English League 2

Home is no comfort for Allen

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Tue, 05 Feb 2013 11:09:00

Nurnberg have accepted midfielder Almog Cohen's wish to return to his native Israel by granting him a loan move to Hapoel Tel Aviv until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old, who is contracted to Nurnberg until 2014, will end the campaign in his home country before returning to the Bundesliga club next season.

"Almog approached us and asked if we would loan him to Tel Aviv for half a year," said Nurnberg's director of sport Martin Bader.

"We have granted him this wish."

Cohen has made 58 Bundesliga appearances for Nurnberg since joining from Maccabi Netanya in 2010.

The transfer window in Israel is still open until tomorrow, enabling him to move even though the opportunity to trade players in Germany closed last Friday.

Cavani has regularly been linked with a move away from Napoli, with Premier League champions Manchester City reportedly chasing the Uruguayan as a replacement for Mario Balotelli.

The Serie A club have previously insisted that Cavani will only be sold if the ?63million (?54m) release clause in his contract is met, with the latest speculation claiming Real are lining up a summer bid.

Arsenal have also been rumoured to be admirers of Cavani and, while the forward is happy at Napoli, he is keeping an open mind regarding his long-term future.

"I know nothing about Arsenal's interest," Cavani told Radio Onda Cero. "I have only heard about it now.

"My future? I have a contract for four years but in football you never know what to expect.

"Barcelona and Real Madrid are teams which stimulate the imagination. But I only think about the present.

"I'm living the highest point of my career with Napoli and I want to concentrate on fighting for the scudetto. Along with my team-mates, we want to give a dream for our people."

Gills have won only one of their last seven League Two matches at Priestfield, losing four times during that sequence after going down 1-0 to improving Wycombe on Monday night.

The run has seen the Kent club surrender top spot in the table to Port Vale - one of the teams to win at Priestfield recently.

"We are finding it difficult. Let's not hide, we are finding it difficult to get the wins at home and playing for 95 minutes," said Allen, whose side were beaten by an 85th-minute goal from Matt McClure. "That's something we need to deal with.

"In the second half we didn't play well enough, we were far too open. On the counter-attack they looked very dangerous and it was a disappointing second half all-round.

"They have pace up front and good attacking players. We never got on top of them. They played well second half, but we didn't and that's something I have to address.

"I think we have one of the best defensive records in the country but after this you would think that statement was crazy."

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