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Alan 12:53 Sun Aug 4
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Arsenal are set for talks with Barcelona over a loan deal for Brazil international midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 27, which would reportedly cost the club £27m. (Sun on Sunday)

Manchester United have bid £46m for Ajax's 22-year-old Brazil forward David Neres. (Yahoo - in Portuguese)

France international Paul Pogba fears he could be priced out of a move to Real Madrid with the Spanish giants facing a staggering £270m bill to sign the 26-year-old from Manchester United. (Sunday Mirror)

Bayern Munich are closing in on a deal for Manchester City's German winger Leroy Sane after agreeing contract terms with the 23-year-old. (Sky Sport Germany - in German)

Sane faces the prospect of losing a staggering £11m in wages if he continues with his refusal to sign a new contract with Manchester City. (Sunday Mirror)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is weighing up late moves for Real Madrid's Spanish midfielder Isco, 27, and Bournemouth's Dutch central defender Nathan Ake, 24. (Sunday Express)

Manchester United have negotiated a swap deal with Juventus that would see Argentine striker Paulo Dybala, 25, and 33-year-old Croatia forward Mario Mandzukic move to Old Trafford, with Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku, 26, going the other way. (Sunday Times - subscription required)

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson is bidding to sign his former England defender Gary Cahill, 33 on a two-year deal. (Sun on Sunday)

Barcelona are preparing to begin talks with Paris St-Germain over bringing Brazil forward Neymar, 27, back to La Liga. (Goal.com)

Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes, 24, who has also been linked with Manchester United, has told Sporting Lisbon he wants to join Tottenham. (Mail on Sunday)

Real Madrid have reached an agreement with 22-year-old Dutch midfielder Donny van de Beek, but are yet to agree a fee with his club Ajax. (Marca)

Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is planning a surprise £15m swoop for Celtic's Norway international defender Kristoffer Ajer, 21. (Star Sunday)

Barcelona have reached an agreement with Real Betis to sign 22-year-old Spain Under-21 defender Junior Firpo for £22m. (ESPN)

Burnley have joined Crystal Palace in the race to sign Real Betis' Spanish midfielder Victor Camarasa, 25, who spent last season on loan at Cardiff City. (Sky Sports)

Tottenham are set to sign England Under-21 midfielder Ryan Sessegnon, 19, from Fulham, but may miss out on 23-year-old Argentina and Real Betis midfielder Giovani lo Celso as a result. (Star Sunday)

However, Spurs have emerged as joint favourites alongside Atletico Madrid to sign Borussia Monchengladbach's £60m-rated German defender Matthias Ginter, 25. (Bild, via 90min)

Tottenham are also ready to compete with Roma and Juventus for Napoli's Albanian international right-back Elseid Hysaj, 25, who was a target for Chelsea last summer. (Sunday Express)

Newcastle boss Steve Bruce says he will ask owner Mike Ashley to sanction more transfers before Thursday's deadline and says he wants English forward Dwight Gayle, 28, to stay amid interest from Leeds.(Newcastle Chronicle)

Leicester have reportedly earmarked Getafe's Togo international defender Djene Dakonam, 27, as a potential replacement for Manchester United-bound England centre-back Harry Maguire, 26. (Leicester Mercury)

Chelsea are set to listen to offers for France midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, 24, and England midfielder Danny Drinkwater, 29. (Sunday Telegraph)

Former England international Drinkwater is wanted by Brighton on a season loan. (Mail on Sunday)

Celtic and Scotland left-back Kieran Tierney, 22, could miss up to eight weeks through injury - potentially ending Arsenal's interest in the £25m-rated player. (Sun on Sunday)

Newcastle have held talks with Inter Milan over a loan move for 19-year-old Argentina forward Facundo Colidio. (Mail on Sunday)

New York Red Bulls' American centre-back Aaron Long, 26, is hopeful he will receive a work permit to join West Ham before the transfer deadline. (Sky Sports)

Manchester City's Germany-born striker Lukas Nmecha, 20, will spend the 2019-20 season on loan at Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg. (Manchester Evening News)

Brentford manager Thomas Frank refused to be drawn on the future of Brighton target Neal Maupay, 22, after the French striker - last season's top scorer - was left out of the 1-0 defeat by Birmingham. (Argus)


West Ham 2-2 Athletic Bilbao: Manuel Pellegrini's side lose Betway Cup on penalties as club-record signing Sebastien Haller scores own goal

West Ham lost on penalties after four-goal draw with Athletic Bilbao on Saturday
The game started in dramatic fashion with Sebastien Haller scoring an own-goal
Shortly after Inaki Williams doubled the lead for the Spanish visitors
The Hammer pulled one back after Manuel Lanzini curled home from three yards
Jack Wilshere scored his first goal in the claret shirt to equalise for West Ham

By Steve Stammers

It sounds like a dream debut for a £45million striker making his home debut.

In less than two minutes Sebastien Haller – the club’s record signing from Eintracht Frankfurt – had the ball in the net. One problem. It was past his own goalkeeper.

The PA announcer did the front man a massive favour. He gave the goal to Unai Lopez, the Athletic Bilbao man whose cross diverted past Roberto in the West Ham goal by Haller’s wild fly-kick.

Jack Wilshere is mobbed after scoring his first ever West Ham goal to equalise at 2-2

Manuel Lanzini reacted quickest in the area to strike and get West Ham among the goals

Sebastien Haller – the club’s record signing from Eintracht Frankfurt – scored an own goal

It then got worse for West Ham on the 15 minute mark when Inaki Williams put Bilbao’s second past the hapless Roberto from close range. With £25 million Pablo Fornals also in the line-up, it was not the most auspicious of starts.

But while Haller’s defensive qualities may be in doubt, his character is not. By half-time, West Ham were level and Haller played a significant role in both.

First, he muscled past Yeray, found the impressive Fornals and the cross was converted by Manuel Lanzini. Bilbao hardly had time to regroup before Haller again showed his strength as he chased the ball, shrugged Unai Nunez out of the way and crossed for Jack Wilshere to steer home the equaliser. The Spanish side won the match 4-2 on penalties.

It is the kind of resilience manager Manuel Pellegrini will need next Saturday when the real thing gets underway. The small matter of containing last season’s domestic treble winners Manchester City lies ahead.

And he may have another asset on which to call. The West Ham owners are unlikely to win any popularity contest with many of the club’s die-hard fans but they cannot be accused of lacking ambition.

The £70 million spent on Haller and Fornals – taken off at half-time on Saturday - could well be boosted by another £4 million if West Ham successfully secure a work permit for USA andd New York Red Bulls defender Aaron Long.

True Pellegrini is sweating on the fitness of two key men – goalkeeper Lucasz Fabianski and captain Mark Noble.

Roberto – a free transfer from Espanyol – looks a tad shaky at times but Pellegrini does have Wilshere back and fit. And sharp.

Wilshere was the midfield general against the Basque outfit and he thrived on the responsibility. His touch was superb, his passing neat and inventive – and he scored. A summer’s labour to exorcise the injury demons of last season is paying off… handsomely it would seem.

Pellegrini withdrew Wilshere along with Felipe Anderson and Fabian Balbuena after 65 minutes. With the doubt about Noble, Wilshere will be key against City.


WEST HAM: Roberto, Fredericks, Balbuena, Diop, Cresswell, Rice, Wilshere, Fornals, Anderson, Lanzini, Haller

SUBS: Martin, Zabaleta, Chicarito, Snodgrass, Sanchez, Ogbonna, Masuaku, Michail Antonio, Cullen, Diangana, Ben Johnson

GOALS: Lanzini, Wilshere

BOOKED: Fredericks

ATHLETIC BILBAO: Herrerin, Nunez, Yeray, Lopez, Ianaki, Muniain, Cordoba, Garcia, Berchiche, Capa, Garcia

SUBS: Simon, San Jose, Benat, Larrazabal, De Marcos, Gomez, Aduriz, Oleaga, Vivian, Sancet

GOALS: Haller (OG) Williams

REFEREE: Michael Oliver


Agent says New York Red Bulls want £12m for West Ham target Aaron Long

West Ham United will have to pay $15 million (£12.34m) as transfer fee for Aaron Long. That’s according to the New York Red Bulls defender’s agent, Shaun Higgins.

According to ESPN, West Ham are interested in signing Long from Red Bulls in the summer transfer window.

It has been reported that the Hammers made a number of offers for the 26-year-old USA international central defender, but their last bid was in mid-July for $3m (£2.47m).

The Sun has claimed that West Ham are struggling to get the required work permit from the Home Office for the American to play in the Premier League.

ESPN has claimed of interest in the central defender from an unnamed French club, and the American’s agent Higgins has claimed that Red Bulls are asking for too much in transfer fee for the 26-year-old.

Higgins has criticised the fee that Red Bulls want for Long, who is one of the better central defenders in Major League Soccer.

Higgins told ESPN: "They told Aaron yesterday that he was worth $15m (£12.34m), which is ridiculous. [The Red Bulls] say they're not going to sell Aaron unless they get $15m (£12.34m).

“They don't think Aaron is good enough for RB Leipzig or Red Bull Salzburg. But the Red Bulls are saying even though he'll be 27 years old [in October], if a team really wants Aaron, they'll come in for him and that his value is similar to defenders in the Premier League."

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ted fenton 8:59 Sun Aug 4
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eusebiovic 1:26 Sun Aug 4


Texas Iron 1:49 Sun Aug 4
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eusebiovic 1:26 Sun Aug 4
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Fortunes Hiding 1:15 Sun Aug 4

Sounds like they are describing a trip to the bathroom

Fortunes Hiding 1:15 Sun Aug 4
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Lanzini curled in from 3 yards?

How much curl would yo get?

Sydney_Iron 1:04 Sun Aug 4
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Mex Martillo 1:01 Sun Aug 4

Mex Martillo 1:01 Sun Aug 4
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Thanks Alan

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