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Alan 11:02 Sun Jul 8
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West Ham have made a £17.5m bid for Borussia Dortmund's Ukrainian forward Andriy Yarmolenko, 28, who joined the German club last year for £23m. (Sky Sports)

The Hammers are also set to finalise their move for former Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 26, who is now a free agent, on Monday. (Mirror)

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas still believes French midfielder Nabil Fekir will line up for the club next season after the 24-year-old's move to Liverpool fell through. (Goal)

Manchester United are confident of signing Chelsea forward Willan, 29, now Brazil are out of the World Cup. (Sun)

But Barcelona star Lionel Messi could put a stop to Chelsea winger Willian coming to Manchester United, with the Argentine ace keen to link up with the 29-year-old Brazilian at the Nou Camp. (Manchester Evening News)

Liverpool have held talks with Aston Villa over midfielder Jack Grealish but Tottenham remain favourites to sign the 22-year-old. (Mirror)

United States international Erik Palmer-Brown, 21, has been loaned by Manchester City to Eredivisie side NAC Breda for the new season. (ESPN)

Emil Forsberg's performances for Sweden at the World Cup have caught the attention of Everton, who are set to move for the 26-year-old RB Leipzig midfielder.

Defender Kieran Tierney, 21, is set to remain at Celtic with Everton deciding against meeting Celtic's £25m price tag. (Scottish Sun)

Manchester United are ready to launch a £40m bid for PSV Eindhoven's 22-year-old Mexican striker Hirving Lozano in the coming days. (Tuttomercatoweb)

The Old Trafford club are still continuing to monitor 17-year-old Molde striker Erling Haaland, the son of Norway's former Manchester City and Leeds United midfielder Alf-Inge Haaland. (Mail)

Several high-profile Chelsea stars returned to pre-season training on Saturday, against the reported wishes of manager Antonio Conte. (Metro)

Eden Hazard's younger brother Kylian has moved a step closer to leaving Stamford Bridge after the 22-year-old Belgian midfielder joined Dutch side VVV Venlo on trial. (Goal)

Lyon have told Chelsea that midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 21, will not be sold this summer as the Blues seek a potential replacement for N'Golo Kante, who has been lined up as Paris St-Germain's prime target this summer. (Express)

Rangers will have first refusal on any youngsters that are being sent out on loan by Liverpool after a deal put together by the respective managers Steven Gerrard and Jurgen Klopp. (Sun)

Manchester United are set to make a move for highly-rated Barcelona teenager Nico Gonzalez, 16, with the defensive midfielder yet to agree a new contract with the Spanish side. (Sport)


Corinthians tweet suggests West Ham are about to sign Fabian Balbuena

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West Ham United appear to be closing in on Fabian Balbuena.

Corinthians have offered a farewell tweet to defender Fabian Balbuena as his move to West Ham United looks to be drawing ever closer.

The Hammers have already brought in one central defender this summer in Frenchman Issa Diop from Toulouse, but another centre back has been on Manuel Pellegrini's wish list.

A host names have been linked, including Armando Izzo, Craig Dawson and Alfie Mawson, but West Ham now appear to be closing in on a surprise signing in the heart of defence.

Reports in South America broke on Friday that West Ham had agreed a deal with Corinthians for defender Fabian Balbuena, and that move appears to be getting closer.

Balbuena, 26, made his name in his native Paraguay with Cerro Porteno, Rubio Nu, Nacional and Libertad before heading to Brazil with Corinthians in 2016.

The 6ft 2in centre back has made more than 100 appearances for Corinthians, hitting 11 goals, whilst he has also picked up six Paraguay caps, with West Ham now pushing for a surprise signing.

Corinthians communicated on their official website that an agreement has been reached with West Ham for Balbuena's transfer, and they have now taken to Twitter to say farewell to their star defender.

Corinthians appear to be 100% sure that Balbuena's move won't have any late hitches as they say thank you and goodbye, and it's somewhat rare for clubs to send such messages before a deal has been officially completed - but West Ham now appear to be closing in on their latest target.

Anthonio Ferraz
16 minutes ago

Eu sou brasileiro... e posso falar que ele é o melhor zagueiro do campeonato brasileiro!

I am Brazilian ... and I can say that he is the best defender of the Brazilian championship!
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West Ham pay release clause for centre back

Brazilian club Corinthians have confirmed that West Ham have activated Fabián Balbuena’s release clause thought to be £4m and the centre-back will now undergo have a medical with the Hammers.

The club released a statement saying “The Sport Club Corinthians Paulista informs that it received a proposal from West Ham United, of England for player Fabian Balbuena. The amount offered was the same amount as required in the contract renewal, signed two months ago. The defender is already cleared for medical examinations for transfer to the London Club.

The player played 136 for Timao, having scored 11 goals in his three-year history of Corinthians. In that period, Balbuena won three titles with the shirt Alvinegra, the Bicampeonato Paulista 2017/2018 and the title of the Brazilian Championship 2017. The board thanks the services provided in that time and wishes good luck in his new journey.”

The Paraguayan centre-back is expected to sign a 4-year contract with West Ham.


HAMMERS HOPE TO PLUCK CELO West Ham target Lyon’s Brazilian centre-back Marcelo and Malaga captain Recio

New Hammers' boss Manuel Pellegrini wants the ‘other’ Marcelo but will have to pay over the top to lure him

By Alan Nixon

WEST HAM manager Manuel Pellegrini is targeting Brazil’s ‘other’ Marcelo — but he will have to pay over the top to get him into the country.

Pellegrini likes the Lyon centre-half — not the Real Madrid left-back — who has yet to be capped by his country.

The Hammers will have to pay around £15million plus top wages for him to pass the criteria needed by the authorities to work in the UK.

Marcelo, 31, would love to come to the Premier League and be a huge asset.

But he clearly lacks a re-sale value and it would be an expensive deal.

The Hammers’ alternative would be West Brom’s £20m-rated Craig Dawson.

Pellegrini also wants to improve his midfield and Spanish sources have revealed he is interested in Recio at his former club Malaga.

Skipper Recio, 27, would relish teaming up with his old boss.

West Ham have also been linked with a £17.5m bid for Borussia Dortmund winger Andriy Yarmolenko.

Sky Sports claims Pellegrini wants the Ukrainian after seeing Manuel Lanzini ruled out for over a year with a cruciate ligament injury.

This is Futbol

West Ham will have to splash cash for Marcelo

West Ham will have to splash the cash if they are to secure the signing of 31-year-old Olympique Lyonnais defender Marcelo this summer, according to journalist Alan Nixon.

The Sun reporter states on his personal Twitter account that the Hammers will have to pay a hefty transfer fee to sign the Brazilian veteran if they are to get a work permit which makes him eligible to play in England next season.

The former Brazil under-20 centre back, who stands at a giant 6’2″ (source: Transfermarkt) at the heart of the defence, made 49 appearances for Lyon last season, including in all 10 of his club’s Europa League fixtures.

Good move for West Ham?

Not in the slightest.

Marcelo might have the experience of Ligue 1, the Bundesliga and the Eredivisie, but the Premier League is a whole different kettle of fish.

That is not to say he would not be a good player in England’s top flight, but if West Ham are being forced to pay over the odds just to get him the work permit he needs, then it is not a worthwhile deal.

They have already paid big money for Issa Diop and while some experience at the back might be needed, it also has to come at the right price.

This is Futbol rating: 5/10

Likely to happen?

It is likely that when West Ham realise just how much it is going to cost them to be in with a chance of having him available, this deal will go dead in the water.

He just does not fit the bill of someone the Irons would splash out big money for and with funds being limited, they could invest that cash much more wisely.

It would be a big surprise to see Marcelo in claret and blue next season.

This is Futbol rating: 2.5/10

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Mex Martillo 10:09 Sun Jul 8
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Bernie 1:52 Sun Jul 8
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If Balbuena is a Husillios pick then I have no problem with it. The whole point of getting a DoF is so they can pick us up gems for low fees.

Time will tell

ironsofcanada 1:32 Sun Jul 8
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
and thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 1:31 Sun Jul 8
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cheers, Alan

ironsofcanada 1:29 Sun Jul 8
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chim chim cha boo 1:28 Sun Jul 8

Because he wanted guarantee of first team football, which we could not give.

chim chim cha boo 1:28 Sun Jul 8
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Thanks Alan.

We're linked to players like Mawson and so a four million pound Paraguayan has a ring of truth about it. Why the fuck did we not just keep Tomkins?

Texas Iron 11:20 Sun Jul 8
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Sydney_Iron 11:10 Sun Jul 8
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Thanks Alan 11:04 Sun Jul 8

Thanks Alan 11:04 Sun Jul 8
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Thanks Alan

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