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Alan 12:17 Mon May 18
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United will have to pay £80m for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 24, even if his side are relegated from the Premier League. (Mirror)

Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso is also a target for Manchester United and the German club are willing to let the 25-year-old France international leave to fund moves for other players, including Manchester City and Germany winger Leroy Sane, 24. (Express)

Juventus will rival Manchester United in the race to sign Wolves forward Raul Jimenez, 29. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool have been tipped to beat Manchester City to the signature of Leicester City and Turkey centre-back Caglar Soyuncu. Barcelona are also interested in the 23-year-old. (AS - in Spanish)

Bournemouth and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 26, is believed to be interested in joining Tottenham on a free transfer when his contract with the Cherries runs out on 30 June. (Mirror)

Real Madrid want to sign Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker Erling Haaland, 19, and Paris St-Germain and France forward Kylian Mbappe, 21. (AS - in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain are not expected to offer Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani a new contract. Newcastle want to sign the 33-year-old. (Express)

Liverpool midfielder Pedro Chirivella, 22, has been offered a five-year deal but is yet to decide on his future, having received interest from Nantes and Rangers. (Goal)

Liverpool are considering a summer move for Roma forward Nicolo Zaniolo, 20, who is also a target for Manchester United and Tottenham. (Corriere dello Sport - via Sports Mole)

Meanwhile, it is claimed Liverpool had already made steps on a potential move for Zaniolo before the coronavirus pandemic halted football. (Il Tempo - in Italian)

Real Sociedad defender Diego Llorente, 26, is looking for a move this summer and Monaco and Liverpool are among those interested. (La Razon - Spanish)

Crystal Palace are planning a triple raid on Burnley for manager Sean Dyche, winger Dwight McNeil, 20, and defender James Tarkowski, 27. (Mirror)

Manchester United will have to fend off interest from Real Madrid for defender Milan Skriniar, 25, with Inter Milan prepared to let him leave in the summer. (Mirror)

Fiorentina midfielder Christian Koffi, 19, decided against joining Liverpool in 2018 but says he did not make a mistake. (Sofoot - in French)

Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali, who has been linked with Liverpool, is on the verge of joining Inter Milan after the 20-year-old rejected a move to Serie A rivals Juventus. (Le10 Sport - in French)


Vital Monday morning vote on cards as Irons get ready

The Hammers return for training tomorrow having been given the go ahead by the club amid extraordinary measures to ensure the squad suffer no infections.

We were told by a well placed insider that the plan is to have the squad training in groups of four or five and according to the BBC other clubs are hoping to give their squads the g ahead but it may have to wait until Tuesday.

ClaretandHugh commented last week that the idea of getting matches started on June 12 should the government agree to a sufficient easing of lock down on the first of the month that there would be no real time to prepare for a vital relegation programme.

And it now seems that a big lobby is growing wanting the matches to start on the 19th thus giving over two weeks to a reasonable level of fitness.

And it seems to us at least that this is still insufficient time to guard against injuries which might even affect next season.

The BBC reports that a vote is due to take place on training and medical protocols when the 20 top-flight clubs hold their next meeting on Monday morning.

If passed, players would be able to train in groups of five from Tuesday.

Football London

What David Moyes said when he first worked with Jarrod Bowen after £22m transfer

The Hammers beat Crystal Palace to the signature of the winger on January transfer deadline day

By Sam Inkersole

It took right until the very last moment to get it done but Jarrod Bowen did eventually join West Ham on transfer deadline day back in January.

Having completed a loan move for Slavia Prague midfielder Tomas Soucek and a deal for Darren Randolph earlier in the window,, David Moyes had made a late play to sign Bowen from Hull City. Crystal Palace had already agreed a deal before West Ham came swooping in at the last minute.

The 23-year-old had initially rejected personal terms offered by the Hammers, who wanted to put in a 50% pay cut clause triggered if the team went down to the Championship. Bowen didn’t want that but did compromise on a £20million get out clause if the team were relegated this season.

Bowen had netted 16 goals in the Championship this season and after arriving on a train from Leeds to Kings Cross, was rushed to London Stadium and a £22million deal was completed in time for the deadline.

After the deal was done, Moyes was very happy to get his man, saying: “We are delighted to welcome Jarrod to West Ham United. I think he could be a big success.

"He’s probably what you’d call a wide forward these days, or perhaps an old-fashioned inside-right. He has played a couple of games as a second centre forward or as a No10.

"When you score goals like he does, and in the numbers he does, in the Championship, it will give you a great chance of scoring goals in the Premier League.

“We were attracted to the goals he has scored over the years; not just in one year, but over the last three years."

Moyes initially came in for criticism as Bowen had to wait for his first start. He wasn’t registered in time to make the squad for a 3-3 draw with Brighton at London Stadium and had to make do with 20-minute stints off the bench against Man City and Liverpool.

His full debut brought a goal and a 3-1 win for West Ham as Moyes eventually handed him a start. Bowen has been a bright spark in an otherwise disappointing campaign so here is what his manager said about him ahead of, hopefully, the Premier League returning next month.

February 18 having yet to give Bowen his debut for the Hammers

“I have been pleased with what I have seen from Jarrod at the moment.

"He’s come in and settled in very quickly, he’s looked very sharp in training. He's obviously had loads of games, it’s not as if he’s short of match practice or match fitness in any way so I have been pleased.

“But I am also wary of putting the boys in too quickly. I have had lots of boys from the Championship in the past and I think it’s important that you put them in at the right time, the right moments, at the right time and we will just take our time and see when it’s right for Jarrod.”

February 28, having made two substitute appearances against Man City and Liverpool

“I’ve got to use my experience. Players like Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka took six months to settle into the Premier League, but others like Tim Cahill made an impact straight away.

“I’ll assess Jarrod and see where he is at. I want him to be for the long term. If we are signing a player from Hull and hoping him to be a saviour, I think that’s unfair, but he’s looking very good and very sharp.”

February 29 after Bowen made his first start and scored in a 3-1 win over Southampton

"Jarrod scored a great goal and for his full debut he did very well," said the Hammers boss.

"I hope I know a bit about giving boys from lower league their opportunities. I don't want him to have the pressure to be the one who has to perform.

"He's someone who scores and who knows how to score. But there'll be games that suit him and games that might not.

"In my head today was always going to be his chance to start and I'm really pleased with how he started.

"But it can't be all about today. We also want a top player for the next six or seven years. I'll use him at the right times."

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Texas Iron 4:38 Mon May 18
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Thanks Alan 12:45 Mon May 18
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blueeyed.handsomeman 12:25 Mon May 18

Mr. Burns 12:25 Mon May 18
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Cheers Al, hope you’re well?

blueeyed.handsomeman 12:25 Mon May 18
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Sven 12;19 .

Sven Roeder 12:19 Mon May 18
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Thanks Alan

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