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Alan 11:33 Fri Sep 7
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov is considering a move for Charlton Athletic after cashing in his Gunners shares, worth £600m (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid want to increase France defender Lucas Hernandez's release clause to 150m euros (£135m) to fend off any interest from Manchester United (TalkSport)

Italy midfielder Jorginho's agent has confirmed that the 26-year-old agreed to join Manchester City in the summer but ultimately signed for Chelsea because City failed to negotiate a deal with Napoli. (Metro)

Real Madrid's 22-year-old Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos says he would have left the club if Zinedine Zidane had stayed as manager. (Marca)

Juventus want to sign Manchester United and France forward Anthony Martial, 22, on a free transfer. (Calciomercato)

Scottish defender Russell Martin, 32, has joined his former Norwich team-mate Wes Hoolahan, 36, on trial at West Brom. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool and England midfielder Jordan Henderson, 28, says he watched a replay of this summer's World Cup semi-final defeat by Croatia because he wanted to learn as much as he could from it. (Evening Standard)

Tottenham's 27-year-old England full-back Kieran Trippier says he has watched his goal from that game "about 100 times". (Sun)

Meanwhile, 22-year-old midfielder Dele Alli - Trippier's club and international team-mate - believes England can win Euro 2020 because the players "feel like there are no limits".(Mirror)

Manchester City have beaten Tottenham and Chelsea to the signing of 16-year-old Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu for £420,000 from Shamrock Rovers. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid's 25-year-old midfielder Isco refused to answer a question at a Spain news conference, telling the reporter: "You will write what you want anyway, so why should I answer? We don't need people who are constantly criticising us." (El Pais - in Spanish)

Spain manager Luis Enrique is getting tough with his players in an effort to get them back into shape after their early exit from the World Cup - including banning late-night cards and video games. (Star)

Wolfsburg have terminated Kaylen Hinds' contract after the 20-year-old English ex-Arsenal forward disappeared earlier this summer, claiming to have had problems with his passport. (ESPN)

Tottenham will offer season-ticket holders and members the right to buy three extra tickets for their home match with Liverpool amid fears some fans are boycotting matches at Wembley. (Times - subscription required)

Spurs have been granted special dispensation by the EFL to play their Carabao Cup third-round tie against Watford later this month at League Two side Milton Keynes Dons' Stadium MK. (Independent)

Everton and England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, 24, says he will not take risks like his 25-year-old Liverpool counterpart and Brazil international Alisson.(Mail)

Former Southampton and Italy striker Dani Osvaldo, 32, says he gave up football to become a singer in a band because he "likes to be free". (Sun)

Burnley coach Michael Duff is set to be named as the new manager of Cheltenham Town. (Gloucestershire Live)

A stray dog has become the unofficial assistant manager of a Paraguayan club Sporting Club 2 de Mayo. (Cronica - in Spanish)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Paul Pogba’s latest declaration of loyalty to Manchester United was so half-hearted that talk of a January move to Barcelona is back on the back pages. Asked by Sky Sport Deutschland whether he was happy at Old Trafford, the Frenchman declared: “My future is currently in Manchester. I still have a contract, I’m playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months?”

“The comments,” declares the Sun, “will send shockwaves through Old Trafford”. The Mirror notes that he “refused to rule out quitting United” and “can give no guarantees he will remain beyond the end of this season”, while the Times see it as a “hint that he may seek to leave Manchester”. “United are likely to face a mounting battle to keep their World Cup winner,” writes the Telegraph, “with the Frenchman understood to have set his sights firmly on a move to Spain.” The Mail points out that Barcelona’s vice-president, Jordi Mestre, described Pogba the other day as a “player of unquestionable quality in the eyes of the world”. On the plus side, the midfielder insists he “will always give 100% – I cannot say more”.

Meanwhile a source at Chelsea has told the Sun that Gary Cahill “is hoping Chelsea would agree to cut him loose in the new year and allow him to join a rival Premier League club as a reward for his loyalty and commitment” – an arrangement similar to the one that enabled Petr Cech to join Arsenal in 2015 – with the England defender very much on the fringes of the first-team and so far unused this season.

Tottenham are leading a six-way fight for the Ajax youngster Frenkie de Jong, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that they “have enough money to leave all their rivals in the shade”, which is quite a claim when the list of rivals include Manchester City, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, plus Roma and Borussia Dortmund. Apparently the player has previously declared a desire to play for Barça, which could sway the fight decisively.

Manchester City are ready to complete a deal for the 16-year-old Shamrock Rovers goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, who will cost £420,000 – with “substantial additions payable”, according to the Irish Examiner, when he makes his first-team and international debuts. Beating Tottenham to the signing is a coup for City but Bazunu is positively ancient compared with Arsenal’s latest signing, the South African Jarden Adetiba, who is nine and from something of a footballing family. “Jayden’s older brother spent three years at the Blackburn academy and recently signed with Ebbsfleet United’s academy,” says his dad, John.

Having sold his stake in Arsenal Alisher Usmanov wants to throw his money at another English club, with Charlton the latest subject of his affections. He could snaffle the Addicks from their wildly unpopular current owner Roland Duchatelet for around £20m, says the Mirror, leaving him a handy £580m left over to spend on other stuff.


Arnie and Yarmo are winners

Marko Arnautovic and Andriy Yarmolenko were both on winning sides as they took part in international action last night (Thurs).

Arnautovic was involved as Austria defeated Sweden 2-0 and Yarmolenko started as Ukraine beat the Czech Republic 2-1.

The Austrians celebrated the opening of the refurbished Generali Arena in Arnautovic’s home city of Vienna with a 2-0 friendly international victory over Sweden.

Arnie was booked on the stroke of half-time but will wear the captain’s armband when Austria kick-off their UEFA Nations League B Group 3 campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina next Tuesday evening.

Yarmolenko played for 66 minutes to gain some more valuable match fitness ahead of the vita game at Goodison park next weekend.

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BubblesCyprus 1:00 Sat Sep 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated,

LeroysBoots 2:38 Fri Sep 7
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Cue Arnie to break his leg on Tuesday !!!

Texas Iron 12:34 Fri Sep 7
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gph 12:27 Fri Sep 7
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Thanks, Alan

charleyfarley 12:25 Fri Sep 7
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Thanks Al

The Libertine 11:45 Fri Sep 7
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. Would like to read a newspaper thread after our next game, which again states that Arnie and Yarmo are winners.

Thanks Alan 11:33 Fri Sep 7
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Thanks Alan

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