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Alan 12:39 Mon Jul 22
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chinese Super League club Beijing Guoan are keen on signing Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale. They want to make the 30-year-old the highest-paid player in Chinese football history. (Telegraph)

The deal Beijing Guoan have offered Wales international Bale is worth a tax free £1m a week. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain have discussed a potential swap deal for Bale involving their Brazil forward Neymar, 27. (Independent)

Manchester United, who have previously been strongly linked with a move for former Tottenham winger Bale, do not intend to sign him. (Manchester Evening News)

'It would be best for everyone' - Bale on verge of Real exit

United have finally agreed terms on signing Leicester City and England defender Harry Maguire. The 26-year-old will arrive at Old Trafford in an £80m deal. (Bleacher Report)

Manchester City are still interested in signing Maguire but they would need to offload Argentina defender Nicolas Otamendi, 31, and 28-year-old France centre-back Eliaquim Mangala to fund the transfer. (Mirror)

Inter Milan's Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 26, has rejected a proposed swap deal with 30-year-old Arsenal and Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. (Calcio Mercato, via Sport Mediaset)

Arsenal's 33-year-old French defender Laurent Koscielny has agreed to join Rennes. (RMC Sport)

The Gunners are set to beat Tottenham to the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos. The 22-year-old Spain international would join on loan. (Mirror)

Liverpool's English midfielder James Milner, 33, says he is unsure about his long-term future at the club even though he wants to extend his stay. (Liverpool Echo)

The Reds are considering joining Barcelona in trying to sign Augsburg left-back Philipp Max, with the German valued at £18m. (Express)

Bayern Munich have emerged as surprise candidates to sign Crystal Palace's Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, after failing to sign Manchester City's Leroy Sane and Real Madrid's Bale. (90min)

Bayern offered 27-year-old Austria defender David Alaba as part of a deal to sign Germany winger Sane, 23, from City, who rejected the offer. (Mirror)

Everton striker Ademola Lookman will have a medical with RB Leipzig in the next 48 hours before the 21-year-old England Under-21 forward makes a £22.5m move to the German club. (Mail)

Crystal Palace have had a £20m bid for English defender Reece James rejected by Chelsea. The 19-year-old spent last season on loan at Wigan. (Star)

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham are all interested in signing Dynamo Kiev's 20-year-old Ukraine international Mykola Shaparenko. (Caught Offside)

Real Madrid have rejected six offers for 23-year-old Spain midfielder Marco Asensio, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool. (Cadena SAR, via Football Espana)

Burnley made an £11m bid for Barcelona's 20-year-old Spanish winger Marc Cucurella before he decided to move to Getafe on a season-long loan. (Marca)

Manchester United and England Under-21 keeper Dean Henderson's move to Sheffield United on loan is in doubt because Blades boss Chris Wilder is considering alternatives to the 22-year-old. (Sun)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

The same player is on the front cover of the Spanish sport newspapers Marca, AS and Mundo Deportivo, and also on the back pages of most British nationals, and it’s Gareth Bale – or “Gareth Sale” as AS have it. According to Mundo Deportivo, Real have offered the Welshman and £90m to Paris Saint-Germain for Neymar; Marca say he is heading to China, where he has offers from two teams; AS insists he has been offered to PSG, Manchester United, Bayern Munich, Internazionale and Tottenham and none of them was interested, but that negotiations with an unnamed Chinese team “are at an extremely advanced stage”. Back in England, various papers name the side as Beijing Guoan – the Sun says they are offering £1m a week, tax free – but confusingly while the Mail reports that “the likeliest destination for Bale is China”, the Mirror insists “it is more likely he will stay in Europe”.

Over the weekend Zinedine Zidane said that he wanted Bale to leave Real Madrid – “Let’s hope it happens soon. If it happens tomorrow, so much the better” – leading to an apparently terminal rift between club and player. Perhaps something similar will happen between Ivan Perisic and Inter, after Antonio Conte raged that the Croatia international “is not suited to the role I am asking for”, that despite intensive training “the responses so far are not positive” and that, all things considered, “I don’t think he can give the team what it needs”. According to Corriere della Sera the 30-year-old is now almost certain to depart – and “he wants to move to the Premier League”. When Manchester United tried to sign him a year ago they were quoted a price of €50m; now Gazzetta dello Sport says Inter would happily wave him on his way to Salford for as little as €30m.

Then there’s Paulo Dybala, who according to reports in Tuttosport and Corriere dello Sport this morning could end up in one of three places: Turin, Paris or Manchester. He has yet to start pre-season training, having been granted extended leave following the Copa América, and it is not entirely clear where he will fit in the Juventus team when he does turn up. Meanwhile he might help PSG come to terms with losing Neymar and bring a little spritely ingenuity to a Manchester United frontline soon to be shorn of Romelu Lukaku.

Harry Maguire’s move to United, who appear to be involved in every rumour currently circulating, is now “imminent”, according to the Independent, while the Mancunians are also hoping to sign Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes. They had better hurry, with the 24-year-old Portuguese midfielder on Real Madrid’s shortlist of potential alternatives to Paul Pogba. So too is Sergej Milinkovic-Savic (and Christian Eriksen), the Serb apparently certain to leave Lazio, whose president, Claudio Lotito, said over the weekend: “It would not be fair to stand in the way of his reasonable ambition to play for one of the world’s very best teams.” Inter seem to be believe they deserve a place on that list, while PSG are also keen and United would like him too – though only if somebody buys Pogba first, which leaves them hanging around on the sidelines while their rivals are free to pounce.

Finally another player set to follow Bale out of Real is Dani Ceballos, who – according to the Mirror – has “had lengthy talks” with Arsenal, leaving the Gunners optimistic of beating Tottenham to the 22-year-old’s signature. The Gunners are also “now in a position to meet Celtic’s £25m asking price” for Kieran Tierney, according to the Sun.

Caught Offside

Mykola Shaparenko eyed by Arsenal and Manchester United as West Ham also show interest in Ukraine international

Multiple Premier League clubs are tracking the progress of Ukraine international Mykola Shaparenko.

A source close to the player has told CaughtOffside that a host of English outfits – including Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United – have all been keeping tabs on Shaparenko in recent months.

The 20-year-old broke into Dynamo Kiev’s first team in November 2017 and has caught the eye with a number of fine displays since.

He wears Dynamo’s No 10 shirt and operates mostly in attacking midfield, although he occasionally plays further forward.

Chelsea fans have already seen Shaparenko in the flesh as he played in both legs of Dynamo’s 8-0 aggregate defeat in the Europa League last season.

He also faced England’s Under 21 side in a Euro 2019 qualifier at Sheffield United’s Bramall Lane last year, scoring with a header in a narrow 2-1 defeat by the Young Lions.

Chelsea are currently hampered by a transfer ban, leaving them unable to move for Shaparenko this summer.

But CaughtOffside has learned that Arsenal and United remain interested in acquiring Shaparenko, who has been capped four times at senior international level.

West Ham are also said to be keen on Shaparenko, who is represented by the same agency as current Hammers winger Andriy Yarmolenko.

Should Shaparenko sign for an English club during the current transfer window, he may struggle to obtain a work permit immediately. But that would only be a short-term issue which will disappear once he has played more games for his country.

One solution could be to sign Shaparenko this summer and loan him out before reapplying for a UK work permit in 12 months.

Shaparenko, who is under contract with Kiev until 2023, has scored six goals and provided four assists in 23 Premier Liga appearances in the Ukraine.

Di Marzio

Sassuolo exchange documents with West Ham for Obiang's transfer: the details

Obiang is a Sassuolo reinforcement in the midfield unit. Both sides will exchange documents today, with a deal set on a 8m basis. The player will join his new team on retreat between Thursday and Friday. Obiang is then set to return to Italy after his experience at Sampdoria from 2010 to 2015. The born in 92' midfielder has played 91 games and scored three goals in four years in England.

Soccer Souls

West Ham winning the race for this 24-year-old Turkish star would add some much-needed versatility to their ranks

West Ham Opinion: Irfan Can Kahveci would a good buy for the Hammers

According to a report from Turkish Football, West Ham are one of the clubs interested in signing Istanbul Basaksehir star, Irfan Can Kahveci.

Kahveci, 24, was one of the stars of Istanbul Basaksehir last season, bagging 4 goals and 5 assists in 32 games. He has two years remaining on his contract but following a strong 2018/19 campaign, his stock has risen and Basaksehir could consider selling him this summer.

Apart from West Ham, there are several sides from Spain, Italy and Germany interested in the Turkey international, the report adds.

West Ham have made some signings this summer so far as manager Manuel Pellegrini aims to challenge the Premier League’s ‘Big Six’ next season. The Hammers have a quality squad but what they lack is strength in depth.

The East London outfit had their problems in the midfield last season, with Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere enduring lengthy spells on the sidelines, leaving Declan Rice, Mark Noble and Pedro Obiang to cover for themselves in the middle of the park.

Although Wilshere and Sanchez are fit ahead of the new season, Obiang’s potential departure this summer means Pellegrini should prioritise signing a new central midfielder.

Irfan Can Kahveci would be a brilliant fit at the London Stadium. He is an attack-minded midfield playmaker. The Turkey international prefers a central role in an advanced position but he can also operate on the wing if required.

The 24-year-old is a player who can be of use to West Ham in multiple areas of the pitch. He would offer cover in a variety of positions and provide versatility at a time where the Hammers get hit by injuries.

An excellent passer of the ball, Kahveci will offer creativity and dynamism to West Ham’s midfield. He is a very good dribbler, can beat his marker and make incisive passes in the final third for his teammates to make use of.

The Turkish midfielder possesses a lethal left foot and is renowned for his long-range shooting and ability to carve open the opposition with his trickery and vision.

He also offers tenacity and bite to the midfield as Kahveci never shies away from jumping into tackles to stop the opposition from advancing. The 24-year-old is a talented player who tries giving his everything on the pitch.

Interest from all corners of Europe clearly speaks volumes about Kahveci’s reputation and talent. West Ham are in dire need of midfield reinforcements and they would do a smart job by landing the Turkish ace ahead of other European teams this summer.


West Ham want £9m Arsenal midfielder Mo Elneny

Danny Owen

Mohamed Elneny started just five Premier League games for Unai Emery's Arsenal last season - could he be tempted to join West Ham United?

West Ham United are interested in signing Mohamed Elneny from Premier League rivals Arsenal, according to Ahly News, and could pay £9 million for the midfielder.

The Hammers have recruited very intelligently in the last two summers and, with Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals set to provide goals and creativity aplenty, it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Manuel Pellegrini’s side could challenge for a place in the top six next season.

And should Elneny arrive too, he’d provide plenty of control and energy in a rather lightweight midfield.

Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere, perhaps predictably, struggled badly with injuries during the 2018/19 campaign while Pedro Obiang is closing in on a return to Italy with Sassuolo, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.

So Elneny, a four-time league champion with Basel who has earned 67 caps for the Egyptian national team, would certainly fill a gap in West Ham’s squad, even if his arrival would be overshadowed by that of Haller and Fornals.

Ahly claims that Arsenal would be tempted to cash in on a player who made just five Premier League starts during Unai Emery’s debut season at The Emirates. Their priority, however, is to use Elneny as a makeweight in a deal that would see Wilfried Zaha arrive in North London from Crystal Palace.

But West Ham need a midfielder of Elneny’s qualities far more than a Palace side who are not short of options in the centre of the park.


West Ham: a goal for former Inter target

West Ham has targeted Djibril Sidibé, right-back of Monaco. As L'Equipe writes, there is a strong interest in the Hammers in the 1992 class. The Frenchman had been followed in the past by Inter.

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jimbo2. 11:12 Mon Jul 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We most certainly are not in “dire need” of yet another attacking midfielder! Thanks Al

Thanks Alan 9:38 Mon Jul 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Mex Martillo 5:03 Mon Jul 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Did you not see the Jorno said we’re in “dire need of midfield reinforcements” Not sure where that comes from, such crap.
I think midfield is our strongest area.
Yes, good CDM, left back and stricker are priorities.
Thanks Alan

Texas Iron 4:18 Mon Jul 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Alan 2:00 Mon Jul 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Elneny story added.

geoffpikey 1:08 Mon Jul 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Looks like El Pel's plan is to lose every game 6-7.

Then again, probably made-up rubbish by the hacks.

Alan 1:05 Mon Jul 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Well, Lanzini hasn't signed a new contract yet and is coming into his last year (depending on the validity of that option clause), so I wouldn't be surprised to see him sold.

Eddie B 12:47 Mon Jul 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
CDM and striker are needed, so why so many attacking midfielders?

SUM A DING WONG 12:47 Mon Jul 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

I was thinking the same thing.

Let's hope its smoke and mirrors.

twoleftfeet 12:42 Mon Jul 22
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Nice to see we are still linked with attacking midfielders when what we need is a defensive midfielder.

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