✍🏻 SIGNED | Forward Jonathan Franks has signed for Wrexham AFC.
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— Wrexham AFC (@Wrexham_AFC) February 6, 2018
ICYMI: MAHREZ STILL ABSENT
Riyad Mahrez has missed Leicester training for a fourth time in a week since a proposed Deadline Day move to Manchester City failed to materialise, Sky sources understand.
The Algeria international has missed the Foxes’ last two Premier League matches and was absent as Claude Puel’s side returned to training at their Belvoir Drive complex after being given Monday off.
It remains unclear whether Mahrez has been given permission from the club to miss the latest session, or whether he is still refusing to attend and his availability for Saturday’s league fixture against Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad, live on Sky Sports Premier League, is in doubt.
REGIONAL PAPER TALK
All the latest from today’s regionals…
- Justin Kluivert insists a move to Manchester United ‘wouldn’t make sense for now’ amid speculation he could leave Ajax. (Manchester Evening News)
- German publication Bild have reported Liverpool target Leon Bailey will not be sold for anything less than £44m this summer. (Liverpool Echo)
- Newcastle’s January striker target Nicolai Jorgensen has suggested he is open to a summer move to the Premier League. (Newcastle Chronicle)
- Melbourne City wanted to keep Ross McCormack longer – but couldn’t reach an agreement with Aston Villa. (Birmingham Mail)
‘LOOKMAN COULD’VE BEEN SUBBED’
RB Leipzig head coach Ralph Hasenhuttl says Ademola Lookmancould have been taken off before his debut goal for his new side.
The Austrian told Bild: “He was lucky that he was still on the pitch for the goal. I really wanted to take him out because he’d just slipped again. That was the same in practice on Friday. But he’d only brought one pair of boots from England and absolutely refused to take them off.”
After the game, the Everton loanee bought some boots locally – with longer studs.
NO MICHY PURCHASE OPTION
Chelsea were willing to put an option in Michy Batshuayi’s loan deal to Borussia Dortmund that could see him join the German club permanently for an agreed price, according to Bild.
But they also wanted a buyback clause in any such deal, something the Bundesliga side were unwilling to agree on, meaning both parties decided there would be no purchase option in the loan for the striker.
SAGNA JOINS BENEVENTO
Former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna has joined the Serie A’s bottom team, Benevento, for the rest of the season.
The 34-year-old ex-France international’s deal includes an option for a further year.
SIGNING UP IN SCOTLAND
BREAKING: We're pleased to announce the signing of former Norwich City midfielder Ray Grant. The 21-year-old has signed a contract until the end of the season.
Full story here: https://t.co/eL9ZTaZ37k
— Clyde FC (@ClydeFC) February 3, 2018
GRACIA UNFAZED BY SHORT SHELF LIFE
Javi Gracia concedes the shelf life of a manager is short but insists he is more than comfortable working with Watford’s trigger-happy owners.
The 47-year-old replaced Marco Silva at Vicarage Road just hours after his sacking on January 21 to become the Hornets’ eighth manager in just over four years.
But the Spaniard has stressed he is not concerned by Watford’s turnover of managers and is instead focused on delivering a team which pleases supporters.
HERNANDEZ: I WANTED TO GO
With the World Cup around the corner, Javier Hernandez has admitted he wanted to leave West Ham in the January transfer window in a bid to get more minutes on the pitch – having only joined the Hammers last summer.
“Yes, it was the case that I wanted to go,” Hernandez told the Mirror.“Not because I don’t like West Ham, but because I need to have minutes on the pitch.
“The World Cup is just around the corner and I want to play. But you can see that, even though my agent says I want to go, I have been doing everything I can in a West Ham shirt to help the team.”
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