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Alan 12:00 Thu Oct 11
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are monitoring Raheem Sterling's situation at Manchester City as the 23-year-old England forward enters the final two years of his contract. (ESPN)

Liverpool and Manchester United are weighing up a cut-price January move for Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27. (London Evening Standard)

They face competition from Italian giants Juventus however, after the Turin club entered the chase for Ramsey. (Mail)

Manchester United are considering making a bid for Barcelona and Spain defender Jordi Alba, 29. (Mundo Deportivo, via Mirror)

United will initiate new contract talks with England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 25, in the coming weeks. (Metro)

Arsenal and Manchester United will face competition from Bayern Munich in their pursuit of Lille and Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 23. (Bild, via Talksport)

Barcelona want 19-year-old Ajax and Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt as a replacement for Gerard Pique and 23-year-old Paris St Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is out of contract at the end of the season. (Mundo Deportivo via Mail)

The Football Association has called on England manager Gareth Southgate to shore up support for the sale of Wembley with a speech to its members. (Times)

AC Milan have beaten Liverpool and Manchester United to the signature of Flamengo's 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta. (Sun)

Liverpool and England midfielder Adam Lallana, 30, will make his return from injury after the international break. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool striker Divock Origi, 23, is a January target for Turkish side Galatasaray. (Turkish Football)

Spain left-back Marcos Alonso, 27, is on the verge of signing a new contract at Chelsea. (Mirror)

Chelsea could rival Manchester United for the signing AC Milan and Italy defender Alessio Romagnoli, 23. (Sun)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, will pay for NBA-style World Cup-winning diamond-encrusted rings for France's World Cup squad. (ESPN)

Anthony Martial's goal against Newcastle on Saturday triggered a clause meaning Manchester United owe Monaco an additional £8.7m for the 22-year-old attacker, who they signed in 2015. (Telegraph)

Liverpool and Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri says he is yet to visit the city centre after joining the club in the summer. (Blick, via Mail)

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy and his wife are set to follow in the footsteps of Winston Churchill and the Dalai Lama by speaking at the Oxford Union. (Sun)

Viewers of next season's Premier League matches on Amazon may be given the option of choosing an all-female commentary team. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea want to combat anti-Semitism at Stamford Bridge by sending supporters on educational trips to Auschwitz instead of handing out bans. (Sun)

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Barry Glendenning

Manchester United’s first signing of the José Mourinho regime, Eric Bailly arrived from Villarreal saying it was “a dream come true” to be joining the club. A little over two years on, that dream has turned into something of a nightmare and the already fragile confidence of the £30m signing must have been shattered when he was hooked after just 19 minutes of his side’s first half horror show against Newcastle last weekend. With his future at the club looking far from assured, the central defender is reported to be hopeful of securing a January move away from Old Trafford and both Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are rumoured to be interested in offering him an escape route.
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Mourinho has certainly made no secret of his desire for an upgrade or two in the centre of his defence and Milan skipper Alessio Romagnoli has been mentioned as a possible contender. United may have to battle with Chelsea for the Italy international’s signature. Maurizio Sarri is believed to be an admirer of Romagnoli’s and is looking for defensive reinforcements as speculation abounds that both Gary Cahill and Andreas Christensen will be allowed to leave Stamford Bridge in January.

Having been a regular starter during Antonio Conte’s time in charge, Christensen has yet to make a Premier League appearance under Sarri and told a Danish website he is running out of patience. “In the last three seasons I’ve played, so it’s clear that I do not see me staying if my current situation continues in the future,” he said. Cahill, who has played just three times for Chelsea this season, is wanted by Southampton and Aston Villa.

Flamengo’s 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paquetá is ready to ignore the advances of Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona to sign for Milan in January. The club has agreed to pay £30m for the 21-year-old, who had previously been linked with a summer move to Liverpool. The youngest member of Tite’s provisional 35-man World Cup squad, Paquetá ultimately failed to make the cut for Russia.

Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Juventus continue to hitch their skirts and pout in the direction of Aaron Ramsey, who will be a free agent once his contract with Arsenal expires next summer. Free to speak to foreign suitors in January, the midfielder could sign a pre-contract agreement with the Italian club if he fancies a spell in Serie A.


West Ham's Issa Diop confirms international future is with France

By Danesius Marteh

West Ham defender Issa Diop has reiterated that he wants to play senior international football with France and not Senegal or Morocco.

Diop was born in France to a Moroccan mother and Senegalese father and has played for France at youth level.

The 21-year-old scored France's final goal as they beat Italy 4-0 to win the 2016 European Under-19 Championship.

"I have always said that I will only play for France and no one else," Diop told ladepeche.fr.

"Whether I am selected or even if I am never selected with the A's, I will not play for another team.

"I was born in France. It's in France that I have everything. So I do not see why I would play for another nation."

He began his senior career at Toulouse making his Ligue 1 debut for them in November 2015.

In October 2017 he was appointed club captain leading the side to the quarter-finals of the French Cup.

Diop became West Ham's club record signing when the English Premier League side paid £22m for him.

He drew praise from manager Jose Mourinho when West Ham beat Manchester United 3-1 last month.

"When a coach like Jose Mourinho says that you are 'a monster', do you imagine that it should make you happy?" he said

"Frankly yes it's nice but hey, it's not my coach so no more, I keep my head on my shoulders and I stay myself."

Diop's grandfather, Labysse, became the first Senegalese to play in Ligue 1 when he signed for Bordeaux in the 1970's.


West Ham tracking Mbwana Samatta, whose potential has alerted Everton, Burnley and more

Aiden Cusick

West Ham United, Everton and Burnley are among the clubs being linked with Mbwana Samatta.

Samatta has scored 14 goals in 16 games for the Belgian side, Genk, this season - half of which have arrived in Europe.

And the Daily Mirror reports that West Ham are 'tracking' the Tanzanian, whose potential is also said to have alerted Everton, Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion.

West Ham, like both Burnley and Brighton, are not currently short of options in Samatta's position, however it is plausible that Everton could enter the striker market if Oumar Niasse is sold in January - as has been reported in recent weeks.

Having began his career in African football, Samatta moved to Europe with Genk - where he remains under contract for another 20 months - in early 2016.

The 5 ft 11 in striker has also scored 16 goals in 44 games for his country.


Nathan Trott on Manchester United and neighbours City's transfer radars as West Ham try to sort out new contract

Keeper who won the U19 Euros with England last year is Hammers' third-choice and has 18 months left on his deal

By Adrian Kajumba

West Ham are facing a battle to secure the long-term future of England prospect Nathan Trott.

Manchester duo City and United plus Germans RB Leipzig, now regular watchers of young English talent, are all keeping tabs on the 19-year-old goalkeeper.

Bermuda-born Trott joined the Hammers in 2016 at age 17 and has progressed to their first team set-up while also gaining recognition with England after switching his international allegiance.

He was part of the squad that won the Under-19 Euros last summer.

A number of clubs enquired about taking Trott on loan in the last transfer window but the Hammers wanted the highly-rated stopper to stay on as their third choice.

The mounting interest comes as West Ham are try to tie him down to a new deal, and his suitors are monitoring the situation.

The situation represents another contract headache for Hammers chiefs, who are also trying to reach an agreement with another academy starlet, midfielder Declan Rice, over a new deal.

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Mex Martillo 10:45 Thu Oct 11
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

gph 10:37 Thu Oct 11
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Samatta is the same height as me, so he must be good.

jimbo2. 6:29 Thu Oct 11
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Thanks Al

gph 2:20 Thu Oct 11
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Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 2:07 Thu Oct 11
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philj904 12:27 Thu Oct 11

Texas Iron 1:49 Thu Oct 11
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philj904 12:27 Thu Oct 11
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Thanks Alan

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