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Brighton sign French forward Maupay from Brentford

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Maupay agreed a 4-year contract right after passing a clinical with the Premier League club Brighton.

The 22-year-old scored 28 goals for Championship side Brentford in all competitions final season and experienced been exciting promoted Aston Villa.

Maupay, a former France Under-21 intercontinental, moved to Brentford from Saint Etienne in 2017.”

“Neal is a proficient forward, with very good strength and rate, and he is a goalscorer.

He will incorporate an extra dimension to our current forward alternatives,” Brighton manager Graham Potter said.”

The club has been monitoring Neal and has been knowledgeable of his means for some time.”His file in the Championship has been extraordinary, with 41 goals throughout the previous two seasons, and now his challenge is to transfer that to the Premier League.”

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Former French juniors Niang & Sabaly called up by Senegal – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Keita Balde of Senegal during the 2017 African Cup of Nations Finals Afcon football match between Senegal and Zimbabwe at the Franceville Stadium in Gabon on 19 January 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 21, 2017. 14:00


Former French junior internationals M’Baye Niang and Youssouf Sabaly have been called up by Senegal coach Aliou Cisse for the upcoming 2018 World Cup qualifier against Cape Verde.

The Teranga Lions will face the Blue Sharks in Praia on October 7 and Cisse has named a powerful 26-man squad.

Niang, who is currently on loan at Torino from AC Milan, has previously rejected call-ups from Senegal but remains eligible to switch his international allegiance.

Bordeaux defender Sabaly won the Under-20 World Cup with France in 2013, while a third rookie hoping to make his debut for Senegal is Alfred Gomis, a former Italy youth international goalkeeper.

The likes of Sadio Mane, Idrissa Gueye, Kalidou Koulibaly and Keita Balde have made the cut for the squad, though there is no place for Mame Biram Diouf and Pape Souare, with the latter having finally returned from a long injury layoff.

Senegal squad:

Goalkeepers: Khadim Ndiaye (Horoya, Guinea), Alfred Gomis (SPAL 2013, Italy), Clement Diop (LA Galaxy, United States)

Defenders: Moussa Wague (Eupen, Belgium), Lamine Gassama (Alanyaspor, Turkey), Fallou Diagne (Metz, France), Saliou Ciss (SCO Angers, France), Kara Mbodj (Anderlecht, Belgium), Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli, Italy), Youssouf Sabaly (Bordeaux, France), Adama Mbengue (Caen, France)

Midfielders: Idrissa Gana Gueye (Everton, England), Pape Alioune Ndiaye (Galatasaray, Turkey), Cheikhou Kouyate (West Ham United, England), Cheikh Ndoye (Birmingham City, England), Alfred Ndiaye (Wolves, England), Salif Sane (Hannover, Germany), Assane Diousse (Sainte-Etienne, France)

Forwards: Diao Balde Keita (Monaco, France), Moussa Konate (Amiens, France), Moussa Sow (Al Ahly Dubai, UAE), Ismaila Sarr (Rennes, France), Opa Nguette (Metz, France), Diafra Sakho (West Ham United, England), M’Baye Niang (Torino, Italy), Sadio Mane (Liverpool, England)



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Islam Slimani linked with French duo – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Islam Slimani celebrates a goal for Leicester City

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Helder Ribiero

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 15:00


Leicester City’s Algerian striker Islam Slimani has been linked with a move to French Ligue 1 side’s Olympique Marseille and Monaco.

The Fennec Foxes star has been put up for sale by the club, though manager Craig Shakespeare has indicated that he would like to keep the player in his squad.

The Leicester boss saw Slimani score two goals in a League Cup clash last midweek and handed him a substitute appearance in their loss to Manchester United on Saturday.

However, Sky Sports claims that Monaco are ready to move for Slimani and will try to land the player should they sell Paris Saint-Germain target Kylian Mbappe.

Marseille are also interested in the Algerian striker, who was the subject of a failed €14m offer by Watford last weekend.

Slimani will turn his focus to international football this week, with the player included in Algeria’s squad for 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Zambia.



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Tunisian international Naim Sliti joins French club Gijon – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Naim Sliti of Tunisia during the Afcon Group B match between Algeria and Tunisia on the 19 January 2017 at Franceville Stadium, Gabon Pic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Jul 26, 2017. 14:00


Tunisian international midfielder Naim Sliti has completed his season-long loan move to French club Dijon from Lille.

Sliti’s future was in doubt after learning that he was unwanted at Lille by manager Marcelo Bielsa and has now moved on to further his career.

Reports indicate that the 24-year-old initially joined Lille on loan last year before signing a permanent deal until 2020 in May.

Despite interest from several clubs, Sliti opted to join Dijon as the club has an option to sign him on a permanent deal when his loan expires next year.

“It’s true I received some offers but there are a lot of things that motivated me to come to Dijon,” Sliti told the club official website.

“The first, and most importantly, is that the coach called me. It’s a crucial year for me with the World Cup in mind, so it’s important to feel confident and see that the coach is counting on you.

“I checked on the club, and I had very good feedback. A healthy atmosphere prevails within the club. It’s like a family. I am very happy to be part of this family.”

For the Eagles of Carthage, the midfielder has represented the national side at the 2017 CAF African Cup of Nations and featured in all four matches as Tunisia exited the tournament in the quarter-finals.



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French giants PSG want to keep Aurier – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


Paris Saint-Germain defender Serge Aurier

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Jul 21, 2017. 16:00


French Ligue 1 giants Paris Saint Germain (PSG) want to keep Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier, who is eager to leave the club.

This is after PSG signed Brazilian right-back Dani Alves from Italian giants Juventus earlier this month.

Aurier, who has been linked English giants Manchester City and Manchester United, has informed PSG manager Unai Emery that he wants to leave the club.

“I’ve spoken with Serge to tell him I wanted him to stay here and continue with us,” Emery told L’Equipe.

“He told me that he wanted to leave and that he wanted to stay in Paris to prepare for going.

“So, we signed Dani Alves, a very experienced player who has the spirit of a champion.”

The former Toulouse defender has been on the books of PSG since 2014 – having made 42 league appearances for the club – scoring two goals in the process.



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