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Alan 12:11 Wed Sep 6
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are unlikely to bid more than £20m for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, in January. (The Sun)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, has asked Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos to sort his move to the Bernabeu. (Diario Gol - in Spanish)

Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, was never going to leave Liverpool this summer, says the club's former managing director Christian Purslow. (Sky Sports)

Diego Costa, 28, has arrived back in London as he bids to end his Chelsea stay and arrange a return to his former side Atletico Madrid. (Marca - in Spanish)

The Spain striker's team-mates believe he is giving serious consideration to returning to the Blues and taking his punishment for going AWOL in a bid to sort out his future. (Daily Telegraph)

But Chelsea sources are insisting that the striker has not returned to London. (Mirror)

Liverpool have refused to agree to midfielder Emre Can's request for a release clause in any new deal. The 23-year-old has a year left on his current contract. (Daily Star)

Vincent Janssen, 23, is finished at Tottenham after the £17m striker refused to leave the club on deadline day. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge claims that Inter Milan made "no offer" for 30-year-old Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal this summer. (Premium Sport - in Italian)

French midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 30, rejected Manchester United, Arsenal and Manchester City to join Juventus from Paris St-Germain this summer. (France Football - in French)

Midfielder Andres Iniesta, 33, will sign a new deal with Barcelona, says the club's president Josep Maria Bartomeu. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Former Arsenal and Brazil forward Julio Baptista, 35, is set to sign for struggling Championship side Bolton on a free transfer. (The Sun)

Everton striker Henry Onyekuru, 20, who was loaned out to Anderlecht this summer, says he has no regrets about rejecting Celtic during the transfer window. (Liverpool Echo)

Free agent midfielder Josh Wright, 27, is in talks with Southend United about a move to the League One club. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness says the club were close to signing two "big" players from the Premier League on deadline day. (Birmingham Mail)


The FA is backing England manager Gareth Southgate's attempt to improve the mental strength of his players by hiring a full-time psychologist. (The Times - subscription required)

England rugby head coach Eddie Jones has told his football counterpart Gareth Southgate he must change his pampered stars' mentality to stand any chance of winning the World Cup. (the Sun)

Liverpool and Manchester City have teamed up to fund a private jet to bring their players back from South America before Saturday's Premier League game between the sides. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea winger Eden Hazard says, jokingly, if Paris St-Germain forward Neymar is worth 222m euros then he is worth 1bn euros. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Southampton have allowed Liverpool and Chelsea defensive target Virgil van Dijk to train with the first team. (Mirror)

Manchester United have looked at Celtic's safe standing pilot scheme, according to the Scottish club. (Manchester Evening News)

Aston Villa have revealed plans to increase Villa Park's capacity to 60,000 if they return to the Premier League. (Express and Star)

France will win the World Cup in 2018 according to French football journalist Julien Laurens, despite their 0-0 draw with Luxembourg on Sunday. (BBC Radio 5 live In Short)

Spain midfielder Isco's emergence at Real Madrid is making things "difficult for Gareth Bale", according to European football writer James Horncastle. (BBC Radio 5 live In Short)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has called for the winter transfer window to be scrapped to help protect football's "decency". (Daily Telegraph)

Huddersfield Town are contemplating shutting their academy, with the club's youth set-up under review. (Daily Mail)

Best of Tuesday's transfer gossip

Manchester United will make another offer for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, 28, next summer as manager Jose Mourinho tries to sign a world-class winger. (the Sun)

Tottenham must offer central defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, improved terms or let him leave for another club, says the player's adviser. (Het Nieuwsblad via Daily Telegraph)

Everton midfielder Ross Barkley did not join Chelsea on transfer deadline day because Blues boss Antonio Conte's phone was turned off when the 23-year-old's representatives wanted to discuss his role, according to former Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton. (Talksport)

Juventus are working towards signing three midfielders when their contracts expire next summer. The Serie A side want Barcelona's Andres Iniesta, 33, Liverpool's Emre Can, 23, and Schalke's Leon Goretzka, 22. (Tuttosport via 90min)

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Niall McVeigh

It’s been almost a week since the transfer window closed, and all over the country players are sheepishly returning to training. Virgil van Dijk is running extra hard at Southampton, and Diego Costa is jetting back to London, if only because Atlético Madrid are concerned that park football may not be enough to sustain his match fitness until January. Costa is not in Chelsea’s Champions League squad, but could throw his weight around in the Premier League once again.

Alexis Sánchez will be delighted to learn he’s been included in Arsenal’s Europa League squad, although he may not stay past the group stages, with Manchester City planning a £20m cut-price January move. One player apparently not prepared to buckle down is Philippe Coutinho. Spanish publication Sport claims that the Brazilian is still “monumentally angry” with Liverpool, and may even refuse to play in the Champions League.

The failure to sign Coutinho was the cherry on a cracking transfer window for Barcelona – and the bad news just keeps coming, with reports on the continent suggesting that the Catalan club turned down Juventus striker Paulo Dybala – twice – because Coutinho was coming. Still, there’s always next summer. Oh hang on, what’s this? Juve are keeping tabs on Gerard Piqué and Andrés Iniesta, who are both out of contract next summer and could leave for free.

Back to this summer, which still isn’t over at Leicester City who take the Benjani Award for the window’s most unnecessary last-gasp deal. The club asked for a two-hour extension to seal a £22m move for Sporting’s Adrien Silva – but Fifa have reportedly rejected the transfer paperwork. Both clubs are still striving to get it done, while Craig Shakespeare has advised Riyad Mahrez to “knuckle down” after failing to find a new club, despite supposed interest from virtually every team in Europe.

Paris Saint-Germain are taking this whole FFP investigation really seriously, and are planning to trigger Gianluigi Donnarumma’s £65m release clause the very second the window re-opens. In other news you’ll probably hear repeatedly over these lean autumn weeks, David de Gea is still keen on Real Madrid and is asking Sergio Ramos to put in a good word for him, while Gareth Bale has been linked to Manchester United for the 500th time.

In League One, Southend United manager Phil Brown says his side are in “pole position” to land Kieran Richardson. “He classes his best position as a No10,” Brown announced to stunned silence. Let’s finish with the rumour of the day: Julio Baptista, once of Arsenal and Real Madrid, now 35 years old and at Orlando City, is set for a move to Championship strugglers Bolton. What could possibly go wrong?


Twenty players West Ham could still sign

West Ham have registered twenty-two places from a maximum of twenty-five in their first-team squad. Players under the age of twenty one do not require registration.

Despite the transfer window closing last Thursday there are still a number of free agents which could be signed by the Hammers to fill those three remaining spaces should there be the desire.

Goal Keepers: Anders Lindegaard

Defenders: Bacary Sagna, Benoit Tremoulinas, Sebastien Bassong, Reto Ziegler, Jose Enrique, Kolo Toure

Midfielders: Chico Flores, Joe Ledly, Jab Kirchhoff, Mathieu Flamini, Youssouf Mulumbu, Jay Spearing, Jose Antonio Reyes, Ashkan Dejagah, Danny Guthrie & Kieran Richardson.

Forwards: Giuseppe Rossi, Cheick Diabate, Rickie Lambert

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tnb 1:01 Thu Sep 7
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
What happened to Rossi, did he get a bad injury? I don't think he's that old is he? Doesn't seem long ago there were rumours of him coming back to the Premier League for silly money with Arsenal, Liverpool and I think Tottenham allegedly interested.

Not that I'm saying we should...although I wouldn't be surprised. Especially if he's permanently crocked.

Mex Martillo 5:37 Wed Sep 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

FOREVER IRON 1:49 Wed Sep 6
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Thanks Alan
After saying he was so happy with the squad last week that he didn't want Renato Sanchez of the Polish bloke who went to West Brom, Bilic will be massively taking the piss if he shows an interest in any of those free transfer players

ted fenton 1:21 Wed Sep 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:33 Wed Sep 6

The Stoat 12:49 Wed Sep 6
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Jose Enrique would be good for us he has just retired cos of his knee injury so should fit in well

bill green 12:44 Wed Sep 6
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thanks Alan

Rickie Lambert anyone ?

Thanks Alan 12:33 Wed Sep 6
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Thanks Alan

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