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Alan 1:30 Wed Nov 20
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester City have opened talks over a new contract with England international forward Raheem Sterling, 24. (Mirror)

Tottenham Hotspur's compensation for sacking manager Mauricio Pochettino and his staff could reach the £19.6m figure that Manchester United had to pay Jose Mourinho and his team in December 2018. (Mirror)

Pochettino was dismissed on Tuesday after losing the dressing room, with a growing disconnect between the players and manager. (Mail)

The 47-year-old Argentine refused a request from Daniel Levy to quit last week, which forced the decision from the Spurs chairman on Tuesday. (Telegraph)

Bayern Munich are monitoring the progress of 17-year-old Tottenham and Republic or Ireland forward Troy Parrott. (Mail)

Chelsea go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport on Thursday to try to overturn their transfer ban - but may not find out the verdict until just before the January transfer window opens. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United could have to pay up to £85m to sign Red Bull Salzburg's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19. (Standard)

United players have been told they should not go outside for more than 10 minutes at a time when they travel to play FC Astana in the Europa League because of freezing conditions in Kazakhstan. (ESPN)

Former Chelsea captain John Terry has dismissed claims he urged the Blues not to sign Argentina striker Sergio Aguero before his move to Manchester City.(Mirror)

Swansea City and Stoke City want Celtic's 32-year-old Republic or Ireland winger Jonny Hayes when his contract comes to an end. (Scottish Sun)

Robert Moreno will make his views known on being replaced as head coach of Spain after his contract is terminated. (AS - in Spanish)

Newcastle United's St James' Park is being considered as a possible venue to host one of England's warm-up games for Euro 2020. (Times - subscription required)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

A world of infinite possibility has suddenly opened up for Tottenham Hotspur Mauricio Pochettino. The former Spurs boss – and yes it does feel strange suddenly saying that – is unlikely to be kicking his heels for long. Bayern Munich currently have an interim manager in the shape of Hans-Dieter Flick, while Zinedine Zidane and Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s coats hang on a shoogly peg at Real Madrid and Manchester United respectively. Ears will be pricking up all over the shop. There’s also been talk of Arsenal and Barcelona, but, again respectively, come off it and come on.

Meanwhile as the clock starts ticking on José Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford – he’ll take Tottenham there in 14 days and 10 hours, give or take – expect the new man in N17 to start making changes. And make them FAST. “The quality in the academy excites me,” he trills. And what’s this? A rumour linking 17-year-old striking prospect Troy Parrott with a move to Bayern Munich. It all starts here.

Manchester United also fancy a new young striker. They’ll either stump up £85m for Red Bull Salzburg sensation Erling Braut Haaland, or make off with Reading’s Danny Loader on a free.

Manchester City are desperate to keep hold of Raheem Sterling. They’ll offer to bump his weekly wage up to £375,000 a week, giving him Premier League parity with David de Gea. Whether that puts an end to interest from Real Madrid and Barcelona is anybody’s guess.

Chelsea are keeping an eye on Nice right-back-cum-winger Youcef Atal.

And finally ... Gareth Bale to return to Tottenham Hotspur. Someone’s going to raise the possibility of this marquee signing for Mourinho sooner or later, so we might as well get the ball rolling now.







TBR

Besiktas keen on struggling West Ham newbie Albian Ajeti

West Ham signed the Swiss striker in the summer but he has struggled for form.

By Mathew Nash

West Ham United striker Albian Ajeti is wanted by Turkish club Besiktas according to reports.

Aksam in Turkey, among many other sources, is reporting that the Swiss striker is on the club’s shortlist of transfer options for the winter, along with Viktoria Plzen striker Michael Krmencik and Aston Villa’s Jonathan Kodjia.

Besiktas have had a difficult start to the season by their high standards and currently sit eighth in the Turkish Super Lig. They are also bottom of their Europa League group, having lost all four of their games so far. The club are looking for a new striker to help them turn around their fortunes.

Star is now suggesting that Besiktas coach Abdullah Avci has earmarked Ajeti as the main target and is hoping the Istanbul club can convince West Ham into a sale in January.

TBR’s View

It would be a shock to see West Ham give up on Ajeti in January, considering they only signed him in the summer.

Signed from FC Basel in a deal reported (The Telegraph) to be worth around £8 million, he was a necessary arrival. West Ham lost Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez, and Jordan Hugill from their attack in the summer.

Ajeti already had two goals from three appearances with Basel this season and scored 21 times for the Swiss club last season.

But, despite Manuel Pellegrini insisting to Football.London that he ‘trusts’ Ajeti in attack, the 22-year-old has played just four times in the Premier League this season.


Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

mallard 5:38 Wed Nov 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Son of Sam 3:45 Wed Nov 20

jimbo2. 5:17 Wed Nov 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ta muchly Al!

Son of Sam 3:45 Wed Nov 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan, keep up the great work, and rest assured many read this daily but dont always get a chance to acknowlege the job

Thanks Alan 1:46 Wed Nov 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 1:34 Wed Nov 20

Texas Iron 1:36 Wed Nov 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

The Stoat 1:34 Wed Nov 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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