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Alan 12:44 Wed Sep 11
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
David Beckham has "made contact" with Barcelona's Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 32, about joining his new MLS franchise in Miami. (Mirror)

Chelsea will try to sign £35m-rated Nice defender Youcef Atal, the 23-year-old Algeria full-back, in January if they manage to get their transfer ban lifted by the start of 2020. (Sun)

Manchester United have scouted Benfica's Portuguese midfielder Florentino Luis, 21, but could face competition from Manchester City. (A Bola via Sport Witness - in Portuguese)

Manchester City failed with a bid in the summer to sign Inter Milan's Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 24, but could try again in January. (Tuttosport, via Sport Witness)

Armenia's former Manchester United and Arsenal midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 30, who is now at Roma, has said his spell in the Premier League made him "fall out of love" with football. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City are trying to convince winger Leroy Sane, 23, to sign a new deal before Bayern Munich have another chance to bid for the German. (Standard)

Chelsea will try to sign Valencia and Spain left-back Jose Gaya, 24, when their transfer ban ends next summer. (Soccer Link, via Talk Sport)

Brazilian midfielder Lucas Piazon, 25, says he is ready to leave Chelsea on a permanent basis because he is fed up with being sent on loan every year. (A Bola, via Goal)

Former Arsenal and Germany defender Per Mertesacker believes the club's players failed to justify Arsene Wenger's faith in them in the latter days of the Frenchman's reign at Emirates Stadium. (Standard)

Wenger says one of his biggest regrets as Arsenal boss was missing out on signing Barcelona forward Lionel Messi. (beIN Sports)

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 28, has promised former Manchester City team-mate Vincent Kompany he will one day play for him at Anderlecht. (Sun)

Crystal Palace academy coach Shaun Derry has revealed how a four-day spell at League Two Cambridge United inspired England Under-21 defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka to begin his journey to Manchester United. (Standard)

The son of former Liverpool owner George Gillett is in negotiations to buy Championship side Derby County. (Mail)

Police want officials to ignore new Fifa rules on where substituted players leave the pitch to help avoid any potential crowd trouble when Portsmouth take on local rivals Southampton in the third round of the Carabao Cup on 24 September. (Sun)

Former England and Luton midfielder Ricky Hill has demanded an apology from the Premier League after alleging they 'stole' his idea about an academy for players released by club academies. (Mail)

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Lucas Piazon joined Chelsea in January 2012, a couple of weeks before the London club signed Kevin De Bruyne. Piazon is still a Chelsea player, whereas De Bruyne didn’t really make the grade at Stamford Bridge and is now believed to be pursuing a career in beekeeping or something.

Piazon, meanwhile, continues to show how shrewd Chelsea were to pick him up as a teenager. They even renewed his contract again last summer. Granted, Piazon has made only one appearance for the club since joining them, but what a belter it was! (Nope, the Mill can’t remember it either). And on top of that, he has earned a fair sum in loan fees, having been farmed out no fewer than seven times since his arrival in London, including to clubs in Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy and deepest Reading. But now Piazon, currently on loan in Portugal, says the time has come for him to cut his ties with Chelsea and start thinking about a permanent transfer.

“I’m tired of playing here and there, I need a place I can feel at home,” he sniffed. Given all that, doesn’t it just make you weep that Chelsea aren’t allowed to buy any players at the moment? Mind you, the London club are already making plans for when they are allowed to go shopping again next year. Their first port of call, apparently, will be Nice, where the £35m-rated defender Youcef Atal has taken their fancy.

Manchester City, meanwhile, are preparing to get busy again in January by making another bid for Internazionale’s Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar. Pep Guardiola and chums will also attempt to persuade Leroy Sané to sign a new deal to keep him out of the clutches of Bayern Munich.

Manchester United, meanwhile, will be attempting to get their hands on the Benfica midfielder Florentino Luís. United carry a flame for Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes, too, but Real Madrid also have an eye on the slinky midfielder.

Finally, Barcelona’s have also drawn up a January wish list and at the top of it is the Napoli midfielder Fabián Ruiz.


Tony Cottee: Former West Ham and Everton striker reveals on talkSPORT he suffered a brain haemorrhage earlier this year

EXCLUSIVE By Billy Hawkins

Former West Ham, Everton and England striker Tony Cottee has revealed he suffered a brain haemorrhage earlier this year during an exclusive interview with talkSPORT.

Cottee, who scored almost 300 goals during a superb 19-year career, opened up on his health scare while co-hosting Wednesday’s Sports Breakfast with Alan Brazil.

He revealed that what started as a small pain in his forehead ended up being something much more serious, and resulted in him being hospitalised in early July.

Cottee said: “July 8 this year, I was meant to be filming an advert for Sky. I was staying in London because it’s a long way for me to get in for 8:30am.

“I’m in my room the night before not doing anything out of the ordinary, and I got a small pain to begin with in the middle of my forehead, and within five minutes it was the worst headache of my life.

“I then had really severe neck pains, and through the night I was sick four times.

“Obviously I’m meant to be working in the morning.

“I rang my missus and told her I’d been ill through the night and she asked if there was anyone at the hotel. Luckily for me Phil Thompson was there, so I rang him and asked him to come to my room.

“So he came to my room and said, ‘wow, you look awful!’

“Thommo arranged for a doctor to come to me as I was in bed, and they transferred me to West Middlesex Hospital where they did a brain scan on me.

“Originally they though I had meningitis which was scary, and then they found I had a small bleed on my brain – basically a small brain haemorrhage.

“Immediately I was transferred to Charing Cross Hospital, and I can’t speak highly enough of the nurses and doctors; they were unbelievable at both West Middlesex and Charing Cross.

“They did all the tests… I had a lumbar puncture, I had an angiogram, I had an MRI scan. They wanted to check because I could have had an aneurysm, I could have had a stroke, I could have had a heart attack – I could have dropped dead.

“I was lucky, even though they said it was a major trauma.

“I can’t fly for the rest of the year, and I had to have six weeks’ rest. I couldn’t work while waiting for the results to come through.

“They said they are confident it was a one-off; they said you can have a one-off experience and never have it again.

“They don’t know [what brought it on], but it’s been a bit of a wake-up call to be honest.

“I’m 54 and I had four medicals before last Christmas and I was fine – there was nothing. But within eight months I’m in hospital and it was really worrying.

“Tony Gale is a really good friend of mine and he was really good, bringing my wife to the hospital.

“I didn’t tell everyone what happened because I’m not that type of guy. I’m a bit old school; if you’re ill you get on with it and deal with it and move on.

“If you experience that pain in your forehead and neck, you’ve got to go to the hospital.

“I knew I was in trouble, and when you’re in a hotel on your own… I couldn’t walk or drive to the hospital, so I just had to wait until morning.

“For the first time, and hopefully only time, in my life I was really worried. It was a scary time.

“But everyone around me was really supportive and I think it’s good to talk about it just to get it out my system.

“And to make others aware. We are of a certain generation where we don’t go to the doctors or the hospital unless it’s an emergency.

“But at times I think you need to do it.”


West Ham squad valuation disputed

Claims that West Ham’s squad is worth €259m (£231m) according to research published in the 47th edition of the CIES Football Observatory have been disputed by some supporters over night saying the squad must be worth much more than that figure.

Website Transfer Market which is known to have low market valuations of players totals the value at £299m but many believe it is way beyond that figure too.

Transfermarkt valuations: Fabianski £4.5m, Roberto £1.35m, David Martin £225k, Issa Diop £31.5m, Fabian Balbuena £10.8m, Angelo Ogbonna £7.2m, Winston Reid £4.5m, Goncalo Cardoso £2.25m, Aaron Cresswell £9m, Arthur Masuaku £6.3m Ryan Fredericks £4.5m, Pablo Zabaleta £3.15m, Declan Rice £40.5m, Carlos Sanchez £1.35m, Jack Wilshere £9m, Mark Noble £6.3m, Pablo Fornals £22.5m, Manuel Lanzini £18m, Felipe Anderson £36m, Yarmolenko £18m, Michail Antonio £13.5m, Robert Snodgrass £6.3m, Seb Haller £36m and Albian Ajeti £6.3m. Total £299m

Claret and Hugh alternative valuations: Fabianski £7m, Roberto £0m, David Martin £0m, Issa Diop £40m, Fabian Balbuena £20m, Angelo Ogbonna £8m, Winston Reid £4m, Goncalo Cardoso £3m, Aaron Cresswell £8m, Arthur Masuaku £15m Ryan Fredericks £15m, Pablo Zabaleta £0m, Declan Rice £65m, Carlos Sanchez £0m, Jack Wilshere £10m, Mark Noble £10m, Pablo Fornals £25m, Manuel Lanzini £30m, Felipe Anderson £45m, Yarmolenko £2om, Michail Antonio £15m, Robert Snodgrass £7m, Seb Haller £45m and Albian Ajeti £8m. Total £400m.

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ted fenton 6:16 Wed Sep 11
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Thanks Alan 1:43 Wed Sep 11

eusebiovic 5:09 Wed Sep 11
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I tend to have more faith in Transfermarkt who actually do that for a living rather than a website which seems to be largely run by the lead singer of 90's one hit wonders Ultrasound

Texas Iron 3:27 Wed Sep 11
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Chinkey Weasel 2:59 Wed Sep 11
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Mex Martillo 2:45 Wed Sep 11

Indeed but I was only 23 at the time when it happened to me. Exactly the same way except I was just sitting at home watching TV and all of a sudden, bang, the worst headache you can imagine, in an instant. I had all the sickness as well. It can happen to absolutely anyone unfortunately. It's actually called an aneurysm of the brain.

Mex Martillo 2:45 Wed Sep 11
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That is scary Chinkey, I was concerned to see I’m the same age as Cottee. The 50s is a risky time health wise.
Thanks Alan

Chinkey Weasel 2:17 Wed Sep 11
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I had exactly what TC had in 1997. We're both lucky to still be here

Thanks Alan 1:43 Wed Sep 11
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Thanks Alan

Mr. Burns 1:08 Wed Sep 11
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Thanks Al.

Good to hear TC was ok.

scouse kid 1:00 Wed Sep 11
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Thanks Alan

Fucking funny that old soak tries to discredit the squads valuation. While just pulling some figures out the air for his own

What a rum bunch of mouth breathers and window lickers that they have on staff at that site. And thats before getting to the tranny with the bowl cut

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