Gareth Bale is ready to make a decision about his future in the next 48 hours.
Bale is close to agreeing a deal for next season and was spotted at Cardiff City’s training ground on Wednesday, but it’s understood there’s no guarantee he’ll join the Championship club.
After Wales secured their place at the World Cup for the first time in 64 years, Bale received a flurry of offers from clubs around the world to continue his career.
Bale wants to ensure he is in top form for the tournament in Qatar, which starts in November, and Wales’ qualification has put off any plans for an early retirement.
The 32-year-old is without a contract following his departure from Real Madrid and could make a decision with his representatives on Friday.
Forest in talks with Liverpool about defender Williams
Nottingham Forest are in talks with Liverpool over a £15m deal for Welsh defender Neco Williams.
Forest head coach Steve Cooper has moved in for Williams, with the club discussing a possible transfer with Liverpool.
Fulham are also in the hunt for the right-back, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Craven Cottage, but Cooper is hoping to secure a deal for his fellow Welshman.
Liverpool will demand a £15million initial fee for Williams and are reluctant to approve a loan transfer this summer.
Forest are also set to complete the club record £17.5million deal from Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi later this week.
Meanwhile, Watford winger Philip Zinckernagel, who was on loan at Forest last season, is close to completing a permanent move to Olympiacos.
Bound outside of Austin Australia contract
Forward Charlie Austin is set to sign a two-year deal with Australian A-League club Brisbane Roar after turning down offers in the Championship in favor of a different type of challenge abroad.
The 32-year-old, who was out of contract after his second spell with Queens Park Rangers, was impressed by the pitch he received from the Queensland club. Brisbane manager Warren Moon traveled to London to speak to Austin about the deal. Austin passed his medical in Manchester on Thursday and will join the Brisbane squad ahead of the summer schedule, which includes friendlies against Aston Villa and Leeds United.
The change of scenery appeals to Austin, who has long had ambitions to play abroad. In 2020, before the pandemic, he had agreed a deal to join Major League Soccer franchise Nashville SC, but that was halted when domestic soccer went into a Covid lockdown in the United States. Austin also had an A-League offer from Perth Glory but chose Brisbane because of the vision Moon gave him.
The A-League is keen to recruit a few experienced European names but with squads built around native Australian talent.
Brisbane play Villa at the Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast on July 14 and Leeds in the round-robin Queensland Champions Cup six days later in Townsville. Austin became a Championship goalscorer sensation a decade ago with Burnley and QPR after a quick rise from non-League play and then with Swindon Town in League One.
Austin returned to QPR two years ago. His first season in the Premier League with the club in 2014-2015 scored 18 goals, making him the fourth highest goalscorer in the league.
Palace in a duel with United via winger Ebiowei
Crystal Palace are hoping to beat Manchester United in the race to sign Derby County teenager Malcolm Ebiowei.
Palace and United are both interested in signing the 18-year-old, who made 16 appearances in the Championship last season.
Ebiowei has represented both England and Holland at youth level and was considered one of the brightest youngsters in the Championship after joining Wayne Rooney’s first team in February.
Palace are now seen as the most likely destination for the winger but United are still interested in bringing him to Old Trafford.
Ebiowei, a former Arsenal youth player, signed a one-year deal with Derby earlier last season after leaving Rangers.
Wallace faces medical treatment ahead of West Brom move
West Brom are close to completing the signing of Millwall winger Jed Wallace in the next 48 hours.
Wallace will receive a medical at Albion’s training ground on Wednesday after deciding to leave Millwall as a free agent.
Championship trio Eye Simpson
Ipswich Town forward Tyreece Simpson is a key target for Huddersfield Town this summer as defeated Championship play-off finalists Luton Town and Middlesbrough vie for his signing.
Worth around £250,000, Simpson, 20, scored nine goals in 25 loan appearances at Swindon Town in the Second Division last season. He is out of contract in 12 months and has turned down a new deal at Portman Road.
Adingra completes £6m Brighton move
Brighton are set to sign Ivory Coast striker Simon Adingra from Danish club Nordsjælland in a £6million deal.
The 20-year-old had attracted scouts from the Premier League, having been promoted to the Danish Superliga for the past two seasons after starting in academy football in Ghana.
Adingra will undergo a medical in Brighton today before joining Graham Potter’s team for pre-season training. They have already signed Paraguayan striker Julio Enciso from Libertad Asuncion for £9.5million.