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Alan 1:16 Sat Jul 20
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Everton are ready to challenge Arsenal for 26-year-old Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, who is rated at £80m by his club Crystal Palace. (Evening Standard)

Manchester United, Everton and Paris St-Germain have contacted Juventus about signing 32-year-old France World Cup-winning midfielder Blaise Matuidi. (Le Parisien - in French)

Tottenham have offered Danish playmaker Christian Eriksen an improved £200,000-a-week contract in a bid to stop a potential move to Real Madrid. (Mail)

Manchester United are stepping up their efforts to sign Lazio's Spain-born Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. (Mirror)

Liverpool want Augsburg's German left-back Philipp Max, 25, as competition for Andy Robertson. (Sport - in Spanish)

Tottenham and West Ham are weighing up a move for 25-year-old Real Sociedad and Spain defender Diego Llorente. (El Mundo Deportivo)

Wolves want to sign 21-year-old AC Milan and Italy striker Patrick Cutrone, who is valued at about £20m. (Express & Star)

Tottenham have offered 34-year-old Spain forward Fernando Llorente, whose £100,000-a-week contract has expired, a new one-year deal on reduced terms. (Mail)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola wants to sign a centre-back as a replacement for Vincent Kompany. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace have made an £8m bid for Everton's 28-year-old Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham and England left-back Danny Rose, who missed Spurs' pre-season tour of Asia, says he is "sitting tight over the next few weeks and just seeing what happens", but that he won't be rushed into finding a new club. (Telegraph)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has all but ended Everton's hopes of re-signing French defender Kurt Zouma. The 24-year-old spent last season on loan at Goodison Park. (Mirror)

Former Manchester City forward Edin Dzeko, 33, could leave Roma after three years, with Inter Milan interested in signing the Bosnia-Herzegovina international for £13.5m. (Sportitalia)

Brighton's French winger Anthony Knockaert, 27, is set to move to Fulham - with the two clubs close to agreeing a fee. (Argus)

Knockaert had a medical at the Cottagers on Friday, before a potential season-long loan deal. (Sun)

Sheffield United hope to announce they have re-signed Manchester United's England Under-21 keeper Dean Henderson after the 22-year-old helped the Blades win promotion to the Premier League last season. (Sheffield Live)

Crystal Palace are considering a £5m deal for 24-year-old Chile right-back Paulo Diaz, who currently plays for Al-Ahli Saudi FC, as a replacement for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (Daily Star)

Chelsea's 18-year-old Wales defender Ethan Ampadu has had a medical before a move to German club RB Leipzig. (Sky Sports)

Belgium side Club Brugge are interested in signing Brighton's 25-year-old South Africa forward Percy Tau, who played at this summer's Africa Cup of Nations. (Argus)

Derby County are interested in signing Watford's Austrian goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann, 25, on loan. (Derby Telegraph)

New Rams boss Phillip Cocu says he will use his contacts to bolster his squad for the new Championship season - the Dutchman was a team-mate of Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola at Barcelona. (Derby Telegraph)

Football London

Why Issa Diop is missing from West Ham's squad to face Newcastle

The Hammers defender was not named in the starting eleven or on the bench for the game in Shanghai

By Sam Inkersole

Issa Diop is suffering from a slight back injury which has ruled him out of West Ham's Premier League Trophy third/fourth place play-off against Newcastle.

The injury is not thought to be serious and he simply isn't being risked in a game that he doesn't need to be playing in having featured twice in pre-season already for the club.

Manuel Pellegrini has named a centre back pairing of Winston Reid and Angelo Ogbonna for the match at the Hongkhou Stadium in Shanghai as both teams look to bounce back from heavy defeats last time out.

Aaron Cresswell and Pablo Zabaleta make up the rest of the back four as Ryan Fredericks and Ben Johnson drop down to the bench.

Newcastle were thumped 4-0 by Wolves in Nanjing, while the Hammers were on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline against Man City. Wolves and City will play in the tournament final after the conclusion of West Ham's match with the Toon.

Pellegrini has rung the changes for the game in Shanghai, handing starts to Reid, Pablo Zabaleta, Aaron Cresswell, Josh Cullen, Andriy Yarmolenko and Javier Hernandez.

Lukasz Fabianski also gets his first run out of pre-season as he replaces Roberto in goal and Javier Hernandez also starts for the first time in pre-season up front.

Declan Rice also starts for the second game in a row in China in midfield alongside Cullen, with Andriy Yarmolenko and Felipe Anderson occupying the flanks.

Mad about EPL

Portuguese sensation on West Ham United’s radar: What will he add to the Hammers?

West Ham United have had a busy transfer window so far this summer. Manuel Pellegrini is determined to improve the squad, and has been linked with several exciting names recently.

They are now looking at a relative unknown from the Portuguese league in Joao Palhinha, claim Portuguese website Record.

Palhinha is a Sporting CP player, but is currently out on loan with Liga NOS outfit Braga till the end of the next season.
Who is Palhinha?

A product of the academy at Sporting, Palhinha only managed 13 appearances for the senior side at the club and has been sent out on three different loan stints since 2015. He also made a couple of appearances for the Portuguese under-20 side, but is yet to break into the senior side.

Palhinha has 78 top-flight games in Portugal, but is yet to appear in a game outside of the country. However, he registered two goals and two assists in 17 league starts last season, and has been extensively scouted by the London club recently.

A defensive midfielder by trait, Palhinha is also capable of playing at the heart of the backline. He is known for his strength in the air and ability to read the game, which allows him to win tackles consistently.

He is decent with his passing and shooting from just outside the box but what makes him impressive is his ability to hold on to the ball under pressure, and find the right pass more often than not.

The 24-year old is always alert to the chance of turning defence into attack, while his ability to win fouls regularly makes him that much more a threat.

He is also happy to throw himself around at the back and is a player Manuel Pellegrini will love to have on his side.

What Will Palhinha Bring To West Ham?

Pellegrini has an impressive squad at his disposal, but is without backups for a few roles in the first team.

Young Declan Rice has been impressive in a defensive midfield role, but the likes of Mark Noble, Pedro Obiang and Carlos Sanchez have not been consistent in the deeper role.

Jack Wilshere, Manuel Lanzini and the new signing Pablo Fornals will all make West Ham a hard team to stop in the attack, but they are not the strongest side at the back.

The likes of Angelo Ogbonna, Fabian Balbuena and Issa Diop were constantly exposed to high-quality attackers last season and this interest in Palhinha shows that Pellegrini wants new names for the defensive midfield position in his squad.

The former Portuguese under-21 international might not be able to walk into the first team and make an immediate impact, but he has attributes that suit Pellegrini’s style of play and those that will make him a success in England.

The contract with Braga might make this deal a bit tough for the Hammers, but Palhinha will be available for a cheap price and could turn out to be a game-changer for West Ham this summer.

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Texas Iron 3:50 Sat Jul 20
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Driz 2:51 Sat Jul 20
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Palhinha a DM. Rice played CB today....

No smoke without fire?

Mex Martillo 1:55 Sat Jul 20
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Sydney_Iron 1:45 Sat Jul 20

Sydney_Iron 1:45 Sat Jul 20
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Takashi Miike 1:18 Sat Jul 20

Takashi Miike 1:18 Sat Jul 20
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Thanks Alan

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