Welcome to Fox Sports Africa’s round-up of football news for Monday, December 31.
International and European club football
Struggling Burnley manager Sean Dyche had admitted for the first time that he underestimated the impact the UEFA Europa League would have on their season; and after an official bid was confirmed by the Red Devils, Egypt international and Al Ain midfielder Hussein El-Shahat joined Al Ahly.
Premier League, EFL Championship & Scottish Premiership
Fulham manager Claudio Ranieri said he "wanted to kill" Aboubakar Kamara after the striker snatched the ball off team-mate Aleksandar Mitrovic and missed a late penalty against Huddersfield; Leeds boss Macelo Bielsa "expects" a positive result at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday after his side's seven-game winning run was ended by Hull City.; Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers admitted "the best team won" after suffering his first Old Firm defeat in 13 derbies..
Ligue 1, Belgian First Division A, Eredivisie, Turkish Super Lig & MLS
Spanish giants FC Barcelona denies any undisclosed contact with Paris Saint Germain (PSG) midfielder Adrien Rabiot; Ghanaian attacker Joseph Paintsil has been included in the ten most expensive top talents in the Belgian Jupilar Pro League; Ajax technical director Marc Overmars has revealed that the club remains in contact with former defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld about a return to Amsterdam; and Major League Soccer announced on Friday that an agreement in principle has been reached with the Haslam and Edwards families to become MLS owners and take over operating rights of Columbus Crew SC beginning in January 2019.
Transfer rumours & gossip
Bayern Munich have reportedly told Chelsea to cough up £30m by January 14 if they want Mats Hummels; Peter Kenyon's bid to take over Newcastle reportedly looks dead in the water; Liverpool striker Dominic Solanke is said to be ready to say yes to a loan move to Crystal Palace - because he wants to come back to the Kop; and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes he can talk contract rebels David De Gea and Anthony Martial into staying at Manchester United.