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Alan 12:36 Wed Aug 8
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Manchester United andFrance's World Cup-winning midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, has told team-mates he wants to leave Old Trafford and join Barcelona. (Mail)

Pogba has told United he wants a £200k-a-week pay rise — if he has to stay. (Sun)

United are furious with Pogba's agent Mino Raiola for trying to engineer a move to Barcelona. (Star)

United have missed out on signing Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng. The 29-year-old Germany player called United boss Jose Mourinho and told him he was grateful for the interest but would not be moving to Manchester. (Bild)

However, Leicester City have given United fresh hope of signing England defender Harry Maguire, 25, by lining up two new defenders. Croatian Filip Benkovic, 21, has already had his medical before a £13.5m move from Dinamo Zagreb and a £22.5m deal for Freiburg and Turkey player Caglar Soyuncu, 22, is close. (Mirror)

Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa, who is close to joining Chelsea for £71.5m, almost signed for Real Madrid in January for just £17.9m. The 23-year-old Spaniard will become the world's most expensive keeper when he moves to Stamford Bridge. (Guardian)

Kepa is travelling to London to finalise a move to Chelsea which will see an increase in his current 4m euros-a-year net wages (£3.58m). (AS)

Kepa will replace Belgium's Thibaut Courtois, who is confident his refusal to return to Chelsea to train will be rewarded with a move to Real Madrid. The Spanish side are prepared to allow Croatia midfielder Mateo Kovacic, 24, to move to Stamford Bridge on loan as part of the deal. (Telegraph)

Real Madrid could replace Kovacic with Thiago Alcantara or Miralem Pjanic. Bayern Munich's Spanish midfielder Alcantara would cost £54m, while Juventus' Bosnian midfielder Pjanic would be £72m. (AS - in Spanish)

Courtois, 26, is facing a £200,000 fine from Chelsea for staying away from training. (Mail)

AC Milan are in talks to sign Chelsea's French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 23, on loan. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham made a £25m offer for former England Under-21 midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, on Tuesday and are awaiting a response from Aston Villa. (Telegraph)

Everton are confident of signing Chelsea and France defender Kurt Zouma, 23, on loan. (Mirror)

Watford have made a £10m offer to sign Southampton and England midfielder James Ward-Prowse, 23. (Sun)

Joe Hart's arrival at Burnley could see fellow England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 32, leave the Clarets within six months. (Mail)

West Ham are attempting to sign Roma's French midfielder Maxime Gonalons, 29, for £8.9m. Gonalons is also attracting interest from Everton and Crystal Palace. (90min)

Meanwhile, the Hammers hope to complete the £5m signing of Arsenal's 29-year-old Spanish forward Lucas Perez in the next 24 hours. (London Evening Standard)

Crystal Palace and Fulham both want Swansea City and Ghana forward Jordan Ayew. The 26-year-old is refusing to train with his Championship team. (Mirror)

Newcastle United plan to offload Morocco defender Achraf Lazaar, 26, and 27-year-old Senegal midfielder Henri Saivet. (Chronicle)

Brighton's new South Africa striker Percy Tau, 24, is set to be loaned out to Royale Union Saint-Gilloise, who play in Belgium's second tier. (The Argus)

England goalkeeper Jack Butland could be forced to stay at Stoke City because signing a replacement for the 25-year-old would be difficult so close to the transfer deadline, says Potters boss Gary Rowett. (Sentinel)

Sporting Braga's Montenegro midfielder Nikola Vukcevic, 26, is a target for Nottingham Forest. (Record)

Blackburn Rovers have offered $1.25m (£965,000) for 25-year-old United States midfielder Wil Trapp, who plays for Colombus Crew. (The Athletic)

Leeds United are poised to sign Brighton's 27-year-old former Huddersfield midfielder Oliver Norwood. (Leeds Live)

Bolton Wanderers want to make "several" signings before Thursday's deadline - including Ipswich Town's 30-year-old former Preston striker Joe Garner. (Bolton News)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Miller

Oh, José. Manchester’s grumpiest man apparently has even more cause to be unhappy on Wednesday, because of a phone call from Germany, and whispers from within his own camp. First, the latter: according to the Daily Mail, Paul Pogba has told teammates/pals/people who are spinning a line to the Daily Mail, that he wants out, specifically to Barcelona. Which could of course be what they call a “negotiating tactic”, and it might just be a coincidence that the Sun reckons Poggo, as nobody calls him, wants a £200,000-a-week pay rise in order to stick around.
Manchester United turn down Barcelona offer for Paul Pogba
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Meanwhile, word from the land of schnitzel and flamboyantly cheap public transport is that Jérôme Boateng gave Mr Mourinho a bell on Tuesday to say “thanks, but no thanks.” The Bayern Munich centre-back looked like the only thing standing between Manchester United and an absurd panic purchase of Harry Maguire, but told José that he wasn’t keen on a move for – and you’ll like this – ‘football reasons.’

And that panic purchase of Maguire is a step closer, according to those in the know, because Leicester already have a couple of replacements lined up. The Dinamo Zagreb centre-back Filip Benkovic is on his way for £13.5m, and Freiburg’s Turkish international Çaglar Soyuncu is also supposedly on his way for £22.5m. It’s all falling into place for José. If by “all” you mean dramatically over-paying for a defender who is perfectly good, but is ultimately slower than mince and United wouldn’t be looking at twice if it wasn’t for the World Cup.

Speaking of teams soiling themselves rather than dealing with the mess/smell simply firing cash out of a cannon, Chelsea have told Athletic Bilbao that they’re perfectly happy [gulp] to pay the [gulp] £71.5m [gulp gulp gulp] release clause for their goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga. Of course Chelsea need a goalie given that Thibaut Courtois is about to punch his way out of Stamford Bridge and towards Real Madrid, and perhaps when faced with the alternatives (Jack Butland, Rob Green, Dmitri Kharine’s grey jogging bottoms) they thought that sounded like a bargain. But, as they apparently baulked at paying less for the more established Alisson earlier in the summer, they’ll be convincing exactly no one if they try to pretend this was the plan all along.

Still, in slightly better news for Mauricio Sarri, Mateo Kovacic is heading to Chelsea as part of the Courtois deal, which is nice. Plus Everton think Kurt Zouma is the answer to their central defensive problems, and are confident of bagging him before the window SLAMS shut - that’s if they don’t sign Barcelona’s Yerry Mina, obviously.

Across town, transfer shrewdie Daniel Levy has waited until Aston Villa are in their strongest negotiating position of the summer before submitting a £25m bid for Jack Grealish, a bid that may well be turned down, leaving Mauricio Pochettino with no new signings and looking, frankly, like a bit of a fool. The Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka is also on their radar, but PSG are in the mix there, which could throw a very expensive spanner in the works.

It’s been a busy summer at West Ham already, but it could be an even busier last couple of days in the market: they’re sniffing around the Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons (Everton and Crystal Palace apparently also on that case), while they’re this close to paying £5m for Arsenal’s Lucas Pérez.

Elsewhere Watford want Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse, £10m the bunce mentioned in that one; for some reason Crystal Palace and Fulham both want Jordan Ayew, who is supposedly refusing to train at Swansea; Fulham are also looking at the Celta Vigo right-back Hugo Mallo; Burnley are keen – £10m keen – on the Nantes midfielder Abdoulaye Touré, and might sell Tom Heaton after the arrival of Charles Joseph Hart.

Finally, let’s have a bit of Nabil Fekir. Lyon played Chelsea in a friendly on Tuesday night, from which Fekir was absent, but the French side’s coach was obviously asked about the one-time Liverpool target. “It’s too early to say,” he answered when asked if Fekir would be doing one before 5pm Thursday. “He wanted to leave at the end of last season, but came back to training yesterday and was happy. Who knows? There may be opportunities that come up before the end of the window. For now, he is a Lyon player.”






Football London

Roma midfielder 'reflecting' on West Ham offer - and deal could affect Arsenal's transfer plans

West Ham are looking to add to their squad before Thursday's deadline

By Rob Guest

Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons is believed to be 'reflecting' on an offer from West Ham ahead of Thursday's deadline, according to reports from Italy.

Manuel Pellegrini has brought eight new additions to the London Stadium so far this summer, while there is the possibility that more may arrive in the coming days.

Nicolò Schira, journalist for Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport, stated on Monday afternoon that the Hammers had in fact completed a ninth signing with the arrival of Lucas Perez from Arsenal.

The Spaniard looks certain to leave the Emirates and reports have suggested he could be heading to east London for a fee of around £4million.

As well as reported interest in Perez, football.london understands the Hammers have bids in for six player with the club looking at bringing in a new striker and midfielder.

Gonalons would fit the bill for West Ham as they bid to find someone to replace Cheikhou Kouyate following his move to Crystal Palace.

Italian publication Il Tempo (via Sport Witness) claim the player is 'reflecting' on the Hammers' offer, while Crystal Palace and Everton are also both believed to have made a €10million offer for the defensive midfielder.

Roma aren't believed to be in a rush to cash in on the 29-year-old, although the player will have to make up his mind rather quickly if they accept the offers on the table from the Premier League clubs.

If Gonalons does indeed head to England, it would allow the Italian side to move for reported Arsenal target Steven N'Zonzi.

The midfielder looks certain to leave the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan and Monchi, Roma's sporting director, is believed to be keen on luring the World Cup winner to the Italian capital.




Sport Witness

West Ham prefer to ‘formalise’ transfer on their terms, clause details could still change

A report from Mundo Deportivo on Tuesday claimed West Ham United have made an offer for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes and it’s the ‘most serious’ proposal received by the Blaugrana.

The report also mentioned the Hammers’ offer didn’t convince the Spanish champions. The Portuguese international, who is currently recovering from the hamstring injury he picked up last month, is aware he has no future at Camp Nou and had already asked to leave the club.

Another Catalan newspaper, Sport, now claims Ernesto Valverde’s side negotiated the 25-year-old’s departure on Tuesday, and they talk about the approach from Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

The Premier League outfit prefers to ‘formalise’ the transfer by taking him on loan with an option to buy, but Sport says there’s still the possibility the option could be turned into an obligation. Today is going to be a ‘key day’ to know if the deal can be completed or not.

There’s no mention of any loan fee from West Ham or amount to make the deal permanent.

Whilst Gomes has been the subject of countless rumours, the Catalan media clearly believe the Hammers are the likeliest destination right now.





Sky Sports Table Predictor

City retain title, Tottenham finish as runners-up ahead of Liverpool & Manchester United

Chelsea and Arsenal finish outside top four, according to Sky Sports algorithm.

By Harry Carr

The stats-based Sky Sports Predictor is back for the new season - and it's tipping Man City to retain the Premier League title.

Tottenham would land the runners-up spot ahead of Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea, according to the predictive algorithm.

Chelsea narrowly miss out on automatic Champions League qualification in fifth, while Unai Emery would lead Arsenal to their second successive sixth-place finish.

How does it work?

The Sky Sports predictor is based on a system called Elo, originally set up to rate chess players. It takes into account form, who your team still has left to play, and how well a team has done in previous seasons.

The algorithm does not factor transfers, so Liverpool's league-topping £176.9m spent on players this summer could influence the standings as the season progresses.

In contrast, Tottenham are the only Premier League club not to have signed a player this summer - although the club has reportedly bid £25m for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish,



At the other end of the table, it's bad news for Wolves upon their return to the Premier League - with a predicted immediate return to the Championship after a rock-bottom finish.

Newly-promoted Cardiff will suffer the same fate and will be joined by David Wagner's Huddersfield - while Fulham are tipped to buck the odds and end the season in 12th spot.




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 8:43 Thu Aug 9
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Mex Martillo 7:03 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

SnarestoneIron 3:13 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
That predictor is worthless!

Willtell 3:05 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sky knows f### all.

Sarge 3:03 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan - that predictor has really brightened my day up.

As did Ludo's comment.

Has it predicted any fan unrest and the date it'll happen? March 10th 2018 perhaps?

chim chim cha boo 2:43 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. The Sky prediction has us not relegated so that's a comfort.

Thanks Alan 1:46 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
philj904 12:43 Wed Aug 8

pdbis 1:39 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
You would think Richard Keys had made those predictions.

Russ of the BML 1:14 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ludo21 12:48 Wed Aug 8

LOL funniest thing seen on here for ages.

So basically this is based on our team from the start of least season?

What's the fucking point??? LOL

The Stoat 1:10 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
17th FFS !!!

PELLEGRINI OUT

gph 1:01 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Pawns never track back

gph 12:59 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Elo was developed for chess, where the "sides" (players) don't change much from season to season.

Any other attempt to move methods from chess to football may well fail.

I doubt sitting down for most of the game will be enthusiastically adopted by many clubs.

Thanks, Alan

ludo21 12:48 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
'The algorithm does not factor transfers'


Very useful then.

philj904 12:43 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Alan 12:39 Wed Aug 8
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
So, we're going to survive.
What do you think chaps?





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