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Alan 1:01 Sat Oct 14
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham and England midfielder Dele Alli, 21, is set to test his club's strict wage structure in order to earn a major pay increase - with Real Madrid monitoring developments. (Daily Mail)

Alli is looking for a massive pay rise, from his current £50,000 a week to £160,000. (The Sun)

Liverpool and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 25, is Barcelona's top transfer target in the January transfer window. (Marca, via Daily Mirror)

The Reds should have sold Coutinho in the summer, says former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson. (Ask Fans)

Meanwhile, Liverpool will do battle with Arsenal to sign midfielder Thomas Lemar, 21, from Monaco next summer. (Daily Mirror)

Gunners manager Arsene Wenger says Mesut Ozil, 28, will have to fight for his midfield place in the team's starting line-up. (Daily Express)

Meanwhile, Arsenal are watching 25-year-old Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic and could bid for the Serbia international in January. (Guerin Sportivo, via Talksport)

Everton's majority shareholder, Farhad Moshiri, has given his support to manager Ronald Koeman on a rare visit to the club's training ground. (Daily Mail)

Juventus are prepared to wait until next summer to sign Liverpool and Germany midfielder Emre Can. The 23-year-old's contract expires in June. (Calciomercato, via Talksport)

Former Arsenal and Manchester City full-back Bacary Sagna is set to reject a move to Leicester as the 34-year-old favours a switch to Italy. AC Milan and Inter Milan are both interested in the France international. (Leicester Mercury)

Newcastle are interested in signing Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun and watched the 26-year-old in action for Turkey during the international break. (Northern Echo)

West Ham United are set to sell 18-year-old defender Reece Oxford in January - two years after he became the second-youngest player to start a Premier League match. (Daily Mirror)

AC Milan say they do not want Chelsea boss Antonio Conte to replace under-pressure manager Vincenzo Montella. (London Evening Standard)

Real Madrid are not prepared to match Manchester United's planned £169m bid for Tottenham's 24-year-old striker Harry Kane. (Don Balon, via Daily Star)

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 20, is wanted by several clubs, including Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Watford, Stoke, West Brom and Southampton. (Daily Mirror)


Newcastle United defender Jamaal Lascelles and midfielder Mo Diame have offered to take the entire first-team squad and staff out for lunch to apologise for the training-ground fight that left team-mate Jonjo Shelvey with a broken finger. (Daily Telegraph)

BBC pundit Jermaine Jenas has revealed the details of a training-ground bust-up he had during his time at Newcastle. (BBC Radio 5 live)

Replacing Gordon Strachan as manager will do little to solve Scotland's problems, says former Rangers boss Ally McCoist. (Talksport)

The Scottish FA could leave it until the New Year to name a replacement for Strachan. (The Guardian)

Chelsea and France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko says he will dye his hair blue when he scores his first goal for the club. (Sun)

Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has criticised the Reds for not signing a centre-half and centre-forward during the summer. (Daily Express)

Jamie Carragher - another former Liverpool player - says he does not see his old club winning the Premier League title in the near future. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Manchester United and Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says he rejected a move to Liverpool despite having a tour of Anfield. (Daily Mirror)

Ex-Celtic boss Ronny Deila has revealed he inspired his new side - Norwegian team Valerenga - to a crucial win by stripping naked in a team meeting. (Independent)

Watford's former Tottenham midfielder Etienne Capoue still sees Arsenal as the enemy - two years after leaving Spurs. Watford and Arsenal meet at Vicarage Road on Saturday. (London Evening Standard)

Midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger put his ice hockey skills to the test as the former Manchester United player took part in the 'Shoot the Puck' game during an interval in the match between Chicago Blackhawks and Minnesota Wild. (Daily Mail)

Atletico Madrid are taking a member of Bournemouth's groundstaff to become their head groundsman at the new Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. (Independent)

The best of Friday's gossip

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)

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)


Slav Column: We have a confident, happy and almost entirely fit squad for Burnley

As is always the case during an international break, towards the end of the second week everyone is just desperate to get back to playing Premier League football and we are no different.

I said just over a month ago that one of the worst aspects of our defeat at Newcastle at the end of August was the fact that we had to live with it for two whole weeks before having the opportunity to bounce back.

For any manager, losing a match immediately before an international break is extra painful for that very reason.

And so that is why it was such a great feeling to go into this break on the back of a victory against Swansea, with our fourth clean sheet in five games and seven points from a possible 12.

It wasn’t a beautiful game, I accept that. While on the one hand it is all about points and it is a very demanding league, the manager, the players, the fans and everyone wants to enjoy the football and the whole game.

In every defeat, you can find something positive and also, in every victory, you can’t talk only about the positives. It would be totally wrong to say ‘It’s ideal, it’s only about the points’. Okay, it’s good to win and it is job done, but we have to improve and we have many reasons to believe we are going to improve in that other part of the game.

By far the best aspect of this break is that it has given some key players the opportunity to work on their fitness and physical condition without the consideration of a match to deal with.

The likes of Manuel Lanzini, Michail Antonio and Andy Carroll have really benefited from that time on the training pitch, while we have players such as Pedro Obiang and Edimilson Fernandes back from injury.

This week, we have also welcomed back many of the international players in a positive frame of mind. Joe Hart and Aaron Cresswell have qualified for the World Cup with England, Jose Fonte with Portugal, Chicharito with Mexico, while other guys are almost there.

Some people will say that has nothing to do with West Ham, but they grow a little individually with their success, they come back and their whole situation is better than it was a few weeks ago. Especially, with a couple of players who are responsible for our offensive game, and are important for us, it looks good.

It means we have a confident, happy and almost entirely fit squad travelling up to Burnley this weekend. We know it is going to be tough game, against a side who have started the season very well and deserve to be where they are in the top six. But we go there with no fear.

I would like to wish all of our supporters travelling up to the north west a safe journey there and back.

Come on you Irons!


Diafra Sakho's West Ham contract includes two-year option that the club can trigger to keep him in east London

Diafra Sakho was left frustrated in the summer after missing out on a move away
It can be revealed that West Ham have the option to trigger a two-year extension
The Hammers are in a strong position despite Sakho being supposedly unhappy

By Kieran Gill

Diafra Sakho's contract with West Ham includes a two-year option that the club can trigger to keep the supposedly unhappy striker at the London Stadium, it can be revealed.

The Senegal international was left frustrated in the summer after missing out on a move to French side Rennes on deadline day.

West Ham are in a strong position with their two-year option on Sakho but could still try to hand him an improved contract if he continues to perform. That was what they did with Michail Antonio, whose fine form last season saw him rewarded with a double-your-money deal.

It remains to be seen whether Sakho, who has scored three goals in his last three games for club and country, will try to leave at the next chance.

Though it was widely reported that his contract expires at the end of this season, Sportsmail can confirm it in fact runs beyond the current campaign.

Meanwhile, manager Slaven Bilic wants West Ham's supporters to cut him some slack by not by booing his decisions but to show trust in him instead.

It comes after a double substitution against Swansea before the international break was met by a chorus of jeers at the London Stadium. To Bilic's credit, it worked.

Javier Hernandez and Andre Ayew were replaced by Sakho and Arthur Masuaku before the two substitutes linked up to secure West Ham a vital 1-0 win.

It was not the first time this season that one of Bilic's calls had led to severe criticism from the crowd and the Croatian has said: 'It's better to be clapped than booed.

'But at the end of the day I have to trust my decisions. Those decisions gave us what we wanted.

'But it doesn't have to be that the next time we will do the same decision. The fans were not happy with my decisions (to take Hernandez and Ayew off) but they were really good.'

Asked whether Hernandez knows he is not exempt from being dropped to the bench, with competition from Andy Carroll and Sakho, Bilic continued: 'Nobody is.

'As a manager a big part of your job is to make decisions. Is it before a game? Is it during training? Are they football decisions or non-football decisions?

'The game decisions are very important ones. They are crucial. In the last game me and my staff took the decision because it was the right decision.'

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ted fenton 2:26 Sat Oct 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:27 Sat Oct 14

Sven Roeder 1:37 Sat Oct 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

I looked at that ‘West Ham to sell Reece Oxford ‘ story a while back

Basically when Oxford was nominated for this Golden Boy thing Bilic supposedly said ‘Don’t think this means you are doing as well as (fellow nominee) M’Bappe’


Thanks Alan 1:27 Sat Oct 14
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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