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Alan 1:55 Wed Mar 6
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester United are prepared to make a £120m bid for Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala 25, if Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 25, leaves Old Trafford in the summer. (Sun)

Manchester City may have to have to break the world record transfer fee of £75m for a defender, which Liverpool paid for 27-year-old Dutch centre-back Virgil van Dijk, if they want to sign Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell, 22. (Telegraph)

Chelsea are interested in recruiting French club Lille's sporting director Luis Campos, who has also been linked with a boardroom role at Manchester United.(France Football, via Star)

Ajax director of football Marc Overmars says he would want to sign the club's 19-year-old centre-back Matthijs de Ligt "immediately" if he were to join another club. Overmars has been linked with taking up a position with former club Arsenal.(Mirror)

Manchester City could pocket a £15m windfall if Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho becomes the latest £100m footballer this summer. Manchester United are interested in the 18-year-old. (Sun)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is braced for a touchline ban from the Football Association for his confrontation with referee Mike Dean following his side's defeat by Burnley. (Mail)

Former Tottenham striker Clive Allen says the north London club could make a "huge statement" by signing Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, from Real Madrid. (Talksport)

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 20, is set to be included in England's squad for the forthcoming European Championship qualifiers after the FA completed the paperwork for his switch from the Republic of Ireland. (Telegraph)

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers knows he could face a fight to keep Harry Maguire this summer, with Manchester United interested in the England defender, 26. (Leicester Mercury)

Rodgers will go back to former club Celtic in the summer to try to recruit their head of recruitment, Lee Congerton, for Leicester City.(Telegraph)

Former Chelsea and Manchester United chief executive Peter Kenyon has launched a last-minute bid to buy Bolton Wanderers. (Sun)

Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba, 34, has backed the Welsh side to avoid relegation from the Premier League, despite the Ivory Coast international being ruled out for the rest of the season. (Mirror)

Contract negotiations have started between AC Milan and their 20-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. Milan are keen to extend the Italian's contract to 2024 at the earliest. (SportMediaset, via Calciomercato)

Schalke hope to tempt Liverpool into selling striker Taiwo Awoniyi. The 21-year-old Nigerian is currently on loan at Belgian side Mouscron. (Liverpool Echo)

Hull City are scouting Reading's 21-year-old goalkeeper Luke Southwood, who is on loan at Eastleigh and has played for England at youth level, ahead of a potential summer move. (Mail)

Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 21, says Barcelona told him to knock Real Madrid out of the Champions League. The Dutchman will join the La Liga champions in the summer. (De Telegraaf, via Evening Standard)

Andres Iniesta convinced fellow Spanish midfielder Sergi Samper, 24, to leave Barcelona and join Japanese side Vissel Kobe. (Reuters)

Real Madrid fans are being given the chance to vote on whether each player in the squad should be sold, as well as who should be the club's next manager. (Marca - in Spanish)

North Ferriby United are likely to have new owners before the end of the season after the current owners failed in a bid to change the club's name to East Hull. (Hull Daily Mail)

AFC Wimbledon expect to start building their new stadium at Plough Lane in April or May. (Evening Standard)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Niall McVeigh

The confetti has barely been cleared off the Bernabéu pitch after Ajax emphatically ended Real Madrid’s Big Cup golden age, but attention is already turning to the inevitable summer clearout. Gareth Bale is being marched towards the Premier League by his Mr 15%, and word is that Marco Asensio, one of the few Real players who hasn’t been completely terrible this season, could join him.

Juventus are predictably keen, but Liverpool are also in the running, which should brighten Jürgen Klopp’s mood considerably. Klopp may not stop there – he also fancies reuniting with centre-back Matthias Ginter. His former defensive charge at Dortmund is currently at Mönchengladbach, and could cost more than £30m – a small price to pay given he can cover at centre-back, right-back and defensive midfield. Heading in (roughly) the other direction could be striker Taiwo Awoniyi, wanted by Schalke.

Back to Real, who could land Inter’s Mauro Icardi in the kind of modern transfer saga that makes The Mill want to draw the curtains and rock slowly back and forth in front of The Big Match: Revisited. Icardi has – the humanity – been left out of promotional pictures celebrating a new electronics deal struck by their owners. Wanda Nara, Icardi’s wife and agent, has also followed Real on Instagram – make of that what you will.

It doesn’t stop there. Real Madrid are also prepared to throw absurd amounts of cash at Benfica to sign their two young talents, João Félix and Luka Jovic. Félix, a teenage playmaker who has crashed the first team this season, is also interesting Juve despite an unwieldy, plucking-numbers-from-thin-air €120m price tag. Serbian striker Jovic is currently on loan at Frankfurt, who could sign him on the cheap and start a bidding war between Real, Barcelona and, um, Arsenal.

Sticking with the Gunners, and Marc Overmars will have fans all aglow with claims that if he were to leave Ajax, and become a technical director elsewhere, he would probably take defender Matthijs de Ligt with him. Perhaps more realistic are claims that Monchi will arrive from Roma with Turkish winger Cengiz Under in tow. In even more sobering news for Arsenal, Serge Gnabry – let go for just £5m – has signed a bumper new Bayern Munich contract.

Brendan Rodgers may have traded “immortality for mediocrity” according to that banner, but the new Leicester manager isn’t finished wheeling and dealing yet. He’s preparing to sneak back over the border for Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos, who is apparently worth £20m. Then again, the Foxes are reportedly quoting Manchester City £75m-plus for Ben Chilwell, so who knows any more. City are also keeping an eye on Roma hot-shot Nicolò Zanolio.

Rodgers could replace Chilwell with Kieran Tierney, and also fancies bringing Dedryck Boyata and Callum McGregor back from his midnight run to Glasgow. Leicester may need the extra manpower, with Rodgers expecting, if not inviting interest from Manchester United for Harry Maguire, and Tottenham for playmaker James Maddison.

Not satisfied with one attacking reinforcement, Spurs may bring in two – has Daniel Levy completely lost the run of himself? The unfamiliar name in the frame is Robert Skov, a Danish winger who has scored 24 goals for Copenhagen this season. Elsewhere in London, Crystal Palace want to rescue Jack Butland from second-tier Stoke, and Brentford defender Yoann Barbet is set to join Aston Villa this summer.





FLW

‘I’m surprised at this’ – West Ham eyeing shock Millwall deal: Opinion

By Jay Taylor

Millwall defender Mahlon Romeo is a shock target for West Ham United.

The Daily Express is reporting that the Lions’ arch rivals have been scouting the 23-year-old with a view to making a move in the summer.

Romeo has been one of the Championship club’s most consistent performers this season in an under-performing team.

West Ham have Ryan Fredericks as their first-choice right-back, but Romeo would be an addition for the future and one to rival the one-time Millwall loanee next season.

The Lions’ full-back is out of contract in the summer and could leave on a free if he does not sign a new deal between now and July 1.

The Hammers could face competition for the payer with a host of Championship clubs all keeping tabs on the impressive youngster, as well as Scottish giants Rangers tracking the right-back, too.

Millwall would not welcome a move for Romeo and will be hoping his signs a new deal with the club to ward off any unwanted interest in the summer.

But should he fail to agree on terms for an extended stay with the Lions, would it be a good signing for West Ham?

Here’s what our team of FLW writers had to say on the matter when posed that very question.

Jay Taylor

“Millwall fans will be hoping that if Romeo goes, it is to any club but West Ham.

“The defender has been mightily impressive this season and to lose him would be a huge blow.

“It would typify their season if they were to go down and lose a promising young full-back, especially to their bitter foes from east London.

“I think he would be back-up fodder to Ryan Fredericks – he’s not quite ready for a move the Premier League just yet.”

Jacob Potter

“A smart bit of business.

“Romeo is out of contract in the summer, and he could be a useful back-up option to have in the West Ham squad.

“He’s got age on his side, and if you’re getting an exciting young talent for free, then it’s a no brainer surely?”

Gary Hutchinson

“I’m surprised at this.

“He’s clearly impressed someone, and if I’m honest, I’ve not seen a lot of him in action.

“If they’re doing battle with Rangers, that’s two big clubs chasing him.

“It’s a nice position to be in; that’s for sure.”





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Sven Roeder 10:15 Wed Mar 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Understand this Romeo is the son of Jazzie B
Who obviously can’t spell Marlon

Mex Martillo 9:55 Wed Mar 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Fifth Column 5:57 Wed Mar 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Just watched the YouTube link on that link of Robert.

My main conclusion is that Danish goalkeepers are awful. Weak hands, getting beaten at the near post repeatedly.

His penalties are very clinical though.

daveyg 4:25 Wed Mar 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2019/03/05/five-facts-about-the-reported-tottenham-and-west-ham-target-robe/

I like the look of Robert

SDKFZ 222 4:22 Wed Mar 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Is it just me or does Jacob Steinberg seem to be missing recently from these Rumour Mill reports?

Queens Fish Bar 2:45 Wed Mar 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 1:56 Wed Mar 6

boleyn8420 2:09 Wed Mar 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Correction Gary, that's one big club in for him and one over-inflated pub team in for him

Thanks Alan 1:56 Wed Mar 6
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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