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Nottingham Forest to sack Steve Cooper with Julen Lopetegui lined up to replace him - Paper Talk

Plus: Newcastle full-back Tino Livramento wants to play for England over Scotland; West Ham and Crystal Palace are keen on a move for PSG striker Hugo Ekitike; West Ham are also open to offers for midfielder Pablo Fornals next month

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The top stories and transfer rumours from Thursday's newspapers...


Nottingham Forest are set to sack Steve Cooper after the dismal 5-0 defeat to Fulham - with Julen Lopetegui and Marco Silva among the candidates in the frame to take over

Dele Alli is nearing an Everton return after long-term injury as Sean Dyche confirmed the former England and Spurs star is 'back on the grass' and targeting his first Toffees appearance in over a year

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Steve Cooper says he'll do what's right for the club after facing questions on his future after his side were thrashed 5-0 against Fulham and suffered a fourth straight loss

Pep Guardiola made a shock claim that he will retire if Manchester City win the treble again this season as the Spaniard targets more silverware at the Etihad.

Eddie Howe says he has never seen a 17-year-old be thrown into such high-profile matches and perform like Lewis Miley, and the emergence of the 'unique' academy star could change Newcastle's plans to sign cover for Sandro Tonali in January.

The disgraced former Spanish Football president Luis Rubiales "forcefully kissed" England defender Lucy Bronze and "cupped and stroked" the face of Laura Coombs after the World Cup final, according to Football Association chair Debbie Hewitt.

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The supposed accreditation pass Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis wore at Craven Cottage was allegedly found in a bush outside Fulham's ground.

Patrice Evra has criticised Manchester United players for being 'unprofessional' in their recent defeat against Newcastle and claimed Ryan Giggs "wouldn't have given up" like Marcus Rashford did at St James' Park.

Tiger Woods and Nike's long-time, successful partnership could be coming to an end, according to a report.


Juventus hope to persuade Manchester City to carry on paying most of Kalvin Phillips' wages if he joins them next month.

Manchester City bid for a 21-year-old Lionel Messi, according to former manager Mark Hughes.

Lionel Messi admitted he almost followed Cristiano Ronaldo to Saudi Arabia.

Roy Hodgson had an object thrown at him by what appeared to be a Crystal Palace fan after their loss to Bournemouth.

Andrew Flintoff will be an assistant coach for England's five Twenty20 games in the Caribbean.


Tottenham Hotspur boss Ange Postecoglou has offered an update on James Maddison's recovery from an ankle injury he picked up against Chelsea last month, describing it as a "slow burner".

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Tottenham Hotspur head coach Ange Postecoglou jokes that he doubts James Maddison's self-diagnosis of his injury

Carl Froch has predicted Deontay Wilder will need less than three minutes to KO Anthony Joshua.

Kevin De Bruyne has been included in Manchester City's FIFA Club World Cup squad, raising hopes of an imminent return to action.

Paul Scholes has moved to quash the animosity between Antony and a group of Manchester United legends.


Tino Livramento wants to play for England over Scotland after becoming one of Newcastle's best signings since their takeover.

Golf's governing bodies are locked in a row with the PGA Tour and the game's top equipment makers after announcing their decision to rein back how far the ball can travel.

Bath are closing in on an extraordinary double-signing ahead of next season, with Henry Arundell and World Cup winner RG Snyman both on the verge of a move to the West Country club.

Andrew Flintoff will be part of England's coaching team for the Twenty20 series against West Indies as his involvement with the national side continues.


West Ham and Crystal Palace are both keen on a January move for striker Hugo Ekitike, who Paris Saint-Germain would be willing to loan out or sell for the right price.

West Ham will listen to offers for Pablo Fornals in January, despite triggering a one-year extension on his contract.


Manchester United are unlikely to make any signings in the January transfer market according to manager Erik ten Hag.

German third division side Saarbrucken have followed up their stunning elimination of Bayern Munich in the DFB-Pokal with a 2-0 defeat of Eintracht Frankfurt.

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