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Alan 1:38 Wed Oct 31
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Manchester United and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, next summer. (Sun)

Belgium manager and former Everton boss Roberto Martinez is the favourite to become the next Real Madrid manager. (Mail)

Tottenham players fear manager Mauricio Pochettino, who has been linked with Real Madrid and Manchester United, could leave the club next summer. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid will double Pochettino's wages to £17m a year if they move for the 46-year-old Argentine, but are prepared to wait until the summer. (Sun)

Former Real Madrid player Michael Laudrup has turned down the chance to become manager of the Spanish club. (AS)

Wales winger Gareth Bale, 29, came top of a poll of Real Madrid fans asked who the team's worst performing player has been this season. (Marca)

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 19, will commit to playing for England, rather than the Republic of Ireland. (Star)

Chelsea are interested in signing AC Milan's 24-year-old Spanish forward Suso in January. (Tutto Mercato Web via Express)

Newcastle United could face a struggle to keep English defender Jamaal Lascelles in January with Tottenham and Chelsea continuing to monitor the 24-year-old. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Arsenal are being priced out of signing British players and will have to look overseas if they are to strengthen their squad in the next two transfer windows. (Mail)

Hoffenheim's on-loan Arsenal forward Reiss Nelson, 18, has played down the chances of leaving the Gunners on a permanent basis to move to the Bundesliga. (Independent)

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius' two-year loan move to Besiktas will not be cut short in January. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho expects the club to sign a central defender in the January transfer window. (Manchester Evening News)

Juventus would be keen to sign Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez in January if Bayern Munich are willing to cut short the 27-year-old's loan deal from Real Madrid. (Mail)

Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 29, "skipped team meetings before games or refused to run during the final training" to force through a move from Borussia Dortmund to the Gunners, according to the German club's former manager Peter Stoger. (Bulinews via Mirror)

Neymar, 26, says Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel was right to drop striker Kylian Mbappe, 19, and Adrien Rabiot, 23, for the win against Marseille after they were late for a team meeting. (Mail)

Manchester United will not hire a director of football unless manager Jose Mourinho approves the appointment. (ESPN)

RB Leipzig head of recruitment and development Paul Mitchell says there has been no contact with Manchester United about a possible director of football role at Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Mitchell also says RB Leipzig would be interested in signing Everton forward Ademola Lookman, who spent a stint on loan with the German club last season, if the 21-year-old ever leaves Goodison Park. (Sun)

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“TURMOIL” thunders the Daily Express, in an article speculating over the future – or lack of one – of Alexis Sánchez at Manchester United. The pint-sized Chilean has endured a torrid time of it since leaving Arsenal for Old Trafford last January and seems likely to be further marginalised now that Anthony Martial has wormed his way back into José Mourinho’s good books. Tabloid speculation suggests that Manchester United big hats are wondering if it might not be a good idea to cut Sánchez, who earns £500,000 per week, loose and sell him to Paris Saint-Germain as soon as possible. “One of their top stars could go and it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that a deal could be struck between the two clubs,” whispered a club Deep Throat to the Sun, possibly in an attempt to nudge the French champions in the right direction.

The ongoing, uncharacteristic ennui haunting normally chirpy Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino may be dispelled by speculation that Real Madrid are prepared to offer him double his current salary to replace Julen Lopetegui as the club’s manager. Real president Florentino Pérez is prepared to sanction an £85m, five-year deal to lure Pochettino to the Bernabéu, presumably subject to the approval of the club’s current de facto boss and defensive liability Sergio Ramos. It will be a source of concern to Spurs fans that Pochettino seems to have become increasingly disillusioned with his current gig in recent weeks and may fancy a change of scenery. Pérez is believed to be willing to wait until summer to get his man if needs be, although José Mourinho and Roberto Martínez are also being linked with the vacancy. Spanish sports daily AS says the former Madrid and Denmark star Michael Laudrup has already turned down the job because he doesn’t want to be tainted by association with the shambles into which the Spanish club is descending.

Chelsea are reported to be plotting a move to bring Suso to Stamford Bridge. Milan’s Spanish scamperer failed to shine during a four-year spell at Liverpool in which he played second fiddle to Philippe Coutinho, but has since blossomed into one of Serie A’s most impressive performers. In an interview with the Guardian conducted last May, the 24-year-old said he wants to play Champions League football and feels “like I am only at 60-70% of what I can achieve”. Chelsea could help him find that extra 30-40% it they secure his services, which are also reported to be in demand at Atlético Madrid.

Chelsea are also interested in signing Newcastle central defender Jamaal Lascelles in January, but will have to fend off competition from Tottenham if they are to land their man. Elsewhere in the north-east, Sunderland chairman Stewart Donald has told the Roker Rapport podcast that he hopes to further trim the club’s wage bill in January, but would quite like to keep hold of in-demand midfielder Lee Cattermole.


Jack Wilshere targets November return after latest injury delay as West Ham refuse to rush midfielder back

West Ham ace Jack Wilshere underwent minor ankle surgery last month
Wilshere last played for West Ham against Wolves at beginning of September
West Ham's medical chiefs are taking extreme caution with the 26-year-old

By Sami Mokbel

Jack Wilshere is targeting a return to action at the end of November after his comeback was hit by another delay.

It was hoped the West Ham star would be back playing by now after undergoing minor ankle surgery last month.

But Wilshere is continuing his rehabilitation programme at the club's Rush Green HQ and it is looking increasingly unlikely he will be available for forthcoming Premier League games against Burnley and Huddersfield.

That means the best case scenario for Wilshere is that he will return after the next international break when they face Manchester City on November 24.

Given Wilshere's injury history, Hammers medical chiefs are taking a cautious approach to his return and are unwilling to take any risks with their midfielder.

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percyd 12:55 Thu Nov 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mex Martillo 8:30 Wed Oct 31

"Ace" in the context of one/singular relating to his good leg.

Mex Martillo 8:30 Wed Oct 31
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
West Ham ace?

jimbo2. 3:45 Wed Oct 31
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Sanchez £500K per week? Nice work if you can get it! Cheers Al!

Thanks Alan 3:19 Wed Oct 31
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The Stoat 2:03 Wed Oct 31

The Stoat 2:03 Wed Oct 31
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Thanks Alan

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