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Alan 1:41 Sat Sep 8
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

England boss Gareth Southgate is in no rush to sign a new contract despite the Football Association's willingness to give him a significant pay rise. Southgate's existing deal expires in 2020. (Times - subscription required)

Southgate is considering selecting Marcus Rashford for Saturday's Nations League match against Spain - despite the Manchester United forward, 20, starting just one league game so far this season. (Mirror)

Chelsea's 32-year-old English defender Gary Cahill could leave the club in January unless he gets more more first-team football. (Sun)

Liverpool have no interest in signing France and Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, despite reports linking the Reds with the four-time Ligue 1 winner. (Liverpool Echo)

Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 31, is set to sign a one-year extension to his deal, which is due to expire at the end of the season. (Sun)

The reason Manchester City's 22-year-old winger Leroy Sane has left Germany's squad before Sunday's friendly with Peru is because his partner is due to give birth. (Bild, via Mirror)

Former Chelsea and England defender John Terry, 37, says he wants to carry on playing and has got "three or four offers on the table - domestically or abroad". Terry, who played for Aston Villa last season, will make a decision in the next two weeks. (Mail)

Barcelona and Chelsea are tracking Fulham's 15-year-old English midfielder Harvey Elliott, who has been training with the first team during the international break. (London Evening Standard)

Birmingham City, who are 20th in the Championship with four points, are facing a 12-point deduction for breaking rules on spending, in a landmark case for the English Football League. (Telegraph)

Manchester City have beaten Chelsea and Tottenham to the signing of 16-year-old Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu from Shamrock Rovers. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain and France keeper Alphonse Areola, 25, wanted to move to Chelsea in the summer to replace outgoing Belgium international Thibaut Courtois, 26. (Le Figaro, via Express)

Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos, 32, said he did not mean to injure Liverpool's 26-year-old Egypt forward Mohamed Salah in the Champions League final and his "conscience is really clear about what I did that night". (Telegraph)

Liverpool's Brazil midfielder Fabinho, 24, says he is ready to make his first Premier League appearance after failing to play a match since signing for £44m from Monaco. (Sky Sports)

Leicester City fans want a stand to be named after Claudio Ranieri, the Italian who led them to the Premier League title in 2016, as well as a statue to be built. (Leicester Mercury)

Stoke City's Spanish forward Bojan Krkic, 28, is wanted by Serbian champions Red Star Belgrade, who are in Liverpool's Champions League group. (Sport)

Birmingham City want to sign 30-year-old Bulgarian Nikolay Mihaylov, a former Liverpool back-up goalkeeper who is available after leaving Omonia in Cyprus. (24 Hours)

Notts County manager Harry Kewell says he has ambitions to manage former club Liverpool but his "biggest challenger would probably be Steven [Gerrard]".

Former Derby County captain Michael Johnson started his international managerial career by guiding Guyana to a 2-2 draw with Barbados in a Concacaf Nations League fixture. (Derby Telegraph)

Fans of Blackpool and Charlton Athletic are to take their protests against their respective clubs' owners directly to the EFL, with street demonstrations planned outside the league's offices in London and Preston. (Times)

A Coventry City fans' group is relaunching its campaign to help secure the club's future, with the League One side in danger of becoming homeless at the end of this season. (Coventry Telegraph)

West Bromwich Albion players are taking it in turns to pick the music before each home game this season. (Express & Star)

Girona have accepted the proposal to play their scheduled home La Liga match against Barcelona in Miami in January. (Football Espana)

Fans of Girona will be offered free flights to the game, set to take place at Miami Dolphins' 65,000-capacity Hard Rock Stadium. (Guardian)


Irons may walk away from carpet talks once and for all

West Ham will never in a million years – never mind 99 – pay the London Stadium operators £300,000 a year for a claret carpet surround at the London Stadium

And there is more than one voice in the club’s hierarchy who believe they should walk away from the issue once and for all.

Now they are all but ready to walk away from talks on a claret carpet and let E20 get on with it as they see no mileage in pursuing the issue given current attitudes.

The Hammers won every point at the recent expert determination on a number of issues but beyond saying the surround should be different to the green in place at the moment the arbiter made no suggestion on a suitable colour.

There is of course no more suitable colour than claret but stadium operators aren’t having that for some reason unless the club cough up £300,000 a year as opposed to the £300,000 one off payment it has offered.

Over 97 years that amounts to the club paying going on for £40 million and for what purpose – none really, other than laying down a piece of cloth which makes the place PERHAPS feel a bit more like home.

Minds have been concentrated on the issue and many are coming to the conclusion that the whole thing is a distraction and that it’s best forgotten.

The stadium owners seem to believe it’s a valuable sponsorship opportunity but given they can’t find naming partners for the stadium itself that seems a bit of a joke from fantasy land.

And even if they found a sponsor for the carpet Premier League rules forbid them advertising it during games anyway.

In walking away a few minds inside E20 may be concentrated but we won’t hold our breath.

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Mex Martillo 10:21 Sun Sep 9
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Thanks Alan

PwoperNaughtyButNot 8:37 Sat Sep 8
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I can’t believe the stadium owners choose green, it was green to make the seats look closer to the pitch and now that trick didn’t work the David’s are trying to curry favour by pretending they are trying hard to change it.

gph 4:00 Sat Sep 8
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Can't see a RUGby club letting the stadium owners put down the wrong colour carpet.

Thanks, Alan

Texas Iron 2:33 Sat Sep 8
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Westham67 2:04 Sat Sep 8
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Thanks Alan 1:48 Sat Sep 8

Thanks Alan 1:48 Sat Sep 8
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charleyfarley 1:44 Sat Sep 8

charleyfarley 1:44 Sat Sep 8
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Thanks Al

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