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West Ham Set To Bid £20m For Zouma

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West Ham are set to bid £20million for Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma with the Frenchman preferring to move across London rather than being a makeweight in a deal for Jules Kounde, Daily Mail reports.

Zouma, 26, has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge as Chelsea pursue Sevilla and France centre-back Kounde ahead of the new season.

David Moyes side are poised to make an opening bid but it is likely to be beneath Chelsea’s valuation.

Zouma is settled in London and, as it stands, would welcome a move to another club in the capital ahead of being part of any potential swap deal for Kounde.

Kounde, 22, has a buy-out clause of £68.4million and three years remaining on his contract but cash-strapped Sevilla are open to selling him this summer.

They have already rejected a proposal from Tottenham of cash plus defender Davinson Sanchez but that hasn’t deterred Chelsea from trying to strike a cash-plus-player deal.

Chelsea signed Zouma from French club Saint-Etienne for around £12m back in January 2014. He has since played 150 games for the club but has also been loaned out to Stoke City and Everton.

In that time, Zouma has won two Premier League titles, the League Cup and the Champions League.

Having been a regular starter at centre-back under Frank Lampard in the first half of last season, he fell out of favour when Thomas Tuchel took over in January.

He remained an unused substitute in both the FA Cup final defeat to Leicester City and the Champions League final win over Manchester City.

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Liverpool Must Do Everything To Keep Salah, Kuyt Insists

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Former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt has urged the board to do all they can to secure Mohamed Salah to a new deal.

Salah is yet to pen a contract extension and his current deal expires in 2023.

Kuyt believes the 29-year-agreeing a new contract is important, but the club equally need to keep the team together.

He continued: “If I was Liverpool, I would do everything to keep the team in the shape that it is now because Mo [Salah] is feeling very comfortable with the players he’s playing with.

“So, first of all, I would sign him for as long as possible, but also try to keep the other players on board because it’s an amazing team and together with the coaching staff, it’s looking very, very good.

“Last season, of course they struggled , but I think it had a lot to do with injuries. Now they are so strong, they’ve won lots of games and I’m looking forward to the future. Hopefully a long time with these kind of players.”

Salah feels they’re capable of winning something this season.

Salah is concentrating on ensuring Jurgen Klopp ‘s side keep pace with Chelsea and Manchester City at the top of the table, after an unbeaten start to the season.

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Grab Man United Job If Contacted, Domenech Tells Zidane

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Former France coach Raymond Domenech has urged Zinedine Zidane to accept the chance of managing Manchester United if the opportunity is open.

Domenech made this known in an interview with L’Equipe TV, where he said that the former Real Madrid coach has the capability to turn around the fortune of the Red Devils.

Recall that on Tuesday, Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly approached Manchester United chiefs and recommended the club replace manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer with Zinedine Zidane.

Pressure has mounted on Solskjaer following Manchester United’s 4-2 defeat at the hands of Leicester City over the weekend.

Although reports have indicated that Zidane has no interest in a move to the Premier League, Domenech is urging the former Real Madrid to have a rethink.

“What job is he made for when he’s been a multiple Champions League with Real Madrid? What’s left? [Manchester] City, United, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich? There’s five or six clubs. After that, if he takes another club, they’re a step down for him, for someone of his level.

“There comes a point when you can’t let that possibility slip. He’s also got, with [Cristiano] Ronaldo, a direct relay, a translator from Spanish to English.

“He’ll also get away from people who say he only achieved what he did because it was Real Madrid because he knew the players and he’ll prove he’s really a top manager. That’s why I tell him: go for it. Or stay in your comfort, but I don’t think that’s his desire.”

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Lampard Set To Take Over As Newcastle Manager

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…As Bruce Resigns

Newcastle United are considering appointing Frank Lampard as their new manager, ESPN reports.

This comes after Steve Bruce’s dismissal was confirmed on Wednesday.

Bruce leaves St James’ Park after two seasons, in which he guided the Magpies to 13th and 12th place finishes in the Premier League.

However, with the Saudi-backed consortium taking over Newcastle last week, they have decided to make a change in the managerial seat.

The club is currently stuck in the relegation zone with three points from eight fixtures.

Former Chelsea boss, Lampard, is one of the names on the shortlist, along with Paulo Fonseca. Both men are out of work and ready to take over immediately.

However, this weekend against Crystal Palace, first-team coach Graeme Jones will take charge of the team on an interim basis.

Lucien Favre, the former Borussia Dortmund coach, and ex-Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe are also in the frame, while Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Belgium coach Roberto Martinez are more ambitious targets.

Meanwhile,Steve Bruce has left his position as Newcastle manager by “mutual consent”, 13 days after a Saudi-led takeover at St James’ Park, the Premier League club announced on Wednesday.

Bruce, whose departure was widely expected, took charge of his 1,000th match as a manager in Sunday’s 3-2 defeat by Tottenham — his only game under the new owners.

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