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Alan 12:06 Tue Jul 31
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho's mood during the club's tour of the USA is exhausting his players and unsettling staff. (Mail)

Real Madrid have no interest in Chelsea's Brazil midfielder Willian, 29, but do want the Blues' Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, 26. (Marca)

Willian says he is "very happy at Chelsea" and enjoys living in London. (Globo Esporte, via Mirror)

Leicester boss Claude Puel has reiterated his belief 25-year-old England defender Harry Maguire - linked with Manchester United - will stay with the Foxes for the new season. (Sky Sports)

Maguire is set to be offered a new deal by Leicester, increasing his weekly wage from £50,000 to £95,000. (Mirror)

Everton want 28-year-old Manchester United and Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, who has been told he can leave for £30m. (Mirror)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has made Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 29, his main transfer target. (Star)

Tottenham may not make any signings before the transfer window shuts, says manager Mauricio Pochettino. (Mail)

Burnley are ready to move for Southampton's England goalkeeper Fraser Forster, 30, if his 26-year-old compatriot Nick Pope is ruled out for the majority of the season. (Express)

Liverpool are confident Senegal forward Sadio Mane, 26, will sign a new long-term contract in the coming weeks. (Mirror)

Chelsea have opened talks with Inter Milan about Uruguay midfielder Matias Vecino, 26, and offered Juventus £35.5m for 24-year-old Italy defender Mattia Caldara. (London Evening Standard)

Chelsea are also considering a £30m bid for Arsenal's Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27. (Telegraph)

Lazio have been told by Arsenal they must pay £7m if they want to sign 29-year-old Spanish forward Lucas Perez. (Corriere di Roma, via Talksport)

Newcastle have an interest in Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico but an £8m fee and the 25-year-old's agent's demands may be beyond Magpies boss Rafael Benitez's budget. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Brighton have agreed to sell 29-year-old English striker Sam Baldock to Reading. (Argus)

Leicester will accept £18m for Algeria forward Islam Slimani, but the 30-year-old's future may not be decided until the end of August, when the international transfer window closes. (Leicester Mercury)

Paris St-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has refused to be drawn on speculation linking the club with a move for Chelsea and France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27. (Talksport)

Chelsea have offered Kante a new contract worth £290,000 a week, which would make him the club's best-paid player. (Times - subscription required)

Middlesbrough's former England Under-21 striker Patrick Bamford, 24, is close to a move to Championship rivals Leeds United for an initial fee in the region of £7m. (Guardian)

Meanwhile, Middlesbrough have rejected a bid from Premier League newcomers Wolves for 22-year-old Spanish winger Adama Traore. (Express & Star)

Morocco midfielder Younes Belhanda, linked with Crystal Palace, has ruled out a move to England. The 28-year-old says he is happy at Turkish side Galatasaray. (Football.London)

Paris St-Germain's French midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 23, is close to signing a new deal with the Ligue 1 champions. (ESPN)

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce is trying to sign West Ham's English striker Jordan Hugill, 26, and Wigan's English midfielder Nick Powell, 24. (Sun)

Everton defender Matty Pennington is a target for Leeds, where he spent last season on loan. The Whites' fellow Championship side Wigan are also interested in the 23-year-old Englishman. (Liverpool Echo)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

With Mount José in danger of erupting at any moment, you’d think that Ed Woodward would have sprung into action by now. At the very least, Manchester United’s chief suit could have invested in a big hose in case Mount José starts to spew lava all over Old Trafford.

But inertia seems to have taken hold at the biggest club in England. While the papers are full of stories about United’s players deciding to give Mount José a swerve, there aren’t any about new signings.

Still, there’s one about Anthony Martial going to Paris Saint-Germain, Marcos Rojo heading to Everton for £30m and Leicester offering Harry Maguire a new £95,000-a-week contract. Willian, meanwhile, says he wants to stay at Chelsea and Mount José continues to bubble away, the temperature rising, the rumbling growing ever louder. The Mill, who feels like it has seen this disaster film before, is braced for a spectacular explosion.

The mood at Chelsea is calm by comparison, even though Maurizio Sarri looks set to miss out on Gonzalo Higuaín. While the Juventus striker is close to joining Milan on loan, Sarri’s contingency plan is to sign Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski instead. The strengthening will continue with a £30m move for Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey, a swoop for Internazionale’s Uruguayan midfielder Matías Vecino and a £35.5m deal for Juve defender Mattia Caldara.

Chelsea plan to finance the above by selling Olivier Giroud to Marseille and loaning Danny Drinkwater to West Ham, who also like the look of Porto striker Moussa Marega. Elsewhere in London, Tottenham have been told they will have to pay £70m to prise Geoffrey Kondogbia away from Valencia. Daniel Levy is going to think about it.

While Levy does that, let’s wrap up any remaining business. Lyon are in the market for a new centre-back and have their eyes on Crystal Palace’s Mamadou Sakho and United’s Victor Lindelof, and will rival Everton for Barcelona’s Yerry Mina. Burnley want Southampton’s Fraser Forster as cover for Tom Heaton and Nick Pope, Lazio have been quoted £7m for Arsenal’s Lucas Pérez, Cardiff City will pay £12m for Watford’s Troy Deeney and Newcastle are likely to be priced out of a move for Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico. Mount Rafa is liable to erupt any day now.


West Ham to boost midfield as they eye Danny Drinkwater

CHELSEA midfielder Danny Drinkwater is reportedly on the radar of West Ham.

ByDarren Lewis

Manuel Pellegrini is ready to join the chase for Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater with West Ham still keen to reinforce in midfield.

The Irons also want to beef up their attack with Porto’s 23-goal marksman Moussa Marega.

West Ham have so far enjoyed a successful build up to the new campaign after spending £108million to transform the side that battled relegation last season.

But Pellegrini and Director of Football Mario Husillos still fear the squad is short in midfield and up front.

Manuel Lanzini remains on the long term injury list while the club are still willing to listen to offers for Cheikou Kouyate with Crystal Palace interested.

Barcelona’s Andre Gomes has been on Pellegrini’s shortlist but the 25-year-old up picked up a suspected hamstring injury in Barcelona’s International Champions Cup game against Spurs on Saturday.

The setback - which could rule him out for two months - is likely to see plans to allow him to leave shelved until January.

Drinkwater has overcome the injury problems that wrecked his bid to force his way into Antonio Conte’s plans at Chelsea. But new boss Maurizio Sarri is targeting his own players and is willing to allow Drinkwater to leave.


deal done? West Ham United transfer news: Hammers to sign Xande Silva in £3.1million deal

The Portugal youth international's sale has already been agreed

By Billy Hawkins

West Ham are to sign Portugal starlet Xande Silva in a deal worth up to £3.1million.

Silva, the attacking midfielder, currently represents Vitoria in his homeland, having joined from Sporting’s academy in 2014.

The 21-year-old has made 30 appearances in all for Vitoria’s first-team, scoring once, while he’s also been capped at every youth level by Portugal from Under-15 to Under-20.

And, according to Record, West Ham will sign Silva in a deal worth up to £3.1million (€3.5m).

It is stated that the two club’s have already ‘reached an agreement’ for the transfer of the youngster, with an initial payment of around £1.3million (€1.5m), plus a potential increase of £1.8million (€2m) should certain bonuses be triggered. Vitoria also have a 10 per cent sell-on clause written in the deal.

Silva is set to join West Ham’s Under-23 squad when his move from Vitoria is confirmed, where he will play alongside fellow countryman Domingos Quina.

Quina, 18, has also been capped at youth level from Under-17 to Under-20, and has made six appearances for West Ham’s first-team since joining the east London club from Chelsea in 2016.

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Texas Iron 5:30 Tue Jul 31
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gph 3:13 Tue Jul 31
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Thanks, Alan

Coffee 2:36 Tue Jul 31
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"With Mount José in danger of erupting"


Thanks Alan 2:32 Tue Jul 31
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Mad dog 12:09 Tue Jul 31

chim chim cha boo 2:27 Tue Jul 31
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Thanks Alan

Sydney_Iron 12:10 Tue Jul 31
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Thanks Alan

Mad Dog 12:09 Tue Jul 31
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Thanks alan

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