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Badu eyes new challenge after Bursaspor switch

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Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu anticipates extended lay-off

Ghana's Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu will miss the start of the Serie A season after undergoing knee surgery last week.

The Udinese midfielder told KweséESPN that he will be out for a minimum of six weeks and expects to be back in action in the first week of September.

"I have had a bit of pain in my knees since January, when I picked up an injury in Turkey, and even though I tried to cope, we decided with the Udinese team doctor that it will be better to correct it now," Badu began.

"It means I...

Top African done deals of the last seven days

Across Europe, the new season is already underway, but the beginning of the on-field action hasn't seen any slowing down of the business off it.

As ever, African players have been the subjects of some of the more eye-catching moves of the window.

Here are five that have got us particularly excited this week.

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu [Udinese - Bursaspor] loan: Badu had appeared set for a move to England, as while the Ghana international denied there was ever any chance of a move to Huddersfield Town,...

Harry Redknapp accuses Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu of broken promise

Harry Redknapp has accused Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu of breaking a promise of joining Birmingham City after the Ghana international completed a loan move to Bursaspor.

The midfielder's season-long switch from Udinese was confirmed by the Turkish club on Thursday, and while Badu has told KweseESPN he's delighted to have opted for the Super Lig, his decision has left some sour grapes in the Championship.

In an interview with talkSPORT, Redknapp has revealed his disappointment at missing out on the 26-year-old.

"I...

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu eyes new challenge after Bursaspor switch

Ghana midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is eyeing a new challenge after completing his season-long loan switch to Bursaspor from Udinese.

The Turkish side confirmed the deal on their official website on Thursday, and after ending his seven-year stay with Udinese, Badu is convinced that he's made the right move.

"I needed a new challenge after ten years in Italy and Bursaspor made an offer that I liked a lot," he told KweséESPN. "I like the challenge of coming to a new club, new league so hopefully...

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu welcomes Afcon date switch

Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu of Ghana
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu of Ghana

Ghana international Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu has welcomed the changes to the Africa Cup of Nations and says that CAF's decision will ease the pressure on players.

The Confederation of African Football confirmed on Thursday that the biennial competition will be expanded to 24 teams - from 16 - and that the tournament will be moved to June and July rather than January and February.

The Udinese midfielder, a veteran of five Nations Cups, also believes that the tournament expansion will make it a harder...