Ngakia seals Wat­ford move

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Jeremy Ngakia has com­pleted his move to Wat­ford on a four-year deal fol­low­ing his de­par­ture from West Ham. The 19-year-old, who broke into David Moyes’s team last sea­son, has agreed a deal un­til 2024 with the op­tion of a fur­ther year at Vicarage Road.

Albion look to off­load trio

West Bromwich Albion will lis­ten to of­fers for for­mer Eng­land and Arse­nal de­fender Kieran Gibbs, £15 mil­lion sign­ing Oliver Burke and Ken­neth Zo­hore as they pre­pare for the Premier League.

Reiten ex­tends Chelsea stay

Guro Reiten has be­come the lat­est Chelsea Women player to sign a new deal with the club. The 26-year-old Nor­way mid­fielder, who joined the club last sum­mer, has agreed a con­tract ex­ten­sion run­ning to 2023.

The con­tin­u­a­tion of the five sub­sti­tu­tions rule and the fix­ture cal­en­dar for next sea­son will be the main points of dis­cus­sion at the Premier League’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing to­day.

All 20 clubs will be rep­re­sented at the re­ar­ranged meet­ing, which was sched­uled for June be­fore be­ing post­poned as the coro­n­avirus pan­demic led to the 2019-20 sea­son be­ing length­ened.

It is un­der­stood there will be a vote on whether or not to ex­tend the cur­rent rul­ing to al­low five sub­sti­tutes per match, while a num­ber of other key top­ics will be dis­cussed.

Com­pe­ti­tions were al­lowed to in­crease the num­ber of sub­sti­tutes fol­low­ing the re­sump­tion of their re­spec­tive sea­sons in an at­tempt to pro­tect player wel­fare.

The Premier League al­tered their rules to al­low five changes, rather than three, while clubs were al­lowed to name nine play­ers on the bench - ris­ing from seven. Con­tro­ver­sially, the rule may now be im­ple­mented for the 2020-21 sea­son, set to be­gin on Septem­ber 12.

The flex­i­bil­ity of that start date is also up for dis­cus­sion as the de­sired 30-day break for play­ers would mean some clubs still com­pet­ing in Euro­pean com­pe­ti­tion would have to kick-off the new Premier League sea­son later than oth­ers. If Manch­ester City went on to play in the Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal on Au­gust 23, the 30-day rest pe­riod would mean Pep Guardi­ola’s side could not start their league cam­paign un­til Septem­ber 22 at the ear­li­est.

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