Latest transfer reports indicate that Super Eagles captain John Obi Mikel is set for a return to England for his playing career.
According to Sky Sports, Mikel has agreed personal terms with Middlesbrough and is undergoing a medical on Tuesday.
It is understood that the former Chelsea star held talks with Boro manager Tony Pulis at the Middlesbrough training ground last week and is now close to signing a short-term deal with the Championship club.
Mikel, who has been playing for Chinese side Tianjin TEDA, ended his two-year spell recently to find a move to the UK, where his wife and children have stayed after his move abroad.
The 31-year-old spent 11 years at Chelsea, most notably winning one Champions League title, two Premier League titles, the Europa League, three FA Cups and the League Cup.
Mikel had a successful stint at Stamford Bridge, most notably winning the Champions League title in 2012.
Some Nigerians have donned the colours of Middlesbrough in the past but the biggest of them all is Yakubu Aiyegbeni who played for the club from 2005 to 2007, making over 70 appearances and scoring 25 goals.
Since playing for Nigeria at the Russia 2018 World Cup, Mikel has been missing in action for the Super Eagles.
It is expected that if the Boro move sails, Mikel will get the necessary match fitness that could see him return for the upcoming games again Seychelles and Egypt in March 2019.
Maradona plans to remain as head coach of Dorados
Argentine football great Diego Maradona on Friday appeared to backtrack on plans to quit as head coach of Mexican second division side Dorados at the end of the season, Xinhua news agency reported.
Maradona said earlier this month that he was considering leaving because of alleged bias from referees towards opposition teams.
However, the 58-year-old changed his tone after Dorados’ 1-0 home victory over Cimarrones de Sonora in their Ascenso MX quarterfinal first leg.
“I have to talk to (team owner) Jorge Alberto Hank, because I have ideas for the next tournament for Dorados. I feel an attachment with the club and I’ll defend my players to the death,” he told reporters.
The result extended Dorados’ unbeaten run to 10 matches.
The 1986 World Cup winner took charge of Dorados in September, guiding them to last season’s playoffs following six wins in seven matches.
Michael Jordan praises Tiger Woods, says his Masters victory is greatest comeback
Michael Jordan says Tiger Woods’ Masters victory last weekend is the greatest comeback of all-time.
“He had to change his game; he had to change his perspective a little bit,” M.J. told The Athletic … “To me, it was the greatest comeback I’ve ever seen.”
“I never thought he’d get back physically.He didn’t think he’d get back physically. But he did it. No one expected him to be back the way he is now.”
M.J. added, “He’s probably the only person who believed he could get back. To me, that’s a major accomplishment. To me, it’s unbelievable.”
Legendary Sports Broadcaster, Chet Coppock dies from injuries sustained during ghastly auto crash
Chicago sports broadcasting icon, Chet Coppock has died April 6 car after the accident in South Carolina.
Known as ‘The Godfather of Sports, Coppock was seated in the passenger seat during the crash, according to Chicago’s ABC affiliate.
The driver, a woman only identified as a 50-year-old from Hammond, Indiana crossed over the media and struck another vehicle head on before colliding with a third vehicle.
The driver’s condition has not been publicized.
Following the crash, which took place near the South Carolina-Georgia border, Coppock was transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, where he ultimately died on Wednesday.
According to his former wife Anna Marie Busalacchi, Coppock’s family was by his side.
Investigators are continuing to examine the circumstances surrounding the crash.
Coppock’s daughter Lyndsey announced her father’s death on Facebook.
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