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Q: Manuel Pellegrini - What should we do
a. A good man & a good coach we should stick with him
b. A busted flush & he's outstayed his welcome, time to go
c. What difference does it really make who's in charge while the current owners are still in control

Alan 12:01 Sun Jul 21
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce is weighing up a move to bring former Magpies striker Andy Carroll back to the club. The 30-year-old Englishman is a free agent after being released by West Ham in June. (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham and Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen, 25, is set to complete a move to Mexican side Monterrey early next week. (Football London)

Spain's David de Gea, 28, has agreed a new six-year contract with Manchester United which will make him the world's highest-paid goalkeeper. (Sunday Telegraph)

Manchester City look set to win the race for Argentine midfielder Thiago Almada, currently playing for Velez Sarsfield in his home country. The Premier League champions are reportedly considering a £16m deal for the 18-year-old. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United have advanced discussions with Lille over a £70m deal for Ivory Coast forward Nicolas Pepe. The 24-year-old has also attracted interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Everton. (Sunday Times)

Arsenal are interested in signing Juventus and Italy forward Moise Kean, 19, and have made contact with his agent. (Mail on Sunday)

Nigeria winger Alex Iwobi says he could be forced to quit Arsenal if he loses his place to £80m-rated Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha. (Sun on Sunday)

Watford are in talks with French side Rennes over a potential deal for 21-year-old Senegal forward Ismaila Sarr. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle are interested in £30m-rated Burnley winger Dwight McNeil, but new boss Steve Bruce is only prepared to offer £15m for the 19-year-old. (Sun on Sunday)

Aston Villa are set to complete the signing of Kasimpasa and Egypt forward Trezeguet, 24, in a deal worth an initial £8.75m. (Sunday Telegraph)

Crystal Palace have held talks with Liverpool over the potential transfer of 28-year-old right-back Nathaniel Clyne. The Eagles want the Englishman, who played on loan at Bournemouth last season, to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka, who joined Manchester United in June. (Mail on Sunday)

Saint-Etienne's French defender William Saliba, 18, will have a medical at Arsenal on Tuesday before a £28m move. (Sunday Mirror)

Tottenham will have to pay £67m if they are to sign Real Betis and Argentina midfielder Giovani lo Celso, 23, this summer. (Evening Standard)

Sheffield United and Aston Villa are both interested in signing Brentford striker Neal Maupay. The 22-year-old Frenchman is one of the Blades' key targets this summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Tottenham look set to fend off competition from Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund to sign Fulham's England U21 forward Ryan Sessegnon. They are prepared to offer £25m for 19-year-old, as a potential replacement for PSG target Danny Rose. (Sunday Express)

Tottenham have offered England left-back Rose, 29, to Spanish champions Barcelona. (Sport - in Spanish)

However, Italian champions Juventus are also interested in signing the experienced defender. (Sunday Mirror)

Paris St-Germain are ready to put forward an improved bid for Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, with the French champions reportedly offering a package worth an initial £30m for the Senegal star. (Sunday Express)

Celtic and Scotland defender Kieran Tierney, 22, has agreed personal terms with Arsenal. (Football Insider)

West Ham have been offered New York Red Bulls and USA centre-back Aaron Long. The 26-year-old has a £4m release clause in his contract. (Sky Sports)


Aaron Long: West Ham offered chance to sign New York Red Bulls defender

West Ham have been offered the chance to sign New York Red Bulls centre-back Aaron Long.

The 26-year-old wants to play in the Premier League and has a $5m (£4m) release clause in his Red Bulls contract.

Fiorentina and Lyon want to sign the USA international, who was named 2018 MLS Defender of the Year.

Long has made 11 MLS appearances this season and started five of the USA's six matches during this summer's Gold Cup.


West Ham ready to loan Grady Diangana out this summer

Jordan Harris

West Ham United are reportedly ready to let Grady Diangana head out on loan for the coming campaign.

According to a report from the Sunday People, West Ham are prepared to loan Grady Diangana out for the coming campaign, with a number of clubs interested in the exciting winger.

Diangana went into Manuel Pellegrini's first season at the London Stadium still awaiting his senior debut. But a Carabao Cup tie with Macclesfield proved to be a defining moment for the 21-year-old as he scored twice in an 8-0 win.

He remained around the first-team for the rest of the season, making 21 appearances in all competitions, including 17 in the Premier League. However, he struggled to kick on after impressing in his first few weeks in Pellegrini's squad.

So it is perhaps unsurprising that the Sunday People is reporting that the Irons are now ready to let Diangana head out on loan next season, with Championship clubs and teams from abroad keen on the academy graduate.

Could loan help Diangana make the Grade?

Diangana appears to divide a decent number of the West Ham fans. Some believe that he has a lot of potential, while others are unconvinced that he is going to be good enough. His situation is perhaps not helped by the fact that he was 20 by the time he made his senior debut.

A loan spell could be a fantastic option for the wide-man. He will have the opportunity to play a lot more, develop his game and potentially prove to the Hammers that he is good enough to play an important role in their plans in the coming years.


Classy U23s end Slovakia camp with Humenne win

West Ham United U23s’ pre-season trip to Slovakia came to an end with a merited and classy 3-1 win away to FC Humenne.

Marcus Browne put the Irons in front on 36 minutes, completing a terrific team move, while a clever and innovative goal by Ajibola Alese doubled the lead just after half-time.

Forward Jordan Hugill completed the win for the U23s with a rocketed volley, ensuring the Irons leave Slovakia with a collective smile after two wins in two friendlies.

Having come from behind in Tuesday’s victory away to FC Kosice, West Ham put themselves ahead in the first half of Saturday’s clash on 36 minutes thanks to a beautiful, flowing team move crafted in the heart of the Academy of Football.

Fantastic wing-play by Nathan Holland created the space needed and the No11 linked up with Joe Powell on the edge of the area. From there, the ball was whipped into space on the six-yard line, where Browne coolly tucked home to give the Irons the deserved lead.

It had been Humenne that enjoyed the first chance of the game, with shot-stopper Krisztian Hegyi forced to deny Marek Mihok from powering home a volley.

Flowing football seemed to be the order of the day for West Ham, with another fantastic move playing in Mesa Dju, only for the Portuguese youngster to be called offside. Jordan Hugill also saw a strong effort go just over the bar.

As the first half closed Humenne came within a whisker of equalising. A fantastically whipped free-kick seemed certain for the roof of the net. If not for Hegyi’s fingertip stop, pushing the ball onto the bar, the score would have been level going into half-time.

If the Hammers were a touch fortunate to be in front as the first half ended, there was no doubt as to the better team when the final whistle was blown.

Mere moments after the restart, West Ham could have been two ahead as Alfie Lewis set Holland away with a smart pass. The No11 tucked home, but his effort was cancelled out by the linesman’s flag. Offside.

The decision did not deter the Irons, however. In fact, it seemed to inspire them. Dju saw a shot saved after some fantastic work on the flank before the travelling Academy side doubled their advantage just before the hour mark.

It was a clever finish too by centre-back Alese. Browne’s free-kick was dangerous and, as the ball bobbled in the area, Alese showed his creativity in back-heeling an effort past the goalkeeper and into the bottom corner of the net.

Less than ten minutes later and it was 3-0, and another ingenious move created the goal. Hugill found Holland with a quick pass and move. The winger whipped in for the striker to attack, and Hugill duly obliged, volleying into the net with a clinical strike.

There was still time for substitute Dan Kemp to go close with a volley of his own and, although Humenne got on the score-sheet in the closing moments, West Ham’s victory was never in doubt, as Steve Potts’ side ended their pre-season camp in Slovakia with a deserved, stylish victory.

FK Humenne: Slavik (Cholp 55); Zlacky, Sidor, Sulak (Kulha 88), Komjanty (Sulak 82); Ruskovsky (c) (Ceremeta 78), Mihok (Salanci 74), Kovalcik, Kulich (Skvasik 89), Voronak (Jakubov 66), Serecin (Kosuda 46)

Goals: Serecin 90+2

West Ham United U23s: Hegyi (Anang 46); Belic (Ngakia 46), Oxford (c), Alese, Hannam (Longelo 46); Lewis, Browne (Coventry 63), Powell (Rosa 68); Dju, Holland (Kemp 68), Hugill (Afolayan 68)


West Ham newbie Sebastien Haller has received glowing endorsements

by Harry Elnaugh

This article is part of Football FanCast’s Expert Roundup feature, which provides three quotes from those in the know in order to illuminate fundamental strengths, weaknesses, quirks, kinks, stylistic comparisons and general observations of transfer targets and confirmed signings.

West Ham United confirmed the £45m club record signing of Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt earlier this week.

The London Stadium outfit have said goodbye to Andy Carroll, Lucas Perez and Marko Arnautovic this summer and, when West Ham revealed that Javier Hernandez will wear the number 9 for the 2019/20 season, fans were surely concerned that the Mexican would be the club’s first choice striker.

However, with 25-year-old Haller moving to east London, Chicharito will have stark competition for a place in Pellegrini’s starting XI.

Given the size of the 6ft 3 powerhouse’s price tag, expectations will understandably be high, especially when you consider the impact Felipe Anderson made in his first season after becoming the club’s record signing.

It will be intriguing to see how he performs this season, but what can the fans expect from their new addition?

Here’s what those in the know have had to say about his talent…

Kevin Hatchard, European football expert

Before the deal had been struck, Kevin Hatchard had this to say while speaking to talkSPORT:

“I think he’s a super player. He’s a centre-forward who is great at bringing others into play […] His all-round game is great; he’s good in the air and a really good goalscorer. I think he’d be an absolute steal if West Ham could get him […] If they can get it done, I think it could be one of the deals of the season.”

Indeed, the former FC Utrecht man netted 20 goals last term and also provided an impressive 12 assists, totalling 32 goal contributions in just 41 games across all competitions.

Haller is a physical force to be reckoned with at 6ft 3, and his ability to hold up play should help him bring the likes of Anderson, Andriy Yarmolenko, Michail Antonio and Manuel Lanzini into play.

This feature of his game is something the player shares with new Shanghai SIPG man Arnautovic, who is ‘strong’ at holding up the ball according to WhoScored, and registered five assists last term. Hopefully Haller’s stay will be longer.

Adi Hutter, Eintracht Frankfurt manager

The Eagles boss was full of praise for a player who made huge improvements last season:

“Haller’s ball control wasn’t the best in pre-season, he was losing a lot of balls. He always had fight in him, but the way he’s now bossing the ball, winning challenges and taking on players – he’s come on leaps and bounds.”

Despite Haller’s seemingly immobile frame, the number 9 completed 1 dribble per game last term – testament to his ability to take on his man, as Hutter says.

He also wins an incredible 6.9 aerial duels per game, so it seems he is fully capable of making a nuisance of himself in the final third.

It sure sounds as though West Ham are getting a perfectly-rounded striker here.

Niko Kovac, Bayern Munich manager

Kovac, who managed Eintracht Frankfurt between 2016 and 2018, said of the powerful forward:

“A bulldozer couldn’t knock him over.”

While the likes of Pep Guardiola will strive to turn the game into an art form, there will always be a place in the Premier League for big, bustling strikers and Haller seems to fit the bill perfectly.

There are plenty more strings to the former France youth international’s bow beyond his physicality, but Kovac’s assessment suggests that the strongest and most imposing central defenders will struggle to contend with him.

Having a striker whom opposition defenders simply bounce off can be an invaluable weapon to have in the armoury.

Haller could well make the Hammers faithful forget all about Arnautovic next season.

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White Pony 11:55 Sun Jul 21
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Thanks Alan 11:53 Sun Jul 21
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ted Fenton 1:54 Sun Jul 21

Texas Iron 10:51 Sun Jul 21
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Mex Martillo 5:47 Sun Jul 21
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Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 3:52 Sun Jul 21
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Thanks Alan best read of the day.

gph 2:07 Sun Jul 21
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Thanks, Alan.

Haller sounds like he's better than a fit Andy Carroll.

You know, the semi-mythical bloke who got a hattrick against Arsenal

ted fenton 1:54 Sun Jul 21
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Exiled In Surrey 12:34 Sun Jul 21

happygilmore 1:25 Sun Jul 21
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Thanks Alan

Spurs offer Rose to Barcelona....they do make up some shit

ironsofcanada 12:55 Sun Jul 21
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Thanks Alan

Hope Diangana gets a decent loan, really see what he can do.

Exiled In Surrey 12:34 Sun Jul 21
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Sydney_Iron 12:08 Sun Jul 21

Sydney_Iron 12:08 Sun Jul 21
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Mad Dog 12:07 Sun Jul 21

Mad Dog 12:07 Sun Jul 21
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Thanks alan

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