The AZ Alkmaar sporting director Earnest Stewart has revealed that a number of scouts from top European clubs have come and watched the striker Jozy Altidore play for the club this season. Jozy Altidore has been one of the standout performers for AZ Alkmaar this season. He has already scored 12 goals for the club, which has been the only bright point for the club in an otherwise poor season. They are currently in the ninth position having won just one match of the last five. Even with this poor performance on the pitch, a lot of scouts from European clubs like Chelsea, Bayern Munich, and Real Madrid have been watching them play according to the sporting director.
He has said that it could be for only one reason – watching the US international Jozy Altidore. Jozy Altidore has been one of the much travelled strikers, but he finally seems to have come of age in recent seasons. Stewart has also confirmed that the club has received a huge offer from an Eastern European club, but has failed to reveal whether they will accept the bid or not. He has also said that the player is very much keen on remaining with the Dutch club for now because he has travelled a lot in recent seasons.
“I can confirm that there was a bid for Jozy from a wealthy club from Eastern Europe. The bid was received at a very late moment, therefore we couldn’t sign an adequate replacement. For us, it wasn’t interesting. Also, Jozy was keen to stay at AZ. After years of travelling, he has really found a home. He doesn’t want to just leave the club,” said the sporting director of the club. AZ are expected to demand at least above £ 10 million for the striker.
The Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has hailed the performance of the Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe after he has made a good start to the season. The former Chelsea manager has decided to use the 28-year-old England international as the lone striker, despite his physical presence not being the best in the Premier league. However, Jermaine Defoe has been able to do a spectacular job as the lone striker for Tottenham, as they have recently secured three wins on the bounce. The striker was once again impressive win the match against Manchester United after Tottenham secured their first victory at Old Trafford after 23 years.
Even though Jermain Defoe did not score in the 3-2 win over Manchester United, he was extremely influential according to the manager Andre Villas-Boas. His movement was extremely crucial in Tottenham scoring the second goal through Gareth Bale. Jermain Defoe has been so impressive for Tottenham in the first six matches of the campaign that Andre Villas-Boas is yet to start with the former Manchester city striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who was signed by the club on a permanent basis for £ 5 million in the summer. Jermain Defoe has also scored four goals for Tottenham this season.
“He has been immense for the team. He’s getting continuous opportunities that maybe he didn’t have in the past so I think he is enjoying it a bit more. He is looking extremely happy. We have to be very grateful for what he has been doing for the team. For a striker goals are decisive and he has four in the Premier League. He’s not far off being top scorer and he has been creating so much,” said Andre Villas-Boas. The third successive victory against Manchester United helped lift the club to the fifth position in the Premier league with 11 points.
Sky Sports have announced a new deal with the American football that will see the broadcaster show this sport for the 20th consecutive season. The National Football League (NFL) is now entering into the 20th season, and Sky Sports will once again be part of the sport. Sky Sports will be covering the sport for three years from now. The new agreement will see Sky Sports increasing the number of live games to 60 matches per season. They will be shown to the UK customers for the next three seasons. These 60 matches includes the International Series games at the new Wembley Stadium later this year, the playoffs and the Super Bowl.
Sky Sports will be starting the coverage of the new season with the match against the Dallas Cowboys and the current champions of the Super Bowl, New York Giants. The broadcasting giant has also said that they will be able to broadcast the live coverage of the matches not only on television, but also on mobile and various other platforms. The presenter of the NFL coverage for Sky Sports, Keith Cardle has said that he is extremely delighted at the deal made with the broadcasting giant with the NFL.
“This new deal is great news for NFL fans in the UK – primetime coverage of two matches on Sunday evenings, RedZone, the International Series and Super Bowl all for the next three years. We start our new season with some great games – last season’s Super Bowl champions New York Giants at home to the Dallas Cowboys, then the Indianapolis Colts who include No1 draft pick Andrew Luck away to the Chicago Bears, and on the following Thursday we get our first look at the St Louis Rams, who will be coming over to the UK for the International Series in October,” said Cardle.
Manchester United have successfully negotiated a deal that will see their in-house television channel MUTV being broadcast in Japan. Manchester United have a lot of supporters in Asia especially in Japan and China. They have decided to take advantage of the fan base by making MUTV available officially in these regions. They have signed a partnership deal with Fuji TV to broadcast most of the content shown on the MUTV. The in-house MUTV covers everything from match previews to match reports, while also various exclusive content like player interviews and behind the scenes footage.
Manchester United are one of the most successful club in the world having lifted the English league title a record 19 times, which is one better than the record held by Liverpool. They were favourites to lift the 20th league title last season, but were beaten by archrivals Manchester city to the title. Sir Alex Ferguson has made numerous signings in the summer transfer window in order to make Manchester United competitive once again. Robin van Persie has been the star signing of the transfer window so far. He has arrived from Arsenal for £ 24 million, while he earns around £ 10 million per season.
“MUTV is a must for any Manchester United fan, offering up-to-date and exclusive news, interviews and archive footage. The dedicated channel has a reach of 60 million worldwide and the club is delighted to be partnering with Fuji TV, one of Japan’s major TV channels, to bring MUTV to Japan. This partnership further demonstrates Manchester United’s global reach and allows us to engage with the almost four million followers we have in Japan,” said Manchester United’s commercial director Richard Arnold after announcing the deal with Fuji TV. The financial details of the deal has not been revealed by the club.