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winger Jadon Sancho was a late target for Al-Ettifaq before the Saudi Pro League
window closed on Thursday as they tried to sign the 23-year-old England international on loan.
However, Al-Ettifaq failed to land Sancho as Manchester United wanted to put a £50m obligation to buy the player in the deal.
Former Brighton and Chelsea manager Graham Potter, 48, has turned down the chance to replace Laurent Blanc
at French club Lyon
Saudi Pro League clubs believe their pursuit of Liverpool and Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 31, is only on hold despite Al-Ittihad failing to sign him before their transfer window closed on Thursday.
Lyon are set to consider ex-Wolves and Spain boss Julen Lopetegui, and Lille manager Paulo Fonseca for the role.
Former England striker Wayne Rooney, 37, is a possible candidate to manage Birmingham City if current boss John Eustace, who has been linked with Swansea and Rangers, leaves the club.
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Chelsea had a £23m bid for Norwegian winger Antonio Nusa rejected by Club Brugge on transfer deadline day and will face increased competition for the 18-year-old in the future as he is being watched by at least 20 other clubs.
Midfielder Jesse Lingard, 30, was set to play for West Ham in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Ipswich on Thursday, with the Hammers considering whether to offer a contract to the England international, a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest at the end of last season.
Napoli winger Kvicha Kvaratskhelia’s agent says the 22-year-old Georgia international is happy at the Serie A side and that “we never talked about wanting to change club”.
(CalcioNapoli24, via Football Italia)
Fulham are in talks with English midfielder Harrison Reed over a new contract, with the Cottagers having rejected a £3m bid by Wolves for the 28-year-old late in the transfer window.
Bournemouth rejected a late £20m bid from Tottenham for English defender Lloyd Kelly before the window closed, and Spurs could be joined by Liverpool and Newcastle United in wanting to sign the 24-year-old in January.