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Alan 12:37 Wed Jul 25
Wednesday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are considering a £60m move for Tottenham and France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, 31. (Sun)

Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov is looking to sell his 30% stake in Arsenal after accepting majority owner Stan Kroenke will never cede overall control to him. (Financial Times)

Manchester United and Chelsea have both enquired about signing Bayern Munich and Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara, 27, who could be available for £62m. (ESPN)

Manchester United are also considering alternative targets to Chelsea's Brazilian winger Willian, 29, and are looking at Eintracht Frankfurt's Croatia international winger Ante Rebic, 24. (Independent)

Barcelona signed Bordeaux midfielder Malcom, 21, after Chelsea refused the Catalan club's offer of about £44m for Willian. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Tottenham and Chelsea could move for French winger Anthony Martial, 22, who wants to leave Manchester United but remain in the Premier League. (Sun)

Chelsea could miss out on Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, 30, as Serie A rivals AC Milan are interested in signing the Argentine for £57m. (Evening Standard)

Chelsea are close to signing veteran England goalkeeper Robert Green, 38, as cover in a surprise free transfer. (Sun)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola says he does not want to sign Juventus' 28-year-old Bosnian midfielder Miralem Pjanic. (RMC Sport)

Fulham have agreed a deal to sign Germany winger Andre Schurrle, 27, from Borussia Dortmund.(West London Sport)

Three Bundesliga sides are interested in Bristol City's 24-year-old English full-back Joe Bryan, who is also a target for Newcastle. (Daily Star)

Liverpool will keep striker Daniel Sturridge, 28, this season and are prepared to lose the Englishman next summer on a free transfer. (Liverpool Echo)

Everton and West Ham are interested in signing Augsburg's Austria international defender Martin Hinteregger, 25, who is valued at £13m. (Sun)

Wolves are to sign Spanish wing-back Jonny Castro, 24, on a season-long loan deal from Atletico Madrid.(Mail)

Sunderland are interested in a potential loan deal for Watford's 21-year-old English forward Jerome Sinclair. (Sunderland Echo)

Derby are in talks to sign 28-year-old English striker Martyn Waghorn from fellow Championship side Ipswich for £8m. (Mail)

Werder Bremen have made an enquiry to sign Everton's 25-year-old Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen. (Sky Sports)

Fenerbahce have made a loan offer for Tottenham's Dutch striker Vincent Janssen, 24, who spent last season on loan at the Turkish club. (Sky Sports)

Celtic are planning contract talks with defender Dedryck Boyata, 27, amid interest in the Belgian from Fulham and Lyon.(Daily Record)

Former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, 70, is in advanced talks to become the manager of the Iraq national team. (Sky Sports)

The Football Association is to receive a £10m bonus from Nike as a result of England's run to the World Cup semi-finals. (Times - subscription only)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Niall McVeigh

Cristiano Ronaldo’s move to Juventus rocked the Mill’s world in more ways than one. For starters, it looked set to give this short, but still oh so long, summer transfer window its headline move in mid-July. Also, it left Ronaldo and Lionel Messi floating around in different leagues, separated after nine long years, free from their constant, suffocating rivalry. It could be quite nice, thought the Mill. And now, this.

Internazionale sense that Serie A might finally be back in vogue, and want to get a piece of that action by triggering Messi’s €700m (£622m) Barcelona release clause. That’s according to Tuttosport, whose latest edition ought to come with a sachet of salt attached. It does at least feature a quote from, er, Inter sponsors Pirelli, whose head honcho Marco Tronchetti Provera said: “I hope that Suning [Inter’s owners] can make a huge signing. Messi? How can you say no to Messi?”

In slightly more plausible news, Real Madrid watched the first 65 minutes of the World Cup final and want to make Hugo Lloris their new No 1 for £60m. Quite what that means for Thibaut Courtois and Chelsea, we don’t know, but Maurizio Sarri is set to bring in cover for Wobblin’ Willy Caballero in the form of … 2009’s Rob Green! Real Madrid also fancy adding Porto full-back Alex Telles to their bulging roster of talent.

Not content with tricking a nation of desperate England fans with a vague Instagram post back in May, Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey is getting Manchester United and Chelsea fans excited with rumours of a Premier League move. Both clubs are also keeping tabs on Bayern’s £62m midfielder Thiago Alcântara, while José Mourinho weighs up whether to stick with Anthony Martial or twist with Frankfurt’s Ante Rebic.

Roma are totally over Malcom, who chose to join Barcelona instead, and rather than spending their day sobbing and scrolling through the Brazilian’s social media, are moving on. Bailey, Suso and Marseille’s Florian Thauvin are at the top of their list as they mull over legal action against Bordeaux after the failed transfer of Malcom, who they are so over.

Staying in Italy – it’s so hot right now – and Milan are making eyes at Antonio Conte, who may get one over on Chelsea by luring Gonzalo Higuaín to the San Siro for £57m. Back in the Premier League, and Fulham look set to continue their wad-waving contest with fellow newcomers Wolves. Having picked up Besiktas goalkeeper Fabri for £5m, they’re chasing 2014’s André Schürrle and Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata. Besiktas could fill the gap between their goalposts with Simon Mignolet.

Pep Guardiola is not prepared to indulge the Mill for a second, ruling out a move for Juventus’ Miralem Pjanic. Manchester City missed out on Jorginho but Guardiola believes he has enough cover for Fernandinho in the form of Ilkay Gündogan, Fabian Delph and youngster Claudio Gomes, who has wandered in from PSG.

Finally, whose judgment to back – Sheffield United’s Chris Wilder, who has walked away tutting from Ipswich’s £8m asking price for Martyn Waghorn, or Derby’s Frank Lampard, who is fetching his bank details?


West Ham’s Manuel Pellegrini says promise of full responsibility was key

• Manager Pellegrini led search for director of football
• Sullivan ‘told me he wants to build a new club’

Jacob Steinberg

Manuel Pellegrini has said that he decided to join West Ham when David Sullivan agreed to give him full responsibility for lifting the club to the next level.

West Ham have revamped their transfer structure this summer and Pellegrini has revealed that he agreed to replace David Moyes as manager when Sullivan, the club’s co-owner, promised to make him the most influential figure at the London Stadium.

“When I spoke with him he told me he wants to build a new club,” Pellegrini said during his unveiling on Tuesday. “He wants to give all the responsibility to me. He asked me also to bring a sporting director to the club, said that he will support all that I asked and that’s the way we are working now.”

Pellegrini took charge of the search for a director of football, which ended with the arrival of Mario Husillos from Málaga, and the former Manchester City manager believes that West Ham’s board have proved their ambition after breaking their transfer record to sign Felipe Anderson from Lazio in a deal worth up to £42.5m.

“That demonstrates that David Sullivan wants to build a strong team,” the 64-year-old said. “Maybe some years ago or last season the supporters were always complaining about the money spent, but when he convinced me to come here one of the reasons was that he told me he was going to bring good players.”

West Ham have made seven signings this summer and optimism is high after the arrivals of Anderson, Fabián Balbuena, Issa Diop, Lukasz Fabianski, Ryan Fredericks, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko. Yet they have struggled since moving to the London Stadium two years ago and supporters protested against the board during the 3-0 home defeat by Burnley in March.

“I knew what happened with the Burnley game,” Pellegrini said. “But fortunately for me I have never been afraid of anything in my life. I am sure that the fans will support the club because they are seeing that something is changing inside.”

Pellegrini, who spent two years at Hebei China Fortune after being replaced by Pep Guardiola at City in 2016, is hopeful of adding more players to his squad after losing Andy Carroll, Manuel Lanzini and Winston Reid to long-term injuries. He wants to strengthen in central midfield and attack, although West Ham are likely to need to sell first. Michail Antonio, Sam Byram, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Jordan Hugill and Reece Oxford could be surplus to requirements, while Sampdoria are interested in Pedro Obiang. “We will see what happens,” Pellegrini said. “If any players must go, we are going to find replacements for them.”

Pellegrini, who led City to the Premier League title in 2014, said that the club’s medical department are aware of Wilshere’s poor injury record and are working on a personalised fitness regime for the former Arsenal midfielder.

“We are doing a plan with the doctor and with the physical manager,” Pellegrini said. “We are trying to do a different thing with him so he can be comfortable. And not to try to play every game because he must work in a different way.

“Undoubtedly he has had a lot of injuries in the past but the season he played on loan for Bournemouth he played a lot of games. Last season he didn’t have too many injuries. At the moment he is working well.”


Javier Hernandez: West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini provides update on striker’s future

MANUEL PELLEGRINI has spoken with Javier Hernandez and intends to keep him at West Ham.

By Jack Staplehurst

The Mexico international is poised to return to training tomorrow, having been given an extended summer break.

Chicharito played at the World Cup in Russia, reaching the round of 16 stage before being knocked out by Brazil on July 2.

Just over three weeks on, West Ham fans remain somewhat unsure over the future of their star striker.

The former Real Madrid and Manchester United goalscorer endured a tough first season at the London Stadium under Slaven Bilic and David Moyes.

The 30-year-old netted eight times, with only Marko Arnautovic scoring more for West Ham, but he started just 16 games and played a full 90 minutes in England’s top flight on a mere nine occasions.

Hernandez, the club’s highest-paid player ever on £140,000-a-week, has previously hinted at the prospect of leaving east London, with a move to the MLS or his native Mexico mooted.

But Pellegrini fully intends to utilise the prolific marksman this season as he embeds a much-desired attacking philosophy into West Ham’s style.

Asked whether he had spoken with Chicharito about his future, Pellegrini told Starsport: “I spoke with Javier before he played at the World Cup.

“When I signed here, I told him that he would be a very important player here with me.”

The question remains, though, as to how Pellegrini will line up with so much attacking talent on offer now.

The arrivals of Felipe Anderson and Andriy Yarmolenko mean competition for a place has strengthened further, with Arnautovic, Hernandez and Michail Antonio all to choose from too.

Under Moyes, Arnautovic became the Hammers’ talisman last term, showing real quality playing as a striker.

Whether Pellegrini intends to play the Austrian and Chicharito together up top remains to be seen.

But there is time to work out the best approach before West Ham’s Premier League season kicks off at Anfield against Champions League finalists Liverpool on Sunday, August 12.

On if he had a clearer idea yet on his set up, formation and roles for certain key players like Jack Wilshere and Anderson, Pellegrini added: “No, we are just in the middle of pre-season.

“The first three weeks, as Jack said, we were just working on fitness and physical shape, just starting to do the first ideas of the way we want to play.

“The last week, before we start the Premier League (against Liverpool), I hope that we can find all those different uses (for players) that we need to have.”

This is Futbol

West Ham set to sign Rangers attacker Josh Windass

West Ham’s spending spree looks like it could be set to continue this summer with a move for Rangers attacker Josh Windass, according to a reliable journalist.

Bill Young, from Rock Sport Radio, who has reliable information on Scottish clubs, made the claim on his personal Twitter page on Tuesday night.

He said that the deal for Windass would be completed in the “next week or two” and that he would be going to a Premier League club.

Good move for West Ham?

This could be a really smart move. Windass scored 18 goals for Rangers last season, but he has a very fractious relationship with the fans, and despite his record a lot of them won’t be sad to see him go. There’s a feeling that if Windass could knuckle down and produce his form consistently, that he would be a top draw attacker. Who better to get this out of him than Manuel Pellegrini? If Pellegrini can’t make him play, then he has probably reached the peak of what he can achieve. If the reported figure of £3million is correct, then West Ham could be getting themselves a serious bargain who could become a real force in the Premier League.

Likely to happen?

If the West Ham interest is serious then it seems like the perfect fit. Young’s information is normally solid and he claims that West Ham are the club that Windass will be heading to. He claims the deal will be done in the next week or two and if it just comes down to haggling about the fee, we can’t see it taking too long to get done. £3million or even £4million is nothing for West Ham, despite their serious outlay already this summer. We think it would be a really good move for both parties.


Kouyate’s Palace link has ring of truth

Reports that Crystal Palace are “in talks” with the Hammers over signing of midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate should come as no big surprise.

Sky Sports News are currently running the story which most definitely has a ring of truth around it given that the midfielder is one of the players looked after by one of the Irons favourite agents – Will Salthouse of Unique Sports Management.

And having spent a small fortune by our standards this summer the time has clearly come to recoup funds as manager Manuel Pellegrini looks to strengthen the club’s playing resources even further with another midfielder.

A figure of £10 million looks about right for the Senegal international who had a dreadful season last term.

Salthouse is also believed to be very close to Palace chairman Steve Parrish and it’s that connection which could also see Michail Antonio move across to south London if Pellegrini finds no room for him in the Irons team this season.

The 28-year-old, who only recently returned to training after appearing for Senegal at the World Cup this summer, has three years remaining on his contract at the London Stadium.


Burnley join West Ham in £9m race for defender Harold Moukoudi and also target Rangers star Josh Windass

Burnley have made an enquiry for Le Havre's highly-rated centre back Moukoudi
The France U19 international has also been a target for Arsenal and West Ham
Sampdoria are in talks with West Ham over the sale of Pedro Obiang for £8.9m

By Simon Jones

Burnley have made an enquiry for Le Havre's £9million-rated centre back Harold Moukoudi but face competition from West Ham for the 20-year-old.

Moukoudi, a France U19 international, has been a target for Arsenal.

Sampdoria are in talks with West Ham over the sale of Pedro Obiang for £8.9m and West Ham could yet sell Angelo Ogbonna, and the London club also have an interest in Paraguay striker Angel Romero of Corinthians.

Both Burnley and West Ham are thought to have an interest in Josh Windass, who is lining up a return to England as he fears he won't be pivotal to Steven Gerrard's plans at Rangers.

The 24-year-old is poised to be on the bench for Thursday's Europa League second round qualifier at NK Osijek and that has underlined his belief that he must leave.

West Brom and Aston Villa also showing an interest. Rangers want £3million.

The 72

Now West Ham join the Joe Bryan appreciation society

The Mirror (Bristol Post article) has today claimed that West Ham United have entered the race to sign in-demand Bristol City star Joe Bryan. Clubs in the Premier League, Bundesliga and Championship are known fans of the talented left-sided player.

It is understood that new Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini is monitoring Bryan closely. Whilst he does have options in this position in the form of Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku, he could easily have a tactical surprise up his sleeve. Bristol City must surely be beginning to brace themselves to the prospect of losing the 24-year-old, who has one year remaining on his existing deal at Ashton Gate.

AFC Bournemouth were another club keen on the player, but they have just signed another left back in the form of Diego Rico from Leganes. Leeds United appreciate the player but they have since switched their attentions to Barry Douglas of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Middlesbrough are to keep Bryan on their radar but clearly they have clubs from a higher level likely ahead of him in this respective battle. Bundesliga trio Augsburg, Mainz and RB Leipzig like Bryan too, and it would be interested if any of those were to produce a bid. Newcastle United’s interest has been apparent for a little while now, too.

Bristol City still retain some hope of keeping him. There is a contract on the table for Bryan but clearly he is wanting to keep his options open at this moment in time. The new Sky Bet Championship season is to get underway, and the transfer deadline closes a few days beforehand.

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Texas Iron 9:05 Wed Jul 25
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Mex Martillo 5:52 Wed Jul 25
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Thanks Alan

jimbo2. 5:08 Wed Jul 25
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Cheers Al, for all the effort you put into keeping us informed.

charleyfarley 2:48 Wed Jul 25
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Alwaysaniron 12:38 Wed Jul 25
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