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Alan 1:13 Tue Nov 20
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, says he wants to leave Manchester United for a return to Juventus. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

The Serie A side have asked Manchester United to keep them updated about Pogba's future at the club during informal talks in Turin. (Metro)

Juventus are compiling a dossier on England international Marcus Rashford, 21, as they firm up their interest in the Manchester United striker. (Times - subscription needed)

Besiktas are interested in a January move for West Ham's 30-year-old Mexico striker Javier Hernandez. (ESPN)

Arsenal have targeted a January move for Spain international Pablo Fornals, 22. The Villarreal midfielder has a £17.8m release clause in his contract. (Sun)

US midfielder Christian Pulisic, 20, will leave Borussia Dortmund for the Premier League, but the Chelsea and Liverpool target will come in the summer rather than January. (Mirror)

AC Milan could make a move for 32-year-old Chelsea and England defender Gary Cahill in January. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

France striker Olivier Giroud, 32, has ruled out a move away from Chelsea, warning that he is prepared to fight for a starting role at Stamford Bridge. (Mail)

Liverpool are targeting current Bundesliga top goal scorer Luka Jovic - but they face competition from Barcelona and Bayern Munich for the 20-year-old Frankfurt and Serbia striker. (Bild - in German)

Barcelona have watched Genoa and Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek, 23, and Ivory Coast and Lille striker Nicolas Pepe, 23, as well as Serbia and Frankfurt striker Jovic, this season as they begin to think about a long-term replacement for 31-year-old Uruguay striker Luis Suarez. (ESPN)

Barcelona have given French forward Ousmane Dembele, 21, an ultimatum to either change his lifestyle - or leave the club. (Sport - in Spanish)

Everton winger Ademola Lookman, 21, has pledged his future to England following interest from Nigeria. (Mail)

Spain and Portugal are considering a joint intercontinental bid with Morocco to host the 2030 World Cup, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said. (Reuters)

Uefa could introduce VAR for the Nations League semi-finals in June 2019. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has dismissed speculation that Brazilian defensive midfielder Fabinho, 25, will be leaving the club. (Liverpool Echo)

Reds midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, a former Newcastle player, says he was "devastated" when Steve McClaren was sacked as Newcastle United manager in 2016. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Former Germany international Hans Peter Briegel, 63, believes that former Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola's football philosophy is behind the current crisis for Joachim Low's team. (Marca)

Manchester United have made an offer of £80m for Napoli's Senegal central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 27. (TyC via Manchester Evening News)

La Liga president Javier Tebas has called for Uefa to ban Manchester City and Paris St-Germain over Financial Fair Play allegations. (Goal)

Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 30, says Manchester United are not far off Manchester City, despite trailing them by 12 points in the Premier League. (Sky Sports)

Britain's most promising young footballers could be denied moves to foreign clubs after Brexit, with current Fifa rules stating it is forbidden for players under 18 to be sold to overseas clubs outside of the European Union. (Telegraph)

Manchester United agreed to a friendly that never happened with Monaco to ensure the Ligue 1 club received a £3.5m bonus for the loan signing of Colombia forward Radamel Falcao, 32. (Mediaset, via Mail)

Hull City owners Assem and Ehab Allam remain confident a takeover can be completed inside the next month. (Hull Daily Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

The Mirror leads with news of “transfer drama at Old Trafford”, after Paul Pogba allegedly “told his Juventus pals he wants to quit Manchester United and rejoin them”, with Barcelona – who have been more frequently touted as his next destination in recent weeks – somehow both “shelving their interest” and “remaining keen”.

Meanwhile from the Sun comes news of “a daring £90m double raid for Marcus Rashford and Christian Eriksen”, with Real Madrid the buying club. “New Real boss Santiago Solari is a huge Rashford fan,” they explain, and “Madrid scouts have been at recent United matches”. It was thought that they were casting their eye over Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku, but it turns out that Rashford was their man all along. The story values Rashford, seen as “a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo”, at £50m and Eriksen, whose contract at Tottenham has 18 months to run and who Real consider “the long-term successor to Luka Modric”, at £40m.

But in an unpredictable twist, instead of Pogba joining Juventus and Rashford moving to Madrid, Rashford could end up at Juventus and Pogba, well, not. The Times says “Juventus are compiling a dossier on Rashford”, having “placed his name on a list of prospective transfer targets”, and that they are now at the stage of “making discreet checks on the player’s background and character”. The article concludes with the provocative assertion that “United are now seen as a club which could potentially provide rich pickings for their rivals”.

The key question arising from this rumour is: who compiles a “dossier” these days? The Mill trusts they are keeping it in a leather dossier folio, though it seems unlikely that there is much of a market for alternative dossier-containers these days, out with the folio. The whole concept is ludicrously but deliciously antediluvian, and it strikes the Mill that given this rather antiquated approach Juventus should try to come to a decision soon, as the transfer window opens in January and if they choose to submit a bid it would take at least three weeks for their messenger to reach Manchester – and that’s assuming he has a fit horse.

Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, says his club can only be confident of having Christian Pulisic “until the end of the season”, what with Liverpool and Chelsea yapping around the Westfalenstadion like overexcited terriers at the prospect of being let inside to have a sniff of their long-term target.

Meanwhile in Spain, Villarreal’s 22-year-old midfielder Pablo Fornals has a trifling £17.8m release clause, and it’s only a matter of time until someone releases it. And it looks like the team with the freedom-securing chequebook might be Arsenal, with “boss Unai Emery a huge fan from his time in La Liga” and someone required to replace Aaron Ramsey in the Gunners’ squad. They hope to fund the move by selling Mohamed Elneny, for whom they hope to receive “an offer in the region of £15m”, which would be triple the amount they paid for him in 2016, a tidy profit for a player who has not played so much as a minute of league football this season.

And also, Southampton apparently want Barcelona’s Thomas Vermaelen, who turned 33 last week and shares a birthday with Prince Charles.


Athur Masuaku comments on left-back's future at West Ham United

John Verrall

West Ham United left-back Arthur Masuaku has played eight times for Manuel Pellegrini's side so far this season.

West Ham United left-back Arthur Masuaku’s agent, Panos Galariotis, has told Tutto Mercato Web that his client does not want to leave the London Stadium.

Masuaku has played fairly frequently for West Ham this season, but he has not been entirely convincing.

The attacking left-back has been caught out at the back on occasion, and it seems that a number of teams felt Manuel Pellegrini may let him leave in the January transfer window.

However, Masusaku’s agent has quashed the suggestions that the Frenchman could depart.

Galariotis said: “It’s true, I received a lot of calls, but Arthur is happy at West Ham and has been convinced by the arrival of Pellegrini that they will have a great season.”

Masuaku’s apparent decision to stay at West Ham is good news for Pellegrini’s side, as it bolsters their options down the left-hand side.

Masuaku is capable of playing at left-back or down the left-wing, and he is currently fighting for his place.

Aaron Cresswell came back into West Ham’s team for their last match, which they drew 1-1 with Huddersfield Town.

Pellegrini’s side are next in action at the weekend, when they take on Manchester City.

Sport Witness

Offer has been tabled for West Ham player, talks with Hammers hierarchy on the way

Fanatik claim Besiktas have offered West Ham United €1m to loan Javier Hernandez for the second half of the season.

Yesterday we covered a report from Turkey which stated the Istanbul club are lining up an offer for the Mexico international and that their president Fikret Orman has plans to travel to London.

The Turkish newspaper now reports talks are set to continue in the coming weeks and that Orman will meet with the West Ham hierarchy to get a possible deal done.

It’s claimed Besiktas also want a right of redemption on Hernandez but Fanatik say this will become clearer after the meeting in England.

Besiktas are looking to add a striker to their squad in the next transfer window after losing Cenk Tosun and Alvaro Negredo this year.

With Vagner Love being linked with a move to Santos, Hernandez is seen as a prime target for the Super Lig club.

The former Manchester United is struggling to get games under Manuel Pellegrini, so a loan deal could be a solution for both Besiktas and West Ham, if the footballer wants to leave.


Diangana dazzles in England debut victory

Grady Diangana’s first appearance for England U20s ended in a deserved victory for the young Lions, who ran out 2-0 victors against Germany.

The West Ham United youngster was named in the stating XI for Monday's friendly fixture, and put in a tremendous showing, going close with two efforts in the first period.

Diangana’s pace was a constant problem for defender Gian-Luca Itter, who would have been glad to see the Hammers star withdrawn on 72 minutes, bringing a close to his excellent international debut.

West Ham goalkeeper Nathan Trott was also in the squad for Monday’s fixture, featuring as an unused substitute.

Having impressed in recent weeks, since scoring twice on his West Ham debut in the Carabao Cup rout of Macclesfield Town, Diangana was given the nod by head coach Paul Simpson to make his first appearance for the England side.

The 20-year-old lined up on the right side of England’s three-player attack, supporting striker Eddie Nketiah up front, with the winger looking a threat on the flank.

While Germany enjoyed the first chance of the contest, with goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale clawing away a header that seemed certain for the net, Diangana came close to opening scoring for the Three Lions.

A great run by the evening’s No7 saw him skip past three Germany defenders, only for his shot to find the side netting.

As the first half drew to a close, Diangana was through again, seeing a snap shot from around 12 yards go straight at German shot-stopper Markus Schubert.

The second period saw England storm into the lead. On 66 minutes Joe Willock netted the first goal, shrugging off a challenge before slamming the ball into the net.

Two minutes later the advantage was doubled, as Lukas Nmecha tapped in from close range.

Diangana’s race was run on 72 minutes, and the Irons forward was applauded off the Jobserve Community Stadium pitch as he was replaced with Eze Eberechi, with England holding on to claim the win against Germany.

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Texas Iron 7:55 Tue Nov 20
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Eric Hitchmoe 4:02 Tue Nov 20
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"Galariotis said: “It’s true, I received a lot of calls, but Arthur is happy at West Ham and has been convinced by the arrival of Pellegrini that they will have a great season.”

Was this interview given in July?

jimbo2. 3:30 Tue Nov 20
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Beers (or is it cheers?) Al

The Stoat 2:47 Tue Nov 20
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Good idea that ...

Loan out Chico
Sell Arnie
Book AC a room in Roding Hospital

Rely on ???

Percy Dalton 2:12 Tue Nov 20
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ted fenton 1:59 Tue Nov 20
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Thanks Alan 1:14 Tue Nov 20

gph 1:17 Tue Nov 20
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Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 1:14 Tue Nov 20
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Thanks Alan

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