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Alan 12:17 Fri Mar 6
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal have opened talks over a £23m summer move for Feyenoord's Turkey Under-21 midfielder Orkun Kokcu, 19. (Mail)

Everton's English striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 22, is ready to commit his future to the Toffees by signing a new long-term contract until 2025. (Times - subscription required)

Everton are in talks to sign Lille's Brazilian centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes, 22, who was linked with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in January. (Independent)

The Toffees are also in the race to sign Celtic's Odsonne Edouard, 22, after conducting several scouting trips to see the France Under-21 forward. (Mail)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is keen to sign Chelsea's Scottish midfielder Billy Gilmour, 18, after his man-of-the-match display against Liverpool in the FA Cup. (Eldesmarque, via Express)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has denied contacting Real Madrid to try to sign on-loan Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, on a permanent basis. (Marca)

The Gunners are interested in bringing in Gent's 20-year-old Canada forward Jonathan David if Gabon international Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang leaves in the summer. (Mirror)

Manchester United's 30-year-old Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo, who is on loan from Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua, could be offered a permanent deal at Old Trafford. (Mail)

Chelsea are considering a move for Trabzonspor's 23-year-old Turkish goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir - who has also been linked with Liverpool - as a replacement for Spaniard Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25. (Fotospor, via Express)

The Premier League's homegrown player rule could interrupt Liverpool's plans to bring in a number of targets in the summer, including RB Leipzig's Germany forward Timo Werner, 24. (Liverpool Echo)

England winger Jadon Sancho rejected a £30,000-per-week offer at Manchester City to join Borussia Dortmund. (Mail)

Tottenham are ready to offer English midfielder Oliver Skipp, 19, a new contract. (Football Insider)

The French Football Federation has received written confirmation from Paris St-Germain that they do not want their France striker Kylian Mbappe, 21, involved in this summer's Olympic Games in Japan. (ESPN)

Arsenal and Everton both missed out on the chance to sign Napoli's Belgium striker Dries Mertens, 32, in the transfer window, with a release clause for foreign clubs only expiring on 10 January. (Star)

Leicester City have been linked with a move for 25-year-old Marseille's French midfielder Morgan Sanson. (Jeunes Footeux, via Leicester Mercury)

Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber is confident that former England Under-20 midfielder Alex Mowatt, 25, will sign a new deal in the next few days. (Yorkshire Post)

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Gregg Bakowski

Pep Guardiola is already working out how to wrestle the Premier League title away from champions-elect Liverpool next season – and he’s figured that he needs a midfield tyro with experience of bossing a game against Jürgen Klopp’s side. He doesn’t necessarily have to be big in stature and if he did happen to have a Glaswegian accent and a name that makes him sound like a character from Roy of the Rovers then all the better. So step forward Billy Gilmour!

Yes, hot air in the tabloids suggests the Manchester City manager was so bowled over by the 18-year-old’s metronomic masterclass in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Liverpool that he has made Gilmour a key summer target. Poor Phil Foden. Is he over the hill already at 19? City will apparently have competition from Real Madrid and Barcelona, mind. The Spanish behemoths are always ready to stick their oar in when there’s an obvious transfer target about.

Arsenal are keen to sign a teenage midfield maestro of their own and they are willing to drop £23m into Feyenoord’s piggy bank for their playmaker Orkun Kocku. The 19-year-old Turkey international has been the Dutch side’s key creator this season and the Gunners want to sign him on the cheap before everyone sees how good he is at the Euros. “Shhhhhhhh!” Oh, sorry Mikel.

Arsenal are also lining up a bid for Gent’s rapid 20-year-old forward Jonathan David. The Canada international has banged in 23 goals in Belgium this season and the club see him as the perfect replacement for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, who is looking ever more likely to follow the Thierry Henry-route out of Arsenal to Barcelona at the end of the season.

Carlo Ancelotti’s raised eyebrow is extremely powerful. It can make Dominic Calvert-Lewin think he is the second coming of Dixie Dean. It can tame Duncan Ferguson. And it says here that it can convince Farhad Moshiri to dig a little deeper into pockets that have already produced £450m for a bunch of Everton misfits, to sign Lille’s Brazilian centre-half Gabriel Magalhaes for £30m and Celtic’s goal-guzzling striker Odsonne Edouard for the best part of £25m.

Liverpool and Chelsea are going to duke it out for Trabzonspor goalkeeper Ugurcan Cakir. Frank Lampard is still not convinced by the world’s most expensive goalkeeper, Kepa Arrizabalaga, and wants the 23-year-old Turkish stopper to bring in added competition this summer. Klopp is also an admirer of Cakir’s safe hands, though, and will instruct Anfield beancounters to be on alert.

And Leicester City are leading the race to sign Marseille’s attacking midfielder Morgan Sanson. He’s no Muzzy Izzet but he has scored four goals, with four assists this season, so he could be a good fit to replace James Maddison if the well-manicured one follows Harry Maguire to Manchester United. Failing that, Adam Lallana is still a target and would be available for free, but the Foxes face competition from Arsenal and Southampton for football’s biggest fan of the Cruyff turn.


Xande Silva shortlisted for Premier League 2 Player of the Month award

West Ham United U23s forward Xande Silva has been shortlisted for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for February.

The Portuguese attacker made a stirring comeback from his long-term lay-off last month, coming off the bench at half-time against Sunderland U23s to inspire his team to a dramatic turnaround on Wearside.

Moments after Mesaque Dju had levelled the scores at 2-2 with ten minutes to play, Xande picked up the ball, spun and fired home from 25 yards to put the Hammers ahead.

Two minutes later, Silva sealed matters, producing an exquisite turn out wide to drive into the box and set up Sean Adarkwa’s close-range clincher.

Silva subsequently started against Stoke U23s at London Stadium and netted his second goal in two games with an excellent solo goal from a tight angle.

The recognition caps an excellent return to action for the Portugal youth international, who joined the Club in 2018 following promising spells with Sporting CP and Vitoria Guimaraes.

Silva went on to make his Premier League and FA Cup debuts the following season but was forced to undergo an emergency operation last summer, which led to his long-term lay-off.

The Premier League 2 Player of the Month nominees are compiled by the League’s Football Development Panel, after club coaches put forward the best performance by an opposing player in each of their PL2 matches over the course of the month.

The other nominees for February’s award are: Teddy Jenks of Brighton & Hove Albion; Tony Gallacher of Liverpool; Adrian Bernabe of Manchester City; and Oisin McEntee and Yannick Toure of Newcastle United.

Silva’s nomination for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award marks the sixth such nod for an U23 Hammer this season.

Dan Kemp was nominated for August’s award; Anthony Scully won in September; Scully and Nathan Holland were nominated for October; and Holland won November’s, when teammate Bernardo Rosa was also nominated.

Silva and his teammates will be looking to make history next week when they visit Derby County’s Pride Park for West Ham's first ever Premier League International Cup quarter-final tie.

Following the showpiece fixture, they will resume their currently unbeaten Premier League 2 Division 2 campaign on Monday 16 March, hosting Swansea City at London Stadium. Kick-off is at 7pm.

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Texas Iron 8:22 Fri Mar 6
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Thanks Alan 6:58 Fri Mar 6
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chiff 5:44 Fri Mar 6

chiff 5:44 Fri Mar 6
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Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 4:57 Fri Mar 6
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Lee Trundle 12:40 Fri Mar 6
I say give Silva a go in the 1st team...

Lee Trundle 12:40 Fri Mar 6
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blueeyed.handsomeman 12:39 Fri Mar 6
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THankyou Alan

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