Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Thursday, September 27.
International and European club football
Cameroon head coach Clarence Seedorf has recalled Christian Bassogog to the national team for the country's upcoming 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against Malawi; The poor quality of the pitch at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna has been cited as the reason for the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) dropping the venue for next month’s 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Libya; and Gareth Southgate is set to agree a new four-year contract on improved terms to stay as England’s manager to the end of the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
England World Cup star Jordan Pickford has signed a new six-year deal at Everton which will keep him at the club until 2024; Aston Villa are at risk of being deducted 12 Championship points next season if they are found to be in breach of financial fair play rules, according to the Bristol Post; and Ryan Fulton has signed a contract extension to keep him at Hamilton for a further three years.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Moroccan wingback Noussair Mazraoui says he is grateful that AFC Ajax coach Erik ten Hag recognised his talent; Rennes’ Senegalese star Ismaila Sarr is wanted by European giants such as Arsenal and Internazionale; and Turkish side Galatasaray are eyeing a swoop for Chelsea central defender Gary Cahill in the next transfer window.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Real Madrid have enquired about the availability of Stuttgart right-back Benjamin Pavard, reports Sport Bild; Jurgen Klopp has revealed Fabinho’s continued absence from the Liverpool first team is due to a necessary period of adaptation to his footballing philosophy; and Former Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc features on Roma’s four-man shortlist of candidates to replace current manager Eusebio Di Francesco, reports Il Messaggero.