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Alan 11:52 Fri Aug 17
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are refusing to sell 25-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba, who wants a transfer to Barcelona. (Sun)

Arsenal are confident they can keep hold of Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27, despite interest from Barcelona, Lazio and the Chinese Super League. (Mirror)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino says he anticipates players will leave the club before the European transfer deadline, despite Spurs not having signed anyone this summer. (Sky Sports)

But Tottenham's France midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 29, has told fans he will be staying at the club. (Talksport)

Pochettino also says he plans to be with Tottenham for the long haul after opportunities to join Real Madrid or Chelsea last season. (Mirror)

Chelsea held talks with Lyon forward Nabil Fekir, 25, over the summer but opted against signing the France international. (Goal)

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has ruled out a move for Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, 35, who is a free agent after leaving Manchester City. (Sun)

Manchester United's Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 25, says he intends to retire from international football after Euro 2020. (Business Insider)

Real Madrid are unhappy Inter Milan contacted 32-year-old Croatia midfielder Luka Modric without approaching them first. (Mundo Deportivo)

Leicester manager Claude Puel hopes to loan out some of his fringe players before the international transfer window, and the window that allows loans to Football League clubs, closes at the end of August. (Leicester Mercury)

Manchester City's left-sided player Oleksandr Zinchenko could be set for a loan move to Real Betis or Girona in Spain after the 21-year-old Ukrainian rejected a permanent move to Wolves this summer. (Mirror)

Newcastle will have to pay a fee if they choose to sign Venezuelan striker Salomon Rondon, 28, on a permanent deal next summer after West Brom triggered a one-year extension. (Sun)

The transfer of Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty, 30, from Hearts to Rangers is expected to go through in the next few days. (Edinburgh Evening News)

Everton's Dutch full-back Cuco Martina, 28, is weighing up loan deals with Championship sides Stoke and Middlesbrough. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal's 20-year-old English striker Stephy Mavididi is in talks over a permanent move to Juventus - after playing on loan with Preston and Charlton last season. (Sun)

Joao Mendes - the 13-year-old son of Brazilian legend Ronaldinho - tried to avoid revealing his father's identity during his trial with Brazilian side Cruzeiro. (Globoesporte, via Mail)

Wolves have beaten Southampton to the signing of 17-year-old Chinese midfielder Dongda He. (Birmingham Mail)

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Simon Burnton

A little over a week after the drama, excitement and largely underwhelming-apart-from-Everton actuality of England’s transfer deadline day it is Italy’s turn to bring the curtain down on the summer market. They have until the clock strikes eight in Rome on Friday to complete their business, and the day dawns with one particularly big name – in more ways than one – the subject of heightened speculation.

It looks like Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, the young Lazio midfielder so frequently linked with the Premier League’s power hitters in the early summer, is going to make a big-money move. Milan are apparently in the driving seat, with rumours circulating that they have struck a €40m loan deal with Lazio that includes a right to make the deal permanent if they feel like it, though Tuttosport believes that Juventus will rival them for the Serb’s signature and the Gazzetta dello Sport thinks Adrien Rabiot could end up in Milan instead.

Meanwhile in England, Fraser Forster is packing his bags and preparing to move abroad in search of action, with Fenerbahce and Besiktas both keen. “There are clubs in for Fraser,” said Southampton manager Mark Hughes. “He wants to play and I’ve told him he needs to play. He would not be averse to a move abroad.” Also potentially heading to Europe is the 20-year-old Arsenal striker Stephy Mavididi, who is in talks with Juventus, while the forgotten man of the Emirates, Joel Campbell, believed to have been accidentally locked in a broom cupboard since 2016, is likely to join Frosinone. Also potentially heading abroad is Manchester City’s Oleksandr Zinchenko, who having turned down a permanent move to Wolves might end the summer on loan at either Girona or Real Betis.

Steve Bruce would love to bring Robert Snodgrass back to Aston Villa, but to do so has to hope the player is discarded by Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham. “He’s trying to make an impression on a new manager and I don’t know anything about his current situation,” sniffed the Villa boss. Another player who was at Villa Park last season, England’s John Terry, has interrupted a holiday in the Algarve to hold talks with Madeira Rodrigues, one of the men in the running to become Sporting’s new president next month, who apparently offered a complicated player/ambassador role.

Stoke and Middlesbrough are both hoping to sign Cuco Martina from Everton on loan, though the Liverpool Echo also believe the player “is attracting interest from abroad”. Bordeaux’s £3.75m bid for the Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos has not only been turned down it has been described as “disrespectful” by a fuming Steven Gerrard. “He is very important to me and to us and the club,” he wheezed. “Every player has a price but no-one will be leaving here on their terms. It will be our terms.”

Chelsea have made three morale-boosting signings, improving the morale of the team by snapping up ketchup, bringing in mayonnaise and swooping for butter, all items banned under Antonio Conte. “It’s all back,” a source told the Sun. “Obviously Maurizio [Sarri] recognises that nutrition is important but is not so keen on total control. They are grown men after all. The players are chuffed.”

Football London

West Ham eye shock January move for ex-Liverpool and Man City striker Mario Balotelli - report

By Tashan Deniran-Alleyne

West Ham United are reportedly eyeing a shock move for ex-Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli in January.

It's not long since the summer transfer window closed and the Hammers were extremely busy in that one as manager Manuel Pellegrini bolstered his squad with no less than 10 players.

Interestingly only one of those new arrivals was a forward.

Lucas Perez completed his £4m transfer from London rivals on deadline day and will be expected to provide competition to Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez to lead the line, whilst also offering an option to play out wide.

Yet it would appear that Pellegrini isn't sold on his centre-forward options and could look to rectify that in the new year.

According to L'Equipe, the Hammers have set their sights on a move for Balotelli who went AWOL after former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira's forst training session as the new Nice boss.

It's been suggested that the Italy international is pushing for a move away from the Ligue 1 outfit and has also been linked with moves to Marseille, Napoli and Borussia Dortmund.

Despite their ties to the Citizens, Balotelli and Pellegrini actually missed each other at the Etihad Stadium by five months.

The striker was sold to AC Milan during the 2013 January transfer window following 30 goals in 80 appearances across all competitions, while the Chilean tactician was appointed as Roberto Mancini's successor on June 14 that same year.

'Super Mario' has enjoyed somewhat of a revival since moving to Nice two summers ago as he's netted at least 15 league goals in both of his seasons in the top flight of French football.

No West Ham forward has managed such a feat since the days of Marlon Harewood and Jermain Defoe - over a decade ago - although Arnautovic did show signs of taking up the mantle with 11 goals in 31 Premier League appearances last season.

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longford 5:39 Sat Aug 18
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balotelli could be our new di canio ..... but probably not lol

Texas Iron 8:46 Fri Aug 17
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Mex Martillo 4:57 Fri Aug 17
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Thanks Alan

The Libertine 2:35 Fri Aug 17
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Your newspaper thread is really good Alan, and in fact the main reason this site continues to live a good life.

White Pony 1:32 Fri Aug 17
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Thanks Alan 1:16 Fri Aug 17
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Sydney_Iron 12:22 Fri Aug 17

Sydney_Iron 12:22 Fri Aug 17
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ted fenton 12:13 Fri Aug 17

ted fenton 12:13 Fri Aug 17
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The Stoat 12:08 Fri Aug 17

The Stoat 12:08 Fri Aug 17
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Thanks Alan

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