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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United have told Leicester City they want to sign £65m-rated England defender Harry Maguire, 25. (Mirror)

United have made contact in the hope of signing Eintracht Frankfurt's 24-year-old Croatia winger Ante Rebic. (Mail)

Liverpool have agreed a two-year deal with Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, 29, but must meet Besiktas' £22m asking price. (A Spor - in Turkish)

Real Madrid have agreed terms with Chelsea's 26-year-old Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. (Mail)

Chelsea and Roma are competing to sign Jamaican winger Leon Bailey, 20, from Bayer Leverkusen. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea are monitoring Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, with a view to making a move for the 23-year-old. (Independent)

Daniele Rugani's agent says the Blues are interested in the 23-year-old Juventus and Italy centre-back. (Radio Sportiva, via Goal)

Everton director of football Marcel Brands has travelled to Barcelona to continue negotiations for Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina, 23, and France full-back Lucas Digne, 25. (Mail)

Premier League newcomers Wolves have also made an enquiry to sign Mina from Barcelona. (Sky Sports)

Wolves have made an £18m bid to sign Spanish winger Adama Traore, 22, from Championship side Middlesbrough. (Sun)

Crystal Palace are in talks to sign West Ham's Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, 28, for £10m. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, Palace's 25-year-old Ivorian winger Wilfried Zaha, is seeking to leave the club. (Standard)

Real Madrid may make an £89m move for Paris St-Germain and Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 31, to replace Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has joined Juventus. (AS - in Spanish)

Newcastle are close to signing Mainz's 26-year-old Japan striker Yoshinori Muto. (Kicker - in German)

Meanwhile, 23-year-old English midfielder Isaac Hayden reiterates his intention to leave the Magpies - despite turning out for the club in Tuesday's friendly against Hull City. (Newcastle Chronicle)

West Ham and Fulham are interested in signing Lille's French right-back Kevin Malcuit, 26, on loan. (France Football - in French)

Scottish champions Celtic hope to secure the loan signing of 19-year-old Australia midfielder Daniel Arzani after he completes his permanent move to Manchester City from partner club Melbourne City. (Scottish Sun)

Rangers will earn up to £800,000 if Ipswich's 28-year-old English striker Martyn Waghorn signs for Derby County.(Daily Record)

Leeds have made an offer to sign Scotland full-back Barry Douglas, 28, from Wolves. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Ipswich Town manager Paul Hurst says now is not the time for him to be talking to 25-year-old Denmark defender Jonas Knudsen about the player's long-term future. (East Anglian Daily Times)

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Harry Maguire is confident that he will be a Manchester United player before the season starts, says the Mirror, while for their part United “feel he would be easier to purchase than Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld”. According to the Sun however José Mourinho doesn’t much mind which one he ends up with and “Alderweireld may be an easier target”, though the Mail suggests they could end up with neither of them, and sign Milan’s Leonardo Bonucci instead.
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Chelsea are also in the market for a centre-back, and are focusing their attention of Juventus’s £45m-rated Daniele Rugani. “The interest is there from Chelsea,” says his agent, Davide Torchia. “Beyond the figures though there is a technical question: neither the player nor Juventus have ever said they want a sale.” And talking of Chelsea and Juventus, Monaco have pipped both of them to the signing of CSKA Moscow’s Aleksandr Golovin, with their chief executive Vadim Vasilyev boasting that “we have offered more favourable conditions for the club and a more understandable project for the player”.

Rafael Benítez is only staying at Newcastle because he’d have to pay them £6m to let him leave, says the Mirror, and is anxiously waiting to find out just how badly the club will mess up this transfer window. “Is the current squad good enough for what we need?” pondered the Spaniard, “I don’t think so.” The Swiss defender Fabian Schär is due to arrive any day now, and Newcastle are also in the running for Mainz’s Japan forward Yoshinori Muto, valued at £9m, while offering West Brom a Dwight Gayle/Salomon Rondon swap.

Crystal Palace are mulling over an £8.9m deal for the Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons, who according to the Express “has failed to establish himself in Italy” in the year since he moved there from Lyon, but whose value has doubled from 2017’s £4.5m anyway.
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Now to the big question of the day: are Everton and Watford friends again? It appears to depend on who you ask. “Everton have settled their long-running dispute with Watford over manager Marco Silva as part of the £40m deal to land Richarlison,” announces the Express. “It is understood that the fee Everton are paying to Watford for the player includes compensation to settle a row between the two clubs relating to Silva,” declares the Times. “Watford are refusing to back down in their dispute with Everton over compensation for Marco Silva,” counters the Mail. “Barely 24 hours after receiving £44m from Everton for Brazilian winger Richarlison, Watford have resumed their protest.”

Frank Lampard’s Derby are set to sign Peterborough’s prolific striker Jack Marriott, whose club started the summer demanding £5m for the 23-year-old and have ended up accepting £1.5m, and also want the Ipswich hitman Martyn Waghorn, who might cost £4m.

And finally, several papers have revealed this morning the horrendous conditions in which Pep Guardiola makes his staff at Manchester City work. His former assistant Domènec Torrent, who escaped his Mancunian hell to take over as manager of New York City this summer, is the one who has bravely spoken out about the true horror of his ordeal. “We worked in the office always with music on,” he sobbed. “It would just be relaxing music. Some jazz, or maybe Sade.”


Aston Villa 1-3 West Ham: Steve Bruce's side comfortably beaten by Hammers after he was given vote of confidence by new owners

Michail Antonio broke the deadlock ten minutes in with finish from acute angle
Hammers doubled lead with superb counter attack finished by Marko Arnautovic
Robert Snodgrass scored third goal after the break to put icing on the cake
Andre Green pulled one back for Aston Villa but it was a consolation late on

By Laurie Whitwel

What began with a resounding vote of confidence from the new sheriffs in town ended with Aston Villa beaten by West Ham’s sharp shooting.

Manuel Pellegrini will be pleased with what he saw from his team, but Steve Bruce declared himself ‘absolutely delighted’ just to be still in charge.

It was not clear Bruce would be in the dugout for this friendly until an hour and a quarter before kick-off.

Bruce deserved his chance for guiding Villa to the Championship play-off final on a budget and with money he could take that final step to the Premier League. It will be interesting to observe what Villa do between now an the transfer deadline on August 9.

Keeping Jack Grealish would be a huge coup. He was yet again Villa’s best player, always looking for the creative option, and it is clear why Mauricio Pochettino wants him.

Pellegrini has done most of his transfer work and this was a good work out for the likes of Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere, and Issa Diop. West Ham look a good bet for a positive campaign.

Villa’s players found out news on Bruce as they checked phones stood by the side of the pitch. When Bruce arrived he declared his ‘absolute delight’ at staying on. As if fuelled by the knowledge of continuity, Villa began with a spring in their step. Inside the first ten minutes Grealish and Alan Hutton drew good saves from Adrian in the West Ham goal.

But West Ham carried the clinical edge and went ahead with their first attack. Villa were sluggish to the threat of Michail Antonio, who picked up a loose ball and turned Tommy Elphick inside out before firing a low shot past Jed Steer.

Michail Antonio celebrates scoring with Marko Arnautovic and Felipe Anderson

Sawiris and Edens had taken their seats in the directors’ box just in time to see their new team go behind. It was a sloppy concession and illustrates the need for Villa to recruit a centre-back to replace the departed John Terry. The men now signing off the cheques are supposed to have deep pockets, so we shall see.

West Ham doubled their lead in the 28th minute when Arthur Masuaku made good progress down the left and crossed for Marko Arnautovic to sweep in.

Arnautovic added the second for West Ham as the Premier League side took full control

Pellegrini had started with Arnautovic up front, supported by Antonio, record-signing Anderson, and Wilshere. As a quartet, it shows a lot of promise. The £41.5million quality of Anderson was evident in every touch and Wilshere played with a smile on his face.

Indeed, after the break the former Arsenal midfielder went close with a low shot at the end of a quick attack that Steer got down well to hold.

The usual raft of changes took place, with substitute Robert Snodgrass getting universal applause following his successful loan spell at Villa last season. ‘Brucie, sign him,’ chanted the Villa fans.

Ryan Fredericks was the villain of the piece, heckled when he arrived with ten minutes to go. Villa supporters still resent the former Fulham defender for his poor foul on Grealish in the play-off final.

Bruce switched to a back-three system for the final half hour, with Mile Jedinak holding the central role, and Villa seemed more secure until Snodgrass burst clear with seven minutes to go. He rounded Steer to finish, providing substance to the theories he could finally establish himself at the club.

Soon after Andre Green got Villa something to show for a decent passage of possession, seizing on the ball in the area and rifling a thunderous finish into the top corner. This could be a big season for the 19-year-old, who suffered a long-term injury last term.

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A sublime solo effort from Michail Antonio and a goal from Marko Arnautovic gave West Ham a comfortable 3-1 victory over Aston Villa at the Banks' Stadium.

New signings Felipe Anderson and Fabian Balbuena were given their first outings in a West Ham shirt and didn't put a foot wrong before coming off at half-time, while Jack Wilshere also featured in the midfield.

But it was Antonio, who has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium, who broke the deadlock inside the first 10 minutes.

The 28-year-old received the ball on the right and after battling through one challenge, took it past a defender before brilliantly striking a low effort into the far corner from a tight angle.

The goal came just as Aston Villa had tested West Ham goalkeeper Adrian with two decent efforts, the first coming from Albert Adomah before Jack Grealish tested the Spaniard with a teasing cross-shot.

Veteran full-back Alan Hutton then went close from the edge of the box but Adrian palmed his awkward effort away comfortably.

Pellegrini's side were playing some good football in the first-half, suggesting this would be a common factor in their play this season, and it soon paid dividends with Anderson involved in the build-up.

The 25-year-old sprayed the ball out wide into the path of Arthur Masuaku, who surged down the left-hand side. His cut-back found striker Arnautovic, who stabbed home from six yards out to hand West Ham a two-goal lead that they didn't perhaps deserve.

The tempo died down somewhat in the second half with substitutions galore from both sides and West Ham had control of possession.

A third goal did arrive towards the end of the game, with substitute Robert Snodgrass rounding goalkeeper Jed Steer before slotting home from an acute angle.

There was still time for a late consolation, and what a goal it was. Youngster Andre Green, who had been a threat since coming on for Jack Grealish, unleashed an unstoppable drive inside the penalty area that found the top corner.

Ultimately though, this was a comfortable victory for West Ham and Pellegrini will be delighted that Wilshere and his new signings came through unscathed, with the Premier League season just under three weeks away.

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Mex Martillo 7:48 Thu Jul 26
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Thanks Alan

jimbo2. 7:20 Thu Jul 26
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It was a pleasure to watch the game last night, as we looked really good. Thanks Al!

Texas Iron 4:04 Thu Jul 26
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boleyn8420 1:19 Thu Jul 26
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Fantastic pass from Anderson to play Arthur in for Arnie's goal

mallard 11:16 Thu Jul 26
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A sublime solo effort from Antonio !!

Thanks Alan

lab 11:15 Thu Jul 26
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Can't deny that away top is smart.

Thanks Alan 11:11 Thu Jul 26
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Thanks Alan

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