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Transfer window: Newcastle target Nigerian goal machine Umar Sadiq

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Newcastle’s New Year shopping list could include prolific Nigerian striker Umar Sadiq.

But his club Almeria are likely to want about £21million for their star man, according to Fichajes.

The 24-year-old has been in scintillating form for the Spanish second division side with 22 goals last season and seven in 14 games so far in the current campaign.

New Toon boss Eddie Howe needs to strengthen his attack immediately as he sets about dragging them away from the relegation mire in the Prem.

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And Fichajes says Sadiq is on the former Bournemouth chief’s radar.

Their report explains Almeria are likely to value him at ’25 million euros’, the same fee they made Benfica pay for 22-year-old striker Darwin Nunez last year.

It is not the first time Sadiq has been linked with a move to the Prem.

Reports emerged in June the former Rangers loanee was being tracked by champions Manchester City.

Sadiq struggled during his six-month spell in Scotland where he made just one start.

But the young journeyman has since turned his career around at Partizan Belgrade in Serbia before his move to Spain last year.

Spartak Moscow and Eintracht Frankfurt were also believed to have made bids to sign him in the summer, and Sevilla and Villarreal were also reportedly interested.

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Ligue 1: Marseille stunned by in-form Brest

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Marseille missed the chance to cement their grip on second place in the Ligue 1 table on Saturday as Jorge Sampaoli’s side threw away the lead to lose 2-1 at home to a Brest team on a record winning run.

Brazilian international Gerson gave Marseille a first-half lead at the Velodrome with his second goal in as many games after playing a one-two with captain Dimitri Payet.

However, Brest drew level early in the second half as Romain Faivre scored a penalty awarded for a handball by Boubacar Kamara.

Franck Honorat then crashed a superb winner in off the underside of the crossbar as the side from Brittany made it six successive league wins, the best run in their history in the top flight.

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They are up to sixth, while Marseille remain second, 12 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain who are in action later on Saturday at Lens.

Kylian Mbappe could be rested for a PSG side already missing the injured Neymar, but Lionel Messi — who won the Ballon d’Or for the seventh time on Monday — should start.

Marseille could drop down the table depending on results elsewhere this weekend, with Rennes and Nice both sitting within two points of the former Champions League winners.

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Bernardo stars again as Man City move to top of EPL with Watford win

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Bernardo Silva continued his scintillating form as Manchester City surged to the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 3-1 victory at struggling Watford.

Raheem Sterling opened the scoring with a simple header on four minutes as the visitors threatened to run riot against the home side’s porous defence.

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Jack Grealish had several chances to double the advantage before the in-form Bernardo fizzed in a rebound from a narrow angle just past the half hour.

 

City continued to pose all of the questions following the restart and Bernardo grabbed his seventh goal of the season with a wonderful curler that flew into the top corner on 63 minutes.

For long spells it looked like a case of how many for the visitors but Watford did give the home support some cheer when substitute Cucho Hernandez acrobatically volleyed in a rebound 16 minutes from time.

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The result means City take advantage of former leaders Chelsea’s defeat at West Ham earlier in the day to move a point clear of second-placed Liverpool at the summit. Watford remain three points above the drop zone in 17th spot.

Pep Guardiola’s men will now turn their focus to Tuesday’s Champions League clash at RB Leipzig having already guaranteed top spot in Group A before hosting Wolves in the Premier League on Saturday. Watford travel to Brentford on Friday evening.

 

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EPL: Origi nets in stoppage time as Liverpool take advantage of Chelsea slip

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