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Alan 12:31 Mon Nov 4
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England midfielder Adam Lallana, 31, is a target for clubs in China and Major League Soccer, with his Liverpool contract running out this summer. (Telegraph)

Unai Emery has been given a month to save his job as Arsenal manager. (Mirror)

The Gunners are distancing themselves from a possible move for former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho. (ESPN)

Assistant manager Freddie Ljungberg is ready to step in as caretaker manager if Emery is sacked by the Emirates Stadium club. (Independent)

Former Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri, previously linked with Arsenal, is the favourite to take over at Bayern Munich following the departure of Niko Kovac. (Bild, via Football Italia)
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RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick has also been strongly tipped for the Bayern vacancy - with Mourinho another candidate. (London Evening Standard)

Red Bull Salzburg are yet to receive an offer for 19-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, who has been linked with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus. (Mirror)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is keen on signing Arsenal's 20-year-old French defender William Saliba, who is on loan at Saint-Etienne. (Express)

Barcelona's 21-year-old Spanish midfielder Carles Alena - a target for Tottenham Hotspur - is likely to be allowed to leave the La Liga club on loan in January. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Roma are set for further meetings with Manchester United over a permanent deal for England defender Chris Smalling - who is on loan at the Serie A side this season - and are ready to offer 10m euros (£8.6m) for the 29-year-old. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City's Spanish midfielder David Silva, 33, is expected to miss Sunday's potentially crucial Premier League trip to leaders Liverpool because of a muscle injury. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain's France forward Kylian Mbappe, will play for Real Madrid one day, according to Vadim Vasilyev, president of the 20-year-old's former club Monaco. (Mail)

Real's unsettled Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, and Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, 28, did not train with the first team on Sunday. (Marca)

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman has confirmed there is a clause in his contract allowing him to move to Barcelona, where he played from 1989 to 1995, but only after Euro 2020. (Goal.com)

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Having watched his Manchester United side take on Bournemouth with a giant void up front where a hungry striker should be, Ole Gunnar Solskjær has made it a priority to bring in a proper No 9 this January. And to make the winter transfer window more enjoyable for the club’s fans than actually watching his team play, he will try to get one over on Liverpool while doing so. Timo Werner has been linked with a move to Anfield for so long we suspect he was being watched by club scouts when he was weening – and when a move to Bayern Munich fell through last year, Liverpool jumped to the top of the queue to sign the Leipzig goal-guzzler. The thing is, Solskjær will try to sweet-talk the 23-year-old into a move to Old Trafford instead by telling Werner that he will play every week at United, whereas if he signed for Liverpool, he’d become a Carabao Cup cameo man like Rhian Brewster. Werner would only cost United his £27m buyout clause, too, which would make him that rarest of things at Old Trafford: a good value signing. What a time to be alive!

There is the possibility that Werner will just choose Liverpool anyway, because who wouldn’t want to be hugged regularly by Jürgen Klopp? If this happens, Solskjær may nip in ahead of Milan to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a short-term deal till the end of the season. This would be ludicrous but at least it would free up money for a midfield reinforcement – and at the top of United’s wishlist is West Ham’s ball-winning tempo man Declan Rice. But get this, the Hammers want £80m for him. Oof!

Mauricio Pochettino has decided Hugo Lloris might not be very good any more – and what better time to replace him than when he’s on the sidelines nursing a dislocated elbow. Ajax’s André Onana impressed Tottenham’s manager last season and would be the No 1 target but he’ll cost £35m – and this is Spurs we’re talking about.

We may have to put up with José Mourinho’s punditry for longer than we would like after Max Allegri jumped to the top of the shortlist to succeed Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich. And rumour has it that Unai Emery has been given a month to save his Arsenal job and the Gunners would not be in a hurry to hand Mourinho the keys to the Emirates Stadium in any case.

Despite not having a manager, Bayern Munich still have the hots for Manchester City’s convalescing winger Leroy Sané. It was expected the German champions would have to bid up to £85m to lure him away from the Etihad Stadium but Bayern believe an offer of £69m will land them the 23-year-old, who will have only 18 months remaining on his contract this January. City could use a slice of the money they get from selling Sané to bring in Rodrigo Bentancur from Juventus. The powerful midfielder would cost around £35m but Barcelona are also sniffing around Turin and may be the Uruguay international’s preferred destination.

Brendan Rodgers is keenly aware that the in-form Jamie Vardy’s football party can’t go on for ever. He’s fast approaching 33 and could fall apart at any minute. So Leicester have sent scouts to Metz to look at Senegal striker Habibou Diallo. The 24-year-old has earned glowing reports, having scored seven goals in 11 games for the French club. Newcastle have also been monitoring the striker, which means the Foxes are surely favourites to sign him.

Adam Lallana is expected to take his suitcase full of Cruyff turns to the Chinese Super League or MLS when his Liverpool contract ends next summer. And Jack Rodwell’s agent is certainly earning his corn. After almost landing the much-mocked midfielder a move to Roma last week, the 28-year-old is now in talks with Serie A side Parma, whose sporting director Daniele Faggiano wants a player with a “strong engine”. Get yourself revved up, Jack!

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West Ham United might have a future star in Veron Parkes

The talented attacker is in fine form for the club’s under-18s this season.

(Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

After an impressive start to the season, West Ham have recently found themselves in something of a dry patch. Ever since League One side Oxford United took them apart in the League Cup in September they have struggled to get their momentum back.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have now gone six games without a win and the weekend loss to Newcastle United was a particularly poor display.

But whilst the senior team are struggling for form at present, West Ham have a young talent who should be on the radar of fans.

Veron Parkes has been in sensational form for the club’s under-18s so far this season.

West Ham snapped up the youngster from Crystal Palace in 2017 and he has been growing a reputation at the club ever since.

This season, the 18-year-old is on fire and at the weekend scored a hat-trick as West Ham’s under-18s beat Swansea City 8-2.

It took his tally for the season to eight goals in 15 games and the attacker, who is eligible to play for England and Scotland, continues to make a name for himself.

Now he is not yet ready for the West Ham first-team but he is clearly a player capable of one day making the grade. West Ham fans will hope he can go on to prove himself capable of playing in the Hammers first-team.

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Mex Martillo 8:01 Mon Nov 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 1:09 Mon Nov 4
That last line was a bit of a killer though, not ready for the 1st team, we need him now!

bill green 1:09 Mon Nov 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Percy Dalton 12:47 Mon Nov 4

Percy Dalton 12:47 Mon Nov 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We have some seriously good young players in both the under 18 and the 23 squads but apart from Rice none of them get an opportunity in the 1st team.
Anyway thanks Alan.

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