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/r/Championship's Championship season review and run-in preview - Part 3 (Brentford, Swansea, Stoke, QPR, Birmingham, Reading, Wigan, Millwall, Bolton, Ipswich)

Part 1 here - Part 2 here

13. Brentford by Johnsitton (plus thoughts from s0ngsforthedeaf)

Manager: Dean Smith until October then replaced by Thomas Frank
Hopes/predictions at the beginning of the season?:
I’ll be honest I had us as favourites to make playoffs and dark horses to go up automatically. Of course, it was difficult to predict as I didn’t know how the three relegated sides would do.
Mini season review - how has it gone so far?: In short: Good – Very Bad – Good – Okay
First 7 games were good with great performances. We were around the top 2 for most of that time and betting favourites to win the league at one point. Slowly started to lose steam and were winless in our last 6 when Dean Smith left us for Aston Villa in October.
Thomas Frank, Dean Smith’s assistant, took over and basically continued with the exact same system that was already in place. He had an unfortunate start, with the death of our very young technical director Robert Rowan clearly affecting the whole club from the staff down to most of the players, who had a good relationship with him. A few key injuries on top of that as well didn’t do him any favours.
He was dangerously close to getting sacked when we picked up only 4 out of 30 possible points in his first 10 matches in charge, which saw us drop down to 19th (3 points above the relegation zone). He then made some big tactical and personal changes and turned it around in late December with a hugely needed home win against Bolton that kickstarted a 10-match unbeaten run with mostly great performances.
With Derby and Bristol City dropping points we started to catch up to the playoff places which seemed impossible in December but still were never really able to gain the full momentum necessary for a playoff charge due to away defeats to teams we would easily have beaten at home (Nott. Forest, Sheff. Wed.) and consecutive losses to Sheffield United (A.) and West Brom (H.) in March.
Best/most used starting 11 and tactics:
Started the season with Dean Smith’s 4-1-2-3 (Transfermarkt has it as a 4-1-4-1 but I don’t like the sound of that) with McEachran as holding midfielder behind Sawyers and MacLeod. This worked well initially but with our fullbacks usually pushing up high and McEachran’s defensive weakness (he is not a natural holding midfielder and struggled off the ball) we were starting to get exposed on the counter attack with our centre backs left isolated too often. We were still moving the ball well and dominated possession though.
We continued playing with this system and only minor personal changes. On top of that we really (and this can’t be understated) struggled at clearing the ball out of our box. There would be at least 5-10 minutes in every match with just calamitous defending against set pieces or crosses from open play which cost us at least one goal every game even if we dominated for the rest of the match.
Once we hit rock bottom in December and Thomas Frank was close to getting the sack, he switched to 3 at the back in a decisive match at home against Bolton. We barely won and kept the new formation since then. It’s a 3-4-3 with 3 centre halves and two central midfielders in Sawyers and Mokotjo.
This allows our wingbacks a lot more freedom to go forward with the double pivot creating from deep and dictating play while at the same time maintaining defensive solidity. The line-up shows our best 11. Unfortunately, Henry is out injured and has been replaced by Odubajo, who is alright but sometimes seems to slow our attack down a little bit by losing possession too often. We also have Sergi Canos who really shouldn’t be sitting on the bench in the Championship as he is absolute quality on both wings and started to fill in for Dalsgaard as right wingback and did a fantastic job there.
u/s0ngsforthedeaf: yeah, the switch to 343 was really crucial and basically the tactical story of the season. Despite previously being considered a 'possession' or 'progressive' team (true), the 4123 began to falter under Frank (Smith wouldve encountered problems had he stayed Im sure). The problem was the midfield 3 simply not doing enough, with McCaechran, as nice technique as he has, not really being an expansive enough playmaker, and having zero physical presence. Teams were soaking up pressure and countering effectively. So while 343 is nominally more 'defensive' soon as it was on the pitch it made sense. The star front 3 can to attack. The fullbacks can roam upfield freely. Sawyers is just better in a midfield 2, he has space to play with and there is less focus on the possession game. The one weakness is depth and experience at centreback, which isnt helped by squad turnover. But the new players will be up for it next season.
Best/worst/memorable moments:
This is a difficult one as we had many absolute top performances this season and some horrendous ones as well.
Personally, I’d say the best moment was either coming back an early 0-2 against Blackburn to win 5-2 or Maupay scoring a deserved late winner against Dean Smith’s Aston Villa in February. Honourable mentions go to our opening match against Rotherham (5-2 win) which was probably the most optimistic I’ve ever seen Griffin Park and beating Middlesbrough away (which we haven’t done since 1938).
Worst moment was definitely the 2-0 defeat away to Hull in December which was Thomas Frank’s 10th game in charge and his 8th defeat. Horrendous defensive performance conceding an early goal which allowed them to sit back and watch us do nothing for 90 minutes.
u/s0ngsforthedeaf: Beating Hull 5-1 was very satisfying, because the front 3 showed what they could do with some accuracy!
Remaining fixtures and expectations - nervous?:
Wigan (A), Swansea (A), Derby (H), Ipswich (H), Reading (A), Millwall (A), Leeds (H), Bolton (A), Preston (H)
Not nervous at all because there’s not really anything to lose here. We are 8 points off playoffs with a game in hand. All but one of our remaining away matches are against teams fighting relegation and with our away record I don’t necessarily see us beating all of them (even though we have the quality to do so).
At home we can beat anyone so ideally, we will pick up maybe 20 points out of our last 9 matches. It will probably be closer to 15 or fewer in reality but if we play at 100% of what we’re capable of then who knows. Thing is we have a lot of teams ahead of us which makes it difficult for us to overtake them all.
Give us about a 10% chance max. of making playoffs. (*Edit - we lost to Swansea midweek...yeah, its over)
If you get promoted/survive relegation you will..[and if you don't you will]:
If we somehow make playoffs, we’d be on such a terrific run that I’d actually give us a chance of winning especially if we play Sheffield United who have a similarly bad record at playoffs. About 1% chance of us going up this season.
Finishing position prediction: League prediction is almost impossible with how close it is from 6th to 15th. Reckon in the top half of the table around 10th.
Rival watch and league prediction:
Our two games against QPR sum up both of our seasons perfectly. In November they beat us because we were shit and they were good and in February we beat them because they were shit and we were good. Funny to see how they somehow managed to go on an even worse run of form than we did and are now below us in the table.

14. Swansea City by Lerkot

Manager: Graham Potter
Hopes/predictions at the beginning of the season?: People sort of expected the club to give new manager Graham Potter a bit of money to rebuild the team last summer. However, the summer went by and not much happened, and when the transfer window closed most of us agreed that a mid-table finish would be fine as long as we developed our squad and our young players.
Mini season review - how has it gone so far?: A lot of up and downs. We are mid-table as expected but we have played some very nice football and a lot of our youngsters have proven to be better than we could hope for, while other players have shown that maybe they should have gotten more opportunities in the Premier League. The team seems very harmonic, we have one of the youngest squads in the English league system and seem very humble and hungy and we have one of the best coaches in England.
Outside of the pitch the club is in chaos. We have a very strained relationship to the owners.
While most of us love the current set of players, it is obvious that we are very thin in some positions and the disappointing January transfer window was not worthy of a reasonably big club like Swansea. Kicking the chairman, almost giving away one of our best players to Leeds, letting all of our staff know that they might be fired in the summer, an economical loss of £65m... we have a lot of issues. Any other manager choice, and we could very well have been the new Sunderland. So far it has been a season showing us that the future is both bright and worrying. Players like Connor Roberts, Joe Rodon and Daniel James have gone from being absolutely nothing to playing international football.
Best/most used starting 11 and tactics: MuldeNordfeldt - Roberts, Rodon, Van der Hoorn, Naughton - Grimes, Fer - James, Celina, Routledge - McBurnie We have played different tactics and used a lot of players but this is probably our strongest lineup not counting Martin Olsson who got injured in December and will miss the rest of the season.
Remaining fixtures and expectations - nervous?: No, our season is more or less dead. We are very unlikely to reach the playoffs and wont get relegated. I expect good football and hopefully we could climb a few positions and that our players keep developing.
If you get promoted/survive relegation you will..[and if you don't you will]: The harsh reality is that we will stay in the Championship and since our owners won't invest in the club, we need to sell our best players and invest very litry little. Our very young and very talented team will likely be torn into pieces. It will be a summer of fear rather than hope.
Rival watch and league prediction: We are looking forward to the derby.

15. Stoke City by SekZBoiAlex1986

Manager: Gary Rowett was sacked in December, after that Nathan Jones
Hopes/predictions at the beginning of the season?: Automatic promotion. With our Premier League team in tact (minus Shaqiri and Ndiaye), the biggest wage bill in the league and over £40m spent in the summer on transfers I don’t think it’s arrogant to say that we had high expectations. We were bookies favourites for a reason.
Mini season review - how has it gone so far?: Well we’re not going to get relegated, so it’s not a total disaster, but this season has been incredibly disappointing. We’ve not clicked at any point. Even during a ten game unbeaten run under Gary Rowett we only won four games.
Best/most used starting 11 and tactics: I’m not sure where to start here. Our starting line up has been changing all season. Only Jack Butland and Joe Allen have played in every league game.
Neither manager has wanted to play with two strikers, but with so little pace (of passing or movement) in midfield we’ve never been able to dominate games even with an extra man in the middle.
We are totally risk averse and will pass sideways or backwards for eternity rather than attempt a dangerous ball forward (with the exception of Charlie Adam). However we looked different in our last game at home to Sheffield Wednesday. So maybe it’s a sign of things to come.
Best/worst/memorable moments: Best - Beating Derby 2-1 after going down to ten men in the first half
Worst - 0-3 down at home to Wigan in August with Nick Powell looking like Maradona. Absolutely embarrassing. Even this early into the season we started to realise that things weren’t going to plan.
Memorable - 0-2 at home to Bristol City on New Year’s Day. Very toxic atmosphere as Rowett lost the majority of the Stoke fans.
Key stat: We have the fourth best defence and third worst attack in terms of goals scored / conceded. This sums up our problem this season, especially under Rowett. We’ve had very attacking intent resulting in few goals.
Remaining fixtures and expectations - nervous?: Blackburn (A), Swansea (A), Rotherham (H), Middlesbrough (A), Norwich (H), Millwall (A) and Sheff Utd (H)
Considering that we’ve drawn our last four games 0-0 we might as well draw the last seven 0-0 and set a world record.
If you get promoted/survive relegation you will..and if you dont you will:..Not much to stay here with a boring mid-table finish. I can’t wait for the season to end.
Rival watch and league prediction: West Brom are our only historic rival in the league. Whilst I disagree with them sacking Darren Moore I do kind of understand the logic if they had a great replacement in mind... which they don’t. So no promotion for them.
Finishing position prediction: 12th
I think we may squeeze into the top half. Fingers crossed we can rebuild the squad in the summer.

16. Blackburn Rovers no review submitted

17. Queens Park Rangers by Tiggy10

Team, Manager: Queens Park Rangers, John Eustace (Caretaker manager, took over from Steve McClaren April 1st)
Hopes/predictions at the beginning of the season?: Staying up I suppose? Probably our famed mid-table mediocrity.Anything higher than 16th would have been a bonus. Main focus of the season was to stabilize and develop youth.
Mini season review - how has it gone so far? Well. At the time of writing Shteve is the latest manager to pass through the revolving doors at Loftus Road and I think that just about sums up the season. We've broken some "hoo-doos" which have been a highlight of the season so far but on the whole we've lost a LOT of games and badly, whether that was through bad luck, poor officiation or (and mainly) poor play.
After a dreadful start we hit a purple patch and got carried away with perhaps being a surprise dark horse for a playoff push along with an FA cup run. AN ACTUAL CUP RUN! But being QPR, all hopes were squashed and reality came tumbling down. But here we are with a handful of games to go, looking nervously over our shoulders once again.
Best/most used starting 11 and tactics: With big losses to our defense in the form of Nedum Onuoha and Jack Robinson we shouldn't have been surprised to see a slight downfall in the quality of our defense. Boy were we wrong. The first few games we were torn apart. Trialling a 4231 for the dismal start and then changing to a standard 442 to achieve our first win of the season. It's difficult to say if the change in form was due to the big signings we had bought in or the new formation, but it worked.
Also a change of keeper from Matt Ingram to Joe Lumley has proved to be instrumental. Gotta feel bad for Ingram, but if you are riddled with mistakes, you aren't going to play much.
It is difficult to pinpoint what the focus of the team is. Wells is a tricky striker who can beat a man, Freeman is the creative outlet and Eze was/is likewise. When big Matt Smith is on, the game plan is simple. Our best starting XI? Bright Osayi-Sammuel misses out here only due to lack of game time, otherwise he can seem like one of the only players giving it his all. Rangel and Cameron have been revelations, we have sorely missed them through injury and as such our performances have suffered without them. Grant Hall has had a torrid time with injury over the last two years and quite frankly has fewer mistakes in him than Joel Lynch. Eze started well but has not achieved the level of expectation the fans had hoped for, who knows why he's tailed off towards the end of the season? He's still very young though, and has a lot to learn.
Best/worst/memorable moments: No prizes for anyone who guessed the shambles at the Hawthorns was the worst moment of the season. Losing 7-1 is quite frankly embarrassing, Enough said.
Highlights would include our cup run. Beating Brentford 3-2 at home. And finally. FINALLY winning at the City Ground 1-0.
Key stat: On average we commit the most fouls per game (14.7) and coincidentally, we've conceded the most penalties this season (7). Poor Timing.
Remaining fixtures and expectations - nervous?: Norwich (A), Millwall (A), Swansea (H), Blackburn (H), Derby (A), Nottingham Forest (H), Sheff Wednesday (A)
Boy I would love to say we can get another point this season but I am skeptical. We couldn't beat Rotherham or Bolton at home. We need a couple of wins to ease the nerves, but at this point in time we may be sweating and looking at results elsewhere to decide our fate.
Despite this though I would not entirely be surprised to nick a point away at Norwich, because we just do stupid things like that when we are in dismal form. I'd much rather go down this season than next. I can't keep doing this skin of your teeth stuff.
If you get promoted/survive relegation you will..and if you don't you will..if QPR don't get relegated I wouldn't be surprised, we've thankfully got a bit of a cushion. If we do get relegated, quite frankly we deserve it based on 2019 alone with 1 league win, apologies, Leeds.
Predicted League Position: 18th
Rival watch and league prediction: Local rivals Brentford will be here next season, with or without us, I think they've left it a little too late to chase the play-offs, and even if they did make it in I can't see them beating others around them to go to Wembley. It's the teams below us we need to focus on. I think all the teams above us will be fine. The bottom three (Rotherham, Bolton, Ipswich) look set to go down in my opinion.
Going up has got to be Norwich, and fully deserved, stuck with Farke and it has paid off. Good luck in the Prem as champions. Leeds will get second. and Sheff Utd will win play-offs (I cannot believe Washington will be playing for a premiership team).

18. Birmingham City by 2ej

Manager: Garry Monk
Hopes/predictions at the beginning of the season?: Mid table stability was my hope after two straight season of chaos, both with last day relegation fights. Monk had gotten the players playing at the end of last season and we looked a genuinely good team so just to take that through to this season and not be constantly looking over our shoulders. Then news of a transfer embargo came out which resigned me to another poor season, but why worry about embargo's when you have owners who just sign players anyway?
Mini season review - Calling this season a roller coaster ride is putting it mildly. 0 wins in the first 8 league games was frustrating because we genuinely battered teams in this period. 2-2 opening day of the season against Norwich where Hernandez scored a last second equaliser, goalless draws against Swansea (H) & Sheff Utd (A), 2-0 up away at Forest with 10 minutes to go and only drawing, missing a penalty straight after going 1-0 against WBA. All these made me feel like the season was cursed. Then in our 9th game we beat then league leaders Leeds away 2-1, funny league isn't it? Shortly after this we steamroll teams in October and everything's looking rosy.
Get to November and the wheels fall off ever so slightly. Plagued with injuries and a small squad we lose to Derby, surrender a 2-0 half time lead to Hull ending 3-3 and then lost to the Villa 4-2 where any complaints I had about the officiating were rendered moot after we let Hutton run from what felt like two different postcodes to score the 4th. As has been typical with this season for the most part we bounced back straight away taking 13 of the next 18 points on offer, taking us through Christmas and a real belief that we could sneak in to the top 6.
Then January happened. 2 points from 12, including an absolute lesson in football by Norwich and a last minute equaliser by Swansea in a 3-3 classic which underlined the spirit in the team (1-1 at half time and down to 10 men). Moving in to February we then bounced back again with victories over Forest & QPR, the latter being a 4-3 classic in which Lee Camp saved a last minute penalty. Again we were on the fringes of the top 6 and looking optimistic at an outside shot at the top 6.
Then March happened! (seeing a trend here?) 0 points from 12, more opposition players assaulted than goals scored and the cherry on the delightful sundae is a 9 point deduction for breaching P&S rules, ensuring what was looking like a boring mid table finish is now our annual relegation fight.
Best/most used starting 11 and tactics: Monk has predominantly used a flat 4-4-2 system in which we're happy for other teams to have the ball in their half, but as soon as they start to venture forward they're swarmed by us. Very effective against teams who like to pass it round. When we have the ball the main tactic is to chuck it up to Juke up front and have him hold it up to allow Adams & the wingers to be brought in to play. Monk has experimented with a diamond formation where Jota plays the number 10 in behind the two strikers which was used for the first time against QPR away and caused us to be 4-1 up at half time. This has since been shelved however as we were leaking goals using it. Adams has been getting all the plaudits, and they're fully deserved but Jutkiewicz is my player of the season. The man runs his bollocks off every game for the team and has 10 goals and 10 assists so far, great return from the big man.
Most used team -
Best/worst/memorable moments: Best I've seen us play is easily the first 45 away to QPR, which is also the most memorable moment when Camp saved the penalty in the last minute -
The worst has to be the 0-1 home loss to the Villa, not for the loss itself as you get used to losing to them lot but for what happened on the day.
Remaining fixtures and expectations - nervous?: WBA (A), Leeds (H), Sheff Utd (H), Ipswich (A), Derby (H), Rotherham (A), Wigan (H), Reading (A)
Horrible next 3 fixtures against 3 of the top 6, and two of the top 3. After that we only have to play 1 team in the top half and even then Derby are in a horrible run of form and it's at home. Not nervous right now as we're good enough to get the bare minimum of 5 points that would pretty much guarantee safety.
If you get promoted/survive relegation you will..and if you dont you will.. Promotion is 100% off the table, surviving relegation should be a formality. We will sell Adams in the summer for a fee which should be over 20 million, allowing us to get the P&S monkey off our back and hopefully have a little bet left over for Monk to play with.
Rival watch and league prediction: Villa are storming up the league now Grealish is back, looking at their fixtures I'd expect them to finish top 6 now. Although it may come back to the last 2 games against Leeds & Norwich which won't be easy, they best hope they go up as the P&S boogeyman will be coming. West Brom are stuck in that no mans land where they're guaranteed playoffs but they don't have enough to reach the top 2. I think Norwich & Sheff Utd will get the automatic spots, with Leeds going up through the playoffs.

19. Reading by therealadamaust

Manager: Reading FC - Jose Gomes, who took over from Paul Clement just before Christmas.
Hopes/predictions at the beginning of the season?: I was thinking mid table, probably lower mid table. Our signings made me cautiously optimistic, and we started with a good performance against Derby County, despite conceding a last minute winner. Looking back, I realise this was a poor prediction, in that we didn't win a single pre-season game and our signings were actually all pretty poor, with the exception of Andy Yiadom.
Mini season review - how has it gone so far? One word - horrifically, at least until the appointment of Gomes. The rot from last season had truly set in as the club became more and more of a toxic place to be, with a rift developing between not just the club and the fans, but separate groups within the supporter base too. On the pitch, we were playing dire football, and off the pitch our CEO Ron Gourlay proceeded to alienate everyone, tried to grab power, and buddied up with his Chelsea mate Paul Clement before they were both rightfully binned off in December, with the club needing a complete overhaul in the January window.
Since then, it's been the complete opposite with Gomes in charge and Nigel Howe returning as CEO. The support is back, the deadwood is gone, people are happy, and there's even the semblance of an atmosphere at the Madejski. The players want to play, the manager wants to manage, and the supporters want to support, which is something we didn't have with Clement. Combined with much better football and an uptick in form, and everything's all starting to look quite good.
Best/most used starting 11 and tactics: Under Jose Gomes, we've not really been able to play the players he wants to pick due to being pretty nailed by injuries. As such, I've put this team which seems to be the eleven that Gomes wants to put out. Due to what I shall call an 'unfortunate incident' with Tyrone Mings against Aston Villa followed by a hamstring injury, Oliveira has only featured in six games since joining on loan, and despite results we've definitely missed this focal point in the team, with Meite now usually playing up top and Ovie Ejaria coming in as the wide replacement. We're now characterised as generally good passers of the ball, who like possession but without passing the ball for passing's sake, as we were under previous managers. Instead we try to draw opponents onto us in order to break using the pace of our wide players, supported by a switch to more of a three at the back system with our full backs pushing forwards as we attack, and one of our central midfielders dropping between the two centre backs to provide cover. All in all, we've become a lot harder to beat.
Best/worst/memorable moments: I've picked four moments here, all of which are from the last six weeks or so, with three key victories being followed by a (mostly) dominant performance this weekend against Preston. First of all out of the three was Nelson Oliveira arriving back from surgery like a masked saviour to score a late winner against Blackburn Rovers. We then built on this at the beginning of the month with two crucial games against relegation rivals, with vital late goals from Mo Barrow scoring a 90th minute winner away at Ipswich in a 2-1 victory as well as an 89th minute equaliser the following week, before Yakou Meite netted in the 97th minute to beat Wigan 3-2.
Key stat: We're the best form team in the Championship that isn't part of the top 6, which is rather impressive considering we're in 19th.
Remaining fixtures and expectations - nervous?: Hull City (A), Norwich City (A), Brentford (H), Bristol City (A), West Bromwich Albion (H), Middlesbrough (A), Birmingham City (H).
I think that this is one of the hardest run ins that any team in the Championship has to face this season. I'm surprisingly confident about it though - although that's worked out poorly before. We're riding a high and could probably beat anyone on our day.
If you survive relegation you will... Need to carry on with the squad overhaul. Sign some of the loanees on permanent deals, and get rid of the older, unusable players.
If you go down you will... Need to do everything we can to get back up, although I'm not sure how soon that would be. We'd either languish for a while due to not being as good physically as the other teams, or we'd come straight back due to the fact we have some very technically competent players.
Finishing position: 18th or 19th, but comfortably safe from relegation.
Rival watch and league prediction: Ipswich are dead and buried at this point, with Bolton not too far behind, as these court situations will not be helping. Birmingham are in free fall and now in a bit of a relegation scrap with 5 or 6 losses on the spin, but a much better goal difference than the rest of us. I think the final relegation spot will be occupied by Rotherham, though.

20. Wigan by franktortuga

Team, Manager: Wigan Athletic, Paul Cook
Hopes/predictions at the beginning of the season?: Our last two season in the Championship (16/17 & 14/15) Wigan were relegated from the Championship. Both times after going down we came back up as League One Champs. The majority of the fans just want us to maintain our Championship status. Due to our takeover in the middle of the season and lack of transfers last summer because of this, staying up this season is so crucial for our clubs future.
Mini season review - how has it gone so far?
Oof. Well, 10 games into the season the Latics were in 8th place, with 5 wins, including a 3-0 win over Stoke. Flash forward to now, Latics are in 19th, just 3 points out of relegation and no away wins since Stoke! The winter period saw the Latics lose crucial attacking players in Gavin Massey, Michael Jacobs and more importantly Nick Powell. Who were all instrumental in our 17/18 League One Championship season. The selling of Will Grigg on deadline day is something that most of us don't want to talk about, given our lack of goals all season. Many fans called for Cook's head before the impressive 3-0 win over Villa. Then again after defeats against Reading and Blackburn, things were looking bad before a 5-2 win over Bolton last matchday.
Best/most used starting 11 and tactics:
4-2-3-1, although we have had a few players rotate. Reece James, most notably, has been playing CDM the last few games, with Nathan Byrne on the right. Also, Danny Fox will most likely start taking either Kipre or Chey out, or could slide in LB. We have gone 3 CB's with two wingbacks a few times this season as well.
Best/worst/memorable moments:
Worst moments, the matches against Preston, Blackburn and Brentford, last minute pk winner at Norwich, last minute PK against Forrest. Best moments, 3-0 win at Stoke, 3-0 win over Villa and 5-2 win over Bolton.
Remaining fixtures and expectations - nervous?:
Nervous is an understatement. I believe two wins of the last 8 would keep us safe, around 8 points.
Brentford (H), Bristol City (A), Hull City (A), Norwich (H), Leeds (A), Preston (H), Birmingham (A), Millwall (H)
If you get promoted/survive relegation you will..[and if you don't you will]
If the Latics get relegated I will have to unsubscribe from this subreddit for the 3rd time in 5 years and won't be very happy.
Rival watch and league prediction:
Bolton... not much needs to be said. I think I speak for most football fans when I say I don't want them to go bust. It's a shame to see the state of that club right now our derbys are something we all look forward to.
At this point I think Leeds is going to blow the auto push. I think Norwich and Shef U go up and WBA win playoffs. Rotherham, Bolton and Ipswich to go down.

21. Millwall by Shitta_Than_Shittu

Manager: Neil Harris
Hopes/predictions at the beginning of the season?: After massively overachieving in our first season back in the league, with a late playoff push towards the end of the season, a season of building to consolidate our status as a championship side was the goal. Any expectation of another playoff push was pure fantasy, but a mid table finish seemed like a reasonable aim.
Mini season review - how has it gone so far?: Despite an exciting cup run this season has turned out to be a struggle for us, and we've found ourselves deservedly in a relegation battle. An inability to see out games and lack of tactical flexibility for the majority of the season has left us deservedly in a relegation battle, perhaps expectedly when looking at the cost of our team compared to others in the division. Spending most of the season languishing just above the relegation places, a recent downturn in form leaves us just a point above relegation placed Rotherham.
Best/most used starting 11 and tactics: We started the season with the 442 that brought us great success last season. However, after selling midfielder George Saville and striker Steve Morison getting on a bit, other teams started to figure us out, and a 442 based on soaking up pressure and quick long ball counters quickly descended into painful and drab hoofball, with a clear lack of a plan b. The return of loaned out midfielder Ben Thompson, from a successful spell at Portsmouth, alongside the return of winger Ben Marshall, on loan from Norwich, allowed us to switch to the 433 which we use now. While we've enjoyed a little more success with it at times, usually playing a pressing game built on quick counters and transitions against the bigger sides. Against smaller sides a lack of identity is evident and games usually quickly turn into a bit of a slog.
Best/worst/memorable moments: In the league, it's difficult to pick a best moment, because there are next to none, we've come short in all of our big games in the league this season, even if it's well hidden by memorable moments such as our cup win against Everton. We've been on the wrong side of a thrilling 4-3 loss to Norwich. The low of this season for sure has to be our 2-1 loss away to Bolton, the moment when relegation started to become a genuine prospect.
Key Stat: Over 25% of our goals conceded this season have come after the 75th minute. This sums our season up perfectly sadly. If games were 75 mins long, we'd be comfortably mid table if not more. Unfortunately an inability to hold onto leads, caused in part by tactical decisions to sit back and absorb pressure late in the game, combined with ineffectual (or lack of) substitutions have cost us dearly this season.
Remaining fixtures and expectations: WBA (H), QPR (H), Sheff Utd (A), Brentford (H), Villa (A), Stoke (H), Bristol City(H), Wigan (A). Not the easiest run in by any means, but we tend to perform better against top half teams, so that may work in our favour. Having won only three games away from home all season, having most of our remaining games is definitely an advantage. The two London derbies against QPR and Brentford, as well as Stoke are games where we need to pick up points if we are to stay in this division. Away games against Sheff Utd and Villa will be a tough ask, so home form will be crucial.
If we get relegated I will...: be fuming. While I can have no complaints if we go down, we won't have deserved to stay up whatsoever, the way in which we go down will be unacceptable. Having thrown away too many late leads, and failed to pick up points in games where we have been the better team, it'll be tough to take and serious questions will need to be asked of the management, even if Harris is a club legend, things could turn bitter should we go down.
Finishing position prediction: 21st
Rival watch and league prediction: Sadly our main division rivals Leeds look like they're on their way to promotion alongside Norwich, the less said about that the better. London rivals QPR and Brentford are both heading towards mid table finishes, QPR in much worse shape than the latter. Norwich and Leeds will most likely finish in the top two, I fancy either Sheff Utd or Bristol City (if they make it) to win the playoffs. We'll probably just have enough to get over the line and survive, which means Rotherham bounce straight back down to League One with Bolton and Ipswich

22. Rotherham no review submitted

23. Bolton Wanderers by rexkwando52

Manager: Phil Parkinson
Hopes/predictions at the beginning of the season?:
After miraculously staying up with 2 goals in the last 2 minutes of the final game of the season, fans were hoping to build on the 21st place finish. There were no hopes of anything higher than mid table, a comfortable season would have been a success if we could avoid looking over our shoulders at the relegation zone. And those hopes were granted.... For the first couple of weeks. This was despite players refusing to play a pre season game at St. Mirren due to unpaid wages and bonuses from the previous year. Something that was to cast a dark shadow over the club in the months to come.
Mini season review - how has it gone so far?
Terrible. A bright start to the campaign fell away fast and the team plummeted through the standings. Some of the absolute worst football we've ever watched came. Averaging around 35% possession most games, negative long ball tactics and goal shy strikers. It really hasn't been good viewing. 3 wins and a draw from the first 4 games saw us high up the table. Then a 3-0 dismantling by Sheffield United saw the wheels fall off. 1 win and 4 draws from the next 18 games with only 9 goals scored before a 2-1 victory over Rotherham on boxing day saw us sink to the bottom. After that, not much else changed and at the time of writing, we sit 8 points adrift with 8 to play.
Best/most used starting 11 and tactics:
I can't really give a best or most used 11 because there hasn't been one. I think Parkinson uses a bingo machine to pick his team as it changes so much every game. Our 'best' player Ameobi has been sub par. Bright players have been polish right back Olkowski and youth midfielder Luca Connell but besides this the team has lacked quality throughout.
Best/worst/memorable moments:
Best moments have been the bright start, beating relegated West Brom 2-1 on opening day, and a 5 goal fa cup win over Walsall where the team looked like they could actually play football. By far the worst moment came in our last outing though, getting thumped 5-2 away at rivals Wigan. It was really the last chance to mount a challenge to stay up and the performance was pathetic.

.... rest of the Bolton and Ipswich (p)reviews in the comments below!

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[OC] AFC Ajax 2018/2019 Season Preview

On wednesday, July 25th, Dutch club AFC Ajax will start their competitive season with a home game in the 2nd Champions League qualification round against Austrian team SK Sturm Graz. This makes it the perfect time to look back at the preseason campaign, transfers and more. So let’s do it!
Because Ajax finished in 2nd place last season in the Eredivisie they have to start their competitive season on July 25th. This meant that our preseason began while everyone else was still going crazy about the World Cup. Our first real training session was June 20th, while in the days prior some players took some individual tests.
All of this was without players like Nico Tagliafico, Lasse Schöne, Kasper Dolberg and Hakim Ziyech, who were all present in Russia. We also missed Donny van de Beek, Noussair Mazraoui, and Matthijs De Ligt, who had played internationally in recent weeks before the World Cup. These guys were expected to be back at the club the next monday, when the squad left Amsterdam for a training camp in Klosterpforte, Germany.
Before that however, Ajax played their first preseason game against VVSB Noordwijkerhout. This amateur team is active in the Tweede Divisie, the 3rd highest level of Dutch football.
Ajax won this game rather easily, which ofcourse was to be expected against an amateur team. Goals were scored by Teun Bijleveld (0-1 & 0-2), Kaj Sierhuis (0-3 & 0-5), Dani De Wit (0-4), Klaas- Jan Huntelaar, (0-6) and Hassane Bande (0-7). Highlights
Ofcourse it’s nice to start the season with a win but more than that can’t be said about this game. On to the training camp in Germany!
During this training camp we played 2 games against German amateur teams. The first one against SC Preussen Münster 06, playing at the 3rd level of German football.
Goals by: Kevin Rodriguez (0-1), Rasmuss Kristensen (1-1), Martin Kobylański (1-2), Lucas Cueto (1-3). Highlights
Not a good game from Ajax obviously, but it has to be said that Ajax played with 2 completely different teams in either half. Only the second game of the season, let’s move on quickly.
Ajax - SV Lippstadt 08: 9-0
And so we did, with a game on the last day of this training camp. The opponent was SV Lippstadt 08, active at the 4th level of German football. In this game first team goalkeeper André Onana played his first game of the new season. Slowly but surely the squad is getting back together.
Goals by: Noussair Mazraoui (1-0 & 5-0) Zakaria Labyad (2-0 & 6-0), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (3-0 & 4-0), Dani De Wit (7-0, 8-0 & 9-0). Highlights
Good to see another big win, and nice to see every goalscorer scored multiple goals, topped by Dani De Wit’s hattrick.
This concluded Ajax’ first training camp of the preseason.
As has been costumary in recent years, from now on Ajax plays 2 games per day for the remainder of the preseason. The first double header was played back in the Netherlands on July 7th. First against Danish team FC Nordsjaelland and the opponent for game 2 was FC FCSB (formerly known as FC Steaua Bucuresti).
Our first game against a more serious opponent - FC Nordsjaelland plays in the Danish Superligaen - and it showed. Nordsjaelland was the more dangerous team overall, playing on the counter attack. Although we were mostly playing with our ‘B’ team.
Goals by: Andreas Skov Olsen (0-1), Karlo Bartolec (0-2), Mathias Rasmussen (0-3), Dean Solomons (1-3). Highlights
Goals by: Florin Tanase (0-1), Carel Eiting (1-1). Highlights
All in all a pretty boring game. Not much happened on either side.
This game was not announced beforehand and (as far as I’m aware) not open to the public. The scheduled game against Anderlecht was later in the day, so this game was played between both teams ‘B’ squads.
One notable thing that happened in this game was the horrific injury of Hassane Bandé. A hard sliding tackle caused him to suffer a broken fibula and he tore the inside of his ankle. I apologise for not knowing the proper term of what I mean. But this means he will be sidelined for 6 months. (Tackle around 1:20-1:25 in the highlights a little bit later on, you don’t see any gross stuff but just in case you don’t want to see it.)
On to the game itself, which was a real goalfest, which we were on the losing side off.
Goals by: Edo Kayambe (0-1), Kaj Sierhuis (1-1 & 2-3), Mohammed Dauda (1-2), Ryota Morioka (1-3 & 3-5), Knowledgde Musona (2-4), Sebastian Pasquali (3-4). Highlights
Goals by: Ivan Santini (0-1 & 1-3), David Neres (1-1), Landry Dimata (1-2). Highlights
We’re getting closer and closer to the start of our season, because now it’s time for the 2nd preseason training campl. This time we will be in England for a week, playing 2 games on July 19th. League 1 side Walsall FC and newly promoted Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers FC will be our opponents.
Goals by: Donny van de Beek (0-1), Ruben Neves (1-1). Highlights
Goals by: Andy Cook (1-0 & 2-0).
This concluded the preseason games that we had to play before the game against Sturm Graz next wednesday. However, om August 3rd Ajax will play another practise game against VFL Wolfsburg, where former Ajax player Riechedly Bazoer currently plays. This will be 8 days before the first match in the Eredivisie, at home against Heracles Almelo.
Preseason Conclusion
Obviously the preseason games did not go how we wanted them to go. Our only wins came against amateur teams very early on and the play itself wasn’t anything to be proud of either. Caveats being that we still don’t have all our players back from their holidays and/or injuries and the fact that new signings Daley Blind and Dusan Tadic barely haven’t made any minutes (Blind) or haven’t played at all (Tadic).
However not everything was just bad. One big positive was the inclusion of 16 year old midfielder Ryan Gravenberch, who is one of the club’s biggest talents, especially in his age category. The young midfielder dared to pass defenders and had some good passes in his arsenal.
I personally thought (although I seemed to be in the minority on this point) that it was clear how we wanted to approach certain aspects of the game, namely the pressing when trying to capture the ball. This was definitely not flawless but the idea on how to do it was visible.
The offensive link up play was also very nice to see at times. Quick one touch combinations and forward passing will clearly be the intention this upcoming season.
Our preferred formation will as always be a 4-3-3 with a defensive center midfielder. Other than that we could play some games or at least parts of games in a 3-4-3.
Ajax - Sturm Graz
Head coach Erik Ten Hag said the following about the starting line up against Sturm Graz:
I knew beforehand that I would have a suitcase full of question marks. But the most important thing is that we were able to bring guys towards the full 90 minutes. We won’t be in absolute perfect shape, but no team will at this point.
We have trained really hard, which we needed in the build up. Now we will take it a little bit easier. I am sure the players will be much fresher on wednesday. There are still 3, 4, or 5 positions which I have doubt over going into the game against Sturm Graz.
Starting 11 prediction
GK Onana RB Kristensen RCB De Ligt LCB F De Jong LB Tagliafico CDM Eiting (Youth player) RCM van de Beek LCM Ziyech RW Neres ST Huntelaar LW Lang (Youth player)
I think this will be the starting line up based on the game against Wolverhampton. Left winger Noa Lang played in place of Labyad because he has to sit out a suspension from last season with FC Utrecht and as I sad earlier Dusan Tadic has not played for us yet. I do however think that he will come on as a substitute in the second half, and ultimately be our starting left winger with Labyad as his replacement once the season is properly underway.
Maybe Daley Blind could start, but I think that’s just a little bit too soon. I think Frenkie De Jong will start as left centre back because he did against Wolves (and he played there a bit last season) and in particular Maximilian Wöber had a rough pre season and, ever since he got injured last season, he’s had a difficult time. Additionally I think new signing Perr Schuurs will be used as a replacement for Matthijs De Ligt at right centre back.
Bringing this back to wednesday, this will essentially mean that offensively we will play a 3-4-3 with Frenkie moving forward into the midfield.
Defensively I think this will mean that CDM Eiting will have to help Frenkie deal with the attackers.
I think Blind will be our starting left sided centre back which ideally would mean that De Jong will move into that CDM spot to serve as our playmaker, leaving Eiting on the bench.
Lastly it is interesting to point out why I chose for Huntelaar instead of Dolberg.
Ever since Kasper Dolberg suffered an injury last season which made him miss quite a large portion of the season he hasn’t played a game from start to finish. I think it’s a safe bet that he will play later on in the second half but the best decision is to take it easy with him and gradually increase his playing time. He will be our starting striker during the regular season.
How I think we will line up once everybody is healthy and there won’t be any more outgoing transfers
GK Onana RB Mazraoui or Kristensen RCB De Ligt LCB Blind LB Tagliafico CDM De Jong RCM van de Beek LCM Ziyech RW Neres ST Dolberg LW Tadic
I haven’t included Veltman mainly because he has a pretty bad ankle injury as of right now, so we’ll have to wait to see how he will return. I also think Mazraoui and Kristensen are 2 talented young guys who could be going for that starting right back spot regardless of Veltman is there or not.
Transfers for the 18/19 season
(Sidenote, the positions I listed are positions where I know they can play and where I think they could play in case there will be any other out going transfers.)
I think we’ve done some great business here. A good mix of youth and experience and players who can play on a multitude of positions. The obvious headliners are Dusan Tadic and the returning Daley Blind. (I only included that because it still cracks me up.)
It’s very sad that we won’t be able to see Bandé play this season, but we’ve talked about that earlier so I’ll leave it at that for now.
Perr Schuurs is known in the Netherlands as one of the biggest domestic talents, especially for the centre back position. He will make appearances this season but he’ll mostly play for Jong Ajax (2nd team), getting prepped to be the replacement of Matthijs De Ligt.
The only criticism I have concerns the transfer of Zakaria Labyad, and it doesn’t necessarily have anything to do with his abilities or whether or not he will be useful for us, because I think he will be.
The criticism lies in the fact that it appears that the only reason we decided to buy him was because coach Ten Hag wanted him. The two have a history at FC Utrecht. The scouting department did not recommend him. But, like I said, I think he will still be useful to us coming off the bench.
Now let’s look at the first team players who have left us.
I debated with myself over including Zeefuik, because he played most of his games in Jong Ajax. He has however played some games for the first team so I decided he should be included here.
The biggest eye catcher for international football fans is obviously the departure of Justin Kluivert, both for his last name, and the fact that he is the best player out of this group. Personally I am very sad to see him leave. He is a young, talented player who I think has a bright future ahead of him. It’s a shame he left us at this young age, while he hasn’t played that many first team games for us yet. However he didn’t want to renew his contract which was ending at the end of the season after this upcoming one so we had to sell him now to get some money out of it.
A lot of Ajax fans have been giving him shit for leaving us in the way he did and because they feel like he isn’t ready for it yet. I agree with the latter but ultimately I just hope he succeeds.
For Dutch fans the other remarkable transfer is the one from Viergever, moving to our biggest competitor for the Eredivisie title, being PSV.
During his time with us he had had some good moments, highlighted by his goal against Schalke 04 in the Europa League under Peter Bosz. But all things considered the coaching staff and club management felt like he isn’t good enough anymore and that we have to move forward. This, combined with the fact that his contract was running out, freed the way for him to move to the team from Eindhoven. I hope he personally does well there.
Now to talk about the big mess surrounding Amin Younes. As you’ll see in the comments I completely forgot about him so I added this in later. Where to begin..?
He lost his first 11 spot to the younger and more goal focused Justin Kluivert. Because of this he was set to leave us last winter on a permanent deal to Napoli. This ultimately did not happen. He even denied signing a 5 year deal with the Italians which would’ve gone into effect this summer after his deal with us had ended. Following this the Serie A club showed documents which allegedly had 31 of his signatures on them.
After this whole mess VFL Wolfsburg showed interest. For Younes this was looking pretty good until VFL Wolfsburg called off the transfer because ‘the obstacles before the transfer weren’t taken away’. Whatever that means.
On top of all of this he also suffered a pretty severe injury which means he won’t be able to play for months.
Napoli chairmain De Laurentiis would be willing to talk about a transfer for him if a team was willing to put €20.000.000 on the table.
Last player I want to talk about is Mitchell Dijks. Not because he was especially valuable to us or anything but for the fact that he was set to leave us in the 2016/17 season.
During the January 2017 transfer window we loaned him out to Norwich City, which included an option to buy. He played 15 games in the Championship for them, scoring 1 goal. I think everybody was under the impression that he would join them permanently at the start of the 17/18 season, but that deal fell through because they could not reach an agreement on pay. His contract also ran out and now he signed a 5 year deal in Italy.
Thoughts about the transfers
Everything considered we have had a good window. We got rid of the players we didn’t need anymore and brought in players who can contribute immediately and set us up for the future. Tadic and Blind will ofcourse be expected to take the lead this season as 2 of the most experienced and best players in the squad.
This concludes my season 2018/2019 preview for my team AFC Ajax! I hope you enjoy reading it! (If you’re not too put off by the absolute wall of text that is..)
Bring on the season!
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Transfer Deadline Day Thread. Its happening!

This is it! Last day of the transfer window, will we buy someone? Sell someone? Everything will be decided in the next few hours.

Please read this

Countdown I FREDstream

Latest transfer news/rumours:

Confirmed: Nobody (yet)
Sky Sports saying Konoplyanka is staying in Ukraine. BBC saying LFC have another hour to do the deal. Go figure
Sky Sports reporting that reports in Ukraine say Konoplyanka is staying at Dnipro. (needs to be confirmed by both clubs)
ABOUT THE KONO DEAL. Clubs can push deals through after the deadline as long as they can prove that an agreement was signed in time
23:05 - Everyone is clueless.
22:59 - Apparently the deal is CLOSE-ISH. Whatever that means
Guys its almost over so I would like to thank everyone who posed and commented! It was fun! More than 1500coments!!! You guys rocks! And BIG thank you to coozay for gold. And also to fredsports for the stream, you are awesome!
22:50 - 10minutes guys! GUYS? IM SCARED
22:49 - Sebastian Coates confirms he's joined Nacional on loan: "I want to thank Liverpool because they never put obstacles to return."
22:45 - 15minutes till the end! Can we start panicking?
22:40 - SKY SOURCES: Tom Ince agrees loan deal with Crystal Palace
22:30 - 30mins left! Time is running out.
22:28 - Fun fact about Yehven. Konoplyanka means "cannabis plant" in Ukrainian.
22:15 - FIFA say all transfers completed under the deadline will be allowed to go through even if the TMS is not up and running tonight.
22:03 - Sky sports confirming Liverpool deal could go to as late as 1am due to the serious backlog of the FIFA transfer system.
22:00 - LAST HOUR TO GO LAST HOUR GUYS Can we do it?
21:56 - Liverpool are getting closer to successfully securing the signature of Yevhen Konoplyanka - Sky Sports
21:55 - Philippe Senderos has emerged as a shock transfer target for Valencia. [ESPN]
21:36 - ELSEWHERE: DONE DEAL: Chelsea confirm Gael Kakuta has joined Lazio on loan until end of the season (they have like 30 players on loan now no? wau)
21:30 - Diego joins Atlético Madrid on loan until the end of the season! Huge boost for Simeone's team.
21:30 - Rory Smith says that LFC's strategy is to "blast their way into the Champions League" & use the big money on quality midfielders/defenders
21:20 - From the BBC: "It's our understanding that Konoplyanka has undergone a medical & Liverpool are HOPEFUL of completing this before 11 o'clock"
21:15 - Looks like Medical is done. Personal terms agreed. Fee agreed. Stumbling block appears that Dnipro want fee in one go.
21:10 - Ben Smith confirms Konoplyanka has undergone a medical in Ukraine.
21:10 - The Mirror's David Maddock thinks that the Dnipro owner is digging his heels in and the deal is NOT done."It is now purely down to the fact that the Dnipro owner still doesn't want to sell"
21:05 - Elsewhere: Dimitar Berbatov has just signed a deal with Monaco. Loan until the end of the season (BBC)
21:00 - It will be over in 2 hours!
20:55 - This looks promising: Some potential actual Liverpool transfer news from @BenSmithBBC coming up soonish (BBC RADIO)
20:50 - It appears Konoplyanka's move to Liverpool is happening afterall (David Anderson Daily Mail)
20:45 - Sky Sports exclusive: Jim White is annoying
20:40 - BREAKING NEWS: The general manager of Norwegian second division side Kjelsås IL willing to trade his star defender for Raheem Sterling. #bargain (source)
20:31 - Tom Ince is still traveling around the England.
20:30 - this time seriously, Tribuna reporting that the Konoplyanka deal is done and that there'll be an announcement soon ( tribuna)
20:15 - Looks like nothing is happening so you can watch Brendan Rodgers pre WBA press conference here
20:10 - Liverpool FC and Dnipro agreed transfer or Eugene Konoplyanka. Official soon (Oleksandr Proshuta
20:03 - ATTENTION PLEASE. BIGGEST DEAL OF THE WINDOW JUST HAPPENED: Federico Macheda has joined Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season. DEAL DONE!
20:00 - 3 Hours to go! Jim White is already irritating me
19:55 - Leeds United just sacked manager Brian McDermot. Weird time to sack manager tho.
19:45 - summarise of the Kono deal. Looks like player wants to go to LFC, he has agreed personal terms, Dnipro agreed the fee (15mil. pounds) so it looks like the only issue is with payments, Dnipro wants large part of the fee upfront, and we cant/dont want to do that. Deal is far from dead.
19:40 - Nothing is happening! Im bored :(
19:05 - Elsewhere: Kim Kallstrom medical and terms all sorted at Arsenal - on loan to end of season. Deal being processed, confirmation to follow. [BBC]
19:00 - Only for 4 hours left! Can we make it? David Maddock remains optimistic and sais everything is still possible.
18:47 - the TMS, FIFA's system for registering transfers, is having technical issues so some transfer could drag beyond 11pm.
18:20 - Elsewhere: DONE DEAL: Southampton's Dani Osvaldo joins Juventus on loan
17:50 - No need to be upset. We locked in £31m in sponsorship deals in span of 10 days and signed these 2
17:50 - Need a break, will be beack in 30mins! (Bet something major will happend in this 30mins.)
17:44 - LFC medical team on standby for medical in next hour (Brian Durand)
17:42 - Kono is undergoing a medical incase Liverpool reach an agreement tribuna
 I am on an emotional roller-coaster right now 
17:26 - Marcotti (ESPN) on Kono: "Yeah, agreedment in principle, but race against time to get him visa and ironing last few isues with contract."
17:24 - Just contacted one of Konoplyanka's agents. He says the transfer is nearly off. The Ukrainians decided not to sell him now. (Artur Petrosyan, Editor-in-chief of
17:17 - Another source from twitter confirmed that Medical are booked at LFC in the next 90 mins. No player name. (@Andrew_Heaton)
17:16 - LATEST NEWS Sky Sports understand LFC have NO interest in Nacer Chadli. (thank fucking god)
16:50 - Liverpool are looking at other targets including Chadli [SkySports] (wut)
16:42 - Sky Sports saying Konoplyanka is in Kiev getting a Visa so he can play in the Europa League for Kiev. Deal not dead. (dont panic it could be bs)
16:40 - Konoplyanka will have LFC medical today but not completely due to lack of time. Few authorized agents causing delay (
16:30 - Elsewhere: Pablo Armero has completed his move from Napoli to West Ham, the Italian club have confirmed.
16:15 - Goal are saying Oliver Cabrera is his agent. He’s not. @JamLipp78 is. Those quotes that the deal collapsed are fake.
 /LiverpoolFC have more comments in Transfer Deadline Day Thread than /soccer.You guys are the best! 
16:04 - Arry just giving nterview through a car window. Transfer deadline day is complete :)
 BREAKING NEWS: My pizza finally arived! 
15:40 - HUGE rumour from twitter: Medical booked for 6 and it's not Kono!! Any tips who it could be?
15:30 - Elsewhere: Fulham have won the battle with West Ham and finally signed Greek international Konstantinos Mitroglou for around £12.5 million.
15:10 - Interesting saga over Tom Ince. Player wants to go on loan to Crystal Palace, but Blackpool agreed late Stoke offer on permanent deal. Tom Ince is currently waiting in Crystal Palace Training Ground.
15:00 - Only 8 hours to go!
14:45 - Liverpool did not make a loan move for Man City’s Micah Richards, says Brendan Rodgers (@TonyBarretTimes)
13:50 - Carragher: Konoplyanka is essential after missing out on a number of players — whether he’s vital the team right now remains to be seen.
13:40 - Liverpool closing on Ukraine star Yevhen Konoplyanka and the Dnipro man is understood to have agreed personal terms.
13:00 - Academy striker Michael Ngoo is going on loan to Walsall!
12:40 - Rodgers is reluctant to allow Aspas to leave on loan to Valencia, UNLESS he can get a similar loan signing in himself. (Mirror)
12:35 - Elsewhere: Chelsea Football Club has today signed Kurt Zouma from St. Etienne for £12.5m. He will remain on loan at the French club for the rest of the season.
12:30 - No breakthrough as yet in Konoplyanka deal , problem is structure of the deal, how it will be paid, this one will go right down to the wire (Vinny O'Connor)
12:10 - There are no plans to fly Konoplyanka back to UK. If #LFC do this deal for him, it will all be done out in Ukraine. (Ben Smith)
12:00 - 11 hours to go!
11:20 - Elsewhere: Dimitar Berbatov is poised to join AS Monaco from Fulham. He won't be going to Spurs. (Ben Smith)
11:15 - Elsewhere: Southampton forward Dani Osvaldo having his medical at Juventus. (Dimarzio)
11:00 - Young rightback Ryan McLaughlin has extended his loan spell at Barnsley until the end of the season!
10:53 - LFC are keen to bring in at least one, if not two players today ( David Maddock )
10:44 - Elsewhere: Holtby is training with Fulham and are just waiting for the paperwork to become official. He is likely to sign for them until the end of the season. (sky sports)
10.30 - Elsewhere: Cardiff have signed Wilfried Zaha on loan from Manchester United. (Sky Sports)
10:24 - Konoplyanka deal worth around £15million and player keen to join. Finalising payment schedule in Ukraine (Sky Sports).
10:20 - Lucas Leiva believes Nigel De Jong would be a good addition to the Liverpool squad amid reports the Reds want to sign the AC Milan midfielder. “I believe that if anyone comes who plays in my position it will not be because of my injury but rather to strengthen the squad.”
10:04 - James Pearce latest on Konoplyanka
9:39 - On other news: Arsene Wenger has ruled out Arsenal signing Julian Draxler today.
9:15 - Reports from the Ukraine suggest Konoplyanka has expressed a desire to join Liverpool (echo)
8:44 - Dnipro and Liverpool still need to agree a fee over Konoplyanka, that’s all that stands in the way of the deal right now. (talkSPORT)
8:22 - It's all quiet on Merseyside at the moment.!

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Daily Transfer News Thread - 08/03/2018

Auto-Refreshing Transfer News Thread from Sky Sports
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And that is a wrap for today. See you again in the morning.


Before we sign off for the night, here are the latest updates from the Transfer Centre on Sky Sports News...


Alvaro Morata says he will not be leaving Chelsea this summer.
There had been speculation the striker could depart after a difficult first season at Stamford Bridge.
However, he has told the Daily Mirror: "On the first day of pre-season I spoke to [Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia] and with the manager and I said: 'I want to stay at Chelsea’.
“They told me: ‘We have a lot of confidence in you and we want you to stay too.’ So everything was perfect."


John Terry has denied suggestions that he has given his "seal of approval" to Chelsea if they tried to sign Jack Grealish.
Terry played with Grealish at Aston Villa last season, and it has been reported that a move to Chelsea would get the defender's approval.
But, writing on Instagram, he said: "Just to clarify I haven't had any conversations with Chelsea regarding Jack, we all know he is good enough to play in the Premier League but we all want to see him do that with @avfcofficial."


Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Arturo Vidal on a three-year deal from Bayern Munich.
The midfielder is now set to undergo a medical with Barca in the coming days.


Here's the latest from the Transfer Centre on Sky Sports News...


Lucas Digne has revealed he has tried to tempt his former Barcelona team-mate Yerry Mina to follow him to Everton.
"I hope to see him here but I don't know," said Digne today.
"He'll choose the best for his career and we will see. I said to him to come. He's a good player and a good guy."


The latest Transfer Talk podcast is out, and the hot topic discussed is whether Anthony Martial’s increasingly-strained relationship with Jose Mourinho can be repaired.
Head here to listen to the podcast and see what the panel think.


Fleetwood goalkeeper Matt Urwin has returned to Chorley on a season-long loan. The 24-year-old spent last season with the National League North side.


Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis says he is "desperate to do some business" before the window closes.
He has also been speaking about the future of Adama Traore, who has attracted interest from Wolves.
"Adama has got a clause in his contract, everybody knows what clause is and if someone meets that then we have no option but for the lad to go.
"It's another situation of Premier League football. I've spoken to Adama at the back end of last season, all the way through pre-season and up to yesterday. The lad knows my feelings, he knows club's feelings, the club have made him a wonderful offer.
"But it's that opportunity and chance to play at highest level, that's what he's got to consider, it's their life and career and we have to respect that."


Who is Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder looking to sign in the final week of the window?
“We’ve still got one good transfer in us,” he told the Sheffield Star. “We’ve got people in mind but these things take time. And, the lads we’ve got, it shows patience can be required.”


Of course, the EFL season gets underway tonight as Reading face Derby.
The game is live on Sky Sports Football and you can also follow it here to see how Frank Lampard fares in his managerial debut.
Liam Moore does not feature for Reading after handing in a transfer request.


Leeds head coach Marcelo Bielsa could add a central defender to his squad before the transfer deadline on Thursday.
The 63-year-old has just two recognised senior centre-backs, Pontus Jansson and Liam Cooper, at his disposal before his first competitive game in charge against Stoke on Sunday, live on Sky Sports.
"(Gaetano) Berardi, Jansson, Cooper, (Conor) Shaugnessy, (Luke) Ayling - we have these players and even if we have just Cooper and Jansson as centre-backs, Shaugnessy is a defensive midfielder, but he can play as a centre-back too," Bielsa said.
"Berardi is a full-back, but he can also play centre-back. Kalvin Phillips can also play in the centre of defence. Ayling has played as a centre-back.
"But if we could add another option in this area it would be good too."


It's been a busy evening in terms of transfer news, so here's a round-up of all the latest from the Transfer Centre on Sky Sports News...


Everton fans are going to like this.
New signing Lucas Digne has been speaking about the ‘controversy’ caused by a tattoo on his chest which reads "I never walk alone".
Liverpool fans have been quick to mock the tattoo, but Digne said today: "My tattoo has a story but it's not about football.
"When I was three or four years old, I went for my first day at school and my parents gave me a necklace with these words. Maybe Liverpool fans are so angry against me because I said two times no to Liverpool. I'm blue."


Leicester defender Danny Simpson is unlikely to figure in manager Claude Puel’s plans for the coming season and could leave the club before next Thursday’s transfer deadline., according to Sky sources.
Premier League winner Simpson was not selected in the first-team squad which played Valencia on Wednesday, instead turning out at the club’s Belvoir Drive training ground for the U23s against Norwich.
The club is expected to be involved in several deals in the coming days, but it’s understood Puel is unlikely to include Simpson in his 25-man squad list to be presented to the Premier League once the window closes.


Wigan midfielder Luke Burgess has signed an initial 28-day loan with National League side Barrow.


Bournemouth defender Brad Smith is set to join Seattle Sounders on loan until June, according to Sky sources.
Bournemouth will have a recall option in January.


Burnley have agreed a fee with Middlesbrough for Ben Gibson.
We’re told the agreement is a deal worth £15m for Boro. Burnley had failed with two previous bids of £12m and £13m over the past 48 hours.


QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng has joined League Two Stevenage on loan until January 5.


Here's the latest likely transfers from our friends at Football Whispers...


Everton have signed goalkeeper Joao Virginia from Arsenal on a three-year deal.The 18-year-old joined the Gunners in 2015 but did not make a first-team appearance.


Midfielder Darron Gibson has joined Wigan on a short-term contract.
The 30-year-old has been training with Wigan over the summer but has not played competitively since January 1 after he was charged with drink-driving and released by Sunderland.


Jamie Maclaren has re-joined Hibernian from SV Darmstadt 98 on a season-long loan deal.
The Australian international spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign with Hibs, making 15 appearances and scoring eight goals.


We understand Burnley have expressed an interest in signing Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.
The Clarets' first-choice goalkeepers Nick Pope and Tom Heaton are both injured, and it’s expected Hart will discuss a move to Turf Moor over the next few days.


Manchester City could make one more signing before the end of the transfer window, but only if it is a "special player", says manager Pep Guardiola.
With just six days remaining of the transfer window Guardiola has only added Riyad Mahrez to his Premier League title-winning squad.
"We will see, if we decided to bring another one it's because it is a special player," said Guardiola.
"It can be a special player for the future not to have one more player for the number.
"All the time I've been here, even the first season, I have been satisfied with the squad we have and last season again and this season as well."


Gonzalo Higuain has been speaking about his decision to join AC Milan ahead of Chelsea.
There had been speculation that Higuain would reunite with his former Napoli head coach Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea.
However, instead he has joined Milan on an initial loan deal.
"The esteem in which I hold Sarri isn't new," said Higuain at his Milan unveiling today. "But the only person who wanted me there (at Chelsea) was him. Everyone wanted me here."


England women's manager Phil Neville has appointed highly-rated coach Bev Priestman as his assistant.
County Durham-born Priestman moves on from Canada Soccer to take up the assistant coach post, more than a decade after leaving the Football Association for a role in New Zealand.
She spent five years in Canada and served as an assistant with the women's senior side who won Olympic bronze at the 2016 Games in Rio.


Sounds like Stoke boss Gary Rowett is keen to keep Jack Butland and Badou Ndiaye, both of whom have reportedly attracted interest in the window...


We understand Blackburn Rovers have agreed a deal with Newcastle United for striker Adam Armstrong.
The 21-year-old was on loan at Ewood Park last season and is expected to cost newly-promoted Blackburn £1.75m, which could rise to £3m with add-ons.


Confirmation of what we told you a short while ago: Wigan have signed defender Cedric Kipre from Motherwell for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old has penned a three-year deal and will be in the squad to face Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
"Cedric is a strong, powerful and athletic defender, who we have been monitoring some time," said Wigan boss Paul Cook.


Stoke defender Ryan Sweeney has joined Mansfield on a season-long loan deal.
The 21-year-old signed for the Potters in 2016 and spent last season on loan with Bristol Rovers.


We reported earlier today that Middlesbrough have made an enquiry for QPR’s Luke Freeman.
But talks appear to have ended abruptly, with one club source insisting the midfielder is not leaving Loftus Road in this window.
Rangers chairman Tony Fernandes also insisted on Twitter earlier this week that Freeman is “not for sale”.


Sky sources understand Motherwell defender Cedric Kipre will sign for Wigan Athletic later in a deal worth £1m.
Kipre played in both the Scottish Cup and League Cup finals last season for Motherwell.


Tottenham are set for talks with Luke Amos over a new contract, Sky Sports News understands.
The 21-year-old impressed on the club’s pre-season tour of the USA, starting all three games against Barcelona, Roma and AC Milan.
Initial discussions are understood to have been pencilled in for when the central midfielder and the squad return to England.
Manager Mauricio Pochettino also admitted Amos had the chance to start the first game of the season against Newcastle due to injuries in midfield.


Ipswich have signed Tayo Edun on a season-long loan from Fulham.
The 20-year-old midfielder, who was in the England Under-19 squad that won the European Championship last year, will be available for Saturday’s Championship opener against Blackburn.


Alex Iwobi has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the club have announced.
The 22-year-old has made 98 appearances since making his debut in 2015, scoring nine goals.


The very latest from SSN's transfer bulletin this Friday afternoon.


Eddie Howe has hailed Premier League new boys Wolves' links to super agent Jorge Mendes as "smart business".
Wolves now boast a clutch of Mendes' highly-rated clients in their squad and have been cleared to maintain those links, leaving Cherries boss Howe impressed with the Championship winners' transfer market savvy.
"I see that as smart business," Howe said. "You've got a model and a club in the Championship and you find a way to get them into the Premier League.
"No matter how you do that within the rules of the game, that's smart."


Here's what the new Chelsea boss had to say about Brazilian midfielder Willian's future at Stamford Bridge...


West Brom have signed Tosin Adarabioyo on loan from Man City until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old made four appearances for City last season, including twice in the Champions League, and has played for England at Under-19 level.


Maurizio Sarri has been speaking in his press conference ahead of Chelsea's Community Shield clash with Man City on Sunday...
On Brazilian midfielder Willian, whose ongoing status at Stamford Bridge has appeared unclear during the summer, Sarri said: "I spoke yesterday with him about his lateness, not about his future.
"It was a very positive conversation. I am happy about it. There is not a Willian problem. Yes, I do (think he will stay). Very confident."
On Thibaut Courtois' future: "It depends on him but I hope Courtois will be our goalkeeper."


Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has rubbished reports Wilfried Zaha has asked to leave the club this summer.
"I spoke to Wilf yesterday and he certainly gave me no indication it was true about wanting to quit the club," Hodgson told talkSport.
"In fact, we were talking about how good the new signings were and how they would help us.
"The thing with Wilf is very simple. He's very much an integral part of our plans. He's very much an integral part of Crystal Palace Football Club.
"So, my hope and my plan absolutely is that he will stay. I'll let the speculation continue and I will continue happy to work with him."


Newcastle United have begun negotiations with Lyon over a move for highly-rated 19-year-old forward Myziane Maolida, according to L'Equipe.


It's tradition these days. Fabinho turned up with this nervous effort...


West Ham could be about to add to their summer of big spending with a move for Real Betis striker Antonio Sanabria, according to AS.
The 22-year-old former Barcelona academy standout scored eight goals in 17 appearances last season.


Brentford are to receive £600,000 from Fulham’s £15m deal to sign Alfie Mawson from Swansea, Sky Sports News understands.
Mawson was a youth player at the Bees before joining Barnsley in 2015 when he was out of contract at Griffin Park.
Brentford were owed compensation for him at the time, however, and under the terms of an agreement made seven months later, the West London club are owed 40 per cent of any sell-on Barnsley receive from the Swans.
Barnsley are set to bank 15 per cent of the profit above £5m from the deal to Fulham - a sum of £1.5m - with £600,000 of that heading to Griffin Park.


Anthony Martial arrived at Manchester United's training ground on Friday after his early departure from the club's tour of the United States.
Martial started the opening two games of United's pre-season tour before being allowed to leave in order to attend the birth of his second child.
However, Jose Mourinho criticised the France international for not immediately returning to the tour after the birth.


Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis refuses to rule out a move for Ben Gibson away from the club...


And here's the Villa manager on Grealish in his press conference today...


More on Villa's Jack Grealish. John Terry, who left the club in the summer, has commented on Aston Villa's Instagram post announcing James Chester as captain for the coming season.
He has clarified that he has not spoken to Chelsea about potential interest in the 22-year-old.


"We don't want to lose our best players, but they're aware of course is that everyone has their price. The best thing the owners have been able to do is not let anybody go on the cheap.
"So if someone wants to buy our players, they're going to have to find a premium and make sure the owners are comfortable with it.
"We all know what football is, but at the moment Spurs haven't got anywhere near what the owners want to consider - so there's not a discussion to be had at the moment, because they've not got anywhere near the figure they demand."


Middlesbrough have made an enquiry into signing QPR’s Luke Freeman, according to Sky sources.
Sheffield United have also been interested in the forward.


Here's Gabriel Jesus after he signed a new five-year deal with Manchester City earlier today...


The latest from SSN as we approach midday...


Anthony Martial arrived at Manchester United's training ground on Friday morning after leaving the club’s US tour early to attend the birth of his son.


Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce says Tottenham are "nowhere near" in their valuation of Jack Grealish


Here's the latest likely transfers from our friends at Football Whispers...


Another Saddlers signing from up the road...
Walsall have signed West Brom right-back Kane Wilson on loan until the end of the season. The 18-year-old made his Albion debut when he was just 16, and spent last season on loan at Exeter.


Sky Sources: Wigan Athletic have agreed a season-long loan for Everton left back Antonee Robinson. The 20-year-old appeared on the pre-season trip to Portugal.
Wigan are also pursuing Everton centre back Matthew Pennington; Leeds have also enquired about the 23-year-old.


Sky Sources: Burnley have placed an improved bid for defender Ben Gibson - after Middlesbrough rejected their initial £12m offer.
We understand the second bid is for £13m.


Walsall have signed West Brom centre-back Jack Fitzwater again on loan until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old scored three goals in 17 appearances during a loan spell at the Saddlers last season, and earned a two-year contract with Albion in June.


Luka Modric can leave Real Madrid – if a club pays £668m – according to club president Florentino Perez.
Perez is quoted in Marca this morning saying: "The only possibility that Modric leaves is by paying 750m euros.”
That is the price of the Croatia international and losing World Cup finalist’s release clause. He has two years left on his current deal at the Bernabeu.
Sky in Italy reported earlier this week that Inter Milan had made contact with Modric’s representatives to enquire over a possible deal.


Burnley manager Sean Dyche is still hoping to make progress in the transfer market in the coming days but admits he has found it difficult to finalise deals this summer.
"We're in the market for lots of different people in different positions," he said. "Whatever you think of the market, it is very difficult. But we keep working diligently and working hard.
"Even when you put good money to people, everyone wants more, more, more."


Lionel Scaloni has been named as Argentina's interim head coach following the sacking of Jorge Sampaoli in the wake of his side's disastrous World Cup campaign.
Scaloni, a former Argentina right-back whose clubs included Lazio and West Ham, was Sampaoli's assistant as the national team were eliminated by France at the last-16 stage in Russia.
Sampaoli left his post last month amid rumours of a dressing-room coup in which it was claimed that senior players Javier Mascherano and Lionel Messi had effectively taken up the reins.


Here's your bitesize fix of transfer stories so far this morning
And from the papers:
  • Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has signed a new five-year contract until 2023.
  • Chelsea forward Pedro has signed a one-year contract extension, until 2020.
  • Ahmed Musa has moved from Leicester to Saudi Arabian club Al-Nassr
  • James Morrison has signed a new one-year contract with WBA, re-signing after becoming a free agent
  • Chuba Akpom has joined Greek side PAOK Salonika on a three-year deal from Arsenal
  • Wilfried Zaha has told fellow Crystal Palace colleagues he is determined to quit the club and wants a move to Chelsea (Daily Mirror)
  • Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng for £50m (Daily Mirror)


Huge LOLs from Sampdoria's English Twitter account.
The former Leeds man joined the Italian side yesterday.


"I can say that it was the best decision I've made in my life to come to Manchester City because whilst I'm here I'm improving as a professional and as a person," Jesus told the club's official website.
"I would like to thank the fans for the welcome and for how well they have treated me. Also thanks to the club for being so organised and focused since I arrived."


And now that's confirmed: James Morrison has re-signed for West Bromwich Albion after becoming a free agent in the summer.


The Daily Express reports Arsenal have an interest in Torino forward M'Baye Niang, who impressed for Senegal at this summer's World Cup and had a trial with the Gunners under former boss Arsene Wenger.
Niang also has Premier League experience after spending half a season on loan at Watford in 2016/17, before linking up with the Hornets' then-boss Walter Mazzarri again at Torino.
The Italian club's sporting director, Gianluca Petrachi, has said he cannot rule out the 23-year-old leaving Turin this summer, something the newspaper believes would see the Gunners at the front of the queue.


Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones has ended a 20-year spell in European football by joining Saudi Arabian side Al-Nassr.
The former Liverpool stopper, now aged 36, was in the Australia squad for this summer's World Cup but played second fiddle to number one Matt Ryan throughout.


James Morrison will re-sign for West Brom this morning, according to Sky sources.
The Scotland international has agreed a one-year contract with the option of a second.
The midfielder has been training with WBA all summer after his contract ran out at the end of the season.


Cardiff’s Omar Bogle appears set for a loan move to Ipswich, according to Sky sources.
It is understood the Championship club have made an offer for the striker to take him for the 2018/19 season.
The 25-year-old signed for Cardiff for £1m from Wigan last summer and he scored three times 12 appearances.


Arsenal's Chuba Akpom has joined Greek side PAOK in a permanent deal.
The 22-year-old made 12 appearances for Arsenal, and since 2013 has been on loan at Brentford, Coventry City, Nottingham Forest, Hull City and Brighton.


Gabriel Jesus has signed a new contract at Manchester City, keeping him at the club until 2023.


Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng for £50m, according to the Daily Mail.
United are chasing a defender this summer, and have reportedly held talks with Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, but Boateng could be the next target before the window closes on August 9.
Boateng, 29, saw a move to PSG stall this week.


Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace colleagues he is determined to quit the club to move to Chelsea, according to the Daily Mirror.
Zaha has reportedly turned down a new deal at Selhurst Park, but is thought to be against a move to the north.
The Mirror report he may even lodge a transfer request before the window closes on Thursday at 5pm.


The latest round-up from Sky Sports News this morning...


Pedro, who has played 131 times for Chelsea and scored 28 goals, told the club's website: "It is very good for me, I am really happy here in the club, with my team-mates, the supporters and the club in general.
"It’s important for me to continue with Chelsea, I am comfortable here and want to win new titles and trophies. I want to help the team, score goals, and I repeat, I am really happy."


Forward Pedro signs a one-year contract extension at Chelsea, keeping him at the club until 2020


Here's the latest likely transfers from our friends at Football Whispers...


The Sky Bet Championship season is about to get under way, but who has done the best transfer business so far?
We have asked the hosts of the Not The Top 20 Podcast - Ali Maxwell and George Elek - to assess which club has had the most impressive summer window.


  • Wilfried Zaha has told fellow Crystal Palace colleagues he is determined to quit the club and wants a big-money switch to Chelsea (Daily Mirror)
  • Arsenal will sell Shkodran Mustafi this summer if a team pays £22.3m for the Germany defender (Daily Mirror)
  • Barcelona have completed the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich for £27m (The Guardian)
  • Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng for £50m (Daily Star)


Ahmed Musa has moved from Leicester City to Al-Nassr, the Saudi Arabian club said.
Musa, 25, was the Foxes' record signing when he moved to the King Power for £16.6m in 2016, but failed to hold down a place and was loaned back to his old club CSKA Moscow for part of last season.
The Nigerian international found the net six times in 10 appearances at the Russian club, three times as many as he managed in his 21 Premier League appearances.


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Millwall have announced the signing of Ryan Leonard from Sheffield United loan until January. The move will become a permanent club-record deal in January.


Wolfsburg midfielder Riechedly Bazoer has joined FC Porto on a season-long loan.


The Transfer Talk podcast discuss why Anthony Martial's future at Manchester United is not dependent on Jose Mourinho.


Reading have announced that Liam Moore has signed a new five-year deal at the Madejski Stadium.


Hamilton have signed defender Matt Kilgallon - their fourth signing of the day - after he left Bradford by mutual consent.


Charlton have announced the loan signing of Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Ward.
The Northern Ireland international moves to The Valley until January 1.


Paris Saint-Germain sign Juan Bernat from Bayern Munich on a three-year deal.


Ipswich forward Ben Morris has joined Forest Green Rovers on loan for the season.
Ipswich have the option to recall the England U19 international in January.


Bolton striker Connor Hall has joined Accrington Stanley on loan until January.



Millwall have completed the loan signing of midfielder Ryan Leonard from Sheffield United, according to Sky sources.
The 26-year-old will make the move to The Den permanent in January.
Leonard will join for a sum in excess of the club-record fee paid to sign Tom Bradshaw from Barnsley last week, which was more than £1m.


Forest Green striker Christian Doidge has joined Bolton on loan until January.
Doidge will join Wanderers on a permanent deal in January for a seven-figure fee.


Real Madrid striker Borja Mayoral has joined Levante on a season-long loan deal.


Walsall have completed the loan signings of Wolves duo Connor Johnson and Connor Ronan.
Centre-back Johnson has joined on a season-long loan deal, while midfielder Ronan will remain with the club until January.


Middlesbrough sign George Saville on loan from Millwall until January with obligation to buy.


Wolves defender Danny Batth joins Middlesbrough on season-long loan.


Kilmarnock defender Ewan McLevy has joined Kilwinning Rangers on loan until January.


Wigan striker Joe Piggott joins Morecambe on loan until January.


Cercle Brugge have signed Kylian Hazard on a season-long loan from Chelsea.


Julien De Sart's two-and-a-half-year stay at Middlesbrough has come to an end after he sealed permanent return to Belgium, joining KV Kortrijk.


Tammy Abraham tells Sky Sports News he is eager to help Aston Villa return to the Premier League after joining from Chelsea on a season-long loan.


Barnsley pulling out the stops with their recruitment both on and off the pitch, according to this Wikipedia page on their latest signing, Mike-Steven Bahre...


Partick Thistle have completed the signing of Jai Quitongo from Greenock Morton on an initial deal until January 2019, subject to SFA approval.


Zak Elbouzedi has left Inverness by mutual consent, the Scottish Premiership club have announced.


Jack Grealish has welcomed his former England U21 team-mate Tammy Abraham to Aston Villa with this message...


Dundee United have announced the signing of central defender Rachid Bouhenna on a two-year deal.


Bradford City have confirmed that defender Matt Kilgallon has left the club by mutual consent.


Asked if the arrival of Christian Purslow influenced his decision to move to Villa Park, Tammy Abraham added: “He had a big part in the move.
"For me it is good a couple of the players like Jack Grealish are still here. It’s going to be a good season hopefully.
“We’ve got a fantastic team and hopefully we can turn what happened last season into a positive note.”


Jim White spoke to Tammy Abraham live on Sky Sports News just minutes after he completed his loan to Aston Villa, and he explained the reason behind his switch from Chelsea.
“This is something I was aware of from the beginning,” he said. “I was part of the Chelsea setup so was looking to focus on Chelsea.
“I recently received a call saying if I wanted to find a team, I have to go out if I want to play games.
“That’s what I did, and for me Aston Villa is a Premier League side, they deserve to be in the Premier League.
“I’m here to do my best, score some goals and hopefully get them back to where they need to be.”


Fabio Coentrao has ended his seven-year stint at Real Madrid to return to hometown club Rio Ave.


Barnsley sign winger Mike-Steven Bahre on a season-long loan from Hannover 96.



Everton defender Matthew Pennington has joined Ipswich on loan until the end of the season.



Jurgen Klopp says Simon Mignolet should have spoken to him directly about not being allowed leave Liverpool on loan, rather than to the media.


Aston Villa confirm the season-long loan signing of striker Tammy Abraham from Chelsea.


Another confirmed deal as Bury announce the signing of Sheffield United forward Caolan Lavery on a loan deal until the end of the season.


Aston Villa sign Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham on season-long loan, according to Sky sources.


Liverpool defender Corey Whelan has signed for Crewe on loan until January 7. Whelan was previously on Crewe’s academy books before signing for Liverpool aged 9.


Grimsby Town have announce the signing of midfielder Ben Pringle on season-long-loan Preston North End.


It’s raining signings at New Douglas Park, with Hamilton just announcing the signing of Fredrik Brustad. The 29-year-old Norwegian – their third signing of the day – joins on a season-long loan from Molde FK.


Manchester City forward Douglas Luiz has joined Girona on a season-long loan.


Brentford striker Chiedozie Ogbene has joined Exeter City on loan until January.


Sky sources understand Rangers have rejected a second approach from West Bromwich Albion for their captain James Tavernier.
The offer is understood to have been a loan, with an option to buy in January.
West Brom had an offer for Tavernier in excess of £2m rejected on deadline day on August 11.
Tavernier is set to lead Rangers into Sunday’s Old Firm against Celtic.


Shrewsbury defender Ryan Sears has been recalled from his loan at Telford United and is available for tomorrow's game against Bristol Rovers, the Sky Bet League One club have announced.


Aberdeen have rejected a loan offer from Aston Villa for defender Scott McKenna.
The proposed deal, which was understood to be in excess of £6m, would have included an option to buy in January.
McKenna was the subject of a failed approach from Celtic earlier in the month


Rochdale have signed Nottingham Forest striker Zach Clough on loan until January.


Shrewsbury Town have completed the signing of Josh Emmanuel on a season-long loan deal from Ipswich.


Crystal Palace development attacker Levi Lumeka has joined National League side Leyton Orient on loan until the end of the season.


Notts County have signed Swansea defender Keston Davies on loan until the end of the season.


The loan window in the EFL, and the summer transfer window in Germany are now closed!


Wigan striker Jamie Walker joins Peterborough on a season-long loan.


Lincoln have signed Bernard Mensah on loan from Bristol Rovers until the end of the season.
The 23-year-old winger joined Rovers from non-league side Aldershot in January but has found opportunities limited at the Sky Bet League One club.
He has made nine competitive appearances in total for the Pirates, the most recent coming as a substitute against Peterborough on the opening day of the current campaign.
Mensah follows in the footsteps of goalkeeper Sam Slocombe, who recently joined the Imps on an emergency loan deal from Rovers.


Hamilton have re-signed James Keatings from Dundee United for an undisclosed fee.


Sheffield Wednesday have strengthened their defensive options with the season-long loan signing of Chelsea defender Michael Hector.


Young Peterborough striker Mathew Stevens has joined non-league Slough on a six-month loan deal.


Sky sources understand Charlton are close to completing loan signing of Nottingham Forest forward Jamie Ward.


Luton midfielder Luke Gambin has joined Crawley Town on loan until the end of the season.


Derby County midfielder Callum Guy has joined Sky Bet League One side Blackpool.
The 21-year-old moves to Bloomfield Road in a loan deal until January 2019.
The deal will become permanent once the January transfer window opens.


Blackburn Rovers have confirmed the signing of striker Mitchel Candlin from Walsall.
The 18-year-old moves to Ewood Park on an initial loan deal, with an option to make the move permanent in January.


Oldham have announced the signing of Jordan Lyden on loan from Aston Villa.
The 22-year-old midfielder moves to Boundary Park until January 1.


Midfielder Scott Martin has joined Hamilton on a two-year deal from Hibernian.


Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was disappointed by Moussa Dembele's tweets following Lyon's failed bid for the striker.


Southend United have signed defender Taylor Moore from Bristol City on loan a season-long loan.


Crawley Town have complete the signing of Fleetwood defender Joe Maguire on loan until January 1.


Sky Sports News understands talks are at an advanced stage between Chelsea and Aston Villa over striker Tammy Abraham.
Villa are hopeful they can get the deal done before today’s 5pm deadline.
It’s understood the deal would allow Middlesbrough to secure a similar loan deal with Villa striker Albert Adomah.


Aston Villa are closing in on a last-minute deadline day deal for Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, according to Sky sources.


Derby County midfielder Timi Max Elsnik has joined Sky Bet League Two side Mansfield Town on loan until the end of the season.


Experienced defender Anton Ferdinand has left Southend by mutual consent.
The 33-year-old joined the Shrimpers from Reading in August 2016 and was appointed captain by Phil Brown.
But Ferdinand has departed after falling out of favour under Chris Powell.
A club spokesman said: “Anton has been an outstanding player, captain and ambassador for the club and we truly wish him well for the future.”


Blackburn have agreed to terminate midfielder Peter Whittingham’s contract, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.


Newcastle United striker Luke Charman joins Accrington Stanley on loan until January 1.


Roy Hodgson has hinted Bakary Sako 'may have re-thought' his decision to turn down a new contract at Crystal Palace, claiming the winger and his agent have been in contact with Palace's sporting director Doug Freedman.


Dundee defender Dan Jefferies has joined Partick Thistle on loan until January.


Newport have signed Bristol City defender Cameron Pring on loan until January, subject to international clearance.
The 20-year-old left-back heads to Rodney Parade in search of regular first-team football, having not yet made his Robins debut.
Pring joins fellow City loanees Tyreeq Bakinson and Antoine Semenyo at Newport.


There’s just one hour remaining for EFL clubs to complete any loan deals before the 5pm deadline. There’s also just an hour remaining for clubs in Germany to complete their summer business, with the Bundesliga window due to close soon.


Neal Ardley feels he has got all bases covered after adding Jake Jervis to his attacking options at AFC Wimbledon.
The 26-year-old joined from Luton on a season-long loan deal on deadline day and Ardley believes he will fit in perfectly alongside James Hanson, Joe Pigott and Kwesi Appiah.
“We felt his attributes complemented the strikers we currently have,” Ardley told the club’s official website.


Crawley have signed experienced centre-back Bondz N’Gala on an initial one-month contract.
The 28-year-old can count Portsmouth, Plymouth and Yeovil among his former Football League clubs.
N’Gala, who left Dagenham at the end of last season, is set to make his debut at Oldham as Crawley begin life without Harry Kewell.


MK Dons have announced the departure of Robbie Muirhead to Dunfermline for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old has signed a one-year deal with the Pars, subject to international clearance.
Muirhead made 57 appearances in all competitions for the Dons since arriving from Hearts in January 2017, but has moved back north of the border to join the Scottish Championship side.


Carlisle have announced the signing of former Tottenham goalkeeper Luke O’Reilly on a deal that runs until January.
The 22-year-old was a free agent following his release by Spurs in the summer.
After leaving the Nike Academy, O’Reilly had a spell at Cardiff before signing for Premier League Tottenham in 2017, but he did not make a senior appearance for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.


Cheltenham have signed young Aston Villa forward Kelsey Mooney on loan until the New Year.
The 19-year-old, who has been in good form for Villa’s U23 team this term, will remain at Whaddon Road until January.


Olufela Olomola has re-joined Yeovil on loan until January, the club have announced.
The 20-year-old striker has signed a sixth month loan deal with the Glovers that will see him back at Huish Park for a second spell with the club.
The Scunthorpe man scored seven goals in 28 games in the first half of last season to earn a permanent move to the Iron, but made just one appearance for the club.


Dunfermline have signed midfielder Malaury Martin and striker Aidan Keena from Hearts on season-long loans.
Hearts have the option to recall Martin in January, the Scottish Championship club have revealed.


Carlisle have completed a deal that sees Jack Sowerby join the club from Fleetwood on a short-term loan.
The midfielder has moved to Brunton Park on loan until January after failing to break into Joey Barton’s side in the early stages of the season.


GillIngham have re-signed left-back Connor Ogilvie from Tottenham on loan until December 31.


Fulham winger Jon Dagur Thorsteinsson has joined Danish top-flight side Vendsyssel FF on a season-long loan deal, the Premier League club have announced.


Bradford have signed Lewis O'Brien on a season-long loan from Huddersfield.


Derby striker Chris Martin has joined Hull on a season-long loan, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.


Macclesfield have signed teenage forward Jordan Ponticelli on a season-long loan from Coventry.
The 19-year-old has scored six goals in 28 appearances for the Sky Blues.
“Jordan will claim the number 26 shirt and will be eligible to face Crewe tomorrow afternoon,” a Macclesfield statement read.


Sheffield Wednesday sign Tottenham midfielder Josh Onomah on season-long loan, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.


Luton manager Nathan Jones, speaking to the club’s official website: “It’s a fantastic signing for the football club. Eunan’s a wonderful player, a very good Championship level player.
“We’ve bided our time in terms of bringing another one in because we wanted to get someone we felt could significantly improve our squad.
“We didn’t just want to bring a number in, but we were waiting for real quality to become available.”


Luton have signed Eunan O’Kane on a six-month loan from Leeds.
The midfielder had been out of favour at Elland Road since the arrival of Marcelo Bielsa this summer but has signed until January with the League One side.
Republic of Ireland international O’Kane appeared over 50 times for Leeds, but has made just 11 appearances in 2018.


Leeds United full-back Vurnon Anita has signed for Eredivisie club Willem II on a season-long loan.
Anita joined Leeds on a free transfer from Newcastle last summer and made 22 appearances in the 2017/18 season.
“We wish Vurnon good luck during his loan spell,” a club statement read.


Club captain Russell Martin has been released by Norwich after nine years at Carrow Road.
The defender won three promotions with the Canaries but is now free to find another club.
He signed a new contract until 2019, with the option of a further year, just weeks after boss Daniel Farke took over last summer but played just seven times for the German and has been allowed to leave.
The Scotland international’s last appearance for the club came in a 4-0 defeat at Millwall a year ago and he spent the second half of last season on loan at Rangers, making 17 appearances and scoring once.


Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick has joined Hull City on a season-long loan, the Sky Bet Championship club have announced.


Arsenal's Reiss Nelson has signed a new long-term contract at the club ahead of a season-long loan move to Hoffenheim.




Arsenal youngster Reiss Nelson is expected to join Hoffenheim on loan before the European window closes and Unai Emery has wished the forward well in Germany.
He said: “It’s a big chance for him and the level there is important. He is young and needs to reach a new level to play, he also needs minutes to gain experience.
“We spoke to the club and coaches and with him, and we decided together it’s a good chance for him to get more minutes and then come back because I think he is signing a new contract with us.”


Rangers have confirmed the signing of Albanian internationalist Eros Grezda on a four-year contract, subject to receiving visa and international clearance.
The 23-year-old winger from Gjakova started his senior career with Slovenian clubs Aluminij and Zavrc before moving to Croatia to sign for Lokomotiva and then Osijek.
Eros becomes Steven Gerrard’s 14th signing for the Light Blues and the manager believes he will be big hit with the Rangers supporters.
He said: “He is an excellent player and the fans will love him because he can contribute in the final third.
“He’s really quick, very direct and he comes in with international experience.”


Jurgen Klopp criticised Simon Mignolet for publicly questioning Liverpool's decision to prevent him from going out on loan.
Mignolet told Belgian media it was "bizarre" that fellow goalkeeper Loris Karius was allowed to join Besiktas on a two-year loan deal, while he was not allowed to leave Anfield before the end of the transfer window.
Klopp said: "In general, discussing your individual problems in public doesn't make too much sense......there are worse things in the world that being No 2 - and you are pretty well paid at Liverpool.
"In the first moment when understanding decisions or not, it's always better to talk to me about that directly than newspapers."


Middlesbrough are still hoping to secure a loan deal for West Brom’s Hal Robson-Kanu, Sky Sports News understands.
But a deal is looking increasingly unlikely, we understand, due to lack of potential replacement options for the West Midlands side.
West Brom will only allow Robson Kanu to leave if they can get a replacement in before the 5pm deadline.


Crystal Palace are in talks to re-sign Bakary Sako on a free transfer, after releasing him at the end of last season.


More from the KCOM Stadium... Hull City and Poland winger Kamil Grosicki is undergoing a medical ahead of a loan move to Turkish side Bursaspor.


Hull City in talks to sign Derby County striker Chris Martin on loan, according to Sky sources.
They are interested in Middlesbrough striker Ashley Fletcher.


Dundee have confirmed the signing of Calvin Miller on loan from Celtic until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old, who can play left back or further forward on the left, joined his new teammates for training this morning.


Rotherham United have re-signed Richie Towell on loan from Brighton and Hove Albion.
Towell made 45 appearances in all competitions last season, scoring six goals as he helped Rotherham to a play-off final victory.


Interesting developments regarding Mousa Dembele at Celtic – remember, he is wanted by Lyon ahead of tonight's deadline in Scotland.
Our reporter Luke Shanley is at Celtic’s training ground and although Dembele started the session, things have changes.
Shanley said: “He is no longer training, he walked off the training pitch after around 20 minutes.
“I have just watched him on the phone in the upper level of the training ground.”


Millwall are closing in on a deal to sign midfielder Ryan Leonard from Sheffield United, according to Sky sources.
It is understood Leonard is set to join initially on loan until January when the move will be made permanent.


Without a club since the end of his contract with PSG, former Newcastle United attacker Hatem Ben Arfa is heading for Rennes, according to reports in France.
Nice had hopes of convincing him to make a return to the club, but the Breton club has the advantage.


Guillem Balague has revealed Spanish clubs have been interested in signing Ruben Loftus-Cheek on loan but have put off by his wage demands.
The Spanish football expert thinks we’ll see more young English players being targeted by European clubs.
Speaking on Sky Sports News, he said: “There’s no doubt that English players now understand they need to come out of their comfort zones at academies.
“They need to find themselves in new situations and the people around them are looking for those opportunities. Spanish clubs are making calls, asking ‘how about Ruben Loftus-Cheek’ but the problem is the wage demands. It’s so much money for a young player.
“If you want to be the next Jadon Sancho or Harry Maguire, then maybe players have to lower their expectations and go and learn from a different culture. We should see more English players moving abroad and that’s exciting as they will bring what they learn back into English football, including the national side.”


Dynamo Kiev are in a race against time to test Rangers’ resolve with a £7m bid for star striker Alberto Morelos.
Sky sources understands the Ukraine champions along with Bordeaux are both keen to land the Colombian striker before their window closes this evening.
His manager Steven Gerrard is desperate to keep hold of the frontman with the club keen to conclude negotiations on a new £30,000 a week deal.


Striker Conor Washington has signed for Sheffield United, following his release from QPR.


Middlesbrough wing back Marvin Johnson is on his way to Hull right now ahead of a medical this afternoon, according to Sky sources.
The former Oxford defender joined Boro last year for £2.5m but has struggled to hold down a regular first team place.


Burton have signed Chelsea youngster Brad Collins on loan until January.
He’s a 21-year-old goalkeeper needed after Brewers No.1 Stephen Bywater suffered a shoulder injury against Villa on Tuesday.


Spartak Moscow forward Quincy Promes confirmed that he is leaving the club in a tweet, but has not revealed where he is heading.
However, the Spanish media are reporting that the Dutch international has completed a medical at Sevilla and will be confirmed this afternoon.


Youssuf Mulumbu has signed for Celtic on a two-year deal, and the midfielder is delighted to have made the move to the Scottish champions.
He said: “I walked on to the pitch when I signed and it felt amazing. These are the reasons we play football.
“My immediate focus is to stay fit and ready and be 100 per cent ready. I’ve played at Celtic Park as the opposition and it’s a special place to play, so I’m looking forward to being part of the team and playing there.
“I cannot describe how amazing this day is for me, but it’s one step to the other. I have signed but now I must work hard to play.”


Rangers have confirmed the loan signing of Joe Worrall from Nottingham Forest on a season-long loan deal.


QPR are edging closer to completing the signing of Stoke defender Geoff Cameron.
The 33-year-old will move to Loftus Road on a season-long loan. Rangers missed out on Aston Villa’s Tommy Elphick, who is currently having a medical at Hull.
Cameron is a USA international who has spent the last six seasons at Stoke, where he still has 12 months of his contract to run.


Youssouf Mulumbu has signed for Celtic on a two-year deal.



Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp has signed for German club Eintracht Frankfurt.
Trapp - who had reportedly been a target for Liverpool and Newcastle in the past – was part of Germany’s World Cup squad.


Moussa Dembele is unhappy that Celtic have blocked his move to Lyon, according to Sky sources.
The French club bid £18m yesterday after Celtic assured him they would not stop the former Fulham striker leaving if an offer was received.
Dembele, 22, was left out of Celtic’s squad last night as they qualified for the Europa League. Just before midnight Dembele tweeted an image containing the phrase "A man without his word is nothing. A real man keeps his word."
Sky sources understand the message was aimed personally at Brendan Rodgers.


QPR have terminated the contract of Conor Washington by mutual consent.
Sheffield United are now closing in on permanent deal rather than a loan.


Jimmy Smith and Filipe Morais - two senior players for the club - will take charge of Crawley Town for Saturday’s League Two game at Oldham Athletic after Harry Kewell left to join Notts County.
Director of Football Selim Gaygusuz said: “Harry Kewell made it clear earlier this week that he wanted the opportunity to speak to Notts County which we granted. Matters concerning compensation for the remainder of his and Warren Feeney’s contract have now been concluded successfully.
“The search for a new manager is underway and we are looking to make an appointment as soon as possible.”


Harry Kewell has left Crawley Town to take over as Notts County boss.
Mark Crossley and academy manager Jon Goodman will take charge of Notts County against Forest Green Rovers tomorrow before Kewell takes the reins next week.



Paok and Anderlecht are looking to sign Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic before today’s European transfer deadline.
The 24-year-old has played only a handful of games for the Club since his move from Benfica four years ago.


Sheffield United are closing in on a loan deal with QPR for striker Conor Washington.
The Northern Ireland international has entered the final year of his contract at Loftus Road having scored 13 league goals in 88 games for the West London club.
Millwall are also understood to be keen on signing the frontman.


Luka Modric insists he was not close to leaving Real Madrid earlier this summer.
The 32-year-old, who won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year 2017/18 award on Thursday night, was the subject of strong interest from Inter Milan after the World Cup.
However, the Croatia international says he is happy at the Bernabeu.
When asked if he was close to leaving Real Madrid, he said: “No, I am at the best club in the world, where I want to be. I am very happy to be here and nothing else. I want to continue working and doing things well as I have done in the last six years.”


Aston Villa are looking to nail down a deadline day loan move for Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, report The Sun.
The 20-year-old has yet to feature for Chelsea this season and is keen to play first-team football.


Tottenham and Atletico Madrid are interested in Fiorentina forward Giovanni Simeone, reports Tuttosport.
The 23-year-old, who is the son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone, netted 14 league goals last term and has attracted strong interest from Spurs and his father’s club.
The Argentinian, who is under contract until 2022, would reportedly cost around €40m.


Christian Purslow spent three and a half years as managing director of Liverpool, negotiating their bumper sponsorship deal by Standard Chartered Bank, and later held the same role at Chelsea, where he secured a £900m kit deal with Nike.
Joint owners Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens said: “We are tremendously excited to bring someone of Christian’s calibre and experience into the Club. This is an important step on our journey to return Aston Villa back to the elite of English football.”


Aston Villa have appointed former Liverpool and Chelsea managing director Christian Purslow as chief executive.


Barcelona will not sign any new players before the close of the transfer window later today, reports Marca.
The La Liga champions have brought in Arthur Melo, Clement Lenglet, Malcom and Arturo Vidal this summer.
According to Marca, their transfer targets for the next two transfer windows include Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, Ajax’s Frenkie de Jong and PSG’s Adrien Rabiot. The latter is out of contract at PSG at the end of the season.


Reading have announced the loan signing of Iran international Saeid Ezatolahi from FC Rostov.
Manager Paul Clement said: “I’m very happy we have been able to sign Saeid on loan within 24 hours of this transfer window closing. Saeid is a strong, powerful central midfield player with good technical ability.
“He has experience playing at the highest level with both the Iranian national team and domestically with his current side FC Rostov and in time spent in Spain with Atlético Madrid. Now, I’m really looking forward to getting to work with him on the training pitch.”


Rangers are likely to do some late business ahead of the deadline. Steven Gerrard confirmed they're close to signing two new players - Albanian international Eros Grezda from Osijek and Joe Worrall from Nottingham Forest.


Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick to have medical at Hull City today ahead of a loan move, according to Sky sources.




The big story today looks set to be whether Celtic can keep hold of their star striker.
Mousa Dembele was not part of the Celtic squad that qualified for the Europa League group stage last night.
Lyon have had an offer rejected for Dembele - and Brendan Rodgers has reiterated his desire to keep the player.
Dembele’s social media account late night suggests he is far from happy. Just before midnight Dembele tweeted an image containing the phrase "A man without his word is nothing. A real man keeps his word."
We’ll keep you across all the latest.


It's transfer deadline day in Scotland with the window closing at midnight. For Celtic it's about trying to keep hold of their star man Mousa Dembele..
It's also going to be a busy day across the Football League with a 5pm deadline for signing players on loan.
The transfer window will close at different times across Europe. In Germany, they've got a 5pm deadline, while in both Spain and France it’s 11pm.


There's always plenty of twists and turns on a day like this and with the transfer window closing tonight in the EFL, Scotland and across Europe we're expecting plenty more drama to come.
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