Tottenham boss Nuno on 'bring of SACK', Rudiger happy at Chelsea, Emery favourite for Newcastle job – transfer news live
1st November 2021

TOTTENHAM are reportedly ready to go back in for Antonio Conte as Nuno Espirito Santo's job hangs by a thread.

The Spurs boss was greeted with chants of "you don't know what you're doing" during a 3-0 loss to Man Utd.

Meanwhile Antonio Rudiger has confirmed he is happy at Chelsea despite speculation linking him with Liverpool and Man City.

And former Arsenal boss Unai Emery is the new favourite for the Newcastle job.

Stay up to date with all the latest from around the clubs with our live blog…

  • Joshua Jones

    OVERNIGHT ROUND-UP

    Nuno Espirito Santo’s fate as Tottenham boss could be decided today.

    Spurs chairman Daniel Levy held crisis talks with sporting director Fabio Paratici yesterday following Saturday’s 3-0 home humiliation against Manchester United.

    Nuno’s reign has lasted 124 days – with Jacques Santini the quickest to be axed by Levy so far after 155 days in 2004.

    Former Chelsea and Inter Milan chief Antonio Conte reportedly tops Spurs’ wishlist – as well as Manchester United’s, should they sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    United’s impressive weekend win eased the pressure on Solskjaer but Champions League defeat at Atalanta tomorrow night would put it all back on.

    But a spanner in the works for both Tottenham and the Red Devils is that Conte is reportedly ready to wait for a new job until the summer.

    On the transfer side, Liverpool are being linked with Leicester flyer Harvey Barnes and Real Madrid flop Luka Jovic.

    But Reds’ boss Jurgen Klopp still hopes to keep main man Mo Salah.

    Arsenal could move for United midfield misfit Donny van de Beek in January.

    On the pitch, West Ham went three points clear of fifth-placed United with a comfortable 4-1 win over Aston Villa.

    But Villa boss Dean Smith blasted Ezri Konsa’s “staggering” 50th-minute red card when the visitors were 2-0 down.

    Smith insisted Jarrod Bowen was not goalbound when Villa centre-back Konsa fouled him.

    Earlier Leeds won 2-1 at bottom side Norwich, while Everton will go sixth tonight if they triumph at Wolves.

  • Ian Tuckey

    OLE HAILS FERNANDES

    Bruno Fernandes is finally coming to terms with no longer being Manchester United’s main man.

    Now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hopes his Portuguese playmaker has rediscovered his mojo going into this week’s crucial games against Atalanta and Manchester City.

    Fernandes’ nose was well and truly put out of joint by the deadline-day signing of his international team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo.

    For the previous 18 months he had relished his status as the Old Trafford idol with the entire team being set up around his talents.

    But everything changed when Ronaldo returned to become the sole focus of attention.

    And Fernandes found himself trying a bit too hard to recapture top dog status and ended up playing his team into trouble as a consequence.

    But a long, hard chat with boss Solskjaer following last week’s Liverpool humiliation appears to have got him back on track.

    And the change of formation which gave him free rein to try all his tricks behind Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani worked wonders as United took hapless Spurs to the cleaners in Saturday’s 3-0 win.

    It was his sublime pass which teed up Ronaldo’s 39th-minute volley and his tackle on Oliver Skipp which set up Cavani’s first goal of the season to secure the victory.

    A delighted Solskjaer said: “What a ball for Ronaldo’s goal. Bruno really shows his quality when he plays those passes.

    “I’ve been on to him lately about his decision-making because in some games he’s been a bit wasteful and taking too many risks.

    “But Bruno has to be allowed to play that pass if he sees Cristiano, Cavani and Marcus Rashford in position and he’s getting better at that which is good.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    KDB SWEATS ON CITY PLACE AT UTD

    Kevin De Bruyne is sweating on his Manchester City place for Saturday’s derby at United.

    The Belgian superstar, 30, has been the main man at the Etihad — and at times in the whole Premier League — for much of his six-year stay.

    But Pep Guardiola does not care much for the past, just ask Raheem Sterling or Riyad Mahrez.

    He goes on what he sees on the training pitch and in matches when he picks his team.

    And KdB must be worried in the aftermath of Saturday’s shock 2-0 home defeat by Crystal Palace, particularly when he looks around at the midfield talent in Manchester City’s squad.

    Because right now, on form alone, he does not get into their first XI.

    De Bruyne was left on the bench at Brighton nine days ago — and City shone.

    At West Ham in midweek, he was withdrawn ten minutes from time as the Carabao Cup holders went out on penalties.

    And on Saturday, when his ten-man team needed inspiration, Guardiola brought him off on the hour.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NUNO FIGHTS TO AVOID AXE

    Nuno Espirito Santo is fighting to avoid the sack after Daniel Levy held crisis talks today.

    The Tottenham chairman discussed the manager’s future with sporting director Fabio Paratici following Saturday’s humiliating 3-0 home defeat by Manchester United.

    Now Levy must decide whether to fire Nuno, 47, after just five wins from their opening ten games of the  Premier League season.

    Nuno would go down as having the shortest reign of any full-time Spurs manager under Levy with just 124 days in charge if he is axed.

    French flop Jacques Santini was booted out after 155 days back in November 2004.

    Fans turned on the Portuguese on Saturday, chanting ‘We want Nuno out’.

    The atmosphere turned toxic as the North Londoners failed to register a shot on target all game.

    Levy was also subjected to fans asking for him to leave the club, while even Harry Kane was booed when he opted to pass rather than shoot. 

  • Ian Tuckey

    ONLY MENDY ‘BETTER’ THAN RAMSDALE

    These stats show how Aaron Ramsdale is justifying his emergence as Arsenal’s first-choice keeper.

    Some doubted why Mikel Arteta would pay Sheffield United £30million for a stopper who might struggle to replace Bernd Leno.

    And positions like striker seemed more crucial for strengthening to many fans.

    But yesterday’s star-man showing in the 2-0 win at Leicester underlined Ramsey’s progress.

  • Ian Tuckey

    NUNO ‘ON BRINK’

    Spurs chief Nuno Espirito Santos is ‘on the brink’ of the sack, according to The Telegraph tonight.

    Tottenham chiefs reportedly held an urgent meeting amid anger at yesterday’s 3-0 home defeat against Manchester United.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RASH OF BIRTHDAY WISHES

    How many people have done so much, so well received, so young as Marcus Rashford.

    And Manchester United marked the birthday of “one of our own” today by hailing the England striker and social campaigner as a “role model on and off the pitch”.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LACAZETTE ‘FANCIES ATLETICO MOVE’

    Alexandre Lacazette hopes to join Atletico Madrid next summer, reports say.

    The France striker, 30, is expected to leave Arsenal when his contract expires at the end of the season.

    And the Daily Express suggest Atletico are keen.

    Lacazette has notched 68 goals and 29 assists in 178 games for the Gunners.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DON’T CONT ON IT

    Antonio Conte insists he won’t be joining a new club until the end of the season, according to reports.

    The former Chelsea boss has been heavily linked with Manchester United, Newcastle and Tottenham.

    But Conte reportedly is prepared to bide his time and wait to take a job at the start of next season.

    Conte was strongly linked with replacing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at United after their drubbing against Liverpool.

    But United won 3-0 at Tottenham on Saturday and their board are keeping the faith with their former striker.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JOHNSON’S SWITCHED ON FOR HAMMERS

    Ben Johnson celebrated bagging West Ham’s opener in the 4-1 win over Aston Villa by mocking a viral video of himself as a teenager.

    After brushing off his elated team-mates, the 21-year-old defender shook his hands in the air in a similar fashion to the old clip.

    Hammers fans were quick to comment, one saying: “Keep those celebrations coming Ben!!”

    Another said: “Love that.”

    And another said: Quality celebration!

    “The screwing in lightbulbs dance! Face with tears of joy Ben Johnson he’s one of our own!”

  • Ian Tuckey

    FIAT PANDA BEATS FERRARI FOR VIDAL

    Inter Milan star Arturo Vidal showed up to training on Saturday with a new set of wheels.

    But it is nothing like the Ferrari he has been previously spotted driving in Italy as Vidal decided to go for something simpler.

    The midfielder appeared in a classic Fiat Panda and filmed himself parking in the training ground.

    The Chile international shared a short clip on his personal Twitter account with the following caption: “Happy coming to train, life has given me many possibilities, but I know that I am happy with the little things.”

    This comes after the 34-year-old went viral with a video that leaked online of him on a night out.

    The clip was taken in August but was unearthed earlier this month showing the former Juventus star rolling around on the back of his Ferrari.

    In the video, which was taken three days before Inter‘s Serie A season opener against Genoa, Vidal posed for pictures with fans before attempting to get in the passenger seat of his supercar.

    The Chilean experienced difficulty manoeuvring himself into position and was caught rolling around on the back of the vehicle with both of his legs in the air as he almost fell off.

    Vidal then got himself back upright, before getting into the passenger seat facing the wrong way.

    It was later revealed that Inter were aware of the video and already discussed it with the player in August.

  • Ian Tuckey

    DON DEAL FOR JANUARY?

    Donny van de Beek is again being linked to Arsenal.

    It’s claimed the Gunners are pondering a January move for the Manchester United fringe midfielder after speculation of a summer switch came to nothing.

    Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta brought in Albert Sambi Lokonga and turned Martin Odegaard’s loan switch into a permanent deal during the last transfer window.

    But he still needs more midfield reinforcements.

    And Gunners’ technical director Edu believes the chances of securing Holland star Van de Beek are growing, according to the Mail.

  • Ian Tuckey

    WAH BLIMEY!

    Ex-Sunderland midfielder Wahbi Khazri is a social media hit thanks to his wondergoal for St Etienne against Metz yesterday, writes KOSTAS LIANOS.

    It’s very difficult these days for any player to stand out in Ligue 1 with the likes of Paris Saint-Germain superstars Lionel Messi, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe around.

    But Tunisa star Khazri found a way to become the talk of the league thanks to his 70-yard screamer at the Stade Saint-Symphorien.

    St Etienne were trailing following Farid Boulaya’s opener that put Metz ahead after just nine minutes.

    But the hosts’ lead only lasted a mere seven minutes as Khazri picked the ball up from his own area and drove it all the way to the middle of the pitch.

    That is when he caught goalkeeper Alexandre Oukidja out of position and launched a powerful shot towards goal.

    Oukidja ran towards his net but the ball’s speed was too much for him and he thus conceded what currently stands as a major candidate for goal of the season.

    The forward celebrated in front of a shocked crowd and his goal proved to be essential as it led to a 1-1 draw.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LOOKING BLEAK FOR SANTO

    Nuno Espirito Santo seems on the brink as Tottenham boss…

    CHECK HERE FOR THE LATEST NEWS OVER HIS FUTURE

  • Ian Tuckey

    ASTON VILLA 1 WEST HAM 4

    West Ham powered level on points with third-placed Manchester City by sending ten-man Villa to a fourth straight defeat.

    Ben Johnson drilled the Hammers’ opener from Declan Rice’s pass on seven minutes and Rice himself thumped the second goal into the same corner in the 38th minute.

    Jarrod Brown rounds off another impressive West Ham win
    West Ham celebrate as victory moved them three points clear of fourth-placed Man Utd

    Ollie Watkins headed against the bar as Villa rallied but their hopes ended whenEzri Konsa saw red for fouling goal-bound Jarrod Bowen early in the second period.

    Pablo Fornals slotted home West Ham’s third on the break in the 80th minute.

    AndMichail Antonio and Manuel Lanzinisoon neatly teed up Bowen for the visitors’ fourth goal.

  • Ian Tuckey

    CON AIR

    Manchester United face missing out on managerial target Antonio Conte with Tottenham ready to lure him to the club, reports suggest.

    United’s 3-0 win at Tottenham eased the pressure on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer but intensified the anger from Spurs fans towards Nuno Espirito Santo.

    Alfredo Pedulla, who works for Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, claims Spurs are fed up with Nuno and believe the ex-Inter Milan boss Conte could be the right man to lead the club.

    United appear willing to give Solskjaer more time which means the club could miss out on Conte.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KYL NEEDS ‘TASTE FOR BLOOD’

    PSG legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticised star striker Kylian Mbappe because he “doesn’t do enough” at Parc des Princes.

    Mbappe has been on fire this season as he has already registered six goals and eight assists in 14 matches across all competitions for PSG.

    Ibrahimovic, who notched a total of 156 goals in 180 appearances during his four-year stint with the Parisians, rates the France international but believes he should still be doing more on the pitch.

    The former Manchester United star claims the 22-year-old needs to up his game by getting a “taste for blood” and “walking on fire” to reach the top.

    Ibrahimovic told Telefoot: “I love him but he doesn’t do enough.

    “He can become so good if he learns to hurt himself. He needs to get a taste for blood, walk on fire.

    “Surround yourself with those who say you aren’t good enough and you will be better.”

    Mbappe is now part of a star-studded PSG side that includes the likes of Lionel Messi, Neymar, Gianluigi Donnarumma, Sergio Ramos and more.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RAPH JUSTICE FOR BIELSA

    Raphinha may have scored the opening goal in Leeds’ 2-1 win over Norwich at Carrow Road – but he might have some apologising to do to boss Marcelo Bielsa.

    The 24-year-old wiped out the crouching Bielsa as he stretched to try and keep the ball in play in front of the dugout.

    With Leeds leading 2-1 after three goals in a frantic five minutes, Raphinha jumped to try and nod a bouncing ball into the path of Dan James.

    But not only did he fail to keep the ball in play – he ended up clattering into Bielsa, 66, as the Argentinian manger watched on from the touchline.

    But with no lasting damage done the Leeds boss is unlikely to mind after Raphinha scooped the man of the match award.

    And fans loved it too, with one writing on Twitter: “Still can’t work out what’s better; those 3 points or the look of sheer terror on Raphinha’s face as he bodyslammed Bielsa to the floor.”

    And after a poor run of recent results another fan joked: “Even Raphinha’s had enough of Bielsa.”

    The Brazilian winger has been in stellar form this season despite Leeds’ poor form, scoring four goals in nine Premier League games.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SPURS BOARD DISCUSS NUNO FUTURE

    Tottenham’s board are thought to be pondering boss Nuno Espirito Santo’s future.

    Yesterday’s dire 3-0 home defeat to Manchester United plunged Spurs to eighth.

    And Tottenham fans booed at the final whistle after Harry Kane and Co failed to manage a shot on target.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RASHFORD ‘UNHAPPY’ AT NOT STARTING

    Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford was “fuming” with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision not to start him against Tottenham.

    That is according to former United ace Owen Hargreaves, who claims Rashford showed signs of frustration while celebrating his goal during Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Tottenham.

    Solskjaer opted for an experienced attacking duo with a combined age of 70 to lead the line and it paid off as both Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani scored against Spurs.

    The 23-year-old came off the bench on 71 minutes to replace Ronaldo and sealed the Red Devils’ triumph at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

    Hargreaves told Premier League Productions: “I think you could see that in his celebration, he was fuming.

    “But when two legends of the game are playing ahead of you it’s hard to complain in a sense.

    “He’s never going to drop Ronaldo, he needed somebody else in there and Cavani was fabulous last season. He probably deserved to start sooner.

    “Having Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood to come off the bench, as much as it will hurt them, maybe right now for the balance of the team, they looked good today and Rashford will get goals coming off the bench, definitely.”

  • Ian Tuckey

    THE GRIM RIO-PER

    Manchester United legend Rio Ferdinand has shared a Halloween photo in a wheelchair after a mystery illness left him in hospital.

    The former England defender decided to grim and bear it in a costume that might even scare Red Devils.

  • Ian Tuckey

    JT ‘MISSES PLAYING EVERY DAY’

    John Terry admits he ‘misses it every day’ as he reflects on launching one of the most famous playing careers in Chelsea history 23 years ago.

    The former England centre-back came on as a wide-eyed sub aged 17 after Chelsea went 4-1 up late in a home League Cup tie against Aston Villa.

    And by the time he left Stamford Bridge in 2017 he was their third-highest appearance maker ever, on 717 games, with five Premier League titles and a Champions League triumph.

    Player-manager Gianluca Vialli had just completed a hat-trick in the 85th minute when Terry replaced Dan Petrescu to see out a 4-1 win against Villa on October 28 1998.

    By 2001 he was their player of the year and captain.

    And 78-cap JT marked the memory of his four-minute debut by posting on Instagram: “On This Day 1998 I made my debut for @chelseafc. I Miss It Everyday.”

    But although his dogged defending made him a favourite with Blues’ fans, his stint at Stamford Bridge was dotted with controversy.

    By far the major issue was being banned for four matches and fined £220,000 for racially abusing QPR defender Anton Ferdinand in October 2011.

  • Ian Tuckey

    ZLATAN: FRENCH LEAGUE BORING WITHOUT ME

    Ligue 1 may boast some of the world’s premier footballing talent.

    But former Paris Saint-Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic reckons it’s boring without him around any more.

    Ibra left PSG in 2016 after bagging 156 goals in 180 appearances with the French giants.

    Since then he has played for Manchester United and LA Galaxy before heading back to his old stomping ground at AC Milan.

    He told Telefoot: “So, do you miss me in France or not? Because since I left, what are you talking about, nothing? It must be boring to work in France now.”

    PSG’s current front line might have something to say about that.

    Megastars Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar all play for the Swede’s former club in one of the most fearsome front lines around.

    In fact, the Parc des Princes is packed full of talent – Sergio Ramos, Marco Veratti and Achraf Hakimi are just a few of the other big names in the French capital.

  • Ian Tuckey

    KOP EYE BARNES AND JOVIC

    Liverpool are reportedly preparing for life without Mo Salah by considering a double swoop for Leicester star Harvey Barnes and Real Madrid flop Luka Jovic.

    Salah’s current contract with the Reds is up in 2023 and he’s yet to sign a new deal with the club.

    The Egyptian winger is said to be demanding a whopping £450,000-a-week to put pen to paper but the Kop giants aren’t to keen on making him the club’s highest-paid star.

    Instead, the Reds are hoping to convince Salah to accept a lower pay packet.

    However, if they’re not successful with their attempt, the Reds are reportedly lining up Jovic and Barnes to fill the void Salah would leave if he left the club, according to Fichajes.

    The Reds know replacing the 29-year-old who’s scored 140 goals in 216 games for the club since joining from Roma in 2017 is no easy task which is why they want two stars to step into his shoes.

    Bringing Jovic to Anfield shouldn’t be hard as the striker’s fallen out of favour at Real.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RAMSEY TIPPED FOR PREM RETURN

    Juventus are willing to part ways with Aaron Ramsey to fund a move for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic, reports suggest.

    Arsenal and Tottenham target Vlahovic is linked with a move away from Fiorentina – while Ramsey is a target for Newcastle.

    The Italian giants need to free up salary space in order to sanction a transfer, according to Tuttosport.

    Ramsey is on a reported yearly salary of £11.8million, although his sky-high wages are not said to deter the Magpies in their pursuit of the Welshman.

    Should they seal a deal for the 30-year-old, Juve will then make their move for Serbian Vlahovic.

    The 21-year-old is a target for Juve next summer but could bring an offer forward to January should Ramsey depart.

    And in a blow to Arsenal and Tottenham the 21-year-old is said to favour a move to Turin.

    However Fiorentina would be reluctant to sell their prized asset to a Serie A rival.

    Although they may not have a choice as contract talks between the two parties have stalled.

    Vlahovic’s current deal expires in 2023 with the club desperate to tie him down to a new deal.

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