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Alan 12:51 Sat Feb 9
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has insisted he will not stand in 28-year-old forward Eden Hazard's way if he decided to leave the club for Real Madrid this summer. (Star)

But Cesc Fabregas believes his former team-mate Hazard will draw an end to the saga over his potential transfer and sign a contract extension at Chelsea. (Independent)

Tottenham are set to make a £35m bid for West Ham's Irish midfielder Declan Rice, 20, despite competition from Premier League rivals Liverpool. (Daily Express)

Former England captain Stuart Pearce has questioned the length of the new four-year contract Manchester United have given defender Phil Jones, 27. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United are set to battle rivals Manchester City this summer for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 22. (Mirror)

Goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, is close to signing a new five-year deal to stay at Manchester United. (Metro)

Defensive midfielder Adrien Tameze, 25, said he rejected a January move to either Cardiff City or Watford because he wanted to keep working with Nice manager Patrick Vieira. (Sport Witness)

Tottenham's hopes of playing at the new White Hart Lane this season appear to be fading after manager Mauricio Pochettino said it would be "tough" for them to move in by May. (Guardian)

The Premier League want Tottenham to play at least five league games at their new stadium this season or stay at Wembley for the rest of the campaign. (Standard)

Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given the "best possible audition" to land the Manchester United job on a permanent basis. (Talksport)

Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool are all interested in 19-year-old Benfica playmaker Joao Felix. (Talksport)

Bayern Munich are preparing to bid for 23-year-old Lille forward Nicolas Pepe, a player who is wanted by Arsenal, Manchester City and Barcelona. (Le 10 Sport, via Metro)

Roma are prepared to triple the salary of 21-year-old right winger Cengiz Under to fend off transfer interest from Tottenham and Arsenal. (Calcio Mercato)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dismissed any suggestions his side will spend a huge amount of money in the summer. (Teamtalk)

Tottenham, Inter Milan and AC Milan are monitoring the performances of Porto midfielder Hector Herrera, 28. (Calcio Mercato)

Former West Ham winger Luis Boa Morte has revealed he never really wanted to move to the club. (Mais Futebol, via Sport Witness)

Manchester United missed out on the chance to sign 20-year-old Red Bull Leipzig centre-back Dayot Upamecano after changing the terms of their offer. (Metro)

Championship sides Norwich City, Leeds United and West Brom all sent scouts to watch 19-year-old Motherwell midfielder Jake Hastie play against St Mirren on Wednesday. (Record)


KARREN BRADY Marco Silva’s amazing outburst would work on The Apprentice but not in football

Everton manager blamed lack of self-motivation among his players as a reason for a run of modest results.

Exclusive By Karren Brady

IN a remarkable outburst, Everton manager Marco Silva blames lack of self-motivation among his players as a reason for a run of modest results.

This may well be true for the contestants of The Apprentice, not for a team sport, surely.
The players’ mood going into a game is absolutely the responsibility of the manager.

Otherwise on match day he might as well lock himself in his office with a bottle of whisky.

Now I am well aware preparation goes far beyond boosting the confidence of players in the hours before a match.

We don’t pay fortunes to managers just to enable them to release their inner Winston Churchill, although a few could do with a spot of the pre-match Sir Alex technique.

Far from having this, Silva says that “when you are talking to me about ambition or motivation or focus, then to me that is the obligation of the player”.

This is a far cry from Barry Fry, whose pre-match jolly-up was likely to go something along the lines of: “Get f***ing out there and give everythin’ yer f***ing got.”

Barry at Birmingham was the second manager with whom I worked, a one-off with still the wildest vocabulary I’ve experienced.

Leaving the dressing room, his team were as likely to be laughing as dying to win.

Silva says it is the duty of every player to concentrate every second on the field.

But to put it forward as a contributory cause for a bad run doesn’t exactly win five stars for his reputation.

The best managers are also leaders. And leaders must motivate, whether the person is head salesman of a carpet firm or editor of The Sun.

Nowhere is it more necessary than in a football manager.

Give a player all the money, praise and coaching possible and still the dressing on top has to be provided by the man (no woman, yet) who by planning, coaching, coaxing, flattery and occasionally by kicking backsides drives the whole team to achieve.

And he doesn’t do that by telling his players motivation isn’t his job.

Manchester United’s progress after replacing a viceroy among managers with a rookie is striking in this context, if what we are told about the fractures between Jose Mourinho and some of his team are true.

By any measure, even backed by net transfer spending of £300million, Jose was not a success.

Some players can stand public griping by their manager but not many of them appear to be at Old Trafford.
Far from motivating him, the word is he treated Paul Pogba as private enemy No 1.
If sarcastic comment won matches, Mourinho’s United would have been champions.

The Silva theory, possibly shared by Mourinho, requires players to think themselves into winning mode. It remains to be proved.

Further evidence comes from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who may or may not be as excellent a manager as his string of results suggest.

What is clear is that the players have responded to the fresh atmosphere now that gloomy Jose isn’t there to demotivate them.


Five things to look out for when West Ham face Crystal Palace!

1. Beware the Belgians

Crystal Palace ended last Saturday’s 2-0 home win over Fulham with an all-Belgian forward line of Christian Benteke and Michy Batshuayi.

Benteke was making his first start in five months, while his international teammate Batshuayi (pictured) was introduced off the substitutes’ bench for his debut with eight minutes remaining.

Both men played their part in the Eagles’ victory, with Benteke winning the penalty which Luka Milivojevic converted for their opener, before Batshuayi’s shot was parried by Sergio Rico and the rebound fired home by Jeffrey Schlupp.

It would be no surprise if Roy Hodgson opts to field both men from the start against West Ham United at Selhurst Park.

2. Crystal Palace's outstanding new goalkeeper

It would be easy to point out that Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey has never won in seven attempts against the Irons, conceding 15 goals in the process.

The 31-year-old has also been beaten by a succession of worldies, including a Mark Noble curler when playing for Wolverhampton Wanderers in August 2009, Dimitri Payet’s sensational free-kick at the Boleyn Ground in April 2016, Andy Carroll’s acrobatic effort at London Stadium in January 2017 and Felipe Anderson’s outstanding strike in the reverse Premier League fixture earlier this season.

However, Hennessey has lost his place to Vicente Guaita in recent weeks and the former Getafe stopper has been in outstanding form, conceding just seven goals and keeping six clean sheets in eleven appearances in the Premier League and Emirates FA Cup.

3. Experienced but unfamiliar foes

Despite both men enjoying long and illustrious careers, the vastly-experienced Manuel Pellegrini and Roy Hodgson have met just once as managers – West Ham United’s 3-2 win over Crystal Palace at London Stadium in December.

After kicking-off at Universidad de Chile in his homeland in 1988, Pellegrini has, of course, managed in Europe for much of the past 15 years, taking charge at Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga, Manchester City and, since last summer, West Ham.

Hodgson’s career has been even longer, managing no fewer than 16 different clubs and four countries since starting out at Swedish side Halmstad in 1976.

4. James Tomkins **Out of today's game**

Now approaching his 30th birthday, it is amazing to think it is nearly eleven years since James Tomkins made his West Ham United debut in a Premier League draw at Everton in March 2008.

Back then, the tall centre-back was just a few months removed from graduating from the Academy of Football. Now, he is an experienced Premier League performer with 238 top-flight appearances under his belt.

A fearless defender, Tomkins has made nearly 1,900 clearances in those games, including 858 with his head, illustrating his dominance in aerial situations in his own penalty area.

As West Ham fans know only too well, the Essex-born player is also a threat in the opposition box and will need to be closely marked on Saturday if he is not to come back to haunt his former club.

5. Penalty kings

When it comes to taking Premier League penalties, few players are more reliable from 12 yards than Mark Noble and Luka Milivojevic.

West Ham United captain Noble has netted 20 top-flight spot-kicks out of 24 since scoring past Birmingham City’s Colin Doyle in August 2007.

Crystal Palace skipper Milivojevic, meanwhile, has scored his last six top-flight penalties since missing against Everton back in October, and 15 out of 17 overall dating back to April 2017.

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Mex Martillo 10:08 Sun Feb 10
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

andyd12345 7:27 Sat Feb 9
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Is there a 0 missing from Tottenham’s bid?

We should offer £22m for Kane, or £18m for Eriksen

The Stoat 3:14 Sat Feb 9
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As if we would deal with Tottenham for that pittance if at all

Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:02 Sat Feb 9
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Takashi Miike 1:00 Sat Feb 9

Takashi Miike 1:00 Sat Feb 9
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Crassus 12:59 Sat Feb 9

Crassus 12:59 Sat Feb 9
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Thanks Alan

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