Bournemouth have signed Danish midfielder Philip Billing from relegated Huddersfield Town for a reported £15 million ($18m).The 23-year-old has signed a “long-term contract” with the Premier League club.A former Denmark Under-21 international, Billing has shown promise since joining Huddersfield six years ago and successfully made the transition from the academy to the first-team squad. 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? He played a rotation role as the Terriers earned promotion from the Championship in 2016-17, and eventually became something of a regular last term, featuring 27 times in the Premier League, scoring two goals.Can we have the bill please? pic.twitter.com/BbzrqjM5y2— AFC Bournemouth (@afcbournemouth) July 29, 2019A physically imposing yet technically gifted midfielder, Billing was one of few standout performers for Huddersfield as they finished 10 points adrift at the bottom of the top flight.He fell out of favour towards the end of the campaign and was less than complimentary about Town boss Jan Siewert in May, calling the German “arrogant” and suggesting he lost the respect of the players within a week of being appointed as David Wagner’s successor in January.Billing is Bournemouth’s third signing of the transfer window after Jack Stacey and Lloyd Kelly in an attempt to strengthen at the back.The Cherries will be looking to kick on from last season and push for a top-half finish in the Premier League, having finished 14th last term.Eddie Howe’s side were good going forward, with the goals of Callum Wilson and the assists of Ryan Fraser but had the third-worst defence in the division, conceding 70 goals, a total better only that relegated pair Fulham and Huddersfield, who allowed 81 and 76 goals past them, respectively.Huddersfield, meanwhile, will be hoping to bounce straight back following their relegation to the Championship, having added Tommy Elphick and Reece Brown on free transfers as well as goalkeeper Kamil Grabara on loan from Liverpool.Right-back Herbert Bockhorn has joined from Borussia Dortmund, as well as Josh Koroma and Isaac Mbenza, from Leyton Orient and Montpellier, respectively.
The attacks against the country’s military headquarters and the French Embassy resulted in at least 16 deaths and scores of injuries, according to media reports.In a phone call that day to President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré, UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed solidarity with the country’s Government, according to a statement issued by his spokesperson.The UN chief encouraged the authorities to launch an investigation into the incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.He also expressed his profound sympathy to the families of the victims in addition to wishing a speedy and full recovery to the injured.Mr Guterres reiterated the UN’s commitment to support Burkina Faso in its efforts to fight violent extremism and terrorism and create the conditions for sustainable peace and development, among other measures. Burkina Faso is among a group of five Sahel countries, together known as the G5, which are facing complex interconnected security and development challenges.The others are Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger.“The Secretary-General renews his call for an urgent and concerted effort by the international community in support of the countries in the region to tackle, in a holistic manner, the peace and security, development and humanitarian challenges affecting the Sahel, including through the United Nations Integrated Strategy for the Sahel and the full operationalization of the G5 Sahel Joint Force,” the statement concluded.The members of the UN Security Council have also condemned the attacks in the strongest terms, describing them as “barbaric and cowardly.”The Council has issued a statement underlining that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, “regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed.”The 15 ambassadors expressed their solidarity with Burkina Faso in its fight against terrorism and also stressed the need to intensify regional and international efforts to combat terrorism and violent extremism, which may be conducive to terrorism.