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Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 11:34 Fri Sep 27
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France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, will try again to leave Manchester United in January. (Sun)

Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has launched a fresh attempt to buy Newcastle United with a new consortium, offering to pay owner Mike Ashley £125m up front. (Mail)

The consortium's bid brochure claims Newcastle manager Steve Bruce has achieved "unparalleled success in Europe". (Sun)

Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, 27, has landed in Spain for a court case against the Brazilian's former club Barcelona over the non-payment of a signing-on bonus. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will both appeal against the decision to fine Barca 300 euros (£265) for their approach to France striker Antoine Griezmann while he was at Atletico. (Marca)

Former England captain David Beckham is set to move into football agency - with Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood, 17, a potential client. (Mirror)

Manchester United are lining up a January move for French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, having sent a scout to Lyon's last three games. (Mail)

Fulham are seeking compensation in the region of £7m from Liverpool after 16-year-old midfielder Harvey Elliott joined the Reds in the summer. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United are ready to activate the £32m buy-out clause in Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino's contract. (Sun)

Crystal Palace are considering a January move for Shakhtar Donetsk's defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko, 30, having missed the chance to sign the Ukraine international for about £8m in the summer. (Sun)

Arsenal's players held a blind vote to decide who will be the club's captains as boss Unai Emery looks to rebuild his five-man leadership group. (Telegraph)

England striker Tammy Abraham, 21, was "not happy" with his Fifa 20 rating after receiving a "special delivery" at Chelsea's training ground. (Star)

Organisers of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar are close to a deal that would lead to alcohol being subsidised and more readily available during the tournament. (Guardian)

Newcastle have been scouting 16-year-old Rochdale defender Luke Matheson, who scored against Manchester United on Wednesday, since he made his first-team debut last year. (Chronicle)

Championship side Huddersfield are hoping to sign 32-year-old defender Danny Simpson, who has been a free agent since leaving Leicester this summer. (Yorkshire Post)

Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 22, says he would have joined either Manchester City or PSG if he had not joined the Spanish club from Ajax in the summer. (Star)

Barcelona's players had dinner together on Wednesday when they are thought to have talked about how to improve their form. (Mirror)

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Gregg Bakowski

With Aymeric Laporte having been ruled out for around six months with a nasty knee injury, Manchester City might be tempted into a move for another centre-back this January. Despite having missed out on Harry Maguire in the summer, Pep Guardiola’s gaze is still fixed on a burly Leicester defender. And no, we won’t be seeing Wes Morgan’s second coming as an elite title-inspiring force at the back for a different City.

The player who has got Pep rubbing his palms giddily is Caglar Soyuncu, whose outstanding displays for Brendan Rodgers’ side have made Maguire’s £80m departure to Manchester United seem little more than a mild inconvenience. The 23-year-old has proved himself able to work the ball out from the back without gifting the ball to opposition forwards or playing ludicrous square passes to invisible teammates, so he could well be an upgrade on Nicolás Otamendi and John Stones. He cost Leicester £19m in the summer of 2018 so he won’t come cheap, mind.

City may also move for Hearts’ Aaron Hickey too, because Pep can’t help himself when it comes to full-backs. The 17-year-old has been one of the few bright spots in an underwhelming start to the season for the Scottish Premier League side, scoring the winner in the Edinburgh derby in his last league game. Southampton are also having a nose around Tynecastle, though, and may be able to give the youngster more regular playing time if he headed to the south coast.

Manchester United are determined to get themselves one of the most popular objects in modern football: a Dembélé. Having been linked with Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé on Wednesday, Old Trafford scouts are now monitoring the performances of Lyon’s Moussa Dembélé – and they have written glowing reports to slide across the desk to Ole Gunnar Solskjær having watched him score in the 2-2 draw at Brest. The Lyon forward is Ligue 1’s joint top scorer with six goals in six games and Solskjær may be tempted into making a sizeable bid for him in the winter transfer window after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchéz in the summer.

A number of tabloids say Paul Pogba is “more determined than ever” to leave Manchester United in January, with Real Madrid still his most likely destination. Having played against Rochdale like he was on the phone to his super agent Mino Raiola, that would appear to be true. The thing is, the France midfielder will have to look vaguely interested if he expects Madrid – or any other potential suitor – to rescue him with a huge offer. Perhaps if United make a move for Mauricio Pochettino as manager, the sulky Frenchman will find a bit of a fizz in his game again and stick around. It says here that United are ready to activate a £32m release clause to get their hands on the Spurs manager, who seems about as happy at Tottenham as Pogba is at United.

Newcastle have been scouting Rochdale’s Luke Matheson for the past year and now that he’s scored against Manchester United they may be tempted to throw in a bid for the 16-year-old. More likely, though, is that someone else who had never heard of him until that goal, will gazump the north-east club. In any case, of bigger significance at St James’ Park is Peter Kenyon’s readiness to make a £300m bid for the club. The former Manchester United and Chelsea chief executive has sent a brochure out to potential investors in which Steve Bruce is described as having achieved “unparalleled success in Europe”, presumably a reference to Hull’s Europa League qualifying round defeat by Lokeren in 2014.

And Crystal Palace may try to lure Shakhtar Donetsk’s defensive midfielder Taras Stepanenko to salubrious Selhurst Park with an £8m bid in January.

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Arsenal’s Flaherty joins West Ham on trial – will the Gunners regret letting him go?

Ryan Darby

Arsenal could be about to lose promising midfielder Stan Flaherty to London rivals West Ham.

According to Football Insider, the Gunners have given the young midfielder permission to go on trial with the Hammers in a bid to secure a professional deal.

With his scholarship contract at Arsenal coming to an end – will the Gunners regret letting him go?

Arsenal appear to have made a decision on Flaherty’s future and after joining the club as an U11, it’s a shame that he isn’t going to be going on to secure a professional deal.

The report goes on to add that Flaherty scored during a trial game for the Hammers last Saturday – a huge boost in his hopes of securing a deal.

From Arsenal’s perspective, they have a host of young talented stars coming through the ranks and unfortunately, Flaherty looks like one of the unlucky few that will miss out.

The Gunners will not be losing too much sleep over his departure, with the club boasting a wealth of talent at academy level.

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Texas Iron 8:42 Fri Sep 27
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Mex Martillo 6:36 Fri Sep 27
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Thanks Alan

eusebiovic 12:28 Fri Sep 27
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Stan Flaherty eh?

I like it - sounds like he could have played for us in the 1950's

Thanks Alan 11:51 Fri Sep 27
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yb11:38 Fri Sep 27

yogib 11:38 Fri Sep 27
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TVM Alan

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