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Alan 12:59 Tue Sep 4
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho joked he has no fears over losing his job because it would cost the club "a fortune" to sack him. (La Repubblica - via Telegraph)

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce wants to re-sign 37-year-old former England defender John Terry. (Sun)

Watford are set to reward manager Javi Gracia with a new contract after the Hornets' strong start to the season. (Mail)

Manchester City are ready to wait until the end of the season before offering 32-year-old Belgium defender Vincent Kompany a new contract. (Sun)

Manchester United's 25-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba has told the club he wants to return to Juventus in January. (Express)

Sporting Lisbon will offer a new contract to their 20-year-old Cape Verde forward Jovane Cabral and raise his release clause to 45m euros (£40.5m) amid interest from Barcelona. (Ojogo - in Portuguese)

Fifa has written to Inter Milan and Real Madrid to say they will not be acting on the Spanish club's complaint over an alleged illegal approach for their 32-year-old Croatia midfielder Luka Modric. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Spain midfielder Ander Herrera, 29, is willing to hear offers for a January move away from Manchester United after his contract talks stall. (Metro)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he has no plans to rotate his goalkeepers for the Champions League, with 25-year-old Brazil international Alisson set to play. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Liverpool are planning a move for Sunderland academy midfielder Luca Stephenson, 15. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Leicester's Croatian central defender Filip Benkovic, 21, has said he wants a loan move away from the Foxes, with Celtic his preferred destination. (Leicester Mercury)

Manchester United and Everton fans have demanded Tottenham Hotspur are deducted points for rearranging a match against Manchester City. (Football London)

Barcelona's 31-year-old Argentina forward Lionel Messi says he was surprised by 33-year-old Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo's decision to leave Real Madrid for Juventus. (AS)

Ronaldo's son scored four times on his debut with Juventus' under-nine team. (Mirror)

Messi says Real Madrid have been left weakened by Ronaldo's departure and this season "it is time" Barca won the Champions League again. (El Pais - in Spanish)

Barca's summer signing Arthur, a 22-year-old Brazilian midfielder who arrived from Gremio, reminds Messi of ex-Barca and Spain midfielder Xavi. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says Paris St-Germain should sack their sporting director over the pursuit of the Bundesliga club's 29-year-old German defender Jerome Boateng and 21-year-old Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches. (Kicker - in German)

Sunderland are still trying to sell Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji, 29, and 24-year-old Gabon midfielder Ibrahim Ndong, but the club have been refusing to pay them since they did not return for pre-season. (Sunderland Echo)

The Black Cats are considering taking legal action against Djilobodji over his failure to return. (Mirror)

Gambling sponsors will be banned at Wembley if the venue is sold to a new owner under conditions laid down by the government. (Times - subscription required)

Two banned Southend players are set to miss the club's EFL Trophy fixture on Tuesday, but the match will not count towards their three-match suspensions. (Southend Echo)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

“Don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got til it’s gone,” asked Joni Mitchell in 1970, in a hit that has since been covered by more two-bit hack buskers (yes you, Bob Dylan) than the Rumour Mill cares to mention. Steve Bruce could be next to have a bash, having realised that life at Villa Park without John Terry is no life at all. The 38-year-old was instrumental in getting Aston Villa to last year’s Championship play-off final, only to be released when Bruce’s side came up short at Wembley and couldn’t afford to keep him on. Now without a club, he may be offered a new contract at Villa Park following reports that the new owners, Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens, have sanctioned a deal.

The Manchester United midfielder and emergency centre-back Ander Herrera is considering his options and may agitate for a move from Old Trafford in January, if speculation in the Metro is to be believed. The Spaniard is reported to be unhappy that United are dilly-dallying over offering him a new and improved deal and might go somewhere where his services will be more appreciated. Alternatively, he is hoping someone at Old Trafford will read reports that he is unhappy, stick a juicy contract under his nose and hand him a pen.

Jamie Vardy’s self-imposed international exile could end before it’s even begun now it’s emerged Gareth Southgate is concerned about the fitness of Harry Kane and will consult his star striker before deciding whether to rest him during the current international break. England play Spain in the Nations League at Wembley on Saturday and then entertain Switzerland at the King Power Stadium in a friendly next Tuesday.

Following their sensational start to the season, Watford are ready to offer Javi Gracia a new and improved deal, in case he is tempted to move on to pastures new when his contract expires at the end of the season. Watford being Watford, we’d advise waiting to see what happens after they hit the 42-point mark in 10 games’ time before making any big decisions.

Manchester City aren’t going to make any hasty decisions when it comes to offering Vincent Kompany a new one-year deal and will wait to see how he gets on in the coming months. Everybody’s favourite Belgian after Hercule Poirot has started two of his side’s Premier League games this season and isn’t getting any younger.

Speaking of consummate professionals, Sunderland are considering legal action against Papy Djilobodji and Didier Ndong, whose heroic contributions to the club’s relegation to League One last season meant they were unable to secure summer moves elsewhere. The duo failed to report back for pre-season training and have yet to show their faces this season, acts of insubordination that prompted Sunderland to stop paying their wages. Djilobodji had agreed to return on Monday but may have forgotten where the training ground is as he never showed up.

“They may do [return] and if they do we’ll deal with them accordingly when they come in,” said the manager, Jack Ross, to the Sunderland Echo. “I haven’t had any interest in them because they’ve never turned up and haven’t been part of what I’ve tried to build here.”

Football London

West Ham submit 23-man Premier League squad and leave spaces for free agent signings

The Hammers have got a couple of gaps in their final submitted squad

By Sam Inkersole

With the end of the European transfer window, Premier League clubs have had to submit their final 25-man squads for the upcoming season.

Each squad contains no more than 17 players who do not fulfil the "Home Grown Player" (HGP) criteria and therefore the rest of the squad, up to a total of 25 players, must be "Home Grown".

Young midfielder Moses Makasi has been listed as a Premier League squad player for this season to help bump up the home grown quota, alongside Mark Noble, Jack Wilshere. Aaron Cresswell, Andy Carroll and Michail Antonio.

Declan Rice has been designated as a U21 player for this season, as he was for the previous campaign, as have Nathan Holland and summer recruit Xande Silva.

Also named in the U21 section is £21m summer signing Issa Diop, leaving two spaces in the Premier League squad.

Most other clubs have named the full 25 players for their squads but with the Hammers only putting forward 23, it means they can be filled by potential new free agent signings should Manuel Pellegrini want to explore the market.

Manuel Lanzini has also been included in the squad despite being expected to miss a large chunk of the season with a knee injury picked up in a World Cup training camp with Argentina.

25 Squad players (*Home grown)

Antonio, Michail Gregory*
Arnautovic, Marko
Balbuena Gonzalez, Fabian Cornelio
Carroll, Andrew Thomas*
Cresswell, Aaron*
Fabianski, Lukasz
Fredericks, Ryan*
Hernandez Balcazar, Javier
Lanzini, Manuel
Makasi, Kusu Moses*
Masuaku Kawela, Fuka-Arthur
Noble, Mark James*
Obiang Avomo, Pedro Mba
Ogbonna, Obinze Angelo
Pereira Gomes, Felipe Anderson
Perez, Lucas
Reid, Winston Wiremu
San Miguel Del Castillo, Adrian
Sanchez Moreno, Carlos Alberto
Snodgrass, Robert
Wilshere, Jack Andrew*
Yarmolenko, Andrii
Zabaleta Girod, Pablo Javier

U21 players (Contracts and Scholars)

Adarkwa, Sean Jordan
Afolayan, Oladapo Joshua
Akinola, Olatunji Oluwasehun
Alese, Ajibola
Anang, Joseph Tetteh
Appiah-Forson, Keenan
Ashby, Harrison
Barrett, Mason
Belic, Kristijan
Browne, Marcus Alexander
Caiger, Samuel Alfie
Chesters, Daniel Peter
Costa Da Rosa, Bernardo
Coventry, Conor
Dalipi, Kevin
Diangana, Grady
Diop, Issa Laye Lucas Jean
El Mhassani, Anouar
Giddings, Jake Patrick Moy
Greenidge, William Winston
Haksabanovic, Sead
Hannam, Reece Phillip Peter
Hector-Ingram, Jahmal Justin
Holland, Nathan Elliot
Jinadu, Daniel Oluwagbolade
Johnson, Benjamin
Kemp, Daniel
Lewis, Alfie
Longelo Mbule, Emmanuel
Martinez Lopez, Antonio
McGeachy, Kyle James
Mingi, Jade Jay
Nascimento Da Costa E Silva, Alexandre
Nebyla, Sebastian
Neufville, Vashon
Ngakia, Jeremy
Nsumbu, Samuel
Okotcha, Joshua
Oxford, Reece Joel
Parkes, Veron Brandon
Pask, Joshua David
Peake, Lennon
Powell, Joe
Rice, Declan
Samuelsen, Martin
Scully, Anthony Richard
Spyridis, Odysseas
Stroud, Peter Forrest
Sylvestre, Noha
Trott, Nathan Wallace Newman
Watson, Louie Shaun


Dream start for Hammer in Italy

Hammer Edimilson Fernandes has gone straight into Fiorentina’s first-team, and helped them to two wins out of two.

The Switzerland international first helped Fiorentina to a 6-1 win over Chievo, before playing 90 minutes in his new side’s 1-0 victory over Udinese making him a favourite with Italian fans already.

Fernandes signed for Italian club Fiorentina on a season-long loan with the Serie A paying all of the Swiss midfielder wages plus a loan fee of 750,000 Euros with an option to buy of around 9 million Euros. If he keeps up his current form the option to buy could well be exercised.

Fernandes, who has been capped four times by his country at senior level, joined the Hammers in the summer of 2016 from FC Sion and has turned out on 48 occasions in Claret & Blue

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Mex Martillo 8:25 Tue Sep 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
Good to see Fernandes is doing well

charleyfarley 1:42 Tue Sep 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

defjam 1:00 Tue Sep 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:59

Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 12:59 Tue Sep 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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