WHO Poll
Q: 2018/19 Wolves (H)
a. At last we have a win now let's make it two, Win
b. A win against 10 men and two leagues below us is fine, but this will be much harder I'll take a point, Draw
c. Who are we kidding, a win against Wimbledon and all is rosy, forget it we're getting our arses kicked in this one, Lose
d. It's at times like these when you really do miss Love Island
e. I was all over this game until I found out it's not on the box, the broadcasting companies really don't care about us hard core fans do they, I might pop off to Thorpe Park for the day instead, obviously in my WHU shirt

Alan 11:51 Wed Oct 4
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

West Ham and Everton are interested in Arsenal forward Theo Walcott, 28, who will not commit to a new contract at the Emirates if it means more time on the bench. (Sun)

Manchester City could face a fight to keep hold of coach Patrick Vieira with the Frenchman actively considering his future and Saint-Etienne interested. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid are preparing a 200m euro (£177m) bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane. The Spanish and European champions are not put off by the huge asking price for the 24-year-old. (Don Balon - in Spanish)

Manchester United are confident of signing Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, 28, when his contact ends at the end of the summer. (Independent)

Manager Antonio Conte could leave Chelsea for AC Milan at the end of the season. The 48-year-old told an Italian radio station that he "misses" Italy. (Sun via Corriere dello Sport)

However, the Blues are ready to make a move for £60m Juventus left-back Alex Sandro, 26, in order to keep Conte at the club. (Mirror)

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero could miss a further two weeks with a broken rib. City were hopeful the 29-year-old would be fit for their first match after the international break. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal target Kepa Arrizabalaga is about to sign a new deal at Athletic Bilbao. The 23-year-old goalkeeper had been linked with both the Gunners and Real Madrid. (Talksport via Marca)

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Middlesbrough defender Dael Fry, 20. (TeamTalk)

Championship side Leeds are chasing 25-year-old Liverpool striker Danny Ings. (ESPN)

Former Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been linked with a return to Bayern Munich, after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked last week. (Mirror)


Manchester City forward Leroy Sane, 21, has clocked the fastest sprint since Premier League records began. (Manchester Evening News)

Paul Pogba, 24, has been banned from playing basketball by Manchester United in a bid to prevent further injuries. (Sun)

Russia have built stands outside one of their World Cup stadiums, the Ekaterinburg Arena, to comply with Fifa regulations. (Yahoo Sports)

Tennis ace Andy Murray would try to be a football manager if he could no longer play tennis. (Goal.com via Fifa.com)

Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane has warned footballers worried about head injuries to take up Chess instead. (Telegraph)

Financier Amanda Staveley met Newcastle United officials and has opened lines of communication for further talks to take place regarding a potential takeover. (The Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has had a street named after him in his home town of Setubal in Portugal. (Daily Mail)

The United boss does not want forward Marcus Rashford to be used in both of England's final World Cup qualifiers this week. (Daily Express)

Stan Kroenke, Arsenal's majority shareholder, has bid almost £525m to buy out second-largest shareholder Alisher Usmanov. (Guardian)

Arsenal's players were left furious after midfielder Mesut Ozil and striker Alexis Sanchez failed to attend a club media activity day last month. (Evening Standard)

Hull City's Ryan Mason has thanked Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech for his support after Mason fractured his skull last January. (Sun via Talksport)

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi was serenaded by his Belgium team-mates as he celebrated his 24th birthday at a squad dinner. (Daily Mail)

The Football Association's attempts to make contact with gay professional footballers have drawn a blank, with "not one" willing to meet the organisation's chairman, Greg Clarke, even in secret or anonymously. (The Daily Telegraph)

The best of Tuesday's gossip

Everton players think manager Ronald Koeman is waiting to be sacked by club owner Farhad Moshiri after the club's poor start to the season. (Sun)

Arsenal want to swap striker Alexis Sanchez, 28, for Paris St-Germain winger Julian Draxler, 24, in January. (Daily Star)

Former Watford manager Walter Mazzarri, 56, is among the candidates to replace Ronald Koeman, should the Everton boss leave his job. (Watford Observer)

Manchester City are looking at Napoli left-back Faouzi Ghoulam, 26, as a short-term replacement for Benjamin Mendy. France defender Mendy is out for several months with a knee injury. (Le Buteur, via Manchester Evening News)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

Ask any West Bromwich Albion fan old enough to remember Laurie Cunningham, or a Liverpool supporter able to rationally discuss the career of Michael Owen without flying spectacularly off the handle: the problem with having a world-class talent in your ranks is that Real Madrid will one day come a-knocking. Yes, Tottenham fans, it’s happening to you again. Harry Kane for 200 million euro. Gareth Bale for €91m suddenly seems like a steal.

Tottenham will ease the pain by bringing in Barcelona midfielder André Gomes on loan. Yes, well, you do what you can.

Manchester United are increasingly sure they’ll land Mesut Özil for nix in the summer. That’s two days in a row this one’s been peddled. It’s going to be a long season for Arsenal, and that’s without anyone mentioning Alexis Sánchez or Julian Draxler.

Chelsea are preparing a £60m offer for Juventus left-back Alex Sandro. It’s a package designed to placate Antonio Conte, who is considering going home to Italy in the summer, Milan his likely destination. They’re also lining up, er, Alexis Sánchez. Like we say, long season for Arsenal.

Everton will keep on investing. There’s no point stopping now, they’ve come too far. Theo Walcott and the Atlético Madrid striker Kevin Gameiro will be the latest fixes for whatever problem Ronald Koeman thinks they have.

Across the park, Danny Ings would have dreamed of following in Robbie Fowler’s footsteps upon signing for Liverpool. It’s happening, but not quite in the way envisioned. First the knee injuries; soon he’ll cross the Pennines in a shock move to Leeds United.

And here’s some more worrying news for Liverpool. With Bayern Munich managerless and flailing around, unsure what to do next, former Germany defender Christoph Metzelder has been proselytising on national television for Jürgen Klopp.

“He’s ready!” But Bayern legend and fellow media gum-flapper Lothar Matthäus isn’t so sure his former club will go for the Roy Evans de nos jours. He’s convinced they’re set on Hoffenheim’s Julian Nagelsmann, 6. Also in the frame: another former Dortmund manager in Thomas Tuchel, and old Bayern boss Louis van Gaal. Should the latter land the job, you know exactly what’s going to happen in the knockout stage of the Champions League.

But to give Liverpool fans a little succour, there’s this. It’s not over, is it. And so the Mill is assured of copy through the winter months.


Arsenal news: Walcott to be sold in January with Everton, Southampton and West Ham keen

ARSENAL have told Theo Walcott they will look to sell him in January unless his performances improve.

By Dan Gibbs

The England international only has 18 months left on his current contract and the Gunners are yet to hand him a new deal.

Theo Walcott has struggled to nail down a starting spot at the Emirates this season and has been criticised for some of his displays.

Walcott is confident he can prove his doubters wrong, already scoring goals against Doncaster in the EFL Cup and BATE Borisov in the Europa League.

But according to the Gambling Times, Arsenal are ready to cash in on him when the transfer window reopens if he can’t prove himself to be a first-team regular under Arsene Wenger.

And the report claims Walcott will not be short of offers if Arsenal decide to call time on his 11-year spell in north London.

They state West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace would all be interested in making moves for the 28-year-old.

Southampton are also mentioned and could be tempted to secure his return to St Mary’s after selling him to the Gunners in 2006.

While Walcott wants to stay and fight for his future he is well aware of the need for regular game time if he wants to make the Gareth Southgate’s England squad for the World Cup next summer.

And with the former Southampton player yet to start a league game for the Gunners this season he will have to consider his future in the New Year.


Newcastle United 'abused tax system', HMRC alleges

Newcastle United "systematically abused" the tax system to "secretly" make payments to agents and players during transfers, a court has heard.

The allegations emerged after the Tyneside club challenged a raid by HM Revenue and Customs in April.

United argued no reasonable grounds existed for believing it had engaged in tax fraud, but High Court judges ruled the warrants were "lawfully issued".

The club said it was "disappointed" and "considering its options".

St James' Park and West Ham's London Stadium were raided as part of a £5m National Insurance fraud investigation.

Business and financial records were seized, along with computers and mobile phones, and Newcastle's managing director Lee Charnley was among several men arrested and later released without charge.

The club challenged the legality of the search-and-seize orders obtained by HMRC, and a hearing has been held at Leeds Crown Court.
'Secret' payments

HMRC argued that reasonable grounds existed for believing Newcastle United was ''knowingly involved'' in a multimillion-pound tax fraud, and the club's application for judicial view was dismissed.

The full judgement has now been published.

It reveals Operation Loom is looking into whether the club knew payments to agents were being "secretly" funnelled to other unlicensed agents and players themselves in a bid to circumvent income tax and National Insurance.

Regarding Demba Ba's transfer to Newcastle from West Ham, HMRC said: "It appears NUFC paid agent's fees for services of £1.9m in full knowledge that the majority would be passed on to other agents... and to a company associated with the player".

There were "further suspicions" arising out of his transfer to Chelsea in January 2013.

HMRC said it believed: "NUFC systematically abused tax system... and all payments to agents made were potentially the subject of criminal proceedings".

A spokesman for HMRC said: "We are very pleased with the court's decision which we are studying in detail. We do not comment on individual cases or ongoing investigations."

Newcastle United said in a statement: "We are disappointed with this decision given the court's findings.

"We are considering all of our options with our advisers, including whether to pursue an appeal."

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Thanks Alan 3:29 Wed Oct 4
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
My pleasure.

BubblesCyprus 2:47 Wed Oct 4
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated.

Russ of the BML 1:52 Wed Oct 4
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
y2smif 12:14 Wed Oct 4

He doesn't.

tazman 12:36 Wed Oct 4
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Left Back

Thanks Alan 12:20 Wed Oct 4
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

y2smif 12:14 Wed Oct 4
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Where does Walcott fit in our starting 11??

Thanks Alan

charleyfarley 12:03 Wed Oct 4
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
According to The Gambling Times, bet they are wrong

Thanks AL

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