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Alan 11:33 Sun Feb 3
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea could rival Manchester United by moving for Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino in the summer. (Sunday Express)

Juventus want to re-sign Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, and pair the France player with 28-year-old Wales international Aaron Ramsey. The Italian club are expected to sign Ramsey on a free transfer when his Arsenal contract expires in the summer. (iBancoNero, via Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign Leicester and England defender Ben Chilwell, 22, and Crystal Palace's England Under-21 right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, in the summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, to follow France forward Anthony Martial, 23, by signing a new contract. (Evening Standard)

Bayern Munich are already plotting a new £45m bid for Chelsea midfielder Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18. (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham are preparing a £50m bid for Bournemouth and Wales midfielder David Brooks in the summer, with Manchester United among the other clubs interested in the 21-year-old. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham were willing to meet Chelsea's £8m loan fee for Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi but the Blues decided against the move as they did not want to strengthen a close rival. The 25-year-old joined Crystal Palace. (DH, via Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal believe they could be favourites to sign Paris St-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, who is available on a free transfer in the summer. (Sunday Mirror)

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley expects manager Rafael Benitez, whose contract expires in the summer, to sign a new deal at the club following the signing of Paraguay playmaker Miguel Almiron, 24. (Sunday Mirror)

Benitez says winger Jacob Murphy still has a future at Newcastle, despite the 23-year-old joining West Brom on loan for the rest of the season. (Chronicle)

Real Madrid keeper Thibaut Courtois would prefer the club signed Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, from his former club Chelsea rather than Brazil and Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, 26. (Het Nieuwsblad, via Sun on Sunday)

PSG midfielder Marco Verratti may be fit for the first leg of his side's Champions League last-16 knockout tie against Manchester United on Tuesday, 12 February. (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal midfielder Emile Smith-Rowe, 18, joined RB Leipzig on loan in January but will not be able to start training with the German club for up to three weeks because of a groin injury. (Independent on Sunday)

Ajax director of football Marc Overmars is favourite to take the same role at Arsenal this summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes there is a lot of improvement to come from Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, who signed for £53m from RB Leipzig last summer. (Independent on Sunday)

Aston Villa want to sign Nottingham Forest winger Joe Lolley and would be prepared to pay £12m for the 26-year-old Englishman. (Sun on Sunday)

Former England captain David Beckham has received two lawsuits that could cause problems for the construction of his Inter Miami side's stadium. (Mail on Sunday)

Evening Standard

Mark Noble column: West Ham's transfer window has been really unsettling... I’m so relieved it is over

The last few frantic hours of the January transfer window may have provided entertainment for some but I have to say I was 100 per cent relieved when it was finally all over for another year.

As with the Dimitri Payet situation a couple of seasons ago, this window has been thoroughly unsettling for West Ham.

Of course the Marko Arnautovic speculation became the centre of attention but, in fact, every one of our strikers has been linked with possible moves in the past couple of weeks.

That has to have an effect on everyone, not just the players concerned but all the squad.

Pablo Zabaleta’s comments following the defeat at Wolves underlined that.

He said: “As a team-mate, when you see so many things around the team, speculation about players going or coming in, it can distract a little bit from the atmosphere in the dressing room.”

Zabaleta was right and it hasn’t been ideal at all.

Everyone knows how it works. Agents are very active during the window and there is no way players concerned can prepare properly for a game when that is happening.

West Ham are just one of a number of Premier League clubs who always brace themselves for some intense interest in their players during January — and I suppose that is something of a compliment.

I’m not making any excuses for our past two performances but it must have had an adverse effect.

Look at Chelsea. They have also been at the centre of plenty of transfer speculation so maybe their heavy defeat at Bournemouth was not quite the surprise it seemed.

We are a club who can attract players with big reputations, perhaps because we’re in London and that makes us an attractive proposition.

If they are not always in the team, they can understandably become restless. Especially in these days of social media, their friends and family are maybe asking them: “Why are you not in the team? You’ve played at top clubs.”

For me, though, all the top professionals with whom I’ve worked have been honest enough to admit: “Sorry lads, I wasn’t good enough today.”

Looking back over my career, one player who stood out in that regard was Lucas Neill, who was the club captain at the time.

He would come in after a game and admit he hadn’t played well.

Craig Bellamy was similar. He could sometimes say things out of turn but he was always honest about his own performance.

The Premier League is so unforgiving that, if two or three players are not quite there, then we will suffer.

At the moment, we only have 15 fit first-team players and if you look at the past six weeks, we’ve played a lot of games and that has had a cumulative effect.

Issa Diop has played every match since he made his debut at Arsenal in August and could probably do with a rest but, at the moment, we haven’t got any alternatives.

However, let’s not be too down. We’re still in a reasonable position and the Premier League is so unpredictable.

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eusebiovic 6:49 Sun Feb 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
There are times when Nobes reminds me of Ken the amateur pub landlord in Men Behaving Badly...

Texas Iron 3:36 Sun Feb 3
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South Woodhammer 1:58 Sun Feb 3
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It looks to me like a knock at Chicarito as much as Arnautovic and a sad indictment of both today's footballers that they're only interested in sticking around for their wage packets until a better offer comes around. I hope / expect both of them along with Carroll are no longer with the club come the summer and that we might finally start to target players with attitude and abilities to take the team forward. Every year we have this crap. We're a bigger club than the likes of Bournemouth, Wolves and Watford but as results demonstrate they have better players. I'm assuming that we pay bigger wages than those clubs do. So why is it that we have stroppy 'stars' in their own minds who play this game and these clubs don't appear to have the same problems with their better players ? Is it our owners fault ? The agents that the club does its transfer business with ? We are still the circus club of the Premier League , despite what Noble declared at the last game at the Boleyn.

Side of Ham 1:47 Sun Feb 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
IF there is a big rep, it’s a big rep at being a cunt, otherwise there wouldn’t be this unrest.

What a stupid peice to write as all it does is confirm is we support another bunch of unprofessional cunts who don’t perform unless they know there no opportunities to leave and they are stuck here.

1964 12:23 Sun Feb 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"We are a club who can attract players with big reputations, perhaps because we’re in London and that makes us an attractive proposition."

Really - Ha Ha Ha Ha

Crassus 12:02 Sun Feb 3
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 11:41 Sun Feb 3
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Sven Roeder 11:39 Sun Feb 3

Sven Roeder 11:39 Sun Feb 3
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Thanks Alan

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