Simeone talks up Hernandez transfer

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone refused to rule out a move for Javier Hernandez, fuelling speculation of a potential transfer.

Hernandez is down the pecking order behind strikers Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck at Manchester United and is tipped to leave Old Trafford after starting just six Premier League games last season.

Serie A outfit Inter and Spanish champions Atletico have been linked with the Mexico International in recent weeks.

Despite signing Mario Mandzukic from Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich as a replacement for Diego Costa, Atletico have only one recognised striker in their squad, with new recruit Antoine Griezmann a winger by trade.

Speaking to reporters ahead of Atletico’s pre-season fixture against America on Wednesday, Simeone said ‘anything is possible’ before the transfer window closes.

“We speak to the sporting directors, we gave them the ideas on the type of players we want and then they get the players,” said Simeone.

“With Javier Hernandez and plenty of other great players, anything is possible. We can’t close the door to anyone until the transfer window closes.

“He is a vertical player, great in one on one situations, he’s a great option for any team.”

Atletico will go head-to-head with city rivals Real Madrid across two legs in the Supercopa de Espana next month, before opening their La Liga title defence against Rayo Vallecano on August 24.

Secret Of Imoh Ezekiel’s Al Arabi Move Revealed

Secret Of Al Arabi Move Revealed :Qatar Federation Plans To Naturalize Imoh Ezekiel Before 2022 World Cup

The cat has been let out of the bag regarding the proposed move of Imoh Ezekiel to the Qatar Stars League, where he will team up with Al Arabi in a matter of days.

Based on sporting terms if not for economic reasons, many Nigerians have questioned the decision of the youngster and his advisers to head to the Middle East to continue his career.

In the ongoing summer transfer market, the ex 36 Lion starlet has been linked with  some of the illustrious names in Europe including Fiorentina, Tottenham Hotspur and Porto, but he snubbed their advances.

Wave – making Belgium based newspaper Het Nieuwsblad disclosed on Wednesday that Qatar, host of the 2022 World Cup, wants Imoh Ezekiel to be naturalized before the start of the tournament to enable him represent the country.

Realistically, Qatar can provide the infrastructure to host a successful tournament, but the Arab country are lacking the players to the deliver the goods on the pitch.

As a result, the Federation is eyeing some foreign youngsters that will be eligible to play for the National Team, and Imoh Ezekiel fits that specification.

Just as allnigeriasoccer.com editorial staff previously revealed, Al Arabi are hoping to trade the forward to a European team after a few years, but his economic rights will still be warehoused by the club.

The 20 – year – old will suit up for the last time for Standard Liege tonight when they face Panathinaikos in the UEFA Champions League.

Musa Stars In Cup Win

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Super Eagles forward Ahmed Musa gave a good account of himself as Russian champions CSKA Moscow battled back from a goal down to win their sixth Russian Super Cup on Saturday after beating nine-man Rostov 3-1 in Krasnodar.

Musa, who made history as the first Nigerian to net a brace at the World Cup in Brazil gave Rostov defenders every reason to worry with his lightning pace down the flank.

CSKA was lacklustre in the first half and went into the break 1-0 down after Hrvoje Milic scored for Rostov, last season’s Russian Cup winner.

With Musa tormenting Rostov defenders, they failed to clear his cross allowing Pontus Wernbloom to drill home the much awaited leveller for Leonid Slutsky’s men.

But Rostov were reduced to nine men with Moldovan midfielder Alexander Gatskan dismissed for a second yellow card on 61 minutes before Gabonese forward Guelor Kanga received his marching orders moments later.

CSKA duly capitalised on their numerical advantage with Serbian midfielder Zoran Tosic putting the Red Army side 2-1 ahead on 74 minutes before Ivory Coast striker Seydou Doumbia sealed victory six minutes later.

The Russian Premier League begins on Friday.

Ighalo: I Have To Defend The Watford Jersey

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Former Nigeria U-20 striker, Odion Ighalo is positive he’ll help Watford achieve their set goals this season. 
Ighalo, who played for the Flying Eagles in 2009 and also played between 2005-2007 for both Prime FC of Osogbo and Julius Berger FC, told hornetsplayer.co.uk that he has been so happy since he got a call from the club’s president and he sees this opportunity to help Watford gain promotion to the Premier League.
“I am happy, since I first got the call from the president I’ve been very happy. It’s a good opportunity to help the team gain promotion to the Premier League,” he said.
Ighalo will relate easily with his team mates at Watford considering that Watford, Udinese and Granada share the same owner, he is familiar with most of the players having played at both Udinese and Granada .
The Nigerian who joined the Championship side, Watford on a year loan seem to have been following Watford long before now.
“Two seasons ago I watched the Play-Offs when they almost gained promotion, and I was following Watford because it’s the same owner as Granada and Udinese. Ighalo told hornetsplayer.co.uk
“Even last season, I’ve been watching their games a lot and they’re a good team. I’m here to help the team, to do my best and make sure we work hard and gain promotion.
Ighalo, who left Nigeria for Norwegian club, Lyn in 2007 has also played for Italian club, Udinese in 2008 and he has been on loan to different clubs since 2009.
He joined Granada on loan in 2009 then moved to Italian club, Cesena in 2010 and in 2011 he joined Granada before securing another loan move to Watford in 2014.
Odion Ighalo stated that his main aim is to defend Watford jersey until the very last minute.
“I’m here to put on a Watford shirt now. I have to defend this jersey until the last minute and until we get our promotion.” said Ighalo.