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Alan 10:47 Thu Apr 26
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Liverpool will robustly rebuff any renewed interest from Real Madrid in 25-year-old Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, whom they value at close to £200m. (Mail)

Roma sporting director Monchi has defended the sale of Salah to Liverpool, insisting the Italian club had no option because of financial fair play pressures. (Guardian)

Real Madrid are considering moves for four Manchester City players - forwards Leroy Sane, 22, and Raheem Sterling, 23, playmaker Kevin de Bruyne, 26, and defender John Stones, 23. (Manchester Evening News)

Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone says he has had no contact with Arsenal over their soon-to-be-vacant managerial position. (Mirror)

New York City boss Patrick Vieira would consider returning to Arsenal when manager Arsene Wenger leaves in the summer - and says he is "ready" for a role in Europe. (Times)

Wales forward Gareth Bale has not ruled out a move to Bayern Munich in the summer, but the 28-year-old says his only concern is to do well for Real Madrid. (Bild, via Independent)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is prepared to let France forward Anthony Martial, 22, leave in the summer. (Tuttosport, via Manchester Evening News)

United are hoping to persuade Fulham's 17-year-old English full-back Ryan Sessegnon to move to Old Trafford. (Times)

United could also move for West Brom defender Jonny Evans, with the 30-year-old Northern Ireland international available for £3m if the Baggies get relegated. (Sun)

Barcelona are considering Chelsea full-back Marcos Alonso, 27, as a replacement for 31-year-old Gerard Pique, and believe the Spaniard can adapt to play centre-back. (Goal)

Arsenal are likely to compete with Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea for the signing of 29-year-old Roma and Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan. (Sun)

Manchester City and Manchester United both want 26-year-old Napoli and Italy midfielder Jorginho. (Star)

Tottenham want to sign three Portuguese players this summer - Sporting Lisbon winger Gelson Martins, 22, Southampton right-back Cedric Soares, 26, and Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves, 21. (Mirror)

West Ham have decided against signing Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart, 31, in the summer. (Metro)

West Ham will prioritise signing defenders this summer, with Swansea's Alfie Mawson, 24, and Brighton's Lewis Dunk, 26, their top targets. (Star)

Everton are interested in Swansea City's 29-year-old South Korea midfielder Ki Sung-yueng. (Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace want to sign Belgium midfielder Leander Dendoncker, 23, from Anderlecht. (Mail)

Newcastle are among the clubs showing in an interest in Hull forward Abel Hernandez, with the 27-year-old Uruguayan's contract expiring this summer. (Mail)

Germany and Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, 29, has cast doubt over his future at the Bundesliga club. (Goal)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

With the inevitability of a lapse in concentration by Dejan Lovren, tittle-tattle is circulating about a bid from Real Madrid for Mohamed Salah. The fee being talked about would amount to a world record and, according to some outlets, the talk has nothing to do with the fact that Real may meet Liverpool in the Champions League final. Most organs are adamant that Liverpool would rebuff any such offer no matter when it came, but some folks are suggesting a swap deal involving Gareth Bale may be on the cards, which sounds like a classic case of putting two and two together and coming up with tut-tut.

Real are also said to be interested in Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sané and Kevin De Bruyne. Just who do this Real think they are? Oh right.

More, or less, credible are whispers that Liverpool are interested in Schalke’s holding midfielder Max Meyer, who is available for free this summer. The snag there might be that Paris Saint-Germain are also on the case, as Thomas Tuchel, who is expected to take charge at PSG at the end of the season, has identified his fellow German as a key recruit.

Tuchel could also prove a thorn in the side of Arsenal, since he also wants Omar Toprak, the Turkish centre-back he brought to Dortmund and who is admired by the north London club. Tuchel is eyeing two other players: Julian Weigl, also of Dortmund, and the left-back Philipp Max, who would replace Layvin Kurzawa, who is being linked with Manchester United despite the fact that his slipshod defending would have José Mourinho pining for Luke Shaw. Not all these stories can be true.

Mourinho, meanwhile, has made up his mind on Anthony Martial, who will be invited to do one from Manchester United this summer. PSG, inevitably, are interested and so are Juventus. United will also join the queue for the services of the Fulham sensation Ryan Sessegnon. That will not be the end of United’s shopping spree: Mourinho also wants to splash out on the Roma midfield Radja Nainggolan. The Belgian is also a target for Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool. Finally, having been tipped off by Pep Guardiola, Mourinho also wants to make a dash for West Brom’s Jonny Evans, who has never been more appreciated at Old Trafford than he is now.

You could say the same about David Moyes but you’d probably be wrong. Assuming that he will remain the Chosen One for West Ham this summer, Moyes has drawn up a list of players he’d like to sign, including a pair of centre-backs: Swansea’s Alfie Mawson and Brighton’s Lewis Dunk. But Moyes has decided not to make Joe Hart’s loan move permanent. Poor Hart just can’t catch a break.

Wolves are also plotting to bolster their defence, or at least sign a new central defender, by bringing in Eliaquim Mangala. Chelsea’s defence and attack could be weakened, meanwhile, if Chelsea pull off their planned swoop for Marcos Alonso. Newcastle want the Hull striker Abel Hernández.






Sun

West Ham goalkeeper Adrian will force exit this summer if David Moyes stays on as boss

Ace looked to have won back place in team but has again lost out to Manchester City loanee Joe Hart

By Andrew Dillon

ADRIAN will try to leave West Ham this summer if interim boss David Moyes takes the job permanently.

The Spanish keeper has grown disillusioned after being relegated to number two keeper again behind Joe Hart.

Particularly as Hart has made two major blunders in recent matches but still kept the first team spot at his expense.

Adrian is keen to stay in England and one club has already been alerted to his reluctant decision that it could be time to move on after five years with The Hammers.

Adrian, 31, has endured a topsy-turvy season having been ditched at the start when Hart signed on a one year loan on £120,000 a week.

He got his place back in December only to be dropped again following West Ham’s 4-1 defeat at Swansea last month.

Hart has held onto the number one spot despite dropping clangers against Burnley and Stoke City and that could prove decisive.

Adrian will be back in goal this Sunday but only by default because West Ham are at home to Manchester City which makes on loan Hart ineligible.

There is no animosity between the two players. Moyes has a contract until the end of the season when talks will take place about signing a longer term deal.

Adrian admitted: “This season for me has been a bit disappointing and frustrating at times, but I have one more year on my contract and we will see more when the season has finished.

“I hope I have the chance to play until the end of the season and that I can show I am here to help West Ham, as I enjoy it here at London Stadium.”

Meanwhile, reports claim Declan Rice will be offered a new contract following some impressive performances this year.

The 19-year-old recently won his first cap for the Republic of Ireland.

And with his current deal expiring in 2020, West Ham chiefs are keen to retain his services.





Mirror

Arsenal 'set to beat Juventus and West Ham' to signature of Sporting Lisbon star Cristiano Piccini

Arsenal are in pole position ahead of Juventus and West Ham in the race to sign Sporting Lisbon ace Cristiano Piccini.

That is according to The Sun, who say the Gunners are keen to lure the full-back to the Emirates amid competition from at home and abroad.

The 25-year-old has reportedly impressed Arsenal scouts and the club are apparently already on the recruitment drive despite Arsene Wenger's departure at the end of the season.

Piccini has caught the eye in 22 appearances for the Portuguese side this year and Sporting will allegedly hold out for £17.5million, despite signing him from Real Betis last year for just £2.6million.







OS

Arnautovic crowned Betway Hammer of the Year



Marko Arnautovic has been crowned as the 2017/18 Betway Hammer of the Year.

The Austria international forward has been recognised for his outstanding season for West Ham United by becoming the 40th different player to win the acclaim of the Claret and Blue Army.

Antonio, who has scored ten goals and registered four assists in 31 appearances, won 68 per cent of the vote, with Declan Rice finishing as runner-up, and Pablo Zabaleta third.

"This award that I have received today, I am very happy and very proud," he said. "I want to keep doing my job for this Club because I came here to do my job and everybody has seen what I can do and that I'm very happy to be here and I want to keep doing it.

"I want to thank every single fan who supports West Ham for this award. It means a lot to me. It was hard for me at the beginning of the season but now it's going well and I want to do my job for many years to come. We are not finished yet.

"I try to do my best. The gaffer gave me some advice which was to run hard and do my best and I did it. All the players helped me. I love them and they love me - you can hear this!

"The best moment? Of course scoring goals is a good moment for me, but to receive these awards is the best moment so far for me. I'll do my best in the last four games, I'll give everything and then we're going to go on holiday and come back and do better next season.

"Thank you all for this and I love you all!"

Arnautovic has enjoyed a superb debut season in E20, scoring those ten goals in his last 16 Premier League appearances, during a hot run of form over the winter and spring months

Having signed for a Club record fee from Stoke City in the summer, Arnautovic’s first goal for the Hammers was a memorable one, as he fired David Moyes’ men to a 1-0 London Stadium triumph over Chelsea in December.

He followed that with four more strikes before 2017 was out – one at his former side Stoke, another against Newcastle and a Boxing Day brace at AFC Bournemouth.

Arnautovic’s appetite for goals showed no sign of slowing as the calendar turned over into 2018, with vital contributions at Huddersfield Town and against Watford and Southampton at home, helping the Hammers to important victories.

He reached double figures with a fierce strike in last Sunday’s defeat at Arsenal, becoming the first Hammer to hit ten Premier League goals in a season since Diafra Sakho in 2014/15.

Arnautovic’s Hammer of the Year honours capped his three trophies at the 2017/18 Player Awards brought to by Betway in aid of the Academy, which were held at InterContinental London – The O2 on Wednesday night.

Award Winners

Betway Hammer of the Year – Marko Arnautovic

Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by JM Sealant Contracts – Ken Brown

Goal of the Season sponsored by Mulalley & Co – Pedro Obiang v Tottenham Hotspur

Signing of the Season sponsored by Lycamobile – Marko Arnautovic

Players’ Player of the Season sponsored by Peter Rayney Tax Consulting – Marko Arnautovic

Young Player of the Year sponsored by Eurostat Office Supplies – Declan Rice

Dylan Tombides Award sponsored by Blue Cube Security – Conor Coventry

Ladies Players’ Player of the Year sponsored by Spire London East Hospital – Ellie Zoepf





Star

West Ham EXCLUSIVE: Alfie Mawson and Lewis Dunk top David Moyes’ transfer list

DAVID MOYES will push West Ham to make signing a defender a priority this summer – with Alfie Mawson and Lewis Dunk his top targets.

By Paul Brown

The Hammers have yet to finalise their transfer policy because their Premier League survival is not yet secure and Moyes has yet to agree a new contract.

But with the club keen for Moyes to stay and poised to hand him more control of transfers, the Scot is already drawing up plans for next season.

Only Stoke have conceded more goals than West Ham this season and Moyes wants to bring in a tough, commanding centre back with top-flight experience to help solve that.

Both Swansea’s Mawson and Brighton’s Dunk were on the club’s radar in the last transfer window but nothing came of the interest.

That could change this summer with Hammers chairman David Sullivan promising a bumper spend after admitting to big failures in past windows.

Mawson has been at the heart of Swansea’s recent revival under Carlos Carvalhal, who does not want to sell, and earned himself a call-up to the England squad last month.

But he has also been watched by Manchester United and is being tracked by Tottenham too, with the Swans believed to see him in the £40m bracket.

Dunk would be a cheaper option but Brighton do not currently want to sell either, and he too is likely to have other options.

The Hammers will release James Collins this summer and Winston Reid is also on borrowed time at London Stadium.

But highly-rated teenager Declan Rice is signing a new contract.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Exiled In Surrey 12:02 Fri Apr 27
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 10:49 Thu Apr 26

Texas Iron 5:21 Thu Apr 26
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...
Thank heavens we had Arnautovic and his goals this season...

jimbo2. 12:53 Thu Apr 26
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We certainly need to tighten up our defence for next season. Thanks Al!

Alan 11:18 Thu Apr 26
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mawson/Dunk story added.

Krap not Pu 10:55 Thu Apr 26
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Got me doing it Marko

Krap not Pu 10:53 Thu Apr 26
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Who the fuck proof read that official Betway/West Ham release....it's Marco, not Antonio you tossers!

Thanks Alan 10:49 Thu Apr 26
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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