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Alan 12:21 Wed Mar 25
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool's Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 27, will leave to join Real Madrid while the departure of 27-year-old Egypt forward Mohamed Salah would be good for the Reds, says ex-Liverpool midfielder Mohamed Sissoko. (Sun)

Manchester City and England forward Raheem Sterling, 25, still has affection for Liverpool despite the acrimonious nature of his move to City. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool, Manchester City and Arsenal are interested in Schalke's 6ft 3in 18-year-old German-born defender Malick Thiaw who has a £6.9m release clause in his contract. (Mail)

Manchester United are growing confident France World Cup winning midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, will stay at Old Trafford and doubt whether any of Europe's elite clubs can afford him. (ESPN)

Real Madrid want to sign Borussia Dortmund's Norwegian striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, next summer although Manchester United and Tottenham are also interested. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Chelsea are keen on signing Getafe's Spanish full-back Marc Cucurella, 21, this summer for £23m. (Diario Sport - in Spanish)

The Blues are also interested in Ajax's Argentine defender Nicolas Tagliafico, 27, after abandoning their pursuit of Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell. (Calciomercato, via Express)

Manchester United's 30-year-old defender Chris Smalling, who is on loan at Roma, could join the Italian club permanently if the Red Devils sign Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly from Napoli. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia)

Borussia Moenchengladbach declined Barcelona's approach for their French 27-year-old forward Alassane Plea during the last January window. (Sport Bild - in German)

The self-isolation of Juventus players and staff will end on Wednesday, and they will be allowed to leave their respective homes. However, players Daniele Rugani, Blaise Matuidi and Paolo Dybala will remain in quarantine, as they recover from coronavirus. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has called on more landlords to open the doors of their empty properties to NHS staff working in London during the coronavirus pandemic. (Evening Standard)


West Ham matches could be played outside London

Premier League football matches could be played away from London when football resumes because London is a hot spot on the pandemic.

The Telegraph claims that talks between the stakeholders including the Premier League, Football Association and EFL are already underway and have included the possibility of taking games to alternative venues in the process of returning to action safely.

At the weekend it was recorded that London had 39 per cent of the UK’s 5,018 confirmed cases.

Spurs, Arsenal and West Ham’s stadiums hold more than 60,000 supporters. Whether matches need to be held elsewhere has been discussed over the past week between administrators after football closed its doors to allow the pandemic to be tackled. Neutral grounds for league matches would be one solution should football be moved from the capital.

Claret and Hugh say

It comes as no surprise that this option is being discussed but if implemented it would need to be a level playing field for all teams to ensure fairness and that London teams are not penalised just because of their locations. If London teams are forced to play at neutral grounds maybe all games should be played at neutral grounds. There are so many twists and turns relating to completing the football season and this is just one of many options being considered

The Premier League will resume talks about the impact of the coronavirus at its next club meeting, which has been scheduled for April 3.

West Ham are keeping an eye on – but won’t be holding talks – on players whose contracts are heading into their last year or two until well after the current health scare has peaked and has flattened.

Indeed, they may even be leaving such talks until the January window but there should be no alarms as we assured the majority of the players all have one or two year options on their deals.

Lukasz Fabianski’s contract runs out in June ’21 but CandH has learned he has a further year’s option which would take him to the age of 36.

At that stage the Hammers would hope that on loan youngster Nathan Trott or Joseph Anang maybe ready to step up.

Fabian Balbuena’s contract expires in 2021 along with Michail Antonio although once again options are understood to be in place should the club choose to trigger them.

The remainder of the key players all have at least another three years plus options which eases the burden of new negotiations in what is clearly going to be a busy time in other areas once things start returning to normal

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Mex Martillo 6:59 Wed Mar 25
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If games will be behind closed doors what difference does it make as where the stadium is?

Thanks Alan 2:19 Wed Mar 25

Texas Iron 6:14 Wed Mar 25
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It’s obvious...

Season null ...void...

Anything I
Else is a travesty...and will be wide open for never ending litigation...etc

Perish the thought Henry Winter and Lord Griffiths...or SuperComputer... decide the CL places...relegation etc...

Jaan Kenbrovin 5:30 Wed Mar 25
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These ideas to rush through the end of the season are all desperate fucking bollocks.

Playing at neutral grounds? Fuck off. A 9 day football festival as Gary Neville suggested? Shut up.

There is currently no way this season will finish before 30th of June. It’d be unfair to clubs and fans to force the finish of this season in any other format than what every other season is played by, and would open up far more possibilities of litigation than if every club accepts this season is void.

Hopefully though things dramatically improve and there is enough time, but it’s looking less likely by the day.

Texas Iron 4:31 Wed Mar 25
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Might win a few...No London Stadium Hoodoo

Sven Roeder 2:28 Wed Mar 25
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Hopefully they will sell Mane who is a very dangerous player and keep Salah who is a very good player but unlikely to ever replicate that one astounding season.

thecockneyboy 2:22 Wed Mar 25
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Cheers Al

Thanks Alan 2:19 Wed Mar 25
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ted fenton 1:57 Wed Mar 25

geoffpikey 2:11 Wed Mar 25
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Thanks Isolation Alan,

Don't believe any of these ideas for c19 solutions flying about just yet. Way too early. Liverpool could be riddled after Madrid visit!? Who knows.

What WOULD be hilarious is: Scousers denied the title and then Mane and Salah fuck off.

ted fenton 1:57 Wed Mar 25
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Thanks Alan.

Sven Roeder 1:30 Wed Mar 25
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Thanks Alan

Seems a load of nonsensical speculation but if we could shift all our home games to a non London stadium where would we like to go?

Anfield maybe

LAF 1:11 Wed Mar 25
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.....sorry....London could be an early zone in UK where we see the virus subsiding.

LAF 1:10 Wed Mar 25
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I would have thought that, as London’s been hit hard by this virus, it’s been hit first. I’m no bloody expert but if we’re to believe what’s coming out of Wohun and S Korea with recovery rates emerging, London could be an ea

blueeyed.handsomeman 12:49 Wed Mar 25
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THankYou Alan

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