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Alan 1:11 Wed Nov 7
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has blocked a January move from West Ham for England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22. (Mirror)

Fifa is considering abolishing rebounds from penalties. If rules were changed, a free-kick to the defending side would be awarded if a team misses from the spot. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Manchester City are monitoring Crystal Palace's right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 20, with the England Under-21 international in fine form. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, Palace are considering making a £10m bid for Arsenal's 27-year-old England striker Danny Welbeck in January. (Sun)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has described as "fake news" reports linking him to Serie A club AC Milan. (beIN Sports)

Under-pressure Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic believes he will get this weekend's game against Liverpool to try to save his job. (Mail)

Manchester United and Manchester City target Leon Bailey, 21, said he rejected a move away from Bayer Leverkusen because he didn't want to "rush". (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has told Real Madrid he will not be leaving Spurs, despite being offered £15m a year to take over at the Spanish club. (Sun)

The Football Association's plans for striker Wayne Rooney's farewell appearance for England against the United States are detailed in a 40-page document that is at the centre of the confusion over the 33-year-old's one-off return. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, was told to go and sign for Barcelona after negotiations over a new deal broke down in the summer. (Daily Star, via Paris United)

Real Madrid have agreed a deal to sign 20-year-old Argentine midfielder Exequiel Palacios from River Plate. (TeleMadrid - in Spanish)

Bournemouth's 26-year-old striker Callum Wilson's form has put him on Chelsea's radar. (Mirror)

England striker Jamie Vardy, 31, will auction off his Leicester City executive box at the King Power Stadium in aid of the Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha Foundation, while team-mate and Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 32, will donate his gloves. (Leicester Mercury)

Leicester City will not play any goal celebration music if they score against Burnley on Saturday in what will be their first home game since the death of their chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester City should consider West Ham's Republic of Ireland midfielder Declan Rice, 19, as a replacement for Fernandinho. (Evening Standard)

The official Manchester City supporters' group says it is "gobsmacked" that Anthony Taylor has been appointed as the referee for the derby against Manchester United on Sunday. Taylor is an Altrincham fan but is from Wythenshawe, a Manchester United stronghold. (Telegraph)





Guardian Rumour Mill

John Brewin

Crystal Palace are set to be active in the January transfer market and fancy Danny Welbeck for £10m to solve their Christian Benteke-shaped goalscoring problem. Arsenal are willing to cash in as ‘Dat Guy Welbz’ is out of contract in the summer and they are already set to lose out on a transfer fee for Aaron Ramsey, set to join up with Ivan Gazidis at Milan.

Arsène Wenger, though, is not set to become manager of Milan. He even went as far as to describe stories linking him with replacing Gennaro Gattuso as “fake news”. Previous use of that accursed phrase probably means he is eyeing up a Milanese pad as we speak, and set to hook up with Ramsey again.

And if Chelsea do get some dough for RLC, they might spend it on Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson, just to keep Álvaro Morata on his toes?

Real Madrid may not getting in Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager but might finally be ready to cash in on Gareth Bale. Manchester United, of course, are the team linked with the Welsh wizard.

Should Bale end up at Old Trafford, he could be having pre-match meals at Hotel Football, as owned by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, and directly opposite the stadium. That might stop United being late for matches, as has become their habit.

How might United find a dining space for Bale? Anthony Martial, despite being one of their best players of late, could join Inter at the end of his contract, expiring next summer. Eric Bailly, another player José Mourinho has not got on with this season, could become Martial’s neighbour by signing for Milan.






Sportslens

Everton and West Ham linked Shinji Kagawa could leave Dortmund

Borussia Dortmund winger Shinji Kagawa has struggled for regular game time this season, and the former Manchester United player will be allowed to leave the club either in January or next summer.

According to reports from Italian outlet CalcioMercato, the 29-year-old could leave the club, and the news should alert Premier League duo Everton and West Ham.

The reason being Kagawa was reportedly linked with a potential move to the above mentioned clubs. He has a contract at the club till 2020, and could be available for £11.5million.

The 29-year-old has managed just four appearances in all competitions this season, which means either Everton or West Ham can sign him at a much reduced price.

He has dropped down the pecking order at the club behind Marco Reus and teenager Jadon Sancho, and it seems there’s no way back for him in the high-flying Dortmund side at the moment.

Both Everton and West Ham bolstered their attacking midfield areas in the summer transfer window but Kagawa (if they can get at a decent price) would be a smart addition to the squad.




Transfer Tavern

Marko Arnautovic and Pedro Obiang doubts for Huddersfield encounter

By Alex Ford

West Ham United will be looking to build upon their impressive 4-2 victory over Burnley at the weekend when they meet Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

However, it appears that Manuel Pellegrini and the Hammers could have an anxious wait on their hands.

According to Claret and Hugh, both Pedro Obiang and Marko Arnautovic have slight concerns and have been told to miss a couple of training sessions.

There is a suggestion that the pair could be available for the clash against the Terriers, however, a decision will not be made until the gameday itself.

“They are better than even money to make it for the weekend but they will miss a couple of days training this week and no decision will be made until the day of the match,” a well-informed source told Claret and Hugh.

Although it is believed the duo are expected to be available, the fact that a decision will not be made until the match will mean they will have an anxious wait on their hands.

Arnautovic is an important member of the team and carries the main attacking threat for West Ham this summer, however, he is known to have played through the pain barrier recently and is likely to do so again.

Obiang made his return to the side in the victory against Burnley, so the move to give him an extra rest period could just be a precautionary measure as they look to take three points from Huddersfield on Saturday.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Ashy 10:41 Wed Nov 7
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Snowbadger, I missed him saying Outfield player... d'oh!

pdbis 8:28 Wed Nov 7
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Why do they keep changing the rules every so often?

snowbadger 6:37 Wed Nov 7
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ashy, If the goalkeeper blocks the shot,but doesn't save it. The penalty taker can then tap in the re-bound. The new rule would mean he couldn't.

Ashy 6:01 Wed Nov 7
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sniper, that is already the ruling for penalties.

The ball is in play when it is kicked and clearly moves.

The kicker must not play the ball again until it has touched another player.

Sniper 2:55 Wed Nov 7
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The rebound penalty thing is a bit shit but I’d be happy if they said the penalty taker can’t touch the ball again until another outfield player has (sort of like when it hits the woodwork) , so when they miss they don’t get a second bite of the cherry (as they already have at least a 6 yard advantage over everyone else to get to the ball with the keeper lying in the floor)

Anyway, Thanks Alan

gph 2:47 Wed Nov 7
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
No scoring from saved penalties?

How long since FIFA decided the game is too exciting and needs to be made more bland?

Thanks, Alan

Sarge 2:42 Wed Nov 7
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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