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Football News: Review Of The Day 20th July 2018

Review Of The Day 20th July 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Andy Taylor did enough during a trial spell to clinch a one-year contract with Oldham Athletic. The 32 year old defender was released by Blackpool at the end of last season.

Huddersfield Town have sold midfielder Sean Scannell to Bradford City for an undisclosed fee.

Another trial spell did its magic for striker Alex Reid this time. The 22 year old forward, who was released by Fleetwood Town, has signed for Stevenage.

Crawley Town have made a double signing as manager Harry Kewell looks to build a side to gain promotion next season. Defender Romain Vincelot has arrived from Bradford City for an undisclosed fee, while midfielder Felipe Morais had been released by Bolton Wanderers. Both players are 32 years old.

A two week trial with Shrewsbury Town has earned goalkeeper Steve Arnold a two-year deal with the New Meadow side. The 28 year old's previous club were National League side Barrow.

Dutch winger Yanic Wildschut has been loaned out again by parent club Norwich City. The 26 year old former Ajax man spent the second half of last season on loan with Cardiff City and is now joining Bolton for the whole of the 2018/19 season.

Sheffield United have confirmed they spent a club record undisclosed fee of just over £4m to get the signature of Brentford captain John Egan. The 25 year old Republic of Ireland international defender has agreed a four year deal with the Blades.

Liverpool have broken the long-standing transfer record for a goalkeeper after spending 75m euros to sign 25 year old Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker from AS Roma. Roma have also sent Argentine forward Ezequiel Ponce on loan to AEK Athens.

Fiorentina have paid over £3m to sign Danish midfielder Christian Norgaard from Brondby IF.

Striker Adam Rooney has left Aberdeen of the SPFL to sign for Salford City in the English National League. The move triggered a bizarre war of words between the 'world's worst coach' and part-owner of Salford, Gary Neville, and Accrington Stanley owner Andy Holt, over claims Salford are trying to buy their way into the Football League as Rooney's salary is a reported £4,000 a week.

SPAL have paid a £2.7m loan fee to take Italian striker Andrea Petagna on loan from Atalanta.

Everton's Swiss/Kosovan forward Shani Tarashaj has joined Grasshoppers Zurich of the Swiss Super League on loan.

 

Lennon Admits McGinn's Future Is Out Of His Hands

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon has admitted that he has no involvement in talks over star midfielder John McGinn's future. Reigning SPFL champions have tried to sign him this summer but Lennon admits that he has no knowledge of how the talks are progressing, or even if Hibs are still in contact with his former club. Lennon said: "Negotiations might be going on or they might have stalled. I don't know. But he's a cracking player, one of our best, and he needed the 90 minutes. Our focus now is all on next week and that will do John the world of good."

 

Hearts Admit To Ineligible Player

SPFL side Heart of Midlothian have admitted to a clerical error which has led them to field an ineligible player in their Scottish League Cup victory over Cove Rangers. 18 year old Andrew Irving signed a new deal with the club in January, but they had failed to register it, making the teenager ineligible. They will now face a hearing to decide their fate. Last season Albion Rovers were thrown out of the Challenge Cup and fined £2000 for fielding an ineligible player. Hearts opponents, Cove Rangers named an ineligible player on their bench in 2016 but only received the £2000 fine as he never made it onto the field of play.

 

Rosenborg Sack Head Coach

With less than a week to go until Norwegian club Rosenborg face Celtic in the Champions League they have sacked their manager. 52 year old Kare Ingebrigtsen led his side to a 3-2 aggregate win over Icelandic champions Valur the day before his sacking. Ingebrigtsen has won 3 successive league titles as well as two Norwegian Cups since taking charge in 2014. Academy director Rini Coolen will take interim control while a long term replacement is sought.

 

Monchi Denies Roma Lack Of Ambition

Following the world record, for a keeper, sale of Alisson Becker and the sale of lynchpin midfielder Radja Nainggolan this summer, AS Roma director of football Monchi has denied the Italian club lack's ambition. Roma have brought in a number of signings, including Argentine midfielder Javier Pastore from PSG and Dutch winger Justin Kluivert from Ajax, which Monchi points to as a sign the club is looking towards strengthening a side which reached the Champions League semi-finals last season. Monchi said: "When a very substantial offer comes in you have to consider it. We weighed up the pros and cons and decided to speak to Liverpool. Selling Alisson would not show a lack of ambition. For me, ambition is about doing the right thing after thinking everything through. I understand the fans' view. I want them to know we're working to build a stronger team. Some people never thought we'd be able to sign Kluivert. The same goes for Pastore. Perhaps today is tough for some fans, but we've brought in top players. I came here to build a strong team, not just for one year but for many years to come - and I'm 100% sure that will be the case."

 

Rangers Contact Police In Scotland Over Racial Abuse By A Rangers Fan

Rangers have been in contact with the police to attempt to track down a fan of the club, following footage emerging online showing the man racially abusing a child and ending with him saying "white power" to a group of Macedonian children, before the club played a Europa League tie in the country. Obviously a brave 'man' who gives abuse to children, says a lot about the kind of prick he is that he chooses children. Police Scotland have confirmed they have brought the footage to the attention of their counterparts in Macedonia and are assisting in the investigation.

 

Sanchez Finally Gets US Visa

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez can finally join his Manchester United team-mates on their tour of the USA after he finally received his visa. The 29 year old had needed to get an exemption to travel to the country due to his 16-month suspended jail sentence for tax fraud in Spain.

 

Tax May Have Pushed Ronaldo Out Of Spain

The president of Spain's La Liga, Javier Tebas, has claimed that Spain's high tax rate was a factor in Cristiano Ronaldo's decision to move to Italy. Ronaldo left Real Madrid, after 9 years in the Spanish capital, to join Juventus recently, with Tebas suggesting money is a consideration. Tebas told Marca TV: "He'll earn more money than here. I think that fiscally it favours him to go to Italy. Here, in Spain, we have a problem with fiscal competition. Out of the biggest leagues, Spain is where the players have the worst tax situation. It's not that elsewhere the rate is so much lower, but when you're earning significant sums then these little differences in rates translate to a lot of money for the players."

Written by Tris Burke July 20 2018 07:10:01

 

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