Big clubs line up Hammers raid

West Ham United's Scott Parker walks off the pitch after the defeat to Wigan
West Ham United's Scott Parker walks off the pitch after the defeat to Wigan
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WE take a look around the papers for the latest news from Tottenham, Liverpool, Everton, Manchester United, Manchester City, Aston Villa, Arsenal, Bayern Munich, West Ham and West Brom.

THE SUN: Tottenham attacking midfielder Rafael van der Vaart, 28, has dismissed fears he will try to engineer a move so he can play Champions League football next season. Meanwhile, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has admitted he needs to buy a couple of top-class players if Tottenham are to compete for a Champions League place.

METRO: Redknapp travelled to Saturday’s French Cup final to look at Lille strikers Gervinho and Eden Hazard. Liverpool and Everton have been warned by West Brom boss Roy Hodgson that he will fight to hold on to star midfielder Chris Brunt, 26, if they make an approach. Anderlecht striker Romelu Lukaku, 18, is happy to stay in Belgium for another season, despite interest from a host of top clubs, including Manchester City and Chelsea.

DAILY EXPRESS: Striker John Carew, 31, has said he wants to quit Aston Villa and make his loan move to Stoke permanent. West Ham face a fight to convince any of their top targets to succeed Avram Grant as manager. McClaren has ruled himself out and Martin O’Neill, Neil Warnock and Sam Allardyce have reservations about working for the Hammers board. Birmingham owner Carson Yeung has warned fans there will be little money to spend on players next season with the club facing relegation.

THE TIMES: Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has not responded to the Football Association’s charge of improper conduct over his comments about referee Howard Webb. The Scot neither accepted nor contested the charge by Monday’s 1600 BST deadline in an apparent protest.

THE GUARDIAN: Ferguson may escape Premier League sanctions if he fields a weakened side in United’s final game of the season against Blackpool at Old Trafford on Sunday. Manchester United fans pulled a daring stunt, complete with getaway cars, unfurling a banner celebrating their 19th league title at Anfield ahead of Liverpool’s game against Tottenham on Sunday.

DAILY MIRROR: Newcastle are lining up a bid for West Ham striker Carlton Cole. The 27-year-old could be available for £7m. Manchester City are planning a £25m bid for Everton’s 26-year-old left-back Leighton Baines. Manchester City coach David Platt has told the club’s supporters to get over their hatred of Manchester United and focus on winning trophies. Chris Hughton is in pole position for the West Ham job after former England boss Steve McClaren ruled himself out of the running.

DAILY MAIL: Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng, 22, could be on his way out of Eastlands in an £8m move to Bayern Munich. The Football Association hope to convince Chester-born Jaguares de Chiapas striker Antonio Michael Pedroza Whitham, 20, to play for England should he fail to make the breakthrough with Mexico.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: West Ham captain Scott Parker is expected to lead the exodus from the relegated club, with Tottenham set to compete against Manchester City and Arsenal to land the 30-year-old. Blackpool could have been ahead of Fulham in the fair-play standings that will decide an additional Europa League place had their coaches scored as highly as Cottagers’ boss Mark Hughes and his backroom staff.