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Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
d. I'm not sure about this one, I'll wait until SKY is back to hear what Gary Neville thinks, then I'll voice my opinion

Alan 12:44 Fri Jun 30
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool are ready to bid for RB Leipzig's £70m-rated Guinea midfielder Naby Keita, 22.(Mirror)

The Reds will not prioritise Keita over Arsenal and England midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 23, and hope to acquire both players. (Liverpool Echo)

Real Madrid could sign Chelsea's Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 26, and Monaco and France striker Kylian Mbappe, 18, this summer. (Diario Madrista, via Express)

Everton will complete the signing of Malaga striker Sandro, 21, next week. The Toffees have met the Spaniard's release clause and he has passed a medical but the La Liga club are refusing to sign release papers until his deal ends on 3 July. (Liverpool Echo)

Manchester United will not sell Ander Herrera to Barcelona this summer, despite reports the Spanish giants will consider a move for the 27-year-old Spain midfielder if they fail to sign Italy international Marco Verratti, 24, from Paris St-Germain. (Independent)

United could be left disappointed in their pursuit of Inter Milan and Croatia forward Ivan Perisic, 28, as the Italian club need to break even for the financial year, or face a Uefa sanction. (Telegraph)

Chelsea are considering a move for Roma defender Kostas Manolas. The 26-year-old Greece international had been close to a £26m move to Zenit St Petersburg but he has stalled in order to consider his options. (London Evening Standard)

Blues boss Antonio Conte is becoming frustrated at the club's performance in the transfer market.(Star)

Southampton want Manchester City and Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20, who is valued at £25m. (Sun)

Watford boss Marco Silva is determined to sign Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal. The 27-year-old England left-back has also been linked with Liverpool.(Mirror)

Monaco do not expect to sell Thomas Lemar this summer and have told Arsenal and Tottenham, two of the 21-year-old winger's suitors, that he is not on the market. (Independent)

But Barcelona are also interested in the France international. (L'Equipe - in French)

Stoke City are closing in on Hull City academy product Josh Tymon and could announce the signing of the 18-year-old defender next week. (Hull Daily Mail)

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has confirmed the club have contacted Liverpool about England Under-21 defender Joe Gomez, 20.(Brighton Argus)

Hull City and Scotland defender Andy Robertson, 23, is a potential target for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp prepares to sign a left-back this summer. (Liverpool Echo)

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has seemingly ruled out the signing of Arsenal's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28. Hoeness says the German club are intent on signing younger players. (Kicker, via Mail)

Zinedine Zidane's son Enzo has left Real Madrid to join Alaves. The former France Under-19 midfielder, 22, has signed a three-year deal after failing to get a regular place in the team managed by his father. (FourFourTwo)

Chelsea have enquired about the availability of Bayern Munich and Germany defender Jerome Boateng, 28. (Gianluca di Marzio, via Star)

Midfielder Saul Niguez, 22, wants to stay at Atletico Madrid but, amid interest from Barcelona and Manchester United, the Spain international says he would like more money. (Goal)

West Ham chairman David Gold has played down speculation the club are chasing Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25, and says the club are searching for two new strikers with Premier League experience.(Talksport)

Liverpool have turned down a number of loan approaches for winger Sheyi Ojo. The 20-year-old has attracted interest from Newcastle, Burnley and Middlesbrough following his success with England at the Under-20s World Cup.(Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle look set to sign Eibar's French defender Florian Lejeune, 26, and may try to lure striker Andre Gray, also 26, from Burnley. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Atletico Madrid could scupper Swansea City's attempts to sign Las Palmas' Spanish midfielder Roque Mesa, 28.(AS, via Wales Online)

Derby County boss Gary Rowett has confirmed Huddersfield Town are keen to sign Rams' midfielder Tom Ince, but are yet to meet the club's valuation of the 25-year-old former England Under-21 international.(Derby Telegraph)

Los Angeles FC, who will play in the MLS from 2018, remain hopeful of signing Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder, 33.(ESPN)

But Italian club Sampdoria will rival the American side for the former Ajax, Inter Milan and Galatasaray player.(Sky Italia - in Italian)

A Nigerian club has sacked 27 players for performing "below expectations". (The Nation)

Manchester City are expected to field a youth side in the Checkatrade Trophy next season. The club declined to take part last season because of fixture clashes with international youth games. (Telegraph)

Kieran Trippier has signed a new five-year contract at Tottenham Hotspur. The 26-year-old hopes to become the club's first-choice right-back. (Times)

A West Brom fan is going to save 7ft by 5ft sign that hangs outside a supporters' pub - by nailing it to his house. (Express and Star)

The best of Thursday's transfer news...

Real Madrid have enquired about signing 25-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, according to the Belgium international's agent. (Sport via Evening Standard)

Monaco and France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, has edged closer to completing his £35m switch to Chelsea after having a medical with the Premier League champions.(Daily Mirror)

Swansea City are in talks to sign Dutch goalkeeper Erwin Mulder. The 28-year-old Heerenveen player has a clause in his contract that allows him to leave on a free transfer. (Daily Mail)

Borussia Monchengladbach are putting together a formal offer of £12m for 23-year-old Tottenham and Netherlands forward Vincent Janssen.(Talksport)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Scott Murray

The transfer window formally opens tomorrow. About time too, we could do with a blast of fresh air, it’s clammy in here. Some new idle conjecture and flat-out lies, please! Because much of this is getting old.

Barcelona are still seriously interested in Manchester United’s magnificently entertaining irritant Ander Herrera. They plan an imminent move for the Scrappy Doo who actually cashes the cheques he writes, although United aren’t too keen to sell. Barça are making out that they’re more interested in the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, but let’s see.

United are also still sniffing around the Internazionale forward Ivan Perisic. The Italians say they’re not willing to part with their man, but this is all part of the dance.

Everton maintain their interest in the Málaga forward Sandro. They actually appear capable of closing deals nowadays, so hopefully we can check this one off the list sooner rather than later.

Can we say the same with confidence about crack negotiators Liverpool? Possibly, possibly not. But they are gearing up to finally make a bid for Naby Keïta of Leipzig. The German soft-drink shills want £70m; the Reds may get round to bidding £56m plus add-ons before talks fall apart acrimoniously sometime in mid August. They’re also still interested in the Hull left-back Andy Robertson. Ditto Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, despite Arsenal showing no will to trade.

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte continues to stomp about with a face on, a result of his employers dragging their feet in the market. But their interest in the 26-year-old Roma and Greece defender Kostas Manolas is hotting up. A brazen attempt to flush out either Leonardo Bonucci or Virgil van Dijk? Or is Bonucci a smokescreen for Alex Sandro? It’s almost intriguing.

Real Madrid maintain their determination to land Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Monaco’s Kylian Mbap WILL SOMEBODY CRACK THAT GODDAMN WINDOW?!

Ah that’s better! Southampton are in for the £25m Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho; Watford want the Arsenal full-back Kieran Gibbs, while West Ham are after Jack Wilshere; Brighton would like to give Joe Gomez of Liverpool a season’s worth of defending on loan; Newcastle are looking at the Burnley striker Andre Gray; and Huddersfield want the Derby winger Tom Ince. A cool breeze, and the sweet smell of summer meadows!


Carroll and Sakho missing as first players return

Pedro Obiang and Sam Byram are the first Irons to make a training ground return and Angelo Ogbonna and Michail Antonio are also expected to be back at Rush Green early after injury issues.

But there’s no sign of injury-ravaged strike pair Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho who missed so much of last season with a variety of injury problems.

Carroll has been holidaying in Hawaii whilst Sakho is understood to have been involved in his own training ground regime in Senegal.

He has also – as a practising Muslim – been strictly observing the Muslim Ramadan religious ‘festival.’ That, of course, involves a month- long fast and Sakho has been pictured since its conclusion.

The first team squad will return to Rush Green next Wednesday to start their pre-season after completing their summer holidays with their families.

Previous West Ham head of medical science Stijn Vandenbroucke previously claimed a number of players including Diafra Sakho would be returning early in June back to Rush Green but in the case of Carroll and Sakho this does not appear to have happened.


Tottenham and West Ham want Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez - report

TOTTENHAM and West Ham are keen to bring Javier Hernandez back to the Premier League, according to reports.

By James Cambridge

Javier Hernandez has spent the last two seasons in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen and is reportedly keen to move on this summer.

German newspaper Bild claim the Mexico international has used the Confederations Cup to raise his stock and attract a potential new club.

And the report says Tottenham and West Ham are among a host of suitors keen to sign the striker.

Chicharito spent five years with Manchester United prior to his switch to the Bundesliga and would be an experienced addition to both club's forward lines.

Bild claim Hernandez has a £13.2million [€15m] release clause in his contract with Leverkusen which runs until June 2018.

And Spurs and the Hammers will reportedly face competition for his signature from French side Lyon.

Tottenham are in need of a new striker to support Harry Kane after former Ajax man Vincent Janssen failed to impress last term.

And West Ham also need to bolster their attacking options due to Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll's persistent injury problems.

Hernandez was forced out at Manchester United by Louis van Gaal in 2015 but current boss Jose Mourinho has admitted he would never have sold the Mexico star.

"Man United sold players that I would never sell, bought players that I would never buy," Mourinho said in March.

"I would never sell [Angel] Di Maria, Chicharito, Danny Welbeck. Never. No chance."

Hernandez made 36 appearances last term for Leverkusen, scoring 13 goals and providing four assists in all competitions.

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BubblesCyprus 4:39 Fri Jun 30
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Mart O 2:53 Fri Jun 30
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:52 Fri Jun 30

Eddie B 12:54 Fri Jun 30
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"Southampton want Manchester City and Nigeria striker Kelechi Iheanacho, 20, who is valued at 25m. (Sun)"

That's us fucked then.

ted fenton 12:52 Fri Jun 30
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Far East Hammer 12:46 Fri Jun 30

Thanks Alan 12:52 Fri Jun 30
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Far East Hammer 12:46 Fri Jun 30

Far East Hammer 12:46 Fri Jun 30
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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