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Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool are leading the race ahead of Manchester United for 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham. (Telegraph - subscription required)

However, Liverpool are considering a move for Wolves and Portugal midfielder Matheus Nunes, 24, as an alternative to Bellingham. (UOL, via Mirror)

Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech, 29, was keen on leaving Stamford Bridge this summer with former club Ajax and AC Milan interested in the Morocco international. (Football.London)

Chelsea made an informal approach for AC Milan and Portugal forward Rafael Leao, 23, during the summer transfer window, according to the club's director Paolo Maldini. (FourFourTwo)

Red Bull Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund has refused to rule out joining Chelsea in a similar role, and said the Blues showed an interest in the Austrian club's Slovenia striker Benjamin Sesko, 19, during the summer. (Sky Austria, via 90 Min)

Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo, 20, says he is focused on playing for the south coast club and Ecuador at the 2022 World Cup but that "nobody would turn down an offer from Chelsea or any other club like that". (Ole, via 90 Min)

Newcastle United are interested in Shakhtar Donetsk and Ukraine winger Mykhaylo Mudryk, 21, who has also been linked with Arsenal and Brentford. (Football Insider)

Shakhtar Donetsk have confirmed they rejected a bid of 30m euros from Everton for Mudryk. (90min)

Valencia, Villarreal, Celta Vigo and Real Sociedad are lining up pre-contract offers for Blackburn Rovers and Chile striker Ben Brereton Diaz, with Everton and Leeds also targeting the 23-year-old. (Football Insider)

Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag will be given at least £70m to spend in the January transfer window and the amount could increase if Portugal striker Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, leaves Old Trafford. (Sun)

Former Tottenham and England defender Danny Rose, 32, is close to signing for Greek side AEK Athens as a free agent after leaving Watford earlier this month. (Sun)

Brighton are continuing talks with former Shakhtar Donetsk manager Roberto de Zerbi as they look to replace Graham Potter. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Juventus could also be an option for De Zerbi if the Serie A side decide to part company with manager Massimiliano Allegri. (Sportmediaset, via Football Italia)

Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 31, says he was close to joining Wigan in 2009, before moving to Old Trafford. (BT Sport, via Mail)

France manager Didier Deschamps says he will not pick Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba, who is sidelined by a knee injury, for his 2022 World Cup squad unless the 29-year-old is fully fit. (Mirror)

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Rafael Leao is set to put an end to talk of a January move to Chelsea or Manchester City by signing a new long-term deal with AC Milan.


Sean Dyche has admitted Burnley were right to sack him last season and hopes to make a return to the Premier League by throwing his hat into the ring for the vacancy at Bournemouth.

Arsenal will renew their interest in Shakhtar Donetsk forward Mykhaylo Mudryk in January after being put off by their price tag over the summer.

Todd Boehly has already held talks with clubs in Brazil and Portugal as he looks to begin adding clubs to Chelsea's portfolio.

Arsenal reportedly wanted to sign then-Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham before his move to Roma in the summer of 2021.

Liverpool are open to terminating Arthur Melo's loan from Juventus in January, according to reports in Italy, but only if they can secure a long-term replacement.

Danny Rose is closing on a move to Greece, with AEK Athens set to complete a deal to bring in the former Tottenham and Watford defender on a free transfer.

England supporters heading to the World Cup face having to take pre-travel Covid tests and will need vaccine passports just to enter shops after Qatar introduced tough new rules.

AC Milan are working on striker options to go after in January with summer signing Divock Origi struggling badly since his arrival from Liverpool.


Tickets for Roger Federer's farewell event, next week's Laver Cup in London, skyrocketed as high as nearly £24,000 after his shock retirement announcement.


Yorkshire will pay up to £1.9m in compensation to staff they sacked in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal, after admitting the dismissals were "procedurally unfair."

Shane Warne's family say it is "beyond disrespectful" for Nine Network to announce they are turning the cricket legend's life into a two-part drama series called Warnie.


A US-based consortium has registered firm interest in buying Premier League club Bournemouth from Russia-born businessman Maxim Denim.

Ecuador's hopes of retaining their place at the World Cup suffered a blow after Byron Castillo failed to appear at FIFA's Appeal Commission hearing into his nationality on Thursday.

John Terry is set to embark on a career in football business after enrolling on a FIFA diploma course for executives which will also include Fabio Cannavaro and Philippe Senderos.

Chelsea goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga has admitted he is open to hearing more about Todd Boehly's North-South All-Star Game and backed himself to play in it should the game be given the go-ahead.

Didier Deschamps has warned Paul Pogba he is not an automatic selection for the France squad heading to the World Cup in Qatar.

WTA chief executive Steve Simon says the tour will continue to boycott China until there is a firm resolution to the Peng Shuai scandal.


Former Arsenal striker Alexandre Lacazette is set to undergo surgery on his vocal chords after battling pain that has been shown to have come from a polyp which has also left him with a higher-pitched voice.

Jon Rahm says there is no truth to the rumours he is the "top 10" player set to become the next LIV Golf signing.


RB Leipzig have suffered a huge injury blow ahead of their Champions League double-header against Celtic with key midfielder Konrad Laimer set to miss both games.


Former Celtic player Simon Ferry says Ange Postecoglou's style of football is the best he has ever seen at Parkhead.

Hearts have revealed plans to upgrade Tynecastle significantly, which will include opening a hotel inside the ground's footprint.


Silkeborg 2-3 West Ham: David Moyes' side survive late scare in Denmark to maintain winning start in Conference League as Manuel Lanzini, Gianluca Scamacca and Craig Dawson all net in first half

By Aadam Patel For The Daily Mail

West Ham survived a scare in Denmark as they came back from behind again to make it two wins out of two in the Europa Conference League.

Silkeborg - managed by ex-Aston Villa defender Kent Nielsen - had never won a game in the group stages of a European competition but the home side took a surprise early lead, thanks to a superbly taken goal by Kasper Kusk.

A well worked move down the left flank saw Lukas Engel's cross find Kusk in space and his first-time finish left Alphonse Areola rooted to the spot and nestled into the back of the net.

West Ham's comeback against FCSB last week came with three second-half goals but this time around, three first-half goals in the space of 25 minutes ultimately secured the points for the visitors.

The Danish side's lead lasted just seven minutes after Tobias Salquist was adjudged to have fouled Maxwel Cornet in the box despite minimal contact and the visitors were awarded a penalty, which Manuel Lanzini duly converted past Nicolai Larsen.

Manuel Lanzini equalised for West Ham from the spot after Silkeborg took a shock lead

Lanzini celebrates with his West Ham team-mates after equalising from the penalty spot

And David Moyes' side went ahead shortly after as Cornet fed Gianluca Scamacca and the Italian unleashed an unstoppable strike past Larsen before he could even move.

Gianluca Scamacca scored his third goal for West ham to give them the lead in the first half

Scamacca is congratulated by fellow summer signing Maxwell Cornet after scoring his goal

West Ham were fortunate when Silkeborg had a goal wrongly ruled out after their skipper Nicklas Helenius headed in from a corner but the referee had blown for a free kick on Areola, even though replays showed that the West Ham keeper had run into a Silkeborg player.

If the Europa Conference League had VAR, it would have been two apiece but instead the Hammers doubled their advantage shortly before the break when Craig Dawson - making his first start of the season - bundled in Aaron Cresswell's corner at the near post.

Dawson headed in a corner just before the break to give West Ham a two-goal cushion at 3-1

Craig Dawson celebrates scoring West Ham's third goal in their clash with Silkeborg

Moyes was unsure whether he would risk either Cresswell or Dawson on the artificial surface, given that both were returning from injury but the pair's combination proved pivotal.

It was Cresswell's 300th West Ham appearance and the fourth European game in succession where West Ham had scored three.

The second half seemed like an exercise in common sense until Soren Tengstedt pulled one back for Silkeborg with 15 minutes to go, after Jarrod Bowen lost possession and Areola could only parry Tonni Adamsen's strike to Tengstedt, who blasted home.

Adamsen's introduction off the bench changed the complexion of the game and he nearly levelled but was denied by a brilliant one-handed save from Areola.

West Ham held on, though another tough test lies in a double header against Anderlecht in October, in a competition where coming second in the group means an extra round to navigate in February before the round of 16.


SILKEBORG: (4-3-2-1) Larsen; Sonne, Salquist, Felix, Engel (Klitten 46); Thordarson, Christensen, Klynge (Kaalund 62); Tengstedt, Kusk (Jorgensen 62); Helenius (Adamsen 62).

Subs not used: Hedvall (GK); Ostrom, Mattsson, Anders Dahl, Oggesen, Calisir, Busch.

Goals: Kusk (5), Tengstedt (75).

Bookings: Salquist (12), Klynge (22).

Coach: Kent Nielsen.

WEST HAM: (3-4-2-1) Areola 6, Kehrer 6, Dawson 6, Cresswell 6, Coufal 5, Lanzini 6 (Coventry 90+3), Rice 6 (Soucek 63, 5), Emerson 5, Paqueta 6 (Benrahma 63, 5), Cornet 7 (Fornals 86), Scamacca 7 (Bowen 63, 5).

Subs not used: Fabianski (GK), Randolph (GK); Zouma, Antonio, Downes, Ogbonna.

Goals: Lanzini (pen 13), Scamacca (25), Dawson (38).

Bookings: Cresswell (89).

Coach: David Moyes.

Referee: Fabio Verissimo (Portugal).

Venue: Jysk Park (Silkeborg).


Gianluca Scamacca extends European scoring streak as West Ham make hard work of beating Silkeborg

Will Magee

Silkeborg 2-3 West Ham

Gianluca Scamacca struck another European goal for West Ham United as they battled their way to a surprisingly nervy Europa Conference League victory over Danish side Silkeborg.

Scamacca, a £30 million summer signing from Sassuolo, has already scored twice in Europe this season and his latest goal, a searing strike from the edge of the penalty box, helped West Ham to their second win in two games in Group B.

The English side were forced to work much harder than expected, though, as they conceded an early goal and then allowed Silkeborg back into the game in the second half. David Moyes and his players next face back-to-back matches against Belgian side Anderlecht, who are widely regarded as their most difficult opponents in the group.

West Ham fell behind unexpectedly in the first half, with Kasper Kusk putting Silkeborg ahead with a fine finish from a low left-wing cross, but the visitors always looked capable of causing problems at the other end of the pitch.

It did not take long for the Premier League team to respond to the opening goal, as Maxwel Cornet went down in the box under a challenge from Tobias Salquist. Manuel Lanzini slipped as he took the resulting penalty, but still generated enough power to beat Silkeborg goalkeeper Nicolai Larsen.

Scamacca soon put West Ham ahead with a thunderous strike. The Italian international latched onto Cornet’s pass and, without hesitation, smashed the ball high into the roof of the net from 20 yards.

On a plastic pitch, West Ham made the most of their aerial power to score the third goal. It came from centre-back Craig Dawson, who used a combination of his head and shoulder to convert Aaron Cresswell’s corner shortly before half-time.

A second-half stroll suddenly became a hard slog for West Ham when Soren Tengstedt finished a rapid counter-attack with a powerful finish beyond Alphonse Areola. The goal came against the run of play but led to an anxious final few minutes, in which West Ham were forced to defend in numbers to preserve their lead.

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