Transfer news and rumours LIVE: Real Madrid make contact with Pochettino

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Argentine coach could take Zidane’s place this season

Real Madrid have been in contact with Mauricio Pochettino about replacing Zinedine Zidane at the helm.

The pressure on the French coach increased this week after his side were beaten by Shakhtar in the Champions League.

Pochettino is the top candidate to replace him and Sportsays talks are already underway.

Quique Setien has been tipped for a return to Real Betis, but the club have no interest in putting him in charge.

Setien spent two years in charge of Betis before he left for Barcelona, who sacked him earlier this year.

Betis boss Manuel Pellegrini has come under pressure recently and is said to be facing the sack, but Mundo Deportivodenies that Setien is among the contenders to replace him.

West Ham are close to completing the £1.2 million signing of Frederik Alves Ibsen from Silkeborg.

Sky Sports reports the two teams agreed a fee for the defender in October and he recently flew to London to discuss personal terms.

Work and residence permits are all that stand in the way of the deal being confirmed.

Andre Villas-Boas has confirmed Marseille want to tie Jordan Amavi to a new contract.

The 26-year-old winger’s current deal expires at the end of the season but sporting director Pablo Longoria is already in talks with him.

“Pablo is speaking with his entourage to extend it. I hope it will happen,” the Marseille manager said. “He made a good start to the season despite a few mistakes. We are counting on him.”

Celtic’s hopes of signing Omar Colley from Sampdoria have been given a boost, according to Sky Sports.

The Scottish side enquired about the 28-year-old centre-back in the summer transfer window, but were put off by the £11 million asking price.

The Gambia international has fallen out of favour at Sampdoria this season, however, and the club have dropped their asking price.

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