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Speculation over Joe Hart’s long-term future at West Ham makes the Friday papers.
Joe Hart may be in line for a permanent deal at West Ham, the Mirror reports. The England goalkeeper has struggled since losing place at Manchester City but has impressed David Moyes during his loan spell at London Stadium. Hart, who turned 31 on Thursday, is hoping to make Gareth Southgate’s World Cup squad this summer.
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Watford’s Richarlison could be set to stay in the Premier League with Manchester United said to be favourites to land the 20-year-old this summer. According to the Daily Mail, the Brazilian has caught the eye of Jose Mourinho having moved to England in an £11million transfer last year. The forward scored five times in his first 12 appearances but has suffered a goal drought of late.
Everton’s Ademola Lookman could also be set for a permanent deal – but away from the Premier League. The 20-year-old is on loan at RB Leipzig and, according to the Daily Star, is wanted on a permanent basis in Germany. The club’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick says it remains to be seen whether the Toffees will be willing to release the forward at the end of the season, the paper reports.
Juventus could be looking to two of their former players this summer – but are not expected to offer big-money deals, the Mirror says. The Italian giants are said to be considering a reunion with Manchester United’s Paul Pogba and Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata, though neither look likely to be able to command their Premier League fees. Pogba is said to have clashed with boss Jose Mourinho of late, while Morata has struggled with injury since arriving at Stamford Bridge last summer.
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Eden Hazard: Read Madrid still have eyes on the Chelsea playmaker, but any potential move at the end of the season could hinge on whether Gareth Bale stays in Spain, the Mail says. Zinedine Zidane has long admired the 27-year-old, while questions over Bale’s future in LaLiga have emerged after a number of appearances on the bench.
Riyad Mahrez: Pep Guardiola looks set to resume his pursuit of the Leicester winger, the Mirror reports. Manchester City tried to land the 27-year-old in January, but had their £60million offer turned down by the Foxes. Guardiola is still keen to bolster his squad options and could look to Mahrez again in the summer, the paper says.