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Alan 11:35 Sat Aug 3
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Portugal international midfielder Bruno Fernandes, linked with Tottenham and Manchester United, has told Sporting Lisbon he wants to leave the club. Sporting are believed to want 70m euros (£64m) for their 24-year-old captain. (Record, via Mirror)

Manchester United have been tipped to sign Fernandes after the Portugal Super Cup. (Express)

Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, wants £350,000 a week if he is to join Manchester United. (Sun)

Dybala should move to Liverpool rather than Manchester United, says his former Palermo team-mate Andrea Dossena, 37. The defender, who played at Anfield between 2008 and 2010, is now with Piacenza. (Liverpool Echo)

Barcelona have received a bid from an unnamed club for Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho, 27, and are willing to let him go on loan with an option to buy next summer. (Sport, via Mirror)

Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani, 32, has played down rumours of a move to Inter Milan by saying he will be at Paris St-Germain until his contract with the French club expires in June 2020. (Le Parisien, via Mail)

Tottenham want a replacement in case they sell Christian Eriksen, 27, after the English transfer window closes on Thursday. As well as Bruno Fernandes, Spurs are in talks with Real Betis for Argentina playmaker Giovani lo Celso, 23. (London Evening Standard)

Arsenal are expected to make a new offer for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney over the coming days, having had two previous bids for the 22-year-old Scotland international rejected. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea's France international midfielder N'Golo Kante, 28, insists he will be at Stamford Bridge this season, despite links with Paris St-Germain. (Express)

Chelsea are close to agreeing contract extensions with 30-year-old Brazil winger Willian, England Under-21 striker Tammy Abraham, 21, and England Under-20 defender Reece James, 19. (Times - subscription required)

Tottenham are finally set to close a deal in the region of £30m to sign long-term target Ryan Sessegnon, Fulham's 19-year-old left-back. (Mail)

Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek, 22, has confirmed that Real Madrid have shown an interest in him. (Goal)

Manchester City's bid for Juventus and Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo, 25, rests on Danilo leaving the club - the 28-year-old Brazil international could move in the opposite direction and join the Italians. (Manchester Evening News)

Brighton are hoping to sign Brentford's £20m-rated French striker Neal Maupay, 22, who is also being tracked by Sheffield United and Aston Villa. (London Evening Standard)

Florentin Pogba, brother of Manchester United midfielder Paul, has been offered to Spanish second tier side Fuenlabrada. The 28-year-old left-sided Guinea international centre-back is on the books at MLS outfit Atlanta United.(AS)

Hull will benefit by £9.45m following the sale of their former defender Harry Maguire to Manchester United. The Tigers agreed a 15% deal on transfer profit when they sold the 26-year-old to Leicester in 2017. (Hull Daily Mail)


West Ham U23s finish pre-season with impressive victory over RSC Anderlecht

West Ham U23s finished their pre-season campaign with a 6-0 win against RSC Anderlecht in a prestigious pre-season friendly at the RSC Anderlecht Training Centre.

Goals from Kemp, Powell, Watson and Afolayan saw the Hammers past their Belgian opposition on Friday afternoon.

The friendly marked the end of the U23s pre-season programme where they have gone unbeaten in six games across three countries.

Friday’s game started at a frenetic pace and West Ham were in front inside the first seven minutes. The hosts failed to clear and corner and after the ball had bounced a few times in the box it fell to Joe Powell and he made no mistake volleying home from close-range.

Former Hammer, Craig Bellamy was in the dugout for RSC Anderlecht who were comprised of a number of academy players from different age groups.

Just three minutes later and Powell had doubled the Hammers lead, picking the ball up just inside his own half and lobbing the Anderlecht keeper in what was certainly the pick of the pre-season goals.

Anderlecht were unable to match the intensity of West Ham in the first-half with Halajko’s side working tirelessly both with the ball and without.

Nathan Holland almost put the Hammers three-in-front when he cut inside and fired onto the bar from 20-yards.

Anderlecht countered with speed and nearly got a goal back when Collasin broke down the right-hand side. A perfectly-timed tackle from Alese robbed the forward of possession with men waiting in the box.

West Ham increased their lead after 33 minutes, Joe Powell swung a free-kick into the back-post and Afolayan was there to hammer home from close range, the striker who spent time on-loan at Oldham Athletic last year looked a real threat before the break.

Halajko’s side controlled the ball with confidence throughout and looked much sharper than their opposition. The Hammers have enjoyed a busy pre-season and Halajko would have been thrilled with his sides first half performance.

The U23s made five changes at the break as he looked to give everyone in the squad minutes ahead of next Friday’s PL2 opener against Fulham.

Just seconds into the second half and a drive from Rosa from range went just wide of the left-hand post.

West Ham picked up where they left off in the second period and extended their lead in the 55th minute. Smart work in midfield by Watson saw Dan Kemp played through on goal. The winger made no mistake firing low under the advancing Anderlecht goalkeeper.

The fifth goal followed shortly after and a quick-passing move was finished off once again by Kemp after Watson and Adarkwa had combined well in midfield.

Louie Watson got himself on the scoresheet inside the last 10 minutes and it was no more than the he deserved. The midfielder was at the centre of everything going forward for West Ham in the second half.

The U23s could have had more late-on as Sean Adarkwa crashed an effort off the bar with the keeper beaten.

The U23s will be filled with confidence following this display and will look to make a positive start in the league. Their PL2 Division 2 campaign begins next Friday evening (9 August) when they host Fulham at the Chigwell Construction Stadium at Dagenham.

West Ham United: Heygi (Roach 72), Rosa, Coventry, Alese, Longelo, Diallo (Kemp 46), Scully (Watson 46), Lewis (Okotcha 46), Powell, Holland (Dju 46), Afolayan (Adarkwa 46)

Goals: Powell 2 (7,10), Afolayan (33), Kemp 2 (55, 61) Watson (81)

RSC Anderlecht Starting XI: Vercauteren, Berglers, Lissens, Leomi, Dailly, Mehssatoh, Masscho, Swray, Polizzi, Collasin, Antonio

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