Lyon rejected a number of offers from Arsenal for Houssem Aouar this summer (Picture: Getty)Kevin Campbell has spoken of his disappointment after Arsenal failed to get a deal over the line for Houssem Aouar this summer but told the midfielder he will be ‘next on the radar for Mikel Arteta and Edu’.Arsenal head coach Arteta made it clear he was keen to strengthen his options in the middle of the park at the start of the transfer window but had only added central defender Gabriel Magalhaes to his first-team squad with just hours left on the clock ahead of Monday’s deadline. Multiple bids were rejected for Aouar as Lyon stood firm over their €60million (£55m) asking price and 22-year-old attacking midfielder will remain in France for the start of the new Ligue 1 campaign. The Gunners got a deal over the line for Atleti midfielder Partey on deadline day (Picture: Getty)Arsenal did, though, strike a last-ditch deal for Thomas Partey, 27, after activating a £45m release clause in his contract at Atletico Madrid and the Ghana international should be in line to feature when Arteta’s men face Manchester City in two weekends’ time.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHowever, Campbell is confident Aouar will still be on Arsenal’s shortlist of transfer targets as the France international has the creative game that Arteta craves in midfield.‘Who is next? Houssem Aouar, we missed you. We didn’t get you this time!’ the former Arsenal striker said on YouTube channel The Highbury Squad.‘Whether we can get you in January, I’m not sure. But I’m sure you’re next on the radar for Mikel Arteta and Edu.‘Somebody like yourself to add to the quality of that midfield, attacking, creative side.‘You hopefully will be a Gunner at some stage in the future.’ Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 8:12 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Advertisement ‘I’m sure you’re next on the radar’ – Kevin Campbell sends direct message to Houssem Aouar after failed Arsenal transfer Lyon were demanding an eye-watering fee of £55.5m for Aouar (Picture: Getty)Alan Smith said it was a ‘real shame’ when it became clear Arsenal’s hopes of landing Aouar were over this summer.‘They have been linked with Aouar from Lyon for a while,’ the ex-Arsenal forward told Sky Sports.‘It sounds like that’s dead and that’s a real shame. ‘He’s that creative player like Mesut Ozil was for a long time and Santi Cazorla was for a long time. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘When you have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette up front, you need good service.‘A creative player is what they are missing. They have solid midfielders but lack a player with that vision.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Mesut Ozil left out of Arsenal’s Europa League squad by Mikel ArtetaMORE: Eddie Nketiah equals record held by Alan Shearer and Arsenal flop Francis Jeffers Comment Advertisement
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The governance of London-listed JPJ Group Plc has this morning confirmed that it has reached a ‘conditional arrangement’ to acquire operating partner Gamesys Limited outright.JPJ has put forward a £490 million transaction, moving to acquire Gamesys platforms and the operated brands of Virgin Games, Virgin Casino, Monopoly Casino, and Heart Bingo.Founded in 2001, Gamesys is the former operating company of JackpotJoy brands, a division sold to former Canadian igaming group Intertain for £430 million in 2015.Following a wholesale corporate reorganisation in 2017, which would see Intertain migrate its listings and holdings onto the London Stock Exchange, a new executive formed JackpotJoy Plc – later renamed as JPJ Group.In its filing, JPJ informs that it will pay £250 million in cash for Gamesys assets (excluding sports betting properties), with a further £175 million contribution added to an enlarged and renamed ‘Gamesys Group Plc’ debt facilities.The transaction represents an estimated multiple of 7.3x adjusted EBITDA for Gamesys assets for the 12 months ending December 2018.Lee Fenton – GamesysShould the acquisition be finalised, a new leadership team will be formed from JPJ and Gamesys executives, with current Gamesys CEO Lee Fenton appointed as Gamesys Group Chief Executive.“I am very excited to join the Enlarged Group as CEO,” said Fenton. “This is a strategically important transaction that adds scale and combines complementary capabilities as the competitive and regulatory environment continues to evolve. The Enlarged Group’s combined brand portfolio, strategically aligned operating structure, technology capabilities and exceptional combined talent base will create significant opportunities for growth in the market.”Fenton will be supported by Robeson Reeves as Group COO and Keith Laslop as Group CFO. Current JPJ Chief Executive Simon Wykes will assume the role of ‘Transition Director’ for a 12-month period following the transaction.Neil Goulden – JPJ GroupAt a governance level, an enlarged Gamesys Group will be led by Neil Goulden as Executive Chairman.“This Acquisition marks an important transformational step in JPJ’s growth, providing significant benefits for shareholders, employees and customers,” said Goulden. “For shareholders, we expect the acquisition to deliver earnings accretion in the first full financial year of ownership, while our employees will benefit from the combination of two companies with a strong commitment to responsible gaming and where the greater scale will further enhance our product development and technology capabilities.“The rationale for the acquisition of Gamesys is based on growth and both teams – at JPJ and our new colleagues joining us from Gamesys – are excited and motivated by the great opportunity which lies ahead.” Share Submit Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot March 17, 2020 Gamesys maintains UK growth as Euro regulatory headwinds stall performance August 11, 2020 Share
African football must do more to combat match-fixing in order to restore people’s faith in the game, former FIFA official Chris Eaton has said.Eaton, once the security chief for world football’s governing body, called for a regional body to investigate credible allegations of fixing to be set up.He told the Associated Press that football organisations, gambling companies and police should be involved in the investigative body, which he said would need both internal and external funding.“Africa needs a substantial continental reform, really. I think you will find most serious people in sport in Africa today recognise that,” he said.“There is a need for regulation and oversight of the official and even unofficial bodies that are part of the sporting milieu.”Eaton said he believed a lack of interest from politicians was hampering efforts to combat fixing, adding that there was an “enormous amount of allegations involving Africans in match-fixing”. “It is a lack of political will,” he explained. “African police are as competent and capable as any police in the world. There is no doubt that, if they put their will to it and have the funding to it, they can do it.”The Confederation of African Football, whose president Issa Hayatou was recently re-elected unopposed, did not tackle the issue of fixing at a recent conference.Earlier this year, the European police agency Europol said it had uncovered 300 games outside the continent, the majority of them being in Africa, Asia and South and Central America, in which fixing was suspected.