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Alan 12:10 Mon Feb 4
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

RB Leipzig and Germany forward Timo Werner, 22, has been warned against joining Liverpool in the summer by boss Ralf Rangnick. (Mirror)

Everton manager Marco Silva says he is aware he is under pressure after his side's defeat by Wolves left them ninth in the Premier League. (Mirror)

Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will play a big part in identifying the club's summer transfer targets even if he leaves. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel says his side can cope without injured Brazil forward Neymar, 26, in their Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United next week. (Goal)

Leeds United want to bring former winger Aaron Lennon, 31, back to the club by signing the Englishman from Burnley in the summer. (Sun)

Stoke City forward Bojan Krkic, 28, could still move to MLS side New England Revolution, who have offered to almost double his wages, with the transfer window in America open until 1 May. (Sun)

Real Madrid will not send 19-year-old Spanish midfielder Brahim Diaz, who they signed from Manchester City, out on loan in the summer. (AS)

Crystal Palace and Belgium forward Christian Benteke, 28, says he does not feel threatened by international team-mate Michy Batshuayi's arrival at Selhurst Park. (Mail)

Liverpool's Canadian striker Liam Millar - who is on loan at Kilmarnock - has revealed that Reds legend Kenny Dalglish occasionally gets involved in Jurgen Klopp's training sessions, helping the forwards with their finishing. (Sunday Post)

The Football Association is planning to introduce full-time referees to the Women's Super League. (Telegraph)

Newcastle United midfielder Sean Longstaff, 21, could earn an England under-21 call-up after breaking into the Premier League side's first team. (Chronicle)

Wolves will head to Marbella after their FA Cup fourth-round replay against Shrewsbury on Tuesday for a mid-season break. (Express & Star)

Aston Villa have been linked with summer move for Swansea's Dutch defender Mike van der Hoorn, 26, whose contract expires at the end of the season. (Birmingham Mail)

Marseille striker Mario Balotelli, 28, says he would like to finish his career with Brescia in his native Italy. (Goal)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Unlike trigger-happy, shotgun-wielding Elmer Fudd in his welentless pursuit of Bugs Bunny, Barcelona are rumoured to have given up their well-documented hunt for a well known Wabi … sorry, Rabiot. An outcast at Paris Saint-Germain, for whom he has not played since early December, Adrien Rabiot was suspended by his employers after telling them he would not be signing a new contract. The midfielder was expected to move to the Camp Nou during the January window, but was left high and dry after Barcelona cooled their interest and signed Frenkie de Jong from Ajax instead. With Bayern Munich, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea all expected to try to hitch their skirts at Rabiot when his contract expires this summer, Arsenal are also ready to throw their fez in the ring and believe they may have the edge due to Unai Emery’s previous working relationship with the 23-year-old.

Pep Guardiola wants to bring Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell and his Crystal Palace counterpart Aaron Wan-Bissaka to the Etihad this summer, while Tottenham Hotspur are hoping to secure the services of David Brooks, a revelation at Bournemouth since signing from Sheffield United last summer. Manchester United are also believed to be interested in the 21-year-old Wales international and with three years left on his deal with Bournemouth he is unlikely to change hands for a penny less than £50m.

Having stayed at Stoke despite strong interest from West Brom and Turkish side Sivasspor, Bojan Krkić could still leave the Potters for a stint in MLS. New England Revolution are eager to bring the midfielder to Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium, where head coach Brad Friedel has previously expressed interest in signing both him and his Stoke team-mate Geoff Cameron, who is currently on loan at QPR. With the USA transfer window open until 1 May, Bojan could still move to the Revolution, who have offered to double his currently weekly wage of £27,000 per week. The Stoke manager, Nathan Jones, would prefer him to stay but can wait to see if his side can mount any sort of push for the play-offs before making up his mind.

Leeds United are hoping to re-sign Aaron Lennon 14 years after selling him to Tottenham. When not hiding in bushes monitoring the training sessions of rival clubs, Marcelo Bielsa’s spies are rumoured to be doing checks on the Burnley winger with a view to bringing him back to his hometown club in the summer. Currently sidelined with a knee injury that will keep him out for the rest of the season, Lennon has 18 months left on his contract but may fancy a return.

And finally, with Neil Lennon no longer in charge of Hibernian, there’s a cushy manager’s job going in the Scottish Premiership. Former Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom and Accrington assistant coach John Doolan are both in the frame to take over at Easter Road.


London Stadium operations are brought in-house

London Stadium operator LS185 has been brought in-house by Stadium owner E20 in another attempt to put the venue on a firmer financial footing have confirmed the London Assembly in a press release. The London Legacy Development Corporation will now directly control the former Olympic Stadium they add.

Gareth Bacon AM, Chairman of the Budget & Performance Committee, said: “We welcome the move to bring operations at the London Stadium in-house. The Committee has questioned why the management structure was so elaborate. This is especially relevant when the London Legacy Development Corporation is so reliant on the public purse.

“LS185 promised to run matchdays at a profit but could never live up to the hype and last year it cost the LLDC £3.5 million instead. We have stated repeatedly that the LLDC needed to get a firm grip on the legacy venues. This move is an example of a positive step in that direction.”

A statement on the London Statement website says “E20 and LS185’s parent company VINCI Stadium came to the agreement so both businesses could move forward in the direction that matches their priorities.”

The operational focus remains on safety and security for all events, but the agreement is also an important step in the progress which has been made in getting the London Stadium on a firm financial footing.

It means there will be improved opportunities to maximise the fantastic potential of the venue which is already one of the biggest multi-use stadium in the UK. The current leadership team, which has delivered a host of world-class events for the Stadium will remain under the new ownership. E20 has appreciated having VINCI Stadium as a partner in delivering an extensive calendar of events such as this year’s sold-out Major League Baseball, West Ham United home fixtures, international athletics, Premiership Rugby Union and concerts. Events will not be affected by today’s announcement.

Lyn Garner, CEO of LLDC, said:

“I made it clear to the London Assembly that we were taking action to make the most of this fantastic asset for London. Now that we directly control the operation we have a simplified structure and this will give the existing leadership team the freedom to drive the Stadium forward. The Stadium is central to our Olympic legacy and the best multi-use venue in the UK. We are making real progress in making it an even better stadium for those holding events, for the millions of visitors who come to it and for all Londoners.

“In the last few weeks we have come to an agreement with West Ham United concerning the ground capacity and agreed a new deal with UK Athletics which helps us both to maximise the potential of the London Stadium. We want an Olympic legacy that endures, and we can now work even more closely with our partners to achieve that.”

Graham Gilmore, Chief Executive of LS185, said:

“Today’s announcement allows us to build on the successful and world-beating events we have been putting on at the London Stadium since the Olympic Games.

“We have a brilliant calendar of events lined up including the rest of the football season, a Saracens rugby match, a concert from Muse, and Major League Baseball. As a team, we are proud to deliver these, and are looking forward to embracing the opportunities that the new structure will bring.”

Sir Peter Hendy, chair of the LLDC, said:

“In the last year our team at LLDC have taken a real grip at the London Stadium. Events, such as 2017’s World Athletics Championships, this summer’s baseball, and football from the greatest league in the world, have already brought millions of pounds in to London’s economy and the London Stadium is a great asset for the city.”

Claret and Hugh say: This is a welcomed change in moving forward to remove an onerous 25-year-old supplier contract, however, questions do need to be asked at what cost the taxpayer was this binding contract bought out? Vinci stadium would not have given up a profitable contract with 21 years to run without being compensated to the tune of millions possibly many tens of millions. Being a public body, the true finances of this deal will eventually be made public either in the LLDC draft budget, a London Assembly budget scrutiny committee or a Freedom of information request.

LLDC under the leadership of Lyn Garner will now be under pressure to show they can run the stadium day to day more efficiently than the French operator who had years of experience around the world. We can’t help but think they LLDC would be better off in approaching West Ham to take over the match day operations including stewarding if they want to save money while keeping supporters safe.


Jack Wilshere fitness boost

Manuel Pellegrini is hopeful that midfielder Jack Wilshere will be back in training in a few weeks.

Wilshere, who played in West Ham United’s first four matches, had surgery on a persistent left ankle problem in September. He has played only five minutes since December, though, amid fears his season may be over.

Defender Winston Reid, however, who has been out for almost a year with a knee injury suffered in an awkward fall away to Swansea City, is not expected back this term.

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Mex Martillo 7:43 Mon Feb 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Jasnik, it’s a joke isn’t it, probably find just those 3 are taking well over 0.5M between them. And the press / UK blames us the tenants!
Thanks Alan

Jasnik 3:20 Mon Feb 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Committee has questioned why the management structure was so elaborate
Lyn Garner, CEO of LLDC, said:
Graham Gilmore, Chief Executive of LS185, said:
Sir Peter Hendy, chair of the LLDC, said

No idea what made them come to that conclusion.

Eric Hitchmoe 2:47 Mon Feb 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Marco Silver 'under pressure' whilst his mid-table side sit 9th in early February. Fuck modern football.

The Stoat 1:57 Mon Feb 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ferret Cross The Mersey

Thanks Alan 1:01 Mon Feb 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Ferret 12:23 Mon Feb 4

The Stoat 12:23 Mon Feb 4
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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