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Alan 11:24 Mon Jun 3
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Inter Milan want Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku but Manchester United have valued the 26-year-old at £62m. (Sportmediaset - in Italian)

Lukaku's move to Inter is under threat - because the club are struggling to raise £40m to meet financial fair play rules. (Sun)

Tottenham and England right-back Kieran Trippier, 28, could be the first signing for Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, if the Chelsea manager decides to move to Italy. (Star)

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to get the financial backing he wants from the board - with bids rejected for Real Betis' Argentine playmaker Giovani lo Celso, 23, and Lyon's 22-year-old French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. They also want Celta Vigo's 22-year-old Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez and Fulham's 19-year-old English winger Ryan Sessegnon. (Mirror)

Everton hope English left-back Leighton Baines, 34, will accept their 12-month contract extension offer. (Liverpool Echo)

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal says Ajax's Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19, should join Manchester City. (Manchester Evening News)

Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri, 27, wants to stay and fight for his place at Liverpool, amid speculation about his future. (Express)

Everton have made a £24m bid for Roma and Turkey winger Cengiz Under, 21. (Star)

Meanwhile, the Toffees' 22-year-old Brazil forward Richarlison says he is flattered by reported interest from Manchester United and Barcelona. (Teamtalk)

Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez has two transfer targets if the Bin Zayed Group's takeover is completed - Venezuela forward Jan Hurtado, 19, of Argentine club Gimnasia La Plata and Paris St-Germain's 28-year-old German goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. (Express)

The chances of Spanish forward Rodrigo Moreno, 28, joining Barcelona from Valencia have increased significantly. (Sport - in Spanish)

The uncertainty over the physical condition of Manchester City's Eliaquim Mangala ended former club Porto's pursuit of the 28-year-old French defender. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, 29, says Marseille want to sell him. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman says he will not leave his role to take over at Barcelona, if the Spanish champions choose to get rid of Ernesto Valverde. (De Telegraaf - in Dutch)

Southend United are leading the chase for midfielder Jordan Lyden this summer. The 23-year-old Australian was released by Premier League-bound Aston Villa.(Birmingham Mail)

Midfielder Glenn Whelan, 35, could be heading to Stoke in the Championship after being released by Villa. (Stoke Sentinel)

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What now for Tottenham Hotspur, who must return to the drawing board following their defeat at the hands of Liverpool in Saturday’s Champions League final in Madrid. While they were away, somebody sketched portraits of Real Betis’s central midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, his Lyon counterpart Tanguy Ndombélé, Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gómez and Fulham winger Ryan Sessegnon, whose collective price-tag of well over £140m could send a chill down the spine of the club’s thrifty chairman Daniel Levy.

Meanwhile at Manchester United, Romelu Lukaku‘s mooted £60m move to Inter has hit a snag. Reports in assorted English tabloids suggest the Serie A side need to raise £40m by the end of this month in order to comply with financial fair play rules and will therefore be unable to make any big name signings unless they can offload a couple of players first. Asked by the BBC World Service if he was hoping to sign Lukaku, new Inter manager Antonio Conte was non-committal(ish). “I think now it’s very difficult to talk about this,” he said. “For sure, we have a plan to try to improve the team but it will be very important for the players, it will be very important to have a great will and great ambition, me, the players and the club, to try to reduce this gap.”

United are interested in a right-back, but are believed to have baulked at the £30m Tottenham Hotspur are asking for Kieran Trippier, who looks to have have played his last game for the club. Crystal Palace whelp Aaron Wan-Bissaka is also the subject of interest at Old Trafford, but may prefer to join their local rivals Manchester City, who are also keen on securing his services.

Roma winger Cengiz Ünder is wanted at Everton, who have had an initial bid of almost £25m for the Turkish winger turned down by the Italian club. The 21-year-old has also turned heads at Arsenal. Having been linked with a move to Manchester United, Everton’s Brazilian winger Richarlison has told FourFourTwo he’s happy where he is. “It’s a nice feeling when you get praise for your good work, but I’m not thinking about a transfer at the moment,” he said. “I’ve just arrived at Everton. I’m happy here.” Bless.

No shortage of uncertainty remains over the future ownership of Newcastle United and the reign of Rafael Benítez as the club’s manager. The Express claims the Spaniard has decided that if the Bin Zayed Group are successful in their takeover bid, he’ll treat himself to Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Kevin Trapp and Jan Hurtado, a 19-year-old Venezuelan striker with Argentinian side Gimnasia.

And finally, unwanted at PSG, where his contract expires at the end of this month, Adrien Rabiot has been offered £175,000 per week and a £4.5m signing on fee by Manchester United, but would prefer to keep his Thursday nights free and is angling for a move to Liverpool instead. Previously a target of Tottenham, Juventus and Barcelona, the French midfielder is reported to have priced himself out of a move in January.


Goalkeeper David Martin to join West Ham United

West Ham United is pleased to confirm the signing of experienced goalkeeper David Martin.

The 33-year-old shot-stopper and son of Irons legend Alvin Martin will join the Hammers on 1 July after agreeing a two-year deal, with the option to extend for a further 12 months.

“Signing for West Ham United is a dream, both for me and my family,” Martin told whufc.com. “I’ve grown up around West Ham and to come to my boyhood club is a dream.

“I came to games as a kid as one of the supporters in the stands at the Boleyn Ground. I loved watching my Dad play, and I’ve continued coming to games throughout my career.

“You can see the impact the fans can have on the team and it gives you goosebumps. The fans at West Ham are brilliant and it’s fantastic to be a part of this great club.

“I’ve always been an enthusiastic and positive person - I’ll always go into training every day with that attitude to compete with Lukasz (Fabianski) and Roberto.”

Director of football Mario Husillos has welcomed Martin to West Ham and believes he will provide significant competition for Lukasz Fabianski and fellow new acquisition Roberto after a glowing recommendation from goalkeeping coach Xavi Valero.

Husillos said: “We are happy to sign David Martin. He was excited about our project from the first moment we spoke to him.

“As well as knowing his career and his last season in the Championship, we also had excellent reports about him both as a professional and as a person from Xavi Valero, our goalkeeper coach, who has worked with him before at Liverpool.

“Because of all these reasons, he was an obvious target and we are pleased to have him at the Club.”

Born in Romford, the son of FA Cup winner Alvin Martin began his professional career with Wimbledon in 2003 and remained with the team after its reformation as Milton Keynes Dons.

A 19-year-old Martin was signed by then-Champions League holders Liverpool in January 2006 and was a regular feature in the Reds' reserve side and also consistently part of the club’s first-team squads.

Loan spells with Accrington Stanley and Leicester City followed for Martin, with the new Hammer playing 25 times in League One for the Foxes as they secured promotion as champions in 2009.

David MartinFurther loans with Tranmere Rovers and Leeds United followed and Martin was in the Whites’ squad alongside Robert Snodgrass.

Following a month loan with Derby County, Martin joined MK Dons as Karl Robinson’s first signing at the club. The goalkeeper would spend a further seven seasons with the side, reaching 339 appearances in total for Dons.

During this time, he was named the club’s Player of the Year in 2015/16, the side’s first year in the Championship, while he also kept a clean sheet as they famously beat Manchester United 4-0 in the Capital One Cup in 2014.

Martin signed for Millwall in September 2017 and played 15 times in over the past two seasons.

At international level, Martin has played for England up to U20 level, having also played in the team that finished runners-up to France in at the UEFA European U19 Championship in 2005.

Martin and Roberto’s arrivals will pave the way for Nathan Trott to gain some valuable experience of first-team football on loan during 2019/20, as well as give the Academy goalkeepers the chance to develop alongside the aforementioned duo and Lukasz Fabianski.

Everyone at West Ham United would like to warmly welcome David to the Club and wish him every success in Claret and Blue.


Hammers up Gomes offer

West Ham have made a new £20 million offer for Andre Gomes as Manuel Pellegrini attempts to ramp up the pressure on Barcelona for the defensive midfielder.

ClaretandHugh has learned the club are ready to go as high as £25 million with the manager determined to play the 25 year old alongside Declan Rice if he is successful in landing the player.

And although the club has heard the same rumours that Everton are easing off in their pursuit of the player they are not taking such speculation too seriously.

We were told by a highly placed source on the phone: “It’s all cat and mouse at this stage of the summer so we can only press on with our own plans. However, a new £20 million bid has been made.

“The manager sees Gomes as his number one target but whatever happens there – and we are hopeful of a deal – a defensive midfielder alongside Declan is a priority.

“We also want to bring in a striker but everything in terms of negotiations for players remains in the hands of the manager and director of football.”

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Texas Iron 6:44 Mon Jun 3
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Mex Martillo 4:32 Mon Jun 3
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Why are we collecting has been goal keepers?
Thanks Alan

ted fenton 3:28 Mon Jun 3
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Thanks Alan 12:59 Mon Jun 3

Thanks Alan 12:59 Mon Jun 3
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Bill green 12:06 Mon Jun 3

Alan 12:39 Mon Jun 3
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Gomes story added.

bill green 12:06 Mon Jun 3
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thanks Alan

Alan 11:47 Mon Jun 3
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Oh no.
The dreaded Exclamation spell.

Nurse Ratched 11:24 Mon Jun 3
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