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Q: 2022/23 You are the Chairman what do you do with Moyes?
a. Stick with him obviously, he's delivered two good seasons back to back and will see us out of this dip in form
b. If we're still lingering around the bottom three by the start of the WC then that's the time to get rid
c. What are we waiting for 2 wins in the last 20 PL games is reason enough to sack him, go now
d. I've just got my new Orange & White 3rd Kit with Moyesinho on the back, I can't wait to wear it down to the supermarket, they call me Mr West Ham around here

Alan 12:24 Fri Jul 22
Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Manchester City have had a £30m offer for Spain left-back Marc Cucurella rejected by Brighton, who value the 23-year-old at £50m. (Athletic - subscription required)

City will make an improved offer for Cucurella but have other options if a fee cannot be agreed. (Mail)

City have been offered Benfica's Spanish full-back Alejandro Grimaldo, 26, as an alternative option to Cucurella. (i Sport)

Barcelona will make a final attempt to sign Sevilla and France defender Jules Kounde, despite acknowledging they are unable to match Chelsea's £55m bid for the 23-year-old. (Sport - in Spanish)

Sevilla and Chelsea have agreed a fee for Kounde, who has agreed terms on a five-year contract, but he has thrown the move into doubt by turning up unannounced for Sevilla's pre-season tour. (Sun)

Barca will turn to Manchester City and Spain centre-back Aymeric Laporte, 28, if they fail to sign Kounde. (Fichajes - in Spanish)

Manchester United and Chelsea are competing to sign Bayern Munich and France defender Benjamin Pavard, 26. (L'Equipe, via Sun)

Nottingham Forest are exploring a deal for Nigeria striker Emmanuel Dennis, with Watford wanting about £25m for the 24-year old. (Mail)

Borussia Dortmund are weighing up a move for Uruguay striker Luis Suarez, 35, after his contract with Atletico Madrid expired this summer (Sky Sports - in German)

About 20,000 Suarez masks were made for fans of Uruguayan side Nacional to wear during their game against Cerrito amid speculation he is one step away from confirming his return to his first club. (Mundo Deportivo - in Spanish)

Chelsea are struggling to attract bids for Spain goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, 27, and Germany attacker Timo Werner, 26, because of their wage demands. The Blues are also finding it difficult to offload players such as Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, 28, and England midfielder Ross Barkley, 28. (Telegraph - subscription required)

Paris St-Germain have offered Roma the chance to sign Netherlands midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, 31. (Corriere dello Sport - in Italian)

West Ham would prefer to sign Blackburn and Chile striker Ben Brereton Diaz, 23, than Burnley's Dwight McNeil, although Crystal Palace could move for the English winger, 22. (Mail)

AC Milan are in talks with Tottenham over signing English defender Japhet Tanganga, 23, and a potential loan move for Spurs' Senegal midfielder Pape Matar Sarr, 19. (Fabrizio Romano)

Milan have also asked Spurs about prospective deals for France midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, 25, and Spain left-back Sergio Reguilon, 25. (Mail)

Brighton want to sign Austria midfielder Florian Grillitsch, 26, who is a free agent after his contract with Hoffenheim ended this summer. (Athletic - subscription required)

Juventus are discussing the possibility of ending the contract of 31-year-old Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey. (Fabrizio Romano)

Aston Villa and England Under-19 midfielder Carney Chukwuemeka is not interested in signing a new deal at Villa Park, with Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund monitoring the 18-year-old's situation. (Sky Sports)

Aston Villa and Leicester City are interested in PSV Eindhoven and Ivory Coast midfielder Ibrahim Sangare, 24. (Football Insider)

Bordeaux and South Korea striker Hwang Ui-jo, 29, claims he has an offer to join West Ham this summer. (Sun)

Newcastle are tracking Red Bull Salzburg and Slovenia forward Benjamin Sesko, 19. (Mail)

Queens Park Rangers have agreed a deal to sign Brighton midfielder Taylor Richards, 21, on a loan deal. (Football Insider)

Brazil right-back Dani Alves, 39, will sign a one-year deal with Mexican side Pumas after leaving Barcelona as a free agent. (ESPN)

Guardian Rumour Mill

Luke McLaughlin

The domestic football campaign is approaching faster than a charging Shericka Jackson – the top flight kicks off in just two weeks – and wherever you look, football fans are frothing with excitement at the prospect of another seemingly interminable season.

To begin at the beginning, with some hot Premier League transfer speculation, Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly both keen to sign the France international full-back and Rumour Mill staple Benjamin Pavard – although the Sun reports that Juventus and Atlético Madrid are also keeping a beady eye on the situation.
Bremer signs his Juventus contract.

However, Pavard is said to want to play at centre-back rather than full-back, which may prove an issue at both Premier League clubs: Kalidou Koulibaly and Thiago Silva are poised to form a fearsome central defensive partnership at Chelsea with Jules Koundé and Presnel Kimpembe also on Thomas Tuchel’s summer shopping list. Lisandro Martínez, meanwhile, has already boosted Manchester United’s options at centre-back.

A player sizing up the Old Trafford exit door is Cristiano Ronaldo, and the latest scoop is that he has been offered to Barcelona by his agent Jorge Mendes. Why Xavi might want another ageing forward in addition to Robert Lewandowski, recently signed from Bayern Munich, is anybody’s guess. But then, Barça are busy pulling those “economic levers”. A final snippet of Manchester United news is that the club are increasingly keen to move for Youri Tielemans from Leicester if they cannot snare Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona.

Over at Liverpool, Jürgen Klopp fancies bolstering his midfield by signing Matheus Nunes from Sporting. Reports in Portugal suggest the clubs are ready to sit down and thrash out a deal for the 23-year-old, who is valued at somewhere in the region of £45m by his current employers.

Sticking doggedly with the behemoths of the Premier League, Brighton have turned down an initial offer of £30m from Manchester City for Marc Cucurella. Graham Potter’s bean counters want £50m for the Spanish full-back and Pep Guardiola, having sold Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal, needs cover at left-back as a matter of urgency.

Down in the capital, West Ham have tabled a £28m offer for Gianluca Scamacca, the 23-year-old Italy international on the books at Sassuolo. Reports on Friday morning suggested the Serie A outfit could be tempted to sell by an improved offer of £38m. Scamacca scored 16 goals league goals last season, a return that certainly suggests he could bang them in in the Premier League.

Ending with a touch of Premier League nostalgia, the former Liverpool forward Luis Suárez has held positive talks with Nacional, in Uruguay, about returning to the club where he kicked off his glittering/controversial career in 2005-06.

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Erik ten Hag has blocked the sales of Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek by Manchester United this summer.

Jules Kounde has thrown his £55 million move to Chelsea into doubt after turning up unannounced for Sevilla's pre-season tour.

Chelsea new owner Todd Boehly and consortium investors are to sensationally rebuild Stamford Bridge one stand at a time. SunSport has been told that the new owners plan a staged rebuild of the Bridge, with the stands replaced and upgraded one by one.

Manchester United defender Raphael Varane has hailed team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo as a "legend" - and insists no one in the dressing room thinks the team is better without him.

Danny Welbeck has revealed his incredible body transformation ahead of the new season.

Bordeaux striker Hwang Ui-Jo claims he has a transfer offer to join West Ham this summer.


Erling Haaland will have to wait until Saturday to make his first appearance for Manchester City, but Jack Grealish has predicted that his new team-mate will be "unstoppable" once he reaches peak fitness.

Kevin Mbabu is one step away from joining Fulham from Wolfsburg and will travel to meet the club on tour in Portugal and undergo a medical. Fulham are also interested in signing the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Sergio Rico on loan for a second time after his spell in 2018-19.

West Ham have blocked Issa Diop's proposed move to Fulham after Nayef Aguerd, their new centre back, suffered an ankle injury in a 3-1 friendly defeat away to Rangers on Tuesday and could be sidelined for at least one month.

Aaron Ramsey has been left out of Juventus's squad for the tour to the United States as the club attempt to terminate the midfielder's contract, which has one year left.

The PFA is to put pressure on the football authorities to fund a pension scheme for England's women players and other female professionals after securing a new £76m payout for male players' pensions.

Jason Kokrak, the American world No 36, has lost one of his main sponsors after announcing that he has signed up for the Saudi-funded LIV rebel tour.

The RFU could try to place English coaches with international sides, such as Georgia, as part of planning for life after Eddie Jones.

The RFU will discuss antisocial behaviour by supporters at its next council meeting amid concerns over a rise in disorder at sporting events.


Alexandre Lacazette looks set to miss Lyon's next pre-season friendly after being attacked by wasps during training.

Manchester United's flight from Melbourne to Perth was delayed after a military jet reportedly landed on the runway and blocked the plane.

Brighton & Hove Albion could treble their money on Marc Cucurella after slapping a hefty price-tag on the Manchester City target.

Adebayo Akinfenwa has made a swift retirement U-turn after he was filmed playing for Hashtag United.


Thomas Tuchel could be stuck with several unwanted players for the 2022-2023 campaign as top-flight clubs are reluctant to strike a deal with the Premier League giants for their out-of-form stars.

The German manager is said to be looking to offload Michy Batshuayi, Kenedy, Malang Sarr, Ross Barkley, Timo Werner and Kepa during the summer transfer window but there has been little interest in the Chelsea flops so far.

Loyal fans of cash-strapped Derby County are being encouraged to take out a short-term loan with a 42 per cent interest to pay for season tickets because the club does not offer a direct debit payment option.


Anthony Martial is staying at Manchester United after reviving his Old Trafford career this summer. Martial has scored three goals in as many games on tour in the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, and new manager Erik ten Hag has decided that he will not be sold.

Jack Grealish is so fired up this pre-season that he bolted straight back into Manchester City's dressing room to check the footage of refereeing decisions in Wednesday's friendly.

Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo is willing to take a big pay cut in order to exit Old Trafford this summer.

Thomas Muller spared no time in denying Arsenal links after Bayern Munich's 6-2 pre-season win over Wayne Rooney's DC United.

Southampton are in talks to sign Bordeaux striker Sekou Mara. The highly-rated 19-year old has drawn attention from Premier League clubs such as Newcastle, Aston Villa and Leeds but Southampton have stepped in ahead of the rival competition.

Barcelona are making a last ditch attempt to persuade Jules Kounde to join them ahead of Chelsea.

Manchester City will make an improved offer for Brighton full-back Marc Cucurella after their £30m bid was rejected.

Tottenham sporting director Fabio Paratici held talks with AC Milan on Thursday regarding defender Japhet Tanganga's loan move.

Novak Djokovic has been named on the US Open entry list, but will still be unable to play in the tournament unless there is a dramatic u-turn from the US Government over their vaccine protocols.


Barcelona are reportedly set to launch one last attempt to snatch Sevilla star Jules Kounde from Chelsea this summer.

Mikel Arteta confessed he will need to offload a number of Arsenal players in order to get his squad down to a reasonable size ahead of the new season - with up to eight players facing the axe.

Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo insists the club already have a "wonderful squad" amid rumours linking them with Cristiano Ronaldo.

Manchester United transfer target Benjamin Pavard is not short of confidence and has already declared he is "more complete" than Liverpool star Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Spanish defender Marc Cucurella has been left "disappointed" with the price tag that Brighton have put upon his head amid interest from Man City, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.


Graham Potter is reportedly looking to add former Hoffenheim star Florian Grillitsch to his Brighton squad ahead of the start of the season.

Arsenal striker Eddie Nketiah believes he can play alongside Gabriel Jesus, the summer arrival from Manchester City.


Tottenham have reportedly failed in an attempt to swap Joe Rodon for Roma midfielder Nicolo Zaniolo. Antonio Conte also offered £25million in addition to the centre-back, however, this was rebuffed by former manager Jose Mourinho.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has admitted that he is struggling to understand Timo Werner's recent suggestion that he would be happy to switch clubs in the not-too-distant future.

Tottenham ace Japhet Tanganga is reportedly drawing interest from Celtic, Bournemouth and Monaco, despite the fact his current employers have begun transfer talks with AC Milan over a move.

Reports in Portugal claim Liverpool are ready to start formal negotiations with Sporting over the signing of Matheus Nunes. The 23-year-old midfielder is among the hottest properties in European football right now, with Chelsea recently exploring a deal for the ace and Manchester City also watching him.

Chelsea have reportedly been informed by Barcelona in private talks that they can pip Manchester United to a deal for Frenkie de Jong. The Dutch midfielder has been linked with a switch to Old Trafford all summer, but a deal has failed to materialise after weeks of tedious negotiations - and the Blues could jump in.


Rangers captain James Tavernier has agreed a new two-year deal with the Scottish giants.

Tavernier has two years remaining on his current deal and will be eligible for a testimonial with the Ibrox side in 2025.

Leigh Griffiths is training with Livingston - but Davie Martindale says he won't be rejoining the club.


Connor Barron is set to miss Aberdeen's Premiership curtain-raiser at Celtic Park after Jim Goodwin revealed the midfielder has aggravated a knee injury.


West Ham may have missed out on signing two players because Moyes was so confident Lingard was coming

By Sam Preston

West Ham United manager David Moyes was confident that Jesse Lingard would return to the club as a free agent this summer.

But the England international has now joined newly-promoted Nottingham Forest on a one-year contract.

The Athletic report that West Ham may well have missed out on two other attacking targets because Moyes was so confident Lingard was coming.

Arnaut Danjuma and Keane Lewis-Potter are named as players who would have improved the Hammers, but Lingard was the one Moyes put his faith in and he now has not come.

Moyes thought Lingard would rejoin West Ham

But West Ham look to have taken a stance on Lingard in terms of his wages and the type of agreement they would offer.

It looks a slightly strange one for Lingard to have signed a one-year deal, even if it did potentially maximise his earning potential this season.

He has just spent two seasons ruminating over his future, and now finds himself in a position where he will be a free agent at the end of next term.

Lingard will likely hope that he proves himself once again in the Premier League and has a host of suitors after him next summer, but West Ham now have to look elsewhere.

Lingard will not be that man and the meeting with Forest next month could see the England international get an interesting reception.

Before that, Forest play Newcastle, who are another club Lingard has flirted with before eventually staying at United in January.


West Ham bid for Eintracht’s Kostic and have Leicester’s Luke Thomas on radar

Filip Kostic can play as left winger or left wing-back
Left-back Luke Thomas could be available at right price

Jacob Steinberg

West Ham have moved on from the disappointment of missing out on Jesse Lingard by submitting a bid for Eintracht Frankfurt’s Filip Kostic.

Lingard snubbed West Ham by joining Nottingham Forest on a free transfer on Thursday, forcing David Moyes to look elsewhere for additions in attacking midfield.

Moyes, who is considering whether to make a move for the Leicester left-back Luke Thomas, is keen to sign a left-sided midfielder and has set his sights on Kostic. The Serbia international, who helped Eintracht win the Europa League last season, can play as a left winger and left wing-back.

The 29-year-old, whose deal runs out next year, has previously been linked with Juventus. Eintracht could demand €20m (£17m) for Kostic, whose contract expires next year. Moyes had a close look at him when Eintracht beat West Ham in the Europa League semi-finals.

West Ham are also keeping a close eye on Blackburn’s Ben Brereton Díaz, who can play on the left wing and as a central striker. The Chile international impressed in the Championship last season.

Along with trying to sign an attacking player on the left, West Ham are keen to bring in a full-back to compete with Aaron Cresswell. One of their targets, Hoffenheim’s David Raum, is expected to join RB Leipzig.

Another name on the list is Thomas, who has impressed since breaking into Leicester’s first team two years ago. The 21-year-old left-back could be available if Leicester, who need to sell before signing anyone, receive a suitable offer.

Moyes also wants to bring in a striker to compete with Michail Antonio. West Ham remain in talks with Chelsea over Armando Broja. They have submitted a £34m bid for Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca.

West Ham are trying to bolster their midfield by signing Amadou Onana from Lille. They have made two bids for Onana.

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West Ham look to close deal for Sassuolo’s Gianluca Scamacca

West Ham United are now looking to close their deal to sign Sassuolo striker Gianluca Scamacca this summer.

While it was reported yesterday that both PSG and West Ham are yet to strike an agreement for the Italy international, Alfredo Pedulla has now reported that the Hammers are looking to close a deal for the striker.

Contacts between the two clubs have truly come alive now and the Hammers will make new contact with Sassuolo to potentially close the deal for Scamacca. The Neroverdi had made it clear that they needed €40 million plus bonuses of €7 million to close the deal but West Ham asked for a discount.

Now, a deal could potentially close at an initial €35 million to €37 million plus bonuses that could take the total fee to €42 million or €43 million. This is the base from which parties will start talking again. Scamacca didn’t feature in Sassuolo’s recently friendly and the transfer market developments was one of the reasons for it.

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Texas Iron 6:53 Fri Jul 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)

He loves a good DITHERING…


Mex Martillo 6:15 Fri Jul 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan 12:41 Fri Jul 22

Mex Martillo 6:15 Fri Jul 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Alan are you sure that last story isn't a repeat from Mondays newspapers?

PwoperNaughtyButNot 3:59 Fri Jul 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Scamaccavennie & Ivan Toney Cottee could work

Alan 12:52 Fri Jul 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Kostic & Thomas story added.

Thanks Alan 12:41 Fri Jul 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
ted fenton 12:27 Fri Jul 22

ted fenton 12:27 Fri Jul 22
Re: Friday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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