WHO Poll
Q: 2018/19 Wolves (H)
a. At last we have a win now let's make it two, Win
b. A win against 10 men and two leagues below us is fine, but this will be much harder I'll take a point, Draw
c. Who are we kidding, a win against Wimbledon and all is rosy, forget it we're getting our arses kicked in this one, Lose
d. It's at times like these when you really do miss Love Island
e. I was all over this game until I found out it's not on the box, the broadcasting companies really don't care about us hard core fans do they, I might pop off to Thorpe Park for the day instead, obviously in my WHU shirt

Alan 10:24 Thu Aug 31
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal are attempting to seal a last-minute deal for Paris St-Germain and Germany forward Julian Draxler, 23 - otherwise they will block Alexis Sanchez's move to Manchester City. (Daily Mirror)

City will make a £70m cash bid for Chile forward Sanchez, 28, and have already sent a team of legal and medical officials to South America to get the deal done as quickly as possible. (Independent)

City's hopes of signing Northern Ireland defender Jonny Evans, 29, from West Brom are hanging in the balance, with France centre-back Eliaquim Mangala, 26, not keen on moving the other way. Arsenal and Leicester have had bids worth £25m for Evans rejected by West Brom. (Daily Telegraph)

Crystal Palace are hoping to sign Mangala from City for £23m. (Sun)

Swansea are close to signing Bayern Munich's 20-year-old midfielder Renato Sanches on loan. (Guardian)

West Ham are lining up a season-long loan move for Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, 25. (Sun)

Spain striker Diego Costa, 28, is edging closer to rejoining Atletico Madrid as Chelsea consider a new bid of £49m. (Sun)

Chelsea are still in negotiations with Everton over their 23-year-old attacking midfielder Ross Barkley, but are running out of time to recruit the three signings manager Antonio Conte is demanding. (Daily Telegraph)

Tottenham are also considering bidding for Barkley. (Evening Standard)

Spurs are set to complete the signing of 24-year-old right-back Serge Aurier from Paris St‑Germain for £23m after the Home Office granted him a work permit. (Guardian)

Barcelona, Chelsea and Tottenham are all vying to sign Leicester's 26-year-old winger Riyad Mahrez. (L'Equipe - in French)

Chelsea are in advanced talks with Swansea over a deal for Spain striker Fernando Llorente, 32. (ESPN)

Liverpool are persisting with their £74m pursuit of Monaco and France midfielder Thomas Lemar, 21. (Independent)

Liverpool have medical staff on standby ready to travel to Paris to carry out another medical if a fee can be agreed between the two clubs for Lemar. (Liverpool Echo)

The Reds are also still prepared to pay up to £75m for Southampton's 26-year-old defender Virgil van Dijk. although Saints do not want to sell. (Times - subscription required)

Fulham have made a £15m offer for Newcastle's English striker Dwight Gayle, 27, but the Magpies want between £18m and £20m. (Daily Mail)

Newcastle are expecting a busy day of transfer activity before Thursday's deadline passes, with the club keen to sign Chelsea's 21-year-old winger Kenedy on loan. (Evening Chronicle)

Tottenham and West Ham are ready for a deadline day battle for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes, 24. (Daily Mirror)

Everton have made an offer to take Barcelona's Thomas Vermaelen, 31, on a season-long loan with a view to buying the Belgium defender. (Liverpool Echo)

Defender Philipp Wollscheid, 28, forward Bojan, 27, and midfielder Giannelli Imbula, 24, are all likely to leave Stoke, who are still pursuing Manchester City's 27-year-old midfielder Fabian Delph. (Stoke Sentinel)

Hull are close to signing Leicester's 24-year-old Nigerian forward Ahmed Musa on a season-long loan. (Hull Daily Mail)

Middlesbrough winger Adama Traore, 21, will not be allowed to leave the club, despite interest from French club Lille. (Evening Gazette)


Former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson chaired the Uefa Elite Coaches Forum which included the likes of Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho - but Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was a notable absentee. (Daily Telegraph)

Bournemouth and England striker Jermain Defoe says he has to keep his diet "boring" to carry on scoring for club and country at the age of 34. (Daily Mirror)

Best of Wednesday's transfer news

Liverpool have been given the green light to sign Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 24. (Daily Mirror)

Manchester City's Argentina striker Sergio Aguero could seek a January move if the club sign Arsenal's Chile forward Alexis Sanchez, 28, before Thursday's transfer deadline. (Manchester Evening News)

Tottenham are close to signing 19-year-old Argentina Under-20 defender Juan Foyth from Estudiantes for £8m and are still trying to push through the £23m signing of Paris St-Germain right-back Serge Aurier, 24. (Guardian)

Liverpool have agreed to sell 25-year-old Brazil midfielder Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in deal worth 160m euros (£148m). (Yahoo Sports)

Newcastle United have received a £15m offer from Championship club Fulham for striker Dwight Gayle, 26. (Chronicle)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

Remember when you used to get together with your pals in the playground to trade football stickers so that you could complete your album? Well that’s what today is like, except on a grander scale, and with actual footballers! And, of course, we’re not doing the trading, just sitting in front of our screens waiting to find out who’s got the best deals and which chumps will emerge from all the haggling still with empty spaces in their albums and a pile of duplicates of certain players. For the sake of suspense, let’s pretend we don’t already know that Arsenal will be one of them.

Mind you, there are rumblings that suggest Arsenal are about to get seriously busy. A move for Paris Saint-Germain’s Julian Draxler is said to be in the offing. Then again, an Arsenal move for Draxler has reportedly been in the offing since long before he was a PSG player so maybe expressing an interest in the silky German is just some kind of Arsène Wenger verbal tic.

The fact that many players are already away on international duty adds another layer of intrigue to today’s to-ing and fro-ing, and the Algeria Football Federation have been witty enough to play along: they have announced that Riyad Mahrez has been given permission to leave the Desert Foxes’ training camp prior their World Cup qualifier with Zambia “in order to complete his transfer to his new club”. Which club is that? They didn’t say, the cheeky teasers! And the Algerian media would only add that Mahrez is leaving Leicester to join “a European giant”. Does that include Everton? How about Arsenal? Both of those have been identified as possible destinations, but the favourites are Barcelona and Chelsea - and there’s even a suggestion that Manchester United may make a late return to the market to land a player they don’t really need but whom several of their rivals do.

If Mahrez or Draxler do end up at Arsenal, then the chances of Alexis Sánchez being freed to join Manchester City will surely rise.

Meanwhile, Tottenham Hotspur are plotting to turn the tables on Chelsea and avenge years of last-gasp gazumping by the Stamford Bridge club: Mauricio Pochettino has edged in front of Antonio Conte in the race to sign Swansea striker Fernando Llorente. Swansea are hoping to quickly nab a new striker, albeit one that has looked clapped out in recent times - they are confident of restoring Wilfried Bony to his form of yore.

With Liverpool refusing to lower the price of Mamadou Sakho despite making it plain that they want him gone, Crystal Palace are thinking of switching targets and are honing in on Manchester City’s Eliaquim Mangala, who could be replaced at City by West Brom’s Jonny Evans, assuming Arsenal are unsuccessful in their attempt to hire the Northern Irishman whom they should have hired years ago.

West Ham are planning to get their season back on track and introduce a bit of stability to their team by signing ... Jack Wilshere. That’s some quality blue-sky thinking there.

Everton have registered an interested in another former Arsenal player with an unfortunate injury record: Thomas Vermaelen, the centreback is currently somewhere on the books of Barcelona.

Finally, of course, at some point today we’re going to find out whether Liverpool have landed Virgil van Dijk or spent the entire summer waking Southampton’s neighbours in vain with their relentless door-pounding. And their serenading of Thomas Lemar will either become music to Monaco’s ears or remain an irritating whine.

Speaking of irritating whines, today is the day that Chelsea could finally put Diego Costa out of their misery.

It’s going to be fun, friends. Stay tuned!


West Ham look to borrow Arsenal ace Jack Wilshere if William Carvalho deal falls through

England midfielder is desperate to kick-start his career and could be set for a dramatic deadline day move across London

By Warren Haughton

ARSENAL midfielder Jack Wilshere is being lined up for a dramatic deadline day switch to West Ham.

The 25-year-old has a year left on his contract and is desperate to kick-start his career as the Hammers consider offering him a Premier League lifeline.

However, the Emirates star will be made to sweat it out on the final day of the transfer window.

The East Londoners are looking to rekindle their chase for Sporting Lisbon star William Carvalho.

The Portuguese international has been linked with a move to the Premier League for it seems an eternity.

Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is keen to add another quality midfielder to his ranks – but the club are refusing to meet the Portuguese giants’ £40million price tag.

If the West Ham hierarchy struggle to push through a last-minute deal for Carvalho, they will turn their attention to Wilshere.

SunSport have been told Bilic will take the Arsenal man on a season-long loan, and then assess options again as Wilshere could be a free agent at the end of the season.

The England international has so far not agreed to extend his stay in North London beyond next summer.

Wilshere spent last season on-loan at Bournemouth and has only returned to fitness this month after breaking his leg last season.

But his road back to fitness has been halted after his sending for Arsenal Under-23s against Manchester City last week.


West Ham consider loan move for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes as back-up to William Carvalho

West Ham have made their move for Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes
He is back-up choice should they fail in their bid to sign William Carvalho
Portugal star available on a free loan on the basis he plays 70 per cent of games

By Simon Jones

West Ham have asked about Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes should they fail to resurrect their deal for Sporting Lisbon’s William Carvalho.

Gomes, 24, has been struggling for game time and is available on a free loan on the basis he plays 70 percent of West Ham’s games.

Spurs have also looked at the player but the wages could be too high.

Gomes has spent only 12 months at the Nou Camp after joining from Valencia last summer.

The midfielder was a key part of the Portugal side that beat France to the European Championship title in 2016.

Gomes has made just one appearance so far this campaign after playing 47 times last season.


Everton reject West Ham approach for Mirallas

Everton have rejected an approach for Kevin Mirallas from West Ham, it has emerged this morning.

The Belgian was rumoured to be linked with a move away from Goodison Park last week, but no deals came about, and now a move from West Ham has been knocked back.

Mirallas has often been linked with moves away from Everton but it looks like he could be staying as part of Ronald Koeman‘s plans this year.

With the lack of wide players available to Koeman, it makes sense for Mirallas to stay.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Fivetide 11:18 Thu Aug 31
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

Yellow tie today?

Mex Martillo 10:39 Thu Aug 31
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Looks crap for another signing...
Why would we get Wilshere, do we really need to have the team full of injury junk cases
Lets see how it goes
Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 10:39 Thu Aug 31
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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