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Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
33%
  
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
49%
  
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
15%
  
d. I'm not sure about this one, I'll wait until SKY is back to hear what Gary Neville thinks, then I'll voice my opinion
3%
  



Thanks Alan 11:41 Fri Jun 15
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Arsenal are interested in signing Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfielder Mario Gotze, 26. Dortmund want £18m for the 26-year-old, although Everton and West Ham are also keeping an eye on his situation. (Mirror)

Manchester City and Germany midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, 27, is a major summer target for Barcelona, who want him as a replacement for Andres Iniesta. (Sun)

Chelsea have turned down an £18m bid from Arsenal for Brazil defender David Luiz, 31. (Le 10 Sport - in French)

Chelsea are also reportedly preparing a move for Juventus' Italian defender Daniele Rugani. The 23-year-old's agent met with Juventus chiefs on Thursday. (Football Italia)

Liverpool will battle Chelsea and Paris St-Germain to the signature of Porto's Brazilian left-back Alex Telles, 25. (Le Parisien via Mirror)

West Ham are considering a move for Manchester United's 29-year-old English defender Chris Smalling. New boss Manuel Pellegrini has been given a £70m transfer budget. (Metro)

The Hammers are also moving closer to signing English defender Alfie Mawson, 24, and Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, 33, from Swansea. The Swans previously rejected bids from West Ham for both players. (Sky Sports)

West Ham have also offered £25m plus £5m in add-ons for Lazio's Brazil winger Felipe Anderson, 25. (Mail)

Juventus are planning to bid for Crystal Palace's Dutch defender Patrick van Aanholt, 27, should Brazilian defender Alex Sandro, 27, complete a move to Manchester United. (Sun)

Newcastle want £20m for Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic. The 23-year-old spent time on loan at Fulham last season. (Sky Sports)

Roma president James Pallotta says he was joking when he suggested the club's Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, 25, could be set for a move to Real Madrid. (Goal)

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has hinted he could leave the club with a post on Instagram. The 26-year-old Englishman's contract expires at the end of June. (Telegraph)

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he will "take bets" on Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, remaining at the club next season despite him being linked with a move to Real Madrid. (ESPN)

Aston Villa are under pressure to raise up to £50m in player sales over the next two transfer windows and could lose key stars including English midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, Wales centre-back James Chester, 29, and Ivory Coast forward Jonathan Kodjia, 28. (Telegraph)

Premier League newcomers Fulham want to sign Bristol City left-back Joe Bryan, 24. (Bristol Live)

The FA wants to limit loan deals for British and Irish players between top-flight clubs after Brexit. It is attempting to reach an agreement with the Premier League and the government over new immigration rules for players. (Times - subscription required)


GUARDIAN RUMOUR MILL

Not content with falling head over heels for Aleksandr Golovin or another of the likely breakout stars of this summer’s World Cup in Russia, Arsenal are intent on landing a former hero – no, not Siphiwe Tshabalala – but Mario Götze, who scored the winning goal for Germany in Brazil four years ago. His club, Borussia Dortmund, want in excess of £18m for the midfielder, though Everton and West Ham might hike his asking price further north.

Unai Emery has been a busy boy and Arsenal have supposedly already had a bid of £18m turned down by Chelsea for David Luiz. Back on the subject of the Germans, and a player that has actually made Joachim Low’s 23-man squad. Barcelona have the hots for İlkay Gündoğan, once of Dortmund but now of Manchester City. And the Spanish club fancy him as a heir to Andrés Iniesta’s playmaking throne.

Across Manchester, José Mourinho is keen to wrap up a deal for the long-time Chelsea target Alex Sandro, paving the way for Juventus to land Patrick van Aanholt from Crystal Palace, completing the merry-go-round. Chelsea are not too fussed, though, for they are confident of landing Daniele Rugani and are already fighting it out with Liverpool and PSG for the signature of the Porto defender Alex Telles. After settling in at West Ham, Manuel Pellegrini wants to make a statement signing or two; Chris Smalling, Felipe Anderson, Lukasz Fabianski and Alfie Mawson tick all the boxes.

And in the Championship, Aston Villa are readying themselves for something of a firesale, under pressure to flog £50m of goods in order to stay afloat. Jack Grealish and James Chester look likely to be the first to jump ship, while Premier League new boys Fulham want the marauding Bristol City academy graduate Joe Bryan.


FOOTBALL LONDON

West Ham are reportedly on the verge of tying up a deal for defender Issa Diop.

The Hammers have already completed one move this summer, bringing in Ryan Fredericks on a free following the end of his contract with Fulham.

And new manager Manuel Pellegrini could be set to secure his second signing of the summer with Diop thought to be close to a move worth between 15 and 20 million euros.

But what do we know about him?

Where does he play?
He is an imposing young centre-back, standing at 6ft 3ins tall.

Where is he from?
Diop is of Senegalese descent, but was born in Toulouse, France and has played for his hometown club since 2015.

What's his history with Toulouse?
He has played in the first team since the age of 18, racking up 85 appearances for the French side, scoring six goals.

How did he get on last year?
Toulouse struggled throughout the Ligue Un season, but managed to retain their status, just, by beating Ajaccio in a relegation play-off.

Leadership
At the tender age of 21, Diop has been the Toulouse captain this season and has captain the France U23 side too.

Discipline
Manuel Pellegrini may have an issue with the youngster when it comes to discipline, with Diop collecting six yellow cards and two red cards during his first full season. Ten yellows followed in 2016/17 with nine more last season.

International
Diop has represent France at various youth international levels and even won the European U19 Championships in 2016.

Who else has been interested?
Barcelona were credited with an interest in the youngster. Meanwhile London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham also sent scouts to watch him in action last season.


SKY SPORTS

West Ham remain in talks with Swansea over deals to sign defender Alfie Mawson and goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, according to Sky sources.

Swansea have already rejected bids from West Ham for both players, but it is understood both parties are edging closer to an agreement over the respective fees.

Sky sources understand the negotiations between the clubs centre around the structure of the payments in both deals.


HITC

West Ham United have suffered a setback in their quest to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio in the summer transfer window, according to Gianlucadimarzio.com.

It has been reported that there have been a couple of issues in negotiations between West Ham and Lazio over the transfer of the 25-year-old midfielder.

According to the report, Lazio want €35 million (£30.59m) as transfer fee plus £4.37m) in bonuses, with West Ham wanting to pay €30m (£26.22m) as the fixed.

Moreover, according to the report, the Italian club a percentage of fee that West Ham would receive from any future sale of the Brazil international.

Anderson is a very good footballer who would be a good signing for West Ham in the summer transfer window.

During the 2017-18 season, the Brazilian midfielder scored four goals and provided seven assists in nine Serie A starts for Lazio, while in 2016-17 he scored four goals and provided nine assists in 33 league starts for the Italian club, according to WhoScored.


CLARET & HUGH

Manuel Lanzini spent the night at the Hospital Quirón Barcelona in Spain after his surgery on torn anterior cruciate ligaments by pioneering orthopaedic surgeon Dr Ramon Cugat last night.

He will be visited today by West Ham’s new head of medical, Richard Collinge and should soon be discharged to begin his recovery.

West Ham expect to find out preliminary results from surgery today but it could take some time before the true recovery period can be estimated.


LONDON FOOTBALL NEWS

Arsenal and West Ham are among English clubs keen on Borussia Dortmund midfielder Mario Gotze, the Daily Mirror say.

Everton, Newcastle and Leicester are also said to be interested in the Germany international, who seemingly wants to move to England.

Dortmund are reportedly looking for £18m for the 26-year-old, who has been tipped to move this summer.

West Ham are interested in Manchester United defender Chris Smalling, Metro say.

(Alan returns tomorrow)

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Nicey 8:26 Fri Jun 15
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mario Gotze - Interesting

Surely Liverpool bound though

Texas Iron 1:28 Fri Jun 15
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Cheers...

Texas Iron 1:27 Fri Jun 15
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Cheers...

Russ of the BML 1:21 Fri Jun 15
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Ta Al.

Nice to see us getting in the thick of the transfer market but for fuck sake.... Mawson and Fabianksi stalling over payment structure..... Anderson stalling over money we have offered.

You just can't help thinking here we go again.

Why do these cunts try and slip and slide around every deal to save a fucking penny. It's just tedious and fucking frustrating. Especially when we are talking from around £5m - £10m which, for us, is not a big deal.

Thanks Alan 12:41 Fri Jun 15
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alwaysaniron 12:15 Fri Jun 15

As if by magic... :)

charleyfarley 12:41 Fri Jun 15
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Thanks - Thanks Alan excellent job

Alwaysaniron 12:15 Fri Jun 15
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Just wanted to say a big THANKS to Thanks Alan.. Good job (although you forgot to change the colour today.. (Just saying!!!)

gph 12:06 Fri Jun 15
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Thanks

Sydney_Iron 11:56 Fri Jun 15
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zebthecat 11:53 Fri Jun 15

zebthecat 11:53 Fri Jun 15
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Thanks Thanks Alan

The Postman 11:49 Fri Jun 15
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank -You... Alan returns tomorrow





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