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Alan 1:54 Mon Apr 8
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

AC Milan want Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to replace Gennaro Gattuso as their manager - and will give him £300m to spend on players in the summer. (Mirror)

Real Madrid hope Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola can lure the Manchester United and France midfielder, 26, to the Bernabeu. (Marca)

The Spanish club are also planning a new bid for Chelsea and Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard, despite the Blues wanting £100m for the 28-year-old. (Telegraph)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he wants to stay at the club for at least another three years. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea want to sign Athletico Paranaense's Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, 21, if they escape a transfer ban. (Mail)

Real Madrid will make a bid for Chelsea and Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 24. (Teamtalk)

Manager Maurizio Sarri expects France striker Olivier Giroud, 32, to stay at Chelsea next season. (Mail)

Former Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho - now at Barcelona - says he has no plans to return to the Premier League. The 26-year-old Brazil international joined Barca in January 2018. (Mirror)

Liverpool are ready to give Belgium forward Divock Origi, 23, a new contract. (Football Insider)

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini wants to sign 33-year-old Roma and Bosnia forward Edin Dzeko, who played under him for Manchester City. (Express)

Former Netherlands goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar says he may return to Manchester United "one day". The 48-year-old, currently director of football at Ajax, spent six years at Old Trafford. (Times - subscription required)

RB Leipzig are preparing a £30m bid for 21-year-old English striker Tammy Abraham, on loan at Aston Villa from Chelsea, as a replacement for Germany forward Timo Werner, 23. (Football Insider)

Newcastle's England U21 midfielder Isaac Hayden, 24, has told the club he wants to leave this summer. West Brom are reportedly interested. (Newcastle Chronicle)

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Barry Glendenning

With Ole Gunnar Solskær at the Manchester United wheel and Zinedine Zidane getting his feet under the table at Real Madrid for the second time, Tottenham Hotspur fans could have been forgiven for thinking they could look forward to a relaxing summer free from worry about the possibility of their popular, highly regarded manager having his head turned by another club. This may not be the case, however, as weekend reports suggest AC Milan are the latest European heavyweights to hitch their skirts at Mauricio Pochettino and will attempt to lure him to Italy with the promise of a £300m transfer kitty.

With Tottenham installed in their ridiculously well appointed new digs, Pochettino may not fancy a move to the comparatively shabby San Siro but any offer from Milan chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, would force his Tottenham counterpart, Daniel Levy, to loosen the Tottenham purse-strings and sanction the summer purchase of some expensive new players. As he approaches the end of his breakthrough season, Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka is believed to feature on Pochettino’s wish-list, in a state of affairs that could spell bad news for Kieran Trippier.

Unlikely to stay at Fulham following their relegation from the Premier League, Aleksandar Mitrovic is also being touted as a potential Tottenham target, although he’s more likely to get regular game time at Everton, Leicester City, West Ham or Southampton, who are also interested in securing his services. Valued at £50m by Fulham, Mitro may take himself off to China, where Guangzhou Evergreen are reported to be willing to match Fulham’s asking price and pay the 24-year-old £300,000 per week. Good work if you can get it.

Real Madrid are getting as bored as the rest of us with hearing themselves being linked with Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea and will focus their attention on Chelsea’s Kepa Arrizabalaga instead. As part of an extensive summer rebuild, the Spanish side are hoping to get a deal for Kepa’s Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard over the line before the end of the season and will continue their none-too-subtle courtship of Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba.

Chelsea are hoping to bring Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes to Stamford Bridge this summer, but will have to overturn a transfer ban and fend off interest from both Milan sides, Shakhtar Donetsk, Napoli and Lille to sign the 21-year-old from Athletico Paranaense, according to the good folks at ESPN. Elsewhere in London, West Ham are planning for life without Andy Carroll and Marko Arnautovic and think Roma striker Edin Dzeko could be the man to help them consolidate their rightful place somewhere between ninth and 17th in the Premier League table. A youngster in big demand, their midfielder Declan Rice may switch sides for the second time in a year by leaving the club for Manchester United in exchange for £50m.

United are also keeping tabs on DC United’s 24-year-old Argentinian midfielder Luciano Acosta, who could end up taking one of several dressing-room pegs and parking spaces freed up by the likely departures of – deep breath – Nemanja Matic, Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata, Eric Bailly and Alexis Sanchez.

And finally, Liverpool are ready to offer their sparingly used Belgian striker Divock Origi a new deal, while RB Leipzig are ready to offer Chelsea £30m for striker Tammy Abraham.


Andy Carroll's West Ham career OVER: Hammers will let striker leave for free this summer as ankle surgery rules him out for rest of season

Andy Carroll has had ankle surgery in an effort to cure the long-standing issue
The operation means he is virtually certain to miss the remainder of the season
The striker is set to leave the club as a free agent at the end of this campaign
It's because it is believed West Ham have no intention of offering him a new deal

By Sami Mokbel for MailOnline

Andy Carroll’s injury plagued West Ham career is over after undergoing ankle surgery.

The striker sustained an ankle injury last month, leaving him in a race against time to play again this season.

And Sportsmail understands the striker has gone under the knife in an effort to cure the long-standing problem.

The operation means Carroll is now virtually certain to miss the remainder of the campaign, with his contract at the London Stadium due to expire after the Premier League clash against Watford on May 12.

Carroll will now turn his attentions to recovering and getting fit as he looks to find a new club and kick start his career next season.

It is understood the Hammers are yet to officially inform the 30-year-old of their final decision over his future.

But it is believed West Ham have no intention of offering Carroll a new deal.

Carroll missed the first four months of the season after an earlier ankle operation.

He has made 14 appearances since then but he has been sidelined again following another ankle setback.

And the decision to operate means Carroll will not play for West Ham again.

Carroll has scored 34 goals in 142 appearances for West Ham since arriving from Liverpool, initially on loan, in August 2012.

But his seven-year stay has been plagued by injury problems and his final weeks in east London appear likely to go the same way.

However, there was better injury news for Manuel Pellegrini on Sunday when Jack Wilshere returned to action for West Ham Under-23s against Leicester after overcoming a persistent ankle injury.

Wilshere played 66 minutes before being replaced by Mesaque Dju at the London Stadium.

The former Arsenal star, who signed for West Ham in the summer, hasn't featured since facing Newcastle in December.

Sport Witness

Second source backs up West Ham offer, downplay wages, good news for Hammers

By Tom Coast

It’s not every day that the Italian press take some time out of their busy schedule to correct the English press, but that’s what Leggo have done on Monday.

Not only did they point out something wasn’t quite right, they did so by downplaying the amount West Ham are reportedly offering Edin Dzeko to move to London Stadium next season.

The Hammers’ interest in the Bosnian is nothing new, and a report from Calciomercato over the weekend stated he had said ‘yes’ to their offer, which was a two-year deal with the same wages he is currently on at Roma.

However, the Daily Express ran away with the story on Sunday, claiming West Ham were ready to offer Dzeko £165k/week over the next two seasons.

Leggo explain that isn’t quite correct, explaining the wage is €5m/year, which equates to around £83k/week.

They go on to say that this is ‘more than enough’ for the former Manchester City striker, who is ‘convinced’ by the offer and the move.

The last hurdle, corroborating Calciomercato’s story over the weekend, is ‘pleasing’ Roma with the right transfer offer, as the Serie A side want €20m for the 33-year-old.

It’s a bit much for a veteran forward with just over a year left on his deal, and the likelihood is the Italians will lower their demands over the summer.

They’re just playing hard to get for the time being.


West Ham set to battle Bournemouth for permanent Clyne deal

Neil Jones Liverpool FC Correspondent

The England full-back will depart Anfield this summer having impressed during a loan spell with the Cherries during the second half of this season

West Ham are ready to battle Bournemouth for the signing of Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne this summer, Goal can reveal.

The Reds will allow the England international to leave at the end of this season, and hope to secure a fee of around £15 million ($19.6m).

Clyne, 28, has been on loan at Bournemouth since January, making 12 appearances. The Cherries are keen to conclude a permanent deal once the transfer window re-opens, but will now face stiff competition from West Ham, who are keen to strengthen their full-back areas this summer.

Goal understands that Clyne, who joined Liverpool from Southampton in 2015, has enjoyed his time at Bournemouth, where he has struck up a strong relationship with manager Eddie Howe.

However, the lure of London – Clyne was born and raised in Stockwell – could swing the balance West Ham’s way.

The Hammers, who are currently four points and two places better off than Bournemouth in the Premier League table, know they will need to replace the veteran Pablo Zabaleta at right-back, and believe Clyne, who has shaken off a year’s worth of injury problems to prove his top-flight credentials, is the ideal candidate.

Liverpool, though, have shown that they will not do business on the cheap. And having sold the likes of Dominic Solanke and Danny Ings to Premier League clubs in the last 12 months, they are confident they can obtain a good fee for Clyne, who was competing for England’s right-back spot prior to his injury in the summer of 2017.

The Reds will use the example of Ricardo Pereira, the Portugal right-back who moved to Leicester from Porto in a £17.5m ($22.9m) deal last summer, as a benchmark when determining Clyne’s market value. Liverpool themselves paid £12.5m when signing the player four years ago, and have seen him make more than 100 appearances for the club since.

His exit is set to be one of a number at Anfield this summer, as Jurgen Klopp again looks to trim and reshape his squad.

Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge will leave on free transfers, Simon Mignolet could be sold while loan quintet Sheyi Ojo, Marko Grujic, Taiwo Awoniyi, Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent may all be offloaded, with Liverpool already having received enquiries for all.

Young Portuguese winger Rafa Camacho is another who could depart, with Liverpool fielding interest from Premier League rivals Wolves as well as a host of European outfits including RB Leipzig, Benfica and Sporting CP for the 18-year-old.

Camacho made his professional debut for the Reds in the FA Cup at Wolves in January, and appeared as a late substitute in the Premier League against Crystal Palace later that month. Liverpool believe they will be able to command a fee of £10m ($13.1m) plus add-ons for the Portugal youth international.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Alan 3:37 Mon Apr 8
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Clyne story added.

Thanks Alan 2:11 Mon Apr 8
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 2:02 Mon Apr 8

gph 2:09 Mon Apr 8
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Takashi Miike 2:02 Mon Apr 8
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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