WHO Poll
Q: 2021/22 What competition should we prioritise this season?
a. The league is our bread & butter, so this year let's have a club sandwich
b. We're owed an FA Cup after Gerrard nicked our last one in 06, our name's on it in 22
c. A bye to the League Cup 3rd round gives us a good start, let's make it count
d. The Europa is our best ticket to the Champions League, this is the one
e. What's wrong with you, let's do the lot, has the quadruple ever been done

Alan 12:44 Mon Jul 26
Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Manchester United are close to reaching an agreement with Real Madrid to sign France defender Raphael Varane, 28, for about 50m euros (£42m). (Marca)

Alternatively, United fear Varane may be using their interest to secure an improved deal at Real. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, United are also preparing a bid for Sevilla's 22-year-old defender Jules Kounde, a France team-mate of Varane's. (Mail)

Manchester City hope to make progress in their pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane, 27, and 25-year-old fellow England forward Jack Grealish of Aston Villa by the weekend. (Sun)

Borussia Dortmund appear set to seal a £26m move for Liverpool target Donyell Malen, 22. They view the PSV Eindhoven and Netherlands forward as a direct replacement for England forward Jadon Sancho after the 21-year-old's move to Manchester United. (Fabrizio Romano on Twitter)

West Ham United could move for Liverpool's England international Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 27, if they are unable to sign West Brom's 25-year-old Brazilian midfielder Matheus Pereira. (Express)

Argentina winger Erik Lamela, 29, is close to finalising his move from Tottenham to Sevilla, with Spain forward Bryan Gil, 20, moving in the opposite direction. (Marca)

Newcastle United may turn to Chelsea and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 27, if they fail to sign his compatriot Joe Willock, 21, from Arsenal. (The Athletic - subscription required)

Inter Milan insist Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 28, is not for sale amid interest from Chelsea. (Mirror)

Manchester United are considering using France forward Anthony Martial, 25, in a swap deal to land Borussia Dortmund's Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland, 21. (Mundo Deportivo, via 90min)

United believe they may be able to sign Spain midfielder Saul Niguez from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid for about £45m. The 26-year-old has also been linked with Barcelona and Juventus. (Mail)

Brighton & Hove Albion are set to make a £20m offer to Celtic for 23-year-old French forward Odsonne Edouard. (Mail)

Juventus have scheduled new talks with Sassuolo as they step up their pursuit of Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli, who has also been linked with Arsenal. (Goal)

Paris St-Germain have held talks with Kalidou Koulibaly's agent as they consider a move for the 30-year-old Napoli and Senegal defender. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

Spain midfielder Isco, 29, will not be offered a new contract by Real Madrid. His current deal expires next summer. (AS - in Spanish)

Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury, 23, is pushing for a loan move to Newcastle. The former England Under-21 international sees it as a chance to play regular first-team football. (Northern Echo)

And finally, Chelsea and Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour, 20, showed off his vocal talents by belting out a karaoke classic at a bar in Norwich, where he is on loan this term. (Sun)


West Ham could be about to bid for £35m Liverpool star, he's on Moyes' radar

West Ham United could make a bid to sign Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Liverpool this summer, the Daily Express suggests.
Bid incoming?

West Ham are on the hunt for an attacking midfield addition, with Jesse Lingard’s return no longer guaranteed.

West Ham have both Lingard and Ross Barkley on their radar, but it is now said that Oxlade-Chamberlain is also on his wishlist.

The £35 million England international (BBC Sport) has actually been trialled as a forward by Liverpool over pre-season.

But it seems that a departure is far from off the cards, with West Ham hopeful that a deal could be done.
Out of favour

Oxlade-Chamberlain has fallen out of favour at Liverpool, and only had a limited amount of game time in recent years.

But the Liverpool creator is undoubtedly a high quality player when at the top of his game.

If he was to join West Ham on loan he could be a useful option, especially if the Hammers could keep him fit.

If Liverpool were to sanction a deal it would leave big question marks being asked of the former England international’s future at Anfield, though.

Oxlade-Chamberlain has just two years left on his contract at Anfield, and if he was to depart on loan, it would seem highly unlikely that he would be offered an extension.


Roma make offer to sign Clement Lenglet

Clement Lenglet is not on the list of players that Barça is desperate to sell. However, given its current financial situation, the club is open to all offers that could help reduce its wage bill. The 26-year-old centre back is wanted by many European clubs, and several have even made official enquiries about the player. Interest is particularly strong from the Premier League, with both West Ham and Everton reported to be keen on a loan deal with obligatory purchase clause. There has even been talk of the player joining for free. Nothing is currently off the table.

According to SPORT sources, Roma has also entered into negotiations with Barça to sign the French centre back. A few weeks ago there was talk of a possible swap deal involving Lenglet and Italian midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, but this was flatly rejected by Roma. However, the club remains interested in Lenglet and has made a bid of up to 15 million euros for the player, a figure which Barça deems to be below his true market value of 25 million euros. It is understood that Barça would not sell the player less than this amount. The player's wishes must also be taken into account, with club sources saying he would like to play in the Premier League if he had to leave Camp Nou. However, his preference is to remain at Barça for the upcoming campaign.


‘He’ll probably leave’: Director thinks reported £3.5m West Ham and Watford target will go

Udinese have confirmed that Jens Stryger Larsen will ‘probably leave’ the Serie A outfit this summer with Watford and West Ham United keen on the Denmark international, as reported by Radio Marte, via Tutotmercatoweb.

The versatile wide man might not have begun Euro 2020 in Kasper Hjulmand’s starting XI but he certainly ended it as one of the first names on the Danish team-sheet.

Stryger Larsen’s energy and drive down the flanks, whether on the right or the left of the defence, quickly proved invaluable as the tournament’s dark horses lived up to their billing, running England close during a tense semi-final at Wembley.

With just one year left on Stryger Larsen’s contract, the 30-year-old should jump at the chance to leave a mid-table Serie A outfit for a fresh start elsewhere, having made a name for himself on the biggest of stages.
Could Denmark’s Euro 2020 star Jens Stryger Larsen move to Watford or West Ham?

Sky Sports reported this week that Premier League rivals Watford and West Ham are interested. As it stands, however, Stryger Larsen is expected to join Galatasaray for £3.5 million.

We can only assume he didn’t see the way the Turkish giants crashed and burned during their 5-1 Champions League qualification defeat to PSV Eindhoven in midweek.

“Stryger Larsen has a lot of interest. Galatasaray made a good offer,” said director Pierpaolo Marino, who has already seen Rodrigo de Paul leave Udinese for Diego Simeone’s La Liga champions Atletico Madrid this summer.

“He has a one-year contract and we have not renewed. He will probably leave but that is not necessarily the case.”

While Watford have been one of the busiest clubs in the summer window so far, bringing in seven players including Josh King and the £8.5 million Imran Louza, the same cannot be said about West Ham.

There are no new faces at the London Stadium, unless you count the former Celtic and Arsenal youngster Armstrong Okoflex.

19-year-old Okoflex is expected to play for Dmitri Halajko’s U23 side next term.

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Texas Iron 7:04 Mon Jul 26
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 2:19 Mon Jul 26
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Martillo irlandés 1:03 Mon Jul 26

bill green 1:57 Mon Jul 26
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Russ of the BML 1:50 Mon Jul 26
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)
Attacking midfielders? Wide players?

How about a goalscorer?

Mike Oxsaw 1:09 Mon Jul 26
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mallard 1:04 Mon Jul 26
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35m for Ox-Chambo. Ag!

Irish Hammer 1:03 Mon Jul 26
Re: Monday newspapers ( includes West Ham)

Gracias Alan

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