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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 12:48 Tue Jul 4
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea and Spain striker Diego Costa, 28, wants to leave the club in his own time, but that is holding up the Blues' move for Everton's 24-year-old Belgium forward Romelu Lukaku. (Daily Mirror)

Argentina forward Lionel Messi, 30, will sign a new Barcelona contract when he returns from his honeymoon later this month. (Goal)

Arsenal are planning a £70m double move for Sporting Lisbon's Portugal midfielders William Carvalho, 25, and Gelson Martins, 22. (A Bola, via the Sun)

Everton are confident of bringing England forward Wayne Rooney, 31, back to the club from Manchester United this summer. (Talksport)

West Ham United want to bring 29-year-old Mexico and ex-Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez back to the Premier League from Bayer Leverkusen. (Telegraph)

Chelsea have indicated they are willing to pay a club-record £60m for 26-year-old Juventus and Brazil left-back Alex Sandro. (Telegraph)

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Jens Lehmann is set to rejoin the club as a first-team coach. (Guardian)

Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp says he will bring in five or six players this summer with the money he saved by not signing defender John Terry. (Daily Mirror)

Former Manchester United midfielder Ravel Morrison has trained with Birmingham City with a view to a permanent move from Lazio. The 24-year-old previously played under Redknapp at QPR. (Daily Mirror)

Southampton want to secure the £8.75m signing of 18-year-old Caen striker Yann Karamoh, who is having a contract dispute with the French club. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone has entered talks over a new contract that will keep him at the club until 2020. (AS - in Spanish)

Manager Jose Mourinho is frustrated at Manchester United's failure to sign more players this summer, with defender Victor Lindelof, 22, the only arrival so far. (Daily Mirror)

Mourinho is desperate for Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24, and Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic, 28, to join the club before Sunday. (Daily Star)

Real are remaining resolute in their determination to keep Morata until Manchester United pay his £79m price tag. (Marca, via Daily Express)

Guinea midfielder Naby Keita is understood to have his heart set on a move to Liverpool, although his club Red Bull Leipzig want £70m for the 22-year-old. (Daily Mirror)

Crystal Palace have been priced out of a move for Mamadou Sakho, 27, with Liverpool wanting £30m for the central defender. (Guardian)

Swansea face competition from a number of other clubs, including Leicester, Rangers and Newcastle, to sign Coventry City's 20-year-old midfielder George Thomas. (Wales Online)

Newcastle United are close to signing 26-year-old Eibar defender Florian Lejeune for £8.7m. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Manchester United are preparing a move for Borussia Dortmund defender Marc Bartra, 26. (AS via Manchester Evening News)

Leeds defender Charlie Taylor will join Burnley, but the clubs are yet to agree a fee for the 23-year-old. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Championship side Wolves want to sign Porto defender Willy Boly, 26, while talks continue over a £15m move for his team-mate 20-year-old midfielder Ruben Neves. (Express and Star)

Newcastle are no closer to agreeing a move for Napoli goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 34, with the Italian club struggling to find a replacement. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Middlesbrough have opened negotiations with Norwich City in an attempt to sign 29-year-old midfielder Jonny Howson.(Northern Echo)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba says he has performed his final 'dab' goal celebration and will now focus on his new routine - the 'Billy Dance'. (Esquire)

Inter Milan are furious with their 28-year-old winger Ivan Perisic after he took part in a professional beach volleyball competition. (Bild - in German)

The best of Monday's transfer news

Arsenal forward Olivier Giroud could replace Romelu Lukaku at Everton if the Belgium striker leaves Goodison Park. Giroud, 30, is reportedly unsettled at Emirates Stadium and could move closer to an exit if the Gunners complete the signing of his France team-mate Alexandre Lacazette, 26. (Sun)

Arsenal are close to announcing the signing of Leicester's Algeria winger Riyad Mahrez, 26.(Calciomercato - in Italian)

Manchester United are hopeful of completing the signing of Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 24, before they fly to the United States for their pre-season tour on Sunday. (Manchester Evening News)

United and Paris St-Germain will meet the £174m release clause in Barcelona forward Neymar's contract if the Brazil international chooses to leave the Spanish giants.(Don Balon via Daily Star)

Paris St-Germain have enquired about the availability of Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho, with the Reds valuing the 25-year-old Brazil midfielder at 100m euros (£87m). (Daily Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

We are given to believe that Premier League managers are becoming as impatient as Premier League fans, with Antonio Conte, Jürgen Klopp, Rafael Benítez, José Mourinho and Mauricio Pochettino among those already reported at some point this summer to be close to flouncing off in anger at their club’s failure to land all their transfer targets. We are in the first week of July. So far this impatience seems to be confined to transfer dealings but the way this unreasonableness is going, don’t be surprised to see Conte booing his own substitutions if Chelsea are trailing in the Community Shield or Sean Dyche waving a white hankie at himself if Burnley concede a late goal on the opening day of the season.

As for Arsène Wenger, well, presumably he’s at Elstree Aerodome as we speak, taking flying lessons so that he can personally pilot a plane dragging a Sack the Board banner if Arsenal don’t get a big deal over the line soon. Granted, an announcement of the signing of Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon may be just hours away but these are fast-moving times and people who love Arsenal must be already fretting about missing out on the next targets: for example, why the heck is Riyad Mahrez still at Leicester? And is it really true, as reported today, that Arsenal are plotting a £70m double-swoop for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho and Gelson Martins? If it is, why hasn’t it been done yet? Waah! Waaaaaaah!

Meanwhile, Marc Bartra is said to the latest person whose absence from Manchester is causing Mourinho to fume, as the United manager added the name of the Borussia Dortmund defender to his wish list many hours ago.

Pretty much the only Premier League manager not thought to be on the verge of an almighty strop at the moment is Ronald Koeman, who is understood to be satisfied by his current diet of being treated to a new player every other day. But there must still be scope for him to start stomping his feet at Everton’s inability to organise a coming home party for Wayne Rooney. After 13 years at Manchester United, the striker is said to be keen on a return to his boyhood club. Because once a blue, always a blue, and China’s very far away. Everton have real ambitions of gatecrashing the top four, at least, next season and it’s very doubtful that a club with such aspirations should be able to give a regular game to Rooney, so perhaps Koeman classes the striker/midfielder/defender in that curious “good to have around the place” category? The Mill can’t help thinking that Javier Hernández would be a better to have around most places at this stage and West Ham, for one, seem to agree, as they’re close to signing the Mexican striker for £13m. That’s peanuts for the Little Pea.

Meanwhile at Chelsea, Conte is understood to be on the verge of calming down for a minute, as the club are poised to complete the capture of Alex Sandro from Juventus for a very large fee. The Mill would tell you how much but does not know yet and, besides, does it even matter any more?

Ravel Morrison is close to agreeing a deal to join Birmingham City, one of the 68 clubs where he has had a loan spell in the past. Southampton are making a move for Caen’s 18-year-old striker Yann Karamoh, while Newcastle are on the tail of have just signed the Eibar defender Florian Lejeune. Swansea want Coventry’s midfielder George Thomas to believe they are hotter stuff than Leicester, Rangers or Newcastle.

Finally, Paris Saint-Germain are intent on atoning for an embarrassing last season by signing one or all of Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé and James Rodríguez. Monaco, meanwhile, want to start their rebuilding by buying Keita Baldé from Lazio, but the Senegalese is also wanted by – you guessed it – Everton.

Sport Witness

West Ham said to be very close to completing surprise transfer at just €4.5m

BeinSportsTR have reported Galatasaray are very close to signing West Ham United attacker Sofiane Feghouli.

Feghouli only joined the Premier League side last summer from Valencia, but his time at the club could be coming to a premature end.

The Turkish club are currently in advanced negotiations with West Ham with regards to signing Feghouli this summer, according to BeinSportsTr, and it’s also claimed Galatasaray are now looking to convince the Algerian international.

A possible fee for Feghouli is put at around €4.5m, which sounds on the low side, but Turkish reports often tend favour the slant of their own clubs.

The Turkish club’s CEO Cenk Ergun is in London at the moment, and he could return to Turkey with Feghouli, report BeinSportsTr.

This summer Galatasaray have already signed Bafetimbi Gomis from Swansea City, along with Younes Belhanda, and now they want Feghouli to be next.

The Algerian has said more than once this summer that he intends to remain at West Ham, and hopes for a good season.


Giroud setback for Hammers

Olivier Giroud has told the official Arsenal podcast he wants to stay at Arsenal to carry on his ‘Good journey’.

“I won a few titles in my career, that is an important thing, but there is another thing which is important for me and that’s that the people see you as a loyal warrior on the pitch — that you always give your best for the team, That’s why I want to carry on my good journey at Arsenal and I always want to give my best. I would love to win another title or maybe more until the end of my contract.”

“The motivation is here, always doing your best to make your family proud.”


West Ham in talks with Javier Hernandez over a £13million move to the London Stadium

Hernandez, who has just a year left on his contract, has a £13million release clause in his contract

By Darren Lewis

West Ham are in talks with Javier Hernandez over a £13million move to the London Stadium.

The 29-year-old Bayer Leverkusen striker is a long-term target for the Irons and looks set to begin solving their striker crisis.

Hernandez, who has just a year left on his contract, has a £13million release clause in his contract.

After five years at Manchester United and a spell at Real Madrid he has had two seasons at Leverkusen, scoring 17 league goals in his first and 11 in his second.

Although he has only a year left on his current deal, West Ham want to move quickly to land him after being left frustrated by their lack of progress in landing a new frontman.

Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi, Manchester City’s Kelechi Iheanacho, Benfica’s Raul Jimenez and Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud are all on West Ham’s shortlist. But all of them have offers from bigger clubs.

The Irons have also had bids rejected for Villareal’s Cedric Bakambu and Cologne striker Anthony Modeste, for whom the German club want as much as £40million.

Slaven Bilic is after two new strikers with West Ham willing to listen to offers for injury-prone Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho.

Football London

Why West Ham & Newcastle United target Cedric Bakambu is simply perfect for the Premier League

The Villarreal man is in demand this summer

By Andrew Gaffney

The pool of pure, natural strikers is ever decreasing in football. The forwards in the moulds of Alan Shearer and Matt Le Tissier are nowhere to be found as the sport continues to create multifunctional, jack of all trades players to fit systems, not formations.

Wingers are converted into full backs, strikers are converted into wingers and midfielders are converted into centre. To find a natural, out and out striker, is tougher than locating Carmen Sandiego.

West Ham United have been desperately searching for a striker to end their unlucky run of signings. They picked up Andy Carroll, a throwback to the burly centre forward who would harass defenders, but he seems incapable of staying fit.

Diafra Sakho initially did well but has scored just six league goals over the last two seasons, injuries crippling his influence also. Only Demba Ba in recent memory stands out as truly good enough – and he was around for just six months!

The past year has produced yet more failures. Simone Zaza, like Ba, was only at the club for six months. However this was due to how disappointing his performances were as opposed to a bigger club whisking him away. Jonathan Calleri, another South American punt, turned out to be no better than the rest. He only mustered four starts in the league and scored just a single goal. That’s simple not good enough if you have ambitions of challenging the top six or eight sides.

It should be stressed that because of the limited quality strikers available it’s by no means an easy task. The elite forwards are often already at bigger clubs than West Ham and should they seek pastures new they tend to aim higher than restoring the Hammers further up the table. So the task is simple, yet difficult, and that requires them to search for those players with potential to become star strikers but who, at the moment, aren’t quite there.

News filtered through this week that West Ham are interested in the services of Cedric Bakambu. The Congolese striker, currently on the books of LaLiga side Villarreal, impressed a lot of people in his debut season in Spain as he scored 22 goals in all competitions. Alongside former Tottenham Hotspur striker Roberto Soldado the pair formed a fine partnership.

In the Europa League Bakambu scored four of Villarreal’s six in the semi-final clash against Sparta Prague. In the previous round against Bayer Levekusen he also scored the only goals of the two-legged quarter final. His fine exploits in Europe caused a lot of clubs to keep an eye on the striker’s progress.

Villarreal, in a way, are similar to West Ham. They can’t afford to compete with the richest teams but can instead offer an opportunity to those either overlooked or discarded by them. Bakambu’s record In Ligue 1 was pretty forgettable but his form in the Turkish Super Lig attracted the Yellow Submarine’s interest. 21 goals in 39 appearances for Bursaspor earned him a move to LaLiga for a mere €8m.

Now I know what you’re thinking, there’s a lot being said about what Bakambu did before joining Villarreal and in his debut campaign but less so about last year. That’s because it wasn’t his best. He missed the first couple of months of the season due to an injury he picked up in preseason. In his first two starts following that time out, he scored in both games. However he wasn’t fully match fit and then it was time for him to leave for the African Cup of Nations.

That isn’t to say his performances were poor either. Towards the end of the season he scored seven goals in his last seven matches including a consolation against Barcelona. This saw Bakambu finish with double figures for the second consecutive year and just two shy of his tally in the previous campaign. Without injuries or international tournaments, it isn’t a stretch to say he would’ve scored more.

So what’s Bakambu like? Physically the guy is suited to the Premier League. He often uses his power to gain a yard of space or send a defender to the ground. He combines his strength with a quick turn of pace which means if he gets beyond the last man no one is going to catch him. More often than not Bakambu is clinical in front of goal too which makes marking him a tough prospect.

There is a downside to the Congo striker though: he’s a streaky player. Think of him like West Ham old boy Jermain Defoe in that regard. He’s capable of scoring seven or eight goals in a ten-game period then score none in the next set of fixtures. You can’t rotate Bakambu in and out of the side either, he relies on continuity and understanding with his teammates. When he’s good, he’s very good, but there will be drop-offs from time to time. That’s why he’s currently at Villarreal and not say an Atletico Madrid or a Sevilla.

However the good far outweighs the bad when it comes to Bakambu. He is a pure striker in that he has a sixth sense of where the ball is likely to drop or be played to. So often you see him peel off the back of his marker to fashion a yard of space making it easier for the crosser to get the ball to him. Also, Bakambu displays great technical ability and his first touch allows him to either shoot or find a teammate straight away.

The news of a rejected bid has come from England and is yet to be confirmed by either the club or the Spanish press. Nor has it been denied. Either way, Villarreal aren’t keen on losing their star striker and are actively looking to improve their forward line, not weaken it. Yet we all know LaLiga sides will sell if the offer proves too good to turn down. For Villarreal to even consider selling Bakambu it might take a bid nearer the €30m mark.

It remains to be seen whether West Ham will return with an improved offer or search elsewhere but, as is the case every season, it’s going to cost them a lot more money than they initially expected.

Sport Witness

West Ham likelier than Arsenal for ‘Iranian Messi’, competition prepared to pay €10m

By Tom Coast

Reportedly a target for Jürgen Klopp last November, Sardar Azmoun, or should we say the ‘Iranian Messi’, now looks close to a move to Serie A.

Lazio, still looking for a backup forward after losing out to AC Milan on Fabio Borini, are those in the driving seat, but should apparently be wary of interest from the Premier League in the 22-year-old, according to Il Messaggero.

Sunday’s edition of the newspaper report that both West Ham and Arsenal are also keen on the Rostov star, who scored 12 goals and assisted teammates three times in 41 appearances.

Both Slaven Bilic and Arsène Wenger are known to be each on the lookout for a new forward, yet one of them is more likely to be interested than the other.

With the latter of the two very close to signing off a deal to recruit Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon, and West Ham missing out on Henry Onyekuru to Everton, you would think the Hammers’ need is greater.

Furthermore, with Lazio said to be prepared to bid €10m for Azmoun, the Iran international falls more into the category of players Bilic will be looking at rather than the pool Wenger is likely to be dipping his toes in.

Of course, this wouldn’t be the first time Italian papers chucked names of Premier League clubs into the mix just to make a deal for a Serie A club more interesting, and with little in England about said desire to sign the 22-year-old, it could very well be that.

We’ll have to see if this picks up, but for now, we wouldn’t recommend holding your breath.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

ted fenton 3:06 Tue Jul 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 1:21 Tue Jul 4

Chinkey Weasel 2:20 Tue Jul 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
"The Iranian Messi"

ag ag ag ag


BubblesCyprus 2:06 Tue Jul 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan Top Man !!

Lee Trundle 1:42 Tue Jul 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
How on earth did Borini end up at AC Milan?

I thought they were rolling in cash.

Thanks Alan 1:21 Tue Jul 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 1:17 Tue Jul 4

The Stoat 1:17 Tue Jul 4
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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