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Real Madrid will look to offload 29-year-old Germany midfielder Toni Kroos this summer in order to free up space for Manchester United's France international Paul Pogba, 26, and Tottenham's Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen. (AS)

However, Inter Milan have begun preliminary talks to sign 27-year-old Eriksen and any deal could cost more than 100m euros (£86.5m). (Tuttosport, via Calciomercato)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says that Paul Pogba's head will not be turned by Real Madrid, despite a proposed £130m bid being prepared. (Mirror)

Everton boss Marco Silva says he is "surprised" at transfer rumours linking 30-year-old winger Theo Walcott with a move away from Goodison. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United have dropped their interest in Crystal Palace's 21-year-old English right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka in favour of pursuing Paris St-Germain and Belgium defender Thomas Meunier, 27. (Sun)

Everton forward Oumar Niasse is set to hold talks with Toffees boss Silva after his loan move to Cardiff in January. (Star)

Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, 19, will leave Ajax for either Bayern Munich or Barcelona this summer, according to the Dutch side's manager Erik ten Hag. (Suddeutsche Zeitung - in Dutch)

Alternatively, De Ligt's compatriot and former Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal says the defender should join either Manchester City or Barcelona this summer, rather than move to Juventus. (Gazzetta - in Italian)

Real Madrid remain interested in Liverpool's Senegal forward Sadio Mane, but the Spanish giants will only make a move if the 27-year-old hands in a transfer request. (El Confidencial - in Spanish)

Bournemouth are considering whether to cash in on 25-year-old Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, amid interest from Arsenal. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, Cherries forward Callum Wilson, who was linked with a move to Chelsea in January, says he is happy playing for Eddie Howe and never wants to see himself not playing at Bournemouth. (Star)

Tottenham are prepared to spend £30m to sign Barcelona's Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes after the 25-year-old's impressive loan spell at Everton. (Star)

Manchester United offered to almost double Ander Herrera's salary in an attempt to keep the 29-year-old Spain midfielder at the club. (Forbes)

Paris St-Germian right-back Dani Alves, 35, has openly criticised his team-mates in an interview on French radio. The Brazilian argued the club should have paid more attention to his advice because of his experience at the highest levels of football. (RMC radio, via AS)


West Ham reveal new claret pitch-side covering as they try to make London Stadium feel more like home

New look will appear for the first time at the game against Leicester on April 20
Previously the pitch had been surrounded by a neutral green covering
Vice-chairman Karren Brady said it will help the London Stadium feel like home

By Matthew Smith

West Ham are finally making the London Stadium feel like home as they unveiled a new claret-coloured pitch surround.

The new look will appear for the first time at the Hammers' home Premier League game against Leicester on April 20.

Previously the pitch had been surrounded by a neutral green covering, over the athletics track at the former London 2012 Olympic stadium.

West Ham have revealed a new claret pitch-side covering at the London Stadium

According to the BBC, the surround will cost £250,000, but vice-chairman Karren Brady said it is a significant moment in the London Stadium truly feeling like the home of the Hammers.

She told the club website: 'This is wonderful and long-awaited news for the football club and our supporters. In the aftermath of the expert determination myself and the board worked extremely hard to progress this because we knew how important it was to our fans.

'London Stadium is globally recognised as the home of West Ham , and therefore it is only right that our traditional club colours are in prominent and key areas of the playing arena. We have a stadium that truly has the look and feel of West Ham.'

West Ham captain Mark Noble said: 'On behalf of all the players, I am delighted that the new claret pitch surround will be in place very soon.

'London Stadium has certainly begun to feel more and more like home this season now that we are fully established, and this news will only enhance that feeling for both the players and our supporters, that this is the home of West Ham United.'

West Ham moved into the London Stadium for the start of the 2016-17 season, leaving behind Upton Park, their home for 112 years.

The move has not been without issues, with security concerns and fan unhappiness at the London Stadium's atmosphere among the teething problems.


West Ham keen on Inter Milan ace and reported Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal target Ivan Perisic

Giuseppe Labellarte

The Croatia star reportedly interests not only the Hammers but also Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs and the Gunners of Unai Emery.

West Ham United have joined London and Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the race to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, according to a report from Italy.

Spurs have been linked with Perisic since the summer of 2018, when FC Inter News reported that they had made contact with the Croatia international's agent.

Tuttomercatoweb, meanwhile, reported that Mauricio Pochettino is still keen to bring the former Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg attacker to North London in the off-season.

However, Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport has now claimed that the Hammers have now thrown their name in the hat for Perisic, who is also believed to be on the radar of Arsenal.

The report goes on to say that the 30-year-old is keen to leave the San Siro because "he feels that certain dynamics cannot be changed", which seems to hint at a dressing room fallout.

In terms of a price tag for Perisic, both Transfermarkt and Tuttomercatoweb have him down as £31.5million, a considerable depreciation from the £70million The Sun suggested he was worth last summer.

The 2018 World Cup finalist is contracted to the Serie A side until 2022 and has made 156 appearances in all competitions, scoring 37 goals and registering 37 assists according to Transfermarkt.

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Mex Martillo 3:23 Sat Apr 13
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Now it really does look like we have a running track.
Thanks Alan

gph 2:06 Sat Apr 13
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

ted fenton 2:01 Sat Apr 13
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:41 Sat Apr 13

Thanks Alan 1:41 Sat Apr 13
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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