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Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
d. I'm not sure about this one, I'll wait until SKY is back to hear what Gary Neville thinks, then I'll voice my opinion

Alan 12:07 Wed May 10
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manager Antonio Conte will be offered a new deal by Chelsea this summer to ward off interest from Inter Milan, which will include transfer funds for 23-year-old Everton striker Romelu Lukaku from Everton, Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 23, and Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 25. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are ready to scupper Chelsea's attempts to re-sign Lukaku by making an £85m bid for the striker. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24, has turned down a contract in China which would have paid him £147m. The Spain international is keen to know more about interest from Chelsea. (Marca via Daily Star)

Chelsea boss Conte is pushing the Blues hierarchy to land Morata for £65m. (Sun)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, has spoken out on his future and says it is not inevitable he will move to China. (DirecTV Sports via Guardian)

Chelsea are hoping to beat off competition to the signing of 22-year-old Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United will test Tottenham's resolve with a £40m bid for 23-year-old defender Eric Dier. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City lead the race to sign Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, and could offer 21-year-old defender Jason Denayer to Arsenal as part of a £50m deal.(Sun)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has dismissed the possibility of working under a director of football. The Gunners' hierarchy are keen to create the position. (London Evening Standard)

Wenger is on a collision course with Gunners chief executive Ivan Gazidis, who wants to make a number of sweeping changes at the club this summer. (Daily Star)

Leicester winger Riyad Mahrez, 26, expects the club to honour the agreement they struck last summer and allow him to leave at the end of this season. (Telegraph)

Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has earned more than £2.8m in bonuses for the goals he has scored this season. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United target Malcom, 20, says he would "think about" a move from Bordeaux to Old Trafford if an offer came in for the forward. (Gazeta Esportiva via Metro)

Manchester United will try to convince goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, to turn down a move to Real Madrid with the offer of a new contract.(Manchester Evening News)

France manager Didier Deschamps has warned 18-year-old Monaco striker Kylian Mbappe to avoid big-money moves to Manchester United or Manchester City. (L'Equipe via Manchester Evening News)

West Ham United have no intention of sacking Slaven Bilic at the end of this season and are considering making Yaya Toure one of their major signings in the summer should the 33-year-old midfielder leave Manchester City. (Daily Telegraph)

PSV Eindhoven are hoping to keep 24-year-old Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel at the Philips Stadion for at least one more season. (De Telegraaf via Daily Mail)

Everton manager Ronald Koeman has been given the green light to open talks for two players he has personally scouted in the past week - Malaga's 21-year-old striker Sandro and Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen, 24.(Daily Mirror)

Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher believes the club should be setting their sights higher than Burnley centre-back Michael Keane, 24. The Reds have been linked with a £25m move for the England international. (Liverpool Echo)

Liverpool have revived their interest in 24-year-old Egypt winger Mohamed Salah as manager Jurgen Klopp looks to strengthen his squad. (Daily Mail)

RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has said the club do not want to sell midfielder Naby Keita, 22, who continues to be linked with Chelsea. (ESPN FC)

Watford will consider a summer move for Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, 31. (Watford Observer)

Aberdeen are keen on signing Hull City forward Shaun Maloney, 34. (Daily Record)

Hull City have handed right-back Brian Lenihan, 22, a new one-year deal after an injury-plagued season. (Hull Daily Mail)

Sunderland have turned to the scouting expert who helped mastermind Leicester City's rise as they look to transform their own fortunes after relegation to the Championship. (Northern Echo)

Former Middlesbrough striker Fabrizio Ravanelli wants to become the club's manager, according to another ex-player Jan Aage Fjortoft. (Inside Futbol)

And finally

Former Croatia international and Bayern Munich defender Robert Kovac turned superhero when he chased down and caught a thief, who had allegedly robbed a 72-year-old pensioner in Frankfurt on Monday. (Bild via Daily Mail)

A Scottish punter has turned a £10 bet into more than £60,000 by correctly predicting seven league title winners in England and Scotland. (Daily Record)

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Barry Glendenning

Following last night’s dismissal of their coach Stefano Pioli after six months in charge, Inter released a statement saying “the club will begin planning now for the next season”. Plan A seems to revolve around persuading Antonio Conte to leave Stamford Bridge for the San Siro, and the Mirror report that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will deal with the problem as he always does – by hosing money at it.

With his wife and daughter still residing in their native Italy, Conte is reported to be amenable to a move back home and Inter will offer him a £10m salary to make it even more tempting. But Chelsea are prepared to top any offer Inter might make, and to allow Conte to appoint his own assistant and do everything in their power to land transfer targets such as Arsenal playmaker Alexis Sánchez, Everton striker Romelu Lukaku, Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, Monaco midfielder Tiemoué Bakayoko and Southampton central defender Virgil van Dijk, all in the hope of keeping their manager sweet. With just a win over West Brom on Friday night required to wrap up the Premier League in his first season working in England, one suspects the Italian can name his price.

Should Chelsea attempt to re-sign Lukaku from Everton, Manchester United may try to torpedo the deal by making an £85m bid for the Belgian, say the Daily Star, who also remind us of José Mourinho’s well-documented interest in Atlético Madrid striker Antoine Griezmann.

Elsewhere, reports suggest that Mourinho will try to convince Tottenham to send midfielder Eric Dier to Old Trafford in exchange for £40m in used tenners. As part of what promises to be a massive summer rebuild, Mourinho will also ramp up his efforts to bring Monaco striker Kylian Mbappé and Bordeaux’s Brazilian striker Malcolm on board.

Meanwhile on Merseyside, Everton boss Ronaldo Koeman is ready to make Malaga striker Sandro and Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen offers they can’t refuse, while his Liverpool counterpart Jürgen Klopp wants to sign Roma’s Egyptian winger Mohamed Salah.


West Ham will back Slaven Bilic in summer transfer market and target Yaya Toure as statement signing

Jason Burt, Chief Football Correspondent

West Ham United have no intention of sacking Slaven Bilic at the end of this season and are considering making Yaya Toure one of their major signings in the summer should be leave Manchester City.

A review of the manager’s and the team’s performance will still take place – as is customary at West Ham under the current owners - but, largely, with the intention of identifying transfer targets and making off-the-field improvements.

Toure is soon out of contract at City and is yet to agree a one-year contract extension, with West Ham emerging as a viable destination for the 33-year-old Ivorian. It remains to be seen whether they are prepared to match Toure’s wage demands, should be leave City, but given he would be available as a free agent a deal could be struck. Toure’s future is expected to be decided soon.

West Ham want to make two or three significant signings – and have considered a bid for Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge - rather than a larger number of lesser acquisitions as they did last summer in what turned out to be a poor recruitment drive.

Money is available, including the £25 million West Ham received when they sold Dimitri Payet back to Marseille in January. Another priority is agreeing a new contract with Michail Antonio. West Ham accept that he warrants a pay rise but they are unwilling at present to meet his demands, with the midfielder asking to be among the higher earners.

There is a general sense of disappointment with this season, the first in the London Stadium, but also an understanding that Bilic has done well under the trying circumstances and deserves to keep his job.

There has been an element of doubt over Bilic’s future but it is understood, from senior sources, that West Ham firmly want him to stay and have no desire to make a change. Bilic remains hugely popular among the West Ham supporters with last Friday’s win at home to Tottenham Hotspur having secured the club’s Premier League status.

The 48-year-old Croatian would not have been short of offers from clubs around Europe should he have been sacked but although West Ham want him to stay there will be no new contract offer either. Not yet.

Telegraph Sport reported earlier this season that any suggestions of a new deal had been shelved even though Bilic will soon be going into the final 12 months of the three-year contract he signed when he succeeded Sam Allardyce.

Instead, the club still intends to allow the manager to enter the final year and will not offer him an extension until January at the earliest, and only then if West Ham perform better next season. It is understood that Bilic wants to stay and will accept that scenario.

The West Ham board will, however, question him on the high number of injuries the squad has been hampered by this season. West Ham have suffered 10 significant injuries which have impacted on results and Bilic will be asked about his training and fitness methods and whether he wants to make any changes to his backroom staff and freshen that up.

Attention has focussed on 69-year-old fitness coach Miljenko Rak but he has worked with Bilic for many years and the manager is unlikely to want to make any changes.

None will be enforced upon him either with West Ham having previously suggested he brings in a specialist defensive coach. Rio Ferdinand’s name has been mentioned. Bilic already employs former defender Julian Dicks as one of his assistants.

Evening Standard

Michy Batshuayi and Shane Long on West Ham wishlist as Slaven Bilic targets pace


West Ham will prioritise pace when they strengthen their squad in the summer.

Now that Premier League safety is assured, the board, manager Slaven Bilic and head of recruitment Tony Henry have begun planning for next season, with the emphasis on signing mobile players who will increase the tempo of the team.

Apart from Michail Antonio, who is out for the rest of the season with a hamstring injury, there is a lack of lightning pace in the squad and Bilic will be looking to rectify that situation, especially with the bigger pitch at London Stadium in mind.

The playing surface is 105m x 68m, which is almost five metres longer than it was at the club’s previous home, the Boleyn Ground.

West Ham’s players, while finding it difficult initially, have gradually adjusted to their new environment and last Friday’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham was, arguably, their best all-round team performance since they moved there last summer.

Against Tottenham, Bilic’s team managed to get behind the visitors’ defence on occasions but, again, their lack of real pace let them down.

So, quick offensive players are what are required by the Hammers — and preferably those who have Premier League experience.

Southampton’s Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long, who was on the club’s radar last summer, could again become a target, while another player who would fit the bill is Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi.

West Ham looked favourites to sign the Belgian international last year after offering his then club Marseille £30million. Crystal Palace joined the race with an increased offer of £31.5m but the 23-year-old striker finally joined Chelsea for £33.2m. Batshuayi’s opportunities have been limited — all 17 of his Premier League appearances have come off the bench — and the Stamford Bridge club could be prepared to let him go this summer, probably on a loan deal.

Another priority for West Ham remains a right-back.

The experiment of playing Antonio in a wide, defensive position proved a failure, while their only other specialised right-back, Sam Byram, has been plagued with injury.

The future of West Ham goalkeeper Adrian also remains uncertain. Although restored to being first-choice goalkeeper and playing well, his contract expires this summer and several La Liga clubs are interested in signing the Spaniard.

Adrian has intimated that he wants to stay but with assurances that he will remain the No1.

West Ham have been linked with a move for Manchester City’s Joe Hart, who is on loan at Torino.

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Eddie B 2:58 Thu May 11
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
No way Sturridge!

wansteadman 2:56 Thu May 11
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
£30m for Sturridge who's always injured and £100k a week for two 33 year olds. What could possibly go wrong

Gazza_AZ 3:49 Thu May 11
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Thanks Alan

Yaya is available on a free - did you all miss that part.

zebthecat 2:51 Wed May 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Shane Long!? FFS!

Thanks Alan

Lee Trundle 2:30 Wed May 10
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I don't think we'll sign him, and I know his age would be an issue for those obsessed with "resale value", but surely if he's good enough to be playing for Man City, he's easily good enough for us?

He's been one of City's stand out players and has played in pretty much every game since he's been brought back into the fold.

The Stoat 2:17 Wed May 10
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Yaya Tourettes no thanks bloody carthorse

ted fenton 2:15 Wed May 10
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Thanks Alan.

Alan 1:59 Wed May 10
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He's 34 on Saturday. Hope they remember to wish him happy birthday.
We have enough lead-feet as it is in midfield.
Has been a great player, but not what we need now.

mallard 1:34 Wed May 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
How is buying a 33 year old African a statement signing??

Thanks Alan

Sniper 1:21 Wed May 10
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The only reason toure hasn't been playing every game for city is guardiolas pride.

I'd have him here, he's absolute class and leads and inspires as long as he's in a more advanced role. He's never been all about pace so age isn't an issue - if we could get a decent front man to feed off him I have no issue with bringing him in

Russ of the BML 1:20 Wed May 10
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You just know that if he came to us he'd very soon be a bloated lazy injury prone passenger on £150k per week.

Trevor B 1:13 Wed May 10
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he would indeed, and from what i have seen this season he has been superb for them in many games. the only issue is that this doesn't exactly help with the issue of slowness in the centre of the park for us, although he would obviously be a huge upgrade in talent over those that we currently have.

Lee Trundle 1:09 Wed May 10
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I read something from a Man City fan (can't remember where), where he reckons that Toure is looking fitter, and leaner as he's ever been and playing some of the best football he's ever played since he's been there.

Surely, if true, he'd walk straight into our side even at 33 years old?

El Scorchio 12:50 Wed May 10
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Don't want Toure. Surely way past his best by now, and would probably mean one of Obiang or Kouyate would leave. Don't want to replace them with a much older player who is more expensive.

Only 33? Hmmm...

BubblesCyprus 12:48 Wed May 10
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A 33 year old??? Sounds familiar ? Thanks Alan

Eddie B 12:23 Wed May 10
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No to Yaya

Thanks Alan 12:22 Wed May 10
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Shukrani al-Alan

Alan 12:19 Wed May 10
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Me Tutu

Takashi Miike 12:12 Wed May 10
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Thanks Alan

for me, Ya Ya should be a Na Na

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