Plus: George Lineker has suggested dad Gary could quit Match of the Day for good when his contract runs out in two years’ time; Paris Saint-Germain are targeting a summer move for Villarreal defender and former Manchester United target Pau Torres
Sunday 12 March 2023 08:17, UK
All the top stories and transfer rumours from Sunday’s newspapers…
Steven Gerrard has flown to Istanbul to hold talks with Trabzonspor as he eyes a return to management, it has been claimed.
George Lineker has suggested dad Gary could quit Match of the Day for good when his contract runs out in two years’ time.
Paris Saint-Germain are targeting a summer move for Villarreal defender Pau Torres, a year after Erik ten Hag persuaded Manchester United not to sign the Spain international.
Rochester New York FC have been forced to withdraw from entering the 2023 MLS NEXT Pro season, in a major blow for the side and minority shareholder Jamie Vardy.
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Manchester United will not be put off by Harry Kane’s age – he turns 30 in July – when they launch their effort to sign the England captain at the end of the season thanks to the success they have had with Casemiro since his move from Real Madrid at the same age last summer.
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MLS side St Louis City SC are interested in signing Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino when his contract expires at the end of the season and hope his relationship with former Hoffenheim sporting director Lutz Pfannenstiel will give them an edge.
Celta Vigo midfielder Gabri Veiga has emerged as a possible midfield signing for Manchester United in the summer, but they will face competition from Premier League rivals Newcastle as well as at least two teams from the Bundesliga.
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Gary Lineker is wanted by BT Sport to become the face of their rebranded football coverage next season, with the Match of the Day presenter set to be inundated with offers following his suspension by the BBC.
The cost of upgrading Fulham’s Craven Cottage Riverside Stand has soared to £200m but owner Shad Khan is happy to pay extra for a raft of high-end adjustments.
A picture circulating online of Manchester United bidder Sheikh Jassim bin Hamad Al Thani has been described as “not official” by a spokesman who was unable to confirm its authenticity.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill stunned his rivals in a USTAF athletics event on Saturday in Louisville, winning his 60 metres race by more than five metres in a time of 6.70 seconds, only two-tenths slower than the winning time at the recent European Indoor Championships.
Yorkshire face losses of £500,000 after Nike ended a lucrative kit deal as a result of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal.
Worcester Warriors fans have raised “serious concerns” over their new owners after it emerged they put the club up for sale shortly after buying it from the administrator.
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Newcastle aim to make a move for young Fleetwood keeper Stephen McMullan.
Marcelo Bielsa fancies a Premier League return – but not until the summer.
Wigan are trying to avoid an automatic three-point penalty after failing to pay players and staff on time.
Manchester United will send young striker Joe Hugill out on loan again next season.
Manchester United are ready to make their move for Inter Milan right-back Denzel Dumfries in the summer, with the potential for a swap involving Diogo Dalot, but there will be competition for the Dutchman from Chelsea.
Tottenham remain interested in Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford despite him committing to a new contract at Goodison Park, but it might take the Toffees getting relegated to make their chances easier and potentially cut the transfer fee.
Everton are ready to make a summer move for Sheffield United and Senegal forward Iliman Ndiaye, who has scored 12 goals in the Blades’ push for a Premier League return.
Adebayo Akinfenwa made his debut for Faversham Town on Saturday, starting for the Isthmian League side against Lancing but coming off at half-time in a game they went on to lose 2-1.
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Paul Parker believes some members of Manchester United’s squad lack the character for a Premier League title fight and showed their “old ways” during the 7-0 drubbing at Liverpool.
Katie Taylor will bid to become an undisputed champion in two weight divisions against light-welterweight star Chantelle Cameron in Dublin in May.
Jofra Archer is not setting his sights too high ahead of a busy Ashes summer and says he would be happy to play in just one Test match against old enemy Australia after such a tough time with injury over the last three years.
A staff member at the BBC has likened the furore over Gary Lineker to something from their mockumentary W1A but said it would almost not be believable as a plotline.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe has charged his INEOS director of sport Sir Dave Brailsford with finding a team of individuals capable of overhauling Manchester United’s sporting organisation and remains confident he will be able to beat off competition for the club from Qatar.
Rangers boss Michael Beale has dropped his heaviest hint yet that he’s set to offer Ryan Jack a new deal at Ibrox.
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