6pm Arsenal news LIVE: Mangala transfer target, Arteta free to take manager job, and Aubameyang LATEST – The Sun

ARSENAL have some thinking to do as they head into the international break off the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

Top of the board's list of priorities will be deciding whether to keep faith in manager Unai Emery after picking up just two points from four Premier League games.

But former Gunners midfielder and current Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta has been told he is free to leave the Etihad Stadium – while the North Londoners are still searching for the hottest young prospects across the globe, including Stuttgart's Orel Mangala.

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  • ARSENAL are reportedly keen on £25m-rated Belgian midfielder Orel Mangala.

    HLN claims Unai Emery is ready to move for the Stuttgart ace after his poor start to the season.

    However, the Gunners must move quickly to secure Mangala’s signature.

    It’s added that Lyon, Marseille, Lille and Roma are also interested.

  • ARSENAL and Manchester United have been handed a boost in their hunt for striker Erling Haaland – as Barcelona will not pay the £85million valuation.

    Teenage wonderkid Haaland has lit up the Champions League this season with RB Salzburg.

    Barca have already spent big on the likes of £107.6m striker Antoine Griezmann, from Atletico Madrid, and £67m Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong.

    Nou Camp chiefs think £85m is too much for the 19-year-old despite his heroics this season, claim ESPN.

    But the player is under contract until 2023 so the Austrians are convinced they can get big money for the young star.

  • ARSENE WENGER could soon be seeing his name in lights at Barcelona thanks to former Arsenal striker Andrei Arshavin.

    The Russian has named his son Arseny in tribute to the legendary Gunners boss, for whom he played almost 150 games between 2009 and 2013.

    Arseny is only six years old but is currently making a name for himself at Barca’s feeder academy based in Moscow.

    And Arshavin Jnr is already on the road to stardom after being named player of the week in a competition at the Russian football factory.

    Each youngster at the academy is part of a team named after one of Barcelona’s current or ex-players.

    And Arshavin Jnr interestingly features for team “Messi”, after the brilliant Argentinian Lionel.

    The legendary forward’s own children are being schooled by Barca’s academy back in Spain.

    While Luis Suarez and Gerard Pique also have children in the system.

  • FIFA have hired Arsene Wenger in a full-time role leading its global work developing soccer.

    The former Arsenal manager accepted Fifa's offer more than two months after it was first reported, and one week after talks with Bayern Munich about the German champions vacant head coach job.

    Fifa says Wenger's title will be Chief of Global Football Development.

    He will oversee the rules-making panel known as IFAB, coaching programs and technical analysis of games at Fifa tournaments.

    The 70-year-old Frenchman effectively replaces Marco van Basten who was Fifa technical director until October 2018.

    Wenger has worked as an analyst for broadcasters since leaving Arsenal last year after 22 seasons.

  • THIERRY HENRY has defended Arsenal's flop record £72million buy Nicolas Pepe – and instead blasted the whole team after a series of abysmal displays.

    Striker Pepe has only scored in two out of his 15 appearances as he has struggled to cope with the demands of the Premier League following his big-money move from Lille.

    And Gunners legend Henry has leapt to the defence of Pepe, with his and the team's confidence hitting rock bottom.

    In an interview with Yahoo Sport he said: “When you arrive like that, you’re always going to be talked about, and people are always going to target you.

    “He needs to make sure he doesn’t listen to that and go out and perform.

    “People need to forget about the price tag.

    “He didn’t ask to be bought for that amount of money himself.

    “It’s not always easy to arrive in a team, adapt to a new style of play.

    “The Premier League, as we know, is not the same as the French League or any other league, by the way.

    “So he needs to adapt to that. We need to give him time.

    “People like to highlight the player but if the team were playing a bit better, maybe he would be playing a bit better.

    “At the minute, it’s not a Pepe thing, it’s an Arsenal thing.

    “Hopefully he and the team can get better so we can get in the top four again.”

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7am Man Utd news LIVE: Chong ‘will not renew deal’, Klopp nearly joined United, Pogba return, Mandzukic transfer blow – The Sun

OLE GUNNAR SOLKSKJAER will be feeling much more comfortable heading into the international break off the back of a routine 3-1 win at home to Brighton.

The Norwegian's Red Devils have now won five of their last fixtures in all competitions and are up to seventh in the Premier League.

Yet, it could have all been different had Jurgen Klopp not been talked out of moving to Old Trafford by his WIFE.

Meanwhile, United face losing another youth prospect on a free transfer, with Tahith Chong unwilling to sign a new deal to the club.

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  • MANCHESTER UNITED duo Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly are reportedly nearing a return to training to hand Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a huge boost.

    With the Red Devils set to play 12 games between November 24 to December 1, they need every player fit with the Norwegian likely to rotate his starting XI.

    According to ESPN, Bailly is targeting a return to light training after the international break as he steps up his recovery from injury.

    They also claim that Pogba is nearing a comeback from his right foot problem, with the World Cup winner having his cast removed yesterday.

    Ivory Coast international Bailly has been out since the summer after he required surgery on his knee.

    He damaged his medial ligament in a pre-season clash against Tottenham in July.

    The centre-back – who is a free agent at the end of the season – no longer needs crutches to walk.

    Meanwhile, Pogba has been out since September 30 after he picked up an injury in the 1-1 draw against Arsenal at Old Trafford.

    The ex-Juventus midfielder claimed earlier this month that he aims to return to first team action by the end of November.

  • UNITED have confirmed that an ankle injury will keep Scott McTominay out of Scotland's upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers.

    Despite picking up the knock in the Europa League beating of Partizan Belgrade, the midfielder was deemed fit to face Brighton on the weekend.

    However he failed to make it to the end of the 3-1 win and limped off after a stretcher was called.

    A scan on Monday confirmed McTominay's absence for Scotland with it in doubt that he will be back in time for United after the international break.

  • JURGEN KLOPP'S wife urged him not to take over Manchester United while he was still at Borussia Dortmund.

    The German tactician, 52, ended up joining the Reds instead and has already led them to the Champions League title

    And as he bids to bring a first-ever Premier League trophy to Anfield, ex-Liverpool defender Phil Thompson has revealed the part wife Ulla Sandrock played.

    He told Denmark's TV2: “I interviewed Klopp for Sky, and I asked if he and Liverpool were created for each other. He looked at me and asked 'Why?'

    “Then Klopp told me he could have taken over Manchester United, but his wife said it wasn't right.

    “When Liverpool arrived, his wife said it was right. There is something strange there. It is as if he's created for Liverpool.”

  • UNITED'S attempts to sign Mario Mandzukic could be derailed by the Italian club's £10million asking price, according to reports.

    Having come close to signing the Juventus forward in the summer, United are eager to get their man in January and have made a 'concrete offer' for the 2018 World Cup finalist.

    Mandzukic is himself open to a move and is even willing to slash his £300-a-week wages in half to ensure a deal is struck in January

    However, Juventus' desire to squeeze every last penny from a potential move for the 33-year-old remains a considerable stumbling block.

  • NEMANJA MATIC is ready to quit Manchester United in January, according to reports.

    Matic has not played a minute of Premier League action since United's dismal 2-0 defeat at West Ham in September.

    Serbian newspaper 24Sata say the former Chelsea star is unhappy at the playing time he has been getting not just this season but since Solskjaer took charge.

    And they claim it has reached the stage where the £40million signing in 2017 is pushing to leave when the transfer window opens in eight weeks.

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7pm Arsenal news LIVE: Arteta free to take Gunners job, Aubameyang LATEST, Emery given until January, Xhaka to Milan – The Sun

ARSENAL have some thinking to do as they head into the international break off the back of a disappointing 2-0 defeat at Leicester.

Top of the board's list of priorities will be deciding whether to keep faith in manager Unai Emery after picking up just two points from four Premier League games.

Get all the latest Gunners news here…

  • PATRICK VIEIRA wants to see Arsenal fans “get behind” Unai Emery.

    The Gunners veteran said: “It's true Arsenal are going through a tough spell.

    “But I haven't watched all their matches, so I can't talk about their game.

    “They have a coach who is qualified and works well. When a club is having a difficult time, it's important to be united.

    “I think he has enough experience to get them through this difficult spell. We have to get behind him and give him time to change things.”

  • GRANIT XHAKA is reportedly seeking a new home in Milan as part of his attempts to earn a January transfer.

    AC Milan are linked with the unhappy Gunners outcast but swapping the Emirates for the San Siro would be to step from one crisis club to another.

    Sunday's defeat to Juventus left the Rossoneri 14th in Serie A with three defeats in four games.

    Nonetheless, Xhaka is said by RSI to be scouting out the Milanese property market.

  • IS this how Arsenal will line up if Mikel Arteta replaces Unai Emery?

    The Man City assistant has been linked with a return to his former stomping ground, with Emery under huge pressure to keep his job at the Emirates.

    Should Arteta return to North London, he could look to bring a couple of City players with him…

  • PAUL MERSON has urged Arsenal to splash the cash to land Brendan Rodgers.

    He told The Debate: “I think he's one of the best in the business.

    “If I was Arsenal, I would have been ringing Leicester up and saying, 'How much do you want?'.

    “If you're going to pay £72million for a winger [Nicolas Pepe] that hasn;t played in the Premier League and has played in the French league, I would pay £40million for him tomorrow morning.”

  • DANI CEBALLOS is the second most valuable player out on loan this season at £56.3m.

    Philippe Coutinho tops the pile at £82.8m, while Martin Odegaard has claimed the final podium spot with an incredible £49.1m.

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Renée Zellweger Loves Face Spray as Much as You

If it's been a while since you've thought about Renée Zellweger, it's exactly what the Oscar winner wanted. She took a break to recharge, reboot, and reinvigorate herself, which is what happened when she sprayed InStyle editor-in-chief Laura Brown with her favorite face mist, Skin Up's Phil Pharma Hydrating Elixir ($149, skinupusa.com).

Renee Zellweger

Well, it's not exactly a face spray. Skin Up has a special gadget that sprays the serum like it's a face spray, which explains why Brown and Zellwegger both swear it's baby skin in a bottle. Formulated with hyaluronic acid, lipoic acid, coenzyme Q10, and aloe vera, it may be a little bit fancier than what we all keep stashed in our desk drawers and bathroom cabinets, but when your résumé includes Roxie Hart, Bridget Jones, and Judy Garland, you deserve something a little extra.

That something extra could come in handy as Zellweger gears up to promote her latest flick, Judy. She told Brown in InStyle's December cover story that filming was "punishing" and that she's just now starting to catch up with her own life.

"I was tired and skinny when we finished [Judy]. The schedule is pretty punishing, but it's finite. You know that after this series of months, you can catch up a little," Zellweger explained. "But, yeah, this one was big. It was big because I was greedy. I didn't want to stop. I wanted to keep digging."

As much as she loves that hydrating face spray, Zellweger says that she's not fearful of getting older and all of the things that come with it. She's all about balance and living in the moment, because she knows that taking time in the gym is just as important as taking time for herself.

 

 

"I'd rather celebrate each phase of my life and be present in it than mourn something that's passed. I don't want to miss this moment to be something that I used to be," Zellweger said.

 

"That's for someone else now. And good luck to them, because you have to survive a lot to move forward to your next state. I'm not saying I'm canceling my gym membership anytime soon, because I'm not. I'd rather be a healthy, productive woman in each stage of my life than apologetic. I also don't want to perpetuate the notion that somehow moving forward in your life is wrong."

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Stylist Brad Gorseki on the Winter Wardrobe Clothing Hack He Uses 'Almost Daily'

Whether he’s dressing himself or styling his celebrity clients, stylist Brad Goreski knows clothes — and knows the best hacks to make garments look, feel and smell their best.

That’s why he teamed up with Febreze to endorse its new Clothing Odor Eliminator spray. “I use it pretty much almost daily,” he tells PEOPLE, adding that it’s been “game changer” for when he travels.

“What’s so great about it is when you’re traveling, your clothes are kind of like odor magnets, so they trap smells in their fibers,” Goreski, 42, says. “When you’re traveling, your clothes don’t actually get like dirty, dirty, so I’m definitely one of those people who is not afraid to do the sniff test.”

So what does it do? The spray is designed to remove odors from lightly worn clothing to revive freshness. Goreski recommends spritzing three times on the front, and three on the back of each garment to give items a refresh. “It’s great because it takes out the time of having to dry clean things,” he says, noting that his favorite items to spritz are denim and winter coats.

“I also don’t like to really clean my winter coat, so it’s great just to give them a little bit of a spritz on the inside, and just freshen them up and they’ll be ready for the season.”

Another season currently approaching? Award season — which is a busy one for Goreski. In addition to styling his famous clientele (which includes Jenna Dewan, Kaley Cuoco, Lea Michele, Sarah Hyland, Demi Moore, Natalia Dyer and many more) he’s also a style correspondent on E!. So we also caught up with the star to talk about red carpet styling, what we can expect to see on the red carpet and his exciting new project with husband (and Instagram favorite) Gary Janetti.

PEOPLE: Are you working closely with Sarah Hyland in picking out her wedding dress?

Brad Goreski: “I’m definitely going to be helping her. We are in the process of brainstorming right now. She had her engagement party like two weekends ago, and she wore this really beautiful Christian Siriano dress that he just showed in his spring collection. We’re already kind of in the brainstorming stages, but we haven’t made any final decisions. But I will definitely be involved all the way along.”

What’s it like working with Jenna Dewan after she announced her pregnancy? Is she all about showing off her bump right now?

BG: “Funny story, when I first started working with Jenna, she was six months pregnant with [her 6-year-old daughter] Everly. So, we started off in baby bump land, and her first appearance with me was the Oscars. So we’re having fun in round two. We’re trying to kind of mix it up a little bit. We’re having fun with color and different shapes. And we both really want to keep it interesting and a little unconventional, and yet we’re all about the baby bump showing. The bump is showing, so we’re not trying to hide it at all. It’s so great to work with because she likes to play dress up, and she loves fashion, and she likes to do things that are different. And so we tried to put together a really fun press tour look that coincided with her book, Gracefully You, and the vibe of that book.”

Out of all of your celebrity clients, who would you say is the most chill when it comes to getting ready for an event, and who works most closely with you and wants to be a part of the whole process?

BG: “I would say Kaley [Cuoco] is definitely the most chill. She likes to try on as few things as possible. For the second part, it’s interesting because Demi [Moore] is very involved in the process, but once we choose the look, she’s like totally fine. So I would say most of my clients are pretty chill. Kaley’s definitely the most. I always like to be there getting ready with them, but they’re all really pretty easygoing, and are pros and red carpet veterans.”

Who are you most excited to see this award season?

BG: “Well, I love Zendaya, and I love what she and [stylist] Law Roach do together. I think she always looks amazing. Another is Kiki Layne. I was obsessed with her last year, but I’m even more so obsessed with her this year. I think she is just amazing. She’s an incredible actress and the team that she has working with her, stylists Wayman + Micah, is insane. I just love it so much. I’m also a big lover of Mandy Moore and I’m excited to see her. I’m sure she’ll be out on the circuit this year, and I just love the way that she is styled and put together. She’s always somebody I look forward to seeing on the red carpet.”

After all these years of styling, are there still nerve-wracking moments?

BG: “Yeah, all the time. We are at the mercy of so many things. We’re at the mercy of FedEx shipments arriving on time. We’re at the mercy of alterations coming out correctly. We’re at the mercy of the weather. So, there are all these different contributing factors that can make or break a red carpet look. More times than not, a dress that we’re really hoping to try on a client, comes late or gets stuck somewhere. And those are kinds of the things that are frustrating in the early stages. Until you kind of see the photos, anything could happen along the way. A broken zipper, a makeup stain. All of those things happen regularly, but I’m hoping we can avoid those this year a little bit.”

What can you tell me about your new lifestyle docu-series with husband Gary Janetti? 

BG: “It’s going to be really, really fun. We’re in the pre-production stages right now. We’re just planning everything out, and come the new year, we’re going to start filming our episodes. We’re so excited to get to do this together, and to get to do it with HBO Max, and get to travel the world, and share our experiences with people. That’s another dream come true. So, we’re just planning right now where we’re going to go. And yeah, we start filming in the new year.”


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7am Tottenham news LIVE: Depay £50m interest, Onana battle with Man Utd, Ndombele injury worry, and more VAR controversy – The Sun

TOTTENHAM were back to square one on Saturday as Sheffield United held them to a 1-1 draw in North London.

And it could have been even worse had VAR not controversially ruled out a Blades goal for offside.

Get all the latest Spurs news here…

  • MANCHESTER CITY and Liverpool are among the big guns tracking West Brom wonderkid Rico Richards.

    Arsenal and Tottenham are also watching Richards, who turned 16 in September but has already spent time training with the Baggies’ Under-23 side.

    The exciting forward’s current contract expires next year and West Brom are keen to agree a new deal after losing other youngsters to bigger clubs.

    Morgan Rogers was still 16 when he left in the summer to join City in a deal worth £4m, one of the highest fees ever paid for a player of his age.

    And Louie Barry, 16, also rejected a scholarship with West Brom before moving abroad to Barcelona.

    Richards can play on either wing or as a No10 and is renowned for scoring as well as creating goals.

    He netted on his debut for England Under-17s earlier this season, when his team-mates included Barry and Harvey Elliott, who left Fulham for Liverpool last summer.

  • TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR are reportedly interested in signing Memphis Depay.

    The Dutch forward now plays for Lyon, having flopped at Manchester United under Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.

    And The Mirror claim that Spurs are willing to fork out £50million to bring Depay back to the Premier League.

    The 25-year-old has seven goals in ten Ligue 1 appearances this season.

  • MAURICIO POCHETTINO admitted he would prefer Ryan Sessegnon to stay with Spurs during the international break and NOT link up with England Under-21s.

    The winger, 19, joined Tottenham from Fulham for £25million in the summer but has had his season hampered by a hamstring injury.

    He finally made his first-team bow for Spurs last Sunday, coming off the bench for the final minute at Everton.

    The teenager got another brief run-out at the end of the 4-0 win over Red Star Belgrade after replacing Son Heung-min.

    And his 16 minutes of first-team action was enough to convince Young Lions boss Aidy Boothroyd to call him up.

    The England U21s face trips to Albania and the Netherlands during the international break.

    But speaking ahead of his side's clash with Sheffield United, Poch confessed he would rather Sessegnon stayed at Spurs to continue to work on his fitness – but understands why he wants to represent his country.

    He said: “He suffered at Fulham at the end of the season with a big injury and we are working so hard to provide him with the best tool to be in his best form.

    “He needs time to be the best but we are happy in what he is doing and that is why he is involved with England U21s.

    “I accept when the national team asks for your player.

    “To be honest I prefer that the player should be here training with us, and available to play for 90 minutes and building fitness here in our concept but I accept that.

    “We know he loves the national team and for the U21s Ryan is a very important player.”

  • CHRIS WILDER called for a major review of VAR after Jon Moss failed to follow the Premier League’s OWN guidelines to deny Sheffield United a famous victory.

    After video ref Moss controversially ruled out a Blades goal at Tottenham following FOUR MINUTES of analysis.

    And, after the 1-1 draw, Blades boss Wilder said: “I’m 100 per cent sick of talking about VAR.

    “We went to a Premier League meeting on Thursday to discuss VAR and they told us that any offside had to be clear and obvious.

    “Well, this wasn’t clear and obvious because there seems to be confusion about whether the Tottenham player’s armpit was ahead of John Lundstram’s big toe.

    “There’s no doubt that VAR is here to stay but certain aspects it are spoiling the game and we need to have a big look at it in the summer.

    “I’ve been in the game since I was 16 and some of the decisions this season have left me scratching my head.

    “There was for us also confusion as to when is the reset. Lundstram has crossed from the right, the ball has come back out, we’ve attacked down the left side and then they rule offside from the first cross.

    “What really disappoints me is the talking point should be how my team went toe- to-toe with the Champions League finalists in their own backyard but all we’re speaking about is VAR.”

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The Good Place's Manny Jacinto Engaged to Longtime Girlfriend Dianne Doan

Manny Jacinto is engaged!

On Saturday, The Good Place star announced that he had popped the question to his longtime girlfriend, fellow actor Dianne Doan. While appearing on a panel for Vulture Festival 2019, Jacinto, who plays Jason Mendoza on the popular NBC comedy, revealed that it was his character on the show that inspired him to take the big step.

“I was toying when to pop the question for a long time,” the 32-year-old actor explained, according to Vulture. “I looked at the Janet/Jason relationship, and there’s a sentence that Jason says to Chidi about relationships and it hit me pretty hard. I thought it was a sign that I needed to do it, and a week later I popped the question.”

A rep for Jacinto did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Manny Jacinto and Dianne Doan

To make the moment extra special, Jacinto explained how he planned out a whole day of several locations that marked important moments in their relationship.

“I took her to places that really meant a lot to us,” he said. “Where I first met her, where I first saw her, where we had our first date, and where we had our first dance class.”

“I had these canvas things written down with a message saying why the places were important to us,” he continued. “At every location I had her close her eyes, I’d hold up the canvas, and she would open her eyes.”

Jacinto laughed when recalling their arrival at the first location, where Doan seemed to think he was going to propose to her there.

“I think she thought I was going to pop the question at the first place,” he said, Today reported. “So with the first note, she was like, ‘Oh, that’s cool.’ I think she was a little disappointed there wasn’t more.“

To her surprise, the proposal came just four stops later. “I took her through five different places, and at the last place I had our families waiting and I proposed,” Jacinto said.

Doan is a Canadian actress who appeared in Disney’s Descendants films, as well as on Cinemax’s new American crime-drama Warrior.


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Why Queen Elizabeth Is Reportedly Kate Middleton's Biggest Fan Right Now

While it has already been established that Queen Elizabeth is a Meghan Markle stan, Her Majesty also counts Kate Middleton as one of her favorite royals. 

Despite tabloid reports claiming they're not close, it turns out Kate has recently become in the Queen's good graces, and it makes sense. Amid the drama surrounding the royal family this year — including feuds and lawsuits — the duchess has remained calm in the wake of controversy. 

“The Queen is a fan,” a source told Vanity Fair's royal reporter Katie Nicholl. “Kate is unflappable. Her mantra is very like the Queen’s keep calm and carry on approach in life, and she has the added benefit of making the Royal Family seem almost normal and in touch.”

Kate Middleton and Queen Elizabeth lead

Recently, Kate has been praised for appearing just like your average mom. Last month, she was spotted buying her children's Halloween costumes at a supermarket and a couple of weeks later, the duchess had drinks at a local pub. It's safe to say that level of relatability has won over royal fans. 

“She’s very much the girl next door, from how she dresses to how she behaves and interacts with people on engagements,” royal biographer Claudia Joseph explained in the VF article. “She is likeable and relatable and that has made her very popular,” Joseph said, adding that Kate's not just well-liked in the UK (and at Kensington Palace), but also "around the world." 

As an added bonus, it's reported that Kate plans to raise her three children — Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and Prince Louis — with the same sense of realness. 

Princess Charlotte and Prince George lead

According to The Sun, Kate wants to provide her kids with an ordinary childhood. "Kate has always wanted the children to live in the real world. She and William don’t want them to live in a gilded bubble," a source told the outlet. "They want them to grow up having the same experiences as other kids." Bravo, Kate!

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6.20pm Tottenham news LIVE: Rodriguez LATEST, Sessegnon in England U21 squad, Dier reveals near-death experience – The Sun

TOTTENHAM finally picked up a win on the road, hammering Red Star Belgrade 4-0 in the Champions League.

Son Heung-min netted a double, even apologising to Andre Gomes in his celebration following the horrific injury the Everton star sustained on Sunday.

But if Spurs hope to sign Real Madrid star James Rodriguez, they will have to fend off Manchester United and Wolves according to latest reports.

Get all the latest Spurs news here…

  • WOLVES are to show their ambition in the transfer market by joining Manchester United and Tottenham in the race to sign James Rodriguez, according to reports.

    And the Midlands outfit may have the upper hand.

    The Portuguese influence at Wolves has been well documented, with it being led by super-agent Jorge Mendes.

    And it is Mendes – who also works with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Mourinho's agent – who has opened the door to a sensational Molineux switch, say El Desmarque.

    However, the proposed move will apparently only work if Ruben Neves goes to Real Madrid.

    That seems unlikely given how essential Neves has been to Wolves and the fact he signed a new five-year deal just last year.

    Rodriguez, 28, remains a big name player but has been stuck in no man's land since falling out of favour at Real Madrid.

  • GIOVANI LO CELSO is expected to return to Tottenham's bench at the weekend as Mauricio Pochettino rotates his squad.

    The £55million Argentine, 23, was in sparkling form as he made his full debut against Red Star Belgrade – scoring in the 4-0 rout.

    But Pochettino is afraid of overworking his players as surprise package Sheffield Wednesday travel to Spurs tomorrow.

    Here's how they could line-up…

  • BROMANCE.

  • RAY PARLOUR has compared Dele Alli to Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard.

    The ex-Arsenal man told talkSPORT: “He's got to keep working hard and worrying about his Spurs career.

    “That will get him back into the England squad. Still loads of time.

    “He's lacking a bit of belief and confidence. That will come because he's a quality player.

    “His stats are unbelievable, up there with Frank Lampard, Paul Scholes and Steven Gerrard.”

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Lisa Ashton and Mikuru Suzuki’s Grand Slam selections testament to growth of women’s darts

This year’s Grand Slam of Darts will see two women compete in the cross-code event for the first time since 2010 and the inclusion of Lisa Ashton and Mikuru Suzuki underlines the continued growth of the women’s game, writes Josh Gorton…

Ashton and Suzuki are among five debutants representing the British Darts Organisation this year, although Ashton possesses previous big stage PDC experience having featured at last year’s World Championship at Alexandra Palace.

‘The Lancashire Rose’ was beaten 3-1 by Jan Dekker despite clinching the opening set with a sensational 107 average, before she was denied a fifth Lakeside crown in January after losing to eventual champion Suzuki in round one.

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The Japanese sensation – who didn’t drop a set en route to her debut triumph at Lakeside, has been a trailblazer for Asian darts and this year’s event could be a ground-breaking moment for women’s darts – both domestically and globally.

“It’s massive for ladies darts,” Ashton told Sky Sports. “We’ve not had any female representation since 2010 so to have two this year is absolutely brilliant for the ladies, just to show that we’re going from strength-to-strength.

“I’m absolutely chuffed – to be one of the ladies selected is a massive opportunity and to be picked myself, I’m so over the moon.”

Anastasia Dobromyslova was the first woman to compete in the Grand Slam in 2008 and 2009, while Stacy Bromberg and Tricia Wright featured in the 2010 edition, although the involvement of Ashton and Suzuki has generated unprecedented anticipation.

Nevertheless, both have been handed extremely difficult groups. Suzuki begins her campaign against defending champion Gerwyn Price, while former finalist Robert Thornton and World Youth champion Dimitri Van den Bergh also await ‘The Miracle’ in Group C.

Ashton faces world No 2 Rob Cross on Saturday afternoon and the women’s world No 1 has also been pitted against former BDO colleague Jamie Hughes and stablemate Dave Chisnall – a finalist at this event in 2014.

“It looks like a group of death for me,” Ashton joked.

“I’m going to give it everything I’ve got. I’ve started hitting form and they’ve hit form so hopefully we can all have good games and I might actually win one.

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“They’ve got to play for their ranking money and we’re just in to represent the BDO, so the pressure is on them. I’ve got no pressure, I’m going to go in and enjoy it and hopefully I play like I can.”

Sky Sports expert Wayne Mardle admits that the duo couldn’t have had it much tougher, although ‘Hawaii 501’ believes both players are capable of producing upsets – particularly over the best of nine legs format.

“They are tough groups but I believe both Mikuru and Lisa are good enough to win games. I do believe that. They’ve both averaged 90+ in World Championship games so if they can do that and pick their spots right, it might be good enough,” Mardle said.

“What they’ve got to do is pop those finishes. The 68’s, the 81’s, they’ve got to go because they’re not going to have the luxury of being able to miss two or three and then coming back.

“Not in this field. Not in those groups. They’ve got to hit their combination finishes. If they do, they’ve got chances to cause upsets.”

“It really can turn around that quickly. That’s another aspect of this format. If they take out a big finish against the darts all of a sudden it’s a different game.”

Mardle on the short format…

Dobromyslova famously defeated Vincent van der Voort in the group phase a decade ago, yet none of the three women who have competed in the Grand Slam have progressed through to the knockout stages. However, over the short format, Ashton believes anything is possible.

“It could be possible [to reach the knockout stages] because it’s a short format,” she said. “Mikuru and I are going to try our best, if one of us or both of us get through it would be massive for ladies darts, just to show that the level of the ladies game is growing.

“As ladies we always play the short format, we’re used to having to kick off straight away, whereas the PDC boys usually get a bit of time to get into their rhythm.

“Hopefully we kick off well and by time they realise we’ve got a few legs and we can get over the line.”

The female representation at the Grand Slam will also be in the commentary box, as BDO world No 9 Laura Turner joins the Sky Sports team this weekend.

Turner, who is set to make her second consecutive BDO World Championship appearance in January 2020, is relishing her media commitments and is intrigued to see how her colleagues fare.

“It is a fantastic tournament. I am super excited to be part of it. It’s great because it is that one tournament that brings both the PDC and the BDO players together. It just has that different kind of competitive edge,” Turner told the Darts Show Podcast.

“I’m so excited obviously to see women back in it with Mikuru and Lisa – we saw Lisa back at the PDC World Championship where she played Jan Dekker and she was fantastic there, so hopefully she can continue that and get a few points on the board.

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“Mikuru – what can we say? She won the World Championship without dropping a set, so I’m excited about them both.”

Ashton shares Turner’s excitement and having scooped two major titles over recent months, the 13-time major champion heads into this weekend full of confidence.

“After losing my Lakeside title I think it actually gave me a kick, just to wake up,” the four-time world champion said.

“My form is coming back and to win the World Masters and World Trophy, I couldn’t ask for any better preparation to get me ready for this tournament.

“I’ve been speaking to Mikuru and giving her advice. The crowd we have in the BDO are completely different to what the PDC guys have.

“With playing in the World Championship, I know what to expect more. It’s different. People tell what you to expect but you have to experience it yourself.

“For me it’s just one game at a time. My target is to get a win. If I get one win then I’ll know I will get a bit of confidence from that and then try and get a second win. I’m just going to go up there, enjoy it and play my game as best I can.”

Ashton and Suzuki have irrefutably played an instrumental role in the growth of the women’s game over recent years and their inclusions are a testament to their performances.

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