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Alan 1:38 Sat May 11
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United missed out on signing Ajax captain and Dutch international Matthijs de Ligt, 19, because they were told he would become too fat. (Mirror)

England winger Jadon Sancho, 19, will stay at German club Borussia Dortmund this summer and snub a return to the Premier League. (Sun)

United will let Ivorian defender Eric Bailly join Arsenal - provided Man Utd can recoup the £30m they paid for the 25-year-old in 2016. (Metro)

Leicester and England defender Harry Maguire could play his final game for the Foxes on Sunday. Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United are all interested in the 26-year-old, but the Foxes will not sell him for less than £60m. (Sun)

Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, is on the verge of agreeing personal terms with Real Madrid over a summer move. (Independent)

Manchester United are interested in signing Swansea winger Daniel James. The 21-year-old Wales international has also attracted interest from Everton, Newcastle and Leeds. (ESPN)

German midfielder Mesut Ozil "bleeds Arsenal red" and will stay at the Premier League club until at least 2021, the 30-year-old's agent has said. (Independent)

Real Madrid midfielder Marcos Llorente is set to leave the La Liga side in the summer, with a number of Premier League clubs interested in the 24-year-old Spaniard. (ESPN)

Arsenal are one of the clubs keen on singing Llorente. (AS - in Spanish)

Tottenham are set to sign Bolton's 18-year-old Irish midfielder Luca Connell when the Championship club go into administration. (Sun)

Man Utd and France midfielder Paul Pogba's potential summer move to Real Madrid may not go through, after the 26-year-old's agent Mino Raiola was given a three-month ban from acting as a player representative. (Talksport)

Burnley goalkeeper Joe Hart, 32, is set to leave the Premier League club after one season in the summer but striker Peter Crouch, 38, is likely to stay. (Mirror)

Ex-Arsenal and current AC Milan chief executive Ivan Gazidis wants to bring German defender Shkodran Mustafi to Italy. Gazidis brought Mustafi, 27, to Arsenal in 2016. (Tuttosport via Metro)

West Ham will sell six fringe players, including Spanish forward Lucas Perez, 30, and 20-year-old English defender Reece Oxford as part of a squad revamp. (Evening Standard)

Everton manager Marco Silva says he is hopeful of signing on-loan Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes on a permanent deal. The Portuguese international, 25, has been linked with a move to Tottenham. (Liverpool Echo)

Ex-Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri says he will step down as Roma manager at the end of the season. (Goal)


Hammers to send strong squad to Hong Kong Soccer Sevens

West Ham United will send a strong squad to the 20th edition of the annual HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens tournament in Hong Kong.

Ben Johnson, Conor Coventry, Nathan Holland and Joe Powell, all of whom have featured for the first team, are part of a ten-man group which will head to the Far East.

Mark Phillips’ squad will also include goalkeeper Joseph Anang, defenders Jeremy Ngakia and Harrison Ashby, midfielders Louie Watson and Dan Kemp and centre forward Sean Adarkwa.

West Ham have been drawn in Group A alongside the host HKFC Captain’s Select, fellow English side Fulham and Portuguese club Portimonense, with the group stage taking place on Saturday 18 May.

Phillips said: “We have been regular participants in the Hong Kong Sevens for a number of years now and it’s always a very well-run and competitive tournament.

“We are taking a strong squad this year, with a nice blend of experience and youth. The boys always enjoy this trip at the end of the season and we enjoy great support from our many fans out there.

“We’re in a difficult group, but hopefully we can finish in the top two and give ourselves a chance of winning the Cup.”

A total of 16 teams are taking part in the 2019 edition of the popular tournament, which will draw thousands of Chinese and expatriate supporters to Happy Valley.

West Ham have a proud history at the Soccer Sevens, reaching the Cup final in 2015 and 2016, when they finished as runners-up to Atletico Madrid and Aston Villa respectively, and winning the Shield in 2017.

The Hammers reached the Shield final a year ago, when they were edged out 2-1 by Aston Villa.

West Ham United squad: Joseph Anang, Ben Johnson, Jeremy Ngakia, Harrison Ashby, Conor Coventry, Louie Watson, Dan Kemp, Nathan Holland, Sean Adarkwa, Joe Powell


West Ham in Portugal trio scouting mission

West Ham has reportedly sent scouts to watch three Porto players according to Portuguese newspaper A Bolo.

Moussa Marega, Yacine Brahimi and Hector Herrera are thought to be the three players West Ham scouts have been watching.

Youngsters Mesaque Dju and Xande Silva recently joined the Hammers from Portuguese clubs as the Hammers are keeping a keen watch on the Primeira Liga.

28-year-old striker Marega is contracted until June 2021 joined FC Porto for £3.6m in 2017.

29-year-old Brahimi joined FC Porto in 2014 for £3.60m but his contract expires this June and is available on a free transfer.

29-year-old Herrera joined FC Porto in 2013 for £5.4m and his contract also expires this Summer. Although he is also available on a free transfer he is thought to have agreed a verbal pre-contract with Atletico Madrid. That deal is being held up due to Herrera being a few months short of gaining his EU citizenship.

FC Porto sit second in the league playing Nacional de Madeira on Sunday followed by Sporting CP the following Sunday.

Hammers could take over Fulham loan

Andre Schurrle could have his two-year loan to Fulham ended early and risks being sent back to Borussia Dortmund a year early according to the Sun newspaper. Fulham claims a clause in the German World Cup winner’s two-year loan deal enables them to cancel the agreement if relegated. The clause in Schurrle’s deal means the club could save around £2.5million in wages.

The 28-year-old left winger is reported to be of interest to Manual Pellegrini who is said to be considering taking over the final year of loan on the same terms according to the West Ham way podcast on Phoenix FM.

However, the winger did tweet recently that he wants interim boss and former Hammer Scott Parker to be given the manager’s job full time dropping a hint that he may be ready to stay put and help try to get Fulham back into the Premier League again. The challenge is whether Fulham can afford his £48,000 wages in the Championship and saty on the right side of Financial Fair Play.

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pdbis 5:37 Sat May 11
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We continue to look at injury prone players which means we will continue to struggle.

Texas Iron 3:33 Sat May 11
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 3:19 Sat May 11
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Thanks Alan 2:05 Sat May 11

Side of Ham 2:46 Sat May 11
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West Hasbeens United.

Mex Martillo 2:41 Sat May 11
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Thanks Alan

Sven Roeder 2:11 Sat May 11
T h a n k s A l a n
Babel has been better for Fulham than Schurrle.
Need to be looking at younger players

Thanks Alan 2:05 Sat May 11
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 1:40 Sat May 11

Sydney_Iron 1:48 Sat May 11
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Schurlle not!

*gets coat..............

Oh1 and thanks Alan.

Sarge 1:43 Sat May 11
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
German midfielder Mesut Ozil "bleeds Arsenal red"

Dry not red surely given his wages..............

Schurlle? No no no no

Takashi Miike 1:41 Sat May 11
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.......and i'd like us to sign Schurlle

Takashi Miike 1:40 Sat May 11
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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