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Alan 12:12 Sun Feb 5
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

England defender Harry Maguire, 29, and Scotland midfielder Scott McTominay, 26, will lead an exodus of six big-name players at Manchester United this summer. (Mirror)

West Ham are confident of securing an £80m-plus summer transfer fee for 24-year-old England midfielder Declan Rice, with Newcastle set to compete with Arsenal and Chelsea. (Football Insider)

Chelsea want to reward 22-year-old England midfielder Conor Gallagher with an improved contract after refusing to let him leave in January. (Sun)

Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan have made enquiries about Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, following his omission from Chelsea's Champions League squad. (Mail)

Chelsea are ready to rival Manchester United for 24-year-old Napoli and Nigeria forward Victor Osimhen. (Mirror)

Manchester City are set to give English defender Rico Lewis, 18, a bumper pay rise which would see him earn £25,000 a week. (Star)

Atletico Madrid want Wolves' 20-year-old Spanish defender Hugo Bueno. (AS via Sport Witness)

Arsenal and Tottenham are among the clubs that have shown interest in Barcelona's 20-year-old Spain forward Ansu Fati, but Bayern Munich are most keen. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Arsenal are favourites to sign Leicester City's Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, 25, in the summer. (Teamtalk)

English keeper Anthony Patterson, 22, could leave Sunderland this summer. He is wanted by Wolves and Leicester City.(Sun)

Tottenham could make use of good relations with Atletico Madrid to sign Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco, 29, and 30-year-old Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak. (Mail)

Real Madrid were offered the chance to sign Portugal defender Joao Cancelo, 28, from Manchester City.(Fabrizio Romano via Twitter)

Spain midfielder Isco, 30, is waiting for a proposal to his agents from Everton after his contract with Sevilla was terminated. (TuttoJuve - in Italian)

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Erik ten Hag is preparing for a big clear out this summer at Manchester United in order to bring in big targets like Harry Kane and Declan Rice.

Chelsea will now target Victor Osimhen and pay whatever it takes to beat Man Utd to the Napoli striker's signature.

Birmingham City's takeover is stalling over a failure to reach an agreement on how the club is sold.

Marco Asensio's agents will fly to London in the next week to get a feel for Premier League interest in their client.

Pep Guardiola insists Manchester City were right to walk away when Tottenham decided £100m was not enough for Harry Kane.

Jose Mourinho has admitted he could have left Roma in December but decided to stay at the Serie A club - as speculation over a possible return to the Premier League with Chelsea continues.

Manuel Neuer has slammed Bayern Munich's decision to sack goalkeeping coach and close friend, Toni Tapalovic, feeling that his "heart was ripped out" upon hearing the news.

Sergio Ramos admits he is relieved to be on the same team as Lionel Messi after years of "suffering" while trying to defend against the player he believes is the greatest ever.


Manchester City are to hand teenage starlet Rico Lewis a new bumper long-term deal.

Chairs were thrown and stools were used as weapons in a violent city centre brawl after Newport County played Swindon Town.


Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and AC Milan are all on alert following Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's shock Chelsea Champions League omission.

Crystal Palace boss Patrick Vieira removed Shaun Derry as a first-team coach in a row for overstepping in his role after he was caught repeatedly berating players.

Newcastle forward Anthony Gordon was not aware he was banned from driving when getting behind the wheel this week, Sportsmail understands.

Formal bids for Manchester United are due to be submitted in the next week or so.

US investment firm Red Bird Capital Partners are considering upping their stake in Liverpool.

Mason Mount's Chelsea future is in doubt with the two parties a long way apart on a new contract.

Tottenham defender Cristian Romero still watches reruns of Argentina's World Cup final win over France every day.

Erling Haaland's prolific run at Manchester City has not stopped him studying rivals such as Harry Kane.

Chelsea's near-£600m splurge on players since last summer could see them fall foul of UEFA's new Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules as soon as next season.

Christian Pulisic offered a boost to Chelsea fans as he claimed he would be back from injury soon.


Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has revealed he retired from international football because of the relentless schedule playing for club and country brings.

David Moyes has said Declan Rice will cost a British-record fee whenever he leaves West Ham.


Chelsea are reportedly set to seek exemptions to the Premier League spending rules after splashing more than £300m in the January transfer window.

Erik ten Hag has told Harry Maguire he will get plenty of chances to regain his first-team slot after blocking Inter Milan's bid to take him on loan.

Chelsea want to reward Conor Gallagher with a new deal and a pay rise after refusing to let him leave in January.

Sunderland 'keeper Anthony Patterson should be heading for the Premier League in the summer - with Wolves and Leicester making him a major target.


Manchester United will 'ask to sign' Barcelona winger Ansu Fati after they look to thrash out a deal with the La Liga club for his team-mate Frenkie de Jong.

Tottenham could make a move for Atletico Madrid duo Jan Oblak and Yannick Carrasco in the summer, according to reports.


Ashes winner Tim Bresnan claims the England and Wales Cricket Board "pandered" to Azeem Rafiq and is withholding key material in its Yorkshire racism prosecution.


Michael Beale slammed Rangers' shot-shy attackers after a nervy win against Ross County.

Scotland star Lyndon Dykes has been released from hospital.


Ange Postecoglou has opened talks with Joe Hart, Aaron Mooy and David Turnbull over their Parkhead futures but wants to know if their ambitions match his own before handing out new deals.

Gregor Townsend insists Scotland's glorious last-gasp Calcutta Cup win over England still leaves plenty of room for Six Nations improvement.


Paquetá responds to Newcastle’s fast start and salvages point for West Ham

Louise Taylor at St James' Park

Lucas Paquetá takes flight after scoring the equalising goal against Newcastle to secure a valuable point. Photograph: Malcolm Mackenzie/ProSports/Shutterstock

As the price tag attached to Declan Rice almost certainly increased and Newcastle’s hopes of Champions League qualification receded a little, David Moyes’s grip on the manager’s job at West Ham tightened.

Admittedly Moyes is still inching his way back into boardroom favour and his side remain in relegation peril but a few more stellar performances of this hugely impressive ilk from Rice and his fellow midfielder Lucas Paquetá should ensure an ultimately happy ending in East London.

At the end of a week in which Newcastle had reached the Carabao Cup final, Eddie Howe was forced to settle for a fourth draw in the last five Premier League games as, once again, he received a reminder of the suspended Bruno Guimarães’s importance.

In some ways the game’s key sub-plot centred on two Brazilian midfielders who became on-field partners and close friends off it during their time at Lyon. While Guimarães eventually left France for Tyneside, Paquetá headed to the London Stadium where he is now doing his bit to keep Moyes in a job.

The biggest difference between them here was that while Guimarães watched intently from an executive box Paquetá proved incisive in Newcastle’s box, scoring West Ham’s equaliser on a day which started appallingly for the visitors.

In the third minute Joelinton and Sean Longstaff combined to intercept Lukasz Fabianski’s goal kick and Longstaff’s fine through ball prefaced Callum Wilson advancing to shoot, left footed, beyond West Ham’s goalkeeper.

It was Wilson’s first goal since October and offered swift consolation for Newcastle’s disappointment after 40 seconds when Joe Willock thought he had scored courtesy of a beautifully calibrated shot from a tight angle only to see it disallowed following a VAR review. Miguel Almirón was the culprit, the Paraguayan having allowed the ball to go out of play as he cued Willock up with a defence confounding cut-back but.

The pensiveness writ large across Moyes’s face suggested he was not entirely looking forward to the ensuing 90 minutes or so. Barely 30 minutes later the Scot was sporting a smile as wide as the Tyne. When Rice whipped in a near post corner, Nayef Aguerd flicked on and, lurking at the far post, Paquetá converted the equaliser unerringly, Newcastle’s new-found defensive solidity evaporated.

It was the first time Nick Pope had retrieved the ball from the back of his net in seven Premier League games and reflected the shift in the game’s power balance which had begun when Rice galvanised his teammates by issuing them with quite a talking to following Wilson’s goal.

After starting strongly Newcastle were beginning to miss Guimarães’s controlling influence in a central midfield department dictated by Rice and could have done without Willock collecting a yellow card for fouling Paquetá.

“Declan’s going to be a top player; undoubtedly he’ll be a British transfer record when he leaves West Ham – and then some,” said Moyes who also had Aguerd to thank for an excellent defensive performance crowned by a goal-preventing tackle on Wilson. “But I hope that’s not anytime soon. Declan and Paquetá were immense, top quality. Newcastle are a big, big side and we got our fingers burnt at first but, after that, we played incredibly well.”

With the ring rusty, and ultimately disconsolate looking, Allan Saint-Maximin struggling to make a positive impact during a rare start it was no real surprise when he was eventually withdrawn and replaced by Anthony Gordon, making his Newcastle debut after his £45m signing from Everton.

The new boy swiftly showed off a nifty change of pace and some pleasingly fancy footwork but afterwards Howe did not look exactly overjoyed about reports Gordon had been caught driving while disqualified. “I’m aware of it,” he said. “I’m not sure the story quite matches up but I need to find out more.”


NUFC (4-3-3): Pope 6; Trippier 6.5, Schar 6, Botman 6, Burn 6; Willock 6.5 (Anderson 81), Longstaff 6.5, Joelinton 7; Almiron 6.5 (Murphy 81), Wilson 6.5, Saint-Maximin 5.5 (Gordon 69, 7)

Subs not used: Dubravka, Dummett, Lascelles, Ritchie, Lewis, Fraser

Scorers: Wilson 3

Booked: Willock, Joelinton

Manager: Eddie Howe 6

WHUFC (5-2-3): Fabianski 6; Coufal 7, Kehrer 5 (Johnson 46, 6), Ogbonna 6, Aguerd 7, Emerson 6; Paqueta 7 (Soucek 75, 6), Rice 8; Bowen 6, Antonio 6 (Ings 81), Benrahma 5.5 (Fornals 75, 5.5)

Subs not used: Cresswell, Lanzini, Hegyi, Anang

Scorers: Paqueta 32

Booked: Aguerd

Manager: David Moyes 6.5

MOM: Rice

Att: 52,256

Ref: P Bankes 7


Outstanding Declan Rice helps West Ham bring Newcastle United back down to earth

Newcastle scored inside three minutes but West Ham rallied impressively to frustrate hosts

By Luke Edwards

There were some heavy legs and weary limbs as Newcastle United were reminded by West Ham how tough it is to juggle cup ­success and maintain league momentum.

West Ham’s celebrations at the end told their own story. They have far more experience of this tricky juggling act, performing well in Europe, but finding it far more difficult in the league this season.

There is no doubt the euphoria – and lack of sleep – that followed Newcastle’s Carabao Cup semi-final win over Southampton loomed large over the home team’s evening.

As did the absence of the suspended Bruno Guimaraes, whose creative eye was sorely missed in the middle of the pitch.

Even after catching West Ham cold in an explosive start, the hosts could not maintain their usual energy levels. They gave the ball away cheaply and were slow to get to the second balls in midfield. There was also a lack of imagination and clarity in the final third. It is not just tired bodies catching up with Newcastle, it is also the more draining effects of mental fatigue.

Yet, if there was disappointment at dropping points at home, opening the door for Tottenham Hotspur in the chase for Champions League qualification, there was also pride, too.

Newcastle were visibly struggling in the first half as West Ham seized the initiative, but in the final stages, it was the visitors who were clinging on, defending resolutely but at the expense of any sort of offensive threat.

Even when they are feeling the lingering effects of a midweek high, Newcastle could still build up enough pressure to create the chances to have scored a second.

Callum Wilson, who had scored his first goal since October in a whirlwind opening to the game, missed two chances he will feel he could have done better with. One was down to a magnificent tackle from the classy Nayef Aguerd, but the other was a free header, eight yards out, in the middle of the goal that he put straight at the keeper.

West Ham, though, appear to have turned the corner under David Moyes. They endured a nightmare start, in which Joe Willock had a goal inside 40 seconds disallowed because the ball had just rolled out of play before Miguel Almiron’s cut-back found him in the area and then Wilson ran through the middle of the defence to convert Sean Longstaff’s pass.

It was the ideal springboard, but West Ham snapped out of their slumber and with Declan Rice breaking up play in the middle of the pitch, they deserved their equaliser.

“Whatever the British transfer record is, he is going to break it whenever he leaves West Ham,” said Moyes. “When you see what is going for £85 million at the moment, he is going to blow that out of the water. I’m not going to put a figure on it and I hope he stays …”

The equaliser came from Rice’s corner and was nicely taken by Lucas Pacqueta, who held off Kieran Trippier at the far post before poking the ball beyond Nick Pope.

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Mr Logic 10:18 Mon Feb 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Mr Logic 10:18 Mon Feb 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

jimbo2. 11:16 Sun Feb 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al. It was a good result, after a terrible start!

Texas Iron 4:19 Sun Feb 5
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ted fenton 1:24 Sun Feb 5
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Thanks Alan 12:16 Sun Feb 5

Thanks Alan 12:16 Sun Feb 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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