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Alan 1:28 Wed Sep 4
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United will try to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen for a reduced fee in January, with the Denmark international's Spurs deal set to expire at the end of the season. (Sun)

However, United will face competition for Eriksen, 27, from Italian club Inter Milan.(Express)

Spurs want to sign Fulham's 19-year-old England Under-20 player Steven Sessegnon, who can play at full-back, centre-half and in midfield - a month after signing his twin brother Ryan for £25m. (Sun)

Chelsea's Brazil winger Willian, 31, is wanted by his old boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, with the player in the final year of his contract at Stamford Bridge. (Express)

Liverpool are tracking Trabzonspor's £14m-rated goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. The Reds watched the 23-year-old Turkey international during a 1-1 draw with Fenerbahce last weekend. (Mail)

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, who turns 70 in October, wants to return to management - 16 months after the Frenchman ended a near 22-year reign at the Gunners. (Sun)

Liverpool and Chelsea are chasing Wigan Athletic's 17-year-old English forward Joe Gelhardt, who has made three first-team appearances. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich's attempt to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, 23, during the summer failed over the Germany international's wage demands. (Manchester Evening News)

England right-back Kieran Trippier, 28, says joining Atletico Madrid from Tottenham in July is a "step forward". (Diario AS - in Spanish)

Manchester United and England defender Chris Smalling, who has joined Roma, initially on loan, could stay at the Italian club beyond this season. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Newcastle United winger Hatem ben Arfa, 32, remains a free agent with the France international claiming he turned down several clubs in the summer. (Mail)

Real Madrid have mutually agreed with midfielder Lucas Silva to terminate the 26-year-old's contract, meaning the Brazilian is now a free agent. (Marca)

Nigeria want Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham to play for them rather than England and say the 21-year-old expects to give them a decision by April 2020. Abraham has played for England at friendly level but can switch allegiance as he is yet to play a competitive game. (Express)

Former England striker Michel Owen says former international team-mate David Beckham let the national team down by being sent off against Argentina at the 1998 World Cup. (Mirror)

Wolves are set to honour their forward Raul Jimenez, 28, by unveiling a new Mexico-inspired green third strip. (Express & Star)

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Nick Ames

At times like this, when the nation is surrounded by uncharted waters at every turn and everything you thought you knew is tossed up into the air, one obvious question springs to mind: has Christian Eriksen got his mitts on a copy of Football Manager yet?

Manchester United certainly hope so, because they’d happily take the great Dane off Spurs’ hands this winter and give his turbulent August all the relevance of a long-deleted save. United need a creative spark; Eriksen thinks he needs to leave Spurs; there’s scant chance Daniel Levy would want to let him leave for free next season. It could just work out: now, any chance he could bring Tonton Zola Moukoko along with him?

Not that Tottenham fans should get too glum – it could be happy families at the Lane very soon. Happy Sessegnon families, to be precise: having already signed Ryan this summer they’re going back to Fulham for his younger brother, the highly-rated defender Steven Sessegnon, and hope their persistence gets their man in the winter.

“Seen the rumour that I’m being lined up to join my old manager, Maurizio Sarri, at Juventus next summer once my Chelsea contract is up, and that we might start negotiations in January?” Don’t be silly Willian, it was really nothing.

It’s thin gruel for those clubs seeking a shot of inspiration now that the transfer window has slammed shut, but what about signing one of the many eager, talented free agents who are just desperate to show their worth? There are some big names still out there and few more so than Hatem Ben Arfa, who is flying solo after leaving Rennes. Fiorentina, Fenerbahce and – surprise surprise – West Ham are all credited with showing interest but there’s a small problem. “No challenge that has been proposed to me has excited me,” he apparently bemoaned on Instagram. “It’s like with a woman, if she does not excite you, let it go.” People in glass houses: it’s fair to say a number of Ben Arfa’s footballing partners have found the end product doesn’t exactly get the fires raging.

Those in need of more substance can console themselves that, fortunately, the managerial merry-go-round still carries on a-turning. It might just alight at the gates of Hillsborough for the Lincoln manager Danny Cowley and his brother, Nicky. The Sincil Bank miracle workers didn’t much like what they heard when Huddersfield came sniffing around but Sheffield Wednesday might be a different proposition: talks are ongoing and Lincoln, second in League One, could yet lose their star turns. Puts it all in perspective really.


Silva announcement rules out free agents

Last night’s confirmation that Xand Silva will take Javier Hernandez’s squad position has all but ruled out a move for a free agent as striker cover following the departure of the Mexican. The published squad list named the maximum seventeen non-grown players including Xande with a further six homegrown players bringing the total squad excluding players under twenty-one to a squad of twenty-three.

Silva is expected to out of action until October as he recovers from emergency bowel obstruction surgery and was due to be left out the squad until Hernandez was sold earlier this week.

A senior club insider speaking to Claret and Hugh yesterday confirmed the club accepted that they were short of cover in the striker department but the manager had great faith in Albian Ajeti and was sure it would make his impact on the Premier League when required.

The Hammers will wait until January to decide whether to dip into the transfer market to add re-enforcements upfront.

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Texas Iron 10:20 Wed Sep 4
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Mex Martillo 4:27 Wed Sep 4
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Thanks Alan

jimbo2. 3:11 Wed Sep 4
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Cheers Al!

Thanks Alan 1:36 Wed Sep 4
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