Here are the top transfer-related stories in Thursday’s newspapers…Chelsea are desperately trying to persuade Marco Verratti to join boss Antonio Conte’s quest for more silverware. The Premier League champions have made an offer of £55million to Paris Saint Germain for the Italy midfielder. (The Sun)Tottenham Hotspur have initiated discussion with Juventus full-back Dani Alves over a summer transfer to the Premier League. (Yahoo)Jack Butland is a target of four of the Premier League’s biggest clubs. Both Manchester clubs along with Chelsea and Arsenal are all keen on the Stoke and England goalkeeper. (Daily Star)Jermain Defoe is being offered a staggering £18MILLION contract by Bournemouth — despite turning 35 in five months. The Sunderland and England striker will be available on a free and the Cherries are dangling a £115,000-a-week, three-year deal in front of him. (The Sun)Bournemouth aim to build on their highest league finish by making bids worth more than £30m combined for two of Chelsea’s title-winning players, Nathan Aké and Asmir Begovic, once the season has finished. (Guardian)Everton are ready to launch a shock £20million summer bid for Manchester City ace Kelechi Iheanacho – as a possible replacement for Romelu Lukaku. (The Sun)Arsene Wenger is keen on Corentin Tolisso, with the French midfielder set to leave Lyon this summer. Arsenal boss Wenger is planning a major overhaul of his squad, looking to strengthen the defence, in midfield and their range of attacking options, and is a long-term admirer of the 22-year-old. (Daily Mirror)Southampton, Everton and Newcastle are battling to bring Ryad Boudebouz to the Premier League. The top-fight trio are challenging Lyon and Lazio for the Algerian winger, who is set to leave Montpellier this summer. (Daily Mirror)Southampton have insisted they don’t need to sell Virgil van Dijk – even for £60m. The Dutchman is top of Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp’s defensive shopping list for the summer and is a man in demand with Manchester City and Chelsea also believed to be prepared to spend big on the centre-back. But Saints chairman Ralph Krueger has stressed that there is no financial imperative for his club to sell. (Liverpool Echo)Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he is willing to sign a five-year deal worth £110,000 a week after helping to secure the club’s Premier League status for another season. (Guardian)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…?Paul Merson says Arsenal must keep Alexis Sanchez AND Mesut OzilArsene Wenger is staying put at Arsenal, insists Paul MersonRoss Barkley has been urged to leave Everton this summer by a former Toffees star Richard DunneChelsea’s Premier League title triumph is down to their ‘focus’ and ability to bounce back from defeat, Cesar Azpilicueta has told talkSPORTInter Milan sporting director Piero Ausilio is set for talks with Manchester United officials regarding Ivan PerisicJan Vertonghen’s agent has ruled out the possibility of his client leaving Tottenham in the summer, despite reported interest from ItalyLa Liga giants Sevilla are in pole position to land Manchester City winger Jesus Navas during the summer
Because of his stance on illegal immigration, Andrew “Andy” Ramirez says he’s been called a coconut, a sellout and a racist.The 38-year-old Latino stands on the other side of the fence on this issue. Ramirez is chairman of Friends of the Border Patrol, a group that until recently had volunteers on private property keep an eye along the border in San Diego County and report sightings of illegal immigrants to the Border Patrol.“If we don’t stop this problem now, God knows what it will look like 10 years from now,” he said. “The government has lost control of the border and they know it.“The problem is not just illegal immigration. The problem is we don’t know who is coming \.”But the group suspended its Border Watch program last week, citing liability concerns. It also fired the director of its Border Watch operations, who Ramirez said refused to return release of liability waivers nor the right to enter properties permits. He said they will resume operations next year.Friends of the Border Patrol was created in 2004 when the Department of Homeland Security ordered border patrol agents to stop sweeps of illegal immigrants within the country.Ramirez denies he or his group are racists.“If Washington, D.C., secured the border then there’s no need for border watchers,” he said.The Border Patrol doesn’t support civilian watch groups.“We recognize the right of any group to voice their opinion as long as they’re doing it within the boundaries of the law,” said Nicholas Coates, spokesman for the San Diego office of the Border Patrol. “We’re neutral.”Coates said Ramirez is professional and his group is cooperative in giving information on where they would be.Ramirez said they’ve had volunteers watch the border unofficially since June as part of training exercises.The group was supposed to start its border watch in August but postponed it until September because of the heat. That launch also was delayed for a few days because of an incident in San Diego.A scuffle broke out at a training session Sept. 17. Ramirez said the leader of the protesters hit one of his volunteers and pushed others.Enrique Morones, founder of Border Angels, which is one of 65 groups within Gente Unida, said a group from Los Angeles caused the disruption. Border Angels started through a church and its volunteers leave water for illegals.He takes a dim view of Ramirez and Friends of the Border Patrol.“We think of him as big joke,” Morones said. “He’s not really taken seriously by human rights groups or the Minuteman group or even law enforcement.”He heard about the group suspending its border watch operations.“But how could you suspend something that never got off the ground?,” Morones asked.He called the Friends of the Border Patrol a Ron Prince group who wanted it led by a Latino.Prince authored Proposition 187, which sought to deny illegal immigrants public social, health and education services. Approved by voters in 1994, the courts later declared the majority of Proposition 187 unconstitutional.Bill King, the former chief Border Patrol Agent and co-founder of Proposition 187, is troubled by Morones’ allegations. As far as he knows, Prince isn’t part of Friends of the Border Patrol.“They’re dead wrong and they should get a life,” King said.King said he belongs to Friends of the Border Patrol because the government isn’t doing its job.“We have wide open borders. The department of Homeland Security is a miserable failure,” King said.Ramirez said you will never be able to seal the border but a new bill is close to doing it. His group supports legislation by Duncan Hunter, R-El Cajon, which proposes building a fence along the border with Mexico from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico.Hunter’s bill isn’t necessary and would cost a lot of money, according to Chris Bauder, president of Local 1613 of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents border patrol agents in San Diego.“It’s a short-term fix because smugglers have other ways to bring illegals without crossing the border,” he said.Bauder said while the Minuteman group initially brought attention to the problem of illegal immigration, the public was believing the group created a strategy that was working. It’s something that the border patrol has been doing for years – targeting an area and displacing illegal entry to another area. The problem was being pushed elsewhere.Ramirez said the union for border patrol agents have sold out to the Bush administration.Ramirez isn’t employed but gets paid a stipend by Friends of the Border Patrol.He was a state Assembly candidate in 1994. Three years later, he ran for a spot on the West Covina City Council.He wrote a measure in 1995 that would have reduced legislators’ salaries, taken away perks and penalized lawmakers if they didn’t pass a budget on time. The measure was defeated a year later in the Senate Rules Committee. Covina Gente Unida [email protected](626) 962-8811, Ext. 2718 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!