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Alan 1:00 Wed Nov 3
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

England striker Harry Kane, 28, will abandon plans to quit Tottenham after the arrival of Antonio Conte as their new manager. (Sun)

Conte is set to make AC Milan's 24-year-old Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie his first signing as Tottenham manager. (Metro, via Sportitalia)

Conte also wants Tottenham to sign Inter Milan's Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij, 29, in January. (Football Insider)

Manchester United's Paul Pogba prefers a return to Juventus over joining Paris St-Germain or Real Madrid when the France midfielder, 28, becomes a free agent next summer. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Erling Braut Haaland has decided to leave Borussia Dortmund and his agent wants the Norway striker, 21, to join Barcelona. (El Nacional - in Catalan)

Borussia Dortmund, though, are confident they will keep Manchester City and Chelsea target Haaland, despite a £64m release clause that is believed to kick in next year. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard could join Newcastle in the January transfer window, with Carlo Ancelotti prepared to let the 30-year-old Belgian leave. (Star)

Newcastle are planning a free transfer swoop for Inter Milan's Marcelo Brozovic as the Croatia defensive midfielder, 28, is out of contract next summer. (Sun)

Belgium coach Roberto Martinez is being pushed for the Newcastle manager's job by caretaker boss Graeme Jones, who was previously the Spaniard's assistant with the national side. (Football Insider)

Tottenham, West Ham and Southampton are all chasing West Brom's England goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 28, whose contract expires next summer. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are also ready to rival Juventus for Fiorentina's Serbia striker Dusan Vlahovic, 21. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal are preparing an offer to sign Real Madrid and Serbia striker Luka Jovic, 23, on loan with an option to buy. (Star)

Christian Eriksen is open to rejoining Ajax in January as the Danish midfielder, 29, is unable to play for his current club Inter Milan having been fitted with a heart defibrillator. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Paris St-Germain do not want to rescind Spain defender Sergio Ramos' two-year contract with them and could not do so even if they wanted to. The 35-year-old joined the French club on a free transfer from Real Madrid in July but is yet to play for them because of injury. (Marca)

England youth international Fabio Carvalho has turned down a 'massive' offer to stay with Fulham and the 19-year-old winger, who has been linked with Real Madrid, is now set to be out of contract at the end of the season. (Sun)

Rotherham boss Paul Warne is a contender to take over as manager of Championship side Barnsley, who are looking to replace sacked head coach Markus Schopp. (Mail)

Sky Paper Talk

the sun

Harry Kane is ready to abandon all plans to quit Tottenham - after the arrival of new boss Antonio Conte.
Tottenham could be delayed in having Conte pitchside as the club wait for his visa to be approved.
Tottenham are 'close' to agreeing a £165,000-a-week deal with AC Milan midfielder Franck Kessie, according to reports.
Manchester City have held talks over acquiring a minority stake in Russian giants Spartak Moscow.
Brighton have received a huge boost as Dan Burn's injury is not as bad as first feared.
Fabio Carvalho has turned down a 'massive' contract offer from Fulham.

daily mail

Limited funds will be made available for Antonio Conte to strengthen Tottenham's squad in January, but he is likely to sell players to raise funds for his primary targets, including Fiorentina forward Dusan Vlahovic.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg rushed to the aid of a collapsed man outside the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday night as the midfielder was confronted with another distressing health drama.
Daniel Farke's position as Norwich manager is under mounting scrutiny following his side's winless start to the Premier League season.
Barcelona are expected to announce Xavi Hernandez as their new coach on Thursday but the club's supporters might have to wait until after the international break to see him in the dugout.
Sol Campbell has revealed he will spend time with former Arsenal team-mate Patrick Vieira at Crystal Palace as he looks to get back into management.
Rotherham boss Paul Warne is a contender for the vacant manager's job at Barnsley.

the times

Unai Emery is on the brink of becoming Newcastle United's new manager and could be in charge of their Premier League game away to Brighton on Saturday.
Scotland manager Steve Clarke said he expected Kieran Tierney to be fit in time for the vital World Cup qualifying ties in Moldova on November 12 and against Denmark at Hampden three days later.

daily express

Juventus wonderkid Mohammed Ihattaren is considering retiring at the age of just 19 because of personal reasons.

daily star

Christian Eriksen is said to be 'tempted' by a return to Ajax where he might be able to continue his playing career with a heart defibrillator fitted.

the guardian

After 109 years, modern pentathlon's governing body has voted secretly to remove horse riding and replace it with cycling.

scottish sun

Steve Clarke is ready to throw 'pest' Jacob Brown in for a shock Scotland debut in the World Cup crunch in Moldova.

All Africa

Zimbabwean Banker in Failed West Ham Bid

By Robson Sharuko

A London-based Zimbabwean investment banker was part of a failed bid by a high-powered consortium, which wanted to take over high-flying English Premiership club West Ham United, in a deal worth about US$2 billion.

While the club is valued at about US$952 million, the consortium also wanted to acquire the London Stadium, which West Ham use as a home ground.

It was constructed specifically for the 2012 Summer Olympics.

The multi-purpose stadium cost more than US$1,02 billion, when the bill of renovations, is factored into the picture.

Negotiations had taken place between the consortium and the London Legacy Development Corporation, the group who manage the facility, over the acquisition of the London Stadium.

Stan Mabika, the 43-year-old banker with more than 15 years in London's financial services sector, and his colleagues at Profit Access Investments, tabled two bids, for the acquisition of the Hammers.

Mabika largely covers Asset Management, Advisory, Venture Capital, and Private Equity, mostly specialising in Regulatory Compliance, Anti Money Laundering, Risk Management and Investment portfolio reviews.

He is a director at PAI Capital Ltd, in charge of Mergers and Acquisitions strategies, covering origination and structuring risk management, while also guiding the company's compliance with the financial regulations.

The private investment company has offices in London, Hong Kong and Shanghai and have assets worth more than US$20 billion, under their management team.

Azerbaijani businessman, Nasib Piriyev, is the managing partner at the firm.

Other key members of the firm are Matthew McGahan, the other managing partner, and partners Simon Lewis and Philip Beard, a former chief executive of English Championship side, Queens Park Rangers.

However, the London club, who are enjoying a resurgence under the guidance of manager, David Moyes, rejected the two bids by PAI Capital Ltd.

"I am disappointed that we cannot conclude the deal as hoped, as we have some big ideas for the club," Piriyev the PAI Capital Ltd managing partner, said in a statement.

"This is something we have been working on for over nine months, with a committed team behind the bid.

"West Ham is close to my heart and I hope that our interest has been healthy for the club -- I believe that all competition is good for focusing minds and improving performance.

"Of course, we respect the owners' wishes and simply put on the record that we are here if, and when, they decide the time is right for them to sell.

"Until then, I wish all the best to the club, and I thank the fans for their patience, understanding and support."

PAI Capital said on their official website their second offer was premised on the following key elements:

The club (West Ham) would benefit from a £150 million cash injection to be used for the development of the training ground, youth academy, scouting set-up and, more importantly, player purchase across the men's and women's teams.

The club would own the London Stadium and be part of a group with a joint venture interest across the Olympic Park, elevating the club's status in the park and allowing it to have a greater influence in relation to pathways and usage in and around the London Stadium.

All existing shareholders would be paid a share price on a valuation considerably higher than the current market valuation of the club.

"Mr Sullivan (David, co-chairman and largest single shareholder at West Ham) has, unfortunately, declined the offer on the offer on the basis that, with the team performing so well, it is not the right time to sell.

"PAI Capital notes his decision and, given that it is one of timing, and not price, the company is unable to take things forward, at this stage.

"PAI Capital's interest remains, however, and should things change, will be ready and willing to proceed."

The bid by PAI was supported by former West Ham stars, who include Rio Ferdinand, his brother Anton and former striker Tony Cottee.

While Mabika and his team might have failed to complete their mega deal, and secure ownership of a Premiership club, it appears a Czech-based billionaire might succeed, where their consortium came short. According to Sky News, Daniel Kretinsky, is in advanced talks to acquire a 27 percent stake in the Hammers.


Leeds and West Ham target rejects massive contract offer

Fabio Carvalho may have put the likes of Leeds United and West Ham on alert with The Sun reporting that he has rejected a massive contract offer from Fulham.

Carvalho is out of contract at Craven Cottage at the end of the season. He has made a superb start to life in the first-team. The 19-year-old has scored four times in 12 games, including three in six in the Championship this year.

He has just handed Fulham a major boost by returning from a lengthy injury. But perhaps he may not represent the Cottagers too many more times.

The Sun reports that he has rejected a massive contract offer from Fulham. And it is claimed that he could now leave in the January transfer window with Real Madrid keen.

The report will alert a host of Premier League clubs. It was reported back in August that the likes of Leeds and West Ham want Carvalho.

With his contract situation uncertain for some time, it appears entirely possible that their interest could remain.

Carvalho boasts an outstanding record for Fulham’s youth teams. He has scored 33 goals for the under-18s and under-23s.

Many of those appearances would have come alongside Cody Drameh. The right-back joined Leeds from Fulham back in 2020.

He has been superb for the Whites. And he has been rewarded for his brilliant form with a first-team debut and a first Premier League appearance in the last week.

That should perhaps inspire Leeds to make a move for Carvalho amid reports that he has rejected a new deal.

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angryprumphs 5:29 Wed Nov 3
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Mr. Burns 1:10 Wed Nov 3

He is a top prospect, not sure we need another winger as a priority though

With Kind Regards 3:20 Wed Nov 3
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ted fenton 2:49 Wed Nov 3

ted fenton 2:49 Wed Nov 3
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Thanks Alan 1:01 Wed Nov 3

Texas Iron 2:43 Wed Nov 3
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Irish Hammer 1:32 Wed Nov 3
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Thanks very much Alan

bill green 1:15 Wed Nov 3
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Thanks Alan (includes modern pentathlon)

After 109 years, modern pentathlon's governing body has voted secretly to remove horse riding and replace it with cycling.

Mr. Burns 1:10 Wed Nov 3
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Thanks Al.

Than Fulham kid looks superb, not sure we’d get him though.

flamengo 1:04 Wed Nov 3
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Thank you Alan

Thanks Alan 1:01 Wed Nov 3
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Thanks Alan

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