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Spanish champions Barcelona continue their search to replace Pedro on the flanks, reports claim Bayer Leverkusen’s Karim Bellarabi has made it on to the Blaugrana’s shortlist.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is to meet with Robert Lewandowski’s agent, Cezary Kucharsky, to gauge whether a deal to bring the Bayern Munich striker to Anfield would be possible

Lewandowski has poured praise on Liverpool’s appointment of “perfect fit” Jurgen Klopp and says they are the “optimal club” for the German.

Klopp has said Liverpool need no more than “two strikers” in the light of a season-ending injury for Danny Ings.

Eddie Howe has signed a new contract to remain as Bournemouth manager beyond 2018.

The 37-year-old was already committed to the club for the coming two and a half years, but has negotiated a lengthier stay – believed to be until 2020 – after a clause in his previous contract was activated by their recent promotion.

Jose Mourinho says he will appeal against the £50,000 fine and one-match suspended stadium ban imposed on him by the FA.

Mourinho was sanctioned for comments made following the October 3 loss to Southampton in which he said referee Robert Madeley was “afraid” to give Chelsea a penalty.

Memphis Depay looks set to be dropped by Louis van Gaal for Manchester United’s trip to Everton on Saturday.

Sergio Aguero will be out of action for four weeks, Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed.

The Football Association has suspended its support for Michel Platini’s bid for the FIFA presidency.

Jose Mourinho, 52, is fighting to stay in control of the Blues dressing room, with a significant number of players becoming unsettled by his public criticism of individuals in the team and his backroom staff.

Chelsea should have sacked Jose Mourinho and replaced him with Jurgen Klopp, the newly installed Liverpool manager, according to former Blues midfielder Craig Burley.

Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood’s future at the club is in doubt after he angered club owner Randy Lerner by criticising Villa’s transfer business in the summer.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, 65, has suggested he will step down as manager in 2017 – 21 years after taking over.

Angry Arsenal supporters criticised manager Wenger’s European record at an annual general meeting.

Reports claim the Gunners have joined Manchester United and Barcelona in the race to sign Leverkusen starlet Hakan Calhanoglu. At just 21 years old, the German-born Turkey midfielder looks a sound investment.

Arsenal and Bayern Munich have been linked with Ajax’s 19-year-old central midfielder Riechedly Bazoer. His current contract in Amsterdam runs until 2020.

Fresh reports also claim Arsenal are the latest side to be in the frame for a January move for Real Madrid attacker Jese. Inter, Dortmund, Leverkusen and a raft of other sides have been linked with the speedy 22-year-old.

Real Madrid boss Rafael Benitez is also unhappy with Allardyce, who suggested Liverpool’s 2005 Champions League win “had nothing to do” with Benitez. The Spaniard responded by saying Allardyce’s opinion “does not have a lot of value”.

Both United boss Louis van Gaal and Pochettino are watching Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez, 22.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, 43, has been studying film of Jurgen Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund teams to give Spurs the edge over Liverpool on Saturday.

Manager Steve McClaren is confident Newcastle United’s directors will remain loyal to him as he attempts to recover from an appalling start to the season.

Newcastle will not make an emergency goalkeeper signing until January despite losing Tim Krul, 27, to injury until the end of the season.

Alan Pardew, 54, says he is fully focused on his job as Crystal Palace boss but admits the thought of taking charge of England one day is enticing.

Southend United boss Phil Brown rejected the chance to work as an assistant to Sam Allardyce at Sunderland because he wants to reach 1,000 games as a manager.

Blackpool boss Neil McDonald has ruled out linking up with new Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce at the Stadium of Light. McDonald was assistant to Allardyce at West Ham United.

Leicester City boss Claudio Ranieri is considering upping an offer to buy his players pizza if they secure a first clean sheet of the season. “Maybe the pizza isn’t enough. Maybe I will have to push the boat out and offer them a real slap-up meal,” said the Italian.

Former Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson, 43, is set to be named new manager of League One Doncaster Rovers on Friday.

Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony, 26, says he has had the worst year of his career since his transfer from Swansea.

City are to ask their fans if they want to change the club’s badge.

Manchester United look set to be miss out on Athletic Bilbao’s France Under-21 defender Aymeric Laporte who is ready to join Barcelona next summer.

Former Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, 32, could move to Barcelona in January to act as back-up for Neymar, Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.

Chelsea have offered £60m to play at Wembley for four years – hindering Tottenham’s chances of playing there while White Hart Lane is redeveloped.

Stoke and England defender Ryan Shawcross, 28, completed his first 90 minutes for his club’s reserve team on Thursday since a back operation in August.

Watford striker Odion Ighalo, 26, will not be sold to a bigger club in the January transfer window despite his good start to the season, says boss Quique Sanchez Flores.

West Ham striker Andy Carroll, 26, will use criticism from former manager Sam Allardyce to earn an England recall, says current Hammers boss Slaven Bilic. Allardyce criticised Carroll’s attitude in a new book.

Everton fans have hit back at former Crystal Palace and QPR manager Neil Warnock after he said on BBC Radio 5 live that Toffees midfielder Ross Barkley, 21, “can’t defend, he can’t take responsibility in his own half”.

Liverpool defender Joe Gomez, 18, has thanked fans for their support after also being ruled out for the season with a knee injury. “Tough time for me, but already working towards coming back stronger. Hard work starts now. Thank you for every message,” Gomez tweeted.

“Gutted for @IngsDanny.He will come back stronger,” wrote Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin on Twitter after learning his former Burnley team-mate had been ruled out of Liverpool’s season with a knee injury.

A non-League football match kicked off 30 minutes late – because the referee forgot that he was in charge.


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