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Alan 12:22 Sun Jun 30
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal will have to pay Crystal Palace £100m to sign Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26, this summer. (Mail on Sunday)

But Eagles chairman Steve Parish fears selling Zaha could jeopardise his plans of finding new owners. (Sun)

Borussia Dortmund forward Jacob Bruun Larsen has attracted the attention of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal. The 20-year-old made 30 appearances for Dortmund, featuring 17 starts and three goals in a breakthrough 2018-19 season. (Mail)

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has phoned Real Madrid to offer them 27-year-old Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, who is refusing to extend his Spurs contract beyond summer 2020. (Marca)

France striker Kylian Mbappe, 20, has three years left on his deal with Paris St-Germain and has no intention of extending it. (Marca)

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward told staff in an internal email that the club plans to add more "exciting" players this summer following the completion of a deal for 21-year-old England defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (Sunday Telegraph)

Manchester United's Paul Pogba will hold talks with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next week, in a bid to force his way out of Old Trafford. (Sun)

Ex-Liverpool legend Ray Clemence says the Champions League winners need to spend big in the summer if they want to mount a serious Premier League against Manchester City. (Mirror)

Birmingham City's 22-year-old England striker Che Adams has said goodbye to his team-mates before a £16m move to Southampton. (Mail on Sunday)

Southampton have agreed to sell 23-year-old England left-back Matt Targett to Aston Villa for £14m, rising to £17m with add-ons. (Sunday Telegraph)

Champions League finalists Liverpool and Tottenham have distanced themselves from signing 24-year-old Bruno Fernandes, paving the way for the Sporting Lisbon midfielder to join Manchester United. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino says he does not have the final say on transfer targets at the north London club. (Independent on Sunday)

Spurs are expected to complete a £60m deal for Lyon's 22-year-old French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele. (Standard)

Chelsea have warned Atletico Madrid that they will cancel the loan of Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 26, if the La Liga side do not make his move permanent with a £50m fee this summer. (Sunday Telegraph)

Inter Milan will generate the £75m required to sign Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, from Manchester United by selling Portugal midfielder Joao Mario, 26, and Brazil left-back Dalbert, 25. (Sun on Sunday)

Italian champions Juventus have agreed personal terms with Paris St-Germain's 24-year-old French midfielder Adrien Rabiot. (Sky Italy, via Sky Sports)

Ajax's 23-year-old Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana says he wants to remain with the Dutch club despite interest from Manchester United. (Voetbal International, via Metro)

Watford have reached an agreement to sign England defender Craig Dawson, 29, from West Brom for £5.5m. (Sky Sports)

Championship sides Millwall and Bristol City will compete to sign Barnsley's 26-year-old English striker Kieffer Moore, with both clubs preparing £3m offers. (Mail on Sunday)

Leeds United are close to completing a loan deal for Wolves' 25-year-old Portugal winger Helder Costa. (Birmingham Mail)

Preston North End have denied rumours that Premier League side Norwich City have offered £6m for 24-year-old Republic of Ireland forward Callum Robinson. (Lancashire Evening Post)

The Boot Room

Marseille want Morgan Sanson to West Ham transfer today, according to report

West Ham United have been linked with a move for the Frenchman this summer.

By Mathew Nash

West Ham United have been linked with a move for French midfielder Morgan Sanson this summer. Sky Sports reported earlier this month that West Ham were in talks over a move for the Marseille midfielder. The initial report stated that Marseille valued the player at €35 million (£31.3 million).

That deal seemed to die out with West Ham’s signature of Pablo Fornals from Villarreal. The French press, however, seem to think Marseille are still pushing for a deal and would like it done today.

As reported by L’Equipe, Marseille president Jacque-Henri Eyraud and his team have ‘been working for days’ on a deal for Sanson to join West Ham. The transfer is reportedly ‘not buried’ but ‘bogged down’ in English intermediaries.

Why the rush?

Marseille need a big sale before the end of June in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. It is the reason the likes of Dimitri Payet, Kevin Strootman, and Lucas Ocampos are also in the transfer rumour mill.

TBR’s View

West Ham though, might have played a blinder. The original asking price for Sanson was perhaps too high. However, with Marseille now getting desperate, the Hammers might be able to barter themselves a bargain.

If this deal is not done by the end of the day, then it is hard to see West Ham as serious in their pursuit of the 24-year-old.


Report suggests West Ham interest in Rodrigo Moreno; Everton linked

Jordan Harris

West Ham United and Everton could reportedly be interested in Rodrigo Moreno this summer.

A report from The Sun on Sunday has suggested that West Ham could be interested in Rodrigo Moreno this summer with the forward keen on a move back to the Premier League, while it is hinted that Everton could be tempted as Marco Silva chases a marquee signing.

Rodrigo enjoyed another outstanding campaign with Valencia last season, scoring eight goals in La Liga while also providing six assists for Los Che. He scored 16 top flight goals the previous year.

The Sun suggests that the 28-year-old has told Valencia that he is keen to return to the Premier League this summer nearly a decade after he joined Bolton Wanderers on loan.

The report notes that West Ham are 'aware' of Rodrigo - seemingly hinting that Manuel Pellegrini's men are currently interested - while Everton have previously chased him, hinting that they could be the kind of team that joins the race for his signature as Silva searches for a 'glamour' signing.

Should Everton and West Ham pursue Rodrigo?

It is suggested by The Sun on Sunday that Valencia are set to initially demand £70 million for Rodrigo, but are more likely to accept a figure of around £30 million. For that latter price, it would not be difficult to understand why West Ham and Everton may be tempted to make moves.

The Toffees and the Hammers certainly need to bolster their striker ranks this summer, and the Spain international offers a lot of versatility that could make a £30 million move very worthwhile.

It will be interesting to see whether Everton reignite their old interest in the coming weeks or whether West Ham attempt to get him through the London Stadium door.

Sport Witness

Newcastle could complete ‘surprise’ signing today, with West Ham hampered by agents

Marseille have known for quite some time that they’d need sales before the end of June in order to balance their books, or to make them at least look a little better.

The French club’s financial year ends on June 30th and there’s the very real prospect of a serious loss, which could have implications down the road.

Marseille have identified players who could be sold, sent agents off around Europe (mainly towards England), and yet here we are, on that same June 30th and they haven’t yet achieved it.

That’s not to say they’re giving up, and L’Equipe report Newcastle United could swoop in for a ‘surprise’ signing after West Ham attempts got ‘bogged down in the middle of multiple English intermediaries’.

The player in question is Morgan Sanson, who has been linked to several Premier League clubs. There’s been repeated false claims of offers from English sides, which probably makes it clear which agents are involved and what’s been going on.

Marseille president Jacques-Henri Eyraud has been hoping ‘for a few days’ that Sanson could move to West Ham before the end of the weekend.

The French newspaper adds: ‘At the same time, Newcastle, via other intermediaries, has approached the agents of the former Montpellier player to express interest, but with a reduced budget (estimated at some €20m). In this context, and while the transfer from Sanson to West Ham seems to be discounted in the short term in this transfer window, a surprise sale could come from elsewhere, one of the “historical” OM.’

By that, they mean Newcastle and the Ligue 1 club have done business before.

Sanson for €20m is a good deal. Although it’s hard to believe Newcastle would magic that money up today, it’s not impossible… they haven’t even got the issue of asking their manager if he likes the player.

As for West Ham, it sounds very much like an agent, and we can all have a good guess at who, is trying to persuade those in charge at the Hammers.

Meanwhile, there’s also the possibility of selling Lucas Ocampos to Sevilla for as little as €11m. Monchi knows a bargain and a club under pressure when he sees it.

Football London

Who is Morgan Sanson? The Marseille midfielder linked with a summer move to West Ham

The Hammers are rumoured to be keen on a swoop for the rising star of French football

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham have been linked with a move for a number of midfielders since the start of the transfer window.

As is usual at this time of year, pretty much any midfielder in Europe is subsequently linked with a move to the Hammers no matter what their price tag is and the fact the club has a reduced budget this summer.

One player player that has apparently been offered to the Hammers, as well as Newcastle and Wolves, is Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, the second OM midfielder to be rumoured to be heading to east London after Kevin Strootman.

So, here is all you need to know about Sanson.

Who is he?

A 24-year-old central midfielder born in a small town on the outskirts of Bourges in central France, which also gave the football world Bernard Diomède.

What's his career so far?

Sanson started out as a boy at Gazélec Bourges before joining Bourges, who currently ply their trade in the fifth tier of French football in 2005.

Four years later he made the step up to Le Mans and while still a 17-year-old he was promoted from the development set up into the first team.

He made 27 appearances playing in the French second tier in the 2012/2013 campaign after his debut in August 2012. Those games and his three goals proved enough to persuade Ligue 1 Montpellier to take a chance.

Montpellier splashed out €700,000 on Sanson who was still only 18 at the time and threw him straight into their starting lineup, making 32 Ligue 1 appearances in both his first and second seasons and by the end of the 2016/2017 campaign, had racked up 107 games and 13 goals in all competitions.

Montpellier would go on to make a handsome profit on Sanson when they sold him to Marseille for €12m and in his first season with OM, they qualified for the Europa League under Rudi Garcia.

Sanson played alongside former Hammer Dimitri Payet on the Cote D'Azur as they made a run to the Europa League final the following season, only to be beaten 3-0 by Atletico Madrid.

This past season, Sanson has scored four goals and three assists in 23 starts and has played almost exclusively in the middle of midfield.

What is he like as a player?

A central midfielder, something the Hammers desperately need in the transfer window ahead of the 2019/20 Premier League campaign. Stats website whoscored.com lists heading as his one area of weakness but considers him to be strong in dribbling, finishing, long shots, interceptions, concentration and defensive contribution.

He's been compared to Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves.

What's he said about his future?

"I extended a few months ago now. I feel good. I am happy in this club, and I want to progress myself with the club.

"It is clear that we have a season that is quite complicated, but we still have our goals in mind, not only for the end of the season, but also for next season."

Sanson is out of contract with Marseille at the end of the 2021/2022 season.

Sport Witness

Serious developments in Spain on Maxi Gomez – Celta reopen talks, West Ham won’t be thrilled

Uruguay have been knocked out of the Copa America by Peru, which means Maxi Gomez is free to do as he pleases until he’s set to return to training with Celta Vigo.

Theoretically, that gives West Ham a chance to get in there and seriously push a transfer for the striker.

Interest from the Hammers has been pushed since the winter market, but despite Sky Sports recently claiming they’d had an offer accepted, Celta’s president subsequently made it clear that wasn’t the case.

Any move is going to be hard, with it being repeatedly reported in Spain Gomez is insisting on having a big say in his next destination. He wants to fight for trophies and play in the Champions League, and that’s put West Ham at a disadvantage.

The perfect destination for him was Valencia and around a month ago it was considered only a matter of time before the transfer happened. However, talks then collapsed between Celta and Los Che, giving West Ham and others some hope.

Faro de Vigo now report there’s been big developments. Talks are back on and going relatively well.

Valencia have agreed to include two youth players, Santi Mina and a transfer fee of around €15m for Gomez.

One of the youth players is Spain U21 defender Jorge Sáenz de Miera. It’s thought he’d move to Celta with Valencia keeping 50% of his transfer rights and having a clause to repurchase the other half.

The other youngster could be Kangin Lee, who Faro de Vigo say was ‘one of the revelations of the last U20 World Cup’.

There are other options, even players from the first team squad, and it’s made clear Celta are now open to such a deal.

None of this sounds very good for West Ham.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Willtell 9:34 Mon Jul 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Newspaper reports seem to have as much to do with reality as Super Hero movies...

Texas Iron 3:36 Mon Jul 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

jimbo2. 10:11 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Another midfielder?? I’m wondering if Gomez is now being used as a smokescreen by us to then sign our real top striker target? Thanks as always for an excellent read Alan!

Thanks Alan 10:04 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mart O 2:59 Sun Jun 30

Mex Martillo 7:13 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

The Stoat 4:13 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Fuck this Gomez bloke, drop it and look elsewhere

happygilmore 3:23 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan,

a busy news day.

Alan 3:04 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Gomez story added.

Cheezey Bell-End 3:03 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Moreno seems to have good feet, but isn't a goalscorer.

gph 3:01 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

YOU've played yet another blinder

Mart O 2:59 Sun Jun 30
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charleyfarley 2:19 Sun Jun 30

charleyfarley 2:19 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al

Sydney_Iron 1:25 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

FruityBoots. 1:24 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank you for a wonderful desk of sport Alan.

Takashi Miike 12:39 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Alan 12:36 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Newcastle complication added

Takashi Miike 12:29 Sun Jun 30
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Thanks Alan

Sanson will be a decent buy

mallard 12:24 Sun Jun 30
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
‘West Ham might have played a blinder’

Ag and Thanks Alan

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