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Alan 12:21 Fri Jun 21
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Brazil forward Neymar, 27, continues to seek a return to Barcelona and does not intend to play for Paris St-Germain again. (Sport - in Spanish)

Real Madrid have made a bid for Neymar, offering PSG 130m euros (£115.5m), plus Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, or 27-year-old Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Atletico Madrid are close to completing the 120m euros (£106.7m) signing of Benfica forward Joao Felix, meaning Manchester United will miss out on the 19-year-old Portugal international. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's efforts to rebuild his squad are being held up because they are frustrating other clubs with a series of low offers for targets. (Evening Standard)

Manchester City are set to beat Manchester United to the £65m signing of Leicester City's Harry Maguire, with a medical pencilled in for the England centre-back, 26. (Star)

Leicester City midfielder James Maddison, 22, has asked to meet United manager Solskjaer, who is keen to bring the England Under-21 international to Old Trafford (Star)

Atletico Madrid's Spanish midfielder Rodri has chosen to join Manchester City instead of Bayern Munich, with the 22-year-old to cost the Premier League champions £62m. (Kicker - in German)

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu has repeated his desire to keep France forward Ousmane Dembele, 22, at the Nou Camp, despite interest from Liverpool. (Mirror)

Liverpool are considering a move for Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo, 22, as a replacement for fellow Spanaird Alberto Moreno, 26. (Mirror)

Chelsea and Italy midfielder Jorginho, 27, will not join former boss Maurizio Sarri at Juventus, with Bosnia-Herzegovina international Miralem Pjanic, 29, a preferred option. (Mail)

Manchester City may sign Eibar's Asier Riesgo on a free transfer and make the 35-year-old Spaniard their third-choice goalkeeper. (Manchester Evening News)

Everton have opened talks with Chelsea about signing Kurt Zouma on a permanent deal after the French defender, 24, spent last season on loan at Goodison Park. (Telegraph)

Tottenham have held talks with the agent of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, over a move from Sporting Lisbon. (Telegraph)

Lyon have had a £16m bid turned down for Arsenal and Tottenham target Joachim Andersen, with the 23-year-old Danish defender valued at £31m by his club Sampdoria. (Star)

Juventus hope to secure a deal to sign Adrien Rabiot from Paris St-Germain, with the 24-year-old French midfielder out of contract this summer. (Goal)

Liverpool do not plan to sell forward Divock Origi this summer, despite the 24-year-old Belgium international having just a year left on his contract. (Liverpool Echo)

Claude Makelele is being lined up for a role at managerless Chelsea after the former Blues and France midfielder left his job as head coach of Belgian side Eupen. (Evening Standard)

Brighton are set to complete the signing of Portsmouth's 22-year-old English defender Matt Clarke for £5m. (Sun)

Chief executive Tony Scholes says he will reveal Stoke City's new signings before the first team return for pre-season next week. (Stoke Sentinel)

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With a mere 49 days left until the transfer window closes, Manchester United fans are getting decidedly antsy over their club’s apparent lack of activity in the summer meat market. Dan James has arrived from Swansea for £17m and reports suggest young Crystal Palace full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be rocking up at Old Trafford once England’s interest in the European U-21 Championships ends, but the club’s supporters want to see more incomings and outgoings sooner rather than later.

Harry Maguire has been a long-time target of United’s but looks likely to ignore their overtures if rumours that Manchester City have arranged an appointment for him to cough for their doctor turn out to hold any water. United have continually balked at paying a fee north of £75m for the Leicester defender and it seems City are prepared to pull the rug from under their feet as they continue to dither.

With United’s players due to convene for training ahead of the new season on 1 July before heading off on a tour of Australia and Asia, the club remain hopeful of enticing midfielders Declan Rice and Sean Longstaff from West Ham and Newcastle respectively, while the agent of Sporting attacker Bruno Fernandes is reported to be in Manchester to talk turkey about a move to Old Trafford for his client. Speculation elsewhere suggests he has also spoken to Spurs.

Reports from Germany suggest Atlético Madrid midfielder Rodri has eschewed a move to Bayern Munich in favour of signing up for Manchester City for a fee of £62m, while Liverpool seem likely to be thwarted in their attempts to sign Ousmane Dembélé after Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu insisted the French striker is going nowhere.

Tottenham’s dogged pursuit of Lyon central midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé could be coming to an end, what with the north London club reported to be increasingly confident of landing their man by the end of the month. Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claims his club have received several bids for the 22-year-old, with representatives of both Manchester City and United also believed to be gyrating lasciviously in a bid to attract the player’s attention. “We have lots of offers but they do not come up to the price we feel is right, said Aulas in a party political broadcast to L’Equipe, before announcing that one-time Liverpool target Nabil Fekir is also leaning towards a move elsewhere.

Meanwhile in Spain, Real Betis left-back Junior Firpo is being courted by Liverpool, who would have to trigger a £45m release clause to land the 22-year-old. Following the departure of Alberto Moreno for pastures new and yet to be confirmed, Firpo would provide cover for Andy Robertson. Across the Atlantic, Real Salt Lake’s diminutive Venezuelan winger Jefferson Savarino is wanted by West Ham and Tottenham and could be available for a cut-price £6m.

And finally, Matt Clarke is ready to swap one south coast seaside town for another by moving from Portsmouth to Brighton. The 22-year-old will undergo a medical with the Premier League club today before a £5m deal is signed, sealed and delivered.


West Ham line up ambitious £35m offer for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson after missing out on Maxi Gomez transfer

Exclusive By Mike McGrath

WEST HAM will make an ambitious £35million move for England striker Callum Wilson this summer.

The Bournemouth striker, 27, is wanted by Manuel Pellegrini as Celta Viga forward Maxi Gomez looks set to stay in Spain with Valencia.

Wilson is now the Hammers’ No1 target to bolster their forward line ahead of the new season, with Pellegrini looking to freshen up his attack.

They have been long-term admirers of the ex-Coventry star, who has been a consistent goalscorer when fully fit in the last four years since promotion in Eddie Howe’s team.

He battled back from two serious knee injuries to earn his first England caps last season when Gareth Southgate rewarded his form with a call-up.

Howe will have the final say on whether Wilson would be allowed to leave the Vitality Stadium.

With three years left on his current deal, there is no risk of the Three Lions striker losing value - and a deal is likely to rest on Bournemouth getting offered the right package to tempt them into selling.

Pellegrini would have Wilson leading his attack in a summer revamp at London Stadium.

Javier Hernandez will be allowed to leave, with Valencia and Galatasaray interest, while Jordan Hugill could return to Preston.

Andy Carroll has left the club after his contract expired and Marko Arnautovic was unsettled last season amid interest from China.

Sport Witness

Dramatic developments in Spain push West Ham closer to signing Maxi Gomez

There have been some dramatic striker developments in Spain and it all pushes West Ham front and centre for Maxi Gomez.

The slant in the Spanish media has been that Gomez wants to move to Valencia, they very much want him, and it was just a matter of time before Celta Vigo accepted a proposal.

We covered claims three days ago that West Ham have agreed personal terms with the Uruguayan, and it sounded like they were a back-up option.

Still, with Celta wanting Valencia’s Santi Mina, it was figured it’d all get sorted out in the wash.

Well, everything is now up in the air.

Valencia, tired of Celta pointing at the €50m clause and demanding close to it, have moved on to Borja Iglesias. He was thought to be leaving Espanyol for Real Betis.

Betis are willing to pay his €28m buyout clause, but want to do it in instalments, which isn’t going down well.

Mundo Deportivo reports that ‘complicated negotiations’ with Celta are leading Valencia to ‘start forgetting’ about Gomez, and they’ve moved on to Iglesias.

Celta themselves are now being linked with Nolito by Faro de Vigo.

All of this can only help West Ham sign Gomez, a player they’ve been targeting since the winter transfer window.

Club have upped their offer to sign West Ham player, hope to agree personal terms

Fanatik have today reported on another update with regards to West Ham United’s Javier Hernandez and a potential move to Galatasaray.

The Turkish newspaper claims Galatasaray have upped their offer to €3.5m per season for the Mexican and are currently waiting on Hernandez’s answer.

Yesterday it was reported the Super Lig side had offered the West Ham forward €3m, and that he was holding out for €4m.

Gala manager Fatih Terim is reportedly keen to work with the player as he sees Hernandez as the perfect fit for his team.

Galatasaray are hoping they can convince him with their latest offer despite the forward demanding €4m. Once they agree personal terms with the player, talks will be opened with West Ham.

It’s also claimed they want to sign Hernandez on a free transfer, given he just has one year on his contract with the Hammers.

Last season the 31 year old made 25 appearances for West Ham in the Premier League, scoring 7 goals.

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Queens Fish Bar 7:26 Sun Jun 23
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Thanks Alan 2:19 Fri Jun 21

Texas Iron 4:43 Fri Jun 21
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Texas Iron 4:42 Fri Jun 21
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Mex Martillo 3:53 Fri Jun 21
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Thanks Alan

Kelly Smunt 3:37 Fri Jun 21
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Re Wilson:

"a consistent goalscorer when fully fit"

and those last 3 words are key here. Another potential Andy Carroll in the making if you ask me!

Thanks Alan 2:19 Fri Jun 21
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Sydney_Iron 1:51 Fri Jun 21

pdbis 2:04 Fri Jun 21
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We are always over paying and under selling.

Sydney_Iron 1:51 Fri Jun 21
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geoffpikey 1:13 Fri Jun 21

geoffpikey 1:13 Fri Jun 21
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Thanks Alanoutovic

Takashi Miike 12:23 Fri Jun 21
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Thanks Alan

I like Wilson but sorry about his KNEES

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