WHO Poll
Q: 2020/2021 Where will we finish up this season?
a. Top Four, Champions League here we come
b. 5th-7th Europa League is well within our grasp
c. 8th to 14th anywhere in mid table is about right
d. We're in a dog fight before a ball has been kicked and we'll do well to finish 17th or just above
e. GSB have derailed our season before a ball has been kicked, the Championship beckons

Alan 11:20 Mon Sep 7
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, 26, has agreed to join Newcastle United after leaving Bournemouth in the summer and is set to have a medical on Monday. (Sky Sports)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken to England winger Jadon Sancho, 20, about joining the club from Borussia Dortmund this summer. (Express)

Despite Gareth Bale's desire to leave Real Madrid, the club has still not received any bids for the Wales forward, with the 31-year-old's reluctance to take a pay cut putting off potential suitors. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

New Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman has told the club he wants to keep Philippe Coutinho this season rather than send the Brazil playmaker, 28, back out on loan. (Marca)

Barca forward Luis Suarez, 33, is due to sit a language test on Monday in a bid to obtain Italian citizenship, allowing the Uruguay striker to complete a move to Juventus. (Eurosport)

Real Madrid are planning a £261m squad overhaul and are keen to bring in Borussia Dortmund's Norway forward Erling Haaland, 20, and Paris St-Germain's France striker Kylian Mbappe, 21. (ABC Spain - in Spanish)

Roma have joined the race to sign Lyon and Netherlands forward Memphis Depay, 26. (Goal)

AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 21, has demanded a new contract worth 10m euros per season amid interest from Chelsea in the Italy international. (Corriere della Sera, via 90min)

Leicester are not willing to pay St Etienne's £27m asking price for defender Wesley Fofana but are keen to negotiate a deal closer to £18m for the 19-year-old Frenchman. (Mail)

Bosnia-Herzegovina striker Edin Dzeko, 34, has asked to leave Roma and join Juventus. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Barcelona are preparing a final offer for Inter Milan's Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 23. (Goal)

West Ham will have to almost double their opening bid of £27m to stand any chance of signing Burnley centre-half James Tarkowski, 27. (Sun)

Tarkowski says he wants to play Champions League football "if the opportunities came" and hopes to get back in the England squad. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Crystal Palace have enquired about the availability of Fluminense forward Evanilson, 20. (Mail)

Sheffield United are finalising the £11m signing of Derby's English full-backs Jayden Bogle, 20, and Max Lowe, 23, and will also swap Republic of Ireland striker Callum Robinson, 25, for West Brom's Scotland winger Oliver Burke, 23. (Mail)

Liverpool's former England Under-21 winger Sheyi Ojo, 23, looks set to join Championship side Cardiff City on loan, despite interest from Nottingham Forest. (Liverpool Echo)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Rob Bleaney

The Mill is a huge fan of lazy journalism. It’s been the lifeblood of our daily transfer musings ever since the man dragged us out of an all-day drinking session back in print media’s heyday and told us to hitch ourselves to the internet bandwagon. So we were dancing round the babyfoot table in our shoffice when we learned that the Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United saga of 2017 is back on.

Griezmann had been primed for the role of Barcelona’s leading man next season until La Liga kyboshed Lionel Messi’s exit plan. Instead the Frenchman could be first off Barça’s sinking ship, so the story goes, especially if Ed Woodward is willing to dust off the £280,00-a-week contract “agreed” with the player three years ago. United are said to be on “red alert” after Messi’s U-turn left Griezmann’s position “vulnerable”, and the path to Old Trafford would be smoothed somewhat if Griezmann’s current employers are successful in a “final push” to win back Messi’s favour by signing Lautaro Martínez from Internazionale.

Ronald Koeman has told Philippe Coutinho he wants the Brazilian to stay at Barcelona, but the former Netherland manager will continue his quest to reassemble the Dutch national team at the Camp Nou. Reports suggest a £22m deal for Memphis Depay is close to completion, while Liverpool have set the price for Gini Wijnaldum at £15m. In 2017 Koeman splurged £24m to bring Davy Klaassen to Everton. Four months later the manager was sacked and the following summer his compatriot was flogged to Werder Bremen at a £12m loss. Hmmm.

Mill idol Fabrizio Romano says Manchester United have been offered the chance to sign Sergio Reguilón, who ran Aaron Wan-Bissaka ragged in the Europa League semi-final. Unsurprisingly Sevilla have asked Real Madrid to take the flying left-back on loan for another season.

Lyon have rejected Arsenal’s second bid bid for Hossem Aouar, believed to be €35 plus Matteo Guendouzi. Luis Suárez will take a language test on Monday in a bid to obtain Italian citizenship, which will allow him to complete a move to Juventus.

Ryan Fraser will have a medical before completing a free transfer to Newcastle as Steve Bruce looks to reprise the deadly Fraser-Wilson partnership of 2018. Leeds have reached an agreement to sign Josko Gvardiol from Dinamo Zagreb for 18m. The 18-year-old defender will sign a five-year-contract.

José Mourinho’s search for a back-up striker to collect the balls from the woods during Harry Kane’s shooting practice sessions looks to be over. Habib Diallo is keen to join Spurs from Metz and a move could be finalised this week. One man likely to be heading out the door at Tottenham is Serge Aurier, with Wolves keen on the right-back as a replacement for Matt Doherty, who just joined Spurs. Surely this could have been discussed earlier, lads. Clearly it’s not only the journalists who are lazy.

Baggies Blog

The Athletic details key clause in West Brom Diangana deal amid anger from West Ham players

The Athletic has revealed that West Ham have placed a sell-on clause in Grady Diangana’s West Brom contract, following his permanent transfer to The Hawthorns.

In a collaborative piece written by Roshane Thomas, Andy Jones and Steve Madeley, The Athletic have reported that a 20 percent sell-on fee has ben written into Diangana’s contract.

This clause is obviously a sign that the Hammers board think the pacey winger could be sold for big money in the future, with The Athletic stating that West Ham agreed to the sale ‘reluctantly’.

Diangana’s departure from his boyhood club has been criticised by members of the West Ham squad, with Mark Noble taking to twitter to state his anger at the sale.

He wasn’t the only player either, with the Hammers squad said to share his frustration.

According to The Athletic, the main reason Diangana was sold was to raise funds so West Ham could strengthen in other areas of the pitch, with the pursuit of James Tarkowski the priority for the Hammers.

The anger stems from the fact that Diangana has been at the club since he was 12 years old, and has impressed in West Ham’s pre-season games. It seemed that this season would be his chance to prove himself in the Premier League after a fantastic season with West Brom.

It also seems that this deal won’t give West Ham much of an immediate addition to their transfer kitty, as The Athletic also report that the reported £18m fee will be paid in instalments.

Currently it looks as if West Brom have benefited way more than West Ham from Diangana’s transfer, as they have tied down a fan favourite and very talented player for their first season back in the top flight.

And the £18m fee seems like a bargain price given the current state of the market.

The fact the West Ham players are so angry point seems to bear that out.


Croydon teen on City radar

Manchester City and West Ham have sent scouts to Whyteleafe FC in Croydon to watch non-league teenager Courtney Clarke.

Clarke is just 17 but playing regular senior football in the Isthmian League, in the eighth tier of the football pyramid.

Brighton, Millwall and Charlton have also monitored Clarke, who has been compared to a young Patrick Vieira with his box-to-box performances.

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Texas Iron 6:17 Mon Sep 7
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Mex Martillo 5:07 Mon Sep 7
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ted fenton 3:41 Mon Sep 7

ted fenton 3:41 Mon Sep 7
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Thanks Alan 1:03 Mon Sep 7

Razzman 2:53 Mon Sep 7
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Cheers alan

Thanks Alan 1:03 Mon Sep 7
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Vexed 11:42 Mon Sep 7
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Twenty percent sell on clauses are completely standard for a player under 25. It's no indication that they think he's going to be sold for big money but more of a just in case he turns good.


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