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Nottingham Forest hold talks with Nuno Espirito after sacking Steve Cooper

In a surprising turn of events, Nottingham Forest is on the brink of appointing former Wolves and Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo, signaling a managerial shake-up to replace current manager Steve Cooper following a string of poor results.

The former Tottenham and Wolves head coach aims to take charge of the club lying 17th on the Premier League Table, five points above the relegation zone.

Nuno is out of work after being dismissed by the Saudi Arabian club Al-Ittihad early in November, months after he won the title there. His most recent Premier League post was an ill-fated 17-game spell at Spurs that ended in November 2021. The Portuguese is expected to sign a two-and-a-half-year deal at the City Ground.

Forest also held talks with the former Eintracht Frankfurt manager Oliver Glasner, who expressed a willingness to take the job, but Glasner was behind Nuno in the thinking of Forest’s owner, Evangelos Marinakis.

Tuesday’s Transfer Talk

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Meanwhile, a flurry of transfer activity has caught the attention of major clubs. Scouts from Manchester United, Fulham, West Ham, and AC Milan flocked to the Allianz Arena on Sunday, keeping a keen eye on Stuttgart’s 27-year-old Guinea striker Serhou Guirassy during his team’s challenging 3-0 loss to Bayern Munich.

Manchester United’s football director, John Murtough, has been in Saudi Arabia this month engaging in transfer talks, with the club reportedly open to selling key players, including England winger Jadon Sancho, French centre-back Raphael Varane, forward Anthony Martial, and Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.

Varane, however, holds hope for an extension as he anticipates Manchester United triggering the one-year extension in his contract. 

On the other side of the transfer spectrum, Barcelona is contemplating offers for Brazil winger Raphinha, 27, possibly entertaining a swap deal involving former Leeds United player Sancho.

In managerial news, Newcastle United’s sporting director, Dan Ashworth, emerges as the prime choice for the role at Manchester United, though the club remains open to retaining Murtough.

Tottenham has entered talks over a potential move for 23-year-old Nice and France centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, adding another layer to the evolving transfer landscape.

Wolves, despite impending financial losses of £65m, set their sights on up to two new signings in the January transfer window, targeting Viktoria Plzen forward Rafiu Durosinmi, 20, for a reported £7m. 

However, Eintracht Frankfurt is also vying for the Nigerian’s signature.

Fulham is considering a January bid for Montpellier’s 23-year-old Nigerian forward Akor Adams, adding to the intrigue surrounding potential transfers.

Lastly, Barcelona contemplates terminating Clement Lenglet’s Aston Villa loan in the January transfer window, with AC Milan expressing interest in acquiring the 28-year-old France defender. 

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The football world remains abuzz with speculation and anticipation as these developments unfold.



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