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Alan 1:19 Wed Apr 24
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Benfica's 19-year-old Portuguese midfielder Joao Felix tops a transfer shortlist issued by Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 34, to his club. Two of the Portugal forward's former Real Madrid team-mates - Spain midfielder Isco, 27, and France defender Raphael Varane, 25 - also feature. (Corriere dello Sport, via Mirror)

Alternatively, Ronaldo has approved a £100m bid by the Serie A champions for his compatriot Felix, who has a buy-out clause of 120m euros. (A Bola, via Metro)

Crystal Palace will have to lower their £75m asking price for 26-year-old Wilfried Zaha if the Ivory Coast forward is to get a move to a Champions League club. Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United are all interested but want a better deal. (Star)

Paul Pogba has told team-mates he wants to leave Manchester United, who would not block a move to Real Madrid if the Spanish giants made an offer for the France midfielder, 26, this summer. (L'Equipe - in French)
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Manchester United have identified Tottenham's England right-back Kieran Trippier, 28, as an alternative target should they fail to sign his compatriot Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, from Crystal Palace. (Mirror)

Alternatively, United believe Paris St-Germain's 27-year-old Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier offers an easier and more affordable alternative to Trippier or Wan-Bissaka. (Independent)

Manchester City hope to beat Manchester United to the signing of Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, from Sporting Lisbon for £90m. (Sun)

Manchester City are concerned Germany winger Leroy Sane, 23, is considering a move away from the club as contract talks stall. (Metro)

Liverpool will demand 40m euros for 23-year-old Serbia midfielder Marko Grujic amid interest from Spanish side Atletico Madrid. (ESPN)

Newcastle are considering AC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso as a replacement for Rafael Benitez if the Magpies boss decides to leave at the end of the season. (Gazzetta - in Italian)

Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez is threatening to leave the club and the Algeria winger, 28, has openly complained about his lack of playing time under Pep Guardiola. (Mail)

Chelsea will offer 18-year-old Callum Hudson-Odoi a new contract as the England winger's season-ending injury looks set to mean German side Bayern Munich are no longer interested. (Telegraph)

The future of Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 26, hinges on whether Fifa decides to delay Chelsea's transfer ban, with Manchester United also keen on the Brazil playmaker. (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid's 29-year-old Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak tops Manchester United's list of replacements for David de Gea as doubt over the 28-year-old Spain keeper's future at Old Trafford continues. (Metro)

AC Milan are interested in signing Everton's 21-year-old Brazil forward Richarlison, but the Serie A side must secure Champions League football and meet the Premier League club's 75m euro evaluation. (Calciomercato)

Arsenal are being linked with a move for 17-year-old Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli. The winger, currently at Ituano, is believed to be finalising his European passport. (UOL Esporte, via Evening Standard)

However, Arsenal manager Unai Emery faces a tough summer transfer window because of concerns about the club's wage bill. (Mirror)

Roma's Bosnia forward Edin Dzeko, 33, will turn down West Ham this summer with the intention of instead pushing through a move to Inter Milan. (Calciomercato)

Stoke City are demanding £30m for 26-year-old English goalkeeper Jack Butland, who is a target for Premier League clubs Bournemouth and Crystal Palace. (Mail)

Ajax will offer manager Erik ten Hag a new lucrative long-term deal to deter Premier League clubs from making an approach for the 49-year-old Dutchman. (Telegraph)

Norwich City will be limited to a £20m transfer budget as they prepare for the Premier League this summer. (Mail)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Michael Butler

Cristiano Ronaldo has issued Juventus with a six-man list of transfer targets, according to the Mirror, seemingly unaware the main reason Juventus won’t be able to buy those players is because they pay him too much money. At £26m a season Ronaldo earns around five times more than the next best-paid player at the club, but that hasn’t stopped him slapping a piece of paper on Massimiliano Allegri’s desk, scrawled with the names of Real Madrid’s Raphaël Varane and Isco, Benfica’s João Félix, Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, Lyon’s Tanguy Ndombélé and Roma’s Kostas Manolas.

Marko Grujic, Jürgen Klopp’s first signing at Liverpool, cost only £5.1m in January 2016 and has since failed to break into the first team. A couple of unconvincing loan spells and 20 appearances for Hertha Berlin this season later and Liverpool are demanding £40m from Atlético Madrid for the 23-year-old. Makes perfect sense!

In another bizarre story concerning Diego Simeone’s side, Manchester United have been linked with the goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who signed a new Atlético contract only last week, reportedly with an £87m release clause. The Mill can’t see how Ole Gunnar Solskjær is going to convince the best goalkeeper in the world to leave Madrid for the north of England, especially if there is no Champions League football at Old Trafford next season, but we’re just here to tell you the hearsay.

Unai Emery has taken one look at Arsenal’s squad and decided what they desperately need is not a replacement for Shkodran Mustafi but a Brazilian 17-year-old winger. Gabriel Martinelli, currently playing in the fourth tier in Brazil at Ituano, is being flaunted around Europe by his Mr 15% and it appears the Gunners have bitten, in the hope Martinelli can become the new Denílson or André Santos at the Emirates.

Stoke think Jack Butland is still worth £30m and remarkably, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are not yet put off.

The Mail is reporting Norwich will take a leaf out of Cardiff’s book last summer and spend around only £20m in the close season, should their promotion to the Premier League be confirmed. Their head of recruitment, Kieran Scott, believes the squad is mostly good enough to compete in the top tier, with much of the summer set to be spent on securing new contracts for players such as Max Aarons and Onel Hernández.

Elsewhere Wolves are hoping to beat Arsenal and West Ham to the signing of Hoffenheim’s Kerem Demirbay with a £22m offer and Everton are keen on Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham, currently on loan at Aston Villa, but will have to wait to see the extent of the London club’s transfer embargo before making a move.





Sport Witness

West Ham and Leicester City chasing AC Milan €30m attacking midfielder

Fanatik report Premier League sides West Ham and Leicester City are interested in signing AC Milan attacking midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu.



The Turkish newspaper says the 25 year old is also open to continuing his career in the Premier League and could leave the Serie A side at the end of the season.

It’s claimed AC Milan value Calhanoglu in the region of €30m and they will evaluate offers for the Turkish attacking midfielder this summer.

Calhanoglu has been a key player under Gennaro Gattuso in Milan but he could still leave the Serie A giants.

According to Fanatik, West Ham and Leicester City could make an offer to sign 25-year old, who is under contract until June 2021.

Both West Ham and Leicester will be looking to add to their squads for next season and it seems the player is an option.

The Turkey international has played 39 games for AC Milan this season in all competitions, scoring two goals.




Team Talk

EXCLUSIVE: West Ham lining up bid for £20m Argentina striker

West Ham are lining up a summer bid for Argentine international forward Dario Benedetto, we can reveal.



The Hammers have been approached over a possible deal for the Boca Juniors star, and with West Ham ready to part company with forwards Javier Hernandez, Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll this summer, they will be in desperate need of attacking reinforcements.

Benedetto has only ever played in Argentina and Mexico, but he is now set for a move to Europe this summer.

The Argentina international has a knack for finding the back of the target, having scored over 30 goals in his last two seasons for Boca, although this year has been a rather sluggish one for the forward.

The 28-year-old is a gifted centre-forward that has plenty of technical ability and presence when in the box, whilst he has an excellent long-range shot on him as well. Benedetto also has the skill to drive at his opponents with the ball as his dribbling is brilliant, whilst he can also hold up the play with his ball control, which would benefit Pellegrini’s side.

Inter Milan and Roma have both looked closely at the 28-year-old, but the Hammers have now been made aware that they could land the player – who is keen to move to England.

West Ham already boast Argentine international midfielder Manuel Lanzini, and having been the landing point in Europe for Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano – they are hugely respected in South America and that helps them in their pursuit of players such as Benedetto.

It is understood it would take less than £20milion to land Benedetto, who has bagged over 30 goals in the last two seasons.






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Texas Iron 12:06 Thu Apr 25
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

tr3bor 6:04 Wed Apr 24
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Hello Mrs Jones


My thoughts entirely

Hello Mrs. Jones 3:41 Wed Apr 24
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al. Perhaps before writing all this shite the reporters should understand that our owners have no intention of opening their wallets.

ted fenton 3:24 Wed Apr 24
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:57 Wed Apr 24

Thanks Alan 1:57 Wed Apr 24
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
diehardhammer 1:34 Wed Apr 24

diehardhammer 1:34 Wed Apr 24
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan as always

much appreciated, look forward to reading these everyday





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