Juventus and Napoli target Spurs star Son ahead of January transfer window

first_imgJUVENTUS and Napoli are reportedly monitoring Tottenham star Son Heung-min ahead of the January transfer window.The 27-year-old still has four years remaining on his £140,000-per-week contract with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.1 Son Heung-Min has scored five goals for Spurs this seasonCredit: Getty – ContributorBut according to the Express, the two Italian sides are keeping tabs on the 85-cap South Korea international.Spurs will not want to offload the former Hamburger SV man – who has scored five goals and made two assists already this season.Son has established himself as a fan favourite since he joined Spurs from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015 for £22million.He bagged 20 goals and made 10 assists as Tottenham reached the Champions League final last term.£1 FREE BET Try your luck with a free bet on any sport with LadbrokesThe frontman has previously been linked to Premier League rivals Manchester United.Old Trafford veteran Gary Neville claimed the 27-year-old would be the perfect fit for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.But a move to Serie A looks more likely after his agent confirmed he could make a move to Italy at some point in his career.Speaking to Radio Marte, agent Thies Bliemeister said: “I’ve never brought a player to Napoli, but I’d like to because [Diego] Maradona, my favourite player, played for them.MOST READ IN SPORT THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticIT’S…NOT TOMMY BOWETommy Bowe discovers someone has been impersonating him on TinderMAC DADDYTriple H wants McGregor v McMahon with winner getting rights to billionaire strut”I’ve talked to Napoli in the past, with executives who are longer at the club.”Before he added: “As for Son at Napoli, why not? You can never say never in football.”Son likes Italy, the food and Italian people. It’s not easy to take him from Tottenham because he costs a lot but, one day, who knows?”Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool not to underestimate Sunday match against Tottenhamlast_img read more

Premier League done deals: Deadline day and every transfer in January window

first_imgPREMIER LEAGUE clubs have prepared for the final months of the 2019/20 season with a slow burning transfer window.January saw only a handful of deals in the first fortnight as Sheffield United signed Jack Rodwell, Ondrej Duda joined Norwich and Liverpool completed their move for Takumi Minamino.5 Liverpool had agreed Minamino’s arrival before the window openedCredit: ReutersBut the tension was released in the final few days with Manchester United and Arsenal getting stuck in.The Gunners snapped up two defenders on loan in the form of Pablo Mari and Cedric Soares.While Ole Gunnar Solskjaer finally welcomed Bruno Fernandes to Old Trafford.But for every deal over the line were plenty left unfinished.United’s desperate desire for a striker only bought them ex-Watford man Odion Ighalo and Chelsea were unable to capitalise on their FIFA ban ending early.Here, SunSport lists the Premier League’s entire January business.ArsenalIn: Eddie Nketiah (Leeds, recalled from loan)Cedric Soares (Southampton, loan)Pablo Mari (Flamengo, loan)5 Pablo Mari hopped over to North London from BrazilCredit: Getty Images – GettyOut: Tyreece John-Jules (Lincoln, loan)Emile Smith Rowe (Huddersfield, loan)Dinos Mavropanos (Nuremberg, loan)Ben Sheaf (Doncaster Rovers, loan)Deyan Iliev (Jagiellonia Bialystok, loan)James Olayinka (Northampton, loan)Aston VillaIn: Louie Barry (Barcelona, £1m)Mbwana Samatta (Genk, £10m)Danny Drinkwater (Chelsea, loan)Pepe Reina (AC Milan, loan)Borja Baston (Swansea, free)Out: Andre Green (Charlton, loan)Jonathan Kodjia (Al-Gharafa, undisclosed)Lovre Kalinic (Toulouse, loan)Scott Hogan (Birmingham, loan)James Chester (Stoke, loan)Jacob Ramsey (Doncaster, loan)Rushian Hepburn-Murphy (Derby, loan)BournemouthIn: Kyle Taylor (recalled from loan)Out: Mikael Ndjoli (Motherwell, loan)Asmir Begovic (AC Milan, loan)Brad Smith (Cardiff, loan)Matt Butcher (St Johnstone, loan)Very happy to be joining this great club. I can’t wait to get started with my teammates and help this club be successful. Forza Milan! 🔴⚫️ @acmilan pic.twitter.com/hKKwkBzPQD— Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) January 13, 2020 LeicesterIn: Ryan Bennett (Wolves, loan)Out: Raul Uche (Real Valladolid, undisclosed)George Thomas (ADO Den Haag, loan)Andy King (Huddersfield, loan)Admiral Muskwe (Swindon, loan)Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall (Blackpool, loan)Mitchell Clark (Port Vale, loan)Filip Benkovic (Bristol City, loan)LiverpoolIn: Takumi Minamino (Red Bull Salzburg, £7.25m)Joe Hardy (Brentford, undisclosed)Out: Herbie Kane (Hull, loan)Rhian Brewster (Swansea, loan)Isaac Christie-Davies (Cercle Brugge, loan)Allan Rodrigues de Souza (Atletico Mineiro, undisclosed)Nathaniel Phillips (Stuttgart, loan)Daniel Atherton (Marine)Manchester CityIn: -Out: Patrick Roberts (Middlesbrough, loan)Lukas Nmecha (Middlesbrough, loan)Angelino (RB Leipzig, loan)Matt Smith (Charlton, loan)Manchester UnitedIn: Nathan Bishop (Southend, undisclosed)Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon, £68m)Odion Ighalo (Shanghai Shenhua, loan)5 Bruno Fernandes will cost United £68m if all his add-ons are metCredit: Getty Images – GettyOut: Ethan Hamilton (Bolton, loan)Ashley Young (Inter Milan, £1.3m)Alex Fojticek (Stalybridge Celtic, loan)Max Taylor (Stalybridge Celtic, loan)NewcastleIn: Valentino Lazaro (Inter Milan, loan)Nabil Bentaleb (Schalke, loan)Danny Rose (Tottenham, loan)Out: Kelland Watts (Mansfield, loan)Ki Sung-yueng (released_ NorwichIn: Ondrej Duda (Hertha Berlin, loan)Lukas Rupp (Hoffenheim, undisclosed)Sam McCallum (Coventry, undisclosed)Out: Anthony Spyrou (Released)Carlton Morris (MK Dons, loan)Akin Famewo (St Mirren, loan)Philip Heise (FC Nurnberg, loan)Dennis Srbeny (Paderborn 07, undisclosed)Rocky Bushiri (Sint-Truiden, loan)Louis Lomas (Tampa Bay Rowdies, loan)Louis Thompson (MK Dons, loan)Simon Power (King’s Lynn, loan)Sam McCallum (Coventry, loan)Isak Thorvaldsson (Fleetwood, loan)Sheffield UnitedIn: Sander Berge (Genk, £22m)Richairo Zivkovic (Changchun Yatai, loan)Jack Robinson (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed)Jack Rodwell (Free)Panagiotis Retsos (Bayer Leverkusen, loan)Out: Richard Stearman (Huddersfield, free)Tyler Smith (Rochdale, loan)Harry Sheppeard (Steel Phalt Academy, loan)Ben Heneghan (Blackpool, loan)David Parkhouse (Stevenage, loan)Callum Robinson (West Brom, loan)Kean Bryan (Bolton, loan)Marcus Dewhurst (Carlisle, loan)Mark Duffy (ADO Den Haag, loan)Jake Wright (released)SouthamptonIn: Kyle Walker-Peters (Tottenham, loan)5 Walker-Peters headed to Southampton in search of first-team actionCredit: Getty Images – GettyOut: Christoph Klarer (SKN St Polten, loan)Josh Sims (New York Red Bulls, loan)Kayne Ramsay (Shrewsbury, loan)Cedric Soares (Arsenal, loan)Harry Hamblin (Macclesfield, loan)Maya Yoshida (Sampdoria, loan)Callum Slattery (De Graafschap, loan)TottenhamIn: Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis, £27m)Gedson Fernandes (Benfica, loan)Steven Bergwijn (PSV Eindhoven, £27m)Out: Jack Clarke (QPR, loan)Paris Maghoma (Brentford, undisclosed)Christian Eriksen (Inter Milan, £17m)Kyle Walker-Peters (Southampton, loan)Cameron Carter-Vickers (Luton, loan)Kazaiah Sterling (Leyton Orient, loan)Anthony Georgiou (Bolton, loan)Tashan Oakley-Boothe (Stoke, undisclosed)SPURS NEWS LIVE: Follow all the latest news on TottenhamWatfordIn: Joao Pedro (Fluminense, undisclosed)Ignacio Pussetto (Udinese, £7m)Out: Dimitri Foulquier (Granada, loan)Alex Jakubiak (St Mirren, loan)West HamIn: Darren Randolph (Middlesbrough, undisclosed)Tomas Soucek (Slavia Prague, loan)Jarrod Bowen (Hull, £22m)Out: Nathan Holland (Oxford, loan)Conor Coventry (Lincoln, loan)Joe Powell (Burton, undisclosed)Martin Samuelsen (Hull, undisclosed)Dan Kemp (Stevenage, loan)Pontus Dahlberg (Emmen, loan)Sebastian Prodl (released)latest football newsGossipCROWD RETURNFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossWolvesIn: Leonardo Campana (Barcelona SC, undisclosed)Daniel Podence (Olympiacos, £17m)Luke Matheson (Rochdale, £1m)Out: Elliot Watt (Carlisle, loan)Ivan Cavaleiro (Fulham, undisclosed)Patrick Cutrone (Fiorentina, loan)Connor Ronan (Blackpool, loan)Rafa Mir (Huesca, loan)Harry Burgoyne (Shrewsbury, undisclosed)Benny Ashley-Seal (Accrington, loan)Jordon Graham (Gillingham, loan)Sylvain Deslandes (Arges Pitesti, undisclosed)Luke Matheson (Rochdale, loan)Ryan Giles (Coventry, loan)Ryan Bennett (Leicester, loan)Sun Sport’s Daniel Cutts says Jarrod Bowen is his ‘one to watch’ as he assesses the January windowcenter_img BrightonIn: Anders Dreyer (Midtjylland, undisclosed)Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield, £5m)Jurgen Locadia (Hoffenheim, recalled from loan)Alexis Mac Allister (Boca Juniors, recalled from loan)Tariq Lamptey (Chelsea, £6m)Out: Max Sanders (AFC Wimbledon, loan)James Tilley (Grimsby Town, loan)Tudor Baluta (ADO Den Haag, loan)Gaetan Bong (Nottingham Forest, undisclosed)Jan Mlaker (Brighton, loan)Leon Balogun (Brighton, loan)BurnleyIn: Josh Brownhill (Bristol City, £9m)Out: Ryan Cooney (Morecambe, loan)Christian N’Guessan (Oldham, loan)Adam Phillips (Morecambe, loan)Anthony Glennon (Grimsby, loan)Scott Wilson (Blyth Spartans, loan)Tunde Bayode (Curzon Ashton, loan)Josh Benson (Grimsby Town, loan)Nahki Wells (Bristol City, £5m)ChelseaIn: -5 Chelsea outcast Olivier Giroud went nowhere after the club failed to sign a replacementCredit: ReutersOut: Danny Drinkwater (Aston Villa, loan)Marc Guehi (Swansea, loan)Conor Gallagher (Swansea, loan)Victor Moses (Inter Milan, loan)Jamal Blackman (Bristol Rovers, loan)Charlie Brown (Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, loan)Clinton Mola (Stuttgart, £330,000)Tariq Lamptey (Brighton, £6m)Crystal PalaceIn: Scott Banks (Dundee United, undisclosed)Cenk Tosun (Everton, loan)Out: Sam Woods (Hamilton, loan)James Daly (Bristol Rovers, undisclosed)Jason Lokilo (Doncaster, loan)Connor Wickham (Sheffield Wednesday, loan)Scott Banks (Alloa, loan)EvertonIn: Joao Virginia (recalled from loan)Jarrad Branthwaite (Carlisle, undisclosed)Out: Kieran Dowell (Wigan, loan)Callum Connolly (Fleetwood, loan)Cenk Tosun (Crystal Palace, loan)Morgan Feeney (Tranmere, loan)Lewis Gibson (Fleetwood, loan)Jonas Lossl (Huddersfield, loan)last_img read more

Mourinho melee as United concedes late, draws 2-2 at Chelsea

first_imgManU coach Jose Mourinho, right, encourages his team during their English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge stadium in London Saturday, Oct. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON — Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was involved in a touchline skirmish after his team conceded a goal in the sixth minute of injury time to draw 2-2 at former club Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.One of Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri’s assistants celebrated wildly in front of United’s bench following Ross Barkley’s late equalizer and it clearly angered Mourinho, who leapt to his feet and was soon in the middle of a melee that included security staff and, before long, players from both sides.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES “What happened was with Sarri’s assistant and Sarri was the first one to come to me and say that he would resolve the problem internally with him,” Mourinho said. “And after that, his assistant comes to me in Sarri’s office and apologizes to me.“I immediately said if you really feel that way and you want to apologize, of course I accept the apology and forget it because I also make mistakes in my career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe late goal denied Mourinho a first win in four attempts as United manager at Chelsea, where he won three league titles across two spells at the London club.Anthony Martial scored goals in the 55th and 73rd minutes as United came from behind to lead after Antonio Rudiger’s opener in the 21st. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Martial put United ahead following a counterattack led by Juan Mata. The ball made its way to Marcus Rashford and he played the ball across to Martial, who took one touch and curled a shot into the bottom corner.It would have been the first time in seven years that Chelsea lost a home game after leading at halftime.But Barkley, on as a substitute, pounced from close range after De Gea had clawed away a header from Rudiger, moments after a header from David Luiz had struck the post.“We were the best team on the pitch,” Mourinho said. “If you say before the game that one point at Stamford Bridge is a good result, it is so difficult to win here. But after the game, with the way the game was, it is an awful result for us and a phenomenal result for them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Texas could be Ferrari’s last stand in 2018 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Barkley equalized with one of the last kicks of the game, preserving Chelsea’s unbeaten start to the season after nine games.Like in the come-from-behind 3-2 win over against Newcastle before the international break, it needed going behind to really spark United into action.Mourinho was facing a fourth straight loss at the stadium where he was once revered when Rudiger headed in a corner from Willian. Paul Pogba lost the Germany defender, who was free about eight yards (meters) out to place his header past David De Gea.Martial drilled home the equalizer from close range after a speculative shot from Ashley Young had landed in the Frenchman’s path via two deflections.David Luiz headed a great chance wide for Chelsea, whose midfielder N’Golo Kante then had a shot brilliantly tipped aside by goalkeeper De Gea.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ECD man remanded on gun, ammo charges

first_imgAn Enterprise Garden, East Coast Demerara (ECD) man was on Monday remanded to prison when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts charged with gun and ammunition possession.Andrew Budhu, 20, appeared before City Magistrate Annette Singh and pleaded not guilty to the offense, which alleged that on 8 July, 2016 at Wellington Street, Georgetown, he had in his possession one .9mm pistol and fives matching rounds of ammunition.The case file was not complete but the Police Prosecutor objected to bail.Budhu begged for bail, telling the court that he has a two-month- old baby. However, his request was denied.He will return to court on 3 August for trial.last_img

Govt misleads: Basil Blackman still honorary advisor

first_imgBasil Blackman has confirmed he still holds the position of an honorary advisor under the Ministry of the Presidency (MoTP) even though the Government has refuted claims of that nature.Blackman told Guyana Times on Saturday that he has been an advisor since his appointment in May 2016.As honorary advisor, Blackman was not being paid but he was willing to contribute to improved governance.A business card showing Basil Blackman is an official of the MoTPHowever, the MOTP on April 25, in a strong missive, denied that Blackman was an official of that body as was outlined in an online news article.“The Ministry of the Presidency wishes to inform all and sundry that Mr Basil Blackman AA, the individual mentioned in the sensational report, is not an adviser to His Excellency David Granger, President of the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, neither is he an official of the Ministry of the Presidency,” the statement outlined.The MOTP further demanded that the online news entity retract its article, claiming that assertion that Blackman was an official is erroneous.The online article reported that the man fingered in the plot to assassinate President David Granger had attended a party hosted by Blackman.However, Blackman has since highlighted that he does not know all of the attendees at the event.Regarding the investigation into the assassination plot, Police have managed to obtain the phone records of persons involved.The probe recently took an unexpected turn when a witness revealed that the complainant (the man who claimed he was hired to assassinate the President) had offered him money to give a statement to the Police claiming that he was present when the two businessmen contacted him (complainant) to assassinate the President.According to sources, the complainant had only made the monetary offer after he informed the Police of the assassination plot.Crime Chief Wendell Blanhum has assured that all efforts are being made to expedite the investigation.If the Police concludes that the assassination plot claims were mischievous, guilty parties can be charged for providing false information to the Police.However, if the allegation is true, the guilty parties could be charged for treason.last_img read more

Fan suspected of urinating in goalie’s bottle is arrested

first_img0Shares0000It is unclear whether QPR’s goalkeeper, Alex Smithies, drank from the bottle. PHOTO/MetroLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 21- A Middlesbrough fan who allegedly urinated in the opposition goalkeeper’s water bottle during an English championship game has been arrested and faces a ban from watching his team, British police said.Video shared on social media shows a man reseal a water bottle and throw it onto the pitch behind the Queens Park Rangers goal at their Loftus Road ground in London during Boro’s 3-0 win on Saturday. Fans talking about the incident on a forum indicated the bottle may have been taken earlier by a pitch invader.It is unclear whether QPR’s goalkeeper, Alex Smithies, drank from the bottle.The dedicated football officer for Cleveland Police, whose territory  includes Middlesbrough, said on Twitter: “I’ve been asked by a few followers and can confirm the so called @Boro fan who urinated in the @QPRFC goalie bottle was arrested by colleagues from @MPSFootballUnit“Disgusting act and I will do all I can to remove him from attending Boro games again.”London’s Metropolitan Police said a man was charged with throwing an item onto the pitch and will appear in court.The force’s football unit tweeted: “After an investigation @MPSFootballUnit can confirm that the male arrested at the @QPRFC v @Boro game yesterday has been charged with throwing an item on to the pitch.“The male has been bailed and will appear at court next month.”Last month, a Sunderland fan was ejected from the Stadium of Light after he was thought to have defecated on his seat, although police later said he was merely drunk.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Germany’s World Cup winning captain Lahm retires from international football

first_imgWorld Cup winning captain Philipp Lahm has retired from international football, according to reports in Germany.Newspaper Bild claim the Bayern Munich star has called time on his career with Die Mannschaft, following his country’s success in Brazil.The 30-year-old made his international debut in 2004 and went on to play 113 times for Germany.The full-back, who can also play in midfield, will continue to play for Bundesliga side Bayern Munich. 1 Philipp Lahm last_img

Ajax plotting shock raid on Fulham for midfielder

first_img Tom Cairney Ajax are considering a shock swoop for Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney.The 25-year-old has impressed in the Championship this season, making 23 appearances and scoring three goals.Now, according to reports in Holland, Ajax are weighing up making a move for the former Hull City man.The Dutch champions have scouted Cairney a couple of times this season and are monitoring his progress.Fulham, however, are reluctant to sell and have no plans to discuss a deal with Ajax. 1last_img

New Jersey now requires flu shots for preschoolers

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champThe new requirements “will have a direct impact on reducing illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths in one of New Jersey’s most vulnerable populations – our children,” Jacobs said. A health advisory board backed the new requirements Monday on a 5-2 vote, with one abstention, after parents said they worried about the safety of giving dozens of vaccine doses to very young children. New Jersey also will require preschoolers to get a pneumococcal vaccine. Sixth-graders will have to get vaccines against meningitis, already required in New Jersey for college dormitory residents, and a booster shot against whooping cough, which in recent years has seen a resurgence blamed on waning potency of shots given to infants and preschoolers. The four additional vaccines are recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Academy of Pediatrics and other medical groups. TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey on Friday became the first state to require flu shots for preschoolers, saying their developing immune systems and likelihood of spreading germs make them as vulnerable to complications as the elderly. State Health Commissioner Dr. Fred M. Jacobs approved the requirement and those for three other vaccines over the objections of some parent groups. Starting in September, all children attending preschool or licensed day-care centers will have to get an annual flu shot, Jacobs said. That makes New Jersey the first state to require flu shots for preschoolers or older students, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Preschoolers are being targeted because their developing immune systems make them as susceptible to flu complications as senior citizens are, state health officials say, and they are more likely than older kids to spread the virus. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

SOLDIER CAUGHT WITH PIPE-BOMB BLAMES MALARIA DRUG ON CHANGING HIS PERSONALITY

first_imgAn Irish soldier has blamed a malaria drug for leading to a change in his personality before he was caught with explosives at a Co Donegal flat.Mark Cassidy leaving court today. Pic copyright of Northwest News pix.Mark Cassidy appeared before Letterkenny Circuit Court today charged with possessing explosive substances. The court heard that on February 16th, 2014, Gardai had received confidential information to say there was explosive substances at a flat above a petrol station in Burnfoot.Surveillance was carried out and on February 17 and Gardai entered the premises.Inside the premises in a press in a common area Gardai found a black bag containing a viable pipe bomb.The area was sealed off and Army Bomb Disposal Experts were rushed to the scene.A further search discovered a large quantity of assorted shotgun cartridges in the attic of a flat occupied by Cassidy, 29.Cassidy, with an address at Grianan Vale, Ballyderowen, Burnfoot, was interviewed on six occasions by Garda and admitting having the pipebomb and the shotgun cartridges in his possession.Detective Sgt Mick Carroll said they still had no information as to what the explosive devices were going to be used for.A bag containing overalls and balaclavas was also found in the flat but there was no indication as to what they were being used for.Barrister for Cassidy, Peter Nolan, said his client had ben an exemplary soldier who had served overseas in Chad and was based at Finner Camp in Donegal when this incident happened.Mr Nolan suggested there was a connection between his client taking the drug Lariam for Malaria while serving overseas and his change in personality.He referred to the US army banning the drug as a result of concerns over its affect on soldiers.He added there was simply no reason why a man with no record of being involved in subversive activity would suddenly do so.Mr Nolan also said that the suicide of his brother in Derry in 2009 and the death of his mother in 2009 had had a profound affect on him.It was also given in evidence in court that Cassidy, who is originally from the Foyle Road in Derry, was arrested by the PSNI but never charged with any offence.Detective Carroll also said that Cassidy had no previous convictions for any offence on ether side of the border.Judge Matthew Deery this was a very serious incident especially when the explosives were found in an apartment above a busy supermarket and petrol station.“The reasons as to why they were stored are not explained but it seems to me that while he has no previous convictions, it is a serious matter,” he said.He sentenced Cassidy to three years on each charge and ordered them to run concurrently.He backdated the sentence to January 17th when Cassidy was first put placed in custody at Castlerea Prison.SOLDIER CAUGHT WITH PIPE-BOMB BLAMES MALARIA DRUG ON CHANGING HIS PERSONALITY was last modified: July 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BurnfootdonegalGardaimalariaMARK CASSIDYpipebombsoldierlast_img read more