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Thursday's papers: Jude Bellingham, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane

Thursday's papers: Jude Bellingham, Philippe Coutinho, Sadio Mane
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Barcelona's loss could be West Ham's gain when it comes to the Dane.

What the papers say

West Ham are set to make a surprise bid for Denmark's Martin Braithwaite, even though the striker only joined Barcelona in February. The Daily Mail reports the Hammers want the former Middlesbrough and Leganes striker to add firepower to their attack as they face Premier League relegation. The 28-year-old joined the Catalan giants for £15 million, and after appearing just three times without scoring a goal the club are willing to let him go for a similar amount.

Borussia Dortmund are on the cusp of signing Birmingham sensation Jude Bellingham, according to the Birmingham Mail which cites Germany's Bild. The 16-year-old midfielder has been targeted by Manchester United, although it has emerged his camp had progressed in negotiations with the Bundesliga giants prior to the coronavirus pandemic.

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At least three Premier League clubs are interested in James Rodriguez (Joe Giddens/PA)

James Rodriguez is not needed at Real Madrid but could soon reunite with Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti. Madrid will try to move on the Colombia midfielder this summer so they can make some money prior to his contract expiring in 2021. The 28-year-old worked at Los Blancos with Ancelotti and the Italian now wants to bring him to the blue part of Merseyside, reports the Daily Mirror which cites Spain's Marca. Arsenal and Wolves are also set to be interested in the player.

Sheffield Wednesday left-back Morgan Fox has been linked with a possible move to his club's Championship rivals Middlesbrough. The Yorkshire Post cites Football Insider as saying Boro are "big admirers" of the 26-year-old, who has also attracted the interest of Nottingham Forest, West Brom and Huddersfield.

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Players to watch

Illan Meslier: The 20-year-old goalkeeper, on loan from Ligue 1 team Lorient, will sign with Leeds permanently if the side secure promotion to the Premier League, the Mirror reports.

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Willian's contract at Stamford Bridge ends this summer (Adam Davy/PA)

Willian: Tuttosport reports the Chelsea and Brazil midfielder, 31, could reunite with former Blues manager Maurizio Sarri at Juventus this summer.

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CountryGold medalSilver MedalBronze MedalT
United StatesUnited States1011930
Olympics flagOlympic Athletes from Russia78520
Great BritainGreat Britain56415
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Wednesday's key events

· Team GB have dominated the men's coxless fours in recent Olympics, winning on each of the last five occasions, but this year they face some stiff competition. They are one of four rowing medal contenders for Great Britain today (2.10am)

· Katie Ledecky and Ariarne Titmus face off again in the women's 200m freestyle final, with the latter having already come out on top in the 400m event (2.41am)
· Team GB's Abbie Wood is among the medal contenders in the women's 200m individual medley final, while teammate Alicia Wilson will also take part. USA's Kate Douglass was the fastest qualifier, while world and Olympic record holder Katinka Hosszu is also involved (3.45am)
· Katie Ledecky could make it two golds in one morning as she goes into the 1500m freestyle final as heavy favourite, having broken the Olympic record in qualifying (3.54am)
· Team GB were by far the fastest qualifiers for the men's 4x200m freestyle relay final and will therefore be favourites for another gold in the pool (4.26am)

· Team GB take on New Zealand in the first men's semi-final, having been beaten by reigning champions Fiji but then come from behind to overcome USA on day two (3am)
· The sevens gold medal match takes place at Tokyo Stadium, with the winner of Great Britain vs. New Zealand taking on either Argentina or Fiji (10am)

· Joe Fraser and James Hall compete for Team GB in the men's all-around final (11.15am-2.10pm)

· Anna Shackley will take part in the women's road time trial (from 3.30am)
· Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart have medal ambitions for Great Britain in the men's road time trial, although both will need to recover from the crash they suffered on Saturday (6am)

· Jack Laugher bids to retain his men's 3m synchro diving title alongside new partner Daniel Goodfellow (7am)

· Charlotte Dujardin will look to add to her already legendary status with a third successive Olympic individual dressage title (9.30am-1.25pm)

> Today's schedule in full
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