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Review Of The Day 1st February 2018
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Review of the Day


Thompson To Step Down

Dundee United chairman Stephen Thompson is to leave his position at the end of the season. United are currently 2nd in the Scottish Championship.


Former Rugby Player Backs Murrayfield

With the Scottish FA set to choose between moving to Murrayfield and staying at Hampden Park, former Scottish rugby player Peter Wright has back Murrayfield, the home of Scottish rugby, to be the better choice. "I've been to Hampden for football matches, but I think Murrayfield has a slightly better atmosphere and gives you a better experience," he said. "Even getting there and getting back has been slightly less frustrating."


Ferguson Fined For Shooting Referees Comment

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Ferguson has been fined £1,000 by the Football Association. Ferguson admitted a charge of misconduct and had issued a public apology after saying in a BBC Radio Sheffield interview that he would like the FA to "shoot them" in a response to a question about what he would like the FA to do about referees. He also said that: "The referees are part-time and the standard is appalling, their fitness levels are a disgrace, I've had enough of it."


Italy And Argentina To Face Off In Manchester

An international friendly match between Italy and Argentina has been agreed for Manchester City's Etihad Stadium in March. The game on Friday 23rd of March will be the first time Italy have played since their play off defeat against Sweden saw them fail to qualify for the World Cup.



Mata Gets New Deal

Despite Jose Mourinho being the manager who sold Spanish midfielder Juan Mata to Manchester United while he was in charge of Chelsea, it was always expected Mata's time would be short with United once Mourinho took charge. The speculation had increased as his contract entered the final 6 months and Alexis Sanchez signed for the Red Devils. However the 29 year old has now extended his contract by a year. "Mata is very important. He is another one, big story when I arrived one and a half years ago - 'Mata in trouble, in trouble, in trouble,'" said Mourinho. "Now he's getting an extension of one more year. [He is] an important player for me, an important player for the club, an important player for the other players."


Locust Threat To World Cup

A Russian government official has expressed his fears that the World Cup could be adversely affected by swarms of locusts. Pyotr Chekmarev, the head of the agriculture ministry's crop farming department, has said a million hectares of land in Southern Russia is infested by swarms of locusts. "We have learnt how to deal with locusts, but how do we not fall into a global scandal with locusts this year?" said Chekmarev. "The whole world is coming here. Football fields are green. Locusts love it where there is lots of green. How would they not come to the place where football is being played?"


Ozil Extends Contract

Another Premier League playmaker with an expiring contract has extended his deal, this time it is Mesut Ozil who has signed a new 3 and a half year contract. The 29 year old German has become the highest paid player in Arsenal's history.


Premier League Clubs Break Spending Record

Premier League clubs have broken the record for spending in the the Winter transfer window as they smashed the overall spending record and the deadline day record. Overal spending hit £430m, according to Deloitte, and deadline day reached £150m with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang the biggest deal of the day. The previous record had been set in 2011, partly due to the transfer deadline day blockbuster move of Fernando Torres leaving Liverpool for Chelsea in a £50m deal.


West Ham Investigate African Allegations

A claim in the Daily Mail that a member of West Ham United's staff, Tony Henry, had told them the Hammers had put a block on signing any more African players is being investigated by the club. The Mail, which is usually very keen to keep foreign immigrants out of the UK, alleged that a member of staff had told them that it was club policy not to sign any more African players because "when they are not in the team they cause mayhem". A West Ham club statement has said: "We take any allegations of discrimination extremely seriously. We are in the process of ascertaining the full facts behind this accusation." The club added all employees are trained on equality, diversity and unconscious bias and it is "an inclusive, respectful and diverse football club". West Ham have suspended Henry over the email which the Mail reported on pending "a full and thorough investigation".



Deadline Day Round Up

Manchester City, after outspending 52 countries defence budgets on their own defence, allowed Eliaquim Mangala to leave on loan to join Everton for the rest of the season.

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of Alexander Sorloth from FC Midtjylland for an undisclosed fee.

Striker Jordan Hugill left Preston North End, David Moye's former club, to join David Moyes's current club, West Ham United. Once again it was an undisclosed fee.

Another striker on the move was Islam Slimani, who made a loan move from Leicester City to Newcastle United.

Midfielder Andy King also left Leicester on loan, this time for Swansea City. In a busy day for the Swans they also spent £18m on the return of another former forward Andre Ayew from West Ham United, the second returnee this season after Wilfried Bony rejoined in the summer. The Swans also spent an undisclosed fee on Jack Withers from Boston United.

Stoke City splashed the cash, spending £14m on Badou Ndiaye from Galatasaray, a player new manager Paul Lambert had been chasing for a while.

Paris Saint-Germain began recouping some of the money they spent on Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr by selling fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura to Tottenham Hotspur for £23m.

Didier Ndong got a quick return to the Premier League, as the Sunderland midfielder joined Watford on loan for the rest of the season.

French striker Olivier Giroud swapped North London for West London as Chelsea spent £18m to sign him from Arsenal.

The big signing of the transfer window also involved Arsenal, as they spend a club record £56m to buy Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund.

Another player to return to a former club was striker Benik Afobe who rejoined Wolverhampton Wanderers on loan from Bournemouth.

Sunderland moved to bolster their squad for a relegation battle with two signings, Lee Camp on loan from Cardiff City and Ashley Fletcher, also on loan, from Middlesbrough.

Another player to leave Cardiff on loan was Omar Bogle, who joined Peterborough United.

Middlesbrough midfielder Adlene Guedioura was another to return to a former club as returned to the Midlands. On a busy night for them, Nottingham Forest brought him back.

With a striker incoming, Rafael Benitez gave the green light to the loan move of Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle to Fulham. Newcastle also loaned Jack Colback to join the Aitor Karanka revolution at Forest.

Everton allowed midfielder Muhamed Besic to move out to Middlesbrough on loan for the rest of the season.

Mason Bennett swapped one County for another as he moved from Derby County to join Notts County on loan.

Fulham spent an undisclosed fee to buy Cyrus Christie from Middlesbrough.

Nottingham Forest sent Zach Clough to Bolton Wanderers on loan.

Swansea's young Scottish forward Oli McBurnie has headed off to Barnsley for a loan spell.



Another Scot on the move was Huddersfield Town's defender Martin Cranie, who was sold to Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee.

Shrewsbury Town also spent an undisclosed fee to clinch the signing of Sam Jones from Grimsby Town.

Derby County have taken Chelsea youngster Kasey Palmer on loan for the rest of the season.

George Smith has left Northampton Town to sign for Chesterfield for another undisclosed fee.

Walsall have signed Julien Ngoy from Stoke City on loan.

Danny Ward has left Nottingham Forest to join Cardiff City in a swap deal involving Lee Tomlin, who went the other way. Both moves were on loan.

Yet another undisclosed fee saw Joe White leave Dagenham & Redbridge to sign for Stevenage.

Manchester City youngster Charlie Oliver has joined Fleetwood Town on loan until the end of the season.

Bolton Wanderers picked up Jon Flanagan on loan from Liverpool.

Chesterfield signed Jacob Brown on loan from Barnsley.

Accrington Stanley spent an undisclosed fee (yes another one) to take Harvey Rodgers from Fleetwood Town.

Bristol City's Tin Plavotic has moved to Barnet on loan.

Another player to move in the Nottingham Forest clearout was Stephen Henderson who joined Portsmouth on loan.

And another undisclosed fee saw Jordan Nicholson swap Peterborough United for Barnet.

Nottingham Forest released defender Matt Mills, who then went and signed for Barnsley on a free.

Liverpool forward Harry Wilson has moved to Championship side Hull City on loan.

Nottingham Forest paid an undisclosed fee to sign Joe Lolley from Huddersfield Town.

Reading's George Legg has joined Barnet on loan.

Luton Town spent another undisclosed fee to clinch the signing of Jake Jervis from Plymouth Argyle.

Rochdale have taken Scott Wiseman on loan from Chesterfield.

Undisclosed fees seem to be the order of the day as another one saw Barnsley sign Christoph Knasmuller from Admira Wacker.

Jonson Clarke-Harris left Rotherham United and joined Coventry City on loan for the rest of the season.

Aston Villa strengthened their hand in the race for promotion with the signing of Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban on loan.

Peterborough United's Ricky Miller found a team which suited his geographical demands and moved to Mansfield Town on loan.

Wolverhampton Wanderers signed Ben Stevenson from Coventry City for, yes you guessed it, an undisclosed fee, then immediately sent him to Colchester United on loan.

Aaron Barnes joined the players moving for an undisclosed fee when he left Charlton Athletic to join Colchester United.

Lincolon City brought in Ryan Allsop from Bournemouth on loan.

Preston North End allowed Marnick Vermijl join Scunthorpe United on loan.

Southend United have taken Sam Mantom on loan from Scunthorpe United.

Reece Burke has left West Ham United for a loan spell with Bolton Wanderers.

Devante Cole left Fleetwood Town to move to Bolton Wanderers for, wait for it, an undisclosed fee, for a change.

Grimsby Town have signed Easah Suliman on loan from Aston Villa.

Cardiff City have spent £6m to sign Gary Madine from Bolton Wanderers.

Nottingham Forest released Mustapha Carayol on a free to join Ipswich Town.

Fleetwood Town sent Ashley Nadesan on loan to Carlisle United.

Another undisclosed fee took Barry Cotter to Ipswich Town from Limerick in the League of Ireland.



Freddie Ladapo became yet another player to move for an undisclosed fee as he left Crystal Palace to join Southend United.

Striker Simeon Jackson moved to Grimsby from Walsall on loan for the season.

Stevenage signed Dean Bowditch on loan from Northampton Town.

West Bromwich Albion have sent Jack Fitzwater on loan to Walsall.

Reading took out of favour striker Chris Martin on loan from Derby County.

Gillingham picked up Rhys Murphy on a free transfer from Forest Green Rovers.

Oldham Athletic have signed Wilfried Moimbe from Nantes on a free transfer.

Stevenage spent an undisclosed fee on Swindon Town's John Goddard.

Bolton Wanderers signed the offspring of former Forest legend Des Walker, Tyler, on loan from Nottingham Forest.

Liverpool's former Arsenal youngster Ovie Ejaria has moved to Sunderland on loan.

Arsenal's Krystian Bielik has joined Walsall on loan for the rest of the season.

Liam Mandeville has joined Colchester United from Doncaster Rovers for a loan spell.

Newcastle United's Jamie Sterry has moved to Crewe Alexandra on loan.

Alex Bray has moved from Rotherham United to Forest Green Rovers on loan.

Shrewsbury Town have signed Nathan Thomas on loan from Sheffield United.

Ipswich sent Flynn Downes on loan to Luton Town.

Hull City have paid an undisclosed fee to sign Angus MacDonald from Barnsley.

Giant goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon has joined Nottingham Forest from Watford on loan.

Free agent Ashkan Dejagah has signed for Nottingham Forest.

Moses Makasi left West Ham for a loan spell with Plymouth.

Swindon Town took Rollin Menayese on loan from Bristol Rovers.

Everton sent Louis Gray on loan to Carlisle United.

Lincoln City took Scott Wharton on loan from Blackburn Rovers.

Bristol City's Jake Andrews has joined Bristol City on loan.

Port Vale paid an undisclosed fee to sign Callum Howe.

Shayon Harrison left Tottenham Hotspur on loan to Southend United.

Chesterfield signed Louis Dodds on a free transfer from Shrewsbury, while Abo Eisa was an incoming at Shrewsbury from Wealdstone.

Kyle Howkins has joined Port Vale on loan from West Bromwich Albion.

Grimsby Town's Chris Clements has moved to vegan club Forest Green Rovers on loan.

Eoin Doyle moved to Oldham Athletic on loan from Preston.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Ben Marshall has also moved on loan, to join Millwall.

Chesterfield have signed Dylan Mottley-Henry on loan from Barnsley.

Chelsea's Todd Kane has joined their legions on loan by heading to Oxford United.

Tom Pett has joined Lincoln for an undisclosed fee from Stevenage.

Colchester United have signed QPR's Olamide Shodipo on loan.

Liverpool have sold Lloyd Jones to Luton Town for an undisclosed fee.

Rochdale have taken Stephen Humphrys on loan from Fulham.

Leeds United have paid £2.5m to sign Tyler Roberts from West Brom.

Burton Albion have taken Jacob Davenport on loan from Manchester City.

Ben Hall has joined Notts County on loan from Brighton & Hove Albion.

Doncaster Rovers have taken Tom Anderson on loan from Burnley.

Sheffield Wednesday's Matt Penney has moved to Mansfield Town on loan.

Celtic paid an undisclosed fee to get Jack Hendry from Dundee. They also took Scott Bain on loan from the same club.

Dundee brought Simon Murray in from Hibernian on a loan deal, while Scott Allan left Celtic to join Hibs also on loan.

Hibs brought in Cammy Bell from Kilmarnock on a free transfer.

Freddie Woodman moved to Aberdeen from Newcastle on loan.

Ross County took Fulham's Mattias Kait on loan.

Hearts moved to sign Joaquim Adao on loan from Sion.

Sam Cosgrove also joined Aberdeen on loan, this time Carlisle United.

The magnificently monikered Max Melbourne headed to Ross County on loan from West Brom.

Kilmarnock got Aaron Simpson in a loan deal from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Manchester United's Matty Willock has headed north of the border to sign on loan with St Johnstone.

Ross County got Liam Fontaine from Hibernian on loan.

Another Man Utd player to move up to Scotland was Charlie Scott who joined Hamilton Academicals on loan.

Southend United's Stephen Hendrie has joined Motherwell on loan.

George Williams has moved from Fulham to St Johnstone on loan.

An undisclosed fee saw Rangers sign Glenn Middleton from Norwich City.

Hibs signed Florian Kamberi from Grasshoppers of Zurich.

Summer Middlesbrough signing Martin Braithwaite has gone out on loan to Bordeaux.

Liverpool's Lazar Markovic was unable to complete a permanent deal so moved to Belgium's Anderlecht on loan.

MLS side Sporting Kansas City signed Johnny Russell for an undisclosed fee from Derby County.

Ademola Lookman surprised everyone by getting his way and moving to the Bundesliga on loan when he moved from Everton to RB Leipzig for the rest of the season.

Saint Etienne took Mathieu Debuchy on a free transfer from Arsenal.

Roy Beerens left Reading for an undisclosed fee to sign for Vitesse Arnhem.

Malaga clinched the signing of Isaac Success from Watford on loan.

Borussia Monchengladbach have taken West Ham youngster Reece Oxford on loan.

Michy Batshuayi has left Chelsea for a loan spell with Borussia Dortmund.

New Zealand's Wellington Phoenix have signed Monty Patterson on loan from Ipswich.

Written by Tris Burke



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