Football news LIVE: Diaz OUT until after World Cup, Mwepu forced to RETIRE, Spurs in talks with Google over stadium name

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LIVERPOOL winger Luis Diaz will be out of action until after the World Cup after picking up a knee injury in the loss to Arsenal at the weekend.

Meanwhile, midfielder Enock Mwepu has been forced to retire due to a health condition.

Mwepu, 24, unfortunately fell ill during the most recent international break.

The Zambia international had tests carried out, which have now identified a condition which has forced him to retire from football.

Tottenham Hotspur are in talks with Google over the naming rights of their stadium.

Spurs’ ground was built in 2019 and a deal over its naming rights is yet to be struck, with it believed that they are now in negotiations over a multi-million pound deal with Google.

Michael Carrick is said to have his pick of two Championship jobs as he prepares to take his first steps into full time management.

The former Manchester United player and coach is understood to be wanted by both Middlesbrough and West Bromwich Albion.

Indeed, the Football Insider believe that Carrick is in advanced talks with Boro, and could agree to become their new boss this week.

However, Albion will provide competition, having placed the ex-midfield ace at the top of their managerial shortlist.

The second tier clubs have recently parted with bosses Chris Wilder and Steve Bruce respectively.

Arsenal are ‘without a doubt’ the club most capable of challenging Manchester City for the Premier League title.

That’s the view of one of the Gunners’ oldest adversaries, former Manchester United star Roy Keane.

The Irishman was a special guest on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, and responded favourably when asked about the Londoners’ prospects for the season.

“They’re playing with confidence. Even the game they lost against United recently, they played quite well in the game. It was just one of those days where United just beat them on the counter-attack,” Keane said.

“They’ve got a bit of physicality now in the team. Even the two centre-halves – I know they’ve got a mistake in them, but there’s that physical presence.

“They’ve got good experience in midfield, they’ve got young players full of energy, full of talent. They’re scoring goals. You mentioned the atmosphere at the ground, it’s electric. They’ve got that momentum.

“So at this moment in time, they’re obviously the biggest threat to Man City.”

Newcastle are expected to resurrect their interest in both James Maddison and Moussa Diaby when the transfer window reopens.

The St James’ Park club had approaches for both players out rejected in the summer, but remain interested in the pair.

Maddison has been in sparkling form for Leicester this season despite the Foxes dropping back to the bottom of the Premier League last night.

Meanwhile, Diaby starred for Bayer Leverkusen at the weekend, grabbing a goal and two assists in a 4-0 win against Schalke for Xabi Alonso’s team.

It is thought that – a year after their takeover – the Saudi Arabia Public Investment Fund are intent on making a statement signing to boost Eddie Howe’s squad.

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