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Alan 1:10 Sun Apr 5
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

England manager Gareth Southgate has agreed to a 30% pay cut. (Sky Sports).

Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old England forward Jadon Sancho's refusal to sign for Chelsea this summer could facilitate Brazilian Barcelona playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 27, moving to Stamford Bridge. (Sport, in Spanish)

Arsenal are confident of agreeing a deal to sign Scottish Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, 26, when his Cherries contract expires in the summer. (Teamtalk)

Bournemouth are prepared to sell Norway international forward Joshua King, 28, and his English strike partner Callum Wilson, 28. (Sun on Sunday)

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek has said that a deal to join Real Madrid is not done. The 22-year-old Dutch international is also being pursued by Manchester United. (Helden via Mail on Sunday)

Leicester Algerian forward Islam Slimani, 31, is being linked with a move to Sporting Lisbon after failing to make an impression with the Foxes. (O Jogo, via Leicester Mercury)

Meanwhile, Leicester are interested in signing Turkish Fenerbahce defender Hasan Ali Kaldırım, 30, but will face competition from Galatasaray. (Hurriyet, in Turkish)

Arsenal could attempt to sign Manchester United England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27, before next season, especially if the loan move of Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, to the Gunners from Real Madrid is not made permanent. (Athletic, subscription required)

Former Leeds United striker Noel Whelan has urged the club to send promising English forward Ryan Edmondson, 18, out on loan next season. (Football Insider)

Everton's English defender Jonjoe Kenny, 23, wants to stay at Schalke next season after enjoying his loan spell in the Bundesliga. (Bild, in German)

Rangers have already lined up a list of replacements for Colombian forward Alfredo Morelos, 23, who is wanted by a number of clubs in Europe. (Goal, in Spanish)

Brazilian Everton winger Bernard, 27, has dismissed claims he could move to Italian club Roma this summer. (Liverpool Echo)

West Ham have joined the race to sign German Freiburg centre-back Robin Koch, 23. (Daily Star Sunday).

Newcastle will attempt to sign French Lille midfielder Boubakary Soumare, 21, again this summer after showing interest in January. (Sport, in Spanish).


EXCLUSIVE: Shock as £60m man wants out at West Ham, Spurs lead the way

TEAMtalk understands that Issa Diop has told West Ham United that he wants to leave the club this summer, and there are no shortage of interest with Tottenham leading the chase to claim his signature.

Spurs asked about Diop in January but West Ham made it clear that they would not entertain a deal due to their precarious position in the Premier League.

But The Hammers are ready to cash in on the 23-year-old as they will more than double their money on the player they paid Toulouse £22million for in 2018. In fact The Metro reported recently that West Ham value the player at £60m.

Manchester United and Everton are also keeping close tabs on £60k-a-week Diop, but Spurs have maintained a strong interest since January and see him as the ideal man to replace Jan Vertonghen, who will be departing the club this summer.#

Last month AS reported that Atletico Madrid were interested in poaching Diop, whose performances have put him in contention for a call-up to the senior France national team.

Meanwhile, Sky Sports’s Kaveh Solhekol suggested this week that David Moyes could be tempted to sell Diop.

“I’m not sure he was totally convinced by Issa Diop to begin with and there are a few clubs who would be interested in taking him, but Diop’s form has improved and it would take big money for West Ham to sell,” said Solhekol.

In fact that does tally with what Moyes said about Diop in January, although he did say he wanted to keep working with the player.

“If you ask me, he still has development to do as a young centre half, he has a long way to go. But I am looking forward to working with him over the next couple of years,” said Moyes.

Diop still has three years to run on his current contract which he penned in the summer of 2018, but his time may be up, especially if both the player and Moyes are set on a transfer.

Diop though has repeatedly affirmed his happiness to stay at West Ham.

“West Ham, for me, it was not and is still not a springboard to go elsewhere,” he told France Football back in August.

“It’s the club where I want to try to become the best defender I can be, compared to my qualities.

“Whether technical, tactical, physical, I still have a large margin of progression.”


West Ham join race for Robin Koch transfer with Freiburg defender's price tag tumbling

EXCLUSIVE: West Ham boss David Moyes wants to add fresh young talent to his ranks in east London. Daily Star Sport understands Freiburg sensation Robin Koch is firmly on the agenda

By Paul Brown

West Ham have joined the race to sign highly-rated Freiburg centre back Robin Koch.

Tottenham, Norwich and Leeds have all sent scouts to watch the 23-year-old German international in action this season.

But the Hammers have also now asked his representatives to be kept informed of any developments.

Boss David Moyes wants to add a centre back with the club becoming heavily reliant on Issa Diop and Angelo Ogbonna this season.

And Koch is the right age and profile as Moyes targets younger players with potential to grow.

Freiburg turned down £17.5m for Koch from Leipzig in January but agents believe he could now be available for less with prices tumbling due to coronavirus.

The former Kaiserslautern defender, a right-footed centre back who can also play defensive midfield, is under contract until June 2021 but wants a new challenge.

Asked recently about the possibility of a summer transfer, Koch said: “No-one knows what will happen next. It is clear that I want to take the next step.”

Freiburg sold Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu to Leicester in a deal worth up to £19m in 2018 and were hoping for a similar fee.

Soyuncu has gone on to be a big hit for the Foxes, and Koch is tipped to adapt just as well to life in the Premier League.

He has started every game for Freiburg in the Bundesliga this season bar one, which he missed through illness, and has two full caps for his country.

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Mex Martillo 3:32 Mon Apr 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

geoffpikey 4:46 Sun Apr 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan,

Diop story is all "blah blah understands" at the moment. Never let a global health crisis get in the way of an agent acting the bastard, though...

Texas Iron 4:34 Sun Apr 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Diop 60million...Grab it Quick...

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:54 Sun Apr 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ted FENTON, 01;27 5th April, 2020

The_Phantom 1:52 Sun Apr 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If we do sell Diop I hope it’s not to Spurs who seem to refuse to sell to us.

Thanks Alan and I hope you are well Sir

ted fenton 1:27 Sun Apr 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:15 Sun Apr 5

Thanks Alan 1:15 Sun Apr 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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