QPR, West Ham chasing Abdoulaye Ba | Transfers | Tribal Football

Senegal international defender Abdoulaye Ba is a target for QPR and West Ham United.

Senegal international defender Abdoulaye Ba is a target for QPR and West Ham United.

Porto defender Ba spent last season on loan at Academia and is keen to test himself in the Premier League, talkSPORT reported.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce has previously tracked the 21-year-old, who has played four times for his country and is confident of securing a work permit.

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Southern clubs queue for Newcastle fullback Simpson | Transfers | Tribal Football

A move south is likely for Newcastle United fullback Danny Simpson this summer.

A move south is likely for Newcastle United fullback Danny Simpson this summer.

Both Fulham and Queens Park Rangers are also monitoring the Simpson situation, but sources in Berkshire have indicated Simpson is on ambitious Reading’s shortlist, says the Evening Chronicle.

The player was back on Tyneside wearing Newcastle training gear at the club’s Benton base yesterday.

Elliot happy to return to Newcastle for preseason kickoff | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot is happy to be back in preseason training.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Rob Elliot is happy to be back in preseason training.

Elliot along with Dan Gosling, Danny Simpson, Shane Ferguson, Mehdi Abeid and James Perch were back for pre-season tests at the club’s training base yesterday.

He told the Evening Chronicle: “Not every footballer likes pre-season but it is good to be back.

“After last season there is a real buzz about the place.

“It is pretty much the same group of lads here as last year and the staff are the same so it’s a good vibe.

“Pre-season for me, though, is a good time – I should get a few games.”

Stoke move stalls for Rangers youngster Ness | Transfers | Tribal Football

Stoke City’s move for Rangers midfielder Jamie Ness has stalled.

Stoke City‘s move for Rangers midfielder Jamie Ness has stalled.

The Scottish Sun says Stoke have been knocked back by the SFA in their bid to gain an international transfer certificate for Ness.

Now FIFA are set to intervene in the escalating row between the Rangers players who have walked away from the newco club — and Ibrox owner Charles Green.

Ness is the first affected, but the midfielder will still report for training at Stoke next week.

Wigan chairman Whelan expecting transfer plans to intensify | Transfers | Tribal Football

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan expects their transfer work to step up this week.He is not concerned in the slightest at the lack of incoming activity.

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan expects their transfer work to step up this week.

He is not concerned in the slightest at the lack of incoming activity.

“There’s nothing to worry about as far as the fans are concerned, nothing at all,” he told the Wigan Observer. “The lads are back in this week and that can sometimes move things along a bit.

“The truth is, we don’t really know how busy it’s going to be this summer.

“We lost five players from last year’s squad, and those will obviously all have to be replaced.

“But Roberto is already well on to the case. He’s always looking and I’m sure things are in good hands.”

Tottenham defender Caulker delighted with Olympics selection | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Tottenham defender Steven Caulker is delighted with his Team GB selection.Caulker made the final 18-man squad announced on Monday.

Tottenham defender Steven Caulker is delighted with his Team GB selection.

Caulker made the final 18-man squad announced on Monday.

“When I was told I was in the initial squad of 35 I just hoped I would get the call,” he told the Spurs website.

“The call came and now it’s a case of getting ready for the Olympics.

“I’m delighted to be part of it and the fact it’s here in Britain means it will be a huge event and something I’ll no doubt look back on for many, many years.”

Wigan chairman Whelan: Martinez excellent during Euros coverage | Premiership News | Tribal Football

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says Roberto Martinez’s work as a pundit during the Euros was a highlight.

Wigan Athletic chairman Dave Whelan says Roberto Martinez’s work as a pundit during the Euros was a highlight.

Whelan reckons the Latics brand will have received a significant amount of reflected glory.

“Everyone is obviously fully aware of how knowledgeable Roberto is regarding football – especially Spain and the way they play,” Whelan told the Wigan Evening Post.

“I just think he comes across so well, and it reflects so, so positively for Wigan Athletic.

“I am obviously biased, but I honestly believe he has been the best pundit we’ve seen during the Euros – on either channel.

“He just enjoys watching football. He can’t get enough.

“He is football mad, and you can see that when you talk to him or hear him on the telly.”