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Alan 1:25 Sat May 2
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Wolves and Mexico forward Raul Jimenez, 28, said it would be hard to turn down offers from Spanish clubs Real Madrid and Barcelona. (Express)

Liverpool are set to miss out on signing RB Leipzig and Germany striker Timo Werner, 24, as the club puts summer spending on hold. (Mirror)

Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 23, who has spent the 2019-20 season on loan at Sheffield United, is set to spend another year away from the club. (Daily Star)

Lyon striker Moussa Dembele, 23, has emerged as a summer transfer target for the Red Devilsbut the two clubs are yet to make contact. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea and Brazil forward Willian, 31, said he would not see it as a problem to move to a rival club in London - not ruling out a move to Tottenham or Arsenal. (Desimpedidos - Brazilian, via Mirror)

Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, 26, has told friends he would be keen on joining Tottenham this summer if they make a move for him. (Football Insider)

Atletico Madrid and Mexico midfielder Hector Herrera, 30, was one of West Ham's main targets in the January transfer window and they could still try to sign him in the summer. (Independent)

The Premier League's 'big six' fear that cancelling the 2019-20 season could set a precedent to scrap the 2020-21 campaign because of a possible 18-month wait for a coronavirus vaccine. (Mail)

Valencia winger Ferran Torres, 20, has been urged by team-mate Jose Luis Gaya, 24, to avoid a move to Liverpool. (Marca - Spanish, via Liverpool Echo)

Barcelona and Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, 27, is way out of Leicester City's budget, says manager Brendan Rodgers, despite speculation of a summer transfer. (Leicester Mercury)

New Watford midfielder Pape Gueye, 21, no longer wants to play for the Premier League side despite recently signing a five-year contract because of fears he could be sent out on loan. (Radio France)

Liverpool have made contact with Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, as a potential replacement for Joel Matip. (Tutto Mercato - Italian)

Meanwhile, Tottenham have opened talks to sign Hellas Verona and Albaniadefender Marash Kumbulla, 20, as a potential replacement for Jan Vertonghen. (Gazzetta dello Sport - Italian, via Sport Witness)


Premier League at phase one of four in return – Karren Brady on what life is like at West Ham training during lockdown

Exclusive Karren Brady

WE still do not have a restart date for the Premier League but we are at least back in training . . . of sorts!

At West Ham we’re now in the first of four phases — the commencement of individual training.

The next phase is contact training, the third is playing the league games and the fourth is playing international matches.
So during the first phase our players are training by themselves at the club’s Rush Green base.

They arrive in their own car, dressed in their kit, go on the pitches and do their individual training, then get back in their car and go home.

And then the next player turns up and does the same — it’s a one-in, one-out policy that all clubs are now following.

No contact is allowed between the player and anyone else — although we do have doctors in case a player has a medical emergency — and social distancing MUST remain in place.

Gyms and communal areas like the canteen are firmly closed.

There will be new guidelines which include strict protocols in place to deal with the process from the point a player leaves his home to travel into the training ground, right the way through to leaving again after his individual session.

These include not being allowed to use the toilet to not being able to eat there, unless food is delivered to the car in a drive-through takeaway style. Although who cooks it and where they cook it is anyone’s guess!

We hope to move to phase two — contact training — when it is safe to do so and when the plan is signed off by the Government and Public Health England.

Even then, medical and physio treatment will be kept to a minimum.

The key here is to make the environment as safe as it can possibly be because we want to be able to restart the games and finish our season.

And to do that we have to be ready — otherwise we’ll end up like France, Belgium and Holland, who have all had their season curtailed.

So clubs are all now producing their own Covid-19 Operational Policy, which will include testing players, staff, broadcasters and operational staff twice a week.

Again, testing will be approved by the Government, done independently and centrally administered at various testing stations, with the results delivered within 24 hours.

The most important aspect of all this is not what we, as chairmen and CEO’s of clubs want the protocols to be, but that the players and managers agree and are comfortable with them and that they believe it is safe to commence contact training and play games.

Without their approval this is going nowhere, so it’s my intention to take my players through this in detail. We have to ensure that training is as safe as it can be — and they have to agree.

But we do still have a way to go to even get to phase two — contact training.

And then it’s further to get to phase three — playing games — and even further to phase four and international matches, with all the travel restrictions and isolation periods on returning to the UK.

There are a lot of obstacles to overcome and no doubt many compromises to make.

Phase three will include discussions on the possibility of playing at neutral grounds, which no one wants, but it’s clear that the location of the games when the league recommences will be subject to approval from both the Government and Sports Grounds Safety Authority.

They could argue neutral grounds better protect the welfare of all involved and reduce the burden on public services like police and ambulance.

But like everything else, nothing has been agreed as we are still in phase one.

At yesterday’s meeting, every club said it wants the season to restart.

We all know that it is going to take a lot of working together, good faith, careful thought and compromises if we have any chance of that happening.

The only common theme from all the Prem clubs is that any compromises have to be fair and uphold the integrity of the game.

Players and managers have to be key decision-makers on the protocols as there is a long way to go from where we are now to actually getting playing again.


Bundesliga hits restart setback

Germany has seen its virus transmission rate soar upwards after it relaxed some of its strict lockdown measures last week.

Originally seen as the European model to follow there is now concern about a second peak in Germany which has forced football authorities to insist on extraordinary measures to which football clubs would be subjected in order to stage matches behind closed doors this month. Squads will be tested twice a week for coronavirus and have food delivered to hotel rooms during periods of isolation.

Officials outlined the protocols for squads during meetings earlier on Friday, with the Premier League closely watching and hoping to replicate the model if successful.

Bundesliga matches are due to be played on Tuesdays and Saturdays with the following stipulations:

Players tested the day before a game.
Results on matchday to clear them to play. Isolation for two weeks after a positive test.
Travel to matches in three-team buses for social distancing.
Players to enter the pitch separately.
No handshakes.
Players to stay in hotels around matches with no visitors allowed and food being delivered to rooms by club staff.

On Friday night FC Kðln revealed three positive tests among their players and staff but those who were negative carried on training.

A statement read: “After an assessment of the cases by the responsible health authorities, the three people who tested positive will go into a 14-day quarantine at home. FC Köln will not confirm any names out of respect for the privacy of those affected. FC Köln’s training can continue as planned, according to the hygiene and infection control measures that have been in place since April 6 in group training”

Players are “scared” about the prospect of returning to action amid the current global health situation, says Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero. The Premier League is hoping to resume the season in June, which would require players to be back in full training in May.

The majority of players are scared because they have children and families,” said 31-year-old Aguero.

Speaking to Argentine TV station El Chiringuito, the Argentina international Aguero added: “I’m scared, but I’m with my girlfriend here and I’m not going to be in contact with other people. I’m locked in my house and the only person I could infect is my girlfriend.

“They’re saying that there are people that have it and don’t have any symptoms but still infect you. That’s why I am here at home. Maybe I have the illness and I don’t even know.”

Aguero said he and his team-mates, will be “quite nervous and extra careful” when they return to work.

“When one person is ill we will think ‘oh what’s happening here?'” he added. “I hope a vaccine will be found soon so that this all ends.”

Aguero won’t be alone in his fears and there claims that clubs could face civil claims for corporate manslaughter if players die as a result of a return to football too early.

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Sniper 8:21 Sat May 2
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Everything favours the big 6 in returning as well - they’re even talking about allowing extra subs in games to avoid fatigue and injuries. But the big clubs are the ones with a bench full of international stars that would walk into other teams

Just cancel the season and be done with it

Anyway, Thanks Alan

bill green 6:10 Sat May 2
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Thanks Alan

nich the d 3:58 Sat May 2
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

And what Tex said...

SDKFZ 222 3:49 Sat May 2
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I read today that the ‘Big 6’ are making the most noise about football restarting.

Well, they would, wouldn’t they? It’s all about the wealth for some and not the health.

Texas Iron 3:19 Sat May 2
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Too complicated...
Too risky...
92 games...2 a week...
Players not fully fit...
A mockery of a fair competition...
Suspend...Void season...
Start again later when if/all clear..
No relegations or promotions...
Current positions stand for Euros...

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:51 Sat May 2
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ted Fenton, 1;40 2nd May 2020

ted fenton 1:40 Sat May 2
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:25 Sat May 2

Thanks Alan 1:25 Sat May 2
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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