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Alan 12:37 Fri Nov 8
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Arsenal midfielder Granit Xhaka could leave the club in January and Newcastle United are ready to make a move for the 27-year-old Switzerland international. (Times - subscription required)

Barcelona have expressed an interest in signing Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, from Arsenal and could make a bid as early as January. (El Chiringuito via Mirror)

Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 23, is set to hold talks next week over his future at Arsenal. (Mirror)

Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, could snub interest from the likes of Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal and join Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig from Red Bull Salzburg next summer. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract with the club runs out at the end of next season, is open to managing in Italy once his time with the Premier League champions comes to an end. (Times - subscription required)

Burnley and England U21 winger Dwight McNeil, 19, says he is focusing on his football rather than speculation linking him with Manchester United. (Mirror)

Manchester United, Tottenham and Wolves are in contention to sign Colombian forward James Rodriguez, 28, from Real Madrid in January. (El Desmarque - in Spanish)

Crystal Palace are monitoring the progress of Netherlands striker Wout Weghorst, 27, who has scored eight goals in 15 appearances for Wolfsburg so far this season. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal will rival West Ham in a £22m bid to sign Austria defender Martin Hinteregger, 27, from Eintracht Frankfurt. (Sun)

Bournemouth and Wolves are interested in signing 22-year-old English forward Karlan Grant from Huddersfield in January. (Sun)

Bayern Munich will not appoint Arsene Wenger as the club's new manager despite the former Arsenal boss expressing his interest in the position in a phone call with chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. (Sky Sports)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers says a fear of competition would not have been behind English striker Jamie Vardy, 32, not moving to Arsenal when the Gunners made a move for him in 2016. (Telegraph)

Southampton defender Cedric Soares says he will leave the club at the end of the season but the Portugal international, 28, wants to save them from relegation first. (Telegraph)

A former Manchester United and Juventus scout says he would "bet a pizza" France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, will return to the Italian side. (Tuttosport, via Goal)

Arsenal and Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 22, says it is down to the players on the pitch to fix the club's ongoing problems. (Telegraph)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Stripped of the captaincy, out of the team and the target of toxic abuse from many of Arsenal’s fans, it would be no small understatement to state that Granit Xhaka is a mite concerned about his future­ – or apparent lack thereof – at the club. With the European Championships ahoy he wants regular first-team football to guarantee his place in the Switzerland squad and may well seek a move in January if Unai Emery continues to keep him sidelined. His departure seems inevitable, as it is difficult to see him weaselling – or indeed having any interest in weaselling – his way back into what passes for the good books of Arsenal’s perennially dissatisfied supporters.

While Xhaka has widely assumed to be plotting a move back to the Bundesliga, the Times reports that Steve Bruce is “ready to offer him a lifeline” by handing him the opportunity to play in front of another set of constantly aggrieved fans by bringing him to Newcastle. While speculation surrounding Xhaka’s imminent departure is unlikely to bother Gooners who dished it out at the Emirates, only to clutch their pearls like Victorian ladies upon getting some back, they are likely to be more disturbed by whispers emanating from the Catalan press linking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with Barcelona. The Spanish champions see the Gabon international as the ideal replacement for Luis Suárez, who could be off to play MLS now his superpowers are waning.

In further bad news for Arsenal fans, midfielder Lucas Torreira is believed to be unhappy with the lack of first team action he’s been getting and is ready to hold showdown talks with Emery next week. With just three Premier League starts to his name so far this season, the Uruguayan is expected to ask for reassurances that he will get more game time or agitate for a move in January. Arsenal are apparently more eager to give minutes to Eintracht Frankfurt centre-back Martin Hinteregger but will face competition for the Austrian international’s signature from West Ham.

James Rodriguez’s time as a Real Madrid player looks set to come to an end in January, when there is likely to be no shortage of interest in the Colombian international. Manchester United is being cited as one possible destination for the 28-year-old midfielder, who could move to Old Trafford in a player-plus-cash swap for Paul Pogba. Elsewhere in Spain, Ivan Rakitic remains surplus to requirements at Barcelona and could move to United or Milan. In other big-name news, Zlatan Ibrahimovic will soon be out of contract at LA Galaxy and available for more work – MLS head honcho Don Garber says the striker’s former club Milan are trying to bring him back to Italy.

Huddersfield Town striker Karlan Grant is turning heads at Bournemouth and Wolves, who are both expected to move for the 22-year-old Londoner at the turn of the year. With nine goals to his name in 15 appearances for the Terriers so far this season, he is likely to have no shortage of suitors.

And finally, in the world of women’s football, Australia star Sam Kerr is Europe-bound but has yet to divulge where it is she’ll be plying her trade. “It’s been a long process for me for a few years in making this decision,” said the 26-year-old Matilda who has been linked with Chelsea and Real Madrid. “I’ll be able to make that decision in the next week or so and be really confident in that. There’s been a few options I’ve looked closely at, but I’ve cut it down to one or two.”






C&H

Former Liverpool centre back on trial with Hammers



Former Liverpool young defender Mich’el Parker is having trials with the West Ham Academy in the hope he can land a permanent contract.

The 21-year-old started with Arsenal’s youth setup in 2014 for one season before moving the Liverpool Academy for three seasons before his release in July 2018. After his release from Liverpool, he joined Millwall last season before being released again last summer by the Lions.

The centre back is currently without a club and therefore a free agent.

The ongoing trial of the young defender was revealed by ITK EXWHUEmployee on his Phoenix FM radio show on Wednesday night although he said he was doubtful whether he would be offered a contract.

The Hammers Under 23’s are flying high at the top of Premier League 2 Division 2 this season with new 19-year-old centre back Gonçalo Cardoso getting game time in an attempt to push for promotion to the first team by the end of the season.

Speaking on The West Ham Way radio show 157 on Phoenix FM on Wednesday night, ExWHUemployee listed a number of striker targets the club is looking at ahead of the January window.
Olivier Giroud and Mbwana Samatta were both mentioned as was Leganes striker Youssef En-Nesyri.

West Ham are also reportedly interested in signing Charles Aranguiz.
According to EXWHUEmployee West Ham will target Bayer Leverkusen’s Aranguiz in January.




Sun

Arsenal in transfer battle with West Ham for £22m Frankfurt defender Hinteregger in desperate bid to stop shipping goals

Dave Fraser

ARSENAL are reportedly set to battle West Ham for £22million-rated Frankfurt defender Martin Hinteregger in a desperate bid to stop shipping goals.

The Gunners are desperate to shore up their defensive ranks in January and are now thought to be looking to the Austrian international.

Hinteregger, 27, ticks all the boxes for Arsenal with his ability in defence, to score goals at the other end and play on the left-side of the centre of defence.

The 44-cap Austria star has played in all 12 of Frankfurt's games this season - including their 3-0 Europa League defeat against Arsenal.

Despite allowing three goals, Gunners officials are thought to be impressed by Hinteregger's play - particularly after putting in a monster performance in the shock 5-1 Bundesliga win over Bayern Munich.

Arsenal will have another chance to watch Hinteregger up close and personal on November 28 - in the reverse Europa League fixture at the Emirates.

Should they be impressed, they may even attempt to launch a bid in January rather than wait until the summer.

Arsenal have already conceded 15 times in just 11 Premier League games this season - with David Luiz, Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Shkodran Mustafi all failing to hit top gear.

But Unai Emery may not have it all his own way, with West Ham long-term admirers of the centre-back, say Football Insider.

Emery is quickly coming under pressure at Arsenal as the results fail to pick up - having now drawn three games in a row.

Jose Mourinho is being tipped to take over from the Spaniard - but Emery himself slammed a reporter who quizzed him on the subject.









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Side of Ham 8:02 Fri Nov 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
For someone with that surname he can't park his arse anywhere long.....

COOL HAND LUKE 6:13 Fri Nov 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Parker:
Arsenal... shipped out
Liverpool... shipped out
Millwall… shipped out
West Ham..?

We NEVER learn, do we? Another Sully freebie with FAIL written all over it.

Texas Iron 2:46 Fri Nov 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

gph 2:27 Fri Nov 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

ted fenton 2:04 Fri Nov 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 12:56 Fri Nov 8

Joe C 1:07 Fri Nov 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Spasiba Alan

The Stoat 12:56 Fri Nov 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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