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Alan 11:14 Fri Jul 27
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Manchester United still hope to sign Inter Milan's 29-year old winger Ivan Perisic and will only sell French forward Anthony Martial, 22, if the Croatian's services can be secured. (Mirror)

Tottenham's Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 29, remains a priority signing for Manchester United but the Londoners want £55m or Anthony Martial included in negotiations. (Independent)

Spurs owner Daniel Levy believes he can sign Aston Villa's English midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, for £20m. (Mirror)

Liverpool have no interest in signing Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida, 29, despite being linked with the Croatia international. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea have told AC Milan to pay up to £62m if they want to sign 25-year-old Spanish striker Alvaro Morata. (Sky Sports)

Officials from Chelsea have travelled to Italy to sign Juventus defender Daniele Rugani, 23, but are reluctant to meet the Italian's £40m valuation. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and director Marina Granovskaia will meet in Nice to discuss transfer targets. (Evening Standard)

However, Chelsea's signing of 38-year-old former England goalkeeper Robert Green has bemused head coach Maurizio Sarri's backroom staff - as the player was not on a list of transfer targets provided by the club's scouting department. (Times - subscription required)

Barcelona are ready to accept Everton's £27m bid for Colombia defender Yerry Mina, 23. (Goal)

Everton's Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen, 25, is in talks with Werder Bremen over a £13m move. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United's English defender Luke Shaw, 23, says "it would be easy for me to quit" the club but wants to earn a new contract. His current deal expires next summer. (Guardian)

Crystal Palace and Everton are interested in signing Roma's 27-year-old French midfielder Maxime Gonalons for £10m. (Evening Standard)

West Ham are considering a move for French former Newcastle and Paris St-Germain midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, 31, on a free transfer. (Foot365 via Sports Mole)

Former Arsenal and France forward Thierry Henry is considering four managerial opportunities after Championship side Aston Villa decided to keep Steve Bruce as boss. (Mirror)

Brighton are close to signing 20-year-old Ecuadorian forward Billy Arce from Independiente del Valle. (Diario Expreso via Sport Witness)

Fenerbahce want to take Stoke's Dutch defender Bruno Martins Indi, 26, on a season-long loan deal. (Takvim - in Turkish)

Stoke say they have has been no approach for £30m-rated England goalkeeper Jack Butland. The 25-year-old wants a move to a Premier League club. (Sun)

Blackburn are to sign Chelsea's English midfielder Kasey Palmer, 21, on loan until the end of the year. (Sky Sports)

Derby are set to sell Czech striker Matej Vydra, 26, to Leeds in an £11m deal, and will use the money to purchase Ipswich's 28-year-old English striker Martyn Waghorn. (Sun)

Rangers will look to sign Manchester City's English midfielder Kean Bryan, 21, if English attacking midfielder Josh Windass, 24, leaves Ibrox. (Mail)




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Will Unwin

After a frustrating summer, José Mourinho still thinks he can convince Ivan Perisic to leave Internazionale for Manchester United. If he does get his hands on the Croatian, then he will finally liberate Anthony Martial from the shackles of his Old Trafford misery.

West Ham feel their long list of failed Premier League strikers needs adding to, so have opened talks with Porto over a £22m deal for Moussa Marega. To his credit, the Malian did score 22 goals for the Portuguese side last season, so might not be the next Marco Boogers, Simone Zaza or even Modibo Maïga.

A striker who might be heading out of London is Álvaro Morata, but his exit could be delayed by the fact Chelsea want FFP enthusiasts Milan to stump up a whopping £62m, which seems unlikely. Although Leonardo Bonucci’s expected return to Juventus could help with some of that problem.
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Despite weeks of this very page reporting that Liverpool are closing on Croatian centre-back Domagoj Vida, it turns out they do not actually want to buy him from Besiktas at all.

Jefferson Lerma has told Levante he wants to leave in order to make his dream move to Bournemouth having found out where the club is situated and how much more they can pay him, after the Premier League club had a bid rejected for the Colombian defensive midfielder.

Mark Hughes has supposedly been “boosted” by the news that Manolo Gabbiadini will stick with Southampton rather than joining Napoli to play Champions League football. The Italian striker mustered a whole five goals last season, so it will be a great boon for the St Mary’s faithful if he continues at the club.

Oleksandr Zinchenko does not want to leave Manchester City, even though he might be the club’s 16th-choice left-back next season. The Ukrainian, who has been linked with a move to Wolves, said: “I’m ready for everything because I have to be professional. You don’t know what can happen in the future, but I’m dreaming of staying here.”

West Ham and Fulham are interested in shoving a pen into Kévin Malcuit’s hand in order to sign the full-back from Lille. Romelu Lukaku’s brother, Jordan, is not wanted at current club Lazio, so could be joining his sibling in the Premier League, with Leicester keen on the left wing-back.

There is not greater endorsement than being able to say you went to the same school as Nicky Butt, so Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has taken notice of Manchester City kid Kean Bryan and will try to conclude a deal for the Mancunian if Josh Windass departs for pastures new.

Roma are trying to recover from having Malcom snatched from their grasp by bringing in Emil Forsberg from RB Leipzig, unless Barcelona get their first. The Spanish champions are also hoping to bring in Valencia and one-time QPR midfielder Dani Parejo.






Express

Bernard wants Stamford Bridge move over West Ham

CHELSEA are the favourites to land former Shakhtar Donetsk forward Bernard this summer, according to reports in Brazil.

By Aaron Stokes

The 25-year-old is currently a free agent after failing to agree a new deal with the Ukrainian side at the end of last season.

Bernard has been repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League in recent years.

And reports in Brazil claim a host of teams are pursuing him this summer, with Chelsea at the front of the queue.

GloboEsporte claim the Blues are the favourites to land Bernard as he is a fan of the west London club.

The attacker is also said to love the city and wants to relocate to England.

GloboEsporte report that as well as Chelsea, at least six other sides across the world are also pursuing Bernard this summer.

West Ham and Leicester are two other Premier League sides intrigued by a move, while Monaco, Benfica, Wolfsburg and Palmeiras have also expressed an interest.

The Hammers have already splashed out on more than half a dozen new players this summer.

But Manuel Pellegrini may look to delve into the free transfer market towards the end of the window.





Sport Witness

West Ham have ‘in past few hours’ made contact to sign Celtic player

Olivier Ntcham scored seven goals and registered eight assists in all competitions for Celtic last season.

His form has not gone unnoticed as he is attracting interest from the Premier League, according to today’s edition of French newspaper L’Equipe.

It’s claimed West Ham United are interested in the 22-year-old Celtic player. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have ‘in the past few hours’ made contact about signing the player.

Ntcham’s current deal with Brendan Rodgers’ side will run down in 2021.

Manuel Lanzini is one of the players in the attacking midfield positions at West Ham. In June he suffered a serious knee injury in training while on international duty with Argentina, ruining his chances of appearing at the 2018 World Cup.

A few reports suggest he could miss the whole of next season. Whilst the Celtic player certainly wouldn’t be a like for like replacement, Ntcham would provide another option in the middle of the pitch and help allow the more attacking players West Ham have signed to flourish.





Mail

West Ham hold talks over signing Moussa Marega as they pursue £22m Porto striker to boost forward options

Moussa Marega, 27, scored 23 goals last season for Portuguese champs Porto
Porto want West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate which would help reduce the fee
Corinthians' Angel Romero has also been discussed as a Hammers target

By Simon Jones

West Ham United have held talks about a deal for Porto's £22million rated striker Moussa Marega.


Marega, who lost his neck in a bouncy castle accident

Marega, who scored 23 goals last season, is working with agent Mark McKay of Excel Foot who helped West Ham sign Dimitri Payet from Marseille.

The 27-year-old helped fire Porto to the Liga NOS title, however the chance of Premier League football may tempt him to east London.

The Portuguese club want West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate which would help reduce the fee.

West Ham are seeking another attacking option with Javier Hernandez inconsistent, Andy Carroll often injured and Jordan Hugill yet to convince at the top level.

They had been looking at loans or free transfers to bolster their squad, while Corinthians' Angel Romero has also been discussed.

The 26-year-old winger, who has 13 caps for Paraguay, is on the radar of West Ham ahead of the transfer window closing on August 9.

With the Brazilian season running over the summer, Romero has started the campaign well with four goals and five assists in 15 games.

The Hammers also have an offer from Sampdoria for Pedro Obiang while Borussia Monchengladbach want to sign Reece Oxford on a permanent basis.

Oxford spent last season on loan with the Bundesliga club, although he made just seven league appearances, five of them starts.



Sport Witness

From Italy: West Ham agree Obiang transfer, loan with buying clause, figures reported

Italian side Sampdoria have reportedly reached an agreement with West Ham United for the transfer of Pedro Obiang.

It’s website Tutto Mercato Web who reports it this Friday, saying the clubs have found a deal after days of negotiations.

The outlet claims that Obiang is moving on a €2m loan deal, and then Sampdoria have an obligatory buying clause to get him for €7m at the end of the season. There’s also a further million to be included in performance bonuses.

It seems the only thing left are the personal terms to be agreed, as the story says that the transfer can only be considered concluded once Obiang says yes to it.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Ashy 11:10 Sat Jul 28
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Football's Gladstone Small

Briano 8:26 Sat Jul 28
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lost his neck? Is it April 1st?

How can someone lose their neck? It’s not like you can leave it on a bus

jimbo2. 2:16 Sat Jul 28
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The bouncy castle comment was funny. There is no way we will sell Obiang at that fee! Thanks Al!

Texas Iron 5:48 Fri Jul 27
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

southwoodford 4:47 Fri Jul 27
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
A player with no neck ... well, we've tried everything else ...

Mad Dog 2:17 Fri Jul 27
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"West Ham feel their long list of failed Premier League strikers needs adding to, so have opened talks with Porto..."
Ag ag ag ag

yngwies Cat 1:48 Fri Jul 27
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Ha ha ha. Cheers Alan

Lost his Neck .. bouncy castle .. brilliant.

lab 1:15 Fri Jul 27
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Should make for interesting songs on the stands .

Kelly Smunt 12:48 Fri Jul 27
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Marega, who lost his neck in a bouncy castle accident

WTF?!?!?!?

Thanks Alan 11:33 Fri Jul 27
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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