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Alan 1:13 Fri Sep 8
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal are confident they can revive a £92m deal for Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar, 21, in January. (Star)

The Gunners are also interested in signing Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller, 27, with Chelsea, Liverpool and Juventus all keen on the Germany international. (Tuttosport, via Talksport)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is expected to hold talks with the club in November about extending his contract. (Telegraph)

Slovakia midfielder and Manchester United target Marek Hamsik, 30, admits it "would be hard" to reject an offer from the Red Devils. (Mirror)

West Ham are planning a January move for Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25, despite an ongoing row over this summer's failed deal. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says he is hopeful Chelsea and Spain striker Diego Costa, 28, will return to the club in January. (Marca)

Lille turned down the chance to sign Netherlands international Vincent Janssen, 23, because coach Marcelo Bielsa had doubts about the Tottenham striker's technique. (SFR Sport, via London Evening Standard)

Valencia considered a loan move for Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 28, during the summer but instead opted to sign 21-year-old Manchester United player Andreas Pereira. (Super Deporte, via Talksport)

Paris St-Germain forward Julian Draxler has told his Germany team-mates he wanted to join Barcelona in the summer. The 23-year-old was linked with Arsenal. (Mundo Deportivo, via Metro)

Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, 30, says the chance to move to Manchester United would prompt the toughest decision of his career. (Kicker, via Star)

Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, will not be given an instant recall because manager Jurgen Klopp says the Brazil international is short of fitness. (Mail)

Barcelona are interested in Marseille's French attacker Maxime Lopez, 19. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Hull City were close to signing Leicester City striker Ahmed Musa, 24, on loan on transfer deadline day. (Hull Daily Mail)

Derby County are looking at free agents after 27-year-old Dutch midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld's collapsed transfer from Birmingham. (Derby Telegraph)

Celtic captain Scott Brown, 32, is set to agree to a new contract with the Scottish champions. (Daily Record)


Telegraph football correspondent Jason Burt has told BBC Radio 5 live that striker Kylian Mbappe, who has joined Paris St-Germain from Monaco on loan with a view to a permanent £166m transfer, is the most mature 18-year-old he has ever met.

West Ham United defender James Collins taunted team-mate Andy Carroll by posting a video of him nutmegging the striker during a training drill. (Instagram)

Tottenham have offered a first look at their ambitious plans to include the world's first dividing retractable football pitch in their new stadium. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has approved a new nickname for Ben Woodburn, and says the 17-year-old forward will play for several age groups at the club to aid his development. (Liverpool Echo)

A group of Peru fans celebrated their World Cup qualifying win over Ecuador at a funeral. (Sun)

Former West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce believes the club's former midfielder Ravel Morrison is "the biggest waste of talent" he has worked with. Morrison, 24, joined Mexican club Atlas on transfer deadline day. (Sky Sports, via Manchester Evening News)

Everton striker Oumar Niasse is back in first-team contention. The 27-year-old has played just seven times for the Toffees since joining for £13.5m in February 2016. (Liverpool Echo)

Best of Thursday's transfer gossip

Eighteen-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappe, who joined Paris St-Germain on loan from Monaco in the transfer window, says joining Arsenal was a "real option" after meeting Gunners boss Arsene Wenger. (Telegraph)

Manchester City will offer just £20m for Arsenal's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, in January. (Daily Mail)

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer has one more game to save his job at Selhurst Park.(Telegraph)

Chelsea and Arsenal are expected to renew their interest in Bayern Munich and Germany forward Thomas Muller, 27, in January. (Daily Mirror)

Former England winger Ashley Young, 32, is ready for talks with Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho over his future and wants to stay at Old Trafford for one more year. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

These are dark times for the Mill, concerned reader, following the news that Premier League clubs have agreed to end all the transfer piffle, wiffle and waffle before the start of the season, despite noble resistance from Manchester City and Manchester United. It’s struggling to cope with the idea of getting its yellow tie out of the wardrobe at the start of August, which just feels too soon for Daniel Levy to get his chequebook out, for Arsenal to cock up their business and for West Ham’s owners to be labelled the Dildo Brothers.

At least they still know how to have fun in Turkey, where the transfer window doesn’t shut until today! And boy does the Mill need a hit of fresh, juicy gossip. Even if it’s an unlikely report of Fenerbahce signing David Silva from Manchester City or an admission that they won’t be signing Diego Costa from Chelsea.

The Turkish side were after a new striker after seeing Robin van Persie ruled out for three months with knee ligament damage and thought that a deal for Costa was close. But it wasn’t. Because Costa is still lounging around in Brazil. “We were really close to sign Diego Costa but now we seem far away,” Aykut Kocaman wept. Whether the Fenerbahce manager will be cheered by today’s news of a significantly less exciting season-long loan move for Tottenham’s out-of-favour Vincent Janssen remains to be seen.

Juventus want to sign Pedro from Chelsea in January, while Barcelona are preparing a £9m deal for Palmeiras defender Yerry Mina and will allow Rafinha to leave in January. Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are interested in the midfielder. Arsenal are also going to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar for £92m in January and pay him £250,000 a week. As simple as that. There is no reason to think that won’t happen.

It’s been three whole paragraphs since the Mill was able to write Dildo Brothers. But now it has another chance to write Dildo Brothers. Because West Ham’s owners, the Dildo Brothers – not the Mill’s words, remember, but those of Sporting Lisbon’s owner, the mild-mannered Bruno de Carvalho – are lining up a “cheeky January bid” for William Carvalho, even though negotiations over the midfielder’s signature have taken a turn for the pathetically childish. Good old Dildo Brothers, they never know when they’re beaten. Unlike their team.

Finally, José Mourinho is going to be offered a new contract by Manchester United. He plans to celebrate by telling Ashley Young that he can leave.


Newham could have last laugh at London Stadium

Newham council is expected to take over full ownership of the London Stadium long term. At present Newham Legacy Investments own 35% of the stadium with the London Legacy Development Corporation ( LLDC) owning the remaining 65% through a joint company called E20 Stadium LLP.

Long term the likelihood is that London Legacy Development Corporation will be disbanded with Newham inheriting the public asset as the government look to keep the former Olympic Stadium in public ownership.

Newham Council loaned Newham Legacy Investments £40m repayable over 40 years which was used as part of the Stadium transformation project along side West Ham’s £15m contribution. No repayments have been made to date back to Newham and the council have effectively written off the debt in their financial accounts but long term the council could still reap the financial benefit for their council tax payers.

The London stadium still has the potential of being profitable if a naming rights sponsor can be found and even more profitable if athletics vacate the stadium for a new stadium in Birmingham in 2022.

Newham residents could yet get their money back and the stadium could provide regular revenue back to one of the poorest council’s in London over the next 99 years once the stadium business model is fixed.

Operators London Stadium 185 have a 25-year contract to manage and operate the stadium but again long term West Ham are understood to be willing to take over that contract should Vinci decide to pull out or be stripped of the contract.

In the distant future, a London Stadium owned by Newham and managed and operated by West Ham would seem to be the best of both worlds and the right way forward. How long this will take only time will tell.

Evening Standard

Slaven Bilic rules out West Ham move for Bacary Sagna

Jack Rosser

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has ruled out a move for former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Bacary Sagna.

Reports have linked the under-fire Hammers boss with a move for the Frenchman, however, in his Standard Sport column the Croatian has stated there is no need for another right-back.

He wrote: "We have been linked with Bacary Sagna, who is out of contract and a free agent.

"Bacary is a fine player who has played at the highest standard, but he is a full-back and this is not a position in which we need strengthening."

The club had been desperate to strengthen their right-back options last season, with Michail Antonio often filling the void, however the signing of Sagna’s former City team-mate Pablo Zabaleta supposedly solved their problems.

Bilic takes his side into their first home game of the season against Huddersfield on Monday night, and will be desperate to secure three points and bring a positive atmosphere to the London Stadium following a disappointing start to the campaign.


Joe Hart has one significant weak spot and opposition players are starting to notice

Alistair Tweedale

For far too long now there has been a weakness to Joe Hart's game that has been all too apparent. Since his summer move to West Ham, that very problem has reared its all too ugly head once again.

The opening weekend defeat to Manchester United gave Hart a chastening debut, and although the loss was a result of an exceptional performance from the hosts and in particular two other debutants in Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku, more could reasonably have been expected of the England No 1.

It was when the game was already done and dusted that Paul Pogba put the cherry on United's cake by making it 4-0. Hart's starting position as the Frenchman lined up a shot from the edge of the box was poor, but his attempted dive was almost laughable.

He was slow to react to a shot that was neither powerful nor in the corner of the goal, and didn't get down to his left quickly enough. The shot went past him almost in line with the middle of the goal. A keeper of Premier League quality should unquestionably have done better.

It has been a testing introduction to life lower down the Premier League table for him, and over the first three games of his time at West Ham, as well as last season at Serie A side Torino, Hart has done little to prove himself.

While at Manchester City Hart will have had far less work to do, it is becoming increasingly clear that his shot-stopping needs to improve, particularly in a team where he is called into action more, particularly low to his left.

The percentage of shots that Hart saves down low to either side is - as would be expected - significantly worse than up high.

Low to his left, however, Hart is notoriously weak, and opposing teams have cottoned on.

His save success rate down low to his left has declined over the past six years, suggesting teams are targeting that side of the goal more. He has faced seven shots low to his left this season and only two to his right; at Torino last season he faced 44 low to his left and 25 to his right; the season before he faced 28 to his left and 18 to his right.

He has not kept out anything approaching the 70 per cent of the shots on target he has faced low to his left in any season since 2011/12, when City won the title.

In his final campaign at City, in 2015/16, he saved just 46 per cent of shots down low to his left; that rose slightly in his single season in Italy, when he kept out 57 per cent of shots low to his left; in three games for West Ham this season, Hart has conceded five goals from the seven shots he has faced low to his left.

There is a genuine, noticeable and really quite worrying weakness at play here, and one that opposition players will understandably target. Could it have been that Gareth Bale knew exactly what he was doing when hitting a speculative 35 yard free-kick at Hart's bottom-left corner at Euro 2016?

In a 4-1 defeat for Torino at Roma last season, Hart was beaten by four similar shots, each low and to his left.

Over the last two-and-a-bit seasons, Hart has successfully stopped less than half the shots he has faced low to his left. If teams can go into games knowing they will score one in every two shots they place in the bottom-right corner of the goal, why wouldn't they do so?

All this leads to the question of the England No 1 spot, and why the likes of Jack Butland, Fraser Forster and Jordan Pickford are not being given more of an opportunity by Gareth Southgate? The way Hart was beaten for Slovakia's opener on Monday night only adds to the argument that it is time for a change on the international scene.

Slaven Bilic was lauded for the coup in bringing Hart to the London Stadium in the summer, but he still has a lot to prove in the West Ham goal, and his left-hand side will come under increasing pressure as long as this record goes on.

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gph 7:10 Fri Sep 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Just needs a bigger glove on his left hand.

A much bigger glove.

Mex Martillo 5:12 Fri Sep 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 3:41 Fri Sep 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Down low to his left reads like A Texas Iron post on here !!

Jasnik 2:51 Fri Sep 8
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low to his left ..... how many times did he have to say that in the article.

Thanks Alan 2:00 Fri Sep 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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