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Alan 1:43 Thu Sep 30
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal will offer France forward Alexandre Lacazette, 30, to Sevilla as part of a deal to sign 25-year-old Morocco striker Youssef En-Nesyri. (La Razon - in Spanish)

Leeds United have opened contract talks with England midfielder Kalvin Phillips in a bid not to lose the 25-year-old to rivals Manchester United. (Star)

Tottenham are interested in West Brom and England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 28. (Football Insider)

And Spurs are also said to be ready to let England midfielder Harry Winks, 25, leave the club when the January transfer window opens. (Caughtoffside)

Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 24, says he does not believe sacking manager Ronald Koeman "can solve anything" at the struggling Spanish club. (Goal)

Chelsea are considering bringing Villarreal defender Pau Torres, 24, to the club. Manchester United were also interested in the Spaniard. (90min)

England midfielder Declan Rice says he is happy at West Ham and can achieve his aims at the club. The 22-year-old has been linked with Chelsea and Manchester United. (Sky Sports)

Inter Milan are not interested in signing Arsenal and Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno, 29. The Serie A side want 25-year-old Cameroon international Andre Onana of Ajax instead. (Fabrizio Romano via Twitter)

Leno believes that the reasons for his recent omission from the Gunners starting line-up are not performance related and he is looking for a move away in January. (Bild via Mirror)

France centre-back Jules Kounde says he is focused on Sevilla after Chelsea's failed bid to sign the 22-year-old during the summer. (Star)

Fiorentina president Rocco Commisso says the club are struggling to convince Arsenal and Chelsea target Dusan Vlahovic to sign a new contract. The Serbian striker, 21, scored 21 Serie A goals last season. (Express)

Everton are keeping an eye on Roma midfielder Gonzalo Villar as the 23-year-old Spaniard does not appear to be in manager Jose Mourinho's plans for the club. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that English attacking midfielder Jesse Lingard, 28, is unhappy at the club because of his lack of playing time. (Metro)

Italy forward Lorenzo Insigne says "there's time to discuss" a new contract with Napoli, despite the 30-year-old's current deal with the Serie A club running out next summer. (Sky Sport Italia, via Mail)

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, 34, says he came close to joining Manchester City in 2016 and also spoke to the the Etihad club's manager, Pep Guardiola, last year but opted to stay at Juventus. (Athletic, via Goal)

Manchester City are keen on Bayer Leverkusen's 18-year-old German midfielder Florian Wirtz. (Bild via Sport Witness)


‘Nothing’s up’: Declan Rice happy at West Ham despite rejecting new deals

Midfielder says speculation over future has not hurt his focus
West Ham host Rapid Vienna after fine start in Europa League

Jacob Steinberg

Declan Rice has insisted he remains happy at West Ham despite turning down two contract offers this year.

The England midfielder, a target for Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City, wants to play in the Champions League and has shown little interest in committing his long-term future to West Ham. Rice has three years left on his deal, with the option of another year, and has so far rebuffed the club’s attempts to fend off his suitors by giving him a lucrative new contract.

The 22-year-old, who is set to captain David Moyes’s side when they host Rapid Vienna in the Europa League on Thursday night, said that the speculation on his future had not affected his focus. Rice scored a brilliant goal in West Ham’s victory over Dinamo Zagreb in their Group H opener and was upbeat when asked whether the club could convince him to stay.

“Everyone knows how I feel about West Ham and I feel about playing under the manager and what it’s like playing with the group of players I’m playing with,” he said. “I feel you can see in my performances nothing’s up, nothing’s concerning me. I’m playing with a smile on my face, I’m going out there, I’m leading the team.

“I think you could see a difference if I wasn’t giving 100% but every time I’m putting on the shirt my only objective is to give everything for the club.”

Rice suggested that West Ham, who would not consider selling him for less than £100m, can match his ambition. “We can achieve good things,” he said. “Last season we finished three points off the Champions League.

“The mentality around the place is that every competition we’re entering is that we can go on and win. This is a new one we’re entering and we want to win that. To the fans, you can see how happy I am on the pitch.”

Moyes said he never worried about Rice’s attitude. “I don’t like saying it in front of him but he’s arguably one of the best young midfield players in Europe, if not the best,” the manager said.

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