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Alan 11:57 Thu Oct 5
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24, says he could "never rule out" leaving for a Spanish club, such as Real Madrid. (Express)

Spurs will again compete with Chelsea in January to sign Everton's 23-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich will appoint Jupp Heynckes, the 72-year-old who led them to the treble in 2013, as their new manager. (Bild - in German)

Manchester City will beat Manchester United to sign New York City midfielder Jack Harrison. Pep Guardiola's side have first refusal on the 20-year-old because of their ties with the MLS club. (Sun)

Fenerbahce's 34-year-old forward Robin van Persie will return to Feyenoord, the Dutch club where he began his career. (Aksam- in Turkish)

Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi, 24, is determined to succeed at the club after Eden Hazard advised him to stay with the side in the summer. (DH.BE, via ESPN)

Forwards Ben Woodburn, 17, and Roberto Firmino, 26, are set to sign new long-term contracts at Liverpool. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United are close to agreeing a new contract with midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 29. (Transfermarketweb)

Chelsea and Liverpool are interested in Paris St-Germain midfielder Javier Pastore. The 28-year-old has been told he can leave the French club in January. (El Gol, via Talksport)

Crystal Palace and Fulham are keen on 18-year-old defender Lex Allan, who plays for Bostik League South team Sittingbourne and has recently been training with Championship side Millwall. (Kent Online)

Inter Milan are considering signing Arsenal winger Theo Walcott in January. The 28-year-old has been with the Premier League side since 2006. (Calciomercato, via Talksport)


Gareth Southgate will receive a £250,000 bonus if England book their World Cup place by beating Slovenia at Wembley on Thursday. (The Times - subscription required)

Everton forward Wayne Rooney, 31, who retired from international football in the summer, has received a hand-written letter from FA chairman Greg Clarke thanking him for his service to England. (Daily Star)

England defender Michael Keane, 24, damaged camera equipment valued at £10,000 when the medicine ball he was training with cleared a fence. (Daily Mail)

Dulwich Hamlet have promised to donate money from their league's new sponsorship deal with a betting company to charities tackling gambling addiction. (Guardian)

Wales and Real Madrid striker Gareth Bale is having a replica of the 17th hole at golf club Sawgrass built in his back garden. (Sun)

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof says he has a "good dialogue" with manager Jose Mourinho, despite not having yet made his Premier League debut. (Expressen - in Swedish)

Facebook has not ruled out bidding for the right to stream Premier League matches. (Guardian)

Tottenham's Hugo Lloris has jokingly warned his France team-mate and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud that there's a "new striker in town". (Instagram)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola knows the identity of Bayern Munich's next manager, says the club president. (Sky Sports)

The World Cup 2018 venue in Ekaterinburg, Russia, will feature temporary stands outside the stadium so it can meet Fifa's capacity requirements. (Guardian)

Arsenal shareholder Alisher Usmanov says he will not be selling his 30% stake to majority owner Stan Kroenke, but he could be open to offers from another investor who shares his vision. (Telegraph)

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez says he will not take any unnecessary risks with the fitness of 24-year-old Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku. (Telegraph)

Liverpool's anger over a proposed Christmas Eve trip to Arsenal could see Sky Sports compromise over the kick-off time. (Daily Star)

The best of Wednesday's gossip

Manchester City are interested in signing Roma's attacking midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini after club officials saw the 21-year-old in action against Verona on 16 September. (Sky Italia)

Barcelona will rekindle their interest in Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho in January with an offer worth a total of £97m for the 25-year-old. (Mundo Deportivo via Daily Mail)

Inter Milan are more likely than Manchester United to land Arsenal's unsettled playmaker Mesut Ozil in January if the 28-year-old leaves the Emirates. (London Evening Standard)

Crystal Palace defender Jairo Riedewald has described the club's sacking of Frank de Boer after five games and 77 days as "very crazy". (AD via Croydon Advertiser)

Guardian Rumour Mill

No, in no way did someone forget to rota someone on for today’s Mill, meaning today’s heap of tittle-tattle is even more hastily presented than usual. Not at all.

“I would never say no or yes.” That’s right, it’s a definitive, cast-iron Harry Kane come-and-get-me-plea, putting Real Madrid on red alert, 2+2=5s the Star.

Jack Harrison, in the news after being called up for the England U-21s via New York City FC, must therefore be due a move to former club Manchester United or fellow member of the City Football Group, Manchester City, report the Sun.

Ross Barkley, Tottenham, Everton, Januarzzzzz

Feyenoord are understood to be interested in bringing Robin van Persie back to the Netherlands from Fenerbahce, while Javier Pastore could be a relative £26m bargain for Chelsea, Liverpool and Internazionale come the transfer window.

Reports in Spain, manna from heaven on a day such as this, suggest Real Madrid are looking to replace Gareth Bale with £40m worth of Milan’s Suso.

And the Poland international defender Bartosz Salamon – currently on loan at SPAL from Bologna – is eyeing up a move from Italy. Which means former suitors Leeds United are back in the conversation, baby.


Walkover Commonwealth Games bid could clear path for West Ham owners to buy London
Damien Lucas

Birmingham's walkover Commonwealth Games bid could clear the path for West Ham United's owners to buy the London Stadium.

Birmingham was the only city to submit a bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games before Saturday's deadline, the Commonwealth Games Federation has revealed.

Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Victoria in Canada and a potential Australian entry had been thought to be possible bidders but none came forward.

And after Birmingham beat Liverpool earlier in September to be Britain's candidate city, it means they should get a walkover to host the event.

Birmingham's bid is based on plans to make a beautifully upgraded Alexander Stadium the new home of UK Athletics, as reported by Birmingham Mail.

Now Birmingham have all but been confirmed as hosts it could clear the path for West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold to buy the stadium outright - something Sullivan's son Dave has admitted is a possibility - and perhaps even redevelop it properly for football.

In an interview with Sport Bible, Sullivan's son Dave remained coy but admitted it could be on the cards.

When asked 'Is your dad looking into the possibility of buying the London Stadium outright in the future?' Sullivan told Sport Bible: "I cannot comment on that, but it is certainly a possibility."

And when pushed on the situation surrounding the controversial "retractable" seating solution he added: "We are always looking for ways to improve the stadium, so if we think it will increase the fans experience then of course it is an option.

"However, in the immediate future I do not think so because it has already cost a lot of money to install the normal seating.

"I reckon it could happen, but not for a few years."

Having signed a 99-year lease many supporters are disillusioned at the prospect of a long-term future at the ground in it's current state.

The news comes after the remaining 10% stake the Icelandics owned in West Ham was purchased by American billionaire businessman Tripp Smith, as reported by The Evening Standard.

The deal has led to much speculation but the club is yet to comment or make the news official.

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gph 2:25 Thu Oct 5
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ha! Lank ants

andyd12345 2:15 Thu Oct 5
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I expect G&S will Sullivan will take a loan out for £400m at 4% interest, then lend the money to West Ham at 8% to buy the London Stadium

boleyn8420 1:59 Thu Oct 5
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Russ. Of course they will. After all, these are the owners who are nicknamed the 2 Bobs and you expect them to stump up what £400m to build a stadium. I don't think so

Russ of the BML 12:24 Thu Oct 5
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Buy it and re-build a football stadium.

Thanks Alan 12:16 Thu Oct 5
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mad dog 12:00 Thu Oct 5

Mad Dog 12:00 Thu Oct 5
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks alan

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