Fonte Seeks Southampton Exit As Arsenal Signs Youngster Bramall

Arsenal, Southampton, Jose Fonte, Cohen BramallSouthampton defender, Jose Fonte, on Thursday handed in a transfer request.

The club’s director of football, Les Reed, said that the Portuguese has had the chance to sign a better deal, but chose to leave the club.

“He’s had several opportunities to improve the contract situation (but) he’s reserved his right not to do that. He’s made it very clear he would like to explore the opportunities for a transfer,” Reed told BBC.

The football director further noted that “That’s where we are at the moment.

“Jose wants to leave the club. He’s formally asked for a transfer.”

Fonte, Southampton’s captain, has 18 months left to run on his current contract, which he signed in October 2015.

Meanwhile, Arsenal are set to sign Hednesford Town youngster, Cohen Bramall, from non-league to the Premier League.

The 20-year-old is said to make the move in a deal worth £40,000.

English clubs Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday had purportedly observed Bramall, but only the Gunners agreed terms.

The left-back follows the road taken by Everton and Wales defender Ashley Williams, who started his career at Hednesford.

Wales Cruise To Euro 2016 Semis After Crushing Belgium

Euro 2016: Wales beat BelgiumWales have progressed to the next stage of the Euro 2016 after beating Belgium 3 – 1 in the quarter final of the competition.

The Welsh got the shocking victory with Ashley Williams’ opener in the 31st minute after being down by a goal to the Belgians.

The duo struggled to get a lead before the end of the first half but went away with a goal apiece.

Hal Robson-Kanu then gave Wales a hope of victory in the 55th minute, just as Sam Vokes sealed the winning four minutes to the end of the match.

Consequently in the semi-final, Wales will contend with Portugal, who had beaten Poland 5 – 3 on penalties, to get a chance to play in the final match of the European competition on-going in France.

Ranieri, Kane Win Premier League Awards For March

Premier LeagueHarry Kane and Claudio Ranieri have won the March Barclays Premier League awards for Player and Manager of the Month respectively.

Ranieri guided Leicester City to a draw and three 1-0 wins over Watford, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace, to maintain their lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League.

He was voted for the award ahead of a managerial shortlist that featured AFC Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe (W3 L1), West Ham’s Slaven Bilic (W2 D1) and Swansea City’s Francesco Guidolin (W3 L1).

It is the fourth time Ranieri has claimed the Barclays manager award, the joint-most for an Italian alongside former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti. Ranieri is the 15th manager to have won the award four times.

Ranieri won the award in November this season and also was awarded it twice during the 2003/04 campaign when with Chelsea.

No Leicester manager has won the award more than once in one season, although Martin O’Neill claimed it three times in a three-year period from September 1997.

Ranieri has the chance to join Joe Kinnear (1993/94 with Wimbledon) and Sir Alex Ferguson (1999/00 with Manchester United) and Ancelotti (2010/11) to have won the award three times in one season. That feat is also possible for Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino, who was named manager of the month in August and February.

Five goals in four matches won the Barclays Player of the Month award for Kane, a tally that has taken him to the top of the race for the Barclays Golden Boot with 22 goals so far.

He beat a shortlist that also included Southampton’s Graziano Pelle, Swansea City’s Ashley Williams, Leicester duo Wes Morgan and Riyad Mahrez, and West Ham United’s Dimitri Payet.

It is the third time Kane has claimed the award, after winning it in January and February last year.

 

Culled from premierleague.com