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Alan 12:36 Fri Apr 24
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

RB Leipzig and Germany forward Timo Werner, 24, is ready to join Liverpool if the Premier League side pay his £52m release clause. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea and Brazil playmaker Willian, 31, is in talks with Liverpool over a move when his contract expires. (Sport Witness)

Borussia Dortmund are ready to make England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, their second-highest earner in order to keep him at the club despite interest from Manchester United and Chelsea. (Forbes)

Manchester United are considering selling Portuguese defender Diogo Dalot, 21, to Paris St-Germain. (Daily Mercato - in French)

Philippe Coutinho could get back to his best if the 27-year-old Brazilian midfielder leaves Barcelona and joins Chelsea, according to Brazil legend Rivaldo. (Sun)

Liverpool have told Coutinho they do not intend on buying him back from Barcelona. (Sport Witness)

Former Liverpool and Chelsea defender Glen Johnson has urged the Blues to sign Coutinho. (Talksport, via Express)

Leicester City are prepared to rival Manchester United to chase the signing of Borussia Monchengladbach and France striker Alassane Pea, 27. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Manchester United will deploy Aston Villa playmaker Jack Grealish as a right winger if they complete a deal for the 24-year-old Englishman. (Athletic, via Birmingham Mail)

Juventus are weighing up a summer bid for Napoli and Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik, 26. (Calcio Mercato - in Italian)

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has been dealt a boost in his pursuit of Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu, 19, with the Eredivisie side set to have to sell players to land their top summer target. (Voetbal International - in Dutch)

Arsenal's Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 31, hopes to stay in Italy with Roma next season following a spell on loan, while Manchester United's English defender Chris Smalling, 30, is also a key part of the Serie A club's transfer plans after his successful loan spell. (Mail)

Arsenal are set to complete a permanent move for Flamengo's Spanish defender Pablo Mari, 26, who joined the Gunners on loan in January. (Athletic)

Jamie Carragher says Liverpool players were 'shocked' their club managed to sell Fernando Torres to Chelsea for £50m in 2011 and says they knew they had "kidded" their rivals. (Sky Sports, via Mail)

Juventus are looking for a buyer for Italy winger Federico Bernardeschi, 26. (Goal - in Italian)


Haller speaks out on behind closed doors end to season

West Ham United striker Sébastien Haller has declared it was ‘logical’ for him to join the club in the summer transfer window.

Haller became the club’s record signing in the summer when he arrived in a £46m deal from Eintracht Frankfurt.

His first year in England has not been a happy one with him managing just seven goals and two assists in 29 games, a stark drop from the 20 goals and 12 assists he managed in 41 games last year.

Some have suggested the move to West Ham, and becoming their record signing has been a burden for the 25-year-old.

However, he declares it to be a matter of perspective insisting the move to the London Stadium was a logical one .

“It (the move) happened because I had the opportunity,” he told Transfermarkt.de.

“It was perhaps logical for me to go to West Ham after all I have experienced in Frankfurt. That (the burden) depends on the perspective. If you are successful, everything is fine.

“If you miss your goals, you get criticised. The only thing you can do as a player is to use all your strength and energy. That depends on yourself.”

And he added regarding the pay deferrals during current break: “It was important for us to help because, at West Ham, we know and feel that the people who work here are very happy to be here and work for us.

“We want to ensure that everyone can live a normal life. Of course it was a pleasure to help them. But it’s not just about the club.

“Other players also have the opportunity to help in their countries. Everybody tries to do something in their own way.”

He admits he is not keen on getting the game started again behind closed doors saying: “I’m not a fan of that. To be honest it’s a completely new situation, everybody knows that.

“Because of the time pressure, it is complicated to end the current season and start the new season in a normal way. The most important thing is the health of everyone.

“There is also the possibility to play without fans – but that is not the reason why we decided to play for this club.

“Ideally, you want to play with the fans, with the atmosphere and all that goes with it.”

ClaretandHugh says; We’ve heard so much about what the Premier League and the clubs want that it’s refreshing to hear directly from a player and Haller’s “I’m no fan of behind closed doors football” will resonate with most fans. It’s bound to put a different psyche into the players head because it’s alien to anything any of us have ever known in the game. Indeed, when it has been used in the past it’s as a punishment and to finish a critical season under such terms seems a ludicrous way of doing things. Haller may not have had the best of seasons but blame Pellegrini for that who insisted in using him in a one up role. When teamed with Michail Antonio he has looked worth every penny of his record fee. Should the season end up as a closed behind doors event it will not be either logical or correct and we can expect some lack lustre games at a time when excitement should be on the agenda as clubs fight for their lives.

Sportal Italy (Translation)

Fiorentina, new pitfall in the Malinovskyi affair

Violets are at risk of seeing the market objective fade away.

The fact that Fiorentina is on the trail of Ruslan Malinovskyi is nothing new, but according to the latest rumors, the deal may not materialize.

In fact, it seems that West Ham has fallen on the Atalanta player: the English club is looking for reinforcement in the midfield and would have targeted the Ukrainian. If Hummers were to win, Commisso would turn to Nainggolan, who is not part of Inter's plans and will hardly be redeemed by Cagliari.

Malinovskyi recently told some Ukrainian media: "As my agent Vadim Shabliy said, Fiorentina showed interest in me last summer. At that time there were talks with them. Now I am happy at Atalanta. I really like this club, the fans, the city is very beautiful. My family is fine here. "

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Mex Martillo 5:03 Fri Apr 24
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chiff 4:32 Fri Apr 24

chiff 4:32 Fri Apr 24
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 4:00 Fri Apr 24
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gph 1:10 Fri Apr 24
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Haller seemed to be gradually (too gradually for my liking) feeling his way back to form, before the virus hit us.

Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 1:06 Fri Apr 24
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Sven Roeder 12:40 Fri Apr 24

mallard 12:42 Fri Apr 24
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Thanks Alan

Sven Roeder 12:40 Fri Apr 24
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Thanks Alan

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