Football rumours: Erik Ten Tag next at Old Trafford if Ralf Rangnick fails

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Ajax boss Erik Ten Tag has emerged as an option to take over permanently at Manchester United if Ralf Rangnick fails to make an impression, according to the Mirror. The paper says Ten Hag, 51, has admitted he wants a new challenge and it is thought the Red Devils are looking for someone who can bring the best out of under-performing players.

The Mail reports Arsenal will struggle to hold onto young forward Khayon Edwards. The 18-year-old is in the final year of his scholarship with the Gunners, for whom he has scored 14 times this season. The paper says Bundesliga clubs Hertha Berlin, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen are all interested in Edwards.

Blackburn Rovers’ Ben Brereton Diaz celebrates after he scores
Goals have been flowing for Ben Brereton Diaz at Blackburn (Richard Sellers/PA)

The paper also reports Liverpool will sell defender Nat Phillips, but will not allow him to leave on loan to West Ham. The 24-year-old is being courted by the Irons as cover for the injured Angelo Ogbonna and the Reds will sign off on his departure – though only if it is permanent and the London club pay a £10m transfer fee.

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Divock Origi: Italy’s Tuttomercato reports the Liverpool and Belgium striker, 26, is being targeted by AC Milan and Atalanta.

Divock Origi in action
Divock Origi could be heading to Italy (Fabrizio Carabelli/PA)

Steve Cook: Newcastle have been priced out of a deal for Burnley defender James Tarkowski so will instead attempt to sign the 30-year-old from Bournemouth, according to the Sun.

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