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Alan 1:36 Wed Apr 17
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri and former Blues boss Antonio Conte are being considered for the Roma job. (Corriere Dello Sport - in Italian)

Chelsea are resigned to losing Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, and want to replace him with Lille and Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 23. (Mirror)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has told the club to sell 29-year-old Wales winger Gareth Bale - even if it loses them money. (Independent)

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane, 27, has been linked with Real Madrid but says he is "very happy" at the Anfield club. (LFC magazine, via Mail)

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp asked for 18-year-old Brazilian forward Vinicius Junior in return for Mane when Real made an approach for the Senegal forward, 27, last season. (El Chiringuito, via Metro)

Tottenham are leading the race to sign 18-year-old Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon thanks to boss Mauricio Pochettino's work with other young English talents. (Sun)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu says Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho will only be allowed to leave if his release clause, thought to be £355m, is met. Manchester United and Chelsea are said to be interested in the 26-year-old. (TVE, via Football 365)

Manchester City face competition from Paris St-Germain as they try to sign 23-year-old German midfielder Julian Weigl from Borussia Dortmund. (France Football, via Sun)

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers wants the club to complete a £40m deal to sign 21-year-old Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, who is on loan at the Foxes from Monaco. (Star)

Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez, whose contract expires in the summer, has not heard back from the club's hierarchy three weeks after telling them what it will take to keep him at St James' Park. (Times - subscription required)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez wants to sign Burnley's 19-year-old English forward Dwight McNeil, as well as two Bournemouth midfielders - Scotland international Ryan Fraser, 25, and 21-year-old Welshman David Brooks. (Star)

Denis Suarez's loan spell at Arsenal "hasn't been the best" and the Barcelona midfielder could be set for a move to Napoli, says the 25-year-old Spaniard's agent. (Radio Kiss Kiss, via Mirror)

The Gunners are the favourites to sign Barca centre-back Samuel Umtiti, but Manchester United are also keen on the 25-year-old France international. (TuttoMercato, via Star)

Liverpool are keen on Bayer Leverkusen's 22-year-old Germany winger Julian Brandt. (Bild, via Calciomercato)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says he would buy 20-year-old France international Kylian Mbappe "immediately" if the German giants could afford the Paris St-Germain striker. (Deutschen Presse-Agentur, via Goal)

Wolves are keen to sign Liverpool's 18-year-old Portuguese winger Rafael Camacho. (O Jogo, via Mirror)

Monaco are likely to sign Portuguese midfielder Adrien Silva on a permanent deal from Leicester. The 30-year-old has been on loan at the Ligue 1 club since the start of the year. (France Football, via Leicester Mercury)

Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo's son scored seven goals in one half as the club's under-10s beat Maritimo. (AS)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

While few, if any Fulham players have covered themselves in anything approaching glory during their disastrous return to the Premier League, Ryan Sessegnon is one of several who are unlikely to be with the club when they return begin their Championship campaign next season. Assorted tabloids are reporting the left-sided 18-year-old is likely to be in big demand this summer, with Manchester United, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham all believed to be interested in luring him away from Craven Cottage. It is the club from the new White Hart Lane who are believed to have the whip-hand and with just one year left on his contract, Sessegnon would almost certainly be available for considerably less than the £50m he was valued at a year ago.

Bild say Liverpool have enquired about the availability of Bayer Leverkusen winger Julian Brandt, but will have to duke it out with Juventus and Real Madrid to secure the 22-year-old’s services. The German newspaper claims the release clause on Brandt’s contract will drop to around £21m this summer; something of a steal for a player who would probably be quite cheap at twice the price. On loan at Monaco since January, Leicester’s 30-year-old midfielder, Adrien Silva, will make his move permanent come season’s end, according to the good people at France Football.

Arsenal and Manchester United are prepared to go toe-to-toe in a battle to win the heart, mind and urgently required defensive talents of Barcelona central defender Samuel Umtiti. An unused substitute spectating from the bench as his side ripped Manchester United a new one at the Camp Nou last night, the 25-year-old Frenchman is believed to have his eye on a move to Juventus, whose Champions League exit at the hands of scintillating, irrepressible Ajax suggests they too are in dire need of a man of his talents. Wherever Umtiti ends up going, his departure will free up a dressing room peg for Ajax star Matthijs De Ligt at Barça. Meanwhile in Germany, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl is being courted by Manchester City and PSG.

Resigned to losing Eden Hazard to Real Madrid this summer, Chelsea have identified in-demand Lille winger Nicolas Pépé as a potential replacement for their diminutive Belgian superstar, but will have to get their pesky transfer ban overturned and come up with the thick end of £70m to have any chance of landing their man. Further north, the future of Rafael Benítez as Newcastle manager remains up in the air, but the Star say he has presented his employer Mike Ashley with a summer shopping list bearing the names of Bournemouth midfield duo Ryan Fraser and David Brooks, as well as that of break-out Burnley star Dwight McNeil. If true, the Rumour Mill applauds his optimism.

Having been confined to the periphery of first-team proceedings with a recurring groin injury since arriving on loan at Arsenal in January, Barcelona midfielder Denis Suárez could be headed for pastures new and Neapolitan this summer, according to his agent. Rather than take up their £20m option on Suárez, Arsenal may take a punt on PSG’s Christopher Nkunku instead. And finally, Wolves like the cut of teenage Liverpool winger Rafael Camacho‘s jib and may try to make him a card-carrying member of their Portuguese enclave ahead of next season.


West Ham hoping to sign Chelsea's Gary Cahill this summer

Danny Owen

Gary Cahill has played 21 minutes of Premier League football under Maurizio Sarri at Chelsea and a move to West Ham United makes sense.

West Ham United are still interested in signing Gary Cahill this summer despite the defender's lack of opportunities at Chelsea, as reported by the Mirror (17 April, page 59).

The former England international has been plying his trade at Stamford Bridge since a £7 million move from Bolton Wanderers in 2012, winning a host of trophies including two Premier League titles, two FA Cups and the Champions League.

But Cahill has made just seven appearances since Maurizio Sarri took over in West London – and has played a grand total of 21 minutes of Premier League football under the former Napoli boss.

With his contract due to expire in the summer, it seems certain that Cahill will have a new club for the start of 2019/20, with the Mirror pointing out that he is desperate for regular first-team football as he enters the final few years of his career.

It is claimed that West Ham are still interested after expressing their interest in the January transfer window.

But it remains to be seen if they will match the £150,000 a week wages he currently takes home at Chelsea.


Irons disinterested in Chelsea player connection

West Ham are reportedly interested in making a move for Chelsea’s Gary Cahill – a piece of gossip which first surfaced about six months ago..

And the reality is that despite The Mirrorr report it is as unlikely now as it was back then.

The former England defender has fallen out of favour at Chelsea and given that he is now 33 years of age that doesn’t come as a big surprise.

That the Hammers would be interested falls into the same category as fellow 33 year old Edin Dzeko being on the verge of signing a massive deal.

Pellegrini is definitely in the market for defensive reinforcements but the main candidate appears to be Alaves central defender Guillermo Maripan.

The 24 year old Chilean has made 31 appearances for the eighth place La Liga team this season and is well known to the manager.

We also understand the player has regularly been scouted by the Hammers this season.

Samir Nasri will AGAIN be missing when the Hammers take on Leciester City at the London Stadium this weekend.

The 31 year old felt some pain during his warm up for the match against Manchester United but was expected to be available for the weekend game.

Sadly – with Manu Lanzini unable to play with an abductor tear – CandH has learned that the Frenchman will be unable to take up the midfield creative duties.

We were told this morning by a senior source on the ‘phone that the player remains injured and has been ruled out already.

It’s a blow for the manager who despite his admiration for the player will need to give very careful consideration to whether the option for a further year’s deal is a wise move given the circumstances.

Nasri has not appeared in the first team since arriving as a second half sub against Huddersfield and has made just five Premier League appearances since January.

He will need to make a rapid recovery if he is not to run out of time in his bid to prove he is worth the year’s deal.

Evening Standard

Robert Snodgrass to wait for written reasons before deciding whether to appeal FA ban


West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass will wait for the written reasons for his FA charge for allegedly abusing an anti-doping official before deciding whether to appeal.

Snodgrass has been handed a one-match ban and fined £30,000 after he was found guilty of making an improper comment to a drug tester during a visit to the West Ham training ground in February.

The 31-year-old was not selected for testing and he did not refuse to be tested.

Snodgrass denied making the comment but he has been found guilty by an independent commission.

His one-match suspension is not currently active while Snodgrass considers an appeal and, as it stands, he is free to face Leicester at the London Stadium on Saturday.

The Scotland international has made 31 Premier League appearances for West Ham this season, scoring two goals.

An FA statement said: “A misconduct charge against Robert Snodgrass has been found proven by an Independent Regulatory Commission.

"It was alleged that his language and/or behaviour towards UK Anti-Doping officials, who were visiting West Ham United’s training ground on February 6, was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper.”

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Mex Martillo 7:47 Thu Apr 18
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan
(I agree with Jimbo)

jimbo2. 6:09 Thu Apr 18
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Dec will be the runner up I’m sure and has had a great season. We could be several places lower in the table without Fab in goal and he has been a model of consistency.

andyd12345 12:10 Thu Apr 18
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Jimbo - I think Declan might have something to say about that.

pdbis 6:10 Wed Apr 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The time is right to give Holland a run of games until the end of the season. If we sign Nasri, Dzeko, and Cahill we are going backwards.

jimbo2. 3:09 Wed Apr 17
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There’s no “probably” about Fab being HOTY, it’s nailed on! Thanks Al

Lily Hammer 2:14 Wed Apr 17
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Cahill? Fuck off.

Ajax have shown the way.

Enough with expensive old cunts.

Alwaysaniron 1:55 Wed Apr 17
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Perhaps we should elevate Holland into the first team frame what with Lanzini and Nasri both missing.

Thanks Alan 1:48 Wed Apr 17
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Thanks Alan

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