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Alan 1:51 Wed Mar 11
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Atletico Madrid remain interested in signing France striker Alexandre Lacazette, 28, from Arsenal. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Barcelona have made RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner, 24, their number two target this summer behind Inter Milan and Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 22. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

France forward Kylian Mbappe, 21, was tested for coronavirus before Paris-St Germain's Champions League game with Borussia Dortmund - and provided a negative result. (L'Equipe - in French)

Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is trying to help the club sign Jude Bellingham from Birmingham having met the 16-year-old midfielder and his parents when they visited United's training ground on Monday. (Star)

Monaco and France full-back Djibril Sidibe, 27, says he wants to make his current loan deal at Everton permanent. (RMC Sport, via Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool are still hoping to sign Belgian forward Jeremy Doku, 17, after a previous move for the Anderlecht youngster fell through. (Het Nieuwsblad, via Star)

Chelsea's Michy Batshuayi, 26, could be on his way to Crystal Palace, with the Belgium forward keen to stay at a London club as he seeks regular first-team games. (Star)

Real Madrid are hoping to replace coach Zinedine Zidane with former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino or ex-Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri. (Marca - in Spanish)

Mino Raiola says fellow 'super agents' support plans for an alternative transfer system that could significantly damage Fifa. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Uefa are considering postponing Euro 2020 by a year because of coronavirus, following pleas by several national federations. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Scout Jorge Alvial filed 40 reports to Manchester United on Alphonso Davies - before Bayern Munich signed the Canada winger, 19, from Vancouver Whitecaps. (Sun)

Arsenal are trying to secure the long-term future of English winger Bukayo Saka, 18, amid interest from Manchester United. (Express)

The Gunners are interested in Leeds United's on-loan English centre-back Ben White, with Liverpool, Manchester United and Leicester also keen on the 22-year-old Brighton defender. (Sun)

Bournemouth, Norwich, Leeds and West Brom are interested in signing Republic of Ireland midfielder Josh Cullen, 23, from West Ham. (Mail)

Bristol City or Barnsley may give ex-Southampton winger Omar Rowe, 25, another chance in the Football League after impressing with non-league side Hayes & Yeading United. (Sun)

English right-back Ainsley Maitland-Niles, 22, is being left out of the Arsenal squad because he has been late to training several times this season. (The Athletic)

Leicester City have begun their plan to refresh their squad this summer, says manager Brendan Rodgers. (Leicester Mercury)

Manager Dean Smith's Aston Villa future is in doubt before Saturday's Premier League game with Chelsea. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Aston Villa are considering cutting short 30-year-old midfielder Danny Drinkwater's loan deal from Chelsea following a training ground 'head-butt' incident. (Mail)

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We start with news that Mikel Arteta may be set for a summer spent wrestling with clubs in La Liga who want to make off with his strikers. Not only will the Arsenal manager have to fend off burly folk from Barcelona who intend to woo Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, but reports in Spain suggest Atlético Madrid suits will try to whisk away Alexandre Lacazette, too. Diego Simeone has unfinished business with the Gunners’ French striker, you see. But don’t worry, he doesn’t mean Lacazette any harm. No, he just really, really likes him and still hasn’t got over a move for the striker collapsing in 2017 because of a transfer ban at Atlético. He could also do with a few goals. Atlético have scored only 31 in the league this season, less than half of Barcelona’s tally, and even they haven’t been very good.

Barcelona also have an eye on Mill favourite Timo Werner, who has half of Europe chasing him, but a warm hug from Jürgen Klopp could still convince the Leipzig striker that his future lies not in Catalonia but with Liverpool.

Sir Alex Ferguson is using his pulling power to try and convince Birmingham City’s Jude Bellingham that everything he wants and more can be found at Manchester United. Ferguson met the 16-year-old midfielder and his parents on Monday when they visited Carrington. We’re guessing he spoke highly of the ample parking spaces, luxury hot showers and the whiff of Ryan Giggs that still lingers around the place in an attempt to make a move to Manchester seem more alluring than Borussia Dortmund.

Another teenage sensation who could be set for a move to England’s north-west is Jérémy Doku. The Anderlecht forward has been on Liverpool’s radar for the past year and his two goals in the 7-0 win over Waregem last weekend have got antennae twitching furiously again at Anfield HQ. While we’re on the subject of Belgian forwards who could be on the move, Michy Batshuayi looks likely to leave Chelsea for Crystal Palace, where he will finally try to fulfil the potential he has been hiding for the past decade.

Leicester City have the hots for Leeds United’s on-loan centre-back Ben White. The bad news for Brendan Rodgers is that Mikel Arteta, Ole Gunnar Solskjær and Klopp have also been getting giddy while watching the 22-year-old’s rock-solid performances at the Championship table-toppers. His parent club, Brighton, may not be overly keen on letting White leave, though.

Bournemouth, Norwich, Leeds and West Brom would like a bit of backbone in their midfield and will try to beat each other to the punch for West Ham’s Josh Cullen. The defensive midfielder has impressed on loan at Charlton and with Declan Rice ahead of him in the pecking order, he will likely be available at a reasonable price.

And Real Madrid are planning on thanking Zinedine Zidane for his hard work at the end of the season by telling him to take a permanent holiday. The word is that they want Mauricio Pochettino or Massimiliano Allegri to replace him.


West Ham face a fight to hold onto rising star Josh Cullen with Bournemouth, Norwich, Leeds and West Brom all interested in Republic of Ireland international

West Ham are facing a battle to hold on to rising star Josh Cullen in the summer
The midfielder has impressed during a loan spell at Charlton Athletic this season
Bournemouth, Norwich, Leeds and West Brom are all keeping tabs on the player
The club have activated an option to extend his contract to 2021 amid interest


West Ham are facing a fight to hold onto midfield prospect Josh Cullen amid growing interest in the Ireland international.

Premier League duo Bournemouth and Norwich plus the Championship’s top two Leeds and West Brom are all keen on prising the 23 year-old away from the London Stadium.

Cullen has caught the eye this term during his second season on loan at Championship Charlton, emerging as one of the division’s standout midfielders despite the Addicks' struggles.

West Ham have activated an option to extend Cullen’s stay by a further year to 2021 in light of the mounting interest.

But they have yet to reach an agreement with the Essex-born youngster over a longer-term deal, which has encouraged his suitors.

Cullen made his West Ham debut back in the 2015/16 season and has featured nine times in total for the Hammers’ first team, building up the bulk of his senior experience during loan spells at Bradford, Bolton and, most recently, Charlton.

He has also broken into the senior Ireland setup and is due to be part of Mick McCarthy’s squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 play-off against Slovakia.


Hammers weekend game may be under threat

West Ham are being forced to wait and see whether their match against Wolves can go ahead this weekend given we played against Arsenal last weekend and some Gunners players have now gone into self isolation as a Coronavirus precaution.

With the Gooners game against Manchester City postponed tonight there would appear to be a threat to the weekend game as Hammers stars may now need to be tested and cleared following the Arsenal game.

Arsenal players are deemed at risk following some of them meeting virus victim, Olympiacos owner Evangelos Marinakis,who tested positive for the virus after visiting the Emirates.

The Premier League will presumably be forced to make a decision on the Hammers/Wolves game after taking advice from medical authorities although no decision made at this stage.

Meanwhile, despite their protests of an unnecessary risk being taken, Wolves have been told that tonight’s game against Olympiacos will go ahead despite the game being held behind closed doors.

Wolves said they respect the decision by European football’s governing body and will travel to Greece on Wednesday to take part in the fixture.

Premier League

West Ham win penalty shootout to reach semi-finals

Hammers join Arsenal in last four after Joseph Anang's spot-kick save knocks out Derby

Goalkeeper Joseph Anang was the star as West Ham United progressed to the semi-finals of the Premier League International Cup after beating Derby County 6-5 on penalties.

The match ended 3-3 through 90 minutes with Derby twice coming from behind to force extra-time, which West Ham played with 10 men after Alfie Lewis had been sent off.

West Ham's Oladapo Afolayan and Derby's Jahmal Hector-Ingram both scored braces in normal time but the latter suffered disappointment in the penalty shootout.

Hector-Ingram had the chance to send Derby through but fired his spot-kick against the crossbar.

And in sudden death Anang denied Tyree Wilson as the Hammers, who are also unbeaten and top of PL2 Division 2, joined Arsenal in the last four.

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Mex Martillo 10:34 Wed Mar 11
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geoffpikey 7:18 Wed Mar 11

geoffpikey 7:18 Wed Mar 11
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Thanks Alan.

@ Texas. Cullen has appeared in 2 PL games, if only as a sub. What I don't get about that article is it a) assumes Rice will be fit always b) Rice is staying forever.

We need some sort of backup for Rice anyway, would be surprised if Cullen was never even tried. Moyes has previously praised him. Do we just plan to cheaply flog EVERYONE who comes through the Academy?? We also need homegrown players. Possibly moreso in the future.

That's a bigger discussion, I know but....

chiff 6:18 Wed Mar 11
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Thanks Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 5:46 Wed Mar 11
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i think that AFOLAYAN was subbed for
ROSA at half time and the penalty miss was
by the youngstar that we picked up from manu

Texas Iron 5:35 Wed Mar 11
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If Cullen is good...why no appearances in PL???

blueeyed.handsomeman 3:02 Wed Mar 11
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Ted Fenton,2;08, 11th March 2020

ted fenton 2:08 Wed Mar 11
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The Stoat 1:52 Wed Mar 11

gph 1:54 Wed Mar 11
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Thanks, Alan

The Stoat 1:52 Wed Mar 11
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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