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Alan 1:22 Mon Mar 16
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United and Nigeria striker Odion Ighalo, 30, who is on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, is prepared to take a £6m pay cut in order to stay at the Premier League club. (Mail)

United are also favourites to sign Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, with Real Madrid set to miss out on the 23-year-old Netherlands international. (Marca - in Spanish)

Juventus are preparing to offer Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 35, a contract extension to keep him at the Italian club until 2024. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Tottenham Hotspur's England striker Harry Kane, 26, is considering rejecting a move to Manchester United or Manchester City in favour of joining Juve. (Tuttosport, via Express)

Manchester City are using the time during the Premier League postponement to negotiate new contracts for Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 28, and England winger Raheem Sterling, 25. (Sun)

Meanwhile, Newcastle United will step up talks about a new deal with English midfielder Matty Longstaff, 19. (Star)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is interested in West Ham United's 23-year-old defender Issa Diop. The £60m-rated Frenchman is also a Manchester United target. (Metro)

Birmingham City's 16-year-old English midfielder Jude Bellingham is struggling to decide between four clubs - Manchester United, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund - who are all willing to pay £30m for him. (Sun)

Players whose contracts expire in June could be given new temporary deals to allow fixtures delayed because of the coronavirus outbreak to be completed over the summer. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Uefa will propose playing the Champions League and Europa League semi-finals and final over four days in an attempt to ease the fixture congestion caused by the coronavirus lockdown. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Liverpool are in advanced talks with Georginio Wijnaldum over a new contract that will keep the 29-year-old Netherlands midfielder at Anfield until 2023. (Star)

Chelsea midfielder Mason Mount, 21, could face a club fine after he was photographed having a kickabout in a park with West Ham's Declan Rice when he was supposed to be self-isolating. (Mirror)

Barcelona, Manchester United and Real Madrid will battle it out for Fenerbahce's Turkey Under-17 midfielder Omer Beyaz, 16. (Express)

Sheffield United's on-loan goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, is expected to return to his parent club Manchester United in the summer, despite strong interest from Chelsea. (Star)

Tottenham have been scouting Queens Park Rangers midfielder Eberechi Eze, 21, with the Loftus Road outfit set to demand £20m for the England Under-21 international. (Sun)

Fans have called for West Ham owners David Sullivan and David Gold to sell the club amid rising dissatisfaction. (Telegraph - subscription required)

A number of top European clubs with senior players out injured could benefit from breaks in their respective seasons because of coronavirus. (Mail)

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Hammers wait to see if they will be promoted

West Ham’s under 23s – despite an amazing unbeaten League season – will have to wait to see if they are to be promoted back to Division One of Premier League.

The young Hammers sit proudly on top of their League with 46 points from 18 games .

They are followed in second spot by Manchester United with 43 points from 17 games and in third by West Brom with 34 from 16.

The Hammers and with United would appear to be the two who would have fought it out over the final games with our lads having a vastly better better goal difference.

However, with the season suspended, they find themselves in the same position as the rest of football by having to wait for final decisions to be made – possibly, or presumably, by the game’s authorities.

Only one club gets automatic promotion through League 2 with the second team going up via play offs between the teams finishing in second, third, fourth and fifth positions.

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Mex Martillo 8:53 Mon Mar 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:39 Mon Mar 16

Do I smell a bit of hypocrisy? In the prem we want season void and start again. In U23 we what our 1st place position and promotion.

Texas Iron 6:39 Mon Mar 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 1:39 Mon Mar 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
blueeyed.handsomeman 1:36 Mon Mar 16

Hermit Road 1:37 Mon Mar 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Big Al.

Good to see Arteta is up and about but not so good to see he is looking at diop.

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:36 Mon Mar 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Bill Green, 1;31 monday 16th march 2020

bill green 1:31 Mon Mar 16
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan

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