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Alan 1:39 Thu May 21
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City and Germany forward Leroy Sane, 24, has the number 10 shirt reserved for him at Bayern Munich next season. (Mirror)

But the German club have told Sane he must take a 30% pay cut to complete the transfer this summer. (Bild, via Star)

Chelsea are struggling to offload Victor Moses as Inter Milan refuse to pay the £10.75m asking price for the 29-year-old Nigerian winger. (Sun)

Jorginho's agent says the Italy midfielder is happy at Chelsea and that Juventus have not made an approach for the 28-year-old. (Metro)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to keep Portuguese full-back Diogo Dalot, 21, despite interest from Barcelona and Paris St-Germain. (ESPN)

Liverpool are ready to sell three players this summer to fund a £52m move for 24-year-old RB Leipzig and Germany forward Timo Werner. (Athletic - subscription required)

Trabzonspor's Turkish goalkeeper and Leicester City target Ugurcan Cakir, 24, has been the subject of a 20m euros (£18m) bid from Spanish side Sevilla. (Leicester Mercury)

Manchester United would like to keep 30-year-old striker Odion Ighalo, on loan from Shanghai Shenhua, but they are "relaxed" over the Nigerian's future after Marcus Rashford's return to fitness. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal are considering a swap deal with Atletico Madrid that would see 28-year-old France striker Alexandre Lacazette moving to Spain, and compatriot Thomas Lemar, 24, coming the other way. (AS - in Spanish)

PSG have ended their interest in Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 28, because of his 70m euro (£63m) asking price, leaving Manchester United favourites to sign the Senegal international this summer. (Le Parisien - in French)

Gareth Bale's agent has denied reports that the Real Madrid and Wales forward, 30, has been offered to an MLS club, believed to David Beckham's Inter Miami. (ESPN Deportes - in Spanish)

Barcelona and Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal, 32, will not be part of any deal the Spanish club make with Inter Milan to sign Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 22. (Marca)

Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 23, has suggested he will end his loan spell at Arsenal at the end of the season after saying he wants to see out the final three years of his contract at Real Madrid. (TVE, via Mirror)

The EFL's leaders are confident that support for the Championship to restart, even from relegation-threatened clubs such as Middlesbrough, will mean the season resumes next month. (Times - subscription required)

Early rounds of the Carabao Cup are under threat if next season does not get under way before the beginning of September. (Telegraph - subscription required)


Academy Spotlight: Gonçalo Cardoso

From his early teams and idols in Portugal, to his favourite restaurants in London, meet 19-year-old defender, Gonçalo Cardoso...

My Roots

I started playing football at a local team called Amarante, but I started playing every day for Marco 09 in another town nearby when I was six or seven. I played there for about five years, and then I moved to Penafiel in the Portuguese second division and played almost all my academy years there. Then, at 16, I moved to Boavista and played with the Under-18s and Under-19s and, last year, the first-team, before I moved here.

I used to be a left winger, but when I was 13 I started growing a little bit more than everyone else. The manager started putting me at centre-back – I didn’t like it because I didn’t get to touch the ball or attack! Now I love it.

I began living on my own in Portugal when I was 16, and at first it was a little bit difficult because I played in a team far away from home and I missed my family and friends. It was worse when I moved to Boavista than when I came to England, because this time I felt more mature and ready to make the move.

My Inspirations

As a Portuguese centre-back, I used to really like watching Ricardo Carvalho and Pepe. International defenders like Virgil van Dijk and Sergio Ramos are unbelievable too.

My father and my family were the biggest influences on my early career. They’ve always encouraged me. My father played football in the Portuguese First Division. When I was younger, he never forced me to do anything, but always helped me and gave me advice.

As for an idol, I really like Cristiano Ronaldo - not for his position, but for the way he works, the way he’s got the way where he is now. I look up to centre-backs because we share a position, but I look up to Ronaldo for his work. Look at his story: he started from nothing, but started growing, working harder, and has been at the top for so many years, which gives you extra motivation as a Portuguese player.

My Teammates

I’ve got a lot of good friends in the U23s squad. I probably spend the most time with Mesaque Dju and Xande Silva because they’re Portuguese as well, but I like to spend a little bit of time with everyone because we all get along well and we all work hard.

We have quite a few jokers in the squad! I think maybe Mesaque is the biggest as well. He’s always smiling - he’s always in a good mood and making other people smile too. There’s a couple of people in the squad, too, who always take a while to get ready!

As for natural talent, I’d maybe choose Nathan Holland. Everything seems so easy to him. He makes everything look natural in training and on the pitch.

FIFA, Films & Food

I’ve got a PlayStation and when I play FIFA, my favourite team to play as is West Ham United – I promise! I like to play as them, because I’m in their squad and I can play as me on the pitch! I’m usually more into Call of Duty, though, but I do play FIFA sometimes.

I also watch a lot of Netflix. It’s difficult to pick a favourite show, but mine is maybe Game of Thrones. I don’t watch too many films, mainly TV series. I don’t really have a favourite film, to be honest.

I often listen to music before games and I like to listen to a little bit of everything. I don’t have one favourite artist – I just listen to Reggaeton, Spanish music, some Brazilian music as well, some English rap – I like a little bit of everything.

When I’m cooking at home, my favourite food is pasta or maybe, in Portugal, we have a traditional dish that is a little bit like a Sunday roast. It’s not quite the same as here, but it’s probably my favourite food.

When I’m eating out in London, my favourite restaurant I like to visit is Gaucho Argentinian stakehouse in Canary Wharf – the food’s very good. I want to try the Goodman restaurant in Canary Wharf – I haven’t gone there, but everyone talks about it very well – but everyone likes Gaucho.


Report: Napoli target in-form Hammer

Italian website Corriere dello Sport claims Napoli are targeting Pablo Fornals as a transfer signing this summer.

The 24-year-old Pellegrini signing set the club back £24m from Villareal last Summer got off to slow start as he tried to adapt to the Premier League.

By the time football was suspended in March he in good form and was showing his worth in topping many club statistics as well as becoming a new fan’s favourite with his work rate.

The Spaniard who signed a five-year contract with the Hammers in June last year is not seen as surplus to requirements by David Moyes so it would require a massive transfer fee to persuade West Ham to part with their player.

Napoli is suffering financially like every football club in the world and the suggestion that they would hand West Ham a handsome profit on their summer investment is very doubtful. Whether Fornals himself would want to take a backwards step in moving to the Italian Serie A is another question asking.

Football London

West Ham trio return from injury to bring Moyes' potential transfer plans into focus

The three Hammers players have uncertain futures in east London and will have a point to prove when football returns

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham’s players returned to training on Tuesday afternoon in groups of no more than five after Premier League clubs voted unanimously to bring in phase one of Project Restart.

Rush Green had been open for two weeks prior but only to one player at a time, for an hour each time, and just the player and a club member of staff was on site in case of emergency.

Now though, more players are at the training ground, as are the coaching staff too as manager David Moyes gets to see his players in person for the first time since March.

With the enforced lay-off since March 7 when the Hammers last played, a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal, that has allowed injured players to recover.

Jack Wilshere is back in small group training having yet to play under David Moyes and having not started a Premier League game since the second match of the season at Brighton when Manuel Pellegrini was manager.

Ryan Fredericks is back training too as he has now recovered from a shoulder injury and subsequent surgery, suffered when he was unceremoniously barged to the floor by Man City midfielder Rodri in a 2-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in February.

Also back on the grass at Rush Green is Andriy Yarmolenko, who hasn’t played for the senior side since a 17-minute run out in a win over Southampton on December 14 last year. The Ukrainian had suffered a thigh muscle problem which took far longer to recover from than initially anticipated. He had a couple of run outs for the under-23s before Covid-19 hit but that's it in 2020.

All three of those players certainly have their futures under scrutiny.

Wilshere has struggled with injury since his free transfer from Arsenal in the summer of 2018, with just 16 appearances to show for his £100,000 a week contract as he hasn’t shrugged off his injury-prone tag.

The club has a big decision to make over Wilshere this summer as he enters the final year of his deal in east London going into the 2020/21 campaign. It’s been a tough lockdown for Wilshere, who lost his grandfather but wasn’t able to attend the funeral due to restrictions.

Yarmolenko's future is up for debate too. Like Wilshere, the winger has struggled with injury in his two seasons, seeing his 2019/20 campaign ruined by a serious achilles injury which sidelined him for eight months. He’d missed three months of this one too before the pandemic swept in.

The winger is in the upper tier of earners at the club as well having penned a four-year contract in 2018 to sign from Borussia Dortmund. With every player at the club this summer having a price on their head, the 30-year-old is a prime candidate to be moved on.

In the case of Fredericks, it’s a bit clearer. With Pablo Zabaleta leaving at the end of the season and just Jeremy Ngakia as backup, Fredericks place in the squad is more secure than others.

That said, the Hammers tried to sign Nottingham Forest right back Matty Cash in January, were interested in Rasmus Kristensen of RB Salzburg and are now being linked with River Plate defender Gonzalo Montiel. Added to the emergence of Ngakia, plus Ben Johnson waiting in the wings too, Fredericks has a fight on his hands for a starting spot.

There is still no concrete date for when the Premier League could return, though the initial hope of June 12 might be pushed back a week to the 19th. Even then, that’s not set in stone though the Premier League will be buoyed by the successful return of the Bundesliga last weekend.

West Ham posted no positive Covid-19 test results from the first round of mass testing which took place on Sunday, with another to be done later this week as part of a twice-weekly schedule.

For Fredericks, Yarmolenko and Wilshere though, they will want to show some positive signs on the pitch instead as they battle for their futures in the capital.


West Ham and Brighton register transfer interest in West Brom player

West Ham United and Brighton and Hove Albion have joined the race for West Bromwich Albion forward Rayhaan Tulloch, according to the Scottish Sun.

The young striker has been in fine form for the Baggies’ under-23 side, scoring nine goals in 14 appearances in the Premier League 2 campaign.

The 19-year-old is highly regarded at the Hawthorns and has made three first-team appearances in the FA Cup this season, featuring against Newcastle, Charlton and getting 30 minutes of football against West Ham.

Now, it is West Ham and Brighton who have reportedly joined Rangers in the race to sign Tulloch, whose future in the West Midlands is up in the air.

With the striker’s deal at the Hawthorns set to expire next month, time is running out for West Brom to tie Tulloch down to fresh terms amid high-profile interest elsewhere.

Football Insider have recently claimed that West Brom are confident of tying their youngster down to a new deal, but it remains to be seen whether fresh interest will sway the player’s head.

The Verdict

This isn’t the first time West Brom have been involved in one of these sagas, and they need to really start getting players’ futures sorted sooner rather than later.

They nearly lost Rekeem Harper on a free transfer last season and look set to lose Nathan Ferguson upon the expiry of his contract this summer.

Tulloch looks to be a really exciting player who has large potential, but if he is to leave, it would be a big blow for Bilic’s side in terms of the long run.

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Texas Iron 3:13 Thu May 21
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Barty 1:41 Thu May 21
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Thanks Alan

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