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Today's Gossip: Hammers Table Bid For Mandzukic, Galatasaray Targets Chelsea's Nigerian Starlet

West Ham Consider Bid For Mandzukic
West Ham are considering making a summer bid to sign Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic.

The Hammers have highlighted the 30-year-old Croation as they desperately try to find a regular goalscorer to lead their attack at the London Stadium.

The constant fitness issues surrounding Andy Carroll have forced manager Slaven Bilic to prioritise signing at least one attacker over the summer.
Mandzukic has been on the club’s radar for the last 18 months and Bilic made an enquiry last year but was rebuffed by the Serie A Club. But Juventus are now understood to be open to the idea of selling the former Bayern Munich star at the end of this season – putting the Hammers on alert.

Mandzukic enjoyed two prolific seasons at Bayern, scoring 33 goals in 54 appearances for the German club and also won the Champions League in 2013.

Galatasaray Target Chelsea's Starlet
Kevin Oghenetega Tamaraebi Bakumo-Abraham has emerged as a shock loan target for Galatasaray.

The starlet striker has shone at Bristol City this season but is likely to have to bide his time for regular action when he returns to Chelsea.

Reports in Turkey suggest that Gala boss Igor Tudor could persuade pal Antonio Conte to let the 19-year-old spend next season developing his game in Turkey.
Bristol City had to provide a presentation to Chelsea before they were able to convince them that Ashton Gate was the right destination for their asset.

And the decision has worked out for both parties so far, with the striker netting 18 times in 32 league appearances to give Lee Johnson's side a fighting chance of staying in the Championship.

Abraham missed five games with a thigh strain but returned for City's vital 1-0 win at Wigan on Saturday, helping to lift them out of the drop zone.

In Other News
Chelsea believe they can persuade Everton striker Romelu Lukaku to rejoin them this summer after the 23-year-old Belgium international rejected a new contract at Goodison Park. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United, Real Madrid and Juventus could also be interested in Lukaku. (Sun)

Marseille midfielder Maxime Lopez, 19, says Liverpool approached him to join the club as 24-year-old Brazil player Philippe Coutinho's long-term successor. (Independent)

Arsenal's players face losing bonuses worth millions of pounds if they fail to qualify for the Champions League. The Gunners are fifth in the Premier League, five points behind fourth-placed Liverpool. (Daily Mail)

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 24, has no plans to leave Chelsea for Real Madrid in the summer. Courtois is reported to be one of four keepers, including Manchester United's David de Gea and Tottenham's Hugo Lloris, on Real's list to replace Keylor Navas, 30. (London Evening Standard)

Striker Wilfried Bony, 28, has questioned his decision to join Stoke City on loan from Manchester City after failing to seal a regular starting place in Mark Hughes' side. (KCTV, via The Sentinel)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is not interested in returning to Barcelona. The Spanish champions are looking for a replacement for Luis Enrique, who has announced he is leaving at the end of the season. (Daily Mirror)

West Ham are interested in signing Arsenal's 28-year-old Spanish forward Lucas Perez this summer. (Times - subscription required)

Birmingham City are giving a trial to 18-year-old right-back Remeao Hutton, who plays for non-league Hednesford Town in the Northern Premier League. Hednesford sold left-back Cohen Bramall, 20, to Arsenal in a deal worth £40,000 in January. (Birmingham Mail)

Reading boss Jaap Stam says he does not know if he will be at the Championship club beyond his current contract, which expires in the summer of 2018. (Reading Chronicle)

Nottingham Forest's owner Fawaz al Hasawi says his dream is to reach the Premier League after the appointment of Mark Warburton as manager. (Talksport)

Newcastle United and Netherlands goalkeeper Tim Krul, 28, says he will return to the Championship club when his loan spell at Dutch side AZ Alkmaar ends in about two months. (Omroepwest, via Newcastle Chronicle)

Swansea City want a rule change after their 2-1 Premier League defeat at Hull City last Saturday was played less than 24 hours after a rugby league game at the KCOM Stadium. (Wales Online)

Coventry City fans unhappy with the way the League One club is being run are planning a protest before the EFL Trophy final at Wembley on 2 April. (Coventry Telegraph) 

A poll of 3,500 Derby County fans showed 80% backed new boss Gary Rowett as the right appointment for the Championship club. (Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain's president has written a letter to Uefa detailing what the French champions believe were mistakes by the referee in charge of their 6-1 Champions League defeat by Barcelona last week. (Marca - in Spanish)

Brighton captain Bruno says the Premier League will be less physical for him if the Seagulls win promotion. The Spanish right-back has signed a new contract that will take him beyond his 37th birthday. (The Argus)

England manager Gareth Southgate is considering recalling West Ham striker Andy Carroll. The 28-year-old last played for England four years ago. (Daily Mirror)


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