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Mali's Cheick Diabate secures Emirates move

Mali international Cheick Diabate has completed a move from Osmanlispor to Emirates Club FC, according to reports in France.

L'Equipe have revealed that the 30-year-old was unveiled by the Emirati side on Tuesday, with BeinSports adding that the forward had moved on a loan deal.

The powerful frontman spent the second half of last season on loan at Serie A side Benevento, where he netted eight goals in 11 games but was unable to save the club from the drop.

In April, he equalled a 17-year Serie A...

Cheick Diabate equals 17-year Serie A goalscoring record

Despite Benevento's struggles at the wrong end of the Serie A table, Cheick Diabate equalled an Italian goalscoring record this weekend when he netted twice in the 2-2 draw at Sassuolo.

The Mali international's double took his tally up to six goals in his last three games, having scored two in each of Benevento's last three top-flight clashes.

His outstanding return equals a 17-year Serie A record that's stood since 2001, when Dario Hubner of Piacenza enjoyed a similar purple patch according to...

No Troyes return for Adama Niane despite apology

Adama Niane has not been recalled by Troyes for Saturday's showdown with Paris Saint-Germain in Ligue 1 despite apologising for an altercation with his coach Jean-Louis Garcia.

The Malian attacker was made to serve an internal suspension and excluded from training following an altercation with his Garcia in February.

Niane was accused of "inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour towards the group and the technical team," and was suspended indefinitely.

The 24-year-old was excluded from Troyes' last...

Cheick Diabate the instant hero at Benevento

Mali striker Cheick Diabate needed just 12 minutes to endear himself to Benevento after coming off the bench to settle his new club's thrilling 3-2 victory over Crotone in Serie A on Sunday.

Diabate, a loan signing from Osmanlispor in January, has been made to wait for his debut in the Italian top flight.

However, he was given his opportunity to impress on Sunday, with his new club tied 2-2 at home with fellow strugglers Crotone heading into the last 13 minutes.

Benevento had led 2-1 after goals...