WHO Poll
Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done

Alan 11:50 Fri Oct 8
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool are weighing up a move for Real Madrid and Spain winger Marco Asensio, 25, who is reportedly unhappy at the Bernabeu. (Mirror)

Newcastle's new owners are aiming to make the club as big as Manchester City and Paris St-Germain, who also have owners from the Middle East. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has said he is still in contact with his former Juventus team-mates, but the 28-year-old France star insists he is focused on ending the season "well" at Old Trafford. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)

Former Chelsea boss Frank Lampard and Rangers manager Steven Gerrard are in the frame to replace Newcastle boss Steve Bruce, who says he expects to lose his job. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Manchester City are keen to open contract talks with Raheem Sterling, 26, and do not want to sell the England forward, who has fewer than two years left on his contract. (Sun)

Barcelona have been heavily linked with Sterling and Manchester City would ask for France winger Ousmane Dembele, 24, in exchange if their player were to move to Spain. (El Nacional - in Spanish)

Juventus have put a £25.4m price tag on United States midfielder Weston McKennie, 23, who is being targeted by Tottenham. (Calcio Mercato - in Italian)

Liverpool striker Divock Origi has reportedly been offered to Barcelona as a January signing. The 26-year-old Belgium striker's contract expires at the end of the season and he has had limited game time under Jurgen Klopp. (Sun)

England midfielder Harry Winks, 25, could switch to Everton from Tottenham in January in order to get more game time. (Caughtoffside)

Juventus and Inter Milan want to sign Leicester's 25-year-old Belgium full-back Timothy Castagne. (Le Derniere Heure - in French)

Arsenal are considering a move for Zenit St Petersburg and Iran striker Sardar Azmoun, 26, as a replacement for 30-year-old France forward Alexandre Lacazette, whose contract with the Premier League side expires next summer.(Onze Mondial via Teamtalk)

Valencia, Real Betis and Rayo Vallecano are expected to battle for the signature of former Arsenal and Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez, 32, who is out of favour at Inter Milan.(Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

AC Milan are keen on signing France defender Samuel Umtiti, 27, from Barcelona in January. (Calcio Mercato - in Italian)

Torino and Italy striker Andrea Belotti, 27, could leave the club for free when his contract runs out. (Fabrizio Romano)

Serbia forward Dusan Vlahovic, 21, of Fiorentina, and Paris St-Germain's 28-year-old Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 28, are on Juventus' radar. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Manchester United and Chelsea are targeting Stoke City's English forward Emre Tezgel, 16. Manchester City are also said to be keen on the youngster. (Star)

Manchester City have also joined the race to sign 19-year-old Espanyol attacker Mateo Joseph, who has also attracted interest from Leeds.(Mail)

Liverpool Echo

Nikola Vlasic's dad makes Everton transfer admission and reveals Wayne Rooney exit message

Vlasic returned to the Premier League this summer after a spell in Russia following his Everton exit

By Connor O'Neill

The father of Nikola Vlasic believes his son made the correct decision joining Everton back in the summer of 2017.

Ronald Koeman signed Vlasic from Hajduk Split in August 2017, after impressing in two Europa League fixtures against the Blues.

But soon after his Goodison arrival, Koeman was sacked, with David Unsworth serving as caretaker manager before Sam Allardyce took over on a permanent basis.

The winger made just seven Premier League starts in his one and only season with the club, with Marco Silva then replacing Allardyce as Blues boss.

But having failed to impress new boss Silva at the start of the 2018/19 season, the Croatia international spent the season on loan with CSKA Moscow.

Scoring eight goals in his 31 appearances for the club in all competitions, Vlasic joined the Russian side on a permanent basis the following summer for a fee believed to be £14m.

The 24-year-old was a huge success at CSKA and returned to the Premier League in the summer when he joined West Ham United.

And although his time on Merseyside was far from ideal, his father insists he and his son don’t look back on it negatively.

“It was a good decision, but the circumstances did not go his way,” he told Nacional via Sport Witness.

“ Everton were boosted that summer by extremely expensive midfield reinforcements, paid 25 to 43 million euros, who had to play, and he was placed in the right-wing position.

"Nikola is the best in the midfield as a ten or as an eight.

“The right-back who used to go very low, almost to the goalkeeper’s wing, and Nikola was left with a huge space that he had to constantly cover. So he was very exhausted in the up and down sprint, sometimes more than 70m.

“Despite such circumstances and poor results, Nikola has often been apostrophized by audiences, journalists and coach Koeman as a rare bright spot for Everton.

“The coach was soon fired, and his successors had some players of their own and some other ideas.

“At every training session, Nikola showed his quality, and when Rooney left the club, he approached him and said: 'Just keep going, and you will be a great player.'"

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

ted fenton 2:01 Fri Oct 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 11:55 Fri Oct 8

Texas Iron 12:23 Fri Oct 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Alan 12:12 Fri Oct 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Him and his dad keep repeating that he's not a winger, and that he's an 8 or 10.

With Kind Regards 11:55 Fri Oct 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 11:55 Fri Oct 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Lato 11:54 Fri Oct 8
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Vlasic has a chance to prove Everton wrong.......if selected in our next Premier league fixture.

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