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Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Alan 1:21 Fri May 24
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal are all interested in signing 27-year-old Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, who is not expected to stay at Bayern Munich after his loan deal from Real Madrid ends this summer. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has confirmed the Bundesliga champions' interest in Manchester City's Germany winger Leroy Sane. (Suddeutsche Zeitung - in German)

City are preparing themselves for a bid for the 23-year-old from the German giants which would break their transfer record. (Mail)

Arsenal want to sign winger Ryan Fraser, 25, after the Europa League final, but Bournemouth want £30m for the Scotland international. (Independent)

Tottenham have contacted Real Madrid in an attempt to start negotiations over midfielder Marco Asensio, 23, but have been told Spain international is not for sale. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester United remain interested in signing France's 24-year-old midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who is set to leave Paris St-Germain on a free transfer during the summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United have improved a £12m-a-year deal offered to Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt and are hopeful the 19-year-old Dutch centre-back will sign for them. (Sport, via Express)

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has told Marseille and Roma that his main priority is agreeing a new contract at St James' Park after being approached about their managerial vacancies. (Chronicle)

The Magpies are weighing up making a move for CSKA Moscow right-back Mario Fernandes, with Atletico Madrid also interested in the Brazil-born Russia international. (Star)

Four players - Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, 29, 26-year-old Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, Spanish midfielder Juan Mata, 31, and 29-year-old Argentina defender Marcos Rojo - are likely to leave Manchester United this summer. (Mirror)

Inter Milan will offer £30m plus Croatia winger Ivan Perisic, 30, for Lukaku. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Lukaku fears Manchester United's £70m asking price for him will scupper a move to Inter Milan, who are prepared to pay about £50m for him. (Mirror)

Lukaku's former club Everton will get £5m if the striker leaves Manchester United before his contract with the Old Trafford club expires in 2022. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester City want £15m for midfielder Fabian Delph, with a number of Premier League clubs interested in the 29-year-old. (Sun)

Championship side Leeds United are also interested in bringing England international Delph back to the club where he began his professional career. (Star)

Napoli are favourites to sign Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier, 28, and the England international will be allowed to leave for the right offer. (Independent)

Manchester United are expected to sign 16-year-old Dutch forward Dillon Hoogewerf after he left Ajax's youth set-up. (Metro)

Arsenal are one of several clubs tracking Reading's English striker Danny Loader, 18. (Goal)

Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers is considering a reunion with winger Patrick Roberts, who he managed during the 22-year-old's loan spell at Celtic. The Englishman is available for a cut-price £4m from Manchester City. (Sun)

Fulham have identified Newcastle's £20m-rated English forward Dwight Gayle, 28, and Nottingham Forest's 26-year-old DR Congo striker Britt Assombalonga as replacements for Aleksandar Mitrovic, if the 24-year-old Serbia international leaves Craven Cottage this summer. (Evening Standard)

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani says he is in talks with manager Marcelo Bielsa about the Argentine staying on at the Elland Road club after they missed out on promotion from the Championship. (Talksport, via Star)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

A swarm of bees; a herd of deer; a pack of wolves; a kettle of vultures. What, though, is the collective noun for transfers? By common consent it would seem to be a spree, which is what the Sun’s back page suggests that Manchester City are about to indulge in as they “Sheikh it all about” and make yet another serious dent in Abu Dhabi’s oil reserves. Though it then goes on to mention only two incoming transfers, which falls some way short of qualifying as a spree in the Mill’s humble opinion. Let’s not go overboard, linguistically. There must be a minimum of four transfers in a spree. Two transfers are just two transfers, even if they cost £155m.

One of the players in question is Harry Maguire, who is set for yet another summer of being linked with a move to Manchester even if City’s bean counters are reeling at the discovery that Leicester now value him at £90m. Meanwhile Rodri, as regularly touted, could arrive from Atlético Madrid for £65m, with Nicolás Otamendi potentially heading the other way. Meanwhile the Bayern Munich president, Uli Hoeness, says that talks over a deal for Leroy Sané are already under way: “We are dealing with this player,” he said on Thursday.

Manchester United meanwhile are planning a proper spree, with squad-rejuvenating deals for Swansea’s Dan James, Norwich’s Ben Godfrey, Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff and the 18-year-old Stoke defender Nathan Collins all in the pipeline according to the Sun, while Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also wanted and the Mirror reports the imminent arrival of Ajax’s 16-year-old striker Dillon Hoogewerf. The Mirror also claims that Romelu Lukaku is terrified his “Inter dream” will be turned into a nightmare by United’s refusal to accept a massive loss on the £75m they spent on him, with the Italian club willing to offer about £50m. Ed Woodward will apparently “dig in his heels and demand nearer £70m”, putting the entire business in jeopardy. This is mildly disappointing news for Everton, who according to the Times would earn a £5m bonus if a move goes ahead any time before Lukaku’s contract expires in 2022. Heading out of Old Trafford, meanwhile, are Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo and Juan Mata.

Newcastle are weighing up a bid for CSKA Moscow’s Mário Fernandes, who despite being a right-back who will turn 29 in September is nevertheless valued at £26.4m. In similar valuation news, Fulham have slapped a £30m price tag on their Serb striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, an £8m profit on the price they reportedly paid to bring him from Newcastle last summer. They have already decided who they want to replace him with – the London Evening Standard says they fancy forming a fearsome frontline composed of another Newcastle forward in the shape of 28-year-old Dwight Gayle, valued at £20m, and the £15m-rated Middlesbrough goal-getter Britt Assombalonga.

Maurizio Sarri has come up with “a plan to liberate himself” from Chelsea and join Juventus, according to the front page of Friday’s Corriere dello Sport. The evidence they present for this story appears to be a little on the thin side, resting on the fact that the manager’s son, Nicolè, isn’t answering his phone. “Over the last few days his mobile phone has been going crazy – unknown or private numbers – and it does not take a genius to work out what these calls concern,” it writes. “‘Is your father going to Juve?’ Silence. It often works this way: when you’re looking for confirmation, you approach relatives, colleagues, close friends.” This seems to be true, with the Gazzetta dello Sport claiming that while Fabio Paratici, Juve’s sporting director, has indeed met Sarri in London and the Italian remains favourite for the job – hence their main headline, “Juve-Sarri Oh Yes” – contact has also been made with Mauricio Pochettino’s brother.

Sport Witness

No preference so far, after approaches from West Ham, Wolves, Leicester, Sport Witness informed

Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United and Leicester City are interested in signing Victor Camarasa, Sport Witness understands.

Real Betis allowed the midfielder to spend the 2018/19 season on loan at Cardiff City, who were relegated from the Premier League.

However, the Spaniard was one of the few standout players for the Bluebirds during the troubled campaign that saw them win only 10 of their 38 league games.

The 24-yer-old’s performances for the Welsh club didn’t go unnoticed as he’s receiving attention from clubs in England, Germany and Italy.

Earlier this week, there have been reports in the British media talking about Wolves and the Hammers chasing the player and now the Foxes have also joined the transfer race.

Despite reports linking other English clubs, a source close to the player has told Sport Witness the English clubs to have made approaches so far are Wolves, West Ham and Leicester.

The Betis midfielder has no preference as of now, waiting to see how things develop.

The PL trio are likely to face competition from Germany and Italy as he is drawing attention from several clubs across Europe.

Over the 2018/19 season, Camarasa scored five goals and registered four assists in 32 league appearances.


AC Milan star a possibility for West Ham after brawl with teammate

West Ham United are monitoring AC Milan star Franck Kessie, who could be on the move after a fight on the bench with a teammate.

The midfielder has been linked with a move to east London for several seasons now, with Manuel Pellegrini keen to strengthen his engine room.

At just 22, Kessie would be perfect given his expereince of Serie A football.

According to Calciomercato, he has been seemingly pushed to the brink of an exit following an embarrassing and very public fight with teammate Lucas Biglia on the Milan bench during the derby match against Inter back in March.

It is hoped the incident will allow Kessie to move on for a nominal fee.

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Mex Martillo 11:50 Fri May 24
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:58 Fri May 24
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bill green 2:33 Fri May 24
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Thanks Alan

The_Phantom 2:17 Fri May 24
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Thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:37 Fri May 24
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Thanks Alan.

Mr. Burns 1:27 Fri May 24
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Yes AL!

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