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Alan 12:53 Wed Feb 6
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 28, is expected to tell the club he wants to leave to join Real Madrid this summer. (Telegraph)

Real are confident of signing the Belgian and are ready to spend £100m to complete a deal. (Mirror)

Hazard's departure from Chelsea could trigger a number of transfer deals, including Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 24, making his current loan move at Stamford Bridge permanent and the Blues' England Under-19 winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, being sold to Bayern Munich. (Sun)

Chelsea could soon lose forward Willian, 30, because they will only offer the Brazilian a new one-year contract when it runs out in 18 months, rather than a longer deal. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford, 21, would be an ideal signing for Barcelona, says former striker Patrick Kluivert. (Sport360)

United are keen to hand Rashford a new contract this season, with Real Madrid also interested in the England international. (Sun)

Manchester United's priority in the summer transfer window is a centre-back with Napoli's Kalidou Koulibaly, 27, the most likely option. (Evening Standard)

But United centre-back Eric Bailly, 24, has been told by interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that he remains part of his plans at Old Trafford. (Sun)

Everton boss Marco Silva says his job is safe after being given personal assurances by majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri. (Mail)

Liverpool remain cautious about Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's recovery and do not expect the England midfielder, 25, to return until April. (Telegraph)

Tottenham are planning to step up their interest in Norwich's 18-year-old English full-back Max Aarons before the summer transfer window. (Mirror)

Sampdoria's Danish defender Joachim Andersen, 22, says he is still concentrating on playing for the Italian side amid reported interest from Tottenham. (Ekstra Bladet via Football London)

Chelsea's France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 24, is keen to make his season-long loan move at AC Milan permanent in the summer. (Football London)

Chelsea had a 50m euros offer (£44m) for Italian midfielder Nicolo Barella, 21, accepted by his club Cagliari in January but the player turned down the move. (Tutto Mercato Web - in Italian)

Gareth Bale says he has still not spoken to his former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane since his stunning goal in last year's Champions League final against Liverpool. (Four Four Two)

Newcastle United attempted to sign Juventus' Croatia winger Marko Pjaca, 23, who is on loan at Fiorentina, during the January transfer window. (Newcastle Chronicle via Corriere Fiorentino)

Major League Soccer side Atlanta United have signed Florentin Pogba, 28, the older brother of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. (MLS)

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Jacob Steinberg

Now that Marcus Rashford gets to play for a manager who doesn’t regard him as undesirable, it turns out he is capable of doing lots of goals. Who could have imagined? Oh yeah - almost everybody. Everybody apart from ice hockey’s José Mourinho. Oh Jose!

Even Real Madrid appear to have spotted that Rashford is good at football. The European champions are planning a move for him this summer. But Manchester United have no interest in letting their star forward leave and will reward him with a new contract instead.

Madrid will have to go shopping elsewhere, then. Not to worry, though, because Eden Hazard has decided he doesn’t have the patience to wait for Sarriball to work its magic and has told Chelsea that he wants to join Madrid at the end of the season. Luckily for Chelsea, they can simply replace the Belgian forward by promoting an academy whizzkid, with Sarri ready to give a chance to Callum Hudson-Ohhhhhhhhhhdear … It says here that Callum Hudson-Odoi still wants to go to Bayern Munich. Oh Maurizio!

Chelsea will make themselves better about all this by making Mateo Kovačić’s loan permanent, which will give them plenty of time to work out what the Croatian midfielder does. United, meanwhile, are ready to sign a new centre-back. Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is their top target.

Marco Silva has received personal assurances from his boss, Farhad Moshiri, that his job at Everton is safe. Any day now, people. Any day now.

Tottenham are preparing to swoop for Norwich youngster Max Aarons before the summer. Arsenal are thinking about selling calamity machine Shkodran Mustafi. Chelsea outcast Tiémoué Bakayoko wants to join Milan on a permanent basis. The Mill hopes Antonio Conte never turns up at the San Siro.


West Ham United honours Club legend Billy Bonds

West Ham United is delighted to confirm that legendary captain Billy Bonds is to be permanently honoured at London Stadium with a stand in his name.

Home to a wall of over 20,000 supporters, the current East Stand will become the Billy Bonds Stand, in tribute to our record appearance holder and the man who twice lifted the FA Cup, in 1975 and 1980.

Bonds joins fellow Hammers greats Bobby Moore and Sir Trevor Brooking in being immortalised at the stadium, as the ultimate recognition for his many years of magnificent service to West Ham United.

The Billy Bonds Stand will be unveiled in a prestigious ceremony prior to kick-off at the Club’s Premier League fixture against Newcastle United on Saturday 2 March.

Billy, who will be in attendance with his family and joined by a number of his former Hammers team-mates on the day, said: “I have so many great memories of this club and this really is the icing on the cake. It’s a great honour and means so much to me and my family.

“To think that I am only the third West Ham player to receive this honour after Bobby Moore and Trevor Brooking – you can’t get better than that. Two people that I admire, two great footballers, and two great friends.

“I am very lucky – I have had such great support at this club over the years. The fans have always been great to me, from day one. The one thing I always did was give effort, first and foremost, and if the West Ham fans see that, they will forgive a lot of things.

“It is going to be a special day on 2 March. I am really looking forward to it and it will be lovely for my family. I have two daughters and two granddaughters, and they can’t wait to come to London Stadium to see it.

“I’m getting on a bit now, into my 70s, but it will be great – when I’m no longer around – for my granddaughters to come here and say ‘That’s Grandad’s stand’. That will be lovely."

Joint-Chairmen David Sullivan and David Gold said: “This is a proud and historical moment for West Ham United, as we honour one of the very greatest players ever to pull on the famous Claret and Blue shirt.

“Since moving to London Stadium in the summer of 2016, it has always been our desire and intention to ensure that Billy is appropriately recognised, and his name will now stand permanently and proudly at our home.

“To West Ham United supporters, Billy Bonds epitomises the very heart and soul of our Football Club. A man who gave blood, sweat and tears during the course of a 21-year playing career and led the Club with dignity and pride as a manager between 1990 and 1994.

“This honour is another hugely positive step for the Club at London Stadium. With 60,000 supporters now in attendance at a home that pays fitting tribute to our unique heritage and the greatest players in our history, we look forward to a bright and successful future.”

Born in Woolwich, London on 17 September 1946, Billy Bonds originally joined West Ham United in May 1967 from his local club Charlton Athletic, where he had made 95 league appearances.

After making his Hammers debut in Ken Brown’s testimonial match at the end of the 1966-67 season, he quickly established himself in Ron Greenwood’s team at the start of the following campaign and built a reputation as a tough, energetic right-back.

In the early 1970s, Greenwood moved him into the centre of midfield, where his fearless and powerful approach combined perfectly with the grace and elegance of his team-mate and great friend Trevor Brooking.

The pair became the spine of the team under Greenwood and then John Lyall, as the Hammers enjoyed one of the most successful spells in their history, winning the FA Cup in 1975 and 1980, reaching the European Cup Winners’ Cup final in 1976 and winning the Second Division title with a record points total in 1980/81.

By then Bonds had moved into a central defensive role alongside Alvin Martin, who took over the captaincy as injury blighted his predecessor in the early 80s, but Bonds wasn’t finished. He returned to first team action, having passed his 40th birthday, in the 1986-87 season and eventually played his final game for the club against Southampton in April 1988 at the age of 41 years and 226 days.

He had been made an MBE in the 1988 Queen’s New Year Honours’ List and finished his playing career having made 799 senior appearances in the Claret and Blue and won the Hammer of the Year award four times.

Bonds remained at the club as a youth-team coach, before stepping up to take over first-team duties in February 1990 following the departure of Lou Macari. He led the Hammers through a tumultuous period, winning two promotions to the top flight in 1991 and 1993, paving the way for the Club to establish themselves as a Premier League club.

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Mex Martillo 10:26 Wed Feb 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 7:33 Wed Feb 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Jasnik 3:28 Wed Feb 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan & thanks Billy

Thanks Alan 1:21 Wed Feb 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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