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Alan 12:51 Sun Apr 19
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Borussia Dortmund will give England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, a 4m euro (£3.5m) pay rise if he turns down a move to the Premier League. (Bild, via Mirror)

Newcastle could make a bid for Barcelona and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal. The 32-year-old is said to be keen on the move if the Magpies replace current boss Steve Bruce with Max Allegri. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain prepare '£640k-a-week contract' to convince Brazil forward Neymar to snub Barcelona return. (Daily Star)

But former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell says club stalwart Lionel Messi, 32, wants Neymar to move back to the Nou Camp so they can "win it all". (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Spanish centre-back Pablo Mari, 26, wants to make his loan deal at Arsenal from Flamengo permanent in the summer. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho, 34, has refused to rule out a move to the MLS. (Manchester Evening News)

Paris St-Germain and France striker Kylian Mbappe, 21, will see his value drop to 35-40m euros after the coronavirus pandemic. (AS)

Arsenal and Everton are interested in signing Celtic’s French striker Odsonne Edouard, 22. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Arsenal have made contact with Reims over a move for French centre-back Axel Disasi, 22. (Goal)

Liverpool have registered their interest in Inter Milan and Croatia midfielder Marcelo Brozovic, 27. (Libero, via Mirror)

But Liverpool have not contacted RB Leipzig over a move for Germany’s 24-year-old striker Timo Werner. (General Anzeiger - in German)

Meanwhile, the Reds' also face an unpaid £35m bill from Barcelona as part of the transfer deal involving the 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho. (Express)

Barcelona want to sell Brazil winger Philippe Coutinho - who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich - and hope a Premier League buyer can be found for the 27-year-old. (Goal)

Liverpool will lower their asking price for Switzerland winger Xherdan Shaqiri, 28, because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Football Insider)








The 4th Official

West Ham United Among Several Clubs Hoping To Land Ligue 1 Full-Back: Good Option For Moyes?

According to a recent report by Foot Mercato, West Ham United are in the race to secure the signature of Olympique Marseille right-back Bouna Sarr. However, the same source has also stated that the Hammers will face fierce competition from Atletico Madrid and Sevilla in pursuit of the French defender.



Sarr’s Impressive Form In The French Top-Flight

Sarr has enjoyed a solid season at Marseille after putting in some memorable displays on the right side of André Villas-Boas’ defence so far. He has registered two goals and three assists in 32 appearances for the French outfit this term across all competitions. The fact that the Lyon-born defender has been involved in five goals during this campaign proves just how productive he can be going forward.

The 28-year-old has also averaged 2.2 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and 1.3 clearances in every 90 minutes of Ligue 1 football this season which showcases his growing influence on the defensive end of the field (stats via whoscored). He has emerged as a favourite among the Marseille fans based on his contributions down the right flank. However, it is still uncertain whether he can maintain such high standards if given a chance to compete in the Premier League, which is renowned for its competitiveness and physicality.

Sarr is a product of the FC Metz youth academy who is yet to taste football at the international level. He has been a late bloomer but could still catch the attention of France boss Didier Deschamps if he can perform at a high standard for a top club in England or Europe in the coming years.

What Are The French Full-Back’s Best Attributes?

Sarr can use his pace and agility to make some dangerous runs with the ball out on the wide areas. He excels at getting to the by-line after averaging nearly two dribbles per game in the top tier of France. The Frenchman is often tidy with his ball-distribution and has completed 84.7% of his attempted passes in league football this season (stats via whoscored). He has also transformed himself into a capable defender at the back, but there are some concerns over whether he will be able to cope with the high intensity of English football if West Ham can win the race to land him this summer.
Will Sarr Be A Decent Option For The Hammers?

David Moyes has currently got Pablo Zabaleta and Ryan Fredericks as his only right-back options at the London Stadium. However, the former is edging towards the twilight years of his playing career while the latter has missed a lot of matches this season. Hence, a promising full-back like Sarr could be a good option for Moyes to consider during the summer transfer period.

He will not only be an upgrade over Fredericks but also serve as a perfect replacement for the ageing Zabaleta, who has just over a year left on his West Ham contract. The French defender will provide some bite and steel to the Hammers backline and add another dimension to their attack as well. Therefore, Moyes should waste no time in orchestrating a move to bring Sarr to East London before the Spanish clubs get a chance to stake a claim on his services.








Media Referee

West Ham interested in established 31-goal Iranian star – The right signing to boost attack?

According to Area Napoli, West Ham are interested in Zenit St. Petersburg striker Sardar Azmoun.



The Iranian international has been earning rave reviews with his eye-catching displays in front of the goal in recent times. Having scored 10 goals from 21 league appearances this season for table-toppers Zenit, Azmoun has now attracted interest from Moyes’ Hammers and Leicester City.

The 25-year-old Azmoun is one of the best strikers in the Premier Liga at the moment after having claimed the second spot last season in the list of top goalscorers in the league.

He scored 13 goals from 26 games in the league last season. However, he scored the major share of them (nine) after moving to Zenit in February 2019 from rivals Kazan. Meanwhile, Azmoun’s finishing skills seem to be improving with time as the striker is already third in the list of league’s top goalscorers, just three short of leader and teammate Artem Dzyuba.

Thus, it is no big wonder the Hammers are on the lookout for Azmoun, who has been witnessing a gradual rise in the Russian top-flight, having featured for the likes of clubs such as Zenit, Kazan, and Rostov.

Meanwhile, the lack of a consistent goalscorer has seen West Ham struggle badly in the league this season. Moyes’ side are currently fighting for their survival in the league, with the side hanging just two places above the relegation zone.

Despite roping in French striker Sebastien Haller last summer, West Ham have managed just 35 goals from 29 league outings that has seen them fall lower down the rankings.

Haller, who arrived from Eintracht Frankfurt for a hefty sum, has been far from impressive, scoring a mere seven goals despite making 27 league appearances. Meanwhile, Hammers’ back-up striker and Swiss international Albian Ajeti has been far from impressive.

He has not managed to score a single goal from his eight league appearances that has seen him spend most of his time on the sidelines. The Hammers do not have any more forwards in their ranks and their interest in Azmoun makes sense.

Having proved his potential and consistency to score goals over the last couple of years, Azmoun is exactly what West Ham need to climb the ladders next season. Azmoun is also an Iran national team regular, having scored 31 goals from 46 appearances and featured in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Verdict

Lack of an established finisher has hurt Moyes’ side badly this season. Thus, signing a reliable striker like Azmoun, who has both international and club experience will do them good ahead of next season. Moreover, his arrival will offer Moyes plenty of options up front.








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Texas Iron 4:51 Sun Apr 19
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Sven Roeder 1:10 Sun Apr 19
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:06 Sun Apr 19
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
blueeyed.handsomeman 12:54 Sun Apr 19

blueeyed.handsomeman 12:54 Sun Apr 19
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
THankYou Alan





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