Newcastle cleared for Kone talks

September 21, 2020 0 Comments

first_img Press Association News of the Magpies’ interest in Kone emerged through the website of owner Mike Ashley’s sportswear company, www.sportsdirectnews.com. It is not yet clear whether or not Newcastle have agreed a fee with Wigan for the proposed transfer, but they are sure to face stiff competition from Everton. Kone arrived at Wigan from Spanish cub Levante last summer and prospered under Martinez, scoring 13 goals in his first season in English football. Alan Pardew is desperate to add some fire-power to his squad after seeing his team struggling in the wake of Demba Ba’s January departure for Chelsea. Papiss Cisse carried the burden of providing the goals following Ba’s exit, and although he too struck 13 times in total, he alone was unable to prevent the club slipping into a relegation fight. Newcastle have been chasing St Etienne’s Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, but have been unable to compete with Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund, while they remain in the hunt for Aston Villa’s Darren Bent, but are not prepared to pay anywhere near the midlands club’s £8million valuation of the 29-year-old, and Kone would be significantly cheaper. Newcastle have been given permission to speak to Wigan striker Arouna Kone.center_img However, they may have to battle it out with Everton for the Ivorian’s signature with former Latics boss Roberto Martinez keen to take him to Goodison Park. The 29-year-old has a clause in his contract allowing him to leave the DW Stadium in the wake of relegation from the Barclays Premier League. last_img read more

Khelo India University Games good for talent at grassroots: Anjum Moudgil

September 20, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgNew Delhi (IANS) World Championships silver medallist Anjum Moudgil, who is currently looking to book a place in the Indian shooting contingent for the Tokyo Olympics, expressed that the Khelo India University Games will be a great platform for the upcoming athletes. After successfully organizing the Khelo India Youth Games, the Indian government has decided to conduct a competition for the university-level athletes in Bhubaneswar from February 22 to March 1, 2020.“It’s really good that the Indian government is conducting a Khelo India tournament for another age category. I am really happy with the way the Khelo India Games are organized in India. It’s a really big tournament. I am looking forward to the University Games, I think it’ll be a very good platform for all upcoming athletes,” said the 26-year-old.When asked about the expectations from the Indian shooting team at the Tokyo Olympics, the 26-year-old said that she is hoping for a good performance by the entire contingent at the quadrennial event.“Our shooting team is the best in the world. I am really happy that I am part of this team. This team is really good at the world level. My teammates are breaking records and winning medals. I am sure the results in the upcoming tournaments will be really good. I am expecting a good performance by the entire shooting contingent at the Olympics,” said Moudgil.India has seen a host of young shooters to make their mark on the world stage since the last Olympics in 2016. Moudgil expressed that she is very happy to see how the youngsters have capitalized on the availability of facilities and good coaches in India. IANSAlso Read: Aizawl FC, Churchill Brothers FC share spoils in thrilling drawAlso Watch: Watch | First Reaction of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Union Budget 2020last_img read more