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Alan 12:56 Fri Oct 27
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea are lining up a move to bring back former manager Carlo Ancelotti, who is their first choice to replace Antonio Conte. (Sun)

Arsenal will ask for at least £30m from Manchester City for 28-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez in January. (Mirror)

The Gunners are in talks to sign Stuttgart's 19-year-old Turkish midfielder Berkay Ozcan. (BeinSports - in Turkish)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who has one year on his contract, will sit down at the end of this season to review his position with the board. (Express)

Watford manager Marco Silva, one of the bookmaker's favourites for the Everton job, says he is not leaving Watford. (Mirror)

Liverpool and Newcastle are keen to sign Porto's 36-year-old Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas. (Sun)

Liverpool want 150m euros for Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho - 50m euros less than they asked for the 25-year-old Brazil midfielder in the summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Liverpool will offer England Under-17 forward Rhian Brewster, who has scored two hat-tricks at the World Cup, a lucrative contract when he turns 18 next year. (Daily Mail)

Watford midfielder Etienne Capoue, 29, wants to commit his long-term future to the club. (Evening Standard)

Spanish side Sevilla are preparing to make an offer for Monaco's 27-year-old Montenegro forward Stevan Jovetic, who is also a target for Brighton. (Talksport)

Manchester United, Arsenal and Bayern Munich have made enquiries about Barcelona's 22-year-old forward Jose Arnaiz. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Liverpool's owners turned down a deal worth up to £1.5bn to sell the club to an investment consortium led by Dubai financier Amanda Staveley. (The National)

Barcelona could rename their stadium 'Nou Camp Grifols' from the start of next season. The club is close to agreeing a 30-year rights deal with a pharmaceutical company that would be worth £304m. (Catalunya Radio via Daily Mail)


Former Celtic striker Chris Sutton says Pedro Caixinha was Rangers' most embarrassing manager in history. (Daily Record)

The Spanish top flight is to introduce video referees from next season. (Cadena Ser via Sky Sports)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho must win titles after "investing heavily" in the team, says former club defender Rio Ferdinand. (Daily Mail)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe describes the Carabao Cup fifth-round draw, which pitted his side against league champions Chelsea, as "one of the toughest possible". (Bournemouth Echo)

The best of Thursday's gossip

Arsenal great Ian Wright has urged forward Theo Walcott, 28, to leave the Gunners to save his career. (London Evening Standard)

Napoli want £45m to sell 26-year-old centre-half Kalidou Koulibaly, a target for Chelsea, Everton and Southampton. (Talksport)

Manchester United are monitoring Tottenham left-back Danny Rose, 27, and will make a move for the England international if Luke Shaw, 22, fails to prove himself to manager Jose Mourinho. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal and Manchester United are both monitoring Borussia Dortmund's 28-year-old forward Marco Reus, whose contact expires at the end of next season. (Sky Germany, via Daily Mail)

Newcastle and West Brom are interested in signing Wolves' 24-year-old defensive midfielder Conor Coady. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

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Carlo Ancelotti is, says the Sun, “standing by for a sensational return to Chelsea” after getting the boot from Bayern. The London club “do not expect Antonio Conte to see out the remaining 20 months of his contract” and have made Ancelotti their first choice to replace him despite his recent travails at and subsequent dismissal by Bayern Munich.

The Daily Mail have a photograph of top suits from Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool dining together at Robert De Niro’s New York eatery Locanda Verde last week and wonder why they didn’t invite anyone from Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham. The snap was actually posted on Twitter nine days ago, but they have clearly needed the time to find out precisely what was going on. And they needed a bit more time as well, by the looks of things. “The likely topic was the distribution of Premier League overseas TV rights,” they speculate. “There is no indication as to which of the multi-millionaires picked up what would have been a sizeable bill.”

Liverpool have slashed their asking price for Philippe Coutinho by €50m and made a pact with the Brazilian that they will let him leave in January. This is music to the ears of Barcelona, though the Brazilian’s new bargain price of a mere €150m remains very much more than the most they offered for him back in August. If Coutinho does head to Catalonia it might mean that Barça no longer need José Arnáiz, the 22-year-old winger who impressed on his full debut against Real Murcia on Tuesday, which would apparently make Arsenal, Manchester United and Bayern Munich very excited indeed.

Talking of Arsenal, word has leaked of their interest in the Stuttgart midfielder Berkay Ozcan, after the player dropped a subtle hint of the possible move in a recent interview. “My agent and I are in talks with Arsenal,” he said. “Arsenal have been scouting me for the last two years. I am not sure if now is the right time to join them but ultimately, Arsenal is the club I want to join in the future. God willing I will achieve my goal.”

The Mail also carry details gleaned from a new book about Mauricio Pochettino, Brave New World: Inside Pochettino’s Spurs, including the fact that the Spurs boss “chooses the exact laundry detergent used to wash the first-team kit” because “he thinks the smell is important”, that he keeps on his desk “a tray of lemons because he has read that they absorb negative energy” and that “every day he lets his car engine run for 10 minutes before getting in”. He also videos the players as they enter and leave the training pitch so he can assess their demeanour and “if he passes one in a corridor he will mention a point from the most recent team meeting in case they have forgotten it”.

The Express have read the same book, and found that Manchester United outcast Luke Shaw is quoted within it saying of his former Southampton manager: “I do hope I can play for him again one day. And I think he really wants me to play under him again.” Funny that, as the Manchester Evening News speculate that for both Shaw and United “a parting of the ways in January looks essential” and that the first-choice Tottenham left-back Danny Rose is on José Mourinho’s shopping list, opening the door to even more talk of the very same mutually-convenient January swaperoo with which the Mill led just yesterday.


Bilic: Hard work, taking opportunities and setting the standard for Saturday

Manager Slaven Bilic was in good form in his post-match press conference following West Ham United's 3-2 Carabao Cup fourth-round win over Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

The Croatian praised his players for their work-rate, commitment and quality and challenged them to show the same qualities in Saturday's Premier League fixture at Crystal Palace on Saturday.

Here is what he had to say...

We definitely put the hard work in at Wembley

I was asked before the match to comment on the statistics which Sky Sports showed after our defeat by Brighton on Friday, which said we had run and sprinted less than any other Premier League team this season.

Nobody can say we did not run and sprint on Wednesday.

And nothing effects the running of any football team, their closing down and their tempo, with or without the ball, as much as goals do.

We scored the first goal and, all of a sudden, we were in the rhythm and they were a little bit not in a rhythm, then the second goal came.

Of course, we could still have gone on to lose the game 3-2 or 4-2, but it was us who was in charge and, to be fair, the lads deserved it.

It was a great night for the Club.

We won the game, Spurs didn't lose it

In my opinion, whatever anyone says, we won the game, rather than Spurs lost it.

Mauricio Pochettino knows his Spurs team better than me and, if he thinks their level dropped in the second half, fair enough.

They don’t concede three goals very often – I don’t remember the last time when they did – and when he says they were a little bit ‘Job done’ and took it easy, it is very hard to come back in a game, and that’s what happened.

OK, maybe that happened a bit, but nothing can take one per cent from our guys. We showed it and we deserved it.

Maybe they gave us the opportunity to attack them five against four or four against three, but still it’s not easy to score three goals against Spurs away.

We put things right in the dressing room at half-time

I said after the game, both to the television and the radio reporters and then to the press, that our first half was not, for me, that bad.

The result was very, very bad, but I also saw a lot of good things from us. We were passing the ball from the back and we were coming through into good areas, but our crossing or passing in the final third of the pitch was very bad and our movement in their penalty area was not good enough.

So, at half-time, I told them that the result was very bad, to calm down and to do some things better when we had the ball, and Manuel Lanzini and Edi Fernandes to close down Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli when they had the ball and I told one of the strikers he has to be on Eric Dier, who had a lot of time and space in the first half.

I also told them that, when we had the ball, we had to show more bravery and more quality with our crosses and all that, that we were very much in the game and the next goal would be the decisive one.

That’s exactly what we did brilliantly in the second half. We were closing them down much better and were bursting out with the ball through Fernandes and Lanzini.

We scored the goal and we gained energy and our crosses started to be world-class crosses and it was very hard for them to defend. From a few of them we scored goals and we deserved it.

Wednesday's win set the standard for Saturday

Wednesday night’s game should set the standard for us, in terms of closing teams down, in terms of compactness, in terms of team play, in terms of sacrificing everything for the team.

We will win some games and we will lose some games, but I am quite confident we are on a good way.

We improved a lot, the Brighton game aside, and we should use this game as a standard.

It gives us a lot of confidence going to Crystal Palace on Saturday and we need to use this game, to do the same in training, to do the same to prepare and to do the same on Saturday.

If we think suddenly everything is OK, then it would be better if we had lost on Wednesday, because we have to be focused and use this opportunity to continue to work hard and sacrifice for the team.

There were no long faces on Thursday morning

I made nine changes to the team on Wednesday night and the boys who came into the side have given me and my staff a positive headache when it comes to picking the team for Saturday.

I’ve always said it is about the squad and there is no space for individuals. Whoever plays on Saturday knows that. We will need all of them over the course of the season.

We wanted to go through to the quarter-finals. OK, one or two of them were rested, but only because we believe in the guys behind them and that they deserve to play – the likes of Sam Byram (pictured, above), Angelo Ogbonna, Declan Rice, Edimilson Fernandes and Andre Ayew – and they took their chance.

We have two days to prepare for Palace, which is not ideal, but the win gives us energy and freshness and nobody felt tired and there were no long faces at the training ground on Thursday morning.


An open letter to London Mayor Sadiq Kahn

Dear Sadiq Kahn

As the Mayor of London, you are the only person who can sort out the problems surrounding the London Stadium.

Through London Legacy Development Corporation majority ownership of the stadium, you are ultimately the leader responsible for the former Olympic Stadium.

We appreciate you inherited this mess and politicians before you made decisions for which you must now carry the can but this should not be about political point scoring and more about having a lasting legacy for East London while reducing the burden on the taxpayer.

You promised an investigation into the Stadium last November which has yet to be published, twelve months on but it appears West Ham have not been contacted at any time to assist with the investigation despite making themselves available.

The problem is simple to most without a report; annual athletics in the stadium is now a vanity project and the cost of moving seats is not financially viable.

Thus in our opinion the Anniversary games should be moved to Birmingham. Without athletics, the stadium would make a profit within the current agreement without a naming rights partner. Football pays its own way!

In the meantime, the London Stadium decision process appears to be in paralysis awaiting the outcome of the infamous Moore Stephens report.

West Ham’s request to increase capacity 60,000 and ambition to reach 66,000 appears to have fallen on deaf ears missing out on extra catering revenue which could be worth as much £900,000 per year.

The club’s request to fund the London Stadium pitch surround to change the colour and save the taxpayer £200,000 in the process was also rejected by the stadium owners.

While we accept you do not personally run E20 Stadium LLP, as the ultimate budget holder of majority shareholder LLDC only you can make the necessary moves to break the current deadlock.

Yours Faithfully Claret and Hugh

(on behalf of West Ham United Supporters)

The Sportsman

Crystal Palace Host West Ham In A Pressure Cooker Game For Both Managers

By Greg Lea

Crystal Palace and West Ham United will both be desperate for all three points when they go head-to-head in a London derby at Selhurst Park on Saturday.

Palace looked to have belatedly kickstarted their campaign with a 2-1 triumph over reigning Premier League champions Chelsea earlier this month, a game which brought their first goals and first points of 2017/18. However, Roy Hodgson's men followed up that victory with a mildly unfortunate 1-0 loss to Newcastle United last weekend, before Bristol City dished up a 4-1 thrashing in the EFL Cup in midweek. Hodgson was highly critical of his fringe players after that result and will hope to see a much better display from his first-team regulars this weekend.

West Ham also looked to be heading to another loss in the fourth round of the EFL Cup on Wednesday, but a remarkable second-half turnaround against rivals Tottenham Hotspur transformed a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 win. Under-fire boss Slaven Bilic will hope that proves to be a turning point for his side, but another Premier League defeat this weekend will pile the pressure back on the former Hammers defender, who reportedly faced showdown talks with the club's owners after a 3-0 reverse against Brighton and Hove Albion last Friday. It has certainly been a difficult start to the season for West Ham, but collecting three points on Saturday would lift the East Londoners closer to mid-table.

Strikers Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham remain sidelined for the Eagles, who are therefore likely to stick with the 4-4-2 formation they have employed in their last two Premier League encounters, with Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend up top. Ruben Loftus-Cheek is pushing for a recall in midfield, while club legend Julian Speroni is likely to again get the nod ahead of Wayne Hennessey between the sticks. Palace will look to start quickly and take the game to the Hammers in the opening stages, just as they did against Chelsea two weeks ago.

West Ham have Andy Carroll available for selection once more after a one-match ban forced him to miss the Brighton defeat, but James Collins, Diafra Sakho and Michail Antonio are all considered doubts with ankle, back and rib injuries respectively. Mark Noble is likely to start in the centre of midfield after his performance against Spurs in midweek, while Bilic may also be tempted to keep faith with Adrian in goal, particularly as Joe Hart did not cover himself in glory against Brighton a week ago.

This will probably be a cagey encounter between two teams who find themselves at the wrong end of the table, but home advantage could swing the balance in Palace's favour.

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Texas Iron 10:05 Sat Oct 28
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Thanks Alan 9:46 Fri Oct 27
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ted fenton 1:07 Fri Oct 27

cockney hammer 8:21 Fri Oct 27
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hope the treatment is going ok mate

irisiris95 7:24 Fri Oct 27
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Agree on Adrian in goal !! There's a feel good factor about him & the fans love him

The Stoat 5:58 Fri Oct 27
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Kelly Smunt 5:55 Fri Oct 27

Kelly Smunt 5:55 Fri Oct 27
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"Bilic may also be tempted to keep faith with Adrian in goal..."

At last! For me, Adrian should have been number one from the start of the season.

Mex Martillo 4:54 Fri Oct 27
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Thanks Alan
I liked Bilics speach, brings a tear to the eye

BubblesCyprus 4:28 Fri Oct 27
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Thanks Alan stay well mate.

gph 3:32 Fri Oct 27
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Thanks Alan.

Hope you're feeling ok

Takashi Miike 3:25 Fri Oct 27
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Cheers Alan

Cicero 2:09 Fri Oct 27
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Thanks, Alan.

ted fenton 1:07 Fri Oct 27
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Thanks Alan hope all is going well.

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