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Alan 12:55 Thu May 16
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has told the club he wants to leave this summer in search of Champions League football and the Eagles could demand £80m for the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international. (Mail)

Juventus have begun negotiations with Manchester United for Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, who has also been linked with Inter Milan.(Independent)

Manchester United are eyeing a £50m move for two Crystal Palace defenders: Englishman Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, and Dutchman Patrick Van Aanholt, 28. (Sun)

Manchester United are closing in on Swansea's Wales international winger Daniel James, 21, amid growing fears they will miss out on top target Borussia Dortmund's England international winger Jadon Sancho, 19, this summer. (London Evening Standard)

Chelsea are not planning to extend Gonzalo Higuain's loan and will send the 31-year-old striker back to Juventus after the Europa League final. (Mail)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri still fears a Stamford Bridge exit even if he wins the Europa League - but Roma and AC Milan could be interested in the Italian, while the Blues may turn to Watford boss Javi Gracia. (Express)

Chelsea will leave a decision on Sarri's future as head coach until after the Europa League final against Arsenal on 29 May. (Telegraph)

Derby County manager Frank Lampard, whose side have reached the Championship play-off final, has been chosen to return to former club Chelsea to replace Sarri. (SportMediaset, via Star)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez is set to meet Magpies owner Mike Ashley on Thursday to discuss his future, with the Spaniard's deal expiring this summer. (Times - subscription required)

West Brom's failure to secure promotion from the Championship means 29-year-old Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, who spent the season on loan at Newcastle, will have a £16.5m release clause when he return to the Baggies. (Mirror)

West Brom will hold talks with former Brighton boss Chris Hughton next week as they bid to persuade him to make a swift return to management. (Telegraph)

Tottenham have blocked all first-team transfer talk until after the Champions League final on 1 June. (London Evening Standard)

However, Tottenham are among the clubs monitoring developments with Bayer Leverkusen's 23-year-old Germany midfielder Julian Brandt, who is understood to have a £21.5m release clause for this summer. (Mail)

Jose Mourinho claims a 'nice guy' manager can end up becoming a 'puppet' in an apparent message to his Manchester United successor Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Talksport)

Barcelona and Paris-St Germain are interested in English Manchester United attacking midfielder Angel Gomes, 18. (Star)

Real Madrid will release up to 14 players this summer, with Welsh forward Gareth Bale, 29, Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 32, and Colombia forward James Rodriguez, 27, likely to be among them. (Marca)

Barcelona are confident they will sign France forward Antoine Griezmann, 28, from Atletico Madrid this summer, despite late interest from Paris St-Germain. (London Evening Standard)

Griezmann will not replace former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho at Barcelona, according to the 26-year-old Brazilian midfielder's agent. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea's English striker Tammy Abraham, 21, linked with a permanent move to loan club Aston Villa, is a target for Bundesliga side RB Leipzig.(Sun)

QPR boss Mark Warburton says he does not regard Luke Freeman's departure from QPR as inevitable. Englishman Freeman, 27, has been linked with Middlesbrough and Sheffield United. (West London Sport)

Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel, 32, is closing in on a return to the Premier League and is reportedly considering multiple offers. The Nigerian spent the second half of last season with Middlesbrough. (ESPN)

Brazilian winger Kenedy, 23, on loan this season at Newcastle, has returned to Chelsea to face an uncertain future, with the Blues set to offer him out for sale this summer. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Benfica B's English former Arsenal forward Chris Willock, 21, has been linked with a summer move to West Brom. (A Bola, via Birmingham Mail)

Ipswich's Poland international goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski, 31, has attracted interest from a trio of Championship clubs. (East Anglian Daily Press)

Wolves have unveiled images of a revamped Molineux for the future, including a single-tier South Bank, as well as revamped Steve Bull and Billy Wright stands. (Express and Star)

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Barry Glendenning

The fears of Crystal Palace fans that Wilfried Zaha might have played his last game for the club against Bournemouth last Sunday appear justified, if a report in Thursday’s Daily Mail is to be believed. By their account, the 26-year-old winger has told the club’s owner, Steve Parish, that he wants to leave Selhurst Park for pastures new in order to play Champions League football. In an interview with the Mail last month, Zaha made his ambitions clear. “For me to be better, to achieve what I know I’m capable of, I have to aim to play at the very highest level, to win trophies,” he said. Potential suitors can initially expect to be charged up to £80m, a fee Zaha is concerned could price him out of the market. In speculation that could send Palace fans over the edge altogether, Manchester United are rumoured to be eyeing up their full-backs Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Patrick van Aanholt.

United are also reported to be “closing in” on a deal for Swansea’s lightning fast midfielder Dan James. The 21-year-old, who had the plug pulled on a move to Leeds in the closing hours of deadline day in January, was still wanted at Elland Road but won’t be going there now Marcelo Bielsa’s side have been consigned to another year in the Championship after losing their play-off semi-final against Derby. United have also been repeatedly linked with a move for the Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho, but the German club insist the 19-year-old, who is not particularly keen on joining a club in an apparent state of turmoil, is going nowhere. Due a major overhaul this summer, United have also held talks with Monterrey’s Mexican midfielder Carlos Rodríguez.

The Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt has caught the eye of Tottenham’s manager, Mauricio Pochettino, whose notoriously parsimonious boss Daniel Levy is likely to be more amenable to paying the £21m release clause on the 23-year-old’s contract when the alternative is taking a far more expensive punt on a certain injury-prone Welsh winger who is surplus to requirements at Real Madrid. Barcelona have decided to cash in their chips on Philippe Coutinho following the Brazilian’s underwhelming sojourn at the Camp Nou. Chelsea, Manchester United, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are forming an orderly queue for his services.

Following Gonzalo Higuain‘s failure to pull up any trees while on loan at Chelsea from Juventus, the Argentinian is likely to be sent back to Juventus. The future of Maurizio Sarri, the man who brought him to Stamford Bridge, also remains up in the air and the Italian could lose his job even if Chelsea win the Europa League. The Watford manager, Javier Gracia, is being considered as a potential replacement should Sarri be handed his P45. And finally, Rafael Benítez will hold talks with Mike Ashley about his future – or lack of one – at Newcastle on Thursday, while West Brom remain hopeful that Chris Hughton will take the vacant manager’s job at the Hawthorns.

Sport Witness

Midfielder speaks about contact with West Ham, will travel to England next week

Rynninges midfielder Viktor Hallin has spoken to the Swedish media about the contact he had with West Ham United ahead of his trial with the Premier League club next week.

The 17 year old reportedly impressed the Hammers whilst playing for the Örebro club when the London side sent scouts to Sweden.

Fotboll Direkt have reported on comments the young midfielder made to NA.se when quizzed about the interest from West Ham: “It’ll be a lot of fun, I’m very happy. I talked to them days after they were here, and they said they liked my ability to push the ball forward at speed and getting forward. That’s what they saw immediately.”

It’s reported Hallin will travel to London on Sunday ahead of his week’s trial with the English club’s reserve team. It’s also been revealed the youngster will take part in a game whilst in the country.

This will be a big jump for the young Swede with his club currently playing in the Swedish third division.

Hallin only signed professional forms for Rynninges at the start of the year and made his debut for the Swedish club earlier this season.

The player will turn 18 years old next month.


West Ham United outlined as the next home of Porto’s Moussa Marega

by Luke Glanville

Portuguese sports outlet A Bola have reported that Porto striker Moussa Marega will leave in the summer with Manuel Pellegrini’s West Ham United outlined as his next home.
What’s the word, then?

The Malian international has always wanted a move to the Premier League and will depart the Estadio do Dragao this summer if his €40million release clause can be met, most likely to east London.

Marega is a 28-year-old pacey, physical striker who best operates just behind or to the right of the centre-forward.

The man firmly in the peak years of his career got his big move in early summer 2016 when he was picked up by one of the biggest clubs in Portugal whilst playing for Vitoria Guimaraes SC, impressing hugely and catching the eye since.
Smart thinking

It seems like Hammers co-owners David Gold and David Sullivan are finally using their brains when hunting for a new striker, unlike many previous transfer windows.

The West Ham recruitment team have already identified Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez and Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic as two attacking targets – in that order.

However, by seemingly adding a third option to the table, they’re ensuring that they’ll end up with at least one decent forward by the start of August instead of putting all their eggs in one basket chasing a single player.

The East Londoners will definitely need to bolster their striker ranks this summer with the possibility of exits for Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll, Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez.

Of course, they’ll want to sign either or both of Gomez and Mitrovic before the start of the new season, but if they can’t get either, Marega is a capable alternative.

Marega has proved himself on the biggest stage in Europe, scoring six and assisting two in this season’s UEFA Champions League as well as contributing to 18 goals in Liga Nos. This, among many other factors, makes him a very attractive option indeed for Pellegrini.

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Mex Martillo 6:52 Fri May 17
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Alwaysaniron 12:56 Thu May 16
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