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Chelsea are set to make Eden Hazard the highest-paid player in the Premier League by offering the 27-year-old Belgium forward up to £350,000 per week. (Sunday Express)

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is hoping to meet Manchester United owners the Glazer family in the next few weeks to present a £4bn bid to buy the club. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City are refusing to change their stance over Raheem Sterling's contract demands, increasing fears that the England forward will leave next summer. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid are ready to make a January move for 23-year-old Sterling. (Sunday Express)

Manchester City will consider a £40m bid for Bournemouth's Nathan Ake in January. The 23-year-old Netherlands defender has also been linked with Manchester United and Tottenham. (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham are lining up a move for Blackburn's English midfielder Bradley Dack, 24, after impressive scouting reports. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is trying to convince the club's board to fund a move for a central defender in January and is keen on Napoli's Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly, 27. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Mourinho is also interested in Fiorentina and Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic. The 21-year-old is rated at £40m by the Italian club because they they know he is being assessed by United, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Juventus. (Star on Sunday)

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is close to replacing Julen Lopetegui as Real manager. (Star on Sunday)

Real Madrid's Brazil defender Marcelo, 30, says the players are behind under-pressure boss Julen Lopetegui "to the death" after the European champions suffered another defeat on Saturday. (Marca)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says DC United striker and former England captain Wayne Rooney, 32, would be welcome at Selhurst Park. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal are interested in signing Barcelona's Brazilian winger Malcom, 21, on loan in January. (Star on Sunday)

Gunners boss Unai Emery says he wanted to sign France striker Alexandre Lacazette at the start of the 2016-17 season when he was in charge of Paris St-Germain. (Sunday Mirror)

Cagliari's 21-year-old Italy midfielder Nicolo Barella, who is a target for Arsenal and Liverpool, will not join another club because of money but because of ambition.(Calciomercato)

Manager Mauricio Pochettino says Tottenham will look to make signings in January, having not made any during the summer. (Enfield Independent)

Borussia Dortmund have told Barcelona they want to exercise their option to sign on-loan Spain forward Paco Alcacer, 25, on a permanent basis. (ESPN)

Tottenham have extended their loan for their new stadium by £100m to £500m to cover the costs of delays. (Mail on Sunday)


Érik Lamela the star as Tottenham hold on for narrow win at West Ham

David Hytner at the London Stadium

Tottenham’s best start to a Premier League season goes on, even if they continue to give the impression they have yet to hit their stride. They were the better team and had the best player on show in Érik Lamela, whose cute first-half header proved the difference.

But it was not plain sailing, with West Ham digging deep in the second half, playing with greater intensity and advertising the equaliser on three occasions through Marko Arnautovic. Yet the striker could not find a way past Hugo Lloris.

One thing was clear. It is a good sign for Mauricio Pochettino that Spurs are winning without dazzling. The manager spoke afterwards of the obstacles that he and the club have had to face, some of them linked to the delayed White Hart Lane rebuild. They are finding various ways to keep going and are flying under the radar somewhat while doing so.

This was the start of a run of seven games in 21 days, during which Tottenham will need all of their powers of endurance. They resume on Wednesday at PSV Eindhoven in a must-win Champions League tie but here, Pochettino could bask in a hard-fought success.

“It’s not a problem to me if the people don’t want to give us credit,” Pochettino said, in response to a question about his club’s title-winning prospects. “The most important thing is to win games and manage a lot of circumstances, which are not ideal. We suffered in the end but this was an amazing victory.”

Lamela is not an automatic selection – this was his first Premier League start of the season – but he is becoming increasingly influential and has five goals from eight appearances in all competitions. He caught the eye with his flair and acceleration, not to mention his industry. “He is more mature, more relaxed in front of goal,” Pochettino said.

West Ham consider Tottenham as their biggest grudge game, even if the feeling is not mutual. It did not feel like a big match, with the atmosphere subdued for long spells. As has been endlessly discussed and lamented, the London Stadium is not the cauldron Upton Park once was. After failing to show up in the first half, West Ham did push after the break but with Lloris suppressing Arnautovic, it was not a day for them to remember.

Tottenham flickered during a slow-burning start, with Moussa Sissoko watching a deflected effort loop off target and Harry Kane denied by an Issa Diop slide-tackle after Lucas Moura’s through-ball.

Sissoko played well on the right of Pochettino’s midfield three and he produced the moment of the match when he jinked inside Felipe Anderson and crossed with his left foot for Lamela to break the deadlock. The technique was wonderful – not something that has been said too often of Sissoko – and he would receive a great ovation when he was substituted in the last minute.

Tottenham might have been further in front at half-time but, after pushing out Lamela’s cross, Lukasz Fabianski got down to deny Davinson Sánchez at close quarters.

West Ham could not get going before the interval, with Anderson particularly poor, flunking corners and struggling defensively. He was substituted before the hour, after an attempt to beat his man ended with him running the ball over the sideline.

The home team were also rocked by the loss of Andriy Yarmolenko to a nasty ankle injury. The winger got his studs stuck in the turf as he attempted to chase a ball following a corner and it was an ugly twist that left him writhing in agony.

West Ham were better in the second half, with Arnautovic central to everything they did. He sent a looping header towards the top corner that Lloris clawed to safety and then watched as the goalkeeper pushed a low shot from him around the far post. At the very end, Arnautovic wriggled free of Sánchez but Lloris left his line to block.


Tottenham battle past combative West Ham to continue winning ways

Sam Dean, London Stadium

There have been plenty of occasions this season when it has been deemed a good time to play against Tottenham Hotspur. At the start of the campaign it was because of the inevitable post-World Cup fatigue, or because they had not added any new faces to the squad.

More recently, they have supposedly been softened by the absence of a handful of their most important players, or distracted by their adventures in Europe.

There is sound reasoning behind all of this, but Spurs simply keep on winning. They have not suffered without the likes of Dele Alli, Christian Eriksen and Jan Vertonghen. Their international stars have not faltered because of exhaustion.

Instead, other players in this squad have stepped up when it mattered, rising to the occasion and pulling Spurs through.

Here, in a battling but ultimately effective performance against a combative West Ham United, it was players such as Erik Lamela, making his first league start of the season, and the lesser-spotted Moussa Sissoko who made the difference.

Lamela’s first-half header, from a fine Sissoko cross, was enough to guarantee a fourth consecutive win in the league for Mauricio Pochettino’s side and their ninth victory from the last 11 Premier League games.

Spurs deserved the points, even if their defenders will feel indebted to the excellence of Hugo Lloris, who made three valuable saves from Marko Arnautovic in the second half as West Ham pushed for an equaliser.

Only one of those opportunities came late in the game, though, and the absence of any sustained West Ham pressure until stoppage time was indicative of the away side’s control. The mood will therefore be good in north London ahead of this week’s crucial Champions League meeting with PSV Eindhoven, especially with Eriksen making his return from injury in the dying moments here.

For West Ham, it felt like a step back. They are now without a win in eight London derbies, and this was a disappointing response to defeat by Brighton. There was also a worrying ankle injury to Andriy Yarmolenko, their £17.5 million summer signing, which looks certain to rule him out action for a while at least.

Manuel Pellegrini was nevertheless encouraged by the way his side had conceded few goalscoring opportunities. “I think we are improving a lot in our defending,” the West Ham manager said. “I am not happy with the results. But I am happy with the way we are improving. These last two defeats, in maybe both of them, we did not deserve to lose.”

Spurs certainly deserved their lead when it arrived. Harry Winks and Lucas Moura were particularly sharp in the first half, even if the defenders were on top in a surprisingly flat start to the game.

When West Ham did push forward in attack, it was Arnautovic who looked the most threatening. He was certainly having a more encouraging day than Felipe Anderson, the club’s record signing, who was enduring one of those afternoons where every cross hit the first man and every dribble ended in disappointment.

Such was the lack of quality on Anderson’s corners that the home crowd even cheered when Robert Snodgrass relieved him of set-piece duties towards the end of the first half.

Moments later, Spurs had the lead. Sissoko breezed past Anderson – yes, him again – and crossed for Lamela, whose header nestled softly in the far corner.

“He was fantastic,” Pochettino said of Lamela. “It’s fantastic for him and his belief and it was three very important points ahead of a tough period we have ahead.”

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Yarmolenko will have scans on Tottenham injury on Monday

West Ham United winger Andriy Yarmolenko will have scans on Monday on the injury he sustained against Tottenham Hotspur, according to ExWHUemployee.

ExWHUemployee @ExWHUemployee

I haven’t heard anything official but there was concerns that it’s an Achilles rupture which isn’t good! Scans will take place tomorrow and hopefully it isn’t this.


It would be a real blow for Yarmolenko and West Ham if he did indeed sustain an achilles rupture against Mauricio Pochettino’s side. Obviously this isn’t an official line from the club so it should be taken with a grain of salt but Yarmolenko’s injury certainly looked serious at the time. The 28-year-old has emerged as a key player for the club in recent weeks so this will be a big blow for him if he faces a significant amount of time on the sidelines. Ultimately, Hammers fans will have to wait for the result of the scans tomorrow before finding out the extent of the Ukrainian’s injury, but everyone involved with the club will be hoping the setback isn’t as bad as suggested by ExWHUemployee. If it is, then certain players will need to step up for the club. The likes of Michail Antonio, Robert Snodgrass and youngster Grady Diangana will be first in line to replace Yarmolenko if his injury is a bad one.


West Ham, Newcastle watching Mitchell Clark

Subhankar Mondal

It has been reported that Premier League duo Newcastle and West Ham are watching Clark, who joined League Two outfit Port Vale on loan from Championship side Villa in the summer transfer window.

Talented youngster

Clark is a very talented and promising young defender who is doing quite well at Port Vale at the moment.

The 19-year-old defender has made 10 appearances in League Two so far this season, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.

Future star

Villa do need promising and talented young defenders in the future, and the Villans must do their utmost to hold onto Clark for long-term success.

Clark is only 19 years of age and is still developing as a footballer, and Villa should not let West Ham or Rafael Benitez's Newcastle prise him away, especially if they are able to clinch promotion to the Premier League at the end of the season.

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Takashi Miike 10:47 Sun Oct 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:31 Sun Oct 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Typical one-sided Grauniad report

Thanks Alan 2:07 Sun Oct 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
charleyfarley 1:42 Sun Oct 21

charleyfarley 1:42 Sun Oct 21
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al

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