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Friday November 11

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has put Manchester United's Chris Smalling back on his list of potential January signings to solve his defensive nightmare.
Arsenal will also look again at Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.
England boss Roy Hodgson has slammed FA chiefs for staging American Football games at Wembley.
Manchester City will try for Pep Guardiola again if they feel Manuel Pellegrini cannot deliver the success they crave.
Brendan Rodgers has insisted he will never shirk the big decisions, even if he knows getting too many wrong will get him the sack.
Jermain Defoe is at the centre of a boardroom split at QPR over Harry Redknapp's bid to sign him in January.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal will not buy any stop-gap defenders in January because he wants to give rookies Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair a chance to impress.

West Brom striker Saido Berahino, who has been called up by England for the first time, is at the centre of a massive transfer battle between Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham.
Yaya Toure has promised Manchester City fans: "I'll make it up to you."
Roy Hodgson has failed to speak to Brendan Rodgers over 'Tiredgate'.
West Ham are giving Diafra Sakho a lucrative new five-year deal worth almost £10million.
Wilfried Bony is set to give Swansea a huge boost by agreeing a new contract.
Middlesbrough are sure they can keep on-loan Patrick Bamford until May.

Brendan Rodgers admits his job is on the line at Liverpool.
England manager Roy Hodgson has slammed the FA for staging regular American Football matches at Wembley.
Real Madrid will move for Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea next summer.
David Moyes has been urged to take the vacant Real Sociedad job.
Lille defender Simon Kjaer says that a switch to the Premier League could happen as soon as next summer.
Wilfried Bony is set to sign a new contract with Swansea.
Inter Milan are edging ahead of Fiorentina in the race to sign Liverpool striker Fabio Borini.

Liverpool manager Rodgers has vowed to keep making bold decisions even though he accepts too many wrong calls would mean he pays a heavy price.
Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud will return to first team training next week after stepping up his comeback from a broken leg.
Jermain Defoe's fall-out with his MLS side Toronto just one season into a four-year contract is being blamed in Canada on his mum.
Roy Hodgson warned on Thursday he will ditch England players who say they are too tired to train as the fall-out continued from last month's Raheem Sterling rumpus.
QPR striker Charlie Austin and Tottenham talisman Harry Kane are on the verge of a sensational call up for the England squad.
Arsenal will ramp up their search for a new central defender during a scouting meeting next week.

Fiorentina hope to make a shock loan swoop for Arsenal forward Theo Walcott.
Manchester United's move for Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao looks in serious doubt after Bayern Munich's David Alaba picked up a long-term injury during the German team's win over Roma.
England manager Roy Hodgson has reopened the war of words with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers over Raheem Sterling and 'Tired-gate' by saying he has 30 witnesses to back his version of events - and he would do exactly the same again.

Manchester City are set to sell Yaya Toure next summer and replace him with either Paul Pogba of Juventus or Everton's Ross Barkley.


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Saturday November 8

October's player of the month Diafra Sakho, 24, has to play another 12 games before picking up a new deal worth around £10million at West Ham.
Gus Poyet has admitted Sunderland could lose £8million striker Connor Wickham for next to nothing in the summer.
Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel, 21, says he has decided to stay with Milan for the season, rather than head back to his parent club in January.

Arsene Wenger has refused to throw in the towel in the title race despite Arsenal sitting nine points behind Chelsea.
Samuel Eto'o has been giving Romelu Lukaku personal tuition at Everton.
Yannick Sagbo is set to return to Hull just six weeks into a three-month loan.

Liverpool are set to make a £30million bid for Arsenal target and Porto star Jackson Martinez in January.
Nemanja Vidic could be in line for a sensational return to Manchester United on a free transfer in the summer after failing to impress at Internazionale.

Aston Villa chairman Randy Lerner will not sell England midfielder Fabian Delph or Netherlands stopper Ron Vlaar in the next transfer window despite their contracts expiring in June.
Gary Neville has backed Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers and says it is the players and not the manager who should be criticised.

Manchester United are planning a January swoop for Monaco left-back Layvin Kurzawa.
Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all eager to land Sporting Lisbon's £37m defensive midfielder William Carvalho in January and were recently handed a boost as it was reported that the Portuguese club were willing to cash in.
Manchester United have opened talks with Monaco about signing 22-year-old left-back Layvin Kurzawa - also a target for Chelsea - for £12m in January.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is planning to recall Nani to Old Trafford in January after the winger's excellent form for Sporting Lisbon.

David Moyes was in Spain last night in talks with Real Sociedad about becoming the La Liga club's next manager.
Swansea expect star striker Wilfried Bony to extend his contract to at least 2018 over the weekend.

Striker Robin van Persie has said he was surprised by Sir Alex Ferguson's departure from Manchester United and says he is not satisfied with his performances under new manager Louis van Gaal.


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Sunday November 9

David Moyes is to be named as the new boss of Real Sociedad.
Arsenal are trying to buy teenager Goncalo Guedes but Benfica say he will cost them £40m

Mats Hummels will leave Borussia Dortmund in January with his preferred option Arsenal rather than Manchester United.
Liverpool are targeting £10m Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic in the January transfer window.
Liverpool want to give Raheem Sterling a new £100,000-per-week contract that includes a £60m buyout clause.

Tottenham are set to sign Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez in January.
Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea are all interested in Benfica striker Talisca, who is valued at £35m.

Liverpool striker Fabio Borini is wanted by Inter Milan in a £14m deal.

Arsenal and Tottenham have joined Manchester United in the chase to sign Dani Alves when his Barcelona contract expires next summer.

Inter Milan's Nemanja Vidic could return to Manchester United in January.
Liverpool are set to make a £30m bid for Porto striker Jackson Martinez.
Barcelona's Gerard Pique will reject a move back to Manchester United in favour of Chelsea.


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Monday November 10

Liverpool are stepping up their efforts to land 17-year-old Fulham wonderkid Patrick Roberts.
Everton striker Arouna Kone could be set for a January move back to former club Levante.
Louis van Gaal admits he is still searching for the system that best suits his Man United players.

Crystal Palace pair Joel Ward and Damien Delaney are stalling on new deals.

Manchester United's hopes of signing Mats Hummels, 25, have been dented with the Borussia Dortmund defender saying he would prefer a move to Arsenal.
Chelsea are willing to offer Andre Schurrle to Borussia Dortmund in part exchange for Marco Reus.

Inter are keen on Liverpool forward Fabio Borini.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has accepted Arsenal cannot win the Premier League and has tipped Chelsea to get 100 points.
Mauricio Pochettino admitted the clock is ticking on his short reign at Tottenham.
Alan Pardew has thanked Mike Ashley for standing by him during Newcastle's poor start to the season.
Brendan Rodgers admits Liverpool are back where they were 18 months ago.

Alan Pardew has hailed Ayoze Perez as Newcastle's best signing since Yohan Cabaye.
David Beckham's eldest son, Brooklyn, has been signed by Arsenal on a short-term contract, with Chelsea and Manchester United also interested in the 15-year-old.
Raheem Sterling's new £100,000-a-year Liverpool contract will have a £60m buy-out clause.

Manager Brendan Rodgers insists that Liverpool's transfer policy will pay dividends.

David Moyes will decide in the next 24 hours whether to take the Real Sociedad job.


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Tuesday November 11

Barcelona's Gerard Pique is lining up crisis talks with boss Luis Enrique as Chelsea and Manchester United get ready to step in if the defender becomes available.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be given a £20 million war chest in January to boost the team's poor season.
The Gunners are also set to step up their interest in £10m-rated Ipswich left-back Tyrone Mings, 21.
The Football Association has been warned to get more black coaches into the sport or face new legislation to force changes.
West Brom insist Saido Berahino, a target for Liverpool and Manchester United, will not move in January.

Arsenal are keen on Barcelona's Dani Alves and Pedro and are willing to spend £30million to get the duo.
Former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes is closing on a move to Manchester United after a recent spell training for the Premier League club.

On-loan Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is still struggling with knee problems and a permanent transfer to Old Trafford is in the balance.

Jurgen Klinsmann has expressed his support for Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini's position is set to be reviewed at the end of the season.
Liverpool want to begin talks over a new deal for Steven Gerrard.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus is set to reject a move to Arsenal because he wants to win trophies.
West Ham midfielder Stewart Downing is desperate to make the most of his recall to the England squad.
Marouane Fellaini always believed he would come through his hellish start to life at Manchester United.
Jurgen Klinsmann says Spurs have bagged a gem in USA international DeAndre Yedlin.

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill has told his assistant Roy Keane to settle his differences with former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson.
Marouane Fellaini feels he was made a "scapegoat" for David Moyes' failure at Manchester United.

Brendan Rodgers has warned against placing too much pressure on Daniel Sturridge to kickstart Liverpool's stuttering season.

Spurs players are increasingly concerned the club will never become truly successful while Daniel Levy is in charge.
It could take four months for Wembey's pitch to recover from Sunday's NFL game.

Former Bolton boss Owen Coyle is a leading contender to replace Stuart McCall at Motherwell.


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Wednesday November 12

Manchester United are looking to sell midfielder Juan Mata for £20m, with Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Valencia all keen on the Spaniard.
Barcelona legend Xavi believes Everton's Ross Barkley and Liverpool's Raheem Sterling have the qualities to play at the Nou Camp.

Manchester City will turn to Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone to replace Manuel Pellegrini, should they lose patience with their current manager.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has targeted Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.

Andre Schurrle is fighting for his Chelsea career with his club keen on off-loading the German World Cup winner because of his poor form this season.
David Moyes will pocket £4.5m for taking on the Real Sociedad job.
Former Tottenham coach Les Ferdinand sympathises with manager Mauricio Pochettino because the club have lost their identity.

Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin still wants to join a "big club" with Arsenal fancying a move for the France international.
Tottenham are planning a move for Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph in January. The 24-year-old's deal at Villa Park is comign to an end.
Meanwhile, Spurs are also eyeing Hector Moreno in what would be a reunion with his old Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino.
Southampton are trying to tie striker Jay Rodriguez, 25, to a new five-year contract, even though he is recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Newcastle are keen on the transfer of 20-year-old Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic.
Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus looks set to snub a move to Arsenal 'because they can't guarantee trophies'.
German striker Lukas Podolski is "unsatisfied" with Arsenal playing time, opening the door on a January move.
Manchester United flop Anderson is set to return to Brazil with Gremio chasing his signature.
Everton midfielder Gareth Barry faces weeks rather than months on the sidelines with ankle injury.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is lining up Southampton's head of recruitment Paul Mitchell who worked with boss Mauricio Pochettino last season.

Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao is a doubt for the trip to Arsenal on November 22 because of a calf problem.

Manchester United are lining up former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes with Real Madrid set to swoop for David de Gea.
Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao seems to have rejected claims he is treating his knee with an ice pack after every match and training session.

England manager Roy Hodgson says his team need to stop being so nice and implement a meaner streak.


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Thursday November 13

Aston Villa defender Ron Vlaar looks set to leave with Manchester United and Arsenal on red alert after his agent revealed the Dutchman was considering an exit.
Chelsea's finances look healthy with news that they will reveal a annual profit of nearly £20m with a turnover of around £320m. The Blues are unlikely to move to a new stadium for at least seven years and may opt to expand Stamford Bridge instead - at an estimated cost of £20,000 for every added seat.
Inter Milan are closing on Asenal striker Joel Campbell in a possible loan move.
A group of Californian-based businessmen want to sit down with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy for discussions over a potential bid with the White Hart Lane club valued at £1billion.

Spurs are set to bid £35m bid for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and Saints striker Jay Rodriguez.

Liverpool are preparing a £30m move for 28-year-old Porto striker Jackson Martinez
Chelsea are ready to go head-to-head with Manchester United for the services of Real Madrid star Gareth Bale next summer.
Chelsea and Manchester United will have to pay £19m for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane who has fallen out of favour at the Bernabeu.

Manchester United are keen on Atletico Madrid's Miranda and are set to table a £20m bid for the defender in January.
Arsenal have started discussions with Roma concerning a January bid for striker Mattia Destro.
Manchester United midfielder Anderson has expressed his desire to rejoin former club Gremio on a free transfer in January.

Doubts have emerged over the health of Brazil legend Pele who is in hospital to undergo a 'medical evaluation' after cancelling an appearance at an event in his museum.
Chelsea players weren't happy under former boss Andre Villas-Boas and did not want to train under him, according to defender Ashley Cole who is now at Roma.


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Friday November 14

Real Madrid are weighing up their attacking options and may offload Gareth Bale to Chelsea for £90m in the summer.
Arsenal are considering making a move for Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak with a price tag of £24m being reported.
Wigan may try to tempt former boss Paul Jewell - who steered the Latics to the Premier League back in 2005 - to replace the sacked Uwe Rosler.

Manchester United are desperate for on-loan striker Radamel Falcao to prove his fitness before they commit to a £43m transfer with the Colombian on a carefully managed plan at Old Trafford to get back into shape. He's made three starts and scored one goal since his arrival.
Inter Milan are lining up a move for Arsenal striker Joel Campbell and Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches.
Former Cardiff boss Malky Mackay is the favourite to land the vacant Wigan mangerial job following Thursday's dismissal of Uwe Rosler.
Manchester United are plotting a swoop for Arsenal and Chelsea target Aymeric Laporte of Athletic Bilbao.
Liverpool loanee Divock Origi fancies an early return from season's loan at Lille.
Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is targeting quality over quantity in the January transfer window.
Former Chelsea, West Ham and Portsmouth boss Avram Grant, 59, is set to be offered a two-year contract to coach Ghana.

Germany boss Joachim Low has made it clear to forward Lukas Podolski he needs to boost his international career and should leave Arsenal.

Arsenal have received some bad news in their quest for Sami Khedira with the 27-year-old midfielder confirming his determination to remain at Real Madrid.
All of England's players want manager Roy Hodgson to be handed a new long term deal.

Inter Milan have two players on their radar with possible moves for Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic and Liverpool striker Fabio Borini.
Former Manchester United boss David Moyes revealed at his Real Sociedad unveiling that Sir Alex Ferguson advised him to move to La Liga.
West Ham will hold talks with Alex Song, Diafra Sakho and Cheikhou Kouyate about the threat of Ebola ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Football's world governing body FIFA is facing a corruption investigation by the FBI on the back of the release of the report into hosting of the 2018 and 2022 World Cup.

Striker Divock Origi, 19, has told Liverpool he wants to cut short his loan spell at Lille and join them ahead of schedule.


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Saturday November 15

Tottenham are ready to sell Emmanuel Adebayor in the January transfer window.
On-loan Liverpool starlet Divock Origi has taken to Twitter to reject claims he will be returning to Anfield in January.
West Ham have reportedly set a deadline of January for defender Winston Reid to sign a new deal.
Wayne Rooney wanted to quit football at the age of 14 before his father and ex-Everton manager, Colin Harvey, managed to talk him out of it.
West Brom pair Jonas Olsson and Claudio Yacob could leave in January.
Malky Mackay could get the Wigan job then be banned from football by the FA.
Peterborough are in talks to re-sign Aaron Mclean from Bradford.

Manchester United will have to battle Barcelona for the signature of Cristiano Ronaldo next summer after the Catalan side ramped up their interest in the Real Madrid forward.
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Christoph Kramer says he is interested in a move to the Premier League, with Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Spurs all reported to be keen.
Wayne Rooney has set his sights on becoming a manager - and has not ruled out managing his country one day.
Everton star Kevin Mirallas is nearing a return to action.
Hugo Lloris claims Tottenham's players are to blame for the club's poor start to the season and has taken a swipe at Daniel Levy.
West Brom boss Alan Irvine is expecting a busy January.
Frank Lampard has been told to forget about staying at Man City for the rest of the season.

Major League Soccer side New York expect midfielder Frank Lampard to join up with them for pre-season training in the new year and not extend his loan spell with Manchester City.
Inter Milan and Juventus have joined Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United and Tottenham in showing an interest in West Brom striker Saido Berahino
Wayne Rooney wants to become a manager but is dreaming of playing in the 2018 World Cup.
England's Euro opponents Slovenia have slammed the Wembley pitch as "completely ruined".
Roy Hodgson has revealed how UEFA blocked England's late plea to replace crock Leighton Baines.
Paul Lambert faces a defensive nightmare ahead of Aston Villa's next game.
Roberto Mancini has returned to Inter Milan.

Manchester United are keen on signing £7.5m Brazilian striker Douglas Coutinho from Atletico Paranaense.
Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has advised Petr Cech, to seek a move away from the club.
Claudio Ranieri is on the verge of being sacked as Greece coach after his side lost 1-0 to the Faroe Islands on Friday.
Premier League footballers earn £2.3million a year each on average, or £43,717 a week, giving them wages almost 60 per cent bigger in 2014 than their closest earnings rivals in Germany's Bundesliga.
Colombia manager Jose Pekerman has revealed that Radamel Falcao is on the verge of return and claims he will go on to break records in England.
Wigan have been urged not to appoint Malky Mackay as their new boss by local MP Lisa Nandy.
Robin van Persie says Holland owe boss Guus Hiddink a victory against Latvia.
Gareth Bale has promised to go "all guns blazing" for a victory in Belgium.

Arsenal have set their sights on a move for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Lars Bender.
Liverpool are set to make a £25m bid for Chelsea forward Andre Schurrle, but they face stiff competition from Tottenham.
Roy Hodgson believes England are regaining the backing of fans following the World Cup disaster.

Arsenal and Manchester United have been handed a boost in their pursuit of West Ham defender Winston Reid, with the Hammers ready to sell the New Zealander if he does not commit to a new deal.

QPR goalkeeper Rob Green says he would like to become a football club chief executive when he stops playing.
Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore has added to the Ched Evans debate and says he would not employ a convicted rapist.
Temuri Ketsbaia looks set to resign as boss of Georgia after they were beaten 4-0 by Poland.

A warrant for the arrest of former Rangers owner Craig Whyte on fraud charges has been issued.
Matches in Greece's professional leagues have been suspended after a referees' committee official was beaten with wooden clubs by two men on motorbikes.


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New Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini is planning a January move for Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Gerard Pique has scotched talk of a move to Manchester United and is ready to stay with Barcelona.

Roma are confident of completing the Bosman signing of Glen Johnson from Liverpool in January.

Manchester United are on the trail of highly-prized Ajax teenager Juan Familia-Castill.

Tottenham are willing to listen to offers for Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor.

CSKA Moscow have opened talks over a new contract for Seydou Doumbia amid interest from several Premier League clubs.


Borussia Dortmund have told Manchester United Mats Hummels will cost them £47m.

Arsenal are ready to make a £7m move for Petr Cech.
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Chelsea and Manchester City are prepared to battle for Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke and pay the £48m release clause.

Liverpool are ready to rival Arsenal for 19-year-old Lazio striker Keita Balde Diao.

Schalke boss Roberto Di Matteo will enquire about the possibility of signing Chelsea's Andre Schurrle.

Real Madrid are ready to challenge Manchester United over long-term target Memphis Depay.


Atletico Madrid's top January transfer target is Manchester United's Juan Mata.

Everton manager Roberto Martinez says midfielder Ross Barkley can become the best England player ever.


Cardiff could terminate the loan contract of Ravel Morrison after he failed to impress boss Russell Slade.


David De Gea's broken finger will not prompt Manchester United to sign Victor Valdes.


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Monday November 17

Manchester United did want to sign Arturo Vidal in the summer but Juventus blocked the move, according to the Italian club's general manager Giuseppe Marotta.
Spurs scouts flew to Argentina last week to watch Colombian River Plate striker Teo Gutierrez, 29.
Inter Milan's new boss Roberto Mancini is planning a January spending spree in the Premier League with Aleksandar Kolarov, Fabio Borini, Joel Campbell and Erik Lamela all possible targets.
Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told midfielder Mousa Dembele he will be free to find another club in January.

Chelsea lead both Liverpool and Arsenal in the race for Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus and could offer Andre Schurrle to move the other way.
Arsenal and Manchester United have been told they must pay £47million if they want to sign Mats Hummels.
Liverpool and Arsenal's hopes of signing Karim Benzema have increased after the France international has revealed he may consider a move away from the Bernabeu.

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman wants to sign Netherlands defender Bruno Martins Indi from Porto in January.

Roma have emerged as serious contenders to snap up Liverpool right back Glen Johnson on a free transfer next summer

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard will leave Merseyside for the San Siro by joining Inter Milan in the January transfer window if he fails to sign a new contract at Anfield.
Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has accused Everton boss Roberto Martinez of putting pressure on Irish players to sidestep International duty.
Manuel Pellegrini faces the sack from Manchester City at the end of the season with Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone who is top of the short list to replace him at the Etihad.
Napoli are set to make a bid for Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski, despite Arsene Wenger saying he isn't for sale.


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Tuesday November 18

Southampton want Spurs to include Harry Kane and Andros Townsend in any deal for Jay Rodriguez.
Arsenal are weighing up £5million move for Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic .
AC Milan forward Nnamdi Oduamad says it would be "a dream" to play for Crystal Palace.
Luka Modric's thigh injury is likely to scupper the efforts Arsenal and Chelsea to sign his Real Madrid team-mate Sami Khedira in January.
Rafa Benitez has hinted strongly he will leave Napoli at the end of the season to rejoin his family on Merseyside.

Arsenal are eyeing a move for Sevilla's Polish midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak - worth around £24million.
Liverpool are keen on Porto's £30million-rated Jackson Martinez.

David De Gea has refused to quash rumours of a move to Real Madrid next summer or as a free agent in 18 months.
Former England boss Fabio Capello could be sacked as Russia manager after Tuesday night's friendly against Hungary.
Scotland boss Gordon Strachan says leading players should be able to handle featuring in up to 60 games per year.

Arsenal are eyeing £60million Porto pair Jackson Martinez and Juan Fernando Quintero.
Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham are all eyeing a move for Xherdan Shaqiri with Bayern Munich expecting bids for the 23-year-old in January.
England striker Wayne Rooney, 29, has ordered his team-mates not to be scared of Scotland in their friendly at Celtic Park.
Aaron Ramsey believes Arsenal can turn their season around in five days as they prepare to face Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund.

Crystal Palace and Sunderland are tracking the progress of 24-year-old Senegal international Stephane Badji, who has a £600,000 release clause with Norwegian club SK Brann.

Manchester United are facing an injury crisis with 10 first-team players set to be unavailable for Saturday's clash with Arsenal.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has warned Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas and striker Diego Costa that their places in the national team are not guaranteed.

Scotland manager Gordon Strachan says his team cannot be considered physical in their approach because "most of us" are "only five feet six".


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Wednesday November 19

Liverpool and England defender Glen Johnson, 30, is set to quit Anfield in the summer after being offered a new two-year deal on half of his £120,000 a week wages.
Ghana World Cup midfielder Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu is at the centre of a transfer tug of war between Hull and Stoke.
Spanish club Sevilla say there have been no offers for all-action midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, who has been linked with Arsenal.
Southampton and Queens Park Rangers are monitoring AIK Stockholm striker Kennedy Igboananike.
Manchester United chief Ed Woodward claims the club will not spend on "short-term fixes" in January to get them back in the Champions League.
David De Gea has come out to squash rumours that compatriot and national team rival Victor Valdes is set to replace him at Manchester United.
Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson turned his back on a return to English football to bank an £8m pay day in China with the Shanghai East Asia club.
FIFA has asked the Swiss criminal authorities to launch a corruption probe into the 2018 and 2022 World Cup campaigns. However, FIFA president Sepp Blatter insisted he will not publish the full Michael Garcia report on the bids - despite pressure from the FA and UEFA president Michel Platini.
Belgium boss Marc Wilmots has slammed Chelsea and Belgium winger Eden Hazard for his failed 'rabona cross', which involves wrapping one leg behing the other, during Belgium's 0-0 draw with Wales on Sunday.

Manchester United will bid £47m in the summer for Borussia Dortmund and Germany defender Mats Hummels, 25, with Arsenal also interested.
Arsenal, Manchester City and Liverpool are keen to sign Newcastle and England U20 starlet Rolando Aarons. The 19-year-old midfielder has 18 months left on his current contract at St James' Park - but Newcastle want to tie him to the club long term.

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has applied to knock down his Surrey mansion and build a new one, fuelling rumours that he may be returning south when his Anfield contract expires at the end of the season.
Newcastle boss Alan Pardew is set to tone down training to avoid any more self-inflicted injuries.
Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant will become the new Ghana boss this week despite being embroiled in a row over his Israeli passport - which bars entry in some African and Arab countries.
Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has signed a two-yearcontract to manage Chinese club Shanghai East Asia in a deal worth £4m a year.
Manchester United and Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini's dad has said his son is not evil for his elbow that bloodied Liverpool defender Joe Allen during Sunday's 0-0 draw with Wales, claiming the incident was accidental.
Meanwhile, United defender Marcos Rojo is expected to be fit to face Liverpool next month.

European champions Real Madrid would prefer to sign Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris, rather than Manchester United's David de Gea.
Manchester United and Arsenal are set to battle it out for Atletico Madrid forward Alessio Cerci, 27, who will be allowed to leave despite only joining the Spanish champions from Italian side Torino last summer.
Manchester United midfielder Angel Di Maria will require X-rays on a cut foot inflicted by United team-mate Nani, currently on loan at Sporting Lisbon, during Argentina's 1-0 defeat to Portugal in a friendly at Old Trafford last night.

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is winning his race to be fit to face Arsenal on Saturday despite suffereing a dislocated finger while on international duty with Spain.

Spurs striker Emmanuel Adebayor will not to be forced out, despite speculation he will be offloaded in January.
Sky Bet Championship club Wigan are set to interview Malky Mackay about their managerial vacancy, despite an on-going investigation by the Football Association into alleged misconduct by the former Cardiff boss.

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria hopes to be fit to face Arsenal on Saturday, despite needing an X-ray on a foot injury sustained in Argentina's defeat against Portugal at Old Trafford last night.


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Thursday November 20

Lionel Messi's agent has told the Premier League's big spenders to make an offer of £200m for the Barcelona and Argentina ace. The 27-year-old has a £200m fixed buyout clause and is believed to earn £300,000 a week after tax.
Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is unlikely to play until the new year after suffering a thigh injury on Tuesday - his third injury in 11 weeks.
Malky Mackay's appointment as Wigan manager has sparked outrage from fans, the anti-racism group Kick It Out and Wigan Labour MP Lisa Nandy.
Roy Hodgson will allow Gareth Southgate to raid his senior England squad for the U21 Championships and plans to pick "whoever is left" for England's senior friendly against Ireland and European Qualifier against Slovenia on June 7 and June 14 respectively.
Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has offered his services to solve Arsenal's defensive crisis as an anchorman after impressing in the role for England - but manager Arsene Wenger is not prepared to curb the 22-year-old's attacking instincts.

Liverpool want to recall £10m summer signing Divock Origi from his one-year loan at Lille in January to help solve their striker crisis - the release could cost the Reds £5m.
Manchester United midfielder Nani will want first-team guarantees from manager Louis van Gaal before returning to Old Trafford from loan club Sporting Lisbon.
David Silva and Vincent Kompany are battling to be fit for Manchester City's crucial Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on Tuesday.
Swansea striker Wilfried Bony has turned down approaches from Liverpool and Arsenal to sign a new contract extension to 2018, which is believed to make him the highest earner in the club's history.
Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has launched a scathing attack on Roberto Martinez, claiming the Everton boss allegedly withholds Seamus Coleman and James McCarthy from international games.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has ordered his scouts to monitor 21-year-old Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings as a potential long-term replacement for John Terry - with Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Newcastle also interested.
Under-pressure Reading boss Nigel Adkins has been given a vote of confidence from one of the club's backers.
Southampton are looking to tie down England right-back Nathaniel Clyne with a new deal - the 23-year-old has 18 months left on his current contract. The Saints also want midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and striker Jay Rodriguez to sign new deals.

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will perform a headcount at Old Trafford this morning in an attempt to forge a team from an injury-ravaged squad.
QPR striker Charlie Austin, Burnley's Danny Ings and Southampton's James Ward-Prowse are on England manager Roy Hodgson's radar.
FIFA president Sepp Blatter has said publishing the full Michael Garcia report into corruption allegations surrounding the World Cup bidding process would break FIFA's rules and Swiss law.
Hull manager Steve Bruce is ready to make sweeping changes for the Tigers' clash with Tottenham on Sunday -Steve Harper, Paul McShane, Tom Huddlestone, Robbie Brady and Sone Aluko are likely to be dropped.
Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta has dismissed claims Blues boss Jose Mourinho encourages his players to dodge international duty.
Newcastle winger Jonas Gutierrez has claimed Magpies boss Alan Pardew told him to find a new club after the 31-year-old was diagnosed with cancer.

England boss Roy Hodgson has assured 20-year-old Everton midfielder Ross Barkley that he remains at the forefront of his team's vision.
Arsenal and Germany forward Lukas Podolski is seeking showdown talks with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger over his stuttering career at the Emirates. The 29-year-old has not started a game this season and only made four league appearances.
A whistleblower who made corruption allegations against the Qatar 2022 World Cup believes she will live the rest of her life in fear after receiving threats against her and her children.
Hull defender Michael Dawson has recovered from injury to face his former club Tottenham on Sunday.

The FA is confident a sponsor that will match the £9m-a-year paid by previous backers Budweiser can be found for the FA Cup before the third round.
Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair is ready to leave the club after making only three starts since his £6.2m move from Swansea two years ago.
Bolton will consider offering 36-year-old Eidur Gudjohnsen a contract after the former Chelsea forward trained with the team following his exit from Club Brugge.
Lille are interested in signing Sunderland's unsettled USA striker Jozy Altidore.


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Jan Vertonghen's Tottenham future is in doubt - with Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal weighing up a January move for the player.
Liverpool are to ask a team of medical experts to get to the bottom of Daniel Sturridge's injury nightmare.
Sheffield United last night scrapped the offer to let Ched Evans train at the club.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal stands by his decision to sell Danny Welbeck and claims he did the striker a favour by offloading him.
David De Gea is fit for Manchester United's game against Arsenal on Saturday.

Arsenal have pinpointed Pep Guardiola as the man they want to replace Arsene Wenger.
Manchester United sent their fans into meltdown by telling them key midfielder Daley Blind would be out for six months.
Liverpool will launch a special medical investigation into Daniel Sturridge's recurring thigh injuries.
AC Milan are ready to offer Petr Cech an escape from his Chelsea frustration.
Yaya Toure is out of two of Manchester City's biggest games of the season.
Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez has been ordered to ease up in his bid to return from a knee injury after a minor scare.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan has sparked new fury after defending Malky Mackay with an astonishing slur.
Liverpool have launched a full-scale probe after it emerged Daniel Sturridge has injured the same thigh nine times.
Michael Dawson has told Tottenham they must stick by Mauricio Pochettino - even if he was the boss who axed him from the club.
Arsene Wenger is delighted to have fit-again Olivier Giroud back in his squad - nearly a month ahead of schedule.

Wigan owner Dave Whelan is the subject of a new FA race investigation after making extraordinarily offensive remarks about Jewish and Chinese people.
Liverpool are compiling a dossier on the fitness issues that have plagued Daniel Sturridge's career after it emerged he has injured his left thigh nine times.
Louis van Gaal's selection problems deepened on Thursday after it emerged Manchester United striker Radamel Falcao will be out for at least another fortnight because of a new injury.
Manchester United want Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels but don't expect the Germans to be willing to discuss any transfer until next summer.

Louis van Gaal insists he has no regrets about selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal - even though he half expects him to score against Manchester United on Saturday.
Arsenal hope to beat Liverpool in the race to sign Benfica defender Maxi Pereira.
Wigan forward Shaun Maloney could be set for a money-spinning move to MLS side Chicago Fire.


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Saturday November 22

Real Madrid's hopes of signing Raheem Sterling have been dashed after the winger hinted he is about to commit his long-term future to Liverpool.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers wants to sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino in January.
Joey Barton has been backed to become a manager by Alan Pardew - as the outspoken star makes his first competitive return to Newcastle with QPR today.
Arsene Wenger will make a January bid to sign Ipswich full-back Tyrone Mings.
Scotland sensation Andy Robertson insists he's happy to stay at Hull, despite the sudden interest in him.

Juventus are willing to listen to offers for Manchester United target Arturo Vidal next summer.
Scotland international full-back Andrew Robertson insists he has no plans to leave Hull.
Chelsea will beat Tottenham to HNK Rijeka striker Andrej Kramaric in January.
Brendan Rodgers insists he must take the blame for Liverpool's disappointing start to the season.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says Diego Costa is back to full fitness.
Spurs star Eric Dier has been told by Mauricio Pochettino his game will improve by playing out of position at right-back.
Harry Redknapp has again tipped "throwback" QPR striker Charlie Austin for a call-up to the England team.

Arsene Wenger believes Danny Welbeck has gained more respect by becoming a Gooner.
Jose Mourinho has turned the heat on Chelsea's faltering title rivals by saying: "All the pressure is on you."
David Moyes has been given the green light to bring his own backroom team to new employers Real Sociedad.
Louis van Gaal has urged Manchester United to quickly find a cure to their chronic travel sickness in the Premier League.
Neil Warnock says keeping Crystal Palace in the Premier League this season would be his "greatest-ever achievement".
Southampton boss Ronaldo Koeman has issued a hands-off warning to Liverpool over England full-back Nathaniel Clyne.
Former Leeds boss David Hockaday is back in football - as an advisor at eighth-tier Swindon Submarine!
Jurgen Klopp has put Premier League clubs on alert by admitting he is "open to offers" from England.

Arsenal are favourites to sign goalkeeper Petr Cech from Chelsea should they pay the £7million asking price, although Liverpool, AC Milan, Roma and Real Madrid are also in the frame.
Southampton boss Ronald Koeman has confirmed that the club have opened contract talks with full-back Nathaniel Clyne.
Borussia Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has admitted he would be open to offers from Premier League clubs, saying England is the only other country in which he would consider working.
Arsene Wenger says he's ready to shift in-form striker Danny Welbeck on to the wing to accommodate the return of Olivier Giroud.
Wenger, meanwhile, is ready to offer Thierry Henry a coaching role at Arsenal as the Gunners legend ponders the next stage of his career.
Liverpool will make an opening bid of £15million for West Brom's Saido Berahino in January.

Arsenal are plotting a £30million bid for Monaco midfielder Joao Moutinho as a replacement for Mikel Arteta.
Norwegian teenage midfielder Martin Odegaard is set to reject Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal in order to pen a five-year deal with Real Madrid.
Dwight Yorke feels Louis van Gaal made a "huge blunder" in selling Danny Welbeck to Arsenal for "peanuts".
Manuel Pellegrini has set his players the target of seven wins and a draw from their next eight PL games to stay in touch with Chelsea.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed the club can't bring Belgium forward Divock Origi to Anfield in January due to the terms of his season-long loan with Lille.

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi may leave Spain after continuing problems with the country's tax authorities.


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Liverpool have made Norwich winger Nathan Redmond a £10million January transfer target. Meanwhile, Reds midfielder Lucas could join Napoli.
Chelsea are lining up a £25million summer move for Everton right-back Seamus Coleman.
Atletico Madrid will accept a £20million bid from Manchester United for defender Miranda in January, reports in Spain claim.
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he wants to manage in the Premier League.
Celtic want to make John Guidetti's loan move from Manchester City permanent but will have to pay £3m for the striker.
Neil Warnock says it will take a superhuman effort for Crystal Palace to avoid relegation.
Victor Valdes is unlikely to be fit enough to play for Manchester United until December at the earliest.
Nani used his return to Old Trafford last week with Portugal to discuss his Manchester United future,
Arsenal are showing interest in Basel centre-half Fabian Schar.

Mario Balotelli is out of Liverpool's side today to leave boss Brendan Rodgers down on his numbers - and luck.
Ronald Koeman will be given a £20m transfer kitty to enhance Southampton's Champions League push in January, with Spurs pair Harry Kane and Andros Townsend on his shopping list.
Aaron Lennon looks set to leave Tottenham after rejecting a new contract at White Hart Lane. QPR and Stoke City are interested.
Everton are lining up a January transfer bid for Basel's £10million-rated 17-year-old striker Breel Embolo.
Tottenham could use Lewis Holtby as part of a transfer bid for Aston Villa midfielder Fabian Delph.
Leicester are keen to tie 16-year-old midfielder Hamza Choudhury to a long-term contract, with Arsenal and Manchester United hovering.

Fed-up Liverpool stars have rounded on boss Brendan Rodgers for favouritism towards Mario Balotelli.
Louis van Gaal admitted he would have been branded 'crazy' if Manchester United had lost to Arsenal.
Memphis Depay is on the radar of both Newcastle and Everton as the Premier League duo look to freshen up their forward lines in January.
Neil Warnock future as Crystal Palace manager is under threat.
Stromsgodset's 15-year-old prospect Martin Odegaard will decide whether to join Manchester United or Real Madrid this week.
Anders Lindegaard's painful spell at Manchester United will come to an end in January - with a swap deal for one of Norway's brightest prospects on the cards.
Arsenal will offer Jack Wilshere a five-year contract worth £150,000 a week.
Everton boss Roberto Martinez has joined the race to take Barcelona right-back Martin Montoya on loan in January.
Southampton are chasing Red Bull Salzburg's £5million-rated Slovenia star Kevin Kampl.
Inter Milan, AC Milan and Napoli are interested in Tottenham defender Vlad Chiriches.

Manchester United look set to sanction the exit of summer signing Ander Herrera this January in order to land Liverpool and Arsenal target Xherdan Shaqiri.
Rickie Lambert could be making a sensational move back to Southampton in January despite Brendan Rodgers turning to the striker to solve his goal-scoring problems.
Hull boss Steve Bruce admits Scottish left-back Andy Robertson, a £2.85million summer signing from Dundee United, is already wanted by the Premier League's elite clubs.
Dave Whelan will resign as Wigan Athletic chairman if the Football Association punish him as part of their investigation into alleged racist comments.

Chelsea and Arsenal will still try and lure Sami Khedira from Real Madrid in January but both clubs face losing out to Bayern Munich.
Chelsea are preparing a £20million summer move for Everton full back Seamus Coleman.
Tottenham's imminent hiring of Southampton's head of recruitment Paul Mitchell could hasten the demise of technical director Franco Baldini.
Everton manager Roberto Martinez does not want midfielder Ross Barkley to play for the England under-21s in the 2015 European Championships.


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Liverpool's poor recent form has left Brendan Rodgers uncertain as to his future as boss at Anfield.
Arsene Wenger says Arsenal are paying the price for defensive naivety and must tighten up in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund.

Arsenal are showing an interest in Basel defender Fabian Schar and could go in pursuit of him in January.
Liverpool midfielder Lucas could leave Anfield and join up with former boss Rafa Benitez at Napoli.
Manchester United are reportedly willing to let Ander Herrera leave for Bayern Munich in exchange for Xherdan Shaqiri.
Liverpool want to sign Jackson Martinez from Porto for £30m in January.
Marco Reus - a target for a number of Premier League clubs - is out until January after suffering another injury.
Everton and Newcastle have joined Manchester United and Tottenham in the chase for PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay.
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Manchester United and Arsenal in battling for the £12m signature of Hull left-back Andy Robertson.
Inter Milan's Mauro Icardi is being linked with a £28m summer move to Liverpool or Chelsea.
Liverpool are lining up Jurgen Klopp to replace the struggling Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
Brendan Rodgers is eyeing a £10m move for Norwich's Nathan Redmond in January.

Everton boss Roberto Martinez wants to bring Wigan midfielder Shaun Maloney to Goodison Park.
Manuel Pellegrini believes Pep Guardiola will manager in the Premier League one day.
Chelsea are preparing a £20m summer move for Everton full-back Seamus Coleman.

Brendan Rodgers' position at Liverpool is under threat after the team's poor start to the season.
On-loan midfielder Niko Kranjcar plans to fight his way to a permanent move with QPR.


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Mario Balotelli's agent Mino Raiola has revealed that the Liverpool striker will not be making a return to Italy.
Liverpool's owners have no intention of replacing Brendan Rodgers despite the club's worst start to a season in 22 years.
Samir Nasri has warned Manchester City's players their futures at the club are on the line against Bayern Munich tonight.
Everton and Burnley are tracking Rangers midfielder Lewis Macleod as they weigh up possible bids in the January transfer window.
Jose Mourinho has rejected the idea that he might be in the transfer market for Borussia Dortmund striker Marco Reus.
Real Madrid are stepping up interest in Liverpool midfield prospect Pedro Chirivella.

Arsenal's players should be lining up to take the blame for the club's form, not Arsene Wenger, according to club great Ian Wright.
Samir Nasri has warned Manchester City's Euro flops: We're all facing the axe.
Brendan Rodgers is in no danger despite Liverpool's worst start in 22 years.
Eidur Gudjohnsen will line up in a friendly today in a bid to win a contract with former club Bolton.
Bayern Munich midfielder Xabi Alonso has told Manchester City: money can't buy you the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger held crisis talks with his chief executive Ivan Gazidis yesterday as pressure mounted on the Arsenal manager.
PSG will launch a sensational bid to sign Manchester United new boy Angel Di Maria next summer - but only if Financial Fair Play regulations are relaxed.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he will not be making a move to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus.
Dortmund star Ilkay Gundogan says he is interested in a switch to the Premier League.
Sunderland are after Rennes' Cameroon midfielder Jean Makoun.
Swansea boss Garry Monk is ready to add Leon Britton to his coaching staff when the time is right.
Dinamo Zagreb have warned Arsenal and Tottenham that they'll have to splash the cash if they want to sign Marcelo Brozovic.

Arsenal's second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov says Arsenal need new players in every position and has told Arsene Wenger to start learning from his mistakes.
Samir Nasri has admitted Manchester City's highly-paid stars face the chop if they go out of the Champions League this week.
Manuel Pellegrini believes it is inevitable that Pep Guardiola will eventually test himself in the Premier League.
West Brom have joined the Premier League clubs chasing Senegal midfielder Stephane Badji.
West Ham and Sunderland are competing to sign experienced Cameroon international Jean Makoun.

Samir Nasri has claimed that Manchester City's under-performing stars risk being cast aside in favour of "new players" if they fail to justify their salaries by avoiding Champions League elimination against Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.
Brendan Rodgers, the Liverpool manager, is under no immediate threat of losing his job at Anfield despite admitting the mounting pressure after a series of poor results.
Alisher Usmanov, Arsenal's second largest shareholder, has offered his most critical assessment yet of Arsène Wenger and claimed that the club need to strengthen in every single position to seriously challenge the elite of English and European football.

Samir Nasri believes the futures of Manchester City's leading players are at stake, stating the team must qualify for the Champions League knockout stage or "next year it's going to be new players, it's going to be everything".

Samir Nasri has warned his fellow high earners at Manchester City that their futures will be at stake should they suffer a third exit in four seasons at the group stage of the Champions League.


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Steve Bruce is planning to raid Tottenham again in January for winger Aaron Lennon. Michael Dawson, Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone have already left north London for Hull.
Southampton are interested in signing FC Twente's £2.5m-rated Mexican winger Jesus Corona.
Emile Heskey has issued a come-and-get-me plea to former club Leicester.
Aston Villa outcast Darren Bent is set to join Championship side Brighton on loan.

Former England striker Darren Bent is preparing to join Championship Brighton on loan from Aston Villa.
QPR are interested in Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas, who is currently on loan at Cologne.
Republic of Ireland international Sean St Ledger is to have a trial at Ipswich under former Ireland manager Mick McCarthy.
Youssouf Mulumbu is set for showdown talks with West Brom boss Alan Irvine after being left out against Chelsea.
Mark Hughes admits he will have to wait until next summer before he can spend on new players.

Emile Heskey has told old club Leicester he would love to return from the Australian A-League to help solve their goalscoring problems.
Leicester City are set to join the chase for Kris Commons.
Stoke have tied highly-rated teenager Ollie Shenton to a long-term deal.
Tottenham have joined rivals Chelsea and Liverpool in the battle to sign Inter Milan starlet Mauro Icardi.
Aston Villa misfit Darren Bent is set to join Championship side Brighton on loan.

Liverpool are poised to launch a treble January transfer swoop in a bid to save their season. Petr Cech, Jackson Martinez and Nathan Redmond are the players in question.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has admitted he has held secret talks with former Chelsea star Arjen Robben.
Wesley Sneijder's agent has revealed he will hold talks with Galatasaray chiefs following his client's recent omission from the squad.
Dave Hockaday, who was briefly Leeds boss earlier this season, is in contention to replace Mark Yates as Cheltenham manager.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he currently has no interest in signing players in January, despite the club's poor form.
Aston Villa's record signing Darren Bent is set to join Championship club Brighton on a short-term loan deal.
Alan Curbishley has turned down an approach to make a swift return to Fulham after a wrangle over pay.