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Alan 12:58 Sat Jul 6
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Leicester are set to break their transfer record to sign 22-year-old Monaco and Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, who spent the second half of last season on loan at King Power Stadium. (Leicester Mercury)

Tottenham are closing in on a deal for Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 22. (AS)

Liverpool are also ready to move for Ceballos. (Sportwitness)

Manchester United are preparing a bid for Newcastle United's English midfielder Sean Longstaff, 21. (Sky Sports)

Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic, 30, is seeking talks with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over his Manchester United future after being made aware of interest from Inter Milan and AC Milan. (ESPN)

Former Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores is one of the managers Newcastle United are considering to replace Rafael Benitez. (Telegraph)

Chelsea and England winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, is close to signing a new contract at Stamford Bridge. (Goal)

Manchester United and Paris St-Germain have both agreed fees for Ajax and Netherlands defender Matthijs de Ligt, 19. (European football expert Julien Laurens, via Express)

Arsenal could sign Spanish winger Lucas Vazquez, 28, in a £31m deal from Real Madrid next week. (AS)

Bournemouth's England striker Callum Wilson, 27, is among West Ham's summer transfer targets. (90Min)

The Hammers have made a late bid for Celta Vigo's 24-year-old Uruguay striker Maxi Gomez, who is a target for Valencia. (Evening Standard)

Lille and Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe has spoken to Liverpool, says the French club's president, who added that another club has made a bid for the 24-year-old. (RMC Sport - in French)

Former Manchester United and Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has rejected an offer to become Chinese club Guangzhou Evergrande's manager. (Guardian)

United are set to miss out on Dinamo Zagreb's Spain Under-21 midfielder Dani Olmo because Tottenham have reached an agreement with the 21-year-old's agent. (Muchodeporte - in Spanish)

Spurs are interested in Roma and Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, 20. (Sportslens)

Birmingham City are ready to offer Stoke City's 25-year-old Burundi striker Saido Berahino a trial. (Sun)

Newcastle United's English goalkeeper Karl Darlow, 28, is a target for Championship side Blackburn Rovers. (Sky Sports)

Turkish champions Galatasaray are interested in signing Watford's Italian striker Stefano Okaka, 29. (Watford Observer)

Southampton's English goalkeepers Fraser Forster, 31, and 29-year-old Alex McCarthy should start looking for other clubs, says former Saints and England keeper Peter Shilton. (Daily Echo)

Crystal Palace are interested in a deal for former Charlton and Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Stephen Henderson, 31. (South London Press)

Chelsea's English midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 29, has been told by new manager Frank Lampard that there could be a way back for him at Stamford Bridge. (Express)

Former Spain goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 37, will return to Barcelona as a coach. (Marca)

Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 30, will sign a new contract at Bayern Munich until 2023. (Sky Sports Germany)

Sport Witness

Club ‘put the brakes’ on West Ham attempts, sound very unhappy with agent group

Friday was crazy in the Maxi Gomez saga.

There were reports of West Ham officials arriving in Vigo on a private jet and trying to ruin Valencia’s agreement to sign the Celta Vigo player.

Celta weren’t prepared to play and wouldn’t listen to the Hammers delegation, and Faro de Vigo now explains why.

Valencia had agreed to pay €14.5m plus bonuses, plus Santi Mina, plus a defender on loan for two years. That pleased Celta as the players would be able to start preseason training almost immediately.

Santi Mina is the big plus, with the Spanish club believing the young striker can have a big future with them.

Faro de Vigo explains that on top of that there were problems with the Stellar Group, the agency which represents Gomez. It sounds like Celta have a very cold relationship with Stellar, and are working to minimise their influence at the club.

Celta ‘don’t want to enter into dealings’ with Stellar, and ‘it’s not in their plans to favour’ the group ‘in any way’. They’re said to want a €3m commission, which isn’t Celta’s problem anyway.

Whatever has gone on previously has clearly left a sour note.

West Ham are said to have offered €40m on Friday, but Celta ‘put the brakes’ on their efforts.

Meanwhile, Maxi Gomez himself has ‘shown firmness in his personal criteria despite having entrusted his future to that agency’.

Sport Witness

Marca have some confidence for West Ham in transfer chase, offer pleases club

Marca is the major sport newspaper in Spain, so it’s worth listening to what they have to say on the Maxi Gomez situation.

That said, they may not be as well informed as the local Valencia and Vigo media.

Anyway, in their Saturday edition, Marca explain the late West Ham offer which arrived for the striker on Friday.

They put that at €40m, and state that just like the offer from Valencia, Celta are pleased with it.

This is a completely different slant to the Vigo media, who insist Celta don’t even want to listen to the Hammers, and are quite happy with the deal they already agreed with Valencia.

Marca explain that now it’s very much down to the decision of the player. He either sticks to what he’s wanted to do and remains in Spain, or he chases the money of the Premier League.

The Spanish newspaper believe that, currently, it’s likelier he moves to England.

Again, it’s worth noting this is against what the Vigo and Valencia media are reporting.

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Thanks Alan 9:48 Sat Jul 6
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ted fenton 2:56 Sat Jul 6

The Stoat 5:31 Sat Jul 6
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Texas Iron 5:17 Sat Jul 6
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Cheezey Bell-End 4:02 Sat Jul 6
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Gomez looks shit on youtube. Better off with Rondon, though he's no superstar.

ted fenton 2:56 Sat Jul 6
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Sydney_Iron 1:10 Sat Jul 6

Sydney_Iron 1:10 Sat Jul 6
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bill green 1:08 Sat Jul 6

bill green 1:08 Sat Jul 6
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thanks Alan

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