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Alan 12:30 Thu Aug 8
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
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Real Madrid have opened talks with Paris St-Germain over a deal to sign Brazil striker Neymar, 27. (Sky Sports)

Barcelona's desire to re-sign striker Neymar, 27, hinges on the club offloading midfielder and fellow Brazil international Philippe Coutinho. (Goal)

Manchester United are willing to pay the £81m release clause of Athletic Bilbao and Spain forward Inaki Williams, 25. (El Chiringuito TV - via Mail)

Leroy Sane's proposed move from Manchester City to Bayern Munich has been complicated by a knee injury sustained by the 23-year-old Germany international. (Mail)

Chelsea's Brazilian defender David Luiz, 32, will be allowed to join Arsenal for £8m. (Mirror)

Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha has handed in a transfer request, with the 26-year-old Ivory Coast international keen to force through a move to Everton. (Express)

Palace have told Everton they will not accept less than £100m for Zaha. (Guardian)

Everton will move for Chelsea's England Under-21 defender Fikayo Tomori, 21, and Bournemouth's Netherlands central defender Nathan Ake, 24. (Sun)

Burnley have made a late bid to sign England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 29, on loan from Chelsea. (Mail)

Newcastle are on the verge of signing Swedish right-back Emil Krafth, 25, from French side Amiens. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Former England goalkeeper Scott Carson, 34, could move to Premier League champions Manchester City from Derby on a season-long loan. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid are preparing to sign Tottenham and Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27. (Independent)

Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira, 32, has turned down two moves because he is holding out for the chance to join Arsenal. (Star)

Norwich have made a £15m bid for FC Lorient's French striker Alexis Claude-Maurice, 21. (Le Telegramme)

Monaco are keen on Liverpool and Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri, 27. (Blick)

Napoli will demand a fee of £23m for Albanian defender Elseid Hysaj with Tottenham interested in the 25-year-old. (Goal)

Leicester have agreed a deal with Sampdoria for Belgian midfielder Dennis Praet, 25. (Mail)

The Foxes are unlikely to sign a permanent replacement for Harry Maguire following his move to Manchester United and will instead seek a loan deal for a central defender. (Leicester Mercury)

Aston Villa have opened talks with RB Leipzig over the signing of French striker Jean-Kevin Augustin, 22. (Star)

Villa are also interested in securing Brentford's Algeria forward Said Benrahma, 23, as part of their squad overhaul. (Star)

Wolves have made a £30m move for Juventus and Italy centre-back Daniele Rugani, 25. (Times - via Express & Star)

Wolves have dropped their interest in Southampton and Gabon midfielder Mario Lemina, 25. (Express & Star - via Daily Echo)

Robert Lewandowski has urged Bayern Munich to make three new signings. The Poland striker wants reinforcements in attack after high-profile exits and says the club currently has only "13 or 14 experienced pros". (Goal)

Brighton have made a club record £28m bid for Genk midfielder Sander Berge, with Sheffield United having had a £22m bid rejected for the 21-year-old Norway international. (Mirror)

Everton have made the signing of a centre-half their priority in the transfer window but will not land Chelsea's Kurt Zouma, 24. (Liverpool Echo)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

As a battalion of Sky Sports reporters set up at stadiums and training grounds around the UK, their minders keeping eyes peeled for mischievous fans bearing merchandise from Ann Summers, Deadline Day begins and it promises to be a doozy. David Luiz to form a central defensive dream team with Shkodran Mustafi at Arsenal? It’s looking likely. A disgruntled Wilf Zaha to Everton for not a penny less than £100m? Hmmm, only time will tell. Tottenham to finally get their mitts on Giovani Lo Celso? The thrashing out of personal terms permitting, it’s a done deal.

Elsewhere, agents and club chairmen are preparing for one final day of unedifying horse-trading as assorted players pack their designer washbags and wait on standby ahead of last-minute dashes hither and yon. Following Manchester United’s failure to tempt Paulo Dybala to Old Trafford as a replacement for the Inter-bound Romelu Lukaku, reports from Spains suggest the club are ready to trigger the £81m release clause of Athletic Bilbao speedster Iñaki Williams instead. A striker who has always looked to the Premier League born, Juve’s Mario Mandzukic also remains an option.

Still hopeful of offloading Philippe Coutinho in order to boost their chances of re-signing Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, Barcelona have offered the former Liverpool playmaker to Tottenham and Manchester United, while Juventus have emerged as potential late suitors for his high-maintenance compatriot. Dybala and a large sum of money could go the other way, although Tottenham are believed to be in the box-seat to sign the Argentinian striker if they can thrash out a deal over the complicated issue of his image rights.

Following a long summer of speculation, the future of Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen remains up in the air. Not interested in joining Manchester United, Atlético Madrid may rescue him from his current purgatory although their city rivals Real remain interested in the great Dane. Eriksen’s team-mate Kyle Walker-Peters is eager to secure more playing time and may get the minutes he craves at Southampton or Crystal Palace, who are both in the market for a right-back.

Despite being actively discouraged by Frank Lampard, who says he has big plans for Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, Bayern Munich are preparing a last-ditch offer of around £50m for the 18-year-old, who has only one year left on his contract and his current employers over a barrel.

In need of a central defender to round off their summer trolley dash, Everton are the latest club to be linked with Nathan Aké; still in need of a replacement for Harry Maguire, Leicester has also been spoken of as a potential destination for the Dutchman. Everton, meanwhile, are interested in signing Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori on a season-long loan.

Meanwhile in Newcastle, the Chronicle say Steve Bruce is hopeful of signing Amiens right-back Emil Krafth ahead of stumps this Deadline Day. Norwich are in for Lorient striker Alexis Claude-Maurice, while at Molineux the Wolves recruitment department are poring over the CV of Juventus central defender Daniele Rugani. Further south, the Mirror reports that Brighton are weighing up a club record £28m bid for Genk midfielder Sander Berge.

On a Thursday soundtracked by the whirring of fax machines (ask your parents) and the ticking of the clock as it counts down to that all important deadline, we’ll be bringing you all the news that’s fit to print - and plenty that isn’t - in our rolling blog o’transfer news. Stay tuned to see what eventually transpires.





OS

West Ham United sign Swiss striker Albian Ajeti



West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of Switzerland international striker Albian Ajeti from FC Basel for an undisclosed fee.

The 22-year-old joins the Hammers on an initial four-year contract, with an option to extend for a further two seasons.

Ajeti, who played his final game for the Swiss Cup holders in a Champions League qualifying win over PSV last week, has scored more than 40 goals over the past three seasons and is considered to be one of European football’s most promising young centre forwards.

“I’m very excited to be here,” said the striker, who will wear the No27 shirt. “It is a pleasure for me to be here, at this big club.

“Once I felt West Ham’s interest, I didn’t have to think twice about signing for such a big, traditional club in the Premier League. This is a big day for me and my family.”

Director of Football Mario Husillos is delighted to welcome Ajeti to West Ham and is looking forward to seeing the striker progress and develop with the Hammers.

“We are very happy to welcome Albian to West Ham United. He is another very young player who we believe can have a big future at the club,” said Husillos.

“Our scouts have watched him many times and given very good reports. He is an aggressive, quick striker who likes to play in the box.

“He has scored a lot of goals, both for Basel and the Switzerland national team at a number of levels, and we feel he is ready to make this big step with West Ham.

“Our approach this summer – not counting the experienced goalkeepers who have arrived – has been to sign young players who have their best years in front of them and can have a good impact.

"We believe Albian is ready to perform from the beginning, but we also think that an international player of 22-years-old can improve greatly working with us. We wish him all the very best in his career at London Stadium."

Ajeti was born in Basel, where the schoolboy Albian began his career with the city’s eponymous club at the age of eight.

A precocious talent, Ajeti won a succession of trophies as a youngster, playing alongside his twin brother Adonis, before signing his first professional contract at the age of 16 in April 2013. Three months later, he scored his maiden senior goal, netting the winner in a pre-season victory over German side RB Leipzig.

Ajeti was just three weeks past his 17th birthday when his competitive debut, in a UEFA Europa League round of 16 tie with RB Salzburg in March 2014, with a Swiss Super League bow against FC Thun following three weeks later.

The 2014/15 season saw Ajeti score regularly for Basel’s U21 side in the third-tier Promotion League, while a maiden senior goal arrived in the final Super League game of the campaign – the winner in a 4-3 victory over St Gallen as Basel ended the season as champions.

Ajeti netted three goals in four appearances for Basel at the start of 2015/16, before being transferred to German club Augsburg. He returned to Switzerland in summer 2016, joining St Gallen, scoring 14 goals in 38 appearances, before heading back to Basel in October 2017.

Since then, his game has moved to a new level, with 29 goals in his last 58 Super League games, in addition to important strikes in the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League qualifying rounds.

Th at form earned him a senior international debut for Switzerland, which he marked with a goal in a UEFA Nations League win over Iceland in September 2018. He has three senior caps so far and was part of Switzerland's squad at the Nations League finals in June.

Ajeti has kicked-off the current campaign in style, with a goal and two assists in Basel’s opening-day 4-1 Super League win over Sion and a superb individual goal in the Champions League second qualifying round first leg at Dutch side PSV.

The forward becomes the sixth player to join the Hammers this summer, following Gonçalo Cardoso, Pablo Fornals, Sébastien Haller, David Martin and Roberto.

West Ham United would like to welcome Albian to London Stadium and wish him every success for his career in Claret and Blue.





The Boot Room

Selling club reportedly negotiate sell-on clause for incoming West Ham star Ajeti

As reported by Swiss source Blick, Basel have negotiated a resale clause in his contract. That means they will be due a portion of any profit West Ham should make on Ajeti if he is sold on later down the line.

West Ham fans will, of course, be hoping that is not necessary. If Ajeti can live up to his potential with the Hammers, there is every chance he can become a long-term striking option.

As for Basel, they will be hoping he one day makes a big-money move out of the London Stadium.




C&H

Stuttgart midfielder not joining West Ham

Reports from Argentina that West Ham could sign Stuttgart defensive midfielder Santiago Ascacibar today have no basis Claret and Hugh have been told. Transfer rumours on the Argentina player have been building all week with a suggestion that former Hammer Thomas Hitzlsperger now sporting director at VfB Stuttgart was playing a major role in making the transfer happen.

A senior West Ham club insider has rejected the report saying “The Stuttgart player will NOT be joining”

A number of loan departures are expected today with Grady Diangana expected to join Derby or West Brom Albion.

Nathan Holland could also choose a loan club today with Bolton said to be interested.

We should find out which Dutch club is taking Dan Kemp on loan for the season.

Conor Coventry has also been linked to a possible loan move to Coventry none the less.



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Fifth Column 2:21 Fri Aug 9
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
If Coventry is off to Coventry then surely it should be Holland off to Holland, not Kemp

pdbis 4:17 Thu Aug 8
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I don't think sending Holland to Bolton is a good idea as the club is in turmoil.

Mex Martillo 3:34 Thu Aug 8
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

gph 3:11 Thu Aug 8
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

scouse kid 2:11 Thu Aug 8
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I thought we had some link with a Dutch club so surely kemp is off there

Sydney_Iron 1:20 Thu Aug 8
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:03 Thu Aug 8

Thanks Alan 1:03 Thu Aug 8
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Takashi Miike 12:31 Thu Aug 8

Takashi Miike 12:31 Thu Aug 8
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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