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Alan 1:07 Sun Nov 25
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will join Paris St-Germain in the summer when the 28-year-old Spain international's deal at Old Trafford runs out. (Mail on Sunday)

Juventus could face a challenge in their bid to bring United's Paul Pogba, 25, back to Italy - with Inter Milan also considering a move for the France midfielder. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Inter could offer United two of manager Jose Mourinho's long-term targets - Slovakia ­defender Milan Skriniar, 23, and 29-year-old Croatia winger Ivan Perisic - as part of a deal. (Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez is a target for Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande. The Spaniard is in the final year of his contract at St James's Park. (Sun on Sunday)

However, the Magpies boss, 58, has insisted he is not considering a move away from Tyneside. (Sunday Mirror)

Benitez will be contacting the Football Association to seek an explanation because he feels he has been treated differently to Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola over comments made about referees. (Sunday Telegraph)

Columbus Crew and USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen, 23, could be brought in by Manchester City as a back-up to Brazil international Ederson, 25. (Sun on Sunday)

Guardiola says Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, 33, will need to be rested during City's busiest stretch of the season. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea believe Belgium forward Eden Hazard will leave Stamford Bridge, and they have already started planning for life without the 27-year-old. (OK Diario - in Spanish)

Southampton boss Mark Hughes says chants from Saints fans about his future at the club during Saturday's 3-2 defeat by fellow strugglers Fulham were "predictable". (Mail on Sunday)

AC Milan's Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, could be going back to Juventus at the end of the season. The 30-year-old moved on loan in August but budget concerns mean Milan may not take up their option to pay 36m euros (£32m) to make the deal permanent. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Meanwhile, 37-year-old Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic could join Milan on a six-month loan deal from Los Angeles Galaxy.(Gazetta dello Sport, via Football Italia)

Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, 30, is set to be offered a new three-year deal to stay at Old Trafford, following interest from Atletico Madrid. (Daily Star Sunday)

Inter Milan and Wolves are interested in signing Manchester City's French centre-half Eliaquim Mangala, 27, on a free transfer next summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Wolves are also considering a move for Monaco winger Keita Balde, who is on loan at Inter Milan - but West Ham are also interested in the 23-year-old Senegal international. (Birmingham Mail)

The Molineux club's board has held a meeting and decided that Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is "100% not for sale" in January. Arsenal,Manchester City and Juventus are thought to be interested in the 21-year-old Portugal international. (Sunday Telegraph)

Arsenal legend Alan Smith claims it would be "no surprise" if Unai Emery decides to sign a new centre-back in the near future. (Standard)

Spanish giants Barcelona have become the first sports team in history with average basic first-team pay of more than £10m a year. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool and England striker Dominic Solanke, 21, will not be joining Rangers on loan in January. (Talksport)


Leroy Sané double lights up Manchester City’s rout of West Ham

Paul MacInnes at the London Stadium

If you were looking for a contest that reflected well on the competitiveness of the Premier League, this was not it. Manchester City comprehensively defeated West Ham in less than 40 minutes at the London Stadium, though both managers were too polite to admit it.

Pep Guardiola and Manuel Pellegrini insisted this had been a close contest, with the hosts creating more chances than the visitors, or at least more than they customarily give up. Pellegrini effectively attributed City’s hefty half-time advantage to moments of bad defending.

All of this was true but the facts were selective. City went in at the interval 3-0 ahead with goals from David Silva, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sané. West Ham created their chances only once the jig was up (and even then they did not take them).

Pellegrini was right to chastise his defence – and he hauled off the bamboozled Arthur Masuaku at half-time – but City’s forwards would likely have carved up that team however well they had played. They were just too good.

West Ham, lest we forget, spent £100m in the summer to challenge in the top half of the table and recruited a former Manchester City manager to help them do it . This was Pellegrini’s first encounter against his old employers since he left to make way for Guardiola, and his bold choice of formation – playing four forwards in an attacking 4-4-1-1 – fared no better than those of his predecessors. In four games between City and West Ham at their new home, the aggregate score is 17-1 to the visitors.

“To win you must score,” Pellegrini said. “It’s difficult for me as a manager, when you lose, to say that there were a lot of useful things in this game. But unfortunately for us, we were weak in defending the first three goals.

“I think before the first goal we were not intimidated. If you review the match you will see most of the play was in their half. The best thing we had today was that we kept playing exactly the same way even after the goals. We continued to try and created many chances to at least score a goal.”

Guardiola, for his part, said: “Today we were lucky in some moments. They had two chances before half-time. We conceded more corners than usual. You see how they good they are with the forwards of [Marko] Arnautovic and [Michail] Antonio.

“We were a little less stable because of the international break, but this is normal. You can see it has also effected the results of Real Madrid and Manchester United.”

City opened the scoring on 11 minutes from an innocuous situation, if there is such a thing with Guardiola’s team. Felipe Anderson surrendered possession just outside City’s box to Leroy Sané (the winger’s defensive work, alongside that of Sterling, earned praise from his manager). Soon enough the ball was at the other end with Sterling and two little movements opened the hosts up. Sterling bent a cross behind the back line, Silva darted beyond it and his finish was a tidy reverse clip past Lukasz Fabianski.

Nine minutes later the lead was doubled, Sterling tucking home at the back post after Sané had bewildered Pablo Zabaleta on the right-hand side. The third goal came 10 minutes before half-time and was just as simple as the others, Fernandinho looping a pass to Sterling. His first-time cross found Sané, who sent Fabian Balbuena sprawling and passed the ball past Fabianski.

West Ham’s big moment arrived just before the hour when Javier Hernández sent Antonio clear. The forward won the race and beat the onrushing Ederson but saw his shot cannon back off the post. Both Arnautovic and Balbuena had headed chances after that, but neither ended up on target. Sané, meanwhile, had one more opportunity, with the final kick of the match, and he volleyed it home.

“Our biggest risk is the belief that we can not do better,” Guardiola said. For the rest of the Premier League, that is a sobering thought.


West Ham set to make a move for Valentino Lazaro

West Ham are set to make a move for Hertha BSC defender Valentino Lazaro in the January transfer window.

The Hammers boss is keen to add new faces in the January transfer window to ease an injury crisis. The likes of Carlos Sanchez, Ryan Fredericks, and Andriy Yarmolenko are out injured at the moment, and Manuel Pellegrini wants to bolster his attacking options.

The 22-year-old joined Hertha from Red Bull Salzburg in 2017, and has been an important player for them. He has 14 caps for Austria as well.

Lazaro has been regular for Hertha this season, managing 12 starts in the Bundesliga. He has scored two goals, and provided two assists already this season.

The Austrian is primarily a right sided defender. However, he has shown his versatility by playing on the right wing this season. He can also double up as an attacking central midfielder.


Marko Arnautovic eyed for Man Utd transfer in January to revitalise top 4 bid

EXCLUSIVE: United ready to go back in for West Ham striker Arnautovic after opting against a move in the summer

By John Richardson

Jose Mourinho wants Marko Arnautovic to fire Manchester United into the Premier League's top four.

The Manchester United boss is preparing a bid is excess of £50million for West Ham’s maverick striker in the January transfer window.

Mourinho was interested in bringing Arnautovic to Old Trafford back in the summer — but didn’t follow it up with a bid.

But now Mourinho believes that Arnautovic, who played under him for a short time at Italian giants Inter Milan nine seasons ago, could spark his side into a push for the Champions League places.

The Austria international has become a fans’ favourite at the London Stadium since joining from Stoke for £24million in summer 2017 and West Ham would be loathe to part with him.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini claimed the star was “happy” earlier in the week, after Austrian newspaper Kurier claimed Arnautovic “wants to compete with the very best”.

"He is a West Ham player because he has a contract here, he is happy here," said Pellegrini.

"Every player always wants to play in the biggest team but I don't think that Marko is thinking about that. He is thinking about West Ham and he tries to make his best performance in every game."

Agent Danijel Arnautovic said his brother needs to “play for a top team” and it was “possible” he could leave.

It’s understood the 29-year-old’s advisors have been made aware of the United interest and would be open to a move to Old Trafford.

Mourinho sees Arnautovic as a catalyst for some of his younger players, who he has criticised for a lack of maturity.

Questioned last week on his future, the former FC Twente and Werder Bremen frontman said: “I concentrate on West Ham. We have a big game against Manchester City and I am only thinking about this.

“Whatever is going on with my agent and the clubs is not my business. My business is to perform on the pitch, to put in performances.”

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Lato 10:05 Mon Nov 26
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Thanks Alan

Valentino Lazaro........another dodgy barnet!

Texas Iron 4:00 Mon Nov 26
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Takashi Miike 11:03 Sun Nov 25
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Thanks Alan

gph 1:50 Sun Nov 25
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Thanks, Alan

The Stoat 1:27 Sun Nov 25
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Arnie for Lukaku then

Thanks Alan 1:27 Sun Nov 25
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Your welcome

Sven Roeder 1:23 Sun Nov 25
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Thanks Alan

And Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:11 Sun Nov 25
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Thanks Alan

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