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Alan 11:37 Fri Oct 26
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid will make a bid to bring Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to the Bernabeu. Argentine Pochettino turned the Spanish giants down in the summer but they would prefer him to replace Julen Lopetegui than former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte. (Sun)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho fears he could lose Spain goalkeeper David de Gea on a free transfer to Juventus when the 27-year-old's contract expires next summer. (Irish Sun)

Mourinho could end up back at Real Madrid - where he managed between 2010 and 2013 - with club president Florentino Perez still an admirer. (Spanish journalist Guillem Balague on BBC Radio 5 live)

Real president Florentino Perez wanted to sack Lopetegui after their Champions League victory against Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday, but was convinced to wait until after the weekend's El Clasico match against Barcelona. (Sport - in Spanish)

Liverpool have opened contract extension negotiations with England defender Joe Gomez, 21, after his strong start to the season. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham are interested in Burnley and England goalkeeper Nick Pope, 26. (Mirror)

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, is ready to quit Manchester United in January and is keen on a move to French champions Paris St-Germain. (Mirror)

Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn has backed a proposed levy on betting companies to support grassroots football. (Telegraph)

Chelsea and Nigeria winger Victor Moses, 27, is considering his future at the club over a lack of playing time. (Evening Standard)

Some of Manchester United's first-team players refused to take part in a sponsors' event on Thursday in protest at the Old Trafford club's travel planning. The team bus has been late for the side's past two Champions League home matches. (Mail)

German midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 28, a target for Ajax, is ready to commit his long-term future to Manchester City and sign a new deal. (Sun)

Ipswich Town are considering Paul Lambert as their next manager after sacking Paul Hurst. (Independent)

Chelsea and former England centre-back Gary Cahill, 32, is considering staying at the club, after previously saying he might leave in January. (Sun)

France forward Anthony Martial, 22, has rejected Manchester United's latest contract offer, but talks will continue in pursuit of an agreement. (Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace will back manager Roy Hodgson in the January transfer window, with a goalscorer top of the former England boss' wish-list. (Mail)

Leicester manager Claude Puel has said Jamie Vardy's modest goal return this season is down to the 31-year-old England striker's own confidence rather than the team's tactics. Vardy's wife Rebekah has 'liked' tweets criticising Puel. (Mirror)

Harvard's assistant football coach says he would welcome Juventus centre-backs Giorgio Chiellini, 34, and Leonardo Bonucci, 31, after Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho said the pair could go to the American university "to give classes about how to be a central defender". (TuttoJuve - in Italian)

Guardian Rumour Mill

James Piercy

Arsenal is a fun place to be at the moment, what with all those wins, goals and Danny Welbeck, and to continue the positive vibes, the Gunners are ready to spend £50m on Roma winger Cengiz Under. The Giallorossi are understandably all over that sort of chat having signed the 21-year-old for just £12m. Manchester United, Barcelona and Manchester City are also interested in the Turkey international who despite looking like your average boyband member has the unfortunate and largely inappropriate nickname of “The Undertaker”, which isn’t so fun nor inspires many positive vibes.

Paris Saint-Germain appear set for yet another season of underachievement in the Champions League which means the obvious solution is to buy more players! Coach Thomas Tuchel has started looking at new signings for next year and wants to bring Toni Kroos to the Parc des Princes to orchestrate his midfield. That could also coincide with Neymar leaving for Real Madrid or Barcelona and the Brazilian being replaced by Antoine Griezmann of Atlético Madrid and/or Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne.

Alexis Sánchez is really fed up with the uniform MOR ballads José Mourinho is churning out (stay with The Mill on this one) at Manchester United and definitely wants out, preferably to PSG. So much so, unconfirmed reports indicate he’s instructed his entourage to post, “Have Piano: Will Travel” ads all over Paris in the hope the French champions notice and allow him to play the classic jazz he’s always craved. Having endeared himself to Arsenal fans with his exit from the Emirates 10 months ago, his relationship with the United faithful can only be enhanced by this sort of behaviour.

Anthony Martial, however, will soon be wholeheartedly embraced by the Stretford End, if not his manager, as the United forward is proving mediocrity interspersed with a great performance every eight games or so can earn you a new £160,000-a-week contract. That offer on the table will cause him to turn down PSG, Bayern Munich and Juventus. Although, depending on who you read, the France forward has also said, “do one” to the Red Devils and fancies a move abroad. As does goalkeeper David De Gea with Juventus “increasingly confident” the can bring the Spaniard to Turin.

Just like the Mill, Florentino Pérez is a man of simple pleasures. The Real Madrid president likes transfers, mass construction projects and a manager who wins football matches, which is why he’s making one “last-ditch attempt” to bring Mauricio Pochettino to the Bernabéu as replacement for Julen Lopetegui, according to The Sun; the Argentine’s association with Tottenham Hotspur meaning he is familiar with two of Florentino’s sources of entertainment. Pérez fluttering his eyelids in the direction of Pochettino also means he doesn’t fancy Antonio Conte anymore, whose Mr 15%, his bro Daniele, claims there has been no contact with Madrid anyway.

Elsewhere in north London, Spurs are gearing up for a mass clearout in January with Mousa Dembélé, Victor Wanyama, Georges-Kévin N’Koudou and Vincent Janssen all to be sold, none of which will presumably be following Pochettino to Madrid. While Hugo “liability” Lloris also could be steaming out of his penalty area and making an ill-considered decision to sign for PSG, with Tottenham rating Burnley’s Nick Pope as his long-term replacement. Atlanta United’s Paraguayan forward Miguel Almirón may also be on his way to the club for £22m, annoying both Arsenal and West Ham.

Finally, Barcelona have had enough of all their best youth products leaving the club (the Mill would suggest offering a genuine pathway to the first team) so are ready to offer 15-year-old midfield sensation Moriba Kourouma Kourouma, aka Ilaix, a new contract to stop Manchester City from getting their grubby mitts on him when he turns 16 in January.


London Stadium owners reveal true cost of seat moves

London Stadium owners E20 and LLDC have published details of the true costs of seat moves over the summer after a freedom of information request.

The owners explain that moving the seating system is complex. The main drivers of cost are related to the plant and labour needed to crane or air skate the stands in and out of position.

In 2017, all four stands in the stadium were retracted for the World Athletics Championships and then reinstalled for the 2017/18 Premier League football season. This costs £11.3m to retract and then install back into football mode.

In 2018, they adopted a revised seating configuration that allowed athletics and concerts to be staged but at reduced costs. This primarily involved:

• Not moving the East Stand, but instead just removing the front 7 rows of the stand to reveal the athletics track

• Moving only part of the West Stand to reveal the athletics track (the flank blocks and front 7 rows)

• Removing the north and south stands

The 2018 revised configuration reduced the seat transition costs to £4.1m.

The LLDC say they continue to seek ways to improve the seat transition costs in future years. The seat configuration is not yet set for 2019, but they do anticipate moving seats to accommodate a full summer programme of events. The hosting of baseball in the Stadium as currently planned will require a full move of the West Stand.

The FOI can be found at http://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/-/media/lldc/publication-scheme/foi-responses/2018/18064-lldc-foi-response.ashx

Football London

Leicester team news vs West Ham: Claude Puel delivers fitness updates on Vardy and Gray

Jamie Vardy left the field against Arsenal late on during their game on Monday evening

By Sam Inkersole

Leicester City manager Claude Puel has revealed striker Jamie Vardy is in a race to be fit to face West Ham at the King Power Stadium on Saturday evening.

The England striker left the field with five minutes to go during the Foxes 3-1 defeat to Arsenal on Monday night, despite Claude Puel already having used all of his substitutes, and didn't return.

The Frenchman revealed after the game that Vardy wasn't feeling very well during a game where he had just 11 touches of the ball and completed one pass all game.

Vardy only returned to training on Thursday after feeling under the weather for the ensuing few days and speaking at his pre-match press conference, Puel revealed it's touch and go for the frontman to be fit for Saturday.

Puel said, via our friends at Leicestershire Live : "Two days later, he was not well. He has stomach problems. He came back today in the training session. We will see if he can start for this game.

"We will see if he can make progress. He had a problem and he needed a little more time and we will see if he can be available."

The Foxes have been boosted however by the return to training for winger Demarai Gray, who hasn't played for a month after suffering an ankle injury in the Carabao Cup win against Wolves.

Puel added of Gray: "Demarai came back with the team,” said Puel. “Except [Wes] Morgan, still suspended, and Matty James, all the players are available for this game.

"I hope we can have Demarai in the squad on Saturday."

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Texas Iron 8:21 Fri Oct 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Stupid Stadium Design...
Serves them right...
Coe deserves to lose his Peerage...
Con Man...

The Libertine 2:27 Fri Oct 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan (Includes Thanks)

Thanks Alan 12:45 Fri Oct 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 11:38 Fri Oct 26

Takashi Miike 11:38 Fri Oct 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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