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Alan 11:02 Mon May 20
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Pep Guardiola will be given the opportunity to stay in charge of Manchester City for at least the next five years and will earn about £100m as his annual salary will increase from £15m to £20m. (Sun)

Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire, 26, is Guardiola's number one target to replace the out-going Vincent Kompany at the heart of the Manchester City defence. (Mail)

Manchester United's out-of-favour Chile international forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, is looking to cut short his holiday and return to pre-season early in the hope of getting fit and forcing a move away from Old Trafford. (Sun)

France striker Kylian Mbappe, 20, has revealed he could quit Paris St-Germain this summer, which will alert a host of powerful clubs including Real Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City. (Express)

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has said that talks have taken place with France international Antoine Griezmann, with the 28-year-old having said he is leaving Atletico Madrid. (Express)

Belgium international winger Yannick Carrasco, 25, who plays in the Chinese Super League for Dalian Yifang, wants a move to the Premier League and is likely to be a target for Arsenal, who came close to signing him in January. (Sun)

Arsenal are eyeing up a summer move for Saint-Etienne's France Under-19 centre-back William Saliba, 18. (Goal.com)

Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 28, wants to reopen talks with Manchester City in the hope of extending his contract beyond June 2020. (Mail)

Chelsea's France international midfielder N'Golo Kante, 28, is considering a move to Paris St-Germain this summer. (Talksport)

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has given a clear indication Wales forward Gareth Bale's time at the club may be over - saying he would still not have brought the 29-year-old off the bench during Sunday's defeat by Real Betis, even if he had been allowed to make a fourth substitution. (Eurosport)

Bale has told his team-mates he intends to see out the remainder of his contract at Real Madrid and will be happy to stay and 'play golf' if not selected to play. (Radioestadio, via Mail)

Manchester United will only formalise their interest in Lyon's Tanguy Ndombele, 22, when the future of fellow French midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, is clarified. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United could make a move for Stoke City defender Nathan Collins, 18, after a recommendation from former midfielder Darren Fletcher. (Mail)

Lille manager Christophe Galtier has confirmed Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 23, linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Bayern Munich in recent weeks, will leave the club this summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal and Juventus are monitoring Roma's Greek defender Kostas Manolas, 27. (Calciomercato)

Brighton are making progress with their planned appointment of Graham Potter as new manager. (Argus)

Celtic captain Scott Brown, 33, the former Scotland international, admits "a lot of people will be leaving" the club this summer. (Daily Record)

Marseille's World Cup-winning French defender Adil Rami, 33 - partner of former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson - has dismissed rumours that he could be on his way to Major League Soccer. (Goal.com)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

The imminent departure of Vincent Kompany from Manchester City will leave some big boots vacant and the Daily Mail reckons Harry Maguire is the man Pep Guardiola would like to fill them. A longtime Manchester United target, the man some call “Slabhead” was singled out for praise by Guardiola at the end of Leicester’s defeat at the hands of City earlier this month. In a climate where Liverpool saw fit to pay what turned out to be a bargain £75m for Virgil van Dijk, Maguire’s current employers will demand the same or more for a proven 26-year-old England international who has four years left on his current deal.

What now for Gareth Bale, who has been told in no certain terms that he does not have a future at Real Madrid. Despite rumours that he rarely talks to any of his teammates, the Wales international is reported to have told them he is happy to spend the remaining three years of his contract going through the motions on the training ground while working on his short game out on the golf course. Such comments are almost certainly designed to force Real Madrid into offering him a whacking great pay-off so he can do one to Chelsea, Manchester United or Tottenham Hotspur.

Picking up the Ligue 1 player of the year award on Sunday night, Kylian Mbappé used his acceptance speech to hint that he is amenable to a move away from Paris Saint-Germain. “It is maybe the moment to have more responsibilities, maybe at PSG with pleasure, or elsewhere with a new project,” said the 20-year-old striker, putting the likes of Barcelona, Real Madrid and Manchester City on red alert.

Despite rumours that Barcelona’s players don’t particularly want to add Antoine Griezmann to their WhatsApp group, Ernesto Valverde has confirmed that the club have engaged in talks with the Atlético Madrid striker who rejected a move to the Camp Nou last summer.

Closer to home, Arsenal are reading to trigger the £31m release clause in the contract of Roma centre-back Kostas Manolas and are also keeping tabs on the Greek’s teenage Saint-Étienne counterpart, William Saliba. The Gunners also remain interested in Lille winger Nicolas Pépé and the Ligue 1 club’s manager has just confirmed the 23-year-old will leave the club this summer. Manchester United and Bayern Munich are also believed to be interested in offering him a new home.

Ahead of their summer rebuild, Manchester United are being linked with 18-year-old Stoke City defender Nathan Collins and also will attempt to prise midfielder Tanguy Ndombele – a Tottenham Hotspur target – away from Lyon if they can offload Paul Pogba to Juventus or Real Madrid.

West Brom have decided to let Dwight Gayle return to Newcastle, having done their sums and concluded the loanee’s wages are too high. Salomón Rondón, who went the other way when Gayle moved to the Baggies, is a man in much bigger demand. Newcastle’s hopes of signing the combative Venezuelan on a permanent deal appear to be fading, with Wolves and Everton both hitching their skirts in his direction while making seductive cooing noises.

At the Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth are hoping to sign Leeds central midfielder Kalvin Phillips, whose performances under Marcelo Bielsa earned him a place in the Championship team of the season. And finally, to Scotland, where Celtic have announced centre-half Dedryck Boyata is off to Germany to join Hertha Berlin and club captain Scott Brown has declared “a lot of people” will be leaving the Scottish champions this summer.


Young Hammers edged out in Hong Kong semis

West Ham United reached the semi-finals of the HKFC Citi Soccer Sevens in Hong Kong before being edged out by Rangers.

A young Hammers squad featuring the likes of Nathan Holland, Conor Coventry, Joe Powell, Ben Johnson and Dan Kemp had topped their group on Saturday, finishing unbeaten and conceding just one goal in three matches, to set up a quarter-final tie with Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Irons brushed aside the Seagulls 2-0, with goals from winger Kemp and attacking midfielder Louie Watson, to reach the last four at the 20th edition of the annual post-season competition.

However, after a goalless 14 minutes of normal time, during which the Hammers were roared on by a large and vociferous Claret and Blue Army in the stands, Rangers snatched victory with a golden goal to dash West Ham’s chances of reaching the Cup final for the third time in five years.

The Scottish club would go on to lose 4-3 to Newcastle United, who were crowned overall champions of the popular 16-team tournament in Happy Valley.

While they were ultimately unable to bring the trophy home, the Hammers could be proud of their overall performance, with Holland scoring four goals and registering two assists in five matches, captain Coventry leading by example and defender Johnson showing further signs of the talent which earned him a first-team debut at Manchester City in February.

Elsewhere, guest player and Academy coach Carlton Cole was part of the Singapore Cricket Club team which reached the Main Plate semi-final of the Masters competition before being beaten 1-0 by Kerry Yau Yee League Select.


West Ham's pursuit of David Okereke confirmed, face competition from 'so many' clubs

Olly Dawes

West Ham United are keen on Spezia hitman David Okereke.

David Okereke may not be a household name to Premier League fans just yet, but West Ham United supporters may need to start getting familiar with him.

Okereke, 20, has been a sensation with Spezia in Italy's second tier this season, hitting 10 goals and 12 assists in a superb campaign.

The Nigerian is a winger or striker, and with his blistering pace really catching the eye this season, it's no great surprise that he's now attracting major interest.

Tuttomercatoweb reported last week that West Ham want to sign Okereke, seeming taking a real liking to the youngster's displays in Italy.

If West Ham fans brushed off that initial rumour, they may need to take notice now. Spezia sporting director Guido Angelozzi has offered his comments on Okereke's future, confirming several teams want him.

Angelozzi confirmed that West Ham are interested in Okereke, but so are others clubs too, with no numbers in terms of a fee being discussed right now.

“Several teams are looking at him,” said Angelozzi. “West Ham, but not only. There are so many. But no numbers, it's not the time to make assessments,” he added.

With so much interest in Okereke, West Ham would be wise to get a deal done quickly, added a rapid young forward with huge potential to Manuel Pellegrini's attacking options.

Sport Witness

West Ham’s interest in signing midfielder is ‘notable’, courting him, transfer on cards

Yann M’Vila has been linked with a move to the Premier League for much of his career.

When he was a highly rated youngster, it was Arsenal who got the most transfer rumours, and the Gunners links continued for years. He ended up in English football in 2015, on a loan move to Sunderland.

There were attempts to extend that stay, but they fell to pieces as the window closed.

Over the past year or so, West Ham’s name has popped up a few times, and that’s the case again today.

L’Equipe report M’Vila, now 28 years of age, could be leaving Saint-Etienne in the summer transfer window. He’s very close to the manager there, Jean-Louis Gasset, and it’s thought if there’s a change at the top, then the midfielder will look elsewhere.

West Ham’s interest is ‘notable’, although they aren’t the only club following the player.

The Hammers are ‘courting’ him, and with Gasset’s future seriously under question, a transfer is on the cards.

Sport Witness

West Ham and Newcastle ‘have come forward over past few weeks’ for Brazilian forward

With the Premier League season now over, clubs can turn their attention to bolstering their squad, and in West Ham’s case, that means once again finding a striker.

As Javier Hernandez and Lucas Perez likely head towards the exit at London Stadium this summer, that would leave Manuel Pellegrini with just Marko Arnautovic leading the frontline, as long as he also sticks around.

Another club likely to need a striker are Newcastle, as Salomon Rondon (currently on loan) and Ayoze Perez are expected to find moves elsewhere (with the former of the two also linked to West Ham).

According to Corriere dello Sport, both clubs are after the same man, as Club Brugge’s Wesley Moraes will be looking for an upgrade in his career in the coming months.

Lazio are also after the Brazilian, which is where the story comes from, but the Italian newspaper state both the Hammers and the Magpies have ‘come forward over the past few weeks’, according to the player’s agent.

What that entails isn’t revealed, meaning it could be just a chat with the representative, or an offer to the Jupiler Pro League side.

Either way, it appears West Ham and Newcastle are after a physically imposing striker this summer.

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Lee Trundle 5:21 Mon May 20
Re: James Collins let go by Ipswich
I can see JORDI Spence ending up playing in the States, mainly because his missus is likely to become the breadwinner over in Hollywood.

Not sure if he's good enough for the MLS though.

Alex V will be hoping we resign him to start in August.

gph 4:46 Mon May 20
James Collins let go by Ipswich
Dean Gerken and Grant Ward among 10 players released by Ipswich Town

Grant Ward, Dean Gerken and Jonas Knudsen are among the 10 players who will leave Ipswich Town this summer following their relegation to League One, the club have announced.

Jordan Spence, Simon Dawkins, James Collins and Tom Adeyemi have also been released.

Goalkeeper Gerken joined Ipswich from Bristol City six years ago and has gone to make 113 appearances for the club, while Ward featured in 98 matches.

A serious knee injury sustained against QPR in December ruled him out for the rest of the season, and he will now be free to look for a new club when he returns to fitness.

Left-back Knudsen has also been let go, while January signings Collins and Dawkins won't be offered new deals.

Spence and Adeyemi are the other senior professionals who have been told their futures lie elsewhere.

Youngsters Conor McKendry, Chris Smith and Ryley Scott will also be moving on.


Sad day

Texas Iron 4:36 Mon May 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 2:26 Mon May 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:37 Mon May 20

ted fenton 1:37 Mon May 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Queens Fish Bar 11:30 Mon May 20

Lee Trundle 1:26 Mon May 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Seems like 3rd in the Tampax League is better than 3rd in the Premier League, if this is true.


I'd love this to happen. The first female head coach in the Premier League and her first job is to take on probably the most toxic dressing room in the league. What could possibly go wrong?

gph 1:06 Mon May 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Alwaysaniron 12:30 Mon May 20
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Some of these media outlets linking us with players don't half get carried away with the players potential. Half of them we're believed to have an interest in seem to be better than Messi if your believe all you read.

Anyway; thanks Al. A sterling job as always.

Alan 11:35 Mon May 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Guardian Rumour Mill added.

Queens Fish Bar 11:30 Mon May 20
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bill green 11:12 Mon May 20

bill green 11:12 Mon May 20
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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