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Alan 12:40 Fri Oct 19
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, is considering a move away from Old Trafford just nine months after arriving from Arsenal.(Mail)

Real Madrid have contacted former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte about taking over from Julen Lopetegui, who has just three games to save his job despite only being hired in the summer. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge, 29, is ready to sign a contract extension at Anfield. (Sun)

Chelsea are hoping to open contract talks with forward Eden Hazard next month to try to convince the 27-year-old Belgium international to commit his future to Stamford Bridge. (Mail)

The Barcelona dressing room would welcome Brazilian forward Neymar, 26, back to the club if he were to return to the Spanish champions from Paris St-Germain. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche will not stop ex-England keeper Tom Heaton leaving the club if the 32-year-old wants to. (Mirror)

LA Galaxy's Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37, says he would reject a return to Manchester United in January when the Major League Soccer is in its off season. (Sky Sports via Metro)

Manchester United's France forward Anthony Martial, 22, has rejected several new contract offers from the club. (RMC Sport - in French)

Chelsea have lost patience with Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 25, and will try to sign a replacement in January. (Sun)

Arsenal are interested in Liverpool left-back Alberto Moreno, with the Reds resigned to losing the 26-year-old Spaniard on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Mirror)

Former Gunners midfielder Jack Wilshere says his old club should have Aaron Ramsey down as a "future captain", rather than letting the 27-year-old Wales midfielder leave next summer. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool will demand a fee of over £20m for 23-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi if he is to leave in January. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Reds and Bayern Munich defender Markus Babbel has criticised former sprinter Usain Bolt's attempted transition into a footballer. The 32-year-old Jamaican eight-time Olympic gold medallist has turned down the chance to join Valletta FC in Malta. (Goal)

Real Betis are interested in Manchester City and Ukraine left back Oleksandr Zinchenko, 21. (AS)

Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, who is on loan at AC Milan, says he was forced out of Juventus to make room for Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been told he will not be given much money to buy new players in the January transfer window. (Chronicle)

Former Manchester United centre-back Gary Pallister has criticised Romelu Lukaku after the Belgium striker said he hopes to play in Serie A amid rumours linking him to Juventus.(Star)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he has no regrets over the club not signing anyone in the summer. (Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Once the euphoria subsided, a realisation floored Alexis Sánchez: it was only Newcastle.
The Chilean’s last-minute winner in his last match for Manchester United has not convinced him that he is about to find true happiness at Old Trafford, at least not according to some news organs. So Sánchez is ready to attach wheels to his piano in order to push it to a new club in January, busking as he goes because the coins will come in handy if he has to take a pay cut. The number of clubs desperate enough to pay him nearly half a million pounds per week is believed to be one, and he’s already playing for them.

Meanwhile, no matter how much lucre United offer Anthony Martial, the French forward will not pledge his future to the club. Again, the Mill’s just reading out loud here, we’re not pretending to know this for sure. Arsenal and Barcelona are competing to prise Alberto Moreno from Liverpool. You’d think we’re making that up but no, someone else might be. In further mind-altering claims, Liverpool are said to be demanding £20m for Divock Origi.

And how about this for a head-boggler: Spurs are said to have offered £45m to Barcelona for Malcom. That would be a club record transfer for Tottenham if it went through, but it won’t, because the Brazilian winger wants to stay at the Nou Camp.

Elsewhere, Zlatan Ibrahimović has apparently let it be known he is willing to return to United when the MLS season ends, just in case anyone is thinking a dwindling 37-year-old could represent an improvement on Romelu Lukaku.

Antonio Conte is limbering up for a new gig, too. If Real Madrid – without a victory or even a goal in their last four matches – loses to Levante this weekend, Julen Lopetegui will be bundled out the door with a hefty boot for each cheek, and Conte will be invited to take the manager’s seat.

That’s one of the reasons Chelsea are increasingly confident that Eden Hazard will sign a new contract one they get around to offering him one. Álvaro Morata won’t be getting such an offer from Chelsea any time soon. Faith in the striker’s ability to regain his striking abilities is waning and people ‘round Stamford Bridge have got to thinking his best position may be somewhere other than Stamford Bridge. But Daniel Sturridge will be offered a new contract at Liverpool, who are very much liking this new, injury-free version.

Finally, in a shock development Newcastle manager Rafael Benítez is said to believe he will not be given much money to spend on transfers in January.


West Ham team news: Jack Wilshere suffers setback in return from ankle injury

Wilshere underwent minor ankle surgery after picking up the injury against Wolves early last month

Hardik Vyas

Jack Wilshere's return after an ankle surgery has been pushed back but in an welcome boost striker Andy Carroll is back training on the pitch, manager Manuel Pellegrini has said.

Wilshere, who joined West Ham from Arsenal on a free transfer at the start of the season, underwent minor ankle surgery after picking up the injury against Wolves early last month.

The 26-year-old, however, remains on the sidelines due to some inflammation around the ankle, pushing his likely return to next month.

"Jack felt some pain the last two days here so he needs more time to recover," Pellegrini said.

The Chilean was more optimistic about Carroll's fitness levels, with the striker pencilled in for a return in "15 days" after suffering an ankle issue during pre-season.

West Ham, currently 15th in the Premier League standings with seven points, host London rivals Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.


Winston Reid working hard towards West Ham EPL return

All Whites captain Winston Reid is itching to get back on the pitch for West Ham after seven months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

All Whites captain Winston Reid says his experience is helping him cope with one of the longest injury breaks of his football career.

The West Ham United centreback has not played since he hurt his knee when he tumbled to the turf after being knocked out in an English Premier League game against Swansea City last March.

Reid had knee surgery but suffered a setback when he returned to training at the Hammers' pre-season camp in Switzerland.

He has not played in the EPL this term.

West Ham - 15th in the standings - have missed Reid with their defence leaking 13 goals in eight games.

The 30-year-old - in his ninth season with the Hammers after joining them following the 2010 World Cup finals with the All Whites - is working hard towards a comeback.

"Obviously it is frustrating to be out for long periods of time, especially with the way it happened, but you have to get through it and you have to deal with it," Reid told West Ham's club website.

"There's not so much I could have done about what happened. It's not like I'm someone who is repeatedly pulling my hamstrings. This was just one of those unfortunate injuries you hope not to get in your career, but football is a contact sport and it's just one of those things you have to deal with.

"Fortunately enough, I am a little bit older and I am probably able to deal with it better with an injury like this than if I was in my early twenties and in the early part of my career."

Reid said he was doing gym work daily with head physiotherapist Dominic Rogan "rehabbing the quad and the leg and getting the bulk back.

"To be fair, everything after the operation has gone really, really well, touch wood, and there has been no swelling.

"So, we're training harder and pushing harder every day to get fitter and get my knee better, so I can get back on the pitch as soon as possible.

"It's tough coming into a place and knowing you can't play for a period of months but it is what it is and you get on with it.

"There is a cap on how much you can do in a certain period, so the progression can feel slow, so it's tough at times, but once I get outside on the pitch and run, I'll begin to feel like a footballer again."

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mike hunt 5:51 Fri Oct 19
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
we've missed reid? i think not, i'd forgotten about him

Texas Iron 3:37 Fri Oct 19
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

The Stoat 1:13 Fri Oct 19
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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