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Alan 12:56 Wed Jul 17
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Paris St-Germain have rejected a bid from Barcelona - of £40m plus 31-year-old Croatia midfielder Ivan Rakitic and 27-year-old Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho - for Brazil forward Neymar, 26. (L'Equipe, via Express)

Inter Milan are expected to meet Manchester United's £75m valuation for Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, but only in a deal which would involve paying £60m over three years and another £15m depending on bonus payments. (Sun)

Real Madrid's Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 22, is close to signing for Arsenal. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Tottenham's Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, is one of the names identified by Atletico Madrid as they look to sign a playmaker. (Evening Standard)

Roma cannot afford Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld's £25m release clause and could offer Italy midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo, 20, as part of the deal to sign the 30-year-old Belgium centre-back. (Mirror)

England left-back Danny Rose, 29, will not travel with Spurs on their pre-season tour to Singapore, with a view to him being sold. (Telegraph)

Everton are interested in Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic, 33, and are waiting to see if the Croatia international has a future at the Serie A champions under new manager Maurizio Sarri. (Telegraph)

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet's agent says the 31-year-old Belgian still aims to leave the Reds in search of more first-team football. (Les Sports Plus - in French)

AC Milan could try to sign Manchester United and Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 25, after being put off by Liverpool's £18m asking price for 30-year-old Croatia centre-back Dejan Lovren. (Tuttosport, via Mail)

Manchester United have made a big-money offer - thought to be £50m - to Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24. (Mirror)

France centre-back Eliaquim Mangala can leave Manchester City for free. The 28-year-old was the most expensive defender in British history when he joined City from Porto for £42m in 2014. (Mail)

English midfielder Jonjo Shelvey, 27, says he is not looking to leave Newcastle United. (Star)

Southampton striker Charlie Austin, 30, reacted angrily when he was told he would not travel with the first-team during pre-season and called manager Ralph Hasenhuttl "disrespectful". (Sun)

Barcelona are interested in bringing Real Betis' 22-year-old Spain Under-21 left-back Junior Firpo to the Nou Camp this summer to provide cover for Spain international Jordi Alba, 30. (Marca)

Arsenal have sent a club doctor to Brazil to check the status of 23-year-old Everton Soares as a deal to sign Gremio's Brazil striker gets closer. (Fox Sports, via Metro)

William Saliba wants to seal a transfer to the Gunners but Saint-Etienne prefer rivals Tottenham's offer for the 18-year-old French centre-back. (Sun)

Liverpool have included 35-year-old English goalkeeper Andy Lonergan - who is a free agent after leaving Middlesbrough - on their pre-season tour of North America because of a shortage of cover. (Mail)

Atalanta's 23-year-old Italy defender Gianluca Mancini is set to sign for Roma for 26m (£23.48m). (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Reports from Spain say Dani Ceballos is ready to go out on loan and Arsenal are in the box seat to get him. The Real Madrid central midfielder, recently voted player of the tournament at the Under-21 European Championships won by Spain, has apparently been flattered by the personal interest taken in him by Unai Emery and will ink a deal once he’s back from his holidays. Arsenal are also believed to have agreed a deal for the Gremio winger Everton, who will complete a medical in Brazil ahead of his £36m switch.

Currently in the Spanish capital to cough for the doctor at Atlético Madrid ahead of his £20m move, Kieran Trippier could soon be joined by his Tottenham teammate Christian Eriksen. The Danish playmaker has made no secret of his desire to leave Spurs and now that Real’s interest has cooled, Atlético are prepared to draw the curtain on his six-year spell in London. Danny Rose is also likely to be ushered to the door marked “Do One” following his omission from the Tottenham squad bound for a pre-season tour of Asia. While there are few if any whispers of any concrete offers for the left-back, he is believed to favour a move well north of the Watford Gap. With so many parking spaces being freed up at Tottenham’s training ground, Giovani Lo Celso will be able to take his pick should Tottenham make an offer that Real Betis find acceptable. Spurs have already offered £35m for the 23-year-old Argentinian, an amount which fell well short of his club’s £89m valuation.

Aston Villa’s attempts to add Kalvin Phillips to their long list of summer recruits could be stymied if reports that the young Leeds midfielder is set to sign a new deal that will keep him at Elland Road are to be believed. Meanwhile in Newcastle, Swiss defender Fabian Schär is wanted by Milan, who have been priced out of moves for Dejan Lovren and Dayot Upamecano from Liverpool and RB Leipzig respectively. Milan are also hitching their skirts in the direction of Luka Modric and will be first in with an offer should Real Madrid decide to sell the Croatian.

The Argus report that a Brighton club “insider” has rubbished claims Leicester City have agreed to pay an eye-watering £45m for central defender Lewis Dunk. Reports of the imminent departure of winger Anthony Knockaert to Fulham seem far more plausible and the Frenchman could move for £15m. Brighton are also interested in signing Brentford midfielder Neal Maupay, who is also wanted by Aston Villa, Sheffield United and West Brom.

And finally, hot-headed Southampton striker Charlie Austin has deactivated his Twitter account amid reports in the Sun that he went off on an epic dressing-room rant at his manager Ralph Hasenhüttl. Having recently turned down the opportunity to move to West Brom, Austin is said to have lost the plot after being told he would be staying at home to train with the kids while his teammates go gallivanting around Maucau on pre-season.





Football London

West Ham hope to confirm club-record Sebastien Haller transfer on Thursday

The Hammers look set to land their man. Finally.

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham are hopeful of completing their club-record transfer for striker Sebastien Haller on Thursday.

The Hammers have been ironing out a few last minute demands from Haller's agent and, as per news website Claret & Hugh, have rejected agents demands to have a clause inserted into Haller's deal where if a Champions League club came calling, he could leave for a set price.

West Ham are set to spend €45m plus add-ons to secure the signing of Haller, with co-chairman David Sullivan leading the negotiations and agent Will Salthouse also acting on behalf of the Hammers.

Haller flew into London on Wednesday night and has undergone his medical, which is it is believed he has passed with no problems, and could be announced around the time the Hammers kick off their Premier League Asia Trophy clash with Manchester City in Nanjing.

It's not done quite yet but the Hammers camp are now confident that Haller will be their player and will eclipse the £42m the club could eventually shell out on Felipe Anderson providing he meets add-ons clauses.

West Ham turned their attentions to Haller after missing out on Maxi Gomez to Valencia and have moved quickly to secure the 25-year-old Frenchman and are set to almost treble his current wages he is getting at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Manuel Pellegrini's side kick off against Manchester City at 1.30pm UK time.





Sky Sports

West Ham receive bid for Pedro Obiang from Sassuolo

Serie A side Sassuolo have bid £8.1 million for West Ham midfielder Pedro Obiang and a deal is close, according to Sky Italy.

The 27-year-old joined West Ham from Sampdoria in 2015 and could be set for a return to Italy.

Obiang has made a total of 116 appearances in his four seasons in east London, scoring three goals.

He is currently in the squad for the Premier League Asia trophy in which West Ham play Manchester City on Wednesday in China.

The Spanish-born Equatorial Guinea centre midfielder struggled to start matches last season due to the rise of Declan Rice and could be tempted by more game time at Sassuolo.

Obiang would be the eighth senior player to leave the Hammers this summer following the sales of Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez as well as the expiration of Andy Carroll, Adrian and Samir Nasri's contracts.





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White Pony 12:23 Thu Jul 18
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Anal Thanks

Thanks Alan 10:33 Wed Jul 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 3:03 Wed Jul 17

Mex Martillo 7:54 Wed Jul 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 5:47 Wed Jul 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

ted fenton 3:03 Wed Jul 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

jimbo2. 1:57 Wed Jul 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Things are shaping up nicely for the season ahead, thanks Al!

crystal falace 1:06 Wed Jul 17
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
That football London post about Haller really had me questioning what day it is today.





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