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Alan 12:19 Mon Jun 18
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are preparing a £60m bid to sign Brazilian winger Willian, 29, from Chelsea this summer. (Mail)

Crystal Palace want unsettled Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, who has been told he will not be a guaranteed starter under new manager Unai Emery. (Mirror)

Lyon and France attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, 24, has been offered to Premier League clubs for £66m after his move to Liverpool broke down. (Sun)

Lazio will not accept less than £35m for Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson, who is a target for West Ham, as they have to pay the 25-year-old's former club Santos 20% of any fee. (Mirror)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, will not be drawn into conversations about his future while he remains at the World Cup with France. (Metro)

Former England manager Fabio Capello says Juventus got themselves a great deal in selling Pogba to United as he "makes the difference in Italy, but not in England or on international duty". (Express)

Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 23, must show that he is "willing to die" for Manchester United if he is to move to Old Trafford, according to former Red Devils defender Patrice Evra. (ITV, via Goal)

Mario Balotelli's agent says the 27-year-old Italy and Nice striker would be in favour of a move to Marseille. (RMC Sport - in French)

Sevilla want Real Madrid's 23-year-old Spanish midfielder Marcos Llorente. (AS - in Spanish)

That could allow Arsenal to move for Sevilla's French midfielder Steven Nzonzi, 29, who previously played for Blackburn and Stoke. (Express)

Asked about being linked with Paris-St Germain and Real Madrid, Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27, said: "Today I am at Chelsea, and today I am currently living and playing in the World Cup, that is what comes first". (Express)

Leicester are closing in on the signing of James Maddison after Norwich accepted a bid of £24m for the 21-year-old English midfielder. (Mail)

Napoli are targeting a loan move for Arsenal's experienced Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech, 36. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sun)

Roma goalkeeper Alisson's proposed move to Real Madrid is not confirmed, with Liverpool and Chelsea still in with a chance of signing the 25-year-old Brazilian. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Express)

Liverpool's England Under-17 striker Rhian Brewster has agreed a professional contract at Anfield. (Telegraph)

Leeds United legend Eddie Gray believes the appointment of Marcelo Bielsa as head coach is a step in the right direction for the club. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Danish midfielder Nicolai Brock-Madsen, 25, who has spent the past six months on loan at Polish side Cracovia, is set to return to Birmingham City. (Birmingham Mail)

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Ben Fisher

With rumours over Gareth Southgate’s team selection and tactics already long put to bed, there is sufficient time to run rogue with transfer tittle tattle for a while longer yet. Top of the bill is Manchester United’s interest in Willian, the Brazil winger. And, after having an enquiry rebuffed in January, this time the Old Trafford club are readying £60m in hard cash to tempt Chelsea into selling, with José Mourinho intent on getting the old band back together.

In north London, Unai Emery has been keeping busy, flicking back and forth between terrestrial TV channels so that he can feast on relentless red-hot World Cup action, and, when he gets a bit of downtime, telling his fringe players that they are free to exit the Emirates Stadium this summer. Petr Cech is a loan target for Serie A club Napoli, while Crystal Palace are eyeing a move for Jack Wilshere after the midfielder was told he will have to fight for a starting spot next season.

In between those conversations, Emery has made a beeline for Steven Nzonzi, the former Blackburn Rovers midfielder who worked under the Frenchman at Sevilla, as well as Porto’s Yacine Brahimi. Any departure in between the sticks mean Arsenal may even try to trump Real Madrid’s move for Alisson, the Roma goalkeeper, with Liverpool and Chelsea also keen on the 25-year-old. There is one concrete bit of good news for Jürgen Klopp: teenage striker Rhian Brewster, who won the Golden Boot at the Under-17 World Cup in October, is set to sign a new lucrative five-year contract, while Daniel Sturridge is adamant he will fight for his place at Anfield.

Elsewhere, Mino Raiola has been busy touting Italy striker Mario Balotelli to every man and his dog, with the Nice man supposedly keen on a move to Marseille. And, in the Championship, Norwich City’s coffers are set to swell to the tune of £24m, with James Maddison set to depart to Leicester City or Southampton, while Saints are happy to flog striker Sam Gallagher to Sheffield United for around £1.5m.


Hammers wait for offers on six

West Ham have still to receive an offer for any of the players they are ready to sell this summer.

Sam Byram – whose contract runs out in 2020 – is known to be available along with striker Jordan Hugill but as yet there is no buyer in sight for either.

And although the manager wants to take a look at the squad before making final decisions it looks likely that the club are ultimately likely to listen to offers for Adrian, Edmilson Fernandes, Robert Snodgrass, and Andy Carroll.

Manuel Pellegrini has made a point of declaring he will not be allowing any youngsters out on loan until he has run the rule over them and is making a point of having them all watched during pre-season.

However, he needs to make decisions on them quickly as the club heads into the busiest period of the summer with the transfer window closing early.

Football London

Revealed: Why West Ham haven't reached an agreement with Lazio for Felipe Anderson - yet

The Hammers top brass will need to find a little bit more money from somewhere if they want to bring the Brazilian to London

By Sam InkersoleWest Ham correspondent

Lazio and West Ham are still haggling over the transfer fee for Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson and the Italians are determined to eke as much extra cash as they can from the Londoners.

Reports from Italy earlier this week claimed a deal was almost done for €30m and Anderson would be on his way to the London Stadiu, though football.london understood a deal was never that close.

Seemingly now, the Italian media have cottoned on to what the English press have believed for a while now - that a deal is not close to completion - and Lazio are now demanding an extra €4m, so €34m in total, to get the move done.

Lazio want £4.4m worth of add-ons to be included in any deal and are also revisiting the terms of the sell-on clause.

Anderson has indicated he wants to join West Ham and his wages of £80,000 a week are very much in budget for Manuel Pellegrini's team and the new manager is desperate to bring Anderson to the capital.

West Ham still want a move for Anderson to be completed and to sign the player for what would be a club-record fee but seemingly, it's not as close as our friends in Italy first thought.

Elsewhere, the Hammers are expected to submit a second bit for Swansea City defender Alfie Mawson and believe a deal worth around £25m should be enough to do business. The transfer of the centre back is deemed to be a high priority for Pellegrini, who signed off on the move when he took over from David Moyes who had attempted to bring the defender to London in January.

The Hammers are also working on a deal to bring another defender, Toulouse's Issa Diop, to the Premier League while Lukasz Fabianski's move from Swansea is just a case of dotting I's and crossing T's.

The Swansea City goalkeeper has admitted "there is something in it" as a move to West Ham draws ever closer.

The Polish stopper is expected to pen a three-year deal in east London, supposedly over the weekend but nothing has materialised yet, and has already completed a medical ahead of the move.

Fabianski is set to become Manuel Pellegrini's second summer signing after the arrival of Ryan Fredericks but football.london understands that the Pole is not guaranteed to be number one in Stratford.

West Ham had a £5m bid for Fabianski rejected earlier this summer but returned with an improved one, believed to be £7m, and that's been enough to get a deal done with personal terms posing no problems between the two parties.

The player, speaking to Polish outlet Przeglad Sportowy from Russia ahead of their World Cup opener against Senegal on Tuesday, pretty much admitted a move is going to happen.

He said: "Let's wait for a while, but I will not lie, there is something in it.

"My club matters are crystallizing right now, but I do not know when everything will be clear. I am waiting patiently."

The Pole made 38 appearances for relegated Swansea last season and kept eight clean sheets for the side last campaign. He has made more than 150 appearances for the Welsh side since joining them from Arsenal in on a free transfer in 2014.

The supposed arrival of Fabianski throws current Hammers number one Adrian's future up in the air as the Spaniard doesn't normally take too kindly to new goalkeepers coming in.

Adrian recently admitted he could return to former club Real Betis, saying: "Both options are there, the first thing is to sit down with the club and see the situation.

"In the Premier League I have a good name, here with Betis also a good image, once we know the idea of ​​the club we will make a decision."

Sport Witness

After claim transfer to West Ham is ‘more on track’, player gets himself in bother

On Sunday, Spanish newspaper AS claimed West Ham were causing a problem for Sevilla in the Spanish club’s attempts to sign Nikola Kalinic from AC Milan.

A move to the Hammers was said to be ‘more on track’ than one to Sevilla, despite claims last week that Kalinic was close to a Spanish switch.

West Ham would be ready to give AC Milan the chance of a transfer fee, whereas Sevilla were only interested in a loan at this stage, and that was said to give the English club an advantage.

It seemed a strange link for West Ham, Kalinic is 30 years of age and hasn’t exactly been a success at Milan.

Now there’s been another twist in the story, with the footballer finding himself in a spot of bother with Croatia. Across the country’s media are reports Kalinic may be booted out of Croatia’s World Cup squad.

As Sportske Novosti and others report there’s a rumour circulating that Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic asked Kalinic to warm-up towards the end of the match against Nigeria. The forward refused and complained of back pain, and the rumour suggests it’s more to do with him being annoyed at his role within the set-up.

A press conference has been called for later today.

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gph 3:27 Mon Jun 18
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Thanks, Alan

gph 3:27 Mon Jun 18
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“It seemed a strange link for West Ham, Kalinic is 30 years of age and hasn’t exactly been a success at Milan.”

If he really has problems with his back, it's beginning to look like a typical West Ham signing for the treatment room.

BubblesCyprus 3:24 Mon Jun 18
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Thanks Alan much appreciated.

El Scorchio 3:22 Mon Jun 18
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I hope not! 30 years of age and in rotten form sounds right up our street for new signings...

Eric Hitchmoe 3:17 Mon Jun 18
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“It seemed a strange link for West Ham, Kalinic is 30 years of age and hasn’t exactly been a success at Milan.”

We needn’t worry. Sullivan won’t offer enough for them to take it seriously anyway.

El Scorchio 2:06 Mon Jun 18
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I would want no part of a player who refuses to come on for his country in the World Cup.

Lee Trundle 2:00 Mon Jun 18
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Kalinic has just been sent home from the World Cup in the last hour.

Sydney_Iron 1:46 Mon Jun 18
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charleyfarley 1:04 Mon Jun 18

charleyfarley 1:04 Mon Jun 18
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Thanks Al

El Scorchio 12:46 Mon Jun 18
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No offers for Hugill or Byram?

What a shock! Who would have thought it...

Alan 12:33 Mon Jun 18
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Kalinic story added.

Texas Iron 12:32 Mon Jun 18
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Thanks Alan 12:21 Mon Jun 18
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Thanks Alan

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