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Alan 11:22 Thu Nov 9
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid have made 24-year-old Tottenham striker Harry Kane their first choice to replace France forward Karim Benzema, 29. (Diario Gol via Daily Mirror)

Manchester United directors fear manager Jose Mourinho is ready to quit the Old Trafford club in the summer and will move to Paris St-Germain. (Sun)

Manchester United manager Mourinho is keen to add to his squad in January and is targeting Barcelona centre-back Samuel Umtiti, 23. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal have set an asking price of £30m for midfielder Mesut Ozil, 29, whose contract at Emirates Stadium ends in the summer. The German has been linked with a move to Manchester United.(Daily Star)

Manchester City's all-time leading goal-scorer Sergio Aguero, 29, has revealed he intends to quit the club in 2019 and return to his boyhood club, Independiente in Buenos Aires. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City will offer striker Gabriel Jesus, 20, a new contract worth more than £100,000 a week - a £30,000 increase on his current deal - less than a year after joining the club from Palmeiras. (Daily Mail)

Neymar is doing his best to convince Liverpool playmaker and Brazil team-mate Philippe Coutinho, 25, to move to Paris St-Germain. (Le 10 Sport via Daily Mirror)

Barcelona forward Lionel Messi thinks team-mate and compatriot Javier Mascherano, 33, could return to Liverpool, the club the Argentine left in August 2010. (Diario Gol via Daily Express)

Charlton could net a £250,000 windfall from Liverpool if defender Joe Gomez, 20, starts in England's friendlies against Brazil or Germany this month. The two clubs agreed the clause when the player moved to Anfield in 2015. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has held talks with Chinese investors over a £500m stake to help fund a new stadium. (Sun)

Lyon forward Nabil Fekir, 24, has admitted he would be interested in a move to the Premier League following reports linking him with Arsenal. (Metro)

Alexandre Lacazette's agent says the 26-year-old forward is not worried about a lack of playing time at Arsenal this season. (FourFourTwo)

Paris St-Germain winger Angel di Maria, 29, says he was "close and at the same time very far" from signing for Barcelona in the summer, after the Ligue 1 side signed Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. (ESPN)

Chelsea have made an approach to sign 17-year-old Hamburg forward Jann-Fiete Arp. (SportBild via Metro)

Bayern Munich have joined Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Inter Milan striker and captain Mauro Icardi, 24. (Don Balon via Talksport)

Leeds United have had a £180,000 bid for 19-year-old Polish winger Kamil Jozwiak rejected by Lech Poznan. (Daily Mail)

Bristol City defender Aden Flint, 28, admits he "dodged a bullet" after missing out on a move to Birmingham City in the summer. (Birmingham Mail)

Half of all Premier League matches - 190 out of 380 - could be shown live on TV from 2019 under the new domestic broadcasting deal. Under the current contract, 168 games are aired between Sky Sports and BT Sport. (Times - subscription required)

Neymar is reportedly lacking motivation to play for Paris St-Germain and sat out their 5-0 win over Angers to stay fresh for international duty with Brazil. (Daily Mail)

Hyde United were left with a huge bill after a flare was thrown on to their plastic pitch before they met MK Dons in their FA Cup first-round tie - but now Dons fans are raising money to help repair the damaged surface. (Manchester Evening News)

The best of Wednesday's gossip

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone is Everton owner Farhad Moshiri's top target to become the club's new manager. (Sky Sports)

Sam Allardyce says that he has received no contact from Everton about the vacant managerial position at Goodison Park, but has suggested he would be willing to speak with the Merseyside club. (Talksport)

Real Madrid are planning to bid for Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata in January. The 29-year old Spaniard, omitted from United's team against Chelsea at the weekend, is out of contract next summer. (Daily Express)

Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini, 29, is wanted by Turkish side Besiktas, who could make a move to sign him in January. (Daily Star)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Rob Bleaney

Not content with turning football on its head with his sensational move from PSG to Barcelona, rumour has it that Neymar is already pondering over an even more earth-shattering transfer.

After less than six months in Ligue 1, 11 goals, a sending off and an extraordinary on-pitch contretemps with a team-mate, the flighty forward and his financially savvy father are already eyeing another escape route paved with gold. A return to Spain seems to be the dream, and where else but Real Madrid, who despite their willingness to ride roughshod over the generally accepted rules of engagement when it comes to transfers, just didn’t rate highly enough on the Deeney Index of cojones to snaffle the Brazilian directly from Barcelona in the summer.

Sergio Ramos certainly thinks a deal could happen, and the not-so-subtle persuasion has already begun: “I like to have the best and it’s clear Neymar is one of them,” he told Cadena Ser. “Maybe it was easier for him to go to PSG, instead of directly to Real Madrid. They are personal decisions, you never know what can happen because football goes around a lot. I already have the door open for him if he wants to come. I also have a good relationship with him.”

Apparently Marcelo has popped upstairs and told Madrid’s bigwigs that Neymar is unhappy in Paris, primarily because Unai Emery’s training methods and endless tactical lessons are tedious. The coach has two years to win the Champions League or his star striker is off, seems to be the message.

Lionel Messi believes he could be about to lose another one of his bessies at Barcelona, with Javier Mascherano having decided he will leave when his contract expires at the end of the season. A romantic return to Liverpool is on the cards, but so is a lucrative contract with PSG. It’s not all one-way traffic at the Camp Nou though, Barcelona having returned with a £106m offer for Philippe Coutinho. Liverpool have said only £132m will do it.

Lyon’s Nabil Fekir is currently pulling up trees after a couple of injury-ravaged seasons, and what better place to do that than the green, green grass of north London. Arsenal are very keen on the twinkle-toed No10, who has has admitted he would be interested in a move to the Premier League.

Less likely to opt for a Europa League campaign is Mauro Icardi, especially now Bayern Munich have joined Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for the Inter striker.


David Moyes and West Ham both searching for their redemption stories

Barney Ronay

From the Theatre of Dreams to the Temple of Dildo. For David Moyes the last three years have been a curious kind of journey. Through the fag-end of an empire at Manchester United, to Real Sociedad and the sack, to Sunderland and relegation, Moyes has strode past the smoke and wreckage with a strained kind of dignity, always somehow a little starched and pained in his crisp white shirts, eyes wide, a man watching things happen to himself.

He is though still a story, still a name, still a man with a reputation to restore. For his unveiling as West Ham manager, the Great Briton Room on the third floor of the London Stadium was abuzz with a rare kind of event glamour. Cameras whirred, microphones clicked, necks craned anxiously as the clock ticked past four and outside the lights of the City glimmered through the jaffa-coloured haze of a pollution-sunset.

And finally there he was, entering from a small door to the right of the stage, immaculate in skinny black suit, maroon tie and mini-poppy. And not just smiling but beaming wildly, giddy, thrilled, and definitely not – this is vital – in any way gloomy and fatalistic. Moyes looked trim and fit. He skipped up the steps pointing and waving and greeting the press by name like an American politician and looking, in the circumstances, only a little bit anxious.

As well he might. The last few years have been tough on Moyes. Everton feels like a long time ago now. His appointment at West Ham has quickly drawn a barrage of social media dissent and radio phone-in angst from supporters already a little displaced and edgy. The first question here was stark and to the point. Did he think this was a good appointment?

“I think it’s good for us both. Well, it’s good for me,” he said, before slipping weirdly into the third person “And I do think it’s good for West Ham. They’ve got a good manager.”

There was a little awkwardness as Moyes pretended to be totally fine with the length of his contract, which only runs until the end of the season. It is certainly a strange piece of early sabotage by West Ham’s owners, who could quite easily have backed Moyes with the full two years plus some decisive break clauses .

“Managers now aren’t having long-term contracts,” he insisted breezily, like a newly divorced dad explaining how much fun it’s going to be moving out of the family semi and living in a flat above a kebab shop.

There was plenty of praise for West Ham’s stadium, albeit the old one they no longer occupy, which was “one of the most fearsome places to come”. And by now Moyes had at least stopped smiling and gone back to the familiar paint-stripping stare, the best part of him, the part that reminds you of his sense of purpose at Everton: Moyes the team-builder and disciplinarian, before he had to start doing all this apologising about things.

On that front there was a slightly alarming attempt to answer a question about the remarks he made at Sunderland last March to the BBC journalist Vicki Sparks about “getting a slap”. Had Moyes discussed this with Karren Brady, who was very critical of him at the time? “No we didn’t discuss it at all.” Er. What? Really? Not at all?

It was the only really jarring moment in an otherwise cussedly upbeat half hour, the only glimpse of the peculiar vagueness that has dogged this club. Surely, at the very least, Moyes should have been briefed to answer this question a bit better.

But then hanging over all of this is the wider question of where exactly this strangely displaced, strangely unhappy modern behemoth is heading right now. Unveiling David Moyes on a six-month contract on a gloomy November Wednesday afternoon: this wasn’t in the brochure when the junking of Upton Park, the idea of a leap up into the elite club stratosphere, was being energetically floated. But then, football rarely does what its told on any level.

And Moyes does at least fit into the longer history of West Ham managers, the sense this is a job for serious, even rather sorrowful men. From Syd King, who suffered and died in the job, through the obsessive inspiration of Ron Greenwood and the quiet class of John Lyall, West Ham has been a place for era-builders, men with an eye on some kind of legacy, as Moyes always seemed to be in the best times.

If he has something a little pinched about him these days then this is also unsurprising for a manager who seemed to become obsolete, dinosaur-ish almost overnight. Moyes will surely keep West Ham up just by getting the players to run a bit more and defend a bit better. “Sometimes you have to repair things and maybe I’ve got a bit to repair,” he said at one point.

West Ham still give the impression of having left some vital part of the club’s essence up the road in the London clay of a new-build housing site. In Moyes they might just have found somebody else looking for a redemption story. It would be an unexpectedly happy ending if he could find a home here, at a place still trying to feel like one.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Takashi Miike 1:52 Thu Nov 9
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

arsene york-hunt 12:47 Thu Nov 9
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Is Theatre of Dreams the fancy way of saying Theatre of Scum?

Coffee 11:38 Thu Nov 9
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"his sensational move from PSG to Barcelona" = Grauniad navigation

Thanks, Alan.

Alan 11:34 Thu Nov 9
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Guardian Rumour Mill added

Thanks Alan 11:23 Thu Nov 9
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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