WHO Poll
Q: Manuel Pellegrini
a. A great signing for the Club and maybe the change of direction we all need
b. It will only be a great signing if the Board back him with decent funds
c. This is West Ham so it will only end in farce
d. I'm not sure about this one, I'll wait until SKY is back to hear what Gary Neville thinks, then I'll voice my opinion

Alan 12:44 Tue Aug 29
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City have offered Raheem Sterling plus cash in an attempt to tempt Arsenal to sell Alexis Sanchez. (Mirror)

Manchester United have been given encouragement in a potential deal for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, 28. (Marca, via Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea are close to signing Leicester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 27, for £40m, as well as 24-year-old Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal. (Express)

Liverpool are still making Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk, 26, one of their transfer priorities as a part of a £200m recruitment drive. (Mail)

Swansea are serious contenders to sign Bayern Munich's 20-year-old Portugal midfielder Renato Sanches. (Wales Online)

Manchester City plan to make a last-ditch bid for 28-year-old Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez. (Goal)

Chelsea are close to selling 28-year-old striker Diego Costa back to Atletico Madrid in a £30m deal. (Mirror)

Manchester City are expected to make a fresh bid for defender Jonny Evans, 29, after Leicester failed with a £21m offer. (Mirror)

Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala, 26, could join West Brom as part a deal for the Northern Ireland defender. (ESPN)

Liverpool have had two bids rejected by Monaco for 21-year-old winger Thomas Lemar. (Sky Sports)

Crystal Palace are close to a £25m agreement with Liverpool for the signing of 27-year-old defender Mamadou Sakho. (Mail)

Tottenham could miss out on Paris St-Germain defender Serge Aurier, as the 24-year-old prefers a move to Manchester United. (SFR Sport, via Sun)

Sam Allardyce is being considered for a surprise return to Crystal Palace, should the Eagles sack manager Frank de Boer. (Mirror)

Manchester United will give left-back Luke Shaw a new deal to stop the 22-year-old leaving on a free transfer. (Sun)

Brazil's team doctor Michael Simoni says Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho's back problem is due to stress over his future. The 25-year-old is a target for Barcelona. (Sun)

Juventus chief Beppe Marotta says the Serie A champions will make a fresh move for Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, 23, in January. (Premium Sport, via Talksport)

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 34, will stay at Napoli despite an offer from Paris St-Germain. (AS - in Spanish)

Barcelona director Robert Fernandez says the club intend to sign one or two more players before the transfer window shuts, having completed a £135.5m deal for Borussia Dortmund forward Ousmane Dembele. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Juventus have moved closer to signing Schalke's 29-year-old Germany defender Benedikt Howedes. (Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Everton will reject Olympiakos' offer for 29-year-old winger Kevin Mirallas. (Het Laatste Nieuws, via Talksport)

Norwich City are interested in Bristol City defender Aden Flint, 28, who is also a target for Birmingham City. (Birmingham Mail)

Midfielder Ravel Morrison, 24, is set to join Mexican club Atlas on a season-long loan deal from Lazio. (La Aficion - in Spanish)

Former Newcastle midfielder Remy Cabella, 27, is set to join Saint-Etienne on loan from Marseille. (L'Equipe - in French)


Manchester United have resurfaced a private road outside their Carrington training ground to protect their players' luxury cars. (Sun)

Barcelona's new £96m signing Ousmane Dembele failed to impress fans with an embarrassing attempt at kick-ups during his Nou Camp unveiling. (Mail)

Nottingham Forest fans appeared to come to blows as the City Ground ran out of pies during the weekend defeat by Leeds. (Mirror)

Romania manager Christoph Daum turned down the offer of a free fishing rod from a member of the country's press during a news conference on Monday. (Reuters, via Eurosport)
Best of Monday's transfer news

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)

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)

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)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Look at the state of the Premier League. With three days left of the transfer market, almost every club is rushing around on a desperate spending spree, pushing and hollering like citizens stocking up on tinned food before the outbreak of war. It is as if no one told them until now that the transfer window shuts on Thursday.

At least Manchester United and Huddersfield Town did their shopping early so now all they have to do is sit back and laugh at everyone else. Or perhaps join everyone else in laughing at Arsenal, whose years of frugality have somehow led to the club having a surplus of inadequate players and a couple of gaping holes in their bloated squad. At least it looks like Arsenal are going to flog Shkodran Mustafi to Internazionale and Kieran Gibbs to Watford so Arsène Wenger may still get an opportunity to splash out on a top-class holding midfielder in time to leave him on the bench for the next big game.

Liverpool are in Monaco and a state of confusion. They’ve had two bids for Thomas Lemar turned down and are mulling over a third. What they should be doing, of course, is bundling Fabinho into a car and heading to the airport, since Monaco are said to be willing to let the central midfielder go to anyone except Paris Saint-Germain. PSG covet the Brazilian but Monaco won’t play any more ball with the club from the capital, who are already poised to snare Kylian Mbappé. There’s a claim going about today, by the way, that Arsenal could have signed Mbappé nearly three years ago but turned their noses up at a deal that would have allegedly involved handing over a vast fee to the family of a player who had not yet even played a professional match. It would be unreasonable to slag off Wenger for that, so some folks are already getting stuck in.

When Liverpool are finished in Monaco, they’re going to don their most contrite expression and head to Southampton. They’ll be carrying a case-full of money and a DVD of Sunday’s match at Anfield, just in case Virgil van Dijk has been getting any ideas about joining Arsenal instead. Juventus must have seen that match because they are now apparently interested in getting their hands on Emre Can. But Liverpool want to hold on to him now that he’s on a roll. The Mill isn’t convinced that roll will last but no one wants to hear that right now.

Meanwhile, anyone who thought Paul Clement was only going to use his blue-cup contacts to prise Sam Clucas from Hull City will need to think again when Swansea complete one of the most eye-catching signings of the summer: the Welsh side are in contention to lure Renato Sanches from one of Clement’s former employers, Bayern Munich.

Once Chelsea complete the signing of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, they’re going to wrap up a deal for Ross Barkley. When two unfulfilled English potentials get a multi-million pound move to the champions, you know the coach has a tremendous faith in his own ability and someone has a quota to meet.

In a predictable end to a strange affair, Chelsea are in talks about accepting a ransom from Atlético Madrid so that Diego Costa will liberate himself from the house in Brazil where he is holding himself against Chelsea’s will.

Elsewhere, several Premier League clubs are still considering a move for Borussia Dortmund’s slinky young midfielder Emre Mor. But he’s about to join Celta Vigo. Burnley are hoping to complete a deal for Lorient’s Ghanaian forwad Abdul Majid Waris, who is awaiting a work permit. Manchester City are hopeful of signing Alexis Sánchez and Jonny Evans this week so that high-end tunnel-gawkers will have some new exhibits to drool over.

Tottenham Hotspur are enjoying a long breakfast. Then Daniel Levy might do a crossword or go for a ramble around the Hertfordshire countryside and fill a punnet with wild blueberries and perhaps even a couple of gooseberries. And then, on Thursday, he’ll spring into transfer action. And lo, Spurs will still have all their goalscoring eggs in the baskets of Dele Alli and Harry Kane.


Why West Ham United hold the key to Gabigol's move away from Inter

Premier League basement club may hold the key to Brazilian striker Gabigol’s future despite not being interested in buying him. The Hammers are however, showing interest in Mexican striker Raul Jimenez currently at Benfica and Portuguese daily Record states that if the Premier League side agree a deal to take him to the London Stadium to join his international team-mate Javier Hernandez, then Gabigol will be heading to the Lisbon giants.

The 20-year-old frontman is desperate to kick start his career elsewhere after a forgettable year in Italy and Benfica have already agreed to take him on-loan for the remainder of the current campaign, if they can off-load Jimenez. The Lisbon side need to make cuts on the payroll and according to Record, cannot afford to bring the former Santos man in without first making a sale.

Gabigol has found game-time almost impossible at the San Siro and under new boss Luciano Spalletti, faces another bleak winter if he remains with the Nerrazzuri.


West Ham deliver ultimatum to Sporting Lisbon over William Carvalho as they attempt to get price lowered

The Hammers are hoping to land Carvalho before Thursday's transfer deadline - but for a reduced fee

By John Cross

West Ham have delivered an ultimatum to Sporting Lisbon over defensive midfielder William Carvalho.

The Hammers have bid £30million plus £5m in add-ons – but the Portuguese club have moved the goalposts by increasing the initial asking price to £40m.

That has infuriated West Ham , who insist their last offer is final and that they will not be held to ransom.

The Londoners have replied and said, ‘Drop the price by £5m, or forget it’.

Portugal’s Carvalho, 25, is now the only transfer target on their radar as they look to back under-pressure boss Slaven Bilic.


Hammers in move for central defender

The Hammers have made a late bid for Valencia defender Aymen Abdennour.

They are trying to persuade him to turn his back on a move to Zenit St Petersburg and instead move to the London Stadium and the Premier League.

However, the Tunisian is reported to have completed a medical with Zenit and appears to have little interest in a move to England.

Valencia are reported ready to get rid of Abdennour with RMC Sport claiming the Spanish side are willing to send him out on loan for two years for free in order to get rid of him.

Valencia have dropped their asking price the €15m price to around 10 million for a permanent move despite the well respected www.transfermarkt.com valuing him at around 5 million.

The 29 year old can play at centre or left back and is under contract to Valencia until 2020.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

BennyJay 3:11 Wed Aug 30
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Not that I give a toss because it doesn't affect us.

But the Sanchez / Sterling + 30 mio seems mental

Raheem Sterling 22 year old best years to come.

Alexi 29 year old at or poss past his peak.

Mental transfer market.

Mart O 5:51 Tue Aug 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

BTW, Abdennour is having a medical at Marseille today apparently, so sounds like we can scratch that one...

Mex Martillo 3:52 Tue Aug 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

BubblesCyprus 3:08 Tue Aug 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

andyd12345 1:37 Tue Aug 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Do they not raise that spunking another £15m on a centre half won't solve the defensive problems? We could sign Kompany & Hummels and we'd still ship 3 a game

ted fenton 1:11 Tue Aug 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:46 Tue Aug 29

Thanks Alan 12:46 Tue Aug 29
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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