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8pm Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd ‘verbally agree’ Mandzukic deal, Arsenal Klostermann blow, Real Madrid join Haaland race

THE transfer window is drawing ever closer and a number of teams will be looking to make sweeping changes to their squads.

Chelsea will hope to make up for lost time if their ban is overturned, while underachievers Tottenham and Man Utd will also be keen to dip into the market.

  • William Pugh 's avatarWilliam Pugh9 minutes agoOctober 13, 2019

    TOTTENHAM are reportedly keeping tabs on Wolves centre-back Willy Boly.

    Mauricio Pochettino's side used to have one of the most fearsome defences in the Premier League.

    But with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen both now into their 30s, the Lilywhites' backline isn't quite what it was.

    And Football Insider claim that Spurs chiefs are tracking the Frenchman Boly – who has impressed since Wolves' promotion to the top flight in 2018.

  • William Pugh 's avatarWilliam Pugh1 hour agoOctober 13, 2019

  • William Pugh 's avatarWilliam Pugh2 hours agoOctober 13, 2019

    IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…

    DECLAN RICE confirmed his commitment to West Ham as he played down rumours that he could leave the club in January.

    Reports claimed that Manchester United are set to make a £70million bid for the England international.

    But the youngster – who was released by Chelsea at the age of 14 – has insisted he is fully focused on the Hammers.

    Rice said: “I signed a five year contract with West Ham last year, which will keep me at the club till I'm 24, and for me this is the best place to be right now.

    “I am playing for a manager who has given me my chance and played me week in, week out.

    “I'm improving every week and although I see all this speculation, I don't really think about it too much.

    “It's all talk until something happens – and nothing has – so I'm just focused on West Ham, doing my best and making fans happy.”

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie4 hours agoOctober 13, 2019

    PHIL FODEN should leave Manchester City on loan in January, says Stuart Pearce.

    The 19-year-old has not started for Pep Guardiola's side in the Premier League this season despite his encouraging spell of form.

    But former Manchester City boss Pearce has suggested he should leave on loan in January to secure regular first-team football.

    He told talkSPORT: “In January, he [Foden] really needs to look at where he is at the moment.

    “Game time is absolutely vital for a player of his age.

    “He's coming to that age where he needs to play some games.

    “I think six months out on loan, if he hasn't broken into the team, would do him the world of good.

    “Guardiola loves the kid to bits, but the bottom line is, you've got to play.

    “Frank's chucked a few youngsters in at Chelsea and that's probably brought Foden's name to the fore a little bit more, because he isn't getting game time.

    “You and I know the best experiences come from game time and not training.”

  • Etienne Fermie 's avatarEtienne Fermie5 hours agoOctober 13, 2019

    MANCHESTER UNITED will not spend big in January, according to reports – after learning lessons from the Alexis Sanchez mistake and Liverpool's recruitment methods.

    With the club languishing 12th in the Premier League and recorded just three wins from 11 games, it would be tempting to splash the cash when the transfer market re-opens.

    But according to the Mail, United are instead willing to bide their time to sign the right players for the right price rather than be pressurised into panic buys.

    The signing of Alexis Sanchez for record wages in January 2018 was a failure.

    United were convinced to pay him well over the odds in order to ensure he did not end up across town at the Etihad.

    Instead they would rather follow the example set by Liverpool and be patient before landing the target they really want for an acceptable price.

    The Reds were desperate to sign Virgil van Dijk in the summer of 2017 but were forced to wait until the following January, paying Southampton £75m for the Dutchman – they decided not to sign anyone to try and plug the gap in between.

    Manchester United are also thought to be interested in signing up to a Spanish consultancy company to help identify targets.

    Madrid-based Driblab have more than 100,000 players on their database, analysing players aged 16 and over from more than a hundred different competitions.

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