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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Antonio Conte has refused to meet with Chelsea and is insisting on taking them to court for the rest of his salary, after his dismissal in July with one year remaining on his managerial contract. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United will offer striker Anthony Martial, 22, a five-year deal worth £190,000-a-week to keep him at the club. (Sun)

Fulham first-team coach Scott Parker could get the chance to manage the side on an interim basis if the club decide to sack boss Slavisa Jokanovic. (Telegraph)

Chelsea and Bayern Munich are interested in Lyon's 25-year-old playmaker Nabil Fekir, who has told the French club he wants to leave next summer. (Star, via L'Equipe)

Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, 33, says he would relish the chance of a return to Spain after struggling for first-team opportunities at Spurs. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester United are interested in signing Sampdoria's 22-year-old Danish defender Joachim Andersen. (La Republica, via Mirror)

Watford manager Javi Gracia, whose contract was set to expire at the end of this season, has agreed a new three-year contract with the club. (Times - subscription required)

Mexico are considering appointing former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores as their next manager. (ESPN - in Spanish)

Inter Milan's 23-year-old defender Milan Skriniar, who has been lined with Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid, is worth £100m, according to the club's manager Luciano Spalletti. (Sun)

Southampton are preparing a £15m move for Portimonense's Japan international striker Shoya Nakajima, 24. (Record, via Talksport)

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, 23, has welcomed speculation linking him with Arsenal and other leading European clubs but insists it is too soon for him to plan for next summer. (London Evening Standard)

Premier League clubs are growing increasingly frustrated at Tottenham continuing to play at Wembley because of delays in moving to their new stadium. (Telegraph)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose side have won only three of their last nine games, held a training ground inquest with his players after they were beaten by Red Star Belgrade on Tuesday. (Guardian)

LA Galaxy's Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37, says he will not be moving to a European club on loan now the MLS season has finished. (Mirror)

Former Tottenham defender Paul Miller, now an ambassador for the club, believes the redevelopment of White Hart Lane will not be completed to stage first-team matches until February. (Love Sport Radio)

Bradley Stoke Town FC have signed a player called Bradley Stokes. (Bristol Post)

Former Arsenal, Manchester City, Bolton and Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has been in talks with Lille over becoming a youth coach at the French club. (L'Equipe - in French)

PSV's 23-year-old Mexico forward Hirving Lozano says he "would love" to play for "one of the Premier League's big clubs". (ESPN)

Brighton are debating whether to loan out their 18-year-old striker Aaron Connolly in January or keep him at the club with the Under-23 team. (Argus)

Ex-Everton physio Mick Rathbone, who served under David Moyes from 2002-10, is to return to the club to work with David Unsworth for the youth academy. (Liverpool Echo)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

In taking the step of suspending a CNN reporter who aggressively questioned him from attending his daily attempts to mislead, insult and bully the press [You mean briefings? - Sport Ed.], the Rumour Mill couldn’t help but notice that Donald Trump had opted for a tactic straight out of the Alex Ferguson playbook and wondered what the former Manchester United manager and occasional socialist would have made of it all. We wondered too what Fergie would have made of Wednesday night’s events in Turin, when United masterminded victory over their old enemy Juventus, with victory being secured at that death; that fabled period of the game known as “Fergie time”.

Oh yes, we imagine a wry smile was playing around the lips of his Lordship, the same kind that flickered across our own countenance when we saw the big speculation of the day pertained to United and meant we could build up to it with this meandering, fairly pointless space-consuming riff. Having appeared to have no future whatsoever at the club as recently as last August, Anthony Martial is about to be offered a new five-year deal worth £45m to the young Frenchman. While United have to option to extend his current deal by another year when it expires at the end of next season, they’d prefer to go all-in and nail down something more long-term before he falls out with José Mourinho again. United are also interested in signing Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan from Brighton, while Sampdoria defender Joachim Andersen is another man on their radar.

After failing to secure a summer move to Liverpool that many considered done and dusted at the time, L’Equipe say Nabil Fekir will attempt to escape Lyon again come season’s end and could end up at Chelsea or Bayern Munich. The Rumour Mill isn’t going to claim to have ever heard of Shoya Nakajima, but a perfunctory search of the internet reveals he’s a 24-year-old winger who plays for Portimonense in the Portuguese top flight. The Southampton scouting department have also been doing their research into the Japan international and might have identified him as a potential solution to their problems in front of goal.

And finally, moving into the realms of managerial speculation, the Telegraph suggests Scott Parker could be a surprise contender to replace Slavisa Jokanovic if the Serb is handed his cards. Elsewhere, Antonio Conte is priming his lawyers to take Chelsea to court over monies owed on his contract with the club. The Italian was sacked last summer and remains at loggerheads with the Chelsea hierarchy.


West Ham have now made an offer for Gabriel Barbosa

Danny Owen

West Ham United are reportedly interested in signing Inter Milan flop Gabigol.

Gabriel Barbosa could well be on his way to England in the New Year.

The £29.5 million Inter Milan flop has got his stalling career back on track since returning to former club Santos on loan, scoring 25 goals in 49 games in all competitions while leading the race to be the league’s Golden Boot winner.

But his temporary spell at Santos is set to come to an end in December and, with Inter keen to cash in on a player they signed after he won Olympic gold alongside Neymar, Gabriel Jesus and co in 2016, a switch to England is on the cards.

Sport Mediaset has reported on Thursday morning that there is an offer on the table from West Ham United.

Marko Arnautovic has thrived since being forced into a centre-forward role during David Moyes’ reign at the London Stadium but, with Javier Hernandez struggling for opportunities under Manuel Pellegrini, Gabriel would give the Chilean tactician more options in attack.

Goal Brazil reported recently that Everton and Crystal Palace have been in touch with Gabriel’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, but it seems West Ham are leading the chase as things stand.

Sport Mediaset add that Santos do not have the funds to sign Gabriel permanently, with the striker himself admitting that he is playing his last few games in Brazil.

Football London

From Browne to Haksabanovic - How West Ham's loan stars are getting on around the world

West Ham news includes a look at how the club's loanees are getting on at their current clubs

By Tashan Deniran-Alleyne

West Ham United's massive summer spending spree come at a cost for a number of players.

The Hammers signed no less than 10 players as manager Manuel Pellegrini oversaw a massive squad overhaul in a bid to avoid a repeat of fighting relegation over the past two seasons.

Ryan Fredericks was the first to join as he signed for free after coming to the end of his contract at London rivals Fulham.

He was soon joined by young defender Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski and Jack Wilshere following his release from Arsenal, Andriy Yarmolenko, Fabian Balbuena, Felipe Anderson, Xande Silva, Lucas Perez and Carlos Sanchez.

So many new additions meant the likes of Reece Burke, Cheikhou Kouyate and Domingos Quina had to leave on permanent deals in order to play regularly this season.

Then there are some that have departed on a temporary basis.

In all there are currently eight West Ham players out on loan - here’s a look at how they have been getting on.

Marcus Browne

The attacking midfielder is making the most of his loan spell at Oxford United.

14 appearances across all competitions, three goals. One of which came in a Carabao Cup tie win over Coventry City which set up a third round clash against holders Manchester City.

Browne would have been hoping to pit his wits against the best the country has to offer, but missed out through injury and returned to the XI against Northampton earlier in the month and has since featured in the last five games.

Martin Samuelsen

Another loan spell for the talented winger, this time in Holland with VVV-Venlo.

Has featured in seven Eredivisie games thus far and is yet to score or register an assist. Despite a lack of end product, Samuelsen has played a key role in Venlo's solid start to the season which sees them sit sixth in the table - at one stage they were just two points off the mighty Ajax.

Did score twice in a 3-0 win over Westlandia in a Dutch Cup game earlier in the season.
Hasn't featured since a win over ADO Den Haag last month.

Sead Haksabanovic

It hasn't been the loan spell Haksabanovic nor West Ham would have hoped for at this early stage.

The teenager is yet to feature for Malaga in the second tier of Spanish football.

Jordan Hugill

Somewhat of a rollercoaster 2018 for Hugill as he joined the Hammers from Preston North End in the January transfer window, but went on to make just three Premier League appearances.

Unsurprisingly he joined Middlesbrough on loan and has one goal in 12 appearances across all competitions.

Didn't feature against his former club last week as Boro won on penalties at Deepdale in the third round of the Carabao Cup, but started the 1-1 draw against Hull City as well as the 2-0 in over Ipswich Town.

Saw his playing time reduced in October, but played the entire 90 minutes against Stoke City last time out.

Sam Byram

Just when it looked like Byram was getting his career back on track with a loan spell at Nottingham Forest he was struck down by yet another injury.

Substituted in the 39th minute of Forest's 3-1 win over Newcastle United in the Carabao Cup - after providing an assist - the right-back was believed to have returned to the Hammers medical staff for them to give their own examinations on his injury.

He hasn't featured for Forest since.

Edimilson Fernandes

One of the casualties following the arrivals of Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez at West Ham this summer.

The midfielder has earned himself a big move to Fiorentina and featured heavily in their promising start to the season which yielded four wins, a draw and two slender defeats away at Napoli and Inter Milan from their first seven games.

Remains a regular in the team and should feature against Frosinone on Friday.

Toni Martinez

Unlike Haksabanovic, Toni Martinez is getting minutes in LaLiga 2.

The striker marked his Rayo Majadahonda debut with a goal in the 2-1 defeat away at Real Zaragoza in their opening game of the new season, but he's not netted since.

Was left on the bench as Majadahonda slumped to a 4-1 home loss at the hands of Extremadura and got 44 minutes in the 2-0 loss away at Alcorcon last time out.

Josh Cullen

The midfielder sealed a loan move to Charlton Athletic one day before the market closed for Football League clubs, meaning he hasn't been at the Valley for too long.

In that short period he's managed to impress. Two assists in his first three League One appearances and he had been on the winning side in all those games.

However, that run came to an end in the 2-2 draw away at Luton Town and played the full 90 minutes in the 5-3 loss against Scunthorpe United.

He remains a regular under Lee Bowyer who recently admitted at wanting to the sign the midfielder permanently.

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Thanks Alan 9:43 Fri Nov 9
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The Stoat 12:04 Thu Nov 8

Fivetide 5:35 Thu Nov 8
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Barbosa is a creepy looking bloke, isn't he!

Texas Iron 4:10 Thu Nov 8
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Percy Dalton 1:39 Thu Nov 8
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Eddie B

Eddie B 12:30 Thu Nov 8
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Alan, thanks.

gph 12:24 Thu Nov 8
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Thanks, Alan

Whitester. 12:13 Thu Nov 8
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Thanks Alan.

The Stoat 12:04 Thu Nov 8
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Thanks Alan

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