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West Ham to demand British record fee of £150m for Declan Rice - Papers

Hammers are resigned to losing Declan Rice this summer but want a British record fee; Leeds United preparing to offer Kalvin Phillips a new, improved contract in an attempt to stave off interest; Tottenham have two clauses to buy Dejan Kulusevski from Juventus as part of their loan deal

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All the top stories and transfer rumours from Wednesday's national newspapers...


West Ham will demand a record transfer fee of £150m as they prepare to sell England midfielder Declan Rice this summer.

England are preparing to make a move for Newcastle playmaker Elliot Anderson from under the nose of Scotland.

Newcastle boss Eddie Howe has vowed to take a cautious approach with key men Callum Wilson and Kieran Trippier as they prepare to step up their returns from injury.

Brazil's preparations for their upcoming World Cup qualifiers have hit a snag with goalkeeper Ederson having to withdraw due to illness.

Paul Pogba claims that he was driven to depression by his fallout with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

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Raheem Sterling will link up with England on Wednesday after hosting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Jamaica.

Injuries cost Premier League clubs almost £90m in the first half of this season, according to a new study.

Aston Villa youngster Carney Chukwuemeka is being monitored by Borussia Dortmund, who believe he can follow in the footsteps of Jadon Sancho and Jude Bellingham.

New England U21s recruit Keane Lewis-Potter is a target for a host of Premier League clubs after only entering the game seven years ago.

Oleksandr Usyk is understood to be in the throes of extricating himself from the front line of the war in Ukraine to prepare for a world heavyweight championship mega-rematch with Anthony Joshua in June.

Boxing chiefs are trialling artificial intelligence and mouthguard technology that could revolutionise judging as the sport scrambles to prevent more scoring scandals.

Yorkshire could be liquidated and reformed as a new club in a manner similar to Bury AFC and AFC Wimbledon if their members do not approve governance reforms next week.

Michael Vaughan has declined to speak in the ECB's investigation into Yorkshire's handling of the Azeem Rafiq saga - despite his strong links with the governing body as a former England captain.

Mo Farah could be in line for a shock return to the global stage after UK Athletics head coach Christian Malcolm disclosed he is '50-50' to appear at this summer's World Championships.

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Melissa Reddy reports Mauricio Pochettino, Eric ten Hag, Julen Lopetegui and Luis Enrique are all under consideration by Manchester United as candidates to become their next manager


Leeds United are preparing to offer Kalvin Phillips a new, improved contract in an attempt to stave off interest from West Ham United and Aston Villa in the England midfielder.

FA chiefs insist they cannot afford to move FA Cup semi-finals away from Wembley as it will take a decade to recover from the financial losses caused by the Covid pandemic.

Scotland are hoping their captain, Andy Robertson, will be able to join the rest of the squad after their friendly against Poland at Hampden Park on Thursday night.

The Rugby Football Union faced a deluge of criticism for their handling of the review into Eddie Jones's poor Six Nations campaign.

Andriy Yarmolenko scores the winner for West Ham


Heartbroken Andriy Yarmolenko admits he cannot focus on football as he faces up to the horrors of the war in Ukraine.

Chelsea bidder Tom Ricketts wants to meet the club's fans in an attempt to win them over.

Gareth Southgate has warned England's players other nations want to "bring us down" as the team begins its World Cup year.

England have been confirmed as top seeds for next week's World Cup draw.

Gareth Bale is one of three Wales big-hitters being nursed ahead of Thursday's World Cup date with destiny.

Tottenham head coach Antonio Conte has been inducted into Italian football's Hall of Fame for his trophy-laden coaching career.

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Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has had to leave the French national team set-up "for personal reasons".

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has admitted he's starting to have a 'little panic' over the thought of retirement.

Manchester City keeper Zack Steffen has launched his own clothing brand to help underprivileged kids.


Commonwealth Games chiefs have agreed on new gender rules which could pave the way for a trans woman to race for a female cycling medal.

The Rugby Football Union has been warned it risks losing key sponsors if it treats the Six Nations as a second-class tournament, according to the union's former chief executive.

Chris Woakes is likely to be left out of the decisive third Test of the West Indies series after enduring a long and testing winter.

More than three-quarters of Manchester United supporters lack confidence there is a "clear strategy" to bring back success and are dissatisfied with the way the club is being run, a damning survey has found.


Gabriel Martinelli has revealed Jorginho made a sly attempt to switch his international allegiance but he never considered representing anyone but Brazil.

Paris Saint-Germain's bid to save themselves the £17m it will cost to sack Mauricio Pochettino could damage the Argentine's hopes of becoming manager of Manchester United.

Joe Worrall has increased Premier League interest in his services with his man-of-the-match display against Liverpool.


Arsenal are beginning to refresh their striker transfer shortlist ahead of the summer when Mikel Arteta and Edu plan to spend big on a new marquee No 9.

Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger's representatives are demanding a whopping £25m signing on fee as the Germany international prepares to depart Stamford Bridge.

Neymar was stretchered off and will be out for the next two months


Neymar is the highest-paid player in the Paris Saint-Germain squad, taking home more than Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe, according to new figures published by French newspaper L'Equipe.


Tottenham have two clauses to buy Dejan Kulusevski from Juventus as part of their loan deal for the midfielder - an option to buy for €30m this summer and a mandatory €35m buy clause in summer 2023 if certain conditions are met.

Midfielder Franck Kessie will join Barcelona on a free transfer this summer after agreeing a four-year contract with the La Liga club.

Thirty-seven days after her dramatic fall from grace at the Winter Olympics, Kamila Valieva will return to competition in Saransk, Russia this weekend with no apparent conclusion in sight to the doping case that blighted the Beijing Games.


Celtic are set to ward off interest from the Premier League as they give developing talent Daniel Kelly a three-year professional contract this week.

Sunderland are to offer Scotland new boy Ross Stewart a new deal.

Former Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha could be about to take his career to Argentina in his next role.


Scotland face a nightmare World Cup finals draw as bottom seeds - if they reach Qatar.

Scott Brown was spotted at East End Park watching Dunfermline thump promotion hopefuls Partick Thistle.

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