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Alan 12:18 Mon Jul 8
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has approached Rangers manager and former Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard about becoming the Magpies' next boss. (Mirror)

Juventus are preparing a £120m bid for Manchester United's 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. (Times - subscription required)

Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 28, is set to sign a new contract with Manchester United which would earn him £350,000 a week. (Mirror)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp would like to manage Germany one day, according to his agent. (Welt - in German)

Barcelona have beaten Paris St-Germain to sign 16-year-old English striker Louie Barry after his contract at West Brom expired. (Sun)

Tottenham are in advanced talks with Wales defender Ben Davies, 26, over a new long-term deal. (Telegraph)

Brentford forward Neal Maupay, 22, could become Sheffield United's record signing, with the Premier League newcomers willing to pay £22m for the Frenchman. (Sun)

Celtic and Scotland full-back Kieran Tierney is being targeted by Arsenal and Napoli, with the Italian side ready to sell Portuguese left-back Mario Rui to raise the funds needed to sign the 22-year-old. (Telegraph)

Burnley are close to completing a deal for Stoke City's 30-year-old Dutch full-back Erik Pieters. (Mail)

Crystal Palace are interested in signing Chelsea defender Reece James, 19, to replace fellow Englishman Aaron Wan-Bissaka who joined Manchester United in June. (Sun)

England forward Jadon Sancho, 19, should turn down a move to Manchester United and stay at Borussia Dortmund, says former Old Trafford striker Wayne Rooney. (Bild - in German)

Nottingham Forest will complete the signing of Manchester City's Kosovan goalkeeper Aro Muric, 20, in the next few days. (Telegraph)

Manchester United and England Under-21 goalkeeper Dean Henderson, 22, is expected to join Sheffield United on loan after he was left out of the Red Devils' pre-season touring squad. (Sun)

Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina, 25, has told Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl he wants to leave St Mary's after falling out of favour at St Mary's. (Mirror)

West Ham are monitoring on Sevilla's Portugal striker Andre Silva, 23, Eintracht Frankfurt's 25-year-old French forward Sebastien Haller and Mainz's France Under-21 international Jean Philippe-Mateta, 22, if they end up losing out on Uruguay's Maxi Gomez, 22, from Celta Vigo.




Guardian Rumour Mill

Rob Bleaney

Liverpool have been quiet in the transfer market this summer so their fans will be happy to hear they have been scurrying away behind the scenes to snap up English football’s next big thing.

Harvey Elliott made the world sit up and notice in May when he became the youngest player ever to appear in the Premier League aged 16 years and 30 days. Barcelona, Real Madrid, PSG and Leipzig quickly joined the race for the England Under-17 international midfielder but reports today suggest Liverpool have won the race for his signature. The Reds will have to pay the Championship side a significant compensation package for a player Tom Cairney says has the ‘wow’ factor. “His attitude and his belief in himself at such a young age is frightening,” said Fulham’s captain after Elliott’s Premier League debut as a late substitute against Wolves. “He’s got a great football brain, an eye for goal and is a very entertaining player.”

Reports in Portugal suggest Bruno Fernandes has his heart set on joining Manchester United and will put the finishing touches on a £53m move to Old Trafford this week. The 24-year-old, who contributed 28 goals and 14 assists from midfield for Sporting last season, has instructed his agent to fly to Manchester on Wednesday to thrash out personal terms. He might have to wait outside Ed Woodward’s office for a bit though as Italian media reckon the Lazio sporting director, Igli Tare, has flown to England to hold talks about the sale of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The 24-year-old midfielder, a Mill staple last summer, has apparently seen his value plummet from €120m to €80m after a poor season, although you won’t hear Tare saying that.

Rafael Benítez may have finally escaped to China but he has taken his love of Salómón Rondon with him. Flush with cash after taking over at Dalian Yifang, Benítez wants to see the big Venezuelan hitman putting himself about all over the Chines Super League an is willing to pay £25m for the privilege. Newcastle fans console themselves with the news their club has joined Burnley in the race for Norwich City’s teenage goalkeeper Jon McCracken.

Having agreed a deal to sign Tyrone Mings from Bournemouth, Aston Villa seem intent on sprinkling some fabled ‘Premier League experience’ across their newly-promoted squad. Gary Cahill is close to rejoining his boyhood club on a free transfer from Chelsea while Villa have also made inquiries about snapping up Fabio Borini from Milan. Crystal Palace are also interested in the striker who flopped at Liverpool.

Tottenham have seen off interest from Arsenal to agree a deal for Real Madrid’s Dani Ceballos. The Gunners have reignited their interest in Ryan Fraser and Malcom after their £40m approach for Wilfried Zaha was laughed out of town by Crystal Palace. And Neal Maupay is set to become Sheffield United’s £15m record buy after Brentford slashed the asking price for their French striker.





Sport Witness

West Ham told conditions to sign player, agent played key role in changing opinion

West Ham United and Valencia are in a transfer battle to sign Maxi Gomez.

Reports from Spain suggested Jonathan Barnett, the representative of Celta Vigo star is demanding €3m in commission and the Hammers are willing to pay.

Speaking to Levante EMV over the weekend, Barnett rubbished these claims and stressed “it all depends on who makes a sufficiently acceptable offer (to Celta),” and only then will his client will decide.

Monday’s edition of Sport has a report with a headline that reads ‘West Ham insists on Maxi Gomez’.

Within the story, it’s claimed Los Che are pessimistic about acquiring the Uruguayan’s services.

The deal which seemed almost completed last week is now becoming one of the soap operas of the window. The two Spanish clubs have agreed a deal and the forward had decided to wear the shirt of Valencia next season.

However, the 22-year-old decided to take time after Manuel Pellergini’s side arrived on the scene and Sport explains the agent would have played a key role in changing his client’s opinion.

Valencia have still not given up and there’s been contacts over the weekend to try to sign Gomez. They don’t want more delay and have urged all parties involved to give a quick response, which has also been reported by Super Deporte.

Though reports in England claim Gomez had agreed personal terms with West Ham, Super Deporte claims otherwise as the player prefers to join Valencia.

Meanwhile, Celta have already informed West Ham the only way they can close his signing is by paying his clause (which is set at €50m).

If they agree, then Gomez could snub Valencia and make a switch to the Premier League.





From Vigo: Maxi Gomez said to be off to West Ham – Agent ‘desire’ for PL kills Valencia agreement

A very short time ago we covered claims from Faro de Vigo that Valencia had given Maxi Gomez an ultimatum to give his decision within 24 hours or lose the chance of signing for them.

Now there’s another update from them, and it’s very positive for West Ham.

It’s reported West Ham have decided to pay the €50m clause in the player’s Celta Vigo contract. That in itself is nothing new, as the possibility had been reported since Thursday evening.

This bit is new: ‘The desire of the agency to take him to England, pulls down the agreement with Valencia – Celta refuses to negotiate the conditions and demands full payment of the money in the league’

Then Faro de Vigo state, as a matter of fact: ‘Maxi Gomez will play in the Premier League’

West Ham are trying to negotiate a way with Celta to pay the €50m, but the response has been they need to deposit it at La Liga’s offices in Madrid.

It’s again pushed that the will of Gomez’s agents has been for him to move to West Ham, and that ultimately there’s been no way around that.

Celta now just hope that the ‘loyalty’ they’ve tried to show in sticking to the original agreement will help them get Santi Mina anyway, they’re surely going to have the money to do so.

Will this be the end of the matter? Absolutely not, there’s surely more drama ahead.




Maxi Gomez solution ‘in few hours’ – As ‘ultimatum’ given to West Ham target

It was likely to happen sooner or later, and it appears Valencia have now had just about enough of the Maxi Gomez situation.

Last week they agreed a deal to sign the player for €14.5m, plus bonuses, plus Santi Mina, plus Jorge Saenz on loan.

West Ham heard about this deal and sprung into action, sending officials to Vigo on private jet and offering €40m to Celta Vigo. That was rejected and the Hammers were referred to the player’s €50m clause.

Through all this it’s been explained in Spain that despite West Ham offering more money, Gomez would much prefer to move to Valencia. That’s because he feels there’d be no difficult adaptation, his lifestyle could continue as it is, and he’d get Champions League football next season.

The problem, according to the Spanish media, has been the player’s agency and the commission they’re asking for. Stellar Group have rejected these claims, and the situation is all a bit of a mess.

In the early hours of Monday morning, Faro de Vigo released an article talking about an ‘ultimatum’ from Valencia, and similar is coming from Los Ches’ local media.

Maxi Gomez has been told to respond within 24 hours or lose his chance of signing for the Spanish club. Should the Uruguayan not be able to make his mind up by then, then the idea of signing him will be ‘definitively dismissed’ by Valencia, leaving West Ham free to get the player.

Faro de Vigo believe the solution will be seen ‘in a few hours’.

Who wants to bet that if there’s no answer within 24 hours this will continue anyway?






HITC

West Ham board wanted more for Marko Arnautovic

Jordan Harris

West Ham United's board reportedly felt that Marko Arnautovic was worth more than what they have sold him for.

According to a report from The Telegraph, West Ham's board decided to let Marko Arnautovic leave for a fee below their valuation of the Austrian because Manuel Pellegrini was keen to have the forward off the club's books this summer.

Arnautovic has now completed his move to Shanghai SIPG, with The Telegraph reporting that the Chinese Super League side have paid £22.4 million for the Hammers' top goalscorer.

It has brought an end to a saga that began in January. The Telegraph suggests that Arnautovic wanted to leave the London Stadium during the previous window, but was ultimately convinced to stay with a new contract that took his wages to £120,000-a-week.

And it appears that ending that saga was more important to Pellegrini than getting a better fee for the 30-year-old. The report notes that the West Ham board had a higher valuation, but agreed to sell Arnautovic for less with the boss wanting to offload the former Stoke City man as soon as possible.

As good as Arnautovic was on the pitch at times during his Hammers spell, the large majority of supporters are likely to be pleased that he has now left and the club can move on. It was becoming clear that, had he stayed, the Irons would have to deal with fresh exit rumours as soon as every window opened.

He does leave a void that West Ham have to fill before the new season starts. But it should not come as a huge surprise if the club find themselves in a better position now that he has gone.





HITC

West Ham made move for Ivan Perisic on Thursday

Olly Dawes

West Ham United are again being linked with Inter Milan's Ivan Perisic.

According to FC Inter News, West Ham United have made a move for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic in the hope of bringing him to East London.

Perisic, 30, has been with Inter since 2015, but as one of the highest earners at the San Siro, he may well be moved on this summer.

The winger has allegedly made it clear that he won't be moving to China with either Jiangsu Suning or Shanghai Shenhua, but he is interested in heading to the Premier League.

West Ham are allegedly keen, and have made the most recent enquiry about a move for the winger, with their move coming last Thursday according to these reports.

Perisic would be viewed as an exciting addition at West Ham, and his record of nine goals and eight assists last season showed he can still make a huge impact at 30.

However, his age will be a concern to many. West Ham would have to fork out a decent transfer fee and considerable wages for Perisic, when he may only have two or three years of top quality left.

West Ham need to get away from those kind of moves, as they've poured decent funds into signing players 28 or over in recent years, with limited results.

Perisic – as great of a player as he is – would be a return to that approach, and whilst he would bring pace, drive, goals and assists to the West Ham side, they must be wary of spending huge money on a player in his 30's.





Sky Sports

West Ham seek to make London Stadium the biggest in capital

West Ham are looking to increase the capacity of the London Stadium in order to become the biggest club ground in the capital.

The Hammers want to increase the number of seats at the London Stadium by 2,500 to 62,500 which would make it bigger than Spurs' new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium - currently the biggest Premier League ground in London with a capacity of 62,062.

Although no planning application has so far been submitted, West Ham are meeting local residents on Monday night to consult on the possible expansion of the former Olympic Stadium.

In response to news that West Ham were looking to increase capacity, a spokesperson said: "It has always been the intention to increase the capacity.

"The club has started the next step of that process which is to seek planning approval to increase the capacity to 62,500."

West Ham moved into the London Stadium in 2016 but previous licensing regulations had limited the stadium's matchday capacity to 57,000, with 9,000 seats unavailable for use.

However, in December of last year, capacity at the London Stadium was increased to 60,000.

The stadium is currently allowed to hold concerts for up to 80,000 spectators, and recently hosted the first regular-season US Major League Baseball game in Europe, with the Boston Red Sox playing the New York Yankees in a two-game series.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Thanks Alan 7:16 Mon Jul 8
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sydney_Iron 2:16 Mon Jul 8

Mex Martillo 5:37 Mon Jul 8
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

geoffpikey 4:46 Mon Jul 8
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. For rounding up the madness.

Texas Iron 4:36 Mon Jul 8
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Sydney_Iron 2:16 Mon Jul 8
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

bill green 12:33 Mon Jul 8
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Arnie welcome back in east London any time, in the Defoe Lounge





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