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Alan 11:41 Mon Jul 10
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Everton have made a new offer of £32m for Swansea midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson, 27, which would take their summer spending past the £100m mark. (Daily Mail)

Having already agreed a deal to sign Romelu Lukaku from Everton, Manchester United could sign another Chelsea target after agreeing a £35m deal for Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22. (Daily Star)

Arsenal are willing to make a third bid of more than £45m for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, having already had offers of £30m and £40m turned down this summer. (Daily Mirror)

Gunners forward Theo Walcott, 28, is determined to fight for his place despite being linked with a £20m move to West Ham. (Daily Star)

Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, 27, has been left out of Arsenal's pre-season tour to Australia and has been linked with a move to Serie A champions Juventus. (Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is interested in £10m Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth, 19, who played at the Under-20 World Cup and whose agent is former Manchester United midfielder Juan Veron. (Daily Mirror)

Newcastle are trying to finalise an £8.5m deal for Norwich midfielder Jacob Murphy, 22, although Southampton and Crystal Palace are also in the running to sign him. (Daily Mirror)

Leicester's Wales forward Tom Lawrence, 23, is a £7m target for Derby County boss Gary Rowett. (Sun)

North-east rivals Newcastle and Middlesbrough will both compete to sign Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo, 20, on loan next season. (Times - subscription required)

West Brom are in talks with Bournemouth to sign defender Marc Wilson, 29, who would cost around £1m. (Birmingham Mail)

Burnley want to sign Stoke midfielder Glenn Whelan, 33, for £2.5m after completing a deal for former Potters team-mate Jon Walters. (Sun)

Leeds are looking to sign Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, 20, on either a loan or permanent deal. (ESPN)

Manager Thomas Christiansen says a decision on the future of Leeds defender Giuseppe Bellusci, 27, has already been made after the Italian was involved in a confrontation with his own supporters during a friendly. (Yorkshire Post)

Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne scored for Newcastle in a charity match organised in the memory of former Magpies goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek, who died at the age of 47 in December 2015. (Chronicle)

Tottenham say the board have not been in any discussions relating to the sale of the club after reports emerged of a £1bn takeover backed by Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg. (Daily Express)

Security staff protecting Jose Mourinho and Manchester United on their pre-season tour of the USA will have to observe a complete alcohol ban for the full duration of their 18-day stay. (Daily Mail)

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho paid a surprise visit to his former club Vasco da Gama and was paraded on the pitch before their Brazilian Serie A clash with rivals Flamengo. (Daily Mirror)

Aston Villa should expect to have to battle for promotion to the Premier League this season, despite signing defender John Terry, says Harry Redknapp, manager of Villa's rivals Birmingham. (Daily Star)

The best of Sunday's transfer news

Arsenal have increased their offer for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar, 21, to £40m after having a £35m bid rejected. (L'Equipe - in French)

Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, 35, could be handed a new deal by United when he recovers from a knee injury. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool have been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez, 25, but the Merseyside club are not willing to pay £66m. (Sport, via Metro)




Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Like Romelu Lukaku, Tiemoué Bakayoko was widely expected to join Chelsea this summer. But one of them ended up at Manchester United instead, and the other might as well – the Daily Star report that a £35m fee has been agreed between Monaco and the Mancunians for the midfielder. And what might make this development even more upsetting for Chelsea is the fact that they indirectly caused it themselves, by deciding not to sell Nemanja Matic to United because they were in a wild huff over Lukaku’s decision to remain in the north, thus forcing them to seek midfield reinforcements elsewhere. When Tottenham were also unwilling to part with Eric Dier, attention switched to France.

Chelsea will get over the disappointment the only way they know how: by liberally and only vaguely discriminately spraying transfer cash across Europe. Some of it may well be heading towards Madrid, with the Spanish outlet Diario Madridista claiming that they “are obsessed with signing Danilo”, Real’s Brazilian right-back. The move has come “at the express request of Antonio Conte, who wants the defender at any price”, apparently. Real aren’t keen to sell, inevitably, and the €24m that they have so far been offered is not enough to convince them. Also in Spain, AS are reporting that Chelsea are to offer €80m for Álvaro Morata, that it might be enough to convince Real to sell, and that, Lukaku be damned, “he was always Conte’s first choice”.

United, meanwhile, still have a few cheques left in their book. One of them might be winging its way to Internazionale, whose Croatian wideman Ivan Perisic set tongues wagging by liking Paul Pogba’s Instagram post delighting in Romelu Lukaku’s move to Manchester and then posting a picture of himself in an airport. Apparently £45m might be sufficient for Inter to usher him out the door, though his manager, Luciano Spalletti, might make the process difficult. “You keep talking about Perisic and his desire to leave,” he told the press on Sunday, “but we are Inter and we can choose to make different decisions to the ideas of the players.”

Talking of chequebooks, Everton recently found theirs down the back of a forgotten cupboard in a dusty Goodison Park storeroom and now they’re going absolutely wild. Next through the door will apparently be Gylfi Sigurdsson, the Swansea superman, for whom they have already had three bids rejected: a fourth offer of £32m could finally seal the deal, says the Mail.

On the subject of multiple bids finally bearing fruit, Arsenal could be close to a deal with Monaco for Thomas Lemar, with the Mirror reporting that the Gunners are totally convinced the winger wants to head to London, and believe that £45m will be enough to convince his club to let him leave.

James Rodríguez has been the subject of constant transfer gossip pretty much since the start of the last World Cup, a switch to a Real Madrid team who didn’t really need him in 2014 having only temporarily stopped the flow of stories, but this could be the week that it finally ends. The Colombian apparently wants to finalise his future within the next couple of days, pitting Manchester United and Chelsea against each other once again but this time with Paris Saint-Germain also involved. A fee “in the region of £62m” will be required, again according to the Mail.

Finally Leicester are ready to sell the midfielder Tom Lawrence, whose loan move to Ipswich last year ended with him being named player of the season, to Derby County for £7m. Another loan move that could lead to something more permanent is Steven Berghuis’s to Feyenoord, who having had the Watford winger last season now want him back for good. “We hope he signs,” said their manager, Giovanni van Bronckhorst. “He also wants to play for Feyenoord. But we still have a few weeks to get deals done.” And Glenn Whelan could be on his way to Burnley, who would be willing to pay £2.5m for the 33-year-old.





Star

Theo Walcott vows to fight for his place amid exit rumours

THEO WALCOTT wants to stay at Arsenal and fight for his place despite the impending arrival of Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.

By David Woods

West Ham are keen to sign Walcott for £20m.

But the England winger has told pals he has no desire to leave the club where he has spent the last 11 years.

That is despite Monaco ace Lemar having agreed terms with the Gunners.

A fee has yet to be finalised but it is likely to be around £35, with add-ons pushing that figure up by a further £10m.

Walcott did not have his best campaign last season and has found himself out of the England reckoning under new boss Gareth Southgate.

But he remains confident in his own ability and has been in a positive mood as arsenal players returned to training ahead of their pre-season tour of Australia and China.

French winger Lemar will prove a strong rival for Walcott. But the 28-year-old knows from past experience how his form can dip and rise.

He started last season well, scoring 11 goals before the turn of the year.

A Gunners source insisted Walcott was approaching the new season at the club in a upbeat frame of mind.

And although the Hammers would guarantee him first-team football, Walcott is determined to stay at the Emirates club to stake his claim in the side under Wenger.




Football London

Who is Badou N'Diaye? Everything you need to know as West Ham close in on second summer signing

The midfielder is reportedly on his way to London for a medical at the Hammers

By Sam Inkersole

The Hammers have been chasing N'Diaye for more than a year and had a bid turned down for him in January from his current club, Osmanlispor FK as they didn't want to lose him halfway through the season.

So, could N'Diaye link up with fellow countrymen Cheikhou Kouyate and Diafra Sakho by signing up for a career in claret and blue? Here's everything you need to know about him.

Who is he?

To go by his full name, Papa Alioune Ndiaye, he was born in Dakar, Senegal.

Now 26, N'Diaye started his career at Diambars, which is a football academy in Saly, Senegal. He is an attacking midfielder, a powerful and strong runner with an eye for goal especially from long distance.

At 5ft 10, he's not exactly the tallest player in the world but makes up for it with an engine that doesn't seem to ever die down.

What did he do last season?

Last season, N'Diaye bagged seven goals across 42 games in all competitions. He missed the majority of January as he was on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Senegal and also missed four games through injury,

In his first season with Osmanlispor FK in 2015/16, he did very well indeed. N'Diaye scored 11 goals that season in 33 Super Lig games in Turkey, including a hat trick against Mersin IY. He also picked up four assists and six yellow cards, but no red ones.

Previous clubs

After starting at Diambars, moved to Bodo/Glimt on loan in 2012 and made 27 appearances, scoring three times. He then made that move to Norway permanent and the following season, he won Kniksenprisen for best player in Addecoligaen - Norwegian first division - 2013 as the team won promotion.

Osmanlispor picked him up in the summer of 2015.

Who wants him?

West Ham are heavy favourites to get him and appear to have beaten everyone else to the punch in the chase for N'Diaye. Another Turkish side in Trabzsonspor have been rumoured to want to make a move but it's never gone any further than that.

The Hammers are going to pay close to £9m for the attacking midfielder, despite Transfermarkt only putting his market value at £4.25m.

What has been said?

Osmanlispor general manager Ender Yurduseven has said: "We have an agreement in principle with one Premier League team. N’Diaye will speak with them in the next week.

"I think this transfer should be official by next week because we believe N’Diaye also wants to play in the Premier League.”

The player himself has also spoken about a move saying he will "definitely be leaving Turkey" in the past fortnight.




Sport Witness

West Ham, Southampton, and Crystal Palace showing ‘most interest’ in signing La Liga player

Munir El Haddadi will turn 22 years of age on September 1st, and Barcelona hope the close of the transfer window will also bring a new club for the youngster.



In September 2014, rather than settling in at a new club, Munir was making his debut for Spain, with the country’s football association keen to tie the player down and stop him representing Morocco. No further international appearances have followed and Munir looks a long way from being in contention.

Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo report that Everton have asked about signing the player, but it’s West Ham, Southampton, and Crystal Palace who have shown the ‘most interest’.

Quite how West Ham, Southampton, and Crystal Palace have shown that interest isn’t explained, and they’re not the only ones interested.

Ajax and Real Sociedad are also said to be keen on the Barcelona player, who spent last season at Valencia on loan.

Repeatedly linked with a move to the Premier League there’s been nothing especially strong in any of the claims.

West Ham have perhaps been linked the most, followed by Southampton and Crystal Palace.

If any of them seriously want to make a move, they should find Barcelona to be receptive.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

jimbo2. 10:56 Mon Jul 10
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al, another signing or two would be good now!

Stranded 5:39 Mon Jul 10
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks, Alan

charleyfarley 4:36 Mon Jul 10
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BubblesCyprus 2:45 Mon Jul 10

BubblesCyprus 2:45 Mon Jul 10
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:54 Mon Jul 10

Thanks Alan 2:37 Mon Jul 10
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:54 Mon Jul 10

ted fenton 12:54 Mon Jul 10
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
The Stoat 11:51 Mon Jul 10

Takashi Miike 12:53 Mon Jul 10
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Alan 12:44 Mon Jul 10
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Munir El Haddadi story added.

Fivetide 11:57 Mon Jul 10
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thank you Alan.

The Stoat 11:51 Mon Jul 10
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan





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