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Alan 11:28 Sun Jul 1
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool have resumed talks with Lyon over a deal for attacking midfielder Nabil Fekir, 24. (Sunday Mirror)

But Manchester United have also made an offer for Fekir. (La Progres - via Sunday Express)

Chelsea are set to announce former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri as their new manager next week. (Talksport)

The players at Chelsea, though, do not know whether Sarri will be there to take charge of their first pre-season training sessions. (Evening Standard)

Tottenham are preparing an offer for River Plate and Colombia midfielder Juan Quintero, 25. (La Nueva - via 90min)

Leicester City have appointed Jacques Bonnevay as their new assistant manager - with Michael Appleton departing. (Leicester Mercury)

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois is ready to leave Chelsea if the 26-year-old Belgian can get his dream move to Real Madrid. (Sunday Mirror)

The Blues are preparing a bid for Roma's £65m-rated Brazilian goalkeeper Alisson, 25, as they anticipate losing Courtois. (Mail on Sunday)

Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, 36, says Napoli have shown interest in him but the Czech veteran intends to stay at Emirates Stadium. (Calcio Mercato)

The Gunners are set to finalise negotiations over the £25m signing of Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 22, from Sampdoria next week. (Mail on Sunday)

Liverpool are not only interested in Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Marco Asensio, 22, but his team-mate and compatriot Lucas Vazquez as well. Arsenal are also monitoring the 26-year-old forward. (Marca)

Juventus are now leading the race to sign Manchester United transfer target Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 23, from Lazio. (Tuttosport - via Star on Sunday)

Manchester United could move for Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci, 31, following AC Milan's ban from European competitions. (Gazzetta dello Sport - via Sun on Sunday)

Belgium boss Roberto Martinez is a shock candidate to become the next permanent manager of Spain after the World Cup. (Sunday Mirror)

Ajax manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed that Morocco midfielder Hakim Ziyech has secured a deal to join another club. Roma have been chasing the 25-year-old, with Liverpool and Everton also interested. (Goal)

Everton will have to beat several Premier League clubs to the signing of Celtic's Scottish left-back Kieran Tierney, with Tottenham also keen on the 21-year-old. (Liverpool Echo)

Burnley are considering signing former West Ham defender James Collins with the 34-year-old Welshman now a free agent. (Sun on Sunday)

Yasin Ben El-Mhanni is set to leave Newcastle United this summer, with clubs including Besiktas, Sporting Lisbon, Bordeaux and Feyenoord keen on the 22-year-old English winger. (Goal)

Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, 23, has accepted an offer to join Chelsea. (Corriere dello Sport - via Metro)

Fulham and Huddersfield Town have entered the race for Leicester's Nigeria forward Ahmed Musa, after the 25-year-old spent the second half out last season out on loan. (Fotomac, Turkey - via 90min)

Southampton have made an initial £10m bid for Barcelona's Brazilian defender Marlon, 22. (Sky Sports)

Free agent Jack Wilshere says he is "willing to go abroad" as the 26-year-old English midfielder weighs up his options after leaving Arsenal. (Sky Sports)

Football Association technical director Dan Ashworth is the subject of interest from Premier League and overseas teams and could receive offers to return to club football if England continue to impress in Russia. (Sunday Telegraph)


Burnley chasing move for free agent James Collins after veteran defender left West Ham

Collins looks set to be snapped up by the Clarets after being released by West Ham following the final game of the 2017-18 campaign

By Mike McGrath

BURNLEY are eyeing a move for James Collins on a free transfer.

Sean Dyche is looking at the Wales centre-back as he needs cover for Ben Mee heading into pre-season.

Mee is stalling on a new contract and with one year left on his current deal faces an uncertain future at Turf Moor.

Collins, 34, is seen as a short-term solution on a one-year deal after getting released from West Ham.

He had an 11-year association with the Hammers but got told he was being released via email earlier this summer when it was clear he was not in the plans of new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Collins who has now had time to process his departure from the London Stadium has since taken to social media to post an emotional message to the club and it's supporters.

"Just back from a break with my amazing family, had a lot of time to think," Collins said on Instagram.

"Feel it’s now time to thank every member of staff and every player I’ve every worked with at West ham, I had an amazing 11 years at the club and can honestly say I gave my all in every training session and in every game I played and loved every minute of it."

"Everybody knows of the special relationship I’ve always had with the fans and a special thank you has to go to you all, you’ve all been incredible to me and my family from the moment I stepped foot in the club and I thank every single one of you from the bottom of my heart."

"It’s now time to move on to a new challenge, new adventure and a new club where I will continue to give my all everyday.... Thank you all again #comeonyouirons."

A message that is sure to leave Hammers fans with a tear in their eye.

Despite Burnley now being ahead of the race for Collins, he has also been linked with a move to Middlesbrough and Cardiff City.


Expert reveals what new signing is REALLY like

WEST HAM completed the £22million signing of French defender Issa Diop this month - and now a Ligue 1 expert has revealed what he's really like.

By Jack Wilson

West Ham completed the £22million signing of French defender Issa Diop this month

The France Under-21 international, 21, made 95 appearances for Toulouse last season as they scraped survival.

Diop is Manuel Pellegrini's second summer signing after the free transfer of English defender Ryan Fredericks from Fulham.

And French football expert Jonathan Johnson believes the Hammers have signed a gem.

"He's had a number of years of Ligue 1 experience for somebody so young," Johnsoon said.

"He was pretty much one of the only bright lights in Toulouse these last couple of seasons.

"I think Toulouse have done very well to get the money they have got from West Ham for him but it's not a surprise to see him move on. He's been a highly-rated prospect for a while now.

"There were a number of French clubs who wanted him as well but he felt it was the right time to move abroad."

Diop captained Toulouse for the first time in April 2017 before being appointed club captain in October of that year.

The 21-year-old made 34 Ligue 1 appearances last season as Toulouse only avoided relegation after beating Ajaccio in a relegation play-off.

Johnson added: "I think West Ham have picked up a good signing here, he's got a well-rounded game and I think he's got the makings of a future France international.

"In order for that to happen he had to leave Toulouse, a team that needed the money. It was the best offer that came in from West Ham.

"West Ham have signed the star player of what has been quite a poor Toulouse side over the last couple of seasons."


QPR lead race to sign West Ham's Jordan Hugill on loan

Jordan Harris

West Ham United are reportedly ready to let Jordan Hugill leave on loan this summer after a nightmare start to his London Stadium career.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (01/07; page 59), Queens Park Rangers are currently leading the race to sign Jordan Hugill this summer with West Ham ready to allow the striker to leave on loan for the coming campaign.

Hugill has endured a miserable spell since joining for £8 million in January - fee reported by The Sun on Sunday. After scoring 20 Championship goals in the previous 18 months, the 26-year-old made just three substitute appearances for the Irons after his arrival and found himself on the pitch for a combined 22 minutes - as shown by Whoscored.

The Sun reports that the Hammers are ready to let Hugill leave on loan, and Steve McClaren is hoping to bring him to Loftus Road ahead of his first season with the R's.

There is little question that the striker's stock has fallen significantly since his move to West Ham. It would probably not be a major surprise if he was given the green light to leave permanently if a club offered something like the seven-figure amount that the Irons paid, especially as Manuel Pellegrini was not the manager to bring him to the Hammers in the first place.

Hugill should be relishing the chance to leave temporarily. A great loan spell with QPR may not be enough to salvage his West Ham career - though there is no definitive reason to believe that the door is completely shut on him potentially forcing his way back into the club's plans in future - but it would certainly put him in the shop window.

And if West Ham can ultimately recoup anything like the amount they spent on him in January, then perhaps it would be best for all parties if the curtain was quickly brought down on Hugill's spell at the London Stadium.


Hammers say ‘thanks but no thanks’ for central defender

West Ham have inquired about a move for Lyon’s Brazilian defender Marcelo but have been shocked at the price being demanded.

The 31 year old – who switched from Beskitas to the French Ligue 1 club last season was seen as the second central defender the Hammers required.

Having moved from the Turkish club last summer for a fee of £11 million the Hammers believed they could pick him up for much the same fee or a touch more. He is a non Brazilian international having appeared only for his nation at under 20 level.

Instead, the French outfit were quoting a figure in excess of €20 million and were immediately given a ‘thanks but no thanks’ response for a player in whom there would be no re-sale value at the end of two or three year contract.

However, the move demonstrates that director of football Mario Husillos and Manuel Pellegrini are determined to bring in a second central defender which could leave either Winston Reid or Angelo Ogbonna in a vulnerable position.

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El Scorchio 12:49 Mon Jul 2
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Diop made 95 appearances last season?

Bet he's knackered.

Texas Iron 4:05 Sun Jul 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

lars 12:33 Sun Jul 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Always look forward to your newspaper review. Hope you're on the mend. Thanks Alan.

Alan 12:26 Sun Jul 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Marcelo story added.

Thanks Alan 11:28 Sun Jul 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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