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


Man Utd's incoming sporting director Dan Ashworth has met with Graham Potter as pressure grows on Erik ten Hag.

Stoke are on the hunt to replace boss Steven Schumacher with former legendary boss Tony Pulis.

England football hero Mary Earps is to be immortalised with her very own waxwork.

Chelsea legend Frank Lampard has teased a stunning return to management.

Thomas Tuchel would consider bossing Barcelona - if he can't get the Manchester United job.

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Southampton are interested in signing Coventry star Callum O'Hare this summer but will face Premier League competition.


Liverpool have identified Brighton's Roberto De Zerbi as a potential replacement for Jurgen Klopp should they fail to appoint their top target, Xabi Alonso.


Newcastle are eyeing a summer deal for Bournemouth's Lloyd Kelly, with recruitment chief Steve Nickson, who is leading the potential deal, in line to take over Dan Ashworth's vacant role.

Gustavo Hamer tangles with Lloyd Kelly
Image: Lloyd Kelly (right) is Bournemouth's club captain but is out of contract in the summer

Zinedine Zidane has named the only three clubs that he'd choose to manage - Marseille, Real Madrid and France - according to former team-mate Thomas Gravesen.

Roc Nation - the company founded by global superstar Jay-Z - have poached football talent spotter Adam Hitch from Adidas to lead their European scouting network.

Aston Villa are braced for interest in their star players this summer as the impact of spending rules bites across the league.

The Premier League has written to football's lawmakers asking for permission to stage a trial of temporary concussion substitutes.

The Premier League will ask Sheffield United to reimburse Chelsea fans who have been left out of pocket after their trip to Bramall Lane next month was rescheduled for the second time in three days.

Spanish prosecutors are set to appeal against the four-and-a-half-year jail term handed to former Brazil and Barcelona player Dani Alves for rape, arguing that it should be longer.


The Everton manager, Sean Dyche, was among the guests at a drinks event hosted by Sir Keir Starmer for leading lights in British sport this week.

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Alisson's hamstring injury is so severe that he will miss a large chunk of the rest of the season, but believes Liverpool's ambitions remain in safe hands with Caoimhin Kelleher in goal.


Chelsea are set to recruit specialist coaches to work in a new dedicated set-piece department, despite head coach Mauricio Pochettino dismissing their importance only a month ago.

Mauricio Pochettino
Image: Mauricio Pochettino saw his Chelsea side beaten in the Carabao Cup final by Liverpool on Sunday

The barrister who represented Uefa's financial breach prosecution of Manchester City, Mark Phillips KC, is a serious contender to run football's new independent regulator.

Mauricio Pochettino says he does not understand why some Chelsea fans have begun to boo Raheem Sterling.

Newcastle United want to remain at St James' Park and expand the site as a feasibility study into the proposed redevelopment continues to consider viable options.

The president of Formula 1's governing body, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, made a high-profile intervention in the ongoing Christian Horner controversy on Friday night when he said the furore "is damaging the sport".


Pep Guardiola has told Barcelona they should look to appoint Roberto De Zerbi as their next boss.

Man Utd have included clauses in Kobbie Mainoo's current contract that will see him collect pay increases, ultimately easing concerns over his future.

Andre Onana has opened up on the difficult start to his Man Utd career and admitted it was one of the toughest spells of his career.


Football's lawmakers are expected to scrap plans for blue cards as part of trials for a new sin-bin system.

Luis Enrique reiterated Paris Saint-Germain have to adjust to playing without Kylian Mbappe after he was replaced at half-time during Friday's 0-0 draw with Monaco.

Brentford defender Ben Mee is out for the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury.

Crystal Palace manager Oliver Glasner says he is hopeful Michael Olise will return to action before the end of the month.


Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that Nicolas Jackson is watching clips of Brentford striker Ivan Toney in a bid to address his stuttering form at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea are taking a 'serious look' at Athletic Bilbao wide man Nico Williams with a view to bringing him in as Raheem Sterling's replacement, according to reports.


West Ham star Lucas Paqueta has been recalled to the Brazil squad for the first time since the FA launched an investigation into potential gambling breaches.

Chelsea and West Ham are among the clubs monitoring £15m-rated Gent defender Archie Brown.


Celtic and Rangers are reportedly set to battle it out for out-of-contract Coventry midfielder Callum O'Hare this summer.

Mark Lawwell has resigned as Celtic's head of recruitment to pursue new challenges within the game.

Steven Naismith says Hibs fans crossed a line when Lawrence Shankland had a bladed bottle opener thrown at him during the Edinburgh derby.

Philippe Clement has urged the Subway Loyal to stay in their seats - and insisted every second of Ibrox backing will count in the title run-in.


Nick Montgomery wants an explanation over the Edinburgh derby penalty controversy - and the Hibs boss says he is surprised the Tynecastle VAR monitor is placed on the opposite side of the ground from the dugouts right in front of 6000 home fans.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino will reportedly attend Aberdeen's trip to Paisley to face St Mirren on Saturday.

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