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Alan 11:31 Thu Jul 19
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona are ready to test Chelsea's resolve by offering French forward Ousmane Dembele, 21, in return for 27-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard. (Onda Cero, via Metro)

Crystal Palace's Ivorian forward Wilfried Zaha, 25, tops Marco Silva's wish-list for Everton, while Arsenal and England striker Danny Welbeck, 27, is also on the Toffees' radar. (Mirror)

Liverpool have dropped all interest in Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir, 25, amid their pursuit of Roma and Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, 25. (Mail)

New Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri would like to sign two Juventus players - Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain, 30, and Italian defender Daniele Rugani, 23 - but an unofficial "non-aggression transfer pact" means he will not be able to sign several Napoli players he would like. (Evening Standard journalist Tom Collomosse on BBC Radio 5 live)

But Rugani has already agreed personal terms at Stamford Bridge. (Sky Sports Italia, via Express)

Brazil forward Neymar, 26, will turn down Real Madrid to stay at Paris St-Germain - as long as they continue giving him VIP treatment. (El Pais)

Chelsea are leading the race to sign 22-year-old midfielder Aleksandr Golovin from CSKA Moscow after his impressive performances for Russia at the World Cup. (football.london)

Spanish defender Nacho Monreal, 32, will stay at Arsenal this summer after Real Sociedad ended their interest in the left-back. (Mundo Deportivo)

Arsenal are also set to announce a deal for Barcelona's 16-year-old left-back Joel Lopez, after agreeing scholarship terms. (London Evening Standard)

Manchester United are considering moves for two Bayern Munich players - Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 27 - while Tottenham's Belgium centre-back Toby Alderweireld, 29, is also an option. (Independent)

But Alcantara wants to move back to Barcelona, five years after leaving for Bayern Munich. The Spaniard has won five Bundesliga titles in five seasons at Bayern. (AS)

Manchester United's Italy full-back Matteo Darmian, 28, is close to a move to Juventus after three years at Old Trafford. (Football Italia)

Fulham are close to confirming a deal worth about £20m for Newcastle's 23-year-old Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, who scored 12 goals on loan to help the Cottagers win promotion to the Premier League. (London Evening Standard)

Tottenham are in talks with Aston Villa over English midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, who is valued at £30-£40m by the Midlands club. (Sky Sports)

Everton are considering a move to sign Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj, 23, from Spanish side Real Sociedad. (Het Nieuwsblad, via Sun)

Burnley have held talks with Swansea over a potential double deal for £20m-rated English defender Alfie Mawson, 24, and English midfielder Sam Clucas, 27. (Mail)

Huddersfield are close to agreeing deals for Monaco's French striker Adama Diakhaby, 22, and Club Brugge's Belgian winger Anthony Limbombe, 24. (Sun)

Stoke are pursuing an £8m deal for Aston Villa and Wales defender James Chester, 29, after having a £5m offer turned down. (Mail)

Stoke also want Huddersfield's English winger Tom Ince, 26. (Sky Sports, via Huddersfield Daily Examiner)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Michael Butler

French players are hot property right now. Even ones, it seems, that didn’t go to Russia and conquer the world. Kingsley Coman, a man with a name that belongs on Game of Thrones, is in Arsenal’s crosshairs, with Unai Emery intent on bringing some pace to the flanks to make up for the fact that he signed Stephan Lichtsteiner. The Bayern Munich winger won’t come cheap though, with reports of a £44m price asking price being bandied around.

Monaco are trying to snaffle Aleksandr Golovin from under Chelsea’s nose by sending their chief Russian suit, Vadim Vasilyev – the man responsible for finding former Rumour Mill favourite Thomas Lemar – to vodka and dine his CSKA Moscow counterpart. “When we receive an offer, we always try to negotiate openly,” said CSKA’s president, Yevgeny Giner. “Indeed, we were visited by the vice-president of Monaco and made a proposal for Golovin. Chelsea? We have no secret agreement with them. The question of his transition to another club will be decided, I think, in the next couple of days.”

The biggest loser from Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival in Turin – it still feels weird typing that – seems to be Gonzalo Higuaín, who suddenly finds himself second, maybe even third, choice at Juventus. Chelsea’s new manager, Maurizio Sarri, who apparently feels underwhelmed by Álvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud’s pivotal role for France at the World Cup, wants to be reunited with the Argentinian, who scored 36 goals for Napoli under Sarri in 2015-16 - nobody has ever scored more goals in a single Serie A season.

Speaking of the Naples club, the new big cheese there, Carlo Ancelotti, is keen on taking Michy Batshuayi, another striker set to be cast away from Stamford Bridge.

Spurs have been awfully quiet on the transfer front this summer, but with Aston Villa strapped for cash, they are reportedly in talks with the Championship club for Jack Grealish, with figures wildly varying between £30m-£40m. “We’re up against it, let’s be open and honest, we might have to make decisions that might not be easy, we have to generate some money,” Villa manager Steve Bruce admitted earlier this month. “Inevitably that is going to be player sales. There are going to be people that I do not want to sell - and the obvious one is Jack.”

Manchester City’s ‘Media Watch’, their own daily gossip column published on their official website, in which they seemingly cherry pick the rumours they like the most, is leading with a move for Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic, and also mentions Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic and Roma’s Cengiz Ünder.

Kasey Keller, Brad Friedel, Jürgen Sommer, Tim Howard, Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann: English football has a rich history of American goalkeepers but for the first time in two decades last season there were no US stoppers in the top two divisions. Bristol City are trying to change that by wafting £3m in front of Columbus Crew’s Zack Steffen.


Bournemouth ready to sell West Ham target Harry Arter

Jordan Harris

West Ham United reportedly have a clearer path to Harry Arter's signature with Bournemouth ready to sell the midfielder.

According to a report from the Daily Mirror's live transfer blog (18/07; 22:30), Bournemouth are ready to cash in on Harry Arter this summer, with West Ham maintaining an interest in landing the Republic of Ireland international.

Arter has been a tremendous servant for the Cherries, having made over 250 appearances for the club in all competitions. However, he played a much less prominent role for Eddie Howe's men last term.

It was the first time that the 28-year-old has played fewer than 20 times in a single season since his arrival at the Vitality Stadium, and it appears that Bournemouth are now willing to let the midfielder move on this summer.

The Daily Mirror reports that Bournemouth have made a £17 million bid for Jefferson Lerma of Levante, and that potential move should leave the path clear for the Hammers target to move on ahead of the new season.

Manuel Pellegrini would be forgiven for wanting to strengthen his options in the middle of park, even after a fantastic start to the window for the Irons. The side looked vulnerable in midfield at times last season, and unfortunately, Jack Wilshere is still something of a risky signing at this stage, even on a free transfer.

Arter may not be the marquee addition that the Irons fans may be hoping for, but if West Ham do decide to pursue a move, he could be a shrewd acquisition if Bournemouth are willing to sell for a decent price.

Lazio defender Luiz Felipe has lamented the departure of his teammate Felipe Anderson to West Ham, speaking to Tuttomercatoweb.

The Hammers signed Felipe Anderson for a club record fee, which BBC Sport report is £36 million rising to a potential £41.5 million.

It was a statement of intent from West Ham to bring him in, but Lazio are facing a rebuild, having also lost star defender Stefan de Vrij on a free transfer to Inter Milan.

Felipe's comments highlight how well he is regarded by his teammates, which can only bode well for West Ham.

He said: "It's a great loss, everyone knows how strong is Felipe Anderson. I think and I hope that a strong player like him will come to replace him. With some grafting we can do great things."

Anderson has been linked with high profile moves away from Lazio before but no club has been bold enough to match Lazio's asking price.

West Ham will hope their ambition pays off and Anderson becomes a big success.

The Brazilian has signed a four-year deal with the Hammers, having spent the last five seasons with Lazio.

This is Futbol

West Ham in talks for Laxalt as bid tabled

West Ham have continued negotiations with Serie A side Genoa after seeing their first bid for left sided flyer Diego Laxalt rejected, according to TuttoMercatoWeb.

The Italian football news website claim that the Hammers tabled an offer of £10.6million (€12million) for the 25-year-old speed demon, who can play as a left back or as a left winger, but that Genoa’s valuation of the Uruguay international stands at a fee of around £16million (€18million)

It is stated that crunch talks between the two clubs are continuing for the 10-cap star, who could become West Ham’s eighth signing of the summer if he were to join before any other new arrivals.

Good move for West Ham?

Manuel Pellegrini has certainly not wasted any time in strengthening what he deems to be weak points in the Hammers’ side, and it appears as though the left flank could be his next target for reinforcements.

Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku are the two prominent options at left back, while Marko Arnautovic is known as being able to operate further up the wing, when not carrying out his duties as a centre forward.

Laxalt has pace to burn and his versatility could come in useful, but his arrival would only make the squad even more bloated than it currently is.

This is Futbol rating: 7/10

Likely to happen?

The Irons seem keen on the Uruguay star and the fact they have not backed down after seeing their bid rejected means they could return with another if negotiations progress well.

He does indeed seem the likeliest next arrival, but if Genoa hold out for their asking price then it could ward the Hammers off, having already splashed the cash this summer.

This is Futbol rating: 5.5/10


Oxford for sale

CandH Exclusive

West Ham are ready to sell Reece Oxford should they receive an offer of £10 million or more.

With central defenders Issa Diop, Fabian Balbuana, Angelo Ogbonna and Declan Rice all part of the first team squad, boss Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be more than happy with those options..

ClaretandHugh understands that Borrusia Gladbach may be ready to take Reece back to Germany where he started to make an impression towards the end of his loan spell at the club as David Moyes arrived as manager.

He failed to impress on his return in FA Cup games before suffering an ankle injury and was not used in any Premier League games.

However, he was reported widely as having been keen to remain in Germany where Gladbach may now be ready to take another look after he made just seven appearances last season.

Club insiders believe that he has now joined a potential exit list which includes Sam Byram, Jordan Hugill, and Edi Fernandes.

Pedro Obiang is not for sale despite interest from Italy.

Sky Sports previously reported that West Ham have rejected bids from both Fiorentina and Atalanta.

This week reports from Italy claimed that Atalanta had made a new bid offering the Hammers a £890,000 loan fee for a season with an option to buy worth £8m but club insiders say the club have no intention of loaning or selling the player this summer.

A club insider told Claret and Hugh this morning: “Obiang is not on the managers sell list, we can’t prevent silly low offers from Italy, why would be loan him as it would leave us short?”

Obiang made his £4.5 million switch from Sampdoria to West Ham in the summer of 2015 in a deal worth £4.5m but it appears the Hammers are not ready to cash in and Pellegrini still has plans for him in the coming season.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Far Cough 10:19 Thu Jul 19
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Arter? Fuck off

Thanks Al

pdbis 7:10 Thu Jul 19
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Can't see us going after Arter who has done bugger all at Bournemouth to merit us signing him.

Alwaysaniron 6:55 Thu Jul 19
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Harry Arter! I doubt it now.

jimbo2. 6:00 Thu Jul 19
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Onwards & upwards! Thanks Al.

Takashi Miike 4:28 Thu Jul 19
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 4:16 Thu Jul 19
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Agree Cresswell...Masuako are weak ddfensively...but OK going forward...
Pellegrini knows what he's doing...

charleyfarley 1:57 Thu Jul 19
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Thank you very much Alan

LeroysBoots 1:45 Thu Jul 19
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Why on earth would we want Arter !?!

The previous regime maybe, we have 100% new management in now, absolutely ridiculous story

BubblesCyprus 1:09 Thu Jul 19
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Thanks Alan much appreciated.

Sydney_Iron 12:35 Thu Jul 19
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Eddie B 11:52 Thu Jul 19

Alan 12:09 Thu Jul 19
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Oxford/Obiang story added.

Long Lost 11:59 Thu Jul 19
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Thanks Alan. Nice to see when we try to create depth and cover it means the squad is bloated

Eddie B 11:52 Thu Jul 19
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Alan, thanks.

Thanks Alan 11:32 Thu Jul 19
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Thanks Alan

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