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Alan 12:11 Mon Sep 30
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal want to send out-of-favour former Germany international midfielder Mesut Ozil on loan in January - even if they have to subsidise the 30-year-old's wages. (Mirror)

Inter Milan coach Antonio Conte is keen to recruit Manchester United's Serbia international midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United could make a January move for Juventus and Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic, 33, who was in their plans during the summer. Juve are likely to demand a fee of £9m, while Mandzukic would not expect to take a pay cut on his £4.5m salary. (Goal.com)

Mandzukic has ended talks with Al Rayyan and will not be joining the Qatar side. (Goal.com)

Manchester United's Scotland international midfielder Scott McTominay, 22, has urged for patience with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Mirror)

Solskjaer has confirmed his next priority in the transfer market will be to sign a striker and creative force to boost a Manchester United team that has failed to score more than once in 17 of their past 20 matches. (Telegraph)

PSV Eindhoven want Manchester United's Netherlands Under-21 international midfielder Tahith Chong on loan in January. (Sun)

Liverpool midfielder James Milner is in the final year of his deal with the club but Reds boss Jurgen Klopp believes the 33-year-old will sign an extension to his contract. (Express)

Napoli's Belgium international forward Dries Mertens, 32, looks set to leave the club as a free agent next summer, (Calciomercato)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has denied there is a language barrier leading to communication problems with his players - but rates his English only six out of 10. (Mirror)

Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Petit has warned Emery against constantly rotating his team. (Sun)

Under-fire Stoke manager Nathan Jones insists he has never lost faith in his own ability and still believes he is the man for the job. (Stoke Sentinel)

Celtic boss Neil Lennon insists head of recruitment Nick Hammond is looking to provide options to bolster the squad ahead of the January transfer window. (Star)

Manchester United coach Mark Dempsey returned to watch first-team training, having been on a period of sick leave since being taken to hospital in Perth in July a few days into the club's pre-season tour of Australia. (Mail)

Bayern Munich's 30-year-old winger Ivan Perisic, who is on loan at the German club from Inter Milan, says he came "very close" to joining Manchester United when Jose Mourinho was in charge of the Old Trafford side. (Athletic, via Express)

Red Bull Salzburg hope striker Erling Haaland, 19, will recover from an illness to be fit to face Liverpool in a Champions League group game on Wednesday. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Ole Gunnar Solskjær remains at the Manchester United wheel but the Norwegian’s gamble on beginning the season with Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood as his main striking options has rather backfired, the upshot being that 17-year-old Greenwood is the only one of the trio available for Monday night’s match against Arsenal.

Having failed to lure Mario Mandzukic to Old Trafford during the summer, Solskjær will now ramp up his efforts to sign the Croatian in January. Unwanted at Juventus, Mandzukic had been in talks with the Qatari side Al Rayyan, but it has now become apparent he will not be joining them. Should United be unsuccessful in their efforts to land the 33-year-old this time around, they may turn their attention to the Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé instead. The Old Trafford outfit continue to be linked with Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, although the Rumour Mill can think of no earthly reason why such a talented youngster would entertain the notion of leaving his current employers to take up with a club that is fast approaching basket case status.

United winger Tahith Chong is on the fringes of the first team, but has only had bit-parts in three senior games across three different competitions so far this season. PSV are hopeful of giving him more game time if they can get him on loan in January. Having taken Romelu Lukaku off United’s hands during the summer, Inter may now move for Nemanja Matic.

Arsenal are prepared to send Mesut Özil out on loan if they can find any takers for a misfit who has made just one Premier League appearance so far this season. Currently paying their non-playing playmaker £350,000 per week, the club are prepared to supplement the lion’s share of his wages, much like United do for Alexis Sánchez as he gads about in Italy for Inter.

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is a man in demand, but his employers are prepared to slap a price-tag of £100m on him in the hope of scaring off potential suitors. In dire need of a man of the 20-year-old’s talents, Manchester United were repeatedly linked with him over the summer and may try to turn his head in the next transfer window.

Having just masterminded his third consecutive – and fourth in total – defeat of the season, Milan coach Marco Giampaolo has been given the dreaded voted of confidence from club director of football Paolo Maldini. “We chose the coach, we will defend him, it is right to give him some time,” he said. “We knew there were some problems that we’d run into, although obviously we didn’t expect to lose four of the first six games, but also the quality of the football is unsatisfactory.”

With Giampaolo’s dismissal looking inevitable, Milan may try to replace him with thr former Juventus manager Max Allegri. Currently on sabbatical, the 52-year-old had been tipped to take over at Tottenham Hotspur when Mauricio Pochettino inevitably decides he’s done all he can at White Hart Lane and accepts a more tempting offer from somewhere else. Or takes over at Manchester United.


Devastating Fabianski update

West Ham have been hit by the devastating news that Lukasz Fabianski could be sidelined for up to three months with a tear to his thigh muscle.

The horrific news came after the Hammer of last season underwent a scan on what was thought to be only a minor injury.

It was thought he had suffered a strain which would have kept him out for a maximum of three weeks and with the international break looming after this weekend, that would have been something of a result.

But in fact the issue was far worse than anyone could have believed when the scan results emerged and he could now be sidelined until December.

ClaretandHugh learned this morning that the scan showed a tear in the thigh muscle although it is not clear at this stage whether the Polish international will need an operation.

However, whether he does or not, he is certainly out of action for an extended period as the Hammers continue their pursuit of a top four place and Roberto will be taking over.

It’s a galling and ironic scenario that Adrian – despite being offered an improved deal as No 2 at the club and who has since been performing well for Liverpool – decided to move on given Fab’s outstanding form.


Dmitri Halajko: U23s can build on mixed display

West Ham United U23s Lead Coach Dmitri Halajko saw positives and negatives in his side’s 4-2 victory at home to Sunderland U23s.

The Hammers raced into a 3-0 lead within the first 23 minutes of Sunday’s Premier League 2 Division 2 fixture, Anthony Scully opening the scoring before Nathan Holland struck a sweet brace.

It wasn’t all plain sailing, however, as Sunderland clawed two goals back either side of half-time to make it a nervy second period at the Chigwell Construction Stadium.

Both sides traded chances until the final minutes – West Ham in particular playing some excellent attacking football – but were unable to capitalise, before Scully settled the contest before the game entered injury time.

Halajko feels the result was warranted after his team’s fast start, and that they played some impressive football at times, but also believes his side will need to maintain their tempo in future matches.

“We started really well and took the lead, but then we took our foot off the gas a little bit,” Halajko admitted.

“They made it really difficult for us to play against them, and were really hard to break down, which we thought before was going to be the case.

“We managed to edge it but we struggled at times. The times we played our football, we looked at a good level and we went through them and created chances, but there were times we maybe didn’t move it quick enough and they managed to nick it off us and break.”

After four fixtures in the space of 20 days, the game against Sunderland was West Ham’s first in nine days, and Halajko believes the side utilised that preparatory time effectively.

“It was the first time we’ve had a whole week building up to a game in quite a long time, so the lads were fresh,” he observed.

“They’ve trained really well this week as well. It’s been one of our better training weeks, especially in terms of goalscoring. In the first 20 minutes they really put that into action.”

The victory was also the U23s’ sixth in seven league matches and stretched their unbeaten run under Halajko to 16 games, including pre-season.

Five of their wins this season have now come at their home ground, the Chigwell Construction Stadium, and the Lead Coach is pleased with how his side are making home advantage count.

“We’ve won every game and done really well so far here,” he said.

“The goals today were the first we’ve conceded here, so we’ve made this home for us this season. Last season, the team struggled here, but this season it’s been a real fortress for us.”

Looking ahead to their upcoming run of games, which includes six away games in the next two months, Halajko identified from the Sunderland match one key area he’d like his side to improve upon.

“We still want to get better at probing with the ball, recycling it, moving it, stretching teams, dominating the ball for long periods,” he said. “There are times we’re doing it well, and there are times we’re letting other teams get back into the game.

“Hopefully we’ll learn from that game how to play against a team that comes to try and stop us and work off of our mistakes. From our point of view, we need to be really tidy, really clean, move the ball nice and quickly, and not give them much to latch onto.”

A good understanding of one another’s games has played a large part in West Ham United U23s’ recent form, according to midfielder Alfie Lewis.

Speaking after the U23s overcame Sunderland 4-2 at the Chigwell Construction Stadium on Sunday, Lewis admitted he was enjoying being part of a squad whose attacking outfit has plundered 26 goals in just ten competitive games so far this season.

The Hammers midfield trio of Lewis, Conor Coventry and Joe Powell have started six of those matches together, and exerted impressive control once more as West Ham raced into a 3-0 lead inside the first 23 minutes on Sunday.

With plenty of match experience behind them, Lewis attributes the U23s' recent attacking prowess to the unity they have developed on and off the pitch.

He said: “It was good to get back out there and get another win. The boys are obviously on a great run, so it’s good to keep it going.

“We started the game very well, got the three goals early and were playing some incisive football, linking up nicely.

“We’ve all played together regularly so far this season, so we know what each other’s games are like. We work on that link-up in training and in games and it makes it easier to play some good stuff.”

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Thanks Alan 2:15 Mon Sep 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:27 Mon Sep 30

Syd Puddefoot 1:37 Mon Sep 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The danger of putting a 100m valuation on Rice is that someone will match it. Saying not for sale is very diffrent from naming a price however apparently off putting.

Texas Iron 12:36 Mon Sep 30
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ted fenton 12:27 Mon Sep 30
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bill green 12:21 Mon Sep 30

bill green 12:21 Mon Sep 30
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Thanks Alan

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