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Algerian striker Slimani frozen out of Sporting Lisbon

Algerian striker Islam Slimani

Algerian striker Islam Slimani

  Algeria international Islam Slimani continues to train away from the Sporting CP first team.

The Leicester City, West Ham United and Trabzonspor target wants to be allowed to move on.

However, Sporting CP president Bruno de Carvalho is insisting on top price to sell Slimani, which has angered the player.

The striker has been banned from training with the first team squad while he refuses to commit to the new season.

For the moment, De Carvalho is referring all interested clubs to Slimani’s €30 million buyout clause, though is expected to climbdown as the transfer deadline draws near.

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Arsenal prepare offer for Southampton midfielder Wanyama

Arsenal target Victor Wanyama

Arsenal target Victor Wanyama

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is weighing up moving for a new midfield signing.

The Daily Mail says Mikel Arteta’s ankle injury will prompt Arsenal to consider their transfer options over the coming days.

The need for more defensive qualities in his midfield remains. Much faith has been placed in the versatility of Calum Chambers but Arsenal have taken a fresh look at his former Southampton clubmate Victor Wanyama.

The Kenya midfielder impressed scouts in last week’s game against Liverpool where he helped suppress the influence of Steven Gerrard on the game.

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Liverpool chose Balotelli after pulling out of Eto’o deal

Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto'o

Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers chose to move for AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli yesterday only after holding talks with Samuel Eto’o.

The Daily Mail says talks had been continuing with the Cameroon striker’s people up to Wednesday.

Everton have also held talks with Eto’o's representatives but while Roberto Martinez recognises the qualities the 33-year-old still possesses he has similar reservations to Liverpool and wonders whether a tight budget will be put to better use on younger players.

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Club World Cup will go ahead in Morocco despite Ebola scare

 

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Fifa has confirmed that the  Club World Cup will go ahead in Morocco for a second successive year despite concerns about the Ebola epidemic.

Parts of western Africa have been struck by an outbreak of the virus, raising concerns about the suitability of the competition being held in Morocco in December.

However, the sport’s world governing body has moved to ease any worries and assured the teams competing that the welfare of the players and staff will take precedence.

“The health of players, officials and supporters is an absolute priority during any Fifa competition,” a statement read.

“According to the World Health Organisation, there have not been any recorded cases of Ebola in Morocco, so consequently there is no reason to discuss a possible change of venue. “Should the situation change, we will make contact with the participating clubs.”

Champions League winners Real Madrid head the list of sides already qualified for the competition, with Auckland City, San Lorenzo, Cruz Azul and Moghreb Tetouan also taking part.

The final two teams to qualify will come from Africa and Asia, with the CAF Champions League still in the group stages and the Asian equivalent down to the last eight.

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Ghana winger Atsu reveals he snubbed other offers to agree Everton loan move

Atsu has joined Everton on loan

Atsu has joined Everton on loan

Chelsea winger Christian Atsu is excited about his move to Everton.

He was an unused substitute for the Blues at Leicester City on Saturday but could now help both his loan club and parent club when Arsenal visit Merseyside this weekend.

“After the World Cup, when I came back to Chelsea they told me of Everton’s interest,” the Ghanaian told evertonfc.com. “I told them Everton were a great Club and I would prefer to play for them.

“I think Everton is a great Club with a great manager and they try to play football, which is very important for me.

“When I was training with Chelsea a lot of the players told me Everton is a great Club.

“I have been here a week now and I am so happy with the players, with everyone. I have had warm wishes from the fans on social networks as well, so I am very happy.

“I had a lot of messages and a lot of new followers who are Everton fans, which is great.”

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Cheick Tiote nears Newcastle exit with £14million tag placed on his head

Cheick Tiote nears Newcastle exit

Cheick Tiote nears Newcastle exit

Newcastle United are prepared to sell Cheick Tiote this month.

The Daily Mail says Newcastle have placed a £14million price tag on midfielder Tiote after rejecting a bid from Lokomotiv Moscow.

The Russians want Tiote to replace Lassana Diarra who is a target for Queens Park Rangers.

Tiote is understood to be interested in a move from St James’ Park but, so far Lokomotiv have only offered £4m and Newcastle hope they will be put off by the valuation.

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Olympique Marseille ready to offer Andre Ayew to interested EPL clubs

Marseille winger Andre Ayew

Marseille winger Andre Ayew

Olympique Marseille are seeking a Premier League buyer for Andre Ayew.

The Daily Star says Marseille President Vincent Labrune is currently in London offering the Ghana international to clubs in the capital.

Ayew has seen his stock rise after an impressive World Cup for Ghana where he scored against the USA and Germany.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been mentioned as potential destinations.

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West Brom boss Irvine backs Anichebe to find scoring boots for Baggies

West Brom striker Victor Anichebe

West Brom striker Victor Anichebe

West Bromwich  manager, Alan Irvine remains confident that the goals will come for Victor Anichebe and has backed the Nigeria international to overcome self-doubt.

Irvine is already familiar to Anichebe who came through the ranks while the Scot was number-two to David Moyes at Goodison, and he admits the Nigerian is anxious about his lack of goals for the club to date.

The former Everton hit-man scored just three times last season, following his £6million move from Goodison Park.

The Baggies head coach was impressed by the 26-year-old’s all-round performance against Sunderland last weekend, though he claims the player was still dwelling on a miss during the second half, when he dragged the ball past Valentin Roberge only to scuff his shot wide.

“I think he will score – I really do,” Irvine told Birmingham Mail. “But I think there is an anxiety. He was so upset about the one where he has rolled their lad and pulled it past the post and then he was in afterwards and looking at the clips and thinking ‘how have I done that’?

“But he had got himself into that position and I thought he was really good for us at the weekend. I think people are noticing his work-rate and the tireless stuff he is doing for the team, and his attitude.

I have been really pleased with him in pre-season and I think he is going to be a big player for us, quite literally.” The head coach believes the striker’s 6ft 3in frame can add a different dimension to Albion’s front-line.

“I think we miss him when he is not there because he has the physical presence that you often need,” added Irvine.

“It is more difficult for someone like Saido (Berahino) or probably someone like Brown (Ideye) to play with their back to goal on their own and having to hold the ball up to bring other people into play.

“It sticks and other people can go and play off him and that is an option which you need to have.It is not something where you want to say we are shelling it up to the centre-forward all the time and he is going to need to keep hold of it. But you need to have that threat and the opportunity to do that.”

The Beijing 2008 summer Olympics silver medal winner with Nigeria suffered with injuries last season, and Irvine blames it on his physical approach to the game.

“He plays in a physical way so there is a lot of contact going on and there is a lot of trying to fight people so there is more risk of him getting injuries and maybe not the ones you would get in a player who is running freely and pulls a hamstring or something like that,” he said.

West Brom will travel to St. Mary’s Stadium to face Southampton in their next league game this weekend.

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Chelsea loanee Moses admits Mark Hughes influenced Stoke City loan decision

Moses joined Stoke City on loan

Moses joined Stoke City on loan

Nigerian midfielder Victor Moses admits the presence of Mark Hughes convinced him about moving to Stoke City.

The Chelsea winger has joined the Potters on-loan.

“I had a few options to go to other clubs,” said Moses, “but when I heard about Stoke I knew that they had a good manager and I thought it would be good to come here and work under him.

“He’s a great manager, and was a great footballer too, and for me to play under him will be a great achievement.

“I just want to give 110 per cent to the club and hopefully we will achieve what the club are looking to do this season.”

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Hull City to sign Vincent Aboubakar as Sporting Lisbon opt out of move

Cameroonian forward Vincent Aboubakar

Cameroonian forward Vincent Aboubakar

Hull have been boosted in their pursuit of Vincent Aboubakar after the striker’s move to Sporting Lisbon fell through.

Tigers manager Steve Bruce is desperate to add to his attacking options following the sale of Shane Long, but has so far failed in moves for Danny Welbeck and Troy Deeney among others.

That has led Bruce to Lorient’s £8m-rated hitman Aboubakar, who scored 16 goals in 35 Ligue 1 outings last term.

But even that move looked unlikely with Sporting seemingly poised to take him to Lisbon.

However, according to reports in France, the 22-year-old Cameroon international has turned down Sporting’s contract offer and remains on the market.

Hull will have to move quickly though, with Wolfsburg and Monaco also considering a move.

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