Gossip: Mourinho Signs, Liverpool Ban Defender, West Ham Sign Chelsea Ace & More

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We look at the latest news from the Premier League today, where Liverpool have banned a centre back due to a failed drugs test and Jose Mourinho is believed to have signed a contract with Manchester United

Jose Mourinho Has Signed A Contract To Manage Manchester United Next Season (Jornal De Noticias)

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Jornal De Noticias are claiming that Jose Mourinho has officially signed a contract to manage Manchester United next season, even going as far as to claim that the Portuguese manager has been in contact with United since he was sacked by Chelsea in December.

It seems absolutely nailed on that Jose Mourinho will take over as Manchester United boss next season, with a number of reliable sources all confirming it over the past few weeks. The Louis van Gaal era has been slow, frustrating and underwhelming for Manchester United fans, who’ll be looking for Jose Mourinho to reinvigorate United and get them back where they belong, winning silverware.

West Ham Beat Arsenal To Sign Highly Rated 16-Year-Old (Daily Mirror)

West Ham are set to sign ex-Chelsea player Domingos Quina today, according to the Daily Mirror. Quina quit Chelsea this season, failing to return to the club after going away on International duty as he thought that he would never be given a chance to prove himself at Chelsea.

The highly rated midfielder was due to sign for Arsenal, who were convinced that a deal for the Portuguese talent was all but confirmed, however, Quina instead opted to sign for Slaven Bilic’s West Ham. West Ham being able to beat Arsenal to a player is another example of how far they’ve come under Slaven Bilic. West Ham are playing some of the best football they’ve ever played and the Hammers look like they’ll keep improving under their charismatic manager.

Liverpool Ban Mamadou Sakho After Defender Fails Drug Test (BBC)

Mamadou Sakho has been suspended by Liverpool pending an investigation after failing a drugs test. Sakho has been left out of the squad to face Newcastle today, with reports claiming that he tested positive for Fat Burner pills during a recent drug test. Sakho has until Tuesday to respond with a B sample. Kolo Toure received a six-month ban for a similar incident and Liverpool have confirmed that Sakho will not play for the club whilst the investigation is ongoing.

Mamadou Sakho has been brilliant under Jurgen Klopp and his absence will be a huge loss to Liverpool, who face Villareal in the Europa League semi-final next week. In 2016, players should know what substances they can and can’t take, so it’s difficult to have any sympathy for Sakho, who likely faces a lengthy ban.

Chelsea and Liverpool To Battle It Out For Free Agent Hatem Ben Arfa (L’Equipe)

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There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write! Hatem Ben Arfa has attracted attention from a number of top clubs after an impressive season for Nice. The talented midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and a move back to the Premier League looks likely.

Hatem Ben Arfa seems a completely different player to the one we remember at Newcastle and Hull. The midfielder has battled his fitness issues and matured as a player, which has seen him put in a number of incredibly impressive performances this season. Ben Arfa has scored sixteen goals this season, which will surely earn him a move to a Premier League club this summer.