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Alan 12:54 Sun Aug 6
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Barcelona are preparing to make a bid for England and Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli, 21, after selling Neymar for £200m. (Sunday Express)

Alli's Spurs team-mate Eric Dier, 23, has attracted interest from Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga champions are ready to make a £50m offer for the England midfielder. (Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Barcelona want to sign Monaco's 21-year-old France winger Thomas Lemar. (Sunday Mirror)

Everton will move for Arsenal striker Danny Welbeck, 26, if they cannot persuade his French team-mate Olivier Giroud, 30, to leave the Emirates. (Sunday People)

Toffees boss Ronald Koeman is hoping to sign 31-year-old former Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen from Barcelona. (Sun on Sunday)

Real Madrid have assured Wales midfielder Gareth Bale, 28, he is "the future of the club", in a move that will disappoint Manchester United. (Observer)

Chelsea still hope to beat Liverpool to the signature of Southampton's 26-year-old Dutch defender Virgil van Dijk. (Evening Standard)

But Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has told Chelsea they have "no chance" of signing Brazilian left-back Alex Sandro, 26. (ESPN FC)

Swansea City must pay £13m if they want to re-sign striker Wilfried Bony from Manchester City. (Sunday Mirror)

Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz says he is not worried about losing France forward Ousmane Dembele, 20. (Metro)

Barcelona want Nice's Ivory Coast midfielder Jean-Michael Seri, 26, who is also being pursued by Arsenal. (Mundo Deportivo via Metro)

Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow in their pursuit of 27-year-old Rennes midfielder Benjamin Andre. (Sunday Express)

Newcastle are targeting West Ham goalkeeper Adrian, 30, to bolster their goalkeeping options. (Sky Sports)

A mystery ­Chinese buyer has expressed an ­interest in buying out some of Manchester United's shareholders. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Stoke City are closing in on Cameroon forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, 28, who is a free agent after leaving German club Schalke. (Sentinel)

West Bromwich Albion will not sell Belgian winger Nacer Chadli, 28, to Swansea City, despite strong interest from the Welsh club. (Express & Star)

Baggies boss Tony Pulis is set to offer Everton's Gareth Barry, 36, a two-year deal to replace Darren Fletcher, who moved to Stoke this summer. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United's Uruguay defender Guillermo Varela, 24, is set to re-join Penarol four years after leaving to move to Old Trafford. (Manchester Evening News)

Premier League newcomers Brighton want a forward and a goalkeeper before the transfer window closes. (The Argus)

Aston Villa's French defender Jordan Amavi, 25, is wanted by Marseille on loan with a view to a permanent move. (Birmingham Mail)

Everton's 19-year-old forward Ademola Lookman is wanted by Derby County on loan. (Mail on Sunday)

Bolton manager Phil Parkinson is close to signing a new contract with the Championship club. Parkinson, 49, has been in charge since June 2016.(Bolton News)

Switzerland defender Johan Djourou's move to Sheffield Wednesday has collapsed despite the former Arsenal player passing a medical.(Sheffield Star)

Southampton manager Mauricio Pellegrino has played down suggestions that Saints are about to complete a £16m deal for Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, 23. (Daily Echo)

Meanwhile...

Neymar's father has revealed the "attitude of the board" at Barcelona lost his support and he wanted his son to complete a move to Paris St-Germain. (Sunday Mirror)

But the Brazilian may not have been entirely honest about when he chose to leave the La Liga side for France according to fellow countryman Dani Alves. (Metro)

Southampton boss Mauricio Pellegrino has said working under Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez was "like earning a Masters" degree.(Chronicle Live)

Arsenal defender Rob Holding says he called Chelsea striker Diego Costa "a nutter" as part of their "mind games" during the FA Cup final last season.(ESPN FC)

Best of Saturday's transfer news

Chelsea have reportedly contacted Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier, 24, amid speculation he could join Manchester United. (Manchester Evening News)

Monaco manager Leonardo Jardim has hinted that 18-year-old striker Kylian Mbappe - targeted by a number of clubs including Real Madrid, Manchester United, Barcelona and Arsenal - could leave before the close of the transfer window for a big enough offer. (Independent)

Philippe Coutinho has been left out of Liverpool's squad for Saturday's friendly against Athletic Bilbao because of a back injury. The 25-year-old midfielder is wanted by Barcelona as a replacement for Neymar, who has joined Paris St-Germain. (Daily Mirror)

Barcelona have wasted no time in finding a replacement for Neymar after making contact with Borussia Dortmund over French forward Ousmane Dembele, 20. (Daily Mail)

Dembele says he welcomes the transfer speculation linking him with the club at the moment. (Metro)







Football London

Odds cut on West Ham signing Bas Dost but Everton and Newcastle are in the race

The giant striker had a brilliant campaign last season

By Sam Inkersole

Sky Bet have made West Ham second favourites to sign Sporting Lisbon striker Bas Dost this summer behind Newcastle in the race but ahead of Everton.

The 6ft 5 striker banged in 34 goals in 31 league games last season in an incredible season and that has seen him linked with a move to the Premier League this summer.

The Magpies have reportedly made a whopping £35m offer for the Dutchman already according to Portuguese outlet A Bola, a large amount of cash for a 28-year-old.

The Toon Army are 11/4 on to sign Bas Dost, but West Ham have been shortened to 4/1 and Everton into 6/1 to clinch his signature.

The Hammers have already signed Javier Hernandez this summer from Bayer Leverkusen but have allowed striker Ashley Fletcher to leave the club for Middlesbrough. Diafra Sakho has returned to match action on Saturday in a friendly game but there are lingering fitness doubts over both him and Andy Carroll ahead of the coming season.

A Bola also claim however, that Bas Dost has a mammoth £53m release clause in his contract so while the odds might be short, the likelihood of anyone signing him is rather far-fetched.





Southern Echo

Mauricio Pellegrino plays down reports Southampton are to sign £16m Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina

Mauricio Pellegrino has played down suggestions that Saints are about to complete a £16m deal for Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina.

Reports have suggested that Lemina is set to undergo a medical at St Mary’s tomorrow ahead of the move.

However, after the 2-0 win over Sevilla, the new Saints boss said: “I don’t know anything about him.

“We are studying the market with some options.

“It is difficult to bring in important players and hopefully some of them can come in to make us stronger.”






Soccersouls

Why West Ham Could Significantly Strengthen With The Signing Of This 23-year Juventus Ace

Why Signing Mario Lemina Would Strengthen West Ham Significantly

West Ham United are set to make a move for Juventus midfielder Mario Lemina, according to reports from talkSPORT. Manager Slaven Bilic is keen on strengthening his midfield ahead of the coming season and sees the Gabon international as the ideal man to bring into the squad.

The Hammers have had quite a strong transfer window, having brought in several players of proven quality, unlike last summer. Till date, the club has signed Pablo Zabaleta on a free transfer after he was released by Manchester City, Joe Hart on loan from City again and have also added Marko Arnautovic from Stoke City and Javier Hernandez from Bayer Leverkusen.

The central midfield area isn’t much of a concern for the Hammers, given that they have options in the form of captain Mark Noble, Cheikhou Kouyate, Pedro Obiang and the young Edimilson Fernandes. However, with Obiang coming in after a lengthy layoff due to an injury and Kouyate set to miss the start of the season due to a knee injury he picked during the pre-season, combined with Noble’s misfiring form, adding another body to the midfield positions wouldn’t be the worst idea for the club.

The 23-year old Lemina has been with Juventus for two years now, having first joined the club on loan in 2015 from Ligue1 side Marseille before making a permanent move at the end of the 2015/16 season, after a series of impressive displays. Last season, he made 19 Serie A appearances in all competitions for the Bianconeri, scoring and assisting one goal apiece.

Till date, he has played 42 times for the club and has found the back of the net 3 times. A full international with Gabon, he has made 6 appearances for the national team, scoring once.

Lemina might not have played a lot with Juve, but that is not because of the lack of ability, as it had more to do with the options at manager Massimiliano Allegri’s disposal, with the likes of Sami Khedira, Miralem Pjanic, Claudio Marchisio etc. The 23-year old has proven himself with every opportunity he has been afforded so far and looks the part.

A supreme passer of the ball, Lemina can sit deep and spray balls upfield with surgical precision. Last season in the Serie A, he had a brilliant pass success percentage of 90%. Tall and strong, he can hold his own against opponents and provides that physical presence during set-pieces. Every now and then, he has that tendency to run forward with the ball, by putting his good dribbling skills to use and also drifts out wide to cross the ball into the box. The 23-year old is also an astute tackler and can shield the ball very well under pressure too.

Due to these all-round attributes, he has been often been likened to former Juventus midfielder and Manchester United’s record signing, Paul Pogba. The kind of attacking mentality that he brings, combined with the strong defensive nous, makes him an asset to have in the ranks.

Lemina has shown great amount of potential so far and has given a good account of himself at each opportunity that has come his way. With regular game time, he has the talent to grow into a formidable all-round midfielder and West Ham will benefit greatly if they manage to get him on their books before the deadline day.



Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Dowies Love Child 6:24 Mon Aug 7
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
We should try to get Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting not because he is any good, I have no clue, but he does have a fantastic name.

Thanks Alan 7:53 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 1:56 Sun Aug 6

Texas Iron 5:19 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

BubblesCyprus 4:44 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan much appreciated.

jimbo2. 2:56 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Lemina sounds good, if we could get him. Thanks Al!

Mex Martillo 2:15 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
I like the sound of Mario Lemina, could he be the new Brooking - Devonshire - Carrick, that we have been missing for years.
I would love to see him come in.
Thanks Alan

charleyfarley 2:06 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Merci beaucoup Monsieur Alan

Sven Roeder 1:58 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

ted fenton 1:56 Sun Aug 6
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Mart O 1:08 Sun Aug 6

The Stoat 1:47 Sun Aug 6
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Should try and keep Adrian

Tomshardware 1:23 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Mart O 1:08 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

RBshorty 1:03 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Alan.

Mr. Burns 1:02 Sun Aug 6
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers Al





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