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Hammers want Lingard
West Ham have submitted a bid for Jesse Lingard to return to the London Stadium.
The outgoing Manchester United midfielder, 29, is set to become a free agent when his contract expires at Old Trafford on July 1.
Although he has struggled for opportunities with the Red Devils in recent years, Lingard enjoyed an exceptional loan spell with the Hammers during the second half of the 2020-21 campaign – scoring nine times in 16 games.
Now David Moyes wants to bring him back to East London, with the BBC suggesting a deal has been offered to the England international.
Lingard, who has been photographed in New York and Paris in recent days, is said to be considering the offer.
Turner joins the Gunners
Arsenal have officially completed the signing of American goalkeeper Matt Turner from the MLS New England Revolution.
Turner, 28, has established himself as the USA’s No. 1 choice for the past 18 months and joins the Gunners on what is described as a long-term contract.
He becomes the club’s third addition this summer following the arrivals of Brazilian winger Marquinhos and Porto midfielder Fabio Vieira.
Boss Mikel Arteta said: “Matt is an experienced goalkeeper who will bring great quality to our team.
“He has shown with his performances in recent years both in MLS and internationally with the United States that he is a goalkeeper who will give us extra strength for next season.”
Turner will wear the number 30 shirt at the Emirates.
Cech leaves Chelsea
Chelsea have announced that Petr Cech will step down as technical and performance adviser later this week.
The 40-year-old former goalkeeper has been a familiar face in the Blues’ backroom for three years but has opted to move on after the recent change in ownership at Stamford Bridge.
Cech told the Chelsea website: “It has been a huge privilege to play this role at Chelsea for the past three years.
“With the club under new ownership, I think it’s the right time for me to step down. I’m happy the club is now in a great position with the new owners, and I’m confident of its future success at both on and off the pitch.”
Chairman and co-owner Todd Boehly said: “Petr is an important member of the Chelsea family.
“We understand his decision to step down and thank him for his contribution as an advisor and his commitment to the club and to our community. We wish him the best.”
Watford cancel Qatar clash
A friendly clash between Watford and the Qatar national team scheduled for next month has been called off amid fury from fans.
The Hornets were due to face November’s World Cup hosts at the end of a five-day training camp in Austria.
However, the club’s Proud Hornets and Women of Watford supporter groups have both expressed dismay at the proposals due to Qatar’s human rights record and LBGT+ stance.
A joint statement from the two groups on Friday read: “We urge our team to display their support for all human rights, the LGBT+ community and women’s rights at the game and will discuss this directly with the club.”
In the end, Watford opted to call off the game before any conversation.
A club spokesman said: “The game was never finalized and it became very clear that it was a game not to be played. As such the schedule has been revised.”