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Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan 1:49 Tue Sep 29
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Manchester United are refusing to give up their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund's England forward Jadon Sancho, 20. (ESPN)

Manchester United will allow Wales winger Daniel James, 22, to join Leeds United on loan, but only if they sign Sancho. (Sun)

They are also considering a move for Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr, 22, from Watford, if they fail to land Sancho. (Mail)

Bayern Munich are considering a bid for Norwich City's 20-year-old English right-back Max Aarons. (Mail)

Tottenham are considering another move for Inter and Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, but are unwilling to meet the 25-year-old's asking price. (Guardian)

Everton and Leicester City are both interested in Chelsea's French defender Kurt Zouma, 25. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Tottenham could bring in Germany defender Antonio Rudiger, 27, who has fallen out of favour at Chelsea, (Sky Sports)

Sheffield United have offered Liverpool £17m for England Under-21 striker Rhian Brewster and are prepared to include a buy-back clause in the deal. (Sun)

Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti does not expect English winger Theo Walcott, 31, to leave the club this transfer window. (Mail)

AC Milan are interested in a loan deal for Manchester United and Portugal right-back Diogo Dalot, 21. (Sky Sport Italia - in Italian)

Lazio are in talks to sign the Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira, 24, on a season-long loan with an option to buy. (Telegraph)

Tottenham and Argentina defender Juan Foyth, 22, is a target for Valencia. (COPE - in Spanish)

Barcelona are closing in on a final deal for Ajax and USA right-back Sergino Dest, 19, but are unlikely to make any further signings. (Goal)

Lyon are prepared to sell 22-year-old French midfielder Houssem Aouar, who is being linked with a move to Arsenal. (Sky Sports)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

With Chelsea’s porous defence perpetually under the microscope, it might be better for a Blues defender to be out of their team than in it. Perhaps that’s what Antonio Rüdiger reckons anyway, having been left out of Frank Lampard’s team for their opening three Premier League matches and having reaped the rewards in being instantly propelled on to the radar of other clubs who might give him a game. Tottenham are the latest suitors, according to our old chums “Sky Sources”, who add that he’d be unlikely to be allowed to leave on loan so Spurs might have to pony up for a permanent deal.

Max Aarons may have fallen into the Championship with Norwich in the summer but now he could be bound for the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich, no less, interested in the right-back’s services. Aarons, who has already been the subject of rejected interest from Barcelona in the current window, is now on Bayern’s radar after the Ajax full-back Sergiño Dest shunned the European champions’ advances last weekend.

While the football pyramid fractures amid Covid-assisted financial meltdown, Chelsea continue to dance in the ballroom of the Titanic, and are considering a major bid for long-term target Declan Rice, worth £40m, this week. West Ham, notably inactive in this summer’s window, want to keep Rice but the Sun reports that Chelsea want to subject the Hammers to one last test of their resolve before the window shuts.

In another of the summer’s groundhog tales, Manchester United are still pursuing Jadon Sancho. ESPN tells us that United are still hopeful of some movement, or at least deal-restructuring, on Dortmund’s €120m asking price. If the Sancho deal does come off, they will then be minded to let Daniel James go and have some fun with Marcelo Bielsa at Leeds on loan. If it doesn’t, Ole Gunnar Solskjær might dip into the Championship for Watford’s Ismaïla Sarr. Also exiting Old Trafford might be Diogo Dalot, with Milan interested in a loan deal for the Portuguese right-back.

Arsenal received a chastening reminder of how far they still have to go at Liverpool on Monday night but transfer market chin-strokers at Sky claim they are better placed than ever to secure Lyon’s midfielder Houssem Aouar and the Atlético defensive midfielder Thomas Partey, with both clubs needing the cash as deadline day looms.

Sheffield United continue to be impressed by the cut of Rhian Brewster’s jib and are reported to have offered Liverpool £17m in the hope that the England Under-21 international might kickstart their stalling season. The Blades are also prepared to include a buy-back clause in the deal, according to the Sun.

And Newcastle are on the cusp of securing a deal for the Peruvian midfielder Rodrigo Vilca, for £250,000. The 21-year-old, who plays for Deportivo Municipal, will play his last game for the Lima club on Wednesday according to reports in Peru, before following in Nobby Solano’s footsteps and heading to Tyneside.


Frank Lampard comments on Ruben Loftus-Cheek amid Aston Villa and West Ham speculation

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has told the club’s official website that Ruben Loftus-Cheek could leave on loan, amid reported interest from Aston Villa and West Ham United.

According to The Express & Star, Villa are interested in signing Loftus-Cheek on loan from Premier League rivals Chelsea this summer.

The Daily Mail has claimed of interest in the 24-year-old from Southampton and West Ham.

Chelsea boss Lampard has said that the England international could go out loan this season to play regular first-team football.

Lampard told Chelsea’s official website about Loftus-Cheek: “I’m very open with Ruben and we’ve had a couple of conversations in the last week. He’s fit as a fiddle so he can play week-in, week-out and he needs to play coming off the back of a lot of work now. He would have been playing games earlier if it wasn’t for lockdown.

“There’s a possibility that he may go out to play games because I think that will be great for him. We hold him in very high regard here, I certainly do and that could be a good option for him. If that’s not the right option he’ll be competitive in this squad as well because of the qualities he has.

“I’m relaxed about it but I want to find the best path for Ruben and the best path for us so at the minute we’ll see with the week we’ve got ahead of us.”

Boost for Aston Villa and West Ham United

Lampard publicly saying that Loftus-Cheek could leave on loan will come as a massive boost for both Villa and West Ham, as they reportedly battle to secure the services of the 24-year-old.

The England international has had injury problems in recent times, but he is now fully fit and available.

Given how strong Chelsea are in midfield, it would make sense for the 24-year-old to find another club in the Premier League and play regular first-team football, especially as he would want to play for England in the European Championship next summer.

Both Villa and West Ham could do with a dynamic and quality player such as Loftus-Cheek.


West Ham submit bids for three players in desperate search for centre-back transfer

The Hammers know they are in desperate need of reinforcements before the transfer window closes and have bids submitted for numerous players

By Paul Brown

West Ham have widened their search for a centre back and have bids in for at least three players.

The Hammers still have an offer on the table for Burnley’s James Tarkowski but are resigned to missing out on him, with Leicester the current favourites.

So they are now looking at other options - with Napoli’s Nikola Maksimovic and Daniele Rugani of Juventus both on their radar.

Hammers boss David Moyes rejected the chance to sign Shakhtar Donetsk centre back Mykola Matviyenko earlier in the window.

And Bayer Leverkusen’s Jonathan Tah has also been considered, though no approach has yet been made for the Germany international.

But the club have now made offers for both Maksimovic and Rugani and are waiting for a response before making a final call on which to pursue.

Serbia star Maksimovic, 28, is entering the final year of his contract and available for a knockdown price of up to £18m.

The Hammers have also made their interest known in Juve misfit Rugani - but face competition from Valencia.

Rugani, 26, has yet to play for the Serie A giants this season and could even be available on loan.

Moyes, whose side face unbeaten Everton tomorrow night in the Carabao Cup, is desperate for reinforcements.

But Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski said: “When you look at the squad we have, there is a lot of quality.

"Even when you see the games in the Carabao Cup, there is a completely different lineup and they are still performing.

“The start of the season has been very intense because we're playing every three days, but we're on a good run in the cup and we would like that to continue.

"There is another difficult game against Everton on Wednesday and a game against Leicester, who have started the season really strong, a few days later.

“But I think you can see with our team that we've pushed on from the first game and developed in a short space of time.

“Hopefully the performances we've shown in recent games will give us a good boost and we can push on in the upcoming games."

Sport Witness

‘Talks ongoing’ – West Ham pushed forward for signing, Hammers offer claimed

Multiple sources are reporting West Ham interest in Napoli defender Nikola Maksimovic.

The 28-year-old Serbian has less than a year left on his deal with the Serie A club, so an exit is clearly possible before the window ends. He’s only had a half football so far this season, yet played 28 matches over the last campaign, missing several games due to injury and managerial choice.

Il Mattino, a newspaper local to Napoli, report West Ham and Inter Milan are interested in the signing, but they don’t add anything more.

Angelo Mangiante, a journalist for Sky Italia, backs-up interest from the Hammers, and adds that ‘talks are ongoing’ with Napoli.

Gianluca Di Marzio, also from Sky Italia, has a headline on his website reading: ‘West Ham, offer for Maksimovic: contacts between clubs’

He goes on to explain the Premier League club have made an offer for Maksimovic, and sounds confident that an agreement can be reached with Napoli.

This option could be seen as a cheaper alternative to Daniele Rugani for West Ham. The Juventus defender is linked with a transfer every window, however, on previous occasions everything has slipped away.


West Ham are reportedly targeting a ‘tremendous’ defender

West Ham United are interested in signing James Tavernier from Rangers in the summer transfer window, according to TEAMtalk.

It has been reported that West Ham are looking for a new right-back and have identified Rangers star Tavernier as a potential transfer target.

The Premier League are considering making a bid for the former Newcastle United man, with Brighton and Hove Albion and Burnley also interested in the 28-year-old right-back, according to the report, which has added that Rangers are planning to offer him a new deal.

Rangers stay

West Ham are a big club in England and are established in the Premier League, although they did have to fight hard for survival in the top flight of English football last season.

While one can understand the temptation to play in the Premier League, Tavernier is a big player at Rangers and seems to be happy at Ibrox.

With Steven Gerrard’s side aiming to win the Scottish Premiership title this season, it is hard to see Rangers entertain any offers for the 28-year-old, who was described as “tremendous” by former Gers manager Mark Warburton in The Scottish Sun in March 2020.

Tavernier is one of the best right-backs in Scotland, and has scored four goals and provided three assists in the Scottish Premiership so far this season, while in 2019-20 he scored three goals and provided nine assists in the league and scored 14 goals and provided 14 assists in the league in 2018-19, according to Transfermarkt.co.uk.


West Ham keen on Slavia Prague's Vladimir Coufal to fill right-back gap

Coufal is a 28-year-old Czech Republic international
First-choice right-back Ryan Fredericks injured against Wolves

Vladimir Coufal (left) battles with Raheem Sterling during the Czech Republic’s victory against England in October 2019. Photograph: Thomas Eisenhuth/Getty Images

Jacob Steinberg

West Ham are interested in the Slavia Prague right-back Vladimir Coufal after confirming that Ryan Fredericks will be out until after the international break with a hamstring injury.

David Moyes needs cover at right-back after Fredericks was forced off during West Ham’s 4-0 win over Wolves. Coufal, a 28-year-old Czech Republic international, is a former club-mate of Tomas Soucek, who moved to the London Stadium from Slavia in January.

West Ham, who remain determined to resist any attempt by Chelsea to sign Declan Rice, need to move quickly after losing Fredericks. Ben Johnson, a 20-year-old academy graduate, is the only other right-back with Premier League experience in the squad following the departures of Jeremy Ngakia and Pablo Zabaleta.

Coufal has won two Czech titles since joining Slavia in 2018 and impressed in his country’s 2-1 win over England last year. However, West Ham still need to agree a fee with Slavia. The former Slovan Liberec defender signed a new contract in August.

West Ham are also in the market for a centre-back but have failed with attempts to sign Burnley’s James Tarkowski and St-Étienne’s Wesley Fofana. Swansea’s Joe Rodon and Arsenal’s Calum Chambers are other options. Juventus’s Daniele Rugani could prove too expensive.

Chelsea are expected to make an offer for Rice this week. However West Ham are adamant the 21-year-old midfielder is not for sale. They will not welcome Chelsea trying to sign Rice this late in the window.

West Ham have cooled their interest in Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who could leave Chelsea on loan. The Chelsea midfielder remains a target for Aston Villa.

90 Minutes

West Ham See Loan Bid Rejected for Slavia Prague's Vladimír Coufal

Exclusive - West Ham United have seen a loan bid for Slavia Prague right-back Vladimír Coufal rejected.

The Hammers lost Ryan Fredericks to a hamstring injury during Sunday's 4-0 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers, and given he is not expected to return until after the international break, manager David Moyes is eager to advance plans to find a new right-back.

Moyes has been looking for a new addition for the last few months after losing both Jeremy Ngakia and Pablo Zabaleta at the end of last season, and sources have confirmed to 90min that Coufal is among the candidates to fill the void.

However, West Ham have seen their initial attempt to sign the Czech international knocked back.

Slavia wanted West Ham to agree to an obligation to buy at the end of the season providing they avoid relegation, similar to the deal which took Tomáš Souček to the London Stadium in January, but the Hammers were not prepared to agree to such terms.

The club are now considering whether to return with a fresh offer, but they do have alternative options - one player on the radar is Rangers' James Tavernier.

Tavernier has forged a reputation as one of the most attack-minded full-backs around. He has already managed a stunning tally of six goals and four assists in just 11 appearances this season, helping Rangers on a nine-game unbeaten run to start the new season.

Moyes is keen to add someone with Tavernier's profile but will only pull the trigger on a move if the deal is right for the club. He is also looking for a new centre-back and hopes to save money to address that.

Attempts to sign Saint-Étienne's Wesley Fofana and Burnley's James Tarkowski have both been unsuccessful, and reports elsewhere have suggested the Hammers have now turned to Swansea City's Joe Rodon, Arsenal's Calum Chambers or Juventus' Daniele Rugani.

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Lato 3:13 Tue Sep 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

I have always thought Tavernier looked a good player even though the standard of the Scottish Premiership is miles away from the English Premiership!

Thanks Alan 2:18 Tue Sep 29
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ted fenton 2:10 Tue Sep 29

Alan 2:13 Tue Sep 29
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Coufal story added

Texas Iron 2:12 Tue Sep 29
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ted fenton 2:10 Tue Sep 29
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Thanks Alan.

Sniper 2:02 Tue Sep 29
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Teamtalk?? Do I have to pause ceefax to get the number to call them and find out more info...???

Thanks Alan

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