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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
50%
  
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%
  



Alan 11:46 Tue Jun 26
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Paris St-Germain have offered Manchester United a deal to trade France midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, for Italy midfielder Marco Verratti, also 25, plus cash. (Sun)

West Ham forward Manuel Lanzini, 25, is set to miss the whole of next season because of the knee injury he sustained in training with Argentina just before the World Cup. (Mirror)

Manchester United could offer English left-back Luke Shaw, 22, a new contract because they are unwilling to pay £60m for Juventus and Brazil defender Alex Sandro, 27. (Manchester Evening News)

Atletico Madrid and Uruguay centre-back Diego Godin could be on his way to Manchester United this summer. The 32-year-old may be available for £18m, with only one year remaining on his contract. (AS, via Manchester Evening News)

Manchester United also want to sign Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 24. The Croat recently announced his intention to leave the Spanish giants this summer. (Cadena Cope, via Sun)

West Brom have rejected West Ham's £12m offer for English centre-back Craig Dawson, with the Baggies valuing the 28-year-old at more than £20m. (Telegraph)

Sevilla insist midfielder Ever Banega, 29, is not for sale this summer amid interest from Arsenal in the Argentina international. (Independent)

Arsenal have cooled their interest in Brighton defender Lewis Dunk. The Gunners were considering a bid for the 26-year-old Englishman but new boss Unai Emery has other plans. (Mirror)

Arsenal are considering a bid for Juventus and Morocco centre-back Mehdi Benatia. The 31-year-old is also a target for Borussia Dortmund and Marseille. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Express)

Liverpool could miss out on Gremio and Brazil forward Luan. Lazio have made an early move for the 25-year-old. (Mirror)

Lyon are prepared to offer Nabil Fekir, 24, a new deal to prevent Liverpool resurrecting a move for the France forward. (Mirror)

And Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said he has spoken to Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, who could be set to bid for Fekir. (Bein Sports, via Manchester Evening News)

Eden Hazard's father offered the 27-year-old Chelsea and Belgium forward to Real Madrid days before the Champions League final. (Marca)

Chelsea are not prepared to sell England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer but could allow another season-long loan for the 22-year-old, who spent last year at Crystal Palace. (Mail)

Former Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri plans to live at Chelsea's training ground if he becomes Blues boss. (Mirror)

Leicester City have made a £12m bid for 29-year-old Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida, who is playing for Croatia at the World Cup. (Sabah, via Leicester Mercury)

Newly promoted Fulham want to bring in Bosnia Under-21 midfielder Edis Smajic, 18, as they prepare for their return to the Premier League. Smajic plays for Sloboda Tuzla in his homeland. (Sun)

Wolves are interested in signing Lazio's 23-year-old Brazilian centre-back Wallace, who is a client of agent Jorge Mendes. (Birmingham Mail)

West Ham will send English right-back Sam Byram, 24, on a season-long loan to Championship side Nottingham Forest. (Sun)

Italian champions Juventus are looking to finalise a deal for CSKA Moscow and Russia midfielder Aleksandr Golovin, 22, but are not interested in departing Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26. (Goal)

Juventus have told Leicester they must pay £17.5m if they want Italian midfielder Stefano Sturaro, 25. (Il Messaggero, via Leicester Mercury)

Borussia Dortmund's 26-year-old German left-back Erik Durm will have a medical with Huddersfield this week. (Kicker - in German)

Southampton are willing to pay 20 million euros (£17.6m) for Barcelona striker Paco Alcacer, 24, but face competition for the Spaniard from Turkish side Fenerbahce. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

And Alcacer is also resistant to leaving Barcelona despite the club looking to sell him, delaying any potential move. (Sport)

West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry, 37, has exercised the optional one-year extension in his Baggies contract. (Express & Star)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Paris St-Germain want Paul Pogba, says the Sun, and will fund the move by selling their Italy midfielder Marco Verratti, or by offering him to Manchester United in part-exchange. There are still many uncertainties lingering over the potential deal, including the fact Verratti has been offered a new contract in Paris, and the admission “it is unclear whether United have any interest in moving on Pogba”, but apparently it could still happen. Less likely to happen is a Tottenham move for Anthony Martial, with the Londoners scared off by United’s £75m asking price.

Amid rumours of a move to Arsenal, a “high-ranking Sevilla official” has told the Independent that the Argentina playmaker Ever Banega is “not for sale under any circumstances”, though it is not clear whether a club meeting his surprisingly low release clause – estimated in the region of €20m – is one of those circumstances. If it is it would surely make a mockery of the entire concept of release clauses, and if it isn’t it would surely make a mockery of the high-ranking Sevilla official. The Mill’s money is on option two, as it seems is the Independent’s and the high-ranking Sevilla official’s, with the story going on to explain “there is a back-up plan in place should the Argentinian’s release clause be activated”, with that back-up plan being Swansea’s Roque Mesa.

Craig Dawson is so determined to leave West Brom that he will put in a transfer request, with the Mirror reporting that the club wants £15m for the 28-year-old defender. Burnley have already had a bid rejected, apparently. The Telegraph, however, says West Ham have had a £15m bid rejected, so where that leaves us it’s hard to know. Adding to the confusion is the Mail, who insist West Ham’s bid was only £12m and the asking price is actually £20m, all of which suggests it is now make-up-a-number-and-stick-it-in-a-newspaper time. West Ham have also failed to sign Jack Wilshere after offering the midfielder just a one-year contract, though news that the injury Manuel Lanzini suffered just before the World Cup will rule him out for the entirety of next season might force them to reconsider. Juventus, previously tipped to move for Wilshere themselves, have instead made CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin their top midfield target and are readying an £18m bid.

Wayne Rooney could tie up his move to DC United in the next 48 hours and he might be joined on the plane by Everton team-mate Leighton Baines, who is interesting Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union. Everton’s top pick as replacement left-back is Bayer Leverkusen’s Wendell, who is valued, a little scarily, at around £32m. Everton have also been linked with RB Salzburg’s 19-year-old attacking midfielder Hannes Wolf.

Chelsea will refuse to sell Ruben Loftus-Cheek this summer, though they might send him out on loan again. Crystal Palace and West Ham would both be keen on a season-long loan arrangement, says the Mail. Southampton are about to raid Celtic again, mining the same rich seam that gave them Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama to bring in 26-year-old midfielder Stuart Armstrong for £7m. And in price-tag-slapping news, Peterborough have slapped a £6m price tag on the head of 33-goal striker Jack Marriott, and Brighton have been told they will have to pay £4m to take striker Percy Tau from Mamelodi Sundowns.






HITC

Reported Tottenham, Wolves, West Ham target Hegazi has £10m release clause

Subhankar Mondal

Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers reportedly want West Bromwich Albion’s Ahmed Hegazi.

Tottenham Hotspur, West Ham United and Wolverhampton Wanderers are among the clubs linked with Ahmed Hegazi of West Bromwich Albion.

ESPN FC reported last month than London duo Tottenham, West Ham and Leicester City all are interested in signing Hegazi from West Brom, who will play in the Championship next season after getting relegated from the Premier League.

The same news outlet reported yesterday evening that Wolverhampton Wanderers, who won promotion from the Championship last season, are on the hunt for the Egypt international as well.

It has also been reported that Hegazi has a release clause of £10 million in his contract at West Brom - a paltry figure indeed given the fees for top footballers these days.

With the former Fiorentina central defender (reported) available for just £10m, it is hard to see him stay at The Hawthorns next season, especially as he played for Egypt at the World Cup in Russia and with clubs such as Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, West Ham and Wolves reported to be interested in securing his services in the summer transfer window.




West Ham open talks to sign Brazilian playmaker Bernard

Will Butcher

Bernard is available on a free and West Ham are said to have begun negotiations.

Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla has claimed on his website that West Ham United have opened talks to sign Shakhtar Donetsk sensation Bernard on a free transfer.

The report claims that talks are continuing for Lazio star Felipe Anderson, with the Hammers and the Serie A outfit yet to agree on a fee. It is believed, though, that West Ham are getting nearer the £40m valuation of Anderson.

But it is believed that Anderson could be joined by a fellow countryman at the London Stadium, in the form of fleet-footed maestro Bernard. The technician is available on a free transfer, after his contract expired in Ukraine.

The 25-year-old is renowned as one of the best attacking midfielders in the world yet to try his luck in Europe's biggest leagues, after joining Shakhtar from boyhood club Atletico Mineiro.

A 15-time Brazil international, Bernard stands at just 5ft 4in but boasts a wonderful ability on the ball that allows him to create, score and dazzle his own fans and opponents.

Signing Bernard would be a hugely expensive transfer, but seeing as his contract has expired, the Hammers can land the pocket-sized genius for nothing - and talks are said to have started off to a flyer.

Manuel Pellegrini is also supposedly a fan of Bernard after trying to sign him during his days in the Chinese Super League with Hebei China Fortune. Hammers fans could be set to see both Anderson and Bernard in attack.






Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

gph 11:59 Wed Jun 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

gph 11:58 Wed Jun 27
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
At 5'4", Bernard will make Sullivan feel taller than he has done for ages.

Nailed on signing

Takashi Miike 9:12 Tue Jun 26
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 4:24 Tue Jun 26
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Thames Ironworks 1:24 Tue Jun 26
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla has claimed on his website that West Ham United have opened talks to sign Shakhtar Donetsk sensation Bernard on a free transfer."

Shakhtar Donetsk sensation on a free, yep journalisms answer to polishing a turd.

Thanks Alan.

White Pony 1:12 Tue Jun 26
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
LOLZ

Pagey 12:26 Tue Jun 26
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
“Signing Bernard would be a hugely expensive transfer, but seeing as his contract has expired, the Hammers can land the pocket-sized genius for nothing.”

Award-winning journalism right there!

Thanks Alan 11:49 Tue Jun 26
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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