A confident Jamaica Scorpions squad left the island yesterday to compete in the WICB Super50 tournament.”This is one of our better teams in years, and, as such, I am really looking forward to us going there and representing ourselves,” said captain Nikita Miller.”It’s a lovely balance with several players having West Indies experience.”The Robert Samuels coached-unit, which numbers 14, is without top batsmen Chris Gayle, due to injury, and Marlon Samuels, who has been drafted by the Leeward Islands Hurricanes.However, in fast bowler Jerome Taylor, batsman Jermaine Blackwood and wicketkeeper Chadwick Walton, they have players who have played at the highest level for the West Indies.”I like our chances, as, although we have been drawn in a fairly competitive zone, I believe we have the players to pull us through,” said Samuels.The Scorpions are due to participate in Zone B of the tournament. The zone will be contested in Barbados and also features last year’s beaten finalists Barbados Pride, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses Marooners and guest team, ICC Americas.Jamaica will open their campaign on Tuesday against the Marooners at 3 W’s Oval, Cave Hill Campus.Jamaica Scorpions: Nikita Miller (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Gavon Brown, John Campbell, Andre McCarthy, Damion Jacobs, Brandon King, Reynard Leveridge, Rovman Powell, Damani Sewell, Jerome Taylor, Steven Taylor, Devon Thomas, Chadwick Walton. Robert Samuels is head coach.
Here are the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Liverpool will sanction Mamadou Sakho’s departure from Anfield this summer but will seek at least £30m for the France international, whose loan spell at Crystal Palace proved so critical to the club staving off the threat of relegation. (Guardian)Jurgen Klopp is eyeing Southampton’s Virgil Van Dijk and Burnley’s Michael Keane as a replacement for Sakho at Anfield. (Dail Mail)Liverpool do not have an agreement in place to bring in Brazilian striker Luan – dubbed ‘the new Ronaldinho’ – his club Gremio have confirmed. (The Sun)Everton are exploring whether or not to sign central defender Mauricio Lemos as part of a summer spend that could top £75million. Lemos caught the attention of Barcelona last summer and has impressed Everton scouts with his performances for Las Palmas this campaign. Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Keane and Andre Gray are other targets. (Daily Telegraph)Everton also want to sign West Ham playmaker Manuel Lanzini. Everton boss Ronald Koeman is hunting creative options with Ross Barkley increasingly likely to decide against signing a new deal with just a year left on his contract. (Daily Mirror)Real Madrid have slapped a 75 million euro price tag on James Rodriguez as Manchester United plot a move for the playmaker. (Marca)Arsenal have completed the signing of FC Schalke 04 left-back Sead Kolašinac on a five-year deal. He will join the Gunners on a free transfer on July 1. (Various)Christian Atsu is set to become Newcastle’s first summer signing. The Toon have informed Chelsea they want to take up their £6.2million option to buy the winger after his season-long loan at St James’ Park. (The Sun)Newcastle could be offered the chance to sign Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez this summer. Saints are ready to offload the striker – who scored in Saturday’s 2-1 win at Middlesbrough – with two years remaining on his St Mary’s deal. (The Sun)Huddersfield are plotting a move to sign Chelsea youngster Izzy Brown if they can secure promotion from the Championship. Play-off contenders Huddersfield want to make forward Brown’s loan move a permanent one after his impressive spell in the second half of the season. (Daily Mirror)Aitor Karanka is being sounded out to replace Paul Lambert as Wolves boss. Lambert is set to be sacked by the club’s Chinese owners Fosun. (The Sun)And here are the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…??Arsenal FC news: ‘Pay the money!’ – Ray Parlour urges Arsene Wenger to sign Alexis SanchezMichy Batshuayi could take Diego Costa’s spot at Chelsea next season, Tore Andre Flo tells talkSPORT‘Antonio Conte is an inspiration for all us coaches’, former Chelsea star Tore Andre Flo tells talkSPORTGus Poyet tells talkSPORT John Terry was certain to make Chinese Super League move before new rules introducedGus Poyet tells talkSPORT he ‘would love’ to sign Diego Costa – but admits Shanghai Shenhua deal ‘very difficult’ –Hull City news: ‘Not many managers have enhanced their reputation and still been relegated’ – Sam RickettsTransfer news: Everton and Newcastle United joined in battle for £8.5m Montpellier star Ryad BoudebouzReal Madrid poised to step up pursuit of Manchester United’s David De Gea after agreeing to pay up Keylor Navas’ contractChelsea transfer news: How the Premier League’s title winners could line up next season with Conte to be given £200m kittyMauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss ahead of Antonio Conte on Inter Milan’s managerial wishlist – reports