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Football News: Review Of The Day 1st August 2018

Review Of The Day 1st August 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Leeds United have paid an undisclosed fee of just over £7m to sign striker Patrick Bamford from fellow English Championship side Middlesbrough. Winger Hadi Sacko has moved out of Leeds on loan to Spanish second tier side Las Palmas.

Relegated Swansea City have made a double signing. Kosovan international Bersant Celina has joined from Manchester City for £3m. Scotland international Barrie McKay has cost £500,000 from Nottingham Forest.

Reading have sent striker Sam Smith on loan to Oxford United for the season.

Just over a month after being released by West Bromwich Albion, Boaz Myhill has signed a one year deal with the relegated Championship side.

Former Crewe Alexandra and Plymouth Argyle right back Kelvin Mellor has agreed a deal with Bradford City. The 27 year old was released by Blackpool in the summer.

Veteran defender Nicky Hunt has joined Crewe Alexandra on a 1-year contract. Hunt was released by Notts County in the summer.

Former Manchester City youngster George Evans has become Derby County's fifth signing of the summer, joining from Reading for an undisclosed fee.

Forest Green Rovers have added yet another player with the arrival of Paul Digby from Mansfield Town for an undisclosed fee.

Accrington Stanley have sold defender Janoi Donacien, with the transfer fee earmarked for new dressing rooms. Ipswich Town have signed the 24 year old on a season-long loan that will become permanent when his work permit comes through. Accrington chairman Andy Holt (Gary Neville's twatter buddy) said: "The fee means a great deal to us and for us, it's going into new changing rooms."

Dutch youngster Philippe Sandler has joined Manchester City. The 21 year old started out in the Ajax academy and was signed from PEC Zwolle.

One of the stars of Croatia's run to the World Cup final was right back Sime Vrsaljko and now the full back has swapped Atletico Madrid for Inter Milan. The Serie A club have paid a loan fee of over £7m for the Croat on loan for the season. Joining Atleti to replace him is Colombian right back Santiago Arias from PSV Eindhoven for a fee of just under £10m.

Veteran Icelandic international midfielder Emil Hallfredsson has moved to Frosinone from Udinese. Udinese have added Brazilian goalkeeper Nicolas on loan from Verona.

German centre back Benedikt Howedes has left the Bundesliga to join the Russian Premier Liga as Lokomotiv Moscow pay Schalke 04 £4.5m for the centre back.

 

Rowett Expects To Hold On To Butland

Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has been the subject of much speculation over the summer, but Stoke manager Gary Rowett has revealed the club have not received a 'strong offer' for the England keeper. Rowett said: "I expect him to stay, I hope he stays. I'm also pragmatic enough to know anything can happen. I imagine he would be the type of player who some teams would covet. I'm a realist but I hope he's still here. I can only react and answer what's in front of me. The answer is we haven't had an offer which the club feel is financially viable - or I don't think any strong offer yet. Jack has never made any real moves to want to leave and he's contracted to us and we're not even a week away from the first game."

 

6 Year Ban Reduced On Appeal To 4 Years

Gordon Derrick, the former Caribbean Football Union president, had been banned for 6 years after being found guilty of a number of bribery and conflict of interest charges. That ban has now been reduced on appeal to just 4 years, while his 30,000 Swiss franc fine has been halved.

 

Managers To Be Shown Cards Next Season

Managers in the English Premier League can now receive red and yellow cards for misconduct and will also face verbal cautions for "irresponsible behaviour" from the start of the new season. Cards can also be received in the FA Cup, Football League, League Cup, EFL Trophy and National League. Four bookings will result in a 1 match ban, with more punishments accruing if they pick up more cards. Suspensions for players have also been altered slightly, with suspensions now competition-specific.

 

Poch Not Sure Of Signings

Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he does not know if Tottenham Hotspur will sign any players this summer before the transfer window shuts on the 9th August. Spurs have so far not added to their team this summer, with money being tight due to the building of a new stadium. Pochettino said: "I don't know if we are going to sign or not. We're working on that. I cannot tell you if we're going to sign one, zero, two or three or four. We're working. It's true it's so close, the transfer window is so close, but the club's doing everything to help the team and add some players, more quality, and try to help us in the season to achieve what we want. If you compare with Europe I think you are at a complete disadvantage and I'm sure it does not help the clubs in the Premier League. We are all in the same situation in England. I don't know if the rest of the teams are happy with that decision - personally I think it's not right."

 

Bordeaux Set For US-Takeover

Ligue 1 side Girondins de Bordeaux is in negotiations with US-based investment fund GACP set to buy the shareholding of current owners M6 Group. M6 have owned the club since 1999 but have decided to sell due to higher levels of investment required to compete in French football. A statement from M6 said: "Due to the growing financial power of several Ligue 1 clubs, M6 Group believes that the sale of FC Girondins de Bordeaux to GACP, which has set out an ambitious sporting vision backed by a long-term investment strategy, would represent the best option to maintain the club's position and help improve its results over time."

Written by Tris Burke August 01 2018 06:21:08

 

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