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Alan 1:02 Fri May 22
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona have lowered their valuation of 26-year-old French defender Samuel Umtiti to just £27m, amid interest from Manchester United and Arsenal. (Sport - in Spanish)

United have made recruiting a new centre-back their top priority this summer, and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer now has a clear path to signing Napoli's 28-year-old Senegal international Kalidou Koulibaly, with Paris St-Germain no longer interested. (Express)

Juventus and Bosnia-Herzegovina midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 30, will turn down a move to the Premier League this summer, with Chelsea among the clubs interested. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Real Madrid and Manchester United could be forced to wait two years to sign 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, with the Norwegian's 75m euro release clause not active until 2022. (Evening Standard)

Arsenal are planning a £25m transfer move for Dortmund's 24-year-old Switzerland defender Manuel Akanji, after talks began in January. (Sun)

Meanwhile, the Gunners have joined Everton in targeting Juventus' French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 25, and hope he can form a partnership with compatriot Matteo Guendouzi, 21. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Arsenal are also chasing Ajax and Argentina left-back Nicolas Tagliafico, 27, in a deal worth £20m. (Sun)

Liverpool are interested in signing Sevilla's Brazilian defender Diego Carlos, 27. (Marca - in Spanish)

Tottenham Hotspur's 29-year-old defender Danny Rose, who is on loan at Newcastle United, has revealed he wants to play for Leicester City manager Brendan Rodgers - but joked that Foxes left-back and England team-mate Ben Chilwell, 22, would "have to be bought first". (Mail)

Paris St-Germain remain open to signing Arsenal's 30-year-old Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who has one year left on his contract at Emirates Stadium. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Everton lead the race to sign Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo. The French 20-year-old has spent this season on loan at Schalke. (Sport - in Spanish)

Leicester lead Manchester City, Wolves and Everton in the pursuit of Celtic and Norway defender Kristoffer Ajer, 22. (90min.com)

Wolves are interested in Real Madrid midfielder Oscar Rodriguez, who is currently on loan at Leganes. The 21-year-old is also a target for Lazio. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Dortmund and Germany midfielder Emre Can, 26, says he would never sign for Manchester United because his "heart would not allow it" after playing for Liverpool. (Bild, via Mirror)

Crystal Palace are ready to make a move for Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser. The player favours a move to Tottenham, but manager Jose Mourinho is unconvinced of the 26-year-old Scotland international's suitability for a top-six club. (Express)

Manchester United are putting together a £10m package for Sporting Lisbon's 17-year-old Portuguese left-back Nuno Mendes, after former Old Trafford winger Nani recommended his compatriot. (Star)


Hammers hit by player’s refusal to sign new deal

Promising Hammers right back Jeremy Ngakia has refused to sign a new deal with the club and will walk away from the London Stadium on June 30.

Everybody at the club feels badly let down by the 19 year old’s decision under the guidance of his agent David Dixon of Player Works after months of negotiations but the player and his representatives didn’t give their answer until last night (Thurs).

However, the decision does clear the way for another brilliant prospect Ben Johnson to challenge fit again Ryan Fredericks when the season resumes although the youngster has been hit by injuries on a regular basis.

The Hammers had made various offers to Ngakia as they had done Johnson and Grady Diangana before him but eventually the youngster decided to reject them through Dixon.

It will come as no surprise now of course if the player joins a new club in the near future.

It means of course that he will not be around to complete the renewal of a season which is scheduled to kick off again on June 12th or 19th which seems a harsh manner in which to conduct the business.

According to German website SPORT1 West Ham teenager, Benicio Baker-Boaitey is being tracked by the European elite

Barcelona and Bayern Munich are claimed to have him on their radar. While Premier League clubs Liverpool and Manchester United are also said to be closely following his progress. Earlier this year an article in the Daily Mail claimed PSG and RB Leipzig were also tracking the wonder kid.

The 16-year-old, who operates as a winger or behind the striker, has impressed scouts from a number of European and Premier League during games this season.

West Ham signed Baker-Boaitey from Queens Park Rangers and he is now an England U16 international.

Baker-Boaitey made his debut for the club’s Under-18 team a little over a week after turning 15 last season and staff at Chadwell Heath have high hopes for the youngster.

A tricky wide man, he is able to play off either foot and has shone when scoring goals after cutting in from either flank.


Kevin Phillips fancies West Ham United to sign Liverpool’s Nathaniel Clyne

In an interview with Football Insider, Kevin Phillips has fancied West Ham United to land the signature of Nathaniel Clyne on a free transfer, once his contract with Liverpool expires during the summer.

The right-back has been with the Reds since the summer of 2015 but he has barely featured for the first-team in recent years due to long-term injury setbacks and the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold.

The 29-year-old has played no part for the Reds this term after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament in pre-season but he could make his injury comeback when the campaign resumes after the coronavirus shutdown.

His current deal could be extended for a couple of months beyond June 2020 due to the delayed end to the season but it appears likely that he could become a free-agent thereafter.

The Hammers are one of the clubs in the running to sign the former Southampton man and Phillips believes the east London outfit could provide Clyne with the perfect platform to revive his career.

“You wonder what happened to Clyne. Over the years he has been a really good player but just disappeared really. He has got a lot of experience and we know he is a quality player,” He told.

“He would want to try and get back playing and get back to the form that he showed when he was at Southampton and first arrived at Liverpool. West Ham could be a good place to do that. I can see that happening.”

Veteran star Pablo Zabaleta is likely to leave the Hammers when his contract concludes at the end of the season and that leaves Ryan Fredericks and Jeremy Ngakia as the potential options for the right-back position.

In the injury absence of Fredericks, academy graduate Ngakia got a regular run of games from the starting XI before the coronavirus shutdown and he could be one to watch out for in the future.

Still, David Moyes will want an experienced option with Premier League experience to compete with Fredericks next term and Clyne has proven his quality from his time at Southampton and his initial years at Liverpool.

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Mex Martillo 5:23 Fri May 22
Re: Thanks Alan
Sven Roeder 1:05 Fri May 22

Texas Iron 4:46 Fri May 22
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Texas Iron 4:45 Fri May 22
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Texas Iron 4:44 Fri May 22
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Ngakia...best displays at RB this season...

New Glenn Johnson...potential...

No loyalty...cunt...

blueeyed.handsomeman 1:38 Fri May 22
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Peter J, 01;30 friday 22nd may 2020

PeterJ 1:30 Fri May 22
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Sven Roeder 1:08 Fri May 22
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Far Cough 1:14 Fri May 22
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Umtitti arf

Sven Roeder 1:08 Fri May 22
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Very West Ham

Let Ngakia walk and sign a player who has been injured for 5 years ... Nathaniel (De)clyne

Sven Roeder 1:05 Fri May 22
Thanks Alan
Thanks Alan

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