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Alan 1:56 Tue Apr 28
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Everton striker Moise Kean, 20, has been linked with a move to Napoli. The Italian is likely to be disciplined by Everton after breaking government coronavirus guidelines earlier this week. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Arsenal have been offered Chelsea winger Willian, 31, as a replacement for their 30-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang - but the Gunners are shocked by the Brazil international's wage demands. (Sun)

The Gunners have made a £43m bid for Atletico Madrid and Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 26. (Express)

Barcelona have made Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 27, and French forward Ousmane Dembele, 22, available for swap deals this summer. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Chelsea were interested in Coutinho but are now targeting Bayer Leverkusen and Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 20. (The Athletic - subscription required)

West Ham United could be forced to sell England midfielder Declan Rice to fund a squad overhaul, with former club Chelsea and Manchester United interested. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Arsenal have also been linked with 21-year-old Rice, who is rated at £70m. (Sun)

Liverpool are favourites to sign Lille striker Victor Osimhen, 21, although Leicester and Chelsea are also interested in the Nigerian. (Le Foot Mercato - in French)

Borussia Dortmund's sporting director says he is "totally relaxed" over the future of Jadon Sancho. The England winger, 20, has been linked with a move to Manchester United. (Sport1 - in German)

However, United are willing to sell two midfielders - France international Paul Pogba and England's Jesse Lingard, both 27 - to fund a move for Sancho. (Sun)

Arsenal have missed out on signing 15-year-old Manchester United midfielder Omari Forson on a professional contract. (Mail)

Manchester United have been linked with a move for Real Valladolid's Ghanaian defender Mohammed Salisu, 21. (AS - in Spanish)

Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi says he is enjoying himself at the club, despite the Nigerian, 23, being linked with a move to Manchester United or Arsenal. (Teamtalk)

Spanish midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, says he hopes to return to Real Madrid when his season-long loan deal at Arsenal ends. (Movistar - in Spanish)

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa says his former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte could "never" last a full season at a club like Real Madrid. Conte has been been Inter Milan manager since May 2019. (ESPN)

Tottenham Hotspur forward Son Heung-min could miss the return to Premier League training. The South Korean, 27, is completing national service and will have to quarantine himself when he returns to the country. (Evening Standard)

Former Spurs and Chelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas says he will never return to the Premier League. (Mail)


Hammers respond to the ‘new’ Rice transfer stories: “Declan is the last player we would sell”

A senior Hammers insider has this morning responded to ‘new’ stories that West Ham could be forced to cash in on Declan Rice this summer. The usual suspects report the move along with the same clubs being put in the frame to make offers – Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United.

The reports come from Andy Dillon in the Sun and Matt Law in the Daily Telegraph.

Both take the line that West Ham have already put Rice up for sale to ease financial concerns.

But speaking exclusively to Claret and Hugh by e-mail our own highly placed insider dismissed that to be the case out of hand.

He said: “Despite a poor season and poor cash flow caused by the virus Rice would be the last player we would sell to balance the books.”

It has been suggested the articles since repeated by the majority of the mainstream sports media were highly speculative and included lots of conjecture.

It would take a bid of around £80 million to change the club’s minds but in a depressed transfer market with Manchester United vice-chair recently telling a fans forum they won’t be in the mega-money market and with Arsenal with nothing like the required cash rule them out.

That leaves Chelsea who are more than well off for midfield talent and looking in other areas of the team for transfer targets.

As is usually the case it is highly probable the stories have been planted by agents eager to generate interest for their client in what they know is going to be a very low earning summer for them.

In the case of Declan Rice that agent is Neil Fewings of Wasserman who also represents Jack Wilshere.

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chiff 7:30 Tue Apr 28
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Thanks Alan

Mr Logic 4:45 Tue Apr 28
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Texas Iron 4:20 Tue Apr 28
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Mex Martillo 3:06 Tue Apr 28
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blueeyed.handsomeman 2:02 Tue Apr 28
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THankYou Alan

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