Marco Silva was pleased with Everton’s late swoop for Alex Iwobi after confirming his side missed out on Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.Everton announced the arrival of Iwobi from Arsenal on deadline day in a deal thought to be worth up to £40 million ($48m).The Nigeria international was widely thought to be a back-up option, as the Merseyside club were heavily linked with Zaha in the latter stages of the window and reportedly had offers knocked back by Palace. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? The Ivorian ended up staying at Selhurst Park despite being the subject of interest from Arsenal as well, who also had bids rejected by the Eagles.On the eve of Everton’s trip to Selhurst Park for their opening Premier League match of the season, Silva has insisted he is “happy” with his side’s overall transfer business despite failing to land Zaha.| Another target captured!The boss has his say on summer signing #7 #EFC pic.twitter.com/f8IKdwRGSD— Everton (@Everton) August 8, 2019He said at his pre-match news conference: “When you are planning a squad you plan with some names, and I did my job with the names to my football structure. We cannot just have one name.”The market was difficult and when we lost [Ademola] Lookman we looked for a winger, not two wingers. We have tried to do the deals and we’ve signed a good player. It was not just our club that had an interest in Zaha.”We are happy. We always want more, but we are happy.”6 – No @Everton player had more league assists than Alex Iwobi(6, level with Gylfi Sigurdsson) last season. Justified. pic.twitter.com/xjL0Rdv0E1— OptaSuperEagles (@OptaSuper) August 8, 2019Iwobi spent four years in Arsenal’s first team after graduating from their academy and was used 51 times in all competitions last season, scoring six goals.Silva talked up the versatility of the 23-year-old, who has never scored more than three times in a single league campaign, but admitted his latest signing needs to improve in front of goal.”The position we are looking for him is clear – coming inside from the left,” Silva said. “He can also play behind the striker really well and if you need to play him on the right he can do that also.”He’s a strong player with good skills. One thing I will be demanding from him will be scoring more goals, because it’s important in that position.”But he will help us. He’s a strong player as you know, a fast player, and he can put good intensity in a match which I like from my attacking players. He will give me different solutions.”
New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi turned 49 on Wednesday and Prime Minister Narendra Modi was one of the first political leaders to greet him on his birthday.In his response, Gandhi thanked Modi and said he appreciated the prime minister’s greetings. A host of Congress leaders and workers also wished Gandhi, as he met many of them at the party headquarters here on Akbar Road. Some leaders also wished Gandhi in Parliament. Modi took to Twitter to convey his birthday wishes to Gandhi. “Best wishes to Shri Rahul Gandhi on his birthday. May he be blessed with good health and a long life,” he tweeted. Gandhi replied on Twitter, saying, “Thank you for your greetings narendramodi ji. I appreciate them.” Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaThe two leaders were locked in a bitter war of words in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls, in which the BJP-led NDA returned to power with a massive majority. Gandhi earlier met his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence and later arrived at around 10 AM at the Congress headquarters where party leaders and workers gathered in large numbers to wish him. Gandhi received flowers from his partymen and offered them sweets. Among those who wished him at the AICC office were former prime minister Manmohan Singh, his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad. “Thank you all for your best wishes and greetings on my birthday. I’m overwhelmed and grateful for your love and affection,” he later tweeted and posted some pictures on the micro-blogging site of him meeting the party leaders and workers. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahCalling Gandhi his “good friend”, DMK chief M K Stalin took to Twitter to extend his birthday wishes. Stalin also shared a photo of him shaking hands with Gandhi at a meeting in the past. “I wish my good friend @RahulGandhi a very happy birthday. I wish you many more years of public service. #HappyBirthdayRahulGandhi,” the DMK chief tweeted. The DMK and the Congress joined hands in February this year to contest the Lok Sabha elections in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry as allies. Stalin had even proposed Gandhi’s name as the Opposition’s Prime Ministerial candidate ahead of the polls, but the idea did not cut much ice with Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav. Gandhi, who was in a joyous mood, shared some light moments with the workers and media persons at the party headquarters. He also offered sweets to those wishing him on his birthday. Party leaders said no cake was cut and the celebrations were low key in view of the death of over 100 children due to acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) in Bihar. However, youth Congress workers had put up many hoardings of Gandhi at the party office and elsewhere in the capital. Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh wished Gandhi good health and a long life. “Wish you a very happy birthday, dear @RahulGandhi. Proud of who you have become over the years; I see my dear friend (late) Rajiv (Gandhi) in you,” Singh tweeted. “May God bless you with a long, healthy and prosperous life,” the chief minister added.