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Alan 2:01 Sun Mar 15
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Uefa is considering moving Euro 2020 to December to allow enough time for the Premier League and other club competitions to complete their fixtures over the summer, following disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. (Sunday Telegraph)

Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez, 29, is considering a move to Paris St-Germain, who have shown an interest in signing the Algeria international in the summer. (Calciomercato via Express)

PSG expect their Brazil forward Neymar, 28, to leave in the summer and return to his former club Barcelona for 150m euros (£136m). (Marca - in Spanish)

Barcelona are preparing to end their interest in Arsenal's Gabonese striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30. (Sunday Express)

Real Madrid have made Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 27, their top summer transfer target. (Mirror)

Manchester United are preparing to offer on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, a new £100,000-per-week deal to fend off interest from Chelsea. (Sun on Sunday)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti will make Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel, 22, his first signing this summer in a £30m deal. (Mirror)

Chelsea are preparing an £85m bid for Bayer Leverkusen and Jamaica winger Leon Bailey, 22, after watching him play for the Bundesliga side in the Europa League. (Sunday Express)

Chelsea have joined the race for Barcelona's Marc Cucurella, 21, who is on loan at Getafe, with Napoli, Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen also interested in the Spanish left-back. (Mail on Sunday)

Chelsea are also keen on signing Harvey Gilmour, 14, who is currently at Kilmarnock and is the younger brother of current Blues midfielder Billy. (Sun on Sunday)

Valencia defensive midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia, 27, is a summer target for Tottenham, with the Central African Republic international's form for the La Liga side catching the eye of Spurs manager Jose Mourinho. (Goal)

Mexico striker Raul Jimenez, 28, is open to a move away from Wolves - with Manchester United a possible destination - but his club would only accept a big offer. (Manchester Evening News)

Juventus are seeking a midfielder, and have turned their attention to Italian 19-year-old Sandro Tonali at Brescia and French 21-year-old Houssem Aouar at Lyon as hopes of bringing France international Paul Pogba, 27, back to the club from Manchester United begin to fade. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Newcastle United are interested in out-of-favour Manchester United and England defender Phil Jones, 28. (Sunday Mirror)

Ajax and Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana, 23, is being linked with a move to Chelsea after Spain's Kepa Arrizabalaga, 25, was dropped to the Blues' bench following a run of poor form. (Sunday Express)

Left-back Emerson Palmieri is wanted by Juventus, with the Serie A side preparing to offer £25m for the Chelsea and Italy 25-year-old. (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham's All or Nothing behind-the-scenes Amazon documentary is to open with former manager Mauricio Pochettino's dramatic sacking last November. (Sunday Mirror)

With the Premier League currently suspended, Liverpool players, staff and fans have stepped in to offer support and donate cash to a foodbank, which relies on donations on match days. (Liverpool FC)


Arsenal plot Issa Diop transfer as Mikel Arteta considers complete defensive overhaul

The Gunners boss Mikel Arteta has turned his attention to West Ham defender Issa Diop as part of a plan to completely revamp Arsenal's backline

By Tom Hopkinson

Arsenal are plotting a move for West Ham’s Issa Diop as boss Mikel Arteta sets about ironing out their defensive deficiencies.

Despite the Hammers’ struggles, centre-back Diop has impressed since arriving from Toulouse in the summer of 2018.

And as Arteta heads towards his first transfer window as Gunners boss, he believes the Frenchman could help solve a problem that his club has had for years.

Diop has already attracted interest from Manchester United during his time in England but West Ham co-owner David Sullivan issued a strong hands-off warning to Old Trafford bosses.

However, Arsenal are ready to test the Eastenders’ resolve and there is a belief that if David Moyes’s men fail to beat the drop that they could get the player on the cheap with him likely to seek a move away from the London Stadium.

West Ham paid Toulouse £22.5m for the player, who has been capped six times by the world champions.

If they remain in the Premier League, then they would almost certainly ask for more than double that figure, considering the length left on his deal.

Arsenal are preparing to welcome another Frenchman, William Saliba, into the first-team fold at the Emirates next season.

Saliba remained on loan at Saint-Etienne this term, having been signed last summer, to gain further first-team experience.


ExWHUemployee swoons over Amadou Diallo

by Danny Lewis

ExWHUemployee enthused over Amadou Diallo in Blowing Bubbles magazine (Issue 101, Page 45).
What did he say?

The West Ham insider took his column in the fanzine as an opportunity to write about West Ham youngsters such as Nathan Holland, Conor Coventry, Jeremy Ngakia and Ajibola Alese.

Though it was perhaps his comment on Diallo that will create the most intrigue among plenty of West Ham fans who read it, as he explained: “Amadou recently signed a new contract and the club beat off competition from a host of top clubs including Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid. He regularly gets goals and is a really exciting player to watch.”

Promising talent

The 17-year-old has already shown glimpses of what he is able to do, having represented his country up to U17s level, while also breaking into the Hammers’ U23s setup.

Considering his tender age, he has already made a good impact in the final third in Premier League 2, scoring six goals and assisting another two in 14 appearances across this season and the last.

There is also a fearlessness in his game that can be seen when watching him play, as he can often be seen running at the opposition defence, while there is plenty of confidence in the way that he carries himself.

With all of this in mind, it should not be too surprising that there were big clubs looking to sign the winger, though it does offer another indicator of just how impressive he has been for Dmitri Halajko’s side.

The challenge for him now will be to get himself closer to David Moyes’ first-team squad, by following in the footsteps of Jeremy Ngakia, who has now played four Premier League matches.

There are, of course, no guarantees that Diallo will be able to make the step up, but he has certainly shown encouraging signs so far.

Should Jeremy Ngakia start over Ryan Fredericks?

Ryan Fredericks is due to return from injury on 20th April, having been missing since 19th February, as reported by football.london.

With the Premier League being suspended, with the aim of returning on 4th April, as confirmed by their official website, this doesn’t give Jeremy Ngakia many more chances to show David Moyes that he deserves to stay in the side when his more experienced teammate returns.

The teenager has impressed fans during his time in the team, which poses the question as to whether he deserves to keep his place in the side over the former Fulham man.

FFC writers have given their verdicts on what could turn out to be a big selection dilemma for the Hammers manager.

Viji Jeevathayalan

“It would be criminal from Moyes were Jeremy Ngakia to lose his place to a returning Ryan Fredericks. The full-back has stepped up to the plate in recent weeks, and proven himself to be one of the Hammers’ more reliable performers of what has been a turbulent campaign.

“As per Sofascore, in the games that he has played in the top-flight, Ngakia has averaged an impressive three tackles and 1.5 interceptions per game – not to mention the fact he also wins around six duels per match too. What kind of statement would Moyes be sending if he decided to drop Ngakia? This is a player who is taking his opportunity with both hands, and rather than just throw him back on the side-lines, he should keep his place whilst Fredericks fights to earn his spot again.”

Jonathan Radcliffe

“The recent Premier League suspension makes this a far more interesting proposition, as when the league does return at the start of April, Ngakia will have just a few matches to prove himself to David Moyes. In the long run, the 19-year-old is the future of the right-back position for West Ham, but with the Hammers in a relegation battle at the bottom of the division, it may be worth bringing Fredericks back into the side – after all, he does have an edge in terms of his experience.

“Next year, it will be worth considering Ngakia for the first-team role, but first, Premier League survival is more important. Giving Fredericks his place back in the side makes perfect sense.”

Charles Jones

“In light of recent events, I’d have to say that Ngakia’s chances of keeping his place are very slim.

“Ryan Fredericks was already edging closer to full fitness before all football was suspended, and now with no games to be played before at least April 3rd, his replacement has no chance to further stake his claim to be a starter, while the former Fulham man will be something close to 100% when he returns.

“Would this be the right call? Time will tell, but I think that experience often trumps youth when you’re in a relegation battle, so getting Fredericks back into the team at the earliest possible opportunity would be the best course of action for David Moyes.”

Danny Lewis

“Moyes simply must keep Ngakia in the team for now, regardless of whether Fredericks is available or not, due to the way he has performed after being given his chance in the side.

“His display against Sadio Mane should act as good enough evidence that he deserves to keep playing games. The academy graduate produced five tackles, four clearances, three interceptions, two dribbles and won three aerial duels.

“Experience can be useful in a relegation battle, but so can the fearlessness of youth, and the quality that Ngakia has shown under Moyes so far definitely warrants him keeping his place.”

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Exiled In Surrey 12:33 Mon Mar 16
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chiff 6:23 Sun Mar 15
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Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 3:20 Sun Mar 15
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