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Alan 1:23 Sat Jun 30
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Chelsea have turned down a £50m offer from Barcelona for 29-year-old Brazil midfielder Willian. (Mail)

Manchester United are also expected to make a bid for Willian as Old Trafford boss Jose Mourinho tries to sign a player he managed at Chelsea. (Express)

Tottenham will not sell any of their first-team players until after they return from holiday following the World Cup. (ESPN)

Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 30, will hold talks with Liverpool at the end of Belgium's World Cup campaign as he seeks to find out whether he will have first-team opportunities next season. (Guardian)

Everton are preparing to bid £25m for Celtic's Scottish left-back Kieran Tierney, 21. (Telegraph)

Everton have made a new offer for 29-year-old Besiktas' Croatiandefender Domagoj Vida and are prepared to let 25-year-old Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen move in the opposite direction. (AMK Spor via Sport Witness)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez wants to sign Chelsea's Brazilian winger Kenedy, 22, and Red Bull Salzburg's 25-year-old Kosovan playmaker Valon Berisha, with the pair likely to cost £35m. (Telegraph)

Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 23, has been linked with a move to Manchester United but says he is "happy" if he stays with Lazio and will take time to rest and "then we'll see", after his country were knocked out of the World Cup. (Express)

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce has been told the club cannot even afford free transfers while they are in financial crisis. (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid and France forward Antoine Griezmann, 27, says he wants to end his career playing in Major League Soccer in the US by the time he is in his early 30s. (Le Figaro - in French)

Former England boss Sam Allardyce says England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22, should leave Chelsea as soon as he can if he is not guaranteed a place in the team. (Star)

Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, 20, has no desire to join Valencia despite the Spanish club showing interest in the Dutchman. (Sport Witness)

Former QPR left-back Jack Robinson, 24, who is a free agent after turning down the offer of a new contract, is a target for Nottingham Forest. (Nottingham Post)

Brighton have made a third bid for Reading's 25-year-old English defender Liam Moore, believed to involve an increased up-front payment of £8m. (Sky Sports)

West Ham are in talks with Inter Milan over signing 31-year-old Italian winger Antonio Candreva. (TuttoMercatoWeb via Express)

Fulham will press to complete the permanent signing of Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 23, from Newcastle United. (Times)

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers has played down the prospect of signing 25-year-old Liverpool forward Danny Ings. (Star)

Stoke are keen on Everton's Wales defender Ashley Williams, 33. (Guardian via HITC)

Bolton are in talks with English midfielder Jack Rodwell, 27, after his contract at Sunderland was cancelled. (Sun)

Highly rated 16-year-old England youth forward Ben Knight is set to leave Ipswich and join Manchester City in a £1m deal next week. (East Anglia Daily Times)

Crystal Palace face competition from London rivals Fulham to sign 23-year-old Turkey midfielder Ozan Tufan. (Football London)

Former Tottenham winger Jermain Defoe says he would "love" to see Real Madrid and former Spurs forward Gareth Bale return to the Premier League. Defoe believes Wales international Bale, 28, has possibly "had enough" of life at Real and wants to come back to England. (Sky Sports)

Poland goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski says Colombia, who England will play in the last 16 of the 2018 world Cup, were "the team to avoid at this stage of the tournament" having been on the end of a 3-0 defeat by them in the group stages. (Times - subscription required)

Fifa may consider broadcasting the conversations between the referee and VAR officials to the crowd and television audiences at future tournaments. (Mail)


Inter Milan contact Hammers to discuss Antonio Candreva deal

WEST HAM have reportedly heard from Inter Milan regarding a potential deal for Antonio Candreva.

By James Benson

West Ham are in the market for new recruits as they look to freshen up the squad Manuel Pellegrini inherited from David Moyes.

But they’re also facing the prospect of having to find an albeit temporary replacement for the injured Manuel Lanzini.

Lanzini saw his hopes of appearing at the World Cup shattered when he hurt his knee during Argentina’s training camp.

The latest reports from Italy claim Inter have been in touch with West Ham to discuss Candreva filling in for the crocked star.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, Inter have enquired as to whether West Ham would be interested in Candreva.

The former Lazio winger looks to be on his way out of the San Siro with Matteo Politano his replacement.

And Inter Milan have attempted to find a buyer in West Ham, who may be interested in getting Candreva on-board.

West Ham could find themselves competing with Monaco if they decide to pursue a deal for Candreva.

Tutto Mercato Web indicate Monaco also have their eye on the Italy international, who Antonio Conte wanted at Chelsea last summer.

Lanzini handed West Ham a boost earlier this week when he revealed his injured knee will not keep him out for as long as expected.


West Ham interest in Russian World Cup defender

Italian media claim that West Ham is one of a number of clubs interested in snapping up Spartak Moscow centre-back Ilya Kutepov this summer.

According to Tuttomercatoweb Lyon, Fiorentina and RB Leipzig in addition to the Hammers are tracking the 24-year-old defender with a view to bid after the World Cup finishes.

Kutepov became Russia’s main centre-back in the World Cup after a string of injuries and has impressed many as he helped Russia claim wins over Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

The Russia defender claimed worldwide fame talking about the prospect of defending against Uruguay striker Luis Suarez – promising to “bite him myself” if need be to stop him scoring against Russia. At the previous World Cup in Brazil in 2014, Suarez received a four-month ban from all football matches after he bit defender Grigorio Chiellini during Uruguay’s group game against Italy.

Manuel Pellegrini is known to be in the market for a second centre-back after signing 21-year-old Issa Diop from Toulouse for £22m, Angelo Ogbonna or Winston Reid could be outbound as the new manager looks to shake up the centre of defence next season after the Hammers conceded a record number of goals.


Pellegrini confirms backroom staff

West Ham United manager Manuel Pellegrini has confirmed the makeup of his new backroom staff at London Stadium.

The Chilean, who took charge in May on a three-year contract, will be assisted by his long-time number two Ruben Cousillas and highly-rated coach Enzo Maresca, while the experienced former Real Madrid and Liverpool goalkeeper coach Xavi Valero will assume the same role with the Hammers.

Fitness coach Jose Cabello will be reunited with Pellegrini after working with him at Malaga, Manchester City and Hebei China Fortune. Cabello himself will be assisted by Portuguese Felix Cao, who was also on Pellegrini’s staff in China.

Pellegrini is delighted to have put together a strong team to assist him as he embarks on his tenure at London Stadium.

“My backroom staff are hugely important to me, as they have been throughout my managerial career,” said the 64-year-old. “I know they will play a pivotal role in helping the team prepare and perform to the best possible level.

“As a group, and as individuals, they bring with them a lot of experience and know-how as well as a great understanding of how we want to do things. These are all important factors in putting a successful team on the pitch, which is what we are all striving for.

“I’m delighted we are going to be working together again as we enter an exciting time at West Ham.”

Read more at https://www.whufc.com/news/articles/2018/june/30-june/west-ham-united-manager-pellegrini-confirms-backroom-staff#Hl0MPo8062pBcMPb.99

Argentinian Fuse, 61, enjoyed a successful playing career in South America before joining forces with Pellegrini at San Lorenzo in 1998. Since then, he has assisted the Chilean wherever he has been, winning titles in Argentina, Spain and England.

“I have known Ruben for 20 years, so we know each other and work together very well, which is very important when you are working in an environment like football,” said the manager. “We began our work with San Lorenzo and have developed together with River Plate, Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga, Hebei China Fortune and now West Ham United.”

Manuel Pellegrini with (left to right) Enzo Maresca, Ruben Cousillas, Xavi Valero, Felix Cao and Jose Cabello

Italian Maresca, 38, began his professional career as a midfielder with West Bromwich Albion as a teenager before impressing for a host of top European clubs, including Juventus, Fiorentina, Sevilla and, under Pellegrini’s guidance, Malaga. He began his coaching career with Ascoli before returning to Seville to work with compatriot Vincenzo Montella.

“Enzo played for me at Malaga and I was immediately impressed with the way he looked at the game in great detail,” Pellegrini confirmed. “We have remained in contact as he has started his coaching career and I am looking forward to working with him again here in England.”

Valero returns to English football, having previously spent five seasons with Liverpool and one with Chelsea with fellow Spaniard Rafa Benitez. The 45-year-old also worked with the goalkeepers at Valencia, Inter Milan, Napoli and Real Madrid during Benitez’s time there.

“Xavi is one of the best goalkeeper coaches in the world,” Pellegrini observed. “He has studied the art of goalkeeping and worked with top players at top clubs like Valencia, Real Madrid and Liverpool, helping both the goalkeepers and the strikers. He knows England and the Premier League well, too.”

Finally, the manager is also looking forward to working with fitness coaches Cabello and Cao, having done so previously at his former clubs.

“Jose and Felix are talented physical trainers who I have great faith in,” he said. “I worked with Jose in England, Spain and China, while Felix joined us for the first time in Hebei China Fortune, and look forward to working with them both again here at West Ham.”

The Club have also appointed a new Head of Medical in the shape of the experienced Richard Collinge.

The highly-qualified Collinge, a Chartered Physiotherapist with a Master's degree in Sports Physiotherapy, has previously worked with Crystal Palace, Brentford, Cardiff City, Wigan Athletic, Watford and the Scotland national team.

“I am looking forward to starting my new role as Head of Medical in a Club as huge and steeped in history as West Ham United,” said Collinge. “The start of pre-season, when I get the chance to meet the staff and players, cannot come around quickly enough.”

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COOL HAND LUKE 10:37 Sun Jul 1
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Many thanks Alan, always a good read. Trust you are in reasonable health, fella.

Wow! It all looks very professional and high grade, doesn't it? Not used to seeing the words 'West Ham United' in such illustrious company...

hammerintheorient 8:58 Sat Jun 30
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Thanks Alan, much obliged

Texas Iron 4:56 Sat Jun 30
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Keep Well Alan...😀😀

Mart O 4:06 Sat Jun 30
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charleyfarley 2:26 Sat Jun 30

charleyfarley 2:26 Sat Jun 30
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Cheers Al

Thanks Alan 1:30 Sat Jun 30
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Takashi Miike 1:25 Sat Jun 30

Takashi Miike 1:25 Sat Jun 30
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Thanks Alan

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