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Odion Ighalo set to leave Manchester United

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Manchester United’s attempts to extend Odion Ighalo’s loan deal has hit a brick wall, according to SportsMail.

The six-month agreement expires in just one week.

Shanghai Shenhua have rejected United’s requests to keep Ighalo at Old Trafford for another three months.

The Chinese Super League have asked Ighalo, to rejoin the club to prepare for the start of the delayed season.

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Unless United can make a late breakthrough in negotiations, Ighalo will return to Shanghai when his loan ends next Monday.

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The 30-year-old scored four goals in eight matches before the COVID-19 shutdown and resumed training with the United squad at Carrington last week.

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Although he would prefer to finish the season in England, Shanghai have the final say and are determined to get Ighalo back.

 

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Newcastle United bounce back to draw with West Ham

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Newcastle United twice came back from a goal down as they grabbed a 2-2 Premier League draw with visiting West Ham United on Sunday.

The result robbed the visitors of the chance to put some more daylight between themselves and the relegation zone, having lost their previous seven away league games.

West Ham started the day three points above the drop zone, and they got off to the perfect start when Michail Antonio opened the scoring after four minutes.

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Newcastle United leveled in the 17th minute through Miguel Almiron.

But they went behind again in the 66th minute when midfielder Tomas Soucek fired home a rebound after Declan Rice hit the crossbar with a header from a corner kick.

Jonjo Shelvey struck back immediately for Newcastle United, dancing through the visitors’ defense before slotting home to make it 2-2.

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This has now left West Ham in 16th spot on 31 points, four points ahead of Aston Villa in 18th, with Newcastle United 12th on 43 points.

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English-born Ghanaian footballer dies at 24 after drowning in US lake

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Derick Otim

English-born Ghanaian footballer, Derrick Otim has died at the of 24 after he drowned in a lake in the US.

The former Nottingham Forest midfielder drowned on Friday, July 3, in Lake Keowee, South Carolina, according to reports.

In 2018, Lake Keowee was branded South Carolina’s “most deadly body of water” in a local news article which said 32 people had lost their lives there within 25 years.

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Otim trained with Forest Academy, before moving to America for university four years ago.

He had recently graduated from Xavier University – and is claimed to have been visiting friends in South Carolina before his sudden death.

Tributes have been paid to the star player by Nottingham Forest FC and his former teammates, who described him as a ‘top lad.’

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EPL: Man City confirm player to miss Southampton fixture

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Manchester City has confirmed that striker, Sergio Aguero, will miss the Citizens’ away Premier League fixture against Southampton tonight.

Man City also disclosed that midfielder Fernandinho could be in contention to feature for Pep Guardiola’s men after serving a two-match suspension.

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City stated this in a post on the club’s official website on Sunday.

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Guardiola’s side head to the match after thrashing Liverpool 4-0 in their last Premier League encounter at the Etihad Stadium.

“Sergio Aguero (knee) will miss the game, but Fernandinho could be in contention to return after serving a two-match suspension,” a club’s statement read.

The kick-off time for the Southampton vs Man City game is at 7 pm.

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