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Alan 12:07 Fri Jun 22
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Borussia Dortmund are keen to sign Chelsea and Spain striker Alvaro Morata, but the Bundesliga club could be put off by the 25-year-old's £45m fee. (Bild, via Talksport)

Spain full-back Jordi Alba, 29, says he wants to stay at Barcelona, amid interest from Tottenham. (Goal)

Spurs hope to sign Croatia winger Ante Rebic, 24, with Eintracht Frankfurt willing to sell for £26.3m. (Bild, via Express)

Juventus are favourites to sign CSKA Moscow's Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, 22, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Barcelona also interested. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri is busy assembling his Chelsea coaching squad, even though manager Antonio Conte's future at Stamford Bridge is yet to be resolved. (Mail)

Lucas Torreira is set to leave Sampdoria for a fee of around £26m, with Arsenal keen on the 22-year-old Uruguay midfielder. (Sportitalia, via Mail)

Liverpool have moved closer to signing Lazio and Albania goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha, 23. (Mirror)

Manchester United are considering a move for Lyon's French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. The 21-year-old only joined the Ligue 1 side from Amiens earlier this summer. (Le10 Sport, via Manchester Evening News)

Aston Villa are yet to receive any bids for midfielder Jack Grealish, despite the 22-year-old Englishman being linked with Tottenham and Liverpool. (Birmingham Mail)

Everton could offer Middlesbrough 25-year-old German midfielder Mo Besic as part of a deal for former England Under-21 defender Ben Gibson, 25. (Northern Echo)

Everton forward Wayne Rooney, 32, has been encouraged to join Major League Soccer side DC United by former England team-mate Steven Gerrard. (Liverpool Echo)

Sevilla and Argentina midfielder Ever Banega, 29, wants assurances from Arsenal boss Unai Emery before agreeing to join the club. (La Colina de Nervion, via Mirror)

Freiburg's Turkey defender Caglar Soyuncu, 22, wants to join Arsenal. (Gunes, via Goal)

Arsenal will be in a three-way fight for Porto defender Miguel Layun - if the 29-year-old Mexican does not sign for Sevilla, where he spent much of last season on loan. AC Milan and Marseille are also interested. (AS - in Spanish)

Tottenham midfielder Mousa Dembele, 30, says he "loves an adventure" and has spoken to Belgium team-mates playing in China and Major League Soccer. (Goal)

Fenerbahce have opened talks with Chelsea over a move for 25-year-old Dutch midfielder Marco van Ginkel. (Talksport)

Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are both considering bids for West Ham's Irish defender Declan Rice. The 19-year-old is yet to agree a new contract with the Hammers. (Sun)

Newcastle goalkeeper Matz Sels' proposed move to Anderlecht has been cancelled after the clubs failed to agree a fee for the 26-year-old Belgian. (Voetbalkrant, via BT Sport)

Sevilla have become the latest La Liga side to express an interest in Newcastle's Spanish midfielder Mikel Merino, 21. (Chronicle)

Stoke have made a £5m bid for Sunderland's 23-year-old Northern Ireland defender Paddy McNair. (Mail)

Southampton's Serbian midfielder Dusan Tadic, 29, is close to a move to Dutch side Ajax but talks are still ongoing. (Daily Echo)

Leeds United have expressed an interest in Derby County's 26-year-old Czech striker Matej Vydra. (Derby Telegraph)

However, Leeds will not be bringing Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden to Elland Road on loan. City boss Pep Guardiola has decided the 18-year-old Englishman's development is best served with the Premier League champions. (Manchester Evening News)

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Having proved beyond sane dispute that he is the GOHG, Cristiano Ronaldo is reportedly heading back to where it all started. No, not his mother’s womb; we mean Old Trafford!

Reports suggest Ronaldo is thinking more and more about a move to Manchester United, where he would fulfil a lifelong ambition to play alongside Ashley Young.

Young’s place might be under threat if United secure another target – as we speak, José Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino are engaged in a bare-knuckle dispute to decide who gets to sign human motor car Jordi Alba from Barcelona.

Spurs are also keen on Argentina-busting winger Ante Rebic, who would cost £26m from Eintracht Frankfurt.

There’s another quiet summer ahead at Chelsea. Maurizio Sarri, the new manager-elect, wants to raid his old club Napoli for Dries Mertens, Elseid Hysaj, José María Callejón, Raul Albiol and Intrepid Attitude.

Álvaro Morata will take the well-trodden path from Chelsea to Borussia Dortmund. Chelsea are keen on the Russia playmaker Aleksandr Golovin – but so are Barcelona and Juventus, so there that goes.

Liverpool are going to sign a keeper from Rome – but it might not be Alisson. Reports suggest Jürgen Klopp is ready to share some love with Lazio’s Albanian keeper Thomas Strakosha.

Arsenal’s new manager, Unai Emery, is keen to sign the Sevilla playmaker Éver Banega, and also has several eyes on the Porto defender Miguel Layún.

Dusan Tadic, Southampton’s Serb schemer, is close to a move to Ajax, while Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are following the every move of West Ham’s Declan Rice – even when he goes to the bathroom.

Finally, Palace are also keen on the Stoke midfielder Gianelli Imbula – but so are Newcastle, and what Rafa Benítez wants, Rafa Benítez occasionally gets.


West Ham look to raise £30m to balance books

West Ham are looking to spend over £100m this summer in transfers but will look to bring £30m back in outbound sales to balance the books.

The Hammers have invested over £40m so far in transfer, signing on and agent fees on Ryan Fredericks, Issa Diop and Lukasz Fabianski but will look to spend in excess of £60m bringing in another three to five players before the transfer window slams shut at 5 pm on 9th August.

However, the West Ham net spend on transfers will need to remain around £70m so they will look to balance the financial books.

The most obvious Hammers outbound candidates for to raise £30m are Robert Snodgrass £9m, Jordan Hugill £7m, Edimilson Fernandes £6m, Sam Byram £5m and Reece Burke £3m.

West Ham would be extremely reluctant to part with Marko Arnautovic, Javier Hernandez, Michail Antonio, Declan Rice or Pedro Obiang while the chance of offloading Andy Carroll seems unlikely.

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West Ham have initiated contact with agent over signing La Liga South American

According to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web, West Ham United have identified Sevilla attacking midfielder Joaquín Correa as a target for the summer transfer window.

The Argentine managed just 15 starts in the league last season. However, he featured regularly in the Champions League and in the Copa del Rey, scoring six goals and registering two assists in 14 appearances in these two competitions.

Tutto Mercato Web claims there has been contact between the Premier League outfit and agent Alessandro Lucci.

Juan Bautista Alberdi-born Correa is one of the “hottest names” wanted by the English capital club in the transfer market.

Any approach from West Ham in signing the Sevilla midfielder would see them face competition from Italian clubs, but the report does’t reveal the name of the Serie A sides interested in signing the former Sampdoria man.

West Ham appointed Manuel Pellegrini as the successor to David Moyes this summer, and the Hammers want to provide the former Manchester City manager with a strong squad to enjoy a good campaign in the 2018/19 season.

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West Ham in Ferrari hunt

West Ham are in the hunt to sign Sassuolo defender Gianmarco Ferrari, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

The Sky Sports Italy correspondent states via his personal website that the Hammers were trying to add the 6ft 2in tall centre-back (Transfermarkt) to their squad in this window.

Di Marzio reports that Marseille have already made enquires about signing Ferrari who spent his 2017/18 campaign on loan at Serie A side Sampdoria.

Good move for West Ham?


The 26-year-old defender was generally a solid presence in Sampdoria’s defence last season in the 31 appearances he made for the club and it’s a surprise to hear that they’ve not activated their pre-agreed option to sign him permanently.

However their loss could easily be the Hammers’ gain as Manuel Pellegrini is more than aware that his club need to strengthen defensively ahead of the new season.

While centre-back Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks have already been welcomed through the doors of the London Stadium this summer, the club still ideally need another new central defender.

Ferrari would easily meet the club’s needs in this regards.

This Is Futbol rating: 7/10

Likely to happen?

It’s way too early to say as this report doesn’t claim that the Hammers have established contact about signing the defender as of yet.

Di Marzio also states that several teams from the Premier League to Ligue 1 could end up battling for the enforcer’s services, so who knows which club could end up striking first to sign him.

It seems Sampdoria passing on him in this window, could see the defender become very in-demand as the Sky journalist believes clubs will continue to join the race for his services.

However based on how the Hammers have acted in this transfer market so far then a deal could develop quickly and see Pellegrini welcome the 26-year-old uncapped Italian to his squad.

Then again without a price tag being revealed for Ferrari, the Hammers may also lose interest very quickly and pursue other options instead.

This Is Futbol rating: 5/10

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Sven Roeder 4:08 Fri Jun 22
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Thanks Alan

£70m is a self imposed figure and the spend should be twice that to make up for their shit work of the last two years

Texas Iron 3:02 Fri Jun 22
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Alwaysaniron 12:45 Fri Jun 22
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Thanks Alan

Sydney_Iron 12:24 Fri Jun 22
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gph 12:14 Fri Jun 22

gph 12:14 Fri Jun 22
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Thanks, Alan

Thanks Alan 12:13 Fri Jun 22
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Thanks Alan

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