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Alan 12:49 Fri Apr 5
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United's 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba, who continues to be linked with a move to Real Madrid, wants £500,000 a week to stay at Old Trafford. (Sun)

Bournemouth and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 25, said he is flattered to be linked with a move to Arsenal. (Sky Sports)

Queens Park Rangers have made former Tottenham and Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood their number one choice to replace Steve McClaren as their manager. (Standard)

Paris St-Germain are willing to match the £350,000-a-week wage demands of Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28. (Independent)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would like to buy more British players and is interested in two England internationals - West Ham midfielder Declan Rice, 20, and 18-year-old Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi - as well as Crystal Palace's England Under-21 right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United are also interested in a £100m deal for England and Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, 19. (Independent)

Cardiff manager Neil Warnock is considering leaving the club - even if they avoid relegation from the Premier League. (Sun)

Everton's Brazil striker Richarlison, 21, could be set for a move to neighbours Liverpool. (Esporte via ESPN)

Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, 21, hopes to extend his six-month loan spell at Leicester from Monaco. (Sky Sports)

Fulham are resigned to losing 18-year-old England Under-21 international Ryan Sessegnon, who can play at left-back or left wing, after their relegation from the Premier League. (Standard)

Fulham will also send on-loan Germany forward Andre Schurrle back to Borussia Dortmund after this season, ending his spell at the club a year early. (Sun)

Real Madrid are contenders to sign Manchester United and Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly, 24, for £35m this summer. (Sun)

Striker Jermain Defoe, 36, says he will stay at Rangers next season and not cut his 18-month loan move from parent club Bournemouth short. (Daily Record)

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has enlisted an agency to help him find a job in the French top flight. (L'Equipe, via Chronicle)

Birmingham's 16-year-old English forward Romello Mitchell is set to join Southampton. (Birmingham Mail)

Derby County manager Frank Lampard says on-loan midfielder Mason Mount can go on to play for Chelsea and England next season. The 20-year-old has been linked with a move to German side RB Leipzig. (Derby Telegraph)

Sports minister Mims Davies is working on a government plan to crack down on racism and anti-Semitism in football. (Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Miller

There’s been much talk of whether the general public will be happy if Liverpool win the Premier League for the first time in a generation, but of course some sets of fans won’t exactly be delighted. Evertonians, for example, will have to board up the windows and hide under the duvet for weeks, and if that prospect isn’t enough, word on the street says that Liverpool are trying to lure away one of the Toffees’ better players too.

According to reports in Brazil – specifically, UOL Esporte – Jürgen Klopp recently had Richarlison’s agent Renato Velasco round at his place for tea and crumpets, leading to speculation of a bid worth north of £70million for the forward. Supposedly there are a queue of teams equally willing to offer Velasco some light refreshments, including PSG, Milan and Barcelona, which does make the whole thing whiff of a story that benefitted from the ‘input’ of the agent, but if you can’t enjoy a scurrilous rumour like this on a Friday, this is probably the wrong place for you.

Elsewhere in Gossiptown, the hot patter once again involves Manchester United’s supposed summer overhaul. David de Gea is one of those thought to be climbing aboard the Do One Express, and apparently it could be in the direction of PSG, who will supposedly wrap up a £400,000-a-week contract with a nice bow and do that thing with ribbon that makes it all curly, in an attempt to tempt the keeper to Paris.

Meanwhile, here come Real Madrid again, sniffing around the Premier League to snaffle the division’s top talent, luring the very best on offer over here with … hang on … just double-checking this … a £35million bid for Eric Bailly? How times change.

Still, they are up to their usual tricks, Paul Pogba-wise, and United have apparently pencilled in some face time with everyone’s favourite cuddly super-agent Mino Raiola in order to tie the midfielder down to a new contract, but they shouldn’t expect to get much change out of £500,000-a-week. Ooof. In terms of incomings, Ole Gunnar Solksjær wants some young English talent, so Declan Rice, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Aaron Wan-Bissaka are on his list.

Might Ryan Sessegnon be too? He’ll apparently leave Fulham once this bin fire of a season is brought to a merciful close, and could be a relative bargain as his contract only has a year to run.

Arsenal are said to be looking at a summer overhaul too, albeit a slightly more modest one. Bournemouth’s fun-sized winger Ryan Fraser is pretty pleased to be on their wanted list – “I’m not going to lie, you do feel good, especially when it’s a massive club,” he told Sky Sports – while they have apparently ‘been handed a boost’ by Brazilian forward Wesley Moraes, currently of Club Brugge, who says he’d love to play in England, thanks very much.

Another South American who won’t be playing in England, as long as Barcelona have anything to do with it, is Leo Messi. “We want him to have a really long career so we can keep on enjoying him,” Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu told ESPN. “We would like to renew his contract, that’s the idea … I believe he still has many years in front of him and in the coming months we will sit down with him so that he has many more years at Barcelona. Messi is a one-club man. It’s more than what he does on the pitch – his relationship with Barça will last forever.”

Finally, some good news for a group of supporters who haven’t had much of that in recent years: the leading contender for the vacant QPR job is … Tim Sherwood! Triffic!


Irons loanee looks to have nailed permanent deal

West Ham look set to net £8 million from Fiorentina for Edmilson Fernandes when the season ends and the club make the Switzerland international’s loan deal permanent.

The Hammers midfielder has been a regular in the side all season and although his form was patchy at one stage is reported to have done enough to get a move.

The 22 year old has made 32 appearances this season and now looks certain to make the permanent move into Serie A in the summer after struggling to make a serious impact for the Hammers..

The board agreed an option with the Italians that an £8 million fee would be involved for the player after he had failed to settle into the first team at West Ham.

He made 17 appearances for tjhe club in the 2017/18 season but appears to have flourished in Italy to the point that he looks destined to continue his career there probably on a four year deal.


Report: David Sullivan has told Felipe Anderson he can leave West Ham United on one condition

John Verrall

West Ham United only signed Felipe Anderson in the summer, and he has enjoyed an excellent first season at the London Stadium.

According to Bleacher Report, West Ham United owner David Sullivan has previously told Felipe Anderson he will be allowed to leave if a top six club come in for him.

Anderson has been one of the stars of West Ham’s season, and currently leads the club’s top scoring charts.

The Brazilian has hit nine goals in his first campaign in English football, and West Ham are prepared for interest in their star man.

The Hammers want to keep Anderson, and are prepared to offer him a new contract, but Sullivan’s past words could come back to haunt them.

Sullivan has reportedly told Anderson he will be allowed to leave if a Champions League chasing club comes in for him.

West Ham are said to want £75 million for Anderson if they are to sell in the same report, so they would at least bring in good money for Manuel Pellegrini to spend.

But the departure of Anderson would surely cause anger among the London Stadium crowd, as he is arguably West Ham’s best attacking talent.


West Ham's sparkling new academy aims to reinvigorate club's tradition of homegrown talent

Sir Trevor Brooking opens West Ham United’s new academy headquarters at Chadwell Heath Credit: GETTY IMAGES

By Sam Dean

The smell of fresh paint lingers in the pearly white corridors of West Ham United’s new academy headquarters in Chadwell Heath, a modern facility infused with constant reminders of years gone by. On almost every gleaming wall there hangs either a picture of historic success or a glossy image of a graduate from the past.

There are tributes to the players of the present, too. Declan Rice, hovering quietly at the back of the tour, stops for a moment to look at the large picture of himself on the wall outside one of the analysis rooms. While the rest of the party moves on, Rice takes a moment to study the fact file about himself, charting his rise from specky hopeful to full international.

It is a moment of fleeting privacy and reflection for Rice, but he does not have much time to savour it. The tour has been put on for the club’s most powerful figures, here to see the results of their £4m investment, and Rice, as the latest academy success story, has been placed at the centre of most of the activities.

The message is clear: West Ham want to use their sparkly new academy, with its immaculate indoor pitches and high-tech analysis screens, to produce more players like him. It matters to the club that their academy is productive, and there is no doubt that it also matters to their fans.

There have been so many questions about the “identity” or “soul” of West Ham since their move from Upton Park to the London Stadium. These concepts seem to be more important than ever in the modern, globalised Premier League, and they feel particularly important to a club like West Ham. There is a sense, then, that a successful reinvigoration of The Academy of Football, as they call it, will help West Ham feel a bit more like West Ham again.

“The fans can relate to somebody like me,” says Mark Noble, the club captain. Sir Trevor Brooking, who made a speech at the new academy’s unveiling, nods alongside him. “As a club, West Ham have always needed an element of homegrown to give themselves a chance of retaining the fanbase,” he says. “As long as I can remember, there has always been a couple of players who were homegrown.”

This is not to say that it will be easy for West Ham to start churning out swathes of top-level footballers again, nor that any of the 178 academy schoolboys currently on their books will be the new Brooking, Noble or Rice. The new facilities will give them a better chance, though, to navigate the increasingly numerous hurdles in a young player’s path.

“The biggest bonus for us is that they are getting the chances,” says Jack Collison, the former West Ham midfielder, now an academy coach. “Manuel Pellegrini has not been scared to put them in.”

It is a view echoed by Noble, who has seen the standard of the Premier League rise to an unprecedented level over the course of his career. “You have to be special to get through,” the West Ham captain says. “The biggest example is Callum Hudson-Odoi. You make your England debut before you start a Premier League game for Chelsea. It’s incredible.

“If he was at West Ham, he would have probably played the same amount of games as Declan now, because he is a special player. But Chelsea have got so many special players that it is limiting his chances.”

Noble, Brooking and Collison all graduated from the West Ham academy

In terms of productivity, there is no doubt that the West Ham academy has fallen behind a string of other Premier League sides. The hope for the club is that young boys of this supreme talent might now decide that Chadwell Heath is the best place for them to develop. The success of Rice works as a decent sales pitch to these families, while West Ham know that their investment in youth could soon be justified.

“If you get an English academy player in your first team, their price goes through the roof,” says Noble. “If I was an owner of a football club and I brought the manager in, I would say ‘look, if you get a chance, blood some youngsters.’ If they do well, we got them for nothing and they might be worth £15m. That is a massive incentive to get young players in the team. Dec must be worth £50m to go and buy.”

There are generational differences to contend with. Young players are generally softer (“at times they struggle with honest feedback”, says Collison) and wealthier (“some of the young lads are driving better cars than I am,” says Noble) than ever. But these are problems shared by coaches at every club and all West Ham can do is invest, compete and try to create a modern production line that maintains its connection to a treasured past.

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Texas Iron 11:06 Fri Apr 5
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Today's prices Anderson's worth a hundred million

ted fenton 10:44 Fri Apr 5
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:13 Fri Apr 5

Mex Martillo 4:29 Fri Apr 5
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Thanks Alan

bill green 1:26 Fri Apr 5
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:13 Fri Apr 5
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Far Cough 12:53 Fri Apr 5
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Has Anderson asked to leave then?

Thanks Alan

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