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West Ham’s move for Harry Maguire off after they grow tired of waiting

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Harry Maguire’s £30m move to West Ham has collapsed after the club grew tired of waiting for the defender to agree his exit from Manchester United. Although there is a chance the deal could be revived, it is not going ahead at the moment.

West Ham have grown frustrated over the delay and are looking at alternative options in central defence. Maguire had settled personal terms with West Ham but the club have been waiting for the England international to agree a pay-off from United.

The 30-year-old received a considerable salary increase as a result of United qualifying for the Champions League and would be on less money at West Ham. He is thought to want about £7m to leave Old Trafford.

United had hoped to raise funds through the sale of Maguire, who has fallen out of favour under Erik ten Hag. The £80m defender, who has two years on his contract, made eight Premier League starts last season and has been warned by Gareth Southgate that his England place will be under threat if he remains on the sidelines.

Moving to West Ham would give Maguire a chance to play regularly and ensure he is in position to start for England at Euro 2024 next summer. David Moyes has pushed for the deal to go ahead, despite others in the club being less convinced about signing Maguire, and United accepted a £30m bid last week.

Although there was a chance of Moyes selecting Maguire as his captain, the lack of clarity has led to concern at West Ham that the former Leicester player is stalling and unsure over the move. There is also a feeling within the recruitment department that West Ham could do with a quicker centre-back. There is interest in the Bayer Leverkusen duo Jonathan Tah and Odilon Kossounou.

West Ham anticipate a busy end to the window and are braced for Manchester City to make a new bid for Lucas Paquetá. The Brazil midfielder, whose contract contains an £85m release clause that becomes active next summer, is unsettled and wants to join Pep Guardiola’s side. West Ham are considering Ajax’s Mohammed Kudus and City’s Cole Palmer as replacements.

They are also monitoring Nottingham Forest’s Brennan Johnson, who is a target for Tottenham. It may take about £45m to convince Forest to sell the winger.

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Osimhen wants to join Chelsea – Mikel

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Former midfielder John Obi Mikel suggested that Napoli star Victor Osimhen ‘wants to come to Chelsea’ ahead of the summer transfer window.

The 25-year-old Nigerian striker is widely expected to leave the Partenopei at the end of the season, having recently told the press that he’s ‘already decided’ his next step. He penned a new contract with Napoli in December that contains a release clause in the region of €120-130m.

Osimhen has been widely linked with a move to the Premier League in the summer, with a long list of possible suitors including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.

Speaking at the Web Summit Qatar via Calciomercato.com, Mikel first discussed the links between Osimhen and Chelsea.

“I think there is genuine interest on both sides. I’m convinced that Victor wants to come to Chelsea, obviously he wants to follow in my footsteps and the Nigerian players who played for Chelsea, such as Victor Moses, Celestine Babayaro…”

Finally, Obi Mikel discussed the other clubs interested in signing Osimhen this summer.

“He also has many clubs interested in him, such as PSG, Manchester United, but I am pushing, sending him messages, trying to make sure that there is only one club in his mind: the Blues!”

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INEOS ‘surprised’ Man Utd didn’t consider signing Tino Livramento

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe recently completed his purchase of a 28% stake in the club and is busy working on internal restructuring, with Manchester City’s Omar Berrada appointed as their new chief executive starting this summer and Newcastle’s Dan Ashworth closing in on being confirmed as the sporting director.

INEOS and Ratcliffe are also beginning to identify positions and profiles for the summer transfer window – 90min recently reported they are looking to sign a striker, centre-back and versatile full-back, while a midfielder will also be on their radar with Michael Olise already an approved target. Even a defensive midfielder could arrive if Casemiro departs, with interest coming from Saudi Arabia.

Man Utd’s need to bring in a quality option at full-back has been evident for a while. Sources have told 90min that INEOS are admirers of Livramento and there have questions why he was not considered last summer. Livramento left Southampton following their relegation from the Premier League and joined Newcastle for an initial £32m fee plus a further £8m in add-ons.

The need for a left-back is perhaps more pressing for Man Utd, but Livramento can switch from the right if needed. He has filled in at left-back for Newcastle and proven to be one of their most promising players across an indifferent campaign thus far and has also put his injury problems behind him, missing out on only one Premier League matchday squad this season, and this was due to illness.

Man Utd may not have viewed an approach for Livramento as within their financial means, but INEOS believe transfers for young profiles like him should be viewed as investments not expenses, so it would have been worth paying more for a youthful player with great ability. The 21-year-old’s wages would also have been lower compared to Man Utd’s median, while his price tag would stand to grow with good performances.

 

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Cheick Doucouré extends contract

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Crystal Palace can just concentrate on finishing the campaign as high as possible before a decent summer holiday and total reset.

They’ll be doing so in the knowledge that powerhouse midfielder, Cheick Doucoure will remain at the club for another five years, having signed a new deal with the club according to Fabrizio Romano.

Cheick Doucouré has signed a new long-term contract with Crystal Palace until June 2029.

Huge one for #CPFC after Doucouré was on many club’ list last summer including Liverpool.

“I’m looking forward to getting back on the pitch as quickly as possible”, Cheick says.

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