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Barcelona are planning a £70m summer move for Arsenal's France international forward Alexandre Lacazette, 27. (Sunday Express)

Spain international goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, has been given a week to decide his Manchester United future. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United will be offered the chance to sign Real Madrid's Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 32, amid ongoing uncertainty over the future of De Gea. (Sunday Telegraph)

Manchester City are set to challenge Barcelona for £65m Ajax and Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19. (Star Sunday)

An agent linked to Arsene Wenger has asked Newcastle United whether they are interested in the former Arsenal manager should Rafael Benitez leave. (Chronicle Live)

Chelsea have been asked to honour an agreement with Eden Hazard for him to join Real Madrid after the 28-year-old Belgian was promised last summer he could leave for La Liga if he stayed at Stamford Bridge for one more season. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata could be heading back to Spain - with Athletic Bilbao desperate to sign the 31-year-old, who has been offered a one-year deal with option of another season at Old Trafford. (Sunday Mirror)

Zinedine Zidane has refused to be drawn on speculation linking Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, with a move to Real Madrid. (Manchester Evening News)

France international Pogba has been told it is now or never to move to Real Madrid. (Sun on Sunday)

Atlanta United defender Florentin Pogba, 28, elder brother of Paul, believes "something will happen this summer" and refuses to rule out a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona for his sibling. (AS, via Calciomercato)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been promised he can make some big signings this summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Spurs have joined Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich in the race to sign Ajax and Netherlands midfielder Donny van de Beek, 22. (Mail on Sunday)

Aston Villa and England U21 midfielder Jack Grealish has a £60m buy-out clause in his contract. (Sunday Mirror)

Grealish, 23, has hinted he may seek a move if Aston Villa are not promoted to the Premier League this season. (Mail on Sunday, via Birmingham Mail)

Blackburn are keen to sign former England goalkeeper Joe Hart, 32, from Lancashire rivals Burnley. (Sun on Sunday)

Stoke and England goalkeeper Jack Butland is a summer target for both Bournemouth and Watford with the 26-year-old reportedly keen for a return to the Premier League. (Mail on Sunday)

PSV Eindhoven's Mexico international forward Hirving Lozano, 23, a target for Manchester United, has agreed to join Napoli in a £34m deal. (Corriere dello Sport, via Talksport)

Wolves are targeting AC Milan striker Andre Silva, 23, and Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, 24. Ivan Cavaleiro, 25, and Helder Costa, 25, are likely to leave Molineux, while Adama Traore, 23, will be made available for a permanent move or a loan. (Sunday Mirror)

Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has been offered a three-year deal to take charge at Roma, but will only take up the role if Roma qualify for next season's Champions League. (L'Equipe, via Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United want to sign Norwich's young English defender Ben Godfrey with the Canaries demanding £15m for the 21-year-old. (Sun on Sunday)


Marko Arnautovic’s double helps West Ham see off Southampton in style

Marko Arnautovic scored his first goals since January as West Ham swept aside Southampton.

The Austrian, whose form had deserted him since a lucrative move to China failed to materialise during the transfer window, found the net twice and remind the home fans of his ability.

Ryan Fredericks hit the third goal as West Ham secured their biggest home win of the season.

The West Ham manager, Manuel Pellegrini, said he now hopes Arnautovic learns from his stop-start season. “With this team, with Marko, a complete season that is quiet, calm and just playing football, he is a player who makes a difference,” he said. “I’m sure this season will be a good lesson for him I am absolutely convinced next season we will see a great Marko.”

The hosts were missing two of their most influential players, the ill Declan Rice and Felipe Anderson, but it did not show as they raced into a 16th-minute lead through Arnautovic. Southampton’s Yan Valery inexplicably gave the ball to Mark Noble who then played in Arnautovic, who drilled it past Fraser Forster.

The West Ham No 7 beat goalkeeper Forster as three Southampton defenders watched on

It felt like a moment of redemption for the forward who has, on occasions, been booed by the West Ham fans following his unseemly attempts to engineer a January move.

With Southampton having guaranteed their survival the previous week, Forster was brought out of cold storage for a first appearance since Boxing Day 2017.

The former Celtic keeper twice got down well to keep out Michail Antonio efforts and also beat away a shot from Manuel Lanzini before half-time.

The Southampton manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl, sent on Nathan Redmond at the start of the second half to inject some life into their attack. The winger met a corner at the far post but with plenty of the goal to aim at he blasted his shot straight at Michail Antonio.

Shortly afterwards Redmond’s volley forced West Ham’s Lukasz Fabianski into his only save.

Saints felt they should have had a penalty when Fredericks collided with Shane Long in the area but the referee, Stuart Attwell, did not agree.

Forster then saved an effort from Manuel Lanzini at his near post but West Ham were beginning to exert pressure and it told in the 69th minute. Forster could only palm Arthur Masuaku’s drilled cross into the body of Arnautovic, who snaffled a simple header after the ball looped into the air.

Austrian Arnautovic capitalised on an error by goalkeeper Forster to make it 2-0 to West Ham

Three minutes later, West Ham had their third, Fredericks combining with substitute Jack Wilshere to find an opening and the full-back fired beyond Forster for his first Premier League goal.

Ryan Fredericks (right) was also on target as Southampton were beaten 3-0 in Stratford

Arnautovic almost completed a hat-trick late on when he cut inside on to his right foot only to curl the ball agonisingly wide. Hasenhüttl put the lacklustre defeat down to his side’s recent efforts. “It’s not a coincidence that after some intense weeks and months, using that energy to stay in the league, and then you have a game where you make a big mistake and go 1-0 down, that the physical energy is not so high,” he said.

“That’s not a surprise to me. The power and conviction was not there. We have invested a lot. You could feel we were not that compact and a few steps too late.”


Marko Arnautovic scores his first goals since January as West Ham sweep aside limp Southampton

Tom Prentki, The London Stadium

Manuel Pellegrini has challenged Marko Arnautovic to concentrate on his football and become an even more vital player for the club next season.

The Austrian scored his first goals since January to help West Ham to a happy send-off in front of their home fans and, since the start of last season, he has scored and assisted in 30 Premier League goals, 14 more than any of his team-mates.

“We hope – this team with Marko Arnautovic, quiet and calm and just playing football – that is what we want,” said Pellegrini. “When he is mentally involved, just to play, he is important.”

Pellegrini was, no doubt, referencing the January transfer window, during which Arnautovic was said to be unhappy that the club were not allowing him to leave for Guangzhou Evergrande in a £35 million deal.

Since then, he has been subject to criticism from supporters and has struggled for form. But, here, he showed the sharpness and aggression in front of goal which makes him a formidable threat for Pellegrini’s side.

“That is the past, let’s not continue talking about the past. Next season, we hope to have a great Marko. We must continue improving. We conceded too many goals this season,” added West Ham manager Pellegrini.

The margin of his side’s victory was as much to do with Southampton’s defending as it was with their own offensive work.

Ralph Hasenhuttl suffered his heaviest defeat as Southampton manager and admitted that four months of relegation dogfight had taken its toll on the squad. “It’s not a coincidence for me that after a very intense last few months that if you have a game where you make a mistake and you are one down, the mental and physical energy is not at its highest,” he said Hasenhuttl. “We know that we have to bring players in the summer, that’s for sure.”

The former RB Leipzig manager handed Fraser Forster his first Premier League start of the season, and whilst there were no calamitous errors, he was unconvincing for the second and third goals.

He could do nothing about the first which was caused by Yan Valery’s mistake as the full-back gifted possession to Mark Noble who slid the ball through for Arnautovic to finish.

For a crowd of just under 60,000, there was little to get excited about, and “on the beach” would have been the appropriate analogy if the weather wasn’t so chilly.

Those home fans who had remained in their seats until the half-time whistle saw Michail Antonio draw another good save from Forster as the rain poured down in the London Stadium.

Plenty of change is expected at both clubs this summer, and there were opportunities for fringe players to move up the pecking order, although in truth, none really took them.

The tempo of the game was typical of an end-of-season encounter with little riding on it, and Southampton were much better at the start of the second half, by which time Nathan Redmond had replaced Danny Ings.

But West Ham extended their lead as Arnautovic got his second in strange circumstances and effectively ended the contest.

Arthur Masuaku surged down the left, and Forster pushed his cross straight into Arnautovic, the ball looped up, and he nodded it over the line as it dropped.

The flood gates had opened, and the third came three minutes later as Jack Stephens failed to stop Ryan Fredericks’ run forward, and the right-back scored with a low shot across goal which Forster had attempted to save with his legs.

Arnautovic, so often the villain for Hammers fans this season, looked desperate to claim the match ball and almost did so as he curled a fierce shot just past the post.

Pellegrini also made a point of commenting on Mark Noble’s impressive display at the base of midfield in the absence of Declan Rice and Felipe Anderson who succumbed to illness during the week.

“Mark’s a very important player for us, the amount of years he’s here,” he said. “He’s the captain. The captain must be a leader and must push with the manager.”

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