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West Ham looking to end Simone Zaza’s loan from Juventus – sources

Alejandro Moreno sifts through the latest rumours including Cesc Fabregas, Dimitri Payet and more.
West Ham United are trying to cut short the loan deal of Simone Zaza to allow them to bring in a new striker in January, sources close to the club have told ESPN FC.
Zaza, 25, has struggled to impress at West Ham since his arrival on a season-long loan deal from Juventus in August.
The Italy international has failed to score in nine appearances for the Hammers and his performances have come in for criticism.
As part of the loan deal, if Zaza makes five more appearances then it would trigger a permanent…

Gareth Southgate sole England candidate, set to be hired – sources

The FC panel discuss whether England's result against Spain finally guarantees Gareth Southgate the England job.
Gareth Southgate could be confirmed as the permanent England manager as early as next week and is the only serious contender for the role on a full-time basis, Football Association sources have told ESPN FC.
Southgate, in interim charge of the senior team for four games following Sam Allardyce's resignation just 67 days into the job in September, appears to have won the support of the players and wider public by guiding the team to two wins and two draws, culminating in Tuesday's 2-2 draw against…

EFL scraps league restructuring plan over FA Cup dispute

Shaun Harvey has ended discussions between the EFL and the FA over their Whole Game Solution.
The English Football League has scrapped plans to restructure the league pyramid after the Football Association refused to consider scheduling FA Cup games in midweek slots.
The EFL's 72 clubs have been debating the Whole Game Solution since the end of last season, with the main proposal being a move to five divisions of 20 teams but also a commitment to playing as many league fixtures as possible at weekends.
That plan depended on the FA being willing to stage FA Cup games during the week but its…

Andrea Pirlo: I regret never having played for Barcelona or Real Madrid

Andrea Pirlo delivers a ball like few in the world can, and New York City FC's goal scorers are proving the beneficiaries.
Former Italy international Andrea Pirlo has told Marca he regrets never having played for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
Pirlo, 37, at New York City FC since July 2015, said he was targeted by both the Liga giants during his time at AC Milan but the Italian club would not allow him to leave.
He said: "I still have a thorn in my side at not having played for Real Madrid or Barcelona, because playing there is a dream for every player.
"But I consider myself very satisfied to have played for the best teams…

Marcelo on Real Madrid decade: Champions League wins priceless

Angel Di Maria reflects back on La Decima in hopes of recreating the same Champions League glory with PSG.

Marcelo picked the two UCL finals as his career highlights.
Real Madrid defender Marcelo says that scoring in Champions League victories in both 2014 and 2016 are the highlights of his 10 years spent at the club.
Marcelo joined Madrid a decade ago from Brazilian club Fluminense, with the then little-known 18-year-old arriving for a fee of €6.5 million, and making his debut in a 2-0 defeat at Deportivo La Coruna in January 2007.
The attack minded left-back has since won 12 club trophies, including three La Liga titles, two Copas del Rey and two Champions…

Liverpool defence criticism won’t impact Premier League title charge

ESPN FC's Jason Dasey catches up with former England striker Emile Heskey about Liverpool's title chances this season.
Liverpool are top of the Premier League having scored more goals than everybody else but it seems their title credentials still aren't wholly respected.
Every week a long list of ex-players employed as pundit on TV shake their heads and show concern for the goals that Liverpool concede. In fairness the club do have the worst defensive record in the top seven but such views were even expressed after the 6-1 demolition of Watford.
The latest to suggest Liverpool might not keep this goal scoring streak…

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