David Brooks shock cancer diagnosis, Lampard heads Newcastle manager shortlist, Sterling deal snub – transfer news LIVE

BOURNEMOUTH star David Brooks has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer.

The Welsh international, 24, revealed on social media that he has Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma but has vowed to fight the disease and come back to playing 'the sport I love'.

Meanwhile Newcastle are looking at Frank Lampard to replace Steve Bruce as manager, SunSport can exclusively reveal.

The former Chelsea midfielder and boss is ahead of Lucien Favre in the running to take over at St James' Park under the new regime.

And we've the very latest on Raheem Sterling's future at Man City, where he has reportedly snubbed a new deal.

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  • Anthony Chapman

    POWER SERG

    Sergio Romero has revealed the struggles he faced training alone as it became clear he had no future at Manchester United.

    The new Venezia goalkeeper said: He said: “It was a strange year for me, but I trained all year at Manchester United. 

    “Some days I was training by myself, because the squad was preparing for a game.

    “I feel good, I worked in Argentina too and want to prove I’m the same Sergio who was at Sampdoria and then Manchester.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    FRENCH CONNECTION

    Legendary Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, 71, will play in a charity game on Thursday alongside French president Emmanuel Macron.

    An XI made up of French football legends, sports stars and the president will take on medical staff from the Poissy Saint-Germain-en-Laye hospital to raise money for Les Pieces Jaunes.

    All money raised from the match will go towards improving hospitalisation conditions for younger patients.

    Wenger will partner French World Cup and Euro winner Marcel Desailly, 53, in the heart of the defence.

    Wenger will also be making a return to management in January 2022.

    The Frenchman will manage Saudi sides al-Hilal and al-Nasr when they take on French giants PSG in the Riyadh Season Cup.

  • Jake Lambourne

    BROOKS CONTINUED

    "I want to thank everyone at the Football Association of Wales because without the swift attention of their medical team we may not have detected the illness.

    "I'd also like to say thank you to AFC Bournemouth for all their support and assistance this past week.

    "Although I appreciate that there will be media attention and interest, I would like to ask that my privacy is respected in the coming months and I will share updates on my progress when I am able to do so.

    "In the meantime, thank you to everyone for their messages of support – it means so much and will continue to do so in the months ahead.

    "I look forward to seeing you all again and playing the sport I love very soon."

  • Jake Lambourne

    GET WELL SOON

    Bournemouth star David Brooks has been diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma.

    A statement from the 24-year-old read: "This is a very difficult message for me to write.

    "I have been diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin Lymphoma and will begin a course of treatment next week.

    "Although this has come as a shock to myself and my family, the prognosis is a positive one and I am confident that I will make a full recovery and be back playing as soon as possible.

    "I'd like to show my appreciation to the doctors, nurses, consultants and staff who have been treating me for their professionalism, warmth and understanding during this period."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HEY ARNOLD

    Trent Alexander-Arnold is set to return against Watford this weekend in a huge boost for Liverpool after missing the last two matches through injury.

    Alexander-Arnold, 23, was absent for Liverpool's 5-1 demolition of Porto in the Champions League and their thrilling 2-2 draw with title rivals Manchester City before the international break.

    The full-back was also unavailable for England's World Cup qualifiers against Andorra and Hungary with the same groin issue, having also missed out on the Euros this summer.

    The Liverpool academy product had been in good form so far this season, notching up three assists in his six appearances before his short spell on the sidelines.

    Liverpool's versatile midfielder James Milner deputised at right-back in his absence, but had a tough game up against Man City's Phil Foden and arguably should have been sent off in the second half.

    The Reds remain the only side unbeaten in the league and will take on the Hornets at Vicarage Road on Saturday in what will be new boss Claudio Ranieri's first game in charge.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ROM BLOW

    Tammy Abraham is an injury doubt for Roma's game against Juventus after spraining his ankle on England duty.

    The former Chelsea striker, 24, replaced Harry Kane for the final 15 minutes of the 1-1 draw with Hungary.

    But he was forced off in the dying moments of the World Cup qualifier following a knock, with Ollie Watkins taking his place.

    According to CalcioMercato, Abraham suffered a sprained ankle and could be ruled of for a couple of weeks.

    Currently fourth in Serie A and already six points behind league-leaders Napoli, Roma take on Juventus on Sunday in a massive clash in the race for European places.

  • Jake Lambourne

    POWER SERG

    Sergio Aguero scored in his return to action for Barcelona in a behind-closed-doors friendly – and could make debut on Sunday.

    The Argentina striker, 33, proved his fitness by netting in a training ground friendly against third-tier side UE Cornella and could face Valencia at the weekend.

    Aguero moved to the Nou Camp on a free transfer this summer after ten years at Manchester City, where he won fifteen trophies, including five league titles and ended as the club's all-time top scorer.

    However, he suffered a calf injury in pre-season just before the start of Barca's LaLiga campaign, which has kept him out of action until now.

    Aguero's return will come as a huge boost to under-fire manager Ronald Koeman, with his side failing to find the net in four of their last six games in all competitions.

    The Catalan giants currently sit ninth in LaLiga, five points adrift of rivals Real and Atletico Madrid, after a poor start to the season in both the league and Champions League.

  • Jake Lambourne

    HIT THE TOON

    Jonjo Shelvey has admitted he wanted to get out alongside Newcastle supporters 'with a beer' to celebrate the £300million Saudi takeover.

    He told the Daily Mail: "Those scenes outside the stadium were incredible.I was going to have a drive down, I wanted to get out there with a beer myself!

    "That reaction at the stadium is unique. The fans have suffered a lot in the past, so I think what we saw was a release of frustration and relief that the deal had finally happened.

    "Credit to the fans, too, because they have helped push this deal through. It gives us all so much to look forward to.

    "I went to watch Newcastle Blue Star on Friday night, my mate plays in goal. There were about 1,000 fans there, fully-grown men wearing Arab clothes, I couldn’t believe it.

    "I got off at half-time because I couldn’t really watch the game in the end, but it was mad. They were so happy."

  • Jake Lambourne

    BRUCEY BONUS

    Danny Murphy believes Newcastle should stick with Steve Bruce rather than sacking him after the club's takeover.

    He told talkSPORT: "You’ve got to be careful not to try and run before you can walk. The situation Newcastle are in now is precarious.

    “They’ve got a manager in charge at the moment who has been there and done it in the lower echelons of the Premier League and dealt with that scenario before – even at Newcastle.

    “Is there somebody out there who they can bring in who is going to be more equipped than Steve Bruce? That is ultimately the question. 

    “You can talk about the pleasing of the fans and the masses. That doesn’t necessarily mean that you quickly get Bruce out and get someone in to do it better.

    “I think they will get rid because that’s what the fans want and they are trying to keep everybody happy at the moment with the takeover.

    “Who do they get in? There is no obvious candidate to come in for a relegation battle.

    "There is a different conversation if you are asking me are there managers out there who are capable of working with new players, spending money and competing."

  • Jake Lambourne

    THEO BLOW

    France ace Theo Hernandez has tested positive for coronavirus after returning to AC Milan from international duty.

    The Serie A giants have confirmed that player returned a positive test from home.

    Milan have also said the relevant health authorities have been informed, and the player is 'doing well'.

    Hernandez is the latest French international to test positive for the virus.

    The left-back will have to isolate for ten days, meaning he will most likely miss Milan's Serie A fixture against Verona, and possibly their Champions League game against Porto.

    Team-mate Adrien Rabiot tested positive just days before the Nations League final against Spain.

  • Jake Lambourne

    ON THE PAUL

    Real Madrid are reportedly still keen to sign Paul Pogba and could land him for free, with the Manchester United midfielder's contract expiring in the summer.

    Pogba, 28, has been a top transfer target at Real Madrid for years and according to reports, they will attempt to prise him away from Old Trafford again at the end of the season.

    According to AS, Los Blancos have been impressed with Pogba's performances for France in the Nations League finals, which has persuaded them to step up their pursuit.

    But Man Utd are desperate to convince Pogba to sign a new deal and will reportedly offer the Frenchman up to £400k-per-week in an effort to get him to stay.

    This would make him the second highest paid player in the Prem, behind teammate Cristiano Ronaldo on 480k-per-week and ahead of Kevin De Bruyne on £385k-per-week.

    The Red Devils refused to sell Pogba last summer, knowing that they risk losing him for free if they are unable to convince him to sign a new deal.

  • Jake Lambourne

    FIFA PROBE

    FIFA has launched a probe into the violence by Hungarian fans that marred Wednesday’s Wembley World Cup qualifier.

    Police were forced back down a stairway by a mob of visiting supporters after one of them was arrested for racially abusing a steward.

    Even though the officers had batons, they were unable to impose order as they came under sustained assault.

    Eventually the situation was calmed down but the scenes came on the back of incidents involving Hungarian fans in last month’s game with England in Budapest and during Euro 2020.

    In a statement from Zurich, world chiefs said: “Fifa is currently analysing reports of last night’s qualifier matches in order to determine the most appropriate action.

    “Fifa strongly condemns the incidents at England v Hungary and Albanian v Poland and would like to state its position remains firm and resolute in rejecting any form of violence as well as any form of discrimination or abuse.

    “Fifa has a very clear zero-tolerance stance against such abhorrent behaviour in football.”

  • Jake Lambourne

    KOL ON ME

    Fenerbahce will reportedly reignite their interest in Arsenal left-back Sead Kolasinac in January.

    The Bosnian had been expected to leave in the summer, but the Turkish side failed to agree a deal with the Gunners.

    But according to news outlet Yeni Asir, Kolasinac WILL make the move to link up with former team-mate Mesut Ozil in Istanbul.

    They state that Fenerbahce do not want to wait until the summer for when the defender’s contract will expire.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GREAT DANES

    Denmark have qualified for the 2022 Qatar World Cup with a 100 per cent win record, without conceding a goal and with two games to spare.

    The Euro 2020 semi-finalists secured their place in next year's winter World Cup last night with a 1-0 win over Austria.

    Flying wing-back Joakim Maehle scored the only goal of the game to seal the three points.

    Denmark are sitting comfy at the top of Group F on 24 points, 27 goals scored and NONE conceded.

    And there's just two group games to go, with Scotland – who sit second – seven points behind making it mathematically impossible to catch Denmark.

  • Jake Lambourne

    KOP SWAP

    Mohamed Salah has handed Liverpool something of a dilemma.

    The Egyptian forward, 29, has under two years left to run on his £200,000-a-week contract – with rumours suggesting he wants a hefty pay rise.

    The Reds are locked in talks with Salah over an extension, with negotiations intensifying amid his sensational start to the 2021-22 season.

    With Kylian Mbappe destined to leave Paris Saint-Germain next summer, the French giants are keen to replace him with Salah, according to reports.

    Real Madrid are also long-term admirers with Salah having a decision to make.

    We've taken a look at FIVE stars Liverpool could move for should Salah move on…

  • Jake Lambourne

    NEW HOPE

    Newcastle have made contact with Leicester centre-back Wesley Fofana about a January transfer, according to reports.

    The Toon are planning to spend big in the new year after their Saudi-backed takeover.

    And they have got in touch with the 20-year-old's representatives, according to RMC Sport.

    The Magpies are reportedly expected to make Leicester an offer imminently if they can convince his entourage a move to St James' would be the best thing for his career.

    The Foxes signed the Frenchman from Ligue 1 side Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2020.

  • Jake Lambourne

    DON’T TCHOU WANT ME

    Aurelien Tchouameni is officially a wanted man, with Manchester United joining Chelsea in the race to sign the highly-rated Monaco midfielder.

    According to reports, Man Utd have joined Chelsea in pursuit of the France international after seeing his impressive displays in midfield alongside Paul Pogba in their Nations League triumph at the weekend.

    Tchouameni, 21, lit up Ligue 1 in his 36 appearances for Monaco last season, winning the league’s Young Player of the Year award and earning a spot in the Team of the Season.

    The youngster burst onto the scene at Bordeaux in 2019 before making the switch to Monaco last January in a deal thought to be worth around £17million.

    He starred alongside former Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas in midfield to help his side finish third in Ligue 1 last season and secure a spot in the Champions League third qualifying round.

    His fine form at club level earned him a call-up to the France national team in September and he has featured in all five of France’s competitive matches since.

  • Jake Lambourne

    WHAT RU SAYING?

    Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger is reportedly willing to listen to other offers in January before deciding whether to quit Stamford Bridge on a FREE at the end of the season.

    Talks with Chelsea have stalled after the centre-back was reportedly disappointed with their opening offer.

    And he is now keen to keep his options open and will listen to offers from abroad in the new year, according to Sky Sports News.

    Despite his willingness to receive alternative options, a Chelsea stay beyond the end of the season is still said to be a possibility.

    Rudiger's Blues contract expires at the end of the campaign and can leave for nothing if he does not sign a new contract with the West Londoners.

    Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Tottenham are all said to be keen on the defender.

  • Jake Lambourne

    GUNNER COST YA

    Liverpool are prepared to let Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s leave to rejoin Arsenal, but will reportedly demand a large chunk of his £35m fee back.

    The Gunners are keen to resign out-of-favour Liverpool midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has slipped down the pecking order at Anfield.

    Oxlade-Chamberlain, 28, spent seven years at the Emirates before joining Liverpool for £35m in August 2017 and former teammate Mikel Arteta is keen on a reunion.

    With the emergence of young midfield stars such as Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott, Liverpool are prepared to cash in on The Ox, but want to recoup as much of the £35 as possible, according to the Mirror.

    The 35-cap England international was a vital part of Liverpool’s title winning squad of 2019-20, making 30 appearances in the league.

    But he has since struggled for minutes after a knee injury ruled him out of the first four months of last season, starting only four times Liverpool since.

  • Jake Lambourne

    PHILLING GOOD

    Phil Foden plans to resume contract talks with Manchester City when he returns from England duty this week.

    And the champions are confident they are closing in on an agreement with their 21-year-old superstar.

    The Three Lions ace and boyhood City fan is currently committed to the club until 2024 after signing a six-year deal back in December 2018.

    Talks have been ongoing over a fresh contract of a similar length in recognition of the outstanding progress he has made over the last few years.

    Foden has never had any doubts that he wanted to stay with his favourite club – but even so it will be a huge statement when the paperwork is signed.

    His last contract started on around £30,000-per-week but contained clauses which saw his salary increase as he continued to make progress.

  • Jake Lambourne

    NO MAR TALK

    Roberto Martinez has ruled himself OUT of contention for the Barcelona job.

    The Spaniard has been heavily linked with the post as pressure has mounted on current boss Ronald Koeman.

    But the former Wigan Athletic and Everton manager has asserted that he is committed to leading Belgium at next year's World Cup in Qatar.

    As per Fabrizio Romano, Martinez said: "It’s not easy for me to talk about it.

    "I've been working for five years with Belgium and I'm 100 per cent focused on this.

    "We’re going to prepare for the World Cup now. There’s nothing else to say."

  • Jake Lambourne

    HAAL OUT ATTACK

    Man City have joined rivals United in the chase for Erling Haaland with the Cityzens ‘expected to hold talks’ with the star’s agent in January.

    The Borussia Dortmund hotshot is under contract until 2024 but a release clause kicks in this summer that will allow him to leave for £64million.

    The 21-year-old’s 68 goals and 19 assists in just 67 games for the Bundesliga club have made him one of Europe’s hottest properties.

    However, The Times claims City could move into pole position.

    The Norwegian, whose father Alf-Inge is a former City player, is ‘top of the club’s transfer targets’ after they missed out on Harry Kane before this season.

  • Jake Lambourne

    CROWD TROUBLE

    Police made six arrests as crowd trouble marred England’s World Cup draw with Hungary – including one for voyeurism.

    Officers were attacked after going into the crowd to take care of a Hungarian accused of racially abusing a steward.

    Hooligans waded in on the police, forcing police to have to use batons in an attempt to regain control.

    Riot police eventually calmed the situation having been forced back under the stands, where around 1,000 visiting fans were in place.

    The fan who racially abused the steward was arrested – with two more collared for affray and attacking an emergency worker.

    Now the Metropolitan Police say a further three arrests were made at Wembley – one more for affray, another for drunk and disorderly and the last on suspicion of voyeurism.

    Uefa will now wait on reports from the match, with the FA promising to pass on all information they have. 

  • William Pugh

    GOOD MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Gareth Southgate admitted England lacked their recent "composure and quality" in last night's 1-1 World Cup qualifier against Hungary at Wembley.

    John Stones stabbed the Three Lions' 37th-minute point-saver after Roland Sallai’s shock penalty opener.

    Struggling skipper Harry Kane, deservedly, and liveliest performer Jack Grealish, strangely, were hauled off amid England's failed bid for a winner.

    Boss Southgate said: "Disappointing performance. Full credit to Hungary, they caused us a tactical problem and we were not fluid."

    England need four points from their final two group games next month, at home to Albania and in San Marino.

    Some Hungary fans again booed Three Lions' players taking the knee before the game and others fought with police soon after kick-off.

    A Met Police statement said: "Officers entered the stand to arrest a spectator for a racially aggravated public order offence in relation to comments directed towards a steward."

    Meanwhile, newly-rich Newcastle are being tipped in some quarters to even outbid Chelsea and Manchester City for Kane next summer.

    Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie – linked to Manchester United, Arsenal, PSG, Liverpool and Barcelona – is expected to leave AC Milan at the end of his contract in June.

    And Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone has admitted he tried to lure Lionel Messi over the summer – by asking Luis Suarez to call his ex-Barcelona team-mate.

    But Simeone said PSG moved for the legend so quickly and emphatically that no other club stood a realistic chance.

  • Ian Tuckey

    RON TREBLE IS PERFECT TEN

    Cristiano Ronaldo clinched another world record as he scored his TENTH international hat-trick.

    The Manchester United star was in top form for Portugal once again as they thrashed Luxembourg 5-0 in their World Cup qualifier.

    Midfielders Bruno Fernandes and Joao Palhinha were also on the score sheet.

    But it was Ronaldo who stole the show with a brilliant treble at home.

    The hat-trick was Ronnie’s tenth for Portugal.

    And no other player in the history of international football has scored as many for their country.

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