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Alan 1:36 Sat Sep 25
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are looking at alternatives to 22-year-old England midfielder Declan Rice given West Ham's £80-90m valuation. (ESPN)

Antonio Rudiger could earn £400,000 a week if he leaves Chelsea, with Bayern Munich and Juventusprepared to offer the 28-year-old Germany international a significant pay rise on his current offer of £130,000 a week from the Blues. (Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund are considering Manchester United's French forward Anthony Martial, 25, as a potential replacement for Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21. (90min)

Manchester City will look to beat Real Madrid to the signing of Paris St-Germain's 22-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe next summer. (Transfer Window, via Mail)

Barcelona have made contact with Belgium boss Roberto Martinez about replacing Ronald Koeman as manager of the Nou Camp club, although formal negotiations have not started with the Spaniard. (Goal)

Alternatively, former Barcelona player Xavi Hernandez could replace under-pressure Koeman at the club. (Marca - in Spanish)Arsenal had a £34m bid for Real Madrid's 25-year-old Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio turned down this summer. (Cadena Ser, via Mirror)

Atletico Madrid are considering a move for Arsenal's 20-year-old England forward Bukayo Saka. (La Razon, via Star)

Chelsea could ask for as many as four Real Madrid players in any potential deal for the Blues' 21-year-old English right-back Reece James. (Express)

Chelsea will move on from their pursuit of Sevilla's French defender Jules Kounde, 22, and PSG's Brazilian centre-back Marquinhos, 27, to focus on signing Juventus and Netherlands 22-year-old Matthijs de Ligt. (Star)

Newcastle United boss Steve Bruce says he has not held any conversation about selling 24-year-old French forward Allan Saint-Maximin as he wants to keep his best players at the club. (Chronicle)

Juventus remain in negotiations with Argentina forward Paolo Dybala, 27, over a new contract and have made an improved offer. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Barcelona will look to sell Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 29, in the January transfer window. (Marca - in Spanish)

AC Milan have held talks about signing Spain midfielder Isco from Real Madrid and could complete a deal for the 29-year-old during the January transfer window. (Todofichajes - in Spanish)

Italy midfielder Jorginho, 29, says he was "close" to joining Manchester City from Napoli in July 2018 before signing for Chelsea. (BT Sport, via Mail)


Leeds v West Ham: match preview

Leeds v West Ham: probable starters in bold, contenders in light

After five Premier League games without victory, Leeds hope to end the first real mini crisis of Marcelo Bielsa’s three-year tenure by beating West Ham but it will not be easy. Bielsa could be without five key first-teamers including his centre-forward Patrick Bamford, who has already been ruled out with an ankle injury. “There comes a time when you have to demonstrate the project can resolve these uncomfortable situations,” said the Leeds manager. “We have sufficient players and we are prepared to adapt to the absences.” Such adaption will entail no change of playing philosophy. “Our project is to play the same as last year,” said Bielsa. “I don’t see the opponent has any different antidotes to those used last season.” Louise Taylor

Saturday 3pm

Venue Elland Road

Last season Leeds 1 West Ham 2

Referee Kevin Friend

This season n/a

Odds H 2-1 A 11-4 D 7-5


Subs from Klaesson, Forshaw, Harrison, Cresswell, McCarron, Summerville, Shackleton, Geldhardt, Hjelde, Greenwood, Kenneh, McKinstry

Doubtful Raphinha (hip), Harrison (Covid-19), Ayling (knee)

Injured Llorente (knock, 2 Oct), Bamford (ankle, 2 Oct), Koch (pelvis, unknown),

Suspended Struijk (second of three)

Discipline Y11 R1


Leading scorer Raphinha 2


Subs from Areola, Randolph, Dawson, Diop, Masuaku, Johnson, Kral, Noble, Lanzini, Vlasic, Yarmolenko, Baptiste

Doubtful None

Injured Fredericks (groin, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y3 R1


Leading scorer Antonio 4


Fredericks scan result

West Ham’s sole injury concern has turned out to be not so worrying.

Ryan Fredericks came off after 15 minutes of the match at Old Trafford on Wednesday evening with what at first was thought to be a groin injury.

But in fact the problem was with his thigh and following a scan it has become clear that the injury is low grade and will only keep him out for 10 days.

That means should he be required he will be back in action for the game against Everton at Goodison Park after an international break.

Sadly, he may have been needed today with Vladi Coufal having been worried by a groin problem after sustaining an injury after a challenge by Matic at Old Trafford.

However, the Czech defender is thought to be ready to take his place in the squad with Ben Johnson likely cover should there be an issue with the right back.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 12:17 Sun Sep 26
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If necessary we should pay Rice 200k a week to keep him...
10million a year is value IMHO..

COOL HAND LUKE 3:59 Sat Sep 25
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
*80 to 90M valuation*

Man Utd in hoping to pick up top quality player for peanuts saga...

I wouldn't even start the bidding at that...

Thanks Irish 2:46 Sat Sep 25
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

bill green 2:02 Sat Sep 25
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan and Thanks Alan

Our project is to play the same as last year, said Bielsa. I dont see the opponent has any different antidotes to those used last season.

When we beat them home and away.

Thanks Alan 1:57 Sat Sep 25
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

lowlife 1:51 Sat Sep 25
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Always had a bit of grudging respect for Man Utd when Ferguson and Cantona were there, but think they are massively entitled shit cunts now. Can’t stand that prick of a manager they’ve got now - hope he stays and continues wasting their money on terrible signings.

‘Considering alternatives to Rice’. He’s not even their player - twats.

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