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Alan 11:40 Wed Aug 29
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United players and staff believe manager Jose Mourinho is one defeat away from getting sacked. (Daily Mail)

United's players have been left confused by the Portuguese manager's recent tactics and team selection decisions. (Sun)

Real Madrid are interested in signing Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 23, but not this summer. (Sky Sports)

Real are set to re-sign forward Mariano Diaz from Lyon by taking up a 22m euro (£19.9m) option on the 25-year-old. Sevilla had agreed a 35m euro (£31.8m) fee for the Dominican Republic international. (El Pais - in Spanish)

Barcelona still want to buy a central midfielder before their transfer window closes on Wednesday, but the club have ruled out signing Manchester United's 25-year-old France international Paul Pogba. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal's French forward Alexandre Lacazette, 27, is considering his future at the Emirates. (Le10Sport - in French)

Liverpool's 26-year-old forward Mohamed Salah is demanding the Egyptian Football Association improves measures for his personal safety and wellbeing on international duty. (Sun)

The Football Association is set to tell a government review that it is in favour of safe standing areas. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham's 28-year-old England left-back Danny Rose will reject a loan move to Paris St-Germain. (Telegraph)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez says there has been no fall out between him and defender Jamaal Lascelles. (Goal)

Lascelles and Magpies winger Matt Ritchie had to be separated after an angry confrontation in training. (Mail)

Former Brazil striker Ronaldo is set to buy Spanish top-flight side Valladolid for 30m euros (£27.2m). (Marca)

Real Betis are set to sign Barcelona's 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Rafinha on loan. (Sport - in Spanish)

Aston Villa have made a 9m euro (£8.1m) bid for Le Havre's 20-year-old French defender Harold Moukoudi. (L'Equipe - in French)

Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, 21, is set to join French side Stade de Reims on loan for the rest of the season after the Englishman said he was interested in moving to Ligue 1. (Mirror)

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 35, is close to signing for a new club after the former Ivory Coast international passed a medical in London, his agent says. (Twitter)

Real Sociedad are interested in signing Everton's Spanish striker Sandro Ramirez. The 23-year-old moved to Goodison Park last summer but was sent out on loan to Sevilla. (Marca - in Spanish)

Fenerbahce have denied reports they are attempting to sign Tottenham's French midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 29. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique, 31, says he will never return to Manchester United. The Spaniard left Old Trafford for the Nou Camp in 2008. (Star)

Roma manager Eusebio di Francesco had to have surgery on his broken left hand after celebrating his side's equaliser against Atalanta on Monday. (Daily Mail)

La Liga is considering holding matches in Mexico as well as the game already proposed in the United States. (AS - in Spanish)

Chelsea's 32-year-old former England centre-back Gary Cahill wants to stay and fight for his place at the club. (Sun)

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John Brewin

Real Madrid have spotted that Raheem Sterling has yet to sign a new Manchester City contract and are ready to swoop when next summer comes around.

The man Pep Guardiola calls “Raz” earns a mere £175,000 a week on a deal that has only two seasons left to run, a piffling amount compared to the likes of Kevin de Bruyne, on double bubble, and Real have never skimped on paying their imported stars. With Riyad Mahrez around, perhaps Sterling is not as indispensable as you might have thought.
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With a swoop in mind, Real are going to send their scouts on a fully top-secret mission to watch Sterling play for England against World Cup also-rans Spain next Saturday.

After failing to be much of a foil to Luis Suárez at Liverpool, it may now be time for Iago Aspas to step into the shoes of Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid. Should they fail to sign Rodrigo from Valencia then Celta Vigo’s corner king is the next on the list, though they might soon be losing Marcelo, who could be joining up with his old pal Ronaldo at Juventus.

Real are in the process of hijacking Sevilla’s move for Mariano Díaz, at Lyon after leaving Real Madrid last summer. The Dominican might well wear Ronny’s old No 7 shirt.

Barcelona are still on the prowl and are determined to land Adrien Rabiot from Paris Saint-Germain, though there is plenty of bad blood about with Neymar’s defection to PSG a year ago still an open wound.

Wanting a return to France is Alexandre Lacazette, who has seen enough of Arsenal and the Emirates bench and wants out, as new boss Unai Emery favours Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and playing one striker. The Gunners will resist moves, since they cannot sign a backup with the Premier League window having slammed shut two weeks ago.

With the Championship loan window soon to be closing, Tony Pulis is manning Whatsapp to get himself a deal or two in at Middlesbrough, with Millwall and Northern Ireland centrocampista George Saville expected to be signed up. Martin Braithwaite, the Danish international who sounds like a character in a 1980s sitcom starring Richard Briers, may be for the off, with La Liga clubs Girona and Leganés linked with his prosaic signature.

Wigan’s Nick Powell is also a Pulis target, but Leeds’ Bielsa revolution may be the sharp-shooting midfielder’s destiny.


David Hytner at Kingsmeadow

Neal Ardley, like his AFC Wimbledon team, did not pull his punches. The Sky TV cameras were present and the upset was on after Joe Pigott headed the League One minnows into a 77-second lead. West Ham United were reeling.

Yet this Carabao Cup tie turned sharply when Javier Hernández felt a little contact on his arm from the Wimbledon centre-half, Rod McDonald, in the 18th minute as he chased a low cross into the penalty area and, for the referee, Tim Robinson, it added up to a second yellow card. Moments earlier McDonald had been booked for jumping into a reckless barge on Robert Snodgrass.

West Ham came to dominate and their superior class told. Issa Diop’s equaliser was the precursor to Angelo Ogbonna’s late second – the visitors’ central defenders both came up trumps – and, to add salt to Wimbledon’s wounds, Hernández forced home a stoppage-time third.

On the balance of play the result was just and, after three Premier League defeats, Manuel Pellegrini, the new West Ham manager, could enjoy a first victory at the club. For his counterpart there was a bitter taste.

“For the contact that there was between the two players, absolutely,” Ardley said, when asked whether he thought Hernández had dived for McDonald’s second caution. “It’s not like a yank of the arm. It’s not like a pull of the shirt where you can honestly feel you’ve been tugged back. It’s an arm on an arm and he was never getting to the ball anyway.

“We talk about diving all the time. We make comments about stopping diving in the game but you get nothing in the game if you don’t dive. Nowadays if you don’t go down, the ref won’t give you anything. So they encourage diving. It’s a big bugbear of mine. From that moment onwards the game was ruined.”

The tale of modern football is frequently told through the prism of finance and there was no getting away from it here. From one corner of the capital stood West Ham, who had lavished almost £100m on new signings over the summer, while from another were Wimbledon. They have spent £100,000 on transfers this year and that has represented a spree.

Ardley’s battlers were within seven minutes of clinging on for a penalty shootout and it said everything that, with Pigott’s goal separating the teams at half-time, Pellegrini found himself summoning the £33.5m club record signing, Felipe Anderson, from the bench.

Anderson, who played off the left, helped to make the difference. He showed some lovely touches and dictated the tempo and yet the goals would come from unlikely sources. Diop strode on to a pass from outside the area and hammered it low and true into the bottom corner before Ogbonna stole on to Snodgrass’s 83rd-minute corner to turn the ball home.

It was a night of old school cup charm at a tight and atmospheric stadium and Pigott stunned West Ham when he powered in from Mitch Pinnock’s corner. Nobody in claret and blue could match his physicality or desire.

Wimbledon carried the fight and West Ham endured a few nervous moments when the ball was loaded into their box. But they stabilised after the red card, which carried a below-the-belt blow for Pigott. Ardley had to sacrifice him in order to introduce Will Nightingale, a replacement centre-half. Nightingale enjoyed a heroic moment just before the interval when he nodded a looping Andriy Yarmolenko header off the line but, despite plenty of West Ham pressure, that was the only first-half moment of real alarm for Wimbledon.

After the break Hernández spurned a fistful of chances and Diop headed against the bar at 1-1. Ogbonna’s finish would eventually break Ardley and his players.


Relieved West Ham overcome 10-man AFC Wimbledon after early Carabao Cup scare

AFC Wimbledon 1 West Ham 3

It was neither the occasion nor the performance that Manuel Pellegrini would have chosen for his first victory as West Ham United manger, but he will at least find comfort in the knowledge that this wobble at Wimbledon could easily have ended so much worse.

On a night of fright, West Ham found themselves stymied by 10 combative League One players for 83 of the most uncomfortable minutes. Playing to the soundtrack of a man in a Womble costume banging the lid of a wheelie bin, West Ham’s collection of multi-million pound signings trailed and toiled before Angelo Ogbonna finally bobbled home a late winner.

It was only then, with the lead finally secured, that they could relax. Until that point, West Ham had been harried and humbled by a robust side that played with hunger, desire and no shortage of organisation, despite losing Rod McDonald to a red card before even 20 minutes had passed.

Neal Ardley, the Wimbledon manager, described McDonald’s dismissal — for fouls on Robert Snodgrass and Javier Hernandez — as “soft”, adding that the decision would have been different in League One, where Wimbledon sit 15th.

Asked if Hernandez had dived for the tug of the arm that had sealed McDonald’s fate, Ardley said: “For the contact that there was between the two players, absolutely. It’s not like a yank of the arm. It’s not like a pull of the shirt where you can honestly feel you have been tugged back.”

The red card, shown after Wimbledon had taken a second-minute lead, “ruined” the game in Ardley’s eyes. Yet his team were admirably dogged in the face of West Ham’s relentless pressure, and it is to Wimbledon’s credit that they were just seven minutes from a penalty shootout.

In keeping with the great Wimbledon traditions of old, and the Crazy Gang of which Ardley was part, the early damage was done through a set piece. Mitch Pinnock curled in from the left, and Joe Pigott’s header exploded into the top corner. Pigott was playing non-league football for Maidstone United a year ago, yet here he was bullying a defensive pairing of Angelo Ogbonna, who has 13 Italy caps, and Issa Diop, who cost £22m.

The home side had the momentum, but McDonald’s fouls altered the feel of the game, and West Ham were totally dominant from the 17th minute.

“The patience of the team, that was very important to win this game,” said Pellegrini, who had named a strong side after starting the season with three consecutive defeats in the Premier League. “It’s not a relief. Tomorrow we start with the same pressure of needing to win our first three points in the league.”

Such was Pellegrini’s desire to sort this mess out that he turned to Felipe Anderson, the £36m club record signing, at half time. It is unclear how prominently a trip to the Cherry Red Records Stadium had featured on the sales pitch that convinced the Brazilian to join West Ham, but there can be no denying that Anderson left the ground with broader horizons.

The first clear chance after the break fell to Hernandez, but the striker miscued from barely 10 yards out. A goal was coming, though, and eventually Diop showed the forwards how it’s done by lashing home from range. Wimbledon backed off, allowing the centre-back to advance further and further upfield before thumping his low strike into the bottom corner.

Within minutes, Diop had cannoned a header off the bar, and a winner looked inevitable. At last it was Ogbonna who netted, prodding home a Snodgrass corner, before Hernandez bundled home a late third.

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Texas Iron 10:32 Wed Aug 29
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norwaytips 7:19 Wed Aug 29
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Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 4:03 Wed Aug 29
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Thanks Alan much appreciated

Mex Martillo 3:36 Wed Aug 29
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Thanks Alan

Queens Fish Bar 11:55 Wed Aug 29
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Thanks Alan 11:49 Wed Aug 29

Thanks Alan 11:49 Wed Aug 29
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Eddie B 11:44 Wed Aug 29
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Alan, thanks.

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