Newcastle acquire Atsu on a permanent deal

Newcastle United have confirmed the permanent signing of Christian Atsu from Chelsea. The 25-year-old Ghana international spent last season on loan at St. James’ Park, making 32 league appearances and scoring five goal. The Magpies have now exercised an option to sign him for an undisclosed fee and the winger has penned a four-year deal,the club’s official website announced. TThe transfer is subject to Atsu successfully reapplying for a work permit. Manager Benítez said: “We are happy to sign a good player. “He’s shown us that he’s a good professional and…

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Ghana FA freezes last salary of Grant

The Ghana Football Association says the last salary of immediate-past coach Avram Grant has been withheld pending the latter’s submission of a report on the Black Stars’ participation at the recent Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon. The Israeli parted ways with the four-time champions in February following Ghana’s disappointing campaign at the Afcon. “We have decided to hold on to the payment until he produces his report,” GFA vice president George Afriyie told the media. “Up until now, he has not submitted it. “ We are still waiting to…

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