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Alan 11:40 Mon Jul 9
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain want to sign Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 26, for 270m euros (£239m) to help keep fellow Brazilian Neymar at the club. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Forward Neymar, 26, wants striker Edinson Cavani to leave PSG, with Napoli a possible destination for the 31-year-old Uruguay international. (Sport)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has already chosen Eden Hazard's squad number if the 27-year-old Chelsea and Belgium forward moves to the Bernabau. (Diario Gol - in Spanish)

Antonio Conte's brother has hinted that the Italian will remain as Chelsea boss for the coming season, amid speculation over his future. (Mirror)

Manchester City have agreed a £60m deal with Leicester for long-term target Riyad Mahrez, with the 27-year-old Algeria winger set to have a medical in the next 48 hours. (Mail)

Arsenal are in talks with Lorient about signing of 19-year-old France Under-20 midfielder Matteo Guendouzi. (Sky Sports)

Sampdoria's Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira is set to have a medical at Arsenal on Monday before his proposed move to Emirates Stadium and the 22-year-old says he is looking forward to a "great opportunity". (Metro)

West Ham hope to sign 26-year-old England midfielder Jack Wilshere, who is a free agent after leaving Arsenal, Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko, 28, from Borussia Dortmund and Corinthians' 26-year-old Paraguay centre back Fabian Balbuena. (Times - subscription required)

Mesut Ozil's father has urged the Arsenal midfielder to end his Germany career after the 29-year-old came in for criticism during a disappointing World Cup. (Bild, via Talksport)

Ajax boss Erik ten Hag has confirmed the club are interested in re-signing 28-year-old Manchester United and Netherlands defender Daley Blind, who has struggled to make an impact at Old Trafford. (Sky Sports)

Everton and West Ham have joined the Gunners in the race to sign Sevilla and France midfielder Steven N'Zonzi, 29. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Arsenal's Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal, 32, is a target for La Liga side Real Sociedad. (Mirror)

New Derby manager Frank Lampard has come in with a last-minute bid for West Ham central defender Reece Burke with the 21-year-old Englishman set to move to Hull City.(Sun)

Italy striker Mario Balotelli is in Marseille in order to finalise a free transfer. The 27-year-old former Nice and Manchester City player has visited the French club's training complex as contract talks continue. (RMC Sport)

Middlesbrough boss Tony Pulis is keen to sign Burnley and Wales striker Sam Vokes, 28, but DR Congo forward Britt Assombalonga, 25, could be on his way out of the club. (Northern Echo)

Liverpool have no interest in signing Aston Villa's 21-year-old English midfielder Jack Grealish, who is linked with a move away from the Championship side. (Liverpool Echo)

The Reds have received loan offers from Norwich and Sheffield United for 18-year-old Wales forward Ben Woodburn. (Goal)

Former Sunderland, Aston Villa and Cardiff defender Kieran Richardson, 33, is training with West Brom as the Englishman looks to return to football after 18 months out. (Birmingham Mail)

Nice midfielder Jean-Michael Seri has been spotted in London with Chelsea, Arsenal and Fulham all interested in signing the 26-year-old Ivorian. (Star)

Some of England's players could miss the start of the Premier League season because of the side's run to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup. (Telegraph)

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Florentino Pérez has not had time to sign off Cristiano Ronaldo’s £88m move to Juventus, for he has been scouting Russia high and low in search of his next golden galáctico. With one heading out the door for Juventus, another one must arrive at Real Madrid and the club’s president reckons he’s identified his man: Eden Hazard. In fact, he has supposedly reserved the No 7 shirt and a parking spot by the same number at the club’s Ciudad training complex for the Belgium forward; no half measures, clearly, as Real ready themselves to roll out the red carpet.

Also in the elite underworld of goings-on, Manchester City are said to have agreed a whopping £60m deal with Leicester City for their winger Riyad Mahrez, with the Algerian set to undergo a medical in the coming days. That saga could finally be about to be put to bed. While all eyes are on Mahrez in Manchester, Chelsea and Arsenal are fighting it out for the Nice midfielder Jean-Michaël Seri, a staple part of these pages these days.

The Ivorian has been spotted in London, and we all know what that means. Across town, West Ham defender Reece Burke is set to turn his nose up at a move to Hull City, snubbing them in favour of a switch to Frank Lampard’s Derby County. Also in the Championship, Liverpool are weighing up offers for teenager Ben Woodburn, with Norwich City and Sheffield United dead keen.

Elsewhere, Ajax are keen on being reunited with Manchester United man John O’Sh … Daley Blind, with the Dutchman happy to return home after struggling to make a dent at Old Trafford. And, Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis wants to beef up his front-line by adding Burnley striker Sam Vokes, while Marseille are trying to woo free agent and Italy forward Mario Balotelli to the club by telling him what a good boy he has been the past 12 months or so.


West Ham on cusp of signing Felipe Anderson for close to £40m as they look set to break transfer record

Sources in Italy believe a deal for the Lazio winger will be done in next 48 hours
There is an expectation that they will thrash out terms on a deal worth £38m
The winger has also been tracked by likes of Chelsea and Manchester United

By Simon Jones

West Ham are very close to smashing their transfer record to sign Felipe Anderson for a fee of nearly £40million.

Sources in Italy believe that a deal for the Lazio winger to move to the London Stadium is on the cusp of being completed in the next 48 hours after the Hammers increased their offer.

It is expected that West Ham and Lazio will eventually thrash out terms that will see Anderson sign for a club-record fee of £38m.

The source in Italy added that West Ham are 'going for it' and 'refusing to take a step back' in negotiations over the deal.

West Ham's current record signing is Marko Arnautovic, who joined the club last summer in a deal worth up to £25m.

The 25-year-old is understood to be keen to play under Manuel Pellegrini, who was appointed West Ham manager in the summer.

Anderson has heavily impressed in recent seasons and was eyed by both Manchester United and Chelsea due to his performances in Serie A.

Last season, he scored four goals and provided seven assists during his 21 appearances in the league.

He also scored three goals in the Europa League for Lazio.

The Brazilian would become West Ham's fourth signing since Pellegrini was appointed as manager.


Work permits required for two deals

Andriy Yarmolenko and Fabian Balbuena will both require work permits to play for West Ham.

A deal for Dortmund winger Yarmolenko appears to be getting closer with his club confirming they are in advanced talks with another club for his sale and have given him permission to speak to that same club. The Ukrainian international fulfils the criteria for an automatic work permit having played over 75% of internationals in the past 24 months. Ukraine are ranked 35th in FIFA world rankings and the FA scheme requires a ranking of 50 or under.

Fabián Balbuena from Brazilian side Corinthians also requires a work permit as he is a Paraguayan by birth.

Paraguay has a FIFA world ranking of 32 but Balbuena has not played 75% of all International matches so it would have to go to FA appeal panel the grounds of exceptional talent.

Jean Michaël Seri is another player who could require a work permit should the Hammers sign him. The Ivory Coast international has made 16 appearances for his country since 2015. Ivory Coast has a world ranking of 68 so fall outside the automatic FA work permit criteria.


Steven N'Zonzi in demand as Arsenal 'face battle with Everton and West Ham' over French midfielder

Arsenal are facing a battle with Everton and West Ham to snap up French midfielder Steven N'Zonzi.

Reports this week claimed the Gunners have opened talks with Sevilla over a deal for the powerful international - currently in Russia with Didier Deschamp's side.

However, according to French outlet Le10 Sport , West Ham and Everton are also desperate to sign the former Stoke ace.

Now Premier League sides are yet to table a formal bid for N’Zonzi due to his involvement in Russia.

N’Zonzi played under new Arsenal boss Unai Emery during his time at Sevilla - and that could swing him to the Emirates.

Sport Witness

West Ham United make approach for Argentine playmaker, confident of getting deal done

According to a claim in the Italian media, West Ham United are taking an interest in Sevilla attacker Franco Vazquez.

The Argentine playmaker joined the Spanish club from Palermo a couple of seasons ago, but West Ham are presented as confident they could get a deal done for the player.

TMW report West Ham have already made contact about Vazquez, but it’s not reported whether this is with his agent or his club. It’s claimed the Hammers believe they can get a deal done for the South American in this transfer window as the club look to bring in reinforcements.

With Manuel Lanzini sidelined with a serious knee injury for the foreseeable future, Vazquez would be seen as a like for like replacement for his compatriot.

Vazquez is contracted to Sevilla until June 2021.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 7:01 Mon Jul 9
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
So many targets this year ...real or otherwise..

BubblesCyprus 4:58 Mon Jul 9
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated.

Westcliffhammer 3:32 Mon Jul 9
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Alan 12:47 Mon Jul 9
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Vazquez story added.

Thanks Alan 12:30 Mon Jul 9
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Again

Alan 12:17 Mon Jul 9
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Patience Sydders, it'll come.

Sydney_Iron 11:43 Mon Jul 9
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)


Takashi Miike 11:41 Mon Jul 9
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 11:40 Mon Jul 9
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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