Football: Today in the Premiership
New signing William Gallas is "very excited" about the prospect of training with his new teammates. The versatile defender remains unwilling to talk about his row with former club Chelsea. "I don't want to talk about that," he said. "I will see when I come back."
While the spotlight will be on the Argentinians Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano at West Ham on Sunday, Gareth Barry is determined his side can cause an upset. "Hopefully we can show them what the Premiership is all about," Barry said.
Mark Hughes will be without Ryan Nelsen for at least three weeks after it was confirmed the 28-year-old requires surgery on a hamstring injury. The New Zealand defender will travel to Finland for the operation and will definitely miss the Uefa Cup tie with Salzburg.
Sam Allardyce has confirmed he is interested in signing the Spain striker Diego Tristan who is out of contract. The midfielder Stelios Giannakopoulos will miss three weeks with a groin injury he picked up training with the Greek national squad last week.
Iain Dowie is keeping an eye on Clint Dempsey despite failing to sign the midfielder in the transfer window. The 23-year-old was unhappy at being denied the chance to play in England and will leave his club, New England Revolutions, when his contract expires in 2007.
The club are supporting a campaign for action against anti- Semitism in Britain led by an influential panel of MPs spanning the major political parties and including the former Conservative leader, Iain Duncan-Smith.
The forward James McFadden has been ruled out of tomorrow's Merseyside derby with a hamstring injury. The 23-year-old was forced off after just 22 minutes during Scotland's Euro 2008 qualifying win over Lithuania on Wednesday night.
Papa Bouba Diop is undeterred by the unrest at Craven Cottage and is determined to push for a European place this season. "It is no secret that we want to be breaking into the top 10," the 28-year- old midfielder said. "There's no reason why we can't get into the Uefa Cup."
Rafael Benitez says that "Mohamed [Sissoko] is fit and has been training normally at Melwood" since his knee injury last month against Maccabi Haifa. The midfielder will return for tomorrow's Merseyside derby at Goodison Park.
Ben Thatcher is facing a second police inquiry. The former Blackburn player Ralph Welch has accused Thatcher of elbowing him in a reserve game in February. Thatcher was fined pounds 120,000 by his club for elbowing Pedro Mendes against Portsmouth.
Alan Smith says he is "ready" to return as a substitute for the visit of Tottenham tomorrow, after finally recovering from breaking his left leg in last season's FA Cup defeat at Liverpool. …