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Alan 12:05 Fri Mar 2
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham are ready to bid for Borussia Dortmund's 28-year-old Germany forward Marco Reus. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain and Real Madrid are both targeting Chelsea's 25-year-old keeper Thibaut Courtois. The Belgium international's father met the French champions for informal talks this week. (RTBF, via London Evening Standard)

Planned contract renewal talks between Courtois and Chelsea have been put back until the summer. (Sun)

Liverpool are interested in signing Southampton's 24-year-old Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina. (L'Equipe - in French)

Manchester United have joined Liverpool in the pursuit of Napoli midfielder Jorginho, 26, with manager Jose Mourinho willing to bid £50m for the Italian. (Star)

Mario Balotelli's agent says the former Manchester City and Liverpool striker, 27, could be set for a summer return to the Premier League on a free transfer from Nice. (Mirror)

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta says Arsenal should appoint Thierry Henry as their next manager. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Hoffenheim's 30-year-old boss Julian Nagelsmann is another contender to replace Wenger at Arsenal. (Mail)

West Ham boss David Moyes is preparing a £10m summer bid for Bournemouth's Harry Arter after having two previous bids for the 28-year-old midfielder turned down. (Express)

West Ham plan to offer a new deal to Argentina midfielder Manuel Lanzini, 25, to ward off interest from Liverpool. (Evening Standard)

Watford's on-loan Spanish winger Gerard Deulofeu, 23, has suffered a stress fracture in his foot and is set to miss a substantial period of the season. (Hertfordshire Mercury)

Expansion of Barcelona's airport is not possible because "planes are not allowed to fly over Lionel Messi's house", according to Vueling president Javier Sanchez-Prieto. (Marca)

Austria manager Franco Foda is considering calling up Burnley's 28-year-old striker Ashley Barnes. He played once for Austria's under-20 side in 2008, and qualifies for selection through an Austrian grandparent. (Austria Press Agency, via Sky Sports Austria)

Chelsea want former midfielder Frank Lampard to join the club's coaching staff with a view to him eventually becoming Blues boss. (Sun)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson says his club's signing of former Liverpool goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri on a free transfer is almost complete. (Croydon Advertiser)

Liverpool's new main stand earned the club an extra £12m last year. (Telegraph)

The Reds plan to use their strong financial position to strengthen the squad in the summer. (Guardian)

Best of Thursday's gossip

Paris-St Germain forward Neymar, 26, could be out for up to three months, Brazil's team doctor has said. (ESPN)

The Arsenal board have turned against manager Arsene Wenger and are drawing up a list of replacements for the 68-year-old. (Mirror)

Wenger claims he "turned the whole world down" to remain as Arsenal manager. (Telegraph)

The Frenchman's future was cast into doubt after he refused to confirm whether he will see out his contract that ends in 2019. (Mirror)

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who says he gambled in appointing Pep Guardiola as the club's manager in 2008, is urging Arsenal to consider Thierry Henry as a replacement for Wenger. (Telegraph)

West Ham are ready to sign Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 30, for £3m from West Brom at the end of the season. (Birmingham Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Slim pickings today after hundreds of football transfer rumours were left stranded overnight as extreme weather continued to wreak havoc across the UK – with Met Office representatives warning that the country ‘is not out of the woods yet’. Strengthening winds caused blizzards and drifting snow in some parts, bringing speculation regarding who the father of Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois may have been staging informal talks with to a standstill, leaving fans who stress over the future whereabouts of assorted footballers facing disruption for the fourth day in a row.

Despite the hazardous weather conditions, Tottenham Hotspur are preparing to bid for perma-knacked Borussia Dortmund winger Marco Reus, who last month returned from an eight-month spell on the sidelines and has already scored two goals in his five appearances. Reus is contracted to Dortmund until the end of next season, and is also wanted by Liverpool.

Jan Oblak has a buyout clause of €100m (£86.m) that ought to keep him in the Spanish capital until 2021, but Liverpool, Arsenal, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are all in the market for a man of his talents and could make Atlético Madrid an offer they quite literally cannot refuse.

French sports daily L’Equipe report that Mario Lemina is the latest Southampton player to have caught the eye of Liverpool. The midfielder pitched up at St Mary’s from Juventus for £18m last summer and has scored one goal in 20 games, but now looks set to follow a path to Anfield recently trodden by Rickie Lambert, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, Sadio Mané, Nathaniel Clyne and Virgil van Dijk. “Just take the scouts, it’ll be cheaper,” joked Saints legend Matthew Le Tissier on Twitter.

David Moyes is doing his best Terminator impression and will not be bargained with, can’t be reasoned with, won’t feel pity or remorse or fear, and absolutely will not stop ... ever, until he has signed Harry Arter from Bournemouth. The West Ham manager has already had two bids for the Republic of Ireland midfielder turned down but is not prepared to take “no” for an answer. West Ham also plan to shovel more and more money at Manuel Lanzini in the hope it will prevent his head being turned by Liverpool.

Tottenham midfielder Victor Wanyama is in talks with with his employers over a new and improved deal, while representatives from Liverpool and Manchester United are standing in the next room listening through glass tumblers pressed up against the wall, preparing to intervene if the talking stops.

And finally, hipsters’ favourite and Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann is the latest name to be added to an increasingly long short-list of contenders to succeed Arsène Wenger. Last night, Arsenal lost 3-0 against Manchester City for the second time in five days in front of four men and a dog (official attendance: 58,420) at a snow-and vitriol-saturated Emirates Stadium.

Evening Standard

David Moyes: Why I refuse to discuss my future until West Ham are safe from relegation

David Moyes

The defeat by Liverpool was a disappointment but it didn’t take long to put the game behind us.

The spirit here is still the best it has been since we came in and we’re looking forward to Swansea tomorrow. It’s being billed as a ‘must-win’ game for both teams but every game since I’ve been at the club has been looked at in a similar way.

We do need to be hard to beat. We’ve conceded too many goals in the past two away games and we have to make sure we tighten up that area of our game and maybe get back to being a bit ‘ugly’.

I always thought that, by the end of this month, we would have a really good idea of where we will be. We only play three times in March but I still feel that way.

I’ve been asked about my position frequently in the past few weeks and my answer is still the same. I want to get the club safe first and foremost — and then take it from there.

That doesn’t mean I’m not making plans for next season. Whatever my future, I am employed by the club until the end of the season and my job here is to think ahead and try to improve things.

I’ve already outlined the pre-season programme and I’m due to go abroad and check out a few training camps during the international break this month. We also plan to advertise for a head of recruitment going forward.

Am I preparing for next season? Am I talking with the owners about improvements? Yes, I am. Hopefully, the things we are suggesting make for good practice and whether it is me or someone else, I hope they are the right ideas to take this club forward.

I would say again, I am really enjoying my job here and I would have no problems staying but I just think, for the sake of me and the club, we don’t need to say or do anything just now.

I do believe that, in the long term, things will be much better but I came to the club with the single-minded attitude of ‘I’m here to do the job until the end of the season, I’m here to keep the team up’. I wanted all the supporters to buy into that and be behind the team.

We made one or two changes for the match against Liverpool, including leaving out ‘Chicharito’, who has been scoring for us in recent matches. The reason for that was that I didn’t think we could go there with two out-and-out strikers.

I looked at their formation and thought that if we did play two up front, we would be outnumbered in other areas, so we chose to go with a more compact midfield.

I thought for 45 minutes we did quite well. Yes, we went in at half-time 1-0 down but we had created a chance or two. Ultimately, though, they were too powerful for us.

Their front three can be very dangerous. Manchester City’s front players are terrific in a different way — they play much wider — but we did find Liverpool very difficult in that second half.

I wasn’t happy with the goals we conceded and I think we could have done better on the break, when we tried to be more expansive. You can sit in against Liverpool for long periods and, while we wanted to do that, we were looking to cause them problems as wel

We thought carefully about whether to bring Manuel Lanzini back for the game and we decided to go with him because he can keep possession well when we need it.

It was a hard game for him as it turned out but it’s good to have him back. I know he enjoyed his partnership with Marko Arnautovic before he was injured and that’s something we will look at resuming, but ‘Chicharito’ is scoring goals at the moment also.

We have a few knocks and niggles from last weekend but none too bad, hopefully.

‘Pat’ Evra has a nasty gash on his shin but we hope he’ll be okay, he’s been training this week with some padding on the shin to protect it.

VAR takes far too long

VAR was again in the spotlight during Tottenham’s FA Cup replay with Rochdale and certainly there are teething problems at the moment.

Goal-line technology has been a really good innovation and video has also been used retrospectively in dealing with diving.

At the moment, though, VAR is just taking too long. In rugby, which is a more stop-start game, if you like, that’s not so much of a problem but you don’t want to unnecessarily stop the flow in football.

VAR will help the game if it helps clarify obvious mistakes but it must only be used within those parameters. These days, the pundits often talk about referees’ decisions more than the football and if the technology can redress the balance a little, then that will be good.

Scrum and see us, Eddie

So Eddie Jones is a West Ham fan! I didn’t know that until last week and I was sorry I couldn’t take up his invitation to go and watch his England rugby team train before their match against Scotland last weekend.

Perhaps it’s just as well because, as a Scot, maybe I would have taken the blame for the result!

Eddie is due to come to us soon and it will be good to meet up with him.

He is an outstanding sports coach and to share ideas from top people from other sports — and even business — can only be hugely beneficial.


EXCLUSIVE: West Ham boss David Moyes lining up bid for Bournemouth ace Harry Arter

WEST HAM will go back in for Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter this summer with a £10million bid.

By Tony Banks

Hammers manager David Moyes had two bids, the last amounting to about £8million, for the Bournemouth star rejected during the January transfer window.

But Arter, 28, remains a major target for Moyes, who intends a significant shake up of his West Ham squad this summer should he succeed in keeping the club in the Premier League.

The Scot immediately identified midfield as an area which needed major improvement when he took over at the London Stadium in November – and the strong-running Arter is a player Moyes still believes he can prise away from the South Coast.

Moyes did sign Portuguese midfielder Joao Mario on loan from Inter Milan in January but the Italians want £38m to make the move permanent in the summer which is way out of West Ham’s price range.

West Ham face Swansea at the Liberty Stadium on Saturday, lying just three points above the Premier League relegation zone and having won only one of their last five games.

Di Marzio

West Ham monitoring Pordenone keeper Meneghetti

n recent years Pordenone have developed numerous intriguing prospects, and this season they featured the youngest player to appear in Italy’s third division. Keeper Marco Meneghetti played against Feralpisalo’ back on February tenth, it was the first game at the progressional level for the player born in 2001. On top of attracting the interest of numerous Serie A clubs, Meneghetti is on West Ham’s wish list, the Hammers would like to bring the young keeper to England so he can be a part of their future

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Thanks Alan 9:06 Fri Mar 2
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bill green 1:34 Fri Mar 2

Texas Iron 6:49 Fri Mar 2
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Good words from Moyes...

Not impressed by Arter...Evans...

the exile 5:10 Fri Mar 2
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Don't know what he sees in Arter.

Mike Oxsaw 3:15 Fri Mar 2
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Haven't our revered leaders just crushed a rebellion? How come that's not front page news on every sports media outlet?

bill green 1:34 Fri Mar 2
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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