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Alan 12:33 Wed Feb 28
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are considering a move for Bayern Munich's Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, in the summer, such is the difficulty involved in signing top striker target England's Harry Kane, 24, from Tottenham. (Independent)

Everton are planning to sack manager Sam Allardyce in the summer and Shakhtar Donetsk boss Paulo Fonseca is leading the list of candidates to replace him. (Star)

Chelsea are expected to reschedule contract talks with Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 25, a target for Real Madrid, until after their key games against Barcelona and Leicester in March. (London Evening Standard)

Manager Jose Mourinho is unhappy at how long Manchester United are taking to offer new contracts to his players. (Mail)

Luis Enrique's hopes of succeeding Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager could rest on whether or not he is prepared to accept a significantly lower wage than he was paid by Barcelona. (Telegraph)

Sources close to Paris St. Germain forward Neymar say the Brazil international will have surgery on his fractured metatarsal to maximise his chances of being fit for the World Cup, which starts in June. (AS - in Spanish)

However, PSG coach Unai Emery denied Neymar will have surgery, adding that he could still feature in the Champions League second-leg match against Real Madrid on 6 March. (Mundodeportivo - in Spanish)

Juventus are planning talks with the representatives of Liverpool's German midfielder Emre Can, 24, who is out of contract at the end of the season. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Liverpool have emerged as favourites to sign Napoli's Brazilian-born 26-year-old Italy international midfielder Jorginho. (Star)

Arsenal have turned their attentions to Atletico Madrid and Uruguay international defender Jose Maria Gimenez, 23, after admitting defeat in their pursuit of Dutchman Stefan de Vrij. (Sports Illustrated)

Manchester United are set to offload 28-year-old Italian defender Matteo Darmian, with Juventus rumoured to be interested. (Star)

Manchester City will hand highly-rated English midfielder Phil Foden a long-term deal once he turns 18 in May. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal and Manchester City are ready to vie for PSG's 17-year-old French midfielder Yacine Adli. (L'Equipe, via Talksport)

Rangers believe they could sign German-born loanee Sean Goss, 22, on a permanent deal, despite QPR insisting he is not for sale. (West London Sport)

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen's agent Martin Schoots says he is thrilled to see the 26-year-old Denmark international linked with such clubs as Manchester United and Real Madrid. (Goal.com)

Alex McLeish is due to hold talks with Scott McTominay at Manchester United's training ground this week in a bid to persuade the Lancaster-born midfielder, 21, to pledge his international future to Scotland. (Telegraph)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has held talks with Dele Alli after the 21-year-old midfielder's latest diving controversy and urged the England international to be remembered for the right reasons. (London Evening Standard)

Former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas, who left Shanghai SIPG in China in late 2017 to compete in the Dakar Rally, is set to return to management next season and says he has a country at the top of the list, but has ruled out a return to his native Portugal in the near future. (A Bola)

Chelsea and Barcelona are keen to sign £25m-rated French forward Yann Karamoh who is currently on loan at Inter Milan from Caen. (Mirror)

Former West Brom boss Tony Pulis has backed Alan Pardew to "cope with anything that's thrown at him" as speculation grows over his position at the relegation-threatened Baggies. (Birmingham Mail)

After his blunder that went viral last Sunday, MSV Duisburg goalkeeper Mark Flekken's drinking bottle will be auctioned to help disadvantaged children (MSV Duisburg - in German)

Best of Tuesday's gossip

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)

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Paul Doyle

All good things must come to an end, and so too must Marouane Fellaini’s career at Manchester United. Even José Mourinho accepts now that he cannot delay the inevitable this time and is preparing to bid a tearful farewell to the towering Belgian this summer, when, apparently, Fellaini will join Galatasaray. This has not been a vintage season for Fellaini at Old Trafford – hampered by injuries, he’s only picked up one yellow card, compared to 14 yellows and a red last term – but Mourinho can reflect with pride on the fact that he brought the best out of Fellaini, a man whose deftness of chest contrasts so oddly with his clumsiness of elbow.

With Michael Carrick also set to leave United at the end of this season, Mourinho is on the prowl for new midfielders and has reportedly whittled his shopping list down to six names: Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos, Chelsea’s Willian, Tottenham’s Victor Wanyama, Lazio’s Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Nice’s Jean-Michaël Seri and Napoli’s Jorginho, who is also being monitored by Liverpool. They all have their qualities but none really have that Fellaini-esque pow factor, although Wanyama has his moments.
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Two players whom Mourinho is still fighting to keep at Old Trafford, apparently, are Anthony Martial and Marcos Rojo, and the fact that neither has yet been offered an acceptable new contract is among the 67,434 things that make Mourinho sulk. Another of those things, reportedly, is Alexis Sánchez: the Daily Star claim the player and manager have been embroiled in a “furious bust-up” and the manager is already having second thoughts about the wisdom of signing him.

Arsène Wenger’s eventual successor at Arsenal is not yet known – let’s face it, he probably hasn’t even been born yet – but some names are being tossed around again on Wednesday. Alongside the likes of Leonardo Jardim and Brendan Rodgers (note: there is no one like Brendan Rodgers), Carlo Ancelotti has been mentioned, and so too Shakhtar Donetsk’s Paulo Fonseca. Meanwhile on the pitch, Wenger has got to thinking he could do with some new defenders: Atlético Madrid’s José Maria Giménez is the latest player tipped to be put to Kipling’s If test, pitched into the Arsenal rearguard and asked if he can keep his head while all about him are losing theirs.

Arsenal are also competing with Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester City, not for silverware obviously, but for the signature of 17-year-old PSG prodigy Yacine Adli, who has been hailed as the new Ryan Sessegnon. Adli was born more than two months after the Fulham veteran. Sessegnon, by the way, is said to be attracting ever stronger interest from Spurs. And there are fears that Adli will be often be confused with a popular supermarket by hasty typists.

Manchester City, meanwhile, plan to tie Phil Foden to a long-term contract as soon as he turns 18, which will be in May, a whole day before Adli.

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West Ham United Join Race To Sign 24 Y/O Midfield Ace: What Can He Bring To London?

Who knew that a single remark would send the entire media world in a frenzy over the future of a footballer who plays in the lesser known corners of Europe? Saman Ghoddos, ladies and gentlemen, is a name that is being passed around quite a lot among the Premier League ranks.

We all are aware of Arsenal’s embarrassing 1-2 loss to Östersunds FK at the Emirates last week. Prior to the match, Arsene Wenger was asked about his impressions of the players he faced in the first leg (which his side won 0-3) and the Frenchman said, “The best [Ostersunds FK] player in the first leg was [Saman] Ghoddos. Technically and tactically I was impressed by him.”

Everybody in the big leagues of Europe have taken note of the manager’s words and have rushed to check out the 24-year-old’s game.

Ghoddos’ agent Ferhat Cifici was in attendance for the second leg in London and was met with interests from Premier League sides. He has not yet revealed the names of the interested parties but West Ham United are reported to be among the few.

The Hammers too had dispatched their scouts to watch Ghoddos take on the Gunners in their own home pitch.The 24-year-old might not have got on the scoresheet in North London but it was he who set up both of Ostersunds’ goals to seal a stunning 1-2 away win against one of the competitions’ favourites.

However, it was long before the game against Arsenal that Ghoddos was already showing signs of top-flight potential. He charged the Swedish outfit past Galatasaray in the Europa League qualifiers with a goal and an assist in the early stages of the season. He scored twice in the group stages as well and helped the team progress to the knockout stages.

While Ostersunds have won the hearts of Europe, Ghoddos has been the inspiring soldier who has been key to their success. A call-up to the big leagues will only come as a dream not only in terms of a huge leap in the career ladder but also the significant rise in weekly wages.

It was reported that Mesut Ozil’s weekly earnings will cover the entire Ostersunds team’s wage bill by seven times.

West Ham United are in the market for a creative option after facing a huge struggle to replace Manuel Lanzini in the starting lineup. The Argentine’s injury absence did leave a creative void in the team which David Moyes had to address by bringing Joao Mario from Inter Milan on loan.

Ghoddos can take up a similar role when the Portugeezer returns to the Serie A outfit after this season.

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Texas Iron 7:03 Thu Mar 1
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BubblesCyprus 4:20 Wed Feb 28
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Likewise much appreciated here as well.

jack flash 1:44 Wed Feb 28
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Cheers Alan~

Your daily efforts are very much appreciated

Keep up the great work!

bill green 12:50 Wed Feb 28
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Thanks Alan

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