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Alan 1:17 Mon Feb 24
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini says Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, has an automatic renewal clause if the Italians qualify for the Champions League. (Mail)

Roma boss Paulo Fonseca wants to sign England defender Chris Smalling, 30, and 31-year-old Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan - who are on loan at the Serie A aide from Manchester United and Arsenal respectively - on permanent deals. (Sky Sports)

Paris St-Germain coach Thomas Tuchel is thought to be in talks with Bayern Munich over a move back to his native Germany. (90 Min)

Liverpool's talent scout has been watching Brighton's English defender Ben White, 22, on loan at Leeds. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Barcelona are close to signing of 20-year-old Spanish centre-back Hugo Guillamon from Valencia's reserve team.(Sport)

Crystal Palace are looking at 27-year-old Eintracht Frankfurt and Serbia winger Filip Kostic - once a Liverpool target - as a potential £10m replacement for Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 27.(HITC, via Sun)

Paris St-Germain and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani, 33, says January was "difficult" after a move away from the club did not materialise and negotiations over a new contract, which expires in June, stalled. (Goal)

Aston Villa and West Ham United are both monitoring Gillingham's English defender Jack Tucker, 20. (Birmingham Mail)

Villa are targeting 13-year-old striker Daniel Akinleye, from French third-tier club Quevilly-Rouen Metropole. However, Akinleye, who was born in France to Nigerian parents, wants to follow in the footsteps of Nigeria forward Odion Ighalo, 30, and play for Manchester United.(Birmingham Mail)

United have invited two Polish defenders - Radoslaw Sewerys of Korona Kielce and Akademia Chorzow's Mateusz Lipp, both 16, for a week-long trial. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid's 19-year-old Brazilian forward Rodrygo will miss Sunday's Clasico at home to Barcelona through suspension after being sent off for goading the opposition goalkeeper after scoring for the club's second team. He was being tipped to come into the starting XI to replace the injured Eden Hazard. (Goal)

Rangers are interested in West Brom's Rayhaan Tulloch. The 19-year-old English winger is out of contract at the Hawthorns this summer. (Mirror)

Manchester City will train at Atletico Madrid's ground on Wednesday morning before their Champions League last-16 match against neighbours Real at the Bernabeu that night. The Wanda Metropolitano was the venue for last season's final. (AS)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

On 19 goals for the season after scoring a brace against Everton yesterday, the feeling persists that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang might be a little bit too good for Arsenal. Barcelona tried to sign him in January and are still believed to be interested in bringing him to the Camp Nou this summer, while Internazionale are also reported to be ready to offer him the Champions League football he feels he deserves.

“It’s right that big teams like him,” said Mikel Arteta, following his Arsenal side’s third win in a week. “Hopefully we can convince him this is right place to be. I think it’s been tough for him because he has big expectations. He wants to play in the biggest competitions and with the best players. We have to help him do that. He needs to feel fulfilled. He is our most important player and we will have to convince him to stay with us.”

Arteta is reported to have sent scouts to run the rule over Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante, who featured in his side’s 4-0 win over Lecce. Cristante lined up alongside Chris Smalling and Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who are on loan from Manchester United and Arsenal respectively, although Sky Sports say the Serie A side hope to make both the signing of both players permanent.

Sheffield United are lining up a summer bid for £20m-rated Leeds United midfielder Kalvin Phillips, but will have to fight off interest from Wolves and Burnley, who are also smitten with the highly regarded 24-year-old with 174 senior appearances with the Championship side to his name.

Reduced to a peripheral role at Liverpool, Adam Lallana is expected to leave the club this summer and his former employers Southampton may take him back to St Mary’s. On loan at Leeds from Brighton, 22-year-old central defender Ben White is believed to have caught the eye of Jürgen Klopp, who has told reporters that some players have reservations about signing for Liverpool because they’re worried they won’t get into the team. “We need players who want to be part of this, who want to fight for their spot, who want to make the next step together with us, who want to develop and improve so that’s it,” he said, before tonight’s match against West Ham. “We have these players and whoever wants to join us, needs to have exactly this kind of attitude.”

Resigned to losing Wilfried Zaha this summer, Crystal Palace are monitoring potential replacements and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Serbian winger Filip Costic appears to fit the bill. And finally, Aston Villa’s star midfielder Jack Grealish has addressed rumours linking him with a summer move to Manchester United, telling the Express & Star he’s flattered by reports of their interest. “Who doesn’t like to be talked about in a nice way?” he said. “But, to be honest, I try and take everything with a pinch of salt.”

Evening Standard

West Ham new boy Tomas Soucek impresses David Moyes after topping running charts vs Man City

Jack Rosser

Tomas Soucek has hit the ground running at West Ham.

The Czech midfielder, who arrived from Slavia Prague late in the January window, is impressing early on and, according to club stats, covered more ground at Manchester City on Wednesday than any Hammers player has in a single game for six years.

David Moyes broke a lifelong tradition with his new signing and did not get a look at him in the flesh before sealing the deal last month, but the Scotsman is liking what he sees so far.

It has long been levelled at West Ham that when things go wrong they simply do not work hard enough. Declan Rice battled alongside Soucek at the Etihad Stadium and was second in the running stats, but the 24-year-old topped the charts covering 13.1km.

"I mean Tomas, we believe, ran more the other night than any West Ham player has run for five or six years," said Moyes.

"Which you have to say for someone who's just arrived at the club is an incredible stat. Now it's not all about running but it's a big part of it and it certainly helps.

"I don't think [he is showing up the others], I think his numbers were just so big. I'm not going to give them to you. I had a feeling when we signed him that that was one of his strengths.

"But for him to come in and do that at the moment... at West Ham we talked about needing some legs, a bit more energy, running, covering the ground more. If I've got it right, we think it's the furthest of anybody in six years.

Soucek was deployed as the most advanced of a midfield three against Manchester City, and while there was little threat from the visitors that night, he will certainly cause problems beyond his running in due course.

Moyes said: "He's a goal threat. Against Brighton he had a couple of chances and the other night he was nearly on the end of one.

"We're talking about young players, Declan, Jarrod, and I'm saying Tomas at the moment is 24 and you've got this.

"We're in a tough period and we're trying to gather some positives from it. Hopefully one or two of the young players can have an impact."

Defender Ryan Fredericks is facing a spell on the sidelines after sustaining ligament damage to his right shoulder at Manchester City on Wednesday night.

The 27-year-old collided with City midfielder Rodri in the second half at The Etihad and left the stadium with his arm in a sling.

He will now see a specialist before a call is made on the right way for the injury to be treated.

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The Stoat 6:42 Mon Feb 24
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Did Soucek actually touch the ball during the game though?

Mex Martillo 5:19 Mon Feb 24
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blueeyed.handsomeman 3:36 Mon Feb 24
I think Soucek is doing well, when you have a player regularly contributing at both ends with defending our goal and at the front of attacking their goal it tells you he is running without doing any stats. I expect assists and goals to come.

Texas Iron 4:18 Mon Feb 24
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Agree...Soucek ran a lot...but he didn’t do much...wasn’t quick either,,,IMO...

yogib 4:16 Mon Feb 24
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If you stuck a car stereo underneath Antonio's arm he'd have run a lot faster - according to unconfirmed statistics 🤣

blueeyed.handsomeman 3:36 Mon Feb 24
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Ted Fenton, 2;33 monday 24th fevrier 2020

Jasnik 2:52 Mon Feb 24
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"I mean Tomas, we believe, ran more the other night than any West Ham player has run for five or six years,"

And there is the problem.

ted fenton 2:33 Mon Feb 24
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Thanks Alan 1:31 Mon Feb 24

Thanks Alan 1:31 Mon Feb 24
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Thanks Alan

Dan M 1:29 Mon Feb 24
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Cheers Al

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