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Alan 1:33 Fri Sep 20
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool have opened talks with Senegal forward Sadio Mane over a new five-and-a-half-year deal that would see the 27-year-old become the club's highest paid player, earning around £220,000 a week. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Star)

Former Spain midfielder David Silva will sign for David Beckham's Major League Soccer side Inter Miami when the 33-year-old leaves Manchester City at the end of the season. (Independent)

Real Madrid would have to pay around 80m euros (£70.5m) if they want to sack manager Zinedine Zidane (Sport - in Spanish)

Meanwhile, Barcelona are planning to sell a number of players in the January window - with Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31, France defender Samuel Umtiti, 25, and 32-year-old Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal among those who could leave. (Marca)

Barcelona are the latest club to be linked with 19-year-old Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, who scored a hat-trick on his Champions League debut for Red Bull Salzburg against Genk on Tuesday. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Haaland's father, Alf-Inge, says it would be "nice" if his son joined Manchester United despite the 46-year-old playing for their rivals Leeds United and Manchester City during his playing career. (TV2 - in Norwegian)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers believes an offer from a club such as Liverpool or Manchester United may be too big for England midfielder James Maddison, 22, to turn down. (Sun)

If clubs come in for Maddison, the Foxes would demand a figure similar the £80m United paid to sign England defender Harry Maguire, 26, in the summer. (Standard)

Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke invested his own money on transfers this summer rather than rely on the club's self-sustaining model to fund the deals. (Mirror)

The Gunners' German defender Shkodran Mustafi says he is open to leaving the club if the right offer arrives from a team in his home nation. (Mail)

Chelsea are optimistic the ankle injury suffered by 20-year-old England forward Mason Mount against Valencia on Tuesday is not as serious as first feared. (Standard)

Leicester City sent scouts to watch 29-year-old Portugal full-back Andre Almeida play for Benfica against RB Leipzig in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Record, via Leicester Mercury)

Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 27, says he feels "a little downbeat" at his lack of playing time at Liverpool this season but insists he is "comfortable" at Anfield. (Liverpool Echo)

Everton and Newcastle have been tracking the progress of Atlanta United's 25-year-old Venezuela striker Josef Martinez. (Chronicle)

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku and team-mate Marcelo Brozovic had to be separated by Alexis Sanchez after a dressing room row erupted following their 1-1 Champions League draw against Slavia Prague on Tuesday. (Mail)

Watford are hoping to beat Championship side Hull City to the signature of Malmo's 19-year-old Swedish striker Kevin Harletun. (Sun)

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, is confident of breaking into the England squad after an inspirational conversation with Villa assistant John Terry helped convince him he is good enough to earn a call-up. (Standard)

Concussion substitutes could be introduced in football with the International Football Association Board due to discuss the proposal at a meeting in Zurich next month. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

All’s good at Manchester United again. The club have unearthed a new superstar in 17-year-old Mason Greenwood, the team have embarked on a two-in-a-row winning run, and … well, that’s it, but at least things are heading in the right direction. James Maddison could add another dash of positivity if he joins in an £80m deal, with the Leicester boss, Brendan Rodgers, talking up the move. “It may be too hard for him to turn down, I get it,” he says, propping up his midfielder in the shop window and mentioning his old club Liverpool too, in the hope of sparking a bidding war.

Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be around to welcome Maddison is a moot point. There may be a sense that he’s slowly turning things around, building for the future, but the Old Trafford kingmakers have spotted a shiny new thing in Thomas Tuchel, now back in fashion again after PSG’s demolition of a team claiming to be Real Madrid earlier this week. United will have competition in the shape of Barcelona and Real Madrid themselves. Perhaps they should just give the bloke in situ some time, but you know how they think.

Erling Braut Haaland was another midweek Champions League sensation. The 19-year-old Norway striker scored a hat-trick for Red Bull Salzburg against Genk, having already rattled in 11 goals in seven league matches this season. Barcelona head a queue that also contains Manchester United. His pop Alf Inge says a move to United would be “nice”. One shiny bronze centime for the thoughts of Roy Keane.

And to conclude a quiet day on the rumour front, here are a few scraps that have nothing whatsoever to do with renaissance club Manchester United. David Silva is off to Inter Miami in the summer. Sadio Mané will be rewarded with a bumper new five-year contract at Liverpool. Shkodran Mustafi wants to leave Arsenal and head off back to Germany. And Newcastle, happy with their purchase of Miguel Almirón, want another Atlanta United player in the striker Josef Martínez.


Anthony Scully happy with converted striker role at West Ham under-23s

Dan Coombs

West Ham youngster Anthony Scully is making good progress this season.

West Ham youngster Anthony Scully has been speaking to the club's official website about his good run of form.

Scully has scored three goals in five games and has stepped into a striker role in recent weeks.

One of these came in the victory against West Bromwich Albion on Monday evening.

Scully, 20, is more of a winger, and has flourished since moving into a central position.

He has five goals in five games for the under-23s and under-21s in the EFL Trophy.

Scully said he is enjoying the switch, which came about after Oladapo Afolayan's loan to Mansfield.

He explained: "It feels good, yeah. I’ve been playing in a different position for just over a month, and I’m really enjoying it up top. Everything’s going well personally, but more importantly, the team got three points on Monday and we kept our unbeaten run going, which is the main thing.

“I’ve no goalscoring target – I just want to keep playing and see how many I can get by the end of the season. Ideally I’ll get a goal every time I play."

Scully is doing well so far, netting also in the dramatic 5-4 comeback win against Newport County.

He is playing with confidence, and while he continues to score, he stands a chance of getting noticed, whether that be for a future loan spell himself or even a first team call up.

West Ham's under-23s face Middlesbrough next up on Friday evening.

Jamie Carragher thinks he and Gary Neville forgot about West Ham in top seven race

Olly Dawes

West Ham United drew 0-0 at Aston Villa on Monday night.

Pundit Jamie Carragher has told Sky Sports (16/09, 19:04) that he thinks West Ham United were overlooked in the conversation for top seven contention.

The Hammers were in action on Monday night, travelling to Aston Villa in search of a third straight victory after wins over Watford and Norwich City.

Sadly for Manuel Pellegrini, his side couldn't unlock the Villa defence, and had to hang on for a point in the end after Arthur Masuaku's red card.

Still, it's eight points from the first five games and just the one defeat in that run, which came against Premier League champions Manchester City, so no shame there.

West Ham certainly look a dangerous proposition with club-record signing Sebastien Haller up front, and Carragher has given his view on the club.

Carragher has suggested that he and Gary Neville were both wrong to overlook West Ham in the battle for a top seven finish, as they focused on Wolves, Everton and Leicester City instead.

Carragher claims he almost forgot about the talent West Ham actually have, pointing out that Haller, Andriy Yarmolenko, Manuel Lanzini and Lukasz Fabianski are all 'real quality players'.

He reserved special praise for playmaker Felipe Anderson, a summer target for Carragher's former club Liverpool according to the Daily Mail, believing he is good enough for a top four club in the Champions League, adding that he has been impressed with West Ham and they deserve to be in the top seven conversation.

“We should be, because we talk about three teams breaking into the top six a lot; it's Wolves, Everton and Leicester, we never really mention West Ham too much, both of us before the the season never mentioned them,” said Carragher. “When you actually see the names, you sort of forget...you look at signings, you think of Haller. £45million on a striker, big money, he's had a great start.”

“You look at someone like Felipe Anderson – I think he can play for one of the top four teams in the Champions League, he's a really good player. Yarmolenko, didn't play much last year, Lanzini, these are real quality players. They've got a really good goalkeeper in Fabianski, and there's no doubt, I think they will have the ambitions within the club. I have been impressed with them,” he added.


Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirms key Man Utd trio will miss West Ham clash

United head to West Ham on Sunday after beating Kazakh side Astana 1-0 at Old Trafford on Thursday in the Europa League

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Manchester United will again be without Paul Pogba, Anthony Martial and Luke Shaw for Sunday's trip to West Ham .

However, the Norwegian is hopeful that Daniel James will return.

All four players missed the 1-0 Europa League group stage win over Astana at Old Trafford on Thursday night, when young forward Mason Greenwood grabbed the second half winner to get the Red Devils' European campaign off to a perfect start.

Solskjaer made nine changes from last weekend's win over Leicester City against the Kazakh outfit, and he's likely to make alterations again for the trip to the London Stadium.

When pressed on the absent quartet's fitness after the Astana game, he only sounded hopeful over James' availability.

"They've not been training yet so I don't think so. [Luke] won't be ready," he said.

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Texas Iron 9:30 Fri Sep 20
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Mex Martillo 5:37 Fri Sep 20
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The Stoat 1:46 Fri Sep 20
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