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Real Madrid are expected to dismiss Julen Lopetegui as manager on Monday and former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte could be appointed immediately. (Marca)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has warned Real that they have little chance of tempting Mauricio Pochettino away from Tottenham to replace Lopetegui. (Evening Standard)

Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved has played down suggestions of re-signing Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba, 25. (Sky Italia, via Inside Futbol)

Juventus want to sign Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, 18, who is out of contract in the summer. (Mirror)

Arsenal director of football Raul Senllehi says the Gunners will only make a signing in January if they absolutely have to. (Mail)

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in signing Arsenal's Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27. (Express)

Chelsea's Croatia international midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 24, on loan from Real Madrid, says it's "too early" to talk about a permanent move beyond this season, but says he is very happy with life in London. (Evening Standard)

Newcastle are understood to be ready to offer Rafa Benitez the contract extension he wants - providing he is prepared to wait for certain requests. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski, 24, a target for Liverpool, is poised to sign a new contract with Napoli. (Express)

Wembley groundstaff were left with considerable repair work after Philadelphia Eagles played Jacksonville Jaguars there in the NFL on Sunday, less than 28 hours before Tottenham host Manchester City. (Mirror)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says there is an element of risk involved with playing at Wembley the evening after an NFL fixture on the same surface - and has blamed Tottenham's lack of signings on the delays over their new stadium. (Football.London)

Manchester City and England defender John Stones, 24, says the Premier League is the "strongest" league in the world. (Sky Sports)

Having been late for matches at Old Trafford in recent times, Manchester United's players were in plenty of time for Sunday's game with Everton, with the aid of a police outrider who escorted the team coach to the ground. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Manchester United, West Brom and Aston Villa manager Ron Atkinson, 79, is recovering at home following a spell in hospital due to a kidney infection while on holiday in Tenerife. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, 21, has never enjoyed being a substitute, even when he was five, according to his junior coach. (Mirror)

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With Real Madrid expected to consign Julen Lopetegui to his local Oficina Empleo this morning, Antonio Conte has been installed as the favourite to replace him as long as he can extricate himself from the contractual ties that bind him to Chelsea. Reports from Italy suggest the Italian and his former employers have agreed on a compromise over the £9.5m pay-off he received upon leaving the club last summer, which Conte would be obliged to forego if he takes another job this season. Following Real’s thrashing at the hands of Barcelona on Sunday, Lopetegui’s dismissal after 14 games in charge is a formality and Conte is eager to replace him.

Speculation abounds, however, that the 49-year-old is not necessarily Real’s first choice and Tottenham Hotspur fans will be displeased to hear the Spanish club are hitching their skirts at Mauricio Pochettino, who distanced himself from the gig on Friday. “I don’t have social media so I don’t receive much information,” he said. “That’s why my head, my face, I look younger than I am. Stuff like that happens in football. You can’t change anything.”

Liverpool’s well documented pursuit of Piotr Zieliński could be about to hit the buffers. Reports from Italy suggest Napoli’s Polish midfielder is on the verge of inking a new deal with the club that will significantly increase the £60m release clause the Merseyside club were hoping to trigger in January.

Manchester United are giving lank-haired Atlético Madrid left-back Filipe Luís the glad eye and could move for him in the new year. Having come on as a half-time substitute in his side’s 2-0 win over Real Sociedad at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday, the 33-year-old Brazilian promptly rifled a smashing effort into the top corner to get himself on the scoresheet.

Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele is a 21-year-old in big demand, with Juventus, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea all believed to be interested in securing his services. City got to see exactly how effective he can be in their defeat at the hands of the French side in their opening Champions League match this season, while United and Chelsea are reported to have had him scouted at Hoffenheim last Tuesday, when he got among the goals in Lyon’s 3-3 draw with the Bundesliga side. Like Benjamin Mendy, Ndombele hails from the Parisienne suburb of Longjumeau and is renowned for his dribbling, ability to beat a man and pick out a pass. Tottenham were strongly linked with him last summer before he made his loan move to Lyon from Amiens permanent.

On £70,000 per week at Tottenham Hotspur when he could almost certainly be earning at least double elsewhere, Christian Eriksen is ready to re-open contract talks with his chairman Daniel Levy and ask for a hefty pay rise that would make his salary commensurate with what a man of his sublime talents surely deserves. The mild-mannered 26-year-old is contracted to the club until June 2020 and last signed an extension just over two years ago.

Meanwhile in Italy, Juventus vice-president Pavel Nedved has appeared on Sky Italia to pour a big bucket of cold water over speculation that Juventus are planning a January raid on Old Trafford for their former midfielder Paul Pogba. The midfielder’s teammate Juan Mata, meanwhile, could sign for Arsenal if he leaves United on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer.


'I scored five in 20 minutes... and I got 80p a goal!': Brian Dear relives his feat for West Ham against West Brom

Brian Dear scored five in 20 minutes as West Ham beat West Brom 6-1 in 1965
Dear recalls that he earned £4 from the game - the princely sum of 80p per goal
It was an achievement matched by Sergio Aguero against Newcastle in 2015

By Michael Walker

When Sergio Aguero scored five in 20 minutes for Manchester City against Newcastle three years ago, the accolades flowed as fast as the goals, though not in Brian Dear's house. There, the attitude was, well, who's not done that?

When Jermain Defoe scored five for Tottenham against Wigan in 2009, Dear would encounter the Spurs striker who would see the look on the old player's face and say: 'I know, Brian, I know.'

What Defoe knew was that back in 1965, 50 years before Aguero, Dear had also rattled in five goals in 20 minutes in a top-flight match. Defoe had taken all of 36 minutes for his five against Wigan, so he knew of Dear's achievement.

Brian Dear scored five goals in 20 minutes as West Ham beat West Brom 6-1 in 1965

'We got two points for it, that's what I remember,' Dear says, laughing. 'Two points and £4. It was £4 for a win then — taxed. And no image rights!'

Those were the days. Those were the days when a striker could earn less than £1 a goal. Not that Dear was complaining. Part of a remarkable feat against West Bromwich Albion was that this was Dear's 16th match for West Ham. He was a 21-year-old happy to get a place in an accomplished team.

Having made his Hammers debut as a teenager three years earlier, Dear was mainly in the reserves at a time when there were no substitutes — a rule changed for season 1965-66.

When Johnny 'Budgie' Byrne was injured playing for England, Dear was given his chance by Ron Greenwood. In 15 matches from March to May 1965, Dear scored 14 times and won the European Cup-Winners' Cup in front of 98,000 at Wembley. He had a goal disallowed in the final.

Dear recalls that he earned £4 from the game - the princely sum of 80p per goal

It turned out to be the spring and summer of his West Ham career, and in its midst was this five-goal glut on Good Friday morning.

Dear was born in Plaistow in 1943 — 'a war baby' — and grew up in Hatherley Gardens 300 yards from Upton Park. There, he watched the likes of Billy Dare and Noel Cantwell. Dear played for England schoolboys and was signed by his local club under manager Ted Fenton.

'I hadn't been playing that much,' says Dear, 'but then Budgie got injured and I was put in against Sunderland at home. I scored two. They scored three. After the match, Ron Greenwood said to me, "You've got a passport, haven't you?" I nodded, and he said I was going to Lausanne.'

West Ham had won the FA Cup in 1964, beating Preston in the final, and entered the Cup Winners' Cup. Ghent and Sparta Prague were beaten and West Ham faced Lausanne in the last eight. Dear scored the first in a 2-1 away win and then got two more in the home leg.

In the semi-final against Real Zaragoza, Dear again scored the first, this time at Upton Park, while also getting goals against Aston Villa and Leeds in the First Division.

Then came West Brom: 'It was Good Friday, an 11 o'clock kick-off, and there were probably a few headaches in the East End.'

The game was goalless until Martin Peters scored on the half-hour. According to Trevor Smith in the Newham Recorder, this was baffling as West Brom 'started with a barely concealed disinterest'. Once the scoring began, Smith could add: 'This attitude reaped the hiding it deserved.'

Dear made it 2-0 on 44 minutes — 'It was close in, a cross from the right,' he recalls — but Jeff Astle pulled one back for West Brom a few seconds later. It was 2-1 at half-time. Then Dear scored four in 18 minutes.

Ray Potter in the Albion net made a mistake to take it to 3-1 on 53 minutes and then, Dear says: 'I think Johnny Sissons crossed and I hit it on the volley. They were all close-range except for the one that went through Potter.'

By the 64th minute it was 6-1 and Dear had five. He kept the ball, was photographed with it and years later sold it to the West Ham chairman Terence Brown.

Dear was to stay at Upton Park until 1969. He had brief spells at Fulham and Millwall before returning to West Ham in 1970.

He then ran pubs, as ex-pros did, joined the catering trade and when Bobby Moore became Southend United manager in 1984, Dear joined his old Hammers colleague at Roots Hall. Today Dear is a Southend club ambassador.

He broke English records for scoring speed that day against West Brom, and it was the biggest individual Hammers haul since the legendary Vic Watson hit six in 1929 against Leeds.

'And then of course,' Dear adds, still laughing, 'a couple of years later Geoff Hurst goes and scores six against Sunderland.'

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Takashi Miike 12:28 Tue Oct 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks alan

Far Cough 7:32 Mon Oct 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I was that game v West Brom when Brian Dear scored 5 goals

Texas Iron 6:46 Mon Oct 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If only we had a Dear today...overweight boozer ...and all...


lars 3:01 Mon Oct 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I was there too. I remember that game like it was yesterday. Sadly I can’t remember what happened yesterday!

The Stoat 1:48 Mon Oct 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I was at the game when Dear banged in five

Thanks Alan

gph 12:51 Mon Oct 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

Thanks, Brian.

chim chim cha boo 12:49 Mon Oct 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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