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Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Alan 12:05 Mon Nov 12
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are lining up a £50m summer move for Ajax's 21-year-old Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, despite the threat that the club could face investigations over their finances. (Mail)

Manchester United midfielder Fred, 25, has been confiding about his struggles at the club with 33-year-old fellow Brazil international Fernandinho, who plays for rivals Manchester City. (Metro)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he confronted forward Raheem Sterling after the 3-1 derby win over Manchester United because of the 23-year-old England international's showboating in the closing stages. (Express)

Everton, Newcastle and West Ham are interested in signing 28-year-old Algeria winger Yacine Brahimi, whose contract with Porto runs out next summer. (Sun)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery could give 19-year-old England Under-21 international Eddie Nketiah a chance before deciding whether to sign a forward to replace injured Englishman Danny Welbeck, 27, in January. (Express)

Everton have an injury concern over 29-year-old Iceland midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, who left Stamford Bridge in a protective boot following a challenge by Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho in the goalless draw between the two sides. (Sun)

Aleksandar Mitrovic's goal for Fulham against Liverpool was rightly disallowed for offside but Mohamed Salah's opener for the Reds should also not have been given because the ball was moving when keeper Alisson took the free-kick which led to it, according to former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg. (Mail)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is in talks with England manager Gareth Southgate about defender Joe Gomez sitting out the friendly against the United States on Thursday because the 21-year-old is nursing an Achilles problem. (Mirror)

Manchester City face a hostile reception on Thursday when the chief executives of Premier League sides meet following allegations about the club's financial conduct. (Times - subscription required)

Bayern Munich's former France winger Franck Ribery, 35, was involved in an altercation with a French journalist after his side's 3-2 defeat by Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. (Bild, via Mirror)

Paris St-Germain's Brazilian right-back Dani Alves, 35, says "it is not possible" he will end his career without playing in the Premier League. (Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Despite pulling down the pants of their local rivals and administering a good spanking, Manchester City aren’t about to rest on their laurels. Pep Guardiola is once again being linked with a move for Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is also wanted by Manchester United. One of the most technically gifted players you’ve almost certainly never seen, the ludicrously over-hyped 21-year-old has been compared to a young Andrés Iniesta and is already valued at around £50m.

An inability to use Marouane Fellaini as an impact substitute because he was forced to play him from the start was among José Mourinho’s more amusing excuses for his side’s defeat in the Manchester derby. “I can imagine when it was 2-1 to bring a fresh Fellaini, I think they would be in big, big trouble,” said the United boss, prompting a Mexican wave of raised eyebrows and muffled tittering from front row to back in his post-match press conference.

The absence of Paul Pogba through injury meant Fellaini was in his starting line-up, a state of affairs that also showed Mourinho’s lack of faith in his £50m summer signing Fred. The 25-year-old Brazilian is understood to be thoroughly disillusioned with the lack of faith shown in him by his manager and has apparently been confiding in his crosstown friend and compatriot Fernandinho about his unhappiness with life at Old Trafford.

Aware that the future of Pogba at United might not be all that certain, Juventus will tempt the club’s resolve by offering a job lot of players in Medhi Benatia, Alex Sandro and Mario Mandzukic in exchange for their former midfielder.

Newcastle, West Ham and Everton are all planning to woo Yacine Brahimi, whose contract with Porto expires next summer. A Liverpool target a couple of years ago, the attacking midfielder who plays his international football for Algeria is free to talk to foreign suitors in January with a view to moving on a free transfer come season’s end.

Despite being taken to school by Salomón Rondón last Saturday, Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake remains a player in big demand. Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested and the south coast club will listen to offers of £40m or more. Still in dire need of a goalscorer after drawing a blank in their 13th consecutive defeat without Wilfried Zaha in their lineup, Crystal Palace look likely to miss out on Roma frontman Patrik Schick. The Serie A side plan to hold on to their Czech forward, despite underwhelming performances this season that have led to him starting just two games and failing to find the net in 273 minutes on the pitch. Tabloid reports yesterday had Schick going to Arsenal on a loan deal in some kind of swap involving Aaron Ramsey, while Spanish outfits Sevilla and Valladolid have also registered their interest in the 22-year-old.

And finally, Barcelona midfielder Denis Suárez could be on his way to Chelsea. At best a fringe player at the Camp Nou, the 25-year-old has an admirer in Maurizio Sarri, who in a previous life made several concerted, but ultimately unsuccessful efforts to bring him to Napoli. Sarri’s former Italian employers remain interested in rescuing the player from his Barcelona purgatory, while Valencia are also ready to hitch their skirts in his general direction in January.


Porto star Yacine Brahimi wanted by Newcastle, West Ham and Everton on free transfer

Algerian playmaker is out of contract next summer and is set to enter talks with Premier League trio in January

By Anthony Chapman

PORTO star Yacine Brahimi is reportedly wanted by three Premier League clubs.

O Jogo claims the Algerian playmaker, 28, is being chased by Newcastle, West Ham and Everton as he approaches the final six months of his contract.

It means Brahimi is able to speak to foreign sides about a free summer transfer in January.

And his red-hot form for Porto could see a huge battle emerge between three of England’s biggest names.

Money is tight at Newcastle as they continue to flag under Mike Ashley.

And although they would love to bring Brahimi to St James’ Park, there’s a chance his wage demands may become excessive as interest in his signature heats up.

West Ham could prove to be an attractive option, with Manuel Pellegrini looking to play an expansive brand of football.

The Hammers have been lacking an out-and-out No 10 following Manuel Lanzini’s season-ending injury, and Brahimi could be a perfect fit.

However, Everton could stand the greatest chance of landing him due to the presence of Marco Silva.

The Toffees boss spent a year coaching rivals Sporting Lisbon and knows all about Brahimi’s qualities, meaning the midfielder could slot straight into the side without having to make any real adjustments to his game and playing style.


Samir Nasri to join West Ham

Jason Burt, Chief Football Correspondent

Samir Nasri will undergo a medical at West Ham United ahead of signing a six-month deal with the Premier League club.

The former Manchester City midfielder is set to reunite with Manuel Pellegrini, now in charge of West Ham, whom he played for at City.

Nasri is now 31 and currently serving an 18-month ban for an anti-doping violation for using a drip treatment at a Los Angeles clinic.

The former France international was playing for Sevilla, on loan from City, at the time but is now a free agent. The ban ends at the end of December after which Nasri is free to resume his career. Under the terms of his ban, which was increased this year under appeal and back-dated to July 2017, Nasri has been allowed to train at a club from the beginning of November but cannot play until the turn of the year.

West Ham are expected to meet Nasri’s £80,000-a-week wage demands having lost Ukraine midfielder Andriy Yarmolenko for the rest of the season with an Achilles injury.

Nasri was an important part of Pellegrini’s Premier League-winning team of 2014 at City and has a good relationship with the Chilean.

Nasri’s contract with Turkish club Antalyaspor was mutually terminated last January, following his doping ban.

Nasri took the drip treatment while on holiday in 2016, but it contravened World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) rules leading to a Spanish Anti-Doping investigation.

Wada rules state there is a 50 millilitre infusion limit per six-hour period for active athletes but it was alleged he received 500 millilitres of hydration in the form of sterile water containing micronutrient components.

In February 2017, a request by Sevilla for a retroactive therapeutic use exemption (TUE) for Nasri was refused by Uefa, and its decision was later upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Meanwhile, Nasri’s former Arsenal team-mate, midfielder Jack Wilshere, who has been out for more than two months with an ankle problem, is also due to resume full training next week at West Ham.

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COOL HAND LUKE 10:01 Mon Nov 12
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al - trust you are getting along okay...

Percy Dalton 6:37 Mon Nov 12
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Alan thanks

Texas Iron 6:05 Mon Nov 12
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

gph 3:27 Mon Nov 12
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Thanks, Alan

jimbo2. 12:49 Mon Nov 12
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Cheers Al!

Thanks Alan 12:06 Mon Nov 12
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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