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Real Betis close to landing Ryad Boudebouz – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Aug 08, 2017. 14:30


Real Betis are close to securing the signing of Algerian midfielder Ryad Boudebouz from Montpellier HSC.

France Football reports that Boudebouz arrived in Betis, Spain, on Monday and will undergo a medical before completing a transfer later today.

The 27-year-old Fennec Foxes player was a key figure for Montpellier last season, making 33 Ligue 1 appearances and scoring 11 goals to help them finish above the relegation zone.

Boudebouz is expected to cost Real Betis €8-million and will join a squad which already boasts North African talent in the shape of compatriot Aissa Mandi and Moroccan Zouhair Feddal.

The French-born Algerian midfielder has also represented Colmar, Sochaux and Bastia in his club career.



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Roma director keen on landing Riyad Mahrez ASAP – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 07, 2017. 13:00


Roma are hoping to wrap up a deal for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez in the very near future, with director of football Ramon Rodriguez, better known as Monchi, set to haggle over money.

Rai Sport reports that Monchi is set to meet with his Foxes counterpart Eduardo Macia today and try to come to an agreement over a transfer fee.

Roma have bid €35m for the 26-year-old North African, but Leicester are demanding €44m.

The English side feel comfortable in demanding a high fee, knowing that compatriots Arsenal are also keen on signing Mahrez.

However, Roma have a back-up plan, with Monchi reportedly set to turn his attention to Juventus’ Juan Cuadrado if he cannot land Mahrez.

Either Mahrez or Cuadrado will serve as a replacement for Egyptian Mohamed Salah, whom Roma sold to Liverpool earlier in the transfer window.



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Everton close to landing Henry Onyekuru – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Jun 27, 2017. 15:00


Premier League club Everton are reportedly close to completing the signing of young Nigerian talent Henry Onyekuru.

The 20-year-old striker, who enjoyed a prolific season for Belgian side KAS Eupen in 2016/17, was on Merseyside on Monday to have a medical with the Toffees.

Onyekuru – who has also been linked with Arsenal and West Ham United – has received a UK visa, but it appears he will not be playing in England in 2017/18.

HLN claims that Everton, if and when they complete Onyekuru’s signing, will send the player out on loan to Belgian giants Anderlecht.

A final decision in regards to the Nigerian’s future is expected to be announced later today.



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Milan keen on landing Kessie ASAP – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers


Franck Kessie of Atalanta

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Graeme Jackson

Monday May 15, 2017. 19:30


Signing Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie from Atalanta has become a priority for Italian giants AC Milan.

Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Milan have given themselves a deadline of landing Kessie’s services within the next two weeks.

The clubs met this past Saturday and made progress in negotiations over a possible transfer of the player.

The 20-year-old Elephants player has become the Rossoneri’s primary transfer target for the European summer.

However, it is believed Kessie is reluctant to commit to any transfer until he hears from new Premier League champions Chelse



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