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Chelsea complete signing of Timo Werner

The 24-year-old German International Timo Werner will join the London side in July. 

Werner will see out the rest of the Bundesliga campaign with RB Leipzig. The player also announced his move on Twitter.

 

The forward has long been touted for a career at the top of the game since he broke through at Stuttgart and while he never hit huge numbers there was plenty of promise about him.  After turning 18 Werner signed a professional contract until June 2018 with VfB Stuttgart. He went on to score 13 goals in 95 league appearances, during which time he became the youngest player to make 50 Bundesliga appearances in the competition’s history. After the side were relegated he joined the then newly-promoted RB Leipzig in 2016.

He signed a four-year deal with a fee of 10 million euros- a club record at the time. Werner ended his first campaign with 21 Bundesliga goals as Leipzig qualified for the Champions League for the first time in their history. He is currently enjoying the most prolific season of his career so far having scored 32 goals and garnered 13 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions.

He has represented Germany at all youth levels (under-15’s through to under-21’s) scoring 34 goals in 48 matches. He has since scored 11 goals in 29 appearances for the senior national side.

Werner said:

“I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.”

Chelsea Director Marina Granovskaia added:

We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven. We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.”

Werner’s game plays off his pace and movement between the defensive lines. He is agile and able to find space regularly and his attacking runs are sure to cause many defences problems this season. He is certainly clinical and in a Chelsea side that have plenty of creative flair he is a player that could thrive under Lampard. With the addition of Hakim Ziyech they could have a formidable front three next season. After a positive first season Chelsea will be hoping to qualify for the Champions League, with it giving them to chance to attract more star players and build a title-winning formula under Lampard.

Manchester United extends Odion Ighalo’s loan deal

According to the recent Manchester United official notification on their official website, the English Premier League giants have struck the deal with Shanghai Shenhua to extend the Odion Ighalo’s stint at Old Trafford.

The new deal agreed between the sides will see Ighalo wear the Red Devils’ jersey until the end of January 2021.  The Nigerian striker was seen as the panic signing of Manchester United in the January transfer window but has proved his critics wrong. In his short stint with Red Devils, he has scored four goals in eight games across all the competitions. The season, however, was suspended due to ongoing pandemic.

The former Watford striker initial loan with Manchester United was until the end of May 31.  Due to his impressive performances, however, under Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer, Ighalo has got his contract extended and will stay at the club till the end of January 31 2021.

Initially, the parent club of Odion Ighalo, Shanghai Shenhua were not ready to extend Ighalo’s Manchester United stay until the player signs the new deal. Due to new border rules and regulations, Shanghai Shenhua softened the stance and have allowed the 30-year old to continue playing for the Premier League side.

Despite the contract extension, Ighalo might find it difficult to find the place in the starting XI when the season resumes. Marcus Rashford will be raring to go in the Premier League as he hasn’t featured for Manchester United since January owing to back injury.

The Old Trafford based outfit have nine games left in the Premier League and are in the knockout stages of FA Cup and Europa League. Ighalo is expected to start in these games for Manchester United reducing the load of Anthony Martial and Rashford up front.

On the other hand, the sources close to ESPN have mentioned that the contract extension of Nigerian international will not stop Ole Gunnar Solskjaer from recruiting new players despite the financial crisis due to pandemic. However, Ighalo is expected to enjoy his stay at his boyhood dream club.

Could this former Premier League striker be the right fit for Bolton?

Bolton have fought valiantly against the drop this term, and have managed to scramble away from the relegation zone. Sitting in 19th place in the table and only two points clear of the bottom three, they are not safe yet. After the departure of top scorer Gary Madine to Cardiff, Bolton are in desperate need of a goalscorer.

With Victor Anichebe available on a free transfer after his disastrous spell in China with Beijing Enterprises, could he offer the goals that could save The Trotters? The big targetman has scored goals in the top flight, but has often not been fit enough to string a long run of games together.

Dropping down to the Championship could be the perfect way to reinvigorate his stalling career, and if he can stay fit and score goals, he could prove to be an inspired signing. Standing at 6 ft 1 in and being a physical powerhouse, Anichebe’s style of play could be well suited to the Championship, and could also link up well with Bolton’s other strikers. In particular, a classic big man- little man partnership with either Adam Le Fondre, or Zach Clough could be very fruitful.

The major doubt over Anichebe is his injury record, the 29 year old has often struggled with injuries and has received the tag of being injury prone. This obviously would be a major concern for Bolton, as they need someone they can rely on when it comes to the business end of the season.

Anichebe provides the best option for Bolton now the transfer window has slammed shut, and especially on a free transfer it provides little risk and potentially a huge reward if his goals keep them up.

Bolton fans would you like to see Victor Anichebe at the Macron Stadium? Let us know in the comments section…

Notts County should take a chance on this striker to help fire them to promotion

Notts County are having a fantastic season in League Two as they are second and only four points behind league leaders Luton Town. The ‘Magpies’ have won 14 of their 26 league matches and are the third highest scorers on 44 goals.

This goal scoring tally has been helped by Jorge Grant, with the on-loan midfielder finding the back of the net on 13 occasions already, but with speculation over his future with the club, manager Kevin Nolan may have to bring in additional firepower to help maintain the promotion push.

With that in mind, the club should turn to Peterborough United striker Ricky Miller.

Ricky Miller – Having only joined ‘Posh’ in the summer, it appears that the strikers days at the club are numbered with Peterborough Today reporting before Christmas that he was available for transfer.

It is rumoured that there are a lot of clubs interested in the signature of Miller, and although he hasn’t found the back of the net for Peterborough, his goalscoring record for Dover was unbelievable as he found the back of the net 40 times in 41 games on his last season with the club, showing he certainly knows where the back of the net is.

Notts County fans would you like to see your club sign Ricky Miller this month? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…

Is this former Brazilian international set to sign for Bolton?

There are widespread reports that former Brazilian international Julio Baptista is set to sign for Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers.

Bolton who have yet to win a match in the Championship, bolstered their striking options over the summer bringing in Adam Le Fondre and Aaron Wilbraham from Cardiff City and Bristol City respectively, as well as completing the loan signing of Adam Armstrong from Newcastle United.

Whilst they are 3 known names in English football and have all scored goals at Championship level in the past, they have struggled so far this season and it looks like manager Phil Parkinson is looking to bring in more experience to try and help his Wanderers side climb off the foot of the table and give them every chance of staying in the division.

Julio Baptista – The Brazilian who plied his trade in the MLS with Orlando City last season, was released when his contract option was refused by the club in November 2016 and he became a free agent.

Baptista has played previously in England, joining Arsenal on loan from Real Madrid in 2006.

He can play in a number of positions including just behind the striker or he can operate from the left wing, which gives Phil Parkinson options in his squad. Having made over 350 appearances for major clubs around the world, he could be a useful addition to the Bolton ranks and help them secure Championship football for another season.

Bolton Wanderers fans would you like to see Julio Baptista sign for your club? Would he provide useful experience to your side? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section…