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Alan 1:38 Sat Dec 16
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Carlo Ancelotti will return to Stamford Bridge and be appointed Chelsea's new manager before the start of next season. (Daily Record)

Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, 22, is wanted by Chelsea, who are preparing a player-plus-cash deal involving striker Michy Batshuayi. (Daily Mirror)

Batshuayi, 24, hopes to leave Chelsea on loan next month to ease fears over losing his place in Belgium's World Cup squad. (London Evening Standard)

Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 28, was dropped by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho after a row between the two men during a video analysis session at the club's training ground last month. (ESPN)

Manchester United boss Mourinho is open to making signings next month, despite not being a fan of the January window. (Daily Mail)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah "is a player I rate a lot" following the Egyptian's national team coach, Hector Cuper, saying the Spanish club were going to make a move for the 25-year-old. (Sun)

Arsenal will hold contract talks with 25-year-old midfielder Jack Wilshere before the end of the month. (London Evening Standard)

The Gunners could lose eight players next summer as boss Arsene Wenger braces himself for his biggest-ever squad shake-up. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace are targeting £10m-rated Monaco forward Guido Carrillo, 26. (ESPN)

Liverpool and Tottenham have been warned 20-year-old Fiorentina winger Federico Chiesa will cost them at least £53m. (La Stampa, via Talksport)

West Brom will look to sign defender Ahmed Hegazi, 26, on a permanent deal when the transfer window opens. (Birmingham Mail)

Liverpool midfielder Marko Grujic, 21, is wanted by Brighton and Aston Villa on loan in January. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has been given the go-ahead to identify January transfer targets despite the ongoing uncertainty over the club's ownership. (ESPN)

The uncertainty of Leicester City striker Islam Slimani's future has alerted Stoke, Watford and West Brom as well as the 29-year-old's former club Sporting Lisbon. (Sun)

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has ruled out a January move for Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban, 29, who is currently on loan at Sunderland. (Birmingham Mail)

West Ham could sell Domingos Quina, 18, and Liverpool are strong contenders to sign the Portugal Under-20 international. (Daily Mail)


Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he "never" tells his players to commit fouls in response to rival Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho saying his side were guilty of "tactical fouls". (Guardian)

Guardiola says Manchester City right-back Kyle Walker, 27, is "one of the best in the world" in his position at the moment but is aiming to make the England international even better. (Daily Express)

Liverpool defender Andy Robertson says not-so-boring James Milner is the "biggest joker" in the Reds' dressing room. (Liverpool Echo)

Argentina legend Diego Maradona says he told Real Madrid to sign Kylian Mbappe, 18, before Paris St-Germain did, but Los Blancos refused because of Cristiano Ronaldo. (AS, via Goal)

Crystal Palace are thinking of selling the naming rights to Selhurst Park to help fund a £100m renovation of their stadium. (Times - subscription required)

Newcastle United's players have cancelled their Christmas Party because of the side's poor run of form. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele has found £1m of lost treasure in the cellar of a 700-year-old building in Antwerp. (London Evening Standard)

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Manchester United have made an enquiry about 29-year-old Chelsea and Brazil midfielder Willian. (Daily Mail)

United boss Jose Mourinho is also ready to offload 28-year-old Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the summer and wants to sign Arsenal and Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil, 29, as his replacement. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea could use Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 24, as part of a deal with Monaco for 22-year-old France winger Thomas Lemar, who is also a target for Liverpool and Arsenal. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has reassured France forward Antoine Griezmann he will eventually be allowed to leave the La Liga club. (Daily Mail via L'Equipe)


London Stadium state aid complaint unresolved

A complaint made to the European Commission about possible illegal state aid for the London Stadium remains unresolved papers from the London Legacy Development Corporation have revealed.

The LLDC Investment committee is due to meet next week on 20th December and the report says the stadium owners are still awaiting a response from the EU despite replying over a year ago.

The report written by LLDC Acting CEO Gerry Murphy says: “We are still waiting for a response from the EU regarding the complaint made in relation to state aid on the Stadium. The Corporation’s response to the complaint was sent on 6 September 2016. In November 2017 the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy contacted us with correspondence from the EU notifying us that they would be releasing the non-confidential papers from our response to the complainant unless we expressly refused permission. Permission was given, however additional redactions were applied to our response letter following legal advice as it would impact on current legal action. No update on the status of the complaint has been received.”

The original state aid complaint was raised in 2011 by an Architect but has already been closed so this is a new complaint from an interested party which most likely a rival football club. State aid is mentioned 39 times in the recent Moore Stephens report into the London Stadium and there appears to remain a risk that the European Commission could open an investigation.

The complaint is believed to centre on state subsidy accruing to a football club as a result of beneficial terms for the stadium lease and possibility of state subsidy arising as a result of financial support on preferential terms from public sector body to a football club.


West Ham prepared to make profit by selling Domingos Quina with Liverpool front-runners to land the starlet

Domingos Quina is viewed as one of the most exciting prospects in the top flight
However, David Moyes will find it tough to give him regular football this season
West Ham are ready to listen to offers for 18-year-old Quina next month
They can expect a considerable profit on a player they took for nothing in 2016

By Sami Mokbel

West Ham are prepared to cash in on Domingos Quina, with Liverpool leading the chase to land the starlet.

The Portugal Under-20 international is viewed as one of the most exciting young prospects in the Premier League.

But with the Hammers fighting relegation, manager David Moyes will find it difficult to give the teenager regular football this season.

The Hammers are ready to listen to offers for Quina, 18, next month and can expect a considerable profit on a player they took from Chelsea’s academy for nothing in 2016.

Liverpool have a concrete interest in Quina and are understood to be at the front of the queue to snare the talented midfielder.

Quina has made four senior substitute appearances for the Hammers.

The midfielder has already been identified as a future senior Portugal international.

Indeed, Portugal have moved quickly to fend off interest from the Football Association, who were keen to introduce Quina into their England junior sides - underling his considerable potential.

The next stage of Quina’s development will be the driving factor when it comes to deciding his next permanent club.

If Quina moves next month, he is likely to be loaned out in order to get regular football under his belt.


Moyes: Positive energy, Stoke away and Marko proving his worth

David Moyes was all smiles as he sat down to meet the press ahead of Saturday's Premier League trip to Stoke City.

The West Ham United manager has instigated an uplift in form in recent weeks, with the Hammers following up an impressive showing at Manchester City by defeating champions Chelsea and holding Arsenal to a draw.

Now, Moyes has challenged his players to continue their resurgence by scoring their first away win of the season at the bet365 Stadium, where former Potters star Marko Arnautovic will play against his former club...

Our recent performances have given everyone a lift

We’ve definitely felt positive energy and an uplift around the place these last couple of days. Anybody who beats Chelsea and gets a result against Arsenal, especially with the position we’re in, it’s a real positive.

We’ve still got to climb the table, so we’ve got to win an awful lot more games. We can pat ourselves on the back and say how well the players have done, but overall we’ve still got a lot of games to go and we’ve got to win them.”

The players are always the ones who have to perform and show the right attitude and desire. They have started to gain belief and, because of that, they’ve started to do good things.

We want to play much better, we know that, but first and foremost we are taking small steps and the first was to stop conceding goals. That’s the start.

We’re learning on the job – and fast!

I know we had to make an impact really quickly and make something happen and we’ve said right from the start that this is a bit of a rush job.

We’re having to do everything very quickly and trying to get as much work into the players as we can, which ideally we would have done in five or six pre-season friendlies so we could have got the understanding and know them. We didn’t have them, so we’re having to learn on the job a little bit.

But I’ve got to say the players are learning on the job as well and I think they’ve done a really good job in the recent games.

Stoke away has always been tough, and will be again on Saturday

Stoke City has always been a tough place to play at any time. Mark Hughes has done a great job over the years and it’s a tough game.

They’ve got some really good senior players who they can call on at any time and we also know they have ability in other areas, so we know it’s a tough game.

We can see Stoke’s recent results but I can only say that we’re going there buoyant, in good form, we feel good and we’ve got to go there and try and get a result.

At the moment, we need results. Stoke are in a better position than us, so we have got to try and climb the table. It’ll be bit by bit. We’re still trying to get to know our players exactly and blend everybody in but, overall, we go there in good form and in a good mindset.

We want to get away from the bottom end. We’ve probably taken some points people didn’t expect in recent games, so if we can build on that and pick up and get a bit of momentum going, it will help us.

Talk can be cheap, though, and we’ve got to show it. I’m sure the players will. I’m confident we can go there and get a result.

Stoke know Marko well, but he’ll be determined to show they what they are missing

Marko Arnautovic has proved his worth in recent games. He’s scored a good winning goal against Chelsea and you need players who can make the difference and can win you games.

Marko has played well. His work-rate has been terrific and that’s the first thing we want from him.

Everybody at Stoke knows him and know how good a player he is, and that’s why he got a move from Stoke to West Ham and that’s why Stoke got a really good price for him as well, because they know what he is capable of.

We want him to do it regularly and in recent games he has done it very well.

We've got no time to party!

The suggestion of the players holding a Christmas party has not been brought to me, so there's nothing happening here. I don't think we're in a position where we need to have a party, but I hope we have a good one at the end of the season.

I certainly won't let the players down if they do what is required between now and then!

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Mart O 8:07 Sat Dec 16
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Alan 1:46 Sat Dec 16
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mr B

"If Quina moves next month, he is likely to be loaned"

Although I don't believe the story either.

Mr. Burns 1:43 Sat Dec 16
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al.

Quina story is ridiculous. At the start of it we are looking to "cash in" and by the end he's "likely to go on loan".


Thanks Alan 1:38 Sat Dec 16
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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