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Alan 11:45 Sun Jun 9
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United want to sign Wales winger Gareth Bale, 29, on loan from Real Madrid. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United and rivals Manchester City are considering a move for 26-year-old centre back Harry Maguire, but City could be put off by Leicester's £90m asking price. (Mirror)

But City are also considering a move for Foxes defender Ben Chilwell, in a £125m swoop that could see the 22-year-old move from the King Power with team-mate Maguire. (Star)

Liverpool are among six clubs chasing 19-year-old Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt. (Mirror)

England midfielder Jesse Lingard, 26, is set to be offered a new £130,000-a-week contract extension at Manchester United. (Sun on Sunday)

Jose Mourinho has told friends he would seriously consider managing Newcastle and is open to talks with the club's potential new owner Sheikh Khaled bin Zayed Al Nehayan. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal are close to completing a double swoop for Sampdoria's Belgium midfielder Dennis Praet, 25, and Denmark centre-back Joachim Andersen, 23. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Talksport)

Dalian Yifang and Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco, 25, is closing in on a move to Arsenal. (Sport)

Tottenham will bid £40m for Bournemouth and Netherlands centre-back Nathan Ake, 24. (Sun on Sunday)

Liverpool are willing to let Wales winger Harry Wilson, 22, leave for a fee of £21m. The 22-year-old spent last season on loan at Derby and Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig are reportedly interested. (Sunday Mirror)

Legendary Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, 41, could be set for a return to his first club Parma after announcing he would leave Paris St-Germain this summer. (La Gazzetta dello Sport, via Goal - in Italian)

David Beckham wants Ecuador right-back Antonio Valencia, 33, to join his Inter Miami side. Valencia left Manchester United this summer at the end of his contract. (Sun on Sunday)

Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira says the only way the club can keep hold of forward Joao Felix, 19, is by selling him with a view to loaning him back next season. Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in the Portugal international. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United have made a bid of £84m for Napoli and Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly, 27. (Corriere dello Sport, via Mail)

Manchester United and Brazil midfielder Andreas Pereira, 23, is in line for a new four-year deal at Old Trafford. (Sun on Sunday)

Chelsea and France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 24, wants to stay with the Blues next season after spending last season on loan at AC Milan. (L'Equipe - in French)

Arsenal are unlikely to sign a goalkeeper this summer despite the retirement of former Czech Republic stopper Petr Cech, 37. (Sunday Mirror)

Standard Liege and Mali midfielder Moussa Djenepo, 20, will complete a move to Southampton next week after passing a medical. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City are closing in on a deal for young Millwall winger Samuel Edozie, 16. (Sun on Sunday)

English midfielder Sean Longstaff, 21, says he is "100% focused" on Newcastle despite interest from Manchester United. (Chronicle)

Premier League newcomers Aston Villa are being linked with a swoop for Celta Vigo and Uruguay forward Maxi Gomez, 22. (Birmingham Mail)

Villa have also bid 10m euros (£8.9m) for Brentford and Algeria winger Said Benrahma, 23. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Everton are preparing a move for San Lorenzo's Argentina under-20 forward Adolfo Gaich, 20. (Marca - in Spanish)

West Ham want to keep hold of English winger Michail Antonio with Crystal Palace interested in the 29-year-old. (Sun on Sunday)

Cardiff and Gabon defender Bruno Manga, 30, is a target for Turkish side Trabzonspor. (Fanatik - in Turkish)


West Ham transfer plan emerges as Hammers fight Arsenal and Tottenham for £30m deal

WEST HAM are ready to fight Arsenal and Tottenham for AC Milan star Franck Kessie.

By Adam Skinner

Milan could be forced to sell the midfielder in the summer to satisfy Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations and Express Sport understands they will listen to offers in the region of £30million.

Kessie, 22, would prefer to move to a club who can offer him European football.

And that would put the two north London rivals in pole position for a player who is highly rated in Serie A.

The all-action Ivorian moved to the San Siro from Atalanta on a two-year loan deal in 2017.

But they have an obligation to buy him for a fee that is understood to be in the region of £24m.

Kessie made 34 appearances in Serie A last season and scored seven goals as Milan finished fifth and missed out on Champions League football.

Signing him would be a massive coup for the Hammers but they face a battle to sign him with more high-profile suitors waiting in the wings.

Chelsea have also been linked in the past and could move if they are able to get their two-window transfer ban overturned or delayed.

Arsenal might have a problem raising the finds as they will have limited funds available in the summer and manager Unai Emery needs to straighten almost every area of his squad.

West Ham, though, could have a significant transfer budget in the summer and they might need a new midfield if Declan Rice leaves the club.

Rice is a target for Manchester United and would command a sizeable fee.

The 20-year-old has expressed his desire to stay but Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini admits the club might be forced to sell if a big offer comes in.

West Ham youngster continues to impress on international stage

Conor Coventry has continued to impress for the Republic of Ireland Under 21 in the Toulon Tournament.

He has been an integral part of the Ireland midfield in both their games, as they beat China’s Under 22s 4-1 and drew 0-0 against Mexico’s U22s.

This means they go into their final game against Bahrain top of the group, only needing to match Mexico’s result against China in order to secure the top spot and a place in the Semi-Final of the tournament.

The 19-year-old midfielder’s contributions to Ireland’s success further solidifies his pedigree at youth level, having already won West Ham’s Dylan Tombides Award at the end of the 2017/18 season and has represented Ireland in their lower age groups.

He also made his debut for West Ham’s first-team, having come on as a half time substitute in the 8-0 Carabao Cup win against Macclesfield Town – something he will hope to build on in the upcoming campaign.

This tournament, though, is another chance for Coventry to show his quality and it is one he is taking, having played every minute of the Boys in Green’s opening games.

He can look towards teammate Josh Cullen for inspiration going forward, as his fellow West Ham ace has progressed through the Ireland youth system and is now in the first-team squad, with a chance of making his debut against either Denmark or Gibraltar.


Husillos skills will be tested on double deal

West Ham’s financial resources in this summer’s transfer window appear – as expected by some – greater than the £30 million plus widely reported.

News on Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio‘s website that we are in for a double swoop on Celta Viga involving Maxi Gomez and defensive midfielder Stanislavc Lobookta look realistic.

They have emerged following another piece of gossip that Aston Villa have shown interest in Gomez – a something from nowhere suggestion smacking heavily of agent chat based on getting his price up.

Previously it was Spurs, Arsenal and Barcelona who were supposedly intersted but the the Hammers have never lost total interest and in a conversation with a well placed source last night I was told: “It remains possible. Nothing is definite in this game but the interest has been ongoing and could happen.”

It’s now known a defensive midfielder is as high on Pellegrini’s list as a front man and he and Mario Husillos could now clinch a quick two for one deal in line with their policy of getting business done as fast as possible.

With £10.5 million in the bank from the Fernandes and Perez deals and others expected along with the £30 million already available, the Hammers have the cash.

It now looks as though it’s down to the Husillos negotiating skills to get them within budget although the board can be expected to dig a bit deeper if a little more is required.

Stanislav Lobotka scouting report

Stanislav Lobotka is a proper defensive midfielder with the attributes to cover the ground and shield the back-line imperiously. He can pass the ball forward with incisive accuracy with an average completion rate of 91%, a number comparable to some of the best deeper-lying playmakers in Europe.

The 23-year-old also has an eye for picking key through balls and averaged 0.3 per game.

The Slovakian doesn’t shy away from making tackles, doing so at a rate of 1.7 per game and makes 1 crucial interception per game. He is a proper nuisance for the attackers between the defensive lines.

Lobotka has the qualities to become one of the key figures for Pellegrini’s West Ham to play alongside Declan Rice.

The midfielder who has often been called the Slovakian Luka Modric is still just 24 years of age but has shown a huge potential in a short amount of time. However, the challenges in the Premier League will be the sternest one for the player and it will be interesting to see whether he will flourish if signed by the Hammers.

Sport Witness

‘In particular’ West Ham – Hammers ‘on spot’ for Frenchman after Tottenham ‘seriously observed’ him

Marseille need to see the back of some players this summer, to balance their finances.

The wage bill is considered to be inflated, and they also need to bring some transfer fees in. Several players are being edged towards the door, including some who may not be so keen to go.

Kevin Strootman has been the subject of loan interest, but isn’t thought to be keen on a temporary switch, and there’s even been claims Luiz Gustavo could be sold to Lyon.

Morgan Sanson is a player thought to have some market value, despite his season petering out. La Provence reports there’s interest from English, ‘in particular’ West Ham.

The Hammers are ‘on the spot’ for the player, after Tottenham ‘seriously observed’ him last year.

There have been previous links with Tottenham, although things never felt advanced. Wolves have also been linked, but they’re not mentioned in this report, with it being made clear West Ham are currently the keenest from the Premier League

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

BillyJenningsBoots 1:06 Wed Jun 12
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Was just concerned for your well being as you hadn't been posting...

BillyJenningsBoots 1:04 Wed Jun 12
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Thanks Alan for the update glad you are OK... Have a good break. But no thanks to Thanks Alan for not filling in for Alan swt...

Crassus 8:42 Tue Jun 11
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Thanks for the update Alan
Glad to hear that you are chipper and have a good holiday mate

Next year can you get your shit together and not book leave in the middle of a bloody transfer window - thanks in advance

Alan 8:26 Tue Jun 11
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On holiday this week. I did ask Thanks Alan if he could do it but he's Ill
So if anyone fancies a go, have at it.

BillyJenningsBoots 7:50 Tue Jun 11
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Is Alan OK?

Mex Martillo 6:51 Mon Jun 10
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 9:53 Sun Jun 9
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Thanks Alan 7:30 Sun Jun 9
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Kaiser Zoso 11:50 Sun Jun 9

thecockneyboy 1:41 Sun Jun 9
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Cheers Al

Sven Roeder 12:07 Sun Jun 9
Thanks Alan
Thanks Alan

Kaiser Zoso 11:50 Sun Jun 9
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bill green 11:47 Sun Jun 9

bill green 11:47 Sun Jun 9
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Sunday thanks Alan

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