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Alan 12:42 Wed Oct 3
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

French champions Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25. (Sun)

Barcelona may not be in a position to make a move for World Cup winner Pogba after announcing their financial results for 2017-18. (Telegraph)

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says he is surprised manager Jose Mourinho was not sacked after Saturday's 3-1 defeat at West Ham. (BT Sport)

Zinedine Zidane will not replace Mourinho at United, says the ex-Real Madrid manager's former France team-mate Christophe Dugarry. (RMC Sport - in French)

Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is set to follow Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey out of Arsenal on a free transfer next summer. The 27-year-old England international is in the final year of his deal and there in no agreement over a new contract. (Mirror)

Gunners manager Unai Emery has identified Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski, 24, as a replacement for Ramsey, 27. (SportMediaSet, via Star)

Manchester City have been scouting Hoffenheim youth team midfielder Ilay Elmkies. The 18-year-old Israeli scored against City's development side at the weekend. (Bild - in German)

Tottenham are ready to make a bid for Paris St-Germain's Adrien Rabiot in January. The 23-year-old France midfielder is out of contract next summer and can talk to clubs in January. (Mirror)

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani's contract talks with the club have stalled, which could give Chelsea hope of signing the 24-year-old Italy international. (Calcio Mercate - in Italian)

A dressing room rant from West Ham captain and midfielder Mark Noble, 31, after the side's loss to Wolves in September was the catalyst to their upturn in form. (Mail)

Argentina interim coach Lionel Scaloni says he has not spoken to Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero about returning to the national side. Aguero, 30, did not feature in the country's post-World Cup friendlies. (ESPN)

Chelsea will offer Brazil midfielder David Luiz a one-year contract extension. The 31-year-old's deal expires at the end of next season. (Evening Standard)

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, 18, is in line for his first England Under-21 call-up this week, with Aidy Boothroyd set to include him in the squad for the European Championship qualifiers against Andorra and Scotland. (Times - subscription required)

Leeds United are set to open talks with English midfielder Kemar Roofe. The 25-year-old has two years remaining on his four-year contract. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Sweden captain and centre-back Andreas Granqvist, 33, says the interest from Manchester United in bringing him to the club is "incredibly flattering". (FotbollDireckt - in Swedish)

Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson says he considered staying at Roma before joining the Premier League club. The 26-year-old Brazilian, who joined the Reds in July, said he cried when he left Rome, where his daughter was born. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Also, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has told Egypt striker Mohamed Salah, 26, to "relax" and the goals will start coming. (Telegraph)

Barcelona are unlikely to sign any players during the January transfer window. (Mundo Deportivo)

Meanwhile, the Spanish champions are concerned about the state of the Wembley pitch as there prepare to face Tottenham in the Champions League on Wednesday. (AS.com - in Spanish)

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Out of contract with PSG next summer and free to talk to foreign suitors in January, Adrien Rabiot could become Tottenham Hotspur’s first signing in over a year next January. The 23-year-old midfielder is hell bent on getting a move from Paris despite his manager Thomas Tuchel’s attempts to convince him to stay and already has admirers in Liverpool and Barcelona. The Mirror says Mauricio Pochettino is a big fan of the player, who was one of several surprise omissions from France’s successful World Cup squad. Along with Monaco, Liverpool are also interested in Cagliari midfielder Nicolò Barella but look likely to miss out as the homebird wishes to stay in Serie A and seems likely to head to Inter.

While their app may score a comparatively risible 3.9 to the 4.7 rating of its Manchester United counterpart on iTunes, Barcelona bean-counters announced a summary of their financial results for 2017-18 on Tuesday that will leave those in the Old Trafford accounts department fuming. The La Liga club were eager to trumpet their turnover of €916m, a figure they claim to be a record high for any sports club in world history. What Barça weren’t quite so eager to brag about was a wage bill that accounts for 66% of that number; a percentage that would have been considerably higher were it not for the sale of Neymar to Paris-Saint Germain.

The upshot, writes Sam Wallace in The Telegraph, is that Barcelona almost certainly can’t afford to sign Paul Pogba, even if United were prepared to sell their disaffected midfielder, as the club’s projected wage bill “leaves no room in the budget” for such a major outlay. Elsewhere in the press, PSG are being cited as another potential destination for the player, for who United will expect to get somewhere in the region of €150m.

Having been frozen out of Chelsea’s first team by Antonio Conte last season, David Luiz has come in from the cold and continues to warm his hands over the Aga. One of several stand-out performers in Chelsea’s thrilling draw with Liverpool last weekend, the Brazilian will be offered a one-year extension on his current deal that will keep him at Stamford Bridge until July 2020.

Meanwhile at the Emirates Stadium, Danny Welbeck looks ready to accompany Aaron Ramsey out of the door marked “Do One”, if Arsenal’s reported lack of enthusiasm for retaining his services is anything to go by. The striker’s contract expires next summer, but he has yet to be offered a new deal. Having told Ramsey he will be surplus to requirements come season’s end, Unai Emery hopes to replace him with Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski.

German tabloid Bild says Manchester City hope to lure Hoffenheim youth player Ilay Elmkies to the Etihad, while West Ham are interested in PSV midfielder Jorrit Hendrix. No relation to Jimi, the 23-year-old Dutch international has also been linked with Tottenham Hotspur, who will get to see him strut his stuff when they face the Dutch club in the Champions League group stages.

And finally, Monaco striker Radamel Falcao isn’t getting any younger and had been expected to see out his dotage in MLS, but now a more lucrative move to the Mexican league is being mooted.


US company could takeover London Stadium

An unconfirmed rumour received by Claret and Hugh suggests the Mayor of London could call upon US company AEG to resolve the London Stadium financial mess.

Sadiq Khan is thought to be considering disbanding the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) six years after its creation and C&H understand that one possible scenario is that the London Stadium could be run by AEG.

AEG is a the sports conglomerate owned by billionaire Philip Anschutz, which already has a great track record after it transformed London’s O2 Arena.

In their latest financial statements they reveal they have made a net profit every year for the past decade including the sale of naming nights to Spanish telecoms giant Telefonia who trade under the O2 brand.

The O2 Arena has made combined net profits of £146.1 million since AEG took it over in 2002 after the British government failed attempt to make it work as a theme park.

Like the Olympic Stadium it was originally called the Millennium Dome and cost around £700 million to build, with the bulk of the funding coming from taxpayers’ money. The venue reportedly cost taxpayers £1 million in losses per month to maintain it before AEG stepped in.

AEG is most famous for its investments in NBA’s LA Lakers and the LA Galaxy Major League Soccer team but it also owns some of the world’s most well-known arenas. Its portfolio is crowned by the Staples Center in Los Angeles but also includes New York’s PlayStation Theater, the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, and the Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg.

In 2010 the US company submitted a rival bid with Spurs to take over the stadium.

ClaretandHugh have been unable to corroborate the rumour but it could make sense on the face of it. West Ham would need to agree to the takeover and the terms of West Ham agreement could need to be honoured for the next 97 years.

This is Futbol

West Ham in hunt to sign PSV star Hendrix

West Ham are reportedly in the hunt to sign PSV midfielder Jorrit Hendrix – and the Londoners could play a blinder if they were able to sign the highly-rated Netherlands international.

Italian news outlet Calcio Mercato has reported that the Hammers are eyeing up the 23-year-old enforcer, who has helped PSV reach the Champions League group stages this season.

Hendrix is also said to be on the radar of other Premier League sides, with TeamTalk recently claiming that Tottenham have been “hugely impressed” by the Dutch ace.

It seems like a race may be unfolding to sign the Eindhoven star, and West Ham simply must win it.

Hammers fans have been crying out for the club to add a quality defensive midfielder to their side and the recent injury blow to Carlos Sanchez means that Manuel Pellegrini has already lost some of the steel from his midfield.

Hendrix is someone who is happy to sit in front of the backline, dictating tempo while also having the necessary abilities to be able to shutdown opposition attacks.

PSV have had a lot of success with Hendrix also playing as a centre-back to move the ball out of defence and into the midfield.

The Netherlands international is simply brilliant at what he does and given West Ham’s shortage of defensive midfielders, he should be made Pellegrini’s number one priority for the January transfer window.

With interest growing in the 23-year-old, it may cause quite the dent in Pellegrini’s transfer budget if he was to go out and sign the player, but there is no doubt that he could be a star at the London Stadium for years to come.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Takashi Miike 11:52 Wed Oct 3
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

FruityBoots. 7:31 Wed Oct 3
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
This Hendrix fella, is he a LITTLE WINGer?

Mex Martillo 6:43 Wed Oct 3
Re: Wednesday newspapers
Did Sir Alf write that article about Hendrix?
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 2:05 Wed Oct 3
Re: Wednesday newspapers

Thanks Alan 12:48 Wed Oct 3
Re: Wednesday newspapers
Thanks Alan

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