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Alan 11:35 Thu Apr 18
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool's Egypt forward Mohamed Salah, 26, wants to leave the club and plans to hand in a transfer request. (As.com - Spanish)

However, Salah's agent Ramy Abbas Issa has refuted the reports on social media. (Twitter)

Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard's move to Real Madrid is expected to be finalised in the coming days, with talks over the 28-year-old Belgium international's switch to the Bernabeu having been going on for months. (Marca)

Chelsea and France forward Olivier Giroud, 32, is set to reject a 12-month contract extension offer to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer. (Mirror)

Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19, is a target for Tottenham, with Spurs willing to pay the Netherlands player's £69m price tag. (Star)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have £250m to spend on transfer targets in the summer, including Borussia Dortmund's England forward Jadon Sancho, 19. (Mirror)

France and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, is set to join Chelsea's Eden Hazard in moving to Real Madrid. (Sun)

Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford, 21, is stalling on signing a contract extension at Old Trafford, with the England forward demanding £200,000 a week. (Mail)

Barcelona want to offer Brazilian winger Malcom, 22, in a swap deal for Rashford. (Mundo - in Spanish)

Arsenal scouts have been watching Ajax's David Neres, 22, as they join Juventus in showing interest in the Brazil striker. (Mail)

Brighton manager Chris Hughton's future is in doubt even if he manages to save the club from Premier League relegation. (Sun)

Eintracht Frankfurt have triggered their option to buy on-loan 21-year-old Benfica and Serbia striker Luka Jovic, who has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid. (AS)

Zenit St Petersburg want Chelsea's 24-year-old midfielder Mateo Kovacic, who is at Stamford Bridge on loan from Real Madrid. (Sun)

Both Everton and Arsenal want Fortuna Dusseldorf and Belgium striker Benito Raman, 24, for £15m (Sport Bild - via Sport Witness)

On-loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham, 21, could return to his parent club rather than remaining at Aston Villa next season. (Football.London)

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Barry Glendenning

And breathe. Following their team’s stunning performance against Manchester City in last night’s truly epic Champions League encounter at the Etihad Stadium, those Tottenham supporters who managed to calm down for long enough to get to sleep will wake up to the rather less seismic news that Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gómez could be on his way to White Hart Lane. The Uruguayan international has a release clause of £42m in his contract, a figure that would halve if his team are relegated to the Spanish second division. They currently sit fourth from bottom, one place off the relegation zone with six games of the season to go.

Resigned to the very strong possibility of losing Toby Alderweireld during the summer, Tottenham are also being linked with 22-year-old Lazio central defender Luiz Felipe, who at a cost of £17m would represent better value than Sampdoria’s Joachim Andersen or Everton’s Michael Keane, although both players are also on the Spurs’ radar. With no end of extremely important on-field business to keep them occupied, Tottenham fans will be understandably more concerned about players they currently have on the payroll than those they do not.

While most people are of a mind that Manchester United need a dressing-room clear-out this summer, they are also of the opinion that Marcus Rashford is one of the players they should definitely keep. The striker is said to be stalling over signing a contract extension, while Barcelona monitor his situation with interest.

The agent of Mo Salah has rubbished claims by the Spanish news outlet AS that his client will demanded a summer transfer away from Liverpool after an alleged bust-up with Jürgen Klopp. The fact that the Egyptian played and scored against Porto as Liverpool sauntered into the Champions League semi-finals last night would suggest there is little if any beef between player and manager, while Salah’s agent, Ramy Abbas Issa took to Twitter to rubbish the speculation by acerbically joking that the Spanish publication was “Talking out of their AS.” In other news, Salah has been hailed as feminist “icon” after telling Time magazine he thinks Egypt needs “to change the way we treat women in our culture” after he was named on of the publication’s top 100 most influential people in the world.

Rumours abound that Newcastle are interested in signing Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser and the Mail say they’d be prepared to offer Matt Ritchie plus cash to get their man. Following an excellent season on the south coast, Fraser has also been strongly linked with Arsenal and has even gone so far as to say that their apparent interest in him has been a bit of a distraction. “Maybe it hasn’t helped,” he told the BBC in a recent interview. “Subconsciously, you might think about it. I’m just trying to get on with my work.”

Meanwhile at Chelsea, Olivier Giroud has made no secret of his displeasure at playing such a peripheral role and will reject the offer of a contract extension. Russian club Zenit St Petersburg are waiting in the wings and are ready to pounce if Chelsea are unable to overturn their transfer ban and prevented from making the loan move of Mateo Kovacic from Real Madrid permanent.

And finally, reports from Germany say both Arsenal and Everton are interested in making a Premier League player of 24-year-old Fortuna Düsseldorf’s Belgian striker Benito Raman, who has scored 10 goals in 27 appearances for the mid-table Bundesliga side.

Sport Witness

Midfielder again reported as target for West Ham but player’s former club also interested

Fotomac report Besiktas midfielder Gary Medel is likely to leave the Istanbul club in the summer and West Ham United are again mentioned as a possible destination.

Medel has been linked with a move to West Ham since the last transfer window and recent reports suggested he’s agreed personal terms with the London club over a summer transfer.

The Chile international is reportedly keen to play under his compatriot Manuel Pellegrini and Fotomac claim he could join the Hammers at the end of the season.

However, the Turkish newspaper also claims Belgian side Gent and his former club Boca Juniors are showing an interest in the former Cardiff City player.

Medel recently returned to the Besiktas team and has been performing well. However, the Super Lig side could look to offload him at the end of the season because of his high wages.

The 31-year old has made 33 appearances for Besiktas in all competitions this season and is under contract at the Vodafone Arena until June 2020.


New reports but this transfer won’t happen

The Turkish media are again flogging the dead Gary Medel horse so just a warning to take no notice when you come across the reports.

As mentioned previously we have yet to see the Turkish Press get anything more than half a per cent correct when linking their local players to the Hammers.

Medel was – according to Manuel Pellegrini – the only player under consideration in the winter and that was only because we believed he was on a free transfer.

Once that turned out not to be the case the club didn’t bother following through even though the transfer fee was believed to be a mere £5 million.

He in fact has a contract with Besiktas until next June and the price is not going to change so a report in the meantime.

The Turkish media via Fotomac are claiming the Chile international is reportedly keen to play under Manuel Pellegrini.

It’s not going to happen!

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COOL HAND LUKE 12:36 Fri Apr 19
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**...under consideration in the winter and that was only because we believed he was on a free transfer...**

Ominous. I hope this is not the beginning of the Daves reneging on their promises and shooting their own feet off...

FruityBoots. 11:56 Thu Apr 18
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And I have just had my shirt printed up too, always miss out on the top drawer signings!

Mex Martillo 7:06 Thu Apr 18
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Thanks Alan

jimbo2. 4:49 Thu Apr 18
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Thanks Al!

Texas Iron 3:38 Thu Apr 18
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Thanks Alan 1:38 Thu Apr 18
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Cicero, 11:46 Thu Apr 18.

dealcanvey 1:12 Thu Apr 18
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Gary medel. When will we fucking learn. No no no.

Cicero 11:46 Thu Apr 18
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Thanks, Alan.

bill green 11:37 Thu Apr 18
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thanks Alan, Medel can f*** off

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