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Alan 12:29 Sun Mar 10
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Barcelona's 26-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho - who moved to the Nou Camp from Liverpool in January 2018 - has spoken to Manchester United players about a potential £100m switch to Old Trafford. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool will offer Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 27, a new contract worth £200,000 a week to fend off interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United will give Molde a £6m goodwill gesture when they appoint interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who left the Norwegian club to take over at Old Trafford, on a permanent basis. (Sun on Sunday)

Real Madrid could bring in former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho to replace Santiago Solari as soon as Monday, according to the Spanish club's former chairman Ramon Calderon. (i Newspaper)

Manchester United will have to compete with Serie A giants Juventus and several other top European clubs to sign Benfica's Portugal Under-21 forward Joao Felix, 19. (Manchester Evening News)

Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, 19, is open to the possibility of a move to Liverpool - and linking up with Netherlands team-mate Virgil van Dijk. (Goal.com, via Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle's Swiss defender Fabian Schar, 27, is a target for Tottenham and Arsenal. (Sunday Mirror)

The Gunners are ready to compete with Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid for Ajax for Argentine defender Nicolas Tagliafico, 26. (Sun on Sunday)

Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, will resist any attempts by Manchester United to sell him during the summer. (Sunday Express)

Barcelona plan to offer a new contract to Argentina forward Lionel Messi. The 31-year-old's present deal ends in 2021 but the Spanish champions want to extend it until 2022 or 2023. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Bayern Munich are hoping to finalise a deal for Lille and Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe, the 23-year-old who has been a target for Arsenal. (Le10Sport, via Talksport)

The owner of Lille has revealed that he has already rejected offers of over £40m from English clubs for Pepe, who has also been linked with Wolves, Tottenham and Manchester United. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester United are monitoring AC Milan's Italian right-back Davide Calabria, 22, as they look to replace 33-year-old Ecuador international Antonio Valencia. (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea defender David Luiz, 31, says the team still believe in manager Maurizio Sarri's philosophy as the Brazil centre-back targets finishing in the top four of the Premier League finish and winning the Europa League. (Telegraph)

Blues winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, is being considered for a call-up to the England Under-21 squad. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United and Manchester City are continuing to monitor Sochaux's 17-year-old French midfielder Lucien Agoume, who has been dubbed "the new Paul Pogba". (Talksport)

The architects behind plans to extend Derby's Pride Park stadium have said they are still in talks with the city council about the project. (Derby Telegraph)


Junior Hoilett strike inspires Cardiff to crucial victory over West Ham

Stuart James at Cardiff City Stadium

This felt like the shot in the arm that Cardiff City’s season so badly needed. Reeling from three consecutive defeats and a week that their manager, Neil Warnock, described as their worst in the Premier League, Cardiff produced a performance full of endeavour and grit to lift the doom and gloom and revive their survival hopes.

With Southampton beating Tottenham Hotspur and Brighton winning at Crystal Palace, results elsewhere did not go in Cardiff’s favour but in many ways that made this victory all the more important. They remain 18th in the table but are now only two points behind Burnley as well as Southampton and, in the words of Warnock, have “brought a few more back into the pack”.

It was a particularly good afternoon for Junior Hoilett, who justified his return to the side by scoring the first and also having a hand in the second, which was stabbed over the line by the excellent Victor Camarasa. Oumar Niasse could and should have added a third before the hour mark as West Ham became more and more ragged.

With Cardiff losing their previous two home games against Watford and Everton, Warnock claimed this was their biggest win of the season. He also took pleasure in highlighting the spirit and togetherness that was on show in the wake of claims from a couple of former players that the players were losing faith with his management.

“That’s the only way you can answer [the critics] really,” Warnock said. “You don’t get a performance like that from a split camp. We wanted to have a go at them from the start and not sit back like we did against Watford. The only disappointment was we didn’t score another two or three in the second half when we had some fabulous opportunities.”

From West Ham’s point of view it was a hugely disappointing result and in keeping with a worrying trend away from home that has seen them lose five of their past six league matches on the road and fail to score in each defeat. Toothless and flat for long periods, West Ham looked and played like a team that are comfortable in mid-table.

Asked about their away form, Manuel Pellegrini, West Ham’s manager, said: “It’s not normal. We need to talk with the players in the week.”

Despite having 71% possession, West Ham registered only two shots on target and one of those was a 45-yard effort from Mark Noble. Felipe Anderson was withdrawn at half-time after another ineffective display and Javier Hernández was booked for diving. It was that sort of day for West Ham, who never carried any sort of threat until 20 minutes from time, when Declan Rice hit the upright and Marko Arnautovic, on for Anderson, forced Neil Etheridge into a save.

Cardiff were coasting by that stage. Hoilett, totally unmarked in the six-yard box, neatly converted Josh Murphy’s low centre to give the home team the lead after some lovely play by Camarasa and the same three players were involved in the second goal. Hoilett crossed from the left, Murphy intelligently headed back across goal and there was Camarasa, no more than a couple of yards out, to prod home. Only the combination of Niasse’s profligacy and a fine save from Lukasz Fabianski denied Cardiff a third.


CARDIFF (4-2-3-1): Etheridge 7.5; Peltier 7, Morrison 7, Manga 7.5, Bennett 7 (Bacuna 62, 6); Gunnarsson 7, Arter 7 (Paterson 84); Hoilett 8, Camarasa 8.5 (Ralls 68, 6), Murphy 8; Niasse 6

Subs not used: Smithies, Zohore, Reid, Harris

Goals: Hoilett 4, Camarasa 52

Booked: Morrison, Arter

Manager: Neil Warnock 7.5

WEST HAM (4-1-4-1): Fabianski 6; Fredericks 5, Diop 5, Ogbonna 5, Cresswell 4; Rice 5.5; Snodgrass 4.5, Noble 4.5 (Nasri 58, 6), Lanzini 4.5 (Antonio 58, 6), Anderson 4 (Arnautovic 45, 6); Hernandez 4.5

Subs not used: Adrian, Balbuena, Obiang, Masuaku

Booked: Hernandez

Manager: Manuel Pellegrini 4.5

Referee: Graham Scott 6

Transfer Tavern

West Ham thought to be interested in Roberto Inglese

By Alex Ford

West Ham United have had a relatively successful campaign so far as Manuel Pellegrini looks to take the London Stadium outfit to the next level after being back in the summer with a large amount of financial power.

The Hammers brought in players like Felipe Anderson and Issa Diop, who both broke club-record transfer fees, but it would be fair to say that the Irons are still short of a rather clinical striker to try and take them to a place in the Europa League.

However, it appears they could have an opportunity to bring a player they were linked with almost 12 months ago to the Premier League this summer.
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According to Ciro Venerato, who told Rai TV’s ‘Calcio Mercato’ program (via areanapoli.it), Roberto Inglese could leave Napoli this summer, with West Ham and Atalanta thought to be at the front of the queue.

It is claimed that the Serie A outfit’s chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis has set a minimum price of 20million (£17.2m), although it is mentioned that is just to begin negotiations and could therefore cost the Hammers a little more.

Inglese has been in fine form for Parma this season as he spends the campaign on loan with the Serie A outfit, having recorded eight goals and one assist in his 22 appearances and could be an ideal forward for West Ham to bring to the London Stadium.

The 27-year-old has proven that he can find the back of the net on a regular basis in Italy’s top-flight over the past couple of seasons, having reached double figures in the two previous campaigns and looks set to match that this year.

He is a player that has excellent positioning when in the box and possess the movement that can cause defenders plenty of problems within 18 yards of goal, as he can time his runs to perfection. Those traits could mean that he thrives from the creativity that can be provided by the likes of Anderson and Manuel Lanzini.

There are doubts surrounding the futures of the current crop of attackers in east London, with Marko Arnautovic (who ended talk about a move to China by signing a new deal), Andy Carroll (who has just a few months left on his current deal), Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez all believed to have attracted interest elsewhere in the past.

With a figure of around £17.2m being suggested as a potential starting point for negotiations, he could turn out to be a steal for West Ham and help fire them into European competition in the near future.


Report: West Ham set sights on AC Milan midfielder

According to today's edition of Tuttosport, a new team has joined the race for AC Milan's promising midfielder, Franck Kessie, who remained in Italy despite interest from several clubs last summer.

The Ivorian has played a key role in Gattuso's team thus far, just like the last campaign, playing every game from start (excluding games he's been suspended in). Therefore, it's no surprise that additional teams are keeping an eye on Kessie, even though Milan deem the player unsellable.

Tuttosport claim that West Ham have set their sights on the midfielder, joining Wolverhampton in the race. The latter team made an offer of €40m last summer, which Milan decided to reject given how important the player is.

With that said, any club seriously interested in signing the player will have to make an offer of more than €40m, perhaps even €60m.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

bill green 11:57 Mon Mar 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 7:46 Mon Mar 11
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

eusebiovic 12:56 Sun Mar 10
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
So we have been linked with a Napoli player on loan at Parma called...Bobby English

Texas Iron 12:44 Sun Mar 10
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Depressingly accurate report from the Guardian...

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