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Alan 12:23 Fri May 10
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea midfielder Eden Hazard wants to secure his summer move to Real Madrid as soon as possible, but the Blues are not willing to sell the 28-year-old Belgian for less than £100m. (ESPN)

Manchester United will have to pay 100m euros if they want to sign Barcelona forward Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian, 26, is one of 10 players who could leave the Nou Camp in the summer. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has cooled his interest in Sporting Lisbon's 24-year-old Portuguese forward Bruno Fernandes. (The Sun)

However, Manchester United are interested in Fernandes, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wanting to bolster his midfield. (ESPN)

Brazil striker Neymar has changed his mind over his future at Paris St-Germain and now wants to leave. (Le10Sport)

Arsenal's hopes of signing Lille winger Nicolas Pepe have been dealt a blow as Paris St-Germain are now in talks to land the 23-year-old Ivory Coast winger. (Sun)

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld says a return to Ajax in the future is "100% in his head". The Belgium international, 30, was at the Amsterdam club from 2008 to 2013. (Voetbal International via Sky Sports)

Atletico Madrid must decide whether to pay another 18m euros to Chelsea to re-sign Spanish striker Alvaro Morata on loan for one more season. (AS - in Spanish)

Barcelona are set to let 10 players leave the club this summer, with the likes of forward Philippe Coutinho, defender Samuel Umtiti and midfielder Ivan Rakitic nearing moves. (AS)

Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose says he will "sign off in style" if next month's Champions League final is his last match for Spurs. Rose, 28, added that he keeps "seeing that I'm being sold". (Mirror)

Ajax captain and defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19, will move to either England or Spain in the summer, says club chief executive Edwin van der Sar. The Dutchman has been linked with a move to Barcelona. (Sky Sports)

De Ligt's potential move to Barcelona is being held up by agent Mino Raiola's commission demands. (AS)

Southampton will make a £30m move for Fulham's Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 24. (Express)

Newly promoted Premier League side Sheffield United are interested in Middlesbrough's 26-year-old Congolese striker Britt Assombalonga. (Northern Echo)

Chelsea are hoping to revive the project to expand Stamford Bridge by cutting costs from a projected £1bn to £500m - they are also looking at other locations. (New Civil Engineer)

Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen is a doubt for the Champions League final against Liverpool. The Belgian, 32, injured his foot in the final minutes of Spurs' remarkable semi-final win over Ajax. (Guardian)

Championship side Aston Villa want to sign German 17-year-old Erkan Eyibil. The teenager currently plays for Mainz 05. (Turkish-Football)

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Edwin van der Sar, the former Manchester United gloveman now working as chief executive of Ajax, has admitted that Matthijs de Ligt will be off in the summer, with the Dutch side two games from the end of the Eredivisie season and engaged in a thrilling battle for glory with PSV Eindhoven. “I think these will be De Ligt’s final games with Ajax, but I hope he goes out on a high,” the Dutchman told Sky. “He’s been here since he was a child and will end up at a big club. I think he’ll go to England or Spain.”

And so the break-up of this Ajax team continues. In addition to Frenkie de Jong, whose departure to Barcelona has already been agreed, and the ever-popular De Ligt, Donny van de Beek has at least one significant suitor. Kicker suggests that Borussia Dortmund, whose sporting director, Michael Zorc, was in Amsterdam for Wednesday’s dramatic Champions League semi-final against Tottenham, are keen on the 22-year-old.

Marca say that Barcelona’s much-touted move for De Ligt might be derailed by the €14m fee demanded by the Dutchman’s agent, Mino Raiola. The Blaugrana have several other deals to be getting on with, though, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that their decision-makers have given the “green light” to a move for Antoine Griezmann. “The club’s technical staff have given their blessing to the Frenchman’s arrival,” they write. “His price is considered fair given the quality he would add, along with goals and competition in the squad.” That price, incidentally, is €120m. “A few months ago, tired of Atlético’s regular defeats, the Frenchman offered to return to the economic agreement he made with Barcelona a year ago. He wants sporting glory and at Atléti he watches it from afar,” they write. “Barcelona’s directors were not receptive to the offer, but when Griezmann’s message reached the technical area the reaction was different. In summary, the Griezmann option is very much alive. That they need to sign a striker who brings a goal threat is obvious. The Anfield debacle was the clearest possible evidence of that.” It will be a busy summer for Barcelona, who are also in negotiations with Internazionale over the departure of Ivan Rakitic as a wide-scale squad overhaul clanks into gear.

Inter are also, um, inter-ested in the Newcastle striker Ayoze Pérez, but face competition from Arsenal for the 25-year-old. The Spaniard admitted last month that “in the summer there are going to be options” and so it would seem, with Inter and Napoli both keen and Unai Emery apparently willing to outbid them. According to the Sun the Gunners are “eyeing up a host of lower-fee transfers”, and hope Pérez will be one of them.

Maurizio Sarri has insisted that he is not planning to return to Italy “at the moment” after Chelsea’s qualification for the Europa League final. Eden Hazard was similarly caught up in post-match euphoria, insisting of his potential departure that “in my mind I don’t know yet”. Back in Italy Sarri is nevertheless mentioned on the front page of Friday’s Tuttosport, on a list of potential candidates for the Juventus job alongside Antonio Conte, Pep Guardiola, Didier Deschamps and Mauricio Pochettino.

Sheffield Wednesday are after Arminia Bielefeld’s German centre-back and captain Julian Börner. The 28-year-old is definitely moving to England, after Arminia said as much in a stroppy statement on their website which revealed that “a verbal agreement on a contract extension was reached weeks ago” but “several dates for signing the contract had been cancelled or repeatedly postponed” by Börner or his advisors, before he suddenly informed them that he was off. “Playing in England has been a lifetime dream of mine, which is now going to come true,” the player said. “I am very sorry that I had to go back on my word.” He has been dropped from Arminia’s squad for their last two league games, leaving Börner free to follow his heart.


Masuaku decision

Arthur Masuaku has been the subject of future speculation for a long time among Hammers fans.

It has been largely accepted across the fan base that he is not the greatest left sided defender in the business but his recent form as a left sided midfielder has often been exceptional.

Knee jerk reactions are among the most common in football with many deciding a player’s entire future on the basis of one game.

But Arthur is something of an enigma and it will be a tricky decision maybe deciding whether we sell or stick at the end of the season.

As a result ClaretandHugh gave its followers the opportunity of giving their view on what should happen to the £5 million former Olympiacos player.

And in the end the majority decided that the club should hold onto him with voting on the subject ending with 971 votes in his favour and 685 against.

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Mex Martillo 8:17 Sat May 11
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 2:43 Fri May 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Keep Arthur...
Coaching needed on his crossing...

Sydney_Iron 1:47 Fri May 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:40 Fri May 10

ted fenton 1:40 Fri May 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:23 Fri May 10

Thanks Alan 12:23 Fri May 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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