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Alan 1:56 Thu Aug 2
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Manchester United are set to bid for Barcelona and Colombia centre-back Yerry Mina, 23, after failing in their attempt to sign 25-year-old Leicester City and England defender Harry Maguire. (Mirror)

Everton are not willing to match Barcelona's £35m valuation of Mina, and will instead move for Manchester United's Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 28. (Goal)

Tottenham are lining up a £30m bid for Bournemouth's 21-year-old midfielder Lewis Cook, who captained England Under-20s to World Cup success last summer. (Star)

Chelsea will risk losing 26-year-old Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois on a free transfer if they are unable to recruit a replacement before the transfer window closes on 9 August. (Mail)

Chelsea want Aston Villa's 22-year-old English midfielder Jack Grealish, who is also a target for Tottenham. (Sun)

Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 24, will not join Manchester United because he does not want to play under Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho. (Marca)

Adrien Rabiot, 23, can leave Paris St-Germain if the Ligue 1 champions sign his fellow France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 27, from Chelsea. (Mundo Deportivo, via Calciomercato)

Bayer Leverkusen have made contact with Tottenham over signing 19-year-old English midfielder Marcus Edwards. (Sun)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is set for for talks with Brazil winger Willian, 29, with Real Madrid, Manchester United and Barcelona interested. (Star)

West Ham have had a £27m bid for Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez rejected by Celta Vigo, who are demanding the 21-year-old's £35m release clause is met. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson is set to sign 22-year-old Germany midfielder Max Meyer. (Sun)

Crystal Palace are closing on Swansea's 26-year-old Ghana forward Jordan Ayew in a deal that will involve 21-year-old Netherlands midfielder Jairo Riedewald going the other way. (Guardian)

Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is staying at Lazio this season. The 23-year-old has been linked with Manchester United and Chelsea this summer. (Star)

Barcelona technical director Eric Abidal has denied he met Paul Pogba to discuss a transfer for the 25-year-old Manchester United and France midfielder. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

The transfer of Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, from Juventus to AC Milan is "just about" done, according to Milan's general manager Beppe Marotta. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via ESPN)

AC Milan are also set to sign another Chelsea target - Juventus and Italy defender Mattia Caldara, 24 - in a swap deal for 31-year-old Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci. (Mail)

However, Chelsea are not giving up on signing Higuain, and could sell 31-year-old France striker Olivier Giroud to Marseille in order to finance a move. (Mirror)

Wigan Athletic are interested in signing Everton's 20-year-old United States left-back Antonee Robinson on loan. (Liverpool Echo)

Shrewsbury have put a £1m valuation on Congolese defender Toto Nsiala after rejecting a bid for the 26-year-old from Ipswich. (Mail)




Guardian Rumour Mill

If José Mourinho has a smile on his face today, it will not be because the Manchester United manager is delighted to see Anthony Martial back at training. Nor will it be because the thought of playing for Mourinho holds zero appeal for Real Madrid’s Mateo Kovacic, who probably heard about Martial facing a fine of up to £180,000 for awarding himself some paternity leave after the birth of his son. No, the reason for the United manager’s grin is because Yerry Mina, Barcelona’s £35m centre-back, is set to become the latest member of José’s happy family.

Everton also liked the look of Mina, who showed an eye for goal during Colombia’s run to the last 16 of the World Cup, but Marco Silva reckons that the 23-year-old is out of reach and will hand United £30m for Marcos Rojo instead. Mina’s arrival will also allow United to sell Chris Smalling to Wolves and another player who could be heading for the Old Trafford exit is Paul Pogba, although Barcelona’s technical director, Eric Abidal, has denied holding talks with his fellow Frenchman. Watch this space.

If Pogba does head to the Camp Nou, he might not come up against Luka Modric when Barcelona face Madrid. Modric has emerged as a surprise target for Internazionale, who need a signing to rival Milan buying Mattia Caldara and Gonzalo Higuaín from Juventus. Barcelona, meanwhile, are going to beat Arsenal to Paris Saint-Germain’s Adrien Rabiot and also plan to bring Thiago Alcântara back from Bayern Munich.

Liverpool want Borussia Dortmund’s Christian Pulisic. But not until next summer, so who cares?

West Ham have already signed seven players this summer, but Manuel Pellegrini could still be busy after allowing Cheikhou Kouyaté to join Crystal Palace. Pellegrini wants a new defensive midfielder and - deep breath - has his eyes on Porto duo Hector Herrera and Danilo Pereira, Chelsea’s Danny Drinkwater and Lille’s Thiago Maia, while the Chilean’s thirst for more firepower means that West Ham are targeting Porto duo Moussa Marega and Yacine Brahimi, Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez and another loan deal for Inter’s João Mário.

Daniel Levy has received a tip that the transfer window shuts next week. Now Tottenham want Bournemouth’s Lewis Cook, but Chelsea are going to rival them for Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish. Slow and steady wins the race, Daniel.





HITC

Report: West Ham in talks to sign Porto winger Yacine Brahimi

Danny Owen

West Ham United are reported to have sent a delegation to Portugal in order to sign the Algerian international Brahimi.

Yacine Brahimi has been linked with a move to the Premier League a lot in recent seasons. And it seems that it could finally happen this summer.

According to ESPN, West Ham United have sent a delegation to Portugal in order to negotiate a deal for the Algerian international winger, who starred as Porto won the Primeira Liga title for the first time in five years last season.

Brahimi scored nine goals and set up a further seven in 32 league starts, rediscovering his best form under Sergio Conceicao after a difficult year working alongside the current Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

ESPN understands, however, that Porto are ready to cash in on the 28-year-old as he has just one year left on his contract and West Ham are ready to pounce. The London club have been firm admirers of Brahimi for some time and his arrival would add further creativity to a new-look West Ham attack.

Since the arrival of new manager Manuel Pellegrini, the Hammers have spent big on Lazio’s Felipe Anderson and Borussia Dortmund’s Ukrainian international Andriy Yarmolenko.

The quick and direct Brahimi, named the BBC’s African Footballer of the Year in 2014, could replace the injured Manuel Lanzini on the left side of West Ham’s midfield.



Sun

Hammers close to topping £100m summer spending spree as they eye Brazilian midfielder Thiago Maia

West Ham are closing in on the Lille defensive midfielder after finally agreeing a fee of around £20million

Exclusive By Graeme Bryce

WEST HAM boss Manuel Pellegrini is set to make his EIGHTH signing of the summer, with Lille’s Brazilian midfielder Thiago Maia poised to join the Hammers.



SunSport can reveal Pellegrini expects to take his spending over the £100million mark later today after finally agreeing a fee of around £20million for the 21-year-old former Santos starlet.

The move will bring to an end Pellegrini’s search for the defensive midfielder he has been searching for all summer.

Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez had been linked with Maia but it’s understood West Ham pushed a deal through yesterday to bring Maia to the London Stadium, two years after he won Olympic Gold with Brazil at the 2016 Olympics in his homeland.

Although Lille had a release clause in excess of £50million for Maia, the Ligue 1 club are in financial meltdown ahead of the new season and need to raise cash quickly.

Pellegrini has taken advantage to land the youngster who made more than 60 appearances for Santos before current Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa invested £12.6million to sign him for Lille last summer, ahead of Juventus and PSG.

Maia was used in an unfamiliar attacking midfield role at Lille last season and is happy West Ham want him to return to the holding midfield role which took him to the brink of the senior Brazil team one year ago.

Porto's Yacine Brahimi is also being linked with a move to the London Stadium.

The contract rebel has just 12 months left to run on his current deal with the Primeira Liga champions.

West Ham swiftly clawed back some cash by selling Senegal midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate to Crystal Palace in a deal worth £9.5million plus £1.5million in add-ons.

The 28-year-old made headlines earlier this year when he hit out at West Ham’s attitude to African players after the FA launched an investigation into controversial comments attributed to director of recruitment Tony Henry.

Henry allegedly claimed footballers from Africa: “caused mayhem,” prompting Kouyate to upload a picture of himself on social media with the comment: “African and proud.”

The Hammers face French side Angers in Austria on Friday in their final pre-season fixture before kicking off the new Premier League season with a trip to Liverpool on August 12.




C&H

Irons slam door after Kouyate sale

West Ham have slammed the door on any major players leaving the club following the departure of Cheik Kouyate.

There have been rumours and speculation surrounding the likes of Pedro Obiang and Michail Antonio with some believing Chicharito could be on his way.

But the club has no intention of letting anyone leave apart from fringe first teamers such as Edi Fernandes, Sam Byram, Reece Oxford and Jordan Hugill should buyers emerge over the next week who are ready to pay the right money.

It was made clear to Pedro Obiang that, although he was attracted to a move back to Sampdoria who had made an offer, there was no time left for the Irons to find a replacement.

Fernandes and Byram are rated at around £5 million with Hugill on offer at about £7 million – a player who is reported to have attracted interest from his hometown club Middlesbrough.

The Hammers reluctance to allow any further departures from the club is a real statement of intent as they prepare for what they hope will be a season of real achievement.



This is Futbol

West Ham seal deal for Stroud

West Ham have completed the signing of US youth international Peter Stroud, it has been confirmed.

MLS side New York Red Bulls revealed in a statement on their website announcing the US Under-17 squad that Stroud is now officially a Hammers player.

The 16-year-old, whose main position is in the midfield anchorman role, is reported to have undergone a trial at West Ham during this summer.

OPINION

West Ham certainly mean business this summer. Gone has been the dithering and forgettable transfer activity of the previous two summers, when David Sullivan got far more wrong than he got right and Slaven Bilic was left to clear up the mess. Sullivan has redeemed himself in the eyes of supporters with a series of deals that demonstrate ambition and a willingness to back new boss Manuel Pellegrini. All seven senior signings to date are ones fans can’t quibble too much with, and the capture of Felipe Anderson in particular could transform the team. Stroud is not one for the upcoming season, and will instead look to make his mark at youth-team level after impressing the club’s coaching staff while on trial during the summer. West Ham are renowned for their academy system and for developing young guns into senior stars, with the most recent successes including Declan Rice and Reece Oxford. Stroud will hope to follow that pair from the youth ranks into the first team.





HITC

Agent talking to Pellegrini about Laxalt joining West Ham; one bid reportedly snubbed

Olly Dawes

West Ham United are allegedly keen on Diego Laxalt.

The agent of Genoa wide man Diego Laxalt has told RMC Sport that he is talking to Manuel Pellegrini about a move for the Uruguayan.

Laxalt, 25, came up through the ranks with Defensor Sporting before heading to Inter Milan in 2013, but he failed to make a single appearance for the San Siro club.

Loan spells with Bologna, Empoli and Genoa followed, and he joined the latter permanently in 2016, where he has continued to impress.

Capable of playing at left back, left wing back or on the left wing, Laxalt has been a consistent performer for Genoa, and hit three goals and three assists in 32 games last season.

Laxalt then enjoyed a fine summer, as having been on the bench for Uruguay's first two games at the World Cup, he was then brought into Oscar Tabarez's side down the left, and his impressive performances saw him earn huge praise.

Unsurprisingly, Laxalt's displays for club and country, as well as his versatility, have seen him attract major interest, with Tutto Mercato Web recently reporting that a €12million bid (£10.7million) has been lodged by West Ham United.

Now, agent Angel Krasouski has spoken to RMC Sport about the situation, admitting that Laxalt was promised that he could start looking for a new club after the World Cup, as he wants a change of project and to benefit financially with a bigger team.

Krasouski added that Napoli are keen, but West Ham have already made a proposal, and he is talking to Manuel Pellegrini and Mario Husillos about a deal, though Genoa owner Enrico Preziosi will ultimately decide his price tag – and it may have increased off the back of his World Cup.

“Preziosi promised him last year that he would have started the process after the World Cup, there are chances of starting towards an important team, it's the intention, to change for a new project and also economically,” said Krasouski.

“So many clubs, not only Italian but also foreign, there are rumours, Napoli and also West Ham are interested. They made a proposal, I know the sporting director [Husillos] and Pellegrini. We are talking, we will see what will happen. Preziosi...it is he who will decide the price of the player, I believe that after Diego's World Cup, this will be climbed but I can not answer,” he added.



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Mex Martillo 6:02 Thu Aug 2
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Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 5:02 Thu Aug 2
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Thanks again !!

Alwaysaniron 3:47 Thu Aug 2
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Thanks Al

Mart O 2:10 Thu Aug 2
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Texas Iron 2:03 Thu Aug 2
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Cheers...

Thanks Alan 1:57 Thu Aug 2
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