WHO Poll
Q: 2023/24 Hopes & aspirations for this season
a. As Champions of Europe there's no reason we shouldn't be pushing for a top 7 spot & a run in the Cups
b. Last season was a trophy winning one and there's only one way to go after that, I expect a dull mid table bore fest of a season
c. Buy some f***ing players or we're in a battle to stay up & that's as good as it gets
d. Moyes out
e. New season you say, woohoo time to get the new kit and wear it it to the pub for all the big games, the wags down there call me Mr West Ham

Alan 11:44 Sun Jul 31
Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Newcastle United are in talks with Chelsea about a loan deal for 26-year-old Germany striker Timo Werner, who has also been linked with former club RB Leipzig. (Sunday Mirror)

Brighton will not hold any more talks with Manchester City over selling Spain left-back Marc Cucurella, 24, and will only accept an offer of at least £50m. (Athletic - subscription required)

Manchester United will make one final attempt to persuade Barcelona and Netherlands midfielder Frenkie de Jong, 25, to move to Old Trafford this summer. (Mirror)

Leicester City want more than £50m if they are to sell England playmaker James Maddison to Newcastle United, who have had a £40m bid for the 25-year-old rejected. (Times - subscription required)

Newcastle are considering an improved bid for Maddison. (Mail)Magpies boss Eddie Howe did not comment on any move for Maddison but said he hopes to add to his squad before they start the season against Nottingham Forest on 6 August. (Northern Echo)

Newcastle have made contact with Burnley about Maxwel Cornet but have yet to make an offer for the 25-year-old Ivory Coast winger. (90 Min)

Chelsea have an agreement with Chicago Fire to sign 18-year-old American goalkeeper Gabriel Slonina for £12m. (Fabrizio Romano)

Chelsea are close to a deal which would see 27-year-old Spain keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga join Italian side Napoli on loan for the season. (Mail on Sunday)

Barcelona want to sign Spain defenders Cesar Azpilicueta, 32, and Marcos Alonso, 31, from Chelsea next week. (Sport - in Spanish)

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says he wants more additions to his squad this summer, with the Gunners understood to still retain an interest in Leicester City and Belgium midfielder Youri Tielemans, 25. (90 Min)

AC Milan have agreed to sign Belgium attacking midfielder Charles de Ketelaere from Club Bruges for £26.9m (32m euros). The 21-year-old has also been linked with Leeds United. (Calciomercato - in Italian)

France right-back Nordi Mukiele, 24, says he turned down a late approach from Chelsea before signing for Paris St-Germain. (L'Equipe, via Metro)

Chelsea have had a £6.7m (8m euros) bid for Italian midfielder Cesare Casadei rejected by Inter Milan, who want £16.8m (20m euros) for the 19-year-old. (Gazzetta - in Italian)

Juventus have added Belgium forward Dries Mertens to their list of possible forward signings, with the 35-year-old available on a free transfer after leaving Napoli. (Gazzetta dello Sport, via Football Italia)

Stoke City want to sign Manchester City's English striker Liam Delap on loan. The 19-year-old's father, Rory, played for the Potters. (Athletic - subscription required)

Sky Paper Talk


Newcastle are in talks with Chelsea over a loan deal for Timo Werner, who has also been linked with a return to RB Leipzig.


Erik ten Hag has confirmed that want-away star striker Cristiano Ronaldo will be involved in their upcoming pre-season friendly against Rayo Vallecano.

Chelsea are closing on an agreement with Napoli over a season-long loan deal for goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga - but would still have to pay 75 per cent of his salary.

Newcastle have made an enquiry for Harvey Barnes after also having an offer turned down for his Leicester team-mate James Maddison.


Aaron Ramsey is reportedly set to decide whether to join Ligue 1 side Nice or MLS outfit Charlotte FC after being released by Juventus.


Benni McCarthy will become a first-team coach for Manchester United. The South African former striker, 44, will add to Erik ten Hag's coaching staff. McCarthy is a lifelong long Manchester United fan.

Brighton have ended their conversations with Manchester City over the sale of Marc Cucurella - and will only accept an offer that meets their asking price. They want a fee of upwards of £50m.

Crystal Palace midfielder James McArthur is set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering a recurrence of his groin injury.


Borussia Dortmund have confirmed striker Sebastien Haller is to undergo chemotherapy after examinations revealed a testicular tumour to be malignant.


Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel is said to have been 'bewitched' by Inter star Cesare Casadei, with the club reportedly making an offer in the region of £6m.

Barcelona boss Xavi has told Chelsea duo Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso he will "do everything he can" to sign them.

Manchester United are exploring a deal for RB Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko but face a tough battle to get him this summer.


Manchester United may have already paid £48.3m to Ajax for defender Lisandro Martinez, but they're due to pay the Dutch giants an extra £56,000 every time he makes an appearance for the Red Devils.

Everton manager Frank Lampard remains keen on taking Chelsea's Billy Gilmour to Goodison Park.

Area Napoli

THE MORNING - West Ham has Zielinski in hand: this is what Piotr is asking for

Piotr Zielinski, the Polish midfielder, could leave the Campania association. West Ham seems to be serious for the player now at Napoli.

After Kalidou Koulibaly, Lorenzo Insigne, Dries Mertens and David Ospina, Napoli could also lose another player who made the recent history of the club: Piotr Zielinski. Here is what we read in today's edition of the newspaper Il Mattino: "Everyone falters. Zielinski, who West Ham now has in their hands, falters, Kepa, who is only trying to get as much as possible from Chelsea as a severance pay, falters Fabian with whom the climate is becoming more and more tense ".

"Long telephone meeting - we continue to read in the Campania newspaper - with the manager of the football player Piotr Zielinski to push him to say yes to West Ham: the London offer cannot be returned to the sender. Almost forty million euros for the price tag. Polish who keeps the point on the salary (he asks 5.5 million pounds for 4 years) ". In the coming days, the negotiations to bring the midfielder to the Premier League could be unlocked.


Filip Kostic one step away from becoming a Hammer

By Will Seager

West Ham United transfer target Filip Kostic is now one step away from becoming an Irons player, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport (via West Ham News & Views).
The Lowdown: Kostic bid rejected

According to a report by Sky Sports (28 July), the Hammers are working hard on a deal to sign the left-sided Eintracht Frankfurt player.

The east Londoners reportedly had a £12.6m bid rejected for the 29-year-old, with the Bundesliga club holding out for a fee closer to £16.8m.

Kostic has already turned down two offers from teams playing in the Champions League, but it is said that he would consider a move to West Ham if an agreement can be reached.
The Latest: One step away…

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, as relayed by Twitter outlet West Ham News & Views, Kostic is now one step away from joining the Irons.

It is reported that the negotiations with Eintracht Frankfurt have accelerated in recent days due to the fresh mediation by Alessandro Lucci, founder of the World Soccer Agency (WSA) – the same agency which brought Gianluca Scamacca to the London Stadium.

The Serbia international is now ‘one step away’ from a definitive handshake.

The Verdict: Would be huge

When looking at the player’s underlying statistics, it is clear to see the magnitude of West Ham’s pulling power in the transfer market.

As per FBRef, compared with positional peers across Europe’s top five leagues over the past year, Kostic ranks in the 99th percentile for shots total, assists, expected assists, non-penalty goals plus expected assists and shot-creating actions.

With multiple Champions League clubs having been rejected by the Serbian, this illustrates just how well established the Hammers are in the European transfer market – that’s if GSB can get the signing over the line.

Therefore, if the ‘phenomenal’ Kostic (as described by journalist Ryan Taylor) does end up signing for West Ham, this would be a huge statement by David Moyes’ side.

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jimbo2. 3:03 Mon Aug 1
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
A very late “thanks Al”.

Texas Iron 4:53 Sun Jul 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

ted fenton 12:25 Sun Jul 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
happygilmore 11:59 Sun Jul 31

Athletico Easthamico 12:17 Sun Jul 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Right, so the 2 deals are still on then??
Who knows.
If not , move on ASAP.

Thanks Alan.

happygilmore 11:59 Sun Jul 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 11:46 Sun Jul 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Thanks Alan 11:46 Sun Jul 31
Re: Sunday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan

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