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Arsenal plotting summer swoop for former Chelsea striker

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Former Chelsea striker Salomon Kalou has emerged as a top summer target for Arsenal.

Arséne Wenger is considering a move for the Lille striker, who will leave the French club in the summer, according to a recent report by the London Evening Standard.

Chilean star staying at Juventus, but will a former Chelsea legend join him?

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Manchester United and Barcelona have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Juventus' Arturo Vidal after the Chilean commited his future to the Bianconeri.

Vidal has commited his future to the Old Lady

Vidal has linked with a move away from Juventus since last summer, despite consistently stating his desire to remain in Turin.

VIDEO: Chelsea legends John Terry and Didier Drogba share interview

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VIDEO: Chelsea legends John Terry and Didier Drogba share interview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea beat Turkish side Galatasaray 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 match on Tuesday night, with the Blues now progressing to the last quarter finals, but at the expense of club legend Didier Drogba.

Former Arsenal flop lashes out at Wenger

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Former Arsenal attacker Gervinho has slammed Arsene Wenger for sapping his confidence through extended periods on the bench during his two year stay in North London.

The Ivory Coast international, who signed for Serie A side Roma last summer for €8m, is enjoying a new lease of life under new boss Rudi Garcia, and has clearly highlighted the difference between his experiences,

"The fundamental difference between the Roma and Arsenal is the coach,"Gervinho told 'Sports Ilustrated',

"Garcia here gives me confidence, I know that he believes in me.

The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day

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Hello and welcome to 'The Transfer Lens: Live Deadline Day'

Today, Soccerlens.com will be blogging live from the centre of London, endeavouring to bring you the very latest news, gossip and information in the final chaotic hours of the January transfer window.

PHOTO: Lacina Traore with the Everton Shirt

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PHOTO: Lacina Traore with the Everton Shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Everton unveiled new signing Lacina Traore today, with the giant Ivory Coast striker joining the Toffees until the end of the season.

The forward, at 6ft 8in, breaks the record of Birmingham's Nicola Zigic for tallest striker ever in the Premier League, and moves to Goodison Park from the principality for the remainder of the season.

Top five tallest players in the Premier League

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West Ham have completed the signing of Lacina Traore after he was given a work permit. The Ivory Coast striker joins a select group of three in the Premier League's Two Metres Tall Club. Here are the tallest players to grace the Premier League at the moment. 1. Lacina Traore (West Ham, 6ft 8in) Traore [.

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure named African Player Of The Year

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Manchester City's Yaya Toure named African Player Of The Year - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Manchester City's talisman midfielder Yaya Toure has bagged the prestigious award of African Footballer of the Year.

The 30-year-old won this award for the third year running, after edging out Nigerian team-mate John Obi Mikel and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba.

Man City’s Yaya Toure named ‘BBC African Footballer of the Year’

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Yaya Toure has won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award for 2013.

The Ivorian topped the list ahead of Chelsea pair Victor Moses and John Obi Mikel, as well as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund, and Rennes winger Jonathan Pitroipa.

Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel shortlisted for African Player of the Year Award

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Chelsea's John Obi Mikel shortlisted for African Player of the Year Award - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The African Football Confederation (CAF) today has announced the list of 25 players, nominated for the African Footballer of the Year, 2013 award. Chelsea star John Obi Mikel, who was also included in the BBC African Player of the Year award, has been the sole representative for the Blues, as Samuel Eto'o, the four times winner of the trophy, is a notable absentee.

Photo: Yaya Toure Rubbishes City Exit Rumours, Poses with Brother Kolo Toure

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Photo: Yaya Toure Rubbishes City Exit Rumours, Poses with Brother Kolo Toure - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Man City midfielder, Yaya Toure, has played down rumours that he is ‘not interested' in playing for the club.

The Ivorian superstar took to social media to ease fans' worries, after former City player Rodney Marsh called into question his commitment following the dire 1-0 defeat to Sunderland last weekend.

Juventus and Galatasaray to battle for Liverpool target Lacina Traore in January

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Liverpool will battle Turkish side Galatasaray and Italian giants Juventus for the signing of Anzhi striker Lacina Traore. The Russian side is clearing out all its well-paid foreign players, and Traore could follow former team-mates Samuel Eto'o and Willian to the Premier League. The Daily Express reports that the Ivory Coast international is a long-term [.

Saloman Kalou commits future to Lille

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Saloman Kalou commits future to Lille - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

OSC Lille forward Saloman Kalou has been linked to a number of Premier League sides this summer, but snubbed their advances and has reaffirmed his desire to stay in France.

‘Rene Girard is a coach who can help me progress.

Exodus continue at Arsenal but can they land Suarez?

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Exodus continue at Arsenal but can they land Suarez? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Arsenal continue their mass exodus this season, as manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed the departures of two more players – Gervinho andMarouane Chamakh.

The Gunners have received a financial boost this season with a reported £70 million transfer war-chest, but so far only one player has been signed, youngster Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre on a free transfer.

Gervinho to finally sign for Roma

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Gervinho to finally sign for Roma - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Following weeks of intense negotiations, Arsenal forward Yao Gervinho has finally completed his long-awaited move to Serie A side AS Roma. A fee of £6.9M is reported to have been agreed by both parties.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger admitted in a recent interview how the side were close to an agreement, but the deal has now been finalised and the 26-year old will soon undergo a medical with the Italian outfit.

Why were Swansea unopposed to sign Wilfried Bony?

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Why were Swansea unopposed to sign Wilfried Bony? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The 2013/14 season started early for Capital One Cup winners Swansea City. Following the cup win last season, they were drafted in to the Europa League as per the rule, and had to subsequently play a qualifying match against Swedish outfit Malmo FF.

World Cup

Ivory Coast 2014 World Cup PUMA Home and Away Kits

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PUMA has new official home and away playing kits to be worn by Afrcian power [...]

’2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil’ game set for April release

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'2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' game set for April release - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

With 121 days still to go before the start of the World Cup, EA Sports have announced the impending arrival of the official '2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil' video game, with fans able to get their teeth into the action as soon as April.

Place your Bets! Analysing the 2014 World Cup Betting Favourites

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Place your Bets! Analysing the 2014 World Cup Betting Favourites - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The summer is fast approaching, and in true World Cup fashion, football fans everywhere have begun to browse catalogues of the latest wide-screen TVs, sound out their favourite watering holes, and pray that the old barbecue will survive in the back garden this winter.

Budweiser Captures the Unique Emotion of the World Cup Draw

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Budweiser Captures the Unique Emotion of the World Cup Draw - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

After months of eager anticipation, the World Cup draw was finally broadcast around the world, slowly filling football fans everywhere with contrasting feelings of hope and dread.

With the mainstream eye firmly fixed on the draw in Sao Paulo, Budweiser took the show to ground level; filming the immediate reactions of those who matter the most the people.

World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia’s group of death and much more

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World Cup Draw: England vs Suarez and Balotelli, Australia's group of death and much more - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The World Cup draw was completed today, with the groups decided for next summer's spectacle in Brazil.

There are a number of standout groups, with mouth-watering clashes galore, grudge matches and what is sure to be some scintillating action.

CAF qualifying rewind: Nigeria, Ivory Coast, and Cameroon are through to the World Cup

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By MARC SERBER

Among the confederations across the globe, the road to the World Cup is probably the most strenuous in the Confederation of African Football.

Only five nations of their 54 members qualify for the World Cup after an arduous campaign that started for some all the way back in November of 2011.

Ivory Coast Home And Away Shirts For World Cup 2014: Leaked [PHOTOS]

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Photos of Ivory Coast's home and away shirts for World Cup 2014 have been leaked on the Internet.

Ivory Coast, aka Cote D'Ivoire, will be wearing Puma in Brazil 2014. The home shirt is orange, while the away shirt is green.

If you look closely, you'll see some tribal designs along the shoulders, but overall these shirts are clean, simple and distinctive.

Senegal vs Ivory Coast 1-1 Highlights 2013 WC Playoffs Africa Sow penalty Kalou Goal Video

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Senegal vs Ivory Coast, World Cup Playoff 2nd Leg: Open Thread

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Who will be the next team in Africa to join Nigeria in next summer's World Cup? After Nigeria's victory earlier today against Ethiopia, an even bigger match is set for today with two African giants — Senegal and Ivory Coast — battling it out to see who will stay home and who will go to Brazil.

Africa

Belgium vs Cote d’Ivoire 2-2 Highlights Friendly 2014 Fellaini Nainggolan Drogba Gradel Goals Benteke Miss Ivory Coast Video

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Mexico vs Ivory Coast 2013 Highlights Metlife Stadium 4-1 Peralta Reyna Drogba Goals Video

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Mexico vs Ivory Coast 2013 Highlights Metlife Stadium 4-1 Peralta Reyna Drogba Goals Video is a post from Soccer Blogger. Follow Soccer Blogger on Twitter Mexico vs Ivory Coast 2013 ( Mexico Cote d'Ivoire VIDEO BELOW) Final score and result:- Mexico vs Ivory Coast 4-1 (Boka OG, Peralta*2, Reyna/ Drogba pen) Metlife Stadium- International friendly- [.

Didier Drogba

WATCH Didier Drogba Star In New Beer Ad As He Dribbles Around The World [VIDEO]

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African role model and world-class footballer Didier Drogba stars in a new beer commercial, where he's seen dribbling around the world, taking the road less traveled to reach his destination.

The TV commercial, which is for Windhoek Lager, reinforces what many of us have learned through the years.

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Didier Drogba: The Photographer

The swarm of cameras around footballers and professional athletes is nothing new. Sitting on the Galatasaray bench this past weekend, Didier Drogba decided to spend some time turning the tables. Snagging a camera from one of the photographers, Didier went ahead and took a few shots.

Former Chelsea Star Didier Drogba Celebrates Ivory Coast World Cup Qualification

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Didier Drogba and his Ivorian teammates rightly celebrated their place in the World Cup 2014 Finals in Brazil on Saturday evening. A late goal from Salomon Kalou in a 1-1 draw with Senegal ensured the Ivorians would be in attendance in Brazil and it clearly meant a lot.

After the game, Didier Drogba posted the below photo from the team hotel with the caption "Mission Accomplished.

Arsenal

Video: Gervinho shows Arsenal fans what they’re missing on Roma debut

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Sorry, that should have read: Gervinho shows Arsenal fans he's still missing on Roma debut. The Emirates flop appears to have taken his Arsenal form to Serie A with him after he fluffed two one-on-ones in his first outing since his switch from the Gunners. The Ivory Coast international spurned some excellent chances in his [.

Gervinho completes £8m switch from Arsenal to Roma

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Thks to all @Arsenal fans for their support during my 2 years as a gunner.Thks to all my team mate and Arsenal staff. pic.twitter.com/SPR7dvrp7u Gervinho (@GervinhOfficial) August 8, 2013 Arsenal flop Gervinho has moved to Italian side Roma for £8m. The Ivory Coast forward failed to make an impression at the Emirates after arriving [.

Arsenal: Gunners Offload Gervinho to AS Roma

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Arsenal continue their summer exodus with the sale of out of favor Ivory Coast forward, Gervinho. The former Lille star has moved to Italian club AS Roma for a fee of £8 million to rejoin his former manager, Rudi Garcia who took over the Giallorossi this summer.

During his time in France, Gervinho looked a major target for Europe's elite clubs such as Arsenal and earned a moved to the Emirates in 2011.

Arsenal old boy Emmanuel Eboue hoping to party at the Emirates

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Former Arsenal defender Emmanuel Eboue is looking forward to a party upon his return to his old stomping ground. The Ivory Coast international is back in north London to play in the Emirates Cup with current club Galatasaray and it sounds like he's going to make that cause for celebration. He said: "To be [.

International Soccer

Chicharito, Guardado called up for upcoming El Tri World Cup qualifiers

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By DAN KARELL

Javier Hernandez and Andres Guardado have earned a recall to the Mexican National Team.

Both players were included on a list of seven European-based players that Jose Manuel de la Torre selected for Mexico's upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Honduras and the United States.

Peralta nets brace as Mexico rout Ivory Coast

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By FRANCO PANIZO

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. If Mexico is a team in the midst of a heavy funk, it certainly did not appear that way on Wednesday.

Mexico cruised to a 4-1 victory over Ivory Coast in a friendly at MetLife Stadium on Wednesday night. Oribe Peralta paved the way for the impressive win in front of a crowd of 35,671, scoring twice in a dominant first half for El Tri.

The Rest

Belgian Bumbler Christian Benteke Misses An Absolute Open-Goal Sitter vs Ivory Coast (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke was on rare old form for Belgium in their 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast last night; farting the ball a good few yards over the crossbar having been faced with the tricky task of rolling it gently into the back of a completely vacant net.

Top 7 Instagram Posts from International Duty: Chelsea and Manchester United Stars Feature

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After an exciting and decisive weekend of World Cup qualifying play-offs, 24 nations (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Ecuador, Australia, Iran, Japan, South Korea, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, United States, Costa Rica, Honduras, Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland, Germany, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, England and Spain) have now booked a ticket to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

Ivory Coast 3 Senegal 1 – Video – Includes Late Cisse Goal

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African World Cup Play-offs

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The African World Cup Play-off draw has led to the following clashes: Ethiopia-Nigeria Ghana-Egypt Ivory Coast-Senegal Tunisia-Cameroun Burkina Faso-Algeria The exciting newcomers from Ethiopia will have to play their best against Nigeria's African champions, while Ghana and Egypt will be an epic clash between two of the strongest footballing nations in Africa.