Archive | July 10, 2015

Forlan returns home….

Diego Forlan

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has joined Penarol in his homeland of Uruguay after leaving Japanese side Cerezo Osaka. The 36-year-old’s father, Pablo, used to play for the club, winning the Libertadores Cup and Intercontinental Cup in the 1960s. “With a surname linked to the club’s history, son of a champion of the Americas and the world with Penarol, Diego will wear the yellow and black as he did when he was a boy and dreamt of being a professional footballer,” the club said.

West Ham sign Ogbonna….

Angelo Ogbonna

West Ham have confirmed the signing of defender Angelo Ogbonna from Juventus. The 27-year-old Italy international has signed a four-year deal after the clubs agreed an undisclosed fee. Ogbonna, who was on the bench for the Champions League final in May, has twice won the Serie A title with Juventus but says he is eager to play under new West Ham boss Slaven Bilic. “I wanted to play in the Premier League and am happy to be in London,” Ogbonna told “My heart told me that the right decision was to play for West Ham United. “I cannot wait to start working under Mr Bilic and with my new team-mates. I feel ready for this new adventure.”

Djokovic in Wimbledon final….

Novak Djokovic

Novak has done what he does best and delivers for the big occasion. He’s through to the Wimbledon men’s final on Sunday after beating a game Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

Palace sign Cabaye for record £10m….

Yohan Cabaye

Crystal Palace have signed Yohan Cabaye from French champions Paris St-Germain for a club-record transfer fee of £10m. The 29-year-old midfielder joins on a three-year deal, with the fee possibly rising to around £13m with add-ons. Cabaye joined PSG from Newcastle for £19m in January 2014 but started just 13 matches as Laurent Blanc’s side won a domestic Treble last season. Palace’s previous transfer record was £7m, paid in 2014 to Wigan for 27-year-old Scottish midfielder James McArthur. Palace manager Alan Pardew signed Cabaye from Lille in 2011 during his time as Newcastle boss, with the France international going on to score 18 goals in 93 appearances for the Magpies. Cabaye said he was focused on his “new life” and believed that Palace could “compete to get into the top eight”. He said: “I also know the gaffer and have worked with him before and I’m confident with him. I want to do my best for him because he’s made a big effort to get me to come here, as well as the chairman.” Last year the form of Thiago Motta, Javier Pastore, Marco Verratti and Blaise Matuidi meant Cabaye, who has 38 international caps, was used largely as a substitute at PSG. The French club won the Ligue 1 title, the French cup and the French league cup last season.