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Alan 12:55 Tue Aug 6
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Everton have put together a £100m package to sign Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, involving Turkey forward Cenk Tosun and Republic of Ireland midfielder James McCarthy, both 28. (Sun)

Ivory Coast international Zaha expects to be at Everton by the end of this transfer window, and Palace will accept a bid of £65m. (Independent)

Juventus are preparing to offer three players in exchange for Manchester United and France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26. (Mirror)

Manchester United are close to signing Tottenham's Denmark international Christian Eriksen after 24-year-old Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes - another target for the Old Trafford club - made clear his preference to join Spurs. (AS)

Tottenham are preparing for European clubs to make cut-price bids for midfielder Eriksen if the 27-year-old is not sold before Thursday's Premier League transfer deadline. (Telegraph)

Burnley have been linked with a move for DC United's former England captain Wayne Rooney. The 33-year-old forward has also had talks over a player-coach role at Derby County. (Burnley Express)

Leicester City will not sign defender Nathan Ake in this transfer window, with Bournemouth valuing the 24-year-old Netherlands centre-back at more than £75m. (Sky Sports)

Arsenal tried to make peace with captain Laurent Koscielny - but the 33-year-old defender, who refused to tour with the Gunners, refused the offer of talks. (Mirror)

Arsenal may turn their attention to RB Leipzig's 20-year-old French centre-back Dayot Upamecano as an alternative to Juventus defender Daniele Rugani - but are put off by the German club's £50m valuation. (Mirror)

Wolves have made a £30m bid for 25-year-old Italy international Rugani. (Times - subscription required)

Norwich City are interested in 29-year-old Chelsea and England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, who is surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge. (Mail)

Bournemouth are close to a deal to sign Wales winger Harry Wilson, 22, on a season-long loan from Liverpool. (Mail)

Tottenham's Belgium defender Jan Vertonghen, 32, insists he is happy at the north London club as he enters the final 12 months of his contract. (Goal.com)

Wolves are highly unlikely to sign Benfica's Portugal defender Ruben Dias, 22, before Thursday's transfer deadline. (Express and Star)

Manchester City's Brazil midfielder Fernandinho, 34, has confirmed he will be used at centre-back in some games this season, following the arrival of 23-year-old Spain player Rodri from Atletico Madrid. (Manchester Evening News)

Middlesbrough have rejected an £8m bid from Burnley for England Under-21 defender Dael Fry, 21. (Sky Sports)

Clarets manager Sean Dyche admits the club could not compete with Aston Villa's contract offer for England goalkeeper Tom Heaton, 33. (Lancashire Telegraph)





Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

Everton are having another of their periodical Big Transformative Transfer Windows. But unlike the summer they bought Davy Klaassen, Michael Keane, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney, or the time they signed James Beattie and Simon Davies, or when they landed Tony Cottee, this one looks to be shaping up rather nicely. They’re about to add Wilfried Zaha to an impressive haul that already includes Moise Kean, Fabian Delph and André Gomes.

As Zaha travels north, Cenk Tosun and James McCarthy are set to be travelling the other way. That doesn’t seem equitable until you realise Crystal Palace will also trouser £65m to soften the blow.

Leicester need a replacement for Harry Maguire, and Nathan Aké fits the bill exactly. Only problem is, Bournemouth want nearly all of that £80m cheque City cashed the other day. Oh Virgil, what have you started.

Manchester United still haven’t stopped. They still need some midfield magic to fill that Scholes-shaped hole. Yes, it’s been that long. Christian Eriksen may finally give up on his Real Madrid dream and accept his Old Trafford fate instead.

Tottenham will console themselves by purchasing Mill regular and Sporting Lisbon midfielder Bruno Fernandes.

Arsenal are considering bids for the Juventus defender Daniele Rugani and Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano, though how serious they are is a moot point seeing as they’ve reportedly gone out of their way to extend an olive branch to Laurent Koscielny.

And Wayne Rooney wants to follow in the footsteps of Brian Clough, Dave Mackay, Tommy Docherty and, er, Steve McClaren by joining the coaching staff at Derby County.





The 72

West Brom want loan deal for West Ham man – but a deal is stalling over one factor

West Brom are keen to bring in West Ham United young defender Ajobola Alese in on loan for the upcoming season as Slaven Bilic looks to add further depth and competition to his defensive ranks before the transfer window slams shut.

The summer transfer window slams shut on Thursday evening and West Brom manager Slaven Bilic is determined to further strengthen his ranks before the window closes. An area the club are looking to add more new faces to his defence, with centre-back one of the priorities.

Now, it has been claimed that the Baggies are interested in a loan deal for 18-year-old centre-back Ajibola Alese, who is highly-rated by the Hammers and has featured heavily for the club’s Under-23s side. However, it is added by Sky Sports News that West Brom are being put off of a deal for Alese, with the Hammers’ demand of a loan fee too high for their liking as it stands.

The loan fee has caaused negotiations for a deal to stall, but the Baggies will hope to bring in a new player before Thursday night.

Alese, 18, has made his way through the youth academy at West Ham United and has featured heavily for the club’s Under-18s and Under-23s. The youngster has also played for England’s Under-18s, Under-17s and Under-16s, collecting 14 caps at those ranks along the way.

Alese has played 18 times for the Under-18s and 22 times for the Under-23s at West Ham and could now be set to make a breakthrough into senior football with West Brom keen.





Football London

Goncalo Cardoso's expected West Ham transfer continues a familiar Portugal trend in east London

The Hammers are expected to announce the signing of the defender imminently

By Sam Inkersole

Goncalo Cardoso has completed his medical ahead of his expected move to West Ham and will become Manuel Pellegrini's fifth signing of the summer ahead of the 2019/20 season.

The 18-year-old defender is expected to cost the Hammers in the region of £2.7m and will put pen to paper on a five year deal until June 2024, joining from Portuguese side Boavista.

Cardoso will become the latest in a line of a newly familiar trend that is sweeping through east London that started back in 2016 - albeit in slightly different circumstances.

Portugal has become a hotbed for young talent, with Premier League clubs swooping in to sign prospective talent at a young age and building them up through the academy system. Premier League clubs can offer vastly better financial packages than their Portuguese counterparts, even at the big clubs like Porto, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon.

West Ham are one of those clubs who have taken advantage of it in recent years and have a big presence in Portugal. They have made four signings in the last three years of Portuguese youngsters. Hammers co-chairman David Sullivan is a huge fan of the country's academy system and the players it produces.

The one slight exception was Domingos Quina, who was poached from Chelsea but came through the ranks at Benfica. Quina has since departed West Ham and joined Watford after indicating he wouldn't sign a long-term professional deal with the Hammers.

But there are two, and soon to be three, Portuguese players that the Hammers have swooped on early in their careers and brought them to east London with the potential to develop them into first team players.

It started with the failed chase for Sporting midfielder William Carvalho back in 2017 and has snowballed from there, with Sullivan ever since holding a strong interest in Portuguese players. Carvalho was more established at first team level than the players who have joined the club since but his focus has certainly been zoned in on the country.

The first was Xande Silva, who joined the Hammers from Vitoria De Guimaraes in August 2018. He developed rapidly and made his first team debut away at Burnley last season and also his first start against Birmingham City in the FA Cup.

Unfortunately, a hernia injury has curtailed his progress and he has also undergone emergency bowel surgery this summer, so has a long way to go to work his way back into the first team fold.

Hot on the heels of Silva was another Portuguese youngster in the form of Mesaque Dju, who joined West Ham from Benfica in January this year after winning the European U17 and U19 Championships with his country.

Dju is still settling in to life in east London and made sporadic appearances for the U23s last year, but has featured regularly in pre-season for the academy side and big things are expected of him.

Now, Cardoso is expected to be the next youngster to swap Portugal for the bright lights of the capital. He'll be the youngest player to join from the continent but unlike Silva and Dju, is expected to be a part of the first team setup immediately as a fourth choice centre back.

From a business sense too, the moves are good for the Portuguese clubs. Cardoso is expected to have 5% sell-on clause in his contract for Boavista and Xande Silva's is 10% to Benfica.

Potugal's young talent has been excelling in recent years on the international stage. Players like Joao Felix have come through the setups in the country and he's just joined Atletico Madrid for a fee in excess of £100m.

Manchester City stars Bernardo Silva (via Monaco) and Ederson also came off the production line in Portugal and before them, players such as Vctor Lindelof, Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches plus Wolves duo Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves have earned moves to the Premier League having started at Portuguese academies.

And who can forget Cristiano Ronaldo, admittedly some time ago, when he was plucked from Sporting Lisbon by Manchester United and went on to become a global superstar.

Portugal's relatively low wages on offer for footballers, attractive release clauses and player potential is something that is always of interest to Premier League sides who can snap them up without having to break the bank.

West Ham are no different and you suspect Cardoso won't be the last Portuguese player to arrive in east London over the coming years. The club has strong links in the country now and good relationships with most of the clubs (aside from Sporting Lisbon and we all know why with the Carvalho saga), with Boavista the latest team to jump on board with West Ham thanks to the Cardoso move.





Evening Standard

West Ham in transfer talks over £8m striker Albian Ajeti ahead of deadline

GIUSEPPE MURO

West Ham are working on a deal for Basel forward Albian Ajeti as they search for a new striker within their remaining transfer budget.

The Hammers have opened talks over the 22-year-old Switzerland international who Basel value at £8m.

The two clubs are some way from reaching an agreement and West Ham will decide if their budget can stretch to meet Basel’s asking price as they target a late move for a striker before Thursday’s deadline.

Ajeti scored 15 goals in 35 games for Basel last season and has seven caps for Switzerland. He was a substitute for Switzerland when they lost 1-0 to England in a friendly at Wembley last September.

Brentford are also interested in Ajeti as they search for a replacement for Neal Maupay following his £20million departure to Brighton last night. The player, though, is thought to prefer a move to the Premier League.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini wants to boost his forward options for the new season, with new £45m club-record signing Sebastien Haller and Javier Hernandez the only senior recognised strikers at the club.

But West Ham used a large chunk of their transfer budget on Haller and have limited funds available as look to strengthen further in the final days of the window.

West Ham, meanwhile, were today expected to announce the £2.75m signing of Boavista defender Goncalo Cardoso. The 18-year-old flew to London yesterday to undergo a medical and finalise a deal to become the fifth summer signing at the London Stadium.




Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Russ of the BML 6:58 Tue Aug 6
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Fuck me. Can we seriously not find £3.5m?

Thanks Alan 4:55 Tue Aug 6
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sydney_Iron 1:15 Tue Aug 6

Sydney_Iron 1:15 Tue Aug 6
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 12:56 Tue Aug 6

FruityBoots. 1:12 Tue Aug 6
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lovely stuff Alan (tips hat)

Takashi Miike 12:56 Tue Aug 6
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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