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Alan 12:34 Tue Mar 5
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are ready to battle Paris St-Germain for Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, with the 18-year-old potentially set to become the first £100m English player. (Telegraph)

Manchester City are set to reward Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, 24, with a new six-year contract. (Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace are interested in Stoke City's 25-year-old England goalkeeper Jack Butland. (South London Press)

England assistant coach Steve Holland is an option for Chelsea if they part company with manager Maurizio Sarri. (Mail)

Former Arsenal legend Robert Pires believes it is "hard to see" Chelsea boss Sarri at Stamford Bridge next season, and says it would be "very good news" if rumoured replacement Zinedine Zidane came to the Premier League. (Bwin)

There is a growing belief among Manchester United's players that interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given the job on a permanent basis. (Telegraph)

Manchester United team-mates Romelu Lukaku, 25, and Paul Pogba, 25, were involved in a dressing room row following the 3-2 win over Southampton. It came after Belgium striker Lukaku was denied a hat-trick when France midfielder Pogba missed a late penalty. (Sun)

Leicester City will have to pay £40m if they are to turn 21-year-old Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans' loan move from Monaco into a permanent deal. (Mail)

Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, 29, says he has told Newcastle United he wants to turn his loan move from West Brom into a permanent deal. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Chelsea must wait to sign Eintracht Frankfurt and Serbia striker Luka Jovic, 21, according to the German club's sporting director Fredi Bobic. (Sky Sports - in German)

Juventus are interested in Real Madrid's Spain winger Marco Asensio, 23, after he was named on the bench for Saturday's El Clasico defeat by Barcelona. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Bayern Munich are targeting 18-year-old Arsenal winger Xavier Amaechi, who has featured for England at youth level. (FootballLondon)

Arsenal are set to send scouts to Roma to assess 21-year-old Turkey winger Cengiz Under, who is returning to full fitness. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Tottenham are considering a move for Notts County's 17-year-old forward Kion Etete. (Mail)

Everton defender Seamus Coleman has backed boss Marco Silva, citing the need to "give people time to implement their own style of play". (Talksport)

Real Madrid's 20-year-old Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard, currently on loan at Vitesse, could join Ajax on loan next season. (AS - in Spanish)

Interim Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is renting his Cheshire home to 27-year-old Liverpool and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk. (Sun)

Real Madrid coach Santiago Solari laughed off speculation linking Jose Mourinho with his job and joked the side have "more pretenders than Julia Roberts". (Evening Standard)

Former Netherlands international Clarence Seedorf, 42, says it would be an "honour" to return to Real Madrid as manager. (Goal)

Plans to replace Wembley Stadium's famous raised walkway in time for next summer's European Championship games have been delayed by Tottenham's continued use of the stadium for home games. (Times - subscription required)

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The Telegraph is reporting that Manchester United are “ready to battle PSG for Jadon Sancho in a tug of war.” While Ed Woodward seems exactly the sort of dad who would put himself forward for such an excursion at a school fete, it doesn’t seem like the best way of resolving things, particularly as Dortmund are unlikely to let the young Englishman leave for less than the £100m they sold Ousmane Dembélé for a couple of years ago.

Having taken up Partridge-style residencies at hotels across London in a bid to discover ‘the next Sancho’, Bayern Munich scouts have briefly turned their attention from Chelsea’s Callum Hudson Odoi to Arsenal’s Xavier Amaechi. The 18-year-old winger is yet to make a first-team appearance but has impressed in Premier League 2 this season. Amaechi signed for the club when he was 12, is an Arsenal fan and has a contract until 2022 so it could prove another difficult task for Bayern’s finest.

Gareth Bale’s Mr 15% has been earning his coin/driving yet another wedge between his client and Real Madrid. The injury-prone Welshman has struggled to hold down a starting berth this season and Jonathan Barnett let rip into the nearest microphone. “This generation of Real fans will be talking about Gareth’s goals for years to come. Frankly they should be ashamed of themselves,” he said. “Gareth deserves the greatest of respect. The way the Real fans have treated Gareth is nothing short of a disgrace. In the six years he has been in Spain, he has won everything. He’s one of the best players in the world. Those fans should be kissing his feet.”

If that reads like a textbook come-and-get-me plea to Europe’s elite, Barnett was quick to backtrack. “Gareth loves it there. As for going to another club, no one could afford him. Despite what the Spanish press are reporting, he’s happy, he speaks reasonable Spanish and there is no problem between him and the rest of the Real players. There has not been one single discussion about Gareth leaving Madrid. He isn’t going anywhere this summer. Despite what’s been reported, he’s content, he wants to stay at Real and they want him.”

In slightly less high-profile news, Real’s Martin Odegaard, the Alen Halilovic du jour, is close to agreeing another loan move next season. Currently cruelly denying a Chelsea loanee some precious minutes in the Vitesse Arnhem XI, he is doing OK enough to play for Ajax in 2019-20, according to Spanish media.

Neil Lennon remains favourite to get the permanent gig at Celtic, although RB Salzburg’s manager Marco Rose is also being heavily linked with the job. The Austrian side beat Celtic twice in the Europa League this season, won their domestic league last year, with Rose also attracting admiring glances from Schalke and Hoffenheim. The other hot take coming out of Scotland concerns Scott Sinclair, who could leave Glasgow this summer for free if Celtic do not take up their one-year extension option.

Brendan Rodgers has been told to find £40m to turn Youri Tielemans’s loan move from Monaco to Leicester permanent. Money is also a bit of problem for Notts County at the moment, so they could well sell 17-year-old Kion Etete to Spurs – the striker scored twice for Tottenham’s Under-18s at the weekend while on trial.

Report: 99-cap international unlikely to sign new deal, West Ham linked with £12.9m swoop

AS Roma striker Edin Dzeko has been linked with a return back to the Premier League with West Ham United, after it emerged he’s unlikely to be offered a new deal.

The Bosnian forward, who won the Premier League title with Manchester City on two occasions, has been with Roma for the past four years and has 12 goals and seven assists in 28 outings for the Serie A side this season.

However, the 99-cap Bosnian centre-forward appears to be heading for the exit door sooner rather than later, with CalcioMercato reporting that he will not be offered a new contract, and as a result an exit could be on the horizon.

A reunion with former manager Manuel Pellegrini at West Ham looks likely, according to Calcio Mercato, with the Hammers having previously been credited with an interest in luring Dzeko back to England.

The three-time Bosnia player of the year is unlikely to command a fee greater than €15m (£12.9 million) because of his age and the Italian outlet claims the Hammers could make a move for him.

The move for Dzeko, however, would only happen if Marko Arnautovic, who was linked with a move away from West Ham in January, ends up leaving the club this summer.

Dzeko would be the perfect replacement for Arnautovic, if the Austrian does end up leaving the London Stadium.

The 32-year-old is an established striker, and he has proven himself at every club he has played for.

And for the reported fee of just £12.9m, in today’s day and age, that would represent excellent value for money for the east London outfit.


England hopeful Rice surges in U21 player form rankings

Here we reveal the top-10 form players aged 21 and under across Europe's top five leagues using our unique weighted algorithm.

10. Dodi Lukebakio (Fortuna Dusseldorf) - 7.20 weighted rating*

Promoted Dusseldorf have picked up in 2019 where they left off late last year, with the weekend's 4-0 win at Schalke their most impressive of the season so far. Lukebakio played a big part in said victory, scoring once and assisting another and while the on loan Watford striker hasn't always been a consistent source of goals he has led the line extremely well, completing ten dribbles and seven key passes in his last four outings.

9. Federico Chiesa (Fiorentina) - 7.23 weighted rating*

Fiorentina slipped to a disappointing 3-1 defeat to Atalanta on Sunday and Federico Chiesa’s weighted rating over his last six appearances has dropped as a result. The Italian forward remains in seventh in our U21 form rankings, however. Chiesa was denied by the woodwork against Atalanta and has three goals in his last six league outings.

8. Ozan Kabak (Stuttgart) - 7.23 weighted rating*

Ozan Kabak scored his first Stuttgart goals at the weekend since sealing a January switch from Turkish giants Galatasaray to enter straight in the top-10 at the first time of asking. The 18-year-old scored twice from centre-back in a 5-1 mauling of Hannover, earning the WhoScored man of the match award as a result.

7. Declan Rice (West Ham) - 7.23 weighted rating*

Declan Rice made up for his headed miss against Manchester City last time out with a brilliant headed goal in a 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday. The 20-year-old earned the WhoScored Man of the Match against the Magpies and now looks set for his first senior England call-up later this month.

6. Allan Saint-Maximin (Nice) - 7.24 weighted rating*

Allan Saint-Maximin played a decisive part in Nice’s 1-0 win over Strasbourg on Sunday to help Patrick Vieira’s side to their fourth straight home league win. Saint-Maximin supplied the assist for the only goal of the match and his performance was enough to grant him a spot in the top-10 rated U21 players on form.

5. Boubacar Kamara (Marseille) - 7.39 weighted rating*

Boubacar Kamara climbs into the top-10 rated U21 players in Europe’s top five leagues after another eye-catching display for Marseille. The versatile 19-year-old defender helped Marseille overcome rivals Saint-Etienne 2-0 on Sunday night and his WhoScored rating has only dipped below a 7.00 on one occasion in his last six appearances.

4. Gianluigi Donnarumma (AC Milan) - 7.44 weighted rating*

Gianluigi Donnarumma picked up his fourth WhoScored Man of the Match award of the league campaign at the weekend. The Italy international helped AC Milan beat Sassuolo 1-0 and increase their unbeaten streak in Serie A to nine matches. Donnarumma has kept clean sheets in four of his last six matches.

3. Ibrahima Konate (RB Leipzig) - 7.44 weighted rating*

Ibrahim Konate proved an unlikely provider in RB Leipzig’s hard-fought 1-0 win away to Nuernberg on Saturday. The 19-year-old centre-back supplied the assist for the only goal of the match. Konate has now helped the Bundesliga outfit keep three clean sheets in his last six appearances and he even netted his first league goal of the campaign in a 4-0 win away to Fortuna Duesseldorf in that run.

2. Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain) - 7.70 weighted rating*

Kylian Mbappe’s WhoScored rating has stayed the same after helping Paris Saint-Germain to their 23rd league win of the campaign at the weekend. The France international scored both goals in a 2-1 win away to Caen on Saturday to take his league tally for the season to 24. The 20-year-old has scored in four successive league appearances, notching six goals in that time.

1. Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund) - 7.76 weighted rating*

Jadon Sancho’s weighted rating has decreased after failing to inspire Borussia Dortmund during their shock 3-1 defeat to Augsburg on Friday night. The 18-year-old has, however, earned the WhoScored Man of the Match in two of his last six Bundesliga appearances and has played a direct hand in three goals in that time (two goals, one assist), keeping his place atop the leaderboard as a result.


Only ratings taken from each player’s last six league matches are considered, weighted chronologically, with the most recent match carrying greater importance and so on. To qualify each player must have featured in their side’s last league game and started at least six of the last eight available.

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daveyg 8:03 Wed Mar 6
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I like the look of this guy

Robert Skov

Easy name to pronounce too...

He'll be signed by someone with European football next season.

Think a £15m should do it.

Queens Fish Bar 12:09 Wed Mar 6
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Mex Martillo 7:50 Tue Mar 5
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
100% agree with you Russ
I am like that we are the only Premier league team in the youngesters league thing. All continental clubs and us. Everyday, I like Pellegrini more. How can a Chilean be so West Ham? The academy is back, we were just missing a manager with vision to bring them through.

Thanks Alan

Russ of the BML 4:29 Tue Mar 5
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"Dzeko would be an ideal replacement for Aranoutavic"

No he wouldn't.

angryprumphs 2:04 Tue Mar 5
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ironsofcanada 1:25 Tue Mar 5

Normally i would agree with that but if we get rid of all the dead wood strikers, would be happy with him as a stop gap backup / 2nd striker, still a very good player. Far better than all our current understudies.

ludo21 1:32 Tue Mar 5
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"our unique weighted algorithm" = how many mentions they get on social media

ironsofcanada 1:25 Tue Mar 5
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank you Alan

I hope we go younger than Dzeko

Thanks Alan 1:20 Tue Mar 5
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Thanks Alan

El Scorchio 12:52 Tue Mar 5
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Is 12 million quid good value for a 32 year old? Especially one coming to the end of a contract?

Not sure abut that....

Decent goals and assist tally though.

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