West Ham face tough talks over Sevilla striker

After the departure of £45m signing Sebastien Haller to Ajax earlier this month, the injury prone Michail Antonio is left as the Hammers only recognised first team striker.

As such, West Ham have made the capture of a replacement for Haller a top priority in the remaining two weeks of the transfer window.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein has suggested that Sevilla’s Youssef En-Nesyri, who has scored 12 times in 25 games so far this season, is a target for David Moyes.

Ornstein claims that West Ham have been putting together a €30m package to bring the Morocco international to the London Stadium, but according to local Seville newspaper Estadio Deportivo, the La Liga side are after a much more substantial fee than the one the Hammers have been readying.

As picked up by website Sport Witness, the article translated in to English claims that West Ham would need to go ‘significantly higher’ in order to secure El-Nesyri’s services.

Furthermore, Sevilla are keen to have a replacement sorted before sanctioning any possible move to London.

With 12 days to go until the transfer window closes, this deal is currently looking quite unlikely – but as we saw two summers ago with recently-departed Seb Haller, West Ham haven’t been afraid to spend good money on forward players in recent times.

Chelsea prepare for Sevilla test as Champions League campaign begins

Frank Lampard’s side roared in to a 2-0 lead at Stamford Bridge against Saints, with Timo Werner’s first league goals for the club coming inside half an hour.

Danny Ings would pull one back for the visitors shortly before half-time, before Che Adams levelled things up on 57 minutes.

But Werner’s compatriot Kai Havertz would re-establish the Blues’ lead not long after, finishing off a well-constructed Chelsea move.

However, Southampton wouldn’t go away and in the 2nd minute of time added on, Jannik Vestergaard snatched a point for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side.

Chelsea will quickly need to put the disappointment of the late equaliser behind them though, as they prepare to face Sevilla at the Bridge in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Along with the Spanish side, the Blues are in a group with Ligue 1 club Stade Rennais and Russian team FC Krasnodar.

Incidentally, Chelsea and Sevilla both finished 4th in their respective leagues last season, but that won’t matter much on the European stage.

Thiago Silva may be recalled to the squad by Frank Lampard due to his vast Champions League experience – he missed the game with Southampton due to the amount of travelling he had done with Brazil during the international break.

Edouard Mendy is rated 50-50 for Tuesday night’s game meanwhile, with the goalkeeper still recovering from a knock picked up whilst away with Senegal.

Sevilla meanwhile have had 3 players ruled out for the clash, with manager Julen Lopetegui claiming Oussama Idrissi, Jules Kounde and Aleix Vidal all haven’t travelled to London.

Harry Maguire calls on Manchester United to improve following Europa League exit

Goals from Suso and Luuk De Jong ended the Red Devils European journey in Germany, and Maguire echoed his manager’s comments by stating a semi final spot is not good enough.

The England international claimed United were the better team on the night, but the efficiency of Sevilla was too much to handle.

United have already secured their place in next season’s Champions League, but Maguire will be hoping his comments will resonate with his teammates as they jet off on summer holidays this week.

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Manchester United face Sevilla in Europa League semi final clash

The Norwegian has laid down the challenge to his players in midweek, by claiming that a semi final place is not enough for a club like United.

However, despite a rallying call from their boss, the United players will need to improve following their limp quarter final win over FC Copenhagen.

Bruno Fernandes’ extra time penalty saw them through, but United struggled against the Danes.

Eric Bailly is the only new fitness issue for Solskjaer, and Victor Lindelof could step in alongside Harry Maguire.

For Sevilla, despite the famous comments of John Aldridge and Ray Wilkins, are no push over in Europe.

In fact, Julen Lopetegui’s side are the Europa League most successful club, with three title wins in the last five seasons.

Lopetegui is expected to name an unchanged side from their win over Wolves.

Tomas Vaclik’s injury means that Bono, no not that one, this is the Moroccan international, will start, alongside former Manchester City star Jesus Navas.


Norwich City ready to sell trio

The trio have been told they are unlikely to be involved in the squad when they return ahead of the new Championship season.

They are due to be part of the rebuilding job at Carrow Road with the Canaries having already made six signings since dropping out of the Premier League, including Kieran Dowell from Everton.

Drmic has been an expensive failure after arriving on a free transfer from Borussia Monchengladbach last summer.

The striker scored just three goals across 25 appearances and was one of the club’s top earners, marking a wretched transfer window.

Expensive loan moves for Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, Sevilla midfielder Ibrahim Amadou and Patrick Roberts from Manchester City were cut short mid-season as Norwich finished bottom of the table.

Trybull was one of boss Daniel Farke’s first signings, joining the Canaries in 2017, and helped them win the Championship title in 2019.

He started the first four games of the club’s doomed Premier League campaign before suffering an ankle injury and was then restricted to just 10 starts after returning in November.

Leitner, who initially joined on loan from Augsburg in 2018 before making a permanent move, played just 10 times last term and failed to make a top flight appearance after October.

He was ruled out of the run-in in July with a hernia problem which needed surgery.

Jamal Lewis has been strongly linked with Liverpool while Ben Godfrey, Todd Cantwell, Emi Buendia and Max Aarons could all go.