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Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal has hinted the club could try to sign Arsenal's Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, in the summer. (Mirror)

Manchester City think they will be first choice if 32-year-old Argentina forward Lionel Messi decides to leave Barca on a free transfer at the end of the season. (Manchester Evening News)

Barcelona and Real Madrid have joined Manchester United in the battle to sign Aston Villa and England midfielder Jack Grealish, 24. (Sun)

Wolves are preparing themselves for record-breaking bids for Spanish winger Adama Traore, 24, during the summer transfer window. (Telegraph)

Chelsea and Manchester United are set for a summer battle to sign Borussia Dortmund's England forward Jadon Sancho, 19. (Sun)

The two clubs are also set to go head to head for the signature of Lyon's 23-year-old French forward Moussa Dembele. (Mirror)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta wants to sign two midfielders and a defender at the start of the summer transfer window before Euro 2020 gets under way. (Mail)

Liverpool and Manchester United's hopes of signing Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, could hinge on 27-year-old Brazil international Philippe Coutinho's future at Bayern Munich. (Mirror)

Jorginho's agent predicts that clubs will bid for the 28-year-old Italy midfielder this summer, which puts his future at Chelsea in doubt. (Mail)

Ukraine winger Andriy Yarmolenko, 30, is facing a battle for his future at West Ham United as he returns from injury, with boss David Moyes wanting to build around younger players. (Standard)

Roma and Turkey winger Cengiz Under, 22, is on Tottenham's radar, but the club will only make a move if they qualify for the Champions League. (Gunes, via Mail)

Manchester City are facing a frustrating wait in their efforts to stop winger Leroy Sane leaving for Bayern Munich this summer after the 24-year-old Germany international changed agents. (Telegraph)

Liverpool's Spanish goalkeeper Adrian, 33, is a possible summer target for former club Real Betis. (Mail)

Crystal Palace will tell manager Roy ­Hodgson they are committed to ­bringing in players this summer as the former England boss seeks assurances over their transfer plans amid his contract standoff. (Standard)

Palace will renew their interest in CSKA Moscow and Russia striker Fyodor Chalov, 21, in a bid to make Hodgson stay. (Star)

Former West Ham captain Kevin Nolan, 37, will return to the club as a first-team coach. (Sun)

Barcelona could sign Getafe's Spanish striker Angel Rodriguez, 32, as an emergency replacement for the injured Ousmane Dembele, if they can prove the 22-year-old France winger will be out for more than five months. (Marca)

Manchester City and Manchester United are both keen on Birmingham City's 16-year-old English midfielder Jude Bellingham. (Sun)

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Barry Glendenning

Cutting an increasingly grumpy figure at Barcelona, where he has made headlines after very publicly criticising the club’s sporting director (and his former team-mate) Eric Abidal, Lionel Messi has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave the club for free come season’s end should he so desire. While such a scenario is extremely unlikely, not least because he is the one figure at Camp Nou who is considered truly indispensable, speculation abounds regarding where the disaffected Argentinian might go next should his rattle come sailing out of the pram in a parabolic arc. Needless to say, suits at Manchester City are reported to be monitoring the 32-year-old’s situation with interest, in an unsurprising state of affairs considering his past relationship with Pep Guardiola and the fact they are one of very few clubs on the planet who can actually afford a man of his talents.

City are also being linked with Birmingham City prodigy Jude Bellingham, with tabloid reports suggesting they sent scouts to run the rule over the 16-year-old midfielder during his side’s FA Cup fourth round replay win over Coventry on Tuesday night. Already the subject of interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, Bellingham is valued at no less than £30m.

Elsewhere in the midlands and worth at least twice that amount, Aston Villa skipper Jack Grealish is also wanted by United, who will have to fend off interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid, among others, if speculation in today’s back pages is to be believed. With the staff in what passes for their recruitment department apparently selecting transfer targets by throwing darts at a series of Panini stickers randomly stuck to a wall, United are also eyeing up Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz and Lyon striker Moussa Dembélé. Liverpool also want German international Havertz, while former Fulham and Celtic striker Dembélé has turned heads at Chelsea.

With their own Dembélé, Ousmane, ruled out for the season with a thigh injury, Barcelona are in dire need of attacking options, what with Luis Suárez also being sidelined for the foreseeable future. Restricted to signing free agents or players currently plying their trade in Spain in the even of an emergency, they have identified Getafe striker Ángel Rodríguez as their main target. “For us, Angel would be an important loss, but we are prepared for that situation,” said Getafe president Ángel Torres Sánchez. “We have no news of this interest of FC Barcelona.” The names of Cristhian Stuani (Girona), Willian José (Real Sociedad) and Loren Moron (Real Betis) have also been mentioned as potential recruits.

Back in Blighty, Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta likes the cut of Feyenoord’s Dutch born, Turkish U-21 midfielder Orkun Kökçü‘s jib and will endeavour to bring him to the Emirates this summer. Elsewhere in north London, José Mourinho is eyeing up Cengiz Ünder, Roma’s fully fledged Turkish international right-winger. Light on goalscorers, Crystal Palace hope to make a summer move for CSKA Moscow striker Fyodor Chalov, and in doing so may appease Roy Hodgson and convince him to sign a new deal.


Fresh West Ham takeover rumours surface

Fresh West Ham takeover rumours have surfaced in the last twenty-four hours with a prominent football social media account suggesting that a Saudi Arabia prince and/or Red Bull were keen on buying the Hammers.

Twitter account @IndyKaila with nearly 300,000 followers claimed “Credible source telling us that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman could turn his attention to West Ham as he is facing difficult issues at Newcastle. The source also stating that Red Bull are also keen on WHUFC Watch this space..”

The fresh claims lack credibility with potential investors unlikely to buy a football club whose Premier League status next season is in doubt. Any takeover interest would undoubtfully wait until the summer at the earliest when West Ham’s league status is known.

The Saudi Arabia Investment fund is widely reported to be part of a consortium hoping to buy Newcastle for £340m so perhaps it is easy to link them to other clubs, Redbull has long been linked with interest with the Hammers despite denying it publicly several times. In 2017 Redbull’s group’s global head of football, Oliver Mintzlaff flatly denied any suggestion they had made a West Ham £650m takeover bid saying Red Bull are not currently looking to add to its portfolio of football clubs.

“I should really know about this in my function because I’d be actively involved in it,” Mintzlaff told German magazine Kicker at the time

“But I am not involved. Thus, I can completely rule it out. We continue to focus on our investments at our current clubs.”

West Ham co-chairman David Sullivan did said in 2016 “We, the current owners, have no desire to sell the club unless it is to somebody like the King of Saudi Arabia who can take it to a level we cannot ourselves hope to reach,”

Toon Blog

Disturbing Report – Saudi’s May Give Up On Newcastle – Will Target West Ham

Written by Dr. Ed Harrison

Football Insider are reporting in an exclusive that the Saudi consortium are having second thoughts about buying Newcastle United and that’s probably because they are finding out that Mike Ashley is an unwilling and difficult seller.

So the report is they may switch their attention to West Ham, who are located in London, a more attractive location and have a massive stadium, and the fans there are loyal.

If this is all true, then it looks like Mike Ashley doesn’t want to sell the club, and to miss out on a Saudi takeover and £200M investment into the club is just absolutely devastating.

It also shows just how selfish and obstinate Mike Ashley is.

If the news is accurate, the consortium also met Ashley’s asking price of £340M to buy the club.

The consortium, led by Amanda Staveley, has been unable to make a deal with Mike Ashley, and it looks like they will now move on.

The West Ham Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold are nearly as unpopular as Mike Ashley, so the Hammers fans will be hoping the takeover happens.

This is one more takeover situation where Newcastle fans hopes have been raised – although the fans are now very wary of any takeover – and it seems that Mike Ashley is determined to hold onto the club.

Ashley managed to sicken Rafa Benitez after 40 months at the club, so he moved on.

And now he has turned away one of the world’s richest men who was willing to invest heavily in the club,

And by continuing to be the owner, he guarantees that Newcastle will be a mediocre club fighting to stay in the Premier League.

Just like we have done over the last 13 years since he bought us way back in 2007.

If this news is accurate – it’s tragic.

Football London

West Ham confirm 25-man Premier League squad

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham have now confirmed their 25-man Premier League squad for the remainder of the season and there are no surprises in it considering how the January transfer window went.

The Hammers submitted a 23-man squad at the start of the campaign when Manuel Pellegrini was in charge at the club but on the new squad list, have managed to max out their allocation of 25.

Making way from the squad for the second half of the season is goalkeeper Roberto, who has joined Alaves on loan for the rest of the season and he has been replaced by Darren Randolph in the official list.

January signings Tomas Soucek and Jarrod Bowen, a deadline day capture from Hull City, are also in the 25-man squad with Bowen one of the seven "home grown" players. Xande Silva has also been included in the first team official squad of 25. Winston Reid is still named in the squad despite an impending loan to the MLS.

Declan Rice continues to be placed in the U21 and scholars category along with teenager Mipo Odubeko, who was signed from Manchester United in October and summer recruit Goncalo Cardoso.

Sead Haksabanovic, who spent last season on loan in Sweden with IFK Norkopping, retains his place in the U21 squad as does Jeremy Ngakia, who made his first team debut against Liverpool last month.

Confirmed squad (* Home Grown player)

Ajeti, Albian
Antonio, Michail Gregory*
Balbuena Gonzalez, Fabian Cornelio
Bowen, Jarrod*
Cresswell, Aaron*
Diop, Issa Laye Lucas Jean
Fabianski, Lukasz
Fornals Malla, Pablo
Fredericks, Ryan*
Haller, Sebastien Romain Teddy
Lanzini, Manuel
Martin, David Edward*
Masuaku Kawela, Fuka-Arthur
Nascimento Da Costa E Silva, Alexandre
Noble, Mark James*
Ogbonna, Obinze Angelo
Pereira Gomes, Felipe Anderson
Randolph, Darren*
Reid, Winston Wiremu
Sanchez Moreno, Carlos Alberto
Snodgrass, Robert
Soucek, Tomas
Wilshere, Jack Andrew*
Yarmolenko, Andrii
Zabaleta Girod, Pablo Javier

Noteable U21's

Declan Rice

Goncalo Cardoso

Grady Diangana

Sead Haksabanovic

Jeremy Ngakia

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Mex Martillo 7:59 Thu Feb 6
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Opps, thanks Crystal
Would be nice to see him get a few games

Texas Iron 5:09 Thu Feb 6
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Jasnik 5:00 Thu Feb 6
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Sanchez Moreno, Carlos Alberto

Seeing this name in the squad list makes my heart sink...

crystal falace 4:51 Thu Feb 6
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Mex thats Xande Silva

Mex Martillo 4:29 Thu Feb 6
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Who is Nascimento Da Costa E Silva, Alexandre?
I can can accept having porno owners, but murders? Fucking hope that does not happen. Red Bull would be nice.
Thanks Alan

The Stoat 1:58 Thu Feb 6
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Go Red Bull Irons Go ra ra ra

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:25 Thu Feb 6
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THanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:22 Thu Feb 6
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bill green 1:21 Thu Feb 6

bill green 1:21 Thu Feb 6
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Thanks Alan

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