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Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Leicester's England defender Harry Maguire remains hopeful of a move to Manchester United, who have already had two bids rejected for the 25-year-old. (Sky Sports)

But Leicester are determined not to sell Maguire to Manchester United. (Daily Mail)

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is concerned the club will fail to sign any more players before Thursday's deadline. (Times - subscription required)

Leicester want to sign Dinamo Zagreb's Croatian defender Filip Benkovic, 21, and Freiburg's Turkish centre-back Caglar Soyuncu, 22, before the transfer window closes on Thursday. (Leicester Mercury)

Arsenal are considering a late move for Croatia international Domagoj Vida after being told they will have to pay £26.9m to sign the 29-year-old Besiktas defender. (London Evening Standard)

Arsenal could spend £10m on a season-long loan for Barcelona's 21-year-old France forward Ousmane Dembele, with a view to paying another £90m to make the move permanent next summer. (Mundo Deportivo, via Football London)

Manchester United missed out on Bayern Munich's 29-year-old Germany defender Jerome Boateng because they were only interested in a loan deal. (Sun)

Boateng has agreed to join French club Paris St-Germain, with Bayern Munich prepared to sell him for 45m euros (£40.5m). (Le Parisien - in French)

Aston Villa's 22-year-old English midfielder Jack Grealish has not given up hope of joining Tottenham before the transfer deadline, despite his club halting a potential £25m move. (Sky Sports)

Everton and Manchester United are keen to sign Chelsea's 23-year-old France centre-back Kurt Zouma. (L'Equipe - in French)

Leicester are considering taking English midfielder Danny Drinkwater back from Chelsea, just a year after selling the 28-year-old midfielder for £35m. (Independent)

West Ham and Crystal Palace are also interested in Drinkwater. (Telegraph)

Everton are bidding to sign Barcelona's 25-year-old Portugal midfielder Andre Gomes. (Mail)

Wolves are preparing to sign Manchester City's 21-year-old Ukrainian wing-back Oleksandr Zinchenko. (Guardian)

Wolves also want Paris St-Germain's 25-year-old France left-back Layvin Kurzawa. (Sun)

Crystal Palace may make a late move to return Everton winger Yannick Bolasie, 29, to Selhurst Park. The Congo international played for Palace before moving to Merseyside. (Mirror)

Palace are also closing in on Swansea's Ghana forward Jordan Ayew, 26, with the clubs locked in talks over a £12m move. (Star)

West Ham are considering a deadline-day move for Tottenham's striker Fernando Llorente. The 33-year-old Spaniard is available on loan or for £7m permanently. (Mail)

Watford are trying to clinch the signing of Juventus' 25-year-old Italian international midfielder Stefano Sturaro. (Sun)

Newcastle are close to signing Barcelona's 22-year-old Brazilian defender Marlon Santos on a season-long loan. (Sport - in Spanish)

Leicester striker Islam Slimani is attracting interest from Fenerbahce, Besiktas and Sporting Lisbon, with the Foxes prepared to accept offers of about £18m for the 30-year-old Algerian. (Sky Sports)

Axel Witsel's agent says the 29-year-old Belgium midfielder had interest from Manchester United and Napoli before signing for Borussia Dortmund from Tianjin Quanjian. (Het Laatste Nieuws, via Goal)

Aston Villa will not negotiate a new contract with Ghanaian winger Albert Adomah, and the 30-year-old's former club Middlesbrough, plus Leeds, have been alerted to his availability. (Birmingham Mail)

Aston Villa are closing in on the signing of Bristol City full-back Joe Bryan, but Fulham have made a late bid for the 24-year-old Englishman. (Bristol Post)

QPR could step up their interest in Brighton's Israel striker Tomer Hemed, 31. (Argus)

German club Schalke are in talks with Tottenham over signing 28-year-old England left-back Danny Rose on loan. (Sky Sports)

Cardiff are hoping to seal a late deal for Real Betis' Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa, 24, with manager Neil Warnock keen to strengthen his midfield. (AS)

Cardiff are also considering an approach for Sheffield Wednesday's 28-year-old Italian forward Fernando Forestieri. (Times - subscription required)

Chelsea have given 23-year-old France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko permission to discuss a loan move with AC Milan. (Sun)

Atletico Madrid plan to increase the release clause of their 25-year-old Slovenia goalkeeper Jan Oblak to 250m euros (£225m). (AS)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Ben Fisher

The whispers have gone into overdrive and José Mourinho possibly into meltdown. The Manchester United manager is veering on inconsolable, deeply concerned at the lack of incomings and, unless Ed Woodward can pull a few rabbits out of the hat, the Portuguese could slump into his biggest and gloomiest huff yet. United are still keen on adding a defender, and Harry Maguire has his heart set on a move to Old Trafford but, after already swallowing two bids, Leicester City are refusing to even pick up the phone. Jérôme Boateng has turned his nose up at a move, favouring a £40.5m permanent switch to Paris Saint-Germain instead, while Toby Alderweireld is another face Mourinho longs to see waltz into Carrington.

Down at Arsenal there is little panic at all, though they are considering a late move for the ponytailed Croatia defender Domagoj Vida, with Besiktas happy to flog him for around £26m. Unai Emery knows Stan Kroenke’s cash could be better spent, and fancies a loan move for Ousmane Dembélé, Barcelona’s World Cup winner, until May. Reports in Spain suggest an initial £10m loan fee could lure the Catalan club into getting the deal done, followed by a £90m transfer, if all went swimmingly.

Across north London Tottenham have not given up hope of landing Jack Grealish but have plenty of work to do if they are to convince Aston Villa’s stubborn owners into giving any move the green light, having already rejected a £25m bid. At Chelsea there could be a deadline-day move for Danny Drinkwater, with West Ham and Crystal Palace, plus his old club Leicester, sniffing around.

The Wolves revolution continues and that’s before they’ve got their hands on Layvin Kurzawa and Oleksandr Zinchenko. Everton are also on the hunt for a new left-back, as Marco Silva looks set to complete half a Barcelona XI, with André Gomes and Yerry Mina on his longlist after snapping up Lucas Digne, while Kurt Zouma, the towering France defender, is another option.

Elsewhere Islam Slimani could be heading to any one of Fenerbahce, Besiktas or his former employers Sporting Lisbon, providing Leicester pick up £18m for their man and after moving on to bigger and better things, Brighton are happy to cash in on 2016-17’s Tomer Hemed, with the Israeli striker primed for a move to QPR.

And, this is cruel: at the 11th hour, Villa have been upstaged by Fulham. After failing to coerce Southampton into selling Matty Targett, the Premier League side made their advances on Joe Bryan, snatching the Bristol City defender from under the nose of Steve Bruce late on Wednesday night. Bryan, also the subject of interest from Newcastle, had already agreed a medical and personal terms at Villa but is set to complete a £5m deadline-day move to Fulham, and a spiffing window for Slavisa Jokanovic’s side.


West Ham considering last-minute deadline-day move for Tottenham's Fernando Llorente

Manuel Pellegrini has been steadily rebuilding West Ham squad since arriving
The Hammers manager still needs a target man with Andy Carroll out injured
Striker is available from Spurs on loan or permanent deal after failing to impress

By Ian Ladyman

West Ham are considering a last-minute deadline-day move for Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente.

Manuel Pellegrini has been steadily rebuilding his West Ham squad since arriving at the start of the summer but still needs a target man.

With Andy Carroll injured and Pellegrini offloading flop Jordan Hugill back to the Championship, West Ham have discussed a move for Spaniard Llorente.

The 33-year-old is available from Tottenham on loan or permanent deal after failing to impress manager Mauricio Pochettino in his role as understudy to Harry Kane.

West Ham would have to find in the region of £7million if they wanted to sign Llorente permanently.

They have already spent significantly on Ukraine wide man Andriy Yarmolenko and Brazilian midfielder Felipe Anderson.


Done deal: Fiorentina agree fee to sign West Ham youngster

Fiorentina and West Ham have reached an agreement for the signing of Edimilson Fernandes, sources have told Calciomercato.com.

The Swiss International will join La Viola on an initial € 1 million loan deal. The Serie A side have an option to make the player’s move permanent for € 8.5 million at the end of the season.

La Viola has announced the temporary signings of both Marko Pjaca and Kevin Mirallas this week and after the Belgian, signed from Everton, they are keen to add another Premier League player to their roster.

Fiorentina needed a versatile centre midfielder with technical and physical skills and Edimilson Fernandes fits the role.

The 22-year-old is expected to arrive in Florence in the coming hours to undergo medical tests and sign his contract with Fiorentina.

The Swiss starlet has one goal and one assist in 48 appearances with the Hammers who have eventually decided to offload their starlet.


West Ham and Pellegrini would be ideal for Andre Gomes

Alex Caple

West Ham United and new manager Manuel Pellegrini are reportedly interested in Barcelona's Andre Gomes.

Spanish outlet Sport is claiming that West Ham United remain in pole position to sign Barcelona's Andre Gomes.

The Portuguese midfielder has become a figure of derision among some fans since arriving from Valencia in 2015 and looks set to finally move away this summer.

West Ham could also be the ideal place for Gomes to rediscover his form; especially under new coach Manuel Pellegrini.

West Ham have undergone a series of changes all over the pitch since the end of last season, with the ambition of Pellegrini's appointment matched by the signings of Jack Wilshere, Felipe Anderson, Issa Diop and more.

And that could be the right environment for Gomes, who has found the pressure at Barcelona to be tougher than he was used to while not being perfectly suited to their slow, possession-based style.

West Ham, however, do not have the pressures of Barca and are instead looking to improve on a 13th-place finish as part of a long-term plan.

Pellegrini, similarly, should offer Gomes what he needs in a faster, attacking brand of football; the kind the Portuguese international thrived under at Valencia and Benfica and saw him earn a move to Barcelona in the first place.

Gomes might not be liked at Camp Nou but he could find a lot of fans at the London Stadium.


West Ham have agreed on a deal to sign the Arsenal forward Lucas Perez.

The 29-year-old is no longer wanted at Arsenal and he will look to resurrect his career with the Hammers.

According to Daily Mirror, West Ham will pay around £4m for the striker. Perez has signed a three-year contract with the Hammers.

Perez was on loan at Deportivo last season and he will be operating as a back up to Marco Arnautovic next season.

The Spaniard joined Arsenal for £17.1million in the summer of 2016 and went on to score seven goals in 21 appearances in his debut campaign.

Pellegrini was keen on adding more depth to his striking position and arrival of Perez will be a boost for the Chilean. With the likes of Carroll injured and Hugill loaned out, Perez could be a handy option for West Ham next season.

West Ham have been very active in the market this summer and the fans will be delighted with the club’s business so far.

Former Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has now confirmed the move by posting an image of Lucas Perez in a West Ham shirt.


West Ham United sign striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal

West Ham United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Lucas Perez from Arsenal.

Lucas makes the move across London and signs a three-year contract with the Irons, having played in the Premier League and La Liga over the past two seasons with the Gunners and on loan for Deportivo de La Coruna.

The 29-year-old joins Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop, Jack Wilshere, Aindriy Yarmolenko, Fabian Balbuena and Felipe Anderson in moving to London Stadium this summer.

“I’m very happy to be here at such an historic Club,” he said. “I’m very excited, as West Ham are giving me the chance to stay in the Premier League and I’m very happy to be part of this new project.

“West Ham have great fans and play in an amazing stadium, so to sign here brings me great joy. I’m very motivated.”

Director of Football Mario Husillos welcomed Lucas to West Ham and believes Manuel Pellegrini’s squad will be the perfect environment for the Spaniard to thrive.

“We welcome Lucas to West Ham United,” he said. “He is a very experienced player that Manuel and I both know well from Spain.

“He has great technical quality, and can play as both the main striker or the second striker in a deeper role. He scores goals, but can also create them and link well with the midfielders.

“His style is different from the other strikers we have available to us, and that gives the manager more options for our attacking play.

“Lucas also has experience of the Premier League with Arsenal, and is familiar with life here in London, which of course means that he will take less time to adapt and be ready.

“From the very first meeting I had with Lucas, he made it very clear that he wanted to come to West Ham United and, for us, this is very important. We wish him every success during his time here.”

Born in A Coruna, Galicia, Lucas moved to Madrid to sign for Atletico Madrid’s C-team as a teenager. The forward played two seasons in the Tercera Division before transferring to Rayo Vallecano in 2009.

In his first season with Rayo, Lucas helped the reserve team earn promotion, before making five appearances for the first team in the 2010/11 campaign, as they returned to La Liga after eight years in the second division.

A switch to Ukraine followed for Lucas in January 2011, who signed with FC Karpaty Lviv. The attacker scored 15 goals in 60 appearances for the club, including a hat-trick in a 4–0 home win over FC Kryvbas Kryvyi Rih in November 2012.

Eight finishes in 17 league matches in the 2012/13 season saw Dynamo Kiev loan Lucas for the remainder of that season, and then the striker was transferred to PAOK of the Greek Superleague that summer.

Twelve goals for the Thessaloniki-based club across 52 showings helped POAK reach the final of the Greek Football Cup in the 2013/14 season, and put him on the radar of Deportivo de La Coruna.

The striker was given a return to his native Spain, initially on loan, with his boyhood club, before they made the move permanent in 2015. Lucas rewarded the La Liga side’s decision with his best-ever return in a season, netting 17 goals for the club.

A big-money move to the Premier League with Arsenal followed in 2016, where he assisted an equalising goal on his debut. The striker netted his first goal for the north London side against Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup, and struck with a Champions League hat-trick in a 4-1 win away to Basel. Lucas was loaned back to Deportivo for the 2017/18 campaign, scoring seven times in all competitions.

With an average of a goal every two-and-a-half games across his career, Lucas brings experience and tenacity to the West Ham front line.

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

The Sportsman

West Ham To Bid £38m For Bayer Leverkusen Winger Julian Brandt

A surprising move on this transfer deadline day is emerging as West Ham United are remarkably looking to bid for the highly-rated German international, Julian Brandt. The 22-year-old will cost the London club a pretty penny as they look to stun the rest of the Premier League by bringing in one of the Bundesliga's most promising youngsters.

Understandably, Bayer Leverkusen are not keen to let one of their biggest stars go but West Ham are looking keen to make this deal happen having identified Brandt as an elite player for their side. Leverkusen has been integral to Brandt for his whole career, making 132 senior appearances and scored in 27 goals, but the player who has now developed into one of the Bundesliga’s best, could be half-tempted by the Premier League and the big wages the Hammers could offer.

It is worth remembering that just two months ago, Germany manager Joachim Low put his complete trust in the youngster by surprisingly picking him for his World Cup squad over Manchester City winger Leroy Sane, who was coming into the summer after the most prolific season of his career.

Interestingly, that fact alone shows how highly regarded Brandt is in the footballing world and it would easily be a real coup if Manuel Pellegrini can convince him to join. Having already brought in star names such as Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Andriy Yarmolenko this summer West Ham have heavily invested in their playing squad and they might not be finished yet.

It will be interesting to see how this one develops throughout the day, but the Hammers are working to a tight deadline as the window closes at 5pm!

Sport Witness

Midfielder has informed club he won’t leave despite late West Ham interest

With news from Italy emerging that West Ham could be close to signing Carlos Sanchez from Fiorentina, it’s unlikely that we’ll see the Hammers bringing in another midfielder on Thursday.

Our guess, though, is that the Colombian wasn’t their first choice, as Maxime Gonalons story refuses to disappear, suggesting he might have been the man they wanted instead.

However, Corriere dello Sport explain the former Lyon captain moving is unlikely to happen, as he’s told AS Roma he isn’t interested in leaving the Serie A side.

Of course, anything can happen on transfer deadline day in England, as Gazzetta dello Sport point out there is a chance the defensive midfielder still “could” make a move to West Ham at the last minute.

Considering Crystal Palace and Everton also tried and failed to convince the Frenchman earlier this month, and West Ham appear to have found an alternative in Carlos Sanchez, our guess is it won’t happen.

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