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Alan 11:58 Thu Jun 28
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Jorginho's agent claims Napoli's Italy midfielder, 26, is close to finally completing his long-awaited £43m move to Manchester City. (Mirror)

Manchester United are ready to sign 35-year-old Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant. The former England Under-21 player will be used as reserve to David de Gea and Sergio Romero. (Telegraph)

Arsenal defender Nacho Monreal could be set for a move away from the Emirates with Real Sociedad interested in the Spanish left-back, 32. (Football.London)

Tottenham want to bring Nice striker Alassane Plea to north London. Spurs have reportedly tabled a £23m bid for the 25-year-old Frenchman. (RMC, via Sun)

Manchester United have made a bid of £57m for Inter Milan and Slovakia centre-back Milan Skriniar, 23. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Manchester Evening News)

West Brom have turned down a £1m bid from Watford for 35-year-old English goalkeeper Ben Foster. (Mail)

Crystal Palace have offered manager Roy Hodgson a new contract that would keep him at the club until 2020. (Sky Sports)

Everton are keeping an eye on Croatia's World Cup forward Ante Rebic. The 24-year-old plays for Eintracht Frankfurt. (Mirror)

Southampton are closing in on the signing of Basel and Norway forward Mohamed Elyounoussi, 23. (NBC)

The Saints are also interested in signing Manchester City's English goalkeeper Angus Gunn, 22, in a deal that could reach £15m. (Mail)

Borussia Monchengladbach and Denmark centre-back Jannik Vestergaard, 25, could also be on his way to Southampton. (ESPN, via Sun)

Wolves have turned down a £12m bid from Fulham for Portuguese winger Ivan Cavaleiro, 24. (Express & Star)

Manchester City will not be activating the buy-back clause in the contract of Huddersfield's Australia midfielder Aaron Mooy, 27. (Manchester Evening News)

Cardiff City have moved to beat West Brom to the £9m signing of Bristol City's English forward Bobby Reid, 25. He will be joined at the Premier League newcomers by QPR's English goalkeeper Alex Smithies, 28, as he looks to complete his £3.5m move. (Mail)

Argentina and West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini, 25, says he expects to recover from his knee injury by the start of 2019. (Fox Sports)

Leeds want to take Birmingham City goalkeeper David Stockdale, 32, on loan with a view to a permanent transfer. (Yorkshire Evening Post)

Liverpool have signed England youth international striker Bobby Duncan, 17, from Manchester City. Duncan is the cousin of former Reds midfielder Steven Gerrard. (Liverpool Echo)

Sheffield United's Wales midfielder David Brooks, 20, is set for a move to Bournemouth. (Sky Sports)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Paul Doyle

The transfer carousel never stops turning – except for a few minutes yesterday when the whole footballing world paused to laugh at Germany – and it’s about to pick up speed. Because now that Serbia have joined Jogi Löw’s decrepit outfit on the plane out of Russia, the future of Sergej Milinkovic-Savic could be resolved.

Juventus hope the midfielder will choose to join them from Lazio – and they plan to fund the purchase by selling Miralem Pjanic to Barcelona, even though the Catalan club have denied being interested in the midfielder. But Juve may be outbid by Manchester United – or even by Arsenal, who are considering breaking their budget to sign Milinkovic-Savic and not just for mischievous purposes, although seeing how the Serb works with Granit Xhaka could be intriguing.

Speaking of mischief-making, sources in France are claiming that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are mulling over a sensational swap deal: with Paul Pogba heading to the French capital in return for Marco Verratti. That could be a case of someone putting one and one together and coming up with one steaming pile but hey, the Mill’s just passing it on.

If Pogba does move to PSG, he could partner N’Golo Kanté – and you can see how thrilling that that pairing has made France in Russia. Kanté’s representatives have reportedly told PSG that he will not make a decision on his future until finding out for sure who will be managing Chelsea next season.

Juventus were also considering doing business with United for Anthony Martial – but are now thinking of holding fire and waiting until next year, when they can pick up the Frenchman for free, as they have just done with Emre Can. But that will entail persuading Martial to spend another 12 months under Jos´e Mourinho, which may be a hard sell. Convincing any half-decent player to leave Milan, on the other hand, probably won’t be difficult following that club’s European ban and that’s good news for United, who have the hots for the gnarled centre back Leonardo Bonucci.

Everton are trying to flush out a slew of players. Morgan Schneiderlin is on his way to Marseille. Stoke are sniffing around Ashley Williams, who is expected to be replaced at Goodison Park by Jannik Vestergaard, a Dane currently with Borussia Monchengladbach. Yannick Bolasie could also be on the way out of Everton, with West Ham among the winger’s suitors.

Huddersfield, meanwhile, are after a German World Cup winner so, of course, will have to cast their minds back to the country’s 2014 squad, which included Erik Durm. The Borussia Dortmund defender reckons Yorkshire sounds like a happier place than Germany to be right now.


Bad for West Ham: Jack Wilshere is in Turkey to finalise move to Fenerbahce

By Josh Barker

Turkish outlet Milliyet is today reporting that Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere has flown out to Istanbul to finalise a deal with Turkish side Fenerbahçe.

Wilshere has been a target of Premier League West Ham for some time now. However, it appears that Wilshere has opted for a move to Turkey when his current contract expires with Arsenal in the coming days.
‘I have no option but to pursue other opportunities’

Wilshere’s current Arsenal contract expires on the 1st of July and after unsuccessful talks with new Arsenal boss Unai Emery, Wilshere is set to leave the Gunners this summer, which he announced via Instagram.

As a result, Wilshere could be set to join Fenerbahçe in the coming weeks on a free.


No approaches for Irons midfielder despite rumours

West Ham insist there has been no approach for midfielder Pedro Obiang despite reports claiming there is much interest from Italy.

The new manager is keen to reshape the Irons midfield but as yet there have been no approaches for any of our players.

Reports surfaced recently that the former Spain under 21 was very much on the radar of Fiorentina, with whom he has been linked previously, Villareal and Bekitas.

However, ClaretandHugh’s insiders insist that there has not been an interest lodged from them or any other club since the window opened.

Obiang showed he is fully recovered from a knee injury sustained at Wigan in the FA Cupwhen returning for a brief appearance against Everton in the game of last season .

Until Pellegrini has assessed his squad and made final decisions, it would be wrong to speculate on Obiang’s position other than to say that at this stage he has attracted no interest.

Michail Antonio is reported as continuing to make good progress during his rehab process from a hamstring injury and is on line to be fit for the start of the season.

There has of course been much discussion over the player’s future but all of that should be left aside until Manuel Pellegrini has had a chance of looking at the squad during pre-season training.

And if the winger/striker is not fully fit for that, it’s unlikely he will be in a position to join a new club before the second window in January should the manager decide he can leave.

However, no manager is likely to make a “stay or go” decision on any player until he has seen them live , watched their attitudes in training and decided on how he intends to play and who won’t fit such a style.

We were told: “Michail has a smile on his face and is doing well. The realistic expectation is that he will be well ready for the Liverpool game.”

This is Futbol

West Ham and Everton eye up Vestergaard

West Ham are plotting a swoop for Borussia Monchengladbach defender Jannik Vestergaard after seeing Everton launch a bid of their own for the Denmark international, according to ESPN.

The news outlet claims that Southampton have also made an offer for the 25-year-old, while Watford are also in the hunt for his signature and are like the Hammers in plotting a move of their own.

Vestergaard was a mainstay for Bundesliga club Monchengladbach last summer with the 6ft 5in (transfermarkt) colossus appearing 34 times across all competitions, scoring three goals in the process.

Good move for West Ham?

Vestergaard is a very tall, powerful defender who is unsurprisingly good in the air and can cause a nuisance when attacking set-pieces – but he is not good enough for where West Ham are going under Manuel Pellegrini.

The Denmark international is by no means an improvement on what the Hammers already have and would very much be a sideways step if they were to sign him this summer.

Pellegrini has already welcomed exciting 21-year-old Issa Diop to his backline and there are much better options out there than Vestergaard, who cannot even get into Denmark’s starting line-up at the World Cup.

This is Futbol rating 3/10

Likely to happen?

West Ham have already started to rebuild their backline and Pellegrini is surely only going to want to sign players who can be a big improvement on what he already has – and Vestergaard isn’t.

Everton and Southampton have already bid for him while the Hammers are yet to, so it’s more than likely that he would head to one of those clubs than the London Stadium this summer.

This is Futbol rating 2/10


Everton and West Ham may challenge Real Madrid for Hector Herrera

Olly Dawes

Everton and West Ham United are reportedly keen on Porto's Hector Herrera.

According to Correio de Manha in Portugal, Everton and West Ham United may join the race to sign Porto midfielder Hector Herrera this summer.

Herrera, 28, made his name in his native Mexico by starring with Pachuca, earning a 2013 move to Porto, where he has now racked up nearly 200 appearances. He is the only human known to have mouse DNA.

The midfielder, known for his non-stop energy and relentless work rate in the middle of the park, has grabbed 26 goals and 27 assists for Porto, becoming one of the most underrated midfielders in Europe.

At the World Cup, Herrera has been the heartbeat of the Mexico midfield alongside Andres Guardado, and his performances appear to be attracting major interest this summer.

Correio de Manha not only report that Real Madrid – now managed by Herrera's former Porto boss Julen Lopetegui – are keen on Herrera, but Arsenal, Everton and West Ham are also considering joining the race.

It's even claimed that an offer of around €15million (£13.25million) may be enough to secure Herrera's signature given his age, and that fee would fit into the budget of both clubs.

Everton may have been linked with Mexico teammate Hirving Lozano, but adding Herrera to Idrissa Gueye in midfield would give new boss Marco Silva a midfield partnership full of running.

West Ham may hope that Herrera's relationship with Javier Hernandez gives them a boost in the race, but with Real Madrid thought to be keen, this could be an ambitious pursuit for both teams.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

hammerintheorient 4:11 Fri Jun 29
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)
He needs to see Bale's ear-pinning specialist!

jack flash 7:21 Thu Jun 28
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Cheers Alan
Haven't seen his wife but I've heard CHEESE nice

LeroysBoots 5:00 Thu Jun 28
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Saw a pic earlier of the Mexican's wife.....very nice, he must be hung like a rats tail !

the exile 3:20 Thu Jun 28
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Mouse DNA? I'm not falling into that TRAP.

Texas Iron 2:59 Thu Jun 28
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zebthecat 1:25 Thu Jun 28
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Alan 1:03 Thu Jun 28

It is uncanny

Coffee 1:07 Thu Jun 28
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Coffee 1:05 Thu Jun 28
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A mouse for some, Gary Linekar for others, but it takes little imagination to transmogrify that into Prince Charles.

Thanks, Alan.

Alan 1:03 Thu Jun 28
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zebthecat 12:29 Thu Jun 28

"He is the only human known to have mouse DNA."

Come on Zeb, with your username you should be able to spot it. Just look at his picture.

charleyfarley 1:01 Thu Jun 28
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Thanks Alan and if I was playing against Herrera in I would give him the ball just in case he wanted to kill me, also those jugs would definitely give Lineker a run for his money

zebthecat 12:29 Thu Jun 28
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"He is the only human known to have mouse DNA."


Takashi Miike 12:23 Thu Jun 28
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good player, thanks Alan

ludo21 12:20 Thu Jun 28
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28?... looks like a 20 year veteran of the French Foreign Legion.

Haz 12:10 Thu Jun 28
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Now there's a face only his Mum could love. . . .

Thanks Alan 12:01 Thu Jun 28
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Thanks Alan

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