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David Beckham and his start-up American team Inter Miami want Barcelona's Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi, 31, for their debut season in Major League Soccer in 2020. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is planning a January move for Arsenal's 29-year-old German midfielder Mesut Ozil. (Sunday Express)

Juventus are set to offer 24-year-old Argentina forward Paulo Dybala to Manchester United in a bid to lure France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, back to Turin in a deal worth £150m. (Sunday Mirror)

Meanwhile, Pogba is also open to extending his Old Trafford contract - should Mourinho be sacked and replaced by former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane. (CaughtOffside)

Chelsea are to open talks over a new two-year deal with 31-year-old central defender David Luiz, whose current contract runs out next summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola will be paying close attention to Lyon midfielders Lucas Tousart and Tanguy Ndombele when the French side travel to Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. The two France youth internationals, both 21, have reportedly been monitored by several of Europe's top sides. (Star on Sunday)

Juventus offered 60m euros (£53.4m) to Fiorentina for Federico Chiesa over the summer. The 20-year-old Italy forward has also been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea. (Calciomercato)

Chelsea are also said to be interested in 23-year-old Fulham striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. The Serbia international has impressed since his £22m move from Newcastle. (Sunday Mirror)

Barcelona target Frenkie de Jong, 21, has hinted at a move to the La Liga champions, Ajax's Dutch midfielder admitting that he would love to play alongside Lionel Messi. (Sunday Express)

Inter Milan are planning a loan move for Manchester United's Anthony Martial in January, although a move for the Frenchman, 22, would see United ask for 29-year-old Croatia winger Ivan Perisic in return. (Star on Sunday)

Liverpool's Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 27, says he turned down an offer from Tottenham to move to Anfield from Newcastle in 2016. (Metro)

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27, said there was "some contact" with Paris St-Germain this summer but the Frenchman is happy to have stayed at Stamford Bridge. (ESPN)

Former England striker Wayne Rooney, 32, believes Everton's major shareholder Farhad Moshiri did not want to keep him at the club, leading to his move to MLS side DC United. (Mail on Sunday)

Rooney also wants to follow ex-England team-mates Steven Gerrard, 38, and Frank Lampard, 40, into management at the end of his playing career. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Former West Ham boss David Moyes says he "was disappointed not to be offered the opportunity to stay" at the club after keeping them up last season but still believes he is "in the elite group of managers". (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard can be Europe's best player "in two years", manager Maurizio Sarri said after the 27-year-old Belgium international's hat-trick against Cardiff. (Sky Sports)

Manager Rafael Benitez says he is refusing to panic after Newcastle slumped to a third home defeat in a row at St James' Park. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Steve Bruce insists he can "understand" the anger directed at him from the Aston Villa fans calling for his dismissal following his team's draw at Blackburn. (Birmingham Mail)

Veteran Roma and Italy midfielder Daniele de Rossi, 35, is open to the idea of a move to MLS. (Goal.com)

Tottenham and England full-back Kieran Trippier, 27, says being allowed to leave by Manchester City was "devastating" but joining Burnley was the best decision he made. (Mail on Sunday)

Brighton boss Chris Hughton admits he would take a "boring" campaign if it meant Premier League survival. (Argus)








Sun

'I'm Ready Again' David Moyes defends West Ham reign and reveals he would consider taking USA job if offered

Former Hammers boss sat down with SunSport and bared his heart

Exclusive By Phil Thomas

IT HAD been arguably the toughest six months of his career but, at last, David Moyes knew — West Ham was the place he wanted to stay.

Never mind that back in November he had arrived to little more than apathy.

Never mind he was taking over a club plummeting towards the Championship.

After 27 league games in charge, he had not just regained his pride and rebuilt his reputation, he had steadily grown to believe he could do great things with the Hammers.

It was a dream which did not even last 24 hours beyond the final Premier League fixture of the season.

And while the Scot bears no resentment to those who decided there would be no long-term role, it remains a huge regret.

Today Moyes bares his heart for the first time since leaving the London Stadium, after turning round fortunes on the pitch and the fans’ view of him off it in a few dramatic months.
In November, the one-time Manchester United and Everton boss had arrived at a club in the relegation slots. They finished the campaign in 13th place, and signed off with their first win in a decade over his old Goodison pals.

By then Moyes was so keen to stay, he had already drawn up a hit-list of players to take them even higher, and was ready to sit down and discuss a permanent contract with the owners.

Instead, when his phone rang the next day, it was David Sullivan thanking him — but explaining they were going to go with other options.

Moyes has never spoken about not even getting the chance of an interview — until now.
He freely admits: “I have to say we couldn’t have done a better job.

“That’s why I was disappointed not to be offered the opportunity to stay. I’d taken it to the end of the season to see how I did and how the owners felt.

“From where they were to get them living and breathing again, was probably as successful a season as I could have had.”

His achievement was even more remarkable given he did it all while actually making a profit for West Ham in the January window. Moyes added: “By the end I’d decided I wanted to stay if the owners provided me with the funds to strengthen the squad.

“It disappointed me I didn’t at least get a chance to talk about it.”

Instead, the Hammers plumped for Manuel Pellegrini, a title winner at Manchester City, who got £100million for TEN new summer signings.

Yet so far the only different direction they have taken is downwards and they remain pointless after four games.

Moyes added: “If we’d have had the chance to spend I think we’d have got a successful team.

“The biggest strengthening had to be at the back. They needed reinforcements but every manager has their own thoughts.”

Ironically, Pellegrini has cited the “hangover” of last season as a reason for the dismal start to this — an argument Moyes finds easy to disprove.

He added: “We finished with two wins and a draw, and beating Everton — a real string of upbeat results.”

Certainly more upbeat than the horrible day in March, when a 3-0 home loss to Burnley saw fans storm the pitch and hundreds hurl abuse at the owners in the directors’ box.

Moyes was criticised for taking the players for a week in America the next day. Yet he maintains that was the break which turned things around for good.

He explained: “It was all booked and we took the decision to carry on. I knew it was vital we all recharged our batteries, built team spirit and came back ready to fight for the crucial games ahead.

“We flew to Miami early on the Sunday morning and that was the first time I got to really know the players.

“We trained hard but had really good down time, a good sing-song, all the old fashioned stuff.

“That really helped galvanise the team for the battle ahead. Burnley was the low point, in the dressing room afterwards it was very down.
“But those few days in America really pulled us all together.

“We came back and it flipped us into good form. Going to the States proved to be absolutely the correct decision — and the results proved it when we ended the season on a high.“

This afternoon Moyes comes face to face with TWO of his old employers, when he works as a Sky pundit on the Hammers’ trip to Everton.

It was his 11 years at Goodison — including eight top-eight finishes and three Manager of the Year awards — which earned the chance to replace Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United.

He was axed after just ten months at Old Trafford and subsequently had spells with Real Sociedad and Sunderland before West Ham.

Now he is raring to go again and added: “Only Sir Alex, Arsene Wenger and Harry Redknapp have won more games in the Premier League than me.

“I would still consider myself in the elite group of managers. If it was me against someone else I’d trust myself.

“I’ve had my down times, as every manager does, but I bounce back pretty quickly.

“I now have the same excitement, determination and hunger as I’ve ever had.

“You get knocks but you get back on the horse — and I am ready again.”

PUTTING ARNAUTOVIC UP TOP

WHEN we got to West Ham he hadn’t scored and people said he wasn’t running, but Marko was fantastic.

After the first game we moved Arnautovic from the wing to centre-forward and for a period he had the most sprints and distances.

For someone seen as the complete opposite, that was great and he deserves credit for the work he did. He was a massive threat to the opposition.




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Mex Martillo 7:36 Mon Sep 17
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Takashi Miike 2:05 Mon Sep 17
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Texas Iron 2:26 Sun Sep 16
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...
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Thanks Alan 12:49 Sun Sep 16
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