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Alan 1:19 Thu Mar 19
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal are resigned to losing striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, this summer and want a fee of 55m euros (£50.7m) for the Gabon international with Barcelona interested. (Sport, in Spanish)

Borussia Dortmund have moved ahead of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea in the race to sign England Under-17 midfielder Jude Bellingham, 16, from Birmingham this summer. (Bild, in German)

Manchester City, Juventus and Paris St-Germain are interested in signing French midfielder Houssem Aouar, 21, from Lyon. (Corriere dello Sport, in Italian)

Arsenal have held talks with Hammarby over a deal to sign 16-year-old Sweden youth international forward Emil Roback, who is also attracting interest from Bayern Munich. (Daily Mail)

Arsenal will also hold talks with Villarreal midfielder Santi Cazorla in the summer to offer him the chance to say goodbye to the supporters. The 35-year-old Spaniard left the Gunners in the summer of 2018, having not played for nearly two years because of injury. (Daily Express)

West Ham are monitoring the progress of 20-year-old English defender Dion Sanderson, who is currently on loan at Cardiff from Wolves. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have spoken to Barcelona about the possibility of signing Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 27, on loan next season. (Sport, in Spanish)

Manchester City and Manchester United are ready to make a move for Spain midfielder Saul Niguez, with the 25-year-old struggling to agree a new contract at Atletico Madrid. (Mundo Deportivo, in Spanish)

Inter Milan are set to offer English defender Ashley Young, 34, a one-year contract extension after impressing since his January move from Manchester United. (Gazzetta dello Sport, in Italian)

The Irish Football Association want Stoke boss Michael O'Neill to remain in charge of Northern Ireland for the Euro 2020 play-offs, which have been postponed until June because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa had a bid for Angers midfielder Baptiste Santamaria rejected in January and have yet to decide whether to make a further offer for the 25-year-old Frenchman in the summer. (ABC Sevilla, in Spanish)

Arsenal and Chelsea are both monitoring the progress of Bayer Leverkusen's 22-year-old Jamaica forward Leon Bailey, who is valued at £85m. (Daily Express)

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West Ham monitoring Wolves starlet Dion Sanderson and will intensify interest once the season resumes

Several clubs are now monitoring the progress of defender Dion Sanderson
The Wolves starlet is wanted by West Ham, who are weighing up a move
The 20-year old is on loan at Cardiff City and has been making an impression
Scouts from Aston Villa, Brighton and Norwich have also checked on progress


West Ham plan to check on Wolves’ young defender Dion Sanderson once the season resumes.

The 20-year old is on loan at Cardiff City and has been impressing manager Neil Harris prior to the Championship’s lockdown.

Scouts from Aston Villa, Brighton and Norwich have also checked on his progress as they ponder a summer bid, believing Wolves will listen to offers.

Sanderson is a centre back but has been playing at right-back. He made his debut for Wolves in the Carabao Cup against Villa in October.

At Cardiff, Sanderson made his league debut up against Nottingham Forest and, though his side lost 1-0, acquitted himself well against the threat of Sammy Ameobi and Joe Lolley.

He followed up with another strong performance as Cardiff drew 2-2 with Brentford.

Manager Neil Harris hopes to reap the benefits of Sanderson's loan until the end of the season, or when football does resume, and has been effusive in his praise saying: 'Dion has shown himself to be more than capable of playing at this level.

'He has shown he is composed on the ball and is willing to get forward, he's athletic and willing to defend as well. He should be a proud young man.'

West Ham are looking to overhaul their squad in the summer though recruitment will be determined by whether they sustain their Premier League status.

Football League World

Darren Bent reacts as West Ham target move for influential West Brom ace

By George Harbey

Darren Bent has claimed that Matheus Pereira would be a “fantastic signing” for West Ham, amid speculation linking him with a move away from West Bromwich Albion.

Pereira joined West Brom on a season-long loan deal from Sporting Lisbon in the summer, and he has since established himself as one of the best players in the Championship.

The Brazilian has chipped in with six goals and 16 assists for the Baggies this season, helping Slaven Bilic’s side climb to second in their bid for automatic promotion to the Premier League.

The 23-year-old is set to become a permanent Albion player if he makes one more appearances for the West Midlands side, but he is already attracting interest from elsewhere.

Football Insider claim that West Ham are keeping tabs on the classy playmaker, who looks on course to complete a permanent £8.25m move to the Hawthorns this summer.

Speaking to Football Insider, though, Bent claims that Pereira would be a “fantastic” addition for the Hammers, and Albion could make a big profit if they choose to sell him this summer.

He said: “Absolute snippet. I’m all for them low prices, for West Brom that would be a fantastic signing. As we’ve said, when you’re in the Championship it’s a completely different shopping list when you’re in the Premier League.

“That’s the thing they’ve got to think about (the profit). Hopefully, we can get some football going again so we can see these great guys on the pitch.”

The Baggies – at present – are set to return to league action against Hull City on the 4th of April, but whether the EFL suspend fixtures until another weekend remains to be seen.

The Verdict

I don’t think West Brom should have any thoughts on selling Pereira whatsoever – he is set to become a permanent Albion player, and he could be a legend in the future.

For a price of £8.25m, Pereira could just get better and better for the Baggies, and he could be one of those players who moves on for £30-40m in the future.

It’s hard to believe that he’s only 23 years of age, as he is already so calm and mature on the ball, and he is one of the best players the Championship has ever seen.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

chiff 6:33 Thu Mar 19
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Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 4:33 Thu Mar 19
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Thanks Alan 1:35 Thu Mar 19

ParadiseLost 4:18 Thu Mar 19
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All this transfer talk seems nothing more than filling empty sports pages. No one knows when the season will end, some teams might not even make it and others will be in such dire financial straits they’ll take much lower fees than would have applied before.
Yet the newspapers still run GBP 150 million ‘transfer’ stories.
Until if and when the economy rebounds many owners, ours included, are going to be even more careful with their cash. For example commercial property, which was already struggling, isn’t going to be helped The potential failure of their tenants.

Texas Iron 3:15 Thu Mar 19
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Thanks Alan 1:35 Thu Mar 19
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Thanks Alan

Alan 1:31 Thu Mar 19
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Mr. Burns 1:21 Thu Mar 19

Yes thanks Mr B, top notch.

Mr. Burns 1:21 Thu Mar 19
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Cheers Al, hope you’re well?

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