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Alan 12:04 Fri Sep 24
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool could yet move for West Ham's 24-year-old English forward Jarrod Bowen. They were linked with a £20m bid in the summer window. (Liverpool Echo)

Borussia Dortmund could move for 23-year-old Juventus and Italy winger Federico Chiesa, should the Bundesliga club lose Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21, next summer. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio, 25, is also among Liverpool's targets. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Portuguese manager Paulo Fonseca says his move to take charge of Tottenham collapsed because sporting director Fabio Paratici wanted Spurs to play defensive football. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Tottenham could be prepared to offload French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 24, in a swap deal for compatriot and 25-year-old Manchester United forward Anthony Martial. (Express)

Chelsea and Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 28, will not rush a decision on his future, but is seeking a significant pay rise if he is to stay at Stamford Bridge. (90min)

Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann says he has not yet spoken to sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic abour Rudiger, who is out of contract next year. (Eurosport)

Arsenal are set to lose French striker Alexandre Lacazette for free when his contract expires in the summer, with Atletico Madrid interested in the 30-year-old. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Clubs in Spain, Germany and Italy are interested in Lacazette, while Premier League sides West Ham and Crystal Palace could offer him the chance to stay in the Premier League. (90min)

Barcelona are also interested in signing Lacazette but will face competition from fellow Spanish club Atletico Madrid in trying to sign the forward. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Manchester United have made contact with Barcelona over a move for 24-year-old France forward Ousmane Dembele. (El Nacional - in Spanish)

Everton were interested in Newcastle United's English midfielder Sean Longstaff, 23, in the summer and could make a move for the 23-year-old in January when he enters the final six months of his contract. (Liverpool Echo)

Juventus are close to finalising a contract extension for 27-year-old Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, whose current deal runs until June 2022. (Goal)

Napoli want to turn 25-year-old Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa's loan with them into a permanent move and will ask the London club if they can take up the 15m euro option to buy the Cameroon international early with the hope of a discount on the fee. (Tuttomercatoweb - in Italian)

Sports Mole

West Ham United, Crystal Palace 'join Alexandre Lacazette race'

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has reportedly emerged as a potential transfer target for West Ham United and Crystal Palace.

With just this season remaining on his contract, the Frenchman had been expected to depart the Emirates Stadium before the end of the summer transfer window.

Despite eventually staying in North London, the 30-year-old has endured a frustrating start to the new season with two of his three outings coming in the EFL Cup.

According to 90 min, negotiations between the relevant parties are unlikely to lead to Lacazette penning fresh terms with Arsenal.

At a time when Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have been linked with a move during 2022, it appears that West Ham and Palace are also monitoring the situation.

The report suggests that Lacazette is open to remaining in England's capital past the end of this campaign.

Planet Football

The saucy finish that shows how West Ham’s Jarrod Bowen is going places

West Ham United may be experiencing an unexpected renaissance but their fans know, through bitter experience, to enjoy the good times on their rare and fleeting appearances.

Their highest ever league, 3rd in 1985-86, was followed by steady decline and relegation within three years. Harry Redknapp managed to nurture a core of young talent that rivalled the Class of 92 – even if they won all their silverware away from east London.

Recently, the giddy final season at Upton Park – spearheaded by Dimitri Payet – unravelled when the playmaker moved to Marseille within months, defecating on his West Ham legacy from the height of the Eiffel Tower.

David Moyes has constructed a Hammers side that can compete with anybody on their day and clubs who’ve been traditionally higher up the food chain are beginning to sniff around their brightest talents.

Bayern Munich have been linked with Tomas Soucek, while next summer’s scrum for the services of Declan Rice promises to be more unbecoming than David Brent on a Thursday night at Chasers.

And then there’s Jarrod Bowen. Rumours that Liverpool were interested in Bowen this summer were met with ridicule by some of the entitled shitehawks from their online fanbase.

This ultimately has more to do with appearance than footballing ability. In an era where winning the transfer window is a more prestigious prize than the League Cup, the prospect of Jurgen Klopp paying £35million on a man who looks like he sweats Lynx Africa would never sate those Liverpool fans.

But those who’ve actually seen Bowen play realise what an outstanding footballer he is.

The £20million signing from Hull is a dynamic and tireless forward who combines a high work-rate with the rapid acceleration that makes him such a lethal outlet on the counter-attack.

Many articles praising Bowen have centred around these qualities but they’ve neglected one thing – Bowen is also capable of the sauciest of finishes.

Take West Ham’s 90-minute answer to the age-old question of how Celtic would fare in the Premier League. During July’s 6-2 victory at Celtic Park, the Hammers demolished their Scottish opponents with an exhibition of counter-attacking prowess.

And the fifth goal illustrated Bowen’s class. Said Benrahama flicked on a hip-height cross that the 24-year-old finished off with the most delightful of volleys. The cuteness of the finish spoke of a player whose technique has been vastly underrated by observers blinded by Bowen’s physical attributes.

Bowen has taken this form into the new season. During the recent defeat to Manchester United, he deputised well for the suspended Michail Antonio and memorably bumped Donny van de Beek off the ball as West Ham took revenge in the League Cup on Wednesday.

And his performances are increasingly gathering attention – alongside Liverpool, Tottenham and Leicester are reported to be monitoring Bowen’s progress.

He is believed to be integral to Moyes’ long-term plan at West Ham, with the Scottish boss previously urging Bowen to emulate Leicester forward Jamie Vardy in making the most of his formidable talents through hard work.

“Vardy is a really good example of what you can do if you dedicate yourself and you don’t give up, you don’t let anybody put you down and keep going,” Moyes told reporters back in April.

“That raw potential came from inside hunger, to take the chance when you get it.

“I wouldn’t say it’s proving people wrong but to prove to yourself you can compete and Jarrod is doing that.”

And his saucy volley at a sweltering Celtic Park is proving those who believe Bowen isn’t glamourous enough wrong too.

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Mex Martillo 7:30 Fri Sep 24
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Strangely, I agree with Vexed, the cunt just about says all we can expect is to lose our players and decline to relegation. Bowen, does pull of some amazing football, against ManU, he kind of flicked / kicked that ball up to the top corner and Henderson was a bit luck to get a save in, nearly was an amazing goal.
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 6:42 Fri Sep 24
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Alwaysaniron 2:32 Fri Sep 24
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The press are a bunch of bellends. The lad signs for us for 22m on a 5 year contract and they think Liverpool can sign him (still got 3.5 years left on his contract) for 2m less than we paid for him. Fucking mental... Do they actually every read the shite they print?

£50m and we will start to listen. If not then fuck the fuck off!

bill green 1:49 Fri Sep 24
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The Stoat 1:18 Fri Sep 24

The Stoat 1:18 Fri Sep 24
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Would be nuts to ever consider selling Bowen he's a bloody workhorse

Thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:12 Fri Sep 24
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Thanks Alan 12:43 Fri Sep 24

Thanks Irish 12:56 Fri Sep 24
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Thanks Alan

Vexed 12:52 Fri Sep 24
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Cheers Alan Irish son.

That Planet Football article is the strangest article I've read for a while. Starts off telling us we're shit, then says everyone is after our players them redeems itself by calling Liverpool fans 'entitled shitehawks'.

Liverpool fan fuck off with 20m though, got to be 40 at least now surely? I'd also take Lacazette, great player. But will he want to sit on the bench? Doubt it.

Thanks Alan 12:43 Fri Sep 24
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Thanks Alan

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