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Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 1:06 Tue Oct 8
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears that a heavy defeat in Manchester United's next game at home to Liverpool could put his job as manager in jeopardy. (Mail)

A number of United players have lost faith in the Norwegian and he believes some of them have stopped listening to him. (Sun)

Solskjaer needs £300m to spend in the transfer window and to buy a striker such as Tottenham and England forward Harry Kane, 26, says ex-United winger Lee Sharpe. (Talksport)

Kane should leave Tottenham and sign for Manchester City, according to former England international defender Glen Johnson. (Betdaq, via Independent)

Liverpool could receive only £4.5m of the £84m they are still owed by Barcelona for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 27, who moved to the Nou Camp in 2018. (Mirror)

Manchester United are set to invest heavily in new players in January in a bid to turn their faltering season around. (Express)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is set for talks with owner Daniel Levy regarding the club's January transfer plans, including deciding the futures of England midfielder Eric Dier, 25, and Denmark's Christian Erisken, 27, who is wanted by Real Madrid. (Star)

Everton are weighing up a January move for Manchester United target Moussa Dembele. The French striker, 23, could cost £40m to prise from Lyon. (Star)

Chelsea and United States forward Christian Pulisic, 21, has admitted his frustration at not playing more since his £58m move from Borussia Dortmund. (Guardian)

Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli, 18, faces a choice over his international future as he is wanted by both Brazil and Italy. He was born in Brazil but has an Italian father so could represent either country. (Mirror)

Former Aston Villa striker Julian Joachim, 45, had a successful debut playing for 10th-tier side Bourne Town as he made all four goals in his side's 4-3 win over Raunds Town in the United Counties League Division One on Saturday. (Birmingham Mail)

Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, 30, has admitted he would have liked to have signed permanently for Newcastle United but said he was not given the opportunity to turn last season's loan move into a permanent deal - and so ended up at Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manager Roy Hodgson says Crystal Palace must sign a new striker in January if they want to challenge for a top-six finish, while he is also targeting two new full-backs when the transfer window opens. (Standard)

English referees have been told not to order substituted players to leave by the nearest touchline if they are concerned it could lead to potential clashes with opposition fans. (Times, subscription required)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola and Blues midfielder David Silva had a falling out following the club's home defeat by Wolves on Sunday. (Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

The front page of Spanish paper AS is entirely taken up by a large picture of Gareth Bale, and the words: Bale says, enough. Zinedine Zidane’s decision to leave him out of the matchday squad for the Champions League game at home to Club Brugge was, they report, “the straw that broke the camel’s back” (or “the drop that filled the glass”, as they say in Spain).

In the summer, even when Zidane was publicly saying that he should leave, Bale’s preference was to stay and fight for his place. But that attitude, the paper continues, has now changed. “Bale has played well in recent weeks partly because he is angry,” AS write. “but he feels that he has played well, and does not deserve the treatment has is receiving. Leaving him out of the game against Brugge was difficult to understand, and has been the last straw. For the first time since he arrived in Madrid in 2013, the Welshman wants to leave.” What does Bale want? To leave Real Madrid! When does he want it? Er, not yet. AS specify on multiple occasions that he intends to depart next summer, so we face nine full months of wild speculation. Brace yourselves.

Mauricio Pochettino is planning an extensive new year clear-out, claims the Times, as he attempts to repopulate the Tottenham squad with players who aren’t already bored of his coaching methods. Eric Dier, Christian Eriksen, Serge Aurier, Victor Wanyama and Danny Rose are all expendable, with the club having discovered since the season started the negative knock-on effect of these same players having been equally expendable in the summer without ever being expended.

Spurs are also among the clubs being linked with Erling Braut Haaland, though they should brace themselves for a fight: Juventus, Manchester United and Liverpool are also keen on RB Salzburg’s 19-year-old Norwegian ace. United are apparently also monitoring Krylia Sovetov’s 22-year-old marksman Aleksandr Sobolev, a 6ft 4in sharp-shooter who has bagged 10 goals in 12 league games this season and was watched at the weekend by Arsenal (though this might have just been a motivational ruse). “In my opinion this is true,” he said of Arsenal’s reported interest. “I am not 100% sure, but this is what I was told.”

Crystal Palace are preparing to re-swoop for last season’s loan hit Michy Batshuayi, having decided that a striker who has so far played just 44 minutes for Chelsea in Premier and Champions Leagues combined might be hustled out of the club in January. Though with Olivier Giroud also linked with a move away from the club in early 2020, it seems likely there will still be at least one unhappy substitute striker at Stamford Bridge for the remainder of the season.

Finally in international transfer news Ike Ugbo, an England Under-17 and Under-20 international currently excelling at Dutch club Roda JC on loan from Chelsea, is wanted by Nigeria, and Italy want to claim Arsenal’s hitherto Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli.


Jack Wilshere claims West Ham competition for places has increased

By Dom Toner

Jack Wilshere claims that there is a real difference at West Ham this season in terms of the quality in the squad.

The Hammers did suffer a 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace at the weekend to make it a disappointing way to go into the international break, but they can still reflect on a fairly positive start.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team are eighth in the Premier League table as it stands and the European spots definitely look up for grabs if they can find some consistency at the London Stadium.

Wilshere, 27, is adamant that they now have a stronger squad and feels the completion for places has been cranked up.

Sebastien Haller, Pablo Fornals and Roberto were some of the new arrivals to boost the squad options in the summer.

“We started well and got a good team, a good squad as well that’s the difference this year,” Wilshere said, as quoted by Ian Abraham’s Instagram account.

“There are two players, two good players in each position so you have to be on it training. And when you are given the opportunity you’ve got to take it.”

TBR’s View:

West Ham certainly appear to have a group that should be challenging around the top six positions, especially with Manchester United struggling.

The Hammers had an excellent bench to call on at the weekend, with the likes of Wilshere, Fornals, Fabian Balbuena and Robert Snodgrass available to them.

Pellegrini’s team will know a lot more about themselves after their next four league fixtures, as they face West Ham, Sheffield United, Newcastle United and Burnley.

It’s a run of games that gives them a great opportunity to pick up points and get them right in the mix towards the top end of the table.


Report: Tottenham and West Ham want Shon Weissman

London clubs Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Shon Weissman in the January transfer window.

Premier League rivals Chelsea and Leicester City are also interested in getting the signature of the 23-year-old forward who plays for Austrian outfit Wolfsburger.

The Israeli forward is enjoying a rich vein of form at the moment and has impressed in the Europa League campaign this season.

He has scored 17 goals in 13 games this season and grabbed the attention of top clubs in Europe with his virtuoso performance in 4-0 away win against Borussia Monchengladbach in September, where he scored twice.

He has joined the Austrian club this summer, and it seems top Premier League clubs are keeping tabs on his progress already. If he keeps on hitting goals, his stay at the club could be a short one.

West Ham, Chelsea, Leicester and Tottenham have all been keeping close tabs on Weissman in recent weeks.

The Hammers have signed Sebastien Haller this summer by paying a premium fee, while Leicester have a top-class striker in the form of Jamie Vardy. However, both West Ham and Leicester need quality in reserve and therefore could make a move for Weissman.

Spurs are struggling at the moment, and they do need another striker who can really challenge Harry Kane for a place in the starting XI.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 7:31 Tue Oct 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

bill green 5:05 Tue Oct 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Haz 4:58 Tue Oct 8 :)

Haz 4:58 Tue Oct 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Bill Green -

And you just know that somehow we'll contrive to lose it too!

Jasnik 3:15 Tue Oct 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
And when you are given the opportunity you’ve got to take it. --> so why hasn't he?

Texas Iron 2:30 Tue Oct 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 1:36 Tue Oct 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:09 Tue Oct 8

bill green 1:25 Tue Oct 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Pellegrinis team will know a lot more about themselves after their next four league fixtures, as they face West Ham, Sheffield United, Newcastle United and Burnley.

That West Ham game will tell them a lot.

Thanks Alan 1:09 Tue Oct 8
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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