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Alan 12:06 Tue Feb 14
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Tottenham could offer Anthony Martial, 21, an exit from Manchester United this summer, with the France forward not a regular starter under boss Jose Mourinho. (Daily Mirror)

There could be a striker exodus at Old Trafford, with 19-year-old England international Marcus Rashford, frustrated with a lack of playing time, stalling on signing a new contract. (Times - subscription only)

Meanwhile, the Red Devils are stepping up their interest in Torino striker Andrea Belotti. The 23-year-old Italy international has scored 17 goals in Serie A this season. (TMW, via Daily Star)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is planning a £40m double bid for Atletico Madrid's French brothers Lucas and Theo Hernandez this summer. Lucas, 21, is a centre-back while Theo, 19, plays at left-back. (Sun)

Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg could be tempted to move to the United States or China, with the 41-year-old tired of the level of scrutiny that follows high-profile decisions. (Daily Mail)

Everton, Middlesbrough and Watford are tracking forward Elias Kachunga, who is on loan at Huddersfield from Ingolstadt. The 24-year-old German is the top scorer for the promotion-chasing Championship side this season, with 10 goals. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have played down concerns over David Luiz's knee injury after the central defender posted a picture of himself on social media wearing a hospital gown and surgical mask. (Telegraph)

Mesut Ozil is under pressure from his Arsenal team-mates to improve his performances, as factions in the squad believe manager Arsene Wenger is too soft on the 28-year-old Germany midfielder. (Daily Mail)

Lazio have joined Arsenal and Watford in the race for 18-year-old Toulouse goalkeeper Alban Lafont. (Calciomercato, via Talksport)

Arsenal and Manchester United are in talks to sign Monaco's Brazilian utility player Fabinho - but the 23-year-old, who can play at full-back or in midfield, favours a move to Manchester City. (J+1, via Daily Mirror)

Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford has declared himself fit for their next Premier League game against Everton on 25 February. The 22-year-old has not played since damaging knee ligaments on 26 December. (Daily Star)

Sunderland striker Jermain Defoe, 34, says he has no plans to retire just yet, despite saying his mother is pestering him about doing his coaching badges. (Sunderland Echo)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told left-back Luke Shaw to "work and wait" as the 21-year-old looks to break into the starting XI. (Independent)

And finally

Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville has recorded his appearance on Arsenal Fan TV, having previously called the channel "embarrassing" and describing an Arsenal fan who wanted manager Arsene Wenger to leave the club as an "idiot". (Daily Mail)

Manchester United have banned residents from using footpaths around their Carrington training complex after complaints about "anti-social behaviour".




Guardian Rumour Mill

Michael Butler

Why – apart from the lure of Champions League football – would Anthony Martial become the first player since Teddy Sheringham to leave Manchester United for Tottenham? The Frenchman would almost certainly have to take a paycut, would have to leave the soft glades of Carrington, no doubt to the sound of that Sir Alex Ferguson half-time team-talk being played at max volume through the PA system, and make his way to the Big Smoke, with its inflated property prices, tube strikes and Dele Alli/Eric Dier friendship cliques. It just doesn’t make sense, especially when only on Saturday, Martial was doing this in front of a beaming José Mourinho. Still, that’s what the Mirror thinks is going to happen. You heard it here second.

Marcus Rashford is just about the most exciting player Manchester United have in their ranks at the moment. Naturally, the club are struggling to extend his contract, Rashford apparently unhappy at a lack of playing time, according to the Times. The Mill has heard this one before somewhere, it just can’t think where. At least the red half of Manchester has an expensive homecoming party to look forward to in 2020.

With those Martial and Rashford whispers and with a tingle still running down the neck of whoever signed Matteo Darmian, Torino’s new crown-jewel Andrea Belotti is the new face on the Manchester United ‘WANTED’ wall. The striker has scored 22 goals in 27 game in all competitions this season, including a few for Italy. “I’ve always dreamed of sitting next to Ashley Young,” he didn’t say.

The father of Monaco full-back Fabinho has been getting up to some textbook namedropping, telling French media that his son has “a soft spot” for Manchester City, who conveniently seem to have a bit of a soft spot in the full-back position. “We have been in talks with Manchester United, Manchester City, Arsenal and approached by Barcelona,” he Mr 15%ed. “We like Manchester United and Mourinho’s work, but we have a soft spot for Manchester City.”

Just the fifth paragraph of today’s gossip and the Mill has already resorted to transfer rumours about a referee. Can you imagine Mark Clattenburg sunning himself on Venice Beach, the fake tan melting slightly over his Champions League and Euro 2016 tattoos in the Californian sun, his eyes obscured from view by sunglasses a couple of sizes too big for his head? Imagine no more, reader, for Clatters could be off to the Land of Free/Home of Brave™ after reportedly receiving an offer from MLS. Clatman admitted in December that “if an opportunity came along – I am contracted to the Premier League – but I have to look at my long-term strategy of my career”, failing to add that he longs once again to book Liam Ridgewell. That long-term strategy could see him join Howard Webb, who is already soaking up the ray$ on the other side of the pond as MLS’s new head of video assistant referee operations. The Mill, for one, can’t wait to see any further developments unfold.

“If you ask for a rise it’s no surprise that they’re giving none away,” David Gilmour famously sung in 1973, completely ignorant that by 2017 at Manchester United, the exact opposite applies. David de Gea is reportedly set to go from £200,000-a-week to £300,000-a-week after politely asking for a rise/reminding Ed Woodward that Real Madrid are still sniffing about.

Speaking of Los Blancos, The obscenely talented Isco – who used to do this, remember – had a decent game against Osasuna at the weekend. His contract is up in 18 months. Tottenham, Juventus and Chelsea are all loitering and Real are prepared to wait until the end of their transfer embargo this summer before making any decisions on the Spaniard.

No so much rumour, but a confirmed fact that may have passed you by: Coventry have signed Yakubu Aiyegbeni, who despite the relentless passing of time, remains just 34-years-old. The former Everton and Blackburn Rovers striker has signed a short-term deal until May – manager Russell Slade is “pleased.”





OS

Westley – We’re through in style

West Ham United’s U23 boss Terry Westley was delighted as his team progressed to the last-16 of the Premier League Cup
With a Group E game left to spare, the Hammers secured their place in the next round with a 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest
West Ham won the match in style with three fantastic goals

A place in the last-16 of the Premier League Cup for West Ham United’s U23s was secured in style on Monday night as Terry Westley’s men beat Nottingham Forest 3-0.

The boss was delighted as his youngsters played their opponents off the park at Dagenham and Redbridge’s Victoria Road to book their spot in the knockout rounds with one Group E match to spare.

Joe Powell’s first half brace gave the hosts the initiative and Nathan Holland rounded off a fine evening for the Hammers with a 89th minute third.

Westley and his staff were thrilled as their players gave them everything that was demanded.

He said: “We told the lads that a win will put you through, and we’re holders and we want to try and hang onto the competition, and we played with some style tonight too.

“Both those boxes got massive ticks tonight so we’re absolutely delighted. When you look at our team, with seven youth team players on the pitch at the end and we’ve got through to the last-16, the boys deserve great credit.

“It’s one game, we’ve said, and you need to roll your sleeves up and win this. We did that in style and we had some outstanding performers.

“The captain Declan Rice was outstanding, a nine out of ten, Nathan Holland; what a signing that looks to be. And Domingos Quina, for a first year scholar, lightens the pitch up every time he plays.”

Powell’s first half double was particularly pleasing for the manager to see, given the winger has not been playing his natural position recently.

“We’ve had to play with a loose nine and so between Nathan Holland and Joe Powell, Grady Diangana, Dan Kemp at times…we’ve had to mix it up,” Westley continued.

“One will go into that position and one will come short and for young players, we’ve done that very effectively. We got a goal at Blackburn, two against Leicester and tonight we’ve got three. That’s pleasing and we’ve looked a threat at the top despite not playing with a recognised number nine.

“The manner in which we played, the organisation we showed; Liam Manning deserves great credit, because he’s come to the Club and the work he does shows on the pitch.”



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 9:41 Wed Feb 15
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan,
Interesting to read about the U23

Texas Iron 2:00 Tue Feb 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

ted fenton 12:38 Tue Feb 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Tomshardware 12:13 Tue Feb 14

Haz 12:34 Tue Feb 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Great to hear that Nathan Holland is impressing and we'll done the U23's!!

And would any of us really lose any sleep if Clattenburg funked off to the USA or China? Sooner the better that preening prickly buggers off, the better!

lars 12:33 Tue Feb 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 12:26 Tue Feb 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thank you Alan

BubblesCyprus 12:20 Tue Feb 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated.

Whitester. 12:15 Tue Feb 14
THANKS ALAN
(nt)

Tomshardware 12:13 Tue Feb 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:09 Tue Feb 14

Thanks Alan 12:09 Tue Feb 14
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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