23 goals & 8 assists: West Ham and Everton set to battle it out for in-form attacker

23 goals & 8 assists: West Ham and Everton set to battle it out for in-form attacker – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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West Ham and Everton are looking to sign the Cape Verde striker Djaniny Semedo this summer.

According to a report from A Bola (translated by SportWitness), the two Premier League clubs want to improve their attack and they have identified the Al Ahli striker as a target.

Apparently, Wolves have gathered information about the player as well.

Semedo has 23 goals this season and he could prove to be a useful option for them. The 28-year-old has also picked up 8 assists in 29 appearances for the Saudi Arabian club.

The player has a contract until 2022 and it will be interesting to see if the two clubs can agree on a fee with Al Ahli.

The Saudi club paid €10m for the player and they will be looking to make a considerable profit.

Both clubs are in desperate need of goalscorers and Silva/Pellegrini should look to break the bank for Semedo if they believe in his quality.

The 28-year-old is at the peak of his powers right now and he could make a big difference for either club next season.

With the likes of Carroll and Hernandez expected to leave, West Ham could certainly use someone like Semedo.

Both clubs have the financial muscle to pull this off and it will be interesting to see where Semedo ends up in the end.

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Man United’s chase for Koulibaly takes a twist: report

Manchester United have reportedly been dealt a blow in their chase for Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly in their bid to resolve their defensive woes.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s arrival hasn’t stopped the goals from opposition attackers flowing in and so the need to address their issues in the back are clear for all to see.

It’s believed the Norwegian’s main focus is to invest in the full-back positions but there’s a feeling for the need to partner Victor Lindelof with a capable centre-back.

Koulibaly is said to be their ideal signing due to his experience, leadership and obvious top talent which is why he has several suitors in the first place.

United’s chances of signing him are already pretty low, particularly with no Champions League football on offer but it appears as though it’s now near impossible.

According to Calcio Mercato, Correire dello Sport report that Napoli rejected Real Madrid’s €90m offer for Kalidou as they stick to their guns on his €150m release clause.

Given how the Italian side won’t even budge for the Spanish giant then it leaves the Red Devils with almost no chance of signing him.

Koulibaly’s €150m release clause is also a huge chunk of Solskjaer’s reported £200m budget and given the amount of players he still wants to sign, a deal is unlikely.

Manchester United are ‘very close’ to signing Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt

Manchester United & Ajax’s Matthijs de Ligt

One of the hottest targets this summer is Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt.

De Ligt, 19, seems certain to leave Ajax in the off-season.

Last week Jan Aage Fjortoft reported on social media that Manchester United were actively trying to sign de Ligt.

Back then, it seemed unlikely that Man United would stand a chance at landing the Dutch teenager.

Having finished sixth in the Premier League, Man United can only offer Europa League football to a player who just scored in a Champions League semi-final.

Yet, on Saturday night, the narrative appears to have changed dramatically.

Man United are ‘very close’ to signing Ajax’s de Ligt

According to Gerard Romero, a Spanish journalist who works for Esports RAC1, Man United are “very close” to signing de Ligt.

Is the deal for the Ajax star done? No, not yet.

However, Gerard Romero claims that Man United have tabled an offer for the centre-half, and de Ligt is open to talks.

If that wasn’t enough, the Independent’s chief football writer Miguel Delaney has also reported on Man United and de Ligt.

He’s claimed that Man United are “willing to offer ‘staggering’ money to De Ligt, and he is listening.”

De Ligt ‘likes’ Paul Pogba post

Could Barcelona sign de Ligt?

Also see: Champions League final tickets: Prices double a week before Tottenham vs Liverpool.

Arsenal linked to two goalies: Valencia’s Neto & Keylor Navas.

Spurs preparing offer for 23-yr-old, some fans react: ‘Would be a sensational signing’

Spurs preparing offer for 23-yr-old, some fans react: 'Would be a sensational signing' – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Tottenham are thought to be preparing a big offer for the Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio.

According to El Confidencial (report translated by SportWitness), the Londoners want to sign the playmaker and they are preparing for an offer in excess of €100m for him.

Asensio has a €700m release clause and it will be interesting to see if Real Madrid are willing to do business for him this summer.

The Spaniard is highly rated at the club and he could develop into a real star for them in future.

Tottenham’s interest in the player certainly makes a lot of sense. Christian Eriksen has been linked with a move to Real Madrid and if he ends up leaving, they will need a quality replacement.

Asensio could be his ideal long term successor at Tottenham.

However, a €100m offer from Tottenham seems quite unlikely as it would shatter their club transfer record.

Daniel Levy has always been a shrewd spender and he hasn’t paid large sums of money for his targets in the past.

Having said that, the 23-year-old is a prodigious talent who can certainly justify the fee in the long run. Pochettino could help him fulfil his world class potential at Tottenham.

It will be interesting to see if Spurs can get their man this summer if the reports are correct.

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Celtic interested in sealing a cut price move for Brendan Rodgers’ summer target

Celtic interested in sealing a cut price move for Brendan Rodgers' summer target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Celtic are interested in re-signing Patrick Roberts this summer.

The Manchester City winger was on loan at Girona this past season and he has just one year left on his Etihad deal.

He is unwanted at the Premier League club and therefore he is likely to be on the market once again this summer.

As per the Sun, Celtic are keen on signing him.

The 22-year-old has played for the Scottish giants before and he might be tempted to return.

Roberts played some of his best football with Celtic and he should look to join them and kick start his career. He needs to play regularly at this stage of this career and he needs to regain his confidence.

The winger is adored by the Celtic fans and that could help him rediscover his belief and confidence.

It will be interesting to see if the Scottish club manages to agree on a deal with City now.

As per the report from Sun, Leicester City are keen on the player as well. Brendan Rodgers has worked with Roberts before and he knows all about the young winger.

It seems that he is keen on a reunion this summer.

The player is reportedly valued at £4m and Celtic should be able to afford it. They need to move swiftly and secure his services now.

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Zlamal insists he did not foul Edouard for Celtic penalty in Scottish Cup final

Hearts goalkeeper Zdenek Zlamal insists he did not touch Odsonne Edouard before the Frenchman went down to win the penalty that proved the turning point in the William Hill Scottish Cup final.

‘Sicknote’, ‘No thanks’ – Some of the Wolves fans are not too keen on 28-yr-old target

'Sicknote', 'No thanks' – Some of the Wolves fans are not too keen on 28-yr-old target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Wolves are thought to be interested in signing the Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck this summer.

According to London Evening Standard, the player will be a free agent soon and the likes of West Ham, Everton and Wolves are hoping to snap him up on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old has recovered from his injury problems and he will be looking to get his career back on track with regular football now.

It will be interesting to see if Wolves make a move for the versatile forward.

On a free transfer, it could prove to be a useful signing for Nuno. Welbeck would be a good alternative to Jimenez.

Wolves will play European football next season and they will need more depth and quality.

Welbeck has the experience and quality to be of use to the Molineux outfit.

The Arsenal forward is currently on wages of around £100k-a-week as per Evening Standard and that could be an issue for Wolves.

The Molineux outfit will not want to pay that much for a squad player. Welbeck might have to take a pay cut in order for the move to go through.

Wolves fans have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on his potential signing. Here are some of the reactions.

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