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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 12:30 Wed Aug 11
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Paris St-Germain will look to sell up to 10 first-team players to help balance the books following their signing of Argentina captain Lionel Messi, 34. Senegal midfielder Idrissa Gueye, 31, Spain midfielder Ander Herrera, 31, and 28-year-old Argentina striker Mauro Icardi are among those who could be moved on. (Sport - in Spanish)

Manchester City are planning to open new talks with Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson, 27, and England midfielder Phil Foden, 21, over new contracts at the Etihad. (Mail)

Manchester United have no intention of selling Anthony Martial this summer after the 25-year-old France forward was linked with a move to Inter Milan. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba will stay at Manchester United for one more year, before joining Paris St-Germain on a free transfer after they cooled their interest this year to focus on Messi. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham are still in talks to sign Lautaro Martinez, 23, despite reports suggesting Inter Milan are unwilling to sell both the Argentina striker and 28-year-old Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku, who is finalising a move to Chelsea. (Football Insider)

Arsenal, Tottenham and Everton are interested in signing Switzerland midfielder Denis Zakaria, 24, from Borussia Monchengladbach. (Bild - in German)

Jack Grealish says a conversation with former Aston Villa assistant manager John Terry helped him decide to leave the club for Manchester City. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester United are all interested in signing Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso, with the German champions wanting €10m to aid their pursuit of RB Leipzig's Marcel Sabitzer. (Bild - in German)

Liverpool and Lyon are a long way apart in their valuation of Xherdan Shaqiri, with the Reds wanting at least £12m for the 29-year-old Switzerland forward. (Liverpool Echo)

Everton are set to make a £3m bid for Antwerp's Portuguese right-back Aurelio Buta, 24, who has also attracted interest from Celtic. (Sun)

Arsenal want to keep 25-year-old English defender Rob Holding at the club despite reported interest from Newcastle and Leicester. (Football.London)

Leicester are also interested in signing Southampton defender Jannik Vestergaard. (Daily Telegraph - subscription required)

Everton forward Richarlison, 24, could feature in Saturday's season opener against Southampton despite not having a summer break after representing Brazil at the Copa America and Tokyo Olympics. (Liverpool Echo)

Chelsea are standing firm over their £25m valuation of 26-year-old France defender Kurt Zouma, who has been attracting interest from West Ham. (90 Min)

Sevilla director of football Monchi is waiting for Chelsea to call him so he can push through 22-year-old French defender Jules Kounde's move to Stamford Bridge. (Express)

Arsenal are waiting for Martin Odegaard to decide on his Real Madrid future before pursuing a permanent deal for the 22-year-old Norwegian midfielder. (DefensaCentral, via Express)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Leo Messi’s dreams of lining up in the same Paris Saint-Germain team as Ander Herrera, Mauro Icardi and Idrissa Gueye could be dashed, following reports from Spain that the trio are among up to 10 players the French side are hoping to offload in a bid to trim their ludicrously large wage bill after their low-key signing of the Argentinian free agent.

Quite who they hope will buy them is anyone’s guess, given the manner in which they’ve completely distorted the European market by offering absurdly bloated salaries – even by the standards of football – that few if any European clubs will be able to match.

For what it’s worth, the striker Icardi has recently been linked with a move to Roma as a potential replacement for Internazionale-bound Edin Dzeko, while a possible return to Manchester United for the popular Herrera doesn’t seem beyond the realms of possibility. Sensible chap that he is, Gueye has already turned up his nose at the prospect of a loan move to Newcastle.

Tammy Abraham is another striker being linked with Roma, a state of affairs that hasn’t precluded Thomas Tuchel from including the 23-year-old in Chelsea’s squad for Wednesday night’s Uefa Super Cup ding-dong with Villarreal. The player himself is reported to be eager to stay in the Premier League and has already agreed personal terms with Arsenal. Speaking before the match at Belfast’s Windsor Park, Tuchel refused to give any clues on what the short-term future holds for Abraham but did confirm he understood the player’s dissatisfaction with life at Stamford Bridge.

“He has reason not to be happy after the lack of game time last season but it’s maybe also my fault for not trusting him as much as other players,” said the German. “He wants more minutes so the decision will be does he want to fight his way back into the team here or does he want to change to be a regular starter elsewhere?

“That’s completely up to him and I understand, it’s quite a normal situation. But right now he’s with us and available for the team tomorrow.”

With Jonny Evans and Wesley Fofana sidelined indefinitely, Leicester are in the market for a central defender and have identified Southampton’s Jannik Vestergaard as just the man to fill the gaping hole in their back four. Valued at between £15m and £20m with only two years left on his current deal, the 29-year-old Dane has also been getting the glad eye from West Ham boss David Moyes and is believed to be keen on a move away from the south coast.

Leicester are also believed to be interested in Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu but will have to outbid Tottenham if they are to secure the Japanese 22-year-old’s scrawl.

And finally, the Royal Antwerp right-back Aurélio Buta is wanted by Celtic, whose hopes of luring him to Glasgow have been dealt what can only be described as “a blow” by reported interest from Everton. The Angola-born former Portugal youth international is reported to be available for less than £5m and is apparently viewed by Everton scouts as an upgrade on Jonjoe Kenny, who is currently first in line to Seamus Coleman’s right-back throne.

di Marzio - via Tribal

West Ham, Newcastle rival Sassuolo for Swedish superkid Aimar Sher

Hammarby superkid Aimar Sher is attracting big Premier League interest.

Via Fotboll Transfers, Sky Italia's transfer expert Gianni di Marzio is reporting West Ham United and Newcastle United are both keen on the 18 year-old.

In Italy, Bologna and Sassuolo are also interested in Sher.

The youngster has a deal to 2022 and so far has refused to consider new contract talks.

Despite his youth, Sher has played eleven matches in the Allsvenskan this season. He has also been in Hammarby's squad for their two appearances in the Europa Conference League qualifiers.

Sher was born in Iraq, but moved to Sweden at age four together with his family. He is currently a Sweden U19 international. Two years ago, he became Hammarby's youngest Allsvenskan debutant at the age of 16 and nine months.

So far this season, Sher has played in central midfield for Hammarby.

Sport Witness

West Ham transfer completion ‘now a matter of hours’ – Player ‘has already given yes’ to Hammers

Another day, another wait for the completion of Nikola Milenkovic’s transfer from Fiorentina to West Ham.

However, the general consensus in Italy is that it will get done, and all that’s left are the details.

This has been the case for the past few days, but it’s sometimes the last few tidbits that are the most frustrating to sort out, and Corriere Fiorentino feels the sale for ‘€16m + bonuses is now a matter of hours’.

Why has it taken so long, though? The director of TMW Radio, Niccolò Ceccarini, speaking to Firenze Viola has the answers, or at least the information he has been given on the matter, which he kindly shared for the world on Wednesday.

He said: “The agreement between Fiorentina and West Ham is there. They have already found it, but now we will have to manage the discussions relating to the commissions and intermediaries of the operation, which is the last knot to be resolved. The deal should be resolved, on the basis of €17-18m.

“There are continuous contacts between the two clubs, who have sorted everything out, and the player has already given his yes to the London club”.

Down the other end, it’s Matija Nastasic, currently at Schalke 04, who is waiting on the green light of Milenkovic’s sale to himself travel to Fiorentina to escape 2.Bundesliga football following his team’s relegation from Germany’s top-tier last season.

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Texas Iron 6:59 Wed Aug 11
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Irish Hammer 5:37 Wed Aug 11
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Thanks Irish 1:21 Wed Aug 11

Mex Martillo 4:47 Wed Aug 11
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Thanks Alan 1:50 Wed Aug 11

Thanks Alan 1:50 Wed Aug 11
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brabrook 1:01 Wed Aug 11

Thanks Irish 1:21 Wed Aug 11
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Thanks Irish

brabrook 1:01 Wed Aug 11
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With Kind Regards 12:43 Wed Aug 11

Russ of the BML 1:00 Wed Aug 11
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Jack Grealish says a conversation with former Aston Villa assistant manager John Terry helped him decide to leave the club for Manchester City. (Daily Mail)

John Terry endearing himself to another set of supporters LOL.

With Kind Regards 12:43 Wed Aug 11
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Thanks Alan.

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