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Alan 1:34 Tue May 19
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Bayer Leverkusen's German attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, 20, should turn down the chance to go to Liverpool and choose Borussia Dortmund instead says former Germany international Jens Nowotny. (Goal)

Juventus could sell a host of players, including Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, and Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, 32, this summer as part of a new policy of cutbacks designed to help the club cope with the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. (Daily Mail)

Belgium forward Dries Mertens, 33, is ready to sign a new contract with Napoli despite interest from Chelsea. (Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano)

Barcelona are to step up their attempts to sign Inter Milan's Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez, 22, and 30-year-old Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Manchester United are ready to revive their interest in Napoli's Senegalese defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, after learning of Liverpool's interest in the Napoli star. (Gazzetta dello Sport via Daily Express)

Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius, 26, will not return to train with the club. The German had cancelled his contract with loan club Besiktas earlier this month. (Daily Star)

Celtic midfielder Eboue Kouassi, 22, is set to sign for Genk, while midfielder Ianis Hagi, 21, will sign for Rangers after a successful loan spell. (Het Nieuwsblad - Belgium, via Daily Record)

Newcastle United's on-loan winger Valentino Lazaro is waiting to hear from managing director Lee Charnley on where his future lies next season. The 24-year-old Austrian joined the Magpies from Inter Milan in January. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester City are confident David Silva, 34, will agree to a short-term contract extension to allow the midfielder to see out the remainder of the season. The Spanish midfielder is scheduled to leave on 30 June when his deal expires. (ESPN)

Manchester United are set to recall 23-year-old Portuguese keeper Joel Pereira from his loan spell at Hearts following the conclusion of the Scottish Premiership season. (Manchester Evening News)

Wolves have extend 33-year-old English goalkeeper John Ruddy's contract by a further year. (Birmingham Mail)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard is hoping his out-of-contract players will sign short-term extensions to their deals, which are set to run out before the proposed end of the current season. The contracts of Brazilian midfielder Willian, 31, and French striker Olivier Giroud, 33, are set to expire on 30 June. (Chelsea)

Frank Lampard rejected the chance to be Ipswich manager because they had no money, according to his uncle Harry Redknapp. (Sun)

Argentine manager Mauricio Pochettino is free to sign for prospective clubs after his Tottenham gardening leave ended. (Telegraph)

Roma's legendary Italian forward Francesco Totti, 43, says he was very close to joining Real Madrid but they would not offer him more than what their striker Raul was making. (Libero via Marca)







C&H

Premier League striker refuses to train

Premier League player Troy Deeney has revealed he has refused to return to Watford training amid fears of compromising the health of his five-month-old son.

The Watford striker has been vocal in his opposition against the Premier League’s Project Restart plans and also raised concerns this week over a lack of screening for BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) players.

Premier League clubs including West Ham will return to training today (Tuesday) subject to negative test results with the aim of the season getting back up and running behind closed doors next month, but Deeney has insisted he will not be taking part.

Speaking to Eddie Hearn and Tony Bellew on Talk the Talk YouTube show, Deeney said: ‘We’re due back in this week. I’ve said I’m not going.

‘It only takes one to get infected. I don’t want to bring that home – my son is five months and he’s had breathing difficulties.

‘I don’t want to put him in more danger. You’ve got to drive back in the same dirty kit.

‘If I’m putting my clothing in with my son’s or my missus’ it’s more likely to be in the house.




HITC

Napoli interested in £24m West Ham star but know a deal will be complicated

On paper, West Ham had a very successful transfer window last summer. Manuel Pellegrini’s side signed Sebastien Haller and Albian Ajeti, both of whom had incredible individual campaigns last season.

The most exciting signing, however, was Pablo Fornals from Spanish side Villareal. The 23-year-old midfielder cost the Hammers £24 million (BBC), which seemed a bargain considering the number of clubs after him.

Napoli, to this day, regret missing out on the young Spanish midfielder according to Corriere dello Sport, and the Italian giants would be interested in a move if the opportunity arises this summer.

Fornals has not taken the Premier League by storm by any means, but he has shown flashes of what he is capable of.

The Spaniard has three goals and five assists to his name and, with more time on the pitch, he can be a very important part of the Hammers’ squad.

The report says that Napoli know that any deal to bring him to Italy will be complicated, considering that he signed for West Ham less than a year ago.

It will take a considerable amount of money for West Ham to even consider selling him this summer, and the possibility of Napoli offering that during a period of crisis is almost zero.

With Lanzini on the brink of an exit and, with Jack Wilshere’s injury issues stopping him from playing regularly, Fornals is likely to become the most important attacking member in West Ham’s midfield, which eliminates any need to sell him this summer.

West Ham reportedly reject £5m bid for forgotten man linked with Arsenal and Rangers

Clubs are queuing up to sign West Ham United starlet Sead Haksabanovic with Futboll Direkt reporting that the Premier League outfit have already rejected a £5 million offer for the Montenegro international.

Hammers fans everywhere would be forgiven if they needed to be reminded about the very existence of a 21-year-old winger who moved to the London Stadium in a rather under-the-radar deal in 2017.

After all, Haksabanovic has featured just once in West Ham colours since an EFL Cup outing against Bolton Wanderers three seasons ago. But write this forgotten man off at your peril.

The Sweden-born attacker is not just an established international these days, he is also a man in serious form. A loan spell at Norkopping has seen Haksabanovic produce nine goals and eight assists in 38 matches.

And, suddenly, a player who appeared to have no future whatsoever at West Ham finds himself at the centre of a Europe-wide tug-of-war.

Fotbollskanalen reported recently that Arsenal, Manchester United, AC Milan, Ajax and Rangers were interested and, while Futboll Direkt have not named names, they do say that five clubs at least are on Haksabanovic’s trail.

West Ham have snubbed a £5 million offer – a fee that would have seen them double their money on a player bought during the final throes of the Slaven Bilic era.

Furthermore, Haksabanovic has no interest in being loaned out again this summer. In his eyes, he either stays and fights for his place at West Ham or he leaves – permanently this time.





SportsLens

West Ham eyeing David Moyes replacement



West Ham are thought to be looking at alternatives to David Moyes this summer.

Moyes hasn’t done too well at West Ham so far and the Hammers looking at other managerial options is hardly a surprise.

The West Ham boss has failed to deliver for years now. His last good managerial spell was at Everton. Moyes is clearly looking out of his depth in the Premier League now.

It will be interesting to see if the Hammers bring in someone else once this season is done and dusted.

As per reports (via Sportwitness), the Londoners are keen on Ivan Juric. The 44-year-old Croatian has done well with Hellas Verona and David Sullivan has been impressed with his coaching.

The Italian outfit will not want to lose their manager in the summer but West Ham have the finances to tempt him.

If they can convince Juric about their project and ambitions, the Croatian might just decide to come to England.

In all fairness, the chance to manage in the Premier League is an attractive proposition for most managers and nobody would be surprised if Juric decides to move on.

West Ham are locked in the relegation battle as of now and they will be hoping to stay up. It will be interesting to see how Moyes’ men perform when football resumes.




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ted fenton 10:32 Tue May 19
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Thanks Alan 4:01 Tue May 19

Thanks Alan 4:01 Tue May 19
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blueeyed.handsomeman 2:51 Tue May 19

blueeyed.handsomeman 2:51 Tue May 19
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Mad Dog, 01;39 tuesday 19th May 2020

Mad Dog 1:39 Tue May 19
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Thanks Alan





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