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Alan 11:15 Fri Oct 12
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England manager Gareth Southgate says he will have no problem with his players swearing during their Nations League match with Croatia, despite the absence of a crowd meaning comments could be picked up by television microphones. (Star)

Everton are considering a move for former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, 31. The France international's doping ban ends next month. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United want to hold new contract talks with Juan Mata this month. The 30-year-old Spain midfielder's current deal expires in the summer. (Sun)

Tottenham are hoping to sign Manchester United and Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 24, in January. (Daily Express)

Tottenham are also interested in Beijing Guoan forward Cedric Bakambu. Guoan paid Villarreal more than £35m for the 27-year-old DR Congo international in February. (L'Est Republican, via Talksport)

Paris St-Germain want to make former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger their director of football. (RMC, via Talksport)

Manchester United have made a "dizzying offer" for Atletico Madrid and France defender Lucas Hernandez. The 22-year-old has a buyout clause of 80m euros (£70m). (Marca, via Metro)

Napoli defender Elseid Hysaj, 24, was blocked from signing for Chelsea this summer, according to the Albania international's agent. (Radio Kiss Kiss, via Teamtalk)

Liverpool and Juventus are monitoring Piotr Zielinski's contract situation at Napoli. The 24-year-old Poland midfielder is in dispute with his club over a release clause. (Calciomercato, via Daily Mirror)

Barcelona have already begun the process of signing Ajax's Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, 31, says his £40m one-season move from Juventus to AC Milan was a big mistake made in anger. (Corriere dello Sport, via Sun)

Spain forward Paco Alcacer, 25, will stay at Borussia Dortmund after agreeing to sign a new contract. (Bild - in German)

Tottenham are interested in signing Fiorentina and Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic, 20. (Mirror)

Newcastle scouts watched Olympiakos' Guinea midfielder Mady Camara, 21, last weekend. (Sport in a Storm)

Arsenal and Manchester City are set to miss out on signing Cengiz Under, with the 21-year-old Turkey winger expected to sign a new contract at Roma. (Calciomercato)

Brentford are expecting to appoint a permanent replacement for new Aston Villa manager Dean Smith next week, but will not prioritise experience of the Championship in their search for recruitment. (Evening Standard)

Former Brighton midfielder Steve Sidwell, 35, has launched his own boutique children's clothing line following his retirement. (Sun)

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Everton are set to offer Samir Nasri a route back into the game once his drugs ban ends next month. According to the Mail Marco Silva is interested in bringing the former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder, now 31 and without a club, to Goodison Park, 10 months after he left Antalyaspor to complete his 18-month suspension. Heading to Turkey meanwhile is Shinji Okazaki, who at the age of 32 and with his contract at Leicester due to expire in the summer could be available in January for as little as £1.75m, or at least that is what Galatasaray are hoping.

Manchester City and Barcelona are going head-to-head in the race for the Ajax defensive prodigy Matthijs de Ligt, who remained in Amsterdam despite being linked with a high-profile summer switch but whose days in his homeland appear numbered. According to Mundo Deportivo Barcelona have “activated protocols” in advance of a full-scale swoop, which makes the process of acquiring a defender sound like launching a nuclear missile from an off-shore submarine, but rumour has it that they were stirred into action by Manchester City’s own £52m offer.

Bayern Munich and Tottenham have also been linked with the 19-year-old Dutchman, but according to the Mirror Spurs’s search for defensive reinforcement is being concentrated on Florence, where the 20-year-old Serbian Nikola Milenkovic is currently plying his trade – though perhaps not for much longer. The 6ft 5in stopper, who moved to Italy only last year for the laughably minute fee of €4m, is also interesting Manchester United, with José Mourinho watching him in action for Serbia in their 2-0 victory over Montenegro in Podgorica last night. United though may concentrate their own defensive recruitment efforts on Atlético Madrid’s Lucas Hernández, for whom they are – according to Marca – preparing a “dizzying offer”.

Eden Hazard has dropped another heavy hint that he intends to leave Chelsea, telling reporters that only by departing can he win the Ballon d’Or. “Am I the best player in the world since the World Cup? Yes, but I will not win the Ballon d’Or. Do you have to play in La Liga to win it? Certainly, and that is why I want to play in Spain – but not in January.”

Liverpool came close to signing Piotr Zielinksi in 2016, when they ultimately failed to convince the midfielder not to move to Napoli instead, but they remain interested in the player and could pounce if his negotiations with the Neapolitan outfit over a new contract stall over the club’s proposal for a somewhat heavy-handed €130m release clause, which have apparently led to some disgruntlement with the Pole and his agent. His current contract has a €65m release clause, which might appear a relative bargain but is also quadruple the amount Liverpool very nearly signed him for a couple of years back.

And finally Didier Ndong and Sunderland have come to an agreement about the midfielder’s future, which most importantly will no longer be spent in Sunderland. The 24-year-old is free to find a new employer, and will have to pay the League One side £3.5m should he succeed.

Football London

West Ham offer Declan Rice improved long-term deal

The Hammers youngster has been superb this campaign but his contract saga still rumbles on

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham have submitted an improved deal to Declan Rice and his representatives with hopes to end is long-running contract saga in east London that football.london understands is over five-and-a-half years.

The 19-year-old star is currently earning just £2,500 per week on his current deal but following his massive rise to first team prominence is now in line for just a bit more.

West Ham and Rice's representatives have been engaged in a stand-off for months over his new deal and according to West Ham news website Claret & Hugh, have made him one final offer for the season. Should it be rejected, negotiations won't start again until after the end of this current campaign.

The Hammers have upped Rice's basic wage offer to £21,000 a week, £3,000 a week more than they offered a couple of weeks ago to Rice which was knocked back.

The teenager would also get a £20,000 bonus for every Premier League game he starts, £10,000 if he comes off the bench and £5,000 should he be an unused substitute in a Premier League game.

The club have also offered another incentive that Rice's basic wage would go up by £5,000 every 15 appearances throughout the season.

Rice has no desire to leave West Ham and has become an integral part of the first team under Manuel Pellegrini in defensive midfield this season after breaking through under Slaven Bilic and playing regularly under David Moyes.

The Hammers have been wary of offering big money deals to young players after they did just that to Reece Oxford to secure his services when he turned 18 but the centre back has hugely regressed since penning his deal in December 2016 and is currently plying his trade with the club's U23s after three unsuccessful loan spells.


ExWHUemployee speaks out on the Rice offer

ExWHUemployee offers his view on the Declan Rice contract offer and what should happen next!

Whether the club should be sharing this information with trusted websites/newspapers is another debate for another time but with the information out there it gives us the discussion of whether our 19 year old Irish/English talent should accept the deal or not.

The offer is a basic wage of £21k a week plus bonus which could lead up to £40k a week and see his wage increase after a certain amount of games on a regular basis over the contract.

Compared to previous attempts at contract offers this on the face of it seems a decent deal especially when you consider that Rice is 19 and starting out in the game. Of course the majority of us couldn’t dream of earning that much at such a young age-I was earning £15 a week as a double glazing salesman at the same age!

So the fact that Declan looks unlikely to sign the deal makes him on the face of it seem a greedy unappreciative player who we are best to get rid of-this couldn’t be further from the truth.

I am under the impression that Rice would be prepared to accept £30k a week and sign a five year deal and in the ridiculous world of the Premier League football era-£30k isn’t that much for a Premier League footballer.

Yes, it is a lot of money for a 19 year old but it isn’t that much for an international Premier League footballer, which Declan is. Yes we would all play for West Ham for free because we love the club but even if we did make that offer we would have to have another career alongside it, a career is what Declan is trying to make for himself.

The headlines of him turning down £40k a week are wrong because as stated earlier it is based upon appearances and there are only 38 games in a league season and if he is to get injured that reduces that number too. If Declan was an academy player with limited first team experience and potential this deal would be phenomenal however he has done far more than that.

When Rice looks around the dressing room he will see players earning much more than he is asking for but who are contributing far less to the success of this team. Rice was runner up in the Hammer of the Year award last year and is surely an early contender for winning the main award this year.

His contributions so far cannot be overlooked yet even at a reasonable £30K a week they appear to be. Every one of us out there would feel aggrieved if we looked around our workplace and saw workers earning far more than us but contributing a lot less and us not being allowed the same because we are young.

I believe people are very ignorant to think Rice couldn’t get more than £21k a week elsewhere. Whilst no club would have been able to formally approach Rice without West Ham knowing there is nothing stopping them having a private word with his agent and making their intentions known and let’s be honest, it doesn’t take a genius to realise that most clubs would want to sign him and why wouldn’t they?

Declan Rice is a better player than McTominay at Manchester United and so by that alone they should be interested.

He also kept £100m Pogba quiet and also did the same against Chelsea’s star studded team. They would be stupid to not be interested especially when clubs do not know the consequences of Brexit and quality home-grown talent could become even more valuable soon.

The bottom line is if these clubs or any other club did move for Declan they would be prepared to offer a lot more than £30k a week when Fredericks for example commanded £50k a week when he had never played in the Premier League before.

I believe that Rice is being punished for the mistakes made with Reece Oxford’s deal who would be on less than £1k a week than Declan and it is unfair to compare the two because they are very different people and their contributions to West Ham are also very variant and certainly more than £1k a week contrasting.

The problem is the longer this drags out the more this plays into Declan’s hands anyway as the club will start to panic and need to offer him more as it ticks by. What I don’t understand is the likes of Payet, Ogbonna, Antonio and others have had contract offers given them to them well in excess of their original contract, why is Declan any less deserving.

Why are we haggling over £9k a week for someone who wants to stay, is our best academy graduate in many a year and someone who wants to play for us for many years to come and could be the future captain and lynch pin of our team?!

I hope that the West Ham board go in with a final offer of £30k a week (with less bonuses) and I think we can all celebrate that Declan Rice will be a West Ham player for many years to come.

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Mex Martillo 10:53 Sat Oct 13
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Thanks Alan

jimbo2. 1:44 Sat Oct 13
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Great stuff as always & thanks Al!

BubblesCyprus 3:16 Fri Oct 12
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Thanks Alan much appreciated

ted fenton 2:19 Fri Oct 12
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Thanks Alan 11:23 Fri Oct 12

Alwaysaniron 2:11 Fri Oct 12
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Thanks Al

lufbra iron 12:38 Fri Oct 12

Ag Ag

lufbra iron 12:38 Fri Oct 12
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that C&H's writing style gives the impression that he's as thick as a whale omelette

honestly thought it was a pre-teen child writing that before i read 'used to earn £15 a week a double glazing salesman'

Takashi Miike 12:27 Fri Oct 12
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Thanks Alan

Eddie B 12:04 Fri Oct 12
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Thank you, Alan.

Texas Iron 11:48 Fri Oct 12
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Thanks Alan 11:23 Fri Oct 12
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Thanks Alan

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