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Alan 1:08 Tue Jul 9
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Atletico Madrid have opened disciplinary proceedings against 28-year-old France forward Antoine Griezmann, who is expected to make a £107.5m move to La Liga rivals Barcelona. (Guardian)

Real Madrid are looking to sell Colombia forward James Rodriguez, 27, to raise funds for a £150m move for Manchester United's 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. (Mail)

Napoli are interested in signing Rodriguez,as well as Inter Milan's Argentina forward Mauro Icardi, 26. (Goal.com)

Bayern Munich expect Germany winger Leroy Sane, 23, to decide next week whether he wants to join them from Manchester City. (Mail)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has described reports linking him with taking over as Newcastle United manager as "fake news". (Star)

Turkish side Fenerbahce are ready to make a move for Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 30. (Fanatik - in Turkish)

Arsenal, Manchester United and Paris St-Germain are interested in signing France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 24, from Chelsea. (RMC Sport - in French)

West Ham United are willing to pay Maxi Gomez's £43.5m release clause and beat Valencia to the signing of Celta Vigo's Uruguay striker, 22. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United's Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, is hoping to be an Inter Milan player by the time they face the Old Trafford side in a pre-season friendly on 20 July. (Mirror)

Ajax winger David Neres, 22, has been linked with Manchester United and Everton, but the Brazil international has said his future is with the Dutch champions. (Algemeen Dagblad, via Express)

Liverpool have made keeping Belgium striker Divock Origi at the club a priority. The 24-year-old has one year left on his Anfield contract and has been offered a new long-term deal. (Star)

Aston Villa have made a £7m bid for Burnley's England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 33. (Sun)

Arsenal are close to a deal for Saint-Etienne's William Saliba, with the 18-year-old French defender set to cost the Gunners about £25m. (Evening Standard)

Liverpool's 27-year-old Spain left-back Alberto Moreno is close to completing a move to Villarreal. (ESPN)

Manchester City are close to signing 16-year-old England Under-17 midfielder Morgan Rogers from West Brom, (Mail)

Everton are set to make a £35m bid for Barcelona forward Malcom, with Arsenal are also considering a move for the 23-year-old Brazilian. (RMC Sport - in French)

Watford are interested in signing French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 22, from Nice for a club record £25m. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa are interested in another loan deal for 21-year-old Manchester United and England Under-21 defender Axel Tuanzebe, who spent last season at Villa Park. (Telegraph)

Sheffield United have made a £3m bid for Nottingham Forest's English midfielder Ben Osborn, 24. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain and Spain midfielder Ander Herrera, 29, says he left Manchester United this summer because there were "differences regarding the project and my importance within it". (Express)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Ed Aarons

A penny for John Terry’s thoughts. It only took one season in the Derby dugout for his old mucker Frank Lampard to be summoned back to Stamford Bridge for the top job. And that was after missing out on promotion to an Aston Villa side inspired, of course, by JT.

The former England captain has been cutting his teeth as an assistant to Villa’s Dean Smith but must have looked on with a tinge of envy as Lampard was unveiled by Chelsea last week at the age of only 41 – the same age as José Mourinho when he first arrived in 2004. While the Mill has no doubt that Terry wishes the man he shared a dressing room with for 13 years all the best in his new post, rumours that he could be in line to take over from Rafael Benítez at Newcastle should come as no surprise given his penchant for the limelight.

Apparently his odds for the Toon job “have tumbled dramatically” since Lampard’s appointment, with Terry reportedly keen to take on a side that finished 13th last season but have just sold Ayoze Pérez to Leicester. There has been a flurry of bets on him in recent days after Rangers’ Stevie G distanced himself from the role although it’s still not been enough to displace the favourite, Mikel Arteta – the former midfielder currently serving under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.

There’s still time of course, with Newcastle still hoping the proposed takeover by the the Bin Zayed Group can be completed before the season starts. We can but dream, eh Toon fans?

Elsewhere, forgotten man/flop/still only 24 Tiemoué Bakayoko is of interest to Europa League buddies Manchester United and Arsenal as he prepares to meet Lampard for talks over his future this week. The France midfielder spent last season on loan at Milan after his disappointing debut campaign at Chelsea and is also being eyed up by Paris Saint-Germain if he is deemed surplus to requirements.

Talking of Arsenal, they are fighting it out with Everton for Barcelona’s Malcom having originally missed out on the Brazilian when he left Bordeaux last year. They’d better be quick though – Marco Silva’s side have already lodged a bid for the 22-year-old.

One face that is certainly going to be missed at Anfield next season is Alberto Moreno, with the occasional defender looking set to return to Spain with Villarreal after his contract expired. Best of luck Bertie! Meanwhile, the exploits of Tom Heaton between the sticks has alerted Aston Villa to the England goalkeeper’s undoubted ability, with Burnley said to be willing to let him leave this summer after failing to extend his contract. It’s not known whether, like Tyrone Mings, Axel Tuanzebe and the rest, the opportunity to work with JT is the main reason he fancies the Midlands. But let’s just assume it is.

Sport Witness

West Ham officials are ‘desperately’ trying to get deal over line, ‘definitive solution’ today

Today could see the end of the Maxi Gomez saga, with West Ham officials ‘desperately’ trying to get Celta Vigo to agree to take €50m in instalments, report Faro de Vigo.

So far, Celta have refused to do this, and are insisting the Hammers deposit the full €50m in Gomez’s clause. They’d have to travel to La Liga’s offices in Madrid, just like Manchester City did last week for Rodri, and pay the clause directly.

Usually, clubs negotiate the payment rather than it being paid by force. Atletico Madrid were set against losing Rodri at all, so they forced it, and Celta don’t want to sell to West Ham.

The Vigo club had agreed a deal with Valencia last week which would have seen Gomez move for €14.5m, plus bonuses, plus Santi Mina, plus the loan of a defender for two years. At the weekend it was reported Mina would likely make the move anyway, which was good news for West Ham, but now that’s being put under some doubt.

Therefore, Celta remain set against accepting the €50m by any other way than force.

Stellar Agency are now said to be asking for a €5m commission payment, which would be the 10% of the €50m, and their relationship with both Valencia and Celta doesn’t seem good at all.

Super Deporte say a ‘definitive solution’ should come today, with their local club Valencia ready to force the issue with everyone else involved.


West Ham fans react to Mario Balotelli rumour

Shane Callaghan

The notorious Italian has reportedly been offered to West Ham United.

West Ham United fans on Twitter are firmly behind the rumour regarding Mario Balotelli.

According to The Telegraph, the notorious Italian hitman, available as a free agent, has been offered to Manuel Pellegrini's side.

West Ham are in dire need of a striker after losing Marko Arnautovic in recent days.

The likes of Maxi Gomez and Salomon Rondon are heavily linked, but speculation about the former Manchester City and Inter Milan starlet could get ramped up now too.

Here's how Hammers fans reacted to the rumour:

Chris @c_friend1
Replying to @westham_gossip

Great signing if we get him. Him and Gomez could be leathful. We love a nutter, especially an Italian one! COYI

Charlie Wilson @charliewilson89
Replying to @westham_gossip

Get it done

JB @BurchettJason
Replying to @westham_gossip

Yes please yes please COYI

⚒bobla⚒ @bobla1972
Replying to @westham_gossip

I know it’s bonkers but you just can’t help loving this guy!

WHUlogical⚒ @WHUlogical
Replying to @westham_gossip

Mayhem incoming

⚒Don Raphael⚒ @Reeko007
Replying to @westham_gossip

Bring him in , we will love him , he will feel the love and we will see a Balotelli that no one has #beast

The 28-year-old impressed during a six-month spell with Marseille last term, netting eight goals in 12 Ligue 1 starts.

French football appears to be a good fit for Balotelli, who scored 18 times in 28 appearances for Nice during the 2017-18 campaign.

At 28, he definitely has something to offer a club in European football, but it remains to be seen whether he can be prolific enough with West Ham in the Premier League after a failed spell with Liverpool.

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Mex Martillo 6:01 Tue Jul 9
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Moncurs Putting Iron 4:29 Tue Jul 9
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Are you wearing Spanks Alan?

Texas Iron 4:19 Tue Jul 9
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

geoffpikey 3:55 Tue Jul 9
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Why always YOU?

147man 2:05 Tue Jul 9
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I know I speak for Thanks Alan when I say thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:25 Tue Jul 9
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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