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Alan 11:33 Fri Nov 9
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is a £35m target for Chelsea. The 26-year-old earned his first England call-up on Thursday. (Sun)

West Ham are considering a move for 31-year-old former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri, with the Frenchman a free agent after serving an 18-month drugs ban. (Mirror)

Athletic Bilbao could make a January move for Tottenham's Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, 33. (Independent)

Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, 30, is still waiting on a new contract at Manchester United, with his current deal set to expire in the summer. (Mail)

Sevilla are monitoring Liverpool and Spain left-back Alberto Moreno, whose contract runs out at the end of the season. The 26-year-old joined the Reds from Sevilla in 2014. (ESPN)

Arsenal want to bring Juventus' Morocco defender Medhi Benatia to the Emirates. The 31-year-old is also a target for Manchester United. (Tuttomercato - in Italian)

The Gunners' 30-year-old German midfielder Mesut Ozil, who signed a new deal until 2021 in January, says he could stay at the club for the rest of his career. (London Evening Standard)

Fulham are interested in signing Chelsea and France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, who is on loan at AC Milan. The 24-year-old has started just two Serie A matches and has been criticised by AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso. (Calciomercato, via Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says it is difficult to bring strikers to the club as understudies to England captain Harry Kane, 25. (Football.London)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he has not been approached by Real Madrid over their vacant managerial position. (Bein Sport, via Sky Sports)

Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, missed the squad's flight home from Turin after beating Juventus on Wednesday because he was kept behind at the Allianz Stadium for routine drug testing. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City have sent scouts to watch 14-year-old Cerro Porteno forward Fernando Ovelar, who scored in Paraguay's Superclasico last weekend and is the youngest player to appear in the country's top flight. (Mirror)

Leicester are set to announce how they will create a "lasting tribute" to owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha and the other people who died in a helicopter crash at King Power Stadium. (Leicester Mercury)

Aston Villa have granted on-loan winger Andre Green, 20, permission to play for Portsmouth in Saturday's FA Cup tie at Maidenhead. (Birmingham Mail)

Everton plan to hold talks with Kieran Dowell, the 21-year-old midfielder who has made only two starts this season, over a potential loan move in January. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool winger Lazar Markovic, 24, says his liking of a tweet of Serbian flags in the aftermath of his side's 2-0 Champions League defeat by Red Star in Belgrade on Tuesday was for his native Serbia and not the result. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City have confirmed their Carabao Cup quarter-final tie will be on Tuesday, 18 December if it is against Leicester, or Wednesday, 19 December if against Southampton. The Foxes host the Saints on 27 November. (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham applied for the maximum allocation of 6,000 for their League Cup visit to Arsenal on 19 December, but have been granted a total of 5,233 on the grounds of safety and security. (Football.London)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has called up 19-year-old Danish striker Elias Sorensen, who has scored 13 goals for the reserves this season, to first-team training before Saturday's home match against Bournemouth. (Newcastle Chronicle)

West Ham defensive midfielder Declan Rice, 19, says he has still not decided whether to play for England or the Republic of Ireland. (Times - subscription only)

Interim Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari will remain in charge until at least Christmas. (Marca - in Spanish)

Guardian Rumour Mill

John Ashdown

This week the Mill had to face one of its greatest fears – it was time to replace the bulb on the cooker hood. The last bulb change, a good few years ago now, had resulted in a pretty nasty electric shock, a jolt across the kitchen, and one of the more niche phobias a person can procure.

It was a risk, many would have advised against it, it could have ended badly, in disaster even, but on this occasion it paid off and the Mill now has a much more illuminated view of the contents of its saucepans. On an unrelated note, West Ham are keen on Samir Nasri with the former Arsenal and Manchester City man available once again after the conclusion of his drugs ban. Everton may provide the competition.

If ifs and buts were candy and nuts we’d all have a merry Christmas. But Fulham want to make a move for Chelsea’s Tiemoué Bakayoko if he cuts short his loan spell at Milan.

Arsenal, Liverpool, Atlético Madrid, Valencia, Lille and Internazionale are ready to do transfer battle over Club Brugge striker Cyril Ngonge. The 18-year-old has been in prolific form for Brugge’s under-19s but has yet to make a first-team appearance. If Liverpool miss out, then they fancy a bit of Benfica striker Luka Jovic. The 20-year-old Serbian is on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Watford are pondering a move for Andrea Ranocchia after the Italy defender’s massively successful spell with Hull in 2016-17 which definitely didn’t end with 13 goals conceded in their final three Premier League games and a relegation from which the club is yet really to recover. The Inter centre-back is out of contract at the end of the season, so there’s that.

Manchester City have an eye on Paraguayan sensation Fernando Ovelar, the 14-year-old who scored for Cerro Porteno in the recent Superclásico against Olimpia. City have sent scouts to check him out and earn their Scouting A Paraguayan Wonderkid badge.

Fernando Llorente and Mousa Dembélé are fed up of waiting for the cheese rooms and craft beer of Tottenham’s new stadium and want out in January. Llorente’s former club Athletic Bilbao are ready to give the out-of-favour striker an escape route, while Juventus are in for Dembélé.

And if you’ve made it this far, your reward is the news that Burnley are back in for West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez. Congrats.


West Ham considering Samir Nasri swoop as Manuel Pellegrini eyes reinforcements

The former Arsenal and Man City star is available after serving a drugs ban

By Jacob Murtagh

West Ham are weighing up a shock move for midfielder Samir Nasri.

The former Arsenal and Manchester City star is a free agent and is available after his drugs ban ended last week.

Nasri has served an 18-month suspension after contravening doping laws for receiving an intravenous drip in 2016.

However, the 31-year-old is looking for a new club and has reportedly attracted the attention of Everton boss Marco Silva.

Mirror Football understands West Ham have also expressed an interest in the ex-France international.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is looking to bolster his squad with the likes of Manuel Lanzini, Andriy Yarmolenko, Carlos Sanches and Jack Wilshere all struggling with injuries.

Nasri won the Premier League twice with City and would add experience to Pellegrini's ranks.

He left the Etihad permanently in 2017 following a season-long loan spell with Sevilla, signing for Turkish outfit Antalyaspor.

However, he made just eight appearances for the club, scoring two goals, before his departure.


Deal on the cards: Declan Rice ‘wants to sign for West Ham’ despite interest from Tottenham and Chelsea

The teenage midfielder has still not tied down his future with the east London club

By Billy Hawkins

Declan Rice intends to sign a new West Ham contract despite Chelsea and Tottenham showing interest in the teenage midfielder.

Rice, 19, has been in talks with the east Londoners for a couple of months now as they seek to reward him for his ascent from unknown youth player to important first-team player.

He currently earns just £3,000-a-week on a deal that runs until 2021, and West Ham made an offer to raise his salary to a reported £15,000-a-week – though that was knocked back by Rice.

A new and improved offer is now believed to have been tabled that will see Rice earn £21,000-a-week, while he’ll also be paid £20,000 for every Premier League start with a £5,000 wage increase after every 15 league appearances.

Despite reports claiming the improved offer was submitted over a month ago, Rice remains on his original deal as talks have reached an impasse.

This has led to rival interest in Rice, with Tottenham and Chelsea – the club with whom Rice began his career – said to be keen on swooping for the teenager.

However, Rice insists he remains committed to West Ham, and signing a new deal with the Hammers should be on the cards.

“I want to sign for West Ham and I think it is going to happen,” Rice told The Times. “Playing every week is what is best for me at the moment and hopefully the contract can come soon.”

Amid the ongoing contract saga, Rice is also centre of a tug-of-war between England and Ireland over his international allegiance. The teenager has represent the Republic on three occasions, but Gareth Southgate hopes to tempt him over to the Three Lions moving forward.

Transfer Tavern

Javier Hernandez wanted by Besiktas in “very likely” exit

West Ham United are thought to be actively looking for a new striker in January as Manuel Pellegrini continues to reshape his squad.

The Hammers already have the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll to lead the line, however, it appears that one of those men could be about to leave the London Stadium.

West Ham United are thought to be actively looking for a new striker in January as Manuel Pellegrini continues to reshape his squad.

The Hammers already have the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll to lead the line, however, it appears that one of those men could be about to leave the London Stadium.

According to reports in Turkey, Fanatik are claiming that Besiktas are very interested in taking the Mexico international and are thought to be in talks with his representatives about a move.

It is understood that those talks are progressing in a positive fashion, with the Istanbul outfit keen on taking Chicharito on a loan deal for the second half of the season.

And, it is believed a move is ‘very likely’, as long as West Ham do not take a ‘hard stance’ about the situation.

The Mexican has struggled to get game-time under Pellegrini this season, however, he did find the back of the net against Burnley last weekend, so may start to force his way into the first-team on a regular basis.

It remains to be seen what stance the Hammers take on a possible move but West Ham will likely need to have another striker in place before considering to allow Hernandez to leave.

Whether the Irons will want to lose Chicharito on a temporary deal, or would rather offload him permanently could be what makes a deal harder for Besiktas to complete.

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Percy Dalton 9:14 Fri Nov 9
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Alan

Takashi Miike 9:10 Fri Nov 9
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 3:31 Fri Nov 9
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
hammerintheorient 1:08 Fri Nov 9

gph 11:54 Fri Nov 9

hammerintheorient 1:08 Fri Nov 9
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank you Alan

gph 11:54 Fri Nov 9
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

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