Connect with us


Newcastle United ‘cleared to sign Saudi-based players after Premier League vote’



Newcastle United are cleared to sign Saudi Pro League players as Premier League clubs vote against a temporary ban on loan moves for players between associated clubs in January, according to a report.
Premier League clubs have reportedly voted against a temporary ban on loan moves for players between associated clubs in the January transfer window, allowing Saudi-backed Newcastle United to negotiate deals with teams in the Middle East.
The Magpies share the same majority shareholder – Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) – as Saudi Pro League quartet Al-Hilal, Al-Nassr, Al Ittihad and Al-Ahli and have been tipped to delve into the Middle Eastern market during the winter window.
Al-Hilal midfielder Ruben Neves has regularly been linked with a move to St James’ Park just six months after leaving Wolverhampton Wanderers for a reported £47m in the summer....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

Newcastle have also been credited with an interest in Neves’s Al-Hilal teammate Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Al-Ahli’s Gabri Veiga and Al Ittihad’s N’Golo Kante as manager Eddie Howe looks to recruit a replacement for midfielder Sandro Tonali, who has been banned for 10 months for breaching betting rules.
Some Premier League clubs are believed to have been concerned by the prospect of Newcastle taking advantage of their connections with the PIF to negotiate transfers with players from the Saudi Pro League, while top-flight chiefs were said to be in favour of a temporary change to the rules relating to ‘associated party transactions’.

Representatives of all 20 Premier League clubs attended a shareholders meeting at The Churchill Hotel in London on Tuesday to cast their vote on the matter, and a two-third majority (14 clubs) was required for the temporary ban to be approved.
© Reuters
Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley, who played a crucial role in the PIF’s purchase of the Magpies in 2021, West Ham United vice-chair Karren Brady and Crystal Palace co-owner and chairman Steve Parish were among those who attended.
However, according to multiple reports, attempts to block associated-party loan deals narrowly failed to meet the required threshold by just one vote, even though the majority of teams (13) were in favour of the proposal.
Such a decision means that Newcastle are free to negotiate loan deals with PIF-owned clubs in the Saudi Pro League in January, although the Magpies’ hopes of signing Neves appear to have reduced as a recent report claims that the Portuguese is now set to stay at Al-Hilal.
The Athletic reports that the Premier League classify a related party as one that has “material influence over the club or (being) an entity in the same group of companies as the club”, with their assessment based on the “substance of the relationship and not merely the legal form”.
The relationship between Newcastle and Al-Hilal is a prime example, while other Premier League clubs including Manchester City and Chelsea also operate as part of multi-club models and therefore fall under this bracket as well.

While Man City are one of 13 clubs across the globe in partnership with City Football Group, Chelsea’s owners – Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital – completed the purchase of Ligue 1 outfit Strasbourg earlier this year.
ID:529508:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect7051:

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Preview: Inter Milan vs. Udinese – prediction, team news, lineups




Sports Mole previews Saturday’s Serie A clash between Inter Milan and Udinese, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
After disposing of last season’s Scudetto winners, Inter Milan will continue their quest for this term’s Serie A title on Saturday, when they host Udinese.
Having crushed Napoli down south, Inter return to their San Siro stronghold topping the table by two points from old foes Juventus; meanwhile, the visitors are Italy’s draw specialists....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

Match preview
© Reuters
Already most pundits’ favourites for the Scudetto, Inter rubber-stamped their status as the team to beat last weekend, as they dismantled reigning champions Napoli in their own backyard, with a little help from Hakan Calhanoglu’s stunning opener just before half time.

After the Turkey international struck sweetly to become the first Inter midfielder with more than five goals at this stage of a Serie A season since Lothar Matthaus in 1990, Simone Inzaghi’s side seized the momentum, and further finishes from Nicolo Barella and Marcus Thuram secured a superb 3-0 success at Stadio Maradona.
As a result, they moved back to the top of the Serie A standings, leaving Napoli 11 points behind – arch-rivals Milan trail by six.
Now boasting a goal difference of +26 (33 scored and just seven conceded) – equalling the club’s best record after 14 games, set some 90 years ago – the Nerazzurri have proved themselves a well-oiled machine that could take some stopping in Italy and beyond.
Indeed, Inter captain Lautaro Martinez (13 goals) has scored more times in Serie A this season than Saturday’s opponents Udinese (12), and his side have still lost just once in all competitions, having also confirmed their place in the Champions League’s last 16.
With a win this weekend, the second-city club would reach 38 points after their first 15 matches for just the fourth time this century, and recent history suggests that victory is theirs for the taking: Inter have lost only one of their last 11 league meetings with Udinese, winning each of the last five at San Siro.
© Reuters
Udinese’s lone win during that sequence did come as recently as last season, when they triumphed 3-1 on home turf, but the Fruilani are up against the odds on this occasion – not only due to their hosts’ might, but also because of their own failings.

Last week, Gabriele Cioffi’s side let victory slip through their fingers, as they led 2-0 and then 3-2 against lowly Hellas Verona but still contrived to miss out on maximum points once again.
Substitute striker Lorenzo Lucca left the bench after seven minutes and bagged a brace for the Bianconeri, but conceding deep into stoppage time left them with just one Serie A win all season.
A meagre total of 12 points from their first 14 games means Udinese have recorded their lowest tally at this stage of a season since 1994, and a relegation battle could be in prospect if they cannot hold on to such leads more frequently.
Since Cioffi replaced Andrea Sottil in the dugout, his team have at least edged their way out of the drop zone, but they still await a first league victory in Udine this season, having also drawn no fewer than nine times home and away.

Inter Milan Serie A form:

Inter Milan form (all competitions):

Udinese Serie A form:

Udinese form (all competitions):

Advert – content below:
Team News
© Reuters
Inter’s fitness woes deepened last time out, as injuries to Dutch duo Stefan de Vrij and Denzel Dumfries left Simone Inzaghi somewhat short-handed at the back.
Carlos Augusto was required to deputise in the back three at Stadio Maradona, as Benjamin Pavard (knee) is still out of action. The latter’s defensive colleague Alessandro Bastoni (calf) should return to the squad, though, after missing each of Inter’s three games since last month’s international break.
Starting up front, summer signing Marcus Thuram has been directly involved in 11 Serie A strikes already this season (five goals and six assists) – the most of any new Nerazzurri player since Champions League hero Diego Milito recorded 13 in his first 15 appearances back in 2009.
A brace against Verona last Sunday took Lorenzo Lucca on to four league goals this term, so the ex-Ajax striker is set to start for Udinese in Milan; fellow forwards Florian Thauvin and Isaac Success should overcome minor injuries to feature on the bench.
Slovenian centre-back Jaka Bijol has been ruled out until January after having surgery on a foot fracture, while long-term absentees Gerard Deulofeu, Enzo Ebosse and Brenner remain unavailable too.
Meanwhile, in midfield, captain Roberto Pereyra plays a more advanced role, and Serbia international Lazar Samardzic comes up against the club he was within a whisker of joining earlier this year.
Inter Milan possible starting lineup:Sommer; Darmian, Acerbi, Augusto; Cuadrado, Barella, Calhanoglu, Mkhitaryan, Dimarco; Thuram, Martinez
Udinese possible starting lineup:Silvestri; Ferreira, Kabasele, Perez; Ebosele, Samardzic, Walace, Payero, Zemura; Pereyra; Lucca

We say: Inter Milan 2-0 Udinese
With defensive injuries mounting up, Inter boss Simone Inzaghi will be keen to take care of business against Serie A strugglers Udinese without taking too much of a toll on his squad. The Nerazzurri can take a stranglehold of the game by scoring at least once in the first half, then cruise towards win number 12 of their league campaign.For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at are predicting a home win in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Home Win:data

ID:530679:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect16142:Previews by emailClick here to get Sports Mole’s daily email of previews and predictions for every major game!

Continue Reading


Preview: Leyton Orient vs. Derby County – prediction, team news, lineups




Sports Mole previews Saturday’s League One clash between Leyton Orient and Derby County, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
Derby County will attempt to claim a fifth consecutive league victory when they travel to Brisbane Road for Saturday’s League One clash with Leyton Orient.
The hosts, meanwhile, will be looking to return to winning ways after experiencing a six-game winless run in all competitions....Click Here To Continue Reading>>

Match preview
© Reuters
Since beating Carlisle United in November’s FA Cup tie, Leyton Orient have gone on to draw two and lose four of their next four matches.

After drawing with Wigan Athletic and Bristol Rovers in their last two league games, the O’s fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat in last weekend’s second-round FA Cup tie against fifth-tier Chesterfield.
While the O’s have now gone over a month without a competitive victory, their wait for a league win stretches back to October 14.
With wins proving to be hard to come by in recent times, Richie Wellens’s side head into the weekend in 16th place with 22 points to their name and six points separating them from the bottom four.
Having lost all four home league games where they conceded first, Leyton Orient may need to net the opening goal if they are to trouble Derby on Saturday.
© Reuters
Derby carry significant momentum into the weekend after recording four consecutive league wins, including a narrow 1-0 victory in last Saturday’s away clash with Port Vale.
Tyreece John-Jules scored the decisive goal in the 77th minute to ensure his side finished the last round of the fixture in sixth place and two points clear of the chasing pack.

The Rams enjoyed more success in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy fixture against Fleetwood Town, with James Collins netting a brace before John-Jules found the net for a second straight game to wrap up a comfortable 3-0 home win and secure Derby’s place in the last 16.
They will now turn their attention back to Saturday’s contest, where they will be looking to continue their solid defensive record, having kept four clean sheets in their last six league matches.
As a result of their resolute backline, the Rams have conceded just 16 league goals this season, leaving them with the joint-best defensive record alongside leaders Portsmouth.

Leyton Orient League One form:

Leyton Orient form (all competitions):

Derby County League One form:

Derby County form (all competitions):

Advert – content below:
Team News
© Reuters
Leyton Orient forward Aaron Drinan is set to miss six to eight weeks of action after picking up an injury against Bristol Rovers at the end of November.
After dropping down to the bench last weekend, defender Dan Happe may be recalled to the lineup for Saturday’s home fixture.
Forward Joe Pigott could also come back into the side after settling for substitute appearances in Leyton Orient’s last two matches.
As for Derby, they are unable to call upon the injured trio of Conor Washington, Liam Thompson and Jake Rooney.
Korey Smith is also a fitness concern after missing the last two matches, while Ryan Nyambe and Martyn Waghorn are doubts due to groin and calf issues respectively.
After netting a brace in Tuesday’s EFL Trophy victory, Collins will now look to add to his seven-goal league tally when he leads the line against Exeter.
Leyton Orient possible starting lineup:Brynn; Cooper, Happe, Turns; James, Brown, El Mizouni, Archibald; Sotiriou, Pigott, Forde
Derby County possible starting lineup:Wildsmith, Wilson, Nelson, Cashin, Forsyth; Fornah, Bird, Hourihane; Ward, Mendez-Laing; Collins

We say: Leyton Orient 1-3 Derby County
With the two sides experiencing contrasting spells of form, we think a confident Derby side will get the better of Leyton Orient to claim their fifth consecutive league victory.For data analysis of the most likely results, scorelines and more for this match please click here.

Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at are predicting over 1.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Over 1.5:data

ID:530811:1false2false3false:QQ:: from db desktop :LenBod:collect13803:Previews by emailClick here to get Sports Mole’s daily email of previews and predictions for every major game!

Continue Reading


Access Forbidden – Sports Mole




...Click Here To Continue Reading>>


© Reuters

Sorry access to the page you were looking for is forbidden. Please check the url or try the links from the Sports Mole homepage or our previews index.
| |     Generated env code type : 449 : :449:’ . Generated env code type : 449 : : t : 530796 : from : /football/man-utd/transfer-talk/news/man-united-open-to-january-offers-for-varane-casemiro_530796.html . ‘:’ . 449 . ‘
Generated env code type : 449 : :449:

Subscribe to our newsletter

Sports Mole provides in-depth previews and predictions for every match from the biggest leagues and competitions in world football.


Subscription failed!

Sign up for our FREE daily preview newsletter direct to your inbox!

[nma]Content continues below the video

Continue Reading


WP Twitter Auto Publish Powered By :
%d bloggers like this: