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Alan 12:39 Sat Feb 24
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has agreed a new contract with the club worth nearly £20m a year until 2021, a £3m increase on his current deal. (Mail)

Guardiola is risking a touchline ban if he wears a yellow ribbon in support of imprisoned politicians in his native Catalonia during Manchester City's game against against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger does not believe Pep Guardiola has brought a higher level of football to the game in his spells at Barcelona and Manchester City. (Guardian)

Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 28, has been linked with a move away from the club but manager Zinedine Zidane says the Wales international "will always be important" to the Spanish outfit. (Sun)

Manchester United officials are becoming annoyed by the conduct of midfielder Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola, who told the Old Trafford side's manager, Jose Mourinho, where to play the 24-year-old France international. (Times - subscription required)

Jose Mourinho says his Manchester United players have to earn his trust rather than the other way round. (Mirror)

Manchester United have stepped up their interest in signing Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri. The 26-year-old Ivory Coast international has a £35m release clause in his contract. (Mirror)

Manchester United players have no problem with the tactics used by manager Jose Mourinho in the goalless Champions League last-16 first-leg draw against Sevilla. (Manchester Evening News)

Anthony Martial's future at Manchester United could be in doubt with the 22-year-old forward yet to receive an offer of a new contract at Old Trafford. The Frenchman's current deal ends next summer. (RMC - in French)

West Brom boss Alan Pardew knows his future at the club is in doubt with the Baggies bottom of the Premier League but he says he wants to stay at The Hawthorns outfit. (Telegraph)

Several Premier League clubs are tracking FK Ostersunds' Iranian striker Saman Ghoddos, 24, following his impressive Europa League displays against Arsenal. (ESPN)

Watford, West Brom, West Ham and Newcastle are all interested in signing Marseille's Cameroonian midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, 22. (Sun)

Newcastle are interested in signing Galatasaray midfielder Garry Rodrigues, 27, a Cape Verde international who is valued at £10m by the Turkish club. (Birmingham Mail)

Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka, 29, says his loan move to the club from Sparta Prague has "completely changed my life" and the Slovak hopes he can earn a permanent move to the Magpies. (Guardian)

Tottenham's South Korean forward Son Heung-min, 25, says his first memories of England were "bad" after failed trials at Portsmouth and Blackburn. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain are considering signing 18-year-old AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma in the summer. The Italian teenager signed a new contract with the Serie A side until 2021 last summer. (AS)

Everton boss Sam Allardyce does not see his role at the club as a "short-term fix" and hopes "to to do bigger things in the future". (Guardian)

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand made an offer close to £10m to buy non-league side Dulwich Hamlet's ground, but the bid was rejected by the owners. (Independent)

Manchester City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, 21, says "everyone calls me 'Kev'" because he looks like team-mate Kevin de Bruyne. (Telegraph)

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Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 27, is set to commit his future to Manchester United by signing a new deal, ruling out an imminent move to Real Madrid. (Times - subscription)

Chelsea are monitoring Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles, 24, and could move for the defender in the summer. (Evening Standard)

Real Madrid are monitoring Manchester City winger Raheem Sterling, 23, who is yet to begin formal talks with the Premier League leaders about a contract extension. The England international's deal expires in 2020. (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid are interested in signing West Ham defender Reece Oxford, 19, who is on loan at Bundesliga side Borussia Monchengladbach. The Hammers value the England Under-19 international at £12m. (Telegraph)

Former Sunderland midfielder Jan Kirchhoff, 27, is in talks to join Championship side Bolton until the end of the season. (Sky Sports)


Everton and West Ham would be mad to pay Chris Smalling's price-tag

Danny Owen

That dreadful 1-0 defeat at Newcastle United looks to be the final straw for Chris Smalling at Manchester United.

The England international centre-back endured a nightmare outing at St James’ Park and was very fortunate not to give away a first-half penalty for a needless lunging challenge that highlights a tendency for poor decision making that has never gone away.

The Mirror have stated that manager Jose Mourinho had run out of patience and was ready to cash in on Smalling after eight years at Old Trafford.

The Telegraph reported in June that both Everton and West Ham were keen on the one-time Fulham youngster and Ladbrokes has made the Premier League duo the first and second favourites to rescue him from Old Trafford in the summer.

This makes perfect sense. Everton are simply crying out for a centre-half right now. Ashley Williams has endured a nightmare season, Ramiro Funes-Mori is still injured, Eliaquim Mangala will surely not sign permanently while the Mirror claims that Michael Keane could be sold after just one season.

West Ham, meanwhile, are likely to have their need for defensive reinforcements heightened with Jose Fonte set to leave for China, per the Daily Record. There are doubts, too, about the future of veteran James Collins, with manager David Moyes typically building a side with a resilient defence.

According to the Daily Star, however, United will demand £25 million for Smalling this summer. The 31-cap England man has never come close to fulfilling his potential, however, and both Everton and West Ham would be mad to pay such a fee based on this season’s evidence.

There are cheaper, and far better, defenders out there.

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brabrook 12:49 Sat Feb 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:41 Sat Feb 24

Takashi Miike 12:44 Sat Feb 24
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks alan

Thanks Alan 12:41 Sat Feb 24
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