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Alan 12:19 Thu Sep 26
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid want Tottenham's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, to sign a pre-contract in January - and will then move for Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. (Mirror)

Tottenham fear Eriksen will reject attempts to sell him in January, meaning he can leave on a free transfer next summer. (Mail)

Massimiliano Allegri, who decided to take a year out of football after leaving Juventus in May, would put himself in the running to take over at Tottenham if Pochettino left the club. (Sun)

Pochettino has hinted he is planning to make signings in the January transfer window in the wake of Tottenham's League Cup exit at League Two Colchester United. (Express)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says being boss of Manchester United is a "dream job for any manager" and with the addition of four players they can be challengers "for everything". (Bein Sports, via Fox Sports)

Juventus' 33-year-old Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic turned down a £7m-a-year offer to play in Qatar so he has the chance to join Manchester United in January. (Mail)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is prepared to put a £250m valuation on Harry Kane, 26, in a bid to keep the England striker at the end of what could be another season without a trophy for Spurs. (Telegraph)

Boca Juniors are to make a firm offer to sign Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37, from LA Galaxy. (AS)

Red Bull Salzburg's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, has hinted at making a Premier League move after scoring a hat-trick on his Champions League debut. (Mail)

The former club manager of Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne, 28, says he should leave for Paris St-Germain if he wants to win the Champions League. (Het Nieuwsblad via Sun)

Barcelona legend Xavi, currently coaching in Qatar, sees Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 24, as the perfect signing if he one day takes charge at the Nou Camp. (Mail)

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has held talks with owners the Glazer family about making "cultural" changes at the club. (Express)

Barcelona want to make sure 16-year-old forward Ansu Fati does not travel to the Under-17 World Cup so he can play against rivals Real Madrid on 26 October. (Marca)

Manchester United had to find Rochdale's Peter Thomas his own changing area because the midfielder, who was an unused substitute for Wednesday's Carabao Cup tie, is only 15. (Sun)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's decision not to make midfielder Paul Pogba the captain against Rochdale had nothing to do with the Frenchman's transfer links - it was because Axel Tuanzebe grew up in the town. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness said the Bundesliga champions would not send any players on German international duty if their 33-year-old goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was dropped - but Bayern later released a statement backtracking on those comments. (Bild, via Sun)

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As if the mood at Tottenham had not already sufficiently soured, with gloom suddenly clouding all of Mauricio Pochettino’s good work as a minority of forgetful supporters stick the boot in, Real Madrid plan to further rock the boat by getting their hands on Christian Eriksen as early as January. The idea is that the midfielder will sign a pre-contract agreement ahead of a free transfer next summer. Oh, and once that’s done, it says here Real will plump for Pochettino too. The Spurs contingency plan? Massimiliano Allegri, apparently.
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Losing to Colchester doesn’t feel quite so bad now, does it? Manchester United, too, are close to a full-blown meltdown after eking past a Rochdale side spearheaded by Aaron Wilbraham, who turns 40 next month. United could do with a sage striker with bundles of experience, and that is why Ed Woodward is jumping up and down at the prospect of signing 33-year-old Mario Mandzukic. The Juventus striker has supposedly turned his nose up at a lucrative move to sweltering Qatar, a £7m-a-year contract, in favour of joining Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s revolution of sorts in January.

Looking further down the line, United would love to sign Harry Kane – of course they would – but Tottenham have issued the kind of hands-off that belongs in the Football Manager franchise, with Daniel Levy not just putting a price tag on the England captain’s head but slapping a £250m valuation on his man. Kane wants to win trophies but Levy, as ever, is determined to dig his heels in next summer if need be.

Elsewhere, Boca Juniors fancy a season of headlines, which is why they are trying to land Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is out of contract at LA Galaxy in December. Then there is the Red Bull Salzburg and Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, who unsurprisingly has Premier League scouts weak at the knees after 14 goals in his last 10 appearances for club and country, while Everton and Arsenal are set to battle for PSV winger Donyell Malen.

Beyond that, it is slim pickings but Phillip Cocu has been credited with an interest in bringing the Peterborough pair Ivan Toney and Marcus Maddison, who is out of contract next summer, to Derby County.


Oxford United humiliate West Ham in shock Carabao Cup thrashing

Manuel Pellegrini took full responsibility after West Ham crashed out of the Carabao Cup following this humbling at Oxford. The League One side scored four unanswered goals via Elliott Moore, Matty Taylor, Tariqe Fosu and the excellent Shandon Baptiste to progress into the fourth round for the first time in 22 years.

West Ham had made nine changes after the 2-0 win at home to Manchester United in the Premier League on Sunday and Pellegrini said: “The whole team didn’t play well.

“Not only did we concede four goals, but we didn’t create too many chances. We missed too many passes from the beginning and the responsibility is first on me because I picked the players and second of course on the team that didn’t compete.

“We talked enough with all of them to understand that the competition was different, the team was different and to play now against Oxford, who were in a good moment after winning 6-0 [at Lincoln] in their last game.

“The players must understand, but I repeat we couldn’t do it because in front was a team that played very well. I don’t want to take anything away from Oxford because they played very well.”

Only Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals retained their starting berths from the win over United, but Pellegrini introduced Felipe Anderson and Sébastien Haller off the bench early in the second half. He defended his team selection here, insisting it was a necessity because of their fixture schedule.

He said: “I think in England if you want to play in all the competitions you need to use your whole squad. You cannot just continue with the same players that play on Saturday.”

West Ham supporters were making plenty of noise during the opening exchanges, including mocking their London rivals Tottenham, who were dumped out of the competition on penalties at Colchester on Tuesday. But Oxford delivered a brutal shock to send another Premier League side out.

Pellegrini’s counterpart, Karl Robinson, was delighted with his players and urged the 9,000 home supporters to turn up again for Saturday’s league fixture with Gillingham. “We had the belief in ourselves that we could get a result,” he said.

“I’m over the moon for the fans and the players. It’s about the players, about the fans and about the community of Oxfordshire and the big thing for me now is the people who came here for the first time in a long time, that they buy a ticket and come on Saturday. We want them to support us moving forward because economical growth is important for what we are trying to achieve.”

Robinson, who masterminded a 4-0 win against Manchester United five years ago as MK Dons manager, admitted the result was one of Oxford’s best at home in recent years, surpassing their FA Cup wins against Newcastle and Swansea.

“Looking at the scoreboard, 4-0 against West Ham and a very strong West Ham, this will probably go down as one of the biggest results at the Kassam in recent years.”

Robinson’s side quickly got back into their stride after the substitution and hit the crossbar with when Hall’s free kick almost crept in.

West Ham responded with the lively Holland testing Simon Eastwood from a tight angle on the left before Moore cleared the loose ball. Jack Wilshere tried his luck from range in the 32nd minute, yet it was a comfortable for the U’s goalkeeper.

Robert Snodgrass was denied a shot on goal by Rob Dickie early in the second period before the hosts’ confidence increased again when Roberto sliced a clearance behind for a corner.

West Ham survived that set piece and the next, but Robinson’s team kept the ball alive and Mark Sykes crossed in for Moore, who controlled and fired into the bottom corner from eight yards. shock was firmly on the cards and Sykes was giving Arthur Masuaku plenty of problems and almost created a second for Oxford two minutes later when Mackie flicked goalwards, but Roberto produced a brilliant stop to save the Hammers. It was one-way traffic, with the U’s eager for a second and Pellegrini reacted by introducing Sebastien Haller and Felipe Anderson, but it failed to have the desired effect.

Oxford increased their lead with 19 minutes left. Sykes was allowed too much space on the right and he crossed in for Taylor to tap home at the back post. Fosu, fresh from a hat-trick at Lincoln on Saturday, then slipped past Arthur Masuaku, rounded Roberto and slotted home. In added time Baptiste side-footed into the bottom corner to send Oxford into the fourth round, and with it a home tie against Sunderland, for the first time since 1997.

Sporting Witness

West Ham’s interest comes up at good time for selling club – Remarkably convenient

In three months, Gabriel Barbosa’s loan spell at Flamengo is expiring, and he will theorically return to Inter Milan.

But as it doesn’t seem like the Italian side will make big efforts to hold the striker, a big race for him is about to begin, and West Ham have been dragged in.

The 23-year-old has been ridiculously good since joining the Rio de Janeiro club in January. He’s scored 31 goals in 41 games, and is the Brazilian league’s top scorer with 17 goals in only 16 appearances so far.

That’s why, according to the Italian media, West Ham are interested in the player again. FC Inter News claimed on Wednesday that the London side thought about the signing earlier this year, and could now be convinced by his recent performances.

Meanwhile, it’s been claimed that Flamengo offered €15m to get Gabigol on a permanent deal, while Inter Milan are now demanding €25m.

However, the Brazilian media isn’t so sure about that. Reliable journalists such as Mauro Cézar Pereira claim that there are talks, but not a price tag for the player. Fox Sports also claimed that according to his staff, Inter haven’t set an amount yet, and there’s a chance Flamengo can keep him.

We also wonder if West Ham’s interest is true, since it’s pretty convenient for Inter Milan to have other sides in the race to make his price go up, and the Hammers claims have come from an Inter source.

Now Gabigol has done pretty well in Brazil for the past couple of years, both at Santos and Flamengo. But perhaps his failures at Inter and Benfica could have a big impact when European sides think of signing him again. West Ham may be a lot richer than Flamengo, but would they be as convinced to spend a big amount?

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Texas Iron 2:51 Thu Sep 26
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Russ of the BML 12:24 Thu Sep 26
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Ta Al.

Thanks Alan 12:23 Thu Sep 26
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Thanks Alan

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