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Alan 1:32 Tue Sep 25
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United and Real Madrid are interested in signing 21-year-old Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is valued at 80m euros (£72m) (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, 29, would prefer to stay at Old Trafford, despite interest from Barcelona. (ESPN)

Arsenal are interested 20-year-old Rennes and Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr, who is also being watched by Inter Milan. (Mirror)

Newcastle will hold a meeting with manager Rafael Benitez about the budget for the January transfer window to try to help persuade the Spaniard to stay at the club beyond the end of the season. (Telegraph)

Paris-St Germain are interested in Juventus' 27-year-old Brazilian full-back Alex Sandro, who has previously been linked with Manchester United. (Le10 Sport - in French)

West Ham risk losing 19-year-old Republic of Ireland defender Declan Rice after he turned down a pay increase to £12,000 per week. (Mail)

And Rice's West Ham team-mate, Argentine right-back Pablo Zabaleta, 33, has encouraged his club to offer the "potential great" midfielder a new contract. (Guardian)

Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle are among 18 clubs to have sent scouts to watch Benfica's German goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos, 24. (Record - in Portuguese)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho reprimanded France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, for his role in Wolves' equaliser at Old Trafford on Saturday. (Sun)

Arsenal's Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech, 36, says former manager Arsene Wenger's insistence on playing 'the Arsenal way' cost them points in the league. (Times)

Former Liverpool and Aston Villa forward Stan Collymore says Chelsea should cut their losses and sell Spanish striker Alvaro Morata, 25, if they want to win the Premier League. (Mirror)

Former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson is in line to take over Iranian side Tractor Sazi,who sacked Wales and Real Madrid coach John Toshack earlier this month. (Sun)

Aston Villa are ready to begin talks with Wales defender James Chester, 23, over a new contract. (Telegraph)

Bayern Munich are interested in RB Leipzig's 22-year-old German defender Lukas Klostermann. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers' son, Anton, could win a deal with struggling Falkirk following a trial. The 25-year-old Northern Irish midfielder played against St Mirren reserves last week and Dundee United's second string on Monday. (Falkirk Herald)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Miller

The Rumour Mill has a confession. We know little of the Eredivisie these days. Between the Premier League, the Football League, the Champions League, the Europa League, bits of Serie A, La Liga and the Bundesliga, plus of course keeping bang up to date with the latest red hot developments in the transfer market, and then the relentless and exhausting grind of simply getting through the day, little time remains to get caught up on Dutch football.

Thus, we can only raise our eyebrows when word reaches us that a Dutch player we’d heard of but hardly seen and certainly don’t have an opinion on is apparently worth £72m. Frenkie de Jong is the man making scouts across the continent rub their thighs, Vic Reeves style, and Ajax have seen them coming. Perhaps sick of the days when their best talent departed for relatively paltry sums, Ajax have told Manchester United and Real Madrid, among others, they’ll have to stump up £72m if they want the midfielder. PSG, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Tottenham and Barcelona are all sniffing around this hot new thing, so he must be good.

Do United have a hole in their midfield they need to fill? Not if Ander Herrera has anything to do with it: not discouraged by spending most of his time scratching his bottom this season, rather that flying off to pastures more exciting, Herrera wants to stick around and scrap for his place at Manchester United, despite his contract expiring at the end of the season. See also: Young, Ashley.

A solemn ceremony must occur: Liverpool fans on Twitter must now hand over the ‘Announce Fekir’ baton to their Real Madrid counterparts, for it is the Spanish giants’ social media managers that will be hounded every time they post something by frantic oddballs insisting they complete a signing. Word is they are the club in pole position to sign Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, knocking Chelsea’s plans off somewhat.

Mario Götze has been given some advice. After being binned from the Borussia Dortmund team, former colleague Kevin Grosskreutz has suggested a change of scenery for Götze might be just the job: “Maybe it’ll do him a world of good to leave Bundesliga in the winter, move abroad where it’s all a bit quieter and where he knock his career into shape again. Jürgen Klopp knows him well. He’d be a good fit at Liverpool.”

Rafa Benítez is unhappy. Well, most people with any connection to Newcastle are fairly unhappy at the moment, but Rafa the gaffer is chief among them, on account of not having any money to spend on better players. He’ll address that in an upcoming meeting with Mike Ashley to discuss Newcastle’s spends for the January transfer window, but we wouldn’t be at all surprised if all he comes away with is a giant Sports Direct mug and a multipack of Donnay socks.

What else can we tell you? Well, Arsenal are apparently mad keen on Senegal winger Ismaïla Sarr, who Rennes have decided will cost £20m. He is a Rennes player – they’re not just getting ideas above their station and setting the fees for other clubs. The Gunners are one of many clubs also sniffing around Benfica keeper Odisseas Vlachodimos, with Chelsea, Manchester United and the other usual suspects all having scoped him out.

And finally, Paul Ince is being lined up for a gig at Morecambe, as their director of football. Presumably he’ll write “sign players” on a little notebook.


West Ham need to secure Declan Rice’s signature, says Pablo Zabaleta
• Dressing room needs to keep his feet on ground, Zabaleta says
• Teenage Hammers midfielder holds out for £30k a week

Dominic Fifield

Pablo Zabaleta has urged West Ham to prioritise securing Declan Rice to a new contract following the teenager’s hugely impressive start to the season.

Rice has operated in defensive midfield over recent weeks and contributed heavily to the win at Everton and encouraging draw at home against Chelsea on Sunday which have lifted West Ham from the foot of the league table. Manuel Pellegrini heaped praise on the youngster’s performance in that derby, yet Rice has entered the final 12 months of his deal having rejected a new offer over the summer.

The 19-year-old is understood to have turned down a deal worth around £15,000 a week and is holding out for around twice that, with the club apparently wary of harming his progress by granting a player who made 26 top-flight appearances last season too much too young.

“He is young and still has room for improvement for sure,” said Zabaleta who, at 33, has played his own part in the side’s recovery. “But he has the right ability and attitude to become one of the greatest players for West Ham.

“He is in the last year of his contract so West Ham need to think about his situation because, even though he is young, he looks so mature and is proving he can perform for the team. He is one of those young players you like to look after and help with all the information you can give him.”

Rice, who started at Chelsea’s academy before moving across the capital at 14, is unperturbed at the lack of progress in talks. His negotiating position becomes stronger with each performance, with England attempting to prise his allegiance away from the Republic of Ireland, for whom he has been capped three times in friendlies.

Zabaleta said: “Let’s not put more pressure on him, and instead see how far he can go as a player … He has a lot more to learn but all the players in the dressing room need to look after him and keep his feet on the ground. Even at the age of 19, if you play two or three good games in this league, you attract attention from everyone.”

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Mex Martillo 11:11 Tue Sep 25
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 5:27 Tue Sep 25
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ted fenton 3:01 Tue Sep 25

(Thanks, Bubbles C, look forward to that!)

BubblesCyprus 4:57 Tue Sep 25
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Thanks Alan will buy you a beer one day

ted fenton 3:01 Tue Sep 25
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The Stoat 2:35 Tue Sep 25

The Stoat 2:35 Tue Sep 25
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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