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Bayern Munich are set to make a £40m bid for Chelsea's Callum Hudson-Odoi, with RB Leipzig also interested in the 18-year-old England Under-19winger. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea striker Alvaro Morata, 26, will have a medical with Atletico Madrid on Sunday before the Spain international finalises his loan move. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, is Real Madrid's top target in the summer after the Champions League winners ended their plans to sign 26-year-old Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen from Tottenham.(AS)

Manchester United have asked PSV Eindhoven to keep them informed on any plan to sell Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn after Bayern Munich joined the race to sign the 21-year-old. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal are keen on Barcelona's Brazilian forward Malcom, 21, and are hoping to do a deal before Thursday's transfer deadline. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United will not rush into a decision on appointing a new manager, despite Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's eight-game winning start as temporary boss. (Sunday Mirror)

Crystal Palace want to take 33-year-old Chelsea defender Gary Cahill on loan, meaning fellow English centre-back Scott Dann, 31, could join Fulham from the Eagles. (Sun on Sunday)

Stoke City have a made an enquiry over a potential £9m move for Burnley and Wales striker Sam Vokes, 29. (Mail on Sunday)

Southampton are considering a bid for Rangers captain James Tavernier, 27, but boss Steven Gerrard wants £8m for the English defender. (Express)

Newcastle United are ready to revive their interest in Monaco's Italian left-back Antonio Barreca, 23. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany's desire to sign a new contract is being complicated by ongoing fitness concerns for the 32-year-old Belgian. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, 26, has announced he and his wife Natalia are expecting their second child. (Instagram)

Seats for Premier League leaders Liverpool's final game of the season are already being offered for a staggering £6,000 each on ticket-sharing websites. (Sunday Mirror)

Monaco have dismissed former Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo from his role as sporting director a day after Thierry Henry was sacked as the club's manager. (Mail on Sunday)


Scott Wagstaff double sends West Ham packing as Wimbledon relive glory years

Ed Aarons at Kingsmeadow

Even for a former member of the Crazy Gang, it must have been hard to watch. With his side leading 3-0 five minutes into the second half thanks to two strikes from Scott Wagstaff and another from Kwesi Appiah, Wally Downes saw his side go into the final stages leading by a single goal after West Ham’s second-half fightback. But as the club that conjured up the most unlikely of FA Cup stories when they saw off Liverpool at Wembley in the 1988 final, Wimbledon are used to holding their nerve.

A brilliant header from the substitute Toby Sibbick in the 88th minute sealed a victory for Downes’s side that will go down in history in these parts.

This was in effect a rematch of a fifth-round tie in 1985 when Wimbledon – then in the second tier and in the midst of their rapid rise to the pinnacle of English football – were hammered 5-1 in the replay after drawing at Plough Lane. Downes was part of the team that day and returned there in December, leading the club’s new incarnation to the fourth round for the first time by beating Joey Barton’s Fleetwood Town.

Yet with Vinnie Jones and a host of the 1988 winners in town, there was no escaping the echoes of the past as they tore into their opponents from the start.

Manuel Pellegrini had made five changes to the side that lost at Bournemouth, pairing Andy Carroll and Javier Hernández up front in the continued absence of Marko Arnautovic. West Ham have not got past the sixth round in this competition since they lost to Liverpool in the 2006 final and lacked intensity throughout the first half in front of a raucous crowd in suburban south-west London.

After spurning a couple of early chances, Wimbledon richly deserved their breakthrough when it came, 11 minutes before half-time. Mark Noble’s dreadful clearance was quickly returned after a lovely pass from Anthony Wordsworth and Appiah’s shot from the edge of the area took a cruel deflection off Issa Diop on its way into the net.

There was even better to come. Four minutes before the break, Pedro Obiang dallied in possession and lost the ball to a determined double-effort from Wagstaff and Appiah, the former racing clear to coolly slot home and send the home supporters into raptures.

With the game already slipping away, Pellegrini used the interval to make a triple substitution, withdrawing Carroll, the unfortunate Obiang and Grady Diangana for Ryan Fredericks, Felipe Anderson and Lucas Pérez. But within a minute it seemed as though any hopes of a change in fortune had gone out of the window. None of the three substitutes had even touched the ball when the excellent Dylan Connolly wriggled away on the left and found Wagstaff for the former Charlton midfielder to volley home his second.

Aaron Ramsdale, untested for almost an hour, was then forced into a smart reaction save by Michail Antonio. Unfortunately for the Wimbledon goalkeeper, Pérez was on hand to slam home the rebound and suddenly West Ham had a glimmer of hope. The Spaniard was guilty of wasting a chance to cut the deficit further when he missed the target from close range soon after.

A mistake from the Wimbledon captain Will Nightingale, who had barely put a foot wrong until that point, then offered West Ham real hope when he brought down Anderson just outside the box and the Brazilian curled home the free-kick with aplomb. With 19 minutes still to play, Wimbledon’s players suddenly looked jaded. Appiah was withdrawn for Jake Jervis and took an age to leave the pitch as Wimbledon attempted to run down time. Anthony Taylor rightly showed Arthur Masuaku a yellow card for diving as he attempted to earn the replay for his side.

But rather than wait for what seemed an inevitable equaliser Wimbledon, not or the first time, took matters into their own hands.

“I was pleased to get the fourth, and for the team and fans – it gave them the chance to enjoy the last few minutes,” said Downes. “At 3-2 with five minutes to go they could have got a corner and it was nail-biting. But getting the fourth helped them enjoy it.”


Marko Arnautovic signs new contract at West Ham just weeks after declaring his intention to leave for China... and Hammers make announcement just 30 minutes after shock FA Cup exit

Austria's Marko Arnautovic, 29, had been linked with a big-money move to China
Boss Manuel Pellegrini had made clear the club did not want to sell the forward
West Ham announced contract extension just 30 minutes after FA Cup defeat
The Hammers crashed out following a 4-2 defeat by League One Wimbledon

By Kieran Gill

The Marko Arnautovic saga took a sensational twist of Saturday night when West Ham revealed he had signed a contract extension.

The Austrian forward, 29, had been linked with a big-money move to China but has now committed his future to the Hammers

Sportsmail understands the new deal includes performance-related incentives and lasts until 2023. Arnautovic was previously offered £300,000 a week in China.

He told the club's official website: 'I'm happy for this and I want to say to the fans that I'm happy to stay, I glad to play again, show myself and score goals, to make assists, but also to say that the major point is Marko Arnautovic never refused [to play or train]. I would never refuse.

'I'm happy, I'm happy to come to this point. I'm happy that this club is improving. Step by step, every week, every month we are seeing some improvement and that's good .'

Arnautovic is now determined to help the Hammers finish as high as possible in the Premier League.

He added: 'Our target, of course, is to climb as high as possible in the league table.

'We need to start again taking some points. We know it won't be easy against Wolverhampton away and Liverpool at home. It's never easy in this league but I'm sure we have enough quality to win games and to climb as high as possible in the table and then we'll see.

'The fans gave me the power, they gave me the energy and that's why I have to be here and that's why I want to stay. I never wanted to run away because I hate this club, this was never my intention.

'I love this club and I will always love this club no matter what. You have decisions you have to make in life, but I say from now it doesn't matter what happens I will always love West Ham and it will always be a big part in my life. I love this happiness, so listen, I'm here, I'm ready. I hope the fans are also ready and we go again.'

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini refused to answer any questions on Arnautovic and walked off after West Ham’s crushing FA Cup defeat by Wimbledon.

After the 4-2 loss, the club announced Arnautovic had signed a contract extension following weeks of speculation linking him to the Chinese Super League.

Asked about the Austrian’s new deal, Pellegrini said: ‘I only talk about the cup. Ask me about the game today and I will answer. Any other question I will not answer.’

Reporters then tried to reason with Pellegrini by saying Arnautovic had just signed a new contract, meaning it was relevant.

‘You are talking about the game?’ he said, before turning and storming down the tunnel.

Arnautovic was not in the squad against Wimbledon on Saturday night.

In a statement on West Ham’s website on Saturday night, the forward said: ‘I’m happy for this and I want to say to the fans that I’m happy to stay.

‘I glad to play again, show myself and score goals, to make assists, but also to say that the major point is Marko Arnautovic never refused [to play or train]. I would never refuse.

‘I’m happy, I’m happy to come to this point. I’m happy that this club is improving. Step by step, every week, every month we are seeing some improvement and that’s good.’

Asked about West Ham’s performance against Wimbledon, Pellegrini said he found it shameful to lose to the side sitting bottom of League One.

They trailed 2-0 at half time. On whether he was angry at half time in the dressing room, Pellegrini said: 'Yes of course. I was ashamed of them. I didn't expect.

‘Attitude, playing against a team that sits two divisions below us, but in football you can lose in two or three balls. They started the way we needed to start and when you have such high pace with the quality of the players and we didn't have the same level.’

Despite signing a new deal, sources suspect Arnautovic will still leave in the summer. He can use the remainder of the season to prove why he is worthy of a lucrative move.

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