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Alan 1:12 Thu May 23
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former England and Chelsea captain John Terry, the current Aston Villa assistant boss, is in talks with Middlesbrough about becoming their new manager. (Talksport)

Manchester City are close to signing 24-year-old Portuguese full-back Joao Cancelo, who is valued at 60m euros (£52.9m) by his club Juventus. (Record - in Portuguese)

Atletico Madrid and Napoli are interested in signing Tottenham's England international right-back Kieran Tripper, 28. (Mirror)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, whose contract expires in the summer, has yet to agree a new deal and talks could stretch into next week. (Guardian)

Newcastle United will offer 21-year-old Sean Longstaff, who has been linked with Manchester United, a new deal to keep the English midfielder at the club. (Star)
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Manchester United are preparing to make a move for AC Milan's 20-year-old Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, with uncertainty over 28-year-old Spain keeper David de Gea's future at Old Trafford. (Calciomercato, via Express)

Argentine Sergio Romero, 32, will be promoted to Manchester United's first-choice goalkeeper if De Gea leaves this summer, rather than the Old Trafford club spending big on a replacement. (Mail)

Arsenal head of football Raul Sanllehi says the club had to allow Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 28, to leave on a free transfer to Juventus to "keep the rationality in the salary balance of the team" and "protect the interests of Arsenal". (Telegraph, via Arsenal website)

Crystal Palace striker Christian Benteke, 28, could join fellow Belgian Marouane Fellaini, 31, at Shandong Luneng Taishan after the Chinese Super League club made a £15m offer for him. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham have made a £10m move for Leeds United's 18-year-old English winger Jack Clarke. (Mail)

Everton, West Ham and Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Netherlands and Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman, 29, on loan. (Sky Sports)

Antonio Conte will make a move to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, from Manchester United once the Italian is appointed as Inter Milan manager. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool are closing in on a £200,000 deal to sign Polish goalkeeper Jakub Ojrzynski, 16, from Legia Warsaw. (Liverpool Echo)

Wolves are leading the chase to sign £30m-rated Malian striker Moussa Marega, 28, from Porto. (Mirror)

Burnley will make a club record £15m bid to sign English defender Craig Dawson, 29, from Championship side West Brom. (Sun)

Newcastle, Southampton and Brighton all want to sign winger Harry Wilson, 22, but Liverpool want £25m for the Wales international. (Sky Sports)

Bournemouth are ready to listen to offers for English winger Jordon Ibe, 23. (Mirror)

New Brighton manager Graham Potter wants to sign England Under-20 right-back Reece James, 19, on a season-long loan deal from Chelsea. (Sun)

Premier League clubs made record revenues of £4.827bn in 2017‑18 compared with La Liga's combined revenues of £3.86bn for all 42 clubs in its two divisions for the same period. (Guardian)

Liverpool are having trouble finding suitable opponents for a behind-closed-doors friendly before the Champions League final against Tottenham on 1 June in Madrid. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United Under-23 coach Ricky Sbragia has left the club by mutual consent in what is expected to be the first of a number of changes at Old Trafford during the summer. (Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Captain. Leader. Legend. Next Middlesbrough manager? John Terry could be off to the Riverside Stadium, says Talksport, which reports that the former Chelsea stalwart has held talks with a view to becoming the Championship club’s new manager. In the market for a gaffer following the departure of Tony Pulis, Boro have a few candidates in mind and the man who earned his coaching stripes as an assistant at Aston Villa this season is among them.

Despite being strongly linked with an alliterative summer swoop for the Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Manchester City are this close to securing the scrawl of the Juventus defender João Cancelo, who plays in the same position. Along with Barcelona, City are also keeping tabs on the Benfica midfielder João Félix, who Tuesday’s Rumour Mill led everyone to believe was off to Manchester United or Real Madrid. Hell, it’s almost as if no one is quite sure what’s going on.
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Following a less than stellar season with Tottenham that could still end with him pogoing up and down on a presentation rostrum in Madrid with a Champions League winner’s medal round his neck, Kieran Trippier will leave White Hart Lane. Atlético Madrid and Napoli are being mooted as possible destinations. Meanwhile, Jack Clarke of Leeds is on the verge of becoming Tottenham’s first signing since Lucas Moura rocked up well over a year ago.

Having spent the season on loan at Derby, with whom he has unfinished business in Monday’s Championship play-off final, the 22-year-old Liverpool winger Harry Wilson is up for sale and has turned heads at Newcastle, Southampton and Brighton. Meanwhile in Italy, the soon-to-be-appointed Internazionale manager Antonio Conte will attempt to lure Romelu Lukaku from Old Trafford to San Siro. The Italian side play Empoli in their final game of the season on Sunday and need a win to guarantee Champions League football next season.

The Bournemouth manager, Eddie Howe, is walking around with a Victorian ear trumpet protruding from the side of his head, all the better to hear any offers he might get for the 23-year-old winger Jordan Ibe. Elsewhere on the coast, the new Brighton manager, Graham Potter, is hoping to bring young Chelsea right-back Reece James to the Amex Stadium on a season-long loan, but will probably have to wait until the Court of Arbitration for Sport announces whether Chelsea’s two-window transfer ban will be frozen before discovering if he has any chance of getting him.

Marseille’s midfielder Kevin Strootman is available to anyone who wants to borrow him from the Ligue 1 club and Manchester United, Everton and West Ham have been mentioned as potential suitors. Meanwhile Wolves are hoping to add the £30m-rated Porto striker Moussa Marega to their player portfolio but will have to fend off interest from Roma and West Ham to land the Mali international.

And finally, in what is quite possibly a media conspiracy to make the Mill look even more gullible than usual for reproducing such implausible nonsense, assorted news outlets are saying Burnley are plotting a club record £15m bid for the 29-year-old West Brom defender Craig Dawson. No, really.


Centre forward Sean Adarkwa signs first professional contract

Sean Adarkwa has signed his first professional contract with West Ham United.

The east London-born centre forward has been rewarded for the promise he showed during a breakthrough 2018/19 season with a one-year deal.

Adarkwa, who turned 18 in October, forced his way into the Hammers’ U23 side while still a second-year scholar, making ten Premier League 2 appearances and scoring in victories over Swansea City and Manchester City.

The powerful striker, who has been working closely with Academy of Football coach, mentor and former West Ham and England forward Carlton Cole, is looking to take his game to the next level next term.

“I’m very pleased,” confirmed Adarkwa, who joined the Irons at the age of eleven after being scouted while playing for the Barking and Dagenham district side – the same team which produced the likes of Bobby Moore, Jimmy Greaves, Steve Potts and Paul Konchesky. “I’ve been playing football for a lot of years, starting at the age of six, so it feels good to finally sign on as a professional footballer.

“I am grateful that the Club believes in me and I feel I am ready to push on.

“I’ve watched West Ham since I was young and most of my friends support the Club, so this is great for me and for them!”

The Dylan Tombides Award nominee is a physical centre forward to is able to hold the ball up and bring his teammates into play, is strong in the air and also has an eye for goal – similar to his mentor Cole.

And the teenager, who like Cole has West African ancestry, is enjoying working with someone who scored nearly 70 goals in Claret and Blue.

“It’s really good working with Carlton as he has played at the highest level and he gives me really good tips on things to work on and he’s improved my game,” he confirmed.

“We work on the football side a lot and, in general, there are a lot of down to earth people at the Academy who are just good characters, so there is always a friendly vibe so it’s not hard to interact and learn new things to add to your game.

“Looking ahead to next season, I want to be more aggressive on the pitch, play regularly for the Under-23s and score more goals.”

Having trained with the first-team squad and seen the likes of Declan Rice and Grady Diangana make the grade in recent months, Adarkwa wants to force his own way into Manuel Pellegrini’s thoughts next season.

“Seeing them come through really inspired me and there is a friendly vibe training with the first team, so I didn’t feel any pressure when I was with them,” he revealed.

“I’d like to thank my mother Hannah, my brother Eugene, Tony Appiah and my coaches, especially Carlton, Jack Collison and Mark Phillips with the Under-18s, and Terry Westley, Liam Manning and Steve Potts for giving me opportunities.

“If I keep working hard, hopefully I’ll get my chance.”


Manchester United, Everton and West Ham offered Kevin Strootman

By Kaveh Solhekol

Manchester United, Everton and West Ham have been offered the chance to sign Marseille and Netherlands midfielder Kevin Strootman on loan.

Strootman, 29, was linked with moves to United when David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal were in charge at Old Trafford.

He signed for French club Marseille from Roma for £23m last summer and has been a mainstay in central midfield throughout the season.

But Marseille need to cut costs after disappointing season in which they are sat sixth in Ligue 1 with one round of fixtures left to play.


West Ham leading £10m race for Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne

Danny Owen

Nathaniel Clyne could reportedly leave Premier League runners-up Liverpool with West Ham United and Bournemouth interested.

West Ham United are leading the chase to sign Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne this summer while Bournemouth are keen to bring him back to the Vitality Stadium, according to Goal.

A right-back of 14 England caps, Clyne is facing an uncertain future at Anfield after a number of injury-stricken years that ruined his hopes of making an impact under Jurgen Klopp.

The former Southampton and Crystal Palace star is now behind Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez in the pecking order and started only one Premier League game in the first half of the season before Liverpool sent him out on loan to Bournemouth.

And, according to Goal, Clyne’s time at Merseyside could be coming to an end.

West Ham, who were linked before he joined The Cherries on that short-term deal, are reported to be leading the race this time around.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini could potentially see Clyne as an upgrade on the erratic Ryan Fredericks and veteran Pablo Zabaleta.

Goal adds that he will cost in excess of £10 million. And it seems that Clyne impressed sufficiently during his 14 league appearances for Bournemouth to convince Eddie Howe that he should be snapped up permanently.

Football London

Who is Dani Ceballos? The Real Madrid midfield maestro linked with Tottenham & West Ham transfer

The Spaniard's name has been mentioned with a possible move to the Premier League

By Sam Inkersole

Tottenham have reportedly entered the race for Real Madrid starlet Dani Ceballos.

Zinedine Zidane and Real Madrid are planning a mass cull of their squad this summer and one of those being linked with an exit is midfielder Ceballos, who had been linked with a move to Spurs' London rivals West Ham.

A box-to-box midfielder is on the list of manager Manuel Pellegrini and director of football Mario Husillos want to strengthen this summer and as such, the names linked with moves are starting to fly about but this one came out of nowhere.

Ceballos has been a bit-part player at Real Madrid this season and since Zidane returned as manager at the Bernabeu, has supposedly decided the midfielder is surplus to requirements in the Spanish capital.

Tottenham have now been linked with a potential swap deal involving Christian Eriksen going the other way, with the Dane consistently linked with the Bernabeu having not yet agreed a new contract to stay at Spurs.

What do we know about Ceballos?

The midfielder started his career with Sevilla, joining their youth system at the age of eight in 2004 but was released five years later. He turned out for home town club Utera for a while before being scooped up by Real Betis, who signed him to his first professional contract in 2014 when he was still a youth player.

Ceballos didn't feature whatsoever for the Betis B team before he was handed his first team debut, coming on as a late substitute in a 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad just two months after penning pro terms. He became a regular for the Andalucians the following season in the Segunda Division, playing 33 times and scoring five goals at Betis returned to the top flight at the first attempt.

In October 2015, Betis signed Ceballos to an improved five-year deal until 2020 and he would go on to make 98 appearances for the Spanish side, scoring seven goals.

July 2017 saw the big guns come calling and Real Madrid announced the signing of Ceballos from Betis for a fee believed to be around 18m euros. Ceballos had let his contract run down in Andalucia, forcing the club to accept a lesser offer and the player turned down a switch to Barcelona to sign for Real as well.

Ceballos arrived not long after James Rodriguez had left Madrid to join Bayern Munich. Later in September, he made his first start for the Bernabeu giants and scored a brace in a 2-1 win over Alaves.

He's been a bit part player for Madrid however since his arrival though he did have a major moment in January this year. After being constantly booed by fans of his former employers at Betis, Ceballos lashed in a late free kick to hand Real a 2-1 win in Andalucia.

Internationally, Ceballos has six caps for the Spain senior squad having made his U19 debut in 2014 and working his way up the ladder. Ceballos starred in the U21 Euros in 2017, earning the player of the tournament accolade as the Spaniards finished second in a tournament where teammate Marco Asensio burst on to the scene.

The 22-year-old earned his first full Spain cap in 2018 before netting his first goal for the national side in November of that year.

Why Real Madrid are open to selling Ceballos

This season at Madrid, Ceballos had made just 12 starts and has appeared as a sub in ten more but with Zidane planning a drastic reshaping of the Madrid squad, has apparently been deemed surplus to requirements and could be available for around £20m to the Hammers.

Madrid are being linked with moves for Christian Eriksen, Tanguy N'Dombele and Paul Pogba this summer. Ceballos has been unable to oust Luka Modric and Toni Kroos at the Bernabeu and it's likely to be even tougher next season with the expected new competition, meaning he is more likely than not to depart.

As with most Spanish youngsters, Madrid will probably want a buy-back clause if they do sell the 22-year-old.

Ceballos is likely to cost in the region of £40million, should either Spurs or the Hammers decide to make a move this summer.

Madrid have previous with buying back young stars. It happened with Mariano Diaz when they sold him to Lyon in June 2017 for €8million, only to buy him back a year later for €23million after bagging 18 goals for the French side.

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Texas Iron 10:56 Thu May 23
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Mex Martillo 10:32 Thu May 23
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Thanks Alan

Queens Fish Bar 10:11 Thu May 23
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ted fenton 9:20 Thu May 23

ted fenton 9:20 Thu May 23
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Thanks Alan.

gph 1:20 Thu May 23
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David L and Chopper Toshack are going to be overjoyed at the prospect of an admirer of Carlton Cole leading our line...

Thanks, Alan

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