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9.30am Transfer news LIVE: Benrahma to West Ham COMPLETE, Wilson joins Cardiff on loan, Rodon to Spurs DONE DEAL

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THE domestic deadline for clubs to do business between the EFL and Premier League has been and gone.

Brentford star Said Benranha has completed a loan move to West Ham – despite failing a medical earlier in the day.

Get all the latest deals, transfer updates and gossip here…

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Usyk vs Chisora: UK start time, date, TV channel, live stream, ring walk and undercard for heavyweight fight

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OLEKSANDR USYK is stepping it up a gear as he takes on Dereck Chisora in his second heavyweight fight.

The Ukrainian knocked out Chazz Witherspoon in seven rounds on his debut after dominating the cruiserweight division.

Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora finally do battle on Saturday night

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Oleksandr Usyk and Dereck Chisora finally do battle on Saturday night

But Chisora is set to be an altogether different proposition and comes into this one having forced David Price to throw in the towel after four rounds.

What time is Usyk vs Chisora?

  • Originally scheduled for May 23, this fight now takes place this Saturday, October 31 after being postponed due to coronavirus.
  • The event starts at 6pm UK time with the ring walk expected at around 10pm.
  • Wembley Arena is the venue for the huge bout.

What TV channel is Usyk vs Chisora on and can I live stream it?

Full undercard

  • Lee Selby v George Kambosos
  • Tommy McCarthy v Bilal Laggoune – for vacant EBU European Cruiser Title
  • Savannah Marshall v Hannah Rankin – for vacant WBO Middleweight Title
  • Amy Timlin v Carly Skelly – for vacant Commonwealth Super Bantamweight Title
  • David Allen v Christopher Lovejoy
  • Ukashir Farooq v Martin Tecyuapetla

More to follow

What they said

Dereck Chisora: “I will make sure that when Usyk gets out of that ring he knows he has been in a fight.

“He wants to claim he is at the top of the food chain, but if he wants to do that he needs to box a true heavyweight.

“It’s a fight – the guy is going to chuck the kitchen sink at me.

“The fight sells itself – he is a good fighter and is loved by the English fans. Even people who don’t like boxing love watching him and he’s fighting myself.

“There is nothing bad about this fight, there’s not hatred, it’s all about the love for the sport.”

Latest odds

Usyk to win 1/7

Draw 25/1

Chisora to win 9/2

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Rhys Williams learned his trade at Kidderminster Harriers but stepped up to fill Fabinho’s boots

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What a difference a week makes. In Amsterdam seven days ago, Jurgen Klopp stood with arm around Rhys Williams and smiled as he imparted some final wisdom.

Liverpool’s manager knew the size of the moment for a 19-year-old making his first steps at the highest level. Here was Williams, in one of the sport’s cathedrals, being given the responsibility to help his team protect a slender 1-0 lead through injury time.

‘I saw in his eyes he was pretty impressed by the occasion,’ Klopp reflected.

Rhys Williams came off the bench to replace Fabinho who came off due to an injury

Rhys Williams came off the bench to replace Fabinho who came off due to an injury

Rhys Williams came off the bench to replace Fabinho who came off due to an injury

Williams had every reason to be impressed. His first action after being introduced against Ajax was to win a towering header. They think an awful lot of Williams at Liverpool and the fact Klopp was prepared to put him into a pressure situation spoke volumes.

Here, though, the body language was different. Klopp could not have envisaged having to ask Williams to get stripped and ready for action so soon into Liverpool’s second Group D fixture against Midtyjlland but circumstances left him with no option.

There was Fabinho, the man who had been ushered into central defensive duty following the catastrophic injury to Virgil van Dijk, lying with his leg out stretched. He was wincing in the way players do when they have felt something tweak, tear or pop.

Fabinho - who is standing in for Virgil van Dijk - was taken off around the half-hour mark

Fabinho - who is standing in for Virgil van Dijk - was taken off around the half-hour mark

Fabinho – who is standing in for Virgil van Dijk – was taken off around the half-hour mark

Williams impressed during the game - catching the eye with an interception in the 57th minute

Williams impressed during the game - catching the eye with an interception in the 57th minute

Williams impressed during the game – catching the eye with an interception in the 57th minute

The severity of his hamstring damage will be determined on Wednesday after a scan.

So Klopp pointed to Williams and asked him to help Liverpool through a problematic assignment in the midst of what is now a defensive crisis.

This time last year, he was on loan at Kidderminster Harriers and playing in games against Farsley Celtic and Darlington. He had been part of Liverpool’s FA Youth Cup winning team in 2019 but the club decided that his education would be best served by a spell playing man’s football.

The move was the idea of Academy Director Alex Ingelthopre and Julian Ward, Liverpool’s loan and pathways manager, after they had been approached by then Kidderminster manager John Pemberton. They wanted Williams to have a different football experience in his education.

Ward watched Williams regularly at Aggborough Stadium and he showed such an appetite to learn under Pemberton and his successor Russ Penn that the experiment was deemed a resounding success. Williams was rewarded with a new five-year deal at Anfield this summer.

Jurgen Klopp has turned to Williams, the 19-year-old, during their current injury crisis

Jurgen Klopp has turned to Williams, the 19-year-old, during their current injury crisis

Jurgen Klopp has turned to Williams, the 19-year-old, during their current injury crisis 

Klopp gave him his first senior action in a 7-2 Carabao Cup win at Lincoln last month. He was with the Under-23s last week, when he scored a towering header in a 3-1 win over Chelsea, but this weekend he is likely to be asked to shackle West Ham’s Michail Antonio.

‘He did really well and the only problem we have now is that there are four days to the West Ham game and there will be a story every day about him,’ said Klopp. ‘He has to prove he can deal with that as well. Everything was calm around him and we try to keep it that way.’

If his moment comes to it (Klopp is unsure when Joel Matip will be fit) Williams will not be flustered. He reads the game well – one interception in the 57th minute caught the eye – and makes sensible passes and he will also benefit from having the imperious goalkeeper Alisson Becker behind him.

Fate has put Williams in this position but his talent for this unexpected opportunity should not be doubted.

‘We have three very young central defenders but they are all alternatives,’ said Klopp. ‘At this moment, it looks like we have to choose one of them. I don’t know yet but to be really clear and positive, Rhys was not in one situation that was a problem. He played a really good game.’ 

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Salary cap may dent new £40million deal for Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton is suddenly facing a race against the clock to sign his proposed £40million-a-year deal with Mercedes after revolutionary plans to cap driver salaries were approved unanimously by the teams.

Sportsmail understands a proposal to limit the pay packets of the sport’s biggest stars to £22m — or $30m as the new regulation will be written — was even backed by Hamilton’s team principal Toto Wolff. The cost-saving measure will start in 2023.

Hamilton, 35, is out of contract at the end of this season and was expected to commit to three more years, from 2021 to 2023. 

Lewis Hamilton is facing a race against time to sign a new £40million deal with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton is facing a race against time to sign a new £40million deal with Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton is facing a race against time to sign a new £40million deal with Mercedes

All of the registered teams agreed to limit the salary of F1's big stars to £22million from 2023

All of the registered teams agreed to limit the salary of F1's big stars to £22million from 2023

All of the registered teams agreed to limit the salary of F1’s big stars to £22million from 2023

But if the new rule is ratified before Hamilton signs, he cannot earn £40m beyond the next two years and his earnings would be markedly restricted.  

So the six-time world champion must act fast to ensure he continues to add as extravagantly as he wishes to his £250m fortune.

He currently earns £35m a year, about the same as fellow top-earner Sebastian Vettel.

If he signs terms prior to the rule being officially adopted, it is likely he would still be paid at the agreed level.

Hamilton (above) currently earns £35m a year, the joint-highest salary out of the F1 drivers

Hamilton (above) currently earns £35m a year, the joint-highest salary out of the F1 drivers

Hamilton (above) currently earns £35m a year, the joint-highest salary out of the F1 drivers

Although the exact details of the cap are yet to be finalised, a source has stated that employment law would likely obligate teams to continue to pay at the wage set before the rule’s introduction.

Hamilton may also consider whether to commit to Mercedes for a longer stretch than he originally intended, in order to ensure the highest possible grade of remuneration to the end of his career.

This move is an extension of the budget caps due to be imposed from 2022 on team spending — which is effectively car development — that were given fresh impetus by the coronavirus upheaval. 

Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Formula One race wins over the weekend

Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher's record of 91 Formula One race wins over the weekend

Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 Formula One race wins over the weekend

They are intended to address imbalances between the bigger and smaller teams.

The driver salary cap was the highlight of the F1 Commission video call on Monday at which a provisional calendar of 23 races was presented for next season. The championship will start in Australia with the penultimate race due to be held in Saudi Arabia.

Both the calendar and the driver salary cap await approval by the FIA.

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