West Ham ramp up bid to sign Lazio winger Felipe Anderson

David Cooper 20/06/2018
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West Ham are vying to finalise a £35million deal for Lazio winger Felipe Anderson, according to the Daily Mail.

Negotiations are said to be ongoing apace to bring the Brazilian to east London, although Lazio are reportedly asking for extra sell-on clauses.

The Serie A club are said to have turned down two offers for the 25-year-old, who has international pedigree.

According to a recent report by the Daily Mirror, Anderson’s former employers, Santos, will get a 20% cut of any fee due to stipulations in his current contract.

Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace have been tipped as possible destinations for Jack Wilshere after he called time on his 17-year Arsenal career.

The 26-year-old is to weigh up offers from the trio over the coming weeks, the Times reports, as a string of Premier League clubs are expected to line up to land the free agent.

The Daily Telegraph says Wolves and West Ham are also likely to express interest, while offers are also expected to come from the continent.

Wilshere cited “purely footballing reasons” for his decision to leave the Gunners after revealing new head coach Unai Emery told him he would not play a key role in his plans for next season.

Palace are planning on trashing Spurs’ hopes of snatching Wilfried Zaha after offering him a golden deal to keep him at Selhurst Park, the Mirror reports.

The new terms could see the 25-year-old Ivorian’s pay packet rocket to more than £120,000-a-week, according to the paper.

With nine goals from 29 Premier League appearances last season, Palace bosses are said to be keen to reward his performance and keep him in South London.

With Spurs reported to be among a number of big clubs including Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool throwing him admiring glances, the new package would be a handsome reward for his loyalty to the Eagles.

Huddersfield are closing in on an £11million deal for Club Brugge winger Anthony Limbombe, the Sun reports.

The Terriers are seeking to avoid another close call in the fight to survive relegation next season and the Belgium international is said to be part of the battle plan.

Limbombe, 23, helped the club in win the Belgian Pro League and has represented his country at every level, making his senior debut against Saudi Arabia in March.

According to the newspaper Town made an initial offer of £7million, however it was turned down.

Tottenham and Arsenal are keeping close watch of Liverpool’s England junior Rhian Brewster, the Sun reports.

The 18-year-old striker is said to be seeking assurances he will get the chance to play first team football next season.

With a place in Jurgen Klopp’s squad as yet unconfirmed, the striker has held off signing what will be his first professional contract, it is claimed.

Brewster has already rejected advances from Bundesliga big guns Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig, while Barcelona, Juventus and Monaco have all expressed interest in the teenager, the paper says.

Players to watch

Andriy Lunin: Real Madrid are targeting the Ukraine goalkeeping prodigy, 19, who plays for Zorya Luhansk when he is not on international duty, the Sun reports.

Amadou Haidara: Southampton are targeting the £15million-rated Mali international, 20, from Red Bull Salzburg, the Daily Mirror reports.

Tanguy Ndombele: Spurs are interested in Lyon’s 21-year-old midfielder, Sky Sports reports.

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Transfer predictor: Toni Kroos to sign for Man City gets a 4, Dries Mertens' switch to Chelsea scores a 6

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The transfer window is well and truly open.

With the rumours growing in pace and volume during this ‘silly season’, it can be difficult and painstaking to separate the stories of some legitimacy from the rest of the white noise.

Fortunately, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to do it for you.

Below, you’ll find some of the latest transfer news churned out of the rumour mill broken down and analysed for your benefit along with our calculated predictions.

TONI KROOS – REAL MADRID TO MAN CITY

The Real Madrid star is Pep Guardiola’s prime summer target as he seeks to bolster his midfield options for next season, the Express claims.

Why it will happen: Guardiola is keen to strengthen his midfield with the Germany international viewed as his key target. And with the potential to win silverware at the Etihad Stadium, it looks like a difficult move to turn down for the 28-year-old.

Why it won’t happen: The former Bayern Munich star has four years to run on his contract and is reportedly happy at the Bernabeu.

Prediction: After winning his third successive Champions League title, it looks unlikely Kroos will leave the Spanish capital, especially when he is a central part of a winning team.

Rating – 3/10

DRIES MERTENS – NAPOLI TO CHELSEA

Maurizio Sarri has made the Belgian star his primary target if he takes the reins at Chelsea this summer, according to the Telegraph.

Why it will happen: Sarri has told close friends in London that he is looking forward to bringing Mertens to Stamford Bridge and believes he is a player who can excel in the Premier League.

Why it won’t happen: He is still a key man for the Partenopei and they really can’t afford to lose him, especially after coming within a whisker of winning Serie A last season.

Prediction: It’s difficult to know whether Mertens would make the move to England after five years in Italy. At 31, he clearly has buckets of playing ability in him but may opt to see out his career at Stadio San Paolo.

Rating – 6/10

JACK WILSHERE – ARSENAL TO WEST HAM

Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace have been tipped as possible destinations for the England midfielder after he called time on his 17-year Arsenal career, according to The Times.

Why it will happen: Manuel Pellegrini has reportedly told the 26-year-old that he wants to build a team around him at the London Stadium.

Why it won’t happen: It remains to be seen whether the Hammers would take a gamble on an injury-prone player who requires wages in excess of £100,000 per week.

Prediction: The former Gunners player can reignite his career with to another club and would get his confidence back with regular game time elsewhere.

Rating – 7/10

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Dries Mertens headlines our Rumour Mill as Chelsea eye move for Napoli star

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The summer transfer window for all international deals is open.

That has started a frenzy of speculation as players and coaches look for their next moves.

Across the world of football, there is plenty of activity and stories that have football fans talking.

Here, we look at the latest transfer deals that could happen very soon.

Let us know your thoughts via Twitter and Facebook.

DRIES MERTENS

Maurizio Sarri has made the Belgian star his primary target if he takes the reins at Chelsea this summer, according to the Telegraph.

The Blues are inching closer to the appointment of Sarri as successor to Antonio Conte, and wants the 31-year-old to come to Stamford Bridge along with him.

Mertens scored 23 goals and provided eight assists in 48 matches in all competitions as the Partenopei finished second to Juventus in Serie A last term.

The former PSV attacker already has lucrative offers from China, Schalke and Atletico Madrid, but may be enticed to team up with compatriot Eden Hazard at the west London club.

JACK WILSHERE

Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace have been tipped as possible destinations for the England midfielder after he called time on his 17-year Arsenal career, according to The Times.

The 26-year-old cited “purely footballing reasons” for his decision to leave the Gunners after revealing new head coach Unai Emery told him he would not play a key role in his plans for next season.

The midfielder made 197 Arsenal appearances since making his debut as a 16-year-old in 2008.

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