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    Barcelona are willing to pay £132m to sign Liverpool midfielder Coutinho…




    Barcelona are willing to pay £132m to sign Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, in January. (Sport – via Daily Mail)

    Swansea are trying to persuade former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal to become their next manager after sacking Paul Clement. (Daily Mirror)

    Former Stoke, West Brom and Crystal Palace boss Tony Pulis is the favourite to succeed Clement. (Daily Star)

    Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, is nearing a move to Paris St-Germainafter his agent flew to the French capital for talks. (Canal Plus – via Metro)

    PSG will bid £25m to try to sign Sanchez, though Manchester City still want the Chile international after failing with a £60m bid in the summer. (Express)

    Sanchez will stay at Arsenal until the end of the season, then join Manchester City on a free transfer in a deal that will earn him £400,000 a week. (Daily Mirror)

    Atletico Madrid say 25-year-old full-back Sime Vrsaljko, a target for Liverpool, will not be moving next month. (Corriere dello Sport – via Daily Mirror)

    Chelsea are set to fail in their bid to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, 20, next month but are still interested in Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 24, and Monaco forward Thomas Lemar, 22. (London Evening Standard)

    Lemar is thought to prefer a move to Liverpool over a switch to Stamford Bridge or Arsenal(Independent)

    Arsenal and Liverpool are in talks to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, 21. (Diario Gol – via Daily Star)

    Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says there is a 90% chance he will not add to his squad in January. (BeInSports – via London Evening Standard)

    Valencia have agreed a £31m fee for Paris St-Germain winger Goncalo Guedes. The 21-year-old has been on loan at the Spanish club and has interested both Arsenal and Manchester United. (L’Equipe – via Sun)

    Arsenal and Manchester City are monitoring Burnley centre-back James Tarkowski, 25, with a view to bidding for him next summer. (Times – subscription required)

    Arsenal and Everton target Steven N’Zonzi appears to have been spotted at Gatwick Airport. The former Stoke and Blackburn midfielder, 29, has told Sevilla he wants to leave. (Sun)

    Newcastle are favourites to sign striker Islam Slimani, 29, from Leicester(Leicester Mercury)

    The Magpies have also secured a loan deal for Chelsea winger Kenedy, 21, and he is set to arrive when the transfer window reopens next month. (Daily Mail)

    Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro’s agent says the 24-year-old, who is a target for Newcastle, could move in January. (Tribal Football – via Newcastle Chronicle)

    West Brom will focus on signing Middlesbrough defenderBen Gibson if they sell Jonny Evans, 29. The Baggies will, however, meet stiff resistance from the Championship club for the 24-year-old. (Birmingham Mail)

    Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, says he wants to stay and has targeted a place in England’s 2018 World Cup squad. (Sky Sports)

    Liverpool will refuse to let striker Daniel Sturridge leave in January, putting his hopes of featuring for England at the World Cup in jeopardy. Newcastle, West Ham and Stoke are interested in the 28-year-old. (Daily Mail)

    Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has given Ben Woodburn the green light to leave the club on loan. Leeds United and Sunderland are keen on the 18-year-old forward. (Daily Express)

    Inter Milan director Walter Sabatini has insisted the club have no desire to let Joao Mario, 24, leave in the January transfer window. The defender has been linked with Manchester United and Paris St-Germain. (Independent)

    West Ham have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Bologna forward Simone Verdi as the club’s sporting director says the 25-year-old does not want to leave. (Sky Italia – via Talksport)

    Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, 34, has hinted at his frosty relationship with Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola but insists he has no desire to leave the Premier League leaders anytime soon. (

    Mark Hughes will go into the home match against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday facing the sack if Stoke City show no sign of improvement and suffer a sixth defeat in seven games. (Guardian)

    Keeping Swansea in the Premier League will be the “hardest” job any top-flight manager would have faced in the past three years, said former Scotland boss Gordon Strachan. (Sky Sports)

    Former Arsenal forward Paul Merson has come under scrutiny for failing to pick Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah in his team of the season so far. (Liverpool Echo)


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    She Cranes Star Nuba Reveals Why She Decided To Play For Uganda Not South Sudan; Why She Regrets Giving Birth Early…



    She Cranes player Mary Nuba

    Born in South Sudan but grew in Uganda, that’s the story of the She Cranes goal shooter Mary Nuba Cholhok who was voted as the best shooter in the just concluded Fast5 Series tournament which was held in New Zealand.

    Uganda emerged in fifth position in the tournament. theGrapevine had a chance to talk to Nuba before she went back to England for her professional career.

    Grapevine: Why did you decide to play for Uganda and not for your native country South Sudan?

    Nuba: South Sudan is still lagging behind in Netball and I’m getting old, that’s why I decided to play for Uganda’s She Cranes.

    Grapevine: What challenges have you faced so far in your career?

    Nuba: Thinking about my five-year baby who stays in Uganda yet I’m in England playing for my professional club.

    Grapevine: Then what about your husband [the baby’s father] ?

    Nuba: I’m not married, though I gave birth.

    Mary Nuba was awarded Fans player of the Fast5 Series tournament

    Grapevine: How did you manage giving birth and playing Netball?

    Nuba: I realized that later that I made a mistake of getting pregnant. But I stood on my feet, forgot all the past and decided to move on with my child and my career.

    Grapevine: How do you manage those good performances?

    Nuba: I work very hard ever day in order to achieve my goals.

    Grapevine: Where do you see She Cranes in four years to come?

    Nuba: I see She Cranes winning the Netball World cup because we have good players who are still young.

    Grapevine: Tell us about the best game in your career?

    Nuba: When we defeated South Africa in the Common Wealth games in Birmingham.

    Grapevine: Who’s your role model in the game of Netball?

    Nuba: Peace Proscovia because of the way she managed to lift her life from a poor background. She is now superstar in the game.



    By Juma Ali


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    MIRACLE: All She Cranes Players Return After Incidents Of Players Disappearing While On Duty Abroad…



    She Cranes players and one of the start player Goal Shooter Mary Cholhok Nuba

    It was a miracle this time around after all the She Cranes players returned from New Zealand.

    It has been a habit for some Netball players to escape when the team travels for international tournaments.

    Just last month, two She Cranes players; Nakanyike Shakira, who was a Police Player and Rose Namutebi, who was a KCCA Player, disappeared in UK, during She Cranes international friendlies.

    The disappearance of these two players followed the disappearance of centre Player, Halimah Nakachwa, who disappeared in UK, in 2017 during another international friendly in UK.

    However, this time around, all the nine players who went for the first five series tournament in New Zealand, where She Cranes emerged fifth, after wining three games and losing three games, all returned with the team.

    National players disappearing while on duty abroad is also a habit in other sports disciplines like; boxing, table tennis, Rugby among others.


    By Juma Ali


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    It’s Time For Golola To Rest: I’m Going To Punch Him Into Retirement – General Fungu Vows…



    Moses Golola (L) and General Fungu (R)

    General Hamza Fungu has vowed to fight Moses Golola and send him into retirement come 26th December. 2022.

    Fungu said this during the launch at Akamwesi gardens today.

    Uganda’s middle weight kick boxing champion, Golola Moses is set to face his former trainer, General Hamza Fungu on bixing day at Akamwesi shopping mail gardens.

    Golola, who is known for his many words said that he has beaten many fighters who were better than Fungu, “now look at this piglet, I’m going to show him why I’m called Golola Moses ‘of Uganda ‘  and I call upon Ugandans to come and be witnesses on that day.”

    Though Golola said that he signed a contract which allows both fighters to fight until one gets tired, officials in charge of organizing the show said they will fight K-1 style for five rounds.

    Grapevine had a chance to sit down with Golola’s challenger General Fungu and and this is what he had to say;

    theGrapevine: How are you prepared for this fight?

    Fungu: I’m well prepared but they have also given us enough time. So, I’m going to prepare more.

    theGrapevine: Why, among fighters did you choose Golola?

    Fungu: I have been asking to fight Golola for the last five years but he has been dodging me. He one time asked for 20,000 dollars to fight me.

    theGrapevine: Why do you think he accepted this time around?

    Fungu: I think this time, he has been given a lot of money.

    theGrapevine: Which tactics are you going to use to defeat Golola?

    Fungu : Golola has words but I have the tactics which will defeat Golola.

    theGrapevine: Many people have come out to challenge Golola but he finally wins?

    Fungu : He has been favoured many times.

    theGrapevine: Is it true that the contract you signed for the fight allows you to fight until one of you gets tired?

    Fungu : The contract is a disadvantage to Golola not me because I was born a fighter.

    theGrapevine: What next after this fight?

    Fungu : After this fight, I will fight three more three bouts and retire.


    By Juma Ali


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