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Alan 12:00 Fri May 13
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Newcastle will make a summer bid for Everton and England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 25, as a priority target. The Magpies have held a prolonged interest in the player, as have Arsenal. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Bayern Munich have joined the race for Manchester United's soon-to-be free agent Paul Pogba, with Juventus, Paris St-Germain, Real Madrid and Manchester City already in the hunt for the 29-year-old France midfielder's signature. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Robert Lewandowski, 33, will not sign a new contract at Bayern Munich, and the Poland striker could be sold to Barcelona this summer before he enters the final year of his contract. (Goal)

Chelsea want to complete the signing of Sevilla and France defender Jules Kounde, 23, early in the summer window. (Give Me Sport)

Manager Pep Guardiola will run down his contract at Manchester City, which expires in 2023, rather than signing an extension this summer. The Spaniard will make a "last-minute" decision on an extension. (Sky Sports, via Manchester Evening News)

Manchester City and England attacking midfielder Raheem Sterling, 27, expects to join one of Europe's elite clubs if he leaves the Etihad in the summer, despite strong interest from Arsenal and Tottenham. (The Athletic - subscription required)

West Ham will not hold further talks with England midfielder Declan Rice until the summer transfer window has closed after the 23-year-old turned down an eight-year contract worth £83m. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa are lining up a move for Leeds and England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, 26. (Football Insider)

But West Ham boss David Moyes wants to unite Phillips with his England central midfielder Rice at London Stadium. (Sun)

Newcastle are keeping tabs on Leicester and Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel, 35. (Talksport)

Manchester United are monitoring Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong's situation at the Nou Camp but Barca have put a £70m price tag on the 25-year-old, who favours a move to a side in the Champions League. (Mail)

If Barca do lose De Jong in the summer, manager Xavi would look to replace him with Manchester City's Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva, 27. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 28, wants to stay at Chelsea this summer despite an underwhelming time at Stamford Bridge since his move from Inter Milan last summer. (Give Me Sport)

Newly promoted Bournemouth are in talks with Liverpool over a permanent deal for English centre-back Nathaniel Phillips, 25. (Express)

Liverpool and England defender Joe Gomez, 24, is wanted by Aston Villa manger Steven Gerrard this summer. (Mirror)

Jurgen Klopp has given the green light for Liverpool to battle Leeds United to sign Aberdeen's Scottish defender Calvin Ramsay, 18. (Mirror)

Arsenal winger Reiss Nelson, 22, will hold talks with Mikel Arteta about his future after a year-long loan at Feyenoord. Other Premier League clubs are interested in the Englishman, but the Gunners remain his priority. (Fabrizio Romano)

Tottenham are preparing an opening bid for Portugal defensive midfielder Joao Palhinha, 26, with his club Sporting Lisbon valuing him at £25m. (Jornal de Noticias, via Sport Witness)

West Ham retain an interesting in signing Manchester United and England forward Jesse Lingard, 29, who spent a season on loan with the Hammers and is out of contract this summer. (90 Min)

Sky Paper Talk


Newcastle will make a move for Everton and England striker Dominic Calvert-Lewin this summer.

Philippe Coutinho took a 70-per-cent pay cut to complete a permanent move to Aston Villa from Barcelona.

Brendon McCullum's first decision as England's Test coach is likely to be the relaxation of their current midnight curfew, a decision backed by new captain Ben Stokes

The 2031 Rugby World Cup could be held in the summer with the United States keen to have the best stadiums used by NFL franchises available to host games - their regular season usually starts in September.

Dina Asher-Smith has urged athletics chiefs not to let go of the London Stadium as the country's main venue.


Pep Guardiola will run down the final year of his Manchester City contract before deciding whether he wants to extend his stay at the club.

Steven McClaren attended a Manchester United strategy meeting in Amsterdam yesterday, which suggests that the former England manager is likely to be part of Erik ten Hag's backroom staff.

A release clause kicks in partway through Erling Haaland's five-year Manchester City contract that will allow him to leave if they receive a certain fee.

The fiancée of the murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Kashiggu has spoken of her hurt after Greg Norman referred to the 2018 atrocity as a "mistake".


Raheem Sterling will wait until June before making any decision on his future at Manchester City.

Erik ten Hag has hosted his first Manchester United planning meeting alongside Steve McClaren, who could soon be confirmed as his assistant at Old Trafford, during which a move for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong was discussed.

Manchester City cult hero Andy Morrison has become head coach of the Sri Lanka national team.

Newcastle will play in a Saudi Arabia-inspired white and green away kit next season.

Manchester United are set to hand FA Youth Cup final star Alejandro Garnacho a new contract.

Chelsea players will split £1m if they manage to wreck Liverpool's Quadruple dream at Wembley tomorrow.

Southampton are weighing up a loan move for Manchester City striker Liam Delap this summer.

The Rugby World Cup could be moved from its autumn slot to the summer after the USA was handing hosting rights to the glittering showpiece for the first time.


Chelsea are tracking PSV Eindhoven midfielder Ibrahim Sangare.

Fresh reports have emerged suggesting Paul Pogba wants to return to Juventus, rather than join Paris Saint-Germain, when his Manchester United contract expires.

Emma Raducanu is heading to London to assess the true extent of her troublesome back injury.

Snooker's governing body, the WPBSA, has agreed to extend matches in qualifying for the World Championship from 11 to 19 frames from next year.


David Moyes wants to reunite England's Euro 2020 midfield partnership of Kalvin Phillips and Declan Rice at West Ham.

Tottenham could make a triple swoop on Everton this summer, with Antonio Conte reported to be interested in Richarlison, Ben Godfrey and Anthony Gordon.

Chelsea are prioritising talks over the futures of five players, including Mason Mount and N'Golo Kante, but are expected to renew their interest in Sevilla's Jules Kounde when the summer transfer window opens.

Manchester City starlet Liam Delap could end up joining Southampton on loan next season, with the Saints also interested in signing Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian winger Tete.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek is pushing for a move to Europe in the summer and could reunite with former Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri at Lazio.

Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic is winning his battle to be fit for Saturday's FA Cup final against Liverpool.

The England-led bid to host Euro 2028 is moving a step closer to success after UEFA chiefs reportedly pushed Turkey to withdraw from the race.

Odds on Joey Barton becoming the next manager of Burnley have been slashed by bookmakers.

Barnsley midfielder George Miller is wanted by Bradford City boss Mark Hughes as he looks to beat Exeter City to make his first signing this summer.


Liverpool's Fabinho looks certain to be fit for the Champions League final.

Erik ten Hag has asked Manchester United to provide him with a recording of the club's FA Youth Cup triumph.

Arsenal executives recently met with Bologna transfer chief Riccardo Bigon in London but Aaron Hickey's name was not the only one up for discussion, with the Gunners also interested in midfielders Mattias Svanberg and Jerdy Schouten. Bigon is also reported to have met with Brentford during his visit.


Bournemouth are in talks with Liverpool over a permanent deal for centre-back Nat Phillips.

Fulham are plotting a move for Watford midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Brighton are back in talks with Paraguyan whizzkid Julio Enciso.


Everton are set to provide Jordan Pickford with additional competition by attempting to sign Manchester City goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu, who impressed on loan at Portsmouth this season.


Celtic are set to offer Ange Postecoglou a bumper new contract as reward for landing the Scottish title in his first season at the club.


Jon Dahl Tomasson has emerged as the latest possible candidate to take over as manager of Hibernian.


Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard could make a move for Rangers defender Calvin Bassey but the Ibrox club are determined to hold out for a sizeable transfer fee.

Evening Standard

Mark Noble to be honoured with fan tribute and presentation after final home game vs Manchester City

Mark Noble will be honoured with a post-match presentation and a giant fan mosaic as part of West Ham’s plans to bid farewell to a club legend in his final home appearance this weekend.

Noble is retiring at the end of the season after making well over 500 appearances across an 18-year career with the Hammers and Sunday’s meeting with Manchester City will be a last opportunity for the London Stadium to show its gratitude.

A number of Noble’s closest former teammates will be at the game, while giant banners in the centre-circle and hanging from the roof of the stadium’s East Stand will pay homage to the midfielder with his name and shirt No16.

The 35-year-old is unlikely to start against Pep Guardiola’s side and there is not expected to be a traditional guard of honour ahead of kick-off, but both sets of fans and players will participate in a “moment of appreciation”.

Both West Ham and Noble are keen to ensure his send-off does not overshadow the magnitude of the game in a wider context ahead of kick-off.

The hosts know victory would see them climb above Manchester United into sixth and a Europa League place, while City would all-but seal the Premier League title with a win, given their significant goal-difference advantage over second-placed Liverpool.

After the match, Noble will lead David Moyes’ side on their usual end-of-season lap of honour, before a more formal presentation, conducted by Ben Shephard, offers a final tribute.


MARTIN SAMUEL: The London Stadium was NEVER viable as the home of athletics and now we need to give it a legacy it deserves... a regular full house as West Ham's stadium

The Olympic Stadium was and will never be viable as the home of UK athletics
It was always jostling for attention in a crowded field of venues in the capital
It's taken another 10 years for the obvious legacy solution to be contemplated
Talks are ongoing about UKA walking away and making their home elsewhere
The UKA could have a more logical home in Birmingham or at Crystal Palace
It's time to give the London Stadium the legacy it deserves; by keeping it full

By Martin Samuel - Sport for the Daily Mail

You will hear a lot in the coming weeks and months about legacy. That there isn't one. That if UK Athletics leave the London Stadium to football, the Olympic bequest has been squandered.

Don't believe a word of it. What is about to happen now, is what should have happened more than a decade ago. The Olympic Stadium was never viable as the home of athletics.

There was never going to be legacy in one or two track events a year, plus the odd pop concert. London has Wembley for concerts. It's where Live Aid was held. Michael Jackson performed there. The Olympic Stadium was always jostling for attention in a crowded field in the capital.

So football was the only answer. Right from the start. Sir Steven Redgrave said as much even before a brick was laid. Yet Ken Livingstone, Tessa Jowell and Lord Coe - funny how his love for the game perked up recently - conspired to reject the most obvious solution, leaving the country staring into a financial black hole.

The reason West Ham struck what some call the deal of the century was that by then it was obvious that without an anchor tenant, the stadium was going to become another bottomless money pit, like the Millennium Dome. Baroness Brady drove a hard bargain. The Government's negotiators had no hand.

Incredibly, it has taken another 10 years for the most obvious legacy solution, the only legacy solution in fact, to even be contemplated. Talks are ongoing about UKA walking away and making their home elsewhere. They would receive between £10-15million to facilitate this process.

West Ham would then be free to remould the arena for football. Fans nearer to the pitch, the seating reconfigured. With an average league attendance of 59,088 this season - the third biggest in the country - there is a good football ground struggling to get out from under all that bad planning.

Nineteen home games a season, plus cup matches, maybe even Europe: that's legacy. The odd sparsely supported Diamond League event, or a backward-looking Anniversary Games once a year is not.

West Ham got more to their family fun day than UKA did to their last track meet. Athletics does not need 60,000 seats. It could have a more logical, manageable home in Birmingham after the Commonwealth Games, or at a revamped Crystal Palace.

The London Stadium, we are often informed, costs this country millions. Not as a football stadium, it doesn't. If all it did was host West Ham and the odd one-off gig in the summer, it would show a healthy profit.

The drain is the annual conversion to host athletics. There is no betrayal, then, in assessing what works and what does not: it is not feasible amid a cost of living crisis to pay £3m for one athletics meeting each year.

We do not have to worship at the altar of Super Saturday for ever. We certainly do not have to unthinkingly commemorate an Olympic Games we now know to be the most corrupted in history.

There are now in excess of 100 positive tests from that Games, with numbers growing all the time. When the winner of the men's 94kg weightlifting gold later tested positive, his medal couldn't be awarded to the silver medallist, because he had also turned out to be a cheat.

So had the bronze medallist, and the athlete who came fourth, and sixth, and seventh. That's who should get a statue in Olympic Park - any poor soul who paid top dollar to watch that travesty.

So it was fun while it lasted, we all had a good time, but now it's over and we need to settle the bill. It is time to finally give the London Stadium the legacy it deserves; by keeping it full.


West Ham keeping close tabs on Bologna midfielder Jerdy Schouten ahead of a potential summer swoop as they look for fresh legs in midfield with captain Mark Noble set to retire

West Ham scouts have been keeping a close on the 25-year-old Dutch player
Jerdy Schouten is also attracting the interest of a number of sides in Serie A
The Hammers are looking for a fresh face in midfield with Mark Noble retiring

By Sami Mokbel For Mailonline

West Ham are interested in signing Bologna midfielder Jerdy Schouten this summer

West Ham are monitoring Bologna's highly-rated midfielder Jerdy Schouten ahead of a potential summer swoop.

Hammers scouts have watched the 25-year-old extensively this season and have been impressed by the Dutchman's performances.

David Moyes will look to strengthen his squad this summer as he looks to keep pace with West Ham's rivals at the top of the Premier League following another good season under his tutelage.

Schouten is also interesting a number of clubs in Italy; Roma - managed by Jose Mourinho - and Napoli are among the teams also interested in the midfielder.

But West Ham are maneuvering themselves into a position to strike for Schouten this summer.

With captain Mark Noble retiring, the Hammers are on the look out for fresh legs in central midfield ahead of next season.

Similarly, there is a degree of uncertainty over the futures of Declan Rice and Tomas Soucek as we head into the summer transfer window, with both midfielders admired by a host of Premier League teams.


Report suggests £8m captain would love to join West Ham or Everton

Danny Owen

Mainz captain Moussa Niakhate wants to join a Premier League club with Everton and West Ham United keen on the Bundesliga giant, as reported by BILD.

Earlier this week, recently de-throned Sporting Lisbon confirmed the £9 million signing of former Dutch U21 international Jerry St Juste from the Bundesliga high-flyers.

Mainz coach Bo Svensson feared that both St Juste and Niakhate could head for the exit this summer. With one gone, and the other attracting interest, his prophecy could be about to come true.

Niakhate has just one year left on his contract.

And the penalty-taking centre-half, who captains a Mainz side who have gone from relegation candidates to European hopefuls in the blinking of an eye, may be available for as little as £8 million with Everton and West Ham both in the market for defensive reinforcements (The Telegraph).

Everton and West Ham want Moussa Niakhate

And it seems that Niakhate would jump at the opportunity to join either Frank Lampard or David Moyes on British soil.

According to BILD, VFL Wolfsburg recently approached the 6ft 3ins man mountain to enquire about whether or not he’d be willing to swap the Rhineland for Saxony.

Niakhate, however, issued a firm response, making it clear that he is holding out for what is described as an ‘economically attractive’ offer from a Premier League club. Now, what you can deduce from that is Niakhate has clearly come to the conclusion that the money on offer in England far outstrips that of the Bundesliga.

According to Salary Sport, Niakhate earns around £12,000-a-week at Mainz. It almost goes without saying that he’d be in line for a substantial pay rise at Goodison Park or the London Stadium.

“I think yes,” Niakhate tells RMC Sport when asked if 2021/22 is the best season of his career so far.

“I’m happy with what I’m doing this year. I know that I am progressing and that I am better every season. I’ve managed to improve my game, to grow. I think I’m a better player every year.

“I am much calmer on the pitch. Having more responsibilities gives me even more desire to give everything. I feel stronger defensively, more solid, stronger also with the ball when I’m under pressure. And I’m more decisive offensively.”

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Jasnik 10:36 Fri May 13
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the good news of the day Alan is back.

Thanks Alan 5:51 Fri May 13
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happygilmore 12:04 Fri May 13

BillyJenningsBoots 3:59 Fri May 13
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Good to have you back Alan!

Texas Iron 3:04 Fri May 13
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Mr Logic 2:15 Fri May 13
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Thanks Alan

Tomshardware 2:07 Fri May 13
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ted fenton 12:32 Fri May 13

Irish Hammer 1:17 Fri May 13
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Welcome back Alan !

* puts tracksuit back on and sits down on bench.


Vexed 12:39 Fri May 13
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He lives! Nice to have you back Irish son

ted fenton 12:32 Fri May 13
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Thanks Alan.

Thanks North Bank 12:16 Fri May 13
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Thanks North Bank...whoops I mean Thanks Al glad to see you back and hope you are well

Far Cough 12:14 Fri May 13
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Thanks Al

Alwaysaniron 12:11 Fri May 13
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Thanks Alan and welcome back. You've been missed.

With Kind Regards 12:05 Fri May 13
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Thanks Alan - good to see you back.

And thanks to North Bank for yesterday’s edition.

happygilmore 12:04 Fri May 13
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Thanks and welcome back Alan!

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