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Alan 11:55 Mon Aug 28
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Liverpool have made an inquiry to sign 21-year-old Monaco's France midfielder Thomas Lemar for a club record fee of up to £55m. (Daily Telegraph)

Paris St-Germain have reached an agreement for the loan of 18-year-old Monaco's France forward Kylian Mbappe with an option to buy for £166m. (L'Equipe - in French)

Chelsea are optimistic a deal can be struck for £30m-rated Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, before Thursday's transfer deadline. (Daily Telegraph)

The future of Crystal Palace's Dutch manager Frank de Boer is in doubt after three defeats from the opening three games of the Premier League season. (Guardian)

West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic is battling to save his job after failing to secure a point in the first three games. (Sun)

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has left open the possibility of Belgium striker Divock Origi, 22, going out on loan provided the club can bring in players before the transfer window closes. (Liverpool Echo)

Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi is preparing to leave the Gunners for Inter Milan just a year after the Germany international, 25, joined them for £35m from Valencia. (ESPN)

Stoke have agreed a £15m deal with Tottenham for 24-year-old Austria defender Kevin Wimmer. (Sky Sports)

Former Cologne player Wimmer will have a medical with the Potters on Monday after Tottenham and Stoke agreed on an initial £15m fee, with a further £3m due in add-ons. (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea forward Loic Remy, 30, is wanted by Spanish side Las Palmas and Italian outfit Cagliari. (Daily Mail)

Chelsea manager Antonio Conte remains totally committed to the Premier League champions even if they fail to sign any more players before the close of the transfer window. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea will revive their interest in Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, 32, with a bid as they look to make at least three signings before the window closes. (Independent)

Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, 29, is a target for Napoli who have contacted the Reds about a potential switch. (Gianluca Di Marzio)

West Brom have made a £10m move for Fenerbahce's 28-year-old Brazil midfielder Josef de Souza, known as Souza, as well as asking about Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings, 24. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle are mulling over a list of left-backs with Independiente's 24-year-old Argentine Nicolas Tagliafico and Ecuador full-back Cristian Ramirez, 23, of Russian club FC Krasnodar potential targets. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Swansea City will offer Manchester City £13m as they attempt to re-sign striker Wilfried Bony, who they sold to City in January 2015 in a deal worth up to £28m. (Daily Mail)

Birmingham remain in talks over a club-record deal for Ghana midfielder Afriyie Acquah although Torino do not want to sell the 25-year-old. (Sky Sports)

Former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry has questioned why Chile forward Alexis Sanchez would stay with the Gunners after their 4-0 thrashing at Liverpool. The 28-year-old has one year left on his contract and has been linked with Manchester City. (Sky Sports)

Best of Sunday's transfer news

Arsenal are prepared to meet a £75m buyout clause to sign Real Madrid's Spain midfielder Marco Asensio, 21, before Thursday's transfer deadline. (Sunday Express)

Everton will move for £40m-rated Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy, 30, who is also wanted by Chelsea. (Sunday Mirror)

West Ham's proposed club-record move for £38m-rated Sporting Lisbon and Portugal midfielder William Carvalho, 25, has been placed in jeopardy by their poor form. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Arsenal are set to lose defender Kieran Gibbs, 27, midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24, forward Lucas Perez, 28, and defender Shkodran Mustafi, 25, before the transfer window closes. (Sunday Telegraph)

Liverpool are pushing to sign Oxlade-Chamberlain, who has also been linked with Chelsea. (Sunday Mirror)

Liverpool have set a Monday deadline for Barcelona to agree a fee for 25-year-old midfielder Philippe Coutinho. (Onda Cero - in Spanish)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Barry Glendenning

Having thrashed Arsenal on the field yesterday, Liverpool hope to get the better of them again by hijacking the Gunners’ move for Monaco midfielder Thomas Lemar. Arsenal have made no secret of their interest in the 21-year-old and are reported to have had three bids rejected by a club that has already lost Benjamin Mendy and Tiémoué Bakayoko, and looks likely to bid farewell to Killian Mbappe in the coming days. While Arsène Wenger has described any hopes of bringing Lemar to the Emirates as “dead because Monaco closed the door”, reports from France suggest Liverpool are ready to bid £55m for a player that, on the face of all available evidence so far this season, they don’t actually need.

Speaking after his side’s emphatic win over Arsenal, Jürgen Klopp refused to be drawn on the future of Divock Origi, who was left out of Sunday’s match-day squad and may well end up being shipped out on loan before Thursday’s transfer deadline. “That’s not something to talk about here,” he said. “If players come in, I think it makes sense to think about what we do on the other side.

The Spanish sports magazine Don Balón claim Manchester United have lodged a €100m (£92m) bid for Gareth Bale, who was jeered by the Bernabéu crowd after missing several chances during Real Madrid’s 2-2 draw with Valencia on Sunday night before being replaced by Lucas Vázquez in the 74th minute. With his place in the first team far from secure given the rise of Marco Asensio, who scored both Real’s goals last night, United’s bid is an interesting development. Bale said earlier this summer that he wishes to stay in Madrid, while Real’s president, Florentino Pérez, insisted he is not for sale. But €100m is €100m and even in these crazy times that kind of money doesn’t so much talk as lovingly serenade.

Dashingly handsome Swansea striker Fernando Llorente may be the subject of a bid from Chelsea, whose manager, Antonio Conte, is a long-time admirer of the blue-eyed boy from Pamplona. Any deal would be dependent on the success or failure of the Welsh club’s ongoing efforts to re-sign Wilfried Boney from Manchester City, where the Ivorian has had an unhappy, injury-blighted time of it since moving to the Etihad in 2015. Eliaquim Mangala is also expected to head for the Manchester City exit door and move to Internazionale, who are ready to take him on loan. The France international has also been mooted as a potential makeweight in City’s efforts to bring Jonny Evans in from West Brom. The Star say City are also ready to offer Arsenal £70m and Belgian central defender Jason Denayer in exchange for Alexis Sanchez. If they fail in their efforts to convince Arsenal to sell, the Borussia Dortmund striker and Rumour Mill staple Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is next on Pep Guardiola’s shopping list.

The Tottenham Hotspur central defender Kevin Wimmer will sign for Stoke City today subject to a medical after the two clubs agreed a fee of £15m for the Austrian international, while the Chelsea striker Loïc Rémy is wanted by Newcastle United, Cagliari and Las Palmas. Newcastle are also interested tightening their defence by bringing in a new left-back, with Independiente’s Nicolás Tagliafico and FC Krasnodar’s Cristian Ramírez rumoured to have got Rafael Benítez’s antennae twitching.


Manager on Monday

Bilic: Hard work, handling pressure and potential recruitment

Slaven Bilic says ‘bad times’ like West Ham United’s current predicament need to bring out the best in his management.

The Hammers sit bottom of the Premier League table after three consecutive defeats to start the season at Manchester United, Southampton and Newcastle United.

Speaking after Saturday’s 3-0 reverse at St James’ Park, Bilic again lamented the mistakes that led to the opponents’ goals, but knows actions on the training pitch and in the home opener with Huddersfield Town on Monday 11 September will speak louder than words.

“We have had three games and three defeats,” he began. “Again, we conceded three goals so of course I feel pressure. Of course, we can say they were three away games but we have no points and we don’t look good.

“I hate it [when we make mistakes] but this is a job about good times and bad times, and you have to show your quality as a manager more in the bad times than in the good times. So, we have to work very hard to come out of this situation. I’ve done it before, of course, and I have to do it again.”

“I talked to the guys after the game and I said ‘Nobody can take us out of this situation but ourselves’. There is no other thing to do than to work hard, to dig in and for us to show the quality we have got on paper, on the pitch.”

Bilic was asked if he will try to remedy the situation by delving into the transfer market, which closes on Thursday, but he insisted a last-gasp recruitment drive was not necessarily the answer.

“It’s not about the transfer window,” he said. “OK, we were looking for one more player, but we had done a good job on paper in the transfer window.

“We made a good squad, a squad which looked good enough to have a good season. OK, it’s still early in the season, but it’s not about the transfer window. It wasn’t because of one player – we didn’t look good as a team.”

Reflecting further on Saturday’s loss, Bilic pointed to defensive errors and the Magpies’ counter-attacking abilities as the major reasons for Newcastle’s victory.

“They were better in the second balls and the transitions and they were hurting us, to be fair. Then, in the second half, we looked good up until the second goal and we had a chance and it maybe looked like we were going to score a goal and turn the game around.

“Then we made another mistake in an area where it is dangerous and they were better than us. The whole game they were better than us, even though they didn’t create anything up until the first goal.

“We knew they didn’t have magicians in the middle of the park, but they were getting second balls and were really good in the transitions after they were getting them. They totally deserved it.”

West Ham return to Premier League action after the international break at London Stadium on Monday 11 September at 8pm.


Crystal Palace keen on West Ham United defender Jose Fonte - sources

Peter O'Rourke

West Ham United defender Jose Fonte is being lined up for a return to his former club Crystal Palace, sources close to the Hammers have told ESPN FC.

Fonte joined West Ham from Southampton in January, but they are ready to let him move on.

The Portugal international, who spent three seasons at Palace from 2007, has struggled to make an impact at the London Stadium.

He has started just one Premier League game this season, against Southampton, when he conceded a penalty in a 3-2 defeat.

Fonte was left on the bench for Saturday's defeat at Newcastle United and that has alerted Palace, who are looking to bolster their central defensive options before the window closes.

The south Londoners have endured a tough start to the season, losing all three of their Premier League games and conceding six goals without scoring.

Manager Frank de Boer is determined to bring in new faces and could now move for Fonte.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 11:30 Tue Aug 29
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 4:50 Mon Aug 28
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Thanks Alan good read as always

Mart O 2:14 Mon Aug 28
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Thanks Alan 12:04 Mon Aug 28

wd40 2:02 Mon Aug 28
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‘Nobody can take us out of this situation but ourselves''

what a outstanding forward looking skillful brain searching comment to the team .

outstanding management Slav !

Dr Matt 12:36 Mon Aug 28
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What a shock. So the reason we're not signing Carvahlo is poor form. Not lack of funds or desire.

People covering their backs 3 games in to the season. Embarrassing.

GreenStreetPlayer 12:05 Mon Aug 28
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

"Then in the second half we looked good up to their second goal".
"The whole game they were better than us".

Mixed messages. Confusing. God knows what he is telling the players. One minute they are this, the next.

Thanks Alan 12:04 Mon Aug 28
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ted fenton 12:03 Mon Aug 28

ted fenton 12:03 Mon Aug 28
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Mad Dog 11:59 Mon Aug 28

Mad Dog 11:59 Mon Aug 28
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Thanks Alan

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