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Alan 12:23 Tue Feb 20
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, 28, is Manchester United's main target to replace former England midfielder Michael Carrick, 36, who is retiring in the summer. (Independent)

Alan Pardew is fighting for his ­future at West Brom and a heavy defeat against Huddersfield on Saturday could end his reign at the Hawthorns after just 12 weeks. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid's Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, knows the club will look to sell him in the summer, while the Spanish club will also try to offload France striker Karim Benzema, 30. (Mundo Deportivo via Sun)

Tottenham are looking to make a fresh move for Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 25. Mauricio Pochettino's side failed with two bids for the Ivory Coast forward in the summer. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are not interested in signing Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 27, despite being linked with a £30m move for the Argentina centre-back. (ESPN)

Former England striker Ian Wright has assessed the relationship between Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho and midfielder Paul Pogba, 24, by saying "he is hearing they aren't as close as a few months ago, and that's something United can't afford". (Sun)

Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio, 22, says he has had offers from five clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea, Arsenal, Bayern Munich and Juventus, but club president Florentino Perez does not want to sell the Spain player. (Diario Gol - in Spanish)

Nabil Fekir's agent has refused to confirm if the 24-year-old France midfielder - a target for Arsenal - will be at Lyon next season. (Telefoot via Mirror)

Argentine striker Leonardo Ulloa, 31, says he wants to make his loan move from Leicester City to Brighton permanent at the end of the season. (Argus)

Lazio's Netherlands defender Stefan de Vrij, 26, looks likely to leave in June after his contract renewal was withdrawn, according to the Italian club's sporting director. (Mediaset Premium via Sky Sports)

Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud, 31, says "for a year and a half, it went from bad to worse" at former club Arsenal, which is why he had to leave in January. (Express)

Championship strugglers Sunderland have been put up for sale for £50m. The north-east side are in danger of suffering back-to-back relegations. (Mirror)

Kylian Mbappe will officially complete his £166m switch from Monaco after a contract clause was triggered that meant Paris St-Germain bought the 19-year-old France striker if they avoided relegation. (Mail)

Everton could be without on-loan Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala for the rest of the season after the France defender, 27, injured his knee in the win against Crystal Palace. (ESPN)

Brazil winger Lucas Moura, 25, who moved to Tottenham from Paris St-Germain in January, believes Spurs can win the Champions League. (Express)

Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde says the Spanish team wanted to avoid playing Chelsea in the last 16 of the Champions League, and also described the form of English teams in the competition as "incredible". (Guardian)

Barcelona keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen was told at the age of 10 at Borussia Moenchengladbach that he could either go in goal or leave the club. (Telegraph)

West Ham manager David Moyes will attend the England rugby union side's training prior to their game against his native Scotland on Saturday. (Guardian)

Wales are set to receive £1m for taking part in the China Cup in March but only if Real Madrid forward Bale plays. (Mail)

Best of Monday's gossip

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew has two games to save his job. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain are considering a £30m summer move for Manchester United defender Marcos Rojo, 27. The Argentina centre-back's contract at Old Trafford runs out next year. (Sun)

Chelsea's Belgium playmaker Eden Hazard, 27, says he is happy at Stamford Bridge but has not ruled out leaving the club in the future. (Telefoot - in French)

Former Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is not interested in going back to Paris St-Germain because he wants a return to the Premier League. (Mirror)

Leicester have sent scouts to watch Benfica full-back Andre Almeida, 27, and winger Rafa Silva, 24. Both players were linked with the Foxes in January. (O Jogo via Leicester Mercury)

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Rob Bleaney

Fed up with watching Barcelona waltz off into the distance in La Liga, the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, has decided to dig out his transfer war chest and take the fight to their bitter rivals off the pitch.

Not content with making eyes at Neymar, Pérez has trained his sights on another Barça old boy in Héctor Bellerín and is said to have ‘personally negotiated’ with the Arsenal right-back, according to reports in Spain. As a product of Barça’s La Masia academy, Bellerín, whose form seems to have waned as his hair has grown, was always assumed to be heading back to Catalonia when he had had enough of Arsenal Fan TV – but Pérez has other ideas and is willing to pay €40m to hit Barça where it hurts. A potential spanner in the works, though, is Lionel Messi, who has allegedly informed the Barća suits that summer signing Nelson Semedo is not of the required standard to play right-back at the Camp Nou. This transfer battle could get dirty.

One man who could be leaving the Bernabéu is Marco Asensio, who is so fed up with watching the BBC (we’ve all been there) he has barged into the boardroom and slapped down all the offers he has received from Premier League clubs on Pérez’s very expensive table. ‘Usame o pierdeme’ was the gist of the threat from the Mallorca-born schemer. Liverpool will apparently pay up to £131m for Asensio in the summer as they look to fill a Philippe Coutinho-sized hole in their forward line, while Chelsea and Arsenal are also keen. Asensio’s two-goal showing in Real’s 5-3 win against Real Betis on Sunday had Zinedine Zidane admitting he deserves more game time, so watch this space.

Barcelona and Arsenal like the cut of Willem Geubbels’ jib and could get the talented 16-year-old striker for nothing this summer if Lyon are unable to persuade him to sign a new contract. Arsenal have made the Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly their top summer target. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are also under consideration at the Emirates.

José Mourinho is apparently so eager to prise Toni Kroos from Real Madrid he is willing to offer Paul Pogba in a exchange deal. And PSG do not want to pay Manchester United £30m for Marcos Rojo after all, thereby assuaging Mourinho’s anger, for 24 hours at least.


Former Hammer bangs them in for fun

Former Hammer Diafra Sakho Scored two more goals for his new club Rennes at the weekend. The player who remained reportedly injured until his transfer to the French club during the January transfer window has scored 3 goals from four appearances for Rennes so far. He scored in the French cup against PSG on his debut as he came on as a second-half substitute against PSG. He made two Ligue 1 appearances without scoring but made up for this on his third league game by scoring a brace against Caen.

West Ham received just £3.7m upfront for Sakho with a potential £2.4m in add-ons based on appearances and goals. The Senegalese striker was initially purchased for £3.5m from Metz in 2014 which later rose to nearly £5m with add-ons.

West Ham players salaries revealed

American website Sportrac claim to have the largest online sports team, & player contract resource on the internet.

Below is what they claim is the accurate player payroll of West Ham ranked by annual and weekly salaries.

Whether these are accurate we can’t guarantee but I can see Declan Rice asking for a pay rise soon.

Player - Position - Annual Salary - Weekly Wage
Javier Hernandez - F - £7,280,000 - £140,000
Joe Hart - GK - £6,032,000 - £116,000
Marko Arnautovic - M - £5,200,000 - £100,000
Andy Carroll - F - £4,680,000 - £90,000
Jose Fonte - D - £3,900,000 - £75,000
Pablo Zabaleta - D - £3,900,000 - £75,000
Michail Antonio - M - £3,640,000 - £70,000
Manuel Lanzini - M - £3,640,000 - £70,000
Angelo Ogbonna - D - £3,640,000 - £70,000
Winston Reid - D - £3,640,000 - £70,000
Cheikhou Kouyate - M - £3,120,000 - £60,000
Pedro Obiang - M - £2,860,000 - £55,000
Aaron Cresswell - D - £2,600,000 £50,000
Mark Noble - M - £2,600,000 - £50,000
Adrian - GK - £2,600,000 - £50,000
Arthur Masuaku - D - £2,080,000 - £40,000
James Collins - D - £1,820,000 - £35,000
Sam Byram - D £1,560,000 - £30,000
Edimilson Fernandes - M - £1,560,000 - £30,000
Josh Cullen - M - £416,000 - £8,000
Domingos Quina - M - £416,000 - £8,000
Sead Haksabanovic - M - £260,000 - £5,000
Declan Rice - M - £52,000 - £1,000

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Fivetide 6:58 Tue Feb 20
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Great thread, shitty news.

Thanks Alan.

Mart O 5:10 Tue Feb 20
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Thanks Alan.

arsene york-hunt 4:51 Tue Feb 20
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How the fuck can anybody live on £140,000 a week?

Whitester. 2:58 Tue Feb 20
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I normally love this theead but I hated it today.

So depressing to see the weekly wages.

Fuck off Alan ;)

Alwaysaniron 1:59 Tue Feb 20
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Jose Fonte £75k per week

peckham massive 12:38 Tue Feb 20
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Declan Rice gets paid £52K a year???!!!!

The Libertine 12:34 Tue Feb 20
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This thread is the best thing about WHO. Thanks.

Thanks Alan 12:32 Tue Feb 20
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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