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COLE TO UNITED, SIGN OSIMHEN

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Andy Cole has outlined Victor Osimhen as the striker Manchester United should look to sign in the wake of Wout Weghorst’s arrival at the club during the January transfer window, PUNCH Sports Extra reports.

Weghorst has joined the Red Devils on loan for the rest of the season from Burnley, with Erik ten Hag having been keen to boost his attacking options. But United will likely be back in the market for at least one forward in the summer window.

And Cole, who won five Premier League titles during six years at Old Trafford, believes he knows the perfect man to fill that role is Osimhen, who has scored 12 goals to fire Napoli to the top of the Serie A table.

He believes the Nigerian could be the perfect long-term option up-front for the Red Devils, having been left shocked by the decision to bring in Weghorst to fill in until the end of the campaign.

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“I think like everybody else, I was a bit surprised. He had a very good World Cup, scoring a couple of goals against Argentina, and he’s done well at Besiktas, but it’s come from nowhere,” Cole told Betway.

“I think the interesting thing is what the manager is looking for because Weghorst is 6’6”, which is different to the usual profile of United strikers. If you think back to Ruud van Nistelrooy, myself, we were off-the-shoulder strikers.

“(Anthony) Martial has been the same more recently. It’s interesting that they’ve brought in somebody like this now because I’d thought he’d want a different profile in the summer. You want to be getting crosses into Weghorst, rather than getting him away in behind.

“I think Victor Osimhen at Napoli is very good and could be the long-term natural fit. The question is whether Napoli would be prepared to let him go. He’s rangy, got a good first touch, scores goals and is a decent size as well. I watched him play against Liverpool and he was more than prepared to link the play and then run in behind.”

So far this season, Osimhen is enjoying his best run for Napoli since joining for a record fee in 2020 and there could be more to come for the player before the end of the season.

Osimhen has netted 13 goals in 18 appearances for Napoli this season.

In his third season with the Italian club, a further look at the stats from previous season shows that the player has dwarfed his numbers from the two previous seasons, and could be on his way to setting a remarkable club record at this rate.

In just 14 Serie A appearances this season, Osimhen has scored 12 goals, surpassing the total number of goals he scored in the league in his first season, (10 goals in 24 appearances), while he is two goals shy off the total number of league goals he scored last season (14 goals in 27 appearances).

Having just played about half the number of games he played in each of the previous seasons, Osimhen’s tally could well be doubled with his current 1.3 goals per game rate.

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FRENCH FOOTBALLER GETS 30-YEAR BAN FOR PUNCHING REFEREE

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An amateur footballer in France, described as a “fanatic”, was on Friday banned from playing for 30 years for punching a referee.

“The penalty is appropriate. These fanatics must not be able to set foot on a football pitch again. They have no place there,” said Benoit Laine, president of the Loiret football district in central France.

The 25-year-old player, who was not named by officials, was angry at being sent off while featuring for Entente Sportive Gatinaise in a local cup game on January 8.Related News

He punched the referee so hard that the official was signed off work for two days.

The team was also kicked out of the tournament for the next two seasons.

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REASON ARSENAL ARE WINNING – GUARDIOLA

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Premier League leaders Arsenal are benefitting from the patience showed to Mikel Arteta in his early years in charge of the Gunners.

Arteta worked as Guardiola’s assistant at City for three-and-a-half years before taking his first senior managerial role at the Emirates in 2019.

The Spaniard had immediate success in winning the 2020 FA Cup, but failed to break into the Premier League’s top four in any of his first three seasons.

Now Arsenal are well on course to end a 19-year wait to win a league title as they lead City by five points and have a game in hand on Guardiola’s men.

The two sides face off for the first of three meetings in the coming months in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday.

“I had the feeling. We knew it when he was here,” said Guardiola on Arteta’s coaching ability.

“The biggest compliment for Arsenal as well is for backing him in the bad moments and trusting him, and keeping him and relying on him.

“At the end, you need time, you need investment and the results are there. It is a challenge for us to challenge them.”

During Guardiola’s reign in Manchester, City dominated English football, winning four Premier League titles among nine major trophies.

But he has tried to light a fire under his players in recent weeks to revive the hunger that has brought so much success.

Guardiola has even used Arsenal’s desire during the first half of the season as an example for his side to match.

“A team with 50 points in one leg (half of the season) is the best. We have to prove how far away or how close we are,” added Guardiola on Friday’s cup clash.

“I encourage them to look themselves. When they are not happy for many reasons, the only way is to perform better.

“Think in the past is the past. What happened in the past is the past. We get the salary for what we will do in the future. Extend the contract, what we’re going to do in the future. The past is done.”

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UZOHO RATED NIGERIA’S BEST KEEPER IN EUROPE

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Super Eagles goalkeeper, Francis Uzoho, is currently Nigeria’s best shot-stopper in Europe this season, according to statistics website Tranfermarkt.

The Nigerian has kept more clean sheets than any of his compatriots in Europe this season.

The in-form Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper has kept eight clean sheets in 15 games, conceding 14 goals so far this term – the best return so far among the top Nigerian goalkeepers in Europe.

The 24-year-old’s contract with Omonia ends at the end of this season, with the player open to a potential exit amid reports Ligue 1 club Stade Reims interested in his services.

Hapoel Jerusalem goalkeeper Adebayo Adeleye is the second-rated Nigerian keeper in Europe after keeping six clean sheets in 15 games this season, conceding 16 goals, while Sebastien Osigwe is third in the ranking, having kept two clean sheets from three games so far this term for Lugano.

Maduka Okoye is ranked fourth as he is yet to keep a clean sheet for Watford after two games this term.

Okoye has fallen out of favour for both club and country. For the Eagles, he is behind Uzoho in the pecking order and in Watford, the 23-year-old has struggled for minutes finding the more experienced Austria international Daniel Bachmann more favoured by the Hornets backroom.

Okoye, who is open to a move away from Vicarage Road, has also been linked with a return to the Dutch Eredivisie.

“We’ll see what happens. My contract runs until 2027, so anything is possible. Maybe I will be rented out, or not, I don’t know yet,” Okoye told Voetbal Primeur.

“The Eredivisie? Yes, that sounds like something to me. The clubs in the Netherlands know me well from Sparta and know what they can do with me. We’ll see. For now, I’m just focusing completely on Watford and the games we’re going to play.”

Meanwhile, Eagles goalkeeper trainer, Ike Shorunmu, is pleased with the form of the goalies in Europe and has urged them not to take their foot off the burner.

“The goalkeepers are doing well and I can only say that this form will make competition for places in the Eagles more competitive when they stay in form. The AFCON qualifiers are around the corner and I hope they maintain this form,” Shorunmu said.

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