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Alan 12:58 Tue Oct 23
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Antonio Conte is top of Real Madrid's list to become their new manager if they sack Julen Lopetegui, but that could end their chances of signing Eden Hazard, who had a difficult relationship with the Italian at Chelsea. (Mirror)

Chelsea coach Marco Ianni, charged by the FA for his part in the touchline row at the end of his side's 2-2 draw with Manchester United, may face further action after it emerged he should not even have been in the technical area. (Mail)

Liverpool's out-of-favour forward Divock Origi could be set for a move to Turkey, with both Besiktas and Fenerbahce keen to sign the 23-year-old Belgium striker. (Fanatik, via Talksport)

Fulham are set to open contract talks with 18-year-old winger Ryan Sessegnon, a long-term target for Tottenham, who has 18 months remaining on his present deal. (Mail)

Inter Milan's Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 23, who has been linked with Manchester United and Manchester City, has yet to agree a new contract with the Italian club. (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid left-back Marcelo, 30, wants to force through a move to Juventus, who could pay more than £40m for the Brazil defender. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Chelsea could consider signing Genoa's Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 23, in January. (Mail)

The owners of Manchester United, the Glazer family, have no plans to sell the club despite reports the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is preparing a £4bn takeover bid. (Sports Illustrated)

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley took around £10m out of the club over the summer, depriving manager Rafael Benitez of transfer funds. (Telegraph)

Manchester United's Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 25, admits things have not quite been "clicking" for him at Old Trafford since his £75m move from Everton. (Mail)

Chelsea have granted Derby permission to play both loanees Mason Mount, 19, and Fikayo Tomori, 20, against them in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on 31 October. (Football London)

Chelsea sent scouts to Sunday's Milan derby to watch Alessio Romagnoli, AC Milan's 23-year-old defender and captain. (Calciomercato)

Leicester are among a host of Premier League clubs interested in Hamburg's Scotland Under-21 defender David Bates, 22. (Daily Record, via Leicester Mercury)

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci, 31, says he could have joined Tuesday's opponents Manchester United from AC Milan last summer but instead chose a return to the Italian club. (Telegraph)

Tottenham are expected to confirm they will stage matches against Chelsea on 24 November and Southampton fewer than two weeks later at Wembley. They must tell the FA by Thursday if they want to move the fixtures. (Times)

Spurs midfielder Erik Lamela, 26, who returned last November after 13 months out with chronic hip problems, has admitted he cannot always train at maximum level and the Argentina winger does not know how much of the club's hectic autumn schedule he will be able to play. (London Evening Standard)

Another Tottenham midfielder, Moussa Sissoko, says he "knew all the players and staff were always behind me" during some difficult times at the club in which he was regularly criticised by fans. The 29-year-old has targeted a return to the France squad. (ESPN)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez says it is not the right time to put some of his young players into first-team contention, with the club currently bottom of the Premier League. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Aston Villa forward Ross McCormack, 32, on loan at Australian side Central Coast Mariners, does not believe a return to Villa Park is likely, despite the dismissal of former boss Steve Bruce. (Birmingham Mail)

West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere says if Arsene Wenger had not been replaced as manager by Unai Emery he would still be playing at Arsenal. (Star)

A controversial plan for a new global 24-team Club World Cup backed by Saudi money will be discussed at Fifa's council meeting in Rwanda this week. (Times)

Former Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp has quipped he will take Peter Crouch into the jungle with him when he appears on the reality TV programme I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here. (Mirror)

Spurs' Argentina playmaker Erik Lamela, 26, says his side are running out of chances in the Champions League before their match against PSV on Wednesday. (Star)

Leicester's 21-year-old Croatian defender Filip Benkovic, who is currently on loan at Celtic, says he would like to be a farmer one day. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

Having had quite enough of watching Álvaro Morata doing the Charlie Brown walk, Maurizio Sarri is planning to sign a new striker in January. Chelsea’s manager has his eyes on Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek at the moment. The 23-year-old has started the season with 10 goals for club and country. Morata, meanwhile, continues to try to intimidate opposition defenders by looking very sad.

Chelsea could be busy when the transfer window opens. They sent scouts to last Sunday’s Milan derby to watch Milan’s 23-year-old captain and centre-back, Alessio Romagnoli. But the really big news from Chelsea’s perspective is that Real Madrid might be about to replace Julen Lopetegui with Antonio Conte, who would probably have a hard time convincing Eden Hazard to move to the Bernabéu next summer – the forward was far from Conte’s biggest fan by the end of the Italian’s time at Stamford Bridge.

Fearful that they might end up missing out on Hazard, Madrid are busily making contingency plans. This, of course, is the point where the Mill is supposed to link the European champions with a mega move for Neymar. But there’s nothing about the PSG forward today. Instead, Madrid are said to be preparing a January bid for LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 87. It seems to have escaped their attention that the Swede isn’t even the best former Manchester United striker in MLS at the moment?

Liverpool’s Divock Origi – remember him? – is a target for Besiktas and Fenerbahce, Juventus want to sign Marcelo from Madrid – who will demand £40m for the left-back – and Leicester are keeping tabs on Hamburg’s David Bates, a Scotland Under-21 defender.


English student Balbuena learning Premier League language

Keen English student Fabian Balbuena is learning how to come to terms with the demands of the Premier League.

The Paraguay centre-back has had to adapt quickly to a new language, a new country, a new culture and a new type of football since swapping Brazilian club Corinthians for West Ham United in the summer.

And while results have not gone as well as the South American might have hoped, after three months in Claret and Blue, Balbuena believes he is starting to get the hang of life in London and, more importantly, life in the most competitive league in the world.

“I’m in a new stage of my life and my career and I’m adapting very well,” said the No4, who has played every minute of West Ham’s Premier League campaign so far. “I had a little bit of trouble with the language but with time it is getting better and I’m talking English every day and, in general, I’m feeling better every time I try.

“In terms of the results we are playing well but the ball doesn’t want to go in at the moment, but we will keep on working to get the points we need.”

The defender has made more clearances and interceptions than any other Hammer in 2018/19, while also forging a strong partnership with fellow new boy Issa Diop.

Balbuena played at the very highest level of South American football, winning domestic league titles in Paraguay and Brazil with Cerro Porteno and Corinthians respectively and featuring regularly in continental competition with the latter in recent seasons.

With seven senior caps to his name, the 27-year-old is also well-versed in the demands of international football, but he admits the Premier League has presented him with a different challenge altogether.

“The intensity here is bigger, and also it’s possible to play more,” he explained. “In South America, the players fall with minimal contact but here it is different.

“But for me, the most different aspect is the intensity. There are great players in every position on the pitch so that’s why I think everything is more intense.

“I struggled a bit in the first weeks after I moved but I think I have adapted already, working day by day and I feel good about how things are going.”


Will Yarmolenko be the same again?

In years gone by achilles tendon ruptures would often be career enders for professional footballers. The achilles, the largest and strongest tendon in the body, connects the calf muscle and the heel bone.

Due to the nature of an achilles injury, a lot of information available online suggests that a number of areas of a players game can be permanently affected even post rehabilitation. Studies have shown it can affect a number of areas of a players game after recovery, specifically pace and shooting power and pushing off from a standing start.

Medical experts say the tendon must be given enough time to regenerate properly and gain strength. High profile footballers who have suffered from an achilles rupture include Christian Benteke, David Beckham, Yakubu and John Barnes.

Medical advantages have been made since the days of David Beckham and John Barnes but it still remains whether Yarmolenko will be the same player again after his recovery.

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Texas Iron 5:43 Tue Oct 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 5:13 Tue Oct 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 1:25 Tue Oct 23

On The Ball 3:26 Tue Oct 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Someone should calculate the carbon footprint of C&H posting that shite on the internet.

Cut out enough bollocks like that and we can all start leaving our fridge doors open again.

Eric Hitchmoe 3:05 Tue Oct 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

"West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere says if Arsene Wenger had not been replaced as manager by Unai Emery he would still be playing at Arsenal."

Way to endear yourself further to the West Ham faithful, Jack.

martyboy 2:59 Tue Oct 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
West Ham midfielder Jack Wilshere says if Arsene Wenger had not been replaced as manager by Unai Emery he would still be playing at Arsenal. (Star)
No he would not!!!
Bloke would still be in the treatment room with his feet up, being paid by them, NOT us!!!!

The Stoat 1:25 Tue Oct 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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