Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool reign could begin with his ‘Brain’ missing. The German’s right-hand man Zeljko Buvac is to join his Anfield staff but red tape could prevent him being involved against Spurs at the weekend.
Manchester United outcast Victor Valdes is open to a switch to Newcastle to fill the void left by injured ‘keeper Tim Krul.
Disciplinarian Sam Allardyce was quick to dish out his first fine as Sunderland boss – to the Daily Mirror. Big Sam slapped a £10 penalty on North East reporter Simon Bird after his phone, doubling up as a voice recorder, buzzed twice on his desk during the press conference.
Saido Berahino is to stay at West Brom in January ahead of a possible summer exit. The club have agreed to reconsider the striker’s position at the end of the campaign when he could have just 12 months left on his contract.
Roy Hodgson has warned rising England star Ross Barkley he hasn’t cracked international football yet.
Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has pledged his future to the Premier League new boys. Howe will celebrate the three-year anniversary of his second spell in charge of the Cherries with a daunting trip to Manchester City on Saturday.
Southampton forgotten man Jordy Clasie is finally ready to make his Premier League bow against Leicester on Saturday – three months after his £8m move from Feyenoord.
Phil Jagielka has risked sparking a club versus country row by calling on England to play their stars in the build-up to Euro 2016.
Sunderland’s new boss Sam Allardyce plans to make former manager Dick Advocaat look foolish. Allardyce hugely respects his predecessor at the Stadium of Light but he hopes the Dutchman’s verdict on the squad he left behind proves hopelessly inaccurate.
Dimitri Payet has launched a scathing rant at France coach Didier Deschamps after feeling ignored since he joined West Ham.
Chelsea are ready to cancel Patrick Bamford’s loan to Crystal Palace amid concerns at lack of first-team action. Striker Bamford has played only 16 minutes Premier League football for the Eagles since joining on a season long deal in the summer.
Sam Allardyce admits he has a “big challenge” ahead of him at Sunderland after succeeding Dick Advocaat at the struggling Premier League club.
Manchester City will finally assess injured stars Sergio Aguero and David Silva but are already resigned to losing them until beyond the other side of the forthcoming derby game with United at Old Trafford.
Ross Barkley has been challenged to keep on improving and show he can become one of England’s indispensables in time for Euro 2016.
Sam Allardyce has pledged to waste no time in saving Sunderland from the “financial devastation” of relegation.
Liverpool defender Joe Gomez hobbled off injured during England Under 21s win over Kazakhstan and is a doubt to face Spurs at the weekend.
Matteo Darmian says he didn’t have to think twice about joining Manchester United. Darmian has settled in well under Louis van Gaal and has already established himself as the Dutchman’s first choice right-back.
Roy Hodgson has suggested that Ross Barkley can force his way into England’s starting XI for Euro 2016 after “aligning” his “enormous talent” to being more disciplined.