After scoring just a single goal during Norwich City’s relegation-doomed campaign, striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel is prepared to move to France’s St. Etienne on loan, manager Neil Adams confirmed.
“I can’t confirm he is on the move,” Adams told reporters at Carrow Road after their friendly against Celta Vigo. “What I can say is he is in talks with Saint Etienne and he has gone over to France for a medical. If it happens, it happens.”
It looks like it’s happening, Neil. Someone took this picture of Van Wolfswinkel at St. Etienne’s training ground, and it appears a loan move is imminent.
“There are many parts to these deals and anything over and above that is not really for me to speak about but for the board,” Adams said of the 25-year-old Dutchman. “I have said many, many times I am not looking to offload players and he is more than welcome to come back here if that is his decision.
Ye olde “I can’t talk about transfers but here’s what’s going on with this transfer” from Adams. Classic.
The Daily Mail‘s Simon Jones reports the loan deal will have the option for St. Etienne to make the deal permanent for a fee of $8 million.
“I don’t want to lose players. He is a great lad and he has never been a problem to deal with. He has been an excellent professional and if it wasn’t to happen then he would come back into our squad. If it becomes concrete then we’ll deal with that. It is in his hands.”
Van Wolfswinkel was supposed to be the Canaries’ marquee signing last summer after banking his old club Sporting CP nearly $13.5 million. However, he scored just one goal and assisted two others in 25 Premier League appearances, his lone score coming in his very first game for the club.
He has not appeared during the club’s preseason tour of Italy, having sustained a minor knee injury in training.
Play until you hear the referee’s whistle. In theory, so simple. In practice, it only takes a single second of concentration lapse to become an internet sensation for all the wrong reasons.
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Such is life for Karyn Forbes, member of the Trinidad and Tobago women’s national soccer team. In the above video, you’ll observe Forbes, a 24-year-old midfielder, giving away perhaps the most bizarre penalty kick you’ll ever see. You’ll have to watch for yourself to believe it.
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Unfortunately for Forbes, though the whole of the ball might have crossed the whole of the end line, the referee did not blow her whistle… not until Forbes picked the ball up with her hands and carried it to her goalkeeper.
BERLIN (AP) The German Football League (DFL) has given the go-ahead for the possible testing of video replays in the Bundesliga over a two-year pilot phase.
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The DFL says it will be lodging an application with FIFA to take part if the pilot phase is approved by the International Football Association Board at its next annual general meeting on March 5.
The DFL says video replays could be used by a “team of impartial match officials for the purpose of avoiding any evidently incorrect decisions” and that the pilot phase would be preceded by “intensive preparations.”
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These would include the settlement of costs among FIFA, the IFAB, the DFL and German football federation, as well as training for the candidates.
West Ham United hope Dimitri Payet is going absolutely nowhere after the club announced on Thursday the 28-year-old Frenchman has signed a contract extension through the summer of 2021.
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Payet’s current contract was scheduled to keep him at the Premier League club through the summer of 2020, but a series of standout performances (6 goals, 4 assists so far this season, mostly during the season’s opening three months) and rumors of interest from “bigger” clubs meant tacking on another year — and plenty more cash — was the best way to keep Payet in east London for the foreseeable future. The club confirmed earlier this week that negotiations over an extension were underway.
“He’s the best player I’ve signed in 25 years,” said West Ham co-owner David Sullivan. “He’s a [$43 million] player. He’s a supreme footballer. He makes every player in our side play better. On his day, he’s world class, he’s unstoppable.”
Payet, who’s been at West Ham just eight months after signing last summer, could still depart in the summer should he finish the current season strong and/or show up and show out at the European Championship, which kicks off in June. In that event, West Ham would now bag a much heftier transfer fee than they would have done prior to the extension.
Remember that Dele Alli goal? No, not that one… that one. Of course you remember it. How could you not?
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How often does a player receive the ball out of the air, flick it over his head, spin 180 degrees and hit an inch-perfect volley from 20 yards out to secure all three points for his team? The answer is, of course, not very often.
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Thus, a goal such as Alli’s stunning winner against Crystal Palace last month has been, and will continue to be, immortalized through numerous recreations in this Digital Age. Above is Alli’s goal recreated in hand-drawn crayon.