football news round-up – friday, december 7

06:30    07 Dec 2018

Dutch forward Rafael van der Vaart (L) attends a training session
Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Friday, December 7

International and European club football

Huddersfield Town ace Philip Billing, who is of Nigerian descent, has made it known that he wants to play for ‘big club’ and in the UEFA Champions League; and UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has stuck another barb into FIFA’s $25 billion proposal to change the landscape of world football with its plans for an expanded Club World Cup and a revamped Nations League, saying the whole of European football is against the idea.

Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wanted more protection for his players from the officials in the win at Burnley - a game in which Joe Gomez was injured; Championship strugglers Reading have sacked manager Paul Clement after less than nine months in charge; and Kilmarnock supporters are "allowed to dream" after their side rose to the top of the Scottish Premiership, according to manager Steve Clarke.

Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS

Paris St Germain boss Thomas Tuchel admitted his side were not at their best after being held 1-1 at Ligue 1 rivals Strasbourg; Rafael van der Vaart has admitted he is a big fan of Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong; Besiktas will be eyeing nothing but a victory when they take on Alanyaspor in a Super Lig match on Friday; and Atlanta United and Portland Timbers will clash in a highly-anticipated MLS Cup final on Sunday.

Transfer rumours & gossip

Arsenal have reportedly joined the race for Brazilian striker Wesley Moraes. Marcus Evans is said to have put Ipswich Town up for sale for £35m but is finding it tough to secure a buyer as he is not prepared to write off the near £100m debt owed to him; Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Galatasaray starlet Ozan Kabak as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his defence; and Inter Milan are tipped to launch a second approach for Manchester United's Matteo Darmian.

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