- Liverpool will demand more than £20m for Divock Origi in January, as he has failed to force his way into Jurgen Klopp’s team this season and fallen behind Daniel Sturridge in the pecking order at Anfield.
- Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella is said to be delighted about his links to Liverpool, having been dubbed one of the brightest prospects in Italian football.
- Alvaro Morata has admitted he “would like to be happier” with his football career at Chelsea, but says goals will help improve his mood.
- Football Supporters’ Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke revealed he opposed Shahid Khan’s takeover of Wembley Stadium as he was worried the stadium would be used as Fulham’s home ground.
- Chelsea were turned down by Juventus defender Daniele Rugani in the summer, after the 23-year-old decided to stay and fight for his place despite the Blues mounting a £44.2m bid for him.
- Arsenal academy chief Per Mertesacker has been invited to join Germany’s advisory board by general manager Oliver Bierhoff.
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS
- Manchester United midfielder Andreas Pereira insists Jose Mourinho has a good relationship with his players despite mounting tension at the club amid a string of poor results.
- Rafa Benitez will not be receiving any kind of transfer war chest in January, despite Newcastle United spending only £23m on permanent signings in the summer and sitting in the relegation zone.
- Wolves are reportedly interested in reigniting their interest in Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna, who they tried and failed to sign in the summer.
EXPRESS AND STAR
- Aston Villa sporting director Jesus Garcia Pitarch has played down his links to super-agent Jorge Mendes, saying he has good relationships with lots of agents.
- Huddersfield chairman Dean Hoyle says he would not choose anyone to lead the Terriers over current boss David Wagner, despite their lowly position in the Premier League.
- Finland midfielder Glen Kamara has played down speculation linking him with a move to Sunderland. The 22-year-old, who currently plays for Dundee, said he is not paying attention to any rumours over a transfer.
- Returning to Leicester City in January would be against West Brom loanee Harvey Barnes’ best interests, the Baggies’ technical director Luke Dowling has said.
- Former Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton is reportedly set for a return to football, to become Burnley’s new technical director.
- Bristol City are facing a goalkeeping crisis, with first choice Nicki Maenpaa and reserve Frank Fielding both ruled out by long-term injury. Goalkeeper Max O’Leary, 22, will be handed his fourth appearance for the club against Brentford on Saturday.
- Coventry City boss Mark Robins wants to extend Luke Thomas’ loan spell from Derby County. The winger has featured in all but two of their games this season, but is only contracted to the club until January.
- Blackpool’s leading supporters’ group is hoping a court hearing next week will go some way to bringing about “long-overdue” regime change at Bloomfield Road.
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