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Alan 1:37 Sat Nov 24
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is hopeful Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 27, will follow N'Golo Kante in signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge. (Standard)

Francemidfielder Kante, 27, will pay more tax in Britain than international companies Starbucks and Amazon combined, after signing his new £15m Blues contract. (Sun)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says young modern-day players including his own Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford lack maturity and are too pampered. (Mirror)

Chelsea and Juventus are monitoring Turkish wonderkid Yunus Akgun, 18, after the winger's impressive performances for Galatasaray. (ESPN)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery admits the Gunners "need to improve" if they are to challenge for a top-four place in the Premier League. (Mail)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola claims there is "no way" the reigning Premier League champions will be dipping into the transfer market in January. (Express)

West Ham defender Pablo Zabaleta, 33, is on course to earn a new deal at the club thanks to some impressive performances this season. (Mirror)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will wait until the summer to move for Ajax's Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21. (Telegraph)

Mick McCarthy is set to be unveiled as the Republic of Ireland's new manager after agreeing in principle to a 1.2m euros (£1.06m) deal. (Irish Independent)

Arsenal are looking at Borussia Dortmund's 23-year-old midfielder Julian Weigl, who is out of favour at the German club this season. (Bild - in German)

Juventus are ready to block January departures for defenders Medhi Benatia, 31, and Daniele Rugani, 24, who have been linked with clubs including AC Milan and Chelsea. (Goal)

Turkish side Galatasaray are interested in Liverpool forward Dominic Solanke, 21, who Jurgen Klopp hinted could go on loan in January. (Fotospor - in Turkish)

But Solanke is also being strongly tipped to link up with former Reds skipper Steven Gerrard at Rangers. (Talksport)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri admits Premier League rivals Manchester City are "stronger than us", regardless of whether the London club spend big in the January transfer window. (The Guardian)

Sarri believes Chelsea have a 'mental block' which will hinder their title chase. (Mirror)

Manchester City midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 27, could potentially earn £100m within five years, according to documents released in France overnight. (Times)

Everton manager Marco Silva says Toffees striker Oumar Niasse, 28, could be given the opportunity to impress before the January transfer window, but admitted he doesn't "know the future". (Liverpool Echo)

Winger Aaron Lennon says Burnley have helped him fall in love with football again after the 31-year-old suffered mental health problems. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot is set to have a meeting with club president Nasser Al Khelaifi to decide whether he stays in France or moves to Barcelona. (Sport)

Former Barcelona and Real Madrid star Bernd Schuster believes the Nou Camp club is too big for French winger Ousmane Dembele, 21. (Mail)

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 26, has been urged leave the club if the Danish international wants to further his career. (Talksport)

Everton manager Marco Silva says he will continue to fight off interest from Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich who are keen on 17-year-old forward Anthony Gordon. (Liverpool Echo)

US Soccer is close to an agreement with Columbus Crew's Gregg Berhalter for him to become the new manager of the men's national team. (Yahoo)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has suggested Porto's Iker Casillas, 37, is plotting against fellow Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, in a bid to to oust him from the national team. (Manchester Evening News)

Leicester have started talks with some of their players who are out of contract at the end of the season with captain Wes Morgan, 34, and fellow defender Danny Simpson, 31, among those whose deals are due to expire. (Leicester Mercury)

The Foxes are interested in signing Alaves winger Ibai Gomez, 29, who has been a long-time target of Leeds United. (AS - in Spanish)

Transfer tavern

Issa Diop vs Aymeric Laporte

Over the last 12 months, both West Ham and Manchester City have broken their transfer record on a French defender. Whilst Pep Guardiola snapped up Laporte back in January, Manuel Pellegrini moved to sign Issa Diop in the summer. Neither of these players are their respective club’s record signings anymore, but both held those titles and we’re about to compare the two.


When Guardiola signed Laporte, it was a move that, somehow, wasn’t actually talked about very much. The Frenchman’s move from Atheltic Bilbao to Manchester City was overshadowed by Virgil van Dijk’s move from Southampton to Liverpool earlier in the January window, but now Laporte is being talked about for all the right reasons as he shows just why Guardiola was so desperate to sign him, and looked to him ahead of van Dijk.

This season has seen Laporte come in as arguably one of the best defenders in the Premier League and he’s only gone from strength, as he’s helped his side register clean sheets away at Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal. At the age of just 24, there is plenty of reason to get excited about Laporte as he could well mould himself into the best defender in the world, and if he can strike up a long-lasting partnership with John Stones then City will be set for the next ten years.



Issa Diop, like a number of foreign imports from Europe, was a name that not a lot of West Ham fans were familiar with. That didn’t stop them from getting excited over their 21-year-old centre-back and it turns out they were so right to be excited. The France U21 international has been capped six times at that level and could be set for a call-up to the national squad any day now as he continues to shine for The Hammers.

The 21-year-old netted his first goal for the club in the Carabao Cup when his side overcame Wimbledon 3-1 in the second round of the competition. If he keeps up his impressive form in the Premier League with the whole world watching then he could well be the man to keep Laporte out of the French national team, and with West Ham hardly being a club that will be in Europe anytime soon, Diop might be the next man to make a big money move, following in the footsteps of Laporte and van Dijk to have done so in 2018.


The Verdict

Aymeric Laporte is no doubt better than Issa Diop at the moment. But if you were to take Laporte out of the Manchester City team, Guardiola’s juggernaut would continue rolling teams over for fun. However, if you took Diop out of West Ham then Pellegrini’s side would struggle for defensive balance and would likely have continued on their poor start to the season in which they lost their first four games.


Manuel Pellegrini ready to go on the attack against old foe Pep Guardiola

City have won their last three trips to the London Stadium 4-1, 4-0 and 5-0

Andy Sims

Manuel Pellegrini insists West Ham will take the game to Manchester City despite the memory of some recent hidings.

Champions City have won their last three trips to the London Stadium 4-1, 4-0 and 5-0, and have already racked up five wins by five or more goals this season.

Yet Hammers boss Pellegrini, who was appointed in the summer, refuses to be intimidated and plans to go toe-to-toe with his former club when he faces them for the first time on Saturday.

"There are different ways to try to play," he said. "The first thing is you know you must not make mistakes.

"If you make a mistake, they have players who will take advantage. But they also have had difficult games this season.

"Lyon played well against them. Wolves played a good game against them. Liverpool and Tottenham played good games against them.

"There are different ways to do it. I don't think all those teams played in the same way.

"We are trying to continue thinking and playing as a big team. Of course, we consider who we are playing.

"But we are not going to play the game just to have a draw and not to concede too many goals. We are going to try to use the game as a good test."

Pellegrini maintains he bears City boss Pep Guardiola no ill will despite being replaced by the Spaniard at the Etihad after three years in which he won the Premier League, two League Cups and reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Also, while in charge of Real Madrid Pellegrini was pipped by for the title by Guardiola's Barcelona despite a record 96-point haul.

Yet he said: "I have a good relationship with Pep, I have no problems with him. He was always a rival with me.

"With Manchester City I played twice against him with Bayern Munich and also with Real Madrid and Malaga when he was at Barcelona. Now we are going to play City against West Ham.

"I think he is a good manager who manages the team in the way I like to do also.

"To lose the title with 96 points and scoring 105 goals is not an easy way to do it - but that's football and that's why it is the most popular sport in the world."

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 9:18 Sat Nov 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

jakehammer 7:08 Sat Nov 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Texas, he does have a point though.

thanks alan.

Texas Iron 3:42 Sat Nov 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mourinho being cuntish again...if true...
Great morale builder...NOT...

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho says young modern-day players including his own Luke Shaw, Anthony Martial, Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford lack maturity and are too pampered. (Mirror)

gph 3:02 Sat Nov 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 2:54 Sat Nov 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

charleyfarley 1:43 Sat Nov 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

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