21-goal striker, WC winner and £15m PL star – RVP replacements assessed

first_img 6 6 Alexandre Lacazette: PSG have been linked with a move for the Frenchman next summer – Click the arrow to see more possible Robin van Persie replacements – Lacazette remains a possibility with Lyon yet to agree a new contract for their star striker. The 24-year-old has enjoyed a consistently high development over the past three seasons with his 27 Ligue 1 goals last season really catching the eye. A quick centre-forward who can play all across the front three is something that would interest Van Gaal and it is unlikely to be a transfer that would be too expensive with Lyon believed to desire a fee close to £21million. Diafra Sakho: The Senegalese impressed scouts in his first year in England – Click the arrow to see more possible Robin van Persie replacements – United are being linked with a shock approach for West Ham striker Sakho. The Senegal international only joined the Hammers last summer, after helping Metz return to Ligue 1 in France, but was a surprise hit in the Premier League – scoring 12 goals in 26 appearances last season and is rated at around £15million. Karim Benzema: Arsenal are reportedly upping their interest in the Frenchman amid interest from other clubs – Click the arrow to see more possible Robin van Persie replacements – Sir Alex Ferguson tried to sign the Frenchman in 2009 before he opted to join Madrid from Lyon. Last month, reports on Spanish radio Cadena COPE suggested United could demand Benzema as part of a swap deal that would see David De Gea heading in the other direction this transfer window. But, Florentino Perez is known to hold Benzema in very high esteem and as such, a deal verges on the impossible unless a certain Sergio Aguero could be coaxed out of the blue side of Manchester. Robin van Persie’s Manchester United career is approaching its end, with Fenerbache set to announce the Dutchman’s signature over the weekend.The Holland international will end his 11-year spell in England after accepting the offer of a lucrative four-year contract from the Turkish club, who have agreed to match his £200,000-a-week wages at Old Trafford.Van Persie, who turns 32 next month, was entering the last year on the four-year deal he signed after his £24m move from Arsenal in 2012 deal and United had no plans to offer him an extension.United boss Louis van Gaal is set to intensify his search for a new striker with only Wayne Rooney, new signing Memphis Depay and youngster James Wilson left as recognised front men following van Persie’s departure.But who will the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss target? talkSPORT takes a look…Click the yellow arrow above, right, to see possible Man United replacements for Robin van Persie Thomas Muller: The German played under Van Gaal during the Dutchman’s two-year spell in charge of Bayern between 2009 and 2011 – Click the arrow to see more possible Robin van Persie replacements – Van Persie is on his way to Fenerbahce, which leaves Man United short on options up front. The Red Devils are thought to be preparing an ambitious move for Bayern Munich forward Muller, according to reports in Germany. German broadcaster Sport1 claim they are willing to pay £58m for Muller, although a deal at this stage is still thought to be unlikely. However, the report also says initial talks about a possible deal have taken place between United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward and Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. Van Gaal is a big admirer of Muller’s versatility in front of goal and he could be the perfect foil to Wayne Rooney. Harry Kane: The England international struck an impressive 21 Premier League goals last season – Click the arrow to see more possible Robin van Persie replacements – United’s unease with dealing with Daniel Levy at Tottenham Hotspur makes a move for Harry Kane seem unlikely, with Tottenham believed to want in excess of £50million for their star forward. Given the England international has enjoyed just one good season it would be surprising to see United part with such a fee. If, however, Kane was to turn in a repeat performance in the 2015/16 season, then this will become a real saga next summer with United possessing the finance to put Tottenham under as much pressure as possible with Levy at the helm. Edinson Cavani: The former Napoli man was linked with a move to Old Trafford under former manager David Moyes – The Uruguayan striker’s second season at PSG was an improvement on his first and there is no doubting his ability as a goalscorer, with 20+ goals in each of his last five campaigns including 31 last year. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic the main man in Paris and Cavani frequently deployed out wide by manager Laurent Blanc, could he be the perfect fit? “I don’t know whether I will stay at PSG,” he told GQ last month. “I might stay, I might leave… You never know what will happen in football. When I arrived at PSG, I was forced to play on the wing. People don’t understand how much that has influenced my performances. I would score a lot more if I was played as a striker.” 6 6 6 6last_img read more

County checks bridge safety Is the span quake-ready?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Officials of Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Works are double-checking that design plans for the new Beverly Boulevard bridge incorporate the recently discovered Puente Hills faultline.Under the persistent urging of local resident Jim Flournoy, county officials recently took the design to an outside engineering consulting firm to ensure that the 6-year-old bridge design can accommodate the new seismic information first detected in 1999.“The bridge was designed in 1999 and does not take into account this \ fault,” said Pat BeChellias, deputy director of the county’s Department of Public Works.“However, due to the gentleman’s insistence, we went to the outside geotech firm to compare the updated information to ours in order to answer conclusively.”BeChellias said county engineers believe the bridge design is conservative enough to survive an earthquake involving the Puente Hills fault, therefore he did not anticipate any added costs or delays to the project.“Results from the analysis should be available next week,” BeChellias said. “However, if results are what we believe they will be, there won’t be any delays. If not, the impact would depend on how close (the design) is to being right.”In 1997, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina told officials from Montebello and Pico Rivera, co-owners of the bridge, to set aside money for the bridge’s replacement. Using the 1996 Caltrans guidelines, a new bridge design was completed by 1999.On the day federal funding was approved for the project a month ago, the bridge was destroyed when a homeless man accidentally set fire to the structure while trying to keep warm. Flournoy, a Rosemead resident and former contractor, has been agitating for Caltrans to update its seismic standards to include the new fault, saying scientists have predicted damage from a 7.5 Puente Hills-induced quake to be much higher than the same size quake by the Whittier fault.“They \ have a good opportunity before they build this bridge to check and make sure the design is updated,” Flournoy said. “There is no policy to prompt Caltrans to update their standards, even when the information is out there.”Chief Seismologist for Caltrans Lalliana Mualchin said the new seismic information is currently being integrated into a new set of standards and should be completed “soon,” although he did not give a specific time.“It’s a big state with a lot of bureaucracy,” Mualchin said. “We live at the good will of our colleagues at universities. Of course we must evaluate whether it \ is worthy of consideration, but if we are being informed by someone who’s aware, then we can and should include the information in our standards.”Long thought to have been caused by the Whittier fault, the 1987 earthquake, which registered 5.9 in magnitude, caused eight deaths and $358 million in property damage.However, seismic studies over the past several years uncovered the Puente Hills “blind-thrust” fault that came close to the surface under some of the area’s hills. Scientists now believe the “blind-thrust” fault helped create the topography of the Puente Hills and caused the Whittier quake, said Eldon Gath, president of Earth Consultants International, a geotech firm in Tustin.Flournoy pointed to damage estimates from a Puente Hills quake by Caltech professor Edward Field of the U.S. Geological Survey. In a May 2005 paper, Field warned of possible economic losses between $82 billion and $252 billion with 3,000 to 18,000 fatalities and 142,000 to 735,000 displaced households if the Puente Hills fault slipped. pam.wight@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more