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Alan 11:57 Thu Jul 4
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Frank Lampard's confirmation as Chelsea boss was delayed on Wednesday evening because Facebook and Instagram were experiencing problems loading pictures and videos and the club wanted the social media sites restored to normal before making the announcement. (Mirror)

Chelsea have opened new contract talks with 20-year-old midfielder Mason Mount, who played under Lampard at Derby last season. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United want to sign Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, from Sporting Lisbon, and the player's agent is already in the UK to thrash out a deal. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham are battling for the signature of Real Madrid midfielder and Spain star Dani Ceballos, 22. (Marca)

Leicester are closing in on the £40m club record signing of Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, 22, from Monaco and are also looking to sign Spanish forward Ayoze Perez, 25, from Newcastle for around £30m. (Telegraph)

Brendan Rodgers' Foxes have been told they will need to offer Brighton £40m if they want to tempt the South Coast club into selling central defender Lewis Dunk, 27. (Mirror)

Tottenham have put talks with Real Betis for Argentina midfielder Giovani Lo Celso, 24, on hold as the two clubs are unable to agree a fee. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal have been offered Barcelona's Brazilian forward Malcom, 22, but remain focused on trying to sign 26-year-old Ivory Coast forward Wilfred Zaha from Crystal Palace. (Mirror)

The Gunners have up to £70m available as they prepare to make a second bid for Zaha, though Palace are believed to value the forward at £80m. (Sky Sports)

Romelu Lukaku's agent has held fresh talks with Inter Milan with the Italian side still in discussions with Manchester United over a fee for the 26-year-old Belgium striker. (Sky Sport Italia - in Italian)

Manchester City are likely to sign 24-year-old Netherlands defender Nathan Ake from Bournemouth this summer. (L'Equipe - in French)

Tottenham are interested in Roma's 20-year-old Italy striker Nicolo Zaniolo and are willing to sell them Belgium defender Toby Alderweireld, 30, to help fund the deal. (Mail)

Bayern Munich have overtaken Manchester City in the race to sign 25-year-old Portugal right-back Joao Cancelo from Juventus. (Corriere dello Sport via Manchester Evening News)

But both clubs may also have to challenge Barcelona for the defender's signature. (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Everton have received bids from clubs in the Bundesliga and the Championship for 22-year-old midfielder Joe Williams. (Liverpool Echo)

Southampton are not interested in signing Portugal forward Andre Silva, 23, from AC Milan despite reports in Italy suggesting otherwise. (Daily Echo)

Tottenham could sell England full-backs Kieran Trippier, 28, and Danny Rose, 29, as they prepare a move for Fulham's England Under-21 defender Ryan Sessegnon, 19. (Mirror)

Newcastle have contacted Belgium boss Roberto Martinez over the possibility of succeeding Rafael Benitez as Magpies manager. (Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has asked the club to sign 25-year-old Spanish striker Mariano Diaz from Real Madrid. (Ok Diario via Star)

Real Madrid have not received any offers for Wales midfielder Gareth Bale, 29, despite making it clear he does not feature in manager Zinedine Zidane's plans. (Marca)

Radio communications between the referee and VAR control room during Brazil's controversial 2-0 Copa America victory over rivals Argentina were blocked by the security team of visiting Brazil president Jair Bolsoaro. (Globoesporte.com)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

After a two-window hiatus in which they failed to sign a single new player, Tottenham Hotspur are waving their cheque-book about with abandon as they go about reinvigorating an understandably jaded squad for the coming season. The signing of Jack Clarke from Leeds United preceded the loudly trumpeted arrival of Tanguy Ndombele from Olympique Lyonnais for a club record £55m on Tuesday and now the Mirror is reporting that Spurs are “highly likely” to bring in Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham. Eager to move to White Hart Lane and with just one year left on his contract, the 19-year-old full-back will almost certainly get his wish once the two clubs agree a fee.

Tottenham are willing to offload England full-backs Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier and Napoli have enquired about the duo’s availability. With Trippier, in particular, looking certain to leave the club sooner rather than later, both Everton and Crystal Palace have also been mentioned as possible future destinations. With Toby Alderweireld also likely to be heading for the White Hart Lane exit, Tottenham could offer him to Roma as part of some a swap deal with young Italian striker Nicolò Zaniolo. Meanwhile in Spain, the club’s attempts to thrash out a deal with Real Betis to make a Premier League player of their Argentinian midfielder, Giovani Lo Celso, have reached an impasse as the two clubs are unable to settle on a price.

Fed up with life at Newcastle, Isaac Hayden wants a move to pastures new and could fetch up on the pristine pasture of Molineux. The Northern Echo says the 24-year-old midfielder is available for around £15m and is also wanted by Watford, Brighton and West Ham. According to the Sun, Newcastle have sounded out Belgium boss Roberto Martínez to see if he’d consider filling the big boots of their recently departed manager Rafael Benítez.

The word in Portugal is that Miguel Pinho, agent of Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, is en route to England this morning to discuss the future of his client with representatives of both Tottenham and Liverpool, while reports closer to home suggest he arrived last night for an audience with Manchester United officials. Call the Rumour Mill an old cynic, but it’s almost as if nobody really has a clue what is going on.

Resigned to losing Harry Maguire before the transfer window closes, Leicester hope to replace him with Brighton central defender Lewis Dunk, who could cost them £40m. The Foxes are also close to securing the £40m signing of Youri Tielemans from Monaco after his successful loan spell last season and could complete their summer trolley-dash by paying an eye-watering £30m for Newcastle striker Ayoze Pérez.

And finally, Gareth Bale is beginning to resemble the kind of forlorn stray dog the Rescue Centre are unable to re-home for reasons nobody can quite fathom, as Marca reports that Real Madrid have fielded no enquiries whatsoever about the availability of a player who has very publicly been deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabéu by his manager.


Why Marko won’t hand in transfer request or go on strike

So, despite modern footballers claims of loyaltythe biggest cause of their shyness is because they would lose out on contractual bonuses as a result.

A loyalty bonus tends to be spread incrementally over a player’s contract – i.e. 20 per cent each year on a five-year deal. Often these loyalty payments coincide with the end of transfer windows.

Signing-on fees are commonplace and must be paid in equal annual instalments over the period of the contract with the default position being that where a player is transferred before the expiry of their deal, the unpaid element of the signing-on fee must be paid in full by the selling club to the player.

Should the player hand in a written transfer request, the signing on fee is terminated they lose the remainder of their signing-on fee or in some circumstances be bound to repay the full signing-on bonus if paid as a lump sum.

This is the real reason Marko Arnautovic won’t be handing in a written transfer request any time soon.

The club could fine Marko up to £250,000 in wages if he turns up late for training, refuses to train or play or brings the name of the club into disrepute.

Marko cannot knowingly do, write/ say anything or omit to do anything which is likely to bring the club or the game of football into disrepute, cause the player or the club to be in breach of the rules or cause damage to the club or its officers or employees or any match official.

Wherever circumstances permit, the player should give to the club reasonable notice of his intention to make any contributions to the public media in order to allow representations to be made to him on behalf of the club if it so desires.

This is the reason he is letting his brother do all the talking because it would be difficult to prove he knowingly instigated any of it and allows him to plausible deniability.

The bloke is not about to lose a quarter of a million pounds in a club fine and I am sure he will duly fly out to Switzerland on Monday to join the squad unless he is sold in the next few days or develops a mystery illness.

Sport Witness

West Ham to make offer in coming days for Pellegrini target, Hammers officials to travel

West Ham United will make an offer to sign Besiktas’ Gary Medel in the coming days, claim Turkish newspaper Fanatik.

After Chile’s exit from the Copa America, Medel’s future with Besiktas will now be decided and Fanatik report West Ham officials are planning a trip to Turkey.

The Chilean midfielder has been linked with a move to the Hammers since January and it seems those rumours are likely to continue throughout this window. West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is said to be keen to bring in his compatriot.

According to previous reports from the Turkish press, the 31-year old wants to leave Besiktas and play in the Premier League. It’s also been claimed Besiktas are looking to part ways with the player due to their financial woes.

Fanatik say other European clubs are also showing an interest in Medel, but West Ham are currently the most serious.

The Chilean is under contract with the Super Lig club until June 2020.

Sport Witness

Pain for West Ham as Maxi Gomez about to move for less than previously thought

On Wednesday, Sky Sports were still sticking to their claims that West Ham and Valencia had both had £29m offers accepted by Celta Vigo for their striker Maxi Gomez.

That’s despite Celta’s president making it clear that wasn’t the case.

In recent days it’s been made clear the two Spanish clubs have reopened talks and everything has looked much brighter for a move to Valencia.

Thursday lunchtime saw a handful of new claims which push Gomez closer and closer to Los Ches.

Cadena Ser report Gomez will move to Valencia on a four year contract for an initial €14.5m fee, plus a further €1.5m in possible bonuses.

Santi Mina will go the other way as part of the deal, and Jorge Sáenz will be loaned. That upfront fee is lower than Celta had wanted.

Originally they’d been demanding €25m plus Santi Mina, with Valencia wanting to pay €10m, so it looks like the latter have got the deal closer to how they wanted it.

The loan of Sáenz, a 22 year old central defender who has just been signed from Tenerife, won’t really be a big financial benefit.

West Ham look to have lost out here, unless there’s any very dramatic late developments.

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Texas Iron 3:40 Fri Jul 5
Re: Thursday newspapers
Typical predictable cuntish behaviour by Arnautovic and brother...
Should have seen it coming....re history of same...

Thanks Alan 11:56 Thu Jul 4
Re: Thursday newspapers
Mex at Ten

The Stoat 10:06 Thu Jul 4
Re: Thursday newspapers
So the Gomez saga ends up the same as Batshit, Lacazette, Aubameyang and a host of others

Is CFC still avaialable?

Mex Martillo 10:00 Thu Jul 4
Re: Thursday newspapers
Thanks Alan

Takashi Miike 8:48 Thu Jul 4
Re: Thursday newspapers
Thanks Alan

hopefully we can finally bring in a couple of strikers now stroppy bollocks looks to be on his way

Thames Ironworks 2:41 Thu Jul 4
Re: Thursday newspapers
Medel really? This story won't die will it.

Thanks Alan

bill green 12:29 Thu Jul 4
Re: Thursday newspapers
Thanks Alan
they couldn't even be bothered to make something up today

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