x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

Chelsea set to miss out on playmaker Javier Pastore

Meanwhile, Bolton Wanderers' Nigel Reo-Coker targets England call.


Chelsea's efforts to sign Javier Pastore have ended in failure after the Italian club Palermo agreed to sell the Argentina playmaker to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) for a French record fee.

PSG will pay an initial ?42 million (Dh222m) for the 22 year old, rising to ?45m depending on achievements.

Roman Abramovich proved unwilling to match the resources of PSG's new Qatari owners and is now expected to refocus his attentions on Luka Modric, despite Tottenham Hotspur's stated refusal to sell the Croatian playmaker.

Blackburn Rovers

Blackburn are expected to let Keith Andrews move to the Championship club Leeds United on a season-long loan.

The midfielder, 30, was often the subject of criticism from some sections of the Ewood Park support last season and it is thought Steve Kean, the manager, is happy for him to join the Elland Road club in order to regain some confidence.

Leeds are also interested in recruiting Jonathan Spector, whose contract with West Ham United expired following their relegation from the Premier League in the summer.


Diego Caniggia has been appointed as the club's new South American scout. Caniggia, the brother of the former Argentina and Glasgow Rangers striker Claudio, also worked for Damien Comolli when Liverpool's director of football strategy ran Tottenham's scouting operation. He is currently representing his new employers at the Fifa Under 20 World Cup in Colombia.


The Gunners stand to earn up to 25 per cent of any future transfer fee for Jay Emmanuel-Thomas after selling the forward to Ipswich Town for an initial £1.5million (Dh9m). The England youth international spent the second half of last season on loan at Cardiff City and is expected by Arsenal to ultimately develop into a £10m player.

West Bromwich Albion

Dan Ashworth, the West Brom sporting and technical director, did his homework before securing the services of the goalkeeper Ben Foster on loan for the season from local rivals Birmingham City: "I have contacted several managers and coaches who have previously worked with Ben and they all spoke very highly of him, both as a professional and as a person."

Bolton Wanderers

Nigel Reo-Coker is aiming to put himself back in the frame for England after joining Bolton last week. The midfielder, a former England Under 21 captain, has been on the verge of a call-up to the senior squad in the past and last year rejected an invitation to play for Sierra Leone.

Asked if he had his sights set on reviving his England prospects having signed for Bolton, Reo-Coker said: "Yes, definitely. Playing consistently makes a difference and I hope having come here to get consistent games, and then we will go from there."

Aston Villa

Charles N'Zogbia expressed his delight after finalising his move to Aston Villa from Wigan Athletic on a five-year contract.

The Midlands club confirmed on their website that the 25 year old had passed a medical and would be available for pre-season fixtures. "I am really happy and extremely excited to sign for Aston Villa," N'Zogbia said.