Man Utd ramp up Smalling fee to £25m with Spurs, Arsenal and Everton all keen

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly ramped up their transfer fee of Chris Smalling to £25m with Spurs, Arsenal and Everton all keen on the defender.Metro claim that Roma, who are looking to turn the England star’s loan into a permanent deal this summer, are said to be shocked by the Red Devils’ valuation.1 Chris Smalling has impressed during his time on loan at RomaCredit: Getty Images – GettyOle Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are keen to avoid losing another centre-back on the cheap after recouping just £6m for Jonny Evans’ departure in 2015.The Northern Irishman has starred for Leicester this season, and has also attracted £35m interest from Arsenal and Manchester City in recent years.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsRoma meanwhile had hoped to strike a deal for Smalling for less than £20m, yet United are mindful of other clubs keeping tabs on him.The 30-year-old is loving life in the Italian capital and has made no secret of his desire to end his time at Old Trafford after nine years at the club.However, the Fulham defender has also been offered a route back into English football with both Spurs and Everton keen on a move.Arsenal had been listed as another possible destination for Smalling, who has revived his career in Serie A.The star  – dubbed ‘Smalldini’ after his fine form – has even been offered a chance at an England recall by Gareth Southgate.The Three Lions boss suggested that Smalling’s limitations in playing out from the back meant he was not suited to his blueprint back in 2017.But the England boss now admits he was “unfair” on Smalling and paved the way for a potential way back into the fold.Southgate said: “I’ve never ruled anybody out. I think that would be wrong.“I think I said I probably regretted the way the message came across if, by praising others for certain attributes, there was criticism for Chris. It was my fault and it was unfair on him.”Southgate and his assistant Steve Holland flew out to Italy to watch Smalling in action before Christmas.The England boss added: “I spoke to him when I left him out the squad and explained what I explained to everybody.Most Read in FootballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’ExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticMAKE YOUR DEBUT Bet £5 get £20 in free bets for new customers at Ladbrokes“Of course because of the way it came out, there was little point – I wasn’t going to say anything that hadn’t already been said.“But I think he’s done well in Italy. He’s playing at another big club.“He was obviously playing at a big club before. We’re watching everybody because we’ve got to make sure we make the right decision.”Man United ace Chris Smalling ‘in talks with Tottenham and Everton over transfer’ as Woodward demands £16.5mlast_img read more

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PPP not a Hindu or religious party

first_imgDear Editor,Reference is made to a controversial commentary of Kean Gibson’s, published in another paper: contending that the PPP is a Hindu party and ran a Hindu Government when it was in charge of the country’s affairs.The PPP was right not to reply to Gibson because her contention is not worthy of a response. But, for the record, some kind of response is in order to correct her flawed argument.Gibson apparently drew from her dissertation for the PhD and made the same illogical and unsubstantiated arguments. The arguments in the dissertation comprise countless flaws and inaccuracies about Hinduism. No need to mention them here; there is no logic in her argument about the PPP’s Hinduness. The PPP is no more Hindu than the PNC is Christian or the AFC Islamic. None of Guyana’s political parties defines itself in terms of religion. None ran or runs a religious Government.Gibson claims that Dr Cheddi Jagan, PPP’s founder, was Hindu, and by some strange logic of “transference”, she concluded that the PPP is a Hindu party because of its leader’s religion. Extending this logic, it would mean that the PNC is a Christian party and has been running a Christian Government. Analogously, the Democratic and Republican parties would be Christian parties because of their leaders’ faiths. And the Trump Administration would be Christian because he is a Christian.For the record, Dr Jagan was not a Hindu; he rejected Hinduism.I wish to share some anecdotes on Dr Cheddi Jagan’s non-belief in Hinduism to add to that offered by Dr Ramesh Gampat in another paper. They reinforce the argument that Dr Jagan and the PPP are and were not Hindu-oriented.At Jagan’s funeral rites in March 1997, Pandit Tiwari (popularly known as Churkiman) of Alness told me at the home of Jagan’s parents in Port Mourant, on record in a taped video, that Dr Jagan was a non-believer. Pt Churkiman said he spent time volunteering to help with the construction of Jagan’s home in Bel Air. After the construction, he approached Jagan to perform a “ jhandi” (puja) to open the home, as is the custom of Hindus who build a new home or complete major repairs to a house. Pt Churkiman said Jagan would have none of it. Pt Churkiman said he even offered to perform the Hindu rites by himself to open (give blessings to the Almighty) the house, and Jagan vehemently objected.Such an attitude could not be the thoughts or ideologies of a practising Hindu.It cannot be verified, but I was told that at the funeral rites of both his mother and father in Port Mourant, Dr Jagan did not participate in the rituals that require shaving of head, fasting, and performing aartie, among other activities. Clearly, Dr Jagan was not a practising Hindu. He did not support Hindu religious activities and did not provide assistance to Hindu temples or schools or societies (organisations).How then can one conclude that Jagan ran a Hindu Government? What specifically did Jagan or the PPP do for Hindus or Hinduism that one can conclude that PPP is a Hindu political outfit or ran a Hindu Government? If you ask Hindus, they will all tell you PPP has no religion. And only a handful of the party’s MPs are Hindus; not dissimilar from the small number of its Ministers who were Hindu when the party ran the country before it was removed from office.Religion never defined the policies of the PPP AdministrationsYours truly,Vishnu Bisram (PhD)last_img read more

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