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 By Jason Dasey

Fazrul Nawaz targets Singapore comeback for Asian Cup qualifiers

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey talks with Singapore striker Fazrul Nawaz on his second major ACL injury and his goals after his recovery.

Singapore and Tampines Rovers striker Fazrul Nawaz is targeting the start of the next phase of 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifying for his international comeback.

The 31-year-old will miss the rest of this year, including November's 2014 AFF Suzuki Cup, because of an ACL injury in his left knee. He will meet his doctor on Sept. 14 to plan a major operation.

But the 84-cap veteran wants to be pushing for national selection again for the first of the Asian Cup qualifiers at the end of March.

Fazrul tore...

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Juventus interested in Axel Witsel after Everton move rejected - Lucescu

Axel Witsel's Zenit St Petersburg manager Mircea Lucescu has said Juventus are interested in the Belgium international.

Zenit St Petersburg manager Mircea Lucescu has said that Italian champions Juventus have expressed interest in Axel Witsel, while also revealing that the player turned down an offer from Everton.

Witsel, 27, has already said he plans to stay with the Russian club this season after his name had been linked to numerous teams in recent weeks.

However, Lucescu told Dolce Sport: "We had a serious offer from Everton for Witsel, but the player rejected it.

"Now he has two days to find an agreement...

 By PA Sport

Schalke sign Yevhen Konoplyanka from Sevilla on loan for the season

Yevhen Konoplyanka will ply his trade in the Bundesliga next season.

Schalke have signed Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka on a one-year loan from Sevilla.

Konoplyanka, 26, passed his medical with the Bundesliga outfit on Tuesday before putting pen to paper on a deal that could become permanent at the end of the loan.

Schalke said in a statement on their official website: "Schalke have confirmed the signing of Sevilla attacker Yevhen Konoplyanka on a season-long loan. An option to recruit the Ukraine international on a permanent basis upon the completion of the temporary...

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Premier League summer transfers smash through £1 billion barrier

ESPN FC's Paul Mariner talks the latest transfer rumours with just hours left in the transfer window.

Premier League clubs have now spent more than £1 billion on transfers in the summer window.

The league had already broken its own transfer record last week, when Manchester City's signing of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo pushed clubs' gross spending up to £880 million -- topping the £870m of last summer.

Arsenal completed the signing of Germany defender Shkodran Mustafi from Valencia for a reported fee of £35 million on Tuesday night, which smashed through the...

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Ajax sign Morocco international Hakim Ziyech from FC Twente for €11m

Hakim Ziyech
Ajax have announced the signing of attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech from FC Twente.

Hakim Ziyech has signed a five-year deal to join Ajax from Twente for a fee in the region of €11 million.

Ziyech, 23, is a Morocco international who was reported to be on the radars of Everton, Arsenal and West Ham this summer.

But the attacking midfielder told Ajax's official website he decided he wanted to remain in the Netherlands and pursue his goal of winning the Eredivisie title with the 33-time Dutch champions.

 By PA Sport

Scotland quartet withdraw from squad ahead of Malta World Cup qualifier

Leigh Griffiths scored Celtic's equaliser.
Leigh Griffiths will not play in Scotland's opening World Cup qualifier against Malta on Sunday.

Celtic duo Kieran Tierney and Leigh Griffiths have withdrawn from the Scotland squad for the opening 2018 World Cup qualifier in Malta on Sunday.

The in-form Hoops striker Griffiths flagged up a hamstring problem on Saturday after scoring his seventh goal of the season in a 4-1 Ladbrokes Premiership win over Aberdeen at Parkhead.

Midfielders James McArthur of Crystal Palace and Fulham's Kevin McDonald have also withdrawn for the game at the Ta'Qali Stadium.

Rangers captain Lee Wallace and striker...