Tottenham sign £25m Sessegnon from Fulham

first_imgTottenham have completed the £25 million ($30m) signing of 19-year-old Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham, the club confirmed on Thursday.Sessegnon, who will wear the number 19 shirt for Spurs, has signed an initial five-year deal with the club having the option to add an extra year.Josh Onomah, the 22-year-old midfielder, has joined Fulham from Spurs as part of the deal, signing a three-year contract also with the option of a one-year extension. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Sessegnon came through Fulham’s youth academy after initially joining the club back in 2008. He started training with the first-team as a 15-year-old and made his debut in the 2016-17 season.The following year was when he really came to the fore, playing in all 46 of Fulham’s Championship games and scoring 15 goals in the league as he was eventually named the Championship Player of the Season. He made 35 league appearances as his side were relegated from the Premier League last season.He has moved between left-back and left-wing during his time at the Cottagers, and seems likely to take an attacking left-back role with Spurs. He will replace Danny Rose who, though he is yet to find an exit from the club, has been told he is free to leave by Mauricio Pochettino.With Tanguy Ndombele joining earlier in the window for a club-record fee and  Giovani Lo Celso arriving on an initial loan deal from Real Betis , it has been a productive window for Spurs with three of Pochettino’s key targets secured. Jack Clarke was also signed from Leeds, but was immediately loaned back to Marcelo Bielsa’s promotion chasers.They could all feature in the squad to face Aston Villa at home in Spurs’ Premier League opener on Saturday.Onomah, meanwhile, is a Tottenham academy graduate and made more than 30 first-team appearances following his debut in early 2015.Capped for England at six youth levels, he is used to Championship football after two loan spells there in the last two seasons, with Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday.He will be hoping to feature on Saturday as Fulham face Blackburn Rovers in their first home game of the season, having tasted defeat in their first game back in the second tier.Fulham were beaten 1-0 at Barnsley on Saturday, thanks to an early goal from Luke Thomas.last_img read more

Working with Iraqi people top priority for UN mission Annan and envoy

Mr. Annan said Mr. Vieira de Mello, who will be taking a four-month leave of absence from his current post as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to serve in Iraq, was ideally suited to carry out the functions ascribed to the Special Representative by the Security Council resolution on the UN’s role in the country’s reconstruction adopted last week.”The Council has called on the United Nations to assist the Iraqi people, in coordination with the Authority, in a wide range of areas, including humanitarian relief, reconstruction, infrastructure rehabilitation, legal and judicial reforms, human rights and return of refugees, and also to assist with civilian police,” Mr. Annan told a news conference at which he introduced Mr. Vieira de Mello as his envoy.Mr. Annan said it had been difficult for him to take Mr. Vieira de Mello away from his human rights job, even on a temporary basis, “particularly as human rights has been on top of my own agenda and it is absolutely important to this organization.”It was not an easy decision but it also reflects the important challenge that we need to take on,” he added.In his own comments to the press, Mr. Vieira de Mello also stressed human rights and Iraqi sovereignty. “The people of Iraq, as we know only too well, have suffered and have suffered enough. It is time that we all – the Iraqis first, the coalition authority and the United Nations – come together to ensure that this suffering comes to an end and that the Iraqi people take their destiny into their own hands as the Security Council resolution calls for as quickly as possible,” he said.”I consider the development of a culture of human rights in Iraq as fundamental to stability and to peace in that country,” he added. Respect for human rights “is the only solid foundation for durable peace and for development,” he said, and he especially stressed women’s rights and “their full participation in the consultative processes, not least the political one, that lie ahead.”Mr. Vieira de Mello, a 55-year-old Brazilian who has spent 30 years at the UN working in some of the most sensitive post-conflict spots like Kosovo, the former Yugoslavia, Rwanda and East Timor, “has an exceptional and unique experience in running these operations and is also known as a good team builder and a consensus-builder,” the Secretary-General said.”I think he is someone who will hit the ground running,” he added.Replying to questions, Mr. Vieira de Mello said he planned to arrive in Baghdad by next Monday and his first priority would be to make contact with Iraqi society, representatives of the media, of civil society. “There are many Iraqi societies which in their richness have been suppressed brutally for the last 24 years. But they are there, they are there or are returning as we speak and they are my priority,” he added.He said his second priority would be to establish good working relations with the United States-run provisional governing Authority there. His third would be to visit all the provinces “because Iraq is not limited to Baghdad and I think it is important that I pay attention to what Iraqis in all regions and provinces actually feel and aspire in terms of their future,” he said.Video of press conference read more