David Beckham wants Wayne Rooney for Miami MLS franchise
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TOP STORY: Rooney to play for Beckham's MLS team; Van Gaal set for extension?
Wayne Rooney revealed in July that he would not rule out a move to the United States in the future, and it seems David Beckham was playing close attention to the Manchester United and England captain as his plans for an MLS franchise gather pace.
MLS commissioner Don Garber said earlier this week that Beckham could make an announcement that a stadium will be built for his new Miami club by the end of the year, and the Star reported the former England captain thinks current Three Lions skipper Rooney would be "perfect" to lead his team in 2018.
The paper suggested "Rooney would be coming to the end of his United contract and is interested in moving to the States with his family," while Garber has confirmed MLS clubs are on the lookout for top players such as Rooney to follow the likes of Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo to the U.S.
Meanwhile, the Star also reported Louis van Gaal is set to follow David De Gea's example by committing his future to United. The Dutch coach's current deal expires in 2017, and he has tagged current assistant Ryan Giggs as a potential successor, but Van Gaal is reportedly "so happy at Old Trafford that it is understood he'd be willing to discuss a new deal in the New Year."
Berahino resists Baggies truce?
Saido Berahino is a stubborn chap. The 22-year-old risked the wrath of West Brom fans by declaring to Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace on transfer deadline day that he would never play for the club again after seeing four Tottenham bids rejected, but the striker was back on The Hawthorns pitch Saturday against Southampton.
However, the Mirror reported that despite his return to action for the Baggies, Berahino "looks certain" to reject a new deal from the club and instead look to run out his current contract (which expires in 2017) so that the Baggies are either forced to sell him next summer or risk losing him for free the following year.
It remains to be seen what the Baggies will do if Berahino flat-out refuses to discuss an extension, but they can't say they weren't warned about what he wanted this summer. It's unlikely the West Midlands club will see a U-turn of De Gea proportions with this one.
Spurs to offer Adebayor escape?
With Tottenham unable to move Emmanuel Adebayor on this summer, despite Mauricio Pochettino's making it clear the striker doesn't feature in his plans at White Hart Lane, the Togo international could reportedly be offered a contract termination to end his North London purgatory.
The Mirror said Spurs and Adebayor will once again discuss a compromise after the striker's initial demands regarding his £100,000-a-week deal made negotiations "difficult," while Tim Sherwood is still open to the 31-year-old joining him at Aston Villa in January, despite missing out on a summer deal.
"I would not hesitate if he had the desire to want to come and play football," Sherwood told reporters. "I'm disappointed for him because he's not going to play. He's too good a talent -- I've seen that first hand -- to not play any football, but unfortunately, I don't think there's any window open for him now."
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That window might come sooner than planned if Adebayor gets that release from Spurs, and Daniel Levy will have saved a hefty chunk of change in the process.
Bayern chase Birmingham starlet
Big things lie ahead for Birmingham City's Demarai Gray, by all accounts. The 19-year-old winger was targeted by Premier League clubs including Leicester City this summer, but he elected to stay at St Andrew's, and now the Mirror reported Bayern Munich are scouting the youngster.
The paper said the Bundesliga champions sent officials in watch Gray play for England Under-20s against the Czech Republic at Shrewsbury last Monday, with the winger impressing despite a 1-0 defeat.
Will Gray follow Gareth Bale in being one of the few talents to leave Britain for an elite foreign club? With Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery struggling badly with injury problems this season, the 19-year-old might just fancy his chances if Bayern come in with an offer in January.
Liverpool seek second Gomez
Joe Gomez impressed for Liverpool against Manchester United on Saturday, until his reckless challenge on Ander Herrera gifted their rivals a crucial penalty, so it might not be the best time for Anfield fans to hear manager Brendan Rodgers is after another Gomez.
The Mail reported Rodgers is monitoring Villarreal winger Moi Gomez, given that the 21-year-old fell out of favor with coach Marcelino and has been loaned to Getafe for the season.
Gomez would apparently be available for around £4 million, though whether Rodgers will still be around in January to make a move on the winger is anybody's guess at the moment.