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Alan 1:06 Mon Oct 7
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Bookmakers have cut the odds on Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to be sacked after Sunday's defeat by Newcastle. Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has been backed to take over. (Sun)

United sent scouts to watch Lyon's French striker Moussa Dembele, 23, on Sunday. (Mail)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is considering a bid for Wolves defender Willy Boly. The West Midlands club could potentially double the £10m they paid Porto for the 28-year-old Ivory Coast centre-back should he favour a move to Emirates Stadium. (Sun)

Real Madrid are ready to rival Juventus for Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante. The La Liga side could pay a fee of about £70m for the 28-year-old. (Sport, via Mail)

Former Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has urged Tottenham's 26-year-old England striker Harry Kane should leave the north London club and look to sign for Manchester City, says former Liverpool and Chelsea defender Glen Johnson. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United have dropped their interest in Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek after they were quoted £35m for the 22-year-old Netherlands international. (Mirror)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should try to sign Leicester City's 22-year-old English midfielder James Maddison, says former Reds midfielder Steve McMahon. (Stadium Astro, via Express)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to sign five more players before the team can return to form, according to Wales boss and Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs. (Sun)

United should remove executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward from running the football side of the club, says the club's former right-back Gary Neville. (Metro)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has urged England forward Callum Wilson, 27, to ignore rumours linking him with a January move to Manchester United. (Daily Echo)

AC Milan were on the verge of sacking manager Marco Giampaolo at half-time during Saturday's win over Geona. (SempreMilan)

New England Revolution's 30-year-old Dutch defender Alexander Buttner says he rejected advances from Celtic and Rangers before agreeing a move to the Major League Soccer side. (Goal)

Former Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor, the club's all-time leading Premier League goalscorer, says rivals Birmingham City tried to poach him from Villa Park when he was a youngster. (Birmingham Live)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

While opinions vary on who exactly is responsible for the current mess in which Manchester United find themselves, the Rumour Mill is prepared to take the holistic view that there is plenty of blame to go around. But while the owners, their executive vice-chairman and assorted players are all culpable to varying degrees, it is the first-team manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær who will ultimately be scapegoated once the denizens of Old Trafford turn on the club hierarchy and demand something approaching a bang for their buck.

Following yet another defeat for his team, arguably the worst Manchester United side in Premier League history, the vultures of the bookmaking community are circling overhead after slashing his odds of being the next Premier League manager out of a job. Having previously been of a mind to hire Mauricio Pochettino, before making the knee-jerk decision to over-promote Solskjær in a misguided attempt to ingratiate himself upon the fans, Ed Woodward will be monitoring the current situation at White Hart Lane with morbid fascination.

Looking increasingly forlorn in the dug-out and in need of a new challenge elsewhere, the 47-year-old Argentinian looks a certainty to be offered the United job just as soon as it becomes available. United could, however, face competition for Pochettino’s services from Real Madrid, where Zinedine Zidane’s position continues to look far from secure despite his side being top of the table.

Toothless up front, United’s quest to bolster their forward line is ongoing, although it’s difficult to imagine any striker thriving in such an environment given their lack of creativity in midfield. Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson remains a January target, although it remains to be seen if the 27-year-old holds out for a better from a club with more on-field ambition. “I take [the speculation] with a pinch of salt at this stage to be honest,” said Wilson’s manager, Eddie Howe, over the weekend. “There’s nothing that we can do, that Callum can do other than perform well and that influences rumours. He’s just got to focus on his next game and give his best for this club.” Meanwhile at Ajax, former United target Donny van de Beek now looks likely to sign for Real Madrid come season’s end.

Arsenal have seen the error of their ways after selling Donyell Malen to PSV Eindhoven for £200,000 two years ago, but may have to shell out up to £50m to buy the striker back. Reports from Italy suggest they will face stiff competition from AC Milan in the scramble to acquire the 20-year-old Dutch international’s services.

In need of more defensive solidity, Unai Emery is also believed to be interested in signing Willy Boly from Wolves. Signed for £10m from Porto, Boly would go for at least double that amount, although his current employers might not be inclined to sell as a like-for-like replacement would be extremely unlikely to come as cheap.


Phil Thompson drools over West Ham attacker Andriy Yarmolenko

By Jordan Harris

Phil Thompson has told Soccer Saturday on Sky Sports (broadcast on 5/10; 12:36 pm) that West Ham United forward Andriy Yarmolenko has one of the best left foots in Europe.

The 29-year-old has made a fantastic start to this season. Yarmolenko has scored three goals in seven Premier League appearances for the Hammers, including the opener in the 2-0 home win over Manchester United.

It is a remarkable run of form given that Yarmolenko spent 10 months on the sidelines due to an Achilles injury when he had just nine top flight appearances for the Hammers under his belt.

He has quickly reestablished himself as a key man in Manuel Pellegrini’s ranks. And Thompson lauded the Ukraine international for the impact that he has made during his time at the London Stadium.

“This guy’s incredible,” he told Soccer Saturday. “This guy’s got one of the best left pegs in European football. He is that good. And it’s not just that. It’s his assists in the game.”

The Telegraph reports that Yarmolenko cost West Ham £17.5 million when he arrived from Borussia Dortmund at the start of last season. So it looks to be fair to say that he could prove to be an absolute steal for the Irons.

Of course, he will be desperate to enjoy a lengthy run in the team to really prove himself. But he is certainly making the most of his chance so far this season.


Masuaku absence explained

Hammers insiders have cleared up the reasons for Arthur Masuaku’s absence from the squad on Saturday.

The left back was suffering from no injury problems but was simply left out of the match day set of players in favour of extra midfielders with Pablo Fornals, Robert Snodgrass and Jack Wilshere all available..

And that makes the defeat harder to accept given that we are so well off in that area of the park but in the end failed to make the impact manager Manuel Pellegrini obviously expects as a result of his imports.

We were told by a source before the game that the DR Congo defender was absolutely fine but that such was the strength of the squad this was a scenario which would probably happen regularly this season.

He said: “Arthur is a victim of the squad strength on this occasion but others will be feeling the pressure over the course of the season.“


Dmitri Halajko: Cheltenham trip will test our progress

Tuesday night’s Leasing.com Trophy trip to League Two highflyers Cheltenham Town could prove the perfect barometer for West Ham United U21s’ progress this season, according to Lead Coach Dmitri Halajko.

The former Leicester City and Norwich coach has got off to a near-perfect start at the helm of the Hammers’ development squad this season, failing to win in only one competitive game thus far.

Such a fine string of results sees West Ham sit three points clear of nearest challengers Manchester United at the top of Premier League 2 Division 2, with a 16-match unbeaten run – including pre-season friendlies – behind them.

The junior Hammers have also claimed three points in their opening Leasing.com Trophy and Premier League International Cup group stage matches: 5-4 and 1-0 victories against Newport and Valencia ‘B’ respectively.

Halajko’s charges this week travel to Whaddon Road for their second game of the Leasing.com Trophy campaign, where they’ll face an in-form Cheltenham Town outfit.

Led by fans’ favourite Michael Duff, the Robins have won four of their last five matches and sit fifth in the League Two table, but suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat at Exeter in their first game in the competition.

West Ham’s coach believes the level of experience within the opposition squad will provide the kind of acid test from which he can glean a lot about his players.

“It’s going to be another opportunity for them to play against seasoned pros,” Halajko observed.

“It’s an opportunity to play against men, against a team that are doing really well in their league. It's a top game for us to see where we are at in our levels of development.”

Nine days will have passed since West Ham held off a spirited Sunderland fightback to win their last Premier League 2 Division 2 fixture.

Speaking after the 4-2 victory, Halajko discussed the need to make every moment of preparation count.

“We’ll be training hard,” he said. “We’ll only schedule maybe two days off in that period, so most of that time will be spent on the training pitch.

“It’ll be a little bit about tidying up some areas from recent matches that we want to get better at, and then a little bit of looking at Cheltenham to see what we can try to exploit in that game.”

As for upcoming fixtures, Halajko’s side face a tricky-looking spell of three games in nine days at the tail end of the month.

The side’s current league form will be tested by trips to Stoke and Norwich on 21 and 25 October respectively, before the Hammers host Wolfsburg ‘B’ in the Premier League International Cup on 30 October.

Halajko and his team, as always, will relish the challenge.

“The games are coming thick and fast and we want that,” he declared.

“We don’t mind whether we’re home or away. Because there aren’t big crowds, it doesn’t sway things too much, so we won’t be looking at the away games any different to our home matches.

“Whether we’re home or away, we’ll always try to be the more dominant team. We’ll be going to try and win those games.”

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LeroysBoots 10:42 Mon Oct 7
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Squad strength !?!. Do fuck off

Texas Iron 6:36 Mon Oct 7
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Mex Martillo 4:14 Mon Oct 7
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ted fenton 3:17 Mon Oct 7

ted fenton 3:17 Mon Oct 7
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Thanks Alan 1:20 Mon Oct 7

Thanks Alan 1:20 Mon Oct 7
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Thanks Alan

Eddie B 1:10 Mon Oct 7
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Fuckign joke leaving Arthur out.

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