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Danny Welbeck pleased with how far he has progressed at Manchester United

Madrid goal has given me the motivation to achieve more, says Welbeck

, given Welbeck has tended to reserve his most productive displays for times when he has been on England duty.

However, it would now be something of a surprise if Sir Alex Ferguson left the 22-year-old out of his starting line-up at Old Trafford next week.

Not bad for a youngster brought up in the same Longsight district of Manchester as Wes Brown, born of parents who both hail from Ghana.

'It was a great feeling to get a goal at the Bernabeu,' said Welbeck.

'The whole occasion was immense, with the number of fans who travelled over and with it being such a big game.

Heads up: Danny Welbeck puts United ahead against Real Madrid

Heads up: Danny Welbeck puts United ahead against Real Madrid

'There was a little part of me thinking I have come a long way in a short space of time.
'But it is something I strived for since I was a little kid.

'I really wanted to play for Manchester United and that was one of the biggest games, so part of me did feel proud.

'But it also gave me the motivation to carry on and try to strive for more.'

Welbeck's lack of goals is rather strange considering he was England's top scorer in 2012 and has never previously found it a problem, even if he is not amongst the most prolific members of Sir Alex Ferguson's squad.

The answer, in his view, is simple, and comes from the role he was asked to carry out in the first leg; out wide, trying to counter whilst not forgetting defensive duties against a side so dangerous on the counter-attack.

'I have not really played in my favourite position,' he said. 'I like to play as a striker but a lot of the time I have been out wide.

'I would like to get more goals, but it is obviously more difficult to get them when you are playing in wider areas.”

Wayne Rooney has been given the same duties on a regular basis during his United career.

Indeed, he was repeating the job Welbeck was doing on the left down United's right-hand flank in Madrid last month, underlining his own selfless contribution to the cause.

It is anticipated more will be demanded of Rooney in attack at Old Trafford, which may mean a switch inside in preference to Shinji Kagawa, who nearly made an impact at the Bernabeu without actually managing it.

That move would possibly trigger a recall for Antonio Valencia, although clearly Ferguson does have options, as he does in the form of Tom Cleverley, Ryan Giggs and Anderson in central midfield if Phil Jones fails to recover from an ankle injury.

'It is the part of the season everyone looks forward to,' said Jonny Evans.

'We are involved in everything and the competitions are all coming in one week.

'The league is the one everyone wants to win but if you asked any player in the Premier League, they would want to play in the Champions League.

Getting on: Welbeck replaces Van Persie to take his chance

Getting on: Welbeck replaces Van Persie to take his chance

'Being at Manchester United, you want that every single season and matches against teams like Real Madrid are ones you need to cherish.

'But we can't just think about what a fantastic occasion it is. We also need to perform.'

Fulham close on 2m Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng

Fulham close on 2m-rated Dnipro midfielder Boateng

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22:41 GMT, 6 December 2012

Fulham have revived their interest in Dnipro midfielder Derek Boateng.

A loan deal for the Ghana
international fell through on August 31 but Fulham are looking to make
the deal permanent for around 2million next month.

Talks: Fulham target Derek Boateng

Talks: Fulham target Derek Boateng

Boateng's representatives were understood to be at the club's Motspur Park training ground on Wednesday in a bid to iron out the terms.

Boateng, 29, signed a four-year contract when he joined Dnipro for around 4.8m from Getafelast year but former Tottenham coach Juande Ramos, now in charge of Dnipro, is ready to sell.

Chelsea and Everton scouts see Waris Majeed hit hat-trick in Sweden

Chelsea and Everton scouts see young Ghana forward hit hat-trick in Sweden

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21:40 GMT, 9 October 2012

Chelsea scouts watched Ghanaian Waris Majeed score a hat-trick for Swedish side BK Hacken against Syrianska at the weekend.

The prolific 21-year-old is normally a forward but figured in midfield.

Everton and Porto were also represented.

On target: Hat-trick hero Waris Majeed celebrates scoring for Hacken

On target: Hat-trick hero Waris Majeed celebrates scoring for Hacken

Richard Kingson claims he was offered bribe for Ghana defeat

Ex-Wigan keeper Kingson claims he was offered bribe to throw World Cup match

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12:09 GMT, 10 September 2012

Ghana goalkeeper Richard Kingson has claimed he rejected a $300,000 (187,000) offer to throw a World Cup match in 2006.

Kingson, 34, explained that the bribe was to ensure his country lost 2-0 to the Czech Republic in the group stage.

He admitted to weighing up the options before deciding against accepting the offer.

Bribe: Richard Kingson claims he was asked to throw this match in Germany

Bribe: Richard Kingson claims he was asked to throw this match in Germany

Kingston said he 'got confused by weighing the options of getting richer by $300,000 after that match, whereas all that I would get in the event of a Ghana victory would be much less – just $3,000'

'In the 2006 World Cup in Germany, we were about to play Czech Republic. /09/10/article-0-0B7701D400000578-886_468x286.jpg” width=”468″ height=”286″ alt=”Former glories: Kingson played for several clubs in England” class=”blkBorder” />

Former glories: Kingson played for several clubs in England

'My wife said: “Richard, I love you not because of your money, so don’t get tempted by this offer to lose your dignity and credibility”.'

Goals from Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari saw Ghana beat the Czechs 2-0. They went on to qualify for the knockout phase, in which they were beaten 3-0 by Brazil.

Emmanuel Frimpong set for Arsenal return

Boost for Arsenal as midfielder Frimpong closes in on return

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08:46 GMT, 6 September 2012

Emmanuel Frimpong could be available for selection by the end of this month after the Arsenal midfielder revealed he's closing in on a return to first-team training.

The news will come as a boost to manager Arsene Wenger who has been without the Ghana-born ace since he damaged his cruciate ligaments in February during a loan spell with Wolves.

Return: Frimpong could be available for selection by the end of the month

Return: Frimpong could be available for selection by the end of the month

'I will be back in full training with the squad on 17th on this month,' Frimpong said on Twitter.

'Two cruciate knee injuries couldn't end my career. It's been a long seven months.'

Frimpong made 14 appearances for Arsenal last term before sealing a loan move to Wolves. He then played four times for the Molineux outfit.

West Ham set to sign John Mensah

West Ham set to snap up free agent defender Mensah despite Sunderland flop

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21:44 GMT, 3 September 2012

John Mensah is expected to sign for West Ham this week.

The Ghana centre-back is a free agent after leaving Panathinaikos.

He struggled for fitness while on loan at Sunderland but the 29-year-old is training at West Ham to prove he is in shape ahead of a deal.

His representative Willie McKay said: 'Several clubs want to sign John but he is keen to join West Ham.'

Proving his fitness: John Mensah had injury problems while at Sunderland

Proving his fitness: John Mensah had injury problems while at Sunderland

Jarvis undergoing medical ahead of West Ham switch after 10.75m fee agreed with Wolves

Jarvis undergoing medical ahead of West Ham switch after 10.75m fee agreed with Wolves

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10:58 GMT, 23 August 2012

On his way: Jarvis is undergoing a medical

On his way: Jarvis is undergoing a medical at West Ham

England international winger Matt Jarvis is undergoing a medical at West Ham after Wolves accepted an offer that could rise to over 10million.

West Ham have been pursuing the former Gillingham player all summer and on Wednesday tabled a fourth bid of 7.5m that could eventually rise to 10.75m.

Wolves have accepted the bid and the 26-year-old is now in London to have a medical and discuss personal terms with the Barclays Premier League side.

The initial 7.5million fee matches the record transfer fee West Ham paid for Craig Bellamy in 2007.

Jarvis joined Wolves from Gillingham in 2007 and has been a regular in the club's starting XI ever since.

The winger was particularly impressive last season when he scored eight goals and provided many assists for the midlands club, who were relegated in April.

The previous season Jarvis earned his only England cap to date when he came off the bench in a friendly against Ghana to become the first Wolves player to represent the Three Lions since Steve Bull 21 years earlier.

Back in action: Jarvis has been featuring for Wolves in the Championship

Back in action: Jarvis has been featuring for Wolves in the Championship

Albert Adomah wanted by Swansea City

Bristol City winger Adomah wanted by Swansea as Laudrup looks to reshape squad

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22:00 GMT, 8 July 2012

Swansea are considering a move for Bristol City winger and Ghana international Albert Adomah.

Adomah, who has two caps for his country, was a shining light for the Robins in an otherwise disappointing campaign last season as they narrowly avoided relegation from the Championship.

New Swansea boss Michael Laudrup hopes that the former Barnet man can come in and compete for a starting place with Scott Sinclair, Nathan Dyer and Wayne Routledge.

Great Dane: Laudrup is about to embark upon his first season in England

Great Dane: Laudrup is about to embark upon his first season in England

Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan signs for Al-Ain

Sunderland striker Gyan seals permanent 6m move to Al-Ain

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UPDATED:

10:50 GMT, 6 July 2012

Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan has completed a permanent 6million move to United Arab Emirates side Al-Ain.

The 26-year-old Ghana international, who spent most of last season on loan at the club, has sealed a permanent move.

It is understood Al-Ain also paid the Black Cats around 6million for Gyan's temporary stay.

Moving on: Asamoah Gyan (right) has signed a permanent deal with Al-Ain

Moving on: Asamoah Gyan (right) has signed a permanent deal with Al-Ain

Euro 2012: Danny Welbeck – 7 things you didn"t know

Seven things you didn't know about England goal hero Welbeck

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23:05 GMT, 15 June 2012

Full name Daniel Nii Tackie Mensah Welbeck – but everyone knows him simply as Danny.

His parents (Victor and Elizabeth, both social workers) are Ghanaian. The Ghanaian FA reportedly tried to sign him up before he played for England at junior level. He made his England debut as a late sub in the home friendly against Ghana in March 2011. He was booed by a section of the away fans.

Cheeky: Danny Welbeck scores England's winner

Cheeky: Danny Welbeck scores England's winner

He was rejected by Manchester City as an eight-year-old. ‘City custard-pied me as a kid,’ he said in March this year.

He was first spotted by Manchester United as a six-year-old and, later as a 13-year-old, he featured in a Manchester United coaching video being tutored by Ruud van Nistelrooy. Check it out on YouTube, it’s called ‘Play It Like A Champion’.

His favourite meal is Nandos — like a lot of footballers — but he admits he’s nervous eating in public and prefers takeaway.

Danny joy: Welbeck celebrates

Danny joy: Welbeck celebrates

He’s a clever boy — he left school with nine GCSEs at C or above, including As in English literature and maths.

His business affairs are looked after by his savvy brothers. Brother Chris — Danny’s the youngest of three — negotiated loan moves for him to Preston and Sunderland, Sir Alex Ferguson described those spells as ‘the making of him’.