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Alan 12:54 Mon Oct 21
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are monitoring Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, as well as Norway's 19-year-old forward Erling Braut Haaland, who plays for Red Bull Salzburg. (El Desmarque, via Mail)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is interested in signing RB Leipzig's 23-year-old German striker Timo Werner, who has previously been linked with Liverpool. (Express)

Manchester United are set to offer a new contract to English midfielder Angel Gomes, 19, amid interest from Barcelona. (Sun)

Newcastle United scouts are monitoring 20-year-old Lille and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen. (Chronicle)

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard says he wants 33-year-old France striker Olivier Giroud, who is unhappy with his lack of first-team football, to stay at Stamford Bridge. (Telegraph)

Chelsea have added Atalanta and Ukraine midfielder Ruslan Malinovskyi, 26, to their list of possible transfer targets for next summer. (Express)

Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier, 28, says he could have moved to Everton in the summer but the Belgium international was put off by the lack of European football on offer at Goodison Park. (Het Laatste Nieuws, via Mirror)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery is not worried about England Under-21 striker Eddie Nketiah's lack of action on loan at Leeds United. The 20-year-old has still not started a Championship game for the club. (Mirror)

Netherlands manager Ronald Koeman would like to manage Barcelona one day and has a clause in his contract allowing clubs to hire him after the 2020 European Championships, according to Dutch Football Federation sporting director Nico-Jan Hoogma. (Fox Sports, via Marca)

Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette, 28, is aiming to make his return from an ankle injury in the Premier League game at Sheffield United on Monday. (Mail)

Millwall are in advanced talks with Gary Rowett which could see the former Birmingham City, Derby County and Stoke City boss become their new manager. (Telegraph)

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Reports from Spain suggest Real Madrid have placed a team of scouts in a VAR-type nerve centre, peering at screens all the better to “monitor” the movements of Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho and RB Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland. They won’t have seen much of the 19-year-old Englishman over the weekend after he was dropped from Dortmund’s squad as punishment for returning 24 hours late from international duty with England, the latest in a series of time-keeping offences. Manchester United are also understood to be keeping tabs on the two youngsters.

Manchester City are preparing to offer Raheem Sterling a new and improved deal worth £450,000 per week to keep any potential suitors – yes, you again Real Madrid – from trying to turn his head. Elsewhere in the city, Manchester United are considering making a move for former Liverpool player Emre Can. The German midfielder’s move to Juventus just hasn’t worked out and after a summer of speculation regarding his next move he’s only made three substitute appearances this season. £35m is the figure being mentioned.

Frank Lampard has said Olivier Giroud is well within his rights to have the hump because he’s not getting much game time with Chelsea but insists the Frenchman will get opportunities and “be a big influence for us”. After scoring in consecutive games for France during the international break, Giroud returned to “unused substitute” duty on the Chelsea bench at the weekend, having told the French press pack he is considering his future. “As I said to Ollie, he will get his games and be a big influence for us,” said Lampard, after watching his side beat Newcastle. “At the moment, because of how Tammy [Abraham] is playing, there hasn’t been the minutes for him.”

French newspaper L’Equipe claim Paris Saint-Germain are keen on signing AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma and reckon they may may be able to railroad the debt-stricken Serie A club into selling their prize asset out of financial necessity. Meanwhile in Belgium, Anderlecht midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga finds himself in the enviable position of having ardent admirers in Barcelona, Manchester City and Sevilla, which is good news for him but presumably not Sevilla.

Newcastle are giving Lille striker Victor Osimhen the glad eye, according to the Chronicle. The 20-year-old Nigeria international has scored eight goals in 11 appearances for his side this season and was recently crowned September’s Ligue 1 Player of the Month. At Stamford Bridge, Atalanta’s Ukrainian midfielder Rusian Malinovskiy is the subject of interest from Chelsea, who have put him on their summer shopping list after Claude Makélélé ran the rule (as opposed to role) over him for Frank Lampard.

And finally, still hunting for a manager, Championship side Millwall will appoint Gary Rowett this week, while a vacancy has arisen at League One outfit AFC Wimbledon after the club parted company with Wally Downes. The split came just a day after the 58-year-old was fined and given a four-week suspension from all football-related activity after he admitted breaching FA betting rules.

“While Wally’s FA disciplinary process concluded last week, the boards believe that a change of first-team manager is the best option to help the club maintain its recent upturn in performances,” said a club statement. “Naturally, Wally leaves with our sincerest best wishes for the future and his place in our club’s history - as both a player and manager - assured.” Glyn Hodges, formerly Downes’ assistant, is currently in caretaker charge of the Wimbledon first team.

Surrey Live

Penniless child to Premier League wealth: David Gold talks childhood, Ann Summers and West Ham

"My only regret is that I have not won the FA Cup, but I have bought one!"

By Jamie Jubert

He turned Ann Summers from a company with two stores and a £10k turnover, to one with 140 stores and a £109 million turnover.

The mastermind behind this transformation David Gold, has called Surrey home for more than 50 years, having lived in Warlingham and Caterham during that time.

He moved to the suburbs after relocating his business from Tower Bridge, choosing Whyteleafe for the company’s headquarters because of its convenient position next to the newly built M25.

He now resides in a luxurious Caterham chalet that boasts a golf course and helicopter in the back garden.

Mr Gold opens his home and gardens to the public each spring, and has done for the past 10 years.

This is part of his fundraising work for the National Garden Scheme and St Catherine’s Hospice, through which he has raised £25,000.

Last week, he hosted an event there for local philanthropists and supporters of the hospice to raise cash for their new £16 million facility, with construction due to commence in February.

He owns the oldest FA cup trophy which he paid £500,000 for and loans to a football museum in Manchester, but retrieves once a year for the public to view at the open days.

The National Football museum approached Gold when they heard the trophy was going under the hammer at Christie’s auction house, saying they wanted it but only had £300,000 to offer.

So Mr Gold lodged a bid in hope rather than expectation after hearing rumours that Roman Abramovich was one of the three others he was up against, all bidding on the phone.

He then heard a German wanted to take it out of the country, triggering an emotional response from West Ham boss.

Mr Gold said: “It turns out it was not Abramovich because if he bid then no-one else is getting it, and I did. I got so emotionally involved and bid half a million for it!

"I was expecting the FA to charge down the aisle on a white horse to rescue their trophy. This is one of the most iconic trophies in world football, and there was nobody there saving it.”

But the 83 year-old was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth; he has lived the archetypal rags to riches story.

He grew up in abject poverty and retains vivid childhood memories of sleeping in all his clothes to keep warm during the midst of winter.

Reflecting upon his youth, he shudders thinking of the hunger his family experienced and does not remember eating meat at the start of his life.

He talked of the poor diet forced upon him and the bout of tuberculosis that derailed him as an eight year-old, which was responsible for the death of his friend Jimmy.

He said: “All of the illnesses I had were ones that affected the poor. Next to me in the hospital was my friend Jimmy, who one night was ushered away.

“The next morning I saw there was no Jimmy and our nurse said he had gone to heaven, and gave me a bowl of hot porridge with golden syrup to cheer me up.

“That could so easily have been me as we were the same age with the same condition. It was quite a shock to an eight year-old boy, and very lonely times.”

The Stepney-born businessman has run a string of successful companies but once worked as a bricklayer. Before that, he developed his acute business acumen from his father on the streets of East London as a market trader.

However, his father was incarcerated for five years during Gold’s youth and while he wanted to love him, instead grew to resent him.

Despite the bitterness, they partnered for business later in life selling American comics but following a sly attempt to oust his sons, Mr Gold did not speak to his father ever again.

He explained: “He was a petty criminal so while in those early days I wanted to love my father, I did not like him. He went to prison and I hardly saw him.

"Later we were in business together with my brother for a short time and discovered he was trying to steal shares.

“We were sitting at the table signing papers and he put a share transfer form in the pile. That was the final nail in the coffin and was completely unforgiveable.”

Gold sold how-to sex books to the previous owner of Ann Summers, Dandy Kim Waterfield, who owed £450 to the Gold brothers.

They went round to one of his stores to collect it, and were confronted by a heaving store with queues outside the doors. But Waterfield was a financially irresponsible “playboy” that spent money faster than it came in.

He went bust and the Gold brothers bought the lease to their two stores in 1972, one in Bristol and the other on Tottenham Court Road.

Gold's business success gave him the chance to fulfil a dream in 2010, when a bid to buy his beloved West Ham United alongside his business partner David Sullivan was accepted.

Having been raised a stones throw from the Boleyn Ground, there was only ever going to be one team for Gold. He used to bunk into their stadium as a child and later played for the junior teams.

Gold revealed that as a skinny child, he waited for crowds to enter and officialdom to leave the turnstiles at kick-off before squeezing between the stadium’s sliding doors.

It was the only form of entertainment for a young and penniless Gold who never went to the cinema and was without a family television.

On academy success, he said: “I have a jacket with a badge I was awarded as the first West Ham boy ever to play fifty games – I played in every game for four years and never got injured.

“My father was not in prison at this moment and the club chairman told me to take these documents home and get them signed so I could become an apprentice professional (for the first team).”

Upon presenting the forms to his father, David Gold’s dreams were shattered instantly when his father refused to put pen to paper on his son’s behalf.

David Gold scoring a goal for the West Ham juniors. (Image: Surrey Mirror - Grahame Larter)

Describing the interaction, Gold imitated his father in a thick cockney accent: “I ain’t gonna sign these, you’ll thank me one day!”

He admits there was less money in the football then than working the markets, but insists this was unlikely the real reason for his father’s refusal.

He remarked: “I believe there was a jealousy because my dad was a boxer and never made it, and he could see me getting attention.”

Before he purchased the East-London club, Gold and Sullivan had been in charge of Birmingham City for sixteen years.

He reminisced about a visit to Highbury for Birmingham’s first match upon their top-flight return, being interviewed alongside Arsenal chairman David Dein.

The Gunners won the League & Cup double the previous year and Mr Gold was in a room surrounded by their silverware.

“If I had realised that Arsenal were going to have all their trophies on display, I would have brought our Auto-Windscreen shield which Arsenal have never won,” he quipped. It is a trophy only teams in division three and four...

As a passionate Hammer, it hurts when he is criticised and accused by his own people, a trend exacerbated in an age of social media.

"It only hurts when they get it wrong," Gold said.

"When they ask where all the money has gone and say its all gone straight into my pocket. I have never received a penny of wages from West Ham, and never from Birmingham either, so it hurts when they think you are stealing the money.

"But, I have to remember that trolls enjoy attacking you and the biggest thrill they get is from responding. However, the vast majority of the people on there (twitter) are good people."

However, as 'one of their own', Mr Gold thinks connecting with his people is the right thing to do and says he if were an ordinary fan, he would want to have a link with his chairman.

The next garden open days at Mr Gold’s house are on April 11 and 12 2020.

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Mex Martillo 9:19 Mon Oct 21
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If I part owned West Ham and one of my life ambitions was to win the FA cup, I would tell Pellegrini that his main objective was TO WIN THE FA CUP, no fucking about with resting the best players for the Premier League!
Thanks Alan

Russ of the BML 1:24 Mon Oct 21
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ta Al.

Mad Dog 1:04 Mon Oct 21
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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