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Alan 1:18 Wed Sep 5
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona's Uruguay forward Luis Suarez says Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba would be welcome at the Nou Camp, as the 25-year-old France international continues to be linked with a move away from Old Trafford. (ESPN)

Alternatively, Pogba is desperate to play under his idol Zinedine Zidane in the future, amid reports United will turn to the ex-Real Madrid boss to replace manager Jose Mourinho. (Metro)

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui has played down transfer links to Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar, 26, and 19-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappe. (Express)

Seven of Europe's biggest clubs - including Premier League sides Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool - have spent more than 1bn euros (£900m) in transfer fees on players since 2010. (Mail)

Manchester United are considering a move for Atletico Madrid's 22-year-old France defender Lucas Hernandez. (Star)

Sporting Lisbon could end Aston Villa's hopes of re-signing 37-year-old former England captain John Terry, if presidential candidate Pedro Madeira Rodrigues wins the upcoming election at the Portuguese club. (Mirror)

France World Cup-winning defender Benjamin Pavard, 22, has denied he has reached any sort of agreement to join Bayern Munich from Stuttgart. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea's 25-year-old Spain striker Alvaro Morata says last season was "a disaster" for him. (Marca - in Spanish)

Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire, 25, says Manchester United did make a summer move for him - but he still owes the Foxes. (Mirror)

West Ham would have to pay £15m in compensation to Manuel Pellegrini if they were to sack their Chilean manager. (Times - subscription required)

Premier League officials are set to stage their first "multi-match" top-flight trial of video assistant refereeing later this month. (Telegraph)

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson says he still needs to improve after the 28-year-old England midfielder signed a new five-year contract at Anfield. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal are being linked with a surprise move for 33-year-old Brazilian Filipe Luis, the Atletico Madrid and former Chelsea defender, in January. (Mirror)

Laurent Koscielny's agent says the 32-year-old France defender was considering leaving the Gunners before injuring his Achilles in May. (ESPN)

A number of Arsenal's senior management team, including head coach Unai Emery, are growing exasperated by the uncertainty surrounding the future of chief executive Ivan Gazidis. (Times - subscription required)

Everton hope James McCarthy will return to training before the end of September as the 27-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder continues his comeback from a broken leg. (Liverpool Echo)

Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 31, says the increased financial power of Manchester City and Paris St-Germain has narrowed the gap in terms of attractiveness to the Nou Camp club and fellow La Liga giants Real Madrid. (Manchester Evening News)

Crystal Palace Ladies' reserve players have been told they must each raise £250 in sponsorship if they want to keep playing for the club. (Guardian)

Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, 22, has revealed how a bracelet given to him by a Russian taxi driver during the World Cup joined his lengthy list of lucky charms. (Standard)

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Michael Butler

Ajax are a selling club. Academy prospects are either polished into diamonds or players are craftily bought on the cheap and sold for enormous profit – the club has made an estimated €400m in transfer fees in the last decade. Some of these big-money departures – such as Ryan Babel, Vurnon Anita and Davy Klaassen – have failed to live up to their potential, not that that particularly bothers Ajax. Others – like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Luis Suárez and Wesley Sneijder – have gone on to be some of the best players in the world. Tottenham have a funny knack of sniffing out the good ones. Christian Eriksen, Dávinson Sánchez and Jan Vertonghen have all trodden the well-worn path from Amsterdam to north London, and if you count Toby Alderweireld’s diversion via Atlético Madrid, some might identify the link between the two clubs as a bit of ‘a thing.’

Enter Frenkie de Jong, Ajax’s latest hot young talent, who is already reportedly worth more millions (£40m) than he’s made senior appearances (37). In the three matches De Jong has started in this season, Ajax have won them all, scoring 10 in total, conceding none. In the game he didn’t start, they drew. The central midfielder has been linked with Tottenham, as well as a move to Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund, but with Ajax back in the Champions League this season, the Dutch club are under no pressure to sell and are well aware that good performances against Bayern Munich, AEK Athens and Benfica in this season’s group stages, may drive the 21-year-old’s price up further.

An absolute certainty during the international break is famous footballers spilling the beans to their a radio station in their home country and Suárez has obliged in Uruguay, explaining that Manchester United’s Paul Pogba would fit right in at Barcelona. “Pogba is an elite player – he has won everything,” Suárez told RAC1. “He has a lot of quality and he is a key player for United. I think he would like to be competing for more [silverware] than he is at the moment. He may not be a Barça player yet, but he would always be welcome.” Yet! The cheek of the man!

With United set to appoint a director of football in the near future, Roma’s Monchi has been touted as a potential option, with the Italian club apparently a little bit upset at his summer business and their spluttering start to the season. Sounds like he’d get on just fine with Ed Woodward.

After Stuttgart’s 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich on Saturday, Benjamin Pavard has poo-pooed claims that he has already signed a contract with the German champions. “You journalists said I had signed for Bayern but I am happy at Stuttgart,” the World Cup winner told L’Equipe. “My plan was to stay another season in Germany. I am at a very big club with fantastic fans. I have signed nothing.”

Leicester are reportedly keen to take Danny Drinkwater back to the Midlands in January. The 28-year-old made just five league starts last season for Chelsea after his £35m move, and with Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic arriving this summer – plus Ruben Loftus-Cheek returning from his loan spell, things are looking pretty bleak for Danny at the Bridge.

And in a shock new direction from their previous transfer dealings, Arsenal are chasing a young winger in France, Lille’s Nicolas Pépé, but will face competition from other Europa League clubs, Sevilla and Real Betis.


Carroll/Reid/Lanzini updates

Andy Carroll is still on course for a November return and is picking up the pace in his training routine.

There are now hopes that the player could be ready for action for either the Burnley home game on the third of the month or Huddersfield away a week later.

Carroll is now running after undergoing extensive rehab work on his ankle injury which has seen him missing since the penultimate game of last season against Manchester United.

During that campaign he made just 18 appearances.

The news is not so good on Winston Reid who has been out with a knee problem since March when the Irons suffered a 3- defeat by Swansea.

The latest prediction is that the central defender could return to the squad soon after Christmas while Manu Lanzini – sidelined with an ACL knee injury – could be back before the end of the season.

Arthur Masuaku will be fit for the trip to Everton next weekend after immediately missing the game against Wolves.

Speculation that the left sided midfielder has a more serious injury was knocked back by sources inside the club and we were told this morning that he had taken a small knock in training.

Aaron Cresswell came in for much criticism in some quarters for his display against Wolves and questions regarding Masuaku’s omission immediately emerged.

However, ClaretandHugh was told this morning that the Frenchman has taken only a very minor knock and that he will return to the squad for the game at Goodison Park.

Beyond the injuries to Andy Carroll, Winston Reid and Manu Lanzini, the club now has a clean bill of health which in itself is a small miracle given the situation we have often suffered in previous seasons!

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Texas Iron 3:55 Thu Sep 6
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Mex Martillo 9:02 Thu Sep 6
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Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 11:42 Wed Sep 5
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Thanks Alan

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Eddie B 1:23 Wed Sep 5
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Alan, thanks.

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