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Alan 12:43 Mon Nov 5
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

LA Galaxy's former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37, could return to AC Milan on a six-month deal. (Tuttosport, via Mirror)

Barcelona have reopened talks with the representatives of Chelsea and Brazil winger Willian, 30, after the Blues rejected three offers over the summer. (La Sexta, via Metro)

Arsenal and France centre-back Laurent Koscielny, 33, is a target for Barcelona, as is Chelsea's Brazil defender David Luiz, 31. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Chelsea target Joao Felix, 18, has been offered a new contract by Benfica. The Portugal Under-21 midfielder's new deal would include a £105m buyout clause. (Mirror)

Thorgan Hazard, brother of Chelsea and Belgium midfielder Eden, says the 27-year-old will not leave Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid in January. (HLN, via Express)

Wolves, Crystal Palace and Southampton are all interested in Leeds forward Kemar Roofe, 25. (Mirror, via Birmingham Mail)

A West Ham fan has set up a crowdfunding page to pay for Republic of Ireland defender Declan Rice's new contract. The 19-year-old reportedly wants a deal worth close to £40,000 a week. (Sun)

Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, ­Manchester City and Manchester United are likely to face legal action from the remaining Premier League clubs if they are to join the proposed European Super League in 2021. (iNews)

Liverpool and Senegal winger Sadio Mane, 26, has dismissed concerns about his contract situation, insisting he is "happy" at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is considering dropping Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri for the Champions League tie with Red Star Belgrade this week. Shaqiri has previously received a hostile reaction from Serbian fans because of his Kosovan heritage. (Telegraph)

Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo says he misses playing alongside former Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney. Rooney has just finished his first MLS season with DC United.(Express)

Former Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi says he finds "the football I watch on the TV boring" and teams that play 4-5-1 "bore" him. (AS)

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand says Red Devils forward Marcus Rashford needs to start more games if he is to realise his potential at Old Trafford. (BT Sport, via Manchester Evening News)

The Football Association will decide on Monday whether to open an investigation into Stoke City midfielder James McClean's comments criticising fans after he was abused over his refusal to wear a remembrance poppy. (Times - subscription required)

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti believes Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar and France striker Kylian Mbappe can be the "successors" to Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona counterpart Lionel Messi as the best two players in the world. (Express)

Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been immortalised in a new statue in Egypt. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Crystal Palace and Everton manager Sam Allardyce says his grandchildren were abused in the wake of his sacking as England manager in 2016. (Talksport)

The operators of sports stadiums will need to have a plan in place to protect fans in the event of a terrorist attack inside or outside the ground in order to receive a licence in the future. (Times - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Despite having just 20 first-team appearances to his name for Crystal Palace across two seasons, Aaron Wan-Bissaka has made quite the name for himself. Valued at £4m, the 20-year-old right-back was among the cheapest players available on Fantasy Premier League – the official nerd nirvana of the competition of the same name – at the start of the season and shrewd armchair managers have accumulated plenty of points by including this bargain-basement buy in their starting lineups.

Everton manager Marco Silva now wants in on the act, but will have to pay considerably more, in actual real money, to bring the young Londoner to Merseyside as back-up for Séamus Coleman. The Sun reports that Palace will not sanction any sale of Wan-Bissaka in January, but could let him go next summer. Short of firepower up front, Crystal Palace may ask for Ademola Lookman or Cenk Tosun in part exchange.

Having scored 22 goals in 27 appearances for LA Galaxy in the most recent MLS campaign, footballing wallflower Zlatan Ibrahimovic could rejoin his former club Milan. Sky Italia says the Swedish striker is mulling over a return to the Rossoneri, who needed a 97th-minute winner from Alessio Romagnoli to see off Udinese at the Dacia Arena on Sunday. Ibrahimovic, 37, is reported to be looking for an 18-month deal, but Milan are hoping he’ll accept something a little shorter.

Reports from Spain suggest Barcelona are in the market for an experienced centre-back and have identified Chelsea’s David Luiz and Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny as potential recruits. David Luiz has been a regular starter for Chelsea this season, while his French counterpart is targeting a return to Arsenal’s first team this month having been sidelined with a bad achilles injury since 3 May.

Real Madrid’s in no way tedious pursuit of Eden Hazard rumbles on and on, with Marco Asensio now being touted as a potential makeweight in any deal with Chelsea that gets done in the foreseeable future. Currently plying his trade in Italy with Parma, Arsenal old boy Gervinho is being linked with a return to the Premier League as a West Ham player. The 31-year-old Ivorian last muddied his spats in the English top flight in 2013, but will return in January if Manuel Pellegrini gets his way.

Scoring for fun in the Championship with Leeds United, it’s no surprise that Kemar Roofe has attracted the attention of a number of top-flight clubs. Crystal Palace, Wolves and Southampton are all rumoured to be sniffing around the striker who is in the form of his life playing for the league leaders under Marcelo Bielsa.

And finally, the future of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey remains undecided but serial Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich are the latest high-profile side to be linked with a move for the Welsh international, who is free to leave his current home at the end of the season.

Evening Standard

West Ham fan starts page to fund Declan Rice contract with talks stalling

Jack Rosser

A West Ham fan has set up a Go Fund Me page in order to pay for Declan Rice's new contract with the club.

The 19-year-old endured a tough start to life under Manuel Pellegrini. Having become a regular first team fixture under Daivd Moyes last season, Pellegrini hauled Rice off at half time during the opening game of the season at Liverpool, and dropped him from the squad altogether for his first home game in charge.

Since then, however, Rice has thrived at the base of the Chilean's midfield three, providing first-class cover for the back four behind him while also serving as a sturdy platform for the forward line.

Rice remains on his academy contract of about £3,000 per week and, despite his fine form this season, the board are reluctant to budge from their latest offer which stands at £21,000-a-week, rising by £5,000 after every 15 Premier League appearances, as well as £20,000 for each League start.

While the offer remains on the table, there has been no significant progress on a deal for almost a month, leading one fan to step in and try and drum up the funds himself.

"Declan Rice reportedly wants a new 40k a week contract. That's about £2 mill a year," wrote Greg Richardson.

"The board are dragging their heels.

"Let's raise the funds to pay for the first year of the contract our future captain desires. #coyi"

The page, which has a target of £2million, is yet to yeild a donation.

This is Futbol

Oxford in last chance saloon

When he made his Premier League debut against Arsenal at the start of the 2015/16 season, Reece Oxford was well on the way to becoming a first-team star at West Ham.

Oxford was labelled as the next big thing to come out of the Hammers academy after his masterful display in that shock win over the Gunners, and looked set for big things in the game.

Things have not quite panned out that way for the 19-year-old enforcer, who has not played a first-team match since January and has gone on to accrue just 17 senior appearances since his debut.

A loan spell at Borussia Monchengladbach last season went well for Oxford, but in many ways it has seemingly hindered his progress at his parent club.

The 6ft 3in centre-back [Transfermarkt] has been usurped by Declan Rice as the player to make that step to first-team regular, with Grady Diangana now looking the next in line to do so.

Oxford is yet to play a first-team game this season, and has suffered a new low in his floundering career as he scored an own goal in a 2-0 defeat for the Under-23s against Derby at home at the weekend.

There has been no mention of Oxford being handed a chance in the senior set-up under Manuel Pellegrini, and with the January window approaching, it looks like the 19-year-old could be set for a loan spell away.

And, considering the direction in which Oxford’s career has headed in recent years, and the fact he is on £20,000-a-week at the London Stadium [Spotrac], this could be last chance saloon for the starlet.

West Ham will not be willing to saddle his wages for much longer if there is little chance of him breaking into the first-team, and Oxford must therefore perform in the coming months or prepare for an exit.

That would be a sad end to his time at the club, but the direction things are heading in now it would be the right decision from the Irons.


West Ham starlet Grady Diangana wanted by England and DR Congo

The attacking midfielder has forced his way into Manuel Pellegrini first-team plans at the London Stadium

By Adrian Kajumba

West Ham starlet Grady Diangana is at the centre of a tug-of-war between England and DR Congo.

Attacking midfielder Diangana's emergence onto the scene this season had already alerted his country of birth Congo.

But FA have now also started making checks as he is eligible to represent England having moved to London aged four.

They are understood to have run the rule over Diangana, 20, last week during West Ham's games against Leicester and Tottenham .

While Congo are keen to hand Diangana a senior call-up England have earmarked him for a possible place with their under-20s first.

He could also come into contention for next summer's under-21 Euros in Italy and San Marino.

When asked about his international options, Diangana said: “I’ve not thought about who I will play for yet.

“Hopefully I can win international honours. But now I just want to play for West Ham .”

Diangana has come to the fore under new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini who is a big fan of the left-footer.

He has handed Diangana four starts and two sub appearances and been rewarded with two goals and some eye-catching displays.

Pellegrini has especially shown his faith in the youngster by picking him ahead of senior alternatives following Andriy Yarmolenko's Achilles' injury.

And the West Ham chief has likened Diangana to former Arsenal favourite Santi Cazorla who Pellegrini worked at Villareal.

Pellegrini said: “When I saw him [Cazorla] play I think that he has, maybe not exactly the same as Diangana but, technical player with a good view of the pitch and with a good solution when they receive the ball.

“I trust in him [Diangana] because for me one of the most important thing for me as a player is that when you have the ball, you give the ball to a player in the same colour shirt.

"If you have red, you must give it to red.
"That is the basic thing for a player, and Diangana always starts with that, he loses very few balls during the game.

"Every player, when you receive the ball, has different solutions, bad or good, he always has the best solution.

"I think that in this season he will be a player in the first squad playing a lot of games."

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gph 5:58 Tue Nov 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 7:27 Mon Nov 5
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Whitester. 12:56 Mon Nov 5

Peckham 5:25 Mon Nov 5
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“I trust in him [Diangana] because for me one of the most important thing for me as a player is that when you have the ball, you give the ball to a player in the same colour shirt.

This is why I like MP. In the words of Ron Greenwood ( I maybe wrong ) but simplicity is genius.

Texas Iron 4:26 Mon Nov 5
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Rice worth 40k a week contract now...
Immaculate performance vs Burnley...
City and Chelsea seem ready to bid for him...
Sort it Out NOW Sullivan

Texas Iron 4:22 Mon Nov 5
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Whitester. 12:56 Mon Nov 5
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Thanks Alan

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