Jose Mourinho regrets Javier Hernandez sale

Jose Mourinho admits he regrets Manchester United’s decision to sell Javier Hernandez – but insists they were right to not try and re-sign him this summer.

Hernandez belongs to a pool of three players which Mourinho once said United were wrong to sell – Angel Di Maria and Danny Welbeck are the others – and he says in Hernandez he was the kind of “killer” striker United would have loved last season.

Two years after Van Gaal allowed the Mexico international to leave for Bayer Leverkusen, he is back in the Premier League and could be lining up against United for West Ham on the opening day.

Asked if he was tempted to bring Hernandez back to the club, Mourinho said: “No, because he left the club a few years ago. I am not sure that it was his decision or the manager’s decision.

“But he’s a good player, he’s a player that will always score goals, so he is a player I would always welcome in my squad because he doesn’t need many minutes on the pitch to score a goal.

“But we moved in another direction and a younger player in [Romelu] Lukaku. We have (Marcus) Rashford that can be also a striker, he is originally a striker, so we didn’t feel that need.

“But no doubt that for West Ham to get a player with his experience and his quality is very, very good.”


West Ham sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez  from Bayer Leverkusen

West Ham have completed the £16m signing of Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez.
The 29-year-old Mexico international arrived in London on Monday to undergo a medical ahead of the transfer and has signed a three-year contract.
The striker will become the highest-paid player in the club’s history and is set to be on wages totalling £140,000 a week, aslo the Hammers’ fourth new arrival of the summer.

Hernandez has previous experience of playing in the English top-flight, having netted 59 goals for Manchester United during a five-year spell at Old Trafford.

And Hernandez, also a former Real Madrid loanee, admitted the chance to return to England was too good to turn down.

He told the club’s official website: “I am very happy to join West Ham United.

“For me, the Premier League is the best league in the world and when the opportunity came, I was desperate to sign for this club.

“It was not a difficult decision. West Ham is an historic club, and very ambitious – this summer you can see with the players signed that they are looking to have a very good season.

“I’ve had three fantastic years playing in Spain and Germany, but England was really the first big chapter in my career and I am so happy to be back.

“I am desperate for the season to start and to help the team achieve all their objectives.”
In May, Hernandez – widely known by the nickname Chicharito, which means ‘little pea’ – became Mexico’s all-time leading scorer.
He netted 39 times in 76 matches for the Bundesliga club.

Joint-chairman David Sullivan added: “We are delighted to welcome Javier as the latest fantastic addition to the West Ham United squad.

“Following the arrivals of Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart and Marko Arnautovic, he is another top-class professional who brings great experience and quality to the club.

“He has a proven goalscoring record in the Premier League, La Liga and the Bundesliga, as well in the UEFA Champions League and at international level with Mexico.

“We now have some fantastic options in attacking positions and, like all West Ham fans, I am looking forward to seeing Javier score goals in a claret and blue shirt next season.”

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez  set for West Ham medical on Tuesday 

​Javier Hernandez will fly to London on Tuesday to have a medical and complete his move to West Ham.

The 29-year-old Mexico international will become the highest-paid player in the club’s history and is set to be on wages totalling £140,000 a week.

The Hammers agreed terms with Bayer Leverkusen on Thursday, releasing a statement  confirming the forward  was due in London “in  the coming days” to  complete the formalities  of his move.

West Ham have made three signings so far this summer, confirming Stoke midfielder Marko Arnautovic for a club-record fee on Saturday, while Pablo Zabaleta joined on a free transfer and Joe Hart on a season-long loan from Manchester City.

West Ham agree deal to sign former Manchester United striker Javier Hernande; Arnautovic set for medical

West Ham have agreed a deal with German club Bayer Leverkusen to sign Mexico striker Javier Hernandez for a reported fee of about £16m.

The former Manchester United frontman, 29, will fly to London to finalise personal terms and have a medical.

It is understood Stoke have accepted a fee in the region of £24m. In May, Hernandez – widely known by the nickname Chicharito, which means ‘little pea’ – became Mexico’s leading all-time scorer with his 47th international goal.

Hernandez scored 59 goals in 156 appearances for United after arriving at Old Trafford in 2010, before joining Leverkusen for £7.3m in August 2015.

He has netted 39 times in 76 matches for the German club.

West Ham signed Manchester City  and England goalkeeper Joe Harton a season-long loan deal on Tuesday.

Bilic has been desperate to sign a forward after injuries to Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho meant West Ham ended last season with on-loan Jonathan Calleri, who scored one deflected goal in 19 appearances, playing in attack.

Assuming the move goes through as planned, Hernendez could make his West Ham debut against former club United at Old Trafford on August 13.

Meanwhile, Austria forward Marko Arnautovic is due to have a medical in the next 48 hours after the Hammers agreed a deal with Stoke City.
Arnautovic, 28, joined Stoke from Werder Bremen four years ago and is just 12 months into a four-year contract with the Potters.

He scored seven times in 35 games in all competitions last season.

FIFA Confederations Cup – Russia 2017 : Portugal  denied victory by a late Hector Moreno goal


Portugal 2 – 2 Mexico

Hector Moreno snatched a stoppage-time equaliser as Mexico denied Portugal a late victory in their opening Confederations Cup match.

Pepe had a goal disallowed for offside after a referral to the video assistant referees before Ricardo Quaresma sold the keeper a dummy and slotted in.

Javier Hernandez equalised with a low header from Carlos Vela’s cross.

Cedric Soares’ 86th-minute shot was deflected in, but Hector Moreno snatched a point in the 91st minute.

Mexico defender Moreno, who recently joined Italian side Roma from Dutch club PSV Eindhoven, headed in off the post from a Jonathan dos Santos cross.

Earlier, Ronaldo had a header brilliantly tipped away by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa, while Gelson Martins- a target for Liverpool – fired just wide on the counter for Portugal.

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez becomes Mexico’s all-time leading goalscorer 

Former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez became Mexico’s leading scorer during a 2-1 defeat by Croatia.

Hernandez headed in his 47th goal with four minutes left in Saturday’s friendly in Los Angeles, a warm-up for the Confederations Cup in Russia.

It took the Bayer Leverkusen forward, 28, past Jared Borgetti’s record in his 91st international appearance.

“Javier is one of the best finishers in the world,” Mexico coach Juan Carlos Osorio said.

Hernandez, who was the fastest Mexico player to score 40 goals for his country, equalled Borgetti’s record in March.

He scored 59 goals in 156 appearances for United after arriving at Old Trafford in 2010, before joining German side Leverkusen in August 2015.

Bundesliga results

Javier Hernandez scored twice as Bayer Leverkusen left Hannover languishing at the bottom of the Bundesliga after a 3-0 win.
Stefan Kiessling headed the hosts in front just after half-time, having previously hit the post, and two goals from Hernandez completed the victory for Roger Schmidt’s side.
A foul by Hiroki Sakai on Kiessling on the hour mark enabled Leverkusen to double their lead with Hernandez stepping up to convert the resultant penalty.
Hernandez netted his 13th goal of the season when the Mexican international held off his marker before slotting a low shot into the bottom corner of Ron-Robert Zieler’s goal, lifting Leverkusen up to fourth and into the Champions League positions.

Borussia Dortmund left it late to beat Ingolstadt 2-0 and reduce the arrears on Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich to five points on Saturday.
A late Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang brace earned Thomas Tuchel’s men all three points, but not without a struggle against a strong Ingolstadt side.
Aubameyang finally broke the deadlock with just over 10 minutes remaining, heading in Lukasz Piszczek’s cross from six yards out, albeit from an offside position.
Aubameyang’s 20th goal of the season five minutes from time finished Ingolstadt off as this time he timed his run to leave no doubts about being offside before sliding a low shot into the far corner.
Dortmund gave a professional debut to American midfielder Christian Pulisic as the 17-year-old came on in the 68th minute.

Werder Bremen came from behind to snatch a point off high-flying Hertha Berlin in a 3-3 thriller at the Weser Stadion.
Vladimir Darida and Marvin Plattenhardt put the visitors in the driving seat before half-time, but Fin Bartels gave the hosts hope midway through the second half.
Salomon Kalou restored Hertha’s two-goal lead, but a Claudio Pizarro penalty and a header from Santiago Garcia enabled Bremen to take a point from the Bundesliga clash.

Schalke climbed to fifth thanks to a 2-0 win over Darmstadt.
Leroy Sane’s determination in hooking the ball back into play from the goalline was rewarded as the ball finally fell for Max Meyer to put the visitors in front just before half-time.
Sane made it 2-0 himself early in the second half, coolly slotting the ball past Christian Mathenia to seal a comfortable victory.

Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt had to settle for a point apiece in a goalless draw in Bavaria with the hosts grateful to their goalkeeper for preventing worse.
Marwin Hitz almost single-handedly kept Frankfurt at bay, making the most spectacular of saves on the hour mark to deny Alexander Meier from close range with a one-handed reflex stop.

In the day’s late game, Stuttgart made it two wins out of two in 2016 with a dramatic but deserved 2-1 victory over Hamburg at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Artem Kravets, a new loan arrival from Dynamo Kiev, grabbed an 88th-minute clincher for the home side whose dominance was rewarded.

Augsburg 0 – 0 Eintracht Frankfurt
Bayer Leverkusen 3 – 0 Hannover 96
Borussia Dortmund 2 – 0 Ingolstadt
Darmstadt 0 – 2 Schalke 04
Werder Bremen 3 – 3 Hertha Berlin
VfB Stuttgart 2 – 1 Hamburger SV

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Swansea have confirmed the appointment of Francesco Guidolin as the club’s head coach to work with Alan Curtis until the end of the season.
Guidolin has been brought in to work alongside interim manager Alan Curtis.

Arsenal have made a second January signing after poaching Leicester scout Ben Wrigglesworth. He helped sign the likes of Riyad Mahrez and N’Golo Kante and will officially join in the next few weeks after being put on gardening leave.

Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy says he regrets moving to the club and plans to leave this transfer window.

Debuchy says he has already spoken to Aston Villa manager Remi Garde about a potential move to Villa Park.

Steven Naismith is to undergo a medical at Norwich City ahead of completing his £8.5 million move to Carrow Road from Everton.

Edison Cavani could be on his way out of Paris Saint-Germain, with Laurent Blanc unhappy with the Uruguayan’s behaviour and attitude around the squad. The striker has attracted interest from the likes of Manchester United.

Chelsea are prepared to let Bertrand Traore move to Everton on loan but only if the Toffees pay his current £40,000 a week contract in full for the duration of the loan.

Barcelona have said tests on Lionel Messi’s injury he sustained at the weekend have come back with “great news” regarding his fitness.

Real Madrid are set to make their first January signing with a €15 million move for Boca Juniors midfielder Rodrigo Betancur, though he would remain with the Argentine outfit on loan.

Gareth Bale will be out for three weeks. The Madrid star will miss at least three Liga games, though he could be back to face Roma.

Borussia Dortmund are weighing up a summer move for Chelsea midfielder Ramires to cover for the loss of Ilkay Gundogan, who is wanted by Juventus.

Robert Lewandowski is unhappy at Bayern Munich after outgoing manager Pep Guardiola was replaced by Carlo Ancelotti and wants to join Paris Saint-Germain in the summer.

Fenerbahce are the latest club to show an interest in Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi and are willing to match any bid Chelsea make for the striker.

Simone Zaza wants to leave Juventus in order to fight for playing time and his place in Italy’s Euro 2016 squad, and Wolfsburg are keen to take him on loan until the end of the season.

Louis van Gaal has urged Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot to move to Old Trafford despite interest from Arsenal.

Arsenal and Chelsea are among the clubs battling to sign Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Granit Xhaka alongside Bayern Munich.

Chelsea are keeping tabs on Valencia centre-back Aymen Abdennour and could move for the former Monaco man in January.

Real Betis are considering making a loan move for Barcelona forward Sandro.

Morocco international Nordin Amrabat has completed a £6.1 million move from Malaga to Watford.

Chelsea have beaten Manchester United to the signing of Netherlands Under-16 captain Juan Familia Castillo, who currently plays for Ajax.

Atletico Madrid want to bring Chelsea striker Diego Costa back to the club. The 26-year-old Spain international left Atletico for Stamford Bridge for £32m in July 2014.

Costa’s bruised shin, sustained against Everton on Saturday, may prompt Chelsea to speed up a move for Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato, 26.

Newcastle have been offered the chance to sign former AC Milan playmaker Pato and Swansea’s 30-year-old French forward Bafetimbi Gomis, 30.

Gomis is unlikely to join Newcastle because Swansea do not want to sell to a relegation rival.

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink says that, if it were down to him, he would give a new contract to captain John Terry, 35

Terry, meanwhile, is confident he will earn a one-year contract to extend his stay at Stamford Bridge beyond the end of the season.

Liverpool have joined the race to sign ex-Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, while Mario Balotelli could join West Ham. Jurgen Klopp is unimpressed with his current crop of strikers and wants to bring the Mexican back to England.

Arsenal winger Alexis Sanchez would be open to joining either Manchester United or Manchester City but would turn down any move to Chelsea.

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has signed a new contract which will reportedly keep him at the club until 2021.

Southampton have rejected an £8m offer from Liverpool for their 29-year-old Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long.

Real Betis want to appoint former Real Madrid and Tottenham manager Juande Ramos as their new manager, after firing former West Brom coach Pepe Mel.

Former Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness is to be released from jail on Feb. 29, 21 months into a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for tax evasion.

A former Barcelona sporting director says the Spanish club had wanted to sign Sergio Aguero from Manchester City, but had to settle for Luis Suarez instead.

Manchester City right-back Pablo Zabaleta, 31, has indicated he could leave at the end of the season, with Italy a potential destination.

City are ready to bid for West Ham’s 17-year-old defensive midfielder Reece Oxford.

Manchester City are tracking West Ham United youngster Reece Oxford and have scouted his recent appearances for the club’s under-21 side but the Hammers favour a Championship loan for their youngest ever player.

FC Porto are not planning to sell forward Yacine Brahimi to Crystal Palace. Reports had linked the 25-year-old Algeria forward with the Premier League club.

Tottenham plan to step up their pursuit of Fulham’s 19-year-old striker Moussa Dembele, but Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic is unwilling to sell.

Newcastle are set to increase their offer for Tottenham winger Andros Townsend after having a £10.5 million bid rejected by the north London outfit.

Sunderland remain in talks with Lorient over the signing of their 26-year-old defender Lamine Kone.

The Black Cats will make an offer for Alaixys Romao on Monday, according to According to L’Equipe. The 32-year-old has been offered a two-year contract extension by Marseille, while Toulouse and Al-Ahli also remain interested.

Former Republic of Ireland international Stephen Ireland could be poised to leave Stoke City for Saudi Arabian side Al Jazira.

West Ham are set to table a bid of around €8 million for Galatasaray striker Burak Yilmaz before the end of the January transfer window.

West Ham joint-chairman David Gold has suggested Southampton’s signing of striker Charlie Austin for £4m should not be considered a bargain “if his wages are £100,000 per week”.

Jurgen Klopp has urged the hierarchy at Anfield to move for Anderlecht midfielder Dennis Praet in January rather than in the summer.

Jerome Sinclair will leave Liverpool in the summer after failing to agree a new contract. The former Wigan loanee hopes to investigate playing opportunities in Spain.

Southampton’s Italian striker Graziano Pelle, 30, is set to leave the club following the signing of Charlie Austin, 26, from QPR.

Arsene Wenger has criticised Stoke fans for their chants toward Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey during the teams’ 0-0 draw at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday.

Leeds United’s 22-year-old full-back Sam Byram has passed a medical at Goodison Park and will be presented as an Everton player on Monday.

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Real Madrid have taken the decision to sack Rafael Benitez and will employ Zinedine Zidane as his successor.

Before offering the role of head coach to Zidane, Real first approached Porto goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who rebuffed the opportunity.

Manchester United are set to meet Barcelona and Brazil forward Neymar’s £140m release clause after the 23-year-old’s contract talks stalled.

Real Madrid are weighing up a move for United defender Marcos Rojo as they look to add competition for Marcelo at left-back.

United will let will let midfielder Nick Powell, 21, go out on loan to a Championship club for the rest of the season.

Manchester City are ready to offer €55 million for Schalke forward Leroy Sane, making the 19-year-old the most expensive player in German history, ahead of Mesut Ozil.

Leicester have completed the signing of Demarai Gray from Birmingham after activating the winger’s £3.75million transfer release clause.

Arsene Wenger says the club could complete a signing within 10 days.

But the Gunners have been told by Bayer Leverkusen’s sporting director Rudi Voller to forget about trying to sign Mexico and former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

Chelsea and Serbia defender Branislav Ivanovic, 31, is a transfer target for AC Milan after being linked with rivals Inter Milan.

The Blues are considering a move for Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey in the January.

AC Milan are keen to take Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini on loan in a bid to bolster their midfield.

Chelsea are considering joining Manchester City & Juventus in the battle to sign Isco having begun talks with Alex Teixeira over a £30 million move from Shakhtar Donetsk.

Lazio want to sign Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen as they look to solve the defensive issues that have plagued their season so far.

Borussia Dortmund have made Everton striker Romelu Lukaku their primary target to replace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang if the Gabon international leaves the club.

Bayern Munich defender Jan Kirchhoff is close to joining Sunderland, with the Black Cats set to pay €1 million.

Marseille have told Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi, 22, he is going nowhere in January, despite interest from Tottenham and Newcastle.

Southampton will not sell Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 23, or Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama, 24, during the January transfer window, and manager Ronald Koeman has told the pair to focus on their football.

Wanyama has apologised for his red card against Norwich City on Saturday, calling it “reckless and irresponsible” on Instagram.

Liverpool defender Kolo Toure, who is out of contract at Anfield in the summer, is a target for Serie A club Lazio.

Tottenham have emerged as the favourites to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi ahead of the likes of Arsenal.

Watford manager Quique Sanchez Flores has not ruled out making a move for Emmanuel Adebator, who is a free agent after leaving Tottenham in September.

Crystal Palace are set to bid for Swansea City midfielder Jonjo Shelvey after the England international was again left out of the matchday squad by Alan Curtis.

Swansea City chairman Huw Jenkins will ask Alan Curtis, 61, to stay on as interim manager at the Liberty Stadium until the end of the season.

Swans defender Angel Rangel, 33, has admitted he dived to try to win a penalty against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Stoke chairman Peter Coates says Bojan Krkic will not be sold this month. The 25-year-old Spaniard reportedly has a £10m release clause in his contract.

Arsenal are not in talks to sign Dinamo Moscow striker Aleksandr Kokorin in the January transfer window.

West Brom want to bring Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy to the club on loan with Serge Gnabry set to be recalled by the Gunners, and will look to offload Gnabry to the Championship on a temporary deal.

Leicester City are set to hold talks with Sampdoria’s teenage full-back Pedro Pereira over a January transfer.

West Ham have joined Everton and Tottenham in showing an interest in AC Milan midfielder Keisuke Honda.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic wants striker Andy Carroll, 26, to forget about England and Euro 2016 this summer and focus on his fitness instead.

Corinthians forward Alexandre Pato is on the verge of agreeing a move to Chinese team Tianjin Songjiang

Chelsea have offered Newcastle the chance to re-sign Loic Remy on a loan deal until the end of the season.

Norwich City are keen to take Tottenham midfielder Alex Pritchard on loan when he returns from injury before the end of January.

Cardiff striker Kenwyne Jones is a target for coach Sven-Goran Eriksson at Chinese club Shanghai SIPG.

The investigating judge in charge of the blackmail case rattling France’s football team has denied Karim Benzema’s request for a face-to-face meeting with Mathieu Valbuena.

United’s kit manufacturer Adidas has added to the criticism of Van Gaal by implying his style of play is unattractive.

Javier Hernandez wins Bundesliga Player Of The Month award again

Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez has been named Bundesliga player of the month for December, the second consecutive month that the Mexican international has received the honour.
Hernandez scored five times for Leverkusen in December, or once every 52 minutes — the best rate in the league.

That man again! @bayer04_enstar @CH14_is Player of the Month for December! More here:—

Bundesliga (@Bundesliga_EN) December 30, 2015

Hernandez, 27, completed a hat trick in his side’s 5-0 rout of Borussia Monchengladbach and added a goal each against Hertha Berlin and Ingolstadt.

The former Manchester United man also scored in all five games that Leverkusen played in December, including a Champions League draw against Barcelona and a German Cup win over Unterhaching.
He has scored 11 goals in the Bundesliga and 19 in all competitions since joining his new club in the summer.

It is the first time a Mexican will be winning the award back to back.

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Arsene Wenger is weighing up a shock move for Bayer Leverkusen’s former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez, 27, who has scored 19 times in 22 appearances

Jose Mourinho wants Manchester United to be his next job, sources close to the Portuguese manager have told ESPN FC, and representatives have already taken initial steps to try and make it happen.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich visited the club’s Cobham training base to outline his vision for the future, the reasons for sacking Jose Mourinho and confirmed to the squad that Guus Hiddink would be the caretaker manager.

Leading Chelsea players Cesc Fabregas and Eden Hazard reportedly pushed for Mourinho’s sacking.

Abramovich will now make a move to appoint 44-year-old Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, who has also been linked with Manchester City and Manchester United, as the Chelsea manager next summer.

Hiddink has told Chelsea to buy him an English striker in January, with Leicester forward Jamie Vardy, 28 and West Brom’s Saido Berahino, 22, top of his list.

Chelsea are keen to add to their squad in the aftermath of Jose Mourinho’s sacking, with the Blues set to bid for Alex Teixeira, John Stones and Marquinhos in January.

Atletico Madrid’s Argentine manager Diego Simeone is open to joining Chelsea next season and believes the language barrier would not pose him a major problem. The 45-year-old has a £15m release clause in his contract.

Reports claim Roman Abramovic is looking at bringing Didier Drogba back to Stamford Bridge to join the club’s coaching team.

Former Manchester United centre-back Rio Ferdinand has urged the Old Trafford club to get the “best manager on the planet” in Pep Guardiola, who could leave Bayern Munich.

Louis van Gaal, 64, does not want to end his career with the sack in what is expected to be his last managerial job in the game.

Van Gaal is hoping to lure Real Madrid forward James Rodriguez, 24, to Old Trafford, according to reports in Spain.

The Manchester United coach says he will not recall striker James Wilson from his loan stint at Brighton unless they reach crisis point, commenting: “When we are in trouble we can recall him. That’s a decision when it comes – maybe and maybe not.”

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has revealed that Luis Enrique wants to add a striker to his squad in January.

Neymar’s head has been turned by the interest from Manchester United and Manchester City, while his representatives have been ‘blown away’ by the potential offer of a five-year contract worth £500,000 a week.

Ex-France international Olivier Dacourt says he hopes that Jose Mourinho will not become manager of Paris Saint-Germain in the future.

Swiss Super League club FC Sion are interested in signing Brazil legend Ronaldinho, the club’s general director Marco Degennaro has said.

Crystal Palace have completed a deal that sees American investors Josh Harris and David Blitzer take a large stake in the club

Former Fulham footballer and Match Of The Day presenter Jimmy Hill has died aged 87, his agent has announced.

Radamel Falcao, 29, could leave Chelsea and return to Monaco in January – and then move to Major League Soccer next summer.

Jonjo Shelvey is set to leave Swansea after the club’s owner Huw Jenkins questioned his commitment to the club.

Swansea have made a loan bid for Chelsea striker Loic Remy, 28.

Stoke playmaker Bojan Krkic, 25, linked with Manchester United and Liverpool, says feeling loved at the Britannia Stadium is the best place to be at this stage of his career.

England midfielder Fabian Delph, 26, says it was a tough decision to leave Aston Villa in summer 2015 but that he made the “right decision” in joining Manchester City.

Sampdoria have reportedly placed an £11m price tag on Norwich transfer target Eder, the 29-year-old Brazil-born Italy international striker, who has scored 11 goals for club and country so far this season.

Roma’s Juan Iturbe is on the verge of sealing a loan move to Watford, who will have the option to buy the 22-year-old attacker for €18 million.

Aston Villa’s players and staff could have to take pay cuts if the club – who are bottom of the Premier League – are relegated.

Liverpool midfielder James Milner, 29, has not ruled out a return to his first club Leeds.

Liverpool forward Jerome Sinclair looks set to leave the club this summer after talks over a new contract stalled.

David Beckham sends an Instagram pictureof a rendezvous with his former Real Madrid team-mates including Roberto Carlos and Luis Figo and writes: “Boys are back in town … Couldn’t resist being back on the field with these guys again… Makes me miss Madrid.”

Theo Walcott has challenged Arsenal team-mate Hector Bellerin to a race after a long, drawn-out debate over who is faster.

“Player power is not a new thing” – Jermaine Jenas shares his thoughts on suggestions Jose Mourinho “lost the dressing room”.

UEFA Champions League: Group Stage Results

Group E
Bayer Leverkusen could not find a winner against Barcelona as a 1-1 draw saw the German side fail to qualify.
Leverkusen, who had not won in Europe since matchday one, could have made it through if they bettered Roma’s result against BATE Borisov.
Barcelona, who were already through as group winners, went ahead on 20 minutes through Lionel Messi, only for the in-form Javier Hernandez (23) to equalise.

Roma secured their place in the knockout stages after a 0-0 Group E draw with BATE Borisov — the night’s only game without a goal.

Group F
Olivier Giroud scored a hat-trick as Arsenal won 3-0 at Olympiacos to make the last 16 of the Champions League for the 16th season in succession.
Going into the game having lost three of their previous five fixtures, the Gunners needed to win by two goals or more at the Karaiskakis Stadium or better the 3-2 defeat they suffered at home to the Greek champions in September.
With seven key first-team players missing through injury, Arsene Wenger recalled Theo Walcott after his recovery from a calf problem, but it was Giroud who would produce the goods when it mattered as Arsenal made light work of a seemingly difficult task to seal a 3-0 win.
For Giroud it would have been all the more sweet given he had been sent off in the 2-1 defeat at Dinamo Zagreb which started a run of poor results that led to Wednesday night’s scenario.
Arsenal become just the eighth side to advance through their group having taken three points or fewer from their opening four matches and Wenger will now be hoping to avoid the big names as they will come up against a group winner in the next round.

Bayern Munich cruised to a 2-0 victory at Dinamo Zagreb, with lethal striker Robert Lewandowski scoring both goals.

The result means Bayern top Group F by six points while Dinamo finish third.

Group G
Chelsea made it three English teams into the knockout stages after beating Porto 2-0at Stamford Bridge courtesy of an Ivan Marcano own goal and second from Willian (52) which saw the Blues as Group G winners.

Dynamo Kiev will join them in the last 16 after beating Maccabi Tel Aviv 1-0 at home with a 16th-minute goal from Denys Garmash.

While, Porto head into the Europa League.

Group H
Belgium were celebrating a first club through to the knockout stages of the Champions League in 15 years after Gent beat Group H winners Zenit Saint Petersburg 2-1 at at Ghelamco Arena.
Laurent Depoitre (18) headed the hosts into a first-half lead, only for Artem Dzyuba to equalise as the Russian team chased a sixth straight European victory.
Danijel Milicevic (78) knocked in a late winner.

Bottom placed Lyon defeated Valencia 2-0.
New Valencia boss Gary Neville will now regroup his squad for the Europa League.
Lyon, who had picked up just one point from their previous five Group H matches, went ahead just before half-time through Gnarly Cornet (37), with Alexandre Lacazette (76) wrapping things up late on.

Group E
Bayer Leverkusen 1 – 1 Barcelona
Roma 0 – 0 BATE Borisov

Group F
Dinamo Zagreb 0 – 2 Bayern Munich
Olympiacos 0 – 3 Arsenal

Group G
Chelsea 2 – 0 FC Porto
Dynamo Kyiv 1-0 Maccabi Tel Aviv

Group H
Gent 2 – 1 Zenit St. Petersburg
Valencia 0 – 2 Lyon