WHO Poll
Q: 2017/18 Brighton (h)
a. If e can stop being the masters of our own downfall we should take 3 points, win
73%
  
b. We seem too flaky at the moment and don't expect an easy game, draw
9%
  
c. We can't put teams away and have a soft underbelly, lose
11%
  
d. Did you know that Eurovision 1974 was held in Brighton and launched ABBA onto the world stage with Waterloo
5%
  
e. I love Friday Night Football, it gives me the chance to show everyone down the local just how big a West Ham nut I am, hat, scarf, shirt, you name it I'll be wearing it
3%
  



Alan 11:20 Fri Aug 4
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane believes the club must sell winger Gareth Bale, 28, if they are to sign Monaco's 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe. (Marca)

Manchester United are tracking the situation at Real Madrid and are poised to make a £90m offer for Wales international Bale. (Daily Star)

But Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is convinced he can sign Bale for less than £90m. (Don Balon, via Daily Express)

Chelsea striker Diego Costa, 28, will hand in a formal transfer request with the Premier League champions. (Independent)

Costa's lawyer has threatened legal action against Chelsea after the Blues vetoed a loan move to Italian side AC Milan before a January return to former club Atletico Madrid, after the Spanish side's transfer ban ends. (Mirror)

French champions Monaco are preparing a £45m bid for Arsenal and Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, who is entering the final year of his contract with the Gunners. (Sun)

Tottenham are interested in Genoa forward Giovanni Simeone, the 22-year-old son of Atletico Madrid boss Diego. (Mirror)

Everton boss Ronald Koeman is still hoping to sign another forward this summer, with Arsenal and France striker Olivier Giroud, 30, a potential target. (Liverpool Echo)

Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26, is likely to miss the opening of the Premier League season with his future looking increasingly uncertain. (Telegraph)

Chelsea are ready to challenge Liverpool for Van Dijk by offering Saints £50m for the Netherlands centre-back. (The Times - subscription required)

Sunderland are set to sell 29-year-old winger Jeremain Lens after agreeing a £4.5m fee with Besiktas. (Sunderland Echo)

The Black Cats are in advanced talks with Aston Villa over a loan for Scottish striker Ross McCormack, 30. (Daily Mail)

Belgian club Anderlecht have entered the race to sign 31-year-old Barcelona defender Thomas Vermaelen, who is also a target for West Brom. (Birmingham Mail)

Newcastle will face competition from a host of clubs for the signature of 28-year-old Arsenal forward Lucas Perez. (Talksport)

Tottenham midfielder Moussa Sissoko, 27, is in talks over a loan move to Turkish side Trabzonspor. (Evening Chronicle)

Watford have made an enquiry about Liverpool's 25-year-old left-back Alberto Moreno. (IBTimes)

The Hornets hope to bring in Everton's 30-year-old winger Aaron Lennon on loan before the new season starts. (Watford Observer)

Bournemouth have had a bid of around £20m for winger Demarai Gray, 21, rejected by Leicester. (Sky Sports)

But the Cherries could return with an improved offer for England Under-21 international Gray. (Daily Star)

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is interested in signing 19-year-old Manchester United defender Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who played under his fellow Dutchman De Boer at Ajax. (Sun)

Middlesbrough's England Under-20 midfielder Harry Chapman, 19, has held talks with Blackburn Rovers. (Evening Gazette)
Meanwhile...

Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez kissed the club badge in front of the cameras during training on Thursday. (Telegraph)

The Gunners' Emirates Stadium has gone 100% 'green' by switching to renewable energy. (IBTimes)

As Neymar signs a world record deal with Paris St-Germain, Sir Stanley Matthews' first professional contract with Stoke City is going up for auction. His weekly wage was £5. (Stoke Sentinel)

PSG attacking midfielder Javier Pastore has offered Neymar his number 10 shirt, saying: "I want to make him feel comfortable and happy from day one." (PSG website)

Ex-Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, now in charge of Birmingham, says Spurs have the best starting XI in England. (Talksport)

Two lower-tier American teams have asked the Court of Arbitration for Sport to impose promotion and relegation on the US football pyramid. (NBC)

Dating app Tinder have confirmed they are interested in sponsoring Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Best of Thursday's transfer news

Monaco's 18-year-old forward Kylian Mbappe has decided to leave the club, with Real Madrid, Manchester City and Paris St-Germain in the race to sign him. (L'Equipe - in French)

Barcelona have already made contact with Monaco over a move for the highly rated French forward. (Le10Sport - in French)

And the Spanish club will use the money from Neymar's sale to fund moves for Chelsea attacking midfielder Eden Hazard, 26, and Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho, 25. (Sun)

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to make Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, 25, his first summer signing from Southampton in a £2m deal. (Sun)

Chelsea are in no hurry to sell Costa and are determined to hold out for their asking price. (Daily Star)






Guardian Rumour Mill

Nick Miller

Are you still interested in transfer stuff? Quite a big one happened yesterday, so we’d understand if you couldn’t be bothered. But the demand for this sort of guff seems insatiable, so maybe you do want more. If so, read on.

So Barcelona need a new willowy, skilful forward, ideally one that plays from the left of a three-man attack and is good enough to replace that chap with the hair that split town on Thursday. Well, according to the Daily Star, the man they have in mind is Eden Hazard, who has told Barça that he’d be delighted to move there, issuing a SNUB to Real Madrid in the process. Meanwhile, Diego Costa is supposedly calling in the lawyers in order to force through a move to Atlético Madrid, which seems a bit much. Chelsea will console themselves after these two blows by trying to gazump Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk.

With one saga over, another begins. According to our pals in Spain, Zinedine Zidane reckons that Real Madrid will have to sell Gareth Bale if they want to sign Kylian Mbappé. That’s not necessarily to raise the dough, although that’s clearly a factor, but more that Zidane doesn’t think the young colt can fit with Bale, Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, so one of them has to go. Obviously, Manchester United’s collective ears have pricked up at that talk, and are supposedly prepping a £90m bid for Gaz.

In other saga news, there’s chat doing the rounds that Monaco are the latest club in for Alexis Sánchez. They’ll offer £45m for the Arsenal forward, it says here, the cheeky little rascals. Everton are back in for Olivier Giroud as well, which we suspect will be rather less of a crushing blow. Across town, Tottenham are sending last season’s deadline day mistake Moussa Sissoko on loan to Trabzonspor in order to make way for whatever error they’re going to make this time, while they’re also sniffing around Giovanni ‘Son of Diego’ Simeone, currently a forward at Genoa.

Other stuff: Frank de Boer wants Manchester United kid Tim Fosu-Mensah; Bournemouth have had a £20m bid for Demarai Gray rejected; Watford want Alberto Moreno and Aaron Lennon; West Ham and Besiktas have been on the phone to Sunderland because they want Lamine Koné and Jeremain Lens respectively; and in ‘What Could Possibly Go Wrong?’ news, Sunderland are also supposedly keen on Ross McCormack.






C&H

Hammers want Lanzini tied down fast

West Ham are today reported to be speeding up contract talks with Manuel Lanzini fearing Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp will swoop on him.

The £200 million euros PSG switch for Neymar has apparently increased Barcelona’s interest for Phillipe Coutinho and there has been a long term belief that Lanzini is Liverpool’s favoured replacement should that take place.

Despite him having three years left on his Hammers deal the board have been trying to tie the Argentine down to a new deal.

They are still waiting for him to agree and are now believed to be ready to make this their number one priority whilst apparently keeping an eye on Ross Barkley’s Everton situation.

The Toffees midfielder has no future at the club and could become a loan or permanent target for us should the worst Lanzini scenario unfold.

The midfielder’s absence from the Hammers team since suffering a minor injury during a pre-season game is also being viewed with some cynicism by fans as the Liverpool story rumbles on.

Since the start of the year the Hammers prioritised handing new deals to three of their best players, Lanzini, Pedro Obiang and Michael Antonio.

Midfielder Pedro Obiang and Michail Antonio have put pen to paper on new long term deals but Lanzini still hasn’t agreed terms





Mail

West Ham, Celtic, Fulham and Brighton are weighing up a move for Lorient striker Abdul Majeed Waris.

The Ghana international, who had trials with Manchester City as a teenager, is available for around £9m.

Waris came to England when he was 17 on a student visa from the Right to Dream Academy and studied at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire while playing at the Nike academy.

However, he was unable to gain a work permit and signed for BK Hacken in Sweden on the recommendation of former England assistant manager Tord Grip.

He scored 26 goals in 32 games there to become Sweden's player of the year in 2012. Spartak Moscow then signed him for £8m but he failed to settle amid racist abuse.

Waris has since found his form again in France with Lorient where he has scored 21 goals in 58 games, predominantly from the wing.

His pace, technique and power have alerted British clubs struggling to find value in an inflated market.






Inside Futbol

West Ham Hold Strong Interest In Everton Linked Mario Lemina

West Ham United hold serious interest in Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, who has also been linked with Everton this summer.

Lemina is ready to move on from the Italian champions as he bids to make sure he enjoys more regular first team football next season than was the case last term in Turin.

Juventus are aware of Lemina's frustrations and are ready to let him leave for the right price.

Ronald Koeman's Everton have been linked with the midfielder, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is mooted to be a fan, but it is West Ham who hold serious interest at present, according to Sky Italia.

West Ham could soon make a move to take Lemina to the Premier League as Slaven Bilic bids to continue strengthening his squad.

The Gabon international managed just 899 minutes across Juventus' Serie A campaign last term and only 270 minutes of action in the Champions League, a competition the Bianconeri reached the final of.

Lemina, 23, has a further three years remaining on his contract at Juventus.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

jimbo2. 10:43 Fri Aug 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Still another 2or 3 to come in? Thanks Al.

Thanks Alan 8:54 Fri Aug 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
charleyfarley 11:29 Fri Aug 4

charleyfarley 2:31 Fri Aug 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Al *blushes*

The_Phantom 1:51 Fri Aug 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Really dont want Lanzini to leave but if he does then id like that Montpeller midfielder, Bou something.

BubblesCyprus 1:17 Fri Aug 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated

Takashi Miike 11:45 Fri Aug 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
thanks Alan, Lemina would be a very good signing

Alan 11:42 Fri Aug 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Guardian Rumour Mill added.

...and, thanks Charley.
Love you xx

charleyfarley 11:29 Fri Aug 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Ted for thanking Alan & thanks Al

ted fenton 11:21 Fri Aug 4
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.





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