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Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done

Alan 1:52 Tue Nov 12
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are lining up a summer move to sign Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, 26, for the second time and are willing to pay £70m for the Ivorian, who was with them between 2013 and 2015. (Sun)

Liverpool are in advanced talks to sign Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 25, from Bournemouth in January. (Talksport)

Tottenham are ready to make a £50m bid for 25-year-old Lyon midfielder Memphis Depay, who played for Manchester United between 2015 and 2017. (Mirror)

Former Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso, 37, and current Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, 47, are on a shortlist to become Bayern Munich's next manager. (Star)

Manchester City are reportedly set for a £100m spending spree in the January transfer window after failing to keep pace with Liverpool in the Premier League title race. (Mirror)

City manager Pep Guardiola is also expected to see out the final 18 months of his contract with the club. (Times)

Manchester United will not be trying to sign their former striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, in the January transfer window. Ibrahimovic is available on a free transfer when his LA Galaxy contract ends. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno, 27, is on Bayern Munich's radar to become their number one and replace 33-year-old Manuel Neuer. (Sun)

Borussia Dortmund still want Everton attacking midfielder Anthony Gordon, 18, despite having a summer bid rejected for the England Under-19 international. (Football Insider)

Wolves are in advanced talks to get 16-year-old Welsh attacking midfielder Chem Campbell to sign a new deal, despite interest from German clubs Borussia Dortmund, Schalke and RB Leipzig. (Football Insider)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery will be given the next six games to prove he is still the man for the job at Emirates Stadium. (Standard)

Former Spain boss Luis Enrique, who has been tipped as a potential replacement for Emery at the Gunners, is not considering a return to management at the moment. (ESPN)

Newcastle midfielder Matty Longstaff, 19, will sign a new contract in the next few weeks but his 22-year-old brother Sean has been told he has to do more over the next 12 months to earn a new deal. (Telegraph)

Spanish forward Ayoze Perez, 26, has revealed he turned down a move to Valencia in favour of joining Leicester from Newcastle in the summer. (Mail)

Tottenham, Chelsea, Watford and Norwich are ready to make a bid for Metz striker Habib Diallo in January. The 24-year-old Senegal international has scored eight goals in 13 appearances so far this season. (Teamtalk)

West Ham are considering buying a new goalkeeper in January after becoming increasingly concerned with the form of Roberto. The 33-year-old Spaniard has conceded 13 goals in six Premier League games since coming into the side for the injured Lukasz Fabianski. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is also working to repair a minor dressing-room division over his side's defence after their defeat at Burnley. (Sun)

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Liverpool are monitoring Bournemouth’s 25-year-old mobile assist factory Ryan Fraser, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, and might even be able to snag him in January, reports the Sun. “Liverpool loaned winger Harry Wilson to Bournemouth in the summer and the south coast side may be keen to make the move permanent with a swap,” it trills. The Liverpool Echo, however, insists that Jürgen Klopp is “more than happy with the attacking options at his disposal” and has no plans for a mid-season move for Fraser or anyone else. It continues its joyless rumour-busting by adding that a previously trailed move for Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria will also not happen, as Klopp “will continue to work with the wealth of options available to him in midfield”. Bah.

Manchester United are keeping an eye on the Ajax goalkeeper André Onana, with their interest in a potential summer move for the 23-year-old suggesting that David de Gea’s time at Old Trafford might finally be creeping towards a conclusion. In further goalkeeping news, Crystal Palace and Brighton are both monitoring the Slovan Bratislava gloveman Dominik Greif, insists the Mail, with both clubs sending their goalkeeping coaches to watch the Slovakian in action against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Europa League last week. Apparently the 22-year-old impressed them both, and they will “continue to monitor” him over the next couple of months before deciding on a potential swoop.

Manchester City plan to “flex their financial muscle” in January as they seek to replace the departing David Silva, the gently ageing Sergio Agüero and the long-gone Vincent Kompany. Their budget for this spree is anyone’s guess, but the Mail surmises that the moves “would likely cost City a total of at least £100m”. They are not the only Premier League club pondering a mid-season spree, with Ralph Hasenhüttl having “warned Southampton’s top brass” that they need to go on a wild relegation-dodging January transfer binge, says the Mirror. “Hasenhüttl’s priorities are a new right-back and a top-quality central defender,” it says.

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud is linked to Internazionale yet again in Tuesday’s Tuttosport, who reveals the three names that top Antonio Conte’s January wish list: Chelsea’s 33-year-old Frenchman, the 21-year-old Genoa forward Christian Kouamé, and the 24-year-old SPAL striker Andrea Petagna. Meanwhile Juventus are planning a clearout, with Mario Mandzukic, Mattia Perin and Marko Pjaca all deemed disposable – the latter two likely to leave on loan – and Emre Can, Daniele Rugani and Merih Demiral also potentially available in January.

Real Madrid haven’t exactly left Vinicius Junior out in the cold, but his record of four league starts and none in Europe indicates that he is perhaps just a little chilly, his Brazilian compatriot Rodrygo having arrived in the summer and snaffled his starting spot. Eagle-eyed Paris Saint-Germain have spotted this, and according to the Spanish paper Sport are considering a move. The Brazilian is seen as a criticism-deflecting human shield should either Neymar or Kylian Mbappé move away from Paris, with the Parisians’ sporting director, Leonardo, apparently wanting “to shield himself with a crack” should either of the team’s two top superstars get lured away.

Managerless Cardiff will target either Chris Hughton or Lee Bowyer after Neil Warnock left the club by mutual consent on Monday, writes the Times, though other names are apparently under consideration, including Newport County’s Michael Flynn and the former Middlesbrough bosses Aitor Karanka and the dreaded Tony Pulis.


Manuel Pellegrini working to repair West Ham dressing room division over defending after Burnley hammering

Exclusive Andy Dillon

MANUEL PELLEGRINI is working to repair a minor dressing-room division at West Ham over defending.

The Hammers boss’ big task is to get his players pulling in the same direction again after their 3-0 derfeat at Burnley.

A source said: “There is a feeling they are not defending as a team, that everyone has a responsibility to help out.

“It’s not a massive problem, more of a gripe. But it’s one of those that needs addressing.”

West Ham have also suffered from the injury to keeper Lukasz Fabianski, who has torn a hip muscle.

They have not won a match since the Pole was crocked last month.

It is now seven games without a win in all competitions for the Irons, who sat fifth at one point.

Skipper Mark Noble has a sprained ankle and waits to see if he will be fit for the tricky home game against fierce rivals Tottenham.

West Ham will already be without forward Manuel Lanzini, who has had surgery on his collarbone.

There is some bright news for Pellegrini, with influential winger Michail Antonio now recovered from a torn hamstring.

Full-back Ryan Fredericks said: “This is when we need to stick together.

“We’re working harder than ever in training but it’s just not going for us.

“We just need to buck our ideas up and get going again.”

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Eddie B 2:39 Tue Nov 12
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan, thanks.

gph 2:24 Tue Nov 12
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

bill green 2:16 Tue Nov 12
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mad Dog 1:55 Tue Nov 12

Mad Dog 1:55 Tue Nov 12
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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