Morning Ticker: West Ham pursuing Toni, LDU Quito wins Sudamericana and more

Morning Ticker: West Ham pursuing Toni, LDU Quito wins Sudamericana and more

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Morning Ticker: West Ham pursuing Toni, LDU Quito wins Sudamericana and more

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Luca Toni 1 (Reuters)

by FRANCO PANIZO

It is no secret that Luca Toni has been unhappy with his situation at Bayern Munich this year, and West Ham United is one of the clubs that has taken notice.

Toni is being heavily pursued by West Ham, and talks with the Italian international are considered to be in the advanced stages. Toni, who has only played in four league games this season, made it clear last week that he was upset about his lack of playing time, criticizing Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal.

West Ham is trying to replace injured forward Carlton Cole, who suffered knee ligament damage in West Ham's weekend victory over Burnley.

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LDU Quito wins Copa Sudamericana

Ending a game with nine men, and losing 3-0 is usually as bad as it can get for any team, but that was not the case for LDU Quito, who won the Copa Sudamericana on Wednesday night in that situation.

Having won the first leg against Internacional 5-1 last week, Quito claimed the Copa Sudamericana despite a 3-0 drubbing in Brazil. The Copa Sudamericana is LDU Quito's third continental title in two years, having won the Recopa Sudamericana and the Copa Libertadores in 2008.

Real Madrid duo to stay

Real Madrid midfielders Fernando Gago and Guti will not be leaving the club when the winter transfer window opens.

According to their agent, the players' lack of playing time will not force moves away from Los Galacticos, and both remain in the club's plans for this season. Guti has made seven league appearances, scoring twice and assisting on three others, while Gago has only played in four games.

Sol Campbell and Notts County end dispute

If you're a Sol Campbell fan, you will be glad to know he is officially free from Notts County.

After disputing with the club for weeks, Campbell finally received his official release from Notts County, agreeing to a 'statement of departure', which prevents him from talking publicly about his time with the club. Campbell, now a free agent, is being linked with Coca Cola Championship club Newcastle United.

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Do you think Toni could thrive in the EPL? Happy to see LDU Quito win the Copa Sudamericana? Should Gago and Guti should move in the winter? Where will Campbell go next?

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