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Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City are not prepared to meet Leicester's current asking price for defender Harry Maguire, leaving rivals Manchester United in the clear to wrap up a deal for the 26-year-old England international. (90Min)

Manchester United transfer target Bruno Fernandes is now keen on a move to Old Trafford. The 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder is due in Manchester for a medical. (Sport Witness)

The Red Devils have picked out Atletico Madrid and Spain defender Saul Niguez, 24, as a replacement for Paul Pogba, should the 26-year-old French midfielder leave. (Express)

Arsenal will miss out on 21-year-old German goalkeeper Markus Schubert, who has decided to join Schalke from Dynamo Dresden. (Sport1)

Arsenal are in the race to sign Marcelo as the 31-year-old Brazilian left-back has asked to leave Real Madrid. (Sport - via Metro)

Inter Milan are stalling on an official bid for Manchester United and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26. (Sun)

West Ham have stepped up their interest in West Brom and Venezuela striker Salomon Rondon, 29 and are preparing a higher bid. (Star)

Dejan Lovren could be on his way out of Liverpool, with Serie A side AC Milan keen on bringing the 30-year-old Croatia defender to the San Siro. (Mirror)

Manchester City face competition from Juventus for Barcelona and Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 25. (Sport English - via Mirror)

Inter Milan want to use Portugal striker Andre Silva, 23, as part of a £40.3m (45m euros) swap deal to bring in Wolves and Portugal midfielder Ruben Neves, 22. (Sport Mediaset - in Italian)

Tottenham legend Ossie Ardiles says it is "futile" for the club to try to keep Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27. (Talksport)

West Ham United are trying to hijack Valencia's move for Celta Vigo and Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez, 22. (Sky Italia - via Inside Futbol)

Bournemouth and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 25 is about to sign for Arsenal, after the 25-year-old was spotted in London. (Football.London)

Leicester will turn their attention to signing Burnley defender James Tarkowski if Harry Maguire, 26, leaves for Manchester United. Wolves have also been interested in 26-year-old England international Tarkowski. (Birmingham Mail)

Norwich are close to the signing of Schalke's German goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann, 30, on a season-long loan. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are prepared to offer their Spanish goalkeeper David de Gea a contract worth £85m which will see the 28-year-old earn £350,000 a week. (Star)

Southampton are not interested in loaning out Gabon international midfielder Mario Lemina but they would consider a permanent deal for the 25-year-old. (Daily Echo)

Arsenal have made contact with Gremio over the signing of Argentina international central defender Walter Kannemann, 28. (Globo Esporte - via Metro)

Former LA Galaxy and Tottenham forward and Mexico international Giovani dos Santos, 30, is on the brink of a move to Club America. (ESPN)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Michael Butler

Arsenal need to shore up their defence if they are to stand a chance of qualifying for the Champions League next season, so naturally they have been linked with Marcelo, the Real Madrid left back. Now 31, Arsenal could yet fall foul of handing a mammoth contract to the Brazilian, who has a very particular set of attacking skills, skills he has acquired over a very long career. Skills that make it a nightmare for people like Laurent Koscielny, who could be tearing his hair out at the 31-year-old’s forward forays. What’s more, Marcelo is very good mates with Mesut Özil from the German international’s time in Madrid, with the left-back even including Özil in his all-time XI of players he has played with. High praise indeed.

Some better news for the Gunners: they are set to receive around £4m due if Ismael Bennacer’s transfer from Empoli to Milan goes ahead due to a sell-on clause. Milan are closing on a £14m deal for the midfielder who spent 2015-17 warming a youth team bench in north London. Arsenal have reportedly decided against their buy-back option.

The Gonzalo Higuaín show will go on! After new Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri turned down the chance to work with the Argentinian striker for yet another season, Higuaín’s brother/Mr 15% emailed every sporting director in Europe, and has finally got a reply! It’s from Roma, who think he can help fire them back into the Champions League.

West Ham fans, look away now. Not only are your club resigned to losing Marko Arnautovic to China, but one of your top transfer targets – Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gómez – is also reportedly off to Valencia in a flamboyant cash + Santi Mina deal. Jorge Sáenz, a central defender recently recruited by Valencia from Tenerife, will also join on loan as part of the deal. Salomón Rondón looks a much more likely alternative for the Hammers – the West Brom man will command a fee of around £15m, despite having just one year left on his contract.

Some people at Sky have noticed that Ralf Fahrmann’s wife has started to follow Norwich on Instagram, and also noted that the Schalke goalkeeper “is close friends with Norwich assistant Christopher John, after the pair founded a clothing company together a few years ago” so, in a blow to Tim Krul, Fahrmann to Norwich is something increasingly like a goer. Dynamo Dresden’s Markus Schubert, a promising German keeper linked with Arsenal, has been lined up to replace Fahrmann in Gelsenkirchen.

Aston Villa have also been making waves in the market, dropping £55m so far on six different players, including £14m on Matt Targett (!). Ha! In slightly better news for those in mauve, Villa have identified Trézéguet (the Egyptian winger, not the 41-year-old French-Argentinian striker) as their next big coup. Currently at the Africa Cup of Nations alongside Mo Salah and Villa’s Ahmed Elmohamady, Trézéguet has allegedly told his club, Kasimpasa, that he wants to go. That’s your lot!


Hammers face hitch in Gomez hijack ploy

Spanish reports claim Maxi Gomez will leave Celta Vigo today for Valencia in exchange for 16 million euros (£14.3m) plus Santi Mina and the two-year loan of Jorge Saenz.

Although West Ham are attempting to hijack the offer with a greater cash offer of around £36m and much higher wages it appears Gomez has accepted a significantly lower wage to stay in Spain and play in the Champions League next season for Valencia.

Celta yesterday confirmed the signing of Gabriel Fernandez from Penarol, with the Uruguayan agreeing to a five-year deal. The 25-year-old will wear the No.19 and will be presented at 7 pm local time on Friday.

A photo emerged on social media last night claiming to be leaked Valencia announcement photo.

We now wait for official confirmation from Spain but certainly, the news at this time appears grim for West Ham who look like they must pursue other striker targets.

However, the Hammers are still on the case with a senior source telling us by e-mail: “We will know a lot more within 48 hours.”

Sport Witness

From Spain: West Ham reps arrive in Vigo on private jet – Full drama – Celta hold off

West Ham’s late attempts to snatch Maxi Gomez from Valencia’s clutches are getting more entertaining, and the Hammers certainly can’t be doubted for their efforts to disrupt this one.

Faro de Vigo now report representatives working on behalf of West Ham have arrived in Vigo via private jet.

Their intention is to go back with the signing of Gomez secured, and they won’t ‘throw in the towel’.

However, it’s claimed Celta Vigo don’t intend to negotiate with West Ham, with the insinuation being the Premier League club would need to deposit the player’s €50m buyout clause.

Celta don’t want talks because they’re quite happy with the deal offered by Valencia, which would see them get €14.5m, a bonus payment, Santi Mina, and another player on a two year loan.

Faro de Vigo say West Ham would therefore have to decide whether to pay the €50m, which would make the agreement between Celta and Valencia meaningless.

The article ends by saying: ‘Meanwhile, Maxi and his agents encourage West Ham, convinced they could get better conditions.’

It’s not clear whether they mean better conditions with West Ham, or better conditions with Valencia because of West Ham.

Sport Witness

From Valencia: Maxi Gomez transfer ‘up in the air’ – Agent wants West Ham commission matching

The Maxi Gomez claims are coming fast from Spain on Friday, and that’s because his transfer to Valencia has turned into a full soap opera.

Celta Vigo this week reached an agreement to sell their striker to Los Ches. It would have seen them receive €14.5m, a million or so in bonuses payment, Santi Mina, and another player on a two year loan.

That could still happen, but West Ham are trying their best to snatch Gomez away.

A little earlier we covered claims from Celta’s local media that West Ham representatives had arrived in Vigo via private jet this morning. However, Celta have an agreement with Valencia and the Hammers have been told they need to deposit Gomez’s €50m clause to break that.

There was also the suggestion the Hammers are being encouraged so Valencia have to part with more money.

Super Deporte, who say the transfer is ‘up in the air’, back that line of thinking up, and claim: ‘Apparently, Jonathan Barnett demands the same commission that he would charge if the operation is done with West Ham.’

We’ve contacted Stellar Group, who simply made it clear a player can’t be stopped from joining the club he wants to.

Super Deporte explain this could all kill the deal, and Valencia move on to other targets if things become too complicated.


Sport Witness

From Spain: Maxi Gomez medical planned by West Ham for weekend – Belief it’s closed

On Thursday we covered reports from Spain which explained Celta Vigo and Valencia had agreed a deal which would see Maxi Gomez move to the latter.

Valencia would be paying €14.5m plus a million or so more in bonuses. Santi Mina would also be part of the deal on a permanent transfer, and there’d be another player loaned for two seasons.

We explained that something very dramatic would have to happen to change things… and then it did.

West Ham representatives landed in Vigo by private jet this morning, as reported by Faro de Vigo earlier. Celta refused to negotiate, happy with their Valencia deal and the Hammers were told they’d have to pay the €50m clause.

Then it was reported by Super Deporte that the player’s agent had asked Los Ches to match the commission he would have received for a West Ham deal.

Then it really wobbled.

Now, the same Super Deporte, who are close to Valencia, report West Ham think they’ve got their man and have even planned a medical for this weekend. There’s a belief from the London club that it’s ‘closed’.

West Ham’s offer to the player is said to be ‘dizzying’ and whilst it’s explained Gomez could still choose Valencia, there’s ‘not much optimism’ at the Spanish club right now.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 12:11 Sat Jul 6
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Gomez saga continues...
Rumours on Belotti Torino...good goal ratio...

Sven Roeder 11:27 Fri Jul 5
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* ARSEnal

Sven Roeder 11:26 Fri Jul 5
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Ryan Fraser comes to London for Gay Pride and the papers have him signing for London

The Stoat 9:19 Fri Jul 5
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Hammer and Pickle 7:41 Fri Jul 5

But you just know we will fail

ted fenton 9:19 Fri Jul 5
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Thanks Alan 7:15 Fri Jul 5

Hammer and Pickle 7:41 Fri Jul 5
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Looks like we're really showing some teeth to get our man.

This is more like it!

Thanks Alan 7:15 Fri Jul 5
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Sydney_Iron 12:13 Fri Jul 5

Mex Martillo 4:46 Fri Jul 5
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Thanks Alan

Syd Puddefoot 12:39 Fri Jul 5
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"Bournemouth and Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 25 is about to sign for Arsenal, after the 25-year-old was spotted in London. (Football.London)"

Investigative journalism at its finest.

Oh, and thanks Alan.

Alwaysaniron 12:18 Fri Jul 5
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Thanks Alan

Sydney_Iron 12:13 Fri Jul 5
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Mad Dog 12:00 Fri Jul 5

Mad Dog 12:00 Fri Jul 5
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Thanks Alan

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