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Championship transfer rumours: Mourinho blocked Newcastle move for Manchester United midfielder

The latest gossip surrounding the second tier

Michael Carrick of Manchester United

Jose Mourinho is believed to have blocked Michael Carrick's summer move to hometown club Newcastle United .

Carrick left St James' Park at the age of 16 and was thought to be keen on a move back to the North East last summer, but Mourinho wanted the midfielder to stay ahead of Bastian Schweinsteiger.

According to the Daily Mail, club officials were instructed by the Portuguese boss to hand Carrick a year-long extension, which the midfielder gladly signed.

And the extension could well be crucial to Mourinho's plans this season with Paul Pogba, Wayne Rooney and Marouane Fellaini failing to impress in midfield so far this year and Carrick earning the Man of the Match award for his performance against Northampton in the EFL Cup.

Victor Lindelof of SL Benfica challenges Patrick of CS Maritimo

Aston Villa are thought to have entered the race to sign Benfica centre-back Victor Lindelof.

The Swedish centre-half is thought to be attracting interest from across Europe, but Sky Sports have claimed Villa have acknowledged their interest in the defender.

The Villans' season has not taken off yet and Roberto Di Matteo finds his side sitting 18th in the Championship having won just one of their eight games.

And it might be hard for the struggling side to attract Lindelof as the Swede is reportedly receiving interest from the likes of Chelsea, PSG, Inter Milan and Juventus.

Mahamadou Diarra and David Beckham in training with Real Madrid in 2007

Former Real Madrid midfielder Mahamadou Diarra has played 90 minutes for Brentford whilst on trial at the London club.

The 35-year-old has been without a club since his release from Fulham in 2014 and despite completing a full match for the Bees in a behind-closed-doors friendly, manager Dean Smith has played down talk of a contract for the midfielder.

He told Get West London: “The situation is as it was. He's here to get fit. He's got to a stage where he's completed 90 minutes which I didn't expect him to get to six weeks ago.

“As I said before, his experience and attitude around the place has made it pleasurable to have around here.”

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Wolverhampton Wanderers' Danny Batth

Wolverhampton Wanderers captain Danny Batth has signed a new four-year deal at Molineux.

The 26-year-old has made 147 league starts for Wolves since joining the club as a boy and is the first of the existing payers to have signed a new contract following the arrival of the club's new Chinese owners.

Batth told the club website: "Wolves are a club I've been on a great journey with so far, but it's not just about getting there, it's about staying there.

"I've been with Wolves right from the age of 10 years old, all the way through the age groups now to being captain. That's something I'm very proud of."

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Finally, former Leeds United striker Lewis Walters has signed for Nottingham Forest after being released by the Elland Road club.

The 21-year-old was released by the Whites this summer, but today posted a picture on Instagram of himself signing a contract alongside Reds academy manager Gary Brazil.

And Walters wrote: "So happy to have signed a contract with Nottingham Forest! Would like to thank my family and friends for all the support over the past few months! Looking forward to a new chapter and a fresh start!"

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