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Alan 1:41 Wed Nov 21
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City will have to pay a club record £75m for Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who is also wanted by Barcelona. The 21-year-old is a key target for City boss Pep Guardiola. (Mirror)

Real Madrid are plotting a £90m double signing - £50m for Manchester United's England striker Marcus Rashford, 21, and ­£40m for Tottenham's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 26. (Sun)

Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward wants to open contract talks with Rashford to fend off interest from Real Madrid and Paris St-Germain. (Star)

PSG will also rival Real Madrid for Tottenham playmaker Eriksen. (Express)

France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27, is ready to sign a new Chelsea contract worth around £300,000-a-week. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid are trying to convince Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz, 19, not to renew his contract with Manchester City. (AS)

Inter Milan are considering whether to sell Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 29, to Manchester United for £31m. (Sun)

Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, 30, plans to take his time before deciding whether or not to commit his future to Manchester United. (ESPN)

Chelsea face the prospect of Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22, asking to move on loan in January after renewed interest in the England midfielder from Crystal Palace and Schalke. (Times - subscription required)

Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, has told Barcelona he will sign for the club in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Leicester City are keen on signing Arsenal's 26-year-old Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who has yet to play a Premier League game this season. (Leicester Mercury)

French club Nice want to sign Liverpool's Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet in January but the 30-year-old is set to remain at Anfield for the rest of the season. (Liverpool Echo)

West Ham's Mexico forward Javier Hernandez, 30, is set to leave in January, with Turkish side Besiktas interested in signing the former Manchester United player. (Sun)

Meanwhile, the Hammers are lining up a £5m January move for Olympiakos' Brazil-born Greek international left-back Leonardo Koutris, 23. (Mirror)

LA Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37, will join AC Milan in January, earning two million euros (£1.7m) for half a season, with an option for another year. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Sevilla are keen on re-signing Spanish midfielder Vicente Iborra, 30, from Leicester. (COPE - in Spanish)

Everton's Croatia midfielder Nikola Vlasic, 21, is to remain at CSKA Moscow on loan despite interest from Inter Milan and Roma who want to sign him on a permanent deal. (ESPN)

Championship West Bromwich Albion are in talks with 18-year-old midfielder Rekeem Harper over a new long-term deal. (Express & Star)

Wolves held talks with the representatives of Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne, 27, over a January transfer move from Turkish side Kasimpasa. (ESPN)

Manchester United have inadvertently announced the signing of Paul Woolston, 20, after the English goalkeeper, who has been released by Newcastle, was spotted in training with Jose Mourinho's first-team squad. (Metro)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Michael Butler

Swap deals are exciting. Inter’s Bobby Carlos and Real Madrid’s Ivan Zamarano moved in opposite directions in 1996, Milan and Juventus decided Gonzalo Higuaín and Leonardo Bonucci were worth the same last summer and we all know which of Chelsea and Arsenal did the better out of the Ashley Cole-William Gallas trade. After his maverick Alexis Sánchez-Henrikh Mkhitaryan swap, Manchester United’s Ed Woodward has another proposition on his hands: Anthony Martial for Inter’s Ivan Perisic (if he doesn’t fancy splurging £30m on the Croatian). Pros: Perisic has a better left foot. Cons: Martial has probably been United’s best player in recent weeks, is seven years younger and gets on really well with Paul Pogba. Stranger things have happened.

Mill fave Alex Sandro has used the classic international break interview smokescreen to stoke up whispers he could leave Juventus for England. “I think, one day, who knows what will happen?” the Brazilian flirted. “I have a desire to play in the Premier League but right now I am very happy where I am at, the club I am at [Juventus], the league I am playing in.” Alex! You big tease!

Lorenzo Pellegrini’s agent, meanwhile, has poured freezing cold water on a move from Roma to Manchester United. The midfielder has a £26m release clause in his contract but “Pellegrini is only thinking about improving with and for Roma”. He added: “I’m sorry that rumours [about Manchester United] have spread about financial aspects relating to him and his team-mates, but it doesn’t matter for Lorenzo. He doesn’t live for meetings, especially financial ones,” Giampiero Pocetta told Corriere dello Sport, an apparent blow to accountants everywhere.

Liverpool fans: rejoice! Any fears that you might lose Mo Salah or Sadio Mané to Barcelona look like they can be shelved for another three years after reports in Spain that the Reds inserted a clause into the Philippe Coutinho deal that prevents the Catalan side from signing any Liverpool player until 2021. Then again, Real Madrid do not care about that clause, so feel free to fret.

Here are three things you probably didn’t know about Salomón Rondón. His first name is actually José, his father is a chemistry professor and fresh from scoring a game-winning double against Bournemouth last time out, Newcastle want to turn his loan move into a permanent one in January, despite those goals being his only league goals in a black and white shirt to date. West Brom, his parent club, want £16.5m.

Obligatory Chelsea loan update: Callum Hudson-Odoi is one of the most talented young English players around and is still about 15,846,261 years from cementing a first-team place at Stamford Bridge, so looks set to leave on a temporary basis in January – Burnley and Southampton lead the race. Milan are also speaking to the Blues about extending Tiémoué Bakayoko’s loan move to the summer while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is apparently tempted to wear the blue of Schalke come the new year – the Bundesliga club are competing with Crystal Palace for yet another loan deal.


West Ham set to sign defender: January raid on after scouts sent to watch £5m man

By Rhys Turrell

WEST HAM are keen on a January deal for Olympiakos star Leonardo Koutris.

The left-back has been scouted by the club and a New Year raid on the Greek club is now on the cards.

The Sun report the 23-year-old is on West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini’s shopping list and could be available for just £5m.

If he arrives, Koutris would provide competition for Arthur Masuaku and Aaron Cresswell.

West Ham return to domestic action on Saturday following the international break with a tricky test against champions Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola's side visit the London Stadium in a 3pm kick-off.


West Ham Injury update

If the physio room is to be believed then Andy Caroll and Jack Wilshere will be returning from injury and available for selection this Saturday as the Hammers face Manchester City at the London Stadium.

Both Carroll and Wilshere are expected to return from their ankle injuries after lengthy spells in the treatment room.

Winston Reid has an expected return date of January 29th next year to recover from his knee injury.

Ryan Fredericks is the latest to join the crocked list with an ankle injury, he has no know return date listed but he thought to be out until January.

Manuel Lanzini should be next back from his ACL knee surgery and although no return date is listed again a February return is thought possible.

Carlos Sanchez is also out with a knee injury with a return currently listed as 20th April next year.

Andriy Yarmolenko is listed as the West Ham player with the longest absence with a return date from his Achilles rupture and surgery listed as 27th April 2019.

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Texas Iron 9:05 Thu Nov 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

jimbo2. 2:23 Wed Nov 21
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
7 long term injuries, only at West Ham! Thanks Al.

Eggbert Nobacon 1:54 Wed Nov 21
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ericsen for 40m?

yeah right

Thanks Alan 1:43 Wed Nov 21
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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