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Alan 1:03 Thu Sep 5
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona could have signed Tottenham striker Lucas Moura, 27, this summer but were unable to meet the £45m asking price. (Mundo Deportivo)

Juventus will try to sell both striker Mario Mandzukic, 33, and midfielder Emre Can, 25, in the January transfer window. (Goal)

West Ham are lining up a move for Croatia international Mandzukic in the January transfer window. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich will relaunch their attempts to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane in January, despite the 23-year-old Germany international being out with a long-term knee injury. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid remain interested in Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, and are willing to make a big offer in January. (AS - Spanish)

Juventus are also keeping tabs on Manchester United trio David de Gea, 28, Eric Bailly, 25, and Nemanja Matic, 31, before next summer's transfer window. (Daily Mirror via Gazzetta Dello Sport)

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren, 30, says he considered moves to both AC Milan and Roma this summer. (Sportske Novosti via Liverpool Echo)

Paris St-Germain forward Neymar, 27, cried after being told he would not be returning to former club Barcelona. (El Chiringuito radio via Esporte - Portuguese)

And Barcelona striker Luis Suarez, 32, said Neymar had done everything to try and leave Paris St-Germain. (Fox Sports Radio via Barca Blaugranes)

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 20, says the timing was not right for him to leave the Hammers after being linked with Manchester United in the summer, but the England international added that he believed he had the "ability to play for a club like that". (FourFourTwo, via Mail)

League One side Bolton have submitted a contract offer to forward Joe Dodoo, 24, after his Rangers contract was terminated this week. (Football Insider)

Chelsea forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, is ready to commit to his long-term future with the club. (Football.london)

Former Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, 22, says ex-Reds duo Steven Gerrard and Michael Beale, now in charge at Rangers, were integral to him completing a move to the Glasgow club. (Express)

Manchester United midfield target Bruno Fernandes, 24, is set to sign a new contract at Sporting Lisbon. (Record via Manchester Evening News)

Nottingham Forest were interested in former Tottenham midfielder Marcus Edwards, 20, this summer. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Aston Villa made a £9m bid for Celta Vigo forward Pione Sisto, 24, in the summer. (Faro de Vigo - Spain)

Spanish sides Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao are set to pounce on Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 30, if he becomes available. (Express)

Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, 30, says he's ready to go to extreme lengths to ensure Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, joins him at the club. (Sport1 via Lancashire Live)

The brother of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba insists the 26-year-old will focus on his time at Old Trafford after failing to secure a move away this summer. (El Chiringuito via Metro)

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be the person who "bears the responsibility" if the club do not challenge for the Premier League title. (Times - subscription required)

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After years of success, Juventus hope the thing that will take them to the next level is to bring in three Manchester United players, with the Serie A champions contemplating a triple swoop for David de Gea, Eric Bailly and Nemanja Matic. Bruno Fernandes was interesting Manchesters City and United in the transfer window, the midfielder is now set to commit his future to Sporting.

With all the talk of Christian Eriksen trying to leave for any club in Spain, no one noticed that Lucas Moura had the chance to join Barcelona over the summer but the Catalans could not pay Spurs the proposed £45m fee. Maybe he was the Brazilian forward with Paris Saint-Germain on his CV that the Catalans really wanted and the whole Neymar thing was a smokescreen.

Speaking of Eriksen ... he could still be heading to La Liga in January as Atlético Madrid are interested in signing the Dane but it might be trickier to do the deal in real life than on Football Manager.

West Ham finally looked to have a competent striker in Sébastian Haller but this has spurred them on to find another. They are supposedly plotting a move for Juventus big man Mario Mandzukic, who could replace the Andy Carroll sized hole in the squad but also be fit enough to play some games.

There could be a Basque battle for Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta, as he’s attracting eyes from Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad, if the Premier League club ever decide to sell the Spain international. One man set to stay at Chelsea is Callum Hudson-Odoi who after delaying longer than Crossrail, looks set to sign a new five-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

After Bolton avoided extinction they will mark the occasion by signing striker Joe Dodoo, who was recently released by Rangers.


'I've got the ability to play for a club like that': Declan Rice talks up future Manchester United move as he insists timing wasn't right this summer

Declan Rice, 20, was linked with a summer switch to Manchester United
The England midfielder stayed at West Ham rather than pushing for move away
Rice insists he can play for a club like United but will only move when he's ready

By Anthony Hay

Declan Rice has opened the door to playing for a club like Manchester United in the future but insists the timing wasn't right this summer.

Rice, 20, was linked with a move to Old Trafford before the Premier League campaign started but he ended up staying at West Ham.

The England international was aware of the speculation linking him with a move to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side but is happy learning his trade at the Hammers.

When asked by FourFourTwo about reports linking him with Manchester United, Rice said: 'Don't get me wrong, I think I've got the ability to play for a club like that.

'But it's all about the timing and I don't think the timing is right for me at all. I've still got so much to learn.

'I'm loving it at West Ham, the connection between me and the supporters is special. I've become one of the fans' favourites and the manager likes me.

'It's the best place for me to play my football.'

Rice signed a long-term contract with the east London outfit in December with his new deal ending in 2024.

And the former Chelsea academy prospect has revealed he would love to become a West Ham legend if he is to reject overtures from rival clubs.

He added: 'I've signed a contract here for the next few years and I'm looking forward to playing this season and the season beyond, so we'll just see where it goes.

'To be called a West Ham legend in the future, maybe, would be a real honour.'

West Ham 'interested in January move for Mario Mandzukic' after Man United turned down chance to sign Juventus forward over the summer

West Ham 'are keen on signing Mario Mandzukic from Juventus in January'
Man United turned down chance to sign 33-year-old Croatian over the summer
Mandzukic is expected to play little more than a bit-part role for Juventus
He has yet to come off the bench for Italian Champions in their first two games

By Adam Shergold

West Ham 'are keen on Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic' and could make their move during the January transfer window.

Mandzukic, 33, was linked with a move to Manchester United over the summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer considered replacements for Inter Milan-bound Romelu Lukaku.

But the Croatian didn't fit United's style of football, with Solskjaer keen on young players who could run at opposition defences as opposed to a target man.

However, according to the Daily Mirror, Mandzukic could get his Premier League move in January with West Ham expressing an interest.

The Hammers have been left a little light up front, with Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll allowed to leave over the summer.

And things worsened for manager Manuel Pellegrini when Michail Antonio was ruled out for four months with a hamstring injury suffered in last week's Carabao Cup tie at Newport County.

That left West Ham with just two fit senior strikers - summer signings Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti.

Mandzukic isn't expected to play much part this season for Juventus, with new manager Maurizio Sarri not involving him in their opening two matches of the season and leaving him out of their Champions League squad.

If West Ham were to move for the four-time Serie A winner, it would likely be on loan rather than a permanent deal.

The Croatian played - and scored - in last year's World Cup final in Moscow as Croatia lost 4-2 to France.


West Ham fans react as Under 21 side launch stunning comeback against Newport

The young guns looked dead and buried at 4-1 down.

By Sam Preston

(Photo by James Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Not long after West Ham’s first team saw off Newport County 2-0 in the EFL Cup, the Under 21 side traveled to Wales to face Michael Flynn’s side in the EFL Trophy last night.

Where Manuel Pellegrini’s side made a good start and eased into the lead, the young guns struggled in the first half, with Antony Scully’s opening goal inside a minute swiftly cancelled out.

Tristan Abrahams equalised on 10 minutes, before goals from Corey Whitely, Lewis Collins and Ryan Hillier put Newport into a 4-1 lead before half time.

The youngsters looked dead and buried but Joe Powell’s penalty cut the deficit within two minutes of the restart, before Veron Parkes made it 4-3 six minutes later.

Kai Corbett pulled it back to 4-4 with just seven minutes remaining before Scully’s second goal of the night completed a staggering comeback.

West Ham fans on Twitter were understandably buzzing when the club’s official account put the scoreline out during a week when of course the senior team doesn’t have a fixture.

They believe that the future looks bright after such an eye-catching result against an experienced side who have launched their fair share of cup shocks in recent years.

The Hammers fans would love nothing more than to see more players follow in the footsteps of Declan Rice and make the jump into the first team and results like this won’t do the youngsters’ chances any harm at all.

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Mex Martillo 4:42 Thu Sep 5
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Thanks Alan 3:33 Thu Sep 5

Thanks Alan 3:33 Thu Sep 5
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North Bank 2:13 Thu Sep 5

Texas Iron 3:21 Thu Sep 5
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North Bank 2:13 Thu Sep 5
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ted fenton 1:05 Thu Sep 5

Mike Oxsaw 1:41 Thu Sep 5
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'I've got the ability to play for a club like that'

Then it's up to West Ham to become 'a club like that'.

Not Rocket science

ted fenton 1:05 Thu Sep 5
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Thanks Alan.

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