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Wesley Hoedt Join Southampton

Southampton signed Netherlands defender Wesley Hoedt from Lazio for a reported £15 million (16.4 million euros, $19 million) on Tuesday. Hoedt agreed a five-year deal with the Premier League club and will arrive at St Mary’s as a potential replacement for his compatriot Virgil van Dijk. Van Dijk is a target for Liverpool and Chelsea, but Saints insists he will not be sold, even though the central defender has still not joined first-team training under new manager Mauricio Pellegrino. Hoedt began his career at AZ Alkmaar in his home country before moving to Lazio in 2015.
The 23-year-old, who made his senior international debut earlier this year, can’t wait to get started in the Premier League. “I’m really happy to be here. I think Southampton is a really big club, so it’s a good next step for me to come here and to play in the Premier League and try to help the best I can,” Hoedt told Saints’ website. Hoedt is Southampton’s third signing since last season after the arrivals of midfielder Mario Lemina and defender Jan Bednarek.
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Liverpool agreed to sell Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona

Barcelona have an agreement in principle to sign Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool for a base fee of €90 million (£81.6m) with bonuses that could bring the deal to €120m (£108.8m), sources close to the Catalan club told ESPN Deportes' Jordi Blanco. A delegation from Barcelona headed up by chief executive Oscar Grau travelled to Liverpool on Monday night to finalise the negotiation. The Brazilian midfielder told Liverpool earlier in the day that he wanted to leave and join Barcelona, sources close to the player have told ESPN Brasil. Liverpool reportedly rejected a an €80m (£72m) offer from Barcelona last month, while manager Jurgen Klopp said last week that the Catalan side can "save their energy" in their pursuit of Coutinho. But ESPN Brasil's sources said the deal was set to go through after the player spoke to Klopp about his desire to leave. The move is Barcelona's first since the club earned €222m by selling Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain this week. The move is being led by Coutinho's agents Kia Joorabchian and Sam Kohansal, who also hope to negotiate a move for Paulinho to join Barca from Guangzhou Evergrande in the coming days.
Earlier, former Liverpool captain and manager Graeme Souness said the Premier League club would struggle to keep hold of Coutinho as it is hard for a player to turn down Barcelona. "I don't think you can [keep him]," Souness told Sky Sports, which reported on Monday that Coutinho wanted to leave Liverpool. "The chance to play for a team that would suit his style of play, I don't think he can say no to it, as hard as that is for Liverpool to accept. "Ultimately if he wants to go he will go, as much as the club won't want him to. He's on a contract but if the big players want to go these days then they get their own way." Fellow former Liverpool captain Jamie Carragher says his old club may be able to hang on to Coutinho for now, but face a battle in keeping him away from Barca further down the line. "I don't think he will go. But he will want to go and wear that shirt," he told Sky Sports. "Who wouldn't want to go? It's Barcelona. "I'm sure whether it's this summer or next summer Philippe Coutinho will want to wear that shirt and go to Barcelona. There's nothing wrong with it. That's football."
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MAN UTD. BATTLE REAL MADRID FOR SUPER CUP

Their Premier League campaign may kick-off on Sunday but Manchester United's season properly begins on Tuesday. The Red Devils face Real Madrid in a glamour tie as they compete for the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje, Macedonia. Jose Mourinho and his Old Trafford stars where seen carried on a shuttle bus from Manchester airport to their actual aircraft on Monday morning. The annual clash between the winners of the Europa League and Champions League pits Jose Mourinho’s men against Zinedine Zidane’s side at the 33,460-capacity Philip II Arena. United new boy Nemanja Matic is in contention for a starting place having impressed in the first half of their 2-1 win over Sampdoria last Wednesday.
Fellow summer signings Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku are also in line to make their competitive debuts. Defensive duo Eric Bailly and Phil Jones are suspended but Mourinho otherwise has no absences to overcome, besides the long-term injured players Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw and Ashley Young. Bailly took to Instagram on Monday inside their plane to post a selfie with Antonio Valencia, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial with the caption: 'Macedonia, here we come!' Upon landing in Skojpe, Mourinho will hold a press conference before taking his squad for training. Speaking after their win over Sampdoria, the Portuguese manager said: 'Pre-season was good. I’m never tired to repeat how well organised it was. 'Everybody played, we tried many different things and didn’t care about the results – we cared about our evolution. On top of it, we had small injuries but not big ones so everybody is ready. 'Now it's the serious stuff with the Super Cup and the first Premier League match.' This is the second time in a few weeks that United and Real will have gone head-to-head with the former triumphing on penalties during their pre-season encounter in America.
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SAD!!! ABOUT 11 SOULS DROWN IN JIGAWA RIVER

The Police Command in Jigawa said no fewer than eleven persons had drowned in various rivers in the state in the last one month. A statement issued by the spokesman of the command, SP Abdu Jinjiri, in Dutse on Tuesday described the number of people drowned within such period as “outrageous”. “The police has decried the outrageous number of people drowned in rivers in the state in the last one month. “No fewer than eleven of such incidents were recorded in some parts of the state. “The Jigawa police command has expressed serious concern over the spate of drowning in the state, as no fewer than eleven of such ugly incidents were recorded in places such as Ringim, Guri, Kiyawa, Dutse, involving children and adults alike within the last one month. “It is the sincere advice of this command that people who are not conversant with swimming should desist from bathing or fishing in any pond or river,” Jinjiri said. He also urged parents and guardians to monitor their children or wards sent on errands so as to reduce the disturbing incidents of drowning to the barest minimum.
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NEYMAR JR BECOME PSG PLAYER

The Ligue 1 giants have more than doubled the previous mark for a transfer set by Paul Pogba and Manchester United as they welcome the Brazilian. Paris Saint-Germain have smashed the world transfer record by completing the €222 million signing of Neymar from Barcelona on a five-year contract. The Brazilian had been continually linked with a move away from Camp Nou over the summer, and had declined to clarify his own future as the PSG rumours grew stronger. And after weeks of denials, mixed messages and reports, he has finally been confirmed as the Ligue 1 club's latest signing on Thursday night. "Paris Saint-Germain are very pleased to announce the arrival of Neymar Jr," the Parisiens said in a statement on their official website "The Brazilian attacker signed a five-year contract in the presence of club and player representatives. Neymar Jr is now tied to the club of the capital until June 30, 2022." Earlier on Thursday, La Liga attempted to derail the deal by refusing to accept the €222m payment from Neymar's lawyer, but his representatives paid direct to Barcelona instead. In the late afternoon Barcelona confirmed they had accepted the bid and a transfer of a player they bought four years ago looked certain. The fee, equivalent to Neymar's buyout clause, shatters the existing record of €105m, set last year by Paul Pogba. PSG's new star went for over double the price paid out by Manchester United for the ex-Juventus midfielder, setting a new precedent in world football. Neymar emerged as a teenage wonderkid at Santos, winning the Copa Libertadores in 2011 before switching Brazil for Catalunya.
After moving to Camp Nou in 2013 the Brazilian hit 105 goals in 186 games for Barca, forming part of the formidable MSN forward line alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. Having gone trophyless in his debut season Neymar celebrated the treble in 2014-15, adding a further Liga and two Copa del Rey trophies in the following two campaigns as well as a host of other team and individual titles.
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Police Arrests Over 40 kidnappers

The Nigeria Police Force said it had arrested 40 suspects in connection with Kidnapping and armed robbery in Rijana area of Kaduna State. The suspects are : Ali Bello, the leader of the gang, Guma Shehu, a vicious and notorious criminal, Daniel Iwobi, Bashir Haruna, Aminu Mohammed,Buba Takuti, Egwuonu Ogiri, Abba Aliyu and Abdullahi Adamu among others. The Force Spokesman, CSP Jimoh Moshood who disclosed this at a news conference on Thursday in Rijana , said some of the suspects had been identified by their victims. He said that items recovered from them include: 10 double barrel guns, two single barrel guns, 30 live cartridges, 10 9mm ammunition and assorted cell phones. Others are: wrist watches, jewelries, two magazines, 10 locally made Sub-Machine Guns, three AK 47 rifles, five laptop computers, three Ipads and one revolver pistol . Moshood said that in the process of arresting the suspects, the police were able to locate their camp and equally rescue some of their victims. “Most of these suspects we are parading today were arrested during the act,” he said. The spokesman said that the suspects belonged to different groups that operated at different locations on the Kaduna- Abuja highway. The spokesman said the suspects have made confessional statements to the police on the various roles each of them played in the commission of the crime along the route. The spokesman said the suspects would be arraigned in court on completion of investigation. He said that the police would continue to build on the current successes to ensure that the last kidnapper was removed from the Kaduna-Abuja highway. He enjoined members of the communities to always avail police with vital information to provide security for them, adding that the operation would be sustained to curtail crime across the country. Moshood said that the Inspector-General of Police, Mr Ibrahim Idris, had commended members of the community for their support. A resident of the community, Mr Labaran Abu, who spoke to newsmen, called for the sustenance of the operation along the Kaduna-Abuja highway. Abu said that the community would have some respite with the coming of the security personnel to the area. He said that members of the community were ready to give police all the necessary information for provision of security. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Force had on July 25 begun ‘Operation Absolute Sanity’ on Abuja-Kaduna Highway. The team include: Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Squad, Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Intelligence Response Team, Special Tactical Squad, Force Intelligence Branch and Police Helicopters. The operations is to complement the on-going Joint Police/Military operations on ground before now. The police had also on July 31 arrested 31 suspects at Katari area along the Kaduna-Abuja road.
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Neymar becomes PSG player soonest as he take medical

Barcelona forward Neymar will have his medical in Doha on Tuesday prior to completing a world record €222 million move to Paris Saint-Germain, Al Watan reports. The attacker has long been associated with the Ligue 1 club, who could complete the deal before their opening match of the season against Amiens on Saturday. The French club Paris Saint-Germain expressed confidence in the completion of the century deal with the transfer of Brazilian star Neymar Dasilva from Barcelona to the French capital starting from the next season 2017/2018. The home country has indicated in the past that the player will arrive Doha during the next few hours to end negotiations with the President of the club Khulaifi, and to conduct medical examinations at the Sports Medicine Hospital of Aspetar orthopedic surgery to be then the official announcement of the deal. "The Neymar deal is going well, I'm sure," he said, referring to the suspension of the deal.
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