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Alan 2:14 Tue Mar 24
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea are interested in signing West Ham and England defensive midfielder Declan Rice, 21, in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle hope they will be able to sign on-loan England full-back Danny Rose, 29, on a permanent basis from Tottenham when the transfer market re-opens this summer. (I Sport)

Arsenal are considering a summer move for Celtic's French forward Odsonne Edouard, 22, as they aim to build ahead of next season. (Mirror)

Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has been helping out during the coronavirus outbreak by delivering food to elderly members of society near Spurs' training ground in Enfield. (Football.London)

Manchester United have been given a boost in their pursuit of Birmingham's Jude Bellingham as Borussia Dortmund have abandoned their plans to bid for the 16-year-old English midfielder. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich and Austria defender David Alaba, 27, will reject a move to Manchester City this summer in favour of joining either Real Madrid or Barcelona. (Bild, via Sports Mole)

Manchester City have no intention of selling Riyad Mahrez and will reject any bid from Paris St-Germain for the 29-year-old Algeria winger. (Sun)

Liverpool and Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 27, could join Real Madrid, according to a former Reds midfielder. (Europa Calcio, via Goal)

The coronavirus crisis could keep 24-year-old Germany forward Timo Werner, a target for Liverpool, at RB Leipzig, says the club's sporting director Markus Krosche. (Sport1, via ESPN)

Football matches could be played away from London when sport resumes because of the capital's relatively high number of coronavirus cases. (Telegraph)

Lille and Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen, 21, has become a "priority" signing for Manchester United in the next transfer window. (Le10 Sport, via Star)

Manchester City are interested in signing Brescia and Italy midfielder Sandro Tonali, 19. (Corriere dello Sport, via Sport Witness)

Tottenham are interested in signing QPR's English midfielder Eberechi Eze, 21, although Crystal Palace and Sheffield United, who were interested in the player, are unwilling to pay the £20m QPR want. (Express)

American billionaire Michael Dell, 55, who is said to have a net worth of $31.2bn (£26.9bn), is discussing investment in Championship club Derby County.(NBC Sports)

Former Leeds owner Massimo Cellino, the Brescia president, has called for the Serie A season in Italy to be cancelled because of "the plague" of coronavirus. (Guardian)


Irons invest £9 million to reap rich harvest

West Ham’s academy costs around £9 million a year to run and Chadwell Heath has undergone a major refurbishment costing a few million more.

It may be that through these dire circumstances it will have been the best investment the board has made and the progress we are seeing is one of the most heartening aspects of life at the club right now.

Beyond Declan Rice and Grady Diangana we have seen the emergence of Nathan Holland, Jeremy Ngakia and Ben Johnson which after 10 years of NOTHING is an excellent situation.

Much is being made of clubs facing massive holes in their budgets with the situation as it is and no football being played

I remember some years ago when the spending started to hit giddy limits Harry Redknapp told me in an interview that there were two ways for clubs to go.

He said: “You can either spend fortunes or develop the academies – that’s a decision every club will have to make over the next few years.”

He added: “I’d develop academies were I an owner because who knows if the TV money will every disappear – it makes sense to me to go that way.

Suddenly Harry’s words seem prophetic and it’s good to see that the Terry Westley years have seen the Hammers with real hope that decent Premier League players are on their way through.

When the under 23s were relegated last term it was as a result of players being loaned out to gain regular first team football and the absence of Declan and Grady clearly made a big difference.

Terry told me: “It’s always a very tricky decision whether to let them learn within the club or loan them out. It’s a balancing act and has to be judged carefully.

“Declan learned within the club – others are better off going out. It was disappointing to go down but it’s not really about results – just developing the best of them as PL players.”

Developing our own players makes us each way winners as is being demonstrated by Declan’s huge success for were he to eventually move it will be for a lot of money it would represent possibly around 15 years of investment at £5 million a year.

I make Harry’s prophecy right and Terry’s success was stunning – long live what was always known in the game as “the academy of football” in my day!

Given current circumstances the Hammers are better placed than many clubs at grass roots level.

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Mex Martillo 11:04 Tue Mar 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:26 Tue Mar 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Academyvwas not delivering for a ling time...
Change of Academy leadership was the key to improvement...complacency had set in... Tony Carr ran out if ideas...needed to be changed...

Lee Trundle 2:28 Tue Mar 24
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Reckon they'll be quite a few tears when Rice moves on this summer. I think he'll be keen to go, and the owners will be keen to sell him for a ridiculous price.

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:26 Tue Mar 24
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Mike Oxsaw 2;18 Tues

Mike Oxsaw 2:18 Tue Mar 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan.

We see potential future West Ham players coming through the academy, the owners see potential loan interest repayments.

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