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Alan 1:33 Wed Oct 9
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are considering moves for West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 20, and Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, regardless of boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's future. (Goal)

Manchester United remain committed to giving Solskjaer more time to turn around the club's fortunes, despite their worst start to a season for 30 years. (Telegraph)

But, according to another report, the board will sack the Norwegian if the Red Devils lose to Norwich at the end of the month. (Sun)

Manchester United have earmarked RB Leipzig's highly-rated young German boss Julian Nagelsmann, 32, as a future Old Trafford manager. (Mail)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is planning to sell English midfielder Eric Dier, 25, 27-year-old Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, Ivorian defender Serge Aurier, 26, Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama, 28, and 29-year-old English defender Danny Rose in January after his side's poor start to the season. (Times - subscription required)

Jose Mourinho is monitoring the situation at Tottenham as he looks for a route back into management after being sacked by Manchester United in 2019. (Mail)

Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, 23, has hired his own nutritionist to try to prevent muscle injuries after damaging his hamstring four times in the last 18 months. (Mirror)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says he will 'step aside' if things don't go to plan with champions eight points behind Liverpool in the Premier League title race. (Sun)

David Moyes is open to a return to former club Everton, with manager Marco Silva under increasing pressure after dropping into the relegation zone. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace will have to pay £22m to sign 26-year-old Chelsea and Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Selhurst Park. (Express)

Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, says he made the right decision to join the Gunners on loan from Real Madrid after regaining his place in the Spain squad. (Goal)

Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips wants to take over at the Stadium of Light after the sacking of Jack Ross. (Star)

However, former Barnsley boss Daniel Stendel could be in line to replace Ross in the north-east of England. (Sun)

Borussia Dortmund have joined Arsenal, Juventus and Paris St-Germain in tracking 16-year-old Celtic winger Karamoko Dembele. (Bild - in German)

Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, says he never wanted to leave Juventus this summer despite being linked with moves to Manchester United and Tottenham. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Former England manager Sam Allardyce says it is possible that Manchester United could be relegated from the Premier League this season. (Talksport)

Lyon will meet with former France and Paris St-Germain manager Laurent Blanc after sacking Sylvinho. (L'Equipe - in French)

Arsenal and Germany centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, 27, has hit back at a poll by Spanish newspaper Marca that saw readers vote him the second worst defender in the world after Manchester United's Phil Jones. (Der Spiegel - in German)

Championship side Reading are set to sack Jose Gomes after a run of five defeats in their past six games. (Telegraph)

Premier League clubs could see the number of automatic Champions League spots reduced from four to three, under new proposals. (Mail)

Barcelona will offer Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen a new contract to secure the long-term services of the 27-year-old. (Marca)

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Rob Bleaney

Ed Woodward is a big dog, and big dogs know to throw money at a problem. Identifying that problem can prove tricky though. After watching Manchester United score 19 goals in their last 19 games, Old Trafford’s master fixer has formulated a crisis management plan, and will start to enact it in January whether or not Ole Gunnar Solskjær remains in the tiny broom cupboard at the back of Sir Alex Ferguson’s office. Woodward is ready to trump his own world record fee for a defender by forking out £90m for Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, and has earmarked Declan Rice as the man to fortify United’s creaking midfield. No matter that West Ham have seen Woodward coming and let it be known they will demand £100m for their prized asset. Or that Solskjær has made clear his desire for a striker. When there is a crisis engulfing the house, lock the back door Ed.

Paulo Dybala had the audacity to turn his nose up at a move to Manchester United during the summer, and Woodward is not a man you get to say “no” to twice. Daniel Levy puts value before pride but Tottenham’s hopes of reviving a transfer for the Juventus forward don’t look good. “It wasn’t an easy summer,” Dybala told Corriere della Sera. “Hearing your name linked to every team and every place, where you don’t want to go, isn’t a nice thing.”

Mauricio Pochettino may have more luck persuading Youcef Atal to join if he can convince Levy that Nice’s 23-year-old Algerian is the man to fill a Kieran Trippier-shaped hole on the right side of Tottenham’s defence.

Reports in Spain suggest Real Madrid have joined Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool in the race for James Maddison. Bernabéu suits are scouring Europe for new talent as they look to refresh an ageing midfield and have pinpointed the Leicester City dynamo as an £80m target.

Steve Bruce loves a rugged centre-half as much as Mike Ashley loves a bargain so a move for Nottingham Forest’s Joe Worrall would excite everyone, except perhaps the Newcastle fans. The 22-year-old’s contract is up at the end of the season and he could be available for a knock-down fee.

Chelsea have named their price for Michy Batshuayi amid interest from Crystal Palace, and its name is £22m. Manchester City want Dinamo Zagreb’s Antonio Marin after the young winger impressed against their under-19 side. Arsenal are keeping tabs on Celtic’s 16-year-old Karamoko Dembélé but face competition from Juventus and Borussia Dortmund.

Le Parisien reports that Lyon have put Arsène Wenger on a shortlist of two to replace Sylvinho as manager after his fellow former Gunner got the axe this week. Wenger’s rival for the job is Laurent Blanc. And José Mourinho is keen to be the new top man at Tottenham if Pochettino gets the sack. Maybe it’s time for another letter.


‘Needs to come back in’, ‘Lose a huge amount’ – These West Ham fans all call for the same change

West Ham Fan Zone @WHUFCFZ

Arthur Masuaku comes back into the team for me after the international break.

The one change that a lot of fans will be keen to see made is at left-back, and whilst Aaron Cresswell has come in and performed well since Arthur Masuaku was sent off against Aston Villa, the supporters now want Masuaku to get back into the side.

Whether or not Manuel Pellegrini will make the decision to bring the Congolese defender into the side is yet to be seen, but a lot of them seem to believe that Masuaku is much better in tandem with Felipe Anderson ahead of him than Cresswell seems to be.

You can read the Irons’ calls for Masuaku here:

will earle @willearle_
Replying to @WHUFCFZ

Agree masuaku and Anderson link up a lot better Cresswell hasn’t done anything wrong really but I think Arthur needs to come back in

Alfie @Alfie44853343
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Dan Ellis @xDellisOfficial
Replying to @WHUFCFZ

I agree, arthur has improved defensively to the point that you dont lose much defensively having him in over cress. But you lose a huge amount offensively having cress over Arthur. The amount of times yesterday Anderson had to cover cress's lack of pace then had no overlap

Alan Rzepa @alanrzepa
Replying to @WHUFCFZ

We've very much lacked his offensive runs and creativity in yesterday's game, and Cress was skinned by Zaha or two or three occasions.

Cresswell doesn't really help himself having 0 key passes, 0 chance created and 0 successful crosses in all four games combined.

Jonesy ☆ @RockyWhu
Replying to @whufc_news

Will also help Haller as Cresswell doesn't put any decent crosses in these days.

lockylockwood @jasonlock87
Replying to @whufc_news

Yep! Arthur needs to come back! Saying that, he needs to stop getting red cards. Stupid second yellow and should have known better!

The fans will always have differing views, but it seems that plenty of them are keen for a change at left-back when they travel to Everton.


Best Premier League signings of the summer, including Man United, Liverpool, and Aston Villa stars

By Oliver Dawnay

The Premier League has paused for it’s second international break so now is the perfect time to assess some of the new signings in the division.

Having seen eight matches so far, we can safely say some of the business done has been excellent and some of it has been mystifying.

There are always winners and losers in the transfer market as not every club can keep hold of their best players and also sign improvements.

So who do talkSPORT.com believe has been the ten best signings so far? Find out below…

10. Neal Maupay (Brentford – Brighton) – £20m
9. Tyrone Mings (Bournemouth – Aston Villa) – £20m
8. Daniel James (Swansea – Manchester United) – £15m
7. Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid to Chelsea) – £40m
6. Raul Jimenez (Benfica – Wolves) – £34m
5. Youri Tielemans (Monaco – Leicester) – £40m
4. Rodri (Atletico Madrid to Manchester City) – £63m
3. Adrian (Free transfer – Liverpool)
2. Wesley Moraes (Club Brugge – Aston Villa) – £22.5m
1. Sebastien Haller (Eintracht Frankurt – West Ham) – £35m

Haller had a difficult start to life at the London Stadium but he has really come into his own in recent matches, with his four goals in seven appearances representing a great return for the Hammers.

He always seems be in the right position at the right time, and that was clear for all to see when he was on hand to slot home against Crystal Palace on the weekend.
Haller is a real threat up front for the Hammers

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Mex Martillo 7:06 Thu Oct 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

COOL HAND LUKE 5:58 Wed Oct 9
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Thanks Alan,

We have to stop giving out ANY prices / values for players like Declan... it sends the wrong message to other clubs, and to the players themselves too.

He's very young, he can learn at WHU as well as anywhere, and he has a long contract still. That should be it for now. And he NEEDS the older heads around him still.

Going to Utd to be their 'saviour' is not a gig anyone with a grain of sense would want at 20 years old. They are in the doo doo and sinking fast - best avoided.

Texas Iron 4:44 Wed Oct 9
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Coffee 3:56 Wed Oct 9
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Adrian at number 3? Blimey.

Thanks, Alan.

Alan 2:34 Wed Oct 9
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Talksport article added.

Thanks Alan 1:53 Wed Oct 9
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Thanks Alan

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