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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

West Ham have held talks with former Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure, but are thought to be reluctant to offer the 35-year-old Ivorian a contract. (Sun)

After signing Cristiano Ronaldo, Juventus are expected to make Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, who has been linked with Chelsea, available for transfer this summer. (Calciomercato)

Chelsea have also emerged as favourites to sign Napoli's Italy midfielder Jorginho, 26. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester City are still convinced Jorginho wants to join them, however.(Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea believe that bringing in former Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri will keep midfielder Eden Hazard, 27, his Belgium team-mate Thibaut Courtois, 26, and Brazil winger Willian, 29, at Stamford Bridge. (Sun)

Everton are trying to push through a £21m deal for Barcelona's Colombia defender Yerry Mina, 21. (Mirror)

Liverpool target Nabil Fekir, 24, has told Lyon he still wants to move to Merseyside, with the France forward urging the clubs to restart talks after the World Cup final. (Mirror)

The Reds face a battle to keep England youth international Rhian Brewster, 18, with the striker attracting interest from Paris St-Germain and Juventus as he stalls over signing a new deal at Anfield. (Sun)

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan says the Hammers are keen to add to their five summer signings as they remain in advanced talks with Lazio's Brazilian playmaker Felipe Anderson, 25. (Sky Sports)

The Hammers have been granted a work permit for Anderson as they prepare to break their transfer record in a deal worth around £40m. (Mail)

Rafael Benitez is adamant that Newcastle United want to keep Newcastle captain and English centre-back Jamaal Lascelles - despite West Ham being willing to pay £20m for the 24-year-old. (Northern Echo)

Cardiff are close to re-signing Liverpool and Serbia midfielder Marko Grujic, 22, on loan. (Football Insider)

West Brom are interested in signing English attacking midfielder Kemar Roofe, 25, from Leeds. (Birmingham Mail)

Juventus are looking to follow up the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo with a deal for Uruguay and Atletico Madrid centre-back Diego Godin, 32. (Tuttosport via Sun)

The Italian champions have also held talks with Matteo Darmian's representatives as they look to sign Manchester United's Italy full-back, 28, for about £17m. (Talksport)

Nottingham Forest's 16-year-old English left-back Matthew Bondswell rejected Manchester United and Liverpool to join RB Leipzig. (Sun)

Barcelona are set to open talks with Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, who missed out on France's World Cup squad. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

The Spanish champions are also close to signing Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet, 23, with the Frenchman expected to join for about £31m. (Goal)

Millwall have received a £3m bid from Rangers for English defender Jake Cooper. (Sky Sports)

Sporting Lisbon have complained to Uefa about Wolves' signing of Portugal keeper Rui Patricio, and are asking for about £50m from the Premier League side in compensation. (Birmingham Mail)

Bournemouth are continuing talks with Leganes for Spanish left-back Diego Rico, 25. (Mail)

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Na na na na na na na na na na na na Touré. After a week of signings at West Ham, the club have decided adding Yaya Touré to their roster might not be the best idea. The former Manchester City midfielder has held talks with the London Stadium hierarchy but they are worried the Ivorian comes with “too much baggage” following his end-of-season criticism of Pep Guardiola. Manuel Pellegrini worked with Touré at the Etihad but a reunion with the Socceraid talisman now looks unlikely.
Chelsea close in on Sarri and aim to beat Manchester City to Jorginho
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A transfer saga is brewing between Manchester City and Chelsea as they both claim the lead in acquiring Jorginho from Napoli. The Premier League champions believe Aurelio De Laurentiis’s claims that the midfielder is close to moving to Stamford Bridge, as he prefers the glitz and glamour of London, is just a ruse, even though his current head coach Maurizio Sarri could potentially replace Antonio Conte there in the coming days. Grab your popcorn for that one.

Leading World Cup header of the ball Yerry Mina is a £21m target for Everton who believe they can capture the Barcelona defender, as the Colombian looks unlikely to challenge for a spot at the Nou Camp, having only featured six times last season following his January arrival.

The departure of Cristiano Ronaldo has left a gigantic vacuum at Real Madrid, who have three ideas as to how to fill it. Neymar is the obvious option but some at the Bernabéu think Eden Hazard would be similarly effective and far lower maintenance. The preference, however, is to overlook both and persuade Paris Saint-Germain to let go of Kylian Mbappé. They’ll have to smash the world record to succeed in that and, assuming they have any money left, Real will then turn their attention to finding an heir to Karim Benzema, the 30-year-old who is being linked with a move to Napoli. Harry Kane is the name on everyone’s lips.

Juventus want to follow-up the signing of Ronaldo by acquiring another world beater in the shape of Matteo Darmian. The Italian champions have held talks with the Manchester United defender’s representatives in the hope of thrashing out a £17m deal.

Another player catching the eye of the Old Lady is Rhian Brewster as the teenage striker stalls over finding a biro to ink his new Liverpool deal. If Turin is not for him, he could also head to Paris Saint-Germain, supposedly.

Despite failing a medical at Anfield, Nabil Fekir is hoping Liverpool rekindle their interest in the attacking midfielder. Even though he has the World Cup final to look forward to, Fekir is also quite eager to leave Lyon for the delights of the Premier League, which is really the biggest prize in football.

Another English youngster has gone to the Bundesliga to seek fame, fortune and first-team football before his 25th birthday, after Matthew Bondswell, 16, joined RB Leipzig from Nottingham Forest. The defender had the option to sign for Manchester United or Liverpool but who can resist all those free fizzy drinks?

Finally, Sporting Lisbon remain furious about the way Rui Patricio left their club and have approached Fifa with a view to getting the goalkeeper banned unless Wolves cough up around £50m to make the transfer legitimate in their eyes.

This is Futbol

West Ham in hunt to sign Piccini

West Ham and Manchester United are in hot pursuit of Sporting CP defender Cristiano Piccini, according to Turkish-Football.

The Turkish news outlet claims that Piccini, 25, is considering his options at the Liga NOS club while Besiktas have made an offer to sign him on loan, with a view to the deal being made permanent.

It is understood that Premier League clubs West Ham and Man United have expressed interest in signing the Italian right-back, who is rated at £17.5million by Sporting with his value soaring over the last 12 months.

Good move for West Ham?

Piccini looks like a decent right-back, but he is not really someone that West Ham are in need of this summer having already welcomed Ryan Fredericks to the London Stadium on a free transfer from Fulham.

The Sporting CP right-back was in impressive form last term, appearing 40 times across all competitions and supplying three assists in the process.

He did well in a tough Champions League group containing Barcelona and Juventus, however he is nowhere near worth the £17.5million price-tag that is on his head and West Ham should really avoid trying to sign him this summer because he is over-valued and they do not need him.

This is Futbol rating 4/10

Likely to happen?

At the moment, it looks as though Bestikas are leading the race for Piccini’s signature with a season-long loan deal being lined up as they will not meet Sporting CP’s valuation of him.

The Hammers are probably not even considering signing him either, especially given the fact that they already have Fredericks on board.

The club has spent a lot of money already, so they will not spent a big sum on someone they do not need.

This is Futbol rating 1/10


West Ham ready to pay £20m for Swansea's Alfie Mawson after pulling out of chase for Newcastle's Jamaal Lascelles

Aiden Cusick

West Ham United are said to have had a bid turned down for the Newcastle United captain.

West Ham United have 'gone back in' for Swansea City's Alfie Mawson after 'pulling out of a chase' for Newcastle United's Jamaal Lascelles, according to the Sun

And the report claims the Hammers are 'ready to pay Swansea £20 million' for Mawson, having also been turned down by Lyon's Marcelo.

West Ham have already spent in excess of that figure on another centre-back, Issa Diop, from Toulouse.

But with Reece Burke following James Collins out of the London Stadium, and uncertainty surrounding the future of some others, there is some logic to the Hammers' alleged Mawson pursuit.

The Northern Echo reports Newcastle intend to keep Lascelles no matter what West Ham offer, having already turned down a bid of £20 million plus add-ons for their captain.

And Mawson should be easier to prise away from Swansea after the Welsh side's relegation last season.

Sport Witness

Marca: Spanish club now has ‘official proposal’ from West Ham to make signing

Three days ago we brought a claim from Italy that West Ham are keen on signing Franco Vazquez from Sevilla.

The former Palermo player was said to be of interest to the Hammers and he seemed a reasonable bet for a Manuel Lanzini replacement.

West Ham were said to have made an approach and there was confidence a deal could be done by the Premier League club.

Those claims were then picked up in Spain, specifically by Sevilla’s local media. Estadio Deportivo reported that if the Hammers were to try and sign Vazquez then a transfer would be possible for a ‘good offer’.

Thursday’s edition of Marca continues this.

The Spanish newspaper reports that an ‘official proposal’ has now arrived at Sevilla. Not only that, it’s claimed a negotiation for the transfer of the player is ‘now open’.

Vazquez made 44 appearances for Sevilla last season, playing mainly as an attacking midfielder. He scored 5 goals and made 7 assists during that time.


West Ham granted work permit for Felipe Anderson as they prepare to announce record-breaking £40m deal for winger

West Ham are close to tying up a move worth £40m for Felipe Anderson
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 been granted work permit for Felipe Anderson as they prepare to smash their transfer record in a deal worth in region of £40million.

The move is set to be announced in the next 24 hours.

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 Anderson 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.

Anderson has heavily impressed in recent seasons and was eyed by 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 sixth signing since Pellegrini was appointed as manager.

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sanfrancis-co-uk 5:38 Fri Jul 13
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Interesting window so far.Definitely splashing some cash for a fucking change, if nothing else.

jimbo2. 4:12 Thu Jul 12
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It's certainly not been a boring window for us so far. Thanks Al!

BubblesCyprus 3:32 Thu Jul 12
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A contract for a 35 year old African player ? Maybe I should get my old Boots out.

Thanks Alan.

Texas Iron 3:23 Thu Jul 12
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Lots better than last few seasons...

Thanks Alan 12:50 Thu Jul 12
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Sydney_Iron 12:18 Thu Jul 12

Sydney_Iron 12:18 Thu Jul 12
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

devonhammer 12:18 Thu Jul 12
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Thanks Alan.........they're keeping you busy

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