Romulo will be a Juventus player – Marotta

The Bianconeri director general explained that the player’s agent is poised to arrive in Italy to finalise personal terms on behalf of the 27-year-old


Verona star Romulo will be a Juventus player by the close of business on Friday, according to Giuseppe Marotta.

The Gialloblu only acquired outright ownership of the versatile midfielder earlier this month but have now agreed to sell the 27-year-old to the Serie A champions.

“Romulo? Between today and tomorrow will be a Juventus player,” Bianconeri director general Marotta told reporters on Thursday.

“His agent will be here tomorrow in Turin to close the deal.”

Indeed, the Italy international’s representative, Alex Firminio, is not expecting any last-minute hitches.

“It is virtually a done deal with Juventus,” Romulo’s agent told Calcio News. “We are delighted and want to thank everyone at Verona for believing in him.

“[On Friday] I will arrive in Italy and we will sign [the contract]. I’ve spoken to Romulo and he is really happy to have been given an opportunity like this at Juve.”

Official: West Ham snap up Arsenal defender Jenkinson

The Gunners right-back has completed a short-term move to the Hammers and will hope to continue his development at Upton Park, having fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates


West Ham have signed Arsenal right-back Carl Jenkinson on a season-long loan, the club have announced.

The Englishman was also the subject of a bid from Hull City but opted to remain in London having fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates following the signings of Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers.

Upon completing his move, Jenkinson claimed West Ham was “always the place I wanted to go to.”

He added: “I’m clearly seen as a big part of things here and hopefully I can prove my worth here because it is an important year for me.

“It’s one of them where I wanted to do the right professional thing and consider all the options, but in the back of my mind it was always West Ham and I’m just so glad it’s all worked out how I wanted it to in the end.

“It will be brilliant to play here. I’ve got a lot of friends who are West Ham fans and I know how good the supporters are here.

“I’ve played here a couple of times so I know exactly what it is all about, so it’s going to be fantastic to be a part of that, to be honest.

“You get a great atmosphere here and the fans are great, so I just can’t wait to get a West Ham shirt on and get on the pitch and play. This is an exciting time for me, it really is.”

Jenkinson made 14 Premier League appearances last season, scoring once and providing two assists.

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'Like a young John Terry' – Meet Eric Dier, Tottenham's next signing

PROFILE: The versatile Sporting Lisbon defender will soon complete his move to Tottenham – Goal profiles the 20-year-old ahead of his €5 million move to White Hart Lane


By Harry Sherlock

“Ultimately, I want to test myself against the best and the Premier League is where I dream about playing,” Eric Dier said in 2010. Now, having caught the attention of Maurico Pochettino, the central defender is set to be given the chance to shine at Tottenham in the Premier League.

A frustrating loan spell at Everton aside, in which he struggled to break into the first-team, Dier’s career has largely flown under the radar. One of few Englishmen to head abroad at an early age, Dier graduated from Sporting Lisbon’s academy, famed for such star-studded alumni as Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Figo.

Only 20, Spurs are poised to pay €5 million to acquire his signature, with Pochettino hoping the six-foot two-inch defender can provide cover at right-back and defensive midfield, while pushing the likes of  Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul for a spot in the middle of defence.

He will need little time to acclimatise, given that his strength lies in his European experience. While the Portuguese league cannot be compared to the Premier League in terms of quality, the former is a division which strikers are encouraged to niggle at defenders throughout the 90 minutes.

Dier himself admits he has grown used to that, and so is unlikely to be shocked by the physical approaches of the likes of Rickie Lambert and Wilfried Bony when Spurs go on the road.

“In England the forward will jump for the header with you but in Portugal they’ll be niggling around you and trying to keep you on the ground – not even looking at the ball,” he said.

Dier has a foot in both countries – his spell at Everton undoubtedly served to toughen him up – and he believes his grounding in Portugal will help him fulfil his potential in future seasons.

Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Football-wise, I think it is great to come and play abroad. It makes you a more complete player in my opinion.”

Born in Cheltenham, Dier headed to Portugal at the age of six and was quickly snapped up by Sporting. Promoted to the first-team last season, Dier went on to make 15 appearances, as Sporting finished second in the Primeira Liga.

His composed style of play has drawn comparisons with John Terry and he appears destined to become a full England international, having already made seven Under-21 appearances. He has also appeared at Under-20, 19 and 18 level, and is now a regular under Gareth Southgate.

At Spurs he is likely to go from strength to strength. A remarkably down-to-earth youngster, Dier has taken sensible steps in his career so far, even staying in Portugal following his parents’ decision to head home in 2010.

Fluent in Portuguese, Dier has been linked with the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, though he has resisted their advances so far – reasoning young players can struggle to make an impact in England, given the large number of foreign players.

However, he appears to be making the smart choice in joining Spurs. Pochettino is an advocate of the ‘if you’re good enough, you’re old enough’ mantra and Dier is likely to be afforded a number of first-team opportunities in north London.

On current evidence, Dier is a raw talent. With only one full season behind him, he is far from the finished article but Spurs is a place where talents can develop and thrive – as evidenced by the meteoric rise of Gareth Bale and the steady progress made by Nabil Bentaleb and Harry Kane.

Dier is already fulfilling one dream by heading to the Premier League but already has set his sights on a spot in Roy Hodgson’s full England squad, saying: “I think it is the dream of any kid to play for England and play for your country.”

Hodgson has frequented White Hart Lane in recent seasons. Should Dier impress, a Three Lions call-up may not be too far away.

PSV: Bakkali yet to agree personal terms with Atletico Madrid

The Eredivisie outfit have accepted a bid from the Spanish champions for the teenager, but the Belgium international has not yet signed a contract with the Rojiblancos


PSV director Marcel Brands has revealed that Zakaria Bakkali has yet to agree personal terms with Atletico Madrid ahead of the winger’s proposed move to the Vicente Calderon.

The Eredivise have accepted a bid from the Spanish champions for the Belgium international but the deal has been held up by the 18-year-old, and the uncertainty surrounding exactly who is representing him.

“We have an agreement with Atletico Madrid about Zakaria Bakkali, but this only counts when the player also reaches an agreement with that club,” Brands told Fox Sports.

“I understand that he’s not represented by his agent anymore and is doing business with a lawyer now.

“We made him an offer, but he refused. He gets the time to think about his future and until then, he’s training in our second squad.

“He started very well with us, but then had a setback. He made some wrong decisions, but I hope he makes the right one now.”

Bakkali announced himself as a rising star by becoming the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the Eredivisie when he netted three times in last August’s 5-0 win over NEC at the age of 17.