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 12:16 Fri Jul 30
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Aston Villa are to restart talks with England midfielder Jack Grealish, 25, next week and are willing to offer him a new deal to ward off advances from Manchester City. (Express and Star)

Premier League champions City, however, have begun negotiations with Villa for the playmaker - and a decision about whether a deal for Grealish can be struck is expected to be made within days. (Guardian)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola hopes to have a deal for Grealish done in time for the Community Shield on 7 August. (Star)

Paul Pogba's agent Mino Raiola has offered the Manchester United and France midfielder, 28, to Liverpool. (Le 10 Sport - in French)

West Ham are preparing a £20m bid for Chelsea's Kurt Zouma, 26, who is said to prefer a cross-London move rather than be used as a makeweight in a deal with Sevilla for fellow French defender Jules Kounde, 22. (Mail)

Sevilla want a deal worth close to 80m euros (£68m) if they are to sell Kounde. The France international's former club Bordeaux also negotiated a 20% sell-on clause when they sold him to the Spanish side in 2019. (Goal)

Manchester City's 27-year-old Brazil goalkeeper Ederson is set to be handed a three-year contract extension. (Athletic - subscription required)

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has been linked with the vacant Switzerland job. The Frenchman has not worked in management since his 22-year reign at the Gunners came to an end in 2018. (Blick, via Mail)

Tottenham are set to increase their bid for Argentina centre-back Cristian Romero after Atalanta turned down a player swap deal from Barcelona for the 23-year-old. (SportItalia, via Mail)

United States defender Sergino Dest, 20, is determined to stay at Barcelona and has rebuffed approaches from Arsenal and Bundesliga clubs Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.(ESPN)

Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 28, has made it clear that he intends to stay with Italian champions Inter Milan after "immediately" rejecting an offer to return to Chelsea.(Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Sassuolo chief executive Giovanni Carnevali has said they will only consider selling 23-year-old Italy midfielder Manuel Locatelli, who has been linked with a move to Arsenal and Juventus, if the right offer is made well in advance of the transfer window closing. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Mirror)

Carnevali says Sassuolo will hold talks with Juventus about Locatelli as they are his preferred destination but, in addition to Arsenal having made a bid for the player, "a new English club is now in the race" to sign him. (Sky Sports Italia, via Goal)

Atletico Madrid and England defender Kieran Trippier, 30, expects his move to Manchester United to take until the end of the transfer window to go through. (Manchester Evening News)

Arsenal are ready to listen to offers for 32-year-old Brazilian winger Willian as they try to reduce their wage bill. (Star)

Real Madrid will be willing to let Norway midfielder Martin Odegaard leave for around £43m, with Arsenal interested in the 22-year-old after his loan spell in north London last season. (ESPN)

AC Milan have made Chelsea's 28-year-old Morocco winger Hakim Ziyech their top target as they look to bolster their attacking options. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Aston Villa are preparing to begin talks with goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez about a new long-term deal after his efforts in helping Argentina win the Copa America generated fresh interest in the 28-year-old. (90min)

Torino have tabled a "very big" contract extension offer for Italy striker Andrea Belotti, 27, as they try to fend off interest from Jose Mourinho's Roma and Arsenal. (Tuttomercatoweb, via Goal)

France striker Karim Benzema, 33, is set to sign a new deal with Real Madrid, keeping him in the Spanish capital until the summer of 2023. (Marca - in Spanish)

Watford will make a move for St Mirren's 24-year Republic of Ireland midfielder James McGrath if they fail in their efforts to sign Scottish 21-year-old Lewis Ferguson from Aberdeen.(Sun)

Newcastle United have overtaken Aston Villa in the race to sign former England Under-21 defender Axel Tuanzebe, 23, on loan from Manchester United this summer. (Football Insider)

Veteran Italy centre-back Giorgio Chiellini expects to sign a contract extension with Juventus, with the 36-year-old's previous deal having run out during the summer when he helped his country win Euro 2020. (Football Italia)


Alphonse Areola financials revealed

Reports from France claim to reveal the financials of West Ham’s loan of PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.

The WynFoot.Fr report reveals that the Hammers paid a two million Euro loan fee (£1.7m) with an obligation to buy between 12 and 13 million Euros (£10.2m to £11m) That obligation is said to be based on the number of appearances he makes although the exact number of games is not revealed.

It is also claimed that West Ham will pick up the majority but not all of Areola’s current PSG wages.

Multiple reports in France suggest the PSG shot-stopper earns between £120,000 and £160,000 per week with L’Equipe saying he earns 700,000 Euros per month or 1750,000 Euros per week which converts to around £149,000 per week.

Last season Fulham were said to have paid an unspecified loan fee plus £75,000 per week of his wages with PSG picking up the remainder.

With those numbers in mind, it is clear he has not been bought in by David Moyes to be an understudy to Łukasz Fabianksi.

The signing of Areola means an end for Darren Randolph who is now considered surplus to requirements by the club.

They will try to find him another club before the end of the summer transfer window at the end of August but admit it may be hard to place him in time.

The Hammers paid £4m to Middlesborough last year for cover for Fabianski and flop keeper Roberto.

He signed a three-year contract with the Hammers contracted him until June 2023 but he is likely to move on before completing his second contract with the Hammers.

He is not on huge wages in Premier League terms so could be attractive to Championship clubs pushing for promotion.

Both Randolph and Fabianski have become more injury-prone in recent seasons meaning it is likely to be all change in the first team goalkeeping department.

Fabianski is likely to play understudy to Areola with just twelve months remaining on his extended contract.

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Texas Iron 7:22 Fri Jul 30
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

With Kind Regards 6:46 Fri Jul 30
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bill green 2:12 Fri Jul 30

bill green 2:12 Fri Jul 30
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brabrook 12:51 Fri Jul 30

brabrook 12:51 Fri Jul 30
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Thanks Alan 12:35 Fri Jul 30

riosleftsock 12:42 Fri Jul 30
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I've been waiting patiently to see Odegaard mentioned, he was one of the best young players in the premiership last season and I was amazed there wasn't a lot of speculation surrounding him.

At 43m I'd tear their hand off to be honest.

Thanks Alan 12:35 Fri Jul 30
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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