LATEST – NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT REPORTEDLY ‘ORDERS’ NFF BOSS AMAJU PINNICK TO VOTE FOR CAF PRESIDENT ISSA HAYATOU OVER AHMAD AHMAD, AGAINST HIS WILL (NEWS, GOSSIPS, GISTS, RUMOURS, TRANSFER SPECULATIONS & UPDATES)

The NFF President Amaju Pinnick has reportedly been instructed by the Presidency to support the long-time CAF President, Cameroon’s Issa Hayatou for re-election, despite his intention to vote for Madagascar’s Ahmad Ahmad. In a new twist ahead of the CAF elections that will take place on Thursday, March 16, in Addis Ababa, the Nigerian government is said to have dished out the order to its delegation led by Pinnick. According to reports, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo asked the NFF boss to support the Cameroonian who is seeking to extend his 29-year reign at the top of African football for ‘diplomatic‘ reasons.

 

Inter are preparing for a busy summer transfer market and will make a move for PSG’s Angel Di Maria.

 

Man United boss Jose Mourinho told Chelsea fans “I’m still number one” after being heckled during his side’s FA Cup loss at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho, sacked twice by Chelsea, was called ‘Judas‘ by fans during United’s 1-0 defeat last night, responding by pointing three fingers in reference to the three league titles he won with the club.

He said: “Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I’m the number one.

Until then, Judas is number one.

 

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is having second thoughts about making Jack Wilshere’s loan move from Arsenal permanent. The 25-year-old midfielder has been absent from the starting line-up for the past two Premier League games. Meanwhile, the Cherries are planning to move again for Dutch Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, 22, who they had on loan for the first half of the season.

 

Eden Hazard is the most fouled player in the Premier League this season.

 

Arsenal want to sign Everton’s Senegal central midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 27, in the summer.

 

Man United and Chelsea have joined the group of clubs monitoring the situation of Marquinhos at PSG. Real Madrid, Barcelona and Inter have also been heavily linked with the much sought-after Brazilian defender ahead of the summer window.

 

West Ham are hoping to sign Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, but face competition from Turkish side Besiktas for the 30-year-old Croatia forward.

 

Everton are stalling on a new deal for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 23, as they refuse to include a buy-out clause worth under £90m.

 

Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis is in takeover talks with Nottingham Forest in a deal that will see current owner Fawaz al-Hasawi retain a share in the club and former Rangers boss Mark Warburton take over as manager.

 

Winger Stewart Downing’s future at Middlesbrough is in doubt after the 32-year-old had a training ground row with manager Aitor Karanka.

 

Former England boss Roy Hodgson, 69, is considering a return to management with Championship side Norwich to replace the sacked Alex Neil.

 

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his defence with a summer move for 19-year-old Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney.

 

Liverpool and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 23, says the delay in him signing a new contract is not due to his wage demands.

 

Juventus are ready to offer 17-year-old Italian forward Moise Kean a new contract as they try to ward off interest from Arsenal and Man City.

 

Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks, 21, could be in line for a call-up by Spain, through his Spanish grandparents.

 

Brentford boss Dean Smith wants to sign Crystal Palace’s 21-year-old winger Sullay Kaikai.

 

Frank Lampard says N’Golo Kante is the best midfielder in the world but Gary Lineker thinks the Chelsea player could go one step further.

 

Indonesian side Persib Bandung have confirmed that they have completed the signing of Michael Essien, 34. The former Chelsea midfielder has signed a one-year contract with the option of an extension and, as he did for the Blues, will wear the No.5 shirt for his new team.

 

PSG have joined Chelsea in the hunt for Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal. Those in the French and English capitals are eager to land the talented 29-year-old this summer, but Bayern have no intention of selling.

 

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