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Alan 12:58 Thu Oct 25
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial, 22, is ready to ignore interest from Juventus, Paris St-Germain and Bayern Munich to stay at the club. (ESPN)

Manchester United are under significant commercial pressure not to sell France midfielder Paul Pogba over concerns the 25-year-old's exit would result in a huge financial blow. (Mail)

The odds on LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37, rejoining Manchester United on loan during the MLS off-season have shortened, with the Swede in prolific form. (Sun)

Manchester City are considering a move for Juventus' Brazilian full-back Alex Sandro, 27. (Sun)

Manchester City want £5m-rated Japanese midfielder Ritsu Doan in January. City have been tracking the 20-year-old at Dutch club Groningen, with Juventus and Atletico Madrid also keen. (Mirror)

England U21 goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, 26, is set to sign a new Fulham deal. (Mail)

Chelsea are set to receive a £9.5m payment if Real Madrid appoint Antonio Conte as their new boss. (Sun)

Everton's move to a new £500m stadium at Bramley-Moore Dock will not happen until at least the beginning of the 2023-24 season - a year later than originally suggested. (Telegraph)

Manchester City and Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 27, is concerned about playing Tottenham at Wembley on Monday, a day after the NFL game between Jacksonville Jaguars and Philadelphia Eagles at the same venue. (Guardian)

Jose Mourinho has been warned by Manchester United's owners that his outburts are damaging the club's worldwide reputation. (Sun)

Arsenal are monitoring Ajax's Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, 26. (Calciomercato, via Mirror)

Juventus are set to battle Chelsea for the signing of 18-year-old Italian midfielder Sandro Tonali, who has impressed for Brescia in Serie B this season. (Tuttomercato via Talksport)

Wolves, Leicester City, Southampton and Fulham are all being linked with 25-year-old Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario, who has not played for Inter Milan this season. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Wolves are targeting as many as three new players in the January transfer window with manager Nuno Espirito Santo keen to bolster his squad. (Birmingham Mail)

Nuno Espirito Santo has prioritised the signing of a striker for Wolves in January. (Telegraph)

Besiktas would not stop their assistant manager Guti returning to Real Madrid to replace Julen Lopetegui. The 41-year-old Spaniard spent 15 years playing for Real's first team. (AS)

Juventus and Borussia Dortmund are among a host of European clubs tracking Fulham's 17-year-old English midfielder Matt O'Riley. (Evening Standard)

Maurizio Sarri has set Marcos Alonso, 27, the target of becoming the best left-back in world football after the Spain defender signed a new Chelsea deal. (Mirror)

Jose Mourinho will stick with striker Romelu Lukaku for Manchester United's clash with Everton on Sunday, despite the 25-year-old Belgium international going eight games without scoring. (Star)






Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Manchester City are in the market for a left-back, which could spell good news for Alex Sandro and his Mr 15%. Unconfirmed reports suggest the traffic congestion on the road to Old Trafford on Tuesday night may have been caused by a convoy of City scouts sent to run the rule over the £50m-rated Brazilian speedster, who could find himself surplus to requirements at Juve if there’s any truth to the rumour they’re planning on signing his compatriot Marcelo from Real Madrid in January.

Crystal Palace hope to put an end to tedious-but-true talk of their overreliance on Wilfred Zaha by signing Inter striker Gabriel Barbosa in the January transfer window. Back on loan at his former club Santos after failing to impress in the wake of a £29.5m move from Brazil to Italy (and a subsequent loan spell at Benfica), the 22-year-old has scored 24 goals in Brazil this season and could rock up at Selhurst Park on loan in the new year.

The Olympic gold medal winner they call “Gabigol” (possibly in homage to the solitary goal he’s scored for Inter since joining them in 2016) concedes that “things did not go as I expected” when he first arrived at the Serie A club and told Spanish sports daily Marca his “intention is to go to a place where I can be as happy as I am here [at Santos]”. Could a small rectangle of grass in the London borough of Croydon end up being that happy place?

In other news pertaining to unsettled Inter players, Wolves, Leicester, Fulham and Southampton are all hitching their skirts in the direction of Portuguese midfielder João Mário. The 25-year-old central midfielder, who spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham, has yet to appear for the Italian club this season and would have been sold in the summer if they had managed to find anyone willing to match their asking price of around £18m.

While – implausible, if you ask us – speculation abounds that Nacho Monreal could possibly be off to Barcelona or Athletic Bilbao in January, Arsenal are said to be interested in making a Premier League player of Ajax left-back Nicolás Tagliafico, who has been with the Dutch side since signing from Independiente in January.

Ryan Sessegnon’s days as being Fulham’s resident golden boy are numbered, now that it’s emerged his comparatively sprightly 17-year-old heir apparent Matt O’Riley has got antennae twitching in the scouting departments of Juventus and Borussia Dortmund. Contracted to the Cottagers until 2020, the young midfielder chose to join the club last November despite interest from Arsenal and Manchester United and made his senior debut aged just 16.

The Evening Standard report that Fulham are “believed to be aware of Juventus’ interest in the youngster” and are concerned they could lose him for a nominal fee should they fail to tie him down to a longer contract and he choose to go abroad. While the Rumour Mill wouldn’t read too much into these whispers, O’Riley and his representatives will be flattered about Juve’s interest, while the accompanying leverage it provides for future contract negotiations will also prove useful.






Football 365

Ibrahimovic jokes that West Ham ‘could not afford’ him

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has joked that West Ham “could not afford” him as he discussed a Premier League return with James Corden.

Manuel Pellegrini is rumoured to be in for a new striker when the January window opens with former Gavin and Stacey star, Corden, hoping the Hammers can bring Ibrahimovic back to England.

The Swede was making an appearance on the Late Late Show when Corden touted him for a loan move to West Ham.

However, it didn’t sound like the 37-year-old was too keen on the idea.

“I’m here with my buddy James and he wants me to come to West Ham,” Ibrahimovic said.

“But they could not afford me. Let’s put up the viewers for the James Corden Show first.”

Corden jokingly replied: “It’s happening. We’ll figure it out.

“We’ll get the ball in the box with you on the end… done. Come on you Irons.”

Since leaving Manchester United, Ibrahimovic has scored 22 goals in 26 matches to give LA Galaxy a chance of making the play-offs.

And there have been rumours that Ibrahimovic could be available for loan when the transfer window re-opens in January.





This is Futbol

Obiang out of West Ham training

West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang has been ruled out of training and upcoming matches with a calf muscle injury as the club are left uncertain as to when he will be fit again, according to ExWHUemployee on the West Ham Way.

The inside source told the podcast (Wednesday, 24 October, 31:15) that the 26-year-old had picked up the muscular blow prior to the defeat to Tottenham and has been kept out of training as a result.

It is stated that the first team mainstay, having been a part of every one of the Irons’ Premier League squads and making seven appearances across all competitions, is set to sit out the clash with Leicester City this weekend and is a serious doubt for the League Cup outing against Tottenham, with the club still yet to determine when he will have recovered.

Opinion

Seriously, what are West Ham doing to their players in training that is seeing them pick up so many injuries? It seems every week sees a fresh blow to Manuel Pellegrini and his side, and most of them seem to be in the midfield. The boss is lucky that the likes of Declan Rice have stepped up to the mark this season for without the youngster they would be seriously struggling to field a central partnership with natural players for the roles, instead turning to makeshift options to fill the gaps. Some might say that the Hammers have been severely unlucky but there has got to be something going on behind the scenes which is causing so many setbacks. Are the club simply working the players too hard, or could it be that the facilities being used are causing weakness to the stars? Whatever it is, this is another blow suffered which will further stretch the full squad at Pellegrini’s disposal – and the manager will be so frustrated.




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Takashi Miike 2:30 Fri Oct 26
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Lato 3:48 Thu Oct 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Zlatan at West Ham? No chance...….Sullivan would never allow someone with a bigger ego than his own at the club!

The Libertine 2:39 Thu Oct 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. The daily input about West Ham on WHO is highly appreciated.

Thanks Alan 1:09 Thu Oct 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
philj904 1:00 Thu Oct 25

philj904 1:00 Thu Oct 25
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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