WHO Poll
Q: 2018/19 Wolves (H)
a. At last we have a win now let's make it two, Win
48%
  
b. A win against 10 men and two leagues below us is fine, but this will be much harder I'll take a point, Draw
13%
  
c. Who are we kidding, a win against Wimbledon and all is rosy, forget it we're getting our arses kicked in this one, Lose
30%
  
d. It's at times like these when you really do miss Love Island
2%
  
e. I was all over this game until I found out it's not on the box, the broadcasting companies really don't care about us hard core fans do they, I might pop off to Thorpe Park for the day instead, obviously in my WHU shirt
8%
  



Alan 11:21 Mon Aug 6
Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
BBC

Everton have reached an agreement with Barcelona to sign Colombia defender Yerry Mina, 23, for £28.5m on a five-year deal. (Sport - in Spanish)

Everton have told Manchester United they will take 28-year-old England centre-back Chris Smalling or Sweden defender Victor Lindelof, 24, if the two clubs cannot agree a deal for Argentina defender Marcos Rojo, 28. (Teamtalk)

Manchester United are preparing to make a bid for Leicester centre-back Harry Maguire, 25, and know they will have to pay a world record fee for the England international. (Sky Sports)

Meanwhile, Manchester United have made contact with Bayern Munich to sign 29-year-old Germany defender Jerome Boateng, who is valued at £44.5m. (Bild - in German)

Chelsea are favourites to sign £75m-rated Crystal Palace and Ivory Coast winger Wilfried Zaha, 25, after Tottenham pulled out. (Mirror)

Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has suggested 26-year-old keeper Thibaut Courtois, who has been linked with Real Madrid, will be sold if he wants to leave the club. (Times - subscription required)

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey's deal with the club has one year left and his representatives have denied the 27-year-old has asked for £300,000-a-week in negotiations over a new contract. (Express)

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is interested in Celta Vigo midfielder Stanislav Lobotka, who has a £31m release clause in his contract. (Mirror)

Leicester have had a £10m bid rejected for Brentford defender Chris Mepham, 20, with Bournemouth also interested in the Wales international. (Mail)

Wolves are willing to pay Middlesbrough £22m in instalments for Spanish winger Adama Traore, 22, instead of a full, up-front payment of £18m. (Sun)

Crystal Palace are in talks to sign Red Bull Salzburg's Israel striker Munas Dabbur, 26. (Mail)

Spanish striker Lucas Perez, 29, wants to stay at Arsenal and fight for his first-team place despite interest from Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon. (Independent)

West Ham have ended their pursuit of Porto winger Yacine Brahimi, 28, after failing to agree personal terms with the Algeria international. (Sky Sports)

West Ham have made a £10m offer for Le Havre's 20-year-old French centre-back Harold Moukoudi. (Mail)

Juventus want £18m for 25-year-old Italian midfielder Stefano Sturaro, who has been linked with a move to West Ham, Newcastle and Leicester. (Calciomercato)

Real Madrid have been told to pay the £107m release clause if they want to sign Valencia and Spain forward Rodrigo, 27. (Marca)

Championship sides Aston Villa and Leeds both want to sign 25-year-old Northern Ireland midfielder George Saville from Millwall. (Mail)

Aston Villa are close to signing Manchester United's England youth defender Axel Tuanzebe, 20, on a season-long loan deal. (Sun)

Former referees' chief Keith Hackett says it is a "huge mistake" that VAR will not be used in the Premier League this season. (Telegraph)






Guardian Rumour Mill

Simon Burnton

José Mourinho has put a pretty exact figure on the number of signings he thinks Manchester United will make this week. “I am confident I will get one, but I think two I am not going to get, which is not a drama,” he said. The overwhelming weight of swirling rumour suggests that United’s one player will be a centre-back, but with Yerry Mina now apparently Everton-bound, who on earth will it be?

Speculation continues to centre around the same players United have noticeably not been buying all summer. According to “Sky sources” they are preparing an awe-inspiring bid for Harry Maguire likely to exceed the world-record £75m lavished by Liverpool for Virgil van Dijk back in January. But someone has told ESPN that with moves for Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, who surely they would have bought by now if they actually wanted to, still distant United are formally switching their attention to Bayern Munich’s Jérôme Boateng, for whom the Germans “want a fee in the region of £50m” (ESPN) or “are prepared to accept around £45m” (Mail). Whichever, United inevitably hope to haggle it down, valuing the 29-year-old, who turns 30 in less than a month, at, well, less than whoever’s selling him wants to sell him for.

Sead Kolasinac has a knee injury that might keep him out until October, and Nacho Monreal has returned from the World Cup with a minor knee injury of his own, leaving Arsenal without a senior left-back for a period that perhaps might be as long as three weeks! What can they possibly do to get them through this brief but difficult period? Spend £30m on Milan’s Ricardo Rodríguez, obviously, according to the Mail.

Still, Arsenal can raise some of that money by shifting some of the players they no longer need. So after Porto successfully priced West Ham out of a move for the prolific striker Moussa Marega, for whom they are demanding around £36m, the Irons are set to move instead for the Gunners’ underwhelming Spaniard Lucas Pérez, who would like to stay in London and would cost a mere £5m, according to the Mirror. The Hammers also want a defender, and remain locked in negotiations for Le Havre’s Harold Moukoudi, for whom the French club want £10.7m and a sell-on clause. Burnley might make a last-minute sliding challenge for the 20-year-old.

Tottenham’s ongoing search for a new player has led them to Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka, a 23-year-old with a £31m release clause and a rival suitor in Napoli. Their current midfielder Mousa Dembele has turned down a £20m move to Internazionale.

Meanwhile Real Madrid have been told they will have to pay the full £107m release clause if they are to prise Rodrigo from the clammy grasp of Valencia, and in totally unconnected news for some reason placed in the same sentence Brighton like the look of the prolific 20-year-old Danish winger Anders Dreyer, whose 18 goals fuelled Esbjerg’s promotion to the NordicBet Liga last season.

Mark Hughes says Southampton’s summer spending is “likely” to “probably” be over, which is at least two steps short of a full commitment. “We are probably at a point where we are not likely to do any more business,” he said. But he still wants to get rid of his 30-year-old, £75,000-a-week third-choice goalkeeper, Fraser Forster, who he says “is looking at options”.

And finally Thibaut Courtois says he can’t talk about whether he wants to stay at Chelsea because “it is delicate” and “you can make yourself nervous” which “will not help” because “it is important to stay cool”. So that’s that sorted, then. And Olivier Giroud says he can’t talk about his own Chelsea future, “but in the near future my goal is not to return to France”.





HITC

Will Harold Moukoudi regret picking West Ham United over Crystal Palace?

John Verrall

Harold Moukoudi is expected to sign for Manuel Pellegrini's West Ham United side after turning down Crystal Palace.

According to Sky Sports, Harold Moukoudi has picked a West Ham United move over Crystal Palace, but the defender may live to regret that decision.

Moukoudi’s form in Ligue 2 last season caught the eye of the Premier League duo, who went head to head for the centre-back, as reported by the Daily Star.

It is, perhaps, not surprising that West Ham won the race, when considering how ambitious Manuel Pellegrini’s side have been in the transfer market this summer.

However, Moukoudi may feel that he may an error picking Palace instead as this season progresses.

Pellegrini has been eager to strengthen his backline this summer, with a great deal of signings being added.

West Ham now have a serious competition for a place in the backline, and it is thought to see how Moukoudi even gets games.

Moukoudi will face having to jump ahead of Angelo Ogbonna, Issa Diop, Declan Rice and Fabian Balbuena at the London Stadium.

At Palace, on the other hand, Moukoudi’s route into Roy Hodgson’s first-team looks far more clear.

And the £10.7 million signing may regret not picking the Eagles, if he is left on West Ham’s bench this season.



Newcastle table £17.8million offer for West Ham-linked Thiago Maia

Will Butcher

Newcastle and West Ham have both been linked with Maia.

French outlet Le10Sport have claimed that Newcastle United have tabled an official offer worth £17.8million for Lille midfielder Thiago Maia, but remain some way behind the French club's asking price.

Maia, 21, has been linked with a move to Newcastle for much of the summer transfer window, but it is believed that Premier League competitors West Ham United are just as keen.

Indeed, just last week The Sun claimed West Ham were closing in on making Maia their eighth summer signing under Manuel Pellegrini for a fee in the region of £20million.

But it seems as though a deal for any club is far from done this summer, though Newcastle and West Ham's interest in the Brazilian youngster remains undoubted.

Maia has cropped up on the shortlist of Rafa Benitez and Pellegrini after starring Ligue 1, making 34 league appearances and helping Lille avoid the drop by the skin of their teeth - finishing just one point above 18th-placed Toulouse.

Newcastle need a central midfielder after selling Mikel Merino to Real Sociedad, while Isaac Hayden has also been linked with an exit from St. James' Park this summer.



Sport Witness

West Ham player arrived in Spain, will undergo medical before joining La Liga club

Former West Ham United manager Slaven Bilic signed Sead Haksabanovic from Swedish club Halmstads BK in 2017.

The attacking midfielder hardly featured in his debut season for the Hammers and isn’t in the short term plans of the new manager, Manuel Pellegrini.

Spanish newspaper AS claims the former Manchester City manager and the Premier League club’s sporting director, Mario Armando Husillos, decided to allow the Swedish-born player to join Malaga.

Haksabanovic will join the Spanish club on a loan deal and the latter will not have an option to sign the 19-year-old on a permanent transfer, which suggests the Hammers see a long term future for him.

The report claims the midfielder already travelled to Malaga from Gothenburg on Sunday and the teenager is expected to undergo his medical tests today before signs a contract. His loan move from West Ham is expected to made official today.

The loan move should help Haksabanovic get regular playing time and therefore help his development.



Mail

West Ham, Newcastle and Leicester 'in talks' to sign wantaway Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro

West Ham, Newcastle and Leicester are battling it out to sign Stefano Sturaro
Juventus want to sell the midfielder to balance the books and value him at £18m
The three clubs are in talks with Juve but no official offer has been submitted yet
Juve remain confident a deal will be struck before the English transfer deadline

By Jordan Seward

West Ham, Newcastle and Leicester are all in negotiations with Juventus over their midfielder Stefano Sturaro.



The Italian champions are looking to offload Sturaro this summer in a bid to try and balance the books after the £100million arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo.

The midfielder is one of several players who has been made surplus to requirements ahead of the new Serie A campaign and is available for around £18m.

Fiorentina, Genoa and Frankfurt were the favourite early runners to sign Sturaro, but have all since pulled out due to Juve's high valuation of the player.

According to calciomercato, the Premier League is now Sturaro's likeliest destination with three clubs pursuing him.

West Ham, Newcastle and Leicester have all expressed concrete interest and have made contact with Juventus, though no official offer has been submitted yet.

The Hammers have held a long-standing interest in the 25-year-old and are understood to be the player's preferred suitors.

Despite the English transfer window closing in four days' time, Juve remain confident of striking a deal to sell Sturaro before the deadline.




Sport Witness

Young defender ‘won’t be going to West Ham’, prioritises Ligue 1 move
By Tom Coast

Still going around trying to find themselves another centre-back, West Ham had most recently targeted Le Havre’s Harold Moukoudi.

The France U20 international was seen as an ideal man to add some depth and talent to Manuel Pellegrini’s side, and a bid of €12m was reportedly on the cards for his services.

However, according to France Bleu in France, the 20-year-old will not be moving to London Stadium this summer, mostly because he doesn’t see himself in England.

Despite the defender’s desire to leave and ‘go up a level’, he would much rather do so in his country, going from Ligue 2 to Ligue 1.

As things stand, no adequate offer has arrived from top tier French clubs, mostly because Le Havre are being rather greedy at a time when they probably shouldn’t be, as Moukoudi’s contract comes to an end in June 2019.

This means that come January, he’ll be free to negotiate a deal elsewhere, having decided he didn’t want to renew his contract with Le Havre.

France Bleu state many Ligue 1 sides have ‘enquired’ about his situation, like Lyon, Nice and Marseille, but a move to West Ham isn’t on the cards.



Sport Witness

Club president confirms meeting with West Ham, ‘asked about several players’

West Ham United haven’t made an official bid for Moussa Marega, according to FC Porto president Pinto da Costa.

The club official has given a very clarifying interview to local outlet O Jogo today, and claims that despite an approach, the negotiations with the Premier League side have never reached an advanced stage.

“Regarding Marega, we have no concrete offer and last Thursday the son of the West Ham owner was in Porto accompanied by an agent,” Pinto da Costa told O Jogo.

“They asked about several players, one of them Marega, but they did not present any concrete proposal. And they were informed that the player and his agent had agreed to the renewal for one more season with new expiration and new release clause.”

“The gentlemen from West Ham understood the situation and did not show a concrete proposal,” he says.

This new contract that Marega had agreed was the main topic in the conversation. Because even though the agreement wasn’t public, Pinto da Costa insisted that there was a deal with the player’s agent, and therefore, there was no promise to let the striker leave.

“I think it’s strange that now the agent will say that he had a promise to leave when he had been negotiating a new deal with FC Porto days before. The contract was ready to be signed, but later they didn’t sign. If they had the promise that the player could leave, they wouldn’t negotiate a new contract.”

With Marega withdrawn from the squad and his agent confirming the €30m bid from West Ham, it’s hard to believe there was nothing. At least a verbal offer was probably made by the Hammers, even though Porto could easily dismiss that.

The local media insists that the Dragons will not let Marega go for less than his release clause, which is of €40m.


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jimbo2. 10:32 Mon Aug 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Looks like one or two more in this week? It's been a brilliant transfer window, so well done the Dave's, Pelli and his DOF! Ta muchly Al!

Texas Iron 6:17 Mon Aug 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Cheers...

Mex Martillo 4:45 Mon Aug 6
Re: Monday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

Sydney_Iron 1:59 Mon Aug 6
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