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Alan 12:39 Fri Mar 1
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is the only serious contender in the running for the permanent Manchester United job. (ESPN)

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is Chelsea's top target to replace boss Maurizio Sarri but Juventus also want the Frenchman, with manager Massimiliano Allegri set to leave in the summer. (Mirror)

Tottenham fear manager Mauricio Pochettino could leave the club and join Real Madrid in the summer. (Sun)

Chelsea have re-opened contract talks with Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, with Real Madrid still interested. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Manchester United risk losing Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, unless they make him the club's highest-paid player alongside Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 30. (Telegraph)

The Old Trafford club have identified Crystal Palace's English full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, 21, Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 27, and Barcelona's Croatiamidfielder Ivan Rakitic, 30, as their main summer transfer targets. (Talksport)

Manchester United will make a decision in the next month whether to trigger the contract extension of captain and defender Antonio Valencia. The 33-year-old Ecuador international has not played since 2 January. (Manchester Evening News)

Roma are willing to sell Turkey winger Cengiz Under in a bid to raise funds. The 21-year-old is a target for Arsenal. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Liverpool have sent scouts to Turkey to watch 19-year-old Trabzonspor midfielder Abdulkadir Omur. (Talksport)

Norwich City are interested in signing Tottenham's 18-year-old English central defender Maxwell Statham, but could face competition from Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Sunderland. (Mirror)

England winger Raheem Sterling, 24, says he felt under more pressure to win the Premier League at former club Liverpool than he does at Manchester City. (Sky Sports)

Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 24, is likely to stay in Italy and move to AC Milan or Inter Milan, despite reported interest from Manchester United and Real Madrid. (Goal)

Bristol City manager Lee Johnson and Kilmarnock boss Steve Clarke are contenders for the permanent manager's job at Fulham following Claudio Ranieri's sacking. (Mirror)

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering a recall for Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 24, to his squad for Euro 2020 qualifiers against Czech Republic and Montenegro later this month. (Mail)

Tottenham and South Korea forward Son Heung-Min, 26, has been named Premier League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards with West Ham's 20-year-old midfielder Declan Rice winning the Young Player award. (Standard)

Barcelona's Nou Camp will become Europe's first football stadium to have dedicated 5G coverage. (Mail)

West Brom's players will earn a £10m bonus if they are promoted back to the Premier League this season. (Telegraph)

Sir Kenny Dalglish is to return to the Anfield dugout - as manager of the Liverpool Legends team in a match against their AC Milan counterparts in March. (Liverpool Echo)

League Two side Crawley are on the brink of a £7m takeover by a Singapore consortium. (Mail)

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Nick Ames

What a difference five days make. Tottenham, slipping from title contenders to top-four hangers-on, look set to repeat history rather than make it and the implications may stretch beyond May.

That’s because, relatively-new contract or not, Mauricio Pochettino wants trophies and – according to reports this morning – knows he can win them at Real Madrid. There’s bound to be another vacancy at the Bernabéu soon, particularly after Santiago Solari’s side suffered a 3-0 shellacking to none other than Barcelona earlier this week. Will Pochettino now be tempted by the job he’s been linked for over such a long period of time – and perhaps even the opportunity to make a transfer or two and help keep this pretty little Mill ticking along.

Less damagingly – for now, at least – it seems Championship leaders Norwich are keen as mustard for Spurs’ young defender Maxwell Statham, whose contract ends at the end of this season and is yet to be handed another. Sunderland, Brentford and Nottingham Forest are also nibbling around after the 20-year-old, whose dad is the former Spurs man Brian Statham, though not the legendary Lancashire quick bowler.

But it’s all about the managers today and if Chelsea do want to dispense with Maurizio Sarri they’d better sort out his replacement pronto. Zinedine Zidane is believed to be their top target but Juventus, who are likely to lose Massimiliano Allegri in the summer, wouldn’t mind seeing their old hero back in town. One of these gigs definitely looks stabler than the other but it’s all about who shows up first.

Elsewhere in London, Robert Pires has suggested that Arsenal might be in the box seat for Paris Saint-Germain rebel Adrien Rabiot, who should be up for grabs on a free in the summer. The reason? Unai Emery, of course, and the relationship the pair forged at Parc des Princes. Rabiot would be a serviceable replacement for Juve-bound Aaron Ramsey, if perhaps a spikier character.

Manchester United are one club that certainly fancies making a few signings. They’ve pinpointed Palace whizz Aaron Wan-Bissaka as a must-have in the right-back position and have a couple of more experienced faces in their sights, too. Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, a staple of this and presumably every other rumour-related organ over the past two or three years, could finally get his move and they’d also like to see Ivan Rakitic running the show in midfield.

Inter Milan would like to see Real Madrid’s Isco doing exactly that at San Siro, and might get their wish in a swap deal for the troubled Argentinian striker Mauro Icardi – whose future in northern Italy appears very much uncertain. More news from Italy suggests Wesley, the 18-year-old Flamengo defender, might very soon become a Juventus player.


JACK BLOW Jack Wilshere to miss the rest of the season with ankle injury after West Ham training ground setback

West Ham midfielder is stuck in another fitness nightmare after his problems at Arsenal and now a specialist is expected to confirm the news he feared

Exclusive By Charlie Wyett

JACK WILSHERE is to miss the rest of the season after a fresh setback to his ankle injury.

The West Ham midfielder damaged it in training and a specialist is expected to confirm the grim news that he cannot play again this campaign.

Wilshere, 27, has not featured for the Hammers since a five-minute cameo against Newcastle on December 1.

He was running at West Ham’s Essex training ground but the foot joint is still causing trouble — although the exact diagnosis remains unclear.

Wilshere had surgery on his ankle last September but there were complications after the operation.

The ex-England star has endured a nightmare first year of three since signing on a free transfer from Arsenal last summer.

He has figured in only five Premier League games after a promising beginning when he started the first four games.

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini’s reshuffle in Wilshere’s absence has paired blossoming midfielder Declan Rice alongside Mark Noble and it has proved an instant hit.

West Ham are now tenth in the Premier League.


Rice lands top award

Declan Rice has landed his first award of a new season -the Young Player of the Year Award at the London Football Awards 2019.

He received the prestigous award at the Battersea Evolution from Tony Cottee after beating Crystal Palace’s Aaron-Wan Bisska, Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi, Karlan Grant of Charlton Athletic and Eberechi Eze of Queens Park Rangers to the award.

He said: “It’s a huge honour to be here tonight and it’s very special for me to have this award in my hands

“I want to say thank you to my manager, Manuel Pellegrini, for believing in me and trusting me this season, and giving me the opportunity.

“I also want to thank my teammates and my family; my mum, dad, brothers, and girlfriend, because without them I wouldn’t be here today.”

He became the first Hmmsrs to win at the London Football Awards since Dimitri Payet was named the Premier League Player of the Year in 2016.

ClaretandHugh says: That this comes as absolutely no surprise to anybody is the biggest tribute of all to Declan whose amazing journey this season has been nothing short of extraordinary. Remembering how he was hooked at Liverpool – later admitting his basic error of being dragged out of position as the reason – and seeing him now hailed as the best young player in the country and an England certainty is an amazing achievement. This award will clearly be the first of many for a lad who is totally committed to improving his game. Beyond that, he is leading the way in ensuring other academy prospects commit to the club as has been the case with Grady Diangana who agreed a new deal immediately after his former Under 23 skipper had done so. With the likes of Ben Johnson, Nathan Holland and Connor Coventry on the way through they will all see that under this manager they will get their chances. A big well done to Declan – a great night for the young man.


Ben Johnson's debut was a proud moment for the Academy - Westley

cademy Manager and Head of Coaching & Player Development Terry Westley says Ben Johnson’s debut – the sixth graduate to play for West Ham United this season – was a proud moment for everyone associated with the Academy of Football…

When supporters talk about one of their own, Ben Johnson would be exactly the sort of young player they are talking about.

Ben joined the Academy at the age of seven, attending our development centres, then got taken on and registered at nine and has come right through the system.

He has always worked hard but in the last couple of years he has really grasped the importance of his own individual plan and what he needs to do to kick on and become a better player. We have really noticed that in the last two seasons but even more so recently.

He continues to develop, he is really impressive when he goes to train with the first team and he caught the manager and first-team staffs’ eye in Spain recently when he went away to their training camp.

Ben is a tremendous athlete and is mentally very good, as you saw on Wednesday night when he was playing against some of the best players in the world in a really hard atmosphere and really tough game.

We are really proud of him at the Academy because he is everything we would talk about. He is the right type of character, he stays late in the afternoons to get better and is diligent in his work and he fully deserves a Premier League start.

To think that, on an evening against the champions, that we had three players aged 20 or younger playing in Declan Rice, Ben and Grady Diangana, who came on, is some achievement.

Everybody who has worked with Ben since he came to the Club should be very proud that he’s one of our own who has made a Premier League start.

Again, the manager and his staff deserve great credit. In all of my time working with lots and lots of different managers, we have a manager who is not afraid of throwing a young player into the team and he has done that consistently over the course of the season.

I think the manager is pleased with what he has seen the young players can do technically and their behaviour traits and all what goes with trying to be a top player.

There is much more for Ben to do, as he said in interviews himself, but he’s made a good start and it’s given him the appetite to go and plan and get better.

He is hungry for more success and everyone at the Academy is proud and delighted for him.

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Mex Martillo 12:20 Sat Mar 2
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Thanks Alan

ted fenton 6:04 Fri Mar 1
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Thanks Alan 1:02 Fri Mar 1
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Thanks Alan

eswing hammer 5:14 Fri Mar 1
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The ex-England star has endured a nightmare first year of three since signing on a free transfer from Arsenal last summer.

He has figured in only five Premier League games after a promising beginning when he started the first four games.

Vexed 4:19 Fri Mar 1
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Fair play to him but better than Guendouzi? Nah.

Thames Ironworks 1:55 Fri Mar 1
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Thanks Alan, and a big congrats to Declan.
Shows how short sighted previous managers like Allardyce were when it came to promoting young players. Hopefully a change for the best and to continue to develop within.

Sven Roeder 1:51 Fri Mar 1
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Thanks Alan

chim chim cha boo 1:20 Fri Mar 1
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Thanks Alan

bill green 1:18 Fri Mar 1
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thanks Alan

Texas Iron 1:04 Fri Mar 1
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Thanks Alan 1:02 Fri Mar 1
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Thanks Alan

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