Newcastle target 'Martial and Dzeko double transfer', Chelsea 'go back in for Kounde and Lautaro Martinez' – latest

NEWCASTLE are keen on a striker after reportedly making a shock £85m transfer bid for Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic.

The in-form Serb has refused to sign a new contract with the Italian side and has been a target for Tottenham, Arsenal and Man City among others.

The struggling Magpies are also said to be keen to bring Anthony Martial and Edin Dzeko to Tyneside as the club's Saudi owners look to splash the cash.

Meanwhile Chelsea are said to be keen to rekindle Lautaro Martinez's partnership with Romelu Lukaku.

The two fired Inter Milan to the Serie A title last season before Lukaku headed to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are also reported to be ready to rekindle their interest in Jules Kounde, with Seville said to be ready to drop their £68m asking price for the defender.

Get all the latest transfer news, gossip and updates here…

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    Tottenham 2 Liverpool 2

    A thriller in north London saw the spoils shared between Spurs and Liverpool.

    Both sides went ahead in what was a modern-day Premier League classic.

    And the visitors ended up playing with 10 men after Andy Robertson saw red.

    READ THE REPORT HERE

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    Braut of here?

    Erling Haaland appeared to signal his Borussia Dortmund exit by WAVING goodbye to fans.

    But sporting director Michael Zorc said: "I saw the pictures afterwards too. It looked a bit strange, but I don't think it was a deliberate action.

    “I spoke to him again briefly, and that's not an issue in the team either.

    “‘What is this?’ I asked him. ‘Nothing at all’, he said. That settles the matter."

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    Forward planning

    Arsenal are targeting a striker as a top priority in the January window after Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s fall from grace at the Emirates.

    Alexandre Lacazette is also expected to leave next summer when his deal expires.

    Football London’s Chris Wheatley told Sky Sports News the Gunners are eyeing the likes of Lautaro Martinez to ease their striker problem.

    Arsenal have also been linked with a big-money move for Fiorentina’s Dusan Vlahovic – but they face a battle with other Premier League giants for his signature.

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    Game on

    It's half time in London and Liverpool have come from behind to be drawing 1-1 at Tottenham.

    Should the scoreline remain the same, Jurgen Klopp's men will be three points behind leaders Man City.

    Can Liverpool find a way to win against Spurs?

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    Juan-ted man

    Barcelona want to sign Manchester United star Juan Mata in January, according to reports.

    The Star claims United could let Mata leave on a free transfer next month.

    And Barca are ready to swoop for the experienced playmaker.

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    Core blimey

    A Premier League computer predicts Man City will win the title this season.

    After Pep Guardiola's men went four points clear at the top thanks to a 4-0 win at Newcastle, it may be hard to argue otherwise…

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    Premier League results

    Manchester City thrashed Newcastle with a score of 4-0 at St James' Park and remained top of the league.

    Ruben Dias, Joao Cancelo, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling all scored for City, while the Magpies' relegation scrap continues.

    Chelsea and Wolves drew 0-0 at Molineux after the former's request to postpone the match due to a COVID-19 outbreak within their camp was rejected by the Premier League.

    Blues boss Thomas Tuchel didn't have enough players to complete his substitutes list

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    Vlahovic record

    Fiorentina star striker Dusan Vlahovic has made Serie A history.

    Vlahovic netted in today’s 2-2 draw with Sassuolo and matched a record he now shares with Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The centre-forward registered 33 Serie A goals in a single year and continues to stand out.

    Arsenal and Manchester United are both keeping tabs on the Serbia international

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    Tuchel reaction

    Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel wasn't happy with the Premier League's decision not to postpone their match with Wolves.

    The Blues requested that their game should be called off following a coronavirus outbreak within their ranks.

    Tuchel said: "It will not stop, it's my opinion, it's the medical opinion but it's not the opinion of the Premier League."

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    Newcastle 0-2 Man City

    Manchester City are 2-0 ahead against struggling Newcastle at St James' Park.

    Ruben Dias opened the scoring after just five minutes to give the hosts' the lead.

    Joao Cancelo doubled City's lead on 27 minutes during a dominant first half for Pep Guardiola's men

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    ‘Palpable admiration’

    Manchester United continue to be heavily linked with Sevilla star Jules Kounde, who is also linked with Chelsea.

    That is according to AS, who report that Kounde has ‘palpable’ admiration at Old Trafford.

    The same report suggests the Red Devils could move for the centre-back during the upcoming January transfer window.

    That would work as a blow for the Blues, who consider the France international as a top target with four defenders’ contracts running out in June

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    Newcastle vs Man City

    Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is in the dugout following a dramatic coronavirus test.

    Guardiola's initial test came back inconclusive and the Catalan head coach had to self-isolate.

    But the 50-year-old's next test came back negative.

    Here is how City and Newcastle will play today at St James' Park

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    Wolves vs Chelsea XI

    As expected, Chelsea can't fill up their substitute bench.

    The Blues are dealing with a coronavirus outbreak and wanted the match postponed.

    But the Premier League ordered the fixture to go ahead.

    Here's how the two teams will play tonight:

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    Racism incident

    A Leeds supporter has been arrested for allegedly racially abusing Arsenal players during last night’s clash at Elland Road.

    According to The Athletic, a fan targeted the Gunners' Nicolas Pepe and Nuno Tavares with racial slurs.

    The incident is said to have happened while the north Londoners’ duo were warming up near the corner in the first-half

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    Chelsea COVID situation

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel announced on Thursday that Ben Chilwell, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku were all confirmed to have contracted coronavirus and are self-isolating.

    According to football.london, there have been further positive test results within the Blues' ranks in the past 24 hours.

    As a result, it's highly unlikely thewest Londoners are able to fill their substitutes' bench for tonight's game with Wolves.

    Reports suggest those within the first team are "frustrated and perplexed" with the Premier League's decision not to postpone the fixture

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    Wolves VS Chelsea

    Chelsea's Premier League clash with Wolves at the Molineux is set to go ahead.

    According to the Telegraph, the Premier League have rejected the Blues' request to postpone the game.

    The west Londoners are reportedly dealing with some new COVID-19 cases within their camp

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    More from the Premier League

    “The Board assesses applications to postpone matches on a case-by-case basis, based on existing rules and COVID-19 postponement guidance issued to all clubs.

    “It will assess a number of factors, including the ability of a club to field a team; the status, severity and potential impact of the COVID-19 outbreak at the club; and the ability of the players to safely prepare for and play the match. The Board must also consider the wider risks to the opposition and other people the club representatives may come into contact with.

    “With the health and wellbeing of all players and staff the priority, and in light of the recent rise in COVID-19 cases across the country, the Premier League has reintroduced Emergency Measures.

    “These include protocols such as more frequent testing, wearing face coverings while indoors, observing social distancing and limiting treatment time”

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    Premier League reaction

    Arsenal’s clash with Leeds was the only Premier League match that wasn’t postponed as six out of 10 games have ben called off this weekend.

    The Premier League shared the following statement: “Due to more positive cases in the Aston Villa squad today, the Premier League Board has regrettably had to postpone the club’s home fixture against Burnley, due to kick off at 15:00 GMT this afternoon.

    “After reviewing all the new information provided by Villa this morning and receiving separate medical advice, the Board approved the request as a result of the club not having enough players to field a team.

    “This decision was based on the number of COVID-19 cases, injuries and illness.

    “The League understands the decision to postpone the match at such short notice will frustrate and disappoint supporters, and apologises for the inconvenience and disruption caused.

    “The remaining four Premier League matches due to be played this weekend are currently scheduled to proceed as planned”

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    Toon eye Tony

    Newcastle are keeping tabs on both Anthony Martial and Edin Dzeko ahead of the January transfer window, reports SunSport's Phil Thomas and Duncan Wright.

    The Magpies are willing to pay a hefty loan fee of around £6million to tempt Manchester United's Martial to St James’ Park.

    The Toon are also eyeing Inter Milan star Dzeko.

    The ex-Manchester City striker scored 50 goals and recorded 24 assists in the Premier League

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    Racial abuse reports at Leeds

    Arsenal players were warned against celebrating in front of the Leeds fans after reports of racist abuse from the Elland Road crowd.

    Bukayo Saka scored to put the Gunners 3-0 up but instead of being allowed to celebrate freely in the corner flag, referee Andre Marriner blew his whistle and told the players to do it away from the home supporters.

    Mariner was trying to prevent further unsavoury scenes as the goal came not long after an incident between home fans and the visitors’ bench.

    Arsenal sub Rob Holding ran across to the fourth official claiming a Leeds fan had racially abused their bench

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    COVID HIT

    So far only one Premier League match has been postponed due to COVID-19 today.

    That is Everton's clash with Leicester as the latter are dealing with an outbreak within their camp.

    The game was scheduled to take place at Goodison Park but was ultimately called off

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    Cavani bid

    Barcelona continue their pursuit of Manchester United ace Edinson Cavani.

    According to Sport, Cavani is among Barca’s top targets ahead of the coming January transfer window.

    In fact, the Blaugrana are even considering turning the forward into a player-coach.

    However, the Catalan giants will wait for the Uruguay international to overcome an Achilles issue

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    ‘Positive character’

    Chelsea manager Thomas Tuchel has admitted he ‘feels sorry’ for Arsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang after he was stripped of the captaincy and announced he will contact him.

    When asked if he will talk to Aubameyang, Tuchel said: “I will at some point.

    “I feel sorry that he is in trouble.

    “I believe in his positive character but I am not involved in this situation or his club. It is just about my picture and relationship”

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    Greenwood interest

    Manchester United ace Mason Greenwood has emerged as a surprise transfer target for Arsenal.

    That is according to Elnacional, who claim that the Gunners, Juventus and Barcelona are keeping tabs on Greenwood.

    The north Londoners may need to add a striker to their ranks next summer with both Eddie Nketiah and Alexandre Lacazette out of contract, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has fallen out of favour.

    Arsenal, Juve and Barca won’t ‘hesitate’ to make an offer for the England international should he become available in the summer

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    Newcastle's Vlahovic interest

    Newcastle have joined the bidding war for Fiorentina star Dusan Vlahovic.

    That is according to CalcioMercato, who report that the Toon have launched a staggering €100million (£85m) bid for Vlahovic.

    That would make the centre-forward the fourth-most expensive signing in Premier League history.

    Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are also keeping tabs on the Serbia international

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