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Alan 1:46 Tue Apr 30
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Manchester United are ready to trigger the 120m euro (£104m) buyout clause in Atletico Madrid's 26-year-old Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak's contract. (ESPN)

Paris St-Germain will offer Manchester United £90m for David de Gea, with the 28-year-old Spain goalkeeper set to be offered £450,000 a week by the French champions. (Star)

Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand has met executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to discuss becoming the Old Trafford club's sporting director. (Mail)

Bournemouth's Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 25, is prepared to quit the club this summer because he is keen to join a top-six side. (Mirror)

Real Madrid are willing to let 20-year-old Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard join Ajax on a two-year loan deal. (Mail)

Chelsea and Manchester United are monitoring the situation of 32-year-old PSG and Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani, who wants to move to the Premier League. (Calciomercato)

Liverpool are set to reward Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain with a new contract until 2023 - just days after the 25-year-old England midfielder made his return from a year-long injury absence. (Mirror)

Inter Milan are continuing talks to sign Brazil defender Danilo, 27, for about £18m from Manchester City. (Mail)

Wolves will make a renewed attempt to sign 24-year-old Sweden defender Victor Lindelof from Manchester United, having failed to do so last summer. (Teamtalk)

England U21 midfielder Tom Davies, 20, has signed a new four-year deal at Everton. (Telegraph)

Ajax's Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19, predicts he will not cost as much as 21-year-old team-mate and compatriot Frenkie de Jong, bought by Barcelona for £65m, as speculation surrounding his future continues. (Mirror)

Jurgen Klopp has been told to bring Dutch centre-back De Ligt to Liverpool to partner compatriot Virgil van Dijk at Anfield next season. (Express)

Ajax's Morocco striker Hakem Ziyech, 26, is wanted by Real Madrid, while a number of European clubs are interested in Brazil forward David Neres, 22. (Mail)

Nice and Algeria right-back Youcef Atal, 22, is among Chelsea's summer targets if Fifa lifts the Premier League club's transfer ban. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid have held initial talks with Lyon over the potential transfer of the Ligue 1 side's 22-year-old French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. (AS)

West Ham's 20-year-old English defender Reece Oxford is close to agreeing a permanent deal at Bundesliga side Augsburg worth £8m. (Sky Sports)

Wolves have joined Burnley in showing interest in Scotland U17 captain and Hamilton defender Jamie Hamilton, 17. (Birmingham Mail)

Arsenal's players have been left confused by manager Unai Emery's tactics during the Gunners' recent three-match losing run. (Telegraph)

Barcelona's Ghana forward Kevin-Prince Boateng, 32, says he could have played for Manchester United for 10 years had he had better motivation. (Goal)

Brazil right-back Dani Alves, 35, is considering his future at Paris St-Germain following their shock defeat by Rennes in the French Cup final. (RMC)

Barcelona and Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen, 30, has confirmed he will leave the Spanish giants club this summer in search of regular football. (Marca)

Manchester United's 22-year-old English goalkeeper Dean Henderson - who is on loan at Sheffield United - is set for talks about his Old Trafford future but will ask to remain at Bramall Lane next season. (Express)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has criticised his 23-year-old France winger Anthony Martial's attitude during his side's clash with Chelsea. (Mail)

Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 27, feared he would not start another game for the Magpies this season after six months out of the starting XI. (Mirror)

The Premier League has imposed strict safeguarding guidelines preventing clubs' U18s players changing in the same room as senior players. (Mail)

Unai Emery's decision to have support staff member Ameesh Manek conduct pre-match team talks seems to have backfired, given Arsenal's slump in form. (Mirror)

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A widely held view, supported by a Schwarzenegger-like body of evidence, is that Ed Woodward has not shown much canniness when it comes to Manchester United’s transfer dealing. Too emotional or kneejerk in his decisions, people say. So he should hire someone else to oversee transfers, people also say. The problem with that line of thinking is that if Woodward isn’t cool-headed when it comes to signing players, why would he be cool-headed when signing someone to sign players? Like, if the criticism is fair, then wouldn’t he end up appointing, say, Rio Ferdinand as director of football because he liked him as a player and thinks he talks a good game on Twitter? Well that would be – hold on, what’s this? According to the Daily Mail, Woodward has met with Rio Ferdinand to discuss the former defender taking up the position of director of football at Manchester United! At least one pundit is understood to be certain such a development won’t end in yet more farce.

United may or may not be in the process of making up their mind about who makes up their mind about transfers, but many is the organ that claims to already know who they’re going to be signing this summer. Apparently the club will break its record to prise the goalkeeper Jan Oblak from Atlético Madrid. That suggests that David de Gea is set to be liberated from his Old Trafford nightmare and, sure enough, PSG are said to be preparing a humungous offer for the keeper, including a potential flat-share with Ander Herrera. PSG may be able to get the transfer fee down by throwing in Edinson Cavani, who is set to leave Paris this summer and has many admirers at Old Trafford. Chelsea will try to muscle in on that action if they get their transfer ban rescinded.

Chelsea will also pursue Nice’s right-back Youcef Atal if they are allowed to. And if they’re not, then some other Premier League club who need a right-back may make a move for him. Mind you, Dani Alves may also be available, as he has reportedly grown disenchanted at PSG following last weekend’s defeat in the French League Cup, which came on top of this season’s European embarrassment at the hands of some rinkydink
rope-a-dopers. Over to you, Mr Woodward/Ferdinand.

United will need more than one new defender, of course, especially if Wolves persuade them to sell Victor Lindelof, as requested by Nuno Espirito Santo. Lyon, meanwhile, are interested in signing Eric Bailly despite the defender’s current injury. PSG are vying with Real Madrid for the midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who doesn’t want to leave Juventus but may have little choice if one of his suitors offers over £100m.

Meanwhile, one former United player who hasn’t yet been offered an office job by Woodward is Memphis Depay. But Jürgen Klopp might give him a gig. Sources in France claim Liverpool have been keeping an eye on the Dutchman at Lyon and like the playing style of the “young king livin’ lavish”, as the man himself rapped. Word is Liverpool are mulling over making an over for either Memphis or Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser, a young king livin’ off burgers and chips until a few years ago, as the man himself admitted. Liverpool are also poised to offer Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a new contract to celebrate his recovery from serious injury.

There is no such jollity around Arsenal, where several players are said to have been confused by Unai Emery’s tactical moves during the club’s three-match losing streak. It is true that some players looked like they didn’t have a clue what they were supposed to be doing, but seasoned Arsenal watchers will know that is not necessarily Emery’s fault. Maybe the manager could hold clear-the-air talks. Then again, judging by his press conferences, maybe not.

Football London

Two defenders eyed by Husillos & Pellegrini to boost West Ham's backline in transfer window

The Hammers are looking for defensive reinforcements this summer with their limited transfer budget

By Sam Inkersole West Ham correspondent

West Ham are tracking two defenders to sign this summer as Manuel Pellegrini and Mario Husillos eye backline reinforcements this summer, football.london understands.

The two names mentioned are that of Alaves centre half Guillermo Maripan, who has starred for the Spanish side in La Liga this season in his first campaign in Europe. The other is Olympiakos left back Leonardo Koutris and both of them fit the supposed new transfer strategy that will be employed this summer.

Olympiakos defender Leonardo Koutris is a target for West Ham this summer (Image: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)

West Ham want to sign younger players for potentially higher transfer fees but on smaller wages, rather than what we have seen previously where the Hammers have given big-money contracts to more experienced players that haven't necessarily worked out.

Both Maripan and Koutris are the right side of 25 and are valued at around £10m each on the transfer market and with a limited budget of £30m to spend - plus what the club can make from player sales - fit the bill. That said, Maripan has a release clause of £23m.

Guillermo Maripan of Deportivo Alaves (Image: Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Aaron Cresswell's niggling injury problems over the last couple of seasons and Arthur Masuaku not entirely convincing in Pellegrini's back four system (though he has played well in recent weeks) means the club has scouted Koutris heavily, who has impressed with Olympiakos this season. Italian side Genoa had a £5m bid for his services knocked back in January.

The 23-year-old left-back has played for Greece three times despite being born in Brazil having made his international debut in November 2018.

Maripan is a name that won't be unfamiliar to West Ham as as he has been heavily linked with a move to club over the past few weeks but football.london understands that interest has now been firmed up by the club.

The Chilean centre back has made 23 appearances for Alaves this season in La Liga and has helped keep eight clean sheets in that spell though he struggled with injury since March, missing six of the last seven games with an ankle problem.

Alaves were chasing a Champions League spot but since 25-year-old Maripan's injury absence, their form has tailed off. They haven't won a game in the seven matches he has missed, picking up just two draws and have dropped down to eighth, conceding 14 goals in that span as well.

The potential arrivals of the duo would throw into question the futures of the likes of Masuaku if Koutris arrives, likewise Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid should Maripan rock up in east London.

Reid, who hasn't played since March 2018 after suffering two knee injuries, is likely to be given a pre-season under Pellegrini to prove his fitness ahead of the 2019/20 campaign. It was the last pre-season that Reid aggravated an existing knee injury which has ruled him out for the entire season.

While there could be a chance at left back, there shouldn't be much movement at right back. Pablo Zabaleta is likely going to be offered a 12-month contract extension but it is expected he will play second fiddle to Ryan Fredericks next season.

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Mex Martillo 8:30 Wed May 1
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 8:15 Tue Apr 30
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147man 3:27 Tue Apr 30
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Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
147man 1:47 Tue Apr 30

Look at the time of your post.

Imagine the setup I had to do to achieve it - I potted the first red at 7 O'clock this morning

The Stoat 2:03 Tue Apr 30
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Ryan Fraser might be worth a punt

ray winstone 1:58 Tue Apr 30
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I reckon Koutris will expect better treatment in the Prem......

Thanks Alan 1:52 Tue Apr 30
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147man 1:47 Tue Apr 30

Look at the time of your post.

147man 1:47 Tue Apr 30
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Thanks Alan

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