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Alan 1:11 Wed Sep 25
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United will target Juventus' 33-year-old former Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic and Barcelona's France forward Ousmane Dembele, 22, in January. (Independent)

United midfielder Paul Pogba will demand the club doubles his wages as the 26-year-old France international attempts to force through a move to Real Madrid. (Express)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says Rangers manager and former Reds captain Steven Gerrard is the man to succeed him when he decides to leave Anfield. (Four Four Two)

Meanwhile, the Reds are set to surpass Chelsea's £900m kit deal with sports brand Nike. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle United's medical staff fear English striker Andy Carroll, 30, will not be fit enough to start a game until after Christmas as he continues his comeback from an ankle injury. (Telegraph)

Former Real Madrid boss Santiago Solari is in talks to become the first manager of David Beckham's Major League Soccer expansion side Inter Miami.(The Athletic - subscription required)

Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26, still wants to leave Crystal Palace and will push for a move in the January transfer window. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United sent scouts to watch 19-year-old Italy Under-21 midfielder Sandro Tonali play for Brescia against Juventus on Tuesday. (Mail)

Sevilla are willing to let Portugal midfielder Rony Lopes leave in January, with Newcastle tracking the 23-year-old former Manchester City trainee. (Gol Digital - in Spanish)

Meanwhile, Magpies boss Steve Bruce is considering dropping 25-year-old Paraguay forward Miguel Almiron, who is yet to score for the club since his £20m move in January. (Star)

Former Celtic and Manchester United striker Henrik Larsson is unlikely to take over as manager of Southend, with tight finances and the Swede's lack of English coaching experience key stumbling blocks. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino hinted at a busy January transfer window after his side's Carabao Cup exit at League Two Colchester. (Express)

Arsenal managing director Vinai Venkatesham says the club are unlikely to be busy in the January transfer window after extensive recruitment in the summer. (Standard)

The Football Association has been invited to set up an official England veterans' side to compete with nations across Europe. (Telegraph)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp told 19-year-old striker Rhian Brewster not to go out on loan this season, and the England Under-21 international is set to make his debut against MK Dons in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. (Four Four Two)

Hearts 17-year-old Scottish defender Aaron Hickey is wanted by Manchester City, who will be eligible claim him as a homegrown player. (Daily Record)

Wolves' owners Fosun face losses of more than £1bn following the collapse of Thomas Cook. The Chinese conglomerate was the biggest single shareholder, owning 18% of the travel firm. (Mail)

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Gregg Bakowski

Having retained the Revenue Cup on Tuesday after announcing record income of £627m, Ole Gunnar Solskjær knows that if he could get his Manchester United team to match the performances of the club’s world-beating marketing bods, things would be just hunky-dory at Old Trafford. To do this he needs cold, hard goals, though. United have scored only eight in the Premier League this season and with a threadbare strike force that has an average age of about 12, he wants a wily old head up front.

The Class of 99’s Teddy Sheringham is not currently available so instead United will “swoop” for rugged Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, who has won medals wherever he has gone by sticking his rock-hard head in where it hurts and joining the dots with some neat hold-up play. With Juventus understood to be only too happy to let him go, the 33-year-old – who United were close to signing last summer – should be available for a packet of fags and some spare change.

But one cheap-as-chips forward just won’t do – Ed Woodward has a point to prove and United have cash to burn, so they might break their transfer record with a £100m+ bid for Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembélé. The Spanish champions need to balance the books and the Manchester moneybags could help them do this. Solskjær has also deployed scouts to watch the Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali. The 19-year-old looks like a young Andrea Pirlo. If he plays anything like Pirlo perhaps he could be the man to turn United’s fortunes around.

United could even look into the possibility of throwing some of their cash in the direction of Crystal Palace for one of their former players if they so wish. Reports in Italy suggest Wilfried Zaha is still hoping to escape south London, preferably in January. The 26-year-old was valued at a staggering £100m in the summer so only a select few megaclubs could rustle up that kind of money.

Newcastle medical bods have taken a good look at Andy Carroll’s ankle and have determined that it may well be the eighth wonder of the world. They also reckon he won’t be able to start a game for Steve Bruce’s struggling side until Christmas. It’s the reason scouts have been told to keep a keen eye on Sevilla’s former Manchester City trainee Rony Lopes, who the Spanish side are happy to let go in the winter transfer window. The attacking midfielder cost £22.5m in August but new manager Julen Lopetegui has taken just a month to come to the conclusion that his face doesn’t fit.

After watching his Tottenham side get dumped out of the Carabao Cup by mighty Colchester, Mauricio Pochettino reckons he can fix everything by spending some cash. “January is going to be a good opportunity too to fix this situation and the next one,” said the Spurs manager. We’ll wager Daniel Levy thinks differently.

Southend are not likely to name Henrik Larsson as manager after taking a cursory glance at his underwhelming managerial career to date. And if anyone cares about who might be the manager of a club in north America that has not even played a game in anger yet then this one’s for you. Santiago Solari could be named Inter Miami boss if David Beckham gets his way. Excited?

Inter News

Unstoppable Gabigol: between networks and Seleçao the price has risen. And West Ham takes it seriously

London calling.
The more than 30 goals in the 2019 calendar year have rekindled the interest of West Ham for Gabriel Barbosa, linked to Inter until June 30, 2022 is currently on loan until December 19 at Flamengo. The Brazilians would like to buy him outright, but Inter said no to the first 15 million euro proposal. The Nerazzurri started from 20 but the recent exploits and the national call-up have raised the stakes to at least 25 million cash. An important figure and currently out of the possibilities of the rubro-negro club. That's why the return to Europe can become reality for Gabigol. We were talking about the difficulties of Flamengo to spend 20-25 million cash for a player's card.

Real problems that complicate the plans of the Rio club, unlike the Hammers who are actually thinking of us and appear ready to take action. For the Londoners the price would not be a problem and Gabigol could try in the Premier League to take the European limelight only touched with Inter and Benfica and never conquered. So a track to keep an eye on and follow carefully in the coming weeks. The appeal of London could, in fact, fascinate Gabigol and convince him to return to Europe. This time to be a protagonist and not a meteor.

Football London

Albian Ajeti has to prove he is more than just a cup striker for West Ham against Oxford

The 22-year-old has had to be patient for opportunities so far after moving from Basel

By Sam Inkersole

Albian Ajeti is likely to be leading the line for West Ham when they take on Oxford United in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night at the Kassam Stadium.

It's been a quiet start to his career in east London after moving from Basel on transfer deadline day earlier this summer for £8m. The striker has been in five Premier League matchday squads but is yet to get off the bench.

He played the full 90 minutes in round two against Newport County but that has been the extent of his action so far since his switch from Switzerland but on Wednesday, he should get his second chance to shine.

With Sebastien Haller starting the season in good form, scoring three goals in five games so far, Ajeti has had to bide his time. He has gone from a regular starter and goalscorer at Basel to struggling for minutes in the Premier League.

"I feel in myself that the coach [Pellegrini] trusts a lot in me and I trust him too, and he knows I’ll do everything to get my minutes on the pitch," the 22-year-old told the Hammers official website in the lead up to Wednesday's game.

"It's just important to continue to do my work as well as I can and hopefully more opportunities will come. I am ready, and the coach knows he can put me in every game.

"I'm waiting for every game, for the cup games and even in the Premier League. The coach knows it and he can put me in any game he wants."

Haller's form and Pellegrini's preference to play just one striker up top has counted against Ajeti so far. His time will come but he needs to lay a marker down at the Kassam.

The Swiss international was quiet against Newport County in round two, only having one real clear chance and he headed over the bar from close range but the cross was slightly behind him in his defence.

As Ajeti says himself, he is ready and can play in any game when Pellegrini needs him but he needs to show that at the Kassam because as they season wears on, bodies break down and especially around the hectic festive and New Year period, Ajeti may well be called upon a lot more than he has been so far this season.

Ajeti has won the Swiss Cup and has played in the Europa League for Basel so he is no mug, we know this. West Ham wouldn't have paid £8m for him if he was.

The 22-year-old will get his chance to shine and Pellegrini wants to go far in the cup competitions this season after being knocked out early in both last season, embarrassingly so in the FA Cup to AFC Wimbledon.

But it's not just for progressing in the cup. Ajeti needs to show he can be a replacement for Haller in the Premier League if the first choice striker is unavailable.

That process will start on Wednesday night in Oxford.

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Side of Ham 3:41 Wed Sep 25
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We're the only ones who can afford or are likely to pay the fee Inter want.

Jasnik 3:30 Wed Sep 25
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Thanks Alan , but can some one translate the inter news translated inter news bit ...

Texas Iron 1:58 Wed Sep 25
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Sydney_Iron 1:17 Wed Sep 25
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Thanks Alan 1:11 Wed Sep 25

Thanks Alan 1:11 Wed Sep 25
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Thanks Alan

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