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Football News: Review Of The Day 17th July 2018

Review Of The Day 17th July 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

29 year old goalkeeper David Button has left Fulham for an (you guessed it) undisclosed fee to join Brighton & Hove Albion.

Jamal Blackman has once more gone out on a season long loan as the goalkeeper takes his place amongst the ever-swelling ranks of Chelsea's loan army. Last season he spent with Sheffield United, this season he will return to Yorkshire to play for Leeds United.

Following a trial period, Reece Grego-Cox has signed a 2-year deal with Crawley Town. The 21 year old spent the second half of last season with National League side Woking following his January release from QPR. Leaving Crawley is Dutch striker Thomas Verheydt, who has returned to Netherlands after signing for Go Ahead Eagles (got to be the best team name in Holland) for an undisclosed fee.

Bradford City have made a couple of loan signings in the shape of Jack Payne and George Miller. 23 year old midfielder Payne has come from Premier League side Huddersfield Town and spent last season on loan with Blackburn Rovers. The 20 year old Miller has been lent to the Bantams from Championship side Middlesbrough.

Nigel Pearson's son James, probably most famous for being the bigoted tool who made racist comments on Leicester City's pre-season tour of Thailand which saw him booted out of the club then managed by his dad, has signed for Macclesfield Town. Unsurprisingly he was a free agent after a number of short-lived spells around and below the Football League, 'culminating' in Kidderminster Harriers.

An undisclosed fee was paid to sign Terell Thomas from Wigan Athletic. The 22 year old defender has joined League One side AFC Wimbledon.

Bury have agreed a deal with out of contract defender Chris Stokes. The 27 year old was released by Coventry City after their promotion to League One.

Another of Pedro Caixinha's signings has left Rangers. Eduardo Herrera has returned to Santos Laguna for a second loan spell with the Mexican side, having spent some time there on loan during the 2013/14 season.

A trial has been enough to persuade Oldham Athletic to sign midfielder James Coke to a 2-year deal. The 32 year old was contracted to Chesterfield last season, but only managed two appearances for the Spireites.

Big-spending National League side Salford City have splashed an undisclosed fee on Peterborough United midfielder Danny Lloyd.

West Bromwich Albion have made a double signing as they bid to return to the top flight after relegation. Defender Kyle Bartley has joined from also relegated Swansea City for another undisclosed fee of just over £4m. Goalkeeper Jonathan Bond has arrived on a free after being released by Reading. Bartley and Bond sounds more like a 70s TV show than a pair of football players...

Heart of Midlothian striker Conor Sammon has joined Motherwell on a season-long loan. Sammon spent last season on loan with Partick Thistle, who got relegated despite (or maybe partly because of?) him.

Villareal have spent £9m to sign Argentine midfielder Santiago Caseres from Velez Sarsfield.

Serbian midfielder Nemanja Maksimovic has swapped Valencia for Getafe in a £4.5m move.

Peruvian winger Andre Carrillo's time on loan last season with Watford and World Cup appearances have boosted his loan value. Last season the Hornets paid under £1m to take him on loan, this season Saudi side Al-Hilal Riyadh have paid £3.6m to take him on loan from Benfica.

Swansea's Spanish striker Borja Baston has gone on loan to CD Alaves for the season.

Watford's Moroccan wideman Nordin Amrabat has moved to Al-Nasr Riyadh in the Saudi Pro League.

Charlton Athletic's Algerian midfielder Ahmed Kashi has joined Troyes in France's Ligue 2 on a free transfer.

 

Former Scottish Ref Calls For VAR In Scotland

Steve Conroy, described as a 'top referee' in some reports, though I am not sure they have ever existed, has called on Scotland to introduce VAR into its game. Obviously buouyed by its 'success' in Russia, where it ruined the final by being used completely and utterly incorrectly. Still I do agree with him when he says that the concept is solid, it is the implementation that is the problem and more practice will help figure that out. Conroy said: "As a concept, I think it's a fantastic idea. It's going to clear up a lot of things. It's going to help the referee team get a lot more contentious decisions right. Some have still to be convinced of it. Anything new, there's always going to be teething problems, but I think the majority of referees agree with the concept of it. It shouldn't have been allowed anywhere near the World Cup until all the teething problems had been ironed out. Some of the calls, for good and bad, were a bit perplexing. It should have been trialled more extensively before it got to the biggest competition that there is. In the early stages, if teams from the Highland League are involved in the Scottish Cup, there are doubts over whether they could use it. But maybe we need to bite the bullet, you've got to start somewhere. Maybe something like a cup competition, not the World Cup but another cup competition, would be a good way of trialling it. We have to have a go at it before the Scottish Cup semi-finals, just so as many eventualities as possible have been looked at. I think the Scottish FA have always been open-minded to advances, so I wouldn't be surprised if talks were ongoing."

 

Singaporean Youngster's Fulham Move Hit By National Service Requirement

17 year old Benjamin Davis thought he was about to live the Premier League dream after he became the first Singaporean footballer to sign for an English Premier League team, in Fulham. However his dream has turned sour after his request to defer national service was denied. Davis turns 18 in November, when he is required to decide whether to give up his Singaporean citizenship, as he also holds British and Thailand passports thanks to his British father and Thai mother, or give up the next two years of football while in the armed services, police or civil defence force. Three athletes have been granted deferments in the past.

 

Henry Quits Punditry Roles

Legendary former footballer has quit his punditry TV roles to focus on becoming a football manager. The former France international has been working as an assistant manager for Belgium in the last couple of years, alongside punditry work for Sky Sports in the UK. Now he has decided to focus solely on achieving his goal of managing at the highest level possible. Henry wrote on social media: "Over the last four years I have had some extremely rewarding coaching experiences in football. These experiences have only made me more determined to fulfil my long-term ambition to become a football manager. It is with sadness, therefore, that I have decided that I must leave Sky Sports to enable me to spend more time on the pitch and concentrate on my journey to achieving that goal."

 

Sanchez Left Out Of US Tour By Man Utd

Manchester United have been forced to leave Chile forward Alexis Sanchez out of their squad to tour the United States this summer after the 29 year old was unable to get a visa. US law forbids anyone guilty of fraud from obtaining a visa to enter the country and Sanchez accepted a suspended jail sentence in Spain this year for tax fraud. There is a waiver scheme which his lawyers are working on, but the process is taking longer than expected, so he has remained behind, for now at least.

 

Cahill Retires From International Duty

Aussie footballing legend and former Everton hero Tim Cahill has announced his retirement from international football at the age of 38. He retires with 107 caps and 50 goals, making him the record holder for most outfield caps and most goals scored for Australia. Cahill was also the first Australian to score in the World Cup when he did so in 2006. Not bad for a guy that nearly lost his chance to represent Oz after appearing in a full international for Samoa at the age of just 14!

 

Barca Announce Club Record Income

In large part due to the £200m received for Neymar Jr, Barcelona have announced a club-record income for the 2017-18 season. They announced an income of 910m euros, with a 13m euro after tax profit, with the club also benefitting from winning La Liga and the Copa del Rey. The club's board are planning on reaching a 1,000m euro income in 2021.

Written by Tris Burke July 17 2018 07:20:00

 

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