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Alan 2:03 Tue Sep 10
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are lining up a £90m bid for West Ham's England midfielder Declan Rice, 20, in January. (Express)

Real Madrid will make an approach for Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen next summer if Paul Pogba renews his contract at Manchester United. Eriksen, 27, is out of contract in 2020. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos has advised Pogba, 26, to move from United to the Spanish club. (Express)

Juventus refused to sell 28-year-old winger Douglas Costa despite strong interest from Manchester United after Juve boss Maurizio Sarri blocked the Brazilian's transfer. (Mail)

Chelsea have opened talks with Italian full-back Emerson, 25, over a new contract. England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, is also close to finalising a new £180,000-a-week five-year contract. (Express)

Tottenham sent representatives to watch Fenerbahce striker Vedat Muriqi, 25, in action for Kosovo over the weekend. Scouts from Lazio, Fiorentina and Napoli were also present as Muriqi scored in Kosovo's 2-1 win over the Czech Republic. (Sabah, via Four Four Two)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, is close to agreeing a new contract which will be worth close to the £290,000-a-week basic earned by United midfielder Paul Pogba. (Guardian)

Italy Under-21 boss Paolo Nicolato has told Everton striker Moise Kean to "learn from mistakes" after he turned up late to a team meeting before an Under-21 match with Belgium in the summer. Kean, 19, was left out of the Italian senior squad for their latest internationals. (Gazzetta Dello Sport, via Sport Witness)

Kylian Mbappe, 20, is wanted by Juventus after the Serie A side failed to sign the France forward's Paris St-Germain Brazil team-mate Neymar, 27 in the summer. (Express)

Real Betis attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, 26, has denied claims his proposed 2018 move to Liverpool from Lyon fell through because the France international failed a medical. (Mail)

Tottenham wanted to sign Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, 20, before they signed Giovani lo Celso on loan instead, according to Zaniolo's agent. (Mail)

Wolves tried to sign Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips in the summer before the 23-year-old signed a new deal at the Championship club. (Football Insider)

Chelsea have told leading agents they believe their transfer ban, which stopped them buying players in the summer, will be reduced, meaning they can buy players again in the January transfer window. (Mirror)

Newcastle United midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 27, has described some of the criticism directed at Steve Bruce and the club as "stupid and embarrassing". (Chronicle)

Bundesliga side Paderborn could be willing to make a second attempt to sign Crystal Palace midfielder Jairo Riedewald, 23, in January after failing with a loan move in the summer. (Football.London)

Defender Jesus Vallejo, 22, who joined Wolves on loan in the summer transfer window, could be sold by parent club Real Madrid next summer. (Birmingham Mail)

A Cirque du Soleil show based on Barcelona forward Lionel Messi will start in the Catalan city in October. (Standard)

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Having made excitable noises all summer about how lovely life would be in Spain at a big club like, say, Real Madrid, Christian Eriksen could be forgiven for feeling a bit down in the dumps as he continues to ply his trade under the slate grey skies of north London. But, if he can hang on just one more season, it looks like the sparky Tottenham playmaker’s Spanish dream could come true. You see, it says here that Madrid would rather save themselves bucketloads of cash by allowing Eriksen’s contract to run down and nab him on a free transfer on 1 July 2020.

It would still make little sense, mind, given they already have Eden Hazard around to provide some creative juice in the No 10 role but we’re talking about Madrid here, who once bought a very different type of Dane, Thomas Gravesen, to add unnecessary mayhem to their midfield. Getting Eriksen on a free would be the financially sound thing to do, though, the kind of prudent approach you wouldn’t normally expect from Los bombastic Blancos.

Which is why, they could still end up keeping up appearances by making a huge offer for Paul Pogba in January. Especially if the Manchester United midfielder refuses to sign a new contract. And none other than Sergio Ramos has been plumping up the cushions and beseeching Pogba to come and join him at the Bernabéu, where he can live a life of luxury. “I think Real Madrid always has the door open for good players such as him,” he cooed. “For me, Pogba is one of the great players.”

Meanwhile, Spurs are keen on beefing up their striking options for that inevitable stage in the season when Harry Kane tweaks his ankle and spends six weeks on the treatment table. The back-up option they like the look of is Vedat Muriqi, who scored for Kosovo in their 2-1 win over Czech Republic at the weekend. He’s scored two in three games for Fenerbahce this season and will be in action against England at St Mary’s, where excitable Spurs scouts will make up a healthy chunk of the attendance.

Wolves are hopeful that they will be able to tie up a deal for on-loan defender Jesús Vallejo in the summer after learning that Real Madrid have deemed him surplus to requirements at the Bernabéu and would take what they can get for him. And Paderborn really want to borrow Crystal Palace midfielder Jairo Riedewald. Having got the knock back in the summer, the Bundesliga club will be furiously banging on the Selhurst Park gates in January in the hope of getting him on loan till the end of the season.

Oh, and Claude Puel has been linked with a return to management at Sporting. We’re not sure Lisbon could handle the excitement.


Man Utd tipped to sign Declan Rice for ‘above £90million’ in January transfer window

Declan Rice was on Manchester United’s radar last summer and has been tipped to make the move to Old Trafford one day.

By Chisanga Malata

Manchester United have “every chance” of signing West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, according to Noel Whelan.

United were interested in the Hammers ace last summer but opted not to test the east Londoners’ resolve.

West Ham, however, were adamant they wouldn’t part company with the 20-year-old, who was one of their star performers last season.

United didn’t strengthen their midfield in the summer transfer window, so they could be tempted to renew their interest in Rice in January.

Whelan is a big fan of the youngster and believes he could potentially move to Old Trafford in a record Premier League move.

“West Ham have got a really special player on their hands,” the former Leeds United and Coventry City hitman told Football Insider. “They will struggled to hold on to him, because the big clubs will be hot on his trail.

“I think Declan Rice could be the next player who goes for a Premier League record fee. We have just seen Harry Maguire go for £80million and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rice goes for more than that, above £90million, even.

“He’s young, English, hugely talented and is such a long way from his peak. You look at a team like Man United, who need a midfield anchorman and you can see it happening.

“They don’t mind paying over the odds for a player, as we saw in the summer. I could see them looking to get Rice in January.”

One man who thinks Rice should stay put is West Ham hero Frank McAvennie, who reckons the midfielder wouldn’t be guaranteed to win silverware if he joined the Red Devils.

"He doesn’t have to go anywhere with the money West Ham pay their players now,” the Scot said during an appearance on Love Sport Radio.

"If he wants to go to Man United for trophies, they might be a bigger club but they’re not going to win any trophies in the foreseeable future.

“I wouldn’t expect him to move on. I don’t think he’s ready for the big clubs yet, or so-called big ones. I think he’s doing wonderful [at West Ham]. He started at centre-half and now he’s a great foil for the captain [Mark] Noble.

"I think West Ham have got some wonderful players in midfield like [Felipe] Anderson, [Andriy] Yarmolenko and [Manuel] Lanzini.

“I just think they’ve got firepower in midfield but they need someone up front, a figure that is going to take them forward. Rice sits there in the middle and he will be there for England and West Ham for many years, I’m hoping."

Rice and his West Ham team-mates will be back in action on Monday night, travelling to Birmingham to take on Aston Villa.


Tight recovery time for Lanzini

Manu Lanzini will be the last West Ham player to return from international duty and have just two clear days before the Villa match next Monday evening.

The midfield play maker could be involved in the Argentine clash against Mexico and with an eight hour time difference the club aren’t expecting him back until Friday evening.

Thankfully, the Monday evening kick off gives some breathing space, but it again demonstrates the disruption which international week can cause particularly given that tomorrow’s game is a friendly which kicks off at 3 am GMT.

Currently – apart from Reid and Antonio – Manuel Pellegrini has a fully fit squad and looks poised to stick with the team which performed brilliantly in the 2-10 win over Norwich City at the London Stadium last weekend assuming no further injuries from international duty.

Meanwhile, Lukasz Fabianski kept a clean sheet behind the Polish defence last night in a game against Austrian which saw Mark Arnautovic yellow carded in the European Championship Qualifying Group G match.

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jimbo2. 3:26 Wed Sep 11
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Thanks Al!

pdbis 8:32 Tue Sep 10
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When we beat them soon he will know he is better off here.

Mex Martillo 5:40 Tue Sep 10
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I think these Rice to ManU rumors are bollocks. What about McTominay? Looks a useful player to me.
Thanks Alan

Lato 5:37 Tue Sep 10
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Thanks Alan

Must be a another slow day in the Media/Press due to international week. Would any top young player seriously consider going to Old Trafford at the moment? They are light years behind City and the Mickey's. And there is no guarantee that Rice would start every week. You may as well stay at West Ham play every game and win feck all than warm the bench every week at Manure and still win feck all.

Texas Iron 4:44 Tue Sep 10
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gph 4:02 Tue Sep 10
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Thanks, Alan.

(2-10 - should've been scores don't count)

Thanks Alan 2:56 Tue Sep 10
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Thanks Alan

Lee Trundle 2:31 Tue Sep 10
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"Manuel Pellegrini has a fully fit squad and looks poised to stick with the team which performed brilliantly in the 2-10 win over Norwich City"

Is that our record win in the top division?

Lee Trundle 2:30 Tue Sep 10
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I wouldn't like to pick up the phone if Man Utd were offering £90m for Rice.

I know we shouldn't be selling our best players, but £90m for a defensive midfielder is absurd.

ak37 2:25 Tue Sep 10
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If Rice develops into the player we expect then the only realistic clubs would be Real Madrid or Barcelona.

Driz 2:14 Tue Sep 10
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2-10 to the Cockney Boys!

Takashi Miike 2:05 Tue Sep 10
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Thanks Alan

the same man utd whose fans were slagging him off after the bulgaria game? I can't see him ever going there, liverpool or man city are possibles though

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