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Wednesday’s Transfer Rumor Roundup: Allen to Manchester United? Song to Spurs?

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Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen is a shock target for Manchester United according to the Daily Star. The Welshman is said to be available for $30 million and Louis van Gaal wants the pint-sized midfielder to play alongside the likes of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata in the engine room. Inevitably any player who joins United from Liverpool will be scrutinized but that aside, Allen is a quality player. He hasn’t got anywhere near the minutes he would have hoped for since his big money move from Swansea City back in 2013 and the Reds may let him leave for United if the price is right.

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Former Arsenal midfielder Alex Song could be set for a move back to North London, but not with the Gunners. Tottenham Hotspur have jumped to the top of the queue for Song as the 26-year-old Cameroonian may be available on a season-long loan deal from Barcelona. Spurs are in the market for a holding midfielder, as Morgan Schniderlin is their top target but Southampton aren’t willing to sell. According to various reports Song would cost nothing on loan as he’s fallen out of favor at the Nou Camp under new boss Luis Enrique.

Spurs are also edging closer to signing Federico Fazio from Sevilla, as the central defender could arrive for $14 million according to the Daily Telegraph. Spurs offloaded Michael Dawson to Hull City for a similar fee on Tuesday and Mauricio Pochettino is eager to bring in some more competition to battle with Younes Kaboul, Jan Vertonghen and Vlad Chiriches for the central defensive position. Fazio, 27, hails from Argentina and has spent the past seven seasons in La Liga with Sevilla.

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Queens Park Rangers are looking at bringing in Mohamed Diame from West Ham according to the Daily Mirror. Diame, 27, is available to leave the Hammers after falling out of favor at Upton Park. Harry Redknapp is said to be eager for more strength in the midfield and the towering Senegalese international is sure to provide just that. Diame arrived at West Ham in 2012 and has scored seven goals in 77 appearances in East London.

AC Milan are apparently in for Fernando Torres, but they are annoyed with waiting for the Chelsea striker to make up his mind. If Torres continues to stall then Milan will move for Tottenham’s Roberto Soldado according to this report. The 29-year-old Spanish striker had a tough first season at White Hart Lane and despite looking more comfortable this season so far under Pochettino, the former Valencia star could be on his way to the San Siro.

Don’t forget to tune in to the “Transfer Deadline Day Show” on NBCSN (Monday, 6-8 p.m. ET).

EURO 2016: Ireland shock Germany, Northern Ireland qualify

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A recap of Thursday’s action in 2016 European Championship qualifying:

Ireland 1-0 Germany

Southampton striker Shane Long scored the goal that knocked off the defending world champions and pushed Ireland one step closer to next summer’s European Championship in France. Long, who entered the game in the 65th minute, latched onto Darren Randolph‘s ball over the top in the 70th minute, took one touch to settle and fired for the far post, beating Manuel Neuer for the game’s only goal.

With one game still to play, Ireland (18 points) sit third in Group D, level on points with Sunday’s opponent Poland. While the winner of Sunday’s clash could leapfrog Germany (19), they will more likely finish second in the group and qualify automatically. A draw on Sunday could still see both sides qualify automatically through the ranking of third-place finishers (the top third-place finishers from group play earns an automatic berth at EURO 2016).

Northern Ireland 3-1 Greece

Norther Ireland (20 points) topped Greece (3), 3-1 on Thursday to officially book their place at EURO 2016. Steven Davis scored twice and Josh Magennis added the third for Michael O’Neill’s side.

With one game still to play (Sunday, at Finland), Northern Ireland can finish no lower than second. A draw against Finland, or any points dropped by Romania (17) would see Northern Ireland finish top of Group F.

Portugal 1-0 Denmark

Joao Moutinho scored the only goal of the game to secure Portugal’s (18 points from just seven games) place at next summer’s tournament. The defeat sees Denmark remain second in Group I, a point ahead of third-place Albania, who lost to Serbia on Thursday. Having played all eight of their group games, Denmark can go no higher than 12 points, meaning they would fail to qualify if Albania beat Armenia on Sunday. A draw between Albania and Armenia would see Denmark qualify based on tiebreakers.

Elsewhere in EURO 2016 qualifying action

Group D

Scotland 2-2 Poland
Georgia 4-0 Gibraltar

Group F

Hungary 2-1 Faroe Islands
Romania 1-1 Finland

Group I

Albania 0-2 Serbia

Jurgen Klopp announced as new Liverpool manager

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Enough with the speculation and reports already, because it’s finally officially official: Jurgen Klopp has been appointed the newest manager of Liverpool Football Club, the Merseyside club announced on Thursday.

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Klopp will be unveiled to the world at an introductory press conference at Anfield on Friday.

According to early reports, Klopp’s three-year contract could pay him as much as $10 million per season.

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The 48-year-old German has been out of work since stepping down at Bundesliga side Borussia Dortmund following a seventh-place finish to the 2014-15 season. Klopp’s seven seasons in charge of Dortmund weren’t without success and silverware, though, as he led Der BVB to back-to-back league titles in 2011 and 2012, a German Cup triumph in 2012 and a UEFA Champions League final appearance in 2013.

PST’s Joe Prince-Wright will be at Anfield on Friday for Klopp’s unveiling, so be sure to follow JPW on Twitter and check back to PST for wall-to-wall coverage of Klopp’s first press conference as Liverpool manager.