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Alan 12:43 Fri Apr 17
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Real Madrid are best placed to sign Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 19, from Borussia Dortmund, but the Bundesliga side do not want to sell him until 2022. (AS - in Spanish)

Tottenham Hotspur have approached former manager Mauricio Pochettino to take a wage reduction on his £8.5m salary to help ease the club's financial concerns. The Argentine was sacked in November and is currently on gardening leave. (Mail)

Manchester United are the leading contenders to sign Birmingham's 16-year-old English midfielder Jude Bellingham in a deal worth an initial £35m. Chelsea and Borussia Dortmund are also chasing Bellingham. (Sun)

The agent of Real Madrid and Colombia forward James Rodriguez, 28, has contacted Manchester United over a possible move in the summer. (Sport via Metro)

Bayern Munich are hoping to sign Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, 24, for £61m this summer. The Germany international is approaching the last 12 months of his contract at the Premier League side. (Sun)

A new book about Jose Mourinho reveals that the Portuguese had an agreement to join Liverpool from Porto in 2004 only for Chelsea to come in with a bigger offer. (ESPN)

Everton could move for Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, but only if they secure a number of top targets. The Blues are primarily interested in Gremio and Brazil forward Everton Soares, 24. (Sky Sports)

Everton have also made progress in their pursuit of Lille's Brazilian defender Gabriel Magalhaes. Chelsea and Arsenal were also interested in the 22-year-old. (Guardian)

Everton want to sign Lazio and Italy striker Ciro Immobile, 30, and have offered compatriot Moise Kean 20, as part of a swap deal (Teamtalk)

Liverpool are in talks to bring Inter Milan and Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 27, to the club. (Libero via Express)

Real Madrid are set to keep Arsenal target Luka Jovic at the club. The Serbia striker, 22, has played only one full game for Real this season. (Sport via Sun)

Celtic have approached Manchester City about re-signing English winger Patrick Roberts for £3m. The 23-year-old, on loan at Middlesbrough, previously spent two seasons on loan at Celtic. (Teamtalk)

Barcelona are counting on Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho for next season, says coach Quique Setien. The 27-year-old, on loan at Bayern Munich, has been linked with Chelsea and Tottenham. (Evening Standard)

Italy winger Federico Chiesa could leave Fiorentina for the right price, says the club president. Manchester United, Juventus and Inter Milan are interested in the 22-year-old. (Sky Italia - in Italian)

RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano has been urged to remain at the club by Germany legend Lothar Matthaus. The Frenchman, 21, is a target for Arsenal and Manchester United. (Evening Standard)

Barcelona right-back Nelsom Semedo has halted talks with the club over a new contract. The Portugal international, 26, wants a guarantee of regular playing time before signing. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal players are close to agreeing pay cuts of up to 12.5% a month to help cover the cost of the coronavirus pandemic. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Amazon are interested in becoming the main sponsors of Tottenham's new stadium. (Mail)

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius says he received death threats after his mistakes in the Champions League final in 2018. The German, 26, is on loan at Turkish side Besiktas until the end of the season. (Bild - in German)

Former Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has returned to the club in an informal ambassadorial role. (Manchester Evening News)





Evening Standard

Premier League clubs meet again today with proposal to conclude season by June 30 set to put on the table

Richard Parry

Premier League clubs will hold another online meeting again today with a proposal expected to put on the table for the 2019-20 season to be finished by June 30.

Representatives from all 20 top-flight clubs will discuss the League’s next moves this morning, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the world, with the UK Government extending the lockdown period by an additional three weeks .

It is understood that nine of the clubs want to end the campaign by June 30 due to concerns of the expiring contracts of players.

Many players, including Tottenham’s Jan Vertonghen, Chelsea duo Olivier Giroud and Willian, and Manchester City’s David Silva, have contracts that are due to expire on June 30.

But one senior figure at a Premier League club is understood to have expressed surprise that this issue is being considered as a serious factor, given the number of players that would impact and how Fifa are looking at a workaround for such individuals.

It is understood that the proposal to have the season wrapped up by the end of June is not down as an agenda point on Friday, but the matter will surely be raised given the apparent number of supporters behind it.

Planning for the conclusion of the campaign looks tough for top-flight stakeholders given the uncertain backdrop, with the Premier League already having stated that play will not resume until "it is safe and appropriate to do so".






C&H

Moyes appears to show colours on ‘null and void’ season

It’s become pretty clear over the last couple of days where David Moyes stands on the resumption of the Premier League season.

His declaration about the number of injuries which could be picked up by playing nine games in a short space of time make it pretty clear.

Seems to us he really doesn’t want the PL to continue with their present policy of showing total determination in getting the ruptured season underway again.

He and Kevin De Bruyne sounded very much like people saying: “Forget it” with the Manchester City man making similar points.

And the word I’m picking up from inside the club is that most may be coming round to Karren Brady’s early view that we would be better off, and probably will eventually be forced to pull down the curtain on this dreadful situation.

It would be very easy to understand the Moyes situation with him admitting he wants to build a new and youthful West Ham squad.

Relegation is still a live possibility if we resume and if we are all entirely honest a closure of the season would suit most of us for health and an entirely selfish West Ham football reason.






Get French Football

Atletico Madrid join West Ham & Sevilla in taking an interest in Bouna Sarr (Marseille)

Spanish side Atletico Madrid have joined Sevilla and Premier League outfit West Ham United in taking an interest in Marseille wide-man Bouna Sarr, according to Foot Mercato.

The 28-year-old joined OM in 2015 and over the last 12 months has begun to become considered as a critical part of André Villas Boas’ set-up, with the Portuguese considering the Frenchman as a potential captain next season.

Sevilla, West Ham and an unnamed German side have registered their interest in acquiring his services this summer, with Atletico Madrid now also making an initial enquiry. The Madrid side are seeking to rid of Colombian right-back Santiago Arias this summer and are looking for someone to provide competition for Kieran Trippier.

OM might be forced to sell Sarr owing to their tricky financial situation, although he has less value on the market than players like Florian Thauvin, Duje Caleta Car, Morgan Sanson and Boubacar Camara.

Under contract with OM until 2022, Sarr has never hidden the extent of his attachment to the Mediterranean side. Stick or twist? The decision that player and club must make in the coming weeks.






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chiff 9:22 Sat Apr 18
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 1:16 Sat Apr 18
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

blueeyed.handsomeman 9:07 Sat Apr 18
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankYou Alan

chiff 5:40 Fri Apr 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 4:19 Fri Apr 17
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Cheers...

North Bank 2:00 Fri Apr 17
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gph 12:47 Fri Apr 17

gph 12:47 Fri Apr 17
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan





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