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Alan 12:29 Thu Sep 19
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United hope to convince 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba to sign a new contract. England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 26, and 17-year-old England Under-21 forward Mason Greenwood are also in line for new deals. (Standard)

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says Pogba would not be a "big loss" if he left the Old Trafford club. (Talksport)

Fuming Real Madrid fans have called for Zinedine Zidane to be sacked as Real Madrid boss after Paris St-Germain thrashed his side in the Champions League. (Sun)

Juventus rejected the chance to sign Dani Alves this summer before the 36-year-old Brazil defender joined Sao Paulo on a free transfer. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United sent an official to watch Norwegian forward Erling Haaland, 19, as the son of former Manchester City forward Alf-Inge Haaland introduced himself to the European stage by scoring a hat-trick for Red Bull Salzburg on his Champions League debut. (Salzburger Nachrichten, via Sport Witness)

Blackburn are in talks to sign former Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Lewis Holtby, with the 29-year-old Germany international a free agent after leaving Hamburg last season. (Mail)

Everton are interested in signing 19-year-old Northern Irish striker David Parkhouse, who is currently on loan at Derry City from Sheffield United. (Football Insider)

Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale speaks perfect Spanish, according to former Wales boss Chris Coleman. Bale has previously been criticised by fellow Welshman John Toshack for not learning Spanish since joining Real in 2013. (Athletic, via Marca)

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, 33, is considering retiring from international duty with Germany after next year's European Championships. (Bild - in German)

Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old English winger Jadon Sancho, a Manchester United target, has refused to rule out leaving the German club next summer. (Viasport, via Metro)

Manchester United are monitoring German coach Thomas Tuchel's situation at Paris St-Germain in case they decide to replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Le10 Sport, via Sport Witness)

Defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, has dismissed suggestions he is close to agreeing a new contract with Liverpool. (Sky Sports, via Mail)

Chelsea have opened talks with forward Tammy Abraham and defender Fikayo Tomori to give the English 21-year-olds new five-year contracts. (Guardian)

Tottenham are considering whether to recall English winger Jack Clarke from his loan spell at Leeds with the 19-year-old yet to make a league appearance this season. (Mail)

Uefa will confirm Wembley Stadium as the host venue for the 2023 Champions League final next week. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal have made an approach to sign 18-year-old Hungary midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai from Red Bull Salzburg. (Football.London)

Gunners boss Unai Emery sent his players on a team bonding night in London hours after their woeful display against Watford on Sunday. (Mirror)

American businessmen Dave Checketts and Alan Paceremain interested in buying Sheffield United if Prince Abdullah decides to sell the club. (Mail)

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Barry Glendenning

Underwhelmed by Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s stint at the wheel, Manchester United are hoping to replace him with Thomas Tuchel. Reports from France suggest both United and Barcelona are interested in luring the German away from Paris Saint-Germain and after the French club’s smiting of Real Madrid last night, we’re guessing there could be plenty of interest from the Bernabéu as well.

Following Real humbling against a team dressed as the Allied prisoners from Escape to Victory, Zinedine Zidane will be unsurprised to find himself under pressure. Unable to muster a shot on target in a Champions League match – unless you count those two goals they had disallowed – for the first time since Opta records began, his side could scarcely have looked more clueless as their hosts gave them a proper spanking. Next up for Real is a trip to table-toppers Sevilla, managed by Julen Lopetegui, who was manager of Real this time last year after being appointed in highly-controversial circumstances – the timing of which cost him his job with Spain on the eve of the World Cup. Lose in Seville and the knives will almost certainly be out for Zizou.

Manchester United central defender Victor Lindelof has signed a new deal binding him to the club until 2024, with the option of a further year. Despite getting off to an inauspicious start at Old Trafford, the Sweden international has established himself as a first-team regular alongside Harry Maguire and follows David De Gea in adding his scrawl to a new and improved contract. “Since the day I arrived at United it has felt like home,” he said. “I’ve grown significantly both as a player and as a person in the last two years.” Teenage striker Mason Greenwood is expected to be next into Solskjær’s office to pose with pen poised over a lucrative new deal, in the hope of keeping suitors from across Europe at bay.

Having signed Jack Clarke for £10m from Leeds this summer before sending him back to Elland Road on loan, Tottenham Hotspur are considering recalling the 18-year-old midfielder in January. One of six loanees at a club that is only allowed to include five in their matchday squads, Clarke has yet to play a minute in the Championship this season and is unhappy that he is being repeatedly snubbed by Marcelo Bielsa.

And finally, out of contract after leaving Bundesliga II side Hamburg during the summer, former Tottenham and Fulham midfielder Lewis Holtby could be off to Blackburn Rovers. The son of an RAF pilot who was born in Germany and went on to win three caps for Die Mannschaft, Holtby is reported to be in the middle of “good and intense talks” with the Championship club.


West Ham approach for Ansu Fati is a positive sign about club’s recruitment department

West Ham were in talks with the talented midfielder’s father this summer.

By Mathew Nash

West Ham United reportedly made an approach to sign Barcelona talent Ansu Fati in the summer.

The Guinea-Bissau born midfielder has proved a sensation at Barcelona so far this season. He recently became the youngest ever player to score a goal and provide an assist in the same La Liga game.

The 16-year-old is being considered as a future star already, despite his young age and being an unknown quantity before the start of this season.

However, West Ham knew all about him. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Hammers were keen on the player this summer.

West Ham, along with Real Madrid, Sevilla, and Nice, held talks with the player’s father as they tried to secure his services. However, Barcelona managed to convince him to remain with the club, Fati signing a new deal in July to remain at the Camp Nou.

TBR’s View

Whilst it is a shame that West Ham did not manage to secure his services the fact they were in the running should be considered a real positive.

Not many clubs in England had Fati on their wishlist this summer so it again shows how much pull and influence the Hammers have in Spain thanks to their former Spanish-based director of football Mario Husillos.

Unfortunately, West Ham missed out on this wonderkid. However, they might snap up the next 16-year-old talent they unearth. If they do, West Ham fans will be very pleased with their recruitment process.

Sky Sports

Michail Antonio reveals he almost quit football as a teenager

Michail Antonio has revealed how financial difficulties and a lack of opportunities during his teenage years left him on the verge of quitting football.

The West Ham forward has just embarked on his fifth season in the Premier League, during which time he's amassed 112 appearances and scored 26 goals for the Hammers.

Antonio's time at the highest level of the English game is a far cry from his humble upbringing in football at Tooting & Mitcham United, where the pressures of life led him to question whether he was on the right path pursuing a career in football.

"For me to become a professional footballer, determination was key, on and off the pitch," he told Sky Sports during the launch of Jacamo's new campaign.

"There was one stage in my football career where I thought I wasn't going to make it. We didn't have much money growing up and my dad always said to me that football wasn't a real job.

"I remember going home one day and telling my brother that I was going to give up football because I was 17 and was too old. My brother said he wouldn't let me. He got me my first pair of real boots and those were the boots I managed to become professional in."

As well as overcoming adversity off the pitch, Antonio had to overcome his fair share of challenges on it.

A lack of exposure to academy football left him behind his peers technically and lengthened his wait for the chance to turn professional. When the chance finally came, he found further obstacles blocking his dream to play in the top flight.

But, as Antonio admits, overcoming those challenges has made him the player and person he is today.

"My best advice is to keep going, keep pushing until you reach your goal," the 29-year-old added. "Even if you feel like you've reached your peak, you can always be better.

"Once I've achieved something, I will always push myself to achieve something else. When I got into the reserves, I said I need to get into the first team. When I got into the first team, I wanted to get into the Championship and then I wanted to get into the Premier League.

"It's a constant battle, you've got to prove yourself to new players, new managers and the fans. I scored nine goals and had 11 assists in the Championship and was doing better than certain players in my position, but when I spoke to Premier League managers, they told me I was not consistent enough.

"Getting consistent enough to get into the Premier League has been my biggest personal challenge. I've kept having to pick myself up and go again.

"Because I didn't go through the academy system, I missed out on a lot of the technique work so I would go out early before and after training to get to the stage I'm at.

"Now I've played for nine different clubs, I'm in the Premier League and I've been called up for England."

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Texas Iron 7:52 Thu Sep 19
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Mex Martillo 4:40 Thu Sep 19
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gph 1:59 Thu Sep 19

gph 1:59 Thu Sep 19
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Thanks, Alan

Alan 1:56 Thu Sep 19
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Apparently, Erling Haaland is a big Leeds fan.
His dad played there, and once said "I really dislike Man United and I can't stand their players"

crystal falace 12:53 Thu Sep 19
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Would the young lad Haaland want to go to Man utd after Roy Keane deliberately ended his dad's career?

Thanks Alan 12:30 Thu Sep 19
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Thanks Alan

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