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Football News: Review Of The Day 21st July 2018

Review Of The Day 21st July 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Southampton attacker Sofiane Boufal has joined Celta Vigo on loan for the season. The 24 year old Moroccan fell out of favour as, despite his mercurial and abundant talents, he only managed 4 goals in 59 appearances, regularly flattering to deceive in a Saints shirt.

Jack Colback has returned to Nottingham Forest on a season long loan from Newcastle United. The midfielder spent time on loan with Forest last season. Leaving Forest is left back Armand Traore, who has joined Turkish Super Lig side Rizespor.

Fleetwood Town have made a triple signing of two forwards and a midfielder. Forward Ched Evans has joined on a season-long loan from Sheffield United after the 29 year old failed to score a single goal for the Blades last season. Striker Chris Long rejoins from Burnley, having previously been on loan to Fleetwood in 2016. Midfielder James Wallace has been on trial with Fleetwood and has signed a short term deal after being released by Tranmere Rovers last season.

Macclesfield Town have added two to their ranks with the re-signing of goalkeeper Rhys Taylor, who had been a regular between the sticks for the Silkmen before leaving for Newport County in 2015, and midfielder Michael Rose, the veteran having left Morecambe in the summer.

A double transfer swoop was also made by Carlisle United. The Cumbrians have taken two players on six-month loan deals. Teenage midfielder Regan Slater has joined from Sheffield United and striker Jerry Yates from Rotherham United.

Callum McManaman has returned to Wigan Athletic from Sunderland. The 27 year old winger began his career there and was seen as a hot prospect before a couple of lacklustre moves to West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland. Ex-Celtic defender Glenn Loovens has signed for Sunderland following his summer release from Sheffield Wednesday. The 34 year old is the seventh player to sign for the Black Cats already this season. Also leaving Sunderland is full-back Billy Jones, who has joined Rotherham United on a free transfer after being released.

Brentford winger Florian Jozefzoon has signed for Derby County for an undisclosed fee of £2.79m.

Following his release by Falkirk, defender Paul Watson has agreed a two-year deal with Dundee United.

Also in Scotland, Livingston have added to their team with Albanian youngster Egli Kaja, who has joined on a season-long loan from AFC Wimbledon.

Monaco have sold midfielder Adama Diakhaby to Huddersfield Town for £9m. The 22 year old Frenchman has signed a 3 year contract with a club option for a further year.

South African striker Percy Tau has joined Brighton & Hove Albion from Mamelodi Sundowns for just under £3m. They are now intending to loan him out for the season.

Leicester City have prepared for the expected sale of Kasper Schmeichel, who is looking for a move away, by buying Liverpool goalkeeper Danny Ward for £12.5m. The 25 year old Welsh keeper has more caps for his country than he has first team appearances for Liverpool under his belt. Wrexham will be boosted as they had a sell-on clause in the contract when they sold him to Liverpool for £100,000 in January 2012.

Fiorentina have taken Brazilian winger Gerson on loan from AS Roma.

Olympique Marseille have splashed out over £17m on Croatian centre back Duje Caleta-Car from RB Salzburg.

 

Billionaire Duo To Invest In Villa

Financially struggling English Championship side Aston Villa have received a major boost as it has been revealed that a pair of billionaires are set to invest heavily in the Birmingham-based club. American Wes Edens co-owns NBA franchise the Milwaukee Bucks and Egyptian businessman Nassef Sawiris is part of his nation's wealthiest family, with his father and brother also being billionaires. Villa had been in desperate need of financial input as current owner Dr Tony Xia, who will remain on the board as co-chairman, had been struggling to make ends meet, the club missing a £4m tax payment in June. Xia claims to be struggling with cash flow problems due to China imposing strict rules on moving money out of the country, as they canceled their government backing for football spending. With parachute payments reducing and other income down as a result of a couple of seasons outside of the Premier League, the club are still likely to need to sell some players to keep within FFP guidelines.

 

Milan's Euro Ban Overturned

AC Milan have had their one-year ban from European football overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. UEFA had slapped the penalty on Milan after they failed to meet FFP requirements, but CAS have asked them to issue a more "proportionate disciplinary measure".

 

Spurs' Duo Sign New Deals

Tottenham Hotspur pair Son Heung-min and Erik Lamela have signed new long-term contracts with the North London club. South Korean international Son has signed a new 5-year deal, Argentine winger Lamela has agreed a four year deal.

 

Russian Club Deny Cancelling Transfer Over Race

Third-tier Russian outfit Torpedo Moscow have denied withdrawing from plans to sign Russian/Congolese defender Erving Botaka-Yobama due to the colour of his skin. The 19 year old was set to join from Lokomotiv-Kazanka Moscow when a group of bigots, I mean imbeciles, sorry morons, no wait 'fans', that was the word I was looking for, known as Zapad-5 Ultras (ultra being another word for f***wit) posted on a Russian social media site that: "Black may be one of our club's colours, but we only want whites in our ranks." Torpedo have denied that played any part in their decision, instead insisting that it was simply because Lokomotiv-Kazanka had demanded a transfer fee. Torpedo said: "Skin colour is never a criterion when selecting a player. Racism has no right to exist. We adhere to this point of view."

 

Roma Owner Gets Euro Ban

AS Roma owner James Pallotta has been banned from attending any UEFA-sanctioned games for three months and the club have been fined 19,000 euros following incidents during and after their Champions League defeat by Liverpool. Pallotta's punishment is for calling the match officiating an "absolute joke", while the club were sanctioned for insufficiant organisation, a blocked stairway and for fans setting off fireworks. Roma had received a 50,000 euros fine after the first leg of the tie.

Written by Tris Burke July 21 2018 07:06:07

 

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