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Alan 11:57 Wed Jul 3
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are eager to include Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, in a potential deal for Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26. (Mail)

United will have to pay Leicester City more than £90m for Harry Maguire - making the 26-year-old the most expensive defender of all time - if they are to sign the England centre-back this summer. (Telegraph)

Maguire would prefer a move to United's rivals Manchester City, as he wants to play Champions League football. (Express)

Derby County will replace Chelsea-bound Frank Lampard, 41, with former Barcelona and Netherlands utility man Phillip Cocu, 48, who is a free agent after leaving Fenerbahce last year. (Guardian)

Manchester United have made an offer for Dinamo Zagreb's 21-year-old Spain Under-21 midfielder Dani Olmo. (Mail)

Crystal Palace are determined not to sell Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, to Arsenal and are furious because they believe the Gunners have deliberately set out to unsettle him. (Mirror)

Bournemouth's Netherlands defender Nathan Ake, 24, is likely to sign for Manchester City this summer. (L'Equipe, via Manchester Evening News)

Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Arsenal and France striker Alexandre Lacazette, 28, to replace Barcelona-bound France forward Antoine Griezmann, 28. (Mirror)

Barcelona are ready to listen to offers for 25-year-old France central defender Samuel Umtiti, who is a target for Manchester United. (Sport, via Mirror)

Manchester United are keen to capitalise on the uncertainty at St James' Park by making a formal approach for Newcastle United's 21-year-old English midfielder Sean Longstaff. (Chronicle)

Chelsea have agreed a new long-term contract with England midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 23. (Telegraph)

Arsenal's French defender Laurent Koscielny, 33, is wanted by Bordeaux. (L'Equipe)

Aston Villa are keen on Kasimpasa and Egypt midfielder Mahmoud Trezeguet, 24. (Sun)

Barcelona and France winger Ousmane Dembele, 22, wants to stay at Nou Camp despite interest from Liverpool and Bayern Munich. (L'Equipe)

Celtic have tried to ward off Arsenal's interest in 22-year-old Scotland full-back Kieran Tierney by driving up his price to £25m. (Star)

West Ham fear they could find themselves in a stand-off with Austria striker Marko Arnautovic, 30, if they do not sell him. (Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are ready to duke it out in a battle royale to secure the services of Bournemouth central defender Nathan Aké. French sports daily L’Equipe claim Pep Guardiola’s Premier League champions have the edge and will sign the 24-year-old Dutch international for up to £40m. Rumour Mill regular Harry Maguire continues to be linked with both City and Manchester United and could cost more than twice that amount if either club manage to lure him away from Leicester.

Following his sensational return of two goals in 32 appearances for Huddersfield Town last season, Steve Mounie is a striker in demand. Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Watford and Bournemouth have all made enquiries about the availability of the Benin international, who signed from Montpellier for around £12m two years ago.

The head of Marko Arnautovic is spinning in a manner not entirely dissimilar to that of the girl in The Exorcist after being turned by yet another offer from China. The West Ham striker failed to force through a move to Guangzhou Evergrande last January, but now seems determined to fulfil every kid’s boyhood dream of playing in the Chinese Super League on a four-year deal worth £40m. With Lucas Pérez and Andy Carroll gone from the club, West Ham are a little light up front and will only countenance selling their sulky striker if they can find an adequate replacement. West Brom’s Salomón Rondón and Porto’s Moussa Marega are currently inching their way across Manuel Pellegrini’s radar.

Speculation that Alexandre Lacazette could be heading for the Arsenal exit door just won’t go away and the French striker is currently being touted as a potential replacement for his Barcelona-bound compatriot Antoine Griezmann at Atlético Madrid. With a budget of just £45m to spend on new players and in dire need of some defenders and a Wilfried Zaha, Arsenal boss Unai Emery needs to offload several players in a bid to bolster his transfer kitty.

Atlético are also interested in taking Willian off Chelsea’s hands but are reported to have had a bid of £35m laughed out of Stamford Bridge. Currently serving a two-window transfer ban, Chelsea are understandably reluctant to sell their Brazilian winger, but would face the prospect of losing him for nothing when his contract expires at the end of next season. Knowing he has the club over a barrel, the 30-year-old is holding out for a two-year deal which they are reluctant to give him due to his advancing years.

Manchester United have held talks with Barcelona regarding the future of central defender Samuel Umtiti, who is available for a fee of £45m. Liverpool have also approached the Spanish champions with a view to taking Ousmane Dembélé off their hands, but L’Equipe say the winger is not interested in going anywhere.

And finally, Manchester United are ready to riff, be-bop and scat all over the pain of Newcastle fans by ramping up their interest in Magpies midfielder Sean Longstaff. Ole Gunnar Solskjær wants his superiors to seal a deal for the £25m-rated 21-year-old before he takes his team on their pre-season tour of Australia next Sunday.


West Ham tempted to sell Arnautovic after striker agitates for move again

Chinese club had bid rejected on Tuesday

Jacob Steinberg

West Ham feel so let down by Marko Arnautovic renewing his attempts to force a transfer to China that they will consider honouring an expired clause in the striker’s contract that would allow him to leave for £40m this summer.

Arnautovic has told West Ham of his desire to move on after they rejected a £19m bid for the Austrian from an unnamed Chinese Super League club on Tuesday. The London Stadium club consider that offer insulting and, in the absence of an acceptable bid, have told the Austrian they expect him to honour the contract extension he signed in January.

The 30-year-old agreed that deal only after West Ham refused to grant him a move to a club in China, thought to be Guangzhou Evergrande, where he was offered a four-year contract worth more than £40m. At the time he said he signed it “to put a stop” to the speculation over his future.

The new agreement included a pay-rise, with Arnautovic’s wages of £120,000 a week making him the squad’s second highest earner, and in a gesture of goodwill West Ham agreed to insert an annual £40m buyout clause in it.

However it is understood that anyone hoping to sign Arnautovic must activate the clause by 14 June, giving West Ham enough time to find a replacement for the former Stoke City striker, who moved to east London for an initial £20m two years ago. It is not in West Ham’s interest to lose Arnautovic, who has scored 11 goals in each of the last two seasons, towards the end of the summer transfer window.

Yet there is a growing feeling that Arnautovic’s behaviour is causing too much disruption off the pitch and although the deadline for the clause to be valid has passed West Ham have indicated they could agree to honour it if they receive a bid of £40m. While West Ham have yet to receive an official transfer request from Arnuatovic, the challenge of keeping him happy is having a draining effect.

Arnautovic’s brother and agent Danijel has a fractious relationship with West Ham, who view him as a troublesome character, and his latest comments on a long-running saga carried a provocative edge. “He’s not a cow or a horse which you bring to market,” Danijel said last night. “He’s a highly talented footballer who is simply being used by West Ham. He’s just a number to them. West Ham were trying to get rid of Marko right up until the last minute of the January transfer window and they are still trying to sell him right now. To them he’s just a commodity.”

Much will depend on whether Manuel Pellegrini has enough time to recruit a new forward. West Ham have targeted Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez, Porto’s Moussa Marega and West Bromwich Albion’s Salomón Rondón. Having released Andy Carroll on a free transfer and sold Lucas Perez to Alaves, West Ham are short of options up front and will force Arnautovic to stay if they are unable to replace him.

Evening Standard

West Ham stand firm over Marko Arnautovic and want £40million for wantaway striker

West Ham have made it clear they will not be bullied into selling Marko Arnautovic on the cheap as the striker seeks a lucrative transfer to China.

Arnautovic is ready to try to force his way out of West Ham for the second time in seven months, although he has not handed in a formal transfer request.

His brother and agent Danijel is trying to engineer a move and West Ham have rejected a bid of around £20million from an unnamed Chinese Super League club.

The Hammers value Arnautovic at £40m and immediately dismissed the offer as derisory.

West Ham will take a hard stance with the 30-year-old but they will consider selling him if their valuation is met and they can find a replacement.

Manager Manuel Pellegrini has targeted Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez and may decide it is in the best interest of the club to sell a player whose behaviour has been disruptive.

Pellegrini will not want another long-running transfer saga involving Arnautovic and the wantaway Austrian is clearly not happy at West Ham. His relationship with the club's supporters also looks to have fractured beyond repair.

Arnautovic had been due to join up with the West Ham squad at their pre-season training camp in Switzerland next Monday.

But his brother Danijel's latest comments have not gone down well with the club and it remains to be seen if Pellegrini will want a potentially unsettling influence in the camp.

It is only seven months since Arnautovic tried to force through a move to China before signing a new contract worth around £130,000 a week and which runs until 2023.


Javier Hernandez comments on returning to West Ham United

John Verrall

West Ham United striker Javier Hernandez has been linked with a move away from the London Stadium.

Javier Hernandez has suggested that it is ‘great’ to be back in West Ham United training on the club’s official website.

Hernandez sparked controversy earlier this summer, when he suggested that he was looking to leave West Ham.

The Mexican forward admitted to Goal that his agent was trying to find him a new team, as he looked to move away from the London Stadium.

However, Hernandez has claimed that he is delighted to be back in West Ham training now.

"It's great to be back," he said. "Tuesday's was an introduction kind of session, to try to move our legs, even though most of us have been working a little bit before we came here.

"It was good being involved, getting a touch and having a small game at the end too. I think after Wednesday, we will have the harder sessions because we need to build up a very good base so we can get ourselves into a good way physically to allow us to perform.”

The comments don’t exactly sound like something Hernandez would say if he was absolutely desperate to leave West Ham.

A space may be opening for him to break into West Ham’s starting line up too, as Marko Arnautovic’s future is uncertain.

If Arnautovic does move West Ham will have to sign a new striker, but Hernandez may be best placed to fill the void over pre-season.

Hernandez has struggled for regular game time with the Hammers, but if Manuel Pellegrini was to hand him increased starting chances he may be more inclined to stay.

Sport Witness

Club chief’s ‘latest idea’ is to sign West Ham United player on loan deal

On July 2nd, we carried a report from Gazzetta dello Sport, who claimed that ‘research continues’ for Bologna in signing Pedro Obiang from West Ham United.

The midfielder has been linked with host of clubs in the Serie A and another Italian outlet now claims Parma are also looking at the Guinea international.

Parma Today goes on to claim that Parma director of football Daniele Faggiano’s ‘latest idea’ to strengthen his side’s midfield is to sign the 27-year-old.

The midfielder still has three years left on his contract with the Premier League side and Parma would need to submit a lucrative offer to take him away from the London Stadium.

It is claimed that Parma’s idea is to sign the former Sampdoria man on a season long loan deal with an option or obligation to make the deal permanent in the summer of 2020, which sounds optimistic to say the least.

For now, this is just an idea of Faggiano and it’s also been reported by TV Parma, as relayed by Calciomercato.

Not sure I believe this, but:-

Sky Sports

Maxi Gomez keen on West Ham transfer

Celta Vigo striker Maxi Gomez wants to join West Ham but personal terms have yet to be agreed, according to Sky sources.

West Ham had a £29m offer for the 22-year-old, who has been a target for the Hammers since last summer, accepted in June.

Extensive talks for the player were also held between West Ham and Celta Vigo in January, but the Spanish club wanted his £43.3m release clause met.

Valencia have also agreed a deal with Celta Vigo but are struggling to finance the move.

Taste of Football

Maxi Gomez – West Ham’s £29 million Arnautovic replacement

After signing Pablo Fornals earlier this window and with their pursuit of a top Uruguayan striker, West Ham mean business in this summer window.

According to Sky Sports News, the Hammers had a £29 million bid accepted by Celta Vigo for their highly rated striker earlier in the window but nothing advanced or materialised from there.

Yet now hot off the press, Marko Arnautovic has handed in another transfer request. The Austrian tried to force through a move in January before committing his future to West Ham. Now, he wants to move again and it seems like the Irons will let him leave to avoid further trouble, paving the way for Gomez to get his long awaited move to the London Stadium.

Setting Uruguay Alight

The forward began his career in Latin America with Defensor Sporting, coming up through their youth ranks before making his senior debut at 19 years of age. He was excellent from the moment he stepped on the pitch in 2015/16, with 14 goals in 21 appearances. This included 4 goals in a 6-5 away win for Sporting. Decent first impression.

Yet the following season was quite the opposite. Gomez struggled with just 4 goals in 14 games, with his breakout season now looking like a purple patch.

However, the Uruguayan was back to his best in the 2017 Primera Division season with 10 goals in just 12 games. Oh and 2 red cards. A another fine season in Uruguay rewarded Gomez with a €4.3 million move to La Liga with Celta Vigo.

Seamless Transition

Once again, he hit the ground running with 17 goals in 39 appearances for the Celticos in his first Spanish top flight season. Very impressive for someone so new to the league. This season has followed suit for Gomez too, ensuring that he is a talent with goal scoring prowess.

Style of Play

Standing at 6ft 1, Gomez epitomises the phrase ‘target man’. His ability to hold up the ball and out muscle defenders enables him to be a great outlet for his side. 2.4 shots per game and 9 assists across his last two seasons evidences his ability to be an effective playmaker alongside a fine finisher.

Inevitably, his height allows him to superb in the air, with a large number of the goals he scores being headers. The Uruguayan international is also a very intelligent forward alongside the strength and fighting spirit that we’ve seen.

Despite not covering the most distance on the pitch, he makes great runs into the box for wingers to meet with crosses and midfielders to meet with balls to his feet.


We’re confident if West Ham secure his signature, the former Defensor Sporting player will be a roaring success in London and could prove to be the difference in their bid for Europa League football next season.

“People back in Uruguay say that I’m going to be Luis Suárez’s successor in the national team and I hope that will turn out to be the case.”

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Mex Martillo 6:55 Wed Jul 3
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The Gomez story changes from day to day, no idea what to think.
Thanks Alan

FruityBoots. 6:14 Wed Jul 3
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Well at least Chicarito is behaving in a more professional manner that Arnautovic.
Yeah off to China with Arnuatovic for £40 million and in comes Gómez which is how it’s done on FIFA 19 but this is the real world, this will roll on I feel unfortunately 😒

Thanks Alan 5:52 Wed Jul 3
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147man 12:54 Wed Jul 3

ludo21 3:50 Wed Jul 3
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Just tell the Chinese they can have the stroppy Austrian for 29m and get Gomez done FFS.

Get Rondon as well and offload Hernandez for a cheaper 3rd option.... job done.

If we can do that we will have a bloody good season (until they all get injured)!

Alan 2:38 Wed Jul 3
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Gomez story added.

jimbo2. 2:01 Wed Jul 3
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It's certainly never dull or boring at WH, is it? Thanks Al.

bill green 1:59 Wed Jul 3
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Alan 12:46 Wed Jul 3

yes I missed that clause - good job I'm not a lawyer :)

147man 12:54 Wed Jul 3
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Thanks Alan

Alan 12:46 Wed Jul 3
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Obiang story added.

bill green 12:26 Wed Jul 3

"I guess they mean July?"

Bill, it does say in the story "and although the deadline for the clause to be valid has passed"

Texas Iron 12:38 Wed Jul 3
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thecockneyboy 12:29 Wed Jul 3
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Cheers Al

bill green 12:26 Wed Jul 3
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Thanks Alan

anyone hoping to sign Arnautovic must activate the clause by 14 June,

I guess they mean July?

I hope end we end up with 3 or 4 new strikers, this lot have been poor

Sydney_Iron 12:13 Wed Jul 3
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Thanks Alan

Doubt the Pea will be going anywhere soon, glad to hear he is happy to be back after the break, the way things look with the stroppy Austrian we will need him.

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