WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 1:53 Tue Mar 16
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham and Chelsea are potential contenders to sign Argentina striker Paulo Dybala, 27, from Juventus. (France Football, via Sport Witness)

Paris St-Germain's Argentine midfielder Leandro Paredes has confirmed he was told by club bosses "not to talk about Lionel Messi" amid transfer speculation linking the Barcelona's 33-year-old forward with a move to the French capital. (Le Journal du Dimanche - in French)

Chelsea are considering including 25-year-old Germany forward Timo Werner in a part-exchange deal with Borussia Dortmund to bring Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 20, to Stamford Bridge in the summer. (Football Insider)

Meanwhile, Manchester United will focus on Haaland as a top-priority signing, while any approach for Tottenham's 27-year-old England forward Harry Kane is now seen as unlikely. (Manchester Evening News)

Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, 23, wants to leave Manchester United after less than a season at Old Trafford and has requested a meeting with club bosses. (Star)

Arsenal are looking at keeping Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard, 22, at Emirates Stadium next season, with the London club exploring both another loan or permanent move for the Norway international. (Mail)

Plans to allow 20,000 fans to watch the FA Cup final at Wembley may be restricted to local supporters to mitigate unnecessary travel, meaning fans based outside London would be unable to attend. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Chelsea hope to agree a new contract with Antonio Rudiger, 28, before this summer's Euros to avoid allowing the Germany defender to enter the final year of his current deal. (Mail)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says reports that Juventus and Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, wants to return to the Spanish club this summer could be true. (Sky Italia, via Sky Sports)

Hatayspor striker Aaron Boupendza is keen to move to the Premier League and is being monitored by a number of clubs, including Southampton, Tottenham, Leicester, West Ham, Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Wolves. Boupendza's Gabon international team-mate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has also spoken to Arsenal about the 24-year-old. (90 min)

Barcelona are ready to offer a new contract to France forward Ousmane Dembele, 23, who has previously been linked with a potential move to Manchester United. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Southampton forward Che Adams, 24, is considering switching his international allegiance to Scotland despite representing England at youth level. (Mail)

West Brom are among a number of clubs monitoring the progress of Newport's English defender Priestley Farquharson, 24. (Football Insider)

Footballer Insider

Birmingham slap 7-figure price tag on Tottenham, West Ham and Brighton defender target Browne

By Wayne Veysey

Tottenham and West Ham have stalled their interest in starlet defender Rico Browne after Birmingham City increased their asking price to £1million-plus, Football Insider can reveal.

The London clubs have been battling Brighton for the centre-back, 17, ahead of the summer window.

Football Insider revealed last week that Birmingham had granted permission for Browne to head to West Ham on a trial and Spurs have also verbally offered an 18-month contract to him.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Browne has now returned to the Midlands club with his future up in the air.

A potential move has been complicated by Birmingham’s valuation of the youngster increasing above £1m including add-ons.

That is more than they wanted for England youth international Calum Scanlon, 15, who joined Liverpool in January for a fee of up to £500,000.

Tottenham, West Ham and Brighton have been put off by the new Browne price tag.

He spent time with the east Londoners after a trial at Spurs that ended in January.

The youngster’s future at Birmingham is shrouded in major doubt as the club look to overhaul their youth set-up.

Browne, who played in the FA Youth Cup last year while still at school, is coming to the end of the first year of his two-year scholarship at Birmingham.

This comes at a time when the club are considering ditching their Under-23s and Under-18s teams and changing to B and C teams in the future.

The closure of the academy would save costs and see Birmingham copying the model at Brentford, a club regarded as punching well above their weight in terms of recruitment.


Arsenal teenager Levi Laing plays for West Ham U18s as trialist again ahead of expected release

Olly Dawes

As the end of the season draws ever closer, teams are beginning to make plans for next term – and that means tough decisions on player contracts.

Youth team players likely already have an indication about their futures, with trials now happening up and down the country for youngsters preparing to be released.

One of them is defender Levi Laing, who looks set to leave Arsenal at the end of the season having already featured for West Ham United.

We noted last month that Laing actually played against Arsenal’s U18s as a trialist with West Ham, as he seeks a deal with the Hammers.

This weekend, the 17-year-old played for West Ham’s U18s again, this time featuring in a 2-2 draw against Aston Villa.

Laing played the full 90 minutes, starting at centre back alongside Kaelan Casey in a Hammers back four.

Formerly of Brentford, Laing can play as a centre back, defensive midfielder or right back, with West Ham potentially feeling that he has some untapped potential.

Intriguingly, Transfermarkt claim that Laing is already a full-time West Ham player, but there has been no confirmation of that, and he seems to still be a trialist as things stand.


Fornals injury update

Pablo Fornals is expected to be available for the match against Arsenal this weekend.

The Spanish midfielder took a knock during the game against Leeds and couldn’t recover in time for the game at Old Trafford on Sunday.

But we understand the 25 year old is ‘mending’ well and should be able to take his place in the squad against the Gooners.

However, he will be carefully monitored over the next few days and a decision taken on his involvement closer to the weekend.

We understand too that both Darren Randolph, Andriy Yarmolenko and Angelo Ogbonna are expected to return after the international break although both are a little way behind Arthur Masuaku.

The DC Congo international has declared on Instagram that he is very close and looks set to become part of the squad for the match against Wolves on April 3.

Oggy is thought to be a couple of weeks behind him.

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