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Alan 11:25 Mon Feb 26
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry says he would be "interested" in succeeding Arsene Wenger as manager of the north London club. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea are the frontrunners to sign Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. The 29-year-old Poland international wants to move to the Premier League. (Sun)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is looking at Bournemouth's 21-year-old English midfielder Lewis Cook as a possible £20m replacement for 24-year-old Germany international Emre Can, whose contract runs out in the summer. (Sun)

Chelsea and Barcelona are both tracking 19-year-old France Under-21 forward Yann Karamoh, who is on loan at Inter Milan from Caen. (Mirror)

AC Milan are lining up a move for Swansea's South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng, 29. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli was not booked for an alleged dive in his side's win against Crystal Palace on Sunday, but the 21-year-old England international will escape any action from the Football Association as referee Kevin Friend did not award a penalty. (Mail)

Arsenal want Paris St-Germain's 17-year-old midfielder Yacine Adli. Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus are also keen on the Frenchman. (L'Equipe, via Sun)

Barcelona forwards Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho have approved the club's plan to bring in three new signings this summer. (Diario Gol - in Spanish)

Tottenham are planning a summer move for 20-year-old Sheffield United forward David Brooks. The Premier League club hope to agree a deal worth about £10m for the Wales international. (Sun)

Everton manager Sam Allardyce says the club's signings over the past two transfer windows are not providing value for money. (Liverpool Echo)

Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan appeared to lose a tooth in a clash with Franck Kessie during his side's 2-0 defeat by AC Milan in Serie A on Sunday. (Football Italia)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez fears his side's lack of experience could be a weakness in their battle against Premier League relegation. The Magpies made no permanent signings in the January transfer window. (Telegraph)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he questioned the lack of injury time just before the end of his side's 3-0 Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City - but claims the fourth official asked him: "Why do you want more time?" (Telegraph)

Best of Sunday's gossip

Paris St-Germain and Brazil striker Neymar, 26, has told Real Madrid he wants more money than the Spanish club's 33-year-old Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo in order to seal a move to the Bernabeu. (Sunday Express)

France midfielder Paul Pogba is ready to leave Manchester United if manager Jose Mourinho stays on at Old Trafford. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United are among the top clubs monitoring Lazio's 22-year-old Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who is rated at £80m. (Sunday Mirror)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte will not tone down his touchline behaviour after being told off by his father for being too calm on the sidelines during the recent defeat by Watford. (Sunday Express)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

The future of Robert Lewandowski has become the subject of much speculative chitter-chat in recent days, after the Bayern Munich striker dispensed with the services of his longtime agent Cezary Kucharski and jumped into bed with Pini Zahavi instead. Lewandowski, 29, has spent the thick end of a decade in Germany but his change of representation has prompted no end of talk that he’s ready to leave Bayern Munich and try his luck elsewhere. Real Madrid has been mentioned as one possible destination, while Zahavi’s close relationship with Roman Abramovich means the Polish international is also being linked with Chelsea. More accustomed to snapping up talent than letting it go, Munich is rumoured to be the next destination of Malcom, the Brazilian winger unsuccessfully courted by Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur in January.
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Liverpool are believed to be interested in Napoli midfielder Jorginho, according to The Times, but will have to take a number and wait in line for their turn to woo the Brazil-born Italy international, who is also wanted by Manchester United. José Mourinho is believed to have identified Jorginho as a potential replacement for Michael Carrick, who is not getting any younger. Focused on trying to win Napoli’s first scudetto in 30 years, the player insists he is happy at the club and in no rush to leave, but may be moved on to help finance a summer move for Sampdoria’s Lucas Torreira. With Emre Can looking likely to go to Juventus this summer, Liverpool are eyeing up potential replacements and have decided Bournemouth midfielder Lewis Cook fits the bill. The 21-year-old, who captained England to Under-20 World Cup victory last year, has a long-term admirer in Jürgen Klopp and could find himself the subject of a £20m bid this summer.

Swansea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng is out of contract in June and free to talk to foreign clubs, a state of affairs Milan hope to take advantage of by securing the 29-year-old South Korea captain’s services on a free transfer. Cash-strapped Milan are also hoping to bring Pepe Reina to the San Siro for nowt once the Napoli goalkeeper’s contract expires come season’s end. Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is unwilling to offer Reina a new deal of more than 12 months but in the event of his expected departure he will replace him with Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Spurs are hitching their skirts in the direction of Sheffield United’s Wales international striker David Brooks and will bid £10m for the 20-year-old in the summer. Elsewhere in north London, Arsenal are making overtures to Paris Saint-Germain teenager Yacine Adli, but will have to fight off interest from Manchester City, Barcelona and Juventus. And finally, Chelsea and Barcelona are among an array of clubs keeping tabs on £25m-rated 19-year-old Caen winger Yann Karamoh, who is quietly impressing on loan at Inter.


David Gold hints West Ham could one day own London Stadium outright

Damien Lucas

A number of West Ham United fans are unhappy with how the club's heralded move to the former Olympic Stadium has panned out so far.

West Ham's move to Stratford from their beloved Upton Park was beset by problems from the start.

From in-fighting among the club's fans over persistent standing to segregation issues, violent scenes between home and away supporters and a general dissatisfaction with the atmosphere and feel of a ground many refer to as 'soulless'.

Ahead of the stadium move, Hammers fans were promised a genuine retractable seating solution in communications from the club.

In reality they have been left with a temporary lower tier built on a complex scaffolding which will reportedly take weeks to deconstruct and reconstruct each season at a cost of £8 million - some £7.7m more than the original estimate.

The distance from the stands to the pitch is a major bone of contention for many fans with the bowl shape of the venue the biggest problem as the stadium was not built with football in mind.

Having signed a 99-year lease many supporters are disillusioned at the prospect of a long-term future at the ground in it's current state.

The club's owners David Sullivan and David Gold also pledged that the move would enable West Ham to spend more on quality players in the transfer market in a bid to compete with the Premier League elite.

But the club's net spend since moving to the ground has paled into insignificance compared to their rivals despite the extra ticket cash, commercial and merchandising revenue streams pushing the club into the prestigious European Deloitte Football Money League Top 20 for the first time, as proudly paraded on its official website last year, and set to announce record income in their latest financial reports.

Some supporters have suggested a lack of serious net spend could point to the club accumulating money to launch a bid to buy the stadium outright in the near future.

Indeed fans are so unhappy many are planning to attend a protest march against the owners before the Burnley game next month.

In an interview with Sport Bible, Sullivan's son Dave remained coy but admitted it could be on the cards.

When asked 'Is your dad looking into the possibility of buying the London Stadium outright in the future?' Sullivan told Sport Bible: "I cannot comment on that, but it is certainly a possibility."

And now Sullivan's co-owner David Gold has added further weight to that theory after he endorsed a tweet suggesting that could well be a solution in the future to his near 200,000 following.

One Hammers fans wrote on Twitter: "The (stadium) situation is not beyond redemption. The stadium ownership is sure to come up again soon. At which point we could find ourselves sole owners with the opportunity to address all these issues."


Moyes: I felt we could have made more of our chances at Liverpool

David Moyes felt his players did not make the most of their attacking opportunities in Saturday’s 4-1 Premier League defeat at Liverpool.

Goals from Emre Can, Mo Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane condemned West Ham United to just their second top-flight loss of the calendar year and third in 13 matches overall, but it could have been different if the visitors had taken their chances at Anfield.

Marko Arnautovic was twice denied by home goalkeeper Loris Karius before half-time, while the Austrian also carried the ball into a number of dangerous positions as the Hammers took the game to the Reds in the opening 45 minutes.

Moyes felt his in-form No7 should have been more selfish and gone for goal himself, rather that looked for his teammates in the final third, only to see those attacks fizzle out.

“Marko has been really good, I’ve got to say, he’s been great,” said the manager, when asked to assess Arnautovic’s contribution. “We’re demanding of him that his effort is big and he keeps his running stats up, which have been very good and physically, he does that job for the team.

“His ability is not in question and he is capable of doing anything on the ball. On Saturday, he got away a couple of times and I wanted him to go on his own, but he waited for support and laid a couple of balls off instead of going on his own against players I thought he had a chance to stand them up and take them on.

“He’s doing a good job for us, he’s a real threat, we like him a lot and we’re really pleased with his work.”

As it turned out, Moyes was left to rue his team’s inability to turn first-half purpose into goals as Liverpool turned on the style in the second half.

The hosts’ famed front three all scored, leaving the Scot without a win at Anfield in 15 visits as a manager and lamenting what might have been had his players been as clinical as Salah, Firmino and Sane were after the break.

“Maybe before, you might have had a [Fernando] Torres with [Steven] Gerrard behind him, you now have three forward players. I think the system they play is a very compact front three and it does have weaknesses that, if you have a strong enough team, you can exploit.

“With three in their midfield, it means you can get into wide areas and maybe cause them some problems because there’s maybe not quite so much protection, but we didn’t have a chance to get into those areas as much as we’d have liked.

“I thought we still carried a threat, particularly in the first half and could have perhaps made more of our chances.

“For a lot of teams, they make it very difficult because they put a lot of pressure on you and are in good positions to press, especially their midfield three and their front three. If you can exploit them, it will be at the back because of their system.

“But I do think their front three are a real handful on their day and, at the moment, Salah is the one you feel can make the difference and the things he does are what you need to try and stop overall.”


West Ham likely to sell Byram with Fulham's Fredericks targeted

Danny Owen

Sam Byram has not really made an impact since swapping Championship giants Leeds United for West Ham United in 2016.

Big things were expected of Sam Byram when West Ham paid around £3.7 million to sign the highly-rated right-back from Leeds United just over two years ago, as reported by the Independent.

The full-back was the latest exciting youngster to emerge from Elland Road and he looked set to be a key first-team player in claret and blue for years to come. But, thanks in part to some ill-timed injuries, Byram has only made 17 Premier League starts for West Ham since January 2016, just two of those coming this season.

And with the Hammers eyeing a summer deal for Fulham’s Ryan Fredericks, the 25-year-old right-back who is out of contract at the end of this season, the future is looking bleak for Byram at the London Stadium.

Moyes has seemingly made Fredericks - a quick and powerful right-back who has six Championship assists to his name this season - one of his top summer targets.

And Football London is now reporting that, if Fredericks does arrive on a free, Byram is set to be a casualty with a summer departure likely.

The 24-year-old has found himself stuck behind the veteran Pablo Zabaleta this season and the Argentine has another year remaining on his contract, meaning he will still be a West Ham player next season.

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Takashi Miike 1:06 Tue Feb 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 1:05 Tue Feb 27
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bit short sighted moving on byram but every penny counts for the dwarf cunt as he dismantles the squad. hopefully young ben johnson gets a chance to prove himself over the next two seasons

Mex Martillo 9:34 Mon Feb 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
Harsh on Byram, if you ask me

Texas Iron 9:33 Mon Feb 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Guardian... the moat boring long winded paragraphs...
Good description of the Broken Promises of Gold Sullivan Brady...
God comments by Moyes...I agree saw it live...gulf in class

Queens Fish Bar 6:06 Mon Feb 26
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gph 5:07 Mon Feb 26

gph 5:07 Mon Feb 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

Alan 12:56 Mon Feb 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Byram story added.

Westham67 11:32 Mon Feb 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
To own the stadium for a relative pittance would have been their plan from the start.Devious little shits but not stupid

Thank Alan

Thanks Alan 11:30 Mon Feb 26
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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