Harry Redknapp rekindles David Beckham-to-QPR rumor

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None of us really know what Simon Fuller and 19 Entertainment are cooking up for David Beckham, and what kind of future goodies they might be considering as the Galaxy man plots his next move.

In terms of expanding the Beckham brand, a stint in Australia or Asia makes more sense. But if we’re talking about rounding out one of the most famous athletic careers the world has ever seen, completing the circle with a final professional flourish in England sounds like a splendid final chapter, doesn’t it?

Sunday, that became a little bit more of a possibility when new Queen’s Park Rangers boss Harry Redknapp, who takes over this week at Loftus Road in West London, set the table with comments made Sunday to BBC Radio Five Live.

“I’m sure he could still play in the Premier League. … He is a top player and a fantastic person. We had him at Tottenham training and he was amazing around the place, absolute class.

“I haven’t discussed it with the chairman [Tony Fernandes] at the moment so we’d have to look at that but David could still certainly be a great asset to anybody, showing people how to train, how to look after yourself.

“His professionalism is second to none.”

The spell at Tottenham mentioned was back in January of 2011, when Redknapp attempted to sign Beckham on loan. Unable to sort out the terms, Beckham trained in London for a month instead of joining on a loan assignment.

QPR spent lavishly in the summer transfer window as Fernandes signed off on pricey signings such as Julio Cesar, Jose Bosingwa, Park Ji-sung and Esteban Granero. It looks like a failed bit now as QPR sits bottom of the table today, without a single league victory.

So additional high-priced arrivals seem highly unlikely now at Loftus Road. That means something more creative may be required, something like a possible short-term Beckham deal, perhaps.


Newcastle’s Krul on crutches after injury in Dutch win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 03:  Tim Krul of Newcastle United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Newcastle United at Etihad Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Newcastle United’s horror start under Steve McClaren just got worse.

Magpies No. 1 goalkeeper Tim Krul is on duty with the Netherlands, and was forced from the Dutch’s 2-1 win at Kazakhstan in Euro qualifying action.

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Krul left the game after landing awkwardly on his knee, and left the stadium on crutches.

Newcastle’s back-up keepers are Karl Darlow, new from Nottingham Forest, and veteran Rob Elliot.

The Magpies are in 20th place, without a win through eight Premier League matches.

McClaren’s crew just finished a brutal run of matches that saw Newcastle face Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United.

VIDEO: Marco Verratti plays a brilliant pass to Eder for Italy goal

PALERMO, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 06:  Marco Verratti of Italy in action during the UEFA EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Italy and Bulgaria on September 6, 2015 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Italy took a 1-0 lead over Azerbaijan through the in-form Eder in the 11th minute, but the true leg-work (see what I did there) came from bite-sized midfielder Marco Verratti.

The PSG playmaker pinged a beautiful long ball over the top of the Azerbaijan defense that fell right at the feet of Eder, who let the ball settle itself and touched home confidently past Kamran Arhayev for a 1-0 lead.

The goal is the second of Eder’s national career in just five caps, having scored on debut against Bulgaria back in March. He has six goals in seven matches for Sampdoria so far this Serie A season.

Italy needs three points in this match to ensure qualification to Euro 2016. A win would guarantee them a place in the field, while anything less would mean there is work to do in the final match on Tuesday against Norway.


Later in the match, Stephan El Shaarawy gave Italy a 2-1 lead just before halftime, his second career international goal and his first since September of 2012 which came in his third career start.