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Football Rumours on Monday 5th February 2018

last updated Monday 05th February 2018, 10:28 AM

  • Liverpool could move for Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, if he rejects a new contract with the Gunners.

  • Manchester United are monitoring Real Madrid's 23-year-old Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic.
    (Manchester Evening News)

  • England forward Marcus Rashford, 20, could leave Manchester United if they sign former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert's 18-year-old son Justin from Ajax in the summer.
    (Daily Express)

  • Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to make any major attacking signings in the summer, saying he is "really happy" with the strength in depth in his squad.

  • West Ham's Mexican forward Javier Hernandez, 29, says he will give "100%" dedication, despite wanting to leave the club in January.
    (West Ham official website)

  • Ghana defender Daniel Opare, 27, who failed to secure a move to Leicester on transfer deadline day, has been told by FC Augsburg that the offer of a contract extension has been withdrawn and he can seek a new club "in the short term".

  • Brazilian forward Malcom, 20, wants to leave Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. He was a target for Tottenham and Arsenal in January.
    (London Evening Standard)


  • Arsene Wenger has admitted his concern over his future as Arsenal manager.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Reading are on the brink of sacking manager Jaap Stam after their latest disappointing defeat in the Championship. The Royals were downed 2-0 by Millwall on Saturday and lie in 18th place.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Bradford City have sacked manager Stuart McCall after a run of six successive defeats in all competitions. The 53-year-old's departure brings to an end his second spell in charge of the Bantams, with whom he also started his career as a player.

  • Middlesbrough have appointed QPR assistant manager Curtis Fleming as their new first team coach.

  • Steve McClaren could be a contender to become Leeds' new boss after Thomas Christiansen was sacked for failing to win a game in 2018.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Jurgen Klopp claimed the assistant referee got his wish to be the centre of attention after awarding a late penalty against Liverpool.
    (Sky Sports)


  • Gareth Southgate has spoken about his desire to build an England team that is fun to play in and that the whole country can get behind.

  • Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he "has no doubt" England are watching 21-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook.
    (Daily Telegraph)


  • Striker Olivier Giroud, 31, who could make his Chelsea debut at Watford on Monday, says he was encouraged to leave Arsenal by France boss Didier Deschamps.

  • Leicester winger Marc Albrighton has denied the Foxes players are angry with 26-year-old Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, who has been absent from training and missed two matches since a move to Manchester City failed to materialise.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane tweeted a graphic to celebrate his 100th Premier League goal and used a new #KeepitKane hashtag after his last-gasp penalty earned a point at Liverpool.

  • Former England striker Alan Shearer, the only man to reach 100 Premier League goals in fewer matches than Kane, sent his congratulations in a video tweet, joking: "What took you so long?" (Twitter) Referee Jon Moss was right to award Tottenham a late penalty - from which Spurs equalised - at Liverpool but the two assistants "were frankly poor and below the standard expected at Premier League level", according to former referees' chief Keith Hackett.
    (Daily Telegraph)

  • Ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg said there was "a suspicion of offside in the build-up" to the second penalty for Tottenham at Liverpool and that it "should not have been allowed".

  • Graham Poll - another former referee - believes Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk's challenge on Tottenham playmaker Erik Lamela was "clumsy" - and Spurs were rightly awarded a second penalty.
    (Daily Mail)

  • Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu, 23, says he would rather be playing in the Premier League than with Lionel Messi. Spain international Deulofeu joined the Hornets on loan from Barcelona in January.
    (Daily Star)

  • A fundraising campaign has been started to raise the remaining £38,000 needed to complete a bronze statue honouring West Brom's 'Three Degrees' - Laurie Cunningham, Brendon Batson and the late Cyrille Regis.
    (Express and Star)

  • Midfielder Jack Colback, 28, says he was "treated more like a number than a human being" and shown no respect at Newcastle prior to his loan move to Nottingham Forest.
    (Daily Express)

  • Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater says Blues playmaker Eden Hazard and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes are the two best footballers he has played alongside.
    (Daily Mirror)

  • Manchester United fans responded to Mourinho saying Old Trafford "is a bit quiet" by saying the "atmosphere is primarily dependent on the perceived relationship between fans and club - including the degree of supporter ownership and engagement".
    (Daily Express)

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