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Alan 1:34 Sat Jun 22
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Manchester United are confident Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, will sign a new five-year deal at Old Trafford worth £350,000 a week. (Sun)

Real Madrid have made Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, their primary target this summer, ahead of Tottenham and Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, 27. (Goal)

Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told the club to sell Pogba to the highest bidder, with Juventus also interested. (Star)

Tottenham will demand 22-year-old Spain winger Marco Asensio as part of an exchange deal if Real Madrid move for Eriksen. (Sun)

Inter Milan are keen to sign Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, but need to offload 26-year-old Argentine forward Mauro Icardi to finance the deal for the Belgian. (Guardian)

Tottenham expect Juventus to make a bid for right-back Kieran Trippier, 28, and are willing to sell the England international for around £25m. (Telegraph)

West Ham, Watford and Premier League newcomers Sheffield United are all interested in signing former Arsenal striker Emmanuel Adebayor, 35. The Togo international is a free agent after being released by Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain have told Barcelona that 27-year-old Brazil forward Neymar is not for sale at any price. (Mail)

Real Madrid plan to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next summer but need the 20-year-old France forward to hand in a transfer request. (AS)

Atletico Madrid are interested in Arsenal's Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin, 24, and are prepared to offer Spanish winger Vitolo, 29, as part of a deal. (Telegraph)

Chelsea will not make a decision over whether to sell France defender Kurt Zouma, 24, to Everton until they have a new manager in place. (Star)

The Blues are prepared to pay Derby the £4m needed to release Frank Lampard from his contract and expect to finalise his appointment as their new manager next week. (ESPN)

Chelsea have given former goalkeeper Petr Cech a role as technical and performance adviser in the hope he will work closely with Lampard. (Guardian)

New Juventus boss Maurizio Sarri is not looking to sign Italy midfielder Jorginho, 27, from former club Chelsea. (Sun)

Manchester City will listen to offers for England midfielder Fabian Delph, 29. (Mail)

Arsenal have had a £15m bid for Celtic and Scotland left-back Scott Tierney, 22, turned down. (Sun)

Chinese club Shanghai Greenland Shenhua have made a £17.8m offer for Willian, 30, but the Brazil playmaker will reject a lucrative contract to stay at Chelsea. (UOL Esporte, via Metro)

Watford have joined Aston Villa and Bournemouth in a race to sign Burnley and England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 33, who only has one year left on his contract. (Sun)

Arsenal are reassessing their options after deals for Dalian Yifang's Belgian winger Yannick Carrasco and Bournemouth and Scotland forward Ryan Fraser, both 25, stalled. (Evening Standard)

Fulham want to sign Newcastle striker Dwight Gayle, 28, who spent last season on loan at West Brom. (Express)

Real Madrid are refusing to let Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez leave the club on loan this season, instead they want a permanent deal amid interest from Napoli in the 27-year-old. (Goal)

Real Madrid hopes new tax breaks set to be introduced in Italy will help them offload Rodriguez and Spain midfielder Isco, 27, to Serie A clubs. (Mail)

Wolves winger David Wang, who joined the club in January, may never play for them after failing to secure a work permit. The 19-year-old, who was loaned out to Sporting, is Spanish-born but holds a Chinese passport. (Birmingham Mail)

Former West Ham, Newcastle and Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew is in contention to become FC Cincinnati's new manager. (ESPN)







HITC

West Ham dodged a £26m mistake in Fulham flop Jean-Michael Seri

Danny Owen

West Ham United were reportedly favourites to sign Seri before he embarked on a nightmare Premier League season at Fulham.

The 2018/19 season was one of huge disappointment for each and every Fulham fan but Jean Michael Seri was perhaps the biggest let down of the lot.

A hugely talented midfielder who had established as one of Ligue 1’s most elite performers at Nice, Seri had been targeted by Barcelona and hailed by none other than Xavi before arriving at Craven Cottage for a club record £26 million.

What a coup he looked at the time. And what a failure it looked for West Ham United to miss out on the Ivory Coast international to their London neighbours.

Tuttomercatoweb claimed that West Ham were leading the chase for Seri’s signature, shortly before Fulham pulled off what looked like one of the most surprising transfer coups of 2018.

One year on, however, absolutely no one at the London Stadium will be ruing their near miss now.

According to CalcioNapoli24, Fulham are now willing to sell Seri for just £13 million, half what they paid for him, after a single, disastrous season in the Premier League which ended in relegation.

There were a few moments of quality, including that long-range wonder-goal against Burnley, but for the most part Seri looked lightweight, disinterested and far from suited to playing in the hustle and bustle of English football.

West Ham might have had their own midfield flops in Jack Wilshere and Carlos Sanchez. But at least they didn’t cost £26 million.




Star

Celtic, West Ham and Watford keen on Emmanuel Adebayor transfer… he has a preference

EMMANUEL ADEBAYOR is being chased by a number of British clubs after becoming a free agent this week.

By Aaron Stokes

The Premier League icon is looking for yet another club after ending his contract with Turkish side Basaksehir in recent days.

Celtic, Sheffield United, West Ham and Watford are all chasing Adebayor this summer, according to the Sun.

The 35-year-old is said to favour playing in London, which means the latter two stand the best chance of landing a free transfer this summer.

West Ham are looking to replace injury-prone Andy Carroll, who has left the club after six years.

While Watford are looking for another back-up striker behind Troy Deeney, as Javi Gracia looks to build on the Hornets' 11th-place finish this season.

Adebayor only netted three goals for Basaksehir this season.

And the Togo international hasn't completed a full 90 minutes since January.

Adebayor did net for his country back in March, scoring against Benin.

However, a late goal from Huddersfield star Steve Mounie saw Togo miss out on a place in the African Cup of Nations this summer.

Clubs in Serie A are also said to be chasing Adebayor.

The striker was involved in a nasty bust-up with Galatasaray reserve goalkeeper Ismail Cipe last month which brought an end to his time in Turkey.

Speaking on Instagram this week, Adebayor said: “I would like to thank the fans, my teammates, the city of Istanbul, the club Istanbul Basaksehir and everyone involved in my success with the team.

“I received a strong welcome from the country as a whole and I completely feel at home in Turkey. The club and I have come to a mutual agreement and have decided to part ways.

“All those memories and funny moments we had will always stay fresh in my mind. For now, I will continue to work hard and enjoy my vacation with friends and family.

“Thank You Istanbul, Thank you Basaksehir! As you all know me, I love challenges; so I am looking forward to the next adventure.”




Tuttomercato

Gonalons towards the Premier: there are West Ham and Everton

As reported by the Gazzetta.it, the Roma midfielder Maxime Gonalons, after having returned from the loan to Sevilla, is already ready to start again. The Frenchman favours England, with Everton and especially West Ham ready to pay the 4 million requested by the Giallorossi to let him leave





Mad About EPL

West Ham United plotting a move for Bundesliga centre-back: Strengths and weakness of the player

West Ham United have had a few offers for their talented young centre-back Issa Diop, which they have rejected. But they seem to be preparing for the eventuality of Diop leaving in this window or in the future as they are currently interested in signing another young centre-back, Stuttgart’s Ozan Kabak.

Hurriyet (via Sport Witness) are reporting that the Hammers are one of the many clubs interested in signing the 19-year-old, while the likes of Bayern Munich and AC Milan are also interested in signing the youngster. Kabak joined Stuttgart from Galatasaray in the January transfer window for a fee of around €11 million. The report states that the young defender has a release clause of €15 million at the German club.

Kabak’s agent has reportedly met with AC Milan technical director Paolo Maldini over a possible transfer to the Italian giants.

With a move to the Premier League still possible, let us take a moment to note the talented defender’s strengths and weaknesses.

Strengths

Kabak, in his short stint at Stuttgart, has shown that he’s not scared of playing on the big stage and has made a smooth transition from Turkish football to German football. The teenager is a quick player who gets to opposition attackers before they realise it, closing them down and trying to dispossess the ball from the attacker. Kabak is aggressive in the tackle, which is one of his key strengths, much like his idol Sergio Ramos, while he also reads the game very well from the back.

Kabak played the full 90 minutes in each of the 15 games that he played for Stuttgart in the Bundesliga, registering an average of 2.2 tackles and 3.5 clearances.

He has been praised for being a player who is much more mature than his age and has the calmness to operate under pressure. Kabak is also a good header of the ball and is a threat in both boxes. In the 2018-19 season, Kabak scored thrice in 15 games for Stuttgart.

Weaknesses

One area that Kabak will have to strive towards is to give away lesser fouls. He gave away an average of 1.4 fouls a game in the Bundesliga, some of which were cheap fouls, which could have been avoided.

Another area where he can improve is his passing. In his eagerness to move the ball upfield quickly, Kabak gives away the ball to the opponents easily, which could lead to a counter-attacking situation.





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Texas Iron 4:16 Sat Jun 22
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Mex Martillo 4:11 Sat Jun 22
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Sydney_Iron 1:57 Sat Jun 22
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 1:47 Sat Jun 22

Sven Roeder 1:47 Sat Jun 22
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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