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Alan 1:49 Tue May 7
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester City are closing in on a deal to sign Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, with the clubs discussing a fee of between £50m and £60m for the 24-year-old Portugal international. (Sky Sports)

Ajax's Dutch centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, 19, has rejected a move to Manchester United worth £60m. (Star)

French midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, is keen on a summer transfer to Real Madrid - but his hopes of a move are likely to hinge on Manchester United dramatically lowering their £160m valuation. (Telegraph)

Pogba will push for a move even if United refuse to sell him. (ESPN)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has joined the £35m race for Ajax's Brazilian forward David Neres, 22. (Sun)

Manchester United are ready to begin their summer transfer overhaul and have made contact with Juventus over an £85m swoop for Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25. (Calciomercato, via Mail)

Tottenham and Everton are eyeing Real Betis' Argentina central midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, 23. (Sun)

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, was told he is not wanted at Real Madrid in a face-to-face meeting with coach Zinedine Zidane, but remains adamant he wants to stay at the club. (Mail)

Napoli's former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti has hinted at a move for Mexico international winger Hirving Lozano, 23, who has been linked with Manchester United. (Calciomercato)

Ancelotti has also refused to rule out a move for Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier, 28, after the England international's wife was reportedly spotted looking for schools in Naples. (Talksport)

Napoli also want to sign Newcastle's Spanish forward Ayoze Perez, 25. (Northern Echo)

French winger Anthony Martial, 23, faces a battle to convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer he has a long-term future at Manchester United. (Mail)

Solskjaer will listen to offers for Martial because of his bad attitude in training. (Sun)

Martial's management agency has taken to Instagram to defend the forward's record at Manchester United amid criticism of his Old Trafford form. (Manchester Evening News)

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, 69, has rejected a second offer to take over at Fulham, having first turned down an approach from the Cottagers in November before they appointed Claudio Ranieri. (Mail)

Former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says there is a 60% chance that he could return to coaching in Serie A next season. (Le Iene - in Italian)

Leicester want Austria defender Christian Fuchs, 33, to sign a new one-year deal at the club. Fuchs' current contract expires in the summer. (Leicester Mercury)

Bournemouth and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser is open to offers from other clubs with Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Newcastle reportedly keen on the 25-year-old. (Mail)

Brighton want to sign Chelsea's teenage full-back Reece James, 19, who has been on loan at Wigan this season. (Argus)

Newcastle United have been monitoring Coventry City's English midfielder Tom Bayliss, 20, ahead of a possible summer move. (Chronicle)

Polish goalkeeper Marcin Bulka, 19, is set to leave Chelsea this summer and will sign a pre-contract agreement with Paris St-Germain. (Goal.com)

Former England defender Gary Cahill, 33, who is leaving Chelsea this summer, says he is not done with top-level football and insists he can play on. (Talksport)

English defender Michael Hector, 26, says he has "made it clear" he wants to stay at Sheffield Wednesday next season after making his final appearance for the club during his season-long loan from Chelsea. (The Star)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Ames

Remember when Manchester United trumpeted the £36m – rising to £58.8m – signing of Anthony Martial in 2015? It made the forward, then 19, Britain’s most expensive teenage player and it seemed the start of a bright new dawn in which a fresh, forward-thinking United went about their business with ambition and vigour. Well, about that, Martial is for the chop, according to reports, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s decision to omit him from the debacle at Huddersfield a precursor to his offloading this summer. Martial’s “relaxed” attitude to the pre-match warm-up at Chelsea last week is among the things to have enraged his manager. Who would take him, though, and at what price?

Perhaps United might fancy going in for Gareth Bale, who has been told in no uncertain terms by Zinedine Zidane that Real Madrid no longer require him, which is some gratitude for last season’s Champions League final heroics. Rather awkwardly, Bale doesn’t want to leave. Who wins? Florentino Pérez decides, at a wild guess. One man who won’t be heading to Old Trafford is the totemic young Ajax captain Matthijs De Ligt, who has rejected their overtures and is thought to be keener on a move to Barcelona for some reason.

There’s a new “exciting wide forward” sheriff in town these days. His name is David Neres, the Ajax player who has been exceptional in this season’s Champions League, and he has half the Premier League beating a path to his door – with Liverpool reportedly joining Arsenal and Chelsea in wondering whether he might fancy a switch to England.

Somebody who may be up for exactly that is Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, whose loan to the Spanish club from Paris Saint-Germain has just become permanent but who could be turned over for a tidy profit if Tottenham or Everton come calling. Betis reckon they could receive up to double the £21.5m fee they were obliged to pay the Ligue 1 winners. PSG, in the meantime, might look to freshen up their decidedly on-the-beach squad with the Juventus playmaker Miralem Pjanić.

Manchester City aren’t content with having one hand on the Premier League trophy. They’re said to be in advanced talks with Sporting Lisbon for Bruno Fernandes, their prolific midfielder, with a players-plus-€50m deal in their sights. Eliaquim Mangala could be among those used as an irresistible sweetener to get the deal done.

Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser has had a brilliant season: only Eden Hazard has more assists in Europe’s top five leagues and if a high-profile transfer seems good enough for him, why not for the Cherries man? Arsenal are very keen and Fraser is yet to commit to a new long-term deal. If that remains the case then, with his current contract expiring a year or so from now, Eddie Howe may have no choice but to cash in on the diminutive Scotland star.





C&H

Exclusive: Hammers hoping to sign six new players

West Ham’s transfer window plans are already well advanced and the first new arrivals could be agreed within a couple of weeks.

Manuel Pellegrini has regularly made it clear over recent days that he and Mario Husillos are set for meetings with the board as they look to again overhaul the squad.

And ClaretandHugh has learned exclusively that the club is currently working hard on six possible new signings for the new season.

Our own top level source has made it clear that the Hammers revolution started last summer will not be slowing and that Pellegrini will again be backed in the market this summer.

Pellegrini loves to get the majority of his business done as soon as possible and already four or five players have been earmarked as departures.

We were told by e mail: “The club is working hard on six possible signings for next season and the big hope is that one or two could be brought to a head within a fortnight.
West Ham United have a full squad, but 4/5 players will go and better replacements brought in.”




HITC

Zidane allegedly tells reported West Ham target Dani Ceballos to leave Real Madrid

Danny Owen

West Ham United reportedly want to bring Real Madrid's La Liga midfielder Dani Ceballos to the Premier League but will Manuel Pellegrini get his man?

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has told Dani Ceballos that he is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu with the Spanish international linked with a move to West Ham United, as reported by Marca.

The Mirror reported in April that the Hammers were planning an £18 million move for the skilful Ceballos, a gifted play-maker who shot to fame with his exceptional performances for Spain at the U21 European Championships in 2017.

Those displays sealed a move from Real Betis to Real Madrid but the 22-year-old has struggled to make the step up at arguably the world’s biggest club.

Ceballos has featured in just one of Real’s last six La Liga games, having also found game time hard to come by during Zidane’s first spell at the helm.

According to Marca, the former France international has now told Ceballos that he has no future in Madrid, with the six-cap international accepting that he is on ‘borrowed time’. Zidane has also told Gareth Bale and Marcos Llorente that they are free to leave.

So the door is open for West Ham to sign a player who Spain coach Luis Enrique thinks is a ‘special‘ talent (ESPN). Zidane, it seems, does not share Enrique’s enthusiasm.




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

ChillTheKeel 7:36 Tue May 7
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Alwaysaniron 5:51 Tue May 7

The north London scum

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Bet you blushed after typing that, mincer.

Alwaysaniron 5:51 Tue May 7
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The north London scum will be watching every move MP is making this summer and usurping us at every opportunity. You just know it! Their fans are still drooling over Anderson wondering why he went to such a small insignificant little club....

Texas Iron 3:47 Tue May 7
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Ron Greensward 3:03 Tue May 7
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Would be great to get Ceballos but Llorente would be a perfect fit alongside Declan.

Alan 2:55 Tue May 7
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I am indeed, sir.

COOL HAND LUKE 2:05 Tue May 7
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al - trust you are keeping well, mate.

Thanks Alan 1:50 Tue May 7
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:50 Tue May 7
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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