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Alan 12:16 Tue Sep 18
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Talks have stalled between Raheem Sterling and Manchester City over a new contract for the 23-year-old England winger, with his current deal to expire in the summer of 2020. (Guardian)

Crystal Palace have complained to the Premier League over treatment received by their 25-year-old Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha. (Telegraph)

Roma sporting director Monchi says the club were forced to sell Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 26, to Liverpool because of financial fair play rules. (El Mundo - in Spanish)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged Algerian winger Riyad Mahrez, 27, to follow Portuguese 24-year-old team-mate Bernardo Silva's example. (Express)

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand says Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho still doesn't "trust" 20-year-old England striker Marcus Rashford. (Mirror)

Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis is going to leave the Gunners for Serie A side AC Milan. after being offered a £1m pay rise. (Mail)

Former Tottenham and England defender Steven Caulker, 26, could be set to join Ukrainian side Arsenal Kiev after being offered a deal by their coach Fabrizio Ravanelli, the ex-Middlesbrough striker. (Mirror)

Ex-Arsenal striker Ian Wright says Tottenham's Hotspur's 2-1 home loss to Liverpool on Saturday was their "worst performance" under manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Sun)

Former Chelsea defender John Terry, 37, is still undecided as to whether he will play on after rejecting Russian club Spartak Moscow. Aston Villa have expressed interest in re-signing the defender. (Birmingham Mail)

Crystal Palace, Brighton and Watford are monitoring 18-year-old midfielder Adam Lovatt, currently playing for Bostik League South East side Hastings United. (Team Talk)

Palace have brought in Roy Hodgson's trusted talent-spotter Barry Simmonds, who was with him at Fulham and played a key role in spotting Mousa Dembele, Chris Smalling and Zoltan Gera. (Mail)

Defender Jonjoe Kenny, 21, has called for Everton fans and players to pull together in support of manager Marco Silva after a disappointing first defeat of the season against West Ham at the weekend. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea's Eden Hazard, 27, would be capable of scoring 40 goals this season - if he was playing for Liverpool or Manchester City, former England international Stuart Pearce says. (Talksport)

Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka says American Gboly Ariyibi, who is yet to make a first-team appearance for the club, needs to be playing first-team football. The 23-year-old winger turned down the opportunity of a loan move back to his former club Chesterfield last week. (Nottingham Post)

Brighton boss Chris Hughton says he is not frustrated despite being overlooked for higher-profile managerial positions. (Argus)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

It says something about the quality of today’s transfer tittle-tattle that the most interesting rumour concerns the Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, who is leaving the Emirates after a decade to take up a similar role at Milan. According to the Mail, the boardroom bigwig is “99.9% certain to leave”, after a source informed them that “it looks like a done deal”.

It is nearly six years since Steven Caulker, then a highly-rated 20-year-old centre-back blossoming at Tottenham, made his first and so far only England appearance in a friendly against Sweden. He is currently out of contract after leaving Dundee last month, but apparently not for long: he is wanted by Arsenal Kyiv, who having lost six of their first eight league matches to sit bottom of the Ukrainian Premier League with a goal difference of -12 could certainly do with some defensive reinforcement.

Perhaps not coincidentally their coach also used to play for Dundee – it’s the Silver Feather himself, Fabrizio Ravanelli. Anyway, according to the Mirror Ravanelli shouldn’t get too excited just yet, as Caulker “also has admirers in the Championship and is in no rush to commit”, but the opportunity to tease readers with a headline about a former Tottenham star being on the verge of joining Arsenal is one that several newspapers have found impossible to resist.

A less familiar name who seems about to join the joyous melee of Scottish football is Miquel Nelom, a 27-year-old former Feyenoord left-back, who is a free agent after leaving the Dutch side and according to the Daily Record is about to sign for Hibernian, perhaps as soon as today. Meanwhile Adam Lovatt, the 18-year-old midfield tyro currently starring for Hastings United, has caught the eye of scouts from Crystal Palace, Brighton and Watford, according to Teamtalk.

It has emerged that Hatem Ben Arfa turned down West Ham in the summer to sign instead for Rennes. And for some reason a week-old story from Calciomercato about Bayern Munich being interested in Tottenham’s Son Heung-min has been picked up by both the Mirror and the Sun in the last 24 hours, forcing the Mill to dutifully include it in its daily wrap.

Football London

Wilshere ankle surgery successful, West Ham say

West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere is facing a spell on the sidelines after undergoing what the club say was a successful ankle operation.

Wilshere, 26, had his operation on Monday morning after missing Sunday’s 3-1 Premier League win at Everton because of his injury, and now faces a period of rest before beginning his rehabilitation.

However, the Hammers’ head of medical Richard Collinge has revealed the procedure went well.

In a statement on the club’s official website, Collinge said: “Jack underwent successful surgery in London on Monday morning for a minor ongoing ankle issue. The surgeon was happy with the procedure and all went as planned.

“We envisage he will only need a relatively short period of rest and will then start his rehabilitation. Jack is focused and determined to get back training and playing as soon as possible.”

The confirmation came amid speculation that Wilshere could be facing up to six weeks out of action.

That would come as a blow to a man whose career to date has been punctuated by injuries.

Wilshere arrived at the London Stadium in July after ending his 17-year association with Arsenal and started his new club’s first four games of the campaign.

He did so desperate to prove his worth once again after missing out on the England squad for this summer’s World Cup finals despite making 38 appearances for the Gunners last season.


VAR to be trialled at London Stadium

VAR will be trialled in West Ham’s third round Carabao Cup tie against Macclesfield next Wednesday at the London Stadium.

The VAR trial continues to be overseen by the Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) with support from stakeholders across the professional game.

Fans in the London stadium will be kept abreast of in-game developments with the same notification process put in place for supporters as was used in the recent Community Shield as the video officials, based remotely at Stockley Park, assist the referee in ONLY four match changing situations:

Penalty/no penalty decisions
Direct red cards shown or not shown (second yellow cards are not able to be reviewed)
Mistaken identity

The emphasis of the experiment is to focus on clear and obvious errors.

In this way, the system aims to minimise any interference with the flow of the game and maximise the advantages of reviewing the video replays. Given the subjective nature of football and a desire to maintain the flow and spectacle of the game, the system is not intended to achieve 100% accuracy in every decision.

The original decision of the referee on the pitch can only be changed if a video review shows a clear and obvious error.

Club and the PGMOL will be responsible for keeping fans at the stadium informed, with messages bearing the following information used as appropriate on screens present at each selected fixture.

VAR Check in Progress
VAR Check In Progress – Checking Goal
VAR Check In Progress – Checking Penalty
VAR Check In Progress – Checking Red Card
VAR Check In Progress – Checking Mistaken Identity
VAR Check Complete
VAR Check Complete – Original Decision Overturned

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

BRANDED 11:14 Wed Sep 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has been mentioned as a possible next chairman of the Premier League during informal discussions at the most recent clubs' meeting. (Mail)

Boycie 12:56 Wed Sep 19
Re: Tuesday newspapers
thanks Alan. Wilshere didnt play and we won......

Mex Martillo 8:12 Tue Sep 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 3:44 Tue Sep 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated.

Thanks Alan 12:19 Tue Sep 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers
Takashi Miike 12:16 Tue Sep 18

Takashi Miike 12:16 Tue Sep 18
Re: Tuesday newspapers
Thanks Alan

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