Mid-Day Ticker: Friedel signs new Spurs deal, Corinthians close in on Pato, & more

Mid-Day Ticker: Friedel signs new Spurs deal, Corinthians close in on Pato, & more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Friedel signs new Spurs deal, Corinthians close in on Pato, & more

Brad Friedel has made the transition from regular starter at Tottenham to back-up goalkeeper, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t see a future at the London club.

Friedel has signed a new contract with Tottenham that will keep him at the club until the end of the 2014 season.

The 41-year-old goalkeeper started for Tottenham last season, and began the current season as the first-choice netminder, but the arrival of French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris relegated him to a back-up role.

The new contract all but ensures that Friedel will not be finishing his career in MLS. At least not as a player, though he might still be good enough to start in MLS, even at the age of 43.

Here are some other stories to get you through the rest of Boxing Day:

CORINTHIANS CLOSE IN ON PATO

Newly-crowned world club champion Corinthians isn’t resting on their laurels. They are looking to get even stronger, and are preparing a big-money move for Brazilian striker Alexandre Pato from AC Milan.

According to Gazzetta Dello Sport, Milan and Corinthians have reached an agreement in principle on a €15 million transfer for the 23-year-old striker. Pato has endured an injury-plagued tenure with AC Milan, showing flashes of brilliance when healthy, but suffering far too many injuries to become a consistent force for Milan.

ROONEY SIDELINED WITH KNEE INJURY

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney missed his team’s Boxing Day victory against Newcastle, and could be out for up to three weeks, after suffering a recent knee injury in training.

Rooney suffered the injury while attempting a volley in training, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson told BBC on Wednesday.

Rooney’s absence should mean more playing time for Javier “Chicharito’ Hernandez, who scored the winning goal for Manchester United on Wednesday, and potentially Danny Welbeck.

QUICK KICKS

Daniel Sturridge’s move to Liverpool draws closer. (REPORT)

Queens Park Rangers given a boost as Taarabt left of Morroco’s ANC roster (REPORT)

The Ukrainian national team has hired a new coach. (REPORT)

Nottingham Forest fire manager. (REPORT)

Montpellier defender banned for a year for hitting journalist. (REPORT)

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What do you think of these developments? Surprised to see Friedel re-signing with Tottenham? Think Pato joining Corinthians would be a mistake?

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