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Alan 12:52 Fri Sep 21
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United and Arsenal are interested in Hertha Berlin's Germany Under-21 midfielder Arne Maier, 19. (Sport Bild)

United, meanwhile, have joined Tottenham in wanting to sign Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong. Scouts were sent to watch the 22-year-old Netherlands international against France earlier this month. (Sun)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he faces the sack after his side's run of poor form. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, Pochettino claims Tottenham's 31-year-old goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' thigh injury is down to the stress of the Frenchman's drink-drive conviction. (Sun)

Liverpool have received a boost in their pursuit of Cagliari midfielder Nicolo Barella, 21, after Juventus dropped out of the race for the Italy Under-21 international. (Calciomercato)

Former England midfielder James Milner, 32, is yet to be offered a contract extension at Liverpool. His latest deal expires at the end of next season. (Mail)

Raul Sanllehi - the new head of football at Arsenal - is hoping to reunite Sevilla's Argentina midfielder Ever Banega, 30, with manager Unai Emery at Emirates Stadium. (Sun)

Sanllehi is also interested in Boca Juniors' 22-year-old Argentine forward Cristian Pavon. (football.london)

Jurgen Klopp changed Liverpool's transfer policy to a "quality over quantity" approach in the pursuit of Virgil van Dijk from Southampton. (FourFourTwo)

Spanish journalist Guillem Balague says Barcelona and Argentina playmaker Lionel Messi, 31, and 33-year-old Juventus' Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo have a lot in common - especially in defeat. (BBC Radio 5 live Football Daily)

Italy legend Francesco Totti says he tried to persuade Ronaldo and Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 36, to join him at Roma during his playing days. (La Repubblica, via Mail)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha says he was "living in hell" during his time at Manchester United. The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international made two league appearances for United in a two-year spell at Old Trafford. (Shortlist)

Former West Ham defender James Collins, 35, has been invited to train with Aston Villa, as manager Steve Bruce considers a move for the Welsh free agent. (Telegraph)

Swansea are expected to offer former England Under-21 midfielder Matt Grimes, 23, a contract extension. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

There are reports today of continuing problems besetting Tottenham’s new stadium, with claims that delays have been caused by misunderstandings between some of the crews working on it and a failure of management to arrange a proper introduction between Arse Ltd and Elbow Plc. Naturally, some commentators are already suggesting that if a club cannot efficiently coordinate subcontracted electricians, then it cannot expect to organise a back four to clear a last-minute corner, but the Mill can’t help thinking that that is a case of putting two and two together and coming up with a load of old tosh. Still, if such talk provokes another entertaining press conference from Mauricio Pochettino, it’ll all have been worth it, right?

Here’s something else that could rile Pochettino: Bayern Munich are said to be plotting a January swoop for Son Heung-min. Yes, while Spurs no longer have to worry about their forward having to troop off on military service, they must now fret about the prospect of him being enlisted by Bayern for endless marches to the Bundesliga title. Son is not believed to be especially keen but his agent could potentially use interest from Bayern to start trying to negotiate a pay hike from Spurs at a time when the club is investing fortunes in staging a huge electrician festival in north London. The club could do without all this, that’s what some people are saying.

Others are saying that Arne Maier would solve some of Tottenham’s woes. The 19-year-old has been lighting up Hertha Berlin’s midfield since the start of this season to the extent that Spurs are said to be readying an offer. But as the Mill found yesterday, so are Arsenal and Manchester United, apparently. Tottenham and United are also set to lock horns over another young midfielder, namely Ajax’s 22-year-old Frenkie de Jong.

Liverpool, meanwhile, reckon they’ve found a lad even better than that pair: Cagliari’s Nicolò Barrela, who was being tracked by Juventus but not any more, as the Italian side have decided to suspended all non-essential activities to facilitate prolonged gnashing and weeping over Cristiano Ronaldo’s red card in the Champions League this week. The Anfield club are also set to offer a new deal to the eternally youthful James Milner.

Finally, Arsenal’s ex-blazer Ivan Gazidis is rumoured to be keen on luring Aaron Ramsey from his old club to his new one, Milan.


Manuel Lanzini trains alone in gym as West Ham ace steps up recovery from anterior cruciate ligament injury

Manuel Lanzini has stepped up his recovery from a knee ligament injury
Lanzini ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee before the World Cup
He revealed in June that he will not return until January 2019 at the earliest
The Argentine was filmed performing some running exercises alone in the gym

By Max Winters

West Ham star Manuel Lanzini has stepped up his recovery from a knee ligament injury after footage emerged of him running alone in the gym.

Lanzini ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during a training session with Argentina in Barcelona before the World Cup.

The 25-year-old was ruled out of the tournament and underwent surgery shortly after.

Manuel Lanzini has stepped up his recovery from a knee ligament injury

Lanzini revealed in June that he will not return from his knee ligament injury until January 2019 at the earliest.

Some reports claimed he could miss the whole of this season, however, the Hammers star insisted he was hoping to be back in action midway through the campaign.

And that looks increasingly likely as he was filmed running in and out of a set of cones on his Instagram account. Lanzini lightly jogged forwards and backwards around the gym and looked comfortable when changing direction.

Lanzini has scored 20 goals in 99 league appearances for the Hammers since arriving, initially on loan, from UAE club Al Jazira in 2015.

He only made his senior international debut last year and was capped four times before being included in Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli's initial squad for Russia.

West Ham will be pleased to see one of their key players returning to fitness. Life under Manuel Pellegrini hasn't started as expected but they were given renewed hope with a 3-1 victory at Everton last weekend.

Looking good

Evening Standard

Mark Noble: It was well worth making a song and dance about our huge win at Everton


Mark Noble

What a difference a win makes! Straight after the defeat by Wolves, I went into the dressing room and told a few home truths. On Sunday I went into the changing room at Goodison Park after our 3-1 win and just said: “Put the music on!”

There has not been a lot of dancing or singing after four defeats, but that feeling after a badly-needed win was so good.

We so badly needed to grind out a result, but we did more than that. We’ve traditionally struggled at Everton, but to go there last weekend, play the way we did and come away with that result, it was like having an ice cream with chocolate sauce - and sprinkles! That feeling after a win carries you into the following week.

I watched the Manchester City documentary recently and there’s a bit in it where they’re talking about how good the spirit is. That’s because they win most weeks! Let me tell you, it wouldn’t be like that if they were losing - and maybe it’s not been like that after their Champions League defeat by Lyon.

Our manager made some changes for Sunday’s game and it worked well. I felt we had a real firm base in midfield with myself, Pedro Obiang and Declan Rice. We knew our jobs.

I’m not going to get carried away, though, because now we have two massive challenges in the Premier League, with Chelsea on Sunday, followed by Manchester United.

Against Everton, though, we felt like a team, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson defending at the back post, in addition to great stuff going forward. That’s how you have to play in the Premier League.

In the build-up to the second goal, I got kicked by one of their defenders and was on the ground appealing for a free-kick, even as Andriy scored a great goal. It was a brilliant decision by the ref, Martin Atkinson, to allow play to go on!

What pleased me most, though, was the way we reacted in the second half after Everton scored to make it 2-1 right on half-time. We had played well in the first 45 minutes and the manager said, “Relax, calm down” and told us to keep playing the way we had been - and we did that.

We’re looking forward to playing Chelsea, the form team in the Premier League with the form player, Eden Hazard. I’ve read some suggestions he is the best player in Europe. He’s certainly one of them, but I watched Barcelona during the week, where Lionel Messi scored a hat-trick.

But Eden is one of the best I’ve played against. He’s so strong, so quick, he’s sharp in the mind and he can often do whatever he wants to do, despite all your efforts to try to stop him.

One thing that is a shame is that when Eden is in the side, Ross Barkley obviously has fewer chances — you always want to see a good, young English player in Chelsea’s team.

How do we approach Sunday’s game, though? With a lot more confidence, a lot more belief, if I’m honest. We know, though, we have to play well because if you don’t, against a team like Chelsea, there’s every chance you’ll be beaten convincingly.

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Texas Iron 10:47 Sat Sep 22
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Mex Martillo 12:09 Sat Sep 22
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Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 11:36 Fri Sep 21
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:07 Fri Sep 21
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Thanks Alan

gph 1:03 Fri Sep 21
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Thanks, Alan.

This thread is like having an ice cream with chocolate sauce - and sprinkles!

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