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Alan 11:23 Mon Dec 3
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 30, could be in line for a summer move to Inter Milan. (Sun)

Gunners boss Unai Emery admitted he did not know whether Germany international Ozil had attended Sunday's north London derby win over Tottenham. (Independent)

Ozil, who was left out against Bournemouth last week, missed the game against Spurs because of back spasms, Arsenal say. (Mail)

Napoli and Poland midfielder Piotr Zielinski, 24, thought to be a target for Liverpool, is looking to sign a new deal at the Italian club. (Calciomercato)

Aston Villa have held discussions with Chelsea about Tammy Abraham's loan move - and are hoping the season-long agreement with the 21-year-old England striker stands. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho launched a scathing attack on Paul Pogba, calling the 25-year-old France midfielder "a virus" following their 2-2 draw with Southampton.(Daily Record)

Everton boss Marco Silva insists counterpart Jurgen Klopp did not apologise for running on to the pitch to celebrate Liverpool's late winner in Sunday's Merseyside derby. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola claimed 31-year-old Argentina striker Sergio Aguero would have been sidelined for a month if he had played in Saturday's win over Bournemouth. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United midfielder Fred, 25, who has started only six Premier League games this season, is frustrated by a lack of game time that saw him left out of the most recent Brazil squad. (Manchester Evening News)

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 19, says he will sit down with new Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy to discuss his international future. (Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino insisted 20-year-old Argentina defender Juan Foyth was one of his team's best players against Arsenal, despite his error in the defeat at the Emirates. (Football.London)

Uefa has ordered Football Association bosses to lay a new pitch at Wembley for Euro 2020 amid concerns over the current playing surface. (Mail)

European football's governing body is set to announce on Monday that video assistant referees will be used in the Champions League knockout rounds this season. (Times - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

What now for Mesut Özil? According to his employers the Arsenal playmaker missed yesterday’s thrilling north London derby with a back spasm, news that raised a few eyebrows among more cynical Gooners and other observers. Injured or not, his absence was rendered little more than a footnote on a day his teammates put in one of their best performances in recent memory to smite their bitter rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Having sat out consecutive matches for a team whose bold new blueprint does not appear to be tailored to his own undeniable strengths, Özil is now being linked with a summer move to Inter. While suggestions he has no future with Arsenal might seem rather premature, The Sun reports that “sources close to the 30-year-old” say he won’t agitate for a move before the end of this season, but “may consider his options in the summer”.

Having beaten Tottenham on the pitch, Arsenal are also rumoured to be edging ahead of them in the battle to secure the services of Roma winger Cengiz Ünder. Gazzetto dello Sport says the club had scouts watching the 21-year-old as he scored a 30-yard screamer in his side’s 2-2 draw with Inter at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night. With nine goals and four assists to his name since being signed from Turkish club Basaksehir last summer, Ünder is the subject of interest from several European big-hitters and is valued at around £45m.

According to L’Equipe, Arsenal are also interested in bringing Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar to the Emirates as a replacement for Aaron Ramsey, a state of affairs that seems rather odd considering how well Ramsey, who is already actually on their books, played after coming on as a second half substitute against Spurs. Reports from Spain say Real Madrid are interested in adding to their coterie of Welsh internationals and could shove a pre-contract agreement under Ramsey’s nose in January.

Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski hopes to sign a new contract with the Italian side in a development that spells bad news for Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp is a longtime admirer of the 24-year-old who has been repeatedly linked with a move to Anfield, but Italian daily Il Mattino says he is going nowhere anytime soon. Should the player ink a new deal with Napoli, his agent will insist on an €80m release clause.

And finally, having featured just once in Liverpool’s line-up this season, Nathaniel Clyne looks surplus to requirements at Anfield. The 27-year-old right-back is wanted on loan by Leicester City, Cardiff City and Fulham but would apparently prefer to kick-start his stalled career in his native London with Claudio Ranieri’s side.

Football London

How Uefa's reshuffle will affect every Premier League club in Europe from the 2021/2022 season

Plans to introduce a third competition have been approved

By Tashan Deniran-Alleyne

Uefa have confirmed plans to introduce a third European club competition.

Following the final approval from the executive committee, the plans will come into effect from the 2021/2022 season and the new competition will sit alongside the Champions League as well as the Europa League which would then increase the overall number of clubs involved in European football.

The Champions League won't be altered, though the number of teams in the secondary European competition will fall from 48 teams to 32 in an attempt to spread the quality out.

This new competition which currently has the working title of 'Europa League 2' will be played on Thursdays alongside the Europa League.

Furthermore, the BBC have reported it will have the same format - eight groups of four teams with the winners going into the last 16. There will be a play-off before that round for the teams who finish second in the group and sides who finish third in the groups of the higher tournament.

The winners of the tournament will qualify for the following season's Europa League.

Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin said: "The new competition makes Uefa's club competitions more inclusive than ever before. There will be more matches for more clubs, with more associations represented in the group stages.

"This competition was born out of ongoing dialogue with clubs through the European Club Association."

This idea was first being mooted back in 2015 and could allow the likes of Crystal Palace, Fulham, Watford, West Ham United - and any future promoted London side - better opportunities to reach the main stages of European competition.

In recent seasons, the Hammers have failed to reach the group stages of the Europa League, while the Cottagers did reach the final of the competition way back in 2010.

With the current top six set to dominate for the foreseeable future, the introduction of a third European competition would give the teams battling for a mid-table place an extra incentive to finish higher.


Garth Crooks compares West Ham star Felipe Anderson to Coutinho and Dimitri Payet

Dan Coombs

Pundit praises West Ham ace.

Felipe Anderson scored for West Ham again at the weekend in the win over Newcastle.

His goal wrapped up an impressive 3-0 victory after Javier Hernandez's brace.

Anderson was named in BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks' team of the week.
Crooks praised Anderson and compared him to former Hammer Dimitri Payet.

Payet used to be adored by the club's fans, before sulking his way to a move to Marseille mid-season, souring his reputation.

Crooks also made a bizarre Coutinho comparison.
He told BBC Sport: "His performance against a battered Newcastle was outstanding. Anderson is no Philippe Coutinho but the Brazilian could be the man to finally replace Dimitri Payet.

"The Hammers fans love a playmaker and while Anderson may not be as gifted as Payet, hopefully he will turn out to be considerably more loyal."

After a slow start in his opening month, Anderson is showing why West Ham spent so much money on him in the summer.

He has adjusted to the Premier League quicker than many foreign signings.

West Ham currently sit in 13th position, six points clear of the relegation zone.

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Texas Iron 10:44 Mon Dec 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

SurfaceAgentX2Zero 8:44 Mon Dec 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Imagine the enthusiasm with which PL club Chairmen will greet the prospect of qualification for 'Europa League 2'

Russ of the BML 1:20 Mon Dec 3
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Crooks also made a bizarre Coutinho comparison.

He told BBC Sport: "His performance against a battered Newcastle was outstanding. Anderson is no Philippe Coutinho but the Brazilian could be the man to finally replace Dimitri Payet."

So it wasn't a comparison to Coutinho then???

Queens Fish Bar 12:15 Mon Dec 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 11:58 Mon Dec 3

Thanks Alan 11:58 Mon Dec 3
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JAC 11:26 Mon Dec 3

Alan 11:41 Mon Dec 3
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Guardian Rumour Mill added.

Vexed 11:39 Mon Dec 3
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Garth Crooks is a fucking dickhead.

JAC 11:26 Mon Dec 3
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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