Anelka takes job as youth coach
Former France striker Nicolas Anelka has taken a position as a youth coach with Lille.
The 39-year-old retired from football in 2015 and is now looking to pursue a career in coaching.
Anelka finished his career with Mumbai City after an impressive career that saw him enjoy spells with the likes of PSG, Arsenal, Real Madrid, Chelsea and Juventus.
"He [Anelka] wants to stay out of the spotlight and bring some of his striking expertise and know-how to our young players," said Lille coach Christophe Galtier.
"But for the moment he does not want to get involved with the professionals."
Navas tempted by Juve switch
Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas could be about to follow the same path as Cristiano Ronaldo by swapping Real Madrid for Juventus, according to Don Balon (via CalcioMercato).
The report goes as far as saying that the Costa Rican is already looking for places to live in Turin.
Navas lost his place as Real's number one goalkeeper to Thibaut Courtois after the Belgian's summer arrival from Chelsea and it seems he could be set to seek a move away from the Bernabeu.
Diop focused on West Ham despite transfer links
West Ham defender Issa Diop has played down speculation linking him with a move away from the club.
The 21-year-old has excelled at the heart of the Hammers' defence since his arrival from Toulouse, with Jose Mourinho among those to praise him for his early season form.
Diop, though, says he's not paying attention to reports linking him with both Manchester United and PSG.
“I simply want to show all my qualities for West Ham and to perform as well as I can when I play. Everything else that happens is out of my control,” the Frenchman said.
D.C. United's Kemp announces retirement
D.C. United defender Taylor Kemp announced on Wednesday that he is retiring.
In a post on Twitter, Kemp thanked D.C. United and the club's fans for the support through his five seasons with the club.
Kemp missed the 2018 season due to a hip injury and now walks away from the game at
Monaco deny allegations that owner stands to receive €124m from Mbappe deal
Monaco have denied the claim that the club owner's Dmitry Rybolovlev allegedly stands to receive €124 million (£108m/$142m) from Kylian Mbappe's transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.
Rybolovlev, who is also club president, has not withdrawn anything from the club's coffers, Monaco says, and the club "firmly denies" the allegations.
Sunderland finally part ways with Djilobodji
Following several months of a stand-off, Sunderland have finally parted ways with Papy Djilobodji, the club announced on Wednesday.
The club sacked the defender after he reported for training several weeks late and “comprehensively failed” a fitness test, but the process was only finalized with Wednesday's settlement.
"Sunderland AFC has reached an agreement with Papy Djilobodji for his departure, his employment having terminated on 21 September 2018."
Fulham after Bakayoko on loan
The midfielder is currently at Milan on loan from Chelsea, but the Cottagers are said to be keen
Fulham are interested in bringing Timeouye Bakayoko on loan if his current stint with AC Milan falls apart, according to Calcio Mercato.
The Frenchman's stay in Milan has not been productive following a frustrating stay with Chelsea, prompting reports that the Italian club is already set to move on.
However, a recent effort against Udinese was an impressive one, and may produce more chances for the midfielder.
Ballack: Chelsea have to find out what Hazard wants
Rumours continue to swirl around Eden Hazard, and Michael Ballack says Chelsea willave to make the Belgian happy to keep him on board.
Whether that's money, guarantees or responsibility, Chelsea will need to please the midfielder, who currently leads the Premier League in goals.
Galaxy seriously interested in hiring Mexico executive Te Kloese
The LA Galaxy are "seriously interested" in hiring Dennis te Kloese as their new head of soccer operations, according to MLSSoccer.com.
Te Kloese is currently the director of Mexico’s national teams and previously worked with both Chivas de Guadalajara and Chivas USA.
The Galaxy fired former VP of soccer operations Pete Vagenas on Tuesday and have yet to make a decision on a new head coach.
Solari's chances of permanent Real Madrid job increasing
Santiago Soladi is off to a good start as Real Madrid's interim manager, and that club is becoming more comfortable with the idea of hiring the Argentine on a permanent basis.
The dressing room is described as calm under the new manager, with Vinicius Jr. one of the players seen as one of the players benefitting most from his introduction.
Arsenal and Atletico in on Brazilian younger Ramires
Brazilian teenager Ramires is drawing interest from Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, according to UOL Sport.
The 18-year-old midfielder has recently been playing under the watchful eye of scouts from both clubs, with Arsenal scouting six with Atleti watching two.
Currently at Bahia, the youngster is expected to remain in Brazil for the rest of the season and has drawn comparisons to former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, for whom he is nicknamed.
Keizer set to be named Sporting manager after club pays release clause
Sporting CP has paid Marcel Keizer's release clause to Al Jazira and will soon announce him as their new manager, according to the National.
The Dutchman had arrived at Al Jazira in June, and the club was determined to hold onto the manager despite interest from the Portuguese side.
However, Keizer has now signed a two-year contract with Sporting with his former club receiving compensation for his departure.
Real Madrid eye Villarreal's Pedraza
Real Madrid are keeping an eye on Villarreal winger Alfonso Pedraza, according to AS.
The Spain U-21 winger is seen as a player that the club can convert into a left back to play in a style similar to that of current star Marcelo.
During the last international break, Pedraza trained with Spain's senior squad and remains very much on the radar of Luis Enrique.
Hong Kong-based corporation completed takeover of Wigan
Wigan are under new ownership as International Entertainment Corporation has formally completed the purchase of the club.
According to a club announcement, IEC see the ownership of Wigan Athletic as an opportunity to diversify their business interests as the organization currently owns hotel operations and leasing of properties across Asia.
“We are extremely honoured and proud to become the custodians of Wigan Athletic," said Yan Min Zhang, CEO of International Entertainent Corporation,
"The football club operations and performance under the leadership of the Whelan family over a long period, together with the traditions and values of the club and its supporters, were major factors in our decision to purchase the club. We intend to build on that history and grow Wigan Athletic further to achieve success both on and off the field.”
Brazilian Dede will honour Cruzeiro contract
Brazilian international Dede will honour his contract with Cruzeiro despite interest from Europe this past summer.
The 30-year-old defender has a contract running through 2021.
"Cruzeiro are not going to lose me," he told Lance. "It's impossible they can lose me. My intention is to complete my contract."
Dede was recently called in for Brazil's friendlies against Uruguay and Cameroon in England.
Lozano 'liked Manchester United'
Hirving Lozano has revealed he supported Manchester United as a child and is delighted to be subject of intense speculation over his future.
The Mexican was part of the PSV Eindhoven side which lost to Tottenham on Tuesday, and has been subject to interest from clubs across the Premier League.
After the game he was questioned regarding the interest from England and revealed his favourite Spanish club.
No January move for Bailey
Bayer Leverkusen will attempt to stand in the way of Leon Bailey leaving the club in the January transfer window.
Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the 21-year-old, who has scored once in 10 Bundesliga appearances this season.
But sporting director Jonas Boldt says there is no prospect of a deal going through in the winter.
Pogba back for more?
The World Cup winner could return
Juventus continue to harbour hopes of bringing Paul Pogba back to the club amid his troubles at Manchester United, according to Tuttosport.
As Juve prepare to host Jose Mourinho's side in the Champions League, the Serie A champions remains keen on signing the Frenchman for a second time.
The report states the club are in constant contact with his agent Mino Raiola as they seek to manufacturer a return for Pogba.
The reception the midfielder receives tonight at the Allianz Arena could prove significant, with Cristiano Ronaldo given a rousing reception last season ahead of his move from Real Madrid.
Liverpool to cash-in on Moreno
Alberto Moreno wants to re-join Sevilla having become frustrated by the lack of opportunities at Liverpool, according to Marca.
Andy Robertson is Jurgen Klopp's preferred option at left-back, restricting the Spaniard to just three appearances this season.
Moreno's current deal expires in the summer but the Reds could look to offload him in January in order to recoup a fee for the player.
Llorente eyes Spain return
Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente admits he would love to return to Spain when his contract expires at the end of the season.
Former Athletic Bilbao striker Llorente has struggled for first-team football since joining Tottenham from Swansea in the summer of 2017.
Dortmund considered Kovac move
Borussia Dortmund considered Niko Kovac as their new head coach before ultimately appointing Lucien Favre, report Sport.de.
Dortmund made enquiries about the availability of Kovac in the spring when he was still coach of Eintracht Frankfurt.
However, those talks wouldn't progress any further as Favre soon emerged at their first choice to succeed Peter Stoger, with Kovac eventually joining Bayern Munich.
Prem trio keen on Turkey international
Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City are among a number of Premier League sides interested in Roma winger Cengiz Under, according to ESPN.
City were close to signing Under when the Turkey international left Basaksehir in 2017 but the 21-year-old opted to join Roma as he felt it offered him a better chance of regular first-team football.
Teams from Spain and Germany are also believed to be interested in signing Under, but the young winger would prefer a move to the Premier League should he decide to leave Italy.
Leicester axe Kasabian track
Leicester City will ditch the goal celebration music which normally plays at the King Power Stadium when they play Burnley this weekend, according to The Times.
Kasabian track 'Fire' is used to accompany goals scored by the Foxes.
But with it being the first home game since the death of chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and four others in a helicopter crash, the track will not be used as a token of respect.
Rooney wanted Nigeria swan song
Wayne Rooney had initially wanted to make his England swan song during the World Cup warm-up game against Nigeria last June.
The Times understand The Football Association were unhappy with the idea as it would disrupt Gareth Southgate's preparations for the tournament in Russia.
Both The FA and Rooney's representatives eventually settled on the United States game, which has been renamed the Wayne Rooney Foundation International, when the Three Lions' top scorer will win his 120th cap.
Southgate will give Rooney a second-half run-out - in a game which comes three days before the Nations League game against Croatia - in an effort to give him a fitting send-off.
Inter monitor Martial's contract wrangle at United
Inter Milan could take advantage of the uncertainty regarding Anthony Martial's future at Manchester United.
The Mirror understand the Nerazzurri are long-term admirers of the Frenchman.
Martial has turned down a new contract and though United have an option to extend his deal until 2020, his future is far from secure.
If the 22-year-old continues to refuse to accept United's terms the club could be forced into parting ways with him for a reduced fee.
Sarri blocks Hammers pursuit of Loftus-Cheek
Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has blocked West Ham United's attempts to sign Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan in January.
The England midfielder has failed to establish himself in the Blues first team despite appearing at the World Cup.
Crystal Palace had offers to bring him back to Selhurst Park blocked by the west Londoners in the summer.
And according to The Daily Star, Loftus-Cheek will again be prevented from leaving to ensure he can play a role for Chelsea during the second half of the season.
Herrera thinks Mexico could have more players in Europe
Hector Herrera believes Mexico could have more players in Europe, but has blamed big egos at the top of clubs in Liga MX for the limited number of El Tri stars making the jump.
The Porto midfielder was one of two Mexican players to score for the Portuguese club in the Champions League on Tuesday and believes that having fewer players in top flight leagues around the world is harming Mexico at the international level.
Cincinnati planning MLS contracts for three players
FC Cincinnati is planning on handing MLS contracts to three more current players ahead of the club's debut season in the league in 2019.
Fanendo Adi, Fatai Alashe, and Emmanuel Ledesma were all believed to on the books for next season already, but The Cincinnati Enquirer reported on Tuesday that the club would also be bringing Corben Bone to MLS.
A report from The Athletic earlier in the day also claimed that Jimmy McLaughlin and Forrest Lasso would be making the jump to the top flight.
No loan move for Ibrahimovic
Zlatan Ibrahimovic will not be joining Manchester United or AC Milan on loan this winter.
The LA Galaxy forward says he is committed to the club and will not be making a move similar to the ones made in the past by Landon Donovan, Clint Dempsey and David Beckham during the MLS offseason.
Palace weighing up Welbeck move
Crystal Palace are weighing up a £10 million ($13m) move for Danny Welbeck, according to The Sun.
The 27-year-old forward is out of contract at Arsenal at the end of the season and has not been offered a new deal by the club.
Chelsea & Man Utd still monitoring Bailey
Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Baily is still being tracked by Manchester United and Chelsea, claims TMW.
The Jamaican has been heavily linked with a move to England for some time, with his fine form keeping him in the shop window for leading sides in the Premier League.
Watford want Mohammadi
Watford have expressed an interest in Iran international full-back Milad Mohammadi, claims The Sun.
The 25-year-old is set to become a free agent at the end of the season when his contract at Russian outfit Akhmat Grozny comes to a close.
Chelsea block Loftus-Cheek loan
West Ham have asked about taking Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan from Chelsea, according to the Daily Star, but have been knocked back.
The Blues have no intention of sanctioning another short-term switch for the England international, which also dashes Crystal Palace's hopes of landing him for a second time.
Real to offer Benzema in Icardi bid
Real Madrid are refusing to give up on their efforts to land Inter striker Mauro Icardi and are prepared to offer Karim Benzema in part-exchange, says Don Balon.
The Blancos are in the market for a new striker and hope that adding a proven performer to their package for the Argentine star will help to get a deal over the line.
Chelsea weighing up Wilson move
Bournemouth striker on Blues radar
Callum Wilson's exploits for Bournemouth have seen him register on Chelsea's transfer radar, reports The Mirror.
The 26-year-old striker, who has been tipped for a potential England call-up, is being monitored by the Blues ahead of the January window.