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Alan 11:45 Sun Oct 28
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are set to beat Tottenham to the signing of Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21. (Daily Star Sunday)

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte and Juventus coach Max Allegri have been identified as candidates to take over from Jose Mourinho as Manchester United manager next year. (Sunday Express)

DC United's former England striker Wayne Rooney, 33, will turn down any offers to return to the Premier League during the MLS off-season. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi says the club will no longer allow the contracts of key players to enter the final year. (Sunday Telegraph)

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31, has refused to rule a move out to former club Arsenal when his contract runs out at the end of the season. The Spaniard is yet to start a Premier League game for the Blues this season. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United are willing to pay £60m for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. Jose Mourinho wanted to sign the 25-year-old England centre-back in the summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Everton could make a move for Leicester striker Jamie Vardy if the 31-year-old Englishman remains frustrated at the Foxes. Vardy started Saturday's draw with West Ham on the bench despite declaring himself fit. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham will re-open contract talks with midfielder Christian Eriksen. The 26-year-old Denmark international previously wanted to increase his wages from £70,000 a week to £160,000 a week. (Sun on Sunday)

Juventus are keen to bring Paul Pogba back to the club and could make a move for the 25-year-old Manchester United and France midfielder as soon as the January transfer window opens. (Tuttosport, via Mail on Sunday)

United have ordered Pogba to stop talking about his problems with manager Mourinho and the possibility of leaving Old Trafford. (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham are set to win the race to sign Atlanta United's 24-year-old Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron in a £25m deal. (Football.London)

Arsenal could try to sign Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata if the 30-year-old Spaniard leaves on a free transfer in the summer. (Daily Star Sunday)

Former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger could join AC Milan, where he would link up with former Arsenal chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who starts his new role at the Serie A club this week. Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso accepts his job should be up for debate. (Sunday Express)

Napoli have said they will not listen to offers below 90m euros (£80m) for 27-year-old Italy striker Lorenzo Insigne, who has been linked with Liverpool. (Gazetta dello Sport, via Inside Futbol)

Former Tottenham midfielder Ossie Ardiles says his fellow Argentine Mauricio Pochettino has had offers to leave the club but does not want to go. (Football.London)

Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart, 31, says he will use the season ticket for life offered by former club Manchester City to watch Champions League football whenever he has no match on. (Sunday Times - subscription required)


Wilfred Ndidi’s leveller earns draw for Leicester against 10-man West Ham

Jacob Steinberg at the King Power Stadium

Claude Puel must have been bracing himself for a frosty reception. With the minutes ticking away, Leicester looked out of ideas. Damned by their lack of invention, they were on their way to a fifth defeat in seven league games. Yet Wilfried Ndidi rescued them with a fortunate goal in the 89th minute and West Ham, who lost Mark Noble to a red card in the first half, had to settle for a point after snatching the lead through Fabián Balbuena.

A year on from Puel’s appointment as Leicester’s manager, the theory goes that the Frenchman is not going to make it as far as his second anniversary. He has struggled to dispel concerns that his tactics are too negative and although his team made a promising start against their vulnerable guests, they were blighted by carelessness at both ends of the pitch during the first half.

The pressure on Puel to inspire a dynamic display was immense, especially with Jamie Vardy sitting behind him in the home dugout, and Leicester certainly looked up to the task during the opening 10 minutes. The onus was on them to seize the initiative against opponents whose resources were stretched by the absence of nine senior players and how Puel must have been praying for the linesman’s flag to stay down when Kelechi Iheanacho converted Marc Albrighton’s cross in the second minute. It would have been a welcome boost after his surprising decision to pick Iheanacho instead of Vardy, but the Nigerian striker had strayed a yard offside and West Ham breathed a huge sigh of relief.

Leicester were rampant for a while. Albrighton skimmed a shot wide from 18 yards and the sense grew that West Ham were there for the taking without the unwell Marko Arnautovic, who was replaced up front by Javier Hernández. West Ham looked like an accident waiting to happen at the back at times, not least when Balbuena almost headed Albrighton’s cross into his own net.

Lukasz Fabianski leaped to claw the defender’s botched clearance over the bar, however, and West Ham started to find their feet as Leicester’s early intensity faded. Felipe Anderson tested Kasper Schmeichel from the edge of the area and Robert Snodgrass saw a low effort dribble past the left post.

Leicester had become increasingly nervous and they fell behind to a sloppy goal midway through the first half. Anderson chipped a free-kick to the far post from the right and when Declan Rice rose above Caglar Soyuncu to head the ball into the middle, Harry Maguire failed to spot that Balbuena had peeled away from him. The Paraguayan’s first effort came back off the post but there was still no reaction from anyone in blue and Balbuena had the easy task of scoring his first West Ham goal.

West Ham could argue that they were entitled to be ahead. They had taken control of midfield, where Rice was keeping a close watch on the dangerous James Maddison, and they were threatening on both flanks. Grady Diangana, a replacement for the injured Andriy Yarmolenko on the right, did not look overawed on his first start. The 20-year-old winger looked determined to justify a brave call from Pellegrini.

Just when West Ham were starting to feel comfortable, however, the mood changed after a moment of madness from one of their most experienced players. There was no need for Noble to lunge into a challenge with Wilfried Ndidi after taking a heavy touch near the halfway line. West Ham’s captain should have known better than to go to ground and Pellegrini, holding his head in his hands, looked like he knew what was coming even before Michael Oliver, the referee, marched over to show Noble a straight red card.

One poor decision had threatened to undermine West Ham’s good work and Leicester pressed for an equaliser before the interval, only for Fabianski to make a stunning save from Vicente Iborra’s header. The pattern was set – attack versus defence – and the home fans voiced their approval at Puel’s decision to replace the disappointing Rachid Ghezzal with Vardy at half-time.Pinning West Ham back, Leicester focused their energy on breaking down the claret and blue wall.

An equaliser felt inevitable. Albrighton tested Fabianski’s reflexes after slack defending from Arthur Masuaku, Maguire saw his looping header clip the top of the bar and Vardy wasted a wonderful opportunity, nodding over from six yards after losing Issa Diop.

West Ham thought they had escaped when Fabianski beat Vardy’s shot away. Moments later, however, Ndidi’s deflected shot spared Leicester’s blushes. But the evening ended on a low note when an ambulance had to take Daniel Amartey to hospital with a suspected broken leg.


Horrific night which casts football into perspective as West Ham hang on for point against Leicester

John Percy, match report at the King Power Stadium

Until around 8.38pm on Saturday evening, it is unlikely the 31,848 fans who had descended on the Kingpower Stadium would ever have remembered this night.

A red card for Mark Noble, a horrible injury for Daniel Amartey, a late equaliser by Wilfred Ndidi – these are all dramatic in the context of football, but far less so in life.

True perspective only came with the dreadful news of the crash involving Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha’s helicopter in a staff car park minutes after the final whistle, a tragedy which has left a city and a football club in shock.

With so few details emerging in the immediate aftermath of the accident, it is too early to start wondering where Saturday night’s events leave the club both in the short and the long-term, although the ramifications – if the worst initial fears are confirmed – will clearly be seismic.

Wounds will be raw for some time, but what is certain is that the football community will rally around one of its stricken clubs. One of the striking aspects of such tragedies is how quickly the partisanship and tribal loyalties which fuel the game evaporate.

It happened with Chelsea when a helicopter carrying their vice-chairman Matthew Harding crashed, killing him, the pilot and three other passengers, on the way back from a game at Bolton Wanderers 22 years ago this week.

It will happen with Leicester, too, and they will need all that support from football and beyond in the coming days and weeks.

In the context of what followed, it seems wrong to dwell on what happened on the field, and yet history will record that a match did take place here, with Ndidi’s deflected strike a minute from time prevented a fifth defeat in seven Premier League games.

Fabian Balbuena’s goal had given West Ham the lead but the fifth red card of Noble’s career sentenced Manuel Pellegrini’s men to 55 minutes with only 10 men.

Yet the visitors still appeared on course to secure an unlikely win until Ndidi’s shot struck the back of Balbuena in the final minutes to finally beat the outstanding Lukasz Fabianski.

Leicester were saved, though there was still an unfortunate incident in added time when defender Daniel Amartey was carried off with a suspected broken leg after catching his studs in the turf.

For Puel, the decision to drop Jamie Vardy, plus £19 million signing Ricardo Pereira, Jonny Evans and Nampalys Mendy had looked either brave or risky. Vardy had only touched the ball 11 times in the 3-1 defeat at Arsenal and is struggling to make an impact under Puel’s possession-based approach.

Leicester did start brightly, forcing West Ham into a succession of mistakes and it seemed as if Puel’s team selection would not be an issue.

They could not sustain their early promise, though, and that is why doubts persist among fans that Puel can take the club forward.

West Ham were without the unwell Marko Arnautovic but gradually exerted pressure and the opening goal had a touch of inevitability.

It came in the 31st minute after a free-kick routine straight off the Rush Green training ground. Felipe A­nderson’s set-piece was directed across goal by Declan Rice and though Balbuena headed the ball against a post he was allowed easily to put away the rebound.

The turning point came seven minutes before half-time, as West Ham prepared to break on the counter-attack. Noble lost possession and then lunged in on Ndidi, studs up. Red card.

Leicester were dominant in the second half, with Vardy on the pitch, yet Fabianski was outstanding in goal, pushing away Marc Albrighton’s volley before claiming the winger’s second effort. Harry Maguire headed a James Maddison corner on to the top of his bar.

West Ham defended brilliantly at times, but Leicester’s pressure finally paid off in the 89th minute when ­Ndidi’s shot arced into the corner, with Fabianski rooted to the spot.

In the immediate aftermath, Puel had been asked by reporters gathered in the club’s media centre about his decision to drop Vardy, whose relationship with the manager has been under strain for some time. “I don’t know why it is a problem,” he said. “I wanted him to come on in the second half to win the game. I have to manage his physical being and protect him.”

At the time, it felt like a significant issue, something that would dominate discussion around Leicester for days.

If only it had.


West Ham eye Allan Saint-Maximin move after Yarmolenko blow

Jordan Harris

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Allan Saint-Maximin after losing Andriy Yarmolenko for the next five months.

West Ham are looking to take on Cardiff City in the race to sign Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin after receiving the news that Andriy Yarmolenko will be missing for the next five months, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday.

The bright start to Yarmolenko's West Ham career has been curtailed with the £17.5 million signing now set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines. But the Hammers have seemingly wasted little time identifying a potential replacement.

The Sun reports that Saint-Maximin is being eyed by Manuel Pellegrini ahead of the January transfer window. But the Irons face competition for his signature.

Cardiff are reportedly also interested in the winger having recently completed a scouting trip. The France under-21 international is apparently set to cost around £12 million.

Saint-Maximin has made a promising start to the season in Ligue 1, scoring twice and providing an assist. He contributed seven assists in the top flight last season following a move from Monaco.

West Ham have recovered fairly well after a dismal start to the season. Pellegrini's men have lost two of their last six games, but have made drastic improvements and should surely have no problem avoiding being a part of a relegation scrap this term.

If they find themselves in a comfortable position in January, then bringing Saint-Maximin in during the winter could prove an inspired move as he will have more time to adapt to his new surroundings at the London Stadium.

He is clearly an exciting talent, and could make a devastating impact if Pellegrini gets a deal over the line and helps the youngster realise his full potential.

He likes a dribble

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jakehammer 9:00 Sun Oct 28
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan. top job as per usual.

Alan 1:16 Sun Oct 28
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Just Youtubed him - blimey!

Thanks Alan 12:30 Sun Oct 28
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 12:10 Sun Oct 28

mallard 12:01 Sun Oct 28

Mad dog 11:57 Sun Oct 28

Sven Roeder 12:10 Sun Oct 28
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

mallard 12:01 Sun Oct 28
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks (as always) Alan

Mad Dog 11:57 Sun Oct 28
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks alan

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