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Alan 12:26 Mon Apr 29
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

English goalkeeper Joe Hart, 32, could be allowed to leave Burnley on a free transfer this summer, with several Ligue 1 clubs interested. (Mail)

Belgium attacking midfielder Thorgan Hazard, the 26-year-old brother of Eden, says he has agreed to join Borussia Dortmund and is just waiting for his current club Borussia Monchengladbach to accept a transfer bid. (VTM Nieuws - in Dutch)

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers says the club will do everything possible to make 21-year-old midfielder Youri Tielemans' loan deal from Monaco permanent this summer. (Mirror)

Foxes midfielder James Maddison has also urged his side to sign the Belgium international. (Leicester Mercury)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson expects Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha to remain at the club, despite interest in the 26-year-old from Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham. (Sun)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has been identified as a possible replacement for AC Milan boss Gennaro Gattuso. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United have joined Liverpool in the race for £60m-rated Lille and Ivory Coast striker Nicolas Pepe, 23. (Express)

Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic, 31, says he wants to stay at Barcelona and see out his current deal, which runs until 2021. (Marca)

Bournemouth are interested in signing Irish West Brom centre-back Dara O'Shea, 20, who has spent the season on loan at League Two side Exeter City. (Mail)

Chelsea's plans for next season are on hold because Fifa is not close to ruling on the club's appeal against their transfer ban. (Evening Standard)

Nicolas Otamendi will leave Manchester City this summer, with West Ham and Wolves interested in the 31-year-old Argentine defender. (Star)

Barcelona and Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, 30, says he wants to leave the Nou Camp this summer, having failed to oust first-choice Marc-Andre ter Stegen. (Ziggo Sport, via Marca)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez wants to hold talks over his future at the club this week, with the Spaniard's contract set to expire in the summer. (Shields Gazette)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says France defender Raphael Varane, 26, will not leave the club this summer. (Goal)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Occupational Hazards, specifically the future employment of Belgian brothers Eden and Thorgan, constitute the first order of business in Monday’s Rumour Mill. In the wake of Sunday’s draw between Manchester United and Chelsea, the former hinted that he could be open to staying at Stamford Bridge despite rampant ongoing speculation that he’s off to Real Madrid in the summer, while his younger sibling has announced he has agreed personal terms with Borussia Dortmund and will be joining them from Borussia Mönchengladbach if the two German clubs can agree a fee. “I myself have an agreement with them, now something has to move between the clubs,” he revealed, in an announcement that will come as something of a disappointment to his English suitors at Liverpool and Arsenal.

While Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakatić is another player who has no shortage of admirers in the Premier League, the 31-year-old has made public his desire to stay at Barcelona. The imminent arrival of Ajax starlet Frenkie de Jong, who has been guaranteed playing time, at the Camp Nou suggests somebody will have to make way from the first team and many believe Rakitić will be shown the door, but following Barcelona’s title win over the weekend he said he hopes to remain in his manager’s plans. “I don’t want to be anywhere else,” he is quoted as saying in Marca. “I hope they tell me that I’ll stay here for another three years.”

Manchester United have previously been linked with Rakitić and according to the Mirror, hope to raise £200m in transfer fees for him and other targets by selling Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku. Reports from Spain suggest Pogba has already agreed personal terms with Real that would earn him just over £10m per year, while Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen and Everton winger Richarlison are being lined up as potential replacements for the duo.

Having failed to cement his place as first choice goalkeeper at Burnley, Joe Hart will be given permission to leave Turf Moor on a free transfer this season and the Daily Mail suggests the former England No 1’s next destination could be an unspecified club in the French top flight. Hart’s former Manchester City teammate Nicolás Otamendi is likely to leave the Etihad this summer and West Ham is being touted as the Argentinian centre-back’s next port of call.

The managerial merry-go-round could reach dizzying speeds this summer, with rumours suggesting both Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille are ready to offer Rafael Benítez a gig once his contract with Newcastle expires. Elsewhere in France, Lyon are courting Arséne Wenger, while Sam Allardyce has been named as an unlikely contender to take over the India national team. Nearer home, in Leeds, Marcelo Bielsa’s future remains decidedly up in the air, with locals concerned he will up sticks from Elland Road should his side fail to win promotion to the Premier League. Consigned to the play-offs and without a win in three games, Leeds appear to have entered the red zone at exactly the wrong time.

London news

Midfielder Josh Cullen hopes to establish himself at West Ham after his year on loan at Charlton is up

Josh Cullen will return to West Ham United in the summer but says that his time on loan at Charlton has provided him with some priceless experience.

The 23-year-old has made three cameo appearances off the bench for the Hammers in the Premier League but now hopes that he’ll be able to establish himself as a first-teamer at London Stadium following his year in South London.

“I’ve always said that the main focus is to go back to West Ham and get a first-team place there,” explained the midfielder, who has made 28 League One starts in an injury-disrupted season at The Valley.

“I’ll go back. They want me back to go and do pre-season and try and make my time there successful. Get in the first-team and warrant that place. That’s what I’m looking to do and hopefully that will happen.

“I think it’s important for every player – playing games and improving, developing yourself. You only get that through playing games. To come out and play for a team with great players and who are fighting for promotion at a massive club has been brilliant for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. Hopefully I can finish my time here with promotion.

“[Lee Bowyer] has been brilliant for me. When I first signed I said that was one of the main reasons I chose to come here, to work under a manager like Bows. His record and his playing career speaks for itself. To come here and learn from a manager like that who played in a similar position to myself and had the career he had, how good a player he was, that was a key factor in coming and trying to learn from him.”

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gph 12:57 Mon Apr 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

gph 12:54 Mon Apr 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

I always thought he wasn't good enough for Man City, so I won't be surprised if they move him on.

I suppose that doesn't mean he's not good enough for us, although I'd rather we signed players on an upward trajectory

zebthecat 12:47 Mon Apr 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Nicholas Otamendi?
Guess he is a step up from Ogbonna as backup central defender.

Thanks Alan

charleyfarley 12:36 Mon Apr 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al

Thanks Alan 12:35 Mon Apr 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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