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Alan 12:21 Sun Mar 22
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, 27, and Netherlands defender Virgil van Dijk, 28, are on the verge of signing new contracts with Premier League leaders Liverpool. (Goal)

Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham are all interested in Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 27, who is keen on a return to the Premier League. (Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho would be a "great addition" to Chelsea's squad, according to former captain John Terry, but Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also interested in the 19-year-old England international. (Evening Standard)

The Premier League is scheduling a tentative plan for games to start after 1 June, allowing the season to be finished within six weeks and the 2020-21 campaign to begin on 8 August. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is hoping to pip Barcelona and Real Madrid to the £74m signing of Napoli and Spain midfielder Fabian Ruiz, 23, this summer. (Express)

Manchester City will not be saved from a Champions League ban despite Uefa relaxing financial fair play rules for this season and next because of the coronavirus crisis. (Mail)

Manchester United could listen to offers for midfielders Jesse Lingard, 27, and Andreas Pereira, 24, this summer with both having fallen out of favour under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. (Sun)

Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to sign 30-year-old Lazio and Italy striker Ciro Immobile. (Goal)

Representatives of Paris-St-Germain forward Neymar, 28, have told Barcelona the Brazilian wants to leave France and return to the Nou Camp. (Star)

Arsenal have been encouraged to sign Burnley's New Zealand striker Chris Wood, 28, as a replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, if the Gabon international decides to leave this summer. (Star)

Manchester United are thought to be preparing a £50m offer for Aubameyang, and Inter Milan and Barcelona also want the Arsenal club captain. (Metro)

Inter Milan are also interested in signing Chelsea and France forward Olivier Giroud, 33, if they lose Argentine forward Lautaro Martinez, 22, to Barcelona this summer. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Arsenal have targeted Celtic's Odsonne Edouard, 22, as manager Mikel Arteta looks to strengthen, however Leicester and Everton are also interested in the French forward. (Mirror)

The suspension of football could give Paris St-Germain more time to convince France forward Kylian Mbappe, 21, to sign a new deal, with his contract set to end in 2022. (Marca)

Manchester United have held talks over Atletico Madrid's France midfielder Thomas Lemar, 24, who was previously a target for Liverpool. (Manchester Evening News)








HITC

Arsenal and Everton move for St James' Park contract rebel, Moyes wants him too

Olly Dawes

Newcastle United could lose Matty Longstaff this summer.

According to TEAMtalk, Newcastle United midfielder Matty Longstaff is considering leaving the club amid links to Arsenal, Everton and West Ham United.

Longstaff is out of contract this summer, and whilst he can sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club right now, there is also interest in the Premier League as Newcastle struggle to sort out an extension.

Arsenal, Everton and West Ham have allegedly moved to express their interest in Longstaff, whilst Ajax, Atalanta, Borussia Dortmund, Club Brugge and Inter Milan have all made contact about a deal.

Newcastle don't exactly have the best record with homegrown players in recent years, and losing Longstaff would be a bitter pill to swallow.

The 20-year-old has emerged in the first team this season, and made a dream Premier League debut in October as he scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Manchester United at St James' Park.

He may not be quite as talented technically as brother Sean, but he has been a ball of energy whenever he has been given a chance, and this huge interest just goes to show that Newcastle can't afford to let a boyhood Magpie leave – so it may now be a panic to get him tied down.

How does he fit in elsewhere?

Longstaff is diminutive and hard working, but it's hard to imagine him breaking into the Arsenal side any time soon, whilst Ben Cottrell has shown promise too. The Gunners would likely see him as a potentially cheap homegrown option, adding depth to Mikel Arteta's side.

Everton do need more energy in midfield by Carlo Ancelotti's admission, and Longstaff would certainly bring that, whilst West Ham need to think about life after Mark Noble – and the Newcastle talent may fit the bill as a long-term successor, which certainly explains David Moyes' interest.






Vital

West Ham reportedly targeting £6.3m-valued defender for summer move

According to Grada 3, West Ham are interested in signing Alex Moreno in the summer window as the Hammers look to add to their side – hopefully ahead of another Premier League campaign.

Of course, the schedule is up in the air at the moment but the preference seems to be that this season is played to a close properly and, therefore, the Hammers will need to be ready to get themselves safe as quickly as possible.

One knock-on of the current problem, too, is that it is unclear when the window is going to open up for business but, when it does, you’d hope that the Irons have used this current period to identify players and deals they want to try and sort for the market.

Moreno is one of the latest to get linked, then, with the Betis man liking to play down the left-hand side at both left-back and left-wing.

Primarily, though, he is a full-back and with the issues that the club has had on both sides of the pitch in that position in the recent past, you’d just hope that the homework has been done on this man if he was to come to east London.

As per transfermarkt, meanwhile, he is valued at £6.3m and so he might not be the most expensive signing in the world, though this is just a guide and it remains to be seen what Betis would actually demand if the Irons firmed up and reported interest and looked to get a deal struck.





Football London

The positions and players David Moyes could target during summer transfer spending spree

The summer transfer window seems an awful long way off right now but why not have a look to the future and what could happen?

By Sam Inkersole

Who even knows when this season is going to be finished, let alone the next transfer window opening or even what league West Ham will be in when 2020/21 eventually does get underway.

After a big spending spree during the spell of Manuel Pellegrini in east London, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see the purse strings tightened this summer. If the Hammers are relegated from the Premier League then that would be the case anyway.

David Moyes has said he wants to bring the average age of his group of players down and he started doing that by signing 23-year-old Jarrod Bowen and 25-year-old Tomas Soucek in the January transfer window.

Moyes wants young and hungry players that are going to improve his squad, seemingly gone are the days when West Ham splashed out massive cash on Premier League has-beens if the manager gets his way.

Transfer budgets will be determined by what decision the Hammers will be in next season whenever that gets underway but after reporting a loss for the last financial year, plus the economic impact of the current Covid-19 pandemic, it’ll no doubt be smaller than in recent years.

Say West Ham do stay in the Premier League however and they have a bit of cash to strengthen the squad so, hopefully, they don’t get embroiled in another relegation battle. Who could they look to sign and in what position?

Left back

The left side of the defence is seemingly one that does need to get sorted out. Aaron Cresswell has played alright under Moyes but Arthur Masuaku has struggled badly for form and doesn't seem to be the answer.

So in any case, strength in depth is needed there. Under-23s star Ben Johnson can play there but he is a natural right back.

If Moyes wants to live up to his billing of wanting younger players, there are a few he could choose from. One of them is Real Betis defender Alex Moreno, but he does have a €40m release clause according to reports.

However, the Hammers should be able to get him for less than that if they do go in for him. Moreno is 26 so will be in his prime.

Lazio’s Jordan Lukaku could be an option as well and the Hammers have been linked with a move for him before.

Midfield

The obvious option of a player to sign here is to get Soucek tied down to a permanent deal after impressing on loan so far. The Hammers paid £4m to loan him from Slavia Prague in January with an option to buy should they remain in the top flight.

It’ll cost West Ham the best part of £20m for that to happen but that would be a good move as Soucek has shown in a short space of time he can make a big difference to this Hammers team, finally bringing a bit of mobility to the central midfield area.

All the while the Hammers have the option of signing Soucek, it is one they should be thinking of doing and not really looking anywhere else.

If they did though...West Brom’s Matheus Pereira has been rumoured to be of interest to the Hammers, as has Norwich midfielder Kenny McClean.

Striker

Sebastien Haller’s move from Eintracht Frankfurt hasn't quite reaped the benefits that was hoped after his £45m switch, while Michail Antonio has been deployed as a striker too but his finishing has been suspect as best.

Albian Ajeti has been frozen out so that would indicate he doesn't have much of a future at the club beyond the end of this season.

Potential recruits? Well Andrea Belotti, the Torino frontman, is reportedly available for half the price that the club was quoted last summer, so £30m could get the Italian but that seems excessive.

The club, along with Leicester City, have been linked with a move for Lyon forward Bertrand Traore. Another Real Betis player in Loren Moron, who has hit 11 La Liga goals this season, could be an option too.





Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

LAF 4:55 Sun Mar 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Apocalypse Now: playing baseall on the beach in ‘Nam with bbqs and Beach Boys blaring: “The more they tried to make it feel like home, the more they missed it.”

Texas Iron 2:01 Sun Mar 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...
Longstaff...Diminutive...don't make sense...
🤡🤡🤡🤡

Mex Martillo 1:29 Sun Mar 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:09 Sun Mar 22
All this transfer news really is end of season stuff isn’t it.

Thanks Alan 1:09 Sun Mar 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:27 Sun Mar 22

Sven Roeder 12:31 Sun Mar 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

ted fenton 12:27 Sun Mar 22
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.





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