NRL 2020: Transfer Whispers, Benji Marshall Hull FC deal, Super League, Albert Hopoate, Raiders, Wests Tigers re-sign Alex Seyfarth

NRL veteran Benji Marshall looked set to be heading to the Super League but now it seems he’s back on the hunt for a new club for 2021.

Meanwhile, young gun fullback Albert Hopoate is also looking for a new home and there’s one very likely landing spot for the former Manly speedster.

Read on for the latest Transfer Whispers.

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Transfer rumours: Giroud, Torres, Ferrari, Schuurs, Eriksen, Alaba

Inter Milan want to bring in Chelsea’s France forward Olivier Giroud, 34, on a six-month loan deal in January, with an option to buy. (Tuttosport via Mail)external-link

Chelsea will open talks with Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, 28, in January as they aim to sign the Austrian on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer. (AS via Sun)external-link

Manchester United are hoping Villarreal could be tempted to take back their former player, 26-year-old Ivorian defender Eric Bailly, as part of their £60m pursuit of the Spanish side’s Spain centre-back Pau Torres, 23. (Team Talk)external-link

Liverpool will be able to sign Ajax defender Perr Schuurs if they offer £27m for the 21-year-old. (De Telegraaf via Liverpool Echo)external-link

Tottenham are monitoring Sassuolo centre-back Gian Marco Ferrari, 28, ahead of a possible move for the Italian in January. (90min)external-link

Manchester United could move for Inter Milan midfielder Christian Eriksen, 28, if the Denmark international is not wanted by former club Tottenham. (Football Insider)external-link

Barcelona rejected a 250m euro (£224m) bid from Inter Milan for Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 33, in 2006, according to former president Joan Laporta. (Football Italia)external-link

France and Fulham goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, 27, says he turned down a number of other clubs including Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain in favour of the Premier League club. (Canal+ via Football London)external-link

Rangers winger Ryan Kent’s decision to change agents in the summer could lead to the 24-year-old – who was linked to Leeds last summer – moving on from Ibrox, according to former Gers boss Alex McLeish. (Glasgow Evening Times)external-link

Bayern Munich midfielder Javi Martinez, 32, has hinted he will leave the German champions when his contract ends next June, saying he would like to “try something new”. (Reuters via Eurosport)external-link

AZ Alkmaar’s midfielder Mohamed Taabouni, 18, is set for a move to Italy or Spain in January, with a number of clubs interested in the Netherlands youth international. (Voetbal International – in Dutch)external-link

Newcastle are keen to sign the Eintracht Frankfurt’s Jetro Willems, 26, on a permanent deal after the Netherlands defender was forced to cut his loan spell at St James’ Park in January because of a serious knee injury. (Shields Gazette)external-link

The Magpies have decided not to offer non-league Hebburn Town striker Cedwyn Scott, 21, a professional contract following a trial. (Newcastle Chronicle)external-link

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NRL transfer news 2020: Benji Marshall future; Wests Tigers, Hull FC, news, updates, Super League

The Kiwi superstar is currently without a club after being told by Michael Maguire and the Wests Tigers that he would not be offered a new deal for 2021.

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NRL 2020: Transfer Centre, Daley Copley to Broncos, signings tracker, Josh Aloiai, Joe Ofahengaue

New Broncos coach Kevin Walters has added some depth to his back line with the signing of Dale Copley on a one-year deal.

Copely returns to the Broncos, where he started his NRL career, after a one-year stint with the Roosters and a four-year stint with the Titans.

The 29-year-old made his NRL debut for Brisbane in 2009 and went on to play 72 games. He returns with 143 games worth of experience under his belt — something Broncos CEO Paul White is pleased to add to the squad.

“He is a product of our development system and a passionate Queenslander, and he will bring some leadership to our playing group,” White said.

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“Dale played some of his best footy in our Club colours, and I’m sure Broncos members and fans will love to see him back.”

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NRL 2020: Transfer news; Josh Addo-Carr to Bulldogs, signings tracker, Gareth Widdop to Cowboys, Jahrome Hughes, Storm, Warriors

There may be no rugby league on our TV screens but there’s still plenty of action happening in the transfer market.

Storm speedster Josh Addo-Carr has been spotted receiving the royal blue treatment in Belmore, while a rival club is ready to throw the cash at his teammate Jahrome Hughes.

Former Storm and Dragons star, Gareth Widdop could be on his way back to NRL with his management and current Super League club offering up his services.

Read on for the latest Transfer Whispers.

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NRL 2020 Transfer news: Matt Burton to Bulldogs, Penrith Panthers, Stephen Crichton, Daine Laurie to Tigers, Jarome Luai

It is no secret that the foundation of Penrith’s premiership charge has been built off a nursery of local talent.

Along with the Brisbane Broncos, the Panthers are responsible for producing the most current NRL players in the competition.

Built not bought is the mantra used by the club, featuring prominently in a video where Penrith reflected on the path to the 2020 finals series and the potential premiership beyond.

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Arsenal’s Dani Ceballos provides transfer advice on Wolves star Adama Traore

Arsenal star Dani Ceballos has given Wolves ace Adama Traore some transfer advice.

It comes as the two sides prepare to go head to head in the Premier League on Sunday night.

The Gunners are desperate for some domestic form after going nearly eight hours without scoring in the league.

It has seen them drop to 12th in the table with one win in five.

They face a Wolves side that have had to contend with a series of transfer rumours surrounding multiple players.

Diogo Jota was the only high-profile departure despite clubs linked to the likes of Raul Jimenez, Ruben Neves and Traore.

Adama Traore has been linked with a move away

Particularly the latter, who has been chased by several elite sides including Manchester United, Liverpool and Barcelona.

And Ceballos has told his countryman that any club would be lucky to have the 24-year-old.

“I think he’s a very special player that any coach in the world would love to have in their team,” Ceballos told the official matchday programme.

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“Apart from the fact that he’s really intimidating in terms of his physique, I think he’s really improved on a technical level and in terms of cutting inside or going wide, plus he scores goals too.”

One player that looks set to play out his latter years at the Molineux is Joao Moutinho, who works as Nuno Espirito Santo’s midfield metronome.

The 34-year-old is contract to Wolves until 2022 and Ceballos believes he is one of the most important cogs in their machine.

Adama Traore has been linked with a move away

He added: “I think Joao Moutinho is a player we all know about too.

“He’s so important for Wolves because he brings that stability that a team needs and manages the tempo of games.

“He’s a very experienced player and he’ll go down in the history of Portuguese football.

“Nuno has a very well-drilled side that is really recognisable in that 5-3-2 or 5-2-3 formation. They have a really clear style.

“I don’t think there are many other teams in the Premier League that are as well-drilled as they are.

“They’ve started very well this season and last year they only missed out on the Europa League because we won the FA Cup. If we want to get a good result, we’re going to need to be at 100 per cent.”

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NRL 2020: Transfer whispers, Joe Ofahengaue to the Tigers, Broncos, Jason Saab, Dragons, Mitchell Pearce Knights

Broncos forward Joe Ofahengaue seems to have found a new home for 2021 and his arrival could lead to the exit of a disgruntled player.

The Dragons have released unhappy young gun Jason Saab to take up a deal with a rival.

Meanwhile, Knights coach Adam O’Brien has given an update on Mitchell Pearce’s future with the club.

Read on for the latest Transfer Whispers.

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Pompeo Says State Department Transfer of Power to Biden Has Begun


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Biden’s transition team has already named its Secretary of State-to-be, filling the key post with Antony Blinken, who was a top-ranking official in the Obama administration and is known as a strong backer of multilateralist policies.

The State Department has begun the process of transferring power to Democrat Joe Biden, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicated on Tuesday.

On Monday, head of the General Services Administration Emily Murphy notified Biden in a letter that the transfer of power can formally start, acknowledging the former vice president as the likely winner in the 2020 election.

“Today we began the process to see what the GSA’s decision was, and will do everything that’s required by law. We’ll make this work”, Pompeo said in an interview on Fox News.

Earlier on Tuesday, US media reported that the Trump administration has authorised Biden to receive the president’s daily intelligence reports – something that his team complained he had not had access to, though the Office of the Director of National Intelligences said it won’t contact the Biden team until GSA ascertains Biden as the likely president-elect.

Meanwhile, Biden has already named several people to fill the key posts in the White House, most of whom the former vice president worked alongside during his tenure in the Obama Administration, including Blinken. The latter has held top-level national security and State Department positions and is well known in national security circles, developing a reputation as a pragmatic realist and a strong backer of multilateral institutions.

Biden’s pick for the US Ambassador to the United Nations post, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is also pushing for multilateralism as the main principle of the future US foreign policy. “America is back, multilateralism is back, diplomacy is back”, she said during an event at Biden’s hometown of Wilmington.

According to the ex-vice president, his newly picked team will “keep America safe without engaging in needless military conflicts”.

As of now, Biden has claimed victory in the battleground states of Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, and Georgia, according to the states’ certified election results, and is projected by most mainstream media as the president-elect in the 2020 race.

Though President Donald Trump has approved of the GSA proceeding with the transfer process, he has not conceded so far, saying it is not within the body’s competence to determine the next US president. Trump has vowed to continue the legal fight to ensure all ballots cast in the presidential election are legitimate.

According to Trump, this year’s election was “rigged” by Democrats to favour their candidate Biden. The president’s campaign has filed legal challenges in several of these key swing states but the president’s path to challenge the results has narrowed significantly, as most of his lawsuits have been dismissed or withdrawn.

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Transfer gossip: Musah, Berge, Silva, Van Aanholt, Varane, Tevez

Arsenal are monitoring their former academy player Yunus Musah, 17, with Everton, Leeds and Wolves also interested in the Valencia winger, who is a United States international. (90 min)external-link

The Gunners are also interested in Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge despite missing out on the Norwegian, 22, in January when he moved to Bramall Lane. (VG – in Norwegian)external-link

Chelsea are already in talks with Brazilian defender Thiago Silva, 36, about extending his contract for another year until 2022. (Tuttomercato – in Italian)external-link

Ajax are interested in signing Crystal Palace and Netherlands left-back Patrick van Aanholt, 30, on a pre-contract deal in January. (Football Insider)external-link

Real Madrid have responded to Raphael Varane being linked to Manchester United by saying the France defender, 27, is “‘untransferable”. (Sun)external-link

Arsenal are set for talks with Nicolas Pepe after his red card at Leeds on Sunday but are unlikely to loan out the Ivory Coast forward, 25, in January. (Times – subscription only)external-link

Bayern Munich have decided not to offer Jerome Boateng, 32, a new contract when the Germany defender’s current deal expires next summer. (Sport Bild – in German)external-link

Inter Milan want to secure a contract renewal with Lautaro Martinez, 23, before the January transfer window after the Argentina striker attracted interest from Barcelona in the summer. (Sport)external-link

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, 35, is eager to stay at Real Madrid beyond the expiry of his contract next summer and retire with the Spanish giants. (Marca)external-link

Real Madrid playmaker Isco, 28, wants to move from La Liga. The Spain international has previously been linked with the Premier League. (La Cadena SER – in Spanish)external-link

Turkey midfielder Yusuf Yazici, 23, is looking to secure a big-money move from Lille after attracting interest from Arsenal. (Star)external-link

Former Inter Milan, Manchester City and Brazil right-back Maicon, 29, is in talks over joining Italian Serie D side Sona. (Padova Sport – in Italian)external-link

On-loan Getafe striker Hugo Duro, 21, could make his Real Madrid debut on Wednesday, the night before the Spanish student sits a mechanical engineering exam. (Sun)external-link

Former Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham striker Carlos Tevez, 36, is set to retire at Boca Juniors and the Argentine will then move into politics. (El Destape – in Spanish)external-link

Ex-Barcelona president Joan Laporta is set to announce his candidature for the upcoming presidential elections at the Spanish giants. (Marca)external-link

Plans are being drawn up to stage crowd pilots involving tens of thousands of spectators at Premier League stadiums in the new year. (Telegraph – subscription only)external-link

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