Celtic tracking Tottenham keeper Joe Hart

Hart played a bit part role under Jose Mourinho last season with French stopper Hugo Lloris unopposed as Spurs No.1 .

But despite Mourinho’s exit and the arrival of Nuno Santo, Hart’s own situation remains unchanged.

Santo’s decision to bring in Pierluigi Collini on loan from Atalanta has only deepened speculation and the Glaswegians could offer him another free transfer reprieve.

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Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez make Liverpool preseason comeback

The Reds Premier League title defence was derailed at the end of 2020 as their first-choice defensive pair were ruled out with knee injuries.

After making the decision to miss Euro 2020 both players have been given a longer rehab slot to prepare for the upcoming campaign.

Jurgen Klopp brought them both on as late substitutes during the warm up clash with Hertha Berlin out in Austria.

But it wasn’t to be all plain sailing on the night as van Dijk’s rustiness was caught out and Hertha clinched a shock 4-3 win.

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Arsene Wenger linked with Switzerland job

Wenger’s iconic time in North London came to an emotional end in 2018 as he stepped away after 22 years at the club.

Following a brief break he took up a role with FIFA in 2019 but he has constantly hinted at wanting one more crack on the touchline.

And his chance may be in the pipeline sooner than expected with reports from the Daily Mail claiming the Swiss have lined him up to replace Vladimir Petkovic.

Wenger is set to be handed a two year contract to work beyond the World Cup in 2022 with La Professeur set to make a decision next week.

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West Ham eye Kurt Zouma deal as Chelsea move for Jules Kounde

The Blues are targeting reinforcements of their own this month with boss Thomas Tuchel angling for a deal on Sevilla star Jules Kounde.

And if Tuchel can get a deal through for Kounde, his arrival could spell the end of Zouma’s time at Stamford Bridge.

David Moyes will keep his cards to his chest in the coming days, but if Kounde comes in, he could wrap up a Zouma deal for £20m.

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Manchester City open Jack Grealish talks with Aston Villa

City have been linked with a bold move to the England star in the coming weeks and the defending champions are now showing they do indeed mean business.

Reports from The Guardian claim City are prepared to play hardball over the deal with Villa prepared to stand firm on their £100m asking price.

And with the ball still in Villa’s court as it stands the Midlands side could offer him a bumper pay rise to finally see off City’s interest.

But in reality, the next move in the saga will come down to the player himself, as his Mykonos adventure and he heads to sunny Birmingham to make the biggest decision of his career.

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John-Jules joins Blackpool on loan

The Gunners academy graduate is still to make his debut for the Premier League club, but has spent periods of each of the last two campaigns away from the Emirates.

“I’ve spent the last couple of seasons on loan in League One and wanted to challenge myself at the next level and there’s no better place to come than Blackpool to do just that,” John-Jules told the official club website.

“I spoke to the gaffer before joining and he made me feel comfortable and excited for the journey here, so I’m really excited for this coming season.”

John-Jules scored once in a loan spell with Lincoln during the second half of the 2019-20 season but fared better with league rivals Doncaster throughout the past term.

He netted five times with Rovers and will now test himself in a higher division under Seasiders boss Neil Critchley, who worked with Gunners centre-back Daniel Ballard during the most recent campaign.

Critchley added: “We really value the continued working relationship with Arsenal and would like to thank them for trusting us with Tyreece’s development.

“I’ve followed Tyreece’s progress for some time now, both with Arsenal and for the England youth teams.

“He’s an attacking player who brings plenty of creativity, whether that be with goals or assists and he will fit in with the work ethic we have here in the squad.”

Burnley’s pre-season friendly with Nottingham Forest cancelled

Wednesday’s game against Aston Villa was called off and the club have decided not to go ahead with Saturday’s visit of the Clarets.

“The situation is unchanged since yesterday when we had to cancel the Villa friendly with some players having to self-isolate,” manager Chris Hughton told nottinghamforest.co.uk.

“Therefore it is the right decision to cancel the fixture in the interests of players and staff from both clubs and our own supporters.

“It is disappointing that we have not been able to get a run-out against Premier League opposition but Sean Dyche and Burnley Football Club have been very understanding, for which I am grateful.

“I am also very disappointed that Forest supporters will have to wait a little bit longer to return to The City Ground but the team and I look forward to welcoming them back against Bradford and Bournemouth.

“The focus of everybody at the club is now to prepare for the (opening day) Coventry fixture.”

Manchester United to make Rashford surgery decision in coming days

Having featured for England at Euro 2020, the 23-year-old was planning to go under the knife to deal with a longstanding shoulder injury that would keep him out for approximately 12 weeks.

But Solskjaer was quick to say a decision had yet to be made on whether Rashford would undergo surgery, with the forward set to meet with the club when returning from his summer break.

“With Marcus, we’ll probably make a decision in next few days when we check him up again, the last decision-making,” he said. “What’s best for him and best for the club has to be considered.

“With the boys who’ve not come back yet, I don’t know (how they are). I haven’t got a Scooby-Doo on how they are fitness-wise.

“Everyone’s due in Monday for training and then we’ve got two weeks. That means they’ve had three weeks since the last game – Fred at the Copa America and English finalists.

“So we’ll see how they are, what fitness levels they’re at because it’s down to them, what they’ve done during the holidays as well. I can’t just throw them in if it’s not safe or if they’re not fit enough.”

United have decisions to make on the fitness and role of a number of players in the coming weeks.

Solskjaer said he will make look at teenager Amad Diallo’s short-term future after the Olympics, while Axel Tuanzebe could head out on loan with Raphael Varane set to join.

Phil Jones could also soon bolster United’s centre-back options as he prepares to return from a knee injury

“Of course Raphael looking like everything is sorted there and we’ve made that deal, I can see Axel going out because I’ve got Raphael Varane, (Harry) Maguire, (Victor) Lindelof, Eric Bailly.

“Phil Jones is coming back in. He’s due to start training over the weekend when we’ve got everyone in on Monday, which is a big plus for him.

“I’ve had similar troubles in my career and he’s such a professional good lad.

“It’s great to see him ready to train again. Hopefully Jonah can first of all train with us and then get game-time soon.

“If he can play in the 23s to start with or reserves, or we can arrange some behind closed doors for him because I know exactly the feeling of being out for so long.

“You just want to feel your way in. He’s always served the club and it was time to look after him and his own health but now he’s ready to train with us.”

Seamus Coleman signs one-year Everton deal

The 32-year-old Republic of Ireland right-back, who had entered the final 12 months of his existing deal, has been at the club since arriving from Sligo Rovers for £60,000 in 2009.

In that time he has made 350 appearances for the club, having been made captain in 2019.

“I’m very happy – everyone around the football club and I’m sure all the fans know how much this club has meant to me from day one,” Coleman told evertontv.

“Hopefully now I can keep going as long as possible, give my experience to the younger lads, help and support them in any way I can, and contribute on the pitch as much as possible.

“It’s a massive honour to extend my time here. It was about getting my head down and to keep working hard like I’ve always done, and the club decided to reward me with that. It’s something I’m very happy with.

“It’s not something that I just wanted to be given. I worked very hard last season and thought I did quite well in the games that I played in.

“Every day in training I pushed myself to the limits and did all I could to stay and play for a big football club like this.”

New boss Rafael Benitez is Everton’s sixth permanent manager in the last five years.

That and some questionable recruitment has led to just one top-seven finish – and an extension of their trophyless run to 26 years – during that time and even the best three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti could manage was 10th before he departed last month for a return to Real Madrid.

Coleman believes he has an important role to play behind the scenes as Benitez settles in.

“I keep saying it and make no apologies for it, winning is what we’re here to do,” he added.

“The whole football club’s vision is to break that barrier (to win a trophy again).

“My job in the process is to be sure we are doing all the right things behind the scenes, on the training pitch, the best way possible.”

Liverpool mourn fan Andrew Devine

In a statement released by the club on Wednesday, the family of Andrew Devine, 55, said he died on Tuesday, 32 years after he was badly hurt in the tragedy at the FA Cup semi-final on April 15, 1989.

In the statement, Liverpool said: “Our collective devastation is overwhelming but so too is the realisation that we were blessed to have had Andrew with us for 32 years since the Hillsborough tragedy.”

Mr Devine was described by his family as a “much-loved son, brother and uncle” who had been supported by his family and a team of dedicated carers.

A statement from the football club said they were “deeply saddened” by his death.

A spokesman said: “A lifelong Liverpool supporter, Andrew continued to attend matches at Anfield when possible despite suffering life-changing injuries at Hillsborough on April 15, 1989.

“In doing so he defied expectations that he would not survive for six months after the tragedy.”

The spokesman added: “The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Andrew’s family and his carers.”

In 2016, an inquest jury ruled 96 Liverpool fans had been unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough disaster.

Match commander David Duckenfield was cleared of gross negligence manslaughter at a retrial in November 2019, after the jury in his first trial was unable to reach a verdict.

Earlier this year, the trial of retired police officers Donald Denton and Alan Foster and former force solicitor Peter Metcalf, who were accused of perverting the course of justice following the disaster, collapsed after a judge ruled there was no case to answer.

Crystal Palace complete transfer of Joachim Andersen

The Denmark international spent last season on loan with Fulham in the Premier League and will continue to ply his trade in England after he agreed a five-year deal at Selhurst Park.

Andersen is new boss Patrick Vieira’s fourth signing of the summer, following in the footsteps of Michael Olise, Remi Matthews and Marc Guehi.

He told the official club website: “I’m extremely proud to be joining Crystal Palace and to be playing in the world’s best football league.

“The management of the club and Patrick Vieira have given me very strong assurance that they know my qualities, they believe in me and want me to play an important role in the team.

“I have a very positive impression of Patrick from the conversations I have had with him and I have heard nothing but great things about the manager, the club and its plans for the future.”

With centre-backs Gary Cahill, Mamadou Sakho and Scott Dann released at the end of last season, the heart of defence was an area which needed to be bolstered and Andersen fits the bill for the style of play being implemented by Vieira.

Roy Hodgson’s successor is eager for Palace to pass out from the back, with possession-based football a key part of his tactics, and the ex-Fulham loanee gained admirers for his quality on the ball during the previous campaign.

Meanwhile, left-back Patrick Van Aanholt has completed a move to Galatasaray on a free transfer, signing a deal until the summer of 2024.

He wrote on Twitter: “Palace has been a proper home to me, you’ll forever be a part of my life. To the boys, good luck for the up and coming season. Big change, big opportunity, big rewards. Make it count.”

Chelsea sign Bettinelli from Fulham

The 29-year-old left west London neighbours Fulham at the end of last season after making more than 100 appearances during over a decade of service with the Whites.

Camberwell-born Bettinelli has now agreed a two-year deal at Stamford Bridge where he will provide competition in the goalkeeping position for Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga.

“It’s always been a special club. I know the area very well so it’s been a dream of mine to come over to this side and it’s finally happened,” the former England Under-21 international told the official club website.

“There were some talks a few years ago when I was a bit younger and for whatever reason that didn’t come about but I’m here now.

“I’m really excited to be involved and looking forward to trying to impress and help the team as much as I can.”

Bettinelli spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship and moves to Chelsea to help fill the void left by the departure of Argentinian Willy Caballero.

Homegrown goalkeepers Jamie Cumming and Nathan Baxter have also departed the Blues this summer on loan to Gillingham and Hull respectively with experienced stopper Bettinelli the first signing made by Thomas Tuchel this season.