Sunday, 30 August 2015

Today's Transfer Gist (30.08.15): De Gea, Song, And More

  •  Bayern Munich have joined Paris St-Germain in trying to sign Everton defender Seamus Coleman, 26. (Daily Star Sunday) 
  • Manchester United are refusing to lower their £30m valuation of Real Madrid target David De Gea. (Sunday Mirror) 
  • But Real Madrid are putting the details in place to present the 24-year-old Spain goalkeeper as a new signing on Tuesday. (AS) 
  •  Manchester United midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger is employing a former Bayern Munich medic in an effort to get fit enough for the Premier League. (Sunday Mirror) 
  • West Brom striker Saido Berahino, 22, has not given up hope of completing a move to Spurs before the transfer window shuts on Tuesday. (Sunday Telegraph)
  • Barcelona's Cameroon midfielder Alex Song, 27, is a target for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is keen to strengthen his squad with the former Arsenal and West Ham player. (Sun on Sunday - subscription required)
  •  Arsenal are monitoring Leicester City's 24-year-old Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez. (Daily Star Sunday) Meanwhile, Leicester are close to securing a deal for 31-year-old Bayern Munich and Brazil defender Dante. (Sunday People)
  • However, Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri has played down the possibility of signing Inter Milan's 28-year-old Japan left-back Yuto Nagatomo. (Leicester Mercury) 
  • West Ham are considering a move for Hull City's Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic, 30. (Mail on Sunday) 
  • Inter Milan are ready to secure a £6m deal to take 24-year-old striker Fabio Borini from Liverpool. (Mail on Sunday) 
  • Arsenal will make an attempt to sign Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 28, from Paris St-Germain before the transfer deadline. (Fichajes - Spanish) 
  • Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany says his club will have a "dangerous" player if they complete the signing of Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 24, from Wolfsburg. (Sky Sports)
  • Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has told 27-year-old Mexico striker Javier Hernandez he can leave Old Trafford. (Sunday Telegraph)
  •  Dynamo Kiev striker Dieumerci Mbokani, 29, is set to join Norwich City on a season-long loan. (Oluwashina Okeleji on Twitter) 
  • Tunisia centre-back Aymen Abdennour, 26, has signed for Valencia from Monaco, despite a late approach from Chelsea. (AS)

Saturday, 29 August 2015

Balotelli's Ex-Girlfriend And Hot Super Model Now Dating EPL African Star

Fanny Neguesha  who was engaged to Liverpool flop Super Mario before the pair split in September of last year  has now began dating 25-year-old Senegal star Kouyate.

Fanny was in the Upton Park crowd to see her new beau score for West Ham in the 4-3 defeat to Bournemouth last weekend.

She posted an Instagram snap of herself at West Ham's stadium, with the number eight, Kouyate's squad number, hashtagged as part of the caption.

The pair are understood to have met when Fanny was in London for a photoshoot earlier this year.

A source is quoted by The Sun as saying: “Fanny is very keen on Cheikhou. They have a lot in common and when she likes someone she really lets them know.

[WEEK 4] Africans In The EPL Recap: Sako Condems Chelsea To Defeat Plus More

Jose Mourinho suffered only his second defeat in his 100th home league game in charge of Chelsea as Crystal Palace claimed a shock win at Stamford Bridge.

After a goalless first half in which Chelsea dominated possession, Palace took the lead when Malian forward Bakary Sako drove in after Congo’s Yannick Bolasie's low cross.

Chelsea responded when substitute Radamel Falcao headed in his first goal for the club.

Palace regained the lead immediately as Joel Ward stabbed in a late winner.
Chelsea, the reigning Premier League champions, are now eight points behind leaders Manchester City after four games.

 Mbemba Shines Despite Loss
An own goal from defender Fabricio Coloccini gave Arsenal an unconvincing victory over 10-man Newcastle. The toon who had Chancel Mbemba on for 90th failed to record a shot on target.
The Congolese centre back had the crowd on their feet with one marauding forward run. He was strong and athletic in defence and, at 21, looks to be a real find.

Arsenal scored early in the second half when winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's angled shot on the rebound clipped Coloccini's heel and went into the net.

Kouyate, Ogbonna And Sakho Destroy Liverpool
West Ham, despite finishing with 10 men after Mark Noble was sent-off for a wild challenge on Danny Ings, were outstanding and secured victory thanks to first-half goals from Manuel Lanzini, Noble and another in injury time from Diafra Sakho.
Liverpool, who also finished with 10 men after Philippe Coutinho was given his marching orders for two bookable offences, were absolutely wretched and this result punctures the early cautious optimism that had started to grow after their unbeaten start.

Nigerian born Italian centre back Angelo Ogbonna was rock solid at the back and kept Christian Benteke at bay with Senegalese midfielder Kouyate marshaling the centre of the pack for the Hammers.

The victory was sealed after Sakho picked up a loose ball at the edge of the box and slotted in a low drive past Mignolet. It was the first win for West Ham at Anfield since 1963 (Same year Nigeria got her independence LOL)

Iheanacho Gets Cameo Debut
Nigeria youth international Kelechi Iheanacho made his English Premier League debut for Manchester City on Saturday in a 2-0 win over Odion Ighalo's Watford.

The 18-year-old Iheanacho was an 89th minute substitute for Raheem Sterling.

The Most Valuable Player (MVP) at FIFA U17 Championship in 2013 has been unused substitute in all Manchester City's league games this season.

Iheanacho Set To Make Man City Debut After Bony Suffers Nasty Injury

Wilfried Bony will miss table-topping Manchester City's clash against Watford after suffering a nasty gash to his leg.

The Ivory Coast striker, signed from Swansea City for £28million, put a picture on Instagram of himself in a large protective boot on Friday.

And manager Manuel Pellegrini confirmed he would sit out Saturday's visit of the promoted Hornets but would be back following the looming international break.

The latest angle for an expected senior debut for Iheanacho in the EPL comes from team news out of The Etihad, which reveals that the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup most valuable player is set to step in for the injured Ivory Coast striker, Wilfried Bony.

that Bony is definitely out of City’s squad for this weekend’s EPL clash against Super Eagles rookie, Odion Jude Ighalo’s Watford, which has opened the door for Iheanacho to step in as the main beneficiary.

[RICH KID] Memphis Depay Flaunts His Mercedes Ride Worth 37million Naira!

Memphis Depay enjoyed a spot of shopping in Manchester town centre ahead of his side's trip to Swansea City - and parked his Mercedes GLA 45 AMG in a loading bay outside Harvey Nichols. 

Depay has had no problem settling into life in England and the new boy looked in high spirits as he made a visit to the British department store.
The winger has enjoyed a bright start to his Red Devils career and notched two stunning goals in his side's first-leg Champions League qualifier victory against Club Bruges.

The Manchester United new boy enjoyed a spot of shopping in town centre ahead of his side's trip to Swansea

Depay took his matte black car - worth around £120,000 - for a spin around town and parked in a loading bay for three hours while he and two friends went shopping. 

Chelsea Chase £15million Rated Algerian International

Chelsea are set to give up their attempt to sign John Stones and instead take Monaco defender Aymen Abdennour in a deal worth £15million.

The Premier League champions have decided to look elsewhere for a top-class central defender after Everton turned down their latest bid worth £38m.

The decision will come not only as a blow to Stones but also to Liverpool who have been linked with the 26-year-old Tunisian international but will now find their efforts gazumped.

Chelsea have opened negotiations with Monaco for Abdennour, whose varied career has seen him play for Werder Bremen and Toulouse, and are confident they can make the deal happen before Tuesday’s transfer deadline.

He has a strong left foot and can fill in at left back, which will probably appeal to Jose Mourinho. He was also part of a mean Monaco defence. Last season Monaco shipped just 26 goals in Ligue 1, the best record in the league and six fewer than Chelsea.

Former Super Eagles Striker Yakubu Aiyegbeni Joins Turkish Club

Ex-Nigeria international Yakubu Aiyegbeni 'The Yak' has joined Turkish Super League side Kayserispor, the club have announced.

According to the club official statement on their site, the former Middlesbrough striker has signed a year’s deal with an option for another year.

They said they hope the team will benefit from his wealth of experience as 'The Yak' has played in Portugal, England, Israel, China and Qatar.

The 32-year-old striker has netted 21 goals in 57 international appearances for Nigeria.

The ex-Reading star will be presented to the media and public on Monday.

Today's Transfer Gist (29.08.15): De Gea, Bale, Pogba And More

  • Manchester United will offer Real Madrid £65m plus goalkeeper David De Gea, 24, in exchange for Gareth Bale in a last-ditch bid to lure the 26-year-old Wales forward to Old Trafford. (Daily Star)
  • Chelsea will have to break the British transfer record and pay £72m to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, from Juventus, and pay him £82.5m over five years. (Daily Express)
  •  Pogba wants £300,000 a week to join the Stamford Bridge side which would make him the club's highest paid player, beating the £200,000 a week which Eden Hazard earns. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Chelsea are set to give up their attempt to sign Everton centre-back John Stones, 21, and instead move for Monaco's Tunisian defender Aymen Abdennour, 26, in a deal worth £15m. (Daily Mail)
  •  ExChelsea's pursuit of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba dominates the back page of the Daily Express But Zenit St Petersburg's Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay, 28, is also believed to be interesting the Blues. (Guardian)
  • Chelsea are confident of completing a deal for Guangzhou Evergrande defender Zhang Linpeng, 26, although the China international will be loaned out for the rest of the season. (Daily Telegraph)
  • Everton have told Paris St-Germain that not even a bid of £50m will persuade them to sell 26-year-old right-back Seamus Coleman. (Daily Star)
  • Manchester City are set to complete the £55m signing of Kevin de Bruyne over the weekend with the 24-year-old midfielder having sat out German side Wolfsburg's 3-0 win over Schalke on Friday. (Daily Telegraph)
  • Aston Villa are poised to sign defender Joleon Lescott, 33, from West Brom for £2m next week as the Baggies prepare to complete an £8m deal to bring in 27-year-old Manchester United centre-back Jonny Evans. (Birmingham Mail)
  •  Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is refusing to axe defender Calum Chambers, 20, despite his shaky display against Liverpool on Monday. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Stoke forward Bojan, 25, says he could have signed for other Premier League clubs after leaving Barcelona but Mark Hughes's side had everything he was looking for. (Times - subscription required)
  • Manager Steve McClaren has vowed to transform Newcastle into a team of heroes, even though they host Arsenal on Saturday still chasing a first Premier League win of the season. (Daily Express)
  • Sunderland manager Dick Advocaat has pledged to complete his one-year contract at the Stadium of Light following talks with club owner Ellis Short and the players. (Guardian) The Black Cats boss has ended his interest in 27-year-old Napoli midfielder Jonathan de Guzman. (Sunderland Echo)
  • Sunderland are set to miss out on Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow, 29, to UAE side Al Ahli. (Talksport) Advocaat will risk the wrath of Sunderland supporters with a move for ex-Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan, 33, who is a free agent after being released by West Ham. (Daily Mirror)
  • Daily Telegraph back page Gary Neville's attack on Arsenal's title credentials leads the Daily Telegraph's sports section Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says Arsenal are a "soft touch" and lack the "character and winning urge" of potential title winners. (Daily Telegraph)
  • Newcastle are still keen on Wolves striker Benik Afobe, 22, after they dropped their interest in 26-year-old QPR forward Charlie Austin. (Daily Mail)
  • Chelsea winger Juan Cuadrado, 27, says he "doesn't know" what went wrong at Stamford Bridge after joining Juventus on a season-long loan. (London Evening Standard)
  • England manager Roy Hodgson is poised to recall Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw, 20, for the Euro 2016 qualifier double-header with San Marino and Switzerland. (Daily Mirror)

Friday, 28 August 2015

Here's What Mikel Obi Had To Say About Reports Linking Him To Beşiktaş

Reports linking Mikel Obi with a summer move to Turkish Super Lig club Beşiktaş are wide of the mark.

It is being claimed that the Super Eagles star is heading for the Stamford Bridge exit, with the Istanbul side turning their attention on the central midfielder after failing to land the signature of Lucas Leiva from Liverpool.

But Mikel’s main adviser has rubbished the reports at home and abroad, stating that Mikel is staying put at Cheslea even though his appearances for the Londoners have been limited since the start of this season.

“I spoke to Mikel on Wednesday and I can tell you he is remaining at Chelsea. He has no plans of joining Besiktas, ” Mikel’s representative told

In the past, the Nigeria international had been courted by fellow Istanbul powerhouses Galatasaray and Fenerbahce but the moves never happened.

The former Lyn Oslo man is tied to Chelsea until June 30, 2017.

Home Based Eagles Win Second Friendly Game Convincingly

Home-based Super Eagles defeated Amakson Academy of Abuja 3-0 in a test match played on Thursday with Nigeria league leading scorer Tunde Adeniji grabbing a first-half brace.

Wikki Tourists striker Godwin Obaje scored the Eagles third goal in the second half, which was played by a fresh set of players.

Warri Wolves goalkeeper Okiemute Odah saved a penalty for the national team in the first half after an Eagles player handled the ball inside his box.

The Eagles are expected to break camp Friday morning, when they will be allowed to rejoin their various clubs for league matches this weekend.

The five players from the domestic league will thus resume training with the 18 foreign pros on Monday in Abuja.

The Eagles are now to fly out to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Wednesday by a chartered flight.

Tanzania welcome Nigeria to an AFCON qualifier on September 5.

Today's Transfer Gist (28.08.15): De Bruyne, Mikel, De Gea And More

  • Kevin de Bruyne is expected to earn about £200,000 a week when the 24-year-old Belgium midfielder finally completes his move from Wolfsburg to Manchester City. (Telegraph)
  • Chelsea will pursue signing 22-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus over the remainder of the transfer window. (Independent)
  • England defender John Stones was targeted by Everton fans at his home in Widnes after handing in a transfer request and is now staying in a hotel. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Representatives of Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea are increasingly confident the 24 -year-old Spain international will join Real Madrid by the end of the transfer window. (Daily Mirror)
  • Liverpool and Serbia winger Lazar Markovic, 21, a £20m signing from Benfica last summer, is joining Fenerbahce on a season-long loan. (Daily Mail)
  • And the Reds expect Italian striker Fabio Borini, 24, to leave the club before Tuesday's transfer deadline. (Liverpool Echo)
  • Chelsea and Nigeria midfielder John Mikel Obi, 28, is wanted by Turkish club Besiktas. (Daily Mirror)
  • West Ham United's England striker Andy Carroll, 26, has missed out on a move to Sevilla in La Liga. (Daily Mail)
  • Meanwhile, the Black Cats are still waiting to hear whether Napoli's 27-year-old Netherlands midfielder Jonathan de Guzman will move to the Stadium of Light. (Newcastle Chronicle)
  • QPR's Brazilian midfielder Sandro is returning to the club after work permit issues were resolved. (GetWestLondon)

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Today's Transfer Gist (27.08.15): De Bruyne, Valdes, Song And More

  •  Manchester City are confident they have finally agreed a deal to sign Belgium international midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 24, from Wolfsburg for an initial £54m. (Guardian)
  •  German football journalist Raphael Honigstein claims that "a deal is done" to bring De Bruyne to the Etihad Stadium. (Radio 5 live) 
  • City are set to make an announcement in the next 24 hours to confirm the deal. (The Times - subscription) Tottenham have reservations about making a third bid for 22-year-old West Brom forward Saido Berahino. (Sky Sports)
  •  West Brom have told Spurs they will not sell England Under-21 international Berahino unless their £25m asking price is met. (Daily Star)
  • Meanwhile, Heung-Min Son is flying into London to undergo a medical with Tottenham. Bayer Leverkusen have agreed to sell the South Korean for €30m (£21.9m), with Spurs switching targets after struggling to agree a fee for Saido Berahino. Source: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
  •  Real Madrid defender Fabio Coentrao has joined French side Monaco on a season-long loan deal.
  • Barcelona will sit down with advisors of Brazil forward Neymar, 23, before the end of the year to discuss a new five-year contract that will see his buyout clause increase to £182m. (Daily Mail) 
  • Chelsea believe they can complete the biggest spending spree in British football by signing Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, and Everton centre-back John Stones, 21, in the next few days. (Daily Mirror) 
  • Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 33, has agreed terms with Turkish club Besiktas and will join on a free transfer having been frozen out at Old Trafford. (Daily Telegraph) 
  • United have told potential suitors for Jonny Evans that they must pay £12m to sign the 27-year-old Northern Ireland defender. (Daily Star) 
  • Leicester City are in negotiations with Birmingham City over a deal for 19-year-old winger Demarai Gray and have submitted a bid to activate his £4.7m release clause. (Daily Mail)
  • Juventus make move for Song 218 70 Juventus have made a move to sign Alex Song. The Serie A champions are hoping to beat West Ham to his signature.

UCL Recap: Ahmed Musa Fires CSKA Moscow Into Champions League

Nigeria star Ahmed Musa on Wednesday night fired the goal which qualified CSKA Moscow to the UEFA Champions League group stage for the third season in a row.

 CSKKA won 3-1 at home to reverse a 2-1 loss to Sporting Lisbon in Portugal a week ago and advance on a 4-3 aggregate. And it was the Africans Musa and Seydou Doumbia from Cote d’Ivoire, who made it possible for the Russian army team. Doumbia, who also scored in the first leg in Portugal, grabbed a brace with Ahmed Musa providing the assist for the Ivorian's second goal of the night.

 In stoppage time, Sporting were reduced to 10 men after Joao Mario crashed his leg against the chest of the speeding Ahmed Musa.

 However, before all these heroics Sporting Lisbon had gone ahead against the run of play in the 36th minute through Teofilo Gutierrez. Doumbia then drew CSKA level in the 49th minute and completed his double in the 72nd minute when he finished off a low drive by Ahmed Musa.

The lively Nigeria international then popped up with the all-important goal with five minutes left on the clock.

Other Results 

Club Brugge 0-4 Manchester United (agg: 1-7)
A Wayne Rooney hat-trick followed by an Ander Herrera goal ensured that, despite Javier Hernández's penalty miss, Manchester United join Real Madrid and Barcelona in making a 20th group stage appearance. Coincidentally, Club Brugge now go into the UEFA Europa League/UEFA Cup for the 20th consecutive season, 11 more than the next longest run.

Leverkusen 3-0 Lazio (agg: 3-1)
Hakan Çalhanoğlu levelled the aggregate score late in the first half and Admir Mehmedi struck three minutes into the second before Lazio lost Maurício to a red card and Karim Ballarabi removed all doubt, meaning Leverkusen head for a tenth appearance in the group stage

CSKA Moskva 3-1 Sporting CP (agg: 4-3)
Teófilo Gutiérrez increased Sporting's aggregate advantage before the break but Seydou Doumbia scored twice and Ahmed Musa conjured a winner with five minutes to go. The visitors also had João Mário sent off late on.

Partizan 2-1 BATE Borisov (agg: 2-2, BATE win on away goals)
Ihar Stasevich pounced 25 minutes in for an away goal that proved crucial for BATE. With 16 minutes remaining Maksim Zhavnerchik put through his own net and deep in added time substitute Ivan Šaponjić gave Partizan brief hope. However, this is the fifth time BATE have gone from the second qualifying round to the group stage, twice more than anyone else.

APOEL 1-1 Astana (agg: 1-2)
Although a superb free-kick on the hour from Semir Štilić wiped out Astana's lead from the first leg, Nemanja Maksimović netted with six minutes left to book Kazakhstan's maiden UEFA Champions League group stage berth.

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Nigerian Starlet Flies In For Liverpool Medical

Taiwo Awoniyi has moved closer to signing for Liverpool as he is expected to fly out to England this week for a medical.

His trip to England means he is not likely to feature in next month’s All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville.

“He will leave this week for England to sign his contract with Liverpool and that is why he is not here training with us for the All Africa Games,” disclosed Nigeria U23 spokesman Timi Ebikagboro.

Awoniyi, who turned 18 earlier this month, is expected to sign a long-term deal with EPL outfit Liverpool and be loaned out to a club outside the UK.

He has been chased by several top European clubs including AS Monaco, FC Porto and Red Bull Salzburg.

Today's Transfer Gist (26.08.15): Neymar, Pogba, Cavani And More

  • Manchester United are willing to spend £240m on a deal for Barcelona's Brazil forward Neymar, 23. (Sun - subscription required)
  • Chelsea will continue to pursue Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, 22, until the transfer window closes despite the France international's £70m price tag because manager Jose Mourinho has concerns over current midfielders Nemanja Matic, 27, and Cesc Fabregas, 28. (Evening Standard)
  • Arsenal are considering a move for Paris St-Germain's Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 28, after France international Karim Benzema, 27, closed the door on any prospect of him leaving Real Madrid. (Daily Mirror)
  • Manchester City face new competition from Bayern Munich in the race to sign Wolfsburg's 24-year-old midfielder Kevin De Bruyne. German champions Bayern are happy to agree a transfer for next year - which could swing the deal in their favour. (Telegraph)
  • Chelsea winger Victor Moses, Tottenham's Aaron Lennon and Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj are all on West Ham boss Slaven Bilic's wanted list as he looks to add width to his squad before the end of the transfer window. (Evening Standard)
  • Everton defender John Stones, 21, is considering handing in a transfer request to force through a move to Chelsea. (Times - subscription required)
  • Pedro, 28, says he turned down offers from Manchester City and Manchester United to sign for Chelsea and confirmed he joined the Premier League champions because they showed more interest in the former Barcelona winger. (Telegraph)
  • West Brom are targeting Manchester United's Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 27, in their sights as defender Joleon Lescott, 33, is told he can leave The Hawthorns. (Talksport)
  • West Ham's loan move for Emmanuel Adebayor, 31, is back on with Tottenham ready to subsidise the Togo striker's £100,000-a-week wages. (Daily Mirror) Ajax goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, 26, has ruled out replacing 24-year-old Spain international David De Gea at Manchester United. (Talksport)
  •  Real Madrid have told Manchester United that 26-year-old Wales winger Gareth Bale is not for sale for any price. (EPSN) Bournemouth and Sunderland are competing to sign former Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman, 27, from Italian club Napoli. (Sky Sports)
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