Jeffers/ Penneteau/ Gerrard/ Grimandi/ Upson/ Farnborough/ Olympics



By Ian Grant

Scottish based Evening Times says £8m Arsenal striker Francis Jeffers is being offered in a loan move to Alex McLeish. His representatives have been talking to Rangers – a story picked up by the Scotsman.

Meanwhile Arsenal’s search for a new keeper appears to be nearing an end as they close in on Bastia youngster Nicolas Penneteau, according to the red tops.

Matthew Upson has vowed to quit Arsenal if Arsene Wenger can’t promise him more first-team action. Upson, 23, is fed up with lagging behind Sol Campbell, Martin Keown and Pascal Cygan in the pecking order.

Farnborough are still wrestling with the dilemma of whether to attempt to host their fourth-round FA Cup tie against Arsenal after being handed the added incentive of a £265,000 live TV payment, by BSkyB to stage it at home. The FA has said it prefers Franborough to play at home.

The Daily Star says Farnborough could switch their FA Cup clash with Arsenal to Highbury which could mean a windfall of up to £750,000 for the non-leaguers.

Arsenal have backed a British bid for the 2012 Olympic Games by offering their Ashburton stadium for the Olympic football tournament.

Steven Gerrard will have to mount a successful defence against a Football Association charge of violent conduct if he is to stand any chance of playing for Liverpool in their crucial Premiership match against Arsenal later this month.

Former Arsenal midfielder Gilles Grimandi signed a two year contract with MLS outfit Colorado Rapids on Tuesday. The 32-year-old Frenchman will become the first Frenchman to play in US Major League Soccer after signing a two-year deal with Colorado Rapids. He joined the Gunners in 1997

Arsenal Reserves lost 1 – 2 to Derby County Reserves. Derby youngsters Lee Holmes and David Cassidy helped Derby County Reserves underline their position at the top of the FA Premier Reserve League South with Arsenal Reserves second-placed.