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Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has said he will let Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Zaha, 26, leave in the next transfer window - if the Arsenal and Everton target's valuation is met. (Daily Mail)

Parma have agreed a deal to sign Manchester United's Italian full-back Matteo Darmian, 29, for £1.4m. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane is furious at the club's hierarchy for failing to sign Manchester United's 26-year-old France midfielder Paul Pogba. (Sport)

Neymar, 27, has made it known to Paris St-Germain he is willing to knuckle down and mend relationships if the Brazil forward does not get a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid before the summer window. (Independent)

Meanwhile, Paris St-Germain sporting director Leonardo has said the French champions are no nearer to finding an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of Neymar. (Marca)

However, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has said he is tired of the talk surrounding Neymar's on-off transfer to the Catalan club. (Evening Standard)

Paris St-Germain have identified Tottenham's Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, 27, and Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala, 25, as two players who could replace Neymar if he moves.(Le Parisien - in French)

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has said the door is open for Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil, 30, to regain his status as a Gunners superstar, having not featured for the first team this season. (Daily Mirror)

Meanwhile, Arsenal and Egypt midfielder Mohamed Elneny, 27, has flown to Turkey to complete a season-long loan move to Besiktas. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool and Switzerland forward Xherdan Shaqiri, 27, has been told he still has a role to play at Anfield after failing to make a Premier League appearance so far this season. (Bild - in German)

Manchester United want a "clinical" striker as well as Borussia Dortmund and England forward Jadon Sancho, 19, after the departures of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez. (Evening Standard)

Atletico Madrid are negotiating a deal to sign Argentina striker Mauro Icardi, 26, on loan from Inter Milan with the option to buy for 70m euros (£63m). (ESPN)

Real Madrid have agreed to sell Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, 32, to Paris St-Germain, on the condition that French keeper Alphonse Areola, 26, heads in the opposite direction on loan. (Daily Star)

Former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente, 34, now a free agent, has agreed a two-year deal with Serie A side Napoli. (Sky Sports)

Sporting Lisbon's 24-year-old midfielder Bruno Fernandes, who was linked with Manchester United and Tottenham in the summer, will finally land his big move by signing for Real Madrid for £63m. (Daily Mail)

Football London

West Ham name their price to Sevilla to sign striker Javier Hernandez after two rejected bids

West Ham transfer news includes the latest on the Mexican frontman

By Sam Inkersole

West Ham have told Sevilla they must pay €8m if the club is to consider letting striker Javier Hernandez leave before the closure of the European transfer window on Monday.

Football.London understands the Spaniards have seen two bids for the Mexican frontman rejected by the Hammers as being too far below thier valuation but if the €8m is matched then Chicharito could go.

Sevilla and the Hammers have been in talks for nearly a week over a potential move but the injury to Michail Antonio he picked up against Newport County on Tuesday night meant the club had been reluctant to let Hernandez leave.

However, Chicharito has asked the club to consider allowing him to move to Sevilla as it could be a good opportunity for him to get regular minutes but the club will only let him leave if his value is matched.

Sevilla have returned with another offer but it still isn't enough but it is believed the Spanish side will return with another offer in the next 24 hours.

West Ham signed Sebastien Haller for a club-record fee this summer and he is the club's number one striker with another new recruit in Albian Ajeti as his backup alongside Hernandez.

He has scored 26 Premier League goals for the club since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in the summer of 2017 but has struggled to nail down a regular place under three different managers in east London.

Should Hernandez leave before the deadline then the club will have dispensed with all four strikers who started the 2018/19 season at the club. Marko Arnautovic, Lucas Perez and Andy Carroll have all since left under Manuel Pellegrini's watch.


Halajko: West Ham U23s deserved more from Old Trafford thriller

West Ham United U23s deserved a better result for their display at Old Trafford, according to Lead Coach Dmitri Halajko.

In an end-to-end match between the two early pace-setters of the Premier League 2 Division 2, West Ham U23s thought they had claimed a memorable victory when Anthony Scully put them in front with just nine minutes remaining, only to be pegged back by Manchester United U23s with only a minute left on the clock.

The hosts had initially taken the lead after 20 minutes of the first half, but Halajko’s side grew into the game and deservedly equalised just before the interval with an incisive Nathan Holland run and strike.

Halajko said afterwards: “It was a top, high-level game and a great advert for the league, with two very good teams playing great football. We felt that we were better than them in the second half, and we probably should’ve made it count a little bit more.

“I think by the way we played you could see we were going for all three points. The whole time, at 1-1, we were the team pushing to get the winner – we didn’t sit back at any point in the game.

“We’re gutted that it just slipped through our fingers, but our performance, particularly in midfield, maybe deserved a bit more.”

With both sides entering the match with perfect records in the league, the stage was set at Old Trafford for an exciting contest – and, backed by a vocal home crowd, so it proved.

Halajko named an unchanged line-up for the match except for his striker; Scully replaced Oladapo Afolayan, whose loan move to Mansfield was announced yesterday.

Scully duly rewarded his manager’s faith with the equalising goal, and Halajko was delighted to see the 19-year-old get his name on the scoresheet at Old Trafford, emphasising the options he possesses in his squad.

He said: “Anthony was excellent. All of our players that don’t start, or are on the bench, train so hard and work so hard that they’re always ready to come in.

“It’s a squad game – it’s not a team game, it’s a squad game – and it’s always pleasing when someone comes in and takes their opportunity like he did.”

The 2-2 draw keeps both sides level on points at the top of the table and preserves West Ham U23s' unbeaten run this season, and Halajko spoke with pride of his players’ achievements this week.

“It’s the kind of game we want to play in. We want to play in big games, at big stadiums, to test ourselves, and we got that today," he said.

“It’s been a good week: Conor [Coventry]’s played a bit for the first-team midweek, and now he’s managed to play at Old Trafford at the end of the week. Ben Johnson has done the same, so experiences like that are just going to develop us and push us further.

"We really felt that we could win it. We wanted to go toe-to-toe with Manchester United at Old Trafford, and we did."

West Ham U23s’ next fixture sees them travel for an EFL Trophy match at Rodney Parade on Wednesday, where they’ll hope to follow in the footsteps of the first team this week by beating Newport County AFC.


Daniel Farke gives Norwich injury update ahead of West Ham

West Ham vs Norwich

Norwich travel to West Ham in one of several Premier League games taking place today.

The Canneries have had a mixed start to life back in the Premier League.

They were hammered 4-1 on the opening day by Liverpool but they showed signs of a solid attack in said game.

Norwich then smashed Newcastle 3-1 in their following game before narrowly losing 3-2 vs Chelsea in their last league outing.

As for West Ham, they have one won, drawn one and lost one in the league so far this campaign. But they are yet to keep a clean sheet in the PL in 2019/20.

Norwich injury update

Ahead of the clash with the Hammers, Norwich boss Daniel Farke has provided an injury update on his squad.

Christoph Zimmermann is available for Norwich but Farke did confirm that Grant Hanley will not feature vs Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Farke also spoke about Timm Klose with the Norwich manager claiming the worst-case scenario for his injury recovery is between 9-12 months:

“Christoph Zimmermann is available.

“He got a hit against his back and hip and was sore but he trained today. He’s been out for a long time but he’s available.

“Unfortunately Grant Hanley is out for tomorrow. He injured himself this morning and overstretched his groin. He needs a scan today and I’m not sure he can travel with Scotland [for international duty].”

“Timm Klose has had a scan but he will need another scan next week,” Farke said. “He has ruptured his PCL [posterior cruciate ligament] and may need surgery. It’s difficult to judge at the moment, and it depends a bit on the result of the re-scan. We are concerned with his meniscus.

“The best-case scenario is he will be out for four months. There’s a danger there is something wrong with the meniscus, so the worst-case scenario from the doctors is 9 to 12 months.” As quoted by Norwich’s official website.

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