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Laporte's 14-year-old brother drawing attention


Leo Laporte, brother of Man City defender Aymeric, is generating attention from several big clubs, according to Sud-Ouest.

Unlike his older brother the 14-year-old Leo is an attacker, and plenty of scouts have seen him play at current club SU Agen Football.

Lyon, St-Etienne and Athletic Bilbao are just a few of the clubs tracking the progress of the younger Laporte. 

Leeds looking at Woodman loan


Leeds want to bring Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman in on loan in January, according to The Sun. 

The Championship side are looking to bring in competition for starter Bailey Peacock-Farrell, and have identified the England U-21 keeper as an ideal option. 

Woodman has been frustrated at Newcastle, where he has not been able to climb higher than third on the depth chart. 

Nolan to take over at Wimbledon


AFC Wimbledon will announce Kevin Nolan as their new manager on Thursday, The Sun reports. 

The former West Ham midfielder was sacked by Notts County in August, and has been out of work since then. 

Wimbledon are currently 23rd out of 24 teams in League One. 

Godin could make AC Milan switch


Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin could be set for a January move to AC Milan, according to Calciomercato.

Godin, out of contract at the end of the season, is said to to have already accepted a deal in Milan worth around €4m per year.

He can leave on a free transfer in the summer.

City vs Spurs for teenage Toulouse striker


Manchester City face competition from Tottenham for Toulouse's young French forward Adil Taoui, according to reports.

Foot Mercato say the Premier League champions and Spurs are eyeing a move for the 17-year-old starlet.

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United join Liverpool and Chelsea in Pulisic chase


Manchester United have joined Chelsea and Liverpool in the race to sign Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic, say SportBild.

Chelsea are said to want the US star, 20, in January - something Dortmund won't agree to.

The German publication claims United have joined their Premier League rivals in showing an interest in the player - with a summer move mooted.

Trio of clubs fancy Liverpool's Solanke for loan


Huddersfield, Crystal Palace and West Ham are interested in a January loan deal for young Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke, according to Sky Sports News.

Anfield boss Jurgen Klopp suggested last week the 21-year-old could be given the chance to spend the second half of the season at another club after struggling to establish himself in the first team following his move from Chelsea last year.

Rangers should move for Cole - Parlour


Rangers boss Steven Gerrard should snap up free agent Ashley Cole, according to former Arsenal star Ray Parlour.

The ex-Gunners and Chelsea left-back, 37, has been released by LA Galaxy at the end of his contract.

And Parlour thinks he could do a job in Glasgow saying on Sky Sports’ The Debate: “I’m sure there’ll be lots of clubs interested.

“Stevie G is a great shout at Rangers. He’s had a fantastic career and I think that he can do a job definitely for another season."

'You never know' - Shaqiri could return to Italy


 Xherdan Shaqiri, who left Stoke for Liverpool over the summer for £13m, could one day return to Italy.

The 27-year-old Swiss international joined the Potters from Inter Milan in 2015 and told Gazzetta dello Sport: “I had some good times there, and I couldn't criticise Inter Milan ever. 

“Go back to Italy? I'm fine at Liverpool, but you never know.”

No hurry to seal De Gea United deal


David De Gea is in no rush to sign a new Manchester United contract, according to The Telegraph.

Talks over a new long-term deal have resumed and the goalkeeper stands to earn an bumper pay rise if he stays - something manager Jose Mourinho says he is confident will happen.

But with United set trigger a 12-month option on De Gea’s current contract, which expires at the end of this season, before January 1, the report says there is no immediate panic to get a deal finalised.

Villa to leave New York City


David Villa will leave New York City FC when his contract expires later this month.

The club confirmed the former Barcelona and Spain striker will end his four-year stay in the MLS.

“My experience here was amazing,” said the 36-year-old told the club's website. “It gave me everything as a soccer player, as a person, and as a family man." 

"My heart is here and I’m an NYC FC supporter forever.”

Some reports claim he could have a final swansong in Japanese football.


Bayern lead race for Hudson-Odoi


Bayern Munich head the chasing pack targeting Chelsea youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to The Sun.

The German giants are said to be keen to push through a move for the 18-year-old in January though they could face competition from Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal.

Schweinsteiger back at Chicago Fire for 2019 season


Bastian Schweinsteiger will spend another season in the US after agreeing to a new deal for a third season with the Chicago Fire.

The MLS club announced the deal on Tuesday quelling doubt about his return, with retirement or return to Europe real possibilities.

Read the full story on Goal

Sousa in line to replace Hughes as Southampton boss


Southampton have held talks with former QPR and Leicester manager Paulo Sousa about replacing Mark Hughes, according to The Times.

They report the Portuguese coach is understood to have attended the Saints' 3-2 defeat at Fulham last weekend and is their preferred choice to succeed the under-fire Hughes should they dismiss him.

Southampton have won only once this season and sit in the relegation zone above Cardiff and Fulham.

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Gracia signs new deal with Watford


Watford boss Javi Gracia has agreed to a new contract, the club announced.

The Spanish manager has signed a new four-and-a-half-year deal, committing him to Vicarage Road until 2023 with the option for three further seasons.

Gracia was appointed in January and was named Premier League Manager of the Month in August.

“I am very happy to extend my contract,” added Gracia. “I am very proud in this moment to be part of this club and to belong here for more seasons.”

'Bayern haven't considered Wenger or any other coach'


Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic insists the club have not looked into moving on from Niko Kovac, for Arsene Wenger or any other coach.

Kovac has come under fire as Bayern sit fifth in the Bundesliga, but Salihamidzic insists the club is sticking by him.

Read what Salihamidzic had to say on Goal!

Manchester United eye Pickford and Oblak as potential de Gea replacements


With reports swirling linking David de Gea to PSG, Manchester United are eyeing two replacements, according to iNews.

Atletico Madrid's Jan Oblak and Everton's Jordan Pickford are being viewed as two potential replacements should the Spanish star move to Paris.

Keylor Navas is seen as another option should Man Utd be unable to convince the two clubs to part with their prized goalkeepers. 

Barca set to offer Alba new deal


Barcelona are looking to lock down Jordi Alba for the future as the club looks to sign the fullback to a new deal, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The club are set to offer the Spanish star a deal that will keep him with the club through 2023, although Alba will request a significant pay raise.

Alba has been linked with several other clubs with Juventus, Manchester United and Manchester City all said to be interested. 

Dortmund respond to Kagawa transfer comments


Borussia Dortmund are not averse to discussing the possibility of Shinji Kagawa leaving the club, according to comments made by Sporting Director Michael Zorc to Ruhr Nachrichten.

The Japanese international has fallen out of favour at the Westfalenstadion, and recently made comments to Nikkan Sports about his desire to play in Spain before his retirement. 

It is thought that Sevilla are the frontrunners in the race for his signature.

Hudson-Odoi keen on Bayern move


Chelsea wonderkid Callum Hudson-Odoi is the latest young English star being tempted by a move to the Bundesliga, according to The Sun.

The 18-year-old is understood to be frustrated by a lack of first team opportunities at Stamford Bridge this term and Bayern Munich are said to be eager to snap up the prospect.

Hudson-Odoi has 18 months left to run on his current contract, but is stalling on a new deal, with Barcelona, Juventus, and Arsenal also rumoured to be interested 

Milan hold Christensen loan talks


AC Milan have opened talks with Chelsea over the possibility of loaning Andreas Christensen, according to Calciomercato.

The Danish international has fallen behind Antonio Rudiger and David Luiz in the defensive pecking order at Stamford Bridge, and is believed to be seeking more game time elsewhere.

Talks have supposedly opened in recent days, with the availability of Cesc Fabregas and Gary Cahill also on the agenda.

Man City ready to seal deal on Steffen


Manchester City are getting ready to rubber stamp a deal for USA international Zack Steffen, according to Sky Sports.

The goalkeeper currently plays for Columbus Crew, and it was reported earlier in the week that City were weighing up a move to provide cover for Ederson. 

It is now believed that a deal worth around £7.8 million is almost complete, although Steffen could be loaned out to Girona until the end of the season.

Read the full story on Goal!

Dembele tells Barca he wants to stay


Ousmane Dembele has told Barcelona officials that he does not want to leave the club in January, according to ESPN.

The French winger has been linked with a move away following a tumultuous spell at Camp Nou, but it is also understood that Barca have no intention of selling him this winter.

Dembele scored his seventh goal of the season with a late equaliser against Atletico Madrid at the weekend.

Mourinho eyes move for Militao


Manchester United could make a move for 20-year-old Porto centre-back Eder Miliatao, according to the Daily Record.

Jose Mourinho has been open in his desire to recruit defensive reinforcements but is of the opinion that he will have limited funds in January, ruling out the likes of Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly.

As such, he has started exploring younger and more affordable options, with Militao standing out after a stellar first season in Portugal.

Lukaku opens up on Man Utd future


Romelu Lukaku says he will stay at Manchester United for as long as they want him!

The striker has scored just four goals this season, but says he is in no mood to give up on his United career just yet.

Read the full story on Goal!

Perisic wants PL move


Ivan Perisic wants to move to the Premier League.

The Manchester United target revealed that he still dreams of a move to England amid reports of interest from Jose Mourinho's side.

"I have always said that [playing in the Premier League] is my dream," he told reporters before Inter's clash with Tottenham.

Read the full story on Goal!

Llorente considers Real exit


Marcos Llorente says he will make a decision on his future in January.

The Real Madrid midfielder has struggled for game time this season but played against Roma in the Champions League on Tuesday, and he says he will reassess his goals at the turn of the year.

“When the winter market arrives I will talk to the club and my family. I will decide from there what is best for me," he said.

Read the full story on Goal!

Cole offered return to England


Ashley Cole could be on his way back to England after receiving offers from Championship clubs, says The Mirror.

Cole was released by LA Galaxy, but has reportedly been offered a reduced contract by the MLS club. However, the 37-year-old could be ready to call time on his spell in the United States and ply his trade in the second tier.

AC Milan confident of signing Fabregas


AC Milan are advancing on their interest in Cesc Fabregas and are confident of signing him in January, Corriere dello Sport reports.

The Spanish midfielder will be a free agent at the end of the season, but the Italian side have already made contact with him over a mid-season transfer.

Fabregas has made just three appearances in the Premier League this term and is open to getting his career back on track in Italy.

Juventus lead Europe's giants in race for Todibo


Barca, Man Utd, Bayern and Dortmund eye teenager

Juventus are pulling ahead of the likes of Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the competition to sign Jean-Clair Todibo, says Tuttosport.

The 18-year-old Toulouse centre-back has made just 10 senior appearances since breaking into the first-team this season, but he has already convinced Europe's biggest teams to swoop in for him in January.

Todibo will not sign a new contract with the French side as he hopes to leave and has a big selection of clubs to choose from.

Barcelona, ​​Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Manchester United, Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and Lyon all want him, but it is Juve who have the best chance as he fancies teaming up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Giorgio Chiellini.

Lyon's Rafael reveals Flamengo offer


Lyon full-back Rafael says he was offered a route back to Brazil when Flamengo tried to sign him recently.

The defender left Fluminense to join Manchester United without making a senior appearance in his homeland and then went to Lyon seven years later.

Still a key player for the French side, the 28-year-old told Globoesporte that he is not ready to go back to Brazil and will only do so for Fluminense or Botafogo.

"There was a proposal, it was very good, but I don't think of going back to Brazil now," he said. "I thank Flamengo for the proposal, but I'm not thinking about returning."

De Jong & De Ligt will cost €140m


Ajax outline huge fees for Man City & Barca

Ajax are determined to make a combined €140 million (£124m/$158m) from the sales of Frenkie de Jong and Matthijs de Ligt, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Manchester City and Barcelona have been linked with both players, while Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also eyeing De Ligt.

But Ajax are confident of getting around €65m (£58m/$73m) for De Ligt, while they want a bit extra for superstar midfielder De Jong - rated at €75m (£66m/$85m).

LAFC decline option on Costa Rica international Urena


Los Angeles FC has declined its option on Costa Rica international forward Marco Urena. 

The club announced the decision along with a slew of other roster moves that saw former USMNT midfielder Benny Feilhaber and USMNT defender Walker Zimmerman become free agents. 

Van Gaal: Neymar not good for Barcelona


Neymar returning to Barcelona would not be a good move for the La Liga giants because he isn't a "team player", according to Louis van Gaal. 

The former Barca boss sees the Brazilian as a young player who needs to grow up and has warned the Spanish club to think carefully before bringing him back into the side. 

Read the full story here on Goal 

Arsenal to make €60m offer for James


Arsenal are looking at making a €60 million (£53m/$68m) offer for James Rodriguez in January, claims Don Balon. 

The Colombian is unhappy at Bayern, and is hoping to leave the club as soon as he can. 

Arsenal will look to rescue the 27-year-old, but any transfer will be complicated by the fact the Gunners must negotiate with both Rodriguez's parent club Real Madrid and his on-loan home Bayern. 

Club Tijuana looking to sign two former FC Dallas players


Club Tijuana boss Oscar Pareja is after Maynor Figueroa and Walker Zimmerman, according to ESPN Mexico. 

Pareja was named Tijuana's new manager on Tuesday, one week after announcing his departure from FC Dallas after five seasons in charge. 

Figueroa, 35, is out of contract after FC Dallas declined his option, while Zimmerman, 25, is also a free agent after his deal with Los Angeles FC expired. 

Liverpool won't sell Fabinho in January


Liverpool have no intention of selling midfielder Fabinho in January, according to Le10Sport

Paris Saint-Germain have expressed an interest in the former Monaco player, who has struggled for playing time since joining the Reds in the summer. 

However, Jurgen Klopp has told Liverpool's hierarchy he does not want to let the Brazilian leave the club.

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Harkes set to leave D.C. United


D.C. United midfielder Ian Harkes is set to depart the club after two seasons, reports the Washington Post. 

The 23-year-old homegrown midfielder saw his playing time diminish in 2018 and had his contract option declined by the club. 

Harkes, son of former USMNT captain John, could pursue options in MLS or in Europe. 

Isco considering Real Madrid exit


The midfielder has seen his playing time reduced under new manager Santiago Solari

Real Madrid midfielder Isco is weighing his options and could leave the club, according to Don Balon. 

The 26-year-old has not started any of new manager Santiago Solari's six matches in charge so far, and wasn't even named to the bench for Tuesday's win over Roma

That has gotten the attention of clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, with Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti having already made contact with Isco to assess his interest in moving to Italy

Mourinho: De Gea 'wants to stay'


Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident that goalkeeper David de Gea wants to stay at the club. 

Recent reports have suggested United may be forced to sell the Spain international, whose contract is up at the end of the season but contains an option to extend for one more year. 

Read what Mourinho had to say about De Gea's future right here!

Chelsea, Inter and Juve chasing Tonali


Chelsea, Inter and Juventus are all looking to sign Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, claims Calciomercato

The 18-year-old has caught the eye of several big sides around Europe, having recently earned his first senior Italy call-up and being dubbed the "new Andrea Pirlo."

Inter have been scouting Tonali for a while and have made contact with his entourage, while Juve and Chelsea have recently sent their own scouts to follow the teenager. 

Galaxy offer Cole reduced new deal


The LA Galaxy have offered left-back Ashley Cole a new contract at reduced terms, according to The Sun. 

The 37-year-old saw his contract option for 2019 declined by the Galaxy on Monday, making him a free agent. 

But the Galaxy have made an offer to the former England international, who would have to accept around half of his 2018 wages should he wish to return to the MLS side. 

Spurs planning £35m Allen offer in January


Tottenham are planning on making a £35 million (€39m/$45m) bid for Napoli midfielder Allen in January, reports Calcio Napoli 24.

The 27-year-old has become an integral part of his side and has recently broken through to make his debut for Brazil as well. 

Though Spurs are in the market for midfield reinforcements, Napoli are unlikely to entertain any bids for Allen in the January window.