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Q: 2017/18 Brighton (h)
a. If e can stop being the masters of our own downfall we should take 3 points, win
74%
  
b. We seem too flaky at the moment and don't expect an easy game, draw
9%
  
c. We can't put teams away and have a soft underbelly, lose
9%
  
d. Did you know that Eurovision 1974 was held in Brighton and launched ABBA onto the world stage with Waterloo
5%
  
e. I love Friday Night Football, it gives me the chance to show everyone down the local just how big a West Ham nut I am, hat, scarf, shirt, you name it I'll be wearing it
3%
  



Alan 12:20 Fri Oct 6
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Arsenal will sell forward Theo Walcott and playmaker Mesut Ozil, both 28, in January. Walcott is set to rejoin former club Southampton. (Daily Express)

Ozil is only willing to play for Barcelona, Real Madrid or Manchester United if he leaves Arsenal, but he could yet agree a new deal. (Goal)

Paris St-Germain will move for Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, when his contract expires in the summer, and sell striker Edinson Cavani, 30. (Le Parisien, via Daily Mirror)

Uruguay international Cavani could be a target for Real Madrid in January. (Don Balon, in Spanish)

Tottenham and Liverpool are both interested in 24-year-old Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, who is on loan at Valencia. (Tuttomercatoweb, via Daily Mail)

Liverpool could move for Bayer Leverkusen attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, 18, after their scouts watched him score four goals for Germany Under-19s. (Liverpool Echo)

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, says he is happy at the club, despite not finalising a new contract with the Premier League side. (Sky Sports)

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to pair Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, with Eric Dier, 23, if he succeeds in bringing the midfielder to the north London club in January. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 22, says he would "love" to play in the Premier League one day, and grew up supporting Liverpool. (ESPN via RMC radio)

Former Chelsea midfielder Oscar, 26, says he would be open to returning to the club. The Brazil international joined Chinese side Shanghai SIPG in January. (PL Brasil, via London Evening Standard)

Brazil forward Lucas Moura, 25, has been advised by former Chelsea defender Alex to leave Paris St-Germain and join Arsenal. (L'Equipe, via London Evening Standard)

Fenerbahce could move for Manchester United defender Daley Blind, 27. (Hurriyet, via Talksport)

Former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, 31, says Barcelona refused to let him join Everton last summer. (Derniere Heure, via Sun)

Burnley striker Chris Wood, 25, says he did not refuse to play for Leeds United before his £18m move to the Clarets. (Independent)

Leicester summer signing Adrien Silva, 28, has trained with his new Foxes team-mates for the first time, despite the midfielder not being allowed to play a competitive game until January. (Leicester Mercury)

England Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd says they are facing a battle with Nigeria to keep striker Tammy Abraham, 20, and winger Sheyi Ojo, 20. (Daily Star)

Forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, has urged Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, 25. (Don Balon via Express)

Meanwhile...

Some of the Brazil team including Gabriel Jesus, Neymar and Dani Alves recovered from their 0-0 draw against Bolivia at high altitude with oxygen tanks.

The Football Association is advertising for a new senior head coach of England's women's team. (FA)

In contrast to the senior side, Crystal Palace's academy side are top of their league - and put on a show in the dressing room to celebrate. (Twitter)

Former Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp says he will not take up a full-time role with League Two side Yeovil Town after recently advising their manager, Darren Way. (Talksport)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi is set to have a theme park opened in his honour in China. (Goal)

A series of regional meetings in the EFL next month could lead to "plastic pitches" being re-introduced to League One and League Two as early as 2019. (Daily Express)

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey faces having to wear a cast in the club's next game against Southampton after breaking his finger in training. (The Sun)

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku could still play for Belgium during the international break, despite an ankle injury. (Manchester Evening News)

The best of Thursday's gossip

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)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

“Southampton are ready to end Theo Walcott’s Arsenal misery,” trumpets the Express in a back-page exclusive, “and take him back to the club where he began his career.” The Gunners, they report, are preparing “a January clear-out” to “bring in funds” in the laughably optimistic belief that Arsène Wenger might be about to “reshape his side”, while the Saints “are looking to boost their firepower”, all of which creates a perfect storm of emotional-homecoming-shaped proportions. If there’s going to be any competition it might come from Internazionale, with Everton and West Ham also “admirers”. “Walcott has admitted he still has a soft spot for the club,” they conclude of Southampton, “who would look to pay about £12-£15m to bring him back to St Mary’s.”

The Gunners of course bought Walcott in 2006 when he was bright and new and brimming with youthful promise. Now there’s a new youngster in Arsenal’s sights, and it’s Trabzonspor’s 18-year-old midfield tyro Abdulkadir Omur. The player, reports the Sun, “can operate in central midfield or on the right wing”. Its source is the former Trabzonspor coach Sadi Tekelioglu. “Arsenal want to sign Abdulkadir,” he says. “I heard that Atlético Madrid are interested in him as well, but Arsenal are ahead of them in the race. Arsène Wenger does a good job when it comes to discovering young players.” According to Talksport, however, Bayern Munich are going to blow both Arsenal and Atlético out of the water with an offer of £35m plus a two-year loan-back. “It’s understood that Arsenal are yet to initiate contact with the Turkish club and could well miss out,” they conclude.

Talking of Turkey, Fenerbahce are ready to end Daley Blind’s Manchester United misery, with the Sun saying that “it has been suggested that Blind is growing increasingly frustrated at the lack of opportunities in the United matchday squad”. After playing every minute of United’s three league games in August, Blind played only a single minute of their four matches in September, spending two others on the bench and not even making the squad for the other, a situation that has led to maximal disgruntlement in the Blind houshold. “Now he faces a decision whether to stay at United for the entire season and hope for a change of fortunes, or seek a move elsewhere in January,” we’re told. Much will apparently depend on whether Holland somehow qualify for the World Cup, in which case Blind may have to move to maximise his chances of inclusion in their squad.

Liverpool have been scouting the 18-year-old Bayer Leverkusen prodigy Kai Havertz, who not only captained Germany’s Under-19s in their 5-1 midweek win over Belarus but scored four goals – two of them penalties – and set up the other. The player, reports the Mail, “has already broken into Leverkusen’s first team and has been compared to Michael Ballack and Mesut Özil”. But the Reds should expect serious competition should they decide to press the big red transfer button, as Manchester United and Arsenal also had representatives at the match. Meanwhile Liverpool’s hopes of signing another wildly promising 18-year-old, the Inter defender Zinho Vanheusden, are dimming with the Italian side determined to tie the young defender to a lengthy new contract.

Chelsea have not given up on Alex Sandro, and are saving up their pennies so that they can offer £70m for Juventus’s Brazilian wing-back in January. Paris Saint-Germain’s transfer-negotiating squad meanwhile are stroking their chins and trying to decide whether to concentrate on Gianluigi Donnarumma from Milan or Jan Oblak from Atlético Madrid when they come to replace their goalkeeper, Alphonse Areola, which they will very soon according to Calciomercato. “Much will depend on whether Milan qualify for next season’s Champions League,” they conclude, suggesting that should they fail the idea of their young goalkeeper hotfooting it to Paris would become less Donna-rumour and more Donna-fact.






GhanaSoccer

EXCLUSIVE: West Ham in three-horse race to sign talented Ghana U17 defender Rashid Alhassan

West Ham United are in a three-horse race to sign hugely talented Ghana Under-17 defender Rashid Alhassan, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively reveal.



German outfit Hannover 96 as well as Major Soccer League side Chicago Fire are also keeping close tabs on the highly rated left-back.

The 17-year-old has been linked to a host of clubs in recent weeks but the Hammers are one of the favourites to sign him after it was revealed that only three clubs are left in the running to secure his services.

The agent of the rising star Samuel Akoto Asante has confirmed the interest of the three clubs.

"There are several interest at the moment. But I can speak of the ones from West Ham and Chicago Fire from the US,"he told GHANAsoccernet.com exclusively.

"Hannover are also interested in his services. We'll look at the best option before deciding on his future.

"He is currently with Ghana's U17 squad for the World Cup in India and so the situation will be clearer after the tournament.

"No need to rush and make any pronouncements but that's the situation with him at the moment.

Alhassan has been tipped for greatness after he excelled for Ghana at the 2017 Africa Under-17 Championship in Gabon.

The youngster is currently on international duty with Ghana ahead of the FIFA U17 World Cup which starts in India on Friday.

Alhassan is a hard-working defender, determined in the tackle and relentless at closing down opponents. His work rate and tireless defending distinguishes him as a top-quality left-back.

The Aduana star has a great drive to get forward in the attack with his natural defensive qualities and combative style of play making him one of the fastest rising left-backs.

The Ghanaian youngster is an exceptional athlete at left-back, who shows good hunger to win back possession and decent timing in tackle.



West Ham United could bid for Juventus star Kwadwo Asamoah in January - report

West Ham United could bid for Kwadwo Asamoah in January as uncertainty hangs over the long-term future of the Juventus star.

Asamoah, 28, has a year left on his current contract amid reports he may not renew it once it expires.

According to Calciomercato the English club are ready to put in a bid for the Ghanaian , but face stiff competition from Galatasaray.

An update from the same publication claims that Gala lead the way currently and are readying a £3.35m bid for Asamoah - whose contract expires at the end of next season.

The fact the Ghana international is entering the final year of his current deal probably has something to do with the fact that he is available for such a bargain price.

Asamoah has been with Juve since 2012, but has struggled with injury which has limited his game time, and he even asked to be excused from international duty after the 2014 World Cup to concentrate on his club career.

The former Udinese man - who has the ability to play at left-back or in central midfield - has certainly rebuilt his reputation, making 24 appearances in 2016/17 for the Old Lady as they won a sixth successive Scudetto and the Coppa Italia.





Football Espana

West Ham think of Sanchez Flores

West Ham United are considering an approach for Espanyol Coach Quique Sanchez Flores, according to reports in Spain.

The 52-year-old has previously managed in England, having spent the 2015-16 campaign at the helm of Watford whom he led to the FA Cup semi-finals and a comfortable mid-table position.

The former Spain international then signed a three-year contract at the Catalan club in the summer of 2016 and is one of two candidates being considered by the Hammers alongside current Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic, say Diario Sport.

The East London club have ‘lost faith’ in current manager Slaven Bilic despite last weekend’s 1-0 win at home to Swansea lifting them out of the Premier League’s bottom three.

The report states Sanchez Flores and Espanyol may agree to part ways next summer, despite a further year remaining on the contract, due to a less-than-happy working relationship at times.

However, West Ham may seek to change managers sooner and Fulham are said to have already begun their search for replacements for Jokanovic.

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Alan 3:23 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lee Trundle 2:35 Fri Oct 6

"Has any story from GhanaSoccer come true? "

To be fair to them, they are quoting the player's agent.

Lee Trundle 2:35 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Has any story from GhanaSoccer come true?

The_Phantom 2:24 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Alan 1:44 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Asamoah and Sanchez Flores stories added.

Thanks Alan 1:00 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 12:39 Fri Oct 6

Takashi Miike 12:40 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Slaven must have been reading the Massuaku/Leftback thread :.)

Takashi Miike 12:39 Fri Oct 6
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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