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Alan 1:07 Tue Apr 23
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid will look to sell Wales international forward Gareth Bale this summer - or loan out the 29-year-old if no suitable buyer can be found. (Marca)

Bale could join Manchester United in a loan deal for as little as £5m. (Marca, via Mirror)

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 25, will all consider their futures if Manchester United fail to qualify for the Champions League. (Guardian)

Manchester City are ready to break their transfer record of £60m to sign 22-year-old Spain international Rodri from Atletico Madrid as the long-term midfield replacement for Brazilian Fernandinho, 33. (Telegraph)

Juventus are ready to challenge Tottenham this summer for Fulham's 18-year-old left-back Ryan Sessegnon. (Express)

Tottenham are prepared to sell England international full-back Kieran Trippier this summer, with Manchester United and Napoli interested in the 28-year-old. (Sun)

Unai Emery will sanction an Arsenal clearout this summer - with Germany international defender Shkodran Mustafi, 27, among the players for sale. (Mail)

Crystal Palace could move for Aston Villa's 23-year-old English midfielder Jack Grealish if they lose Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26. (Mail)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Nice boss Patrick Vieira, the 42-year-old ex-Arsenal midfielder, has shown the necessary managerial qualities to take charge of the Gunners in the future. (Times - subscription required)

Barcelona are expected to offer Chile international midfielder Arturo Vidal, 31, a one-year contract extension on his present deal, which runs until 2021. (Sport)

Wolves and Sporting Lisbon want to sign Liverpool's versatile 19-year-old Portuguese Rafael Camacho. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester United have made a 60m euro (£51.9m) enquiry to Bayern Munich over a potential summer deal for defender Niklas Sule, 23. (Sport 1, via Teamtalk)

Ex-Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, 35, is open to a move to a Major League Soccer side in the United States or joining an Asian team. (Goal)

Manchester United expect to make a profit of £50m from their Champions League campaign, despite a quarter-final exit against Barcelona. (Sun)

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes does not believe the club will finish in the top four this season. (Sun)

Manager Nigel Adkins says he will sit down with vice chairman Ehab Allam on Thursday as he attempts to gain a clear understanding of Hull City's plans for next season. (Hull Daily Mail)

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk, 27, has told Manchester United they need to "do themselves a favour" in the derby match at Old Trafford. (Express)

Former Germany and USA boss Jurgen Klinsmann has ended speculation linking him with the Hertha Berlin manager's job. (Goal)

Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster says former Hornets chairman Elton John should cancel his gig in Copenhagen to be at the FA Cup final on 18 May. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

Pep Guardiola wants a throbbing brain on the pitch with toes of steel to replace Fernandinho, whose creaking limbs are undergoing a late-career slow rust. In an ideal world, Pep would Marty McFly his way back to the January transfer window and pip Barcelona to the signature of deep-lying Ajax passmaster Frenkie de Jong, but the ability to travel through time is something he’s not yet been able to master, even if he thinks really hard and flaps his arms around like an angry cormorant.

So, he’ll instruct Manchester City beancounters to shovel £60.6m into Atlético Madrid’s bank account in exchange for their 22-year-old join-the-dots man Rodri. City scouts have been watching the midfielder closely all season and believe he is worth breaking the club’s transfer record for because he could probably beat Pep at chess and think his way out of any problem, even a sudoku puzzle with an 18,000 difficulty rating.

Stop the Mill if you’ve heard this one before but Gareth Bale’s days at Real Madrid appear to be numbered. The forward has been whistled by throngs of entitled Madridistas in the past two games and club suits believe now is the time to try to recoup some money on a player who will be 30 this summer. Step forward Manchester United, the go-to landing ground for players lacking motivation. Mind you, if they can snaffle Bale for a £5m loan fee with an option (but not an obligation) to buy, Ed Woodward might just feel that this time he’s done that rare thing at Old Trafford: moderately good transfer business.

Perhaps because they know how reluctant Daniel Levy is to pay over the odds for anything, Juventus have joined Tottenham in the chase to sign Fulham’s 18-year-old winger Ryan Sessegnon, who is valued at £40m by the relegated Cottagers. Another player who looks likely to turn his nose up at the chance of digging in for a slog in the Championship is Alexander Mitrovic. West Ham and Crystal Palace would be more than happy to part with £30m for the barrel-chested striker, who has somehow managed to score 11 goals this season in a team made up of candy floss, string and mashed potato.

Meanwhile, Tottenham will listen to offers for right-back Kieran Trippier this summer. And it says here Napoli are readying a £15m bid plus add-ons. So we’re guessing they’ll be told to “jog on”. Manchester United (obviously, he’s 28 and just past his peak) and Atlético Madrid are also sniffing around.

Crystal Palace are preparing to slap an £80m price tag on Wilfried Zaha and invite clubs to come and see how shiny, skilful and lovely their winger is. And if he’s snapped up by some rich suitor they plan to replace him with jumping Jack Grealish, who Aston Villa will be resigned to selling if they fail to climb back into the Premier League via the play-offs.

Unai Emery plans to place Shkodran Mustafi, Carl Jenkinson and Mohamed Elneny on Drayton Park in the hope that Islington Council, or perhaps even another football club, will take them away from Arsenal.

And despite being older than the moon and not having kicked a ball in anger or otherwise this year, Yaya Touré has issued a come-and-get-me-plea to, well, anyone who will have him. “No one can stop me from playing football, I just decided to take important time off for myself and it is very important to carefully weigh the options,” he told Canal+. “It’s not the end or retirement from the game because I believe I can still play on for another two or three years. “Why not in the United States, or in the Gulf or in Asia?” Hmmmm. The Mill’s five-a-side team’s a man short this week.


Wolves and West Ham want to sign £22m Kerem Demirbay

Danny Owen

Hoffenheim's Kerem Demirbay has shone in the Bundesliga but could he get a Premier League switch to Wolverhampton Wanderers or West Ham United?

West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers have joined the race to sign Hoffenheim talisman Kerem Demirbay this summer, according to Calciomercato.

Demirbay has been one of the Bundesliga’s stand-out midfielders since he moved to Julian Nagelsmann’s side from Hamburg in 2016, guiding the village side into the Champions League group stages for the first time with some influential performances a year ago.

The German international, who starred as Joachim Low’s side won the Confederations Cup in 2017, has scored four goals and provided nine assists in the current campaign.

And Calciomercato reports that he is now on the radar of Premier League duo West Ham and Wolves, with his ability to dictate play and open up defences from a range of midfield positions likely to give either club some added cutting edge with goals hard to come by in recent weeks.

Bild reported last week that Arsenal are also interested in the one-time Borussia Dortmund youngster, who has a release clause of £22 million in his contract.

Such a fee would also put him within reach of both Wolves and West Ham.

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Mex Martillo 7:23 Wed Apr 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:11 Tue Apr 23
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Thanks Alan 2:33 Tue Apr 23
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147man 2:00 Tue Apr 23

Ron Greensward 2:06 Tue Apr 23
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Think Elneny is underrated. He could be a contender for our midfield.

147man 2:00 Tue Apr 23
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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