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Struggling West Ham sign Tomas Soucek on loan

London (AFP) – West Ham have completed the signing of Czech international Tomas Soucek on loan for the remainder of the season as they battle for Premier League survival, the club announced on Wednesday. The Hammers have the option to make the deal for the Slavia Prague midfielder permanent at the end of the campaign. Soucek, 24, is the second addition to David Moyes’ squad at the London Stadium following the return of goalkeeper Darren Randolph. “We are delighted to welcome Tomas to West Ham United,” Moyes told the club’s website. “I think that he gives us a lot of ... Read more

Man United agree deal to sign Bruno Fernandes

London (AFP) – Manchester United have agreed a deal worth up to 80 million euros (£67 million, $88 million) to sign Portuguese international midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. “Manchester United is delighted to announce it has reached agreement with Sporting Clube de Portugal for the transfer of Bruno Fernandes. The deal is subject to a medical and the agreement of personal terms,” United said in a statement. Fernandes, 25, has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for many months, but United were previously unwilling to meet Sporting’s valuation. Sporting confirmed ... Read more

Eriksen thanks Spurs fans in farewell letter

London (AFP) – Christian Eriksen said he wanted to “try something new” in an emotional letter tweeted to Tottenham’s fans on Wednesday following his move to Inter Milan. Eriksen ended his six-and-a-half-year spell with the north London club on Tuesday after completing a £17 million ($22 million) move to Italy. The Danish international was a key part of the side that reached last season’s Champions League final and finished in the top four of the Premier League for the past four seasons under Mauricio Pochettino. However, his departure has been a drawn-out process as he stated his desire to leave ... Read more

Roma legend De Rossi hires make-up artist to watch Rome derby with fans

Rome (AFP) – Former Roma captain Daniele De Rossi snuck into the stands to watch the weekend’s Rome derby after getting a make-up artist to concoct a disguise for him, Italian media reported on Wednesday. A number of outlets, including Rome-based daily Corriere Dello Sport published a video of what appears to be the former Italy international in the Curva Sud section of the Stadio Olimpico, where Roma’s hardcore fans stand, in a bizarre outfit featuring a fake nose and glasses. The person singing along with the crowd appears to be the same as the one De Rossi turns into ... Read more

Besiktas appoint ex-Turkey star Yalcin as coach

Istanbul (AFP) – Top Istanbul club Besiktas on Wednesday appointed former international star Sergen Yalcin as coach, the official Anadolu news agency reported. Yalcin, 47, who made his name as a brilliant playmaker at the Super Lig club, joins Besiktas from Yeni Malatyaspor where he took over as coach only last year.  Yalcin, a gifted but temperamental player, was capped 37 times for the national side. He replaces Abdullah Avci, sacked last Friday after the club was dumped out of the Turkish Cup by second division Erzurumspor.  “The Black Eagles” currently sit seventh in the Super Lig — 11 points ... Read more

Injured Felix to miss Madrid derby

Madrid (AFP) – Atletico Madrid said on Wednesday that Joao Felix has sustained a muscle injury, meaning the striker is likely to miss Saturday’s city derby against Real Madrid.  Felix’s absence could persuade Atletico to accelerate their pursuit of Edinson Cavani, who is keen to leave Paris Saint-Germain this month if the clubs can agree a fee.  Atletico confirmed in a statement that Felix was injured during last weekend’s goalless draw with Leganes in La Liga.  “Joao Felix suffered a muscular injury in his right leg during the match against Leganes,” the statement read.  “With the persistence of discomfort after ... Read more

Arsenal sign Pablo Mari on loan for the rest of the season

London (AFP) – Arsenal have signed Spanish defender Pablo Mari on loan for the rest of the season with an option to buy at the end of the campaign, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. The 26-year-old joins from Brazilian side Flamengo, where he helped the Rio de Janeiro-based team win the Brazilian title and the Copa Libertadores last year.  Mari joined Flamengo last July from Manchester City, where he had been since 2016.  “Pablo is an experienced player who will provide us with additional defensive quality,” said Arsenal technical director Edu. “We have been monitoring Pablo’s career for ... Read more

Wolves sign French teen Loiodice on loan

London (AFP) – Wolves have signed teenage midfielder Enzo Loiodice on loan from Dijon for the rest of the season with an option to buy, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday. The 19-year-old France Under-20 international has made 24 senior appearances for the Ligue 1 club. “I’m very happy to be here,” Loiodice told the club’s official website. “Wolves are a great team, they play in the Premier League and for all football players growing up in France, the Premier League is the biggest championship, so I’m very proud to be here. “I’ve watched some of the Wolves games ... Read more