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Alan 1:39 Tue Apr 2
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Manchester United's Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera, 29, has signed a pre-contract agreement with Paris St-Germain and is poised to join the club on a free transfer this summer. (Daily Record)

Manchester United are refusing to bow to Herrera's wage demands, despite the growing threat of the Spain midfielder leaving on a free transfer. (Telegraph)

Tottenham could smash their transfer record with a £50m bid for Everton's England international defender Michael Keane, 26, who has also been watched by Arsenal.(Express)

Tottenham have also joined the race to sign Juventus forward Douglas Costa this summer. The 28-year-old has also interested Manchester United and Manchester City, while Chelsea and Paris St-Germain have previously been linked with the Brazil international. (Tuttosport, via Metro)

Tottenham have no plans to sign a new first-choice goalkeeper this summer. Club captain Hugo Lloris, 32, was the subject of criticism following Sunday's defeat at Liverpool. (Mail)

Arsenal have made Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, 25, a summer transfer target. (Mirror)

Arsenal are in advanced talks with Brazilian club Ituano over a £6.5m deal for 17-year-old winger Gabriel Martinelli, who has been monitored by more than 20 leading European clubs and had a recent trial at Manchester United. (Sun)

Manchester United are closing in on the appointment of their first technical director, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer playing a part in the recruitment process. (London Evening Standard)

Former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 35, has accused football's governing bodies of failing black players in the fight against racism. (Mirror)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is set to rest striker Sergio Aguero for the league game against Cardiff on Wednesday and the FA Cup semi-final on Saturday so that the 30-year-old Argentina international is fit to face Tottenham in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on 9 April. (Telegraph)

Arsenal have identified Marseille Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta, 57, the former Barcelona and Spain goalkeeper, as their main target for the position with the Spaniard tempted by the approach. (L'Equipe)

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is to hold talks with Andy King over the 30-year-old midfielder's future. (Leicester Mercury)

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe has dismissed reported interest in defender Nathan Ake, 24, who has been linked with Tottenham and Manchester United.(Bournemouth Daily Echo)

Wolves are keen on signing Southampton defender Cedric Soares, 27, on loan for the rest of the season at Inter Milan, this summer. (Tuttosport, via Daily Echo)

Queens Park Rangers have held talks with ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood as they search for a new manager following the sacking of Steve McClaren. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United want Spanish midfielder Juan Mata to become a club ambassador at the end of his playing career. The 30-year-old is still to agree a new contract with the club and his present deal expires at the end of the season. (Manchester Evening News)

England international Declan Rice, 20, has played down rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United or Manchester City in the summer transfer window and insists he is happy at West Ham. (BT Sport, via Mirror)

Former Bolton, Newcastle, Blackburn, West Ham, Sunderland, England, Crystal Palace and Everton manager Sam Allardyce, 64, has emerged as a strong favourite to become West Brom's next permanent boss. (Express and Star)

Hull City are among the Championship clubs chasing in-form Bristol Rovers striker Jonson Clarke-Harris, 24. (Mail)

Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi admits he is devastated at being unable to play for the club. The 21-year-old has been unable to get a work permit in the UK since signing for the Reds from Nigeria's Imperial Academy in the summer of 2015. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez says that the loyal support shown by fans since he arrived at St James' Park will come into his thinking when he decides whether to sign a new contract. (Newcastle Chronicle)

The English Football League has decided not to use VAR for next month's Championship play-off final, dubbed the most valuable match in football. (Times - subscription required)

Former Tottenham goalkeeper Erik Thorstvedt has rubbished calls for Mauricio Pochettino to drop under-fire current number one Hugo Lloris, 32. (Talksport)

Tottenham's new £1bn stadium could host heavyweight boxing champion Anthony Joshua's next UK fight, promoter Eddie Hearn has revealed. (Independent)

Former Arsenal captain Tony Adams, 52, admits he thought he would be dead by the age of 30 because of problems with addiction. (Telegraph)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's childhood team-mates in Norway claim the Manchester United manager supported rivals Liverpool when he was growing up. (Sun)

Ex-England international John Barnes says he would like to meet with Manchester City's Raheem Sterling, 24, to discuss the ongoing fight against discrimination. (Mail)

Everton are set to host a charity football match in support of both The People's Place and the Bradley Lowery Foundation on 6 May. (Liverpool Echo)

The proposed change name of the Football Association to the English Football Association went down badly with its 10-strong board, which can veto the idea. (Times - subscription required)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Philippe Coutinho is a man in demand – just not at Barcelona, apparently. The Brazilian has failed to gain a regular starting spot at the Camp Nou since joining from Liverpool a little over a year ago and now we are told his people are letting others know he may be open to a transfer. Manchester United’s ears have pricked up – in fact, there’s even been uninformed mutterings about a Coutinho-Paul Pogba swap deal, although Pogba obviously hasn’t heard that chat otherwise he might not have jabbered about his Real Madrid dream. Other clubs interested in Coutinho include Chelsea, assuming they are allowed to make transfers, and Paris Saint-Germain.

The list does not include Liverpool because they have moved on. And they would like it if Coutinho stayed where he is because if he doesn’t make a lot more appearances for Barcelona, Liverpool may never get up to £22m of the £142m they sold him for – a chunk of that payment being appearance-related.

If Coutinho goes to PSG, he will be part of a new-look midfield that also features Ander Herrera who, according to the Daily Record, has already agreed to join the French club this summer. Others claim no deal has been reached and United are still trying to persuade him to stay at Old Trafford. The Mill isn’t even pretending to know which is true. See, that’s proper journalism. Such integrity.

Having said that, here is more stuff that may have been made up. Spurs are on the lookout for a new central defender to replace the soon-to-be-departing Toby Alderweireld: Everton’s Michael Keane is top of their wish list. Or maybe Bournemouth’s Nathan Aké is. Keane is also being eyed up by Arsenal, who are looking not only for players but also for a sporting director: Marseille’s Andoni Zubizaretta is the current favourite. And word is that he, or someone already at Arsenal, has the Gunners’ sights set on Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser. They are also said to be finalising a deal for Gabriel Martinelli, a 17-year-old Brazilian winger presently with a club called Ituano.

Meanwhile, back at Spurs, Mauricio Pochettino is said to be hot on the trail of Juventus winger Douglas Costa. More surprisingly, he’s also said to remain sweet on Hugo Lloris and has no plans to hire a new goalkeeper this summer. Then again, making three transfers in a single window would blow minds at White Hart Lane.

Wolves have no plans to change a winning formula so will make a move for another Portuguese player: Southampton’s right-back Cédric Soares.

Queens Park Rangers have devised the perfect plan for getting themselves out of bother: after sterling managerial reigns by gaffers such as Mark Hughes, Harry Redknapp and Steve McClaren, the club are toying with the notion of engaging Tim Sherwood as their new manager.

Finally, let’s end where we began. Barcelona and PSG are among the clubs jostling for the signature of Luka Jovic, the striker who is banging ’em in for Eintracht Frankfurt. And that could mean that Edinson Cavani becomes available this summer, as PSG would listen to offers for a player whose contract expires in a year.





C&H

On-the-cheap Gomez hopes take a blow

West Ham’s hopes of grabbing Celta Vigo hitman Maxi Gomez on the cheap have suffered a blow following the weekend results in La Liga.

Gomez has a clause in his contract which allows him to leave the club for £22 million should the club be relegated at the end of the season.

They have been stuck in the bottom three of La Liga for several weeks but took a big step towards escaping the drop zone with a 3-2 victory over their nearest relegation rivals Villareal,

It was their first win in seven attempts after taking just one point from the previous 18 available. Gomez was among the scorers as the club closed up to within one point of Villareal.

Celta Vigo are now on 28 points with Villareal just a point ahead of them in fourth of bottom spot. Gomez’s outfit have nine games left with some tricky fixtures involved against the likes of Barcelona, Espanyol and Atletico Madrid.

Villareal, meanwhile, look to have a slightly easier programme with Real Madrid the one seriously tough fixture.



Soccer Souls

West Ham signing this 25-year-old Italian beast as Arnautovic replacement would settle their future up front

West Ham opinion: Pellegrini wants Andrea Belotti – a brilliant choice



According to a report from Calciomercato, West Ham United are still interested in signing Torino’s spearhead Andrea Belotti in the summer. The Hammers were heavily linked with a move for the Italian in January as a replacement for Marco Arnautovic.

However, the deal for the Austrian could not be completed and Arnautovic stayed at West Ham and soon signed a new contract. Despite his new deal, Arnautovic could still be exit-bound this summer, with West Ham willing to let him go for £45million.

West Ham will look to revive their interest in Andrea Belotti in the summer if their star Austrian leaves the club. The Hammers had a €40million bid for him rejected in January but with Calciomercato confirming that Belotti wanted the move to happen, a possibility of a summer move is really high.

Since his transfer fiasco in January, Arnautovic has failed to score a goal for the Hammers and has been really poor. Summer signing Lucas Perez hasn’t had the kind of impact that West Ham would have wanted him to and Andy Carrol’s injury issues make him highly unreliable.

This leaves Manuel Pellegrini with just Javier Hernandez who, like Arnautovic, has scored just 7 goals all season. Chicharito will turn 31 in the summer and it’s time that the Hammers start to look at the future.

Belotti, at 25, has had a decent season for the Turin club, having scored 10 goals so far this season. The Italian first came to spotlight two seasons ago when he took the Italian top-flight by storm.

The forward scored an incredible 28 goals in 38 games for Torino in one of the best campaigns from an Italian forward in ages. Belotti is a proven goalscorer who is capable of changing the course of the game all by himself.

Despite not being the tallest forward, Belotti is a monster in the air and averages a staggering 4.3 successful aerial duels won per game so far this season.

The Italian also averages 3.2 shots per game so far this season but is capable of producing much better numbers in a better team.

Conclusion

Belotti will be a brilliant fit in the Premier League and will thrive in Manuel Pellegrini’s side, with the likes of Felipe Anderson and Samir Nasri setting him through on goal.

The 25-year-old Torino star would be a leader in the Hammers side and would be a lethal addition who can help them climb up the Premier League table in the coming years.







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pdbis 11:21 Tue Apr 2
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The new ZaZa?

Kelly Smunt 6:46 Tue Apr 2
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"The Italian also averages 3.2 shots per game so far this season but is capable of producing much better numbers in a better team."

Well, he's fucked with us then!

Queens Fish Bar 6:22 Tue Apr 2
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Mr Logic 2:04 Tue Apr 2

Mex Martillo 4:51 Tue Apr 2
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Thanks Alan

bill green 2:25 Tue Apr 2
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 2:06 Tue Apr 2
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Thanks Alan

Mr Logic 2:04 Tue Apr 2
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Thanks boss





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