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 12:10 Wed Jul 28
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Champions League winners Chelsea have opened talks with Sevilla over the signing of 22-year-old France defender Jules Kounde, who has a £68.4m release clause. (Guardian)

And the Blues could include compatriot Kurt Zouma, 26, as part of a swap deal for Kounde. (Goal)

Borussia Dortmund's Erling Braut Haaland hopes reports linking the Norway striker, 21, with a £150m move to Chelsea are 'just rumours'. (Sky Sport Germany, via Sun)

Chelsea will also consider offers over £40m for English striker Tammy Abraham, 23. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish, 25, will decide his future next week. The England international is currently on holiday after featuring at Euro 2020. (Mirror)

Manchester City are poised to make an opening offer of £75m plus add-ons for midfielder Grealish, who is valued at £100m by Aston Villa. (Mail)

Liverpool will look to sign Wolves' Spain winger Adama Traore, 25, in a cut-price £30m deal. (Star)

Arsenal have made an ambitious inquiry to Serie A champions Inter Milan for Argentina striker Lautaro Martinez, 23. (Telegraph)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 28, is in no hurry to decide his future, whether it lies at Old Trafford or elsewhere. The France World Cup winner has 12 months remaining on his deal. (90min)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's hopes of making further additions to his Manchester United squad is likely to hinge on the futures of Pogba and England winger Jesse Lingard, 28. (Telegraph)

Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly, 27, will seek clarification over his future at Manchester United after they reached an agreement with Real Madrid to sign France centre-back Raphael Varane. (ESPN)

West Ham are waiting to see whether Manchester United's English defender Phil Jones, 29, would be willing to join them on a free transfer with a contract based on incentives. (Eurosport)

Tottenham remain in talks to sign Argentina centre-back Cristian Romero, 23, but are unwilling to meet Atalanta's £47m asking price. (Guardian)

Spurs could face competition for Romero with Spanish club Barcelona preparing to make a bid for a player that helped his country win the Copa America this summer. (SportItalia, via Mail)

Italy midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini, 25, who has been linked with Tottenham, does not want to leave Roma and is in talks about signing a new deal with the Serie A side. (Football Italia)

Barcelona appear closer to reaching a deal to extend Spanish midfielder Ilaix Moriba's deal at the club, with the 18-year-old's current contract running until next summer. (Goal)

Manchester City have agreed a deal to send Japanese forward Ryotaro Meshino, 23, on loan to Portuguese top-flight side Estoril Praia. (Manchester Evening News)

Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor are keen on signing Chelsea's Belgium international striker Michy Batshuayi, 27, on a season-long loan deal. (Milliyet - in Turkish)

Last summer's £35m sale of Portuguese striker Fabio Silva from Porto to Wolves is being investigated by Portuguese authorities. (Correio da Manha - in Portuguese)

Newcastle United are increasingly hopeful of signing English midfielder Joe Willock, 21, on another loan deal from Arsenal. (Mail)

However, French side Monaco have been in touch with Willock's entourage about a move, which would offer the player the chance of Champions League football. (Foot Mercato via Inside Futbol)

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri has hinted that 31-year-old Bosnia midfielder Miralem Pjanic, who has struggled for game time at Barcelona, could return to the club. (Football Italia)

Hearts are interested in signing Everton's 22-year-old Congo-born midfielder Beni Baningime. (Liverpool Echo)


Report: West Ham taking time in talks with PSG, club know they are in 'strong position' to sign 28-year-old

By Will Butcher

French website RMC Sport claim that West Ham are pursposely taking time in talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola. The France international was one of a handful of players to shine for Fulham last season. The report claims West Ham are in a ‘position of strength’.

Areola, 28, was excellent for Fulham last season. Joining the club on loan from PSG for the season, having been on loan at Real Madrid the season before that, Areola produced heroics throughout. In 36 Premier League games, he kept nine clean sheets and only conceded 48 goals.

A very strong record for a goalkeeper that had been relegated. Sam Johnstone, at West Brom, conceding 74 in 37 – keeping six clean sheets. Little surprise that West Ham want to sign him, then. GFFN recently reported that West Ham are to strike a loan-to-buy deal worth £13million.

But a new report from RMC claims West Ham are taking their time in negotiations to sign World Cup winner Areola. The Hammers are said to know that they are in a ‘position of strength’ – because they are the only club showing interest in the PSG stopper. That is, as things stand.

Areola a no-brainer for West Ham at £13m

West Ham need a goalkeeper. Lukasz Fabianski is 36 and hardly enjoyed his best season during 2020-21. Darren Randolph is back-up, while Nathan Trott has joined Nancy on loan. If the Hammers, though, are going to make a run of it in Europe and aim for the top six – improvement is crucial.

Getting a new goalkeeper in is integral. Randolph will surely be happy as third-choice, while there are likely to be suitors in the Championship if Areola does sign. Fabianski would probably be happy to just play in Europe. Areola would be a stunning signing, and a bargain at £13million.



The centre-back market is picking up – but Premier League clubs are yet to make any serious noises about Lille’s exciting 21-year-old Sven Botman.

The Dutchman is the first choice of Atalanta to replace Cristian Romero, who is the subject of a proposed move to Tottenham Hotspur, and Botman would be keen to speak to the Serie A club.

Atalanta will play Champions League football next season but Botman is also open to moving to the Premier League – and a number of English clubs have been tracking him in his breakthrough season.

West Ham are said to be the most keen followed by Crystal Palace and Newcastle, while newly-promoted Norwich have monitored him since he was a youth at Ajax, but none have registered concrete interest yet this summer.

Top clubs such as Manchester City, United and Tottenham are also admirers, but they are not yet convinced he is ready for their level after just one full season of regular top-flight football.

Lille took a gamble on Botman, having yet to make an Eredivisie appearance for Ajax, to replace Gabriel when he signed for Arsenal, spending the previous season on loan at Heerenveen.

And he was superb for head coach Christophe Galtier, making 37 appearances as Lille won the title over PSG, plus eight more impressive displays in the Europa League, before starring for the Netherlands’ U21s at the European Championships last month.

Lille want to keep him but – like all of Ligue 1 – their finances have been seriously impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic, and their model is based on buying young players to develop them and sell them on.

Sky Sports News has been told that, should a team come in with a similar offer to the £27m they earned for Gabriel, Lille could give it genuine consideration – and Bundesliga clubs are also keeping tabs on his situation.

But it remains to be seen whether anyone from the Premier League would be prepared to join the competition, despite Botman also being a commodity as a left-footed centre-half and with the physical attributes to make it in the UK.

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Texas Iron 5:15 Wed Jul 28
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Moncurs Putting Iron 4:48 Wed Jul 28
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Why do we highlight and do great work on good prospects s but fuck them around at a critical negotiation point and allow others to steal in and get them with a sensible offer.

Boils my piss.

chim chim cha boo 2:25 Wed Jul 28
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Cheers Alan.

Kaiser Zoso 2:10 Wed Jul 28
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Alan 2:04 Wed Jul 28

Coffee 2:07 Wed Jul 28
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Another centre back rumour... there's something inevitable in all this.

Thanks, Alan.

Alan 2:04 Wed Jul 28
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Botman story added

Thanks Alan 12:24 Wed Jul 28
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bill green 12:10 Wed Jul 28

bill green 12:10 Wed Jul 28
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Thanks Alan

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