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Alan 1:24 Sat Aug 10
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Roma have held talks with Manchester United about the prospect of taking Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 30, on a season-long loan. (Telegraph)

Arsenal duo Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, who were rumoured to have already signed new deals, are in talks over contract extensions. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain want to sign Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala after the 25-year-old's Premier League deadline day move to Tottenham fell through. (Mail)

Juventus will continue to listen to offers for Dybala and are open to selling him to anyone but Inter Milan. (Calciomercato)

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is yet to sign a new contract, after agreeing a six-year deal last month.(Sun)

Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for German defender Shkodran Mustafi, 27, and Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny, 27, from European clubs. (Evening Standard)

Roma are in negotiations with Liverpool over a potential deal worth up to 20m euros (£18.6m) for Croatia defender Dejan Lovren, 30. (Football Italia)

Real Madrid and Barcelona could enter a bidding war to sign PSG's Brazil forward Neymar, 27. (AS)

Chelsea are set to raise £200m to spend on new signings this year as they wait for their transfer ban to end. (Goal)

Chelsea will offer England Under-21 defender Fikayo Tomori, 21, a new contract after blocking a potential loan move to Everton. (Goal)

Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 29, was willing to join Everton on loan from Manchester United, but United only wanted a permanent sale. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United were considering trying to sign Athletic Bilbao's 25-year-old Spanish forward Inaki Williams before the window closed. (El Chiringuito, via Manchester Evening News)

Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 26, will be staying at Crystal Palace until at least the January transfer window after chairman Steve Parrish said he would not sanction a move to a European club. (Express)

Everton have been told to wear their white third kit from last season against Crystal Palace on Saturday because of fears of a kit clash. (Mail)

West Ham and England midfielder Declan Rice, 20, says the player he is looking forward to facing this year is Tottenham's new French signing Tanguy Ndombele, 22. (Talksport)

Former Arsenal and England defender Martin Keown says north London rivals Tottenham can win the Premier League this season. (Talksport)

LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic used strong language to criticise Major League Soccer's new play-offs system. (ESPN)

Former Stoke City striker Saido Berahino, 26, has joined Belgian club Zulte Waregem on a free transfer. (Mail)

Crystal Palace captain Luka Milivojevic has signed a new four-year contract. (Talksport)

Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 28, has been handed Real Madrid's number seven shirt - the number worn by Cristiano Ronaldo during his time at the club. (Mail)

Crystal Palace's Dutch defender Patrick Van Aanholt, 28, jokingly tried to get Real Madrid and Spain centre-back Sergio Ramos, 28, to join the Eagles on transfer deadline day. (Sun)

Porto's 38-year-old Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who suffered a heart attack in May, has been registered to play this season. (ESPN)


Sebastien Haller delivers West Ham transfer revelation ahead of Hammers debut

SEBASTIEN Haller could have signed for West Ham a year ago – but he likes to take his time.

By Paul Brown

The club’s £45m record signing had to wait three years before his mum would let him take up football as a kid, making him do judo instead.

And the Frenchman made the Hammers wait too, turning down a chance to join them last summer because he didn’t think he was ready.

But those early years in the dojo helped toughen him up – along with a couple of nasty accidents that earned him the nickname Scarface.

Later in life he had his house ransacked and his car destroyed. But it’s defences that get torn apart these days when the 6’ 3” powerhouse gets going.

One of his former coaches famously claimed “a bulldozer couldn’t knock him over”, so Manchester City could be in for quite a battle today.

Haller said: “My body, my strength, this is important to me because it’s part of my football. But I think a bulldozer would kill me!

“When I found out my first game was against City I said: ‘What a s**t game to start with!’ I go there for a lot of money, now first game City! There are better ones to build your confidence, I think...

“Hopefully I will touch the ball! We need to be ready. They are champions. We will need to make a crazy game.”

Haller also earned the nickname One Cool Bird for his calmness in front of goal, scoring 20 times for Eintracht Frankfurt last season.

But he had to wait to play the sport he loved. “When I was five, my mum said I was too young to play football. I had to do judo instead. It was so boring.

“I spent three years doing that. I swam as well. Every Wednesday. It’s where my strength comes from. Then I said: ‘Sorry mum, I have to play football now.’”

So how did he get the scars? “I was four and playing hide and seek and I grazed my face on a metal bin,” he said. “My father just put a plaster on. The other one, I was two.

“I’m stupid. I fell off the bed. I went to the hospital. And I fell a second time! They stitched it. People in my neighbourhood called me Scarface.”

And the delayed debut? “I could have come to West Ham a year ago,” Haller said. “They came for me. But it was not my time to go in England. I wasn’t ready. Now I am.”

Haller, whose wife is expecting their second child in September, hopes to settle better in London than he did in Holland when he played for Utrecht.

He said: “I lived in a small village. Everyone said: ‘Oh this is nice.’ But it’s the only place people killed my car and burgled my house!

“My wife was pregnant then. My sister too. My niece was seven. We all discovered it together. We never slept in that house again.”

Haller models his game on the likes of Didier Drogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but doesn't watch much football.

He said: “I don’t watch TV. But I watched the World Cup final. I would like to play for France. But I have to prove myself. West Ham is a good place to do it.”


Haller not happy with Hammers opening game

West Ham’s record signing Sebastian Haller is not a bloke to mince his words and is pretty cheesed off he’s kicking off his career with us against Manchester City.

Speaking to The Mirror he quipped: “What a s*** game to start with! I go there for a lot of money, now first game City! Why?”

“There are better games to build your confidence! Hopefully I will touch the ball! We will see.”

He added: “What can I say? Everyone needs to be prepared. They are the champions from the League, the Cup, from even the Cup that I don’t know the name of.

“So yes, it will be difficult. We will need to make a crazy game. It is probably best for the team to get a game like that because we will need to be focused 100per cent.”

After 32 goals in 75 games over two seasons for Frankfurt, Haller he looks set to take over from and improve on Marko Arnautovic.

Nicknamed ‘Scarface’, he has no concerns about adapting to life in a new city and was aware of the attempted robbery on Arsenal pair Mesut Ozil and Sead Kolasinac recently plus the failed robbery attempt on ex-Hammer Andy Carroll three years ago.

He said: “Listen, I will tell you something. I was in Holland. In a small village. Everyone said: ‘Oh, this is nice here!’.

“It’s the only place people killed my car. They burgled my house. When I was playing for Utrecht.

“The took the inside of the wheel of my car so you could not use it any more. I didn’t even know you could do that but people told me: ‘Yes, you can sell it for €2000’.

“At the time my wife was pregnant. My sister was there, she was pregnant too. My niece was seven, she was with us and she was scared.

“We all discovered it together. She saw the house and it was a mess. She was so scared. She said: ‘When people can come to your place and do this, you don’t feel safe’.

Since that time we never slept in that house again. We moved two days afterwards. So yes. I want to say that it is possible to get trouble everywhere.”

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jimbo2. 6:22 Sat Aug 10
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
What a difficult start that was today! Thanks Al!

Takashi Miike 2:35 Sat Aug 10
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Mr Kenzo 1:31 Sat Aug 10
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
*Taps Watch*

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