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Djokovic downs Murray to reach last four, Nikishori wears down Wawrinka

first_imgWorld number one Novak Djokovic wore down his old foe Andy Murray in a typically gruelling encounter under the lights at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday to reach the semi-finals of the U.S. Open.In a repeat of the 2012 final, which Murray won, the pair combined for some stunning long rallies before Djokovic pulled away for a 7-6 (1) 6-7 6-2 6-4 victory to set up a semi-final against Kei Nishikori of Japan.Wimbledon champion Djokovic took the first set on the tiebreak, 7-1 and led 3-1 in the second set only for Murray, cracking his forehand brilliantly, to hit back and take the second-set tiebreak by the same score.But Djokovic always looked that little bit fresher and after racing through the third set, one break in the 10th game of the fourth set gave him a place in the last four.Tenth-seeded Nishikori registered his second consecutive upset by edging Australian Open champion Wawrinka 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7) 6-7 (5) 6-4 and was again made to work hard.Having already played the longest match of the tournament in the fourth round, a bruising four-hour 19-minute battle with Canadian Milos Raonic, Nishikori had enough left in the tank to get past the Swiss third seed in a four-hour 15-minute test of wills.“I don’t know how I finished the game, but I’m happy,” an exhausted Nishikori, who had a medical timeout in the third set to have his right foot taped, told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.“I feel amazing. I’m very happy to come to my first semis. I hope I can recover again and hopefully I can play 100 percent tennis next round.”On a sultry evening, Williams sleepwalked through the start of her quarter-final with Flavia Pennetta as the 12th seeded Italian broke twice on the way to a shock 3-0 lead.But the world number one, bidding for a sixth U.S. Open title and third in succession, woke from her slumber, storming through the next six games and romping to a 6-3 6-2 win.Determined to make up for a disappointing season in which she failed to reach the quarter-finals in any of the three previous majors, Williams broke her fellow 32-year-old in the fifth and seventh games to advance in 63 minutes.“It feels so special to be back in the semi-finals for the first time this year,” Williams, yet to lose more than three games in any set this championship, told the Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.“It’s an unbelievable feeling. I’m so happy to have done it here.”Russian left-hander Makarova made her best mark in grand slam singles by outslugging Victoria Azarenka, the U.S. Open runner-up the last two years, 6-4 6-2 in a snappy 87 minutes.Makarova has hoisted major trophies but always as part of a partnership, as winner of the French Open doubles in 2013 with Elena Vesnina and in mixed doubles at the 2012 U.S. Open with Brazilian Bruno Soares.The Russian, however, has thrived on her own racket at Flushing Meadows, advancing without the loss of a set and dumping seventh seed Eugenie Bouchard in the process.Boldly going for winners at every opportunity against the former world number one, Makarova pressured Azarenka to a dozen break points and cashed in twice in each set for her victory.“Finally I’m in a semi-finals, finally I’m here,” gushed the 26-year-old Makarova at Arthur Ashe Stadium.“It’s a great feeling.”Results from the U.S. Open Men’s Singles Quarterfinal matches on Wednesday 1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat 8-Andy Murray (Britain) 7-6(1) 6-7(1) 6-2 6-410-Kei Nishikori (Japan) beat 3-Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland) 3-6 7-5 7-6(7) 6-7(5) 6-4Results from the U.S. Open Women’s Singles Quarterfinal matches on Wednesday 1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat 11-Flavia Pennetta (Italy) 6-3 6-217-Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) beat 16-Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) 6-4 6-2last_img read more

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Ricciardo takes first F1 pole in Monaco

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinAUSTRALIAN Daniel Ricciardo seized the first pole position of his Formula One career at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday with world championship leader Nico Rosberg joining him on the front row for Mercedes.“High time,” shouted the Red Bull driver over the team radio after being told the news.The pole, in a time of one minute 13.622 seconds, was the team’s first since Sebastian Vettel at the Brazil Grand Prix in November 2013.It was also the first time since 2012, when Ricciardo’s compatriot Mark Webber was on pole for Red Bull, that Mercedes did not secure the top slot in Monaco.Triple world champion Lewis Hamilton qualified third, a remarkable recovery after his car suffered a fuel pressure problem at the start of the final session and had to be pushed back along the pit lane.Ferrari’s Vettel will join the Briton on the second row for the season’s showcase race, where the harbourside track winds through twisty metal-fenced streets and overtaking is extremely difficult.Ricciardo, who won three races in 2014 and has made three starts from the front row in his career, came to Monaco with a new and more powerful Tag Heuer-branded Renault engine.“I knew coming into the weekend we would have a shot at it,” said the Australian.“I have been driving well but haven’t quite got maximum rewards so I came into this weekend with a lot of confidence and a lot of belief I could be in this position now.”While Ricciardo celebrated, there was disappointment in the other half of the garage with 18-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen crashing in the opening session.The teenager, whose victory on his Red Bull debut in Spain two weeks ago made him the sport’s youngest winner, will start on the back row.“I turned in a bit too early, broke the suspension and then couldn’t recover from it. It’s a case of misjudgment,” he said after hitting the curb and smashing into the barrier at the exit to the swimming pool section.Hamilton’s hopes of pole suffered a big blow at the start of the final 12-minute session when Mercedes told him to stop at the end of the pit lane as he headed out.Mechanics ran to recover the car, which was fixed in a frantic flurry of activity in the garage.He then had to abort his first attempt at a quick lap, slowing to avoid being caught in traffic, before setting the third-best time.“I don’t really know what to say at the moment but the good thing is I did get out to do a lap at least,” said Hamilton, whose disappointment was plain to all.“It was as bad as some of the races I have been in, in respect of the engine problems, so I’m grateful to be up in third. Pole was there for the taking but I will do what I can in the race to salvage what I can.”Rosberg leads Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who qualified sixth but has a five-place grid penalty due to a gearbox change, by 39 points after five races. The German has won the last three Monaco Grands Prix.Hamilton is 43 points behind his team mate, who started the season by winning four races in a row.Germany’s Nico Hulkenberg qualified fifth for Force India.Verstappen’s crash and a blown engine in Brazilian Felipe Nasr’s Sauber meant red flags were waved twice to stop the session in the opening phase.last_img read more

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Gor out to repeat 87′ double by skinning Ingwe

first_imgA win would cement the status of the class of 2013 as K’Ogalo legends, emulating their 1987 predecessors who are the last of the great Gor teams to win the league and cup double as well as the defunct CAF Cup Winners Cup to complete the treble.Despite the recent weeks being one long party after Gor snapped an 18 year-old drought to return to the apex of domestic football, having not won their last two matches, any game against Leopards is enough motivation to rouse K’Ogalo from their carnival mood in the latest installment of the fixture christened ‘Mashemeji (in-laws) Derby.’The defending champions who will be chasing a third consecutive domestic cup title, has been training under closed doors at their citadel City Stadium in Nairobi ahead of the much anticipated derby at the cathedral of Kenyan football, Nyayo National Stadium.Speaking to Capital Sport on Thursday, K’Ogalo coach Bobby Williamson expects a tough match with knocks affecting his charges not a threat to his aspirations.“There are a few injuries but I have a big squad, I’m never concerned about players who are injured, we carry on and give other players a chance to play but that’s up to me to make the decision on Sunday.“GOtv Shield is a tournament the boys have been doing well over the last few years and on Sunday we are at it again.“We have to make sure we don’t disappoint our fans who turn out in large numbers, but it’s a derby any one can win,” the former Uganda Cranes tactician who will be at the touchline for his second Mashemeji derby told.“I decided to come with a new programme to train under closed doors because it’s professional, we should not be having people coming to watch our training, be it the local fans, because the players will not concentrate,” Bobby declared.Captain, Jerim Onyango, admitted the team was still in celebratory mood, a fortnight after lifting the KPL trophy but players have tried to moderate it and focus on winning the Shield.“Playing against our arch-rivals is already a motivation as it’s a big match and we know the game will not be easy because we are the defending champions.“Expectations are high from our fans that have been loyal to the team and also, we want to lift the Shield for the third time so that we can keep it forever,” the outstanding K’Ogalo custodian who is seeking to emulate David Ochieng and Tirus Omondi who were in goal in 1987 added. He will be competing with Tanzanian Ivo Mapunda, who has played in all GOtv matches thus far for the gloves.With the Green Army now chanting ‘Gigiwasekao’ a Luo expression meaning ‘we have taken these things’ in-form striker Dan Sserunkuma who has found the back of the net four times against Ingwe, will be looking to raid the Leopards den once again.At the back, Harambee Stars revelation, defender David ‘Calabar’ Owino, alongside Musa Mohammed and Donald Mosoti will be tasked with locking out Leopards attacking force led by the red-hot Allan Wanga.Isaiah ‘Janabi’ Omondi, Otieno Solo, Otieno Bassanga, Bobby Ogolla (now assistant head coach), Jaffer Mwidau and captain Austin Oduor marshalled the defence of the last K’Ogalo double winners.In midfield, the likes of Israel Emuge, Joseph Njuguna, Eric Ochieng and the rising sensation Joseph Wanyonyi have their 87 equivalents Abass Magongo, Charles Otieno, Okello Zangi, Onyango Fundi, Ochieng Pierre and Odembo ‘Artillery’ Nyangi to emulate.Of course, Sserunkuma will draw comparisons with Peter ‘Omuga’ Dawo, the striker who joined K’Ogalo in 1987 and had a habit of sinking winning goals such as the one against Zamalek that won Gor the Mandela Cup, the only continental club crown in Kenya’s name.Fellow forwards, Edwin Lavatsa and Kevin Omondi have Anthony Ndolo, Sammy Onyango and Ben ‘Breakdance’ Oloo to look up to as they face the side they beat in return leg of the 1987 league courtesy of Dawo and on the final of GOtv predecessor, Moi Golden Cup, where Ingwe were clawed 2-0 to complete the treble.Sunday’s crunch fixture will witness Gor and Leopards legends square it out to curtain raise for the final for the first time. The winner of the tournament will pocket Sh2m (USD 23,201.80) as the losing finalist will walk away with Sh750, 000 (USD 8700.68).Leopards last silenced Gor on October 2, 2011 with a 3-1 victory in the KPL but K’Ogalo have since them found a way to skin their foes, the latest being on August 25 when they came from 2-0 down to force a 2-2 draw in the league that effectively extinguished Leopards hopes of stopping their title charge.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000NAIROBI, Kenya, November 14 – There is no better way for Gor Mahia to end their most successful season in decades by stuffing the old enemy.The Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions will pause their title party in a bid to extend their recent dominance over AFC Leopards when the bitter rivals clash in the GOtv Shield final on Sunday.last_img read more

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Leeds agree season-long loan deal for Paraguay striker

first_imgLeeds United have announced the signing of Club Nacional forward Brian Montenegro in a season-long loan deal, subject to international clearance.The Whites also confirmed they have to option to make the 21-year-old’s switch permanent, if he enjoys a successful stint at Elland Road.Montenegro, who can play as a winger or striker, is capped for Paraguay at Under-20’s level and spent the 2011/12 season on loan at West Ham.He only joined Paraguay top flight runners-up Club Nacional in July, having netted nine goals in 36 appearances for former side Club Libertad.The forward is the Championship outfit’s club’s 15th arrival of the summer. New Leeds forward Brian Montenegro 1last_img read more

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VIDEO: Is this the best head tennis bucket challenge yet?

first_imgChelsea have done it, Manchester United have done it, but none of them compare to this.Argentinian side Club Comunicaciones were the latest side to try the head tennis bucket challenge and it may be the best one yet.They involve all 11 players (plus two subs) and head the ball up and down the steps of their stadium.Check out the video for yourselves above!last_img

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Van Gaal says Man United ‘more boring’ under Mourinho and he prefers City

first_img Louis van Gaal has criticised Jose Mourinho Louis van Gaal says Manchester United have become more boring to watch under Jose Mourinho and he would rather watch their bitter rivals Manchester City.Van Gaal, who was replaced as United manager by Mourinho in May 2016, was regularly accused of adopting a defensive style of play during his time in the Old Trafford hotsteat.But the Dutchman, speaking after United lost to City on Sunday to fall 11 points behind the leaders, has defended his approach and claimed the club has regressed under Mourinho.“I would rather watch City than United,” said the Dutchman. “You need quality in a squad and it’s clear City have a better squad.“If you ask me how did I do at United, I will say it was my best year ever, given the circumstances I was working under.“We played football that was quite all right. But it’s not football that is appreciated in England. And yet, right now, looking at United, I have to conclude Mourinho is not being criticised while it’s far more boring football.“What United produce now is defensive football. I always played attacking football. The proof is that the opposition were always parking the bus.“They don’t do that now because Jose Mourinho plays so defensive.” 1last_img read more

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Oppo’s new offering Oppo 3000 launched

first_imgPopular Chinese smartphone manufacturer has just launched its fourth handset in the space of one month. The device, Oppo 3000 has presently only been launched in China at a price of CNY 1,599 (around Rs 16,000). Details of availability outside China are not yet known.The Android KitKat-running smartphone has a 4.7-inch HD display. The Oppo 3000 runs on a 1.2 GHz  64-bit Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage.On the back it sports a 8MP snapper, on the front it has a 5MP camera. The phone comes with Oppo’s VOOC fast-charging technology, which claims to charge 75 per cent of the battery in just 30 minutes. It comes with 2000mAh battery.The Oppo 3000 will be available in the colors black and white.last_img read more

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MP bypoll: BJP trails in Ratlam-Jhabua LS seat,retains Dewas

first_imgAssembly segmentBhopal, Nov 24 (PTI) In a keenly fought bypoll held in the wake of the BJPs rout in Bihar, the party nominee Nirmala Bhuria is trailing behind her Congress rival by over 60,000 votes in the Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat in Madhya Pradesh, which the saffron party won in 2014.The ruling party, however, retained the Dewas Assembly constituency by an impressive margin.Bhuria is trailing behind Congresss Kantilal Bhuria by over 60,000 votes in the Ratlam-Jhabua Lok Sabha seat, as per the latest trends.BJPs Gayatri Raje Puar won the bypoll from Dewas Assembly seat by an impressive margin of 30,778 votes, defeating Congress Jai Prakash Shastri, an election official said.Puar got 89,358 votes, while Shastri secured 58,580 votes in the bypoll necessitated by the death of Gayatris husband Tukoji Rao Puar of erstwhile royal family of Dewas.In Dewas, the Imperial Party of Indias Sanni Singh Kanwar got 760 votes, while Samajwadi Partys Haji Hatam Bhai secured 635 votes. Besides, 1,460 voters favoured NOTA (None of the Above) option.In Ratlam-Jhabua, Congress has fielded former Union minister Kantilal Bhuria while the BJP gave the ticket to Petlawad MLA Nirmala Bhuria, daughter of Dileep Singh Bhuria, whose death necessitated the bye-election.Dileep had won the polls for the first time on BJP ticket from the seat in 2014, while as a Congress leader he had held the same seat six times. PTI MAS GK NM PRMlast_img read more

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Transfer latest: Man Utd given backing for Neymar bid

first_imgStoke seal €16m Ndiaye move Badou Ndiaye Stoke CityStoke City have completed the signing of midfielder Badou Ndiaye from Galatasaray for a fee of €16 million.The 27-year-old Senegal international made 17 league appearances for Galatasaray this season, scoring one goal and adding three assists. Read the full story on Goal! Madrid offer €35m plus Kovacic for ParedesLeandro Paredes ArgentinaReal Madrid have made a €35 million offer for Zenit St Petersburg star Leandro Paredes, says Argentine newspaper  Clarin .The 23-year-old Argentine midfielder has attracted interest from Juventus since impressing in Russia after making a €27m move from Roma last summer Madrid have offered a big fee plus Mateo Kovacic in exchange for Paredes, but the former is apparently hesitant to move to Russia.Griezmann tops Barca list Antoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBarcelona have made Antoine Griezmann their top transfer target for the summer as they grow concerned over the strength of their European rivals,  Mundo Deportivo   reports.The Catalan side are already making plans for future transfer windows and dream of pairing France star Griezmann with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho, but will have a tough time convincing Atletico Madrid to let him go.But with the likes of Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City set to continue adding to their squads for next season, Barca are hoping to lure more big names to Camp Nou.Bayern enter Pulisic pictureChristian Pulisic Borussia DortmundBayern Munich have identified Christian Pulisic as a potential replacement for Franck Ribery or Arjen Robben but face tough competition to sign him, Sport Bild reports.The German side could lose one of their star wingers at the end of the season as their contracts are yet to be renewed, and see United States international Pulisic as a good option to boost their attack.But Borussia Dortmund have already set a price of €45 million for the 19-year-old and do not want to sell him, but he has already attracted interest from Manchester United. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries. Transfers Transfer news & rumours: Man Utd given backing for Neymar bid Goal Last updated 1 year ago 02:33 2/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Neymar PSG Montpellier Ligue 1 27012018 Gettyimages Transfers Premier League Serie A Bundesliga Primera División Ligue 1 Goal takes a look at the biggest transfer news and rumours from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and beyond Man Utd given backing to chase NeymarManchester United will be given the financial backing to pursue Paris Saint-Germain attacker Neymar, Don Balon reports.Jose Mourinho’s side are sponsored by American car company Chevrolet, who believe the world’s most expensive player would help their profile in Europe and Asia if he were to be signed by the Old Trafford side, and as such are ready to fund a mammoth move for him.The Portuguese, meanwhile, is said to be “more than happy” with the idea, but Real Madrid are also hovering. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Hey, big spenders!Laporte, Coutinho, AubameyangThe January transfer window has slammed shut, and it was another busy one for leading clubs around the world.Goal has pieced together a breakdown of the 20 most expensive deals done, which can be found here.We also have a list of the top-spending clubs, and that can be viewed here.Mahrez misses training againRiyad Mahrez, Leicester CityRiyad Mahrez did not turn up for Leicester City training on Thursday due to his ongoing frustration with the Foxes denying him a move to Man City, according to Sky Sports News.City were rebuffed in their efforts to sign the Algeria international on deadline day, with Leicester demanding £95m for the attacker. After handing in a transfer request to force through a move, Mahrez is reportedly “depressed” as his strike continues.Juventus in for TahHD Jonathan TahJuventus will move for Bayer Leverkusen centre-back Jonathan Tah in the summer, according to Sport Bild.The 21-year-old Germany international is highly rated and has a bargain €25 million release clause that can be activated following the 2017-18 season.The Italian champions are looking to bring in a new generation behind aging centre-backs Giorgio Chiellini (33) and Andrea Barzagli (36).Madrid turned down AubameyangAubameyang Arsenal Premier LeagueArsenal were given a free pass to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Real Madrid rejected the chance to sign the player, Gol Digital reports.Los Blancos might have signed the player for €55 million – significantly less than the €65m Arsenal paid – but they were left cold by the way the Gabon international striker pushed his way out of Dortmund. Ozil snubbed Barca, PSG and Man UtdMesut Ozil ArsenalMesut Ozil turned down Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to pen a new contract at Arsenal, reports Sport Bild.The Gunners are yet to confirm the penning of fresh terms, but Goal revealed on Wednesday that the German is set to commit to a deal through to 2021.Mahrez a summer target for Man CityRiyad Mahrez Leicester City WatfordPep Guardiola has suggested that Manchester City will go back in for Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez over the summer.Goal revealed on Tuesday that Mahrez had emerged as a late window target for the Premier League leaders, with a £60 million offer tabled, but they were ultimately put off by the Foxes’ demands.Read the full story on Goal.Risky businessJurgen Klopp, LiverpoolGoal’s Liverpool correspondent, Melissa Reddy, believes Jurgen Klopp’s transfer waiting game following the sale of Philippe Coutinho is a risky business.The Reds are lighter on quality, creativity and final-third production after not bringing in anyone as cover, with centre-back Virgil van Dijk the only addition made at Anfield.Check out the full story here.Barca plot Griezmann swap dealAntoine Griezmann Atletico MadridBarcelona are prepared to offer Andre Gomes in a part-exchange deal for Atletico Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann, according to Diario Gol.The Catalan giants remain keen in bolstering their attacking ranks and will press ahead with a move for the France international in the summer.Galaxy star dreaming of adding IbraZlatan Ibrahimovic, Man Utd v Brighton, 17/18Zlatan Ibrahimovic is “one of the best strikers in history” and has those at the LA Galaxy daring to dream of a MLS move, says Giovani dos Santos.The enigmatic frontman is being heavily linked with a switch to America as a short-term contract at Manchester United runs down.Read the full story on Goal.Meyer to make future callMax Meyer Schalke 04Schalke midfielder Max Meyer is to make a decision on his future in the coming days, reports Bild, with a new contract having been put to him.Arsenal and Barcelona are among those reported to be keen on the 22-year-old Germany international and will be keeping a close eye on developments.Giroud only wanted ChelseaOlivier Giroud ChelseaOlivier Giroud says he wanted “Chelsea and nowhere else” after completing an £18 million deadline day transfer from Arsenal.The France international has said of his move to Stamford Bridge: “I wanted to sign for Chelsea and nowhere else. I really wanted to play more. I wanted to stay in the Premier League, and Chelsea for me is perfect because I can even stay in London.“But the first reason is the sporting challenge. That has always been my first priority. Everything is here for me to be happy.”Read the full story on Goal.Nobody called MertensDries Mertens NapoliNapoli forward Dries Mertens generated talk of interest from England and China prior to the winter deadline, but maintains that he received no offers.The Belgium international was linked with Arsenal and Manchester United before the January window closed.Read the full story on Goal.Arsenal’s late bid for Evans laughed offJonny Evans West Brom Premier LeagueArsenal’s late attempt to sign West Brom centre-back Jonny Evans was laughed off by the Baggies, according to the Daily Mail. The Gunners reportedly only bid £12 million for the 30-year-old, which was half of what West Brom were asking for the Northern Ireland international. Winners and losers of the transfer windowAlexis Sanchez, Virgil van Dijk, CoutinhoGoal’s Mark Doyle has put together a list of the biggest winners and losers of the recently completed January transfer window. Did Arsenal, Barcelona, Jose Mourinho and Liverpool end up in the winners or losers category? Read the article here to find out!Barca target Alaba for the summerDavid Alaba, Bayern Munich, 17/18Bayern Munich defender David Alaba is on Barcelona’s summer wish-list, according to AS .According to the report, Barcelona technical secretary Robert Fernandez has asked president Josep Maria Bartomeu to find the funds to sign the Austria international.The Catalan side are long-term admirers of the 25-year-old, who can play left-back, centre-back and in the midfield. Mahrez could go on strike at LeicesterRiyad Mahrez Leicester CityRiyad Mahrez is furious that Leicester City denied him a deadline-day move to Manchester City, according to the Mirror . Mahrez is threatening to go on strike and never play for the Foxes again after the club placed a £95 million valuation on his head, denying him the move to City he desired.A friend of the Foxes star said he was “depressed” over the collapse of his transfer. Man Utd wanted permanent Blind move to Roma Daley Blind Manchester UnitedManchester United killed Daley Blind’s deadline-day move to Roma after the Red Devils insisted that the deal be a permanent one, according to Express .Roma were only interested in a loan for the Netherlands international, who has fallen down United’s depth chart this season.Mangala joins Everton on loanEliaquim Mangala Manchester CityManchester City centre-back Eliaquim Mangala has joined Everton on loan for the rest of the seasonThe arrival of Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao made Mangala expendable, and the 26-year-old heads to Merseyside in search of more playing time. Read the full story on Goal! Slimani joins Newcastle on loanIslam Slimani Leicester CityNewcastle United have completed the signing of Islam Slimani from Leicester City on loan until the end of the season.The 29-year-old striker was Leicester’s club-record signing, with the Foxes paying Sporting CP nearly £28 million for the Algerian in 2016.But Slimani has seen his playing time diminish since Leicester hired Claude Puel as manager in October 2017.Read the full story on Goal! West Ham win Hugill raceJordan Hugill, Preston North EndWest Ham have confirmed the signing of striker Jordan Hugill from Championship side Preston North End.The 25-year-old has signed on a four-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee after being subject to interest from multiple Premier League sides. Read the full story on Goal! Moreno moves to SociedadHector Moreno MexicoMexico center back Hector Moreno has ended a rough stint at Roma and made the move to La Liga side Real Sociedad. Moreno earned just 317 minutes in six matches across all competitions after moving to Roma in the summer and has returned to Spain in search of playing time ahead of the World Cup this summer. Read the full story on Goal! Giroud facing another top-four fightOlivier Giroud Chelsea BournemouthAfter watching his new side lose 3-0 to Bournemouth, it appears that Chelsea signing Olivier Giroud’s situation hasn’t changed much. As Goal ‘ s Nizaar Kinsella writes, Giroud has “moved from one London club that been content with a top-four finish and a good cup run for years to another with similarly declining ambitions.”Read the full story on Goal! Ayew returns to SwanseaAndre Ayew West Ham UnitedAndre Ayew has returned to Swansea City in a club-record deal from West Ham.The Swans paid a reported £18 million for Ayew’s services just 18 months after the Ghana international departed the club to sign with the Hammers.Ayew will have the chance to play alongside younger brother Jordan, who is in his second season with the Swans after joining from Aston Villa in 2017. Read the full story on Goal! Real Madrid target admits Inter talksLautaro Martinez Argentina U20Racing Club wonderkid Lautaro Martinez has admitted his agents are in talks over a move to Inter, despite interest from Real Madrid.The 20-year-old was previously close to a move to Atletico Madrid, and has stressed that he will make the final decision on his own future. Read the full story on Goal! last_img read more

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