Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Wednesday, January 9.
International and European club football
Nigeria manager Gernot Rohr says his team will not be taking their friendly international against Egypt lightly; and it is being reported that Manchester United want to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of their Champions League final win over Bayern Munich with a special legends match, which will include none other than legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is hopeful that Jordan Ayew’s recent scoring form will go some way towards silencing his critics; on-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham has rejected the chance to move up to the Premier League and will instead continue his tenure with EFL Championship club Aston Villa; and new Celtic striker Timothy Weah insists he will have no problem shouldering the weight of the famous name adorning the back of his new kit.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure has revealed he would be ‘very happy’ to join Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain; PSV Eindhoven star Hirving Lozano has been given permission to skip the club’s training camp in Doha; and an agreement brokered between the Turkish Football Federation and the country’s banks has provided Super Lig teams with a financial lifeline.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Mario Balotelli is still holding out hope of signing for Marseille, according to L'Equipe; Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera and Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente are transfer targets for Athletic Bilbao, according to the club’s new director of football Rafa Alkorta; Tottenham have reportedly accepted an offer in the region of £9million from Beijing Sinobo Guoan for Mousa Dembele; and Bayern Munich have tabled a fourth bid for Callum Hudson-Odoi, matching Chelsea’s required asking price of £35m.