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Alan 1:30 Thu Nov 21
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

New Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho will try to sign former Spurs forward Gareth Bale, 30, from Real Madrid, having wanted to sign the Welshman when he was at Manchester United. (AS - in Spanish)

Mourinho is also targeting Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 25, as well as Benfica's Portuguese centre-back Ruben Dias, 22, and Manchester United's Serb midfielder Nemanja Matic, 31. (Independent)

Ex-Arsenal defender Martin Keown believes the Gunners should consider appointing former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Mail)

Barcelona and Bayern Munich are ready to make a move for Pochettino. (Sun)

Pochettino was forced to leave a note to say goodbye to the Spurs squad, rather than wish his players well in person. (Sun)

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, and Belgium defenders Toby Alderweireld, 30, and Jan Vertonghen, 32, could sign new deals at Tottenham now that Pochettino has left. (Mirror)

Mourinho has told Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that England striker Harry Kane, 26, must not be allowed to leave. (Mail)

Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, has still not renewed his contract with Arsenal because he is waiting on Barcelona. (Mirror)

Real Madrid have backed Bale and ruled out a January exit for the player, despite him posing in front of a flag that said 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order' while on international duty. (Marca)

Real Madrid have labelled Bale's 'Wales. Golf. Madrid. In that order' flag celebration "a joke in very bad taste". (ESPN)

Manchester United are considering a January move for Roma's 33-year-old Bosnia striker Edin Dzeko. (ESPN)

England midfielder James Maddison, 22, is considering signing a new contract with Leicester despite strong interest from Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Zlatan Ibrahimovic's agent Mino Raiola has met with AC Milan over the Swedish striker's potential return to the club. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Arsenal have stepped up their interest in Red Bull Salzburg forward Erling Haaland, 19, after inviting the striker's father, former Leeds midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland, to visit their training ground. (Sport Bild, via Metro)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is intent on signing Norway international Haaland. (Mail)

Juventus will try to convince France forward Kylian Mbappe, 20, to snub interest from Real Madrid and join the Serie A club from Paris St-Germain. (Tuttosport, via Sky Sports)

Inter Milan's planned move for Chelsea and France forward Olivier Giroud, 33, could be scuppered by the player's demands. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mail)

Aston Villa want to sign a forward in January, are monitoring targets in Italy, Spain and France, and have been linked with Rangers and Colombia striker Alfredo Morelos, 23. (The Athletic, via Birmingham Mail)

Everton will have the chance to sign AC Milan and Poland striker Krzysztof Piatek, 24, in a swap deal that would see Toffees' Italian forward Moise Kean, 19, go to Milan. (Sport Witness)

Arsenal scouts are watching Hungary and Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, 19. The Gunners see him as a potential replacement for Swiss midfielder Granit Xhaka, 27, who was stripped of the Gunners captaincy after reacting angrily to fans. (Football Insider)

Manchester City, Everton and Bayern Munich are trying to sign 21-year-old Hoffenheim midfielder Dennis Geiger, a player who has represented Germany at Under-21 level. (Sport 1, via Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid and Barcelona are both keen on signing Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 24, from Inter Milan. Manchester City previously had a bid of 55m euros (£46.7m) rejected for the player who could now cost 100m euros (£85m). (AS)

Newcastle, Leicester and Celtic have been scouting 20-year-old winger Stephane Diarra, who plays for French Ligue 2 side Le Mans. Diarra was born in the Ivory Coast but also holds French citizenship. (L'Equipe, via Newcastle Chronicle)

Chelsea have joined Liverpool and Napoli in being interested in 21-year-old Genk and Norway midfielder Sander Berge. (Goal)

Arsenal and Liverpool have been linked with Red Bull Salzburg's German forward Karim Adeyemi, 17. (Transfermarkt, via HITC)

Everton are set to hold off on signing a centre-back in January even though major shareholder Farhad Moshiri is willing to finance a major signing. (Football Insider)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery is the betting favourite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job. (Mirror)

Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 27, and Scotland left-back Andrew Robertson, 25, are set to miss Liverpool's game at Crystal Palace on Saturday after failing to recover from ankle injuries. (Sky Sports)

Amazon Prime had behind-the-scenes access to Mauricio Pochettino's final days at Tottenham and the hiring of Jose Mourinho as part of their fly-on-the-wall series with Spurs this season. (Mail)

Spurs left Pochettino furious by installing Amazon cameras in his office - days after refusing his request to buy some himself for training purposes. (Sun)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Another day, another glut of speculation about what the future holds for Tottenham Hotspur under José Mourinho. After trolling his own employers by cavorting behind that flag while celebrating Wales’s qualification for Euro 2020, Real Madrid rebel Gareth Bale is being linked with a return to his former club, whose new manager tried to sign him when he was in charge of Manchester United. Both Real Madrid and Bale’s agent, Jonathan Barnett, are believed to be in agreement that the Welshman will not be going anywhere until next summer at the earliest.

While David Hytner, the Guardian’s man on the Tottenham beat has it on good authority that Mourinho won’t be given any money to spend in January, that hasn’t stopped idle gossipmongers elsewhere linking Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Benfica centre-back Rúben Dias and Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic with moves to White Hart Lane. Mourinho is also understood to be an admirer of Bournemouth defender Nathan Aké but is “willing to lose” want-away trio Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Christian Eriksen, according to the Express. He is less willing to lose Harry Kane, however, and has insisted that Spurs don’t listen to any offers for the striker next summer.

With so much media focus and scrutiny on their north London rivals, Arsenal’s ongoing problems have been temporarily shunted out of the spotlight but that doesn’t mean they’re not still busy trying to solve them. They sent scouts to watch Hungarian midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai, 19, in his nation’s defeat at the hands of Wales on Tuesday and despite his tender years, Arsenal view the Red Bull Salzburg starlet as an ideal replacement for the outgoing Granit Xhaka.

Elsewhere, Liverpool, Napoli and Chelsea are all giving Genk midfielder Sander Berge the glad eye, while AC Milan’s Polish striker Krzysztof Piatek might be heading to Everton in a swap deal that would see Moise Kean go the other way.

Yet to score for Crystal Palace this season, but surfing the wave of confidence that comes with scoring twice in a 6-1 victory for his country over Cyprus, Christian Benteke is pondering the possibility of a fresh start elsewhere. “Playing for your club is always different from the national team,” he told Belgian daily La Dernière Heure. “I hope the Cyprus game will give me my confidence back and give me the chance to score for Palace. But I also have to think about the January transfer window. I will give it some thought and I’ll see what can be done.”

And finally, those Mario Mandzukic-to-Manchester United rumours won’t go away but they have been joined on stage by some all-singing, all-dancing speculation suggesting the Old Trafford outfit have cooled their interest in the Croatian striker and might try to sign Edin Dzeko from Roma instead.







Football League World

21 goals conceded: Could 26-y/o be on his way to West Ham in January?

By George Harbey

With the January transfer window fast approaching, Jack Butland’s future at Stoke City is likely to be a major talking point throughout the winter.

The 26-year-old’s summer was dominated by speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League, after spending one year in the Championship.

Aston Villa, Crystal Palace and AFC Bournemouth were all credited with an interest in the goalkeeper, but failed to lure him away from the bet365 Stadium due to his lucrative price tag.

Butland has endured an incredibly tough season so far, though, with Stoke sitting in the relegation zone after a frankly dismal campaign thus far.

The England international has been in and out of the team after making a host of glaring errors – the 3-1 defeat to Preston North End in August stands out like a sore thumb.

He was back in the team for Michael O’Neill’s first game in charge of the Potters, in a 4-2 win over Barnsley last time out, but it remains to be seen where his future lies with January looming.

West Ham United have are the latest club to have been linked with Butland, with a club insider claiming that the 26-year-old is on the Hammers’ radar.

He said: “We are apparently looking to sign another keeper, possibly because we’ve realised how dire the situation is. There is talk of trying to get Jack Butland from Stoke. Potentially sign him on loan with a view to a permanent deal, obviously if you are going to get him on loan they would have to pay a large fee.”

Roberto has failed to impress since stepping up in Lukasz Fabianski’s absence, so a move to the top-flight could well be on the cards.

Here, we take a look at Butland’s season in greater detail…



It has been a dismal start to the season for Stoke, who sit three points adrift of safety in the Sky Bet Championship table.

The Potters’ defence has been far from impressive, conceding a staggering 29 goals so far – only Luton Town and Barnsley have shipped more goals.

Butland has made a total of 10 appearances for the Potters this season, with Adam Federici being given his chance to shine under Nathan Jones, taking Butland out of the firing line.

In 10 games, Butland has conceded 21 goals and kept only one clean sheet – that’s an average of nearly two goals a game, which is a statistic that needs seriously improving.

He has pulled off 17 saves from 38 shots, but he will be desperate to keep more clean sheets if he does remain a Stoke player beyond January.

Playing out from the back was a key part of the way that Nathan Jones wanted his side to play, and Butland was a useful player in that philosophy, accruing a pass success rate of 92.1%.

His ability to command his box has been somewhat impressive, making 12 exits and dealing well with a host of dangerous set-pieces against Barnsley last time out.

He is clearly a very talented goalkeeper, but it’s all about confidence – a regular run of games under a new manager could do him the world of good.




SportsLens

West Ham United interested in signing Chicago Fire winger Nicolas Gaitan in January

According to The Guardian’s Ed Aarons, West Ham United are interested in signing Chicago Fire winger Nicolas Gaitan in January, as manager Manuel Pellegrini looks to boost his squad for a strong second half of the Premier League campaign.

The Hammers have picked up just 13 points in their opening 12 league games of the season ahead of Tottenham Hotspur’s visit on Saturday, and could find themselves battling relegation if they fail to quickly turn things around.

West Ham were linked with Gaitan in each of the last two winter transfer windows, and it remains to be seen if they will finally land the Argentine this time out.

The former Benfica and Atlético Madrid midfielder joined the MLS side from Chinese Super League outfit Dalian Yifang on a free transfer for one season in March, but could soon be moving to the Premier League.

West Ham were reportedly keen on the 31-year-old in the summer of 2016 before he moved to Atletico and in the winter of 2017 after he struggled for playing minutes.

The Hammers, alongside Crystal Palace, Everton and Southampton, were also linked with a move for Gaitan last January before his move to China.

The Argentine has since scored four goals and supplied 11 assists in 27 MLS appearances, and signing him for free in January could be tempting.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Queens Fish Bar 12:38 Fri Nov 22
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 2:11 Thu Nov 21

Mex Martillo 3:04 Thu Nov 21
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
And an old freebe, great
Thanks for added story Alan

Alan 2:54 Thu Nov 21
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Gaitan story added.

Mex Martillo 2:51 Thu Nov 21
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Just what we need another goalie that needs confidence building with our solid defense
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 2:26 Thu Nov 21
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers..

ted fenton 2:11 Thu Nov 21
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:36 Thu Nov 21

Thanks Alan 1:36 Thu Nov 21
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The Stoat 1:32 Thu Nov 21

The Stoat 1:32 Thu Nov 21
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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