8am Transfer news LIVE: Benrahma to West Ham LATEST’, Messi future UPDATE, Dawson to West Ham, Suarez’s Barca blast – The Sun

THE transfer window has CLOSED for Premier League clubs after a frantic final day.

But there are still deals to be done for free agents and domestic loans from EFL clubs while players can still leave for Portugal and the MLS.

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

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    UNITED NATIONS

    Arsene Wenger wants a World Cup or Euros every summer.

    And he is willing to see the Nations League scrapped in order to accommodate the major shake up.

    Wenger, 70, was appointed Fifa's head of global football development last year and suggested the new plans to improve the international game.

    The ex-Arsenal boss – whose home nation France are the reigning world champions – told Bild: “We need to get rid of the Nations League and find clearer events that everyone understands.

    “If you ask people in the street what the Nations League is, you won’t find many able to explain it.

    “We need to have as few events as possible. One World Cup and one European Championship every other year would probably be more appropriate for a modern world.”

  • Joshua Jones

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Craig Dawson has signed for West Ham on a season-long loan.

    And if it goes well he will sign a permanent deal worth around £2million next summer.

    Dawson, 30, is leaving Championship Watford to help West Ham boss David Moyes bolster his defence just in time for the resumption of the Premier League this weekend.

    He will wear the No15 shirt at the London Stadium.

    Moyes has been chasing a centre half all summer and failed with a £30million bid for number one target James Tarkowski at Burnley.

    The transfer window for EFL clubs is still open until Friday and Dawson has agreed terms with the Irons and will join up for training later this week.

    Arsenal are set to make a surprise U-turn on William Saliba and keep him at the club despite interest from Fulham, it is being reported.

    The defender had been tipped to go out on loan throughout the window and has multiple admirers at home and abroad.

    But now manager Mikel Arteta looks set to keep the 19-year-old at the club and allow him to develop there.

    Said Benrahma's £25million move from Brentford to West Ham is OFF, according to reports.

    The Algerian has been linked with a move to London Stadium but the deal has fallen through, according to the Mirror.

    Benrahma told the Bees he wanted to leave at the weekend and he is now understood to have fallen out with the West London club over “broken promises”.

    West Ham will instead focus all their efforts on bringing in Josh King from Bournemouth.

    Manchester United could reportedly replace Paul Pogba with countryman Eduardo Camavinga.

    Pogba's deal expires next summer, but United do have the option to extend it for another season.

    But according to Spanish newspaper AS, plans are being drawn up to prepare for the 27-year-old's departure.

    And Rennes starlet Camavinga has emerged as a potential long-term replacement.

    Finally, Arsene Wenger has revealed how painfully close Arsenal came to signing Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.

    The then-Gunners chief revealed he 'had an agreement' with Sporting Lisbon to sign the Portuguese star in the summer before embarking on the famous 'Invincibles' season.

    Wenger revealed all after being asked if there were any players he regrets missing out on during his career.

    He told The Guardian: “I would say there is not one player… there are 50. We had an agreement with Sporting and Man Utd took Carlos Queiroz as assistant coach, and they just outbid us quickly and took Ronaldo.”

  • William Pugh

    HOMES UNDER HAMMER

    Premier League chiefs want the head of Rick Parry — as it emerged Spurs and Liverpool would get a £150million stadium rebate under Project Big Picture.

    Parry’s future as EFL chairman is under serious threat after football’s civil war intensified.

    Top-flight clubs and League bosses want Parry OUT after he was the frontman for Liverpool and Manchester United’s widely panned scheme.

    The news two of the Big Six wealthiest clubs — both criticised for plans to furlough staff in lockdown — will be huge winners from the proposals added to the turmoil.

    Another day of drama saw all-out war, with:

    – Prem leaders calling off any more EFLbailout talks in protest.

    – Seething club bosses wanting Parry to step down by Thursday’s EFL board meeting, with even some Championship sides admitting the plan is dead.

    – Prem chiefs accusing Parry of seeking to use backing from Liverpool and United to return to the Prem as CEO.

  • William Pugh

    JUST PLAIN ROM

    Some Man Utd stars are furious at Sergio Romero's treatment, according to reports.

    The backup goalkeeper failed to secure a move away from Old Trafford during the last window as United reportedly refused to let him go for a penny less than £10million.

    The Argentine has now been left out their Champions League squad – replaced by Dean Henderson.

    And that has left members of the Red Devils' dressing room angry, according to ESPN.

  • William Pugh

    CAM I HAVE IT

    Eduardo Camavinga went home with Cristiano Ronaldo’s shirt after France's 0-0 draw with Portugal and vowed: “I won’t wash it”.

    The in-demand Rennes star was left on the bench as the five-time Ballon d'Or winner played all 90 minutes of Sunday night's Nations League stalemate.

    Despite not making it onto the pitch, Camavinga had seemingly already won the respect of his idol – with Ronaldo giving him his game-worn jersey.

    In France's previous game, the midfielder has scored a stunning overhead kick in the 7-1 drubbing of Ukraine.

    After the game, Camavinga took to Snapchat to share a picture of the grubby shirt with his pals and he captioned the pic: “I won't wash it.”

    Camavinga has made no bones of the fact he is desperate to move to Real Madrid having grown up watching Ronaldo strutting his stuff at the Bernabeu prior to his 2018 exit.

  • William Pugh

    YOU KEANE ROY?

    Man Utd legend Roy Keane is second-favourite with the bookies to take over as Salford manager after Paul Scholes was named as caretaker on Monday.

    The Irishman, 49, was spotted looking unimpressed in the stands at the club's game with Tranmere at the weekend.

    Keane watched on as the visitors scored twice in the last five minutes to secure a point, which led to Graham Alexander being sacked.

    And now Keane is being tipped with taking over at Salford – after Scholes was installed as temporary boss.

    The former Man Utd hardman hasn't managed since 2011 after a tough two years at Ipswich.

    Keane had spent two years at Sunderland prior to his spell in Suffolk.

  • William Pugh

    DAVID BETRAYER

    David De Gea has reportedly fallen out with his former agent Jorge Mendes.

    The Athletic claim the pair's relationship first started to break down over the Spaniard's botched move to Real Madrid in 2015.

    De Gea almost moved to Real five years ago before the deal collapsed as the paperwork was not lodged in time due to a fax problem.

    The keeper hails from the Spanish capital and started his career at rivals Atletico Madrid before moving to Old Trafford in 2011.

    And De Gea is said to have been left 'exasperated' with Cristiano Ronaldo's super-agent by his own failed switch to the Bernabeu.

    Mendes was still tasked with sorting the 29-year-old's £375,000-a-week United extension in September 2019.

    But the pair’s relations have reportedly been severely damaged by a dispute during the final stage of the 18-month negotiations.

  • William Pugh

    HOLD THE DAW

    Craig Dawson is on his way to West Ham on a season long loan.

    And if it goes well he will sign a permanent deal worth around £2million next summer.

    Dawson, 30, is leaving Championship Watford to help West Ham boss David Moyes bolster his defence just in time for the resumption of the Premiership this weekend.

    He will wear the No 15 shirt at the London Stadium.

    Moyes has been chasing a centre half all summer and failed with a £30million bid for number one target James Tarkowski at Burnley.

    The transfer window for EFL clubs is still open until Friday and Dawson has agreed terms with the Irons and will join up for training later this week.

  • William Pugh

    TEENAGE KICK$

    Manchester United kept up their tradition of spending big on teenage stars in the summer transfer by bringing in Atalanta ace Amad Diallo.

    And Diallo is by no means the first big-money youngster to head to Old Trafford in recent years.

    In fact, United absolutely dominate the list of most-expensive teenagers in Premier League history.

    We've put together the costliest XI ever, below…

  • William Pugh

    WILL I NEVER

    Arsenal are set to make a surprise U-turn on William Saliba and keep him at the club despite interest from Fulham, it is being reported.

    The defender had been tipped to go out on loan throughout the window and has multiple admirers at home and abroad.

    But now manager Mikel Arteta looks set to keep the 19-year-old at the club and allow him to develop there.

    Saliba's move abroad fell through on deadline day and he was left out of Arsenal's Europa League squad, prompting speculation he could still be on his way before the domestic window closes on October 16.

    But the Athletic report the Frenchman will stay at the Emirates until January at least, despite reported interest from Fulham and Brentford.

    The report also says that Saliba could be in Arteta's Premier League squad, which will be announced on October 20.

  • William Pugh

    POOR OLD PARRY

    Under-fire EFL chairman Rick Parry was plunged into a second crisis as chief executive David Baldwin quit after just three MONTHS in the job.

    Baldwin filled the vacancy left by December’s departure of Shaun Harvey only in June.

    But he has now announced he will walk out ofhis role in March, leaving Parry and the EFL scrambling to find a replacement.

    Baldwin, a former chief exec at Bradford and Burnley, insisted his decision was “not linked” to the Project Big Picture furore.

    He said: “Clearly, accepting this position pre COVID-19 means the situation is now very different to the one I originally envisaged.

    “That is coupled with it being a very different environment inside the EFL compared to the one I left in 2015/16. Taking those two factors into consideration and balancing the needs of my family, health and well-being, I feel the decision to leave is the right one.”

  • William Pugh

    KANE AIM

    Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes his old club should abandon their pursuit of Jadon Sancho and go after Harry Kane or Erling Haaland instead.

    An interview clip tweeted by Stadium Astro's Alison Bender said: “Scholes tells me he wants Kane or Haaland, forget Sancho, he’s not the position they need. We also chatted a lot about defenders.”

    He also expressed his frustration with club officials for apparently failing to financially back Solskjaer and other former managers in the transfer market.

    In the same interview he said: “I don’t think he’s the first one who hasn’t been backed.

    “I think [Louis] van Gaal and [Jose] Mourinho especially had a moan about that and it’s understandable when they aren’t getting the players they want.

    “There’s been a lot of money spent but has it been spent on the first choices these managers want? I’m not too sure.”

  • William Pugh

    SAID BUT NOT DONE

    Said Benrahma's £25million move from Brentford to West Ham is OFF, according to reports.

    The Algerian has been linked with a move to London Stadium but the deal has fallen through, according to the Mirror.

    Benrahma told the Bees he wanted to leave at the weekend and he is now understood to have fallen out with the West London club over “broken promises”.

    West Ham will instead focus all their efforts on bringing in Josh King from Bournemouth.

  • William Pugh

    CAM AND GET HIM

    Manchester United could reportedly replace Paul Pogba with countryman Eduardo Camavinga.

    Pogba's deal expires next summer, but United do have the option to extend it for another season.

    But according to Spanish newspaper AS, plans are being drawn up to prepare for the 27-year-old's departure.

    And Rennes starlet Camavinga has emerged as a potential long-term replacement.

    United have 'put in place the mechanism' to sign Camavinga – and it started by already dealing with his agent.

    Camavinga is managed by Mousa Sissoko, who also looks after Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele.

  • William Pugh

    Clubs could also make backdated requests to cover recently-finished work, allowing Spurs and Liverpool to cash in.

    Up to £250m would be available for teams who have been in the top flight for at least 12 of the last 15 seasons.

    And clubs who have been in the Premier League for four straight seasons or eight out of ten seasons could claim £100m.

    The measures would also allow Liverpool to get back half of the estimated £60m costs of the planned expansion of the Anfield Road Stand.

  • William Pugh

    CASHBACK

    Tottenham and Liverpool will be entitled to multi-million pound rebates for their stadium rebuilds under the small-print in Project Big Picture.

    Spurs would be eligible to claim back £125million of the £1billion cost of their new 62,000 capacity home at white Hart Lane.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, the joint architects of the package with Manchester United, could rake back £30m of the cost of their new main stand at Anfield.

    The news of the potential pay-outs will only add to the backlash by the 14 Premier League clubs left out of the loop.

    Under the proposals, a new 'infrastructure fund' worth £150m per year would be set aside from the Premier League revenue stream for 'assistance payments' for clubs embarking on stadium projects…

  • Jake Lambourne

    CRISTIAN-OH NO

    Arsene Wenger has revealed how painfully close Arsenal came to signing Cristiano Ronaldo in 2003.

    The then-Gunners chief revealed he 'had an agreement' with Sporting Lisbon to sign the Portuguese star in the summer before embarking on the famous 'Invincibles' season.

    Wenger revealed all after being asked if there were any players he regrets missing out on during his career.

    He told The Guardian: “I would say there is not one player… there are 50. We had an agreement with Sporting and Man Utd took Carlos Queiroz as assistant coach, and they just outbid us quickly and took Ronaldo.

    “But we had an agreement basically. He had the shirt of Arsenal, I had lunch with him and his mother at the training ground.

    “It’s one example but there were so many. The history of a big club is full of missed great players.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    BROOK THE BANK

    Said Benrahma and David Brooks will rank among the most-expensive Championship players ever if they complete transfers before deadline day.

    Premier League clubs have until Friday to snap up lower-tier talent after the international window shut.

    And Brentford's Benrahma, 25, is tipped to move to West Ham with interest in Brooks, 23, also high.

    The Hammers have reportedly beaten Crystal Palace to the Algerian star in a deal worth around £30million.

    A medical is being planned amid talks over personal terms.

    Should the pair seal £30m moves to the top-flight, they will enter a star-studded line-up of players to swap the Championship for the Premier League.

    With transfers amounting to £241m ahead of the final days of the market, these two deals would boost the XI's value past £300m.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WIGAN TAKEOVER

    EXCLUSIVE – Wigan’s mystery Spanish takeover is being fronted by former advertising chief Andy Clilverd. 

    Clilverd is the owner of Signature Sport who have been looking for a football club to buy for the past three years. 

    The Bristol-based businessmen has previous experience working in marketing and on the Rugby World Cup but running Wigan would be the biggest task of his career. 

    Clilverd was at Wigan’s ground yesterday (Monday) as he finalised the deal to be put to the administrators and the details demanded by the EFL. 

    The identity of the ‘money man’ in Spain has yet to be confirmed but sources reveal it is former Albacete owner Jesus Garrido Cristo. 

    Clilverd found a previous buyer for Wigan two years ago before they were taken over by the Hong Kong group who eventually left them in administration. 

    However at the time Clilverd brought Leganes owner Felipe Moreno to the table but that deal did not progress. 

    Clilverd advertises his services by saying he Is looking to match his backer with ‘a League One or Two club looking for a prudent investor.’

  • Jake Lambourne

    SUAR SUBJECT

    Atletico Madrid striker Luis Suarez has revealed he will 'point to those responsible' for his Barcelona exit if he scores against them next month.

    Suarez, 33, revealed he was reduced to tears after he was booted out of the Barcelona squad.

    And he will make his feelings towards the club's board known if he scores against them on November 22.

    As reported by The Mirror, Suarez said: “I will not shout 'goal' but I will point to those responsible. I spent six years there and felt I had earned respect.

    “I deserved to know my fate before I found out from the press. Also the coach Ronald Koeman came to me saying that he doesn't count on me.

    “But that was after the leadership of the club had already there was going to be a change of players.

    “That raises doubts about whether it was the coach's decision or a directive from above.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    PAUL THE OTHER ONE

    Paul Scholes has been named as Salford's interim manager after the club's Class of 92 owners sacked Graham Alexander.

    A statement released on Monday confirmed the former midfielder's appointment.

    Scholes, 45, was part of the consortium to buy 50 per cent of the minnows back in 2014.

    A club statement read: “Salford City Football Club announces that manager Graham Alexander has left the club with immediate effect. The club met with Graham this morning and after discussion have agreed to part company.

    “The club would like to thank Graham for his contribution and all his hard work. In his first season he guided the team to Wembley, resulting in promotion to League 2 and in his second season he reached the Leasing.com Trophy final.

    “The club would like to wish him all the best and success in the future. First team coach, Chris Lucketti, will also leave the club.

    “Paul Scholes will act as the interim head coach while the club looks to secure a new manager. Warren Joyce, currently in isolation, will join Paul once he is able to.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    MADE A MES

    Arsenal have stumped up an £8million loyalty bonus after failing to sell Mesut Ozil, according to reports.

    The German playmaker remains an outcast under Mikel Arteta but could not be moved on during the autumn transfer window.

    Moves to MLS and Saudi Arabia were touted although Al-Nassr failed to convince Ozil after reportedly bidding £5m.

    And it has now emerged that Arsenal's failure to get rid of the 31-year-old had huge financial ramifications.

    According to The Athletic, the Gunners paid Ozil £8m at the end of September as a loyalty bonus for entering the final year of his contract.

    The clause was implemented when he agreed a new contract in January 2018, at the height of his spell in North London.

    It leaves the Gunners with a huge bill for a player who has not played competitively since March – and earns £350,000-a-week.

  • Jake Lambourne

    STURR CRAZY

    Daniel Sturridge has revealed a 'comeback is near' as the former Liverpool star gets set to return to football.

    The 31-year-old is a free agent having left Trabzonspor in February after being banned from football for four months over a breach of betting rules.

    Sturridge has been linked with FIVE clubs with Rangers, managed by his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard leading the chase.

    The striker uploaded a gif of him doing some floor exercises onto Instagram, captioned: “Still active and focused baby. The comeback is near.”

    Sturridge has been training at non-league Kidsgrove Athletic to keep fit ahead of his next big move.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BLUES BATTLE

    Chelsea reportedly face competition from Liverpool in the race to sign Grimsby Town pair Louis Boyd and Ben Grist.

    According to The Athletic, the two teenagers – who are preparing to undertake their GCSEs this year – could leave the club due to Grimsby needing to raise funds.

    The midfielders, both 15, made their debuts earlier this season in the EFL Trophy.

    It has been said that the Blues or the Reds could make a move to sign them either in January on next summer.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WILL I NEVER

    Arsenal defender William Saliba is reportedly set to remain at the Emirates instead of going on loan to a Championship side.

    The French teenager is yet to make his debut for the Gunners, with the player seeing a return to Saint-Etienne on loan fall through on Deadline Day.

    And according to The Athletic, Arsenal want to keep the player in their squad until at least January.

    Mikel Arteta is understood to be a huge fan of the centre-back, but cannot offer him regular first team football at the moment.

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