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Alan 12:07 Wed Jul 10
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona have turned their attention to Manchester United's Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 24, with Ajax and Netherlands centre-back Matthijs de Ligt, 19, set to choose Juventus. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Paris St-Germain will want 222m euros (£200m) from Barcelona if they are to sign Brazil forward Neymar - the same fee the French club paid the Spanish side for the 27-year-old. (Mirror)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce would welcome an approach from Newcastle United after the ex-Sunderland boss became the favourite to succeed Rafael Benitez at St James' Park. (Chronicle)

Manchester City assistant boss Mikel Arteta and Nice coach Patrick Vieira have been warned off the Magpies job by Benitez. (Sun)

Real Madrid will have to pay a record fee of about £162m to sign France midfielder Paul Pogba from Manchester United. (Marca)

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will ask 26-year-old Pogba to wait one more year before leaving Old Trafford. (Sun)

Tottenham Hotspur and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen is United's main target to replace Pogba if he ends up moving. (Evening Standard)

Eriksen, 27, stated his desire to leave Spurs earlier this summer but the club expect him to return for pre-season training later this week having received no official bids. (Guardian)

United manager Solskjaer wants Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, to turn down a move to Inter Milan and stay at Old Trafford next season. (Sun)

Bayern Munich are still interested in signing Germany winger Leroy Sane from Manchester City, despite the 23-year-old's £90m asking price. (Mirror)

Everton are among a number of clubs keen on City's England midfielder Fabian Delph, 29. (Sky Sports)

The Toffees are also interested in 19-year-old Italy forward Moise Kean, with Juventus wanting £31m and a buyback clause in any deal. (Mail)

Arsenal have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid's Dominican Republic striker Mariano Diaz, 25, for a reduced fee of £18m. (Star)

Bournemouth have offered England striker Callum Wilson a new five-year contract with West Ham, Chelsea and Everton having been linked with the 27-year-old. (Mail)

West Ham United's deal to sign Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez is off after the club failed to agree a payment structure for the 22-year-old Uruguayan. (Sky Sports)

The Hammers have been offered Marseille's Italy striker Mario Balotelli, 28, on a free transfer as an alternative to Wilson and Gomez. (Mirror)

Liverpool are optimistic that Belgium forward Divock Origi, 24, will agree a new contract at Anfield. (ESPN)

Crystal Palace are close to signing Swansea's 27-year-old Ghana forward Jordan Ayew, who spent last season on loan at Selhurst Park. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona are interested in signing Romania attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi, son of ex-Barca midfielder Georghe Hagi, from Viitorul Constanta and then sending the 20-year-old on loan to Real Valladolid. (AS - in Spanish)

Norwich City's England Under-19 defender Max Aarons, 19, has agreed a new five-year contract with the Premier League newcomers. (Telegraph)

Derby County boss Phillip Cocu is trying beat Huddersfield Town to the signing of Everton's England Under-21 midfielder Kieran Dowell, 21. (Mail)

English billionaire Jim Ratcliffe has had a breakthrough in his bid to purchase French club Nice. (L'Equipe - in French)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Barcelona want to sign Victor Lindelöf, according to Victor Lindelöf’s agent. “Lindelöf is in the orbit of a great European club,” Hassan Cetinkaya told Mundo Deportivo, “but leaving depends on the English club.” The Mill wonders if Cetinkaya always avoids saying the actual name of any club as a matter of policy, preferring simply to hint at their status and geographical location. It would surely make life a great deal more complicated, particularly for someone in his line of work, but principles, the Mill supposes, must come first.

Mundo Deportivo says that Barcelona “have tried several times to talk to United about the Swedish centre-back, but the response has always been the same: he is not for sale”. However other papers seem quite surprised by their interest. “Given the impact of Lindelöf since he made his £31m move to Manchester in 2017, the standard of Barcelona’s scouting network must now surely come into question,” says the Sun.

Everton want to buy Fabian Delph. Signed by Aston Villa as a teenager before moving to Manchester City, who hoped his versatility and reliability would make him an asset to their squad, if Delph then goes to Everton it would make his career almost indistinguishable from Gareth Barry’s. He might as well start househunting near the Hawthorns now, ahead of his 2022 move to West Brom. Everton’s £31.5m deal for Barcelona’s Malcom might however be hijacked by Arsenal, who have identified the Brazilian as a potential alternative to Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha, who has been deemed too expensive (though according to the Telegraph the Gunners are willing to splash £27m on the St-Etienne centre-back William Saliba even though the deal involves sending him back to France on loan for a year).

Bournemouth will offer Callum Wilson a lucrative new four-year contract to ward off interest from West Ham, whose interest has turned to the Englishman after their failure to persuade Maxi Gómez to join them from Celta Vigo. Aston Villa have given up on convincing Stoke to sell them Jack Butland and turned their attention to Burnley’s Tom Heaton, now 33 and in the final year of his contract. The Clarets might also have to deal with Leicester, who have identified James Tarkowski as the ideal replacement for Harry Maguire, should the lumbering England international seal his long-mooted move to Manchester United. United meanwhile have joined Arsenal and Leicester in the battle for Southampton’s Mario Lemina, who is available for around £19m. “I want to start afresh, so why not leave?” pondered the 25-year-old midfielder.

Marca lead on Real Madrid, who have jetted off to Canada for the start of their pre-season tour despite their focus being on Operación Salida, the campaign to rid their squad of disposable stars. Apparently Lucas Vázquez (available for €40m), Gareth Bale (who wants to stay), Isco, Keylor Navas and James (who might be off to Napoli for €42m) are all on that list, while the club are also willing to listen to offers for Nacho. Once they have assembled a sufficiently large war chest, the paper says, they will move for Paul Pogba.

They may by then have missed their chance, with United apparently having decided to keep the French midfielder for another season, though he may need some convincing. According to the Sun, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has also “told unsettled Romelu Lukaku he will get chances to claim the No 9 role”, but Sky report that Internazionale officials will land in the UK this week to conclude a deal for the Belgian.

Steve Bruce has emerged as the new favourite to take over as manager of Newcastle, Mike Ashley having decided, according to the Mirror, “against gambling on a novice or an outsider”, therefore turning his attention to the experienced 58-year-old, presumably because there aren’t many other people who fit the new template and they’ve already had a go with Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew.


West Ham United think they have funds for Callum Wilson

John Verrall

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini recently sanctioned the sale of Marko Arnautovic, which means that they need a striker.

According to a report in the London Evening Standard, Marko Arnautovic’s sale has freed up funds for West Ham United to move for Callum Wilson of Bournemouth.

The Standard claim that Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan of Wilson, and West Ham could now move for the rapid England international.

Bournemouth want a big fee for Wilson, but West Ham hope that they have the funds to get him now, as they have raised more money from the sale of Arnautovic.

West Ham want to inject all the funds from Arnautovic’s sale back into the team, with signing a new striker thought to be their priority.

Whether obtaining Wilson will be possible remains to be seen.

The Sun have suggested that Bournemouth are set to offer their main goalscorer a new contract to try keep him at the club, amid links with the Hammers.

Wilson’s price-tag, which could reach £60 million, makes him a risky buy for any club.

The striker is clearly a major threat, but his injury record counts against him, and could worry West Ham.

If the Hammers were to sign Wilson it is likely that he would go straight into their starting line-up for the new campaign.

Sport Witness

Despite West Ham offer ‘satisfying’ club, player ‘doesn’t feel ready’ for PL move

On Tuesday, we covered a story about Brighton and Norwich making a first move to try and sign Alexis Claude-Maurice from Lorient after Willie McKay reportedly got involved.

However, the 21-year-old wasn’t attracted to either project, while it was further pushed West Ham had made a €15m offer for his services.

This came from Soccer Link, and local newspaper Le Télégramme shed some more light on the situation on Wednesday afternoon.

The French outlet confirm the Hammers did indeed put €15m on the table for Claude-Maurice, which ‘satisfied’ the Ligue 2 club.

Unfortunately for West Ham, while the France U20 international does ‘dream’ of playing in the Premier League, he is currently prioritising playing football over anything else, meaning he wants a step in between Lorient and England’s top-tier.

That’s why Borussia Mönchengladbach would have been ideal, but the Bundesliga club are yet to return after seeing their initial €8m approach turned away.

Basically, Claude-Maurice ‘doesn’t feel ready for a league where French players sometimes get lost’.

A mature way of looking at things in a day and age where money often trumps reason in the world of football.

Now, he’s just got to hope someone that meets his ‘stepping stone’ criteria comes forward with the right offer.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Thanks Alan 8:14 Wed Jul 10
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Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 5:36 Wed Jul 10
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If Wilson (14 goals) is 60M we were mugged off big time selling Arnautovic (10 goals).
What a cunt Arnautovic is.
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 3:57 Wed Jul 10
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Barty 12:49 Wed Jul 10
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60 million for an injury prone player

We all know how that will end up

Kieron Dyer !

The Stoat 12:46 Wed Jul 10
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60m for a Bournemouth player?

The_Phantom 12:12 Wed Jul 10
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Thanks ALan

"If the Hammers were to sign Wilson it is likely that he would go straight into their"
...treatment room

Takashi Miike 12:08 Wed Jul 10
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Thanks Alan

60m for Wilson is ridiculous

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