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Championship – teamtalk.com 21 Sep 19:38

EFL clubs in favour of closing summer transfer window early

EFL clubs have indicated they are in favour of an early closure to the summer transfer window from next season.

The decision was taken following a summit of all 72 clubs on Thursday, and will be subject to further discussions before it is put to a formal vote in February.

The EFL is set to follow the Premier League after its clubs agreed to close the window the day before the start of the 2018-19 season earlier this month.

The EFL’s proposal however, would continue to allow the signing of players on loan until August 31.

The indication by the EFL teams to introduce a shorter window for player transfers follows debate about the uncertainty caused to managers and players with activity still ongoing once the season has started.

“Today was all about understanding a direction of travel in what is a hugely emotive matter, not only for clubs and managers but supporters as well,” EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey said.

“The clubs have been clear in their mandate and we will now go away and look to develop a set of proposals before moving this matter on to the next stage, which would be a formal vote in order to change our regulations.”

The 72 clubs also discussed, and opted against, using more than three substitutes during a match, but they will next year vote on a change of policy regarding the fielding of full-strength teams in the closing stages of a season.

A statement from the EFL read: “Clubs were asked to support the implementation of guidance on the following basis: ‘From the fourth Thursday in March, any team sheet for a League game should include at least 10 outfield players who featured on the team sheet for the League game before.’

“Clubs indicated they were in support of amending the policy guidance and a formal vote will now take place at the February Club Meeting.”

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Championship – teamtalk.com 21 Sep 12:57

Versatile Leeds star pens new four-year contract

Leeds’ versatile defender Conor Shaughnessy has signed a new four-year deal with the Sky Bet Championship club.

Shaughnessy, 21, who has made his first-team breakthrough this season, will remain at Elland Road until at least 2021.

“United are delighted to announce that Conor Shaughnessy has committed his long-term future to the club after penning a new four year contract,” Leeds confirmed on their official website.

Shaughnessy, who has featured as a centre-half recently having initially been seen as a central midfielder, joined Leeds’ academy in September last year following his release by Reading.

He was recently included in the Republic of Ireland’s Under-21 squad and after making his first Leeds appearance as a substitute in the opening-day win at Bolton, his full debut followed in last month’s goalless draw against Fulham.

Delighted to have signed a new 4 year deal @LUFC. Exciting times ahead at this massive club! #MOT pic.twitter.com/qeUETet5Uk

— Conor Shaughnessy (@Conor_shaughs) September 21, 2017

Shaughnessy is the latest Leeds player to sign a new deal this year following Ronaldo Vieira, Gaetano Berardi, Liam Cooper, Eunan O’Kane, Stuart Dallas and Kalvin Phillips.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 21 Sep 12:19

Man Utd, Arsenal tracking Fulham midfield prospect

Matt O’Riley is the latest Fulham youngster to be linked with a move to the Premier League, with Manchester United and Arsenal reportedly tracking the 16-year-old.

The midfielder is following in the footsteps of Ryan Sessegnon and Dennis Adeniran, who recently joined Everton, in attracting top-flight interest, according to the report in the Daily Mirror.

O’Riley, who joined Fulham at Under-9s level, played for the club’s Under-18s last season before becoming the Cottagers’ youngest ever goalscorer at Under-23s level.

During the early part of this season he appeared twice for the first team in the League Cup, particularly impressing in the win over Wycombe, while he was also called up to the England Under-17s squad for September games against South Africa and Brazil.

Despite being linked with some of the Premier League’s big hitters, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic is hopeful he will stay: “I expect he can be an important player for our club in the future.”

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Championship – teamtalk.com 21 Sep 11:21

Paper Talk: Man Utd, Arsenal in Goretzka fight; Mahrez gets warning

Manchester United and Arsenal have entered the race to sign a Schalke midfielder, while PSG striker Edinson Cavani is a target for two Premier League sides, according to Thursday’s newspapers.

PREM DUO ENTER RACE FOR SCHALKE MAN

Manchester United and Arsenal are reportedly among the clubs keen to sign Schalke star Leon Goretzka.

The midfielder is regarded as one of the best young talents in German football after helping the national team lift the Confederations Cup this summer.

As a result, both Liverpool and Manchester City were spoken of as potential destinations for Goretzka, who instead opted to stay in the Bundesliga.

However, the 22-year-old will be out of contract next summer and according to the Daily Express, United and Arsenal have now entered the race for the player.

It is rumoured though that Goretzka prefers a move to Barcelona or Bayern Munich, with reports on Wednesday suggesting that Barca were at the front of the queue for the player.

The Catalan giants view Goretzka as a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta, while Schalke sporting executive Christian Heidel recently said he hopes to have the player’s future sorted by the time the transfer window opens again in January.

“I’d like to think that by the winter break we will have clarity,” he said.

AND THE REST

Manchester City are closing in on a new deal for Fernandinho, despite negotiations taking longer than expected (The Sun)

Chelsea and Everton are interested in signing PSG forward Edinson Cavani (Daily Mail)

Arsenal are planning a swoop for Marseille defensive prospect Christopher Rocchia (The Sun)

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard has ruled out big-money move to French club Paris St-Germain (Daily Express)

Arsenal could make a fresh move for Raheem Sterling in January, with Alexis Sanchez heading to Manchester City in exchange (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham and Liverpool will go head to head in a battle to land 17-year-old German midfielder David Philipp from Werder Bremen (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United and Arsenal are keeping tabs on Fulham’s 16-year-old midfielder Matt O’Riley (Daily Mirror)

Demarai Gray has warned Riyad Mahrez that he is ready to replace him in Leicester’s starting line-up (Daily Mirror)

Fernando Llorente has pleaded for time to settle before Tottenham fans judge him (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has been handed a major boost with £26m centre-back Mamadou Sakho set for Premier League action for the first time this season (Daily Express)

Liverpool are interested in RB Leipzig’s 18-year-old French defender Dayot Upamecano (Daily Star)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has revealed he tried to sign Graham Dorrans for Swansea as he prepares to face the Rangers star in the first derby showdown of the season (Daily Record)

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Championship – teamtalk.com 21 Sep 10:00

Rowett reveals why Birmingham rejected Victor Lindelof transfer

Gary Rowett says Birmingham turned down the chance to sign Victor Lindelof from Benfica because he was not “tough enough”.

The 23-year-old Sweden international signed for Manchester United in the summer for £39.5m from Benfica, but Rowett says he had the opportunity to sign the centre-back “two or three years ago” but declined the chance.

Rowett revealed Blues ran the rule over Lindelof, after being offered the player by an agent, but decided he wasn’t up to the rigours of life in the Championship.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Rowett said: “About two or three years ago when we first went into Birmingham an agent called us and said we are trying to get some of our younger players out to expose them to different levels.

“We had a look at him (Lindelof) and put it to some of the staff, but it was ironic because they felt he wasn’t probably quite tough enough.

“Then suddenly he’s been touted around at £20m or £30m. So I think we made a mistake.

“To be fair he got straight back in the Benfica side very quickly and of course went from strength to strength.”

Lindelof featured for the full 90 minutes in last night’s 4-1 win over Burton, but he has failed to make the bench in three of United’s opening four Premier League games.

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