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Alan 11:43 Thu Jul 25
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Tottenham have made contact with Juventus about signing Argentina international forward Paulo Dybala, 25, who is valued at £80m. (Evening Standard)

Paris St-Germain have agreed a £28m deal to sign Senegal international Idrissa Gueye, 29, from Everton. (Mail)

The Toffees will hold further talks with Crystal Palace this week to sign Ivory Coast international winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, for £80m. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has ruled out re-signing Barcelona's Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 27, who left Anfield for £142m in 2018. (ESPN)

Manchester United have asked to be kept informed about the future of Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27. The Denmark international has a year remaining on his contract and could leave for £70m. (Mail)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce has told Manchester United they have no chance of signing English midfielder Sean Longstaff, 21. (Star)

Manchester United's Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 25, fears he'll be the victim of Leicester and England centre back Harry Maguire's proposed move to Old Trafford. (Metro)

United have identified Lille's Ivory Coast international forward Nicolas Pepe, 24, who is valued at £70m, as a replacement should Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku join Inter Milan. (Times)

Lukaku, 26, agreed a deal with Manchester United to sit out their tour games to avoid scuppering his £75m move to Inter Milan. (Sun)

Wolves are in talks to sign Juventus and German World Cup winning midfielder Sami Khedira, 32. (Sky Sports Italia via Football Italia)

Lazio's Serbia international midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 24, has told his team-mates he will leave the club this summer amid reports of a move to Manchester United. (Il Tempo via Express)

Wolfsburg and RB Leipzig are interested in signing Arsenal's 18-year-old English winger Emile Smith Rowe on loan. (Independent)

Newcastle are closing in on a deal for Nice's 22-year-old French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, but the Ligue 1 club are holding out for more than £20m. (Shields Gazette)

French defender Laurent Koscielny, 33, will be forced to train with Arsenal's kids even though the first team have returned from their US tour. (Mirror)

Chelsea and West Ham are eyeing a deal to sign Portsmouth's 18-year-old winger Leon Maloney who scored 26 goals for Pompey's academy side last season. (Sun)

Newly promoted Premier League side Sheffield United are considering a move for former England international goalkeeper Joe Hart, 32, from Burnley. (Mail)

Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are interested in signing Republic of Ireland's U19 international striker Jonathan Afolabi who left Southampton at the end of the season. (Football.London)

Villa are in talks to sign 26-year-old Italian goalkeeper Mattia Perin from Juventus after his £13m move to Benfica fell through because of a failed medical. (Football Italia)

Huddersfield are looking at signing Chelsea's 20-year-old England youth international midfielder Trevoh Chalobah on a permanent deal. (Goal)

Barcelona have made an improved £24m offer for Real Betis' Spain U21 international defender Junior Firpo. (Sport - in Spanish)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

Phew, what a scorcher. It’s just as well the mercury may rise as high as 39 degrees in some corners of the UK today, because what’s just happened at Westminster chills the blood, while today’s batch of rumours can best be described as tepid.

Newcastle have told Manchester United that Sean Longstaff won’t be happening for them. No matter, because Ed Woodward will embark on a spree that takes Mill regulars Nicolas Pépé, Christian Eriksen, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic and Harry Maguire to Old Trafford.

Everton are resigned to losing Idrissa Gueye to Paris Saint-Germain. But they’ll console themselves with paying £80m for Wilfried Zaha. Arsenal, who have been faffing around by bidding buttons, look on in despair.

Tottenham are the latest club to show an interest in Paulo Dybala, strangely unloved at Juventus. Also to be shown the door by Maurizio Sarri: 2014’s Sami Khedira, who Wolves have taken a fancy to.

And Joe Hart’s got to go somewhere to resurrect his career, hasn’t he. Sheffield United will do.

Now, enough of sitting around in front of a screen. Out you go and play. Plenty of sun lotion, and remember to keep yourself hydrated.


Hammers net spend reduces to £26m

The Hammers net spend excluding possible add-ons, agent fees or net deductions such as FIFA solidarity payments has hit £26.25m following yesterday’s sale of Pedro Obiang.

The summer has already seen the departures of Edimilson Fernandes £6.75m Lucas Perez £2m Sam Byram £750,000 and Marko Arnautovic £22.5m so the sale of Obiang for £6.25m takes that total to £38.25m

Pablo Fornals is reported to have cost £24m in instalments while Sebastian Haller is said to have cost £40.5m over the first 18 months meaning a total outlay of £64.5m.

That leaves the current West Ham net spend around previous averages with the chances of more big-money signing very unlikely unless further players are sold.

Jordan Hugill £3m and Javier Hernandez £8m are still possible candidates to raise more funds before the transfer window is over but loans, free agents and cheap transfers are remain late possibilities as Manuel Pellegrini puts the final touches to his 2019/2020 Premier League squad.


West Ham on Gonalons

The Corriere dello Sport on newsstands today reports that West Ham is on the trail of Maxime Gonalons, a French midfielder leaving Rome.

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Thanks Alan 10:11 Thu Jul 25
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Sydney_Iron 12:05 Thu Jul 25

kylay 7:30 Thu Jul 25
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Darby_ 2:32 Thu Jul 25

But..... he's english

ironsofcanada 7:14 Thu Jul 25
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No Dybala to Spurs please, too much quality despite the stupid mask celebration.

Thanks Alan

Nicey 7:06 Thu Jul 25
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Darby it’s always bizarre when managers with lots of history and connections at an old club or set of agents then buy a player from them at a massively inflated price when they are manager at their new club.

How does that benefit the club at all? Someone must get some benefit somewhere for such strange deals.

Texas Iron 5:44 Thu Jul 25
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gph 5:40 Thu Jul 25
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Thanks, Alan

Darby_ 2:32 Thu Jul 25
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Hugill now worth a third of what we paid for him. Nice.

The funny thing is that literally everyone except Alex V was scratching their head when we signed him for 10m. Bizarre signing.

Sydney_Iron 12:05 Thu Jul 25
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Mad Dog 11:48 Thu Jul 25

geoffpikey 11:57 Thu Jul 25
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Thanks Alan.

The revenue for Obiang appears to drop by the hour. First it was £9m, then £8m, then £7.2m, now it's just over £6m! By August, he'll be a free. Could it be no one in sports reporting knows what the hell they're talking about?

Mad Dog 11:48 Thu Jul 25
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Thanks Alan

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