By The Atlas Lions, Aug 27 2016 9:22PM
In possibly his final game for the club, Hakim Ziyech inspired FC Twente to a 3-1 win over Sparta Rotterdam in Rotterdam.
Saturday morning’s newspapers were full of speculation on Ziyech’s future with the midfielder linked with a move to Ajax and Fenerbahce, while several other European clubs are keen on the Moroccan.
Against Sparta Rotterdam, Ziyech showed exactly why he was a wanted man with two excellent goals which helped his side claim their second win of the season. Firstly the midfielder opened the scoring on fourteen minutes with a clever finish which wrong-footed the Sparta goalkeeper before Yaw Yeboah made it 2-0 for Twente on 38 minutes with a nice strike into the top corner.
Sparta Rotterdam pulled one back early in the second half with Loris Brogno netting a penalty after a silly challenge from Nick Marsman on Craig Goodwin. However, Ziyech quickly restored Twente’s two-goal advantage with a wonderful low strike into the bottom corner after dribbling his way past two dazzled Sparta defenders.
Ziyech was substituted near the end and the Enschede faithful showed their appreciation for the midfielder, who will almost certainly leave the club before the window shuts next week.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 27 2016 5:54PM
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 27 2016 4:48PM
#Boufal latest: Will undergo his medical with #Saintsfc on Sunday.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 27 2016 11:36AM
The Benfica winger is also being targeted by Granada.
Sunderland are reportedly in the hunt for Benfica midfielder Mehdi Carcela-Gonzalez.
The Moroccan international is not part of the first-team plans in the Portuguese capital and the club are in talks with Spanish side Granada about a move, but Sunderland are set to make a move as well and have the financial firepower to win the race.
A Bola are reporting that Sunderland are not alone in the race for the player. Hamburg, Toulouse, Alaves and Club Brugge are all keen – but do not have the finances to compete with Sunderland or Granada.
The Moroccan international, who has also been capped twice by Belgium, joined Benfica last summer from Standard Liege. He has also previously played for Anzhi Makhachkala – when the Russian side were throwing money at the squad.
But he has struggled for regular football at the Stadium of Light and it appears he is now available.
Sunderland boss David Moyes is still looking to bring in some new faces to strengthen the club before the transfer window shuts next week.
The Moroccan, who can play on either wing, would be a shrewd piece of business from Sunderland if they can secure a deal for the 27-year-old.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 27 2016 10:51AM
(TheAtlasLions.com) #Ajax Amsterdam still keen on Hakim #Ziyech, deal is worth 12m euro, they face competition from Turkish side Fenerbahce.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 27 2016 10:44AM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Achraf #Lazaar will join #NUFC after all parties have agreed on terms. He will attend their game today and have his medical tests.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 27 2016 10:42AM
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 27 2016 2:58AM
Lille attacker Sofiane Boufal will travel to Southampton tomorrow for a medical ahead of a club-record deal for the Saints.
The fee is €20m excluding bonuses, as echoed by L’Équipe, with €4m of the bonuses and incentives very likely to be fulfilled.
Boufal has agreed to join Southampton, despite interest from Leicester and despite an unnamed Premier League side offering a better deal, according to L’Équipe.
There is a sell-on percentage fee in the deal, believed to be at around 8%, according to sources contacted by GFFN.
The player has agreed to a five year contract with Claude Puel’s men and will finalise details tomorrow.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 26 2016 12:16PM
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 25 2016 4:01PM
30 year old winger Nabil Dirar is in advanced negotiations with Serie A side Lazio about a possible move, according to Gianluca di Marzio and Il Messaggero.
Lazio Sporting Director Igli Tare was in Monte Carlo last night attempting to finalise the move, but ASM boss Leonardo Jardim is not very happy with the prospect of senior dressing room figure Dirar potentially moving on, even if the pair have had a frosty relationship in the past.
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