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Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 1:11 Wed Jul 31
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

French champions Paris St-Germain have vetoed Barcelona's move for 27-year-old forward Neymar. (Marca)

Alternatively, PSG officials will meet their Barcelona counterparts to discuss a deal which will take Brazil international Neymar back to the Spanish club. (Mundo Deportivo, via Express)

Manchester United are interested in signing Barca and France centre-back Samuel Umtiti, 25. (Le10 Sport - in French)

Arsenal are closing in on a deal for 22-year-old Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney. (Mail)

Inter Milan and Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 26, could be heading to Napoli in an 80m euros (£73m) deal. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Juventus' Moise Kean, 19, turned down a switch to Arsenal in favour of Everton because the Gunners could not guarantee the Italy striker first-team football. (Mail)

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he did not understand why manager Niko Kovac said the club were confident of signing Manchester City's 23-year-old Germany winger Leroy Sane. (Bild - in German)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane says he does not know if 28-year-old Colombia attacking midfielder James Rodriguez will be at the Spanish club next season. (Marca)

Arsenal centre-back Shkodran Mustafi's father and agent has played down the 27-year-old Germany international moving to an Italian club. (Romanews - in Italian)

Crystal Palace have made a bid of about £14m for CSKA Moscow and Russia striker Fedor Chalov, 21. (Sky Sports)

West Brom have received no offers from Aston Villa for Scotland winger Matt Phillips, 28. (Birmingham Mail)

Villa are leading Premier League rivals Newcastle United in the race to sign 22-year-old Liverpool and Wales winger Harry Wilson in a £20m deal. (Star)

Former Chelsea and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will return to management when the right opportunity arises. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle's England Under-21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman, 22, is a target for Celtic and Arsenal, as well as two unnamed Championship clubs. (Chronicle)

The Magpies have had a £4.5m bid for Amiens and Sweden's 24-year-old right-back Emil Krafth rejected. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke says 19-year-old Portugal striker Joao Felix will become "one of the best players in the world". (ESPN)

Partizan's Serbia centre-back Strahinja Pavlovic, 18, is "flattered" by rumours linking him with a move to Celtic. (Daily Record)

Preston North End have rejected a loan bid from Wigan Athletic for 26-year-old Jamaica-born midfielder Daniel Johnson. (Lancashire Evening Post)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Michael Butler

The next big thing? No, it’s not esports or a Mercury Music Prize-nominated artist that you’ve never heard of. It’s Marseille’s Isaac Lihadji, a 17-year-old that is so fresh off the production line, he doesn’t even have a Wikipedia page. Imagine! That hasn’t stopped Manchester United, Barcelona and Everton all doing their research on the winger that has just one year remaining on his contract. Lihadji is reportedly keen to stay at Marseille, but only if he breaks into André Villas Boas’s first-team squad.

As reported/speculated/arm-chanced in yesterday’s Mill – you heard it here first people! – the Romelu Lukaku-Paulo Dybala swap between Manchester United and Juventus is ON! A lot hinges on the decision of the little Argentinian, whose preference is to stay in Turin but could be swayed by either a huge contract offer from Ed Woodward or a big thumbs down from Maurizio Sarri when they have a talk on Tuesday about his role at the Turin club. Or both. Internazionale are still lurking in the background for Lukaku but their €70m offer is well short of United’s €83m valuation, so the Dybala swap is looking a little more likely at the mo.

With the overnight news that Eric Bailly faces four to five months out with a knee injury, United are back in the hunt for a shiny new centre-back. Rumours of a move for Harry Maguire are still circulating, but interest in Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti is also doing the rounds, with the Frenchman expected to cost half the price of the Leicester man, at around £40m.

Neymar update No 3,473. PSG have pulled the plug on any deal for the Brazilian to move back to Barça, according to Marca.

Real Madrid are contemplating kicking James Rodríguez out of a door marked “Do One”, despite the serious injury to another one of their attacking midfielders, Marco Asensio. The Colombian – the subject of the Mill’s favourite-ever headline - has only just returned from a two-year loan at Bayern Munich and at 28 should be in his prime, but Zinedine Zidane admitted this week that “I don’t know if James is going to be at Real Madrid next season.” Stinks of a move to China, if Florentino Pérez doesn’t veto it, of course.

Burnley will resolve the ridiculous situation in which they have three England international goalkeepers on their books by selling one of them, Tom Heaton, to the Premier League’s other claret clan, Aston Villa, for £8m. The Birmingham club are also poised to sign arguably the name of the window, Marvelous Nakamba, for another £11m to take their total summer spending north of £130m.

They could yet add to that, with interest in Liverpool’s £20m-rated Harry Wilson, but Newcastle could have something to say about the 22-year-old Welshman.


French media u-turn on Hammers right back addition

French newspaper L’equipe have completed a u-turn on the changes of Monaco right-back Djibril Sidibe joining West Ham.

Less a week ago the French media suggested the Hammers were in talks over a £13.7million deal for the 27 year old despite West Ham having good coverage in the right-back position with Ryan Fredericks, Pablo Zabaleta and Ben Johnson,

Italian Journolist Nicolo Schira who first broke the Sebastien Haller to West Ham transfer rumour rubbished the article at the time saying “West Ham is not interested in Djibril Sidibè from Monaco. He isn’t a Pellegrini target”

Conveniently the French newspaper is now backtracking today and is now saying that West Ham are getting cold feet over concerns over an injury to the player’s right knee and are unlikely to proceed.

The report suggests that Crystal Palace are now in pole position for World Cup-winning French international for a fee of around 15 million Euros.


West Ham considering late move for former Arsenal starlet Chuba Akpom after becoming title winner in Greece

West Ham are weighing up a late move for former Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom
Akpom has impressed since moving to Greek football with PAOK Salonika
The forward helped guide them to their first league title win in 34 years
West Ham officials watched him in the pre-season friendly with Fortuna Sittard

By Adrian Kajumba

Akpom scored four times in PAOK'S 5-1 win over the Dutch side last Saturday to further impress West Ham's scouts.

Akpom has kick-started his career since moving to PAOK from boyhood club Arsenal for around £900,000 last summer.

The £5m-rated frontman has become a big fans favourite due to his wholehearted performances for the Greek champions and scored eight times and set up five more goals in 19 league and cup starts last season.

French side Rennes and Germans Mainz are also keen on Akpom who has two years left on his current deal.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini has overhauled his attack this summer, selling Marko Arnautovic and Lucas Perez, releasing Andy Carroll and loaning Jordan Hugill to QPR.

West Ham have broken their transfer record to sign Sebastian Haller from Frankfurt for £45m and retained Javier Hernandez.

But they remain in the market for another forward and Akpom is firmly on their radar.

Sport Witness

After Man United bid, Arsenal came knocking for West Ham player – £65m could be enough

As Manchester United continue to wrestle Leicester City for Harry Maguire, seemingly unsuccessfully, the clock continues to tick, with just eight days left in the transfer window.

If talks continue to prove difficult, there surely has to be a cut off point when the Old Trafford club move onto their backup targets, who could be the recently mentioned Samuel Umtiti, the previously linked Toby Alderweireld, or even West Ham’s Issa Diop, for whom United allegedly bid earlier on in the window.

However, they aren’t the only ones interested in the Hammers’ player, as Foot Mercato claim Arsenal, also in desperate need of defensive reinforcements, came sniffing around the young centre-back as well.

It’s stated the Gunners enquired around three weeks ago, but nothing seemingly came from it, perhaps put off by the asking price?

Foot Mercato then dish out the information they’ve acquired, claiming Manchester United offered £50m for the player, wanting to add either Marcos Rojo or Phil Jones on top of the fee.

That didn’t go down well at West Ham, who said they wanted £80m, but the French website have learned the London Stadium club would actually have let him go for around £65m if such an offer was presented.

If that is the case, then maybe United could fall back on that option in the coming days, although with little time to find a replacement, the Hammers’ stance might have changed since.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 7:18 Thu Aug 1
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 9:14 Wed Jul 31
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ted fenton 1:29 Wed Jul 31

(I think.)

ironsofcanada 3:35 Wed Jul 31
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Alan

Akpom one we should consider, better than a Perez-like signing, as I said on the transfer thread.

Alan 3:14 Wed Jul 31
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Akpom story added.

Texas Iron 2:50 Wed Jul 31
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

thecockneyboy 1:37 Wed Jul 31
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al

ted fenton 1:29 Wed Jul 31
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Moncurs Putting Iron 1:13 Wed Jul 31

Moncurs Putting Iron 1:13 Wed Jul 31
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Brexit!

Sorry I mean Alan, Thanks Alan

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