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Alan 1:32 Sat Nov 3
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are interested in Manchester City's Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz, 19. (Marca)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has denied trying to persuade Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 31, to join the Blues. (Manchester Evening News)

Argentina forward Mauro Icardi, 25, is set to sign a new contract with Inter Milan despite interest from a number of European clubs, including Chelsea. (Calcio Mercato - in Italian)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri says the Blues will not sign players during the January transfer window. (Independent)

Chelsea want to take advantage of the uncertainty at Real Madrid by opening contract talks with Belgium forward Eden Hazard. The 27-year-old could also be given the captaincy if he stays at the Premier League side. (Telegraph)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he wants to stay at the club for the rest of his career. (Football.London)

Pochettino says he does not believe he is the reason his star players are committing to the club. (Sky Sports)

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is not focusing on re-signing Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United want to sign Fiorentina's Italy winger Federico Chiesa, 21. (Calcio Mercato - Italian)

Musician Sir Elton John - a Watford fan - sent a text to executive chairman Scott Duxbury last month urging him to sign Burnley and England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 32. (Daily Mirror)

Gracia is "very close" to signing a new deal to extend his tenure as Watford manager. (Watford Observer)

Lyon rejected a £44.8m bid from Manchester City for France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 21, in the summer. (RMC Sport - via City Watch)

Everton could make a decision on the long-term futures of France defender Kurt Zouma, 24, and Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes, 25, in January. (Read Everton)

Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, could sign for any club in Europe, according to his national team boss Ryan Giggs. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is not interested in signing Arsenal's Armenia playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan or Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, both 29, despite having worked with them at Borussia Dortmund. (Liverpool Echo)


West Ham eye move for Benfica striker Nicolas Castillo

One of the areas where Manuel Pellegrini could be looking to bolster in the January transfer window is the strike department. Andy Carroll is yet to feature this season, while the likes of Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez have struggled for opportunities under the Chilean.

Have West Ham found their target already? According to reports the Record, the Hammers are interested in signing Nicolás Castillo, who has struggled for regular games under Rui Vitoria.

The 25-year-old impressed during his time with Pumas UNAM where he scored 24 goals in 32 Liga MX games last season. Benfica moved in quickly and signed the Chilean international for a bargain price of £6 million in the summer.

Castillo struggled with injury problems when he joined at Benfica, and has just managed to appear in four games in all competitions this season. Could West Ham offer him the escape route?

The report claims that the player’s agents met with Pellegrini earlier this week, and the move for the Chilean cannot be completely ruled out.

Castillo, who has 16-caps for his country, has had spells in Germany, Italy and Belgium as well.


West Ham United ace Pablo Zabaleta comments on his future

Subhankar Mondal

Pablo Zabaleta is out of contract at West Ham United at the end of the season.

West Ham United defender Pablo Zabaleta has suggested to Arab News that he could move to the Middle-East next summer.

Zabaleta is out of contract at West Ham at the end of the season, and the 33-year-old former Manchester City right-back has suggested that he could leave the Hammers.

The Argentina international - who earns £75,000 per week as salary, according to Spotrac.com - has also revealed that he has spoken to his West Ham teammate Manuel Lanzini about playing in the Middle East.

The 25-year-old Argentina international attacking midfielder played for Al Jazira Club in the United Arab Emirates before moving to West Ham.

Zabaleta told Arab News: “My heart tells me I would like to play forever, but I will be 34 in January and I need to listen to my body at that time.

“At the end I will know what I want to do and where to go, but I would like one or two more years to carry on playing. At 34 I think it might be the right time to try something different, have a new experience.”

The defender added: “I spoke to Manu about his experience and he said it was great. But the difference was he was only 21, then wanted to go to Europe and test himself further.

“He said the lifestyle was fantastic, you train late in the evenings because of the conditions. After England, this is what I’m looking for.”

Zabaleta is a very good and experienced right-back who has done well for West Ham since his move to the London Stadium in the summer of 2017 following his departure from City.

The 33-year-old right-back, though, is past his prime, and it would make sense for the Argentine to spend the final years of his career in a different league other than the Premier League where he has been playing since 2008.


Five things to look out for when West Ham face Burnley!

1. Burnley's back line

After ten Premier League games last season, Burnley had conceded just nine goals – the same number they have conceded in their last two matches.

With a settled back five of Nick Pope in goal, Matt Lowton, James Tarkowski, Ben Mee and Stephen Ward and Jack Cork ever-present in front of them, the Clarets won at Chelsea and Everton, drew at Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool and kept four clean sheets. By the season’s end, Burnley had conceded just 39 goals.

By contrast, after ten games this term, Sean Dyche’s team have let in 21, putting them on course to concede 80!

Statistically, the visitors are giving up more goal attempts than any other Premier League team – 20.9 per game – and struggling to prevent their opponents from creating chances from both set pieces and open play.

Those trends will need to be reversed if Burnley’s old defensive resilience is to return.

2. An in-form Joe Hart

No member of the Burnley squad will be more motivated to produce a winning performance on Saturday afternoon than Joe Hart.

The Clarets goalkeeper admitted in a recent interview that his season-long loan spell with West Ham United last term ‘just didn’t work’ and said it was ‘hard to take’ that his challenging spell with the Hammers resulted in him missing out on England’s 2018 FIFA World Cup squad.

Hart has since got his career back on track, joining the Clarets on a permanent basis and establishing himself as No1 ahead of two other England internationals, including World Cup squad member Nick Pope.

3. A decisive Declan Rice

By his own admission, Declan Rice is still learning the deep-lying midfield position he has occupied in each of West Ham United’s last six Premier League matches.

In an interview for today’s Official Programme, the teenager explains how his positional sense, decision-making and use of the ball have both improved markedly since his opening-day appearance at Liverpool.

Sitting at the hub of the Hammers formation, Rice has undoubtedly played a big part in the team’s upturn, with the number of tackles and interceptions he has made steadily rising as he comes to terms with the requirements of the position.

The No41 also provides a link between the defence and the attack, meaning his intelligent, accurate and often incisive passing will also be vital to West Ham’s chances of success this afternoon.

4. Battle of the Austrians

After missing last weekend’s trip to Leicester City through injury, Marko Arnautovic is back.

In six career appearances against Burnley, the Austrian has failed to score, but with 15 goals in his last 28 Premier League games, West Ham United’s leading scorer is primed to end that run this afternoon.

On the other side, Burnley forward Ashley Barnes – a former Austria U20 international whose grandmother was born in the city of Klagenfurt – scored in the Clarets’ 3-0 Premier League win here in March, when both men were watched at London Stadium by Austria manager Franco Foda.

5. Pellegrini v Dyche

Manuel Pellegrini and Sean Dyche have squared-off just twice previously as managers and it is the Burnley boss who holds the upper hand, as his Burnley team took four Premier League points from six from the Chilean’s Manchester City in 2014/15 – one of just three teams to avoid defeat by City that season alongside Arsenal and Chelsea.

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normannomates 4:23 Sun Nov 4
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tick rock

Peckham 12:39 Sun Nov 4
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Thanks Alan. WHOMAIL re. an article

Texas Iron 3:30 Sat Nov 3
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The Stoat 2:17 Sat Nov 3
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gph 1:39 Sat Nov 3

gph 1:51 Sat Nov 3
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If he keeps up his present form, I hope we try to get Zabaleta to give us one more year

Sven Roeder 1:45 Sat Nov 3
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Thanks Alan

Zabaleta sensible enough not to go on too long in the Premier League. As he says his old bones could do with a change from the English weather.

Bernie 1:40 Sat Nov 3
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Looks like Pabbers will be on his way.

gph 1:39 Sat Nov 3
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Nicolas Castillo " struggled with injury problems"

Nailed-on signing - "welcome Nicolas, this is Andy and here's Jack - you'll be seeing a lot of them."

Thanks, Alan

Takashi Miike 1:36 Sat Nov 3
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Thanks Alan

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