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Alan 11:32 Fri Aug 3
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Real Madrid have put a £670m price tag on 32-year-old Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, named player of the 2018 World Cup, to deter Inter Milan from making any approach. (Mirror)

Manchester United have agreed personal terms with Barcelona defender Yerry Mina, 23, with the Colombia international waiting on the clubs to agree a deal. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 25, has told his team-mates he is ready to leave Crystal Palace and could hand in a transfer request to force through a move to Chelsea. (Mirror)

Barcelona have agreed personal terms with Bayern Munich's Arturo Vidal, with the 31-year-old Chile midfielder set to cost the Spanish champions £27m. (Guardian)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri is set for talks with goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, with Real Madrid eager to sign the 26-year-old Belgian. (Diario AS, via Star)

But the Blues have rejected a £31m bid for Courtois from Madrid, believing the offer to be too low. (Express)

Chelsea are interested in Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic after the 24-year-old Croatia midfielder reportedly turned down a move to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho's style of play. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Chelsea and England defender Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 22, will seek a loan move abroad if he does not get much playing time at the start of the season. (Times - subscription required)

Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 29, is prepared to run down his Tottenham contract if he fails to secure a move to Manchester United before next week's deadline day. (Mirror)

Everton face competition to sign Manchester United centre-back Marcos Rojo with Paris St-Germain, Marseille and Zenit St Petersburg also interested in the 28-year-old Argentina international. (Sun)

Manchester United are considering offering France forward Anthony Martial, 22, to Bayern Munich as part of a deal to sign Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 29. (Mirror)

However, reports in Germany suggest Martial will instead be used in a swap deal for the Bundesliga club's 29-year-old German defender Jerome Boateng. (Bild)

Bournemouth must offer £30m if they are to convince Levante to part with Colombia midfielder Jefferson Lerma, 23, after the Cherries had a club-record bid rejected.(Sun)

West Ham have opened talks with Ligue 2 side Le Havre over a £10m move for highly-rated French defender Harold Moukoudi, 20. (Mail)

The Hammers are also interested in Real Betis and Paraguay striker Antonio Sanabria, 22. (AS, via Sport Witness)

Championship side West Brom have told Burnley they will need to pay £20m if they are to part with 29-year-old English striker Jay Rodriguez. (Guardian)

Burnley have had an £11m bid rejected by Middlesbrough for English defender Ben Gibson, with Everton also interested in the 25-year-old. (Northern Echo)

Newcastle are interested in signing Paris St-Germain's French Under-20 international Stanley N'Soki. The 19-year-old can play at left-back or centre-back. (Mail)

Newcastle have opened talks with Lyon over a potential deal for French teenage sensation Myziane Maolida, 19. (L'Equipe - in French)

Stoke City's Scottish midfielder Charlie Adam, 32, is interested in returning to his first club Rangers before he retires. (Talksport)

Anderlecht's Belgium midfielder Leander Dendoncker, 23, has turned down moves to the Premier League, rejecting both Crystal Palace and Wolves. (Sun)

However, Wolves are poised to break their transfer record to secure Middlesbrough's Spanish winger Adama Traore, 22. (Telegraph)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

With a week to go before the end of the summer transfer window, Daniel Levy has a decision to make: Incredibles 2 or Ant-Man and the Wasp? Friends have recommended the former but Levy is leaning towards the latter because the first Ant-Man caper was a real hoot – he still gets a chuckle from that fight scene involving Thomas the Tank Engine! Mind you, the first Incredibles was also a blast, and director Brad Bird was responsible for Ratatouille, too. So that’s it settled – Levy will go see both films. Friday at the flicks: sorted!

Meanwhile, 19 Premier League clubs are milling around as if the transfer deadline was today instead of a whole week away, the fools. Manchester United, fearful that José Mourinho may turn up at his next press conference and just keen like a dog for 45 minutes, are particularly eager to get another deal done. They are being linked with Robert Lewandowski, for whom they do not have an urgent need, but Bayern Munich might take Anthony Martial off their hands as part of the deal, or as part-exchange for Jérôme Boateng. That is unless United complete a deal for Yerry Mina, the Colombia centre-back who looks set to leave Barcelona.

That in turn means Marcos Rojo looks set to leave Old Trafford, the only question being whether he moves to Everton, Zenit or Marseille. United would very much like to prise Luka Modric from Real Madrid but the Spaniards have put a price tag of £670m on the 32-year-old. Chelsea want to do business with Real but not for Modric: they are after his fellow Croatia Mateo Kovacic, who has snubbed a move to United, reportedly owing to objections to Mourinho’s style of play.

To get Kovacic, Chelsea may have to play ball with Real over Thibaut Courtois. That could mean accepting a bid of around £40m, which is at least what they may have to pay to prise Kasper Schmeichel from Leicester City. Alex Sandro, a target of both United and Chelsea, could be on the verge of joining PSG, who have been tipped off that Juventus may be prepared to sell because Cristiano Ronaldo wants them to bring in Marcelo to play at left-back instead.

Meanwhile, Everton are duking it out with Burnley for the signature of Middlesbrough’s Ben Gibson, and Southampton are vying with Napoli and Internazionale for the Lille right-back Kevin Malcuit. Bournemouth are willing to obliterate their transfer record to spring the Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma from Levante. And Newcastle are trying to lure a couple of French teenagers, the defender Stanley N’Soki from PSG and the forward Myziane Maolida from Lyon.

Finally, Levy has just noticed that Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation is also out, so he’s on for a perfect hat-trick. Happy days at Tottenham!





This is Futbol

West Ham in line for the bargain of the summer

West Ham could pull off the bargain of the summer if they succeed in winning the race to sign in-demand Brazil international Bernard.

That prospect now looks increasingly likely after a journalist with excellent Hammers contacts reported on Friday morning that the club are “increasingly confident” of signing the wide forward before the transfer window shuts.

With seven senior signings already sealed, Daily Mail sports editor Lee Clayton revealed a deal is now close for yet another attacking player in Bernard as he hailed his boyhood side for “going for it”.

Lee Clayton
‏Verified account @LeeClayton_

West Ham growing increasingly confident of signing Bernard, Brazilian international and another attacking wide player. I think that's known as going for it.

Certainly, Bernard has plenty going for him and it is understandable why he has attracted widespread interest from major European clubs this summer after running down his contract at former club Shakhtar Donetsk to become one of the most attractive free agents on the market.

Chelsea are among those who are said to have been in talks to sign him, while interest from the likes of Italian giants AC Milan has been strongly mooted in recent days.

The left-sided forward has been capped 15 times by Brazil and, aged 25, is entering his peak years after spending the last five years in Ukraine, where he has been a key player for Champions League regulars Donetsk.

In 157 matches for the club, Bernard scored 28 goals and supplied 35 assists, with the 2017-18 campaign yielding 10 goals from 29 appearances before he suffered a shoulder injury at the start of March that prematurely ended his season.

That ruled him out of the World Cup but did not deter the demands of the player and his representatives.

The reliable Ex-WHU Employee revealed in an exchange with a West Ham fan on Twitter this morning that Bernard has been holding out for a package worth £200,000-a-week.

It is highly unlikely that West Ham would stretch anywhere near that figure, even a player who Manuel Pellegrini reportedly wanted to sign while he managed in China.

Nevertheless, supporters should be excited at the tantalising possibility that Bernard could be competing for a starting place with Felipe Anderson, Marko Arnautovic and Andriy Yarmolenko on the opening day of the Premier League season.




Mail

West Ham in talks with Le Havre over £10m defender Harold Moukoudi... but Manuel Pellegrini must sell first

20-year-old Harold Moukoudi has attracted interest from Burnley and Brighton
West Ham are in talks but may have to sell players first to finance the £10m move
Pedro Obiang could be man to go as he is keen to rejoin former club Sampdoria

By Simon Jones

West Ham United have opened talks over a £10million move for highly-rated Le Havre centre-back Harold Moukoudi.



The 20-year-old former France U18 international also has interest from Burnley, Crystal Palace, Brighton and Derby County.

West Ham ideally need to sell first and remain in talks over the possible sale of Pedro Obiang, who has told the club he wishes to leave and return to Sampdoria, and may consider offers for Angelo Ogbonna and Winston Reid.

West Ham have also held talks over a loan deal for Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro. The 25-year-old Italy international also has interest from Fiorentina.




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 5:23 Fri Aug 3
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Jasnik 3:40 Fri Aug 3
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
signing the wide forward - no more tubbies.

Fivetide 11:46 Fri Aug 3
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Bernard eh? I guess that would give the option of Anderson playing down the middle behind Arnautovic, but reducing the opportunities for Chicarito? Assuming a 4-2-3-1

Thanks Alan 11:35 Fri Aug 3
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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