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Alan 12:24 Sun May 3
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Belgium midfielder Kevin de Bruyne, 28, has hinted he could quit Manchester City if their Champions League ban is upheld. (HLN, via Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid are preparing a £70m bid for 27-year-old Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba. The France international has told the Premier League club he will not sign a contract extension. (Sunday Express)

Bayern Munich and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 27, will be a target for Newcastle United if they make former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino their new manager. (Sunday Mirror)

The Magpies and West Ham United are among a number of Premier League clubs to have enquired about Real Madrid and Serbia striker Luka Jovic, 22. (90min)

Barcelona are willing to sell some of their biggest names, including 29-year-old France forward Antoine Griezmann, this summer in order to raise funds. (Daily Star Sunday)

Roma want to sign Manchester United and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez on loan. The 31-year-old is at Inter Milan on a temporary basis this sason. (Sky Sport Italia, via Goal - in Italian)

Roma also want to keep on-loan United and England defender Chris Smalling, 30, for at least another season, says manager Paulo Fonseca. (ESPN)

Real Madrid are planning to sell at least five players this summer, including Wales winger Gareth Bale, 30. (AS - in Spanish)

Leicester City and Nigeria midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, 23, is a target for Paris St-Germain. (ESPN)

The Foxes will make a move for Arsenal and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney, 22, if England defender Ben Chilwell, 23, is sold. (Sunday Express)

Lille have received an 85m euros (£75m) bid from an unnamed club for Nigeria striker Victor Osimhen. The 21-year-old is wanted by Liverpool. (Telefoot - in French)

Barcelona could sell Uruguay striker Luis Suarez this summer with several Major League Soccer teams said to be interested in the 33-year-old. (Marca)

Newcastle, Everton, West Ham and Leicester are all monitoring the situation of Manchester United and England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 27. (90min)

The Hammers are considering selling 25-year-old French striker Sebastien Haller - their record signing - after just one season to fund the purchase of 26-year-old Belgium forward Michy Batshuayi, who Chelsea want £40m for. (Sunday Express)

Southampton hope to sign Reims' French defender Axel Disasi, 22. (Mail on Sunday)

Leeds United will look to make 20-year-old French goalkeeper Illan Meslier's loan deal from Lorient permanent if they win promotion to the Premier League. (Sunday Telegraph)


West Ham tempted to sell club-record signing Sebastien Haller as £40m replacement eyed

West Ham are considering selling club-record signing Sebastien Haller to fund a raid on Chelsea.

By Neil Fissler

West Ham United are considering off-loading club-record signing Sebastien Haller after just one season at the London Stadium. The Hammers are looking to cut costs and could be tempted into selling Haller, who cost them £45million from Eintracht Frankfurt. The former French under-21 international has struggled to settle in London and has only scored seven goals in 29 appearances.

David Moyes is looking at his options for next season, and the club could listen to offers for Haller despite his value likely to have dropped.

Haller had attracted the interest of Manchester United before he moved to the Hammers, but they have other targets in mind for this summer.

They could sell Haller to fund the purchase of Michy Batshuayi, who is out to leave London rivals, Chelsea, this summer.

Chelsea want £40million for Batshuayi who has been a Hammers target for the last couple of summers.

Haller has rejected suggestions that the pressure of being the club’s record signing has impacted his form.

“It (the move) happened because I had the opportunity,” he said.

“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.”

Haller could have a chance to prove himself if the Premier League returns from the coronavirus suspension - but he is sceptical about playing matches behind closed doors.

“To be honest: It’s a completely new situation, everybody knows that,” he said.

“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.”


Premier League fears financial meltdown

The Premier League fear a worst-case scenario if football remained suspended for 18 months until a vaccine is widely available.

Financial modelling has revealed all but the richest six clubs would succumb to administration with the majority of English clubs going out of business.

West Ham would need around £300m to stay afloat during an extended 18-month hiatus with no revenue streams.

Other clubs would be the same situation with sky-high players wages guaranteed in cast-iron legal contracts.

If next season is played behind closed doors then the Hammers will lose an additional of £27m of ticket revenue on top of £28m losses last season and at least £40m this season.

If the worst-case scenario does happen, players, their agents and the PFA would need to agree to massive pay cuts and not just deferments.

If cuts could not be agreed we would see the end of Premier League football as we know it.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

eusebiovic 9:38 Mon May 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Bowen, Haller, Jovic and Watkins sounds like a plan...

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:29 Mon May 4
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Keep Seb HALLER, and sign Jovic and Watkins

Kaiser Zoso 9:47 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Spot on Vexty

I’d rather us look at Ollie WATKINS

Vexed 9:25 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The best scenario is selling Haller and then not buying Micky Batshit.

The Stoat 5:11 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sell Haller by all means but not in preference to Batshuayi

eusebiovic 3:51 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I'd rather keep Haller and give him a second season to fully prove himself before I judge him. If we can find a way to reunite him with his old mucker Luka Jovic then that might be a good idea especially if we can sort out an initial loan with Real Madrid. They like that sort of thing and he currently doesn't fit into their plans.

Not necessarily a bad thing, they burn through players without giving them some time.

mallard 3:29 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I’d sooner keep Haller for Batshit

Thanks Alan

Steven P 1:47 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Happy it didn’t say that Man Utd are interested only that they were interested before we signed him.

And thanks Alan!

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:26 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
MEX, 1;10 sunday may 3rd 2020

Mex Martillo 1:10 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:25 Sun May 3

happygilmore 12:41 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Alan.

Silly season indeed, Manchester United are interested in Haller!

CanningTownWA 12:37 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
Batshuayi 40m do me a favor
The silly seasons started

Thanks Alan 12:25 Sun May 3
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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