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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are concerned Manchester United will hijack their move for Wolves' Portuguese midfielder Ruben Neves, 21. (Goal)

Former Manchester City and Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 35, is closing in on a return to Olympiakos. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are set to sign Stoke and Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, 29. (Sun)

Tottenham's England left-back Danny Rose, 28, expects to still be at the club after the closure of the transfer window in Europe on Friday. (Mail)

Belgium winger Nacer Chadli, 29, wants a move from West Brom before Friday. (Telegraph)

Barcelona are confident of signing two of their three midfield targets next summer - Manchester United's French World Cup winner Paul Pogba, 25, Paris St-Germain's France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, and Ajax's Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21. (Sport)

De Jong says he will stay at Ajax, but the Dutch midfielder has not ruled out a move to the Nou Camp in the future. (NOS - in Dutch)

Manchester United ambassadors including Dwight Yorke, Andy Cole, Bryan Robson, Denis Irwin and Park Ji-sung have received an email from the club asking them to take care when talking to the media about manager Jose Mourinho's position. (Mail)

Atletico Madrid's Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 25, has no intention of renewing his contract with the La Liga club. (AS)

English winger Jason Puncheon, 32, is on Middlesbrough's radar as Tony Pulis weighs up a reunion with the Crystal Palace playmaker. (Teesside Gazette)

Everton's Spanish forward Sandro Ramirez, 23, is poised to join Real Sociedad on loan before the transfer window in Spain closes on Friday. (ESPN)

Everton hold the key to Barcelona's hopes of signing RB Leipzig's Slovenia midfielder Kevin Kampl - the German club will let the 27-year-old leave if they are allowed to sign English winger Ademola Lookman, 20, from the Merseyside club. (Teamtalk - via Express)

Real Madrid have agreed a fee for Juventus' Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, 24. (Ole - via Sportskeeda)

Burnley striker Jonathan Walters is expected to leave before Friday's loan deadline with manager Sean Dyche stating there is interest in the 34-year-old. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Fenerbahce have ruled out a move to sign Tottenham's French midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 29. (Independent)

Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson, 18, is set to join German club Hoffenheim on loan. (ESPN)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has taken fruit juice off the menu at the club's training ground as he clamps down on the players' diets as part of a major fitness shake-up. (Mirror)

German goalkeeper Loris Karius had to convince manager Jurgen Klopp to let him leave Liverpool and join Besiktas in a two-year loan deal. (Telegraph)

Spanish third-tier side UD Ibiza want to sign former Italy forward Antonio Cassano, 36. (Corriere della Sera - in Italian)

Sevilla are close to signing Dutch winger Quincy Promes, 26, from Spartak Moscow in a 20m euro deal. (AS)

Belgium striker Divock Origi, 23, is expected to leave Liverpool before Friday's European transfer deadline, with Besiktas among a number of clubs interested in the player. (Liverpool Echo)

Rangers hopes of signing Liverpool's English striker Dominic Solanke, 20, on loan rest on Origi staying at Anfield. (Express)

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has fulfilled a childhood dream by walking to the ring at a WWE event. (Mail)

Southampton manager Mark Hughes says he has "no intention" of letting any players leave the club while the European transfer window remains open. (Daily Echo)

Guardian Rumour Mill

David Hills

Chelsea love a loan window like the Mill loves fluff. Thirty-eight players were rented out last season, 34 have gone this term, and there’s talk of shifting more before Friday’s 5pm loan deadline. Izzy Brown, Fankaty Dabo and Islam Feruz could all go; Tammy Abraham doesn’t want to go but might have to; and Ruben Loftus-Cheek really does want to go, but has been told he can’t. He’s been left “fuming” by it – but Chelsea reckon he should show some patience. January’s not far off.

Friday should be busy elsewhere, too, with regular transfer deadlines in Scotland and most of Europe. Expect more of this sort of thing on Thursday, then: Jean-Michel Aulas – Lyon president and Twitter provocateur – being coy about signing Celtic’s Moussa Dembélé: “He’s an option, though we have others”; Pedro Martins, Olympiakos manager, being coy about re-signing Yaya Touré: “I won’t refer to players that do not belong to our group yet”; and Steven Gerrard being skittish about Rangers’ £2m deal for Osijek winger Joe Grezda: “I just don’t want to say too much, until it’s over the line.” He’s also hoping to land Forest’s Joe Worrall on loan.

Elsewhere, Danny Rose thinks he’ll probably stay at Spurs despite renewed talk of a PSG loan. “I’m good. I’m not listening to speculation,” he says. “If I’m here past Friday, which I’m expecting to be, I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve.” Everton’s Sandro Ramírez is moving, though: he’s set to join Real Sociedad on Thursday, while Divock Origi, Lazar Markovic, Sheyi Ojo and Pedro Chirivella are all due out of Liverpool.

Nacer Chadli is still confident about a move elsewhere in Europe, despite West Brom wanting a sale, not a loan. “It is now time for me to call my agent and ask him what he has in store,” he says. “I think there’s a number of offers on the table.”

Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday both want defender Danny Batth after he was left out of Wolves’ Carabao Cup squad. “We have to make decisions,” says Nuno Espírito Santo, “Sometimes they are not so happy to make.” Steve McClaren is tied up trying to offload QPR’s Idrissa Sylla: “We’ve got some players we want to come in and we’ve got some players that need to go out.” Ipswich are trying to re-sign Burnley’s Jonathan Walters; Brentford plan to loan Crystal Palace’s Sullay Kaikai with a view to a permanent deal; and Middlesbrough have the same idea about his team-mate Jason Puncheon.

And in the latest fresh-blow-for-José news, Manchester United have offered Anthony Martial a five-year deal – despite his manager’s efforts to shift him this summer. He’s set to sign for a tidy £130,000 a week until 2023.

Football London

Arnautovic, Lanzini, Noble - latest West Ham injury news and potential return dates

Here is the latest news from the West Ham treatment room

By Sam Inkersole

Saturday's 3-1 defeat for West Ham against Arsenal came at a cost in terms of points for the team but also, two first team players picked up injuries during the game.

Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio were both forced off the pitch within a few minutes of each other in the second half with knee and ankle knocks though while they aren't thought to be serious, they will be kept a close eye on over the next few days.

We'll know more on Thursday when manager Manuel Pellegrini gives us the latest injury news ahead of the final Premier League game before the international break when West Ham face newly-promoted Wolves at the London Stadium on Saturday.

Arnautovic seemed to pick up his problem in the aftermath of having a shot on goal during the second half at the Emirates which he scuffed into the turf and despite trying to shrug it off, couldn't recover and eventually signalled to the bench to come off.

That is one injury to add alongside Mark Noble's back problem and the three long-term injured first team players who are unlikely to play again in 2018.

Here is the latest from the treatment room and some potential return dates from the guys at www.physioroom.com.

Marko Arnautovic

Injury: Knee muscle

Date of injury: August 25

Expected return: September 1

Status for next game: Slight doubt

Mark Noble

Injury: Back

Date of injury: August 18

Expected return: September 1

Status for next game: Slight doubt

Andy Carroll

Injury: ankle

Date of injury: July 9

Expected return: January 2019

Status for next game: Out

Winston Reid

Injury: Knee

Date of injury: March 3

Expected return: 2019

Status for next game: Out

Manuel Lanzini

Injury: ACL Knee

Date of injury: June 2018

Expected return: 2019

Status for next game: Out


West Ham Vs Wolves Preview

Even though Wolves are currently averaging less than a point a game there’s still a good feeling about our immediate prospects.

But that will soon evaporate if we don’t collect a victory or two in September.

With home fixtures against Burnley and Southampton and a chance to pile on the pressure at the London Stadium on Saturday, promising performances have to be turned into meaningful results.

Heading into the international break we could find ourselves in the bottom three or in the top half. It’s early days of course, but I know where I’d rather be.
West Ham

The Hammers are the only side yet to collect a single point, but given that they’ve had to play Liverpool and Arsenal away that’s no great surprise.

Losing at home to Bournemouth raised a few eyebrows though, particularly after taking the lead so there feels like a lot of pressure on them to get a result on Saturday even at this embryonic stage of the season.

Manuel Pellegrini is an astute appointment and with nine new players added at a cost of around £100 million in the summer you’d expect they’ll eventually get it right.

£36 million record signing Felipe Anderson is expected to provide the creative spark and both he and talisman Marko Arnautovi? looked dangerous in the defeat at The Emirates last time out.

Without question though there’s a period of adjustment for any squad when so many new faces are added, so playing them early in the season definitely feels like a plus.

The Home End

Thanks to Jeff from West Ham Til I Die for offering the following thoughts ahead of the game:

1. Nightmare start to the season for West Ham with three defeats, but have the performances been as bad as the results?
West Ham have given up more points than anyone at Anfield over the years, so we didn’t really expect anything from that game. The Bournemouth game was an horrendous performance, but we did actually look OK, especially in the first half, against Arsenal despite the final result.

2. You must have been excited by the summer recruitment? Are any of the new boys already looking integral?
Felipe Anderson has impressed so far, and looks to be the real deal: skilful and hardworking, lets hope he continues to progress. Issa Diop looks to be a good buy for the future in defence. My Fulham supporting neighbour assures me that Ryan Fredericks is a good player, and he has impressed going forward.

3. It’s been a volatile couple of years with the stadium move and a couple of managers coming and going. Do you get the sense things are starting to settle down a bit now?
I hope so, Pellegrini is a bold appointment by the West Ham board, and he has been given the money to boot. As ever though we will have to wait and see.

4. What’s your view of Wolves? Do you think they have what it takes to be competitive in the Premier League? Have any players particularly impressed you so far?
Wolves are an attacking team, and that seems to be the template for success at the moment. The first season back in the Premier League is always a tough one, but last year all three teams stayed up, so you’re got a good chance. Ruben Neves looks to be a bright prospect.

5. What do you think the general view is of Hammers fans going into this game? Do you expect to win because it’s a newly promoted side or is it seen as a more dangerous looking fixture because of our summer recruitment?
West Ham fans will all be hoping that we can get our 1st win of the League season, and yes you always hope to beat the newcomers. Beating 10 man Wimbledon will have given the players a boost. However we are susceptible to let in an early goal, and you do have a couple of nippy players that could get through our as yet established defence.

6. How do you see the game playing out and what’s your prediction for the score?
Having said all that, I’m hoping we will get an early goal, and will go on to win 3 – 1. Said with absolutely no confidence whatsoever.


Although several players stated their case for inclusion in the win over Sheffield Wednesday I’m predicting an unchanged lineup from the Man City game.

Adama Traore will be given a start at some stage, but I think that might be the home game against Burnley when there will be more impetus on the side to create rather than counter.

I also reckon Ruben Vinagre isn’t too far off getting a game. He impressed at Hillsborough and I can see Jonny moving over to the right and the Portuguese man slotting in down the left. Matt Doherty hasn’t had the best start to the season and looks vulnerable to the cop.

Dendoncker might make the bench after getting a full game in his legs midweek, possibly at the expense of Kortney Hause.

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Mex Martillo 8:08 Fri Aug 31
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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gph 12:37 Thu Aug 30
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Thanks Alan 12:29 Thu Aug 30
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