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Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Alan 12:56 Mon Apr 15
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are interested in Lyon's former Celtic striker Moussa Dembele. The 22-year-old Frenchman has scored 18 goals this season. (Mirror)

Arsenal want to sign Tottenham's Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 30. (Talksport)

West Ham's 20-year-old England midfielder Declan Rice is a target for Real Madrid, according to former Hammers defender Scott Minto. (Stadium Astro, via Star)

Manchester United will have to pay £95m to sign Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, although the 27-year-old Denmark international reportedly wants to join Real Madrid. (Express)

Inter Milan have opened preliminary talks about signing Eriksen, whose contract expires in 2020, from Spurs for £130m. (Tuttosport, via Sun)

Argentina striker Mauro Icardi is set to leave Inter this summer. The 26-year-old could make a £52m move to Real Madrid. (AS)

Liverpool and Bayern Munich target Timo Werner will not sign a new contract with RB Leipzig. The Germany forward, 23, is out of contract at the Bundesliga club at the end of next season. (Sky Germany)

Chelsea will compete with Real Madrid for Borussia Dortmund's 19-year-old Swedish striker Alexander Isak. (Sun)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane says the club could sell valuable players during the summer. The Frenchman wants to make big changes to his squad after a disappointing La Liga season. (Sky Sports)

However, Zidane has dismissed suggestions he will sell French striker Karim Benzema, 31. (Marca)

And Real will only let 25-year-old France defender Raphael Varane leave for the 500m euros (£437m) release clause in his contract. (RAI Sport via Calciomercato)

Bayern Munich are interested in Roma's 19-year-old Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. (Bild - in German)

Lille president Gerard Lopez says 23-year-old Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, of interest to Manchester United, will leave the French club in the summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Leicester City have taken three non-league teenagers on trial to help develop the team in the future. Guiseley midfielder Dylan Barkers, Hastings United defender Jamie Fielding and Hastings midfielder Adam Lovatt have all joined the club. (Leicester Mercury)

Representatives from Manchester United, Juventus and Paris St-Germain were at Aves to watch Sporting Lisbon's 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes. (A Bola)

Brighton have signed 16-year-old English midfielder Odell Offiah, who is the nephew of rugby league legend Martin Offiah, on a two-year scholarship deal. (Express)

Everton midfielder Muhamed Besic, 26, is wanted by Turkish clubs Besiktas and Fenerbahce, with the Bosnia-Herzegovina international set to leave Goodison Park for £9m in the summer. (Sun)

The Toffees are waiting to see if the Football Association punish on-loan Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, 25, retrospectively for a tackle on striker Aleksandar Mitrovic during a 2-0 defeat at relegated Fulham. (Times - subscription required)

Fulham captain and midfielder Tom Cairney, 28, has backed caretaker boss Scott Parker to become the club's manager on a permanent basis. (Telegraph)

A new business consortium backed by European money is ready to offer to buy Huddersfield Town in a £50m deal. (Star)

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Paris Saint-Germain travelled to Lille on Sunday hoping to chalk up the win that would secure them the French title, but instead left the Stade Pierre Mauroy with their tails wedged firmly between their legs. Thomas Tuchel’s men ended up on the wrong end of a 5-1 hiding, PSG’s heaviest defeat in 19 years, and it was no surprise to see Ivorian winger Nicolas Pépé among the goals. With 19 to his name already this season from his position on the right wing, the 23-year-old is a player in big demand and Lille’s chairman, Gerard Lopez, has said his departure this summer “is certain”. His destination is not yet known, but both Arsenal and Manchester United are among several European heavyweights understood to be extremely interested in securing the services of a player likely to cost up to £50m.

United are also monitoring the progress of Moussa Dembélé, the 22-year-old former Celtic striker who has scored 14 goals for Lyon since engineering a move to France last summer. Tabloid reports over the weekend suggest United are ready to cool their interest in Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, as they would rather his more experienced PSG counterpart Thomas Meunier.

Few high profile footballers seem more content with their lot than Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen, but the Daily Express reckon he could treble his earnings with a move elsewhere. With the 27-year-old’s contract due to expire at the end of next season, he is in no particular rush to sign a new one and apparently has admirers in Manchester United and Real Madrid. Should Tottenham decide to cash in on their diminutive Dane rather than let him leave for nothing next summer, he could cost potential suitors the thick end of £100m.

Arsenal have emerged as surprise candidates to make what the Mail are calling a “shock move” for Tottenham central defender Toby Alderweireld, who is also the subject of interest from Manchester United and Chelsea. In slightly less contentious news, it has been revealed that RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has let it be known that he will not be inking a new deal with the Bundesliga club, in a state of affairs that is likely to pique the interest of Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp. With 14 goals to his name this season and just one year left on his contract, the lightning fast 23-year-old is also being courted by Bayern Munich. Elsewhere in Germany, Borussia Dortmund’s teenage Swedish striker Alexander Isak is turning heads, specifically those of recruitment bods at Chelsea and Real Madrid.

And finally, out of contract this summer and likely to head for the Anfield door marked “exit”, Daniel Sturridge may move to Leicester City for a reunion with Brendan Rodgers, who was his boss at Liverpool during the striker’s most prolific spell.


Hammers Gomez price hopes take a knock

West Ham received a minor knock back to their hopes of signing Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez on the cheap at the weekend.

The La Liga outfit remained just outside the bottom three despite being beaten 2-0 by Atletico Madrid.

Should Vigo be relegated, as reported previously, the fee for signing the big striker falls from €45 million to €22 million.

However, they have a real scrap on their hands to avoid the drop with just six games left as they are now just one point clear of the third off bottom club Real Vallidolid.

Manuel Pellegrini has made Gomez his No 1 target this summer but the Hammers are obviously hoping they won’t need to pay the full whack for the 22 year old Uruguayan.

Spurs and Barcelona have both been linked with the player but Hammers insiders believe that is all about agents trying to create a competitive position in order to push up the price.


West Ham Academy youngsters enjoy successful weekend

West Ham United’s schoolboys and first-year scholars enjoyed a successful weekend on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Academy of Football’s U14 side won the prestigious Premier League Albert Phelan Cup, defeating local rivals Tottenham Hotspur 6-2 in the final, scoring four goals in extra-time.

The final of the tournament, which is named in honour of long-serving Premier League games programme event consultant Albert Phelan, was hosted at Tottenham Hotspur’s Academy in Chigwell.

A fortnight ago, the young Hammers had also overcome Crystal Palace in dramatic style in the semi-finals, scoring a late equaliser to draw 2-2 before triumphing in a penalty shootout. Prior to that, the Irons had beaten West Bromwich Albion in the quarter-finals.

On the other side of the Atlantic, the U17s made a perfect start at the 2019 Generation adidas Cup in the United States.
Kai Corbett was the hero, scoring the winning goals in 1-0 Group A wins over Club America of Mexico and MLS side NY Red Bulls.

The Hammers will face host club FC Dallas, who have also won both matches without conceding a goal, with the winners topping the group. Both teams are already through to the quarter-finals.

You can watch live coverage of the game at 7.45pm on Monday evening UK time here via the MLS website.

The knockout stages will then begin on Tuesday, followed by the semi-finals on Thursday and the final on Saturday 20 April, which will be played at the 20,500-capacity Toyota Stadium.

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Mex Martillo 4:07 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

tr3bor 3:45 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mmm Barcelona, Tottenham or the Dildo brothers

Tough one

gph 3:43 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Don't players and agents get a percentage of the fee?

SnarestoneIron 2:25 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Nothing on the Woman's semi final available? :-)

Alan 2:21 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Geep, if they are relegated the release clause reduces to €22m.
Nobody will pay more than that as it will do no good.
Example - if we offered 45 million and Barcelona offered €22m then it would be down to the player's choice. Celta would have no say in the matter.
He'd obviously choose us of course ;¬)

Texas Iron 2:13 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 1:49 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:11 Mon Apr 15

gph 1:36 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
They would have to be something like he can go wherever he likes so long as the destination club meets the set fee.

And then he'd have to prefer us.

Otherwise, Vigo would have to accept at least €22mn - but if we offer €22mn, and €45mn is offered by someone else...

It's like an auction - if the reserve price is halved, it doesn't mean the final price is.

SnarestoneIron 1:18 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
gph 1:06 Mon Apr 15

I'm guessing he has 2 release clauses in his contract

Thanks Alan 1:11 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

gph 1:06 Mon Apr 15
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"Should Vigo be relegated, as reported previously, the fee for signing the big striker falls from €45 million to €22 million."

Why would the fee be cut in half if they're relegated? They can still sell to the highest bidder.

Thanks, Alan

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