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Alan 1:02 Wed Aug 21
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Turkish side Fenerbahce want to sign Manchester United's Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 29, on loan. (A Spor, via Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic could join AC Milan on loan - just two months after the 21-year-old Serbia international's £62m to the Bernabeu. (Gazzetta - in Italian)

Juventus are interested in a move for Barcelona's 32-year-old Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, if the Spanish champions re-sign Brazil forward Neymar, 27 from Paris St-Germain. (Tuttosport, via Sun)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he might retire in "two or three years" - after his contract with the Reds ends in 2022. (Gianluca di Marzio, via Sun)

Premier League sides Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal are monitoring Rennes' 16-year-old Angolan midfielder Eduardo Camavinga, who inspired his side to a shock 2-1 win over Paris St-Germain in Ligue 1 on Sunday. (Mail)

Arsenal are considering offering French midfielder Matteo Guendouzi, 20, a new five-year deal which would double his wages to £70,000 a week. (Mail)

Monaco have agreed a deal to sign Southampton's Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina, 25, on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy. (RMC - in French)

Besiktas have agreed a season-long loan deal with Tottenham's 24-year-old French winger Georges-Kevin N'Koudou. (TRT Spor - in Turkish)

Belgian side Club Bruges want to sign Spurs' Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama, 28. (Express)

Former Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany has been criticised for trying to copy the style of football of Pep Guardiola - his former boss at Etihad Stadium - after failing to win his first four matches as player-manager of Anderlecht. (Mirror)

Juventus are ready to include Germany international and former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, 25, as part of a deal to help them sign Barcelona's Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31. (Tuttosport, via Mail)

Tottenham's France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 32, has called on the north London side to show greater resilience this season as they bid to win a first trophy since 2008. (Standard)

Birmingham City have been linked with a move for 22-year-old Spanish left-back Alberto Redondo, who was released by Getafe at the end of last season. (Footmercato, via Birmingham Mail)

Everton are planning to play a behind-closed-doors friendly to help some of their new signings build up their match fitness. (Liverpool Echo)

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Ben Fisher

Is this the endgame for Alexis Sánchez at Old Trafford? Manchester United have been trying to offload the striker almost ever since he joined from Arsenal in January last year and, although the idea of the Stretford End seeing the back of him permanently seems a little premature, Sánchez could be out of sight and out of mind by the time the European transfer window closes on 2 September. Internazionale are happy to stump up a fair whack of Sánchez’s extortionate wages, believed to be in the region of £300,000 per week, and hope to get a season’s loan deal over the line for a player whose last contribution was at Huddersfield in May.

Sánchez may not be the only United player heading out of Carrington for the final time over the next fortnight either, with defender Marcos Rojo a target for Turkish side Fenerbahce. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is going to be a busy man with all these leaving dos to attend but, in terms of future incomings, he is likely to be frustrated with Borussia Dortmund pouring cold water on United’s hopes of landing Jadon Sancho, with the England winger rewarded with a new contract that doubles his pay packet to the tune of around £160,000-a-week in a bid to fend off interest.

But away from lukewarm contract tittle-tattle, it is in Serie A where the deals are really hotting up. Champions Juventus are lining up a move for Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic and are prepared to throw in Emre Can as part of any deal for the 31-year-old, while Real Madrid are weighing up allowing summer signing Luka Jovic to waltz out the door only two months after sealing a £62m move to the Spanish capital. Milan are sniffing around the 21-year-old Serbia striker, who came off the bench for his La Liga debut at Celta Vigo last weekend, with a loan move mooted.

Elsewhere, Tottenham midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama is on the radar of Club Brugge and Georges-Kévin Nkoudou has checked in for speedy boarding and is set to join Besiktas on a season’s loan, while Liverpool have turned their nose up at Danish outfit Nordsjælland’s loan offer for 20-year-old striker Bobby Duncan, who is down the pecking order at Anfield. Finally, Birmingham like the cut of Spanish full-back Alberto Redondo’s jib, with the defender a free agent after leaving Getafe.


Irons U23s draw in Brentford friendly

West Ham United U23 twice came from behind to draw with Brentford ‘B’ in an entertaining friendly at Griffin Park.

An enthusiastic home crowd were in attendance to witness the young Hammers fall behind to a crisp strike by Brentford’s Jaden Brissett after eight minutes, his low finish from the edge of the area kissing goalkeeper David Martin’s far post on the way in.

The Irons would fight back, however, and the high intensity press pivotal to their impressive start to the season yielded the equaliser after 38 minutes, the ball breaking to Oladapo Afolayan, whose decision to shoot when West Ham had a 3-on-2 overload paid off when his low strike was palmed out to the onrushing Anthony Scully, who lofted over the stranded keeper.

The second half saw a raft of changes as the two sides continue to trade chances, but the match seemed to have slipped away from the Irons when the hosts caught the visitors in possession just outside the area; Jan Zamburek had plenty of time and space to tuck it away for Brentford B with 18 minutes remaining.

But true to the never-say-die spirit that courses through the U23 side this season, they would fight back once more, Holland collecting the ball on the left hand side of the penalty area, cutting inside and burying an unstoppable finish into the far corner to draw his side level with five minutes remaining.

On a balmy summer evening in West London, U23s Lead Coach Dmitri Halajko had named a much-changed starting XI which saw summer signing David Martin make his first start as a West Ham goalkeeper, while Brentford B showed their respect for the opposition by starting several senior players in midfielders Dru Yearwood, Kamohelo Mokotjo and Joel Valencia.

West Ham U23s had started the brighter of the two teams, enjoying the first real opportunity of the game after six minutes; once again a high press saw the ball played through to Afolayan, but the striker was just unable to toe the ball past the onrushing home keeper Gunnarsson, who was out to clear his lines.

Although the hosts were to take the lead two minutes later, the visiting side continued to threaten, and minutes later, Dan Kemp and the instrumental Scully played a neat one-two to set the winger away down the right. He stood the ball up to find the incoming Scully in the centre, but the Brazilian’s header flashed just wide.

Beginning to pull the strings, Scully would then have the Hammers’ best chance of the half, another cross from the right finding him in space inside the area. Showing neat control to bring the ball down, his second touch whipped the ball towards the far corner, prompting a fine stretch from Gunnarsson to keep the home side in front – at least until Scully’s equaliser minutes later.

A double change at half-time saw U23 veterans Nathan Holland and Joe Powell take to the left side of midfield, and the duo began to dictate the game; 12 minutes after the restart, Holland’s in-swinging cross found Scully in space, but the midfielder was always stretching to reach it and couldn’t quite get the purchase required to trouble Gunnarsson.

The score remained level as substitutions began to break up the play, with the Hammers in particular introducing a number of players from across the Academy of Football including U18 stars Veron Parkes, Kai Corbett and Sam Caiger, but Brentford and Zamburek’s late sucker punch looked to have stolen the game for the home side.

Holland did not take the result lying down, however, and with the clock ticking down, he got the goal his fine display deserved, skipping inside the home side’s challenges, surging towards the centre of the goal and powering the ball into the far corner – a fitting end to an entertaining examination for Halajko’s young charges.

Brentford B: Gunnarsson; Titov, O’Connor, Mitchell, Tsaroulla; Yearwood (Read 49), Mokotjo (Oksaken 62), Zamburek; Brissett (Adams 45), Mogensen, Valencia
Subs: Shepperd, Carré, Tue Jensen

Goals: Brissett (8), Zamburek (72)

West Ham United U23: Martin; Ashby (Parkes 59), Ngakia (Parker 44), Alese, Hannam (Belic 80); Rosa (Corbett 82), Forson (Powell 45); Kemp (Holland 45), Scully (Baptiste 68), Dju (Caiger 59); Afolayan (Akande 59)
Subs: Anang, Parker

Goals: Scully (38), Holland (86)

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Texas Iron 12:17 Thu Aug 22
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Thanks Alan 3:49 Wed Aug 21
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gph 3:05 Wed Aug 21
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Thanks, Alan

Mex Martillo 1:44 Wed Aug 21
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mallard 1:06 Wed Aug 21
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Thanks Alan

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