Newcastle join £70m Vlahovic transfer race, Gerrard WINS first Villa match, Chelsea ‘in Fofana talks' – updates

NEWCASTLE have reportedly joined the race to sign £70m Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic.

Newcastle are also putting their January transfer plans into place, with reports linking them to Inter's Marcelo Brozovic and Bayern Munich's Niklas Sule.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland might be out of action injured at the moment – but that is not stopping speculation about his future.

A number of Premier League clubs are said to be circling the Dortmund superstar, with reports from Spain suggested Real Madrid are expecting him to head to England next.

Chelsea have been handed a boost with Romelu Lukaku returning to training from his recent injury, putting him in contention for a return to action this weekend.

And the Blues have resumed talks with Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana ahead of a potential summer transfer, reports say.

Get all the latest football news, updates and transfer gossip below…

  • Matt Penn


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been sacked as Man Utd boss after the club's 4-1 loss to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.

  • Etienne Fermie


    Jurgen Klopp has had his say on the touchline spat he had with Mikel Arteta during Liverpool’s 4-0 win over Arsenal.

    The pair locked horns when the Spanish boss was incensed by an aerial challenge by Sadio Mane on Takehiro Tomiyasu, insisting it was a foul.

    But Klopp disagreed. “It was a completely clean situation. Two players jumped in the air. And the bench of Arsenal is going for whatever,” Klopp said.

    And I just asked ‘what do you want for that?’ I’m really sick of these situations. Everyone goes for Sadio.”

    Newcastle have joined the race for in-demand Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

    The newly minted Toon Army won't baulk at the reported £70m fee.

    There was drama at Sunderland, as the club revealed they were forced to work with emergency services for a serious incident outside the stadium.

    Earlier, the Black Cats had defeated Ipswich 2-0.

    Finally, Lionel Messi has opened his Ligue 1 account with PSG with his 21st goal attempt.

    The Argentine scored a trademark curling effort in a 3-1 win over Nantes.

  • Jon Boon


    Man City chiefs have dismissed any idea Raheem Sterling could join Barcelona in January.

    The Catalans would love to sign Sterling and SunSport revealed they are planning a player fire sale to fund a move.

    Yet even if they could raise the cash — which in itself is highly unlikely — City insiders insist there is NO chance the England striker will be heading to the Nou Camp.

    Sterling, 26, is still showing no signs of penning a new deal with 18 months left on his current contract — and admitted the prospect of playing abroad does appeal.

    Barca were even hoping to get him on loan in January, with financial woes meaning they cannot make any transfers until their situation improves.

    But City will KO an approach of any kind and rate even the suggestion of weakening the squad by letting anyone leave in January as 'ludicrous'.

  • Jon Boon


    Newcastle will step up their interest in Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic.

    As SunSport previously revealed, they’ll be in the hunt when Fiorentina start an auction.

    Toon’s top spies watched the hitman in action as his country qualified for the World Cup by beating Portugal.

    Vlahovic, 21, could be sold in January if the price is right.

    The fee will be large but reports of £70million are over the top, according to those near the deal.

  • Jon Boon


    David Moyes is revving up a move for Guinea striker Mohamed Bayo with West Ham's new cash backing, The Sun exclusively reports.

    Moyes wants an extra forward to help West Ham build on their brilliant start.

    Bayo, 23, has seven goals in 12 games for Ligue 1 side Clermont this term and Southampton, Brighton and Brentford are all keen.

    However, the Hammers are gearing up for a bid in January with fresh funds available after the arrival of Daniel Kretinsky, who has bought a 27 per cent stake in the club.

    Clermont turned down a £7million offer from West Ham a year ago and will look for around £15m in the next window.

  • Jon Boon


    Steven Gerrard got off to a winning start as Aston Villa boss – beating Brighton on Saturday 2-0.

    And when Tyrone Mings sealed the point, the Liverpool legend was ecstatic on the bench.

    "I will always be as authentic as I can," he said.

    "If anyone doubts me watch me after those goals. That is real.

    "They are the buzzes, the highs you miss as a player. They are why you want to stay in the game. They are my medicine."

  • Jon Boon


    Jurgen Klopp has had his say on the touchline spat he had with Mikel Arteta during Liverpool's 4-0 win over Arsenal.

    The pair locked horns when the Spanish boss was incensed by an aerial challenge by Sadio Mane on Takehiro Tomiyasu, insisting it was a foul.

    But Klopp disagreed. "It was a completely clean situation. Two players jumped in the air. And the bench of Arsenal is going for whatever," Klopp said.

    And I just asked 'what do you want for that?' I'm really sick of these situations. Everyone goes for Sadio."

  • Jon Boon


    Antonio Conte has reportedly thrown Tottenham's hat into the ring for the signature of Jesse Lingard.

    The Manchester United midfielder is seen as surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.

    And the England international seemed destined to join West Ham, after impressing on loan last season.

    But the Hammers couldn't agree a fee with Lingard, 28, who was forced to stay at Old Trafford.

    Now, Tottenham are reportedly one of six clubs who have entered the race to sign the star.

  • Jon Boon


    Lionel Messi finally got his first Ligue 1 goal with a spectacular effort from the edge of the box in Paris Sant-Germain's 3-1 win over Nantes.

    The Argentine was on a five-game goal drought, but turned in a stellar performance to help extend PSG's lead at the top of the table to 13 points.

    Surely it's the first of many.

  • Jon Boon


    SUNDERLAND say they are working with emergency services following a 'serious medical incident' outside the Stadium of Light.

    The Black Cats scored two late goals at home on Saturday to beat Ipswich 2-0.

    But the club tweeted after the match that a medical emergency was taking place outside their stadium.

    A message from Sunderland's 'Stadium of Light' account read: "We are currently working with the emergency services following a serious medical incident outside the stadium.

    "Fans are advised that there may be traffic delays as a result and motorists are asked to avoid the area where possible."

  • Jon Boon


    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is refusing to be drawn into questions about his Man Utd future.

    The Red Devils crashed to a 4-1 defeat at Vicarage Road to Watford.

    The Norwegian manager was soon asked if he's worried about losing his job, and pressure mounts.

    "If the club are thinking about doing something, that's a conversation between us and not you and me," he revealed.

  • Jon Boon


    OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER is huge 1/5 favourite to be the next manager sacked in the Premier League following the 4-1 defeat to Watford.

    That’s according to bookmakers Betfair who’ve priced Solskjaer at 1/5 to be the SIXTH Premier League boss of the campaign to leave their position.

    Next manager sacked odds – Betfair

    • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: 1/5
    • Claudio Ranieri: 13/2
    • Rafa Benitez: 8/1
    • Brendan Rodgers: 12/1
    • Marcelo Bielsa: 16/1
    • Ralph Hasenhuttl: 20/1
    • Dean Smith: 20/1
    • Eddie Howe: 25/1
    • Thomas Frank: 33/1
    • No Manager To Leave: 33/1


    Loads of goals today in the Prem. Here’s all the results.

    Villa 2-0 Brighton

    Burnley 3-3 Crystal Palace

    Newcastle 3-3 Brentford

    Watford 4-1 Man Utd

    Norwich 2-1 Southampton

    Wolves 1-0 West Ham


    SERGIO AGUERO is set to announce his RETIREMENT next week, according to shock reports in Spain.

    Manchester City's all-time leading goal-scorer, still only 33, suffered breathing problems during Barcelona's clash with Alaves last month.

    Aguero was taken to hospital for tests before being ruled out of action for at least three months to undergo a period of observation.

    But reports in Spain are now sensationally claiming Aguero is going to hang up his boots in the coming days.

    Barcelona journalist and streamer Gerard Romero revealed the news, tweeting: "Kun Aguero retires.

    "Heart problems force him to leave football activity.

    "A press conference has been scheduled to announce his retirement next week."


    The good times are back at Villa Park.

    Steven Gerrard celebrates as Tyrone Mings secures the three points in the 89th minute.

    It's a huge three points for Villa and halts their bad run.

    The Steven Gerrard effect has worked!

    • Jon Boon


      It's the first goal of the Steven Gerrard era!

      Ollie Watkins has scored for Aston Villa to give them the lead against Brighton with just seven minutes to go.

      The Villans are desperate to end a run of five straight defeats.

      Can they hang on for all three points?

    • Jon Boon


      Maybe we spoke about the game of the day too soon.

      The Toon army are proving there's fight in them by equalising against Brentford in a scintillating game at St James' Park.

      It's flying winger (literally) Allan Saint-Maximin with the goal.

      Of course he celebrated with a flip. The Crown Prince will be cheering from his palace as we speak.

    • Jon Boon


      Is the Hammers bubble or bubbles about to burst?

      David Moyes' side are 1-0 down now, going into the second half, thanks to a Raul Jimenez goal.

      That'll deal West Ham a blow as they hunt a top four spot.

      David Sullivan hiring a private jet for Michail Antonio to fly back from Jamaica for £100,000 seems like a bad deal now.

    • Jon Boon


      Forget Liverpool v Arsenal, it seems that Burnley and Crystal Palace are providing the game of the day.

      Fifteen minutes into the second half, it's three each with five goals coming in the first half.

      Maxwel Cornet equalised in the 49th minute.

      All to play for in the second half.

    • Kostas Lianos


      Aston Villa and Brighton are goalless at Villa Park following a rather entertaining first half.

      Villa have been looking good under new manager Steven Gerrard but the Seagulls had the best chances.

      The visitors almost opened the scoring in the half-hour mark when Marc Cucurella’s ball was missed by Ezri Konsa and Leandro Trossard’s effort from a tight corner was palmed away by Emiliano Martinez.

      Martinez needed to make another big save during stoppage time when Jakub Moder stole the ball down the left flank and delivered a cross that was ricocheted towards Tariq Lamptey in the far post but his effort was blocked by the Argentine

    • Kostas Lianos


      Aston Villa: 1 Martinez; 2 Cash, 4 Konsa, 5 Mings, 3 Targett; 7 McGinn, 19 Nakamba, 41 Ramsey; 10 Buendia, 20 Ings, 11 Watkins

      Brighton: 23 Steele; 2 Lamptey, 5 Dunk, 24 Duffy; 14 Lallana, 13 Gross, 8 Bissouma, 4 Webster, 3 Cucurella; 15 Moder, 11 Trossard

    • Kostas Lianos


      Watford: 1 Foster, 6 Louza, 7 King, 8 Cleverley, 11 Masina, 13 Nkoulou, 15 Cathcart, 19 Sissoko, 21 Femenia, 23 Sarr, 23 Dennis

      Man Utd XI: 1 De Gea; 29 Wan-Bissaka, 2 Lindelof, 5 Maguire, 23 Shaw; 31 Matic, 39 McTominay, 18 Fernandes; 10 Rashford, 25 Sancho, 7 Ronaldo

    • Kostas Lianos


      Watford host Manchester United at Vicarage Road in the Premier League later today.

      Hornets boss Claudio Ranieri is waiting on Ozan Tufan, who faces a late fitness test, after sustaining a knock while on international duty with Turkey.

      Francisco Sierralta also suffered a hamstring injury while in action with Chile and will miss out.

      Christian Kabasele (hamstring) and Ken Sema (knee) remain out, while Juraj Kucka is suspended

    • Kostas Lianos


      Manchester United visit Watford at Vicarage Road in the Premier League later today.

      Under-fire boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is facing quite a few uncertainties regarding players’ fitness.

      Luke Shaw and Scott McTominay withdrew from England and Scotland duty respectively.

      And Edinson Cavani as well as Marcus Rashford did not join up with Uruguay and the Three Lions respectively due to injury concerns.

      Raphael Varane remains out with a hamstring strain and Paul Pogba, who is still suspended, faces a lengthy stint on the sidelines after getting hurt during Les Bleus’ training

    • Kostas Lianos


      Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield with a long injury list after the recent international break.

      Reds captain Jordan Henderson as well as Andy Robertson face a late fitness test after returning from England and Scotland duty respectively.

      Jurgen Klopp will be without Roberto Firmino (hamstring), Joe Gomez (calf), Curtis Jones (eye), Harvey Elliott (ankle), as well as James Milner and Naby Keita (both hamstring).

      But Sadio Mane is available as he has recovered from bruised ribs he suffered while playing for Senegal's national team

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