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Alan 11:58 Mon Dec 11
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United defender Luke Shaw wants a £5m pay-off to leave the club in January. Newcastle were interested in the 22-year-old but did not want to pay the £20m fee United were asking for. (Sun)

United have also held talks with midfielder Marouane Fellaini in an attempt to get the 30-year-old to sign a new contract. Felliani's current deal expires in the summer. (Sun)

Gareth Bale has agreed terms with Real Madrid to leave the club next summer, with Manchester United and Tottenham keen to sign the 28-year-old attacker. (Diario Gol - in Spanish)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that striker Olivier Giroud, 31, will stay at the club and start in more games. Giroud had been looking for a loan move away from the club. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham manager David Moyes has told Joe Hart that the club's Premier League survival is more important than the 30-year-old goalkeeper's international ambitions. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley have enquired about the availability of QPR defender and club captain Nedum Onuoha. The 31-year-old is out of contract in the summer. (Daily Mail)

Juventus are considering a bid for Arsenal defender Hector Bellerin, 22. (Sun via Tuttosport)

Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan wants to sit down with manager Jose Mourinho and discus his future with the club. The 28-year-old has not started a game for the club since early November. (Daily Star)

Arsenal are the favourites to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sergio Romero, 30. (Daily Star)

Serie A club Torino want to sign Stoke midfielder Giannelli Imbula. The 25-year-old is currently on loan at Toulouse. (Stoke Sentinel)

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng has put contract talks with the club on hold to focus on improving the club's form. The 28-year-old's contract expires at the end of the season. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa want to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone on a permanent deal. The 24-year-old is on a season-long loan at the Championship club. (Daily Express)


Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has said ­Christian Benteke's penalty miss during Saturday's 2-2 draw could cost the side if they end up in a relegation battle. (Daily Telegraph)

Championship club Sheffield Wednesday are considering sacking manager Carlos Carvalhal after they failed to win their past five matches. (Daily Express)

West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic has said that manager David Moyes' no nonsense approach has helped the club turn a corner. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, West Ham defender Jose Fonte, 33, has called the club's owner David Sullivan "ignorant". Sullivan claimed in an interview that his children begged him not to sign Fonte and midfielder Robert Snodgrass. (Daily Telegraph)

Neymar is likely to miss Paris Saint-Germain's match against Strasbourg on Wednesday. He has received permission from the club to fly to Brazil for a family emergency. (ESPN)

Meanwhile, Neymar's team-mates visited Disneyland Paris after their 3-1 victory over Lille at the weekend. (Daily Mail)

Ex-Liverpool manager Graeme Souness believes it was a "bonus" for Manchester United that they were without Paul Pogba for the Manchester derby. (Times - subscription required)

Barcelona striker Luis Suarez's performances are heavily influenced by his emotional state, his international coach Oscar Tabarez has said. (Marca)

Best of Sunday's gossip

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is preparing to pay a club record £95m to sign 22-year-old Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. (Sunday Express)

Olivier Giroud wants a loan move from Arsenal to get regular first-team football and secure his place in France's World Cup squad. West Ham and Crystal Palace are both interested in the 31-year-old striker. (Sunday Mirror)

Real Madrid will make a move for Tottenham and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 30, if Spurs fail to win a trophy this season. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal will make a bid next summer to sign Paris St-Germain's 21-year-old Portugal winger Goncalo Guedes. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 26, says he is no rush to leave the club, after the Belgium international was linked with a move to Real Madrid. (Onze Mondial, via Sun on Sunday)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

While the identity of the player who doused José Mourinho with milk and water in Sunday’s post-match tunnel bust-up at Old Trafford has yet to be revealed, the Rumour Mill can’t help but hope that Luke Shaw took advantage of the melee to exact a modicum of revenge on his own manager. The Manchester United full-back has been traduced, disparaged and belittled by his own manager on a regular basis since the Portuguese took over at the club and despite getting a rare run-out against CSKA Moscow last week, is believed to want to leave in January. He won’t go cheaply, mind – reports today suggest the 22-year-old is looking for a £5m severance package to compensate for any loss of earnings he might incur should his next club fail to match his current £130,000-per-week wages. Newcastle and Southampton are both interested in giving Shaw a fresh start.

While Mourinho may not rate Shaw, reports over the weekend suggest he thinks highly enough of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic to pay the thick end of £100m for the Lazio and Serbia midfielder next summer. The Serie A side paid Belgian club Genk £16m for Milinkovic-Savic, commonly known as Sergej, two years ago but will expect close to £100m from potential suitors.

By heck? Bye Héctor, more like. According to Italian newspaper Tuttosport that’s what Arsenal fans could be saying next summer if Juventus get their way and sign Héctor Bellerín. The Spaniard is one of several full-backs the Old Lady is hitching her skirts at with a view to replacing Stephan Lichtsteiner, who’ll be shown the door when his contract expires in June. Atlético Madrid’s Croatian right-back Sime Vrsaljko and his Paris Saint-Germain counterpart Thomas Meunier have also caught the eye of Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Olivier Giroud has been told he needs more first-team football to cement a place in France’s World Cup squad and has made no secret of his desire to go on loan in January to get it. Goal-shy clubs such as Southampton, West Ham and Crystal Palace were falling over each other to get him on their books, but Arsène Wenger has let it be known that the man who came off the bench to bag Arsenal’s late equaliser against Southampton is going nowhere. “Is it up to him or up to us?” asked Wenger of the ladies and gentlemen of the Fourth Estate when the subject of Giroud’s future arose yesterday. “It’s up to us. It’s a remarkable achievement what he has done again today. He will start games.”

CSKA Moscow midfielder Aleksandr Golovin is wanted by Chelsea, who will offer the Russian club £15m for his services in the January transfer window. The 21-year-old from Kaltan in Siberia can play in any midfield position and cites N’Golo Kanté as his favourite defensive midfielder. He also claims to be a fan of Real Madrid and Arsenal; the latter outfit were linked with a move for him last summer and may still be interested in bringing him to the Premier League.

And finally, Nedum Onuoha is wanted by Burnley, but QPR are hoping their captain will sign a new and improved deal to stay with them before his contract expires next summer. Renowned as a model professional who has turned down previous offers to play elsewhere, The Chief returned to action for QPR’s weekend defeat at the hands of Leeds after three months out with a hamstring injury.


New company takes over Newham’s share of London Stadium

A new company called Stratford East London Holdings Limited has been appointed as the new 35% owners of the London Stadium to replace Newham Legacy Investments owned by Newham Council.

Newham Legacy Investments gave up their shareholding of stadium owners E20 Stadium and any rights to repayment of their £40m loan on 30th November as their appointment was terminated.

Stratford East London Holdings Limited was appointed on 1st December and has one sole director in Gerry Murphy who is the ‎Executive Director of Finance & Corporate Services and deputy CEO at the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC).

Essentially LLDC now fully own the London Stadium as they now control both members of the E20 Stadium limited liability partnership. Alan Fort has been appointed as the new Chief Restructuring Officer of the stadium, he has expertise in financial engineering of rescuing retail companies that are in financial distress.


Jose Fonte responds to David Sullivan remarks, comments on future

Subhankar Mondal

Jose Fonte joined West Ham United from Southampton in January 2017.

West Ham United central defender Jose Fonte has responded to club co-chairman David Sullivan’s recent comments about him, as quoted by Sky Sports.

In a recent interview with The Guardian, West Ham co-chairman Sullivan said that his kids begged him not to sign Fonte from Premier League rivals Southampton.

The Hammers secured the services of the Portugal international centre-back in January 2017 for a transfer fee reported by BBC Sport to be worth £8 million.

When asked for a response, Fonte told Sky Sports: "It's ignorance. I'm not going to say anything. It's not going to change who I am. It's not going to change what I do.

"I'm going to keep being the good professional that I am. I am going to keep working hard to try and help my team-mates and the manager. What has been said has no effect on me or who I am.”

The 33-year-old centre-back added about his future: "That decision is not for me. I am 33 years of age. I have 500 or 600 appearances.

“I know what I have done in football. I know how hard I have to work to be in this position. It makes no difference to me. I will still continue to be the same guy I have always been.”

Fonte is a very good and experienced central defender who is on the sidelines at the moment with an ankle injury.

The former Crystal Palace defender’s performances for the Hammers so far have been mixed, and the London Stadium faithful should be optimistic that he will come good once he recovers full fitness.

West Ham are in danger of getting relegation to the Championship at the end of the season, although the Hammers did win against Chelsea at the London Stadium in the Premier League at the weekend.


David Moyes spares a thought for displaced Joe Hart

• England goalkeeper has lost his starting place to Adrián
• Moyes savours first win since taking charge at London Stadium

Nick Ames at the London Stadium

David Moyes has admitted that his “compassion” for Joe Hart’s position as England No1 made it difficult to leave the West Ham United loanee out of their 1-0 win against Chelsea on Saturday.

Hart had been ineligible to play against Manchester City, his parent club, six days previously and saw his replacement Adrian – whose only previous appearances this season had been in the League Cup – perform well. The Spaniard kept his place for Chelsea’s visit and was again beyond reproach. It was the latest setback in a chastening 15 months for Hart, who will be at serious risk of losing his World Cup place if his fortunes do not improve.

“I always have compassion for the players, and I have to think of their situation as well,” Moyes said when asked whether Hart’s situation with the national team had entered his reasoning. “That’s why it wasn’t an easy decision – it wasn’t easy because of that. But ultimately it’s West Ham I have to think about getting a result for. I need to win as well.”

Moyes looks certain to stick with Adrian for Arsenal’s visit to the London Stadium on Wednesday. “[He kept a] clean sheet, didn’t make any mistakes today, so I’d have to say on that I would think so,” he said, adding standard caveats about the couple of days’ training that lie in between. He said Hart “will play a lot of games this season, I’ve got no doubt about that” and emphasised that his importance to the squad extends to his wider role in the dressing room.

That will be cold comfort to Hart, who turns 31 in April and saw a season‑long move to West Ham as a chance to re‑establish himself in the Premier League after being jettisoned by Pep Guardiola at City. Things have not gone to plan and Hart, whose form for a struggling side has been patchy, faces the kind of battle he could not have expected four months ago.

“I thought he was very good,” Moyes said of Hart’s reaction to not being picked. “He wasn’t happy, you know – I told him the reason why and that’s it. But that happens all round the country. Part of a manager’s job is relaying messages to your players on how you think they’re performing. I said to them when I came in: ‘I’m going to tell you what I think, I’m not kidding anyone on, if I think you’re doing fine I’ll tell you and if you’re not I’ll tell you as well’.”

Perhaps Hart can take solace from the tough love Moyes has already dished out to Marko Arnautovic, another underperforming summer arrival who was restored to the starting lineup against Chelsea and responded with an all-action performance that was capped with a fine winning goal.

“I think his all-round work has been really good,” was Moyes’s verdict on his appetite to track back and chase lost causes. “I’ve just said to them: ‘If you don’t do it, I won’t select you because at the moment we need it’. Football isn’t all about running but I think what the people here want to see is that the players are putting in effort and energy. I think the energy that Marko’s shown has given the crowd a lift – and I think they’re reacting to seeing that if Marko Arnautovic can do it then, well, they all can do it.”

It was a level of vigour that Moyes’s opposite number, Antonio Conte, would have welcomed from his own players. Chelsea looked leggy – “a bit tired”, Conte agreed – against opponents for whom fitness had been a major concern before Moyes arrived in November. He bemoaned the fact he will essentially have “20 minutes” to prepare them for the assignment at Huddersfield on Tuesday; the implication is that reinforcements are needed but whether everyone in the corridors of power is singing from the same hymn sheet remains to be seen.

“I think it is right to keep it secret if we have a conversation with the club,” he said of any discussions with Roman Abramovich about the January transfer window. “Now, it is very important for us to be focused on the league, to go game by game and try to find the right energy to play every three days.”

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COOL HAND LUKE 11:24 Tue Dec 12
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Cheers Al,

The fact you are putting all this together daily when you have your own more important stuff to deal with is highly admirable, mate.


Texas Iron 10:21 Tue Dec 12
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Cicero 9:22 Mon Dec 11
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Thanks and I hope it all goes well in January.

CARTERS 3:19 Mon Dec 11
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With so many plonkers on this site it is always difficult to stand up for Christianity but, I for one, stand up for my LORD with pride.
I am in Remission with prostate cancer and you "HAVE TO BELIEVE".
If you do you will be fine.
There are many of us out there praying for you.
Good luck Alan.

Mike Oxsaw 2:19 Mon Dec 11
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David "Ignorant" Sullivan has a bit of a ring about it.

Oi! Iggers! Get yer wad aht and flash the cash!

Mart O 1:52 Mon Dec 11
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Cheers Alan and best of luck for the 10th of Jan...

Alan 1:34 Mon Dec 11
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Cheers Cockers

cockney hammer 1:18 Mon Dec 11
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I find out on January 10th if the radiotherapy has worked.

all the best buddy fingers crossed

icwhs 1:00 Mon Dec 11
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Thanks Alan

Alan 12:58 Mon Dec 11
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Cheers Crassus.
I find out on January 10th if the radiotherapy has worked.

Crassus 12:41 Mon Dec 11
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Thank you Alan, hope things are going well for you mate.....

ted fenton 12:38 Mon Dec 11
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Thanks Alan 11:58 Mon Dec 11

Thanks Alan 11:58 Mon Dec 11
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Thanks Alan

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