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Alan 1:33 Wed Mar 18
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Premier League bosses have a plan to play remaining fixtures behind closed doors at neutral venues.(Sun)

Real Madrid are already making plans for the summer and could let Wales forward Gareth Bale, 30, leave on a free transfer. (Marca)

Manchester City have set a price of £80m for Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 29, who has been linked with a move to Paris St-Germain. (Sun)

City's German winger Leroy Sane, 24, has two offers from top clubs. (Goal)

Manchester United are planning to make a 'significant' effort to sign 26-year-old Barcelona and France defender Samuel Umtiti this summer. (Talksport)

Paris St-Germain and Chelsea are planning summer bids for Juventus and Bosnia-Herzegovina playmaker Miralem Pjanic, 29. (Calciomercato)

Arsenal are furious with Barcelona for what they see as an attempt to unsettle their Gabon international striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30. (Star)

Atletico Madrid and England right-back Kieran Trippier, 29, has revealed he wants to retire at former club Burnley and would only return to the Premier League to play at Turf Moor under Sean Dyche. (Burnley Express)

Arsenal and Chelsea have delivered mobile gyms to their quarantined players to keep them fit during the coronavirus crisis. (Sun)

West Ham say they will be able play the remainder of their home games at London Stadium if the season runs into the summer, despite other events, including baseball, athletics and a music concert, being scheduled to take place there. (Standard)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta wants to sell Armenia midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 31, in the summer and Roma are keen to turn his current loan deal into a permanent transfer. (Express)

Mick McCarthy's future as Republic of Ireland manager has been thrown into doubt following the postponement of the European Championship to 2021. The 61-year-old's contract was scheduled to expire in the summer - at the end of the original Euro 2020. (Talksport)

Chelsea's Russian owner Roman Abramovich, 53, has reportedly seen his net worth drop by £2.4bn this year because of the coronavirus outbreak, although he is still worth more than £10bn. (Star)

Dutch left-back Jetro Willems, 25, who is on loan at Newcastle from German side Eintracht Frankfurt, will not play again in 2020 as a knee injury is more serious than expected. (Bild, via Newcastle Chronicle)

Bosnian goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 32, on loan at AC Milan from Bournemouth, says living in Milan is "like a movie scene" during Italy's "nightmare" lockdown. (Mirror)

Aston Villa are prepared to bid for Wolves' 20-year-old English defender Dion Sanderson, who is currently on loan at Cardiff City. (Football Insider)







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HITC

Crystal Palace set to spark £25m bidding war with West Ham

Danny Owen

Three Premier League clubs, Palace, West Ham United and Brighton and Hove Albion, reportedly want CSKA Moscow striker Fyodor Chalov.

Crystal Palace are set to spark a bidding war for CSKA Moscow striker Fyodor Chalov, according to the Mirror (18 March, page 47) with West Ham United and Brighton and Hove Albion also interested.

Whenever the summer transfer window swings open, it feels that almost half the Premier League will be duking it out for a new number nine.

Palace are one of those desperate for reinforcements in attack, with manager Roy Hodgson left frustrated by the Eagles’ failure to improve on a misfiring strike force led by the ever-wayward Christian Benteke.

The Mirror reports that Russian international Chalov is in their sights, with Palace set to renew their interest in a man they offered £14 million for last summer. These days, the 21-year-old will cost closer to £25 million.

Any bid from Selhurst Park is likely to be met with a response from West Ham and bitter rivals Brighton, however, with both the Hammers and the Seagulls also keen to secure Chalov’s sought-after signature.

West Ham have seen record signing Sebastian Haller struggle in recent months, while Brighton’s lack of a ruthless streak has plunged them into relegation danger.

Chalov has scored just six goals in all competitions this season but he did win the Russian Golden Boot award in 2019.

Palace will be praying that the striker blocks out the advice from his CSKA team-mates, however, after former Everton dynamo Nikola Vlasic told Sport24 that the in-demand forward should be aiming higher than the Londoners.





C&H

Could FA rule 22D decide the Premier League season?

The FA rulebook for 2019/2020 season has a rule called 22d that says in the event of a team withdrawing from a league before completing 75% of fixtures for the playing season all points obtained should be expunged. This rule has been interpreted by many as suggesting that the season and current standings would stand if 75% of the fixtures are completed.

As the Premier League has 38 games per season the magic number is 28.5 games rounded up to 29.

Most Premier League clubs have already played 29 games with the exception of Sheffield United. Man City, Arsenal and Aston Villa.

Man City’s game in hand would make no difference in places, a win for Sheffield United could leapfrog them over Wolves and Manchester United to 5th place

A win for Arsenal could allow them to leapfrog Spurs and possibly Sheffield United to 5th position depending on goal difference.

The only real fundamental change would be Aston Villa’s game in hand as they currently sit deep in the relegation zone in 19th spot.

A win for them would push them out of trouble and above West Ham to 16th position, West Ham would drop down to 17th place and Watford would drop into the relegation zone.

Should these three fixtures be played and the Premier League season then finish after 75% of fixtures played it would mean Norwich, Bournemouth and Watford would be relegated with the Hammers beating the drop on goal difference. Liverpool would be declared Champions. Just one of the many scenarios!

Tomas Soucek looks set to be lined up as the next Hammers skipper should the Hammers remain in the Premier League at the end of this season.

The defensive midfielder – currently on loan with a view to a permanent contract at the end of the season – has been outstanding over his early games and would be perfectly placed to take over from Mark Noble in his absences next season.

Mark has admitted that he can no longer be counted on to do it over every game of the season and Soucek – at 25 – looks perfectly placed to take over from the Hammers veteran.

He has been receiving high praise from members of the club’s backroom staff since the game was interrupted by the health scare.

And one highly placed source told us on the phone: “He’s a proper professional – an outstanding example to the squad as they try to keep themselves ticking over with no football in prospect.

“Tomas is out in the park early running and keeping himself as fit as a fiddle should there be a return. He’s an outstanding individual.

“He would have to enter calculations as a future leader should everything turn out as we hope.”



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Son of Sam 8:49 Thu Mar 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan , Keep up the great work, its widely appreciated

Peckham 10:54 Wed Mar 18
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Spoke to someone at the Standard today, an area manager, talks of stopping publishing for a while.

Think that is unprecedented, even during the Blitz papers got out I think.

Mex Martillo 8:52 Wed Mar 18
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
Hope you had a good day off and not isolating too much.

Mike Oxsaw 3:16 Wed Mar 18
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If 22d is invoked would that make the premiership title the equivalent of getting your hands on the Tiny Tits trophy?

Texas Iron 3:11 Wed Mar 18
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

bill green 1:49 Wed Mar 18
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
blueeyed.handsomeman 1:38 Wed Mar 18

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:38 Wed Mar 18
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankYou Alan





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