Updates on Eddie Howe’s first Newcastle game, Chelsea’s ‘Fofana transfer discussions,’ and Steven Gerrard’s first Villa match.

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Updates on Eddie Howe’s first Newcastle game, Chelsea’s ‘Fofana transfer discussions,’ and Steven Gerrard’s first Villa match.

After testing positive for Covid-19, EDDIE HOWE will miss his first game as Newcastle manager this Saturday.

Instead, Howe will conduct team meetings through FaceTime from his hotel room as the Magpies face Brentford.

Newcastle are also making preparations for the January transfer window, with speculations linking them with Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic and Bayern Munich’s Niklas Sule.

Meanwhile, Erling Haaland is now out of commission due to injury, but that hasn’t stopped speculation regarding his future.

Several Premier League clubs are thought to be surrounding Dortmund’s star player, with sources in Spain claiming that Real Madrid expects him to move to England next.

Chelsea have received a boost with the return to training of Romelu Lukaku from his recent injury, putting him in position to play this weekend.

According to rumours, the Blues have begun talks with Leicester City defender Wesley Fofana over a possible summer transfer.

Below you’ll find the most recent football news, updates, and transfer rumors…

ROUND-UP OF OVERNIGHT FOOTBALL

As Premier League play resumes today following the international break, new Newcastle manager Eddie Howe will miss his first game in command due to Covid.

The Toon welcome Brentford, while Chelsea will go six points clear – albeit for a short time – if they win their early encounter at Leicester this afternoon.

In other news, Steven Gerrard takes charge of Aston Villa at home against in-form Brighton after succeeding Dean Smith, who was sacked.

After only one win in six Premier League games, Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is under immense pressure for the trip to Watford.

Arsenal’s comeback will be accelerated if they win at Liverpool.

With a win, the Gunners will leapfrog Jurgen Klopp’s fourth-placed side.

“Going to Anfield is always a test,” Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta remarked, “but if you can accomplish it, there aren’t many places as excellent as there to feel like you’re a proper footballer.”

On the transfer front, Jesse Lingard intimated on Instagram that he’ll return to his loan club West Ham United after contract talks with Manchester United fell down.

The England midfielder, who is valued at £10 million, is expected to leave on a permanent basis in January.

NOW IS THE TIME TO CHILB

Rene Rodgers expects Leicester supporters will warmly welcome Ben Chilwell back today, but understands there may be a ‘needle’ when a vital player decides to leave.

The left-back departed Leicester City for Chelsea in a £50 million transfer 15 months ago.

And he was booed by Foxes fans during the FA Cup Final in May, which Rodgers’ team won when Chilwell’s last-gasp equalizer for Blues was ruled out by VAR.

Last season, he returned to Leicester with no spectators in the stadium.

Today, however, is scheduled to be… Brinkwire Brief News.

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