WHO Poll
Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham

Alan 11:09 Fri Jul 8
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea are set to offer Spain defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, and Marcos Alonso, 31, plus £51m to beat Manchester United in the race to sign Barcelona's 25-year-old Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong. (Sport - in Spanish)

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Netherlands defender Nathan Ake, 27, from Manchester City. (Times)

Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo, 37, this summer amid interest from Chelsea and Napoli. (Sky Sports)

Paris St-Germain want to sign Bayern Munich and Poland striker Robert Lewandowski, 33, and Sassuolo and Italy forward Gianluca Scamacca, 23. (Footmercato - in French)

Newcastle have joined Liverpool in being interested in 26-year-old Real Madrid and Spain winger Marco Asensio. (Sport - in Spanish)

Tottenham are close to signing Barcelona's France defender Clement Lenglet, 27, on a season-long loan. (Standard)

Manchester United have been asked to pay combined transfer fees of £106m to sign Argentina defender Lisandro Martinez, 24, and Brazil winger Antony, 22, from Ajax. (Daily Record)

Brentford boss Thomas Frank is adamant they will not give up on signing 30-year-old Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen, who is expected to join Manchester United. (Express)

Arsenal are considering a move for Benfica's 26-year-old Spanish left-back Alex Grimaldo, with manager Mikel Arteta eager to add cover for Kieran Tierney. (Mirror)

Chelsea are looking to offer England defender Reece James, 22, a contract extension despite his current deal running to June 2025 - in an attempt to fend off interest from Manchester City and Real Madrid. (i Sport)

Chelsea remain favourites to sign Raphinha for £55m, with Leeds still waiting on an offer from Barcelona for the 25-year-old Brazil forward. (Standard)

Portugal forward Fabio Silva, 19, is set to join Anderlecht on a season-long loan from Wolves, who bought him for £35m two years ago. (Mail)

Leeds are prepared to pay a club record £32m to sign 21-year-old Belgium striker Charles de Ketelaere from Club Bruges. (Mirror)

Fulham have made two offers for West Ham's 25-year-old French defender Issa Diop. (Mail)

Arsenal's 21-year-old English midfielder Matt Smith is wanted by a host of Championship clubs including Millwall and Luton. (Sun)

Newcastle remain in talks with Everton over the signing of 21-year-old English winger Anthony Gordon. (Chronicle)

English left-back Omar Richards, 24, is set to leave Bayern Munich for Nottingham Forest. (Bild - in German)

Norwich City are interested in Manchester City's 25-year-old Colombian forward Marlos Moreno. (Pink Un)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Tom Davies

As Chelsea close in on a deal for Raheem Sterling, the pesky scamps are also looking to derail another of the summer’s most talked-about moves by nabbing Frenkie de Jong from under Manchester United’s noses. Chelsea are prepared to offer Barcelona César Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso plus £51m in readies for the Dutch international, according to the Spanish outlet Sport.

Arsenal continue to keep the Mill a-churnin’ with reports now linking them with Bayer Leverkusen’s sought-after Moussa Diaby. The winger has also been a target for Newcastle but Arsenal, having likely missed out on Raphinha of Leeds, are now said to be keen to muscle in on the Diaby action. Another winger on the Gunners’ radar is Lille’s Kosovo international Edon Zhegrova; Arsenal have apparently bid £6m for the 23-year-old. Mikel Arteta also has his eye on Benfica’s 26-year-old Spanish left-back Álex Grimaldo.
Erling Haaland (left), Fabio Carvalho (centre) and Noussair Mazraoui, Bayern Munich's new signing.

It’s been ooh, at least a couple of days since we last had any Lisandro Martínez gossip, which makes us duty-bound to report that Manchester United have upped their offer for the Ajax defender to £43m. The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf says the new offer includes add-ons and that club suits will sit down later on Friday to hammer things out.

Paris Saint-Germain say they are entering a less flashy era after firing Mauricio Pochettino and replacing him with Christophe Galtier, so their current targets include, er, the best striker in the world. PSG still want to sign Robert Lewandowski, whom Barcelona remain favourites to sign. Failing that, Sassuolo’s Italian international Gianluca Scamacca is a likely target for the French champions.

Liverpool may face competition from Newcastle for Marco Asensio, say reports in Spain, with Real Madrid having dropped their initial €50m asking price. The forward could be available for anything between €25m and €35m.

Back in London, Fulham are stepping up their interest in West Ham’s Issa Diop. The promoted club have had an initial £10m offer rebuffed but are ready to up it to £12m. The Lyon right-back Léo Dubois is also a target for Marco Silva, with the Ligue 1 club’s manager, Peter Bosz, admitting players will be sold this summer.

Heading north, Rangers are favourites to land the former Derby captain Tom Lawrence. The Welsh midfielder is a free agent after departing Pride Park at the end of last season following Derby’s relegation and, though Sheffield United have also been considering Lawrence, Giovanni van Bronckhorst has stepped up his interest and Ibrox could now be his next destination.

Sky Paper Talk


Chelsea are in advanced talks with Manchester City over a deal to bring central defender Nathan Ake back to the club.

A group of eight former footballers are calling for Staffordshire police to open a new investigation into allegations of "historical sexual, physical and mental abuse" at Stoke City.


Manchester United are edging closer to the double signing of Ajax defender Lisandro Martinez and winger Antony with both players keen on the move to Old Trafford.


Naby Keita and Diogo Jota are next in line for new Liverpool contracts after Joe Gomez secured his Anfield future on Thursday.

Manchester United have joined Ajax in the race to sign striker Brian Brobbey from RB Leipzig.

Erik ten Hag has introduced a series of hardline measures to bring back unity and discipline at Manchester United with players warned they will be exiled for leaking information and dropped if they are late for training or team meetings.

Leeds are prepared to pay a club record £31.6m to sign Belgium striker Charles de Ketelaere.

Nottingham Forest are poised to land Neco Williams and Omar Richards in a £25m-plus double full-back swoop.

Steven Fletcher is heading back to his native Scotland to join Dundee United.


Matthijs de Ligt has placed talks with Chelsea on hold, according to reports, as he waits for an official offer to come in from his preferred destination Bayern Munich.

FIFA is set to confirm alcohol will not be on sale to supporters during games at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Monaco's Wissam Ben Yedder has emerged as a serious contender to replace Cristiano Ronaldo should the Manchester United forward leave the club for a second time this summer.

Chelsea are set to open talks with Reece James over a new contract amid interest in the England defender from Real Madrid and Manchester City.

Arsenal have reportedly made an offer for Lille and Kosovo winger Edon Zhegrova, a player being dubbed as the "new Eden Hazard".

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is "pushing" the club's new owners to pull out the stops and sign PSG defender Presnel Kimpembe for a fee of just over £50m.

Barcelona are waiting on a response from Bayern Munich after making a reported £34m offer for striker Robert Lewandowski.

Premier League clubs have been placed on red alert after Luis Suarez confirmed a deal to play in Argentina with River Plate has collapsed.

Arsenal midfielder Matt Smith is wanted by a number of Sky Bet Championship clubs including Luton Town and Millwall.


Rory McIlroy has urged officials from the LIV Tour and PGA Tour to hold peace talks to avoid splitting golf into pieces.


Chelsea have emerged as serious rivals to Manchester United in the race for Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong and are willing to include Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta in a more complex swap deal.

Gabriel Jesus wants to "win everything" at Arsenal and hopes to emulate Gunners legend Thierry Henry.

Wolves forward Fabio Silva is set to joins Belgian club Anderlecht on a season-long loan.

Rangers Joe Aribo will have a medical ahead of his move to Southampton for £6m plus add-ons and a sell-on fee.

Watford are signing Barcelona forward Rey Manaj.

Norwich are in talks to sign 23-year-old midfielder Gabriel Sara from Sao Paulo.

The England team's diversity adviser Edleen John is set to leave her role as one of the FA's most senior executives following a damning investigation into claims she bullied colleagues.

The ECB are taking control of registering players' agents amid growing fears of corruption due to the rapid growth of lucrative franchise leagues.


Wimbledon is facing pressure to rethink its dress code after being accused of turning a blind eye to the anxiety of female players face at having to compete in traditional white dress while on their periods.

Sharron Davies has launched an extraordinary attack on the Rugby Football Union for having not already banned transgender women from playing women's rugby.


Karamoko Dembele hopes to show Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou what he is missing after securing a move to France with Ligue 1 club Brest.

Rangers are set to make a move for Wales international Tom Lawrence, who is a free agent after leaving Derby County.


MK Dons are on the trail of Rangers winger Josh McPake, who has played a starring role in the early stages of the Ibrox club's pre-season campaign.

Adriano Savalli

EXCL: West Ham has 󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 started formal talks for midfielder Santiago Ascacíbar.

▪️ They are expected to submit a written offer shortly to begin negotiations.
▪️ Also interested are teams from Spain and Italy.
▪️ Hertha Berlin , in principle, wants €12M.

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