Talking Cock Session: Daily update on the latest club news and highlights

In our latest update talk cock sessions, we look at the latest club news, Anthony Gordon, Adam Wharton, Amadou Onana, Florian Wirtz, and Gareth Southgate gossip, and highlights that have football fans from over the world buzzing with excitement.

Anthony Gordon only left Everton in 2023 but the Newcastle winger is already being linked back with a move to Merseyside, with Liverpool said to be interested

Newcastle winger Anthony Gordon is on Liverpool’s wishlist.

The 23-year-old has enjoyed a stellar season in the northeast, scoring 11 goals registering 11 assists, and earning an international debut with England.

The Reds are interested in luring Gordon back to Merseyside just a year after he left for Tyneside.

Gordon has “caught the attention of Liverpool’s scouting unit as they draw up a list of potential targets for the post-Jurgen Klopp era”.

Gordon is near the top of it but the Geordies, of course, will be in no mood to sell their star performer, who only joined them last August in a £45 million switch from Everton,” states the article.

Swedish hitman Alexander Isak has been heavily linked with a big-money move to Arsenal as has Brazil midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. However, Gordon being tracked by Liverpool is a new development – and will be an unwelcome one as far as Newcastle boss Howe is concerned.

Bayern Munich are planning a raid on the Premier League, with Crystal Palace’s Adam Wharton and Everton’s Amadou Onana on their wishlist

Bayern Munich already has two Englishmen in their team and is trying to add a third.

Having been reportedly rebuffed by Crystal Palace boss Oliver Glasner, the Bavarians are now said to be “ready to move” for midfielder Adam Wharton.

And Bayern are also believed to be interested in Everton midfielder Amadou Onana.

The German giants are desperate for the midfield maestro [Wharton], 20, after missing out when the Eagles swooped on Blackburn for him in January.

Harry Kane’s Bayern worked on a deal to sign Wharton and take 18 months to develop him but Palace saw them off – and Chelsea, who also had a similar plan.

Wharton cost Palace £18 million but it would now take £60m to get him — an expensive mistake for Bayern.

Experts think he will play in the Champions League sooner rather than later and Palace could come under pressure to keep him.

But boyhood Blackburn fan Wharton may attract a bid quicker – helped by a brilliant display in last Monday’s 4-0 thumping of Manchester United and an assist in Saturday’s 3-1 win at Wolves.

Palace is under siege off the field too, with director of football Dougie Freedman wanted by Newcastle.

He masterminded deals for all of the Palace captures and is happy at the club.

However, if they sell too many in the next window, it could lead to a change of heart.

Meanwhile, Bayern are also looking  at   Everton  midfielder Amadou Onana, 22, but would have to find £50m to land him.

Real Madrid are working on a “massive deal” for Florian Wirtz

Real Madrid are working on a “massive deal” to sign Bayern Leverkusen star Florian Wirtz.

Wirtz has been one of many standout players for Xabi Alonso’s side this season as they aim for a remarkable unbeaten treble.

Real isn’t planning to sign Wirtz, 21, before the summer of 2025 and has thus given the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool a year’s head start.

Real are already preparing the ground for their next Galactico signing with Wirtz posing as their favourite marquee signing for the 2025-26 season.

According to Marca, the Spanish champions have begun work on acquiring the playmaker at the end of the 2024-25 campaign.

That means United, City, Chelsea and Liverpool, who see him as Mohamed Salah’s replacement, will have to work fast this summer or next January.

This promises to be quite an intense bidding war with Bayern Munich also interested.

Gareth Southgate says he will not be distracted by speculation linking him with Manchester United

Gareth Southgate has described rumours linking him with Manchester United as a “complete irrelevance” as he gears up for England’s challenge at Euro 2024.

The Three Lions boss is putting the finishing touches to his provisional squad for the tournament in Germany, which will be named next Tuesday (May 21), ahead of the competition starting June 14.

Erik ten Hag’s future in charge of United is the subject of speculation and could be determined by their Premier League finish. His side are eighth, which would not be good enough for European qualification, with two matches left against Newcastle and Brighton. They will also face Manchester City in the final of the FA Cup.

Southgate has been linked if there is a change at Old Trafford, as Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir Dave Brailsford – the figureheads of Ineos’ minority shareholding – continue their remoulding of the club’s footballing operations.

Outgoing Bayern Munich head coach Thomas Tuchel has also been tipped, as have Graham Potter and Roberto De Zerbi – the former and current Brighton bosses respectively.

Southgate said: “I’ve got one thing to focus on. That’s having as successful a tournament with England as possible. Everything else outside of that is a complete irrelevance to me.”

“If I start talking about that, then I’m already distracted from what I’m doing. So, I think the country would expect that my focus is on England, and rightly so it is.”

“We’ve had three tournaments where we’ve taken the public on a brilliant ride, I think we know that and I know that you’ve got that desire to go that one step further, and this is a brilliant opportunity for us to do that.”

Southgate says they are heading to Germany with hopes of winning the tournament and going one further than their penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the final of Euro 2020.