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Bale heads for Spurs, weekend team news and more – football countdown

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12.07pm BST

Jurgen Klopp is in front of the media now and the first subject is naturally Thiago Alcantara. Klopp says that he can’t comment until it is officially announced, even though he knows that everyone knows the announcement is imminent.

“I don’t know what I can say… It looks quite promising!” he says before laughing out loud.

11.51am BST

In the least surprising news of the past 24 hours, the announcement that former Arsenal and England footballer Alex Scott will replace Sue Barker as host Question Of Sport has led to her receiving racist abuse.

In response, Scott posted a poem on Instagram that she wrote in 2018 about her career and her battle against racism. It read: “To the colour of my skin, I was that girl that played football, because I always wanted to win. I retired from football with medals and honours galore, I retired from football to open a new door.

“Now I talk about football live on your TV, some want to say I’m ticking a box, but that’s not me. Football is football and that is what I see. Hi, Hello, I’m Alex Scott and you know what, football is me.”

Related: Alex Scott gets racist abuse over Question of Sport speculation

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