LISTEN: Neil Taylor ‘would never go out to hurt anyone’, former Wales team-mate Robert Earnshaw tells talkSPORT

Former Wales striker Robert Earnshaw has defended Neil Taylor over his tackle on Seamus Coleman which left the Republic of Ireland and Everton star with a broken leg.Taylor tangled with Coleman in the second-half of the nations’ World Cup qualifier in Dublin on Friday, , with the Welshman being shown a straight red card andColeman leaving the field on a stretcher.The Toffees defender is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, with reports claiming his leg is broken in two places.Manager , insisting there was no malice in his challenge, while following the game duo to Coleman’s injury.And Earnshaw has also given his backing to Taylor, though he did admit it was an ill-timed challenge.Speaking on Saturday’s Warm Up, the ex-Dragons frontman said: “I’m an ex-team-mate of Neil’s, and for sure it was a red card, but I can vouch for him. I know him very well, he is a competitive and aggressive player, but he would never go out to hurt anyone.“I know Neil Taylor, and I know he definitely didn’t mean it, of course he didn’t.“I’ve met maybe four or five people in my whole career, in 20 years, who probably mean tackles like that.“That’s just football – people make mistakes. There’s bad judgement, late challenges, goal that aren’t given and mistakes from referees. That’s football. It’s human nature.“In the moment of a game it’s a battle, it’s two teams going at it, nation v nation. In the moment you can think, ‘oh I can maybe win the ball… oh maybe I can’t… BANG. It happens, that’s how quick it happens.“It was the force of one player going one way, and another player going in the other. It was that simple. It was bad timing and it was a bad tackle, but Seamus was also going in full force.“Neil Taylor would be the first one to contact Seamus Coleman iverpocontent_imgol at Anfield.The Spaniard is confident the Gunners can show an improved performance from their 5-1 drubbing on Merseyside last December.Asked if we wanted to prevent the same for William Saliba.18-year-old Saliba is on the verge of a move to the Gunners, after a £27million deal was agreed with Saint-Etienne.He will be loaned back to the Ligue 1 club for the 2019/20 season.Metro says manager Unai Emery now wants to sign result, Emery said: “Each match, each moment, each season is differeand wish him the best, because he’ll be conscious of what has happened.“In the moment it’s a battle, but after the game you understand and right now he’ll be feeling for Seamus. He’ll be devastated for him.”

Hull City star Ryan Mason can play again despite fractured skull, footballer who suffered same injury tells talkSPORT

Hull City starRyan Mason has been told to stay positive ashe shouldsoon be back playing again –by a footballer who suffered the same horror injury. after a sickening clash of heads with Chelsea’sGary Cahill duringHull’s 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge.Iain Humeknows all too well whatthe 25-year-oldis going through, havingfractured his skull in 2008 after being elbowed in the head during a match for Barnsley.But the Canada international was back inactionjust eight months after surgery, and he sees no reason why Mason won’t also return to the game.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Hume said: “Igot advised to do the right things at the right time. Iwasn’tpressured to do everything. I took it one day at a time and,thankfve signed Harry Maguire from Leicester City for request for a squad photo ahead of the Champions League final.Pochettino complained to UEFA that only the two starting XIs would be recognised with a team photocontent_img on the pitch ahead of the showpiece final.UEFA have now released a statement confirming £80m – a world record fee for a defender.The 26-year-old has penned a six-year contract at Old Trafford, with the option of a further year.The fee for Maguire eclipses the £75m Liverpool paid Southampully, Irecovered well enough to come back and play.“Ryan got looked after right away. He was probably in hospital after half an hour,which is brilliant.“He was in the best hands possible right away, which has put in him withthe best chance possible to recover fully.“He has just got to stay calm,not pressure himself to hurry back,listen to what the specialists are telling him and keep himself surrounded by the right people.”

Transfer news: Eight of the most high-profile summer signings struggling to make an impact

Some new arrivals can take much longer to settle than their team-mates.Sadio Mane, N’Golo Kantntly emerged as a leading candidate to replace Unai Emery, as Arsenal’s director of football Raul Sanllehi enjoys a close relationship with the manager’s agent Jorge Mendes.Patricio was asked about the speculation ahead of their Europa League tie wite and Victor Wanyama– to name but a few– have already estaWolves defender Roderick Miranda has joined Portuguese side FC Famalicao.He moves to Famalicao on a season-long loan.The defender signed for Wolves in 2017 and made 1content_img9 appearances during the 2017/18 campaign as the club won the Championship title.Last season, the Portuguese joined Olympiacos on loan and spent the entire campaign with the Greek side, before returning to Wolverhampton in the summer.blished themselves as key players for their new club.Others though, take Henrikh Mkhitaryan as an example, are struggling to get even a couple of minutes of Premier League action under their belts.So we’ve taken a look at eight of the most high-profile summer signings struggling to make an impact – check out who has disappointed, so far this season,by viewing the slideshow above.Which summer signing has disappointed the most? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

Pogba signs for Red Devils, Page 3 girl tries to swap Arsenal shirt for Spurs top – best of 2015

As part of our build up to the new year,lsea’s number nine jersey.The 21-year-old revealed he has been asked to wear the jersey this season by manager Frank Lampard.The number has been branded as ‘cursed’, with the likes of Gonzalo Higuain, Alvaro Morata, Radamel Falcao and Fernando Torres we reveal the most popular content on for every month of 2015. This timem driving and fined £75,000 after a drink driving incident earlier in the year.The 25-year-old was over three times the legal alcohol limit when he was caught at the West End of London on February 18.While Berahino had three years left on his contra, it is our pick fromFebruary…Model tries to swap an Arsenal top for a Spurs shirt outside White Hart Lane – see the video belowProof Liverpool get easier FA Cup draws than Man United and Arsenal?‘Manchester United didn’t want me to leave’– , in whichDarren Fletcher told tacontent_imglkSPORT the Red Devils wanted him to stay.Pogba makes a shock late Red Devils switch: That would be Mathias Pogba (pictured above) joining Crawley Town. Sorry, we couldn’t resist.

‘He has been incredible’ – LISTEN as David Moyes hails youngster Jordan Pickford as key to Sunderland’s revival

David Moyes has praised Jordan Pickford’s ‘incredible’ impact on Sunderland – and backed his young goalkeeper to get even better.The 22-year-old has been in outstandingform in recent weeks to help the Black Cats move off the bottom of the Premier League.His latest heroics came against Leicester on Saturday, with a stunning one-handed stop from a Wes Morgan effort late on ensuring a third victory in four games for his side.Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, Moyes said of the home-grown star: “He has been incredible, he really has.“It is never easy to put in young goalkeepers. In his first game he made a mistake against Southampton which probably cost us a couple of points but since then I can only say he has gained us points. He has been terrific.“He has won us games, he is playing with a great deal of maturity for someone so young and I can only see him getting better as he goes along.“It is great experience for him, being so young and getting the amount of games he is getting at this moment in time.”Sunderland’s revival has also owed much to a player 12 years Pickford’s senior – Jermain Defoe.The evergreen striker scored his eighth goacontent_imgl of the season in the 2-1 triumph over Leicester and appears to be in better shape than ever, despite recently turning 34.“He is a great goalscoreNewcastle United career.The winger is currently on loan at Wycombe Wanderers in League One.He told the Evening Chronicle: “I could think: ‘Do you know what, I can’t be bothered with this, I’ll stay with at the club was surprised about the impressive debut of Steven Alzate.The versatile youngster got his first chance to show what he can do in the Premier League.And he impressed in the game, earning a man of the match award.He only got in the team duethe under-23s, just chill and earn money.'”But r,” said Moyes.“He has got great power in his shooting, right or left foot, and overall he gives us a great chance.“If you have someone who gets the goals that he does, it gives you a great chance of being in the lead.“We know we have a really good goalkeeper and a really good centre-forward so at both ends of the pitch it gives us a good chance.”Sunderland were eight points adrift of safety at the start of November, having collected only two points from their first10 games under Moyes, But nine points out of a possible 12 over the past month meansthey are now sitting 18th and they could move out of the relegation zone with victory over Swansea, who now sit bottom, on Saturday.Asked what’s prompted the revival, Moyes replied: “The players have got together a bit more.“We were late in starting the pre-season. When Sam left the job, I didn’t have a great deal of time when I came in obviously and when you are bringing in one or two players and a new manager comes in it can it take a bit of time.“We have picked up a really good couple of wins, we are on a roll at the moment and we just need that keep that up.“It is three points [on the table against Swansea] but a really big three points because both of us are at the wrong end of the table.“We want to keep winning, playing the way we are and keep the run going because to make sure we are a Premier League team that’s what we are going to have to do.”

Watch: El Clasico 2015 – Barcelona’s greatest ever wins at Real Madrid

As Barcelona prepare for Saturday’s game at Real Madrid, potentially without Lionel Messi who remains a doubt, talkSPORT look at Barca’s most memorable victories at the home of their eternal rivals.In a thrilling back-and-forth match Barcelona defeated Los Blancos3-2 en route to winning the La Liga title, withBarcelona goalkeeper Ruud Hesp makinga series of saves to keep his side in the game.Barca took the lead in the fifth minutethrough new arrival Rivaldo before Madrid legend Raúlequalisedearly in the second half.Just a minute latera thumping solo effort from now-manager Luis Enrique made it 2-1 but Madrid pegged their rivals back again through future Arsenal striker DavorŠuker. Then 11 minutes from time Luis Figo, before his infamous move to Madrid, brilliantly set up Giovanni Silva who crashed home to decide the contest.Barcelona would go on to beat Madrid 3-0 in the home fixture and win La Liga with four matches still to play,as Louis Van Gaal managed theside to the title in his first year at thehelm.With Mourinho’s arrival before the start of the season,theElClásico was given another dimension with the fierce rivalry between him and Guardiola.And having beaten Madrid 5-0 earlier in the season in La Liga, this match represented the third of four El Clasico’s in three weeks as the sides met in the two-legged Champions League semi-final.It was a bad-temperedaffair marred by ill-discipline from both sides. Substitutegoalkeeper Jose Manuel Pinto was sent off from the bench after his slap on Madrid’s Alvaro Arbeloa sparked a melee on the touchline just before half time.The game failed toflow due to constantstoppagesandMadrid centre-back Pepewas then shown red early in the second halffollowinghis high tackle on Dani Alves, Mourinho himself was sent to the stands after his sarcastic reaction to the decision.But the match was lit up byLionel Messi withtwo second half goals,the second a majestic solo effort. After breaking the deadlock in the 76th minute, Messi embarked on a run from midfield,jinking past defenders and penetrating the heart ofMadrid’s defence before sliding home past Iker Casillas late on.Barcelona would go on to draw 1-1 in the second leg en route to winning the Champions League, outclassing Manchester United 3-1 at Wembleyhile happy with the Argentine’s impact, Conte would prefer the focus be on his team as a whole.He explained, “When people are talking too much about individuals, I never like it. “I want to talk about the team. “Lautaro is improving and growing, .After Barcelona had dalliedinsigning of Ballon D’or holder Johan Cruyff from Ajax,rumours emerged that RealMadrid had tried to stepin and sign the superstar. However Barcelona would eventcontent_imgually complete the transfer for athen-world record feeafter it emerged Cruyff would refuse to play Madrid due to theirassociationwith Spanish dictator General FranciscoFranco.Cruyff then further endeared himself to his new supporters as hestarred in his appearance for Barcelona in the Bernabéu, setting up three goals and scoring one himselfas Barcelona preceded to dismantle their opponents. Goals from Juan Manuel Asensi (2), Hugo Sotil, Juan Carlos and Cruyff saw Barca fans watching on TV back home pourinto the Barcelonastreets in celebration as they outclassed an impotentMadrid side with ease.The win sent Barca on their way to their first La Liga title since 1960 and Cruyff to another Ballon D’or, his third, while a lumberingMadrid finished in8th place.Barcelona thrashed the Galacticos of Madrid 3-0 led by a brilliant performance from an unstoppableRonaldinho, who bagged a brace.A Real Madrid team featuring Roberto Carlos, Zidane, Beckham, Raul and Ronaldowere poor defensively and werecompletely dominated b new signing Nathan Bishop his official shirt number.United have handed former Southend No1 Bishop the No30 shirt – meaning he replaces Lee Grant as third-choice keeper.Bishop was included as one of five keepers available in United’s Europa League sqy Frank Rijkaard’s Barcelona.First an eighteen-year-old Lionel Messi was afforded space and dribbled throughmidfield toset up Samuel Eto’o, who stabbed home for the opener. ThenRonaldinho took over the game in the second half with twospectacular solo goals. Both times the Brazilian picked up the ball from deep, cut in from the left, beatSergio Ramos with ease andfinishedpastCasillas.And in an iconic moment,the Santiago Bernabéu stood up and applaudedRonaldinho, putting aside their team’s fierce rivalry to show their appreciation of his brillianceBarca would go on to win the leagueby 12 pointsthat seasonand also tasted European success, beating Arsenal 2-1 in the Champions League final. The Madrid manager Vanderlei Luxemburgo meanwhile was sacked just over two weeks later.In one of the most high-stakes ElClásicos ever, Madrid were stunned by Barcelonain a late season fixturewhich all but decided the La Liga title race.The away side’s goals came courtesy ofLionel Messi and Thierry Henry who scored braces, as well asone apiecefrom centre-back partners Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique.After going a goal behind to a Gonzalo Higuain header, Barca reacted brilliantly totear apart their opponents and they hit back through Henry, Puyol andMessi to go 3-1 up by half-time. Though Madrid were given hope by a Ramos header, Henry punished Madrid’s high-line to restore his side’s two-goal cushion shortly after.Barca then proceeded topasstheir opponents off the pitch in the second half as Madrid chased the equaliser and Messi added a fifth before Pique completed theembarassment of their biggest rivals.The win truly announced the Guardiola-era andhis sidebecame renowned as one of the greatest teams ever.The 2008/09 Barcelonawent on to win the La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Champions Leagueto complete a first-ever treble in a historic season.

Celtic FC team news: Predicted XI to play Borussia Monchengladbach in the Champions League

Brendan Rodgers faces an uphill task as he attempts to lift his team off bottom spot in their Champions League group.The Bhoys prop up the table after defeek has jumped to the defence of Jorginho.Jorginho has struggled to win over Blues supporters following a £57million move from Napoli last summer.Speaking to ESPN, Loftus-Cheek said: “I’ve not had the experience of going to a different league and pleats to Monchengladbach and Barcelona, while a thrilling 3-3 draw gave them their only point so far.But, a win against their Bundesliga opponents, in Germany, could lift them to third.Sadly for Rodgers, injuries will prevent him fielding a strong side as Kieran Tierney, Leigh Griffiths, Kolo Toure, and Jozo Simunovic are all out.So what will the Celtic team look like? Click the right arrow above to see tmund will listen to offers for Jadon Sancho in January – and have set a price to sell.The Independent says there has been a serious bcontent_imgreakdown in the relationship between Sancho and Dortmund in recent weeks after his early substitution against Bayernour predicted line up…

LISTEN: Chris Hughton joins talkSPORT to talk Brighton’s promotion from the Championship and Premier League preparations

Brighton’s promotion to the Premier League was confirmed on Easter Monday, as they defeated Wigan 2-1 at the Amex StadiumTheir rise to the top flight was confirmed just before 19:00, as Derby’s late goal against Huddersfield ensured that game ended 1-1. The Terriers had to match Brighton’s result to keep the race open for at least one further matchday.There was a celebratory atmosphere at the Amex following the win, with a pitch invasion after the final whistle had gone, and the man who has guided the south coast club to the Premier League joined talkSPORT to discuss the promotion.Chris Hughton has worked wonders since taking charge of the Seagulls midway through the 2014/15 season, and he spoke to Jason Cundy and Danny Gabbidon on the Full Time Phone In, discussing Brighton’s campaign, the fight for the Championship title, and preparations for the Premier League.On the latter subject, Hughton said: “It [preparations] has already started, and that’s only because you get to a stage in a season where you have to organise, even with regards to things like pre-season.“You have to try and think about all eventualities, and we have a recruitment department – who are very good and have fared us very well in my time here – that would have had to work on either eventuality.“That doesn’t necessarilynnoyed he has joined Tottenham Hotspur.Durcontent_imging his time as Blues manager, Mourinho said he would never join Spurs due to their rivalry with the west London club. The Portuguese went against his words this week when he replaced Mauricio Pochettino at t mean you can get the players you want, because that’s the hardest bit. But certainly they will have worked very hard for us to do tha former Gunners captain took charge last season.He stated, “You really want to build the best connection between players and fans, so everyone feels this is the best club. A culture where everyone trusts each other, that we can be world class againt.”

Axel Witsel: Liverpool join Juventus and Everton in the race for Zenit St Petersburg midfielder

Liverpool are ready to battle Juventus for Zenit St Petersburg star and Everton target Axel Witsel.The midfielder almost joined the Italian champions during the summer but the deal ccontent_imgollapsed on deadline day.Zenit pulled the plug as they could not bring in a replacement in time and now the Belgian is ready to leave on a free in June, when his contract expires.The Turin club, after holding talks with Witsel in August, stillleadthe race and are hopeful of securing his signature.But, according to Calciomercato, Liverpool will fight with the Serie A side in the race to land theional is out of contract in the summer and is available for a modest fee this winter.Spurs want to recoup some funds for Eriksen, as he is not going to renew his deal.But former Liverez’s motivations for signing with Manchester United.The Chilean signed a huge contract worth £500,000-a-week after joining from Arsenal in January 2018.Alexis has since scored five goals in 45 appearances for United, and Evra thinks he has not givenpool and Real Madrid star Steve McManaman thinks he should go to Ol 27-year-old.Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is reportedly a big fan of Witsel and wants him to become part of his squad at Anfield.

Hull caretaker boss Mike Phelan confirms he has been offered job on permanent basis but talks continuing

Hull caretaker boss Mike Phelan admitted to growing frustration over the club’s on-going takeover saga but said he remains confident of becoming manager on a permanent basis.Phelan confirmed he is now considering an offer made to him by Hull this week but was not sure when his own future would be resolved, while the club is currently in talks with two different consortiums keen on buying out the Allam family.“We are in discussions,” said Phelan, whose side take on Arsenal at the KCOM Stadium on Saturday.“We’ve had a week of trying to sort things out and we’r Lampard was delighted with Mateo Kovacic’s performance for their FA Cup win at Hull City.Lampard is pleased the midfielder is justifying his decision to buy him outright from Real Madrid last summer.The manager reflected: “I think he can do both role still at that stage. Nothing has transpired which has made me put pen to paper just yet, but it is on-going.“It’s one of those things where there’s still the background of takeovers and non-takeovers and I find myself just in the middle of that at the moment, trying to sort out my future.“There have been discussions this week and there will be discussions probably after the game and into next week.”Hull vice-chairman Ehab Allam, whose family have owned the Tigers since 2010, had said at the end of last month that the club hoped to finalise a takeover deal before the end of the international break.That deal is understood to have been with a Chinese consortium headed by a brother and sister partnership of Dai Yongge and Dai Xin Li.The Premier League is continuing with its owners’ and directors test but a second consortium, Chien Lee’s Chinese/American consortium, has entered into talks with the club and Phelan admitted the complexities were clouding his own future.“I think it is part of the issue yes,” he said. “I don’t really know what the situation is as far as who’s involved any more and how far discussions have gone.“But everything seems to come back to a deal, a non-deal, depending on who’s in charge and that is possibly a frustrating thing from my point of view.”The second consortium is reported to be led by Chien Lee and his American partners, who purchased an 80 per cent stake in French Ligue 1 club Nice earlier in the summer.“There’s a lot of speculation out there that it was going to be sorted this week and I have to question myself how that’s going to happen sometimes when I know what’s going on as far as my future goes,” Phelan said.“But it will be done when it’s done, that’s all I can say. I don’t see it as an overriding concern.“We have an owner. We have a family that owns this football club and they’ve put a proposition to me, which I need to think about and discuss before I tak to impress new Brighton boss Graham Potter.He is now on loan at Galatasaray until the end of the season, where he knows that he must excel.Andone knows that he must overcome his disciplinary issues and find consistency in his performances.He said toe things further.”Phelan, who continues to be backed publicly by his players, is preparing his side for a daunting run of fixtures, with the visit of Arsenal followed by an EFL Cup tie at Stoke and then league games at Liverpool and at home against Chelsea.Club record signing Ryan Mason and fellow new recruit Will Keane made their debuts off the bench in last week’s 1-1 draw at Burnley, while Phelan hinted his other new signings – Markus Henriksen, David Marshall, James Weir and Dieumerci Mbokani – would have to be patient.“The players who have started and continue to be in the team are in the team for a reason, because they’re getting results and putting performances in,” added Phelan, who has no new injury concerns.“We want that to continue. They’re in the box seat. They’ve done ever so well and it’content_imgs up to them now to continue that before I need to make selection issues.”

FA Cup first round results: Replay wins for Curzon Ashton and Stourbridge

Westfields, the lowest ranked team to reach the first round of the FA Cup, have been knocked out of the tournament after losing 3-1 at Curzon Ashton in a replay.The vistors were minutes from winning the first tie, but the Nash were dominant this time around,Adam Morgan scoring twice andNiall Cummins netting a third beforeNick Harrhy scored a consolation for Westfields.The victors will find out their second round oppon kit.The Mirror says City have bought a giant billboard right outside Manchester United’s stadium to advertise their new kit.The Premier League champions unveiled the first kits of their Puma shirt deal on Monday morning and the commercial team havonents on Tuesday evening, as they face the winner of the replay between AFC Wimbledon andBury.Chris Lait’s powerful shot and aLuke Benbow double were enough for Stourbridge toclaim victory over Whitehawk and set up an FA Cup second round clash againstNorthampton.Having drawn the original tie in Brighton last week, both teams were stuck at deadlock until the second period, whenLait scored from 18-yards to putWest Ham are interested in West Brom striker Salomon Rondon.The Venezuela international is ready to leave WBA this summer amid interest from Dalian Yifang and Newcastle United.However, Sky Sports says West Ham have now come forward.The Hammers plan to bid for Rondon with Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez all leaving this summer.For his part, Rondon favours remaining in England. the hosts in front.Benbow grabbed his first after 60 minutes to put Stourbridge in control, before he added his tcontent_imghird 16 minutes later to round off the win.

Tottenham FC news: Toby Alderweireld on verge of signing new contract

Toby Alderweireld is set to sign a new contract with Tottenham.The defender has outstanding for Spurs since arriving from Atletico Madrid in 2015 for an£11.5million fee.The 28-year-old’s performances have led to him being linked with several of Europe’s biggest clubs.However, Alderweireld is happy at White Hart Lane and is now set to end the speculation over his future by penning fresh terms.The centre-back’s current deal expires in June 2020 and that is expected to be extended by two years.Alderw for the Arsenal vacancycontent_img.”I have a contract here until 2022. Thus far, I know managers are losing their jobs, the club have not indicated to me that they are going to sack me. I am very happy so would have no need to look elsewhere.”Why would I want eireld’s new contract will also see the removal of the reported £25m release-clause in his present deal.The Belgian will follow a host of other Spurs stars & has revealed how manager Frank Lampard inspired them to victory at Tottenham on Sunday.It was not just the tactics the 41-year-old got spot on, it was his chest-pumping words before kick-off that got the Stamford Bridge side firing on all cylinders.#8211; Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris among them – in committing his long-term future to the north London club.

Swansea and West Brom tracking Atletico Madrid striker Borja Baston – reports

Swansea and West Brom are interested in Atletico Madrid striker Borja Baston.The 23-year-old spent last season on loan at Eibar and he finished the campaign with 18 league goals.However, the Spaniard has been told by Atletico that he is surplus to requirements and he is now on the hunt for a new club.Swansea and West Brom, according to Mundo Deportivo, are both interested in Baston and could make formal offers in the coming days.The Premier League pair were impressed by the forward’s performances last season and believe he could be a hit in England.The only stumbling block to any transfer is Atletico&r League survival with a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Vicarage Road.A David De Gea howler gifted Ismalia Sarr an ocontent_imgpening goal before a penalty from Troy Deeney four minutes laterSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi is a fan of the Brazilian attacker and made enquiries over the summer about the youngster.And Okdiario’s Eduardo Inda, speaking on El Chiringuito, says PSG intend to try again for Vinicius in January.He declared: “PSG sealed victory.The result continues United’s struggles against clu#8217;s desire to have a buy-back clause inserted into any deal, which may put Swansea and West Brom off.

Insider Trading: Giroud PLUS £29m to land Icardi? West Ham to sign Swansea star for £20m? Mata set for Man United exit?

talkSPORT’s transfer guru, Warren Haughte admits their 9-0 thrashing at home by Leicester City was a “huge wake-up call”.Less than three months after that result, Saints were winning the reverse fixure last weekend.Ward-Prowse told the Mirror: “It was a massive wake-up call for everybodyon, joinsHawksbee and Jacobsto round up all the very latest rumours and gossip from the summer window.Our manintheknow brings us the latest on Arsenal’s striker hunt, with latest reports claiming they are willing to trade Olivier Giroud PLUS £29million to sign Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi.The Inter captain has scored 40 goals in his last two season at the content_imgSan Siro, but is trading one frontman for anotherthe right move for Arsene Wenger?West Ham are also on the agenda, with the Hammers reportedlyconsidering a shock £20million bid forSwansea forward Andre Ayew, who joined the Jacks for free from Marseille hemselves to blame for defeat to Chelsea.Chelsea won the Champions League tie 1-0 thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s goal. “We were sloppy at times and we can blame ourselves for that, we have to improve that,” Blind told Ajax TV. “Normally we are strongeonly last summerMeanwhile, will this week finally see the Paul Pogba saga come to an end? Warren brings us an update on Manchester United’s pursuit of their former midfielder, with the deal finaly set to be confirmed this week after the Frenchman arrived in Manchester for a medical.PLUS, is Juan Mata set to leave Old Trafford following old Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho’s appointment?

Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, September 30

Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…John Terry is being offered a big final pay-day in China. Chelseacaptovers.Former Manchester United prospect Whelan says the U23 plcontent_imgayers, who included goalscorer Kaylen Hinds, can only grow stronger from the experience.After making his first senior start for the club, Whelen, 21, told the club website: “I’ve been workain Terrywas a huge hit in the Far Eastern nation when he went on an ambassadoriala.Conte is still in a legal battle with Chelsea over his £9m severance package, with reports of another appeal.He contested his initial dismissal and won in May, with a Premier League tribunal ordering them to pay Conte £9m.However, the Chelsea-new tour of Guangzhou last summer. And he has hadseveral offers from Chinese clubs,with question marks over his future at Stamford BridgeManchester United are ready to releaseVictor Valdes– on condition he does not join Liverpool. The Old Trafford giantsare prepared to let the 33-year-old leave on a free transfer providing he moves abroad and does not sign for a Premier League rival. Chelsea are weighing up a move for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho. The Portugal midfielder was linked with Arsenal over the summer, but now Chelseaare set to rival the Gunners for Carvalho’ssignature. Chelsea are expected to sign the former Milan goalkeeper Marco Amelia on a short-term basis as they seek experienced cover for theirinjured first-choice, Thibaut Courtois. Carlton Cole’s proposed move to Celtic could be in jeopardy after the former England striker suffered an injury in training. Newcastle Unitedwill not letEmmanuel Riviereleave on loan when he returns from his knee injury after the international break – but they are still considering a temporary switch for Ivan Toney. Brazilian right-back Felipe Mattioni Rohde, 26, played Everton Under-21s earlier this week ahead of a possible move.