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Alan 10:24 Thu Mar 12
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City and Manchester United will go head-to-head in an effort to sign Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 26, for £150m this summer (90min)

Juventus also want to bring England captain Kane to Turin this summer to play alongside Cristiano Ronaldo. (Tuttosport - in English)

Borussia Dortmund will let Jadon Sancho leave this summer if he asks for a move. The England winger, 19, is wanted by Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea. (Standard)

Chelsea and Tottenham are both interested in signing Bournemouth's goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, 21. (Mail)

Both clubs are also in the market for Jeremie Boga, 23. The Ivory Coast winger - a former Chelsea player - would cost £13m from Italian club Sassuolo, with Borussia Dortmund and Valencia also interested. (Sun)

Arsenal and Spurs are prepared to battle it out to sign midfielder Marcel Sabitzer from RB Leipzig. The Austria international, 25, scored twice against Spurs in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Calcio Mercato - in English)

Spurs also want to bring Real Madrid's Eder Militao to north London. Real want £70m for the Brazil defender, 22. (El Desmarque - in English)

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang says he is happy at Arsenal. There has been speculation linking the 30-year-old Gabon striker with a move to Barcelona. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich are interested in Chelsea's Willian. The Brazilian midfielder, 31, is out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer. (Sun)

Chelsea will try to sign Porto's Brazil defender Alex Telles, 27, if they fail to land Ben Chilwell. The 23-year-old Leicester player is their first choice left-back target for next season. (Star)

Leeds will pay Lorient the buy-out clause to sign Illan Meslier permanently. The French goalkeeper, 20, is currently on loan at Elland Road. (Mirror)

Aston Villa and West Brom both want to sign Karlan Grant from Huddersfield. The 22-year-old striker has scored 16 goals in the Championship this season. (Sky Sports)

The president of the French Football Federation wants Paris St-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, 21, to play for France at this summer's Olympics in Tokyo. (L'Equipe - in English)

Representatives of the Bundesliga, Serie A, La Liga and Ligue 1 will ask Uefa for the postponement of Euro 2020 at a video conference call meeting on Thursday. (Football Italia)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

The whole of football may be in doubt but the Mill is still churning and the transfer vultures still circling. And with Tottenham in apparent “crisis”, Premier League rivals are looking to pick off some prime cuts. And they don’t come much more prime – when fit – than Harry Kane, over whom Manchester United and Manchester City are prepared to have a good old ding-dong, according to reports. They suggest that the England captain’s “representatives are exploring options for a potential transfer away from Tottenham” with sources at both Manchester clubs letting their interest be known. We’re talking big wedge though – £150m, no less.

From a World Cup 2018 star to one from the previous tournament, 2014’s James Rodríguez, who is very much out in the cold at Real Madrid these days. So cold in fact that the relative warmth of the Black Country could beckon, with Jorge Mendes reportedly being summoned into action to “prepare the machinery” for a move to Wolves, according to Defensa Central. Everton are keen too, apparently.

With goalkeepers who can actually stop the ball and reliably play it out suddenly sought-after, Bournemouth’s Aaron Ramsdale is on the radar of Chelsea and Tottenham, claims the Mail, in light of the flaky recent form of Kepa Arizabalaga and Hugo Lloris, respectively. And as Spurs mull over that chastening defeat by RB Leipzig, the German club’s Marcel Sabitzer, who stuck two past Lloris on Tuesday, could be a target for José Mourinho. They could face competition for the 25-year-old Austria midfielder from their old chums Arsenal, however.

Rumour Mill mainstay Willian may have been more prominent at Chelsea of late, but so too remains talk of an impending departure. Bayern Munich are the latest to stress their interest. For their part Chelsea are still very much interested in the full-backs Alex Telles, of Porto, and Leicester’s Ben Chilwell.

West Ham are pondering a summer bid for Napoli’s Hirving Lozano (provided they stay up, one would assume), for a fee close to the €40m they shelled out for the Mexico international. Everton and Atlético Madrid may prove more tempting options for the 24-year-old winger, though.

In other goalkeeping news, Leeds are expected to pay Lorient the buy-out clause that will land the on-loan Illan Meslier permanently. Another Championship player attracting gossip is the Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant, on whom Aston Villa and West Brom are keen. Grant has hit 16 goals this season.


Sunday game likely to be played behind closed doors

West Ham’s Sunday game against Wolves is likely to be played behind closed doors on Sunday despite an official statement from the club yesterday.

A report in today’s Times says the decision is expected to be made by the Government today following a meeting.

The Times says “All football matches in England will be played behind closed doors under government plans to combat coronavirus that could be triggered as early as today.

A meeting of the government’s Cobra committee this morning is expected to move its response to the pandemic from the “contain” phase to the “delay” phase. That will result in a crisis plan being unveiled for football. The Times can reveal:

● The current season will not be postponed and instead matches in the Premier League and lower divisions will be moved behind closed doors;

● All Premier League season-ticket holders and ticket holders for individual games will be able to stream coverage of matches into their homes;

● No games will be shown in pubs

Claret and Hugh say:

Health considerations and the nation’ss interests need to be taken first in the current global situation with the World Health Organisation declaring the Coronavirus a pandemic yesterday.

While the transmission of the virus in an open-air stadium remains relatively small, the risks are far greater on supporters travelling in close proximity on public transport before and after the game and in the pubs and restaurants in the build-up to the match.

While the decision may be disappointing to many we are living in an unprecedented situation in modern times and the safety of the more elderly among us and those with underlying health conditions must be put first and it is the right thing to do in the circumstances.

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Exiled In Surrey 10:13 Fri Mar 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mex Martillo 3:26 Thu Mar 12

Texas Iron 3:18 Fri Mar 13
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No tv in pubs...
No spectators...
Bad for us...
Fuck Coronavirus...


Mex Martillo 3:26 Thu Mar 12
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Thanks Alan 12:06 Thu Mar 12

Thanks Alan 12:06 Thu Mar 12
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Thanks Alan

Lee Trundle 11:02 Thu Mar 12
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It's about the 126th time we've been linked to Hirving Lozano over the years. Who's his agent?

Alan 11:01 Thu Mar 12
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Guardian Rumour Mill added.

blueeyed.handsomeman 10:30 Thu Mar 12
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THankyou Alan

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