Transfer rumours and paper review – Wednesday, May 11: West Ham target sensational Vardy deal, Manchester United to raid Real Madrid?

Here are the top transfer-related stories in Wednesday’s newspapers…

West Ham are considering an audacious bid for Jamie Vardy. Leicester’s Thai owners insist they intend keeping their top stars including the 29-year-old, who has scored 24 League goals this season. However, West Ham believe that, on the back of their move to the Olympic Stadium and an influx of quality players, they can attract stars of the calibre of the England forward. (London Evening Standard)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been spotted meeting Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson for lunch. The pair, along with Pochettino’s assistant Jesus Perez, were snapped outside Scott’s Restaurant in London’s Mayfair on Tuesday. The pictures have heightened speculation on social media that Ferguson could be working on behalf of the Old Trafford giants to persuade Pochettino to replace Louis van Gaal this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United are lining up a £25million summer move for Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. United looked at Varane in 2011, under Sir Alex Ferguson, but instead signed Phil Jones from Blackburn for £16million. But the 23-year-old France defender is back on United’s radar, ahead of a potential summer switch from the Bernabeu to Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester United insist they pulled the plug on any potential deal to sign Portugal teen sensation Renato Sanches. Benfica starlet Sanches, 18, has signed for Bayern Munichin a £28million deal that could end up rising to £63m. United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has come in for criticism from the club’s fans for failing to land Sanches. But United sources insist the club ended the prospect of any potential deal back in February, to look at alternative targets, leaving the way clear for Bayern to land Sanches. (Daily Mirror)

Alexis Sanchez could be set to end his two-year stay at Arsenal with Serie A champions Juventus leading the race for his signature. The Chile forward has been a key player for Arsene Wenger since making a £30million move to the Emirates from Barcelona in July 2014. But with the Gunners once again failing to challenge for major honours and unable to add to two FA Cup triumphs in the previous two years this season, the 27-year-old could move on. (Daily Mail)

Thibaut Courtois will tell new Chelsea boss Antonio Conte he wants to QUIT when they hold formal talks. The keeper is eyeing the exit after the Blues’ failure to hold on to their Champions League status. Courtois, previously on loan at Atletico Madrid, is already on the radar of Real Madrid. (The Sun)

Jurgen Klopp is looking to raid the Bundesliga for attacking duo Mario Gotze and Marco Reus. The Liverpool boss is planning to reshape his squad in the summer ahead of his first full season in charge at Anfield and wants to snap up the Germany internationals. (Daily Star)

Fulham are preparing for the departure of Ross McCormack after it emerged the striker has a £12 million buy-out clause in his contract. McCormack can leave the Championship club for a set figure as part of an agreement written into the new deal he signed in February, with Aston Villa and Norwich considering moves this summer. (Daily Telegraph)

Swansea City are considering a return for Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony.  The Ivory Coast international made the £25million move to Manchester in January last year but has barely figured in Manuel Pellegrini’s starting line-up as he fills a supporting role for Sergio Aguero. (Daily Mail)

Swansea boss Francesco Guidolin is set to keep his job at the Liberty Stadium next season. Guidolin has steered Swansea to safety since arriving at the club in January, and is set to be rewarded with a new contract. (Daily Mirror)

Alex Neil will remain as Norwich boss, even if the Canaries are relegated. The drop could come in the next 24 hours if Sunderland beat Everton but Neil has been told his job is safe by chairman Ed Balls, despite the resignation of chief executive David McNally this week. (Daily Mirror)

And here are the latest headlines…​

‘This season will be a MASSIVE FAILURE if Man City don’t make top four’ – Superfan Noel Gallagher SLAMS Blues flops

Dietmar Hamann on Rafa Benitez: ‘If there is one club he will go into the Championship with, it is Newcastle’

Dietmar Hamann calls on Liverpool to snub Tottenham’s £20m interest in Adam Lallana

‘Only 50 per cent’ chance of Arsenal target Alvaro Morata staying at Juventus, admits Turin chief

Claudio Ranieri confirms Leicester interest in Italian striker Gianluca Lapadula

West Ham preparing summer move for ex-Manchester United defender Rafael

Miralem Pjanic to be offered new Roma deal as Chelsea and Liverpool circle midfielder

Bournemouth transfer news: Sporting Gijon defender Bernardo Espinosa close to sealing free transfer switch

Manchester United step up pursuit of Valencia’s Andre Gomes after Renato Sanches snub

Juventus face competition from Tottenham to sign Sassuolo’s Domenico Berardi

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