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Alan 11:23 Thu Sep 27
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Several senior Manchester United players are angry with boss Jose Mourinho's man-management. The Portuguese recently told midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, he would not captain the club again. (ESPN)

Pogba and Mourinho clashed at training on Wednesday because the manager thought the France international had posted a video of him laughing after Manchester United's defeat by Derby in the EFL Cup. (Sun)

Pogba told the United hierarchy almost two months ago that he wanted to leave Old Trafford. (Telegraph)

The problems between Mourinho and Pogba began when the midfielder re-signed for Manchester United for £89m, with the Old Trafford boss unhappy at the manner his arrival was announced. (Mail)

United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has backed Mourinho and is not thinking about sacking the 55-year-old. However, a number of players are considering leaving the club at the end of the season if Mourinho remains. (Star)

Mourinho and Pogba will have to continue to work together as Ed Woodward has no plans to get rid of either of them. (Times - subscription required)

Mourinho wants the same kind of backing from the Manchester United board as former manager Sir Alex Ferguson used to get in his battles with players. (Sun)

Midfielder Aaron Ramsey will leave Arsenal next summer after contract talks broke down. The 27-year-old Wales international, who is in the final season of his contract, has previously been linked with Chelsea and Juventus. (Mirror)

Manchester City want 18-year-old English midfielder Phil Foden to sign a long-term contract. (Mail)

West Ham have complained to talkSPORT about criticism from former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy regarding their handling of contract negotiations with Declan Rice. The Hammers did so after learning that the 19-year-old's agent has also represented Murphy. (Guardian)

Arsenal are monitoring Everton defender Ryan Astley. The 16-year-old made his debut for the club's under-23 side in March. (Mirror)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it could take up to six months for Brazil midfielder Fabinho to adapt to the club's way of playing. The 24-year-old joined Liverpool from Monaco in the summer and played in Wednesday's Carabao Cup defeat by Chelsea. (Independent)

Leicester City boss Claude Puel says Turkey centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, 22, has yet to make his debut because his lack of English is making it difficult to communicate with his team-mates. (Leicester Mercury)

Everton are interested in 20-year-old Porto and Brazil right-back Eder Militao, who can also play at centre-back and in midfield. (UOL - in Portuguese)

Barcelona are keen to sign Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21, although Tottenham and Manchester City have expressed interest in the Netherlands international. (Talksport)

Former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes is on the shortlist to take over at Ligue 1 side Nantes. He has been out of work since he left West Ham at the end of last season. (Mirror)

Brentford's Spanish winger Sergi Canos, 21, says he turned down an offer from Liverpool to sign a long-term deal in 2016. (Guardian)

Bournemouth defender Jack Simpson, 21, says he is flattered by interest from Scottish Premiership side Rangers, but the Englishman is focused on his role at the Premier League club. (Bournemouth Echo)

England will back Germany over Turkey when Uefa meet to elect the host for Euro 2024. (Times - subscription required)

Stan Kroenke has completed his buyout of Arsenal. The American agreed a £60m deal with Alisher Usmanov in August and is now the sole owner of shares in the club. (Evening Standard)

Crystal Palace will create a new singing section at Selhurst Park from the start of next season. (Independent)

Guardian Rumour Mill

John Ashdown

Tottenham manager Martin Jol has been handed £30m to spend and is eyeing up Louis Saha! Barcelona are planning to spend £35m on Arsenal’s Thierry Henry, and are also keen on Spurs goalkeeper Paul Robinson! Sir Alex Ferguson wants Michael Essien, Lyon’s £15m-rated midfielder, and will offload Kleberson to Benfica! Southampton manager ‘Arry Redknapp is ready to spend £2.5m to bring in Jason Euell!

Ah, Memory Lane. Swimming in the nostalgia of the early noughties can be a nice pastime for an hour or two before you remember there were Avril Lavigne records and Rob Schneider films lurking there. But the hot chat this morning is that James Milner wants to turn the clock back to 2004 and rejoin Leeds United at the end of the season, as long as Marcelo Bielsa’s side get themselves into the Premier League.

Arsenal are getting all hot under the collar at the thought of Ismaïla Sarr. The “Rennes wonderkid” would cost somewhere in the region of £50m but the Gunners are at the head of a queue that also includes Chelsea, Barcelona and Juventus.

There may well be a Aaron Ramsey-shaped hole to fill at the Emirates next season, with the midfielder’s contract talks stalling like a 1979 Trabant with 100,000 miles on the clock. Chelsea and Lazio are hovering with intent

Brighton’s Davy Propper is a target for Sevilla. So there’s that.

Southampton want Richmond Boakye to invigorate their attacking options in January. The Ghana striker, once on Juve’s books, is on loan at Red Star Belgrade from Jiangsu Suning because modern football. Mark Hughes, fun-loving renegade that he is, also fancies making a move for Lille winger Nicolas Pépé.

Éder Militão is a green blob making a soft blipping noise on Everton’s radar. It’ll take £17m to prise the Brazil defender from Porto.


Grady Diangana’s debut double crowns West Ham’s 8-0 rout of Macclesfield

Jacob Steinberg at the London Stadium

Grady Diangana celebrates scoring his first, and West Ham’s seventh, goal in their 8-0 victory against Macclesfield Town. Photograph: Michael Zemanek/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

West Ham secured their place in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup after recording their biggest win since beating Bury 10-0 in 1983.

Ryan Fredericks, Lucas Pérez and Robert Snodgrass scored their first West Ham goals and the 24,833 supporters who showed up at the London Stadium enjoyed a first look at Grady Diangana, who hogged the limelight scoring twice on his senior debut.
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Manuel Pellegrini praised Diangana for seizing his opportunity and the Chilean, who won this competition twice with Manchester City, was also pleased with his side for adopting a ruthless attitude against Macclesfield Town.

The only consolation for Macclesfield was that West Ham declared after Diangana made it 8-0 with eight minutes left. “It wasn’t the result we were looking for,” Mark Yates, the visiting manager, said.

The floodgates opened when Declan Rice, an early replacement for the injured Carlos Sánchez, crossed for Michail Antonio to head his first goal of the season past Kieran O’Hara in the 30th minute.

The second arrived when Diangana, a 20-year-old winger, cut inside from the right and unleashed a shot that O’Hara failed to hold. James Pearson’s goal-line clearance hit Fiacre Kelleher, leaving Snodgrass with an easy finish.
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Macclesfield, who are bottom of League Two after earning two points from their first nine games, fell further behind when Aaron Cresswell picked out Pérez, who scored his first since his £4m move from Arsenal. Fredericks added a fourth with a venomous drive shortly after half-time and woeful defending allowed Angelo Ogbonna to convert Snodgrass’s corner. Pellegrini gave two more youngsters, Conor Coventry and Joe Powell, their debuts in the second half and Snodgrass scored his second after a surge from Fredericks.

The moment the home fans were waiting for arrived when Diangana combined with Powell, skipped into the area and rolled a low finish past O’Hara. “I was pleased for him because the only thing I demand from young players when they have the opportunity is to take the opportunity,” Pellegrini said. “He did very well, not only for the two goals.”

It was a good way for West Ham to warm up for the more daunting task of hosting Manchester United on Saturday.

West Ham

13 Adrian
24 Fredericks
21 Ogbonna
23 Diop
3 Cresswell
15 Sanchez
14 Obiang
11 Snodgrass
45 Diangana
30 Antonio
27 Lucas Perez


1 Fabianski
4 Balbuena
20 Yarmolenko
26 Masuaku
41 Rice (s 9')
50 Powell (s 61')
54 Coventry (s 46')


West Ham claim biggest win for 35 years with rout of sorry Macclesfield

Matt Law, Football News Correspondent

Manuel Pellegrini’s love affair with the Carabao Cup shows no sign of letting up as his West Ham United side dished out a third-round thrashing to the Football League’s bottom club, Macclesfield Town.

And Academy product Grady Diangana enjoyed a West Ham debut to remember, as he marked an impressive performance by netting the final two goals of his club’s biggest victory for 35 years.

The 20 year-old has benefitted from Pellegrini’s decision to move the club’s Under-23s from the old Chadwell Heath training ground to the first-team’s Rush Heath base.

“One of the things that I asked the club was to work with the Under-23 players in the same training ground,” said Pellegrini. “Last month we started doing that and it is easier to see their performances.

“He (Diangana) must improve a lot if he wants to be a top player, but he is working hard. If he keeps this attitude he will improve a lot.

“I was pleased for him because the only thing I demand from young players when they have the opportunity is to take the opportunity. He did very well, not only for the two goals.”

The League Cup was the first and last trophy Pellegrini lifted in English football with Manchester City and he is clearly taking the event seriously again at West Ham.

Not since beating Bury 10-0 in the 1983 League Cup had West Ham won by such a big margin before the visit of League Two Macclesfield.

Although Pellegrini made eight changes from the side that drew with Chelsea, the West Ham manager sent out a strong team that included summer signing Lucas Perez, Robert Snodgrass and Michail Antonio.

The trio were all on target during a first half in which West Ham effectively secured their progress to the fourth round draw.

But it was only after Adrian had made a brilliant save to deny Harry Smith and Carlos Sanchez had limped off to be replaced by Declan Rice that West Ham broke the deadlock.

It was Rice who produced an accurate cross to find Antonio, who beat Macclesfield goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara with his head from close range just before the half-an-hour mark.

Rice is currently involved in a contract stand-off with West Ham and his impact after stepping off the substitutes’ bench will only add to the pressure on the club to reach an agreement with the 19-year-old.

Snodgrass then added a second three minutes later and his first West Ham goal since joining in January 2017 owed much to Diangana.

The winger fired in an angled shot that O’Hara could only push towards his own goal and the Macclesfield defence made a mess of trying to clear the ball, allowing Snodgrass to bundle it over the line from close range.

There was another first, when Lucas opened his West Ham account with a volley from Aaron Creswell’s cross five minutes before the break.

West Ham quickly extended their lead in the second half as Ryan Fredericks drove the ball past the helpless O’Hara and Angelo Ogbonna headed a Snodgrass corner into the net.

Fredericks turned provider for Snodgrass to net his second of the night on the hour. But the biggest cheers were reserved for Diangana, who joined West Ham as a 10-year-old. He skipped his way in from the right and finished coolly past O’Hara for both of his goals.

When it was put to Pellegrini that West Ham supporters like nothing better than to see a young player progress up the ranks and a cup run, he replied: “So do I. I like to see young players and I like to win games.”
Match details

West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Adrian; Fredericks, Diop, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Obiang (Coventry, 46), Sanchez (Rice, 10); Diangana, Snodgrass, Antonio (Powell, 62); Lucas.

Subs not used: Fabianski, Balbuena, Yarmolenko, Masuaku.

Macclesfield Town (4-2-3-1): O’Hara; Pearson, Kelleher, Grimes, Fitzpatrick; Maycock, Lowe (Welch-Hayes, 68); Napa 5 (Blissett, 58), Whitaker, Marsh; Smith (Arthur, 58).

Subs not used: Simpson, Hodgkiss, Wilson, Vincenti.

Referee: Craig Pawson (South Yorkshire).


West Ham complain to TalkSport over Danny Murphy remarks on Declan Rice

• Murphy said it was ‘ridiculous’ Rice did not have new contract
• Rice’s agent, Neil Fewings, has also represented Murphy

Jacob Steinberg

West Ham have complained to TalkSport about criticism from Danny Murphy regarding their handling of contract negotiations with Declan Rice after learning that Rice’s agent has also represented Murphy.

Murphy argued that it was “ridiculous” that West Ham were yet to reward Rice’s impressive performances with a new contract when he appeared on Jim White’s radio show on Monday and warned that the club risked losing their brightest young talent if the matter were not resolved soon. The 19-year-old has entered the final two years of his deal and rejected an offer worth around £15,000 a week in the summer.

Yet West Ham, who are thought to be confident that Rice’s contract contains an option that will allow them to extend it until 2021, are determined not to be pushed around and believe that Murphy should have declared his connection with Neil Fewings, who landed Rice as a client this year. Fewings declined to comment but confirmed he had represented the former Liverpool midfielder.

“I’m amazed West Ham haven’t got him a new contract sorted,” Murphy said. “Why haven’t they sorted it? This lad hasn’t just come into the first team, he’s been around since last season. This is typical of lots of clubs who forget to reward young lads when they’re doing really well – and I don’t mean stupid money, I don’t agree with young lads who aren’t in the first team earning £20,000 a week.

“But he is on a very low contract, playing at the top level, dealing with some top players and looking very, very accomplished. All of a sudden he’s only got next season on his contract and what, West Ham think the big clubs aren’t watching him now? I’m amazed at West Ham, it’s ridiculous for a lad of this talent. It shouldn’t have got to this. You can’t let this happen.

“They’ve got a problem now after his last couple of performances. They’ve got a super young player who they haven’t looked after and dealt with. Hopefully they deal with it soon. He’s probably very happy there and wants to stay, but they have to act quickly because his performances now are taking him to a different level.”

The Guardian has approached TalkSport for comment.

Rice has received rave reviews since breaking into West Ham’s first team last season and excelled as a defensive midfielder in the 0-0 draw with Chelsea at the London Stadium last Sunday. Yet his relationship with the club has grown complicated since signing with Fewings, a prominent figure at Wasserman Media Group, one of the world’s top agencies. Rice, who is comfortable at centre-back or in midfield, receives £3,000 a week and it is understood that his representatives are asking West Ham to offer a basic wage of £30,000 a week.

However, West Ham are believed to be wary of giving the teenager too much too young after 36 first-team appearances. They do not want to harm his progress and believe that a contract worth £15,000 a week plus lucrative appearance bonuses is a more realistic figure.

The club are poised to resume talks with Rice’s representatives and are confident that the matter will be resolved by the end of the year. West Ham are desperate to ward off potential suitors by securing Rice to a long-term deal. They have taken delight in his development and regard him as a mature character. He is popular within the club and is admired for his professionalism and eagerness to learn.

All the same, Rice’s negotiating power has strengthened with each impressive outing and his emergence has led to England attempting to prise his allegiance away from the Republic of Ireland, for whom he has been capped three times in friendlies.

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jimbo2. 6:23 Thu Sep 27
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al, as always!

Texas Iron 4:52 Thu Sep 27
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Rice worth a 50k 4 year deal...10million total...
Cheap for a lad of his quality and potential.

BubblesCyprus 4:20 Thu Sep 27
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Thanks Alan another newspaper saved

Mex Martillo 3:59 Thu Sep 27
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Thanks Alan

Fuck off fatty Kev

JustAFatKevinDavies 12:06 Thu Sep 27
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Fuck off Alan

Eddie B 12:01 Thu Sep 27
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Alan, thanks.

Thanks Alan 11:56 Thu Sep 27
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mallard 11:42 Thu Sep 27

mallard 11:42 Thu Sep 27
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Thanks Alan

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