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Q: Manuel Pellegrini - What should we do
a. A good man & a good coach we should stick with him
b. A busted flush & he's outstayed his welcome, time to go
c. What difference does it really make who's in charge while the current owners are still in control

Alan 1:25 Tue Aug 13
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Legal representatives of Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, 27, have been pictured entering the offices of his former club Barcelona. (Gol TV, via AS)

Real Madrid remain interested in signing Neymar and will end their pursuit of Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, if they land him. (Sun)

PSG appear to have stopped selling Neymar's shirt in their club shop. (UOL Esporte, via Marca)

Argentine forward Lionel Messi, 32, has called Neymar to try to persuade the Brazilian to join him at Barcelona rather than move to rivals Real Madrid. (Marca)

Manchester United are stunned that Pogba has suggested he could still leave the club this summer. (Mirror)

Italian champions Juventus are interested in signing Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, on a free transfer when his Tottenham contract expires at the end of the season. (Metro)

Tottenham are willing to more than double Eriksen's wages to close to £200,000-a-week but fear even that may not be enough to keep him. (Mail)

Bayern Munich are in talks with Barcelona about signing Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 27, on a year-long loan deal that includes an end-of-season purchase clause. (RAC1, via AS)

Former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 29, will make decision on his future this week as he considers bids from 13 clubs, including a £60,000-a-week contract offer from Turkish side Fenerbahce. (Telegraph)

Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26, agreed to put his differences with the Crystal Palace hierarchy aside after team-mate Mamadou Sakho demanded he give his all in a players' meeting. (Sun)

Inter Milan and Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 30, has had a medical at Bayern Munich and is set to complete a 5m euro (£4.64m) season-long loan, which includes a 20m euro (£18.6m) option to buy next year. (Bild - in German)

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, is prepared to bide his time on the sidelines at Real Madrid until the Chinese Super League window re-opens in November or manager Zinedine Zidane is sacked. (Mail)

David Beckham's new Major League Soccer franchise Inter Miami will sign Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, when his PSG contract expires in June 2020. (Fox Deportes - in Spanish)

Liverpool will accept an offer of 15m euros (£13.9m) plus bonuses for Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren, 30, amid interest from AC Milan and Roma. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United and Italy defender Matteo Darmian, 29, is set to move to Inter Milan when his contract expires at the end of the season. (Rai Sport, via Star)

Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling, 24, is considering a £100m boot deal with Nike brand Air Jordan. (Telegraph)

Sevilla and France striker Wissam Ben Yedder, 29, is set to join Monaco for 40m euros (£37.1m). (L'Equipe - in French)

Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 24, joined Arsenal from Lille because he wanted to join a club where he could make a big impact, says the French club's president. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool cannot recall keeper Loris Karius, 26, from his loan at Besiktas after Alisson's calf injury and the German is also currently out with a calf injury anyway. (Liverpool Echo)

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In what amounts to a vicious, third-degree burn, video footage recorded by the Brazilian journalist João Henrique Marques suggests all trace of Neymar has been removed from the Paris Saint-Germain club shop, although the Brazilian’s more deluded fans could conceivably argue the player is simply so popular that everything bearing his name and image has sold out and staff can’t keep up with demand.

The striker’s next destination remains unclear, but the maelstrom of speculation surrounding his future continues to swirl. With both Real Madrid and Barcelona duking it out for his services, le10sport in France says PSG would quite like to get the Catalan club’s striker Ousmane Dembélé in part exchange. Meanwhile in England the Sun reports that Real Madrid will stop hitching their skirts at the Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba if they’re successful in signing the Brazilian and will offer PSG their pick of James Rodríguez, Isco, Raphaël Varane or Marcelo as a sweetener in any deal to bring him to the Bernabéu.

Marca reports that Leo Messi has privately pleaded with his old pal to return to Barcelona, while Neymar’s potty-mouthed sister Rafaella goaded PSG fans who protested against her absent brother during PSG’s season-opener against Nimes by taking to social media to say “You’ll win nothing without him, fuckers”, in a Tweet that has since been deleted.

In slightly more edifying transfer tittle-tattle, Tottenham Hotspur are so concerned about losing Christian Eriksen to one of Europe’s elite clubs they’ve offered to more than double his weekly wages from £80,000 to £200,000. Real Madrid and Juventus remain interested in the Danish pocket dynamo. Still a free agent following his release from Spurs this summer, blue-eyed Spanish striker Fernando Llorente could be off to Napoli, who are also trying to sign the Mexican winger Hirving Lozano from PSV Eindhoven.

Internazionale are finding Mauro Icardi difficult to shift, even though the Argentinian striker has no shortage of admirers. Napoli and Roma are believed to have cooled their interest due to complications involving image rights, but the player’s wife and Mrs 15%, Wanda Nara, is still listening to offers from Monaco and Juventus. Meanwhile in Germany, Icardi’s Inter team-mate Ivan Perisic rocked up to Bayern Munich’s training ground for a medical yesterday, ahead of inking his £4.6m loan move to the German champions.

Ahead of Celtic’s finely poised Champions League third qualifying round second leg against CFR Cluj in Glasgow on Tuesday night, Neil Lennon says James Forrest is not for sale despite interest from Zenit St Petersburg. In the market for a new left-back following the sale of Kieran Tierney to Arsenal, the Daily Record claims Lennon is mulling over bids for Hull City’s Stephen Kingsley or Rosenburg’s Birger Meling. At Ibrox Steven Gerrard is interested in signing the winger Ryan Kent from Liverpool, while his Hearts counterpart Craig Levein is in need of a tough-tackling midfielder with 100,000 miles on the clock and may sign Glenn Whelan, a free agent following his release from Aston Villa.

Still without a club since being released by Swansea City, Wilfried Bony is keeping himself in shape by training with the League Two side Newport County. And finally, Everton have announced the sale of the winger Henry Onyekuru to Monaco following a two-year spell that the 22-year-old Nigerian spent out on loan at Anderlecht and then Galatasaray, without ever making an appearance for the Toffees.


Mourinho and West Ham

Mischief-making Stan Collymore has got it all wrong!

I don’t normally take much notice of pundits these days but his thoughts that Jose Mourinho could become West Ham boss at some point in the future is not something that I want to let pass.

The former Liverpool and Villa player is usually on the lookout for a controversial comment or ten with which to fill his pundit bag.

But in suggesting that Mourinho could be a target for West Ham should Manuel Pellegrini fail to do the business at the club this season is a piece of nonsense too far.

Tweeting his views at the weekend he said: “Clever from Jose.

“Hasn’t been offered a club that he wants so far so sell himself on TV. Philosophy, humour, charm will have a chance to regularly to say “I’m here”.

“None of the top six need him, so Wolves (Mendes), Everton and West Ham managers in particular, watch your backs!”

It’s an easy call but the Mourinho factor was again illustrated to be un-required when his debut on Sky was marked by an attack on Frank Lampard’s team selection which drew a pretty pretty smart response from the former Iron.

It demonstrated the Portugeezer’s lack of sensitivity or tolerance outside or inside clubs given this was the bloke’s first game

Beyond that of course, even were Pellegrini to fail he would be far too expensive at around £14 million a year with the requirement of a massive transfer budget available to him.

On top of that is he seeming ability to court trouble even where it doesn’t exist and at a club now becoming relatively stable under Pellegrini that is the last thing we need.

And just by way of an added assurance this ain’t gonna happen CandH was told in a conversation on the ‘phone with a well placed insider: “Absolutely no way – far too much baggage attached to that one.”

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brundal 10:14 Wed Aug 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Barty , off shore accounts , all the companies involved in the build and running there new stadium and surrounding business are all based off shore. Very easy to pay players more than what is accounted for .

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:22 Wed Aug 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THanks Alan

Barty 5:51 Tue Aug 13
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"Tottenham are willing to more than double Eriksen's wages to close to £200,000-a-week but fear even that may not be enough to keep him. (Mail)"

How they keep these players on such low wages is beyond me

Texas Iron 4:55 Tue Aug 13
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boleyn8420 3:01 Tue Aug 13
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Too much baggage - yep all those trophies and titles he has to carry round with him.

Thanks Alan 2:29 Tue Aug 13
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Mex Martillo 1:57 Tue Aug 13

Mex Martillo 1:57 Tue Aug 13
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 1:29 Tue Aug 13
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
the special one at our place? hahaha, they can't match moyes ambition

Thanks Alan

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