Deadline Day Done Deals: Niasse, Doumbia, Imbula head to Premier League

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Here are the most notable (as time of posting) Premier League moves made on this final day of the January transfer window.

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Newcastle United lands striker Seydou Doumbia on loan from AS Roma.

Everton brings Russian Premier League Player of the Year Oumar Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow. The Toffees have loaned Aiden McGeady to Sheffield Wednesday.

Swansea City gets PL experience by bringing Leroy Fer on loan from QPR. The Welsh club has also loaned striker Eder to Lille.

Stoke City breaks its transfer record in bringing in French defensive midfielder Giannelli Imbula from Porto.

United States defender Shane O’Neill is headed on loan from Apollon Limassol to Cambridge United.

Sunderland has loaned striker Steven Fletcher to Marseille, while Arsenal loaned defender Mathieu Debuchy to Bordeaux.

BRISTOL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 5: Jordan Rhodes of Blackburn Rovers during the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Blackburn Rovers at Ashton Gate on December 5, 2015 in Bristol, England. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)
The 25-year-old Rhodes has 28, 25 and 21 goals in his last three full seasons (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images).

Prolific Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes (right) is making the move to promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough, after much interest from Premier League sides.

Longtime Arsenal prospect Yaya Sanogo is on loan to Charlton Athletic, while Chelsea prospect Marco Van Ginkel moves to PSV Eindhoven.

Leicester City has loaned Yohan Benalouane to Fiorentina for the remainder of the season.

It’s been a busy day in Major League Soccer as well, with Colorado Rapids signing two-time reigning Swiss Golden Boot winner Shkelzen Gashi as a DP, and New England Revolution have their Jermaine Jones replacement in FC Sion midfielder Xavier Kouassi.

Porto is talking with Sporting KC’s teenage defender Erik Palmer-Brown.

Real Monarchs beat Louisville City to win first ever USL Cup
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Real Monarchs scored three unanswered goals as they routed Louisville City 3-1 at Lynn Stadium to win their first ever USL Cup title.

Noah Powder’s goal in the 66th minute sealed the deal for the visitor’s, adding to the goals scored by defenders Erik Holt and Konrad Plewa in the first half.

Surprisingly enough, it was Lou City who got off to a superb start on Sunday night, though.

Only six minutes after the initial whistle, Lou City’s leading goalscorer, Magnus Rasmussen, scored the game’s first goal, breaking a record for the fastest goal in a USL Cup final.

The defeat brings an end to Lou City’s historic run of consecutive USL Cup-winning seasons.

On July 1, former Real Salt Lake defender, Jamison Olave, took over as the Monarchs interim coach following Martin Vasquez’s unexpected resignation.

Man arrested after English soccer player reports homophobia

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TRANMERE, England — A footballer in England’s third tier reported being subjected to homophobic abuse from the stands, leading to police making one arrest.

Wycombe goalkeeper Ryan Allsop told the referee of the abuse at halftime of the League One soccer game at Tranmere as his team won 2-0.

Tranmere says it is very disappointed to learn of a homophobic comment made.

In a statement, Merseyside Police condemned abhorrent incidents.

Police Chief Inspector Jason Crellin added that “hate crime has no place in our communities, and not least at a showcase sporting event attended and watched by many people.”

Brazil beat Mexico to win U-17 World Cup (video)

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Brazil became Under-17 world champions for a fourth time in dramatic fashion as Lazaro Vinicius Marques’ scored a 93rd-minute winner to edge Mexico 2-1 at Estadio Bezerrão on Sunday.

Brazil’s comeback started in the 84th minute when Kaio Jorge converted from the penalty spot, following VAR’s decision which ruled contact on the tournament’s Golden Ball winner, Gabriel Veron, inside the 18-yard box.

With Brazilian legends Ronaldo and Cafu in attendance, the host’s had the better of chances throughout the first 45 minutes. Without any luck, however, Brazil were unable to get the ball past Eduardo Garcia, instead hitting the bar on several occasions.

Then in the 66th minute, Mexico – winners of the tournament in 2005 and in 2011 – stunned the home crowd when Bronze Ball winner Eugenio Pizzoto’s cross into the box was headed into the back of the net by Bryan Alonso Gonzalez Olivan, breaking the deadlock between two sides that had met in the same game back in 2005.

What was going to be a stunning, underdog victory for El Tri, turned into a heartbreaking night for Marco “Chima” Ruiz and company.

Brazil, on the other hand, are now only one championship away from tying Nigeria’s record of five championships.

EURO qualifying wrap: France, Iceland, Turkey earn wins

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With their tickets already booked to next summer’s big tournament, France and Turkey picked up wins in Sunday’s Euro qualifying action, which saw defending champions Portugal clinch qualification.

[ READ: Defending champions Portugal qualify to EURO 2020 ]

Albania 0-2 France

Albania opened their new, 22,500-seat stadium with a hard-fought loss against France.

Early on, Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso gave the impression that the home fans were in for a long night at the inaugurating Air Albania Stadium, opening the score just eight minutes in with a well-placed header. In the 31st minute, an unfamiliar face, Leo Dubois, connected with Antoine Griezmann, who slotted the ball into the bottom-right corner. France finish the qualifiers leaders of Group H with 25 points. Throughout the 10 matches, the world champions lost only once, a 2-0 loss against Turkey.

Andorra 0-2 Turkey

Real Valladolid’s Enes Unal scored a first-half brace as Turkey coasted past Andorra 2-0. Turkey, who clinched a spot next summer after finishing Group H two points behind France, controlled possession and chances at goal.

Moldova 1-2 Iceland

Everton’s Gylfi Sigurdsson scored the visitor’s second and winning goal in the second half, as Iceland walked away from Zimbru Stadium with a 2-1 win on Sunday.

With 19 points throughout 10 games, Rúnar Kristinsson and company felt five points short of qualifying directly for next year’s competition. That said, they’ll partake in the Euro 2020 playoffs, looking to squeeze their way in.


Luxembourg 0-2 Portugal

Serbia 2-2 Ukraine

Kosovo 0-4 England

Bulgaria 1-0 Czech Republic