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Exclusive: Boro consider trio after ending bid to lure top 2 targets

Middlesbrough are considering three names as their new boss, but look unlikely to pursue top targets Slavisa Jokanovic and David Wagner, TEAMtalk understands.

We have been told that the duo were identified as Boro’s top targets as early as January by their departed head of recruitment Victor Orta. The Spaniard had recommended both Fulham manager Jokanovic and Wagner of Huddersfield to chairman Steve Gibson as the men best placed to replaced the then-under-fire Aitor Karanka.

Since then Jokanovic, who led Fulham to the play-offs, has signed a new deal at Craven Cottage – whilst Wagner is in the play-off final with Huddersfield.

It now remains to be seen if either will again be on Boro’s radar – but TEAMtalk can reveal that the club have been sounding out a host of candidates.

Leeds’ Garry Monk is on their shortlist – but they have also looked at Preston’s Simon Grayson. Ryan Giggs was considered but the deal was not progressed after talks.

Former Boro captain Nigel Pearson remains a candidate too, as does current interim incumbent Steve Agnew, who was given the chance to try and save the club from the relegation but was unable to do so.

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Fulham – teamtalk.com 22 May 14:00

Monday Verdict: Our review of the 2016/17 Prem season

Our review of the 2016/17 season picks out the key stats, 10 best goals and the impact of Antonio Conte, while we ‘mourn’ the Championship play-off final between Reading and Huddersfield.

 

MANAGERS STOLE THE HEADLINES – BUT CONTE PROVED THE MASTER TACTICIAN

The excitement a new season brings is often heightened by the arrival of new players – but never have the managers stolen the headlines as much as they did last summer.

The Premier League has always had its share of big-name bosses, of course, but the 2016-17 campaign saw it reach a whole new level.

Suddenly there was a great concentration of them as some of the men regarded as the greatest thinkers and tacticians in the game settled in England.

Manchester seemed the epicentre with the revered Pep Guardiola landing at Manchester City, just a few miles away from where serial winner Jose Mourinho was pitching up at Manchester United.

With Jurgen Klopp already settled in at Liverpool and the highly-rated Ronald Koeman heading to Everton, talk was as much about the people behind the teams as it was about the teams themselves.

In comparison to the Manchester clubs, the appointment of Antonio Conte at Chelsea slipped under the radar.

While City laid on a party for fans as they unveiled Guardiola, and Mourinho walked into Old Trafford with his usual cocksure swagger, Conte made an understated entrance at Stamford Bridge.

On the face of it the Italian had the biggest job, needing to haul a side up from a disappointing 10th-placed finish the previous season. Yet it is he who adapted to his new surroundings the quicker and made the biggest impression, restoring Chelsea to the dominant position they held in 2015.

There was a sluggish start but the tactical nous that previously served Juventus well and earned Conte a shot at the Italy national job soon came to the fore. He realised as early as September that his plan A did not suit the squad he inherited and switched formation to their now familiar 3-4-3.

The Blues stormed to the top of the Premier League with a run of 13 successive wins through the autumn and did not look back. Tottenham did briefly flicker in response but Chelsea never lost control of their destiny and eased to the title.

Their march was one many expected City to be making after Guardiola arrived in Manchester with such a bang. City won their first 10 games in all competitions and played some spellbinding and innovative football along the way – but it was not to last.

While Guardiola, not surprisingly emboldened by the winning of 21 trophies with Barcelona and Bayern Munich, wanted to stick to his philosophies of quick, flowing attacking football and playing out from the back, opponents learnt how to expose their vulnerabilities.

Mistakes were readily pounced on and points were dropped too frequently for a serious title challenge to be mounted. Bold decisions, notably the one to replace the reliable Joe Hart with a specialist ball-playing goalkeeper in Claudio Bravo, backfired.

For the first time in his managerial career, Guardiola ended a season without a trophy and he is now left to contemplate something that certainly was not in the script at the Etihad Campus – a major squad rebuilding job.

Mourinho’s impact at United also did not match the waves he twice created when setting out at Chelsea and the excellence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, for most of the season, masked some weaknesses. Yet after three years of stagnation at Old Trafford, Mourinho won the EFL Cup, has reached the Europa League final and restored some belief. The Portuguese looks to have a better base to build on than a year ago as he bids to take United back to the top.

Elsewhere, Koeman’s arrival at Everton was positive with the Toffees hitting form in the second half of the season and challenging for Champions League places before finishing seventh.

Claude Puel took Southampton to the EFL Cup final and Marco Silva impressed hugely after arriving at Hull mid-season, although he was ultimately unable to prevent relegation. Paul Clement made a positive impact at Swansea and did beat the drop.

The manager to lose the most was perhaps David Moyes. After failed moves to United and Real Sociedad, Sunderland offered a chance to relaunch his career. With the Black Cats relegated after a dismal season, the Scot’s reputation suffered considerably.

 

THE KEY DATA POINTS OF THE 2016/17 PREMIER LEAGUE SEASON

Longest winning streak: 13 – Chelsea, October 1 to December 31

Longest losing streak: 6 – Hull, September 17 to October 29; Crystal Palace, October 15 to November 26

Best home record: Tottenham – Won 17, drew 2, lost 0, scored 47, conceded 9

Best away record: Chelsea – Won 13, drew 3, lost 3, scored 30, conceded 16

Worst home record: Sunderland – Won 3, drew 5, lost 11, scored 16, conceded 34

Worst away record: Hull – Won 1, drew 3, lost 15, scored 9, conceded 45

Most points won from a losing position: 18 – Liverpool

Most points lost from a winning position: 22 – West Ham

Fastest goal: 30 seconds – Pedro (Chelsea) v Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku (Everton) v Bournemouth, Tom Davies (Everton) v Leicester

Latest goal: 97 minutes, 14 seconds – Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) v Burnley

Most goals in single match: 4 – Romelu Lukaku (Everton) v Bournemouth, Harry Kane (Tottenham) v Leicester

Most successful managerial change: Paul Clement, Swansea – 1.44 points per game, compared to 0.63 per game before he took over

Most goals from a Premier League new boy: 17, Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United)

Most red cards: Team: 5 – Hull, Watford and West Ham. Player: 2 – Miguel Britos (Watford), Granit Xhaka (Arsenal), Fernandinho (Manchester City)

Most yellow cards: Team: 83 – Watford. Player: 14 – Jose Holebas (Watford)

Most penalty awards: 10 – Bournemouth

Fewest penalty awards: 1 – West Brom

Best penalty conversion rate: 100 per cent – Burnley (6 of 6)*

Worst penalty conversion rate: 50 per cent – Southampton (3 of 6)*

Most drawn matches: 15, Manchester United

Longest unbeaten start to the season: 12 – Tottenham (Won 6, drew 6)

Most improved Premier League side: Chelsea – 2015-16, 10th, 50 points; 2016-17, champions, 90 points from 37 games

* – where teams are tied on penalty conversion rate, the team named is the one awarded most penalties

 

READING V HUDDERSFIELD: THE FINAL NOBODY WANTED

Once the four play-off spots for the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season were confirmed, you could be forgiven for leaning towards two clubs as a preference for a final.

Reading occupied third spot after a solid and consistent season under Jaap Stam, while a late run from Sheffield Wednesday saw them snatch fourth.

The ‘Wagner Revolution’ at Huddersfield Town saw them clinch fifth spot and Fulham usurped Leeds United with three games left to claim the final place.

It was widely documented by fans of opposition clubs that Fulham played some of the most attractive football in the league, showing the progress Slavisa Jokanovic has made with such a young squad.

However, they never really got out of the blocks against Reading in the first leg of their semi-final at Craven Cottage and were lucky to take a draw to the Madejski as Tom Cairney’s header cancelled out Jordan Obita’s opener.

Free-scoring Fulham scored a joint league high 85 goals in the regular season led by the likes of Cairney, Malone, Martin, Aluko, Kebano and Piazon. That included hitting Huddersfield for nine with a 5-0 win at home and a 4-1 win late in the season at the John Smith’s Stadium, and beating Reading 5-0 at Craven Cottage.

Somehow, when the spotlight was on, they drew a blank. The youth and inexperience showed as Jokanovic’s side failed to take their chances and Yann Kermorgant’s penalty proved to be enough for the Royals to book a place at Wembley.

In the other semi-final, Sheffield Wednesday were firm favourites to progress and book a bank holiday date in the £180million game. Rhodes, Fletcher, Forestieri, Winnall, Bannan and Hunt were meant to be too much for Huddersfield, not to mention the Owls being the biggest club in the play-offs.

sheffield wednesday celebrate

However, much like Fulham, they froze on the big stage. A 0-0 first-leg in Huddersfield set them up for a comfortable progression at home and Steven Fletcher’s second-half opener at Hillsborough seemed to put them on their way, but the Terriers roared back.

What David Wagner has done at Huddersfield Town this season is nothing short of a miracle. Their starting XI cost around £5million, roughly half of what Wednesday paid for Jordan Rhodes. More than half of that £5m was spent on defender Chris Schindler (£1.9m) and striker Nahki Wells (£1.3m).

Many fans would have predicted Sheffield Wednesday to face Fulham in the Wembley final, a contrast in styles; solid but effective vs. open and pleasing on the eye. That’s the final we now have, but the Owls are now the Royals, and the Whites are now the Terriers.

Huddersfield dropped out of the top six for one game all season, and a spell of 11 wins in 13 league games between 10 December and February 21 had them firmly in the top two hunt, where they remained until the final few games of the season.

Meanwhile, Reading climbed into the top five on 29 October and stayed there for the remainder of the campaign, eventually claiming third.

The consistency is evident; while Jokanovic and Carvajal can be proud that their respective clubs took it all the way, but will be left rueing missed opportunities while Stam and Wagner stroll out at Wembley.

It might not have been the final everyone expected or wanted, but it’s the final that is deserved.

Oliver Fisher

TEN OF THE BEST PREMIER LEAGUE GOALS THIS SEASON

Olivier Giroud: Claims bragging rights

10. JESSE LINGARD – Middlesbrough v MANCHESTER UNITED, 19/03/17

Lingard was handed his first start in seven matches by Jose Mourinho and took full advantage of his chance to stand out. The 24-year-old picked the ball up just past the halfway line and as the Boro defence backed off, he fired off a shot from 30 yards into the top right-hand corner.

9. EDEN HAZARD – CHELSEA v Arsenal, 04/02/17

Hazard was in his own half when he latched on to a loose header in midfield but a combination of strength, twinkling feet and searing pace left Arsenal’s defence for dead. He jinked away from Laurent Koscielny and shook off Francis Coquelin before finishing off a brilliant run with a close-range shot past Petr Cech.

8. ANDY CARROLL – WEST HAM v Crystal Palace , 14/01/17

Carroll has endured another season blighted by injury but he can be dynamite when he plays, as proven by his superb bicycle kick against Palace. Michail Antonio’s cross was slightly behind the striker but he quickly adjusted, flinging himself into the air and slamming an acrobatic volley into the net.

7. SADIO MANE – Arsenal v LIVERPOOL, 14/08/16

Arsenal did not look in any danger when Mane collected possession on the right flank but in a blink of an eye Cech was picking the ball out of his goal. Mane tore past Calum Chambers, cut inside and unleashed an unstoppable left-foot finish into the far top corner.

Jordan Henderson: A divisive yet under-appreciated figure

6. JORDAN HENDERSON – Chelsea v LIVERPOOL, 16/09/16

For a straight-forward piledriver, few come better than Henderson’s at Stamford Bridge. Gary Cahill’s clearance landed right at the feet of the midfielder, who took one touch to control and then with his second sent a dipping drive flying past Thibaut Courtois.

5. GASTON RAMIREZ – MIDDLESBROUGH v Bournemouth, 29/10/16

Boro have not scored many goals this season and certainly none better this one by Gaston Ramirez. The ball spilled out from a Bournemouth corner and Ramirez, starting midway in his own half, sprinted the best part of 60 yards before cutting inside Andrew Surman and slotting into the net.

4. ALEXIS SANCHEZ – West Ham v ARSENAL, 03/12/16

This was a potentially simple finish made delightful by Sanchez, who was sent one-on-one with West Ham goalkeeper Darren Randolph but instead of shooting, sold his opponent with an elaborate dummy-shot and then tapped home all in one fabulous movement.

 

Emre Can: Scores with a stunning overhead kick

3. EMRE CAN – Watford v LIVERPOOL, 01/05/2017

Can’s overhead kick was technically superb but also instinctive as the German darted in behind, sized up the chipped through ball and threw himself into the air. Watford’s defence could only watch as Can caught it perfectly with his back to goal, leaving Heurelho Gomes stranded.

2. OLIVIER GIROUD – ARSENAL v Crystal Palace, 02/01/2017

Arsenal’s speedy six-pass counter-attack was impressive enough but the Frenchman’s ‘scorpion kick’ – an improvised flick with the back of his foot – added a stunning final flourish. Giroud would still be celebrating the goal a week later by imitating his own piece of genius.

1. HENRIKH MKHITARYAN – MANCHESTER UNITED v Sunderland, 26/12/16

Giroud’s inventive effort was good but it was Mkhitaryan who did it first, the Manchester United midfielder flicking in Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s cross with the back of his foot. It was a fantastic piece of skill and even Ibrahimovic looked shocked at what he had just witnessed as the Armenian was mauled by his team-mates.

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Fulham – teamtalk.com 22 May 11:25

Eight clubs fail to respond to independant EFL inquiry

The EFL are ‘very disappointed’ with clubs response to the independent inquiry into the game’s sexual abuse scandal, as eight clubs fail to respond.

The inquiry team led by Clive Sheldon QC wrote to every club in England and Wales in January asking for information to be supplied by March 15 at the latest.

Those clubs who failed to reply could face Football Association sanction, although the EFL insist they have subsequently reminded the clubs concerned of their responsibilities.

In a statement the EFL said: “The EFL was very disappointed to learn from the Football Association on the 11th May that eight of its Clubs had failed to provide a response to enquiries made by Clive Sheldon QC as part of his Independent Review.

“Having been made aware of the situation, the EFL immediately made contact with the relevant Clubs and secured a response.

“The EFL is satisfied that its Clubs were not seeking to ‘obstruct’ the process but acknowledges that the failure to respond within the given timeframes created unnecessary speculation and was unhelpful.

“All 72 Clubs will once again be reminded that the EFL expects their full co-operation with the Review.”

In the statement, the EFL added that May 11 was the first time it had become aware of a potential issue, and by May 19, all 72 clubs under its jurisdiction had responded.

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ESPN FC - Fulham News 22 May 10:37

Transfer Rater: Ryan Sessegnon to Liverpool, Aleksandr Golovin to Chelsea

The latest transfer rumours from around the world. Things change in the blink of an eye in football. The Football Whispers Index takes the latest transfer rumours and gives them a score out of five; the higher the score, the more realistic and reliable the whisper. Here are today's top five emerging whispers for the summer. And keep an eye on Transfer Talk for all the latest gossip. Alexandre Lacazette to Atletico Madrid Alexandre Lacazette has agreed to leave Lyon this summer and sign for Atletico Madrid, subject to the Spanish club's...

Fulham F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 21 May 01:39

Fulham, Bristol City and Bolton track striker Kenan Kodro

Fulham, Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers are following Osasuna striker Kenan Kodro. 

Fulham – teamtalk.com 19 May 13:17

Paper Talk: Costa replacement targeted; Gunners track Juve man

Arsene Wenger wants to sign Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, while Chelsea are plotting a £200m spending spree with a Monaco man their top target, all in the papers.

 

GUNNERS CHASE £20M LEMINA

Arsenal are ready to bid for Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, according to reports.

The London Evening Standard suggest 23-year-old central midfielder Lemina is Arsene Wenger’s “preferred target”.

Lemina, who has been likened to Manchester United’s world-recortd signing Paul Pogba, is also believed to be open to a move to England.

Mario Lemina: Wanted by Prem duo

Lemina has only made eight Serie A starts this season and Juve will allow the fringe man to move on for a fee of around £20million.

It is also understood agreeing personal terms with the Gabon international should not pose a problem.

Roma and Schalke are also believed to be keen on Lemina, whose arrival “would raise further question marks over Jack Wilshere’s future at Emirates Stadium”.

 

BLUES WANT €50M BAKAYOKO

Kylian Mbappe & Tiemoue Bakayoko: Linked with Man United

Chelsea will “open negotiations” with Monaco next week over the €50million signing of  Tiemoue Bakayoko.

The Daily Telegraph reports that Antonio Conte will have in excess of £200million to spend this summer and midfielder enforcer Bakayoko is at the top of his wanted list.

Chelsea are also keen on Bakayoko’s team-mate and fellow France international midfielder, Thomas Lemar, but they are convinced Monaco will not sell both players to them. So they will pursue the 22-year-old Bakayoko, who has been a key part of Monaco’s Ligue 1 winning side.

 

PAPER TALK ITALIA: Juve to move in on Man Utd target

AND THE REST

Eden Hazard: Turned the FA Cup semi against Tottenham

Chelsea have told attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, 26, they will make him the focal point of the team for years to come if he signs a new contract at Stamford Bridge. (Evening Standard)

Real Madrid plan to sign Belgium international Hazard in order to convince Paris St-Germain’s 24-year-old Italy midfielder Marco Verratti to join Chelsea instead of rivals Barcelona. (Don Balon)

Monaco have rejected Liverpool’s 75m euros (£64.4m) bid for 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe, with the French champions holding out for 100m euros (£85.8m). (Marca)

Monaco will resist all offers for France international Mbappe this summer, says the club’s chief executive. (CNN)

Liverpool are confident of completing a deal for Fulham’s 17-year-old left-back Ryan Sessegnon. The England Under-19 international is one of five summer targets. (Independent)

Newcastle plan a £6m move for Burnley striker Ashley Barnes ahead of their Premier League return. (Mirror)

Barnes is being eyed by Newcastle and Crystal Palace as the Premier League duo prepare to battle over rival’s striker.  (The Sun)

Harry Redknapp is trying to tempt Robbie Keane to join his Birmingham City revolution. Striker Keane, 36, is clubless since leaving LA Galaxy in December. (Mirror)

Swansea boss Paul Clement has told Icelandic star Gylfi Sigurdsson to stay and be their leading man rather than join the chorus line at a bigger club. (Mirror)

Chelsea want Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as Diego Costa’s replacement as Antonio Conte plans Borussia Dortmund negotiations. (Sun)

Norwich midfielder Jonny Howson is the No 1 target for Leeds co-owner Andrea Radrizzani this summer. (Sun)

Derby County are ready to sell Tom Ince for £10m to fund a squad shake-up. (The Sun)

Newcastle are set to bid £12m for Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney, according to reports.  (The Sun)

West Ham are to allow teenage stars Reece Oxford and Domingos Quina to leave on loan this summer. (Daily Mail

Willy Caballero could be on the verge of quitting Manchester City to return to Malaga. (Daily Star)

Norwich City are considering Carlos Carvalhal as their next manager after his Sheffield Wednesday team were defeated in the Championship play-offs for the second successive season. (Times)

Manchester United are considering Benfica’s Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, 23, as a possible replacement for David de Gea if the Spain international leaves in the summer.(Manchester Evening News)

Ederson: Man to solve Man City's keeper woes?

Man United could move for Atletico Madrid and Slovenia keeper Jan Oblak and are willing to pay up to £40m for the 24-year-old. (Daily Star)

Real Madrid are ready to launch a shock move to take Jan Oblak from their city rivals. (Goal)

Manchester City are ready to offload 20-year-old Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho and Spain striker Nolito, 30, in order to sign Arsenal’s Chile international Alexis Sanchez this summer. (Daily Express)

West Ham are considering making a £20m bid for Iheanacho. (Daily Mail)

Kelechi Iheanacho: On scoresheet yet again

Sunderland and England striker Jermain Defoe, 34, will demand £100,000-a-week wages and a signing-on fee of around £6m from his next club, with West Ham and Bournemouth his most likely destinations. (Evening Standard)

Crystal Palace are also interested in the former Tottenham striker and hope to capitalise on his connection with boss Sam Allardyce, who managed Defoe at Sunderland. (Daily Mirror)

Allardyce wants to sign Manchester City and France full-backs Gael Clichy, 31, and Bacary Sagna, 34, who are both out of contract at Etihad Stadium this summer. (Sun)

Everton will use Chelsea’s 19-year-old forward Tammy Abraham – who spent the season on loan at Championship side Bristol City – as leverage in any deal to take Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku back to Stamford Bridge. (Daily Mail)

tammy abraham bristol city 3

The Toffees will offer £15m for Sunderland keeper Jordan Pickford, 23, but the Black Cats will demand double that fee for the England Under-21 international. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Relegated Middlesbrough will not sell captain Ben Gibson, 24, this summer despite interest from Chelsea and Liverpool in the former England Under-21 international. (Daily Mail)

Boro captain Grant Leadbitter, 31, suggested a language barrier between staff and players contributed to the club’s relegation this season. (Independent)

Sergio Aguero will seek assurances about his role at Manchester City in talks with manager Pep Guardiola. The 28-year-old Argentina striker is concerned that reduced playing time next season could jeopardise his World Cup place. (Telegraph)

Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud, 30, is prepared to leave the Gunners this summer to ensure first-team football before the 2018 World Cup. (Daily Mirror)

Liverpool fear they could be beaten to the signings of Southampton and Netherlands centre-back Virgil van Dijk, 25, and Fulham left-back Ryan Sessegnon, 17, by Chelsea and Tottenham respectively. (Daily Express)

West Ham, Southampton, Swansea and Stoke are all keen on £20m-rated Leeds striker Chris Wood after the 25-year-old New Zealand international finished top scorer in the Championship, with 27 goals. (Sun)

chris wood 3

Claude Puel is facing the prospect of losing his job as Southampton manager, with several first-team players complaining about his training methods. (Mirror, Mail)

Burnley will demand more than £25m from Manchester United for defender Michael Keane, 24, because the Clarets will have to pay 25% of any transfer fee to the Old Trafford club as part of the deal that took the England centre-back to Turf Moor. (Telegraph)

 

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Fulham F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 19 May 11:55

Europa League final quiz: How many heroes can you name?

To mark Manchester United's Europa League showpiece with Ajax on Wednesday this week's quiz lists the heroes from the past 20 finals. But how many of them can you name?

Fulham – teamtalk.com 18 May 15:04

Paper Talk: Man Utd chase Stoke star; Rodriguez wants Prem

Tottenham are in talks to sign one of Juventus’ star players, while Man Utd and Man City lead a four-way fight to sign a Premier League goalkeeper, according to Thursday’s papers.

TOTTENHAM SET SIGHTS ON DANI ALVES

Tottenham are targeting a shock summer transfer for Dani Alves, according to reports on Thursday.

The link to the legendary Juventus and Brazil star comes amid heightening claims that Kyle Walker will leave the club this summer, with Chelsea reportedly joining Man Utd and Man City in the race for his signature.

According to the Daily Star, Tottenham have already opened preliminary discussions to bring Dani Alves to the club next season. Reports suggest the club will step up the discussions in Cardiff next month when Juventus arrive for the Champions League final.

Now 34, Alves is the second-most decorated footballer in European competitions of all time with nine European medals, leaving him one behind Paolo Maldini on the all-time list.

However, with his Juventus side facing Real Madrid in the Champions League final on June 3, the player has a great chance to write himself in folklore.

Spurs are willing to offer the former Barcelona full-back a two-year deal with the option of a third – and on more money than he currently earns at Juventus.

MAN UTD LEAD FOUR-WAY CHASE FOR JACK BUTLAND

Manchester City and Manchester United reportedly lead Chelsea and Arsenal in a battle to sign Jack Butland.

It’s claimed the quartet are all keeping tabs on the Stoke keeper, who has got back into the first team after a year out with a bad ankle injury sustained while on England duty.

The Daily Mirror and Daily Star suggest United are looking at Butland as a potential replacement for David De Gea, who could move to Real Madrid this summer, while Man City are looking at new keepers with doubts surrounding the futures of Joe Hart, Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero.

The Star reckons City will sell Hart, let Caballero go on a free, but keep Bravo, but relegate him to second choice behind Butland.

Potters manager Mark Hughes is well aware of the interest and has urged his keeper, under contract until 2021, not to leave.

He said: “I see it as a really positive thing. It is nice to be recognised, I must be doing something right.

“But I also have to remember I have been out for a year now and I just need to get back to doing what I love doing – and the rest will take care of itself.”

 

AND THE REST

Red Bull Leipzig duo, striker Timo Werner and midfielder Naby Keita are on Jurgen Klopp’s radar as a report names the five players Liverpool wish to sign (The Independent)

Chelsea are still leading the race to land Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk (The Independent)

Paulinho: Unhappy during two year spell in England

Former Tottenham flop Paulinho is on the verge of a move to German giants Bayern Munich, according to reports (Daily Mail)

Chelsea will offer goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois a new contract worth more than £150,000-a-week to try to head off Real Madrid’s interest in the 25-year-old (Daily Telegraph)

Leeds are ready to launch a £4m bid to sign their former captain Jonny Howson from Norwich

Everton have targeted Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Gylfi Sigurdsson as possible replacements for contract rebel Ross Barkley (The Sun)

Mauro Icardi: Signs new Inter deal

Reported Arsenal and Chelsea target Mauro Icardi has pledged his allegiance to Inter Milan (The Sun)

Chelsea have reportedly made contact with Romelu Lukaku’s entourage ahead of a £70m summer bid (The Sun)

Claudio Ranieri has been named as the bookies’ favourite to take over at Watford (The Sun)

Manchester United and Chelsea have reportedly lost out to AC Milan in the race to sign Atalanta midfielder Franck Kessie (The Sun)

Nathan Ake: Bournemouth want him permanently

Bournemouth will make bids worth more than a combined £30m for Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, 22, and goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, 29, once the season has finished (The Guardian)

Yaya Toure wants a contract resolution next week as Manchester City’s stars wait to hear their fate (Daily Mail)

Stoke defender Andrew Cherdieu, 18, is a target for Nice this summer (Daily Mail)

Fulham remain confident Ryan Sessegnon, 16, will sign a professional contract at Craven Cottage – but it won’t be until June as Premier League clubs circle (Daily Mail)

Newcastle United are set to enquire about the transfer of 26-year-old Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney (Daily Telegraph)

Derby are braced for bids to buy their top scorer Tom Ince – and are prepared to sell him to help rebuild their squad (Daily Mirror)

Alexis Sanchez has given a major clue he will quit Arsenal this summer – but launched a stinging defence of boss Arsene Wenger (Daily Mirror)

James Rodriguez is desperate to get a move to the Premier League after Real Madrid gave him the green light to move (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen on Corentin Tolisso, with the French midfielder set to leave Lyon this summer (Daily Mirror)

Arsene Wenger is ready to give ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny a fresh chance at Arsenal following a highly successful loan season at Roma (Daily Telegraph)

Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he is willing to sign a five-year deal worth £110,000 a week after helping to secure the club’s Premier League status for another season (The Guardian)

Watford want talks with Hull boss Marco Silva after deciding to part ways with Walter Mazzarri (The Guardian)

Inter will hold contract talks with Manchester United over Ivan Perisic (Daily Star)

Swansea boss Paul Clement is ready to make a move to bring John Terry to the Welsh club (Daily Star)

Celtic are being linked with a summer move for Manchester City midfielder Fabian Delph (Daily Record)

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Fulham F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 17 May 23:30

Fulham confident Ryan Sessegnon will sign pro contract

EXCLUSIVE: The west Londoners are still confident he will put pen to paper but the teenager is not due at their training ground today for any announcement. Fulham expect him to sign in June.

Fulham F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 17 May 16:48

Fulham to keep stars despite play-off woe, says Jokanovic

The Cottagers suffered play-off agony on Tuesday evening as Yann Kermorgant's penalty secured a 1-0 victory, and 2-1 aggregate success, for Reading in their semi-final.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC 17 May 13:04

Jokanovic expects Fulham stars to stay

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic expects his best players to stay at Craven Cottage despite their play-off semi-final defeat.

ESPN FC - Fulham News 17 May 00:27

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic: The better team lost playoff semifinal

Fulham and teenage star Ryan Sessegnon's quest to reach the Premier League ended on Tuesday. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic said the better team lost as his club crashed out of the Championship promotion playoffs on Tuesday night. Yann Kermorgant secured a 1-0 semifinal victory over Fulham with a nerveless penalty to seal a showdown with Huddersfield or Sheffield Wednesday on May 29 for a place in the Premier League. Reading also needed a big performance from goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi, who made a stunning double save in the first half from Tom Cairney's free kick and Sone Aluko's follow-up,...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC 17 May 00:26

Reading 1-0 Fulham (agg: 2-1)

Yann Kermorgant's second-half penalty gives Reading victory over Fulham to book a spot in the Championship play-off final.

ESPN FC - Fulham News 16 May 22:45

Yann Kermorgant sends Reading through to Championship playoff final

Reading Fulham 1 0 FT Leg 2Aggregate: 2 - 1 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Yann Kermorgant is one step closer to ending his career in the Premier League after firing Reading into the Championship playoff final. The 35-year-old striker, who plans to retire at the end of next season, scored the goal which secured a 1-0 semi-final second-leg win over Fulham at a packed Madejski Stadium. Kermorgant's nerveless penalty, at the start of the second half, means the Royals will face either Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield at Wembley on May 29 for a place in the top flight. There...

Fulham F.C. - Latest Team and Transfer News | Mail Online 16 May 22:38

Reading 1-0 Fulham (2-1): Kermorgant sends hosts through

KIERAN GILL AT THE MADEJSKI STADIUM: Kermorgant scored from the spot to send Reading to Wembley, where they will face Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield Town.

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC 15 May 13:12

Stam expects another Fulham challenge

Reading boss Jaap Stam expects Fulham to pose another tough challenge in their play-off semi-final second leg.

ESPN FC - Fulham News 13 May 20:36

Fulham and Reading play out draw in playoff semifinal first leg

Fulham Reading 1 1 FT Leg 1 Game Details Live football odds with bet365. Bet Now » GameCast Lineups and Stats Reading escaped with a 1-1 draw from a feisty Championship playoff semi-final first leg at Fulham. The free-scoring Cottagers dominated at Craven Cottage but had only Tom Cairney's header to show for their efforts. Reading had taken a surprise lead through Jordan Obita, but after Cairney equalised they had to withstand a second-half onslaught. They survived the final 10 minutes with 10 men after captain Paul McShane was sent off -- the defender will now miss Tuesday's second leg and the final should...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC 13 May 20:25

Fulham 1-1 Reading

Tom Cairney's goal earns Fulham a draw against Reading in the Championship play-off semi-final first-leg at Craven Cottage.

ESPN FC - Fulham News 11 May 19:54

Premier League promotion worth at least 170 million to clubs - Deloitte

Paul Mariner delves into recent rumours linking Philippe Coutinho with a move away from Liverpool. Brighton are set to earn a vast sum for winning promotion to the Premier League this season. The value of promotion to the Premier League this season for clubs that did not receive parachute payments will be at least £170 million and could reach a minimum £290m if they avoid relegation next year, according to Deloitte Sports Business Group. The figures are based on the extra revenue the clubs will get from the Premier League's broadcast rights next season and guaranteed parachute payments for two seasons if relegated in 2018. That breaks down to a minimum of £95m, mostly...

Latest Stories, Video, and Commentary about Fulham | BBC 10 May 12:14

Fulham are play-off favourites - Malone

Fulham's Scott Malone believes his side has momentum and are promotion favourites going into the Championship play-offs.

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