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Manchester United have turned down the chance to sign Karim Benzema with the club refusing to enter talks because of what they say are the “exorbitant” fees involved in bringing the 36-year-old, who earns £86million a year, to Old Trafford.

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Could Roberto Firmino and Karim Benzema follow Jordan Henderson from the Saudi Pro League?

Nathan Jones is reportedly a contender to take over at Charlton Athletic.

Luke Littler has bagged £59 a dart in his opening three senior tournaments.

Roy Keane has admitted the dynamics of an international role appeal to him as he continues to be linked with the vacant Republic of Ireland managerial job.

Nottingham Forest boss Nuno Espirito Santo has called for a change to the VAR rules following the “foamgate” incident with Ivan Toney during the game against Brentford.

West Ham have seen a £16million bid for Ghanaian wonderkid Ibrahim Osman rejected by his Nordsjaelland club.


Chelsea have a legitimate interest in Aston Villa striker Jhon Duran and are considering a surprise bid for the Colombian international before the January transfer window closes.

The power base of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his Ineos team at Manchester United will be significantly expanded, with the Glazers agreeing that Ineos should have a wider influence covering key decisions across the business.

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Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes his former club made a smart move in appointing Omar Berrada

Maro Itoje has given a big boost to Steve Borthwick by committing to play for his country until the 2027 World Cup in Australia “at minimum”.

George Skivington, Gloucester's head coach, has turned to mentors Warren Gatland and Stuart Lancaster in recent months for advice on how to turn around the club's troubling form.

UEFA president Aleksander Čeferin has admitted that he is confused by the rules of handball, confused by the criteria used to decide offsides and is completely against the introduction of sin bins in football. He would also like to see VARs used in a much more limited role.


The influence of Sir Jim Ratcliffe and his INEOS team will extend beyond football operations, Manchester United staff have said.

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Sky Sports' Melissa Reddy and Dharmesh Sheth discuss Anthony Martial's absence, Manchester United's lack of forward depth and whether this will be addressed in the January transfer window.

Miguel Almiron is set to stay at Newcastle this month after telling the club he wants to stay at St James' Park.

Atlético Madrid are ready to pay £20million to sign Matt O'Riley from Celtic in the summer.

Crystal Palace are in talks with Blackburn Rovers about the transfer of midfielder Adam Wharton.

Championship clubs are queuing up for Liverpool's fringe stars this month after Reds assistant boss Pep Lijnders said defenders Nat Phillips and Calvin Ramsay were likely to leave on loan in the final week of the transfer window.

Eden Hazard has been reunited with the ball he kicked more than 10 years ago and has gone on to become a successful businessman, worth more than £40m thanks to his vodka empire.

Lionel Messi's move to Inter Miami has proven to be an astronomical success on and off the pitch – following his arrival last summer, the club is now worth a whopping $1.02 billion.

Nottingham Forest will face further financial upheaval if they are relegated this season as many of the squad do not have relegation clauses in their contracts.

Besiktas are interested in signing Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles.

Crystal Palace have completed the signing of England Under-20 midfielder Adam Wharton from Blackburn.

Marseille are providing competition for Nottingham Forest as they try to get a deal for Borussia Dortmund striker Gio Reyna over the line.

Leeds United are trying to sign Everton defender Ben Godfrey, who is also of interest from Serie A side Genoa.


Adrian Meronk is expected to join LIV Golf for the start of the breakout league season next week in Mexico.

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World No. 39 Adrian Meronk could move to LIV Golf

Manchester United's hopes of offloading Anthony Martial in the January transfer window have been dashed by news that he will miss 10 weeks with a groin injury.

Ollie Lawrence could be ruled out until the latter part of the Six Nations with a hip injury that forced him to withdraw from England's pre-tournament warm-up in Spain.

The Premier League is confident it can prove Joe Lewis is no longer involved with Tottenham after he admitted fraud in New York.

Geraint Thomas will again start this year's Giro d'Italia and Tour de France despite a relatively short break between the two grueling races.


Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag faces a major goalkeeping dilemma ahead of Sunday's FA Cup tie at Newport County.

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag is expected to learn his fate next month when incoming co-owner Sir Jim Ratcliffe is allowed to speak publicly about his plans.

Liverpool have put Crystal Palace defender Marco Guehi at the top of their shopping list to replace Joel Matipa.

Andre Onana was set to leave the Africa Cup of Nations and return to Manchester United after falling out with Samuel Eto'o, but has since put his personal differences aside despite realizing he could remain on the bench.

Sunderland are pushing through deals to sign Bournemouth striker Kieffer Moore and Barnsley midfielder Callum Styles.


Manchester United could hand goalkeeper Altay Bayindir a debut in their FA Cup fourth-round tie with Newport County after Andre Onana decided against an early return from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Tottenham are reportedly not listening to offers from Barcelona for midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, a player once recommended to them by Lionel Messi.

Cardiff Rugby has secured its long-term future after Helford Capital Limited ratified the acquisition of a majority stake in the club.

Scottish SUN

Celtic are preparing to make further bids for Matt O'Riley after Atletico Madrid made the first move.

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Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers insists he is unaware of interest in midfielder Matt O'Riley as he outlines his January transfer plans.


Celtic are looking to sell Matt O'Riley in the January transfer window with Atletico Madrid the latest club to make a move.

St Mirren are closing in on a deal to land James Scott.

Rangers have claimed interest in Ajax left-back Anas Salah-Eddine, but are likely to face competition from Serie A club Turin.

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