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Football News: Review Of The Day 10 July 2018

Review Of The Day 10 July 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Morecambe have moved to replace goalkeeper Danijel Nizic, who moved to Australian A-League side Western Sydney, with Mark Halstead. The 27 year old was a free agent after leaving Shrewsbury Town.

20 year old England youth international Hayden Coulson has joined St Mirren on loan for the season from Middlesbrough.

After 11 months without any competitive football, former Celtic wunderkind Tony Watt has signed a one year deal with St Johnstone. He had been released by Belgian second tier side OH Leuven in February.

Genoa's Serbian forward David Milinkovic has joined Hull City for an undisclosed fee. The 24 year old was on loan with Hearts in the SPFL last season.

MK Dons have made the double signing of midfielder Ryan Harley and forward Robbie Simpson. Both players have come from new MK manager Paul Tisdale's previous club Exeter City.

Danzell Gravenberch will spend a second successive season on loan with KSV Roeselare in Belgium. The midfielder joined Reading a couple of years ago but has struggled to make any impact due to injury problems.

Following his release from Wolverhampton Wanderers, defender Hakeem Odoffin has signed for Northampton Town on a two-year deal.

Former Netherlands tae kwon do international, most remembered for his jump kick to Xabi Alonso's chest in the 2010 World Cup final between Holland and Spain, has joined Qatari side Al Ahli.

Jack Wilshere has finally agreed a deal with West Ham United, after being unable to attract the offers he was hoping for from elsewhere. Wilshere, a free agent following his release from Arsenal last season, has found his injury history limited offers to an almost pay-as-you-play deal.

Arthur has completed an initial £28m move to Barcelona from Gremio in Brazil. The 21 year old has signed a 6 year contract at the Nou Camp with a 400m euro buy-out clause. Despite starring in Brazilian football in recent years, the midfielder has yet to make his international bow, unlike the player he replaces in the Barca squad, Paulinho.

Parma have taken Italian keeper Luigi Sepe on loan from Napoli.

Former Aston Villa midfielder Karim El Ahmadi has left Feyenoord on a free transfer to join Saudi side Al Ittihad.

Portugese winger Daniel Podence has been linked strongly with Nottingham Forest in recent weeks, but he has ended up signing for their owner's other team, Olympiacos, instead. The 22 year old is one of a raft of players on the move away from crisis club Sporting CP.

Espanyol have spent £9m to sign Spanish striker Borja Iglesias from Celta Vigo.

Hamburg have received a loan fee in excess of £1m to loan USA forward Bobby Wood to Hannover 96.

Former Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has joined Australian A-League side Wellington Phoenix of New Zealand.

 

Green Appeals FA Ban

Rochdale CEO Russ Green has appealed against an FA ban for "incidents of misconduct in intermediary activity". The charges are from his previous position as Hartlepool United CEO and have lad to a ban until 30 June 2019.

 

Swansea Have Asoro Bid Accepted

Swansea City have had a bid accepted by Sunderland for 19 year Sweden U-21 international winger Joel Asoro. Asoro could well become the first signing of the Graham Potter era at the Swans. It is reported to be a figure of around £2m that has been accepted.

 

McClean Becomes Third Player To Refuse To Attend Baggies Pre-Season

It becomes ever clearer just why West Bromwich Albion got relegated last season as James McClean becomes the 3rd player, after Ben Foster and Craig Dawson, to refuse to attend a pre-season training camp. The complete lack of professionalism, as well as ability in McClean's case, is evident in an attitude that seeks to jump ship after they were the reason the team got relegated in the first place. After all the talk of how they were playing for Darren Moore, it is clear they are just selfish and have no interest in helping him prepare for next season. It is bizarre in McClean's case, as he was well above his level in the Premier League anyway and the interest in him is from another Championship side in Stoke! Seems player power is just growing beyond all comprehension when even dross squad players can just choose whether or not they turn up to work when they feel like it.

 

Leipzig Keen On Lookman Return

After Everton's England U-21 forward Ademola Lookman got a loan move to RB Leipzig for the second half of last season, against then manager Sam Allardyce's wishes, he impressed them enough that they are in talks with the Toffees over a permanent move for the 20 year old. Allardyce wanted Lookman to go to the Championship on loan but Lookman favoured a Bundesliga move and eventually Lookman got his way.

 

Spain Choose Enrique

Former Spain midfielder Luis Enrique has been given a two-year contract as manager of his country, replacing the reluctant Fernando Hierro in the role. Enrique has been out of work for a season after a bizarre but successful period in charge of Barcelona, where he was known for his fractious relationship with the media. Jose Francisco Molina has also been brought in, to replace Hierro as sporting director.

 

Croats Send Home Assistant Over Ukraine Video

Following the furore surrounding the social media video of Croatian centre back Domagoj Vida recorded saying "Glory to Ukraine!" after Croatia's win over Russia, assistant coach Ognjen Vukojev has been sent home. Vukojev was the man who took the video of Vida and posted it online. A Croatian FA statement read: "The Croatian Football Federation hereby notifies the public that Ognjen Vukojevic has been relieved of his duties as an associate of the coaching staff of the Croatian national team by decision of the management of the Croatian FA, and that he will no longer be a member of the Croatian delegation at the Fifa World Cup in Russia. The Croatian Football Federation (HNS) has decided to revoke Vukojevic's team accreditation at the Fifa World Cup and to relieve him of his duties as an observer for the Croatian national team. HNS hereby apologizes to the Russian public for the actions of a member of the Croatian delegation. Ognjen Vukojevic and Domagoj Vida likewise apologize for their statements, which were in no way intended to have political connotations, yet which unfortunately left room for such interpretations."

Written by Tris Burke July 10 2018 07:04:27

 

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