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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea have joined Manchester United in the pursuit of Inter Milan's £70m-rated Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 23. (Sun)

Manchester United could look to sign Fiorentina and Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic, 21, in January (Sky Sports)

Despite looking to sign defensive reinforcements, Manchester United have also opened contract talks with England centre-back Chris Smalling, 29. (Mail)

Former Manchester United captain Paul Ince says it would suit both parties if France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, was to leave in January. (Paddy Power, via Express)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola feels he will make the step into international management "sooner or later". (Telegraph - subscription required)

Barcelona want Brazil forward Neymar, 26, to take the initiative to end his time at Paris St-Germain, and push for a move back to the Nou Camp. (Goal)

Stoke's former Scotland midfielder Charlie Adam, 32, has not ruled out a return to Rangers to link up with manager and former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard. (Talksport, via Express)

Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old United States winger Christian Pulisic has been linked with a move to Liverpool and believes Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is the type of manager all players dream of playing for. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle United's English striker Dwight Gayle, 28, will push for a permanent move to West Brom next summer. (Northern Echo)

West Ham's English defender Reece Oxford, 19, wants to stay in the Premier League if the Hammers force him out in January. (Sun)

Liverpool's Belgium striker Divock Origi, 23, and former Cameroon defender Joel Matip, 27, could move to Turkey in January. Galatasaray want Origi, while Matip is a target for Fenerbahce. (Liverpool Echo)

River Plate's 20-year-old Argentina midfielder Exequiel Palacios will have his £22.3m move to Real Madrid confirmed after the Copa Libertadores final. (Goal)

Manchester City's French centre-back Aymeric Laporte claims he will have to match Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos if he is to be considered the best defender in the world. (Evening Standard)

Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi - who now plays for Qatari club Al Sadd - believes Pep Guardiola will turn Manchester City into the best club in Europe. (Express)

Didier Drogba believes his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho would have won the title "two or three times" if he was in charge of Manchester City rather than neighbours Manchester United. (Mirror)

Former Republic of Ireland striker Tony Cascarino believes Mick McCarthy is ready to succeed Martin O'Neill as the national team's manager. (Talksport)

Harry Redknapp - currently in the Australian jungle for 'I'm A Celebrity' - is also a potential candidate for the Republic of Ireland role. (Express)

Wolves would have to spend £50m to bring in a player to make a goalscoring impact, says former forward Don Goodman. (Express and Star)

Tottenham and Spain striker Fernando Llorente, 33, is a January target for Leeds, who want to reunite him with boss Marcelo Bielsa who he played under at Athletic Bilbao. (Sun)

Eight-time Olympic sprint champion Usain Bolt has been linked with a move to Mexican side Dorados, who are managed by Diego Maradona. Jamaican Bolt, 32, is pursuing a career in football after retiring from the track and was recently released by Australian side Central Coast Mariners. (Marca - in Spanish)

Serie A players will wear face paint during games this weekend to support a United Nations-backed campaign seeking to end violence against women. (Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Barcelona want to bring their errant son Neymar back from Paris Saint-Germain just 15 months after his world-record transfer to the French side for €222m (£195m). The Brazilian centre of attention is reported to be decidedly unhappy with life in the French capital and, despite his pariah status in the stands of the Camp Nou, his “people” are reported to have set the wheels in motion for a move back to Spain.

Meanwhile, though fans of nominative determinism would probably prefer Milan Skriniar to stay at Inter Milan, the Slovakia central defender is unlikely to remain there for too long if the number of big Premier League clubs after his signature is anything to go by. Maurizio Sarri wants to bring the 23-year-old to Chelsea, but will face competition from José Mourinho, who is also enamoured with the cut of Skriniar’s gib. A United target last summer, Skriniar has since been linked with a £70m January move to Old Trafford and made all the appropriate noises.

“Even if José is one of the most famous, best, greatest coaches in the world, it’s not something I think of because I’m playing for Inter and am happy here at Inter,” he said last month. “I’m happy in Milan, it’s a great city, even when my parents or friends come here, we have a look around and I’m happy here and relaxed here. When the results are going well too, it’s all even better.” Should Skriniar decide the thought of leaving the Milan metropolis is something he couldn’t possibly countenance, United may move for Fiorentina’s 21-year-old Serbia defender Nikola Milenkovic instead.

Cardiff City are in the market for an out of favour Liverpool full-back and will attempt to take Nathaniel Clyne on loan in January, Clyne’s fellow Liverpool reserve Simon Mignolet is going nowhere, however, what with the goalkeeper having been told that while the club understand his frustration at being second choice, they need him as back-up for Alisson. Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic continues to be touted as a potential Liverpool recruit and may be allowed to leave for Anfield next summer, when he enters the final year of his contract with the German side.
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And finally, Eintracht Frankfurt forward Sébastien Haller could be off to Newcastle in January, but was coy about the prospect when asked by the Rumour Mill’s favourite German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine. Asked what the chances are of him moving to England, the 24-year-old said: “Maybe never … or maybe in two months. It depends on the possibilities that arise. I would never go to the Premier League just to play there. It has to make sense to me. And it has to be the right time for me.” See you down the Bigg Market in January, Seb.


Reece Oxford determined to stay in Premier League even if West Ham to force him out in January transfer window

England Under-20s international became club's youngest-ever player back in 2015 but is yet to make an appearance under Manuel Pellegrini

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REECE Oxford wants to stay in the Premier League if West Ham try and force him out in January.

Oxford became the Hammers youngest-ever player when he appeared in the Europa League at the age of 16.

An impressive Premier League debut soon followed as he helped the East London side to victory at Arsenal on the opening day of the 2015/16 campaign.

But the England-20 defender has since become frustrated at being dumped in the West Ham U23 squad.

Oxford, who is 20 next month, believes there have been three bids of between £10m-£20m for his services.

But he is concerned the club may try to flog him to Borussia Monchengladbach where he spent last season on loan.

Oxford, who has also had a stint at Reading, still has two-and-a-half years to run on his contract.

And he is determined to at least stay and fight for a spot in Manuel Pellegrini’s squad once the window re-opens in the new year.

The teen has yet to make a first-team appearance under the Chilean this term.

His only outings have come for the U23s in the EFL Trophy back in September and in the Premier League 2.

Sport Witness

West Ham and Fulham looking at January transfer, would have ‘no problems’ meeting salary

The arrival of Matteo Politano at Inter Milan on loan has seen Antonio Candreva’s playing time limited as he has 350 minutes in all competitions across 10 appearances this season.

According to Calciomercato.it, the lack of opportunities at the San Siro means the possibility of 31-year-old leaving the Nerazzurri in January has only increased.

It’s claimed the winger has a market in England, courtesy of the work done by his agent, Federico Pastorello, as West Ham United and Fulham are the two clubs mentioned in the Italian website’s report.

Manuel Pellegrini will be without the services of Andriy Yarmolenko for most of the season following his long-term injury.

The Cottagers, on the other hand, have appointed Claudio Ranieri as their new manager and he is looking for reinforcements in the mid-season transfer window to avoid relegation.

Candreva has expressed his unhappiness with the limited role at Inter and Calciomercato.it claims the two English clubs will have ‘no problems’ meeting the player’s salary demands.

There is no mention of a transfer fee or if either of West Ham or Fulham have held talks with Inter about the wideman.

Evening Standard

West Ham news: Samir Nasri needs time to prove he's 'different level', says Pablo Zabaleta


Pablo Zabaleta believes his former Manchester City team-mate Samir Nasri can be a success at West Ham.

Nasri, 31, is training with West Ham in the hope of winning a short-term contract in January, when his 18-month doping ban ends.

Zabaleta and Nasri were in Manuel Pellegrini’s City team that beat West Ham 2-0 to clinch the Premier League title in 2014, the Frenchman scoring one of the goals.

Pellegrini, now in charge at the London Stadium, is keen to join forces again with Nasri, who is building up his fitness.

Zabaleta, who will be in Pellegrini’s team for Saturday’s match against Pep Guardiola’s table toppers, said: “Manuel knows Samir very well from his time at Manchester City.

“We need players with his quality, especially because also we lost two key players — Manuel Lanzini in the summer before the World Cup and then [Jack] Wilshere, who is very close to coming back to the team.

“Samir needs a bit of time, though. He has not been football training for more than a year. He is technically very good, so he probably needs to focus more on his fitness levels than his passing.

“On the ball he is fantastic. He is one of those players who can give to the team some possession and play between the lines to help the attacking players to create chances. We know Samir and his quality. When he is fit he is on a different level. He is a fantastic player.

“Hopefully he can reach his best fitness level. He has to feel physically good because we know that the Premier League is so demanding physically.”

Wilshere, meanwhile, is close to a return after missing two months with an ankle problem, while striker Andy Carroll, who underwent an ankle operation in the summer, could be on the bench on Saturday.

Pellegrini also looks certain to recall club captain Mark Noble, who has completed a three-match ban after being sent off in the 1-1 draw against Leicester, in midfield to replace Robert Snodgrass, who is serving a one-match ban.

West Ham are considering a January move for Olympiakos left-back Leonardo Koutris, who made his international debut for Greece last week.

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Texas Iron 6:00 Thu Nov 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Happy Thanksgiving to all..


Percy Dalton 5:02 Thu Nov 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 2:05 Thu Nov 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan in advance

gph 1:38 Thu Nov 22
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

I'll want this Thursday back at the end of my life, though

Cony Tottee 1:26 Thu Nov 22
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