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Alan 1:35 Wed Apr 10
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford, 21, is close to signing a new contract worth £78m. (Mirror)

United will trigger Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld's £25m release clause at Tottenham but they are yet to make contact with Spurs over the 30-year-old. (Sun)

Liverpool are interested in Wolves and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves. Liverpool assistant Pep Lijnders said he saw "technique and professionalism" in the 22-year-old. (O Jogo - in Portuguese)

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is willing to become the new boss of Inter Milan - if the club make the Italian the highest-paid manager in Serie A. (Mail)

Juventus is the most likely destination for Real Madrid's 27-year-old Colombia midfielder James Rodriguez, with Chelsea forward Eden Hazard a likely arrival at the Bernabeu. (Marca)

Belgium international Hazard, 28, will refuse to sign a new contract at Chelsea, even if the club decide to play hardball with Real. (Telegraph)

The Blues will not budge on their £100m asking price for Hazard. (Star)

Gareth Bale's agent says the 29-year-old Wales international is happy at Real Madrid and the winger has no plans to return to the Premier League. (Mirror)

Manchester United players could face pay cuts of up to 25% if they do not reach the Champions League next season. Real Madrid are likely to make a move for France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, if United drop back into the Europa League. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid hope to announce a new deal for goalkeeper Jan Oblak. The Slovenia international, 26, will have a release clause of 100m euros and is thought to top Manchester United's list of replacements for 28-year-old Spain international David de Gea. (Marca)

Borussia Monchengladbach and Belgium midfielder Thorgan Hazard, 26, would prefer to stay in the Bundesliga and join Borussia Dortmund. However, his club would rather sell to Liverpool because the Premier League side have exceeded Dortmund's 42m euro offer. (Nieuwsblad - in Dutch)

Spain midfielder Ander Herrera, 29, will listen to offers from other teams and has not yet signed a new deal at Manchester United because he and the club "do not think the same". (ABC - in Spanish)

Arsenal and Tottenham are both interested in signing Inter Milan and Croatia midfielder Ivan Perisic, 30. (Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness)

Liverpool risk losing 18-year-old Portuguese midfielder Rafael Camacho this summer after contract talks stalled. (Sky Sports)

Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26, says his future remains at Crystal Palace, despite reports linking him with a potential return to Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu, who joined them for £19m from Freiburg in 2018, still has a future at the club. The 22-year-old has made just eight appearances this season. (Mirror)

Southampton will make a second attempt to sign Birmingham City's English forward Che Adams, 22. (Sun)

West Ham have no intention of allowing Brazil midfielder Felipe Anderson, 25, to leave the club this summer. (Sky Sports)

Leeds are preparing a £7m bid for Reading's 23-year-old English midfielder John Swift. (Football Insider)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

According to Tuttosport Internazionale’s sporting director, Piero Ausilio, was in London yesterday. His trip was partly intended to allow him to make a leisurely onward journey to Manchester for tonight’s Champions League match between United and Barcelona, but also to give him the opportunity to meet Ilkay Gundogan’s representatives and discuss potential summer options.

The midfielder’s contract at Manchester City expires at the end of next season and the German has so far refused to extend it, which has encouraged Inter to believe that they could be convinced to cash in on him this summer. In further Milan/Manchester crossover news, City are said to have stolen ahead of the rossoneri in the race to sign the Grêmio forward Everton. According to the Sun, the 23-year-old could be the new Gabriel Jesus, though given that he’s more than a year older than the old Gabriel Jesus, and City already have that one, that doesn’t seem the greatest selling point.

In further Mancunian midfielder news, United are apparently willing to meet the enormous €150m release clause written into the contract of Atlético Madrid’s Saúl Ñíguez, while another such clause – though rather more enticingly set at £25m – will allow them to finally take Toby Alderweireld from Tottenham. In further depressing news for the Old Trafford bean-counters, Marcus Rashford is close to finalising a new £300,000-a-week contract, nearly quadrupling his current meagre wage of £80,000. His current deal ends at the end of next season, with United having the option to extend it for another year, and according to the Mirror “some of the world’s top clubs including Real Madrid … have been monitoring developments”.

It’s not all incomings and pay rises at Old Trafford, however, and the Metro reports that Antonio Valencia will enjoy an emotional reunion with Wayne Rooney this summer, as he is going to leave United and sign for Rooney’s DC United. The 33-year-old right-back apparently liked a tweet from someone in Ecuador saying as much, so it must be true.

Bournemouth’s summer transfer shortlist is stuffed full of goalkeepers, with Artur Boruc out of contract at the end of the season and Asmir Begovic no longer having Eddie Howe’s full confidence. Stoke’s Jack Butland, whose team is currently toiling in 15th in the Championship, is on there as is Burnley’s Nick Pope, whose season has involved 14 minutes in the Europa League last July and two games in the FA Cup this January. Meanwhile along the south coast Southampton will make a second attempt to sign Birmingham’s Che Adams in the summer, with the Sun insisting the striker “is certain to leave at the end of the season”.

Wilfried Zaha has no plans to leave Crystal Palace this or indeed any summer, according to TalkSport. “My future is at Palace. I am at Palace,” he apparently insisted. “I’m just playing my football and I will just see what the future holds for me.” This last sentence is not an entirely wholehearted dismissal of any possible future transfer in the Mill’s opinion, falling rather more cleanly into “come-and-get-me plea” territory, but it remains to be seen whether his suitors – apparently including Tottenham, Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United – will go with TalkSport’s interpretation or our own.

Sport Witness

West Ham have taken ‘concrete steps’ to sign former Sunderland player

Wednesday’s edition of L’Equipe has an article which will certainly draw interest from West Ham United supporters.

The French newspaper has a look at the transfer situation at Saint-Etienne. The Ligue 1 side are already planning for the summer window, and are busy with signings and contract extensions.

But it won’t all be positive for the club, and there’s likely to be outgoings, and maybe an important one.

L’Equipe state that West Ham are one of the clubs who have made ‘concrete steps’ for Yann M’Vila. The midfielder is probably best known in England for his spell with Sunderland, and his many links with Arsenal and other clubs.

Now 28 years of age, M’Vila moved from Sunderland to Rubin Kazan, before moving back to France.

M’Vila is described as being close to current Saint-Etienne manager Jean-Louis Gasset, and if he were to leave then the footballer would likely be more positive about an exit.

There’s no explanation from L’Equipe on what transfer fee West Ham would have to pay.


West Ham will scout £23m Genoa striker Christian Kouame on Saturday

Danny Owen

Christian Kouame's impressive Serie A season could reportedly pave the way for a move to the Premier League with West Ham United.

West Ham United are set to watch Christian Kouame in action over the weekend as they continue to mull over a move for the Genoa star, as reported by Calciomercato.

The Hammers could be set to overhaul their strike force in the summer with Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez and the out-of-contract Andy Carroll having all been linked with a move away from the London Stadium.

Calciomercato claims that West Ham are trying to conclude a deal that would see Roma striker Edin Dzeko reunite with his former Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini. But they also allegedly want Kouame to flank the Bosnian in a new-look forward partnership.

The skilful Ivory Coast international has scored four Serie A goals in an impressive debut season for Genoa and looks like their best hope of getting anything out of Saturday’s Derby della Lanterna clash against bitter rivals Sampdoria.

They are apparently ‘enthralled’ with Kouame but it remains to be seen whether they will pay the £23 million demanded by Genoa president Enrico Preziosi.

Soccer Souls

West Ham beating Bournemouth to land this 28-year-old English star would be a massive coup for Pellegrini

West Ham opinion: Hammers in for Nathaniel Clyne – Good move?

According to a report in Daily Post, Premier League duo West Ham United and Bournemouth will fight to sign Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne in the summer transfer window.

The 28-year-old, who is currently out on loan at the Vitality, is regularly playing under Eddie Howe and enjoying a good relationship with him (h/t Daily Post).

It’s clear that Jurgen Klopp didn’t use the Englishman much, hence, offloading him in January made sense. Now, as per the report, Liverpool are hoping to land around £15m from the fullback’s sale (h/t Daily Post).

Here’s why West Ham should beat Bournemouth for the signature of Clyne in the upcoming transfer window:

Hammers could do with a quality and experienced right-back

Even though there are suggestions that Pablo Zabaleta could extend his stay at the London stadium for one more year (h/t Football London), the 34-year-old is not young and mobile enough to play for West Ham week in week out in the Premier League.

Furthermore, Ryan Fredericks, who arrived from Fulham last summer, is still finding it slightly tough to adjust to the intensity of the game in the top-flight.

Hence, it makes sense from the Hammers’ viewpoint to sign an experienced right-back, who has enough years left in him to serve the club on a long-term basis.

That being said, Nathaniel Clyne, 28, would be an ideal addition to Manuel Pellegrini’s team. The Liverpool man is a defensively-sound right-back, who also loves going forward, and is experienced enough to read the situations perfectly.


Everything points towards the conclusion that West Ham beating Bournemouth for the signature of Clyne would reap great rewards.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 4:23 Thu Apr 11
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Mex Martillo 7:19 Thu Apr 11
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 6:47 Wed Apr 10
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Swift...good name for a winger...

Gazza_AZ 5:27 Wed Apr 10
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Thanks Alan
Clyne makes a lot of sense to me. Get 'er done

ted fenton 2:13 Wed Apr 10
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Thanks Alan 1:39 Wed Apr 10

Steven P 1:40 Wed Apr 10
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Thanks but it’s wednesday buddy!

Thanks Alan 1:39 Wed Apr 10
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Thanks Alan

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