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Alan 2:05 Tue Feb 6
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Borussia Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke has accused Arsenal's new signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of "withholding performances" while the 28-year-old Gabon forward tried to push his transfer to the Gunners through. (Mirror)

Everton striker Wayne Rooney, 32, says Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 29, is the "perfect player" for Manchester United, because of his "aggression, passion and desire". (Sky Sports via Express)

Rooney also says he would "like to go into management" once he retires from playing. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane says being released by Arsenal at the age of eight is the "best thing that ever happened to me". (London Evening Standard)

England goalkeeper Joe Hart is wanted by Chelsea if their 25-year-old Belgian keeper Thibaut Courtois moves to Real Madrid. Hart, 30, is currently on loan at West Ham from Manchester City. (Sun)

West Ham manager David Moyes is unlikely to extend his stay at West Ham past the end of the season, whether or not the club stay in the Premier League. (Telegraph)

Arsenal are looking to tie down midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, to a new contract at the club. The Welshman's current deal expires in 18 months. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha will see a knee specialist after suffering an injury in his side's 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday. The 25-year-old Ivory Coast international is expected to be out of action for at least four weeks. (Guardian)

Zaha and Palace boss Roy Hodgson have been shortlisted for awards at this year's London Football Awards. (Croydon Advertiser)

Manchester United are set to do battle with Liverpool and Bayern Munich for Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old American winger Christian Pulisic. (Bild - in German)

Manchester United will also meet with fans after manager Jose Mourinho's complaints about their silence in the win against Huddersfield on Saturday. (Star)

The Red Devils have handed a trial to Colombian teenager Wilson Tilve, 16, who has been compared to fellow countryman and Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has assured 31-year-old Belgian captain Vincent Kompany he still has a part to play in their quadruple pursuit. (Manchester Evening News)

Italy have conceded defeat in their attempts to convince Chelsea coach Antonio Conte to become their manager for a second time. (London Evening Standard)

Former Everton boss Ronald Koeman will be unveiled as Netherlands manager on Tuesday. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Feyenoord's Denmark striker Nicolai Jorgensen, 27, a target for Newcastle in last month's transfer window, has suggested he is open to a summer move to the Premier League. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Stoke skipper Ryan Shawcross, 30, has labelled Brighton's visit on Saturday as the biggest game of the season for the club. (Argus)

Former midfielder Vinnie Jones says Leeds need to bring in "experienced pros" to get out of the Championship. The Yorkshire side are set to appoint Barnsley's Paul Heckingbottom as their seventh manager since 2014. (Sun)

Best of Monday's gossip

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)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

At the time of writing, Chelsea’s official website leads with a quotes piece from Antonio Conte’s press conference in the wake of his side’s demolition at the hands of Watford and only time will tell if that particular news item will be replaced with one of those statements announcing the football club wishes to “make clear Antonio leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea”.

Yesterday’s Rumour Mill hinted that Roman Abramovich has already lined up Napoli’s Maurizio Sarri as Conte’s successor, but with the Partenopei currently top of Serie A, one suspects that any replacement for Conte, who may very well be parading up and down outside Stamford Bridge ringing a bell and wearing a “PLEASE SACK ME!” sandwich board, would be an interim fix. Carlo Ancelotti or Luis Enrique are the favourites to step into the breach, while the Italian FA is hopeful Conte will leave Chelsea and take over a national team still reeling with embarrassment from their failure to qualify for the World Cup.

Despite having gone some small way towards rehabilitating a managerial reputation that looked destined to end in all sorts of ignominy before he rocked up at West Ham, David Moyes seems unlikely to remain at the London Stadium past the end of this season. The Scot took over from Slaven Bilic on a six-month contract that is unlikely to be extended if reports the club are already sounding out potential replacements are to be believed. The Newcastle manager Rafael Benítez is reported to be a target, but is unlikely to be keen on swapping one basket-case club with tens of thousands of disgruntled fans for another, while Marco Silva and David Wagner have also been linked with the club.

Those blokes with ropes lurking with intent near Arsenal’s training ground are hoping to “tie down Aaron Ramsey” to a new contract at the club, while reports from Spain suggest Real Madrid will offer Karim Benzema to Manchester United, Arsenal or the Dog & Duck next summer. Arsenal are also hopeful of signing the 24-year-old Hoffenheim midfielder Kerem Demirbay, who has just been ruled out of action for several weeks after rupturing ankle ligaments during his team’s draw with Hertha Berlin last Saturday. Liverpool are also interested in securing Demirbay’s services and both Premier League clubs are reported to be happy to meet the £28m release clause in the Germany international’s contract. Arsenal also like the cut of Benfica winger Andrija Zivkovic’s jib, while Liverpool, Manchester United and Bayern Munich are all hitching their skirts in the direction of Christian Pulisic.

And finally, this morning’s Times leads with the exclusive news that the Premier League is thinking of introducing a winter break in January of each season, presumably so fatigued players can rest their weary bones by boarding planes, travelling to far flung corners of the world to play lucrative friendly matches on money-spinning mid-season tours. Any potential break would have to be factored into the next television rights deal. “Provided space can be found in the calendar, we are open to this in principle and will continue constructive discussions with our football stakeholders to seek a workable solution,” announced a Premier League statement this morning.

Evening Standard

West Ham to offer David Moyes new contract if club stay up


West Ham will offer manager David Moyes a new, improved deal if he leads the club to Premier League safety this season.

A club source has denied a report suggesting that Moyes, who is on a six-month contract, will leave West Ham whatever the team’s position at the end of the campaign.

Instead, it is understood that should Moyes and his coaching team keep West Ham up, he will be offered a new deal, probably of two years, as the club look for continuity.

Any new deal would depend on Moyes’ financial demands, though, while the current negativity surrounding the club may well be another factor in the Scot’s thinking, should he be considering a longer-term stay.

Moyes, meanwhile, has admitted he would have liked to have signed another midfielder in January.

He would have also been disappointed that his efforts to sign striker Islam Slimani failed on deadline day because the Leicester owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, refused to deal with club following comments made by West Ham vice-chairman Karren Brady in her weekly column in a national newspaper.

West Ham are 12th in the Premier League but just three points above the relegation places and face a vibrant Watford side on Saturday.

Moyes admitted, when he took over in November, that he had a point to prove following difficult spells at Manchester United and Sunderland but has worked hard to restore his reputation and could receive other offers should West Ham stay up.


Obiang surgery a success - Lewin

West Ham United midfielder Pedro Obiang has undergone a successful operation on the knee injury he sustained at the end of January.

The 25-year-old suffered a tear to the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during the Hammers’ Emirates FA Cup tie at Wigan Athletic on 27 January, and now faces a spell on the sidelines as he begins his rehabilitation.

Obiang, who has played 86 games for the Hammers since arriving from Italian side Sampdoria in summer 2015, could be forced to sit out the rest of the 2017/18 campaign but Hammers Head of Medical Gary Lewin is confident the Spaniard will return stronger.

He said: “Pedro has undergone surgery to repair the medial collateral ligament, and we’re delighted with how it went.

“He went to a specialist in Barcelona for the operation and he is in the best possible hands as the rehab process gets underway.

“Pedro is likely to be out for a little while, but we are confident that he will return fit and strong in ample time for pre-season.”

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Texas Iron 9:11 Wed Feb 7
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Takashi Miike 2:51 Tue Feb 6
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thanks alan

Thanks Alan 2:40 Tue Feb 6
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The Stoat 2:19 Tue Feb 6

Eddie B 2:22 Tue Feb 6
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Alan, thanks.

The Stoat 2:19 Tue Feb 6
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Thanks Alan

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