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Alan 1:37 Wed Oct 24
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Inter Milan and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 25, says he has "no intention" of leaving the Serie A club. (AS)

Chelsea are set to miss out on both Icardi and Genoa's Poland forward Krzysztof Piatek, 23, as the Blues look for a striker in January. (Evening Standard)

Sacking manager Julen Lopetegui, 52, would cost Real Madrid 18 million euros (£16m). (Sport)

Lopetegui will be sacked and reserve team boss Santiago Solari, 42, placed in interim charge for Sunday's El Clasico against Barcelona. (Star)

Former Spain coach Lopetegui will still be in charge for El Clasico. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Real Madrid director Emilio Butragueno has suggested Lopetegui is not in immediate danger of the sack and everything at the club "is totally normal". (Mail)

Former Germany midfielder Lothar Matthaus says Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 25, is ready for a move to Real Madrid. (Sun)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says the Reds need to strengthen to compete at the same level as Europe's best teams, including Manchester City. (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 29, has revealed he would be open to re-joining former club Ajax in the future. (Sky Sports via De Telegraaf)

Chelsea are planning to offer Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 25, a new contract in the region of £100,000-a-week. (Mail)

Nigeria winger Victor Moses, 27, is ready to leave Chelsea as he struggles for game time under new Blues manager Maurizio Sarri. (Goal)

Wolves want to add attacking reinforcements to their squad in January, but will not recall on-loan striker Rafa Mir, 21, from from Las Palmas. (Birmingham Mail)

Atlanta United boss Gerardo Martino, who has announced he will leave at the end of the MLS season, is in line to become the new manager of Mexico. (CBS)

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he will never coach a team to play in the same way as those managed by Jose Mourinho. (FourFourTwo)

Togo coach Claude Le Roy has backed 26-year-old Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane for a shock move to rivals Manchester United. (Star)

Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis flew from Athens to personally deliver a message that their performances must improve, after their first defeat in seven games. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

Reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid are going to sack Julen Lopetegui and put Santiago Solari, the manager of Real Madrid B, for Sunday’s tussle with Barcelona.

On the other hand, the Daily Star reckons Lopetegui will still be in the hot seat for the clásico. Meanwhile, Madrid suit Emilio Butragueño reckons everything at the Bernabéu “is totally normal”. And he would probably say that even if Florentino Pérez pushes ahead with plans to change the club’s name to Barcelona B and gets tattoos of Pep Guardiola, Xavi and Oleguer on his face. The Mill’s head hurts.

Chelsea are likely to be frustrated in their attempts to sign Inter’s Mauro Icardi and Genoa’s Krzysztof Piatek in January. They plan to cheer themselves up by offering Antonio Rüdiger a new contract. However, Victor Moses wants out of Stamford Bridge, which means Madrid finally have a chance to replace Cristiano Ronaldo.

Toby Alderweireld is keen on an Ajax return one day. “They never say never,” the Tottenham defender said. “Of course it is close to home in Belgium and I have a bond with the club, because I played football at Ajax for eight years. Achieving championships, the third star, experience.” Also on the way out of Tottenham: Harry Kane. But only because Lothar Matthäus reckons the striker is ready to join Real.

In a sign of how slim the pickings are today, the Mill is willing to make up its word count by linking Sadio Mané with Manchester United. But only because Claude Le Roy, Togo’s manager, reckons that’s where Liverpool’s Senegalese forward is heading next. The Mill’s head still hurts.


Atlanta president suggests the fee West Ham must pay for Miguel Almiron

Danny Owen

Premier League outfit West Ham United are reportedly keen to sign Atlanta United's MLS star Miguel Almiron - and Darren Eales has had his say.

Not for the first time, Miguel Almiron is being liked with a move to England. And new reports from South America suggest that West Ham United could be his destination.

According to TYC Sports, The Hammers could make a move to sign the dazzling Atlanta United playmaker in the January transfer window. And the MLS outfit seem to be preparing for their star man’s departure, identifying River Plate star Gonzalo Martinez as his replacement.

A hard-working and versatile number 10, 24-year-old Almiron has emerged as one of the top talents in North American football under the former Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino. He has scored 12 goals and set up 11 more in 32 games this season.

As a result, Almiron won’t come cheap. Reports from across the Atlantic suggested that that Paraguayan could cost around £11 million – but speaking to Atlanta-based radio station The Game (23 October), president Darren Eales indicated that his club would demand far more.

"It would have to take at least triple that (£11 million fee) for me to even get out of bed and think about any bids for Almiron,” Eales said.

That would see Almiron cost around £33 million – which would make him the second most expensive signing in West Ham’s history after Felipe Anderson.

But do The Hammers even need him with Manuel Lanzini set to return from injury in the New Year?

Atlanta's Miguel Almiron (10) moves the ball up the field during the match between Atlanta United and Real Salt Lake on September 22nd, 2018 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, GA....


Hammers could return for Italian outcast midfielder

The West Ham injury crisis in midfield means that Manuel Pellegrini could offer former Hammer Joao Mario an escape route from Inter Milan in the January transfer window.

In January this year, Mário signed for the Hammers on loan from the Seria A side for a €1.5 million loan fee, and an option for the club to buy the player for a sum in the region of €40 million He made his debut two days later, replacing Pablo Zabaleta at half-time in a 0–2 away loss against Wigan Athletic in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

João Mário scored his first goal for West Ham on 31 March 2018, helping the hosts defeat Southampton 3–0.He made 14 competitive appearances during his half-season spell, scoring twice, and was praised by supporters for his work rate.

Since his return to Italy Mario has been left frozen out of the Inter Milan team since comments he made to the media, he has often been left out of the squad completely and mostly been an unused substitute on the bench this season not managing one minute on the pitch in a competitive match. Unsurprisingly he was also left out of the Portugal squad in the recent International break.

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Mex Martillo 11:18 Wed Oct 24
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I would like to see Super Mario back
Thanks Alan

Lato 6:01 Wed Oct 24
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And is half the price

1964 3:18 Wed Oct 24
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On the evidence seen so far he was better than Anderson

Texas Iron 2:53 Wed Oct 24
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Was not impressed by Joao Mario...even at 20million...

Texas Iron 2:52 Wed Oct 24
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Was not impressed by Joao Mario...even at 20million...

Lato 2:11 Wed Oct 24
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Thanks Alan it would be good to have Mario back

Thanks Alan 2:04 Wed Oct 24
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Thanks Alan

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