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Alan 12:46 Mon Aug 27
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery expects more from 29-year-old Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, who missed Saturday's 3-1 win over West Ham because of illness. (Mirror)

Brazil defender David Luiz, 31, says he may have had to leave Chelsea if Antonio Conte had remained as manager. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 30, says it is "bizarre" that the club allowed German Loris Karius to join Besiktas on loan. The Belgian says he does not know what his future at Anfield holds. (Liverpool Echo)

Tottenham defender Danny Rose, 28, could move to Marseille - on loan or on a permanent deal - in an attempt to improve his England chances. (Star)

Manchester United made no attempt to sign left-back Rose or Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld, 29, from Spurs during the summer transfer window despite being heavily linked. (Mirror)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has told his players they all must impress him again after he was forced to rotate his squad following the World Cup. (Telegraph)

Meanwhile, Pochettino says Manchester United counterpart Jose Mourinho is an "inspiration" for young managers. (Sun)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez says he is happy to delay talks about his future until next year. The Spaniard, who was expected to sign a new contract before the season, said he is "just thinking about the games". (Goal)

Benitez dropped club captain and former England Under-21 defender Jamaal Lascelles, 24, for Sunday's 2-1 defeat by Chelsea after they had a training-ground argument over tactics. (Mail)

Juventus' former Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, 32, turned down an offer to join Manchester United. (Calciomercato - via Sun)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich plans to resume redevelopment of Stamford Bridge, contradicting reports the Russian is ready to sell the Premier League club. (Mail)

Everton winger Theo Walcott, who has not featured in an England squad for two years, says he has not given up hope of an international recall. (Independent)

Manchester United's English defender Demetri Mitchell is set to rejoin Hearts on loan. The 21-year-old played 11 games for the Scottish side during a loan spell last year. (ESPN)

Tottenham were interested in signing France forward 22-year-old Anthony Martial and Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 30, from Manchester United, but were turned down by the Old Trafford club. (Manchester Evening News)

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso says French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko - on loan from Chelsea - must "learn some basic things" after the 3-2 loss to Napoli. (Eurosport)

Atletico Madrid want up to 30m euros (£27m) if they are to allow Brazil left-back Filipe Luis to leave for Paris St-Germain. (AS - via Sport)

Liverpool have appointed a specialist throw-in coach to improve their set-piece play. (Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Danny Rose could soon find himself exploring the myriad delights of the Notre-Dame de la Garde basilica, the Cathedral de la Major and Marseille’s bustling Vieux Port if speculation linking him with a move to the south of France turns out to be correct. A target of Schalke and PSG, the full-back is understood to be wanted by Ligue 1 outfit Marseille, who have contacted Tottenham with a view to securing his signature before the European transfer window closes on Friday. Surplus to requirements at Spurs, Rose has yet to feature in Mauricio Pochettino’s side this season and is anxious to leave, but his salary demands may be too much for that particular French club.

Given their bottomless reserves of cash, PSG are fairly unconcerned with salary demands and could offer Tottenham £100m for their Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen. Already the subject of interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona, Eriksen is looking for a new and improved deal from Spurs, who are understandably desperate to keep hold of their most creative player following a summer in which they famously failed to reinforce their squad.

PSG manager Thomas Tuchel is also interested in Atlético Madrid left-back Filipe Luis, but may have to wait until the January window. Marseille are also in the market for a striker and may approach Celtic with a view to signing Moussa Dembélé for up to £20m. The French club sent spies to watch the 22-year-old play in Celtic’s 1-0 win over Hamilton in Glasgow yesterday and could make a bid for the Frenchman, who has scored 51 goals in 104 appearances for the Scottish champions.

With Dedryck Boyata still expected to leave Celtic before the end of the week, despite being called in from the cold to score his side’s winner against Hamilton, Brendan Rodgers may try to get Filip Benkovic in on loan from Leicester. The Croat only signed for Leicester two weeks ago, but may struggle for game time ahead of Harry Maguire, Jonny Evans, Wes Morgan and fellow new arrival Caglar Soyuncu.

Meanwhile at Rangers, Steven Gerrard will offer Gareth McAuley a contract following the central defender’s release from West Brom at the end of last season. The 38-year-old is also weighing up offers from Hearts and Aberdeen and said in a revealing interview with The Times on Saturday that he has no interest in retiring because “playing is something I don’t want to let go of”.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is wanted by Monaco, who are hoping to sign the Chelsea midfielder on a season-long loan deal. His team-mate Tammy Abraham is uninterested in going on loan to Aston Villa and plans to stay at Stamford Bridge and fight for a place in the first team.

Spain or the Netherlands could be Reece Oxford’s next port of call, what with news quietly percolating that Eibar and AZ Alkmaar are interested in taking the 19-year-old on loan from West Ham. A centre-back who made his West Ham debut in midfield against Arsenal three years ago as a 16-year-old, Oxford has thus far failed to fulfill the amazing potential he showed that day.


Hammers bargain buy looks star in the making

It was seriously difficult not to be impressed with Carlos Sanchez against Arsenal as he announced his arrival as a Hammer with a truly no nonsense tackle.

After that he was a rock at the centre of midfielder which is exactly what was required and continuing where he left off when taking over from Mark Noble against Bournemouth.

He was probably the least heralded arrival of the summer having signed a two year contract at the age of 32 – something which didn’t necessarily fill everybody with great hope or optimism.

Ok, it’s too early to make a comprehensive judgement but Colombian ‘La Rocha’ looks a player we have been crying out for ages and not just for his enforcement capabilities.

There were various occasions when he spread the play with a terrific pass notably on one occasion to Robert Snodgrass to move forward on a terrific run.

But the real point in all of this is to point out that in a summer when we spent over £100 million, Sanchez arrived for a ‘paltry’ £1.8 million.

The bargains are still there, even in days when many are crying ‘spend, spend, spend’ and I reckon Sanchez is going to prove one of the snips of the summer.

Really like this boy in the middle of the park and if only we had Manuel Lanzini to play alongside him what a team we would be.

I’m gonna be watching this bloke with serious interest – he looks a player and a half but ok, yes it’s early days.

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Takashi Miike 1:47 Tue Aug 28
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 6:12 Mon Aug 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:10 Mon Aug 27

Thanks Alan 1:10 Mon Aug 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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