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Alan 12:04 Fri Sep 6
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham will again be offered the chance to sign £65m-rated Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, when the transfer window reopens in January after failing to complete a deal in the summer. (Star)

Atletico Madrid are set to move for Spurs and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, in January. (Express)

Manchester United have contacted Paul Pogba's agent to discuss extending the France midfielder's contract beyond 2021. The 26-year-old was linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer. (L'Equipe, via Mail)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will target a new centre-back in January even if injured France defender Aymeric Laporte, 25, is close to a return. (Mail)

City right-back Kyle Walker, 29, is worried about his England future after being left out of manager Gareth Southgate's squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Kosovo. (Star)

Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier, 27, has refused to rule out a January transfer. the Belgium international is out of contract next summer and has been linked with Arsenal and Manchester United. (RTBF - in French)

Juventus are interested in three Manchester United players - 28-year-old Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly, 25, and Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31 - and could bid for the players next summer. (Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Team Talk)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is delighted with forward Gareth Bale's change of attitude and believes the 30-year-old Wales international could, along with Belgium winger Eden Hazard, become a key part of his new Bernabeu project. (ESPN)

Bale says he expects "plenty more turbulence" before there is a "conclusion" on his future at Real. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea's 32-year-old France striker Olivier Giroud has opened the door for a potential move to Major League Soccer in the United States. (Mail)

Tottenham's summer attempt to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes failed because of the "difficult" structure of the offer, says the Portuguese club's president. Spurs were willing to pay £40m up front for the 24-year-old, with another £18m if they had won the Premier League and Champions League. (Evening Standard)

Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 30, says he left Arsenal to join Roma on loan because of a lack of playing time with the Gunners. (Mirror)

Manchester United sent scouts to watch defender Ruben Dias, 22, during Benfica's 4-0 win over Braga last weekend. The Portugal international is also wanted by Wolves. (Birmingham Mail)

Dutch winger Tahith Chong, 19, says he is in talks with Manchester United over a new contract at Old Trafford. (Star)

Liverpool are among the clubs scouting 20-year-old Villarreal and Nigeria winger Samuel Chukwueze. (Goal)

Inter Milan enquired about Borussia Dortmund's Germany midfielder Mario Gotze in August and could move for the 27-year-old in January. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Derby's Polish defender Krystian Bielik, 21, says AC Milan wanted to sign him before he moved from Arsenal to the Rams in the summer. (Derby Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Niall McVeigh

With the window firmly shut and an international break in full swing, today’s tidbits are a story of what may be, in a distant dystopian January, and what might have been.

The Mill should probably start paying Neymar commission. The wantaway/wants-to-stay Brazilian has got up through some lean times – and the latest whisper is that Juventus failed with an ambitious deadline-day move, which would have seen the forward form a deeply likeable strike partnership with Cristiano Ronaldo.

That would have seen Paolo Dybala head to PSG in part-exchange, but he’s staying in Turin – for now. Spurs will get another chance to sign the unloved Argentinian forward in the winter window, which should give them enough time to sort out those pesky image rights. Juventus could fill the gap in their forward line with Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, although they face a battle with Liverpool for the German up-and-comer.

Juve are also in the market for a new goalkeeper, with David de Gea very much fitting the bill. Manchester United are eyeing up Atlético Madrid’s Jan Oblak to replace him. United must also convince Paul Pogba to sign a new contract, and tie up a move for PSG’s Thomas Meunier. Don’t expect him to arrive in January, though – the full-back doesn’t fancy a winter move: “I have the impression when transfers are done in January that they are not thought out, but rather a question of necessity.” Shh, Thomas! You’ll give the game away!

Another player that Spurs failed to land this summer was Bruno Fernandes – with Sporting’s president claiming that unrealistic add-ons scuppered a deal. According to Frederico Varandas, Spurs’ offer was “€45 million, plus €20m in bonuses for winning the Premier League and Champions League. Those are difficult objectives.” Ouch. Said objectives might look slightly more realistic if Spurs can convince Christian Eriksen to sign that new contract, with Atlético and United hoping he doesn’t.

Contract negotiations ahoy across North London, too, with Arsenal trying to tie down genuinely likeable strike duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. The Frenchman is reportedly attracting interest from Barcelona, who could team the striker up with compatriot Antoine Griezmann, now Luis Suárez is getting on a bit. Staying with Barça, some shock news – Lionel Messi has the run of the place. Reports have emerged that his Barcelona contract contains an opt-out, applicable at the end of every season – not that he’s planning on using it.

Crikey, we’re almost out of time and haven’t even mentioned Real Madrid. Gah, too late. Gareth Bale is back in Zizou’s good books and is expected to play a big part this season – before Real go all out for Kylian Mbappé next summer. It’s tough being an elite footballer these days – just ask Philippe Coutinho, who was reportedly offered to Manchester City on loan after Leroy Sané’s injury. Pep said thanks, but no thanks.

Elsewhere, Hull’s Jarrod Bowen is attracting interest from Newcastle, Dinamo Zagreb’s Dani Olmo is unhappy he wasn’t being allowed to join Wolves in the summer, and Fulham – who may have a bit of a problem – have signed a player three days after the window closed. Chelsea defender Michael Hector will train with the Championship club this autumn, before signing officially in January.


Newport boss raves about 'exceptional' West Ham youngsters

Dan Coombs

West Ham's under-21 side made a remarkable comeback on Wednesday night against Newport County.

4-1 down at half-time, West Ham came back to win 5-4 to shock the home side.

Newport's manager Michael Flynn was very complimentary about the young Hammers team.

He told the League Two side's website: "Second half, I thought West Ham’s young team was exceptional, they passed us off the pitch, and they thoroughly deserved their win.

“It’s great to see some young players with good attitudes and I mean that in the right way because they showed it on the pitch."

It is high praise and quite an admission from Flynn to say West Ham deserved the win.

West Ham fans should be encouraged to hear him praise the style of football from Dmitri Halajko's side too.

Anthony Scully (2), Joe Powell, Veron Parkes and Kai Corbett scored West Ham's goals in the victory.

Results like this one can lift the whole academy, and West Ham's senior stars should watch it too, to build up some belief for when they next find themselves heading towards a defeat.


Defender’s return may be just two weeks away

Winston Reid is making progress as he bids to return to the Hammers first team squad.

And the plan for the central defender is that he could be playing in a couple of under 23 games hopefully within a couple of weeks.

The 30 year old has suffered no reaction to his knee injury for several weeks now which is encouraging the manager and medics to start making real plans for his comeback.

If all goes according to plan ‘Reidy’ could even be involved for the under 23s against Sunderland on the 29th of September or the following week against Cheltenham Town in a Leasing.com Trophy clash at Whaddon Road.

The New Zealander – off for the whole of last season – is now with the first team squad and involved in contact training.

And we have been told there has been no further reaction to his knee which until a couple of months ago had been swelling up.

We were told by a senior source on the’phone: ” He is making encouraging progress and all being well he will be involved for the under 23s within two or three weeks.”

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Alan 1:36 Fri Sep 6
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