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Alan 1:18 Sun May 17
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

France striker Kylian Mbappe will not push to leave Paris St-Germain this summer because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and the 21-year-old will stay with the Ligue 1 champions for one more season. (L'Equipe, via AS)

Juventus are close to a deal to re-sign France midfielder Paul Pogba, 27, from Manchester United and will try to use fellow French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 25, as a makeweight to bring the price down. (L'Equipe, via Sunday Express)

But Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane remains determined to sign compatriot Pogba from Manchester United. (Mundo Deportivo, via Daily Star Sunday)

Newcastle could bid for Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 27 if their proposed takeover goes through. (Sun on Sunday)

Meanwhile Chelsea are set to receive £48.5m from Atletico Madrid for 27-year-old Spain striker Alvaro Morata this summer - and could use those funds to make a move for Sancho. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester City are aiming to win the race with rivals Manchester United for Velez Sarsfield's 19-year-old Argentine playmaker Thiago Almada. (Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal want to sign Barcelona's Brazilian goalkeeper Neto, 30. (Sunday Express)

Leicester City and Watford have both registered their interest in 19-year-old Sporting Lisbon and Ecuador winger Gonzalo Plata. (Record, via Sport Witness)

Inter Milan are close to signing Napoli and Belgium playmaker Dries Mertens, 33. (La Repubblica - in Italian)

Club Bruges manager Philippe Clement says he expects 22-year-old Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis, who has been linked with Arsenal, Newcastle United and Wolves, to leave the club. (La Derniere Heure, via Birmingham Mail)

Former Barcelona and Spain midfielder Xavi doubts whether Liverpool's Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 28, and 30-year-old Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who plays for Arsenal, could fit in with the football the Nou Camp club play. (Metro)

Veteran Juventus and Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini has said Real Madrid centre-back Sergio Ramos' challenge on Liverpool's Mohamed Salah that forced the Reds striker off injured in the 2018 Champions League final was a "masterstroke". (Marca)

Salah rejected an offer from Real Madrid in order to remain at Liverpool in 2018, according to former Egypt assistant Hany Ramzy. (On Time Sports - in Egyptian)

Chelsea believe they have moved ahead of Tottenham in their attempts to sign 16-year-old Dutch midfielder Lamare Bogarde, who plays for Feyenoord. (Football Insider)


Reece Oxford EXCLUSIVE: ‘West Ham made me who I am today, but I had to leave to move forward’, admits former Hammers starlet

EXCLUSIVE By Bradley Hayden

Reece Oxford has revealed he left West Ham as he could not see a pathway into the club’s first-team.

The versatile English youngster brought his eight-year spell at the London Stadium to an end last summer by joining Augsburg for an undisclosed fee, having spent six months on loan with the Bundesliga outfit earlier that year.

Oxford was memorably thrust into the first-team by then Hammers boss Slaven Bilic in July 2015, with the defensive midfielder becoming the West Ham’s youngest ever player when he started the Europa League tie against Lusitanos aged only 16 years and 198 days.

He then became the youngest player to represent the Hammers in the Premier League a month later when he started, and impressed, during a 2-0 away win over Arsenal – the team Oxford supported as a kid – on the opening day of the 2015/16 season.

The former England Under-20 international went on to make 12 appearances for West Ham that campaign, but first-team opportunities became hard to come by after that. He joined Reading and Borussia Monchengladbach on loan during the following campaigns to get valuable minutes, but found life at his parent club tough.

It was Oxford’s desire to play regular first-team football which made him leave the London Stadium to re-join Augsburg, this time on a permanent basis, and in one of his first interviews since leaving West Ham he exclusively told talkSPORT why he feels there is less pressure on young players’ shoulders over in Germany.

“West Ham was my boyhood club,” began Oxford. “They brought me through. I respect West Ham 100 per cent because, without them, I wouldn’t be the player or person I am today.

“They gave me my debut in the Europa League and against Arsenal, so they made me who I am today.

“I just thought, personally, if I wanted to move forward I had to go to another team and try and push to where I want to be in my career. I just felt there were too many players and I didn’t feel like there was a path anymore.

“So, I thought if I take another path, hopefully I can reach my goals. It’s not me having any issue with them, it’s just me trying to fulfil my dreams really.

“There were a few teams [in England interested in me] but my mind was focused on coming back here and just trying to learn more because I felt like I learnt a lot, even if I didn’t play a lot. I felt like it was the right decision to come back here and kick on with my career.

“I just think when you’re young, you might not be able to break into your team straight away because Premier League teams are so hard to break into nowadays. A lot of teams are spending money and buying top class players, so it’s going to be hard for [young] players.

“Coming out to Germany or to different European countries, they accept younger players more and they’ll play them in the top leagues more than in England, because it’s much harder to play in the Premier League; there’s so much pressure on your shoulders as a young player.

“If you get thrown into a team at a young age, there’s so much pressure on your shoulders to perform. I think a lot of young players are then thinking, ‘a loan might be the best thing for me and maybe away from England because there’s not so much pressure on my shoulders and I can perform at my best’.

“You know that if you perform here you can then go back to your club and go straight into the starting XI or straight into the squad.”

Oxford went on to make 16 appearances in all competitions for the Hammers, the last of which came in their 2-0 defeat by Wigan in the FA Cup in January 2018.

Since joining other English starlets such as Jadon Sancho, Ademola Lookman and Ethan Ampadu in Germany, Oxford has featured eight times this season for Augsburg, the last of his appearances coming back in November.

The 21-year-old, who can also play as a defender, is still highly thought of by many in English football.

A host of clubs reportedly wanted to take him on loan in January, while Crystal Palace have also been linked with bringing the former West Ham man back to the Premier League in recent months.

West Bromwich Albion, who coincidentally are managed by his former boss Bilic, were also linked with Oxford’s services last summer and the 21-year-old hailed the Croatian’s impact on his career.

“He [Bilic] has had a big impact,” the Augsburg midfielder continued. “I’ve always said he was a very good manager. It was the Europa League and we didn’t have a manager at the time and I think it was the Sporting Director from the academy who took over.

“They spoke with each other and obviously he [the Sporting Director] said, ‘this is a really good player,’ and then Slaven Bilic looked at me and then gave me my debut – and I’m thankful for that.

“I keep in contact with him and we have spoken before after he left West Ham. I think he’s a great manager and I’m happy about how much he’s helped my career because he’s shown me a lot. Bringing me into the first-team at 15 was a big step to do for a young player, but I’ve learnt a lot.”

On whether he’d like to work with Bilic again during his career, Oxford added: “You’ve just got to see. I’m here right now and I’m focusing on this team.

“If we do meet up again, it will be great. Right now, I’m focusing on the league here and playing here. Hopefully it all goes well and I play and do some good things.”


Tottenham, West Ham and Watford all keen on defensive powerhouse Guillermo Maripan

The Premier League trio are hopeful of signing the Chilean international.

By Mathew Nash

Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United, and Watford are all interested in a move for Monaco defender Guillermo Maripan this summer, according to reports.

Diario AS is suggesting that the former Alaves star is of interest to all three Premier League sides, who are hoping to strengthen their centre-back options.

The report claims that Jose Mourinho is a fan of the player and sees him as a potential centre-back solution at Spurs. West Ham, who were linked during Manuel Pellegrini’s reign, remain interested under new management in David Moyes whilst Watford will also hope to bring the 6ft 4ins powerhouse to English football.

It is suggested that Monaco previously valued the 24-cap Chile international at €40-€50 million (£35m-£45m) but in light of the current global health, situation could settle for a deal in the region of €25 million-€30 million (£22m-£27m), as they look at Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente as his replacement.

Tottenham could be in the market for a new centre-back, given their troubles defensively this season and Maripan is the sort of defensively sound option that Mourinho would love.

West Ham and Watford would also love to bring in a player of Maripan’s physicality, coupled with his expertise on the ball.

This certainly appears to be a transfer story to keep an eye on once the current season is finally concluded.

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Thanks Alan 4:09 Sun May 17
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
happygilmore 1:27 Sun May 17

geoffpikey 3:38 Sun May 17
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Thanks Alan.

Reece Oxford declines to mention: he can't get in Augsburg's team either!

Texas Iron 2:18 Sun May 17
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Sven Roeder 1:30 Sun May 17
Thanks Alan
Thanks Alan

happygilmore 1:27 Sun May 17
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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