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Alan 1:06 Thu Oct 17
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham could replace Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, with Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Isco, 27, in the January transfer window. (El Desmarque, via Express)

Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, 31, insists he will not be leaving the club, with the former Germany international's contract with the Gunners running until 2021. (Athletic - subscription required)

Arsenal have reportedly made an offer to Real Madrid for Spanish winger Lucas Vazquez, 28, before a potential January move. (El Desmarque, via Football.London)

Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri could bring Croatia striker Mario Mandzukic, 33, and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 25, with him to Manchester United if he replaces Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United boss. (Tuttosport, via Express)

Alternatively, United will sign six players over the next two transfer windows including Moussa Dembele from Lyon, Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez and Leicester City's James Maddison. (Mail)

Manchester United want to sign Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 29, from Real Madrid, who could try negotiate France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, moving the other way as part of any deal. (Bild, via Sun)

Inter Milan are considering a move for Chelsea and France striker Olivier Giroud, 33, now that 30-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, on loan at the Italian club from Manchester United, faces a lengthy absence because of an ankle injury. (Calciomercato, via Express)

Anderlecht have been fined £4,300 by the Belgian FA for appointing former Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany, 33, as head coach when he did not have the required qualifications. (Sun)

Manchester City's Argentina forward Sergio Aguero, 31, crashed his £150,000 Range Rover Sport on the way to training - but walked away unscathed. (Mail)

Newcastle will offer a new five-year deal to English midfielder Matty Longstaff. The 19-year-old is out of contract in the summer. (Mail)

Leicester, West Ham and Valencia all tried to sign Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny over the summer before the 27-year-old Egyptian went on loan to Turkish side Besiktas. (Leicester Mercury)

Ex-Manchester United captain Paul Ince says he "doesn't know what they're doing at the club" and that United could finish in the bottom half of the Premier League this year. (Talksport)

Former Tottenham coach Clive Allen has revealed he was stopped from punching then-Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger by goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini. (Mail)

Chelsea have been officially revealed as the Premier League side with the worst disciplinary record, with no club receiving more cards in the top flight since 1992. (Star)

The Premier League will oppose efforts to reduce automatic spots for the Champions League in a meeting this week with more than 150 clubs across Europe. (Telegraph)

Leeds United are monitoring Chelsea defender Reece James, 19, and hope to be able to take him on loan in January. (Football Insider)

Turkish side Galatasaray are prepared to end their season-long loan deal for Southampton and Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina, 26, in January. (Fotomac, via Sport Witness)

Chelsea's Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour, 18, asked to go out on loan but had his request rejected by boss Frank Lampard. (Sun)

Forward Eddie Nketiah, 20, says his hat-trick for England U21s on Tuesday shows he deserves to be starting for Leeds during his loan spell from Arsenal. (Independent)

Everton are scouting Bolton's English midfielder Ronan Darcy, 18, and Romanian midfielder Dennis Politic, 19. (Football Insider)

Chelsea midfielder Christian Pulisic, 21, was reduced to tears after being substituted in the United States' 2-0 loss to Canada. (Mirror)

Watford-owned Colombian defender Jorge Segura, 22, will return to the club in January as Mexican side Atlas do not want to make his loan deal permanent. (Futbol Total, via Sport Witness)

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Simon Burnton

Manchester United are searching for their outsized chequebook and preparing to wave it around Europe as they go in search of six – or, as the Mail put it in their back-page splash, SIX – signings over the next two transfer windows. “There is an acceptance at United that the squad requires a major overhaul,” they write, “with the club targeting two strikers, two central midfielders, a central defender and a left back.” The only names mentioned at Moussa Dembélé of Lyon and Mario Mandzukic of Juventus, either of whom could apparently arrive in January, but a deal for Ivan Rakitic is off the table after the Barcelona midfielder’s family decided that Manchester probably wasn’t for them. Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff, Leicester’s James Maddison and Emre Can of Juventus are their three toppermost midfield options, again according to the Mail. “However,” they add, “the Red Devils are expecting it to be difficult to acquire key signings in the January transfer window.”

The same may not be true for everybody: the Corriere dello Sport is predicting a merry-go-round of ageing attackers come the new year, with Internazionale keen on Olivier Giroud and Edinson Cavani, Zlatan Ibrahimovic apparently ready for another spell in Sarie A – he too is linked with Inter, in the Gazzetta dello Sport – Dries Mertens pondering a future in China and Mandzukic potentially Manchester-bound. The most remarkable thing about the number of strikers being linked with Inter is Calciomercato’s assertion that “their priority remains to reinforce the midfield”.

The big news on the front pages of the Italian sports papers however is the shocking state of Milan’s accounts, with the Rossoneri apparently €146m in the rosso – considerably more than the €90m debt they had been expected to declare. As a result they will be forced to sell some prime assets, possibly in January, with Gigi Donnarumma and Suso the most likely to bring in the kind of figures that might make a dent in that deficit. Lyon, Marseille, Roma and Fiorentina were all interested in Suso in the summer, while Paris Saint-Germain made an offer for Donnarumma and Franck Kessié was on the verge of joining Wolves only for the deal to collapse at the 11th hour.

Besiktas want to end Kelechi Iheanacho’s Leicester hell, the 23-year-old having so far this season played 19 minutes of a Carabao Cup tie at Luton, sat on the bench for three league games and otherwise had every matchday off. And Crystal Palace think that Nathan Ferguson, the 19-year-old West Bromwich Albion tyro, would be just the man to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka at right-back – news that has apparently prompted the Baggies to offer him a five-year contract.


Giroud offer Hammers hope

The fascinating possibility that Olivier Giroud could become a West Ham winter target has arisen out of quotes from the Chelsea striker.

The 33 year old has suffered following the rise and rise of Tammy Abraham who has been in outstanding form for Frank Lampard’s outfit.

Giroud has often been linked with the Hammers who were keenly interested when the Frenchman finally joined the Blues on his Arsenal departure.

Seb Haller’s fellow countryman is out of contract at Stamford Bridge next summer and a short term-move to the Irons could be on given his apparent possible intention to seek an exit from the Chelsea.

Despite rejecting a move to us in the past a move to east London on loan in the winter with the possibility of a short term contract following could now suit both parties as Albian Ajeti continues on a learning curve.

The Hammers interest at the time was very real and they could be tempted to follow up on a striker who scored 17 goals in 55 Premier, Europa Leagie and international appearances last season.

And speaking to Get French Football News, he said: ““I am going to fight for my place at Chelsea (until January),” Giroud.

“I don’t necessarily (want to leave). But there are things that mean… if I am forced to make a decision, I will make it like when I left Arsenal.

“Yes (I welcomed the international break). For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference.”

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Mickey Rat 1:36 Fri Oct 18
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Bloody hope we don't go for Giroud, I thought we'd learnt not to sign old injury prone players with huge ego's and wages!

Thanks Alan 4:45 Thu Oct 17
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ted fenton. 1:58 Thu Oct 17

The Libertine 2:31 Thu Oct 17
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Thanks Alan.

ted fenton 1:58 Thu Oct 17
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Thanks Alan.

Texas Iron 1:54 Thu Oct 17
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