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Alan 1:02 Sat Jun 8
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri will sign a three-year deal to become Juventus manager next week. (Guardian)

Real Madrid may prioritise signing Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, over Manchester United and France's 26-year-old midfielder Paul Pogba. (Independent)

But the La Liga club could potentially target Manchester United midfielder Pogba in a bid to send Gareth Bale to Old Trafford. (Mirror)

In another potential swap deal, Real Madrid could be set to offload James Rodriguez as part of a deal to land Pogba, after the 27-year-old asked Bayern Munich not to take up their option to buy him, once his loan deal with the German club finishes at the end of June. (Star)

Football agent Mino Raiola, who looks after the likes of Pogba and Matthijs de Ligt, could have his three-month worldwide ban lifted before the summer transfer window. The Court of Arbitration for Sport are considering suspending the ban. (Mail)

Tottenham and England midfielder Eric Dier, 25, is being considered by Manchester United to fill the holding midfield role in their starting 11. (Times - subscription required)

Barcelona have denied reports they will swoop for legendary Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon after the 41-year-old announced he would leave Paris St-Germain this summer. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Buffon wants to cap off his career by winning Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020 with Italy. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mail)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has been in contact with Paris St-Germain defender Thomas Meunier more than once in a bid to persuade him to join the Gunners. (Star)

Barcelona will turn their attentions to Manchester United's England striker Marcus Rashford, 21, if they fail in their moves to sign Antoine Griezmann or Neymar. (Mail)

Atletico Madrid want to bring Chelsea and Spain defender Marcos Alonso, 28, back to his homeland. (Goal)

Tottenham are considering a £50m swoop for Lyon midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. The 22-year-old, who has been hailed as the new N'Golo Kante, is also a target for Manchester United. (Sun)

Fulham's England Under-21 winger Ryan Sessegnon, 19, has told the club he will not sign a new contract and has set his heart on a move to Tottenham. (Guardian)

Liverpool are to rival Tottenham and Manchester United for the signing of 24-year-old Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon. (Record, via Mirror)

Lille's Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe will snub the Premier League in favour of a move to Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old is on Liverpool and Manchester United's radar. (Sun)

Arsenal have been told they will have to pay Sampdoria £44m for 22-year-old Italy defender Joachim Andersen and Belgium winger Dennis Praet, 25. (Star)

West Ham and Arsenal are both interested in Eibar's Spanish midfielder Joan Jordan, 24. (Marca - in Spanish)

The Hammers are also interested in Newcastle's former England Under-21 midfielder Isaac Hayden, 24. (Star)

Everton have joined Arsenal in the race to sign 27-year-old Togo defender Djene Dakonam from Getafe. (Marca - in Spanish)

Former Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi has been appointed the club's loan player coordinator. (Sun)

Mad about EPL

West Ham eyeing a transfer for French midfield rock: SWOT analysis

West Ham United continue to dominate the rumour mill as the Hammers seek to add a few quality players before the start of the 2019-20 Premier League season.

Manuel Pellegrini’s side has been linked with a host of talents, with the latest being French midfielder Baptiste Santamaria, who currently plays for Angers in Ligue 1.

The 24-year-old moved to Angers from Tours in 2016 for a fee of €400,000 and has gone on to become an important player for his side.

As per French outlet L’Equipe cited by Sport Witness, the midfielder could be bought by West Ham for anywhere between €6-8 million in the transfer window.

The defensive midfielder had a strong year for Angers in the 2018-19 season, and was one of their key players, playing 40 games in all competitions and scoring a goal.

Santamaria has made over hundred appearances for the French side. His contract with his current club expires in 2022. Here is a SWOT analysis of the player:


Santamaria is a strong presence in front of the back four, shielding the defence from attacks with his strong tackling and interceptions.

A dependable player in the deeper midfield, Santamaria can break down opposition plays and initiate attacks with good passes to players in and around him.

He also likes to dribble with the ball at his feet and get on the end of crosses inside the penalty box with his late, driving runs.


For someone with the technique and the energy of Santamaria, he doesn’t score or assist a lot of goals, which is one area that could be a cause for concern for the Hammers as they already have Declan Rice who serves as a defensive midfielder.


West Ham could be in a better position to sign him considering they finished in mid-table last season and have a much more talented squad than Aston Villa, who are the other team interested in signing him.

The Hammers have the financial muscle to outbid and offer better wages compared to Villa. Also, considering West Ham’s midfielders were pretty injury prone and inconsistent last season, Santamaria is likely to get good playing time.


Newly promoted Premier League side Aston Villa, are also keen on adding Santamaria to their side, while Italian team Fiorentina is another club in the running to sign the 24-year-old.

Aston Villa have been tracking Santamaria since December and could put up a strong fight to sign the defensive midfielder.

The pace of the game in England might also be too much for Santamaria as Ligue 1’s style isn’t the same.

Di Marzio

West Ham interested in Celta Vigo's Lobotka and Maxi Gomez

West Ham are following Celta Vigo with attention as they're working to bring Stanislav Lobotka and Maxi Gomez to London. First one is a Slovak midfielder, the second one is a born in 96' forward who's scored 13 goals in 35 games last season.

The English side already monitored Gomez last year when Arnautovic was getting closer to China. This double deal could be closed for about €60m.

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Takashi Miike 6:03 Sat Jun 8
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 6:01 Sat Jun 8
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Hope our mob are chasing players not yet identified in the press etc...
As soon as our I ntetest is made public...others seem to swoop in too...

Holy Mary...what a name..😀

Queens Fish Bar 3:32 Sat Jun 8
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Sven Roeder 1:08 Sat Jun 8

Thanks Alan 3:31 Sat Jun 8
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ted fenton 1:13 Sat Jun 8

Alan 1:51 Sat Jun 8
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lobotka story added.

ted fenton 1:13 Sat Jun 8
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The Stoat 1:04 Sat Jun 8

Sven Roeder 1:08 Sat Jun 8
Thanks Alan
Thanks Alan

The Stoat 1:04 Sat Jun 8
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Thanks Alan

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