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Alan 12:02 Fri Nov 30
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Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, wants to wait to see if Jose Mourinho will be in charge next season before agreeing to a new deal beyond 2020. (Mirror)

Juventus will turn their attentions to Paris St-Germain and France midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, if Arsenal and Wales' Aaron Ramsey, 27, opts not to join the Serie A side. (Sun)

West Ham are only likely to give Samir Nasri a six-month contract if he proves his fitness. The 31-year-old is training with the Hammers while completing a doping ban that runs to New Year's Day. (Mirror)

Manchester City and Spain midfielder Brahim Diaz, 19, has reached an informal agreement to join Real Madrid in January. (Goal)

Former AC Milan sporting director Massimiliano Mirabelli says the club tried to sign Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 33, last summer, but Milan's former owners rejected the deal. (Sportitalia via Mail)

AC Milan have started talks with Chelsea to sign Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31. (Calciomercato)

Manchester City are favourites to sign Benfica's 17-year-old Portuguese midfielder Tiago Dantas. (Record, via Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal and Tottenham are leading the chase to sign Hoffenheim's German midfielder Nadiem Amiri, despite the 22-year-old having not played this season through injury. (Bild via Sun)

Manchester United could put Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 24, up for sale in the January transfer window. (Manchester Evening News)

Huddersfield manager David Wagner says he is pleased other clubs are showing interest in his Danish midfielder Philip Billing, 22. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea are among the top Premier League teams to be asked to cut the number of players out on loan by the start of the 2020-21 season. (The Times - subscription required)

Watford are keeping tabs on Nottingham Forest's English winger Joe Lolley, 26. (Mail)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche has warned fans not to expect an influx of signings in January, despite Mike Rigg's appointment as technical director. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith will make a decision on trialist James Collins in the near future. The 35-year-old former Wales defender, without a club since leaving West Ham in the summer, has been training with Villa. (Birmingham Mail)

MLS side Philadelphia Union have been linked with former Manchester City and Liverpool striker Mario Balotelli, 28, who currently plays for Nice in France. (Goal)

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers says Leicester's Croatian defender Filip Benkovic, 21, who is spending a season-long loan with the Scottish champions, is "top class" and ready for the Premier League. (Daily Record, via Leicester Mercury)

Arsenal are exploring the possibility of compensating up to 800 fans who bought tickets for the Europa League game against Vorskla which was moved to Kiev. (London Evening Standard)

Everton have submitted an application to Knowsley Council to build a new full-sized covered pitch and relocate an all-weather pitch at the club's Finch Farm training complex. (Liverpool Echo)

Tottenham fans will get the opportunity to test out the club's new £850m stadium in December. (The Sun)

A French couple are facing a legal battle with authorities after naming their newborn son Griezmann Mbappe, in tribute to two of France's World Cup-winning heroes. (Sun)

Swedish champions AIK are selling an "infinity card" season-ticket worth more than £16,000, which will be valid as long as its holder lives. (Independent)

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James Piercy

It’s been a right old soap opera at Real Madrid this season (for a change), what with Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure, Luka Modric potentially following the Portuguese to Serie A, the Julen Lopetegui farce, Sergio Ramos, all those defeats, Florentino Pérez’s (over?) ambitious stadium project, and now the man long seen to be the club’s future could be on his way. It seems Francisco Román Alarcón Suárez, Isco to you and me, doesn’t see eye-to-eye with new coach Santiago Solari and hasn’t started a game since Steve McManaman’s mate picked up the hot coaching potato four weeks ago.

The Spain international was left out of their Champions League squad for the trip to Roma and the word on the street is Madrid are willing to sell, with Manchester City, Barcelona (never gonna happen), Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Milan and, whoever else you can think of, interested. Because, let’s be honest, he’s a pretty special footballer. What could scupper any potential move, other than Madrid seeing sense, is a rather punchy €700m release clause.

Should Madrid receive a ludicrous fee for Isco, it could help justify shoving €250m in Tottenham’s direction for Christian Eriksen with the Dane long been admired from within the walls of the Bernabéu but Daniel Levy’s valuation of the playmaker continues to scare them off.

Alexis Sánchez still wants to leave Manchester United but finding buyers for a 29-year-old on £391,000-a-week with three-and-a-half years still to run on his contract is, shock horror, proving tricky, even for that master of the transfer market, Ed Woodward. As a result, José Mourinho will have to sell two players in January if he wants to end his eternal search for a half-decent centre-back.

Elsewhere, Claudio Ranieri has taken a look at his Fulham side, which are on pace to ship 96 for the season and thought: “I need some more creativity.” That’s being a trifle harsh on Claudio, because the man he’s looking at is Inter’s Antonio Candreva, who can play a bit. The Cottagers want the Italy international on a six-month loan as the 31-year-old has made just four Serie A starts this season.

West Ham fans will be happy as one of the most misguided buys in Premier League history aka Javier Hernández has admitted he could leave in January and fancies a move back to La Liga. That he said this all in an interview to Marca implies Chicharito’s people are working hard to make this happen. In other news, the Hammers are also cooling on offering Samir Nasri a long-term deal as the French playmaker apparently turned up to training out of shape.

Manchester City could be set to lose another of their teenage talents with Brahim Díaz deciding against renewing his contract at the Etihad Stadium and instead thinks, very sensibly, he can get more first-team football at Madrid and will sign for the European champions in June next year.


Samir Nasri latest: West Ham determined to play hardball on any contract

EXCLUSIVE: West Ham chiefs reluctant to sign Nasri long-term even if he gets fit. PLUS — Pellegrini warns starlet Oxford

By Darren Lewis

Samir Nasri is likely to get a six-month deal at the most from West Ham if he proves his fitness.

Boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen on an £80,000-a-week January reunion with the France international he lifted the title with as Manchester City colleagues in 2014.

Midfielder Nasri is working hard to get into shape after raising eyebrows with his lack of condition on his arrival in east London. Insiders reckon he still needs to lose up to five kilos if he is to be ready to play by the turn of the year.

West Ham are understood to be mindful of the big money they are already spending on wages of players who have been on the sidelines for long spells.

Andy Carroll, on £100,000-a-week, is fit again but has not played all season after the latest of his many injuries. Summer signing Jack Wilshere - who is on similar money to Carroll - is set to return after being out since the start of September.

Nasri, who left the Etihad in 2016, joined Antalyspor in Turkey, then went on to Spanish side Sevilla. He is currently banned from football after breaching World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules, but will be free to play again from New Year's Day.

Pellegrini has given Reece Oxford a blunt warning to pull his finger out if he wants to play for him.

The 19-year-old defender - currently marooned in the Irons' Under-23s - revealed this week that he is prepared to quit the club in January if his first-team prospects do not improve. Pellegrini, however, remains unmoved and insists the pressure is all on Oxford.

He said: “This season will be difficult for him to play. I spoke with him some weeks ago to force him to continue working as high as he can. If you don't have space in the first team, you must demonstrate in the Under-23 that you can make a difference in every game.

“This is the part of a career for a young player that a lot of good players don't continue in a good way, and the other arrives in the first team. It is a difficult moment for him and he must work very hard.”

Oxford hit the headlines Arsenal three years ago after impressing in a season-opening win at Arsenal. He started again the next week against Leicester, however, only to be taken off at half-time by then-manager Slaven Bilic.

He would start just one of his subsequent six matches as the club fought to keep him amid apparent interest from the top-flight’s biggest clubs. The following season saw Oxford sign a new deal worth £1million-a-year, but he has not figured in any Hammers Premier League team since.

Pellegrini reckons it could be for the best if the teenager, who had a spell at Germany's Borussia Moenchengladbach last season, goes out on loan again.

He added: “If for different reasons the club doesn’t have the space you must go to another club to demonstrate that you can or you don't come. Oxford has demonstrated he can play. We will see his future.”


Marko Arnautovic fit for Newcastle clash as Manuel Pellegrini's side are put through their paces

West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic is set to start against Newcastle on Saturday
He limped off with a hip injury last weekend as Hammers lost 4-0 to Man City
The Austria international has been in training and will make trip to the north-east
Manuel Pellegrini also revealed that Jack Wilshere could feature at the weekend

By Philip Duncan,

West Ham striker Marko Arnautovic is set to start against Newcastle despite limping off with a hip injury last weekend.

Arnautovic could not complete the 90 minutes as Manchester City ran out 4-0 winners at the London Stadium but the Austria international, who has scored five times in the Premier League this season, has been in training and will make the trip to the north-east on Saturday.

'Marko has worked the whole week without any problem,' said West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini.

'We gave him an extra day to recover from the game on Saturday but he is OK.'

Arnautovic's injury withdrawal meant the Hammers played the final minutes against the Premier League champions with only 10 men.

'Marko felt that he could worsen his injury if he continued,' Pellegrini added. 'We were losing 3-0 then so it wasn't that important.'

Pellegrini also revealed that Jack Wilshere could feature on Saturday following his latest injury.

The former Arsenal midfielder, 26, has played only four times since his summer move from the Emirates Stadium and has been sidelined for 10 weeks following ankle surgery.

But Wilshere and ex-Magpie Andy Carroll, who has not played one competitive minute this season but was an unused substitute against City last weekend, are in Pellegrini's plans for Saturday's fixture.

'Andy is maybe one step (further) forward than Wilshere because he played 45 minutes in the friendly game that we had against Brentford,' added Pellegrini.

'He has worked without any problems this week, same as Jack. Maybe they will be in the squad list.'

West Ham travel to Newcastle off the back of a heavy league defeat, and with just one victory in 20 years at St James' Park.

Rafa Benitez's side meanwhile, have won three matches in succession to move them to 12th, one place ahead of West Ham, in the table.

'Momentum is always important and Newcastle have trust in this moment because they are winning,' said Pellegrini.

'I don't think it is a crucial match for both teams but it is an important match for both teams.

'We need to add points, they are at home and in a good moment but after this one, we need to play 24 games more.'

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Takashi Miike 11:19 Fri Nov 30
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:46 Fri Nov 30
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gph 12:25 Fri Nov 30
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Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 12:21 Fri Nov 30
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