London (AFP) England goalkeeper Joe Hart looks set to clinch a much-needed loan move from Manchester City before the transfer deadline as he is to undergo a medical at Serie A side Torino according to the BBC.
The 29-year-old whose hopes of a move to another English club seemingly evaporated when Everton said they were not interested last week has been permitted by the Football Association (FA) to temporarily leave the England camp preparing for Sunday's World Cup qualifier with Slovakia.
The final round of qualifiers for the the 2017 African Nations Cup will take place this weekend from September 2nd to 4th, and the good news is that many of the games will be available for viewing in the United States. The current round consists of 13 groups with all group winners qualifying for the final tournament along with the best two second-placed teams.
Burton-on-Trent (United Kingdom) (AFP) The dwindling English talent pool in the Premier League may leave England's new manager Sam Allardyce with no option but to naturalise overseas-born players, he said on Monday.
After naming his squad for England's opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Slovakia on Sunday, Allardyce revealed he had made an unsuccessful attempt to call up Sevilla's French midfielder Steven N'Zonzi.
Buenos Aires (AFP) Diego Maradona junior has finally been accepted by his father, Diego Maradona the Argentinian football legend, with whom he spent this last weekend in Buenos Aires.
Diego Junior was born in Italy in 1986 from an extra marital affair but was never previously officially recognised by his father, even after being forced to pay monthly upkeep in 1992 by an Italian judge.
London (AFP) Five things about Moroccan international midfielder Sofiane Boufal who joined Southampton in the English Premier League on Monday for a reported club record £16 million ($20 million/18 million euros):
Growing in stature
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder will join the growing band of small players aiming to make a big impact on the Premier League.
Lyon (AFP) France international Alexandre Lacazette has been told to rest after a knock sustained in Lyon's 4-2 defeat to Dijon on the weekend whilst teammate Nabil Fekir has started his recovery after undergoing surgery, the Ligue 1 club announced Monday.
Preliminary scans showed that Lacazette had not suffered any major damage to his knee but the 25-year-old will be sidelined for at least two weeks, meaning he will miss Les Bleus' friendly against Italy in Bari on Thursday and their opening World Cup qualifieragainst Belarus in Borisov on September 6.
Matchdays 7 and 8 of the South American qualifiers for World Cup 2018 take place Thursday, September 1 and Tuesday, September 6. The kickoff times for both matchdays are not very conducive for those who do not like spoilers as both beIN SPORTS networks and the companion streaming service (beIN SPORTS Connect) will be getting a workout on the two days.
Madrid (AFP) Stand-in Spain captain Sergio Ramos has expressed his surprise at Iker Casillas's exclusion from Julien Lopetegui's first squad as Spain boss.
Ramos is expected to lead the 2010 world champions in their first 2018 World Cup qualifier against Liechtenstein on September 5 after the 35-year-old Casillas was dropped in favour of David de Gea, Pepe Reina and West Ham's Adrian.
Buenos Aires (AFP) Sergio Aguero and Javier Pastore have pulled out of Argentina's tie with Uruguay through injury but superstar Lionel Messi has confirmed he will feature for the double World Cup winners, the Argentinian federation (AFA) announced on Monday.
Aguero injured himself in Manchester City's 3-1 victory against West Ham at the weekend.
Marseille (AFP) American businessman Frank McCourt, former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team, on Monday entered into exclusive discussions for the acquisition of Marseille football club.
McCourt sealed the deal in a meeting with incumbent owner Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, who will maintain a minority shareholding, and Marseille mayor Jean-Claude Gauldin, saying afterwards that there was a process under way that would lead to the takeover being completed "before the end of the year".