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Football News: Review Of The Day 31st August 2018

Review Of The Day 31st August 2018
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Belgium international midfielder Nacer Chadli has moved to AS Monaco from West Bromwich Albion for an undisclosed fee. The 29 year old has signed a three year deal with the Ligue 1 side after they agreed a to pay just under £11m to get him.

Rayo Vallecano have signed Stoke City midfielder Giannelli Imbula on a season-long loan. Imbula spent last season on loan in Ligue 1 with Toulouse.

Port Vale have made a double signing with free agent former Bournemouth winger Ben Whitfield joining on a two year deal. Blackburn Rovers midfielder Lewis Hardcastle has joined on loan for the season.

Jonathan Walters has returned to Ipswich Town on a loan deal until January. The Burnley forward played for Ipswich before he joined Stoke City.

Another double signing was made by Scunthorpe United, who picked up a goalkeeper and a forward on loan until January. Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has joined from Rangers and striker Ike Ugbo has been brought in from Chelsea.

Defender Steve Seddon has been loaned out by Birmingham City to League Two's Stevenage until January.

Wycombe Wanderers have also brought in a pair of signings as Millwall forward Fred Onyedinma and QPR defender Charlie Fox have arrived on loan until January. Fox played a couple of pre-season games for Wycombe on trial.

Southampton academy product Sam McQueen has moved to Middlesbrough on a season long loan deal. Leaving Boro for the same period is defender Enes Mahmutovic.

Burton Albion have gone one better than the rest (so far) by making a triple signing. Midfield duo Jake Hesketh and Jake Flannigan have joined from Southampton, while Andrew Cole's sone Devante has joined on loan from Wigan Athletic. All three will be there until the 2nd of January.

Former Liverpool and Manchester United youngster Sam Hart has rejoined League One side Rochdale on loan from Blackburn Rovers until the end of the season. The 21 year old defender spent the end of last season on loan at Dale.

Grimsby Town have taken Sunderland midfielder Elliot Embleton on loan until January.

West Ham United have sent midfielder Josh Cullen to Charlton Athletic on loan for the season.

Portsmouth forward Conor Chaplin has joined Coventry City on loan until January.

Izzy Brown has rejoined the Chelsea masses on loan as the 21 year old forward has moved to Leeds United for the rest of the season. The striker has a long-term knee injury, so he will not be fit to play for the Yorkshire side straight away.

Despite not having a manager, Cheltenham Town have made another signing in the shape of striker Tyrone Barnett on loan from Port Vale initially until January.

Midfielder Brad Walker has joined Wrexham on a six-month loan deal from Crewe Alexandra.

Everton striker Sandro Ramirez has returned to Spain for a season-long loan with Real Sociedad.

Strasbourg have paid just under £4m for South African striker Lebo Mothiba from LOSC Lille.

Former Arsenal youngster Nacer Barazite has been released by Turkish Super Lig side Yeni Malatyaspor.

Ola Toivonen, the former Sunderland striker, has swapped Toulouse to join the Australian A-League as he signs for Melbourne Victory.

Marseille have paid over £10m to Red Star Belgrade for Serbian winger Nemanja Radonjic.

Liverpool's young winger Sheyi Ojo has signed a new contract and then immediately been loaned out for the season to French Ligue 1 side Stade Reims.

PSV Eindhoven have spent in excess of £7m to sign Mexican midfielder Erick Gutierrez from CF Pachuca in the Mexican Liga MX.

 

Celtic Close In On Double Signing

Celtic have rejected what manager Brendan Rodgers called a "significant" bid for striker Moussa Dembele. Rodgers said: "We don't want Moussa to go and I can't see it happening. There's not a huge list of players that can come in and offer the qualities Moussa gives us." The reigning Scottish champions are also closing in on a double signing, with free agent midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu close to signing and a loan deal for Leicester City defender also nearing completion.

 

Zaha Left Out By Ivory Coast

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has been surprisingly left out by the Ivory Coast from their squad for a forthcoming Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in September.
Ivory Coast 23-man squad:
Goalkeepers: Sayouba Mandé (Odense BK, Denmark), Badra Ali Sangare (Free State, South Africa), Sylvain Gbohouo (TP Mazembe, DR Congo)
Defenders: Eric Bailly (Manchester United, England), Serge Aurier (Tottenham Hotspur, England), Mamadou Bagayoko (KV Mechelen, Belgium), Ghislain Konan (Reims, France), Adama Traore (Göztepe, Turkey),Kouadio-Yves Dabila (Lille, France), Lamine Kone (Strasbourg, France), Wilfried Kanon (Ado Den Haag, Holland)
Midfielders: Jean Michaël Seri (Fulham, England), Serey Dié (Basel, Switzerland), Jean-Eudes Aholou (Monaco, France), Franck Kessié (AC Milan, Italy), Cheick Doukouré (Levante, Spain), Serge N'Guessan (Nancy, France)
Forwards: Jonathan Kodjia (Aston Villa, England), Roger Assalé (Young Boys, Switzerland), Nicolas Pépé (Lille, France), Max-Alain Gradel (Toulouse, France), Vakoun Issouf Bayo (Dunajská Streda, Slovakia), Maxwell Cornet (Lyon, France)

 

Oyston Still Looking To Hold Onto Blackpool

Despite having next to no support amongst the fans, Owen Oyston is looking to hold on to his shares in the north west club. Daughter and club chairman Natalie Christopher said: "In an ideal situation, he'd like to be able to agree a settlement and find the money and move on. He'll only sell if he absolutely has to. If, financially, someone comes along and they can afford to pay the wages and look after it for the next hundred years, then it might be an consideration. It's not his first choice but he's not going to see it come to any harm if he can help it." She also attempted to cast doubt on Valerie Belokon's attempts to take control of the club, which have been ongoing for a long time, with the Latvian currently being unable to pass the fit and proper persons test. Christopher suggested Belokon did not actually want to own the club: "I don't think Mr Belokon wants to take the club on. I think there's been some mixed messages there from everybody. It's been around the town that he wants to come and take it over when I don't think that's his intention. He may surprise us. Owen knows he has the finances to look after it in the future so he'll be comfortable in him taking it and moving forward with it if that's what Mr Belokon wanted to do. It's a difficult situation and it's got to be settled somehow."

 

English League Cup Draw

Third round draw
West Brom v Crystal Palace
Arsenal v Brentford
Burton Albion v Burnley
Wycombe v Norwich
Oxford United v Man City
West Ham v Macclesfield
Millwall v Fulham
Liverpool v Chelsea
Bournemouth v Blackburn
Preston v Middlesbrough
Wolves v Leicester
Tottenham v Watford
Blackpool v QPR
Everton v Southampton
Man Utd v Derby
Nottingham Forest v Stoke

 

Shaw Get Recall

Gareth Southgate, who now seems to be defined by whether or not he is wearing a waistcoat each time he is picked out by TV cameras at a game, has recalled Manchester United full-back Luke Shaw to his squad. He then followed that up by moaning about the lack of English players for him to pick from in the Premier League. Which pretty much explains why the likes of Loftus-Cheek and Lallana have been called up.
England squad
Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke), Jordan Pickford (Everton), Alex McCarthy (Southampton)
Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Fabian Delph (Manchester City), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Harry Maguire (Leicester City) Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), James Tarkowski (Burnley), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Manchester City)
Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Chelsea)
Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal)

 

Champions League Draw

Group A: Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Monaco, Club Brugge.
Group B: Barcelona, Tottenham, PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan.
Group C: Paris St-Germain, Napoli, Liverpool, Red Star Belgrade.
Group D: Lokomotiv Moscow, Porto, Schalke, Galatasaray.
Group E: Bayern Munich, Benfica, Ajax, AEK Athens.
Group F: Manchester City, Shakhtar Donetsk, Lyon, Hoffenheim.
Group G: Real Madrid, Roma, CSKA Moscow, Viktoria Plzen.
Group H: Juventus, Manchester United, Valencia, Young Boys.

Written by Tris Burke August 31 2018 06:40:36

 

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