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Alan 11:03 Thu Jun 20
Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Chelsea hope to appoint Derby boss Frank Lampard as their new manager on a three-year deal by the end of the week. (Standard)

Manchester United have agreed a £55m fee with Crystal Palace for 21-year-old England Under-21 defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka. (Record)

However, those claims have been denied elsewhere, with the two clubs still locked in talks. (Mail)

Paris St-Germain forward Neymar has been looking at houses in Barcelona, fuelling rumours the 27-year-old Brazil international is set to return to the Nou Camp. (Sport)

Real Madrid have made a £115m offer for PSG's Neymar and would add either Wales forward Gareth Bale, 29, or Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez, 27, to any deal.(Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Bayern Munich are set to rival Manchester City in the race to sign 22-year-old Spain midfielder Rodri from Atletico Madrid. (AS - in Spanish)

Jorginho is ready to quit Chelsea and follow Maurizio Sarri to Juventus just a year after the 27-year-old Brazil midfielder joined from Napoli for £50m. (Mirror)

Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid are interested in signing Southampton's 29-year-old England full-back Ryan Bertrand. (Mail)

West Ham have told Manchester United and Manchester City that they have no intention of selling England international midfielder Declan Rice, 20, this summer. (Sky Sports).

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen on signing Bournemouth and Wales midfielder David Brooks, 21. (Sun)

Arsenal have made Celtic's 22-year-old Scotland full-back Kieran Tierney a top transfer target this summer. (Mail)

The Gunners could make an offer for Saint-Etienne's French defender William Saliba, 18, by the end of the week. (Yahoo Sport France, via Express)

Burnley keeper Tom Heaton has rejected the offer of a new deal with the club and the England international could leave on a free when his contract expires next summer. (Sun)

Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame, 32, is expected to join Al-Gharafa in Qatar when the former Senegal international's deal with the Tyneside club expires at the end of June. (Chronicle)

Sporting Lisbon are in talks with Liverpool over a deal to sign 19-year-old Portuguese winger Rafael Camacho. (Standard)

Norwich are determined to hang on to 19-year-old English full-back Max Aarons despite interest from Manchester United. (Telegraph)

Arsenal are preparing a bid for Red Bull Salzburg's 18-year-old Hungary winger Dominik Szoboszlai. (Football Insider)

Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has turned down the offer of a new contract at Burnley. The 33-year-old England international will enter the final year of his current deal at Turf Moor next month. (Guardian)

Juventus are confident of beating Real Madrid to the signing of Manchester United's France midfielder Paul Pogba, 26. (Mirror)

Alternatively, Pogba fears he could be priced out of a move to Real Madrid by Manchester United's £160m valuation of the midfielder. (Telegraph)

Leicester's England defender Harry Maguire, 26, has yet to make a decision about his future amid interest from Manchester United and Manchester City. (Manchester Evening News)

Napoli have agreed a £4m deal to sign Arsenal's Colombia goalkeeper David Ospina, 30. (Football.London)

England Under-21 goalkeeper Dean Henderson will sign a new contract at Manchester United before rejoining Sheffield United on a season-long loan. The 22-year-old was part of the Blades side that earned promotion to the Premier League last season. (Mirror)

Brighton are close to agreeing a deal with Portsmouth for English defender Matt Clarke, 22. (Sky Sports)

Sheffield United, Aston Villa and West Brom are all interested in signing Blackburn forward Bradley Dack. (Mail)

West Brom are in talks with Arsenal over a deal to sign English defender Carl Jenkinson. Scottish champions Celtic are also interested in the 27-year-old. (Sky Sports)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Jacob Steinberg

Manchester United “have agreed to pay £55m” to sign Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace. After weeks of negotiating a fee for the scorer of one of the finest own goals you’ll ever see, they’ve finally done it. Ed Woodward has finally done it! He really has! Hooray for Ed! They’ll be building a statue of him outside Old Trafford any day now! Forget the Sir Alex Ferguson Stand – how about the Sir Ed Woodward Stand? It has a nice ring to it. Except … hang on … hang on a minute … look here … oh … it says here … “contrary to earlier reports” … oh … oh dear … Manchester United and Crystal Palace haven’t agreed a £55m fee for Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Oh. Oh dear. Oh Ed. Cancel the statue.

Unless, of course, United manage to complete a deal for Bournemouth’s wispy genius David Brooks. Plus they’ve found an alternative to Wan-Bissaka.

Only, Norwich City have said that their prodigy Max Aarons is going nowhere. Similarly, West Ham have told United to go away and stop asking them about Issa Diop and Declan Rice. Ask me again, Manuel Pellegrini has said, and I’ll develop an interest in Marcus Rashford. See how you like it.

Plans are afoot to end Neymar’s two-year sabbatical from football. The Brazilian has been looking at houses in Barcelona, but he could yet be heading to Real Madrid. Zinedine Zidane’s side are said to have offered Paris Saint-Germain £115m for the forward and are ready to lob Gareth Bale and James Rodríguez into the deal as an added treat. However, Madrid will have to be quick if they want to sign Paul Pogba. Juventus remain ahead of them in the race to prise the midfielder away from United.

Jorginho is going to follow Maurizio Sarri to Juventus and leave Chelsea for £50m. Phew. That means N’Golo Kanté can get back in his proper position, meaning Proper Football Men everywhere can relax.

Arsenal are after Celtic full-back Kieran Tierney, Saint-Etienne’s William Saliba and Red Bull Salzburg’s Dominik Szoboszlai, while they are set to sell David Ospina to Napoli for £4m and could let Carl Jenkinson join West Brom.

Tom Heaton has rejected a new contract at Burnley and is set to leave Turf Moor on a free. Newcastle’s Mo Diamé is expected to join Al-Gharafa in Qatar when his contract runs out at the end of the month. Sheffield United, Aston Villa and West Brom are fighting over Blackburn’s Bradley Dack.

Internazionale and Atlético Madrid want Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand. Lower those eyebrows. How rude.


Terry Gibson wishes Spurs had signed West Ham new boy Pablo Fornals

Olly Dawes

West Ham United have splashed the cash to sign Pablo Fornals.

Sky Sports' Spanish football expert Terry Gibson has told the Sky Sports News Transfer Talk podcast that he's gutted Tottenham Hotspur didn't sign West Ham United new boy Pablo Fornals.

The Hammers were in the market for a new ball-playing midfielder, and swooped to land Villarreal star Fornals last week in a big-money move.

As reported by The Guardian, West Ham paid £24million to bring Fornals to East London, reuniting him with director of football Mario Husillos.

Fornals, 23, appears to be an exciting addition to the West Ham midfield, and notched five goals and six assists for Villarreal last season as he impressed yet again.

The Spaniard – who scored a superb winner for Spain's Under-21's against Belgium this evening – should play a key role for West Ham, and many are backing him to become a Premier League star.

Now, La Liga expert Gibson has admitted that he wishes Spurs had signed Fornals instead of West Ham, given that Tottenham are the team he supports.

Gibson added that he would play Fornals as a number 10 behind a lone striker, and compared him to Dele Alli and James Maddison, believing he should be given the freedom to create and attack rather than be shackled with defensive duties.

“I think he’s a sensational player, he really is,” said Gibson. “I’m a Spurs fan, and I would have loved Spurs to have sign him, so I’m pretty envious of West Ham getting a really exciting young player.”

“He’s an all-round midfield player, he’s versatile, he can play wide, he can play central midfield, but he’s very attacking. His work rate is good, and in my opinion, his best position is if a team play a 4-4-1-1 formation, and he plays that role behind the striker, so you allow him to flourish, you allow him to get on the ball, you allow him to do everything good that he does in the game. I would say he would be very similar to someone like Dele Alli or James Maddison who play in that role, where you encourage them to just go and be attack-minded and to be creative, so I think he’s a player that the West Ham supporters will really enjoy watching,” he added.

Replies - Newest Posts First (Show In Chronological Order)

Texas Iron 4:15 Thu Jun 20
Re: Thursday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Mex Martillo 3:20 Thu Jun 20
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Thanks Alan

Alwaysaniron 2:31 Thu Jun 20
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Lily Hammer 12.47

Totally agree. Dele Ali is a jumped up tosser who’s ability is 20 times less than his belief in it!

Thanks Al

Lily Hammer 12:47 Thu Jun 20
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Gibson compares Fornals to Dele Alli.


I've already seen enough to say that Alli is not fit to even sniff Fornal's boots, let alone polish them.

Whitester. 12:17 Thu Jun 20
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Thanks Alan.

bill green 11:38 Thu Jun 20
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Thanks Alan

Mad Dog 11:08 Thu Jun 20
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Thanks Alan

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