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Alan 12:00 Thu Mar 28
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea could listen to offers in excess of £43m for 18-year-old England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi. (Sport Bild, via Metro)

Hudson-Odoi wants to leave Chelsea at the earliest opportunity, with Barcelona and Manchester United joining Bayern Munich in wanting to sign him. (Mail)

Borussia Dortmund have no plans to sell 19-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho, who has been linked with Manchester United. (Mirror)

Sancho and West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 20, are top of Manchester United's list of summer transfer targets, along with 21-year-old Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (Sun)

Barcelona are keen to offer Manchester United Philippe Coutinho, 26, or Malcom, 22, as part of a deal to bring England striker Marcus Rashford, 21, to the Nou Camp. (Mundo Deportivo, via Mail)

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden, 18, is expected to turn down offers of a move to Germany in order to earn a regular starting spot in manager Pep Guardiola's team. (Mail)

Leicester City are adamant that Manchester United target Harry Maguire, 26, and fellow England defender Ben Chilwell, 22, who has been linked with Manchester City, will not be sold. (Mirror)

Manchester United's qualification for next season's Champions League could prove critical in contract negotiations with 28-year-old Spain goalkeeper David de Gea. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United have no intention of selling 30-year-old Alexis Sanchez, their highest-earning player, despite indifferent form and reports of a destabilising effect on negotiations with De Gea's new deal. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester United believe 29-year-old Spain midfielder Ander Herrera, who is out of contract at the end of the season, will sign a new deal despite interest from Arsenal and Paris St-Germain.(Metro)

Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has emerged as a summer target for Roma, Napoli and AC Milan. (Mirror)

Manchester City are among the clubs monitoring Swansea's 21-year-old Wales winger Dan James. (Sun)

Liverpool's 22-year-old Serbia midfielder Marko Grujic, who is on loan for the season at Hertha Berlin, wants to stay at the German club for another year. (Liverpool Echo)

Paraguay forward Sergio Diaz, 21, will remain with Real Madrid after Brazilian club Corinthians, where he has been on loan this season, decided against using their option to buy. (Marca)

Liverpool are likely to ask for more than £12m from Rangers this summer for 22-year-old winger Ryan Kent, who is on loan at Ibrox this season. (Liverpool Echo)

Leicester are among a host of European clubs monitoring Chelsea's 18-year-old Dutch forward Daishawn Redan. (Bild, via Leicester Mercury)

Wolves, Brighton and Norwich are interested in Leyton Orient's 20-year-old defender Dan Happe. (Sun)

QPR have not ruled out the prospect of moving into the Linford Christie Stadium, the athletics venue a mile from their current Loftus Road home, as tenants. (London Evening Standard)

Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers is planning contract talks with 32-year-old full-back Christian Fuchs, who had revealed plans to leave the club and move to America in the summer. (Leicester Mercury)

Nottingham Forest midfielder Claudio Yacob, 31, has been linked with Olympiacos. (Nottingham Post)

A planned protest inside Craven Cottage over Fulham ticket prices has been thwarted after the 'Stop the Greed' campaign group were told their banners could not be brought into the ground. (Football.London)

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has called for "proper" punishment for Montenegro after England players were racially abused this week. (Argus)

Former Newcastle defender Davide Santon, 28, who is now with Roma, says the Magpies will always be in his heart, and that manager Rafael Benitez can lead them to the next level. (Chronicle)

Former Brighton striker Gordon Smith is introducing stem cell treatment to English football clubs to help players recover from injuries and prolong their careers. (Argus)

Leading Premier League clubs are to receive up to £75m more than lower-placed rivals as part of new overseas broadcasting deal. (Telegraph)

Premier League clubs want Fifa to alter transfer regulations to allow them to offer longer contracts to players under the age of 18 because of concerns over their young stars leaving for foreign clubs. (Times - subscription required)

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Barry Glendenning

With Ole Gunnar Solskjær finally officially announced as Manchester United’s new manager, the club will presumably set about trying to acquire the summer transfer targets he has identified. The Manchester Evening News say the club’s executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward, is ready to abandon the Mourinho-esque policy of signing big-name players with plenty of experience and then leaving them on the bench or in the stands, in favour of a more long-term approach involving the recruitment of signing younger big-name players that have forged their reputations at other clubs.

In the market for a central defender, full-back, a central midfielder and a forward, the names of West Ham’s Declan Rice, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho and Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka are the latest to be – preposterously in at least two cases – bandied about in various media outlets.

Liverpool’s Croatian central defender Dejan Lovren is a wanted man in Italy, where Roma, Napoli and Milan are reported to be interested in offering him a deal. Currently behind Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez in the Liverpool pecking order, the 29-year-old may decide the Anfield jig is up for him and move to pastures new. In Scotland, Rangers are interested in making the signing of on-loan Liverpool winger Ryan Kent permanent, but are likely to baulk at the notion of paying the £12m Liverpool director of football Michael Edwards wants for him.

The last-minute collapse of Swansea winger Dan James’s move to Leeds United in January may prove a blessing for the young Welsh international, if a Sun exclusive suggesting Manchester City – among other unspecified Premier League clubs – are ready to bid for the 21-year-old this summer. Christian Fuchs may have to have an awkward conversation with his wife, now it’s emerged that his plan to leave Leicester City and rejoin his family in New York at the end of the season could come unstuck. Brendan Rodgers has announced he’ll “look deeper” into the former Austria international’s contract situation in a state of affairs that suggests a new deal may be put on the table.

“I promised my wife I would be coming home,” said Fuchs this season. “I also want to see my children growing up, it’s good we have FaceTime because letters wouldn’t work. It was already a big decision extending my contract one more year but it was a good thing for the family.”

Leicester are also reported to be among a host of clubs interested in Chelsea youngster Daishawn Redan, who has become disillusioned with his lack of progress at Stamford Bridge. The young Dutchman has also got antennae twitching at West Ham, Everton, Leicester, Milan, Roma and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

And finally, Leyton Orient youngster Dan Happe is wanted by Wolves, Brighton and Norwich, who have all spotted plenty of potential in the 20-year-old from Tower Hamlets. The more experienced Nottingham Forest midfielder Claudio Yacob, 31, could end a seven year stay in England this summer by moving to Greek side Olympiakos.


Karren Brady defends West Ham’s stance on Democratic Football Lads Alliance
• Vice-chair highlights club’s record fighting discrimination
• She says singling out DFLA gives them ‘oxygen and publicity’

Jacob Steinberg

Karren Brady has defended West Ham’s work combating racism in the face of calls for the club to issue an unequivocal condemnation of the Democratic Football Lads Alliance.

Unmesh Desai, a London assembly member and a trustee of the West Ham United Foundation, has asked West Ham’s board for a statement against the DFLA, a group accused of spreading Islamophobia and of having links with far-right organisations, before the game against Everton at the London Stadium on Saturday. An open letter from Desai was signed by Rokhsana Fiaz, the mayor of Newham, John Biggs, the Tower Hamlets mayor, and four Labour MPs on Tuesday.

It is understood Desai is considering resigning from the West Ham United Foundation if his request is not met. Brady, the club’s vice-chair, has written to Desai to defend West Ham’s record fighting discrimination and said that singling out one group “risks overshadowing the good work being carried out but also gives oxygen and publicity to that group”.

In October last year Mark Phillips, a West Ham under-18s coach, tweeted about attending a march by the DFLA, a group condemned by anti‑racism campaigners and supported by the former EDL leader Tommy Robinson. The club suspended Phillips and held an investigation to determine whether his social media activity had broken club rules.

He returned to his academy role in November after West Ham found there were not sufficient grounds to sack him. They had taken external legal advice from employment specialists.

A month later it emerged that West Ham’s newly formed Official Supporters’ Board contained a representative, Greg Smith, who has expressed support for the DFLA.

West Ham have said they are bemused at Desai’s letter and Brady has written back in strong terms. “I feel very strongly your letter implies that West Ham United is in some way not supportive of ensuring that Islamophobia, racism and antisemitism, and all hate crime have no place in our communities and no place in football,” she said. “This is simply not true and I cannot understand how you would be under such an impression, especially since you are a trustee of our foundation so you know firsthand the award-winning work we are doing in our community, and you understand the passion with which we deliver such work.

“We are leading the way in this area, and any suggestion our work is in some way at risk or there is an affiliation with DFLA is categorically untrue.

“As you know, the club is unequivocal in its stance against all forms of racism and discrimination. This weekend, when we face Everton, the club will once again be clear, showcasing our work and highlighting our approach through video, the matchday programme, social media and our partners, that equality is at the heart of West Ham United, that our community values run deep throughout the club and that any belief, group or movement that does not share those values will not be welcome.

“A public statement singling out one particular group risks overshadowing the good work being carried but also gives oxygen and publicity to that group. As I said, the club is unequivocal in its stance against all forms of racism and discrimination. This could not be clearer.”

It is understood Desai will continue to push West Ham for a statement about the DFLA, which was set up after the London Bridge terror attack in 2017 and has called itself an anti-extremist group. He believes West Ham have a responsibility to send out a strong message in opposition to the DFLA in the wake of the New Zealand mosque massacre this month.


West Ham reportedly still targeting Andrea Belotti

Olly Dawes

West Ham United are again being linked with Andrea Belotti.

According to Calciomercato, West Ham United remain in the race to sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti after failing with a January bid.

The Hammers are expected to be in the market for new strikers this summer, with question marks over the futures of Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll.

Manuel Pellegrini and co will be casting their net far and wide in search of attacking reinforcements, and one name linked in January was Torino ace Belotti.

CuoreToro reported that West Ham were offering €50million (£45million) for Belotti, but no deal materialised as Torino stood firm to keep their star striker.

Now though, Calciomercato claim that West Ham haven't been deterred, and remain in the race for Belotti's signature despite failing to sign him in January.

Roma are also thought to be keen, with West Ham seemingly in a battle with the Serie A giants ahead of the summer transfer window.

Belotti, 25, made headlines with 28 goals in the 2016-17 season, but hasn't continued that form, scoring 13 times last season and 12 goals this term.

The Italian's streaky form means £45million may be a bit rich, and West Ham should think carefully before heading back in with big money for the former Palermo man.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

jimbo2. 10:33 Fri Mar 29
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al!

Texas Iron 5:15 Thu Mar 28
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Belotti...over rated...over priced...

Mex Martillo 4:29 Thu Mar 28
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

yogib 1:21 Thu Mar 28
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Thanks Alan - let that cunt Desai resign, don't need shit stirring twats like him in our club - always the fucking PC anti racists causing trouble.

Thanks Alan 12:15 Thu Mar 28
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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