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Alan 12:07 Tue Jul 2
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United have had a £31m offer for Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, rejected by Sporting Lisbon. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Express)

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told club chiefs to sign Newcastle United's English midfielder Sean Longstaff, 21, in a £25m deal this week. (Star)

Paris St-Germain forward Neymar's representatives are set to meet Barcelona officials on Tuesday to discuss the 27-year-old Brazil international's potential return to the Spanish champions. (Esporte Interativo, via Mail)

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann's release clause has dropped from £179m to £107m and Barcelona are ready to sign the 28-year-old France international. (Star)

Barcelona are willing to pay the £100m release clause for Inter Milan's Argentine striker Lautaro Martinez, 21. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Former Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez has agreed to become the new boss of Chinese club Dalian Yifang on a deal worth £12m a year after leaving St James' Park. (Sky Sports)

Former France international Patrick Vieira appears to have ruled himself out of taking over as Newcastle manager after saying he intends to be Nice boss for the "long term". (Mail)

Liverpool centre-back Dejan Lovren's representatives have held talks with with AC Milan officials over a move for the 29-year-old Croatia international. (Mirror)

Derby County manager Frank Lampard's return to Chelsea was sealed on Monday, with the 41-year-old former Blues midfielder having agreed a £4m-a-year contract which has a Champions League incentive. (Mail)

Derby are set for further talks with former Netherlands midfielder Phillip Cocu this week as they prepare for Lampard's departure. Cocu was sacked as Fenerbahce boss in October. (Telegraph)

French midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, has been training alone in New York while his Manchester United team-mates reported back for pre-season training. (Sun)

Arsenal are in talks with 29-year-old Algeria attacking midfielder Yacine Brahimi, who is a free agent after leaving Porto. (Sky Sports)

The Gunners have also been offered the chance to sign 25-year-old Lyon and France forward Nabil Fekir - a former target for Liverpool - for just £30m. (Mirror)

Manchester City's Germany winger Leroy Sane is featured in the club's kit launch for the 2019-20 season, despite interest from Bayern Munich in the 23-year-old. (Express)

Manchester City are poised to make their first signing of the summer with 18-year-old winger Felix Correia set to complete a £3.1m move to the Premier League champions from Sporting Lisbon. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United's potential deal for Sevilla striker Wissam Ben Yedder, 28, has seen the La Liga side make a renewed effort to keep the France international. (Colina de Nervion, via Express)

Crystal Palace want Arsenal's English defender Carl Jenkinson, 27, as a £5m replacement for right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who left for Manchester United. (Sun)

The Gunners are preparing a £12m move for Hull City's 22-year-old English striker Jarrod Bowen. (Sun)

Dutch forward Hossein Zamani, 16, has come to the attention of Manchester United, Manchester City and AC Milan because he is considering leaving Ajax. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Gregg Bakowski

It’s been a sorry time to be a Milan fan. Having seen their team fail to qualify for the Champions League and then get banned from the Europa League for breaching FFP rules, the venerable old club’s followers need some good news. The kind of exciting transfer talk that places them at the front of the queue to sign one of the best defenders in the world. Yes, it says here that Dejan Lovren may be on his way out of Anfield to San Siro after his agent held talks with the Serie A club over a £25m move. Just £25m! What value! OK, so yes, he’s 29 and played only 13 times in the league for Liverpool last season due to a list of ailments that The Mill’s granddad would blush about, but they’ll get a confident defensive vibes man; a believer who will stridently ignore his own failings – and Milan’s. If he ever plays. Just £25m! Take that FFP!

Manchester United want a new collection of racy young midfielders who will run around a bit for the cause instead of sulking like grounded teenagers. First on the list is Rumour Mill favourite, Bruno Fernandes. They’ve reportedly submitted a £31m offer for the midfield dynamo but have been told by Sporting to get serious and come back with considerably more cash. United beancounters have also set aside £25m for Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff. It’s the kind of money that would help fund Mike Ashley’s main hobby of buying up failing retail chains on the British high street. So watch this space. Oh, and on the subject of brooding midfielders, Paul Pogba has been training alone in New York while his teammates report back for training. Make of that what you will.

A year after almost signing for Liverpool, Nabil Fekir is still very much keen to play for a Premier League team who play in red – and he may get his wish if Arsenal turn their attention away from Wilfried Zaha for a moment, and throw in a £30m bid for the unsettled Lyon playmaker. Reports in France suggest Fekir is being touted around like cheap meat in a dodgy pub. It’s a cut-price deal for sure, as Liverpool were primed to sign him for £50m last season before medical concerns caused the transfer to collapse.

Crystal Palace have targeted jinking Carl Jenkinson as a replacement for Aaron Wan Bissaka at right-back. Jenkinson, who has been loaned out for the best part of a decade, is still an Arsenal player, apparently. He will cost Palace just £5m and the Gunners will probably be delighted to have the opportunity to negotiate with Palace so they can keep badgering them about lowering their asking price for Wilfried Zaha to something slightly less ludicrous than £100m.

It seems that Barcelona may be up to some fun and games to get their mitts on Antoine Griezmann for a little less than the £107m Atlético Madrid want for the 28-year-old striker. You see, reports in Italy suggest the club are willing to pay £100m for the 21-year-old Inter and Argentina striker Lautaro Martínez, also known as “The Bull”. The Mill can smell a bit of that here. Expect Griezmann, not Martínez, to wind up at the Camp Nou.

And in red-hot managerial news, Derby are set to hold further talks with Phillip Cocu over replacing Chelsea-bound Frank Lampard as manager. Cocu has been kicking his heels since October, when he was sacked by Fenerbahce.


Hammers slam door on Man U again

Reports this morning that West Ham have not fully closed the door on an Issa Diop transfer to Manchester United couldn’t be further from the truth.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is known to be an admirer and agents tested Mario Husillos on Hammers resolve to hold on to the central defender a couple of weeks ago.

At that time the Hammers firmly resisted all advances and absolutely nothing has changed despite reports today from French newspaper L’Equipe that United are still focused on the young Frenchman.

The ‘paper says it would be hard to imagine United bidding lower than £50 million but the Hammers have made it clear to CandH they will be slamming the door on Solskjaer and any other club.

A Hammers source told us by e mail: “Nothing has changed whatsoever. We have no desire to sell Issa Diop and for the record -given he has been regularly linked with them – Declan Rice either. They will not be leaving.”

It is further explained the Frenchman will not push for a move away from a club who trusted him last summer, but will no doubt ‘observe the progress of discussions with interest.’


West Ham want $10-$15M for Chicharito

Eduardo Fernandez-Abascal and Tom Marshall

West Ham United striker Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez wants to play for a club that has confidence in him next season, with sources telling ESPN FC that the Hammers are willing to let the Mexican leave for between $10 and $15 million.

Hernandez -- whose contract with West Ham runs through summer 2020 -- has long been linked with an eventual move to MLS, but La Liga is the 31-year-old's top priority. While Italian and Premier League clubs are also monitoring the player's situation, according to the sources, although the 31-year-old isn't ruling out extending his stay at West Ham.

"I know that the coming years are really important and I need a club that trusts in me," said Hernandez in an interview on YouTube. "If it is West Ham, I'll stay here and it'd be welcome."

Hernandez has recently launched a video blog entitled "Naked Humans" to let people get an inside look into his life, although he defended himself from criticism that his current lifestyle isn't in line with that of a professional player.

"I always make decisions on when to [film] based on the football schedule, based on what I do within 24 hours to arrive to train in top conditions," he said, adding later in the same interview: "I love to vlog because I want to show who I am, I want people to really know the good and bad and I want them to see that Javier Hernandez and 'Chicharito' are the same. Being a human shouldn't be defined by your money or your fame or your success."

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United player stressed that his primary motivation at this stage of his career isn't financial and that he is as passionate about the game as ever.

Mexico's all-time top goal-scorer was left out of El Tri's squad for the Gold Cup after a mutual agreement with head coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino. Hernandez recently became a father for the first time.

Hernandez netted seven goals in the Premier League last season, although he only started 14 games.

Football London

West Ham complete deal as fan favourite signs contract extension

The Hammers midfielder has committed to the club for a further season

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass has penned a new one-year contract extension with the club after forcing his way into Manuel Pellegrini's team last season.

The Scotsman has signed a new deal with the Hammers until the end of the 2020/21 season and it also contains an option to extend it for a further 12 months.

Snodgrass was seemingly on his way out of the club 12 months ago having returned from a season-long loan at Aston Villa, who wanted to buy him permanently but couldn't meet the asking price. Snodgrass had been frozen out of the club by former manager Slaven Bilic, who sent him packing to the Midlands just six months after signing for more than £10m from Hull City.

However, on his return to the capital, the Scotland international forced his way into Manuel Pellegrini's first team in 2018/19, making 38 appearances in total, scoring four goals and bagging nine assists across the campaign.

The Hammers midfielder said of his new deal: "I’m delighted to commit my future to this great club. Sometimes you get a chance to play for that one club that’s special, going through that special time, and I believe at this moment that’s West Ham.

"We’re trying our best to keep progressing and moving forward.

"They're building something special here. For me, it’s about trying to build on last season. Trying to get more goals and more assists and trying to be the best teammate I can.

"I will just take it one per cent at a time and do the best I possibly can. The drive for me is to be a better player; to listen and learn. We’re constantly learning, and the manager and his staff will want to implement more ideas, new ideas. To be part of that going forward, I’m delighted."

Snodgrass became a fan favourite in east London last season for his efforts on the pitch where he covered an average of 11.7km per appearance but more for turning his career with the club around having seemingly had no future previously.

Mad About EPL

West Ham United eyeing South American midfield ace: Pros and cons of signing him

West Ham United want to sign Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Charles Aranguiz, who is entering his last year of contract with the Bundesliga side.

According to a report from the Bild, the Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is keen on the Chilean International, but Leverkusen are likely to play hardball.

Aranguiz is currently on the national team duty with Chile in the Copa America in Brazil. He has impressed with his tenacious performances in midfield, and has managed three assists so far in the competition, helping his side to the semi-finals of the competition.

The 30-year old scored 3 goals and managed 8 assists in 29 appearances across all competitions for Leverkusen last season.

Let’s look at the pros and cons of signing the Chilean midfielder.


Aranguiz is a versatile player who primarily features as a central midfielder, and can also move in on the right or in a defensive role if the manager requires him.

The Leverkusen midfielder is a strong passer of the ball and possesses the technical ability to orchestrate the play from the centre of the pitch.

The Chilean averaged a pass success of 86.4%, 1.5 key passes, and 3.5 long balls per game in all competitions last season, and his addition to the Hammers would add more composure and quality alongside someone like Declan Rice.

The 30-year-old also boasts excellent work-rate in the defensive phase of the game, so that will hold him in good stead under Pellegrini.

Aranguiz never shies away from a tackle either, and his style is similar to Arturo Vidal, who is an all-action midfielder. He managed 1.9 tackles, 1 interception and 0.9 clearances per 90 minutes last term.


The Leverkusen midfielder stands in at 5ft 6in tall and lacks aerial prowess which could be a slight issue in the Premier League where certain teams play route one football.

He managed an average of 0.6 aerial duels won per game across all competitions last season.

Pellegrini already has a stacked up midfield at his disposal. The signing of Aranguiz, with Pablo Fornals, Jack Wilshere, Mark Noble, and Declan Rice already at the club, could give Pellegrini a selection headache.

The Chilean midfielder’s age could also be a concern going forward as he would offer very little resale value in case the Hammers decide to get rid of him later on.

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Texas Iron 12:53 Wed Jul 3
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Mex Martillo 4:57 Tue Jul 2
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Well pleased that Snodgrass has a new contract
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 3:13 Tue Jul 2
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bill green 12:18 Tue Jul 2

The_Phantom 2:20 Tue Jul 2
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Crystal Palace want Arsenal's English defender Carl Jenkinson, 27, as a £5m replacement for right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka

Wow so £5m buys you absolute shit now or has someone added the 'm ?.

Thanks Alan

The Stoat 1:00 Tue Jul 2
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Apart from the wages we pay him I for one would like to see Pea stay, proven goal scorer but just needs a kick up the arse to work a bit harder

Sydney_Iron 12:22 Tue Jul 2
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Thanks Alan

bill green 12:18 Tue Jul 2
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Takashi Miike 12:13 Tue Jul 2

Takashi Miike 12:13 Tue Jul 2
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Thanks Alan

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