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Q: 2019/20 With seven games to go will West Ham stay up
a. Our demise was sealed when the idiots on the Board appointed Moyes, we're down
b. Despite the efforts of Moyes and the players, we will stay up by the smallest of margins
c. I'm beyond caring & couldn't give two hoots either way

Alan 10:33 Fri Apr 26
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona are ready to push through a £100m summer move for Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford, 21. (Mail)

Inter Milan will move for Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez if the 30-year-old Chile forward drops his wage demands. (Independent)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer fears 28-year-old Spain goalkeeper David de Gea wants a move to Paris St-Germain this summer. (Sun)

Chelsea will look to Barcelona's Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, should they lose Eden Hazard this summer. Hazard, 28, has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and the Blues view 26-year-old Coutinho as an ideal replacement if their transfer embargo is delayed. (El Confidencial)

PSG want £26m for Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier, 27, who is a target for Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea. (Mirror)

Everton and Brazil forward Richarlison, 21, is the latest player to be considered by Manchester United as part of a huge summer overhaul of their squad. (Telegraph)

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward held crisis talks with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his assistant Mike Phelan at the club's training ground following a seventh defeat in nine games in the Manchester derby. (Mail)

Atletico Madrid are planning to make a move for Manchester United's Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 30. (Sport)

Arsenal intend to rival Premier League rivals Everton for the signing of Barcelona's Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes, 25. (ESPN)

Arsenal are interested in signing Manchester United and Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 25. (Mail)

Maurizio Sarri's Chelsea coaching staff fear they will be sacked at the end of the season. (Sun)

Everton are in the race to sign Aston Villa's English striker Tammy Abraham, 21. (Star)

Tottenham want to sign Roma and Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, 19. (Mail)

Leicester are exploring the possibility of signing Atalanta and Italy striker Andrea Petagna, 23. (Guardian)

West Ham are weighing up a move for Real Madrid's Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 22. (Mirror)

Southampton striker Shane Long, 32, believes he is playing for his future at the club. (Daily Echo)

Bournemouth will use Bosnia goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 31, as a makeweight as they look to sign Stoke and England stopper Jack Butland, 26. (Mail)

Wolves have made an enquiry about Besiktas and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, 29. (Sporx - via Sport Witness)

Crystal Palace are tracking Birmingham City forward Che Adams, 22, as part of their search for a new striker this summer. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United's Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku says it would be a "dream" to play in Italy. (Sky Italia - via Metro)

Arsenal will sign 17-year-old Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano this summer. (Goal)

Newcastle's Senegal midfielder Mohamed Diame, 31, has hinted he may leave in the summer. (Mirror)

Newcastle and Spanish forward Ayoze Perez, 25, admits the club's players are concerned about the future of manager Rafa Benitez. (Chronicle)

England Under-21 midfielder Ryan Sessegnon, 18, has refused to commit his future to Fulham following their relegation from the Premier League. (Sky Sports)

Queens Park Rangers have held talks with former West Brom manager Darren Moore as they search for a successor to Steve McClaren. (Evening Standard)

Guardian Rumour Mill

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Chelsea are already busy trying to figure out how to replenish their creative juices when Eden Hazard drops his shoulder and shoots off to Real Madrid this summer. One plan involves shovelling millions of pounds into the bank of Barcelona for Philippe Coutinho, who has looked like a little boy lost in Catalonia at times this season. The club are confident they could pluck the tricky little Brazilian from the Camp Nou for a cut-price £86m – more than £50m less than Barça paid Liverpool for him in January 2018. Mind you, someone ought to remind Stamford Bridge decision makers that, you know, there’s a transfer ban on the way, chaps. Christian Pulisic is also on his way to Chelsea, too, despite no one seeming to know who signed him. They might want to remember that. And they say Manchester United lack direction upstairs.

On the subject of which, Barcelona would waste no time in slapping in a £100m bid for Marcus Rashford, who was left so distraught by Manchester United’s schooling in the Manchester derby that he may leave his pen hovering above a new £300,000-a-week contract while he listens to what Camp Nou suits have to offer. It promises to be a busy summer for Ed Woodward, who will also have to use his pound coins of persuasion to convince Paul Pogba that playing in the Europa League at a leaky Old Trafford is preferable to joining Hazard and Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid.

Another player who may leave Old Trafford for Spain is Juan Mata, who has impressed most in recent seasons when writing searingly honest and well-crafted blog posts after humbling defeats. Perhaps Diego Simeone has read them, because it says here Atlético Madrid are considering a bid for the 30-year-old occasional playmaker. Oh, and Internazionale will give a home to Alexis Sánchez and his dogs providing the Chilean takes a massive cut on his £500,000-a-week wages, because they’d rather not go bankrupt anytime soon.

Everton will try to thrash out a deal with Barcelona for their dashing on-loan midfield metronome André Gomes before Arsenal slap in a £25m bid for him. They will also see if the same figure persuades Chelsea to part with Tammy Abraham. The 21-year-old striker has fuelled Aston Villa’s push into the play-offs with 25 goals while there on loan. As for the Gunners, they are also interested in Manchester United’s Eric Bailly, who was bundled into an Old Trafford storage cupboard at the beginning of March and has not been seen since. Unai Emery is hopeful that £20m will cover the transfer fee and delivery costs.

Wolves are keen to sign the generic movie villain lookalike Domagoj Vida from Besiktas. The 29-year-old, who looks like he should be chasing Bruce Willis around a bullet-pocked film set, will cost around £13m. Jack Butland has had enough of the Championship and may be offered a route back into the Premier League by Bournemouth, who will offer Asmir Begovic to his former club Stoke in part exchange with £20m.

West Ham are hoping to nip in front of other potential suitors to sign Dani Ceballos from Real Madrid. The wispy midfield creator has fallen out of favour under Zidane and may be available for as little as £18m. But Liverpool are also lurking.

And QPR have held talks with Darren Moore about succeeding Steve McClaren as QPR manager. He can only look good after that disastrous tenure, can’t he?


West Ham plot £18m Real Madrid deal - Pedro Obiang set to depart to free up space

WEST HAM are weighing up a summer move for Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos.

By Rhys Turrell

Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is a big admirer of the 22-year-old and Director of Football Mario Husillos believes he could be a good fit at London Stadium.

Ceballos has made 12 starts and come off the bench another ten times in La Liga this season but is understood to be surplus to requirements in Madrid and expected to leave in the summer.

Zinedine Zidane needs to trim his squad to make room for a summer transfer splurge and West Ham have been alerted to the availability of Ceballos.

Real would prefer to send him on a season-long loan but the Hammers have been given encouragement by intermediaries that he could be available on a permanent deal for around £18m.

Ceballos is a central midfielder by trade and could be a useful addition to a Hammers squad expected to lose Pedro Obiang in the summer.

Obiang has long courted a return to Italy and is on the radar of a number of Serie A clubs, including Roma.

Ceballos, who has previously been linked with Liverpool, made four appearances in the Champions League last season as Real won the trophy. He also has six caps for Spain.

West Ham, who visit Tottenham this Saturday, made a brief enquiry about him in January but did not follow up their interest.

But they remain in the hunt for a midfielder and while limited funds are available for transfers after last summer’s outlay, the Hammers hope to raise more money with a series of sales.

Along with Obiang, Lucas Perez is expected to leave the club, while Andy Carroll will not be offered a new contract.

Doubts also remain about the future of strike pair Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez in what could be a big summer rebuild at the club.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 8:03 Fri Apr 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Loafer 7:25 Fri Apr 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
bubbleblower - yeah because the Star have intimate knowledge of the clubs banking and know exactly how much we will have available to spend.....

bubbleblower 5:28 Fri Apr 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"...while limited funds are available for transfers after last summer’s outlay,"

here we go.

Thanks Alan 1:10 Fri Apr 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 11:47 Fri Apr 26

Alwaysaniron 12:15 Fri Apr 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Why would we want the gifted Dani Ceballos. when Joe Allen is available... Surely Allen is 'Next Level'!

ted fenton 11:47 Fri Apr 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Queens Fish Bar 10:42 Fri Apr 26

Alan 10:46 Fri Apr 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Guardian Rumour Mill added.

Queens Fish Bar 10:42 Fri Apr 26
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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