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Leeds want to sign this powerful forward, would be ideal for Heckingbottom's side

Leeds want to sign this powerful forward, would be ideal for Heckingbottom’s side – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Leeds United will look to sign the Nigerian forward Jerry Mbakogu at the end of the season.

The Championship outfit tried to sign the Carpi attacker last month but the Serie B side were not keen on losing a key player halfway through the season.

Mbakogu is likely to cost around £3.5million and he will add some much-needed pace and power to Leeds’ attacking unit.

The Nigerian has scored 6 goals so far this season and he is looking to guide his side to a promotion play-off place in Serie B.

Mbakogu is looking to secure a dual Italian passport and once that is sorted, Leeds will be able to complete the transfer without any work permit issues.

The Whites signed Pierre-Michel Lasogga on loan from Hamburg this season but the forward has struggled to impress so far. Leeds will need someone to spearhead their attack next season and Mbakogu can play the target man role for them.

Leeds United will be hoping to finish the season strongly under Paul Heckingbottom now.

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Newcastle have option to sign this star in summer, Benitez must activate the clause

Newcastle have option to sign this star in summer, Benitez must activate the clause – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle signed Martin Dubravka on loan last month and the 29-year-old has had a debut to remember against Manchester United.

According to reports, the Magpies have an option to sign the player permanently for a nominal fee at the end of this season.

Apparently, the Premier League outfit paid around £1.7million to loan the player for the remainder of this season. Newcastle have an option to make it a permanent deal for around £3.5million at the end of the campaign.

Dubravka impressed the Newcastle fans with his heroic display last week and the fans will be delighted with the revelation.

If the January signing continues to put in more performances like the one against United, Newcastle could land a major bargain.

The likes of Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot have failed to impress Rafa Benitez this season and Dubravka is likely to start for the Magpies between now and the end of the season. It will be interesting to see whether he can keep up this level of performance and help Newcastle beat the drop this season.

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Why Arsenal didn’t sign Liverpool’s Van Dijk – Thierry Henry (Video)

Arsenal after the Tottenham defeat

Will Arsenal be in the Champions League next season?

After Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Tottenham in the north London derby at Wembley, it’s beginning look incredibly unlikely that the Gunners will finish in the top four.

Tottenham’s win means that Arsene Wenger is seven points behind Mauricio Pochettino in the table with 11 games to go.

Many will now believe Arsenal’s best chance of playing UCL football next term will be in Arsenal can win the Europa League.

The Gunners head to Sweden this week to face minnows FK Ostersunds in the last 32 of the UEL.

Why Arsenal didn’t sign Liverpool’s Van Dijk

On Monday Night Football on Sky Sports, Jamie Carragher and Thierry Henry tried to understand why the Arsenal defence is so bad.

The pundits recognised that Wenger has failed to significantly improve Arsenal’s backline in recent years.

It seems clear to everyone that new blood and quality is needed to solidify the Arsenal rearguard. Yet, when a player like Virgil Van Dijk came on the market, it was Liverpool who stumped up the cash.

Did Arsenal make a mistake allowing VVD to join Liverpool?

And what are fans to make of Wenger’s claim that Jonny Evans wasn’t signed because West Brom wanted too much money. Yet there was money to break their transfer record on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

For Carragher and Henry, Wenger’s failure to sign Van Dijk was a mistake.

Both talking heads believe it’s obvious that Arsenal have defensive problems, and they wondered if Wenger is blinkered from the truth.

Watch the discussion below.

Also see: Arsenal fan overacts to Alexandre Lacazette’s miss vs Tottenham.

Arsenal’s Europa League opponents Ostersunds win the internet.

Arsene Wenger hopes to sign midfielder to partner Mesut Ozil

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is hopeful of signing Schalke midfielder Max Meyer in the summer, according to The Daily Star.

The French manager has identified the German attacker as his number one transfer target as he looks to bolster his options in midfield.

The 22-year-old is out of contract with the Bundesliga side in the summer, which could allow the Gunners the opportunity to sign the player on a free transfer.

Attacking options

Wenger is hopeful of adding to his attacking options in the summer by signing Meyer from Schalke.

He believes that he can attract the player to the Premier League by offering him the chance to play alongside Mesut Ozil in midfield.

The north Londoners however face stiff competition for Meyer’s signature from the likes of Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Milan, who are also interested.

Decision expected soon

Schalke CEO Christian Heidel refused to rule out the departure of Meyer but insisted the door remains open for him to stay.

The player is understood to be set to make his decision on where is future lays in the very near future.

Heidel said:

“Max will be deciding shortly if he wants to stay at Schalke past the summer.

Max is very happy here, Schalke is his home, we will try to make it him as comfortable financially as possible.

He is playing the best season of his life, and the coach has found a position for him that Max didn’t believe he could play.”

More on Meyer

The 22-year-old is considered to be one of Germany’s biggest up and coming talents, having already made an impressive 142 Bundesliga appearances.

In that time, he has managed an impressive combined total of 34 goals and assists in the German top tier.

One thing that makes Meyer such an exciting talent is his versatility, with his ability to play anywhere in midfield.

 

Puerto Rico’s ongoing nightmare shows no sign of going away

Five months after a Category 4 hurricane sparked the longest blackout in U.S. history in Puerto Rico, the island is still struggling with blackouts, water shortages, and insufficient aid.

Northern Puerto Rico returned to a familiar place — total darkness — late Sunday night after an explosion and an electrical fire at the Monacillos power plant impacted a number of areas, including San Juan. Puerto Rico’s Electric Power Authority (PREPA) said that the island had lost approximately 400 megawatts of power generation (around 10 percent of the island’s total power) and uploaded footage of the fire to Twitter.

“State & Municipal firemen on explosion site at Monacillos’ power generation plant. Ambulances also on site. No wounded yet reported,” San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz tweeted.

That’s cold comfort for much of the island. At least 450,000 Puerto Ricans are still without power five months after Hurricane Maria struck in September. Some estimates place that number closer to 700,000 — 25 percent of the island. Tens of thousands of residents also lack access to clean water.

The storm’s aftermath has sparked a devastating and historic environmental and health crisis. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has compared the state of Puerto Rico to Iraq following the 2003 U.S. invasion.

The island faced myriad issues prior to Hurricane Maria. Puerto Rico’s electrical grid was already in disrepair, something that has made rebuilding the island following the storm a staggering challenge. The storm destroyed two-thirds of Puerto Rico’s power system, incurring approximately $94 billion in damages and sparking a mass-exodus to the mainland, where many Puerto Ricans have opted to move. Those who have remained are coping with outages at schools and a shortage of functioning hospitals, to say nothing of limited access to other basic necessities.

Puerto Rico’s local government has come under fire as the island struggles to recover. Gov. Ricardo Rosselló announced the privatization of PREPA in January and more than a quarter of Puerto Rico’s public schools are set to close — all part of a larger effort to cut costs with few immediate results. The move comes after a $300 million contract between PREPA and Whitefish Energy Holdings — a tiny Montana company with ties to the Trump administration — was canceled following outrage from locals who claimed the company was not holding up on its end of the deal.

The lion’s share of blame, however, has fallen on President Trump. The White House downplayed the island’s struggles in the months following the hurricane, with Trump repeatedly leveling blame at the territory for its pre-existing debt and infrastructure deficiencies. The president also clashed numerous times with San Juan Mayor Cruz, who has blasted the administration for its treatment of the island.

Despite its ongoing circumstances, Trump failed to give Puerto Rico more than a passing mention during his January State of the Union address, which came one day after the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it would end food and water aid to Puerto Rico. (FEMA later contradicted the announcement, saying aid would continue.)

FEMA, too, has sparked plenty of backlash: in October, the agency canceled a $156 million contract with a one-woman Atlanta business after her efforts to deliver meals to islanders fell far short of stipulations. Only 50,000 of an expected 30 million meals were ultimately delivered, a problem the woman, Tiffany Brown, had reportedly encountered before. Her company, Tribute Contracting, has had five government contracts terminated for “not delivering required food,” among other things. At least one government agency reportedly stated Brown’s company was not to be hired again.

FEMA has claimed Brown’s company was vetted, sparking criticism from lawmakers.

“To issue a system-wide warning saying, this is not a company to do business with, then how could they have been prepared to do a $156 million contract with a one person operation?” asked Rep. Stacey Plaskett (D-VI).

Blackouts like the one that hit northern Puerto Rico on Sunday — affecting 1.36 million people — are another trouble plaguing the island.

“The lack of power exacerbates everything in the recovery effort,” Peter Marsters, a research analyst at the Rhodium Group, told Vox’s Umair Irfan. “The longer a recovery lasts the longer it takes to get to pre-storm levels.”

The slow-moving recovery could have severe ramifications for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the oncoming hurricane season. The Atlantic hurricane season falls loosely between June and November, during which time islands like Puerto Rico are especially susceptible to massive storms building off the U.S. coast. That means Puerto Rico has less than four months before another Maria-like hurricane could threaten the island once more.


Arsene Wenger reveals why Arsenal failed to sign Jonny Evans

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger today opened up on his side’s January chase of West Brom captain Jonny Evans.

Dependable presence

Since making the move to the Hawthorns from Manchester United in 2015, 30-year-old central defender Evans has gone on to establish himself as one of the Premier League’s most consistent stoppers.

The 67-time capped Northern Ireland international has proven himself to be not only a hugely capable defender, but also a stellar leader, with his experience having proven crucial to his side’s stout defensive record over the last couple of seasons (not so much this season, though).

Suitors

Evans’ impressive showings for West Brom last season certainly didn’t go unnoticed on the part of the English top-flight’s biggest sides, with Manchester City and Arsenal having both expressed an interest in the Baggies’ star during the summer.

In the end, though, West Brom stood firm, with Pep Guardiola having admitted that (former Baggies boss) ‘Tony Pulis put a price (on Evans) that we couldn’t afford at that moment.’

Emirates bound?

However, the battle for Evans was very much back underway following the opening of the winter transfer market at the beginning of last month, with Arsenal and City once again having emerged as the leading contenders for his signature.

Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger admitted early last month that his side would come out ‘second best’ if pitted in a battle of finances with Pep Guardiola’s runaway Premier League table-toppers for Evans, but, in the end, the Citizens opted to splash out a hefty 65 million Euro to bring in Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao, seemingly leaving Arsenal with a free run at West Brom’s star man.

Financial constraints

In the end, though, the North Londoners failed to secure a deal for Evans, despite confirmation from numerous outlets in England that Arsenal had in fact tabled a last-ditch offer for the Northern Irishman.

Speaking in an interview with BT Sport earlier today, Gunners’ boss Arsene Wenger was questioned on his side’s pursuit of Evans, with the Frenchman revealing that, following the big-money arrival of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang at the Emirates, the club simply couldn’t afford to pay the sum requested by West Brom for their captain:

‘I said many times that we did what we wanted to do but not all that we wanted to do.’

‘He was not available for what we could afford.’

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How QPR missed the chance to sign Tottenham’s Harry Kane (BBC Video)

QPR & Tottenham’s Harry Kane

A brilliant story was told by Nedum Onuoha on BBC radio on Sunday.

Now 31-years-old, the former Man City defender is plying his trade for QPR in the Championship.

And according to Onuoha, the story around Loftus Road is that QPR once had the chance to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane.

Onuoha claimed that when Harry Redknapp was the QPR manager, Rangers had the option to close a deal for Kane.

QPR felt that the striker wasn’t clinical enough in front of goal so they passed.

What a terrible decision!

Tottenham 1 – Arsenal 0

Tottenham boosted their own top four hopes with a north London derby win at Wembley on Saturday. And, simultaneously left Arsenal in a world of worry about their league position.

Spurs moved up to third with the victory and can now look forward to the rest of the season, Champions League and FA Cup, with renewed optimism.

For Arsenal it now looks like being a case of putting their eggs in the basket of the Europa League, in order to seal a spot in the Champions League next season.

Harry Kane does it again!

Some Arsenal fans ridiculed Harry Kane when he first emerged on the scene.

It seems unlikely that any Gooners doubt the Spurs striker these days, thanks to his record breaking exploits and consistent goals against Arsenal.

Kane simply loves playing against the Arsenal, a club he was released from as an 8-year-old.

On Saturday, Kane’s latest winner for Spurs versus Arsenal came in the 49th minute. From a Ben Davies cross.

Also see: Everyone saw what Erik Lamela called Jack Wilshere after Tottenham beat Arsenal.

Fernando Llorente: ‘I wish I could return to Juventus & is Kane better than Higuain?’

Chelsea favourites to sign Real Madrid star ahead of Manchester City

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Script’s app lets parents digitally sign school permission slips, pay for field trips

 Schools are often late to taking advantage of new technologies, so today still do much of their business over paper forms. One pain point in particular – for school administrators, teachers and parents alike – is handling permission forms for activities and field trips. A young startup called Script aims to help. Schools can use Script’s app to manage the entire trip… Read More