Elvis has left the building

Brighton forward Elvis Manu has joined Turkish side Genclerbirligi SK on a free transfer, the Premier League club has confirmed.The 23-year-old Dutchman, who arrived at the Amex Stadium from Feyenoord in August 2015, has signed a two-year deal after struggling to force his way into contention on the south coast, making just 17 appearances.

Manager Chris Hughton told the club's official website, www.brightonandhovealbion.com: "The competition for places in our forward areas means that it has been very difficult for Elvis to play the number of matches he would have liked.

"He has worked hard during his time here, but with his game time likely to be limited again, this is the best move for him.

"It gives him the chance to play regular football in a competitive Turkish Super League, and I would like to wish him all the best for the future on behalf of everyone at the club."

Source: PA

Source: Football.co.uk

Fenerbahce set to complete Kameni deal

Turkish side Fenerbahce are set to complete a deal for Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni, according to reports.

The Cameroon keeper was one of the standout players for the Andalusian club and has gained interest from a number of European sides and Fenerbahce have now contacted Malaga over a proposed deal.

Diario AS and El Mundo Deportivo are both reporting that Kameni will fly out to Turkey this week to sign a two-year contract with the option to extend to a third.

Kameni joins a list of wanted players by Fenerbahce, including former Deportivo La Coruna forward Lucas Perez, Man City’s Jesus Navas and Arsenal keeper David Ospina.

Kameni who arrived in Spain in 2004 to join Espanyol joined Malaga in 2012 and has featured in over 100 appearances for the La Liga side.

He has been capped no less than 71 times by the Cameroon national side.

Source: La Liga News

Cardiff close to landing Dirk Kuyt

Newly promoted Cardiff City are lining up an audacious move for former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt.

The Dutch International, who currently plays in his trade in Turkey with Fenerbahce, is reportedly set to join the Red Dragons in the near future to start a flourish of transfer activity after reaching the Premier League.

At 32, Kuyt is looking for a final venture in his career and the Championship Champions will need to act quickly after the forward openly admitted a return to former side Feyenoord is an interesting prospect in the future: "I'm still looking for a chance to play again for Feyenoord." "Feyenoord is my favourite club and everyone knows that".

Skybet have slashed his odds for a move to the Cardiff City Stadium to 9/4 overnight, with reports the tireless forward has enrolled his two children in a private school for September in Cardiff.

He has scored 10 goals in 40 appearances in Turkey for Fenerbahce and scored over 50 goals during his time with Liverpool.

The signing of Kuyt could spark a flurry of transfer activity for the Welsh side, with former Nottingham Forest midfielder Lewis McGugan set to sign in the coming days.

Manchester United set £8.5 million fee for Nani

Galatasaray have today revealed they have had an offer rejected for Manchester United winger Nani.

The tricky winger has been heavily linked with a move away from the club over the past year, and it appears David Moyes new side have finally set a valuation for his services.

In an interview with SkySports, the Turkish club's chairman, Unal Aysal, said:

"We offered €7million (£6m) for him. But they didn't accept. We can't give more than this."

"We are not going to follow Nani anymore. We can't give more than €7m for him."

"They want €10million (£8.5million). Because of this he is not on our transfer list anymore."

Nani has only one year left on his current contract at Old Trafford and with the arrival of Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha this summer he has moved even further down the pecking order at the Premier League Champions.

At 26, the Portugal International has unquestionable talent to win matches on his own... when he can be bothered, and it is this temperament of inconsistency which has led to his career lying away from Manchester.

Galatasaray close in on Jem Karacan

Reading midfielder Jem Karacan is being linked with a move to Turkish giants Galatasaray according to the clubs local paper the Reading Post.

The tenacious central midfielder has been heavily linked with the club in previous years after featuring for Turkey at youth and senior International level.

Karacan was born in England, although his father was born in Turkey, allowing him to represent them.

Galatasaray representatives are to fly to England imminently to discuss a permanent deal for the player, with Reading announcing a partnership with the Turkish giants earlier this year adding fuel to the speculation Karacan could be the first to move between clubs as part of the new arrangement.

The fee hasn’t been disclosed, although the academy graduate will likely command a fee of around £2 million, with his transfer helping offload a position in which the Royals are healthy with the likes of Danny Guthrie, Hope Akpan, Mikele Leigertwood and Daniel Carrico all vying for a first team birth in the Championship next season.

Any further news on the midfielders transfer to Galatasaray will be covered over the coming weeks on the Football Family, with the player scheduled to return from holiday on Tuesday.

Hull City in talks with Allan McGregor

Hull City are in talks with former Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor regarding a permanent transfer to the club.

McGregor has played his recent football in Turkey, where he joined Besiktas on a two-year contract last summer, with Rangers being demoted to the third division in Scotland.

The 31-year old Scotland International has featured 26 times for his club this season, and the proposition to move back to the British Isles appears to an exciting opportunity for the player, with talks set to commence later this week regarding a permanent deal.

Recent talks with Fulham have stalled regarding the permanent transfer of David Stockdale, who was on loan at the KC Stadium last season, and helped play a key part in their promotion to the Premier League.

Latest reports had linked Aston Villa stopper Shay Given with a move to the club, although as the former Republic of Ireland International is on a reported £60,000 a week, this has scuppered the deal.

In other news, Hull have completed the signing of forward George Boyd on a two-year contract from Peterborough United. The 27-year old moves on a free transfer, and spent time on loan at the KC Stadium at the end of last season.

Daily Football Round-Up Friday 12th April

Brian McDermott has been announced as the new Leeds United following the departure of Neil Warnock last week. The former Reading manager has signed a three-year deal and everyone at the club is hoping he can emulate his success at the Madejski by getting United into the Premier League.

 

After beating Tottenham on penalties in last night’s Europa League quarter-final Basle will now have to overcome Chelsea if they are to reach the final. The other semi-final tie see’s Fenerbahce take on Benfica.

 

In the Champions League semi-finals we are left with the two biggest teams in Germany and Spain and all four have been kept apart from their compatriots. Bayern Munich will take on Barcelona and Real Madrid face Borussia Dortmund as they aim for Europe’s biggest club prize.

 

In the wake of last night’s defeat Clint Dempsey believes Spurs’ season should be deemed a failure if they fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

 

Andrey Arshavin has refuted claims he is ready to retire from football at the end of the season, but admitted he will definitely leave Arsenal.

 

Harry Redknapp has insisted that he hasn’t given up hope of QPR avoiding the drop just yet, although he conceded defeat in their next game would almost certainly kill off any hope.

 

Hatem Ben Arfa has revealed he is 100% committed to Newcastle despite speculation linking him with a move away from the club in the summer.

 

Arsenal and Liverpool are reportedly interested in Swansea’s Ashley Williams after a string of impressive performances this season.

 

Manchester United winger Ashley Young will be out for two weeks due to the ankle injury he suffered at the end of the Manchester derby, according to manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

 

Chelsea manager Rafa Benitez has reassured fans that his players can handle the fixture congestion and win two cups this season, as well as qualifying for next seasons Champions League.

 

As you have probably heard by now, goal line technology has been given the go-ahead for use in the Premier League as of next season, but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger still believes more needs to be done about the games other controversial decisions, in particular offside.

 

Everton manager David Moyes has confirmed that Phil Jagielka will replace Phil Neville as the club’s captain next season. Jagielka is the natural successor as he currently deputises in Neville’s absence.

 

Galatasaray coach Fatih Terim has been handed a nine-match ban by the Turkish Football Federation following a furious outburst against the referee during Saturday’s game against Mersin Idmanyurdu.

 

 

Champions League Last 16 Second Leg Round-Up

Tonight saw the last games played in the last 16 of the Champions League and we now finally know our quarter-finalists. Five teams took a lead in to the second leg and only one of those teams didn’t progress. Only two teams that played the first leg at home progressed too, adding to the opinion that it’s best to be drawn as the away team in the draw.

 

I’ll start with Malaga, the only team to overturn a lead suffered in the first leg. It took them 43 minutes to cancel out that lead, and with 13 minutes to play ex-Bayern Munich and Manchester City striker Roque Santa Cruz sent the Spaniards through.

 

Controversy was the main talking point in the second leg of Manchester United’d match with Real Madrid. United were seemingly in control and 1-0 up at Old Trafford before Nani saw red for a dubious foul on Alvaro Arbeloa ten minutes into the second half. Two goals in a three minute spell, from Luka Modric and Christiano Ronaldo (who else) respectively, ended the tie despite a gallant effort by the United.

 

The only other English team involved at this stage were Arsenal, and their tie was effectively over going into the second leg after Bayern Munich recorded a 3-1 win at The Emirates. The second leg was played out in a manner that suggests Bayern thought this was the case, and they were almost punished for their complacency. The progressed on away goals though as the Gunners couldn’t find the vital goal after Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny took the tie right down to the wire.

 

Celtic found themselves up against Italian champions Juventus and despite a heroic effort in the first leg found themselves 3-0 down going into the second. Alessandro Matri and Fabio Quagliarella goals in each half made light work of any attempts at a miraculous comeback from the Scottish team though and the Italians progressed.

 

The other Italian team in at this stage were AC Milan and they were up against tournament favourites Barcelona. Despite a 2-0 win in the first leg no-one was expecting an easy ride at Camp Nou and unfortunately for Milan they were about to witness a Lionel Messi master class. The diminutive Argentine scored a fantastic goal after just five minutes and added another five before the break. David Villa scored ten minutes into the second and Barcelona’s passage was secured in injury time as Jordi Alba got himself onto the score sheet.

 

Galatasaray were held to a 1-1 draw in the home leg of their tie against Schalke but managed a 3-2 win in Germany to progress and PSG held on to their 2-1 first-leg win away to Valencia with a 1-1 draw in Paris. Borussia Dortmund scored late in Ukraine to draw 2-2 with Shakhtar Donetsk but were dominant at home and recorded an emphatic 3-0 win to put their name into the hat for the next round.

 

Champions League Last 16 second leg results (aggregate scores in brackets):

 

5th-6th March

Juventus (5) 2 – 0 (0) Celtic

Paris Saint Germain (3) 1 – 1 (2) Valencia

Borussia Dortmund (5) 3 – 0 (2) Shakhtar Donetsk

Manchester United (2) 1 – 2 (3) Real Madrid

 

12th-13th March

Schalke (3) 2 – 3 (4) Galatasaray

Malaga CF (2) 2 – 0 (1) FC Porto

Bayern Munich (3) 0 – 2 (3) Arsenal

FC Barcelona (4) 4 – 0 (2) AC Milan

 

The Quarter-Final draw will take place on Friday 15 March.

 

 

Champions League 2013 Last 16 First Leg Week 2

Week two of the Champions League last 16 was played this week, completing the first leg ties yet settling nothing. We now have a week off before the return legs.

 

Tuesday saw Arsenal take on Bayern Munich at The Emirates and Malaga travel to Portugal to face FC Porto and AC Milan and Galatasaray had home ties on Wednesday against Barcelona and Schalke respectively.

 

Arsenal left themselves a mountain to climb after conceding two goals in the first 20 minutes and despite a Lucas Podolski goal ten minutes in to the second half they still ended the game two behind as Mario Mandzukic fluffed a shot home with 15 minutes left to play.

 

Porto take a slender lead to Malaga in the second leg thanks to a Joao Moutinho goal ten minutes in to the second half. Malaga would have liked to take home an away goal but will still be confident they can overturn the deficit in three weeks’ time.

 

AC Milan knew they had to defend solidly against tournament favourites Barcelona and did exactly that. Even with a two goal lead they face a tough test to qualify for the quarter-finals as they travel to Camp Nou in a few weeks.

 

The final tie of the week was took place in Istanbul and the home side opened their account after just twelve minutes courtesy of Burak Yilmaz. Jermaine Jones equalised for the German side with 45 minutes played and now become favourites to go through, where they are likely to meet Italian champions Juventus after last weeks’ mauling of Celtic.

 

Champions League Last 16 first leg results:

 

12th-13th February

Celtic 0 – 3 Juventus

Valencia 1 – 2 Paris St Germain

Real Madrid 1 – 1 Manchester United

Shakhtar Donetsk 2 – 2 Borussia Dortmund

 

19th-20th February

Galatasaray 1 – 1 FC Shalke 04

FC Porto 1 – 0 Malaga CF

Arsenal 1 – 3 Bayern Munich

AC Milan 2 – 0 FC Barcelona

 

Anton Ferdinand joins Bursaspor on loan

As reported yesterday morning, it has now been confirmed that Queens Park Rangers defender Anton Ferdinand has joined Turkish side Bursaspor on loan.

The former England U21 International has moved on a loan until the end of the season, with a view to making the transfer a permanent one during the summer.

The twenty-seven year old was told he wasn't part of Manager Harry Redknapp's plans going forward, with his last Permier League start coming on Boxing Day in a 2-1 home loss to West Bromwich Albion.

His final straw came on Saturday where he put in a hopeless display making countless errors in a humiliating 4-2 home loss to League 1 side MK Dons in the FA Cup.

He has been coveted in the press over the past year which has hindered his performances, due to the alleged racial abuse he received from Chelsea captain John Terry.

Ferdinands move to Turkey could be the fresh start he needs in his career, and will join up with former West Brom and England goalkeeper Scott Carson at the Bursa Ataturk Stadium.