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Alan 1:40 Wed Jul 11
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo will earn almost £73,000 a day at Juventus, with his four-year deal worth about £26m a year. The 33-year-old has joined the Italian champions from Real Madrid for £99.2m. (Mirror)

Former Real Madrid and England manager Fabio Capello says Ronaldo's signing is "genius". The Italian now expects Juventus' Argentine striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, to leave for Chelsea. (Football Italia)

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 27, is the bookmakers' favourite to replace Ronaldo at Real Madrid - and the Belgian will leave Stamford Bridge unless he sees ambition in the transfer market. (Football London)

Ronaldo's move could lead to Juventus selling players to comply with Financial Fair Play - and Italian midfielder Stefano Sturaro, 25, interests Newcastle and Wolves. (Birmingham Mail)
Elsewhere - Dybala to Liverpool?

Liverpool are ready to bid £80m for Juventus' Argentine forward Paulo Dybala, 24. (TyC Sports, via Metro)

Liverpool have opened talks with Stoke over a deal for 26-year-old Switzerland playmaker Xherdan Shaqiri, who is understood to have a £13m release clause. (Telegraph)

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum could be set for an Anfield exit, and the 27-year-old Dutchman has reportedly been given the green light to join Fenerbahce. (A Spor, via Mirror)

Stoke striker Peter Crouch, 37, is wanted by Australia's A-League to help build its profile, with Sydney FC and Melbourne Victory eager to sign the former England international. (Sun)

Tottenham and Roma are keen to sign Bordeaux's Brazilian playmaker Malcom, 21. (France Football - in French)

Everton are set to offer £21m for Barcelona and Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina, 23. (Goal)

Manchester United face competition from Juventus for Molde FK striker Erling Haaland, 17. The Norway under-19 international is the son of former Leeds and Manchester City defender Alf-Inge Haaland and was born in Leeds. (Mirror)

Manchester United defender Victor Lindelof, 23, is wanted on loan by several European sides - including former club Benfica - following his performances for Sweden at the World Cup. (Sun)

Maurizio Sarri has told Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich he will only take over as Blues boss if Eden Hazard and Willian remain at Stamford Bridge. (Football.London)

Chelsea have opened new contract talks with midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27. The France international still has three years left on his current deal but the Blues are reportedly set to offer him £200,000 a week. (Express)

Chelsea target Robert Lewandowski, 29, is desperate to leave Bayern Munich despite reports he is happy to stay. Real Madrid are also interested in the Polish striker. (Star)

Liverpool are contemplating a move for Poland international Grzegorz Krychowiak. The 28-year-old midfielder spent last season on loan at West Brom from Paris St-Germain. (Sun)

Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti has included Chelsea's Brazilian centre-back David Luiz, 31, on his list of transfer targets. (Mirror)

Southampton will finalise personal terms with Borussia Monchengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard after the Dane, 25, had a medical to move closer to an £18m transfer. (Sky Sports)

Leicester are prepared to offer England centre-back Harry Maguire, 25, a new deal to make him one of their highest-paid players. (Leicester Mercury)

Fulham could beat Chelsea and Arsenal to the signing of Ivory Coast and Nice midfielder Jean Michael Seri, 26. (Sun)

Sunderland's Tunisian forward Wahbi Khazri, 27, has chosen to join French club Saint-Etienne. (Le Progres, via Sports Witness)

Newcastle are close to completing a season-long loan deal for Chelsea midfielder Kenedy after the Brazilian, 22, completed a medical. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez says he does not want to sell club captain Jamaal Lascelles after the 24-year-old Englishman was linked with West Ham. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Lille are interested in Everton's Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, 35. (France Football, via Talksport)

Arsenal target Gelson Martins, 23, is close to joining Atletico Madrid. The Portuguese winger, who is a free agent, is expected to complete his move this week. (Record)

Arsenal could be set to lose goalkeeper David Ospina, 29, with Boca Juniors looking to complete a £6m deal for the Colombian. (Mirror)

Lyon are tracking West Brom and Belgium winger Nacer Chadli, 28. (France Football, via Talksport)

Spanish defender Joel Lopez, 15, has confirmed he is leaving Barcelona amid talk of a move to Arsenal. (Football.London)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Bryant

The Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus aftershocks are pretty much the only thing in Rumoursville, reader, and the Italian club’s need to balance the financial fair play books after getting their €100m man has sent agents and scouts into a high-speed spin.

Liverpool could be the first to pounce and fancy whipping Paulo Dybala off the Old Lady’s payroll for £80m after having spent a few days making come hither glances at Stoke’s Xherdan Shaqiri and West Brom’s on-loan PSG man Grzegorz Krychowiak. It all means that Georginho Wijnaldum will find himself surplus to requirements, so can do one at his earliest convenience to Fenerbahce.
Cristiano Ronaldo for €100m at 33? Indulgence or Juventus masterstroke?
Paolo Bandini
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Chelsea’s apparently still incoming new manager Maurizio Sarri has told his apparently still future bosses that he’ll only join the club if Eden Hazard and Willian are still there – which could be a problem since Real Madrid reckon Hazard is the perfect man to fill their Ronaldo-shaped hole. Chelsea have got straight on to the issue by offering, erm, N’Golo Kanté a new £200,000-a-week contract instead.

Meanwhile Robert Lewandowski is still the object of affections on the King’s Road, though Madrid may step in to nab the wantaway Bayern striker too. Still, Stamford Bridge suits will be pleased to discover that Carlo Ancelotti fancies adding a dose of comedy to Napoli’s backline and has added David Luiz to his list of transfer targets, while Kenedy is due to join Newcastle on loan again.

Manchester United, who are set to punt Victor Lindelof out on loan, are eyeing 17-year-old Erling ‘son of Alf-Inge’ Haaland but Juventus, Leeds and Manchester City are also sniffing around the Molde whelp. Tottenham and Roma are duking it out for Brazilian Working Men’s XI’s Malcom while Everton think Yerry Mina is the perfect tree to plant in their penalty box and have £21m to prove it.

Rumour Mill staple Jean Michaël Seri is not joining Chelsea or Arsenal, report the Sun, but will head to Fulham instead. Sunderland’s Wahbi Kahzri doesn’t much fancy life in League One, post World Cup, so will join 1990s dance-pop band Saint-Etienne in a shock move, while Lyon have their eye on West Brom’s World Cup sensation Nacer Chadli.

Sport Witness

On Tuesday we covered claims from Italy that were far more optimistic about West Ham signing Felipe Anderson, after a long and frustrating saga.

That followed similar claims from England and Brazil, and it genuinely seems there may have been a step forward on the potential transfer.

In the afternoon on Tuesday, TMW claimed West Ham are ‘in Italy’ to try and conclude the Anderson signing, and once they’ve sorted out the deal with Lazio it was stated they’d move on to Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro.

Now TMW report that Anderson hasn’t turned up for his medical tests at Lazio yet. He was expected today but is ‘absent’.

Like in most countries, footballers in Italy have to go through full medical tests ahead of preseason training, to assess their fitness level and check for any concerns.

It’s claimed the player’s absence gives ‘more of a clue’ on his future, and whilst Lazio have pushed out that Anderson can have his tests on Friday, TMW say he could actually be doing so with a new club either before or after then.

This is Futbol

Felipe Anderson expected for imminent medical as fee and wages agreed

La Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira has claimed that West Ham and Lazio have agreed a fee their major summer target Felipe Anderson.

He added that the player will head to London shortly for a medical on the £35million (€40million) deal that will also include a provision for bonuses on top.

He also claimed that West Ham are set to offer him a salary of £58,000-a-week, more than double his current reported salary of £24,000-a-week at Lazio.

Schira added that Anderson would sign a five-year deal with West Ham.

Good move for West Ham?

Without a shadow of a doubt. Anderson will add what West Ham have been missing and the prospect of him hooking up with Jack Wilshere and potentially Andriy Yarmolenko as well is a mouth-watering one for West Ham fans. They’ve had to pay a huge amount of money for him, but that just shows the ambition the West Ham board have for this season. They’d already smashed their transfer record for Issa Diop earlier in the summer. Now they’re set to double that and reportedly double Anderson’s wages as well. That makes it a great deal for him too and he’ll have a lot to repay once the season starts.

This is Futbol rating: 8/10

Likely to happen?

It’s been a long-winded transfer saga that’s had West ham fans hoping and guessing. But all the noise coming out from the Lazio camp is that this one is on the verge of being officially announced. Barring problems with the medical, we can’t see anything getting in the way of this deal now. The one thing that Sky Sports said could scupper the deal was personal terms, but it now looks like wages have been agreed. Schira claims it will be announced in the next few days with a medical imminent. This one’s as good as done as far as we’re concerned.

This is Futbol rating: 9/10


Could Ronaldo move to Juventus benefit West Ham in pursuit of Stefano Sturaro?

Damien Lucas

West Ham United have been busy in the summer transfer window but could Cristiano Ronaldo's mega switch to Juventus be key to their next move?

West Ham co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold look set to finally make good on promises to take their transfer business to the next level.

Sullivan and Gold pledged the move to Stratford would enable the Hammers to move to the 'next level' and help West Ham afford and attract marquee signings.

It seems the penny has finally dropped with the East Londoners pulling off some superb business already this summer.

West Ham have already signed Ryan Fredericks and Jack Wilshere on free transfers and have spent a reported £30 million on goalkeeper Lukas Fabianski and highly-rated French defender Issa Diop.

The Evening Standard claims the club are also set to sign Paraguayan defender Fabien Balbuena and Andriy Yarmolenko for a combined £25 million while a deal for Lazio star Felipe Anderson is also close to being struck at £40 million, as reported by the BBC.

West Ham have also bid £25 million for Newcastle defender Jamaal Lascelles, as reported by Sky Sports, and have been linked with Jean Michael Seri (Sky Sports) too.

And they are being heavily linked with a move for hardworking Juventus defensive midfielder Stefano Sturaro.

According to Tutto Mercato Web, West Ham have been in Italy this week in a bid to progress deals for Anderson and Italy international Sturaro.

Sturaro, 25, was regarded as one of the most promising footballers in the world in his position as a youngster due to his work-rate, stamina, composure, tenacity, strength of character and ability to read the game.

Likened to Gennaro Gattuso, Sturaro would be a coup for West Ham and the perfect foil for the attacking stars they are vying to add to their ranks.

And could it be that Cristiano Ronaldo's mega £105 million move from Real Madrid to Juventus helps Sturaro's move along the way.

As evidenced by the situations facing Paris Saint Germain and AC Milan, UEFA are serious about clubs complying with Financial Fair Play regulations.

And after splashing the cash, Juventus will be keen to bring some money in, particularly if they plan to make further additions to their squad in pursuit of continued Serie A dominance and Champions League glory.

So Juve will be keen to bring in money for squad players who are surplus to requirements and Sturaro certainly fits into that category.


Hammers net prolific Ukraine forward Andriy Yarmolenko

West Ham United are delighted to confirm the signing of Ukraine international Andriy Yarmolenko.

The exciting, prolific and versatile forward has joined the Hammers from Borussia Dortmund on a four-year contract for an undisclosed fee.

The talented Yarmolenko has enjoyed a hugely successful career with Dynamo Kyiv and the Ukrainian national team, scoring more than 175 goals and registering well over 100 assists, being voted Ukrainian Footballer of the Year on no fewer than four occasions.

He will now test himself in the Premier League for the first time.

“Of course, I am very happy to sign for West Ham United,” said the 28-year-old. "West Ham is a big club with good fans and I am happy to come to play in the Premier League.

"The Premier League is the best league in the world and I know that an interesting project is being built here at West Ham. The team wants to achieve high things and I am excited for this challenge."

Director of Football Mario Husillos believes the capture of Yarmolenko illustrates West Ham’s ambition to challenge the best.

“We are very happy to welcome Andriy. When we had the opportunity to sign him, we did not hesitate, because he really is the kind of player that we were looking for,” said Husillos.

“He is a left-footed player but can play on the right and is very quick, very good one-on-one against a defender. He gives the team a lot of attacking options and scores goals, is fast on the counter-attack and provides aerial threat with his height.

“He also has very good experience, of playing for big teams and fighting for titles. At Dortmund, he had some good matches but perhaps didn’t quite show his very best. However, I think Manuel Pellegrini is the perfect coach for Andriy and his style of play.

“I believe he is joining us in the perfect moment. He is 28, the prime age for football, and we have great expectation about what he can achieve with West Ham United."

Born to Ukrainian parents in Leningrad – now Saint Petersburg – in what was then the Soviet Union, Yarmolenko and his family moved home to the city of Chernihiv while he was still a child.

There, he played for local club Desna Chernihiv before signing for Dynamo Kyiv at the age of 17 in December 2006, starting a ten-year association with the Ukrainian giants.

Praised for his attacking prowess and compared to compatriot Andriy Shevchenko, Yarmolenko impressed for Dynamo’s second team before being promoted to the senior side in May 2008, when he was still just 18.

Playing regularly as either a centre forward or a winger, the teenager became a regular in the 2009/10 season and was an automatic starter for Dynamo side for the next eight seasons, winning three Ukrainian Premier League titles and two Ukrainian Cups.

Yarmolenko hit double figures in each of his final seven years with Dynamo, hitting 21 in 2013/14 and 19 in each of his last three seasons in the Ukrainian capital.

Unsurprisingly, the 6’3 attacker has also featured regularly for the national side, scoring a stunning 35 goals in 77 caps since netting twice his debut against Andorra in September 2009.

The forward started all three group-stage games as Ukraine hosted UEFA Euro 2012, including their controversial 1-0 defeat by England, before scoring in both Play-Off legs as they beat Slovenia to qualify for Euro 2016, where he again started all three group matches.

Only Shevchenko has scored more goals for Ukraine than the Hammers new boy.

Yarmolenko passed his medical with the Hammers in Switzerland this week and will rejoin the squad on Thursday after formalities are complete.

West Ham United would like to welcome Andriy and his family to the Club and wish him all the best for his career in Claret and Blue.


West Ham apply for work permit for Felipe Anderson as they edge closer to record breaking £40m deal for winger

West Ham are close to tying up a move worth a total of £40m for the Brazilian
They are edging closer to completing a deal worth an initial £37m for him
The winger has also been tracked by likes of Chelsea and Manchester United

By Simon Jones

West Ham have applied for a work permit for Felipe Anderson as they prepare to smash their transfer record in a deal worth in region of £40million.

Sources in Italy told Sportsmail that a deal for the Lazio winger to move to the London Stadium was on the cusp of being completed earlier in the week after the Hammers increased their offer.

West Ham will pay an initial £37m for Anderson. Add-ons are likely to make the move worth as much as £40m. That move will follow Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko's arrivals this week.

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.

The manager is thought to have had a huge influence on the deal reaching such an advanced stage.

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terry-h 6:57 Wed Jul 11
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Cheers Alan.
Lascelles would be an excellent purchase at centre back. Never gives less than 100% and is captain material if Mark Noble plays fewer games in the coming season.

Russ of the BML 4:37 Wed Jul 11
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Ta Al

Texas Iron 4:23 Wed Jul 11
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Things are definitely looking good...😁😁

Thanks Alan 3:44 Wed Jul 11
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Takashi Miike 2:12 Wed Jul 11

BubblesCyprus 3:39 Wed Jul 11
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Thanks Alan good to see some patriotism back in blighty.

Takashi Miike 2:12 Wed Jul 11
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Thanks Alan, it's coming home

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