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Alan 11:12 Sun Aug 5
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba's agent is expected to tell the Red Devils he can broker a £100m move for the 25-year-old World Cup winner to Barcelona. (Daily Star Sunday)

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is plotting a deadline day move for England defender Harry Maguire, 25, who is valued at £80m by Leicester. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United are also closing in a £60m deal to sign Tottenham's Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 29. (Sunday Mirror)

However, Manchester United's £35m move for Barcelona and Colombia defender Yerry Mina has collapsed because of a row over agent's fees. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea are lining up a £35m move for Arsenal and Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey, 27. (Sunday Express)

Meanwhile, Chelsea will hold talks with Belgium forward Eden Hazard on Monday and offer the 27-year-old a new £300,000-a-week contract to dissuade him from joining Real Madrid. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Manchester United will offer France forward Anthony Martial, 22, to Chelsea in exchange for Brazil winger Willian, 29, with both players valued at £75m. (Sunday Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund are refusing to sell £60m-rated USA winger Christian Pulisic, 19, who is wanted by Chelsea and Bayern Munich. (Mail on Sunday)

Wolves have made a £16m bid for Besiktas and Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, 29. (Sabah - in Turkish)

Jose Mourinho could become the next Portugal manager if he leaves Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)

Benfica have opened talks to sign Manchester United's 28-year-old Italy full-back Matteo Darmian, who is valued at £15m. (Sun on Sunday)

Leicester are close to signing Algeria winger Rachid Ghezzal, 26, from Monaco. The player had also been targeted by Watford and Southampton. (ESPN)

Arsenal have accepted a £4.45m bid from Sporting Lisbon for Spanish striker Lucas Perez, 29. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

Tottenham and Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 31, has turned down a move to Inter Milan. (Sun on Sunday)

Fulham have enquired about signing Real Madrid's French left-back Theo Hernandez, 20, on loan. (Mail on Sunday)

AC Milan are preparing a £106.9m offer for Lazio's Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 23. (La Stampa - in Italian)

Inter Milan are ready to offer £35.6m for Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric, 32. (Il Giornale - in Italian)

Rayo Vallecano are in talks to sign former Paris St-Germain and Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa, 31, on a free transfer. The France midfielder is a free agent. (Marca)






HITC

West Ham join race to sign Barcelona's Paco Alcacer on loan

Jordan Harris

West Ham United and Leicester City are reportedly battling it out to sign Barcelona star Paco Alcacer on loan.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday, West Ham have joined Leicester by having a look at signing Paco Alcacer on loan this summer, but they will have to pay £3 million and cover all of his wages if they want to land the Barcelona ace.

It is fair to say that both Manuel Pellegrini and Claude Puel are likely to be pleased with the business that they have done in the window so far. The Hammers, in particular, appear to have done some of the most eye-catching deals in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, it appears that the Irons and Foxes are both keen to get a new striker in before the window closes this month. The Sun reports that West Ham and Leicester are interested in Alcacer who is available to leave the Nou Camp on loan during this window.

However, it adds that Barca want £3 million for the former Valencia ace, and his £150,000-a-week wages will have to be covered.

The wages will certainly prove to be a stumbling block and it would be little surprise if West Ham and Leicester were both questioning whether paying those kind of fees would make sense.

The loan fee itself is not eye-watering by any means. His record for the Catalan giants of 10 La Liga goals in 37 appearances is fairly impressive when you consider that he has started just 14 times since arriving from their top flight rivals in 2016.

But with Marko Arnautovic and Kelechi Iheanacho providing plenty of goals for their respective sides in pre-season, those wage demands could perhaps leave both clubs hesitating over a potential pursuit.

However, if West Ham or Leicester do decide to meet the terms Barcelona reportedly want, it seems to fair to suggest that they will be able to reflect that signing Alcacer is the icing on the cake following what appears to have been incredibly impressive windows for both clubs.





This is Futbol

Arsenal forward Perez close to joining West Ham

Arsenal forward Lucas Perez is nearing a switch to West Ham, according to Italian reporter Matteo Moretto.

The reliable journalist, who works for Gianluca Di Marzio and is followed by the Sky Sports Italy reporter on Twitter, claimed on his personal Twitter account on Saturday that Perez, 29, is set to join up with Manuel Pellegrini at the London Stadium.

atteo Moretto
‏ @MatteMoretto

Lucas Perez cerca del West Ham de Pellegrini. @SkySport

Franceso Porzio, another one of Di Marzio’s staff members, echoed the claim on his Twitter account in English.

Francesco Porzio
‏ @fraporzio95
18h18 hours ago

Francesco Porzio Retweeted Matteo Moretto

🔴 Lucas Perez close to @WestHamUtd #WHUFC #AFC

Perez spent last season out on loan at Deportivo following a miserable debut campaign at the Emirates the year before.

According to statistics website Spotrac, he earns £70,000-a-week on his deal with the Gunners.

Good move for West Ham?

Perez has not had a good couple of years.

While on loan at Deportivo last term, he scored just nine goals in 37 appearances across all competitions despite being a key first team player by starting pretty much all of their games.

At Arsenal, he has seven goals in 21 games but most of them have been against lesser sides in Europe or domestic cups.

He would not be an upgrade on what West Ham already have in Javier Hernandez or Marko Arnautovic so it seems pointless to sign another centre-forward who would not be an upgrade on the current crop.

This is Futbol rating 5/10

Likely to happen?

It would be a bit out of the blue if this was to happen.

Perez is well out of the picture at Arsenal and West Ham have been linked with signing far better strikers than him this summer, but as the deadline day looms, they could be panic buying the Spaniard.

This is Futbol rating 6/10





Football London

West Ham plan to use wonderkid in order to beat Arsenal in the race to sign €55m midfielder

It could be a trade that brings a potent new player to Manuel Pellegrini's squad

By Greg Johnson Editor

Andre Gomes could be on his way to West Ham especially given the sweetener that the Irons may be prepared to offer in exchange to Barcelona.

The Catalans have long maintained an interest in 18-year-old Domingos Quina who moved to the London Stadium from the Chelsea academy in 2016.

He had previously spent time in the youth ranks at Benfica too, and is highly-rated as one of the most exciting young wingers in Europe. This summer he helped Portugal to win the European Championship at Under-19 level.

In a report translated by Sport Witness, Mundo Deportivo claim that West Ham are ready to let the teenager loose to join Barcelona in order to beat Arsenal to the signing of Gomes.

The 25-year-old has endured a difficult time at the Camp Nou. Prior to his move from Valencia in 2016 he was regarded as one of the finest talents in the Spanish top division.

Standing at six-foot-two, he combined a good technical skills with an expressive style of play that made him both difficult to get off the ball and a threat to defences with his passes in the final third.

At Barcelona, he has lost his confidence and would benefit a change in scenary. Manuel Pellegrini is believed to be a fan and has a good track record of bringing out the best in players with his profile.

He moved to Catalonia in a deal potentially worth €55million but it is unlikely that the LaLiga champions will ever see value for the money spent.



The Standard (Zimbabwe)

Nakamba’s Marvelous West Ham link

ZIMBABWE international midfielder Marvelous Nakamba has reportedly caught the attention of English Premier League side West Ham United, as his football profile continues to grow after a memorable debut season with Belgian champions Club Brugge.



The 24-year-old, who has previously courted interest from Premier League giants Liverpool and their neighbours Everton, has, according to reports, impressed West Ham United’s new boss Manuel Pellegrini.

The Hammers, according to WestHamWorld.co.uk, are in the market for a defensive midfielder to replace unsettled Spaniard Pedro Obiang and Senegalese star Cheikhou Kouyate, who was last week sold to Crystal Palace.

And with the Premier League transfer deadline on Thursday, Nakamba has emerged as one of the leading contenders, although, according to Belgian media outlets, Club Brugge are reportedly reluctant to lose one of their most prized assets.

“A source close to WestHamWorld.co.uk claims West Ham are interested in signing Zimbabwean central midfielder, Marvelous Nakamba, from Club Brugge as a potential replacement for Pedro Obiang,” the English media outlet reported last week.

“Nakamba signed for the Belgian outfit last summer from Vitesse for just £3 million and could be tempted to sell the player to make a hefty profit on him.”

This is the third time in just over a year that Nakamba has now been linked with a move to England since reportedly catching the eye of former Everton boss Ronald Koeman last year and is still on the books of Dutch Eredivisie side Vitesse.

Last December, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was reported to have considered signing the combative midfielder before opting for highly rated Guinean Naby Keïta.

“The Zimbabwe international’s ‘Marvelous’ performances last season, which helped secure a domestic double for his club in his first season, caught the attention of Jurgen Klopp,” WestHamWorld.co.uk noted.

“The Liverpool manager initially saw Nakamba as a potential back-up signing to Keita. So you can only imagine how good he is on the basis of Keita’s performances.

“Nakamba has very strong characteristics for a deep-lying central midfielder, which is what Manuel Pellegrini is in the market for now. He is a tough tackler who doesn’t hesitate to challenge and loves to shoot from distance when given an opportunity. He also has outstanding ability to regain the ball from the opposition and showcases fantastic on-field concentration.

“The 24-year-old is valued at £7,2m by transfermarkt.com, but could cost at least double that if the Hammers are to secure his services,” the report read.

The reports in England have led to speculation in the Belgian media about Nakamba’s future at Club Brugge.

In fact, the Belgian champions also appear to be preparing for the Zimbabwean’s departure after identifying France Under-20 star Jeando Fuchs, who is currently on the books of Ligue 2 side Sochaux, as his potential replacement.

Club Brugge on Friday announced that the former Bantu Rovers player had started light training last week after being sidelined for almost three months while hinting there were on the lookout for a defensive midfielder as cover.

The knee injury which Nakamba sustained during his team’s last league game of the season in May saw him missing Zimbabwe’s Cosafa Cup campaign in Polokwane, South Africa, in June.

“Naka has been out for quite some time now. He has joined the group at training, but hasn’t completed a group training in nearly three months. We’re glad to be welcoming back his quality, energy and positivism, but we also need to give him the time to get fully fit,” the Belgian champions said on their official website.

“We tried making up for his absence with completely different profiles, and they did well so far. (Mats) Rits manned the pitch in the last two games and did his job well, but we do realise he’s not your average defensive midfielder. It might be we will be attracting someone for that specific position.”

Club Brugge, who kick-started their domestic title defence with a 5-2 win over AS Eupen last week, head straight into the group phase of this season’s Uefa Champions League by virtue of having won the Belgian league title last season.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

devonhammer 5:07 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Worth buying Marvelous just for the shirt sales alone

Mex Martillo 4:37 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

bill green 3:18 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
you mean Marvelous story added Alan..

thanks again

Texas Iron 3:11 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Meerkat 2:15 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Nurse Ratched 1:51 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers, Alan!






Git.

Alan 12:55 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Nakamba story added

chim chim cha boo 12:50 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Takashi Miike 12:11 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Sydney_Iron 11:52 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 11:17 Sun Aug 5

Sven Roeder 11:17 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 11:16 Sun Aug 5
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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