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Alan 11:36 Wed Sep 22
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

France striker Anthony Martial will be free to leave Manchester United in the January transfer window. The 25-year-old is open to staying in the Premier League but could explore opportunities on the continent, with Barcelona a possible destination. (Eurosport)

Manchester United and England goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 24, wants a loan move away in the January transfer window. (Sun)

Chelsea are preparing new contract offers for England midfielder Mason Mount, 22, France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 30, and 29-year-old Italy midfielder Jorginho. (Standard)

Chelsea were ready to offer 100m euros (£86m) for Paris St-Germain and Brazil defender Marquinhos, 27, in the summer. (RMC Sport - in French)

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski says he does not "have to prove myself in another league" after he collected the European Golden Shoe for scoring 41 Bundesliga goals for Bayern Munich in the 2020-21 season. (Mirror)

Manchester City are monitoring Real Sociedad and Spain forward Mikel Oyarzabal, 24. (TeamTalk)

Arsenal will make Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno, 29, available for transfer following the summer arrival of 23-year-old English keeper Aaron Ramsdale. (Eurosport)

Barcelona are preparing to part ways with head coach Ronald Koeman, with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez the "preferred option" to replace the Dutchman. (Goal)

However, Barcelona president Joan Laporta has not given up on trying to lure Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola back to the Nou Camp. Guardiola, 50, led Barca to three Spanish league titles and two Champions Leagues during his four-year spell in charge between 2008 and 2012. (El Nacional - in Spanish)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers remains on Barcelona's radar as the Spanish club consider their options. (90 Min)

Former Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta, 37, believes his ex-Barcelona team-mate Xavi, who is manager of Qatari club Al Sadd, is ready to take charge at the Nou Camp. (Goal, via Sport)

Spain winger Marco Asensio, 25, could leave Real Madrid if he is not given more first-team opportunities under Carlo Ancelotti this season. (Cadena Ser - in Spanish)

Real Madrid boss Ancelotti says it is normal that those not playing are not happy but insists that squad members such as Asensio are training well and will get minutes on the pitch. (Marca)

Portugal midfielder Joao Palhinha, 26, is set for a pay rise at Sporting Lisbon having been linked with a move to Everton, Tottenham and Wolves over the summer. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

Huddersfield Town's English midfielder Lewis O'Brien, 22, has agreed the terms of a new contract with the club despite four bids from Premier League side Leeds United. (Football Insider)

Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, 25, is attracting interest from Inter Milan and Napoli. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic, 21, who was linked with a move to Tottenham in the summer, says he chose to stay at Fiorentina as he believes he can continue to grow at the Serie A side. (Dazn, via Football Italia)

Football London

Alphonse Areola to start, Michail Antonio decision - West Ham predicted XI vs Manchester United

How football.london's West Ham writer Tom Clark expects the Hammers to line up against Manchester United in the Carabao Cup

By Tom Clark

Just three days after their dramatic late loss to Manchester United in the Premier League West Ham have the chance to get revenge on the Red Devils.

The Hammers enter the Carabao Cup at the third-round stage due to their European commitments and have been handed a tough draw with a trip to Old Trafford first up.

West Ham have never won the League Cup, with their best result coming in 1981 when they lost a replay 2-1 against Liverpool thanks to goals from Sir Kenny Dalglish and Alan Hansen.

Manchester United on the other hand have won the trophy on five occasions, most recently in 2017 with a 3-2 win over Southampton.

League Cup history is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side as is Manchester United's recent record against West Ham with four victories in a row. However, the closeness of Sunday's match suggests the Hammers can travel to Old Trafford with confidence they can cause an upset.

Both teams are expected to make a number of changes to their starting XI's from the weekend clash with the managers taking the opportunity to hand out debuts and minutes to those on the fringes.

One such change is expected to be Alphonse Areola making his Hammers debut in goal, with Lukasz Fabianski making way.

Issa Diop and Craig Dawson could replace the weekend's centre-back pairing of Angelo Ogbonna and Kurt Zouma.

In the full-back spots, Ryan Fredericks had a fine game against Dinamo Zagreb at right-back and is likely to return to the team at Old Trafford. Vladimir Coufal was handed a rest in the Europa League and could keep his spot in the back four, alternatively, Arthur Masuaku or Ben Johnson could get their first start of the season in his place.

In midfield, Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice are due a rest with Alex Kral and Mark Noble in line for starts. Manuel Lanzini could join the duo or start as the No.10 as he did in Zagreb.

Jarrod Bowen and Andriy Yarmolenko were both substitutes in the Europa League and would provide pace and width for Moyes behind Antonio.

The striker was suspended for the Premier League match against Manchester United and the No.9 could spearhead the Hammers attack.

Predicted West Ham XI - Areola, Coufal, Dawson, Diop, Fredericks, Kral, Noble, Bowen, Lanzini, Yarmolenko, Antonio


Man Utd predicted line-up vs West Ham with Anthony Martial set to come in from the cold

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to ring the changes as Manchester United host West Ham United in the Carabao Cup third round three days after a dramatic Premier League victory over the Irons

By Freddie Keighley Digital Sports Reporter

Days after one of the most-dramatic fixtures of the Premier League season unfolded at the London Stadium, Manchester United and West Ham United face off once again.

This time it is Carabao Cup action for the two clubs, with the Red Devils playing host to former manager David Moyes and his Hammers outfit in the third round.

The hosts come into the tie bristling with confidence after Jesse Lingard scored an 89th-minute winner and David de Gea denied Mark Noble's last-gasp penalty to earn three points.

Inevitably, the evergreen Cristiano Ronaldo was on the scoresheet to score his fourth goal in three games, equalising in the first half after Said Benrahma's opener.

But the 36-year-old superstar may be named on the bench for the first time since returning to Old Trafford on Wednesday night, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set to ring the changes against West Ham.

Anthony Martial could be handed his second start of the season, with the Frenchman keen to remind his manager of his quality having fallen down the pecking order following Ronaldo's arrival.

Jadon Sancho may return to the starting XI on the left flank after he was benched on Sunday, with match-winner Lingard rewarded with a start at No.10 and veteran Juan Mata as the right-winger.

Scott McTominay has been a reliable stalwart over much of the last year and may keep his spot in the line-up alongside Donny van de Beek in the deeper midfield spots.

A heavily-rotated defence could see Victor Lindelof partner Eric Bailly at centre-back, meaning the first-choice duo of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane can be rested.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka could keep his berth at right-back, especially as he is suspended for the Champions League clash with Villarreal next Wednesday.

Should Ole Gunnar Solskjaer target winning the Carabao Cup this season? Have your say in the comments.

On the other side of defence, Diogo Dalot could be handed a rare start in place of Luke Shaw, while Alex Telles could return from a foot injury in time to make the matchday squad.

In goal, former Red Devils academy star Tom Heaton may make his first start for the club, with De Gea given the chance to put his feet up after his penalty save at the weekend.

De Gea's regular competition, Dean Henderson, is still working his way back to fitness with the Under-23s after a bout of long Covid.

Elsewhere, Solskjaer has confirmed Phil Jones will be named in the squad and the centre-back could make his first United appearance since January 2020.

Striker Edinson Cavani may also recover from a muscle injury in time to make the bench, while forwards Marcus Rashford and Amad remain sidelined until next month.

Manchester United predicted line-up to face West Ham United (4-2-3-1): Heaton; Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Bailly, Dalot; McTominay, Van de Beek; Sancho, Lingard, Mata; Martial.


Reid receives massive pay out to tear up contract

Winston Reid got a massive payoff to rip up his West Ham contract by mutual consent which expired on 30th June 2023.

Claret and Hugh understand the compensation closely resembles the huge payoff that Jack Wilsher received over a year ago when the Hammers agreed to pay 85% of his remaining wages to rip up his £100,000 per week contract.

With 92 weeks of Reid’s contract remaining the former hammers was entitled to just under £6.5m of wages if the reported £70,000 per week is to be believed.

This would give him in theory just under £5.5m most likely paid in instalments with the club saving just under £1m from the new agreement.

Reid was no longer in the manager’s plans due to a loss of pace after his serious injury and he was unlikely to ever play for the first team again.

The club believes the small wage saving was the best outcome for both parties as they were no offers for him over the summer.

Despite his eleven years of service, Reid will not be receiving a testimonial, the cost of hosting any testimonial at the London Stadium is around £300,000 so you have to sell a lot of tickets just to break even. The last player testimonial was at the Boleyn ground in 2016 for Mark Noble, before that it was Julian Dicks in 2000 and Steve Potts in 1997.

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Texas Iron 5:18 Wed Sep 22
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LJC 1:53 Wed Sep 22
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Lee Trundle 12:02 Wed Sep 22
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I think you need to read that again mate haha!

Irish Hammer 1:07 Wed Sep 22
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Thanks as always Alan, brilliant read to have each day.

Thanks Alan 12:30 Wed Sep 22
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ted fenton 11:52 Wed Sep 22

bill green 12:20 Wed Sep 22
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Thanks Irish 12:16 Wed Sep 22

Thanks Irish 12:16 Wed Sep 22
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Thanks Alan

Lee Trundle 12:02 Wed Sep 22
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"Claret and Hugh understand... the Hammers agreed to pay 85% of his remaining wages to rip up his £100,000 per week contract.

With 92 weeks of Reid’s contract remaining the former hammers was entitled to just under £6.5m of wages if the reported £70,000 per week is to be believed."

Classic C&H. From £100k to £70k in the space of a paragraph.

ted fenton 11:52 Wed Sep 22
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Thanks Alan.

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