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Alan 1:34 Wed Oct 2
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona are considering another bid for Chelsea's 31-year-old Brazil forward Willian, who has yet to sign a new deal and will be available on a free transfer in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo, via Express)

Manchester United want to sign Lyon's French forward Moussa Dembele, 23, and Newcastle United's English midfielder Sean Longstaff, 21, in January. (Star)

Arsenal fear they may not be able to offload German Mesut Ozil in January, despite being prepared to pay part of the 30-year-old's £350,000-a-week wages. (Mail)

Former Gunners manager Arsene Wenger says he has "received some interesting proposals" since leaving the north London club and the 69-year-old Frenchman is weighing up his options. (Mirror)

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 20, has rejected a new £5.3m-a-year contract with AC Milan. (Corriere dello Sport, via Sun)

Burnley's English forward Jay Rodriguez, 30, is being linked with a surprise move to Inter Milan in January. (Calcio Mercato - in Italian)

Manchester United's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, says he has "found his love for football again" after his loan move to Inter. (Eurosport)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp would be horrified if they are forced to replay their Carabao Cup third-round match against MK Dons as punishment for fielding an ineligible player. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham's South Korea forward Son Heung-min, 27, said he wanted to leave the club in 2016 but was persuaded not to by manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Goal)

Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce questioned his players' ability and desire to play for the club in after their 5-0 loss at Leicester City on Sunday. (Telegraph)

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has been learning English as he targets a role in the Premier League, with the Manchester United job his main ambition. (Guardian)

Ex-England defender Rio Ferdinand has suggested Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 26, should leave Spurs if he wants to win the biggest trophies. (Mail)

Frenchman Bruno Genesio claims he was set to become Newcastle United manager in the summer. (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid and England defender Kieran Trippier, 29, said he "didn't have to think twice" about leaving Tottenham to move to Spain.(Football.London)

Atletico have held negotiations with Qatar-based Al Rayyan over the sale of 30-year-old Spain striker Diego Costa. (AS Diario - in Spanish)

Everton failed with a bid of more than 30m euros (£26.6m) to sign 20-year-old Portuguese forward Rafael Leao in the summer before he moved from Lille to AC Milan.(Tuttosport, via Liverpool Echo)

Middlesbrough are among a number of Championship clubs interested in Bristol Rovers' English 25-year-old striker Jonson Clarke-Harris. (Bristol Post)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Leaves on the line. The wrong kind of rain. A shortage of writing crew. Yes, today’s Mill is running behind, so let’s not waste any further time, because … Internazionale want a slice of Burnley’s Jay Rodriguez. Yes, reports from CalcioMercato suggest the 30-year-old forward is high on the Serie A leaders’ wish-list, even if only as a back-up to what is a half-decent forward line.

More likely, we’d wager, is a move in the other direction involving the multi-title-winning manager Massimiliano Allegri, who has been learning English as part of his prep work for a job in the Premier League. Naturally, a potential vacancy at ongoing underwhelmists Manchester United is being mooted, but then again Allegri was in north London to see Spurs get spanked and there was a proper end-of-days feel to that one.

Mention of United brings us on to their daily linkage: it’s Lyon’s Moussa Dembélé and fellow mainstay of this column, Newcastle tyro Sean Longstaff. Not that either would likely shift the general and miserable malaise within the club’s structure and hierarchy, but hey: transfers!

Diego Costa could be taking his leave of Atlético Madrid for a pure footballing move to Al Rayyan in Qatar, while news from Bristol arrives of Middlesbrough interest in Rovers striker Jonson Clarke-Harris.

And after their miserable run under Nathan Jones continued with a late 1-0 home defeat to fellow Championship strugglers, Stoke City are ready to bid Nathan Jones adieu. Favourite to replace him: Serge Gnabry fan Tony Pulis.


Pellegrini finances and contract: the facts

It’s time to put the new contract or rise talk for Manuel Pellegrini to rest once and for all after reports emerged this morning claiming David Sullivan had put a block on new talks as none have ever been discussed.

It also alleged that the manager would welcome the opportunity to discuss a new contract and is likely to demand around an increase on his current wage of £10 million a year.

In fact he is on £8 million with another £2 million distributed among his back up team.

However, the reality is that new contract talks are the furthest thing from either side’s mind right now.

The likelihood of him staying or going was well covered in our story 11 days ago at https://www.claretandhugh.info/no-hurry-to-extend-pellegrinis-contract and absolutely nothing has changed.

A source rang us this morning on seeing the story: “Pellegrini’s relationship with the board is first class and he has been given more money for signings than any manager before.

“Their trust in him is complete but talk of new contracts and demands is premature. Everybody is more than content with the current situation and terms.

“At some point next season a new deal looks set to be on the cards but no such arrangements are in place as early as the start of his second season. Why would there be – there’s no requirement.”

It’s very clear that the manager is more than happy with the club and his squad but as he heads towards his 70s nobody is naive enough to rush into anything when there’s nearly two years left on his current deal.

As for there being a rise on the cards but BLOCKED when he has finished 10th in his first season and is in fifth place in his second after seven games – err, no, not really!

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SDKFZ 222 6:05 Wed Oct 2
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. I wondered if it was Steinberg going incognito 😂

Alan 3:54 Wed Oct 2
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SDKFZ 222 2:07 Wed Oct 2

Unusually, there was no author quoted, just Guardian staff.

ludo21 3:45 Wed Oct 2
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Arsenal fear they may not be able to offload German Mesut Ozil in January, despite being prepared to pay part of the 30-year-old's 350,000-a-week wages. (Mail)

Shame.... we should put an offer in as long as they pay the other 349,999 pw... on second thoughts, no, still wouldn't be worth it.

ted fenton 3:18 Wed Oct 2
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:41 Wed Oct 2

Texas Iron 2:36 Wed Oct 2
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

SDKFZ 222 2:07 Wed Oct 2
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This is my favourite section of Who by far, thank you.

Incidentally, who was the author today for the Guardian Rumour Mill column? The name was missing.

Thanks Alan 1:41 Wed Oct 2
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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