MORNING FOOTBALL FANS
Borussia Dortmund have confirmed Liverpool want Jude Bellingham – while Manchester United and Newcastle have been eyeing Ajax boss Erik ten Hag.
The mega-rich, managerless Magpies are said to be willing to pay the £ 6million after-tax over 51 years.
Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola (£ 21million) and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp (£ 15million) are the only Premier League bosses currently earning more.
Under fire Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is expected to take over United at Tottenham.
But the Norwegian remains the big favorite of the bookmakers to be the next boss of Prem sacked.
And although Ten Hag is reluctant to leave Ajax, United are said to be very impressed with his four-year reign in the Netherlands.
On the transfer front, Dortmund admit there is “a lot of interest” in England midfielder Bellingham – but will fight to keep him.
Chelsea are eyeing a double blow for center-backs Matthijs de Ligt and Jules Kounde.
This is in case Antonio Rudiger and / or Andreas Christensen leave when their contract expires next summer.
Finally, in the Carabao Cup last night, West Ham holders knocked out Manchester City on penalties and Leicester also reached the last eight in a shootout – against visitors from Brighton.
Superb second-half finishes from Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi sank Preston 2-0 for Liverpool, who have changed a lot.
Substitute Lucas Moura headed the only goal as Tottenham triumphed 1-0 at Burnley.
And Brentford won 2-1 away from Stoke, in-form forward Ivan Toney scoring an assist and a goal.