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Alan 12:32 Fri Oct 13
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho wants Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose. The 27-year-old could move north for £50m. (Sun)

Manchester City are set to make a January move for Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez - and could get the 28-year-old Chile forward for £20m. (Daily Mirror)

Northern Ireland boss Michael O'Neill is among the early favourites to replace Gordon Strachan as Scotland manager. (Guardian)

Former Everton, Manchester United and Sunderland boss David Moyes would be willing to speak to Scotland about becoming their new manager. (Sun)

Chelsea scouts will check on Red Star Belgrade's Ghana striker Richmond Boakye, 24, during next week's Europa League tie against Arsenal. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool and Arsenal will both move for Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar, 21, next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City can afford Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, but the 30-year-old does not want to leave, according to his Argentina team-mate Sergio Aguero. (TyC Sports, via Talksport)

Messi could be in line for an £80m signing-on bonus if he agrees a new deal with Barcelona. (L'Ara, via Daily Mail)

Chelsea will consider sending Belgium Under-21 midfielder Charly Musonda, 20, on loan in January. (Evening Standard)

Paris St-Germain midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak, 27, could make his loan switch to West Brom permanent. (Le10 Sport, via Talksport)

Leicester City could move for former Manchester City and Arsenal full-back Bacary Sagna, 34 who is a free agent. (Leicester Mercury)

Sunderland will consider selling Ivory Coast defender Lamine Kone, 28, midfielder Jack Rodwell, 26, and Gabon midfielder Didier Ndong, 23, if Ellis Short has not sold the Championship club before the winter transfer window opens. (Northern Echo)

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson wants to sign a new midfielder in January. (Bristol Post)

Ipswich Town will confirm the £90,000 signing of Waterford striker Aaron Drinan 19, in the January transfer window. (East Anglian Daily Times)


Liverpool "don't come close" to being genuine Premier League title contenders this season, says former Reds and Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince. (Liverpool Echo)

The French Football Federation plans to hold talks with France boss Didier Deschamps about a possible contract extension. (L'Equipe, via ESPN)

But Carlo Ancelotti, who has just left Bayern Munich, will turn down the chance to manage Italy as he wants to return to England. (Sun)

Huddersfield Town will not rush record signing Steve Mounie, 23, back into first-team action. (Yorkshire Post)

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock says he could quit if he wins promotion this year as "the Premier League is not for him" any more. (Daily Express)

Accrington Stanley striker Billy Kee has revealed the secret behind his tally of seven goals in 12 League Two games this season - a diet of beer and crisps. (Lancashire Telegraph)

The best of Thursday's gossip

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)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

When the Mill read that Danny Rose is about to become the subject of a bidding war between Manchester United and Manchester City, we put “Danny Rose” into Google and discovered he’s a left-back who played for Tottenham Hotspur 10 months ago. Then we imagined meeting him, handing him a pen and paper and asking him to write down all the reasons he should shun his suitors and stay at Spurs. In this made-up scene Rose paused to think, chewing the top of the pen as he did so. Then he bit the top off and swallowed it before scoffing the rest, too. He wouldn’t be needing that pen. He took the sheet of paper and made it into a plane, as if to say that it can fly down the wing at Wembley for Spurs instead, because he’s off to Manchester. And why not?

Not that Mauricio Pochettino is bothered. Because he has a cunning plan, albeit one that depends on Rose opting for United instead of becoming Benjamin Mendy’s stand-in at City. Because if Rose does choose Old Trafford, then Spurs will use that as leverage to reunite Luke Shaw with Pochettino, the man under whom he broke through at Southampton.

Meanwhile, Olivier Giroud also has a nice choice to make. Forget Everton, he is soon to be invited to pick between Juventus or Internazionale. He is also about to be watched by Chelsea but only because the Stamford Bridge side are going to watch Arsenal’s forthcoming Europa League tie against Red Star Belgrade, whose striker, Richmond Boakye, is said to be hot stuff. Sorry Olivier.

Manchester City don’t need to watch Arsenal to know they like Alexis Sánchez. They’re confident they could get the Chilean in January for around £20m. But they may have an even better option: because news from Catalonia is that Lionel Messi might actually fancy a move to City now that they’re steamrollering everyone in the league. That’s a challenge that Messi can relate to. But he hasn’t yet made his mind up and would welcome hearing precisely how much Barcelona want him to stay, especially in the wake of the departure of Neymar. Talk of an £80m bonus for signing a new deal might also add up to a compelling project.

Leicester are planning to signal their intent to climb out of the Premier League basement by signing … the 34-year-old free agent Bacary Sagna. Shucks, they might as well raid Sunderland while they’re at it: word is Ellis Short will listen to offers for his most valuable players if he doesn’t manage to offload the entire club pronto. For the avoidance of doubt, yes, Sunderland do have some valuable players. Didier Ndong, Lamine Koné, the list goes at least that far.

West Brom hope that Grzegorz Krychowiak will perform a tricky balancing act, playing well enough to help them have a good season this season but not so well that better clubs will want to buy him when Paris Saint-Germain put him up for a permanent transfer next summer. See also: Jesé Rodriguez and Stoke.


WOR KID West Ham want Hartlepool teen starlet Connor Simpson… dubbed ‘the new Andy Carroll’

The 17-year-old is 6ft 5in and left-footed, and has already made his debut

Exclusive By David Coverdale

WEST HAM are trying to sign the ‘new Andy Carroll’ – Hartlepool teen sensation Connor Simpson.

The 17-year-old striker, who scored on his first senior start last month, has drawn comparisons to Carroll because he is 6ft 5in and left-footed.

And it is Carroll’s current club who are leading West Brom and Swansea in the race to strike a January deal.

The Hammers hope to nab Simpson, who is yet to sign a professional contract, for just £60,000.

But that fee would rise substantially if he made it into their first team.

Simpson was born in Guisborough, North Yorkshire, and does not turn 18 until January.


Hammers track top Dutch prospect

West Ham are this morning reported to be tracking PSV Eindhoven wideman Steven Bergwijn.

The youngster – 20 today – is also being watched carefully by Spurs and Bournemouth after becoming a regular in the PSV first team since last season.

He has represented his country at every level, apart from the full national team, after starting his career at Ajax and is set to become a target across Europe.

The Irons have been carefully monitoring the youngster and have had him watched on several occasions.

The pacy, two-footed wide-man can play on both flanks and is viewed as one of Holland’s brightest young prospects among most good judges.

He is currently rated a £4 million player and the Irons could make an offer either in the winter or next summer.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 4:36 Fri Oct 13
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Alwaysaniron 4:23 Fri Oct 13
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We seem to be gathering a vast array of young superstars none of whom will ever get a sniff at first team football....

the exile 3:55 Fri Oct 13
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I wonder if there is a new Alan out there somewhere.

Russ of the BML 3:04 Fri Oct 13
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"WOR KID West Ham want Hartlepool teen starlet Connor Simpson… dubbed ‘the new Andy Carroll"

What? He's an over-rated, injury prone donkey who looks like a bird?

scouse kid 2:05 Fri Oct 13
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How low has david coverdale sunk instead of leading whitesnake he is writing click bait articles

On The Ball 1:33 Fri Oct 13
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You're not a "prospect" if you play every week for PSV, HUGH.

LeroysBoots 1:25 Fri Oct 13
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Don't you just hate the tag "the new XXXXX" ?


BubblesCyprus 1:15 Fri Oct 13
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Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 12:55 Fri Oct 13
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ted fenton. 12:35 Fri Oct 13

Eddie B 12:38 Fri Oct 13
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Alan, you're a star.

ted fenton 12:35 Fri Oct 13
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Thanks Alan.

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