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Alan 12:49 Thu Sep 14
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Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, is wanted by Real Madrid. (Don Balon - in Spanish)

New Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is plotting a January move for Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25. (Daily Mail)

Palace have promised Hodgson £40m to spend in January. (Daily Star)

Atletico Madrid are increasingly confident they have made a breakthrough in negotiations to re-sign 28-year-old forward Diego Costa from Chelsea. (Sky Sports)

Atletico are hopeful of concluding the deal for Costa within the next fortnight. (Daily Mail)

Costa was due to arrive back in London from Sao Paulo on a flight on Tuesday, but his ticket went unused. (Marca - in Spanish)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger denies reports that contract negotiations with playmaker Mesut Ozil have broken down. The 28-year-old's current deal at the Emirates expires at the end of this season. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, 21, is being courted by super agents Jorge Mendes and Mino Raiola. (Times - subscription required)

Inter Milan will offer 24-year-old striker Mauro Icardi a new contract with an increased release clause of more than £100m to try to ward off any approaches from Arsenal, Chelsea or Manchester United. (Premium Sport, via Talksport)

Midfielder Andres Iniesta, 33, will sign a new deal at Barcelona instead of joining Juventus, says the Italian club's chief executive Giuseppe Marotta. (La Sexta, via Goal)

Tottenham, Everton and Burnley are all interested in Werder Bremen midfielder Thomas Delaney, 26. (Sun - via Weser Kurier)

Everton are weighing up a January bid for Celtic's Scottish right-back Anthony Ralston, 18. (Sun)

Former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti will seek a return to the Premier League next summer if Bayern Munich trigger a break clause in his three-year contract as head coach. (ESPN)

RB Leipzig will offer Liverpool target Timo Werner a new contract, but insist they are under no pressure to sell the 21-year-old forward. (Sky Deutschland, via Talksport)

Barcelona will not return with a fresh bid for Liverpool's 25-year-old playmaker Philippe Coutinho, instead turning their attention to 26-year-old Nice attacker Jean Michael Seri. (Daily Mirror)

Real Madrid are interested in signing Manchester City's promising 18-year-old midfielder Brahim Diaz. (OK Diario, via Talksport)

Arsenal and Leicester tried to sign 29-year-old Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes before the Germany international joined Juventus on loan, says his agent. (Bild - in German)

Burnley have taken former Manchester United goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard, 33, on trial. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Meanwhile...

Former Premier League striker Marcus Bent, 39, has signed for ninth-tier Southern Combination League side Wick. (Bognor Regis Observer)

The best of Wednesday's gossip...

Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, 25, still wants to join West Ham despite the breakdown in relations between the two clubs. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has told midfielder Yaya Toure he must force his way back into his first-team plans, revealing the 34-year-old has been left out for "sporting" reasons. (Daily Telegraph)

Arsenal have not held contract negotiations with midfielder Mesut Ozil since February. The 28-year-old Germany international has one year left on his deal. (SportBild via Metro)

Reports in Germany say Ozil is preparing to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires next summer. (Sun)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, has finally left Brazil and has arrived in Madrid to try to force through his transfer to Atletico. (Gianluca di Marzio via Metro)




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Barry Glendenning

Having failed to back Frank de Boer in the transfer market before handing him his P45 after just 77 days in charge, Crystal Palace are ready to give his replacement £40m to bolster his squad in the January window, say the Daily Star. Roy Hodgson is Palace’s seventh permanent manager since 2012 and last stood in a technical area watching England lose to Iceland at Euro 2016. He is already being linked with one of the players who served him so well on that fateful night in Nice.

A half-time substitute in that particular humiliation, Jack Wilshere was yesterday linked with a January move to Fenerbahce, but speculation today suggests he may stay closer to home and sign for Palace instead. If Wilshere remains on the fringes of an Arsenal side in which he is expected to feature against Cologne this evening, Hodgson could make a move for a player he capped 29 times for England.

Still sore after his lack of success in securing the move of his bank manager’s dreams to Manchester City during the January window, Wilshere’s team-mate Alexis Sánchez is now wanted by Real Madrid, according to reports from Spain. With his contract due to expire next summer, the disaffected Chilean will be free to flirt with foreign clubs from January and Spanish sports magazine Don Balon say Real president Florentino Pérez has included his name on a lengthy shopping list that also includes Robert Lewandowski, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Andrea Belotti.

Having achieved a certain cult status for incurring Neymar’s wrath by kicking him around Celtic Park on Tuesday night, Tony Ralston is being linked with a possible move to Everton. The 18-year-old full-back made only his fifth start for Celtic against Paris Saint-Germain and is understood to have been inching his way across the Toffees’ radar since breaking into the Celtic first team at the back end of last season.

Thomas Delaney may sound as Irish as Guinness, leprechauns and the Galway races, but is in fact as Danish as the Little Mermaid, a breakfast pastry and the Cliffs of Mon. The 26-year-old Werder Bremen midfielder has caught the eye of several Premier League managers, including Everton’s Ronald Koeman, Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino and Burnley’s Sean Dyche.

Harry Redknapp has said Birmingham City’s new intake of 14 players “can take the club to another level” and fearing he means League One, his employers may show him the door. Currently third from bottom of the Championship after losing five consecutive games in all competitions, Redknapp is under pressure to deliver a good result when his side entertain Preston on Saturday.

And finally, having returned to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua from Argentina after recovering from a muscle injury, Carlos Tevez has been told he will not be considered for selection until he sheds some weight. Currently 11th in the Chinese Super League and without a full time manager after Gus Poyet’s resignation, the club is currently being managed by their technical director, Wu Jingui. Currently earning a reported £650,000 a week in China, Tevez has scored just two goals for the Shanghai club and was linked with a return to Boca Juniors during the summer.





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Fonte: Keeping a clean sheet was massive

Jose Fonte hailed Slaven Bilic’s decision to switch to a back three for Monday’s confidence-boosting 2-0 Premier League victory over Huddersfield Town.

The West Ham United manager changed his tactics after seeing his side lose their opening three top-flight matches, all away from home, and concede ten goals in the process.

On his return to London Stadium, Bilic opted to return to the system that served his team so well in the closing weeks of last season, recalling Fonte and the fit-again Winston Reid alongside James Collins in an experienced central defensive trio.

The reward was a dominant display against the previously unbeaten Terriers, who the Hammers restricted to just two shots on target on their way to a first clean sheet in six Premier League matches.

“A clean sheet was massive,” Fonte confirmed. “As a defender, it’s the worst possible feeling conceding three or four goals every game. It’s unbelievable.

“We managed to keep a clean sheet, we felt safe and secure with the system we played. It worked well when we used this system last year and, in this game, the manager reverted to last year and it was very successful.

“We’re really buzzing and happy with the result. Of course, it’s an important win after a few difficult weeks. Obviously, it’s three points and nothing more than that, but three points that will give us a little but more confidence.

“We are pleased with the win because it shows we have a great squad and now we can keep going and picking up points after points.”

The UEFA Euro 2016 winner looked rock steady on his return to the starting XI after missing the 3-0 defeat at Newcastle United, making two tackles and two interceptions and blocking Tom Ince’s goal-bound shot, while also seeing his header deflected into the path of Andre Ayew for the Hammers’ second goal.

While he was proud of his own display, and that of the team, Fonte was also pleased that the players produce the goods for manager Bilic after a difficult few weeks for the Croatian.

“He is a passionate manager and a great manager and he deserved this because he’s been under a lot of pressure, of course, as we all know. This is the business that we arein.

“It was important for him and it was important for us to show our attitude and that we are always with our manager and I’m pleased for him because it was his birthday and we gave him what he wanted.

“We are experienced enough to know we are all under pressure. This is our job and we get criticised for everything, so the best way to deal with it is to go to the training ground and work harder than ever and that’s what we’ve been doing, training as hard as we can to put things right.”

Next up for Fonte and company is a trip to The Hawthorns to take on Tony Pulis’s West Bromwich Albion, who go into Saturday’s game on the back of a 3-1 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.

“There are no easy games in the Premier League, as we all know,” the centre-back observed, “and West Brom will be a very tough game, but we are progressing and preparing for that game and we look forward to it.”





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Mex Martillo 9:30 Thu Sep 14
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Thanks Alan

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y2smif 1:39 Thu Sep 14
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Mad Dog 12:52 Thu Sep 14
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