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Alan 12:06 Thu Jun 27
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United have pulled out of the running to sign Leicester City and England defender Harry Maguire after being told the 26-year-old will cost £100m. (Mirror)

Nice boss Patrick Vieira, 43, Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, 39, and Manchester City coach Mikel Arteta, 37, are all on Newcastle's shortlist to replace Rafa Benitez. (Telegraph)

Spaniard Arteta has been backed to take on the Manchester City manager's role when Pep Guardiola leaves the club. (Evening Standard)

Burnley boss Sean Dyche is also on Newcastle's radar but the Magpies would have to pay the Clarets a £10m compensation fee. (Daily Mail)

Inter Milan are preparing a deal for Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku which involves taking the 26-year-old Belgium international on loan for two years at a cost of £9m and an obligation to buy him at the end of that period for £53.8m. (Guardian)

Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has accepted a contract offer from Juventus, who will now hold talks with his club to try to agree a deal worth £70m for the 19-year-old. However, Paris St-Germain have still not given up on signing the Dutch international. (Guardian)

Manchester United will meet with the agent of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, to try to secure his £70m move from Sporting Lisbon. (O Jogo, via Talksport)

Juventus have asked Adidas for financial help in a bid to sign Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Manchester City could scupper Watford's deal to sign Fluminense forward Joao Pedro in January 2020 by taking advantage of a £17.9m clause in the contract to hijack the move for the 17-year-old Brazilian. (Star)

Arsenal and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 23, says AC Milan have not made contact with him over a possible return to Serie A. (Talksport)

Man Utd reach agreement with Palace for £50m Wan-Bissaka

Bayern Munich have held talks with Barcelona and France striker Ousmane Dembele's agent over a move for the 22-year-old. (Mirror)

PSG have opened talks with AC Milan over a potential £46m deal for 20-year-old Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. (Mail)

Huddersfield Town's English defender Tommy Smith, 27, is wanted by Championship rivals Stoke City and Scottish champions Celtic. (Huddersfield Examiner)

Reading are interested in signing Brazilian winger Wenderson Galeno, 21, on loan from Porto. (Futebol365)

Derby County chairman Mel Morris has described reports linking Rangers boss Steven Gerrard to the Rams as "absolute rubbish". Derby manager Frank Lampard has been given permission to speak to Chelsea. (Derby Telegraph)

League One Coventry City have launched an investigation into the conduct of their Sandwell-born defender Jak Hickman, 20, while on holiday. (Coventry Telegraph)

Charlton Athletic's London-born winger Tariqe Fosu, 23, has agreed to join League One Oxford United. (South London Press)

Former Wolves striker Liam McAlinden has joined League Two Walsall for pre-season training. The 25-year-old English forward was at League Two Cheltenham last season. (Express & Star)

The Football League board has decided video assistant referees will not be used for the Championship play-off final at the end of the forthcoming season as the system is not being used for any other league games during the season. (Times - subscription required)

England Under-21 manager Aidy Boothroyd has been told his position is not under immediate threat, despite his side's poor performance in exiting the European Championship finals at the group stage without winning a game. (Times - subscription required)

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Niall McVeigh

It’s been a rough few weeks for Newcastle fans. Not so long ago, a big-money takeover was in the works, and Mike Ashley was packing up his giant mugs and making way. Turns out it was the fans who were giant mugs, with Ashley going nowhere and Rafa Benítez heading for the exit door.

If Rafa does go at the end of June, Newcastle will have their pick of three top-drawer Premier League midfielders – to replace him as manager. First up, none other than his one-time Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, who has done a possibly good, possibly bad job so far at Rangers. Ashley is also reportedly considering Patrick Vieira, who has done quite-well-we-think at Nice.

Completing the trio of maybe-good managers is the Manchester City assistant Mikel Arteta, who might have absorbed Pep Guardiola’s methods, or might not. In other City news that might send Phil Foden stomping up the stairs, Guardiola fancies Isco to replace David Silva as the creative heartbeat of his team. City also look set to land Harry Maguire, after Manchester United finally found a transfer fee to baulk at – a cool £100m for the Leicester defender.

If that is the exact opposite of a bargain, United might get themselves a bit of a steal by triggering Wissam Ben Yedder’s release clause, landing the Sevilla hotshot for £35m. And if you think that’s good business, cop this – Nabil Fekir, for whom Liverpool agreed to pay £50m+ last summer, could move to Milan for just £30m as his Lyon contract ticks down.

Milan will cough up the requisite notes once Gianluigi Donnarumma has signed for PSG, with Alphonse Areola heading the other way as part of the deal. Staying in and around San Siro, Antonio Conte plans to form a lumbering strike duo of Romelu Lukaku and Edin Dzeko. Over in Turin, Juventus seem to have forgotten how transfers work – they’ve agreed terms with Matthijs de Ligt, but not a fee with Ajax, and are allegedly asking Adidas to help them fund a move for Paul Pogba.

They could learn from the largesse of, er, Atlético Madrid, who have seen Benfica’s €120m release clause for João Felix and raised it, instead offering €126m (£113m) to be paid in instalments. That will be covered by the impending sale of Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona, expected to go through on 1 July. Barça are also looking to sign – and you’ll like this – Manchester United’s Victor Lindelöf.

Arsenal have been given a boost in their pursuit of Celtic’s Kieran Tierney, with Neil Lennon saying “every player has his price”, practically shoving Tierney onto the Megabus himself. Celtic have reportedly agreed a £7m deal with Toulouse for centre-back Christopher Jullien, so they could use the cash.

In other bits and bobs, Bristol City have turned down a £12m offer from Aston Villa for Adam Webster, who is also wanted by Leicester and Everton. Sheffield United could make Kilmarnock defender Stephen O’Donnell their first signing of the summer, while Reading fancy a loan move for Porto winger Wenderson Galeno.

Finally, Timothy Weah is set to join Lille after failing to impress at PSG, while Mario Balotelli is training with his hometown club Brescia after failing to impress, well, anywhere lately.


West Ham target Maxi Gomez waiting for Tottenham

Olly Dawes

According to The Mirror, Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez is holding out to find out whether Tottenham Hotspur want him before committing to West Ham United.

Gomez, 22, has starred for Celta since arriving from Defensor Sporting in Uruguay two years ago, hitting 30 goals and nine assists in 71 games.

The burly forward is now a man in demand, and the London Evening Standard noted earlier this week that he remains Manuel Pellegrini's top striker target this summer.

However, new claims from The Mirror state that Gomez is actually delaying a decision about a move to the London Stadium – or anywhere else – in order to wait and see whether Tottenham want him.

The Daily Mail claimed in April that Spurs have been watching Gomez ahead of a potential move, and that may have just turned the striker's head.

Tottenham need to find a new striker to compete with Harry Kane having allowed Fernando Llorente to move on, and Gomez fits a similar bill as a big, physical striker to cause havoc.

If true, Gomez is seemingly valuing playing a bit-part role for a Champions League club challenging for silverware over being the star man of a team outside of European competition.

Gomez has essentially played that second role for Celta, and few would blame him if he did prefer a move to join Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs – but boy would it not go down well in East London.

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Texas Iron 6:25 Thu Jun 27
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Mex Martillo 4:08 Thu Jun 27
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Thanks Alan

Fivetide 1:16 Thu Jun 27
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Of course a player with no affiliation to either club would see Tottenham and CL as the more attractive move. Obviously! It's not as if he grew up watching Devo from a milk crate in the Chicken Run, is it?

Alwaysaniron 12:45 Thu Jun 27
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Would it not go down well in East London!

Really? I think we'd think the bloke was a muppet for wanting to spend the next 3 years either on the bench or playing 3rd fiddle to their other strikers.

Another Spurs journalist who is obsessed with West Ham..?

Side of Ham 12:34 Thu Jun 27
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Is it me or does that Gomez piece come across as a bitter Spurs cunt has written it?

geoffpikey 12:29 Thu Jun 27
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Thanks Alanxi

charleyfarley 12:12 Thu Jun 27
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Thanks Al

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