How to go from farmhouse to fabulous Hamptons style

first_imgResort style pool? Tick that box. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours ago MORE REAL ESTATE NEWS The family have made the most of the block to cram in activities.Ms Latimore was keen to achieve a classic look for the home, with plenty of living and entertainment areas for the family.“We added a barbecue area and one of the other things we did was we extended the main bedroom by using part of the balcony because it was a very long balcony area,” she said.Her favourite areas of the home are the barbecue area and also the kitchen.“I like that from the barbecue area you can see both yards and the tennis court,” she said.“We have had a lot of parties in that area.”She also enjoyed the finished of the clean and classic Hamptons style look of the black and white kitchen. Perfect for large family gatherings. Upmarket hotel styling in the master bedroom.This level also houses the main bedroom which has an ensuite and there is a private living room as part of the master suite.There are another three bedrooms on this level all of which are serviced by a second family bathroom.The home is airconditioned and has an alarm system. What would you trade for a luxury apartment and yacht? All the hard work has been done on this property already.The original farmhouse on this property has been transformed into a family fun house renovated in Hamptons style.It started life as the farm house of the Watercress Farm Estate, but 9 Watercress Place has been transformed.Owner Mika Murakami Latimore bought the house in 2011. Its previous owners had renovated it, but Ms Latimore decided to set out on a major renovation project in 2012 which took two years to complete.“We renovated it before moving in, so we didn’t move in until 2014,” Ms Latimore said.“I could have renovated it in an Australian contemporary way, but I chose to do a Hamptons style.” Queenslander and art collection up for grabs Perfect spot to spend an afternoon.The home is on a large 2545sq m block which has a full-size tennis court, swimming pool, spa and playground.The 18-month renovation project was designed by dm2 Architecture. The outdoor living and entertainment areas were designed by Boss Gardenscapes and was selected as a finalist in the Landscape Queensland Residential Construction Awards in 2016.The outdoor area includes a teppanyaki grill and pizza oven with all external living areas undercover.There is also an outdoor fireplace and ceiling fans, which make the area suitable for use year around.center_img FOLLOW COURIERMAIL REAL ESTATE ON FACEBOOK Troy Cassar-Daley’s ready to let go Picture perfect in Brisbane.Inside the home on the ground level are two large bedrooms, both with built-in-robes. There is also a laundry on this level as well as a bathroom, study, a secondary kitchen and separate living areas.On the upper level is the open-plan kitchen, dining and lounge area which leads out onto a deck through glass sliding doorsThere are double ovens in the kitchen, an induction cooktop and a walk-in Butler’s pantry.There are antique black granite benchtops and the white cabinets as well as a Calcutta Borgini marble island bench. This kitchen is classic Hamptons style. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The property has its own tennis court. Property ticks boxes for richest female CEOlast_img read more

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Rose M. “Maggie” Voegele

first_imgRose M. “Maggie” Voegele, age 88 of Batesville, died Monday, December 3, 2018 at Ripley Crossing in Milan.  Born April 2, 1930 in Batesville, she is the daughter of Rose (Nee: Lampe) and Jacob Telles.  She married Daniel Voegele Sr. November 25, 1954 at St. Louis Church and he preceded her in death June 19, 1981.  Maggie worked in housekeeping 30 years at the priest house for St. Louis Church before retiring in 2009.She is survived by daughters and son-in-laws Terri and Jeff Litmer, Marilyn and Scott Manlove, Susie and Mike Burkhart, all of Batesville; sons and daughter-in-law Dan and Dawn Voegele Jr. of Indianapolis, Pat Voegele of Batesville; sister Carolyn Robinson of Indianapolis; brothers Fran Telles of Batesville, Jim Telles of Cincinnati; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by five sisters, two brothers, granddaughter Rachel Wamsley and daughter-in-law Lynda Voegele.Visitation is Thursday, December 6th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  Funeral services are 10:30 a.m. Friday, December 7th at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.  The family requests memorials to St. Louis School.last_img read more

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WATCH LIVE: President Trump delivers his third State of the Union address

first_imgTrump impeachment trial live updates: Closing arguments ahead of acquittal vote President Donald Trump is set to deliver his third official State of the Union address to the nation from the US Capitol, the night before the Senate is scheduled to give its verdict on his impeachment trial.last_img

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Khelo India Games: Shivangi picks her fifth gold & Assam move to sixth position overall

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: Day XI of Khelo India Games turned out a good one for Assam as the host bagged 19 medals in six disciplines and moved to sixth place in the medal tally in 3rd Khelo India Youth Games. Among the 19 medals four are gold and five are silver.With today’s collection, Assam took their medal tally to 64 out of which 19 are gold, 19 silver and 26 bronze.Among the four gold medals one came in the swimming which was collected by swimmer Shivangi Sarma in the U-21 women 50m free style. She clocked 27.43 sec on way to win gold. It was the fifth gold medals for Assam’s swimmer in this edition of the Games and she took her overall individual medal tallies to seven. The swimmer, who bagged six medals in the recently concluded SAF Games, came out with another spectacular performance in Guwahati.Lawn Bowl gave two gold medals to Assam this evening. Both came in mixed pairs and mixed triples of the U-21 categories. In this discipline there were altogether ten numbers of medal events and Assam made podium finish in all the events. Among the 10 medals host collected 7 gold, 2 silver and one bronze.The other gold medal of the day came in Tennis which was won by Parikshit Somani and Sheikh Md. Iftikhar. The duo defeated Shashank Macherla and Sai Karteek Reddy of Telengana in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 in the men’s U-21 category.Assam collected silver medals on Tuesday in three disciplines: boxing, U-17 boys football and badminton. Boxing altogether gave ten medals to the host on Tuesday and three of them are silver. Aikon Mili, Karmaveer Phogat and Pranta Jyoti won silver in the boxing. Mili participated in the U-17 girls while Karmaveer and Pranta Jyoti represented the State in U-17 boys categories.The bronze medals were won by Chandan Narzary, Sujuma Boro, Mary Moran, Sumitra Brahma, Imdad Hussain, Gaurav Majumdar and Tahil Uddin.In the badminton, Ankita Gogoi and Isha Rani Baruah won silver in the U-17 girls doubles event. Earlier Tonmoy Bikash Baruah and Navyaranjan Das ensured a bronze medal in the boys U-17 doubles.Assam also won two bronze medals in the swimming event through Milanton Dutta and Anubhuti Barua. Anubhuti won her medal in U-21 women 200mts butter fly with 2:37.56 timing. Milanton clocked 30.77sec to bag bronze in the U-21 breast stroke.Meanwhile Assam had to satisfy with a silver medal in the U-17 boys football after they lost the final to Mizoram by a solitary goal at the Indira Gandhi Athletic Stadium here today. The lone goal of the match was scored by M Lalpektluanga in the 37th minutes. Odisha bagged bronze medal defeating Punjab 3-2.Also Read: Assam’s Shivangi Sarma on a high after adding 5th gold to her kitty at Khelo India GamesAlso Watch: Tinsukia MLA Sanjay Kishan given a warm welcome on his return to his hometown.last_img read more

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NBBF Applauds FG Gesture Towards Injured D’Tigress Star

first_imgThe Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), has thanked the Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Sunday Dare for his fatherly intervention towards sourcing funds for injured D’Tigress player, Nkem Akaraiwe.The federation described the $15,000 intervention by the Ministry as an early Christmas gift which is well appreciated by the players, her fans and also the federation.This is in addition to the $10,000 earlier received from Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa which was facilitated by the Sports Minister. Nkem who was a member of the 2018 FIBA Women’s World Cup team that got to the quarter finals tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament while on national duty earlier this year at the Beach Games in Cape Verde and had found it difficult raising funds for the needed surgery.The NBBF President, Engr. Musa Kida said the gesture is a timely intervention and an indication that the Federal Government is responsive to the plight of its athletes. This he said will continue to encourage more Nigerians to strive for glory while representing the nation.“We cannot thank the Minister enough for coming through for one of our top basketball players who got injured on national duty. We are really grateful and elated that finally Nkem can go for the surgery, recover on time and get back to the court.”With enough funds raised, the First Bank Women Basketball Club ‘s player is expected to go for surgery in Dubai.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Unimpressive so far, Big East teams prep for defining slate

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ The frustration is wearing on Cincinnati first-year head coach Butch Jones. After taking over a team with an 18-game regular season winning streak, his Bearcats have lost two of its first three games. The sacks are what frustrate Jones the most. He thought his defense had North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson sacked multiple times on second-and-long and third-and-long, only to see Wilson break out of the tackle and find a receiver downfield for a first down. On the other side of the ball, his quarterback, Zach Collaros, was sacked five times, increasing Cincinnati’s NCAA-leading total in sacks-allowed to 15 through three games. The same amount of sacks UC allowed in 13 games last season. ‘(It’s) very disappointing we didn’t play up to our potential,’ Jones said in the Big East coaches’ teleconference Monday. ‘It’s the little things, too many small details.’ Cincinnati (1-2) has lost by double digits at Fresno State and North Carolina State, the two FBS opponents it has played. The Bearcats’ lone win came against FCS opponent Indiana State.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text For UC, it doesn’t get any easier, either — No. 8 Oklahoma is coming to Cincinnati this Saturday. A loss here, and, at 1-3, the Bearcats would have to catch fire to even qualify for a bowl. Fortunately for Cincinnati, it isn’t the only Big East team struggling out of the gate in 2010. The conference, one of six BCS conferences that receive automatic bids to BCS bowl games, is just 1-6 against the other five power conferences. The lone win came this past weekend, when West Virginia (3-0) defeated Maryland. The conference has lost all five road games against BCS teams, including Cincinnati’s loss last Thursday to the Wolfpack. ‘There are a lot of people in our program, from coaches to players, that are experiencing some different kinds of emotions that they haven’t felt in a long time,’ Jones said. ‘The only thing you can do is get back to work and keep working to get better, and not wavering in your belief. ‘(Oklahoma) is as good of a football team as I’ve seen on film, and it’s a great challenge for us.’ The conference’s early-season woes make this week’s slate of games even more important. Four Big East teams play against BCS teams from other conferences. If the conference is to gain any amount of national respect, this would be the week to make a statement. Otherwise, Big East conference play might not have many implications on the national scale. Pittsburgh (1-1) gets the first crack at helping the Big East’s stock on Thursday night, when Miami (Fla.) enters Heinz Field. The Panthers was the preseason coaches’ pick to win the Big East, but lost its first game of the season at Utah. ‘Our kids are excited about playing a team in the national spotlight like Miami,’ Pittsburgh head coach Dave Wannstedt said. ‘I think we’re still trying to figure out where we’re at as a football team this season. … This will be a great test to find out how much we’ve improved from Week 1.’ The other two games against BCS teams this weekend feature the only two undefeated teams in the conference, West Virginia and Rutgers. The Mountaineers travel to LSU, while the Scarlet Knights (2-0) welcome North Carolina to Piscataway. West Virginia’s win could be the one that grabs the most respect for the Big East. If the Mountaineers can come away with a win against an SEC school ranked in the top 15, it could put them in the national title picture. With just one more non-conference game against UNLV and then seven Big East games, the Mountaineers have to prove it is one of the best in the country this weekend. It’s something the seven opponents they’ll see in conference play haven’t proved. ‘This is a big week for notoriety (for the Big East),’ WVU coach Bill Stewart said. ‘And us winning some of these games will surely put a bright light on our league. And that’s what we want to do.’ But Cincinnati’s game against Oklahoma might be the toughest of all this weekend. The Sooners average about three sacks per game, led by senior defensive lineman Jeremy Beal, who has 2.5 sacks on the season. If the Bearcats can’t protect Collaros, it might equal a third consecutive loss to a FBS team. And it might have even more negative implications for the Big East’s national reputation. ‘It is a big week (for the conference), and all I can speak on is ourselves,’ Jones said. ‘We’re playing a great, great football program, a very storied football program that obviously has a lot of tradition.’ Big man on campus QB Geno Smith West Virginia Sophomore Last week: 19-for-29, 268 yards and four touchdowns Smith set the tone early against Maryland last Saturday, throwing for three touchdowns in the first half and one more early in the third quarter to give West Virginia a 28-0 lead. The four touchdown passes set a career high for the sophomore, who is turning heads in Morgantown and throughout the country. Mountaineer quarterbacks are normally known for their legs. The last two quarterbacks at the helm, Pat White and Jarrett Brown, were runners as much as they were passers. Brown threw for 2,144 yards and 11 touchdowns last season and ran for 452 yards. His passing game was secondary to Noel Devine’s running game. This year, Smith has already thrown for 800 yards and seven touchdowns in the first three games, good for first and second among Big East quarterbacks, respectively. He’s on pace to throw for more than 4,000 yards. The last time a Mountaineer quarterback even threw for 3,000 yards was Marc Bulger in 1998. Smith will get his biggest test of the season thus far when he and West Virginia square off against LSU this Saturday. ‘He’s a cool customer,’ Stewart said. ‘He got to play against Auburn when Jarrett Brown got (hurt last year), and he got to play against Florida State in the Gator Bowl when (Brown) got knocked out again. So he’s been in big arenas.’ mcooperj@syr.edu Published on September 22, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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White’s story goes beyond play on field

first_imgDEREK MONTGOMERY/Herald PhotoThere are always those moments in life that put things in perspective.There’s been no better reminder of that than the recent catastrophes brought on by this year’s hurricane season. Hurricanes Katrina — and now Rita — have etched horrendous pictures into the minds of people around the nation.Even in the sports world, the effects can be felt. The New Orleans Saints, often a fringe playoff team with no big name stars (though Joe Horn can be outlandish at times), have become sentimental favorites every game. The Tulane athletic programs, much like their professional brethren, are receiving support wherever they go, even from opposing fans and coaches.It’s hard to live through these natural disasters, but it’s no easier when you’re on the outside, safe, waiting to hear from your family. That’s exactly what junior strong safety Johnny White has endured these past few weeks.Originally from Pearland, Texas, White’s home lies just a few miles from the Gulf coast between Houston and the Gulf of Mexico, directly in the path of Hurricane Rita.While Rita didn’t ravage the Houston area as horribly as was first predicted, White was left without any knowledge of the whereabouts of his parents, who were originally supposed to head to Madison to watch Saturday’s match-up with Michigan.But with flights out of Houston cancelled because of Rita, White’s parents, Johnny Sr. and Beverly, were forced to flee to Louisiana all the while trying, in vain, to reach their son. White finally heard from his parents early Saturday morning, lifting a huge weight off his shoulders.”It makes life different; you look at life a little differently when stuff like that happens. It means a little bit more to you,” White said Monday afternoon at the team’s weekly press conference.Not that the adversity was anything new for White — just another in a long line of unfortunate circumstances the junior has endured.While being recruited as a junior at Pearland High School, White was diagnosed with a heart condition — one serious enough that doctors concluded White would never be able to play football again.The diagnosis turned out to be false, but the damage had been done. White had already missed half of the football season because of the diagnosis and lost nearly all the scholarships he was receiving because of it.”[T]he main reason I came here is because Wisconsin was the only school that kept the offer there,” White said. “They kept telling me everything was going to be OK, and the other schools left.”[And] right before that, my dad went through some health problems so I’ve been dealing with that my whole career.”Things haven’t exactly gone according to plan for White since coming to UW either. After seeing action as a true freshman, White opened his sophomore campaign as the opening day starter. But by the third game, White was behind senior Robert Brooks, and was forced to wait his turn to regain the starting nod.This season, White again opened the year as the starter, but again lost the job, this time after missing some assignments against the vaunted Bowling Green passing attack.”Last year was a little more frustrating because I didn’t lose it on the field, I lost by not coming to the meeting on-time. It’s something I could’ve controlled,” White said. “And the way everything was happening [against Bowling Green], with the no huddle offense in your first start it can be kind of difficult. I missed some assignments, I wasn’t sound in my technique in some areas.”But admirably, White continues to endure. And did that endurance ever pay off Saturday as White forced a pair of turnovers, including a fourth quarter fumble that shifted the momentum in Wisconsin’s favor.”I was just trying to make a tackle, I guess some good luck finally came,” White said of the play.Listening to White discuss the ordeal, it’s hard to imagine being able to play a game even with the knowledge that your family was safe. As a man whose family is unendingly important to him, I can’t say I would’ve done the same thing. In fact, I probably would’ve been on the first plane, bus, car, riverboat, or whatever down to my family.White endeared himself to Badger fans across the nation for his part in what was one of the greatest wins in Camp Randall history against rival Michigan Saturday night. But Monday afternoon he endeared himself to a whole new group of fans who are awed, not by the way he tackles an opponent, but by his sheer resiliency. Count me as one of them.last_img read more

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Dornsife launches drop-in advising program

first_imgDornsife’s new Express Advising Service will be held on Thursdays in Grace Salvatori Hall. (Valerie Taranto/Daily Trojan) Hawkins said if a question cannot be answered in drop-in advising, the student will be referred to their personal adviser. Hawkins said the advising office will track the number of students who participate and the types of questions they ask, so they can make improvements. Participating advisers will also be able to give feedback on the program. The Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences will begin piloting a new drop-in advising program next week where students can meet with advisors without making appointments. The current advising policy at Dornsife requires students to sign up for 30-minute appointments to meet with an adviser in person, according to Dornsife academic adviser Lila Mendoza , who proposed the new program. Viannda Hawkins, the associate director of advising for Dornsife, said students often have to email their advisers with questions if they can’t sign up for a 30-minute appointment, which can lead to miscommunication or delayed responses. She said the Express Advising Service will allow students to get their questions answered more efficiently. The Dornsife Express Advising Service will allow students to talk with advisers every Thursday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Grace Ford Salvatori Hall for questions regarding topics like foreign language requirements, STARS reports and majors or minors. center_img “I also feel that oftentimes with emails, there’s always a chance of misinterpretation and [the question] not being completely understood versus face-to-face you can explain the information,” Hawkins said. “The student can ask more follow-up questions, and an adviser can ask follow-up questions, and then we can determine what is the best course of action.” “For the students who have those quick 10-minute questions, they take up those 30-minute sessions that we could be using to meet with the students who have bigger questions regarding their schedule,” Mendoza said. “Maybe they didn’t pass a course, and we really need those 30 minutes to get to the nitty gritty stuff.” Antonia Le, a freshman majoring in applied  and computational mathematics, said she hopes the program will eventually add more sessions throughout the week, so more students can participate. Since Dornsife is the largest school at USC, she said it can be difficult for students to schedule appointments or have their emails answered in a timely manner. She suggested the drop-in advising program last semester to help students get simple questions answered quickly without taking appointments away from other students who need them for mandatory advisement or more complicated questions. “The timing of [the Express Advising Service] is not great for everyone, so I feel that if it were offered on more days or if it went for a longer time on Thursdays, then more people could take advantage of what looks like a really good opportunity,” Le said. last_img read more

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55-Year-Old Man Charged With Murder

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA 55–year–old man has been arrested and charged with murder.According to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department, 55–year–old John O’Connor of Grayling Township is being charged in the death of 46–year–old Michelle Kukulski.Her body was found by a state police K-9 last week in Oscoda County after being reported missing since December 11th.Detectives believe O’Connor murdered her after a fight.Kukulski was last seen collecting her belongings at O’Connor’s home on Chase Bridge Road in Grayling Township on December 4th.Her van was later discovered with blood inside in Clarkson.O’Connor is expected to appear in court later on this month.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Besser Museum Offers New Planetarium Shows Upcoming Winter SeasonNext Great Start Collaborative in Desperate Need of Book Donationslast_img read more

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10 Most Overpaid Players in the English Premier League

first_imgLate Monday night in the Championship Playoff Final, veteran Crystal Palace striker Kevin Phillips scored a winning penalty against Watford, earning the Eagles promotion to the English Premier League and netting his club a handsome £120 million in the process.Phillips had grown out of favor at Blackpool and turns 40 this July. After being on the losing side in no fewer than three playoff finals before, he was the hero this time around, prompting manager Ian Holloway to claim that he would offer Phillips new contracts until he was 60 if he kept scoring, according to ESPNFC.But as last season’s promoted teams Reading and QPR testified, life isn’t as easy in the English top flight. Relying on a 40-year-old striker would be a huge gamble for Crystal Palace in the maiden EPL campaign. Even big stars on big wages turn out to be poor signings and present a huge financial burden on their clubs.And while the salaries afforded to Premier League players would satiate even the best among us fans, there are just some players who don’t justify their exorbitant wages.Here are the 10 most overpaid players in the English Premier League considering their current form and ability, ranked from lowest to highest paid per week. Read, weep and debateDavid Bentley, £50,000 P/W Let’s start off with a relatively measly £50,000 p/w, which is what Tottenham Hotspur’s David Bentley is currently earning, according to the Daily Mail.Yes, Bentley is still contracted to Spurs despite not having played for them in the last few seasons.For a mid-table Premier League star or a squad player at a top four club, perhaps a weekly wage of £50,000 wouldn’t be too big of an outrage, but for a player who’s been turning out at the Championship level (Blackburn Rovers most recently), it’s a travesty.We’d be surprised if Andre Villas-Boas kept him on this summer, but until the day he finally leaves White Hart Lane, Bentley is still one of the most overpaid players in the top flight.Here’s another outcast, though not to the extent that Bentley has been. Darren Bent—who two years ago signed for Aston Villa for a whopping £24 million and was once considered the premier English goal-scorer—is now languishing on the sidelines at Villa Park and doesn’t appear to belong in Paul Lambert’s plans.All this while picking up a handy £65,000 every week, according to the Mirror.Not bad for the Bents, but a stumbling obstacle for the Villans, a team looking to offload the ex-England striker to free up their wage book this summer.Oh yes, you read that right: Stephen Ireland earns £80,000 at Aston Villa, according Goal.com.The same Stephen Ireland who was supposed to become one of the league’s most exciting goal-scoring midfielders during his time at Manchester City and was linked with another money-spinning move—this time to New York Red Bulls of MLS—last year, according to the same report. Ireland’s wages make him a top priority for a Villa Park exit this summer, so why would an MLS club, with their salary policies, take a chance on him?Not that Ireland himself would mind too much, of course.Andy Carroll, the all-time most expensive British footballer ever at £35 million, has traded St. James’ Park for Anfield, and now for West Ham United’s Upton Park.Carroll, who might turn out to be a quite formidable England center-forward yet, is a textbook example of a square peg in a round hole. When Brendan Rodgers arrived at Liverpool to form a team in its historic pass-and-move mold, he quickly determined that Carroll just didn’t quite meet his requirements.So, a season in London and seven league goals on, he has the choice of moving to West Ham on a permanent deal, according to the Guardian. The mooted fee, £15 million, seems more reasonable than the £35 million Kenny Dalglish paid, and perhaps soon the Reds will rid themselves of the quite flabbergasting £90,000 p/w Carroll is currently on.It’s not surprising that big wages are linked to big transfer fees, but it is most definitely surprising that Joleon Lescott once cost £22 million, according to BBC Sport.Lescott played a big part in Manchester City’s first ever Premier League title last season but has rightly been replaced by the precocious Matija Nastasic this term.He remains a solid defender for both club and country and, if he moves on this summer, will most likely remain in the top flight and would prove a good acquisition for his new club.He’d have to take a wage cut though—because at £90,000 a week, according to the Daily Mail, he’d find no suitors outside of his current club. Another player who had an impressive 2011-2012 campaign but has been off the boil this past season is Tottenham Hotspur’s Emmanuel Adebayor.After an exciting season on loan from City at White Hart Lane, Spurs went all out to secure his permanent signature last summer, at a transfer fee of around £5 million, according to the Telegraph.To facilitate the transfer, Adebayor reportedly had to take a considerable pay cut from his reported £170,000-a-week wages at the Etihad Stadium, with City offering a sizeable payoff to the Togolese striker.Not that £100,000 a week is worth the hassle, though. Especially for a return of five league goals all year.Ashley Young, £130,000 P/W When Manchester United won the race for Ashley Young for a reported £16 million, according to the Mirror, it was celebrated as a triumph over their club rivals Manchester City and Liverpool and a coup at a relatively modest amount for an exciting winger.There’s always a different story beneath the transfer fee, though.At £130,000 a week, Young has commanded at least £13 million in basic wages since his move to Old Trafford, and that’s not even including performance-based bonuses.But if he keeps performing at this season’s level, he won’t be in for too much of those.Samir Nasri, £170,000 P/WAt the end of last season, after Manchester City won their first Premier League title, Samir Nasri immediately taunted his former club Arsenal by saying that he moved to the Etihad for sporting success, according to the Guardian.He was, of course, responding to jibes that he’d moved for the money, which wouldn’t have been too surprising given that City doubled his wages to a whopping £170,000 per week.It must be said that in his maiden campaign in a City shirt, Nasri performed well and was a key player in the title-winning season.A year on, after being roundly criticized publicly by ex-manager Roberto Mancini, it certainly doesn’t seem the case anymore. But with a considerable sum sitting in his bank account, Nasri will likely have the last laugh.Fernando Torres, £175,000 P/WAt the end of the 2008-2009 season, when Liverpool finished second in the league, Fernando Torres’ reputation was sky-high. A £50 million valuation wouldn’t have been far off.A year and a half onward in January 2011, an injury-weakened Torres, who seemed slightly off-form during the first half of the season, was the subject of the same sizeable bid from Chelsea, and he was off.Torres’ reported £175,000-a-week base salary, which excluded image rights and bonuses, according to ESPNFC, reflected how highly Roman Abramovich rated the Spanish striker.What transpired in the next few years is well-known. He might have turned in a better 2012-2013 season, but he still far from the Fernando Torres that we all saw in a Red shirt.Wayne Rooney, £250,000 P/WIn October 2010, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney put in a transfer request, citing concerns over the club’s squad strength, according to BBC Sport.It ended up resolving itself nicely, with Rooney signing a new contract just days after the transfer request and boosting his own wage package to £250,000 a week (Telegraph), but evidently then-manager Sir Alex Ferguson took heed of Rooney’s worries.In the following few seasons, Ferguson continued to strengthen his squad, topping it off with the marquee capture of Arsenal’s Robin van Persie last summer.The result? An off-form Rooney was demoted to the bench after the star signing overshadowed his previous importance to the team, naturally prompting yet another transfer request, according to Sky Sports.Irony at its best.last_img read more

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