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By Timothy Akintola

Read updates on Jhon Durán, Argentina, Newcastle United, Ndidi and James Harden.

West Ham submits a fresh bid to sign Aston Villa’s striker, Jhon Durán.

The summer transfer window is moving at a fast pace. In the PL, West Ham United have ramped up their efforts to sign Aston Villa’s promising forward, Jhon Durán, tabling multiple bids for the 20-year-old Colombian. Their latest offer, reportedly around £35 million plus a 10% sell-on clause, underscores the Hammers’ determination to land Durán. Ongoing negotiations between the two Premier League clubs have reached an advanced stage, with personal terms already agreed upon between West Ham and Durán. This crucial development indicates that the player’s transfer to the London Stadium could be close to fruition. Since joining Aston Villa, Durán has impressed with his performances, making him a prime target for West Ham as they look to strengthen their attacking line-up. The Hammers are eager to bolster their squad depth ahead of the new season, and Durán’s youthful talent and scoring ability make him a valuable addition.

Argentina edges past Canada to qualify for Copa América final.

The star-studded Argentine team which boasts of players capable of game-changing brilliance faced the Canadian team in the semifinals of the Copa América. The two teams had previously met in the Group A clash where Argentina secured a 2-0 victory. In their semifinal clash, Canada opened the game with an early chance with an early corner but failed to capitalize as Martinez easily collected the ball. In the 23rd minute, De Paul set up Alvarez with a defence-splitting pass to score and put Argentina ahead. Canada sought a quick equalizer but Argentina’s defence held firm, with Martinez making crucial saves. In the 51th minute, Messi scored his first goal of Copa America 2024, despite initial protests and a lengthy VAR check confirming he was onside. Messi’s goal, following a deflection from Enzo’s shot, helped secure Argentina’s 2-0 win over Canada to advance into the final.

Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi to leave Newcastle United.

Newcastle United co-owners Amanda Staveley and Mehrdad Ghodoussi are set to leave the club, as confirmed by recent announcements. Their departure comes three years after they took ownership stakes, playing pivotal roles in the club’s management and development. Staveley and Ghodoussi’s shares will be sold, aligning with a pre-established plan. During their tenure, Newcastle experienced significant changes, including key investments in the squad and infrastructure, which have been instrumental in the club’s recent successes. Their exit marks a new chapter for Newcastle United as they transition to new ownership. The precise details of the sale and the identity of the new stakeholders remain under wraps, but the departure of Staveley and Ghodoussi signifies the end of a notable era for the club. Fans will keenly watch how this shift impacts Newcastle’s future trajectory in the Premier League.

Wildfred Ndidi to sign a contract extension with Leicester City.

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi is poised to sign a new contract with the club, with final details currently being ironed out. The exclusive agreement will extend until June 2027, offering Ndidi a three-year deal that includes a release clause. Despite receiving more than five bids from other clubs, Ndidi has chosen to remain at Leicester and commit his future to the Foxes. This decision highlights his loyalty and belief in the club’s vision. Ndidi was a key player for Leicester, helping them win the Championship and secure a promotion back to the Premier League. His new contract ensures that the club retains one of its most valuable assets for the foreseeable future. The announcement of his extended stay is expected to be warmly received by fans, solidifying Leicester’s midfield strength for years to come.

James Harden signs a two-year extension with the LA Clippers.

The Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday, announced that they have re-signed 10-time All-Star, James Harden. While the terms of Harden’s deal weren’t officially disclosed, multiple sources reported it as a two-year, $70 million contract, including a player option for the second year. In a statement, Clippers’ President of Basketball Operations, Lawrence Frank lauded Harden, a 15-year NBA veteran and Los Angeles native, for his impact during his first season with the team. “James was everything we hoped for when we acquired him from Philadelphia last season: a proven scorer, gifted passer, and natural facilitator who protects the ball and enhances the play of others,” Frank said. “James is dedicated to his craft and works tirelessly at it. We improved with his presence last year, and we will again.”


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