Manchester United to abandon their search for an interim manager

Manchester United are ready to abandon their search for an interim manager if they can get Mauricio Pochettino from Paris St-Germain now. (Guardian)
Manchester United are ready to abandon their search for an interim manager if they can get Mauricio Pochettino from Paris St-Germain now. (Guardian)

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, another possible United target, wants to take over at PSG if Pochettino leaves for Old Trafford. (Telegraph – subscription required)

Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who is a director on the club’s football board, will have no role in their search for a new manager. (ESPN)

LiverpoolLeicester and Newcastle are monitoring 20-year-old Guinea striker Aguibou Camara, who plays for Olympiakos(Sun)

Barcelona are looking at Chelsea’s Morocco international Hakim Ziyech, 28, and Germany striker Timo Werner, 25, are alternative options to Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling, 26. (ESPN)

Borussia Dortmund are preparing a new deal for striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, in a bid to convince the Norway international to stay. (Sky Deutschland, in German)

Newcastle are interested in Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel, 32, and the Belgium international, whose contract expires at the end of the season, is open to a move. (Sport1, in German)

The Magpies also want to sign England full-back Kieran Trippier, 31, from Atletico Madrid(Mirror)

Belgium’s 26-year-old forward Divock Origi, who is a target for Newcastle, will not be allowed to leave Liverpool in January. (Northern Echo)

New Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard has sanctioned the January sale of Burkina Faso international Bertrand Traore, 26. (Football Insider)

Gerrard wants to sign Spain centre-back Pau Torres, 24, from Villarreal. (Fichajes – in Spanish)

But Torres, who turned down a 60m euro (£50.4m) move to Tottenham in the summer, is happy to stay at his hometown club for now. (Guardian)

Liverpool and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 30, has dismissed speculation linking him with a move back to first club Barcelona. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal and Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 29, would be interested in returning to Borussia Monchengladbach when his contract ends in 2024. (Mit Geredet, via Mail)

BurnleyBrightonNorwichWest BromSheffield United and Blackburn have all watched English striker Rhys Healey, 26, who plays for Ligue 2 club Toulouse(Team Talk)

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