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Ex-Chelsea midfielder Mikel considering Premier League offers - source

Frank Lampard's Derby County secured a playoff semifinal against Marcelo Bielsa's Leeds United with a 2-1 win over West Brom, pipping Middlesbrough to sixth place.

John Obi Mikel is closing in on a return to the Premier League with a source telling ESPN FC that the former Chelsea star is considering multiple offers from around the league  and could make a decision before heading off to the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria.

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Mikel, 32, left Chelsea on a free transfer for Tianjin TEDA in the Chinese Super League in 2017 after...

2019 Afcon qualifiers key squads

The final round of Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers runs from 22 to 24 March. Which teams have opted to rest some of their biggest stars?

Nigeria (vs Seychelles - 22 March):

Goalkeepers: Francis Uzoho (Anorthosis Famagusta, Cyprus); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Katsina United); Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa)

Defenders: Olaoluwa Aina (Torino, Italy); Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor, Turkey); Valentine Ozornwafor (Enyimba); Chidozie Awaziem (Rizespor, Turkey); William Troost-Ekong (Udinese, Italy); Leon...

Middlesbrough sign former Nigeria star John Obi Mikel on short-term deal

Middlesbrough have signed former Nigeria and Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel on a short-term deal in an effort to help them gain promotion to the Premier League.

Mikel, 31, arrives at the Riverside Stadium as a free agent after leaving China's Tianjin Teda at the end of the Chinese Super League season in November.

He rose to prominence during an 11-year stint with Chelsea, winning two Premier League titles, three FA Cups and the Champions League in 2012.

He also won the African Nations Cup in...

Chelsea's Victor Moses joins Fenerbahce on 18-month loan deal

Chelsea's Victor Moses has joined Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce on an 18-month loan deal.

Moses, 28, flew to Istanbul on Wednesday to hold talks with Fenerbahce after falling out of Maurizio Sarri's first-team plans and playing only 26 minutes in the Premier League this season

Chelsea had been hoping to sell Moses this month but no suitable offers emerged, meaning he has been allowed to move on loan.

He joined Chelsea from Wigan for around £9 million in 2012, with his fortunes shifting...

Nigeria edge South Africa for 11th African women's title

Nigeria needed penalties to claim the 2018 Africa Women Cup of Nations championship over South Africa, after the match ended 0-0 on Saturday.

Goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi was the hero of the day, saving Houston Dash midfielder Linda Motlhalo's effort from the spot to hand her side the trophy in Accra, Ghana.

The Super Falcons did have a chance to seal the title in regulation time, but former Arsenal striker Assisat Oshoala sent her penalty attempt wide of goal in the 75th minute.

The triumph gives...