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Alan 1:24 Wed Sep 26
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, was told he would not captain the club again after telling manager Jose Mourinho he wants to join Barcelona. (Mail)

However, Pogba's criticism of United's tactics are a sign the Frenchman wants to move back to former club Juventus. (Tuttosport, via Sun)

United will want more than £200m if they are to sell France international Pogba. (Mirror)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez believes Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, will one day return to the club after leaving for Juventus in July. (ESPN)

Ronaldo and Barcelona's Argentine forward Lionel Messi, 31, are at the centre of a row after snubbing the Fifa Best Awards. (Marca via Express)

Germany manager Joachim Low was denied access to Arsenal's training ground in order to meet 29-year-old playmaker Mesut Ozil, who has retired from international football. (Star, via Bild)

West Brom are set to sign former Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako, 30, this week. The Mali international has been a free agent since turning down a contract offer from Palace in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal are interested in Rennes' 20-year-old Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr, who has been likened to Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele. (Mirror)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich wants at least £3bn to sell the club. (Bloomberg)

Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola believes Belgian winger Eden Hazard, 27, has not reached his full potential and can challenge for football's top individual awards. (Telegraph)

Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday are interested in signing Chelsea centre-back Gary Cahill but the 32-year-old wants to keep playing in the Premier League. (Sun)

Brentford midfielder Josh McEachran, 25, came through the ranks at Chelsea and says the Stamford Bridge outfit "is probably one of the hardest clubs, if not the hardest, in the world for a young player". (Times - subscription required)

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has backed 19-year-old defender Declan Rice's decision to turn down a contract offer at West Ham. (Talksport)

Monaco's owner Dmitry Rybolovlev is looking to sell the club - there has been interest from the United States and the United Arab Emirates. (le10sport.com - in French)

Fifa spent almost £9m on private jets in less than three years, which included a sightseeing trip to the Taj Mahal. (Independent)

Arsene Wenger is unsure over a return to football management, but the 68-year-old Frenchman says he has not retired after leaving Arsenal in the summer. (L'Est Republicain via Evening Standard)

Celtic are facing a slow death because they cannot compete financially with the top European leagues, says Juventus president Andrea Agnelli. (Scotsman)

Former manager Kevin Keegan says owner Mike Ashley's Newcastle United is the the worst-run club he has ever dealt with. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Former Newcastle vice-president Tony Jimenez says Keegan turned down the chance to sign Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 29, and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, 30, when he was in charge at the Tyneside club. (Times - subscription required)

Ex-Dundee skipper Bobby Mann, 44, says the club should sack manager Neil McCann. (Dundee Evening Telegraph)

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Ben Fisher

On the same day Ed Woodward, suited and booted up in the plush posh seats at Old Trafford, proclaimed Manchester United as the world’s biggest sports team, he then watched his side lose to Derby County and their dumped vice-captain, Paul Pogba, supposedly upset manager José Mourinho by informing him he wishes to join Barcelona. However, the Catalan side will have to cough up in excess of £200m to land the French midfielder, according to the Mirror.
Unbeaten records, crises and shinners – Football Weekly

Real Madrid are hopeful the former United No 7, Cristiano Ronaldo, will return to the La Liga club after his stint in Serie A with Juventus. “He is one of those that one day will come back,” muttered the Real president, Florentino Pérez. “I think that he is one of those players who will be in the hearts of the Madrid fans and will be remembered from generation to generation.”

On the lookout for firmer tittle-tattle? Well, the Sun report Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday are thinking long and hard about breaking their respective banks once more with an audacious move for Gary Cahill, the 32-year-old Chelsea defender. Cahill himself is determined to play Premier League football, though, while if under-fire manager Steve Bruce remains in charge, he may try and lure John Terry back.

Elsewhere, West Bromwich Albion are set to sign former Crystal Palace winger Bakary Sako on a free transfer while defender Steven Caulker – without a club after leaving Dundee in August – is training with Wigan Athletic, with a view to earning a contract. And, the former Newcastle United vice-president has revealed Kevin Keegan turned down the chance to sign Daniel Sturridge and Karim Benzema during his tenure on Tyneside.

Football London

Carroll, Wilshere, Arnautovic - Latest West Ham injury news and potential return dates

Here's the latest injury news from the treatment room at Rush Green ahead of the visit Maccelsfield Town

By Sam Inkersole

Marko Arnautovic is to be assessed following a knee injury picked up during the 3-1 win over Everton but the club is hopeful that he will be fit to face Manchester United this weekend.

The talismanic striker limped off shortly after scoring the third goal against the Toffees, complaining of a pain behind his left knee in the same area he aggravated a few weeks previously against Arsenal.

Before the visit of the Red Devils, the Hammers welcome Maccelsfield Town to the London Stadium in the third round of the Carabao Cup/

Midfielder Jack Wilshere is definitely out of the game against the Blues and could be sidelined for at least a month after the former Gunners man underwent minor ankle surgery.

Lanzini picked up that devastating ACL injury on the eve of the World Cup in Russia and has been rehabbing in Barcelona after his surgery in the Catalan city. He posted on Instagram on Friday a short video of him doing some light running between sets of cones and looking comfortable with changing direction.

The Argentine is not expected to start fully running again until Christmas 2018/early 2019 and the player himself has targeted a return to action at some stage this season.

Marko Arnautovic

Date of injury: September 16

Type if injury: Left knee

Expected return date: September 23 (to be assessed)

Comments: ""He felt uncomfortable and this morning he couldn't run."

Manuel Lanzini

Date of injury: June 2018

Type of injury: Right ACL

Expected return date: 2019

Comments: "I expect to be ready to play at the beginning of 2019.That's my goal."

Winston Reid

Date of injury: July 2018 (aggravated in pre-season training)

Type of injury: Knee

Expected return date: 2019

Comments: "He's eight weeks down the line from his surgery and making good progress."."

Andy Carroll

Date of injury: July 9 2018

Type of injury: Ankle

Potential return date: Late 2018/early 2019

Comments: "Progressing really nicely, he's going to start doing some work on the pitches this week."

Jack Wilshere

Date of injury: September 14

Type of injury: Ankle

Potential return date: November 2018

Comments: "He has a screw in his ankle, from the last surgery he had some years ago, maybe it made some movements so they had to take it and out and we will see how many weeks he is out for."

Javier Hernandez

Date of injury: September 4

Type of injury: Flu

Potential return date: September 29

Comments: "Hernandez is sick and has had a virus for the last ten days, so he's at home."

This is Futbol

West Ham willing to sell ‘unfit’ Antonio for £20m

West Ham have slapped a £20million asking price on the head of Michail Antonio as it is revealed he has been struggling with some of the more demanding drills in training, according to The West Ham Way.

The podcast, which features the likes of well known insider ExWHUemployee, were left relaying a story which revealed former assistant manager Alan Irvine, who was second in charge behind David Moyes before their departure at the end of last season, was concerned about the fitness of the 28-year-old forward after being left “knackered” by some sprint training and that he found such exercises a difficulty.

Speaking about the potential departure of the winger, it is stated that West Ham had placed a £20million price tag on his head, although ExWHUemployee had suggested a £15million bid might have secured his exit.


This revelation will come as a bit of a surprise to the West Ham faithful, who will have considered the energetic Antonio, with his pure power and speed, to have been one of the fitter players among the squad. However it seems as though beneath the exterior he is perhaps not as well tuned as the club would have hoped, and that he requires either specialist training to improve his fitness levels or perhaps a change of style – which might mean shedding some of that muscle and weight – to better suit his game. Either way, the fact that the Irons were reportedly happy to let him go for £20million highlights that he is by no means guaranteed a future among the first team squad and a failure to impress could see him shipped out sooner than expected. His performance up front against Chelsea left a lot to be desired, and things will have to improve for the better if he hopes to continue keeping a place in the starting XI.

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Dr Moose 5:42 Wed Sep 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Crystal Palace beckons for Antonio, they like to give us money for crap players

Mad Dog 5:13 Wed Sep 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I'd forgotten that twat Carroll existed

ludo21 3:32 Wed Sep 26
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Carragher should shut up and piss off.

martyboy 3:02 Wed Sep 26
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Agree with the bit about Antonio, looked lazy and un intrested in shutting anythying down last Sunday. Must at least try to run!!! or end up like that useless twat Frank Nouble!!!!

Thanks Alan 2:15 Wed Sep 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 2:14 Wed Sep 26

ted fenton 2:14 Wed Sep 26
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The Stoat 1:29 Wed Sep 26

Takashi Miike 1:40 Wed Sep 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

The Stoat 1:29 Wed Sep 26
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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