Newcastle United in talks over replacing Steve Bruce ahead of Crystal Palace clash

Newcastle United are reportedly holding talks over hiring former Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe to replace Steve Bruce.

The Magpies have so far stuck with Bruce, who was in the dugout for the defeat to Tottenham at the weekend, though it seems only a matter of time before a change is made after the club were bought out by a wealthy Saudi consortium.

Newcastle will surely have big ambitions, and the Daily Mirror now claim they could try to kick-start this new era by appointing Howe to replace Bruce imminently.

The ex-Cherries boss could be in line to take over for Newcastle’s upcoming clash with Crystal Palace, according to the report.

Liverpool star makes Premier League history following superb performance vs Watford

Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino hit a hat-trick in the Reds’ 5-0 Premier League win over Watford, and made a small piece of history in the process.

The Brazil international has become the first Brazilian player to score more than one hat-trick in the Premier League, having also previously netted a treble against Arsenal in the past.

This stat comes via BBC Sport, with Garth Crooks including Firmino in his latest Premier League team of the week, alongside his Liverpool team-mates Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk.

Firmino didn’t have the best of times for Liverpool last season, with the goals really drying up for the 30-year-old, but it now looks like he’s back to something closer to his best form.

“It says everything” – Solskjaer sums up his dismay with Man Utd’s performance vs Leicester

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer summed up his dismay at his team’s performance in his post-match press conference yesterday.

The Red Devils were beaten 4-2 by Leicester City in a thrilling encounter at the King Power Stadium, but Solskjaer was clearly far from impressed with his players.

Watch below as Solskjaer points out that it says everything about the display that his goalkeeper David de Gea was probably the best performer, despite conceding four goals…

United supporters will surely be growing impatient with Solskjaer at the moment, with this United team showing some of their worst form during the Norwegian’s reign, despite so much money being pumped into the squad.

Video: Jack Wilshere wants Declan Rice to stay at West Ham but it will harm his career

The best people to speak to about Declan Rice’s trajectory at West Ham United would be David Moyes and those who have played alongside the midfielder.

Jack Wilshere is one such player, and the former Hammer believes that the England star should stay at West Ham.

With the possible exception of winning the title, Wilshere clearly feels that Rice can achieve everything he wants to in his career whilst plying his trade in east London.

As one of the club’s youngest-ever captains, the football world really is Rice’s oyster, though it’s debatable that he will hit the highest heights if he remains at West Ham.

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With all due respect to West Ham, who are doing remarkably well under David Moyes, their ceiling has always been roughly whereabouts they finished last season.

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Robert Lewandowski isn’t right for Man City even if he’s ousted by Haaland at Bayern Munich

Next summer’s transfer window could see the merry-go-round turning apace once it’s known where Erling Haaland is going to end up.

The young Norwegian is likely to be the most sought after name in the transfer window, with most of Europe’s elite clubs vying for his services.

Christian Falk of Bild detailed in a tweet that Bayern Munich have discussed the possibility of bringing the 21-year-old to Bavaria, and would aim to do so if Robert Lewandowski’s career at the club is coming to an end.

The Polish hit man has been an incredible servant for Bayern, however, he isn’t getting any younger.

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Even at 33 years of age (34 by the beginning of the 22/23 campaign), Lewandowski still knows where the goal is, though it’s arguable that, despite his natural goalscoring instincts, he’s not as sharp as he once was.

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Hummels fires transfer warning to Haaland amid Man United & Man City links

Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels has warned his team-mate Erling Haaland that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side amid transfer rumours linking him with the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City.

The Norway international is one of the most exciting young talents in world football at the moment, having scored a stunning 68 goals in 67 appearances since joining Dortmund.

Still only 21 years of age, it seems clear that Haaland has a great career ahead of him, and the Times have recently claimed that both United and City are keen to snap him up.

One imagines other top clubs will surely also be in for Haaland in the near future, but Hummels has warned the prolific forward that he also needs to appreciate what he currently has.

Manchester United scouts assess highly-rated young Chelsea transfer target

Manchester United have reportedly been scouting Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni as they become the latest club linked with the talented youngster.

Tchouameni has really caught the eye in Ligue 1 in recent times, and is also now a full senior France international as he continues to establish himself at the very highest level.

According to Fabrizio Romano on his Here We Go podcast, Tchouameni’s main suitors are Chelsea and Juventus at the moment, but Man Utd have also had scouts take a look at the 21-year-old.

Red Devils fans will surely be pleased with this news, even if there’s nothing more concrete at the moment, with midfield clearly an area of weakness in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad.

Aurelien Tchouameni is a target for Chelsea and has also been scouted by Man Utd

Rio Ferdinand advises Newcastle to seal transfer deals for England trio, including Man Utd ace

Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has given some transfer advice to Newcastle following their takeover last week that looks set to transform their fortunes.

The Magpies had struggled for many years under the ownership of Mike Ashley, but they could now experience something similar to Manchester City when they suddenly became one of the richest football clubs in the world back in 2008.

Ferdinand has named three England players as potential targets Newcastle could realistically go for to get their new era started: Raheem Sterling, Jesse Lingard and Declan Rice.

Speaking on his YouTube show Vibe with Five, Ferdinand said: “I’d be going to try and make like a mad couple of signings, like huge, that I think would be gettable.

“I’d be looking at people like Raheem Sterling. Raheem Sterling’s not playing regularly, I’d go ask him the question. I’d go and ask Declan Rice, ‘What’s going on?’

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“What they do is bordering on evil” – Arsenal legend slams exploitative betting companies

Arsenal legend Paul Merson has launched a powerful attack on betting companies as he slams them for exploiting people who are ill.

The Gunners great has spoken recently about his problems with gambling addiction, and it’s clear he feels very strongly about the way some of these companies conduct themselves.

Speaking in an interview with the Daily Mirror, Merson even went as far as to say that what some of these companies do is “bordering on evil” and urging them to stop.

“Betting companies are exploiting ill people. To do what they do is bordering on evil,” Merson said.

“There are lots of people like me who have a major problem,” he says. “They can’t stop. Betting companies are exploiting ill people. It’s as simple as that. They need to stop.”

Paul Merson is one of English football’s most well-known pundits

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Talks prepared: Man United to offer new contract to star to bring him in line with summer signings

Manchester United are reportedly preparing to offer a new contract to club captain Harry Maguire.

The England international has been an important player for Man Utd since joining from Leicester City in the summer of 2019, and his current deal isn’t even due to expire until 2025.

Still, it seems the Red Devils are keen to improve Maguire’s current wages to bring him in line with the kind of money summer signings Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho are on, according to the Daily Mirror.

That seems fair, as Maguire has clearly become an important leader for United and should perhaps have a contract that acknowledges his status in the dressing room.

Harry Maguire could be handed a new contract at Manchester United