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Alan 12:06 Wed Mar 13
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United will make a summer move for Borussia Dortmund's 18-year-old English winger Jadon Sancho. The Premier League club were also contacted by Barcelona over the possibility of signing Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 26. (Independent)

Meanwhile, interim boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is set to give his defenders a chance to prove themselves by holding off on splashing out £80m on a centre-back this summer. (Sun)

Chelsea are concerned there is nothing they can do to stop Belgian forward Eden Hazard leaving the club for Real Madrid. The Blues are expected to ask for at least £100m to sell the 28-year-old. (ESPN)

Real Madrid are targeting Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen, and Spurs may be forced to sell the 27-year-old Denmark international unless he extends his present deal beyond summer 2020. (Mirror)

Team-mate Emerson admitted Chelsea's players are "afraid" of losing Hazard in the summer, but believes the Belgian will stay. "I personally cannot see him leaving, but you never know in football," the defender added. (Sky Sports)

West Ham will make another approach for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez. The Premier League side had an approach for the Uruguayan, 22, turned down in January. (Mirror)

Newcastle United scouts have been watching Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, 19, as the club plans for next season. (Chronicle)

West Brom's search for a new manager could see them turn to Preston's Alex Neil if talks with former Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic break down. (Mail)

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius will remain on loan with Besiktas despite the coach of the Turkish club saying "something is wrong" with the 25-year-old. (ESPN)

Karius could take legal action against Besiktas over unpaid wages after going without a salary for four months. (Goal)

Crystal Palace and Brighton are among the clubs interested in signing Newcastle United's 31-year-old French midfielder Mo Diame. (Star)

Spanish defender Sergio Ramos and French Karim Benzema vetoed Jose Mourinho's possible return to Real Madrid as manager. Zinedine Zidane was reappointed on Monday just 10 month after leaving. (Sport)

Bayern Munich will hold talks with Polish striker Robert Lewandowski over a contract extension. The 30-year-old had been linked with Real Madrid. (Goal)

Arsenal have joined the race to sign Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico. Unai Emery's side join the likes of Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United and Liverpool in the battle for the 26-year-old's signature. (Footy Cosmos)

The impact of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United will persuade young players to join the Old Trafford club, rather than rivals Manchester City, according to former Red Devils defender Rio Ferdinand. (Telegraph)

Newcastle United and Southampton are interested in MK Dons forward Recoe Martin, 18. (Mirror)

West Ham midfielder Declan Rice is expected to secure a debut England call-up for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro. (Guardian)

West Ham striker Andy Carroll, whose contract expires in the summer, could have played his last game for the club after suffering an ankle injury which could mean the 30-year-old misses the rest of the season. (Times - subscription required)

The father of Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has accused the press in Spain and the 26-year-old's native country Belgium of bullying his son. (Independent)

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Gregg Bakowski

At least when it comes to football, Britain is not a complete shambles in the eyes of Europe. It’s not just talented young English players who are getting antennae twitching on the continent either. In Scotland, Kieran Tierney’s Celtic performances have been getting Borussia Dortmund scouts hot and bothered. The German club have been watching their loanee Jeremy Toljan week in week out to monitor his development at right-back, but have found themselves becoming increasingly distracted by the stellar displays of the man on the other side of the Hoops’ defence. The 21-year-old left-back could persuade Dortmund’s beancounters to part with £25m in the summer, though Celtic fans’ favourite Brendan Rodgers would quite like Tierney to follow him in trading “immortality for mediocrity” by joining Leicester – and the Arsenal manager, Unai Emery, wouldn’t say no either.

If Tierney does pitch up at Dortmund, he might be able to move into Jadon Sancho’s city centre pad. Manchester United want the sparky young English forward to inject some electricity into their attacking play and would be willing to part with over £80m for a player who Dortmund snaffled away from Manchester City for peanuts in the summer of 2017. It says here that Barcelona would love to offload Philippe Coutinho to United too, but his moping midfield displays haven’t got pulses racing at Old Trafford and Sancho, eight years his junior, is the on-trend option.

Won’t somebody just rescue Loris Karius? Having been criticised in the Turkish press for the duration of his time at Besiktas, the Liverpool loanee is now reportedly considering taking legal action against the club for unpaid wages dating back four months. He’s also had an ear-bashing from the Istanbul club’s boss, Senol Gunes. “Something is wrong with his electricity, motivation, enthusiasm for the game,” he roared. Now if The Mill didn’t receive our £1.50 per week pocket money, do you think we’d give our best? Just a thought.

West Ham might land themselves a bargain in the summer. Having had a £40m bid for Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez turned down in the January transfer window, they might land the burly forward for a cheap-as-chips £22m in the summer. Celta have stunk La Liga out since January, taking only four points in their past 11 games and sinking into the relegation zone. If the club go down Gomez’s release clause will drop from €50m to €25m. The Hammers’ problem then would be fending off other potential vultures, namely Barcelona, who are weighing up bringing the Uruguayan in as an understudy to his compatriot Luis Suárez, who is not getting any younger you know.

The sad and inevitable break up of Ajax’s brilliant young team looks all but certain this summer. With teenage captain Matthijs de Ligt looking increasingly likely to Johan Cruyff his way to Barcelona this summer – where his teammate Frenkie De Jong has already signed a deal – Nicolás Tagliafico is the latest player to be linked with a move away from Amsterdam. The Argentine left-back has attracted interest from … wait for it … Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United, Atlético Madrid and Arsenal. And guess what Gunners fans? Your club is apparently winning the race for his signature. And the price quoted is a very reasonable £18m.

And despite having been linked with a move to Real Madrid for the best part of a decade, it looks like Robert Lewandowski may well see out his career at Bayern Munich. The Polish striker, who has scored an eye-popping 29 goals in all competitions this season, is going to be asked by the club how many zeros he would like on the end of his weekly payslip as they prepare a bumper new contract for him.


Andy Carroll latest: Injury strikes again to leave West Ham career in huge doubt

EXCLUSIVE: Luckless West Ham striker Carroll is back on the casualty list, weeks before his contract expires

By Adrian Kajumba

Andy Carroll may have played his last game for West Ham.

The 30-year-old striker suffered another ankle injury last week, and there are fears his latest blow is not just a serious one but that he has aggravated a previous problem.

Carroll required ankle surgery that kept him out for five months at the start of this season and missed three months at the beginning of last year, also with an ankle issue.

The club are investigating the severity of this latest injury to discover the full extent of it, but the setback is a potentially huge and ill-timed one for the 6ft 4in target man. His current £90,000-a-week deal is up this summer and a lengthy lay-off would end Carroll's fading hopes of getting a new deal.

The Hammers have the option to extend his injuries-blighted stay by two years, but the chance of them taking that up was already slim before this new setback.

Carroll missed Saturday's’s 2-0 defeat at Cardiff and boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “He was not considered for this game. He has a small problem in his ankle but he was not on the list.”

The former England international joined West Ham, initially on loan, from Liverpool in 2012 before signing permanently for £15million a year later, but his time in London has seen one layoff after another.

In that loan season, he started 22 of the Hammers' 38 league games. Since becoming their player though, his 15 league starts in 2016-17 is the most Carroll has been able to manage.

Meanwhile, West Ham are set to return for Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez in the summer - when the striker could be £20million cheaper than his January asking price.

Pellegrini is keen to work with the 22-year-old Uruguayan, and had a winter-window approach rejected because Celta were in relegation trouble and did not want to sell. Despite hanging onto him, Celta have plunged deeper into the mire since and if they do go down his £42m release clause drops to £22m.

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Mex Martillo 7:45 Thu Mar 14
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 7:37 Wed Mar 13
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Bill green 2:28 Wed Mar 13

Texas Iron 6:42 Wed Mar 13
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bill green 2:28 Wed Mar 13
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thanks Alan

Gazza_AZ 1:42 Wed Mar 13
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
I think I might be able to guess why Loris Karius isnt quite right - not sure I would be either if I wasnt paid for 4 months.

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