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Alan 12:30 Fri Sep 14
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid have £330m to spend as president Florentino Perez plans his next big-name signing, with Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar, 26 and France striker Kylian Mbappe, 19, top of the list. (AS)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is determined to keep full-back Nacho Monreal, amid interest from Barcelona in the 32-year-old Spaniard. (Mirror)

Emery has urged midfielder Mezut Ozil, 29, to "up his game" at Arsenal, in order for the German to justify his £350,000-per-week wage. (Sun)

England defender Harry Maguire, 25, does not have a buyout clause in his Leicester City contract, opening up the door for Manchester United to negotiate a deal. (Express)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has not ruled out Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 29, agreeing a new contract at the club. (Express)

England forward Raheem Sterling, 23, has asked for a £100,000-a-week pay rise at Manchester City, which would make him one of the club's highest-paid players. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool are set to be at full-strength against Tottenham in Saturday's lunchtime game after a chartered private jet brought Brazil trio Roberto Firmino, Alisson and Fabinho back from Brazil duty in the USA in time to train with their team-mates on Thursday. (Mirror)

Roma are keen to eliminate the release clauses of Greek defender Kostas Manolas, 27, who has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United, plus 22-year-old Italian midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, thought to be a Manchester City target. (Calciomercato)

West Brom are yet to make a decision over Republic of Ireland midfielder Wes Hoolahan, 36, and 32-year-old Scotland defender Russell Martin. The free agents were invited to train with the Championship club during the international break. (Birmingham Mail)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insists he is not worried by striker Harry Kane's performances so far this season. The 25-year-old England captain has scored two goals in four matches for Spurs this term. (Talksport)

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock, 69, has not "set a date" on when he will bring an end to his managerial career. (London Evening Standard)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is set to add to his backroom staff with the appointment of England junior goalkeeping coach Jack Robinson, who spent seven years working at Manchester United. (Liverpool Echo)

Sir Alex Ferguson wanted to sign Wales international Ethan Ampadu, 17, for Manchester United when the Chelsea midfielder played in a junior tournament aged 12. (Manchester Evening News)

Kevin Keegan will reveal the "shattering truth" about his second stint as boss at Newcastle in an evening with fans to publicise a new book next month. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Real Madrid want the world to know that they have £330m to spend and will use it to bag a new Galactico or two, but the world is unimpressed. After all, that amount wouldn’t even pay for half a Luka Modrić, according to Real’s own valuations. Still, thanks to some obliging Spanish newspapers Real can still get their names linked with Neymar, Kylian Mbappé and Eden Hazard again for free, so there’s another win for the lavishly decorated club.

Meanwhile in another world, West Brom are still weighing up whether to offer employment to the out-of-work former Norwich City Galacticos Wes “Wessi” Hoolahan and, um, Russell “Russaldo” Martin.

None of which brings us to Manchester United and Chelsea, both of whomare said to be hovering over Roma’s Greek defender Kostas Manolas, who has a release clause that the Italian club are trying to convince the player to remove. Roma’s midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, meanwhile, is catching the attention of Manchester City.

José Mourinho apparently thinks that Wolves’ Rúben Neves has what it takes to become a Manchester United midfielder even though the player has dropped no hints whatsoever about leaving his current club, which is understood to be standard practice for a United midfielder. Naturally, Paris Saint-Germain are also interested in the 21-year-old.

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino thinks there’s a possibility that Toby Alderweireld will sign a new contract at the homeless London club. Sure there is, for Alderweireld recently declared he never had any desire to leave Tottenham during the summer just gone, and he even said that with a straight face.

Fulham have opened talks with Ryan Sessegnon over a new contract in the hope of keeping the youngsters out of the clutches of Spurs and United for while longer. Arsenal, meanwhile, are in serious chat with Nacho Monreal in an effort to stop him from joining Barcelona for free next summer. Arsenal are keen on making a move for Porto midfielder Héctor Herrera, who has also aroused the interest of Real Madrid thanks to his dynamic midfield performances for Mexico at the summer’s World Cup. The game’s not all about Galacticos, you see.

Still, it’s the big names that excite people so let’s finish on a high: Watford are looking a new man to embody Harry the Hornet after Gareth Evans, the chap who has hitherto given life to the gigantic cuddly insect, decided he had taken the mascot as far as he could. “Proud of what I achieved,” tweeted Evans. Roy Hodgson has firm views on mascot etiquette but is not thought to be considering an application for the position, sadly.


West Ham’s David Gold says agents are ‘sucking tons of money’ out of football

• Gold: ‘Other than agents, everyone else is against them’
• Premier League club executives call for ban on payments

Martha Kelner

The West Ham co-chairman David Gold has launched a stinging attack on football agents, declaring they are “sucking tons of money” out of the game. Gold’s outburst comes after Premier League executives called for a ban on clubs paying agents.

The 20 clubs collectively aired their frustration with so-called “dual representation”, whereby the agent is paid twice, once by the player and once by the club. They are understood to have the Football Association’s backing in abolishing the practice, which has led to agents being paid increasingly astronomical transfer fees.

Gold, who has been joint chairman at West Ham since 2010, said: “They are starting to run football. They are certainly sucking tons of money out of football. We are all trying to pay less, they are doing nothing for football. I can’t believe it is even a discussion. Other than agents, everybody else is against them.” Asked if they were disrupting the game, he added: “That goes with the territory. They are certainly doing that.”

The Premier League has also received backing for a number of other proposals it hopes will reduce the influence of agents. These include an exam, a check they have a working UK bank account and a requirement that they provide an annual financial statement to the league.

The increasing power of agents has led to them becoming among the most influential figures in football. Mino Raiola, who represents Paul Pogba, earned £41m from the £86m transfer of the midfielder from Juventus to Manchester United two years ago, taking money from both clubs. Jorge Mendes, whose clients include Cristiano Ronaldo and José Mourinho, is reportedly the wealthiest agent in football and much of his money comes from fees paid by clubs.

Football intermediaries collectively earned more than £220m in fees paid by clubs in England and Wales last year, including £211m from top-tier sides. Gold and other executives made a move towards abolishing completely the process of clubs paying agents at a Premier League meeting in London.

“The FA certainly is line with our feelings that something has to be done,” Gold said. “From the beginning it’s not been something that we want and they don’t want. Now it’s Fifa and Uefa we need to come into line and we are hoping they come up with something.”

Until 2015 dual representation was illegal in England but that was reversed when Fifa deregulated the way agents operate. HM Revenue & Customs is also understood to be looking at the way dual representation could be used to circumnavigate tax laws.

Last season there were 541 player transactions involving Premier League clubs and at least 426 of these, 79%, involved dual representation, according to an investigation by the Times. Moreover, every single one of Manchester City’s 52 transactions involved dual representation, as did almost all of those deals that involved Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

Meanwhile it is understood the Premier League has made headway on finding a replacement for Richard Scudamore, who will leave his post as executive chairman on 14 December. A list of 35 has been whittled down to a shortlist of 10 prospective candidates to replace Scudamore after 20 years in charge.

Liverpool Echo

Everton hopes of discovering West Ham team news early dashed

There had been a claim West Ham's starting line up for the last 60 matches in succession had been leaked

Everton's hopes of learning Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham team news ahead of Sunday's Goodison showdown have been dashed.

Today's Times newspaper claimed that a Twitter account with the handle @exWHU employee had successfully leaked West Ham's starting line up for the last 60 matches in succession.

But the individual who runs the account, a man who describes himself as "an absolute nobody, a fat lad with a Twitter account who races to work in a clapped out Ford Focus" has dashed the claim.

The West Ham fan hit back today: "The whole thing is a load of b****cks and shows unfortunately the lack of credible journalism nowadays!

"I put a “predicted” team out at 1:30pm when the teams have already been exchanged and other accounts/apps have the news out! That’s the first thing factually incorrect.

ExWHUemployee @ExWHUemployee

Thanks for the attention @MattHughesTimes i will call you around midday to discuss.... what’s a few ridiculously incorrect facts between friends hey?

"The second thing factually incorrect is how on earth would I get the team before anyone else apparently 60 times in a row when we must have had three different managers or so and way before any staff/players have?! What have I done bugged the room? Read all managers minds?!

"Thirdly if they want to find my source they will have to tell me first because I don’t know who they are!

"They are a Twitter account on here that has no picture. The tweet goes out at 1:30 when the teams have already been exchanged and it has been wrong before.

"I very much doubt Pellegrini even has heard of my account let alone has an issue with it because being able to read his mind I am sure I would have known that he had by now!"

The fan even claims that, such is the height of Everton's injury crisis, he might even be able to hazard a reasonable guess at Marco Silva's starting line up on Sunday.

"Often teams are easy to predict if you do enough research and understand the game," he added.

"To be honest, with all their (Everton's) injuries and a bit of proper journalistic research I probably could do their team!!"

Former Everton manager Sam Allardyce was frustrated that his team selections last season were constantly leaked on Twitter.

The leak was eventually plugged, but Allardyce was furious that his team selections were common knowledge before the players had even arrived at the ground.


Everton controversy before West Ham clash

Everton face a possible points deduction for an illegal approach up their manager Marko Silva.

An independent inquiry has been launched by the Premier League into Everton’s hiring Marco Silva as their manager which could result in a heavy fine and in the worst case scenario a points deduction.

The investigation will centre on an alleged “tapping-up” of Marko Silva while he was the head coach of Watford.

The inquiry may require leading figures at Everton, including owner Farhad Moshiri and board members, to hand over phone records to an independent QC who was appointed last week to ascertain the extent of the club’s contact with Silva at that time.

Watford are adamant that they want the inquiry to punish Everton and believe the interest in Silva derailed their season and led to them fighting a battle against relegation. Silva was eventually sacked by Watford in January after a deterioration of their results, with one win in 11 matches, with the club saying Everton’s “illegal” approach had been a “catalyst for this decision”.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 10:48 Sat Sep 15
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Mex Martillo 8:04 Fri Sep 14
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Thanks Alan

Sven Roeder 2:51 Fri Sep 14
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Predicted the team correctly 60 times in a row without a leak?
FAT CUNT should do the lotto instead

Lee Trundle 2:18 Fri Sep 14
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Bit of a social media meltdown there from ex/youngie.

zebthecat 12:43 Fri Sep 14
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Coffee 12:37 Fri Sep 14

Ooer Missus

Thanks Alan

Coffee 12:37 Fri Sep 14
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Well said, David Gold.

"Everton face a possible points deduction for an illegal approach up their manager Marko Silva."


Thanks, Alan.

Takashi Miike 12:35 Fri Sep 14
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:30 Fri Sep 14
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Thanks Alan

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