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Alan 12:53 Thu Jul 13
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea have been offered the chance to sign Borussia Dortmund striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £60m after Chinese side Tianjin Quanjian pulled out of a move for the 28-year-old. (Daily Mail)

Dortmund could move for 30-year-old Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, who is also wanted by Everton, West Ham, Marseille and AC Milan. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard, 26, has called Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane to rule out a transfer to the European champions this summer. (Diario Gol, via Daily Express)

Premier League champions Chelsea have reached an agreement with Monaco to sign midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 22, for £40m on a five-year deal. (RMC - in French)

Blues boss Antonio Conte is prepared to sell midfielder Nemanja Matic, 28, for £40m. The Serbian has been training on his own and wants to join former manager Jose Mourinho at Manchester United. (Daily Telegraph)

Former Liverpool Danny Murphy says his former club are "close" to completing a deal for Southampton centre-back Virgil can Dijk, 26. (Sport360)

Chelsea will beat Juventus to the £28m signing of Real Madrid right-back Danilo, 25. (Daily Mirror)

Arsenal are confident an offer of £45m will be enough to sign 21-year-old Monaco winger Thomas Lemar. (Daily Mail)

Tottenham will not be bullied over the futures of midfielder Eric Dier, 23, and defender Kyle Walker, 27, as the club close in on a £9m deal for 19-year-old Estudiantes defender Juan Foyth. (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are hoping to push through a £40m deal for Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic, 28, within the next week. (Daily Star)

The Red Devils will turn their attention to signing £40m-rated Roma midfielder Radja Nainggolan, 29, as Tottenham continue to resist any offers for Dier. (Daily Mail)

Leicester City could offload six of last summer's signings, including forwards Islam Slimani, 29, and Ahmed Musa, 24, and midfielder Nampalys Mendy, 25. (Daily Telegraph)

Serie A runners-up Roma want to sign Leicester forward Riyad Mahrez, 26. The Algerian has handed in a transfer request at the King Power Stadium. (Sky Sports)

Championship side Middlesbrough have beaten Premier League sides Burnley and Watford to the £14m signing of Britt Assombalonga, 24, from Nottingham Forest on wages of £60,000-a-week. (Sun)

West Ham are considering a third bid for forward Marko Arnautovic, 28, after having a second offer worth £20m rejected by Stoke City. (London Evening Standard)

Watford and Swansea both want £5m-rated Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah, 22. (Sun)

Real Madrid have given up on signing Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea, 26, this summer. (Daily Star)

Manchester City are close to completing a deal for 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz from Vasco da Gama. (ESPN)

City are also looking to make a £25m move for Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand, 27, after missing out on Dani Alves to Paris St-Germain. (Daily Mail)

Stoke City will beat West Brom to the signing of Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma on a season-long loan, but will pay £7m for the 22-year-old. (Sun)

Turkish side Fenerbahce want to sign Chelsea forward Michy Batshuayi, 23. (Fanatik, via Talksport)

Leicester City winger Bartosz Kapustka, 20, is having a medical at Bundesliga side Freiburg before a loan move. (Leicester Mercury)

Sunderland could make an offer for 28-year-old Bury striker James Vaughan. (Sunderland Echo)

Manchester United goalkeeper Sam Johnstone, 24, is set to join Aston Villa on loan. (Birmingham Mail)

PSV Eindhoven have expressed an interest in taking 24-year-old Chelsea midfielder Marco van Ginkel on loan again. (West London Sport)

Dani Alves told Pep Guardiola he was "sorry" if the Manchester City boss felt hurt after the Brazil right-back, 34, joined Paris St-Germain instead. (Daily Mail)

Stoke's 6ft 5in striker Peter Crouch has come up with a new name for the back of his shirt... "Crouchinho". (Twitter)

Gylfi Sigurdsson might be one of the most in-demand Premier League players this summer, but Swansea were keen to show the Iceland midfield is still theirs by tweeting a video of the 27-year-old as he arrived for their friendly against Barnet. (Swansea City Official Twitter)

Former Real Madrid star Hugo Sanchez says 25-year-old playmaker James Rodriguez, who has joined Bayern Munich on loan, did not have the mentality to succeed at the European champions. (Marca, via Goal)

Belgium winger Adnan Januzaj, 22, says his time at Manchester United "didn't go the way I wanted" after joining Real Sociedad.

The best of Wednesday's transfer news

Eric Dier wants to leave Tottenham Hotspur to join Manchester United, and the Old Trafford club are expected to make an improved offer of £50m for the 23-year-old midfielder. (Guardian)

Monaco and France striker Kylian Mbappe, 18, has had a three-hour meeting with Arsene Wenger to discuss a possible move to Arsenal. (Daily Express)

Atletico Madrid are becoming increasingly desperate to sign Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, having missed out on their three main targets this summer. The La Liga club are also trying to lure 23-year-old Monaco and Brazil midfielder Fabinho, who is a target for Manchester United. (Independent)

Manchester City are thought to be about £10m adrift of Tottenham Hotspur's £50m valuation of defender Kyle Walker, 27.(Evening Standard)

Chelsea target Alvaro Morata has been included in Real Madrid's squad for their tour of the US. The 24-year-old striker will also be able to show Manchester United what they could be missing as the two sides share training facilities in Los Angeles. (ESPN)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis is planning a double swoop on Manchester United for defenders Chris Smalling and Phil Jones. Smalling, 27, and Jones, 25, both have two years left on their contracts at Old Trafford. (Daily Mirror)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Despite all the gnashing of teeth and wagging of fingers that the decision provoked at the time, nearly everyone now accepts that Claudio Ranieri had to be bundled out of Leicester City. And now is the time to starting bundling out most the players brought in under the Italian last summer. The message from the club seems to be: “We’re not saying it’s all your fault, but there’s the door and here is a boot.”

Ron-Robert Zieler has already been offloaded to Stuttgart and the Foxes are hopeful that Bordeaux will relieve them of Nampalys Mendy. Leicester are also said to be open to offers for Ahmed Musa and Islam Slimani. The club have not completely given up on finding usefulness in the rarely-seen Polish midfielder Bartosz Kapustka so have only loaned him to Freiburg. Tom Lawrence, a young Welsh international midfielder who was reared at the club rather than purchased last summer, could be sold to Derby County. Meanwhile, Leonardo Ulloa, who six months ago vowed never to play for the club again after being denied a move away by Ranieri, is now poised to sign a new contract at the club.

Now all Craig Shakespeare has to do is complete the signing of Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City and bring in someone, possibly Gylfi Sigurdsson, to replace the Spain-bound Ryad Mahrez, and he’ll be set fair to restore last season’s Champions League quarter-finalists to where they belong. The Mill is not sure, admittedly, what that means.

Meanwhile, the team who preceded and succeeded Leicester as champions are suddenly getting busy again. At least that’s what someone at Chelsea wants Antonio Conte to think. Thursday’s papers are full of announcements of imminent arrivals at Stamford Bridge. For starters, the door may finally be opened to Tiemoué Bakayoko, who has been standing in the car park for several weeks now, and someone is trying to convince Conte that the club are also going all out to lure Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund. That’s partially because Tianjin Quanjian have pulled out of a move for the striker. Is that because the Chinese club have decided to go back in for Diego Costa? Do they just get their kicks out of teasing the world’s top strikers? The Mill is not for a moment suggesting it’s all some kind of communist pastiche of the folly of football’s rampant individualism and capitalism.

Chelsea are also keen to give the impression that they’re competing very hard against Juventus for the signing of the Real Madrid right-back Danilo. You wouldn’t blame Conte if he decided to ring his old club to ask whether that’s true. Eden Hazard, meanwhile, has reportedly been on the blower to Zinedine Zidane to say he’s decided to stay at Chelsea now that he’s been picked to model the club’s new kit. That’s a dream come true for the lad, although he’s not sure about the slogan that the club have chosen to accompany the jersey launch. “We are the pride” has a decidedly naff ring to it. Maybe there’s an implied second line, something like “and we’re taking you for a ride”.

Michy Batshuayi is welcome to leave Chelsea for Besiktas, while Kurt Zouma could be off on loan to Stoke, Nathaniel Chalobah is on his way to Watford, and PSV Eindhoven want to take Marco van Ginkel on loan again. You’d forgotten about him, hadn’t you?

Borussia Dortmund have joined Everton, West Ham and Stoke in wooing Olivier Giroud. “I can’t change that I’m gorgeous,” said the Frenchman.

Spurs are holding their hands over their ears and pretending they’re not hearing offers from the Manchester clubs for Eric Dier and Kyle Walker. But they’re going to have to free up one hand to greet Juan Foyth, a 19-year-old defender set to join them from Estudiantes.

Manchester City are on the verge of completing an agreement to sign the 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder Douglas Luiz from Vasco da Gama.

African Football

West Ham, Everton keen on Ivorian Wilfried Bony

West Ham United and Everton are reportedly both keen on signing Ivory Coast attacker Wilfried Bony.

The Elephants striker has struggled to win regular game time at Manchester City since his big-money move from Swansea City in 2015.

He spent last season on loan at Stoke City but failed to impress under Mark Hughes and saw almost no action in the second half of the campaign.

Bony has since returned to City but is clearly not part of their future plans under coach Pep Guardiola.

Yet despite his struggles at City and Stoke, Bony is still highly regarded for his prolific spell with the Swans from 2013 to 2015.

And Transfer Market Web reports that both West Ham United and Everton are keen on landing the player.

The Hammers are looking for a reliable striker to lead the line (with Andy Carroll injury-prone and Diafra Sakho’s future at the club uncertain), while the Toffees need a replacement for Romelu Lukaku.


Douglas Costa move could clear path for West Ham to get Mario Mandzukic

Damien Lucas

West Ham United could be surprise beneficiaries of Douglas Costa's move from Bayern Munich to Juventus.

The Hammers have only brought in Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer from Manchester City so far this summer much to the frustration of their supporters.

Slaven Bilic has been linked with a plethora of players with the emphasis on bringing in two strikers.

The East Londoners have reportedly had two bids turned down for Marko Arnautovic and are believed to be targeting Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez.

But one of the big transfers of the week could see Bilic benefit after Brazilian winger Douglas Costa completed his move from Bayern Munich to Juventus.

The deal, initially on loan but with an obligation for the Turin giants to buy at around £35 million, could spell the end of Croatian forward Mario Mandzukic's time at the club.

And that will alert Bilic, who has long been linked with his compatriot.

Last month the director of football at Bilic's former club Besiktas Onder Ozen was quoted by Turkish Football as saying that Mandzukic will be signing for West Ham this summer.

Given Juve's plethora of expensive attacking talent, the hardworking Croat was deployed wide left of a front three last season and while he in no way disgraced himself, prefers to operate as a conventional striker.

Mandzukic's hard graft, professional attitude and selflessness helped Juve to another season of glory in Serie A by lifting the title and making the final of the Champions League, in which he scored a stunning goal against Real Madrid.

But Costa will likely be first choice out on the left which will limit Mandzukic's playing time further.

Should Bilic manage to get a player he knows well from his time as Croatia boss it could go a long way to persuading those unsure about a move to the Hammers that they will be a completely different proposition next season.

This is Futbol

West Ham close in on £24m Arnautovic deal

West Ham are confident of signing Stoke forward Marko Arnautovic for £24million, according to a reliable journalist.

Daily Mail sports editor Lee Clayton took to Twitter on Thursday morning to deliver an update in the club’s pursuit of the 6ft 4in front man after they reportedly had a £20million offer rejected on Wednesday.

Clayton, who is renowned for his Hammers contacts, claimed on his personal Twitter account that West Ham are ready to pay a total of £24million for the player, with £20million going to Stoke and a further £4million to his former club Werder Bremen due to a 20 per cent sell-on clause.

Arnautovic cost Stoke only £2million when he signed from Bundesliga club Bremen in the summer of 2013 but has developed into a dangerous Premier League forward mainly operating from the left flank.

West Ham have made a big push to sign the 28-year-old and he has handed in a transfer request to push through what is now looking increasingly likely to be the club’s record signing.

Anything above £20million would break the current record, set when Andre Ayew was signed from Swansea last summer for £20.5million.

It would also demolish Stoke’s record sale by some distance with Asmir Begovic’s £8million move to Chelsea in 2015 the highest fee the club have received for one of their players.

Arnautovic, who is contracted to Stoke until 2020, has scored 26 goals and supplied 32 assists in 145 appearances for the club.

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Gazza_AZ 3:58 Fri Jul 14
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Man the Tottenscum are going to have bucket loads of money if they sell all the players that are linked above, 40m here 50m there - wow. Wish we could make deals like that.
Arnautovic isnt that bloody good is he?

Takashi Miike 5:11 Thu Jul 13
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Thanks Alan

Russ of the BML 4:58 Thu Jul 13
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Arnoutavic and Manzukic would make me smile.

ted fenton 3:29 Thu Jul 13
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Sydney_Iron 1:04 Thu Jul 13

The Stoat 2:02 Thu Jul 13
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Kelly Smunt 1:50 Thu Jul 13

Kelly Smunt 1:50 Thu Jul 13
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Oh please not Boner!

Fivetide 1:24 Thu Jul 13
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Thanks Alan.

Mario Mandzukic sounds perfectly feasible on/in paper(s)

Sydney_Iron 1:04 Thu Jul 13
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Thanks Alan 12:57 Thu Jul 13

Thanks Alan 12:57 Thu Jul 13
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Thanks Alan

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