In today’s edition of ‘Daily roundup of football news’, FA Cup nightmares for two non league sides. Will fans be allowed back into stadiums? Barnet strengthened their squad with a double signing, and will Gareth Bale finally leave Real Madrid?
Both Lincoln United and Dunston have had to forfeit their Preliminary Round ties this weekend. Both clubs have reported cases of Covid-19 and therefore will be unable to take part in this weekends round of fixtures. West Bridgford and Whitley Bay will be automatically put into the hat for the next round of the draw.
The Football Association have confirmed football at Steps 3-6 of the National League System can continue with the proposed plans of allowing fans into stadia for the upcoming season. An FA statement said: “Organised football activity is currently permitted at these levels but it is extremely important that clubs, players, coaches, match officials, league officials, volunteers, parents, carers, and facility providers continue to strictly follow both the UK Governments’ latest guidance on Covid-19 and respective bespoke guidelines from The Football Association.”
David Parkhouse has signed for Hartlepool United. The 20-year-old who has been capped by Northern Ireland at Under-21 level, has signed a loan deal to January from Sheffield United. Hartlepool manager, Dave Challinor, had this to say on his arrival, “We are delighted to get David in.It is somewhere on the pitch we have been looking to strengthen and he provides us just that. He is a goal scorer and a U21 international so I believe he can do very well in this league.”
Barent have completed the double signing of Tyrone Duffus and Eliot Richards. Capped by Wales at youth level, Richards can play anywhere across the frontline but predominantly likes to feature in a number 10 role. Duffus is a versatile player, who can play in defence or midfield. The 23-year-old began his career at Everton, having dropped down the footballing pyramid, Duffus will be hoping to find a home at The Hive.
Crystal Palace have completed the loan signing of Michy Batshuayi. The Belgian international joins the Roy Hodgson revolution alongside, Nathan Ferguson and Eberechi Eze. Palace have an option to make the move a permanent one at the end of the season.
Fulham have strengthened through their ranks as Scott Parker looks to build a side capable of fighting for Premier League survival. The Cottagers have welcomed goalkeeper and former Real Madrid player, Alphonse Areola and today secured the services of Lyon right-back, Kenny Tete.
According to reports, Real Madrid will be willing to pay half of Gareth Bale’s wages to get the Welsh winger off their books. Bale has had a tetchy relationship with Zinedine Zidane, having found himself frozen out from first team duties.
Manchester United Women have made themselves a force to be reckoned with as World Cup-winning pair, Tobin Heath and Christen Press have joined The Red Devils to help United to their first Super League title.