African All Stars Transfer News & Rumours: West Brom to sign Sako on short-term deal

West Brom to sign Sako on short-term deal

West Bromwich Albion are ready to strengthen their attacking force with the signing of free agent Bakary Sako on a short-term contract, according to Daily Mail.

The Malian forward has been training with the Baggies since he left Crystal Palace following the expiry of his contract at the end of last season.

However, Darren Moore is looking to boost his side’s chances of gaining promotion to the English top-flight with the 30-year-old who scored six goals in 19 matches in the 2017-18 campaign.

West Brom are placed third in the Championship with five wins from nine games.

Fulham plot £18m Cornet swoop

Fulham are preparing to make an £18 million bid for Lyon forward Maxwel Cornet in January, the Sun reports.

The Cottagers are ready to open talks for Cote d’Ivoire international who was on their radar this summer. 

Cornet’s starring role for the Lyon this summer has convinced the Premier League club after helping the Ligue 1 side stun Manchester City In Wednesday’s Uefa Champions League outing.

Lille confirm Barca interest in Pepe

Lille owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed Barcelona’s interest in Nicolas Pepe, and suggests the club may be forced to sell him in January.

Pepe has scored four goals already this season, including a stunning hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Amiens, with reports claiming Manchester United are among the clubs to be keen.

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Leeds United monitor Kasimpasa’s Diagne

English Championship outfit Leeds United are still interested in signing Kasimpasa attacker Mbaye Diagne in January, reports Turkish Football .

After failing to land the Senegalese forward this summer, the Elland Road outfit are keen on the services of the 26-year-old who is understood to be valued at a bargain £3.6 million.

Diagne has been in top form in the Turkish Super Lig this campaign with seven goals in five league games for the Apaches.


Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Juventus targeting Sane

The Italian side see the Man City winger as a young Cristiano Ronaldo

Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli is targeting a future move for Manchester City star Leroy Sane, reports Calciomercato

The Serie A side are hoping to take advantage of some friction between Sane and his manager Pep Guardiola, and could launch an audacious bid for the 22-year-old. 

City value Sane at €150 million (£135/$177m), meaning Juve may have to wait a year or two before they have the funds to meet City’s asking price. 


Son brushes aside Bayern rumours: ‘I’m happy at Tottenham’

Son Heung-min insists his future lies with Tottenham despite speculation linking him with a move to Bayern Munich.

Son only signed a new five-year contract with Spurs in July but reports this week suggested the Bundesliga champions were plotting a move for the former Bayer Leverkusen forward.

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The South Korea international has been a pivotal player for Mauricio Pochettino’s side over the past two seasons, his 26 league goals easing the burden on star striker Harry Kane and helping Spurs to consecutive top-three finishes.

Speaking after Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, Son said: “I recently renewed my contract with Tottenham, and I believe I need to focus on here to do more for the team. I’m happy at Tottenham.”

Son secured exemption from military service after helping South Korea win the 2018 Asian Games with a 2-1 victory over Japan after extra time.


Barcelona’s Pepe interest confirmed by Lille

Lille owner Gerard Lopez has confirmed Barcelona’s interest in Nicolas Pepe, and suggests the club may be forced to sell him in January.

Reports in Spain had claimed that Barca were monitoring the 23-year-old winger, who has burst onto the scene in Ligue 1.

Pepe has scored four goals already this season, including a stunning hat-trick in a 3-2 win over Amiens, with reports claiming Manchester United are among the clubs to be keen.

The Ivory Coast international netted 13 times last term, and Lopez has now confirmed Barcelona are one of several leading clubs showing an interest.

“It’s true. Several big clubs are interested in him,” he said, per RMC Sport.

“Some clubs have contacted us directly after the transfer window to know what the state of play is.”

While Lopez says he wants to keep the star until the summer, he admits that a number of players may have to leave in January, due to the club’s precarious finances.

“I want him to stay until the end of the season as a minimum,” he said.

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“We’ll certainly sell (players in January). We’re starting to have players who are not happy with their game time.

“If we can, we’re going to sell players who have good qualities but less game time. We’ve got five centre-backs, for example.”

Lille are currently third in Ligue 1, five points behind leaders PSG.


We did not want to sell him – Perez insists Madrid got ‘highest value’ for Ronaldo

Florentino Perez has revealed Real Madrid did not want to sell Cristiano Ronaldo but had to “open the door” for his departure after the player asked to leave.

Ronaldo stunned the footballing world in July when he completed a €100 million (£89m/$117m) transfer from the reigning European champions to Juventus, ending a trophy-laden spell in the Spanish capital.

The Portuguese forward won the Champions League four times and La Liga twice, while he is also Los Blancos’ all-time leading goal-scorer.

However, speaking ahead of the club’s ordinary and extraordinary general meetings on Sunday, president Perez explained the reasons behind the transfer – and insisted Madrid got the best possible deal for the 33-year-old.

“The release clauses are not there to be paid. If there has to be sale, it is negotiated,” he said.

“We did not want to sell him, but he wanted to go for personal reasons and we understood that, for all the good things he had done, we had to open the door for him.

“We got the highest value we could.”

Perez is hoping to seal approval at the meetings to push forward with plans to loan money for the renovation of the Santiago Bernabeu, though the proposed changes will not see a major increase in the stadium’s overall capacity.

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“We have to make a decision on the work, by the end of the year, and on the financing issue,” he added.

“The estimated time of the development is three and a half years, which will be compatible with the sporting calendar. 

“The capacity will not increase, although there will be 800 new spaces for people with disabilities.”