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Alan 1:25 Sat Mar 30
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United have held talks with Marcus Rashford's representatives and are hopeful the England striker will sign a new five-year contract at Old Trafford worth £150,000-a-week. (Mail)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to recruit Juventus striker Douglas Costa, 28, but could face competition from Manchester City and Paris St-Germain. (Tuttosport, via Express)

Former Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has told his team-mates he is considering leaving Barcelona this summer. The 26-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea are also thought to be interested. (Express)

Bayern Munich are interested in replacing manager Niko Kovac with former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho in the summer. (Foot Mercato, via Mirror)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has refused to give assurances that he will be at the club next season. (Telegraph)

Everton have told 24-year-old France defender Kurt Zouma, who is on loan at Goodison Park from Chelsea, that they want to sign him on a permanent basis. (Times - subscription required)

Everton also want to sign on-loan Portuguese midfielder Andre Gomes, 25, permanently from Barcelona during the summer when they will make decisions about the futures of England defenders Phil Jagielka, 36, and Leighton Baines, 34. (Guardian)

Newcastle United manager Rafael Benitez, linked with a move to the Chinese Super League, says he has held initial talks with Newcastle managing director Lee Charnley over a contract extension. (Sky Sports)

Benitez says that he and Salomon Rondon, 29, have decided to postpone the on-loan striker's contract talks until the end of the season. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Arsenal reportedly have an agreement in place to sign Brazilian side Ituano's highly-rated 17-year-old forward Gabriel Martinelli. (Mirror)

Werder Bremen striker Max Kruse, 31, is stalling on a new contract and could become available on a free transfer this summer, with Tottenham and Inter Milan likely to challenge for his services. (Sky Germany, via Talksport)

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo says he is unaware of any interest from Chelsea but was non-committal about his long-term future. (Times - subscription required)

Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santo says that there are still ends to be tied up as Wolves close in on the permanent capture of Mexico striker Raul Jimenez, 27. (Birmingham Mail)

Arsenal have offered goalkeeper Petr Cech, 36, a coaching role when he retires at the end of the season, but expect the former Chelsea stopper to return to coach at Stamford Bridge. (Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has warned that the new £1bn stadium alone will not be enough to convince new players to sign for the club or make current players turn down offers. (London Evening Standard)

Pochettino insists he was never distracted by speculation over the Manchester United managerial post. (AS)

PSV's Mexico international winger Hirving Lozano, 23, 'dreams' of a move to Manchester United, according to the president of the player's first club, Pachuca. (Manchester Evening News)

Sunderland have attracted interest from two consortiums looking at a £50m takeover. (Sun)

Everton boss Marco Silva says both he and the club need stability. (Telegraph)

Spanish side Atletico Madrid have targeted Bayer Leverkusen's Brazilian left-back Wendell, 25, as replacement for Bayern Munich-bound Lucas Hernandez - but could face competition from Paris St-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Roma. (AS)

Martin O'Neill has dropped a broad hint that forward Diogo Goncalves, 23, is unlikely to remain at Nottingham Forest beyond the end of his loan spell from Benfica. (Nottingham Post)

Brighton could have nearly 35,000 fans at Wembley for next month's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City after receiving an extra 1,500 seats. (Argus)

Everton defender Seamus Coleman has revealed an ambition to be a manager in the future. (Mail, via Liverpool Echo)


West Ham v Everton: match preview

Jacob Steinberg

This contest between two of the contenders hoping to finish seventh is likely to be tight. West Ham are two points above ninth-placed Everton and have not lost at home since 22 December. But while West Ham triumphed at Goodison Park in September, Everton will travel to east London full of confidence after an impressive win over Chelsea two weeks ago. There is little to choose between them.

Saturday 5.30pm BT Sport 1

Venue London Stadium

Last season West Ham 3 Everton 1

Referee Paul Tierney

This season G19 Y69 R1 3.68 cards/game

Odds H 11-7 A 2-1 D 5-2


Subs from Adrián, Trott, Ogbonna, Johnson, Masuaku, Fredericks, Obiang, Coventry, Snodgrass, Nasri, Diangana, Pérez, Arnautovic, Holland, Silva

Doubtful Nasri (calf)

Injured Reid (knee, 13 Apr), Wilshere (ankle, 13 Apr), Sánchez (knee), Yarmolenko (achilles, both 20 Apr), Carroll (ankle, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y51 R1


Leading scorer Felipe Anderson 8


Subs from Stekelenburg, Walcott, Davies, Schneiderlin, Tosun, Baines, Jagielka, Kenny, Lookman, McCarthy

Doubtful None

Injured Mina (hamstring, April)

Suspended None

Discipline Y49 R4


Leading scorers Richarlison, Sigurdsson 12


Pellegrini targets fourth straight London Stadium victory

Manuel Pellegrini hopes his West Ham United side will continue to successfully defend their London Stadium fortress when Everton visit on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers are unbeaten in east London since before Christmas, going seven games without defeat in all competitions, including six in the Premier League.

Another three points could see Pellegrini’s side rise as high as seventh in the table, above Wolverhampton Wanderers and Watford, and see the Irons record four straight home wins for the first time since May 2002.

The manager says the home advantage provided by the 57,000-strong Claret and Blue Army who attend every game has been key to his team’s Stratford success in 2019.

“Most of those games we won at home the atmosphere was very good,” he confirmed. “Fans were enjoying the game, they were all involved, supporting the team and not thinking or talking or acting like what happened last season.

“[The atmosphere] depends on the performance of the team, that's why it was so important to win those three games in a row, and now it's more important to win the fourth game.”

Nearly three full seasons on from West Ham’s move from the Boleyn Ground to London Stadium, Pellegrini believes the vast majority of supporters know the importance of having a larger home ground and all the benefits that come with it.

“Maybe they all realise this team needs a big stadium. The old stadium I know was a beautiful stadium but it was too small for this team. Just 35,000 people is not enough for West Ham.

“Now we have 60,000 people at every game we play. Maybe they understand, also they are creating the atmosphere we see in every game.”

On the pitch, Pellegrini has some selection decisions to make, with Chicharito and Fabian Balbuena both pushing for starts, having returned from international duty to train with their teammates at London Stadium on Friday.

With the likes of Declan Rice, Marko Arnautovic, Manuel Lanzini, Felipe Anderson, Lukasz Fabianski, Pedro Obiang and Arthur Masuaku also spending time away with their respective national teams, the manager must decide which players are in the best condition and form before picking his starting eleven.

“It's the same with Everton, they have a lot of players with their national squads,” he observed. “It's the same for every team.

“It’s a difficult week because you don't have the players, they have their mind with the national squad but I hope from now to Saturday they will be involved again in our season.”

Arnautovic scored twice for Austria in a UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier with Israel, while Chicharito did likewise in West Ham’s come-from-behind 4-3 win over Huddersfield a fortnight ago before netting for Mexico in a win over Paraguay in midweek.

Pellegrini will need to decide which of the two will lead the line against the Blues, or he could opt to pick both.

“Always for a striker it's good to score goals,” he concluded. “I hope that Marko will return improving what he did in the last game. Two goals will be important for him.

“Also we must focus on Marko Arnautovic and what he did in the last game, [as] most parts of the team had a very poor performance until the last 20 minutes when we changed the score.”

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CanningTownWA 6:01 Sat Mar 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
I see Winter in the Times has predicted the final league table with us 12th on 45 points!
So one win or 3 draws for all the remaining games - wanker

Queens Fish Bar 5:16 Sat Mar 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:34 Sat Mar 30

Texas Iron 5:15 Sat Mar 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Arnautovic needs to perform...
Moody Sod...

Thanks Alan 1:34 Sat Mar 30
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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