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Alan 12:18 Fri Oct 15
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Robert Lewandowski's agent, Pini Zahavi, sees Manchester City as "possible destination" for Bayern Munich's 33-year-old Poland striker next summer. (Bild - in German)

Real Madrid, Newcastle United, Arsenal and a return to Liverpool are among the destinations that England forward Raheem Sterling, 26, could end up after he said he was open to leaving Manchester City. (Express)

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti is also interested in signing Italy and on-loan Juventus winger Federico Chiesa, 23. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Leeds United are monitoring Ajax's 23-year-old Morocco defender Noussair Mazraoui, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Roma. (Football Insider)

Lille president Olivier Letang has revealed that Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches, 24, will be allowed to leave the club if a big offer is submitted in January. (Express)

Spain defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, has been named alongside his Chelsea team-mate and Denmark centre-back Andreas Christensen, 25, as players Barcelona are monitoring as potential free agent recruits next summer. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

West Ham and Tottenham have been linked with Saint-Etienne's English goalkeeper Etienne Green, 21. (TeamTalk)

Former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is one of the names on Newcastle United's shortlist to replace Steve Bruce at St James' Park. (Telegraph)

The Magpies have made contact with the representatives of Real Betis and France midfielder Nabil Fekir, 28. (Footmercato - in French)

Midfielder Jesse Lingard is prepared to leave Manchester United in January to boost his hopes of being selected in England's World Cup squad next year. Both Barcelona and AC Milan have been linked with the 28-year-old. (Mirror)

Liverpool expressed an interest in signing Leeds United and Brazil winger Raphinha, 24, during the summer transfer window, the player's agent Deco has revealed. (Globo Esporte - in Portuguese)

Sevilla hold an advantage over Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Arsenal's French striker Alexandre Lacazette, 30, because of the Gunners' interest in Sevilla and Morocco forward Youssef En Nesyri, 24. (La Razon - in Spanish)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has a wish list of English defenders that includes Brighton's Tariq Lamptey, 21, Leicester City's James Justin, 23, and Norwich's 21-year-old Max Aarons. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Karim Benzema says he hopes to play alongside France team-mate and Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, 22, "some day". (Mirror)

Fenerbahce are looking to make a move for Tottenham's England Under-21 midfielder Ryan Sessegnon, 21, in January. (Sun)

Arsenal have no plans of allowing 20-year-old Brazil forward Gabriel Martinelli to leave on loan when the transfer window opens in January. (90min)

Tottenham are the latest Premier League club to show interest in Stoke City defender Harry Souttar, with Aston Villa already keeping an eye on the 22-year-old Australian. (Football Insider)


Demba Ba reveals West Ham locked him in a CAR BOOT to smuggle him into the club in a desperate bid to keep his 2011 transfer from Hoffenheim under wraps as they battled relegation

Demba Ba was secretly smuggled into West Ham's training ground via a car boot
The striker recalled the uncomfortable ride as a friend drove him into the club
Ba though was worth the hassle as he went on to score seven goals in 12 games
But despite his goals, he was unable to keep West Ham up during his six months

By Dan Ripley

Demba Ba has revealed the bizarre lengths West Ham went to in keeping his transfer a secret

Demba Ba has revealed that he was once locked in a car boot as West Ham United went to desperate attempts to keep his planned signing a secret.

The striker joined the Hammers from Hoffenheim at the start of 2011, with the club at the time in a desperate scrap to avoid relegation.

His £3.5m transfer came shortly after a proposed move to then fellow Premier League outfit Stoke City collapsed following a failed medical.

But keeping the former Senegal international protected at all costs was not on West Ham's agenda.

To prevent waiting reporters from spotting his arrival at the club, he was forced to get a friend to smuggle him into the training ground.

Ba has now recalled the bizarre uncomfortable ride towards arriving in the Premier League.

Ba told The Athletic: 'They said they didn’t want journalists to find out, so I obeyed.

'It wasn’t the biggest boot. It was like ‘boom, boom’, I’m hitting my head at every corner.'

Despite then going on to bag a highly impressive seven goals in 12 games, Ba was unable to keep Avram Grant's side in the top flight as they ended up finishing rock bottom.

Ba added: 'It was a good dressing room but ultimately we didn’t have the necessary quality.'

The striker was quickly identified by fellow Premier League teams as an easy transfer target on a free, and he joined Newcastle United just six months after his arrival at Upton Park.

After 29 goals in just 54 league games he was on the move again 18 months later, this time to Chelsea.

It was at the Blues where he is best remembered having famously scored the goal off the back of Steven Gerrard's slip, countering to net at the Kop end to put Chelsea on their way to a 2-0 win at Anfield and all but deny Liverpool the Premier League title.

Ba though has insisted he was unaware of the significance behind his goal at the time.

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Texas Iron 4:29 Fri Oct 15
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Russ of the BML 3:44 Fri Oct 15
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Ta Al.

cheesebgt 1:41 Fri Oct 15
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ted fenton 12:51 Fri Oct 15

ted fenton 12:51 Fri Oct 15
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Thanks Alan 12:24 Fri Oct 15

Thanks Irish 12:50 Fri Oct 15
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Thanks Alan

Coffee 12:33 Fri Oct 15
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Brilliant Demba Car Boot story!

Thanks Alan 12:24 Fri Oct 15
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Thanks Alan

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