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Alan 11:09 Mon Oct 22
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui is close to being sacked and the Spanish giants' B team coach Santiago Solari has appeared to suggest he is on standby to take over on a caretaker basis. (Mail)

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic has been given two games to save his job after the Cottagers slipped into the bottom three of the Premier League following a 4-2 defeat by Cardiff City. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is to carry out an internal investigation into how his line-up was leaked before Saturday's draw with Chelsea. (Mail)

Mourinho could face a touchline ban following his altercation with Chelsea coach Marco Ianni at Stamford Bridge. (Express)

Manchester United and France forward Anthony Martial, 22, has denied ever having a tense working relationship with Mourinho. (Evening Standard)

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez, whose side are bottom of the Premier League, admits time is running out for him at St James' Park. (Mirror)

Former Magpies manager Alan Pardew says Benitez is suffering similar problems to ones he had while in charge. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Wolves are considering a move for Sheffield Wednesday's English winger Adam Reach, 25, in January. (Sun)

Borussia Dortmund, who took 18-year-old forward Jadon Sancho to the Bundesliga, are watching three other young English players - Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, 18, Chelsea's 17-year-old forward Callum Hudson-Odoi and Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan, 17. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, who has been linked with Liverpool and Juventus, is close to renewing his contract with the French club. (Calciomercato)

Leicester City boss Claude Puel says it is not on his list of January window priorities to recall England Under-21 midfielder Harvey Barnes, 20, who is on a season-long loan at Championship side West Brom. (Birmingham Mail)

West Ham fear winger Andriy Yarmolenko could be out for six months with a ruptured Achilles tendon after the 28-year-old Ukraine international was taken off on a stretcher in the defeat by Tottenham. (Mail)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery believes former Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil's retirement from international football will help the 30-year-old adapt to his style of play quicker. (Telegraph)

Tottenham could open their new shop, set to be the biggest football club store in Europe, at their new stadium on Tuesday. (Football London)

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini has backed Austria striker Marko Arnautovic to return to the form he showed to finish as the Hammers' top scorer last season. The 29-year-old is battling a knee injury that has left him on a limited training schedule. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 24, has spent the past couple of years getting the tattoos on his left arm removed after admitting he went into getting them "too quick". (Times - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Despite ongoing uncertainty over the future of José Mourinho, who many sages still believe to be approaching his Old Trafford endgame irrespective of a couple of decent recent results, Manchester United continue to be linked with more centre-halves than you can shake a rolled-up copy of Practical Caravan at.

As at home at right-back as he is in the heart of defence, versatile Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic is believed to have an admirer in the Portuguese, but the Serb’s employers have declared they expect to get £40m for a 21-year-old who has also attracted attention from Chelsea, Arsenal, Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur. Manchester United bean-counters, by contrast, are understood to value the player at £30m.

Mourinho also fancies making a Premier League player of Kalidou Koulibaly, who at 27 years of age is considerably more experienced than Milenkovic and would cost a great deal more. United’s boss will attempt to convince his employers to make a bid for the classy Senegalese stopper in January, but knows he won’t come cheap. After signing a contract extension as recently as last September, Koulibaly is tied to the Neapolitan club until June 2023 and could command a fee of over £70m. Bournemouth’s Nathan Aké has also been mentioned as a potential United target, but the £40m-rated Dutchman is also wanted by Manchester City.

Given the ongoing and at times baffling reluctance of top end Premier League clubs to take advantage of the products of their own academies, Borussia Dortmund will reap the benefits instead. With Jadon Sancho continuing to impress for the Bundesliga side (he scored in their 4-0 win at Stuttgart over the weekend), Lucien Favre has ordered his scouting staff to keep tabs on Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi and Liverpool striker Bobby Duncan – a trio of players who between them have a combined age of just 52.

Arsenal are prepared to forgive Malcom for past snubs, now that his controversial summer move from Bordeaux to Barcelona has turned into something of a nightmare. The winger originally binned off the opportunity of a move to the Emirates when Roma came calling, only to spurn the Italian side’s advances at the 11th hour and upset them by signing for Barcelona instead. He has since played just 25 minutes for the Spanish side and is already agitating for a move away from the Camp Nou so he can play more football. Arsenal are reported to have already opened talks about securing a January loan move for the Brazilian, but may have to duke it out with Spurs for his services.

And finally, having become such a daily fixture in the Rumour Mill that we were considering him his own key so he can come and go as he pleases, it now looks like perennially-unsettled Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot won’t be going anywhere and is about to sign a new deal with the Ligue 1 side.

The Boot Room

Is Michail Antonio’s West Ham career over after Manuel Pellegrini’s Tottenham snub?

By Sam Leveridge

Having not started a fixture for West Ham in almost a month, Michail Antonio may well have felt a private sense of opportunity when he saw Andriy Yarmolenko go down with a serious looking injury against Tottenham.

The West Ham winger has struggled for consistency and appears to have failed to convince Manuel Pellegrini early on in the campaign, losing his place as the team’s form picked up.

That is why it was quite so damaging for his future hopes when the Chilean coach turned to 20-year-old Grady Diangana to replace the Ukranian whilst leaving Antonio on the bench.

Antonio did come on later in the game, but for only 18 minutes as opposed to 60, and appears to be falling further and further down the pecking order.

If Diangana usurps him in the running for a starting spot, it is hard to see what kind of future Antonio will have at the London Stadium.

In the summer, Crystal Palace were linked with a £15 million bid. It is hard to imagine that such an offer would be turned down if it were to come in January.

Evening Standard

Manuel Pellegrini issues reassurances over Marko Arnautovic fitness as West Ham injury concerns set in

Jack Rosser

Manuel Pellegrini has backed talisman Marko Arnautovic to return to the form which saw him finish top of West Ham’s scoring charts last season as he battles a knee injury.

The Austrian is working on a limited training schedule as he looks to work through an issue which has dogged him since the early weeks of the season.

Arnautovic, 29, has four goals so far this term but continues to shoulder the burden when it comes to finding the back of the net in east London which, when playing through pain, is a concern for Pellegrini.

Following two defeats in a row after downing Manchester United at London Stadium last month, Pellegrini is convinced the enigmatic forward will be back to his all-conquering self before long.

"We are always talking with him and asking him and he can play,” Pellegrini insisted.

“Maybe because he missed the goals the last two games you immediately link it with his knee, but all the players have moments where they cannot score and others where they score more.

“Marko will return to be the striker that he was last season.”

With Pedro Obiang sidelined for the defeat against Tottenham over the weekend, Pellegrini is left with just Mark Noble and Declan Rice as natural central midfielders, with Rice converted from playing centre-back over the summer.

Obiang is not expected to be out for long, but the mounting midfield injuries, with Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez both out, are a concern for the Chilean ahead of a hectic winter schedule.

"Am I concerned? Yes of course, we have four players with long injuries in this moment and everyone knows that December maybe is the worst month of the Premier League,” Pellegrini said.

“We don’t have any options to recover, Pedro Obiang I think will be ready, so we will need to be ready to work with the players that we have in this moment.”

Up next for the Hammers is a trip to Claude Puel’s Leicester before they again welcome Tottenham to Stratford for their League Cup tie on October 31.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 9:17 Mon Oct 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I also thought Antonio did well
I was surprised to see Diangana come on, he also did well, which is also a good thing, more depth
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:25 Mon Oct 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
mallard 11:30 Mon Oct 22

Takashi Miike 12:14 Mon Oct 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

gph 11:59 Mon Oct 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I think The Bootroom is shit-stirring here.

Out of form players should expect to be "snubbed" in this way.

More important for Antonio should be the fact that he beat a Tottenham player, who had had Anderson in his pocket, twice in the limited time he had on the pitch.

Thanks, Alan

Whitester. 11:47 Mon Oct 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

mallard 11:30 Mon Oct 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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