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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea will demand more than £100m from Real Madrid for Eden Hazard if the Spanish club bid for the 28-year-old Belgian this summer. (London Evening Standard)

Real Madrid remain hopeful of securing Hazard for less than £100m and may use Isco, 26, or Marco Asensio, 23, as part of a deal. (Mail)

Or, Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, 27, is Real Madrid's number one target, which could threaten Hazard's hopes of a move to the Bernabeu club. (Sun)

Chelsea are monitoring the situation of Barcelona and Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, 26, as a potential replacement for Hazard. (Independent)

Isco may also be a surprise target for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu. (Star)

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is in pole position to get the job on a full-time basis following the side's impressive results under him and doubts over other potential candidates. (Mirror)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, 69, is ready to return to football and is set to take up one of the four jobs that the Frenchman has been offered. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham are interested in Leicester City and England midfielder James Maddison, 22, as a potential replacement for Christian Eriksen, 26, if the Denmark international leaves in the summer. (Mirror)

Manchester United are in advanced talks with Ander Herrera over a contract extension, with the 29-year-old Spanish midfielder's current deal set to expire in the summer. (Sun)

Arsenal have identified Genk winger Leandro Trossard, 24, as a summer target. (Football.London)

Manchester United could make Real Madrid's France international defender Raphael Varane, 25, their top target for the summer window. (Manchester Evening News)

United's out-of-favour midfielder Andreas Pereira, 23, had talks with Santos over a move last month but reveals "unfortunately it was not possible". (Star)

Versatile Fulham teenager Ryan Sessegnon has still to agree a new deal at Craven Cottage, having begun negotiations last year. The 18-year-old has less than 18 months remaining on his current contract. (London Evening Standard)

Asmir Begovic's Bournemouth future is in doubt after the 31-year-old goalkeeper had a dispute with manager Eddie Howe. (Mirror)

Manchester United and Manchester City have been linked with Fiorentina's Italy international forward Federico Chiesa, 21, who has also attracted interest from Inter and Juventus, in addition to Bayern Munich and Real Madrid. (Calciomercato)

Former Leeds United owner Massimo Cellino, who now owns Brescia, is likely to demand a large fee for 18-year-old midfielder Sandro Tonali - a target for Liverpool and Chelsea - if the Italian club earn promotion to Serie A this season. (Inside Futbol)

Jurgen Klopp will ask for defensive signings for Liverpool in the summer. (Sun)

Manchester United interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is planning another warm weather training trip, in the build-up to this month's league meeting with rivals Liverpool. (Mail)

Rangers defender James Tavernier, 27, admits he was "flattered" by the interest he received from Southampton during last month's transfer window. (Daily Echo)

Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick, 31, insists expiring contracts involving several players at the club will not affect the squad's focus on promotion this season. (Express and Star)

Uefa has announced new legislation to stop the threat of a breakaway European Super League. (Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Tottenham are worried that mild-mannered Dane Christian Eriksen might leave for pastures new in the summer and have inked the name of Leicester City midfielder James Maddison on their Big Whiteboard O’Potential Replacements. Real Madrid are interested in Eriksen, but only if Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard – a man who changes his mind more often than the Rumour Mill changes its socks – decides he’s not all that fussed about moving to the Spanish capital after all. Should Hazard decide he’s finally had enough of life at Stamford Bridge, Real will have to stump up £100m but may try to fob Chelsea off with Isco or Marco Asensio as makeweights in any deal. Chelsea, for their part, may rescue Philippe Coutinho from his Barcelona purgatory by offering him a return to the Premier League. They may also struggle to hold on to their Brazilian winger Willian, who is reported to be unhappy with the way his latest contract negotiations are going and could hightail it to Paris Saint-Germain.

That little green blob inching its way down the left flank of Arsenal’s radar represents 23-year-old Genk winger Leandro Trossard, who Football.London reckon will cost around £20m should his employers decide to cash in on him this summer. Further south in Bournemouth, Eddie Howe and Asmir Begovic are rumoured to have fallen out over the former’s decision to drop the latter and play famously holy goalie Artur Boruc between the sticks instead. Not content with his place on the bench, Begovic may agitate for a move elsewhere come season’s end.

Fed up with people questioning the nerve of his players when their recent inability to beat mid-table sides could legitimately be put down to a lack of strength in depth in the absence of the injured Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joe Gomez and Dejan Lovren, Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp wants to stockpile several as yet unidentified defenders this summer. Up the road at Old Trafford, Manchester United are thrashing out new deals for Ander Herrera and Ashley Young while simultaneously plotting to bring in 19-year-old Benfica starlet João Félix, a player who has also turned heads at West Ham and Real Madrid.

Hirving Lozano remains on PSV’s books despite prompting no end of speculation about potential moves to more high profile clubs with several eye-catching performances for Mexico at the World Cup. Reports from Italy say the 23-year-old winger may move to Napoli in the summer in exchange for £30m. Lozano has previously been linked with Arsenal and Barcelona. Seven years his junior, Lozano’s PSV teammate and fellow midfielder Mohammed Ihattaren has attracted interest from Manchester City, Chelsea, Barcelona and Inter. A whole host of the usual European big guns are also training their sights on Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, whose father Enrico will be familiar to gentlemen of a certain age who watched him banging in goals for Sampdoria, Cremonese, Modena, Parma, Fiorentina and Lazio on AC Jimbo’s Gazzetta Football Italia on Channel 4 back in the day.


London Stadium losses to total £124m

London Stadium owners LLDC have budgeted for a further £124.5m over the last five years despite restructuring.

A draft budget submission published by LLDC shows predicted losses of £27.3m this financial increasing to £29.3m next year 2019/2010 which starts in April.

Losses are forecast to slightly decrease in 2020/2021 to £28.8m before dropping £19.2m of losses in 2021/2022. The final year forecast is 2022/2023 with an increased loss of £19.9m.

There is no approved funding beyond 2023 and that is subject to future approval by the London Mayor.

The disappointing financial forecast comes despite an out of court settlement to settle their differences over the concessionaire agreement with West Ham and buying out operator London Stadium 185 last month with a pay off to Vinci Stadium who held a 25-year contract to operate the stadium.

LLDC CEO Lyn Garner is under pressure to make further efficiency savings to reduce the subsidy from the taxpayer to fund the ongoing running costs of the London Stadium.


West Ham reportedly missed out on Marc Roca in January; he's been compared to Busquets

Olly Dawes

West Ham United reportedly want Espanyol's Marc Roca.

West Ham United weren't as busy as expected in the January transfer window, but they appear to have missed out on a top Spanish talent.

The Hammers brought in Samir Nasri on a free transfer, but no holding midfielders or strikers were brought in despite seemingly needing them.

A host of players were linked with moves to the London Stadium, and reports from SPORT claim that West Ham wanted to snap up Espanyol ace Marc Roca.

It's claimed that West Ham were the first team to make a move for Roca, but didn't return with a concrete bid after Espanyol suggested that he would only be sold for his €40million (£35million) release clause.

Whether West Ham return at the end of the season remains to be seen, but Roca is a major talent and would be a huge addition to Manuel Pellegrini's side.

Roca, 22, was in the Barcelona youth ranks before becoming a star with Espanyol, and his performances have even seen him earn a huge comparison.

Espanyol ace Victor Sanchez told El Pais in 2016 that he felt Roca was similar to Barcelona ace Sergio Busquets – and Sanchez is well placed to know having been a former Barcelona teammate of Busquets.

Sanchez explained that it wasn't just about style of play, because there are differences between them stylistically, but more because of the way they step up and adapt to new challenges, as they have with Barcelona and Espanyol respectively.

When any player is compared to Busquets, that's usually a good sign, and Sanchez's comments suggest that Roca would be able to adapt to the Premier League – if West Ham return with a new move.

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