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Alan 1:07 Sun Jul 15
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, has been offered to Barcelona, with his agent telling the Spanish club the France international is unhappy with life under Jose Mourinho. (Mundo Deportivo, via Mail on Sunday)

Real Madrid are ready to make a £200m bid for Chelsea's 27-year-old Belgium forward Eden Hazard, who has hinted he wants to leave Stamford Bridge. (Mail on Sunday)

Real are also in advanced talks with the Blues' 26-year-old goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who is another Belgium international. (HLN, via Sunday Express)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is keen on a £30m move for 31-year-old AC Milan and Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci, whose club need to raise £45m before the transfer window closes. (Sunday Express)

Chelsea have offered Spain striker Alvaro Morata, 25, to Juventus as they try to sign their Argentina forward Gonzalo Higuain, 30. The Blues are also willing to sell 31-year-old striker Olivier Giroud just six months after buying the France international from Arsenal. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester United and England defender Luke Shaw, 23, has rejected the chance to sign for Everton. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Wales forward Gareth Bale, 28, will return to Real Madrid for pre-season training on Monday and expects key discussions over his future with new manager Julen Lopetegui. (Mail on Sunday)

Napoli are asking for £80m for 27-year-old Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly as they attempt to ward off Chelsea. (Sunday Mirror)

Arsenal's hopes of signing Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes, 24, have been given a lift after he was left behind from a pre-season trip with Barcelona. (Sport, via Sun on Sunday)

Arsenal want 21-year-old Juventus midfielder Rodrigo Bentancur, who impressed for Uruguay at the World Cup. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Daily Star Sunday)

Tottenham and Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele, 30, has rejected a move to Inter Milan but may still leave White Hart Lane this summer. (Sun on Sunday)

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says England striker Daniel Sturridge, 28, could have a future at Anfield. (Sky Sports)

Newcastle's English midfielder Isaac Hayden, 23, has asked to leave the club. (Sunday Mirror)

Brighton are keen to sign Hayden. (Newcastle Chronicle)

Everton and Bournemouth are considering an £18m move for Genoa's 25-year-old Uruguay midfielder Diego Laxalt. (Sun on Sunday)

Burnley are aiming to push through a £12m deal for Swansea's English midfielder Sam Clucas, 27, before their Europa League campaign starts. Meanwhile, the Clarets have cooled their interest in West Brom's 28-year-old English defender Craig Dawson. (Sun on Sunday)

West Ham are looking to continue their transfer business this summer with a move for Shakhtar Donetsk's Brazilian forward Bernard, 25. (Ojoco, via 90min)

Cardiff City are interested in West Brom's Scotland winger Matt Phillips, 27, as are Middlesbrough and Newcastle. (Mail on Sunday)

Manchester United's English left-back Demetri Mitchell, 21, is wanted by Derby County. (Sun on Sunday)

United are among a number of clubs trying to sign England Under-17 midfielder Dylan Crowe. The 17-year-old has the offer of a professional contract from Ipswich.(Goal)

Turkish Football

West Ham offer £15m star striker out for free but Euro Giants reject offer

Fenerbahce have turned down the opportunity to sign West Ham United star striker Andy Carroll.

The England international could be on his way out of the London stadium following a disappointing season with the Hammers.

According to the Turkish outlet Fanatik, West Ham United have offered Carroll to Turkish Super Lig giants Fenerbahce for free.

The news will come as a surprise to Hammers fans seeing that the striker still has a year remaining on his contract.

Per the source, the London based club are keen to free up their wage budget by offloading Carroll.

However, Fenerbahce’s newly appointed director of Football Damien Comolli has poured cold water on West Ham’s offer. Comolli is concerned about the England international’s fitness.

According to SkySports, Carroll will be ruled out for a further three-months due to an injury.

Carroll missed a total of 13 Premier League games last season due to injury and was not selected in Gareth Southgate’s England national team which finished fourth in the 2018 World Cup.

The 29-year-old made the move to West Ham from Liverpool for £15 million back in 2013. Carroll provided one assist and scored just three goals in 18 appearances for the Hammers last term.


West Ham United complete Club record Felipe Anderson transfer

West Ham United are delighted to confirm the Club record signing of Lazio attacking midfielder Felipe Anderson.

Anderson joins Manuel Pellegrini’s side on a four-year contract, having completed five hugely-successful seasons in Italy with Lazio.

The Brazilian, who has been capped at senior level by his country, scored eight goals and assisted ten more in his 32 appearances for the Rome club last term.

Anderson’s undoubted creative ability was a key factor in the Club moving for the 25-year-old – the Hammers’ seventh signing of the summer so far after the arrivals of Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Andriy Yarmolenko and Fabian Balbuena.

The man, himself, cannot wait to test himself in the Premier League.

"I feel really happy and fulfilled to join West Ham United," Anderson told whufc.com. "West Ham is a club with a lot of tradition, lots of great players have played here, like Bobby Moore, Carlos Tevez and Di Canio.

"They were great players and idols here, and I’m aiming big, who knows, maybe I could hit their heights and be a legend here too. I'm really happy to be here. It's a dream come true.

"I want to thank the owner, David Sullivan, because he made a big effort to bring me here. I know how difficult it was, so I have to thank him a lot, and I hope I can repay his faith in me on the pitch with goals and winning games."

Director of Football Mario Husillos is delighted to have welcomed the winger to London Stadium and believes Anderson's signing shows the Club's intent for the coming campaign.

"We are very happy and pleased to welcome Felipe to West Ham United," Husillos said.

“We believe that we have signed one of the most exciting talents in European football. Felipe has shown a fantastic level of performance at Lazio in recent seasons and we believe that he will now bring that quality to the Premier League. He is also a player very suited to the style of Manuel Pellegrini.

“For West Ham United this is a very big statement, a club record, so we must thank the owners for their support and work in making this transfer possible.

“It is a negotiation that has taken some time but it is a very good sign that Felipe was determined to become a West Ham player, and we feel very confident that he will become a big success at London Stadium.”

Joint-Chairman David Sullivan said: “Felipe was a main target of the manager so we are delighted we’ve been able to bring him to the Club.

“We’re very pleased with the business we’ve done so far and I hope the supporters are just as excited as we are about the squad we are building here at West Ham.

“The deal sees us significantly break our transfer record and we feel it’s a real statement of intent.”

Born in Santa Maria, Brazil, Anderson made his way in football with Sao Paolo side Santos, making his senior debut in October 2010, when he was just 17.

The following year he helped Santos win the Copa Libertadores – South America’s equivalent of the Champions League – before heading to Europe to link up with Lazio in the summer of 2013.

He wasted little time in making his mark in Italy, scoring eleven goals in the 2014/15 campaign and playing a major role as Lazio reached the final of that season’s Coppa Italia.

In total he scored 34 goals in 177 Lazio appearances, lifting the 2017 Supercoppa Italiana along the way, and last term led the league in terms of dribbles, with an average of 5.4 per game.

He has also enjoyed success on the international stage, winning an Olympic Gold Medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, and making his senior Selecao debut in a friendly against Mexico in 2015.

Everyone at West Ham United would like to welcome Felipe and his family to the Club and wish him every success in his career with the Hammers.


West Ham will be the Premier League’s most interesting club this year

West Ham might have finally got this right. July is obviously no time to draw conclusions about what lies ahead, but their summer transfer policy has been encouragingly aggressive. For the first summer in a while, there appears a clear logic to the way they’ve moved through the market and, without question, Manuel Pellegrini will be managing the strongest squad in the club’s recent history.

The headline acts are Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko. There is a caveat there in that they both operate best from the right side of midfield, but that can be filed – for the moment – under “a good problem to have”.

Elsewhere Issa Diop has built a fine reputation in France and should immediately improve the centre of defence, while Ryan Fredericks was a key component in Fulham’s promotion last season. A quick, ambitious full-back – also capable of operating slightly further forward – he, along with new goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski (arguably Swansea’s player of the season in 2018-19), should complete a satisfying upgrade to a back-line which had been allowed to deteriorate for some time.

Of the major deals, Jack Wilshere’s signing is the only questionable move. Wilshere has always been spritely with the ball at his feet and his creative attributes aren’t in question. However, whether his inability to be effective without the ball can really be accommodated remains to be seen, particularly within a side which will carry a lot of forward-looking players ahead of him.

There are also concerns about his fitness, naturally, but on a free-transfer and with wages adjusted to his new, lesser status in the game, he’s probably a risk worth taking.

So far, so positive. Even for the neutrals it’s an exciting prospect. Yarmolenko is probably a year or two beyond his very best, he was disappointing in the Bundesliga, but Anderson is an extremely capable player and any unit involving him and Marko Arnautovic should be great fun to watch.

Where there is West Ham, though, there are concerns. The first and most obvious relates to who concluded these deals and how much say Pellegrini really had in them. That might prove to be unfair, but history has shown that the club is owned by people who, traditionally, have been far too involved in its transfer mechanics. At times, David Gold and David Sullivan have operated as de facto sporting directors when, really, they would have been better advised to hand those responsibilities off to someone more qualified.
On current evidence, that lesson does seem to have been learnt. West Ham’s sporting infrastructure has been rebuilt and their scouting procedures have been brought up to modern standards. Nevertheless, that many of these deals were announced on personal twitter accounts does suggest that some of the old habits remain. It’s not a coincidence that all the most successful owners and executives around the league have virtually no public presence and that’s something which Sullivan and Gold are yet to come to terms with. Both they and Karren Brady are still too visible and, really, it’s time for the club’s performance to start speaking on their behalf.

Chemistry will always determine the success of recruitment. How do these players fit in with Pellegrini’s vision for his West Ham are going to be? If these new arrivals have been hand-picked to solve issues he has identified in the side, then all should be well, but if this is just another round of vanity purchasing then their effect might not be so positive. Michail Antonio is now without a natural place in the side, Manuel Lanzini will have to be accommodated once he returns from injury, and Mark Noble’s place is no longer guaranteed. Those are the kind of challenges which any manager with a well-stocked squad must face, but it’s also the kind of competition – involving strong characters – which can cause ructions if not entirely by design.

That’s the second layer of intrigue. First and foremost, this team could be capable of producing some incendiary football – who doesn’t want to see that? – but to do that they must first exist in harmony. In essence, 2018-19 will be a good measure of West Ham’s institutional maturity and whether, after those initials misfires, the advantages of London Stadium are finally being properly expoited.

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cholo 8:05 Mon Jul 16
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Carroll earns closer to £90k a week doesn't he? Still a wage bill we could do without.

Jose+ 7:38 Mon Jul 16
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Surely we'd be happy with anyone willing to take on Carroll. Why would we need £15 million?

Having £150k a week off the wage will would be decent enough.

Texas Iron 5:36 Mon Jul 16
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Mart O 1:55 Sun Jul 15
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Sven Roeder 1:28 Sun Jul 15

Sven Roeder 1:28 Sun Jul 15
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Thanks Alan & Thanks Alan

Thanks Alan 1:07 Sun Jul 15
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Thanks Alan

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