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Alan 12:51 Tue Jun 4
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Watford boss Javi Gracia is under consideration as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri as Chelsea manager, if the Italian leaves Stamford Bridge to take over at Juventus.(ESPN)

Juve are set to give Sarri a three-year deal worth 7m euros (£6.22m) per season. (Corriere della Sera - in Italian)

Chelsea's Italy midfielder Jorginho, 27, says it would be a "betrayal" for former Napoli boss Sarri to join Juventus. (Standard)

Eden Hazard's hopes of securing a move from Chelsea to Real Madrid by Tuesday have been hampered by Blues manager Sarri's imminent departure. (Evening Standard)

Real are making a final push to sign Belgium forward Hazard, 28, for 120m euros (£107m). The Spanish club are sending a representative to London to meet Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia. (Goal)

And Real are worried Manchester United and Bayern Munich will compete with them to sign Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 26, from Liverpool this summer. (AS - in Spanish)

Manchester City and Manchester United are set to go head to head in a £120m battle to sign Benfica's 19-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Felix. (Mirror)

Juventus want to re-sign United and France midfielder Paul Pogba. The 26-year-old spent four years at the Serie A club between 2012-2016. (Sky Italy)

Manchester United are favourites to sign Leicester City's English midfielder James Maddison, 22, this summer. (Independent)

Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, 22, says Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola told him he was a big admirer of his this season. (Mirror)

Chinese clubs Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG are interested in signing Arsenal's Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and are offering to pay him nearly £300,000 a week. (Times - subscription required)

Nasser Al Khelaifi, who heads Qatar Sport Investment - the owners of Paris St-Germain - is to meet representatives of Leeds United in Doha with a view to buying the Championship club. (L'Equipe - in French)

And Khelaifi is not willing to let Brazil forward Neymar, 27, leave PSG this summer. (Marca)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says Manchester City are "insane" in their valuation of 23-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane, who is wanted by the Bundesliga champions. (Star)

Bayern's honorary president Franz Beckenbauer says he would "wish for nothing more" than for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp to manage his club. (Bild - in German, subscription required)

Meanwhile, Bayern have offered Bayern Leverkusen about £80m for 19-year-old Germany midfielder Kai Havertz. (TZ - in German)

Manchester United have been quoted a fee of 35m euros (£31m) for Lille's French goalkeeper Mike Maignan, 23. (Daily Record)

West Ham have made a £20m bid for Barcelona's 25-year-old midfielder Andre Gomes, who was on loan at Everton last season. (Guardian)

Cardiff City have rejected an £8m bid from Aston Villa for their 29-year-old Philippines goalkeeper Neil Etheridge. (Wales Online)

Bournemouth and Burnley are interested in signing West Brom's English striker Jay Rodriguez, 29. (Express and Star)

Belgium forward Divock Origi, 24, has earned a new long-term contract at Liverpool following his end of season performances. (Mirror)

Ex-Liverpool winger John Barnes says the club's 27-year-old Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk could win the Ballon d'Or this year. (Talksport)

And former Reds captain Steven Gerrard believes winning the Champions League will change 28-year-old current skipper and England midfielder Jordan Henderson's life. (Times - subscription required)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Michael Butler

It’s been a tough few weeks for Arsenal fans. Pipped to fourth place by Tottenham, an expensive and ultimately humiliating trip to Azerbaijan, and their north London rivals reaching the Champions League final has left most Gunners feeling a little jaded. Cue a summer of upheaval, but not necessarily in a good way. One of the few shining lights from last season, Golden Boot joint-winner Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has been offered a whopping £300,000-a-week to join one of Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai SIPG, according to The Times. That would dwarf the £190,000-a-week the 29-year-old is on at the moment, and could be a significant distraction with just two years left on his contract.

To compound problems, one of the club’s best new youngsters, Xavier Amaechi, is also considering leaving, having been left out of the Europa League final matchday squad. Oh, and Stephan Lichtsteiner has left. Welcome to the summer, Arsenal!

Unai Emery will have some money to spend – around £40m – and could blow it all on a couple of players from Sampdoria, the same club that Lucas Torreira arrived from. Dennis Praet and Joachim ‘Julian’ Anderson have both caught the eye of Arsenal scouts, while Milan are also jostling for the central midfielder and centre-back.

Media in Spain are reporting that Real Madrid should have their summer business wrapped up as early as next week, as Zinedine Zidane aims to have everything sorted by the end of the international break. With pre-season starting in a month’s time, a trio of Eden Hazard (£105m), Eintracht Frankfurt’s Luka Jovic (£60m) and Lyon’s Ferland Mendy (around £40m) are all expected to punt balls into the Bernabéu crowd after their respective press conferences.

Mendy in particular is close to his move, with Real doctors reportedly visiting the left-back for a medical in Paris, where he is training with France prior to Saturday’s Euro 2020 qualifier against Turkey.

The Mill has been spared a summer of diligent Google translating after PSG knocked back Barcelona’s enquiry for Neymar with a firm “no.” That refusal comes straight from the top, with PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi unwilling to entertain any offers for the Brazilian, who is apparently the preferred choice of Leo Messi over Atlético’s Antoine Griezmann.

Watford manager Javi Gracia is one of the names linked with the position at Chelsea should Maurizio Sarri depart, with the Italian reportedly offered a three-year deal worth £6.22m per season to manage Juventus.

Elsewhere, Cardiff City have turned down an £8m bid by Aston Villa for keeper Neil Etheridge, while Middlesbrough are concentrating on trying to sign both Newcastle’s Dwight Gayle and Hull’s Kamil Grosicki.


Inter boss Conte eyes Arnautovic and £30m could be enough to tempt West Ham

By Graeme Bryce

INTER MILAN are ready to test West Ham’s resolve to keep Marko Arnautovic.

New Inter boss Antonio Conte sees the Austrian maverick, 30, as the perfect foil for fellow summer targets Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko.

And the Irons could be ready to do business having been linked with West Brom striker Salomon Rondon and Maxi Gomez of Celta Vigo.

Arnie tried to leave for the Chinese Super League in January, only for the Hammers to turn down two bids in excess of £40million.

But they may now be tempted to take £30m for the hitman, who cost them £24m from Stoke in 2017.

Arnautovic, who signed a new £130,000-a-week three-year deal in January, would relish a return to former club Inter, although the Italians could face competition from Serie A rivals Roma.

Arnautovic, 30, spent a season on loan with the Serie A side in the 2009-10 campaign while Jose Mourinho was boss.

His relationship with the West Ham faithful has dramatically deteriorated after his move to China collapsed.

Arnie's form would also fall off a cliff having scored just five league goals from the turn of the year.

Sport Witness

West Ham increase offer to €17m to sign summer target

According to a claim in the Greek media, West Ham United have made another offer to sign Olympiacos attacker Kostas Fortounis.

It’s been reported by Sdna.Gr that West Ham have now offered €17m for the Greek international after reports their initial bid was €8m.

Sdna.Gr say with this offer on the table Olympiacos are likely to sit at the negotiating table with West Ham.

Fortounis is also in talks with his club over a contract extension but Sdna says this new bid, and the prospect of playing in the Premier League, could change the situation for the player.

The 26-year old has been one of the best players in the Greek Super League for the past few seasons and he scored 17 goals during the last campaign.

Fortounis’ current contract with Olympiacos will expire at the end of June 2020 but there are plans to extend this for another three years.

The Boot Room

West Ham in talks to sign Fenerbahce captain

By Will Butcher

BBC Sport have claimed West Ham United have entered talks with the agent of Fenerbahce captain Hasan Ali Kaldirim in a bid to thrash out a bargain move for the left-back.

The 29-year-old is a solid left-back that has played for Fenerbahce since joining the club in 2012 from Kayserispor. He has clocked up an enormous 226 appearances in all competitions.

The 30-time Turkey international is also more than willing to get forward. This season, he has found the back of the net three times and turned provider on a further five occasions.

His decent form in a struggling Fener side this season has caught the eye of West Ham, who may look to bring in a new left-sided defender despite the presence of Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku.

It is believed that Kaldirim a bargain £4.4million release clause in his contract, which expires in 12 months. West Ham are in talks with the player’s agent, and it is believed he is keen on a transfer to the Premier League.

TBR’s view

Kaldirim is a very good signing, especially given the transfer fee required to land his signature.

However, landing Kaldirim will almost certainly see the sale of either England international Cresswell, or Frenchman Masuaku. The latter has been somewhat indifferent since joining the Hammers, and could be offloaded.

Meanwhile, Cresswell has certainly failed to replicate the form that saw win England caps in 2016 and 2017. It is is intriguing to see what plans Manuel Pellegrini has, but the signing of Kaldirim looks to have legs.

Sport Witness

West Ham and Crystal Palace ‘following’ 18-year-old midfielder ‘closely’ – Eagles could be first to make move

As things stand, West Ham appear to be the busiest club in England on the transfer market, signing all of the goalkeepers.

However, it isn’t just shot stoppers they are targeting, as L’Equipe in France claim they, alongside Crystal Palace, are taking an interest in AC Ajaccio’s David Abanda.

The French newspaper posted an article on their website on Tuesday claiming that both the Hammers and the Eagles are ‘following’ the 18-year-old ‘closely’.

David Abanda is the twin brother of Milan left-back Leroy Abanda and has yet to break into the Ligue 2 side’s first-team, but that hasn’t stopped him from catching the eye of the two Premier League clubs last season.

In fact, L’Equipe believe Crystal Palace could be the ones to make the first move, getting in touch with the midfielder’s entourage ‘quickly’.

Abanda scored five goals for Ajaccio’s reserves this season and has a year left on his deal with the Corsican club.

Sport Witness

West Ham planning ‘mega bid’ for defender, one of Pellegrini’s ‘main objectives’ this summer

West Ham’s pursuit of Alaves’ Guillermo Maripan is far from over if La Cuarta in Chile are to be believed.

According to the South American newspaper, the centre-back is one of the Manuel Pellegrini’s ‘main objectives’ this summer for the Hammers, who are currently ‘studying’ the possibility of making a ‘mega bid’ for 25-year-old.

La Cuarta report West Ham are looking to offer $17m (£13.4m) for the defender, having recently wrapped up talks with Alaves for Lucas Perez.

The 30-year-old forward’s return to Spain was announced by the La Liga club on Monday evening, a deal sorted out far quicker than the one for Maripan.

The Chilean outlet explain talks between the two sides have ‘multiplied’ over the past few months, but Alaves are refusing to budge from their stance of ‘release clause or nothing’, meaning €25m.

We’ll have to wait and see what comes of this, but La Cuarta are strongly suggesting West Ham aren’t done and will come back with another bid for Maripan.

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ted fenton 8:21 Tue Jun 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Queens Fish Bar 1:02 Tue Jun 4

bill green 5:48 Tue Jun 4
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Thanks Alan, good to know the 4m left back has legs.

Mex Martillo 4:29 Tue Jun 4
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Thanks Alan

Queens Fish Bar 1:02 Tue Jun 4
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Thanks Alan 1:00 Tue Jun 4

Thanks Alan 1:00 Tue Jun 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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