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Ben Collins

All times stated are UK

  1. Bye for now

    That's all for now then but do join us later for live text commentary on the remaining Carabao Cup second-round ties from 17:00 BST. Until then, I've leave you with today's top stories:

  2. Post update

    So, opinion seems to be divided on whether Gareth Bale returning to Tottenham on a season-long loan is the best move for Spurs.

    But most Liverpool fans appear to be in agreement that the arrival of Thiago Alcantara for least £20m, plus £5m in add-ons, is a good deal.

    Thanks for joining us today for all the latest transfer news and for letting us know your thoughts.

  3. Get Involved

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    SMS Message: Gareth Bale will be a great asset for Spurs, please don't say any different as my cousin Noz will get very upset and start breaking things. Thiago to Liverpool is where it's at though. Please give Mr Michael Edwards [sporting director] a Knighthood, this sort of genius mustn't go unnoticed. Buckingham Palace, are you watching? from Mostafa Hussain, London
    Mostafa Hussain, London
  4. Gossip: Man City could go for Gimenez instead of Koulibaly

    The Guardian

    The Guardian is reporting that Manchester City are ready to bid for Atletico Madrid and Uruguay defender Jose Gimenez, 25, if Napoli refuse to lower their demands for 29-year-old Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly.

  5. Who do you want back?

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    SMS Message: Would love to see Alexis Sanchez back at Arsenal. Skilful grinder and the kind of player Arteta could get the most out of. Leaving for Man Utd hardly did his on-pitch career any favours. from Lee, London
    Lee, London
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    SMS Message: I know most Spurs fans love the nostalgia of a Bale return, but I honestly think a creative midfielder was more of a priority. His injury record suggests we are not getting the same player everyone is imagining. Zaha would have been a cheaper and longer term prospect if we did need a similar player. I am more excited about Reguilon - can't believe we are getting him so cheap. from Tunde (Spurs fan), London
    Tunde (Spurs fan), London
  7. Havertz not worried by £71m fee

    Alistair Magowan

    BBC Sport

    Kai Havertz playing for Chelsea

    Chelsea's £71m midfielder Kai Havertz says he does not feel burdened with how much he cost and is "very excited" to learn from manager Frank Lampard.

    The German joined the Blues from Bayer Leverkusen earlier this month, having also been linked with Real Madrid.

    "In football today it's normal to pay these prices," said the 21-year-old.

    "I will not put a lot of pressure on myself because I think I'm not doing the worst things in the past - that's why the price tag was high."

  8. Who do you want back?

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    SMS Message: At this rate I'm hoping someone at Old Trafford still has Bebe's number. from Ryan
  9. Man Utd are going to have a good season - Hodgson

    Manchester United v Crystal Palace (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace won 2-1 on their last visit to Old Trafford in August 2019 but Roy Hodgson feels his rival boss has since been steering the hosts in the right direction.

    “Manchester United have progressed since our victory at Old Trafford last season," said Hodgson. "They’ve added some quality players.”

    “I’m certain Manchester United are going to have a good season. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be pleased with the job he’s done so far.”

  10. Clyne to train with first club Palace

    Manchester United v Crystal Palace (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Nathaniel Clyne ended an injury-hit spell with Liverpool earlier this summer but the 29-year-old right-back will be training with his first club Crystal Palace for the rest of September as he aims to regain his fitness.

    “Nathaniel Clyne is being tested before coming to train with the group," said Palace boss Roy Hodgson. "He’s likely to begin Monday.”

  11. Sakho available again for Eagles

    Manchester United v Crystal Palace (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Crystal Palace

    Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is now speaking with the media and has given a fitness update before Saturday's Premier League game at Old Trafford.

    “We are starting to get players back from injury," he said. "Mamadou Sakho is the latest to be back.

    "Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham took part in today’s session, and we hope that Jairo Riedewald will return tomorrow.”

  12. Thursday's Carabao Cup fixtures

    All kick-off times BST

    The last three second-round ties will be played later:

    • Burnley v Sheffield United (17:30)
    • Wolves v Stoke City (19:00)
    • Brighton v Portsmouth (19:45)
  13. Who do you want back?

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    Scott Nichols: Being a Bradford fan it would be Nahki Wells, we need a striker so badly and he is defo a goalscorer.

    The Bermuda striker was an unused substitute for Bristol City on Wednesday as the Championship side beat Northampton 4-0 in the Carabao Cup to set up a third-round tie with Aston Villa.

  14. Bale and Thiago latest

    Just a reminder where we're up to with the Gareth Bale and Thiago Alcantara deals...

    Bale is set to fly to England on Friday to complete his return to Tottenham.

    A deal for the Wales international, 31, to rejoin Spurs on loan from Real Madrid is still being negotiated.

    Talks between the clubs are progressing positively and as long as they are concluded in the same manner, Bale will travel to London.

    As for Thiago, Liverpool have agreed a deal to sign the Spanish midfielder, 29, from Bayern Munich for at least £20m, plus £5m in add-ons, on a four-year contract.

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    SMS Message: I'm a Spurs fan. I’d rather have Thiago than Bale. Liverpool have got the better signing. Thiago is brilliant, he controls the football game while Bale at the same time is down the golf course with an injury. Bale 4 years ago, yes please. 2020 past it Bale, no thanks. from Matt, Bedford
    Matt, Bedford
  16. Fifa chief meets with president Trump about World Cup

    Donald Trump and Gianni Infantino

    I didn't think I'd be mentioning Donald Trump in today's live page but Fifa president Gianni Infantino has met with the United States president to discuss the 2026 World Cup, which is to be jointly held in the US along with Mexico and Canada.

    The 'United 26' bid was selected by Fifa member nations in 2018, winning 134 votes compared to 65 for Morocco.

    Infantino and Trump talked about the establishment of a Fifa headquarters in the US, as well as reviewing preparations for the tournament.

    Infantino visited the offices of the US Department of Justice (DOJ), thanking the US authorities for their work in the fight against corruption in football.

    He said: "Ever since I was elected, we have shown our determination to eradicate malpractice that tarnished Fifa's reputation in the past.

    "We have reiterated our willingness to cooperate and assist the authorities in their investigation and prosecution of corruption, which has no place in football."

  17. Gossip: Magpies have Frenchman Indalecio on trial

    But according to the Newcastle Chronicle, Newcastle United have another Frenchman in mind. Former Saint-Etienne attacking midfielder Florent Indalecio, 23, is currently on trial with the Magpies.

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    Jake Leslie: Want back? Any club? Easily. Hatem Ben Afra at Newcastle.

    Whatever happened to him... well, after helping Rennes win last season's French Cup the winger joined Spanish side Real Valladolid on a short-term deal in January. Still only 33.

  19. Gossip: Man Utd looking at signing Atalanta winger Traore

    Manchester Evening News

    With Tottenham set to sign Sergio Reguilon and Gareth Bale, which targets will Manchester United switch their attention to?

    At 18 he is one for the future rather than a genuine world-class star like Bale, but Atalanta's Ivorian winger Amad Traore is being looked at by United, according to the Manchester Evening News.