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Alan 1:46 Sat Dec 1
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31, says he will remain at the club until his contract expires in the summer, but the Spaniard expects to attract "many" offers in January. (Talksport)

Barcelona have put Manchester City and Belgium defender Vincent Kompany, 32, and Zenit St-Petersburg's Serbian Branislav Ivanovic, 34, on a shortlist of centre-halves to solve their defensive problems in January. (Mirror)

Chelsea face an uphill battle to convince 18-year-old English forward Callum Hudson-Odoi to sign a contract with the teenager seeking assurances he will be granted more first-team football. (Guardian)

Real Madrid want to make sure they do not miss out on Manchester City's Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz, 19. (AS - in Spanish)

Inter are prepared to sell Brazil forward Gabriel Barbosa, who has scored 22 goals in 38 games on loan at Santos, for £18m, with Everton, West Ham and Crystal Palace already declaring an interest in the 22-year-old. (Mail)

Chelsea have rejected a January move from Barcelona for Denmark defender Andreas Christensen, 22. (Mirror)

AC Milan are in talks for Christensen and his Chelsea team-mate Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

David de Gea's agent Jorge Mendes could prove key to the Spain goalkeeper, 28, signing a new deal at Manchester United, says boss Jose Mourinho. (Star)

Former Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37, rejected a move to Manchester City eight years ago when Pep Guardiola wanted to move him on from Barcelona. (Sun)

Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 29, says he was on the brink of swapping Inter Milan for Manchester United in the summer of 2017. (FourFourTwo)

Chelsea are confident a proposed reform of the system will not cause them to rethink their loan strategy. (ESPN)

Former West Ham defender James Collins, 35, has agreed a five-week deal with Aston Villa. (Mail)

Wolves defender Matt Doherty says the club's owners are seeking a Premier League title "within the next five or six years" as he predicts a top-10 finish in May. (Express and Star)

The father of Everton striker Richarlison is predicting his 21-year-old son to be the top scorer at the 2022 World Cup. (Liverpool Echo)

Brighton's German midfielder Pascal Gross, 27, has backed the "brave step" by Jadon Sancho and other young English players to move to his homeland. (The Argus)

Manchester United's squad, flying from Manchester airport for Saturday's match at Southampton, had to wait for a plane in the sky blue colour of their local rivals and emblazoned with 'M-City' on the rear engine to move out of their way. (Mail)

Aston Villa's Mile Jedinak, 34, linked with a return to Australia and Macarthur-South West Sydney, will only join them if they are granted a licence to play in the country's top division, the A-League. (Birmingham Mail)


West Ham may juggle the pack

West Ham insiders say they will find some money for the January transfer window but it won’t be that much adding they may need to juggle the pack. The confirmation comes after the board pushed out the boat over the summer transfer window pushing club finances as far as they would stretch.

That summer spending has left club coffers severely squeezed and the club borrowed against their overdraft facility to balance the financial books.

Speaking to a senior club insider via Email this morning Claret and Hugh were told: “There is not much available, but we’ll find a bit and possibly juggle the pack.”

The January transfer window is a notoriously difficult market to trade in with inflated prices and often poor value. West Ham may be forced into offloading some fringe players to raise much-needed funds to plug gaps in the current squad. Loans with options to buy could also feature strongly.

Football Italia

Gabigol: 'Premier League attractive'

Inter hope to sell Gabriel ‘Gabigol’ Barbosa to Everton, West Ham or Crystal Palace in January after he confessed the Premier League “attracts me a lot.”

The 22-year-old’s loan at Santos is coming to an end this month and he seems to be headed for England with interest from Everton, West Ham United and Crystal Palace.

“They are all important clubs with top quality players,” Gabriel Barbosa told Sportsmail.

“Hopefully everything will be good for everyone if we reach an agreement. There are many things involved, mainly Inter, as they hold my rights. It hasn’t been decided yet, but it is very unlikely I will remain in Brazil.

“The Premier League always had great strikers and it is a joy to watch on TV. It is very competitive, fast-paced and dynamic, with loads of title contenders. There is quality everywhere, that’s why everybody loves it and I am no different. It attracts me a lot.

“I follow the Brazilians, sometimes we talk and all of them love playing in the Premier League.”

Inter paid €29.5m to sign him from Santos in the summer of 2016, where he was considered the ‘new Neymar.’

However, he didn’t start a single Serie A game and scored only one goal before being shipped out on loan to Benfica.

Then-Inter Coach Frank de Boer criticised Gabigol’s work rate both in training and during matches.

“What is funny is that he never said it face to face, never mentioned it. He was my manager and could have done it. In spite of all of that, I take this as him trying to help me to change what I should do. That doesn’t concern me and I respect his opinion.”

That experience in Portugal flopped too and the deal was abandoned after just six months, but Gabigol has rediscovered his confidence and scoring touch back on loan at his old club Santos.

He scored 18 goals in 35 Brasileiro Serie A games.

“It has been a very good year for me,’ said Barbosa. ‘Individually it has been spectacular. I have matured a lot and playing more games gives you more confidence. I’ve played a lot of games and learned a lot.

“I wish for 2019 to be another happy year for me, as good as the one at Santos so far. What I can assure you is that my dedication will be at the maximum level.

“I want to play as well as possible to be called up again for the national team. In order to achieve that I need to score many goals, as every striker tries to do.”

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jimbo2. 2:26 Sun Dec 2
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
You just get the feeling that if only we could provide Pellegrini with another (say) £80-£100M, we could have a team that could challenge for a top 6 place! Thanks as always Al

Texas Iron 3:51 Sat Dec 1
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sullivan diving down his many sofas to scrape a few quid for loaners...

Cicero 2:30 Sat Dec 1
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

Thanks Alan 1:47 Sat Dec 1
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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