Good evening everyone,

 

Here is the news from football today in brief.

 

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley has apparently provisionally agreed a new contract with the club that will see him earning £60,000 a week. The finer details will now be worked on between the club and Cleverley’s agent.

 

Arsene Wenger has insisted starlet Jack Wilshere will not be leaving the club in the near future. The arsenal midfielder has two years left on his current contract and Wenger is confident that this is more than enough time to sort out a new deal.

 

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has leapt to the defence of goal keeper Ali Al Habsi today. Claiming that despite his howler against Reading on the weekend he wouldn’t swap the ‘keeper for any other in the world. He went on to say Al Habsi is even more determined after the mistake and that it will help him improve in future.

 

Leeds United are apparently close to extending the contract of striker El Hadj Diouf whose current deal expires in January. The Senegalese forward has impressed in his time at Elland Road and the club are confident a deal can be sorted out in time.

 

Sunderland manager Martin O’Neill has assured fans they will be strengthening in January and won’t be looking to sell their best players. The Ulsterman said “I think that we will have to be looking at trying to strengthen the squad in January without doubt. Both me and the owner want to deliver a team that, not only will the fans be delighted with but will compete.”

 

Chelsea and Mark Clattenburg have today held ‘clear the air’ talks that ended with both parties reportedly happy with the outcome. Former referee Dermot Gallagher believes everyone else should now move on too.

 

Cardiff City manager Malky Makay has insisted star midfielder will not be moving in January. He said “It’s nice when clubs take interest in your players, but he’s certainly not going to be going anywhere in January, that’s a promise.”

 

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