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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 12:49 Mon Jul 29
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac is "very confident" the Bundesliga champions will finalise a deal for Manchester City's Germany winger Leroy Sane, 23. (ZDF Sport, via Manchester Evening News)

City have identified Real Sociedad's 22-year-old forward Mikel Oyarzabal as Sane's replacement and are willing to pay the Spain international's 75m euros release clause. (AS)

Wales forward Gareth Bale has been left "furious" by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez's decision to call off his proposed move to Chinese side Jiangsu Suning. (Sun)

Perez decided 30-year-old Bale was too valuable to lose cheaply, with Jiangsu Suning set to sign him on a free transfer. (Star)

Crystal Palace have turned down an offer from Everton for Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha. (Mail)

The Toffees have made a £55m cash-only bid for Zaha, with no players offered in exchange to their Premier League rivals. (Sky Sports)

Palace want £60m up front for the 26-year-old and also have concerns about how Everton want to structure the payments in any potential deal. (Mirror)

Everton may need to sign five players if they are to improve on next season, as Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 29, nears a move to PSG. (Liverpool Echo)

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, 24, will complete his £72m transfer to Arsenal on Tuesday or Wednesday - as long as French champions Paris St-Germain do not try to make a late move. (La Voix Du Nord)

Manchester United have agreed so sign Lazio and Serbia midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, 24. (Mail)

Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, is not due to fly to England to have a medical with United. (Express)

Meanwhile, Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi, 32, is interested in a move to Manchester United. (Corriere di Torino, via Express)

West Ham United are lining up a move for former Arsenal and Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor. The 35-year-old Togo international is a free agent and Watford and Sheffield United are also interested.(Sun)

Aston Villa's hopes of signing 26-year-old Stoke City and England goalkeeper Jack Butland have been hit by a sell-on clause that would give West Midlands rivals Birmingham about 20% of the fee. (Sun)

Premier League newcomers Villa have been given encouragement in their pursuit of Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, 29, after Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock said the Championship club would be willing to listen to offers for the Philippines international. (Wales Online)

However, Villa are not willing to meet Burnley's £10m asking price for England keeper Tom Heaton, 33. (Birmingham Mail)

Liverpool plan to integrate 16-year-old Harvey Elliott into the first-team squad this season rather than him joining up with their academy sides following the English winger's move from Fulham. (Liverpool Echo)

Paris St-Germain left-back Stanley Nsoki, 20, is keen to move to Newcastle United, although the Premier League club are yet to meet the Ligue 1 champions' £13.5m valuation for the France Under-21 international. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Watford are in talks with French club Rennes over Senegal forward Ismaila Sarr, 21, and an agreement on a price is thought to be close. (Watford Observer)

Polish centre-back Krystian Bielik, 21, is set to leave Arsenal for one of several interested Championship clubs. (Sportowefakty)

Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen have rejected bids thought to be in the region of £3m from Championship clubs Nottingham Forest and Queen's Park Rangers for Scotland centre-back Scott McKenna, 22. (Daily Record)

Blackburn Rovers are still confident of signing Manchester City's 21-year-old English centre-back Tosin Adarabioyo on a season-long loan deal, while Fortuna Dusseldorf's German defender Robin Bormuth, 23, and Norwich City's Scotland international Grant Hanley, 27, could also arrive. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Former Norwich winger Ben Marshall, 28, could join Sheffield Wednesday or Hull City after the Englishman's contract with the Canaries was cancelled by mutual consent. (Norwich Evening News)

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Arsenal hope to tie up a deal for Nicolas Pépé and won’t stop there – “There are different players on the table with the possibility we can achieve their signature,” says Unai Emery. “We are only thinking about people who can really, really improve this squad. We will only look at men who can really strengthen a position. One centre-back, one full-back and one winger. We are going to do that. Really I want a better team than last year.” Metro think they have identified the centre-back, revealing the Gunners will try to sign Daniele Rugani from Juventus on a season-long loan.

Manchester United have agreed terms with Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who will sign a five-year contract worth €6m a year after tax should they submit a rumoured €75m bid to Lazio – “plus €15m in bonuses, €5m easy and €10m more complicated,” reports the Corriere dello Sport. The player’s agent, Mateja Kezman, has set up a temporary base in London, where he will remain until the deal is done (which won’t be until Paul Pogba joins Real Madrid, which won’t be until Gareth Bale goes somewhere, so he’ll have plenty of time for sightseeing).

Kezman could also hang out with Miguel Pinho, the agent of Sporting’s Bruno Fernandes, who according to the Correio da Manhã is also in England and also will not return until his client’s own move to Manchester is finalised. “United’s top priority is the signing of Harry Maguire,” they report. “Followed by Milinkovic-Savic and Fernandes. Bruno might be the last of the trio, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intending to play him as a second striker.”

According to the Mirror, Crystal Palace have rejected Everton’s £50m offer for Wilfried Zaha, because “it fell £10m short of their valuation”. According to the Sun, the offer was £55m and Everton were “told he is not for sale at any price”. The Mail insist the bid hasn’t yet been submitted, but that when it is it will be £52m – and it will be declined because Crystal Palace’s actual asking price is £80m. The Telegraph says the offer is already in – at £55m – that the rejection is still forthcoming and that the asking price is indeed £80m.

In further Everton news, Sky are reporting that Idrissa Gueye’s move to Paris Saint-Germain is now so close that the midfielder is actually in the French capital, where he is expected to have a medical ahead of a £28m transfer, while widespread gossip suggests that either Mainz’s Jean-Philippe Gbamin or Chelsea’s Tiémoué Bakayoko will eventually replace him.

Bournemouth are ready to sell Harry Arter, with Fulham, Stoke and Sheffield United all interested, and “are actively looking in the market” for further recruits, says Eddie Howe. Newcastle are after PSG’s Stanley N’Soki, a 20-year-old defender. Cardiff are close to sewing up a £2m deal for Oxford’s Gavin Whyte, a 23-year-old winger. Nottingham Forest, meanwhile, are preparing a fresh bid for Aberdeen’s 22-year-old defender Scott McKenna, with Burnley’s Ben Gibson next on their list should that deal fall through. Blackpool will spend £750,000 on Blackburn’s 22-year-old striker Joe Nuttall.

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West Ham striker set for return to London after horrific emergency surgery ordeal

The Hammers U23's striker Xande Silva has yet to feature in pre-season

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham striker Xande Silva is due to fly into London on Tuesday after a horrendous summer which saw him undergo emergency surgery in his native Portugal.

The 22-year-old star suffered an obstruction to his bowel a week before he was due back for pre-season training in east London and having undergone an operation, has been recovering at home in Portugal having spent three weeks in hospital after his surgery.

Silva was back in his homeland on holiday over the summer when the obstruction occurred and he was rushed to hospital in Portugal, with the blessing of West Ham's club medical staff, and had emergency surgery in a private clinic in Lisbon within six hours of being taken ill.

During Silva's recuperation, West Ham's doctors have been out to visit the striker four times - once the day after his operation and subsequently once a week during his post-op recovery as they have closely kept an eye on their talented striker.

Silva has lost five kilos in weight after his ordeal over the summer and will have a private training schedule over the next six weeks as he will be closely monitored by club staff and is expected to make a full recovery.

It capped off a horrendous 2019 for the young frontman so far after making his first senior start for the club in the FA Cup victory over Birmingham City back in January.

Silva picked up a hernia problem in the aftermath of that game and was ruled out for three months, returning for the last couple of games of the season for the U23s as they were relegated from Division One of PL2.

The Portuguese striker joined the club ahead of the 2018/19 season from Vitoria De Guimaraes in Portugal for a reported £1.3m and got his Hammers career off to a flier.

He netted seven goals in six PL2 appearances for the U23s which earned him a call up to the senior squad much earlier than expected and he made his senior debut during the 2-0 defeat away at Burnley in the Premier League on December 30.

Olympique et Lyonnais

OL - Mercato: West Ham would like the loan of Bertrand Traoré

Despite a transfer budget now reduced, West Ham would like to attract a new offensive reinforcement. The London club would therefore consider the arrival on loan of Lyonnais Bertrand Traore.

The name of Bertrand Traoré agitates the transfer window in England. Last month, the 23-year-old forward had already been the subject of a rumor sending him to Everton. This was finally quickly denied by the English press. According to TEAMtalk, it is now West Ham who would like to attract winger Lyonnais to reinforce his offensive sector. The London club, tenth in the Premier League standings last season, has however already spent a lot since the beginning of the summer, with the arrivals of Pablo Fornals (€ 28m), but especially from the French center forward Sébastien Haller (50 M €).
A loan departure that does not interest OL

Given this limited financial power, the Hammers leaders have polled Olympique Lyonnais about a possible loan from Traore, which could eventually turn into a permanent transfer. A hypothesis that would not seduce the Rhone club, while Arsenal and Tottenham could also look into the case of the Burkinabé international according to this same source. Jean-Michel Aulas and Juninho have always said they count on their number 10 for the next season.

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Exclusive | West Ham in talks to sign Bilel Hassaini

Sources contacted by Get French Football News understand that Premier League side West Ham United are in concrete talks to sign 18-year-old attacking midfielder Bilel Hassaini, who is without a contract following the end of his youth deal with Ligue 2 side AS Nancy last month.

The player has been heavily linked with Arsenal and Liverpool in the Premier League, but it is our understanding that neither side have made a formal contract offer to the teenager as of yet.

Any side that does sign the French youth international this summer will have to pay a six-figure fee to Nancy to cover youth development solidarity payments.

West Ham United had been targeting FC Barcelona’s 16-year-old versatile attacking talent Anssumane Fati as their number one target in this sector, but he has very recently extended his contract with the Catalan giants.

As a result, Hassaini is now the Hammers’ #1 priority in this position.

The player had been set to join PSG earlier this summer, but the change of Sporting Director, from Antero Henrique to Leonardo, brought the deal to collapse.

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'It was an easy decision': West Ham defender Arthur Masuaku beams as club announce they have extended his contract until 2024

DR Congo left back Arthur Masuaku has signed a new deal at West Ham
The player has committed the next five years of his career to the club
Masuaku said it was an easy decision and he is very proud to have signed again

By Glen Williams

West Ham have announced the extension of Arthur Masuaku's contract until 2024.

The DR Congo left back arrived at West Ham from Olympiacos in 2016 and has since turned out 75 times for the club.

Upon his return from the Africa Cup of Nations this summer, the Irons tied him down for a further five years and Masuaku expressed his delight.

'I am very happy and very proud,' Masuaku said. 'For me it was an easy decision. The club wanted me to stay and so I didn't even need to think about it – it was just a matter of time.

'Now I am looking forward to the Premier League season and giving my all for this club I love.

'It hasn't been an easy road for me since I first arrived at the club but I have always been positive and I hope and I think that the future is bright for West Ham, and hopefully for me and the team.

'I am very excited, and happy to be a part of things here. The manager has been very good to me and I hope now I can repay his faith.'

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini added: 'We are very happy that Arthur has signed an extension to his contract and committed his long-term future to West Ham United.

'He is a player with excellent technical ability and has worked hard to improve over the past year. He finished last season in very good form and has returned after the summer determined to continue in a similar way.

'After three years in England, Arthur is now established and well settled, and we look forward to seeing him make a big contribution in the future.'

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Texas Iron 12:50 Tue Jul 30
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 10:20 Mon Jul 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sydney_Iron 1:56 Mon Jul 29

norwaytips 3:05 Mon Jul 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Fivetide 2:21 Mon Jul 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Traore on loan with a view would be excellent, but cannot see it happening.

Adabeyour as a disgrunteled benckwarmer sounds like a terrible idea, so I can see that.

Thanks Alan.

Sydney_Iron 1:56 Mon Jul 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:23 Mon Jul 29

Thanks Alan 1:23 Mon Jul 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Sniper 12:59 Mon Jul 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Bowel obstruction? Sounds like he’s full of shit to me

Thanks Alan

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