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Alan 12:56 Mon Oct 8
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Zinedine Zidane's agent says the former Real Madrid coach, linked with Manchester United, is unlikely to manage in the Premier League. (Marca)

Paul Pogba inspired Manchester United's sensational fightback from 2-0 down to win 3-2 against Newcastle after manager Jose Mourinho consulted the midfielder on tactics at half-time. (Sun)

French World Cup winner Pogba, 25, will not be sold by Manchester United in January, but wants to leave regardless of Mourinho's future. (Mail)

Mourinho says Manchester United still have "problems", despite the victory over Newcastle. (Star)

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry is the preferred candidate to become Aston Villa manager, with newly retired former Villa and Chelsea defender John Terry lined up as his assistant. (Express and Star)

Arsenal will sign Paraguay striker Miguel Almiron in January. The 24-year-old has scored 12 goals this year for MLS side Atlanta United, and will move for £15m after their season ends in December. (Mirror)

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe failed in a £10m bid for Brentford and Wales centre-back Chris Mepham, 20, in the summer but will try to sign him again in January. (Sun)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola apologised to Gabriel Jesus for not allowing him to take the late penalty missed by Riyad Mahrez in the goalless draw with Liverpool. (Independent)

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho escaped a red card for a "forearm smash" on Liverpool forward Sadio Mane because of his reputation, according to ex-referees' chief Keith Hackett. (Telegraph)

Newcastle United should have had a penalty for an Ashley Young handball when 2-0 up in their 3-2 defeat at Manchester United, says former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg. (Mail)

Leicester City defender Wes Morgan thinks there should be a review into refereeing after he was sent off in his side's 2-1 defeat by Everton. (Times - subscription required)

West Brom will return with another offer for Blackburn's Bradley Dack in January, having failed with a bid for the 24-year-old English midfielder during the summer. (Birmingham Mail)

Striker Manolo Gabbiadini has conceded he would have taken a closer look at offers in the summer had he known he would continue to remain on the fringes at Southampton. The 26-year-old Italy international started his first Premier League game of the season on Sunday, but was taken off during the 3-0 defeat by Chelsea. (Inside Futbol)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri says midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek was left out of the squad at Southampton because he played for 70 minutes on Thursday. (Football London)

Both England and Tottenham face an anxious wait over Danny Rose's fitness after Mauricio Pochettino said the left-back had suffered a recurrence of a groin problem. (London Evening Standard)

Lucas Digne has played down any potential rivalry with Leighton Baines over Everton's left-back slot. (Liverpool Echo)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Like the vikings and several English kings before him, Chris Hughton is planning a smash-and-grab raid on Scotland. The Brighton manager is a longtime admirer of Celtic’s Callum McGregor and is hopeful of bringing the midfielder to the Amex Stadium in January for £10m. The 25-year-old has made 21 appearances this season and his club will be reluctant to let him go. However, if Celtic fail to progress from the Europa League group stages, they might well be persuaded to cash in on their asset, who is reported to be keen to try his luck in the Premier League.

James Tavernier is also wanted by Brighton, who were linked with the Rangers full-back during the summer and have since ramped up their interest. Hughton sent scouts to watch Tavernier play in his side’s midweek Europa League win over Rapid Vienna, a performance that earned him a place in Uefa’s Europa League team of the week. Asked about Brighton’s interest, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard hinted he’d be open to offers, but only those of an extremely generous kind. “I know the CEO at Brighton very well,” he said. “I used to work alongside him at the FA. He’s got my number and he knows where I am, but he best go to the owners and ask for an awful lot of money if he wants James Tavernier.”

Back at Celtic, Brendan Rodgers has insisted he’s “the manager and I love it and have lots of challenges here” while simultaneously refusing to rule himself out of the running for the vacant manager’s job at Aston Villa. “You can’t rule me out because I have never been asked,” was his coy response upon being asked if he’d be interested in the job after Celtic’s emphatic 6-0 win over St Johnstone. As reported in the Guardian, Thierry Henry remains the favourite to succeed Steve Bruce, with John Terry being tipped as his assistant. José Mourinho’s former assistant Rui Faria, ex-Villarreal coach Fran Escriba, Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca and Benfica B coach Bruno Lage have also been linked with the job.

Elsewhere in the midlands, West Brom are plotting a club record £20m move for Blackburn Rovers playmaker Bradley Dack in the January window. Second in the Championship behind Sheffield United following their win over Reading on Saturday, West Brom are the highest scorers in the division and have been playing some mouthwatering football under Darren Moore. The Baggies offered £15m for Dack in the summer and are ready to make a new and improved bid for the 24-year-old Londoner, who has eight goals already this season.

“Bradley’s a No 10, but he’s someone who gets in the box,” said his manager Tony Mowbray, following Blackburn’s win over Bolton on Saturday. “Not many players who play in the No 10 position do that. He’s a fantastic lad, a brilliant individual and he comes in every day with a great big smile on his face. He’s a joy to manage, we’re delighted to have him and let’s hope he keeps scoring those goals.”

And finally, Manolo Gabbiadini is reported to be tiring of life on the fringes of the Southampton first team and may agitate for a move in January. Incapable of nailing down a regular spot in a team that has scored just six goals in eight Premier League games this season, it’s small wonder the Italian is disaffected and yearning for a return to Italy. Lazio and Bologna expressed interest in the striker during the summer but decided to remain at St Mary’s and is now believed to be regretting his decision.

Evening Standard

West Ham lay down final contract offer to Declan Rice, ready to call off talks if snubbed


West Ham have made their teenage defender Declan Rice a final, improved contract offer.

Negotiations between the players’ representatives and West Ham over a new deal have become difficult in the past few weeks and the club have said that if the latest offer is not accepted, there will be no further discussions before the end of the season.

Rice, who earns about £3,000 per week, recently rejected an offer of £15,000 per week plus £20,000 for every Premier League start and a salary rise after every 15 Premier League games.

The 19-year-old star wanted a higher basic wage though and the club’s new offer is £21,000 per week, a £5,000 salary increase after every 15 Premier League games and – as before - £20,000 for every start.

West Ham hope an agreement can be reached during the international break and that Rice’s future will be settled.

The teenager, who began his career at Chelsea before moving to West Ham in 2014, was again outstanding despite the 1-0 defeat at Brighton on Friday night and there would be no shortage of suitors should there be no agreement.

West Ham value Rice highly but are concerned about paying a young player too much, too soon as in the case of their defender Reece Oxford, who is earning £20,000 per week but whose playing career has stalled.

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Crassus 10:26 Mon Oct 8
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More importantly, thanks Alan, a tad over due on my account

Crassus 10:26 Mon Oct 8
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Whatever the contract offer, the club should never be the ones publicising it

Less they be doing so by way of getting excuses in first

It's piss poor and low rent either way, but I guess we all know why that may be

Mex Martillo 9:43 Mon Oct 8
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Thanks Alan

Russ of the BML 3:47 Mon Oct 8
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gph 1:04 Mon Oct 8

You are looking at it negatively.

It's not wages being docked. It's additional wages if or when you play. It's an incentivised contract.

I think it's a good idea and more youngsters should be on this type of contract.

Thanks Alan 2:13 Mon Oct 8
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 1:11 Mon Oct 8
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gph 1:04 Mon Oct 8
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Is this deal offered to Declan Rice usual?

Does, say, Andy Carroll get half his wages docked if he doesn't start?

Thanks, Alan

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