Monday, May 21, 2018

Diego Perotti would welcome Spurs move; Sakho enjoying life at Liverpool

Sevilla FC winger Diego Perotti would welcome a January move to the English Premier League.

Sevilla FC winger Diego Perotti has revealed he would welcome a January move to the English Premier League amid reports linking him with UEFA Europa League contenders Tottenham Hotspur, according to Metro.

Perotti, who joined Sevilla from Argentine side Deportivo Morón in the summer of 2007, made his first-team debut for Los Rojiblancos against Espanyol on 15 February 2009.

The Sevilla No. 10, 25, has struggled to find consistent form this season despite netting five goals in 14 appearances, including just six starts, in all competitions.

Recent reports have suggested Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is planning a summer swoop for Perotti, and understandably so.

Tottenham have scored the fewest goals from open play (5) in the top-flight this season.

As a matter of fact, only Crystal Palace (7) and Sunderland (8) — 19th and 20th place in the league table, respectively — have tallied fewer goals than Spurs (9) in 2013/14.

When asked about rumours linking him with a move to the Premier League in January, Perotti said: “A transfer is definitely possible in the winter market.

“I’ve not been playing well recently and I need to find my best form, but something could happen.”

Perotti is 3/1 to score at anytime in the derby match against Real Betis on Sunday.

In other news, Tottenham transfer target Alen Halilović has confirmed he is still wanted by a club he ‘almost’ joined last summer.

“I can confirm that last summer I was close to moving abroad, a transfer from Dinamo was not far away,” the Croatian starlet told La Gazzetta dello Sport.

“I can also tell you that this club still wants me.

“I will just say that I love English and Spanish football the most.”

Arsenal and Italian champions Juventus are also reportedly interested in Halilović.

Sakho enjoying life at Liverpool

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho is absolutely delighted with his decision to move to Anfield.

Sakho, who was credited with a match-winning brace as France defeated Ukraine to book their rightful place in next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil in midweek, was an unused substitute in Saturday’s Merseyside derby.

Daniel Agger retained his first-team place, at least for one match, on Saturday after returning to the starting XI against Fulham on Matchday 11, but the former Brøndby IF stopper could be dropped for the Hull City game after an unconvincing performance.

Sakho has not featured for the Reds since the 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on 2 November, but the France international has insisted he could not be happier with life on Merseyside.

“I wouldn’t have changed my choice for anything in the world,” said Sakho.

“My decision to come to Liverpool has been fantastic for me. I haven’t been here very long at all but I’ve settled in well.

“It was always going to be hard because I’ve only ever known one club and been a one-club person before coming here, so that makes things a bit more difficult, but I’ve been prepared to go and ask advice from everyone – my team-mates, coaches and the manager.

“I’ve asked them a lot about the game here, my family has settled in, it’s going well.”

Sakho has scored two goals in 12 appearances for both club and country this season.


Shawn Etemadi



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