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Alan 1:19 Wed Aug 7
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Tottenham have reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, for a fee in the region of £62m. (Sky Sports Italia, via Mail)

Dybala is set to begin contract talks with Spurs before Thursday's transfer deadline. (Goal)

Tottenham also remain keen on signing Barcelona's 27-year-old Brazil forward Philippe Coutinho, while Arsenal were never interested. (ESPN)

Former Liverpool player Coutinho, 27, could also be set to join Manchester United. (Express)

Manchester City will confirm the signing of Joao Cancelo from Juventus on Wednesday after the 25-year-old Portugal defender passed his medical with the Premier League champions. (Star)

Manchester United have stepped up their attempts to secure a deal for Tottenham's Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27. (Telegraph)

Eriksen is not in Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino's long-term plans - and hasn't been since he admitted he wants a new challenge. (Mirror)

United's late decision to chase Eriksen comes because they have doubts over whether France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26, will still be at Old Trafford at the end of the transfer window. (Standard)

Arsenal have had a £55m bid for 20-year-old French centre-back Dayot Upamecano rejected by Bundesliga side RB Leipzig. (Bild - in German, subscription required)

RB Leipzig have told the Gunners that they have no intention of cashing in on Upamecano, who has a release clause of £92m. (Mirror)

DC United are set for talks with representatives of Arsenal's German midfielder Mesut Ozil, 30, as they seek a replacement for Derby-bound former England captain Wayne Rooney, 33. (Mirror)

Paris St-Germain have offered forward Neymar to Manchester United, Juventus and Real Madrid. The French champions are determined not to let Barcelona re-sign the 27-year-old Brazil international. (Sport)

Liverpool have no intention of selling midfielder Brazil midfielder Fabinho, despite rumours linking the 25-year-old with a late move to Real Madrid. (Echo)

Leicester City are considering Celtic's Norway defender Kristoffer Ajer, 21, as a replacement for 26-year-old England centre-back Harry Maguire. (Star)

Manchester United are considering a surprise move for former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, with the 34-year-old Spaniard available on a free transfer. (Sky Sports Italy, via Metro)

Everton are on the verge of signing Monaco's French defender Djibril Sidibe, 27, on loan. (Mail)

Manchester United's Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, has not returned to Carrington for first team training amid speculation surrounding his future at the club. (Mirror)

Lukaku once again trained with Anderlecht Under 18s on Tuesday, despite having not been given permission by United to stay in Brussels. (Mail)

United are now set to fine the forward for being absent from training in Manchester. (Star)

Watford have rejected a second bid of £36.7m from Everton for French midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, 26. Meanwhile, the Hornets are believed to be close to agreeing a fee with Rennes for 21-year-old Senegal winger Ismaila Sarr. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United and Manchester City both sent scouts to watch 19-year-old Norwegian midfielder Hakon Evjen in action for Bodo/Glimt. (TV2, via Manchester Evening News)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

Tottenham Hotspur have fallen off the wagon big-style. After keeping their decorum for a couple of transfer windows, all bets appear to be off. They’re going to spend nearly £70m on Juventus striker Paulo Dybala, fancy landing Barcelona success story Pip Coutinho on loan, and have slashed £80m off Christian Eriksen’s asking price in order to get rid. Anyone interested?

Manchester United! Manchester United are interested! They’d be happy to spend £50m on Eriksen – that initial £130m price tag was a little optimistic, let’s be fair – because they’re still not sure if Paul Pogba will be around come Friday morning.

More evidence of United’s renowned long-term transfer strategy can be found in their sudden interest in 34-year-old free agent Fernando Llorente. They’re also hoping to replace Romelu Lukaku, who hasn’t left, with Neymar. Or maybe the aforementioned Coutinho. Joined-up thinking. Ed Woodward, the transfer calligrapher.

Manchester City, on the other hand, haven’t made a dud signing since Lee Bradbury, and are extremely close to sealing a deal for Juventus defender João Cancelo.

Mesut Özil is off to DC United! They need a replacement for Wayne Rooney, so are coming at this problem from a Woodwardian angle.

Leicester City are interested in Celtic central defender Kristoffer Ajer, who would become the new Harry Maguire or the new Virgil van Dijk, depending on which way you want to spin it. You could have it both ways, to be fair.

Real Madrid are in the market for a defensive midfielder for the first time since 1976. Liverpool have turned down their last-minute bid for Fabinho, but money talks so let’s see how this pans out.

And so it’s just over a day to go before the transfer window shuts. Then the Mill can go into hibernation for three or four months. What?





Football London

Everything you need to know about Albian Ajeti as West Ham close in on £8m transfer

The Hammers want to bolster their forward line by signing the Basel frontman

By Sam Inkersole



West Ham are increasingly confident of sealing an £8m for Basel striker Albian Ajeti before the transfer deadline slams shut at 5pm on Thursday.

The Hammers have rejuvenated their frontline this summer, getting rid of Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll while bringing in Sebastien Haller from Eintracht Frankfurt in a club-record £40m deal. Jordan Hugill has also joined QPR on loan for the season and got off the mark for them at the weekend on his debut.

But they are still a little light up front with just Haller and Javier Hernandez the recognised strikers at the club. Michail Antonio has been deployed as a frontman in pre-season but could still do with an out an out frontman - and Ajeti seems to be the player the club want to fill that void.

The 22-year-old has scored goals for fun in the Swiss top flight but the Premier League is a different kettle of fish entirely though the Hammers seem confident he can cut the mustard to make him the club's sixth signing of the summer.

But what do you need to know about Ajeti?

The striker started his career in the Basel youth setup in 2005 and eight years later, started to make an impression. In 2012/13, Ajeti was drafted into the club's U18 setup and that season, signed his first professional contract with Basel.

Less than a year later, Ajeti was turning out for the U21s and helped Basel to promotion from the third tier of Swiss football but was frequently called up to the senior squad to make up the numbers in matchday squads as a teenager.

He made his senior debut in 2014, coming off the bench in a goalless draw against Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League. He'd go on to make 11 appearances for the first team over the next two years.

In 2016, Ajeti joined German side FC Augsburg (who have just signed Hammers defender Reece Oxford) but was immediately loaned back to Switzerland though not to Basel, but to rivals St Gallen and scored ten goals in 29 appearances during the 2016/17 season.

St Gallen had an option to buy Ajeti and they did just that at the end of the campaign. Three goals and seven appearances later however, he was on the move again and returned to Basel, signing a five-year contract with his former club.

For his new/old employers Ajeti has scored for fun, netting 42 goals in 94 games and also helping himself to 21 assists. He scored 21 goals last season for Basel and has bagged three already this campaign.

Ajeti has also represented Switzerland at youth and senior level, making his senior debut in September 2018 when he came off the bench against Iceland in the Nations League - and scored in a 6-0 win.

Ajeti comes from a football family, his brothers Adonis and Arlind are also footballers and Albian had a trial at Newcastle United back in 2016 which didn't come to any fruition.

The striker operates mainly in the penalty box, a la Javier Hernandez. He's also pretty handy in the air, while can also be deployed wide right as well as through the middle.




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zebthecat 10:18 Wed Aug 7
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FruityBoots. 4:11 Wed Aug 7

Oh god I hope not but I trust Husillos not to choose a Beauchamp/Boere/Hugill/Mido/Raducoiu/Savio/McCarthy/Wellington/Carew...
I could have gone on for a while there.

Mex Martillo 9:20 Wed Aug 7
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Thanks Alan

jimbo2. 4:36 Wed Aug 7
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Ajeti sounds & looks like a great punt at €8M. If we could add one more defensive midfielder, this would be a terrific transfer window for us. Thanks Al!

FruityBoots. 4:11 Wed Aug 7
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immediately loaned back to Switzerland though not to Basel, but to rivals St Gallen and scored ten goals in 29 appearances during the 2016/17 season.

St Gallen had an option to buy Ajeti and they did just that at the end of the campaign. Three goals and seven appearances later however, he was on the move again and returned to Basel, signing a five-year contract with his former club.


Are we signing the Swiss Joey Beauchamp?!!! 😂

Texas Iron 3:37 Wed Aug 7
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Cheers...

WOT NO DFM...
😀😀😀😀

Russ of the BML 3:11 Wed Aug 7
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Thanks Al.

mallard 2:38 Wed Aug 7
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‘More evidence of United’s renowned long-term transfer strategy can be found in their sudden interest in 34-year-old free agent Fernando Llorente.’


Ag!


Thanks Alan

Sven Roeder 2:26 Wed Aug 7
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Thanks Alan

Sarge 2:10 Wed Aug 7
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thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:37 Wed Aug 7
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The Stoat 1:23 Wed Aug 7

The Stoat 1:23 Wed Aug 7
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Thanks Alan

Sydney_Iron 1:23 Wed Aug 7
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Thanks Alan

*Skipped all the shit to whats most important...............WEST HAM News.





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