Football News – Tottenham keen on loan deal, Kenny weighs up move for Madrid ace

Mario Balotelli has been charged with violent contact following his stamp on Scott Parker. The Italian striker is in hot water with the FA as Howard Webb claimed that he would have issued him with a red card had he seen the incident. Manchester City have a big decision to make as to whether they appeal the decision, because if they were it would subsequently free up Balotelli to play in the Carling Cup semi final second leg at Anfield. Failure will obvious see the ban increased, as City found out to their cost with Vincent Kompany a few weeks back.

Harry Redknapp is answering charges over £587k that was paid into a secret bank account named after his dog and his age. The Taxman is investigating three deposits into the ‘Rosie47’ account, during his time as manager at West Ham and Portsmouth – Daily Telegraph

Mario Balotelli has been charged with violent contact for his stamp on Tottenham’s Scott Parker. Howard Webb claimed he didn’t see the incident in his referee’s report, which meant the FA could take retrospective action – Daily Telegraph

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has come out in support of Arsene Wenger; following the barrage of abuse he received by the Arsenal faithful. The substitution of the young winger is what caused the unrest among the Gunners’ support, but Chamberlain has full respect for his manager and believes he makes the right decisions in the best interests of the club – Guardian

Chris Smalling believes that Manchester City will crumble in the coming weeks as the title race heats up. Smalling reckons that if United keep racking up the wins then the pressure will hit City – Guardian

Lucas Leiva remains upbeat as he returned to Liverpool following his operation and a period of recuperation in Brazil. The Reds enforcer is positive that his surgery was a success and that he is ahead of schedule with his recovery – Independent

Queens Park Rangers may force Anton Ferdinand to shake the hand of John Terry ahead of this weekend’s clash in the FA Cup. The FA are keen to make sure that the game passes without incident and will speak with both clubs in advance to ensure that the players act responsibly – Daily Mail

Tottenham are plotting a move to sign Mauro Zarate in a loan deal from Lazio. The Argentine striker is out of favour in Rome and his agent Barry McIntosh has suggested Spurs are one of many clubs interested in bringing him back to English football – Daily Mail

Peter Crouch is facing the prospect of a three-match ban following his attempted ‘eye gouging’ incident at the Britannia Stadium – Mirror

Liverpool are reportedly in talks to snap up Real Madrid’s Esteban Granero. The Spanish midfielder is out of favour at the Bernabeu and Kenny Dalglish is apparently keen to secure a short term loan deal – Mirror

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