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Riyad Mahrez has been allowed to leave the Algeria squad to "formalise" his move from Leicester City, according to the Algerian Football Federation (FAF).

Since expressing his desire to leave the 2015-16 Premier League champions, the 26-year-old has been the subject of three bids from Italian club Roma.

The FAF said he had been given permission to miss training to agree to a deal before the transfer deadline.

Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea are also said to be interested.

But Arsenal are not in contention to sign the winger.

Roma's third bid was reported to be £32m and the Italian club has said they are now looking at other options. 

A statement from the FAF said Mahrez "was authorised by the national team coach Lucas Alcaraz and the Algerian Football Federation to make an express trip to Europe to formalise on Thursday his transfer to his new club. The national team will fly without him on Thursday morning to Lusaka to face Zambia on Saturday."

Mahrez was named the PFA Player of the Year after playing a key part in Leicester's title-winning season.

He has featured in all three of the Foxes' Premier League fixtures so far this term.

Following weeks of speculations over his future, Nigerian prodigy, Kelechi Iheanacho completed his anticipated £25 million move from Manchester City to Leicester City after passing a medical on Tuesday evening.


The transfer was held up by legal issues over his image rights with his former agents. But sources close to the player confirmed that after passing his medical on Tuesday, the player signed a five-year contract with the Foxes.

                                                                KELECHI IHEANACHO having his medical at the king power

The fee makes him the most expensive Nigerian player, displacing Odion Ighalo when he signed for Chinese club Changchun Yatai for £20m in January. It is also the second highest African transfer fee this season behind Mohamed Salah's £34.3m move from Roma to Liverpool.


A buy-back clause was inserted in the contract by Manchester City for one of Europe's brightest young footballers. The clause has been pegged at £50m.


Meanwhile, an announcement is expected within the next 24-48 hours as the club tidy up legal details in respect of his former representatives.


Iheanacho's arrival brings to three the number of Nigerians at the King Power after Ahmed Musa and Wilfred Ndidi.

West Ham United's spending spree has threatened to push Andre Ayew down the pecking order at the East London club. 

The Hammers have reinforced their attacking options with the signings of Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez in recent weeks, and Ayew will be wary of the fact that his place in the starting eleven is under threat. 

Ayew completed a then club record £20.5 million move from Swansea City 12 months ago, and despite injury and his participation at the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations restricting his game time at the club - the Ghana international started the last 10 games of the season. 

With Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini, Robert Snodgrass, Sofiane Feghouli and utility player Michail Antonio also vying for a starting spot - the 27-year-old will have to be at his best if he is to continue being a first team regular. 

In 59 Premier League appearances, Ayew has scored 18 goals, chipping in with a further eight assists. 

Reports coming out of the United Kingdom suggest that Ivory Coast international Wilfried Bony could be in line for a Swansea City return. 

The 28-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Stoke City, has found game time at Manchester City hard to come by with the forward unable to showcase the form that earned him a big money move to the Etihad Stadium in 2015. 

Bony joined The Citizens from Swansea City for a reported £28 million two years ago, but struggled for game time on his return from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations where the Elephants emerged victorious. 

The burly attacker found himself behind Kelechi Iheanacho and Sergio Aguero in the pecking order for most of the following season - prompting a move to the Potters on Pep Guardiola's arrival. 

According to the BBC, the Swans are eager to bring Bony back to the Liberty Stadium despite his recent troubles. Marseille, Lille, Fenerbahce and clubs in China are also reportedly interested in signing the forward. 

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