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Alan 1:03 Thu Jun 21
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Real Madrid must give forward Gareth Bale assurances over playing time if he is to remain with the European champions next season, says the 28-year-old Wales international's agent. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool are hoping to sign 22-year-old Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, with Tottenham refusing to pay more than £20m for the England Under-21 player. (Sun)

Manchester United have been told they can sign Bayern Munich and Germany defender Jerome Boateng, 29, for £50m. (Manchester Evening News)

West Ham are increasingly confident of securing a £35m club record deal for Lazio's 25-year-old Brazilian winger Felipe Anderson. (Telegraph)

England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22, says he may have to leave Chelsea this summer to secure regular first-team football. (Mirror)

Loftus-Cheek, who spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace, is a target for Newcastle. (Shields Gazette)

Southampton could sell Serbia midfielder Dusan Tadic, with Ajax interested in the 29-year-old. (NBC Sports)

Watford are ready to listen to offers for captain Troy Deeney. The club want at least £10m for the 29-year-old English striker. (Star)

Inter Milan are closing in on the signing of 30-year-old Belgium midfielder Radja Nainggolan from Roma. (Calciomercato)

Everton are preparing a £12m bid for Hull City's English forward Jarrod Bowen, 22. (Sun)

Arsenal have finalised a 30m euro (£26.3m) deal for Sampdoria and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 22, according to the Serie A side's president. (TMW, via Evening Standard)

Premier League champions Manchester City expect to complete the £46.5m signing of 26-year-old Napoli and Italy midfielder Jorginho this week. (Mirror)

Juventus will demand £70m for 27-year-old Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who is a target for Chelsea and Barcelona. (Corriere Dello Sport - in Italian)

Tottenham and Liverpool are set to miss out on Bordeaux winger Malcom as Inter Milan finalise a loan move for 21-year-old Brazilian. (Sky Italia, via Talksport)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is set to sign former Liverpool team-mate Jon Flanagan, 25, on a free transfer after the English right-back completed a medical. (Mail)

Newcastle are trying to offload 27-year-old Senegal midfielder Henri Saivet by offering him to clubs across Europe. (Chronicle)

Leicester City are planning a move for Basel and Norway forward Mohamed Elyounoussi, 23, as a replacement for Manchester City target Riyad Mahrez. (ESPN)

Real Madrid have signed two of former Barcelona and Chelsea forward Eidur Gudjohnsen's sons. (Marca)

Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson, 27, is wanted by Championship rivals Hull and Ipswich. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Unlike Jürgen Klopp, the Mill could not write a book about defending. But we could jot down the first line, which would read: Get good defenders. Slowly but surely Klopp is starting to implement that advice, which is why he has made a high-class centre-back his priority target for this summer, ranking it even higher than getting Liverpool a new goalkeeper (a move that, come to think of it, should be in the preface to the Big Book of Defending).

You want names? How does Jamaal Lascelles grab you? What’s that, Newcastle fans, you’d prefer Liverpool looked at someone else? Well they’re also eyeing up James Tarkowski, apparently. What’s that, Burnley fans, you’d prefer they looked at someone else? Well they’re also monitoring Harry Maguire. But Manchester City also fancy the Leicester colossus, so unless Maguire thinks like Virgil van Dijk, chances are he’ll not be going to Leicester. So it’s Lascelles or Tarkowski for Liverpool, then.

Having said that, Manchester City are having trouble getting anyone out of Leicester these days. The Foxes are still playing hardball over Riyad Mahrez, now demanding a fee of around £70m as well as the nifty young striker Patrick Roberts.

When/if Liverpool get their hands on a new centre-back, they’ll resume their quest for a new goalkeeper. Jack Butland is said to be their first choice but Paris Saint-German’s Alphonse Areola may take their fancy and is expected to be available for less than £25m if the French club complete the signing of Gianluigi Buffon. Roma and Napoli are also keen on Areola.

Manchester United are also in the market for a central defender and had a hot feeling for Sevilla’s Clément Lenglet. But he is poised to join Barcelona instead. And that only hardens United’s affection for Kalidou Koulibaly, who’s currently leading Senegal’s defence at the World Cup. His club, Napoli, won’t let him go cheaply.

Anthony Limbombe isn’t in Belgium’s World Cup squad but Huddersfield are excited enough about the 23-year-old to offer £13m to try to prise him from Club Brugge. Radja Nainggolan isn’t in Belgium’s World Cup squad either but Internazionale are on the verge of luring him from Roma, with the former Newcastle player Davide Santon part of the exchange.

Finally, ex-Premier League club Stoke want James McClean of ex-Premier League West Brom to help them clamber back into the big time.


West Ham reportedly rivalling Arsenal for Miguel Layun after brilliant Mexico display

Danny Owen

Miguel Layun reportedly has admirers from the Premier League in the shape of West Ham United and Arsenal after stunning Germany at the World Cup.

Miguel Layun was one of the architects of arguably the biggest shock of the World Cup so far: Mexico’s brilliant 1-0 win against holders Germany – even if Hirving Lozano, Javier Hernandez and Hector Herrera claimed most of the credit.

Layun’s direct running and shoot-on-sight policy caused no end of problems for Joachim Low’s shaken Germans. And it seems this performance has made the versatile Porto ace a transfer target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Portuguese publication Record, meanwhile, has suggested that West Ham United are still interested in a player who was first linked with a move to the London Stadium earlier this year.

And the Hammers’ interest will certainly have been piqued after Layun’s tireless performance in the Mexico attack, while his impressive combinations with current West Ham forward Javier Hernandez should give Manuel Pellegrini an idea.

It is understood that Sevilla have until the end of the month to sign the former Watford man, who spent the second half of last season on loan at the La Liga club. But Layun struggled in Andalucia and Sevilla seem to be having second thoughts about paying the £5 million fee.

Spanish paper AS, however, claims that Arsenal, AC Milan and Marseille have also joined the chase for Layun so West Ham will have to act fast.

Turkish Football

Euro giants receive £13m bid for Everton and West Ham target

By Eren Sarigul

Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida is expected to leave the Istanbul giants this summer.

The Croatia international only joined Besiktas during the January transfer window but has failed to impress.

Besiktas missed out on UEFA Champions League football after a fourth-place finish in the Turkish Super Lig and are keen to reduce their wage bill.

According to the Turkish outlet Skor, five Premier League sides are interested in signing Vida.

Per the source, one Premier League side has tabled a £13.2 million offer for the experienced defender.

Skor went onto name both West Ham United and Everton as clubs closely linked with a move for Vida in recent weeks.

However, Besiktas president Fikret Orman will wait until Croatia are eliminated from the 2018 World Cup before considering bids for the defender.

Vida is expected to start when Croatia take on Argentina tonight. The defender played a key role during his nations 2-0 win over Nigeria last week.


West Ham shouldn't be put off by Loftus-Cheek's reported asking price

Jordan Harris

West Ham United have recently been linked with Ruben Loftus-Cheek and should undoubtedly make a move this summer.

With the appointment of Manuel Pellegrini and deals for the likes of Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski already in the bag, West Ham clearly have their eye on making a big statement with their summer business as they look to ensure that they find themselves in nothing like the trouble that they faced for much of last season.

One area that the Hammers still need to strengthen in is their options in central midfield. And one of the players that they are reportedly after is Chelsea midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, as reported by The Sun

Loftus-Cheek is arguably the most exciting youngster in Chelsea's ranks and was hugely impressive during his loan spell with Crystal Palace. His form earned him a place in England's World Cup squad this summer, and his cameo against Tunisia left a lot of fans impressed as he added impetus to the side as they began to run out of ideas.

The Daily Mail reports that he will look to leave the Blues if he cannot get first-team football at Stamford Bridge next year, and that Chelsea will look for at least £25 million should they decide to sell.

And while that is quite a startling price for a player who has played just over 60 senior games for club and country - according to transfermarkt, a deal at that price would equal West Ham's club-record buy - it appears that Loftus-Cheek has the kind of talent and potential that could make that fee look like a complete bargain in the coming years.

At 22, Loftus-Cheek is arguably good enough to be a regular starter for the Hammers who endured plenty of issues in the middle of the park last season, and he should only get better as he gains more experience.

His ability to run with the ball has the potential to seriously excite the London Stadium faithful and his array of passing should make the Hammers a lot more assured in midfield.

West Ham have arguably been superb in the window this far. Meeting Chelsea's reported £25 million asking price for Loftus-Cheek should now be a no-brainer for the Irons as they look to continue making statements.

Football Ghana

Crystal Palace sign Ghanaian youngster Kwame Danso

Premier League team Crystal Palace have announced the signing of Ghanaian defender Kwame Danso from West Ham.

Danso,15, who spent 1 year at West Ham and has joined Crystal Palace academy.

Kwame stated, "It is a feeling of great happiness to join a massive club like Crystal Palace."

"I have received lucrative offers from major clubs but I decided that Crystal Palace is the best place for me"

'It's a dream come true and a big step in my young career."

"Crystal Palace is a great club with excellent facilities and is known all over the world for developing young players."

"The fact that the club plays on the big stage was very appealing to me."

"In fact, it was very easy to choose Crystal Palace."

He began his Academy career at West Ham and chose to develop at Crystal Palace.

The 6ft4 left footed center-back was born in UK to Ghanaian parents.

Kwame is eligible to play for the country of his birth but surprisingly opted to play for Ghana.


Report links West Ham United with Spanish midfielders Oliver Torres and Denis Suarez

Aiden Cusick

The new West Ham United director of football Mario Husillos will have a pair of Spanish midfielders referenced, according to A Bola.

West Ham have lost playmaker Manuel Lanzini for the foreseeable future, prompting replacements to be sought.

And the Portuguese newspaper lists Porto's Oliver Torres and Barcelona's Denis Suarez as potential candidates.

Despite costing Porto £18 million a year ago, Torres struggled to nail down a regular starting place in is first season as a full-time Dragons player.

And he is also said to have interest from Real Betis, amid a termination clause of £44 million.

If true, West Ham's interest in Suarez - who finds himself in a similar boat at Barcelona - should come as little surprise, considering he played briefly under the Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City.

However, neither player has previously been associated with Husillos, the former Malaga and Olympiacos sporting director.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Russ of the BML 5:56 Thu Jun 21
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£25m for RLC. Bite their fucking hand off. This geezer is quality.

pdbis 3:51 Thu Jun 21
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Crystal Palace a massive club?

Texas Iron 1:51 Thu Jun 21
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Alwaysaniron 1:40 Thu Jun 21
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Thanks Alan

Sydney_Iron 1:09 Thu Jun 21
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Thanks Alan 1:04 Thu Jun 21

Thanks Alan 1:04 Thu Jun 21
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Thanks Alan

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