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Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
d. I'm not sure about this one, I'll wait until SKY is back to hear what Gary Neville thinks, then I'll voice my opinion

Alan 12:24 Tue Sep 26
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham are preparing a £30m bid for Everton's Ross Barkley, 23, with their Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele struggling with a foot problem. (ESPN)

Philippe Coutinho has reiterated his desire to move to Barcelona, and Liverpool are considering selling the 25-year-old Brazilian playmaker in January. (Sport via Mirror)

Real Madrid are considering a January move for Paris St-Germain's Julian Draxler. The 24-year-old midfielder was previously linked with a move to Arsenal. (Daily Star via Don Balon)

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Genoa striker Pietro Pellegri, but the club will not sell the 16-year-old for anything less than £40m. (Sun)

United manager Jose Mourinho is keen to hand Marouane Fellaini, 29, and Marcus Rashford, 19, new contracts at Old Trafford. (Independent)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has insisted forward Raheem Sterling, 22, will stay at the club, despite interest from Arsenal. (London Evening Standard)

Everton will hold a meeting to discuss signing Paris St-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, 30. (TuttoMercatoWeb - in Italian)

Midfielder Kevin de Bruyne is preparing for contract talks with Manchester City. The 26-year-old still has almost four years left on his contract but manager Pep Guardiola is keen to keep him at the club long term. (ESPN)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has cast doubt over his future at Stamford Bridge after saying he has no plans to continue managing abroad. (Daily Star)

Former Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is wanted by Spanish side Deportivo La Coruna. (Sun)

Newcastle United are preparing to open talks with manager Rafa Benitez about a new contract in the hope of improving the manager's relationship with owner Mike Ashley. (The Times - subscription required)

Former Arsenal midfielder Fran Merida, 27, who plays for Osasuna in the Spanish second tier, is reportedly a target for Championship side Leeds. (Sun)


Uefa has given Bayern Munich permission to call up retired goalkeeper Tom Starke, 36, to their Champions League squad after losing captain Manuel Neuer to injury. (ESPN)

Monaco midfielder Youri Tielemans, 20, has said he turned down a move to Arsenal in August over concerns about the amount of playing time he would get. (Metro)

Huddersfield Town boss David Wagner is the favourite to take over at West Ham, should the club sack Slaven Bilic. (Huddersfield Examiner via Sun)

Crystal Palace will be without striker Christian Benteke, 26, for at least six weeks as he recovers from a knee injury. (Daily Telegraph)

Leicester have submitted an appeal to Fifa in a bid to finally complete the £25m signing of Adrien Silva, 28, after his deadline-day move was rejected as a result of late paperwork. (Daily Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain have denied offering Edinson Cavani, 30, a 100m euro (£88m) bonus in return for allowing Neymar take penalties for the team. (Independent)

Laurent Koscielny, 32, says his 28-year-old Arsenal team-mate Alexis Sanchez is fully committed to the club after his attempts to move in the summer fell through. (Daily Express)

Watford midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, 22, may have to wait for his England breakthrough after a freak knee injury. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker, 27, says he is happy striker Sergio Aguero is now in same side as "facing him was nightmare". (Guardian)

The best of Monday's gossip

Manchester United are set to open contract talks with goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, and are confident he will remain with the club despite interest from Real Madrid. (Independent)

Everton made a £70m attempt to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, in the final days of the summer transfer window. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, thinks it will be tough for Alvaro Morata, 24, to replace outgoing striker Costa, but he has made a good start. (Daily Express)

Real Madrid want to sign Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli and will offer Mateo Kovacic in a swap deal. Alli, 21, is under contract at Spurs until 2022. (Don Balon, via Daily Star)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Bryant

At some point on Tuesday, a selection plate of M&S sarnies, a couple of jugs of tap water and a sense of weary resignation will be delivered to a conference room somewhere in Goodison Park for the second day in a row. Following them will be Ronald Koeman, various scouts and suits, who will all sit down to work out quite how they managed to spend nearly £150m this summer without bothering to sign a striker who can score goals.

Next on the agenda will be how they did not manage to sign Diego Costa from Chelsea for £70m, if the Daily Mail is to be believed. Third will be whether to dangle a bale of cash over Parc des Princes in the hope of landing Edinson Cavani with their bait – or at least that’s what Tutto Mercato are saying. Finally, they will discuss who takes the club’s penalties if they’re successful.

Elsewhere, various suits from Manchester United and Chelsea have shed said suits, donned shorts, singlets, sweat socks, sprinting shoes and other alliterative items of clothing and embarked on what is being reported as “a race” to sign Genoa’s 16-year-old £40m “whizzkid” Pietro Pellegri. Lazio and Juventus have a head-start in said “race” given that they’re nearer to Liguria in the first place. Pellegri, meanwhile, has been compared to Pierluigi Casiraghi by somebody or other, which will come as good news to Chelsea who still have fond memories of his roaringly successful spell at Stamford Bridge.

In news that has come from what The Mill is contractually obliged to call “Spanish outlets”, a term that brings to mind continental plumbing merchandise, Philippe Coutinho has apparently reiterated his desire to move to Barcelona, while Real Madrid are hoping they can bundle Julian Draxler into a fast car on the A10 out of Paris, preferably with a view to him playing for them.

Tottenham have renewed their interest in Ross Barklezzzzzzz.

In Manchester, a gathering of agents, lawyers and the photographers who take those pictures of football managers and players holding pens over bits of paper on club desks can only mean one thing: it’s contract renewal time! Manchester City are waving one under Kevin De Bruyne’s nose, despite the fact he has four years left to run on his existing one. Raheem Sterling will be convinced to stay on too, despite Arsenal sniffing about the place. On the other side of the city, Marouane Fellaini and Marcus Rashford will be offered the chance to tell the world how “at home” they feel at Old Trafford in exchange for four or five more years of contractual obligation to the place.

In manager news: Ronald de Boer’s next pay-off could come from Deportivo la Coruña, Newcastle owner Mike Ashley is pondering talks with Rafa Benítez over a new contract – talks which, if Ashley’s deal-making is true to form, ought to be rollicking good fun – and the Italian Antonio Conte has “shocked” Chelsea by saying that, at some point, he might head back to Italy, the country of his birth, childhood, friends, tongue and suits in comments made in Italian to an Italian radio station.

Bubbling under: Leeds United have painted sights on former Arsenal midfielder Fran Mérida in an attempt to make it obvious they are targeting him. The Huddersfield Examiner reckons West Ham are lining up David Wagner to replace Slaven Bilic and Laurent Koscielny has said, with an apparently straight face, that gravity’s Alexis Sánchez is fully committed to Arsenal.


Lanzini return target set

Manu Lanzini looks ready to make his long delayed return to action on the bench at Burnley after the international break.

There have been reports that he could even be involved against Swansea at the weekend but that looks impossible despite the midfielder continuing to train well.

Slaven Bilic is desperate to inject Lanzini’s pace and creativity into the team but it’s unlikely he will be tempted to start him at Burnley which is a far more realistic target for his comeback..

Lanzini has been sorely missed in our slow start to the season and can’t wait to get back into action but head medic Gary Lewin is unprepared to take a chance on such a key player.

However Pedro Obiang is expected to make his return against Swansea after suffering a muscular injury and there’s an outside chance that James Collins will be fit back for the trip to Turf Moor.


Did Spurs defeat show West Ham's Bilic is too tied to playing Carroll?

Tom Seymour

When under pressure West Ham boss Slaven Bilic calls on Andy Carroll but Tottenham defeat shows how tactically unaware that is.

On the face of it a 3-2 home defeat in the Premier League to an extremely talented Tottenham Hotspur side is not too disrespectful for West Ham United.

Yet the scoreline doesn't really tell the whole story of a game that was already beyond the hosts when Christian Eriksen put Spurs 3-0 up after 60 minutes and was made more nervy for Tottenham late on following a red card for Serge Aurier.

For the game at the London Stadium manager Slaven Bilic made the big call to drop Andy Carroll and play Javier Hernandez in his preferred central role with Marko Arnautovic and Michail Antonio either side. It was a bold decision that lasted all of 28 minutes until an injury to Antonio that Bilic could admittedly not legislate for.

What the Croatian could control, however, was who he brought on and yet despite having both Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho on the bench as well, he opted to send Carroll on and once again push Hernandez out wide.

It was a decision that not only showed Bilic's tactical naivety, with the striker's style easily snuffed out by the visitors' three-man central defence, but which badly backfired when mistakes from the 28-year-old lead directly to two goals.

Despite an array of attacking talent at his disposal, including the summer arrivals of Arnautovic and Hernandez, when questions are asked of his team the 49-year-old consistently falls back on Carroll for the answers - a player who has scored just 30 times in 117 appearances for the Hammers to date.

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Thanks Alan 12:36 Tue Sep 26
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
takashi Miike 12:25 Tue Sep 26

Takashi Miike 12:25 Tue Sep 26
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan

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