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Alan 12:02 Thu Sep 6
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United's 25-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba will not push for a move in January. (Mirror)

Liverpool have made contact with the mother and agent of Paris St-Germain's 23-year-old French midfielder Adrien Rabiot. (ESPN)

Manchester City's Spanish manager Pep Guardiola has banned the use of mobile phones from the 'working spaces' of the club's training ground. (Mail)

Tottenham face spending the entire Premier League season at Wembley as the club take up an option with the FA to extend their national stadium stay until December. (Mail)

Manchester City are lining up a move for £54m-rated Real Betis's Spain U21 left-back Junior Firpo. The Dominican Republic-born 22-year-old is of interest as he can also fill a central defensive role. (Eldesmarque - via Sun)

Tottenham's 31-year-old Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen expects the club to extend his contract for another year. (Evening Standard)

Wolves boss Nuno Santo has been added to a list of potential successors to Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager. (Bild - via Express)

England and Leicester defender Harry Maguire, 25, says he does not understand how the Uefa Nations League works. (Telegraph)

Former Norwich and Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan, 36, is training with West Brom and could join on a free transfer. (Eastern Daily Press)

The Premier League will trial a video assistant referee system at 15 matches this season after the international break. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona's 30-year-old Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic says "some big clubs" wanted to sign him this summer, but he decided to stay in Spain. (Novi List - in Croatian)

PSV Eindhoven are interested in signing 17-year-old American midfielder Richard Ledezma from Salt Lake City side Real Monarchs. (Eindhovens Dagblad - in Dutch)

Sunderland are considering sacking Senegalese defender Papy Djilobodji after he finally turned up for training yesterday - 72 days late. (Sun)

Portuguese club Benfica could be banned from playing for up to three years after being accused of a complex series of crimes involving the alleged infiltration of the country's judicial system. (Correio da Manha - in Portuguese)

Real Madrid offered attacking midfielder Marco Asensio the club's number seven shirt but the 22-year-old Spain international turned it down. (Cope - in Spanish)

Fulham want to give their 26-year-old England U21 goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli a new contract. (Sun)

The Football Association is set to benefit financially from an increase in the England team's brand appeal following the World Cup. (Telegraph)

Liverpool's Serbia winger Lazar Markovic has rejected suggestions his last-minute deadline day move to Anderlecht fell through because of money. (Independent)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

The Manchester Evening News has saved the Rumour Mill a job by taking a basin of ice-cold water and pouring it all over rumours linking John Terry with a surprise move to Manchester United. José Mourinho has made no secret of the fact that he thinks his current crop of central defenders are clowns, and speculation abounded that he was set to further boost their collective confidence by signing a 37-year-old free agent who last played in the Premier League the season before last.

As far as the Mill can tell, the speculation is based on little more than the idle musings of Talksport presenter Adrian Durham, who said Terry “is a free agent, it could happen”. While it seems extremely unlikely, we are prepared to concede we’ve published more outlandish tosh. A return to Aston Villa seems more likely for the former Chelsea skipper, who has hinted on social media that he might be about to re-sign for the Midlands club after being released in the wake of last season’s Championship play-off defeat.

While today’s tabloids suggest Paul Pogba has called a season-long truce in his Old Trafford power struggle, Barcelona vice-president Jordi Mestre says the player’s agent has been hawking him around with no little enthusiasm. “We do not talk about players that are not at our club,” said the blazer, before going on to talk to about a player that is not at his club. “What I read read is that Pogba is unhappy at Manchester United and his agent, Mino Raiola, has been more vehement in his efforts to sell him. But I have not read that he says he wants to sign for the club. Yes, he is a player of unquestionable quality in the eyes of all the world.”

ESPN say Liverpool have got in touch with Adrien Rabiot’s “people”, specifically his mum, who also acts as the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder’s agent. The 23-year-old has a big fan in Jürgen Klopp and will be able to sign for another club for next season from January. With Barcelona also eager to secure his signature, the Frenchman will have a big decision to make when it comes to choosing which number to ask for on his shirt at the Camp Nou.

Jan Vertonghen’s contract with Tottenham Hotspur is due to expire at the end of this season, but the central defender is not expecting to leave the club and hopes they’ll give him an extension until 2020. Part of the furniture in the new gaff Tottenham admittedly don’t have yet, the Belgian was rumoured to be off to PSG during the summer. Having stayed put, he has revealed he’s expecting a new deal. “My contract is expiring at the end of the season, but Tottenham have an option to extend it with one year,” he told a bemused tourist who stopped to ask him for directions to Madame Tussauds. “I think they will take up the option. We’ll see what happens.”


Hammers defender in bad injury blow

Sam Byram is on his way back to West Ham after suffering what appears to be a serious injury whilst on loan at Nottingham Forest.

The news was first broken on his radio show last night bt ExWHUemployee and this morning the club has confirmed that the right back was indeed injured in the weekend game against Brentford.

Sam produced an brilliant tackle during the match but was then helped from the field after it became clear that he was struggling badly from the clash.

And a Hammers insider revealed this morning that he is now on his way back to the West Ham for a medical assessment but that the signs are not good for the 24 year old who has had a dreadful time with injuries over the past couple of years.

We were told it looked likely this was a cruciate knee injury and that it would of course require surgery although there were no certainties until the medical staff has run the rule of the defender.

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Cheezey Bell-End 7:29 Fri Sep 7
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Byram didn't play v Brentford. I think it was in the Newcastle cup game that he was injured.

I don't think he has the talent for premier league, as much as I'd like him to do well.

Hello Mrs. Jones 7:16 Fri Sep 7
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We should collect on their insurance though I suppose.

Mex Martillo 9:01 Fri Sep 7
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Thanks Alan

GingerNut 1:25 Fri Sep 7
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And so once again the West Ham injury curse strikes.....no player is safe. Those we are about to sign, those we have signed, those out on loan, those called Andy Carroll.

COOL HAND LUKE 4:35 Thu Sep 6
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Sam is too hot headed, Tex. This gets him booked, and gets him injured.

Russ of the BML 4:31 Thu Sep 6
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Texas Iron 3:57 Thu Sep 6

I suspect that it is more to do with the fact that he is not much better than people I know who play a good standard on a Saturday.

Texas Iron 3:57 Thu Sep 6
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Byram...sadly cannot deliver on his potential...
I suspect poor coaching...

Takashi Miike 2:50 Thu Sep 6
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:08 Thu Sep 6
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Thanks Alan

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