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Alan 12:03 Mon Mar 4
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool want Celta Vigo and Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez, 22, in a £35m deal after former Reds forward Luis Suarez recommended his compatriot. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain and Brazil forward Neymar, 27, says he is "happy" at the French champions but "any player linked with Real Madrid would feel attracted to play there". (Globo TV, via Marca)

Arsenal are interested in Ajax's 26-year-old Argentina international Nicolas Tagliafico or Celtic and Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 21, as a replacement for Spain left-back Nacho Monreal, if the 33-year-old leaves for Barcelona. (Mirror)

Manchester United and Liverpool are keen to sign Real Madrid's 26-year-old Spain midfielder Isco. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

New Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers wants to sign Aston Villa's Scotland midfielder John McGinn, 24. (Birmingham Mail)

Liverpool are still linked with RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner, despite interest from Bayern Munich in the 22-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)

Inter Milan are interested in signing Manchester United's Italy right-back Matteo Darmian, 29, for £9.5m. (Football Italia)

Arsenal want to sign Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco, 25, from Chinese side Dalian Yifang after failing to secure a loan deal in the January transfer window. (Express)

Wales forward Gareth Bale's transfer value has dropped to £63m, meaning Real Madrid are set to make a £30m loss if they sell the 29-year-old in the summer. (Mirror)

Liverpool still need to find a replacement for 26-year-old Brazil attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who left for Barcelona in January 2018, says former Reds defender Jamie Carragher. (Mirror)

Scouts from top German teams are coming to England to watch Arsenal and Chelsea academy players in an effort to find "the next Jadon Sancho", the 18-year-old England winger who left Manchester City for Borussia Dortmund in 2017. (Sun)

Arsenal fans are putting pressure on the club to recall Calum Chambers, 24, from his loan spell at Fulham, with the English defender-turned-midfielder impressing for the Cottagers this season. (Express)

Former Manchester City defender Joleon Lescott does not think England Under-21 midfielder Phil Foden, 18, should leave the Etihad on loan. (Manchester Evening News)

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend, 27, for a potential international recall this month. (Mirror)

Tottenham and England defender Danny Rose, 28, says manager Mauricio Pochettino's half-time team talk in the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Saturday was "one of the best things I have witnessed in football". (Telegraph)

Spurs' 25-year-old England striker Harry Kane would not have been awarded a penalty against north London rivals Arsenal had VAR been in place, says former top-flight referee Peter Walton. (Times - subscription required)

Southampton should have had two penalties in their 3-2 defeat at Manchester United on Saturday, according to ex-Premier League referee Mark Clattenburg. (Mail)

Former Hull, Aston Villa, Wigan, Sunderland and current Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce has revealed he was diagnosed with cancer in 2017. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham and Liverpool are among a host of Premier League clubs who have formed a disorderly queue to court Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gómez. The 22-year-old Uruguayan has a cheerleader in Luis Suárez, who is reported to have recommended that his former employers on Merseyside splash out on his compatriot. The fee being mentioned? £35m.

Also interested in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, Liverpool were expecting to face competition for his signature from Bayern Munich. Jürgen Klopp will have been heartened by what Leipzig’s sporting director Ralf Rangnik had to say about rumours the German champions had already made an offer. “Nobody from Bayern has approached us yet,” said Rangnick upon being asked about the future of the 22-year-old with just over a year left on his contract. “There will not be [a free transfer] between us with Timo Werner and Bayern. This option does not exist.”

Determined to monopolise the early paragraphs of today’s Rumour Mill, Liverpool are also mulling over making Real Madrid an offer for their unwanted playmaker Isco, but will have to duke it out with Manchester United, among other suitors, if they are to bring him to Anfield. United are also being linked with what can only be described in transfer parlance as an “audacious £155m double-swoop” for Benfica central defender Rúben Dias and his team-mate João Félix, who can play as a second striker or scampering up and down the left wing.

Having chosen Aston Villa over Celtic when he left Hibernian last summer, John McGinn is once again being targeted by Brendan Rodgers. Evidently an admirer of the midfielder, Leicester City’s new manager is already rumoured to be interested in bringing him to the King Power Stadium. The Daily Record claims Celtic central defender Dedryck Boyata is also wanted by Rodgers, while the Rumour Mill supposes it’s only a matter of time before he further enrages fans of his former club by making moves for defender Kieran Tierney and midfielder Callum McGregor as well.

A 21-year-old who looks good enough to slot comfortably into any top flight team, Tierney is wanted by Arsenal, who have also identified Ajax’s Argentinian left-back Nicolás Tagliafico as a potential replacement for Nacho Monreal, who could see out his twilight years at Barcelona. Longtime admirers of Yannick Carasco, Arsenal hope to sign the Belgian winger from Chinese club Dalian Yifang in the summer after failing to secure a loan deal in the January window.

Inter want to end Matteo Darmian’s Manchester United purgatory and will pay the thick end of £10m to bring him back to Italy. The Serie A side have been unimpressed with what they’ve seen of Cédric Soares, who they signed on loan from Southampton in January and have identified Darmian as the man they’d like to fill their right-back berth.

Currently out of favour at Newcastle, where Rafael Benítez says he is now fifth-choice midfielder behind Sean Longstaff, Isaac Hayden, Mo Diamé and Ki Sung-yeung, Jonjo Shelvey could be off to the London Stadium. A West Ham fan, the 27-year-old spent two years playing for the club’s youth team before moving to Charlton Athletic, where he made his breakthrough to the senior ranks.

And finally, in news that will displease a sizeable majority of Tottenham Hotspur fans, reports from Spain suggest that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will fly to England some time this week to have a pow-wow with Mauricio Pochettino. While the subject of any potential chat has not been specified, the Rumour Mill’s guessing it won’t be exclusively about the weather.

Match view from the opposition (From a Toon blog)

Newcastle Didn’t Get Going On Saturday – Couldn’t Handle West Ham’s Quality

Written by Dr. Ed Harrison

Maybe fans shouldn’t get too down about the 2-0 defeat at the London Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

West Ham have spent a lot of money on some of their players and their extra class and quality was there to see in the first half.

We did better in the second half but at 2-0 down and without Sean Longstaff because of injury, it was always going to be a tough ask to come back in the final 45 minutes.

But hopefully Newcastle will learn from this game and our concentration and commitment was not good enough in that first half and Rafa Benitez was hardly pleased about that.

Number 9 Salomon Rondon played well and he has been interviewed on the Newcastle website and he talked about the game:

“Today was a difficult game. They are a good team, they play at home and we did not start well,”

“We conceded many fouls and we conceded corners and free kicks, and that is something we have to be aware of.”

“We’re disappointed because the last two weeks we’ve played really well – in big games – and got some points. Today we didn’t but we have to carry on.

“When you concede in the first few minutes it is difficult – we were waiting to play our game-plan but we weren’t able to.”

“When you concede early on it is hard to score because they are compact out of possession and they keep the ball.”

“After that, we conceded a penalty and we went into half time losing 2-0. We knew today would be a difficult game but we have to realize what we did wrong and approach the next game.”

“Of course, it has been a good week for us but when you are a winner you want to win any game – at home or away,”

“Our performances away have been good – we’ve won some games away and we wanted to carry on.”

“But I always say if you want to stay up, the main thing is to win at home.”

“We have to play against a difficult team – Everton are playing normally – but we know when we’re at home we have to win.”

In the previous six games we picked up 13 points and now against Everton at home we will be going all out for our fifth successive win at St. James’ Park.

That in itself is an incentive for our players to turn up on Saturday and go all out for the win.


The Verdict: Who has been West Ham’s most improved player this season?

by Christy Malyan

Just three short of their entire points total from last season, it’s been a campaign of impressive improvement at West Ham. Only during the early few months of the season was relegation a legitimate concern – since then, the Hammers have consistently picked up positive results and put in some very entertaining performances to boot.

But looking at the individuals rather than the collective, who has been West Ham’s most improved player this season? Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below…

Billy Meyers – Michail Antonio

“Michail Antonio’s game has come on leaps and bounds under Manuel Pellegrini. He is finishing a lot more of his chances, looking sharper and less lethargic, and has shown his value to the side with his versatility by playing at right-back on some occasions.”

James Beavis – Robert Snodgrass

“Without a doubt. It looked as though the Scotland international was going to be another flop when he was shipped off to Aston Villa on loan just a few months after moving to the London Stadium, but he has proved absolutely everyone wrong on his return to the capital. The fact that he has made 27 Premier League appearances this term proves just how important he has been, although the return of Manuel Lanzini means he will have to step it up again if he wants to stay in the XI consistently.”

Will Jones – Angelo Ogbonna

“Angelo Ogbonna hasn’t claimed too many headlines this season but he’s always stepped up to the plate for Pellegrini when called upon. Having reliable squad depth will be vital for the Hammers if they’re to make real progress in the coming campaigns and Ogbonna looks like he can be trusted to provide that.”

Jack Saville – Robert Snodgrass

“The 31-year-old was written off as a West Ham player after being loaned out to Aston Villa last season, but Pellegrini has transformed him into an excellent all-action midfielder. Declan Rice deserves a mention, but the high standard he set last season means he is due a more prestigious accolade.”

Christy Malyan – Declan Rice

“Last season marked an impressive breakthrough but this term has been something else. Rice has become so much more than a promising centre-half, emerging as arguably England’s best option at the base of midfield. His defensive qualities were already evident but his passing and vision has shown vast improvements by the game – if the 20-year-old keeps up this level of progress he’ll be a supserstar.”

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Mex Martillo 7:54 Mon Mar 4
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Thanks Alan

Percy Dalton 3:18 Mon Mar 4
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Nice one Alan

chim chim cha boo 1:38 Mon Mar 4
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Thanks Alan.

Texas Iron 12:55 Mon Mar 4
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Queens Fish Bar 12:53 Mon Mar 4
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Thanks Alan 12:12 Mon Mar 4

charleyfarley 12:27 Mon Mar 4
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Alan Thanks 12:12 Mon Mar 4

Thanks Alan 12:12 Mon Mar 4
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Eddie B 12:08 Mon Mar 4
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Alan, thanks.

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