Gervinho 'flattered' by Marseille interest

The Ivory Coast international has found it difficult to earn regular playing time at the Emirates Stadium, with the Ligue 1 side an alluring suitor

Arsenal attacker Gervinho says that Marseille’s interest is “flattering” as he gives serious consideration to his future in north London this summer following a lack of game time last season.

The former Lille star only played the full 90 minutes three times in 2012-13, scoring just five goals in an unspectacular second season with the club, and concedes that his desire for regular action may not be achievable under manager Arsene Wenger.

OM assistant coach Franck Passi confirmed earlier in June that the Gunners forward is the sort of player in whom the French side are interested and the 26-year-old responded positively.

“If I really want to leave Arsenal, I’m sure there would be a lot of interest,” Gervinho told Le Patriote.

“Marseille is one of the leading French clubs and I have a good relationship with some people there.

“I cannot say yes or no but it is always flattering for a player to know that there are a lot of clubs showing interest in him.

“It is true that I had little playing time at Arsenal after the Afcon [Africa Cup of Nations] but it was the choice of the coach, Arsene Wenger.

“Now we are on holidays, I’ll take some rest for a while and then come back to seriously think of my future and what to do next.

“We still have three weeks to the new season; I think there is enough time to think of my future.”

West Ham eye up Zaha loan from Manchester United

New Old Trafford boss David Moyes will take a look at the England international in pre-season training before deciding whether to loan him out next season

By Wayne Veysey

West Ham are eyeing up a loan swoop for Manchester United newcomer Wilfried Zaha.

Goal understands that the Hammers have registered their interest in taking the England international on loan next season after identifying him as a a key summer target.

Zaha is on holiday after featuring for England Under-21s in their disastrous European Championships campaign and will link up with United for the first time next month.

New Old Trafford manager David Moyes will run the rule over the last of Sir Alex Ferguson’s United signings in pre-season before deciding whether to send him out on loan.

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is hopeful that if Moyes cannot find a regular place for Zaha in the United squad then he might be willing to loan him to a club who are not an immediate rival and where he can be guaranteed playing time.

The 20-year-old was signed by United in the January window in a deal rising to £17million before being loaned back to Crystal Palace for the rest of the season.

Allardyce wants to boost his team’s attacking options despite completing the signing of principal summer target Andy Carroll from Liverpool for an initial £15.5m on Wednesday.

The Hammers boss is also monitoring the situation of Romelu Lukaku, who will return to Chelsea next month following a successful season-long loan at West Brom.

Lukaku has been told that he is part of new manager Jose Mourinho’s plans, although the situation could change if Chelsea are successful in signing up to new of their striker targets, how include Edinson Cavani, Wayne Rooney, Stevan Jovetic and Edin Dzeko

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De Gea: I hope Thiago joins Manchester United

The Spain Under-21 goalkeeper wants to see his international team-mate make the move to Old Trafford this summer, although he has acknowledged a transfer could be problematic

David de Gea would love Barcelona midfielder Thiago to join him at Manchester United next season, but realises the Spanish champions will not let go of the 22-year-old without putting up a fight.

The Premier League giants are keen to add some fresh blood to their midfield this summer and have made Thiago one of their primary targets on the transfer market.

“Hopefully I will have a Spanish team-mate at United next season. I, and every other Manchester United player, would like him to join the club,” De Gea was quoted as saying by El Mundo Deportivo.

“We have been joking about him joining United. Barcelona will realise that they have a great player, though, and I don’t think they will let him go.”

The Spain international has a contract with Barcelona until the summer of 2015, but the failure to participate for a stipulated amount of minutes in 2012-13 has seen his exit clause plummet from €90 million to an attractive €18m.

However, his minimum fee release clause returns to €90m on August 1.

Thiago is a product of the Barcelona youth academy and has made over 100 official appearances for the Catalans since making his first team debut in 2008-09.

Milan dismiss Di Natale links

The Rossoneri director, Adriano Galliani, has made it clear the experienced attacker is not a transfer target for the Serie A giants

AC Milan are not interested in signing Antonio Di Natale from Udinese, according to the club’s CEO Adriano Galliani.

A number of recent reports suggest the San Siro side are keen to lure the 35-year-old away from his current club and claim Galliani met with Di Natale and his agent earlier this week.

However, the Milan chief has made it clear that Di Natale is not a transfer target for the Rossoneri.

“There’s no truth in the story that I had dinner with Di Natale and his agent. This is speculation without any foundation,” Galliani told Sport Mediaset.

Di Natale recently stated he has turned down Juventus in the past as he intends to stay with Udinese and make history with the Zebrette.

The experienced attacker has a contract with his current club until the summer of 2014.

Twente winger Chadli eyes Premier League move

The Belgium international is prepared to wait in order to secure a move to English football’s top flight according to his agent, spurning the advances of Shakhtar Donetsk

Twente winger Nacer Chadli is eager to join the Premier League, according to his agent Daniel Evrard.

The 23-year-old scored 10 goals in 22 Eredivisie appearances for the Enschede-based outfit last season, and also struck six times in the Europa League.

The Belgian’s form has attracted interest from clubs such as Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, but Chadli is prepared to hold out for a move to the Premier League.

“It’s hard to choose Ukraine this early in the transfer window, when everyone around him wants to see him play on a Saturday in the Premier League, a competition he wants to go to really bad,” Evrard told De Telegraaf.

“It’s not easy for a player to take the right decision. Financially Shakhtar was very interesting and then it’s hard to stay patient. But Chadli doesn’t want to rush things.

“He wants to start the pre-season at his new club, but I’m not ruling out that he will start at FC Twente at the beginning of July. English clubs often buy players in the last stages of the window.”