Darren Fletcher’s proposed move to West Ham is off, Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has announced. Press Association But Van Gaal appears to think the 30-year-old will remain at United, where he has five months left on his contract. “I think so,” Van Gaal said when asked if Fletcher was likely to stay at United. Fletcher has been at United for 20 years, but his experience has not been enough to earn him a regular first-team place under Van Gaal. The Scot has started just four Barclays Premier League for the Dutchman even though he was named as one of two deputies – along with Michael Carrick – to captain Wayne Rooney at the start of the season. The United boss hopes he can give the midfielder more playing time in the rest of the season. “He is my third captain so it is not a problem for me (if he comes back),” Van Gaal said. “Manchester United just want to help him play more. For him now that is a big pity. “We want to help Fletcher. That is my only concern. I am very happy he is coming back.” Van Gaal claims the Hammers wanted to make the deal temporary, rather than permanent, causing the deal to collapse. “I thought Darren was going to sign a contract,” Van Gaal told BBC Sport. “But at the end they look for a loan and that was not the agreement. “When you allow your player to go to London for the medical, there is no problem. At the end there is no agreement, it is strange. “I don’t know what is happening there but the agreement is different there. On Saturday it is off.” Speaking after West Ham’s 2-0 defeat at Liverpool, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce confirmed the deal had stalled. “Fletcher broke down on negotiations this morning. I really don’t know (what will happen) at this moment in time,” Allardyce said. Fletcher has also attracted interest from West Brom and Valencia. The long-serving midfielder looked set to leave Old Trafford for the Hammers after he had a medical at the London club on Friday. But United boss Louis van Gaal said after Saturday’s win over Leicester that the deal had fallen through after West Ham moved the goal posts.
Press Association Rickie Lambert enjoyed a whirlwind start to his West Brom career on Friday as hours after passing a medical and signing a two-year deal he marked his debut with two goals. And Lambert admitted the decision to leave Liverpool was not a difficult one. He told the Baggies’ website: ” I think the prospect of going into another season not playing was not going to happen. There were a few inquiries, but West Brom just felt right from the very beginning. That was the overriding factor.” And he revealed he was looking forward to linking up with Saido Berahino. “H e’s a very sharp player, very intelligent, very quick, he’s a good finisher. I think me and him up top would be a great partnership,” he added. “I want to get back playing football, but I want to get back playing football to score goals. “I feel like I’ve got a lot of things to prove, I’ve got a lot of hunger and desire.” The fee was agreed around lunchtime and Lambert travelled down to Birmingham for a medical ahead of the deal being completed late in the day. He then started Albion’s pre-season friendly at his old side Bristol Rovers, opening the scoring with a deflected effort in the 23rd minute and doubling his tally with a close-range finish a minute after the break. He was replaced in the 56th minute. Lambert’s move to Liverpool 13 months ago was touted as a dream return for a player rejected by the club’s academy, but it quickly became apparent things were not going to work out and Lambert turned down a move to West Brom’s midlands rivals Aston Villa in January after the Reds accepted he was no longer part of manager Brendan Rodgers’ plans. “Rickie is a good, strong, solid player who is a great character, good in the dressing room and good on the pitch,” Baggies head coach Tony Pulis told the club’s official website. “We are very pleased to have him on board. “He’s a player of great pedigree and we look forward to integrating him into our squad.” Lambert made 36 appearances for Liverpool last season, but most of those were as a substitute as he never really got a run in the side even with main striker Daniel Sturridge injured for much of the campaign. He scored just three goals, two of those in back-to-back matches in November when he was given a chance to start, but never really looked like a long-term option. The striker sealed his move to the Hawthorns from Liverpool after the clubs swiftly concluded negotiations. Press Association Sport understands the Baggies have paid just under £3million for the 33-year-old, meaning the Reds will make a loss of more than a £1million on the player who only joined them from Southampton last summer.
Though property crimes jumped slightly over the past three weeks — due in large part to the absence of students — overall crime rates continue to decrease compared with previous years.A number of crimes — mostly residential burglaries, bike thefts and auto burglaries — were reported to the Department of Public Safety during the past three weeks, but DPS Capt. David Carlisle said the crime rates this winter break were the lowest they have been in five years.“We have had a very steady decline in winter break crimes since 2005,” Carlisle said.Daily Trojan | Leah TurnerDPS is attributing the shrinking crime rates to Compstat, a program initiated by former LAPD Chief William Bratton that helps monitor crime.“The main thing is measuring where the crime is occurring and really closely measuring crime, monitoring, putting it on a map and holding our supervisors accountable to address strategies that reduce crime,” Carlisle said.DPS has been consistently working to combat crime during school breaks by offering programs like the Group Initiative for Theft-prevention, which offers free parking for students in the Parking Center, which is patrolled and secured during winter break.DPS also distributes crime prevention tips to students via e-mail. Carlisle said often when crimes occur it is because students have not adequately utilized DPS’ resources.“Some of the issues that we have are that people leave over the break and don’t take advantage of the crime prevention programs we offer,” Carlisle said.Despite the overall drop in crime, Carlisle did cite one serious crime that occurred near campus, when three juveniles tried to rob a woman with a knife near the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue.Though the would-be robbers were caught, Carlisle said DPS is continuing to work to prevent robberies.“One robbery is too many,” Carlisle said. “But we did catch them and they will be prosecuted.”