Liverpool will need to wait for Premier League approval to see whether they can sign former Barcelona star Victor Valdes, as reported by the Daily Star.
Valdes is a free agent after leaving the Camp Nou at the end of last season, although he has not yet found a club to join.
Despite agreeing a deal with AS Monaco prior to his departure, this move was cancelled because of a cruciate knee ligament tear that he suffered in March.
While Valdes is not yet fully fit, Liverpool have expressed an interest in signing him, with current first choice Simon Mignolet struggling for form.
With only Brad Jones in reserve, Brendan Rodgers is keen on Valdes, who would offer a high quality alternative to the Belgian international goalkeeper.
However, his registration would require Premier League approval.
In order to change a squad prior to the winter window, league chiefs have to approve a special application.
Liverpool’s squad has only 19 senior players, so they have space for Valdes, but they still require approval.
Leeds United have suddenly sacked consultant Graham Bean from his role at the Elland Road club, as reported by Phil Hay of the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The former Football Association compliance officer has had his role at the club ended as the result of a fixture rearrangement for next week.
It seems as though Bean agreed to move the Reading clash to Wednesday next week, but did not inform Massimo Cellino, the club’s owner, at the time.
This followed consultation with the then head coach Dave Hockaday in July, shortly after his controversial appointment to the role.
This now sees Leeds play on Wednesday night before facing off with Sheffield Wednesday at 12.15pm, a shorter recovery time than if they had played Reading on the Tuesday.
Having previously worked at the FA, Bean was considered to be a key administrator under Cellino. It remains to be seen if he will be replaced.
Regarding his sacking, Bean said: “I’ve enjoyed working with staff at Leeds. As far as working with Mr Cellino is concerned I’d prefer not to comment.
“I wish the team every success for the season.”
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has stated that his side have the advantage of history when they face off against Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend, as reported by the Daily Star.
Saturday sees the first north London derby of the new season, which takes place at the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal’s fierce rivals Spurs have not finished above the Reds in the Premier League since 1995, and have only managed to win one game away from home against Arsenal in that period of time as well.
This is why Wenger believes his side has the mental advantage, because history is on their side.
Wenger said: “For me a competition is always a new start. The next game is important.
“After that, the history can make you feel a bit stronger, yes, but let’s not be fooled.
“What’s important is how well we turn up with our performance tomorrow.”
Both clubs have struggled to get their fluidity together since the start of the season, although Arsenal did manage a 3-0 win against the previously undefeated Aston Villa last weekend at Villa Park.
Arsenal still lack star striker Olivier Giroud, although Danny Welbeck scored his first goal for his new side since his £16 million transfer last weekend.