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If you were watching TV in Slovakia last night, you may have spotted a topless Martin Skrtel jumping up and down like a lunatic.

The Liverpool defender interrupted manager Jan Kozak's post-match interview after captaining his country to a 4-2 victory in Luxembourg which secured their place at Euro 2016.

As Group C runners-up behind Spain, it means the Slovakians have qualified for their first ever European Championship finals, and only their second major tournament having reached the 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa.

Bebe refuses to rule out Man United return

Will Bebe ever play for Man United again. Credit: PA

Man United flop Bebe is refusing to rule out the possibility of playing for the Red Devils again one day.

The 25 year-old moved to United for £7.4m in 2010, but only managed two Premier League appearances in four years before joining Benfica in July 2014.

He spent most of the 2014/15 season with Cordoba after failing to make an impact in Lisbon, and currently finds himself six games into a season-long loan spell with La Liga minnows, Rayo Vallecano.

Speaking to Portuguese website Publico today, Bebe said:

I've never thought about that [returning to Man United], but nothing is impossible. If I score ten goals in La Liga then for sure, I'll be able to sign for a big club. If I score ten goals here [Rayo Vallecano], I'm going to have many big teams chasing me again next year.

– Former Man United forward Bebe

West Ham strike deal with Dutch second tier club

West Ham have struck a deal with Dutch second division side VVV-Venlo that will see young players loaned between the two clubs.

Westley spent hours researching which club would prove the right fit. Credit: PA

The Hammers announced the deal on Tuesday after extensive research from academy manager Terry Westley to find what he considered the right match-up.

Westley's son Sam has already moved to Venlo on loan earlier this season and more talent from West Ham is now likely to move to Holland in the coming months.

The move also opens up the prospect of Slaven Bilic's side having the option to sign any hot prospects from the Eerste Divisie outfit - with Westley pleased to have finally secured such an affiliation.

He told West Ham's official website:

It's something we have looked at for 12 months. We have been to Slovakia, France and Holland. We have met with different clubs and we chose Venlo in the end after doing our homework and looking at the environment and what the staff are like.

We managed to get the link after I went over to Holland and met the club's director to form a football partnership. We feel the high technical game which they play could suit our players.

– West Ham academy manager Terry Westley

Redknapp: Liverpool offered Ancelotti the job first

Redknapp claims Ancelotti was offered the Liverpool job. Credit: PA

Carlo Ancelotti was offered the chance of managing Liverpool before Jurgen Klopp's appointment last week, according to Harry Redknapp.

Speaking on talkSPORT this morning, Redknapp suggested the former Chelsea manager was Liverpool's first choice to replace Brendan Rodgers.

Klopp impressed during his first press conference at Anfield on Friday and many pundit and fans always saw him as the number one candidate following Rodgers' departure.

But this view may not have been shared by Reds' owners, Fenway Sports Group. Ex-Spurs manager Redknapp claims:

I have heard from good sources that he [Ancelotti] was offered the Liverpool job. I don't think [he wanted it]. They spoke to him at some stage.

– Harry Redknapp on talkSPORT


Arsenal striker targeting New Year return

Danny Welbeck is out with a knee problem. Credit: PA

Danny Welbeck is targeting a return to action in the new year as his recovery from injury steps up.

The Arsenal and England forward has not featured this season having undergone knee surgery in September - just days after the transfer window closed.

"It's difficult to put an exact date on it, around the New Year.

After I had the operation, I was in a leg brace for about four weeks - which wasn't easy. I had to do a lot of machine work, about six hours a day.

Sleeping in a leg brace isn't good. At night it's not comfortable, it's the first time I've slept on my back in years.

It's good to finally be out of the brace now and walking. It feels like I'm getting that little bit closer to getting back out on the pitch.

– Danny Welbeck speaking to Sport 360

Allardyce explains 'arrogance' of Arsenal boss in book

Allardyce doesn't have much time for Wenger. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has explained why he finds Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger "arrogant" in a book being serialised by the Sun this week.

The new Sunderland boss admits he used to thrive on winding Wenger up during his time at Bolton, and enjoyed beating the Gunners more than any other team.

In an excert taken from 'Big Sam', the experienced manager writes:

I enjoyed beating Arsenal more than anyone when I was in charge at Bolton. We'd really got to them and Arsene Wenger hated us. There was one time he wouldn't shake hands with me at Highbury because we got a draw there. I saw him ripping his tie off and throwing it on the floor in anger.

He takes it all very personally and has an air of arrogance. He's not one for inviting you into his office for a drink after the game. The more I wound him up, the more I liked it. He tried to influence refs through the media and create a perception that we were bullies committing all the fouls, while his team just wanted to play.

It seemed he wanted a rule where they should be allowed to do what they wanted with the ball, without us being allowed to tackle them. It was a skill finding their weaknesses and how to explolit them. But when we succeeded the press were usually on about Arsenal having an off-day and the ref being soft.

– Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

West Brom face anxious wait over defender Evans

Jonny Evans is facing a race against time to return for West Brom against Sunderland and boost their depleted defence.

Evans faces a race against time to be fit. Credit: PA

The defender will be assessed, along with James Morrison, after missing Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 qualification with a hamstring injury.

Evans, who joined from Manchester United in the summer, made 35 appearances during two loan spells at the Stadium of Light but faces missing a reunion when the Black Cats visit The Hawthorns on Saturday for Sam Allardyce's first game in charge.

Jonas Olsson (groin) is also struggling while James Chester has failed to impress since his £8million summer move from Hull, with the Baggies' defence having shipped eight goals in their last three games.

Boss Tony Pulis said:

We're hoping everyone returns back okay. Evans and Morrison (ankle) are still being assessed at this stage. We will see how they are but both are doubts.

Many of the players won't be back in till later this week. Salomon (Rondon), Sess (Stephane Sessegnon) and Cristian (Gamboa) for instance don't come back until late Thursday or early Friday. It's ridiculous really but there's nothing we can do about it.

– West Brom manager Tony Pulis
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