Derby County close in on Wayne Rooney signing

Derby County are a best-priced 5-1 to gain promotion from the Sky Bet Championship after rumours emerged they are closing in on a deal to bring Wayne Rooney to the club as player-coach.

The DC United forward is 1-16 to join the Rams, who opened their league account with a 2-1 win away to Huddersfield Town on Monday night.

Crystal Palace have signed free agent and former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill on a two-year deal but key forward Wilfried Zaha could be edging closer to a move away from Selhurst Park.

Sky Bet rate the Ivorian 1-2 to sign for free-spending Everton before September 3 after reports suggested the Toffees are plotting a £100-million package deal involving Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy moving in the other direction.

Everton have already captured Mainz defensive midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin and Juventus starlet Moise Kean in the last week and are a best-priced 4-1 to break into the top six this campaign.

Liverpool's Under-21s are set to play their first ever EFL trophy match when they take on Oldham and there could be a run out for highly-rated midfielder Ovie Ejaria, who has impressed in loan spells at Sunderland, Rangers and Reading.

Match in Focus


Man Utd v Liverpool

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  • Three of Liverpool’s four Premier League away victories have been by one-goal margins
Expert verdict
Liverpool have won their first eight Premier League games to take full control of the title race and the Reds are likely to extend their run when they take on toiling Manchester United at Old Trafford. Jurgen Klopp’s men haven’t won at the home of their old rivals since the 2013-14 campaign but this current United team is in a rut. A 4-0 win against Chelsea on the opening day proved to be a false dawn for the Red Devils, who have since won just one of their seven league outings. Liverpool have not been taking teams apart away from Anfield, winning by one goal at Southampton, Chelsea and Sheffield United.



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