Sunday, June 24, 2018

Ghoochannejhad leaves Charlton; Southampton pull off Osvaldo-Taider swap deal


Team Melli World Cup star Reza Ghoochannejhad has left Championship side Charlton Athletic F.C. in favour of joining Kuwait SC on loan.

Ghoochannejhad, 26, put pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal at The Valley in January but informed the Addicks he wanted a move after the World Cup finals.

Charlton manager Bob Peeters said: “It was Reza’s decision to leave. He told us that, after the World Cup, he wanted to go to another country.

“If a player wants to leave then it makes it difficult because their mind is already weak from wanting a transfer – that is why we made the decision to allow Reza to leave.

“Because he has left we may now look to see if we can bring in a replacement and see who is available, but at this moment we are working with the squad we have and I am happy with them.”

Gucci, who became the Addicks’ first ever player to score in a World Cup when netting a consolation goal against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Iran’s final match in the group stage, scored one goal in 17 appearances for Charlton last season.

In other news, Iran international midfielder Ashkan Dejagah has turned down offers from England and Germany to join  Qatari side Al Arabi.

Al Arabi paid £5 million for Dejagah, who had just one year remaining on his contract at Craven Cottage.

“Ashkan had a year left on his contract with Fulham, so the club had the right to choose the best financial offer,” said Dejagah’s agent Reza Fazeli.
“There were some offers from the English Premier League and also some offers from the German Bundesliga, but Fulham rejected the financial bids,” for the release clause, Fazeli told the Mehr News Agency in an interview published on Friday.
“The Al Arabi offer was acceptable for Fulham. Ashkan studied all the offers and finally chose to continue his career in Qatar. I can’t speak about the contract fee, but Ashkan signed a four-year deal with Al Arabi and the fans should respect his choice.”
Southampton pull off Osvaldo-Taider swap deal
Southampton F.C. have completed the loan signing of Saphir Taider from Internazionale Milano, with Dani Osvaldo moving back to Italy.
Taider, who represented Algeria at this summer’s World Cup finals in Brazil, will help replace Adam Lallana at St Mary’s, while Osvaldo will try to provide the Nerazzurri with another viable strike option along with Mauro Icardi and Rodrigo Palacio.
“It’s part of our philosophy to bring in talented young players who like to learn and develop themselves, and that’s true of Saphir,” Koeman said.

“First of all, he is a talented football player. He’s 22 and has already played for Algeria at the World Cup.

“I’ve spoken to him about the positions he can play in. He can play as a controlled midfielder but he can also move up around the box and up front, which is a good thing for a coach.

“It was a good meeting because he showed me real ambition and he brings competition to the squad.”

Can Southampton finish in the top-half of the English Premier League table next term?


Shawn Etemadi



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