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Alan 1:50 Wed May 8
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are set to make a world record £240m offer to Paris St-Germain for 20-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe. (France Football, via Sport)

Manchester United's £100m move for Borussia Dortmund's England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, is off after the Premier League side failed to qualify for the Champions League. (Mail)

However, United will revive their interest in Leicester City's 26-year-old England defender Harry Maguire this summer. (ESPN)

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 28, is considering handing in a transfer request to force through a move to Real Madrid. (AS - in Spanish)

The Blues have already rejected two bids from Real for Belgium international Hazard. (Mirror)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will once again attempt to sign Spain midfielder Marco Asensio, 23, from Real Madrid. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester City are hopeful Belgium centre-back Vincent Kompany, 33, will stay at the club by signing a one-year contract extension. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi's recovery from an Achilles tendon injury is going better than expected and German giants Bayern Munich are monitoring the 18-year-old England international's progress. (Sun)

Pundits react to Liverpool's incredible Champions League comeback...

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag and ex-Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui are candidates to replace Niko Kovac at Bayern Munich. (Marca)

Barcelona still have work to do if they are to secure a deal for Ajax's 19-year-old Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt after the player's agent put forward new demands. (ESPN)

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte has ruled out Roma as his next club. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Roma could instead offer current Blues boss Maurizio Sarri the chance to return to Italy this summer. (Telegraph)

Fulham's Dutch winger Ryan Babel, 32, is set for a move to Turkish side Galatasaray on a free transfer. (Sun)

Arsenal will appoint former player Edu as the club's new technical director this summer. (Mail)

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, and Spanish midfielders Marcos Llorente, 24, and Dani Ceballos, 22, have been told they have no future at Real Madrid by the club's manager Zinedine Zidane. (Marca - in Spanish)

Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 25, expects to be at Bournemouth next season, despite interest from Arsenal. (Mirror)

Newcastle United's English midfielder Isaac Hayden, 24, is determined to leave the club this summer, having failed to force a move away last August. (Telegraph)

Eredivisie side PSV will sell Dutch winger Steven Bergwijn, 21, and Mexico winger Hirving Lozano, 23, who have been previously linked with Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Manchester United's approach for Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin came one year too early, according to the Uruguay defender, who has announced he will leave the La Liga club this summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Godin, 33, has agreed a three-year deal with Serie A side Inter Milan. (ESPN)

Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 31, wants to join Barcelona when his Manchester United contract runs out at the end of the season. (Sport)

The Premier League will have identical trophies and medals at the games involving Liverpool and Manchester City on Sunday as the title battle goes to the final match of the season. The Reds are at home to Wolves, while City are away at Brighton.(Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Compiling transfer rumours is an exercise fraught with peril because some of the stories simply will not stand the test of time. They will turn out to have been based on dud information or giddy impulses. They will be thoroughly discredited, just like all those declarations of the divinity of Lionel Messi. There is no mention in Wednesday’s papers about the influence of Barcelona’s god on the so-called miracle that took place on Merseyside on Tuesday night, even though Messi performed the role of hapless bystander to perfection. Verily, the lord works in mysterious ways, or not at all when the going gets too tough.

Having seen him wear the captain’s armband as his side fell to a second Champions League collapse in two years, the Mill half-expected to wake up to find that Paris Saint-Germain have slapped in a bid for Messi. But no, instead the only mention of the laughable French outfit is in connection with a purported bid from Real Madrid for young Kylian Mbappé, who some pundits think could eventually reach the same level of greatness as Cristiano Ronaldo or Divock Origi.

It would take a bumper offer to prise Mbappé from PSG but Real might be ready to throw the bulk of their transfer kitty at it, because there’s talk of them ending their pursuit of Eden Hazard on the grounds that Chelsea are asking for too big a fee. Some organs claims Hazard might have to get militant to get Chelsea to soften their stance.

Meanwhile, Liverpool are set to do battle with Barcelona again, this time for the services of the outstanding Lille winger Nicolas Pépé, who is expected to cost something north of £60m. The player is believed to prefer a switch to the Camp Nou. But that’s not the case of Matthijs de Ligt, who, according to questionable sources, is close to shunning Barcelona because he has taken a shine to the idea of forming an impenetrable partnership with Virgil van Dijk at club as well as country level.

Meanwhile, Jürgen Klopp is also said to be keeping a keen eye on the Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio in case Pépé takes the Barcelona option. And if he does that, then Manchester United will try to convince Philippe Coutinho to make an even worse decision.

Elsewhere, if Chelsea decide to jilt the manager that has led them back to the Champions League, reached the League Cup final and possibly a Europa League final, then Roma will happily take Maurizio Sarri back to Italy. But if Sarri stays at Chelsea, he could find himself a new midfielder next season, as the club are monitoring Lille’s Thiago Mendes, as are Everton and Atlético Madrid.

PSV are prepared to listen to offers for a pair of wingers, namely the 21-year-old Dutchman Steven Bergwijn and the 23-year-old Mexican Hirving Lozano. The latter has attracted the interest of Arsenal and Liverpool. Finally, Ryan Babel will leave Fulham for Galatasary.


Isaac Hayden CONFIRMS he wants Newcastle exit - West Ham and Brighton keen on £20m man

By Ian Murtagh

ISAAC HAYDEN has confirmed he still wants to quit Newcastle this summer despite establishing himself as the Toon’s midfield kingpin.

The former Arsenal youngster has been outstanding during the second half of the season earning accolades from Rafa Benitez, team-mates and the Geordie fans.

But Hayden is adamant family comes before football and pleas for him to stay will fall on deaf ears so he can be re-united permanently with fiancée Lauren, who he is marrying during the close-season and 17 month old daughter Adriana.

She was born prematurely and required regular hospital check-ups in London’s Portland Hospital which meant energy-sapping trips up and down the country for Hayden.

Benitez was sympathetic to his domestic situation but a move to Brighton ten months ago failed to materialise and then he couldn’t clinch a move south during the New Year transfer window.

Now he’s looking for a fresh start nearer the capital so his life is as good off the pitch as it’s recently been on it.

“I think I will be going,” said Hayden. “I have spoken to the club about it and they’ve been open and honest with me.

“So I’m pretty sure the Liverpool game was my last at home.

“It’s not what is best for me or my family to be playing here next season and doing all that travelling.

“It’s unfortunate but the club know my stance and have known it for a year now.

“There are no excuses going into the summer. It’s about getting the deal right for the club and for myself.”

Hayden admits he’ll be sorry to leave Newcastle, whom he joined three years ago but his priorities have changed in the interim period.

“It’s a fantastic club and you wouldn’t actively try to leave a place where you get 52,000 every home game but for me, I have a daughter and fiancée I have to put first,” he said.

“They are more important than football will ever be.”

Hayden insists he still has England ambitions – Benitez has tipped him for a senior call up – and wants to join a top club.

Newcastle will be looking for over £20m for the 24-year-old with West Ham and Brighton expected to lead the bidding.

He added: “You could arguably say I’m worth more now than what they would have asked in January or last summer because I’ve played a lot more games.

“The main thing is that I don’t want to go backward. It’s about finding the right opportunity, one that will allow the club to maximise the profit and be right for myself.”


Husillos still eyeing midfielder

Director of Football Mario Husillos is reported keen to bring in long time target Gary Medel to the club this summer.

Manuel Pellegrini is determined to sign a player who can cover for Declan Rice and knows that it will prove very difficult to offer regular football to a rising youngster.

As the regular No 1 in the defensive midfield position Declan is set to play whenever he is fit which reduces the options on players who would be ready to join under those circumstances.

But Medel is keen to leave Besiktas for the Premier League this summer and was a target for the manager in the winter window.

The 31 year old Chilean is well known to the Hammers boss and we understand that with a year left on his deal he could be available for as little as £4 million.

A Hammers insider told us on the phone: “There are other options but Medel remains a possibility for us.”

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Russ of the BML 4:58 Wed May 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ta Al.

bill green 2:59 Wed May 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 2:14 Wed May 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

chim chim cha boo 2:08 Wed May 8
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Thanks Alan. This always allows me to not have to wade through the NewsNow bullshit click-bait speculation at this time of the year. Much appreciated.

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