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Alan 12:59 Wed Feb 14
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Manchester United are monitoring Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld's situation. The 28-year-old Belgian is out of contract in 18 months and he was not included in Spurs' squad to face Juventus in the Champions League. (Manchester Evening News)

England goalkeeper Jack Butland, 24, says he has not asked to leave Stoke after being linked with a move to either Liverpool or Arsenal. (ESPN)

AC Milan are planning a £30m summer move for Manchester United's 28-year-old Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera. (Tuttosport, via Star)

Real Madrid are confident of signing Paris St-Germain striker Neymar, 22, in the summer. (Independent)

However, Spain's prime minister, Mariano Rajoy, has said he "would not like" to see the Brazilian at Madrid. (AS)

Real Madrid are planning to spend around 600m euros (£534m) on improving their squad this summer, with Tottenham's 24-year-old England striker Harry Kane a key target. (Sports Illustrated)

Crystal Palace have flown in goalkeeper Diego Cavalieri, who is a free agent after cancelling his contract with Fluminese. The 35-year-old Brazilian worked with Eagles boss Roy Hodgson when he was at Liverpool. (Sun)

Ajax teenager Justin Kluivert says he would consider a move to the Premier League. The 18-year-old Dutch striker said Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea or Manchester United were clubs he could "see myself playing at in a few years". (Mirror)

Arsenal already have plans in place should manager Arsene Wenger leave in the summer. The club want to avoid the uncertainty over Wenger's position that affected them at the end of last season. (Mail)

Chelsea target Arturo Vidal says he is happy to remain at Bayern Munich. The 30-year-old Chilean midfielder's deal expires in 2019. (Sport - in German)

Manchester City will offer Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, 24, a new deal seven months after he joined the Premier League side. (Sun)

Newcastle are keen to sign goalkeeper Martin Dubravka permanently. The 29-year-old Slovak joined the Magpies on loan from Sparta Prague in February until the end of the season. (Mirror)

Roma are aiming to put a 90m euro (£85m) release clause in goalkeeper Alisson's contract. The 25-year-old Brazilian has been linked with a move to Liverpool. (Calciomercato)

German Loris Karius is set to keep his place in goal for Liverpool in favour of Simon Mignolet when the Reds face Porto in the Champions League. (Times - subscription required)

West Brom manager Alan Pardew's methods are causing friction within the squad, but his position is safe despite the club chairman and chief executive being sacked on Tuesday. (Telegraph)

Championship side Bolton are interested in former West Brom striker Victor Anichebe. The 29-year-old Nigerian is out of contract after a stint in the Chinese Super League. (Birmingham Mail)

Sunderland are interested in Wigan's Montserratian defender Donervon Daniels, 24. (Chronicle)

Former Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, 29, says he picked the best moment to leave the club and "refresh" his career at Arsenal. (London Evening Standard)

Zenit St Petersburg are interested in signing 30-year-old former Manchester City and Arsenal midfielder Samir Nasri. The Frenchman is a free agent after leaving Turkish club Antalyaspor. (Sport Express - in Russian)

Best of Tuesday's gossip

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale's agent says the Wales international "loves" the club and "doesn't want to leave" amid claims Manchester United will try to sign the 28-year-old in the summer. (Tuttosport, via Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham striker Harry Kane, 24, is playing at the same level as Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar, says Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, whose side face Spurs in the Champions League on Tuesday. (Sun)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is planning to revamp his defence in the summer, with England centre-backs Chris Smalling, 28, and Phil Jones, 25, set to be sold. (Mirror)

Arsenal and Liverpool are interested in signing Schalke attacking midfielder Max Mayer, 22, in the summer. The Germany international, who is out of contract at the end of the season, is also wanted by Bayern Munich and AC Milan. (Star)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

Having spent the past few months making himself even more popular than Raymond Domenech with the French public, Neymar has decided that he needs a fresh challenge. His gap year in Paris has been a lovely, life-affirming experience.

He has been able to give meaning to the lives of Ligue 1’s adorable little footballers by allowing them to see his array of skills up close and he has made friendships that will last a lifetime. Edinson Cavani will certainly be devastated to see the Brazilian leave. But the fun has to stop. It’s time to get serious. Real Madrid want Neymar. Cheerio!

It looks like it will be a busy summer in the Spanish capital. Madrid will finance their Barça-bothering move for Neymar by ditching Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Luka Modric and Keylor Nevas and - you might want to be sitting down before you read the next bit - they are also talking about signing Harry Kane again. And they’re going to nab Mauricio Pochettino. And they plan to wrench the new White Hart Lane out of the ground and airlift it to Spain as soon it is ready. Toby Alderweireld, meanwhile, is off to Manchester United for £25m, and Mousa Dembélé is going to sign a mega-bucks contract with Beijing Sinobo Guoan. It was nice while it lasted, Tottenham!

Arsenal are pretending that they have plans in place should Arsène Wenger decide to leave this summer. What that really means is they’re preparing to give him a new 20-year contract. He’s earned it.

Crystal Palace are close to completing the free transfer of Diego Cavalieri, a 35-year-old goalkeeper who played for Roy Hodgson at Liverpool. Has anyone seen Christian Poulsen?

Ajax’s Justin Kluivert, son of Patrick, says that he could see himself playing in the Premier League one day. Maybe not for Newcastle, though. Milan want to hand Manchester United £30m for Ander Herrera, who did not quite *get it* enough, while Roma will put an £85m release clause in Alisson’s contract in an attempt to end Liverpool’s interest in the goalkeeper.

Zenit St Petersburg are pondering whether to rescue Samir Nasri after the midfielder was released by Antalyaspor, presumably for not having enough opinions about things.





Calcio

Inter loanee Joao Mario wants West Ham stay

oao Mario sounds like he wants to stay at West Ham for a while.

The Portuguese international and Euro 2016 winner was speaking in a recent interview with the Irons’ official magazine.

“I will try to do my best. It’s important for me to show my quality in a West Ham shirt. I am glad to be here and I will give everything,” said Mario.

​Signed on loan until the end of the season, the 24-year-old already has an EPL assist under his belt, but had struggled with the Nerazzurri.

“I have played in two Premier League games now, with different results, and I can see right away that the game is really fast and physical.

“The intensity of the English game is high and that’s good for me because it will add things to my game that I don’t have yet. I’m happy to be playing at this level and will try to improve myself every time I go onto the pitch.”




Sport Witness

After West Ham and Southampton being keen on €8-10m deal, can now commence talks

At the beginning of July, Germany’s SportBild presented West Ham and Southampton among the clubs keen to sign Nicolai Muller from Hamburg.

Wolfsburg and Schalke were also keen, but HSV didn’t want to sell, feeling they could get the attacker to renew his contract with the club. Despite that, it was claimed a deal could be done once it reached the Bundesliga side’s ‘pain threshold’ of €8-10m.

Unfortunately for everyone involved, Muller picked up an injury in August. Celebrating a goal by trying to imitate a helicopter, the 30 year old’s knee gave way and he’s been out of action since with a cruciate injury.

Hamburg’s board have since blocked renewal attempts, with the club in ongoing financial difficulties and again facing the real danger of relegation.

Bild report the club’s supervisory board have blocked renewal attempts, and with Muller’s contract ending in June, the chance for a free transfer is on the horizon.

That means West Ham and Southampton are now free to start talks with Muller and get him to sing an agreement to join in the summer. However, both David Moyes and Mauricio Pellegrino would have to be convinced about the player’s fitness first.

Once he’s back available, it’s likely Hamburg will play him, they need all the help they can get. Then, they may also try a renewal attempt again, but Muller himself may prefer to look elsewhere given the club’s situation and how they backed away from a deal after his injury.



HITC

West Ham coach assesses Domingos Quina's latest under-23 performance

Dan Coombs

West Ham youngster is on the edge of the first team.

West Ham United blocked a loan exit for youngster Domingos Quina at the transfer deadline, The Mail reported.

But the 18-year-old winger has not been utilised in the first team since.

On Monday evening Quina was in action for the under-23s and scored in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham Hotspur.

His contribution was praised by manager Liam Canning, who was delighted the teenager is taking on board his advice.

Canning told the club's official website: "With Domingos, he’s got to score or create goals and the fact he got in the box tonight is testament that he’s taking it on board and learning from that.

"We made the point to the players before the game about what a big game it was, that rivalry and ultimately we want to aspire to be better than them."

Quina was a surprise selection by David Moyes in West Ham's Carabao Cup quarter-final against Arsenal back in December.

The former Chelsea talent did not justify his manager's faith and the stage looked a little too big for him, but it is too early to write him off.

If he can continue to develop his game for the under-23s and make an impact like last night then he will be better prepared for when his next big chance comes along.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 1:15 Thu Feb 15
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Queens Fish Bar 7:42 Wed Feb 14
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

medwayhammer1 2:17 Wed Feb 14
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
So where does it say mario wants to stay for along time? Cheers as always Alan...hope your well.

bill green 1:37 Wed Feb 14
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Celebrating a goal by trying to imitate a helicopter, the 30 year old’s knee gave way and he’s been out of action since with a cruciate injury.

Sounds perfect for us

Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:19 Wed Feb 14
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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