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Jesse Ryder out of induced coma and interacting with family after sickening assault in Christchurch

Ryder releases statement after brutal attack as cricketer says he feels 'heaps better' after coming out of induced coma

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

00:05 GMT, 31 March 2013

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UPDATED:

07:04 GMT, 31 March 2013

New Zealand cricketer Jesse Ryder today said he was 'heaps better' but 'really tired' in his first public statement since the attack which put him in intensive care.

The 28-year-old Wellington all-rounder was admitted to Christchurch Hospital in the early hours of Thursday morning and placed in an induced coma after suffering multiple injuries, including a fractured skull, in an attack outside a bar.

Ryder was yesterday brought out of the coma and is now out of intensive care.

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Critical condition: Jesse Ryder

Support: Ryder

Stable condition: Jesse Ryder has come out of an induced coma and is regaining speech

Scene: The New Zealand cricketer was attacked close to Aikmans Bar

Scene: The New Zealand cricketer was attacked close to Aikmans Bar

He today he released a statement
saying: 'I just want to let everyone know that I’m okay. I feel heaps
better today but still really tired.

'I’ve been reading your messages that have been sent so thank you to everyone for thinking of me over the last few days.

'I want to thank everyone who has
been caring for me at the hospital – they have been awesome. Thank you
to my family and friends who have been here also.'

Two men – a 20-year-old and a 37-year-old who police said are related – will appear in court on Thursday charged with assault.

Found: The McDonald's in Merivale, Christchurch, where Ryder was found

Followed: The McDonald's in Merivale, Christchurch, where Ryder was attacked

Induced coma: Ryder remains in Christchurch hospital

Induced coma: Ryder remains in Christchurch hospital

Police chief reveals details of incident which left Jesse Ryder…

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Police believe Ryder was involved in
an altercation with two people outside Aikmans bar in the Christchurch
suburb of Merivale shortly after 12.30am local time on Thursday morning,
and was then assaulted by one of the two, who followed him towards the
car park of a nearby McDonald’s.

Ryder, a controversial figure whose
career has been plagued by off-field incidents, has not played for New
Zealand since February last year.

He spent three days in intensive care
but on Saturday his manager, Aaron Klee, revealed that he is now
breathing independently and talking to his family. Police have arrested
two men.

Former New Zealand pace bowler Iain O'Brien said of Ryder: 'He's the kind of guy that always will have a drink.

Jesse Ryder

Jesse Ryder

International: Ryder has played 18 Tests, 39 ODIs and 20 T20s for his country

'When he is off the stuff he's a
wonderful, wonderful man – he's one of the funniest guys and very jovial
– but on the other side of it, when he has been drinking he can
certainly suffer the lows.'

Ryder has played 18 Tests and 39 one-day internationals for the Black Caps, his last appearance an ODI against South Africa.

Huddersfield 2 Middlesbrough 1 – match report: Danny Ward scores late winner to complete comeback

Huddersfield 2 Middlesbrough 1: Ward's late show completes dramatic comeback

By
John Edwards

PUBLISHED:

23:04 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

02:12 GMT, 6 March 2013

Mark Robins could hardly have done more to engineer his first home win as Huddersfield manager after two of his second-half substitutes inspired a dramatic late turnaround at a mist-shrouded John Smith’s Stadium last night.

Middlesbrough looked primed to add a desperately needed three points to their faltering promotion campaign when Scott McDonald slid home a Sammy Ameobi cross at the far post just 12 minutes from time.

But Alan Lee equalised with his first touch, just seconds after going on in the 86th minute, and fellow substitute Danny Ward crowned a stunning fightback with a brilliant winner in stoppage time.

Hero: Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies celebrates with Danny Ward, who scored the winning goal

Hero: Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies celebrates with Danny Ward, who scored the winning goal

MATCH FACTS

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard (Wallace 66), Dixon, Clayton, Gobern, Norwood (Lee 84), Danns, Novak, Robinson (Ward 78).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Arfield, Atkinson, Lynch.

Goals: Lee 86, Ward 90.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Smallwood (Rhys Williams 59), McManus, Hines, Friend, Leadbitter, Bailey, McEachran (Ledesma 58), McDonald, Ameobi, Miller (Main 68).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Carayol, Haroun, Emnes.

Booked: Smallwood, Ledesma.

Goals: McDonald 78.

Att: 12,705

Ref: Stuart Attwell (Warwickshire).

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‘I was proud of my players, and it is more pleasing than ever when substitutions come off,’ said Robins.

‘Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t, but it showed how the lads on the bench have been champing at the bit to get on.

‘That was the best we’ve played in my time here, and it has to give the players confidence to know they can pass the ball on what was a cabbage patch of a pitch.’

After squandering several clear chances, and being denied a penalty when Middlesbrough striker Ameobi poleaxed Theo Robinson with a kick in the face as he tried to clear, Huddersfield looked like paying the price when McDonald scored.

In retaliation, Robins sent on Lee and his big front-runner promptly pounced on a Peter Clarke header, from a right-wing corner, and toe-ended it past Boro keeper Jason Steele from point-blank range.

There was nothing scrappy about Ward’s winner as, just 12 minutes after going on, he gained possession on the right and cut inside before hammering a left-foot drive beyond Steele.

On course: Scott McDonald gave Middlesbrough the lead in the 78th minute

On course: Scott McDonald gave Middlesbrough the lead in the 78th minute

Reflecting on his side’s eighth
defeat in 11 games, Middlesbrough manager Tony Mowbray said: ‘When you
go in front late on, in a drab game low on quality, you hope you are
going to see it out.

‘The equaliser was particularly
disappointing because you expect your big players to get the first
contact when a corner comes in.

‘They made changes near the end to try to get back into it, but you have to adapt and cope with that.’

Adverse weather: The match was played under heavy fog at the John Smith's Stadium

Adverse weather: The match was played under heavy fog at the John Smith's Stadium

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Martin Jol: Fulham are interested in Derby"s Will Hughes

Jol confirms Fulham interest in Derby teenage maestro Hughes… but faces battle with NINE other clubs

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UPDATED:

12:32 GMT, 26 December 2012

Fulham manager Martin Jol has confirmed his interest in Derby's promising teenage midfielder Will Hughes.

The talented 17-year-old has attracted the attention of an array of Barclays Premier League clubs – Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham among them – and Jol is aware that he could consequently prove problematic to sign.

'Believe me, there is probably 10 clubs in the Premier League having a look at him,' the Dutchman said.

Tottenham, Chelsea and Fulham target Will Hughes

Target: The classy Hughes is interesting several Premier League clubs

'He is one of these wonderful talents so he is always on lists. If you have a good scouting system, he will always be on the list but we will see.'

Regardless of whether Hughes is to arrive, it cannot be overlooked that Fulham are short in central midfield after the summer exits of Mousa Dembele, Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu.

Mahamadou Diarra will soon also be unavailable when with Mali at the African Cup of Nations, but Jol is insistent that one who will not be coming in to strengthen them is Inter Milan's McDonald Mariga.

On his way: Fulham will be without Diarra for the African Cup of Nationa

On his way: Fulham will be without Diarra for the African Cup of Nationa

'I could easily say I don’t know him but he is the brother of the Celtic boy [Victor Wanyama]' Jol said.

'He is an interesting player but I have to be honest and say we’re not looking at him. We did a couple of years ago.'

Stoke defender Ryan Shotton found not guilty after fight outside night club

Stoke defender Shotton found not guilty after fight outside nightclub

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UPDATED:

13:09 GMT, 18 December 2012

Shotton has been on Stoke's books all his career

Shotton has been on Stoke's books all his career

Stoke defender Ryan Shotton has been found not guilty of punching a man on a night out.

Shotton was found to have acted in defence of his friend when he knocked out Mark McDonald in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

The fight happened in the early hours of Sunday, June 24.

The single punch 28-year-old Shotton delivered knocked McDonald out, leaving him with a cut, magistrates sitting at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard.

Shotton pleaded not guilty on the basis of self-defence following the fight with McDonald and his friend David Broomhall.

McDonald and Shotton, who was with friends, had an altercation on the fringes of Torch nightclub’s dancefloor. All parties were drinking on the night.

McDonald and Shotton were shown on the CCTV face to face, with Shotton then punched once in the face by McDonald.

Shotton said he had 'never seen' McDonald before that moment and was taken by surprise.

He said he 'leaned in' to hear what McDonald was saying but that McDonald used the opportunity to land 'a cheeky shot'.

Asked what McDonald said to him, Shotton replied: 'He said “why do you think you run Stoke-on-Trent You don’t run it, I run it. Don’t you know who I am”

'I thought he was just somebody who had come over to talk about football but he was aggressive.'

Mr Broomhall described that altercation as 'a bit of a scuffle; handbags'.

Shotton pleaded not guilty on the basis of self-defence

Shotton pleaded not guilty on the basis of self-defence

Both parties ended up leaving the club within a few minutes of each other.

Outside, Mr McDonald and Mr Broomhall tried to get into another nightclub called Pink when Mr Broomhall said he spotted Shotton and two friends 'walking towards us'.

He said: 'Mr Shotton was beckoning with his arm to Mark to come over.'

Shotton told a different story, saying as he walked along the road 'two men started walking towards us' from across the street.

'I recognised him from earlier and thought “he’s here for round two”,' he told magistrates.

'He came over to me and his body language was very aggressive. His fists were clenched and I was aware he’d struck before.

'I did it (punched him) to protect my friend because he turned towards him just at that moment.'

Outside court, Shotton, who has made seven league appearances for Stoke this season, said he was 'a happy man' and that he had received 'justice'.

Wally Downes leaves West Ham

Downes leaves post as West Ham first team coach with immediate effect

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UPDATED:

19:19 GMT, 11 December 2012

Wally Downes has left his position as first team coach at West Ham with immediate effect.

The 51-year-old, who joined the club in 2010 as defensive coach, was appointed in the role after Sam Allardyce replaced Avram Grant following relegation to the npower Championship in 2011.

Happy Hammers: Downes (right) celebrates Modibo Maiga's winning goal against Chelsea with assistant boss Neil McDonald (left) and Sam Allardyce (second right)

Happy Hammers: Downes (right) celebrates Modibo Maiga's winning goal against Chelsea with assistant boss Neil McDonald (left) and Sam Allardyce (second right)

Allardyce is understood to rate Downes
highly and spoke publicly of his regret at not appointing him as No 2
at Ewood Park during his his stint as Blackburn boss.

A
founding member of Wimbledon's Crazy Gang, after his career ended in
1988, Downes has backroom experience at Crystal Palace, Brentford –
whom he managed between 2002 and 2004 – Reading and Southampton.

On the move: Wally Downes has left West Ham after two years at the club

On the move: Downes has left West Ham after two years at the club

Middlesbrough 3 Huddersfield 0 – match report: Scott McDonald hits double

Middlesbrough 3 Huddersfield 0: McDonald double gets Boro back to winning ways

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UPDATED:

22:31 GMT, 27 November 2012

Scott McDonald's brace helped Middlesbrough recover from back-to-back defeats as they recorded a convincing win over an out-of-sorts Huddersfield.

Boro's impressive start to the campaign had hit a snag when they suffered successive losses to Cardiff and Bristol City, but they got back to winning ways in front of nearly 22,000 at the Riverside this evening.

With Marvin Emnes and Ishmael Miller both on the bench, McDonald repaid manager Tony Mowbray's faith in starting him by stabbing home the opener.

At the double: Scott McDonald (right) hit two goals as Middlesbrough beat Huddersfield

At the double: Scott McDonald (right) hit two goals as Middlesbrough beat Huddersfield

MATCH FACTS

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Halliday (Parnaby 90), Ledesma (Zemmama 87), Bailey, McEachran, Smallwood, McDonald, Jutkiewicz (Miller 87).

Subs Not Used: Leutwiler, Thomson, Emnes, Luke Williams.

Booked: Hoyte.

Goals: McDonald 28, Ledesma 66, McDonald 85.

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Lynch, Peter Clarke, Dixon, Ward, Norwood (Atkinson 54), Arfield, Robinson (Hammill 54), Church, Novak (Lee 68).

Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Gerrard, Wallace.

Att: 21,850

Ref: Scott Mathieson (Cheshire).

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Only the crossbar denied the hosts a
second before the break as Huddersfield goalkeeper Alex Smithies pushed
Peter Clarke's hacked clearance on to the woodwork.

Lukas Jutkiewicz and McDonald
continued to cause the visitors' back four problems but it was Emmanuel
Ledesma who got the second goal with a dipping free-kick just after the
hour mark.

McDonald then fired in his second of
the evening, Jutkiewicz once again grabbing the assist, to extend
Huddersfield's winless streak to three games.

Both sides made changes from their weekend XIs and it was Huddersfield who were the more impressive starters.

After a couple of speculative efforts
went wide, Jack Hunt's mazy run culminated in a vicious left-foot strike
which just whistled over the top of the crossbar.

There was plenty of frustration for
the home side early on as Josh McEachran and Ledesma failed to coax out
their creative sides.

That all changed 28 minutes in, though, as McDonald turned in Jutkiewicz's centre for the opener.

Justin Hoyte burst into the box from
his right-back berth and rolled the ball to Jutkiewicz, who in turn
fired across goal where McDonald produced one of his predatory finishes.

You beauty: Emmanuel Ledesma (second right) scores the second goal for Boro from a free kick

You beauty: Emmanuel Ledesma (second right) scores the second goal for Boro from a free kick

Terriers captain Clarke then had his goalkeeper Smithies to thank just before the break as he spared the centre-back's blushes.

Jutkiewicz kept his head down when
embarking on a run and was oblivious to the fact nobody in a red shirt
was near his cut across, yet Clarke sliced his clearance towards goal
and Smithies had to palm the ball on to the crossbar.

Smithies' opposite number Jason Steele
also had to be alert to ensure Scott Arfield's dipping effort did not
drop under his crossbar.

McDonald and Jutkiewicz almost
combined to devastating effect once more minutes after the break but the
latter dallied when the chance materialised, allowing Smithies to
narrow the gap and make the save.

Manager Simon Grayson waited less than
10 minutes after the interval to make alterations for the visitors,
introducing Adam Hammill and Chris Atkinson.

It did not prevent Boro's front two
from threatening their goal once more, however, as Jutkiewicz displayed
great strength to turn away from two men before teeing up McDonald, who
smashed an effort narrowly wide.

The hosts did not have to wait much longer to double their advantage as Ledesma curled in a magical 25-yard free-kick.

The Argentinian earned the set piece
himself, when he cajoled Paul Dixon into tripping him, and his curling
effort dipped so low that Smithies could only push it into the roof of
his net.

Jutkiewicz forced Smithies into a good
save before he once more assumed his role as the provider for McDonald
five minutes from time.

The visitors wanted play stopped with
Hunt down on the ground injured but Boro continued unabated and
Jutkiewicz's cushioned header down was drilled home by McDonald to wrap
up the points.

Ched Evans refused appeal against rape conviction

Former Sheffield United striker Evans refused appeal against rape conviction

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UPDATED:

16:06 GMT, 6 November 2012

No appeal: Ched Evans

No appeal: Ched Evans

Former Wales striker Ched Evans has lost a challenge against his conviction for rape.

The ex-Sheffield United and Manchester City player had his case rejected by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

The ruling was made by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, sitting with Mr Justice Mitting and Mr Justice Griffith Williams.

The 23-year-old was jailed for five years in April for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

Evans denied the offence but was
found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court of raping her at a
hotel in North Wales in May last year.

He admitted having sex with her but the woman told the jury she had no memory of the incident.

The prosecution said the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, 23, who also admitted having sex with the victim, was found not guilty of the same charge.

Lord Judge, rejecting the conviction
challenge by Evans, said: 'We can see no possible basis which would
justify us interfering with the verdict of the jury, which heard all the
evidence and reflected on it after careful summing up by the judge.'

The judges also threw out a bid by Evans to have his sentence reduced.

Sunderland 0 Middlesbrough 1 – match report: Scott McDonald stuns Black Cats

Sunderland 0 Middlesbrough 1: McDonald stuns Black Cats and grabs Teeside glory

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UPDATED:

21:42 GMT, 30 October 2012

Martin O'Neill's halo is in danger of slipping after his side crashed out of the Capital One Cup in an embarrassing defeat to near-neighbours Middlesbrough.

The Championship side were thoroughly good value for their victory and a place in the quarter-finals, less than a year after they nearly pulled off an FA Cup triumph at the Stadium of Light.

Former Celtic striker Scott McDonald, who once denied O'Neill the Scottish title as a Motherwell player, scored the dramatic winner in the first half as the visitors totally outplayed their shot-shy hosts.

More to follow.

Aussie rules: Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald (centre) celebrates scoring with Emmanuel Ledesma (left)

Aussie rules: Middlesbrough striker Scott McDonald (centre) celebrates scoring with Emmanuel Ledesma (left)

Back of the net: McDonald (centre, part obscured) flicks Middlesbrough into the lead at the Stadium of Light

Back of the net: McDonald (centre, part obscured) flicks Middlesbrough into the lead at the Stadium of Light

Close contest: McDonald (left) and Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon battle for the ball

Close contest: McDonald (left) and Sunderland striker Stephane Sessegnon battle for the ball

Committed: Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter (right) tries to stop Sunderland's Lee Cattermole

Committed: Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter (right) tries to stop Sunderland's Lee Cattermole

Match facts

Sunderland: Westwood, Bardsley, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Johnson (Campbell 82), Cattermole, Vaughan, Sessegnon, Fletcher, Saha (McClean 69).

Subs not used: Mignolet, Wickham, McFadden, Kilgallon, Meyler.

Middlesbrough: Steele, Hoyte, Hines (Parnaby 65), Bikey, Friend, Ledesma (Reach 79), Leadbitter, Bailey, Haroun, Miller, McDonald.

Subs not used: Leutwiler, Zemmama, Halliday, Park, Smallwood.

Goal: McDonald 39

Booked: McDonald

Referee: Phil Dowd.

Attendance: 32,535

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Pressure mounting: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill endured a difficult night for his side

Pressure mounting: Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill endured a difficult night for his side

Tricky: Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, (right) attempts to get past Middlesbrough's Nicky Bailey

Tricky: Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher, (right) attempts to get past Middlesbrough's Nicky Bailey

Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 1 match report: Scott MCDonald Lee Chung-yong goals

Middlesbrough 2 Bolton 1: McDonald fires two as Boro hit back to stop Trotters

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UPDATED:

16:21 GMT, 27 October 2012

Substitute Scott McDonald scored
twice for Middlesbrough as they came from behind to make it four npower
Championship wins on the bounce.

Boro had trailed when Lee Chung-yong
gave Bolton the lead against the run of play with a cute dinked finish,
but McDonald, who came on in the first half after an injury to Marvin
Emnes, scored his first two goals of the season to maintain their
momentum.

First he was on hand to poke home
from close range following a spill from Adam Bogdan midway through the
second half and then he headed home Emmanuel Ledesma's cross in the
final 10 minutes.

Top man: Scott McDonald powered Boro to victory

Top man: Scott McDonald powered Boro to victory

Match facts

Middlesbrough: Steele, Parnaby, Hines, Bikey, Friend, Haroun, Leadbitter, McEachran (Halliday 87), Reach (Ledesma 46), Miller, Emnes (McDonald 22). Subs not used: Leutwiler, Smallwood, Bailey, Hoyte.

Goals: McDonald 67, 85.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mears (Ngog 87), Ricketts, Ream, Warnock, Eagles, Mark Davies (Pratley 77), Lee, Spearing, Petrov (Afobe 65), Kevin Davies. Subs not used: Lynch, Mills, Andrews, Riley.

Booked: Kevin Davies, Eagles.

Goals: Lee 42.

Att: 16,200.

Ref: Gary Sutton.

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Boro, unbeaten in five, remain in third place in the league and look a good bet to mount a serious promotion challenge over the next few weeks.

In contrast new Bolton boss Dougie Freedman has it all to do as Wanderers, who rarely threatened in the second half, languish in lower mid-table, but with the quality on show in their squad they should rise the division in the coming weeks.

Freedman, who will be officially unveiled on Monday afternoon, watched from the stands as Jimmy Phillips took charge for the last time and he was almost out of his seat in the opening two minutes when Chris Eagles unleashed an effort from distance, but it went just wide of the post.

Boro soon found their feet though and Grant Leadbitter tested Bogdan from distance before Ishmael Miller wasted a fine chance when he headed George Friend's probing cross wide in the 10th minute.

The hosts, who were unchanged from Tuesday's win over Hull, were asking all the questions and Bogdan had to be at his best to deny Emnes' powerful effort.

Boro's flow was not interrupted by the injury to Emnes which saw McDonald come on and Miller had another effort go just off target as his curling effort flew wide with Bogdan beaten.

But Boro paid the ultimate price for their failure to score as the visitors stole a 43rd-minute lead.

Interested party: New Bolton boss Dougie Freedman watched from the stands

Interested party: New Bolton boss Dougie Freedman watched from the stands

A loose ball fell to Chung-Yong and after composing himself inside the area he delightfully lifted the ball over Jason Steele to stun the Riverside.

And it could have been even better for Wanderers two minutes later as Lee was presented with a golden chance to double the lead, but trying to repeat his earlier finish he blazed over the bar.

It was an unjust half-time scoreline and Boro came out after the interval trying to put it right, though they struggled to create the same vibrancy.
However, they finally built up a head of steam and levelled midway through the second period.

Miller had the ball on the left and fired in a cross-shot that Bogdan could only parry and McDonald was on hand to stab home from close range.
Boro were flying and McDonald headed another opportunity wide before they had a strong appeal for handball turned down when the ball appeared to strike Sam Ricketts on the arm.

The deserved winner finally came in the 85th minute when McDonald was left unmarked and headed home Ledesma's cross from the left and Boro held on for the three points.

Fulham keen on Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga

Fulham keen on Inter Milan midfielder Mariga in January window

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UPDATED:

22:15 GMT, 24 October 2012

Fulham are considering a January bid for Inter Milan midfielder McDonald Mariga.

The Kenya international, who was once courted by Manchester City, is available for around 6million after being frozen out by coach Andrea Stramaccioni.

Fulham bound McDonald Mariga could head to west London in the January transfer window

Fulham bound McDonald Mariga could head to west London in the January transfer window