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Warriors target set for Dutch switch

Warriors target set for Dutch switch

Warriors target set for Dutch switch

REISS NELSON, the Arsenal winger who has been courted by the Warriors in the last three years, appears set for a switch to Dutch side Feyenoord.

The club had targeted bringing on board Manchester United winger, Amad Diallo, but the deal collapsed after the Ivoirian was injured, just before completing his move.

United confirmed Diallo sustained the injury in training, ahead of his scheduled temporary switch to the Dutch side, and the 19-year-old will remain in Manchester, for treatment.

‘’Manchester United can confirm that Amad has sustained a thigh muscle injury in training and is likely to be out for six weeks,’’ a club statement read.

‘’Unfortunately, this happened just before his planned loan move to Feyenoord.

‘’Amad will remain at United and rehabilitate back to full fitness.’’

Diallo completed a £37 million move to United from Atalanta in January.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had confirmed Diallo was set to go out on loan.

Now, the Dutch club have turned their attention to Nelson, whose Zimbabwean father means he has been a target for the Warriors.

Feyenoord director of football, Frank Arnesen, is keen to bring in quality from the English Premier League, to boost his side, and has targeted 21-year-old Nelson, who has been the subject of enquiries from Crystal Palace.

Arsenal are trying to finalise a new contract for the England Under-21 international before allowing him to move to Holland.

Feyenoord had been hoping to sign Diallo from United but he picked up a thigh injury training at the weekend and will be out for six weeks.

In July last year, Nelson, scored his first Premiership goal to help Arsenal beat champions Liverpool 2-1, at the Emirates.

The exciting forward, who was born in the rough south London area of Elephant and Castle and grew up in Aylesbury Estate, known as “Hell’s Waiting Room,’’ because of the poverty, drugs and violent crime, has a Zimbabwean father and an English mother.

Very little, though, is known about the father, someone Nelson — whose development masterplan included a loan stint at Knowledge Musona’s former club in Germany, TSG Hoffenheim — doesn’t appear too eager to acknowledge whenever he talks about his life and career.

His mother, Phyllis, and elder brother, Ricky, though, are always part of his narrative.

“When I was growing up, I used to have loads of Thierry jerseys hanging on my wall,’’ he told the official Arsenal website. “My mum used to work really hard to buy those shirts so when I got one I could wear, I used to have it on every day.

“I never thought the day would come where people had my name on the back of their shirt but since I’ve broken into the first team, I’ve seen a few on matchdays around the Emirates and, obviously, in the dressing room, too.

“Obviously, I’ve dished out a load of my shirts to friends and family but I made sure that my mum and brother got the first ones.

“They’ve been on this journey with me since day one , making my senior debut, was a real family achievement, it felt like all the hard work had paid off.’’

Warriors’ team manager, Wellington Mpandare, has been chasing long and hard, to try and get Nelson to commit his future to the Warriors, even though he has played his youth international football for England.

Mpandare even enlisted the services of Super Eagles midfielder, Alex Iwobi, to try and convince Nelson to play for the Warriors but, after the Nigerian left to move to Everton, it became a tough task.

“You never know,’’ Mpandare said when asked if bringing in Nelson, to play for the Warriors should now be considered Mission Impossible?

“In football, things can change in an instant and this isn’t a game where you can say this will never happen, even when the chances are slim.’’

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