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Alan 12:26 Fri Jul 19
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona have made a £90m offer plus two players for Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward, and former Barca player, Neymar, 27. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is trying to convince manager Zinedine Zidane to drop interest in Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, and play Gareth Bale instead because the club are struggling to sell the 30-year-old Wales forward. (Independent)

United striker Romelu Lukaku's move to Inter Milan is in doubt as the Italian side are questioning whether the Belgium international, 26, is worth the £75m asking price. (Sun)

Tottenham are looking to break their transfer record for a second time this summer with a £70m bid for Real Betis' 23-year-old Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain and Schalke are interested in signing England full-back Danny Rose from Tottenham, who value the 29-year-old at £20m. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United are set to make their first bid for Sporting's Portuguese midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, but face competition from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

New Newcastle manager Steve Bruce is expected to hold talks with Sean Longstaff, 21, in the coming days, in an attempt to convince the English midfielder to resist any interest from Manchester United. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal are close to signing Gremio's Brazilian forward Everton, 23, for 40m euros (£39.5m). (Marca - in Spanish)

The Gunners are hopeful of completing a loan deal for Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Dani Ceballos, 22. (Goal)

Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha has told Crystal Palace he wants to leave the club, with Arsenal interested in the 26-year-old. (Sky Sports)

Palace are considering a bid for Arsenal's full-back Carl Jenkinson, 27, as they seek a replacement for fellow Englishman Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who left for Manchester United. (Star)

Chelsea's England forward Callum Hudson-Odoi, 18, is close to agreeing a new five-year contract worth £100,000 a week. (Mail)

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has revealed he is chasing a further four signings this summer as the Blades prepare for life in the Premier League. (Sheffield Star)

Aston Villa are interested in signing former Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge on a free transfer and have already held talks with the 29-year-old England international. (Mirror)

West Brom are targeting Rotherham's Nigerian centre-back Semi Ajayi, 25. (Express & Star)

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Daniel Harris

The transfer window is full of surprises, so here’s another. It turns out that, after spending more than £400m on players already this summer, Real Madrid have no money left with which to sign Paul Pogba. Apparently this is not because they never actually wanted him in the first place and have no use for an unreliable adornment who has never been the best player in a good team. As such, Florentino Pérez must convince Zinedine Zidane to use Gareth Bale instead – once the Open is finished, of course.

Another Manchester United player who might not be on the move is Romelu Lukaku. Inter are interested in securing his services, but are not sure that he’s worth £75m. It’s now up to Ed Woodward to explain that the fee includes not just the player but the antique grand piano he carries around with him on the pitch.

Once United have not sold Pogba and Lukaku, they will get on with the equally pressing business of not buying Bruno Fernandes and Sean Longstaff. Sporting Lisbon have been told to expect an offer for Fernandes – as they have been every day for the last month – while Steve Bruce will speak to Longstaff over the next few days to convince him that there is no bed of football more piping than at Sports Direct FC. United, meanwhile, intend to sell him Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Eric Djemba-Djemba.

Elsewhere, footballing visionary Daniel Levy now appreciates that football clubs require football players. Accordingly, he will allow Spurs to break their transfer record for the second time this summer; a bid of £70m is thought to be enough to secure Giovani lo Celso from Real Betis.

Meanwhile, some 1000km away, Barcelona have noticed that with only Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suárez and Arturo Vidal to call upon, their squad is light on colossal ego, so plan to rescue poor old little Neymar from his Parisian nightmare. An offer of £90m has been made, and a value pack of players added to it: PSG may perm two from Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembélé, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo, Samuel Umtiti and Malcolm.

PSG, meanwhile, are gearing up for another brave assault on the Champions League. Not content with snaring Ander Herrera from Man United, they would also like to pay £20m for Danny Rose, who is surplus to requirements at Tottenham; Schalke are also interested.

Across London, Arsenal are also busy, reaching an agreement with St Étienne for the purchase of William Saliba; the likelihood is that they will then loan him back to the French club so that the rest of the country can enjoy another season of Shkodran Mustafi. And this charitable inclination does not end there: the club also plan to take Dani Ceballos on loan from Real Madrid. The plan is for him to spend a year making mistakes at Arsenal’s expense, before returning to Spain for Madrid to reap the benefits.

Arsenal fans must also come to terms with losing Carl Jenkinson, who, it transpires, did not in fact leave the club four years ago. Crystal Palace fancy him as a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka, but it is not yet clear how much they will demand the Gunners pay them to complete the deal.


High praise Sebastien Haller: Bundesliga expert explains why he is ‘gobsmacked’ West Ham signed £45m striker

By Sean O'Brien

Eintracht Frankfurt will miss West Ham new boy Sebastien Haller more than Luka Jovic, according to Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard.

Haller becomes the second frontman to leave Frankfurt this summer after Real Madrid bought the highly-rated Jovic for £53million.

Hatchard, who lives and breathes the Bundesliga, claims Haller was even more important to the club than his strike partner.

“They’ll be getting an excellent centre-forward,” the expert told talkSPORT.

“They’ll be getting somebody who scores goals and creates goals, and whose hold-up play is excellent.

“He scored 15 goals in the Bundesliga last season but also set up nine.

“Eintracht Frankfurt looked a poorer side when he wasn’t in the line-up.”

Haller and Jovic rose to prominence last season as Frankfurt progressed to the semi-finals of the Europa League, where they were beaten by eventual winners Chelsea on penalties.

Jovic was the competition’s second-highest scorer with ten goals, one behind Olivier Giroud’s 11, while Haller grabbed five during the tournament.

“[Haller] was influential in their Europa League run as well,” Hatchard added.

“There has been a lot of talk about Luka Jovic going to Real Madrid and how important that is, but actually I think Haller leaving Frankfurt will do more damage to them than Jovic leaving, because he is such an important vocal point in their attack.

“I’m gobsmacked, quite frankly, that West Ham have been able to pull this off.”


Tottenham to offer contract to free agent after West Ham make transfer decision

TOTTENHAM have offered Fernando Llorente a new deal - just weeks after releasing him.

By Alex Wood

The experienced Spaniard was deemed surplus to requirements in north London.

But Mauricio Pochettino has performed a shock U-turn and tabled a one-year deal.

The 34-year-old had been earning a hefty £100,000-a-week on his previous Spurs contract.

However, Starsport understands any new deal will be worth significantly less.

Llorente is free to discuss terms with other clubs - but he won’t be going to West Ham.

The east Londoners are reluctant to bow to his wage demands and have already swooped for Sebastien Haller.

Fiorentina are also showing interest in the Spaniard as they look to bolster their attacking options.

Llorente will now have to decide whether he wants to remain as a backup option in north London or pursue other avenues with a return to his homeland understood to be his preference.

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Mex Martillo 8:17 Sat Jul 20
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Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 6:15 Sat Jul 20
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Thanks Alan 5:36 Fri Jul 19
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jimbo2. 4:53 Fri Jul 19
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Whitester 3:54 Fri Jul 19
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gph 3:22 Fri Jul 19
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Texas Iron 3:15 Fri Jul 19
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bill green 1:57 Fri Jul 19
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Crystal Palace replacing Wan Bissaku with Carl Jenkinson?
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geoffpikey 12:42 Fri Jul 19
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