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    West Ham desperate for Jesse Lingard transfer and will do ‘whatever it takes’ to land Man Utd and England ace

    WEST HAM will do ‘whatever it takes’ to sign Jesse Lingard permanently from Manchester United, it has been claimed. Lingard left Old Trafford in January after being frozen out of the side and joined the Hammers until the end of the season.
    West Ham will do ‘whatever it takes’ to sign Jesse Lingard permanently from Manchester UnitedCredit: Rex
    It proved pivotal for the playmaker, who has re-found his form with six goals and four assists in eight matches for West Ham.
    The Hammers are desperate to keep Lingard, 28, but do not have a clause in the loan deal to make the move permanent.
    A West Ham source reportedly told Sky Sports: “We will do whatever it takes to sign him. He’s been outstanding for us.”
    Lingard even received a call up in England’s last round of World Cup qualifiers after two years in the wilderness.
    He started against San Marino and came off the bench against Albania and Poland, with England winning all three.
    He travelled to and scored in the 2018 World Cup and is now fighting for a place on the plane for this summer’s delayed European Championship.
    Lingard boosted his chances again in West Ham’s weekend win over Wolves with a magnificent 60-yard run, which resulted in a goal.
    After the Hammers 3-2 win, United legend Gary Neville said: “He does an incredible amount of running.
    Jesse Lingard has been on fire since joining West Ham
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    “It’s what he does. He’s good out of possession and good in possession.
    “At Manchester United. because there is that expectation of what you need to be, to be a wide player there, he’s always going to get a difficult press.
    “But if he was playing in a world-class team, if he was, say, Ji-Sung Park 10 years ago playing with Ronaldo and Rooney, doing that supplementary role, then people would be saying he’s perfect for this squad.
    “The problem is he was not playing in Manchester United teams as good as that, so he gets a bit of stick. He’s a really good player. He’s going to have a great career.

    “Manchester United have sent him out to West Ham to boost his career, maybe with the thought of boosting his price tag, but they might be thinking, ‘Actually, we might want him back, he could be a real help to us’.
    “If Jesse wants to play, and you can see he does want to play, then he needs to leave, because he’s not going to play every single week for a Manchester United team that’s competing for second or first place in the league.
    “But if he’s willing to go back there and compete and be the player that Dan James has been for the last few weeks, in and out, then there’s no doubt he can play for Manchester United.”
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    Man Utd starlet Charlie Savage looking to one-up dad Robbie and follow in Scott McTominay’s footsteps

    CHARLIE SAVAGE hopes to go one better than his old man — and make the grade at Manchester United.But the 17-year-old midfielder says Scott McTominay, not his dad Robbie, is the main inspiration behind his goal to reach the Old Trafford first team.
    Man Utd starlet Charlie Savage, 17, hopes to go one better than his old man RobbieCredit: Getty
    Savage says Scott McTominay is the main inspiration behind his goal to reach the first teamCredit: Getty
    Robbie Savage was a member of United’s Class of 92 alongside the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Gary Neville and Nicky Butt.
    He never made a senior appearance for United but went on to have a fine career with Leicester, Birmingham and Derby.
    Savage Sr, now a pundit, also won 39 caps for Wales in midfield.
    Now his son Charlie is making waves with both United and Wales and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Red Devils academy graduate McTominay.
    Savage Jr admitted: “The main inspiration for me is Scott — he’s the best with us. He comes over to talk to us. He had it difficult in the youth team.
    “He didn’t play many matches but he just kept going and he proved it’s not always the standout players who make the first team.
    “Sometimes it’s the players who might have had a back seat but they keep pushing and pushing.
    “Scott, Marcus Rashford and also Brandon Williams all inspire us to improve and move forward.”
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    Savage Jr is a regular for United’s Under-18s and is highly rated.
    He was born in Leicester in 2003, when his dad was playing for the Foxes.
    Now he wants to represent Wales like dad Robbie — and last month made his Under-18 debut in a defeat to England.
    With his long hair flowing, Savage Jr is eerily similar to his famous father.
    But he is more of a creative threat than his enforcer dad — plus a fine passer.
    Charlie said: “My first game for Wales was two or three years ago and I’ve come through the age groups.
    “I’ve always dreamed of playing for my country, it makes me proud.

    “Last season was difficult because I was injured but this season I’ve played pretty much all the matches at United — and I feel like I am progressing really well.
    “My dad doesn’t really say too much to me. He leaves that to the coaches who know better!
    “He’s there if I need him but he always stresses to me how big a thing it is to play for your country — and that I should be proud of what I’ve achieved so far.
    “It’s an honour for me to play for Wales.”
    Charlie was watched against England by his dad, who was forced to stand on a hill outside Cardiff International stadium because of Covid regulations. Robbie then picked his son up in a Bentley.
    It was quite the contrast to his junior Welsh team-mates, driving off in their Volkswagen Polos.
    Charlie said: “It’d be nice to replicate what he did and make it to the Wales first team.
    Savage Jr is a regular for United’s Under-18s and is highly rated
    Robbie Savage with his son Charlie
    “We are different. He was tenacious, whereas I’m more of a ball player.
    “I think I’m a better finisher than him too! He won’t like me saying that — but if I can have half the career he had, then I’ll be very happy.”
    Savage faced England in the same Wales side as captain Keelan Williams, the brother of Liverpool and Wales defender Neco.
    Charlie will now hope to follow a similar path in the next few seasons.
    Wales Under-18 boss Rob Edwards said: “I’ve got to say Charlie has a great attitude.
    “His presence in our camp is very professional. We set the standards of an elite environment and Charlie has come in and been a great character.
    “He played very well against England. The players wouldn’t be here if we didn’t think they had potential.”
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    Man Utd whizkid Brandon Williams eyed by Southampton in loan transfer after January snub

    SOUTHAMPTON would like to revisit a loan move for Manchester United whizkid Brandon Williams.Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl wants more depth in the full-back areas and likes Williams’ ability to play both on the left and right.
    Southampton would like to revisit a loan move for Brandon WilliamsCredit: Getty
    Hasenhuttl tried to borrow Williams, 20, from United in January but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer refused to let him go.
    Southampton are hopeful Solskjaer will reconsider his stance for next season though, with Williams starting just three games this term.
    Brentford’s Rico Henry is another name Saints could consider this summer, particularly if the Bees fail to win promotion and Ryan Bertrand walks away on a free
    Meanwhile are keen to sign Theo Walcott permanently in the summer after being wowed by his performances and attitude this season.
    Saints are generally hunting younger reinforcements but will make an exception for loanee Walcott.
    The 47-cap England star, now 32, has impressed since arriving from Goodison Park in January and set up Nathan Redmond’s winner against Burnley on Sunday.
    Walcott will be a free agent when his Everton contract expires in June, but is confident his future will be determined soon.
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    He said: “To be quite frankly honest, I have just been looking forward to getting fit. Simple as that.
    “That thing will sort itself out, I am sure. I am just looking after myself and working hard playing for Southampton at this moment in time.
    “We will see what the future takes.”
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    Man Utd ‘ready to offer Alex Telles to Sporting Lisbon on loan in player-plus-cash transfer for full-back Nuno Mendes’

    MANCHESTER UNITED are ready to offer Alex Telles to Sporting Lisbon on loan in a player-plus-cash deal for Nuno Mendes, reports say. Telles was signed from Sporting’s rivals Porto this summer for £15.3million to provide competition for Luke Shaw.
    Man Utd are ready to offer Alex Telles on loan in a player-plus-cash deal for Nuno Mendes, reports say.Credit: Getty
    Nuno Mendes is seen as a prodigy in PortugalCredit: Rex
    But Shaw’s form has been so impressive, Telles has only played seven times in the league, with his other 14 appearances coming in cup competition.
    It leaves his Old Trafford future up in the air, and according to Portuguese newspaper Record, United are willing to see the left-back leave.
    They are understood to be plotting a deal for Telles, 28, to be used as ‘a bargaining chip’ to sign fellow full-back Mendes.
    The offer could include a £33.9million fee for Sporting and a season-long loan of Telles.
    United would still need to cover at least part of the Brazil international’s wages.
    The deal is believed to be partially driven by Bruno Fernandes, a friend of Mendes and the pair share an agent.
    Mendes, 18, is seen as a prodigy in Portugal, having made 26 appearances for Sporting this season.
    United’s Manchester rivals City have also been linked with the defender in the past.

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    And Liverpool even saw a reported bid of around £19m for Mendes rejected in December.
    Shaw’s performances have not only seen him keep Telles out the side, but he is also nailed on for a spot in England’s squad for Euro 2020.
    He started against Albania in a World Cup qualifier at the end of March, providing an assist for skipper Harry Kane, as England won 2-0.
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    Man Utd will have to ‘hand de Gea huge pay-off’ to get rid of him this summer – with Solskjaer to pick Henderson as No1

    DAVID DE GEA is set to receive a huge pay-off to leave Manchester United, reports say. It comes following speculation manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will put his faith in Dean Henderson as No1 next season.
    Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and David de GeaCredit: Times Newspapers Ltd
    According to the Daily Mirror, United will have to pay out a large slice of De Gea’s £36.4million contract to get him off the wage bill.
    The Spaniard still has two years left on his £350,000-a-week deal signed in 2019.
    De Gea, 30, has largely been selected as Solskjaer’s stopper this season, missing only five league matches.
    Henderson, 24, has made 19 appearances in all competitions but found most of his game time has come in cup matches.
    With the England international looking ahead to the future, it is believed he has made it clear he wants regular first-team football next season.
    And despite De Gea’s experience, he could find himself sacrificed in favour of Henderson’s youth and potential.
    United currently spend £570,000 a week on five senior goalkeepers – and are looking to cut costs.
    Henderson sealed a five-year contract worth £100,000 a week last summer to fend off transfer interest elsewhere.

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    Sergio Romero, 34, is on £70,000 a week but is running down the last few months of his contract back home in Argentina.
    He was all-but ready to move to Everton last summer until United blocked the move right at the last.
    Third-choice Lee Grant, 38, and Joel Pereira, 24, are on £30,000 a week and £20,000 a week respectively but become free agents at the end of the season.
    Huddersfield are paying a percentage of Pereira’s salary having signed the ex-Portugal Under-21 stopper on loan.
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    Man Utd star Jesse Lingard has better goal or assist ratio at West Ham than Di Canio after record start to loan spell

    JESSE LINGARD has smashed West Ham’s record for most goals and assists after his flying start. The playmaker joined the Hammers from Manchester United on loan in January, has since revived his career.
    Jesse Lingard is averaging a goal or an assist every 88 minutes
    So much so, that he is averaging a goal or an assist every 88 minutes.
    And according to Opta, it is the best ever ratio by a West Ham player in a single campaign in the competition.
    That is from a minimum of 500 minutes, and Lingard is ahead of club legend Paulo Di Canio at the moment.
    With with five goals and two assists in 617 minutes, Lingard currently leads the way with a contribution every 88 minutes.
    Di Canio averaged one every 90 minutes during the 1999-2000 season.
    Lingard’s form has been so impressive, he earned a recall to Gareth Southgate’s England side for their trio of World Cup qualifiers.
    He started against San Marino and came off the bench in matches with Albania and Poland.
    Lingard, 27, is now competing for a place on the plane for the delayed European Championships in the summer.

    The forward was a fixture in Southgate’s midfield in the 2018 World Cup, even scoring against Panama.
    And it was his past performances which Lingard turned to for motivation during the nation’s first lockdown last year.
    He revealed: “There was a time in lockdown when I just looked back at some old England games, and games that I played well in for United, just to get the fire in my belly again.
    “Since coming here I’ve had targets written down on a board and until I hit them, I won’t be fulfilled.”
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    Inside the life of Man Utd legend Roy Keane – from 20-year marriage to wife Theresa to his controversial playing career

    ON the pitch, he was the enforcer at Nottingham Forest, Man Utd and CelticOff it, he’s a milder family man, loyal husband of wife of 20-years Theresa, father of five kids and a generous son.
    Off the pitch, Roy Keane, pictured with wife of 20-years Theresa, is a mild family manCredit: Getty – Contributor
    On the pitch, Keane was the hardman of British football at Manchester UnitedCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    In recent years, Roy Keane, 49, has reinvented himself as a TV pundit on Sky Sports – championed for his sharp analysis, rapport with Micah Richards and wicked sense of humour.
    He has now thrown his hat into the ring for the vacant Celtic manager’s job, and is one of the hot favourites for the role.
    But, away from football, the Ireland legend lives a very private life.
    THERESA DOYLE
    Last month Keane surprised us all when he set up an Instagram page, where he’s uploaded pictures of his family, including his grandchildren.
    Still missing from it, though, is his wife of 20-years, Theresa Doyle.
    The pair met in 1992, when the midfielder was playing for Forest under Brian Clough.
    “I spotted a beautiful girl in a club in town. Her name was Theresa Doyle but she blanked me,” Keane once revealed of his encounter with the Nottingham-born beauty.
    “She was in a steady relationship and didn’t seem at all impressed by Roy Keane, the great footballer. In fact, I think my reputation was as a downer for all kinds of reasons.
    “From time to time we ran into each other around Nottingham. I knew some of her friends, who told me Theresa was a dentist’s assistant.

    Theresa Doyle, far right, has been married to Keane for 20-years and he describes her as his ‘rock’Credit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
    Family man Keane joined Instagram and has been sharing pictures of his grandchildrenCredit: Instagram / @officialkeane16
    Since setting up an Instagram account in February, Keane has amassed 1.3m followersCredit: Instagram / @officialkeane16
    “Eventually, after her relationship broke up, she relented and we went out together. I was in love.”
    They got married in a private ceremony at the Church of Our Lady Crowned in Mayfield, Cork, where Keane is from.
    Keane rarely mentions his wife in public, but once opened up about their relationship in a revealing interview with the Sunday Times in the early 2000s.
    “I don’t really mention her in public, but in fairness to her, she has been a rock in my life. Just brilliant. She reads me better than I read myself,” Keane said.
    “I wouldn’t say Theresa likes every part of the package. She knows I haven’t got a halo over my head. Actually, that’s what she likes about me. She also knows I am not the nastiest person in the world.”
    FIVE CHILDREN
    Keane and Theresa have five children together, Shannon, Caragh, Aidan, Leah and Alanna.
    Even though the former footballer has tasted plenty of success on the football pitch, nothing comes close to spending time with his family.
    Even though he enjoyed plenty of success at Manchester United, Keane longed for family time instead of celebrating with team-matesCredit: Reuters
    Keane has five children with wife TheresaCredit: SNS
    In his autobiography, when writing about winning the Champions League in 1999, Keane said he “longed to go home to Theresa and the kids” and wasn’t interested in celebrating with his team-mates.
    However, despite his wish to spend more time with them after hanging up his boots, he previously admitted that they wanted him to get back to work after just two months.
    “My plan when I first stopped was, we’re going to go on some family trips, we’re going to be like the Waltons,” Keane joked.
    “We’re all going to spend time together, go walk in the park and after a month or two they didn’t have the same plan as me so I think they were kind of missing me going to work.
    “I got offered the job at Sunderland and I was away on a family holiday and my family were looking at me… not saying it directly but going we kind of enjoy your company but not too much of it so when the job came back up they were saying you should go for it.”
    MEET THE PARENTS
    Roy’s late father Maurice ‘Mossie’ Keane met his mum Marie at a local dance, and they married in 1963.
    They moved to the Mayfield suburb in Cork, where they raised five children, Denis, Johnson, Hilary, Roy and Pat.
    Keane shared a tight bond with his parents Maurice and MarieCredit: Sky
    Generous Keane bought his parents a home in the countryside in RathpeaconCredit: Instagram / @officialkeane16
    Keane always shared a close bond with his parents and regularly made sure they had tickets to watch his games at Forest and United.
    The generous son also bought them a home in the countryside in nearby Rathpeacon.
    In 2019, Keane was devastated when his Maurice passed away after battling illness. He was 79.
    AS A PLAYER
    When Keane was a schoolboy, he began playing football for local side Rockmount AFC.
    From there, he moved to Irish First Division team Cobh Ramblers of County Cork in 1989.
    Keane was spotted by ex-scout Noel McCabe, who immediately recommended the talent to Brian Clough.
    After impressing on a trial, he moved to Nottingham in 1990 and blossomed into one of the best young midfielders in the country.
    At Nottingham Forest Keane blossomed into one of the country’s best midfieldersCredit: PA:Empics Sport
    In 1993 Manchester United paid a British transfer record fee of £3.75m to buy KeaneCredit: Hulton Archive – Getty
    Sir Alex Ferguson brought Keane to Manchester United in 1993 for a British transfer record fee of £3.75million.
    Keane went on to become one of the Premier League giants’ greatest captains – winning seven Premier League titles, a Champions League, as well as four FA Cups.
    He retired in 2006, after one season in Scotland at Celtic where he played 10 times.
    IRISH FALLOUT
    Keane’s career has been rocked by scandal over the years.
    But nothing hurt more than missing the greatest football competition in the world in 2002.
    Keane played 65 times for Ireland between 1991-2005, but his international career is unfortunately remembered for his fallout with Mick McCarthy before the 2002 World Cup.
    Keane wasn’t happy with the Irish team’s set-up ahead of the prestigious football tournament and left the training camp.
    Keane’s international career is best remembered for his epic fallout with Mick McCarthyCredit: Reuters
    After he returned home from the 2002 World Cup, Keane was seen walking his dogs nearby his homeCredit: Reuters
    After a confrontation with McCarthy at the team hotel, he flew home and was famously quizzed by reporters about his acrimonious exit while walking his dog near his home.
    Without him, Ireland managed to reach the last-16 before they were beaten by Spain on penalties.
    AS A MANAGER
    Now linked with Celtic, Keane has had previous experience managing a club – all with varied success.
    His first job at Sunderland was actually a success in the light of day. He took over the Mackems in 2006 when they second bottom of the Championship.
    In his first season, they managed to win the league and gain promotion. But he stood down from his post before Christmas – with Sunderland struggling in 18th position in the Premier League.
    Keane has had mixed results as a manager, but could he be the next Celtic boss?Credit: EPA

    Then came a spell at Ipswich, where he failed in a promotion bid and was sacked in 2011.
    Keane returned to the international fold as assistant manager to Martin O’Neill, and was a key member of the coaching set-up that saw Ireland qualify Euro 2016.
    O’Neill and Keane left their jobs after a series of inconsistent results left their jobs hanging by a thread – and reunited briefly at Forest in 2019.
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    Man Utd, City and Chelsea dealt bitter transfer blow as Erling Haaland ‘only wants move to Barcelona or Real Madrid’

    ERLING HAALAND only wants a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, Spanish reports say. It would come as a massive transfer blow to Chelsea, Manchester United and City, who are all linked with the Borussia Dortmund striker.
    Erling Haaland only wants a move to Real Madrid or Barcelona, Spanish reports sayCredit: Getty
    Mino Raiola and Alfie Haaland were in Spain to speak with rivals Barca and Real Madrid
    Haaland’s agent, Mino Raiola, and dad, Alfie, were in Spain on Thursday to speak with rivals Barca and Real Madrid.
    And according to Catalunya Radio, Raiola told Nou Camp president Joan Laporta, the Dortmund forward is only interested in a move to LaLiga.
    But, it is claimed Laporta also explained they prefer to sign the 20-year-old next season due to his release clause.
    Haaland is available for just £65million in the summer of 2022 per the stipulation.
    But any side looking to sign the Norwegian in the next window can be expected to pay close to £150m.
    Barca are currently battling huge financial debt, believed to be in the region of £1BILLION.
    It leaves them at a disadvantage to Real Madrid, who have the funds to facilitate a deal.
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    But it is believed the Spanish champions are also eyeing a move for PSG superstar Kylian Mbappe, 22.
    Raiola and Haaland Sr are now expected to meet with Premier League clubs in the coming days.
    United were linked with Haaland in 2019, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer even meeting with the goal machine.
    But he was unable to convince him to make the move to Old Trafford, despite the pair working together at Molde.
    City are on the hunt for a new marksman following the news club legend Sergio Aguero, 32, will leave at the end of the season.
    Chelsea spent close to £150m on attacking talent last summer, but owner Roman Abramovich is rumoured to be a massive admirer of Haaland.
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