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Alan 12:06 Wed Jul 5
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, 31, has been withdrawn from the club's tour of the US and will complete a free transfer by the end of the week back to Everton, who are also looking to sign Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, 30, for £20m. (Sun)

United are looking to make a new bid for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, 28, with the Serie A side willing to cash in on the £48m-rated Croat. (Sky Italia - in Italian)

United will make a final push to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata, 24, this week, but the La Liga champions are refusing to lower £72m asking price. (Independent)

Roma defender Antonio Rudiger, 24, arrived in London to complete a £36m move to Premier League champions Chelsea. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are considering a move for Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, 24. (Transfermarketweb - via Daily Star)

Manchester City have rejected Newcastle's interest in a loan move for goalkeeper Joe Hart, 30. (Daily Mail)

Leicester boss Craig Shakespeare has made a £20m bid for Watford striker Troy Deeney, 29. (Daily Mirror)

Tottenham are keen to add Everton midfielder Ross Barkley, 23, to their squad but are not willing to pay the £50m asking price. (Sun)

Liverpool have made a £14.9m bid to sign 21-year-old Lyon defender Emanuel Mammana. (Sport Review)

Juventus have offered Brazil left-back Alex Sandro £84,000 a week in an attempt to keep him. Chelsea are ready to pay £61m for the 26-year-old, in what would be a world-record deal for a defender. (London Evening Standard)

Arsenal's 32-year-old midfielder Santi Cazorla, who has not played for the club since October 2016 because of an Achilles problem, may miss the whole of the 2017-18 season. (Daily Express)

Arsenal full-back Hector Bellerin, 22, has told the club he wants to leave, but manager Arsene Wenger has rejected the request. Barcelona want to re-sign the player in a £35m deal. (Daily Express)

Tottenham are looking at signing Alfie Mawson, 23, from Swansea or fellow defender Ben Gibson, 24, from Middlesbrough as they want to sell 24-year-old centre-back Kevin Wimmer for £20m. (Daily Mirror)

Burnley have had an £8m bid for striker Britt Assombalonga, 24, rejected by Championship side Nottingham Forest. (Daily Mail)

The Clarets are close to signing full-back Charlie Taylor from Leeds. The 23-year-old is out of contract but the West Yorkshire side will be due a compensation fee. (Sky Sports)

Middlesbrough and Sunderland are considering a move for Leeds goalkeeper Rob Green, 37. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Sunderland are close to securing season-long loan deals for Everton defenders Tyias Browning, 23, and Brendan Galloway, 21. (Sunderland Echo)

Crystal Palace are looking at signing Dutch defenders Joel Veltman, 25, and Kenny Tete, 21, from Ajax for a combined fee of around £10m. (Guardian)

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce hopes the signing of John Terry will help the club impress more transfer targets - as they try to sign Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan, 33, and Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 24. (Daily Star)

Newcastle United are considering a summer move for striker Andre Gray, 26, whose contract talks to stay at Burnley have hit difficulties. (Shields Gazette)

Former Liverpool striker Djibril Cisse, 35, has come out of retirement to sign a short-term contract with Swiss side Yverdon Sport. (Daily Mail)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola says it will take the club 10 years to reach the levels of Barcelona, Real Madrid and other elite European clubs. (L'Esportiu - via Daily Telegraph)

Jurgen Klopp will lead Liverpool to the Premier League title and then one day join Bayern Munich, according to the club's former coach Ottmar Hitzfeld. (t-online.de - via Liverpool Echo)
The best of Tuesday's transfer news

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 Sun)

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. (Daily Telegraph)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Ames

Never go back. So goes the time-honoured edict, which the Mill avoids testing by skulking beneath the desk in its downtime between bouts of frenzied gossip-guzzling activity. Should Diego Costa take our lead? China doesn’t appear to be on the cards anymore but Atlético Madrid might just be and if nothing else it would be a return to a club where people do seem to rather like him. What’s more, he might not – ahem – Costa very much. His former employers are reported to be offering just £22m, plus add-ons, to get him back and with the player very keen to get the thing done, there’s a chance Chelsea will just have to suck it up. Costa wants it all sorted out quickly but, in a sense, what’s the rush? Atlético’s transfer ban doesn’t finish until January – so along with his big move he’ll get six months off.

Should Wayne Rooney make more like Costa or the Mill? Further to yesterday’s stories, his return to transfer window juggernaut Everton appears to be very much on – and he could even be back at Goodison Park by the end of the week. Not only that, but he might well pop through the door at exactly the same time as Olivier Giroud, whose time being almost good enough at Arsenal appears to have been curtailed by the imminent arrival of Alexandre Lacazette.

Manchester United are, regardless of Rooney’s possible exit, in high-profile need of a centre-forward and, with José Mourinho getting a little hot under the collar regarding a lack of transfer progress this summer, they may need to push the boat out for top target Álvaro Morata – with Real Madrid intent on recouping £72m for their third-choice centre-forward. United also fancy a dabble at the Inter Milan midfielder Ivan Perisic – and they are aware they need to get a few more deals done quickly.

There is a equal willingness among the Premier League supporting cast to splash out on strikers. Leicester fancy spending a Costa-esque £20m on Watford’s Troy Deeney, although the Hornets will hold out for a little more while they scour Udinese’s books for a suitable replacement. Britt Assombalonga is also a man in demand, with Burnley and Championship club Middlesbrough pondering whether Nottingham Forest’s asking price of £15m is too rich for their blood.

Joe Hart just wants to be playing somewhere, anywhere, next season but sees it all rest on the kind of transfer fee Manchester City can command. They want to get shot of him permanently, rather than via another loan, but will that be to the liking of lead suitors Newcastle and West Ham?

And in so-that’s-what-he’s-up-to-now news of the day, the Lord of the Manor of Frodsham Djibril Cissé is to dust off his boots and make a return to the fray with Swiss club Yverdon Sport at the ripe old age of 35 – two years after his last professional appearance. Time will tell as to whether he, never mind anyone else, should have gone back.


Hammers ready for striker action

West Ham will continue to concentrate on their major striker targets before making a £15 million move for Burnley’s Andre Gray.

The club has admitted the 26 year old is a target but believe they have more difficult negotiations on hand before offering Gray the terms he requires.

Olivier Giroud, Javier Hernandez, Kelechi Iheanacho and Michy Batshuayi remain at the top of their target list but Gray is a player they admire and would be ready to meet Burnley’s £15 million valuation.

However, with Alexandre Lacazette now firmly on his way to Arsenal with a medical scheduled for today, the Irons are waiting to make serious moves in Giroud’s direction.

Iheanacho is also still bang on top of he wanted list as Slaven Bilic pursues hopes of bringing in three top front men.

Gray reportedly wants around £70k a week after failing to agree terms with Burnley who have a top pay level of around £35k a week.

Sport Witness

West Ham and Southampton both keen to sign Nicolai Muller, asked for €8-10m to complete

West Ham and Southampton are both keen on signing Nicolai Muller from Hamburg, report SportBild.

The Premier League clubs are joined by Wolfsburg and Schalke in their interest, but Hamburg don’t want to sell and have made that clear publicly. They’d rather hang on to the 29 year old winger for a further season.

The problem for Hamburg, and boost for West Ham and Southampton, is that Muller only has one year left on his contract. So, despite a general wish to keep the player, Hamburg will be forced to sell for a reasonable offer.

SportBild say they’ve found out the ‘pain threshold’ for Hamburg, the price they’ll sell Muller at, is €8-10m, pocket money for Premier League clubs.

The 29 year old played 25 Bundesliga games last season and contributed 5 goals and six assists, reasonable figures but not hugely stand out.

This could be a play to put pressure on Hamburg to offer a good renewal, or genuine West Ham and Southampton interest. At such a doable fee, a deal is reachable for either club.


Valencia deal is done

Mexican outfit Tigres UANL have finally completed a deal with West Ham to sign Enner Valencia this evening.

An Official announcement from both clubs should follow by Friday this week assuming a medical is passed and the contract is signed by the Ecuador international. He is said to have already agreed personal terms with the Mexican team.
West Ham agreed to cut their losses on Valencia by taking a 50 percent loss on the striker.The Ecuador international cost the Hammers £12 million but with two years left on his deal the board are prepared to let him go to get his £40,000 per week wages off the wage bill. Valencia scored 10 goals in 61 appearances for West Ham after his move from Mexican side Pachuca in the summer of 2014.


Everton scout Carlo Jacomuzzi yesterday told Italian radio: “We’re signing Giroud for £20m. It’s a bargain compared to the £22m Napoli asked us for Duvan Zapata.”

Koeman has been spending the expected Lukaku cash, bringing in five players already this summer, including keeper Jordan Pickford, defender Michael Keane and midfielder Davy Klaassen.

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Gazza_AZ 9:56 Wed Jul 5
Re: Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

We seem to be linked with everyone - but buying no-one. As usual.
I hope that the Joe Hart rumour proves to be rubbish - as he has already proven himself to be.

plankton 5:19 Wed Jul 5
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flyingV 3:56 Wed Jul 5

Chelsea are considering a move for Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, 24. (Transfermarketweb - via Daily Star)

Let's hope this move goes TITS up

Perhaps Alan could keep us abreast on any news of the move?

Mex Martillo 5:12 Wed Jul 5
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Thanks Alan

flyingV 3:56 Wed Jul 5
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Chelsea are considering a move for Paris St-Germain goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, 24. (Transfermarketweb - via Daily Star)

Let's hope this move goes TITS up

TopGun 2:47 Wed Jul 5
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Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 2:41 Wed Jul 5
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LeroysBoots 1:56 Wed Jul 5
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Nice that we spent the Payet money on new rollers for the 2 bob's and Brady's holiday to the med on Philip Green's yacht !

BubblesCyprus 1:11 Wed Jul 5
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Thanks Alan much appreciated

Alwaysaniron 12:30 Wed Jul 5
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Ted Fenton

ted fenton 12:07 Wed Jul 5
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Thanks Alan.

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