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Football News: Review Of The Day 30th January 2019

Review Of The Day 30th January 2019
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Review of the Day

 

Transfers

Jese Rodriguez has been sent out on loan again by Paris Saint-Germain. The Spanish forward spent an unsuccessful season at Stoke City last season and will now spend the rest of this one with Real Betis.

Millwall centre-back Sid Nelson has joined Tranmere Rovers on loan for the rest of the season.

Midfielder Grant Leadbitter has returned to Sunderland. The 33 year old began his career with the Mackems and is now back there on a 2 and a half year contract after Middlesbrough granted him a free transfer.

Ryan Sweeney's loan with Mansfield Town has been turned into a permanent deal on a free transfer from Stoke City. Stoke have also released Mohamed Diallo.

League Two promotion chasers Carlisle United have made a triple signing. Peter Grant terminated his deal with Plymouth Argyle to sign a short-term deal with the Cumbrians, while Callum O'Hare and Nathan Thomas have joined on loan from Aston Villa and Sheffield United respectively.

Norwich City have paid an undisclosed fee to sign young defender Akin Famewo from Luton Town.

Former Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori has returned to Sporting Clube de Portugal, the club he began his career with. Sporting have paid an undisclosed fee to Reading to sign the 25 year old centre back. Fellow Reading defender Gabriel Osho has left on loan for Bristol Rovers.

An undisclosed fee of just over £300,000 has been paid by Wigan Athletic for Danny Fox from Nottingham Forest.

Stoke City have signed defender Danny Batth from Wolverhampton Wanderers for just over £3m. The 28 year old had been on loan with Middlesbrough.

Rangers goalkeeper Jak Alnwick has extended his loan with Scunthorpe United. Alnwick will now spend the rest of the season with the Iron.

St Johnstone and Partick Thistle have made a swap deal of loans. Steven Anderson has moved to Thistle and Niall Keown has gone the opposite way. Andrea Mbuyi-Mutombo has left Partick Thistle "by mutual consent".

Kilmarnock have signed defender Alex Bruce, the son of Steve, on a short term contrac. The veteran had been released by Wigan Athletic. Killie have also allowed midfielder Iain Wilson to go out on loan to Queen of the South.

Exeter City midfielder Jordan Tillson has joined Cheltenham Town on loan.

Southampton have allowed Ryan Seager to leave on a free transfer to join Yeovil Town.

Another player given a free transfer is midfielder Mitch Rose, who was released by Grimsby Town and signed for Notts County.

Abo Eisa has joined Shrewsbury Town on loan from Colchester United.

Villareal have loaned Portugese centre-back Ruben Semedo to Rio Ave. The defender had just returned from a loan spell with Huesca.

Inter Milan have spent just under £7m to buy young defender Andrew Gravillon from Pescara and send him back on loan for the rest of the season.

Former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan has moved from Levski Sofia to Turkish Super Lig side Buyuksehir Beldiye Erzurumspor.

Atalanta have spent £3.6m to sign Brazilian defender Ibanez from Fluminese.

Leeds United have sent forwad Hadi Sacko on loan to Ankaragucu.

Juventus have paid a loan fee of over half a million pounds to take Martin Caceres back from Lazio.

Sevilla have taken Croatian midfielder Marko Rog on loan from Napoli.

 

Contracts

Christophe Berra has signed a new contract with Hearts. The 33 year old defender will have an extra year with the Edinburgh club, with his contract now extended until 2021.

21 year old defender Jason Kerr has signed an extension to his St Johnstone contract, despite interest in him from Barnsley. The youngster came through the academy at Saints and is now signed until 2022.

 

Bwalya Has Ban Reduced

Former African footballer of the year, Kalusha Bwalya, is free to return to football after the 2 year ban he was given from all football was reduced on appeal. Bwalya was banned by FIFA for accepting a gift after his links to banned Qatari official Mohammed Bin Hammam were investigated. Bwalya's fine was also cut from 100,000 Swiss francs to just 10,000. Bwalya was a former president of the Football Association of Zambia and had withdrawn his candidacy for a FIFA council seat due to the investigation.

 

Villareal Copy Monaco

It seems a new trend has begun following Monaco's decision to sack Thierry Henry and replace him with the man that Henry replaced. Villareal have sacked their manager Luis Garcia, after just 49 days in charge, and replaced him with the man that he replaced. Javi Calleja was sacked in December and will now return to try and save the team from relegation.

 

QPR And Pompey Hit With FA Charge

After all 22 players were involved in a brawl during Saturday's FA Cup 4th round tie, QPR and Portsmouth have have charged by the FA with "failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion." Three players received yellow cards in the melee following Nahki Wells equaliser for the Hoops.

 

Accies Part Company With Canning

Hamilton Academicals manager Martin Canning has left by "mutual agreement" with Accies sat in 10th in the SPFL table, having picked up just one point in the last 8 games. The club are now looking to bring in a head coach to work under director of football Alan McGonigall. Chairman Allan Maitland claims the Scottish club have been "inundated" with applications for the role.

 

Killie To Lay New Artificial Pitch

After investigating the possibility of converting to a proper grass pitch, Kilmarnock have decided to instead lay a new artificial pitch and put a second artificial pitch behind one of the stands. Manager Steve Clarke told shareholders: "Economically it's the best thing for the club. They would have to find probably about £10m to put down a grass pitch and build suitable training facilities. So short to medium term it's the best option. It means all the players come to Kilmarnock, they engage with the community when they come to the town to train and I think that's really important."

 

FA Investigate Homophobic Abuse In Cheltenham

The Football Association is looking into claims that Macclesfield Town's new boss Sol Campbell was subjected to homophobic abuse during Saturday's League 2 match with Cheltenham Town. In what seems an admittal of guilt, Cheltenham have since posted on their website to remind supporters that it is against the law to shout or chant discriminatory abuse.

 

Qatari Win Greeted By Shoes

With political tensions high between Qatar and the UAE, as Qatar is accused of supporting terrorism, it was little surprise that Qatar's national anthem was booed before the start of their Asian Nations semi-final against UAE. Less expected were the scenes during the game, as Qatar humbled UAE on the pitch, in UAE, 4-0, to reach the final and face Japan. After Qatar took a 2-0 lead, shoes were thrown at the goalscorer and corner takers for Qatar were pelted with plastic bottles for the rest of the game. With more shows being flung onto the pitch throughout the match, it had to be paused to clear up as UAE's players pleaded with their fans to stop.

 

Toon Set To Break Transfer Record

This week could turn out to be a great one for long-suffering Newcastle United fans. The Tyneside club are set to break their transfer record to sign Miguel Almiron from Atlanta United, just a day after beating Manchester City 2-1 in a shock Premier League victory. The 24 year old Paraguayan playmaker is set to finally see Newcastle break the transfer record set in 2005, after Mike Ashley's lackeys at last removed their restriction on manager Rafael Benitez, which had limited his transfer spending to a maximum of £13m on any one player.

 

Arnautovic Suffers Injury

West Ham United striker Marko Arnautovic was seen leaving Molineux on crutches after the 29 year old suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Wolverhampton Wanderers. The Austrian had recently signed a new contract with the Hammers after the club rejected offers for him from Chinese clubs.

 

Elbows Agrees Chinese Move

Manchester United's man with the flying elbows, Marouane Fellaini, is closing in on a lucrative move to China, after the Belgian agreed personal terms with Shandong Luneng. Fellaini was a symbol of how far United had fallen post-Alex Ferguson, as the lumbering midfielder was the first player bought after Ferguson's retirement.

Written by Tris Burke January 30 2019 05:41:37

 

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