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Alan 12:39 Wed Nov 1
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal will have to compete with Barcelona and Liverpool if they want to sign Monaco's 21-year-old winger Thomas Lemar next summer. (Daily Telegraph)

Sam Allardyce is to hold talks with Everton over their vacant managerial position, but he wants a lucrative contract to take the job. (Sun)

Everton will not make an imminent approach for Burnley boss Sean Dyche. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Arsenal and Chelsea are interested in signing former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, 27, from RB Leipzig. (ESPN)

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick, 36, has no plans to leave Old Trafford despite interest from Leicester City, West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa. (ESPN)

Swansea's striker Tammy Abraham, 20 and on loan from Chelsea, will turn down the chance to play for Nigeria, preferring to wait for an England call-up instead. (Times - subscription required)

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan says he never considered leaving to join Chelsea, who were linked with a bid for the 29-year-old. (Independent)

Monaco midfielder Fabinho, 24, has revealed his frustration after moves to Manchester United and Paris St-Germain were blocked during the course of the past year. (Sports Illustrated)

Leicester City did not contact former boss Claudio Ranieri, now in charge of French club Nantes, about returning to the club as manager. (Leicester Mercury)

Chris Coleman has held further talks over an extension to his Wales contract that would see him lead the nation in their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United are favourites to sign Celtic defender Kieran Tierney, 20, and their 21-year-old striker Moussa Dembele. (Mirror)


Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud says dance lessons he took as a student helped him perform the scorpion kick goal that won the Fifa Puskas award. (France 2, via ESPN)

Liverpool's 17-year-old striker Rhian Brewster will not play for the club's Uefa Youth League side on Wednesday as he is recovering from England's Under-17 World Cup win. (Liverpool Echo)

France's Football Federation has asked Uefa to intervene following Spanish La Liga chief Javier Tebas' repeated claims that Paris St-Germain are "financially doping". (L'Equipe - in French)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to give 32-year-old right-back Mathieu Debuchy a run in the Gunners first XI. (Evening Standard)

Leicester City are planning a move away from their Belvoir Drive training ground to a state-of-the-art complex near the M1 within the next two years. (Daily Mail)

The best of Tuesday's gossip

Crystal Palace would be due a payment in the region of £2m if Sam Allardyce takes the Everton job, because of a clause in his severance agreement when he left Palace in May. (Independent)

Chelsea are ready to offer midfielder Cesc Fabregas a new contract amid renewed interest in the 30-year-old from Manchester United. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal are interested in a January move for 25-year-old Napoli midfielder Jorginho. (Tuttomercato, via Daily Star)

Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, is a target for Ligue 1 side Marseille. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Following the dismissal of a haggard Simon Grayson within 15 minutes of Sunderland’s draw with Bolton Wanderers at the Stadium of Light last night, two questions quickly emerged: who will replace him and will anyone in their right mind want to do so? Appointed just four months and 18 games ago but looking to have aged about 20 years in the interim, Grayson became the 11th manager – permanent or caretaker – to have taken charge of the Wearside club since Roy Keane’s two-year reign at the club ended in December 2008. Sunderland last won at home on 17 December, almost 11 months ago. Widely perceived to be as rotten to the core as they are dysfunctional from the boardroom down, they have developed a reputation as something of a managerial graveyard on which even the most desperate of out-of-work managers must be wary of risking what’s left of their reputations.

The Sunderland Echo suggest it’s time the club went “back to the future” in a bid to sort out the mess in which they currently find themselves, before they sleep-walk to back-to-back relegations and sink into the third tier. The paper touts Peter Reid, who steered the club to successive seventh place finishes in the top flight during his seven-year reign at the turn of the century, as a potential contender to succeed Grayson, while his former charges Kevin Phillips and Kevin Ball are also shortish prices in the betting to be next to sup from one of the most hemlock-heavy chalices in English football.

John O’Shea, who continues to play for Sunderland and has had instructions barked at him by 10 different managers since joining in 2011, has also been mentioned as a potential player-manager. The wisdom of such an appointment is questionable, as the likelihood of a squad rumoured to enjoy a thriving drinking culture taking orders from a team-mate would seem exceedingly slim.

Higher up the food chain, the former Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce is believed to be favourite to take the vacant Everton job, but will force the Goodison Park board to pay him top dollar to take it on. The Lancashire Telegraph say the Merseyside club will not be approaching Sean Dyche as their first choice, despite the Burnley manager having been heavily linked with the hot-seat recently vacated by Ronald Koeman.

And so to news of potential player transfers. Having come within a whisker of signing the Monaco playmaker Thomas Lemar for £90m last summer, only for the deal to fall through and knock on the head any hopes Alexis Sánchez had of securing his dream move to Manchester City, Arsenal will not have it all their own way when they make a bid for the French international next summer. Barcelona and Liverpool are believed to be interested in entering the race to sign the 21-year-old. In news recycled from yesterday’s environmentally friendly, biodegradable Rumour Mill, should Arsenal fail in their bid to land Lemar they will switch their attention to Napoli’s Brazilian playmaker Jorginho.

And in today’s final paragraph, it is with the most glad of tidings that The Times report that Chelsea are ready to offer Cesc Fàbregas a new deal in a bid to fend off interest from Manchester United, although they may change their minds after reviewing his role in last night’s Halloween horror show in Rome. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo report that Marseille are interested in luring Riyad Mahrez away from Leicester City in January, while Manchester United and AC Milan are ready to duke it out in the battle to secure the signature of 19-year-old RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. The German side’s goalkeeper, Peter Gulacsi, is currently being scouted by both Arsenal and Chelsea.


London Stadium owners to be held to account

Majority London Stadium owners, the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) will be called to account this Thursday in front of a London Assembly members plenary.

Outgoing LLDC CEO David Goldstone will face the music one last time while the London Assembly members will have an opportunity to quiz the new incoming LLDC Chairman Sir Peter Hendy on how he plans to change things under his chairmanship. The LLDC is currently searching for a new CEO with final interviews scheduled for December.

High on the agenda will be the London Stadium running costs and losses, the London Mayor’s delayed report by Moore Stephens as well as the future financial viability of the Stadium and its continued drain on taxpayers.

Last week Claret and Hugh wrote an open letter the London Mayor http://www.claretandhugh.info/an-open-letter-to-london-mayor-sadiq-kahn/ asking him to get personally involved in resolving issues around the London Stadium.

The London Assembly Plenary will video webcast Live on Thursday morning from 10 am from https://www.london.gov.uk/london-assembly-plenary-2017-11-02

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West Ham United Retain Interest In 8-Cap International From Galatasaray: Perfect Fit For Bilic?

Despite some spirited performances in the last few matches, West Ham United’s fate is still hanging by a thread. Slaven Bilic’s side have been flirting with the relegation zone and they need to be very cautious, as they could well go down if things don’t improve.

Bilic’s future at the club remains a big question. The manager had been served an ultimatum before the Tottenham Hotspur match and although he has passed the test to some extent, his side has to improve their display in the next few matches.

If he manages to survive till January, he is poised to make some signings and according to reports, he could revive his interest in Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye. The player had been linked with the club extensively in the past and the Hammers were very close to securing a deal but somehow, the move collapsed and now they are back for the player again.

The 27-year-old is yet to find the back of the net this season but that hasn’t stopped clubs from scouting the coveted midfielder. Known for his goal-scoring skills, the Senegalese international is one of the shining lights in the Turkish top tier.

Midfield has been a key problem for Bilic. Mark Noble’s form hasn’t been up to the mark. Although he is only 30, he hasn’t done enough to cement a place in the starting lineup and Bilic has been on the lookout for an adequate back up for the player.

The Hammers have lacked that drive in the midfield and the 27-year-old could bring that to the London Stadium. The player moved in August only, so it remains to be seen whether the Turkish club entertains any offer in January,

He is likely to cost much less in this inflated transfer market and Bilic should go all out for him. The Hammers are yet to find a proper replacement for Dimitri Payet, who took the Premier League by storm and Ndiaye could fill his void.

He would be a prized catch for Bilic, who has been under fire following the Hammers’ poor displays. Despite spending heavily in the summer on the squad, he has been finding it difficult to get it going. However, The Hammers hierarchy is likely to sanction a transfer kitty in January and Bilic should use this fund properly so that he would be able to steer the club through the rough patches of this ongoing season.

But is Ndiaye the right man for them?


Westley - Tonight was a really good team performance

It was a near-faultless team performance according to Academy Director, Terry Westley, after West Ham United’s under-21s beat Bristol Rovers in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening.

Despite conceding after just 25 seconds at the Memorial Stadium, West Ham dominated proceedings on a chilly evening in the West-country and fully deserved their 3-1 win. A brace from Toni Martinez – his tenth and eleventh of the season already - either side of a Martin Samuelsen goal secured the points and guaranteed the Hammers’ qualification into the knockout rounds of the competition.

To take on League One outfit and win so convincingly was especially pleasing for Westley:

“The manner in which we won is extremely satisfying” he said.

“We’ve had a hard October, playing Manchester United, Chelsea away, then Manchester City at the weekend and now to finish it off against a League One side, who had a very strong team out today, we took it to them.

“After a disastrous start, it just shows the character of this group led by a tremendous captain in Declan Rice and beside him Josh Pask, as centre-halves they really got to grips with what Bristol Rovers threw at us. It was hard at times, having to keep heading balls and clearing it out but when we got it down, we passed them off the pitch. 3-1 could have easily been more than that."

The equaliser came from the penalty spot on 43 minutes after Ben Johnson was brought down inside the box. It was Martinez who stepped forward and confidently drove the ball into the bottom corner to level things up.

After the break, West Ham dominated. Pace down the right, left and through the middle from Haksabanovic, Holland and Samuelsen and Martinez respectively put the Pirates’ defence under extreme pressure and it wasn’t long before they cracked: Martin Samuelsen capitalising on some space in the box to fire home from close range.

Martinez’s second and the Hammers’ third was the goal of the night, however.

“His second goal was sublime.” Westley exclaimed.

“The way he got in between people and he saw the keeper and instantly knew he had to take it in one touch, it was a magnificent finish.”

Toni Martinez’s two goals may grab the headlines and Westley was delighted with the Spaniard’s contribution, but was quick to place praise on the whole team effort on this particular night.

“Sometimes you have 'it’s a Martinez show’ or 'it’s a Holland show’, tonight was a really good team performance by everybody.”

“The challenge for tonight was: ‘you want to go and show you can play in League One or the Championship so you’ve got to show you’re as good if not better than these players’ and we’ll get back on the bus knowing that a lot of our players can play at this level.”

The win caps of a fantastic October for the Development Squad, who have faced U23 opposition in Manchester United, Chelsea and Manchester City before the Checkatrade Trophy battle with League One, Bristol Rovers, on Tuesday. From a possible twelve points, they have taken ten – only a draw against Chelsea, away, in between three hugely impressive victories.

“Without a doubt [we’d have taken ten points]” the Academy Director explained.

“That’s what this group needs, those type of challenges against the very best players. Saturday, we had four under-18s in the starting line-up, today we had three in Ben Johnson, Conor Coventry and Domingos Quina so we’re young, we’re a very young team in this league and we outplayed them tonight.”



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Mex Martillo 11:20 Wed Nov 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
Missed you yesterday hope all is well

devonhammer 5:21 Wed Nov 1
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Thanks Alan..... hope therapy is progressing well

Texas Iron 4:41 Wed Nov 1
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lars 1:13 Wed Nov 1
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Thanks Alan, and all the best.

Takashi Miike 1:10 Wed Nov 1
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Thanks Alan

bill green 12:57 Wed Nov 1
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Thanks Alan hope you're well

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