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Alan 1:27 Wed Mar 7
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are keen to sign Watford's Abdoulaye Doucoure, but face competition for the 25-year-old French midfielder from Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal. (Mirror)

Former Netherlands striker Patrick Kluivert is in talks with League One Oxford United about becoming the club's new manager. (Sun)

Liverpool are close to reaching an agreement with Monaco for 22-year-old France winger Thomas Lemar. (Le 10 Sport, via Metro)

Manchester United are the favourites to sign Juventus' France midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 30, this summer. (Star)

Watford, Liverpool, Arsenal and West Ham are all interested in Benfica's 23-year-old midfielder Bryan Cristante. However, the Italian is first expected to complete a move to Atalanta, where he is currently on loan. (Tuttosport, via Watford Observer)

Argentina forward Pablo Dybala, 24, a target for Manchester United, Barcelona and Real Madrid, will sign a new five-year deal with Juventus that does not include a release clause. (Sun)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made finding a long-term successor to Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, 32, his priority this summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal are considering a £20m move for Bayer Leverkusen and Germany goalkeeper Bernd Leno, 26, which casts a doubt over the future of 35-year-old Petr Cech. (Daily Mail)

The Arsenal Supporters' Trust are set to meet with chief executive Ivan Gazidis this weekend to present findings of a survey in which 88% of fans who voted want the club to sack manager Wenger this summer. (London Evening Standard)

Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour says Gunners owner Stan Kroenke is not worried about the club's results, just making money. (Talksport)

Meanwhile, Arsenal manager Wenger is no longer on Paris St-Germain's wanted list, according to French football writer Julien Laurens. (5 live Football Daily)

Arsenal's team spirit is being tested by the growing pay divide among the squad. The Gunners are sixth in the Premier League after three successive league defeats. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso says former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique "would be good for any club", with the Spaniard linked as a replacement for Blues manager Antonio Conte. (Cope, via Mirror)

Burnley defender James Tarkowski, 25, is set to be named in the England squad for the friendlies away to the Netherlands on 23 March and against Italy at Wembley on 27 March. (Daily Telegraph)

Bournemouth are confident of persuading manager Eddie Howe, 40, to remain with the club this summer. (Mirror)

Schalke's Max Meyer could join Atletico Madrid on a free transfer in the summer. The 22-year-old Germany midfielder's contract expires in June. (Bild, via Mail)

Bayern Munich full-back David Alaba, 25, is open to a move to Barcelona, with the Austria defender saying he can "imagine looking for a new challenge". (Kurier, via IBT)

Juventus are not prepared to sell 29-year-old Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado at any price. (Calciomercato)

The Spanish state-run pools, La Quiniela, has decided to mark International Women's Day on 8 March by including games from the Liga Iberdrola women's professional league on this weekend's coupon. (AS)

Leicester City forward Riyad Mahrez, 27, caused panic among Foxes fans after a message appeared on his Facebook page claiming he had "decided to stay away from football". A club spokesman said the retirement message was as a result of the player's account being hacked. (Riyad Mahrez on Facebook)

Concerns over the future of National League side Dagenham and Redbridge are growing after two potential new investors withdrew their interest. (London Evening Standard)

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes he is the best man to take the club forward, and has told his coaching staff that he will not step down this summer. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, 22, is furious with Wenger after he was dropped for the Brighton game on Sunday when the team was named just two hours before kick-off. (Sun)

Chelsea's Belgium international forward Eden Hazard, 27, is stalling on signing a new contract in the hope Real Madrid make a move for him. (Mail)

Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal have all sent scouts to watch Napoli's £60m-rated Italy midfielder Jorginho, 26. (Sun)

Southampton will sack manager Mauricio Pellegrino at the end of the season, even if they survive in the Premier League. Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic and FK Ostersunds boss Graham Potter have been lined up as replacements. (Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

José Mourinho was lying in the park, contemplating the clouds. There was one that looked a little like a horse; another that, if he put his mind to it, he could reimagine as an airplane hangar, or perhaps a museum to managerial excellence. Nah, he finally thought, one mustn’t kid oneself. One has to admit when a cloud isn’t what one wants it to be. And that got Mourinho back to thinking about Manchester United’s midfield.

Then, eureka! That lad who runs the midfield for Watford looks the real deal and, what is more, he has played with Paul Pogba in the past, albeit in a France Under-17 team that was knocked out of the European Championships by an England featuring Ross Barkley and Josh McEachran. And so, United are planning a summer swoop for Abdoulaye Doucouré. The fact that Spurs and Arsenal also want him is hardly a snag.

Paris Saint-Germain are eager to atone for their latest Champions League embarrassment. They are preparing to offer a lucrative new home to Marouane Fellaini. It’s hard to see how those two statements tally, but that’s how they roll. United, meanwhile, were mighty impressed by Raphaël Varane’s display as Real quashed PSG and that has hardened Mourinho’s desire to hook up with the centre-back again. An offer of around £60m is said to be in the pipeline. That’s nearly two Victor Lindelöfs!

Liverpool are plotting serious reinforcements. Right after they wave away Emre Can they’ll make renewed efforts to sign Monaco’s Thomas Lemar and will laugh off West Ham and Arsenal’s attempts to beat them to Benfica’s 23-year-old midfielder Bryan Cristante.

Mario Balotelli has let it be known he would consider offers of a return to Italy from Nice, with Juve and Napoli among the clubs that appeal.

Gareth Southgate is reportedly considering an England call-up for Brighton’s 34-year-old striker Glenn Murray, the dream presumably being to pair him with Jermain Defoe.

Never let it be said that Arsene Wenger does not know when it is time for a former great to stand down: he will soon tell Petr Cech that fresh blood is needed, so Arsenal are eyeing Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Wolves, so good that they’re three point ahead of Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City, are already preparing for life in the Premier League and are willing to do battle with Monaco and Sevilla for the services of Milan striker André Silva.

Finally, Oxford United are in talks with Patrick Kluivert over the club’s vacant managerial position.

Evening Standard

West Ham fan protest called off with Newham Council unwilling to grant request for ‘peaceful’ demonstration


Unrest | West Ham fans vent their frustrations during their FA Cup defeat to Wigan Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

West Ham supporters’ proposed protest march before Saturday’s home match against Burnley has been called off.

The protest against the club’s owners had been arranged by a number of fans’ groups. Following a meeting with vice chairman Karren Brady, however, one of the groups, the influential Real West Ham Fans Action Group, pulled out and now the march has been postponed.

The West Ham United Independent Supporters Association, said: “The group has been unable to gain permission to hold a peaceful, lawful demonstration.

“Correspondence from Newham Council stated, ‘it would be beneficial if we could postpone for a short period to consider a proposal which would be safe for participants, without substantial disruption to the road network.’”


Has David Sullivan been exposed after crucial comments emerge from West Ham's latest financial report?

Damien Lucas

Just three months ago West Ham United co-owner David Sullivan gave an open and honest interview but have certain comments already been disproved?

West Ham owners Sullivan and David Gold were full of promises to fans ahead of their move to the Olympic Stadium in 2016.

Issues at the new stadium have driven a wedge between factions of supporters, the two Davids and their vice-chairman Karren Brady.

Woeful transfer business has not helped either with fans left disgruntled over what they feel are broken promises when it comes to West Ham's dealings in the transfer market.

Supporters were promised big money, marquee signings as they made the move to Stratford.

Indeed the ability to compete with the Premier League elite as a result of the stadium move was held up as a carrot to fans dubious over the decision to leave the club's famous Boleyn Ground home of 112 years.

But Sullivan and Gold have left many fans - 52,000 of whom signed up to their vision by purchasing season tickets for their new home for the first two seasons, second only to Manchester United - reeling with their lack of ambition and terrible recruitment

Head of recruitment Tony Henry was recently dismissed over controversial comments he made about African players.

And that came after supporters were left furious by the club's January business with only Joao Mario arriving on a short-term loan deal, little known Championship striker Jordan Hugill signed from Preston and disgraced out of contract defender Patrice Evra brought in on a free transfer after the deadline just months after he kicked a fan and within sight of his 37th birthday.

In December Sullivan have an interview to The Guardian where he said: "Well, I’m not really the director of football.

"I never go to the training ground. The manager had a policy of wanting older, proven Premier League players. That gives you an old squad and players who you’ve seen the best of.

“I’m very involved with physically bringing in the players. I’m not involved in the strategy."

But has that now been exposed in the latest financial report from the club?

In the financial report available on the Companies House website, under the heading 'Football' the club states: "The board is determined to maximise the club's prospects of retaining Premier League status by making significant investment in the playing squad. There was an investment of £80.8m in transfer fees in the year while the major component of the annual wage cost of £95m was wages for the first team squad and management.

"David Sullivan is in charge of this operation, and in effect takes a Football Director role in helping to select and negotiate all football transfers alongside the manager. The board would like to register its thanks to him for all the hard work he puts into this extremely important role."

Mad About EPL

Spanish Starlet Attracting Interest From West Ham United: Good Fit For Moyes?

David Moyes’ West Ham have some work to do to get to safety this season but the manager is convinced about their chances this season and is already planning for the future. They have been scouting for some exciting stars recently and one name that is still doing the rounds is Fabian Ruiz.

West Ham Face Competition For Ruiz

A transfer target for the Hammers even in the January transfer window, Ruiz has been in top form in Spain this season and Real Betis were adamant to keep him until the end of the season. However, it is now understood that he will be a wanted man in summer, with clubs around Europe interested in his services.

The likes of Lazio, AS Roma and Stoke City hold an interest in Ruiz and he has a release clause of around £14m. So should West Ham keep up their pursuit?

Ruiz And His Numbers

A product of the academy at Betis, the 21-year old, who has three caps for the Spanish U21 side, has 18 appearances at Martinez Valero, playing on loan from Betis. He was a part of the Betis squad that won the Segunda division in 2014-15 and is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Spain at the moment.

After just 16 La Liga appearances for his parent side, he was sent out on loan to Elche, where he has three goals and five assists in just 20 starts in all competitions. A central midfielder, who can also play in a holding role, Ruiz is a disciplined midfielder, who is at his best with the ball at his feet.

A confident and gifted player, adept at dribbling away from danger, Ruiz can test the keeper from long distance, and can also create chances for his side regularly, as he has been this season. He has to work on his defensive stability but at just 21, he is only going to get better and is a star for the future.

Right Man For West Ham?

The Hammers have some exciting names in their midfield. The likes of Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Pedro Obiang and Declan Rice can play in a similar role while Joao Mario, the loan signing, can also put in a shift.

However, none of these players has found enough consistency to keep their place in the first team regularly and Ruiz could be a decent option in this position. At just 21, he may take time to get used to the conditions in England but has enough potential to turn into an important player for the Hammers.

Evening Standard

West Ham suffer major injury blow with Winston Reid and Sam Byram expected to miss rest of the season


West Ham defenders Winston Reid and Sam Byram are expected to be out for the rest of the season.

Reid damaged knee ligaments last weekend while Byram, who has been out for a major part of the season, suffered an ankle injury.

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Mex Martillo 7:47 Thu Mar 8
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Westham67 2:44 Wed Mar 7

Westham67 2:44 Wed Mar 7
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Eerie Descent 2:43 Wed Mar 7
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'The Hammers have some exciting names in their midfield'


ted fenton 2:42 Wed Mar 7
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The Stoat 2:21 Wed Mar 7
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