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Alan 12:55 Sun Feb 18
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are willing to offer 28-year-old Wales winger Gareth Bale plus £100m for Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 27. (Sunday Express)

Chelsea would ask for Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, 29, if Manchester City made an approach for Belgium international Hazard. (Star on Sunday)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho had a dressing-room row with France midfielder Paul Pogba and 25-year-old England defender Phil Jones after his side's defeat by Newcastle last week. (Sun on Sunday)

Mourinho held an hour-long meeting to clear the air with Pogba last week. The 24-year-old missed Manchester United's FA Cup win over Huddersfield because of illness. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, says he is "really happy" at the club amid reports of a move to Real Madrid. (Star on Sunday)

Real boss Zinedine Zidane - who has been under pressure at the Bernabeu - says managing the Spanish giants is "extremely tiring" and "this profession can wear you out but here more than in other places". (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Borussia Dortmund's desire to make 24-year-old Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi's move permanent in the summer could give Chelsea the chance to bring USA forward Christian Pulisic, 19, in the opposite direction. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester City are interested in signing Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl, 22, but the German club want £40m for the Germany international. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking at signing 20-year-old Brazilian forward Richarlison and French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, 25, from Watford in a £50m deal. (Sun on Sunday)

Jamaican-born Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey, 20, is eligible to play for England through two of his grandparents who hold British passports. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool winger Sadio Mane, 25, could be given an improved contract at Anfield. The Senegal international has three years remaining on his £80,000-a-week deal. (Sunday Mirror)

Bayern Munich's former Netherlands winger Arjen Robben, 34, says he has no plans to retire and is considering a move to either the United States, China or Qatar. (Sportbuzzer - in Dutch)

Besiktas vice-president Ahmet Nur Cebi says the "door is always open" for Everton striker Cenk Tosun to return to the club. The 26-year-old Turkey international has struggled to make an impact at Goodison Park since a £27m move in January. (Haberturk, via Liverpool Echo)

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira expects winger Andre Carillo, 26, to make his loan deal to Watford permanent in the summer. The Peru international has played 26 times for the Hornets this season. (O Jogo, via Watford Observer)

Former Tottenham and England midfielder Ryan Mason, who has been forced to retire at the age of 26 following a fractured skull, says he will consider the offer of a coaching role at his former club. (Sky Sports)

Best of Saturday's gossip

Arsenal are the latest club interested in RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, 21. The Germany international - already a target for Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United - is valued at £50m and has rejected a new contract offer from the Bundesliga club. (Sun)

Liverpool are monitoring Tottenham's 26-year-old Kenya midfielder Victor Wanyama amid uncertainty over 24-year-old Germany midfielder Emre Can's future at Anfield. (Mail)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says the club did not do anything wrong in their failed attempt to try to sign Leicester City winger Riyad Mahrez. (Telegraph)

Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 24, is not a target for Real Madrid. (Sky Sports)

Striker Romelu Lukaku, 24, plans to return to Belgium to his boyhood club Anderlecht when he finally leaves Manchester United. (HLN, via Manchester Evening News)


Leyton Orient drops state aid claim against West Ham

Leyton Orient has decided not to pursue a claim of illegal state aid against West Ham’s rental of the former Olympic Stadium.

US businessman and new owner of Orient, Nigel Travis allowed a complaint with the European Commission to lapse recently meaning the case against West Ham will finally be closed with the state aid investigation dropped.

Leyton Orient made the complaint to the European Commission on 24th May 2016 while under the previous ownership of Francesco Becchetti.

This is the second time an alleged state aid complaint has been lodged with the European Commission and West Ham will now hope it is the last and this will now be the end of it. Architect Steve Lawrence became the first to raise state aid claims in 2012 which caused the first bid for the stadium to collapse and for the tender process to run again. Previous Orient owner Barry Hearn also filed a judicial review against the stadium owners at the same time.

The state aid complaint documentation has been recently been released under Freedom of Information at http://www.queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/our-story/the-legacy-corporation/good-governance/publication-scheme/disclosure-log/2017-foi


West Ham closing in on Saint-Etienne star Jonathan Bamba and want him to sign pre-contract ahead of summer move

The 21-year-old has six goals and four assists in Ligue 1 this season

By Alan Nixon

WEST HAM are closing in on Saint-Etienne’s exciting midfielder Jonathan Bamba.

Hammers want the Frenchman, 21, to sign a pre-contract with them before his deal runs out with the Ligue 1 side in the summer.

Huddersfield tried for Bamba before and may go in again, while Crystal Palace are also keen — though Saint-Etienne want to keep their France Under-21 star.

The Alfortville-born star, who joined Saint-Etienne as a 15-year-old, has scored six goals and added four assists for Les Verts this season.

Saint-Etienne are currently 13th in Ligue 1.

Meanwhile West Ham have temporarily promoted performance analyst Jordan Miles to the recruitment role held by Tony Henry, who was axed after comments on African players.

Daily Record

West Ham to move for John McGinn as David Moyes spies on Hibs midfielder at Easter Road

With just a year left on his contract this summer, the Premier League outfit could try and snare the Scotland international.

By Scott McDermott

West Ham will weigh up a move for Hibs and Scotland ace John McGinn after spying on him at Easter Road yesterday.

Mailsport understands Hammers assistant boss Billy McKinlay watched the midfielder in the Hibees’ 2-0 victory over Aberdeen.

And with just a year left on his contract this summer, the Premier League outfit could try and snare McGinn in the next window.

He was outstanding for Neil Lennon’s side in their win against the Dons and the 23-year-old is being tracked by several clubs in England.

Hibs gaffer Lennon is desperate to keep the Scotland star and previously valued him at £5 million.

But West Ham boss Davie Moyes is an admirer of McGinn and sent number two McKinlay to run the rule over him in Leith yesterday.


West Ham to make Fulham's Ryan Fredericks their first summer signing, club should reunite him with Celtic star Moussa Dembele

Damien Lucas

West Ham United look set to make Fulham's Ryan Fredericks their first summer signing and should follow it up with a move for Celtic star.

West Ham have shown interest in a number of Fulham players this season and were also linked with a bid for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele during the summer and again in the January transfer window.

The Hammers have turned a corner under boss David Moyes and look set to preserve their Premier League status after a rocky season.

Moyes' reported interest in Cottagers midfield star Tom Cairney was knocked back in January.

But Fulham could be powerless to stop the East Londoners making Ryan Fredericks their first signing of the summer when the 25-year-old is available on a free transfer.

West Ham were linked with Fredericks in January but didn't push for a deal, instead seemingly biding their time to wait until they can land the right back for absolutely nothing in a matter of months.

Fredericks, 25, has been a star for Fulham since his 2015 move from Bristol City, becoming one of the Championship's most impressive full backs whilst notching five assists in 30 games this season.

And Moyes should also look to use his influence in Scotland to reunited Fredericks with former Fulham teammate Dembele.

The pair struck up a great understanding at Craven Cottage and Fredericks provided assists for many of the Frenchman's goals in West London.

Celtic are reportedly open to offers for the striker who possesses a key attribute West Ham have been searching for up front for some time... pace.


New deal on way for highly rated young star

West Ham are hoping that Under 23 keeper Nathan Trott may be able to fill the No 2 role to Adrian at the club next season.

The departure of Joe Hart – currently on around £120k a week at the Irons – will free up a minimum of around £90k in wages but should Trott inherit the No 2 jersey it could be even more.

Adrian is booked for a new contract at the club and 19 year old Trott has been in great form this season for the Under 23s and is widely recognised in the game as a goalkeeping star of the future.

The Bermuda born keeper switched international allegiance to England in early 2017 and was part of the Young Lions squad that won the UEFA European U19 Championship in June of the same year.

His contract runs out this season but after getting top reviews the club are ready to offer him a new deal and the chance of first team football.


Westley: We showed grit and determination in Liverpool win

West Ham United U23 boss Terry Westley praised his side’s ability to show their different qualities on Saturday as the Hammers picked up an impressive 1-0 win at league leaders Liverpool.

Josh Pask’s third minute goal was enough to see the visitors take all three points home from Merseyside in Premier League 2 Division 1, although as the Reds pressed in the second half Westley’s team were forced to battle hard to earn the win.

The boss praised his back four in particular, as the Hammers showed their grit and determination to pick up their first victory in five.

Westley said: “The back four; Ben Johnson, Josh Pask who scored, Tunji Akinola and Vashon Neufville, and add the keeper Nathan Trott, were very, very good today.

“But the wole team showed that determination throughout the whole game. We saw the game right the way through against a very good Liverpool team.

“You always get different qualities in a game; good attacking play, solid defending. Today was all about us being gritty, being so determined and seeing the game through. And we did that.

“We made some great tackles, we stopped opportunities, and going the other way, we made our own opportunities and could have stretched the game further. It was an all round good performance and it’s great to come away with the win.”

Elsewhere on the pitch, captain Marcus Browne – who bagged his first goal of the season last week in Monday’s London derby against Tottenham Hotspur – impressed, while there was also a debut for 15-year-old Dan Chesters as a late substitute.

Westley was pleased with the performances of one or two more, and admitted his side are have probably now secured their fate ahead of next season.

“Marcus Browne, the captain, really stood out again today, he showed character and really drove the team forward at times. Then there was also young Grady [Diangana] who was playing out of position but he showed all the different qualities he needs when he goes into the senior group.

“It turned out to be a really good day for us. We’ve let in goals within the first three minutes in about five games this season, and when you do that, you’re always on the back foot.

“We made a real point of definitely being ready today and travelling up and preparing well and that we didn’t let the game slip away in the early stages.

“It would take a lot for other teams to catch us now, so we’ve probably secured ourselves for next season and now we’re back in the top six and that’s the mark we’ve always looked for. We’ll take that all day and we’ll travel home very pleased with our work.”

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 7:36 Sun Feb 18
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 5:05 Sun Feb 18
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

charleyfarley 1:35 Sun Feb 18
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

PwoperNaughtyButNot 1:24 Sun Feb 18
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Bamba’s brother Jeremy has a lethal shot on him

Thanks Alan 1:14 Sun Feb 18
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 12:57 Sun Feb 18

Sven Roeder 1:02 Sun Feb 18
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Bamba & Fredericks ... out of contract in the summer
McGinn .... year left on contract

Sounds about right

Sven Roeder 12:57 Sun Feb 18
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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