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Alan 11:52 Mon Nov 19
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

AC Milan have begun talks about signing Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31, from Chelsea. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United are prepared to double the salary of Roma's 22-year-old Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, who has been linked with a £26m move to Old Trafford. (Corriere dello Sport, via Football Italia)

Concerns outgoing Premier League chairman Richard Scudamore would take a job with La Liga were behind his £5m payoff from top-flight clubs. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid are ready to sign a striker in January after losing faith in Wales international Gareth Bale, 29, and France's Karim Benzema, 30. (Sport, via Express)

Barcelona will look to sign a central defender in January because of concerns over the fitness of France international Samuel Umtiti, 25. (AS)

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic, 29, would not be drawn on rumours linking him with a move after coming off the bench for Austria in their 2-1 win over Northern Ireland. (Metro)

France forward Antoine Griezmann says it was "very difficult" to turn down Barcelona in the summer, but the support he received at Atletico Madrid helped persuade him to stay. (Goal)

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has sanctioned funds for the Magpies' January transfer-window activity. (Chronicle)

Ex-Premier League players Ian Wright and Robbie Savage are supporting a 300-player revolt against Professional Footballers' Association chief executive Gordon Taylor. (Mirror)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger fears it is only a matter of time before Twitter polls are used to make substitutions during matches. (Bein Sports, via Mirror)

Blackburn Rovers striker Danny Graham, 33, is close to extending his contract for another year. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Former Manchester United and England midfielder Paul Scholes, 43, has been dropped by 11th-tier Royton Town now they are back to full strength. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Cesc Fàbregas has found opportunities largely limited to cup competitions this season, having seen just 48 minutes of Premier League action across three substitute appearances for Chelsea. With his contract due to expire next summer, moves are already afoot to cash in on the midfielder in January. Milan are reported to be interested in taking him to Italy in January and the 31-year-old could rock up to San Siro in the company of his current teammate Gary Cahill. The defender has also found himself largely surplus to the requirements of Maurizio Sarri and Milan are also believed to be interested in offering him a new home.

While rumours of a possible January bid for Harry Kane from Real Madrid are currently conspicuous by their absence, the Rumour Mill is happy to get the ball rolling here. Bernabéu big-hats are believed to be fed up with the lack of consistency demonstrated by Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in front of goal and are bound to at least try to prise the in-form Kane away from Tottenham in January. While the Mill is no finance expert, with Spurs continuing to lose money hand over fist as they wait for builders to finish their new stadium, they could conceivably be left with little choice but to at least consider a ridiculously big offer. Speculation in Spain suggests Real could turn to Zlatan Ibrahimovic or Radamel Falcao as short-term fixes for their uncharacteristic paucity of goals.

David de Gea’s ongoing dither over a new contract extension could lead to Manchester United making a big-money move for Jordan Pickford. The 24-year-old Everton and England goalkeeper may find himself the subject of a £60m bid from United if De Gea decides to leave Old Trafford come season’s end amid a swirl of speculation suggesting he could be off to Juventus.

Speaking on Sky Sports on Sunday, Gary Neville didn’t seem entirely convinced Pickford is suitable for such a high-profile position. “I was nervous about him before the World Cup but he’s winning me over slowly,” said Neville, who was working as a pundit on England’s big win over Croatia. “He’s not my idea of what a goalkeeper would be. I always thought a keeper should be dominant. There are so many keepers now of his ilk and his stature and his ability in terms of agility that you have to change with the times.” As a caveat, it should be noted that the same Gary Neville thought De Gea was a liability when he pitched up at Old Trafford and that move worked out well enough for the Spaniard.

In other news pertaining to United, the club’s South American scouting department have been jockeying for position with their Manchester City counterparts in their efforts to get the best view of 22-year-old Gremio striker Everton Soares. With Ander Herrera understood to be dissatisfied with his lack of game time under José Mourinho, the 29-year-old midfielder is courting interest from assorted clubs in Spain and Italy, who will all be aware the Spaniard’s contract expires next June unless he signs the extension United’s HR department keep pushing under his nose.

The Hoffenheim central midfielder Kerem Demirbay is wanted by Liverpool, whose interest in Matthijs de Ligt is likely to cool now the Ajax defender is ready to nail his colours to Barcelona’s mast. And having come off the bench to help steer Austria to victory against Northern Ireland, Marko Arnautovic refused to talk about speculation, generated largely by himself, linking him with a move away from West Ham.


Harry Redknapp on how rival boss vowed to shoot his 'f****** kneecaps off'

I'm A Celebrity contestant Redknapp, 71, said one transfer deal really irked one fellow manager

By Jon Livesey

After a career spent locking horns with irate football managers, Harry Redknapp should be well-equipped to deal with confrontational or moody campmates on I'm A Celebrity.

It's unlikely, for instance, that any row he experiences in the jungle will compare to the time a rival boss promised to send two heavies to shoot his "f****** kneecaps" off.

Redknapp has told how one of his "most heated, but ultimately most satisfying bust-ups" was with renowned hothead Barry Fry, over an out-of-contract player.

At the time, in the mid-1980s, Redknapp, who was in charge of Bournemouth, wanted to sign Mark Newson from Maidstone United, who were managed by Fry.

Fry wanted £70,000 for the player, who had impressed in a trial for Tottenham.

Unfortunately for him, someone at his club tipped off Redknapp that Newson was not on a contract, meaning he could be signed by another club for free.

Redknapp, writing in his 1998 autobiography, he recalled: "I rang Barry Fry to tell him my good news. 'Hello Barry, Harry. Just thought I'd let you know we've signed Mark Newson.'

"'What? You mean you want to sign Mark?' Barry said.

"'No,' I said, 'I've just signed him.'

"'What do you mean you've signed him? We haven't agreed a fee.'

"'There is no fee,' I said.

"'What are you on about?' He said. 'You're mad.'

"'He's not registered,' I said and waited for the explosion.

"'Don't you f****** start that game with me. I'm telling you now, if you think you can do that to me there'll be two fellers coming to see you to shoot your f****** kneecaps off.'

"'Unlucky Barry,' I said. 'You've come unstuck' and put the phone down."

In the days following, Redknapp said he was contacted by the Maidstone chairman, who after trying to sweet-talk him, turned nasty, dishing out more threats.

When he flat refused to budge, insisting they wouldn't be paying anything for Newson, he received a call from Fry, who was just as upset as before.

Recalling their final conversation, he said: "'There's two f****** geezers coming to see you. I'm telling you now there's two f****** geezers coming and you're f****** dead. You won't have any kneecaps, Redknapp.'

"'Unlucky Barry,' I said laughing, and put the phone down again."

Redknapp went on to manage clubs including West Ham, Tottenham, Portsmouth, Southampton, QPR and Birmingham. Fry is best known for his stint at Peterborough.


£20m price tag slapped on Hammer

West Ham have received no inquiries for any of their players including Michail Antonio despite regular reports that the player is at the centre of interest from Crystal Palace.

Antonio has made it clear in a recent interview that has no idea either way on whether of not he will be Hammer after January – or the summer.

It has become almost accepted in some areas that he is on his way but a senior source in a late night telephone call on Sunday was adamant that at this stage there has been no interest expressed for him or anywhere else “at this stage.”

He said: “We have all read the speculation but we have heard nothing from anywhere and Michail Antonio remains very much a Hammer. The same is true of the rest of the squad.”

Palace have been linked with the attacker on regular occasions this winter but should any bid come in the Hammers have a £20 million price on the player who cost them £7 million from Nottingham Forest.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 7:59 Tue Nov 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 5:54 Mon Nov 19
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
20million for Antonio...
Good if they can get it...

El Scorchio 2:53 Mon Nov 19
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Hmmmm.... Barry Fry told that exact story at the Hackney Empire in response to a question at Quickly Kevin live a couple of weeks ago and now Redknapp brings it up on national TV

gph 12:12 Mon Nov 19
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Harry seems to be inviting legal action.

Barry might get his £70000 after all.

Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 11:57 Mon Nov 19
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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