Monday, May 21, 2018

Matmour attracting interest; Babalj joins AZ Alkmaar

Eintracht Frankfurt forward Karim Matmour is keeping his summer options open after revealing he has three concrete offers on the table.

Eintracht Frankfurt forward Karim Matmour is keeping his summer options open after revealing he has three concrete offers on the table, Sky Sports understands.

Matmour, whose current contract at the Waldstadion expires at the end of the season, joined Frankfurt from Borussia Mönchengladbach on a one-year deal, with a club option for a two-year extension, in July 2011.

The Algeria international bagged 7 goals in 35 competitive appearances for the 2. Fußball-Bundesliga side last term.

In 2012-13, Matmour has found the back of the net just once and been sent off twice in 21 league matches in Germany’s top flight.

According to reports, English Premier League side Fulham and French Ligue 1 duo Olympique de Marseille and Olympique Lyonnais are interested in the 27-year-old attacker.

“I have three interesting offers at the moment, but I could stay in Germany because Eintracht want me to sign a new contract,” said Matmour.

“I want to go to a club where I could play regularly and score goals for them.”

When asked about the reported interest from Fulham, Matmour added: “Fulham are a good London club and attractive to me, so you never know.

“I do not know if they are interested in me, but we will see in the next few weeks when I make a decision.”

Babalj joins AZ Alkmaar

Melbourne Heart striker Eli Babalj has joined Dutch Eredivisie side AZ Alkmaar on a four-year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee, Sky Sports reports.

Babalj, 21, rejoined Melbourne Heart from Serbian SuperLiga giants Red Star Belgrade in January despite featuring in the UEFA Europa League for Crvena Zvezda.

The 21-year-old is now joining the likes of Jozy Altidore and Adam Maher at the AFAS Stadion in Alkmaar, Holland.

However, Maher may not heading for the exits soon rather than later, with Manchester City being linked with a sensational move for the 19-year-old ace.

Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also reportedly keen on the Holland international, who is currently valued at £15.4 million.

“The expectation is that Maher will leave the club,” admitted AZ boss Gertjan Verbeek.

Maher will wait until the end of the season to make a decision regarding his future, but he has already hinted at a summer move.

“I will just wait until the summer and see which clubs make a move. I will not make a final decision until then,” Maher told

“I know where I want to go. I’m not saying anything has changed. All I’m saying is that I will just wait and see to find out which clubs make an offer.”


Shawn Etemadi



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