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Alan 1:19 Tue Nov 27
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger wants to return to football management at Bayern Munich, who are considering the Frenchman as a successor to Niko Kovac. (Telegraph)

AC Milan have rejected the opportunity to sign Chelsea and England centre-back Gary Cahill, 32. (Calciomercato, via Talksport)

AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has not ruled out signing LA Galaxy and former Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37. (Sun)

Former Southampton keeper Kelvin Davis could be put in caretaker charge of the side if the club sack manager Mark Hughes. (Star)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish believes Brexit will help Premier League clubs sign more non-EU players. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, 30, was dropped for his side's win at Bournemouth and faces the prospect of spending more time on the bench for away games. (Star)

Manchester United and Tottenham are monitoring Sampdoria centre-back Joachim Andersen, 22. (Mirror, via Calcio Mercato)

Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 27, says Chelsea are aiming for "top four" in the Premier League this season and will "not be the champions". (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea have sent scouts to watch Serie B side Brescia's midfielder Sandro Tonali. Inter Milan are also interested in the 18-year-old. (Express)

Manchester United are interested in signing West Ham and Austria striker Marko Arnautovic, 29. (Telegraph)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reignited his interest in 29-year-old Borussia Dortmund and Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel. (ESPN)

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes believes he should have been given more time at Old Trafford. (Talksport)

Borussia Dortmund are prepared to sell United States winger Christian Pulisic to Chelsea or Liverpool for £70m if the 20-year-old can stay in Germany until the summer. (Telegraph)

West Ham are prepared to wait until the summer before starting contract talks with Republic of Ireland defender Declan Rice, 19. (Guardian)

Former England international Peter Beardsley is coaching at non-league side Gateshead following his suspension as Newcastle assistant manager in January. (Mail)

Everton are interested in Lyon's French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 21, but face competition from Manchester City. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal are tracking Galatasaray's Turkish centre-back Ozan Kabak but the 18-year-old is also a target for Inter Milan. (Sabah, via Talksport)

Serie A side Torino want to sign Chelsea and Nigeria full-back Ola Aina on a permanent deal after being impressed by the 22-year-old since his arrival on loan in the summer. (Goal)

Inter Milan have reportedly made a bid for Manchester City and France defender Eliaquim Mangala, 27. (Football Italia, via Talksport)

England's 1966 World Cup-winning captain Bobby Moore has been voted as Britain's greatest sports personality of all time as he finished ahead of tennis player Sir Andy Murray and Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton. (Radio Times)

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane is a doubt for the side's Champions League game at Paris St-Germain on Wednesday because of an illness. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

With Bayern Munich flailing in a truly humiliating position – nine points off the top of the table – club suits are beginning to fear they could fall as far as Manchester United. Manager Niko Kovac is said to be on ice so thin it could melt upon contact with supporters, who are in a hot funk. And there’s talk that Bayern have drawn up a shortlist of potential replacements. Originally, the list included two Frenchman, but Zinedine Zidane has apparently let it be known he has no interest in the gig so that now it includes just two words: Arsène Wenger.

The former Arsenal manager may have been out of competitive football for a while – at least 10 years, some would say – but something about him reminds Bayern of the time when they used to smash teams 5-1 on a regular basis. They can’t quite put their finger on what that might be but they’re minded to move fast, because Wenger is also being linked, as ever, with some hifalutin’ football director-type role at PSG.

Another Frenchman said to be in demand – just before meeting Manchester City, funnily enough – is Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé, reputedly a target for Everton, Liverpool, Manchester United and, yes, Manchester City. But life at City may not be all it’s cracked up to be. Not for Brahim Diaz, at least. The 19-year-old has so far resisted offers to pledge his future to the club and is now being linked with a move to Real Madrid when his contract expires next summer.

Manchester United, meanwhile, plan to continue throwing money at their problems. There’s chat about a £50m move for Marko Arnautovic – because most of United’s other forwards are too flaky, apparently – and also of a swoop for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Axel Witsel.

Liverpool are also lurking around Dortmund, who have intimated they can have Christian Pusilic in January if they loan him back until the end of the season. Oh, and stump up around £75m. Milan are not interested in 32-year-old Gary Cahill but very keen on 37-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic. That’s as clear a case of justified double-standards as you’re likely to come across.

Finally, someone, namely Internazionale, is interested in Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala.

Sport Witness

Potential €56m Arnautovic transfer getting Austrian coverage, West Ham ‘behind his expectations’

The Austrian media would love Marko Arnautovic to sign for a club like Manchester United.

There’d be more stories to cover, everything would be hyped further, and one of the country’s best footballers would move to a huge club.

Jose Mourinho worked with the player when at Inter Milan and whilst the two may have had their issues, the feeling is a lot has changed so a move to Manchester United wouldn’t be ruled out.

The Mirror claimed at the weekend that Mourinho’s club are ‘preparing a bid in excess of £50million’.

That story is now everywhere in Austria, not least with major daily newspaper Kronen Zeitung, who are using it to talk up a potential €56m move.

As well as covering the English claims, and clearly showing some excitement, it’s stated that an Arnautovic move could be on because West Ham have been ‘behind his expectations’.

The striker ‘pursues higher goals’, and it was his own brother, also his agent, who started the latest rumours by talking up a potential exit.

It may simply be a play for a better contract, but it’s certainly something coming from the Arnautovic camp.

Whether Manchester United feel they need another attacker for Mourinho to juggle, despite having Romelu Lukaku, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Alexis Sanchez who can all play as a striker, remains to be seen… regardless of any claims.

Football London

Hotshot Xande Silva is the talk of West Ham but they must avoid a Toni Martinez scenario

The young Hammers striker bagged a brace on Monday night but lessons need to be learned

By Sam Inkersole

It took Xande Silva a little over half an hour to find the back of the net on Monday night having missed ten weeks through injury as West Ham's U23s picked up a vital win over Blackburn in Premier League 2 on Monday night.

Nathan Holland, another big gun who has missed a large chunk of the season injured, opened the scoring at Ewood Park then laid it on a plate for Silva to double the lead on 32 minutes. The summer signing from Vitoria de Guimaraes then make it 3-0 shortly after half time with a clinical finish following a superb Conor Coventry pass.

Silva got 53 minutes of action on his return from injury, as revealed by football.london earlier in the the day that he would play the maximum of an hour, but it was enough to thrust the 21-year-old into the spotlight once again.

His brace of goals took his tally to seven goals in six appearances, having started with a bang netting five in five including a hat trick against Spurs in the opening game of the 18/19 season.

Silva is the talk of the Hammers fanbase the morning after the night before but the club will have to be wary - just look at what has happened to another young striker who banged in goals at U23 level.

Toni Martinez enjoyed a good loan spell at Oxford United the season before last, scoring twice in the FA Cup but didn't really kick on. Now, he is at Rayo Majadahonda in Spain's second-tier and has only managed two goals, with appearances limited.

Martinez was handed first team chances in claret and blue in FA Cup ties against Shrewsbury Town and Wigan Athletic but didn't impress under David Moyes, not getting another shot after that before he was farmed out on loan.

The young Spaniard has become a bit of a forgotten man despite ramming in the goals for the U23s since joining from Valencia in the summer of 2016, netting a hugely impressive 23 goals in 25 appearances. However, he has found the step up to first team level a real challenge, though the Hammers are being patient with him.

That will be required with Silva as well, who had been training with the first team at Rush Green under the watchful gaze of Manuel Pellegrini. Silva was all set to play against Macclesfield Town in the Carabao Cup second round before he picked up his injury in training which would rule him out for more than two months.

Hammers supporters love an academy prospect coming through and are now getting excited about Silva much like they were about Martinez. Declan Rice has made the step up, Grady Diangana too, while there are also the likes of Dan Kemp, Joe Powell, Coventry and Nathan Holland knocking on the door of the first team.

With Silva, West Ham's mis-firing striker outside of Marko Arnautovic does present a real opportunity for the 21-year-old to grab. Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez aren't cutting the mustard, Andy Carroll's fitness can't be relied upon and Michail Antonio is a winger, not a striker.

The clamour is there among the fanbase for Silva to have a crack at first team football but as Martinez has shown, it's no cakewalk. Realistically, if the Hammers get a decent draw against lower-league opposition in the FA Cup third round in January, then Silva is surely in contention to play.

Until then though, it might be time to pump the brakes on the Portuguese U20 international until he is well and truly ready because he has the potential to be a star.

Silva said after his two goal outing against Rovers to the Hammers official website: "I need to keep working on the training pitch and then more minutes in matches will come and so will more fitness for me.

"I am looking forward to keep working hard and to our next match already. I say it every time; my job is to score goals! I’m just doing my job. Of course I’m very happy but it’s my job."

Leaving him to do his job for the U23s will only help the frontman improve, rather than thrusting him into the first too soon - just look at what has happened to Martinez.

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Texas Iron 6:45 Wed Nov 28
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sign Rice NOW...50k a week...5 years with with increases on merit and appearances...
He's effing worth at least that...FFS...

BillyJenningsBoots 3:40 Tue Nov 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If true about Rice - the Club are run by bigger jokers than we feared....

I hope it is not true.

boleyn8420 2:57 Tue Nov 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
How resentful would you be playing the rest of this season on £3,000 a week when dickheads like Hernadez, Carroll, Wilshere etc are all on a minimum of 20 times what he is earning a week and please don't trot out the he is only young, not proven anything crap because he is playing premier league football week in week out, which is more than can be said of the ones named above.

So West Ham expect him to be truly grateful making him stay on £3,000 a week for the next 6 months+ earning £78,000, instead of closer to a £1M. No, I wouldn't be in the slightest bit pissed off at losing all that money, show me where to sign.

In the summer when West Ham deign to talk to the lad he will probably say stuff your contract I will run this one down and leave for nothing and make sure the signing on fee goes to me and get back the money you lot have stiffed me on.

The Libertine 2:32 Tue Nov 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks for the effort Alan.

West Ham are prepared to wait until the summer before starting contract talks with Republic of Ireland defender Declan Rice, 19. (Guardian)

So thats, See you, Farewell and Amen next season then. Cant see him welling up with love and joyful tears in his eyes, when players around him are paid 15-20 times more.

Thanks Alan 1:20 Tue Nov 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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