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Alan 11:17 Sun Jul 22
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea have told Real Madrid that they will not be bullied into selling 27-year-old Belgium midfielder Eden Hazard - even for £170m. (Mirror)

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis has warned his former manager Maurizio Sarri, who is now in charge at Chelsea, that there will be no further deals between the two clubs. (Goal)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is still keen on Leicester defender Harry Maguire and could offer £65m for the 25-year-old England international - but would first need to get rid of Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly or Chris Smalling. (Mail)

United are ready to trigger Anthony Martial's contract extension clause which will keep the 22-year-old French forward with them until 2020. (Mirror)

But both Chelsea and Bayern Munich want to sign Martial, although neither is willing to meet United's 100m euro (£89.3m) valuation of the player. (Times)

Brazilian midfielder Andreas Pereira, 22, has told United manager Mourinho he is willing to play wherever he is required. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal are in advanced talks to sign Borussia Monchengladbach's Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer, 29. (Express)

Former Chelsea and Aston Villa defender John Terry, 37, is reportedly set to retire from football, with Sky Sports keen to make him a pundit. (Mirror)

Roma are considering a move for Arsenal keeper Petr Cech, 36, to replace Liverpool's new signing Alisson. (Sun)

Liverpool could have signed Alisson - who they made the world's most expensive goalkeeper in bringing him to Anfield - for just £3.1m in 2015 but turned down the opportunity. (Mirror)

Atletico Madrid have approached Chelsea over the possibility of taking France striker Olivier Giroud, 31, on loan. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez will be given a transfer kitty of £100m if he agrees to a new three-year deal. (Sun)

Leicester will accept offers of around £18m for record signing Islam Slimani. The 30-year-old Algeria striker has been linked with a move to Sporting Lisbon. (Leicester Mercury)

Leicester have rejected a £12m bid from Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr for Nigeria striker Ahmed Musa, 25. (Mail)

Claude Puel insists Leicester have not received any offers for 31-year-old Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City are yet to decide whether midfielders Douglas Luiz, the 20-year-old Brazilian, and Brahim Diaz, the 19-year-old Spaniard, will be with the squad for the coming season. (Manchester Evening News)

Juventus midfielder Miralem Pjanic could be on his way to Manchester City with the Premier League champions reportedly lining up a 100m euro (£89m) bid for the 28-year-old Bosnia international. (Tuttosport - in Italian)

Tottenham remain strong frontrunners to land Aston Villa's Jack Grealish - despite lining up an offer worth only half of the 22-year-old midfielder's £20m valuation. (Sun)

Bournemouth goalkeeper Asmir Begovic believes the upcoming Premier League season will be better than ever following the success of the league's players at the World Cup. (Star)

Premier League newcomers Wolves want to sign Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina, 23, on a season-long loan from Barcelona. (Sun)

New Liverpool signing Naby Keita was so impressed by manager Jurgen Klopp that the Guinean midfielder, 23, rejected moves to Bayern Munich and Barcelona. (Independent)

The Anfield club's Belgian goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 30, has emerged as a target for Barcelona as a replacement for back-up Jasper Cillessen. (Marca)

Everton are expected to finalise the £40m signing of 21-year-old Brazilian forward Richarlison from Watford on Monday. (Liverpool Echo)

Manager Steve Bruce has reaffirmed his commitment to Aston Villa despite reports that Thierry Henry could be set to replace him. (Birmingham Mail)


Jack Wilshere makes West Ham debut against Preston North End as fight to reignite his career begins

By Michael Searles

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has made his debut for new club West Ham in a pre-season friendly against Preston North End.

Wilshere joined the Hammers on a free transfer this summer after turning down the opportunity to sign a new deal with Arsenal, after their new manager, Unai Emery, could not guarantee the midfielder playing time.

He lined up in West Ham's midfield on Saturday alongside Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang as his new side took on Preston North End.

Jack Wilshere makes his West Ham debut in pre-season friendly against Preston

Wilshere put in a good shift for the Irons, helping them to a 2-1 lead at half time before he was substituted, although they did go on to draw the match 2-2.

The 26-year-old wasn't match fit for the previous outing against Wycombe Wanderers last week and has been eased into the side by Pellegrini, who felt he was only ready for one half at this stage.

West Ham still have four pre-season friendlies to go so there is ample time for Wilshere to get a full 90 minutes under his belt ahead of the new season.

He was one of two new signings on show on Saturday, along with Andriy Yarmolenko who has looked sharp since his move from Borussia Dortmund.

Arnautovic scores after being put through on goal by Mark Noble in friendly at Deepdale

It is the first season Wilshere has not been an Arsenal player since joining their academy as a nine-year-old, although he has been out on-loan.

Missing out on England's World Cup squad was the final blow for the 26-year-old, who is now desperate to rejuvenate his career.

West Ham present him with an opportunity to start fresh and become a mainstay in a Premier League side's midfield and force his way back into Gareth Southgate's plans.

Arnie's goal


Pellegrini sends out first team signals

Manuel Pellegrini looks to be getting closer to sorting out his first team with some possibly significant signs coming from the team’s most competitive match so far at Preston yesterday (Sat).

It’s still far too early to make hard and fast judgements and Chicharito’s return will change things up front but the boss made fewer changes to the starting line-up yesterday than at any point so far this pre season.

Pablo Zabaleta’s absence until the 79th minute when he appeared on the LEFT side for Arthur Masuaku suggests that Ryan Fredericks is close to nailing down the right back role and was highly impressive.

And there was some surprise when it was £21 million signing Issa Diop whom the boss chose to make way for Angelo Ogbonna in the 79th minute rather than Declan Rice who played through the 90 – an encouraging sign for the 19 year old as his contract talks continue.

Exciting Nathan Holland got 25 minutes as a sub for Jack Wilshere and Saed Haksabanovic played the whole of the second half whilst the boss took a 10 minute look at Toni Martinez near the end.

Also possibly significant was that Robert Snodgrass was involved throughout, confirming reports we had from Switzerland earlier that he had been impressing the manager.

We keenly await the line-up for Villa on Wednesday night however, before starting to draw hard and fast conclusions.

THE LINE UP: Adrian, Fredericks, Diop (Ogbonna 79), Rice, Masuaku (Zaba 79), Obiang, Noble, Yarmolenko ( Holland 65), Wilshere (Haksabanovich 46), Snodgrass, Arnautovic.


West Ham fight with Crystal Palace & Newcastle to sign Thiago Mendes

By Benjamin Newman

Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes

Twelve months ago Brazilian defensive midfielder Thiago Mendes left Sao Paulo to join Lille.

At São Paulo, Mendes played 142 matches. He scored 12 goals and chipped in with 11 assists.

Last season at Lille the South American played 35 matches, scoring four times. Mendes is under contract at Lille until 2022.

Yet for several weeks there have been stories about Mendes’ possible summer exit from Lille.

In the Sunday Times, Duncan Castles reveals that West Ham are leading the charge to sign Thiago Mendes.

The Hammers face competition from Premier League rivals.

Crystal Palace, Newcastle and Huddersfield have all “inquired about Mendes”, while there’s also interest from Lazio and Wolfsburg in the Brazilian.

Schalke and Inter Milan have also been linked to the midfielder this summer.

So how much would Mendes cost?

According to the broadsheet, West Ham, Crystal Palace or Newcastle would need to stump up 18 million pounds to make the deal happen.


Newcastle and West Ham are both targeting a move for Cameroon international centre-back Nicolas Nkoulou (28)

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jakehammer 12:50 Mon Jul 23
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thanks Alan. get well chap.

jimbo2. 10:30 Sun Jul 22
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Thanks Al, also hope you are feeling better mate!

COOL HAND LUKE 5:49 Sun Jul 22
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Cheers Al.

Interesting times at WHU...

chim chim cha boo 2:42 Sun Jul 22
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Thanks Alan. Hope you are feeling better by the day.

Texas Iron 2:04 Sun Jul 22
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Sydney_Iron 1:21 Sun Jul 22
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Thanks Alan 11:46 Sun Jul 22

Thanks Alan 11:46 Sun Jul 22
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Sven Roeder 11:22 Sun Jul 22

Sven Roeder 11:22 Sun Jul 22
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Thanks Alan

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