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Alan 12:01 Fri Aug 16
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, is still desperate to leave Manchester United for Real Madrid this summer. (Marca)

England centre-back Harry Maguire, 26, turned down a £278,000-a-week offer from Manchester City in favour of joining rivals United instead. (Star)

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer held talks with Tottenham's Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen over a potential move to Old Trafford, however the 27-year-old wanted to hold out for a move to Spain. (Manchester Evening News)

United's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, is set for a move to Italy, with Juventus, Napoli, AC Milan and Inter Milan all in contention to sign him. (Mirror)

Sanchez will push for a move out of Old Trafford before the European transfer window closes on 2 September. (Times)

Alternatively, Sanchez' current £560,000-a-week deal has left United unable to find a buyer. (Mirror)

Juventus are still hoping to offload Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, before the European deadline - though the Italian champions are yet to receive any firm offers. (Independent)

Paris St-Germain sporting director Leonardo says Brazil forward Neymar "has made mistakes" but insisted the 27-year-old is in Paris "for three years". (RMC - in French)

Argentina centre-back Marcos Rojo, 29, who was a target for Everton over the summer, is likely to leave Manchester United before the European transfer window closes. (Express)

Liverpool and Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, 30, is close to securing a move to Serie A side Roma in a £23m deal. (Calcio Mercato via Mirror)

Stoke City's England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 26, will seek a move abroad to force his way into England manager Gareth Southgate's plans for Euro 2020. (Mail)

Brazilian side Flamengo pulled out of a move for free-agent striker Mario Balotelli over the 29-year-old's £4m contract demands. (Mail)

Napoli have agreed a deal to sign 23-year-old Mexico winger Hirving Lozano from Dutch side PSV Eindhoven. (Voetbal International - in Dutch)

Napoli rejected a 90m euro (£82m) bid from Manchester United for 28-year-old Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly before the end of the English transfer window. (Corriere dello Sport, via Calciomercato)

Bournemouth's English winger Jordon Ibe is wanted by Scottish champions Celtic. Italian side Napoli have already made an enquiry for the 23-year-old. (Sun)

Manchester United have banned players from signing autographs at an entrance to the club's training ground over safety concerns. (Telegraph)

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini says he wanted Liverpool keeper Adrian, 32, to stay at the club. (Mail)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is keen for Colombia forward James Rodriguez, 28, who is wanted by Napoli, to stay at the club and fight for his place. (Cope Deportes via Mirror)

Midfielder Isaac Hayden, 24, claims Newcastle players have to "move on" under new boss Steve Bruce following the departure of "respected" Rafa Bentitez. (Chronicle)

Guardian Rumour Mill

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Roma are on the verge of sealing a move for Dejan Lovren, with Calciomercato reporting that Paulo Fonseca requested of his board that they provide him with a central defender who is “reliable and accurate” and that after pondering long and hard and looking high and low, they decided that Liverpool’s defensive outcast was their man. “Negotiations are already advanced,” it says, with negotiations set to conclude “in the coming days”.

The Giallorossi are also identifying striking options in case Patrik Schick is sold before their transfer window closes, with Borussia Dortmund apparently keen on the 23-year-old Czech goal-getter, who rejected the chance to join Newcastle this summer in the hope that a club in the Champions League would come up with an alternative offer. Roma’s first choice, according to Corriere dello Sport, is Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, who apparently had had enough of loan moves but might accept one if there is an obligation to buy at the end of it.

Instead of Manchester City being unable to afford Harry Maguire, as claimed by Pep Guardiola, apparently they were rejected by him. The Mirror reports that Maguire “turned his back on City” because “he had his heart set on United, who he supported while growing up”. So we are supposed to believe that although City would have paid him £278,000 a week, about £100,000 more than he gets at Old Trafford, and he would have won loads of trophies there while working under one of the managerial greats, Maguire chose an inferior team and Ole Gunnar Solskjær because of some childhood dreams. This throws up the tantalising possibility that he would have rejected United as well had he only been offered the chance to become a train driver, or an astronaut. The idea of making a childhood dream come true does sound appealing, but if this kind of dreamy but illogical decision-making eventually reveals itself on the pitch United will be in serious trouble.

Alexis Sánchez is ready to move to Italy, according to the Mirror, with Juventus, Napoli and both Milanese giants interested. Manchester United, they say, are so desperate to be shot of him they “will listen to any offers”. The Mail meanwhile has calculated his cost to United at £560,000 a week, including wages, image rights, a £21,370-a-week payment to his agent, assorted bonuses and national insurance contributions.

The Chilean’s former team-mate at Arsenal, Mesut Özil, could be on the move: the Washington Post reports that his agent was in Washington on Wednesday, where he discussed the possibility of the German moving to the MLS “as early as next year” with a couple of DC United suits. “The group lunched in the Navy Yard, toured Audi Field and was scheduled to visit the future site of United’s training center in Leesburg,” it says. “While there, the group watched a second division match at Segra Field, the newly opened home to DC-owned Loudoun United.” It sounds like quite the day out.

Jack Butland is determined to leave Stoke this summer in search of the top-flight football that might earn him a return to the England squad, and with his Premier League suitors having been priced out is willing to move to Europe, says the Mail. The move now hinges on whether Stoke are willing to accept less than the £30m they were optimistically demanding of his English suitors.


Brighton vs West Ham preview

Team news

Brighton boss Graham Potter has no fresh injury problems as he prepares for a first home Premier League match in charge.

Summer signing Neal Maupay is pushing for a start after coming off the bench to score on his debut in the 3-0 win at Watford. Winger Jose Izquierdo and defender Ezequiel Schelotto (both knee) continue their rehabilitation along with midfielder Yves Bissouma (shoulder).

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is sweating on the fitness of record signing Sebastien Haller and Brazilian playmaker Felipe Anderson ahead of the trip to the south coast.

Midfielder Jack Wilshere has trained all week despite coming off with a dead leg against Manchester City, while skipper Mark Noble remains sidelined by a calf injury but is expected to return to training next week.
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Brighton and Hove Albion have won three of their four Premier League games against West Ham (W3 D1 L0), winning more games against the Hammers than any other team in the competition.
West Ham have lost each of their last eight Premier League games in August, conceding 27 goals across those defeats; their last win in the month was in 2016-17 against Bournemouth.
Brighton haven't scored more than once in any of their last 12 Premier League home games, failing to score in five of their last nine at the Amex Stadium.
Both Brighton and West Ham had the fewest shots of any Premier League side on MD1 (5 each), though Brighton won their match 3-0 while West Ham lost 0-5.
Brighton striker Glenn Murray has scored six Premier League goals against West Ham - more than against any other club, netting four with the Seagulls in four appearances.
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has never beaten Brighton in the Premier League in two attempts (W0 D1 L1) - the Seagulls are one of only three teams he has failed to register a win against, along with former side Man City (three games) and Wolves (two games).
Pascal Gross has assisted in each of his three Premier League appearances for Brighton against West Ham; the last player to assist in four consecutive games against an opponent was Christian Eriksen against Stoke City in February 2017.

Charlie's prediction

What a result for Brighton at Watford last week. West Ham turned up scared against Manchester City and were punished. Declan Rice is not a superstar footballer. He is a very talented and progressive player who will get better, but West Ham are about creative ability and making chances, which Rice does not do. It will take Jack Wilshere time, too, but despite that I am going to go for an away win.


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COOL HAND LUKE 12:30 Sat Aug 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
*injured already*

Might not be a bad thing v Brighton. Personally, I'd go for a more belt and braces side today - Snodgrass and Co. If we are lacking in physicality and determination, we'll get a seeing to.

geoffpikey 6:19 Fri Aug 16
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As always, thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 2:31 Fri Aug 16
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Thanks Alan

boleyn8420 1:51 Fri Aug 16
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2nd Game. Injuries already. FFS

Sydney_Iron 1:46 Fri Aug 16
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Texas Iron 12:22 Fri Aug 16

ludo21 1:05 Fri Aug 16
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The line 'It will take Jack Wilshere time, too' made me chortle...

Texas Iron 12:22 Fri Aug 16
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Takashi Miike 12:04 Fri Aug 16
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Thanks Alan 12:01 Fri Aug 16

Russ of the BML 12:04 Fri Aug 16
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Sweating on fitness of Haller and Anderson??

FFS! Here we go again.

Thanks Alan 12:01 Fri Aug 16
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Thanks Alan

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