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Irish sovereign fund increases exposure to alternatives

first_imgIreland’s sovereign development fund returned 3.4% last quarter, as exposure increased towards alternative assets.According to the latest quarterly update, the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) has seen its cash holdings dip by nearly €90m since the end of 2014.At the same time, its alternatives portfolio grew by €251m, with the increases spread across all five asset classes.While property, infrastructure and absolute return fund portfolios all increased slightly, private equity and commodity holdings rose by €80m and €73m, respectively, accounting for nearly 61% of new assets within alternatives. The ISIF overall saw a 3.4% return from its discretionary portfolio, comprising alternatives, equities, cash and bonds.The fund’s directed portfolio, valued at €13.6bn at the end of March, saw noticeably lower growth, returning 1.2%.The directed portfolio, under the control of the Irish government since it was used to acquire shares of Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland ahead of the country’s bailout, also shrank in size compared with the end of last year, with €1.6bn withdrawn by the Ministry of Finance.The update also revealed ISIF had committed a further €40m to an unnamed venture capital fund that had attracted €35m in third-party capital.The new project, yet to be announced, meant the ISIF had attracted €3.8bn in capital to projects targeting Ireland, ranging from a €300m investment to Irish Water to €18m in funding for a road construction project.With a discretionary portfolio of €7.4bn, the ISIF is meant to act as a development fund, boosting Ireland’s economy.It recently concluded a tender for a peer-to-peer lending fund that it could help finance.last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgATP, Danish Investment Funds Association, UK Treasury, Department for Work & Pensions, Jim O’Neill, Ros AltmannATP – ATP’s head of press, pensions and investment, Anders Klinkby Madsen, is moving to the Danish Investment Funds Association (Investeringsfondsbranchen or IFB) to lead the industry body as chief executive from 1 August. The association said that, with the appointment, it was expanding its management in response to growth in the organisation, as well as an increase in the demands placed on it over the last 10-15 years. The IFB’s current director Jens Jørgen Holm Møller will continue in his role alongside Klinkby, focusing particularly on the technical aspects of work within the sector and continuing to represent Denmark within a Nordic, as well as an international, context, the organisation said.UK Treasury – Former Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill has been appointed commercial secretary at the UK Treasury by re-elected Conservative prime minister David Cameron. He will also be given a life peerage. Chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne, outlining his plans to boost economic activity in the North of England, has said O’Neill will work on devolving power from government, delivering big infrastructure investments and links to emerging economies. UK Department for Work & Pensions – In UK government appointments following last week’s Conservative victory in the general election, Iain Duncan Smith has been re-appointed as secretary of state for work and pensions, while Lord Freud, a Conservative member of the House of Lords, is to continue as minister for welfare reform. Priti Patel has been appointed minister for employment. She was exchequer secretary to the Treasury from July 2014 to May 2015. Ros Altmann, a high-profile independent analyst and commentator on pensions, has become the new minister for pensions, replacing Liberal Democrat Steve Webb, who lost his seat in the election. Altmann is to be given a life peerage. Justin Tomlinson has been given the role of minister for disabled people.last_img read more

Help protect our children from the radical sexual agenda

first_imgKind regards Bob McCoskrieNational Director If you have children at school, please do the following:1. Contact your Principal this week and ask them to provide you with the content of any sex education classes, and also whether any outside groups are brought in to teach them. Don’t accept their assurances. Check the material yourself. What they think is acceptable may not be acceptable for you.2. If they refuse or won’t supply all the material, you can complain to the Board of Trustees. In extreme cases, you could apply for the material under the Official Information Act.3. If you are not happy with the content material, or groups such as Rainbow Youth, AIDS Foundation, or Family Planning are coming in to the school, take your concerns to the Board of Trustees. Remember – they are parents just like you, and may be just as concerned as you are when they view the material.4. If you are still concerned, find other parents who are concerned. It won’t be hard. Send a delegation to the school.5. Our recommendation is that you remove your children from any sex education classes – as is your right. READ THE LAW. Yes, your child may feel left out from the rest of the class, but from the feedback we receive, the children who have to stay in are often envious and wish they could also get out of the yucky and embarrassing class. At the end of the day, protecting the moral innocence of your child is the priority. Parents are the best sex educators of their own children.6. You may also like to write to the Minister of Education if you have examples that you believe she should know about hekia.parata@parliament.govt.nzRadical sex education agendas have only survived when either parents are unaware of what’s going on, or don’t feel they can do anything about it.It’s time that ‘Parent Power’ cleaned up our classrooms!Please let us know any success stories so we can pass them on. And if you have difficulties dealing with the school, also let us know. How did it even makes its way in to the classroom? But it’s not the first time this has been reported. In one example, a mixed class of boys and girls were asked by the AIDS Foundation if they had masturbated lately and were given condoms and strawberry-flavoured lubricant. They were also given a leaflet featuring graphic pictures, terms including “co*k” and “wa*k”, and advice on the best condoms. Reports in 2011 revealed that 14-year-old girls are being taught how to put condoms on plastic penises, and one female teacher imitated the noises she made during orgasm to her class of 15-year-olds. In yet another example, a concerned father took his 12-year-old son out of a sex education class at his all-boy school after he came home upset about what had happened during one of the lessons. It included a question-and-answer session that focused on, “I have learned that my girlfriend has a thing called a clitoris. I really want to play with it. Is that okay?” The answer was: “Yes, if you ask her and she’s okay with it.”At the end of last year, we alerted the media to plans by Family Planning to introduce ‘sexuality education’ in schools to children aged as young as 5. If we hadn’t spoken up, it would have gone ‘under the radar’ – which is exactly how these groups want to operate.AN EXPERT REVIEW OF THE MATERIALLast year, we released a review of sex education resources recommended to adolescents in NZ and which were taught in NZ schools. The Report “R18: Sexuality Education in New Zealand – A Critical Reviewby US psychiatrist Dr Miriam Grossman found that the resources fail to tell the full facts and compromise the concerns and wishes of parents, and the safety of young people.“A premise of modern sex education is that young people have the right to make their own decisions about sexual activity, and no judging is allowed. Risky behaviours are normalised and even celebrated. Children and adolescents are introduced to sexual activities their parents would prefer they not even know about, let alone practice. It’s reasonable to ask: is the ‘comprehensive sexuality education’ foisted on young people all over the world about sexual health, or sexual licence? While most of these resources claim to promote sexual health, we find, overall, little encouragement of restraint or self-discipline. Instead, students are informed that at any age, sexual freedom is a ‘right’,”warned Dr Grossman.“The information is not accurate, comprehensive, or up-to-date. Sex is seen as risky only when it’s ‘unprotected’. The efficacy of condoms is overstated, in some cases vastly so. The quantitative data about their use is absent. The vulnerability of the immature cervix and the hazards of anal intercourse are omitted. Chlamydia is incorrectly described as ‘easily cured’. Young people are led to believe that sex is easily divorced from emotional attachment. Worst of all, critical life and death information is distorted or ignored. Students are left misinformed, and with a false sense of security. Surely this is the last thing parents want.”You see, the problem is that the current approach in NZ sows confusion about right and wrong and says the moral absolute is – use condoms. The government should only fund evidence-based education resources which are approved by parents, rather than pushing an agenda which is harmful and misleading to youth and inconsistent with the wishes of parents. For those youth who are sexually active, they are not being told the truth. Groups like the Family Planning Association and Rainbow Youth are perpetuating the myth that as long as you use a condom, you can pretty well do what you like in terms of promiscuity, experimentation, and fringe behaviours – with little or no information on the physical or emotional ramifications or prevention of disease. Significantly, when we encouraged parents to visit the curious.org.nz website in the middle of last year, the site disappeared and resurfaced in December with much of the offending information removed.It makes a BIG difference when we speak up and expose what these groups are trying to do.(If you don’t think it could be that bad, take a moment to watch Dr Grossman’s presentation – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0IeKSCHXs-0 – but be prepared to be shocked.) WE NEED ‘PARENT POWER’It’s time to get rid of the radical sexual agenda targeted at our children in classrooms!If you’re a parent or grandparent, and are concerned about the increasingly aggressive sexual agenda targeted at our children, we agree with your concerns – and it’s time we took action. At the end of this email are specific action points which we would ask EVERY parent to follow through on.EXAMPLES OF WHAT’S BEING TAUGHTLast Friday, yet another story appeared in the media Explicit sex class divides schoolA school trustee has quit and a family withdrawn their child in protest at an explicit sexual education programme at a West Coast primary, ….delivered to Year 7 and 8 pupils in December. The children were told about oral and anal sex, flavoured condoms, and pleasure points – despite parents being told in writing beforehand that pupils would be taught only the basics. “Eleven, 12 and 13-year-olds don’t need to know this stuff. That’s why we’re mad,” said one parent. …..“As soon as the complaint was laid we stopped the programme cold,” the Principal said.last_img read more

Allardyce warning over FFP

first_img Press Association The on-loan Liverpool striker netted his fourth goal in the last five appearances for the Irons in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Southampton but Allardyce revealed committing to such one marquee signing could just prove too costly. “The hardest thing is the overall package, the overall negotiation which needs to go on to make sure it can be sustainable in terms of what we can do,” said Allardyce. “I will still point towards financial restrictions being implemented next season – they could blow the whole deal in one go.” West Ham manager Sam Allardyce feels new Financial Fair Play rules in the Barclays Premier League next season could “blow the whole deal” for signing Andy Carroll.center_img Premier League clubs last week voted through new regulations which will limit how much of the new television income can be spent on wage bills and there could even be points penalties for severe breaches of the guidelines. Allardyce added: “So in one fell swoop the financial restrictions mean Andy Carroll can’t sign for us from Liverpool because it’s too expensive, even if he wanted to. “Somebody will have a bigger budget than us somewhere, but I tell you that is what’s going to happen, I might not be able to afford Andy Carroll, full stop, even if I wanted him, even if the chairmen wanted him, even if we all wanted him, which we do, it will not be allowed to happen.” Allardyce believes it will take some time before the true impact of the new regulations, which have been brought in to try to level the playing field in the top flight, can be felt. “I suppose across the board when you first introduce something new the fair/unfair scenario has to get sorted out somewhere along the line to find out how you have to tweak it to make it better,” he said. “But if we want Andy Carroll, or any player, and you look at the whole thing, you are going to have to move very quickly now because your budget is going to say that (figure) and you are not allowed to go over that apparently, and because you are not allowed to go over that. “You have to say (to the player) ‘sorry and off you go’, so then it is very difficult to improve your side from last season.” last_img read more

Gerrard deserves to win title

first_img A domestic championship is the only gap in the 33-year-old’s trophy CV, but this season he is as close as ever to ending that drought. Henderson admits the squad are having to keep their title dreams in check, but does not hide from the fact every player dreams of topping the table. “I don’t think we can look too far into the future, we have to focus on the next game and take it as it comes. “We have always got to believe, especially with it being so tight. “We have seven big games left and Tottenham is our main focus. “We have to win every game, I don’t think there is any room for slip-ups. “All season we have felt we could go into games and win and so we have to do the same for the last seven games.” Tottenham visit Anfield looking to avenge a 5-0 thrashing at White Hart Lane, a result which made the rest of the Premier League sit up and take notice of what was emerging from the red half of Merseyside. Liverpool’s win at White Hart Lane in December had the feeling of a landmark result, but Henderson said it just reinforced their confidence in the work they had been doing all season. “I thought we were fantastic on the day at White Hart Lane but they will come looking for revenge after getting a good win at the weekend against Southampton which will have improved their confidence,” he added. “I felt as though we had played well all the way through up till that game. “But that game, from the outside, people looked at it and thought ‘Wow’. “I thought we played just as well in other games but when you win 5-0 at Tottenham that stands out and it gives you confidence.” Tottenham head coach Tim Sherwood is well aware of Liverpool’s attacking threat so will be looking to expose a defensive frailty he believes could end the title hopefuls’ seven-match winning streak. The Reds’ goalscoring statistics this season are remarkable, with Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge having netted 51 goals between them. Liverpool have not failed to net in any of their last 24 matches in all competitions and host Tottenham looking to maintain their charge at a first league title since 1990. Sherwood knows it will be a big ask to keep them at bay but believes they can upset the apple cart at Anfield thanks to the hosts’ shaky defence, which has conceded 16 more goals than leaders Chelsea. “We’re aware of their attack but they do concede goals, that is one positive we can look at,” the Spurs boss said. “I am not sure how many clean sheets they’ve kept, but they can leak goals because they throw everything forwards. “They can be caught on the counter-attack and we will be very respectful of the threats they have coming forwards, but we need to try and impose ourselves on them at some stage of the game.” Despite that intention to make an impact, Sherwood is well aware that a gung-ho mentality at Anfield will only play into the hosts’ hands. “Without a doubt we can’t do that,” he said. “At the moment we don’t play with an identity that I want. “There has been no time to work on that, so it’s just about going out and getting as many points as we can during this period since Christmas and this is about the same. “We’ll have try to nullify their potent strike force and see what we can do on the counter. “Everton went there and tried to play against them and they capitulated and got heavily beaten.” Emmanuel Adebayor is a doubt for Tottenham. The Togolese striker will have a gash on his heel assessed before the trip to Anfield, although Sherwood is hopeful he will be fit to be part of the squad. Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson admits nothing would give him greater pleasure than helping captain Steven Gerrard end his long wait for a Premier League title. “He was brilliant for us against Sunderland (in their 2-1 midweek win) and if anyone deserves a league title it is him,” said the England international. “We have all dreamed of winning the Premier League title and no-one deserves it more than him. “We are doing it for ourselves, our families, the fans, the club and for him as well. “Obviously we are dreaming and believing because all you want to do as a footballer is win the Premier League, that is one of your dreams.” Manager Brendan Rodgers, who has no new problems and could name an unchanged side against Tottenham on Sunday, has worked hard to minimise the pressure and expectation on his side, but as the games tick down and the Reds remain within touching distance of leaders Chelsea, the focus on Anfield intensifies. “You have to not listen to the news or read papers and just concentrate on your football, enjoy going into training and working hard. And we have been doing that all season, so there is no reason to change it and it is in our routine now,” added Henderson. “A lot of people are going to talk, dream and believe outside the club and that’s fine. “We can dream but at the same time we have to keep our feet on the ground. Press Associationlast_img read more

Garry Monk: Swansea players not to blame over tunnel incident

first_img Press Association Richards was charged by the Football Association following an incident at the end of Villa’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea last Saturday. The tunnel was seen to be shaking from side to side after the teams entered it at the final whistle, with Richards still angry following a first-half clash with Federico Fernandez. Garry Monk says his Swansea players were innocent in the tunnel fracas which left Aston Villa captain Micah Richards facing an improper conduct charge. “It’s sad to see a manager go but the nature of this job is you don’t get time. “It’s something I imagine is going to happen continuously throughout the rest of the season.” Swansea’s next test is against second-placed Arsenal on Saturday, Monk’s men having completed the double over the Gunners last season for only the second time in the club’s history. Bafetimbi Gomis scored the winner in both of those games but the France striker has failed to score in his last six appearances and holds the unwanted record of being caught offside more than any other Premier League player this season. “Defenders want to keep clean sheets, strikers want to score goals and midfielders wants to make assists and score goals themselves,” Monk said. “But it’s about the collective here, never about one player. “The way we’ve played – and take Aston Villa out of it – most of the games before we haven’t performed as a collective. “The pressure is on everyone, not one particular person, to perform in every single game. “That’s the standard and level we’re at, but nobody puts more pressure on ourselves to perform. “Everyone will go through periods where they dip. Whoever scores those goals doesn’t really matter.” Both Richards and Argentina defender Fernandez escaped punishment in relation to that incident as an FA panel judged that neither player had committed an act of violent conduct, but the England international was charged for continuing the argument after the match. “From our side it was the right decision,” Swansea manager Monk said after revealing he had spoken to his players this week about the tunnel incident. “I wasn’t in the tunnel at that point and came out of the dressing room when whatever happened had all finished. “But in terms of my players, and I’ve spoken to them, there was nothing at all from our side. “I can’t speak for Aston Villa but everything from the Swansea side was fine.” Swansea’s Villa Park victory was their first in six Premier League games and lifted the pressure on Monk, who had come under increasing scrutiny during that barren period. But in the end it was Tim Sherwood who paid for defeat with his job last weekend, the Villa manager sacked the following morning with his side having failed to win in the league since the opening day of the season. “Tim’s a good guy, an honest guy, and someone I’ve got to know well over the last 18-19 months on the (Football Association of Wales) Pro Licence course,” Monk said. last_img read more

Eddie Howe draws positives from Bournemouth’s international calls

first_img Press Association Arter was in the Republic of Ireland squad which secured their place at Euro 2016 after a 2-0 win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in the play-off second leg, and although he did not feature in either leg, Howe said: ” I think any game for your country is very important, firstly, it’s a huge honour for the player but is a great experience. “They can be very similar to Premier League games and probably the one thing missing from our squad is the experience, so anything that accelerates the players will be welcomed in my opinion.” Goalkeeper Boruc played the full 90 minutes for Poland in a 3-1 friendly win against the Czech Republic and Howe was impressed with his game. “I’m pleased Artur played – it’s good for him to get back into the international side, I am really pleased with him for that.” Centre-back Cargill enjoyed his time training with the England Under-21 side, who are top of their European Championship qualifying group with three wins and a draw so far in the competition. Howe is confident that many of his players can make their national sides in time for Euro 2016 and believes it is an important competition. “It’s great to see them having success and going to the Euros will be great for us,” he said. “I think it will develop our players. They could have life-changing experiences and hopefully we will benefit when they come back.” Bournemouth are back in Barclays Premier League action on Saturday against Swansea, who are 14th, at the Liberty Stadium. Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is encouraged to see his players getting called away for international duty.center_img Harry Arter and Artur Boruc were called up for the Republic of Ireland and Poland respectively and 20-year-old centre-back Baily Cargill was called up as part of Gareth Southgate’s England Under-21 side. Howe said: “I am very pleased for the individuals concerned, (having international call-ups) is a new experience for us. We’ve got used to that over the last few years with the profile of the club improving and growing, naturally they have caught more attention and have got international recognition on the back of that.” last_img read more

Plane Crash in Georgia Kills Florida Family Headed to Funeral

first_img-Larry Pruitt, 67, of Morriston, Fla. He was the pilot and owner of the plane.-Shawn Lamont, 41, of Gainesville, Fla.Pilot, Florida family of 4 headed to funeral in Indiana dies in Georgia plane crashhttps://t.co/80HgHzgSVB— Courtney Bryant (@CourtneyDBryant) June 6, 2020 -Jody Lamont, 43, of Gainesville. She was the wife of Shawn and daughter of Larry Pruitt.-Jayce Lamont, 6. He was the son of Shawn and Jody Lamont.-Alice Lamont, 4. She was the daughter of Shawn and Jody Lamont.The family was flying from Levy County, Florida to Newcastle, Indiana in order to attend a funeral, deputies said.The crash remains under investigation. A plane crash in Georgia killed a grieving Florida family over the weekend.According to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office, a small plane crashed in a wooded area near Eatonton, which is located about an hour southeast of Atlanta.Deputies identified the victims involved in the crash as:last_img read more

Cricket News Cheteshwar Pujara breaks into the top five of latest ICC rankings for Test batsmen

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara, who smashed 123 and 71 in the Adelaide Test against Australia to help India register a thrilling 31-run win, has been rewarded in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen as he moved to number four in the list. Pujara’s sensational knocks on a difficult wicket in Adelaide laid the base for India’s win in the first Test, their sixth Down Under but first time ever during the first game of a series. Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper, leads the list for batsmen with 920 points. There was another major change in the top five, with New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson zooming to the second spot after his wonderful show in Abu Dhabi.Williamson’s brilliant 89 and 139 helped New Zealand win the Abu Dhabi Test by 123 runs and help the Kiwis register their first win over Pakistan in their ‘home’ series after a gap of 49 years. New Zealand won the series 2-1 and Williamson’s effort helped him reach 913 points, seven behind Kohli. However, Williamson became the first New Zealand player to breach the 900-point mark in ICC rankings.Read More | Adelaide, Johannesburg and Trent Bridge: India’s common gloryIn the Adelaide win, Kohli acknowledged that Pujara was the difference between both the sides. “Pujara and Rahane, temperament wise and mindset, they are proper Test batsmen. Pujara was the difference. Rahane batted fearlessly and that is his template. He has confidence in his own space. We took a different approach in the second innings as we wanted to make Australia stay on the field longer. We learnt a lot from the first innings,” Kohli said.Read More | India secure historic 31-run win over Australia in Adelaide TestHowever, Kohli has stressed India need to ride the momentum of the victory. “We need to build on this. We can’t be happy with just one Test win. We are happy with this win but we must capitalize,” Kohli said. The second Test of the series will be played at the New Perth stadium on December 14.Williamson’s side, on the other hand, gear up for a series against Sri Lanka starting in mid-December. last_img read more

Umar Sadiq A Dream to the Theatre?

first_imgAfter having departed the Glasgow outfit and then the Italians, Sadiq has rebuilt his career at Partizan Belgrade.So much so that Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly had the striker watched as recently as last week with a move to a potential bid after he scored 17 goals in 35 games for the Serbians this term.Sadiq, though, reckons he has merited the interest from the Premier League giants after a good campaign.“Manchester United’s interest is a big compliment for me as a player,” he told Belgrade daily Republika. But, believe me, nothing is accidental.“Partizan have helped me a lot in my career. I found my way, and now I just follow what they ask of me. I think this is just the beginning of my success, and the motivation is there.“We work thoroughly before every game. We don’t only talk about tactics and video analysis, but also human relationships.“Whether it’s the manager, Savo Milosevic, or someone else from the coaching staff, they are always there for us.“As for United, I think they were surprised by how we played against them in Belgrade. They put out their best team, which tells you how much respect they had.”The 23-year-old Nigerian striker has been in spectacular form in this campaign for the Black-Whites, scoring 17 goals and provided 16 assists across all competitions this season for Savo Milosevic’s men.The forward was one of the standout performers during his side’s 1-0 victory over rivals Red Star Belgrade in a derby outing.Sadiq’s form has seen him linked to a number of European clubs including the Red Devils and recently, Manchester United scout for Central and Southeast Europe Budimir Vujacic watched him play.The striker is delighted his performances are getting the attention of the Old Trafford outfit and explained how the Black-Whites have helped him to improve.Partizan played Manchester United in a Europa League game back in November and narrowly lost the first leg by 1-0 in Belgrade.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men, however, dominated the second leg at Old Trafford, securing a comfortable 3-0 victory in the encounter.Once considered a bright talent of the future, Sadiq has had to rebuild his reputation after a hugely underwhelming loan spell with Rangers. But this is exactly what he has been doing – and naturally, with the summer transfer window fast approaching, he has been linked with a move away.Telegraf reports that aside Manchester United, Milan, Valencia, Fenerbahce, CSKA and Spartak Moscow have all shown an interest in the attacker. The report claims that Budimir Vujacic, United’s scout for that area of Europe, was set to attend Partizan’s derby clash with Red Star last Wednesday – with Partizan winning the game 1-0.The Sun have since reported Sadiq is now being ‘lined up’ for a ‘dream’ move to Old Trafford. Whether United’s interest in the attacker is actually so strong that they are preparing to make a move remains to be seen, but it is clear that the 23-year-old is attracting attention.Joining Rangers in July 2018, there was a hope that Sadiq would challenge first-choice striker Alfredo Morelos for a starting berth, but this didn’t prove to be the case. Instead, he managed just four first-team appearances before his loan was terminated in December that year – with just one appearance coming from the start.As it turned out, Sadiq made the headlines for Rangers after the game in which he started against Aberdeen – but for all the wrong reasons. With his side 1-0 down in the cup, Sadiq was sent through on goal and he took the ball around the goalkeeper.The hard part was done, but he opted to hit the deck instead of finishing off the move. To make matters worse, he was booked for diving.It was a performance that didn’t go down too well with Rangers fans, with many at the time keen for him not to put on the jersey again.In January 2018, Sadiq joined Serie B side Perugia as he looked to get his career back on track. Still contracted to Roma at this point, it was a chance for the Nigerian to prove to his parent club that he had what it took. However, he managed just three goals in 18 appearances.As a result, he was shipped out on loan again in the summer of 2019 – this time to Partizan. Following a bright start to life in his new home, Partizan opted to make the move permanent in January for around €1.75m.The 23-year-old has gone on to make 38 appearances in all competitions for the Black and Whites, grabbing 17 goals at this time.Standing at 192cm, Sadiq is a tall and powerful striker, making him a nightmare to go up against. The Nigerian also knows his best attributes and knows how to utilise his height and strength to win aerial duels and hold the ball up for his teammates.He isn’t perfect, not by any means, but he is continuing to improve rapidly. His height, agility, finishing and strength have been key to his fine form this season.At the 2016 Olympic Games, Sadiq was a key member of the Nigeria squad that won a bronze medal. The forward appeared in each of Nigeria’s six games, grabbing four goals; this included a brace in the third-place play-off against Honduras to help Nigeria win 3-2.His exploits at the Olympic Games came while he was still playing for Roma, and his achievement meant that he was the first player to win an Olympic medal while playing for the Italian outfit since Daniele De Rossi in 2004.Of course, the summer transfer window will not be the same when it opens as teams have been hit hard financially by the Coronavirus. As a result, this could make a deal for Sadiq even more enticing.Considering his form after joining Partizan for just €1.75m, the club will look to make a healthy profit on him if they were to consider parting ways with him. Turkish outlet Blic report that Besiktas have stepped up their efforts to sign the forward, but Partizan are demanding no less than €15m.It is even said that a bid of €10m from Qatar has already come in for Sadiq, but this has been turned down. Elsewhere, further reports claim that interest in the player is continuing to rise, with both Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Mönchengladbach also entering the race for his signature.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram If things go as planned, Nigeria U-23 striker Umar Sadiq may waltz his way to the Theatre of Dreams after he was surprisingly courted by Manchester United. The Partizan Belgrade forward has however said his being tracked by the Old Trafford outfit is no accident. Only time will tell if he would eventually link up with compatriot, Odion IghaloPartizan Belgrade striker, Umar Sadiq has insisted that it’s “no accident” that he is being tracked by Manchester United.The Nigerian flopped at Ibrox with just four appearances under his belt and no goals during his time on loan from Roma.last_img read more