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Alan 1:30 Tue Oct 1
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Borussia Dortmund's sporting director admits he cannot see England forward Jadon Sancho, 19, linked with Manchester United in the summer, staying at the club long term. (Kicker, via Mail)

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, 21, is set to reject Nigeria and commit himself to England if he gets a call-up from Gareth Southgate for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. (Telegraph)

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, whose contract expires at the end of the season, has suggested he may sign a new deal with the club. (London Evening Standard)

Spurs have opened talks with Belgium international Vertonghen over a contract extension. (Mail)

Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, 33, a Manchester United target, is also wanted by MLS side Los Angeles FC. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Tottenham's Belgium international defender Toby Alderweireld, 30, during the January transfer window. (Tuttosport, via Inside Futbol)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is on a list of potential replacements for AC Milan boss Marco Giampaolo. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Arsenal are planning to watch Hungary international Dominik Szoboszlai in action for Red Bull Salzburg against Liverpool this week, as they plan a bid for the 18-year-old in January. (Football Insider)

Barcelona defender Gerard Pique will hold talks with the club's president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, as tensions escalate between the players and the board at the Spanish champions. (ESPN)

Juventus and Inter Milan could be set to do battle in the January transfer market for Barcelona's Croatia international midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31. (Calciomercato, via Caught Offside)

Porto coach Vitor Matos is in advanced talks to join Jurgen Klopp's coaching staff at Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United's Ivorian defender Eric Bailly's knee problem is now set to keep him out until next year. The 25-year-old was injured during a pre-season match against Tottenham. (Sun)

Roma are monitoring Wolves' Spanish wide player Adama Traore, 23. (Calciomercato)

West Ham have offered former defender James Collins a club ambassador role. (Football Insider)

Ex-Newcastle youth forward Callum Roberts, 22, is set for a trial at Rotherham following a fine start to the season in the National League North with Lee Clark's Blyth Spartans. (Yorkshire Post)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy orchestrated the new four-year contract for 30-year-old France midfielder Moussa Sissoko. (Football Insider)

Manchester United could face a potential £74m bill for transfer add-ons on signings over the last two years. (Times - subscription required)

Former Everton boss David Moyes believes they "missed a trick" by not redeveloping Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal were forced to travel to Manchester on Monday to face Manchester United later that evening because the major hotels were fully booked for the Conservative party conference. (Sun)

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce's position is not under threat, despite his side being second-from-bottom in the Premier League after a 5-0 thrashing by Leicester City. (Times - subscription required)

Former Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg says it would have been a "scandal" if VAR had not allowed Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's equaliser in their 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Monday. (Mail)

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Monday night’s distinctly underwhelming Manchester United-Arsenal “clash” has inevitably prompted a glut of nostalgia for the times when, we are told, the very fabric of the universe shook when these two sides met under the ferociously focused guidance of Alex Ferguson and Arsène Wenger. Ah Wenger. Might he still be of interest to anyone? Gazzetto dello Sport reckons Milan might be tempted, what with the Rossoneri languishing 16th in Serie A and Marco Giampaolo’s position under scrutiny. Massimiliano Allegri, Claudio Ranieri and Rudi García are among the other names being touted by the Italian daily.

As for Manchester United, their current standing may be gauged by the rumour that they’re in competition with Los Angeles FC for a 33-year-old, according to Calciomercato. The 33-year-old in question, Mario Mandzukic, does admittedly have a pretty tasty pedigree but even so … Another rather more youthful United target, Jadon Sancho, could still be in reach though. The Daily Mail talks up the thoughts of Borussia Dortmund’s sporting director, Michael Zorc, who admits the club are unlikely to be able to hold on to the teenager. “No decision has been made,” Zorc told Kicker. “But you don’t have to be a prophet to know he won’t play here for another five years.”

Meanwhile, Barcelona are keen on swooping for Chelsea’s Willian when the playmaker’s contract at Stamford Bridge runs out next summer. With the likes of Callum Hudson-Odoi and Christian Pulisic now in favour at the club and Willian over 30, the way could be clear for a move to the Camp Nou, and for “Willian, it was really nothing” headlines if he goes on a free.

Having missed out on one Leicester defender in the summer, Manchester City are eyeing another, Caglar Soyuncu, with Fotospor in Turkey reporting that City officials want to open talks with the defender’s representatives over a move to the Etihad next summer.

Wolves may have had a poor start to the season, but their players are still attracting interest. Their wideman Adoma Traoré is on Roma’s radar, says Calciomercato.

And in other coaching news, Porto coach Vitor Matos is in advanced talks to join Jürgen Klopp’s coaching staff at Liverpool, according to the Liverpool Echo, and the latest name tipped to fill any Spurs vacancy that might be created by the departure of the perpetually speculated-about Mauricio Pochettino is none other than Gareth Southgate. Make of that what you will. But at least Jan Vertonghen looks closer to signing a new deal.

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Exclusive: West Ham table Collins offer

West Ham have offered James Collins a club ambassador role, Football Insider can reveal.

The popular former Hammers defender, 36, revealed in a BBC interview last week he was disappointed at the manner of his exit from the London Stadium in the summer of 2018.

A West Ham source has told Football Insider the club hierarchy are now working to smooth relations with Collins by inviting him to the VIP enclosure and offering the opportunity to go on the pitch at half-time to say a proper goodbye to supporters.

West Ham are also eager to make Collins an ambassador before matches to reflect his status as an Irons idol.

The source explained that the former Wales international has not yet accepted the offer, as he weighs up his options.

Collins played for nearly 10 years for West Ham over two spells, with his time coming to an end when the club opted not to extend his contract at the end of 2017-18 season.

He subsequently spent a short time at Aston Villa that was ended by injury before joining Ipswich Town on a half-season deal in January of this year.

Collins is now without a club as he winds up a glittering career that included 214 appearances for the Hammers, 108 for Villa and 57 for hometown club Cardiff City.

He also made 50 appearances for Wales and was a key member of their side that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016.


Reid comeback finally set

Winston Reid has been firmly scheduled for his first return to serious action in the Development Squad’s (Under 23s) clash against Cheltenham Town in the Leasing Trophy on October 8.

The central defender had been thought ready to start in one or the other of the team’s last two Premier League 2 League 2 outings but the medics are being ultra cautious and want to be 1,000 per cent sure of his readiness after a shocking knee injury.

Now ClaretndHugh has been told that the long serving defender is considered ready for the match as the team go for their seventeenth unbeaten game.

As a result this is likely to be a real test for the Kiwi central defender with the team facing a League outfit at Whaddon Road in the evening kick off determined to uphold their record.

This will be no gentle workout and it may even be that the 31 year old could team up with 15 year old Jamal Baptiste at the back.

A Hammers source told us:“That is now the schedule for Winston and unles any foregone problems crop up he will be involved in that game.”


Sebastien Haller looks the complete package at West Ham

There were eyebrows raised in the summer when West Ham splashed out £45million (BBC) on Sebastien Haller from German club Eintracht Frankfurt.

But it looks like Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has come good with another one of his signings and he must be delighted with the striker’s start at the London Stadium.

Haller has kicked off with three goals in his opening seven games across all competitions, but has been far more impressive than that suggests.

The 25-year-old has shown that he’s a natural finisher in front of goal and he should only improve in that department as the campaign goes on.

But he also looks the complete package for his overall game and that was highlighted at the weekend in the 2-2 draw against Bournemouth.

The French centre-forward demonstrated his immense hold-up play and showed some great skill to assist teammate Andrew Yarmolenko for his goal.

He can act as a target man if needed with his strength making him an ideal option to spearhead the attack by himself, but has the guile too to make space for himself and get shots off at goal.

There is a lot of optimism that West Ham could potentially break into the top six of the Premier League this campaign and there is no doubting that Haller will be key to any potential success.

There are no obvious weaknesses to his game and his teammates must love playing off him.

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