20 July 2024

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Watford are in talks over the signing of Shamar Nicholson from Spartak Moscow.

The 26-year-old striker is available for transfer from the Russian club. Negotiations have not yet led to an agreement, including whether a move would be a loan or permanent switch.

The Jamaican international joined Spartak from Charleroi in 2021 and has a contract until 2026. Nicholson, who is 6’4”, has scored 12 goals in 39 appearances for Spartak Moscow.

The Athletic revealed that Nicholson was on Watford’s radar last weekend, following the 0-0 draw with Plymouth.

The Championship club held an interest in Sory Kaba, who was on loan at Cardiff from FC Midtjylland last season, but he joined Las Palmas earlier this week.

What now for Liverpool?

“The German saying is ‘Don’t praise the day before the evening’.”

Those words of warning from Jurgen Klopp shortly after confirming Liverpool had agreed a British record transfer fee of £111million ($142m) for Moises Caicedo proved to be well-founded.

From the euphoria initially generated by that ambitious swoop to the misery of emerging empty-handed from a torrid few days.

If losing out to Chelsea in the battle for Caicedo cut deep, then salt has been rubbed into gaping wounds by the Londoners also beating Liverpool to the signature of summer-long target Romeo Lavia.

What a chaotic turn of events. What a mess. Liverpool’s increasingly frantic search for a new holding midfielder goes on as we enter the final fortnight of the transfer window.

The pool of talent who fit the bill has dwindled and rivals know Liverpool are desperate with a significant amount of cash to spend — that’s not a great basis for negotiations…

It feels like Liverpool’s decision-making over transfers has gone awry


It feels like Liverpool’s decision-making over transfers has gone awry

Kate Burlaga

Guardiola considering reinforcements after De Bruyne surgery

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he has been speaking to director of football Txiki Begiristain about potential reinforcements following Kevin De Bruyne’s injury.

De Bruyne has had surgery on a hamstring injury that is set to sideline him for several months.

“We maybe need to add someone else,” Guardiola said.

“My opinion is I like a small squad. But the blow from Kevin changes the perspective. He is a very important player and it is not one or two weeks.

“It’s four or five months, he’s 32 years old and he needs to be physical because of the way he plays physically. So we have to reflect a bit on the squad and think about what we have to do.”

Kate Burlaga

Harry Kane after dream Bundesliga bow: ‘Instinct took over’

Harry Kane scored and assisted for Bayern Munich on his Bundesliga debut against Werder Bremen in a 4-0 victory on Friday.

Bayern’s record signing shone under the lights at Weserstadion as Thomas Tuchel’s men claimed all three points in their opening league game of the 2023-24 campaign.

Kane picked out Leroy Sane after just four minutes and the England captain familiarly found the bottom corner in the 74th minute after a well-timed run and fine first touch.

Sane and Mathys Tel both got on the scoresheet in added time to confirm a 4-0 victory for Bayern.

“It was a beautiful evening,” Kane said. “I’m thrilled. Of course I was a bit nervous with the new surroundings and the new club, but once I was on the pitch, instinct took over and I’m happy we got a good result.”

Tuchel said of his star signing from Tottenham: “The assist was great, the goal was a classic. He takes his time and hits it where he wants it to go.

“He is absolutely top; as a person, his presence, how he trains and of course his quality. He delivered an assist and scored — long may it continue.”

Raphael Honigstein was there to watch Kane — read more below


James Pearce

James Pearce·

Liverpool Correspondent

ICYMI: Liverpool’s Jones to miss Bournemouth match with ankle injury

ICYMI: Liverpool's Jones to miss Bournemouth match with ankle injury

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Curtis Jones is set to miss Liverpool’s Premier League clash with Bournemouth at Anfield on Saturday.

The England Under-21s international twisted his ankle in training this week and is unlikely to feature against Andoni Iraola’s side.

The hope is that Jones will be back in contention for the trip to Newcastle United a week on Sunday.

The 22-year-old midfielder impressed off the bench after replacing Cody Gakpo midway through the second half of last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

Jurgen Klopp is waiting to discover whether new signing Wataru Endo will be granted a work permit in time to feature against Bournemouth after completing a £16.2 million move from Stuttgart.

Klopp’s midfield options remain depleted with Thiago and Stefan Bajcetic not yet available for selection. They are still building up their fitness in training after recovering from long-term injuries.

David Ornstein

David Ornstein·

Football Writer

ICYMI: Leeds’ Gnonto submits transfer request

ICYMI: Leeds' Gnonto submits transfer request

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Wilfried Gnonto has submitted a written transfer request as he attempts to secure a move away from Leeds United.

Everton have seen multiple offers for the 19-year-old forward rejected, the most recent being worth £25million including bonuses and a sell-on clause to the Elland Road club.

Leeds insist that Gnonto is not for sale, but the Italy international is determined to leave in search of Premier League football and Everton are prepared to return with another improved offer.

Gnonto started in Leeds’ opening game of the Championship season against Cardiff, but withdrew from the squad to face Birmingham last week.

The club reiterated at that point that they were not willing to sanction his departure, and said the situation was an “internal disciplinary matter”.

Gnonto, who will not be involved in Leeds’ trip to West Brom on Friday evening, has been training alone since making himself unavailable for selection, and is no longer using the first-team dressing room.

Gnonto joined Leeds on a five-year deal from Zurich last September and made 45 appearances for Leeds in all competitions last season.

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