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Alan 9:44 Thu Mar 26
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Leeds United owner Andrea Radrizzani has revealed he tried to sign both Paris St-Germain and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani, 33, and Sweden forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 38, who is now at AC Milan, in the January transfer window. (Mail)

Manchester United are leading the race to sign England forward Jadon Sancho, 20, from Borussia Dortmund when the transfer window re-opens this summer. (Independent)

Real Madrid are hoping a cash-plus-player deal will be enough to persuade Arsenal to part with Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30. (Star)

Manchester United are ready to allow England defender Chris Smalling, 30, to make his loan to Roma permanent, provided they can sign Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mail)

Arsenal have made an offer to sign Smalling in the summer transfer window, with Manchester United wanting £25m. (Metro)

Tottenham and Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, admits he is not sure whether he wants to sign a new contract and stay at Spurs for next season. (Mirror)

Arsenal are confident they will be able to agree a deal with Real Madrid to extend 23-year-old Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos' loan spell should the season run beyond 30 June. (Standard)

Leicester City have been linked with a move for Atalanta and Belgium defender Timothy Castagne, 24. (Sport Foot, via Leicester Mercury)

Derby County have been linked with a move for Fenerbahce forward Ferdi Kadioglu, a 20-year-old who has represented Turkey at under-21 level. (Derby Telegraph)

Arsenal could be on course to land Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig with the 21-year-old French defender keen to move on this summer. (Bild, via Star)

West Brom want to sign Croatian midfielder Filip Krovinovic, 24, on a permanent deal once his loan from Benfica finishes. (Express and Star)

The summer transfer window could stay open until January as coronavirus continues to disrupt Premier League and EFL games. (Express)

Bergamo mayor Giorgio Gori has labelled Atalanta's Champions League match with Valencia on 19 February in Milan as a 'biological bomb' and believes it caused the coronavirus to spread in Italy and Spain. (Mail)

Former Arsenal and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 36, is stuck in Benin because of coronavirus. He left Paraguay, where he plays for Olimpia, with the intention to join his family in Togo, but a stopover in Benin means he now has to self-isolate for 15 days. (Talksport)

European football's leagues and competitions remain hopeful of finishing the season by 30 June, following an opening round of talks this week. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea have put player contract talks on hold because of the coronavirus crisis. The Blues have four players – Brazil midfielder Willian, 31, France forward Olivier Giroud, 33, Spain winger Pedro, 32, and Argentina goalkeeper Willy Caballero, 38 - approaching the end of their current deals. (Telegraph)

Barcelona are considering a pay cut of up to 70% for all their players for as long as the coronavirus lockdown lasts in Spain. (Guardian)

Eight Premier League clubs have joined together to try to stop Manchester City playing in the Champions League next season if they make a request for their two-year ban from the competition to be frozen during an appeal. (Times, subscription required)








HITC

Report points towards West Ham planning eight-figure bid for £36.6m left back

Olly Dawes

West Ham United are reportedly keen on Alex Moreno.

According to Estadio Deportivo, a mystery English club are prepared to make an offer to sign Real Betis defender Alex Moreno.

It's claimed that both Moreno and Loren Moron are attracting interest in the Premier League, but Betis don't want to sell either.

English and German sides are claimed to have serious interest in Moreno, with one English side preparing an eight-figure bid for Moreno.

That could be anybody in the Premier League, but it does point towards West Ham United being the team in question.

Grada3 reported last week that West Ham were watching Moreno, who Betis signed for just €7million (£6.4million) from Rayo Vallecano last summer.

Moreno has a €40million (£36.6million) release clause in his deal, and Betis aren't exactly under great pressure to sell as things stand.

The Spaniard has impressed this season with four assists, and West Ham need a regular left back given that neither Aaron Cresswell nor Arthur Masuaku have made the spot their own.

Moreno fits the bill, and with the claims of an eight-figure bid coming just days after West Ham's interest was reported, it points towards David Moyes' side making their move.


West Ham knocking on door in bid to sign Champions League winner’s son

Tom Thorogood

West Ham United have been linked with Filip Stankovic.

According to Tuttomercatoweb, West Ham United have been knocking on Inter Milan’s door for weeks as they look to sign Filip Stankovic.

The Inter youngster has yet to make his debut for the Serie A club.

But that hasn’t stopped interest in his services from growing as he boasts an excellent reputation following his performances in youth football.

He captained Inter’s youth team to win the Scudetto and U17 super cup.

Manager Antonio Conte then named him as the club’s third goalkeeper for his Champions League squad, continuing his rise at the club.

Now, West Ham are reportedly keen on bringing him to the Premier League.

The Hammers are arguably in the market for a new long-term shot-stopper. Lukasz Fabianski and David Martin are 34, while Darren Randolph is 32.

Stankovic was born in Rome, but he is the son of Serbian Champions League winner Dejan Stankovic. He is eligible to represent either nation.

He has some big boots to fill, but the potential is certainly there.

West Ham may find it difficult to prize him away from Inter. But, offering him a first-team role within the coming seasons could prompt some serious consideration.





Football London

In profile: West Ham's under-18s hoping to be the next Academy of Football graduates

While the under-23s have been having a very good season, the age group below has also been having a strong campaign

By Sam Inkersole


Mipo Odubeko scores against Charlton Athletic U18s (Image: Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Last week ago we looked at how West Ham’s under-23s had bounced back from relegation to embark on an unbeaten league campaign in PL2 division two.

There was an overhaul at Chadwell Heath as in came Ricky Martin and Dmitri Halajko to replace Terry Westley and Liam Manning. It's worked a treat as well as the youngsters are flying.

But there are other youngsters as well, an age group below at under-18, who have been having a decent campaign themselves after a change of management as well.

Former coach and first team star Jack Collison departed to be replaced by former academy graduate Kevin Keen to work alongside Mark Phillips at Little Heath.

The under-18s have gone unbeaten at home so far this season with six wins and three draws from their nine home games to sit second in the league, three points behind Fulham who they were set to face before the Covid-19 outbreak suspended football at all levels and age groups.

As we have seen with Jeremy Ngakia this season, the opportunity for promotion to a more senior team is there and the under-18s have also seen a turnover in players moving up to under-23 level.

The youngsters have used three goalkeepers on rotation this season with Krizstian Hegyi, Daniel Jinadu and Serrine Saneh all sharing duties. All are current internationals for Hungary, England and Nigeria respectively and have all appeared in an under-23 squad this season.

In defence, Harrison Ashby has been a standout and he too has represented the 23s at stages this season. The Scotsman has been impressive, as has full back Sam Caiger, who has returned after nearly two years of back injury problems. He’s also popped up with a few goals, including two in a derby win over Tottenham earlier this season.

Impressive centre back Jamal Baptiste is one to keep an eye on as well having featured for the 23s, along with skipper Josh Okotcha and also Will Greenidge.

Into midfield and the youngsters have used plenty of players this campaign but the mainstays are Daniel Chesters, Keenan Appiah-Forson and Jake Giddings for the early part of the campaign.

Both Chesters and Appiah-Forson have featured for the 23s this season and that has seen others get a chance, Sebastian Nebyla and Peter Stroud were called into action with Nebyla scoring some vital goals.

The coaching staff has mainly employed a 4-3-3 formation this season which seems to be paying dividends, especially in the league. Up front they have been firing and that was added to in November by the capture of Mipo Odubeko.

The teenager was poached from Manchester United amid plenty of interest from other clubs but it was the Hammers who won the race to sign him and it has paid off spectacularly with seven goals in six games since he signed for the Hammers.


Sam Caiger has had an excellent season for the under-18s

Kai Corbett, Veron Parkes, Lennon Peake, Amadou Diallo, Gael Kileba and Kamari Simon Swyer all have played their part in a successful season, with Diallo appearing several times for the 23s and most recently, Odubeko scoring with his first touch in an under-23s 23 victory at home to Norwich City

The campaign has not been without its disappointments though, the most glaring was a defeat in the FA Youth Cup to Charlton Athletic on penalties as they exited the competition at the third round stage.

But, much like the under-23s, the Hammers look in decent shape at the younger age groups. Odubeko is particularly standing out as a special talent, as are Diallo, Caiger and Ashby, who will be hoping for more regular under-23 game time if and when the season resumes.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

eusebiovic 6:18 Thu Mar 26
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The two lads at Betis are both bang average...for that sort of money there are better players around in Spain and even the Championship...

chiff 5:29 Thu Mar 26
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Thanks Alan

Kelly Smunt 4:51 Thu Mar 26
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At least the only Moron's at the club won't ALL be in the boardroom!

geoffpikey 4:14 Thu Mar 26
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Thanks Alan.

£40m for a left-back? Yep, that sounds lik a West Ham level of lunacy.

Mex Martillo 3:49 Thu Mar 26
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:06 Thu Mar 26
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Cheers...

COOL HAND LUKE 1:57 Thu Mar 26
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gph 11:09 Thu Mar 26

Ag! Ag!

I'm so upset...

Moncurs Putting Iron 1:40 Thu Mar 26
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Still no news on when Wilshere is going to get Covid-19?

We all know this is when not if.

gph 11:09 Thu Mar 26
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We're going to sign a player called Moron?

That's going to lead to some hilarious banter. (Bet he gets nicknamed Gordon)

Thanks, Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 11:03 Thu Mar 26
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THankYou Alan,
and thanks THanks Alan alongwith Sven

Sven Roeder 9:58 Thu Mar 26
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Thanks Alan
And Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 9:49 Thu Mar 26
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Thanks Alan





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