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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 1:13 Tue Aug 23
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea are confident they can seal a deal for 21-year-old Everton attacker Anthony Gordon this week, with talks over the transfer of the England Under-21 international ongoing. (Times - subscription required)

Manchester United are set to complete the signing of Ajax forward Antony, 22, within the next week, after reportedly agreeing personal terms with the Brazil international. (Sun)

United are also planning a bid for Newcastle's French winger Allan Saint-Maximin, 25. (Media Foot - in French)

Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Barcelona forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 33, for a deal thought to be worth between £15m and £25m. (Sky Sports)

Chelsea have enquired about the availability of Porto's 23-year-old Brazilian winger Pepe, who is valued at £59.1m. (Record - in Portuguese)

The Blues are prepared to allow an additional eight players to leave in this window after West Ham agreed a deal to sign Italy defender Emerson Palmieri, 28, from the Stamford Bridge club. (Express)

Officials from Manchester United are set to travel to Barcelona in a last effort to sign 25-year-old Dutch midfielder Frenkie de Jong before the transfer window closes. (De Telegraaf via Mail)

United are also interested in Eintracht Frankfurt and Germany goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, 32. (Sky Sports via Football Daily)

Arsenal are interested in signing Wolves' Portugal winger Pedro Neto, 22, as a replacement for Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe, 27, who has been linked with Leicester and Nice. (Times - subscription required)

Newcastle are ready to make a bid of more than £30m to sign Borussia Monchengladbach's French midfielder Kouadio Kone, 21. (L'Equipe - in French)

Watford will "not entertain any bids" for Senegal forward Ismaila Sarr and are ready to offer the 24-year-old a new long-term contract after his proposed move to Aston Villa fell through. (Mirror)

The Hornets have also rejected Newcastle's offer of £25m for Brazilian forward Joao Pedro. The Magpies will need to increase their bid for the 20-year-old. (Telegraph)

Alternatively, Watford have agreed a £25m deal for Pedro.(Talksport)Tottenham are interested in signing 24-year-old Leeds and Wales forward Daniel James. (Alan Nixon, via Leeds Live)

Barcelona are looking at Celta Vigo's Spanish left-back Javi Galan, 27, as an alternative to Chelsea defender Marcos Alonso because the Catalan club's move for the 31-year-old Spain international is getting complicated. (Helena Condis Edo via Twitter)

Brighton and German side Augsburg are interested in Fiorentina's 24-year-old Ivory Coast striker Christian Kouame. (Gianluca di Marzio)

Wolves have agreed personal terms with Stuttgart's Austria striker Sasa Kalajdzic but negotiations between the two clubs are continuing as the Bundesliga side want a higher transfer fee for the 25-year-old. (Mail)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Luke McLaughlin

Things are changing fast at Old Trafford after Manchester United’s epic win over Liverpool, with a number of potential arrivals and departures likely before the transfer window is bolted shut.

Antony of Ajax and Cody Gakpo of PSV remain firmly on the radar. Erik ten Hag has made Antony a priority target but the Eredivisie club are playing hardball on the fee, and want €100m (£85m), having sold key players this summer. Antony’s agent, Emerson Santos, set tongues wagging on Monday night with an Instagram story featuring his client watching United beat Liverpool on telly.

Gakpo is available for less than half the touted fee for Antony – and reports suggest United have even agreed personal terms with the winger. Sergiño Dest of Barcelona – a player Ten Hag worked with at Ajax – has essentially been told to sling his hook by Xavi, so it’s not impossible the full-back heads for Old Trafford before the month is out.

To United’s outgoings and it seems that Eric Bailly is off to Marseille: reports in France say he will join the Ligue 1 club for an initial £8.4m. Marseille had also been linked with Cristiano Ronaldo – notably omitted for the rousing win over Liverpool – but the French club are now said to have scratched the idea.

But there may still be hope for Ronaldo’s dream of departing Old Trafford: Sporting Lisbon remain in the mix as a potential destination, although the Portuguese club aren’t keen to pay a transfer fee, which sounds like a potential stumbling block.

The Times reports Chelsea are confident of wrapping up a deal for Everton’s Anthony Gordon this week – while Sky Sports News are claiming this morning that Todd Boehly and friends are willing to pay as much as £60m to prise the forward away from Goodison Park.

Chelsea may also reignite their interest in Rafael Leão from Milan, according to PA: the 23-year-old has failed to agree a new contract with the Rossoneri, but a hefty release clause in the region of €150m has been mentioned.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano says Chelsea’s chat with Barcelona over a deal for Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang is progressing well, with personal terms agreed. Memphis Depay will also be leaving Barcelona – a switch to Juventus is a possibility although they may choose to recruit the former Napoli hitman Arkadiusz Milik instead.

Admiring glances are said to be emanating from Tottenham in north London in the direction of Daniel James at Leeds. With Bryan Gil set for a move to Valencia, Spurs’ managing director, Fabio Paratici, wants to bolster Antonio Conte’s attacking options and is reportedly a fan of the hard-running former Manchester United winger.

Another Leeds player reportedly in the sights of a rival club is Jack Harrison. Newcastle have lodged a second bid of more than £20m, reckons the Athletic, but Jesse Marsch and co are determined to keep a player who most recently impressed in the weekend pasting of Chelsea.

Fulham may look to France, and Layvin Kurzawa of Paris Saint-Germain, for cover at left-back. L’Équipe reports that they have made inquiries over a possible deal. Although his sizeable wage packet may prove problematic, PSG might be willing to keep paying a portion of it to get him off the books.

Sky Paper Talk


Chelsea are confident of sealing a deal to sign Everton midfielder Anthony Gordon this week and are also working on a deal to bring in AC Milan forward Rafael Leao.


Chelsea are keen on Brighton's Adam Webster as they seek an alternative to Wesley Fofana, whose club Leicester City are determined to retain.

Newcastle have reportedly agreed a £30m deal for Watford forward Joao Pedro after two previous offers were knocked back.

Anthony Gordon has removed all Everton links from his Instagram bio amid continuing links over a move to Chelsea.

Leicester City could make their first significant move into the summer transfer market to sign Arsenal outcast Nicolas Pepe, according to a report in France.

Watford are now confident that Ismaila Sarr will end up staying with them this season after a potential move to Aston Villa fell through.

Andres Iniesta is facing embarrassment in Japan, where his Vissel Kobe side are in danger of a shock relegation from J1-League with nine games remaining.

Stuart Broad is set to miss England's tour of Pakistan with his fiancée Mollie due to give birth to their first child late in 2022.


British Athletics has defended sacking coach Christian Malcolm after he oversaw the nation's best summer of results in years.

Worcester Warriors players are reported to be panicking over the club's future according to a source close to a number of them, while the house being used to accommodate the club's academy players has been repossessed.


The Football Association will brief England players and staff ahead of the World Cup in Qatar with a focus on their behaviour in the Islamic country to ensure they stay on the right side of their traditions and culture.

Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti is set to join Serie A side Lecce on loan, although reports in Spain say the Spanish club will still continue to pay his wages despite needing to cut back on their salary bill to register Jules Kounde.

Jose Mourinho has hit out at "scum" rumour-mongers spreading a story that youngster Felix Afena-Gyan was responsible for the training ground incident which left Georginio Wijnaldum with a broken leg.

Manchester United transfer chiefs remain convinced that Frenkie de Jong can still become a signing for the Old Trafford club before the summer window shuts.


Nottingham Forest are in talks with Tottenham over a move for out-of-favour left wing-back Sergio Reguilon.


Chelsea could be the busiest club in the final days of the summer window with significant additions going along with as many as eight players leaving Stamford Bridge.

Ajax are reported to be upset with former boss Erik ten Hag over his continuing pursuit of winger Antony with only a handful of days remaining in the summer transfer window.


Former West Ham star and Portugal international Paulo Futre is recovering in hospital after reports that he suffered a heart attack at his mother's funeral.


Benin have ditched their international nickname of "The Squirrels" and will now be known as "The Cheetahs" after criticism their previous name made the team feel insignificant.


Christopher Jullien's exile at Celtic appears set to come to an end amid reports that he is about to undergo a medical ahead of a move to French club Montpellier.


Celtic and Rangers are involved in a transfer tug-of-war as they both have seen offers rejected for Queen's Park teenager Cameron Bruce, rated as one of Scotland's brightest talents.


Emerson Palmieri to West Ham: Chelsea defender undergoing medical after £15m move agreed

Emerson Palmieri is having the second part of his medical with West Ham, ahead of his £15m move from Chelsea.

The left-back has agreed personal terms with the Hammers and confirmation of his move across London is expected soon.

If the deal goes through, Italy Euro 2020 winner Emerson would become West Ham's seventh signing of the window and take their spending this summer past £120m.

The 28-year-old joined Chelsea from Roma in January 2018 but has struggled to become a first-team regular at Stamford Bridge, often providing cover for Marcos Alonso or Ben Chilwell, while Marc Cucurella's arrival has knocked him further down the pecking order.

Emerson, who had two years left on his Chelsea contract, spent last season on loan with Ligue 1 side Lyon, where he played 29 league games and scored one goal, and will challenge 32-year-old Aaron Cresswell for the West Ham left-back spot.

Raisa Simplicio

West Ham is still evaluating whether to make a new move for Lázaro, the parties are talking. Flamengo wants at least 10M pounds

Pieter-Jan Calcoen

The Vanaken camp met yesterday with #ClubBrugge . Club again indicated that it would cooperate in a transfer to #WestHam if it first finds a replacement. The atmosphere is described as 'constructive'. See @nieuwsbladsport

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