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Alan 11:33 Fri Oct 5
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could be sacked as early as next week if his side lose to Newcastle United on Saturday. (Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward's preferred candidate to take over at Old Trafford if Mourinho is sacked. (Independent)

Manchester United and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, is seeking talks with his agent after reaching "the end of his tether with Mourinho". (Sun)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants to sign Sevilla's Argentina midfielder Ever Banega, 30, as a replacement for 27-year-old Wales international Aaron Ramsey, who is out of contract in the summer. (Mail)

Tottenham are interested in signing PSV Eindhoven's Mexico winger Hirving Lozano, 23, (Mirror)

Former Manchester United and Everton manager David Moyes is the bookies' favourite to replace the sacked Steve Bruce as Aston Villa manager. (Express)

Chelsea and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 25, believes 27-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard is the only "untouchable" under Blues manager Maurizio Sarri. (Standard)

Manchester United's Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, and forward Anthony Martial, 22, were wanted by Zinedine Zidane when he was Real Madrid manager. (Manchester Evening News)

Swansea manager Graham Potter has urged Welsh defender Joe Rodon, 20, to ignore interest from Manchester City and sign a new deal with the Championship club. (Mirror)

West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta, 33, has said he would like to play in Italy with the Argentine's Hammers contract up at the end of the season. (Sky Italia, via Football.London)

Manchester City and France defender Benjamin Mendy, 24, says manager Pep Guardiola's intense tactical preparations drive him on to perform better. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City will use high-definition "spy" cameras on their team bus for Sunday's game at Liverpool after having missiles thrown at it before last season's fixture at Anfield. (ESPN)

Arsenal are trying to secure the services of Juventus chief executive Giuseppe Marotta, who is leaving the club, but Inter Milan are also keen. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has promised to take his players on holiday if they avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Mail)

Fiorentina's Argentine striker Giovanni Simeone, 23, says he hopes to be managed in the future by his father, Diego - who is boss of La Liga side Atletico Madrid.(Goal)

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Barry Glendenning

A party boy who spent the early years of his career in Europe in a dense fog of alcohol, racking up a record number of club fines for booze-fuelled off-field indiscretions at Valencia, Éver Banega had more in common with the famously hard-drinking members of pre-Wenger Arsenal’s Tuesday Club than the club’s current crop of comparatively clean-living saints. Now 30, having long since seen the error of his ways, the Sevilla midfielder could be reunited with his former coach Unai Emery at the latest incarnation of the Gunners. With Aaron Ramsey headed for the exit next summer, there is talk Emery is considering signing the 30-year-old Spanish newspaper Marca famously said “robs like an Italian, shoots like a German and plays like the Argentinian he is”.

On the subject of misspent youth, it would be unkind to read too much into the failure of Chelsea youngster Jake Clarke-Salter to impress on loan at Sunderland as they slid from the Championship into League One last season. Considering the dysfunction of the club at the time we should probably salute him for escaping with his reputation still intact. Currently on loan at Vitesse in the Eredivisie, the 21-year-old centre-back has recently been linked with Fulham and Burnley, but Borussia Dortmund are now being touted as potential suitors who may try to lure him to the Bundesliga come season’s end.

A star with Mexico during the World Cup, PSV winger Hirving Lozano appears to have got antennae twitching at Tottenham Hotspur, who will get the chance to see him up close and personal when the sides meet in their forthcoming Champions League group games. Lozano is expected to move next summer and any interested parties will have to come up with around £25m.

Having previously expressed interest in bringing Atlanta United midfielder Miguel Almirón to the Emirates, Arsenal may try to do so again in the January window once the current MLS season has concluded. A Paraguayan international, the 24-year-old they call “Miggy” has been described as “the heartbeat” of his side and is clearly a big hit with the fans and a very obliging fellow.

Tabloid reports yesterday suggested José Mourinho had no more than seven days to save a job he doesn’t appear to particularly want at Manchester United, but today the time frame has been put at a slightly less hysterical seven matches. United entertain Newcastle ahead of the imminent international break, after which they’ll face Juventus (twice), Chelsea and Manchester City, among others, in make-or-break contests that seem likely to decide his future – or lack of one – at Old Trafford. Despite rumours that United have already approached Zinedine Zidane with a view to replacing Mourinho, Tottenham fans will be nonplussed to hear that Mauricio Pochettino is rumoured to be Ed Woodward’s preferred choice.

And finally, screenwriter William Goldman’s adage that “nobody knows anything” seems particularly pertinent as the soap opera regarding the international future of Declan Rice rumbles on and on. Having “liked” an FAI tweet quoting Martin O’Neill saying he was “hopeful” the West Ham player would declare for Ireland, Rice (or his “people”) promptly “unliked” it as Sky Sports News announced he was ready to nail his colours to England’s mast. It was subsequently reported that Rice’s dithering over whether or not to pledge his allegiance to an Ireland team he has already represented in three friendlies has nothing to do with Roy Keane being difficult to deal with, and the player is believed to remain torn over his international future.

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Andriy Yarmolenko finally breaks his silence over the West Ham squad's 'square head' joke

The West Ham ace missed a great chance vs Chelsea last month

Andriy Yarmolenko has broken his silence over the reaction to that miss against Chelsea last month.

The Hammers ended the Blues' 100% start to the new Premier League season thanks to a goalless draw at the London Stadium a couple of weeks ago, but it could have been a whole lot better for Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Substitute Robert Snodgrass done well to create space for crossing opportunity down the left-hand side and his ball into the box was laid on a plate for Yarmolenko .

Having marked his first start for the Irons following his big money summer move from Borussia Dortmund with a brace in the 3-1 win over Everton last weekend, many inside the ground were simply waiting for the net to bulge.

However, it didn't.

Despite escaping the attentions of Marcos Alonso, the Ukraine international failed to guide his header on target and the Irons had to settle for a share of the points.

Instead of getting angry about the miss, the West Ham squad reacted in an hilarious way.

An unnamed teammate of Yarmolenko pinned posters of a man with a square head on his locker at Rush Green, in reference to the header he planted wide from just six yards in the goalless draw against the Blues.

And the winger was able to see the funny side.
“I thought it was funny!” Yarmolenko told the club's official website . "But of course I wish I had scored, so having this picture taking the mickey out of me was my fault. I hope I score next time and they can put this photo on my place instead!"

“The start of the season was not the best.

"I can even say it was quite poor because we didn't get any points, but we have all worked very hard to change the situation and it was quite obvious that everybody was together when we won the game against Everton.

"We really, really wanted to win that game, and we did well again in the Chelsea and Manchester United games, too.

“From the first day here, I felt I was part of a big family. It's a friendly club and everybody is friendly and jokes with you and I feel really happy.”

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Takashi Miike 7:27 Fri Oct 5
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

cheeses cruyf 7:16 Fri Oct 5
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Bill Green

haha got me !

Texas Iron 5:59 Fri Oct 5
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Need 3 pts tonight...

Texas Iron 5:59 Fri Oct 5
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Need 3 pts tonight...

bill green 5:55 Fri Oct 5
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Thanks Alan

cheeses cruyf 11:38 Fri Oct 5

Yellow card from the apostrophe police

Mex Martillo 5:11 Fri Oct 5
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Thanks Alan

chim chim cha boo 2:18 Fri Oct 5
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Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 11:39 Fri Oct 5
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Thanks Alan

cheeses cruyf 11:38 Fri Oct 5
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Substitute Robert Snodgrass done well .......

Use of English at it's finest there.

Thanks Alan

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