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Alan 11:44 Mon Nov 6
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool are planning a move for Manchester City and Spain midfielder David Silva, 31. (Sun)

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, formerly in charge at Juventus, has dismissed reports linking him with AC Milan.(Daily Express)

Chelsea and Brazil defender David Luiz was left out of the squad for the 1-0 victory over Manchester United after the 30-year-old questioned Conte's tactics in the build-up to the game. (Times - subscription required)

Watford boss Marco Silva refused to answer questions about the Everton job after his team's dramatic 3-2 defeat against the Toffees at Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal and Manchester City are expected to target Ajax central midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 20, in the January transfer window. (Sun)

Roma say they and Barcelona were interested in signing Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, last summer - but neither side were prepared to meet the Algeria international's £50m asking price. (Daily Mirror)

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is "not worried" that a 10-game winless run and a third straight defeat will force the club's board to sack him. (Birmingham Mail)

Stoke boss Mark Hughes is aware striker Peter Crouch wants more first-team football but says the 36-year-old is not for sale. (Daily Express)

Rangers want talks with former England coach Steve McClaren about becoming their new boss. (Times - subscription required)

Aston Villa have no plans to sell Scott Hogan, 25, Henri Lansbury, 27, Jack Grealish, 22, or James Bree, 19 - who have all been linked with exits from Villa Park - in the January transfer window. (Birmingham Mail)


Former referees' chief Keith Hackett has agreed with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger that standard of refereeing is getting worse every year. (Telegraph)

Huddersfield's Elias Kachunga was back at the club on Sunday morning despite playing in the 1-0 victory over West Brom the afternoon before.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino took Kane off against Crystal Palace following a heavy tackle and has urged England boss Gareth Southgate not to take any chances with the 24-year-old in the forthcoming friendlies against Germany and Brazil. (Telegraph)

Long-term Manchester United target Antoine Griezmann was captured in a curious photograph in which he turned his back on a group shot with his Atletico Madrid team-mates before their game with Deportivo La Coruna. (Marca)

Former Everton midfielder Tim Cahill says he has an "outside chance" of recovering from an ankle injury to play for Australia in a World Cup play-off against Honduras.(Guardian)

Brighton forward Glenn Murray believes the club have surpassed their own expectations with 15 points from 11 Premier League games, a start that has left them in eighth place after this weekend's matches. (Argus)

Swansea fans were seen fighting among themselves in the East Stand at the Liberty Stadium following their defeat against Brighton. (This is South Wales)

American actress Julia Roberts, thought to be a Manchester United fan, was spotted on the pitch at Stamford Bridge clutching a ball after Chelsea's 1-0 victory over the Red Devils. (Daily Mail)

Coach loads of Newcastle fans caused "mayhem" in a quiet Lancashire village on their way to watch the Magpies play at Burnley last month. (Newcastle Chronicle)
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David Moyes is in pole position to take over at West Ham until the end of the season, should Slaven Bilic be sacked. (Sunday Telegraph)

Bayern Munich have ruled out re-entering the race to sign Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez, 28, because they believe he has already decided his next destination. (Metro)

Midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 30, has confirmed he wants to sign a new contract at Chelsea despite interest from Manchester United. (London Evening Standard)

Real Madrid are considering a move for Tottenham duo Harry Kane, 24, and Dele Alli, 21, after their impressive displays against the Spanish giants in the Champions League. (Marca)

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Barcelona sent their sporting director, Robert Fernández, to Wembley to watch Spurs and Real Madrid last week – and what a time he had! His brief was to monitor Tottenham’s whispy creator Christian Eriksen who, presumably, the club see as a long-term replacement for Andrés Iniesta if they can’t lever Philippe Coutinho away from Liverpool. But his head was turned by the flashes of brilliance from the Hemel Hempstead Xavi, Harry Winks, whose pop-pop-pop passing and spritely energy would go down well at the Camp Nou. So as well as reporting back – perhaps in the medium of lols – on how Eriksen helped tear Real Madrid a new one, Fernández filed a glowing report on Winks too. The 21-year-old has recently been offered a new Spurs contract but is yet to sign it. The club may have to add another zero to his release clause.

Because they’re so original, Real Madrid are interested in Dele Alli and Harry Kane. Coutinho is now on their wish-list too, perhaps just to spite Barcelona. Another player who may be on his way out of Anfield is Emre Can. “We have to respect his contract is ending and that is how it is,” sniffed Jürgen Klopp over the weekend. The midfielder, whose deal ends in seven months, is reportedly not happy with the money he has been offered at Liverpool and is a long-term target for Juventus.

But look, who’s this wandering up Anfield Road and fluttering his eyes in the direction of the brawny German? It’s Pep Guardiola. Reports in Italy suggest Manchester City are readying a contract offer of over £4m a season for Can, which would blow Juve out of the water. And because he likes a bargain and it helps with FFP, Guardiola will also wedge Arsenal’s Alexis Sánchez into his City squad either this January, for a cut-price £15m, or in the summer for naff-all. City may be prepared to let David Silva leave if that’s the case – and Liverpool would be more than happy to give the little Spanish creator a home.

West Ham believe David Moyes, whose cheery experience at Sunderland led to him “spending nights after defeats in a darkened room” is the perfect man to lift the gloom around the London Stadium for at least six months when they show Slaven Bilic where the exit door is. Yes, David Moyes.

Having failed with a bid for Jack Wilshere in the summer, Real Betis are going to come steaming back in with another offer for the Arsenal midfielder in January. They’re confident that they can give him a good deal more than the 25 minutes of league football Arsène Wenger has offered the pocket-sized injury prone playmaker this term.

Arsenal and Tottenham have joined the race to sign Schalke’s towering midfielder Leon Goretzka, whose contract expires at the end of the season. Liverpool and Barcelona are also keeping tabs on the classy 22-year-old, who has been likened to Michael Ballack, presumably because he is tall and German.

Leicester may remind Hatem Ben Arfa how to play football by rescuing him from a dusty corner of the Parc des Princes on a loan deal in January. Ben Arfa hasn’t had a sniff of football at PSG and Claude Puel reckons the former Newcastle midfielder could help jazz up his midfield if he can rediscover the form he showed under Puel at Nice two seasons ago, when he scored 17 goals in 34 games.

And Sunderland are considering twisting Aitor Karanka’s arm hard enough that he will take the Impossible Job.


David Moyes agrees West Ham deal until end of season as beleaguered Slaven Bilic faces up to sack

Marco Silva, Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini were sounded out but none wants to break their contracts

John Cross

David Moyes will be handed a chance to revive his Premier League career this week with West Ham.

The 54-year-old Scot – sacked by Manchester United, Real Sociedad and Sunderland - has agreed a deal until the end of the season to succeed Slaven Bilic whose sacking will be confirmed this week.

Hammers chiefs believe a change is necessary as Bilic – embarrassed 4-1 at home to Liverpool on Saturday - has lost the ability to motivate his players.

Watford’s Marco Silva and former Manchester City bosses Manuel Pellegrini and Roberto Mancini were sounded out but none wants to break their contracts in the middle of a season.

That means Moyes will get the rest of this season to prove his worth and keep the club in the top flight, an outcome that could see him handed a fresh deal.

Asked about the West Ham job by Bein Sports yesterday, he remained unwilling to embarrass Bilic.

Moyes said: “I’m interested yeah, but at the moment it’s not available.

“I’ve been there myself and I know what Slaven must be going through. He will be wanting to get a result as quickly as possible. If it becomes available then yes, but at the moment it’s not available.”

Moyes had already agreed a deal with West Ham before the interview however. He will get a two-year deal if the club are happy with his work over the next six and a half months.

He has also received assurances that he will be able to bring in his own staff - and players – and have money to spend during the January transfer window.

Despite the failings of Bilic, club chiefs remain convinced that the squad in which they have invested so heavily has the potential to move up the table.

Should Moyes save the Hammers from the drop but fail to impress, they will turn again to one of their first choices - Silva, Pellegrini or Mancini.

Silva is also being sought by Everton as a potential long-term replacement for Ronald Koeman.

Pellegrini has a lucrative contract at Chinese Super League club Hebel China Fortune while Mancini took over at Zenit St Peterburg in June.

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Thanks Alan 12:05 Mon Nov 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton. 11:53 Mon Nov 6

gph 11:58 Mon Nov 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Whoever voiced Marvin the Paranoid Android is a better choice to lift our gloom than David Moyse.

Thanks Alan

ted fenton 11:53 Mon Nov 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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