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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

West Ham are considering a January move for Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 32. (Mirror)

Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard, 27, is ready to accept a new £300,000-a-week deal at Chelsea. (Express)

Manchester United and England defender Luke Shaw, 23, has been offered a new £50m deal at Old Trafford. (Sun)

Brazil forward Neymar, 26, regrets his decision to leave Barcelona for Paris St-Germain and would welcome a return to the Nou Camp at the end of the season. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Barcelona want Liverpool and Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, 27, to replace Uruguay international Luis Suarez, 31, at the Nou Camp. (OK Diario - in Spanish)

Barcelona's French contingent want Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, to join the club. (Mail)

Manchester United's Andreas Pereira, 22, has confirmed the heated discussion between Pogba and manager Jose Mourinho was down to a misunderstanding over an Instagram video. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United and Liverpool are tracking PSV's 21-year-old winger Steven Bergwijn. (De Telegraaf, via Sun)

Liverpool are also reportedly preparing an offer for Hoffenheim and Germany midfielder Kerem Demirbay, 25. (Star)

The agent of Juventus and Italy centre-back Daniele Rugani has confirmed that Chelsea made a "very strong push" to sign the 24-year-old in the summer. (Metro)

Arsenal are the latest club to be mentioned with a potential move for Cagliari's Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella, 21. (Gazetta dello Sport, via Football London)

Juventus, Barcelona and Manchester City are all interested in Ajax's Dutch defender Matthijs De Ligt, 19, who is likely to cost around 50m euros (£43m). (Goal.com)

Inter Milan's Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 23, who has been linked with Manchester United and Manchester City, would be interested in a move to the Premier League. (La Gazetta, via Calciomercato)

Wolves are nearing an agreement with Sporting Lisbon over the fee for Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio, which will see the Portuguese club receive almost £16m for the 30-year-old. (Express and Star)

Tottenham hope to open the first part of their behind-schedule new stadium to the public with the unveiling of the megastore on Saturday. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester City could be without Danilo for at least a month after the 27-year-old full-back hobbled off during Brazil's win over Argentina this week. (Globo Esporte, via Manchester Evening News)

Merseyside Police are set to mount an extensive security operation around Liverpool's Champions League clash with Red Star Belgrade amid concerns supporters of the Serbian club will travel despite being banned from the fixture. (The Times - subscription required)

Everton boss Marco Silva says "his two captains" Phil Jagielka, 36, and Leighton Baines, 33, still have important roles to play at the club - and insists any discussions about new contracts can be put aside for now. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson says if a player of 27-year-old Wales international Aaron Ramsey's calibre is allowed to leave the Gunners for nothing it would be "typical Arsenal". (Talksport)

Ex-Manchester United defender Patrice Evra claims even former boss Sir Alex Ferguson used to dance along to the Frenchman's music in the dressing room. (Mail)

Plans are being made to honour David Danskin, who founded Arsenal with work colleagues at the Royal Arsenal munitions factory in Woolwich, south-east London. He is buried in an unmarked grave in Coventry but the club intend to organise a headstone and hold a memorial service next year. (Coventry Telegraph)

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Neymar is sad and bored and lonely in Paris and is dreaming of a return to Barcelona, says Mundo Deportivo. “Paris is a great city,” it notes, “but its climate is not that of Barcelona, nor is the Parc des Princes the Camp Nou or the Seine the Mediterranean.” The Brazilian continues to shower his former teammates, whom he left so willingly in 2017, with messages concerning a move back to Spain. “Neymar longs for his old club and his old teammates, especially Lionel Messi, as well as his old life in Barcelona and the greatness of his old club,” it writes. These feelings have never been reciprocated, with many at Barcelona still scarred by the betrayal they saw in the Brazilian’s departure. “However, lately this perception has changed,” Mundo Deportivo continues, “and the return of the Brazilian is already being considered as a plausible possibility.”

That’s as may be. But several members of the Barcelona team, including Gerard Piqué, Lionel Messi and Samuel Umtiti, appear to think priorities should lie elsewhere and are campaigning for the club to buy Paul Pogba, says the Daily Mail. “Manager Ernesto Valverde is also keen,” it reports. So with the manager, their greatest player and a host of other dressing-room regulars all behind the move, and the club coffers assumed to be bulging with booty, it looks as if the move is bound to happen – except the Mail also reports that profits are down to a meagre £10m, and not everyone is in favour of the deal happening anyway. “Barcelona scouts are split,” it says, “with some believing the club’s slick passing game requires midfielders who take fewer risks on the ball and have greater positional sense.”

Jadon Sancho’s success at Dortmund appears to have alerted Bundesliga clubs to the existence of youthful first-team-ready bargains toiling in the youth and reserve sides of bloated Premier League clubs, and they are now over here and formulating devilish plans to ensnare our finest talents and carry them back to Germany like so much looted treasure. The Sun reports that “every club in the Bundesliga had a representative in Telford on Tuesday to watch England Under-17s beat Brazil’s youngsters 3-1”. A “top agent” has confirmed “German clubs are targeting the best talent in England” because “the word is out”.

Manchester United are keen on the PSV winger Steven Bergwijn but may face competition from Liverpool for the pacy 21-year-old. Liverpool could be distracted as they, according to the Star, are “preparing an offer for Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay”.

Olivier Giroud has played in all but one of Chelsea’s league games so far, starting four of them, but even so West Ham think he may be available in the new year. According to the Mirror, the player’s contract ends in the summer and unless he is offered a new one the Hammers, turned down by the Frenchman while he was still at Arsenal, “could try again in January”.


West Ham inquiry into Mark Phillips to see if he brought club into disrepute

• Youth coach attended Democratic Football Lads Alliance march
• DFLA has been condemned by anti-racism campaigners

Jacob Steinberg

West Ham’s investigation into the youth coach who went on a march organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a group condemned by anti-racism campaigners, will focus on whether he has brought the club into disrepute.

Mark Phillips, who was suspended as West Ham’s Under-18s coach on Tuesday, is facing the possibility of losing his job after his support for the DFLA was brought to the attention of Kick It Out, football’s anti-discrimination charity. Phillips tweeted about attending the DFLA’s march through central London last Saturday and went on to defend the rightwing organisation in subsequent tweets.

West Ham, whose HR team is leading the investigation, have accepted that the march was not illegal. They are adamant that Phillips has not been suspended simply for choosing to attend it. However the revelations have raised concern about Phillips’s views. It is understood that his decision to delete his Twitter account after the story emerged on Tuesday has not been viewed favourably by West Ham.

The DFLA, a group formed of mainly middle-aged, white male football fans had planned a mass march from Park Lane to Whitehall. Organisers said on Facebook they were protesting against “returning jihadists”, “thousands of awol migrants”, “rape gangs and groomers” and “veterans treated like traitors”. The demonstration descended into violence when anti-racist protesters attempted to block the DFLA’s route.

The Premier League warned clubs about the DFLA’s growing presence inside stadiums this year. Although there is no suggestion that Phillips was involved in any disturbances, West Ham find themselves in an awkward position given the DFLA has been accused of spreading Islamophobia and of having links with far-right organisations.

Kick It Out contacted West Ham on Monday after receiving a report from an anonymous complainant and is monitoring the situation. It is prepared to offer Phillips a chance to attend one of their anti-discrimination courses. However Kick It Out would not want to oversee a box-ticking exercise. Phillips would have to show a genuine willingness to learn.

Friends of Phillips have defended him by saying that he went on the march because his sister, Natasha Aldridge, was an eyewitness on the night of the London Bridge terror attacks. They have said he was showing support for her rather than the DFLA.

This is the second time West Ham have been rocked by controversy this year. Tony Henry lost his job as their head of recruitment after making inappropriate comments about African footballers in February. Henry was fired two days after his remarks were made public. However it remains unclear how long the process regarding Phillips will take.

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The next Diangana or Rice - The West Ham academy stars Pellegrini will be keeping a close eye on

There are plenty of talented players coming through in West Ham's academy setup

By Sam Inkersole West Ham correspondent

West Ham fans love an academy product coming through the ranks and making it to the first team t, hopefully have an impact in the Premier League.

Bobby Moore, Sir Trevor Brooking, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters all graduated through the "Academy of Football" at Chadwell Heath. Then came the likes of current skipper Mark Noble, former defender James Tomkins too and more recently, Declan Rice.

This season, Grady Diangana has been the one to make the big breakthrough after his exploits at youth level, scoring twice in the Carabao Cup victory over Macclesfield Town and making his Premier League debut as a late substitute against Manchester United at the London Stadium.

Manuel Pellegrini said when he joined the Hammers that he wanted to see more players coming through from the academy into the first team and while the U23s have struggled a bit in PL2 this season, that doesn't mean there is a lack of talent in Liam Manning's team.

Far from it in fact, as we take a look at some of those young stars in the U23s and also U18s that we could be seeing a lot more of in the future.

Xande Silva

The Portuguese striker signed for the Hammers this summer in a £1.8m deal and went straight into the U23s set up in Essex rather than the first team so he too can become a graduate of Chadwell Heath.

Silva started the season like a train. On his debut for the U23s, he bagged a hat trick in the PL2 clash with rivals Spurs in Stevenage and then followed that up with goals against Manchester City and Arsenal in the next two matches.

Silva was subject to a number of loan enquiries from Football League clubs last month around the loan deadline but the Hammers resisted any overtures for his services and football.london understands he is held in high regard by Pellegrini and the first team coaching staff. He's trained with the senior side at Rush Green a number of times before he picked up his injury.

A hamstring injury has curtailed his season somewhat recently, he could be out for up to two months by the time he has fully recovered and is ready to train but if he gets back to form, a first team call-up isn't far off.

Nathan Trott

The England U20 regular is knocking on the door of the first team already and while he's not set to dislodge Lukasz Fabianski any time soon, he could be a more than able deputy.

The Hammers have a depth of young, talented keepers at the club including Trott, Joseph Anang and Daniel Jinadu, all three went on pre-season tour earlier this summer, but it's Three Lion's star Trott who is at the head of the queue.

He's been the subject of loan enquiries recently but again, the Hammers have decided to keep him in east London to develop.

If Adrian leaves the club in January, then Trott is likely to make the promotion from U23s to first team and we could well see him in cup action in 2019, if West Ham get that far in the competition.

Nathan Holland

Were it not for an ankle injury suffered a month into the season, then Holland probably would have been the player to breakthrough into the first team this season at the expense of Grady Diangana. The latter took his chance while Holland has had to wait it out.

That said, Holland does have his own spot in the dressing room at the Rush Green and has returned to training at Chadwell Heath after his injury before making his expected return to the senior training ground.

Holland went on pre-season tour, played in friendlies back in England this summer and has been around the first team under both David Moyes and now Pellegrini. The nippy winger is a huge talent, snapped up from Everton in 2017, and has made rapid progress.

Not only his recent ankle injury, but also a hamstring problem last year set him back a bit. But he will be in the first team as a regular member soon enough. He has already featured in the Carabao Cup last season and could do so again this season if the Hammers progress.

Conor Coventry

A Republic of Ireland U19 international, Coventry won the Dylan Tombides Award given to the Club’s outstanding Academy player last season and has continued his progress by appearing regularly for the PL2 team this term.

The midfielder has risen through the ranks rapidly at the Academy, quickly becoming a key figure for the U23s after making his mark at U18 level, earning a quick promotion up a step.

Tenacious in the tackle, with a good eye for a pass and calm on the ball, the future looks bright for Coventry. He too has been on the fringes of making a breakthrough for the first team, this season could be the one he finally makes it up to the next level.

Joe Powell

The midfielder turns 20 later this month and came on as a substitute in the Carabao Cup thumping of Macclesfield Town, marking the highlight of his decade-long spell with the club after joining as a kid.

A tricky player who looks to create around the box, Powell has been involved in six goals for the Premier League 2 side this year, scoring twice and setting up four more in just six appearances.

Powell has been a key member of the youth sides in east London, playing 41 times at U23 level, adding to his 21 games for the U18s. Hammers fans are well aware of Powell, especially now after he has finally made his first team debut and would love to see him make the step up regularly.

Pellegrini is confident in Powell as well and likes what he has seen so far from the youngster, with more first team chances set to come up for him this season and, hopefully, beyond.

Sean Adarkwa

The winger, who can also play as a forward, joined the Hammers as a scholar in July last year and has already made progress to the U23s in less than 18 months.

He played 17 times for the U18s in Premier League South last season, starting eleven of them and scoring twice, before making his PL2 debut in January earlier this year.

The injury to Xande Silva has seen Adarkwa step up regularly to the U23s and he was one of the few youngsters to feature in a behind-closed-doors practice match with the first team during the recent international break.

Adarkwa has stepped up well to the first hurdle in his career between the U23s and U18s and there's no suggestion he can't do the same in the future up to the first team.

Dan Kemp

Another player who has been de-railed by injuries, Kemp has been in and around the fringes of the first team for the last couple of years before a serious knee injury last season kept him out of action for months.

Now returning to action, he too played in the practice match at Rush Green last week, Kemp is ready to make an impact once again. He is quite small in stature but that low centre of gravity has served him well so far throughout his career in the Hammers youth teams.

Capped by England at U19 and U20 levels, Kemp was also part of the West Ham U21 squad which lifted the Premier League Cup in May 2016 and has also been called up to the England U20 squad.

Kemp is over a similar stature to Nathan Holland - small and quick - but isn't quite as a far along the food chain as his teammate is. That said, he's enjoyed a solid career as a youth player in east London and a first team call-up has never been too far away.

Vashon Neufville

The left-back is very, very highly-rated in the academy setup and has been for some time as well.

Neufville has been a regular for the U23s before he picked up an injury recently and he was part of the side that earned promotion to division one of PL2 by beating Newcastle United at the end of the 16/17 season.

He's made the left back spot his own in the U23s before he suffered his unfortunate injury but he too is on the way back, having come off the bench in the practice match last week.

With West Ham struggling in the left back area in the first team - not that we're saying Neufville is the answer right now - he is one to keep an eye on for the future if the Hammers are starting to plan long-term.


West Ham eyeing up audacious January swoop for Chelsea striker

EXCLUSIVE: West Ham have a long-standing interest in Giroud who now has less than a year left on his contract

By Darren Lewis

West Ham are weighing up another audacious January move for Olivier Giroud.

The east Londoners are also trying to decide whether to exercise a two-year option on Andy Carroll to ensure they do not lose the 29-year-old for nothing next summer.

West Ham have a long-standing interest in Chelsea striker Giroud who now has less than a year left on his contract.

The Irons made a tentative approach for him before his arrival at Stamford Bridge, while he was still considering his future as an Arsenal player.

Giroud turned them down, well aware that he’d had much better offers. With his contract up at the end of the season, however, Chelsea are monitoring his situation as Manuel Pellegrini looks to add quality to his front line.

Luckless Carroll, expected back from injury shortly, is set to leave next summer when his contract also runs out.

He does, however, have a two-year option which means he could stay if the the club are unwilling to lose an asset for nothing.

Meanwhile, Marko Arnautovic is set to start Saturday’s game against Spurs after scoring the winner in Austria’s Nations League win over Northern Ireland last week.

The 29-year-old marksman left his country’s camp early to rest a knee problem but is expected to be fine.

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Texas Iron 6:02 Thu Oct 18
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Re Carroll...
Will they never learn...
Passed fit...Trains...Injured...Rehab...On the Lash...Breaks Down...Rehab...Back to Training...Etc etc

Texas Iron 5:56 Thu Oct 18
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Texas Iron 5:56 Thu Oct 18
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Thanks Alan 3:08 Thu Oct 18
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Pero Rabioso 1:14 Thu Oct 18

Thames Ironworks 2:14 Thu Oct 18
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Before Husillos and Pellegrini joined we had a number of targets linked to us with a likelihood they came from Sullivan. It seems those targets are still on our list, which I would expect would have been scrapped now Sulli has handed the reins to the DoF.

Thanks Alan

PwoperNaughtyButNot 1:52 Thu Oct 18
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Active Carroll’s two year option costing us about £8m on wages for fear of losing him on a free.

If that’s true then someone controlling the books at West Ham needs a word.

Mr Anon 1:49 Thu Oct 18
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The Stoat 1:23 Thu Oct 18
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Giroud turned us down once so bollocks to him

That's the most forgivable crime ever.

The Stoat 1:23 Thu Oct 18
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Giroud turned us down once so bollocks to him

Mad Dog 1:14 Thu Oct 18
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Gracias Alan

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