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Transfer rumours and paper review with John Cross: Wednesday, November 2

Here are the latest transfer rumon Thursday that captain Koscielny had refused to join up with his team-mates for their three-game tour pre-season tour of the United States.“My captain, my a**e,” ach ahead of their clash with Inter Milan.The match offers Lazio an opportunity to reign in the leaders.“I hope that on Sunday against Inter we will see Lazio play with the same determination and sporting ferocity that has so far characterised our Groves said on talkSPORT: “I’ll just read out a quote: ‘I don’t believe any Frenchours from the morning’s papers… midfielder Abou Diaby has suffered a setback in his bid for fitness – prompting to order a move for Real Madrid’s Esteban Granero.Liverpool are interested in signing midfielder . The 24 year-old, who is out until December following ankle sugery, has found , Sandro and all in front of him in the first-team pecking order. Stoke are to hold talks with 21 year-old VVV Venlo striker Michael Uchebo over a potential move to the Britannia Stadium. Fulham are set for battle it out with Italian side Atalanta as they bid to sign winger Mervan Celik from Swedish team GAIS.After acknowledging that is no longer an automatic choice, Sir is lining up a move for Borussia Dortmund defender Neven Subotic. Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has hit out at pundits who criticised Lionel Messi for a supposed goal drought last month, saying they were trying to “destabilise and harm” the Argentine star. Messi went three games without scoring before notching hat-tricks in successive games against Mallorca and Viktoria Plzen. Manchester City boss says Carlos Tevez can play for the club again if the striker says sorry and apologises for the actions that have made him an outcast at the club. Midfielder has criticised his team-mates after their defeat to ea. Manchester City will offer Tottenham a cut-price deal to turn ‘s loan into a permanent move in January. Spurs playmaker has wacontent_imgrned Arsenal not to get carried away with their win over Chelsea, insisting Spurs are still the best team in north London. Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire called on his Twitter followers to decide whether to let in his electrician – after the workman revealed a large Spurs tattoo.Sheffield Wednesday chief Milan Mandaric has laughed off claims he could sell the club to a Playboy model, after Sybil Danning was linked with a takeover bid for the Owls.

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Levy: ‘Modric is not for sale at any price’

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has hit out at ’s request to join Chelsea by claiming tverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists there’s no need to get carried away being eight points clear at the top of the table.Sunday’s 3-1 victory over champions Manchester City made it 34 points from a possible 36 and established an eight-point gap over Lehey will not sell him “at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club”.The 25-year-old Croatian has been the subject of speculation linkine in Sunday’s North London derby.Xhaka was criticised after the game from his reckless challenge that gave away a penalty to Spurs in the 2-2 draw.And the Swiss international says critics never want to speak about the positives from Sunday’s North Log him with a move to , Manchester City and Chelsea.But after Chelsea tabled a £22m bid for the midfielder, which was rejected, Modric has attempted to facilitate a move by claiming he would like to join the Stamford Bridge side.And in a statement on the club’s official site Levy has attempted to play down the matter, saying: “I wish to make it absolutely clear, as I have saidcontent_img previously, that none of our key players will be sold this summer. We are building a team for the future to consistently play at the highest level and retaining quality players is crucial to that.”In respect of Luka Modric, we are not prepared to sell, at any price, to Chelsea Football Club or any other club.”We made our stance on this issue abundantly clear in writing to Chelsea. They chose to ignore it and then subsequently made the offer public.”For the avoidance of any doubt, let me reiterate that we shall not enter into any negotiations whatsoever, with any Club, regarding Luka.”We now consider this matter closed.”

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appearances when he came off the bench at the Amex

Enda Stevens has called for the season to continue.United were seventh in the Premier League when landmark day at Brighton.Hendrick became just the fourth Burnley player to make 100 Premier League appearances when he came off the bench at the Amex Stadium.And after joining Ashley Barnes, Ben Mee and Sam Vokes in the exclusive club the midfielderthe coronavirus postponment was confirmed, with a game in hand ocontent_imgn Manchester United in fifth.And Stevens told Off The Ball in his native Ireland: “The

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Exclusive – Ridgewell: McLeish critics have short memories

has told talkSPORT of his shock at the criticism levelled at Birmingham boss in recent weeks.McLeish led Birmingham to ninth spot in the Premier League last season but a slow start to this term has seen the Scot ccontent_imgome under pressure.And, after the Blues won through to the Carling Cup final on Wednesday night, Ridgewell accused McLeish’s critics of having short memories.“It’s a bit of a pity,” said Ridgewell. “People are obviously noticing things this year and forgotten what happened last year and what we’re still doing this year.“It’s obviously a tough season the second season and people in and around the club we know what the gaffer can do and we’re all sticking together.”Birmingham will face in the final of the Carling Cup after they came behind to beat and Ridgewell added: “It’s a nice and easy game for us!“We’ll be going into it like any others revealed it was David Moyes who first called him up to Manchester United senior training.The England star didn’t make his debut until 2016 but has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the years that have followed.He was given his bow by Louis van Gaal in a E game again admits he’s had several offers to play for Jamaica.While speaking to the Poet and Vuj podcast, he admitted he simply was not interested in representing the Caribbean nation.”I turned down Jamaica because I’ve never been there,” he said.“I’ve got fst the big four teams and hopefully we can pit our wits against them and try and make it an even more special day than it is.”

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nd scored three goals in 18 appearances over the f

appy and cel Ndjoli is back at Dean Court.Ndjoli has returned to Bournemouth following a loan spell at Gillingham.The 21-year-old winger joined the League One side on a season-long loan last summer and scored three goals in 18 appearances over the first half oontent after his first season at Liverpool.The Brazilian struggled early on after joining from Monaco, but he has now established himself as first-team regular.”I now see that it was a gocontent_imgod period for me to genuinely adapt,” he reflects. “I

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Fulham blocked Baird loan bids

rejected deadline day bids from and to take on loan.The defender has fallen down the pecking order under since returned from injury and has started just one Premier League game this season.The versatile defender, who can play atcontent_img right or centre-back, signed a new three-year deal last summer under Mark Hughes and is contracted to the west London cluban Lovren and Gini Wijnaldum available for Tuesday’s all-important Champions League meeting with RB Salzburg.Dejan Lovren was forced off during last weekend’s win over Bournemouth, while Wijnaldum played no part in the contest.Speaking about Lovren, until 2013.The approaches were rebuffed as Fulham are competing in the Europa League as well as domestic competitions and Jol’s already thin squad is set to be stretrid president Florentino Perez is waiting for a public sign from Kylian Mbappe that he’s ready to leave PSG. That’s according to Okdiario’s chief pundit Eduardo Inda, while speaking on El Chiringuito.Mbappe has been a target for Perez since he was fiched.

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FA Cup round-up: Trotters and Potters progress

Stoke City and are through to the fifth round of the FA Cup as they beat Derby and ea respectively, while provided the shock of the day by defeating .At the Britannia Stadium ’ men grabbed their win over the Rams thanks to an early strike from and a late goal from .It was slightly harder for Bolton as they came back from a goal down to beat fellow Premier League side Swansea.Ex-Jacks star equalised after had put the visitors ahead and then fired ’s men to victory with a strike in the 56th minute.The biggest act of giant-killing came at the KC Stadium as League Two side Crawley beat their Championship opponents Hull 1-0 thanks to Matthew Tubbs’ goal.Birmingham City made light work of , winning 4-0 at Bramall Lane. Nathan Redmond, Adam Rooney (2) and Wade Elliott grabbed the goals.’s late goal ensured Norwich’s progression to the neximenez.Goal reported that Jimenez, 28, is a £51million transfer target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the United boss attempts to bring in a striker during this month’s window.After their 0-0 FA Cup draw, Nuno was asked about the speculation surroundint round of the competition as Norwich beat 2-1. had given the a first-half lead before Marc-Antoine Fortune equalised ten minutes after half-time.Jermaine Beckford struck twice to end ’s hopes ogoalkeeper Adrian says his game has gone to a new level since arriving on a free transfer from West Ham.The 33-year-old has made 13 appearances for the Reds since joining on a free transfer in the summer, but is now back on the bench following Alissof an extended cup run. His goals gave a comfortable 2-0 win.Notts County were knocked out by as Damion Stewart’s 12th minute own goal cost them dear.There content_imgwill be two replays as drew 1-1 with , while and played out the same scoreline at the New Den.

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Hodgson targets Hamburg hotshot to help turn Liverpool’s season around

are ready to make a move for Hamburg hotshot Eljero Elia as thFormer AC Milan coach Fabio Capello has questioned the character of the current team.Milan lost at home tocontent_img Lazio on Sunday for the first time since 1989.Capello said, “Milan are in trouble.“The players aren’t of a great level, you can tell. They are playing with fear.“They don’t have any personality and they don’t perform according to their set value.”ey bid to turn their woeful season around.Elia, 23, is regarded as one of the best forwards in the Bundesliga and has been attracting interest from a number of top clubs across Europe.Liverpool’s under-fire boss is keen to strengthen his squad in January and knows he needs more firepower following their shock home defeat against .Elia has a proven track record for Hamburg and has also broken into the Holland side.Reports in Holland state that Liverpool’s director of football strategy Damiene UK and Ireland to LaLiga for 2019-20 to 2021-22, in a deal that will see the league launch its dedicated channel, LaLiga TV, in the two countries, effectively becoming Premier Sports’ third premium channel, reports SportBusiness.LaLigaTV will be av Comolli has already made contact with Hamburg and is hoping to negotiate a deal next month.The deal could hinge on being sold in the January transfer window as Elia would be a natural replacement for his compatriot.

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Fabregas ‘happy’ at Arsenal and says Wenger will decide his future

Cesc Fabregas insists he is ‘very happy’ at and says it will be ‘s decision if he leaves the club this summer.Fabregas has repeatedly been linked with a move to Barcelona and team-mate claimed earlier this week that the Spaniard was desperate to seal a return to his boyhood club.But the 24-year-old insists he has not yet spoken to Wenger about his future and is not angling for a move away from the Emirates.”I am an Arsenal player,” he said. “I have been very happy for eight years and I am very happy.”There haFormer Premier League manager Neil Warnock has hailed the improvement in Sheffield United midfielder John Fleck.Warnock says he was offered the Scot when in charge of Cardiff City.He told talkSPORT:vailable on loan.The winger arrived in 2017 in a £10 million deal from Norwich City.However, he has failed to show his best qualities at the St. James’ Park club.Steve Bruce is finalising his 25-man squad for the Premier League and will allow Murphy “I think they had been tempted to let content_imghim go two or three times.“I had his agent on a while ago saying ‘I think he’ll be leaving the club’ but what’s he done? He’s done it on the pitch. He’s worked his socks off, scored important goals and been part of that dressing room.“They’ve got a great chance of getting in Europe. An absolutely great chance.”ve been no decisions. It doesn’t always depend on the player and at the moment I don’t know anything.”I haven’t spoken to the boss. He is the one who makes the decisions and I don’t know if they want to sell me or not.”I have my values and after everything I have experienced with the team for eight years, I’m not going to say something that could ruin everything. I have always acted with discretion.”

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Hodgson: We didn’t look like relegation strugglers today

has revealed that an alien watching West Brom’s 2-1 victory over his old club wouldn’t have been able to tell that it was his sidcontent_imge currently struggling for survival. slotted home two penalties to give the an important three points at the Hawthorns despite going a goal down after ’s header.And Hodgson believes that his side were the best team on the pitch.He said after the match: “I thought today if you’d have been a martian landing at the game you wouldn’t have been able to tell which team was sixth and which team was almost boTranmere’s FA Cup third-round replay at home to Watford on Tuesday has been postponed due to heavy rainfall.No revised date has yet been finalised for the fixture to take place on.In a post on Twitter, Tranmere said: “The ground staff have worked tirelessly, working all hours, over the past few days in an attempt to get the game on but were unfortunately beaten by the weather.”ttom.“It was a good three points because it was achieved by playing well, both defending well and attacking well had we not taken any points away from this game it would have been a travesty.“Apart from the opening ten minutes when I thought we were a bit sluggish we took the game to Liverpool and certainly dominated large spells. When Liverpool scored it was against the run issouma has enjoyed joking with former Lille teammate Nicolas Pepe about his next move.Pepe is expected to go for big money over the next few weeks, be it to Paris-St Germain or away from France.Bissouma offered a cheeky tweet to Pepe, saying: “Supof play.“But we showed the character not to let that get us down, we went back at them again and luckily brought about to good moves which forced the Liverpool defence to foul and give us the penalties.”

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Brendan Rodgers targets quality signings to take Liverpool to ‘next level’

Brendan Rodgers is expecting a busy summer in the transfer market as he attempts to transform his side into genuine challengers for the top four.Liverpool want Champions League success.Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s clash with Lille, the Italy international commented only Chelsea only scoring two goals against Brighton last Saturday, despite having 24 attempts.”It is important because we needed to creathave had to pay for their slow start to the season under Rodgers, .Despite some brilliant form since the turn of the year, Liverpool are still eight points outside the top four and even trail sixth-place rivals Everton by five points.Rodgers has spent almost £50m since arriving at t Solskjaer could be forced to wait to get his man, says the Liverpool-Timo-Werner-RB-Leipzig-Ole-Gunnar-Solskjaer”>Sunday Express.RB Leipzig striker Werner has become one of Europe’s most sought-after forwards acontent_imgnd Solskjaer is keen to strengthen hisAnfield, including the excellent and .And he thinks he will need to splash even more in the summer if his side are to mount a challenge for Champions League football next season.He said: “We’ll be in a much better place at the start of next season. Everyone can see we have improved and got better.”We’ve got some top players but you need quality throughout the team and once we bring in that quality we’ll move up to the next level.”We’ll look at it in the summer, every club will bring in more players and we’ll aim to bring in that quality that will improve the group.”

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Richards: Lescott is a quality defender

Manchester City defender believes centre-back has proved once again just how good he is.Lescott returnedfull.The Sun says club chiefs want Drinkwater’s wages paid in full by any club taking him on loan for the second half of the season.Midfielder Drinkwater, 29, has gone back to Stamford Bridge after barely figuring at Burnley over the last few months. for Manchester City against Sunderland and gave an assured performance in a 3-0 win.With captain out through injury, the 29-year-old played alongside Richards in the bay’re thrown out of the Champions League.The Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has assured management he’s staying – even if they’re thrown out of the Champions League. The Mirror says Italian champions Juventus looked at the possibility of snatchingck line.Richards told City TV: “He is a quality defender.”A lot of people don’t understand how good he is – well, people do because he is playing for England – but he really is a top-class centre-back, one of the best in the league.”I think last season and at the start of this season he has shown that.”Richards’ own participation in a comprehensive defeat of the came as a surprise.The 24-year-old had not featured this season having injured an ankle on Olympic duty with the Great Britain side during the summer.Richards said: “Obviously it is nice to get back after so long but it is nice to get a clean sheet.”We had not kept content_imga clean sheet this season so to come in and step into the back four – I thought the back four was outstanding.”City now head into the international break after a strong start to the season, with 15 points from their first seven league games.

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Chelsea target Neymar admits: ‘I don’t know what the future holds’

Brazil striker Neymar has revealed he does not know where he will be playing his football next season amid a flurry of transfer speche Premier League.James Maddison, Wilfred Ndidi and Youri Tielemans have been instrumental in guiding the Foxes’ to second place on the table.”I would suggest that Tielemans, Ndidi and Maddison, those three in midfield are as good as any three out thulation linking him with Europe’s top clubs.Chelsea are just one of a host of big teams reportedly after the Samba ace, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and both Milan clubs also fighting it out for the 19-year-old’s signature.But the Santos starlet is focused on earning a place in Brazil’s Copa America squad rather than a transfer away from his boyhood club.The covethe Premier League.The Reds made it six out of six after an impressive and battling 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea.It was a tough game, with the Reds hanging on in the second half.But they got all three points, and Robertson wants to see ted forward told Italian TV channel Sky Sport 24: “I do not know what the future holds. It is in the hands of God but it’s nice to know my wocontent_imgrk is appreciated.”I don’t know what will happen in June. I’m only focused on working hard to be called up for the America’s Cup.”

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Exclusive – Jenkins: ‘Taylor should stay at Swansea instead of joining Newcastle’

Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins believes will improve his long-term career success by rejecting a move to and staying with the Swans.The Wales defender signed at the Liberty Stadium from Wrexham last summer and went on to be a main content_imgstay for ’ team.The Magpies had a bid, believed to be around £1million, rejected by Swansea and Jenkinnce international back to Goodison Park permanently after an impressive loan spell last term.Zouma and Chelsea face a key decision with the 24-year-old telling friends he would love to return to Everton.But he is likely to be given a chance to force s believes it would be the wrong time for Taylor to leave the club.Speaking to the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show, he said: “We’re going to try and do that [keep Taylor at Swansea].“We bought Neil in last year from Wrexham in the Conference and he’s done very well in the Championship in his first season.“I believe the time is wrong for him to move on at the moment though.“I wouldn’t deprive any player of moving on if he felt it was the right time for the club and the player, that’s part and parcel of the game these days.“He’s such a young lad though and it’s about playing games.”You’d think that he’s got more chance of playing games in thmbitions have not changed since his arrival in London 18 months ago and his two-trophy haul since then have completely justified the move from Serie A for the Brazilian-born full-back.”I arrived a year-and-a-half ago and I’m just so happy at Chelsea,e Premier League for us than trying to compete for a place at Newcastle.“As things stand though we’ve turned down their initial offer so we’ll go from there.”

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West Ham hoping to make signings in the next 48 hours

West Ham are set to make a new signing in the next 48 hours with Rangers s his tactics “spot on” against Liverpool on Sunday.Solskjaer’s decision to play with five in defence nullified Liverpool’s attacking threat at Old Trafford for the majority of the game, before Adam Lallana equalised in the final minutes.”Tactically, triker Nikica Jelavic still reported to be the number one target.Jelavic has emerged as Sam Allardyce’s first choice signing having scored 30 goals in 45 Scottish Premier League games.West Ham have already had a £7m bid turned down for the Croatian forward, but are expected to come back with an improved offer.Fulham and have also been linked with a move for the 26-year-old, but it appears West Ham will win the race to clinch hion.Pique said he’s enjoying his football at the moment and is only thinking year by year. “Thinking about the future would be cracontent_imgzy,” he said. “The day I stop being important for the team, it will be time to step aside. I have a contract until 2022 ws signature.West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan is working around the clock to bring in a big name striker and is confident he can strike a deal in the next two days.Sullivan said: “This has been one of the most difficult transfer windows I have ever been involved with in all my time in football.”However, with the window now coming to a close, we are still working tirelessly to bring in new faces and are hoping to make one or two important additions to the squad in the next 48 hours.”