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Derby are considering a surprise move for much-travelled striker Colin Kazim-Richards after the former Turkey star trained with the Championship club.

The Rams are desperate to improve their options in attack after a slow start to the campaign and Sportsmail understands Kazim-Richards is one of the players they have considered.

The 34-year-old is believed to be a free agent – meaning he would not have to be signed before Friday’s EFL deadline – after playing for 17 clubs in eight different countries in his senior career. He was last with Pachuca in the Mexican top flight.

Derby are considering a shock move for Turkey star Colin Kazim-Richards (pictured centre)

Derby are considering a shock move for Turkey star Colin Kazim-Richards (pictured centre)

Derby are considering a shock move for Turkey star Colin Kazim-Richards (pictured centre)

London-born Kazim-Richards also won 37 caps for Turkey, qualifying through his mother, and was part of the team who reached the semi-finals of Euro 2008.

Early in his career Kazim-Richards briefly had the nickname ‘The Coca-Cola Kid’ after he joined Brighton from Bury in 2005. Brighton, then in the Championship, were able to sign him for £250,000 after a fan of the club won the sum in a competition run by the soft drinks giant.

He also played for Sheffield United, Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Feyenoord and Celtic and last played international football in 2015

The striker is a free agent and has previously played for Sheffield United and Blackburn

The striker is a free agent and has previously played for Sheffield United and Blackburn

The striker is a free agent and has previously played for Sheffield United and Blackburn

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Julian Nagelsmann plots Man United’s Champions League downfall as RB Leipzig thrive

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Good news for those who were fascinated by Julian Nagelsmann’s suit choice for last season’s Champions League semi-final.

‘I have a special one for Wednesday as well. The trouser will not be that special but the rest is kind of special. Not as special as the suit against PSG but it is ok. It is a bit British style,’ Nagelsmann promised, with the bellowing laugh of man now aware of the stir his outfit caused.

‘A friend of mine sent me messages about it and pictures from Instagram. It’s not a problem. I only laugh about it. I wear these things I like and at the end I try to do my best with my work.’

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann caused a stir with his choice of attire

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann caused a stir with his choice of attire

The German manager went for a designer look on the sidelines for Leipzig's Champions League semi-final with Paris Saint-Germain

The German manager went for a designer look on the sidelines for Leipzig's Champions League semi-final with Paris Saint-Germain

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann certainly caused a stir with his suit choice during last season’s Champions League semi-final against Paris Saint-Germain

Leipzig and Nagelsmann were left heartbroken as PSG defeated them to reach the Lisbon final

Leipzig and Nagelsmann were left heartbroken as PSG defeated them to reach the Lisbon final

Leipzig and Nagelsmann were left heartbroken as PSG defeated them to reach the Lisbon final

Leipzig have made a flying start to the new season and are currently leading the Bundesliga

Leipzig have made a flying start to the new season and are currently leading the Bundesliga

Leipzig have made a flying start to the new season and are currently leading the Bundesliga 

Special occasions require special attire.

Wednesday’s Old Trafford trip for RB Leipzig and Nagelsmann, facing Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, scorer of the 1999 Champions League final winner that is among his memories of watching Manchester United when he was younger, will be just that.

Leipzig’s Lisbon date with Paris Saint-Germain in July was too. A first European semi-final just 11 years after they were formed and the latest historic high point in the rapidly-rising career of the hottest prospect in management.

At 33 Nagelsmann became the youngest manager ever to reach a Champions League semi-final.

The initial pain of going so close to the final has faded allowing Nagelsmann to reflect proudly on ‘a great result for a young club but also for me,’ he said, a big smile breaking out on his face when last season’s run crops up.

Nagelsmann recalls Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unforgettable winner in the 1999 Champions League final as Manchester United beat Bayern Munich to win the Treble

Nagelsmann recalls Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's unforgettable winner in the 1999 Champions League final as Manchester United beat Bayern Munich to win the Treble

Nagelsmann recalls Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s unforgettable winner in the 1999 Champions League final as Manchester United beat Bayern Munich to win the Treble

Now Solskjaer will be in the other dug-out as Leipzig make their first-ever trip to Old Trafford

Now Solskjaer will be in the other dug-out as Leipzig make their first-ever trip to Old Trafford

Now Solskjaer will be in the other dug-out as Leipzig make their first-ever trip to Old Trafford

Leipzig are a club on the climb, shaking up the established order, here to stay and much-discussed.

That makes Nagelsmann, who outwitted Jose Mourinho and Diego Simeone in last season’s knockout stages, a fitting figurehead.

Leipzig remain largely unloved in Germany due to their controversial formation in 2009.

But if anyone can increase their popularity it is trailblazer Nagelsmann, the young, dynamic and charismatic face of German management’s present and future.

Their European exploits should help too.

‘I’m sure about that,’ he said. ‘When you play in the Champions League or the Europa League and you’re successful more fans of other clubs will hope you will win because it’s good for the Bundesliga and country, the soccer part of our country.’

There are likely to be more eyes on them now at least.

‘I told this to my squad before the group stage started,’ Nagelsmann said. ‘I’m not sure, but I think more people will watch our games.’

Nagelsmann's Leipzig proved far too strong for Jose Mourinho's Tottenham last season

Nagelsmann's Leipzig proved far too strong for Jose Mourinho's Tottenham last season

Nagelsmann’s Leipzig proved far too strong for Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham last season

The German coach in another suave suit jacket as he applauds fans after the win over Spurs

The German coach in another suave suit jacket as he applauds fans after the win over Spurs

The German coach in another suave suit jacket as he applauds fans after the win over Spurs

Missing the ‘maximum speed,’ goals and assists of Chelsea new boy Timo Werner from the squad he had for most of last season, Nagelsmann is in charge of an evolving Leipzig now.

Due to the profile of players now at his disposal, their style may shift on occasions to more of a possession game.

Opportunity knocks for the likes of Emil Forsberg, Dani Olmo and Amadou Haidara, who saw less playing time last season.

Alexander Sorloth, disappointing at Crystal Palace but prolific at Trabzonspor, will replace the aerial threat lost following Patrick Schick’s departure.

‘He wants to show his time in England is not his normal performance,’ Nagelsmann said.

Meanwhile two talents of interest to English observers, among the latest youngsters to thrive under Nagelsmann, remain key.

Timo Werner, Leipzig's star striker, made the move to Chelsea during the summer window

Timo Werner, Leipzig's star striker, made the move to Chelsea during the summer window

Timo Werner, Leipzig’s star striker, made the move to Chelsea during the summer window

Werner (left) is quickly finding his feet in Premier League at Chelsea after his £47m transfer

Werner (left) is quickly finding his feet in Premier League at Chelsea after his £47m transfer

Werner (left) is quickly finding his feet in Premier League at Chelsea after his £47m transfer

He raved about the qualities and tactical flexibility of France centre-back and United target Dayot Upamecano, 21, and also his ‘cool, polite’ personality.

He relishes seeing forwards attempt to match him physically in ‘special fights’ knowing ‘most of the time Upa will win because he is incredible.’

Nagelsmann is also aiming to extract further improvement, potentially at both ends of the pitch.

‘He is a bit younger than Virgil Van Dijk but also very talented,’ Nagelsmann said. ‘The difference is Van Dijk scores six, seven, eight goals each season – this season he may not because of his injury but in a normal season. That would be a big aim and objective for Upa.’

Angelino – on loan from Manchester City again – has also impressed Nagelsmann with his attacking threat down the left and also his desire to learn and win.

Angelino, 23, scored Leipzig’s two goals in their opening group game win against Istanbul Basaksehir.

Leipzig's commanding defender Dayot Upamecano has been a target for Manchester United

Leipzig's commanding defender Dayot Upamecano has been a target for Manchester United

Leipzig’s commanding defender Dayot Upamecano has been a target for Manchester United

Angelino, on loan from Manchester City, powered Leipzig to victory over Istanbul Basaksehir

Angelino, on loan from Manchester City, powered Leipzig to victory over Istanbul Basaksehir

Angelino, on loan from Manchester City, powered Leipzig to victory over Istanbul Basaksehir 

On the same night United outclassed last season’s runners-up PSG in Paris, a display at odds with their unconvincing season so far.

‘When I analyse an opponent I do not look at the results,’ Nagelsmann said. ‘I try to find out how they score goals, concede, build up play, counter attack, counter-press, other things. So the result doesn’t count for much. In the end I don’t think any of my players will say Man U is not that good.

‘We know that their start was not that good but, at the end, it is one of the biggest clubs in the world, a big name in European football and the Champions League.

‘I’ve never played in Old Trafford or been there. It will be a great experience.

‘I watched a lot of games in the Theatre of Dreams and of Manchester United on television. Now to be part of the stadium will be perfect.

‘Bayern Munich v Manchester United, for example, the final when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer scored. Ryan Giggs did a lot of big games for Manchester United, Paul Scholes, Ruud Van Nistelrooy … a lot of players. I watched nearly every game of Manchester United 10 years ago, when I was a younger guy and a player.

‘I watched not only English football but also Serie A, Primera Divison. I wanted to become a professional so it was important to watch games and look at what the best players in Europe do.

‘Sir Alex Ferguson had a long and very successful time for Manchester United so it was also interesting to watch him, what he changed from one season to the next.

‘I know there will be no fans so that’s hard. When there will be fans it will be more of a bigger experience. But if we win the game in the Theatre of Dreams it will be perfect.’

Marcus Rashford's late winner handed United a surprise win over PSG on matchday one

Marcus Rashford's late winner handed United a surprise win over PSG on matchday one

Marcus Rashford’s late winner handed United a surprise win over PSG on matchday one

Solskjaer showed his tactical acumen with a bold selection and set-up in the win over PSG

Solskjaer showed his tactical acumen with a bold selection and set-up in the win over PSG

Solskjaer showed his tactical acumen with a bold selection and set-up in the win over PSG

It is 24 hours before Leipzig host Hertha Berlin when Nagelsmann finds an hour in his packed schedule to squeeze in a zoom call with Sportsmail.

At times like this the idea of ‘taking each game as it comes’ goes out the window.

Nagelsmann had more video analysis of United matches lined up later in the day while also juggling preparations for Hertha’s visit along with his staff.

‘It’s not easy for your brain,’ he said.

Seven games in 21 days, along with coronavirus restrictions, also means that his long list of interests outside of football, including his biggest, mountain biking and mountaineering, have had to go on the backburner.

Nagelsmann’s thrill-seeker pastimes, which also include snow sports and paragliding, only add to the sense that he is far from your average manager.

He landed his first job at 28 at Hoffenheim after knee injuries forced him to retire prematurely aged just 20.

Nagelsmann gets his instructions across during Leipzig's weekend victory over Hertha Berlin

Nagelsmann gets his instructions across during Leipzig's weekend victory over Hertha Berlin

Nagelsmann gets his instructions across during Leipzig’s weekend victory over Hertha Berlin

Mind you, there were moments of frustration for the manager before they ran out 2-1 winners

Mind you, there were moments of frustration for the manager before they ran out 2-1 winners

Mind you, there were moments of frustration for the manager before they ran out 2-1 winners

Not long after Nagelsmann cruelly lost his father Erwin, a tragic event that led to him taking on all the administrative duties for the family, a period he believes has contributed to the maturity beyond his years that he now possesses.

Nagelsmann initially wanted no further part of the football world after retiring. He was planning to focus on studying and also had a job offer from BMW.

But his former Augsburg manager Thomas Tuchel tempted him back with a scouting job before youth team coaching roles at his old club 1860 Munich and both youth and senior jobs at Hoffenheim preceded him becoming the Bundesliga’s youngest ever manager.

He pondered changing his approach upon taking charge of relegation-threatened Hoffenheim but decided to remain the same man he was when he led their under-19s.

That was key to gaining the trust of his players at such a tender age along with convincing his new group he could improve them.

Nagelsmann on the sidelines during his time as manager of Hoffenheim, where he rose quickly

Nagelsmann on the sidelines during his time as manager of Hoffenheim, where he rose quickly

Nagelsmann on the sidelines during his time as manager of Hoffenheim, where he rose quickly

His reaction to a 5-1 defeat at Stuttgart in just his fifth game in charge was pivotal.

‘Every player was very upset and said ‘oh s*** we lose the biggest game so far’,’ Nagelsmann remembered.

But he took the blame both in the dressing room and media, impressing his players with his humility.

‘That was the most important point when I recognised ‘ok, now they believe in me’ and that we can stay in the league this season,’ he said.

Gaining the respect of rival managers was initially more difficult.

When the new kid on the block entered the circle of ’20, 25′ managers the 18 Bundesliga jobs were normally divided among there was suspicion and curiosity.

He quickly won them over. Those who work closely with him do say Nagelsmann has a persuasive personality.

Leipzig's players salute their fans following the recent 4-0 Bundesliga win over Schalke

Leipzig's players salute their fans following the recent 4-0 Bundesliga win over Schalke

Leipzig’s players salute their fans following the recent 4-0 Bundesliga win over Schalke

Ralf Rangnick was among those who became a big fan and was later Leipzig’s sporting director and instrumental in Nagelsmann’s appointment.

‘We had two, three meetings which were easy because, I think, my character is ok,’ he laughed. ‘It’s not that complicated to be with me so, at the end, it’s always easier to get respect.’

Showing he was more than good enough for the job has helped too. Nagelsmann transformed Hoffenheim from relegation candidates to a Champions League side.

Leipzig also finished third in his first campaign last season and are setting the pace so far this year, their 2-1 win over Hertha keeping them top.

Champions League qualification is their priority but Nagelsmann wants Leipzig to be ready to pounce if Bayern or Dortmund slip up.

Supporters have been readmitted to top-flight games in Germany, albeit with social distance

Supporters have been readmitted to top-flight games in Germany, albeit with social distance

Supporters have been readmitted to top-flight games in Germany, albeit with social distance

Now almost five years into management, one of Nagelsmann’s ‘biggest objectives’ is that he remains the same person, unaffected by his rise.

Occasionally he still catches colleagues out when he enters Leipzig’s training centre singing at the top of his voice a song that has stuck in his head from his drive in.

‘People look up and say ‘is this the manager?’ Yes it’s the manager but I’m like that,’ he smiles.

‘I like to be the normal Julian Nagelsmann. Doesn’t matter if I’m the manager of RB Leipzig or the manager of a youth team. I hope that if you ask anybody of my team in my former days or now they say ‘yes, he is still the same guy.’

And why change, given the success and lengthy list of admirers his approach has brought him.

On the pitch, he wants his team to ‘control nearly every phase’ and his in-game management is a key attribute.

Leipzig's first-ever visit to Old Trafford will see them take on an out-of-sorts Man United

Leipzig's first-ever visit to Old Trafford will see them take on an out-of-sorts Man United

Leipzig’s first-ever visit to Old Trafford will see them take on an out-of-sorts Man United

His football philosophy contains many moving parts but one of special rule is ‘I like my team to play with two touches,’ he explained.

‘If you play only one touch it is technically very hard. You can make a lot of mistakes, play that quick pass, lose the ball and you have to win it back. It can be very tiring.’

Nagelsmann is constantly seeking new ways to gain an edge with technology.

A similar giant screen to the one he introduced at Hoffenheim will be installed at Leipzig’s base this winter so he can deliver live feedback on the training pitch rather than later in a meeting room.

A new camera system is on the way in January which will give him an increased range of angles to assess training and prepare tactics.

Work is also ongoing on a new data system that will help give Nagelsmann feedback on tactical elements on top of the physical stats they already receive.

Nagelsmann had a giant screen installed on Hoffenheim's training ground to explain tactics

Nagelsmann had a giant screen installed on Hoffenheim's training ground to explain tactics

Nagelsmann had a giant screen installed on Hoffenheim’s training ground to explain tactics

Having long maintained that social competence outweighs the importance of tactics, building strong relationships with his players and staff is another one of Nagelsmann’s ‘biggest principles’ and has helped earn him a reputation for developing players.

He wants his colleagues to be able to discuss both personal and private matters with him.

‘If you feel comfortable it is easier to listen to the gaffer and improve,’ he explains.

When he took over at both Hoffenheim and Leipzig Nagelsmann had no meetings with his players until after the fourth training session and none with his staff for three or four days.

‘First, everyone can be the same person they were before and then they have to adapt a little bit on the new things,’ he said of another key part of his philosophy.

‘The good standard is to let them breathe with your oxygen. Everybody in your squad has to feel comfortable and responsible for their own part and also the success but at the end everybody has to speak the same language and has to breathe your oxygen, your ideas. Just think about it.’

And with that golden nugget from his managerial manual, a wave and ‘ciao, ciao’ Nagelsmann was off – to continue plotting how to add United to his list of scalps on his next big Champions League night.

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The son of David Reuben – part of the consortium who wanted to buy Newcastle – has suggested that the club’s £300million takeover is still alive after showing support for a legal letter served to the Premier League.

Jamie Reuben, 33, who left his role from the QPR board recently due to a possible conflict, wrote ‘best fans #nufc’ in response to a story that Magpies fans have sent a letter to the Premier League over alleged anti-competition law breaches.

Newcastle Consortium Supporters Limited’s Gordon Stein and Keith Patterson have sent a ‘Letter Before Action’ to the League claiming the curtailment of the proposed takeover was in breach of anti-competition law in the UK, according to The Shields Gazette.

Jamie Reuben, son of David Reuben - part of the consortium who wanted to buy Newcastle

Jamie Reuben, son of David Reuben - part of the consortium who wanted to buy Newcastle

Jamie Reuben, son of David Reuben – part of the consortium who wanted to buy Newcastle

Jamie Reuben dropped hint £300m takeover is still alive by tweeting support of legal letter

Jamie Reuben dropped hint £300m takeover is still alive by tweeting support of legal letter

Jamie Reuben dropped hint £300m takeover is still alive by tweeting support of legal letter

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has hired a QC in a bid to prove the Premier League were wrong to 'reject' the Saudi-led takeover of the club

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has hired a QC in a bid to prove the Premier League were wrong to 'reject' the Saudi-led takeover of the club

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has hired a QC in a bid to prove the Premier League were wrong to ‘reject’ the Saudi-led takeover of the club

The consortium, which includes Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, Amanda Staveley’s PCP Capital Partners and the Reuben brothers – David and Simon, withdrew their offer in late July citing economic reasons and frustration with the League’s refusal to accept that they and the Saudi state were separate entities. The buyers also refused the League’s offer of independent arbitration. 

‘To this end, we have worked with one of the UK’s very top QCs in Sport and Competition Law in Robert O’Donoghue QC and we believe that only a fans group will see this resolved within an acceptable short period of time,’ the Newcastle Consortium Supporters Limited statement read.

‘Our plan is to seek maximum expedition of our case before a specialist competition law court, the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT). The CAT is a specialist judicial body with cross-disciplinary expertise in law, which hears and decides cases involving competition regulatory issues. 

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is chairman of the consortium who tried to buy the club

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is chairman of the consortium who tried to buy the club

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is chairman of the consortium who tried to buy the club

‘We have asked the EPL and its members to cooperate in expediting this case due to the urgency involved.

‘The CAT is willing to deal with urgent cases very quickly, with results in a handful of months. We also very much hope that the UK courts will appreciate the urgency of hearing a case very much in the public’s interest where ordinary members of the UK public are taking on the wealth and might of the EPL and its members and others. This impacts football fans across our country and the globe, not just Newcastle fans.

‘We therefore await the EPL’s response as to how they will either face up to this action if they have nothing to hide, or whether they will seek to delay and obfuscate.’

Sportsmail has contacted the Premier League for comment. 

Sportsmail reported last month that current Newcastle owner Mike Ashley had hired a QC in a bid to prove the Premier League were wrong to ‘reject’ the Saudi-led takeover of the club.

Ashley released a statement in which he accused the League’s chief executive Richard Masters of not acting ‘appropriately’ during the Owners and Directors Test and claimed the £300million deal had been ‘formally rejected’. 

The League responded to say that Ashley was ‘incorrect’ and said they were still waiting for ‘all appropriate information’ from the proposed buyers.

Ashley released a statement in which he accused the League's chief executive Richard Masters of not acting 'appropriately' during the Owners and Directors Test

Ashley released a statement in which he accused the League's chief executive Richard Masters of not acting 'appropriately' during the Owners and Directors Test

Ashley released a statement in which he accused the League’s chief executive Richard Masters of not acting ‘appropriately’ during the Owners and Directors Test

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MANCHESTER UNITED are determined to bring Erling Haaland to Old Trafford despite being snubbed for Dortmund by the Norwegian in January.

The striker has a £70m release clause from 2022 but the Red Devils are willing to pay more than that this January or in summer if he expresses a desire to move.

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