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Alan 1:43 Sat Apr 6
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Chelsea's Belgian forward Eden Hazard, 28, is set to sign for Real Madrid and his move will be sealed in the coming days. (Marca)

Real Madrid are looking to sell Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 29, and 26-year-old Spanish playmaker Isco. (Mail)

However, Bale has priced himself out of a potential move to Manchester United, as the Premier League side would rather invest in Jadon Sancho, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Declan Rice. (Star)

AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis, formerly at Arsenal, wants Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino to replace Gennaro Gattuso at the San Siro. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Tottenham are willing to make a £30m move for Everton's on-loan Barcelona and Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes, 25. (Telegraph)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is planning to hold talks with forward Lionel Messi about extending the Argentine's contract with the club. The 31-year-old's current deal runs until summer 2021. (ESPN)

Bartomeu has hinted the signing of Dutch defender and Ajax captain Matthijs de Ligt, 19, to Barcelona is already a done deal. (Mirror)

And Barcelona are considering the sale of six of their players, including Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 26, Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31, and France defender Samuel Umtiti, 25. (Star)

Everton forward Richarlison's agent says his meeting with Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had nothing to do with the 21-year-old Brazil international potentially moving to Anfield. (Sport Witness)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is unsure if 31-year-old Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain's loan move from Juventus will turn into a permanent switch. (Guardian)

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 25, will discuss his Manchester United future at the end of the season, according his agent. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City sporting director Txiki Begiristain attended Atletico Madrid's match against Girona on Wednesday to watch 22-year-old Spanish midfielder Rodri. (Mail)
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Mohamed Salah

Forward enters Liverpool record books with fastest 50 goals

Chelsea are interested in signing Atletico Paranaense's Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, 21, this summer, despite the uncertainty over whether the club will be able to delay or overturn their transfer ban by Fifa. (ESPN)

Tottenham will consider transfer offers for a dozen players, including England full-back Kieran Trippier, 28. (Evening Standard)

Borussia Dortmund's chief executive has ruled out the possibility of 19-year-old England winger Jadon Sancho joining Manchester United. (Metro)

Manchester United are monitoring Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, and could make a move to bring the Ivory Coast international back to the club in case they fail to land 19-year-old winger Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. (Star)

West Brom have rejected Burnley's opening bid of £12m for their English forward Jay Rodriguez, 28. (Mail)

Tottenham, along with Manchester United and Paris St-Germain, want to sign Fulham's England Under-21 winger Ryan Sessegnon this summer. (Mirror)

But it is believed Fulham have put a £40m price tag on Sessegnon, while Tottenham value the player at closer to £25m. (Mail)

Former Huddersfield Town manager David Wagner says he is ready to return to management in the Premier League or Bundesliga if the "right opportunity comes around the corner". (Times - subscription required)

Britain's richest man Sir Jim Ratcliffe, whose company Ineos took ownership of cycling's Team Sky recently, is looking to purchase French Ligue 1 club Nice. (Nice-Matin - in French)







C&H

West Ham reject Champions League reform

Premier League clubs including West Ham have hit back at reported proposals for the Champions League to be overhauled from the 2024/25 season.

Teams from the top tier have today discussed numerous potential changes to the Champions League which included dramatically increasing the number of games played and altering the way teams qualify for the competition. The plans have been championed by Andrea Agnelli, Juventus’ chairman and Executive Member of the European Football Association.

Rather than eight groups of four teams it would change to four groups of eight teams, therefore making group stages 14 matches long before the last 16, with domestic cups potentially under threat. Coupled that with the suggestion that the qualification process could change and become more of a closed shop, there is no wonder that all 20 Premier League clubs have responded with a strong statement today insisting they will fight those changes.

The official Premier League statement reads: “All 20 Premier League clubs today discussed their significant concerns regarding reported proposals for changing the format and qualification criteria of UEFA club competitions from season 2024-25,” said the statement. All clubs unanimously agreed it is inappropriate for European football bodies to create plans that would alter the structures, calendar and competitiveness of the domestic game and will work together to protect the Premier League.

“In England, football plays an important role in our culture and everyday life. Millions of fans attend matches across the country, with allegiances and local rivalries often passed down through generations. We have a fantastic combination of competitive football and committed fans that we will vigorously defend. The structures of domestic football are determined by leagues and their respective national associations. We will now work with the Football Association and other leagues to ensure that European football bodies understand the importance of this, and their obligation to maintain the health and sustainability of domestic league football.”


Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed what most of us already knew, that Marko Arnautovic is unhappy but the gaffer insists Marko needs our support.

Asked by a reporter as Rush Green at the pre-match press conference on Friday whether Marko was happy at West Ham the manager answered:

“I don’t think anybody can be happy. The fans are not happy, me, Marko is not happy but this happens to some players in a moment of the season when they are not in their best moment. Maybe they need the support more than to punish them.

“Talking with Marko, he wants to do things better. He is absolutely involved with our team, what happened in December with China is now over and finished. If anyone thinks that Marko doesn’t want to be here at West Ham, they are wrong. Marko is absolutely involved mentally and physically.

“I repeat, he is not in a good moment but supporting him, he will return to what he demonstrated some months ago. A lot of players at parts of the season have bad performances. It is not easy maybe to know that you don’t have the support of the fans that he had six months ago. But with his work and a positive mentality he will return.”





Soccer Souls

Comparing West Ham’s star midfield targets – Stats show that Pellegrini should avoid this £20m move

West Ham news: Comparing Hammers targets Shelvey and Mooy

After a disastrous start to the season which saw them pick up just 8 points in their first 11 games, West Ham have turned their season around spectacularly and are now placed 11th, just 5 points off 7th-placed Wolves.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side have a very small chance of finishing in the top 7 but irrespective of where they finish in the league, the Hammers will have to bring in reinforcements in the summer.

The Hammers need to address their midfield options first. Mark Noble will be well into his thirties at the start of next season and Declan Rice is attracting heavy interest from the bigger clubs in the Premier League.

West Ham have been linked with two realistic options in Jonjo Shelvey (£20m move) and Aaron Mooy.

Shelvey’s spot in the Newcastle line-up has taken up with the emergence of Issac Hayden and Sean Longstaff. Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield Town’s fate was sealed last weekend after the defeat to Crystal Palace saw them drop down to the Championship.

How have the two veterans fared so far this season in terms of numbers? Let’s find out:
Defensively

Aaron Mooy has been a leader in an otherwise terrible campaign so far Huddersfield. The Australian midfield powerhouse averages 2.3 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 0.8 clearances and 0.5 aerial duels so far this season. (WhoScored)

Shelvey has failed to get proper game time with Newcastle, having featured just 13 times in the league so far. The Newcastle man averages 1.6 tackles, 0.5 interceptions, 0.8 clearances and 0.8 aerial duels so far. (WhoScored)
Verdict: Aaron Mooy
Offensively

Shelvey is yet to score this season but has managed to provide an assist for the Magpies. He averages 1.5 shots at goal, 1.7 key passes, 5.8 long balls per game but boasts of just 69% passing accuracy. (WhoScored)

Mooy, on the other hand, has two goals and an assist to his name so far and averages 1.6 shots at goal, 1.6 key passes, 2 long balls and an impressive passing accuracy of over 80%.

Both players have very similar attacking numbers to their names but Mooy, with his better passing accuracy, edges it but only just. (WhoScored)
Verdict: Aaron Mooy

Conclusion

West Ham have been linked with two extremely similar players to solve their problems in central midfield but Aaron Mooy’s numbers are slightly superior to Shelvey’s so far this season.

Shelvey’s injury concerns over the years are also a massive risk for the Hammers and they should stay away from him.


Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Thanks Alan 9:56 Sun Apr 7
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mad Dog 1:48 Sat Apr 6

Texas Iron 6:38 Sat Apr 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...
Shelvey or Mooy...not impressed...

Yesm..let's all give Arnautovic a Hug...Moody 100+k a WeekWanker...

Queens Fish Bar 6:14 Sat Apr 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Mad Dog 1:48 Sat Apr 6

jimbo2. 5:47 Sat Apr 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Personally I’m not keen on either of them! Thanks Al!

Mex Martillo 2:10 Sat Apr 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

The Stoat 2:08 Sat Apr 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Shelvey & Mooy

No thanks


Thanks Alan

Mad Dog 1:48 Sat Apr 6
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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