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Alan 1:37 Wed Jun 20
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Maurizio Sarri's agent has arrived in London, with the 59-year-old former Napoli boss set to finally replace Antonio Conte as Chelsea manager. (Sky Sports)

Sarri has made Napoli and Belgium forward Dries Mertens, 31, his top target when he takes over at Stamford Bridge. (Telegraph)

Former Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola says he is in talks to return to his former club as a member of the coaching staff. The Italian, 51, played for the Blues between 1996 and 2003. (Sun)

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can will have a medical at Juventus this week. The Reds have confirmed the German international, 24, will leave Anfield this summer. (Mail)

Crystal Palace will offer Wilfried Zaha £120,000 a week to hold on to the 25-year-old Ivory Coast winger, who has attracted interest from Tottenham. (Mirror)

Huddersfield are set to beat Southampton and Lyon to the £11m signing of Belgium midfielder Anthony Limbombe, 23, from Club Brugge. (Sun)

Arsenal will hold talks with the agent of Sevilla's Argentine midfielder Ever Banega, 29, this week. (Mirror)

Tottenham and Arsenal have entered the race to sign Liverpool striker Rhian Brewster. The 18-year-old Englishman is yet to sign his first professional contract. (Sun)

West Brom have rejected Burnley's initial bid for Jay Rodriguez, with the 28-year-old English striker open to returning to his former club. (Mail)

West Ham and Burnley are competing to sign £8m Senegal striker Moussa Konate, 25, from French Ligue 1 side Amiens. (Sun)

Southampton are preparing a move for Red Bull Salzburg's Malian midfielder Amadou Haidara, 20. (Mirror)

West Ham are chasing a £35m deal for Lazio's Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson, 25. (Mail)

Tottenham are keeping a close eye on Lyon's 21-year-old French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, but have not made contact with the Ligue 1 club. (Sky Sports)

Marseille are contenders to sign 28-year-old Everton and France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who has been told he can leave Goodison Park. (France Football, via Tribal Football)

Newcastle must compete with Bayern Munich for Hoffenheim's Croatia midfielder Andrej Kramaric, 27. (TZ, via Talksport)

Paris St-Germain have begun negotiations with Roma and West Ham about selling the French side's 28-year-old Argentina midfielder Javier Pastore. (ESPN)

Wolves and Portugal winger Ivan Cavaleiro, 24, has no intention of leaving Molineux despite being linked with a move to Huddersfield. (Birmingham Mail)

The agent of Leicester City's Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa, 25, has confirmed they are in talks over a move with Galatasaray. (Leicester Mercury)

Former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson says he was approached twice by Chelsea to become their manager during the early years of Roman Abramovich's ownership. (Star)

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It seems more a case of when and not if Maurizio Sarri whizzes through the revolving door at Stamford Bridge, and when he does, in close pursuit will be the former Chelsea striker Gianfranco Zola, who is in talks to return to the club as part of the Italian’s coaching armoury. Following behind him, presumably with Antonio Conte shuffling the other way, they hope will be Dries Mertens, the 31-year-old Belgium forward currently at the World Cup, who excelled under Sarri at Napoli and sits top of his transfer wish-list.

For the Crystal Palace hierarchy, it’s another summer in which they are having to dig deep down the back of the sofa to throw extra cash at their prized asset, Wilfried Zaha. They plan on upping his contract again, for the second time in little over 12 months, to around the £120,000-a-week mark, in order to retain his services, with Tottenham Hotspur’s riches lurking.

Across north London, with Jack Wilshere departing, Unai Emery has been tapping into his old phone’s contacts, sliding down as far as Ever Banega. Like Steven Nzonzi, another player of interest, the 29-year-old Argentine shone under Emery at Sevilla and Arsenal are expected to hold talks with his agent this week.

Elsewhere, lower down the food chain, Burnley are gearing up for Europe by seeking to bolster their front-line. They have already had a paltry bid turned down for former striker Jay Rodriguez, and are now jostling with West Ham for the £8m signature of Amiens forward Moussa Konaté.

After bagging Issa Diop on Tuesday, Manuel Pellegrini is also still trying to wrap up an elongated £30m deal for Felipe Anderson, the Lazio winger. Huddersfield are set to beat Southampton to the signing of Anthony Limbombe, the Club Brugge midfielder, so Saints have swiftly turned their attention to re-raiding Red Bull Salzburg, this time for Amadou Haidara after signing Sadio Mané in 2014.

Sport Witness

Player hasn’t received offer from West Ham, despite claims today of transfer approach

Tom Coast -

With a €40m clause in his contract expiring on July 15th, clubs have under a month if they want to sign Jean-Michael Seri from OGC Nice without having to negotiate a fee.

Despite alleged interest from Arsenal and Chelsea, there has been very little movement on the transfer market involving the Ivory Coast international, with Napoli seemingly the likeliest to get something done.

However, TuttoMercatoWeb on Wednesday tried to change that with an exclusive, stating that West Ham, who are currently going around Europe making sensible signings (Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski…), have made an offer to the player.

That, automatically, placed them as the ‘closest to sign the player’, but Sport Witness have been told that isn’t the case, and Seri has not received an offer from the Hammers.

TuttoMercatoWeb state that down Napoli’s end, the lack of offers for Marek Hamsik is complicating their efforts to try and sign the Nice midfielder, meaning until their captain leaves, there’s little chance of the Serie A side making a move.

For West Ham, that’s good news, as it gives them more time should they decide to come forward, and with the project Manuel Pellegrini is starting to build in London, perhaps the draw of playing under such a successful manager could be of interest to Seri.

Football London

West Ham director of football Mario Husillos explains why club signed Lukasz Fabianski

The new transfer chief in east London has helped capture Issa Diop and now, a new goalkeeper

By Sam Inkersole West Ham correspondent

Mario Husillos has told West Ham fans why the club wanted to sign keeper Lukasz Fabianski after the stopper signed a three-year deal in east London.

The 33-year-old Pole was announced as Manuel Pellegrini's third signing of the summer since he took the manager's job in the capital, following just 16 hours after the signing of French centre back Issa Diop for a club-record fee and also, Fulham right back Ryan Fredericks earlier in the transfer window.

Husillos was officially announced as the Hammers new director of football a little more than a week ago and has overseen the captures of both Diop and now, Fabianski, with more signings expected.

The Argentine has now explained why the club were keen to bring in Fabianski, who is currently away at the World Cup in Russia where he is second-choice keeper to former Arsenal stopper Woijicech Sczeszny.

Husillos said: "Lukasz is an experienced and established Premier League goalkeeper, with great quality that he has shown at both domestic and international level.

"He fits perfectly the mould of the modern goalkeeper, with excellent agility, presence and distribution, and will bring strong competition to the position.

"Of course, at this moment, Lukasz is fully focused on the World Cup finals with Poland. We wish him all the very best out in Russia and look forward to welcoming him upon his return to England later this summer."

Husillos' explanation, plus the signings of 21-year-old Diop and 25-year-old Fredericks, is seemingly hinting at the Hammers wanting to play a more expansive passing game, building from the back, possibly bringing back the fabled "West Ham Way", who knows?

Fabianski faced 192 shots on target in the 2017/18 Premier League season and played every minute of the campaign as Swansea were relegated from the top-flight. Of those 192 shots faced, he saved 136 of them which works out at 70.83%.

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one iron 10:29 Thu Jun 21
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Thanks alan

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Hope yr keeping well & thanks Al!

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