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Olivier Giroud admits he almost joined bitter rivals Tottenham in January

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Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud has revealed that he almost joined bitter rivals Tottenham in January as he was desperate to leave Stamford Bridge.

The 33-year-old was linked with a move away from the club in the winter transfer window after being frozen out for two months.

Giroud, who joined Chelsea from London rivals Arsenal in 2018, has now admitted that he wanted a departure so badly that he almost made the move back to north London, but this time to Spurs.

Forward Olivier Giroud has opened up on coming close to leaving Chelsea in January

Forward Olivier Giroud has opened up on coming close to leaving Chelsea in January

Giroud revealed that he almost joined Jose Mourinho's Tottenham in winter transfer window

Giroud revealed that he almost joined Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham in winter transfer window

‘During the last three days of the transfer window, I was in the coach’s office to find a solution. I was hoping Chelsea would find a replacement for me,’ he told So Foot, as reported by Goal.

‘For my part, it was not the solutions that were lacking: I almost signed for Lazio, Inter… I was even so determined to leave that I even almost signed for Tottenham!’ 

A transfer failed to materialise for Giroud as Chelsea’s own search for another striker was unsuccessful but he won his first-team place back under manager Frank Lampard.

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Striker Giroud scored the opening goal in Chelsea’s 2-1 win over Spurs a month later

A month after almost exiting Chelsea he scored the opening goal in their 2-1 victory over Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham side.

Following the resumption of the top flight after the coronavirus shutdown Giroud was in a rich vein of form and his goals helped fire them to the top four. 

The forward, who was an unused substitute in Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Brighton in their first match this campaign on Monday, signed a contract extension until the end of the 2020-21 season.

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Champions League Group Stage draw: UK start time, TV channel, live stream FREE and pots as Prem clubs learn their fate

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THE Champions League is back for a brand new season.

Just a few short weeks after Bayern Munich lifted Big Ears in Lisbon, the group stage draw sees 32 sides begin their journey to the final.

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Bayern beat PSG 1-0 to win the Champions League back in AugustCredit: Getty Images – Getty

Four Premier League clubs are taking part this season, with Liverpool, Man City, Man Utd and Chelsea set to learn their fate.

When is the Champions League group stage draw?

  • The draw takes place on Thursday, October 1.
  • It will be held at RTS Studios in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Things get going at 4pm BST, which is 5pm local time.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

You can catch all of the draw live on BT Sport 1 here in the UK.

Coverage will begin at 3.45pm.

If you want to stream and have a BT subscription, download the BT Sport app.

The draw will also be available FREE on Uefa’s website, with a direct live stream from Switzerland – and you can also follow right here on SunSport with our live blog.

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Bayern are back to defend the trophy this seasonCredit: Getty

Champions League teams

  • Spain: Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla
  • England: Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea
  • Italy: Juventus, Inter, Atalanta, Lazio
  • Germany: Bayern, Dortmund, RB Leipzig, Mönchengladbach
  • France: Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Rennes
  • Russia: Zenit, Lokomotiv Moskva
  • Portugal: Porto
  • Belgium: Club Brugge
  • Ukraine: Shakhtar Donetsk
  • Turkey: Istanbul Basaksehir
  • Holland: Ajax

Group stage dates

  • Matchday 1: October 20/21
  • Matchday 2: October 27/28
  • Matchday 3: November 3/4
  • Matchday 4: November 24/25
  • Matchday 5: December 1/2
  • Matchday 6: December 8/9

Draw pots

Pot 1

Bayern, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Liverpool, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Zenit, Porto.

Pot 2

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Borussia Dortmund, Chelsea, Ajax.

Pot 3

Dynamo Kyiv, RB Leipzig, Inter Milan, Olympiakos, Lazio, Atalanta (two more clubs to be confirmed after play-offs on September 30)

TBC

Lokomotiv Moscow, Marseille, Club Brugge, Borussia Monchengladbach, Istanbul Basaksehir, Rennes, Ferencvaros.

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Brighton vs Man Utd: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and teams for TONIGHT’S Carabao Cup clash

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BRIGHTON face Manchester United for the second time in five days as the sides meet in the Carabao Cup.

Bruno Fernandes’ 100th minute penalty secured a 3-2 win for the Red Devils at the weekend with VAR reversing the referee’s decision after the final whistle had blown.

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Man Utd left it until the 100th minute to beat Brighton at the weekendCredit: AFP or licensors

In this competition Man Utd qualified with a 3-0 win at Luton last week while Brighton won 2-0 at Preston.

What time does Brighton vs Man Utd kick off?

  • The match kicks off at 7.45pm BST tonight.
  • Like Saturday’s pulsating clash, it will take place at the Amex Stadium.

What TV channel is Brighton vs Man Utd on and can I live stream it?

  • Brighton vs Man Utd is live on Sky Sports Football and Sky Sports Main Event.
  • Coverage commences at 7.30pm – 15 minutes before kick-off.
  • To stream the game live, head to your Sky Go account.
  • Non-Sky Sports subscribers can still watch all the action from £9.99 with a Now TV Day Pass.

Team news

Dean Henderson is set to return between the sticks after keeping a clean sheet on his debut at Luton.

Juan Mata, Daniel James and Odion Ighalo could all return if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer decides to make significant changes while Eric Bailly is likely to come back in after a commanding display at Kenilworth Road.

Andreas Pereira is expected to join Lazio so unlikely to play any part.

Alireza Jahanbakhsh and Alexis Mac Allister both impressed at Preston for Brighton and are therefore likely to return to the side.

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Latest odds

Brighton 3/1

Draw 13/5

Man Utd 20/23

*Odds from Ladbrokes correct as of Tuesday, September 29

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Fulham secure the loan signing of Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig

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Fulham have confirmed the capture of winger Ademola Lookman on loan from RB Leipzig.

Lookman will join the Cottagers on an initial loan deal for a fee of around £2million and has sealed a return to the Premier League following his £22.5m move from Everton to Germany last summer.

Winger Lookman, 22, said: ‘I’m glad to have it over the line and done now. I’m glad I can be here to help the team.

Fulham have completed the season-long loan signing of Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig

Fulham have completed the season-long loan signing of Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig

Fulham have completed the season-long loan signing of Ademola Lookman from RB Leipzig

Former Everton forward Lookman returns to the Premier League a year after joining Leipzig

Former Everton forward Lookman returns to the Premier League a year after joining Leipzig

Former Everton forward Lookman returns to the Premier League a year after joining Leipzig

‘After the conversations I had with Scott Parker, I got a great feeling, that’s the working relationship I want to have. He’s young and hungry and I’m young and hungry as well so it’s a good match.’

Fulham are braced for a busy few days ahead of the closure of the transfer market on Monday and after starting the season with three successive league defeats.

They are among the clubs keen on Chelsea’s Ruben Loftus-Cheek who could leave Stamford Bridge on loan.

Aston Villa’s capture of Ross Barkley has now ruled out Villa Park as a potential destination for Loftus-Cheek due to Premier League loan rules.

West Ham are also interested in Loftus-Cheek while Southampton anticipate his wages will be out of their reach.

Lookman has been restricted to mainly substitute appearances since his move to Germany

Lookman has been restricted to mainly substitute appearances since his move to Germany

Lookman has been restricted to mainly substitute appearances since his move to Germany

Fulham are among the club interested in Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Fulham are among the club interested in Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek

Fulham are among the club interested in Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek

The Cottagers are also desperate for central defensive reinforcements after shipping 10 goals in those three defeats.

After apologising for Fulham’s 3-0 home loss to Aston Villa, Fulham’s director of football Tony Khan said: ‘We’ve looked to add centre-backs since [the play-off final at] Wembley.

‘I’m sorry we haven’t yet as two got Covid and we lost a free we thought was close and had another issue with a fourth centre-back. I promise players in and better efforts from this squad.’

Sassuolo’s Brazilian defender Marlon is understood to have failed the medical.

Fulham, along with West Ham, are also understood to have considered Lyon’s Joachim Andersen though Torino, managed by his old Sampdoria coach Marco Giampaolo, are favourites to sign the Danish defender. 

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