Rafa Benitez will be backed in the January transfer window – regardless of whether the club is sold either side of the new year.
Newcastle United remain around the table with Atlanta United over a deal for Miguel Almiron – but they are still to make a concrete offer for the playmaker’s services.
Elias Sorensen remains in discussions with Newcastle United over a new contract – despite the fact the first round of talks stalled.
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Mauricio Pochettino deserves to be linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United thanks to his achievements at Tottenham, according to full-back Danny Rose.
Dennis Wise believes Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek has reached “another level” under Maurizio Sarri this season, and should not consider leaving on loan in January.
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Manchester United could be without nine players for their trip to Anfield on Sunday.
Aston Villa have been linked with moves for A-League pair Josh Risdon and Brandon O’Neill in the summer transfer window.
Raul Jimenez will not make a decision on his Wolves future until the summer, according to reports.
Liverpool have turned down a loan bid for Divock Origi from Galatasaray because they want the striker to stay in England, according to reports.
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Kyle Bartley, James Morrison and Hal Robson-Kanu are all back in training following their respective knocks. But head coach Darren Moore will not take any risks ahead of a busy festive schedule which sees the Baggies play five games in 15 days.
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Jarrod Bowen insists he won’t let transfer speculation bother him as the January transfer window begins to appear on the horizon.
Hull City U23’s captain Lewis Ritson believes he is ready to take any first-team chance that should fall his way.
Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United and Wigan Athletic are interested in signing former England international Jermain Defoe, according to reports.
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is also “weighing up a January loan move” for Cherries striker Jermain Defoe, according to reports.
Ralph Hasenhuttl is facing a centre-half dilemma as he considers whether to field a ninth different combination in just 17 games in a bid to shore up Southampton’s leaky backline.
Ayr owner Lachlan Cameron says he is prepared to lose Swansea City and Celtic target Lawrence Shankland for free at the end of the season. And in further disappointing news for Swansea, Cameron says he won’t be bullied into selling the prolific forward in January
Corry Evans has signed a new two-and-a-half year deal at Blackburn Rovers.
Bristol City are in the running to sign AFC Bournemouth’s veteran striker Jermain Defoe, according to the bookmakers.
Leeds United remain keen on Alaves’ Ibai Gomez after being heavily linked with the €4mm-rated winger last month, according to reports.
Sheffield Wednesday have received a £3m offer for goalkeeper Keiren Westwood from Cardiff City, who was touted with a free transfer to Leeds earlier in the week.