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Alan 12:36 Thu Apr 11
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paul Pogba's relationship with Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has deteriorated and the French midfielder, 26, is keen on a move to Real Madrid. (Le Parisien via AS)

United are interested in signing Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

Welsh forward Gareth Bale, 29, is not in Real Madrid's plans for next season and the Spanish side will allow him to choose his next club with Manchester United and Bayern Munich interested. (AS)

United midfielder Juan Mata, 30, is yet to decide on his future at Old Trafford and the Spaniard has had offers from other clubs. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City, Manchester United and Barcelona are all interested in Atletico Madrid's Spain international midfielder Saul Niguez, 24. (Mirror)

Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, believes it is 'now or never' for his move to Real Madrid. (Goal)

English midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 29, has been told he has no future at Stamford Bridge under manager Maurizio Sarri. (Guardian)

Liverpool are considering a move for Ajax's Brazilian forward David Neres, 22, with Merseyside rivals Everton also interested. (Mirror)

West Ham are leading the race to Liverpool's English right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 28, who is currently on loan at Bournemouth. (Football Insider)

West Brom are ready to approach Preston manager Alex Neil to become their new boss. (Telegraph)

Newcastle have approached Nuremburg over the transfer of German midfielder Patrick Erras, 24. (Bild via Newcastle Chronicle)

Turkish side Besiktas are interested in Everton and Senegal striker Oumar Niasse, 28, who is currently on loan at Cardiff. (Fanatik - in Turkish)

Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder Kenneth Omeruo, 25, wants to make his season-long loan at Leganes permanent and expects the two clubs to agree a deal before the end of the season. (Brila)

Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers wants to sign a striker in the summer to provide competition for former England forward Jamie Vardy, 32. (Leicester Mercury)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

To France we go, where Le 10 Sport report that Wolves are ready to smithereen their transfer record of just one week’s standing to bring Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson to Molineux. Having recently stumped up £30m to make the signing of mask-wearing lucha libre fan Raúl Jiménez from Benfica permanent, the ambitious club is ready to splurge £36.5m on the 24-year-old midfielder. Nuno Espírito Santo’s boys from the Black Country are also being linked with Benfica’s Gedson Fernandes, with a similar fee being mooted for the 20-year-old central midfielder who has struggled for game time since his last league start at the beginning of January. Elsewhere in Portugal, Braga centre-back Bruno Viana has been priced up at £10m and has also caught the eye of Wolves. And Watford. And Leicester. And Leeds.

Amidst ongoing speculation that relations between Paul Pogba and Ole Gunnar Solskjær are less than cordial, the Manchester United midfielder has, predictably enough, refused to be drawn on persistent rumours linking him with a summer move to Real Madrid. Speaking to reporters in the wake of Manchester United’s defeat at the hands of Barcelona last night, Pogba twice dodged a question about whether or not he’d like to play in a Clásico against the side he’d just faced. “I won’t answer that,” he told a mischievous Spanish reporter. “I will only speak about the game, nothing else.”

Should Pogba stay at Old Trafford, he could be joined in midfield by Saúl Ñíguez next season. The Atlético Madrid midfielder features prominently on Solskjær’s summer shopping list and is seen as a more than adequate replacement for Ander Herrera, who fancies a lucrative move to PSG. Somewhat annoyingly for United, Manchester City and Barcelona are also sniffing around the 24-year-old, who has an eye-watering €150m release clause in a contract that could conceivably keep the academy graduate at the Wanda Metropolitano until 2026.

Not deemed physically robust enough by Atlético as a kid, Rodrigo “Rodri” Hernández left for Villarreal in 2015 before returning last summer for a fee of £18m. “It’s a dream I’ve had since I was a kid,” he said. “When you leave, you never know if you can come back. When I had the option, it didn’t take long for me to think it through and make my decision.” The 22-year-old midfielder could have another decision to make this summer if rumours that Manchester City are interested in offering him a contract are to be believed.

Liverpool and Everton are both interested in bringing David Neres to Merseyside and the sight of the speedy Brazilian winger curling home an equaliser for Ajax against Juventus in the Champions League last night will have done little to put them off. Currently on loan at Bournemouth, Liverpool right-back Nathaniel Clyne may eschew the offer of a permanent switch to the south coast in favour of a return to his native London. With just one year left on his contract, the 28-year-old has been valued at around £15m by his employers and is seen by West Ham as an ideal replacement for Pablo Zabaleta.

And finally, Besiktas like the cut of Everton striker Oumar Niasse’s jib and may offer him terms when his loan deal at Cardiff City expires at the end of the season, while the Newcastle Chronicle say their local Premier League club is courting Nuremberg midfielder Patrick Erras.

Football League World

Manager confirms he’d like to secure agreement to sign West Ham player

Karl Robinson has opened up about his desire to keep some of his current loan stars at the Kassam Stadium beyond their current deals.

Oxford have pulled away from the bottom of the table, moving on to 52 points this weekend which should see them retain their League One status.

They’ve got a nine point advantage over the bottom four and are now 12th in the table, seemingly safe.

That’s allowed the former MK Dons boss to start thinking ahead to the summer, where he’ll be hoping to build on their recent good form and on an already talented squad.

Jerome Sinclair and Ahmed Kashi have both impressed in the latter stages of the campaign and Robinson wants both of them to stick around next season.

“I know Jerome said last week we could be an option – I would take that option up now if you offered it to me,” he told the Oxford Mail.

“If you offered me Kashi right now I’d sign him. We do need a holding midfield player, we know that – Mous (John Mousinho) isn’t getting any younger.

Robinson also revealed an ambitious plan to keep West Ham’s Marcus Browne at the club, something he feels could be a possibility.

“I don’t know whether that would be a West Ham decision (they would consider). I’d like to take him on a permanent, that would be the ideal. I’m sure his agent would disagree that we could afford him, but we believe we can.”

21-year-old Browne has played 32 League One matches this season, scoring five goals for the Us.

The Verdict

Whilst Sinclair and Kashi might be interesting captures, Browne would surely be out of their range.

He’s a top quality footballer with a future in the Championship at least, something Oxford can’t offer next season.

It’s good Robinson is planning ahead, but he needs to. They’ve disappointed this season and need to kick on next time out.

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eusebiovic 12:44 Fri Apr 12
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I wouldn't mind seeing Browne turn out for somebody like Brentford...they play good football and are a progressive club on an upward curve.

I would say QPR but they are an absolute shambles at the moment

Queens Fish Bar 11:40 Thu Apr 11
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Thanks Alan 12:56 Thu Apr 11

Mex Martillo 6:42 Thu Apr 11
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Thanks Alan

ted fenton 2:28 Thu Apr 11
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Thanks Alan 12:56 Thu Apr 11

pulhampete 12:57 Thu Apr 11
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I'd like to see Browne either loaned to a decent Championship team who will play him regularly or, if he's good enough in pre-season brought into the first team squad.

Thanks Alan 12:56 Thu Apr 11
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Mad Dog 12:38 Thu Apr 11

Mad Dog 12:38 Thu Apr 11
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Thanks Alan

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