Ghana’s Daniel Opare wanted by Stoke, Everton & Watford – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Nov 26, 2017. 12:00

The Premier League trio of Stoke City, Watford and Everton are reportedly keen on signing Augsburg’s Ghanaian defender Daniel Opare.

The Sun claims that Opare has a host of clubs hoping to sign him for a cut-price fee of £2.5million, given that his contract will expire at the end of the current season.

The Ghanaian’s fan club includes Stoke, Watford and Everton – who are all in need of quality full-backs – but they face stiff competition from across the continent.

The likes of AC Milan, Sevilla and Olympique Marseille are also tracking Opare, who has enjoyed a fine season for Bundesliga side Augsburg so far in 2017/18.

The German club wants Opare to sign a new deal to keep him at the WWKArena, but have so far been unable to reach any kind of agreement over terms.

Opare can play on either flank has also been on the books of Standard Liege, Porto, Besiktas and Lens in his senior club career.

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Hodgson: Ivorian winger Zaha will be a wanted man in January – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Crystal Palace star Wilfried Zaha

Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 25, 2017. 09:00

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson believes that Ivorian international Wilfried Zaha will be a wanted man during the January transfer window.

Zaha is enjoying his football at the moment having scored three goals in his last five English Premier League (EPL) matches for Palace.

Hodgson, who is a former England head coach, has stated that the London-based side will receive offers for the 25-year-old winger-cum-striker.

“You can’t ever dismiss interest in any of your players,” Hodgson told the media.

“Wilfried Zaha is an obvious name, but there are other players that I wouldn’t be surprised if there were other clubs interested in.

“And we have to be prepared for that going into January.

Zaha was linked with a possible transfer to Tottenham Hotspur earlier this year, but Palace managed to keep him.

“If offers come along for players who are doing well for us and we are not particularly anxious to lose them,” he continued.

“Then we will have to make decisions on what offers are to be turned down and what could be accepted.”

Zaha and his Palace team-mates will face Stoke City in an EPL match on Saturday.

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Agent: Senegal captain Kouyate a wanted man – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Themba Zwane of South Africa challenged by Cheikhou Kouyate of Senegal during the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers football match between South Africa and Senegal at Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane on 10 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Nov 19, 2017. 10:00

Senegalese international Cheikhou Kouyate is a wanted man in England and Italy.

This is according to West Ham United midfielder’s agent Saffet Balkan, who was speaking to Turkish Football.

The 27-year-old recently helped Senegal qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals.

“Interest spiked after Senegal qualified for the World Cup [last week]. Several clubs and agents want to hold talks,” Balkan said.

The Senegal captain has established himself as one of West Ham’s key players since joining the English club from Belgian side Anderlecht in 2014.

“The Italian and Premier League scouts have been very impressed. Kouyate is very happy in England, he’s settled into life,” he added.

“There are no offers on the table at this stage, we will hold talks and consider our options.”

Kouyate and his West Ham team-mates will face Watford in an English Premier League game on Sunday.

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Richmond Boakye wanted by Monchengladbach – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 15:00

Bundesliga team Borussia Monchengladbach are reportedly ready to join the race for Red Star Belgrade’s Ghanaian striker Richmond Boakye.

The 24-year-old has drawn attention from major clubs due to his impressive scoring form for the Serbian giants. He joined the Belgrade club in January 2017.

According to German media outlet Fohlen-Hautnah and Italian portal ilBiancoNero, the Bundesliga side are ready to wage into battle for the former Sassuolo striker’s signature.

Boakye has already been strongly linked with a move to Premier League sides Chelsea, Swansea City and Crystal Palace, while Scottish giants Celtic hope to make the player their all-time record signing.

Yet Monchengladbach appear to have taken the inside lane, as it is reported that the club will meet Red Star’s valuation and a deal could be concluded as early as January 2018.

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Baba Rahman still wanted by Schalke – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Schalke defender Baba Rahman

Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 14, 2017. 11:00

Chelsea’s Ghanaian defender Baba Rahman is still a transfer target for German Bundesliga side Schalke.

The Black Stars left-back joined the Royal Blues on a season-long loan deal a year ago, but his spell in Germany was cut short after he picked up a serious knee injury at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

He returned to parent club Chelsea for rehabilitation and will soon be ready to take to the field again, though no definite date has been set.

He looks set to be a peripheral figure at the Premier League champions under coach Antonio Conte and Schalke’s interest could spare him a season of frustration.

“We are in talks with the player, his advisor and Chelsea,” said Schalke’s sporting director Christian Heidel.

“Ultimately, it is about when Baba will be able to play again. No decision has yet been made.”

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Riyad Mahrez still wanted by Roma – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Graeme Jackson

Wednesday Aug 09, 2017. 15:00

Monchi, the sporting director of Roma, says his club remains hopeful of signing Leicester City’s Algerian star Riyad Mahrez, despite failing with three bids.

Sky Italia claims that Roma have recently had a third offer of £31.8m – a club record for the Serie A giants – rejected by the Foxes, following previous bids of £20m and £27m.

“I’m optimistic in life, by nature. Rome is doing everything possible to take the player,” Monchi said at the unveiling of another new signing, Gregoire Defrel.

“I am happy with the effort the club is making to take him. It is close to the limit. I do not think the club has often bid over €30m.

“If my memory does not deceive me, the latest offer would be the club’s most expensive purchase in our history.

“We are, therefore, engaged and expect an answer. But it is true that we are working on other solutions.”

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SA star Coetzee a wanted man in Europe – ABSA Premiership 2017/18

Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 04, 2017. 16:00

European and local interest in South African international Rivaldo Coetzee has been confirmed.

Danish club Brondby IF and Belgium side KV Oostende have reportedly enquired about the Ajax Cape Town defender’s availability.

The highly-rated defender, who is only 20, is likely to leave the South African Absa Premiership during the current Transfer Window.

His agent, Mike Makaab has confirmed that Coetzee is a wanted man and also revealed that he will soon hold talks with Ajax about the player’s future.

“There is interest in Sweden and Denmark. Also, a club in Belgium is keen on him as are two other clubs locally,” Makaab told Independent Media.

“I feel this is the right time for Rivaldo to go overseas. He is 20 (years-old) and close to 30 Bafana caps,” he said.

“He has already played at the (Africa) Nations Cup and the Olympics and he is close to a 100 PSL matches. He is ready for Europe and he can grow there.

“We will sit down with Ajax next week and discuss his future. All Rivaldo is interested in is to be happy. It doesn’t matter where he is as long as he is happy.”

Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs are believed to be the two local clubs that also chasing Coetzee’s signing.

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Sundowns star Ngele wanted by Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2016/17

Mogakolodi Ngele of Bidvest Wits challenged by Bandile Shandu of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Maritzburg United and Bidvest Wits at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg South Africa on 20 December 2016 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Jul 27, 2017. 14:00

South African side Orlando Pirates are reportedly keen to acquire the services of Botswana international Mogakolodi Ngele.

The 26-year-old forward spent last season on the books of Bidvest Wits on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Ngele helped Wits clinch their first ever Premier Soccer League (PSL) title and he has since returned to his parent club.

Recent reports have indicated that Sundowns are open to selling the left-footed player, who has won one PSL title with the club.

According to The Citizen source, Pirates are confident of completing Ngele’s signing before this weekend’s Carling Black Label Cup.

“They want Ngele and have made an offer to Sundowns. He might even be available by Saturday for the Carling Cup,” the source said.

Pirates are scheduled to take on their fierce rivals Kaizer Chiefs at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Ngele was linked with a possible move to Pirates before he joined Sundowns from Platinum Stars in 2014.

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Algeria star Boudebouz wanted by Sevilla – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

Scent ition

Monday Jul 17, 2017. 17:00

Algerian star Ryad Boudebouz is reportedly the €10-million transfer target of Spanish side Sevilla.

France Football reports that the La Liga club are in the market for an attacking midfielder and have identified the Fennec Foxes man as their primary target.

Boudebouz enjoyed a fine Ligue 1 season for Montpellier in 2016/17, making 33 starts and scoring 11 goals from midfield.

The 25-year-old has also played for Sochaux and Bastia in his senior club career, and joined Montpellier in 2015.

La Paillade will be loathe to part ways with their North African playmaker and have placed a pricetag of €15-million on him.

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Algerian star Mahrez wanted by Roma – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Africa

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez

Graeme Jackson

Thursday Jul 13, 2017. 15:00

Leicester City’s Algerian star Riyad Mahrez is a transfer target for Serie A giants Roma, according to Sky in Italy.

Mahrez has been on Leicester’s books since signing from Le Havre in 2014 and helped them claim an unlikely Premier League triumph in 2015/16, earning the PFA Player of the Year prize in the process.

The Fennec Foxes player also helped Leicester reach the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League last season.

However, in May he handed in a transfer request in an effort to force through a move away from the King Power Stadium, with the likes of Barcelona and Arsenal reportedly interested in signing the player.

Leicester manager Craig Shakespeare told Sky Sports last week that the club had yet to receive any offers for Mahrez, but this new interest from Roma may open up a new chapter in the saga.

The Italian club could view the Algerian as a replacement for Mohamed Salah, whom they sold to Liverpool last month.

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Henry Onyekuru wanted by Birmingham City – 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers

Graeme Jackson

Sunday Jun 18, 2017. 10:00

Nigerian striker Henry Onyekuru has yet another potential suitor, with news that Championship side Birmingham City are chasing his signature.

According to the Daily Mail, Birmingham are prepared to break their club record transfer fee to sign the player from Belgian side KES Eupen.

A fee of £7.5-million has been mooted, which would easily break the Blues’ previous record of £6-million paid to Valencia to sign Nikola Zigic in 2010.

Onyekuru enjoyed a superb season for Eupen and has been marked as one of European football’s rising stars.

He has been courted by the likes of Arsenal and West Ham United, but remains on the market ahead of the 2017/18 season.

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