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Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
30%
  
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
52%
  
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
16%
  
d. I'm not sure about this one, I'll wait until SKY is back to hear what Gary Neville thinks, then I'll voice my opinion
2%
  



Alan 1:25 Tue Feb 27
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Former Chelsea and Bayern Munich manager Carlo Ancelotti is ready to replace Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger if wanted. (Star)

Arsenal are looking into replacing Wenger at the end of the season and Monaco boss Leonardo Jardim, Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta, Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers and Germany coach Joachim Low are some of the candidates being monitored. (Telegraph)

Chelsea will offer Eden Hazard close to £300,000 a week as they try to head off interest from other clubs in the 27-year-old Belgium playmaker, whose contract runs until 2020. (Mail)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte's job is secure until the end of the season as the club's top choice to replace him, ex-Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, does not want to take over until the summer. (Star)

Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon claims Tottenham's England striker Harry Kane, 24, is in front of Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski, 29, as the Spanish club's main transfer target in the summer. (Mirror)

Harry Kane's former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says the England international may have to leave in order to win trophies. (Talksport)

Barcelona are monitoring Tottenham and Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 28, who has a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave for £25m in the summer of 2019 if he has not agreed a new deal. Manchester United are also keen on Alderweireld but are thought to be reluctant to deal with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. (Independent)

Chelsea and Manchester United will both try to sign Poland striker Lewandowski - if the 29-year-old can persuade Bayern Munich to release him from his contract, which runs until 2021. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are prepared to bid £35m for Fulham's Ryan Sessegnon, who can play at left-back or on the left-wing, but the Championship side want closer to £50m for the 17-year-old Englishman. (Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain could offer France striker Kylian Mbappe, 19, to Barcelona in exchange for Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho. They are trying to appease their 26-year-old Brazilian forward Neymar, who is said to be unhappy with Mbappe but is close friends with Coutinho, 25. (El Pais)

Borussia Dortmund have made a bid to challenge Bayern Munich for Bordeaux's Brazilian striker Malcom. The 21-year-old has been a target for Tottenham. (Sun)

Dortmund fear they could miss out on signing on-loan Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal this summer because the 24-year-old Belgian's impressive form has alerted other clubs. (Kicker, via London Evening Standard)

Manchester United have checked on Real Sociedad's 22-year-old Spanish right-back Alvaro Odriozola, who has also caught the eye of Barcelona and Real Madrid. (Mail)

The Football Association, Premier League and EFL are understood to have agreed on top-flight clubs getting a two-week winter break at the start of February, with the fifth round of the FA Cup to be played in midweek without any replays. (Times - subscription required)

West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt criticised manager Alan Pardew's tactics and his team-mates for a lack of effort after the Premier League's bottom side lost to Huddersfield Town. (Times - subscription required)

Harry Kane hopes referees will ignore the controversy surrounding Tottenham team-mate Dele Alli, whom former England captains Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer accused of diving against Crystal Palace. (London Evening Standard)

Tottenham are set to play the first three or four games of the next Premier League season away from White Hart Lane as the stadium's redevelopment is being completed. (Independent)

Southampton's English midfielder Harrison Reed says he does not want "to go back to sitting in the stands, training all week and then on a Saturday not being involved" with the Saints. The 23-year-old is on loan at Norwich. (Daily Echo)

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany said the hard work he put in to overcome persistent injury problems was worth it after his side won the Carabao Cup. (Talksport)

Manchester United midfielder Nemanja Matic has suggested he wants former club Chelsea to overtake Tottenham and finish fourth in the Premier League. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku believes he deserves "more respect". The 24-year-old Belgium international has scored 98 Premier League goals in 213 appearances. (Guardian)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has given his backing to the club's ladies' team, after they applied to join the FA Women's Championship, the new second tier. (Croydon Advertiser)

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe dedicated his North East Personality of the Year award to Sunderland fan Bradley Lowery, who died aged six in July.

Best of Monday's gossip

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)






Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

After devoting many months and well over £100m to prising Philippe Coutinho from Liverpool, Barcelona will hand the player over to Paris Saint-Germain this summer. That, at any rate, is what PSG hope and the Qatari club is prepared to give the Catalans Kylian Mbappé to help make the deal happen.

That scenario, which is being circulated by news organs in Spain, may sound preposterous – but the reasoning for it is stranger still. El Pais’ claim, you see, is that PSG want to make the trades because Neymar doesn’t get along with Mbappé but is great chums with Coutinho.
Arsenal’s decade-long capitulation and Pardew on the brink – Football Weekly

There has been no suggestion, yet, that Edinson Cavani will be replaced by Neymar’s dad or that Neymar finds the Eiffel Tower a bit ugly and would appreciate it being knocked down, with a statue of Neymar erected instead.

Meanwhile, if Mbappé really is to leave Paris, then Manchester City hope they can persuade him that there are better destinations than Barcelona, primarily Manchester. Meanwhile, José Mourinho is planning to detail the city’s charms to Isco, whom United are intent on luring from Real Madrid.

Other reports, meanwhile, insist that Neymar, not Mbappé , will leave PSG this summer and head to Real. Chelsea hope that is true, as it might make it less likely that Real will bid for Eden Hazard, for whom Chelsea are preparing a bumper new contract offer. Chelsea are also preparing to do battle with Real – and Manchester United – for the services of Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski.
European roundup: Neymar suffers fractured metatarsal in blow to PSG
Read more

And United, Chelsea and Barcelona are among the clubs willing to give Toby Alderweireld if gigantic pay hike if he leaves Spurs. Bordeaux attacker Malcom is in the middle of a multi-stranded tug-of-war featuring Bayern Munich, Spurs and Arsenal, among other.

Michy Batshuayi’s scorching form for Borussia Dortmund has not convinced Chelsea that he could be useful at Stamford Bridge – but it has attracted a bevy of other admirers, and Dortmund are starting to fret that they may not be able to sign the Belgian permanently this summer. Everton and Marseille may make moves for him.

Finally, word is that West Brom will ditch Alan Pardew in the event of defeat at Watford this weekend – and will try to persuade Mick McCarthy to replace him. Poor Mick, one day he will get a gig at a Premier League club that has a chance of staying up.





HITC

West Ham youngster Rihards Matrevics moves closer to departure

Dan Coombs

West Ham talent has been on trial with Birmingham City.

West Ham's squad is about to get a little shorter.

The team's gigantic 6ft 7" youth team goalkeeper Rihards Matrevics is halfway out the door as his contract runs down.

Yesterday he was on trial for Bimringham City, featuring in a youth team game against Huddersfield Town for their under-23 side.

The Latvian youngster signed with West Ham in 2015 and he made his debut for West Ham's under-23 side earlier this season.

He has not though managed to establish himself as a regular for the under-23s, and has taken a step down into the under-18s to get some playing time.

The 18-year-old's contract is up in June and West Ham's decision to allow him to go out on a trial is indication the club are prepared to let him move on.

Matrevics though may be just keeping his options open.

Just earlier this month he told the club's official website: "I’m 6’7” which, I think, makes me the tallest person at West Ham! To be honest, I thought the lads would be used to it by now but they still give me banter about it every now and then.

"I’m hopeful some good performances might get me another chance in the U23s as well. The club has helped me improve a lot over the last three years."

Birmingham, West Ham, and Matrevics all appear to have a decision to make.





Mirror

West Ham set to reignite interest in Leander Dendoncker as David Moyes eyes two midfield additions this summer

PLUS: Fiorentina are plotting a fresh bid for Hammers midfielder Pedro Obiang in the summer

By Darren Lewis

West Ham will reignite their interest in Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker in the summer.

The Irons are big fans of the 22-year-old and David Moyes failed in an attempt to land him last month.

The midfield area is one that Moyes is desperate to strengthen. West Ham failed with moves for Stoke’s Joe Allen, Norwich starlet James Maddison, Fulham’s Tom Cairney and Bournemouth’s Harry Arter.

But they are set to bring in at least two midfielders this summer to add much-needed depth to their squad.

Meanwhile, Fiorentina are plotting a fresh bid for Pedro Obiang in the summer.

The Serie A side were keen on the now-injured West Ham midfielder in January.

And they are set to return as they brace for Croatian star Milan Badelj’s exit on a free transfer.





FFC

West Ham consider Nagatomo swoop

by Matt Law

According to FC Inter News, West Ham United are considering a move for Inter Milan full-back Yuto Nagatomo at the end of the season.
What’s the story?

Nagatomo has been with Inter since 2011, and the 101-time Japan international has made more than 200 appearances for the Italian giants in all competitions.

The 31-year-old made 13 appearances in the first half of this season, but was sent on loan to Galatasaray during the January transfer window.

As it stands, Nagatomo will return to Inter at the end of the campaign, but it has been suggested that the defender has played his last game for the San Siro giants.

According to FC Inter News, West Ham are closely watching developments surrounding the experienced Japan international, and the Hammers will monitor his performances over the next couple of months before deciding whether to launch a move this summer.
Are any other clubs in the hunt?

Well, according to FC Inter News, Watford have also expressed an interest.

Inter will need to sell at the end of the season before they can buy due to the Financial Fair Play regulations, and it is thought that Nagatomo is among those that will leave.

West Ham will fancy their chances of winning any race that might occur, especially considering that the Hammers have the lure of the London Stadium.

David Moyes’ side already have a couple of ageing full-backs in Pablo Zabaleta and Patrice Evra, however, and it would be fair to say that the club’s supporters want an injection of pace in that area of the field.

At 31, Nagatomo is no spring chicken, but he has a wonderful pedigree having played more than 200 times for Inter, and indeed earning 101 caps for Japan.

It is certainly one to watch ahead of the summer transfer window, but Galatasaray could also join the race if the full-back continues to impress in the coming months.




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 8:42 Wed Feb 28
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Mex Martillo 8:33 Tue Feb 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 2:37 Tue Feb 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 1:31 Tue Feb 27

Roeder-nowhere 2:21 Tue Feb 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Chasing a 31 year old defendercoming out of his prime, will we ever learn?! Hope it’s bs.
If Oxford does leave, with some big clubs interested it will really show we are not progressing. Were he at Saints he’d have played 25 league games by now, may have established himself in the side and the asking price would be 30 million at least rather thsn
the touted 12!!

Takashi Miike 1:31 Tue Feb 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

bill green 1:28 Tue Feb 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan





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