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Alan 12:20 Thu Oct 3
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United continue to track Leicester City playmaker James Maddison, 22, with a view to a £80m move. (Mail)

Barcelona and France winger Ousmane Dembele, 22, is among three forwards Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to recruit as part of his ongoing squad rebuild. (Manchester Evening News)

Solskjaer wants fellow Norwegian Martin Odegaard, 20, in his new-look team - but the Real Madrid midfielder is also on the radar of Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City. (Sun)

Tottenham fear England striker Harry Kane, 26, could join the list of senior players who want to leave the club. (Times - subscription required)

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino's job is not under threat following his side's poor start to the season and he will continue to receive the support and backing of chairman Daniel Levy. (Telegraph)

Former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov believes Levy will hold talks with Pochettino "this week" to "find the right answer and the right way forward". (Star)

Spurs players are concerned about the future of Pochettino, with the squad fearing the Argentine is looking for a way out of the north London club. (Mail)

Tottenham's Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 30, has admitted the side have hit their lowest point for five years. Pochettino's side are 10 points behind Premier League leaders Liverpool, were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Colchester and were thrashed 7-2 by Bayern Munich in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Mirror)

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri would like to return to management next summer after a one-year break rather than take a job mid-season. (Sun)

Former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri hopes to be reunited with midfielder N'Golo Kante. The Juventus manager is considering a fee in the region of £70m for the 28-year-old France player. (Mail)

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering calling Chelsea central defender Fikayo Tomori, 21, into his squad for Euro 2020 qualifying games against the Czech Republic and Bulgaria. (Telegraph)

England women's goalkeeper Carly Telford, 32, says she was surprised "everyone was so complimentary" when the team returned home after what she saw as a "failure" of not getting to the World Cup final in the summer. (Guardian)

England and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling, 24, believes it is only a matter of time before his side win the Champions League, but has urged his team-mates to remain patient. (Mirror)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery says Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe needs to learn to cope with the pressure of being an Arsenal player, after the 24-year-old signed for a club-record £72m record in August from Lille. (Mirror)

Chelsea are keen to sign Monaco's French centre-back Benoit Badiashile, 18, if the Blues overturn their transfer ban. (Le 10 Sport, via The Sun)

West Ham have put an £80m price tag on midfielder Declan Rice, 20, amid transfer interest from Manchester United for the England player. (Star)

Bayern Munich are interested in Birmingham prospect Jude Bellingham, with the Bundesliga giants keen to make the 16-year-old midfielder their next star from England. (Sun)

Arsenal could buy RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano, 20, for £53m after a failed summer transfer bid. The France centre-back was a target for boss Unai Emery before the new season, but was outside his budget. (Sun)

Juventus have scheduled contract renewal talks with 32-year-old midfielder Blaise Matuidi, with the France player's deal expiring next summer. (Calciomercato)

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Barry Glendenning

The Juventus manager, Maurizio Sarri, has decided his midfield is missing a key ingredient in the pint-sized French enforcer N’Golo Kanté and has instructed the vice-president, Pavel Nedved, to pull out all the stops to lure the Chelsea midfielder to Turin. With more than three years left on his contract, the midfielder is unlikely to come cheap and will probably cost north of £70m if Chelsea are to even bother entertaining the notion of letting him go.

Manchester United, eh? Eager to close the stable door long after the horse has bolted towards the horizon with Romelu Lukaku on its back, the club hierarchy are hoping to bolster their fairly toothless attack in January. Somebody in their recruitment department has thrown three darts at a wall covered in Panini stickers and hit those bearing the mugshots of the RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, Lyon’s Moussa Dembélé and his Barcelona namesake Ousmane Dembélé (no relation). Also ready to bid for the Juventus outcast Mario Mandzukic, it’s almost as if United realised their summer transfer policy was a mite ill-conceived, although their January one doesn’t seem any more coherent.

United are also interested in bringing the Leicester playmaker James Maddison and Real Sociedad (on loan from Real Madrid) midfielder Martin Ødegaard to Old Trafford, in a state of affairs that suggests the club hierarchy are seriously deluded if they think the current shambles they’re presiding over is likely to be a more attractive option than the many other clubs who are bound to be clamouring for the services of both players. Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff seems a far more realistic target, as the club he currently represents is of a few Premier League outfits that is run even more haphazardly than the one giving him the glad eye.

Nobody really thinks Tottenham would be dumb enough to sack Mauricio Pochettino after a poor run stretching back only two months, but that hasn’t stopped the newspapers from reassuring us they aren’t about to hand him his P45. Whether or not the Argentinian actually wants to stay at White Hart Lane is another matter altogether and – oh look, would you believe it? – Manchester United are believed to be monitoring his situation. With Pochettino’s days at Spurs looking more numbered than a set of balls in a lottery tombola, the club’s fans are worried Harry Kane will join the stampede of senior players who follow him out the door whenever he decides to leave.

And finally, the Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos is attracting admiring glances from the other side of the Atlantic, where MLS club LA Galaxy are interested in signing the prolific 23-year-old. With no red cards and 13 goals in 17 appearances this season, the hot-headed Colombian has been recalled to his national team’s squad for matches against Algeria and Chile in this month’s international break.


Hammers very latest injury update

The Hammers have just four on the injury list right now of course and here’s the latest updates on each of them:

Michael Antonio: The big fella is back in the gym and “working hard” after surgery on his hamstring which he incurred in the Carabao Cup match at Newport County.

A club insider revealed that he had set up his own schedules for the rehab and that he aimed to be back within a month of the three months which was originally forecast.

Should he do so successfully then he’s likely to be back in the squad for November and his progress thus far suggests he won’t be far away from his target.

He was reported as being in no pain and is already jogging.

Lukasz Fabianski; As reported regularly over the last week it looks likely to be three months out for the Hammer of the Year after he tore a muscle as he cleared with his right foot against Bournemouth. It’s still not been explained by the club whether he will face surgery but in general terms that is usually the case for a muscle tear on an estimated three months. recovery period.

Winston Reid: The big central defender is now on the final stages of recovery from his knee injury and is fully expected to turn out for his first competitive action at Cheltenham Town in the under 23s fixture fixture on October 8.

Jack Wilshere: Late check on a knock received at Bournemouth.

Manu Lanzini looks a definite starter this weekend after appearing as a sub following injury during the game against Bournemouth…and that’s good news for Seb Haller.

Over the last two or three games we have seen the big Frenchman ploughing a lonely role up front but doing it brilliantly.

However, the expected start from Manu will allow us to see sides of the striker’s game that have been missing as the team’s play maker gets that much closer to him up front.

Starting on the left Manu floats inside during games allowing Haller a little less company from opposition defenders and freeing him up for a better sight of goal.

Haller has been brilliant leading the line but there is no question the inclusion of Lanzini allows us to see far more of his all round game which will always see him picking up others in space with great assists.

Elsewhere, the team is likely to remain unchanged and Jack Wilshere wil be checked ahead of the game following a knock received at Bournemouth.

Sport Witness

Club have rejected West Ham and Southampton offers for player – Hopeful of auction next summer

Bosnia and Herzegovina international Amer Gojak left his homeland club Olimpic for Dinamo Zagreb in 2015 and has featured regularly for them in the last three years.

Journalist Miguel Rico, writing on the last page of today’s edition of Mundo Deportivo claims the 22-year-old caught the attention of clubs across Europe, including West Ham United and Southampton in England.

The Hammers and Saints submitted an offer to acquire the midfielder’s services, but the Croatian side turned down their approaches because they had no plans to sell him.

Rico doesn’t state exactly when Southampton and West Ham made their offers for the player.

Gojak’s contract with his current employer runs down in 2022 and Dinamo view him as a player who can bring a big amount of money in when he eventually leaves the club.

Along with Dani Olmo, the club are looking to conduct the ‘business of the century’ with his sale, which doesn’t suggest there’s a bargain available here.

Mundo states Dinamo are hopeful of having an auction for Gojak next summer.

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Mex Martillo 9:31 Fri Oct 4
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:40 Thu Oct 3
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Thanks Alan 1:42 Thu Oct 3
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The Stoat 12:24 Thu Oct 3

SUM A DING WONG 1:00 Thu Oct 3
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I agree. I preferred TS in James Bond and the Dirty Dozen.

Each to their own, I suppose.

Sajmo1 12:30 Thu Oct 3
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers alan
Gojak is awful and hopefully this is just paper talk

The Stoat 12:24 Thu Oct 3
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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