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Gyan meets Ghana President John Mahama to review UNAIDS’ Protect the Goal campaign  FIFA.com News

Asamoah Gyan in a handshake with Ghana President John Mahama

Asamoah Gyan in a handshake with Ghana President John Mahama

Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan was at the Flagstaff House on Monday to meet with President John Mahama over their involvement in the HIV/AIDS awareness campaign, Protect the Goal.

The Al Ain ace used the occasion to brief the President over his recent visit to Malawi where he took part in several activities to promote the campaign waged by UNAIDS.

The meeting held at the Flagstaff House was attended by Sports Minister Mahama Ayariga, UNAIDS Country Director Girmay Haile, representatives from the Ghana AIDS Commission and the Business Manager of Asamoah Gyan, Samuel Anim Addo.

Asamoah Gyan in a table discussion with President John Mahama

Asamoah Gyan in a table discussion with President John Mahama

Asamoah Gyan and President John Mahama signed unto a pact last year to become ambassadors of the Protect the Goal campaign.

Their meeting amongst other things discusses was to review the progress being made in the fight against HIV/AIDS from the continent.

It was the first time both Asamoah Gyan and President Mahama were meeting following Ghana’s early exit from the 2014 World Cup.

Asamoah Gyan in a group photograph with President John Mahama

Asamoah Gyan in a group photograph with President John Mahama

The Ghanaian head of state thus used the opportunity to chip in his thoughts over the Black Stars’ disappointing showing in Brazil.

He also inspired the Ghana captain to lead his side to success in yet another qualifying campaign for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations which commences at the weekend.

Gyan met with Head of Communications at the Presidency Ben Dotse Malor and Commodore S.G Obimpeh on his way into the Flagstaff House.

Asamoah Gyan met Commodore Obimpeh on his way up to see President Mahama

Asamoah Gyan met Commodore Obimpeh on his way up to see President Mahama

He was hailed by employees present as he made his way to go see the President with constant chants of his nickname, ‘Baby Jet’.

The 28-year-old will be joining his international teammates in the Black Stars on Monday night to begin camping ahead of their opening 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Uganda on Saturday in Kumasi.

The team will thereafter make a short trip to face neighbours Togo in the second qualifying game on September 10.

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Arsenal seal £16m deal for England striker Danny Welbeck  FIFA.com News

Danny Welbeck off to join Arsenal

Danny Welbeck off to join Arsenal

Arsenal have sealed a £16m move for Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck with some few hours to the deadline of the summer transfer window.

The 23-year-old having a routine medical in North London and will sign to a five-year contract after agreeing personal terms.

Welbeck was thought to be joining the Gunners on an initial loan deal but the England international of Ghanaian parentage opted for a permanent deal.

Arsenal moved for Welbeck after missing out on signing Radamel Falcao – who is heading to Manchester United – from French club Monaco.

He is expected to fill the void created by the injury to Olivier Giroud.

Problem for Ghana as Emmanuel Adebayor returns for Togo in 2015 AFCON qualifiers  FIFA.com News

Emmanuel Adebayor has made himself suddenly available for Togo

Emmanuel Adebayor has made himself suddenly available for Togo

England-based striker Emmanuel Adebayor has made an astonishing U-turn to play for Togo in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers with an appetizing game against Ghana to come.

The 30-year-old had announced his umpteenth international sabbatical 18-months ago after falling out with former Togo coach Dider Six.

Adebayor, who was born in Ghana to Nigerian parents is desperate to play against the Black Stars where he is friends with most of the Ghanaian players.

The ex Arsenal man has always harboured the desire of playing against the star-studded Ghana team ever since his emergence as a global star.

He is determined to prove himself against Ghana and fancies his chances against the Black Stars team whose weakness as shown at the 2014 World Cup is their defence.

Adebayor has already arrived in Lome to join up with his international colleagues for their opening 2015 AFCON qualifier against Guinea in Casablanca.

It is however next week’s game against Ghana that instinctively attracted the former Manchester City star to make himself suddenly available for an international call up.

His return will obviously send some shockwaves into his Ghanaian friends who know way too well how deadly he can be on a good day.

Coach Kwesi Appiah must now device a strategy to ensure Adebayor does not find his rhythm in the game to be played on September 10 in Lome.

Trabzonspor new-boy Majeed Waris to join Ghana camp late after completing transfer  FIFA.com News

Waris

Waris

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Striker Abdul Majeed Waris is expected to report late to the Ghana camp for the 2015 AFCON qualifying games against Uganda and Togo following his transfer to Turkish giants Trabzonspor. 

The 22-year-old left Russian Premier League side Spartak Moscow to sign a four year contract for Trabzonspor on Monday afternoon.

Waris is expected to complete paperwork by the end of Tuesday before flying down to Accra to join his Ghana team-mates.

Most Black Stars players are already in town but per arrangements by the technical team, there was no training sessions on Monday. However, serious training will get underway on Tuesday morning and the former Swedish Allsvenskan Golden Shoe Winner is expected to miss.

Transfer Tavern: Ghana youth winger Sarfo-Gyamfi passes Kotoko medicals  FIFA.com News

Kotoko is close to signing former Ghana U20 winger Sarfo Gyamfi

Kotoko is close to signing former Ghana U20 winger Sarfo Gyamfi

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Former Ghana U20 winger Frank Sarfo-Gyamfi has passed medicals for Asante Kotoko and is set to sign a three-year-contract, according to Accra-based Oman FM. 

The 21-year-old arrived in Ghana last week from South Africa after leaving Maritzburg United and headed straight to Kumasi to begin negotiations with the Porcupine Warriors.

Kotoko have been pursuing the former Wa All Stars attacker and came close to signing him last season but failed to reach agreement with Maritzburg.

However the youngster is a free agent now and GHANAsoccernet.com sources in Kumasi can confirm he will sign a contract with Kotoko before the end of the week to become Kotoko third official signing of the season.

Former Kotoko star Ahmed Toure trains with Hearts of Oak  FIFA.com News

Ahmed Toure trained with Hearts of Oak

Ahmed Toure trained with Hearts of Oak

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Asante Kotoko’s former Ivorian star striker Ahmed Toure has inched closer to joining rivals Hearts of Oak after training with the Phobians on Monday evening. 

The 27-year-old trained at Hearts’ ATTC training grounds with the rest of the Phobian squad and head coach Herbert Addo appeared satisfied with his work-rate.

Hearts of Oak are in search of a potent striking force as Herbert Addo is unconvinced about the qualities of Gilbert Fiamenyo.

GHANAsoccernet.com broke the news of the Ivorian’s arrival yesterday and can also confirm Hearts are in talks to re-sign former striker Prince Tagoe.

Toure will put pen on paper if Hearts coach Addo gives his management the greenlight to open talks.

Ghana striker Majeed Waris delighted with transfer deadline day move to Trabzonspor  FIFA.com News

Majeed Waris has joined Trabzonspor on four-year deal

Majeed Waris has joined Trabzonspor on four-year deal

Ghana striker Abdul Majeed Waris says he is delighted to be joining Trabzonspor on transfer deadline day.

The 22-year-old sealed a four-year move to the Turkish club on Monday, ending his one-year stay with Spartak Moscow in the process.

Waris passed a medical on Monday morning in Istanbul and signed onto the four-year agreement reportedly worth 5.5m Euros.

The ex BK Hacken hitman says he is excited to be making the move and is now looking forward to help his side achieve success this season.

“I’m very excited to have joined Trabzonspor,” he said.

“They were clear in their interest in me, and I can’t wait to play in SuperLiga and Europa League.

“I know players here, and they all told me great things about the club, so it was an easy decision to join.

“The club has a great history and is one of big four in Turkey.

“I’m really looking forward to working with coach Vahid, meeting my new teammates and settling into Trabzon

“I’ve been told it’s a beautiful area with great people and food – but most of all I’m looking forward to working hard to help deliver results for Trabzonspor and its fans.”

Waris looks to resurrect his hot form that saw him once linked to a sensational move to English giants Chelsea when he emerged Goal King in the Swedish top flight back in 2012.

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong joins Russian side FC UFA  FIFA.com News

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong has ended his search for club by completing his transfer to Russian Premier League side FC Ufa.

Emmanuel Frimpong has signed for Russian club UFA

Former Arsenal midfielder and Ghana international Emmanuel Frimpong has ended his search for club by completing his transfer to Russian Premier League side FC Ufa.

The 22-year-old has signed a three-year deal for the Russian club and will wear the No. 5 shirt.

This comes after his proposed move to Austrian giants Sturm Graz fell through last month.

The one-time Ghana international left Arsenal to join now-Football League side Barnsley in January, but was released after just four months at Oakwell following the club’s relegation to England’s third-tier league.

Frimpong had loan spells at Wolves, Charlton and Fulham during his three-year journey with Arsenal’s first team.

An anterior cruciate ligament injury sidelined him for nine months, thereby preventing him from making his senior team debut.

He eventually earned featured for the ‘Gunners” first-team in August 2011 and went on to make 5 more Premier League appearances.

His only Ghana cap came in a World Cup 2014 qualifier against Sudan in March 2013.

Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck close to agreeing £3m Arsenal loan move, view to an £18m switch  FIFA.com News

Danny Welbeck close to agreeing £3million loan move to Arsenal from Manchester United with view to an £18million switch

Danny Welbeck close to agreeing £3million loan move to Arsenal from Manchester United with view to an £18million switch

Danny Welbeck close to agreeing £3million loan move to Arsenal from Manchester United with view to an £18million switch

Arsenal are working towards a deal for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck on a £3million loan deal, with the view to an £18million permanent move.

The Gunners have missed out on Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, who is set to seal a season-long loan move to Manchester United on Monday evening.

Club officials are keen to stress a deal is not completed yet, but progress is being made.

VIDEO Scroll down to watch Welbeck training alongside Wayne Rooney with England

Wanted man: Arsenal are close to bringing in Welbeck, pictured here in training with England at London Colney

Wanted man: Arsenal are close to bringing in Welbeck, pictured here in training with England at London Colney

Still time: Welbeck, pictured here arriving for England training, will be allowed to talk to interested clubs

Still time: Welbeck, pictured here arriving for England training, will be allowed to talk to interested clubs

On the move? Welbeck (centre) could be about Wayne Rooney (left) behind at Old Trafford

On the move? Welbeck (centre) could be about Wayne Rooney (left) behind at Old Trafford

Jonathan Hope, the agent brokering the deal, told talkSPORT the 23-year-old wants a permanent deal, rather than a short-term loan.

‘There have been a few clubs in for Danny and they’re looking for loan deals with a view to buying, but Danny doesn’t want to go on loan.

‘He wants a straight transfer and he has every right to say that.

 

Out of favour: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is willing to allow Welbeck to leave the club

Out of favour: Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is willing to allow Welbeck to leave the club

Return: Welbeck has scored 20 league goals for United in 90 appearances since 2008

Return: Welbeck has scored 20 league goals for United in 90 appearances since 2008

Tottenham looked to be in pole position to land Welbeck earlier on Monday, but the forward’s preference is to join the Emirates Stadium club.

The 23-year-old is currently training with England at Arsenal’s London Colney base but that won’t stop him leaving the team hotel later to secure a loan deal.

Manager Roy Hodgson has said he will allow players to talk to clubs if it is about a move.

With United boss Louis van Gaal close to bringing in Falcao, the Old Trafford club are looking to offload some deadwood within the squad.

Welbeck, who has 26 caps for England at the age of 23, has eight international goals. He has scored 20 league goals in 90 appearances for United since 2008.

Fresh start: Welbeck has enjoyed previous loan spells with Preston North End and Sunderland

Fresh start: Welbeck has enjoyed previous loan spells with Preston North End and Sunderland

Goals: Falcao has been prolific throughout his career, earning several big money moves

Goals: Falcao has been prolific throughout his career, earning several big money moves

 

Manchester United, Liverpool enter last-minute race to sign Marseille’s Andre Ayew  FIFA.com News

English giants Manchester United and arch rival Liverpool have entered the last-minute race to sign Ghana winger Andre Ayew from Marseille before the transfer window closes midnight.

Ayew has been linked with several clubs in this transfer window

English giants Manchester United and arch rival Liverpool have entered the last-minute race to sign Ghana winger Andre Ayew from Marseille before the transfer window closes midnight.

This comes after the France-based winger rejected a move to English side Hull City because the asking price for youngster was too high for the Tigers.

The revelation has sparked interest from all over the place in the youngster which has led to Manchester United and Liverpool joining the race to sign him.

According to the English newspaper Express, both Man Utd and Liverpool are back in the race to sign the son of Ghana legend Abedi Pele after being previously linked with the winger.

These rumours have been flying around for the last few days, despite Ayew seemingly featuring prominently in the plans of new Marseille coach Marcelo Bielsa.

The Argentine has used the forward in all four of their Ligue 1 games so far this season, with the Lille native having impressed in their recent 4-0 thrashing of Nice.

It would be a surprise to see him leave Marseille, and his capture would no doubt be a coup for those middling Premier League sides.

He’s a versatile, quick attacker capable of playing anywhere across the attack, with intelligent movement and excellent dribbling his best attributes. If he does move to England, he shouldn’t have a problem adapting to the game.

One of the most in-demand players on transfer deadline day is Marseille attacker André Ayew, who is reportedly subject to interest from several clubs in the Premier League.

The 24-year-old Ghanaian international has been linked with Aston Villa, Hull City, Swansea City and Queens Park Rangers, and would apparently cost in the region of £8 million.

Newcastle, Swansea target Andre Ayew linked with last minute Italy move  FIFA.com News

Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew is rumoured to be on his way to Italy to sign for an unknown club as he is reported not to be keen on the move to England.

Andre Ayew has been linked with a move to Italy

Ghana midfielder Andre Ayew is rumoured to be on his way to Italy to sign for an unknown club as he is reported not to be keen on the move to England.

Newcastle United, Swansea and QPR are all in the hunt to sign the Ghana star from French club Marseille but the valuation and his personal terms are the sticking points in the deal.

It’s reported in Italy that Hull City also tried to sign Ayew from Olympique Marseille, but that he turned them down.

The 24-year-old striker is in the final year of his contract with OM and it’s claimed his agents are trying to offer him to various Serie A clubs on transfer deadline day.

Ayew had previously been linked with Napoli, but could also be of interest to Juventus and Inter.

Great Olympics new recruit Sefa vows to shine for Wonder Club  FIFA.com News

Owusu Sefa

Owusu Sefa

Great Olympics defender Owusu Sefa has vowed to make a difference at the club.

The ex-Hearts defender has joined the newly-promoted side for the next two years.

Olympics have been busy in the transfer tying up deals for experienced players ahead of the start of the new season.

Sefa is delighted with the decision to join the Wonder Club of Ghana and feels he will be an added piece to the side.

“It’s a great delight to be part of this great club and I’m looking forward to a successful career,” he said

“I am motivated by the ambition of this club and want to be part of the huge success that we can chalk together.

“I have been around for a while and know what it takes to play at the top level in Ghana.”

VIDEO: Watch Gideon Baah’s volley goal for HJK Helsinki  FIFA.com News

Gideon Baah

Gideon Baah

Watch Ghanaian defender Gideon Baah scored in HJK Helsinki’s comprehensive 4-1 win at Jaro in the Finnish top flight on Sunday.

The 22-year-old scored in the 72nd minute to restore the champions’ lead after Sebastian Mannstrom had opened the scoring after 32 minutes.

 

EXCLUSIVE: Medeama midfielder Ayirey fails to land Tersana deal  FIFA.com News

Victor Ayirey failed to land a deal with Tersana

Victor Ayirey failed to land a deal with Tersana

Medeama midfielder Victor Ayirey failed to land a permanent deal with Egyptian side Tersana after a trial session, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.

The 22-year-old did not do enough to convince coach Gamal Hamza about his ability and has been told he will not be offered a deal.

The intelligent and tall midfielder will get another opportunity to travel abroad to try his luck somewhere.

Ayirey has been one of the standout performers for the Ghanaian side over the last three seasons but want to seek a new challenge.
He will return to the Mauve and Yellows if he fails to get a deal abroad.

LIVE UPDATES: Transfer deadline day – Rumors, news and last minute deals  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew is one of the players targeted by several clubs in England

Andre Ayew is one of the players targeted by several clubs in England

Constantly updating transfer news and rumors from the Premier League, La Liga, Serie A and Bundesliga, throughout Monday’s madness with several Ghanaian abroad players very much in the mix.

For most countries in Europe, the transfer deadline pops up on Monday. The deadline usually falls on the final day of August, but for the second year in a row, that day was on a weekend, while games were being played. For that reason, the transfer window stretches into September, and will close at 11 p.m. BST, which is 10pm Ghana time in most countries, including England.

The window closes at different times in some other countries, however. Because the Germans generally like to get their business done in a more efficient fashion than everyone else, their window closes early. Bundesliga teams can no longer sign players after 6 p.m. local time, 12 p.m. ET. Italy’s window shuts at 11 p.m. local time, 5 p.m. ET, while the windows shut in England, France and Spain one hour later. Some countries — like Russia — keep their transfer windows open beyond Monday.

In this space, we’ll be updating everything that happens for Ghanaian players and other top players in Europe up until the deadline, and likely for another hour or two after it closes, as we learn whether or not rumored last-minute deals actually end up going through.

The biggest done deals for Ghanaian players abroad | Complete done deals StoryStream here

Majeed Waris in shock move to Turkish side Trabzonspor | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
Baba Rahman completes move to Bundesliga side Augsburg | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
John Boye joins Turkish side Erciyesspor on permanent deal | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
Jordan Ayew ditches Marseille for Lorient | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
Isaac Cofie seals Chievo Verona loan move | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
Adu Kofi seals deal to join Swedish side Malmo | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
Derek Boateng joins TWO clubs in one month in Spain | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
Everton sign Ghana’s talented star Christian Atsu | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
Wakaso completes Celtic loan deal | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com

The biggest rumors on Ghanaian players abroad | Complete rumors StoryStream here

Andre Ayew on the radar of English clubs | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
Samuel Inkoom set for a big move in Europe | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
Kevin-Prince Boateng set for shock Monaco move | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com
Muntari linked with Galatasaray move | Full story from GHANAsoccernet.com

The biggest done deals in Europe | Complete done deals StoryStream here

Chicharito loaned to Real Madrid | Full story from SB Nation
Xabi Alonso ditches Real Madrid for Bayern Munich | Full story from Bavarian Football Works
Fernando Torres finally leaves Chelsea | Full story from We Ain’t Got No History
Angel Di Maria breaks British transfer record | Full story from The Busby Babe
Shinji Kagawa going back to Borussia Dortmund | Full story from SB Nation
Atléti get better with Italian international Cerci | Full story from SB Nation

The biggest rumors | Complete rumors StoryStream here

Falcao is about to go to Manchester United on loan | Full story from The Busby Babe
Monaco could bring in Roberto Soldado as his replacement | Full story from SB Nation
The third domino in those moves? Danny Welbeck. | Full story from Cartilage Free Captain
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11:30 p.m. – Marko Van Ginkel moves on loan from Chelsea to AC Milan. He’ll get quite a bit more playing time there than he would have at Chelsea.

11:43 p.m. – Toby Alderweireld looks close to signing for Southampton. He didn’t get much playing time at Atlético Madrid after moving from Ajax.

12:11 a.m.Sevilla have strengthened their midfield by signing Stephane Mbia. He spent last season on loan in Seville.

12:29 a.m. – Jermain Defoe leaving MLS to go back to the Premier League? TFC are negotiating with QPR.

1:18 a.m. – Fiorentina continue to chase Micah Richards, and will make one last move for him.

1:23 a.m. – Tottenham Hotspur would like to do a swap deal with Andros Townsend and Jay Rodriguez

8:57 a.m. – HSV are going to sign Lewis Holtby on loan from Tottenham Hotspur.

9:10 a.m. – Manchester City could offload Matija Nastasic, with Arsenal and Spurs both interested.

9:14 a.m. – With Sergio Romero rumors stalling, Liverpool are also interested in former Barcelona man Victor Valdes.

9:46 a.m. – Monaco could target Roberto Soldado as a replacement for Radamel Falcao.

10:08 a.m. – The entire Premier League mid-table is interested in Marseille attacker Andre Ayew.

10:29 a.m.Radamel Falcao is heading to Manchester United on loan.

10:45 a.m. – ‘Chicharito’ Javier Hernandez is undergoing a medical at Real Madrid.

10:49 a.m. – Ron Vlaar’s agent says that his client won’t leave Aston Villa, despite Arsenal’s interest.

11:21 a.m. – Crystal Palace are going to make Wigan’s James MacArthur their record signing.

12:33 p.m. – Jonathan Biabiany is on his way to AC Milan, with Zaccardo going the other way to Parma.

12:51 p.m. – Burnley have signed George Boyd.

12:55 p.m. – Roma are trying to sign Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa from Newcastle.

12:56 p.m. – Inter Milan have been linked to a massive €25m bid for Florian Thauvin.

1:05 p.m. – Spurs are rumored to have made an offer for Jay Rodriguez that values him at £26m.

1:22 p.m.Real Madrid announce the signing of Chicharito on loan.

1:30 p.m.Valencia are in negotiations to sign Fredy Guarin from Inter.

1:22 p.m.Real Madrid announce the signing of Chicharito on loan.

1:30 p.m.Valencia are in negotiations to sign Fredy Guarin from Inter.

1:52 p.m. – Alvaro Negredo loan to Valencia would include an obligation to buy him from Manchester City.

2 p.m. – Sebastian Coates looks likely to move on loan from Liverpool to Sunderland.

2:05 p.m. – Hull City look set to sign Mohamed Diame from West Ham.

2:19 p.m. – Bizarrely, Southampton have terminated Saphir Taider’s loan after just 21 days.

2:46 p.m. – Manchester City could offload Scott Sinclair to Stoke.

3 p.m. – Aston Villa are weighing up a shock bid for Sergio Canales.

3:01 p.m. – Brazilian starlet Doria is in Marseille ahead of a likely move.

3:21 p.m. – Sandro is having a medical at QPR ahead of a £10m move from Tottenham Hotspur.

3:46 p.m. – Manchester United could pick up Joao Moutinho from Monaco.

3:55 p.m. – QPR have a bid accepted for Liverpool’s Fabio Borini.

4:09 p.m. – Burnley have signed Nathaniel Chalobah on loan from Chelsea.

4:10 p.m. – Palermo striker Abel Hernandez has moved to Hull City for £6m.

4:29 p.m. – Morgan Amalfitano likely to move to West Ham.

4:51 p.m. – Alessio Cerci officially signs for Atletico Madrid.

5:15 p.m. – Southampton are close to signing both Toby Alderweireld and Sadio Mane.

5:22 p.m.HSV announce the signing of Lewis Holtby on loan.

5:29 p.m. – Benjamin Stambouli officially signs for Tottenham Hotspur.

5:49 p.m. – Arsenal have had a late bid for Marco Reus rejected.

6 p.m. – Falcao’s loan will cost Manchester United £24m.

6:23 p.m. – Danny Welbeck is reportedly having a medical at Arsenal.

6:38 p.m.Sebastian Coates’ loan move to Sunderland is official.

6:51 p.m. – Danny Welbeck wants a permanent move, not a loan.

7:09 p.m.Hull have signed Mohamed Diame from West Ham United.

7:11 p.m. – Arsenal have had a bid for William Carvalho rejected.

7:16 p.m. – Fabio Borini wants a much bigger wage than QPR are offering.

7:21 p.m.Sunderland have locked up Ricky Alvarez on a one-year loan deal.

7:37 p.m.Arsenal deny that Danny Welbeck is having a medical with them. This story.

7:41 p.m. – Daley Blind’s move to Manchester United is now official.

7:53 p.m. – PSV have signed Nicolas Isimat.

8:15 p.m. – Jermain Defoe probably isn’t leaving Toronto FC.

8:22 p.m. – Tom Cleverley looks likely to leave United, but Villa can’t pay his wages.

8:24 p.m. – Negredo to Valencia seems even more likely.

8:46 p.m.Hull close to a surprise swoop for Hatem Ben Arfa

9 p.m. – Aston Villa won’t be signing Tom Cleverley. It’s dead, but Everton are still interested.

9:08 p.m. – The Welbeck saga continues. A permanent move to Arsenal is possible.

9:24 p.m. – And now it looks like Arsenal have agreed to a £16m fee for Welbeck.

9:26 p.m. – Arsenal are busy. They’ve let two kids go.

10:12 p.m. – AS Roma have announced the capture of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

10:13 p.m. – Micah Richards has joined Fiorentina.

10:13 p.m.Tottenham Hotspur have sold Sandro to QPR.

10:18 p.m. – Aston Villa sell Karim El-Ahmadi back to Feyenoord.

10:25 p.m. – James McArthur has joined Crystal Palace, and he’s their record signing.

10:26 p.m. – Southampton have loaned Gaston Ramirez to Hull.

10:26 p.m.Oussama Assaidi has gone on loan to Stoke again.

10:52 p.m.Marseille have signed Doria from Botafogo.

10:58 p.m. – Arsenal have applied for and received an extension to complete the Danny Welbeck deal.

11 p.m. – The transfer window is shut. More deals will be confirmed after the deadline.

11:03 p.m. – Valencia have signed Alvaro Negredo, and are obligated to buy him next year.

11:14 p.m. – Morgan Amalfitano has moved to West Ham.

11:17 p.m. – Crystal Palace have added some striker depth, signing Kevin Doyle on loan.

11:29 p.m. – Southampton announce Toby Alderweireld signing.

11:32 p.m.Harry and Niko, together again.

11:53 p.m.Sadio Mane has joined Southampton.

Black Stars quartet Wakaso, Atsu and Ayew brothers meet up in Amsterdam on their way to Ghana TONIGHT  FIFA.com News

Ghana trio Jordan Ayew, Christians Atsu and Mubarak Wakaso

Ghana trio Jordan Ayew, Christians Atsu and Mubarak Wakaso

Ghana quartet Mubarak Wakaso, Christian Atsu, Andre and Jordan Ayew met up at the airport in Amsterdam on their way to Accra on Monday afternoon to join the Black Stars camp ahead of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The four players converged at the Schipol Airport in Amsterdam on transit to Accraas they will all board the KLM flight to the Ghanaian capital to begin preparations for the match.

Mubarak Wakaso and Christian Atsu play in the UK with Celtic and Everton respectively while Andre and Jordan Ayew arrived from France where they play for Olympique Marseille and Lorient respectively.

Wakaso posted a picture on his Twitter handle with Christian Atsu and Jordan Ayew on their way to Ghana.

The quartet are likely to be joined by Jeffery Schlupp who also plays in England for Leicester City.

They form part of the final badge of players expected to arrive on Monday night to complete the list of invited players for the games against Uganda and Togo.

Ghana will host Uganda in their opening 2015 AFCON qualifier on Saturday in Kumasi before making a short trip to face neighbours Togo in their second qualifier.

Ghanaian champions Kotoko unveil EIGHT new signings  FIFA.com News

Asante Kotoko

Asante Kotoko

Ghanaian champions Asante Kotoko presented eight new players to their fans on Sunday for the upcoming 2014/2015 season.

The ceremony took place at the Baba Yara Stadium and coincided with the club’s 79th anniversary celebration.

Kotoko have acquired striker Samad Oppong, who played in Cyprus last season, centre-back Akwasi Acheampong, Obed Owusu (formerly of Berekum Chelsea), Richard Oti (Medeama), Ivorian import Mamadou Kone and Goalkeeper Eric Ofori Antwi from Amidaus.

The rest are goalkeeper Felix Annan, who is back to his mother club after being loaned to RTU, Kwadwo Poku, was on loan at Heart of Lions last season.

Kotoko’s latest signings are to boost their chances of reaching the Group stage of the 2014 CAF Champions League.

Black Stars players hit top form ahead of Uganda AFCON clash  FIFA.com News

Baba Rahman set up two goals against Dortmund

Baba Rahman set up two goals against Dortmund

Ghana is set to be in top shape ahead for the 2015 AFCON qualifying double-header against Uganda and Togo as Black Stars players peaked for their clubs before flying down to Accra.

Attacker Jordan Ayew grabbed his first Ligue 1 goal in the Lorient colours, scoring in their 4-0 triumph over Guingamp on Saturday evening.

Defender Jonathan Mensah commanded a starting place and lasted the entire duration of the match for Evian TG who lost 1-0 Toulouse.

John Boye marked his Turkish Super Lig debut for Kayseri Erciyesspor who drew 0-0 with Trabzonspor.

Kwadwo Asamoah beat competition from French international Patrice Evra to play the entire 90 minutes of the game for Juventus in their 1-0 win at Chievo Verona on Saturday.

Raman Chibsah was a second-half substitute for Sassuolo who shared the spoils with Cagliari.

Winger Andre Ayew and Abdul Baba Rahman set up goals for Olympique Marseille and Augsburg respectively in their various games in the French Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.

Jeffrey Schlupp improved his form with a brilliant display for Leicester City as he set up their equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Sunday.

Razak Brimah and Fatau Dauda were both in action for their club’s in Spain and South Africa respectively.

Harrison Afful netted a brace for Esperance de Tunis in their 3-1 win over Bizertin.

Rabiu Mohammed, Agyemang-Badu, Afriyie Acquah and David Accam all played for their various clubs and enjoyed mixed results.

Hearts ace Winful Cobbinah reveals playing through pain in Lions defeat  FIFA.com News

Winful Cobbinah

Winful Cobbinahu

Hearts of Oak creative midfielder Winful Cobbinah has revealed he played through pain in their 1-0 reverse to Hearts of Lions over the weekend.

The talented player has come in for criticisms following a below par performance culminating in the defeat in the GHALCA Top 4 tournament.

Cobbinah says he understands the frustrations of the fans but declared he played the game without being fit.

“I understand the frustration of the fans and the point that they expect us to win every game,” Cobbinah said.

“But I played the entire game because I love Hearts even though I was not feeling very healthy I had to endure.

“It’s not been easy but am confident the team has learnt its lessons and going forward positive results will come.”

Annor Walker not surprised by the rise of Ghana star Andre Ayew  FIFA.com News

Andre Ayew

Andre Ayew

Former Nania FC technical director Annor Walker says he’s not surprised by the rise and rise of Ghana winger Andre Ayew.

Ayew’s stock has risen over the years with improved performances for both club and country.

The Marseille winger is now a subject of intense bidding from stellar clubs from England with Newcastle, Southampton, Queens Park Rangers and Inter Milan believed to be interested in his services.

The former Ghana Under-20 captain was a shining light and rising star for Ghana despite his country’s shambolic showing at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The 24-year-old has become a real leader for the Black Stars and his feisty character shone through in 2014.

He’s now adding goals to his all-round midfield game and is on course to become one of Africa’s finest players.

Coach Annor Walker, who is credited for honing the talent of the former Lorient player during his youthful days at Nania FC, says he’s not surprised at where he’s gotten to.

“To be honest with you it doesn’t surprise me at all. I have always known that he will be a big star for Ghana,” he said

“Right from Nania FC, he demonstrated commitment to the game and always working hard to improve certain aspect of his game.

“I am very delighted that today he’s one of the talked-about Ghanaian players and many are looking up to him.

“He has not yet achieved his full potential. There is lot to come from him. He is still very young and will go on to become one of Africa’s great.

A high-energy footballer with an excellent understanding of the game, Ayew is tactically versatile.

He can start as a left attacking midfielder in a 4-2-3-1 or as a central midfielder in a 4-3-3.

Ayew has a sudden change of pace, which he uses regularly to burst into the penalty box in order to create his own shot.

He is smooth on the ball, possesses elite technique and is aware of his surroundings.

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