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Alan 2:30 Wed Oct 18
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

First treatment done. Just 19 more to go.


Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 32, wants 19-year-old Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford at the Bernabeu. (Don Balon in Spanish)

Meanwhile, United midfielder Juan Mata, 29, turns down £375,000-a-week after tax to join a team in the Chinese Super League. (Daily Mail)

Former Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is not being considered as a candidate to take over at the club after Craig Shakespeare's sacking. (Leicester Mercury)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche, 46, is top of the Foxes' shortlist. (Daily Express)

Wales manager Chris Coleman, 52, who is out of contract next month, would be open to talks about the vacant position at the King Power Stadium. (The Sun)

The Foxes have no immediate replacement lined up, and will begin their search for a new boss now. The club's owner would prefer a "big name" from outside the current staff. (Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain will try to lure manager Jose Mourinho from Manchester United this summer. (Sun)

Manchester United boss Mourinho has refused to commit his long-term future to the club. (Guardian)

Kevin de Bruyne's agents will point to Neymar's £32m-a-year deal with PSG as evidence of why the 26-year-old midfielder deserves a similarly lucrative new contract at Manchester City. (Telegraph)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte admits he tried to sign midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 29, from Roma in the summer. (Daily Express)

Former England manager Sam Allardyce is interested in the United States job. (ESPN)

Former Manchester United defender and ex-France boss Laurent Blanc is also in contention for the position. (France Football - in French)

Newcastle United are not ruling out further talks with financier Amanda Staveley over a possible takeover deal at St James' Park. (Evening Chronicle)

Southampton open talks with Barcelona over a move for their 24-year-old striker Paco Alcacer, but face competition from French club Lille. (Mirror)

Manchester United are keeping tabs on Spanish 20-year-old Espanyol left-back Aaron Martin. (ESPN)

Aston Villa are linked with a move for 30-year-old Aberdeen goalkeeper Joe Lewis. (Birmingham Mail)

Barcelona are interested in signing 16-year-old Brazilian forward Lincoln from Flamengo. (AS - in Spanish)


Fans of German club Hansa Rostock lobbed fish towards rival supporters in a playful corruption of a typical away chant during their match at Carl Zeiss Jena. (ESPN)

Liverpool's 26-year-old midfielder Roberto Firmino was briefly denied access to Maribor's stadium as he had forgotten his ID pass. (Express)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, he will not be playing in central midfield any time soon. (Daily Mail)

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering recalling 28-year-old West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez to his squad. (Telegraph)

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given has spoken about his Magpies exit for the first time in his autobiography, accusing the club of "forcing him out". (Chronicle Live)

Arsenal's fixture against Liverpool could be played on Friday, 22 December rather than on Christmas Eve. (Telegraph)
The best of Tuesday's gossip

Real Madrid are planning a £150m move for Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24. (Daily Mirror)

However, Tottenham will demand £200m for the England international. (Times - subscription required)

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 29, is moving closer to leaving Arsenal in January as the Gunners look for a potential buyer. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte plans to replace striker Michy Batshuayi, 24, in the January transfer window as he searches for a better deputy to main striker Alvaro Morata, 24. (Daily Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Despite sacking Craig Shakespeare, speculation abounds that Leicester City do not have anyone in particular lined up to replace him. In the wake of a parting that is understood to have caused Leicester’s players much sweet sorrow and launched no end of other dreadful bard-related puns, anyone who’s anyone is currently touted as a possible replacement for the man they call “Shakey”. The club hierarchy have put Michael Appleton in charge as caretaker while they “begin the process of identifying and appointing its next first team manager” and local paper the Mercury have identified Sam Allardyce, Chris Coleman, Carlo Ancelotti, Alan Pardew, Sean Dyche and Roberto Mancini as potential candidates on a shortlist that seems to have been drawn up from the list of bookies’ favourites.

Truth be told, it could only be more lacking in imagination if it boasted the former Leicester manager and one-time managerial merry-go-round staple Micky Adams. With Big Sam rumoured to be interested in the USA job and Ancelotti understood to have his eye (the one under his trademark arched eyebrow) on the Milan or Italy gig, an already uninspiring list of candidates makes even more grim but monotonously predictable reading. Still, Leicester’s owners threw everyone a curve ball when they appointed Claudio Ranieri, who did quite well at the club before his dismissal last season, so who’s to say they haven’t an equally left-field choice in mind.

James Rodríguez could find himself surplus to requirements at Bayern Munich now that Ancelotti – the man who brought him in from Real Madrid – is no longer employed by the club, and may ask for his loan spell to be cut short so he can fail to get in the first team at his parent club instead. Reports in Spain say the Colombian could then make a move stateside to play MLS in January instead.

Barcelona striker Paco Alcácer is growing increasingly frustrated with his lack of opportunities under Ernesto Valverde and could agitate for a move from the Camp Nou in January. Southampton have expressed an interest in taking the 24-year-old to Saint Mary’s, while Celta Vigo and Lille are also monitoring his situation with interest.

Callum Brittain is the latest hot prospect to roll off the MK Dons assembly line and could join Dele Alli, Sam Baldock, Brendan Galloway and Sheyi Ojo on the list of players to make the step up from the League One side to the Premier League. Both Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea are rumoured to be interested in signing the 19-year-old right-back, who is an established first-team regular with his club and was named the EFL young player of the month for September.

Liverpool are continuing to keep tabs on Perr Schuurs, a young defender who plays for Fortuna Sittard in the Dutch second division, but will have to fight off interest from a host of other clubs including Ajax, PSV Eindhoven, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund if they are to land the 17-year-old.

And finally, Sky’s tentative plan to broadcast Arsenal’s match against Liverpool on Christmas Eve may be revised, with speculation suggesting it may be scheduled for the evening of Friday 22 December instead.

Evening Standard

Unhappy Adrian wants West Ham exit in January after losing starting spot to Joe Hart

James Benge

Adrian is desperate to find a way out of West Ham in January after losing his first-team spot to Joe Hart.

The Spanish goalkeeper’s only appearance this season came in a 3-0 Carabao Cup win over Bolton in September, with Hart having played every minute in the Premier League despite a stuttering start to his loan spell.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic had urged Adrian to stay and fight for his place after the club triggered a two-year extension option on his contract during the summer but the 30-year-old is concerned that more time on the London Stadium bench will end his hopes of being named in Spain’s World Cup squad.

“The coach is not giving me much ball this year, but the data is there. It only remains to fight,” he told Radio Marca.

“The possibility to play for the national team disappears when you are not playing.

“The market will be reopened [in January] and an agreement must be reached because I am not happy in this situation.

“Try other leagues? I would not mind. I want to enjoy every Sunday and that is achieved by playing.”

Crystal Palace and Newcastle both expressed an interest in Adrian during the summer transfer window and the former could return in January having failed to recruit a replacement for Steve Mandanda.

Sport Witness

West Ham probably should have snapped up transfer chance, now looking at €60m

By Lucas Sposito -

Right after all the mess that West Ham went through when trying to sign William Carvalho from Sporting, a few rumours came out here and there saying the Hammers hadn’t given up on the midfielder.

Carvalho’s situation hasn’t changed much since then. Although he’s said to be focused on his club, the dream to play in the Premeir League hasn’t gone away, so a move shouldn’t be ruled out.

But West Ham’s attempt came as a warning for Sporting. With the worry a club could now come close to Carvalho’s €45m release clause, the Lisbon side are hoping to see this figure rise.

That’s why A Bola’s claim a new contract with the player is being negotiated, and the first talks have already taken place.

Sporting’s idea is to give Carvalho a pay raise, adding one further year to his deal and also changing the release clause to €60m.

Although we find it unlikely that the Lisbon side would demand all that money for the midfielder next summer, that would depend a lot on how many clubs want him. And it seems that since West Ham’s attempt, the list of pretenders is still growing.

So the Hammers had a chance in the summer, and could still do something until a new contract signed. If Carvalho agrees to a new deal, and a higher clause, it’s goodbye to any West Ham chances.

Football London

West Ham defender Oxford gets a message from Monchengladbach after frustrating start to loan

The 18-year-old has yet to play a single second of competitive football on loan in Germany

Sam Inkersole

Reece Oxford has been told by Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl to stick it out in Germany if he wants to further his West Ham career.

Oxford has yet to play a single second of competitive football for the Germans after agreeing a surprising two-year loan deal at the Bundesliga side as he looked to develop in the same way as Chelsea centre back Andreas Christensen, who also spent two years at the club.

But it hasn't quite worked out just yet and Oxford could well return to West Ham in December if he still struggles to get any game time on the pitch between now and then.

Eberl told The Times that he believes Oxford should not be heading back to east London early in any case and should suck it up at the Germans and work his way into the first team.

The Monchengladbach sporting director said: "To me, it would make no sense for Reece to go back in December. There is a clause that they could take him back if he plays too few games.

"But we hope to be able to show Reece and West Ham very soon that he can have a perfect development here this season.

"The example for him is Andreas Christensen — not an English player, but another top, talented defender from a Premier League club.

"Andreas played two years here at the top level, made a huge improvement and is now playing for Chelsea."

Oxford has arguably been overtaken in the pecking order back at West Ham by the hugely impressive and same age Declan Rice, so Oxford may well have a fight on his hands when he gets back.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic also had some advice for Oxford, who has been nominated for this years Golden Boy award, the title given to the best young player in Europe over the past 12 months.

"He needed to go somewhere to play more regularly, he is at a good club but unfortunately he is still waiting," Bilic said.

"He is very positive and I expect him to get in their starting line up soon and come back to West Ham, banging on my door and be a regular player for us."

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

norwaytips 3:27 Thu Oct 19
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Cheers, Alan.

Sarge 12:22 Thu Oct 19
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All the best Alan.

Queens Fish Bar 1:00 Thu Oct 19
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Thanks Alan

happygilmore 11:19 Wed Oct 18
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Thanks Alan.

Mr Logic 10:20 Wed Oct 18
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Tx Alan

Fivetide 7:44 Wed Oct 18
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Thanks Alan

Lee Trundle 4:52 Wed Oct 18
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How the hell did he get nominated for the Golden Boy award?

BillyJenningsBoots 4:48 Wed Oct 18
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Thanks Alan

Going way beyond the call of duty!

If only some of our players had the same level of commitment...

Easily Who'er of the Year!

Lily Hammer 4:23 Wed Oct 18
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Thanks Alan.

And that's the spirit, getting this done.

Carry on as normal, or the terrorists win.

Thanks Alan 4:03 Wed Oct 18
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Mad dog 2:36 Wed Oct 18

devonhammer 3:26 Wed Oct 18
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Thanks Alan
And thanks for the countdown

riosleftsock 3:25 Wed Oct 18
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Best of luck Alan.

Billy Blagg 3:20 Wed Oct 18
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Thanks Alan

medwayhammer1 3:00 Wed Oct 18
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Cheers Alan, hope it all goes well,found with my treatment it was the boredom more than the actual treatment that done my head in. Anyways, as they say on here...cunt it in the bastard :-)

Dr Moose 2:56 Wed Oct 18
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I want to enjoy every Sunday and that is achieved by playing.”

Does he still think he's in Spain? or is that a I want to play on Sundays call to La Liga?

Takashi Miike 2:46 Wed Oct 18
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Thanks Alan

Mad Dog 2:39 Wed Oct 18
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Hope it went well

Mad Dog 2:36 Wed Oct 18
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Thanks alan

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