Arsenal want to report Manchester City for allegedly 'tapping up' star striker Robin van Persie.
Theo Walcott is ready to follow Robin van Persie out of the Arsenal exit door.
Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric is ready to pull out of a move to Real Madrid.
New Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas will walk straight into a fight with Manchester United after rookie defender Ezekiel Fryers quit Old Trafford.
Wayne Bridge will join Brighton in a stunning deal for the Championship club.
Arsenal's two major shareholders were engaged in open war last night, with Robin van Persie the catalyst for hostilities.
Robin van Persie has set his heart on a shock move away from the Premier League - with Italian giants Juventus.
Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo wants to push through the capture of Wigan forward Victor Moses in the next 23 hours in a deal worth up to £10million.
Manchester City are poised to steal a march on the rest of Europe by landing Argentinian wonderkid Paulo Dybala.
Tottenham have been handed the chance to sign Paulo Henrique after his contract talks with Santos broke down this week.
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is heading for a battle with Sir Alex Ferguson over Manchester United starlet Ezekiel Fryers.
Hull boss Steve Bruce is looking to sign Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos on loan for the season.
Watford have pulled the plug on their move for goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
Huddersfield hope to clinch the signing of Nottingham Forest defender Joel Lynch inside 48 hours.
David Silva is set to snub Real Madrid and sign a new £52million contract with Manchester City.
Arsenal are on the brink of civil war after a stinging attack from two of the club's biggest shareholders.
Brendan Rodgers has told his Liverpool stars to focus on getting back into the Champions League - or leave Anfield.
Arsenal's turbulent week descended into civil war yesterday after the club's biggest shareholder launched a withering attack on primary owner Stan Kroenke.
Tottenham are considering a £7million bid for Birmingham goalkeeper Jack Butland and are ready to listen to offers for Rafael van der Vaart.
Swansea hope to wrap up the loan of Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman next week.
West Brom have failed in a loan move for Obafemi Martins from Rubin Kazan.
Aston Villa are keen on Sheffield United right-back Matthew Lowton.
Stoke want Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson.
Fulham are closing on a deal for Cologne left-back Sascha Riether.
Brighton want to sign Wayne Bridge from Manchester City.
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers believes Gylfi Sigurdsson turned down the Reds for financial reasons but admits there are no hard feelings.
Aston Villa are lining up a swoop for Sheffield United right-back Matthew Lowton.
Villarreal midfielder Jonathan de Guzman is set to become Michael Laudrup's second signing at Swansea.
Bolton say it would take a "totally bizarre" offer to land midfielder Mark Davies.
Newcastle have agreed a deal to sign Coventry midfielder Gael Bigirimana.
Ally McCoist took a thinly-veiled swipe at Old Firm rivals Celtic last night and told them if it's sporting integrity they want Rangers will go to Division Three.
What the papers say
THE SUN: Arsenal want to report Manchester City for allegedly 'tapping up' star Robin van Persie. Also: Theo Walcott is ready to follow Robin van Persie out of the Arsenal exit door. Also: Andy Murray plans to KO Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 74 years of hurt with one devastating Centre Court blow today.
DAILY MAIL: Andy Murray last night declared himself in good shape to take the penultimate step towards ending a British title drought at Wimbledon that he considers 'a bit shocking'. Also: Usain Bolt has flown to see his German doctor three weeks before the start of the Olympics with what Sportsmail understands is a back injury.
DAILY MIRROR: Arsenal's two major shareholders were engaged in open war last night, with Robin van Persie the catalyst for hostilities. Also: Andy Murray is ready to smash the "shocking" hoodoo that has stopped British men reaching the Wimbledon final for the past 74 years.
DAILY EXPRESS: The burning memory of his worst Grand Slam defeat will fuel Andy Murray's historic charge to the final today. Also: Serena Williams fired her way into her seventh Wimbledon singles final yesterday with an awesome display.
DAILY STAR: Fired-up Andy Murray goes into his fourth Wimbledon semi-final today believing his time has finally come. Also: David Silva is set to snub Real Madrid and sign a new £52m contract with Manchester City. Also: Goal-line technology could be used in the Premier League this coming season after football's lawmakers gave it the green light.
DAILY TELEGRAPH: Britain expects. And why not after the form Andy Murray has produced on his way to the last four? Also: The splits at the top of Arsenal deepened yesterday after Alisher Usmanov, the second largest shareholder, joined Robin van Persie in launching a public attack on the club's strategy.
THE TIMES: A "very selfish" Andy Murray steps out on to Centre Court today thinking of himself first, the nation second and the history books a distant third. Also: Manchester United have tabled a formal offer, believed to be about £20million, for Joao Moutinho, the Portugal midfield player.
THE GUARDIAN: The war of words between Lance Armstrong and the US Anti-Doping Agency intensified after the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf named five former team-mates of the Texan at the US Postal Service team as having given evidence to the anti-doping body. Also: The morning after Arsenal's captain and outstanding player, Robin Van Persie, announced he will not renew his contract and criticised the club's strategy and ambition, the club's brooding, frustrated 30 per cent owner Alisher Usmanov piled in.
THE INDEPENDENT: It has been 74 years since a British man reached the Wimbledon final and 76 years since a British man lifted the ultimate prize, but Andy Murray will not let such thoughts cloud his mind as he prepares to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the semi-finals here this afternoon. Also: Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, is privately confident that Manchester United do not pose a threat to him buying Robin van Persie.
Juventus are the new favourites to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie, 28, after they moved ahead of both Manchester United and City.
Full story: Daily Mirror
Theo Walcott is also considering his future with Arsenal, as he enters the final year of his current deal.
Full story: the Sun
Chelsea are hoping to finalise a £10m move for Wigan striker Victor Moses.
Full story: Daily Mirror
Arsenal are considering a move for Newcastle midfielder Cheick Tiote, but will refuse to pay the £20m asking price.
Full story: talkSPORT
And it appears the Gunners are not the only Premier League clubs monitoring Rennes midfielder Tongo Doumbia, with the player himself saying his agent was currently dealing with offers.
Full story: talkSPORT
Manchester United have made a bid in the region of £20m for Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho.
Full story: Times (subscription required)
Tottenham are ready to listen to offers for Rafael van der Vaart, 29. A fee of £10m-plus is likely to be enough to capture the Dutch international attacking midfielder.
Full story: Daily Mail
Spurs are also contemplating bringing former Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth midfielder Lassana Diarra, 27, back to the Premier League, after he was told he could leave Real Madrid.
Full story: Metro
Brighton want to take Manchester City defender Wayne Bridge on loan next season. The 31-year-old spent the end of last season on loan at Sunderland.
Full story: Daily Mail
Tottenham's new boss Andre Villas-Boas is heading for a war with Sir Alex Ferguson over Manchester United defender Ezekiel Fryers, 19, who is set to sign for Spurs.
Full story: Daily Mirror
Aston Villa could make a move for Sheffield United right-back Matthew Lowton.
Full story: Daily Express
Newcastle are set to sign Coventry's 18-year-old midfielder Gael Bigirimana.
Full story: Independent
Former Chelsea striker Andriy Shevchenko, 35, is set to return to Chelsea to work under owner Roman Abramovich, according to his current club Dynamo Kiev.
Full story: Metro
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says Gylfi Sigurdsson's wage demands were the reason his move to Anfield fell through.
Full story: talkSPORT
David Silva is set to commit his future to Manchester City by signing a new five-year contract worth £52m.
Full story: Daily Star
Oasis star Noel Gallagher joined Vincent Kompany in modelling Manchester City's new home kit.
Full story: Manchester Evening News
Liverpool's new purple third kit has divided opinion among fans, especially the "tribal" panels on the sleeve.
Full story: The Metro
Guardian Rumour Mill
Don't shoot the poppycock-peddler, but today's rumours are a bit of a remix of those earlier in the week, with the same names and clubs involved. It won't be long before RVP Ennui is an official medical condition, as his transfer is shaping up to match the will-they-won't-they-MAKEITSTOP sagas of Patrick Vieira (2004) and Cesc Fábregas (2011).
Today's lukewarm gossip is that Robin van Persie will eschew a move to Manchester in favour of a one-way ticket to Turin, where he will nestle contentedly in the warm bosom of the Old Lady. Insert your own Wayne Rooney joke here.
Van Persie's imminent departure is bound to make Arsenal's other world-class players question their future. Quite what this has to do with Theo Walcott is anyone's guess, but tomorrow's chip paper reckons he is also tempted to leave the Emirates in pursuit of blind all- sorry, trophies. Chelsea have a vacancy for a sprinter with a negligible understanding of how football works, and are thus keen. They also have their peepers on Wigan Athletic's Victor Moses, having had an offer of 4p rejected earlier in the summer.
Arsenal will make up for Van Persie's departure by fixing those lovin' eyes on Robert Lewandowski, Stevan Jovetic and Cheik Tioté before eventually buying little known players at half the price. Rennes' Tongo Doumbia fits the bill.
Manchester United are keen on Porto's João Moutinho, just as they were two or three days ago, but now they have reportedly made an official offer of Bébé, Anderson and a piece of headed paper with "I.O.U. £20m. Love, Malcy x" scrawled on it.
United will have to fight Tottenham Hotspur for Moutinho, and AVB is planning to further empurple Sir Alex Ferguson by stealing Ezekiel Fryers from United. He also wants Emmanuel Adebayor, Jack Butland, Hugo Lloris, Lassana Diarra and Frank Lampard's head on a stick.
One last bit of news: Brighton & Hove Albion want former footballer Wayne Bridge on loan for the season.
Premier League Index
Mohamed Diame: Statistical Comparison
Mohamed Diame was born on the 14th June 1987, making him 25 now. He was born in Creteil in France, but he plays for the Senegalese national team. He moved to Wigan in August 2009 for a fee of £3.36million. He stayed at Wigan for 3 years before moving on to West Ham United on a free transfer.
In his three-year spell at Wigan, Diame was known for his defensive work and took on the role of defensive midfielder for them. In total he made 82 starts for Wigan, and 14 appearances coming off the bench. In these 96 games he only scored 5 goals. But don’t ignore them. They were impressive goals, even more impressive coming from a defensive midfielder. Although, He was quite lucky to even be playing for Wigan. The transfer itself wasn’t as smooth as transfers normally are. It was put on hold due to problems with his heart, but after a medical, they agreed terms and Diame signed for Wigan. There were also the same worries at West Ham as to whether or not he would pass his cardiac medical. But he did, and is now a proud West Ham player.
If we take a look at his passing stats from last season, then we see that of his 758 attempted passes, he completed 626 of them, giving him a pass competition percentage of 83%.
It’s clear that Diame will be a good addition to the side, which already has a strong midfield, let’s take a look at his passing statistics compared to similar players in the West Ham side last season (Below)
Diame is beaten out for top pass completion percentage by Jack Collison, but clearly, with the exception of Julien Faubert, the West Ham central midfield players are fairly accurate with their passing, which would make Diame a great addition to the midfield, and make it more combative and competitive for positions on a weekly basis, as you are not losing anything by dropping someone, and calling up Diame into the starting XI.
Shooting & Assists
So Diame is a fairly accurate passer, but now lets see how he faired in the assist & shooting performance, because West Ham were not in the Premier League last season, I will be using the 2010/11 season statistics:
As you can see here, Diame is bottom of the assist list, you can put this down to his injury problems last year, but also that Diame doesn’t play ‘play-maker’ role, he is more of a holding midfielder, which is why you see the likes of Mark Noble and Matty Taylor leading the assist stats.He is also in the mid range here for shooting accuracy. Having 36% of his shots hitting the target, which is a similar percentage to Noble & Taylor, but the outright leader is Kevin Nolan, having 49% of his shots hitting the target.
So it seems as if Diame doesn’t create many goals, but he breaks up the play and starts off the move, so lets check out the tackle statistics:
Diame has the best aerial duel win percent of all West Ham midfielders, who had more than 10 duels, so he wins his fair share of headers, the next best is Matt Taylor with 43%. He also has a decent tackle win percentage, he wins near enough 3 of every 4 tackles he attempts, the best in the West Ham side is again Taylor with 79%, but Nolan was close behind with 78%. The West Ham midfield will be more combative with Diame’s arrival.
Mohamed Diame will bring strength and depth to the West Ham midfield next season, his physical presence, strength, speed & desire will make West Ham a stronger team in the Midfield area and give some much-needed protection since the departure of Scott Parker. He also has a keen eye for a pass and is a great addition by Sam Allardyce. It looks like there are more signings to come before the midnight deadline on August 31st.
Dan ready to be the man
Dan Potts is keen to become a first-team regular for West Ham United as soon as he can
He might be just a few months past his 18th birthday, but Dan Potts has ambitions on becoming a Barclays Premier League regular this season.
The teenager established himself as the Hammers' Under-18 captain, impressing manager Sam Allardyce before being called into the first-team squad and making his debut against Barnsley in December 2011.
Then just 17, Potts made four appearances in December and January, catching the eye of the coaching staff and supporters alike with his poise, maturity and all-round ability.
Now, the left-back is setting himself the target of forcing his way into Big Sam's plans on a weekly basis.
"I've had my taste and that will stay with me forever," he told whufc.com in an exclusive interview in Bad Waltersdorf. "That was my dream and it'll stay with me forever.
"I want to push for my place and start. I don't want to be thought of as a squad player. I want to be playing for West Ham United. I don't think it's a matter of age. I think if you are good enough then you will play.
"Obviously we were down in the Championship last year and the Premier League is another step up in terms of quality but that is where I want to play my football.
"I am still developing but I'm at the stage where, if I'm technically good enough, then I will play. I'm going to keep working in the gym and during training sessions and hopefully I'll get my chance."
The return of George McCartney on a permanent basis will give Potts plenty of competition for the left-back berth, but the youngster has nothing but praise for his positional rival.
A Premier League player himself for the majority of his career, Potts sees McCartney as a perfect person and player to try and emulate.
"George has had a great career and I'm glad he has signed for us because he is a great role model for me.
"I watched him play last year and he was voted Players' Player of the Year and I thought he fully deserved it. He's a very consistent player and has had a good career and is an established left-back."
While he may have to wait for his Premier League opportunity, Potts is relishing the opportunity to train alongside top-class players on a daily basis.
Out in Austria, he has been working as hard as anyone during the pre-season training camp and now cannot wait for the matches to begin in the shape of a meeting with FK Austria Wien on Saturday evening.
"It's been a great experience for me coming away with the boys. I've been used to pre-season with the Academy and this is a big step up. It's a lot harder, especially in temperatures like this.
"I think everyone is in the same boat. Everyone has had time off and has come back in and looked in good nick during the sessions. Training has been a decent standard throughout and we're all going to push on from here.
"It's a big year for the Club and for the whole squad in general and for me. Like every year, you want to come back and prove yourself and start afresh.
"The buzz is still there from after we got promoted. Pre-season is hard work but you've got to do it because it's part and parcel of being a footballer.
"These players know what it is all about because they are Premier League players and they want to stay there."
...and, some names we've been linked with recently:-
Gianluca Di Marzio
Juve, on the output market
Not just incomings. Juventus is also working on the outgoings market with several names. For Elia it is to Werder Bremen, Felipe Melo to Galatasaray. Giandonato can go to Novara or Verona, while there are requests from Zenit and CSKA for Milos Krasic.
Who can go to England is Reto Ziegler, after a year in Fenerbahce: if Baines is going to Man United, Everton may see the Swiss as a replacement. The Swiss also interests Stuttgart and Fenerbahce. Revolving doors in Turin ...
No mention of West Ham there?