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Alan 12:13 Thu Jul 11
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal want to sign Barcelona winger Malcom, 22, with Everton having already bid £31.5m to sign the Brazilian. (Sun)

Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer "won't see out the season" as Manchester United manager. (talkSPORT)

Solskjaer remains confident he can pip neighbours Manchester City with a £75m deal for Leicester City's 26-year-old England defender Harry Maguire. (Mail)

Former Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 30, is ready to speak to Everton over a move back to the Premier League as the Brazil-born Spain forward considers leaving Atletico Madrid. (Sun)

West Ham have proposed a deal to sign Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, 31, on loan for the season. The Argentina forward spent the latter half of last season on loan at Chelsea. (Sky Sports Italia, via Mail)

Sheffield Wednesday manager Steve Bruce has asked the Championship club for permission to speak to Newcastle about becoming their new manager. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham are leading Atletico Madrid in the race to sign Spanish midfielder Dani Olmo, 21, from Dinamo Zagreb in a £27m deal. (AS, via Star)

Everton have had a bid of 30m euros rejected by Juventus for 19-year-old Italy striker Moise Kean. (Tuttosport, via Sport Witness)

Roma are interested in Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld and the 30-year-old Belgium centre-back has a £25m release clause valid until 26 July. (Sky Sports)

Everton have expressed an interest in signing Lille's Nicolas Pepe. The 24-year-old Ivory Coast forward would cost the Toffees a club-record fee of about £58.5m. (Telegraph)

Southampton's 25-year-old midfielder Mario Lemina, who is wanted by Manchester United, Arsenal and Leicester, says he does not want to be playing for the Saints next season. (France Football, via Daily Echo)

Tottenham are stepping up their bid to sign Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, 22, on loan. (Mirror)

But Arsenal could beat their north London rivals Spurs to the signing of Spain player Ceballos. (Marca, via Express)

Arsenal are prepared to add defenders Calum Chambers, 24, Carl Jenkinson, 27, or midfielder Mohamed Elneny, 26, into any potential deal for Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha. The Gunners have already had a £40m offer for the 26-year-old Ivory Coast winger rejected. (Mirror)

Manchester City are "keen to keep" England midfielder Fabian Delph this summer despite rumours linking the 29-year-old with a move away from the Etihad. (Metro)

Wolves and West Ham are among the clubs trying to sign Edson Alvarez, a 21-year-old Mexican defender who currently plays for Liga MX side America. (Marca Claro, via Sport Witness)

Aston Villa, Brighton, Bournemouth and Wolves have all been linked with moves for Liverpool winger Harry Wilson, 22, who spent last season on loan at Derby. (Birmingham Mail)

West Brom have dismissed rumours that Egypt defender Ahmed Hegazi, 28, was set to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli. (Birmingham Mail)

Manchester United's Spain midfielder Juan Mata, 31, rejected £550,000-a-week offer from Shanghai SIPG to renew his deal at Old Trafford. (90Min)

Mata says he signed a new contract because the club is one of the "big three or four" in the world. (MUTV)

David Luiz believes the return of Frank Lampard to Chelsea will see the club rediscover their identity. (Standard)

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Arsenal are not giving up on signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace. As well as that derisory/prudent £40m initial bid for the winger, they are prepared to offer three players they value as worth another £40m into the deal. Calum Chambers, Mohamed Elneny and Carl Jenkinson may be running out at the Selhurst Colosseum if a deal now worth £80m in book value goes through. Palace, meanwhile, would prefer £70m straight out if they are to lose their Ivorian jewel.

Diego Costa back in the Premier League just as VAR comes in? Marco Silva wants the striker, who is surplus to requirements at Atlético Madrid, to be part of his Everton revolution, though director of football Marcel Brands is resistant to the arrival of a player as old as 30. Juventus’ Moise Kean, 19, and Lille’s Nicolas Pépé, 24, are more comfortably in that Brands bracket.

Barcelona winger Malcom is meanwhile in the middle of a tug of love between Arsenal and Everton for his services.

Tottenham are stepping up their bid for Dani Ceballos, the Real Madrid youngster who won the European Under-21 championship with Spain earlier this month. A loan is the player’s preference, as he still believes he can make it at Real one day. Further La Liga targets for Mauricio Pochettino are Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso and another Spanish Under-21 star in Dinamo Zagreb’s Dani Olmo.

The heavy outlay any of those three would cost can be offset by Daniel Levy through selling Toby Alderweireld to Roma for £25m.

Aston Villa want Burnley keeper Tom Heaton, and have offered £7m for the man who turned the Clarets’ fortune around last season after replacing Joe Hart. Heaton is the target after Stoke refused to accept less than £25m for Jack Butland. They have also bid a release-clause-busting £12m for Brentford’s Ezri Konsa and want Egypt winger Trezeguet.

Mario Lemina really really wants to join Manchester United from Southampton. “There’s no turning back,” he says he has told his current club’s hierarchy. Should he get his dream move then he might well be playing with Harry Maguire, who United are increasingly confident of winning the race for at a price of £75m.

Aston Villa, Brighton, Bournemouth and Wolves are all in the market for Harry Wilson, the Liverpool winger who starred on loan at Derby last season, and another loan move looks most likely for the 21-year-old.

And, West Ham saw something in Gonzalo Higuaín’s Chelsea performances and want to sign him on loan from Juventus for the coming season.


West Ham line up £36m Sebastian Haller and Gonzalo Higuain loan as Maxi Gomez alternatives

By Jack Staplehurst

WEST HAM are reportedly looking at alternative strikers to Maxi Gomez in the form of Sebastien Haller and Gonzalo Higuain.

Hopes of landing Celta Vigo goalscorer Gomez have faded as Valencia look set to win the battle.

The La Liga star has been Manuel Pellegrini’s No.1 target as a replacement is sought for Marko Arnautovic.

But the Hammers have found negotiations difficult as Celta prioritised an agreement with Valencia due to Santi Mina being included in that deal.

Gomez has been keen on remaining in Spain with Valencia too as they can offer Champions League football.

While the Uruguay international, 22, has not yet completed a move to the Mestalla Stadium, West Ham are seemingly far less optimistic of landing their man.

Instead, Italian journalist Nicolo Schira suggests Eintracht Frankfurt's Haller is wanted by the Hammers for £36m.

The French hitman shone in Germany and the Europa League last term.

And it appears Pellegrini's side have turned their attention to luring Haller to the London Stadium instead of Gomez.

It is also claimed a five-year deal would be in the pipeline for the highly-rated Bundesliga marksman.

Haller, 25, played at every level of France’s youth international sides but is yet to earn a senior cap.

It remains to be seen if a move to east London would appeal to Haller.

And should the Frankfurt striker snub West Ham too, Pellegrini will have to look further down his list of targets.

Juventus’ Higuain has emerged as a shock option.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio suggests West Ham would be interested in a loan deal with an obligation to buy if certain conditions are met.

Juventus would apparently want £36m as well at the end of the 2019/20 campaign if the move were to become permanent.

Argentina goalscorer Higuain struggled on loan at Chelsea in the second half of last season.

And while he is back with Maurizio Sarri in Turin, the manager could be willing to let the 31-year-old go.

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Mex Martillo 6:25 Thu Jul 11
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 4:50 Thu Jul 11
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Higuain...last season at Chelsea...slow...offside a lot...few goals...

Sydney_Iron 1:34 Thu Jul 11
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:21 Thu Jul 11

boleyn8420 1:04 Thu Jul 11
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Journalists must sit in a dark room with a load of monkeys and whoever comes up with the biggest load of old bollocks goes into print

Alwaysaniron 12:51 Thu Jul 11
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
36m for a 'then to be 32 year old"

Do me a favour

Thanks Alan 12:21 Thu Jul 11
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 12:19 Thu Jul 11

The Stoat 12:19 Thu Jul 11
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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