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Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil, 29, has told his team-mates he will sign for Manchester United. (Mirror)

Real Madrid are prepared to offer forward Karim Benzema, 29, to help push through a deal to sign Tottenham's 24-year-old striker Harry Kane. (Daily Express - via El Gol Digital)

Manchester United are expected to extend 28-year-old midfielder Ander Herrera's contract and also remain hopeful of persuading midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 29, to stay. (Express)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has not ruled himself out of the running for the Leicester job. (Mirror)

Chelsea's pursuit of Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan has been boosted after the 29-year old talked favourably about the English game. (Star)

Real Madrid regret not selling forward Gareth Bale, 28, to Manchester United in the summer. (Diario Gol via Star)

Inter Milan are set to sign former Chelsea midfielder Ramires, 30, in January after agreeing a loan deal with Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning.(Gazetta dello Sport via Mail)

Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben, 33, is in no rush to discuss a new contract despite his existing deal coming to an end next year. (Sky via FourFourTwo)

Former Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is set to leave Guangzhou Evergrande after three years in charge of the Chinese Super League club. (Mail)

Liverpool will resist any moves for the versatile James Milner in January as the 31-year-old remains part of manager Jurgen Klopp's plans. (Telegraph)

Manchester United and Arsenal are keen on Germany forward Marco Reus, 28, but Borussia Dortmund want him to stay. (Star)

Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, 23, says he has rejected both Manchester City and Chelsea in the summer because he is happy at the Spanish club. (L'Equipe via Talksport)

Manchester United are interested in signing Benfica's 17-year-old teen starlet Umaro Embalo. (Press Association - via Sun)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman says midfielder Davy Klaassen, 24, is struggling to make an impact since his £25m move during the summer. (Liverpool Echo)


Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo has been replaced as the world's best paid celebrity by Harry Potter author JK Rowling. (Forbes - via Goal)

Chelsea's players are unhappy with the intensity of Antonio Conte's training schedule, and have concerns the high workload is hampering their title defence and exacerbating the club's injury problems. (Times)

British businesswoman Amanda Staveley has become the fifth potential buyer of Newcastle United to sign a non-disclosure agreement with the club but any sale is understood to be months rather than weeks away. (Guardian)

Watford midfielder Richarlison has opened up about his youth in Brazil and says he was once held at gunpoint. (Telegraph)

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic says Jose Mourinho is the best coach he has worked with, and described him as a "brand". (Elevate via Manchester Evening News)

Leicester City's players are "cheesed off" and need answers from the board regarding Craig Shakespeare's sacking, says caretaker boss Michael Appleton. (Guardian)

A Coventry City fan whose pitch invasion went viral has revealed why he ran on - and what he told the Sky Blues players. (Coventry Telegraph)

Barcelona striker Lionel Messi appeared to take a glucose tablet during his side's victory over Olympiakos on Wednesday. (Mail)

Southampton forward Nathan Redmond will donate to charity for every goal and assist he produces this season. (Talksport)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere once again hit out at Watford striker Troy Deeney after the Gunners' Europa League win...

Liverpool winger Mohamed Salah has turned down the offer of a luxury villa as a reward for helping Egypt to the 2018 World Cup. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester City have taken out a trespass injunction after seven youngsters broke into Etihad Stadium and climbed on the roof. (Mail)

Former jockey AP McCoy says Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil is "not worth feeding, never mind paying a contract". (Goal)

The best of Thursday's gossip

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24, and playmaker Christian Eriksen, 25, were being watched by Barcelona during Spurs' Champions League match against Real Madrid. (Mundo Deportivo via TalkSport)

Manager Jose Mourinho has held talks with Manchester United about a new contract but is in no rush to sign a new deal. (ESPN)

Leicester City will not rush to appoint a new manager as they seek a big name to succeed Craig Shakespeare who was sacked on Tuesday. (Daily Mirror)

Sam Allardyce has ruled himself out of the running for the vacant Leicester job but is interested in taking charge of the USA team. (TalkSport)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Mesut Özil has told team-mates that he’s going to sign for Manchester United, screams the Mirror in their exclusive back-page lead. The 29-year-old, they say, “is ready to make the bombshell switch and is confident he will move to Old Trafford”, the only doubt coming at the Manchester End, as “it remains to be seen whether the Old Trafford giants will push through on a deal”. Internazionale, or indeed a lack of Mancunian interest, could get in the way, though “José Mourinho has publicly admitted that he regards Özil as the best No10 in the world”, which is probably a good sign, and as an added bonus the move “would also see Mourinho get the chance to put one over on his bitter managerial rival”, Arsène Wenger. United are also keen on a couple of Benfica youngsters, namely the 17-year-old winger-cum-striker Umaro Embalo – there are “a number of interested clubs” at play here, apparently including Real Madrid – and Joao Felix, a forward who is also 17.

And then there’s Gareth Bale. Diario Gol report on a deliberate campaign of silence and subterfuge on the part of Real Madrid when it comes to reporting on Bale’s injury troubles, one that could be motivated by a desire to sell him in the near future. “The club have decided to maintain secrecy when it comes to Bale,” they report, saying that Zinedine Zidane knows more about the player’s problems than he is letting on and that he is under instruction from Florentino Pérez to keep quiet. “He is a player with whom there are many issues, both sporting and economic,” they continue. “The aim is to do business with Bale in the near future. In fact, Madrid regret not having sold him this summer to Manchester United, though they do not say it. You cannot confess something like that. But the truth is that with the money they would have got for selling Bale they could have bought Kylian Mbappé.”

There’s another exclusive on the back of the Times, who believe that Chelsea’s players are starting to get a bit miffed with their manager, believing “that the high workload is hampering their title defence and exacerbating the club’s injury problems”. Antonio Conte’s regime apparently involves “an emphasis on physically demanding sessions, lots of tactical meetings and very few days off”, and they go on to say that “Chelsea’s players remain supportive of Conte but would like him to tweak his approach to guard against the possibility of burnout”. Even worse, the Sun’s back-page exclusive is a report that Conte “is coming under increasing boardroom scrutiny” and that club suits have launched a new game which involves “predicting which excuse Conte will use to explain his side’s woes”.

Meanwhile the Manchester Evening News report on Pep Guardiola’s desire to add two players to the large and ludicrously quality-laden Manchester City squad that is romping clear at the top of the Premier League and skipping blissfully to simultaneous success in Europe. “The Catalan fears his side could be left short at left-back,” they insist, “and still believes he needs reinforcements in attack”. With just 29 goals in their eight league games so far you can certainly see why he feels his side need improvement in that department. The club’s shortlist of potential left-back recruits includes Napoli’s Faouzi Ghoulam, Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand and Aarón Martín. That’s Aarón Martín, the 20-year-old Espanyol defender, and not Aaron Martin, the 28-year-old who can’t get a game for Oxford.

Meanwhile “a number of Premier League clubs” are monitoring James Milner’s status after the former England midfielder spent the early part of the season warming various benches. However according to the Mirror Jürgen Klopp “feels Milner still has a significant role to play this season” and “will rebuff any offers”, so that’s that then. In other positive news, Barcelona appear to have given up on Virgil van Dijk because they think he might not be good enough, leaving Liverpool, who do think he is good enough, one less rival for his signature if and when Southampton finally decide to cash in on him.


West Ham team news: Three out and two doubtful for Brighton visit on Friday

By Alexander Ford

West Ham United host Brighton and Hove Albion on Friday night in a Premier League fixture that both teams will be looking to take three points from.

Both The Hammers and The Seagulls have an identical record in the top-flight this season, with two wins, two draws and four defeats from their eight matches, with both teams having a slow start.

However, Slaven Bilic’s men have started to pick up form at the right time, having gone unbeaten in their last six, and the Croatian is determined for the momentum to continue for as long as possible.

The London Stadium outfit will have to make do without some of his key men for the tie with Chris Hughton’s men, making the evening more difficult than it could already be.

“We have a couple that are out because of injury,” he told a press conference, as reported by the club’s official website.

“James Collins is out for a matter of days and Sakho has a back pain. He didn’t train since Burnley so he’s out of Friday’s game. They could both be back for the Spurs game.”

The striker’s position has become a headache over the past couple of weeks for the manager, as Andy Carroll begins his suspension after being shown a red card during their 1-1 draw with Burnley last weekend, whilst Javier Hernandez is doubtful for the visit of The Seagulls.

“Chicharito had a slight problem but he’s training at 4 pm and he should be good to train with us,” he added.

“It’s not a big thing. He trained and he felt a little bit of a tight hamstring, so we scanned it which was important, and the scan was completely clear. He missed Wednesday’s light session and we expect him to train today and, based on his feeling, to be OK.”

“Adrian had a stomach problem for a couple of days, but he is OK now and should train with us.”

Bilic also appeared to confirm that Toni Martinez would not be involved on Friday night, although he noted that he had been showing good form and making a lot of improvement.

“Martinez is showing good form,” he stated.

“He’s been with us a couple of times, in pre-season, and is improving a lot, but we have enough options so he will probably not be in the squad.”


Have West Ham United received a boost regarding Marcelo Brozovic?

Shane Callaghan

The 24-year-old was linked with West Ham United in the summer.

According to Tuttosport, it's Inter Milan's "dream" to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal.

The Italian publication claims that Inter boss Luciano Spalletti would "sacrifice" a "big player" if he could get his hands on the Chilean - and that should be West Ham United's cue to renew an interest in signing Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic in January.

The 24-year-old, rated at £18 million by Transfermarkt, was linked with a move to West Ham during the summer in a proposed swap deal which would have seen Angelo Ogbonna move the other way, though the Irons' defender was reportedly unhappy with the motion.

But Hammers boss Slaven Bilic could have a new ticket to Brozovic and it seems unlikely that he would be needed at San Siro if Inter spend big money on the Bayern star.

The East Londoners have managed three goals from midfield this season, which is okay, but it's not brilliant either and another goalscoring option wouldn't go amiss.

Brozovic, who has two goals in three Serie A starts, is in line to record his best-ever season in that respect, having never scored more than four in a single campaign, and he is also a creative option which, simply put, West Ham can't turn their nose up at for now.

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Takashi Miike 5:18 Fri Oct 20
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:35 Fri Oct 20
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Crassus 12:02 Fri Oct 20

You too, mate.

Thanks Alan 12:34 Fri Oct 20
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Mad Dog 11:26 Fri Oct 20

charleyfarley 12:09 Fri Oct 20
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Cheers Al

Crassus 12:02 Fri Oct 20
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Thanks Alan, best wishes mate

Steven P 11:48 Fri Oct 20
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Going lol? Going well mate!

Steven P 11:47 Fri Oct 20
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HOpe things are going lol Alan!

ted fenton 11:42 Fri Oct 20
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master 11:35 Fri Oct 20

master 11:35 Fri Oct 20
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Thanks Alan. Hope you're feeling OK.

Mad Dog 11:26 Fri Oct 20
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Thanks Alan

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