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Arsenal handed boost as Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti rules out Kieran Tierney transfer

first_imgArsenal handed boost as Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti rules out Kieran Tierney transfer Advertisement Arsenal have failed with two bids to sign Celtic star Kieran Tierney (Picture: Getty)Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti appears to have cleared the path for Arsenal to sign Kieran Tierney after ruling out a move for the Celtic left-back.Reports claim the Gunners are confident of agreeing a deal for Tierney after a breakthrough in talks with the Bhoys despite failing with £15m and £25m bids for the 22-year-old.It’s understood Celtic are holding out for an offer of at least £30m for the Scotland international.Though Napoli have also been linked with Tierney in recent weeks, Ancelotti insists the club have no interest as they are satisfied with their current full-backs.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAsked about Napoli’s interest in Tierney, Ancelotti replied: ‘Honestly, I’m not interesting in signing him.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He is a really good young left back but he is a Celtic player.‘We are looking for a lot of players for this coming season but he is a Celtic player and we have two good left backs.‘But honestly I can say he is a really good player.’ Comment Arsenal are expected to announce Nicolas Pepe’s arrival this coming week (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery claims Arsenal are working on bringing in players ‘who will improve the squad’ before transfer deadline day.‘The club is thinking on how we can improve,’ he said following Arsenal’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon at the Emirates Cup.‘There are different players on the table. Pepe’s a very good player. We only want players who can really, really improve the squad.‘We want the best players possible for the first game at Newcastle.’Asked whether Arsenal require a new winger before the end of the transfer window, Emery replied: ‘Again, we really want players who make the squad better than last year.’MORE: Manchester United transfer target Moussa Dembele breaks silence on his future after helping Lyon beat Arsenalcenter_img Advertisement Ancelotti insists Napoli are ‘not interested’ in Tierney (Picture: Getty)Napoli have also been heavily linked with Nicolas Pepe, 24, this summer, but Arsenal have reportedly won the race for the Lille forward.Asked about the prospect of missing out on Pepe to Arsenal,Ancelotti replied: ‘I’m not disappointed.‘I don’t like to talk about players of other teams. The market is so long.‘We are looking. If there are opportunities, we can do it.’ Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Jul 2019 9:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link689Shareslast_img read more

Cardinals Win 7th Grade SEI Tourney

first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals 7th grade team played the South Ripley Raiders on Thursday night in the finals of the SEI Tournament 47-29. Both teams were looking to cap off their very successful season with a chance to cut down the nets. The Cardinals had a little more riding on the game as they were also looking to avenge an earlier season loss against the very talented South Ripley Raiders team.The game started with the Cardinals controlling the tip, and for the most part, the rest of the game. The Cardinals, known to play good defense, turned in one of their best defensive performances of the year, as they shut down the Raiders in the 1st quarter not allowing them to score. They also came out shooting well as Andrew Oesterling and Wil Freeland both knocked in shots from 3 pt range to help put the St. Louis up 14-0 at the end of the quarter. The second quarter was played fairly even and the half ended by the score of 24-11.The Raiders came out in the third quarter and hit their first 5 out of 6 shots but the Cardinals were able to answer the call highlighted by a 3 pointer in the corner by Riley Schebler. The Cardinals outscored the Raiders by a point and the 3rd quarter ended 37-23. The fourth quarter came down to playing good defense and making free throws for the Cardinals, which they did, as they outscored the Raiders 10-6 and were 8 for 10 from the line. The game ended with the Cardinals winning by the score of 47 – 29.The scoring for the Cardinals consisted of Wil Freeland with 7, Riley Schebler 7, Andrew Oesterling 17, Leyton Ratcliff 8, and Sam Voegele 8. Defensively the team was led by Schebler and Oesterling on the perimeter and Sam Voegele controlled the boards again as he pulled down a season high 14 rebounds.The Cardinals finished the season 23-2. The championship win brings back the trophy to St. Louis for the first since 2005 when the SEI tournament started. Congratulations should be given to both South Ripley Raiders and St. Louis Cardinals for a great season.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Eagles Open Camp for Algeria Nov 7

first_imgKelechi Iheanacho (14) and Alex Iwobi (18) celebrate a goal in the qualifier against ZambiaNigeria’s Super Eagles will open their training camp in preparation for a Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier against Algeria in Abuja on Monday, November 7. Officials informed that the Eagles will train till Thursday before they fly out to Uyo, where the match will be played on Saturday, November 12. Kick-off time at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium is 5pm local time. The match venue hosted last month’s final 2017 AFCON qualifier against Tanzania.Nigeria are top of the qualifying group after a 2-1 win at Zambia earlier this month, while Algeria played out a 1-1 draw at home with Cameroon. Only the overall winners from this group will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Meanwhile, midfielder John Ogu and goalkeeper Dele Alampasu have both been handed recalls to the Super Eagles ahead of the match.Both players have been out of the team for a while, with Ogu’s last involvement being in a 2-0 defeat of Chad in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier last year June, while Alampasu has not be called since the preliminary round World Cup qualifier against Swaziland late last year.The invitations might come as a surprise though, seeing as Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr appeared to rule out Ogu from his plans just ahead of the World Cup qualifier against Zambia earlier this month. However, the 28-year old has been one of Nigeria’s finest players in Europe over the last year, and won the Israeli championship with Hapoel Be’er Sheva, as well as being voted the best foreign player in that country.For Alampasu, he left Feirense – who had been promoted to the Portuguese top tier – on loan in the summer for a search of regular first team football, and it has proved an inspired move as he has played every game since joining Cesarense in the Portuguese second-tier league. The game against Algeria comes up next month in Uyo, with the full list expected to be made public soon..In a related development, Super Eagles goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa has said Algeria’s choice of former manager, Georges Leekens will count for nothing in the World Cup qualifying clash. The Belgian was handed a second spell at the North African side on Thursday to replace the ousted Serbia’s Milovan Rajevan.Ezenwa said the present crop of Eagles want to pick the World Cup ticket with a game to spare in the qualifying campaign.“Georges Leekens’ appointment as Algerian coach does not scare us and will count for nothing when both sides square up for the matchday 2 clash in Uyo on November 12.“The body language and spirit among the players speak volume of side who want to pick the world Cup ticket before the last match.“The mind-set of the players is to head off to the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia so nobody will be considered too tough an obstacle to scuttle the lofty dream.“Majority of the present Eagles has not been to the mainstream World Cup and they want to be there to have a true feel of what it looks like.“I may have participated in the Fifa U20 World Cup for me and others that’s a youth championship we want to experience the real World Cup.“Our minds are focused on beating the Algerians irrespective of who calls the shot as head coach,” said the FC IfeanyiUbah shot stopper to supersport.com.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more