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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona chief executive Oscar Grau says his club are prepared to make another attempt to sign Liverpool's Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, when the transfer window opens in January. (Guardian)

Liverpool will continue to refuse to enter into negotiations with Barcelona over the transfer of Coutinho. (Independent)

Alternatively, Liverpool have agreed to allow Coutinho to leave for the Nou Camp in January in a deal worth £98.6m. (Mundo Deportivo via Daily Mail)

Manager Jose Mourinho is ready to sign a new £65m five-year Manchester United contract. (Sun)

Manchester United's Spanish playmaker Juan Mata, 29, has turned down the chance to move to the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mirror)

England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, is understood to be considering leaving Arsenal in January in a bid to boost his chances of earning a spot in Gareth Southgate's World Cup squad. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain right-back Dani Alves has said that it would be "great" if his club could sign striker Alexis Sanchez, 28, whose contract at Arsenal expires at end of the season. (Cooperativa - in Spanish)

Talks over extending Mesut Ozil's contract at Arsenal are "going in a positive way", according to the agent of the 28-year-old German midfielder. (Independent)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is targeting experienced Premier League players in January as he bids to steer the club clear of relegation. (Daily Mail)

Palace will resist any renewed approach from Leicester for 26-year-old winger Andros Townsend. (Independent)

Palace may be prepared to sell England international Townsend to Leicester to help fund their capture of a much-needed striker. (Sun)

Bristol City are one of four English clubs chasing 19-year-old Motherwell winger Adam Livingstone. (Motherwell Times)

Chelsea fear France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 26, could miss all six October games with a hamstring injury. (Telegraph)

Arsenal will play Liverpool at 12:30 BST on Christmas Eve. (Daily Star)

Burnley, Newcastle United and West Brom are all interested in signing Inter Milan's 31-year-old defender Yuto Nagatomo. (Talksport)


Manchester City are finalising a lucrative documentary series deal with Amazon, despite opposition from Premier League rights holders. (Daily Mail)

Former Liverpool and Wigan goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has spoken about his struggle with depression, revealing the illness led to his decision to retire. (Guardian)

Tottenham are expected to break the Premier League's 10-year-old attendance record when they host Bournemouth at Wembley on Saturday. (Daily Mail)

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe says it is his dream to make England's World Cup squad in Russia next year. (Sky Sports)

Leicester forward Ahmed Musa has opened a petrol station in Nigeria. (Daily Mail)

Brazilian journalists have picked out Arsenal, Manchester City and Chelsea as offering the best food to the press in a country whose "cuisine has never been among the hottest in the world". (UOL - in Portuguese)

Colombia striker Radamel Falcao and Peru midfielder Renato Tapia have admitted discussing the fact that a draw would suit both teams in the closing stages of their World Cup qualifying match on Tuesday night. (Telegraph)

Nice striker Mario Balotelli has uploaded a video of himself and a friend racing on a pair of miniature motorbikes. (Instagram)

The best of Wednesday's gossip

Arsenal forward Mesut Ozil, 28, is set to stay at the club, because no other side is willing to pay his £330,000-a-week wage demands. (Sun)

Tottenham full-back Danny Rose is set for a move to Manchester United. Chelsea are also interested in Rose, but the 27-year-old favours a move to United to work with manager Jose Mourinho. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid are prepared to offer former Tottenham players Luka Modric, 32, and 28-year-old Gareth Bale, as well as forward Karim Benzema, 29, to Spurs as part of a swap deal for striker Harry Kane, 24. (Diario Gol, via Daily Star)

The European champions would consider selling Wales forward Bale to Manchester United if they could recoup the £85m they paid for him. (El Confidencial, via Metro)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Ames

The gap between transfer windows is, more and more, a repository for many of those big deals that didn’t quite get struck before the late-August witching hour. It means some all-too familiar faces keep the Mill churning at this time of year and one is them is Alex Sandro, the Juventus wing-back, who Chelsea remain terribly keen on signing in the new year. Juve had the temerity to knock back bid after bid during the summer; they probably won’t make the same grievous error again and good old Premier League brute force looks likely to win out in short-ish order.

Alexis Sánchez has kept the Mill fed and watered for an entire summer, so when no bigger an authority than Dani Alves says “it’s possible” that the Arsenal forward might join Paris Saint-Germain, we thrill in the subsequent column inches while crossing our fingers that it doesn’t actually happen for a good while yet.

Now for a dispatch from Manchester United, where Anthony Martial’s good recent form may not be enough to make him a pawn in their plot to sign Ivan Rakitić from Barcelona. He could be offered up by José Mourinho as particularly flavoursome bait in order that the Croatian playmaker might be freed up to buccaneer up at Old Trafford.

You might recall another time and place where Mourinho was quite willing to get shot of Juan Mata. He doesn’t want to make that mistake twice and instead will reward the midfielder’s rejection of a huge-money move to China – club unspecified, although that minor detail would doubtless have followed – by triggering an extra year on his United contract. Does anyone use the word “triggering” in any context other than this nowadays?

Mourinho himself might be firing shots at fourth officials for some time yet – United’s flying start has caused such approval in the corridors of power that his is in line for a new five-year deal of his own that – in a development he’ll pretend to ignore while at the same time making it entirely clear he’s just pretending – would make him even better paid than Pep Guardiola.

There’ll be no such extended stay at Liverpool for forgotten – and very unfortunate, in anyone’s book – man Danny Ings, who could get his career back up and running at Newcastle this winter. Rafa Benitez also retains an interest in long-time target Dennis Praet, the Sampdoria midfielder and sometime Belgium international.

What hope to Crystal Palace have of avoiding the drop? Perhaps a little more if they go back in for Cenk Tosun, the Besiktas and Turkey striker who Frank de Boer – remember him? – tried and failed to do a deal for in August. Coincidentally Roy Hodgson has exactly the same target in mind and would be super-keen on getting it wrapped up when the window opens. It might be too late by then – or Tottenham might firm up some tentative interest and, should it be at all possible, darken the clouds hanging over Selhurst Park.


Jack Wilshere: Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal and England ace will play amid West Ham link

JACK WILSHERE has been told he does not have to quit Arsenal by Arsene Wenger.

By Jack Staplehurst

The midfielder is fully fit and pushing for Premier League action at the Emirates.

So far this season, Wenger has only used the 25-year-old in Europa League and Carabao Cup matches.

And with no new contract forthcoming at Arsenal, Wilshere is weighing up his options.

Starsport understands Wilshere desires a move to West Ham for the sake of his England career.

He wants to break back into Gareth Southgate's squad prior to next summer's World Cup in Russia.

But Wenger insists he will play at Arsenal going forward.

"I believe Jack is in the best form for a long time," Wenger said.

"He is very close to be considered like everyone else.

"He doesn’t need to leave Arsenal to go to the World Cup.

"If he plays like he is at the moment, I think he will go to the World Cup.

"He has played games for us and he will play many more.

"Of course [England need Wilshere].

"Jack is more of a No.10 than any other player. He can play in tight areas."

Wilshere is likely to be on the bench for Arsenal when they travel to Watford on Saturday (5.30pm).

Ahead of the January transfer window, though, should Wilshere's minutes not increase, he could look to leave.

West Ham were interested in a loan deal in the summer and may swoop in the New Year.

The 4th Official

West Ham United Join Race To Sign Young Defender Making Headlines In India: One For The Future?

West Ham United are the ranked underperformers of this season, losing four of their first seven matches so far. They are far from in the desired form that is required to take them into the top half of the table and they will need to play out of their skins to turn their fortunes around in the future.

The Hammers spent well this summer and brought in two of the reliable forwards in Europe in the form of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic. They also went on to bring in a stalwart like Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer to stabilise their defence, which has proved to be futile in keeping their backline safe from the opposition attackers.

The East London club is well aware of the fact that they will have to get their act together as soon as possible, to turn their fortunes in the future and might be willing to add some new players to their side in the January transfer window. They are already eyeing a number of stars and one youngster, who is on the top their target list is the 17-year-old Ghanaian starlet Rashid Alhassan.

The teenage defender, who prefers to play as a left back, is known for his brilliant ability to generate brisk pace while running with the ball and has the physicality and defensive discipline to improve the Hammers’ defence. Currently playing for Aduana Stars, a domestic club playing in the Ghanaian league, the fullback is believed to have a bright future ahead of him.

With a number of top clubs from all over Europe looking to make a bid for the 17-year-old, the Hammers might find it quite difficult to bag the player amidst such tough competition. However, given their desperation to revive their season, the East London club might toil harder to get the desired candidate into the side by January.

A good runner and a sharpshooter, the Ghanaian Under17 international is cherishing every moment of his life as a member of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup, which is being held in India. The Ghana national team would want to perform to the best of their abilities and bring the Under 17 FIFA World Cup to their country, with the help of stars like Rashid Alhassan.

The player is eyed by a number of other clubs and there is no shortage of offers for him in recent times. However, Bilic should go all in for him as he can be a very good addition to the Hammers’ squad for seasons to come.


Liverpool, Everton, West Ham United scout Rosenborg midfielder Olaus Jair Skarsem

Liverpool are one of several Premier League clubs tracking Rosenborg midfielder Olaus Jair Skarsem, sources in Norway have told ESPN FC.

Skarsem is currently playing in the Rosenborg 2 squad, but he is regarded as one of the brightest prospects to emerge from Norway in recent years.

The news of Liverpool's interest was first reported in Norway, and Skarsem told Adresseavisen: "It was rather strange and obviously not something I had expected but it's motivational as well and shows that I'm doing something right, whether there is anything to it or not.

"I don't really have much to say about the [reports], I know as much as anyone else who has read the articles. It's nice to be linked with big clubs, but there is very little concrete so it's not something I can consider."

"Of course it's a big club with a great history. Naturally it would be interesting, but it's not something I can think about now. I haven't heard anything, I've just read the articles myself. I can't think about it, I have to focus on Rosenborg."

He made his first-team debut for Rosenborg last year and clubs from across Europe, including Liverpool, Everton, West Ham United, Leicester and Brighton, have been watching his progress since and are expected to attend Rosenborg's under-19 cup semifinal against Viking on Wednesday.

Spanish side Sevilla are also long-term admirers of Skarsem, but sources have told ESPN FC that if he does move the teenager's first-choice is to go to England.

Rosenborg are reluctant to lose Skarsem, but are bracing themselves for offers as interest from the Premier League continues to mount in the Norway under-18 international.

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Texas Iron 7:20 Thu Oct 12
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Thanks Alan 5:55 Thu Oct 12
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BubblesCyprus 4:15 Thu Oct 12

BubblesCyprus 4:15 Thu Oct 12
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Thanks Alan much appreciated.

bill green 3:41 Thu Oct 12
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thanks Alan

Leicester forward Ahmed Musa has opened a petrol station in Nigeria. (Daily Mail)

best petrol related football story since Bob Hazell was nicked for syphoning the stuff from cars

jimbo2. 3:36 Thu Oct 12
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Muchos Grassy Ass Al, I'm unsure about Wilshere!

Takashi Miike 2:13 Thu Oct 12
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Thanks Alan

this Ghanaian youngster must be good. buy now while he's cheap

Alan 1:15 Thu Oct 12
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" the Ghanaian Under17 international is cherishing every moment of his life as a member of the FIFA Under 17 World Cup, which is being held in India"

Eddie B 12:51 Thu Oct 12
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"Making Headlines In India"


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