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Alan 12:58 Fri Feb 28
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Chelsea manager Frank Lampard is prepared to get rid of eight players, including Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25, Italy midfielder Jorginho, 28, and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 26. (Sun)

Lampard is plotting an overhaul of his side's defence this summer - with RB Leipzig's French centre-half Dayot Upamecano, 21, his top target. (Mirror)

Manchester City could face a points deduction as the Premier League launches its own investigation into the club's finances over alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations. (Mail)

Liverpool are planning to offer Virgil van Dijk, 28, a new contract that would make the Netherlands international the highest-paid defender in the world. (Mirror)

Roma are accelerating talks with Manchester United in an attempt to turn 30-year-old England defender Chris Smalling's loan deal into a permanent move. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United missed the chance to sign Bayern Munich and Canada left-back Alphonso Davies, 19, for £2m in 2017. (Times, subscription required)

Manchester City are weighing up making a £30m bid for Everton's English defender Mason Holgate, 23. (Mirror)

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 26, aims to be back playing in April as his recovery from a tendon injury is going better than expected. (Sun)

Former Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge, 30, turned down a move to Aston Villa in the January transfer window as he wants to help current side Trabzonspor qualify for the Champions League. (Fanatik, via Sport Witness)

Boxer Tyson Fury has been invited to give a speech to Manchester United's squad about his journey from the brink of suicide to being crowned WBC world heavyweight champion with victory over Deontay Wilder. (Metro)

German goalkeeper Loris Karius, 26, wants Liverpool to let him leave on a free transfer so he can turn his loan spell at Turkish club Besiktas into a permanent transfer. (Fotospor, via Turkish Football)

Everton rejected a bid from Tottenham to sign England defender Michael Keane, 27, at the end of 2019. (Football Insider)

Liverpool's young English winger Harvey Elliott, 16, is close to signing a new three-year contract. (Mail)

Arsenal have indicated to Brazilian side Flamengo that they intend to exercise the option to turn 26-year-old Spanish defender Pablo Mari's loan deal into a permanent one in the summer. (Coluna Do Fla, via Football.London)

The Football Association are waiting on government advice before deciding whether to review the viability of next month's England friendly against Italy amid the coronavirus outbreak. (Evening Standard)

Sheffield United have had a bid of 13m euros (£11m) for Trabzonspor and Turkey goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir, 23, rejected. (Fotospor, via Turkish Football)

Manchester United are still hopeful that England Under-20s midfielder Angel Gomes, 19, will stay at Old Trafford despite his current contract expiring in June. (Manchester Evening News)

Napoli and Senegal central defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, a long-time reported transfer target for Manchester United, has bought a new £3.4m apartment in Paris, leading to rumours of a summer switch to Paris St-Germain. (Star)

Aston Villa will target Marseille's French midfielder Morgan Sanson, 25, if they stay in the Premier League this season. (Le Phoceen, via Birmingham Mail)

Arsenal forward Alexandre Lacazette has described the Gunners' English left-back Bukayo Saka, 18, as the best young player in the Premier League. (Evening Standard)

Former Tottenham striker Les Ferdinand believes the club were "naive" not to sign a forward in the January transfer window. (Evening Standard)

The FA is backing a proposal to give attackers some leeway in marginal VAR offside decisions, arguing the current system is killing the excitement of the game. (Times - subscription required)

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Barry Glendenning

Chelsea dominate Friday’s transfer tittle-tattle, what with the dust still settling on their Champions League humbling at the hands of Bayern Munich. The Sun opt for a slightly melodramatic “Hateful Eight” headline as they reveal that Frank Lampard is ready to offload no fewer than – you’ve guessed it – eight “flops” in a summer clear-out, with goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, midfielders Jorginho, Willian, Pedro and Ross Barkley, and defenders Marcos Alonso, Kurt Zouma and Emerson all facing a brutal summer cull.

While the likelihood of Lampard getting rid of all eight players in one window seems unlikely, to say the least, his plans for a squad overhaul will also require the purchase of several replacements to join Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech, who is already Stamford Bridge-bound. Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell remains a target, while Chelsea also tried and failed to sign Wilfried Zaha and Moussa Dembélé during the January window and may ramp up their efforts to get the duo on board this summer.

Speculation also abounds that Lampard may try to negotiate a swap deal that would see Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak move to London with Kepa going the other way. Dembélé’s £43m-rated team-mate Houssem Aouar is the latest player to be linked with Chelsea, the 21-year-old Lyon midfielder having impressed during his side’s surprise win over Juventus in midweek. With nine goals and seven assists to his name this season, Aouar is likely to have no shortage of suitors and both Paris Saint-Germain and Juve believed to be monitoring his situation with interest. Determined to take up more than his fair share of space in the Mill, Chelsea’s boss is also reported to be interested in RB Leipzig centre-half Dayot Upamecano.

Following Arsenal’s shock elimination from the Europa League by Olympiacos last night, Mikel Arteta is likely to have woken up in the hottest of hot funks. Eager to stamp his own mark on the rabble he inherited from Unai Emery, the Spaniard wants to bring in Atlético Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey and will instruct club bean-counters to trigger the Ghana international’s £42m release clause. Partey, however, may throw a spanner in the works, as he is reported to be content with life at the Wanda Metropolitano and may negotiate a new deal that would keep him there.

Manchester City have identified Everton’s Mason Holgate as a potential solution to their ongoing personnel problems at centre-back. As handy as a small pot, the versatile 23-year-old can also play at right-back or as a defensive midfielder and could be available for as “little” as £30m. Elsewhere in Manchester, Roma officials are wringing their hands and kneeling in supplication outside Old Trafford in the hope of convincing Chris Smalling’s paymasters to help them make the centre-back’s move to the Serie A club permanent.

On loan at Sheffield United from Manchester United, Dean Henderson’s largely splendid performances mean his future beyond the end of the current campaign is very much up in the air. Should he depart Bramall Lane, United will be in need of a new goalkeeper and the club already seem to be attempting to get their ducks in a row. Reports from Turkey suggest they have had an £11m bid for Trabzonspur’s Ugurcan Cakir rejected. In other Turkish goalkeeping news, Loris Karius wants Liverpool to release him from his contract so he can ink a permanent deal with Besiktas. The Istanbul club are keen to sign him, but less keen on stumping up the £7.25m it would cost to trigger his release clause.


Moyes plays percentages game but West Ham need inspiration soon

Successive defeats at the Etihad and Anfield were not without encouragement, but beating Southampton on Saturday now looks non-negotiable

Paul Wilson

It was hard not to feel just a little bit sorry for David Moyes when his West Ham team briefly led at Liverpool on Monday. There was a certain inevitability about the home side recovering and securing all three points, but at least West Ham had put themselves in a position to win, less than a week after their impersonation of a doormat against Manchester City at the Etihad.

Moyes has famously never won at Anfield; in fact his lamentable record against what might loosely be described as top-six sides in England is one of the biggest flaws in his managerial CV. Even at Everton, where he was unquestionably a success on balance over 11 years, his innate caution was getting on supporters’ nerves by the end. West Ham did not exactly throw caution to the wind at Anfield – that would have been very anti-Moyes and far too risky a strategy against a team drilled to capitalise on every turnover of possession – but at least they put out a side that seemed to believe it could achieve a result. That approach made far more sense than going to Manchester City and hoping Kevin De Bruyne and Co would not manage to score, and if they are going to climb away from the bottom three West Ham are going to need much more of it.

The only teams below West Ham are Watford and Norwich. The latter are nailed to the bottom and generally viewed as relegation certainties in their first season back in the top flight, while the former are given a fighting chance of escape because of the effective recalibration since Nigel Pearson took over as manager. The funny thing is that Daniel Farke and Norwich have managed to beat Manchester City, and one of Pearson’s early successes was a victory over Manchester United.

It just goes to show that one result , however unexpected, does not a season make, and though the West Ham fans unhappy with Moyes’s style would dearly love to claim such a glamorous scalp soon, their manager is probably right in playing the percentages and hoping to take points from teams in the lower half of the table. Few managers play the percentages quite as throughly as Moyes. After the 2-0 defeat at City last week, a match that saw not a single shot on target from the visitors, Moyes talked about his defensive plan and mentioned that goal difference might be important.

This was not the sort of approach likely to endear him to Irons fans unhappy about just about everything to do with the running of their club, but Moyes stopped caring about being popular some time ago. If his brief is to keep the club in the Premier League he will attempt to do just that without worrying about picking up style points along the way. Norwich pick up style points every week – everyone seems to admire the way they play and the threat they pose – though the league table suggests their points return is not going to be enough to prevent a return to the Championship.

Aston Villa are in a somewhat similar position. Precariously placed a point above the bottom three, Dean Smith’s side will return from the Carabao Cup final in the relegation zone should West Ham avoid defeat at home to Southampton or Watford beat Liverpool. Watford will not be expected to improve their situation – though such preconceptions could work in their favour – and though the form book suggests Bournemouth may struggle to beat Chelsea at home, Eddie Howe and his players were so incensed by the manner of their defeat at Burnley last week they are promising a siege mentality will kick in now that relegation is a possibility that can no longer be ignored.

It is debatable whether a siege mentality is what does the trick, still more whether Howe is the sort of manager who can oversee an uncompromising scrap to stay alive. What everyone in the bottom six or seven wants to do is emulate Southampton, who after looking in desperate trouble a few months ago have climbed to within a result of Everton and Arsenal in mid-table. All without a managerial change or any panic-buying in the transfer window. Since that 9-0 humbling by Leicester in October, the Saints have managed to beat Chelsea, Spurs, and, yes, Leicester, which just goes to show what sort of a recovery can be made without wholesale changes taking place.

But West Ham were able to win at St Mary’s in December, even if Manuel Pellegrini was still in charge. It was the former Manchester City manager’s last victory as West Ham manager, in fact. Now the former Manchester United manager in charge of West Ham has a chance to do the same thing. One can only hope for Moyes’s sake that his players put on the same sort of positive show they managed at Anfield.

West Ham need points badly, and a manager not famous for taking points from teams at the elite end of the table will not like the look of the four opponents to come after Southampton: Arsenal, Wolves, Spurs and Chelsea. That is the sort of daunting run of games Burnley faced earlier in the year, when everyone said they were bound for the bottom three. Instead they took 10 points from four games against Leicester, Manchester United, Arsenal and Southampton, and now sit above Everton in the top half. Burnley and Southampton have shown the way. If West Ham are going to follow, this weekend would be a good time to make a start.

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