Benitez hopes Newcastle can strengthen

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is frustrated that the club have been unable to bring in the transfer targets they identified months ago but still hopes to do some business before the window closes later on Wednesday.

Newcastle are 15th in the Premier League, above the relegation zone on goal difference, and have won only two of their last 15 league games.

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Palace covet attacking cover

Crystal Palace will look to sign an attacking player before the transfer window closes later on Wednesday after midfielder Bakary Sako picked up an injury in their 1-1 draw at West Ham United, manager Roy Hodgson said.

Sako is facing an extended spell on the sidelines after limping off with an ankle injury before halftime on Tuesday and Hodgson revealed that the Malian international’s chances of a quick recovery appeared unlikely. Continue reading Palace covet attacking cover

Ndoro cleared to play for Ajax

Ajax Cape Town have received a major boost after the Premier Soccer League’s Dispute Resolution Chamber ruled they could field striker Tendai Ndoro despite the club breaking Fifa rules to register him.

Ajax faced being without their new signing for the remainder of the campaign, and also being docked the three points they gained in their 3-1 victory over fellow strugglers Platinum Stars earlier this month, for fielding the Zimbabwe international.

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Sanchez set for United league debut

For all the talk of Manchester City’s stellar season, Manchester United have enjoyed an even happier new year with five successive wins plus the sneaky signing of Alexis Sanchez from under their neighbours’ noses.

Jose Mourinho’s team face what promises to be their toughest test of 2018 at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, a game where the focus will inevitably fall on Sanchez’s league debut after his impressive start in the 4-0 FA Cup win at Yeovil Town.

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Pirates look to close gap on leaders

Orlando Pirates will be looking for a fourth win in five league games when they take on Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City on Wednesday night.

Kick-off is at 7:30pm – Live on SS4.

The match at the Cape Town Stadium is set for a 7:30pm kick off and is the second time the two teams meet this season, Pirates having recorded a 1-0 home victory back in September.

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PSL clubs chase last day deals

Clubs have until midnight on Wednesday to finish their transfer business with one or two more deals expected to be concluded before the deadline for the end of the January transfer window.

The Premier Soccer League, who had previously closed the transfer window at 5pm on the last day of the month, now stay open until midnight, as is the international convention.

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Ventura eager to return coaching

Humiliated former Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura, sacked after the four-time World Cup winners failed to reach the 2018 tournament in Russia, has revealed he wants to return coaching.

“I’ve just returned from something that was bigger than me and I paid violently,” Ventura, whose qualifying fiasco saw Italy miss a first World Cup since 1958, was quoted as saying in La Repubblica newspaper. Continue reading Ventura eager to return coaching

Nigeria face Sudan, Morocco tackle Libya

“Miracle” semifinalists Sudan defend a 2 550-day unbeaten African Nations Championship (Chan) record when they tackle Nigeria in Morocco on Wednesday.

The east African country have played 10 matches spanning eight years in the biennial tournament for home-based footballers, winning six and drawing four.

However, finishing unbeaten as 2011 hosts failed to bring Sudan the title as they lost on penalties to Angola after a drawn semifinal.

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Aubameyang signs for Arsenal

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has joined Arsenal for a record fee for the Gunners, a reported £56 million, from Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund, both clubs confirmed Wednesday.

The 28-year-old Gabon striker, who has scored 141 goals for Dortmund since joining in 2013, signed a long-term contract with the storied London club.

His transfer fee outstrips the £46.5 million that Arsenal paid for French striker Alexandre Lacazette last August. Aubameyang’s arrival is likely to lead to the departure of veteran marksman Olivier Giroud. Continue reading Aubameyang signs for Arsenal