City boss Pep Guardiola has been impressed by reports he has received on the 21-year-old who is one of the lowest paid players in the Roma first team squad. He is open to a move to the Premier League and has been watched by Tottenham, Arsenal and Chelsea in the last couple of months since growing unsettled in the Italian capital. Under, who is rated at around £50 million by Roma, is under contract for another four years and there is no sign of a pay rise which is leaving the door open for Guardiola to make his move. Bayern Munich are considering him as a replacement for ex Chelsea star Arjen Robben who has announced he is retiring at the end of the season.
December 09, 2018 06:22 UTC
Hakeem Al-Araibi had gone to Thailand for a holiday with his wife when he was detained at Bangkok airport in November. “Australia is concerned by the ongoing detention of Mr Hakeem Ali Al-Araibi and calls for his immediate return to Australia,” Payne said. “Mr Al-Araibi was granted permanent residency by the Australian government in 2017 in recognition of his status as a refugee. He fled to Australia in 2014 and was granted refugee status in November 2017. Al-Araibi has been critical of the Bahraini government, speaking about an incident where he was allegedly tortured by Bahraini authorities in 2012.
December 09, 2018 02:43 UTC
As expected, Kell Brook defeated Michael Zerafa, an unsung Australian, in an eliminator for the world light-middleweight title last night, but he failed to impress against an opponent short of world class. The points verdict was clear and unanimous, but that should be little comfort for a former champion who was needing a much more emphatic, concussive performance. Brookstarted brilliantly and an early stoppage appeared likely, but the Sheffield man lost his way and his failure to dispatch Zerafa, and the frequency with which he was hit by his opponent, were signs that his best is behind him and that his future is uncertain. Zerafa appeared to be out of his depth in the first round. A couple of stiff jabs from Brook were followed…
December 09, 2018 01:18 UTC
On Thursday he was extradited back to New South Wales, where he was charged with her murder and formally refused bail. And thanks to the award-winning, global podcast phenomenon the Teacher’s Pet, released by the Rupert Murdoch-owned Australian newspaper this May, his every move has been watched not just by Australians but by the millions across the globe engrossed by his story. The Teacher’s Pet podcast has been downloaded more than 28 million times globally since its release and its lead reporter, Hedley Thomas, received Australia’s highest journalism accolade, the gold Walkley, in November. On Thursday, Dawson’s lawyer, Greg Walsh, told journalists outside court that the intense public interest in the case was a concern. He said that despite the reach of Teacher’s Pet and other high-profile podcast series, the media’s interest in important cases is nothing new.
December 09, 2018 00:40 UTC
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No sooner had they reached the summit of the Premiership, than Rangers were stricken by altitude sickness. So a win today at Dundee, currently propping up the rest of the Premiership, is imperative to at least keep asking the question of Celtic. Then Rangers require a good night in Vienna on Thursday against Rapid. Steven Gerrard’s side must win in Austria to progress from their Europa League group to the tournament’s knockout rounds next year. “What we’ve created is a cup final,” said Gary McAllister, Rangers’ assistant manager.…
Reading the revelations about an alleged culture of harassment at Ted Baker raised some unpleasant and long-buried memories for me. Ray Kelvin, the 62-year-old founder and chief executive of the clothes chain, has been accused of “forced hugging”, making “sexual innuendos” and “stroking people’s necks”. Kelvin has now taken a leave of absence from the company. I took a full-time job at Ted Baker in 2006. But I did gain some insight into the very weird world of Ted Baker.
Oxfordshire £699,950This brick- and wood-clad building served as the post office in the village of Milton for more than 100 years. It has crisp white walls crossed with ancient beams, wooden floors, vintage mirrors and pale grey doors. Abingdon and Didcot Parkway station are both a 10-minute drive away. 01865 575254, hamptons.co.ukHertfordshire £2.975mPerfect for fans of the Arts and Crafts style, Felden Orchard is a six-bedroom red-brick house in Felden, a hamlet hugging the edge of the Chiltern Hills. Built in 1922,…
As the Brexit crisis deepens around a beleaguered prime minister, the Scottish Conservatives could be expected to be haemorrhaging votes while independence support surges at an ever faster rate — but a poll for The Sunday Times shows neither is the case. The Panelbase poll shows support for independence has crept up slightly, but not enough to overtake those opposed to it. And, if there was to be a general election, as Labour demands, in Scotland the party would be the biggest losers. According to analysis by Sir John Curtice, politics professor at Strathclyde University, Labour would lose three of their seven Westminster seats — not a good look for Richard Leonard after more than a year leading the party’s Scottish branch. More significantly, such a…
Strictly is a crazy, bonkers world of happy things that is the opposite of gloomy, complicated things. It’s a wonderful snow globe of a show made up of glitter, sequins, camaraderie and kindness. We’re all just watching people try really hard to do something new and that’s strangely intoxicating. My tan is fake and the feathers are big and the band are loud, but it’s all very real. The celebrities are trying their best, everyone is on their side.
John Virgo — pictured at home in Cobham, Surrey — wasn’t laughing after spending £20,000 on a racehorse called Jokist that didn’t win for 18 months TOM STOCKILLThe former professional snooker player John Virgo won the UK championship in 1979 — but earned just £4,500 in prize money. He later became a staple of Saturday night television with his trick shots and impersonations on the BBC game show Big Break. The series, which Virgo co-presented with the comedian Jim Davidson, ran from 1991 to 2002. Virgo, 72, lives in Cobham, Surrey, with his wife, Rosie. He has a son, Gary, 47, and a daughter, Brook-Leah, 32, from two previous marriages.
We returned to Dublin in the late 1970s and lived in Darndale. The first children I hung around with there were itinerants and gypsy kids, and when I first went to school, people called me a “knacker”, which was pretty disgusting. Music is a kind of religion to my family. My parents left Ireland because they heard the songs of Elvis Presley and Buddy Holly and wanted to live where a bit more was happening. At the time, many teenagers felt like misfits here because the world was exploding and nothing…
Michelle Young says her ex-husband, Scot (right), was killed for his money and the inquiry into his death was swiftly closed downDetectives who led the investigation into the attempted assassination of a former Russian spy in Salisbury have uncovered new evidence that links the Kremlin to at least two other suspected murders on British soil. Officers from Scotland Yard’s counter-terrorism command (SO15), which investigated the poisoning of MI6 double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, have obtained new information that suggests others may have been targeted by Russian killers. One of the cases under consideration is understood to be that of Alexander Perepilichnyy, a businessman who died after blowing the whistle on a Kremlin fraud. The 44-year-old ate Russian sorrel soup before he vomited a “greeny-yellow” liquid and collapsed outside his Surrey mansion in 2012. Scotland Yard is also understood to be re-examining the case…
As discontent with railway services mounts, it has emerged that trains on a number of routes have not run on time in the last three months. Critics of the system say the poor performance is caused by the ownership structure and argue that taking the operating companies into public ownership is the solution. Currently, while Network Rail — which covers the track, signalling and large stations — is state-owned, all but one of the train operating companies are in private hands. Those who oppose nationalisation say the old, state-run British Rail was notorious for poor service, and point out that since privatisation in the 1990s, passenger numbers have doubled. They argue that many punctuality problems are actually caused by Network Rail.
This week, parliament’s Brexit drama reaches its climax, resulting perhaps in a nation set on a course that no one seems to think is in the national interest, or the collapse of a government, or the fall of a prime minister. Barring a last-minute miracle, Theresa May has lost her final battle. She has not swung the country or Tory MPs or a parliamentary majority behind the deal she brought back from Brussels a fortnight ago. This weekend the pollster Ipsos Mori found that 60% think her deal would be bad for the country, only 25% think it would be any good. At Westminster, MPs are increasingly critical of the person trying to sell the policy: Mrs May.