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Liverpool should be hopeful of landing Van Dijk in January and other transfer rumours

Liverpool aren't ready to concede defeat in their hopes of bringing Virgil Van Dijk to Anfield, according to one of the closest journalists to the club.

The Liverpool Echo's Liverpool FC Editor Andy Kelly has told Youtube channel Redmen TV that the club are not willing to 'accept second best' in their transfer dealings.

"I think we were right to be hopeful,” he said about the pursuit of Van Dijk.

“And I think we’re probably still right to be hopeful going forward, as we move towards January.

“I went up to Melwood, just as the window was starting and the vibe from the club was always, and this was the message really they wanted to be seen coming from Michael Edwards [sporting director] as well, that they weren’t going to accept second best.

“Michael Edwards wanted to deliver Jurgen Klopp’s No 1 choices. That’s not giving away any secrets to anyone because everyone will have seen by the way Liverpool acted all window that they wanted No 1 choices.”

The Telegraph claims FRANK DE BOER has just one more game to save his Crystal Palace job. The paper reports that talks have been held between De Boer and Palace chairman Steve Parish after the club lost all three of their opening Premier League games of the season without scoring a goal.

Former England winger ASHLEY YOUNG wants to stay at Manchester United for one more year, according to the Sun. Young is out of contract next summer and has a 12-month extension option in his contract but he faces only being used as a squad player. Manager Jose Mourinho is expected to tell him he can move on and will not block any move that will see him get more regular first-team football.

Arsenal's ALEXIS SANCHEZ has been branded "fat" by his former Chile coach Jose Sulantay, according to the Daily Mirror. The paper also reports that he is doubtful for the Gunners' home game against Bournemouth on Saturday and may be left to work on his fitness. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Manchester City will offer just £20million for his services in January after a £70m move in August failed materialise.

Ukraine winger YEVHEN KONOPLYANKA claims Stoke tried to sign him from Schalke over the summer, according to the Stoke Sentinel. Konoplyanka has long been a target for Mark Hughes, who also tried to sign him in 2015, and was again pursued by the Potters before regaining his place in the Schalke team after the sacking of Markus Weinzierl.

ONLINE/SOCIAL ROUND-UP

@MirrorFootball: Tottenham 'to target Barcelona's Andre Gomes in January'

@DailyStar_Sport: Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez set to stay for the fans despite transfer uncertainty.

@MirrorFootball: Chelsea and Arsenal to continue monitoring Thomas Muller ahead of January transfer window

PLAYERS TO WATCH

IVAN MARCANO: The Porto defender is being eyed up for a January move to Everton, the Daily Mail reports.

NATHANIEL CLYNE: The Liverpool right-back might not return until December at the earliest after sustaining a back injury, according to the Liverpool Echo.

BEN WOODBURN: The Wales and Liverpool forward is set to be given a new long-term contract at Anfield when he turns 18 next month, writes the Guardian.

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