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Alan 11:49 Thu May 30
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Atletico Madrid have made an offer of £71m for Leicester City's England defender Ben Chilwell, 22, but will face competition from Manchester City. (Sun)

Meanwhile, the Foxes' 22-year-old English midfielder James Maddison is attracting interest from Tottenham. (Mirror)

Manchester United's England defender Ashley Young, 33, could link up with former club and international team-mate Wayne Rooney at Major League Soccer side DC United. (Manchester Evening News)

United's Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, has been told he can leave Old Trafford for Inter Milan. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain are in discussions with Barcelona to bring in France forward Ousmane Dembele 22, as part of a swap deal for 27-year-old Brazil striker Neymar, who would return to his former club. (RAC1 Sport)

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, 23, is a £70m target for Liverpool, while Manchester United and Paris St-Germain are also interested in the Ivory Coast international. (Star)

Bayern Munich have made an £80m bid to sign Juventus' 25-year-old Argentina forward Paulo Dybala. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Watford's Spanish manager Javi Gracia is on a five-man shortlist to replace the outgoing Rubi at Espanyol. (Marca - in Spanish)

Lyon's French left-back Ferland Mendy, 23, is set to join Real Madrid. (AS - in Spanish)

RB Leipzig and France Under-21 centre-back Dayot Upamecano, 20, is wanted by Arsenal.(ESPN)

Ajax's 19-year-old Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt is attracting interest from Real Madrid. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Valencia's Spain forward Rodrigo Moreno, 28, and Girona's Uruguay forward Cristhian Stuani, 32, are targets for Barcelona. (Marca)

West Brom have held a second round of talks with Wolfsburg's German boss Bruno Labbadia as their search for a head coach continues. (Express & Star)

Belgium's former Wigan and Everton manager Roberto Martinez is not an option for Barcelona if the La Liga champions dismiss their Spanish coach Ernesto Valverde. Spaniard Martinez has been strongly linked with the Nou Camp job. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester City's English winger Patrick Roberts, who spent last season at Girona in Spain, is joining Premier League newcomers Norwich City on loan for the 2019-20 season. The 22-year-old has made one league appearance for City. (Telegraph)

Cypriot side Apollon Limassol want Rangers' 31-year-old Northern Ireland forward Kyle Lafferty. (Daily Record)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Assorted Spanish media outlets the Rumour Mill pretends to take an interest in but doesn’t really say Atlético Madrid want to sign a certain Leicester City left-back. “Ben Chilwell serait sur les tablettes des Colchoneros,” say AS and Cadena Sur, identifying the 22-year-old as a possible £70m replacement for Lucas Hernandez, who has left the Spanish capital for pastures new at Bayern Munich. With Manchester City also interested, the Premier League champions will almost certainly sign the England international.

Declan Rice has dismissed rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United, telling reporters his “focus is fully on playing for West Ham”. The England international, whose focus used to be fully on playing for the Republic of Ireland, pointed out his “great connection” with the fans at the London Stadium. “I love them, they love me,” he said. “That’s the way it is at the moment. I’m not thinking about anything else.” Never change, Declan.

Reports from Spain say Lyon’s Nabil Fekir, who came this close to joining Liverpool last summer, could be the subject of a bidding war between Chelsea and Manchester City . Heading for the City exit door, Fabian Delph, could find a new home at West Ham, who will have to pay up to £15m to secure the midfielder’s services. Harry Maguire remains a wanted man at City, but Leicester are reluctant to sell their talismanic defender before they’ve enlisted a replacement. They want Lewis Dunk, but Brighton are not keen on selling their talismanic defender before they’ve enlisted a replacement. According to the Manchester Evening News, Portsmouth central defender Matt Clarke is the key to this very complex equation.

Antonio Conte hasn’t yet been named Inter manager, but is already gyrating suggestively in the direction of Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, who is unloved at Old Trafford but also wanted by Juventus. In the very unlikely event United are reluctant to let the Belgian international go, Conte will turn his attention to Roma hitman Edin Dzeko.

Back at Leicester, James Maddison has caught the eye of Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino and could be the subject of a bid once they’ve got the small matter of Saturday’s Champions League final out of the way.

And finally, Aston Villa manager Dean Smith is ready to return to his old stomping ground of Griffin Park to sign Brentford striker Neal Maupay. Burnley, Sheffield United, Brighton and Norwich City are also interested in the 22-year-old Frenchman, who could go for as much as £20m.

The World Game

Six clubs in the mix for $27 million man Mooy

Lifelong Huddersfield Town fan turned owner Phil Hodgkinson is facing his first big decision since taking charge of the recently relegated club - exactly what price tag to place on prized asset Aaron Mooy.

Under previous owner Dean Hoyle - who retains a 25 percent stake in the club and a seat on the board after stepping down earlier this month - the Terriers’ valuation of the Socceroos midfielder soared as high as $75 million.

However, the prevailing wisdom now is that Hodgkinson, who cannot afford to retain the club’s top earner for life back in the Championship, will likely ask around $27 million for the 28-year-old who has a year left on his contract.

Mooy is on wanted lists of Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Ham United, Watford and Newcastle United, with Southampton and Leicester City also in the mix.

Despite the interest, no firm offers have been tabled for the man Huddersfield signed on a permanent deal from Manchester City two years ago for a then-club record $20 million (including add-ons).

According to sources in the UK there appear to be three likely outcomes to the Mooy situation.

1. He looks certain to be leaving the John Smith’s Stadium in the northern summer.

2. He is set to again be playing in the Premier League next season.

3. Any transfer deal is likely to comfortably eclipse the previous record for an Australian player, which Mooy set himself in 2017.

Should Hodgkinson be tempted to dilly-dally in deciding how best to divest himself of the club’s key commodity, coach Jan Siewert, who succeeded compatriot David Wagner in January, will likely be in favour of bringing the matter to a swift conclusion.

Siewert is keen to set about the rebuilding process, albeit with a vastly reduced budget to play with. Cash from the sale of Mooy will help facilitate that project.

Mooy, too, will be eager to secure his future after a season marked by the frustration of his side finishing bottom of the pile with just 22 points.

Despite suffering a mid-season knee injury which ruled him out of the AFC Asian Cup, Mooy still managed 29 Premier League appearances, with three goals and an assist.


Tottenham drop interest in Barcelona playmaker Andre Gomes with Everton left to fight out with West Ham for Portugal star

Tottenham will no longer be making a move for Barcelona star Andre Gomes
The Portugal international impressed last season on loan with Everton
Gomes is deemed surplus to requirements at Barca who will cash in on him
Spurs will instead turn their attention to Leicester City's James Maddison

By Danny Gallagher

Tottenham have dropped their interest in Barcelona's Andre Gomes, paving the way for Everton and West Ham to battle for the playmaker's signature.

Spurs had been monitoring the situation with the 25-year-old, who impressed last season during a loan spell with the Toffee.

Sportsmail understands that Mauricio Pochettino's side will no longer follow up on their interest in Gomes, who appears destined to switch permanently to the Premier League.

West Ham made an opening move for the Portugal international earlier in the week, by tabling an £18million offer to Barca.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has identified the Gomes as a priority signing this summer and the club acted fast to try and get a deal over the line before being locked into a bidding war with Everton.

The offer was rejected by the Spanish giants, who are holding out for a fee closer to the £30m mark.

Everton are now expected to make a move for the player, who turned out for them 29 times last season.

Gomes joined Barcelona from Valencia in July 2016 and has two years remaining on his contract at the Nou Camp.

After abandoning a move for Gomes, Spurs are now set to focus their efforts on prising highly-rated England youngster James Maddison away from Leicester.

The midfielder flourished in his first season at the King Power stadium and racked up seven goals and seven assists following his £22.5million arrival from Norwich.


West Ham and Wolves target Keita Balde open to Premier League move

Giuseppe Labellarte

The Senegal international is on Monaco's books but is reportedly not expected to make a permanent switch to on-loan club Inter Milan.

A player believed to have previously been on the radar of West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers has made himself open to a Premier League move, according to a report.

Sky Sports News has claimed that Senegal attacker Keita Balde, who is on the books at Monaco, is not expected to turn his loan tenure at Inter Milan into a permanent move this summer.

Keita began his Nerazzurri stint in August last year but his time at San Siro was not particularly fruitful, with just five goals and three assists in 30 games in all competitions (Transfermarkt).

In comparison, his time at Lazio yielded 31 goals and 26 assists in 137 appearances (Transfermarkt), testament to his talent and prowess as an attacking ace.

Inter, who will reportedly appoint Antonio Conte as manager on a three-year deal, have an option to buy the 24-year-old but are said to be restricted in what they can spend this summer.

In November last year, Tuttomercatoweb issued two separate reports, the first linking Keita to Wolves and the second deeming West Ham to have also had an interest in the player.

The Sky Sports report says Keita still has three years left on his contract with the Ligue 1 club and is valued between £22million and £26million.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Side of Ham 6:46 Thu May 30
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Mooy money than sense eh Tex?

Texas Iron 5:22 Thu May 30
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Chilwell... 71million...

World's gone mad...!!


Thanks Alan 4:52 Thu May 30
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bill green 1:41 Thu May 30

thecockneyboy 4:41 Thu May 30
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bill green 1:41 Thu May 30
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Thanks Alan

The Stoat 12:51 Thu May 30
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Thanks Alan

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