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Alan 11:51 Wed Apr 19
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool are set to make a £20m move for Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart. The 30-year-old has been on loan at Torino this season. (Sun)

Another City keeper, 34-year-old Claudio Bravo, is set to remain at Etihad Stadium, though manager Pep Guardiola is searching for a new number one. (Sun)

Arsenal have begun making plans for next season, and have made it clear Arsene Wenger will still be manager. Schalke defender Sead Kolasinac, 23, is a target for the Gunners - and is among those to have been told Wenger will remain in charge. (Daily Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are favourites to sign Gunners striker Alexis Sanchez, 28, and are also considering a move for midfielder Mesut Ozil, also 28. (Yahoo - in French)

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has refused to rule out a move for Chelsea captain John Terry, while Bournemouth are also interested in the 36-year-old.(Daily Mirror)

Swansea also want Terry, who worked with manager Paul Clement at Chelsea. However, any move would depend on the Swans staying in the Premier League.(Daily Star)

Terry would prefer to continue living in Surrey, making Bournemouth or Crystal Palace the former England international's most likely destinations.(Times - subscription required)

Chelsea have reached agreement with Real Madrid to sign striker Alvaro Morata, 24. (Diario Gol - in Spanish)

Midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, on loan at Bournemouth from Arsenal, is likely to miss the rest of the season with a suspected fracture to his lower leg. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are ready to offer midfielder Ander Herrera, 27, a new £120,000-a-week contract.(Daily Mail)

Galatasaray have dismissed reports winger Bruma, 22, has agreed to join Tottenham.(London Evening Standard)

Liverpool could sell defender Mamadou Sakho, 27, to Serie A side Roma in the summer.(Goal)

Roma also want Manchester City winger Jesus Navas, 31, and are willing to offer him a three-year deal.(Inside Futbol, via Manchester Evening News)

Inter Milan are prepared to offer a five-year deal worth £41.8m to either Chelsea manager Antonio Conte or Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone.(Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Everton have been linked with 27-year-old Palermo striker Ilija Nestorovski.(Estadio Deportivo - in Spanish)

Fenerbahce have agreed personal terms with Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina, 28.(Talksport)

Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin will hold talks with Liverpool in an attempt to keep on-loan midfielder Allan, 20, for another season.(ESPN)

Scotland striker Ross McCormack, 30, has not trained for three weeks at Nottingham Forest, where he is on loan from Aston Villa.(Daily Telegraph)

And finally

Striker Carlos Tevez annoyed fans of Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua by missing a game to go Disneyland. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea have put their 2-0 defeat by Manchester United on Sunday down to a virus that spread following a team-bonding meal. (Guardian)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

As we know, Dr Frankenstein has nothing on José Mourinho, who has already told us this season, when talking about Luke Shaw, that he is capable of grafting his own brain on to a powerful full-back’s body. That may – or may not – prove an especially necessary skill if today’s L’Equipe turns out to be accurate and Manchester United really are poised to relieve Paris Saint-Germain of the freewheeling right-back Serge Aurier.

It’s certainly easy to see why Mourinho might appreciate Aurier: the 25-year-old is a ferocious competitor, rampages up and down the wing and has a gift for shooting his mouth off in irritating fashion – usually, alas, while aiming at his own foot.

There was, for instance, the time Aurier managed to get himself banned by Uefa for insulting a referee during a match in which he wasn’t even playing, or the time he managed to get himself banned by his own club while relaxing at home and nonchalantly gobbing off about his team-mates and manager online, or the time, just last year, that he landed himself a suspended prison sentence for using the tip of his elbow to help demonstrate a point to a policeman outside a Paris nightclub, a ruling against which he has appealed. United are said to be lining up a bid of around £25m for Aurier. Something tells the Mill that PSG might be willing to sell.

Mourinho is also reported to be lining up a bid for Burnley’s Michael Keane while offering a new contract to Ander Herrera in recognition of a job well done on that infuriatingly mild-mannered Eden Hazard.

Chelsea, meanwhile, are preparing to welcome Álvaro Morata to Stamford Bridge so that Diego Costa can finally be put out of his misery. But who will be the manager doing the welcoming? Not Antonio Conte if Internazionale have their way, because they want the Italian to come home and manage them. If Conte spurns Inter’s advances, the club will turn their attention to Diego Simeone instead.

Liverpool are willing to pay £20m for Joe Hart, according to a paper with a dire record of reporting accurately on goings-on involving Liverpool. There is no sign of a rapprochement between Jürgen Klopp and Mamadou Sakho, who is closer to a move to Roma. The Italian club also want Jesús Navas.

PSG are about to make a formal offer for Alexis Sánchez. If he leaves, the Chilean will leave a big hole that whoever in charge of Arsenal next season will have to find a way to fill. But who will be in charge of Arsenal next season? That’s a silly question, why can’t you just focus on what’s important?

Poppycock! That, but in Turkish, is what Galatasaray have said to rumours that their winger Bruma has agreed to join Tottenham Hotspur.

Finally, Swansea and West Ham are preparing to fight over John Terry, who is standing by ready to pose in full kit with the winner, as usual.


Former West Ham starlet Blair Turgott charged with fraud and money laundering offences

The 22-year-old, currently on the books at Bromley, has previously turned out for the England U17s, U18s and U19s

By Arash Hekmat

A former West Ham starlet and England youth team prospect has been charged by the Metropolitan Police with fraud-related offences.

Blair Turgott, 22, was charged with one count of fraud by false representation and one count of money laundering, or converting criminal property.

The charges, issued as part of Operation Falcon, the Met's taskforce for fraud and linked online crimes, require that Turgott - a winger currently on the books for National League conference outfit Bromley FC - appears before Westminster Magistrate's Court on Friday April 28th.

Although the police statement was only issued today, the actual postal charge notice was sent to Turgott last Thursday.

The issue didn't appear to be getting the 22-year-old down too much though, because a day later he was among the goals as Bromley beat Barrow 4-1, converting from the penalty spot.

Turgott spent a decade as part of the West Ham youth team set-up while turning out for the England national side at every age group up to the U19s.

However, he failed to break into the Hammers senior team and instead spent time out on loan for Bradford City, Colchester United, Rotherham United and Dagenham & Redbridge, before making a permanent move to Coventry City in 2015.

From there, he transfered to Leyton Orient where he was a regular in the side, but the winger only managed one league goal. Now with Bromley, he has 15 goals in 44 league appearances this season.


Michael Appleton confirms Oxford United will hold transfer talks with West Ham United this summer

West Ham striker Toni Martinez has impressed on loan to the League One side.

Aiden Cusick

Oxford United manager Michael Appleton has confirmed his interest in bringing back West Ham United striker Toni Martinez next season.

A knee injury looks to have curtailed Martinez's campaign, which began with a prolific spell in West Ham's Under-23s ahead of a January move to the Kassam Stadium.

The 19-year-old impressed for the U's, scoring three goals and making another two in nine starts, and Appleton has told the Oxford Mail his side's name is in the hat should the Hammers look to loan out Martinez again next term.

"Toni’s struggling with his knee and we’re in dialogue with West Ham," he said. "He will probably end up staying at West Ham between now and the end of the season.

"Whether it’s us or someone else, I think wherever he goes next year will reap benefits of the spell he’s had with us.

"You never know, it could be us again. It’s something that we will have conversations about over the summer."

A summer recruit from fallen Spanish giants Valencia, Martinez is yet to feature for Slaven Bilic's side at senior level.

However, with West Ham suffering a shortage of strikers, the Spain Under-19 international could get a chance to impress his manager in pre-season.

The Hammers are expected to add to their front line this summer, although their centre-forward pursuit has proved problematic in recent years.

Football London

West Ham inform Everton price for Enner Valencia as striker prepares for Hammers exit - report

The Ecuadorian has enjoyed a successful loan spell at Goodison Park this season

By Tom Marshall-Bailey

West Ham have informed Everton they would accept offers of £12m and below for striker Enner Valencia this summer.

The Ecuadorian is of interest to Ronald Koeman after impressing the Dutchman during his spell on loan at Goodison Park and Everton are now confident of sealing a deal at a lower price than was first understood, according to our colleagues at the Liverpool Echo.

It was previously reported that Valencia was set to be made available for £14.5m if the Toffees wished to complete a permanent deal for Valencia, but that fee would now drop to less than £12m now this summer.

Valencia arrived at Goodison Park on deadline day last August and has impressed fans after taking some time to settle initially and has scored three times in 17 league games this season, but his future at the London Stadium appears bleak.

The Hammers included the option to make the move a permanent one when negotiating the deal back in August, which Everton are expected to exercise at the knock-down price.

Slaven Bilic is hopeful of strengthening his frontline this summer, with extra firepower beyond Andy Carroll required to push up the Premier League table.

EXCLUSIVE: Why West Ham won't be signing 16-year-old "wonderkid" Alexander Alp
The teenager had a trial at the Hammers last week

By Sam Inkersole

football.london has been told West Ham will NOT be signing 16-year-old Alexander Alp, who had a week-long trial at the club last week.

The striker, who plies his trade for AIK Solna in Sweden, was set to be signed by the Hammers after his trial, according to reports.

However, we can exclusively reveal the teenager didn't make the grade during his stint at Chadwell Heath and has returned back to his homeland to continue his development.

A club source told us: "The player had a brief trial with the academy, but just wasn’t up to the standard required to consider anything more than that."

16 year old Swedish striker Alexander Alp having training with West Ham this week. Alp normally plays for AIK pic.twitter.com/hld0nyyRgM
— Patrick Mörk (@AgentMork) April 13, 2017

The Hammers had apparently been impressed by the striker according to the reports over the weekend and were looking to tie up a quick deal for him to sign permanently but we have been told that is absolutely not the case.

Football Italia

West Ham seek Inzaghi

West Ham are reportedly preparing a shock move for Lazio Coach Simone Inzaghi.

With persistent speculation over the future of current boss Slaven Bilic, Inzaghi is on the Hammers wanted list as a potential replacement, according to Corriere dello Sport.

Having taken over at Lazio at the end of last summer, Inzaghi has fared better than expected, taking the Biancocelesti to fourth place in the standings and the Coppa Italia final.

The report indicates that the London club are ready to offer a five-year contract, however his current deal at Lazio includes a clause which may trigger an automatic extension to 2019.

Should the capital club finish higher than fifth or win the Coppa Italia, the new deal will be immediately activated.

Sport Witness

Southampton, West Brom and West Ham set for €15m battle over goalscoring playmaker

By Tom Coast

Back in December, a Premier League battle to sign Montpellier’s Ryad Boudebouz appeared to be in the making.

Le Buteur in Algeria reported that Southampton, West Brom and West Ham had all travelled to watch the attacking midfielder, but also managed to rule out a January transfer all in one go.

The playmaker certainly stayed in the south of France, but with the summer transfer window just around the corner, things are set to be very different.

Aware of the interest in their star, Montpellier have, according to France Football this week, set their price for the 27-year-old: €15m.

At such a low fee for a player capable of both creating and scoring, Claude Puel, Tony Pulis and Slaven Bilic could end up with a steal if they were to make their move.

With 11 goals and nine assists to his name in 29 appearances in all competitions this season, Boudebouz has the ability change a game with one shot or a great free-kick delivery, a skill which wouldn’t go amiss at St Mary’s, The Hawthorns or the London Stadium after a relatively low scoring season for each of the three Premier League sides.

Both Southampton (37) and West Brom (39) are yet to score more than 40 goals in the league this season, and while West Ham have with 44, they are still some way off the 65 they managed last year.

Don’t be surprised to see Boudebouz’s name appear more and more alongside Premier League sides in the coming weeks, especially now that his price appears to have been set.

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BubblesCyprus 9:38 Thu Apr 20
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 10:10 Wed Apr 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

FruityBoots. 6:43 Wed Apr 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
£12m for Valencia? Even if you dropped the "m" from that I'd be happy!

Bexley Ironworks 12:47 Wed Apr 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
West Ham have informed Everton they would accept offers of £12m and below for striker Enner Valencia this summer.

What an odd thing to say....... We won't take a penny over 12ml, got that??

Thanks Alan.

Thanks Alan 12:23 Wed Apr 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:01 Wed Apr 19

ted fenton 12:01 Wed Apr 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Far East Hammer 11:54 Wed Apr 19

Far East Hammer 11:54 Wed Apr 19
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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