BREAKING: FG Provides Emergency Numbers For “Distressed” Nigerians In Libya

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The Federal Government on Sunday provided emergency numbers and email addresses for distressed Nigerians in Libya who may wish to contact the nation’s mission in Tripoli for assistance.

This was announced in a statement issued earlier today by the spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Tope Elias-Fatile, in Abuja.

African Slavery And The Constant Death Of Nigerians On The Mediterranean Sea

In the statement, Elias-Fatile said that the numbers are available 24 hours to render assistance to any Nigerian in need.

The numbers are, +218910144487, +218925099384 and +218917953365.

The email addresses for contacting the Embassy or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Abuja are: nigeria@nigeriantripoli.org and help@foreignaffairs.gov.ng.

Video Of Migrants Sold In Apparent Slave Auction In Libya Provokes Global Outrage

On Thursday, another batch of 150 Nigerians returned to the country from the crisis-ridden Libya after they had undergone severe torture in the North African country.

360nobs had earlier reported that 242 Nigerian migrants – who were stranded in Libya – landed at Lagos airport on a Libyan airline flight at around 9pm local time on Tuesday. 

The migrants were given a stipend for transportation and taken to a hotel to spend the night before heading to their homes.

It was gathered that most of the returnees had planned to use Libya as a channel to cross to Europe through the Mediterranean Sea, but were caught in the web of crisis and could not go further with their plans.

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Terrorists Planning To Bomb Abuja – US, UK Warn Its Citizens In Nigeria

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The governments of the United Kingdom and the United States have warned their citizens of terrorist groups’ threat to carry out bomb attacks in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, during the Yuletide.

In a travel advisory to its citizens, the UK government listed worship places, malls and markets amongst other places that should be avoided.

The advisory read: “The risk of terrorist attack increases around religious festivals, so will be elevated in the run up to and throughout the Christmas and New Year holiday period.”

“Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and attacks in the Federal Capital Territory (Abuja) area during this period.

“You should avoid places where crowds gather, including religious gatherings and places of worship, markets, shopping malls, hotels, bars, restaurants, transport hubs and camps for displaced people.”

In the same vein, the US embassy in Nigeria has asked its citizens to be security conscious and “remain aware of your surroundings”.

It read: “The US Mission urges all US citizens to exercise caution in and around shopping centers, malls, markets, hotels, places of worship, restaurants, bars, and other places where crowds gather in and around the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), from now through the Christmas and New Year’s holiday season.

“Terrorist groups have threatened to conduct bombings and attacks in this area during this period.” “The US Mission remains concerned about potential attacks in the states of Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa and Yobe.  Travellers are urged to avoid those states through the end of the year.

“Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates. Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.”

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Nigeria Appoints Dr Abdul Zubair As Acting D-G Of SEC

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The Federal Government on Sunday announced the appointment of Dr Abdul Zubair as acting Director-General, Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Mrs Efe Ebelo of the commission’s Corporate Communications Unit, said in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the appointment was with immediate effect.

Ebelo stated that the appointment followed the suspension of Mr Munir Gwarzo, the commission’s boss.

She assured the investing public and stakeholders, both local and international, of the commission’s commitment to ensuring uninterrupted and orderly operation of the market and regulation.

Until his appointment, Zubair was the Director in charge of External Relations in the commission.

Ebelo stated that the SEC would continue to ensure the stability of the Nigerian capital market and sustain the all-time high level of investors’ confidence.

She added that recent developments in the commission would not be allowed to disrupt its regulatory effectiveness and efficiency as statutory regulator of the capital market.

She assured that the market would run smoothly despite the development.

Ebelo said the commission patiently awaited the outcome of the assignment of the Administrative Panel of Inquiry set up by the Minister of Finance to investigate the allegations against the former boss.

She said that at no point would the management allow the operational independence of the commission to be compromised.

“This is strictly in line with the objectives and principles of securities regulations as set out by the International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), to which Nigeria is a signatory,’’ she said.

Ebelo said that the commission would continue to be faithful to its developmental mandates as enunciated in the Investments and Securities Act (ISA).

She added that SEC would ensure market efficiency, accountability and transparency and would proceed with all regulatory matters currently before it with.

She said the commission would do that with all sense of objectivity and fairness and with the best interest of investors.

She added: “in this regard the commission will make public its decisions on matters before it as promptly as such decisions are being arrived at.

“The role of the capital market in economic stability and growth cannot be over-emphasised, hence the commission will not at any time permit the abandonment of its regulatory and developmental responsibilities.’’

It will be recalled that Mrs Kemi Adeosun, the Minister of Finance on Nov. 29 suspended Gwarzo over allegations of financial impropriety.

Adeosun immediately set up an administrative panel of inquiry to investigate the allegations.

She said that the suspension of Gwarzo was to allow for an unhindered investigation of several allegations of financial impropriety leveled against him.

She also suspended two other senior staff of the commission: Abdulsalam Naif Habu, Head of Media Division; and Anastasia Omozele Braimoh, Head of Legal Department.

The acting director-general is an alumnus of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, where he received B.Sc. Economics, MBA, M.Sc. and PhD Business Administration degrees.

He also holds a PGD (Mathematics & Computer Science) and a PGD (Education) from other universities.

He has over 25-year cognate experience in the financial industry and the academia.

NAN

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Atiku Joins PDP – “I Will Defeat Buhari In 2019”

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Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has announced his defection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Buhari Dismisses Atiku’s U.S Ban Claim

The former VP, who recently resigned as a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC), said in a live video broadcast on Facebook, on Sunday, that he is rejoining the PDP.

His Facebook post reads: “Hello, my name is Atiku Abubakar. I am speaking to you today on Facebook Live as I want to reach as many of our young people as possible as I have an important announcement to make about the future of Nigeria.

“As it is you, our youths, who represent the future of our nation. I have found in my travels across the country that whenever I get into conversationswith young people their number one concern is whether they will be able to get a job for without a job they have no means of sustaining themselves or begin a family.

“And without the security of a job we cannot have security in our country. So without jobs there is no future for you or for Nigeria. And I also know as a parent that the older generation is also concerned about jobs for their children and, too often today, for themselves as well.

“Creating jobs is something I know about as I have created over 50,000 direct jobs and 250,000 indirectjobs in my own State of Adamawa. And I also know how the Government can help create the right environment for businesses to create jobs. When I was Vice President in 1999 I was responsible for liberalising the telecomms sector which enabled us to increase the number of people who could access a phone from less than 1 million then to over 100 million today.

“This transformation resulted in the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs from the top-up card vendors you see on every street corner to the many new businesses that fed off the mobile phone revolution. Some of you may know that I was elected Vice President under the banner of the PDP, which is the political party I had helped to found some ten years before.

“And some of you may also know that I left the PDP four years ago when I believed it was no longer aligned to the principles of equity, democracy and social justice upon which we had founded it.

“I joined the APC as I had hoped it would be the new force that would help improve life for our people and I was excited about the party’s manifesto to create 3 million new jobs a year. The result has not been the change people had been promised or voted for, as in the last two years almost 3 million Nigerians have lost their jobs.

“And today with a record 25% of people aged 18-25 unemployed I can see how difficult it is for our youths to find a job. The key to creating jobs is a strong economy and that is what we are currently lacking.

“So today I want to let you know that I am returning home to the PDP as the issues that led me to leave it have now been resolved and it is clear that the APC has let the Nigerian people, and especially our young people, down.”

Atiku was quoted to have earlier said he is sure of defeating President Muhammadu Buhari “this time”, in reference to the 2019 presidential election.

The former VP was quoted as saying this in an interview with Dele Momodu on The Boss newspaper.

He said: “I will definitely beat him this time. He has wasted a lot of his massive goodwill. A lot of people are disgruntled but they are keeping quiet and lying low. Our youths are suffering terribly. They are even now being sold into slavery.

“Everyone knows my track record of inviting and attracting a good team and giving them the opportunity to work professionally. Nigerians are tired of leaders who cannot think big and work big.”

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#EndSARS: Police Reacts To Complaints As Nigerians Say ‘Enough Is Enough’

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The Nigeria Police Force has reacted to widespread complaints about abuses by officers of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) as the hashtag #EndSARS trends on social media.

This is coming after thousands of Nigerians have taken to social media to share their tales of woe and unsavoury experiences with SARS officers, with some calling the police department “a cluster of criminals in uniform.”

#EndSARS Campaign: Simi, Adekunle Gold, Reekado Banks Share Bitter Stories Of Their Encounter With SARS

Allegations of extra-judicial killings, torture, wanton arrests for bribes and other menacing conducts flooded social media since Saturday, with citizens taking their rage to the Internet and demanding action.

Reacting to this, the Nigeria Police Force Assistant PRO Annex, Aliyu Giwa, wrote on Twitter:

“Fam I know it so disheartening seeing some officers acting uncivilised and unruly. I sympathise with Nigerians who must have found themselves in such situations and believe me the authority is not happy about it! “Trust me the authority have (sic) taken actions on this issue.”

Also, the PCRRU, on Saturday, December 2, using the official Twitter handle, asked Nigerians to feels free to voice there complains about the operations of SARS.

“Do you have any complaints about your contact with SARS? You don’t need to know their names, all we need you to provide are details of the occurrence (action/act) with DATE, TIME & PLACE. Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) #BailisFree #NoToImpunity. Please share this message.” the tweet read.

The channels listed on the poster are, 08057000001 and 08057000001 for calls; 08057000003 for SMS and WhatsApp messages; 2BA2B5DE for BlackBerry messages with the assurance that all complains will be treated swiftly.

Meanwhile, scores of Nigerians have narrated their ordeals after encountering SARS personnel in different parts of the country.

Hear what Nigerians are saying below:

Using the hashtag #EndSARS, Nigerians have been calling on the federal government to scrap the police unit.

petition on scrapping SARS has been addressed to the national assembly.

It is understood that the petition has been signed by 10,195 people at the time of this report.

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The Libyan Slave Route And The Greed Factor

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The Libyan Slave Route And The Greed Factor, By Kayode Ogundamisi

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I just glanced through a list of over 2380 Nigerians who have returned from the notorious Libyan slave camps on failed and suicidal trips to Europe. Not ONE name from areas affected by the deadly Nigerian Boko Haram war was on the list. All the names there are from the fairly stable Southern Nigeria. Is the South also undergoing insurgency? Aside the general state of insecurity, and the economic crisis that is also applicable to most countries, do we really have a full-blown war in Southern Nigeria? Are people ducking from bombs and mass refugee camps?

This piece was written by Kayode Ogundamisi. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

Even if we had war in Southern Nigeria, would it not make sense to see long lines of refugees heading towards the Seme Border in Ogun State or the border between Cross River and Cameroon or in the direction of any other bordering countries in the South? No, our compatriots head North, cross to Niger and then to Libya on the deadly journey to Europe.

African Slavery And The Constant Death Of Nigerians On The Mediterranean Sea

Our young girls now account for the largest number of prostitutes in Europe; our drug dealing compatriots now account for the greater number of undesirables on European streets; not once will you meet a Nigerian victim of Boko Haram crisis seeking international escape, but just that migrant who desires a ‘better life’. Yet, there is nothing wrong in that but for choosing a deadly route and expecting applause when it goes wrong.

One would have expected those facing the Boko Haram war in the Northern part of Nigeria to be the first to face North Africa, considering that they are also closer to Niger and the slave trade route, but no they have remained in IDP camps or only relocated to safe areas within Nigeria and Africa, in the hope that things will get better soon. They are now our ‘mai guards’ in Lagos, you find them pushing wheel barrows in Aba, working on farms in Ikare and doing all that it takes to survive.

As we cry against the Libyans, can we also call out GREED disguised as DESPERATION, the very factor influencing most of the travelers? We can all try being politically correct but we have to go into our Southern Nigerian communities and find out what is really happening there; who are the criminal gangs selling greed to our vulnerable citizens?

Video Of Migrants Sold In Apparent Slave Auction In Libya Provokes Global Outrage

It is natural for humans to seek opportunities but if you chose to pay thousands of dollars so you can have more than the basic needs of life, live in affluence or build mansions, the price you will ultimately pay could be disastrous.

It is understandable when refugees from war torn areas such as Syria, Iraq, South Sudan and even Boko Haram crisis infected areas, choose the Saharan route over gun and bomb blasts at home, but for an economic migrant to invest millions of naira into a journey of no return? It surely speaks volumes, and I shuddered in disbelief as one of the victims with a Yoruba sounding name on CNN claimed he would rather die than return to his home town in Ogun State. I try to imagine what could be going on in Ogun State that would inspire such desperation.

I acknowledge that Nigeria is not an outstanding place to be in, and a number of us migrated years back as a matter of choice, but that choice does not include subjecting oursleves to indignity in a slave camp. As I write this piece, another set of Nigerians are probably on their way to the land of no return; they may have watched the CNN expose but still decide to ignore the danger, as the only image they see is that of a neighbour who left a few years back who is now ‘doing well’ in Europe. They will never see the drowning families, the young girls raped to death, the viral video of the Edo lady made to swallow the urine of her Libyan slave master, the young Nigerian girls buried in Italy, abandoned by their own government, etc. The new set of victims are propelled by the Nigerian lingo that “it is not my portion”, and it is only when death comes staring at them during the journey that they know danger does not understand Nigerian lingos or our religious mumbo jumbo.

You have nothing but yourself to blame. Return back home, borrow yourself some brain, as there are better legitimate means of migration, and invest those millions on a small scale business. Otherwise, you will die hard trying to migrate to Europe. The choice is yours. Nigeria is facing multiple challenges, don’t add your own self-inflicted choices to it.

Kayode Ogundamisi, a public affairs analyst, writes from the U.K.

This piece was written by Kayode Ogundamisi. The views and opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of 360Nobs.com.

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Burna Boy Will Honour Police Invite When He Returns To The Country – Management

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There is still no end in sight in the case of robbery and assault involving controversial reggae-dancehall singer, Damini Ogulu, better known as ‘Burna Boy’, and Grafton Records music act, Abiye David Jumbo, aka ‘Mr. 2Kay.

After being declared wanted by the Police for masterminding robbery attack and physical assault on his fellow musician, Mr. 2Kay, in his room at Eko Hotel and Suites on October 22nd, Burna Boy has failed to turn himself in for questioning

Contrary to suspicions making the rounds that Burna Boy has intentionally refused to honour the invitation because he is guilty of the allegations levelled against him, Showtime’s investigation revealed that his absence has been as a result of his international engagement, but will return to Nigeria in December to honour police invitation.

According to a close source to Burna Boy’s management;

“Burna Boy is not in the country at the moment, but he’ll definitely be back in December because he has a show in Botswana on the 2nd of December, so he should be around after that date to honour the invitation.”

Meanwhile, Mr. 2Kay’s management has pleaded with his fans and the general public to allow the police continue their investigation because the case is a criminal one and they are confident of the police’s competency to make sure culprits of the incidents are brought to book.

The management further disclosed that taking legal actions is dependent on the outcome of the talks between their lawyers and Eko Hotel, assuring that the public would be informed as the matter unfolds.

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Eddie Howe Unhappy With Referee Over Penalty Call Vs Southampton

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Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has hit out at referee Jonathan Moss for denying his side a penalty in their 1-1 draw with Southampton on Sunday.

Just after the half-hour mark of the Premier League encounter at the Vitality Stadium, Adam Smith went down in the Saints box under pressure from Sofiane Boufal.

Instead of awarding a spot kick to the Cherries, Moss instead booked Smith for simulation as the two sides went on to score a goal apiece in the encounter.

“It was a clear penalty. I felt it at the time,” Howe told BBC Sport. “I could not believe what the referee did and to see it again makes you feel even worse, it’s one of the most stonewall penalties you will see all season.

“We also lose (Smith) to suspension, so it’s a huge blow. All he (the ref) can do is look at it and learn from it. I can’t ask for more than that. Everyone wants to see diving taken out of the game but maybe he was looking for it where it hadn’t happened.

“It was much better from us today. Today we were good, Southampton were good too, there was no thought about settling for a point from either side. But we were disappointed, having taken the lead, not to hold on.”

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Daily Roundup: Latest Football News Content Across Europe

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Italy

Barcelona are the latest club to show interest in Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly. The Senegal international has been subject to strong Chelsea transfer rumours in the past but has also been linked with Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool. Napoli would demand at least €60m (£52.9m) for Koulibaly. (Il Mattino)

Chinese Super League side Jiangsu Suning are unhappy with Ramires’ upcoming loan move to Inter Milan. The Brazilian will join the Nerazzurri in January until the end of the season but Jiangsu, who are also owned by Inter chief Zhang Jindong, would prefer he leave permanently instead of being forced into a loan deal. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Inter are eyeing up a January move for Real Madrid defender Jesus Vallejo. The Spaniard is expected to leave Los Blancos after making just three appearances this season. (Calciomercato)

Fiorentina are considering a January move for Chelsea full-back Baba Rahman. The 23-year-old hasn’t featured for the Blues this season as he recovers from a knee injury and could be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge on loan to aid his recovery. (La Nazione)

Giuseppe Rossi will undergo several medical tests at Genoa in the coming days before an expected move to the Serie A club. The Italian, who has suffered four cruciate knee injuries during his career, has been without a club following his release from Celta Vigo in the summer. (Tuttosport)

Former Juventus left-back Paolo De Ceglie will undergo a trial with relegation-bound Serie A side Benevento. The club have lost all 14 league games this season and have only scored six goals. However, they will assess De Ceglie this week and may consider offering him a contract. (Sportitalia)

Spain

Out-of-favour Barcelona star Arda Turan has fuelled speculation about a January switch to the Premier League after being pictured in London. The Arsenal transfer target hasn’t featured for the Catalans this season and is expected to leave permanently when the window opens. (Marca)

Brazilian midfielder Arthur says he won’t leave Gremio “through the back door” after he was pictured wearing a Barcelona shirt. The 21-year-old has also been scouted by Real Madrid and could make a switch to La Liga in January (Marca)

Juventus will attempt to sign Everton transfer target Steven N’Zonzi in January amid reports he is ready to quit Sevilla. Several clubs were interested in the 28-year-old this summer but the La Liga side’s €40m (£35.3m) asking price put many off. However, the Frenchman reportedly missed Sevilla’s win over Villarreal due to disciplinary reasons and Los Rojiblancos will consider cashing in. (Marca)

Javier Mascherano has told Barcelona he will leave the club at the end of the season, but could even decide to quit the Camp Nou in January. The Argentine has struggled for first-team football this term and wants to ensure he is fit for the World Cup next summer (Mundo Deportivo)

Germany

Schalke are ready to make Leon Goretzka the best-paid player in the club’s history as they try to avoid losing the midfielder on a free next summer. The Germany international is being chased by a number of clubs – including Barcelona, Manchester United and Manchester City – but Schalke will offer Goretzka a deal worth £206,000-a-week in the hope it will keep him at the Veltins-Arena, or at least ensure they receive a fee when he departs. (Bild)

Ralph Hasenhuttl has distanced himself from reports that he could become manager of Bayern Munich next season. Jupp Heynckes stepped in to take charge of the German giants after Carlo Ancelotti’s sacking but he only has a contract until the end of the season.It allows Bayern time to carefully choose their next full-time manager and RB Leipzig boss Hasenhuttl is reportedly under consideration. However, he says he is not thinking about a switch to the Allianz Arena. “I cannot be a candidate for Bayern Munich,” Hasenhüttl said in an interview. (Sport Bild)

France

Tottenham Hotspur and Valencia are the latest clubs to show interest in out-of-favour PSG winger Lucas Moura. The Brazilian has struggled for game time following the arrivals of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar and could be allowed to leave on loan in January to boost his World Cup hopes (Le Parisien)

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Perez: Ballon d’Or Will Be Won By Ronaldo

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Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez has stated matter of factly that Cristiano Ronaldo will win the Ballon d’Or.

The Portuguese star has already won his second FIFA Best Men award and is the favourite for the Golden Ball.

However, reports have it that Messi will win the prestigious award, after pictures showing him with the award on the front cover of the magazine circulated.

Another wave of reports suggest that Ronaldo has been informed he will win the award and has been congratulated by Messi.

And Perez appears to have no doubt the 32-year-old will be successful when the outcome of the vote is announced.

“Ronaldo is one of our great symbols,” he told an assembly of Madrid members. “He is the leading goalscorer in our history. A few days ago, he won his second ‘The Best’ and this week he is going to win his fifth Ballon d’Or.”

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#EndSARS Campaign: Simi, Adekunle Gold, Reekado Banks Share Bitter Stories Of Their Encounter With SARS

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Nigerian young and successful singers, Simi, Adekunle Gold and Reekado Banks have joined the viral social media campaign against eradication of Special Anti Robbery Sqaud in Nigeria.

#EndSARS campaign is a movement geared by young Nigerian youths who have encountered brutalization from the officials of SARS operatives overtime.

While narrating his brutal experience in the hands of drunk police officers, Adekunle Gold said, SARS operatives are used to going through people’s phone in search for international calls in their call history. He further opined that such practice has to stop.

In the same vein, Simi also narrated her ordeal with SARS operatives while in company of friends some weeks ago. According to her, the group of policemen pointed gun at them for laughing and not getting frightened up by their presence.


In his own words, Reekado Banks stated the importance of getting SARS operatives checked.

See his tweet below;

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Tottenham Willing To Sell Danny Rose For £45M

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Tottenham are apparently prepared to sell Danny Rose to Manchester United in January for £45m.

The Daily Star say Mauricio Pochettino only wants players who are totally committed to the club and will sanction the sale of Rose, who criticised the club’s transfer policy in the summer.

It is reported that Tottenham are assessing other left-backs.

Ashley Young has thrived in the left-back position for United this season, but it is understood that head coach Jose Mourinho wants a specialist player in that area of the field, and Rose’s possible arrival would surely end Luke Shaw’s Old Trafford career.

Rose, who has only made two Premier League appearances this season, is contracted to Tottenham until June 2021.

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We Dug Deep Against Arsenal – Jesse Lingard

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Jesse Lingard has hailed “a great win” after Manchester United claimed a 3-1 win over top-four rivals Arsenal at the Emirates

Antonio Valencia had Jose Mourinho’s visitors in front with less than five minutes on the clock, Lingard then adding his first of the match just seven minutes later.

Alexandre Lacazette put the Gunners back in it early in the second half before Lingard restored his side’s two-goal advantage just after the hour mark.

United found themselves down to 10 men when Paul Pogba saw red for a studs-up challenge on Hector Bellerin, but the Red Devils held firm in the closing stages to see out the win and move five points behind league leaders Manchester City.

“It was a great win,” Lingard told Match of the Day. “I thought the lads dug deep, especially in the first half when we were under pressure. In the second half we had to regroup and reorganise.

“David de Gea kept us in it and he’s one of the best keepers in world. It’s great to have stable person behind us to keep that play up.”

On Pogba’s dismissal, which will see him miss the derby with their city rivals next weekend, he added: “It’s a blow but the team have the players to adapt to that. Everyone’s got to work hard to get in the starting XI.”

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Sam Allardyce Suggests Ross Barkley Has Already Agreed To Everton Exit

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Sam Allardyce says he wants to keep Ross Barkley, but a deal for the England midfielder to leave Everton may already have been agreed.

Ross Barkley, whose contract expires at the end of the season, almost left the club for Chelsea in the summer but he u-turned on the move despite the clubs agreeing a £35m fee.

And, speaking after his first win yesterday, Allardyce said: “I’d like to think we can keep Barkley, unless somebody’s already done a deal for him.

“I am not daft enough to know in this game that those words and phone calls might not have already gone on. If we could get Ross Barkley to stay then nobody would be more delighted than me. Whether that is a possibility I do not know.”

For me it’s about getting him back in the squad first and seeing where we are from there.”

Everton have previously offered Barkley a new contract to stay at the club, but it was widely reported he did not want to recommit.

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Real Madrid Interested In Mohamed Salah, Says Egypt Manager Hector Cuper

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Egypt manager Hector Cuper claims Real Madrid are interested in signing Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah.

Hector Cuper told Egyptian station ON Sport TV: “It has been confirmed to me that Real Madrid are interested in signing Salah.

“But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. For me, Salah is going through an unbelievable moment right now.”

Mohamed Salah, 25, joined Liverpool from Roma in the summer for £34million.

Despite impressing in Serie A, there were several question marks over his adaptability given he failed to make the grade at Chelsea three seasons previous.

But he has become Jurgen Klopp’s focal point.

Salah will link up with Cuper at the World Cup, where Egypt have been drawn in Group A to face hosts Russia, Saudi Arabia and Uruguay.

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Manchester United Confirm Signing Of France Teenager Aliou Traore

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Manchester United have signed former Paris Saint-Germain youngster Aliou Traore.

Traore joined the squad on the pre-season training camp in Austria and made his debut on Saturday in the Under-18 Premier League Cup.

Troare lasted 53 minutes and was replaced by D’Mani Mellor, who got United back in the game, netting to make the score 3-1.

“Aliou Traore is a boy we’ve been looking at for a while,” United U18s coach Kieran McKenna told MUTV recently. “He is a really powerful midfielder who likes to run box to box. He is very strong technically and is improving all the time.

“He’s a nice man and his English is improving. He’s settling in well with the boys and has taken to the club really well.

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Isco: Madrid Are As Strong As Last Season

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Real Madrid attacking midfielder, Isco insists the squad is not weaker than it was last season and believes they are still as strong.

Madrid continued their poor title defence against Athletic Bilbao, failing to capitalise on Barcelona dropping points earlier in the day.

Ronaldo and Toni Kroos were wasteful in the goalless draw at San Mames, with Ramos getting another red card.

Ronaldo had previously suggested Madrid are not as strong in 2017-18 following the departures of Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez, however, attacker Isco did not buy into the argument post-match.

“It’s taking advantage a bit, when the results aren’t coming, to say that the squad is weaker,” he said.

“Our squad is just as competitive as last year, and we haven’t had all of the squad available yet because of injuries and that’s important.”

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Football Papers: All The Latest Football News And Transfer Gossips This Morning

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  • Manchester United are ready to shelve their Gareth Bale transfer plans unless Real Madrid halve their valuation.
  • Tottenham have put a £50m January price tag on Manchester United target Danny Rose.
  • Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City target Leon Goretzka has been offered a record-breaking new Schalke deal worth more than £150,000 a week.
  • Manchester United’s Paul Pogba has escaped FA punishment for wishing injury on his Manchester City rivals.
  • Everton boss Sam Allardyce is eyeing the January signings of Steven N’Zonzi and Troy Deeney.
  • Manchester City are ready to refuse all loan offers for young star Phil Foden in January.
  • Rangers look set to be frustrated in their move to sign Scott McTominay on loan with Jose Mourinho saying the midfielder has a role to play at Old Trafford.
  • Tottenham have more than doubled the projected cost of their new stadium to £1bn.
  • Joe Hart’s England spot is under threat at struggling West Ham, admits David Moyes.
  • Everton boss Sam Allardyce has made signing a striker in January ‘a priority’.
  • Stockholm is set to beat off competition from Cardiff to replace Brussels on the list of host cities for Euro 2020.
  • The FA are hiding their own fair-play table to protect clubs who performed badly from negative publicity – Burnley announced last week that they had won a £20,000 prize for the best record.
  • Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hopes to make Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang his next marquee signing.
  • Manchester City have not given up hope of signing West Brom defender Jonny Evans.
  • Raheem Sterling is set to earn a new £300,000-per-week deal at Manchester City, while the club is also keen to offer Fabian Delph fresh terms.
  • Chelsea will let Thibaut Courtois leave for free in 2019 than sell to Real Madrid for a big fee next year.
  • Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson wants to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp.
  • Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua are set to offer Aleksandar Mitrovic an escape from Newcastle.
  • Chelsea Ladies star Eniola Aluko was rushed to hospital after colliding with an advertising board against Yeovil.
  • Manchester United’s hopes of signing Gareth Bale have been dashed, with Real Madrid needing him to save their season.
  • Everton are keen on young Manchester City striker Lukas Nmecha.
  • Derby striker Chris Martin is at the top of Wolves’ January list of transfer targets.
  • Manchester United are unhappy with the amount of playing time defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah is receiving on loan at Crystal Palace.
  • Henrikh Mkhitaryan would be welcome back at Borussia Dortmund if he fails to establish himself at Manchester United.
  • Manchester City have disciplinary concerns over Vincent Kompany, Leroy Sane and Fernandinho ahead of the clash with West Ham – all three are one booking short of a ban which would rule them out of next weekend’s derby.
  • Toby Alderweireld says there is no date set for his return from injury because he is at risk of a relapse.
  • Rangers will step up their bid to prise boss Derek McInnes away from Aberdeen this week.

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Dalic: Nigeria Is An Unknown Threat

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Croatia’s head coach, Zlatko Dalic has revealed that the Super Eagles of Nigeria, are an unknown, and will approach them with caution.

The Fiery Ones are making the trip to the World Cup for the fourth time and have been drawn in Group D, alongside Argentina, Nigeria and Iceland.

Dalic’s men will face Gernot Rohr’s men, three-time African champions, for the first time on June 16 and he will approach the match with caution.

“The Nigerians are an unknown team and we have to study them well,” Dalic told Croatian Football website.

“They are the first in their qualifying group without defeat, they are young, with the German leader at the helm. We have time to prepare everything, including the choice of camp.

“We are starting with the analysis to be ready for the World Cup, and the most important thing is for our players to be healthy and true, and we will be looking for friendly rivals outside Europe, from Africa, because we all know most about Europeans. Argentina, but our strategy has to come down to strong rivals and strong matches.”

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Pastore Slams PSG’s Focus After Strasbourg Loss

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Javier Pastore is unforgiving of his evaluation of Paris Saint-Germain, after their shock 2-1 loss to Strasbourg.

The loss to lowly Strasbourg is PSG’s first loss in all competitions, with Nuno and Bahoken scoring on either side of Mbappe’s equaliser.

PSG held 73 percent of possession and 29 chances, but could do little to win and Pastore believes it should serve as a wake up call.

“Strasbourg had two chances,” said the midfielder. “We weren’t at 100 per cent from the start. We tried but we weren’t able to score the second goal.

“It’s no accident; it’s because they were very good. They had a very good defence.

“The goal is to finish first at the end of the campaign. We’ve taken a knock that will help us for the future.

“Today, we paid dearly for two moments for which we weren’t focused.”

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Mourinho: De Gea Is World Class

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David De Gea’s top drawer performance against Arsenal has prompted, Jose Mourinho to hail him as the best goalkeeper in the world.

United traveled to the Emirates Stadium and emerged victorious, with a Lingard brace coming after an early Valencia opener. Lacazette found the net for Arsenal, with the Gunners losing 3-1.

Arsenal had over thirty attempts in the match and De Gea was more than up to the task and delivered a record-tying appearance.

“I told him after the match – what I saw today was the best goalkeeper in the world,” the Portuguese told BT Sport.

“In big matches you need goalkeepers to be there for you, but all the effort from the players was magnificent.

“It was phenomenal game. I loved the way my team played and fought. But I have to also say that Arsenal played, in some periods, amazing, attacking football, creating difficulties for us.

“The plan was when they have to the ball we all have to defend, starting with the attacking players. When we have the ball, however, we had to counter-attack fast to score goals.

“Of course, they can say they had chances, but we fought and had a great goalkeeper, too.”

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Conte: New Chelsea Role Brings Hazard Joy

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Antonio Conte believes Eden Hazard’s performance against Newcastle is testament to the fact, that he is enjoying himself in his new role at the club.

The Belgium international midfielder produced a man of the match performance, as he scored a brace against Newcastle.

Hazard now has four goals in as many appearances and Conte believes his new sprout is down to his free role behind Morata.

“I think he played a really good game,” Conte said. “I think he enjoyed a lot playing this type of football. He is an important player as we can change our system. He can play as a second striker, he can play as number 10.

“Eden and Alvaro showed a great link and I saw a lot of good combination play. I am happy.”

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