Agents threaten Fifa with legal action over transfer payment cap plans

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High-profile agent Mino Raiola with Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Leading agents including Mino Raiola, Jorge Mendes and Jonathan Barnett have threatened Fifa with legal action over plans for a cap on transfer payments.

In September, Fifa announced plans to limit agents of the selling club to a maximum of 10% of the transfer fee.

In addition, Fifa want a 3% cap of the player's fee and 3% of the player's fee for agents of the buying club.

“We want fairness,” Barnett countered. “Fifa should recognise us and treat us in a proper manner.”

Fifa want to implement their plans possibly as early as next season but Barnett, who represents high-profile players including Gareth Bale and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, added: “The truth is Fifa doesn't know exactly what an agent does.

“No-one from Fifa has ever been to my office or had a conversation with me.

“If you ask players what they want, they are in favour of agents. There are never complaints about agents' fees from players.

“We will try until the last minute to resolve the problem but rest assured, if necessary we will go to every court in the world.”

The agents were among a 200-strong gathering in Barnet.

Raiola and Barnett were part of a smaller meeting beforehand, in which all agents present were said to be united in their opposition to Fifa's intentions.

“For the first time, we have agreed a united policy in respect of Fifa's proposals,” said Mel Stein, life president of the Association of Football Agents.

“We will be writing to them jointly to advise them that once there is a formal, consultative process in place where all parties can bring their proposals to the table, we will be eager to meet with them.

“As far as we are concerned, it sends a clean, positive message to Fifa on where we are on this.”

In response Fifa said: “We are aiming for a system of balanced and reasonable regulation, instead of the law of the jungle currently in place, with conflicts of interests rife and exorbitant ‘commissions' being earned left and right.

“In the last year alone, football agents earned $653.9m (£498.2m) in fees, four times more than in 2015.”

Fifa said it was proposing “sensible, reasonable, rational, proportionate and necessary” regulations “to protect the interests of players and the wider interests of football”.

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Dean Henderson: Could Blades keeper be England’s Euros keeper?

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Dean Henderson has played in every Premier League game this season, apart from against parent club Manchester United

Seconds after Dean Henderson denied Gabriel Jesus from the penalty spot on Tuesday night, three sides of Bramall Lane burst into one chant.

“England's number one, England's, England's number one.”

Manchester City may have gone on to beat Sheffield United 1-0 thanks to a second-half strike by Sergio Aguero, but Henderson – on a season-long loan from Manchester United – played a significant part in ensuring the Blades were still level heading into the final 20 minutes.

The 22-year-old, who was on Carlisle's books before moving to Old Trafford at the age of 14, had also made impressive saves from Raheem Sterling and Nicolas Otamendi and, in the end, he was unfortunate not to finish with a clean sheet.

His overall performance, however, will have served only to boost his chances of being included in Gareth Southgate's England squad for this summer's European Championship.

From Liverpool howler to steady as a rock

Just as impressive as Sheffield United's unexpected form this season has been the rise of Henderson from Premier League rookie to a realistic contender for the England number one spot.

But his development has not come without a few bumps in the road.

A significant moment came in September against Liverpool. The Blades were on course for a hard-fought and unexpected draw against the Premier League leaders until Henderson let a tame Georginio Wijnaldum effort slip through his legs for the only goal of the game.

Wilder's response that day was pretty brutal: “If he wants to play for the top teams, and if he wants to play for England, then he needs to do better, he needs to concentrate more. I am not going to put my arms around him, simply he needs to do better.”

When asked by BBC Sport on Tuesday if that moment helped Henderson grow into the player he is now, Wilder said: “To chuck one in against Liverpool live on TV and come on as he has says a lot about his character.

“Sometimes you have to go through a bit of pain, which he did on that day.

“He has been outstanding for me since I have been here. He has not been error free but he does show ability to move on and learn and also shows mental strength.”

Henderson may not have managed a clean sheet on Tuesday but he has kept the joint most in the Premier League with eight – alongside Leicester's Kasper Schmeichel and Ben Foster of Watford.

His development has not surprised Wilder. The only surprise for the Blades boss is that he is not yet being considered a genuine England number one contender.

“There is a bit of a pecking order but they must be really good goalkeepers getting in ahead of him,” he said.

And speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, he added: “If there is a better goalkeeper in the world at the moment I have not seen one. He has got a fabulous future. It was a big night for him and a big night for us as a football club.”

Henderson has played 11 times for England Under-21s but is yet to feature for the full side

How does he compare with England's other options?

Jordan Pickford has been England's first-choice goalkeeper for a little over two years, with the Everton shot stopper enjoying a superb World Cup in 2018 as he helped the Three Lions reach the semi-finals.

However, his form heading into this summer's tournament has been mixed. Questions were raised as far back as March last year over whether his place in England's starting XI was under threat due to a number of poor performances for the Toffees, which continued into the start of this season.

He has let in 35 goals in 24 appearances this season, keeping six clean sheets.

In contrast, Henderson has let in just 20 in 23 games.

Henderson's stats continue to look favourable against another England contender – Burnley keeper Nick Pope.

The Clarets are a side often praised for their disciplined defence but they have endured a testing season and, until Sunday's 2-1 win against Leicester, were flirting precariously with the relegation places.

Pope has let in 38 goals in 23 games, keeping seven clean sheets.

Purely in terms of goals conceded, Henderson comes out on top against both Pickford and Pope but the Everton man is favoured by Southgate in part because of his passing ability – and that is an area where it appears Henderson is falling short.

Henderson's passing accuracy stands at 33.72% in the Premier League, worse than Pope (38.29%) and significantly behind Pickford (56.77%).

Aston Villa's Tom Heaton, another possible contender, is out for the remainder of the season through injury and unlikely to be fit for consideration for Euro 2020 while Foster – the only other English goalkeeper to keep as many clean sheets in the Premier League this season as Henderson – has not featured for the international team in seven years.

Henderson was called up for England's final batch of Euro 2020 qualifiers in October last year, replacing the injured Heaton.

However, he is yet to make his first senior appearance for the Three Lions as he was named among the substitutes for games against Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo.

Could Henderson usurp Dea Gea at Man Utd?

David de Gea has kept just four clean sheets in all competitions for Manchester United this season

Henderson's form is not only good news for England but potentially also for Manchester United.

Compared to David de Gea, the youngster boasts a better save percentage this season – 74.68% compared to 60.32%, but once again his passing accuracy lets him down, with De Gea's standing at 72.46.

He might, though, be considered a strong back-up option with the long-term aim of taking over from the Spanish keeper.

However, Wilder is hopeful the young keeper who has developed so well under his tutelage may consider remaining at Sheffield United beyond this season.

“I believe he wants to play first-team football and I am not sure he will want to play back-up to anyone,” Wilder said.

“If he was to come here to us for another year we would take that up and we are already talking with Manchester United about that.”

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Leicester pair Ben Chilwell & Hamza Choudhury ‘learn lesson’ after missing training

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Ben Chiwell and Hamza Choudhury should be back in the squad to face West Ham

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers says Ben Chilwell and Hamza Choudhury have “learned their lesson” after both missed a training session last week.

England left-back Chilwell, 23, and midfielder Choudhury, 22, were left out of the squad that lost 2-1 to Burnley in the Premier League on Sunday.

Rodgers said the matter had been dealt with and both are available to face West Ham on Wednesday.

“It's happens at every club, misdemeanours take place,” he said.

“It's a very important stage of the season for us and our preparation for games, and the two players missed a very important session for us – it was dealt with internally.

Vardy won't be making England U-turn – Rodgers

“They're young players, and young players make mistakes. They're learning that if you want to be at the top end of this table then it's a real mindset professionally you need to have, and we can't carry anyone.

“They've learned their lesson, they are good boys, both of them. We've spoken to the two players, and we move on.”

Chilwell has made 18 Premier League appearances for the Foxes this season and has won 11 England caps since making his debut in 2018, while England Under-21 international Choudhury has made 13 league appearances this campaign.

Rodgers' side are third in the table on 45 points after 23 games, 11 points in front of fifth-placed Manchester United in the race for the Champions League places.

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Transfer rumours: Eriksen, Dembele, Werner, Cavani, Moses, Wenger, Holgate, Shaqiri

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Inter Milan are willing to pay £11m plus two bonuses to sign Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen from Tottenham this month. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are lining up a £43m bid for Lyon's French forward Moussa Dembele, following Marcus Rashford's back injury. (Foot Mercato, via Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool is the “preferred goal” for RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner, 23, who wants to play in the Premier League. (Bild, via Sport Witness)

Manchester United would have to pay a significant transfer fee for Paris St-Germain and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, this month rather than land him on loan – but the player is open to a January move. (Manchester Evening News)

Inter Milan are closing in on a loan deal for Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses, 29, to reunite him with former boss Antonio Conte. Fenerbahce, the club at which the Nigeria international is currently on loan, will not stand in the player's way. (Mail)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says the Gunners “lost our soul” when they left Highbury for the Emirates Stadium. (Evening Standard)

Everton have rejected two offers for English defender Mason Holgate, with Newcastle, Bournemouth and Sheffield United among the teams interested in the 23-year-old. (Football Insider)

Holgate is in line for an England call-up after boss Gareth Southgate and his staff have watched the Everton defender in his last three games. (Mirror)

Liverpool are not willing to let Switzerland midfielder Xherdan Shaqiri, 28, leave the club this month amid interest from Roma. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are preparing to make a bid for Sheffield United's English defender Jack O'Connell, 25, and he is seen by Spurs as being a long-term replacement for Belgium international Jan Vertonghen, 32. (Star)

Manchester United have admitted defeat to Real Madrid over signing Ajax's Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, 22. (Star)

Spanish side Celta Vigo have been in contact with Southampton over a move for midfielder Oriol Romeu but the Saints do not want to let the 28-year-old Spaniard leave. (Southern Daily Echo)

Ex-Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has warned United not to rush striker Marcus Rashford, 22, back to action too quickly following his back injury. (Manchester Evening News)

Bournemouth are interested in a deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Jacob Bruun Larsen, 21, but Cherries boss Eddie Howe says no new arrivals are due imminently. (Daily Echo)

Newcastle United are still hoping to sign Hull City forward Jarrod Bowen but are unimpressed with the Championship club's valuation of the player which is in excess of £20m. (Telegraph)

Leicester City have been linked with a move for Fenerbahce and Germany attacker Max Kruse, 31. (Haber Global, via Leicester Mercury)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is hopeful of sealing a deal for Inter Milan and Austria winger Valentino Lazaro, 23, in time for the weekend. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Wolves are interested in signing Dinamo Zagreb and Spain midfielder Dani Olmo, 21, in the January transfer window and are willing to pay up to 25m euros (£21.3m)(Sportske Novosti, via Calcio Mercato)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is expecting to sign 18-year-old Scottish winger Scott Banks from Dundee United in the next few days. (Football.London)

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SheBelieves Cup & Women’s FA Cup ties to be broadcast live on the BBC

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England won the SheBelieves Cup for the first time in March 2019

The Women's FA Cup tie later this month between Manchester United and Manchester City as well as England's matches in the SheBelieves Cup in March will be shown live on the BBC.

In an agreement with the Football Association, the BBC will broadcast fourth round, fifth round and quarter-final ties in the Women's FA Cup on the BBC iPlayer and Red Button.

Both semi-finals – one on BBC iPlayer, the other on network TV – as well as the Women's FA Cup Final will also all be shown on the BBC.

The fourth-round Manchester derby takes place on Saturday, 25 January (12:45 GMT) and can be watched on BBC iPlayer and Red Button.

From Thursday, 5 March, every England fixture from the SheBelieves Cup will also be live on the BBC.

Phil Neville's side, who won the tournament last year, will head to the United States to take on Japan, Spain and World Cup holders USA to defend their title.

The BBC is the only UK broadcaster of the Women's European Championships in 2021 and Team GB's journey at this year's summer Olympics in Tokyo.

We will also continue to stream a live Women's Super League game each round on the BBC iPlayer and the BBC Sport website.

The Women's Football Show is now available to watch on Sundays at the earlier time of 19:00 GMT on BBC Four and BBC iPlayer with a second broadcast (after Match of the Day 2) following each Women's Super League weekend round.

England's SheBelieves Cup fixtures

  • Thursday, 5 March – USA v England (BBC Two & BBC iPlayer, 23:45 GMT)
  • Sunday, 8 March – Japan v England (BBC Four & BBC iPlayer, 19:00 GMT)
  • Wednesday, 11 March – England v Spain (BBC Four & BBC iPlayer, 21:00 GMT)
  • Click here for full SheBelieves Cup fixtures
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Transfer rumours: Fernandes, Kurzawa, Boateng, Eriksen, Moses, Giroud

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Bruno Fernandes, 25, has told Sporting Lisbon he is desperate to join Manchester United and more talks are scheduled this week after having stalled over the valuation of the Portugal midfielder. (Sky Sports)

Paris St-Germain and France left-back Layvin Kurzawa, 27, will join Arsenal on a free transfer when his contract ends in June and has agreed a five-year deal with the Gunners. (France Football – in French)

Arsenal will try to sign Bayern Munich and Germany defender Jerome Boateng, 31, on loan in January before making a £50m bid for French RB Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano, 21, in the summer. (Star)

Inter Milan want to sign Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, in time for their Serie A tie against Cagliari on 26 January. (Mail)

Inter chief executive Beppe Marotta says the club are interested in signing Chelsea wing-back Victor Moses, 29, who is currently on loan at Fenerbahce, and Blues striker Olivier Giroud, 33, as well as Eriksen. (Sky Sports)

Antonio Conte has accused Jose Mourinho of twisting his words after the Spurs boss criticised his Inter counterpart for talking about Eriksen. (Mirror)

Inter also remain keen on signing Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, 34, from Real Madrid. (Sport – in Spanish)

Atletico Madrid have offered Paris St-Germain 10m euros (£8.5m) for Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32. (L'Equipe – in French)

Tottenham could pursue a move for Leicester and Algeria striker Islam Slimani, 31, who is currently on loan at Monaco. (Telegraph)

Leicester and Aston Villa are targeting French striker Serhou Guirassy, 23, from Ligue 1 side Amiens in January. (Mail)

Manchester City and Barcelona had bids for Inter's Italian centre-back Alessandro Bastoni, 20, rejected. (La Gazetta dello Sport – in Italian)

Liverpool are considering a bid in January for 17-year-old Portuguese Nice midfielder Pedro Brazao. (RMC Sport, via Mail)

Lyon are interested in Athletico Paranaense's Brazilian defensive midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, 22, who is also a reported target for Arsenal. (L'Equipe – in French)

Real Madrid will announce the 30m euro (£25.6m) signing of Flamengo's Reinier Jesus on Monday now that the Brazilian midfielder has turned 18. (AS)

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Transfer rumours: Can, Werner, Guardiola, Koulibaly,, Van de Beek

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Everton are preparing a £30m bid for 26-year-old Germany and former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, who is out of favour at Juventus. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool will challenge Chelsea for 23-year-old RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner. (Sunday Mirror)

Lille director of football Luis Campos has emerged as the top candidate to take up a similar role at Manchester United. (Sun on Sunday)

Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel says the club need to keep left-back Layvin Kurzawa. The 27-year-old France international is a target for Arsenal.(Goal)

Manchester City are preparing for PSG to make a huge offer for manager Pep Guardiola, if the Ligue 1 side sack Tuchel. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United have lost out to Real Madrid in the race to sign Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 22. (Daily Star Sunday)

Arsenal technical director Edu has met representatives of Athletico Paranaense defensive midfielder Bruno Guimaraes over a possible deal worth up to 30m euros (£25.6m) for the 22-year-old Brazilian. (Goal – in Portuguese)

PSG are ready to offer Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, a contract worth 12m euros (£10.2m) per year to leave Napoli. (Foot Mercato – in French)

Italian side Roma want to sign former Manchester United winger Adnan Januzaj on loan from Real Sociedad, with an option to buy the 24-year-old Belgium international in the summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Crystal Palace have agreed a fee with Dundee United for 18-year-old Scottish winger Scott Banks. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham Hotspur boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to sign a striker in January, with England's Harry Kane out injured for up to three months. (Evening Standard)

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, will ask Paris St-Germain to not pick him for Sunday's match against Lorient in order to force through a move to Atletico Madrid. (Marca)

Atletico could move for Arsenal's Alexandre Lacazette, 28, or Borussia Dortmund's Paco Alcacer, 26, if they fail to sign Cavani. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Newcastle United are close to signing 23-year-old Austria winger Valentino Lazaro on loan from Inter Milan, with a potential 20m euro (£17m) purchase option. (Tuttomercatoweb – in Italian)

Lazaro's agent has visited St James' Park to seal the loan deal but the Magpies have yet to agree the fee. (Chronicle)

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is confident his side will sign a replacement this month for 22-year-old Italian forward Patrick Cutrone, who has joined Fiorentina on an 18-month loan. (Express & Star)

Juventus have offered Italy attacking midfielder Federico Bernardeschi, 25, to Barcelona as part of a deal for Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31. (AS)

Burnley are lining up a £10m move for Middlesbrough's English centre-back Dael Fry, 22. (Sun on Sunday)

Brighton manager Graham Potter will potentially go back to his former club Swansea to sign 23-year-old Kosovo midfielder Bersant Celina. (Sun on Sunday)

Real Madrid are turning down loan offers for James Rodriguez because they would rather sell the 28-year-old Colombia attacking midfielder. (Marca)

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith says the club are very close to signing of Genk and Tanzania striker Mbwana Samatta, 27. (Birmingham Mail)

Flamengo's Brazilian midfielder Reinier Jesus, 17, has met Real Madrid representatives to finalise a move. (AS)

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Liverpool v Manchester United: Liverpool could dominate like United did – Jermaine Jenas

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Sir Alex Ferguson won 13 Premier League titles while in charge of Manchester United

Liverpool could dominate English football like Manchester United did in the 1990s and 2000s, says former England midfielder Jermaine Jenas.

Premier League leaders Liverpool play United at Anfield on Sunday with Jurgen Klopp's side 27 points ahead of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's team, who are fifth.

“The gap is so vast between them,” said Jenas on BBC Radio 5 Live's Friday Football Social.

“Jurgen Klopp has something about managing players that Ole is learning.”

United won the Premier League 13 times in 21 seasons, including three championships in a row between 1999 and 2001 and again between 2007 and 2009.

But Jenas felt Solskjaer's style of football would not challenge for titles, while Klopp's ability to build a team and improve players will see the European champions win more trophies.

“The one thing that sticks out in my mind is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and what he's capable of doing with this group of players,” said Jenas.

“You can have top players, but can you get them playing a style of football that's capable of challenging this Liverpool team? Liverpool look like they'll dominate as United did in the late '90s and early 2000s.

“When I watch United and their style of play is this a team that can challenge Liverpool for a title? I've not seen it in Solskjaer as yet.

“I don't see that style that can compete with the best. That's not to say it's not doable as Solskjaer will evolve as a manager, he will learn and adapt.”

Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool are 13 points clear of second-placed Manchester City and have played two games less

Before joining Liverpool in 2015, Klopp spent seven years at Borussia Dortmund, guiding them to two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final in 2013.

Jenas added: “Klopp built a couple of teams at Dortmund. He won a league there, got them into a Champions League final.

“He was a winner with really good young players. He developed these players and even the players he has right now, look at what he's done with Andrew Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, who got relegated with Newcastle, and look how Jordan Henderson has evolved over the last two years.”

Jenas thinks United would be closer to challenging for titles if they had ex-Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino in charge.

“I'm seeing players like Fred start to look like he can do a job, Daniel James has been brilliant so the signs are good for Manchester United and part of me thinks stick with the process and stick with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer,” said Jenas.

“But I'd struggle to ignore Pochettino. He's closer to what Klopp is than Solskjaer is and it would be a quicker process to get that team playing a certain type of football that would win a title.”

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Transfer rumours: Bowen, Kurzawa, Moses, Fernandes, Bailly, Eriksen

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Newcastle United are set to make a bid for Hull City's English forward Jarrod Bowen, 23, after manager Steve Bruce was assured by owner Mike Ashley that he will back him in the transfer market at a meeting this week. (Telegraph)

Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement with Sporting Lisbon to sign Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, in a deal which could be worth up to £60m, but the move is not imminent. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, United are also attempting to recruit a central midfielder on loan until the end of the season. (Manchester Evening News)

That midfielder could be Birmingham City's England youth international Jude Bellingham, after Manchester United made a £25m offer for the 16-year-old. (Daily Record)

Inter Milan are on the verge of signing Chelsea winger Victor Moses, 29, after manager Antonio Conte made a specific request for the club to sign the Nigeria international, who is currently on loan at Fenerbahce. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain left-back Layvin Kurzawa, 27, has dropped a hint that he is edging closer to sealing a move to Arsenal this month after announcing he has joined a UK-based agency. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal have agreed a five-year deal with Kurzawa, with the defender expected to leave PSG in the summer. (Express)

Meanwhile, Arsenal sporting director Edu is lining up talks with Athletico Paranaense over their 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. (Goal via Mirror)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, is closing in on a move to Inter Milan after successful talks with his current club Tottenham. (Sun)

Manchester United have triggered the two-year extension in 25-year-old Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly's contract to tie him to the club until 2022. (ESPN)

LA Galaxy have signed Mexico forward Javier Hernandez, 31, from Sevilla on a contract that will make him the highest-paid player in Major League Soccer. (Sports Illustrated)

Germany midfielder Emre Can, 26, is likely to move to AC Milan from Juventus. (Sportmediaset – in Italian)

Injured England striker Harry Kane, 26, could return to light training in nine weeks' time and is still expected to be available for Tottenham by the middle of April. (Telegraph)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has warned Aston Villa that a loan move for the Foxes' 31-year-old Algeria forward Islam Slimani is likely to be “too complicated”. (Independent)

Hearts have stepped up their efforts to bring Kosovo forward Donis Avdijaj, 23 to Tynecastle from Trabzonspor. (Daily Record)

Cardiff City fans are disappointed after learning some of the most important items in the club's history are to be sold off by a private owner at auction next week. They have urged the club to buy the collection – including 1927 FA Cup final memorabilia, players' contracts and historic board meeting minutes – back themselves. (Wales Online)

Defender Simon Francis, 34, has said Bournemouth will take the challenge of avoiding Premier League relegation “head on”. (Daily Echo)

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Fulham 1-0 Middlesbrough: Anthony Knockaert sends Whites third with winner

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Anthony Knockaert scored his first Championship goal since September to give Fulham victory

Fulham moved up to third in the Championship as Anthony Knockaert's early goal gave them victory over in-form Middlesbrough at Craven Cottage.

Knockaert capped a blistering opening half an hour from the hosts with what proved to be the winner, meeting Joe Bryan's low fizzing cross to tap home at the far post.

It was the least Fulham deserved for their relentless first-half pressure, with the absence of injured top goalscorer Aleksandar Mitrovic perhaps telling as Scott Parker's side squandered at least three guilt-edged opportunities.

Ivan Cavaleiro and Josh Onomah were most guilty, both failing to hit the target when well placed, while Denis Odoi deflected Hayden Coulson's cross on to his own crossbar on a rare foray forward from Boro.

The contest was much tighter after half-time, although Odoi thought he had made the game safe when his glancing header found the corner of the net – only to be flagged offside by the barest of margins.

But Fulham were able to see the game out relatively comfortably to leapfrog Brentford and close the gap to the automatic promotion places to four points.

The result also checks Middlesbrough's recent resurgence, with defeat in west London their first in six league matches, after they had clawed themselves clear of relegation trouble.

That run included eye-catching wins at West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End, but they never came close to repeating that level of performance against Fulham.

Knockaert had already curled one effort wide even before opening the scoring in the sixth minute, while captain Tom Cairney and Bryan also had efforts saved.

Paddy McNair came closest to an equaliser in the closing stages, inadvertently guiding a free-kick from out wide towards the far corner and forcing goalkeeper Marek Rodak into a smart save.

Fulham manager Scott Parker told BBC Radio London: “I thought we were very, very good first half. And I thought second half we had some big chances but didn't capitalise.

“We weren't clinical enough in the first half. I thought everything we've worked on this week worked so well.

“But we won the game with another clean sheet, we looked pretty solid and for the majority of the game we played some good stuff.”

Middlesbrough boss Jonathan Woodgate told BBC Tees: “Fulham are a good team. They were right on top. But we kept on going.

“We didn't give up. In the second half, we were miles better.”

On the signing of goalkeeper Dejan Stojanovic on Thursday, Woodgate added: “His concentration level is very good. He makes important saves, he's quick off his line.

“It's Aynsley [Pears]'s shirt to lose at the minute so Dejan will come in and challenge Aynsley for the number one spot along with Tommy [Tomas Mejias]. You can't drop Aynsley. He's done really well.”

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Transfer rumours: Cavani, Werner, Sane, Kane, Cancelo, Fernandes

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Manchester United will be offered the chance to sign Paris St-Germain and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani, 32, for free in the summer – but have been told he is not available this month. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea are favourites to sign RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner after the 23-year-old said he wanted to test himself in the Premier League. (Bild – in German)

Inter Milan have submitted an opening bid of £13m for 27-year-old TottenhamHotspur and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, who is out of contract at Spurs in the summer. (Telegraph)

Manchester United's English left-back Ashley Young, 34, walked out of training to force through a move to Inter Milan. (Sun)

Leicester City are lining up Southampton left-back Ryan Bertrand, 30, as a potential replacement for fellow England international Ben Chilwell. The 23-year-old Foxes defender has been linked with a move to Chelsea. (Mail)

Manchester City remain keen on keeping Germany forward Leroy Sane, who has been linked with a move to Bayern Munich, and have not given up hope of convincing the 24-year-old to sign a new contract. (Metro)

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 26, has been told by one of the UK's leading surgeons that he will probably miss Euro 2020. (Press Association, via Sun)

Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, could be in the stands for Manchester United's trip to Liverpool on Sunday as talks continue over a potential £50m move to Old Trafford. (A Bola, via Mirror)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has spoken to Manchester City and Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 25, about a potential move. (El Desmarque – in Portuguese)

Lille and France Under-21 midfielder Boubakary Soumare, 20, is set to decide between signing for Manchester United or Chelsea before the transfer deadline. (Sky Sports)

West Bromwich Albion boss Slaven Bilic is ready to offer West Ham United a £1.5m loan fee to keep 21-year-old England Under-20 midfielder Grady Diangana at the Championship promotion hopefuls for the rest of the season. (Telegraph)

Liverpool will not embark on a warm-weather training camp this February with Jurgen Klopp opting for an alternative approach as he will give his players a week off training. (Standard)

Juventus and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 26, has ruled out a potential move to Manchester United, because of his connections with former club Liverpool. (Tuttosport, via Mirror)

Celtic, Derby County, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest are all interested in signing Sheffield United's English striker Billy Sharp, 33, but the player has the choice to stay at the club if he wants. (Sheffield Star)

Manchester City want to beat Barcelona to the signing of Spain Under-19 midfielder Ivan Morante, 19, who plays for Villarreal B. (Telegraph)

European football's leaders are close to an agreement to expand the Champions League by four extra match dates each season. (Times – subscription required)

Aston Villa are being linked with a move for France midfielder Steven Nzonzi, 31. The former Blackburn and Stoke player is on loan at Galatasaray from Roma. (Mirror)

AC Milan are considering a move for Wigan Athletic's 22-year-old United States left-back Antonee Robinson and Hearts' Scottish defender Aaron Hickey, 17. (Sky Sports)

The agent of Matias Vecino, 28, has dismissed speculation the Inter Milan and Uruguay midfielder is set to move to Everton. (Milan News, via Inside Futbol)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has accused the football authorities of disregarding player safety, with the club facing the possibility of an FA Cup replay during next month's winter break. (Times – subscription required)

The issue of scrapping FA Cup replays will be discussed by the Football Association Professional Game Board on Monday and an FA Board meeting this month. (Times – subscription required)

Former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira says he did not have talks about taking over as Gunners boss after the sacking of Unai Emery and that his focus is on managing French club Nice. (Mail)

Newcastle United have been told that former Everton and England Under-21 winger Ademola Lookman is not available for loan. The 22-year-old is now playing for German side RB Leipzig, but has struggled for game time. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Celtic boss Neil Lennon faces a transfer battle with Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa in the January window for the signature of Manchester City's English winger Ian Poveda, 19. (Express)

Aston Villa will have to pay more than £20m to sign 23-year-old English forward Jarrod Bowen from Hull City. (The Athletic, via Birmingham Mail)

Bournemouth and Bosnia-Herzegovina goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 32, who has joined AC Milan on loan, will “evaluate” his future at the end of the season. (Bournemouth Echo)

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Reece James: Chelsea defender signs new long-term contract

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Reece James has started six Premier League games for Chelsea and made a further five substitutes appearances

Chelsea defender Reece James has signed a new long-term contract that keeps him at the club until the summer of 2025.

James, 20, has made 18 appearances for the Blues after scoring on his debut in a 7-1 victory over Grimsby in the Carabao Cup third round in September.

“It has been my dream to be here at Chelsea and play week in week out,” said James.

“To have a contract for another five-and-a-half years is living the dream again.”

James, who also scored a late equaliser to earn Chelsea a Champions League point against Ajax in a thrilling 4-4 draw at Stamford Bridge in November, added: “I have always wanted to be here and another five-and-a-half years means a lot to me and a lot to my family.”

He signed for Chelsea at under-nine level having trained at Cobham since the age of six.

Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “The smooth way Reece has fitted into the team so quickly despite missing the start of the season has been clear for everyone to see.

“Reece started his football education with us at the age of six and his performances on loan at Wigan last season paved the way for a strong beginning to his career in the Chelsea team.

“We're very pleased he now has the perfect opportunity to build on that and become a major player for us for many years to come.”

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Football gossip: Barkley, Eriksen, Cavani, Kurzawa, Dakonam, Piatek

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West Ham are planning a loan bid for Chelsea's England midfielder Ross Barkley, 26, who played under Hammers boss David Moyes at Everton. (Mirror)

Tottenham are in talks to sign Cape Verde striker Ze Luis, 28, on loan from Porto. (Record – in Portuguese)

Inter Milan have agreed personal terms with Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, over a permanent move this month but Tottenham want the Italian side to double their bid of 10m euros (£8.5m). (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, is out of contract in the summer but Paris St-Germain have told Atletico Madrid to raise their offer of 10m euros to 30m. (Marca – in Spanish)

Liverpool are lining up a summer move of £107m for Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, and lead Manchester United, Barcelona and Bayern Munich in the race to sign the 20-year-old Germany international. (Mundo Deportivo, via Mirror)

Arsenal are looking at making a £6m move for PSG's French left-back Layvin Kurzawa, 27, before he becomes a free agent in the summer. (Sun)

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, 31, said he had a “hard time” under previous coach Unai Emery but the former German international is “happy with everything” under new boss Mikel Arteta. (Mirror)

The Gunners and local rivals Tottenham are among five Premier League clubs chasing Getafe centre-back Djene Dakonam. Monaco have already had a bid turned down for the 28-year-old Togo international. (Sun)

Spurs will face competition from Sevilla this month in a bid to land AC Milan's Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek, 24. (Mail)

The swap deal involving Inter Milan striker Matteo Politano and Roma left-back Leonardo Spinazzola, both 26, is on hold as Inter have asked Spinazzola to undergo more fitness tests on Thursday. (Corriere dello Sport – in Italian)

Manchester United left-back Ashley Young, 34, believes Inter Milan will still want to sign him even if they sign Spinazzola. (Sun)

Manchester United want to sign a central midfielder on loan for the rest of the season and 24-year-old Spaniard Marcos Llorente, who plays for Atletico Madrid, has emerged as an option. (Manchester Evening News)

Barcelona are close to signing Brazilian midfielder Matheus Fernandes, 21, from Palmeiras for 7m euros, plus a potential 4m in add-ons. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

Barca are also monitoring the progress of 17-year-old Japanese midfielder Jun Nishikawa, who currently plays for Cerezo Osaka. (Mundo Deportivo – in Spanish)

AC Milan's Swiss full-back Ricardo Rodriguez, 27, has chosen to go out on loan to Fenerbahce rather than PSV Eindhoven, with a view to a permanent move for 6m euros. (Calciomercato – in Italian)

Southampton will not sell Che Adams this month as boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has ordered the board to keep the English striker, 23. (Express)

Dutch full-back Mike van Beijnen, the son of Frenkie de Jong's agent, has left Barcelona without playing a game – six months after the 20-year-old signed a deal with a 100m euro release clause. (Mail)

Former Chelsea and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has hinted he could leave Marseille after ex-West Ham and Sheffield Wednesday chief executive Paul Aldridge was appointed as a ‘special advisor' without his knowledge. (Le Parisien – in French)

Rangers midfielder Greg Docherty, 23, would prefer to join Sunderland on loan for the remainder of the season rather than Charlton. (Northern Echo)

Uefa changed the formation of the fans' team of the year to accommodate 34-year-old Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo. (Mail)

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Eniola Aluko: Ex-England, Chelsea & Juventus striker retires

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Eniola Aluko helped Chelsea win the 2015 Women's FA Cup in her second spell with the club

Former Chelsea and Juventus striker Eniola Aluko, who won more than 100 England caps, has retired.

Aluko, 32, left Juventus in December after nearly 18 months with the Serie A champions and had been tipped to return to the Women's Super League.

She was also part of the Great Britain team at the London 2012 Olympics.

“I made the decision about six months ago,” she said. “I've taken time out to see if I missed football and training – but that hasn't been the case.”

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive, Aluko added: “If it was a physical issue that would have made it easier. It was more mental.

“I was abroad with Juventus, I won three trophies and started to feel like I didn't have any more motivation, so it was like ‘OK, what next? What am I doing here, missing family and friends?'”

She is now planning to do more media work and move into the executive side of the game, saying an announcement will be made on Friday.

Aluko is England's joint-10th most capped international, scoring 33 goals in 102 senior appearances.

But her last international appearance came in 2016 and, also that year, she made allegations of misconduct against then England boss Mark Sampson.

The Football Association apologised to Aluko in October 2017 for racially discriminatory remarks made by Sampson in 2014.

Aluko (right) helped England finish third at the 2015 World Cup in Canada

Writing in The Players' Tribune, Aluko penned a “thank you letter” to football for the experiences it had given her during a playing career which began with Birmingham City in 2001.

“You have given me the dream of playing in the US, the pride of representing England, the thrill of winning titles with Chelsea, the adventure of playing for Juventus in Italy,” she said.

“Whenever I have faced obstacles, you have shattered them. Whenever I have had great expectations, you have exceeded them.”

Aluko, whose younger brother Sone plays for Reading, also added she was “content with her career” and hinted that she would remain involved in the game.

“There are a few things I did not achieve, but I know I can't have it all,” said Aluko, who has also worked as a television pundit in the latter years of her playing career. “I took the hardest option every time, and I think I have been rewarded for it.

“I honestly believe women's football will continue to hit an even higher level in the next few years. I want to do my part to make sure that happens.”

Aluko featured for Great Britain at the 2012 London Olympics, facing Brazil at Wembley in front of more than 70,000 spectators

Aluko joined Juventus in June 2018 after a six-year second stint at Chelsea. She helped Juve retain their league title and Italian Supercoppa last term, having also won the Coppa Italia earlier in 2019.

Her career at Chelsea included winning two Women's Super League titles and two FA Cup victories – a competition she also won with Birmingham City in 2012.

During her time in the USA, she played for Women's Professional Soccer clubs St Louis Athletica, Atlanta Beat and Sky Blue FC between 2009 and 2011.

She also played for Charlton between her first spells with Birmingham City and Chelsea.

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