Afternoon Ticker: Edgar Davids returns, Marseille sign Gignac and more

Afternoon Ticker: Edgar Davids returns, Marseille sign Gignac and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Edgar Davids returns, Marseille sign Gignac and more

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By TRAVIS CLARK

Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids is making a surprise return to the pitch, signing a pay-per-play contract with Championship side Crystal Palace on Friday.

The 37-year-old old has been retired since 2008, when he stopped playing for Ajax. A decorated club career has taken him to some of the biggest clubs in the world — AC Milan, Inter, Barcelona, Juventus are some of them, not forgetting Ajax where his career began and ended. Davids also earned 74 caps for the Dutch, making his international debut back in 1994.

News of the signing came on the same day that Crystal Palace confirmed that they exited administration, lifting a ban on acquiring new players.

Here are a few other stories for Friday afternoon:

MARSEILLE ADD GIGNAC, POSSIBLY LOSE REMY

Olympique Marseille look set to add another striker to their squad, but could lose the one they just signed a day before. Reports indicate that Marseille agreed to a deal for Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac, to the tune of £14.75 million. Gignac, a member of the ill-fated French World Cup campaign, was Ligue 1's top scorer back in 2009-09, netting 24 goals, but struggled through injuries last year.

Meanwhile, news from Marseille indicated that new signing Loic Remy's transfer might fall through, when tests revealed he could have a heart problem. He will be re-evaluated on Monday, and a final decision made then.

FERDINAND EYES SEPTEMBER RETURN AS VIDIC SIGNS NEW DEAL

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand remains on course for a September return to action, according to United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Ferdinand has been absent since injuring knee ligaments during the first day of World Cup training in South Africa this summer.

His partner in central defense, Nemanja Vidic, signed a new four-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2014. The Serb had been linked with moves to either Real Madrid or AC Milan during the transfer window.

ESSIEN TO TAKE BREAK FROM INTERNATIONALS

Ghana's Michael Essien, who wasn't a part of his home nation's successful 2010 World Cup campaign, announced he is going to take a break from international duty to focus on his club duties with Chelsea. Essien has struggled to make a return to fitness after injuring his knee during January's African Nations Cup. He started and went 90 minutes during Chelsea's 6-0 win over West Brom during the opening weekend in the English Premier League.

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