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Alan 1:08 Thu Mar 1
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

The Arsenal board have turned against manager Arsene Wenger and are drawing up a list of replacements for the 68-year-old. (Mirror)

Wenger claims he "turned the whole world down" to remain as Arsenal manager. (Telegraph)

The Frenchman's future was cast into doubt after he refused to confirm whether he will see out his contract that ends in 2019. (Mirror)

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who says he gambled in appointing Pep Guardiola as the club's manager in 2008, is urging Arsenal to consider Thierry Henry as a replacement for Wenger. (Telegraph)

West Ham are ready to sign Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 30, for £3m from West Brom at the end of the season. (Birmingham Mail)

Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, says he will quit the club in the summer, unless they offer him a significantly improved contract. (Sun)

Manchester United will ditch plans to expand Old Trafford this summer to concentrate on backing manager Jose Mourinho in the transfer market. (Mail)

Chelsea's Brazilian winger Willian, 29, could leave Stamford Bridge this summer with AC Milan joining Manchester United as joint-favourites to sign him. (Star)

Manchester United have extended the contracts of midfielders Ashley Young, 32, and Daley Blind, 27, and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 24. It leaves midfielders Marouane Fellaini, 30, and Michael Carrick, 36, and 36-year-old forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic available to depart on free transfers this summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Alan Pardew will be sacked if West Brom lose at Watford on Saturday. (Mirror)

Juventus are keen to conclude the signing of Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, 24, to avoid entering an auction for the Germany international in the summer. (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

Liverpool and Barcelona are interested in 19-year-old Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar. The French teenager has played 17 times in Ligue 1 this season. (Goal)

Manchester City have told their England winger Raheem Sterling, 23, that he must wait until the end of the season before talks over a new contract can begin. (Sun)

Everton owner Farhad Moshiri is drawing up a shortlist of potential replacements to take over from Sam Allardyce, the former England manager, in the summer. (Star)

Bayern Munich are yet to decide on whether to sign Real Madrid playmaker James Rodriguez on a permanent deal, with the 26-year-old Colombian currently on loan at the Bundesliga club. (Bayern TV, via Goal)

Roma's Belgian midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 29, says he turned down Chelsea and several other clubs in favour of staying in the Italian capital. (Sport Voetbal, via ESPN)

Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone wants the transfer deadline to be the same across the world, after seeing his squad reduced to 19 players before the close of the Chinese window. (Mail)

Slovenian goalkeeper Jan Oblak, 25, is yet to renew his contract with Atletico Madrid, with Liverpool, Paris St-Germain and Arsenal all interested in the player. (AS)

Two parties interested in buying Charlton Athletic have agreed a price with the club's owner Roland Duchatelet. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United's England midfielder Jesse Lingard impersonated Michael Jackson while suit shopping in Milan on a day off. (Mail)

Rio Ferdinand has recalled the moment he realised Roy Keane was "crazy" in his first Manchester United training session. (Mirror)

Best of Wednesday's gossip

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)

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Nick Ames

You might think Jack Wilshere is the most overrated player on the planet. You might think he was the best 17-year-old you have ever seen play in the flesh, after Kieron Dyer, but accept that injuries have taken that crucial extra few per cent away. You might just be glad we’re talking about something other than snow and VAR. What you might not know, though, is that he is apparently on the brink of quitting Arsenal, with contract negotiations not going well and the two parties a long way apart – a pay cut has been mooted by the club. He’ll cast all that aside for 90 minutes if the game with Manchester City beats the chill on Thursday night, but the former boy wonder’s days at the Emirates are beginning to look numbered and clubs across the continent are on red alert.

Meanwhile, a starlet from France is causing Liverpool and Barcelona to flutter their eyes admiringly. Their objet d’amour is Houssem Aouar of Lyon, and the Anfield club will be hoping to steal a tiny dose of revenge for the departure of Philippe Coutinho.
Arsène Wenger insists he will honour contract and stay at Arsenal
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Manchester United and Chelsea did battle on Sunday afternoon and, whaddya know, they’re at it again. Not in the form of a Mourinho-Conte snowball fight, although you’d pull up a chair for that: they’ve both got their beady eyes on Alessandro Florenzi of Roma, who has 16 months left on his contract and can excel at right-back and in midfield. Roma are dangling a long-term deal his way, but Premier League interest is said to have turned his head.

That is unlikely to deflect too much attention from Real Madrid’s latest play for David de Gea. They even have a cunning plan: offer United Gareth Bale in return, or possibly Raphaël Varane, or even, Toni Kroos. The latter would be a last resort but is – as we told you yesterday – on José Mourinho’s wishlist.

Alan Pardew may, via the advice of the deity upstairs, have forgiven Jonny Evans for his role in West Brom’s recent high jinks but the pair may not be reunited for long. The doubt over Pardew’s job is one thing; the second is the fact that West Ham are keen to get their hands on him if the Baggies go down – reportedly for a mere £3m, thanks to a relegation clause in his contract. You suspect the suitors will be queuing up in a long line.

If it’s gone badly wrong at West Brom then, relative to expectations, it hasn’t gone a whole lot better at Everton – whose big transfer window signing, Cenk Tosun, could be heading back in the direction he came from. Tosun has not had much of a chance at Goodison but may return to Besiktas, who sold him for a princely £27m, on loan in the summer. Which would speak pretty concisely for how the Toffees’ transfer business has been conducted over the past year or so.


Lanzini loving the Arnie link

Manu Lanzini is reliving the Dimi Payet days with a new partner in Marko Arnautovic and he’s loving it.

Having returned to the team last week at Liverpool, Manu is looking forward to a three pointer at Swansea this weekend alongside the club’s record signing.

Speaking to the official site he said: ““Our partnership is fantastic. It’s easy to play with Marko because he is a good player, he has a good touch, good mentality and he wants to win the games. He is like me, so it’s easy to play with these players.

“We make each other better, of course. We want the same things and we think the same way.

“It’s similar to the feeling I had with Dimi before, because they are similar players. If you have a player who plays like you, it’s easy. You need to connect and that’s it. You touch the ball one way, and he touches the ball the same way.”

Lanzini is also excited by the range of attacking players available saying: “We have very good players, top players, players who play for their national teams.

Chicharito is an amazing striker and Joao Mario is an amazing football player, so we now need to connect all together and I think we’ll have a strong team.

“For me, I don’t mind where I play in this team. It is for the coach [David Moyes] to decide and where he decides, I will try my best for the team.”

“I’m very happy to be back with the team, but I was not happy with the result last Saturday. I want to help the team now.

“I am feeling good. The recovery was very smooth and I think I’m ready to train hard and am 100 per cent fit.

“Of course, I feel a big responsibility to the team, but I want this responsibility and I like it. When you have the number ten shirt on and you are one of the creative players in the team, you need to take this responsibility.”

“We need to concentrate first on Swansea, which is a final for us and one we need to win, then we can concentrate on the next game.

“We have started the late few games really well and we need to do the same again at Swansea, score a goal or two, then we need to keep our concentration for the whole 90 minutes.

“If we do this, we have a chance to win.”


West Ham to swoop for Arsenal target Jonny Evans should West Brom fail to avoid relegation

The former Manchester United defender is also on the radar of Everton and Leicester

By Darren Lewis

West Ham will enter the race for Jonny Evans at the end of the season.

Boss David Moyes is a big fan of the £25million-rated West Brom defender, who has a bargain escape clause of £3m if the Baggies are relegated.

Leicester and Everton are also interested in 30-year-old Evans.

The Hammers want to sign at least one central defender following Jose Fonte’s move to the Chinese Super League.

Everton boss Sam Allardyce is ready to move for Evans if he is entrusted with the job long term.

Arsenal and Manchester City were both keen on Northern Ireland international Evans last month.

But City opted instead for the potential of Aymeric Laporte, 23, from Athletic Bilbao while Arsene Wenger refused to meet West Brom’s valuation.

Evans was recently temporarily stripped of the West Brom captaincy following allegations he was involved in the theft of taxi whilst on a team-bonding trip in Barcelona.

Gareth McAuley took over the armband duties for the FA Cup tie with Southampton, as Evans was reprimanded along with fellow teammates Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill for the incident.

Baggies boss Alan Pardew has since reinstated Evans as skipper, declaring that he is the best man to lead the team to safety.

West Brom currently find themselves bottom of the table with just eight league games remaining.

This is Futbol

West Ham want Rondon – insider

West Ham are interested in signing West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon this summer, according to a club insider.

ExWHUemployee, who is a reliable source for reliable and exclusive West Ham insider information, made the claim on Twitter on Thursday morning.

Ex was asked by a fan whether a story linking the club to a move for West Brom captain Jonny Evans was true, and replied with an update on several Baggies targets.

“Yes we would definitely like him as well as a couple of other players from WBA (Rondon, Foster – dependent on price) but I would imagine Evans will have those big clubs go back in for him,” he said.

The Baggies signed Rondon from Zenit St. Petersburg in 2015 for a fee of £15million.

Good move for West Ham?

It could turn out to be.

Powerhouse striker Rondon has shown glimpses of quality for the Baggies during his time at the club, and looks like he would be able to translate that to a bigger stage.

The Venezuela international has scored 25 goals in 110 appearances for West Brom, which is not that impressive, but his all-round play is strong.

With some better service, Rondon could improve his scoring numbers, and could be a good signing for the Hammers.

This is Futbol rating: 7/10

Likely to happen?

Who knows.

The possibility of a move would increase if the Baggies are relegated, so we will know more at the end of the season.

This is Futbol rating: 5/10

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 7:24 Fri Mar 2
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Queens Fish Bar 10:34 Thu Mar 1
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BubblesCyprus 5:23 Thu Mar 1

Thanks Alan 9:11 Thu Mar 1
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Takashi Miike 1:15 Thu Mar 1

Gazza_AZ 8:59 Thu Mar 1
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Thanks Alan
from WBA - I would think that Foster would be the only player that may improve our team (Evans is no better than what we have)

norwaytips 8:05 Thu Mar 1
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Cheers, Alan. Thanks.

El Scorchio 7:30 Thu Mar 1
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the exile 3:00

What was the point in buying Hugill at all?

BubblesCyprus 5:23 Thu Mar 1
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ManyThanks Alan

Athletico Easthamico 3:51 Thu Mar 1
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I like Rondon.
Anybody would struggle to score at West Bromwich.
He could turn out like Arnie.
Have Evans also.
Maybe even Dawson.

the exile 3:00 Thu Mar 1
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What was the point of buying Hugill if we're going after someone like Rondon?

Eric Hitchmoe 3:00 Thu Mar 1
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Thnaks Alan.

Stripping West Brom of their average players. Next level.

Russ of the BML 2:57 Thu Mar 1
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boleyn8420 1:39 Thu Mar 1

It doesn't make a player bad if he is in a team that's been relegated.

Evans is decent. WBA's problems are far, far worse than just players being bad. It would help if they could score a goal.

Evans would be a decent signing for us I think.

Far Cough 1:49 Thu Mar 1
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and he's 30 years old

Thanks Al

boleyn8420 1:39 Thu Mar 1
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Why the fuck would you want players who have just got relegated

Takashi Miike 1:15 Thu Mar 1
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Thanks Alan

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