When does the 2020 January transfer window open and close?

The January transfer window may still feel like a few months away but it will soon be here as teams look to add to their squads again.
The summer transfer window for Premier League clubs shut on Thursday, August 8 just before the new season started although players could be sold abroad until the end of August.
Trading will resume in the New Year with both
Manchester United and Man City expected to be active in the window.
But when does the January window open and close? Here is the information you need to know.

When does the January transfer window open?
Business will begin as the window opens on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at midnight.
While it is unlikely we will see many deals formally arranged before Wednesday, some could be announced on the first day.

When does the January transfer window close?
The window will close on Friday, January 31 2020, but the time of its closure, which varies from year to year, has not yet been announced.
11pm is said to be the most likely time for it to close.
Transfers can be completed after the deadline as long as all the necessary paperwork is submitted in time.
What about the loan window for signings?
At the start of the 2016/17 campaign, FIFA abolished the emergency loan window.
Free agents are permitted to join clubs outside the window while there is special dispensation should clubs suffer a goalkeeping crisis.

Former Bundesliga Manager Praises Akpeyi Ahead Of Super Eagles Clash Against Benin

Ahead of Super Eagles AFCON 2021 Qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho, Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi has been praised by Ernst Middendorp following his penalty heroics in the Telcom knockout.
Akpeyi was the hero for Kaizer Chiefs last weekend as he saved two penalties to help the Amakhosi knock out Orlando Pirates. The 34-year old has been filling in for Itumeleng Khune who is currently injured.
The former Chippa United has come in for criticism both at the club and international level over his goalkeeping abilities. However, he received praise from both fans and manager, Ernst Middendorp after his performance in the Soweto derby.
Speaking after the match, the former Ausburg manager expressed his delight at Akpeyi’s performance despite the criticism he has faced.
“He’s very grown up, he always performed and I think sometimes you have people who say the wall is grey and some other people for some odd reason they say no the wall is green,” Middendorp told Kickoff.
“I understand, he just came in to help the club with Itumeleng Khune injured, he had to improve and be better, and I think there’s a certain institution who worked on these issues.
Akpeyi will hope to carry his form into the international scene when Nigeria start their AFCON 2021 qualifiers with games against Benin and Lesotho.
The former Warri Wolves goalkeeper is making a return to the team for the first time since the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Nigeria Target Eze Is Championship Best For October; Man City Loanee Adarabioyo In TOTW

Nigeria Football Federation target Eberechi Eze has been included in Whoscored.com and Sky Sports Championship Best Eleven for the month of October.
Last month, the Queens Park Rangers attacking midfielder was involved in five goals (3 goals, 2 assists) in five appearances in the English second-tier, helping the London club pick up seven points from a possible fifteen.
With a rating of 7.95, Eze was named Championship Player of the Month ahead of Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown (7.64) and Preston’s Tom Barkhuizen (7.58).
Explaining the choice of Eze, Ben McAleer wrote : ”Eze is our Championship player of the month. An assist in QPRs 3-1 defeat to Brentford on Monday night meant the winger had a direct hand in a goal in all but one of QPR’s five league outings in October as he scored three and assisted two.
”No player won more WhoScored.com Man of the Match awards than Eze (two), who completed more dribbles (18) than any other Championship player.”
Manchester City loanee Tosin Adarabioyo has been selected in the Championship Team of the Week after opening his goalscoring account for Blackburn Rovers as they registered a 2-1 win against Sheffield Wednesday on November 2.
The tall central defender won a game-high nine aerial duels, made two tackles, one interception and four clearances vs Sheffield Wednesday.

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Olympic Eagles countenance three points against CIV

Nigeria’s U23 boys have intensified final preparations for this month’s 3 Africa U23 Cup of Nations finals in Egypt with high expectations of picking the three points against their Ivorian counterparts in Saturday’s opening game of Group B.
Head Coach Imama Amapakabo is delighted with the output of his wards at training sessions, which have been holding at the training pitch of the Mercure Hotel in the city of Ismailia since the team arrived on Thursday evening.
“The players have been working very hard and that is a positive point. They are looking forward to the tournament with a lot of enthusiasm and confidence.
“We are also happy to have most of the Europe-based squad members with us already. That allows time for good planning, bonding, and team building.”
Midfield ace Kelechi Nwakali was the first overseas-based player in the team camp (he joined before the team left Nigeria), and he has since been joined by the likes of Tom Dele-Bashiru, Sincere Seth, Muyiwa Olabiran, Orji Okonkwo, Valentine Ozornwafor, Anthony Izuchukwu, Bright Enobakhare, Sunday Faleye and Aliyu Yau Adam.
Reigning champions Nigeria head Group B and will confront Cote d’Ivoire’s U23 squad at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo on Saturday afternoon, before further matches against Zambia (Tuesday, 12 November) and South Africa (Friday, 15 November) at the same venue.
The Olympic Eagles are expected to depart Ismailia to their Novotel Hotel base in Cairo on Thursday.
Team captain Azubuike Okechukwu, defenders Bitok Stephen and Josiah Chukwudi and forward Taiwo Awoniyi are the only players still expected in the team camp and will arrive before the departure to Cairo.

AFCON 2021 Qualifiers: Good News For Rohr Ahead Of Super Eagles Clash Against Benin, Lesotho

Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has received a huge boost ahead of Nigeria’s AFCON 2021 qualifier against Benin Republic and Lesotho.
The German tactician will be able to count on the services of captain, Ahmed Musa after he returned from a three month lay off in Al-Nassr in their 4-0 win over Abha on Saturday.
The 27-year-old played seven minutes of the encounter having missed the last three months due to a knee injury. Musa has not played for the Super Eagles since the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
The former Leicester man was absent from Nigeria’s squad that played draws against Ukraine and Brazil in an international friendly encounter.
However, his return to action will serve as a major boost to Rohr’s hopes of getting the maximum points in games against Benin and Lesotho.

U17 World Cup: Nigeria’s Round Of 16 Foes Unveiled As Netherlands Ambush Golden Eaglets In Brazil

Having retained the lead in Group B despite a defeat to Australia in their last group game, coach Manu Garba’s boys have been pitched against the talented Europeans in the Round of 16 at the FIFA U17 World Cup in Brazil.
Five-time world champions and Group B winners
Nigeria are set to face off with Netherlands , who qualified from Group D as one of the four best third-placed teams.
The Golden Eaglets defeated Hungary 4-2 in their opening match at the World Cup before seeing off Ecuador 3-2 to charge to the top of their Group. Australia knocked the winds out of the Eaglets’ sail but the defeat was not enough to push the 2015 world champions off the group’s summit.
The Netherlands however started their campaign poorly with two straight defeats, a 3-0 loss to Japan and a 3-1 defeat to Senegal, but surged into the knockout phase by soundly defeating USA 4-0 on Saturday night in their Group D finale at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019™.
A mouthwatering 2019 U17 World Cup Round of 16 clash between the African starlets and their European counterpart is billed for Tuesday at the Estadio Olimpico, Goiania – the first time ever these two teams will meet in this competition.
The winner of the encounter will take on either Paraguay or Argentina in the quarter-final.

Round of 16 Fixtures

Angola vs South Korea
Nigeria vs Netherlands
Spain vs Senegal
Japan vs Mexico
Brazil vs Chile
France vs Australia
Ecuador vs Italy
Paraguay vs Argentina

Tottenham Hotspur Central Defender Chooses To Represent Nigeria Over England

Nigeria Football Federation are in an advantageous position to secure the services of Jubril Okedina after the Tottenham Hotspur defender pledged his international future to the three-time African champions.
Born in London to Nigerian parents, Okedina can also represent England internationally but has no caps for the Young Lions.
The center back’s camp has opened a line of communication with the Nigeria Football Federation, Vice President Seyi Akinwunmi in particular, about the Spurs starlet playing for the Nigeria youth teams and those talks were fruitful.
The 19-year-old would have been considered for Nigeria’s U23 National Team that headed to Egypt on Thursday but coach Imama Amapakabo had already finalized his roster.
Okedina, who can also slot in at right-back, inked a one-year professional contract with Tottenham Hotspur in the summer and the North London club have the option to extend his deal for an additional season.
This season, he has been involved in all but one of the matches contested by Tottenham in the Premier League 2.

Is Chukwueze becoming odd man out at Villarreal?

Samuel Chukwueze’s breakthrough came at a time Villarreal regressed. He was a silver lining behind the dark cloud in Castellon. Exactly one year on, both may have swapped destinies. The Nigerian lags behind while the Yellow Submarines crest La Liga’s waves.
Chukwueze could be classified as a wager birthed by necessity. Javier Calleja’s job was the stake. Villarreal picked up only two victories in a dozen matches. Five points from the drop in 16th, any sort of revival were welcomed. Wherever or however it came didn’t matter. Jackpot.
The 20-year-old proved a masterstroke. He made his senior debut against Rangers in the Europa League in September and by December, he almost became indispensable. Castella’s dismissal and subsequent reappointment in January didn’t halt the flow.
The results didn’t improve much. Chukwueze did. During a bonkers 4-4 draw with Barcelona, he demolished Jordi Alba and Samuel Umtiti with relentless running and dazzling rapid footwork. Alba ended up with a cramp on the night as he tried, in vain, to contain the Nigerian who bagged a goal and an assist.
Chukwueze finished the campaign with 10 goal contributions. He buried five himself in La Liga and on each of those occasions, Villarreal didn’t lose. They racked up a dozen points from a possible 15. He was the potent catalyst that lifted the Yellow Submarines to safety. The usual buzz followed.
Comparison was drawn with Arjen Robben and for the right reasons. Like the retired Dutchman, he is naturally left-footed and prefers to play on the right side of a front three. His powerful touch leaves defenders trailing in his wake with an incredible knack for hitting the target.
Such only translated into more work for Chukwueze. He was expected to take his game to another level this season. The Super Eagle did, at least in the opening stages. He started and scored in Villarreal’s first game against Granada. Chukwueze retained his place in the next fixture but slowly metamorphosed into a bit-part player. Impact sub if you will.

Transfer: Arsenal Fans Want ‘Excellent ‘ Ndidi At Emirates

Arsenal fans have called for the signing of Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi following Granit Xhaka’s performance in last Sunday’s controversial 2-2 home draw against Crystal Palace.
Ndidi has been one of the stars of the season so far, becoming an underrated star in Brendan Rodgers’ successful Foxes team.
Xhaka left Arsenal fans furious once again after his performance on Sunday and these fans on social media have seen enough.
Ndidi has enjoyed a fantastic start to the season and it wouldn’t come as a huge surprise if he were to be linked with some big moves away from Leicester City in the coming months.
He’s a player that would foot the bill for the profile of midfielder that Arsenal currently lack.
A true defensive option in the middle of the park is what the Gunners are calling out for.
Whether or not Arsenal could convince Leicester into selling remain to be seen. The Foxes have started the season fantastically and are even for a top-four finish.

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