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Alan 12:50 Wed Sep 12
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Juventus will attempt to re-sign Manchester United's 25-year-old France World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba next summer. The champions of Italy also want to sign Real Madrid's 30-year-old Brazil defender Marcelo. (Tuttosport)

Barcelona are lining up moves for Spanish full-backs Nacho Monreal, 32, and Alberto Moreno, 26, who play for Arsenal and Liverpool respectively. (Mundo Deportivo)

Manchester City's Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 27, is ready to reject interest from Barcelona in January and open talks over a new deal with the Premier League champions. (Sun)

Manchester City and French champions Paris St-Germain could be forced to rein in their spending under proposed Europe-wide rules limiting them to a net outlay of £89m a season. (Sun)

Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne, 28, has an informal release clause of £178m according to the club's president Aurelio De Laurentiis. (Corriere dello Sport via Talksport)

Arsenal and Switzerland defender Stephan Lichtsteiner, 34, has rubbished reports of retirement and claims he has the body of a 28-year-old. Lichtsteiner has made one substitute appearance since joining the Gunners from Juventus in June. (Daily Mail)

Atletico Madrid's sporting director Andrea Berta has emerged as a leading contender in Manchester United's search for a director of football. (London Evening Standard)

John Terry's move to Spartak Moscow is in doubt. The 37-year-old former Chelsea and England defender agreed terms over a one-year deal that would see him earn £1.8m - with the option of a second year. But now Russian media report it's on hold because he and his family have concerns over moving to Moscow. (Mirror)

Russian media are also suggesting the former England captain is asking for an additional £1.2m a year to complete the deal. (Sport Express - in Russian)

Turkish side Fenerbahce are interested in appointing former Sheffield Wednesday boss Carlos Carvalhal to replace Dutchman Phillipe Cocu, 47, who has only been in charge for nine games. Portuguese Carvalhal, 52, has not managed since leaving Swansea City following relegation from the Premier League in May. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool's Serbia winger Lazar Markovic, 24, has been demoted to train with the club's under-23 side. Markovic has made 19 Premier League appearances for the Reds since signing for £20m from Benfica in 2014.

Former England and Tottenham striker Darren Bent, 34, "100%" would be interested in playing for Rangers. Bent is currently without a club after being released by Derby at the end of last season. (Talksport)

Everton and England forward Theo Walcott, 29, is set to miss Sunday's Premier League home game with West Ham with a rib injury. However, Walcott could return to face his former club Arsenal on 23 September. (Telegraph)

Italy's former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 28, was 100kg (15.75 stones) when he turned up for pre-season training at Nice - 12kg above his listed weight of 88kg. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United's Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, is still the world's number one despite a number of mistakes, including at the World Cup, says his national manager Luis Enrique. (Football Espana)

Chelsea's Brazil forward Willian, 30, says he never wanted to leave and hopes to remain at Stamford Bridge for the next five years. Willian was linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Midfielder Harry Arter is open to returning to the Republic of Ireland squad for the next round of international games following his heated argument with assistant manager Roy Keane. The 28-year-old is on loan at Cardiff City from Bournemouth. (Telegraph)

Sunderland are considering suing club record £13.6m signing Didier Ndong, 24, for failing to turn up this season. The Black Cats admit they have no idea where the Gabon midfielder is. Senegal defender Papy Djilobodji, 29, only returned to the club last week. (Guardian)

Queens Park Rangers are interested in signing former Tottenham winger Nathan Oduwa, who has first-team experience at Glasgow Rangers, after the 22-year-old impressed on trial. (West London Sport)

Championship club Preston North End have been forced to cancel and forfeit a county cup tie because they were unable to field enough players due to injuries, suspensions and international call-ups. (Lancashire Post)

Staff at League One Charlton Athletic are losing hope that a proposed takeover of the club by an Australian consortium will ever happen. (London Evening Standard)

Former Aston Villa midfielder Khalid Adbo is training with AIK in his native Sweden after being released by the Championship side in the summer. (Birmingham Mail)

German side 1860 Munich have released a special kit, complete with leather-look lederhosen-style shorts, to celebrate the city's annual Oktoberfest beer festival. (Daily Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Ames

Not that the Mill ekes out its existence entirely through the careless whispers of others, but the last week has been spent praying fervently to the god of the mixed zone. That’s the oasis in the bowels of every international football stadium where loose-lipped stars, unencumbered by the grim-faced presence of a press offer from their club, spew out their deepest desires under the rather quaint impression that, because they’re miles from home, nobody back there will hear.

Which means we’re more or less going hungry because the number of players casually telling a friendly local journalist of their gripes with manager A or profound admiration for club B has been thin to say the least. Toby Alderweireld has given a heart-rending interview confirming he wasn’t about to join Manchester United from Tottenham in the summer – we’ve all tried to give ourselves credit for excellent decisions after the fact, to be fair – and that’s about your lot.

So we shall take our tittle-tattle from quote-free but nonetheless unimpeachable sources. Barcelona would like to whisk Nacho Monreal to back to his homeland as a replacement for Everton’s Lucas Digne, who we’re not especially sure needed replacing, and if that’s not a goer the Catalan side would be perfectly happy with Filipe Luís from Atlético Madrid instead.

Real Madrid might not lose too much sleep about any of that. Instead they’ll busy themselves with snapping up a Barcelona target, the Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who apparently fancies the Bernabeu as his next destination. Spurs were sniffing around during the transfer window and may yet come back in for the 21-year-old, too, with Mauricio Pochettino a long-term admirer.

That could mean more bad news for Barça, who would like to get hold of Manchester City’s Ilkay Gündoğan but are unlikely to see their advances encouraged by club or player. City have problems of their own with one of their targets, Charlton youngster Jeremy Sarmiento, set to join Benfica in a cut-price deal – continuing the trend of budding English players looking abroad in order to get a runout.

Will all this activity, such as it is, perk Manchester United into January action? They’re apparently keen on a striker and a centre-back, both from Internazionale. Mauro Icardi and Milan Skriniar could be rolling along to join José’s happy family, should the manager get his way this time.

Meanwhile Darren Bent, presently of “unattached”, has let slip that he would “100%” be interested in a move to Rangers. So would the Mill if – just imagine! – all we did during the day was loaf around in our string vest. Bent and Steven Gerrard were England team-mates but, unless we’ve time-travelled back to 2011, this come-and-get-me plea definitely did not emanate from a mixed zone.

Liverpool Echo

The true extent of Marco Silva's mounting Everton injury list ahead of West Ham visit revealed

Silva's injury problems building ahead of return from international break

By Phil Kirkbride

Everton boss Marco Silva is dealing with an injury list that grows by the week.

And as the international break comes to a welcome end, the Blues manager may now reflect on it as a crisis.

Everton will be without, or have doubts over, nine outfield players due to injuries as it stands.

Seamus Coleman has suffered a stress fracture in his foot while Dominic Calvert-Lewin last just 10 minutes as a sub for England under-21s yesterday.

Add in the suspended Richarlison and you could name a team of possible absentees ahead of Sunday's visit of West Ham.

Mercifully, Everton's goalkeepers have a clean bill of health.

Silva had spoken optimistically about Bernard's chances of being fit while Theo Walcott started the week refusing to give up hope of being ready for the Hammers.

Idrissa Gueye, at last check before the game with Huddersfield, was set to be out for between one and two weeks but did miss Senegal's while the game is likely to come too soon for Phil Jagielka.

As for others, including Yerry Mina, the next couple of days will shed light on their availability for the weekend.

Everton's injured players

Phil Jagielka (knee)
Andre Gomes (hamstring)
Idrissa Gueye (knee)
Bernard (muscle strain)
Seamus Coleman (foot)
Calvert-Lewin (knock)
Yerry Mina (foot)
Theo Walcot (rib)
Michael Keane (head)


West Ham's attendances 'over 12,000 LOWER than official figures' last season with new study also exposing Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea for playing with the numbers

Premier League clubs have been found to have exaggerated their attendances
Freedom of Information requests have revealed figures recorded by authorities
Newham council say average crowd at West Ham last season was just 42,779
Champions Manchester City also boosted attendances with 'tickets sold' figures

By Harry Slavin

Premier League clubs have been exaggerating their attendances by as much as 12,000 spectators, new figures have revealed.

A study by the BBC of all 20 top-flight sides during the 2017-18 season found huge discrepancies in the attendances released by the clubs and those recorded by local authorities and police.

West Ham topped a list of clubs who have released potentially misleading numbers, but they are not the only ones, with Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham all found to have overstated official attendances.

Figures divulged by Newham council following a Freedom of Information request by the BBC revealed that, across the 12 matches they attended at the London Stadium last term, an average crowd of 42,779 was recorded.

That number falls some way short of the figure released by the Hammers, who announced an average of 55,309 spectators throughout the campaign.

In one game alone, against West Brom on January 2, 17,523 fans were added. The club announced the official attendance of 56,888, however figures from the council revealed only 39,365 people had turned up.

While West Ham endured a difficult season on the pitch, the empty seats at the home of the champions are perhaps a little more difficult to explain.

According to Greater Manchester Police, who also worked on figures from 12 matches, the average attendance at the Etihad was 7,482 lower than the number given out by Manchester City.

That included the figures from the match against Southampton in November, where there attendance of 53,407 was 15,277 lower than the actual number of bodies inside the ground — 38,130.

Elsewhere, Hampshire Police say Southampton exaggerated their crowds by 4,246 on average, while Tottenham added an extra 3,740 on average to their Wembley attendances according to Brent Council.

Hammersmith and Fulham council revealed Chelsea to be supplementing their support by 3,505, while Hertfordshire Police said Watford were adding 2,602.

A lot of made last season of the empty seats at the Emirates in Arsene Wenger's last season in charge, with the Arsenal Supporters' Trust reckoning that the average attendance was around 46,000, as opposed to the figure of 57,054 released by the club.

However, the club have disputed this figure and FOI requests made by the BBC were unable to confirm the Trust's position.

The difference in numbers mostly come from the decision from clubs to release the numbers of tickets sold, including all season tickets and complimentary tickets, as opposed to the number of bodies through the turnstyles.

The Football Supporters' Federation believes this is masking a problem with the effect of the growing number of TV matches.

A spokesperson told the BBC: 'Quite often clubs or the authorities will refer to "occupancy rates" in their arguments.

'But they are often misleading according to the BBC's research and don't highlight how many fans stay away when matches are rescheduled for TV.

'If clubs know the actual number of fans through the turnstile, rather than the number of tickets sold or given away, then there's no reason they shouldn't publish that figure.'

Irish Mirror

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Mex Martillo 7:37 Wed Sep 12
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Thanks Alan
Not very sporting but I’m glad to read of Evertons injury problems

gph 3:46 Wed Sep 12
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Thanks, Alan

Texas Iron 2:00 Wed Sep 12
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Texas Iron 2:00 Wed Sep 12
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Thanks Alan 12:52 Wed Sep 12
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Thanks Alan

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