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Alan 12:09 Mon Sep 17
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly could be ready to leave Manchester United in January, with Arsenal and Tottenham thought to be interested in the 24-year-old centre-back. (Mirror)

Manchester City, Tottenham,Barcelona and Juventus all want Paris St-Germain and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23. (Paris United, via Express)

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has denied Spanish forward Lucas Perez, 30, refused to warm up during Sunday's Premier League win at Everton. (London Evening Standard)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 25, has denied he is fatigued after his exploits with England at the World Cup. (Mirror)

Manchester City and Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne hopes to return from injury in time for the first Manchester derby of the season on 11 November. The 27-year-old has been able to remove the brace protecting his right knee to step up his rehabilitation in the gym. (Star)

Manager Pep Guardiola cancelled his Manchester City players' day off because he was "upset" and "angry" with them despite a 3-0 win over Fulham. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Guardiola says he feels guilty about the limited game time he has given to 18-year-old England Under-19 midfielder Phil Foden this season. (Manchester Evening News)

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, asked Arsenal boss Unai Emery to substitute him during the win over Newcastle because he was tired. (Sun)

Bournemouth's Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 31, says his side's front three of Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and Josh King are as good as Liverpool's attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah. (Mail)

Former England left-back Stuart Pearce believes Liverpool's former England midfielder James Milner, 32, is potentially "the best pound-for-pound footballer in the Premier League". (Talksport)

Manager Aitor Karanka says Nottingham Forest will remain patient in their efforts to sign Karim Ansarifard. The 28-year-old Iran forward is a free agent after his contract was cancelled by Greek side Olympiakos. (Nottingham Post)

Celtic's former Scotland midfielder Scott Brown, 33, has revealed he was close to joining Newcastle in the January transfer window of 2010. (Newcastle Chronicle)

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More or less consigned to the bench without any supper and only two one-minute cameos to his name since his personal horror show against Brighton in mid-August, Eric Bailly is rumoured to be keen on a January exit from Old Trafford. The Mirror says that both Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing the 24-year-old Ivorian, who joined United from Villarreal in 2016 and has a little under two years left on his contract.

The future of United winger Anthony Martial also remains up in the air, but Inter hope to bring him to Milan on loan in January. Manchester United, for their part, are unlikely to sanction any such move unless the Italian club make it permanent and give them Croatian midfielder Ivan Perisic in return. United have been linked with the Croatia international for well over a year, but have been unable to agree terms with Inter, who valued their asset at north of £50m long before he starred at Russia 2018.

Juventus could offer Paulo Dybala to Manchester United as part of a £150m deal to bring Paul Pogba back to Turin, while one Sunday newspaper subtly hinted that a certain someone is still hopeful of bringing Mesut Özil to Old Trafford. “MAN UNITED BOSS JOSÉ MOURINHO PLOTS STUNNING TRANSFER FOR ARSENAL STAR MESUT ÖZIL” whispered the headline over Sunday’s Express exclusive.

Having put his troubles of last season behind him now that Antonio Conte is no longer the gaffer at Stamford Bridge, David Luiz is ready to begin talks with Chelsea over a new two-year deal. The 31-year-old Brazilian is tied to the club until the end of next season and has been ever-present in Maurizio Sarri’s table-topping squad in this campaign. It’s a fair old turn-around for a player who didn’t so much fall, as plummet out of favour in the final months of Conte’s reign. Chelsea are also rumoured to be keeping tabs on Aleksandar Mitrovic, in news that is likely to displease supporters of Fulham, for whom the Serbian striker currently scores his goals.

The word in Paris is that Adrien Rabiot’s position at Paris Saint-Germain has become untenable, a state of affairs that has put Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Barcelona and Juventus on red alert. Despite starting (and finishing) all five Ligue 1 matches for the French champions so far this season, the midfielder is believed to have fallen out with the club’s hierarchy and has shown no inclination towards extending a contract that expires at the end of the season.

Lyon midfield duo Lucas Tousart and Tanguy Ndombele ought to attract a veritable jamboree of scouts to the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, when the Ligue 1 side take on Manchester City in the Champions League. The pair are reported to have an admirer in Pep Guardiola, while a host of other “top European sides” are also monitoring their progress. Aged 21, Tousart has been likened to N’Golo Kanté and Didier Deschamps. Ndombele, also 21, is a little more attack-minded and has been linked with Arsenal, Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.


Yarmolenko double against Everton helps West Ham to first league win

Andy Hunter at Goodison Park

Andriy Yarmolenko wheels away in celebration after scoring against Everton, as West Ham won 3-1. Photograph: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United via Getty Images

With media duties over and free to commence birthday celebrations, Manuel Pellegrini was asked what West Ham’s players had given him for his 65th. “Three goals,” he beamed. They gave him so much more: a first Premier League win of the season, a release from the pressure and a performance to dispel the doubts that had developed in the early weeks of his reign, to be precise.

West Ham’s losing run felt like a trick of the mind as they confidently condemned Everton to the first defeat of Marco Silva’s tenure and executed Pellegrini’s pre-match instructions to perfection. “I told the players that Everton must feel from the start that we have come to get three points, not just have a good performance,” the Chilean said. In Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic the visitors possessed the quality necessary to punish an error-strewn Everton performance and disorganised defence. Yarmolenko struck twice on his full league debut to demonstrate his fitness is improving in tandem with West Ham’s appreciation of their new manager’s ideas. Arnautovic added a merited third before departing with a knee injury that will be assessed on Monday.

Even accounting for several notable absentees in the Everton ranks the manner of West Ham’s win confirmed four consecutive defeats had left no lasting damage on team morale. By contrast this was a weak and worrying display for Silva, littered with individual errors from Jordan Pickford in goal to Cenk Tosun in attack. Everton started crisply but, without the suspended Richarlison, they lacked threat and balance. It was they, not the team who started the day at the foot of the table, whose confidence shattered with the first telling mistake of the game.

“We didn’t perform to a level to win this match,” said the Everton manager, who has overseen a mediocre start at Goodison Park. “I already told our players that at this level you cannot make mistakes like we made and when you create chances you have to score. After the first mistake we didn’t react like we had to react and the game changed completely. We lost our confidence.”

Yarmolenko was in the mood to punish Everton’s catalogue of mistakes. The Ukraine international, one of six changes made by Pellegrini, once helped Dynamo Kyiv dismantle Roberto Martínez’s Everton in a Europa League tie and was a transfer target for the Goodison Park club before moving to Borussia Dortmund. The 28‑year‑old gave Everton further cause for regret by sweeping West Ham into a comfortable first-half lead. His opener came after Tosun was brushed off the ball by Fabian Balbuena. Pedro Obiang released Arnautovic clear of a chaotic Everton defence – one missing Séamus Coleman, Yerry Mina, Phil Jagielka and Michael Keane through injury – and the Austria international selflessly squared with only Pickford to beat for Yarmolenko to convert from close range.

Everton were static, careless and posed minimal threat as they served a reminder that last season’s failings will not be eradicated easily. They were two goals down when Pickford, under no pressure, pinged a clearance straight to Mark Noble with his defence exposed. Noble released Yarmolenko on the right and the winger was invited to cut inside by Kurt Zouma, duly accepted, and curled an unstoppable finish beyond Pickford. Everton’s keeper punched the pitch in frustration, as well he might.

It was only when Silva changed Everton’s shape to match West Ham’s three-man midfield that the home side improved. The summer signing Bernard replaced Morgan Schneiderlin, playing after the death of his father in midweek, and improved the energy and distribution from the home midfield immediately.

Seconds before the break Gylfi Sigurdsson rose impressively to head Jonjoe Kenny’s inviting cross beyond Lukasz Fabianski and Everton were spared the half-time jeers. Tosun should have done so earlier when Lucas Digne’s cross found him unmarked in the area but, at full stretch, he headed tamely at Fabianski. The West Ham keeper also saved from Theo Walcott’s volley in what was a rare moment of danger for the visitors.

The timing of Sigurdsson’s goal offered unexpected hope to Everton. Other than an optimistic penalty claim when the goalscorer was shouldered aside by the influential Obiang, however, the prospect of a comeback was remote. It became non-existent when Arnautovic restored West Ham’s two-goal advantage just after the hour.

Once again Everton applied minimal pressure on the ball as Obiang twice exchanged passes with the lone striker – despite having five royal blue shirts around him on the edge of the area. The midfielder’s second ball was perfectly weighted for Arnautovic to convert under Pickford.

Tosun missed another good chance while his replacement, Oumar Niasse, volleyed against the crossbar but there could be no denying West Ham a belated and well-deserved first Premier League win. Slowly they are adapting to Pellegrini’s methods.

Manuel Pellegrini said Lucas Pérez was left on the bench during West Ham United’s win at Everton as he was not ready to replace the injured Marko Arnautovic.

Pérez was clearly unhappy at the decision of the West Ham manager, who celebrated his 65th birthday at Goodison Park with a crucial first win of the Premier League season. The summer signing from Arsenal was Pellegrini’s preferred choice to replace Arnautovic when he sustained a knee injury shortly after scoring West Ham’s third goal but, as he had not warmed up, Michail Antonio was sent on instead.

Pellegrini explained: “It is very simple. When Marco had a problem with his knee I wanted to put Lucas but he was sitting on the bench and Michail was ready. We had already taken too long over the substitution so I put Antonio on. I don’t have to explain the decision, especially during the game, but Antonio was ready so Antonio was the change.”


Everton 1-3 West Ham REPORT: Andriy Yamolenko and Marko Arnautovic inspire Hammers to first points of season

The Hammers produced an emphatic away performance to claim their first victory under Manuel Pellegrini

By David Maddock

Andriy Yarmolenko sure knows how to rub Everton's nose in it.

Not content with stringing them on for more than a year with broken promises he would be signing, when he finally DID show up at Goodison, it was to deliver a match-winning display against the Blues.

The Ukraine winger scored twice on his full debut, and produced a compelling attacking performance in tandem with Marko Arnautovic that suggests reports of West Ham's demise under Manuel Pellegrini may just be exaggerated.

Certainly, this was not – a couple of nervous, disorganised defensive moments apart – a team that looks like it will get their manager sacked any time soon.

The Hammers were quicker, stronger, more athletic and – crucially – had far more quality in front of goal than Everton, and it was Yarmolenko who provided so much of that.

The Mersey club's board must have watched on with a mixture of envy and disgust. They twice thought they'd signed him, first after they met with his Ukraine club Kiev in the summer of 2015 to thrash out a fee, and then in January 2016.

On that occasion the winger's agents even came to Goodison as guests to watch the Capital One Cup semi final, but then reneged on the deal as they engineered a move to Dortmund instead.

He was the difference between the teams, and has already suggested West Ham's £17.5m investment could be money well spent.

Where Yarmolenko twice produced moments of clarity and clinical calm in the box in the first half to score, at the other end Cenk Tosun had far easier chances and twice seemed to blindly panic as he failed to find the net.

In the Premier League, those moments cost dear, and for all West Ham's defensive frailty, the partnership with Arnautovic in tandem with the exciting skills of Felipe Anderson on the flanks, gives them a dimension the teams at the bottom don't have.

Arnautovic has more involvements in goals than any player bar Mo Salah in the Premier League in the last calendar year, and he showed why on 11 minutes to link play then produce a fine awareness in teeing up Yarmolenko in front of goal.

It was two – and well deserved - on 31 minutes when Mark Noble won the ball and fed Yarmolenko, who shimmied delightfully past two markers before producing a stunning, curling finish to beat Jordan Pickford.

Everton simply don't have that quality in their strike force. Tosun has shown some promise, but he didn't look like a finisher here, heading tamely at Lukasz Fabianski from barely six yards, and then mis-hitting an easy finish in front of goal.

In fact, the Blues were outplayed for long periods of this game, and yet were given a fortunate lifeline just before half time, when manager Marco Silva surprised everyone by sending on Bernard for his debut.

That was harsh, because the subbed player Morgan Schneiderlin had lost his father in the week leading up to the game, but it worked because the Brazilian provided a ball in stoppage time that Kenny eventually crossed for Gylfi Sigurdsson to head home.

It didn't last, and it was Arnautovic who ended Everton resistance. Despite being surrounded by five defenders, he linked superbly with the energetic Pedro Obiang to find space to finish.

It was no more than West Ham deserved, and belied their four straight defeats coming into the match – and also, remarkably, gave the Hammers successive victories over Everton for the first time since 1973. Momentous for Pellegrini then, in more ways than one.


Everton: Pickford, Kenny, Holgate, Zouma, Digne, Gueye, Schneiderlin, Walcott, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin, Tosun

Subs: Stekelenburg, Baines, Bernard, Davies, Dowell, Lookman, Niasse

West Ham: Fabianski, Zabaleta, Balbuena, Diop, Masuake, Rice, Obiang, Noble, Yarmolenko, Anderson, Arnautovic

Subs: Adrian, Cresswell, Ogbonna, Sanchez, Snodgrass, Antonio, Lucas

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Mex Martillo 8:56 Mon Sep 17
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 6:13 Mon Sep 17
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chim chim cha boo 3:59 Mon Sep 17
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Thanks Alan.

ted fenton 1:33 Mon Sep 17
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Thanks Alan 12:11 Mon Sep 17

Fivetide 12:37 Mon Sep 17
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Thanks Alan. Best papers of the season do far!

Alwaysaniron 12:21 Mon Sep 17
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