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Alan 11:34 Thu May 2
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, has verbally agreed to join Real Madrid. (AS)

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is likely to demand 150m euros (£128m) for Denmark international Eriksen. (Mirror)

Real could wait until 2020 to sign Eriksen on a free transfer. (Sun)

Manchester United have stepped up their pursuit of two Portuguese players - 19-year-old Benfica forward Joao Felix and Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has urged his club to sign Benfica's Portugal forward Joao Felix, 19, who is a target for Manchester United. (Metro)

Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has held lengthy talks with the Old Trafford club about their restructuring and has impressed executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward as he considers contenders for the technical director role. (Manchester Evening News)

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants Manchester United to appoint Mike Phelan as their first technical director. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal and Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 30, insists he is happy at the club and wants to stay at the Emirates next season. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is likely to find his team outmuscled by rival English teams in the transfer market this summer. (Telegraph)

Chelsea's Belgium Under-21 midfielder Charly Musonda, 22, is hopeful of a return on loan to Dutch side Vitesse next season. (Inside Futbol)

Manchester United are ready to give 21-year-old England U21 defender Axel Tuanzebe, who is on loan at Aston Villa, a chance to prove he can break into the first team at Old Trafford. (Mail)

Crystal Palace chairman and co-owner Steve Parish has assured fans he "won't rest" until a new Main Stand, which will increase the capacity of Selhurst Park from 26,000 to more than 34,000, is built. (London Evening Standard)

Valencia's 28-year-old former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista, who is set to face his old club in the Europa League semi-finals, insists he has "nothing to prove" to the Gunners. (Independent)

A statue celebrating Everton's 'Holy Trinity' - the celebrated midfield trio of Alan Ball, Howard Kendall and Colin Harvey - will be officially unveiled before the club's final home game of the 2018-19 season on Friday. (Liverpool Echo)

Barcelona and Argentina striker Lionel Messi, 31, has urged fans not to whistle his Brazilian team-mate Philippe Coutinho, 26, calling it "ugly". (Marca)

Manchester City's France left-back Benjamin Mendy, 24, will be given the chance to prove himself next season after featuring only 10 times in the Premier League this term - if he can stay injury free. (Manchester Evening News)

Brazilian defender Filipe Luis, 33, may still decide to stay at Atletico Madrid and turn down a move to Paris St-Germain. (Marca)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Michael Butler

Signing the next big thing from Portugal can be a tricky business. You might end up with Cristiano Ronaldo, you’ll probably end up with either another Renato Sanches or Hélder Postiga. Still though, sometimes it’s worth rolling the dice, and when you’re Ed ‘Snake Eyes’ Woodward, there’s no messing about. Bruno Fernandes, who spent years in Italy at Udinese and Sampdoria doing nothing more than OK, has been doing rather better recently at Sporting Lisbon, leading some media outlets to report that United will drop a combined £150m for the 24-year-old as well as Benfica’s young scamp, João Félix.

Daniel Levy has sold enough craft beer to make sure that Mauricio Pochettino has some coin for this summer (and that he doesn’t have to start Victor Wanyama in a Champions League semi-final) with André Gomes, currently on loan at Everton from Barcelona, top of his shopping list. Nice’s young full-back, Youcef Atal, is also on the radar but would cost up to £34m - a price that Chelsea would also consider, if their transfer ban is overturned.

A creative midfielder will badly be needed at Spurs once the Luka Modric hotline is opened once again by Zinedine Zidane, who plans to wire approximately £128m to north London in exchange for Christian Eriksen. AS in Spain say that the Dane has already ‘reached a verbal agreement’ to move to Real Madrid, with Spurs’ hand perhaps forced by the fact that Eriksen’s contract runs out next summer.

Juventus love a free transfer: Dani Alves, Fabio Cannavaro, Andrea Pirlo, Emre Can, Sami Khedira, Aaron Ramsey, Paul Pogba, Luca Toni, and Kingsley Coman have all joined the Old Lady for nil euros in the past and PSG’s forgotten man, Adrien Rabiot – who hasn’t kicked a ball in anger since December – could be the next to fly through the door marked ‘Bosman’.

Not that Juve need another central midfielder, but Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has said that it is his preference to sell Tanguy Ndombele to the Turin side. “Honestly, I would like to see Ndombele at Juventus with Miralem Pjanic, a player that broke out at Lyon and a player I am still very attached to,” Aulas told Tuttosport. “In the sale of a player, if offers are equal, I would offer him to Andrea Agnelli. Are Juventus after Ndombele? Yes, it’s true. But PSG are also there; Manchester United and City, too.”

Football London

We have now rounded up all the Premier League players who will be out of contract in the summer according to transfermarket.co.uk.


Petr Cech

Stephan Lichtsteiner

Danny Welbeck

Nacho Monreal

Artur Boruc

Marc Pugh

Gaetan Bong


Phil Bardsley

Anders Lindegaard

Stephen Ward

Peter Crouch
Cardiff City

Loic Damour

Aron Gunnarsson

Kadeem Harris

Bruno Ecuele Manga (Club option 1 year)

Willy Caballero

Gary Cahill

Olivier Giroud (Club option 1 year)

Rob Green

David Luiz
Crystal Palace

Jason Puncheon

Julian Speroni

Pape Souare

Bakary Sako

Leighton Baines

Phil Jagielka

Floyd Ayite (Club option 1 year)

Stefan Johansen

Neeskens Kebano (Club option 1 year)

Denis Odoi (Club option 1 year)

Ryan Babel

Lazar Markovic
Huddersfield Town

Laurent Depoitre (Club option 1 year)

Erik Durm

Danny Williams
Leicester City

Shinji Okazaki

Christian Fuchs

Danny Simpson

James Milner (Club option 1 year)

Alberto Moreno

Connor Randall

Daniel Sturridge
Manchester City

Vincent Kompany
Manchester United

Ander Herrera

Juan Mata

Andreas Pereirab (Club option 1 year)

Antonio Valencia (Club option 1 year)
Newcastle United

Mo Diame

Steven Davis

Fernando Llorente

Michel Vorm

Miguel Britos

Heurelho Gomes
West Ham United


Andy Carroll

Samir Nasri (Club option 1 year)

Connor Ronan


Round-up of Irons comings and goings this summer

Adrian appears to set to leave West Ham in the summer with no signs of a new contract.

It is most likely that the Hammers will look for a 12-month option of a free transfer, loan or cheap deal in between the sticks as cover for Fabianski while Nathan Trott goes out on loan to a Championship club to prepare him for the Premier League in the following season.

At the back Pablo Zabaleta has signed a 12-month extension contract today whilst Winston Reid will get a chance to prove himself during pre-season before Pellegrini makes a decision who stays and goes.

As previously reported Augsburg has an option to make their loan of Reece Oxford permanent for £3.4m but this has yet to be activated. He has no future at West Ham under Pellegrini.

Two names linked as reinforcements in defence are Chilian centre half Guillermo Maripan, who has starred for Alaves in La Liga this season.

The other is Greek left back Leonardo Koutris who plays for Olympiakos. Both are valued around £10m each.

In midfield, Samir Nasri time at West Ham appears to be running out and he has less than a 10% chance of being offered a new contract after a disappointing six months plagued by injuries.

Pedro Obiang wants to leave West Ham and will granted his wish over the summer assuming his valuation is met by another club.

Carlos Sanchez who has a year remaining on his contract will be given a pre-season to prove his worth as squad player next season. Manuel Lanzini is returning from injury again this week and is likely to be given a contract extension over the summer.

Michail Antonio who was linked with a possible move away in the summer looks now likely to stay after a run in form. Jack Wilshere looks like staying a Hammer as the club will not attempt to buy him out of his contract as originally rumoured.

Up front, Lucas Perez valued between (£3-£4m) and Javier Hernandez valued between £10m -£12m are likely to leave this summer if offers come in.

Andy Carroll will be leaving in the summer when his contract expires and the striker faces an uphill struggle to be fit for next season with another club as he faces a second operation this week.

Marko Arnautovic now looks likely to stay with no club prepared to meet his release clause. Maxi Gomez remains West Ham’s top target over the summer with the club prepared to part with £40m for his services, Aleksandar Mitrović from Fulham is also a target but it is unlikely we can afford both with a £30m transfer budget together with the proceeds of all outbound sales.

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Mex Martillo 7:07 Fri May 3
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

147man 9:40 Thu May 2
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.. apart from Giroud

Vexed 8:05 Thu May 2
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Looks like we're still going to have gaping holes next year then. All those out of contract players are complete shit too.

Texas Iron 5:11 Thu May 2
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Whitester. 1:25 Thu May 2
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Thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:19 Thu May 2
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Thanks Alan 11:36 Thu May 2

bill green 1:08 Thu May 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 11:36 Thu May 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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