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Alan 1:12 Fri Apr 10
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Barcelona and Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 32, has denied reports linking him with a move to Inter Milan in a post on social media. (Instagram)

Everton believe that the prospect of working under manager Carlo Ancelotti can persuade Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, to sign for them this summer. (Football Insider)

Former Chelsea defender Frank Leboeuf has warned current manager Frank Lampard against attempting to sign Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 27, from Barcelona. (ESPN)

Meanwhile, Roma have offered Chelsea midfielder Pedro, 32, the chance to join the Serie A club, with the Spaniard out of contract at Stamford Bridge this summer. (Mirror)

Manchester City and Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 25, is wanted by Barcelona in a deal seeing his defensive compatriot Nelson Semedo, 26, going the other way. (Telegraph, subscription required)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he is planning "two or three different scenarios" when it comes to this summer's transfer window. (Sky Sports)

Former Barcelona forward Rivaldo, 47, has tipped Paris St-Germain's21-year-old France forward Kylian Mbappe to join Real Madrid at the end of this season. (Betfair)

Arsenal and Manchester United are both in the race to sign Bayern Munich's 25-year-old French midfielder Corentin Tolisso. (Foot Mercato, in French)

Former Nigeria goalkeeper Dosu Joseph says compatriot and striker Odion Ighalo, 30, has done enough to secure a permanent move to Manchester United from Shanghai Shenhua - from where he is on loan. (Goal.com)

Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz, 21, wants to stay in Germany and join Bayern Munich once the transfer window opens. (Sky Germany)


Southampton defer wages and West Ham hope players will take 30% drop

Southampton squad defer 10% of pay for three months
Brighton targeting pay cuts with possible return of money

Jacob Steinberg , Ben Fisher and Paul Doyle

West Ham are hopeful their players will accept a proposal to defer 30% of their wages after Southampton’s squad agreed to go without 10% of their pay for the next three months to ensure non-playing staff receive their salaries in full.

Brighton are in discussions with their squad over a wage cut with a view to returning the money if the season restarts in front of fans rather than behind closed doors, which would restore income to normal. Manchester City are understood to be in talks with their squad over wage deferrals.

Southampton became the first Premier League club to reach an agreement over reduced pay with their players, who came to the consensus that wage deferrals were the fairest solution after holding talks with the board about the financial disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The club said their manager, Ralph Hasenhüttl, senior coaching staff and board of directors would also defer some of their pay for the next three months.

It is understood Southampton’s chief executive, Martin Semmens, played a leading role in the talks, coordinating a plan between the players and the club’s owners, the Gao family and Katharina Liebherr.

The economic consequences of the suspension of English football were laid bare to the players and the agreement, believed to have the backing of the Professional Footballers’ Association, enables Southampton to commit to not furloughing staff until the end of June.

It represents a significant breakthrough in the pay dispute between top-flight players and owners since the postponement of the season. Although Premier League clubs could lose £1.137bn if the season is cancelled, they have found it difficult to convince players to lower their pay.

Attempts to reach an agreement over potential 30% reductions across the league reached a dead end last weekend, forcing clubs to go it alone. The PFA has stood in the way of sweeping cuts, arguing they would cause a £200m tax deficit and hurt the NHS.

However, players are keen to contribute to society – it was announced on Wednesday that Premier League captains had launched a charitable fund, #PlayersTogether, to help people involved in tackling the pandemic – and they have also wanted clubs to make clear why wage drops are necessary.

West Ham have explained their financial situation to the players, who are discussing whether to defer pay. The captain, Mark Noble, will play a big role in representing the squad.

West Ham’s manager, David Moyes, has taken a 30% pay cut and the club intend to raise at least £30m through a rights issue next month. The vice-chair, Karren Brady, has also taken a 30% pay cut to ensure that full-time and casual staff continue to be paid in full.

Brighton’s chief executive, Paul Barber, said the club’s financial situation had been set out to the players and he is hopeful they will assist by accepting a salary drop. “What we have said is if we can take a cut on wages to reduce the loss of matchday income, that would be a significant help to us,” he said. “If, on the other hand, at some stage in the future we recover that matchday income by playing those matches in front of a crowd, then we would simply return that money.”

Barber, the manager, Graham Potter, and the technical director, Dan Ashworth, have taken pay cuts. Barber said heating and lighting had been turned off at the training ground and stadium as a cost-cutting measure.

There are issues to resolve elsewhere. Bournemouth, Newcastle, Norwich and Tottenham have placed non-playing staff on furlough, and Crystal Palace are struggling to come to an agreement with their players about wage deferrals.

Wolves players and coaching staff have teamed up to make a six-figure donation to the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust. The players have donated separately to #PlayersTogether. Wolves and their owner, Fosun, have already donated 6,300 pieces of protective equipment to the city’s NHS and council.


Hammers to snub swap deal

Napoli’s hopes of snatching Felipe Anderson out of West Ham have taken a dive!

For according to Corriere dello Sport the Serie A outfit are hoping to offer the Mexican Hirving Lozano in exchange for Anderson’s services.

It would be the cheekiest of bids and will unquestionably be stone walled by the Hammers who would be totally disinterested in any swap deal.

Apart from that the Mexican has had a poor campaign in Serie A playing just eight games for two goals since a £36 million move to Napoli.

That was the same fee as we paid for Anderson who had a fine first season but has been out of touch during the present campaign.

He has been regularly discussed as a possible transfer target given that David Moyes has sent him down the pecking order since the Anfield defeat.

He and Manu Lanzini as the main creative force have misfired and it now remains to see what happens to his future but a swap deal would not do it anyway for the Hammers.


Report: Everton and West Ham want player Mourinho said has ‘lots of potential’

By Will Butcher

Italian outlet Gazzetta Dello Sport have claimed that Everton and West Ham United are interested in signing Torino star Ola Aina this summer, after the London-born ace enjoyed a solid campaign in Serie A.

Aina, 23, completed a £9million (Goal) move to Torino on a permanent basis last summer, after previously going on loan to Torino from Chelsea the season prior. He has clocked up 25 appearances this season, and has 57 in total for Torino.

That form is said to have attracted both Everton and West Ham, who could be on the lookout for a new left-sided defender. Aina’s versatility, which allows him to play as a full-back, wing-back or left winger, is likely to attract suitors.

The 14-time Nigeria international only ever managed six senior appearances for Chelsea after coming through the ranks with the west London club, and then-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho told the Express: “He’s a boy with lots of potential”.

TBR’s view – Everton or West Ham, for Aina?

Everton need cover for Lucas Digne as Leighton Baines’ future at the club remains in doubt. His current deal expires in June, and it remains to be seen if Carlo Ancelotti will extend the former Wigan star’s terms.

Cover for Digne could be targeted and Aina may be the man Ancelotti wants – with The Toffees being linked to a whole host of Serie A stars. West Ham may also want a new left-sided defender, with Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku coming under fire.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Grumpster 6:50 Fri Apr 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I'd rather see any money saved from players wages go towards the grassroots of football and the lower league teams.

Gonna be losing loads of teams otherwise I'm sure.

chiff 5:55 Fri Apr 10
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 5:44 Fri Apr 10
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I have to say I find it very sad that all professional players are not following Barcas players example to take a 70% pay cut and made money available to ensure non-playing staff get full wages.
Really very sad, what is wrong with the rich spoilt CUNTS
Thanks Alan

gph 1:25 Fri Apr 10
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Thanks, Alan

geoffpikey 1:20 Fri Apr 10
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Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 1:18 Fri Apr 10
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blueeyed.handsomeman 1:18 Fri Apr 10

Thanks Alan 1:18 Fri Apr 10
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Thanks Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:18 Fri Apr 10
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THankYou Alan

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