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Alan 1:46 Wed Mar 20
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Manchester United are favourites to sign Atletico Madrid's French World Cup-winning forward Antoine Griezmann, 27, in the summer. (Sport, via Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea's Belgian forward Eden Hazard, 28, says he will not be distracted by the mounting speculation he will join Real Madrid in the summer. (Metro)

Real Madrid and Belgium keeper Thibaut Courtois, 26, has turned down a possible move to Manchester United as part of a deal involving Spain's David de Gea, 28, going the other way. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain are interested in signing Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos, with the French champions willing to pay 80m euros (£68.5m) for the 29-year-old Germany international. (OK Diario, via Sport)

Los Angeles Galaxy striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 37, has revealed why he rejected Manchester City years before joining rivals Manchester United in 2016. (Mirror)

Liverpool could be ready to agree a deal to sign Argentine Paulo Dybala, 25, from Juventus in a matter of weeks. (Tutto Mercato, via Team Talk)

Manchester United still have a chance of signing 23-year-old Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot after his mother, who is also his agent, denied a story that suggested the France international had agreed to join Barcelona. (L'Equipe, via Metro)

Manchester United or Arsenal could land Roma's Greek centre-back Kostas Manolas for a cut-price figure this summer. The 27-year-old's release clause will fall if his side do not qualify for the Champions League. (Calciomercato, via Mirror)

Manchester United and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, has been linked with a move away from the club but says he is determined to succeed and help them win trophies. (Inside United, via Mail)

Goalkeeper Loris Karius, 25, has asked Liverpool to cancel his two-year loan deal with Besiktas. (Turkiye Gazetesi, via Liverpool Echo)

Wolves are interested in signing Portugal Under-19 forward Francisco Trincao, 19, from Braga. (Birmingham Mail)

Olivier Giroud's salary demands could make the 32-year-old Chelsea and France striker too expensive for Marseille or Lyon. (Le10 Sport - in French)

West Ham and Newcastle United are keeping an eye on Mainz attacking midfielder Erkan Eyibil. The 17-year-old from Turkey has been dubbed 'the new Mesut Ozil'. (Turkish Football)

Paris St-Germain's Brazilian defender Dani Alves, 35, has agreed a contract extension with the French champions. (ESPN)

Manchester City's 18-year-old goalkeeper Curtis Anderson, who was in the England squad that won the Under-17 World Cup in 2017, has joined Charlotte Independence in America. (Mail)

New Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he expects Croatian defender Filip Benkovic to feature for his side next season. The Foxes loaned the 21-year-old out to Celtic in the summer and Rodgers worked with him before moving from the Scottish champions to the King Power Stadium. (Leicester Mercury)

England striker Harry Kane, 25, insists the squad's players will not let club rivalries cause splits in the camp when they are on international duty. (Times - subscription required)

Derby County owner Mel Morris is considering selling the club for token price of £1 in a deal which would see him aiming to have his debts repaid through the sale process. (Times - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Arsenal might have failed in their pursuit of Gelson Martins last summer, with the winger eventually deciding to join Atlético Madrid, but thankfully he has turned out to be absolutely rubbish so they could get another chance to snap him up this year. Having miserably failed to convince in Spain he is currently on loan at Monaco and once again starting to shine, and the Sun are convinced both that Atlético want to sell and that Unai Emery is “desperate to sign a winger”, which unless they have got their sums all wrong means that Arsenal will sign Martins in the summer.

In further Atlético-related news AS contains the headline revelation that Antoine Griezmann’s release clause will be reduced from an offputting €200m to a mere €120m on 1 July. The striker, they say, “seems to have decided to listen to any offer” having concluded that “Simeone’s team is not at its best and some of its key members will ask to leave”, while Marca excitedly insist that the reduced asking price “would make him one of the most sought-after players on the summer market”. His sister and agent, Maud, has however told L’Equipe that the player is in discussions only with Atlético, and that over the next few weeks she will be “travelling in another part of the world” and thus unable to negotiate any possible transfer. “It’s exhausting to constantly read new things about what my brother thinks about his future,” she sighed. “I can assure you that nothing is happening right now.”

Matthijs De Ligt is making headlines once again, with Italy’s Corriere dello Sport insisting on its front page that “Juventus are battling Barcelona” – with scouts on their way to Amsterdam for Sunday’s Holand-Germany game – while in Spain TV3 insist that “Barça are in pole position”, thanks to the relationships that blossomed between them and the Dutch defender’s current club, Ajax, while they were negotiating the mammoth transfer of Frenkie de Jong.

Having announced in January that De Jong would join this summer for €75m, Barcelona apparently considered the prospect of another megabucks Ajax-based deal remote. However the player’s desire to move to Catalonia, and other clubs’ desire to snaffle him first, has made the Spaniards reconsider. According to AS the club’s president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has decided that “now is the time to make a transition, before the decline of Pique” but also that “if they are to sign De Ligt it must be this year”. They are, in short, readying an offer of €70m but are aware that Paris St-Germain, Juventus or Bayern Munich might outbid them.

According to Calciomercato Milan are hoping to re-sign Gerard Deulofeu this summer, at the end of his first full season at Watford. “With safety already achieved, if Watford lose their FA Cup semi-final they would have nothing left to play for and could start planning for next season – without Deulofeu in their line-up,” they insist. “The Catalan forward has already made it known to the club that he intends to move, and he is excited by a return to Milan. The main obstacle is the price: €30m. The will of Deulo could facilitate the deal.”

It is a theme also picked up by the Gazzetta dello Sport, who trail “the Rossoneri strategy” on their front page – this involves qualifying for the Champions League before going on a wild spree that will lead them not only to Deulofeu but to some or all of (deep breath), the Napoli midfielder Amadou Diawara, Gremio’s Everton, the Nice winger Allan Saint-Maximin and the Sassuolo midfield duo of Alfred Duncan and Stefano Sensi.

Turkish Football

West Ham & Newcastle Keep Tabs On Wonderkid Erkan Eyibil Dubbed The ‘New Mesut Ozil’

By Emre Sarigul

Mainz 05 wonderkid Erkan Eyibil has attracted interest from a growing number of clubs across Europe a source close to the player revealed to Turkish-Football.

West Ham and Newcastle United are among the sides that have been keeping tabs on the 17-year-old.

The attacking midfielder has been scouted by several European sides after rapidly rising through the ranks at Mainz and the Germany national team setup.

He has just one-year remaining on his current contract and has yet to commit to a new deal.

Eyibil was called up to the Germany U18 team for the first time last week ahead of an international friendly doubleheader against France on 22 and 25 March.

The left-footed playmaker has had his playing style likened to Mesut Ozil and like the Arsenal star he is also an ethnic Turk born in Germany.

The youngster has in fact been nicknamed the ‘New Mesut Ozil’ by the Turkish media.

He is eligible to represent both Germany and Turkey at senior international level as a result.

Eyibil is rated as one of the hottest young properties at youth level in Germany and has been knocking on the door for promotion to the senior side.

The rising star has been in impressive form for the Mainz U19 side this season and scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 victory away to FSV Frankfurt U19 over the weekend.

In total Eyibil has 12 goals and five assists in 18 games this term for the German side.


West ham youngster Ben Johnson signs new long-term contract

West Ham United are delighted to confirm that Ben Johnson has signed a new contract, keeping the defender with the Club until at least the summer of 2022.

The 19-year-old made his Premier League debut in February at Manchester City, and has trained with Manuel Pellegrini’s first-team squad regularly this season.

A regular for Liam Manning’s U23 side, the full-back has played 16 times in Premier League 2 Division 1 and three times in the Checkatrade Trophy this term and is considered one of the Academy of Football’s brightest prospects.

Upon signing his new deal, Johnson said: “It’s great. First of all, I want to thank God for blessing me with this opportunity, to be playing football at this massive Club. Extending my stay here is fantastic news for me and my family.”

Johnson has been with West Ham United since the age of seven and was converted from a winger into a right-back after impressing in that position.

The versatile defender is the latest in a succession of Academy of Football products to commit their future to the Club in recent months, following the contract extensions signed by Declan Rice, Grady Diangana and Nathan Trott.

Having tasted the Premier League for the first time when he produced a calm and committed performance at the Etihad Stadium, Johnson is determined to build on that opportunity and longer term become a regular in the first team.

He continued: “It has been a whirlwind (since making my first-team debut). I found out that I was playing at Manchester City the day before. I was nervous straight away, but then I felt calm and ready to play, told myself I deserve to be at this level now. I’ve kept working hard each and every day and hopefully there are more opportunities to come.”

It should come as no surprise that Johnson is making a success of his future career, when you consider his footballing pedigree.

Former Tottenham Hotspur and England defender Ledley King is his cousin, while former England defender and FIFA World Cup semi-finalist Paul Parker is his uncle.

While his famous family members have undoubtedly had positive influences on his career, Johnson says the Academy coaches have done likewise during his 12 years and counting in Claret and Blue.

“I’m so privileged and blessed to be playing for West Ham, it’s great,” the teenager confirmed. “I’m very proud.

“It’s been a rollercoaster really, coming here at seven, through the age groups, 12, 14, didn’t think I would get a scholarship, then 16s, 18s, and really pushing on. It’s been a great journey, and I only look back now to see how far I’ve actually come.

“There are so many who have helped me along the way, I can’t say them all! Jimmy Hampshier, Ian Yuill, Danny Searle, James Gritt, Liam Manning, Pottsy, Mark Phillips, Terry Westley…so many.”

West Ham United would like to congratulate Ben on signing his new contract and wish him well for his future career in Claret and Blue.

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Thanks Alan 12:15 Thu Mar 21
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Babelman 2:06 Wed Mar 20

Mex Martillo 10:00 Wed Mar 20
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:27 Wed Mar 20
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Babelman 2:06 Wed Mar 20
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147man 1:58 Wed Mar 20

Alan 2:03 Wed Mar 20
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147man is back from the dead!

The Stoat 2:03 Wed Mar 20
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Dubbed the new Ozil?

Does that mean he has eyes like Marty Feldman then?

Crassus 2:00 Wed Mar 20
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Thanks Alan

147man 1:58 Wed Mar 20
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Thanks Alan

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