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Onazi makes first start for Trabzonspor after 12 months injury lay-off

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Super Eagles midfielder, Ogenyi Onazi, made his return from a 12-month injury lay-off by playing close to an hour for Trabzonspor in Thursday’s 2-1 loss to FC Basel in the Europa League.

The 26-year-old missed the second half of last season and the start of the new campaign after he ruptured his Achilles last December.

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He took a significant step towards recovery with an encouraging display against Basel.

Onazi’s last Trabzonspor’s appearance was in the Turkish League game against Rizespor last year. He encountered complications in his rehabilitation and then suffered a knee problem that required surgery in September.

While lacking sharpness, Onazi looked lively against Basel before he was withdrawn in the 51st minute for Muhammet Akpinar.

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Valencia winger Torres signs in £21m deal by Man City

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The Spain Under-21 international becomes Pep Guardiola’s first major signing of the summer and will fill the gap in the squad left by Leroy Sane

Manchester City has completed the signing of Valencia winger Ferran Torres in a deal worth an initial £21 million ($27m).

The 20-year-old has signed a five-year contract at the Etihad Stadium and will join up with Pep Guardiola’s squad for the 2020-21 season.

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Valencia could receive a further £11m ($14m) in add-ons for the Spain Under-21 international, who was in the final 12 months of his contract.

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Tottenham set to sign £15m Hojbjerg

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Tottenham look set to make their first big signing of the summer transfer window.

The Telegraph reports that Southampton midfielder – and former captain – Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg is on the verge of joining Spurs in a deal worth £15m.

Apparently Tottenham full-back Kyle Walker-Peters – who joined the Saints on loan in January – will head in the opposite direction on a permanent basis.

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That separate arrangement is reported to be worth £12m.

Meanwhile, three European clubs have all reportedly had sizeable bids accepted for Southampton midfielder and Spurs transfer target Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

According to a report from the Daily Echo, the trio have all made offers in the region of the £25m price that Saints have put on the Denmark international’s head.

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Hojbjerg has made it clear that he prefers a move to Spurs and Saints are still locked in talks with them over a potential deal that could involve Kyle Walker-Peters going the other way.

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Pedro undergoes surgery for shoulder injury

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Chelsea’s Spanish winger Pedro has had surgery, following a shoulder injury he sustained during Saturday’s FA Cup final defeat by Arsenal.

Pedro had replaced forward Christian Pulisic in the game which Chelsea lost 2-1, after the American, who scored in the first half, pulled up with a hamstring problem.

“The surgery went well, I will be back soon. It was a pity not to win the FA Cup. Thank you all for your support,” the 33-year-old Pedro said on Instagram on Tuesday.

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Pedro, whose Chelsea deal expires at the end of the month, has reportedly agreed a move to Italian Serie A side AS Roma on a free transfer.

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