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Alan 1:55 Wed May 15
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Bayern Munich have opened discussions with Manchester City over the potential summer transfer of 23-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane. (Daily Record)

Barcelona's Champions League defeat by Liverpool has convinced the club to sign striker Antoine Griezmann - who has announced he is leaving Atletico Madrid this summer - despite being frustrated at the 28-year-old for not joining last year. (Marca)

La Liga president Javier Tebas says France forward Griezmann will already have agreed that a club will pay his release clause. (Cope - in Spanish)

Real Madrid have made a move for France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, with Manchester United increasingly open to a £150m deal. (Independent)

Despite reports Real Madrid have agreed a £86m deal for Chelsea's Eden Hazard, 28, the Blues are holding out for £100m. (Evening Standard)

Hazard told the media he has made a decision about his future to try and prompt Chelsea to agree a fee. (Express)

The Belgium playmaker fears Chelsea will force him to stay one more year, with Real Madrid still yet to agree a fee. (Sun)

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, will turn down a return to Tottenham and is in no rush to leave Real Madrid, with three years remaining on his £600,000-a-week contract. (Mirror)

Gareth Southgate will select Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 25, in his squad for next month's Nations League after receiving assurances the England captain will be fit to play in Portugal. (Guardian)

Juventus will only sell Manchester United and Manchester City target Joao Cancelo on two conditions - if a fee in the region of 60 million euros is offered and if the Portugual right-back, 24, asks the club for a summer move. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threatened to sell half the squad after their final-day defeat by Cardiff. (Sun)

France forward Anthony Martial, 23, will not be sold by Manchester United this summer because he is one of co-chairman Joel Glazer's favourite players. (ESPN)

Manchester United could pay 30-year-old Chile forward Alexis Sanchez £12m next year to spend the season on loan at Inter Milan. (Mirror)

Everton are considering whether to send England Under-21 defender Jonjoe Kenny, 22, on loan next season, with Seamus Coleman set to remain first-choice right-back. (Liverpool Echo)

Leicester are trying to push through a deal for 22-year-old Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, who is on loan from Monaco, because of interest from Manchester United and Tottenham. (Sky Sports)

Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is keen to keep Nampalys Mendy, 26, despite having started Wilfred Ndidi as the lone defensive midfielder since taking over. (Leicester Mercury)

Barcelona want to sell Brazil attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 26, this summer but will not let him leave for under 100m euros (£86.8m). (Sport)

Manchester United are put off by Napoli's £90m asking price for Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibably, 27, and could instead target Leicester's England defender Harry Maguire, 26, and Inter Milan's Slovakia player Milan Skriniar, 24. (Independent)

Premier League champions Manchester City are looking to bring in at least three new players this summer, with a defensive midfielder, a defender and a forward the main priorities. (ESPN)

Midfielder Isaac Hayden, 24, is set to leave Newcastle this summer but has to wait for boss Rafael Benitez to sort out his future as the Spaniard has the final say on transfers until 30 June. (Chronicle)

Barcelona are one step away from signing 19-year-old Ajax and Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt. (Marca)

Tottenham is 18-year-old Fulham defender Ryan Sessegnon's first-choice destination over Manchester United because the England under-21 left-back wants to stay in London and work under Mauricio Pochettino. (Evening Standard)

Leeds director of football Victor Orta has urged Swansea winger Daniel James, 21, to hold fire on agreeing a move to Manchester United in case the Championship club win promotion to the top flight. (Football Insider)

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Bayern Munich are locked in talks with Manchester City over Leroy Sané, according to the Daily Record, and have already been given permission to speak to the player’s representatives about his contract in Bavaria. Bayern, who will lose both Arjen Robben and Franck Ribéry this summer, are seeking youth and creativity, and Sané – who started only 21 of City’s 38 top-flight matches this season, and four of 10 in the Champions League – has overtaken Lille’s Nicolas Pépé to be seen as their ideal recruit. What’s more, as the Record explains, “Sané has rejected a series of offers to upgrade and extend a contract that expires in the summer of 2021”, while “the young German is unhappy with his status in Pep Guardiola’s squad and has come into conflict with the Catalan coach on more than one occasion”.

That might clear the way for Manchester United to move for Pépé, a long-term target, while some bloke on TalkSport has said of Kalidou Koulibaly that “I’ve heard that him coming to United is very close”. Meanwhile the Mirror suggests that Manchester United will hand £12m to Alexis Sánchez next season just to make sure he doesn’t play for them, with the club resigned to paying half of his wages in order to convince any other club – with a loan move to Inter considered the most likely outcome – to take him off their hands. In other wildly-overpaid-player news, £350,000-a-week Mesut Özil is in no hurry to leave north London – “I’ve got two more years on my contract and I am proud to be at this club and really happy here. I don’t think there is any chance of me leaving” – while £600,000-a-week Gareth Bale “doesn’t fancy returning to Spurs”, according to the Mirror, but might end up at Paris St-Germain.

Sánchez will just be the start of United’s clear-out, though, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær telling the squad after their 2-0 home defeat to Cardiff on the last day of the season that he was prepared to get rid of half of them, because of their dismal attitude. “Despite an initial lift under Solskjaer,” writes the Sun, “the atmosphere by the end of the season was understood to be worse than before José Mourinho was sacked in December.”

The Portuguese newspaper A Bola says that Moussa Marega, the 28-year-old forward who has scored 21 goals in 45 games for Porto this season, is “on his way to England” and that “West Ham must be his destination”. A fee of €40m is mooted. Meanwhile Antoine Griezmann has told Atlético Madrid that he intends to leave this summer, with Barcelona his likely destination as soon as they stump up his £108m release fee. Rodri is likely to follow him out of the Wanda Metropolitano, with Manchester City and Bayern Munich both considering the defensive midfielder’s €70m release fee reasonable.

Meanwhile in transfers-that-won’t-happen news we head to Bournemouth, where Eddie Howe says he would prefer to lose Ryan Fraser for nothing when his contract expires next summer than to sell him for a tidy sum this year. “Ryan is probably more valuable to us on the pitch than the money we could ever get on a sale,” he says. Chelsea might come to a similar conclusion with Eden Hazard, suggests the Sun, with their transfer ban leaving them more reluctant to sell for £100m than to get nothing when he leaves in a year.

Evening Standard

West Ham want Maxi Gomez and Aleksandar Mitrovic transfers to form new-look attack


West Ham will renew their interest in Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez this summer.

The Hammers are also interested in Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic but Manuel Pellegrini has made Gomez his No1 target as he looks to freshen up his forward options.

Gomez has a £43.5million release clause in his contract at Celta Vigo.

West Ham identified the 22-year-old Uruguay striker as their top target to replace Marko Arnautovic if he left in January. They opted against a move but Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos have been keeping tabs on Gomez since then.

Gomez has scored 14 goals in a struggling Celta Vigo side in Spain this season. He will be available for £22m if Celta Vigo are relegated from La Liga but they are three points clear of the relegation zone with one game to go and look set to stay up.

Mitrovic could also be targeted by West Ham after Fulham’s relegation from the Premier League.

The 24-year-old Serb looks certain to leave Craven Cottage but he is keen to stay in England.

Crystal Palace are also interested in Mitrovic, who scored 11 times for Fulham this season.

West Ham want to sign at least one striker this summer, with Andy Carroll expected to leave when his contract expires next month and the futures of both Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez uncertain.

Pellegrini has indicated he wants Arnautovic to stay but the Hammers boss wants Gomez to form part of a new-look front-line at the London Stadium.

The Boot Room

West Ham target Steven Zuber would be a £6million bargain

West Ham are reportedly interested in left-sided flyer Steven Zuber, who is on loan at Stuttgart from Hoffenheim right now.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, the Hammers have the 27-year-old on their radar and he would cost around £6million.

The report also details that Roma, Lazio and Nice have shown an interest in the Switzerland international.

Zuber is a versatile ace that is most recognised for his role as a left-winger, where he’s got pace and trickery in wide areas.

But he can play as a central midfielder too and also been deployed as a wing-back in the past.

His minimal £6million price tag makes him a potential huge bargain and Manuel Pellegrini’s side should try win the race for him.

West Ham do already have a number of quality options in wide areas, but the Bundesliga flyer looks too good a bargain to miss out on.

His versatility would make him a top signing for Pellegrini and strengthen the squad the London Stadium for next season.

He’s scored six goals in 26 games across all competitions this term, which included a strike in the Champions League group stages for Hoffenheim.

The Swiss flyer also netted for his nation in the World Cup against Brazil and has plenty of top level pedigree.

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Takashi Miike 1:00 Thu May 16
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

chim chim cha boo 6:17 Wed May 15
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Thanks Alan.

Texas Iron 4:36 Wed May 15
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jimbo2. 3:17 Wed May 15
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Ta very much Al!

Thanks Alan 2:15 Wed May 15
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Thanks Alan

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