Said Benrahma’s proposed move to West Ham is on the verge of collapsing.
The Algerian attacker was all set to join the Hammers from Brentford in a deal worth around £30million.
But The Mirror is reporting Benrahma has failed his medical at the London Stadium.
West Ham have until 5pm today to bring in new recruits from the EFL, with the domestic transfer window closing at that time.
They may still press ahead with the deal for Benrahma, but are running out of time to get it done.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has announced that Paul Pogba will be a Manchester United player for two more years.
Pogba’s future at Old Trafford has once again been thrown into doubt as he teased a move to Real Madrid while on international duty, while he’s also been linked with a free transfer to Barcelona.
The Camp Nou giants are said to want to sign Pogba next summer when his contract expires, and they can open talks with him as early as January as that’s when he’ll enter the final six months of his existing deal and be free to talk to other clubs.
However, United have the option to trigger a one-year extension in Pogba’s contract to keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022, and Solskjaer appeared to suggest this option will be used.
“Paul’s our player,” said Solskjaer during a press conference. “He’s going to be here for another two years and I’m sure Paul is focused on doing his best for us and we want to see the best of Paul.
“So, in the next next couple of years I’m sure we’ll get the best out of him.”
Ralph Hasenhuttl says Southampton will do everything possible to prolong the “unhappy” start to Premier League life for his former player Timo Werner.
Germany forward Werner is yet to register a top-flight goal in four appearances since joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig for around £47million.
Saints boss Hasenhuttl, who takes his side to Stamford Bridge on Saturday, signed the 24-year-old for Bundesliga club Leipzig in 2016 and revealed his one-time protege is only satisfied when he finds the net.
The Austrian believes Chelsea have made a “fantastic signing” but is eager for Werner’s barren run in the league to continue for the time being.
“I know this player very well. I had two fantastic years with him. We brought him in from Stuttgart for small money, if you want, because we knew the game we played in Leipzig was perfect for him,” said Hasenhuttl.
“The first year was amazing. He scored massive goals, I think it was 24 in the first season in the Bundesliga and we were vice-champions (runners-up).
“It was a fantastic year, we both enjoyed it a lot. I have worked with a lot of players in my entire managing career – he is definitely one of the quickest I’ve ever worked with.
“He is really hard to defend, he has a fantastic finish. In the second year, it delivered more problems with some injuries.
“He is getting a more complete striker now, a better package. He learned a lot last season and is a fantastic signing for Chelsea. He’s only happy when he scores. Hopefully he’s unhappy after the game – we will do everything to keep him unhappy.”
Jurgen Klopp picks Lionel Messi over Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Liverpool boss does find it difficult.
In fact, he doesn’t even like the Messi vs Ronaldo question as he loves both the football legends.
But it’s not so hard when it comes to Michael Schumacher vs Lewis Hamilton, Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal, or LeBron James vs Michael Jordan.
As well as revealing his immediate reaction to Carlo Ancelotti being appointed Toffees manager, and explaining how he’s attempted to recover from the stunning 7-2 thrashing by Aston Villa last time out, Klopp also partook in some quickfire questions.
And as well as the sportsman vs sportsman debates, Klopp also revealed he doesn’t mind noshing on a bit of paper if he’s gets hungry enough!
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Harry Maguire to “bounce back” from his England nightmare – but the Manchester United captain could miss Saturday’s trip to Newcastle through injury.
The 27-year-old defender endured a tough start to the campaign after his well-documented Greek court case and truncated pre-season.
Maguire has struggled for United and days after helping England to victory against Belgium was sent off for picking up two bookings across 31 wretched minutes of Wednesday’s 1-0 loss to Denmark.
Solskjaer said: “When Harry is part of the England team that beats number-one ranked Belgium, that’s just a normal day and then you get the headlines when you get the sending-off. That’s just football for you.
“There’s so many ups and downs that we have got to deal with it, individually and as a group.
“Harry’s got great resilience. I know he’ll bounce back. I’ll know that he wants to play, he wants to just work his way out of the last couple of games that he’s been criticised (for).
“He picked up a knock against (Denmark) just before he came off, so I’m just hopeful he’ll be fit. We’ve had a look at him yesterday and give him a test again today.”
The format for Euro 2020 is set to be ripped up, and it could result in just one country hosting it.
The tournament, which was put back a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, is scheduled to take place in 12 different cities from June 11, 2021.
The Sun say UEFA has accepted there is ‘no way’ Euro 2020 can continue in its current guise, across a multitude of countries.
Baku in Azerbaijan, Saint Petersburg in Russia and Bilbao in Spain are set to face the axe to ensure less travelling from players, staff and fans.
And it is claimed a ‘worst-case scenario’ could see four stadiums being used in just one European city.
Wembley is due to host seven matches, including England’s three group games along with the semi-finals and final.
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has admitted the finals could be held in less than the originally planned 12 cities.
Earlier this week, he told German broadcaster ARD: “For the moment, we are planning the Euro exactly as we want it to be.
“We are considering how to do it with fans, without fans, or with 30, 50 or 70 per cent [of capacity in stadiums].
“Theoretically, we could hold the Euros in 12 countries, in 11, in ten, in three countries or in one.
“Of course, I would have told you in February that the Euros would take place as normal with full stadiums this summer, but everything changed within a month.
“If you had asked me in February if I was prepared for a pandemic that would stop the world, I would have said you were crazy.
“But now we’re well prepared. We’re smarter and stronger than last year as we now know that anything can happen.”
Harry Wilson is joining Cardiff City on loan.
talkSPORT understands the Liverpool winger has agreed to move to the Championship side for the remainder of the season.
The Bluebirds will pay a fee of around £1million to take the 23-year-old temporarily.
Wilson has yet to make a Premier League appearance for Liverpool and has spent the past two seasons out on loan, with Bournemouth and Derby.
Jurgen Klopp has revealed his first thought when Carlo Ancelotti was appointed Everton manager – ‘Oh, God!’
Ancelotti is currently working wonders at Goodison Park with the Toffees winning every single one of their matches so far this season.
They top the embryonic Premier League table with 12 points from a possible 12, and come into Saturday’s Merseyside derby on a high.
Liverpool, of course, are the champions and remain strong favourites to retain their crown – despite their 7-2 thrashing by Aston Villa last time out.
But Klopp believes Everton are now a serious threat to Liverpool’s title hopes under Ancelotti, telling talkSPORT there was ‘never any doubt’ the Italian would do an ‘incredible’ job with the Toffees.
In fact, Klopp was worried about Liverpool’s Mersey rivals as soon as he heard Ancelotti was appointed manager – with his immediate reaction one of fear.
The brilliant Reds boss spoke to talkSPORT ahead of the Merseyside derby, revealing all about his relationship with his now cross-city rival.
“I love it,” said Klopp. “It is really difficult for both of us because we have to do like we hate each other, but we don’t.
“That is how it is. He is the manager of Everton, I’m Liverpool, but apart from that we have a really good relationship.
“He is doing an incredible job, there was never any doubt about that.
“When I heard he was going there I thought, ‘Oh, God’. I didn’t like that fact but he is there and he is doing an incredible job.”
It turns out that Klopp’s fears have become reality as Ancelotti’s early work on Merseyside has been nothing short of exceptional.
And the German has admitted he’s had to sit up and take notice of Everton now Ancelotti is in charge – as he usually doesn’t bother himself with the Toffees.
But, for the first time in many, many years, Everton are now a ‘proper threat’ to Liverpool and serious title contenders, Klopp believes.
He added: “It is difficult coming in the middle of a season to turn things around, and now he has brought in a lot of really good players that fit in 100 per cent.
“I am not too interested in what Everton is doing usually but this year when I saw it, it was obvious like, ‘oh God he fits there perfectly, he fits there perfectly, him as well’.
“You could really see it was the perfect business for them and it makes them a proper threat immediately. Not in one, two, three years… immediately. That is what we all have to face.”
Tottenham will have to pay £18m to sign Joe Rodon from Swansea before the 5pm domestic transfer deadline.
Rodon has been linked with Spurs for a number of weeks now, but they have left it late to launch their swoop.
And, according to the Telegraph, Swansea are demanding £18m for the highly-rated 22-year-old centre-back.
Spurs are set to be without Eric Dier for a period due to a hamstring injury, meaning Jose Mourinho has lost a key defensive figure and Rodon could be brought in as a replacement.
Jack Butland is set to sign for Crystal Palace while West Ham will bring in Said Benrahma from Brentford.
These are the two biggest deals expected to go through on domestic deadline day, with the window closing at 5pm.
EFL clubs are allowed to do business with Premier League teams and also between themselves, but top-flight sides are not able to trade with each other.
Butland had been linked with a shock move to Liverpool but will instead reunite with his former England manager Roy Hodgson at Selhurst Park, while tricky forward Benrahma is set to join West Ham in a £30m deal.
ICYMI: EFL clubs have rejected the Premier League’s proposed £50million rescue package for League One and League Two clubs.
At a shareholders’ meeting on Wednesday, the Premier League agreed to offer a loans and grants package to clubs in the bottom two divisions of the EFL struggling without matchday income because of coronavirus. That money is on top of £27.2m already advanced in solidarity payments.
However, the EFL announced on Thursday evening that the bailout is insufficient while insisting that Championship clubs should be included as part of any offer.
A statement on the EFL’s website said: “The need for continued unity across the membership base was fundamental to discussions across all three divisions, and therefore there was a strong consensus that any rescue package must meet the requirements of all 72 clubs before it can be considered in full.
“The League has been very clear in its discussions of the financial requirements needed to address lost gate receipts in 2019/20 and 2020/21, and while EFL clubs are appreciative that a formal proposal has now been put forward, the conditional offer of £50million falls some way short of this.
“The EFL is keen to continue discussions with the Premier League to reach an agreeable solution that will address the short-term financial needs of all of our Clubs and allow us the ability to consider the longer-term economic issues in parallel that specifically look to achieve a more sustainable EFL for the future.”
The PA news agency understands the offer is still on the table and that the Premier League is ready to engage with any EFL club in the Championship, League One or League Two that is under immediate threat as a result of COVID-19.
West Brom have bolstered their forward line with the signing of Karlan Grant from Huddersfield for an undisclosed fee.
The 23-year-old, who bagged 19 goals in the Championship in the last campaign and struck four times in 13 appearances the season before when the Terriers were in the Premier League, has put pen to paper on a six-year contract.
West Brom technical and sporting director Luke Dowling said: “We have followed Karlan’s progression for a long time and he has been a target of ours since well before the summer transfer window opened.
“We are confident we have signed a young player who has proved he is ready for the challenges of the Premier League.
“He has scored goals throughout his career including the few months he had with Huddersfield at this level two years ago.
“During this window we have largely focused on bringing in talented, young players, who have all committed to the club with lengthy contracts, and Karlan is one we are particularly delighted to have here for the foreseeable future.”
Grant becomes the Baggies’ ninth summer signing in this transfer window.
Grady Diangana, Matheus Pereira, Branislav Ivanovic, Callum Robinson, Filip Krovinovic, Conor Gallagher, Cedric Kipre and David Button have all arrived at the Hawthorns in recent months.
Chelsea midfielder Victor Moses has completed a loan move to Spartak Moscow.
The 29-year-old will join the Russian side on a temporary switch until the end of the campaign.
Moses, who spent spells on loan with Fenerbahce and Inter Milan last season, is not in favour with Blues boss Frank Lampard.
The Nigerian has not played for Chelsea in more than two years and his move to Russia marks his sixth spell away from Stamford Bridge after he arrived in 2012.
The EFL has announced its clubs have rejected the Premier League’s proposed £50million rescue package for League One and League Two clubs.
A statement released on Thursday night read: “EFL Clubs have today met by division to discuss the conditional offer put forward yesterday by the Premier League in respect to the financial support required as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The need for continued unity across the membership base was fundamental to discussions across all three divisions, and therefore there was a strong consensus that any rescue package must meet the requirements of all 72 Clubs before it can be considered in full.
“The League has been very clear in its discussions of the financial requirements needed to address lost gate receipts in 2019/20 and 2020/21, and while EFL Clubs are appreciative that a formal proposal has now been put forward, the conditional offer of £50million falls some way short of this.
“The EFL is keen to continue discussions with the Premier League to reach an agreeable solution that will address the short-term financial needs of all of our Clubs and allow us the ability to consider the longer-term economic issues in parallel that specifically look to achieve a more sustainable EFL for the future.
“There will be no further comment at this time.”
Marcus Rashford warned the government he is not going away as he continues to fight for an extension to the free school meals scheme.
The Man United striker prompted a U-turn from the Prime Minister regarding the meals during the summer holidays and has become an MBE for his work as a result.
Now, though, the government has rejected calls to extend the free school meals scheme to include half-term and the Christmas holiday.
“We took that decision to extend free school meals during the pandemic, when schools were partially closed during lockdown,” said a Downing Street spokesperson.
“We are in a different position now. Schools are back open to all pupils and do not regularly provide food to pupils during term-time.
“We believe the best way to support families outside of term times is through universal credit, rather than schools subsidising meals.”
In response to this latest rejection, Rashford tweeted: “Merry Christmas kids… It’s also not for food banks to feed millions of British children but here we are. 250% increase in food poverty and rising… This is not going away anytime soon and neither am I…”