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TOP STORY: Rooney’s MLS move looms

It’s the end of the road for Wayne Rooney at Everton, according to the Mirror, which reports that new boss Marco Silva “has made it clear he does not want him.”

Rooney’s mooted move to D.C. United now seems set to happen, with the report saying he “had wanted to hear if he was in Silva’s plans before making a final decision.”

The manager “does not believe the 32-year-old has a future at Goodison Park” and will allow him to leave one year after he returned from Manchester United.

Norwich playmaker James Maddison has been identified as Rooney’s replacement, with the Guardian reporting that Everton are poised to make an offer.

It says they are among several sides interested in the £25 million-rated England under-21 international and adds that he “wants to make the step up to the Premier League, and it is doubtful Norwich will stand in his way.”


08:28 BST: Lemar will likely link up with Antoine Griezmann at Atletico. A reported target for Barcelona, the forward could reveal his future later today in a France news conference.

“It is good that you are following [the situation],” Griezmann told reporters after the 1-1 draw with the U.S. on Saturday. “There is still one more week [until the World Cup starts], but I think we will know during the week.”

08:00 BST: Arsenal and Liverpool target Thomas Lemar will leave Monaco for Atletico Madrid, according to reports in Spain.

The France international has had Atletico’s No. 10  shirt reserved for him, with a deal set to be completed shortly.

Liverpool ready to step up Shaqiri chase

Meanwhile, across Stanley Park, Liverpool will intensify their attempts to land Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri once he returns from World Cup duty with Switzerland.

The Mirror says the club have received “initial encouragement” but do not see Shaqiri as an alternative to Nabil Fekir, whose move from Lyon fell through but might still be revived.

Shaqiri “is keen on a switch,” but Stoke, relegated from the Premier League last season, are unlikely to accept less than £12 million.

United ‘consider Alderweireld alternatives’

For a while, it has seemed that Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld would be one of Manchester United’s main targets, but the Manchester Evening News says that might no longer be the case.

Citing a high-level Old Trafford source, it reports that “scouts are not entirely convinced about Alderweireld and are considering alternatives.”

United are “looking to the Bundesliga, La Liga and Serie A,” with names in the frame including Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng and AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli.

Alli in line for new Spurs deal

After Harry Kane put pen to paper on a new deal at Spurs, club and England teammate Dele Alli is ready to do the same, according to the London Evening Standard.

It says midfielder Alli “is set to be the next Tottenham star to sign a new long-term contract,” with the club ready to “hand him a significant pay rise and take him closer to £100,000-per-week.”

Spurs are also optimistic that midfielders Christian Eriksen, Eric Dier and Son Heung-Min and defenders Jan Vertonghen and Kieran Trippier will agree to new deals.


— Cardiff manager Neil Warnock is poised to sign Norwich winger Josh Murphy as he prepares for the top flight, the Eastern Daily Press reports.

It says Murphy, who came through the ranks at Carrow Road and scored 11 goals last season, “is on the brink of joining the Premier League new boys in a deal worth in excess of £10 million.”

— Fulham and Huddersfield are interested in Liverpool’s 21-year-old Wales forward, Harry Wilson, the Mirror reports.

It says both are ready to pay around £7 million for Wilson, who had a productive spell on loan at Hull, though Liverpool “would prefer him to go out on loan again to continue his development.”

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