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Alan 11:36 Tue Mar 10
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are planning a £100m summer move for Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, and Birmingham's 16-year-old English prodigy Jude Bellingham. (Star)

England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27, is set to be sold by Manchester United this summer. (Goal)

Chelsea's Brazilian winger Willian, 31, admits he does not know where his future lies, with his contract up at the end of the season and talks over a new deal at an impasse. (Evening Standard)

Willian's wife Vanessa Martins has suggested that her husband may be on the brink of ending his seven-year stint at Chelsea. (Mirror)

Manchester United are leading the chase for Borussia Monchengladbach and Switzerland defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria, 23. (Star)

Manchester City remain confident Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 31, their all-time record goalscorer, will not seek a move this summer, despite a pending Champions League ban. (Evening Standard)

Barcelona want to commit Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen, 27, to a new contract and are confident of doing so despite interest from other teams, including Chelsea. (Sport)

Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has suggested that he would be interested in buying Newcastle. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Inter Milan could bring in Bournemouth's Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 32, currently on loan at AC Milan, as deputy to Slovenian Samir Handanovic, 35, next season. (La Repubblica, via Sempre Inter)

Real Madrid's former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, the 27-year-old Belgium international, is a major doubt for his club's next two games - including the Champions League last-16 second leg with Manchester City - because of an adductor muscle injury in his left leg. (ESPN)

Leeds have joined Southampton in wanting to sign Oxford's English defender Rob Dickie, 24. (Football Insider)

Arsenal remain interested in Paris St-German and France left-back Layvin Kurzawa, 27. (France Football, via Sport Witness)

Borussia Dortmund's German midfielder Emre Can, 26, has revealed that he turned down offers from three Premier League clubs, including Manchester United, out of loyalty for his former club Liverpool. (Mail)

Manchester United striker Anthony Martial, 24, says he is focused on a spot in France's Euro 2020 squad, but only after he has helped his club achieve Champions League qualification this season. (RMC Sport, in French)

Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes English midfielder Dwight McNeil, 20, would be getting much more attention if he was playing for a more fashionable club. (Lancashire Live)

Leicester striker Jamie Vardy says he would be open to a return to the England squad for their Euro 2020 campaign. The 33-year-old all but retired from international duty after the 2018 World Cup. (ESPN)

RB Leipzig's Germany striker Timo Werner, 21, is torn between Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United as he contemplates his next move. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

Cock-a-hoop with derby success, and a rare few weeks free of world-weary criticism of his team, Ole Gunnar Solskjær is looking to spend big this summer, and on domestic talent too, lest the whole world locks itself down. Jack Grealish is the man in Manchester United’s sights, with the Mirror/Star reporting a whopping £100m deal is in the offing, taking in Birmingham starlet Jude Bellingham too. What with the latter’s mum and dad having talks with Old Trafford bigwigs and Bruno Fernandes’s impact, something dangerously close to a functioning, creative midfield could be in the offing.

United also fancy the 23-year-old Borussia Mönchengladbach defensive midfielder Denis Zakaria, though Atlético Madrid and Liverpool are also making eyes at him. Jesse Lingard may not be a part of all this though, with a summer sale thought likely to end his United career.

Who’d have thought not so long ago that Chris Smalling would become such a Mill staple? But today’s gossip has Arsenal joining those interested in the Manchester United defender, on loan and shining at Roma. Everton and Tottenham have also expressed previous interest, though it’s understood Smalling may want to wait and see whether he can get Champions League football next season, something less likely at either of his three English suitors.

Arsenal are also persisting with their interest in Paris Saint-Germain’s Layvin Kurzawa. The Gunners tried and failed to sign the left-back in the January window but according to France Football they “aren’t letting go of the situation” and are still “actively following” Kurzawa, who has 13 caps for France.

With no football to play, what else can Serie A clubs do but kick back and kick around transfer musings. Internazionale are tempted by the idea of luring Asmir Begovic from their San Siro housemates Milan. The Bournemouth goalkeeper is on loan with the Rossoneri until the end of the season.

Celtic and Rangers are competing to convince the 19-year-old Atlético Madrid winger Rodrigo Riquelme of the delights of Glasgow, according to Marca. Riquelme is out of contract at the Wanda Metropolitano at the end of the season, and both Old Firm clubs are eyeing a free-transfer snip.

Leeds have joined Southampton in the chase for Oxford’s Rob Dickie. The defender is out of contract at the Kassam Stadium in the summer.

And while Newcastle takeover speculation has long been in the dog-bites-man category of newsworthiness, there’s a new twist with the Newcastle Chronicle suggesting that Floyd Mayweather might fancy a crack at owning the Toon. In the city for one of those “an evening with” shindigs, Mayweather was asked for his thoughts on the club, to which he replied: “In the US we call it soccer but the Newcastle football team is an unbelievable team. If the people want me to buy the Newcastle team let me know.” So there you have it. Done deal. Back in reality, Newcastle are keen on signing Middlesbrough defender Hayden Coulson in the summer.

Transfer Tavern

Fans of both the Hammers and Lincoln City rave over Conor Coventry’s latest performance

By Luke Seychell

A lot of West Ham fans are excited at the prospect of young defensive midfielder Conor Coventry, after his performance for Lincoln City at the weekend.

The 19-year-old put in a solid performance for the League One side as they won 3-2 against Burton Albion at Sincil Bank (West Ham).

Coventry, who has played for the Ireland U21 team, was heavily involved in the first goal for Lincoln, and also made a great block at the other end to deny Burton a goal in the thrilling match. His performance was massively appreciated by fans of ‘The Imps’ and fans of West Ham have noticed this. Lincoln’s official account has also given Coventry the nickname ‘Irish Iniesta’.

Coventry moved on loan to Lincoln City in January and since then has made six appearances for the side (Transfermarkt). With Mark Noble coming towards the end of his football career, West Ham will be looking for a new defensive midfielder and it would be great for all associated with the club if it could be someone from their academy like Coventry.

Here are what fans have been saying about the player:

Alistair 🍎 @LincolnCity1884

That Conor Coventry block when Burton basically had an open goal was as good as a goal at the other end.

Had a slow start but Coventry is turning into a right player.

SJC @StephenJCme

I cheered it like a goal. Watch where he ran from and the sense for danger- absolute natural baller (as the younguns might say).

Damien Pridham @pridsville
Replying to @LincolnCity1884

Lad needed a big game & he was top draw yesterday

Lincoln City FC


The Irish Iniesta

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gph 3:37 Wed Mar 11
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Thanks, Alan

gph 3:36 Wed Mar 11
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Don't know why Chelsea are fucking around with Willian - he might be knocking on a bit, but he's still got it.

Not sure how well he'd fit in with us, but if we can get at a bargain price it's surely worth trying to figure it out.

PS Anyone observant may have noted I'm usually against this kind of buying players without having a good plan into which they fit, but I think Willian is sufficiently versatile to mould himself to any reasonable plan

chiff 6:03 Tue Mar 10
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Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 4:35 Tue Mar 10
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Thanks Alan 3:28 Tue Mar 10

Thanks Alan 3:28 Tue Mar 10
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ted fenton. 12:46 Tue Mar 10

Texas Iron 3:16 Tue Mar 10
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ted fenton 12:46 Tue Mar 10
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Thanks Alan.

Lee Trundle 11:59 Tue Mar 10
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blueeyed.handsomeman 11:52 Tue Mar 10
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THankyou Alan

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