Man U, PSG battle for Lassana Diarra signature

Thursday, 04 January 2018 19:13

The winter is here; not that of GOT but football lovers know is that period of the year where club sides do some salvage signings.

Unlike in the summer transfer window, most times, club sides don’t get to see the best of players available at this stage and this has led to the report that Manchester United and French giant PSG are both interested in the services of Lassana Diarra. reported that the Diarra was released from his contract at Al Jazira on Christmas Eve and the duo of Man U and PSG were being touted for the services of the French midfielder. reported that the fact that PSG at this point needed to comply with the financial fair play after spending so much in the summer coupled with the fact that an injury to Andrien Rabiot would leave PSG short in the defensive midfield position – as they would be left with only ageing midfielder Thiago Motta in that department.

And for Man u, they have been shot in the defensive midfield department as the likes of Michael Carrick and Maroune Fellaini have been on the sideline for the most part of the season.

On how Lassan Diarra is going to adapt, it is worthy to note that the 32-year-old has enough experience in his bags and head – as he’d represented the likes of Portsmouth, Chelsea, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Marseille, amongst few others in the past


In 2016, Diarra was named in the Ligue 1 Team of the season and narrowly missed out of representing France at EURO 2016 due to injury.


Lassana diarra while still playing for Arsenal


lassana Diarra at Real Madrid
Donning the Real Madrid No.10, shouldn't this be considered enough experience?

Though, he is a free agent but at the same time we might be correct if we say both Man U and PSG are high on something.

But on the other hand, PSG paid over £35m for Jese’s services two summers ago and Man U even managed to pay a dime to sign Lukak…




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With international break over, football fans are curious and anxious to see the return of club footballs - with the old rivalry between Liverpool and Manchester United set to be re-ignited once more at Anfield this Saturday.

Compounding the woes with this discourse? Maybe the Lord Kia’s EPL weekly preview or Zeba’s NPFL preview might have been the conundrum for football fans who are badly anticipating and deserved to know more of the latest going on with their club sides than this discourse.

For the latter, Nigeria Professional League is over but don’t be stunned when you see an NPFL preview tomorrow. ‘Awa League,’ is that special – anything happens. If you don’t know, the Match Day 38 game between Gombe UTD and Wikki Tourist was replayed a week after the league had been concluded.

You’d wanted me to mention him (Zeba) previewing the Aiteo FA Cup final games this weekend, right? Even Nigeria Football Federation officials have no idea what the oldest competition in the history of Nigerian football would look like this weekend. But we can still bank on Zeba. He might pull a string.

Hello! Can we now get to business? Indonesia, Cyprus, Turkey, name the country, you’d find a Nigerian plying his trade as a footballer there. The English Premier League (EPL) can’t be excluded from the lists of leagues where Nigeria players ply their trades. In short, the history of the league isn’t complete without mentioning some Nigerians

From the long lists of Nigerians that are still playing and that had graced the EPL, takes a look at the top 5 highest scoring Nigerians in the league

 5. Osaze Odewingie (West Bromich Albion, Cardiff City, Stoke City) 36goals

The now Madura United of Indonesia player moved to the EPL in 2010 after joining West Brom from Lokomotiv Moscow for an undisclosed fee. With an 81st minute winning goal against Sunderland, Osaze immediately became a fan favorite. In his debut season in the 2010-2011 season, Osaze finished as West Brom’s highest goal scorer with 15 league goals a season he also claimed two Premier League Player of the Month.

With 30 goals in 87 appearances for West Brom, Albion, Osaze left the club ignominiously in July 2013 for Cardiff City after a failed move earlier on in the January of that same year.

 4. Oluwasola Ameobi (Newcastle United) 43goals

The 10-capped Nigerian international spent 14 years at Newcastle United making 294 English top-flight appearances with 43 goals to his name. Ameobi, who now plies his trade in England’s League two for Nott County holds the record for the most substitute appearances in the EPL.

3. Efan Ekoku (Norwich City, Wimbledon) 53goals

Having joined Norwich City from Bournemouth for £500,000 in 1993, Efan Ekoku went on to become one of Norwich’s greatest players. Efan, a member of the Norwich City’s Hall of Fame is most remembered for his four goals against Everton in September 25, 1993 the same day the Super Eagles thumped Ivory Coast 4-1 at the National Stadium in Lagos, to book the country’s first appearance in the FIFA World Cup

Efan who later joined Wimbledon was part of the Super Eagles’ squad that won the Tunisia 1994 and was also named for USA 1994.

2. Kanu Nwankwo (Arsenal, West Brom, Portsmouth) 54

The two-time African footballer of the year is unarguably the best Nigerian player to grace the EPL. Kanu, who helped Arsenal to win the EPL title in 2001 is also part of the invisible squad that went a whole season without losing a game in the 2003-2004 EPL season. He is most remembered in the EPL for his 15 minutes hat-trick for Arsenal against Chelsea in 1999 – a game Arsenal were initially two-nil down. Kanu’s hat-trick secured a 3-2 victory for the gunners.

The former Super Eagles’ captain is ranked the 13th greatest Arsenal player.

1 Yakubu Aiyegbeni (Portsmouth, Midsdlesbrough, Everton) 95 goals

No matter the level of aspersion or hatred, the records speak for him. Apart from being the highest scoring Nigerian in the EPL, ‘The Yak’ is just a goal and 8 goals behind Emmanuel Seyi Adebayor and Didier Drogba as the highest scoring African player in the EPL.

When you feed the yak he scores and that is why his 28 league goals for Portsmouth in the EPL makes him the highest goal scorer for Portsmouth in the English top flight – Nine ahead of Benjani Mwaruwari of Zimbabwe.

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