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Alan 11:49 Fri May 17
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Real Madrid are set to test Liverpool's resolve this summer by making a bid for their Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 26. (Canal+, via Mail)

Eintracht Frankfurt's Serbia forward Luka Jovic, 21, is on the verge of a £52.4m transfer to Real. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona are planning a move for France striker Antoine Griezmann, who has announced he is leaving Atletico Madrid. (Goal.com)

Manchester City are willing to pay the release clause for 28-year-old Griezmann. (Sport, via Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United are interested in signing Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, with the 30-year-old Poland international resisting the German club's attempts to extend his contract beyond 2021. (Kicker, via Express)
Man City and financial fair play

Lyon's 22-year-old France Under-21 forward Moussa Dembele is also a target for United and would cost the Premier League side £40m. (Sun)

Everton will ask for £65m from Paris St-Germain if the French champions want to sign 22-year-old Brazil forward Richarlison. (Star)

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez's agent has held talks with Juventus and Inter Milan and the 30-year-old Chile international would be willing to take a pay cut to in order to secure a move away from Old Trafford.(Corriere dello Sport, via Metro)

Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala's agent says he will leave the Italian club, with Atletico Madrid and Manchester United both interested in signing the 25-year-old. (Mirror)

Chelsea's Spain defender Marcos Alonso, 28, is on Atletico's radar. (AS - in Spanish)

Bayer Leverkusen's Germany forward Julian Brandt, 23, could snub Tottenham and Liverpool in order to stay in Germany. (Sky Germany, via Mirror)

However, Liverpool have made contact with Trabzonspor over a potential deal for 23-year-old Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakır. (Express)

Barcelona are targeting Manchester United's 21-year-old England forward Marcus Rashford as well as two Arsenal strikers - Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 29, and 27-year-old Frenchman Alexandre Lacazette.(Mundo Deportivo)

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha, 26, is prepared to rejoin Manchester United if the Old Trafford club bid for him this summer. (Telegraph)

Alternatively, United will net up to £15m if Palace sell Zaha this summer because of due a lucrative sell-on clause for the Ivory Coast international. (Mail)

Ex-chairman Simon Jordan says the Eagles should sell Zaha this summer and believes £60m would be a fair price. (Talksport)

West Brom's 29-year-old Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon's hopes of a permanent move to Newcastle United hinge on Rafael Benitez staying as manager at St James' Park. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo says 28-year-old Spain forward Rodrigo, a target for Manchester City, will only leave the club this summer if he wants to go. (Manchester Evening News)

The agent of Atletico's Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 25, has confirmed his client's release clause amid reported interest from Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Leeds United want manager Marcelo Bielsa to carry on in his role, despite the club failing to secure promotion from the Championship. (Mirror)

Wolves are planning a summer move for Reading's 18-year-old English forward Danny Loader. (Football Insider, via Birmingham Mail)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

The Premier League is the best league in the world again, which simply will not do as far as Spain’s big clubs are concerned. Luckily they’ve come up with a cunning plan to redress the balance: sign all the good players in England. Foolproof. They’ll never see them coming.

Manchester United simply won’t be able to resist when Barcelona swoop in for Marcus Rashford. Arsenal will just stand by when the Catalan giants make off with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette. Atlético Madrid want Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso. Liverpool will wave the white flag when Real Madrid snatch Mo Salah, who will be delighted to meet new teammate Sergio Ramos.

Real are also closing in on Eintracht Frankfurt goal ace Luka Jovic, while Atlético are eyeing up Lacazette as a replacement for Antoine Griezmann, who’s widely expected to join Barça this summer.

But maybe it isn’t going to be one-way traffic. Perhaps the Mill was too hasty. It’s not all doom and gloom. It says here that United are going to sign Thomas Partey from Atlético, who also won’t be able to keep Rodrigo away from Manchester City’s clutches. And get this: City are planning to rival Barça for Griezmann and are prepared to trigger the Frenchman’s release clause. Perhaps the Premier League will be able to stomach the loss of Alonso after all.

Liverpool are planning a summer clearout. They’ll sell Marko Grujic to Hertha Berlin for £20m, while they’ll also listen to offers for Harry Wilson, Nathaniel Clyne and Simon Mignolet.

United, in desperate need of some fresh blood, have contacted Bayern Munich about a deal for Robert Lewandowski, 31 in August. There’s no getting the better of the Red Devils! Ole Gunnar Solskjær also wants some new full-backs and is eyeing Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka and, er, Patrick Van Aanholt. Tottenham’s Kieran Trippier is also on Solskjær’s shortlist.

Newcastle want to sign Salomón Rondón from West Brom, but he’ll only make his loan move permanent if Rafa Benítez remains on Tyneside.





C&H

Hammers rubbish Carroll story

A senior West Ham insider has this morning completely rubbished a story marked Exclusive by Andy Dillion in the Sun newspaper which suggested that the Hammers were about to perform an incredible U-turn on Andy Carroll.

The Sun published a quote they claimed was from a club insider which said: “There’s an argument for it. Any deal would be structured completely differently to the current one. A minimal basic salary plus heavily incentivised payments in return for starts and goals and things like that. That would put the onus on him to be fit and ready.

“There is sympathy for the player. The club has grown tired of all the setbacks but if he can stay fit and it costs West Ham next to nothing, there’s not much to lose. There have been early discussions about it at the club. But if I were Andy or advising him, I’d probably be thinking it would be wise to stay at West Ham.”

However, our senior club source speaking exclusively to Claret and Hugh this morning by Email said “The story is untrue and is based on Zero facts”




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Thanks Alan 4:43 Sat May 18
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 11:58 Fri May 17

Texas Iron 6:19 Fri May 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...
Senior Club Source = Tea Lady...???

Takashi Miike 11:58 Fri May 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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