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Transfer rumours and football gossip: Liverpool chase Shkodran Mustafi & Aaron Long

Sporting Life's Paper Talk brings you the latest transfer rumours and football gossip from the national newspapers.


  • Harry Kane could face a race against time to be fit for England's World Cup qualifiers in March.
  • Jurgen Klopp has opened up on Liverpool's January transfer plans and admitted the club are looking at players who are both short-term and long-term solutions.
  • Sam Allardyce has urged West Brom's struggling stars to adopt "mindfulness" techniques to visualise themselves succeeding.


  • Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is ready to let Dele Alli leave before Monday's transfer deadline but chairman Daniel Levy still needs to approve the midfielder's exit to Paris Saint-Germain.
  • Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is set to miss Arsenal's crunch clash with Manchester United on Saturday after being told he must quarantine after visiting his unwell mother.
  • Christian Benteke is attracting interest from Italian duo Parma and Fiorentina ahead of Monday's transfer deadline.
  • N'Golo Kante will be fit to return for Chelsea's Premier League clash with Burnley on Sunday.
  • Facebook, Instagram and Twitter will be handed fines for the abuse of footballers, like Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial, if they fail to protect them under tough new rules drawn up by ministers.
  • Tottenham's players were left stunned at an angry dressing-room outburst by defender Serge Aurier during the defeat by Liverpool, with sources claiming he is now fighting to save his career at the club.
  • Arsenal are facing up to a significant cash shortfall next season.
  • The EFL board have opted not to follow the Premier League and FA in introducing concussion substitutes this season, as they have already altered their rules to permit managers to make five changes during this campaign.
  • Sean Dyche is in no rush to open talks over a new contract following Burnley's takeover by ALK Capital.
  • The EFL are facing calls to introduce sanctions for clubs who file their annual accounts late.
  • Jose Mourinho says the next few months are a 'crucial moment' for Gareth Bale as the Welshman looks to finally kickstart his second spell at the club.
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  • Jesse Lingard will not be available to face Liverpool on Sunday after West Ham failed to complete his loan move from Manchester United in time to meet the noon deadline.
  • Jose Mourinho hopes Harry Kane will be back for Tottenham's top-four clash with West Ham on February 20.
  • Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti is ready to axe Jordan Pickford following his latest howler.
  • Wolves striker Raul Jimenez is back in the gym and continuing on the road to recovery after his horror head injury.


  • Liverpool will spend the final 72 hours of the transfer window in an increasingly frantic late dash to sign a centre-half.
  • There is optimism that Harry Kane's latest ankle injuries are not as serious as previous ones suffered by the Tottenham striker.
  • Police have launched an investigation into the racist abuse sent to Axel Tuanzebe and Anthony Martial.
  • Thomas Tuchel has been accused of casting doubt on Istanbul Basaksehir's motives for walking off against Paris Saint-Germain following the unprecedented racism storm that saw the two sides' Champions League match abandoned.


  • The death of the former Wales and Cardiff defender Keith Pontin may have been linked to heading the ball during his football career, an inquest has heard.


  • Only home fans are expected to be allowed into group matches for this summer's delayed Euro 2020 tournament and very limited numbers of travelling supporters will be permitted for the latter stages of the competition, it can be revealed.
  • Gareth Southgate will participate in a Football Association-backed study that will investigate links between the sport and dementia.


  • Scott Brown reckons Peter Lawwell deserves a statue outside Celtic Park alongside the club greats.
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  • Aberdeen could turn to Scotland U21 striker Fraser Hornby as Sam Cosgrove's short-term replacement.
  • Jack Ross has confirmed Hibs have knocked back 'sensible' bids for Kevin Nisbet and Ryan Porteous.


  • Liverpool are ready to turn to Arsenal outcast Shkodran Mustafi to solve their defensive crisis.
  • Liverpool are reportedly interested in signing USA defender Aaron Long before Monday's transfer deadline.


  • Luke Shaw has backed Manchester United to go on and win a treble this season.

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