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Nigeria working on luring England’s Tammy Abraham

Nigeria working on luring England’s Tammy Abraham

African Sports
Nigeria are hoping to persuade Swansea City teenager Tammy Abraham to play for the Super Eagles rather than England. On loan from Chelsea, the striker was born in London but can play for Nigeria through his father. The 19-year-old has already played for England at youth level but can still switch allegiances because he has yet to play for the senior side. "We are working on getting Abraham," said Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick. Tammy Abraham's full name is Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-AbrahamPinnick is hoping his relationship with Abraham's father can help his bid. "Tammy is like my son. His father and I grew up in the same neighborhood," he said. "So when they talk about him, I just laugh because I know what to do." Abraham has scored t...
Drinkwater: Chelsea sign midfielder from Leicester

Drinkwater: Chelsea sign midfielder from Leicester

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Chelsea have signed midfielder Danny Drinkwater from Leicester City for £35m. The 27-year-old was a key part of the Foxes side that won the Premier League in 2015-16, but asked to leave the club amid interest from the Blues. Chelsea have also signed defender Davide Zappacosta from Torino on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee. However, striker Fernando Llorente opted for Tottenham instead of a move to Stamford Bridge. And Everton midfielder Ross Barkley changed his mind about joining Antonio Conte's side. Leicester expect to confirm the signing of Adrien Silva, 28, from Sporting Lisbon on Friday for £22m as a midfield replacement. Drinkwater played in 35 of Leicester's 38 league games in their title-winning season and formed an impressive midfield partnership with N'G
Oxlade-Chamberlain turns down £40m Chelsea move

Oxlade-Chamberlain turns down £40m Chelsea move

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Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has turned down a move to Chelsea after the Premier League clubs agreed a £40m fee. Oxlade Chamberlain believes the Blues planned to use him at wing-back, and his primary reason for wanting to leave Arsenal is to play in central midfield. The 24-year-old England international wants to move to Liverpool. A bid from the Reds is expected before Thursday's transfer deadline, although it is likely to be below the price Chelsea were willing to pay. Should a move not transpire, Oxlade-Chamberlain will see out the final year of his contract before potentially leaving on a free transfer next summer. Arsenal want any deal for the former Southampton midfielder completed as quickly as possible. Oxlade-Chamberlain has started every game for the Gunner
Ola Aina: England youth international earns Nigeria call-up

Ola Aina: England youth international earns Nigeria call-up

African Sports
Chelsea's Ola Aina, currentlyon loan at championship club Hull City has been named in Nigeria's squad for next month's 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon. London-born Aina has played for England at youth level from under-16 through to under-20 level. Aina, 20, missed a friendly against Togo in June as his international switch had not been confirmed. He trained with Nigeria in March after a friendly against Senegal in London. Also named in the 23-man squad by coach Gernot Rohr is uncapped Israel-based striker Anthony Nwakaeme. Captain John Mikel Obi and Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses are both back after missing June's 2019 Nations Cup home defeat against South Africa with injury. Other experienced players making a return include defender Leon Balogun, in-form C...
Kick it Out wants new FA Aluko Inquiry

Kick it Out wants new FA Aluko Inquiry

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The Football Association should conduct "a comprehensive and independent review" into Eniola Aluko's claims against England boss Mark Sampson, says anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out. The footballer, 30, has accused Sampson of "bullying and discrimination". Sampson, 34, has been cleared of wrongdoing by two investigations and vehemently denies Aluko's claims. But details given by Aluko in a BBC interview on Monday "throw new light on the allegations", Kick It Out said. The Chelsea Ladies player alleges Sampson made a "racist comment" about her family in Nigeria being infected with the Ebola virus. Sampson vehemently denies saying this. The FA said the allegation arose in informal correspondence and was not included in Aluko's subsequent complaint, or it would have been i...
Diego Costa: Chelsea striker treated like a ‘criminal’, wants to join Atletico Madrid

Diego Costa: Chelsea striker treated like a ‘criminal’, wants to join Atletico Madrid

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Diego Costa has described his treatment by Chelsea like that of a "criminal" and confirmed he wants to join Atletico Madrid. The striker, 28, last played for Chelsea in the FA Cup final in May, and was sent a text in June by boss Antonio Conte telling him he would not be part of the squad for next season. Costa says the club are now demanding he return to train with the reserves. "Why won't they let me go if they don't want me?" he told the Daily Mail "I have to do what I have to do. I have to think of myself. I've been a good boy here and tried to do the right thing. My desire is to go to Atletico." Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico Madrid in 2014 and has won two Premier League titles and the League Cup with the London club. In January, he was left out of the Chelsea si...
Be Wary of the contract you sign – Eric Bekoe

Be Wary of the contract you sign – Eric Bekoe

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Ghanaian footballer Eric Bekoe has advised colleague footballers to be wary of the contracts they sign with clubs in other not to put themselves in trouble. The former Asante Kotoko forward on the game show on GH One Television advised that the players should understand the contract before putting their signature on it. Bekoe also said that the players should seek for a little education from the older ones who can guide them into making the right decisions which will help them leave a good life after their football. " It will be very good young players seek advise before signing a contract, we don't always have to make the money our priority but also think about the future" he said. "I will also advise that we get a little education and also get all the understanding when a...
Liverpool completes Mohamed Salah move

Liverpool completes Mohamed Salah move

African Sports
Liverpool have completed the 39m euro (£34m) signing of Roma's former Chelsea winger Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian, 25, has signed a five-year deal and has been a prime target for manager Jurgen Klopp. At current exchange rates, the fee is short of the club record £35m paid for Andy Carroll in 2011 but matches the sum they spent in 2016 to make Sadio Mane the most expensive African player. Salah almost joined Liverpool from Basle in 2014 before moving to Chelsea. Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said: "He has the perfect mix of experience and potential - this is a really exciting signing for us. "I have followed him since he emerged at Basle and he has matured into a really good player. "His pace is incredible, he gives us more attacking threat and we are already strong in this
Atsu agrees four year deal with Newcastle

Atsu agrees four year deal with Newcastle

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The Ghana international has agreed a four-year contract with the Magpies, who are in talks over a fee with Chelsea Ghana midfielder Christian Atsu has agreed to join Premier League returnees Newcastle United in a permanent deal from champions Chelsea, according to Sky Sports. The 25-year-old, who joined the North East club in a one-year loan deal last season, made 32 appearances including 15 starts, scoring five goals and providing three assists as the Magpies won the Championship. Atsu reportedly accepted a four-year contract after Newcastle opted to strike a clause in his loan deal from Chelsea which will cost the Magpies around £6.5 million as coach Rafael Benitez hopes to strengthen his side ahead of the new season. Atsu joined Chelsea from FC Porto in 2013 but failed to make a fir
Chelsea clinch title thanks to West brom win

Chelsea clinch title thanks to West brom win

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Chelsea were crowned Premier League champions as Michy Batshuayi's late goal gave them the victory they required to secure the title at West Brom. It looked as though Antonio Conte's side might be forced to delay the celebrations as they were frustrated for long periods by the resilience and organisation of the Baggies. But the mood changed and the title was won with eight minutes left as substitute Batshuayi, who had previously endured a season of struggle after his £33m summer move from Marseille, ended a scrappy passage of play by steering a finish high past Ben Foster. The final whistle sparked wild celebrations among Chelsea's fans as manager Conte was tossed high into the air by his squad. The Italian can now set his sights on emulating compatriot Carlo Ancelotti's 2010 f