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Mack race is on
GONG WEST OR SOUTH? ... Prem new boys Southampton and West Ham fancy QPR'S Mackie
QPR striker Jamie Mackie is at the centre of a tug of war between top-flight new-boys West Ham and Southampton.
Both clubs are considering £1million bids for the Scot, 26, who has hit 16 goals in 56 league games for Rangers.
we must be getting desperate now
FREDDIE SEARS JOINS COLCHESTER
STRIKER Freddie Sears, 22, has joined Colchester after being released by West Ham.
Madrid legend: Guti has been training with West Ham
Former Real schemer Guti training with West Ham ahead of proposed move
Former Real Madrid star Guti is training with West Ham ahead of a potential free transfer.
The midfielder, 35, spent 15 years in the Spanish capital, playing for the European giants over 500 times.
Guti, who has 14 caps for Spain, is a free agent after spending last season on loan at Turkish side Besiktas.
Meanwhile, striker Freddie Sears has joined Colchester after being released by the Hammers.
Allardyce 8-1 to be first Premier League boss exit
WEST HAM boss Sam Allardyce has been installed as an early 8-1 favourite in Hills' betting on the first manager to leave his position in the upcoming Premier League season.
Allardyce guided the Hammers back up to the top flight via the Championship play-offs in May and will need a fast start in terms of points, from what looks a kind early set of fixtures, if he is to keep the Upton Park faithful and board happy.
Three new gaffers are next in Hills' list at 9-1 - Norwich's Chris Hughton, Swansea's Michael Laudrup and West Brom's Steve Clarke.
And then it is former Canaries chief Paul Lambert, who has taken over in the Aston Villa hotseat, at 10-1.
Five men are chalked up at 11-1 - QPR's Mark Hughes, Wigan's Roberto Martinez, Southampton's Nigel Adkins, Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers and Chelsea's Roberto Di Matteo.
Rodgers, of course, was lured to Anfield from Swansea in the summer after the Reds sacked Kenny Dalglish while May's FA Cup and Champions League successes for the Blues won't stop Roman Abrahamovic sacking Di Matteo if they make a slow start.
Of the others, new Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas probably catches the eye at 20-1 after his short-lived stint at Stamford Bridge.
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Robin van Persie's decision not to sign a new contract at Arsenal could pave the way for a £220k-a-week move to Manchester City.
But Manchester United are also interested in the 28-year-old Dutchman and are hoping they can lure him to Old Trafford.
Mark Hateley has urged Liverpool striker Andy Carroll, 23, to leave Liverpool and join AC Milan saying he would become a better all-round player if he did.
Italy star Andrea Pirlo has urged Mario Balotelli, 21, to join him at Juventus, after revealing he knows exactly how to get the best out of the Manchester City striker.
Sunderland have joined the race to sign Ajax star Vurnon Anita, according to sources in the Netherlands. Newcastle have already had a bid of about £4.5m for the 23-year-old rejected.
Former Real Madrid star Guti, 35, is training with West Ham ahead of a potential free transfer.
Anderson could be set to return to Portugal
Benfica are weighing up a move for Manchester United midfielder Anderson, 24, according to reports in Portugal.
Newcastle United are closing in on the signature of Lille right-back Mathieu Debuchy, 26, despite Inter Milan's attempts to try and hijack the deal.
Fulham are ready to move for Blackburn goalkeeper Paul Robinson, 32, after his move to Besiktas stalled.
Roberto Di Matteo says it is wrong to brand his Chelsea side as negative just because they 'parked the bus' in their European Cup ties with Barcelona and Bayern Munich.
Spain defender Alvaro Arbeloa was so desperate to celebrate their Euro 2012 win with the fans that he resorted to jumping off the team bus.
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I don't think Mackie is that bad, is he?
I know we tried to sign him in Janury when he was coming back from injury.
He fought his way into their first team and did well scoring a few times in the process.
I wonder though if it's new interest or just a re-hash of Januarys story?
BFS, favourite in the Sack Race, eh?
See, I'd have had him pegged as one of the safest managers in the division.
Cheers CH, as always
Unless we hav a shocker I make you right, isn't this the last year of his contract?
Direct, hard working, pacy, can play out wide or up front and has scored some cruicial goals.
Ask any Rangers fan about him - they love him. Proved himself in the Prem last season and was arguably the difference in them staying up with his solo performance against Liverpool.
Could do alot worse though he wouldnt be a priority in my eyes. Need to build from the back ....
Jamie Mackie would be a great signing, real hard worker, decent player and gets a few goals. Im not sure myself if QPR would be willing to let him go, i thought he was one of their better players last year.
Cheers CH, BOTD
If you could pick up Mackie for 1 million that would be cheap. Did we not try to go in for him this time last year or was it January? I am sure the price was higher? either way in my eyes he would be a good addition to any bodies sqaud. As mentioned previously he was mainly used as an impact sub, scored a few vital goals for the hoops last season if my memory serves me well. Though I am not sure if he is the sort of player we need right now?
Cheers as ever CH
Mackie for £1m seems a decent deal to me. Sure, he's hardly blessed with world class technique, but he's something of a James Milner, imo, in that he gets the best out of himself by hard graft
Guti, not so sure. Well, I'm sure I don't really want us to go for him
He's obviously getting on a bit, and he doesn't exactly have the look of a bloke up for a relegation dogfight (hopefully it won't come to that, but, if it does....)
And good luck to Freddie. Hopefully a run of games in a team where he's settled will see him find his form again
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