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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 1:55 Tue Sep 8
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United are hoping to secure up to three more signings before the end of the summer transfer window and Borussia Dortmund's England forward Jadon Sancho, 20, remains their top target. (Manchester Evening News)

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane's ability to overhaul his squad relies on Manchester United acting on their interest in 31-year-old Wales forward Gareth Bale. (Marca - in Spanish)

Representatives of Porto's 27-year-old Brazilian left-back Alex Telles have flown to Manchester for talks with United. (A Bola - in Portuguese)

Manchester City have identified Sevilla's Brazilian defender Diego Carlos, 27, and Atletico Madrid's Uruguay international Jose Gimenez, 25, as alternatives to Napoli and Senegal centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 29. (Sport - in Spanish)

After missing out on England forward Callum Wilson, Aston Villa have made a £16m bid for 28-year-old Norway striker Josh King, Wilson's former team-mate at Bournemouth. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Villa also want to sign England Under-21 forward Rhian Brewster from Liverpool for £20m. (Sun)

Premier League clubs believe Brewster will be allowed to leave Liverpool this window, with Sheffield United and Crystal Palace also interested in the 20-year-old. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Barcelona are interested in bringing Bayern Munich's Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 29 - a target for Liverpool - back to the club. (Bild - in German)

West Ham United are preparing an improved £30m plus add-ons offer for Burnley's England defender James Tarkowski. (Evening Standard)
However, the Clarets want £50m if they are to part with the 27-year-old centre-back. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea are aiming to sign Rennes' Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, 28. (Telegraph - subscription required)

The Blues are hopeful of reaching an agreement after offering the French club about £20m plus add-ons for Mendy. (Mail)

Wolverhampton Wanderers are close to signing Porto's 20-year-old Portuguese midfielder Vitor Ferreira on a season-long loan with an option to buy for about £18m. (Express and Star)

West Bromwich Albion have registered their interest in Brighton's 25-year-old Brazilian defender Bernardo. (Football Insider)

Chelsea's France midfielder N'Golo Kante, 29, would be Inter Milan manager Antonio Conte's "dream" signing, but could cost up to £60m. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal could get the opportunity to sign Atletico Madrid's Ghana midfielder Thomas Partey, 27, because the Spanish club need additional funds to bid for Espanyol's 23-year-old Spanish midfielder Marc Roca. (Marca - in Spanish)

Tottenham Hotspur's 22-year-old Argentina defender Juan Foyth has emerged as La Liga side Villarreal's top defensive target. (AS - in Spanish)

Chelsea are refusing to lower their £30m valuation of 26-year-old French midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, but AC Milan do not want to pay more than £25m. (Gazetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old striker Erling Braut Haaland, who scored twice in Norway's 5-1 Nations League win over Northern Ireland on Monday, said "you never know" what will happen as he continues to be linked with a Premier League move. (Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

John Brewin

Rhian Brewster was once expected to be a future Liverpool great but it appears greatness will have to be sought somewhere beyond Anfield. The news that he will be available for a fee of around £20m – which seems a cut price – has set a host of potential destinations into what Liverpool must hope is a bidding war.

Ten goals in 20 matches at Swansea last season has Aston Villa, Sheffield United and Crystal Palace eyeing a player who was a star of England’s Under-17 World Cup winners. His last act in a Liverpool shirt may well be crashing the bar in the Community Shield penalty shootout. Villa are also looking at Josh King, the latest sell-off for the fire sale taking place at Bournemouth. He would also cost £16m.

Manchester United’s summer has brought in just once signing in Dawson’s Creek’s James Van De Beek but Ed Woodward will not be stopping there. No, a left-back, centre-back and a forward are wanted. Who might they be? Vitaliy Mykolenko of Dynamo Kiev and Sergio Reguilón of Real Madrid are left-backs, as is Porto’s Alex Telles. The candidates for the other positions are less clear but Real Madrid would really like to sell Gareth Bale, 57, for a big fee. United also still want Jadon Sancho but will have to wait until next year, hence why the likes of Douglas Costa are being considered as some kind of stopgap.

Across town, Manchester City’s chase for Kalidou Koulibaly continues while not much less expensive alternatives are being chased. Among them are Sevilla’s Diego Carlos and Atlético’s Madrid’s José Giménez, for whom a bid of £62m has already gone in and failed, mostly because his buyout clause is £109m.

Thiago Alcântara, a near ever-present in these pages, has been linked with spending-shy Liverpool for some time but the German press suggests Thiago may fancy a prodigal’s return to Barcelona, a move that is almost certainly the latest sop to make Lionel Messi cheer up and get back on with life at Barça.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are set to cash out a couple of midfielders. Milan want to sign Tiemoué Bakayoko, who they previously had on on loan at San Siro, but will pay no more than £25m. Chelsea want £30m. Milan may well decide to save that cash and splash it all on N’Golo Kanté, once Chelsea’s main man, and now a cashable asset after they bet the farm on a forward line. Antonio Conte has not forgotten how Kanté was the engine of Chelsea’s 2016-17 Premier League title win, but Internazionale will have to pay £60m for him.

Chelsea are also in for Rennes goalkeeper Éduoard Mendy, a deal widely expected to be completed and if Kanté is sold then two defensive midfielders, West Ham’s Declan Rice and Lille’s Boubakary Soumaré are on the list.

That fee would only be £10m more than the £50m that Burnley want for James Tarkowski if West Ham are to pull their central defender away from Lancashire. The current bid lies at £27m.

And, to close, Arsenal, who have had a bid rejected for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar with the Gunners reportedly offering a player as part of the deal. Thomas Partey continues to be the main Gunners target and may well arrive if Atlético Madrid manage to sign Espanyol’s Marc Roca as a replacement.

Sport Witness

West Ham interest in striker backed up – Hammers already ‘in contact’ over possible move

West Ham United are in contact with Napoli striker Fernando Llorente over a move to the London Stadium this summer.

That’s according to Il Mattino, who back up claims that the Hammers are looking at the veteran striker as an option to improve their front line.

West Ham’s interest first appeared yesterday, with journalist Ciro Venerato reporting that both the Hammers and Everton were ‘on the forward’s trail’.

Il Mattino now back that up, at least in West Ham’s case, stating the Spaniard is ‘in contact’ with David Moyes’ side about a move.

That’s all they’re willing to offer, failing to provide any other details than that, so it’s easy to assume that any potential move is in the very early stages at this point.

Most importantly there’s no mention of Napoli’s stance at this stage, but it’s hard to see them being resistant given they’ve just signed Victor Osimhen and managed to keep Dries Mertens as well.

In fact, they’ve been very keen to move players on this summer and getting rid of an ageing striker in the final year of his deal would probably represent good business.

How keen West Ham are to sign Llorente isn’t made clear, but Moyes definitely would like to add to his forward line and with money seemingly tight, a player like him, who has vast Premier League experience, may fit the bill.


Brescia, Joronen towards the farewell: head to head between Watford and West Ham

After Alfonso and Tonali, the third excellent transfer at Brescia should be that of Jesse Joronen, Finnish goalkeeper revelation of last season for the Rondinelle. According to Corriere della Sera, the player has a large market in the Premier League where Watford and West Ham are competing for him


West Ham and Newcastle make contact regarding £18m Brazilian

West Ham United and Newcastle United are interested in signing Dalbert Henrique from Inter Milan in the summer transfer window, according to FCInterNews.

It has been reported that Premier League duo West Ham and Newcastle have made contact with intermediaries regarding the availability of Dalbert and want to know how much it could cost to sign the 26-year-old left-back.

The report in the Italian news outlet has added that the Brazilian does not have a future at Inter under head coach Antonio Conte, and that the Italian giants are open to selling him.

The 26-year-old joined the Nerazzurri from Nice in 2017 for a transfer fee reported by FCInterNews to be worth €20 million (£18.08 million).

West Ham United or Newcastle United transfer?

The Daily Mail reported last month that West Ham are willing to listen to offers for Arthur Masuaku.

If the Hammers do sell the left-back, then it would make sense for them to bring in a replacement.

As for Dalbert potentially moving to Newcastle this summer, The Telegraph has claimed that the Magpies have had a bid for left-back Jamal Lewis accepted by Norwich City.

The Chronicle has reported that Newcastle want to sign Sassuolo left-back Rogerio, and it is hard to see the Magpies bring in Dalbert as well.

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Mex Martillo 9:20 Wed Sep 9
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Everything ok Alan?
Well deserved day off?

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Mex Martillo 3:40 Tue Sep 8
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Thanks Alan

zebthecat 2:00 Tue Sep 8
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Thanks Alan

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