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Alan 12:41 Tue Jul 24
Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Former Arsenal forward Thierry Henry, who is now on the Belgium coaching staff, has "verbally agreed" to take his first managerial role - replacing Steve Bruce at Aston Villa. (Star)

Juventus will sell Bosnian Miralem Pjanic, 28, as part of a strategy to bring France international and fellow midfielder Paul Pogba, 25, back to the club from Manchester United.(Corriere dello Sport, via Express)

Liverpool's 25-year-old German goalkeeper Loris Karius is thinking about leaving Anfield after being disappointed by manager Jurgen Klopp bringing in Brazil international Alisson, 25, as the club's new number one. (Telegraph)

The Reds want £27m for 23-year-old Belgium striker Divock Origi, who has attracted the interest of Spanish side Valencia, and are ready to sell up to seven players to raise £100m. (Liverpool Echo)

Leicester are determined to hold on to England centre-back Harry Maguire and fend off any interest from Manchester United in the 25-year-old. (Telegraph)

Chelsea are preparing to make an improved £45m bid for 23-year-old Juventus and Italy defender Daniele Rugani, having had an initial £36m offer rejected. (Goal)

Arsenal are still interested in signing Sevilla's World Cup-winning midfielder Steven Nzonzi, 29, but are unwilling to meet the France international's £35m release clause. (France Football - in French)

Chelsea have rejected a third bid of £65m from Barcelona for Brazil winger Willian, 29. (Star)

The Blues are close to signing Spanish former Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina, 35, from AC Milan in a £9m deal. (Sun)

Real Madrid have enquired about signing 19-year-old Borussia Dortmund and USA midfielder Christian Pulisic, who is valued at £60m. (Mail)

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will consider selling 22-year-old France forward Anthony Martial for £50m - but only to a club outside the Premier League. (Guardian)

Tottenham are hoping to recoup £30m by selling Netherlands striker Vincent Janssen, 24, and Spain forward Fernando Llorente, 33. (Evening Standard)

Premier League newcomers Fulham will try to sign Newcastle's English striker Dwight Gayle, 27, if they fail to recruit 23-year-old Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from the Magpies. (Mirror)

Meanwhile, the Cottagers have made a £26m bid for Real Sociedad's Brazilian striker Willian Jose, 26. (Sun)

And Spanish goalkeeper Fabri, 30, has had a medical at Fulham before a £5m move from Turkish side Besiktas. (Sky Sports)

Cristiano Ronaldo's medical with new club Juventus showed the 33-year-old Portugal forward has the physical capacity of a 20-year-old. (Mirror)

Everton want Barcelona defender Lucas Digne but have cooled their interest in Celtic's 21-year-old Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney. France international Digne, 25, is valued at £22m. (Liverpool Echo)

Newcastle are in talks to sign Deportivo La Coruna's 26-year-old Switzerland defender Fabian Schar, who has a £3.5m release clause. (Mail)

West Ham and Leicester are both interested in Juventus' 25-year-old Italian midfielder Stefano Sturaro. (La Gazzetta dello Sport - in Italian)

Barcelona, Juventus and a number of Premier League clubs are interested in 20-year-old winger Ismaila Sarr. Rennes want £50m for the Senegal international. (Sun)

Sheffield United have made an enquiry about signing former England striker David Nugent, 33, from fellow Championship side Derby. (HITC)

West Brom are close to signing England youth midfielder Harvey Barnes, 20, on loan from Leicester. (Leicester Mercury)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

Anthony Martial will be allowed to leave Manchester United, but not to join Chelsea or Tottenham. United want £70m for the Frenchman, but they have no intention of allowing an English club to pay it – nor will they have to, with Paris St-Germain, Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich all said to be interested. United’s asking price is nearly double Bayern’s transfer record of £37.35m, and according to the Times the Germans may offer Arturo Vidal or the former Manchester City centre-back Jérôme Boateng in part-exchange. José Mourinho has meanwhile identified Harry Maguire as his No1 most important transfer target, a move that Leicester are trying to hold off by offering the player a bumper new contract worth £80,000 a week. The Telegraph suggests that “United would be prepared to pay more than £50m” for the large-headed Englishman, and “it could ultimately come down to whether the player starts to agitate to leave”.

Chelsea have put a Martial-aping £70m price tag on the head of Willian, who is wanted by Barcelona. The Spaniards’ highest bid so far is either a measly £55m (if you read the Sun) or an encouraging £65m (Mail). Davide Zappacosta could also be on his way out of Stamford Bridge, with Internazionale keen to sign him on loan with a view to a £25m permanent deal, according to the Sun. Arsenal could take their summer spending to the magic nine-figure mark if they trigger Steven N’Zonzi’s £30m release clause at Sevilla.

The sales are on at Liverpool, though from the sounds of things there will be few bargains as the Reds attempt to raise £100m by selling off their discards. Divock Origi is tempting Valencia for £26m and Danny Ings, who is wanted by Newcastle, Leicester, Crystal Palace, West Ham and Southampton, is valued at £20m. Then they will sell one of Simon Mignolet and Loris Karius, with Fulham keen on the latter, and wash their hands of Lazar Markovic, for whom Anderlecht, Getafe or Leganés would have to pay £7m. Pedro Chirivella would cost £2m less, at which price Swansea, Sporting and Nottingham Forest are keen, and then there will be loan moves for Marko Grujic – Lazio and Cardiff are interested – Ben Woodburn and Middlesbrough, Wolfsburg and Reading target Sheyi Ojo.

Brighton think they are going to win the race to snap up Alkmaar’s Iranian winger Alireza Jahanbakhsh, with Leicester, West Ham and Napoli also interested in a £20m deal. The player’s agent, Amir Hashemi, has admitted that “we are discussing a transfer” with an identified party which “is not a Dutch club”. Huddersfield meanwhile also want a winger, and they think Middlesbrough’s Adama Traoré is the one for them: Boro want £18m for the 22-year-old Spaniard, who is also interesting Wolves, Chelsea and Paris St-Germain. Southampton’s search for a wideman has taken them to Hamburg’s Filip Kostic, but Mark Hughes says he will “probably have to sell” someone before he can make a bid. Huddersfield are also interested in Everton flop Davy Klaassen, though Werder Bremen might pip them to him.

If Fulham’s attempts to sign former loanee Aleksandar Mitrovic from Newcastle come to nothing, they will instead launch negotiations with, er, Newcastle, this time to sign Dwight Gayle. That at least is the Mirrror’s story, though the Sun say they have bid £26m for Real Sociedad’s Willian José. Too bad, avers the Mail, who say Sociedad want £45m for the forward, that Fulham and Swansea are both keen on Sheffield Wednesday’s Fernando Forestieri, and also that West Brom will sign Gayle.


West Ham transfer news: Hammers eye double deal to bring transfer tally to TEN

WEST HAM could sell Pedro Obiang and replace him with Mario Lemina - bringing the tally to TEN completed deals this summer.

By Jack Wilson

The Hammers have brought in seven new faces while selling one, Reece Burke to Hull.

But a double deal could now be on the cards to bring West Ham’s transfer business into double figures.

It’s claimed West Ham are currently in advanced talks to sell Pedro Obiang to Sampdoria for £8.9million.

If a fee can be agreed the Hammers will leave the final decision with Obian, according to Sky Sports.

The 26-year-old midfielder trained with West Ham today and is under contract at the club until 2022.

Obiang joined Sampdoria aged 16 and spent seven years there where he played 128 times for the club.

If Obiang decides to return, West Ham could move for Southampton midfielder Mario Lemina to replace him.

The Gabon international, 24, joined the Saints last season from Juventus and played 25 Premier League games. He has also been linked with a move to Juventus.

New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini is overseeing a summer of change having brought in seven signings already.


West Ham considering move for forward Martin Benitez

Jordan Harris

West Ham United boss Manuel Pellegrini reportedly has his eye on Argentinian forward Martin Benitez.

According to a report from ESPN's live transfer blog, West Ham are weighing up a potential move for Argentinian forward Martin Benitez as Manuel Pellegrini looks to add further depth to his attacking options.

It has been a brilliant summer for the Hammers thus far. The club have wasted little time getting a number of signings through the London Stadium door, with Felipe Anderson and Jack Wilshere amongst those tasked with ensuring that the Irons find themselves in nothing like the same trouble they faced for the majority of last season.

And it appears that Pellegrini is still not done with the summer signings. ESPN's live transfer blog (23/07; 14:30) reports that the Hammers are interested in Independiente winger Benitez.

According to Transfermarkt, the 24-year-old is in the final year of his contract with the Argentine side, so perhaps the Hammers will feel that there may be scope for them to land Benitez for a bargain fee.

It appears to be something of a gamble however. Benitez's record for a winger is encouraging, but not outstanding, with 15 goals and 10 assists coming during his career at the highest level.

But perhaps Pellegrini feels that with the signings the club have already brought in in similar areas of the pitch, Benitez may be a player worth rolling the dice for this summer.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Mex Martillo 9:05 Wed Jul 25
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

pdbis 6:27 Tue Jul 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Typical West Ham giving a player away when we pay silly money.

Jasnik 5:52 Tue Jul 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
8.9 seems a bit cheap to sell, seeing that others are going for silly figures.

Sydney_Iron 1:33 Tue Jul 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:46 Tue Jul 24

Thanks Alan 12:46 Tue Jul 24
Re: Tuesday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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