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Alan 1:29 Tue Nov 13
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho faces the sack if he fails to guide them to Champions League qualification this season. (Sun)

Mourinho's continued selection of 30-year-old Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic has been questioned by some of his Manchester United team-mates. (Times - subscription required)

Former France midfielder Samir Nasri's move to West Ham is at risk of breaking down because of concerns over the 31-year-old's fitness. (Daily Mirror)

The deal could also break down because of Nasri's pay demands, with West Ham not keen to match his £95,000-a-week pay demands. (Mail)

Santiago Solari will be appointed Real Madrid manager until the end of next season. (Marca - in Spanish)

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he will wait until the summer before taking a new job in management. (Rai Sport via Goal)

Conte's decision to wait means Chelsea face the prospect of paying him £11m in compensation - the full amount owed for what would have been the final year of his contract. (Daily Mirror)

Anti-racism charity Kick It Out has asked for an explanation from West Ham after the club reinstated Under-18s coach Mark Phillips, who was suspended after attending a Democratic Football Lads Alliance march. (Telegraph)

Uefa may reopen FFP investigations against Manchester City after German magazine Der Spiegel published a series of articles accusing the club's Abu Dhabi owners of flouting the rules. (Telegraph)

Premier League clubs would be allowed a maximum of 12 overseas players in their 25-man squads under new Football Association plans preparing for Brexit. (Times)

Paris St-Germain's 35-year-old Brazil full-back Dani Alves says he plans to play in the Premier League before retiring. (Daily Telegraph)

Borussia Dortmund and Marseille are keen to sign Arsenal's 17-year-old English midfielder Ben Cottrell. (Sun)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery and his players spoke to injured England striker Danny Welbeck, 27, in a video message before Sunday's 1-1 draw with Wolves. (Guardian)

Bets placed on Daniel Sturridge's January loan move to West Brom will form part of the Football Association's investigation into the 29-year-old Liverpool striker's alleged breach of betting rules. (Liverpool Echo)

Tottenham's Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 31, has flown to Qatar for specialist treatment on an ankle injury. (Evening Standard)

Manchester City's Belgium attacking midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 27, is set to return earlier than expected from a knee injury. (Guardian)

Brighton will not appeal against English 29-year-old midfielder Dale Stephens' red card during Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Cardiff. (Argus)

UAE club Al-Jazira want to appoint Michael Reiziger as coach. The former Ajax, Barcelona and Middlesbrough defender, 45, is currently in charge of Ajax's reserve side. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Niall McVeigh

Today’s Mill is jam-packed with players poised to swap the continent for Britain, and vice versa. That could all change after Brexit – with some reports suggesting Premier League sides would be restricted to just 12 (twelve!) overseas players. If it comes to pass, we can surely expect plenty of last-ditch passport applications and searches for British grandparents.

One man who could be boarding the last plane out of Luton is Aaron Ramsey. Milan have been linked with everyone from Arsène Wenger to Gunnersaurus since boardroom big cheese Ivan Gazidis rocked up at the San Siro, but with the Welsh midfielder out of contract in the summer, this could be a goer. Milan also like the look of Southampton’s Manolo Gabbiadini while Arsenal, who haven’t read the Brexit memo, want Lille’s Nicolas Pépé to cover for the crocked Danny Welbeck.

Another out-of-contract player who could be off to the continent is Nick Powell. The former Manchester United man, now pulling the strings at Wigan, is attracting interest from RB Leipzig. Loris Karius, meanwhile, has ventured to the very edge of Europe with Besiktas – and the Turkish giants want him to stick around. “Karius is an excellent keeper. God willing, we will sign him permanently,” director Fikret Orman said, as Karius haplessly juggled a pen behind him.

The only thing Chelsea will be sending to Europe this year is an exceptionally large bank transfer, with Antonio Conte happy to take this season off and trouser an £11m payout. Conte had been linked with Real Madrid, who have instead handed caretaker Santiago Solari the keys for the season. Solari will bring forward the arrival of Santos tyro Rodrygo, and he also likes the jib-cut of Espanyol centre-back Mario Hermoso.

Staying in La Liga, and Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt’s path to Barcelona is being smoothed over by none other than his national coach, Ronald Koeman. “I think it’s clear that a player like Matthijs, in a certain moment, decides to make a step to a bigger league,” Koeman coaxed. Barcelona could help cover the £50m cost by offloading Arturo Vidal to Juventus.

Manchester United’s search for a competent central midfielder will lead them to Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini, while in news the Mill has heard before, Porto’s Yacine Brahimi is wanted by Everton, West Ham and Newcastle. Finally, Dani Alves insists he will play in the Premier League before he retires, after choosing PSG over Manchester City in 2017. He had better get a move on.

Evening Standard

Samir Nasri to West Ham latest: Transfer hits stumbling block over fitness concerns


West Ham’s proposed signing of former Arsenal and Manchester City midfielder Samir Nasri hangs in the balance, following concerns about the player’s fitness.

Nasri, who is serving an 18-month ban for contravening World Anti-Doping Agency rules while on loan at Spanish club Sevilla from City in 2016, was on the point of signing a short term deal with West Ham.

The 31-year-old can resume his career following the completion of the ban in January and West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini, who knows the player well from their time together at City, was keen to link up again with the former France international.

Nasri has been free to train with the club of his choice since the start of the month, but a medical has flagged up fitness worries. There is a view from within West Ham that signing a player who has played no competitive football for almost a year and a half remains a major gamble, especially considering his wage demands of up to £80,000 per week.

Negotiations continue, though, and there is still a chance the six-month initial deal, with an option for longer, could happen, subject to restructuring around appearances and assurances about the player’s fitness.

It was on holiday in Los Angeles in December 2016, that Nasri was administered 500 millilitres of hydration in the form of sterile water containing micronutrients which exceeded the permissible limit. His contract at Turkish club Antalyaspor, whom he had joined from City in 2017, was mutually cancelled.

While doubts remain about Nasri’s fitness, there is no question about his ability. He won 41 caps for France and thrilled Arsenal supporters for three seasons and then City fans, following his £25million move in 2011.

During his time at City, Nasri flourished under Pellegrini and was an integral member of the team who lifted the Premier League title in 2014.

Nasri has proved himself a winner in the past, but the question is whether he still has the dedication, determination and desire to once again be a star on the Premier League stage?

At 31, there will inevitably be some bewilderment also amongst a section of supporters who were happy to have been told previously that the club were targeting younger talent.

Those fans who lobbied long and loud for their team to play the ‘West Ham way’, though, may be heartened by Pellegrini’s preference for signing players of proven technical ability and the Chilean must feel that his former protege ticks enough boxes to be given another chance.

West Ham reinstate suspended academy coach Mark Phillips and Kick It Out have demanded a ‘clear explanation’

West Ham have reinstated academy coach Mark Phillips after investigating his social media posts revealing his involvement in a march organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance (DFLA).

The Hammers suspended Phillips in October after he attended a DFLA march through central London and later defended the group, which has been accused of Islamophobia and racism, in a series of posts on Twitter.

"West Ham United can confirm that following suspension and subsequent investigation, academy coach Mark Phillips has been reinstated to his role in accordance with employment law, and has been reminded of his responsibilities," a club statement said.

West Ham launched an investigation due to concerns Phillips' social media posts may have broken club regulations and he was subsequently suspended.

It is understood the club's inquiry found there were not sufficient grounds for dismissing Phillips for breaching the Hammers' social media policy and bringing the club into disrepute.

But Phillips, who coaches West Ham's under-18s, has been given a final warning over his conduct.

He will resume his coaching duties at the club after attending courses on discriminatory issues and bias, compulsory for all West Ham employees.

Phillips said he had attended the DFLA march and later defended the group on Twitter against claims it was "far right" and to blame for violence with the police and anti-fascism protesters.

The decision to reinstate Philips has been met with criticism from the anti-discrimination charity, Kick It Out.

"In the interests of transparency, we hope a clear explanation of their decision will be made public. As ever, we are ready and available to offer support to the club around any investigation into potential discrimination – as well as advise on the best way forward when a club representative attends an event which is potentially divisive for the local community.”

Sport Witness

“Best fans in England” – West Ham signing praises the ‘incredible’ atmosphere he’s found

Should Issa Diop continue the way he’s started then he’s going to force his way further into the hearts of West Ham fans.

Not only is he producing on the pitch, but the young Frenchman is also saying all the right things in interviews.

He’s not made efforts to talk up supposed interest from PSG and Manchester United, despite being pushed on it more than once, and he’s insistent that he needs to put in better performances, not content with the level he’s reached so far.

Now there’s another reason for West Ham fans to fall for Diop… he thinks they’re great.

Asked by Footmercato about atmosphere in the Premier League, the 21 year old answered: “The atmosphere is incredible. Every weekend, the stadiums are full. In addition at West Ham, we are lucky to have very good supporters. They are the best fans in England. So that’s why the atmosphere is very good there.”

Diop is also happy with the manager he’s found at the Hammers, Manuel Pellegrini: “We have a very good relationship. It’s a relationship of coach to player. When I do bad things, he tells me. And when it’s good, he does the same. The goal is for me to make progress.”

And there’s also only good things coming from the player about how he’s settling in at his new club: “Everything is going very well. I adapt, I learn English (laughs). But it’s okay, fortunately I went to school. Joking aside, my adaptation went very well. Everyone welcomed me.”

With 13 games so far, including ten completed in the Premier League, Diop is surely having the start to his English football career that both he and Pellegrini hoped for.

Brought in from Toulouse for a then a club record fee, the young central defender has already made himself an important part of Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

He appears to have a good attitude on and off the pitch, and a maturity which goes beyond his 21 years.

Speaking to French newspaper L’Equipe over the past week, Diop questioned whether those praising him so much this season are going over the top, because he doesn’t think he’s been doing anything special.

When that interview was conducted, Diop hadn’t been called up by France’s U21 side, to the surprise of many in the country’s sport media. That’s changed after an injury withdrawal, and since arriving at the camp he’s spoken to FootMercato.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho recently praised the defender, and FootMercato suggested that would be flattering: “Yes, of course it’s nice. But my coach is Manuel Pellegrini (laughs). So it’s his opinion that interests me the most. He advises me to continue to progress.”

Another spot on answer from Diop, which will please West Ham fans.

Undeterred, FootMercato then put the following question over: “It is said that Manchester United would have an eye on you. Do you have a career plan already in mind?”

Diop responded: “Not at all. I’m at West Ham right now. I take the most pleasure from this. I try to give the best possible performance.”

There hasn’t really been a bunch of Manchester United links, unless we’ve completely missed them, but the youngster clearly isn’t keen on talking the prospect up.

On choosing the transfer in the summer, he explained: “I think it was the right time to leave. West Ham is the club that wanted me the most, where there was the most affinity. The project interested me. That’s why I chose them. There were other clubs that were interested. But in my head, it was West Ham. The choice was quickly made… For me, it’s a good thing. I do not think you have to go through an intermediary club or anything like that. West Ham wanted me a lot. There is no reason why it does not work.”

Finally, Diop was asked about the €25m West Ham paid for him and encouraged to consider how high his value may be now: “No, it’s always hard to give a number. Even if for me it seems unreal, it’s like that. It’s the market, it’s football that’s like that.”

Football Italia

Ogbonna wants Italy return

West Ham United defender Angelo Ogbonna isn’t giving up on his Italy career - “I still think about the national team”.

The centre-back has been capped 13 times by his country, but hasn’t made an appearance since 2016.

“Italy is an objective for me,” Ogbonna insisted, speaking to Sky.

“We’re going through a difficult period at West Ham, but I still think about the national team, even if there are a lot of good players and the competition is high.

“It’s not me who makes the choices, but I put forward my candidacy for a call-up.”

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Takashi Miike 11:14 Wed Nov 14
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Thanks Alan

gph 5:57 Tue Nov 13
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Thanks, Alan

Mex Martillo 5:26 Tue Nov 13
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 5:06 Tue Nov 13
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Alfs 3:26 Tue Nov 13
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I like the cut of Diop's jib.

Ta Alan

LeroysBoots 3:00 Tue Nov 13
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Sensible chap Diop

Thanks Alan 1:53 Tue Nov 13
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Thanks Alan

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