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Alan 1:02 Fri Mar 8
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Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be appointed on a permanent basis by the club on half of the £15m salary of predecessor Jose Mourinho. (Mirror)

Former Chelsea, Leicester and Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri is favourite to take over at one of his former clubs, Roma, after the Serie A side sacked manager Eusebio di Francesco. (Sky Sports)

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to return to Real Madrid until the end of the season. (Goal.com)

Ex-Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, linked with Chelsea, is wanted back by the Spanish club and also by Juventus. (Sun)

Juve boss Massimiliano Allegri has revealed talks over his future have been put on hold until the end of the season. (Mail)

Real Madrid's Spanish attacking midfielder Isco, 26, is "enraged" with his manager Santiago Solari and has informed his entourage to make contact with Manchester City. (Calciomercato, via Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United have opened talks with Sporting about signing 24-year-old Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who has also been linked with Chelsea and Liverpool. (A Bola, via Metro)

Manchester United are considering sending 19-year-old Dutch winger Tahith Chong out on loan for the whole of next season. (Sun)

Real Madrid and Spain captain Sergio Ramos had a heated exchange with club president Florentino Perez following the side's Champions League defeat by Ajax, with Perez threatening to sell the 32-year-old centre-back. (Marca)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is set to turn down a job working behind the scenes at Paris St-Germain to accept a role as Fifa's head of technical development. (Le Parisien, via Mail)

Middlesbrough midfielder John Mikel Obi, 31, says he "would not say to anyone under the age of 30" to move to the Chinese league, with the Nigerian having spent two years at Tianjin Teda FC before his move to the Riverside club. (Telegraph)

At least 12 top-flight clubs plan to write to the Premier League to ask what action it will be taking over alleged breaches of financial fair play by Manchester City. (Times - subscription required)

England manager Gareth Southgate insists there are no negative aspects to players moving abroad like 18-year-old winger Jadon Sancho has done in Germany with Borussia Dortmund. (Talksport)

DR Congo are trying to beat England in recruiting Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, to play for them at international level. (Mirror)

Tottenham are moving towards their return to White Hart Lane with Haringey Council giving official notice of traffic restrictions in place for test events from the end of next week. (Mail)

Liverpool and Everton have been linked with Real Sociedad's Spanish defender Diego Llorente, 25. (Liverpool Echo)

Agents in England are set for a confrontation with Fifa over suggestions for a new regulation that would cap their fees and make them payable only by the player they represent. (Telegraph)

Liverpool will look to secure a Premier League loan for Harry Wilson next season - but Brendan Rodgers' arrival at Leicester City may end the Foxes' hopes of signing the 21-year-old Wales winger, who is at Derby County this term.(Goal.com)

Meanwhile, Rodgers has played down rumours that Celtic's head of recruitment Lee Congerton will be joining him at the King Power Stadium.(Leicester Mercury)

Sevilla's Spanish midfielder Pablo Sarabia, 26, rejected a move to Chelsea in the January transfer window. (Mundo Deportivo, via Talksport)

Lille owner Gerard Lopez has revealed that it will take a bid of at least £43m to prise away Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe, 23, while he also denied that sporting director Luis Campos is in talks with Chelsea. (RMC Sport, via Goal.com)

Wolves' Brazilian striker Leo Bonatini, 24, on loan at Nottingham Forest for the rest of the season, wants to stay at the City Ground next term - whether Forest win promotion or not. (Express and Star)

Charlton have received a fresh offer worth £30m from a former banker who has experience of top-level football. (London Evening Standard)

Tottenham's England midfielder Dele Alli, 22, hopes to return from injury at Southampton this weekend, having been sidelined by a hamstring injury since 20 January. (London Evening Standard)

Leicester's English striker Jamie Vardy, 32, will be fit to face Fulham on Saturday after having stitches in his tongue following a heavy collision with Ben Foster in the 2-1 defeat at Watford last weekend. (Leicester Mercury)

Former Brighton defender Inigo Calderon, 37, has returned to his hometown club Alaves, in Spain, as assistant head coach of their B team until the end of the season. (Argus)

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The 25-year-old Real Socieded defender Diego Llorente is a summer target for both Liverpool and Everton, according to the Basque newspaper Noticias de Gipuzkoa. It reports that a figure of €30m has been mooted for a 25-year-old who has shown “remarkable evolution” to become the team’s finest centre-back. “Given the amount of money in the English game, €30m is not very much,” it sniffs.

Talking of not very much money Ole Gunnar Solskjær, who was earning £400,000 a year as manager of Molde before he moved to Manchester United, will be offered annual swag of £7.5m to stay at Old Trafford, according to the Mirror. “As well as his basic salary, Solskjær’s contract is likely to include lucrative bonus clauses,” it adds. Which is just as well – otherwise there’s no way he’d accept £7.5m when he could earn just as much elsewhere (if he worked for 18 years).

And talking of loads of money Newcastle so enjoyed spending it on a player in January that they are preparing to do it all again, only more so. News is breaking that they are ready to pay £40m for Joelinton, a move that would almost double the transfer record the club set less than two months ago when they bought Miguel Almirón for £20.7m. The 22-year-old Brazilian’s performances for Hoffenheim this season, where he has either scored or created 20 goals in 30 appearances, have convinced them to spend.

“La Gran Bronca,” reads the massive headline on the cover of Marca – The Big Fight – as it details a sensational post-match bust-up between Sergio Ramos and Florentino Pérez after Real Madrid’s sensational shellacking by Ajax on Tuesday. “The president pointed at the players and told them they were to blame for what was happening,” it reports. “Then Ramos stood up and said that they had warned him in the summer that he needed to sign a striker, and the fault thus did not lie entirely with the players. Pérez went on to threaten to kick Ramos out of Real Madrid, to which the player responded by saying something like, ‘Pay up my contract and I’ll leave with my head held high.’”

Ramos went on to convene a meeting of the players at the club’s training ground on Thursday, to which coaching staff were not invited. It was particularly uncomfortable for Isco, who had refused to travel with the team on Tuesday after learning that he was not in the squad. “That decision, when so much was at stake, did not sit well with his team-mates,” Marca reports, “generating an extremely tense atmosphere just two hours before a momentous game.” The player has apologised, but according to Calciomercato is “enraged” and “humiliated” and has instructed his agents to get him a move to either Manchester City or Juventus.

Tuttosport dedicates its front page to the changes afoot at Juventus, of which it seems there will be plenty. It starts in the dug-out, with Maximiliano Allegri said to be one of the names being considered by Real Madrid as a replacement for Santiago Solari, and Didier Deschamps, Zinedine Zidane and Antonio Conte being lined up for the Turin-based hotseat should he depart. Moves are also afoot to bring in one centre-back – either Benfica’s Rúben Dias or Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax – and another midfielder in addition to Aaron Ramsey, with Paul Pogba and Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombélé the only names on the shortlist. Plus a new contract for Mario Mandzukic and a wholehearted attempt to snaffle Federico Chiesa from Fiorentina.


Jack Wilshere's latest West Ham comeback on the horizon says Manuel Pellegrini

West Ham midfielder Wilshere has barely played since first month of the season, PLUS: Robert Snodgrass charge latest

By Jon West

Jack Wilshere could be back in training within days, West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has revealed.

But whether the midfielder will appear in the Premier League before the end of the season remains unknown.

“We are going to give him the time to recover 100 per cent,” Pellegrini said. “Maybe next week he will start doing some work on the pitch but we must be calm with him, he needs to recover 100 per cent.”

Summer free transfer signing Wilshere has started just four Premier League games for West Ham because of two separate serious ankle injuries.

The former Arsenal and England midfielder's sole appearance since the first day of September was at Newcastle in December, when he came on for the last five minutes.

Pellegrini expects Robert Snodgrass to escape a ban despite being charged by the Football Association for abusing anti-doping officials.

The West Ham winger faces a one-match suspension and £8,000 fine after the FA charged him with using “abusive and/or insulting words” last month. Snodgrass has until March 18 to respond, but Pellegrini insists the club will help him clear his name and prove the incident was all a misunderstanding.

“It was very strange what happened with Robert, because he denies absolutely what happened and says he didn’t say anything to the people that came here for the doping test," said the Chilean.

“He must have his answer during the next days, but he refutes absolutely those charges.

“Of course, I believe in what he says and I suppose the club will do all the necessary things to demonstrate that he didn’t do anything wrong.”

Scotland international Snodgrass was not scheduled to be tested and did not refuse to take a test when the incident took place at West Ham’s training ground on February 6. Club sources insist light-hearted comments he made as a joke while some of his team-mates were being tested have been taken out of context and reported.

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Texas Iron 9:17 Fri Mar 8
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Mex Martillo 4:35 Fri Mar 8
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Oh dear, “light-hearted comments he made as a joke”, that chould go very wrong with the wrong up his own arse cunt...
Thanks Alan

jimbo2. 3:58 Fri Mar 8
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Ta muchly Al!

Eddie B 2:18 Fri Mar 8
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Alan, thanks.

bill green 1:22 Fri Mar 8
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Thanks Alan 1:02 Fri Mar 8

Thanks Alan 1:02 Fri Mar 8
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Thanks Alan

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