foot-
ball s January transfer window
opens for business on Wednesday,
the market is expected to have a
In Europe, top teams seem to be
largely happy with their squads after
spending nearly US$1 billion in the
offseason. And although English
league clubs are unlikely to splash
cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea
could be tempted to strengthen
their squads with new strikers.
Chasing their first league title in
ten years, the Gunners are report-
edly looking for a forward to add
to France international Olivier
Giroud, who ended a seven-match
scoring drought with the winner at
Newcastle on Sunday, ensuring that
his club starts 2014 at the top.
Although Giroud said Arsenal has
sufficient attacking options for the
remainder of the season with him-
self, Lukas Podolski and Theo Wal-
cott, Arsenal manager Arsene
Wenger hinted he could be tempted
to sign a couple of new players.
After failing to lure Luis Suarez,
Wenger won t bid again for the
Uruguay striker, who signed a new
deal with Liverpool this month.
"We are, as many clubs, certainly
on alert. If something special turns
up, we will not turn it down,"
Wenger said. "But we are not as
well desperate because we have a
big depth in our squad."
Lagging two points behind Arse-
nal in the standings, Chelsea could
also be looking for extra firepower
after Samuel Eto o, Demba Ba and
Fernando Torres scored only six
goals between them in the league
so far this season.
With Ba, Juan Mata and Kevin
De Bruyne possibly leaving, British
media reported that Chelsea and
Liverpool have held discussions
about the possible arrival of Suarez
at Stamford Bridge that could make
up for Jose Mourinho s failure to
sign Manchester United striker
Wayne Rooney in the offseason.
While a Suarez move to Chelsea
looks highly unlikely, Monaco for-
ward Radamel Falcao is a more real-
istic target for Mourinho, with the
Colombian reportedly unhappy in
the French league. Xabi Alonso has
also been linked with a move to the
After a shaky start to the season,
defending champion Manchester
United has managed to limit the
damages with four consecutive wins
and trails Arsenal by eight points
going into the new year.
David Moyes has not been able
to replace Paul Scholes and is in
need of a creative midfielder. The
Red Devils manager could make a
50 million pound ($82 million) offer
for Everton marvel Ross Barkley.
Avoiding the drop to the second-
tier League Championship is crucial,
with topflight teams boosted by
increased revenues. And last-place
Sunderland will beef up its defence
with Marcos Alonso, who will join
from Fiorentina until the end of the
"Marcos is a player that I have
known well for a very long time,"
Sunderland manager Gus Poyet
said. "He was desperate to come
and play for Sunderland and he is
a player I am excited to work with."
Staying among the elite is also
vital for West Ham. The London
club is languishing in 19th place
after scoring only 18 goals in 19
matches and signed 18-year-old
striker Jaanai Gordon from Peter-
Everything looks relatively quiet
in Spain, too. Barcelona seems more
concerned with getting Lionel Messi
healthy again for the second half
of the season, and will probably be
more than content to have its star
forward playing at full speed again.
The only possible big move would
be Barcelona signing a replacement
for goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who
has said he will leave the club when
his contract expires at the end of
Atletico Madrid is reportedly
reinforcing its title challenge by
bringing in midfielder Jose Sosa
In Germany, Borussia Dortmund
striker Robert Lewandowski is
expected to confirm in the coming
days that he will be leaving for Bay-
ern Munich at the end of the sea-
son, while AC Milan has already
announced the arrivals of Adil Rami
and Keisuke Honda.
In France, winger Jeremy Menez
is lacking playing time at Paris
Saint-Germain and has been linked
with a move to Juventus to boost
his chances of making the trip to
the World Cup in Brazil, and Bastia
signed former Liverpool striker
Djibril Cisse on an 18-month deal.
LONDON---European Jewish Con-
gress President Moshe Kantor is ask-
ing football authorities to strengthen
their fight against racism and anti-
Semitism in the wake of Nicolas Anel-
ka s controversial goal celebration in
a Premier League match.
In a letter sent both to the English
Football Association chairman Greg
Dyke and UEFA president Michel Pla-
tini, Kantor wrote that his organisation
often received reports of "attacks on
Jews, whether verbal or physical, which
also include acts of anti-Semitism at
matches involving English and Euro-
pean football clubs."
Anelka is the subject of an investi-
gation by the English Football Associ-
ation after celebrating the first of his
two goals for West Bromwich Albion
against West Ham with a gesture that s
known in France as a "quenelle." It
involves pointing one straightened arm
downward while touching the shoulder
with the opposite hand and has been
described as an inverted Nazi salute.
West Brom is also investigating the
matter internally but Anelka, who is
facing a five-match ban if found guilty
by the FA, has promised not to do the
gesture again and is available for his
club s home game against Newcastle
The 34-year-old Anelka has defend-
ed his actions by saying he was showing
his support for French comedian
Dieudonne M bala M bala, who per-
forms the gesture on stage and pop-
ularised it in France.
Dieudonne, who has been frequently
accused of anti-Semitism, is facing a
possible ban of his public performances
after French Interior Minister Manuel
Valls vowed to examine all legal options
that would put a stop to the comedian s
Both Anelka and Dieudonne claim
the salute is anti-establishment and
not anti-Semitic. But Kantor said Anel-
ka s goal celebration, which has been
described as "disgusting" by the French
sports minister, was "a reminder that
hatred of Jews in the stands can very
easily find its way right on to the pitch."
Kantor, who had already asked the
FA to ban Anelka for his gesture, said
his group would be happy to meet with
Dyke and Platini "to discuss practical
ideas and suggestions for combating
anti-Semitism and racism in football."
Pictures of famous French sportsmen
performing a "quenelle"---including
San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker
and Manchester City player Samir
Nasri---have emerged following Anelka s
goal celebration. Parker has apologised
for the gesture and Nasri insisted it is
not racist but anti-establishment.
David Moyes expects to suffer
a few more hefty blows as Man-
chester United manager but he
insists he will eventually be a
success at Old Trafford.
Moyes has admitted at the
dawn of 2013 not even he would
have dreamt of being United boss.
The Scot was amongst the
majority who felt Sir Alex Fergu-
son was destined to spend at least
one additional season in the Red
It was a phone call from Fer-
guson when Moyes was on a
shopping trip with his wife that
famously turned his life upside
down, pitching him onto a violent
rollercoaster ride that has taken
some getting used to.
Moyes has already been battered
in the wake of defeats to Liverpool
and Manchester City, then floored
again when United lost to Everton
and Newcastle on home soil in
the space of just four days.
Whilst six wins on the trot have
been an impressive response,
Moyes is not naive enough to feel
his troubles are over.
"A year ago, I could not have
envisaged this situation. I could
not even have envisaged Man-
chester United having a new man-
ager," said Moyes.
"I am relatively pleased at how
we have settled in.
"There are still going to be lots
of times when I get a bloody nose.
"I will have to take that. But
we will get there, I have no doubt
Ashley Young to score first at
As the best Moyes managed
during his time at Everton was
five wins on the bounce in all
competitions, beating Norwich at
Carrow Road last Saturday rep-
resented something of a mile-
Yet such is the magnitude of
the club he is now in charge of
that the achievement has virtually
Moyes understands that, even
if it was nice to be told.
"To win six games in a row
would be well received anywhere
at any time," he said.
Clubs unlikely to splash
cash in transfer window
David Moyes keeping calm
Chelsea's John Terry, left, vies for the ball with Liverpool's Luis Suarez during the English Premier League
soccer match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge Stadium in London on Sunday. AP PHOTO
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