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Alan 11:49 Thu Aug 1
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Manchester United are still considering their options over a move for Paulo Dybala, with the Argentina forward, 25, due back at Juventus to discuss his future this week. (Manchester Evening News)

Dybala has told United the club need to offer him a contract worth £350,000 per week if he is to join them. (Mail)

Lille president Gerard Lopez confirms that 24-year-old Ivorian winger Nicolas Pepe will be sold to Arsenal for 80m euros (£73m). (RMC Sport - in French)

Napoli are set to bid £60m for Crystal Palace's Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha after losing out on Pepe. (Mail)

Barcelona want to sell Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, but are concerned they have not received any offers for the 27-year-old. (ESPN)

Everton are working on a deal to bring Mainz and Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin, 23, to Goodison Park. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal have made a bid to loan 25-year-old Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani for two seasons. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Sun)

Captain Laurent Koscielny, 33, remains determined to leave Arsenal this summer despite ongoing talks between the club and defender. (Independent)

Arsenal are prepared to let German defender Shkodran Mustafi leave this summer, but Roma are yet to make a bid for him despite being linked with the 27-year-old. (Romanews, via Star)

Bayern Munich sports director Hasan Salihamidzic says Manchester City deserve an apology after manager Niko Kovac stated the Bundesliga champions were set to sign 23-year-old German winger Leroy Sane. (Sport Bild - in German)

The German side have now submitted a formal bid for Sane and presented personal terms to the player. (Bild+)

Zenit St Petersburg are set to announce the signing of Barcelona winger Malcolm, 22, after the two clubs agreed a fee in the region of £36.5m plus add-ons for the Brazilian. (Goal)

Manchester United are ready to rival Barcelona for Marseille's 17-year-old French forward Isaac Lihadji this summer. (La Provence, via Mail)

Manchester United have reached an agreement with Monaco over a potential £9m deal for 16-year-old midfielder Hannibal Mejbri. (Mail)

Aston Villa's pursuit of Brentford's 22-year-old French striker Neal Maupay has been boosted after Sheffield United looked elsewhere. (Birmingham Mail)

Everton are among a number of clubs keen on signing Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori, 21, on loan. (Evening Standard)

Sunderland will allow midfielder and captain George Honeyman, 24, to join Hull City instead of losing the academy graduate on a free transfer next summer. (Northern Echo)

Former Barcelona defender Carles Puyol, 41, said he twice rejected the advances of Real Madrid. (AS in Spanish)

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard confirms a move for Liverpool winger Ryan Kent, 22, is dead and they cannot afford a permanent transfer. (Daily Record)

Danny Drinkwater looks set to stay at Chelsea this season as the 29-year-old midfielder is yet to receive any concrete offers to move elsewhere. (Evening Standard)

Leicester City have agreed a deal to sell central defender Elliott Moore, 22, to Oxford United. (Leicester Mercury)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Hard facts are not a currency in which the Rumour Mill usually deals but let’s start with one right here: this has been an underwhelming transfer window so far. Lots of clubs have done little or no exciting business.

But, as the Mill is contractually obliged to say, that could all change soon because there’s a stampede of Premier League clubs heading to Barcelona to woo Ivan Rakitic.

When we say stampede, we mean at least one. Everton, are said to be slightly interested. Manchester United might have a nibble, too. Everton’s main focus at the moment, though, is the Mainz midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin. So, in truth, there’s not exactly a clamour for the services of Rakitic.

Even more surprisingly, no one has submitted an offer for Philippe Coutinho despite Barcelona making it clear he is available. Spurs are ready to pounce if they need to replace Christian Eriksen but he, too, seems stranded at the moment. There’s no chain reaction in the transfer market, just deadlock. Malcom’s imminent move to Zenit Saint Petersburg isn’t going to launch any merry-go-rounds.

Except at Aston Villa, of course. Dean Smith’s side are set to make their 177th signing of the summer by raiding Brentford for striker Neal Maupay.

Arsenal, meanwhile, are continuing to pipe sweet songs across Europe in the hope of attracting bids of Shkodran Mustafi. Roma have pricked up their ears but not stumped up any cash. Laurent Koscielny remains at loggerheads with the club over a potential move to Bordeaux. That may change if Arsenal persuade Juve to give them Daniel Lugani on loan.

Romelu Lukaku is another marooned player, as his planned transfer to Juventus cannot go through until United know whether Paulo Dybala is going to head to Old Trafford.

If Antonio Conte throws a big enough strop, Inter may yet step in to land Lukaku instead. But the most interesting deal in Italy may well come from Napoli, who are said to be preparing a £56m offer for Wilfried Zaha, for whom bids from Everton and Arsenal have already been rejected this summer.

Speaking of Everton, they are hoping to persuade Frank Lampard that Fikayo Tomori needs another loan spell away from Chelsea, ideally at Goodison Park. But no one has tried to convince Lampard that Danny Drinkwater belongs anywhere other than at Stamford Bridge.





Mail

Hertha Berlin 3-5 West Ham: Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals score first goals for Hammers as Manuel Pellegrini's side edge eight-goal thriller in Germany

Fornals opened his Hammers account in an action packed first half
Club record signing Haller scored his first goal to make it 3-3
Manuel Lanzini, Grady Diangana and Michail Antonio also got on the scoresheet

By Alec Fenn

Summer signings Sebastien Haller and Pablo Fornals both got on the scoresheet as West Ham beat Hertha Berlin 5-3 in an eight-goal thriller in Germany.

There were four goals in an action-packed first half, which saw the Hammers come from behind to equalise twice through Fornals and Manuel Lanzini.

The second half saw more attacking football as the hosts went 3-2 in front before West Ham's club record signing Sebastien Haller levelled on 70 minutes.


Lanzini jumps for joy after scoring his first goal for West Ham in their 5-3 win over Hertha

Eight minutes later, Diangana gave the visitors the lead for the first time on the night and Michail Antonio made it 5-3 late on as Manuel Pellegrini's secured an entertaining win.

The Hammers got off to the worst possible start when Pascal Kopke put the hosts in front on four minutes but they levelled nine minutes later through Fornal's powerful strike.

The game quickly descended into an end-to-end contest and Hertha took the lead for the second time on the night through Davie Selke.

But Pellegrini's side again showed their character when Lanzi powered home a brilliant left footed strike from 22 yards out to make it 2-2 at half-time.

Both sides continued to attack in the second period and again it was Hertha who seized the initiative on 61 minutes when Kopke tapped home the rebound after Roberto had parried a shot.

Nine minutes later and there was yet another goal as Haller scored his first goal in claret and blue with a cool header into the far corner to make it 3-3.

Soon after, West Ham took the lead for the first time on the night through Diangana, who strode into the penalty area and swept home a fine effort.

Antonio then rounded off the scoring in injury-time following a fine move involving Diangana and Chicharito to seal a 5-3 win.





Football London

West Ham player ratings vs Hertha Berlin: Haller stars, Fornals bright and Yarmolenko good

Here are our player ratings from the Hammers wild 5-3 victory over the Germans in Ritzing

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham were involved in an eight-goal thriller on Wednesday evening as they beat Hertha Berlin 5-3 in their fifth pre-season friendly of the summer and their second in Austria.

The Hammers fell behind three times in the game only to haul themselves level thanks to goals from Manuel Lanzini, Pablo Fornals and Sebastien Haller, the latter two securing their first goals for the club while Lanzini hit his second goal in as many pre-season games.

Late strikes from Grady Diangana and Michail Antonio secured the wild win at the Sonnestadion but the result certainly gave more questions than answers as West Ham struggled badly in defence, not for the first time this summer either.

Lukasz Fabianski was withdrawn from the starting lineup just minutes before kick off having picked up a muscle problem and wasn't risked, replaced by Roberto who failed to convince.

Here are our player ratings from the first half, second half, and the second period substitutes wrapped up into one handy little piece for you.

West Ham first half player ratings

Roberto - 5

A late replacement for Lukasz Fabianski who was pulled out of the starting eleven prior to kick off. Couldn't do much with Kopke's goal or Selke's either. Not tested apart from that.

Ben Johnson - 5

Fired an early shot which was well saved by the Hertha keeper. Not massively tested defensively but didn't have a lot of impact on proceedings. Best defender on show of the four.

Issa Diop - 4

Made a couple of interesting clearances and passes and was nowhere near his best. Improved as the half went on but his slow start was a concern.

Fabian Balbuena - 3

Slipped in the box which allowed Kopke all the time in the world to steer home the opener. Made a mistake that nearly led to a goal in a poor 45 minutes. Positioning was poor and was beaten too easily at times.

Aaron Cresswell - 4

Wasn't out quick enough to close down the cross that led to the opener for Hertha. Completely lost his man for that. Improved but still looks really scratchy.

Declan Rice - 5

Couldn't keep up with Selke to prevent the Hertha striker giving the Germans a 2-1 lead. Overrun on occassions.

Jack Wilshere - 6

Excellent ball into Haller which led to the Hammers equaliser. Played the deepest of the attacking midfielders and pulled the strings again but had a quiet 45 minutes by his pre-season standards.

Pablo Fornals - 6

Fine finish into the top corner to score his first goal in claret and blue. Really quick vision to set Lanzini away for the second. Generally good and linked well with fellow newboy Haller.

Manuel Lanzini - 7

Buzzed around and showed some neat touches and passes. Cracking finish for his second goal in two games. Looked really good.

Felipe Anderson - 5

Struggled to get going , one moment when he was shrugged off the ball so easily by Duda summed up his half. One good ball into Haller was about it.

Sebastien Haller - 7

Really smart play in the lead up to Fornals' goal as he played a simple pass rather than take on a more difficult shot himself. Hit a cross/shot harmlessly wide. Super strength to hold off a defender before setting the Hammers midfielders away for Lanzini's goal. Hertha's centre backs couldn't deal with him.
West Ham second half player ratings

Roberto - 5

Flapped at a corner late on, did not instill much confidence as a backup to the mysteriously absent Lukasz Fabianski.

Ben Johnson - 5

Couldn't keep up with Jovic and was well beaten for the third goal. Showed a bit of inexperience at times, something he hasn't really done previously in pre-season. Substituted midway through the second half.

Issa Diop - 5

Played the full 90. Not his best performance by any stretch, Kopke gave him a really good test throughout the game. Made some dominant tackles but also looked vulnerable on occassions.

Fabian Balbuena - 4

Continued his struggles from the first half into the second, just didn't look at the races whatsoever. Withdrawn after an hour before any more damage could have been inflicted.

Aaron Cresswell - 5

One of his better pre-season outings so far but is it enough to get him ahead of Masuaku? The DR Congo man simply brings more energy to the team.

Declan Rice - 5

Mercifully taken off after an hour having been completely run into the ground thanks to the formation. Brutal stuff for the youngster but he stood up well.

Jack Wilshere - 6

Played a lot closer to Declan Rice in the second half after the youngster was terrible exposed in the first 45. Withdrawn midway through the half after another decent outing.

Pablo Fornals - 6

Wasn't really involved much in the second half before being withdrawn after an hour. Bagged his first goal for the club in the first half with a fine finish.

Manuel Lanzini - 6

Not much to report in the second half. Gave away the ball a bit too much at times. Fabulous finish in the first half and was very bright.

Felipe Anderson - 6

Much better after the break, had far more purpose to his play and got his head up more. Substituted off after an OK performance that might divide opinion a little bit.

Sebastien Haller - 8

Gave the ball away in as Hertha broke and scored their third. But he eventually got the goal his play deserved when he stopped low to head home Snodgrass's free kick. His reward? He was immediately subbed off. Very good performance all round.
West Ham second half substitutes

Carlos Sanchez (for Rice, 60') - 6

One of his better pre-season performances for the Hammers. Could have had two assists but got one for Diangana's eventual winner.

Angelo Ogbonna (for Balbuena, 60') - 5

Conceded within minutes of coming on. Miscued a clearance away for a corner.

Michail Antonio (for Wilshere, 60') - 6

Again ran the channels well and produced a fine finish to seal the win late on.

Andriy Yarmolenko (for Fornals, 60') - 7

Very lively. Two excellent crosses were not converted, easily his best outing of pre-season so far.

Robert Snodgrass (for Anderson, 60') - 6

Fantastic free kick delivery for Haller to head home his first for the club. Set piece delivery was excellent

Arthur Masuaku (for Cresswell, 70') - 6

Didn't really do much defending, but didn't have to either. That said, did play in one sensational pass towards Antonio and another to launch a counter attack. Offers more than Cresswell.

Grady Diangana (for Haller, 70') - 7

A Yarmolenko cross evaded him but he got off the mark for pre-season with 12 minutes to go, slotting home Carlos Sanchez's pass. Really lively and made a big impact off the bench.

Pablo Zabaleta (for Johnson, 70') - 5

Solid.

Javier Hernandez (for Lanzini, 70') - 5

Worked hard.




C&H

West Ham renews short term loan

Companies House records have revealed that West Ham has borrowed money again from Rights and Media Funding Limited.

The club paid off the remaining balance from their previous short-term loan from the same lender last month.

A charge was registered at Companies House yesterday dated 29th July 2019 to renew the credit facility from Rights and Media Funding limited and was secured against the club’s training grounds, shop and stadium leases.

The new credit facility is thought to give West Ham the ability to borrow up tens of millions with the club paying 1% interest to have that amount on call while they pay 7% per annum of interest on any funds they actually borrow. The level of the loan akin to an overdraft caries throughout the year to help with cash flow, especially in transfer windows.

Rights and Media Funding limited is claimed to be funded by mega-rich West Ham fan Michael Tabor.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 1:10 Fri Aug 2
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

geoffpikey 5:16 Thu Aug 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sheffield Star reporting the ongoing battle between "the Blades" and their loan funding by Osama bin Laden''s family. Can't be arsed with a link. Useful, though, if they take any moral highground even against the Dildos.

I hope we beat them away: 9-11.

Thanks Alan Jazeera.

ludo21 4:33 Thu Aug 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Barcelona want to sell Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, but are concerned they have not received any offers for the 27-year-old



Shame

Thanks Alan 3:06 Thu Aug 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sydney_Iron 12:00 Thu Aug 1

Russ of the BML 12:15 Thu Aug 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Hopefully the loan to relieve cash flow issues is to get another decent player in? We live in hope.

Sydney_Iron 12:00 Thu Aug 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 11:52 Thu Aug 1

ted fenton 11:52 Thu Aug 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

BRANDED 11:51 Thu Aug 1
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Great to be a fan and be able to lend.





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