James Maddison’s hip injury could rule him out for more than a fortnight and most of Leicester’s bid to secure Champions League football. The England midfielder, 23, missed the victory over Crystal Palace and the draw at Arsenal after aggravating the problem when he came off the bench against Everton. Tests ahead of the trip to Bournemouth on Sunday will determine whether he has a chance of featuring in the crucial final matches of the campaign when Leicester face teams chasing
European qualification — Sheffield United, Tottenham and Manchester United.
Ajax eye Hojbjerg
Ajax have joined the race for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg but Tottenham are in pole position to land the Southampton midfielder. The
Denmark international, 24, has been replaced as captain at St Mary’s after failing to agree an extension to his contract, which runs out in a year and could see him leave for free. Jose Mourinho wants to bolster the Spurs midfield for next season but Ajax have also now shown interest in a £15million deal and can guarantee Champions League football, although it is understood staying in the Premier League is an attractive option for Hojbjerg, who has also sparked interest from Everton coach Carlo Ancelotti.
Anthony Knockaert has joined Fulham on a permanent deal from Brighton following a loan spell. The 28-yearold French winger, who moved to Craven Cottage on loan last July and has scored three goals for the club in the Championship this season, has signed a deal until the summer of 2023 with an option for a further 12 months
Arsenal have signed Australia goalkeeper Lydia Williams from Melbourne City. Williams, 32, who has won 88 caps for the Matildas, becomes Arsenal’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of compatriot Jess Catley. Williams has twice been named Australia’s Women’s Footballer of the Year and was part of the Australia squad that reached the quarter-finals of the Rio 2016 Olympics.