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Alan 11:39 Mon Aug 12
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard wants to sign Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell when the Blues' transfer ban ends. The England international, 22, is rated at £70m. (Sun)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, says there is always a "question mark" surrounding his future at Manchester United. (RMC - in French)

Barcelona say Brazil winger Philippe Coutinho will not leave the club this summer. (Marca)

Talks between Barcelona and Paris St-Germain over the transfer of Brazil forward Neymar have stalled with the French club asking for three players in addition to a fee for the 27-year-old. (Sport)

Representatives for Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 30, will fly to the US to hold talks with DC United over a potential move for the former Germany international. (Express)

Roma still want to sign Liverpool and Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren, 30. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri says 25-year-old Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, who was linked with Manchester United and Tottenham in the summer, may have to leave the Serie A champions or risk being left out of their Champions League squad. (Mirror)

Napoli are ready to give up on trying to sign Real Madrid's Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, 28, and try to sign PSV Eindhoven and Mexico winger Hirving Lozano, 24, instead. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Marca)

Barcelona will allow Rafinha - who was linked with Liverpool and Arsenal - to leave the club this summer with Valencia the favourites to sign the 26-year-old Brazil midfielder. (Sport)

Romelu Lukaku, 26, scored four goals on his debut for Inter Milan in their 8-0 victory over fourth division side Virtus Bergamo. The Belgium striker completed a deadline day move to Italy from Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Manchester United and Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho says Manchester City's B team would win the Premier League ahead of either of his former clubs or Arsenal. (Telegraph)

Manchester City and France centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, 28, looks set for a second loan spell at Valencia. (Goal)

Belgium's former Tottenham and West Brom midfielder Nacer Chadli, 30, has joined Vincent Kompany's Anderlecht on loan from Monaco. (Anderlecht official website)

Crystal Palace midfielder Andros Townsend, 28, says "it's massive" that Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, stayed at the club in the summer as "he's always been the difference" for the side. (Telegraph)

Bristol City striker Matty Taylor, 29, is closing in on a move to Oxford United. (Bristol Post)

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg says it is disappointing VAR, which made its Premier League debut on the opening weekend of this season, is being criticised despite getting decisions correct. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Dejan Lovren is resigned to the fact that his hopes of getting regular game time at Liverpool are increasingly slim and Italian news outlet Corriere dello Sport say he’s ready to take a pay cut to secure a move to Roma. The Croatian defender didn’t make the bench for Liverpool’s win against Norwich on Friday night and will plead with his current employers to let him move to Italy with a minimum of fuss. Saturday’s Telegraph claimed Roma are also reported to have held talks with Manchester United about taking Alexis Sánchez on loan.

In other unsettled defender news, Serge Aurier has decided he wants to leave Tottenham Hotspur and is currently inching his way across radars at Milan and Paris Saint-Germain. Behind Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth in the Spurs pecking order, the Frenchman last played against Borussia Dortmund in March.

Unwanted by Everton, where he has failed to impress since returning from a cruciate injury sustained under the long-forgotten reign of Sam Allardyce, Yannick Bolasie is currently mulling over offers from Celtic, Besiktas and Rennes.

Neymar has made no secret of his desire to high-tail it out of PSG and a section of the club’s fans have reciprocated by making it clear they’d be absolutely delighted to see the back of the petulant diva. The Brazilian played no part in the French club’s Ligue 1 opener, a 3-0 win against Nimes at Parc des Princes, where chants of “son of a bitch” rang out as supporters held aloft a banner that read “NEYMAR CASSE TOI”(Neymar Go Away).

Having omitted the player in question from his matchday squad, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said “I have no news on his future” but insisted he is trying to get him to stay. “But on the other hand, it’s a personal choice,” he said. “It’s between him and the club.” Barcelona remain the favourites to lure Neymar away from the French capital in a convoluted swap deal involving Philippe Coutinho, Nélson Semedo and a dumper-truck full of tenners. Also surplus to requirements at Barcelona, Neymar’s compatriot Rafinha is on the verge of signing for Valencia.

The Spanish side are also ready to end the Manchester City purgatory of Eliaquim Mangala, who last played a competitive game of football in February 2018 and who previously had a season-long loan spell at the Mestella Stadium.

Having failed to secure a move to Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United due to unresolved legal wrangling over his image rights, Paulo Dybala has been warned to find himself a new club or suffer the indignity of being left out of Juventus’s Champions League squad. “Our situation is difficult, almost embarrassing, because we run the risk of leaving out players of a really high level,” said manager Maurizio Sarri. PSG are the latest club to be linked with the Argentinian striker.

Football London

West Ham's Aaron Cresswell poser and why Manuel Pellegrini faces decision over Michail Antonio

The Hammers manager already has some big decisions to make after just one game of the season

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham's season got off to a dreadful start as they were destroyed 5-0 by Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime and for the third season in a row, end the first weekend of the new season at the foot of the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola's side extended their winning streak in east London to five games and have now scored 22 goals and conceded just one.

Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini said after the game the scoreline didn't reflect the game and that's fair enough. It was only 1-0 at half time, the home side were decent for the first 25 minutes but let their heads go down after Gabriel Jesus' opener.

But there were a couple of decisions that affected the Hammers, particularly in-game from Pellegrini, that could be contributed to the downfall. Of course, Man City are on a different planet so it may well not have mattered anyway.

West Ham now travel t face a side who they have not managed to beat in Brighton since the Seagulls returned to the top flight two seasons ago, and to the AMEX Stadium where West Ham haven't won yet either.

So what are the issues facing Pellegrini ahead of the game?

The Michail Antonio conundrum

The winger was a surprise starter at London Stadium on Saturday but it looked to be paying off - relatively - as the Hammers were only 1-0 down at half time against the reigning, two-time Premier League champions.

Could Antonio have done better for Jesus' opener? Perhaps, he left Aaron Cresswell horribly exposed to get absolutely burned by Kyle Walker who turned on the jets to speed to the byline and cross in.

But Antonio was effective. He pressed City high up the pitch, offered an outlet in attack and in the first 25 minutes especially, helped stretch the game.

Pellegrini took Antonio off at half time and replaced him with Pablo Fornals and with that, the Hammers lost their way. City were rampant in the second half, there was no real outlet for the home side to get up the pitch apart from Sebastien Haller, who was very isolated but his hold up play was exceptional.

Antonio deployed as a striker for the majority of pre-season before Haller's arrival and that seemed to be his role in the team this season as a backup for the club-record signing. But his performance in the first half has raised a question for Pellegrini. Antonio ended the last campaign in fine form and still has something to offer this team.

But at the expense of who, is the question.

A left back headache

Cresswell started the game on Saturday and skippered the side, which was no surprise as Arthur Masuaku had returned late from international duty this summer and Cresswell had more minutes in the summer.

Against City, a more solid defensive option was needed and that is arguably why Cresswell got the nod though Masuaku not even making the squad was a surprise.

However, the England international has not been in good form for nearly 12 months now, he's failed to nail down the left back spot and has been picking up niggling injuries.

It's harsh to criticise for the opening goal as only Ryan Fredericks could have got remotely close to Walker speeding away.

Against City, his selection was entirely understandable but in the second half especially, the left side of the Hammers defence was targeted as a weak link. Whether Masuaku would have improved that is hypothetical.

But against Brighton, Pellegrini has to strongly consider bringing in the DR Congo defender, who did look sharp in the limited pre-season minutes he got.

We know what Masuaku brings to the team in an attacking sense but defensively, he's suspect. He's improved but still has a way to go. But off the back of penning a new five-year contract in the capital this summer, he'll be full of beans and raring to go.

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Texas Iron 8:54 Tue Aug 13
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ironsofcanada 3:56 Mon Aug 12
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SDKFZ 222 3:41 Mon Aug 12

Maybe journalists don't understand renaming a stadium does not make a new stadium

We then beat them 6-0 (Vaz Te hatrick) at our place that year. I expect one of those two results.

SDKFZ 222 3:41 Mon Aug 12
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‘And to the Amex Stadium, where West Ham haven’t won yet, either.’

I must have imagined our 1-0 win there during the championship season. I swear I was there when it happened 🤔🤷🏼‍♂️

Mex Martillo 2:41 Mon Aug 12
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:05 Mon Aug 12

Thanks Alan 12:05 Mon Aug 12
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 11:48 Mon Aug 12

The Stoat 11:48 Mon Aug 12
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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