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Alan 12:39 Mon May 27
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley has agreed to sell the club for £350m to the cousin of Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour. (Sun)

Barcelona target Matthijs de Ligt, 19, will make a decision on his future after the Netherlands' Nations League games - and the Ajax defender says he does like the Premier League. (ESPN)

Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel says he cannot guarantee Brazil forward Neymar, 27, and 20-year-old France striker Kylian Mbappe, will be at the French champions next season - but he wants them to stay. (Sky Sports)

PSG have discussed a move for Liverpool's 33-year-old English midfielder James Milner, whose contract with the Reds expires next year. (Le Parisien, via Metro)

Manchester City have entered the race to sign £40m-rated Monaco player Youri Tielemans, while Leicester also want the 22-year-old Belgium midfielder, who was with them on loan this season. (Sun)

Manchester City and Manchester United will compete to sign Portugal defender Joao Cancelo if Juventus' new manager decides the 25-year-old can leave the Serie A champions. (Tuttosport, via Mirror)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane wants to keep Spain defender Sergio Ramos at the La Liga club next season, despite interest in the 33-year-old from Liverpool, Manchester United and teams in China. (Marca - in Spanish)

Stoke City have told £12m Burundi striker Saido Berahino they are cancelling his contract following his conviction for drink-driving earlier this month. (Mail)

Italy's 19-year-old midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, who has been linked with Tottenham, says he is optimistic about signing a new deal that will keep him at Serie A side Roma. (Calciomercato, via Express)

Tottenham have been told they will have to pay £20m for Leeds United's 18-year-old English winger Jack Clarke. (Mirror)

PSG's owners were reportedly interested in investing in Leeds United but the Championship club's owner, Andrea Radrizzani, does not intend to sell a stake in the Elland Road club for at least a year. (Times - subscription required)

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 29, has said he has been reassured he has a future at Manchester United. (Express)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has told former Germany and Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng, 30, that he can leave the Bundesliga champions. (Bild - in German)

Algeria and former Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid, 26, wants to return to the Premier League this summer rather than sign a new deal with French side Dijon. (L'Equipe - in French)

Ex-Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is yet to decide where his next managerial role will be after being sacked by the Old Trafford club in December. (Sky Sports)

Spurs striker Harry Kane is expected to fly to Madrid with his team-mates on Wednesday as the 25-year-old England captain bids to prove his fitness for Saturday's Champions League final against Liverpool. (Mail)

Chelsea's France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 28, could miss Wednesday's Europa League final against Arsenal after suffering a knee injury in training. (Guardian)

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Nick Ames

Here’s some grim news for anyone who fancies a quiet life. Newcastle’s slow-burning takeover saga could be about to conclude, with the Dubai-based billionaire Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan reportedly set to be on the verge of releasing them from their Mike Ashley-shaped yoke. He is a half-brother of the Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour, and Newcastle are yet to deny that a deal is afoot, offering nothing more than a “no comment”. Just remember to log out of Twitter, and perhaps all of the internet, when we are all discussing their duopoly at the top of the league in five years’ time.

Meanwhile, who can possibly beat a good homecoming? Paul Pogba certainly enjoyed it when, in that Stormzy-orchestrated big reveal, he returned to the place – one of the places – he knows and loves back in August 2016. A shame it hasn’t worked out so well, then, but the Manchester United midfielder might have a convenient escape valve at hand. What about another magnificent return, but this time to Juventus? It could be a goer: the Old Lady would consider offering Paulo Dybala and Alex Sandro, two players who could help speed Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s deep clean up a bit, in return for their former hero. That could be enough to pip a procrastinating Real Madrid to the prize.

Real could do with getting shot of Gareth Bale before another big name comes in, but that might prove tricky. Everyone knows they’re making eyes at Eden Hazard, but Christian Eriksen – who only has a year left on his Spurs contract – is also setting their tongues wagging. Swap deal with Spurs for Bale, in a continuation of our returning-legend theme? It looks unlikely but presumably something will have to clear the logjam.

A player Real and United would both like is the outstanding Napoli centre-back, Kalidou Koulibaly. But Carlo Ancelotti has scotched that one: the Serie A club’s boss has said he will stay for another season, unless somebody ponies up around £132m. United might turn their attention to the more affordable young Benfica defender Rúben Dias.

It hasn’t worked yet with Neymar, so who would Paris Saint-Germain like to bring them that elusive Champions League prize? It’s James Milner, of course: a report claims Thomas Tuchel would love the versatile Liverpool veteran to come and teach his lads a thing or two about European success once his contract has run down after the Champions League final. Filipe Luís, the burly Atletico Madrid full-back, could be enlisted to add further steel.

Where are Manchester City in all this early transfer posturing? They’re locked in a dark room with Leroy Sané, apparently, and no one is leaving until he’s agreed to sign a new deal rather than join Bayern Munich. But Sane knows he isn’t one of Pep Guardiola’s go-to guys these days and the sense is that he would like to try his luck anew as a main man in Bavaria. Could Sané and Callum Hudson-Odoi, whose Chelsea future remains unclear, become the new Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery?

Grim news for Everton, meanwhile, with West Ham reported to have bid £18m for André Gomes, the Barcelona midfielder who pulled the strings on loan at Goodison last season. Marco Silva is desperate to get his man nailed down permanently so needs to show his hand – with Spurs also waiting in the wings to snaffle up the Portugal star. Mauricio Pochettino is an admirer, although he is strongly in for the Real Betis schemer Giovani Lo Celso, who could cost a princely £52m.

Sport Witness

West Ham need to offer €5m more to enter into serious talks for summer target

Sdna.Gr report Olympiacos are facing difficulties extending Kostas Fortounis’ contract beyond June 2020.

The 26-year old, who has recently been linked with a move to West Ham United, was said to be on the verge of agreeing a new three-year contract with the Greek giants but Sdna report a deal isn’t straightforward.

It’s claimed West Ham have offered €10m for the Greek playmaker but Olympiacos informed the Premier League side they will only enter into transfer talks for bids above €15m.

Fortounis and Olympiacos have reportedly held contract talks in the last two months and they’ve yet to agree on a new deal for the player.

It’s reported it’s still likely the 26 year old will remain in Athens but there’s a small possibility he could leave the club before the start of the new season.

West Ham could face competition form Premier League new boys Norwich City after they were linked with the Greek international last month.

Fortounis was in impressive form for his club last season with his side coming second to PAOK in the Greek Super League, scoring 12 goals.


Hammers set to move up their Gomes bid

West Ham are ready to raise their offer for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes who spent an impressive loan spell at Everton last season.

A top ClaretandHugh senior source has already told us by e mail that Gomes is a player they like very much and accept that £18 million won’t get him.

Now the club is doing its sums and could be ready to go as high as £25 million for the Portuguese international star to whom Manuel Pellegrini is attracted.

Personal terms will be relatively easy to settle with Andy Carroll leaving and the near 90k he earned topped up by another £10k a week or so.

Pellegrini is desperately keen to bring the player in and so far the club has answered every call he has made.

The Times reported that the player has become his priority signing and it seems unlikely the Irons will let him slip away.

Barca are believed to want around £30 million but £25m could clinch a deal.

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