Sports round up across the globe

West Ham to appeal Feghouli red card

West Ham are appealing against the red card shown to Sofiane Feghouli during Monday’s defeat by Manchester United.

The midfielder was sent off by referee Mike Dean for a challenge on Red Devils defender Phil Jones 15 minutes into a match the Hammers lost 2-0.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said Jones “made a meal” of the tackle from the Algeria international.

Feghouli is the fifth player to be dismissed by Dean in the Premier League this season.

 

Sagna must explain Instagram post

Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna must explain his “10 against 12” Instagram post made after his side’s 2-1 win over Burnley on Monday.

City were reduced to 10-men from the 32nd minute after referee Lee Mason sent off midfielder Fernandinho.

Sagna has deleted the post but the Football Association has contacted the full-back to ask for his observations.

He has until 17:00 GMT on Friday to respond.

Bournemouth v Arsenal

There are three Premier League games this evening, the first of which kicks off at 19:45 GMT at the Vitality Stadium where Bournemouth host Arsenal.

Striker Benik Afobe will be available for the home side after opting not to play for DR Congo at this month’s Africa Cup of Nations.

However, on-loan Jack Wilshere is ineligible against his parent club and Marc Pugh remains an injury doubt.

Arsenal could be without midfielder Mesut Ozil, who missed the win over Crystal Palace through illness.

Mohamed Elneny is at the Africa Cup of Nations, while Theo Walcott and Kieran Gibbs could miss out through injury.

 

Man City ‘search for midfield reinforcements’

Manchester City are reportedly planning to use the January transfer window to strengthen their midfield.

Pep Guardiola is reportedly open to bringing in a midfielder on loan as a short-term solution until the summer, according to the Daily Mail.

The decision was brought about by Ilkay Gundogan’s knee injury, which will rule him out for a lengthy period of time.

Steven N’Zonzi, who currently plays for Sevilla, is one name linked with Man City.

 

Benteke set to ‘turn down China move’

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke will turn down a chance to move to China, according to today’s Daily Mail.

Benteke is reportedly the subject of a £40m offer from Beijing Guoan, while other Chinese clubs are also interested in the striker.

However Benteke, who has scored eight goals in 17 appearances for Palace this season, is keen to continue working under Sam Allardyce.

Real Madrid ‘line up move for Alli’

Dele Alli

Could Tottenham be about to lose Dele Alli to Real Madrid?

The Spanish giants are lining up a summer move for the 20-year-old, according to the Daily Mirror.

Alli, who signed a new six-year deal with Spurs in September, is also being watched by paris St Germain.

Real have been banned from signing players in January after breaching rules over the transfer of foreign players under 18.

Serena makes winning comeback

Serena Williams

And in more tennis news, world number two Serena Williams made a successful return in Auckland, after almost four months on the sidelines.

Williams has been missing with shoulder and knee problems since the US Open semi-finals in September.

She beat France’s  Pauline Parmentier 6-3 6-4 on her return in the ASB Classic.

“You always feel rusty for your first match,” she said. “But mentally I knew how to get it back and get in there.”

 

 

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