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Leicester City are searching for a replacement for 22-year-old left-back Ben Chilwell, with Chelsea and Manchester City leading the race for the England international. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United have denied France midfielder Paul Pogba is asking for £600,000 a week to sign a new deal with the club. The 26-year-old's contract at Old Trafford has two years left to run. (Sunday Mirror)

United want to sign Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson in January and plan to tempt the 27-year-old with the chance of furthering his claims of making the England squad for Euro 2020. (Sunday Express)

Arsenal will challenge AC Milan for 20-year-old PSV Eindhoven striker Donyell Malen, and are prepared to offer 56m euros (£50m) for the Dutchman. (Tuttosport, via Calciomercato)

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder is interested in Brentford striker Ollie Watkins and will bid about £15m for the 23-year-old Englishman. (Sun on Sunday)

The agent of Tottenham Hotspur and South Korea forward Son Heung-min, 27, has refused to rule out a future move to Italian side Napoli.(Calciomercato)

Red Bull Salzburg forward Erling Braut Haaland says rumours linking him with a move to Arsenal and Manchester United are "boring". The 19-year-old Norwegian added he wants to be "shielded" from speculation. (Football London)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has told 21-year-old United States winger Christian Pulisic - a £53m signing from Borussia Dortmund - that his transfer fee is not enough for a starting place. (Sunday Mirror)

Brazil defender David Luiz, 32, says he "did not think twice" about joining Arsenal from Chelsea in the summer, because he had a "different idea of the future of the game" to Lampard. (Metro)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering taking up a technical role at Fifa, but the 68-year-old Frenchman will not rule out a return to management. (beIN Sports)

Newcastle United's English midfielder Sean Longstaff, 21, has been told to forget about his dream £40m transfer to Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the pressure to win trophies makes it difficult to play the club's young academy players. (Sunday Telegraph)

Ex-Arsenal captain and defender Laurent Koscielny says he left the Gunners with his "head held high". The 34-year-old French centre-back joined Bordeaux in the summer.(Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is keen to buy Spanish second division club Elche with the 28-year-old Spain international having to pay £16m for the deal to go ahead. (Sport)


VAR overturns offside as Jordan Ayew gives Crystal Palace win at West Ham

Ed Aarons at the London Stadium

Between them, Manuel Pellegrini and Roy Hodgson have a combined age of 138 and have taken charge of more than 30 clubs including Real Madrid and Internazionale. Yet even for the Premier League’s two oldest managers, the era of VAR is a new dynamic they will just have to get used to.

In the old days, Jordan Ayew’s late goal would have remained disallowed and West Ham and Crystal Palace would have gone home with a share of the points. But there can be no such grey areas any more and when replays showed that Martin Kelly had been played onside by Issa Diop’s toe before his header across goal, with Felipe Anderson’s knee doing the job for Ayew to allow him the easiest of tap-ins, Michael Oliver had no choice but to award the goal.

It was a bitter pill for West Ham to swallow after they had taken the lead through Sébastien Haller’s fourth goal of the season and were destined for the heady heights of third in the table, only for a penalty from Patrick van Aanholt after Declan Rice’s rush of blood to the head and Ayew’s late intervention to instead leave Palace in fourth and their supporters dreaming.

“Our performance over 90 minutes meant that we don’t need to apologise to anyone for the fact we won today,” said Hodgson, who oversaw his first away victory against West Ham at the seventh attempt.

Both teams had come into this game in significantly ruder health than this time last year, with West Ham having lost only one of their last 10 matches in the Premier League and Palace boasting 25 points from their last 13. The absence of Luka Milivojevic due to suspension meant Hodgson handed a full league debut to James McCarthy alongside his old Hamilton and Wigan teammate James McArthur in midfield, while Roberto continued in goal for West Ham following the hip injury suffered by Lukasz Fabianski in last week’s draw at Bournemouth.

But with Palace packing the middle of the pitch and ready to spring on the counterattack in the tried-and-tested method of their wily old manager, West Ham’s playmakers struggled to find time and space in the opening stages.

The hosts finally came alive on the half-hour mark when Mark Noble’s ball presented Andriy Yarmalenko with the opportunity to lay the ball on a plate for Haller, only for Vicente Guaita to pull off the most unlikely of point-blank saves.

At the other end Ryan Fredericks sprang to his side’s rescue to clear Jeffrey Schlupp’s tame effort off the line before Guaita was called upon once more to deny Haller after a superb cross from Anderson. McCarthy tried his luck from distance for Palace but found Roberto equal to his shot while Manuel Lanzini dragged an effort just wide of the post just before the break.

Angelo Ogbonna should have opened the scoring early in the second half, only for the defender to volley over from close range after Haller’s clever header across goal. There would be no such wastefulness from Haller four minutes later however as he stabbed home Fredericks’ cross from six yards out following a flowing move that began with a lovely one-two between Noble and Anderson.

Given Palace’s lack of attacking threat, it seemed that would be enough to claim the points. Yet the visitors’ prayers were answered within minutes of going behind as Rice inexplicably played the ball with his arm as Cheikhou Kouyaté attempted to cross and Van Aanholt made no mistake from the spot. Ayew had the final say three minutes from time.

“We created enough chances to be at least one goal ahead,” said a disappointed Pellegrini. “The penalty decision decided the game - I don’t remember Crystal Palace creating many chances before that. We are a little bit unlucky with VAR but these are moments that happen in football.”


Crystal Palace into Champions League places at West Ham's expense with help of VAR

Nick Szczepanik , the London Stadium

Jordan Ayew needed two VAR checks to confirm his 87th-minute winner. But it was worth it to celebrate a strike that took Crystal Palace into fourth place in the Premier League.

Despite Palace’s lofty league position, manager Roy Hodgson downplayed suggestions so early in the season that they might have designs on a European place. “Its nice to start reasonably well, but you know you’ve got to keep up that pace and one of the things we don’t have is a big squad,” he said. “But if we can keep our heads above water and get to January I hope we can do something about that.”

West Ham have been spoken of more widely as potential top-six material and would have gone third had they hung on to the lead given them by Sebastien Haller. “You need to play in every game,” said manager Manuel Pellegrini. “We missed a good option to be third but there are plenty more games.”

This one started slowly, with Palace gradually growing in confidence against a strangely passive home side. But after 28 minutes it was revealed as a cunning plan to lull the visitors into a false sense of security.

A quick forward pass from Mark Noble found Andriy Yarmolenko on the right. He crossed low before Palace could react and Haller met the ball first time eight yards out only for goalkeeper Vicente Guaita to block.

Back came Palace and Wilfried Zaha twisted past Aaron Cresswell on the right before rolling the ball into the path of Jeffrey Schlupp, whose scuffed effort was hooked off the line by Ryan Fredericks. At the other end, Guaita came to Palace’s rescue again as Gary Cahill’s attempt to clear a cross almost ricocheted in off Martin Kelly’s knee.

After 54 minutes came the goal that the game had needed, Haller, the £54  million signing from Eintracht Frankfurt, sliding in a low cross from Fredericks for his fourth of the season.

But seven minutes later, Rice senselessly raised his arm to block an attempted cross from former Hammer Cheikhou Kouyate, Patrick van Aanholt converting the inevitable penalty kick.

And in the 87th minute Ayew tucked in the winner after Kelly had nodded on a cross by substitute Andros Townsend, with both Ayew’s and Kelly’s touches checked by VAR for offside. “I’d prefer if you’d write about the quality of our performance [rather than VAR],” Hodgson said. “Our performance means we have no need to apologise to anyone.

“The players deserved it and they worked hard for it.”


Zaha should face ban over Rice spit

West Ham supporters have called for Crystal Palace forward Wilfred Zaha to be banned for spitting in the direction of Declan Rice at the London Stadium during yesterday’s 2-1 defeat. The moment was captured on camera shows Zaha clearly spitting with malice after Rice passed him,

In 2011 a then 8-year-old Zaha was dismissed for spitting at Patrick van Aanholt, but the red card has been rescinded after a review of video evidence. Zaha would have had to serve a four-match suspension had the dismissal not been overturned after a successful Crystal Palace appeal.

The FA can retrospectively ban players based on video evidence. The rules allow the review of off-the-ball incidents where one or more match official did see the incident but their view was such that none of them had the opportunity to make a decision on an act of misconduct that took place.

The 26-year-old Palace player was also accused by fans of inciting the away crowd, he ran over to West Ham fans in blocks 114 and 113 in the West stand lower gesturing to them and causing a disturbance after VAR gave the visitors their second goal.

Sport Witness

Midfielder discusses potential West Ham move – Hammers want him to get European passport

By Sean Lunt

On Friday we brought you a report from Bolivia that West Ham United were targeting midfielder Daniel Camacho.

Eju! Claimed that the Hammers were keen on the young midfielder having had him recommended to them by assistant manager Rubén Cousillas.

His son, Agustín Cousillas, just so happens to be the goalkeeper at Aurora, where Camacho is currently on loan and has seemingly tipped his dad off about the midfielder.

Diez backed up Eju! ’s claims, saying that Camacho’s club The Strongest, were deciding whether to let Camacho join West Ham, adding that the midfielder was keen on the move.

Now, Camacho has been asked about the interest and admitted he is ‘excited’ about the rumours surrounding him.

“I already had a very good offer from Corinthians a few years ago,” he told Opinión.

“It is a very large team from Brazil, but, honestly, this is bigger. I’m excited, although I can’t comment much either.

“No one told me about Tigré, for now. I have no idea what the negotiation will be or what is the proposal (from West Ham).”

The newspaper also managed to speak to Camacho’s agent, Ulises Guallanez, who confirmed the interest from the Hammers explaining that West Ham’s scouts had provided ‘good references’ about the youngster.

He, though, is taking a calm approach to the affair as he knows there are plenty of bureaucratic hoops for his client to jump through before he can secure a move to the London Stadium.

“They need the boy to be community (get a European passport). The first thing the clubs find out is the amount of money, the player’s price tag.

“Then, they analyse the theme of the papers. You have to see what they ask for in Sub 23. I don’t know their intentions.

“He is happy, but he doesn’t have time to think about it that much. He only focuses on not getting relegated.”

Brum Live

"Some player" Former Birmingham City boss raves about West Brom star after yet another goal

The Baggies moved top of the Championship after beating Cardiff City 4-2

By Elliott Jackson

Gary Rowett has waxed lyrical about Grady Diangana's impact at West Brom after the winger grabbed another goal during their 4-2 win over Cardiff City.

The on-loan West Ham United winger scored the Baggies' second against the Bluebirds on Saturday to help secure three points that lifted them back to the top Championship table.

Goals from Matheus Pereira, Diangana, Charlie Austin and Romain Sawyers ensured the Slaven Bilic's side bounced back from a midweek defeat to Leeds United to ensure a second consecutive 4-2 home victory.

That took the England Under-21 international's goal tally to four for the season.

The mazy winger has been a bright spark for the Albion this season and caught the eye of a few onlooking admirers.

There is a real concern amongst the West Brom faithful that the Hammers could recall Diangana in January, just as Leicester City did with Harvey Barnes the previous year.

Rowett, like many regular Championship watchers, has been impressed with the youngster's impact, whether that be from the start of from the substitutes bench.

Speaking to EFL on Quest as part of their punditry team on Saturday night, the former Derby County and Stoke City boss said:“Grady Diangana is some player.

"Whenever I’ve seen him this season, he hasn’t started every game but when he’s come on as a sub he’s always lit the game up with his creativity towards the end.

"Plays wide drifts into central areas but always seems to influence the game.”

The Baggies head into the international break top of the pile after taking 22 points from their opening 11 matches, registering only one defeat in that time.

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