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Alan 12:50 Mon Feb 5
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool could move for Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, if he rejects a new contract with the Gunners. (Sun)

Manchester United are monitoring Real Madrid's 23-year-old Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic. (AS, via Manchester Evening News)

England forward Marcus Rashford, 20, could leave Manchester United if they sign former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert's 18-year-old son Justin from Ajax in the summer. (Express)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has no plans to make any major attacking signings in the summer, saying he is "really happy" with the strength in depth in his squad. (Independent)

West Ham's Mexican forward Javier Hernandez, 29, says he will give "100%" dedication, despite wanting to leave the club in January. (West Ham official website)

Leicester winger Marc Albrighton has denied the Foxes players are angry with 26-year-old Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, who has been absent from training and missed two matches since a move to Manchester City failed to materialise. (Mail)

Ghana defender Daniel Opare, 27, who failed to secure a move to Leicester on transfer deadline day, has been told by FC Augsburg that the offer of a contract extension has been withdrawn and he can seek a new club "in the short term". (DW.com)

Striker Olivier Giroud, 31, who could make his Chelsea debut at Watford on Monday, says he was encouraged to leave Arsenal by France boss Didier Deschamps. (Sun)

Brazilian forward Malcom, 20, wants to leave Ligue 1 side Bordeaux. He was a target for Tottenham and Arsenal in January. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester United fans responded to Mourinho saying Old Trafford "is a bit quiet" by saying the "atmosphere is primarily dependent on the perceived relationship between fans and club - including the degree of supporter ownership and engagement". (Express)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane tweeted a graphic to celebrate his 100th Premier League goal and used a new #KeepitKane hashtag after his last-gasp penalty earned a point at Liverpool.

Former England striker Alan Shearer, the only man to reach 100 Premier League goals in fewer matches than Kane, sent his congratulations in a video tweet, joking: "What took you so long?"

Former England manager Steve McClaren is a contender to become the new Leeds manager after the club sacked Thomas Christiansen. (Mirror)

Referee Jon Moss was right to award Tottenham a late penalty - from which Spurs equalised - at Liverpool but the two assistants "were frankly poor and below the standard expected at Premier League level", according to former referees' chief Keith Hackett. (Telegraph)

Ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg said there was "a suspicion of offside in the build-up" to the second penalty for Tottenham at Liverpool and that it "should not have been allowed". (Times - subscription required)

Graham Poll - another former referee - believes Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk's challenge on Tottenham playmaker Erik Lamela was "clumsy" - and Spurs were rightly awarded a second penalty. (Mail)

Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe says he "has no doubt" England are watching 21-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook. (Telegraph)

Watford winger Gerard Deulofeu, 23, says he would rather be playing in the Premier League than with Lionel Messi. Spain international Deulofeu joined the Hornets on loan from Barcelona in January. (Star)

A fundraising campaign has been started to raise the remaining £38,000 needed to complete a bronze statue honouring West Brom's 'Three Degrees' - Laurie Cunningham, Brendon Batson and the late Cyrille Regis. (Express and Star)

Midfielder Jack Colback, 28, says he was "treated more like a number than a human being" and shown no respect at Newcastle prior to his loan move to Nottingham Forest. (Express)

Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater says Blues playmaker Eden Hazard and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes are the two best footballers he has played alongside. (Mirror)

Best of Sunday's gossip

Arsenal are expected to join the race to sign unsettled Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez, 26. (Daily Star Sunday)

Leicester manager Claude Puel says he is "not thinking" about Mahrez, who has not been seen by the club since his proposed move to Manchester City collapsed on transfer deadline day. (Mail on Sunday)

The Professional Footballers' Association has offered to help to resolve the situation between Algeria international Mahrez and Leicester. (Sun on Sunday)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

Perhaps having twigged that Nemanja Matic’s legs move at about half the speed he thought they did, José Mourinho has made signing an energetic midfielder who can disguise Paul Pogba’s contempt for defensive midfield play a priority. And the name he has scrawled on a piece of paper and shoved into Ed Woodward’s top pocket is Arturo Vidal. The Bayern Munich box-to-box schemer would have a Chilean best mate waiting for him at Old Trafford in the form of Alexis Sánchez. He’d also have only a year left on his contract so wouldn’t cost the price of the moon on a stick either. Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic is still a target too but they will face a battle with Spurs for his signature.

Meanwhile, 20 years after Patrick Kluivert made Alex Ferguson’s lid rattle by snubbing the chance to move to Old Trafford, the Dutch legend’s son, Justin Kluivert, looks like he will do what his dad did not, and join Manchester United. It says here that the club are in advanced talks to sign the 18-year-old from Ajax for around £10m. Renowned nurturer of youth Mourinho is quite a fan. And reports here suggest Marcus Rashford would be so delighted at Kluivert’s arrival he would instruct his people to find him another club.

Liverpool believe they have found the pocket-sized genius throbbing with potential and creative juices who can truly succeed Philippe Coutinho. His name’s Jack Wilshere.

If Riyad Mahrez is ever located then Arsenal would like to be made aware of his whereabouts. Since the Leicester player’s collapsed move to Manchester City on deadline day, other clubs have come sniffing around, chief among them the Gunners, who are feeling cocksure about their attacking prowess after giving Everton a good hiding at the weekend. Apparently, Arsène Wenger is regularly requesting updates on the playmaker and, like a distant nephew or something, the Algerian is never far from his thoughts. But City are still in the box seat while Liverpool and Chelsea are also somewhere near the front of a queue of potential suitors.

Napoli are watching Mauro Icardi very carefully and would improve on a £50m offer for the 24-year-old in order to selflessly give the Inter striker the chance to stay in Serie A rather than acclimatise to another league. And the club’s president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has been singing sweetly. “Icardi will score 40 a season here under Sarri and can become like Cristiano Ronaldo,” he cooed. “I tried to negotiate signing him with his wife, who is an attractive and charming woman. I offered €55m. He is a champion. Will they sell to Napoli? Why not? Never say never …”

Napoli’s priority next season may be appointing a new manager, though. The word is that Roman Abramovich is already lining up Maurizio Sarri as Antonio Conte’s replacement and is willing to pay the chain-smoking Neapolitan’s £7m release clause to bring him to Chelsea. Maybe they could do a swap. Meanwhile, Chelsea’s recruitment department appears to be valiantly persisting with its maverick tactic of targeting West Ham second-stringers. If Thibaut Courtois decides to bust a move to Real Madrid then Chelsea will consider Joe Hart as his replacement. Yup.

And in vastly contrasting former Everton manager news, Ronald Koeman is set to be made Holland boss and David Unsworth is in line for the Oxford United job, having been given permission by the Toffees to leave his Under-23 role.


Antonio defends his discipline problems

Michail Antonio has defended his discipline problems which led him to be dropped from the squad by David Moyes saying it was a confusion on his part of the location of the meeting.

“I am not making excuses, I was late. I agree with what the manager did.” Antonio told the Sun newspaper.

“I was late for a meeting, he dropped me from the squad. I understand that to the fullest. I spoke to him and apologised.

“But I’m always on time. I love to be on time. The problem arose through confusion and it’s down to the fact I have been injured. Before I got injured we met at a hotel before games. While I was out it switched to the stadium. I turned up at the hotel where we met all the time under the previous manager Slaven Bilic.

“I simply went to the hotel instead of the stadium. It’s not like I didn’t wake up in time.

“That’s where there has been some confusion. I went to the hotel because that’s where we met under Slaven and in the few games I have played under David Moyes.

“But the manager wants a tight ship, he is not letting anyone slide and that’s how it happened.
“Ultimately, I agree with what he did though. I was in the wrong and he made a decision.”

West Ham defender Aaron Cresswell and Brighton forward Anthony Knockaert were involved in a heated tunnel bust-up on Saturday. Reports suggest the pair had to be separated just moments after the half-time whistle was blown as both teams headed back to their dressing rooms. Team-mates intervened to de-escalate the clash before the confrontation turned physical.

Knockaert was said to be furious with Cresswell’s first-half challenge that left the Brighton attacker needing lengthy treatment.

When asked about Cresswell’s tackle on Knockaert, which earned the Hammers left-back a booking, Brighton manager Chris Hughton said: ‘I’ve seen I think it was a bad challenge.’

Football London

West Ham and Newcastle United set for summer battle with Serie A giants for Bundesliga hitman

The Hammers will want to strengthen upfront in the summer

By Rob Guest

West Ham are believed to be one of the clubs interested in a deal for Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller at the end of the season.

Having parted ways with Andre Ayew and Diafra Sakho, the Hammers will no doubt try to strengthen in that position given doubts over the futures of Javier Hernandez and Andy Carroll.

Although both strikers still remain at the club following the transfer window, the ex-Newcastle man was linked with a move to Chelsea, while the Mexican forward asked for a transfer away from the club.

Given David Moyes will look to strengthen his attack, German publication SportBild claim that Hammers and Newcastle United are monitoring the Frenchman.

Following a a successful spell with FC Utrecht, the 23-year-old sealed a move to the Bundesliga club in the summer despite a lot of interest in his signature.

Haller has carried on his prolific form in front of goal and he so far has 12 goals and three assists to his name so far this campaign.

As well as interest from West Ham and Newcastle, Serie A giants Inter Milan are also believed to be keen on signing the forward,

However, according to SportBild, Frankfurt won't listen to any offers that are under €30m.

While the Hammers have cash to spend, it remains to be seen whether or not they would be prepared to pay that sort of fee for Haller.


West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says fans' 'sack the board' chants will achieve 'nothing' as he confirms £25m January bid for Stoke City's Joe Allen

West Ham supporters chanted 'sack the board' as discontent grows at their club
Fans' banners called for David Sullivan and David Gold to leave club at Brighton
Sullivan says their anti-board efforts will achieve 'nothing' and are pointless
West Ham bid £25m for Joe Allen in January but their offer was rejected by Stoke

By Oliver Todd

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has told supporters their protests and chants against him will achieve 'nothing' — while pleading for unity at the troubled club.

The Hammers are three points off the Premier League relegation zone and Sullivan fears a 'disappointing' campaign could soon turn 'disastrous'.

Fans sang 'sack the board' and unveiled banners calling for Sullivan, co-owner David Gold and vice-chairman Karren Brady to leave the club at Brighton on Saturday.

But Sullivan, who also confirmed a failed £25million January bid to sign Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen, says their protests are pointless.

In a statement relayed by talkSPORT, Sullivan said: 'Chants of "sack the board" and opposition to myself and co-owner David Gold will achieve nothing.

'I ask the supporters, every one of them: get behind the team. Through unity we can turn it all around.

'We don't want to find that a disappointing season has turned into a disastrous one.'

Discontent has been growing at West Ham after they failed to make significant permanent signings last month.

That was despite a statement from Sullivan on January 28 insisting 'nothing could be further from the truth' than reports that no more players would be joining due to a lack of funding.

Sullivan has now confirmed, through talkSPORT, that a club-record bid went in for Allen but was rejected.

Last week, the club's head of recruitment Tony Henry, was sacked after Sportsmail revealed he let it known that West Ham did not want any more African players.

At the weekend, manager David Moyes echoed Sullivan's call, stating that West Ham's best chance of staying in the Premier League was for all parties to stick together.

'I've not been here long enough but all I do know is everybody being together, being supportive gives us the best chance of making sure we are a Premier League team,' Moyes said.

'We're going to need that. We're going to need their help.'

Sullivan and Gold first bought into West Ham eight years ago, in January 2010.

Supporters are planning a march to the London Stadium before the home game against Burnley on March 10 in protest against the club's ownership.

West Ham Sunday Supplement

The owners getting flak from journos

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ludo21 1:21 Tue Feb 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Would be very interesting to know when the offer for Allen was made... 10.50pm on deadline day I expect.

Westham67 12:55 Tue Feb 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"But Sullivan, who also confirmed a failed £25million January bid to sign Stoke City midfielder Joe Allen,"

So you bought no one then you lying little cunt

Thank Alan

Texas Iron 10:25 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Well said JonWHUFC...all so obvious to those who follow the club ...and know football...

Texas Iron 10:24 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Well said JonWHUFC...all so obvious to those who follow the club ...and know football...

Russ of the BML 6:22 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
JonWHUFC 3:48 Mon Feb 5

Superbly put, mate. I couldn't agree more.

JonWHUFC 3:48 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Quite simply they are simply inept in their transfer policy/dealings. They always promise the earth and deliver nothing. January is notoriously difficult anyway but they should have had their targets identified way ahead of January and executed their dealings a lot earlier than flapping about at the last minute. I could not care less if they bid for players and didn't get them, that does not appease me. What I find inexcusable is starting off needing one or two in and then the injuries mount up meaning we then need three or four in. We sell or loan four or five and only bring in two. We have a worse squad after the window than before it. We also sold a player to one of rivals down the bottom. You can argue that Ayew was not that great but he may have got one or two goals for us and now may get one or two goals for Swansea. A complete shambles of a window down to owners who haven't got a clue how to negotiate and put a racist in charge of recruiting. Whether you agree or not, add Brady to that list and her putrid column in the Sun meaning one club wouldn't even deal with us. They need to go, the need to go now but they won't as they are simply raping the club and supporters day in day out.

Alan 3:21 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sunday Supplement link added.

Russ of the BML 2:59 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Oh, all is forgiven then. A £25m bid for Allen turned down.

So what? Does he think that makes everything all right?

If they had done their job and got Carvalho in the summer and then Dendonker in January we'd have no need to go after Allen.

And why the fuck would Stoke sell Allen in January? He is about their only midfielder with a creative side to his game. It'd be suicide.

But then, I think Sullivan knew that when he made the bid.

Alan 1:42 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Poisonous dwarf story added.

Fivetide 1:28 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

I no longer ;t give any credence to any links between us and any players and haven't for a long time. It's all appeasement bullshit.

Sniper 1:14 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
While the Hammers have cash to spend, it remains to be seen whether or not they would be prepared to pay that sort of fee for Haller.

I’ll save you the time - the answer is no.

Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 12:57 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 12:53 Mon Feb 5

Takashi Miike 12:53 Mon Feb 5
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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