Opinion: Liverpool 'genuinely interested' in Leeds player…he'll be a masterstroke signing from Klopp


Opinion: Liverpool 'genuinely interested' in Leeds player…he'll be a masterstroke signing from Klopp – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to reports from the Athletic, Liverpool are ‘genuinely interested’ in signing Ben White, who has been in phenomenal form for Leeds United this season.
The 22-year-old defender joined the Yorkshire club during the summer transfer window from Brighton and Hove Albion on a season-long loan, and he has been simply outstanding.
While Leeds will want to keep him at the club beyond the end of the season, the only way they can do it is by securing promotion to the Premier League.
And even then it would be hard for Leeds or Brighton to keep hold of White if either of Liverpool or Manchester United come calling.
White will be a masterstroke signing from Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool probably will be looking to add depth in their defence next season, and White is simply perfect for the club.
His reading of the game and his consistency makes him a quality player. With a pass completion rate of 85.4 per cent, and brilliant with his distributions, he, in theory, should be an ideal partner for Virgil van Dijk.
His decision making is immaculate and his sense of timing is perfect. White has made 46 interceptions, the highest number by a single player in the Championship this season, which is simply remarkable.
With a strong positional awareness, he could be the next big star in English football if he gets the right platform, guidance, and exposure.
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'Top draw player': Some Celtic fans react after knowing who Lennon wants to sign


'Top draw player': Some Celtic fans react after knowing who Lennon wants to sign – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to reports from The Guardian, Scottish champions Celtic are willing to sign Victor Wanyama on an ‘initial’ loan deal in January.
The Kenya international has struggled for regular games at Spurs and was close to leaving the club during the summer transfer window as well.
The report claims that the 28-year-old is still a target for Celtic and the midfielder could be set for a return for his second spell at Parkhead.
The Bhoys will try to sign him on loan, but there is a suggestion that they could look to include an option to sign the midfielder permanently at the end of the season.
Many Celtic fans have taken to social networking site Twitter to express their reaction after the news broke out. Here are some of the selected tweets:

McGregor Wanyama Christie
Absolutely without a doubt!
— LouMun 67 (@lfmunro) November 19, 2019

Be great too see @VictorWanyama back at @CelticFC he is a Rock in Midfield and is wasted at spurs! Be a brilliant addition to the team #BringVicHome
— @CiaránShev (@CiaranShevlin) November 19, 2019

Bring back big Victor!!
— Chris Chambers (@chrisseyc32) November 19, 2019

Absolutely, he is a top draw player
— peter petch (@peterpetch1) November 19, 2019

Would be a sensational signing.. pic.twitter.com/RMH1nnotuT
— Brother James docherty 42 (@Jdoc74Jim) November 19, 2019

Wanyama would be a brilliant signing for Celtic. Despite his injury problems, he is a top-class player, and has plenty of football left in him.
However, with Mauricio Pochettino now gone, it remains to be seen whether Jose Mourinho revives his career at the north London club.
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'Prime Makalele': Some Spurs fans feel 56-cap int'l will become 'biggest asset' under Mourinho


'Prime Makalele': Some Spurs fans feel 56-cap int'l will become 'biggest asset' under Mourinho – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Jose Mourinho has been appointed today as the new manager of Tottenham Hotspur.
Spurs confirmed yesterday that they parted ways with Mauricio Pochettino who served the north London club for more than five years.
Spurs are struggling badly in the Premier League and the club felt that fresh ideas are required.
Pochettino was favourite among the Tottenham fans, and a vast section of fans are hugely disappointed to see him go. However, a section of fans believes that his departure could provide a second opportunity for some of the players who played a fringe role under the Argentine.
One of such players is Victor Waynama. The 56-times Kenya international has struggled with form and injuries under Pochettino in recent years.
The 28-year-old was heavily linked with a move away from the club during the summer transfer window, and there have been talks that he could return to Celtic on loan during the January window.
However, many fans believe that Mourinho could revive the former Southampton midfielder’s career at Spurs. Here are some of the selected tweets:

Wanyama about to turn into prime Makelele
— SIRE® (@SIR3_) November 20, 2019

Mauricio Pochettino overlooked Victor Wanyama during his last days & I hope José Mourinho takes a different path. Majority of Kenyans feel represented when the big guy is on the bitch.#WednesdayWisdom pic.twitter.com/VXKrFm3rvg
— Ogello (@OgelloSays) November 20, 2019

Wanyama will be an asset to Mourinho at Tottenham no doubt and many will now tune in to watch their games.
But it’s as if my village people are telling me to buy Lucas Moura …
What to do…
— Bruce Lee’s Grandson Sudden Lee (@4EyedLiwa_) November 20, 2019

Jose Mourinho ‘s Epl come back at Tottenham is a prayer answered for Wanyama. Poch wasn’t ready for his second chance! pic.twitter.com/9HrTSKNQho
— Wainaina (@KelvinWainaina_) November 20, 2019

Career saved by, #JoseMourinho#wanyama pic.twitter.com/VYVF3zKHKd
— lawie kipchumba (@kipchumba_lawie) November 20, 2019

Now that Mourinho is Tottenham boss, this man is going to be his biggest asset.
Just like that, Wanyama’s career is saved#wanyama #Mourinho pic.twitter.com/RQFoB4mAhe
— Rene_the Red (@Reindopree) November 20, 2019

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Report: Gerrard has just come up with an exciting target for Rangers; player in red-hot form


Report: Gerrard has just come up with an exciting target for Rangers; player in red-hot form – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Glasgow Rangers are tied at the top of the Scottish Premiership table and surely the Ibrox club will be looking to bolster their squad in the January transfer window.
The Gers have been impressive this season under Steven Gerrard, and Rangers have a genuine chance of challenging Celtic all the way to the end.
Surely, the Ibrox club must be working behind the scenes to bring in some players in the January window, so that they can further add depth to their squad.
According to reports from the Herald, Rangers are keeping tabs on Dunfermline ace Kevin Nisbet.
The striker has been impressive this season in the Scottish Championship, and the Gers are keeping tabs of his progress.
The 22-year-old has scored 11 goals in 19 appearances for the Pars this campaign. He scored 34 goals in all competitions for League One Raith last term.
His record is very impressive, and has the age on his side to take his game to the next level.
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Rodney Marsh's seven-word reaction to Spurs appointing Mourinho as manager


Rodney Marsh's seven-word reaction to Spurs appointing Mourinho as manager – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Tottenham Hotspur shocked a lot of their fans and the football world at large with two quick-fire managerial decisions within 11 hours.
The North Londoners parted ways with Mauricio Pochettino last night and appointed Jose Mourinho as his successor this morning.
Despite leading Spurs to four consecutive top-four finishes in the Premier League and a Champions League final during his five-and-half-season stint in charge of the club, an uninspiring start to the new domestic campaign cost the Argentine his job.
Appointing the controversial Portuguese caught some football and Spurs fans off-guard, though, despite his recent links with the job, and pundit Rodney Marsh has reacted to the appointment of the former Manchester United and Chelsea manager in a seven-word tweet thus:

>The most divisive managerial appointment in history…… https://t.co/bTagX1vj0I
— Rodney Marsh (@RodneyMarsh10) November 20, 2019

Mourinho got fired by the Red Devils last December and he has been without a job since.
The former Inter Milan boss was also sacked by Chelsea after a second stint that ended in disaster, and it will be interesting to see how long he can last being in charge of Tottenham.
Despite his unpopular style of play and management, the two-time Champions League and three-time Premier League-winning boss is seen as a quick fix capable of ending Spurs’ silverware drought, and all eyes are now on him.
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Jose Mourinho appointed new Tottenham Hotspur boss after Mauricio Pochettino’s shocking sacking


Jose Mourinho appointed new Tottenham Hotspur boss after Mauricio Pochettino’s shocking sacking – originally posted on Sportslens.com
It’s been a crazy 24 hours for Tottenham Hotspur, who have completed changed their dimensions in a  bid to improve their crumbling season. Mauricio Pochettino was sacked yesterday, well before it was widely predicted his job could be under severe threat.
The Argentine’s four years at the club came to an abrupt end, with Chairman Daniel Levy pinpointing the worsening domestic results as the need for them to take this tough decision.
Not even a day after it was done, the Lily Whites agreed on a deal with Jose Mourinho to appoint him as their head coach on Wednesday. After he was sacked by Manchester United last December, the Portuguese returns to the Premier League to manage his third side.
The Special One was also linked with a potential move to succeed Unai Emery as Arsenal’s coach but moved to the other side of North London to join their arch-rivals.
He’ll now have a big job at hand with Spurs lying in 12th place and 11 points behind Manchester City in fourth place. However, Levy is delighted with the appointment and stated his pleasure at getting the former Chelsea manager on board.
He told the Spurs official website, “In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football. He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician.
“He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”, the Spurs chairman further added.
Mourinho had been waiting for the right offer and even rejected Lyon and Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande, who were willing to offer him an incredible £89.6million for his services in June.
The Portuguese also explained his happiness at joining last season’s Champions League finalists, pinpointing the quality of the squad as a reason for him taking the job.
He said, “I am excited to be joining a Club with such a great heritage and such passionate supporters. The quality in both the squad and the academy excites me. Working with these players is what has attracted me.”
Mourinho’s first game in his new job will be at the weekend when Spurs travel to West Ham United to take on the Hammers in a London Derby.
Knowing how poor their away form has been throughout this season, that is an aspect he’ll be looking to improve upon immediately after getting to know the squad properly.
However, the real challenge starts in December, when he will take on both his former sides Manchester United and Chelsea in what should be a couple of fiery encounters.
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"What a signing it would be" – Harry Redknapp urges Mourinho to make 30y/o first Spurs signing


"What a signing it would be" – Harry Redknapp urges Mourinho to make 30y/o first Spurs signing – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Jose Mourinho has been appointed as the new Tottenham Hotspur boss following the dismissal of Mauricio Pochettino last night, and the Portuguese will face West Ham United on Saturday in his first game in charge of the North Londoners.
With Spurs languishing in 14th position in the Premier League table, the former Manchester United manager is expected to hit the ground running and deliver results instantly.
Chairman Daniel Levy will reportedly back Mourinho in January and going forward, and former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has urged him to make Gareth Bale his first signing at the club.
“What a signing it would be for the club. That would get him on side straight away. The fans would love that,” Redknapp told talkSPORT
“That would be an amazing move for him.”

“What a signing it would be.”
“That would get Mourinho on side straight away. The fans would love it.”
Harry @Redknapp says Mourinho should make Gareth Bale his first Spurs signing.
Would you take him, #THFC fans? pic.twitter.com/c7ci7W0zKV
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 20, 2019

The 30-year-old spent six years at Tottenham before leaving for Madrid in a then world-record £85 million move in 2013.
Bale scored 55 goals in 203 appearances for Spurs, including 21 league goals in 33 games in his last season, winning the PFA Young Player and Player of the Year awards.
The Wales international has since won the La Liga and four Champions League titles with Madrid, scoring 104 goals in 238 appearances.
However, he has failed to completely win over the fans, and he almost left the Spanish giants during the summer.
A return to Tottenham will surely be huge given his quality, but if Levy will be willing to meet his hefty wage demands remains to be seen.
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Spurs stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli send heartfelt messages to Pochettino


Spurs stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli send heartfelt messages to Pochettino – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Tottenham Hotspur stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli have sent heartfelt messages to their former manager Mauricio Pochettino following his dismissal last night.
Spurs relieved the Argentine of his duties following a woeful start to the new Premier League season – which has left them 11 points off the top-four after 12 games – and have since replaced him with Jose Mourinho.
Pochettino helped turn some of Tottenham’s best players into the stars they are today, and it’s no surprise to see both Kane and Alli react thus to his sacking of Twitter:

Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams. We’ve had some amazing moments in the last 5 and a half years that I will never forget. You were my manager but my friend as well and I thank you for that relationship. Good luck with your next chapter! pic.twitter.com/u64RXV7wd4
— Harry Kane (@HKane) November 20, 2019

I can’t thank this man enough. He’s taught me so much and I’m so grateful for everything he’s done for me. Good luck and hope to see you again my friend. pic.twitter.com/dUO6AJlMxR
— Dele (@dele_official) November 19, 2019

Spurs signed Alli from League One side Milton Keynes Dons in February 2015, and the 23-year-old linked up with them the following summer.
He hit the ground running under Pochettino’s tutelage, and has since scored 55 goals in 193 appearances for Tottenham, emerging as the PFA Young Player of the Year twice and making the PFA Team of the Year thrice.
Kane became Spurs’ first-choice striker under the Argentine, and he rewarded Poch’s trust in him with 128 league goals in 179 appearances.
Both players will hugely miss their friend, and it will be interesting to see how they fare under Mourinho.
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Tottenham Hotspur legend Graham Roberts sends message to Mauricio Pochettino


Tottenham Hotspur legend Graham Roberts sends message to Mauricio Pochettino – originally posted on Sportslens.com
Tottenham Hotspur have parted ways with Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino and have since replaced him with Jose Mourinho.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy couldn’t wait any longer after a poor start to the new Premier League season left his side in 14th place in the table.
Tottenham have picked up just 14 points in 12 league games, while they also suffered the ignominy of being dumped out of the League Cup by League Two’s Colchester United.
Pochettino revealed he would have left North London had Spurs won the Champions League final against Liverpool last season, and given how the summer transfer window went, the Argentine surely didn’t feel well-supported enough.
He will definitely be missed by Tottenham fans, and club legend Graham Roberts has sent him and his right-hand man Jesus Perez a message on Twitter following his dismissal:

#COYS. Thank you from our heart to our players , staff, and special thanks to you all , lovely Spurs Fans . pic.twitter.com/qfZjyUaWGu
— Jesus Perez (@jesus_perez) November 19, 2019

Pochettino spent five-and-half seasons at Spurs, helping them to four consecutive top-four finishes and turning them to a club to reckon with domestically and on the continent.
The former Southampton boss is a man in demand given how his stocks have risen over the last couple of seasons, and he will be in charge of one of the best clubs in Europe sooner or later.
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L’Équipe: Celtic & EPL duo keen on 20y/o French midfielder who loves to dribble


L’Équipe: Celtic & EPL duo keen on 20y/o French midfielder who loves to dribble – originally posted on Sportslens.com
According to L’Équipe (via GFFN), Celtic, Newcastle United and Leicester City have been running the rule over Le Mans midfielder Stephane Diarra constantly of recent.
The 20-year-old is currently impressing scouts with his performances for the French Ligue 2 outfit thus far this season, scoring twice in 10 league starts.
It remains to be seen if any of the British trio will make a move for Diarra this January, but he will most likely have more suitors by summer if he keeps impressing.
Celtic’s budget means they keep looking out for low-profile and quality signings, and the Le Mans star fits the profile.
The French kid has attempted the third most amount of dribbles (31) in Ligue 2 this season, and has completed 74% of them.
Diarra was on loan at Le Mans from Rennes last season, making 31 league appearances to help the side to the Ligue 2 play-offs and scoring three times.
While a move to Parkhead could be best for his development, the lure of Premier League football could be too big for him to turn down.
Newcastle could do with more creative players in the middle of the park, but Leicester are a more attractive side given their style of play and current form this term, and it will be interesting to see which club the youngster plays for next.
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