Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Monday, December 17.
International and European club football
Internazionale midfielder Joao Mario has urged his Inter teammates to take the Europa League seriously following the Nerazzurri’s elimination from the Champions League; and new Ajax Amsterdam signing Lassina Traore says he wants to fulfil a lifelong ambition of playing in the UEFA Champions League when he moves to the Netherlands in January.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Tottenham is facing a shortage of central-midfield options over the busy festive period after Eric Dier was ruled out until the new year after having surgery to remove his appendix; furious boss Jos Luhukay criticised Sheffield Wednesday midfielder Josh Onomah's performance after their 2-1 away defeat to Swansea City in the Championship and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard should target another striker in the January transfer window, believes former Scotland forward Steven Thompson.
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Patrick Vieira's patience is running thin with Mario Balotelli after the Nice manager said he want to “slam” the forward “against a wall”; Bayern Munich star Arjen Robben has reportedly been in contact with PSV Eindhoven about a move to the Eredivise champions at the end of the season; and Portuguese defender Pepe will have his contract at Turkish Super Lig side Besiktas terminated today.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Everton are eyeing a move for West Ham defender Reece Oxford in January; Juventus are ready to wreck Everton's hopes of a full-time deal for Andre Gomes; West Ham are keen on Manchester United's Andreas Pereira; Chelsea are set to offload Callum Hudson-Odoi in January if they win the race to sign Borussia Dortmund forward Christian Pulisic; and Manchester United will listen to offers for Paul Pogba in January, having become too exasperated with the World Cup winner to keep him at Old Trafford.