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Alan 11:50 Mon Jul 30
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

England defender Harry Maguire, 25, is keen on a £65m move to Manchester United but will not force his departure, and Leicester are reluctant to sell. (Mirror)

Jordan Pickford is set to be offered a new contract at Everton as they look to secure the long-term future of the 24-year-old England goalkeeper, who has been linked with Chelsea. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea's Brazil defender David Luiz, 31, wants to stay at Stamford Bridge following the appointment of Maurizio Sarri as manager. (Telegraph)

AC Milan are ready to offer former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte a £5.5m-a-year deal to take over from Gennaro Gattuso as manager. (Express)

Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac says 29-year-old Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, who has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid, is staying with the German club. (Bild, via Express)

Napoli are interested in signing Manchester United's Italy defender Matteo Darmian, 28, on loan with the option to buy at the end of next season. (Radio Kiss Kiss, via Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid have made Chelsea an opening offer of £100m for Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 26, and Brazil midfielder Willian, 29. (Mail)

Chelsea could move for Juventus' Italian defender Mattia Caldara, 24, rather than their Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, who has been linked with the Blues. (Corriere della Sera - in Italian)

Chelsea are in talks with Borussia Dortmund over a possible move for 19-year-old America winger Christian Pulisic, who would be available for £65m. (Mirror)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has played down suggestions of Spurs re-signing Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, from Real Madrid, but says he is aware of the importance of new arrivals. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa have made a bid for Liverpool's Ben Woodburn on loan, with the 18-year-old Wales forward set to be withdrawn from a training camp in France. (Telegraph)

Chelsea's France striker Olivier Giroud, 31, plans to fight for his place at Stamford Bridge, despite holding talks with Marseille. (Mail)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho wants players such as England forward Jesse Lingard, Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku and France midfielder Paul Pogba to cut short their holidays following the World Cup. (Times - subscription required)

Newcastle are in talks with West Brom to sign Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, 28. (Sky Sports)

Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford, 24, will have a medical at Leeds on Monday before a possible £10m move. (Mail)

Liverpool's Spanish midfielder Pedro Chirivella, 21, is set to seal a £3.5m move to Norwegian side Rosenborg. (Liverpool Echo)

Fulham are close to signing 24-year-old English defender Alfie Mawson from Swansea, with talks between the clubs at an advanced stage. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa want West Ham's 30-year-old winger Robert Snodgrass on another loan deal, having secured the Scotland midfielder's services for much of last season. (Birmingham Mail)

Nottingham Forest's Scottish winger Barrie McKay, 23, is set to join Swansea in a deal worth £500,000. (Mail)

Burnley are preparing a £500,000 for Stoke's former England striker Peter Crouch, 37. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Real Madrid are ready to stump up £100m for Chelsea duo Thibaut Courtois and Willian, according to assorted Monday back-page reports. The Belgian goalkeeper has just one year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and is understood to be pining for a return to the Spanish capital, where he spent three happy seasons on loan at Atlético Madrid before becoming Chelsea’s first-choice goalkeeper. Courtois’ big-haired Brazilian team-mate is already the subject of interest from Barcelona and Manchester United, but while Maurizio Sarri has made it clear he wants both players to stay, their sale would help fund the purchase of centre-back Mattia Caldara and striker Gonzalo Higuaín from Juventus. Extremely unconvincing since his arrival from Monaco, Tiémoué Bakayoko says he wants to stay at Chelsea despite interest in the midfielder from both Milan and Sevilla.
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Kasper Schmeichel has also been linked with a move away from Leicester, with Chelsea understood to be interested in bringing him in to replace any want-away Belgian goalkeepers who might high-tail it to Madrid. Of course, Courtois isn’t the only want-away Belgian at Chelsea and Real Madrid hope to nail down the purchase of Eden Hazard for a maximum fee of £150m within the next 10 days, if Spanish media outlet Don Balon is to be believed.

On a day when Chelsea seem determined to unceremoniously hog the opening paragraphs of the Mill, World Cup-winning striker Olivier Giroud wants to stay and fight for his place, despite interest in his services from Marseille. Meanwhile in Germany, Borussia Dortmund are believed to be mulling over a £65m bid from Chelsea for 19-year-old midfielder Christian Pulisic, who is also wanted by Liverpool.

The future of England and Leicester yeoman Harry Maguire remains very much up in the air. Manchester United are prepared to pay £65m for England’s unassuming World Cup hero, while there’s now whispers of interest from Real Madrid. A model of low maintenance, Harry’s big slab-head remains resolutely unturned by all this high-profile interest and he’ll just continue to run through walls at Leicester’s training ground until Claude Puel tells him to stop. In the event of Leicester deciding to cash in on Maguire, Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson is being lined up as a replacement.

What with first-team opportunities at Liverpool likely to be limited, Ben Woodburn could be shipped out to Aston Villa on loan, while Napoli are interested in borrowing Manchester United full-back Matteo Darmian for the coming season. Bayern Munich have made it clear Robert Lewandowski won’t be going anywhere, despite all that speculation to the contrary towards the back end of last season.

Tireless Venezuelan battering ram Salomón Rondón is on the verge of swapping the black and white stripes of West Brom for those of Newcastle, while Patrick Bamford will undergo a medical with Leeds on Monday before signing from Middlesbrough for £10m. Fulham are on the verge of bringing Alfie Mawson to Craven Cottage from Swansea City, while Peter Crouch may leave Stoke for Burnley.

And finally, Roma could scupper Arsenal’s hopes of signing Steven N’Zonzi from Sevilla, while French defender Lucas Digne has left Barcelona’s pre-season training camp to finalise a £22m move to Everton.

The Observer

West Ham’s Felipe Anderson: ‘I’m fast and I’m going to use my intelligence’

The Hammers’ new record signing arrives from Lazio full of confidence. He doesn’t yet speak English, but is already aware who Bobby Moore is

Paul MacInnes

When Manuel Pellegrini was asked about the “West Ham way” last week, his answer was straightforward: “I always like to play offensive.” The sense remains, however, that in making Felipe Anderson his marquee signing in a busy transfer window the new Hammers manager knew he was signing a crowd pleaser.

The winger arrives in east London after five years in Rome with Lazio. During that time he has had ups and downs, hot streaks and periods outside the team. But Anderson’s stats have remained consistently impressive. With real pace on the right-hand side and the technical level you would expect from a Brazilian international, he is now backing himself to deliver again in the Premier League.
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“People say I have the capability to be a protagonist in whichever team I play for and I believe that,” says Anderson, speaking through an interpreter. “My game is dribbling but I also want to concentrate on the team aspects of the game, whether that be marking or regaining possession. I want to do whatever is necessary for the team but then also to stand out in my own right.”

Listen to him talk and it is clear Anderson has been paying attention since his arrival in England. He has absorbed the message, articulated also by Pellegrini, that no individual is bigger than the team. He also made sure to reference Bobby Moore when he first signed. He is confident in his ability but also in his opinions and, despite the language barrier, makes eye contact as he speaks. This is a player who has done his growing up.

Felipe Anderson celebrates scoring in a friendly. Photograph: John Walton/PA

Anderson arrived at Lazio from Brazil in 2013 as the raw prospect, the kid Neymar – his teammate at Santos – described as “my little brother”. The hype was big, and two years later it got bigger. A series of eye-catching performances in the 2014-15 season – including a run of five goals and five assists in as many games over Christmas – drew the attention of every big club in Europe. A move never came to pass, however, and last year Anderson made only nine league starts as Lazio missed out on the Champions League spots on goal difference. Yet still, in just over 1,000 Serie A minutes he contributed seven assists and four goals.

“I was out injured and the team did well without me”, he says, matter-of-factly, of his final year in Rome. “When I came back to fitness and then found my form the manager chose to stick with those who he had trusted in my absence and I understood that. But when I had the chance to come here I was really happy for the opportunity.”

West Ham had the field to themselves for Anderson, something that would not have been the case two years ago, and although the fee of £36m is a club record, it is significantly smaller than the €50m Manchester United were reported to be willing to pay in 2016. On the one hand it’s a big investment, on the other the signing of Anderson could prove to be a bargain for West Ham.
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On the subject of pressure, Anderson is characteristically relaxed. “Obviously it’s a big responsibility and the club have put a lot of faith in me, but that’s part of the game,” he says. “I was at Santos with a number of big players and played in big matches as a young player. That experience means I can leave the pressure behind. All I have to concentrate on is working hard every day to help the team so that we gain victories and win friends.”

Already a friend is Willian and Anderson consulted the Chelsea player about English football before making his move. He was told the game was fast – he knew that already – but that it would suit him. Anderson says he has no qualms about taking on a new division and, in particular, coming up against a more physical type of opponent than he may have been used to.

“I understand that this league is a lot different to Italy, people use a lot of strength here, a lot of force,” he says.

“But I’ve been watching that. The way I’m going to approach it is to work hard and play above it. I’m fast and I’m going to use my intelligence. I’m also going to listen to what my manager says.”

West Ham have got themselves a Brazilian with pace and flair. But if they have one who’s willing to graft for the team as well, that status as a crowd favourite may be Anderson’s for the taking.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

mattyolmes 1:58 Tue Jul 31
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 7:57 Mon Jul 30
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Thanks Alan

cockney hammer 6:10 Mon Jul 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks alan hope things are good buddy

Robson 4:29 Mon Jul 30
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Let's hope we don't see too much of Anderson's "hot streaks and periods".

SDKFZ 222 3:57 Mon Jul 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
“swapping the black and white stripes of West Brom for those of Newcastle.”

Where do these journalists get their information from?

Thanks Alan 1:20 Mon Jul 30
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B, Eddie 12:20 Mon Jul 30

Texas Iron 1:13 Mon Jul 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Eddie B 12:20 Mon Jul 30
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Alan, thanks.

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