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Football News: Review Of The Day 6th July 2018

Review Of The Day 6th July 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Watford have signed Ben Foster from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee. Foster is one of two players, the other being Craig Dawson, that refused to go on the club's pre-season training camp in order to force a move away. Also joining Watford for an undisclosed fee is Swedish winger Ken Sema. The 24 year old is the latest player to be cherry picked from Ostersund following the departure of former manager Graham Potter and cost just over £2m.

Burton Albion have completed the double signing of Scott Fraser and David Templeton from Scottish clubs. Both players turned down new contracts with their previous clubs and join as free agents, Fraser from Dundee United and Templeton from Hamilton Academical.

Port Vale have completed the signing of a whole new team with striker Scott Quigley, on loan from Blackpool, making it 11 signings this summer.

Another undisclosed fee has seen Bradford City forward Dominic Poleon move to Crawley Town.

Mark Howard has returned to Blackpool on a 2 year contract. The 31 year old keeper had a short stint with the Tangerines during the 2011/12 season and has returned following his release from Bolton Wanderers.

Leeds United have offloaded two players. Andy Lonergan has left by mutual consent, while young striker Jay-Roy Grot has moved to Holland on loan with VVV-Venlo for the season.

Brighton & Hove Albion have splashed out £9m for the services of Brazilian full-back Bernardo from RB Leipzig.

Italian striker Samuele Longo has been sent on loan to Spanish La Liga side SD Huesca from Inter Milan. Huesca have also signed Eugeni Valderrama from Valencia.

Fede Vico has stepped up from Spanish second tier side Lugo to join Leganes on a free transfer.

Bologna have paid £4.5m for young Swedish midfielder Mattias Svanberg from Malmo FF.

£36m has secured Spanish full-back Alvaro Odriozola for Real Madrid from Real Sociedad. Leaving Madrid is midfielder Lucas Torro, who has signed for Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt for just over £3m.

Greek keeper Orestis Karnezis, who spent last season on loan at Watford, has left parent club Udinese to sign for Napoli for a fee of £2.25m. Keepers are the order of the day in Naples, as young Italian keeper Alex Meret has also arrived at Napoli from Udinese. His fee was nearly £20m. Napoli have also strengthened their midfield with Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz joining from Real Betis. The 22 year old has added another £27m to their bill.

Kevin-Prince Boateng has returned to Italian football after joining Sassuolo on a free transfer. Boateng had been playing for Eintracht Frankfurt last season.

 

Tunisia Consider Joint World Cup Bid

After Morocco were once again overlooked as hosts of a World Cup, with the 2026 hosting rights being awarded to a triple team of USA, Canada and Mexico, Tunisia are now looking into the feasibility of doing something similar in North Africa, along with Morocco. Algeria's sports minister had announced this week that they were studying whether such an idea would be workable. Morocco, have declared an intention to bid for the 2030 World Cup, but they have yet to confirm interest in a potential partnership. Their five previous bids to host the World Cup have all been turned down in favour of other hosts. They will be up against another triple bid, from South American nations Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, who hope to mark the centennial of the first ever World Cup in 1930, which was held in Uruguay.

 

Forest Have Grabban Bid Accepted

Championship side Nottingham Forest, the former double European Cup winners, have had a bid accepted for Lewis Grabban. Bournemouth loaned the 30 year old striker out for the whole of last season to Sunderland and Aston Villa, with Grabban notching 20 goals during the season. With the forward deemed surplus to requirements at Premier League Bournemouth, they have been happy to accept the £6m offered by Forest.

 

Henry Gets One Year Football Ban

Former director of player recruitment at West Ham United, Tony Henry, has admitted a misconduct charge in relation to his comments regarding African players, who he described as causing mayhem when not in the team. Henry also said that the Hammers would not sign any more African players. Sacked by West Ham over the comments, which they termed 'unacceptable', Henry will now be banned for a year from football and must attend an FA education course before he can return to the sport.

 

UEFA Makes Changes For European Comps

UEFA have announced a number of changes for next season's Champions and Europa Leagues. They will now allow a 4th substitution to be made in extra-time. There will also be a change for the final of both competitions, where there will be 12 substitutes listed, instead of the 7 permitted during the remainder of the tournaments. All UEFA competitions have also legalised the use of any kind of small, mobile, hand-held electronic communication where it directly relates to player welfare/safety or for tactical/coaching reasons.

 

Everton In The Community Scores Another Win

Everton FC have shown once again that they are a club at the heart of the local community with their latest project. After smashing their £230,000 target to reach £244,000, the charity arm of the Merseyside club have bought and refurbished a house in the shadow of their Goodison Park ground which will be used to house at risk youngsters when they need a place to stay. The project was done in conjunction with Everton's U-23s squad, to give them the chance to give something back to those less fortunate than themselves. They have now begun working towards a project they call 'Hub of Hope', a walk-in health centre for people who need support with their mental health, such as those at risk of suicide. They already have a vacant plot of land earmarked for the project and are just looking for help and donations to begin work on it.

Written by Tris Burke July 06 2018 08:07:12

 

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