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Alan 12:07 Sun Aug 9
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal will sell France striker Alexandre Lacazette, 29, to Atletico Madrid for £30m as soon as Gabon striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 31, agrees a new deal. (Star Sunday)

Brighton have rejected a £22m bid from newly promoted Leeds for 22-year-old English centre-back Ben White, who spent last season on loan at Elland Road. (Sky Sports)

Liverpool are also interested in White, but Chelsea are prepared to outbid the Premier League champions and sell Germany centre-back Antonio Rudiger, 27, to raise funds. (Star Sunday)

Chelsea are also looking at Manchester City defender John Stones and hope to sign the 26-year-old England international for £20m. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal have joined the race to sign Marseille midfielder Morgan Sanson, with Tottenham and West Ham also interested in the 25-year-old Frenchman. (Le10 Sport, via Sunday Express)

English defender Kyle Walker-Peters, 23, is on the brink of leaving Tottenham for £12m after agreeing personal terms with Southampton, where he spent the second half of last season on loan. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal are stepping up their search for a new goalkeeper to cover Emiliano Martinez as they seek clarification on how long usual first choice Bernd Leno will be out with a knee injury. (Sun on Sunday)

Leicester and Liverpool are interested in Olympiakos and Greece left-back Kostas Tsimikas, 24, who could be available for £12m. (Mail on Sunday)

Borussia Dortmund will offer England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, a new deal and a significant pay rise if Manchester United do not meet their £100m valuation by 10 August. (Bild - in German)

Newcastle have identified Bournemouth and England striker Callum Wilson, 28, as their main transfer target. (Mail on Sunday)

Bayer Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voller has warned Chelsea his club will not accept anything under their £90m asking price for Germany midfielder Kai Havertz, 21. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Crystal Palace are set to miss out on English forward Eberechi Eze. QPR want £20m for the 22-year-old but the Eagles only value him at £10m. (Sun on Sunday)

Barcelona and Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 28, who is currently on loan at Bayern Munich, will not make any decision on his future until this year's Champions League is over. (Sport)

Arsenal want to spend £100m on Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos, 24, Atletico Madrid midfielder Thomas Partey, 27, and Lille defender Gabriel, 22, this summer but need to sell players in order to do so. (Sun on Sunday)

Newly promoted West Brom have held talks with Brighton over a deal for Republic of Ireland defender Shane Duffy, 28. (Mail on Sunday)

The Liverpool board has told boss Jurgen Klopp to sell players such as Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, 25, to fund a move for Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 29. (Kicker - in German)

Atletico Madrid are considering a move for Arsenal and Uruguay midfielder Lucas Torreira, 24. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Benfica are hoping to sign Uruguay striker Edinson Cavani. The 33-year-old is a free agent after his contract at Paris St-Germain ended. (Benfica TV, via L'Equipe - in French)


West Ham reportedly show firm interest in Arsenal player ‘with great speed’

West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur are among the clubs interested in signing Ainsley Maitland-Niles from Arsenal in the summer transfer window, according to The Sun.

It has been reported by the British tabloid that Arsenal have put up Maitland-Niles for sale this summer and are hoping to get £30 million as transfer fee.

Tottenham have registered their interest in the versatile 22-year-old, while West Ham, Crystal Palace and Fulham have also shown ‘a firm interest’ in the Englishman, who was hailed by head coach Mikel Arteta in Football.London in January 2020, with the Spaniard saying that he is “a very useful player with great speed, technically gifted, a good passer of the ball”.


According to WhoScored, Maitland-Niles made 15 starts and five substitute appearances in the Premier League for Arsenal this past season, providing two assists in the process.

The 22-year-old – who can operate as a midfielder, winger, full-back or wing-back – also made four starts and two substitute appearances in the Europa League for the Gunners, and played five times in the FA Cup and scored one goal in one EFL Cup tie in 2019-20, according to WhoScored.

Leaving Arsenal

If Arsenal have decided to sell Maitland-Niles, then it is likely that he will not be at the Emirates Stadium next season.

While it is hard to see the 22-year-old cross the North London divide and move to Tottenham, a switch to West Ham would make sense, given his versatility to play in a number of positions and the Hammers’ need for a new right-back and probably a young midfielder.

Hammers and Brighton chase 'New Xavi' Monchu

According to The Sunday Mirror (print edition, page 64, August 9, 2020), West Ham United, Juventus and Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in signing Monchu from Barcelona in the summer transfer window.

It has been reported that West Ham and Brighton want to sign the 20-year-old midfielder on a season-long loan deal, while Italian giants Juventus have had an offer of £18 million plus £8 million in extras turned down by Barcelona.

Valencia, Real Betis and Real Sociedad are also interested in the youngster, according to the report, which has added that Barcelona are willing to send him out on loan under certain conditions.

According to the report, the Spanish and European powerhouse want the 20-year-old midfielder’s wages to be paid in full by the club signing him on a season-long loan deal.

The club will also have to make the deal permanent for £36 million in the summer of 2021, and Barcelona will have a two-year buyback clause as well.

Complicated deal?

Monchu is a very talented footballer who has done well for the Barcelona B team, but he does not have first-team experience.

While a season-long loan deal would be great for West Ham, if the Hammers have to commit to paying £36 million next summer, then the London club should think carefully.

Free agent’s options could be limited to West Ham and Crystal Palace

Ryan Fraser’s options could be limited to West Ham United and Crystal Palace, according to The Sun.

Fraser is a free agent at the moment following his departure from Bournemouth earlier this summer.

The Sun has claimed that Palace have offered the winger a weekly salary of £50,000, while West Ham are also interested in securing the services of the Scotland international on a free transfer.

The report in the British tabloid has stated that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur are not planning to make a move for the free agent this summer, having been interested in him in the summer of 2019.


According to WhoScored, Fraser made 21 starts and seven substitute appearances in the Premier League for Bournemouth this past season, scoring one goal and providing four assists in the process.

The 26-year-old Scotland international winger made 35 starts and three substitute appearances in the league for the Cherries in 2018-19, scoring seven goals and providing 14 assists in the process, according to WhoScored.

Meanwhile, The Sun has reported that Palace are not willing to pay more than £10 million for Eberechi Eze, with Queens Park Rangers looking for £20 million.


Southampton in race to sign West Ham’s Grady Diangana

West Ham United youngster Grady Diangana is attracting plenty of attention this summer, with the Sunday People (9/8; page 61) reporting that Southampton, Crystal Palace and Leicester City want the attacker.

Diangana goes into next season off the back of an inspired loan spell at West Brom. He scored eight goals and contributed six assists as the Baggies sealed automatic-promotion.

The Sunday People reports that David Moyes wants to keep Diangana. But there are a number of sides reportedly monitoring the 22-year-old.

The People claims that the Saints, Palace and the Foxes want Diangana, who is valued at £15 million.

TBR View: Diangana could be key player for West Ham next season

It will disappoint a lot of fans if West Ham sell Diangana this summer. The Irons only had one player reach double figures for league goals this past season.

The likes of Felipe Anderson, Manuel Lanzini and Pablo Fornals only managed three goals between them. So it would be a big gamble to sell Diangana.

Replacing him for anything around £15 million would be incredibly difficult. He may not yet be the finished article, but he arguably has the potential to play a key role next season.

It would therefore, prove a controversial decision should they leave the door open for the likes of Southampton, Palace or Leicester to make a move.

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Russ of the BML 11:06 Mon Aug 10
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Same thing with Diangana. His agent knows he is going back to West Ham and so throws the Soton link out there so the boy comes back to a pay rise.

He will almost certainly get it too.

Russ of the BML 11:05 Mon Aug 10
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Naitland-Miles is a good player and has a good future ahead of him but:

1) £30m??!!??
2) Arsenal would not sell him - Clearly agent talk to get his player a rise.

ted fenton 7:24 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 4:01 Sun Aug 9

Texas Iron 4:03 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 4:01 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Mex Martillo 1:35 Sun Aug 9

Mex Martillo 1:35 Sun Aug 9
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bill green 12:51 Sun Aug 9

Mex Martillo 1:35 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Why do Arsenal want to sell him? I find that a bit odd.

bill green 12:51 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sven Roeder 12:09 Sun Aug 9

geoffpikey 12:34 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Transfermkt have Maitland Miles down as £13m. And their valuations are generally generous to the seller.

From the little I have seen he looks decent for sure. Possibly worth a £10m bid if we can sell Fredericks for £5m. I'm making this up as much as Arsenal!

Steven P 12:29 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
All good young players we are being linked with. Good stuff.

Sven Roeder 12:22 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
With Maitland-Niles at £30m I’ve just upped the Declan Rice price to £168m

With Kind Regards 12:14 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
geoffpikey 12.12

geoffpikey 12:12 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank you Alan.

£30m for an Arsenal reserve who can run a bit? Oh, stop it.

Sven Roeder 12:09 Sun Aug 9
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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