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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Conor Gallagher, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Kieran Trippier, Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall
By Sporting Life
16:15 · TUE January 30, 2024
Chelsea’s attempts to tout England international and academy product Conor Gallagher are proving unsuccessful (Daily Mail).

Tottenham are admirers of Gallagher but would have to offload Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg if they sign the 23-year-old. This was made tricky as Hojbjerg’s lawyer said the Dane has no intention of leaving North London (The Times).

Should Chelsea cash in on Conor?
After Bayern Munich’s failed attempt to sign Kieran Trippier, the full back insists he is committed to remaining at St James’ Park (The Independent).


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Manchester United are keen to offload embattled winger Jadon Sancho in a permanent deal this summer (The Independent).

Financial fair play restrictions will prevent Man Utd from making any moves in the January transfer window says Erik ten Hag (The Independent).

Leicester City have fended off interest from Brighton for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall as the midfielder wants to stay at the club (Daily Mail).

Tosin Adarabioyo impressed for Fulham against Liverpool in the League Cup semi final. The Reds are in the market for centre backs ahead of the summer (Daily Mail).

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Done deals: Every completed transfer
West Ham target Ibrahim Osman remains on the radar of rival Premier League sides as the window draws to a close (Daily Mail).

Portsmouth on the verge of signing Reading defender Tom McIntyre for £75,000 (Daily Mirror).

Rangers are locked in talks with Lens over a loan move for Colombian ace Oscar Cortes (Daily Record).
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Marcus Rashford, Dominic Solanke, Armando Broja and Jose Mourinho
By Sporting Life
12:33 · WED January 31, 2024
PSG are reportedly considering renewing their interest in Marcus Rashford this summer (Daily Mail).

Rashford’s days at Old Trafford could be numbered as "his team-mates have grown tired of his selfish behaviour” (The Sun).

Rashford's absence 'an internal matter'
According to reports, Tottenham are considering a late swoop for Dominic Solanke (The Sun).

Bournemouth’s frontman has netted 12 times in the Premier League this season but Spurs boss Ange Postecoglou says it's "unlikely" his side will make any more signings before the transfer window closes (The Athletic).

Tottenham are said to be monitoring Conor Gallagher’s situation though. The midfielder has 17 months left on his contract and Chelsea are willing to listen to offers. (The Guardian).


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Wolves and Fulham are in competition to sign Armando Broja from Chelsea. Wolves were in pole position to secure the services of the striker but the Cottagers are planning to hijack the deal (The Sun).

Broja is Fulham boss Marco Silva’s number one target this window, so he is hoping a deal can be struck (Daily Telegraph).

Wolverhampton Wanderers have reached an agreement with Paris Saint-Germain to sign Noha Lemina on loan (The Athletic).

Despite interest from a number of top clubs, Aston Villa look likely to keep hold of Jacob Ramsey this month (Daily Mail).

Liverpool may move to sign Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo in the summer after an impressive couple of performances in the League Cup semi final (Daily Mirror).

Nottingham Forest’s bid for Jack Butland has been rebuffed by Rangers (Daily Record).

Paper Talk: Tuesday's gossip
Done deals: Every completed transfer
Mourinho early favourite for the Barca job
Jose Mourinho could make a surprise move to Barcelona as the club's new manager (The Sun).

Manchester City prodigy Micah Hamilton is attacking interest in the loan market (The Sun).

Championship club Watford failed in their attempt to sign Hamilton on loan.

West Ham are moving to sign Etienne Kinkoue from Le Havre before Thursday's January transfer deadline day (The Sun).

The Hammers have also snubbed Crystal Palace’s interest in Ben Johnson (The Athletic).

Are West Ham about to unravel?
Granada will try to sign Facundo Pellistri in a permanent transfer this summer if his loan to the Spanish club finally goes through (Daily Mail).

Sunderland are hopeful of signing Amad Diallo on loan, the winger is keen to return to the Stadium of Light after a successful spell there last season where he scored 13 goals (Daily Mirror).

Galatasaray are in talks to sign Arsenal right-back Cedric on a permanent deal (Daily Mirror).

Karim Benzema will be staying at Al Ittihad for the rest of the season (The Athletic).

Southampton are currently reluctant to allow Sekou Mara to leave on loan, despite interest from a number of clubs (The Athletic).

Hearts will have to wait in their attempt to tie down top scorer Lawrence Shankland on a new contract - despite going back in with a better offer (Daily Record).
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Erling Haaland, Caoimhin Kelleher, Ivan Toney
By Sporting Life
12:26 · FRI February 02, 2024
Erling Haaland's representatives are reportedly convinced he must join Real Madrid (The Sun).

Liverpool dismissed a bold attempt from Nottingham Forest to sign goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher. Forest offered a deal worth £15m for the 25-year-old but Liverpool do not want to sell (Daily Mail).

Brentford boss Thomas Frank believes the club's refusal to sell star striker Ivan Toney in the January transfer window is a sign of how far they have come, despite admitting the Bees remain a "selling" club (Daily Mirror).


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Premier League clubs are on course to spend one of the lowest amounts in a January transfer window, with owners and financial experts blaming the league's increased scrutiny over its profit and sustainability regulations (PSR) for the significant downturn (The Guardian).

Pierre Emile Hojbjerg says he is happy to remain a Tottenham player for now, despite his role on the periphery of Ange Postecoglou's team sparking interest for the second transfer window in a row (Daily Mail).

Liverpool and Arsenal are battling to sign Eintracht Frankfurt star Hugo Larsson, who has been dubbed the 'next Rodri' (Daily Mirror).

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Done deals: Every completed transfer
Mauricio Pochettino wanted three players in the January transfer window but failed to bring in any of them (Daily Mail).

Pep Lijnders believes he's ready to become a manager when he leaves Liverpool at the end of the season (The Athletic).

Ridvan Yilmaz is staying at Ibrox after Rangers chiefs rebuffed Galatasaray's deadline day swoop for the left-back (Daily Record).
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Roy Hodgson, Michael Olise, Joshua Kimmich, Erling Haaland
By Sporting Life
09:50 · MON February 05, 2024
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has issued a challenge to Real Madrid to make a concrete offer for star man Erling Haaland if they really want him. (Daily Mail)

Meanwhile, the Spaniard is also prepared to battle Manchester United for Michael Olise's services. (The Sun)

Also on the Cityzens' radar is Bayern Munich's Joshua Kimmich, with Guardiola keen on a reunion with the German midfielder. (The Athletic)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has reportedly strongly contemplated sacking Roy Hodgson after defeat to Brighton, however, he's struggling to find a candidate willing to take over at this stage. (The Guardian)

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PSG have reportedly lined up Milan's Rafael Leao to replace Kylian Mbappe, who appears to have agreed a deal with Real Madrid. (The Sun)

Arsenal's Thomas Partey is expected to depart the Emirates at the end of his existing contract. Currently sidelined with a hamstring issue from October, he has made just five appearances since the start of the season. (Daily Mirror)

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Preparing for Mbappe's eventual exit to Real Madrid, Ligue 1 giants PSG have turned their attention to Napoli's Victor Osimhen. (Daily Telegraph)

Aberdeen are reportedly set to name Neil Warnock as their interim boss within the next 48 hours. (Scottish Sun)

Exiled winger Ryan Kent is planning to escalate his feud with Fenerbahce over unpaid wages to FIFA. (Daily Record)
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino, Michael Olise
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09:46 · TUE February 06, 2024
Mauricio Pochettino could be spared the axe at Chelsea, along with the remainder of his coaching staff, because paying them off could see the club in serious danger of breaching Premier League spending rules (Daily Mail).

Manchester City are closing on their first deal for the summer of 2024 with forward Savio set to join the club from fellow City Football Group club Troyes. The 19-year-old is currently on loan in Spain with another CFG-owned club Girona (Daily Mirror).

Thomas Partey's days at Arsenal appear to be coming to an end, with the Premier League club likely to sell him this summer because of his checkered injury record (Daily Mirror).

Michael Olise is set to miss at least two months after re-injuring his hamstring against Brighton, dealing a massive blow to Crystal Palace's already faltering survival campaign (Daily Mail).


Yves Bissouma is expected back at Tottenham later this week for medical checks after Mali's coach revealed he had played while suffering with malaria at the Africa Cup of Nations (Evening Standard).

Lawrence Shankland has told Hearts he will not be signing a new contract (The Scottish Sun).

Christian Eriksen's time at Manchester United could come to an end this week, with reports in Turkey claiming he has held "secret talks" about a move to Galatasaray (The Sun).

Nottingham Forest may have to hold on to MLS target Divock Origi for the remainder of the season with fellow striker Chris Wood unlikely to play again before April (Daily Telegraph).

Paper Talk: Monday's gossip
Done deals: Every completed transfer
Arsenal will face the standard £25,000 fine after having six players booked against Liverpool on Sunday but there will be no "over-celebrating" punishment for boss Mikel Arteta (The Sun).

Aston Villa are concerned defender Ezri Konsa will miss more than a month with the knee injury he suffered in the 5-0 win over Sheffield United (Daily Telegraph).

Fulham are not expecting Raul Jimenez back for at least a month after scans revealed the severity of the hamstring injury he sustained against Everton last week (Evening Standard).

Brentford are prepared to re-address a deal to sign Club Brugge winger Antonio Nusa in the summer but will seek further medical examinations and explanations before pushing ahead (Daily Telegraph).
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Karim Benzema, Ivan Toney, Kylian Mbappe, Boyzone
By Sporting Life
09:44 · THU February 08, 2024
Karim Benzema stormed out of an Al Ittihad training session on Monday and was subsequently axed from the squad for Wednesday night's Saudi Pro League clash with Al Tai, putting Europe's top clubs on high alert. (Daily Mail)

Speaking of superstars, Boyzone band-mates Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy and Westlife's Brian McFadden are in talks about becoming 'the face' of Northern non-league club Chorley FC. (Daily Telegraph)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has urged his former club Barcelona to move to lure Jurgen Klopp to the Camp Nou after Xavi Hernandez's summer exit. (Daily Mail)

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Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen head coach Xabi Alonso has been told that whoever succeeds Klopp at Liverpool is effectively setting themselves up to fail. (Daily Mirror)

The long-running saga of Ivan Toney's future has taken another twist with Arsenal invited to bid for the England striker and Brentford boss Thomas Frank admitting the forward is 'likely to be sold'. (Daily Mail)

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Sticking with in-demand and wantaway strikers, France and Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe has allegedly handed Real Madrid three transfer demands. (Sun)

West Ham's failure to agree a fee with FC Nordsjaelland for 19-year-old forward Ibrahim Osman has opened the door for Brighton to land the Ghanaian teenager. (Daily Telegraph)

Blackburn Rovers manager Jon Dahl Tomasson is on the verge of leaving the club. (Daily Mail)

Sir Jim Ratcliffe is "unlikely" to get the green light to build a £2bn Government-funded "Wembley of the North" for Manchester United's Old Trafford. (Sun)

Across town, Manchester City's signing of winger Savio from an affiliated club is expected to be scrutinised for fair market value by the Premier League. (Daily Telegraph)

And, finally, Arsenal are seemingly ready to offload Brazilian winger Marquinhos for good in the summer following an underwhelming loan spell at Nantes. (Daily Mirror)
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Nico Williams, Kylian Mbappe, Armando Broja, Manchester United
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10:30 · FRI February 09, 2024
Arsenal scouts have been making checks on Athletic Bilbao's Nico Williams, although the 21-year-old would not come cheap after signing a new deal last year (Daily Express).

Manchester United are preparing a new contract for wonderkid Kobbie Mainoo, according to reports (The Sun).

La Liga president Javier Tebas has claimed there's a "55-60 per cent" chance that Real Madrid will finally sign Kylian Mbappe this summer (Daily Mirror).

Paper Talk: Thursday's gossip
Done deals: Every completed transfer
Graham Potter has reportedly been lined up for a stunning return to management with Italian giants AC Milan (The Sun).

Uriel Perez, the agent of Chelsea midfielder Enzo Fernandez, has shot down suggestions the World Cup winner is looking to leave Stamford Bridge (Daily Mirror).

Barcelona sporting director Deco says the club has no plans to try and tempt Pep Guardiola to leave Manchester City and played down talk of a Nou Camp return for Jose Mourinho (Daily Mail).


Blackburn are expected to part company with their manager, Jon Dahl Tomasson, before Saturday's game against Stoke, capping a turbulent week for the Championship club (The Guardian).

Fulham's loan signing of Armando Broja could end up costing them only half of the £5m Chelsea had asked for, with the base loan fee if he fails to reach a certain level of appearances only £2.5m (Daily Mail).

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag insists no decision has been made on the futures of Jonny Evans or Raphael Varane despite reports suggesting the pair will leave come the end of the season (Daily Express).
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Kylian Mbappe, Liverpool, Barcelona, Manchester United
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11:00 · WED February 14, 2024
Paris Saint-Germain's players are "only speaking about football" with Kylian Mbappe amid ongoing speculation over his future, Fabian Ruiz has said (The Athletic), with the French forward reportedly willing to join Arsenal because of Thierry Henry (Daily Mail).

But, the Daily Express report that both Arsenal and Liverpool are prepared to turn down the opportunity to sign Mbappe this summer over the expected cost of a deal (Daily Express).

Manchester United and Tottenham are pushing hardest to sign Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite this summer (Daily Mail). This comes on the same day that United are looking at bringing in Newcastle sporting director Dan Ashworth (Daily Telegraph).

Kobbie Mainoo's breakthrough into Manchester United's first team has seen a clamour from fans to see a new deal fast-tracked - but there is no rush from the midfielder's side (Daily Mail).

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On the managerial front, Liverpool's chances of landing Xabi Alonso in the summer have been given a boost after it emerged Barcelona have their sights set on Thomas Tuchel (Daily Mirror).

However the Daily Mail are reporting that the Catalan giants are looking at former Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick to replace Xavi, with the Daily Express stating that Barca have been priced out of making Brighton's Roberto De Zerbi their next manager, opening the door to Liverpool should they prefer the Italian over their former midfielder.

Brentford boss Thomas Frank has also been linked to the Anfield dugout, but played down suggestions that he could take over from Jurgen Klopp (Daily Mirror).

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Antonio Conte wants to stay in Italy and would only accept a new offer from the Premier League if he was certain that he would not be able to return to Juventus, or have the chance to coach Napoli or AC Milan (Daily Mail).

Back in England and Crystal Palace have been frustrated in their attempts to persuade Kieran McKenna to replace Roy Hodgson but hope he can be convinced at the end of the season (The Guardian).


Tottenham will make a move for Conor Gallagher in the summer if he has still not agreed a new contract with Chelsea (Daily Telegraph).

Barcelona are increasingly confident that Joao Cancelo will stay at the Nou Camp next year but may have to convince Manchester City to agree to another loan deal (The Sun).

Wolves will finance Gary O'Neil's summer transfer moves by selling Pedro Neto (The Sun).
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Oliver Glasner, Gleison Bremer, David Moyes, Joao Neves
By Sporting Life
12:17 · THU February 15, 2024
Looking to replace under-fire manager Roy Hodgson, Crystal Palace are said to be keen on former Eintracht Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner. (The Guardian)

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Reports from Italian media have suggested that Manchester United are "preparing an assault" for the services of Brazilian centre-back Gleison Bremer, a fee north of £60m is believed to be the asking price. (The Sun)

David Moyes's West Ham future looks increasingly unclear and could be decided before the end of the season after delays to talks over a new deal, former Chelsea boss Graham Potter has been linked as a replacement. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United have seemingly received a transfer boost in their hopes of landing Benfica youngster Joao Neves after the Portuguese refused to commit his long-term future to staying in Portugal. (Daily Mail)


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Looking to halt Manchester United's moves for sporting director Dan Ashworth, Newcastle United will reportedly demand a compensation fee of £10m from the Red Devils. (Daily Telegraph)

Spanish media are reporting that Barcelona would be prepared to lose Frenkie de Jong this summer for a fee in the region of £85m, with Manchester United and Chelsea both reportedly keen. (Daily Mail)

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Chelsea women face a battle to get their first-choice replacement for Emma Hayes as French giants Lyon Feminin have not yet agreed to let Sonia Bompastor depart at the end of the season. (Daily Telegraph)

Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso told Spanish journalist Guillem Balague that Liverpool, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich were the three teams he is keen to manage in the future if he has success at Leverkusen. (The Sun)

Roma striker Tammy Abraham is close to returning from an eight-month knee injury lay-off with multiple Premier League clubs reportedly monitoring his situation with a view to a summer transfer. (Daily Mail)
 

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Transfer talk and football gossip: Thomas Tuchel, Dominic Solanke, Florian Wirtz, Luke Shaw
By Sporting Life
09:46 · THU February 22, 2024
Thomas Tuchel is reportedly open to a Premier League return after Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich announced that he will leave the club at the end of the season. (Daily Mail)

The former Chelsea boss is said to have his eyes on the Manchester United job. (Daily Express)

He has also put the Football Association on alert following his announcement, amongst some top Premier League outfits. (Daily Telegraph)

Gary Neville has reportedly been invited by Manchester United to be part of a special committee overseeing the Old Trafford regeneration project along with the surrounding area. (The Times)


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Manchester United fear defender Luke Shaw could miss the rest of the campaign after he suffered a recurrence of a leg muscle injury in the win against Luton Town. (Daily Mail)

In addition to pursuing Leverkusen boss Xabi Alonso, Liverpool are reportedly also looking at three of their stars including Florian Wirtz, Piero Hincapie and Edmund Tapsoba. (Daily Express)

West Ham United have reportedly put Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke high on their list of summer targets to bolster the attack as well as the quota of homegrown players. (Daily Telegraph)

Paper Talk: Wednesday's gossip
Done deals: Every completed transfer
London giants Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly leading the race for the services of Aberdeen youngster Lewis Carrol. (The Athletic)

Brentford Matthew Benham has appointed Rothschild to oversee a potential sale of the club, with the deal expected to be in the region of about £500m. (The Times)

Manchester City are said to be close to tying down starlet Oscar Bobb to a new long-term contract after an excellent break-through season for him. (Daily Mail)
 

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Transfer talk and football gossip: Erik ten Hag, Man Utd, Chelsea, Robert Sanchez​


By Sporting Life
13:42 · FRI February 23, 2024
Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is set for showdown talks over his future at the end of the season, while staff members Darren Fletcher and Matt Hargreaves have reportedly not been reassured of their futures by INEOS chiefs (Express).
But Sir Jim Ratcliffe is ready to sanction significant transfer spend with the club's financial restrictions easing and a number of player sales planned (Sun, Mail).
Bayern Munich are reportedly attempting to avoid triggering the purchase clause in Eric Dier's contract, with the England defender failing to impress (Express).
Brighton have not received any approaches for Roberto De Zerbi and are confident of keeping their in-demand manager (Mirror).

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Chelsea are reportedly transfer-listing Robert Sanchez - just seven months after signing the goalkeeper (Express).
Chelsea were interested in signing Liverpool forward Darwin Nunez last summer (Times).
Thomas Tuchel is not interested in managing West Ham despite being desperate for a Premier League return (Sun).
Arsenal are closing in on Rangers' 15-year-old star Alexander Smith (Sun).
Wolves forward Matheus Cunha is targeting a return to action immediately after the international break at the end of March (Athletic).
Toni Kroos has made the decision to return to the German national team ahead of this summer's European Championships (Athletic).
Spain head coach Luis de la Fuente has agreed a contract extension through to the World Cup in 2026 (Athletic).
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: David De Gea, Sergio Aguero, Andy Robertson, Zinedine Zidane
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10:43 · WED February 28, 2024
According to reports, David De Gea is attracting interest from Barcelona. The former Manchester United goalkeeper is currently without a club (The Sun).

Sergio Aguero has downplayed the likelihood of coming out of retirement to play for his boyhood club Independiente due to medical reasons (The Sun).

Bayern Munich are targeting Liverpool and Scotland left-back Andy Robertson (Daily Mail).

Liverpool are reportedly keen on bringing rising Porto star Alan Varela to Anfield. The Argentine midfielder has two goals and two assists in the Primeira Liga this term (Daily Mirror).

Paper Talk: Tuesday's gossip
Done deals: Every completed transfer
A number of Manchester United players were frustrated as they had to report for training on the Sunday after their 2-1 defeat against Fulham (The Guardian).

This comes alongside reports that Marcus Rashford and Erik ten Hag are barely on speaking terms (The Sun).

With pressure continuing to mount on Man Utd’s manager, Sir Jim Radcliffe is reportedly eyeing up Zinedine Zidane as the next man in the Old Trafford dugout (The Sun).


Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp, ex-Liverpool star Dirk Kuyt and former Southampton and Everton boss Ronald Koeman are all interested in joining forces to buy a team in either League One or League Two - and want to make Henrik Larsson their manager (Daily Star).

Neil Warnock fired back at those claiming he is only at Aberdeen for a holiday - saying he'd have picked somewhere warmer if that was the case (Daily Record).
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Barcelona, Roberto De Zerbi, Chelsea, Lewis Ferguson
By Sporting Life
09:49 · MON March 04, 2024
Barcelona are set to ignore the advice given to them by Pep Guardiola and opt against pursuing Brighton's Roberto De Zerbi as their next manager (Daily Mirror).

Chelsea are ready to pay the compensation being asked by Brighton to bring recruitment chief Sam Jewell to Stamford Bridge. Jewell is currently on gardening leave (The Sun).

Paper Talk: Friday's gossip
Done deals: Every completed transfer
Lewis Ferguson has once again grabbed the headlines with a superb goal that handed Bologna an impressive 2-1 victory against Atalanta to give his team a four-point cushion in the race for Champions League football (Daily Record).

Brentford have tabbed Norwich City striker Josh Sargent as one of the possible options to replace Ivan Toney if he leaves the club this summer (The Sun).

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Jesse Lingard said he felt "blessed and grateful" to have made his debut for FC Seoul on Saturday even though he was roundly booed during their 2-0 defeat to Gwangju (Daily Mail).

Football fans have hit out at Accrington Stanley after they sacked long-serving manager John Coleman (Daily Mail).

Liel Abada is poised to quit Celtic for MLS side Charlotte in an £8m deal (Scottish Sun).
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Leicester City, Gary O'Neil, Gareth Southgate
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09:30 · FRI March 08, 2024
Leicester City are at risk of being charged by the Premier League this month for breaching financial rules even though they are playing in the Championship - with any points deductions imposed for next season if they return to the top flight. (Times)

Wolves are set to offer Gary O'Neil a new contract after an excellent season in which he has emerged as a contender for manager of the year. (Telegraph)

Ex-Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has held face-to-face talks with the Reds' owners as they attempt to persuade him to return to the club and help oversee the post-Jurgen Klopp era. (Times)

Paper Talk: Thursday's gossip
Done deals: Every completed transfer
Staying in the boardroom, Chelsea's owners can pass the chairmanship of the club between them every five years as part of an extraordinary written agreement. (Telegraph)

And Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley has accused former manager, Steve Bruce, of not wanting to come into work after the takeover by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. (Telegraph)

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Gareth Southgate wouldn't be deterred by the mammoth task at hand at Manchester United, who are reportedly considering the England boss as a successor to Erik ten Hag. (Sun)

Chelsea's Premier League rivals are set to test their reputation of holding out for steep valuations on their players this summer amid reports the Blues will have to sell a significant percentage of their squad for financial reasons. (Mail)

Everton are set to run the rule over Partick Thistle's youngster Ceiran Loney. (Daily Record)

Premier League clubs are braced for another internal row when the Government introduces a bill to create the independent regulator as there is a dispute between the "Big Six" and others over who should foot the bill. (Mail)

Aberdeen star Bojan Miovski has remained coy about his long-term future at Pittodrie, and admits "no one knows" what lies ahead for the North Macedonian striker. (Daily Record)
 

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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Leicester City, Gary O'Neil, Gareth Southgate
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09:30 · FRI March 08, 2024
Leicester City are at risk of being charged by the Premier League this month for breaching financial rules even though they are playing in the Championship - with any points deductions imposed for next season if they return to the top flight. (Times)

Wolves are set to offer Gary O'Neil a new contract after an excellent season in which he has emerged as a contender for manager of the year. (Telegraph)

Ex-Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards has held face-to-face talks with the Reds' owners as they attempt to persuade him to return to the club and help oversee the post-Jurgen Klopp era. (Times)

Paper Talk: Thursday's gossip
Done deals: Every completed transfer
Staying in the boardroom, Chelsea's owners can pass the chairmanship of the club between them every five years as part of an extraordinary written agreement. (Telegraph)

And Newcastle United co-owner Amanda Staveley has accused former manager, Steve Bruce, of not wanting to come into work after the takeover by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund. (Telegraph)

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Gareth Southgate wouldn't be deterred by the mammoth task at hand at Manchester United, who are reportedly considering the England boss as a successor to Erik ten Hag. (Sun)

Chelsea's Premier League rivals are set to test their reputation of holding out for steep valuations on their players this summer amid reports the Blues will have to sell a significant percentage of their squad for financial reasons. (Mail)

Everton are set to run the rule over Partick Thistle's youngster Ceiran Loney. (Daily Record)

Premier League clubs are braced for another internal row when the Government introduces a bill to create the independent regulator as there is a dispute between the "Big Six" and others over who should foot the bill. (Mail)

Aberdeen star Bojan Miovski has remained coy about his long-term future at Pittodrie, and admits "no one knows" what lies ahead for the North Macedonian striker. (Daily Record)
 

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England Euro 2024 squad odds: Joe Gomez, Kobbie Mainoo, Cole Palmer
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15:41 · THU March 14, 2024
This summer, England will be heading into Euro 2024 as one of the favourites for the tournament.

This will be manager Gareth Southgate’s fourth successive major tournament in charge of the Three Lions, so we can largely predict how his squad will shape up.

Players such as Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden are guaranteed a spot, but the 23-player restriction means that there will be tough decisions to make elsewhere.

The upcoming games against Belgium and Brazil will be the last international fixtures before the Euros, and will present some players an opportunity to impress the manager and sneak into his final plans.

FootballTransfers looks at five players who can be surprise picks for England’s squad for the Euros.

To make England Euro 2024 finals squad odds (via Sky Bet)
Jarrad Branthwaite - 4/9
Joe Gomez - 8/15
Ivan Toney - 5/4
Jarrod Bowen - 5/4
Kobbie Mainoo - 6/4
Anthony Gordon - 7/4
Kalvin Phillips - 9/4
*Selected players only - click here for the full Sky Bet market

Jarrod Bowen (West Ham) - 5/4
Bowen
Jarrod Bowen is making a strong case to book a seat on the plane to Germany. The 27 year old has been a talismanic figure for West Ham, scoring 14 goals and setting up a further two in the Premier League this season.

Bowen would usually be competing for one of the winger spots, but he has evolved his game this season and successfully led the line for David Moyes. His ability to play across the entire front line shows that he can be a realistic alternative to some recognised forwards who are in the mix.

The former Hull City man has exceptional defensive output and will be a valuable option to help close out games. His directness off the bench against tired legs can also help change the game.

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The recent injury to Anthony Gordon will certainly boost his chances, and if Bowen finishes the season strongly, he can expect to add to his five caps going forward.

Joe Gomez (Liverpool) - 8/15
Liverpool Joe Gomez
England’s defence seems to be their only weakness going into the Euros. Injuries to Luke Shaw, Marc Guehi, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Harry Maguire, and Kieran Trippier have created a potential opening for a defender to make an impression during the upcoming international break.

Our pick to fill this void is Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, who was 5/4 before Thursday's squad announcement before crashing into 1/2 following his call-up.

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Gomez last featured for the national team in 2020, and his ability to play left-back, right-back, centre-back, and even invert into midfield could prove invaluable in a tournament setting.

Its not just his versatility that has impressed. The former Charlton man has been able to contain the likes of Saka and Phil Foden while playing out of position at left-back.


The 26-year-old is now a regular fixture for Jurgen Klopp's side, displacing Andrew Robertson from the team as they compete for an unlikely quadruple.

This should have captured the attention of the England manager and could potentially see Gomez featuring in his first major tournament this summer.

Cole Palmer (Chelsea) - 2/5
Palmer
After a slow start at his new club, Cole Palmer has emerged as the most consistent and influential part of the Chelsea attack. His goal and assist against Newcastle on Monday took his season's tally to 15 goals and 11 assists in all competitions.

Palmer’s broad skillset and technical qualities allow him to operate on the wing, as a number 10 and even as a centre-forward. The 21-year-old’s comfort in central spaces also makes him an excellent ‘link’ player who can combine effectively with the incredible talent in England’s attack.

With trusted players such as Jack Grealish and Marcus Rashford having underwhelming seasons in comparison, Southgate will face a tough decision.

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Based on form alone, Palmer should be among the 23, but he can further solidify his place in the manager's plans by seizing any opportunities presented during the upcoming friendlies.

Ivan Toney (Brentford) - 5/4
Ivan Toney
England have often struggled to find a reliable backup for Harry Kane, but that seems to have changed now with fierce competition between Ollie Watkins, Dominic Solanke, Callum Wilson, and Ivan Toney.

Toney scored an incredible 20 league goals last season and was part of Southgate’s squad before his gambling ban. He returned to football in January this year, showing little signs of rustiness, and has scored four goals in just over 800 minutes.

Toney
The 27-year-old is a strong runner, can link well with team-mates and is effective when isolated. With the England captain certain to play most minutes, Toney's physicality will also offer a threat unlike anything offered by the others.

Toney's quality from the spot will also be an asset in a penalty shootout, and if he continues his form until the end of the season, he could make an unlikely comeback into the England fold.

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Kobbie Mainoo (Man Utd) - 6/4
Kobbie Mainoo
Southgate is known for being stubborn when it comes to his squad selection as we know from his repeated selection of Kalvin Phillips and Jordan Henderson. He is sure to have a selection headache with the likes of Ross Barkley, Curtis Jones and Eberechi Eze all pushing for a midfield place.

But our outside pick here is Manchester United’s Kobbie Mainoo.

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Mainoo is having an impressive breakthrough year at United, and has been one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise underwhelming season for Eric ten Hag’s men.

The 18-year-old is demonstrating excellent qualities both in and out of possession, making him potential cover for Declan Rice while also being able to play alongside him if needed.

Mainoo
We have seen teenagers thrust into major tournaments for England before, with Michael Owen in the 1998 World Cup and Wayne Rooney at Euro 2004. Mainoo’s eligibility to represent Ghana could see him fast-tracked into the senior setup to follow in their footsteps.
 

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Premier League relegation odds: Who's going down and staying up from the top flight?
By Jake Osgathorpe
15:50 · MON March 18, 2024
The relegation picture in the Premier League this season remains cloudy. Yes, we may have two sides cut severely adrift at the foot of the table, but after Nottingham Forest were deducted four points and Everton are set to be charged again, the fight for survival remains wide open.

The relegation picture in the Premier League this season remains cloudy. Yes, we may have two sides cut severely adrift at the foot of the table, but after Nottingham Forest were deducted four points and Everton are set to be charged again, the fight for survival remains wide open.

Both Forest and Everton (again) have breached Profitability and Sustainability rules (PSR), with the Toffees still awaiting the result of their second charge, though the hearing must have concluded by April 8th.

Premier League table in full
With appeals likely, it is worth noting that any appeals process has to be concluded by May 24, just five days before the final game of the season. So we may not get a clear picture of the state of play until the final week of the season.

Forest have now dropped into the bottom three after their deduction, but with pending charges, even Sheffield United and Burnley still have some hope of survival.

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Premier League relegation odds (via Sky Bet)
Sheff Utd - 1/100
Burnley - 1/9
Luton - 4/6
N Forest - 11/8
Everton - 6/1
Brentford - 16/1
C Palace - 22/1
All still to play for
Sheffield United have conceded five or more goals in four straight home games and are on pace to break Derby's record for most goals conceded (89) in a 38-game Premier League season having shipped 74 in 28 games.

Good home form is required to maintain any kind of survival fight, yet Burnley have lost 11 of 15 in front of their own fans, beating only the Blades and Brentford.

Luton manager Rob Edwards
But, after the recent deduction the Blades are just eight points from safety and the Clarets five, meaning they are both somewhat still in the mix.

Luton moved out of the bottom three as a result of Forest's charge, sitting a point clear currently after a 1-1 draw with Forest at the weekend.

Worries for Forest
Forest's four point deduction is a huge blow for a team already struggling on the pitch.

Morgan Gibbs-White and Nuno
Across his 16 games in charge, Forest have won three and lost eight, conceding 27 times.

That run includes four games against teams in lower divisions during their FA Cup run, and they missed a great opportunity to widen the gap between themselves and Luton when conceding a late equaliser to the Hatters last time out.

Toffees to stick around?
Sean Dyche
Everton have already been hit with a points deduction this season, an initial 10 reduced to six, and Sean Dyche's men are four points above the drop zone with another pending charge that could result in a further deduction.

On the pitch their recent results are hugely concerning. The Toffees are without a win in 11 in the league, losing six, to pile the pressure on the club and the manager.

Bees aren't buzzing
Thomas Frank Brentford
Brentford will be nervously looking over their shoulders after a disappointing defeat at Burnley last time out, a result that sees them now just five points above the dotted line.

Thomas Frank's side have lost 14 of their last 18 league games, winning just three, making them the Premier League's most out of form side which is a huge concern heading down the home straight.
 

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England Euro 2024 squad odds: Joe Gomez, Kobbie Mainoo, Cole Palmer
By FootballTransfers
10:06 · WED March 20, 2024
This summer, England will be heading into Euro 2024 as one of the favourites for the tournament.

This will be manager Gareth Southgate’s fourth successive major tournament in charge of the Three Lions, so we can largely predict how his squad will shape up.

Players such as Harry Kane, Jude Bellingham, Declan Rice, Bukayo Saka and Phil Foden are guaranteed a spot, but the 23-player restriction means that there will be tough decisions to make elsewhere.

The upcoming games against Belgium and Brazil will be the last international fixtures before the Euros, and will present some players an opportunity to impress the manager and sneak into his final plans.

FootballTransfers looks at five players who can be surprise picks for England’s squad for the Euros.

To make England Euro 2024 finals squad odds (via Sky Bet)
Jarrad Branthwaite - 4/9
Joe Gomez - 8/15
Kobbie Mainoo - 8/13
Ivan Toney - 11/10
Jarrod Bowen - 6/4
Anthony Gordon - 7/4
Kalvin Phillips - 5/2
*Selected players only - click here for the full Sky Bet market

Jarrod Bowen (West Ham) - 6/4
Bowen
Jarrod Bowen is making a strong case to book a seat on the plane to Germany. The 27 year old has been a talismanic figure for West Ham, scoring 14 goals and setting up a further two in the Premier League this season.

Bowen would usually be competing for one of the winger spots, but he has evolved his game this season and successfully led the line for David Moyes. His ability to play across the entire front line shows that he can be a realistic alternative to some recognised forwards who are in the mix.

The former Hull City man has exceptional defensive output and will be a valuable option to help close out games. His directness off the bench against tired legs can also help change the game.

CLICK HERE to back Jarrod Bowen to make England's 2024 Finals squad
The recent injury to Anthony Gordon will certainly boost his chances, and if Bowen finishes the season strongly, he can expect to add to his five caps going forward.

Joe Gomez (Liverpool) - 8/15
Liverpool Joe Gomez
England’s defence seems to be their only weakness going into the Euros. Injuries to Luke Shaw, Marc Guehi, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Reece James, Harry Maguire, and Kieran Trippier have created a potential opening for a defender to make an impression during the upcoming international break.

Our pick to fill this void is Liverpool’s Joe Gomez, who was 5/4 before Thursday's squad announcement before crashing into 1/2 following his call-up.

CLICK HERE to back Joe Gomez to make England's 2024 Finals squad
Gomez last featured for the national team in 2020, and his ability to play left-back, right-back, centre-back, and even invert into midfield could prove invaluable in a tournament setting.

Its not just his versatility that has impressed. The former Charlton man has been able to contain the likes of Saka and Phil Foden while playing out of position at left-back.
 

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Betting tips: Our best bets, free previews and predictions for all sports
By Sporting Life
11:16 · FRI March 22, 2024
Below is a full list of Sporting Life's current recommended bets across racing, football and more sports including golf, cricket, tennis and darts - plus the latest free bet offers.

These selections, prices and bookmakers were all verified at the time of publication and help to make up our tipping record.

You'll find tips listed at the top of all our betting previews as we seek to ensure we are fully transparent and that the prices reflect the market when our content is published.

Click on the preview title or named tipster below to be taken directly to the preview itself.

Racing
Punting Pointers (Mar 22)

1pt e.w. Imperial Saint in 3.33 Newbury at 13/2 (Coral, BetMGM 1/5 1,2,3,4)
0.5pts e.w. Coquelicot in 4.08 Newbury at 16/1 (bet365 1/5 1,2,3,4)
0.5pts e.w. I’m A Starman in 5.20 Newbury at 10/1 (888Sport, William Hill 1/5 1,2,3,4)
Andrew Asquith Weekend View (Mar 23)

1pt win Lattam in the 3.35 Doncaster at 16/1 (Sky Bet, Betvictor, Coral, Unibet)
1pt win Orazio in the 3.00 Doncaster at 4/1 (Sky Bet, Paddy Power, Betfair, Unibet)
Football
Friday best bets (Mar 22 - 19:45)

1pt Denzel Dumfries 1+ assists in Netherlands vs Scotland at 11/2 (William Hill)
1pt Nicolae Stanciu to score anytime in Romania vs Northern Ireland at 9/2 (Sky Bet)
Mansfield vs Colchester (Mar 23 - 12:30)

1pt Mansfield to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 at 9/4 (Sky Bet)
England vs Brazil (Mar 23 - 19:00)

1pt Both teams to score at 20/23 (Betfair)
Cricket
IPL specials (Mar 22-May 26)

1pt e.w. Faf du Plessis top tournament runscorer at 20/1 (General 1/4 1,2,3,4)
1pt e.w. Mohit Sharma top tournament wicket-taker at 33 /1 (Paddy Power, Betfair Sportsbook 1/4 1,2,3,4)
IPL outright (Mar 22-May 26)

3pts Chennai Super Kings to win the IPL at 5/1 (General)
1pt Chennai Super Kings/Mumbai Indians IPL final at 14/1 (Paddy Power, Betfair)
2pts Delhi Capitals to finish bottom of the IPL table at 6/1 (General)
Kolkata Knight Riders v Sunrisers Hyderabad (Mar 23)

2pts Heinrich Klaasen top Sunrisers Hyderabad batsman at 9/2 (General)
F1
Australian Grand Prix (Mar 22-24)

1pt e.w. Charles Leclerc to qualify fastest at 11/4 (General 1/3 1,2)
1pt Visa Cash App RB to have the fastest pitstop at 20/1 (bet365)
Tennis
Miami Open (Mar 20-31)

2pts win Jannik Sinner at 11/4 (BoyleSports)
0.5pt e.w. Hubert Hurkacz at 50/1 (BoyleSports)
1pt Casper Ruud to win the third quarter at 11/2 (Coral, Ladbrokes)
Boxing
Saturday night boxing (Mar 23)

2pts double Dalton Smith and Sandy Ryan both to win by decision at 9/4 (Sky Bet)
Our fully transparent tipping record can be found by clicking here

Safer gambling
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If you are concerned about your gambling, please call the National Gambling Helpline / GamCare on 0808 8020 133.

Further support and information can be found at begambleaware.org and gamblingtherapy.org
 

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PFA Player of the Year odds: Rodri, Phil Foden or Declan Rice?
By Joe Townsend
11:11 · TUE March 26, 2024
As we enter the Premier League run-in, some discussion will no doubt turn towards the PFA Player of the Year award. At present, there look to be three outstanding candidates.

Last season's winner Erling Haaland sits fourth in the betting, with Bukayo Saka - the 2022/23 Young Player of the Year - just behind him alongside Liverpool captain Virgil van Dijk, winner of the award in the 2018/19 campaign.

Mohamed Salah, victorious in 2017/18 and 21/22, completes the list of seven players currently priced in single figures by the bookmakers.

But it's the top three who feel most realistic, and as such are worthy of greatest focus.

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PFA Player of the Year odds (via Sky Bet)
Rodri - 9/4
Phil Foden - 11/4
Declan Rice - 4/1
Erling Haaland - 7/1
Bukayo Saka - 8/1
Virgil van Dijk - 8/1
Mohamed Salah - 9/1
Incredible Rodri
Rodri
The growing focus on Manchester City's record with and without Rodri means it comes as no surprise he leads the market.

City are unbeaten in 61 games (W49 D12) in all competitions with the midfielder in the team, an incredible run stretching back to February 5, 2023.

Perhaps more incredibly, they have lost five of the 11 matches he has missed in that time.

Combine those irrefutable statistics with the fact the Spain international has not only developed a goal-scoring side to his game, but a reputation for scoring at crucial times, and the 27 year old really ought to be winning this award come May.

In fact it's a surprise he isn't further clear of a midfield team-mate in the betting.

Fantastic Foden
Foden City
This has been a breakthrough season for Phil Foden, with the England midfielder cementing his place as a Manchester City regular.

He's done so by not only becoming a more influential all-round player, but by delivering 19 goals and 10 assists for Pep Guardiola's side.

In previous years, 23-year-old Foden would've been a shoo-in for PFA Young Player of the Year, an award he won 2020/21 and 21/22, but a change in the rules in 2021 means that is no longer possible.

Players must have been 21 or under as of July 1 immediately prior to the start of the season - a reduction on the previous age limit of 23.

While it may seem unlikely he pips team-mate Rodri, the fact this is decided by a vote of PFA members may just give an English player an edge should their fellow professionals decide to get a little patriotic.

If only Foden himself didn't have competition in that department...

Relentless Rice
Arsenal's Declan Rice celebrates
Declan Rice was given the captain's armband for the first time in England's friendly with Belgium at Wembley, another step in the career of a player impossible to dislike.

Some eyebrows were raised when Arsenal were willing to part with £105m to bring him to The Emirates in the summer, but few are questioning the fee now after a phenomenal first season in north London.

He has brought the leadership qualities and midfield dynamism many felt was needed for the Gunners to sustain a second Premier League title push and also thrive on their return to the Champions League, but that was almost a given for a player who commanded such an enormous fee.

More impressive is the 25 year old's own development, going above and beyond what was anticipated by providing six goals and five assists in the top flight with 10 games still to play; in his previous 204 league games for West Ham, he managed only 10 of each.

Should Arsenal upset the odds and win their first title since 2004, it would be a travesty for Rice not to be voted best player by his peers.

How does the vote work?
The problem for Rice is that each PFA member submits their two votes in April, before the season has reached its conclusion.

He best hope there are plenty of England fans in there.
 
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