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Alan 11:31 Mon Jul 23
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Chelsea are considering whether to accept a £65m bid from Barcelona for midfielder Willian, with Manchester United also keen on the 29-year-old Brazil international. (Mail)

The Blues remain interested in signing Manchester United's France forward Anthony Martial, 22. (Talksport)

Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic wants to leave the club to get more first-team football, with Bayern Munich, Juventus, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United interested in signing the 24-year-old Croatia international. (Marca)

Fulham have joined Lazio in showing interest in signing Borussia Dortmund's 27-year-old Germany winger Andre Schurrle, who has also been offered to Crystal Palace and Everton. (Mail)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will meet the club's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward later this month over transfer targets. (Express)

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 28, is the player most likely to make way if United manage to sign England centre-back Harry Maguire, 25, from Leicester City. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace and Fulham have joined Tottenham in wanting to sign English midfielder Jack Grealish and have contacted Aston Villa about a move in the past few days. (Mirror)

Villa boss Steve Bruce says 22-year-old Grealish will not be sold on the "cheap" after new investment in the Championship club. (Times - subscription required)

Liverpool's chances of signing Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir look to have ended with claims in France that a deal for the 25-year-old will now not happen. (Express)

However, the Anfield club are set to hold talks with Turkish club Besiktas in the coming days over a move for Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, 29. (Star)

Premier League newcomers Wolves are in talks to sign 31-year-old Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho from Monaco for £6m this week. (Mail)

Liverpool's new Brazilian keeper Alisson Becker, 25, is set to make his first appearance for the club in a pre-season friendly against Napoli in Dublin on Saturday, 4 August. (Telegraph)

Newcastle have rejected attempt by West Brom to sign 27-year-old English striker Dwight Gayle on a season-long loan deal as part of a deal taking Venezuela forward Salomon Rondon, 28, the other way. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Napoli president Aurelio de Laurentiis says the club are interested in signing Manchester United's Italian defender Matteo Darmian, 28. (Sun)

Barcelona's Colombia defender Yerry Mina, 23, is set for a move to the Premier League with Everton the most likely destination. (Goal)

Everton manager Marco Silva has refused to discuss the signing of winger Richarlison, saying he must "respect" that the 21-year-old Brazilian remains a Watford player. (Liverpool Echo)

Juventus have reportedly made a 30m euros (£26.8m) bid for Brazilian defender Alex Telles of Porto, but the Portuguese club are insisting on a 40m euros (£35.7m) release clause. (Football Italia)

Manchester City's Ukrainian midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, 21, admits he does not know what the future holds for him at the Premier League champions. (Manchester Evening News)

Manager Rafael Benitez is unlikely to resume contract talks with Newcastle United over an extension of his contract until after the transfer window shuts. (Chronicle)

Sheffield United have put in a £5m bid for Ipswich's 28-year-old English striker Martyn Waghorn. (Sheffield Star)

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce says Scotland striker Ross McCormack, 31, and English defender Micah Richards, 30, who are among their highest earners, are a drain on the Championship club. (Birmingham Mail)

Tottenham and England striker Harry Kane, 24, was booed by fans when he took part in a televised golf challenge on the final day of The Open at Carnoustie in Scotland. (Sun)






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Barry Glendenning

Local Lyon newspaper Le Progrès say there has not been and will not be any progress in Liverpool’s efforts to sign Nabil Fekir, according to the Mirror. The World Cup winning midfielder had been the subject of well documented interest from Jürgen Klopp, who has already embarked on quite the summer trolley dash by spending £123m on Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson.
José Mourinho to consider Anthony Martial sale but outside Premier League
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Last week, the German hinted that he was no longer particularly fussed about signing Fekir, whose chairman at Lyon has announced his club would rather hang on to its best players in the hope of mounting a serious tilt at the Champions League. “This summer we are trying to keep our best players,” said Jean-Michel Aulas. “Nabil is a world champion, he is Lyonnais, we will be in the Champions League. It would be a bit of a shame if we could not keep him now.” With the player reported to be hell bent on securing a move, expect that one to run and run.

Manchester United are ready to splurge £65m on Harry Maguire, but will need to ship out one of their current central defenders to free up funds for the Leicester City defender. Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones, Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Chris Smalling are all on tenterhooks. United are also being linked with a move for Chelsea’s Brazil winger Willian, but will have to better Barcelona’s £65m offer for the 29-year-old to get him. Anthony Martial wants to leave Manchester United and Chelsea would quite like to offer him a new home, but reports from the Guardian’s man on the Manchester beat suggest the 22-year-old could be sold just not to another Premier League club.

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish remains determined to leave Aston Villa for Tottenham Hotspur despite last week’s £55m investment in the Midlands club by the billionaire businessmen Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris. Villa will ask for £30m for their star player, who is also being courted by Fulham and Crystal Palace.

Half a good season at Vicarage Road has convinced Everton that spending £50m on Brazilian winger Richarlison is is a risk worth taking and the 21-year-old is expected to cough for the doctors at Goodison Park later on Monday after leaving Watford’s pre-season training camp in Austria. Everton are also being linked with Barcelona central defender Yerry Mina, who impressed while playing for Colombia at the World Cup.

Croatia full-back Domagoj Vida and his blond undercut could be Liverpool bound if reports that the Merseyside outfit are to hold talks with Besiktas over the 29-year-old’s future are to be believed, while João Moutinho is expected to leave Monaco for the Portuguese enclave of Wolverhampton in exchange for £6m.

And finally, to Italy, where Inter will have to shell out £27m to prise Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich and Juventus are reported to be intent on re-signing Paul Pogba from Manchester United if they lose Miralem Pjanic to Barcelona or Manchester City.





Onside View

West Ham Might Finally Mean Business

In a busy summer in which the World Cup has dominated the headlined, West Ham United have quietly been taking serious steps to show that the beleaguered club once again means business. The first move involved securing the signature of a vastly experienced and successful manager in the form of Manuel Pellegrini. Next, the London side brought out the cheque book, breaking club transfer records to bring in a number of high-calibre players. The question, however, remains as to whether the club’s productive efforts in the close season can translate to a step change in its fortunes on the pitch.
Could this time be different?

From signing Fulham right-back, Ryan Fredericks, to young French sensation, Issa Diop, and Brazilian central defender, Fabian Balbuena, goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and midfielder Jack Wilshere, the club has made a strong statement about their intentions for the new season.

Add to that wingers Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson from Borussia Dortmund and Lazio respectively and you can make of that what you wish. One thing is certain though, with seven quality additions to the team in every area of the pitch, led by an astute and experienced manager that has coached at the top level on different continents, the club’s hierarchy mean business about taking the club to the next level.
A decade of mixed fortunes

The last decade has been one of mixed fortunes for West Ham United. The club has been relegated from the Premier League, bounced back and gone on to break several club records in the following seasons only to struggle again. Relegated under Israeli manager, Avram Grant, in the 2010-11 campaign, Sam Allardyce was appointed to lead the club back to the top flight.

The experienced English manager did it at the first time of asking, as the club gained promotion in the very next season. He later secured a tenth-place finish in the first season back up. Next term, the club finished in 13th place, leaving fans largely unhappy with the team’s style of play. After the last game of the third campaign under Allardyce, the manager was let go.

The club’s former player Slaven Bilic was installed in his place and promptly led the team to a seventh place finish in the 2015-16 campaign. He broke several club records in the process including the highest number of points ever accumulated by the Hammers in a top flight season. The team also scored the highest number of goals ever scored by the club in a single campaign.

The club went on to qualify for the Europa League. But expectations of greater things to come were dashed as the team’s performance dipped in the following season leading to an 11th place finish in the league. This was despite making some signings to strengthen the team including club-record signing Andre Ayew from Swansea for £20.5 million. Marco Anrnautovic also became the new record signing later in a deal that could rise to £25 million — but that did not improve the club’s position. A downward tumble was now on as it was neck-deep in relegation battle from the beginning of the 2017-18 season.

After only 11 games into the new season, the Croatian manager was sacked with David Moyes taking over on an interim basis. A statement from the club at the Croate’s sacking showed the hierarchy was thinking bigger. After leading the club to another 13th-place finish in the close season, the former Everton and Manchester United manager vacated his post.
Pellegrini can be West Ham’s elixir

Pellegrini comes in as the man to take the club to new heights. Having manager Real Madrid, Villareal and Malaga in the Spanish La Liga, the Chilean is well prepared for the task at hand. He is even more so when you consider the fact that he he is a Premier League winner. Pellegrini led Manchester City to a Premier League and League Cup double in his very first season in charge, back in 2014. Before leaving the club two seasons ago, he also won another League Cup.

Spending a new club record £36 million for Brazilian winger Anderson shows the club is ready to back up the manager with the necessary players to translate his vision into success. He will be complemented on the other wing with Ukrainean Andriy Yarmolenko. The duo will provide enough supply for the club’s strikers to get the goals. Recall that the team’s biggest problem in the last season was the lack of goals.

With 34 goals in 177 games for Lazio, the former Santos man, who was also part of the Brazil’s Olympic gold-medal winning squad in 2016 can chip in goals of his own too. At 25, he is also at his prime. Jack Wilshere in midfield now has the opportunity to dictate play in the center of the pack. Federicks, who helped Fulham secure promotion to the PL, Diop and Balbuena who were both captains at their previous clubs will all provide solidity at the back.

These signings show that the Hammers mean business this time around. Expect big things from the club in the new season.




Football London

West Ham player ratings vs Preston: Arnautovic & Rice shine, Wilshere impresses on debut

How did the Hammers players fare in their latest pre-season friendly ahead of the new season?

By Sam Inkersole

Adrian - 6

Untroubled in the first half, didn't have a save to make. Had his usual brainfart moment when he ended up by the corner flag and rugby-tackling a Preston player to concede a free kick. Two fine saves in the second half kept Preston out.

Ryan Fredericks - 7

Uses his pace to great effect as he recovered on a number of occasions to make interceptions thanks to his rapid speed. Used it to huge effect to win the penalty which was saved. Always offered an outlet in the second period, not much got past him in defence either.

Issa Diop - 5

Horribly caught out by a cross which Louis Moult should have buried to make it 1-1. Made a number of mistakes positonally and didn't help himself much at all. Not a good first half. Improved in the second but still looked nervy.

Declan Rice - 8

Very composed in the first half and certainly looked more at home than his centre back partner Diop. Didn't do much wrong at all, probably the best player on the pitch. Seems to have become a lot more vocal over the summer. Might be annoyed he didn't do better with Bodin's goal, though.

Arthur Masuaku - 5

Defensively caught out on a number of occasions, particularly in the second half. Always a threat going forward but his defensive ability is starting to become a bit of a concern.

Pedro Obiang - 6

Went about his business with the minimum of fuss, certainly wasn't overrun in midfield by any stretch. Lovely pass to set Fredericks free in the lead up to the penalty.

Mark Noble - 6

Very clever free kick to put Arnautovic in for the opener, caught Preston completely square. Poor penalty in the second half was saved by Maxwell. Put himself about but very little impact on the game.

Jack Wilshere - 6

First touch was a bit rusty early on but won the free kick that led the opening goal. Found his feet quickly though and sprayed some lovely passes about. Only played the first 45 as expected.

Andriy Yarmolenko - 6

Not much to report in the first 45 minutes, didn't see much of the ball. Had one chance when he cut in on his left foot but fired well wide. Grew into the first 45 and towards the end of it, showed great feet to play in Fredericks.

Robert Snodgrass - 6

Played a lovely pull back for Arnautovic who fired over but the Scotsman was pretty lively in the first half, his best pre-season outing to date. Needs to be stronger though, gets shrugged off the ball too easily sometimes.

Marko Arnautovic - 8

Wasn't going to miss his chance in the seventh minute, had about a decade to pick his spot and did so with aplomb. Always a threat, always buzzing about and throwing his weight around.

Substitutes

Sead Haksabanovic (for Wilshere, 45') - 5

In the action immediately as he dragged a shot wide withing seconds of the restart. Not much to report after that.

Nathan Holland (for Yarmolenko, 65') - 5

Did what he could to get the visitors going forward but Preston dealt with him well.

Toni Martinez (for Arnautovic, 75') - 5

Didn't really get a sniff of the ball as the Hammers barely threatened in the second period at all. Had one chance, headed straight at Maxwell.

Angelo Ogbonna (for Diop, 78') - 5

Came on to get some minutes, nothing more. Beaten all ends up by Bodin once.

Pablo Zabaleta (for Masuaku, 80') - 5

Played out of position, didn't make a mistake. Standard.




Sport Witness

From France: West Ham expected to ‘soon be positioned’ to potentially sign 26-year-old

Lille’s Thiago Mendes started in his side’s goalless draw against Everton in a preseason friendly on Saturday.

French newspaper L’Equipe claims several scouts were in attendance to watch the Brazilian in action at the Estádio Do Algarve.

West Ham United are one of the clubs ‘expected to soon be positioned’ for the 26-year-old.

The Hammers will face competition as Wolfsburg and Lazio are also interested in the midfielder. They have both submitted an offers of around €17m for the player, according to L’Equipe.

The South American has two years left on his current deal with the Ligue 1 outfit.

Mendes joined Lille from Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC for a reported fee of €9m. The French club are looking for at least €20m from interested clubs to allow their player leave in the summer transfer window.

Manuel Pellegrini has strengthened his midfield by signing Jack Wilshere on a free transfer. The addition of Mendes to West Ham’s squad would further strengthen the squad and be another big outlay.

Mendes




This is Futbol

West Ham pushing hard for Angel Romero deal



West Ham are “very keen’ on a deal for Angel Romero, the 26-year-old winger from Corinthians, according to a Club Insider.

ExWHUemployee, a Twitter account with very close links to the club, made the claim on Monday morning.

He said that Romero is a former teammate of Fabian Balbuena and is an international for Paraguay.

Balbuena signed for West Ham from Corinthians in a £3.6million deal earlier this month.

ExWHUemployee
‏ @ExWHUemployee

As I am not on radio show this week here is one forward we are very keen on: Angel Romero,26 year old striker for Corinthians. Former team mate of Fabian Balbuena and a Paraguay international.Twin brother of Oscar Romero. Pellegrini and Husillos very aware of him. ⚒

Good move for West Ham?

Both Pellegrini and Husillos are said to be “very aware” of Romero, who has been a Paraguay international for five years now. Not a lot is known about him – he hasn’t played outside of South America, but he’s pacey and would provide more attacking threat from the right flank. He played – and scored – in Paraguay’s recent World Cup qualifiers, but they failed to make the finals in Russia. West Ham have already got a scintillating attacking trio in Javier Hernandez, Andriy Yarmolenko and Marko Arnautovic, and Romero would add more depth. Pellegrini and Husillos have made some exceptional signings already and West Ham fans will be more than happy to trust him on this one. He signed for Corinthians four years ago for £2million but only has one year left on his contract and could go for a decent price.

This Futbol rating: 6/10

Likely to happen?

ExWHUemployee’s information is very good and if they’re keen on pushing a deal through there’s every chance they might land the 26-year-old. With one year left on his contract, Corinthians could be keen to cash in on a player who has only scored 14 goals and registered 13 assists in 113 games. However, there had been talk that they would only be doing free or loan deals from now on, so it would depend on price.

This Futbol rating: 6/10



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 8:15 Tue Jul 24
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Whitester. 7:07 Mon Jul 23
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan I always read this thread every day. Great effort.

Thanks Alan 3:38 Mon Jul 23
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

madeeasy 12:55 Mon Jul 23
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan, hope the health is on the mend

Alan 12:08 Mon Jul 23
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mendes story added.





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