TWO months ago referee Mike Dean was celebrating wildly on the terraces watching his beloved Tranmere reach the League Two play-off final. But tonight he was back to the day job as he refereed a pre-season friendly involving Liverpool – against Tran

Liverpool face Tranmere in pre-season with Rovers mad Mike Dean as the ref – but Reds storm to 6-0 win

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TWO months ago referee Mike Dean was celebrating wildly on the terraces watching his beloved Tranmere reach the League Two play-off final.

But tonight he was back to the day job as he refereed a pre-season friendly involving Liverpool - against Tranmere!

 Mike Dean could not hide his delight and climbed on the rail after Tranmere reached the League Two play-off final
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 Mike Dean gave it his all in the terrace as he cheered Tranmere on to victory
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And Dean might have found it hard watching - the Reds trounced his team 6-0 at Prenton Park.

But at least Dean's boys can look forward to competing in League One this season - they beat Newport County in the last second of extra-time in the League Two play-off final in May.

Liverpool were 1-0 up after just six minutes when Nathaniel Clyne netted.

It was 3-0 at half-time as rookie Rhian Brewster notched twice.

KLOPP'S SIDE SMASH IT

The second half went the same way, sadly for Dean and Tranmere.

Curtis Jones, Divock Origi and Bobby Duncan put Jurgen Klopp's European champs six goals to the good against their near-neighbours.

And that's how it stayed in front of a bumper crowd in Tranmere.

Liverpool's next game will be against a team in an even lower league than Tranmere this season - Bradford.

The two clash at Valley Parade on Sunday with the game a sell-out in West Yorkshire.

It is also a fundraiser for the the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.

This was co-set up by former Liverpool and Bradford defender Stephen Darby, who was forced to retire from the game after being diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

Referee Mike Dean jumps on rails to cheer Tranmere’s victory over Forest Green in play-off semis

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Liverpool face Tranmere in pre-season with Rovers mad Mike Dean as the ref – but Reds storm to 6-0 win

Man Utd confident they can reach compromise on £75m Maguire – but have been put off by £50m Longstaff

MANCHESTER UNITED are confident a compromise can be reached with Leicester in their pursuit of Harry Maguire.

But they have dropped their interest in Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff after being quoted £50million for him.

 Man Utd are confident of reaching a £75m compromise with Leicester for Harry Maguire
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The Red Devils had a £70m bid — including add-ons — rejected for Maguire before they left to tour   Australia at the weekend.

The Foxes want £90m for the England  centre-back — but there is hope a deal can still be done.

United will make a further bid before the transfer window closes, with their  valuation ahead of Manchester City, who consider him worth around £65m.

Maguire would become the world’s most  expensive defender, beating Virgil van Dijk’s £75m fee when he moved from Southampton to Liverpool.

But United have been put off midfielder Longstaff.

Newcastle want £50m for a player who has only nine Premier League appearances to his name for them.

United will pay £20m and thought a deal would be done.

 United have ditched their interest in Newcastles Sean Longstaff
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But they were left stunned when given the valuation  and will now look elsewhere.

Longstaff, 21, was  also left shocked by the figure, which  effectively prices him out of a dream move to Old Trafford.

There are no other clubs in for him and Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will not  overpay for players.

He said: “We’re still in the market looking to do some business but we’re patient, we’re Manchester United, we don’t have to sell or overpay.

“You have to have the right players at the right price. If you look at the squad we’ve got there are  many good players.”

United  yesterday told Inter Milan they have to find £75m or forget signing Romelu Lukaku.

Inter sporting director Piero Ausilio has held talks with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

The Italians’ manager Antonio Conte wants the Belgian, 26, to be his main man up front.

But SunSport understands United will not budge on the £75m valuation.

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West Ham turn to £40million Duvan Zapata after missing out on Maxi Gomez

WEST HAM will turn to Duvan Zapata in a £40million deal after missing out on Maxi Gomez.

Colombia international Zapata is now Manuel Pellegrini's No1 target to lead his attack next season.

 Duvan Zapata is the next striker West Ham are looking at to replace Marko Arnautovic
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The 28-year-old scored 28 goals for Atalanta last season while on loan from Serie A rivals Sampdoria.

And Pellegrini wants him to step in following Marko Arnautovic's move to China.

Celta Vigo striker Gomez was a target but he is heading to Valencia to stay in Spain.

But Zapata should be available for the right price to finally become a Hammer after they were interested in him earlier in his career.

BALOTELLI AN OPTION

And there is a cheaper option that could become available.

The Hammers have reportedly been offered the chance to sign free agent Mario Balotelli.

The former Manchester City and Liverpool striker is currently without a club after leaving Marseille.

Balotelli, 28, bagged eight times in 12 games during his six-month spell with the French side but opted against extending his deal.

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The Italian international is believed to favour a return to the Premier League.

And now his agent Mino Raiola has contacted the Hammers to enquire whether there is any interest from the East London outfit.

But AS claims he is looking for wages of £3.6m-a-year – which would be an issue.

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