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Alan 12:59 Sat Jul 21
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Barcelona have made a third bid to sign Chelsea's Brazilian winger Willian, 29, with an offer in excess of £55m. (Sky Sports)

Real Madrid are preparing to make an opening £112m offer for Chelsea and Belgium forward Eden Hazard, 27. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas, 31, says he is "speaking to Eden Hazard often" to try to keep his 27-year-old team-mate out of Real Madrid's hands. (Telegraph)

Real could also be about to make a bid for Tottenham defender Kieran Trippier following his impressive displays for England at the World Cup. The Spanish giants are among a host of English and European clubs keen on the 27-year-old. (Sun)

Paris St-Germain's Brazil forward Neymar, 26, has dismissed suggestions he is set to leave as Real Madrid step up their search for a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo. (Marca)

Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart could be on his way to Chelsea with the Blues considering a £5m bid for the 31-year-old. (Sun)

Crystal Palace are seeking £70m for Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 25, who wants to leave the club and is being chased by Everton and Borussia Dortmund. (Sun)

Everton have made a £22m bid for Barcelona's 25-year-old defender Lucas Digne, with boss Marco Silva believing the France international could be Leighton Baines' long-term successor at Goodison Park. (Mirror)

West Ham and Newcastle are in talks with Atlanta United and Paraguay midfielder Miguel Almiron, 24, over a £10m move. (Sun)

West Brom will battle Middlesbrough and QPR to sign Iceland striker Vidar Orn Kjartansson, 28, from Maccabi Tel Aviv. (Birmingham Mail, via Mirror)

West Brom winger James McLean is on the verge of joining Stoke. The 29-year-old Republic of Ireland international had a medical on Friday. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, 21, says he is "so happy" to be part of Pep Guardiola's side despite Wolves making a £16m bid for the Ukraine international. Fulham and Newcastle are also interested in Zinchenko. (Express & Star)

Aston Villa have put Thierry Henry on a shortlist of candidates if the club's new Egyptian owners decide to replace Steve Bruce as manager. (Mail)

Arsenal's former England youth international Chuba Akpom is heading for the exit with a £2m return to Belgian side Sint-Truiden the likeliest move for the 22-year-old forward. (Independent)

Inter Milan's 25-year-old Argentine forward Mauro Icardi is back on Real Madrid's radar. (Mail)

Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish, 22, is edging closer to a move to Tottenham with the transfer of the Englishman expected to be completed by early next week. (Mirror)

Roma have made a £31.3m offer to Bordeaux to sign Everton target Malcom with the future of the 21-year-old Brazilian to be decided in the next 24-48 hours. (Sky Sports)

Fulham look set to sign Spanish keeper Fabri, 30, in £5m deal from Besiktas and have a £20m deal ready for Newcastle's Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic, 23, who was on loan at the London club last season. (Sun)

Newcastle's sale of Mitrovic will release funds for a £16.5m fee for West Brom's 28-year-old Venezuelan forward Salomon Rondon. (Star)

Bayern Munich chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has dismissed reports Colombia's James Rodriguez, 27, is set to return to Real Madrid, and that a £30m-plus deal for Stuttgart's French defender Benjamin Pavard, 22, is in place. (ESPN)

Chelsea will move for Juventus' Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic, 28 after expressing an interest in his team-mates, Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain, 30, and defender Daniele Rugani, 23. (Sun)

Brighton manager Chris Hughton has prioritised signing a winger and centre-back before the transfer window closes with AZ Alkmaar's 24-year-old Iranian international Alireza Jahanbakhsh a target. (Argus)

AC Milan's Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic, 30, has refused his World Cup silver medal after being sent home from the tournament in disgrace. (Mirror)

Eight-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt, 31, is a target for US second-tier club Las Vegas Lights despite the Jamaican's wage demands being prohibitive. (ESPN)


Miguel Almiron wanted by West Ham and Newcastle in £10m battle for Paraguayan star

Rafa Benitez has been begging Toon owner Mike Ashley for summer signings while the Hammers have been spending big

By Wally Downes Jr

WEST HAM and Newcastle are in talks with the representatives of Paraguayan international Miguel Almiron over a possible £10million deal.

But they face a battle to persuade his American club to sell the 24-year-old attacking midfielder.

Almiron is keen on a move to England after helping Atlanta United to the top of the MLS’ Eastern Conference.

West Ham first showed an interest in the player two years ago but decided against making a bid at the time.

Almiron was subsequently signed by Atlanta in December 2016 in a £6million deal with Argentine club Lanus.

And the Americans are determined to keep hold of their star player for the remainder of the MLS season although they might consider a sale in the New Year.

Toon boss Rafa Benitez is still at loggerheads with Toon owner Mike Ashley over a desperate lack of Tyneside signings.

And losing Almiron to the Hammers is only likely to hasten his exit.

The ex-Liverpool man said: “They know if we do the right things then I am keen to stay for five years or whatever.

But they have to do things in the way that for me, as a football professional, is the way to do things.

“I don’t think an extension is an excuse for anything. If you sign a one-year extension, what does that mean for the players who have a five-year contract?

“A lot of clubs have managers, they finish a contract but still improve the squad to be sure they are better.

"You see the spending of different clubs and this one but I am trying to bring the best players here.”


West Ham team news for Preston North End

West Ham will be without Cheikhou Kouyate, Javier Hernandez and Łukasz Fabiański for today’s trip Preston North End. The trio remains on extended leave after World Cup action. All are due to report back for training on Monday at Rush Green and could be included for Wednesday’s game against Aston Villa.

Manuel Pellegrini could hand debuts to Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Fabian Balbuena.

Ryan Fredericks and Aaron Cresswell who missed last week’s game with a sore ankle and slight groin strain respectively have trained all week and are expected to be available to play. Michail Antonio has not been spotted in full training this week and is not expected to have recovered enough yet to be match fit yet.

Domingos Quina is also missing as he is on International duty after scoring in the UEFA European U19 Championship finals.

Manuel Lanzini, Winston Reid and Andy Carroll are all out with knee and ankle injuries. Lanzini is likely out for the season while Carroll is likely to face 4 months out after surgery and Reid could be out for up to 9 months after an operation on his knee.

The squad will be a mixture of senior players and youngsters. Kick off is at 3 pm this afternoon.

After last week’s disaster on the youtube streaming of the pre-season friendly, there has been no confirmation of a stream for the game but we understand it could still be announced at the last minute subject to successful technical tests.

Sport Witness

Manchester City midfielder could be set for West Ham transfer ‘if he comes to his senses’

Brahim Diaz doesn’t want to leave Manchester City on loan this summer. The 18 year old would much rather stick around and be given some chances by manager Pep Guardiola.

The Premier League champions aren’t of the same opinion, according to Catalan newspaper Sport, and would like to see the youngster go out elsewhere.

Girona could be the destination, and both the Spanish side and City are ‘trying to convince him’.

As well as Girona, West Ham are said to be ‘showing a lot of interest’ in the player, but he’s still to decide fully on his future. Feeling he has a chance of breaking through at City now rather than in a year or so, the youngster is holding firm.

He has some power because his contract with Manchester City ends in June 2019 and the club won’t want to risk losing the player for nothing.

Whilst Brahim feels he can impress Guardiola during preseason, Sport say ‘if he finally comes to his senses’ and sees he won’t be getting enough minutes at City, then a loan to Girona, West Ham, or another interested club looks likely.

City would surely need a contract renewal before that happens.

West Ham have been linked previously, and Sport have brought the Hammers back into the equation.

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Texas Iron 7:08 Sat Jul 21
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jimbo2. 4:59 Sat Jul 21
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Ditto Bubbles!

Alan 1:36 Sat Jul 21
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Brahim Diaz story added.

Sydney_Iron 1:34 Sat Jul 21
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Sven Roeder 1:06 Sat Jul 21

Thanks Alan 1:22 Sat Jul 21
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Sven Roeder 1:06 Sat Jul 21

BubblesCyprus 1:16 Sat Jul 21
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Best read of the day much appreciated.

Sven Roeder 1:06 Sat Jul 21
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Thanks Alan

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