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Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Jamaican eight-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt, 32, has been offered a two-year contract with Maltese club Valletta FC. (ESPN)

Manchester City are prepared to pay £62m for Ajax's 21-year-old Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who has also been linked with Barcelona and Tottenham. (Mundo Deportivo, via Sun)

City have a buy-back clause on Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, giving them first refusal on the 18-year-old England international. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United have dismissed suggestions the Premier League club could soon be put up for sale. (Mirror)

Barcelona have joined Manchester United in the race to sign Tottenham's 29-year-old Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld. (Mirror)

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, is open to joining one of Arsenal's top six rivals if he leaves Emirates Stadium on a free transfer in the summer. (ESPN)

Manchester United and Spurs will have to wait to find out if Chelsea will try to re-sign Netherlands defender Nathan Ake, if either club follow up their interest in the 23-year-old Bournemouth defender. (Telegraph)

Chelsea are prepared to spend 20m euros (£17.6m) on Brescia's Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali, 28, in the January transfer window. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Liverpool are interested in Napoli and Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne, 27. (Rai Sport - via Sun)

Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 32, says he was not as close to leaving Stamford Bridge for Ligue 1 side Marseille in the summer as some reports suggested. (Express)

Manchester United and England left-back Luke Shaw's proposed new five-year deal at Old Trafford is worth £160,000 a week. The 23-year-old's current contract expires in the summer. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, 26, was pictured wearing a cast on his left hand after suffering an injury before Senegal's game against Sudan. (Mail)

Spanish full-back Alberto Moreno, 26, is set to leave the Reds at the end of the season a free transfer. (Goal)

Southampton, Crystal Palace and Cardiff are tracking Roma's 32-year-old Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko, who wants to return to the Premier League. (Mirror)

Fulham's 18-year-old England Under-21 international Ryan Sessegnon - who can play either at left-back or left-wing - says the step up to the Premier League has been a "bit harder" than he thought and he has had to get bigger to cope with the physical demands. (Mail)

Newcastle want to sign Netherlands-born Cape Verde winger Garry Rodrigues, 27, from Galatasaray. (Hurriyet - in Turkish)

Everton's 36-year-old Englishdefender Phil Jagielka looks unlikely to stay beyond the end of the season, when his contract ends. (Liverpool Echo)

Belgium winger Kevin Mirallas, 31, does not want to return to Everton when his loan spell at Italian side Fiorentina finishes. (La Nazione - in Italian)

Arsenal's Francedefender Laurent Koscielny, 33, says part of him was rooting against his country in July's World Cup final against Croatia - a tournament he missed because of injury. (Canal Plus, via Goal.com)

New Aston Villa manager Dean Smith says it was his decision to appoint John Terry as his assistant and laughed off suggestions the 37-year-old ex-Chelsea and England captain could undermine him. (Guardian)

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Gregg Bakowski

Pep Guardiola has seen the future of football – and it’s orange! Actually, it’s usually red and white but it has worn orange three times, for the resurgent Netherlands, and goes by the name of Frenkie de Jong. The jinky playmaker has got Manchester City hot and bothered with his Pep-approved pop-pop-pop passing style in Ajax’s midfield this season and the club are said to be readying a £62m bid for the 21-year-old. They will have stiff competition from Barcelona and Spurs tho… Oh, hang on, let’s do that again. They’ll have stiff competition from Barcelona though who, according to Mundo Deportivo, have had a bid of around £45m rejected.

In other disheartening news for Phil Foden’s future playing opportunities at City, the club has a buyback clause for Jadon Sancho, Foden’s one-time contemporary who is ripping it up at Dortmund. Mind you, that could encourage Dortmund to make a concrete move for Foden, as reported in Monday’s Mill.

Maurizio Sarri also thinks he’s seen the future of football, but in his utopian vision that is slightly clouded by his own cigarette smoke, it’s azzurri blue. Brescia’s 18-year-old midfielder Sandro Tonali has been compared to Andrea Pirlo because of his geometric passing style and luscious locks. He really does look like Pirlo, though. No pressure then, kid. He’ll cost Chelsea £17.6m, and will probably make that money back in poster sales alone.

Reports wafting out of Italy suggest that Liverpool have got the hots for Lorenzo Insigne. Apparently, the Napoli forward turned Jürgen Klopp’s head with his match-winning display against his side in the Champions League, in which he played the role of a great big pair of scissors to perfection, cutting up Liverpool’s midfield and backline with zippy runs, sharp passes and a late goal to boot.

There are two potential barriers for Liverpool to leap, though. One is the whopping £178m fee that Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants for the player. “Insigne? He has a symbolic release clause. With [his agent Mino] Raiola we decided that we are only going to sell him for €200m. It’s not a written agreement but a verbal one. Two-hundred million, right?” Right. And the other is Raiola, who would likely demand six shipping containers of cash on top of that for his personal services, because barking numbers into a phone for a few minutes is tiring, selfless work you know.

Liverpool’s madcap left-back Alberto Moreno is likely to leave Anfield at the end of the season after choosing to let his contract run down and explore his options if he were to leave on a free. Amazingly, Barcelona have been sniffing around the 26-year-old, presumably because they want a vibes man in the dressing-room in the mould of Dani Alves.

And Barça plan to jump ahead of Manchester United in the queue to sign Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham by throwing in a bid for the Belgian centre-back this January. The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and, with Samuel Umtiti injured until at least the new year, the Spurs defender would could walk straight into the Spanish champions’ defence. Tottenham bought the defender for £11.5m in 2015 and Daniel Levy, being Daniel Levy, would probably still turn a profit if there were only minutes left on his current deal.

And Edin Dzeko hasn’t finished monstering Premier League centre-backs on corners just yet. The Roma striker wants to return to England and is a target for Southampton, Crystal Palace and Cardiff.

The Boot Room

West Ham linked Yacine Brahimi would have cost £22m just three months ago

The Algerian was linked with a move to West Ham in the summer.

By Mathew Nash

In August a transfer move to bring Yacine Brahimi to West Ham fell apart. According to Sky Sports the club had agreed on a fee with Porto, but personal terms could not be met. The deal was said to have fallen apart due to Brahimi’s desire to ‘play for titles’ at Porto for one more season, according to O Jogo, as relayed by Sport Witness.

However, the Algerian was said to be keen on an eventual move to English football and it appears West Ham are still keen on the player.

O Jogo is reporting that West Ham remain interested in the player – along with Marseille, Lazio and Besiktas.

The difference, on this occasion, is that Brahimi will not cost them a transfer fee.

Brahimi is out of contract in the summer and West Ham have a chance to snap the 28-year-old up on a free transfer.

Considering that, according to Zero Zero, he had a release clause of €60 (£52.7) million last year and was not going to go for less than £22 million, a Bosman deal would be a bargain for the player on paper.

Whether they will be able to convince him of a move to West Ham on this occasion will remain to be seen.


Billionaire linked with West Ham interest dies

An American billionaire linked with a possible interest in a West Ham takeover earlier this year has died his family have announced.

The Co-Founder of computer company Microsoft, Paul Allen died yesterday aged 65 after complications resulting from non-Hodgkin lymphoma which he recently announced had returned on social media.

The entrepreneur and sports enthusiast was the world’s 46th richest man worth over £15bn. He was also the owner of the Seattle Seahawks, MLS outfit Seattle Sounders and NBA team Portland Trail Blazers as part of his privately held company Vulcan Inc and was thought to be keen to add a Premier League club to his portfolio.

In 2016 West Ham visited Seattle and trained at the Seahawk’s VMAC training complex as part of their pre-season tour. The Hammers lost 3-0 to Seattle Sounders at CenturyLink Field during that tour. At the time of the rumour in May this year sources close to the club reiterated that the club was not for sale.

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