Raphinha: West Ham one of many clubs interested in Leeds winger | Soccer News

A number of clubs, including West Ham, are interested in Leeds winger Raphinha.

The Brazilian’s contract talks with Leeds are said to be positive, with his current deal running until 2024.

But West Ham are keeping tabs on their situation while those negotiations are ongoing.

Raphinha has been a revelation since joining Leeds from Rennes in 2020 and has scored eight goals this season as well as two assists.

The 25-year-old is represented by former Barcelona and Chelsea star Deco, who last year said Raphinha had ambitions to play at a higher level.

Raphinha played for Brazil in their 1-1 draw against Ecuador in the World Cup qualifiers.

West Ham interested in Ekitike

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Hugo Ekitike is wanted by West Ham after being linked with Newcastle

West Ham are interested in signing Reims striker Hugo Ekitike.

Reims are believed to be expecting more than £25m (€30m) for the 19-year-old, who was wanted by Newcastle United earlier in the window.

A source said Sky Sports News that talks are ongoing between the clubs for Ekitike, who has scored eight goals in 10 Ligue 1 appearances this season. Last week, the president of Reims, Jean-Pierre Caillot, gave an interview to Sports Daily in France explaining why they rejected Newcastle’s offer for Ekitike.

“It is true that many [clubs] now realize the qualities of the player, but not us. He was trained with us and what he does doesn’t surprise us,” he said.

“Newcastle has positioned itself, we have discussed it, [and] they made a proposal that does not suit us. As we do not necessarily want to see him leave, we have set the bar quite high.

“They offered us €35m (£29.1m) in total but with lots of bonuses, some of which were almost impossible to get – like, for example, winning the Champions League.

“We want €30m (£24.9m) fixed plus €10m (£8.3m) in realizable bonuses.”

Liverpool reject interest from Leeds and Monaco for Minamino

Liverpool's Takumi Minamino celebrates scoring their fourth goal
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Takumi Minamino has attracted interest from Leeds and Monaco

Liverpool have rejected early approaches from Leeds and Monaco for striker Takumi Minamino.

The Japan international has made 18 appearances this season but only six of them have started and four of them have come in the Carabao Cup.

However, despite the interest shown by the Ligue 1 club and fellow Premier League side, the PA News Agency understands that Liverpool refused both.

While Minamino is well behind Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota in the pecking order, Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in four competitions – they have a League Cup final against Chelsea in a month – is it believed that there is no real desire to offload the 27-year-old.

It would take a sizable offer for them to be persuaded to consider allowing the player, signed from RB Salzburg in January 2020 for £7.25million, to leave.

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