football news round-up – saturday, june 2

09:00    02 Jun 2018

Nigeria's John Obi Mikel
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Saturday, June 2.

International and European club competition

Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel says they can beat England in a World Cup warm-up friendly at Wembley Stadium later today, former Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal has picked Brazil as his favourites for Russia 2018, while Hugo Lloris has urged Paul Pogba to step up and lead France to glory at the global tournament which kicks off later this month.

English Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership

Newcastle United are being linked with a move for Young Boys’ Ghanaian defender Kasim Nuhu, Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insists he is happy at the London club with Real Madrid said to be keen on his services, and Sunderland’s Tunisian playmaker Wahbi Khazri has fitness issues ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

Ligue 1, Belgian Pro League, Turkish Super Lig, Eredivisie & MLS

Ligue 1 star Javier Pastore insists that he is unaware of reported interest in his services from West Ham United, Eredivisie giants Ajax have loaned Mateo Cassierra to Groningen, Turkish Super Lig midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup is being linked to Everton and Ghanaian Jonathan Mensah is doubtful for Columbus Crew’s MLS clash with Toronto on Sunday.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Wayne Rooney’s move to MLS side DC United is drawing ever closer, Chelsea could be lining up a move for former Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane after turning away from Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri, and Gabonese midfielder Didier Ndong is close to completing a move from Sunderland to Torino.

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