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Alan 1:53 Thu Feb 27
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to beat former club Manchester United to the signing of RB Leipzig's 28-year-old Sweden midfielder Emil Forsberg. (Express)

Serie A side Inter Milan have contacted Tottenham over the availability of Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, who is yet to agree a new contract. (Standard)

Real Madrid believe they will be able to sign Liverpool's Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 27, for £126m once they sell Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30. (El Desmarque, via Express)

Manchester United are prepared to sell England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27, and Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira, 24, to finance a move for Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish, 24. (Express)

Arsenal have attempted to revive contract talks with Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, with the 30-year-old's current £200,000-a-week deal expiring at the end of next season. (Times, subscription required)

German champions Bayern Munich have been in contact with representatives of Liverpool's Brazil forward Roberto Firmino, 28. (Echo)

Manchester United and Barcelona have made moves for RB Leipzig and Germany forward Timo Werner, 23, but he is holding out for a move to Liverpool. (Mirror)

Inter manager Antonio Conte wants to sign one of Chelsea's left-backs, with Conte keen on bringing in either Spain's Marcos Alonso, 29, or Italy's Emerson Palmieri, 25, in the summer. (Tuttosport, via Mail)

Chelsea's Brazil forward Willian, 31, says the club's latest contract offer has fallen short of his demands and called the situation "difficult". (Esporte Interativo, via Football 365)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 29, could be sold to raise transfer funds, with Dean Henderson, 22, impressing on loan at Sheffield United. (Mirror)

Roma want to sign England defender Chris Smalling, 30, and Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 31, on permanent deals. The pair are on loan at the club from Manchester United and Arsenal respectively. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal, Newcastle and Southampton are monitoring Hoffenheim and Austria central midfielder Florian Grillitsch, 24. (Sport Bild, via Chronicle)

Barcelona's Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, 31, has criticised the club's transfer policy which he says has left the Spanish champions with a lack of squad depth. (ESPN)

Real Madrid are preparing an offer of 70m euros (£58.8m) for Napoli's 23-year-old Spanish midfielder Fabian Ruiz. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Luxembourg midfielder Danel Sinani, 22, who plays for Dudelange in his home country, is in talks with Norwich City over a summer transfer. (Eastern Daily Press)

Everton are targeting Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes, 22, as they make a centre-half their priority summer signing. (Mirror)

Newcastle United's English central defender Jamaal Lascelles, 26, has suggested he is open to staying at the club for the rest of his career. (Chronicle)

Aston Villa and Celtic are interested in signing English central defender Jack Tucker from League One side Gillingham. (Birmingham Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

John Brewin

The latest stage of Manchester United’s seven-years-in-the-making post-Ferguson rebuild is upon us, and this one can be added to the clear-out category of reboot. Ole Gunnar Solskjær is going to wield his viking axe and get rid of some of his flops, to use the tabloid parlance. Perhaps more properly United, whose financial results this week suggested they were not as flush as they would like, are going to have to sell to buy.

Jesse Lingard will be taking his fashion and fragrance sidelines elsewhere, and he will be joined in the departure lounge by Andreas Pereira, who despite trying very hard, seems to be destined to be one of those Sporcle answers everyone will fail to recall when trying to recall Ole’s starting XI from the 2019-20 season. The doubtlessly vast riches that pair will command will go some way to paying for Jack Grealish, Aston Villa’s mainstay of this august column. Gent’s Jonathan David, a 20-year-old Canadian striker, is also in the sights of United’s mob-handed scouting department.

What may keep young Jack in Brylcreem and blonde tints, however, is the sale of David de Gea, with Real Madrid a possible destination again after Thibaut Courtois’ performance against Manchester City on Wednesday opening up a possible vacancy. After all, United already own Dean Henderson, tearing it up at Sheffield United, and whom it is hoped does not become a Ben Foster de nos jours. Cashing in Chris Smalling will also bring in some funds and Roma are very happy with the player they have had on loan this season.

Another player who would cost United serious cash is Timo Werner, even though Liverpool remain favourites to sign the Leipzig forward, and ahead of Barcelona to boot. If Bayern Munich get their way, then Werner could be stepping in for Roberto Firmino, who FC Hollywood would like to partner Robert Lewandowski. And if Real Madrid get their way, and manage to cash in Gareth Bale, a late sub against City, then they will go all out to sign Mohamed Salah from Liverpool for a fee well north of £100m.

Jan Vertonghen has been leaving Tottenham for a long time now, and with him approaching him free-agent and veteran status, where else could be headed than the Premier League legends retirement home that Antonio Conte has set up at Internazionale? Conte has more Barclays talent in mind to freshen up the Nerazzurri, and is going back to his old haunt Chelsea to find a left back. One of Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri will do nicely. And Willian could be heading that way too, as he is none too happy at the contract offer he has received from Chelsea.

And there are plenty of other Chelsea players who could be open to offers. Ross Barkley, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Jorginho, Kurt Zouma and Pedro will all be cashed in by Frank Lampard, or whichever manager is in charge next season, as pushes are made to sign Leicester’s Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund. It seems Tuesday’s humiliation at the hands of Bayern was a step too far, even if only Barkley, Jorginho and Alonso actually started in that debacle.

David Beckham has got the hang of this clickbait football rumours business, and he’s targeting a couple of unknowns for his Inter Miami MLS franchise. “If we have the opportunity to bring in players like Cristiano [Ronaldo] or Leo Messi, I’ve got such admiration for them as athletes,” he said during his Wednesday chinwag on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. “If we can bring those players in, then great.”


West Ham's Fredericks undergoes shoulder surgery

West Ham United defender Ryan Fredericks has undergone right shoulder surgery that will keep him out for around six weeks, the Premier League club said.

The 27-year-old sustained an injury in their 2-0 league defeat to Manchester City last week, his second match since returning from a hamstring problem that had ruled him out for nearly a month.

The Englishman has played 20 league games for the club this season, starting 19 of them.

"Ryan's surgery went exactly as planned and he'll begin his rehabilitation and recovery immediately, with the plan being for him to be available again in early to mid-April," West Ham medical chief Richard Collinge said in a statement here

Czech international midfielder Tomas Soucek, who joined West Ham on loan from Slavia Prague in January, was ruled out for around three weeks with a hip flexor injury.

West Ham, who are 18th in the league standings with 24 points, host Southampton on Saturday.

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ted fenton 1:57 Thu Feb 27
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