West Ham are looking to sign Christian Benteke after seeing a move for one of France’s top strikers rejected – but they could lose their star man, with Real Madrid reportedly in the hunt, according to Wednesday morning’s papers.
WEST HAM READY TO MOVE FOCUS ON TO BENTEKE
West Ham are eyeing a move for Liverpool forward Christian Benteke after having a club record £31m bid for Alexandre Lacazette rejected by Lyon.
The Sun claims the French side have turned down the massive bid – causing huge frustration at the club and ensuring their striker search must turn elsewhere.
A Hammers insider said: “The world has gone potty.”
West Ham are now considering their options with a new striker their top priority during this summer’s transfer window.
Slaven Bilic may now struggle to land Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi as he declared he wants to play for a Champions League club – leaving unwanted Liverpool striker Benteke as their prime target.
Hammers chiefs believe they could land the striker for around the £20million mark after he struggled to make an impact at Anfield following his £32.5million switch from Aston Villa last summer.
Benteke has already signalled his intentions to stay at Liverpool next season, but could be persuaded to move on if Jurgen Klopp tells him he is not wanted.
REAL IN THE HUNT FOR HAMMERS FAVOURITE
Staying with West Ham and Real Madrid are looking to sign West Ham and France midfielder Dimitri Payet, 29, according to reports in France.
Le 10 Sport suggest Real Madrid are considering a move for the Hammers favourite – but will wait until after Euro 2016 to see how he performs.
The Frenchman enjoyed a stellar campaign for the Hammers, scoring 12 goals in 38 appearances including a handful of sublime free-kicks.
Payet’s form has been rewarded with a call-up to the France squad for this summer’s tournament and Real scouts will be present at all of the host nation’s games to keep an eye on the 29-year-old.
Real are planning to offload James Rodriguez this summer and view Payet as the ideal candidate to replace the Colombian.
Payed signed a new contract with West Ham this year as the club tried to play down any rumours linking him with a move away from east London.
But the lure of playing in the Champions League for Real could persuade Payet to force through a move if the Spanish giants firm up their interest with a bid in July.
AND THE REST
Romelu Lukaku’s father thinks his son will leave Everton for around £65m before Euro 2016 gets underway (Daily Express)
Arsenal have submitted a £51m offer to Juventus in an attempt to sign 23-year-old forward Alvaro Morata during the summer transfer window (Corriere dello Sport)
Real Madrid have until 15 June to trigger 25-year-old Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea’s £39m release clause (AS)
A Far East consortium are believed to be close to agreeing a deal to buy Aston Villa and that would make Roberto Di Matteo the favourite to pip Nigel Pearson to the manager’s post (Daily Express)
Arsenal are on the hunt for a left-back and have watched Kieran Tierney of Celtic and Leicester’s Ben Chilwell closely but have yet to make any formal offers (Daily Mail)
Crotone, recently promoted to Serie A, will face a huge job to convince manager Ivan Juric to stick around following interest from Leeds United (Daily Express)
Tomas Rosicky, 35, who will leave Arsenal this summer, hopes to earn a deal elsewhere by appearing for the Czech Republic at Euro 2016 (The Times)
Liverpool and Italy forward Mario Balotelli, 25, who is currently on loan at AC Milan, is wanted by Spanish side Espanyol (Fijaches)
Liverpool winger Samed Yesil is on the verge of joining Turkish club Trabzonspor, after spending a season on loan at FC Luzern (Daily Express)
England forward Jamie Vardy has a £25m release clause in his contract, but the 29-year-old plans to stay at champions Leicester City next season (Bleacher Report)
Former Borussia Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre is in the hunt for the Everton job after holding talks with Goodison officials but Saints boss Ronald Koeman and Dutchman Frank de Boer still top the shortlist (The Sun)
Francesco Guidolin has urged Swansea not to cash in on £10m-rated striker Andre Ayew (The Sun)
Rafa Benitez wants to hit the ground running after verbally agreeing to remain Newcastle manager despite their relegation to the Championship (Daily Mail)
Manchester United are discussing whether to press ahead with a deal to sign Zlatan Ibrahimovic, after sending scouts to watch him in PSG’s 1-1 draw with Bordeaux last week (Daily Mail)
Watford have held talks with former Inter Milan boss Walter Mazzarri and the club could appoint their new head coach by the end of this week (Gazetta dello Sport)
Incoming Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to hijack neighbours United’s move for Schalke sensation Leroy Sane (Daily Star)
Theo Walcott is desperate to stay at Arsenal this summer despite interest from West Ham (Daily Star)
Leicester boss Claudio Ranieri is keen on signing Ajax striker Arkadiusz Milik (Daily Mirror)
Swansea have Junior Hoilett top of their wanted list this summer with the 25-year-old winger’s contract expiring at QPR (Daily Mirror)
Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick may have been saying goodbye to the Old Trafford fans for the last time on Tuesday night after celebrating the end of the season with his two children on the pitch (Daily Telegraph)
Chelsea have risked upsetting hospitality season ticket holders by offering a 3 per cent refund to compensate for the lack of Champions League football at Stamford Bridge next season (The Times)