WHO Poll
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 11:54 Mon Nov 18
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal manager Unai Emery has been given a month to save his job. (Sun)

Manchester City are considering a January bid for RB Leipzig's French defender Dayot Upamecano, 21. (90 Min)

Barcelona have rejected an offer from a Premier League club for Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic of around £13m, £17m short of their valuation of the former Sevilla player, 31. (Sport)

Arsenal will offer Switzerland midfielder Granit Xhaka, 27, to Borussia Monchengladbach as part of a deal that would see them ask for first refusal on signing 22-year-old midfielder Denis Zakaria, who is also Swiss. (Mirror)

Manchester United could try to sign Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, from Red Bull Salzburg in January and loan him back to the Austrian club for the rest of the season. (ESPN)

Crystal Palace will make a £20m bid for Celtic's French striker Odsonne Edouard, 21. (Sun)

Real Madrid and Barcelona could vie for Inter Milan's Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 24, who has also been a target for Manchester United. (Corriere dello Sport)

Manchester United and Arsenal are tracking Hartlepool's 17-year-old goalkeeper Brad Young. (Sun)

Manchester United are set for talks with Tahith Chong's representatives as they bid to thwart interest in the 19-year-old Dutch midfielder from Juventus. (Metro)
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Chelsea are interested in Wigan's 17-year-old English forward Joe Gelhardt, who has also been monitored by Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool, Tottenham and Everton. (Star)

Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 34, says he has no problem with manager Maurizio Sarri following his recent substitutions. (Corriere dello Sport)

Director of football Eric Abidal has confirmed Barcelona are interested in signing Inter Milan and Argentina forward Lautaro Martinez, 22, as a possible replacement for Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 32. (Mundo Deportivo)

Abidal has backed coach Ernesto Valverde and denied the Catalan club are looking for a replacement. (Sport)

Barcelona considered their former player Thierry Henry, who has since taken charge at Montreal Impact, had Valverde not signed a new deal. (Mundo Deportivo)

Chelsea's Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 26, wants to stay and fight for his place rather than leave in January. (Sun)

Genk and Norway midfielder Sander Berge, 21, who has been linked with Liverpool and Napoli, admits he wants to play at Anfield "as much as possible". (Mirror)

Former Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet, 31, said he joined Bruges as he felt he did not have the chance to battle Brazil's Alisson for the number one spot at the Anfield club. (Het Belang van Limburg, via Sport Witness)

Real Madrid's ex-Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard believes his former club are only two or three players away from beating Liverpool to the Premier League title. (Star)

Former Tottenham striker Clive Allen, who had a spell as a kicker in American football, believes current Spurs forward Harry Kane, 26, will one day move into the sport. (Star)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

Being a child of the 70s, The Mill knows that you can only build something meaningful with Mecano if you’re an absolute obsessive. So when we heard that Pep Guardiola was interested in Dayot Upamecano it made perfect sense. The Manchester City manager is is just the right kind of studious nerd to be able to grab his tools and bolt the Leipzig centre-back on to his broken defence in time for a renewed tilt at defending their Premier League title in January. The 21-year-old was a target for Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in the summer and would cost around £50m, which is about the the standard rate when City come calling for a defender.

And could City be the club who have had a £13m bid rejected by Barcelona for Ivan Rakitic? Probably not, but reports in Catalonia suggest the Spanish champions want £17m more from the Premier League club who threw a cheeky bid in for the Croatia international recently. Manchester United have had a firm interest in Rakitic this season – and Arsenal need someone to play in midfield if Granit Xhaka won’t, don’t they?

Mind you, they have the hots for Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Denis Zakaria, who they plan to bring to the Emirates by offering Xhaka as a sweetener in a deal for the 22-year-old. Xhaka just needs a big hug and he would surely get it if he returned to the club where he once made his name. In other Arsenal news, it says here that Unai Emery has been given a month to save his job. They have Southampton, Norwich, Brighton and West Ham up next, so disgruntled Gunners fans might not get their wish just yet.

Manchester United and Arsenal quite literally want a Young goalkeeper, so they will go mano a mano for Hartlepool’s 17-year-old stopper Brad Young. Another 17-year-old who may be on the move is whizzy Wigan forward Joe Gelhardt, who is a target for Chelsea, but Frank Lampard’s finishing school will face competition from Manchester City, Manchester United, Spurs, Everton and Liverpool, who the twinkle-toed scouser grew up supporting.

Barcelona have realised that Luis Suárez can’t go on playing like the Tasmanian Devil for ever and sporting director Eric Abidal is of the opinion that Lauturo Martinéz might be able to do a passable impression of the aggressive antipodean marsupial and replace Suárez in the team. “He is a complete player, I think he is performing at a great level,” gushed Abidal, when asked if the 22-year-old Inter striker was a target. Inter may also want to hide Milan Skriniar. The 24-year-old central defender has caught the eye of Real Madrid and Manchester United, who both have cash to burn.

Roy Hodgson has £20m in his back pocket and he is determined to spend it in Glasgow. It’s already known that Rangers hot shot Alfredo Morelos is a target for Crystal Palace but Celtic’s Odsonne Edouard has also come bleeping into view on the club’s radar.

Soccer Souls

West Ham signing this Ligue 1 goal machine would make them a deadly attacking unit

Why West Ham should plot a January swoop for Wissam Ben Yedder

Back in 2016, West Ham were interested in signing Wissam Ben Yedder from Toulouse. But a move didn’t materialise as the forward, who is 5ft 7in, was deemed too small and instead headed for Spain to join Sevilla. (h/t Football.london)

Wissam Ben Yedder, 29, joined AS Monaco in the summer after three years with Sevilla, scoring 70 goals across 138 games in all competitions. Prior to that, the 29-year-old spent six years in France with Toulouse, registering 63 goals in 156 Ligue 1 matches.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at AS Monaco, racking up 9 goals in 12 games already. He is proving his class in Ligue 1, which should prompt West Ham into reigniting their interest in the striker during the January transfer window.

The Hammers broke their transfer record in the summer by signing Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt. The Frenchman started well, but his goals have dried up. He has just 4 goals in 12 games across all competitions.

Haller’s poor form coupled with lack of sources when it comes to scoring goals suggests West Ham clearly need more firepower up front. West Ham sold Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez in the summer, whilst Andy Carroll left on a free transfer and Jordan Hugill joined Queens Park Rangers on loan.

Thus, it is an absolute no-brainer for West Ham to sign a new striker in January and Manuel Pellegrini should go all out for Wissam Ben Yedder. The 29-year-old has a real eye for goal.

The France international of Tunisian descent is proven at playing at the very highest level for a sustained period of time, and he would undoubtedly bolster West Ham’s forward department.

A fox in the box, he can get in the right place at the right time more often than not, whilst his positioning and reading of the game make him such a tricky customer to mark for the defenders. Ben Yedder is an excellent finisher and has the ability to stretch the opposition’s defence with tireless runs into the channels.

Not only would the former Toulouse man provide fantastic competition for Haller but the pair can also potentially form a devastating partnership.

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LeroysBoots 10:19 Mon Nov 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We dont need fucking strikers, we need defenders and defensive midfielders FFS

Vexed 7:48 Mon Nov 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
COOL HAND LUKE 4:11 Mon Nov 18

The difference here is that all Chelsea's players came back from highly successful loan stints at half decent clubs. Ours are either content to play shit football in the reserves, injured, or flop in lower divisions on loan. To throw these not very good kids in the starting lineup would be suicidal. Face facts, our kids ain't that good however much we want them to be.

Mex Martillo 5:32 Mon Nov 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

The Stoat 4:23 Mon Nov 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

COOL HAND LUKE 4:11 Mon Nov 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al, hope you are keeping well, mate..?

Yedder is 29 going on 30 already... what we need is half a dozen Diops… young, fit and improving all the time, excellent sell on value and plenty of energy and enthusiasm to match their ability and fitness.

It's worked for Fat Frank at Chelsea... we could do a lot worse than set about blooding half a dozen of our guys like Silva, Holland etc into the first team squad and persevere with them. It's not like we have a fantastic season position to protect or defend.

Texas Iron 3:04 Mon Nov 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

bill green 12:26 Mon Nov 18
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Eddie B 11:56 Mon Nov 18

Eddie B 11:56 Mon Nov 18
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan, thanks.

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