11am EFL Deadline Day LIVE: Benrahma FAILS West Ham medical, Wilson Liverpool AGREED, Grant £15m West Brom switch – The Sun

IT is EFL Deadline Day and clubs have until 5pm to get their business complete.

Premier League sides can't trade with each other, but they can raid the EFL for talent or vice versa – so keep tuned to SunSport as we bring you every deal from what could be a dramatic last few hours.

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>

    BREAKING

    Said Benrahma’s £25million deadline day move to West Ham is in jeopardy after he failed a medical.

    The Algerian winger, 25, was all set to seal a move from Championship side Brentford.

    But with just hours left of the domestic window, the transfer has been thrown into serious doubt.

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    FIVE OUT FOR REDS

    Liverpool are looking to offload as many as five players before the domestic transfer window closes today, reports say.

    Harry Wilson could be one of those on the move as Jurgen Klopp looks to trim down his squad ahead of this weekend's huge Merseyside derby.

    Although the winger did feature in the Reds' Carabao Cup defeat against Arsenal earlier this month, he is not seen as part of the manager's plans and could be one of a handful shown the door before the 5pm deadline today.

    The others at risk include Ben Woodburn, Herbie Kane, Nat Phillips and Liam Millar, according to the Express.

    Wilson's asking price is reportedly around the £20million mark, but no club has yet to meet that valuation.

    This is despite the cue of Championship teams interested in the 23-year-old.

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    WE'LL STICK TOGETHER

    Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Bruno Fernandes knows now what it means to be a Manchester United player after a fortnight of criticism and stories of bust-ups.

    The Manchester United boss pointed out that his Portuguese play-maker had lost only two league games since his arrival at the end of January.

    But as ever with the Red Devils, two defeats equals a crisis and with Fernandes subbed at half-time in the 6-1 defeat against Spurs, there has been extra scrutiny on him.

    Solskjaer said: “Bruno has lost two league games since he came.

    “It’s been two in quick succession and he’s not used to losing league games but welcome to Manchester United, this is what happens.

    “They are going to try and create a division between us but it’s not going to happen, this is a group that wants to work together and stick together.”

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    FISHING ROD

    Tottenham are hoping to get Swansea to lower their price for Joe Rodon to £15million as they look to seal a deadline day deal for the defender, reports DUNCAN WRIGHT.

    Spurs saw a £7m bid for the Wales international rejected by the Championship club two weeks ago but still retain hope of reaching an agreement before the 5pm cut-off today.

    The Swans have insisted they value the 22-year-old at £18m and have been holding out hoping to get top price for the centre-back.

    But Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has been reluctant to go to that price having splashed out big already this summer bringing in Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon and Matt Doherty.

    He would prefer to come up with a package which sees an upfront payment in the region of £10m with further instalments of £5m.

    Spurs believe that will be enough to tempt Swansea into doing a deal now for Rodon – who is regarded as one of the best talents outside the top flight.

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

    PARTEY TIME

    Thomas Partey is in line to make his Arsenal debut against Manchester City on Saturday.

    The 27-year-old hopes to hit the ground running following his £45million move from Atletico Madrid.

    Partey is available for selection after returning from international duty with Ghana.

    During his pre-match press conference, Arteta was asked about integrating Partey into the matchday squad.

    He said: “Well he was here just yesterday, he is getting familiar with everything around the club.

    “Today he will have his first training session, so everything has to come really quickly for him.

    “We knew that before we signed him that he is fit, he is very willing to start playing and we will see how he goes in the next few days.”

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    WE'LL RE-MEM-BER

    Barcelona are ready to go back in for Memphis Depay this January after failing with a deadline day swoop.

    The Lyon forward, 26, was left upset having all-but signed for the LaLiga side – before they decided against completing the deal.

    Reports suggest Barcelona were only able to afford Depay if Ousmane Dembele left.

    But the winger could not complete a move to Manchester United, with the Catalans demanding a permanent transfer.

    Once again, a January move for Depay is based around Barcelona making room for the Dutchman.

    According to Spanish newspaper Sport, a deal is agreed with both the player and Lyon.

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    NO IFS NO BUTS

    Jack Butland looks to be on his way to Crystal Palace with the Stoke outcast set for a reunion with his old Three Lions manager Roy Hodgson.

    The Eagles, currently twelfth in the Prem, are due to put in an offer for the former Birmingham stopper before today’s transfer deadline, according to the Daily Mail.

    Butland, once regarded as the golden boy of goalkeeping and a potential England No1, has battled with injuries and form in recent years.

    And in July he lost his starting place for Stoke’s final four games of the season following a 5-0 drubbing by Leeds.

    He is yet to make an appearance for them this season and is looking to move on, while Stoke are thought to be ready to let him go in a last-minute move.

    Butland was this week rumoured to be a shock transfer target for Liverpool before being linked with Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.

  • Joshua Jones

    MORNING FOOTBALL FANS

    Premier League chiefs and broadcasters remain at odds over who set the £14.95 pay- per-view rates coming in this weekend.

    But there is no sign of the policy being shelved despite a fan and Government backlash.

    Elsewhere, the EFL have REJECTED the Premier League's £50million bail-out proposal.

    And e-mails from EFL boss Rick Parry and Premier League chairman Gary Hoffman have been leaked which demonstrate the scale of the rising animosity at the top of English football.

    Gary Neville is calling for a reboot of English football and warned: “Enough is enough.”

    The former Manchester United and England right-back is part of an eight-strong group who believe the game is running off the rails.

    This week’s dogfight over Project Big Picture has only brought home the ‘chaotic’ structure with the Prem, FA and EFL all fighting for authority.

    Sky pundit Neville, who is part-owner of League Two Salford, said only an independent, Government-appointed ‘regulator’ with the powers of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can implement a new order.

    EFL bosses have banned the Armed Forces from matches on Remembrance weekend.

    Elsewhere, Gareth Southgate is adamant Harry Maguire is too important to be rested for either club or country – despite his alarming confidence crisis.

    And the Three Lions boss hit back at accusations he is a cautious manager.

    Staying with international football, footy bosses are preparing to rip up the format for the Euros – and SCRAP some venues.

    Uefa privately accept there is no way that next summer’s tournament – postponed because of Covid – will be able to go ahead with the planned 12 host cities.

    A worst-case scenario could see one country stage the tournament with four venues being used. Wembley is due to stage seven games, including England’s three group matches, plus the semi-finals and final.

    The competition is sure to go ahead – owing to the millions Uefa will receive from TV companies. And the governing body is hopeful supporters will still be able to attend.

    But some venues are at risk and the tournament will have to be condensed to ensure less travelling.

    Places such as Baku in Azerbaijan – now caught in a conflict with Armenia – plus St Petersburg in Russia will be among the first to be dropped.

    Finally, furious Newcastle fans claim the club have taken £7MILLION from season-ticket holders since March – for games they have not attended.

  • William Pugh

    “They did not lead and hadn’t even been able to come up with a short-term plan to restructure funding. Enough is enough. Football has to change.”

    The United legend is part of the group – along with former FA chairman David Bernstein and Olympian Denise Lewis – who yesterday published their manifesto for change, ‘Saving Our Beautiful Game’.

    Bernstein, FA boss from 2011-13, said: “We took a poll of fans that found nearly 80 per cent agreed change is needed.

    “There has never been a better moment for change.”

    Neville told Sky Sports: “The principle is that we don’t trust that football can govern itself and create the fairest deal for all, whether that’s the Premier League, EFL clubs, non-League clubs or the fans.”

  • William Pugh

    CZAR IS BORN

    Gary Neville is calling for a reboot of English football and warned: “Enough is enough.”

    The former Manchester United and England right-back is part of an eight-strong group who believe the game is running off the rails.

    This week’s dogfight over Project Big Picture has only brought home the ‘chaotic’ structure with the Prem, FA and EFL all fighting for authority.

    Sky pundit Neville, who is part-owner of League Two Salford, said only an independent, Government-appointed ‘regulator’ with the powers of NFL commissioner Roger Goodell can implement a new order.

    Nev, 45, said: “The pandemic has demonstrated a void in the Premier League leadership…

  • William Pugh

    EFL AND SAFETY – EXCLUSIVE

    EFL bosses have banned the Armed Forces from matches on Remembrance weekend.

    Many teams were hoping to invite military personnel to lead the tributes before kick-offs.

    But despite being put on standby by the Government to patrol the streets during any future lockdowns, bungling EFL execs do not believe they are safe enough to enter secure, virtually empty football stadiums.

    An email sent to Championship, League One and League clubs yesterday read: “We’ve had a few queries in respect of additional activity for Remembrance fixtures.

    “Due to Covid-19 restrictions and these fixtures being played behind closed doors, no additional personnel who are not attending the fixture to aid the delivery of the match should be in attendance, e.g. bugler or military personnel.

    “We are suggesting however that clubs pre-record activity and this can be played out on matchday.”

  • William Pugh

    GARY PLAYER?

    Jose Mourinho would not confirm if superstar ‘Gary Bale’ will face London rivals West Ham on Sunday.

    The Spurs manager called ­Gareth Bale ‘Gary’ – just like he did with England boss Gareth Southgate this month.

    Mourinho said: “The team is the most important thing and Gary is here – sorry, Gareth – to help the team.

    “But at the same time we care about him. The decision will be for the good of the team and for him.”

  • William Pugh

    PLAY THROUGH

    Gareth Southgate is adamant Harry Maguire is too important to be rested for either club or country – despite his alarming confidence crisis.

    The Manchester United skipper was sent off after half an hour of England’s 1-0 defeat by Denmark on Wednesday for two desperate challenges.

    Southgate said: “My view would be that you’ve got to play your way through these moments.

    “Harry is too important a player for them and us to think about resting him but that would be for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his staff to make those decisions.”

  • William Pugh

    LION HEART

    Gareth Southgate hit back at accusations he is a cautious manager.

    And the England boss insisted he would have used Jack Grealish against Denmark but for Harry Maguire’s sending-off.

    Asked whether he was a cautious boss or a risk-taker, Southgate answered: “We gave another two young players [Reece James and Ainsley Maitland-Niles] their full debuts against Denmark, alongside Mason Mount, Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips, who’s had four games in the Premier League.

    “So I think we’ve been pretty bold in many of our decisions over a long period of time really. We’ve been top scorers in the World Cup, we were top scorers in the Euro qualifiers, we’ve been to two semi-finals. We’ve blooded any number of young players.

    “I suppose that I would point to that body of work but it’s for others to have their opinion. I’m not really too concerned.”

    On Grealish’s omission, Southgate added: “Any plans we had went out the window with the red card. We needed legs to be able to defend with ten and Mason and Marcus Rashford have done that really well.”

  • William Pugh

    EUR-OH NO – EXCLUSIVE

    Football bosses are preparing to rip up the format for the Euros – and SCRAP some venues.

    Uefa privately accept there is no way that next summer’s tournament – postponed because of Covid – will be able to go ahead with the planned 12 host cities.

    A worst-case scenario could see one country stage the tournament with four venues being used. Wembley is due to stage seven games, including England’s three group matches, plus the semi-finals and final.

    The competition is sure to go ahead – owing to the millions Uefa will receive from TV companies. And the governing body is hopeful supporters will still be able to attend.

    But some venues are at risk and the tournament will have to be condensed to ensure less travelling.

    Places such as Baku in Azerbaijan – now caught in a conflict with Armenia – plus St Petersburg in Russia will be among the first to be dropped.

  • William Pugh

    TYNE IS MONEY

    Furious Newcastle fans claim the club have taken £7MILLION from season-ticket holders since March – for games they have not attended.

    The Newcastle United Supporters Trust said more than 18,000 Toon Army followers are still being charged for games played behind closed doors.

    A statement read: “Over 18,000 fans are still being charged monthly direct debit payments for season 20-21 and have been since March. Over £1m per month flows out of North East fan households into Newcastle United, at a time of record unemployment and hardship.

    “No other Premier League club is currently taking money from fans. On top of this, fans must pay £14.95 for pay-per-view games. The cost of watching football in the UK is out of control.

    “Sky, BT and Amazon Prime combined is a minimum of £803.88 per year. Adding £14.95 pay-per-view games will be almost £300 per year extra.

    “This is not right. The Premier League should act. Newcastle United need to act. Stop taking money from people who need it. Start listening and talking to fans. Start giving back.”

  • William Pugh

    MAN OVERBOARD

    Arsene Wenger has admitted his rivalries with Alex Ferguson and Jose Mourinho sometimes went “overboard”.

    Wenger, who left the North London club in 2018, told talkSPORT: “The rivalry between me and Alex. I was a foreign manager coming in and disturbing his reign and he didn’t like it. He hated to lose and I hated to lose, so at some stage it went overboard.

    “But with time, after the competition went, the relationship became better. And today it is peaceful and friendly.”

    Mourinho famously branded the Gunners chief a ‘specialist in failure’.

    Wenger, 70, admitted: “That was sometimes very personal and a little bit out of control. The problem is you go into a game and already have resentment because of what’s been said in press conferences.

    “You hate the guy on the other bench and keep control but sometimes it goes overboard.”

  • William Pugh

    HOLD ON A MO-MENT

    Victor Moses has joined Spartak Moscow on a season-long loan.

    The Russian side are 10 games into their league season and sit second in the table, level on points with city rivals CSKA Moscow.

    The move follows spells for Moses in Turkey and Italy last season, firstly at Fenerbahce and then at Inter Milan, who he represented in the Europa League final.

  • William Pugh

    CROWN JULES

    Manchester United target Jules Kounde has tested positive for coronavirus.

    Sevilla confirmed the news on Thursday night following his return from France U21s duty. And Kounde will now miss next week’s Champions League clash with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.

    The centre-back, 21, will also be sidelined for LaLiga games against Granada and Eibar. But he could make his return to action in Europa against Rennes in a fortnight.

    Europa League winner Kounde was strongly linked with a move to Manchester City over the summer.

    But they eventually opted for Benfica’s Ruben Dias instead.

    And Kounde is now reported to be a target for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

  • William Pugh

    APPY DAYS

    BT Sport and EE have promised fans football will never feel the same after revealing plans for their incredible 'Match Day Experience'.

    The broadcasters will unveil the new tech on their app next weekend as part of a tie-up with Apple’s new iPhone12 and EE.

    The all-new experience has come to fruition as part of plans to keep fans engaged while unable to watch games live due to coronavirus. Through the app, fans will be invited into the virtual heart of their club’s inner sanctum.

    Supporters will be able to enjoy a rare glimpse of previously hidden parts of the ground, including dressing rooms and the manager’s dugout. On top of that, fans will be able to see groundbreaking, real-time, in-game stats and graphics.

    There is also the option to 'Watch Together' in a live split-screen experience with friends and families through Augmented Reality.

    Fans will also be able to watch the game from any angle – with an incredible new 360-degree camera feature.

  • William Pugh

    FOOD FOR THOUGHT

    Marcus Rashford has hit back at Boris Johnson after his plan to give out free meals to kids over Christmas was rejected.

    Rashford has been awarded an MBE for leading a charge towards ending child hunger and poverty in the UK.

    The Manchester United star forced the government into a U-turn in July, ensuring hungry kids continued to get free meals over the summer holidays.

    He had called for the scheme to continue over the Christmas period.

    But Prime Minister Johnson has rejected Rashford’s latest call.

  • William Pugh

    LION SHARE

    Chelsea were reportedly ready to pay Lionel Messi £1MILLION a week to complete a world-record £225m transfer in 2014.

    Owner Roman Abramovich was prepared to dig deep into his pockets to land the Argentine superstar after boss Jose Mourinho held a FaceTime call with him, according to Sky Italy's Gianluca di Marzio.

    The Russian billionaire and Mourinho were keen to trigger Messi's buy-out clause and would have rewarded him spectacularly with annual wages of around £50m.

    The report states Chelsea first contacted Messi in January 2014 during his tax fraud probe. The forward was fed up with Spanish authorities and a glitzy move to London looked an attractive proposition.

    Messi asked old Barca pal and player agent Deco for his opinion, having played at Stamford Bridge, before holding a video chat with Mourinho.

    Messi is said to have been convinced by 'winner' Mourinho and was keen to finalise a deal. But, according to the report, things fell through when Deco was eased out of discussions and Mourinho spoke directly to Messi.

  • William Pugh

    COLD SHOULDER – BREAKING

    The EFL have REJECTED the Premier League's £50million bail-out proposal.

    Top clubs were locked in talks over a financial package to keep League One and Two afloat during the coronavirus pandemic.

    An initial £50m proposal looked braced to be given the green light with Championship clubs not receiving a penny of financial aid.

    But it is suggested lower league clubs stood by the Championship.

    The EFL is now likely to take out a loan and sort struggling clubs out with funds.

  • William Pugh

    BT chief Marc Allera, though, explained: “We had a suggested retail price which was suggested to us by the Premier League.

    “We also have a cost that they’re charging us for those games. We’re certainly not making significant amounts of money out of this, we’re pretty much just covering our costs.

    “The intent of the Premier League to put these games on was to get some money moving into some of the clubs and leagues that are struggling.

    “That’s a good intent, and that’s reflected in the price that they’re charging us, while the price that we charge basically reflects the need for us to cover our costs.”

  • William Pugh

    SHIFT THE BLAME

    Premier League chiefs and broadcasters remain at odds over who set the £14.95 pay per view rates coming in this weekend.

    But there is no sign of the policy being shelved despite a fan and Government backlash.

    League chief executive Richard Masters insisted the per match charge, which kicks off with Chelsea’s home clash with Southampton on Sunday, was “set” by the broadcasters, Sky and BT.

    He said: “We are obviously aware of the commercial model that was put in place and we had substantive conversations with BT and Sky about that.

    “But we can’t set prices. Broadcasters have to set the retail price of their own products. That’s the law.”…

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