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Alan 11:31 Thu Nov 1
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 23, will sign a new contract to stay at the club beyond the summer, when his existing deal expires. (Manchester Evening News)

Borussia Dortmund are interested in Manchester City's England Under-21 midfielder Phil Foden, 18, and could buy him for £175,000. (Mail)

Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in Barcelona striker Malcom, 21, with the Brazilian getting limited playing time at the Nou Camp. (Mundo Deportivo via Mirror)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 26, is set to sign a contract extension at Tottenham. (Evening Standard)

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, has been told by Arsenal he can leave next summer. (Mail)

Chelsea and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 24, could be the "next Frank Lampard", according to former player Pat Nevin. (Love Sport Radio)

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is still an option for the vacant managerial position at Real Madrid despite reportedly being ruled out as a candidate earlier in the week. (AS)

Or, Real Madrid want to hold talks with Belgium coach Roberto Martinez, who is the frontrunner to take charge with Conte out of the running. (Telegraph)

Juventus are expected to move for Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, 30 in January. Mata is in the final year of his contract at Old Trafford. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United cited Liverpool and England midfielder Jordan Henderson, 28, in manager Jose Mourinho's appeal against his Football Association charge for using abusive language. (Times - subscription required)

Wolves have again been linked with Liverpool striker Divock Origi, 23, after originally bidding for the Belgian in the summer. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester City and Spain Under-21 forward Brahim Diaz, 18, could leave for Real Madrid. (Telegraph)

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg is not expected to return to officiate in the English top flight when his spell in Saudi Arabia ends in February. (Telegraph)

Former Uefa president Michel Platini says Real Madrid's France defender Raphael Varane, 25, should be the favourite for the Ballon d'Or. (Marca)

Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford celebrated his 21st birthday by handing out £20 notes to people trick or treating for Halloween. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery bet against his own team when he was a player at Toledo. (Sun)

West Ham will investigate how there were two separate pitch invasions during Wednesday's Carabao Cup loss to Tottenham. (Mail)

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Tottenham Hotspur are interested in hiring a new waiter for their cheese hall and have heard that Barcelona’s Malcom knows how to work a room. However, Arsenal might ask the Brazilian forward if he fancies playing football for them instead. A tough choice.

Arsenal have also told Aaron Ramsey that he can leave on a free transfer next summer. Unai Emery is lining up Nicolò Barella, Miguel Almirón and Héctor Herrera as potential replacements for the Wales midfielder, who should probably just join West Ham on a fat contract and then immediately suffer a season-ending thigh strain.
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Speaking of freebies, Juventus are planning a swoop for Juan Mata. The Spaniard has less than a year left on his deal with Manchester United. It remains to be seen whether he invites José Mourinho to his leaving drinks.

Wolves are after a new striker. Does Liverpool’s Divock Origi fit the bill? Nuno Espirito Santo continues to be linked with the Belgian striker, who scored seven goals during his loan spell with Wolfsburg last season. News that Raheem Sterling is set to sign a new contract with Manchester City will be celebrated by everyone apart from those whose mission in life is to demonise the England forward, with Piers Morgan set to argue that the 23-year-old’s worrying pen habit risks promoting ink poisoning.

Having already nabbed Jadon Sancho from City, Borussia Dortmund reckon they can get Phil Foden for what the Mill is obliged to describe as a cheeky £175,000.

The Premier League champions could also lose Brahim Diaz to Real Madrid, who have not ruled out Antonio Conte as their new manager. Samuele Allardici also remains available.


Son’s double sees Spurs past West Ham and into quarter-final at Arsenal

David Hytner at the London Stadium

Son Heung-min has waited all season for a Tottenham goal and what do you know, he had two come along at once as he helped to disperse the storm clouds from around his club and set up a Carabao Cup quarter-final at Arsenal.

It has been a difficult period for Spurs with the news of further delays to the new stadium, a gloomy financial update, defeat by Manchester City at a half-empty Wembley on Monday night and Mauricio Pochettino’s admission that he had never felt lower at the club.

But Son – whose season has taken in the Asia Games – got himself up and running with a couple of predatory finishes to lift hopes of a first trophy for Spurs since 2008.

Dele Alli was central to Son’s goals and after a West Ham substitute, Lucas Pérez, made it 2-1, Fernando Llorente scored his first goal of the season to smooth Spurs’ progress. It was a thumping volley from the centre-forward, after he had outmuscled Angelo Ogbonna from a Christian Eriksen corner, and the closing stages would be notable for the introduction of a 17-year-old midfielder, Oliver Skipp, for a debut.

West Ham created chances, particularly in the first half, but they lacked a threat and left with a whimper. They also had to endure the cringe‑worthy sight of two fans getting out of the home enclosures to invade the pitch. Ogbonna dealt with the first of them and immediately afterwards he lost Llorente for the clinching goal. Was his focus blurred? “When you lose, it’s not good to find excuses,” Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham’s manager, said.

Pochettino was back in an upbeat mood, talking of his pride at the team’s resolve, and excitement at the prospect of facing Arsenal, who are managed by his good friend Unai Emery. “It’s ironic because our worst enemies are West Ham and Arsenal but I love Manuel [Pellegrini] and I love Unai,” Pochettino said. “We have very good relationships although during the 90 minutes we are going to fight.”

Pochettino had felt the squeeze from a congested programme and he retained only Davinson Sánchez from the starting lineup against City but he still fielded plenty of classy players – not least Son, the fit again Alli and Eriksen. On this evidence, Pochettino is not quite down to the bare bones in terms of squad depth.

Son’s opening goal was marked by class and composure. He had time to size up the situation after Alli’s attempted flick had deflected off Ogbonna but he made it look easy, pinging a left-foot shot into the near top corner.

Pellegrini had made a relatively meagre five changes from the draw at Leicester on Saturday and West Ham created the chances to have led at the interval as Grady Diangana caught the eye with his pace and twinkle toes.

The 20-year-old winger’s best moment came on 15 minutes when he tricked inside Kyle Walker-Peters and Sánchez before unfurling a glorious cross for Javier Hernández, who tried to touch back for Michail Antonio only to see Juan Foyth stretch and intercept.

Hernández looked short of confidence. His chest control let him down in the 39th minute after a Diangana free-kick ran through to him, allowing Paulo Gazzaniga to collect, while he did not get hold of his effort following another West Ham free-kick.

West Ham could also point to a clear‑cut chance for Antonio on 37 minutes. Arthur Masuaku’s through ball that took out Serge Aurier was superb but Foyth again got back to pressure Antonio and divert his shot wide.

Pellegrini took off Felipe Anderson at half-time, as he said he had planned to do – the Brazilian was dismal – and made his other two changes before the hour, one of them being Marko Arnautovic. The manager had to be bold because by then Spurs were 2-0 up.

The second was a horrible moment for Masuaku, who got himself into a tangle when trying to deal with Alli’s ball forward. He ended up touching it back towards his own goal to make it a clearer opportunity for Son. The forward ran round Adrián to tap home.

Antonio had worked Paulo Gazzaniga at close quarters at the start of the second half, having got the better of the otherwise impressive Foyth, and West Ham hinted at a grandstand finish when Pérez headed home a corner from another substitute, Robert Snodgrass. It had been awarded after Foyth’s saving challenge on Arnautovic and the goal stood after a VAR consultation. Llorente, though, would restore Tottenham’s cushion.

Football London

Manuel Pellegrini transcript: Every word on Spurs defeat, Diangana's display & pitch invaders

Here is what the Hammers boss had to say in his brief post-match press conference

By Sam Inkersole

You got yourself back into the game at 2-1 yet the third goal killed it off

Yes. Not only the third goal but the first goal also after we dominated the game and they scored, after that we made mistakes. For the second goal as well.

Second time in a week Anderson has come off early

I didn't want Felipe to play more than 45 minutes, we need him to play on Saturday also so before the game today I decided he was only going to play for 45 minutes. Robert got the other45 minutes.

It is important to continue in this cup, but we couldn't. We always must think that more important is the

What did you make of the pitch invasions?

Really, I don't think it is good for football. One of the most important things the Premier League has is it is always organised so I think that it is not good for football.

Did the second one distract your defence?

When you lose a goal like that and the game it is not good to try and find excuses.

Marko took a bit of a knock?

Yes he is. Marko just worked one day during the week so it was too risky to play more than 30 minutes. He has no problem but he always has some sort of disturbance with his knee but it is not an injury.

Another good performance from Grady Diangana as well?

Yes. In the first half he played very well, after that he felt a little pace of the game maybe but I always felt that he has the ball and he does good things with the ball.

I think he was very confidence, he has a lot of confidence for me, the technical staff and in himself as well.

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Thanks Alan 11:20 Thu Nov 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mad Dog 12:02 Thu Nov 1

Mex Martillo 3:41 Thu Nov 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

zebthecat 12:10 Thu Nov 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mad Dog 12:02 Thu Nov 1

I am perturbed by this disturbance in Arnautoivic's knee. Is it haunted?

Mad Dog 12:02 Thu Nov 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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