By The Atlas Lions, Aug 3 2015 8:27PM
Deportivo La Coruna have signed Moroccan midfielder Faycal Fajr on a three-year contract.
The 26-year-old represented Elche during the 2014-15 season, but has become the latest player to leave the club after their relegation from La Liga was confirmed.
According to Le Matin, Fajr turned down "several offers" to join Deportivo, with Granada also believed to be strongly interested in the midfielder.
Fajr, who represented Caen for three seasons before moving to Spain, could make his Depor debut in Wednesday's friendly away to Real Oviedo.
The newly-promoted outfit will begin their La Liga campaign at home to David Moyes's Real Sociedad on August 22.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 2 2015 3:45PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Feyenoord Rotterdam are looking for a replacement for departing winger Jean-Paul Boetius and they see in either Oussama Assaidi or Zakaria Labyad a good alternative for this position.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 1 2015 7:11PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco international and Granada striker Youssef El Arabi is eyed by French outfit Rennes reported France Football.
By The Atlas Lions, Aug 1 2015 7:08PM
(TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U23 failed to qualify to the CAF U23 Championship as they lost 2-0 against Tunisia in the second leg match played in Tunis on Saturday.
Tunisia qualified by aggregate result 2-1.
By The Atlas Lions, Jul 31 2015 9:33PM
Dynamo Kiev's Younes Belhanda has told RMC he would welcome a move to Lyon with the ambitious French club seeking to do "great things."
Belhanda, 25, has spent the last two years in Kiev having moved to Ukraine after helping Montpellier to their surprise 2011-12 Ligue 1 title triumph and featuring in the Champions League.
After completing a domestic double last season, Belhanda feels it is time to move on and admitted he would happily return to his native France should OL follow up their reported interest in him.
By The Atlas Lions, Jul 31 2015 6:30PM
It is being reported that Watford have not forgotten about attempting to bring in yet another new left-back this summer.
They have already signed the Greek international Jose Holebas from AS Roma and now want another to supplement the position.
According to Tutto Mercato Web, Palermo defender Achraf Lazaar fits the bill.
The Moroccan international, who can also play on the left-wing, signed for the club in 2014 from Varese and has gone on to impress at the club.
He is also wanted by AS Monaco, who are fretting over the future of their current left-back Layvin Kurzawa. Any troubles over a work permit would be unlikely. Lazaar has lived in Italy since 2003 so would be free to play in England.
By The Atlas Lions, Jul 31 2015 2:13AM
Benfica have had an agreement with FC Twente for the young winger since earlier this month, but they had to wait until Ould-Chikh turned 18 to confirm the deal. With his birthday two days ago, Ould-Chikh has now officially signed his five-year-deal.
Ould-Chikh made 16 Eredivisie appearances for Twente since his debut in 2014, scoring once. The Netherlands U19 international will join up with his new teammates at training on Monday.
By The Atlas Lions, Jul 29 2015 10:38PM
Morocco will face Tunisia in Radès on Saturday, in the return leg of their 2015 CAF U-23 Championships final qualifying tie.
The young Atlas Lions are taking a one-goal advantage into the game after securing a narrow 1-0 victory in the first leg in Rabat, thanks to a successful attempt from Achraf Bencherki from the penalty spot on the stroke of half-time.
And the Moroccans are adamant that it will be enough to finish the job on the road and send their fellow North-Africans packing.
“The most important was to keep a cleansheet and we managed to reach our objective,” Morocco U-23 boss Hassan Benabicha said.
“We also managed to secure a victory with a single goal. We missed several clear-cut chances, but the most important was to win.
“We are determined to qualify. This generation of players really deserve it.”
Meanwhile, Tunisia will be aiming for an early goal to revive their chances of progressing, knowing that conceding another goal would make it very difficult for them.
To host Morocco, coach Maher Kanzari called-up Amor Zakri as a replacement for injured forward Rafik Boujedra.
The aggregate winners will book their spot at the tournament’s finals, which will take place in Senegal between 28 November and 12 December with the top three teams to represent Africa at the 2016 Summer Olympics men’s football tournament.
The game will kick off at Stade Olympique de Radès at 19h00 CAT on Saturday 1 August 2015.
By The Atlas Lions, Jul 29 2015 5:41PM
According to our colleagues at BeIN Sports, Lyon have made a surprising move to sign former Montpellier winger Younes Belhanda from Dynamo Kiev.
OL are understood to have presented the Ukrainian side with a formal offer, to which they are awaiting a response. The French media outfit is confident in the player’s desire to return to Ligue 1 and make the move happen. It is unclear whether this would be a loan or not at the time of writing.
By The Atlas Lions, Jul 28 2015 11:27AM
(Forza Italian Football) Palermo have made another addition to their squad ahead of the 2015-16 Serie A season after signing central defender Abdelhamid El Kaoutari from Ligue 1 side Montpellier.
The Morocco international is the 15th summer arrival at the Stadio Renzo Barbera after the Rosanero paid a €2 million transfer fee to secure his signature.
Sky Sport Italia reports that the 25-year-old has agreed on a four-year contract with the Sicilian side and will join up with his new team-mates at their pre-season camp at Ponte di Legno in the northern province of Lombardy.
The defender has spent his entire career at Montpellier and was part of the side that won the Ligue 1 title in 2011-12.
El Kaoutari was almost an ever-present for the southern French side after missing only one league match in the entire 2014-15 season.
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