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Alan 1:35 Wed Oct 23
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester United's interest in Mario Mandzukic, 30, could intensify after the Juventus and Croatia striker dropped his wage demands. (Sun)

Tottenham are interested in signing 21-year-old Spain Under-21 midfielder Carles Alena from Barcelona in January. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Real Madrid have told former Manchester City midfielder Brahim Diaz, 20, they want to sell him as part of a clearout. (Mail)

Real midfielder Isco, 27, has accepted he will be one of those leaving the club in January. (Mail)

Real Madrid are holding out for £30m for Dani Ceballos after Arsenal offered £26m for the 23-year-old midfielder, currently on loan at Emirates Stadium. (Eldesmarque - via Metro)

But the Spanish giants may no longer be interested in Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, as a result of the fine form of Uruguay midfielder Federico Valverde, 21. (Sun)

Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann says he has heard the Reds are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund and England winger Jadon Sancho, 19. (Sky Germany - via Mirror)

Crystal Palace will rival Aston Villa in a bid to sign Colombia striker Alfredo Morelos, 23, from Rangers in January. (Express)

Former Manchester United defender Jaap Stam says he turned down the opportunity to manage Newcastle before joining Feyenoord this summer. (Voetbal International - in Dutch)

Newcastle deny those claims, though, insisting they were never interested in the former Netherlands centre-back. (Chronicle)

Manchester United paid £80m up front to buy England centre-back Harry Maguire, 26, from Leicester. (Telegraph)

Former Manchester United, Paris St-Germain and Juventus forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic wants to return to Serie A. The 38-year-old former Sweden striker is out of contract with LA Galaxy at the end of the year. (CalcioMercato)

Scouts from Newcastle, Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton and Norwich watched 17-year-old Scotland youth defender Aaron Hickey play for Hearts against Rangers on Sunday. (Sun)

Concussion substitutes are likely to be introduced in football next season. (Telegraph)

Manchester City sent scouts to watch 19-year-old Italy midfielder Sandro Tonali play for Brescia on Tuesday. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

MLS expansion side Inter Miami, part-owned by David Beckham, have released images of their proposed 26,000-capacity stadium, featuring a rooftop bar lined with palm trees. (Mail)

Barcelona have denied reports a 15m euros payment to Atletico Madrid was to end the dispute over the signing of France forward Antoine Griezmann, 28, and was instead used to secure first refusal on five Atletico players. (Sport)

Juventus and Atletico Madrid are among the clubs tracking West Brom defender Nathan Ferguson, 19. (Sun)

Manchester United's academy manager Nicky Butt says the club have a handful of players coming through who can follow in the footsteps of striker Marcus Rashford and make a first-team impact. (Goal)

Tottenham legend Glenn Hoddle claims there are four or five players in Mauricio Pochettino's squad who know they are leaving the club by the start of next season. (Express)






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Daniel Harris

Following the appalling travesty of having a goal given against them last weekend, Liverpool have moved quickly to avenge. Ever since Jordon Ibe left for Bournemouth, Anfield has lacked a winger with his precise qualities: name beginning with J; unusual spelling; “on” ending. As such, they will nause up Manchester United by signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.

United, meanwhile, are keen to solve their goalscoring crisis by buying Mario Mandzukic. The 67-year-old striker is not deemed good enough for Juventus’ Champions League squad, but after studying 8,034,612 different options, the club’s scouts have concluded that he is the only one desperate enough to sign for them. “Yet another triumph for Ed Woodward,” Ed Woodward will doubtless recommend is written about Ed Woodward.

Across Manchester, Pep Guardiola is looking for a new midfielder he can force himself to play in defence. A club scout was sent to watch Sandro Tonali, Brescia’s 19-year-old prospect; Paris Saint-Germain were there too, with Inter, Juve and Milan also interested.

Real Madrid, meanwhile, are looking to get shot rather than get in. Brahim Díaz, the 20-year-old midfielder snatched from Manchester City, has been told he can leave, and Isco has also accepted that his time at the Bernabéu is over. Meanwhile, Unai Emery is having so much fun messing Dani Ceballos about that he’d like to do so permanently. Arsenal have offered £26m for the unlucky blighter, but Madrid are holding out for £30m – bounty they will spend on not signing Paul Pogba.

Arsenal are one of five clubs watching Aaron Hickey, Hearts’ tough 17-year-old full-back. Manchester City, Newcastle, Liverpool, Southampton and Norwich love his bite too.

Also shopping in Scotland are Crystal Palace and Aston Villa, who are competing for the signature of Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos. Morelos, for his part, is torn: brilliant though Selhurst’s Tasty Jerk is, and brilliant though Villa Park is, he, like all his teammates, has a soft spot for being publicly blamed every time Steven Gerrard gets his tactics wrong.

Elsewhere, Tottenham would like to buy Carles Aleñá from Barcelona. Mauricio Pochettino wasn’t able to shift Christian Eriksen in the summer window but hopes that by buying his replacement in January, the, er, hirsute playmaker will get the message. Aleñá, meanwhile, has made just one appearance this season and his situation is also being monitored by Real Betis.

For their part, Barcelona have paid Atlético Madrid €15m for first refusal on Saúl Ñíguez and José María Giménez, should they ever fancy hanging about till Lionel Messi does something of a weekend. They have denied reports that the cash was actually sent to resolve a row over the Antoine Griezmann transfer.

Atléti, though, are not sitting still. They – and Juventus – like the look of West Brom’s Nathan Ferguson. The 19-year-old defender, who can play anywhere across the back four but is most comfortable on the right, will presumably be flattered by the news, but may find it hard to forsake the tremendous indoor Indian barbecue served at The Vine pub, just a mile or so’s stagger from the Hawthorns.







Sports Mole

Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United keen on AC Milan midfielder Suso?

AC Milan midfielder Suso has reportedly emerged as a transfer target for Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham United.

Despite failing to make the grade at Liverpool earlier in his career, Suso has made a positive impact at San Siro since January 2015.

Having contributed 23 goals from 139 appearances in all competitions, it appears that the Spaniard is attracting interest from several clubs ahead of the January window.

According to Calciomercato, Wolves and West Ham are among four teams who are contemplating a bid for the playmaker at the midway point of the campaign.

Sevilla and Fiorentina are also said to be in the running for Suso, who still has just under three years left on his existing contract.

However, Milan will likely consider a sale given their need to comply with FFP regulations.




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Cicero 9:53 Wed Oct 23
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

Thanks Alan 8:21 Wed Oct 23
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 2:25 Wed Oct 23

Mex Martillo 7:26 Wed Oct 23
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 7:24 Wed Oct 23
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankyou Alan

bill green 6:29 Wed Oct 23
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

The Stoat 2:25 Wed Oct 23
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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