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Swansea City close to multi-million pound transfer agreement

Swansea City are close to agreeing a deal with Spanish side Sevilla for midfielder Roque Mesa who is set to make a permanent switch to the La Liga outfit, according to the BBC.

The 29-year old, an £11m signing for the Swans 12 months ago from Las Palmas, struggled to adapt to English football despite coming with a good reputation.

Many thought the deep-lying playmaker could help Swansea rediscover the passing style that they displayed in their first few Premier League years but he had little impact on the team.

That saw him join the Andalusian club on a loan in January and whilst he obviously did enough to impress because BBC are reporting that an agreement for the player is close.

Sevilla are set to pay around £8m for the midfielder meaning the Welsh side are set to take a loss on the player, although that was to be expected.

He will be the latest player to leave the Swans, who are under new management with Graham Potter, after Lukasz Fabianski left for West Ham yesterday.

The Verdict

This is good business for Swansea and the player. His move to the club didn’t work out and it seemed inevitable he would leave this summer even if they had survived in the top-flight.

Clearly, he is more suited to Spanish football, whilst Swansea get a decent fee and cut his salary from the wage bill.

Therefore, it’s a move that will suit everyone. Now Potter will look to use those funds to reinvest into his squad ahead of their Championship campaign.

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Leicester confirm £24m signing of Norwich star James Maddison after beating Southampton to deal

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LEICESTER City have confirmed the signing of Norwich City midfielder James Maddison for a fee of £24m.

The England Under-21 international completed his medical on Monday before putting pen to paper on a deal at the King Power Stadium.

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James Maddison started his career with Coventry City

The 21-year-old scored 15 goals in 49 games for Championship outfit Norwich last season and is widely viewed as one of the most promising players outside of the top division.

Southampton and Everton had been linked with the former Coventry City attacker who joined the Canaries in 2016.

Leicester were also said to be interested in Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish but Maddison was always their first choice.

He becomes Claude Puel’s third signing this summer following the arrival of defenders Ricardo Pereira and Jonny Evans.

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His capture provides attacking midfield cover if Riyad Mahrez ends up moving to Manchester City – although the two clubs are currently haggling over an agreed transfer fee.

Leicester finished last season ninth in the Premier League, with a number of their remaining title winners from 2016 expected to start moving on.

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Maurizio Sarri requests THREE major transfers in private meeting with Chelsea board

Maurizio Sarri is expected to take over at Chelsea (Picture: Getty)

Maurizio Sarri has told Chelsea he wants to sign Gonzalo Higuain, Dries Mertens and Kalidou Koulibaly as he prepares to take over as the club’s new manager.

The saga surrounding current boss Antonio Conte appears to be over after Napoli defender Koulibaly said Chelsea would be in good hands with Sarri in the Stamford Bridge hot-seat.

Conte, who won the Premier League in his first season in England, was expected to be sacked in the aftermath of Chelsea’s FA Cup victory over Manchester United at Wembley.

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The Italian cut an increasingly frustrated figure in west London during the 2017-18 campaign and clashed with the Chelsea board over incoming signings.

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Chelsea expect Sarri to replace Conte in the coming weeks and Goal say the club have spoken to their prospective new manager about his transfer preferences.

Sarri, 59, is naturally an admirer of several of his former Napoli players and intends to bring a number of them to Stamford Bridge with him.

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It is claimed he is keen for Chelsea to pursue centre-back Koulibaly, forward Dries Mertens and striker Higuain, who left Napoli to join Juventus in 2016.

The Blues have also shown interest in Jean-Michael Seri, the Nice and Ivory Coast midfielder, and Poland ace Robert Lewandowski, but speculation over Chelsea’s management situation has prevented the club from making their first signing of the summer.

Chelsea’s current players are also reportedly anxious about the situation, knowing their futures could be affected by the incoming manager.

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Transfer gossip, Wednesday: Tigers look to Scotland; Johnson link | Boro bid for Flint | Town eye Belgian

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HULL CITY are set to make a renewed move to sign Kilmarnock and Northern Ireland winger Jordan Jones in their quest to make a summer transfer breakthrough.

The 23-year-old has become a hot property in the last 12 months, helping Killie to a fifth-placed finish in the SPL.

Tigers target: Kilmarnock’s Jordan Jones.

His form has alerted a number of rival clubs including Derby County, Sunderland, Norwich and Rangers, with Hull ready to make an opening offer of £600,000 for Jones, who was linked with a move in January.Hull are also one of several clubs keen on Scunthorpe’s Hakeeb Adelakun, with the 22-year-old out of contract and expected to leave the Iron, who would be due compensation due to his age.Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers are also keen, with Bristol City having already reportedly seeing a bid rebuffed.Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson is a target for Championship rivals Hull City and Ipswich Town.

Boro target: Bristol City’s Aden Flint, left.

Johnson made a £3million switch from Oxford United to the Riverside last August but could move on this summer. The 27-year-old is of interest to both Nigel Adkins and Paul Hurst, with a loan or permanent transfer on the cards.Middlesbrough are set to make a £5m bid for Bristol City star defender Aden Flint.Boro chief Tony Pulis is a big fan of the 6ft 6in goal-scoring centre-back, 28, who scored nine goals last season as Lee Johnson’s side finished 11th in the Championship and reached the EFL semi-finals.

Winging in?: Huddersfield target Anthony Limbombe. Picture: Gregory Van Gansen / Isosport/Getty Images

The Robins are in a strong position with the player signing a new deal until 2021 last December and are unlikely to be tempted to be an offer in the region of £5m.Huddersfield Town are closing in on an £11m deal for Club Brugge winger Anthony Limbombe, according to some national 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,

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Report: West Ham table £17.5m bid for Italian, Hammers in pole position above Newcastle

West Ham have reportedly made an offer for Juventus midfielder Sturaro.

Italian outlet Tuttosport have claimed that West Ham United have pushed themselves into pole position to sign Juventus midfielder Stefano Sturaro by meeting Juventus’ asking price – despite Newcastle bidding earlier this week.

TuttoMercatoWeb claimed earlier in the week that Newcastle and Rafa Benitez had made an offer of £11.4million to land the four-time Italy international, but that Juve were requesting £17.5million for his services.

Now, the Hammers are said to have met Juve’s asking price for the ex-Genoa midfielder, who could be allowed to leave Massimiliano Allegri’s side after struggling to get regular game time.

He was afforded just 19 outings by Juve’s boss, with the Italian champions boasting midfield competition from the likes of Blaise Matuidi, Sami Khedira, Rodrigo Bentancur and Claudio Marchisio.

The Hammers have been after a central midfielder for quite some time, failing to land Leander Dendoncker, Jonjo Shelvey or Tom Cairney in the January transfer window. 

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Now, the east Londoners will be looking to add to their three signings of Lukasz Fabianski, Issa Diop and Ryan Fredericks with a move for Sturaro. The report also claims Everton and Leicester City are keen.

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Town and Hull Linked With Boro Winger as Forest Claimed to Be Eyeing Waghorn

Town and Hull Linked With Boro Winger as Forest Claimed to Be Eyeing Waghorn
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Town and Hull City have been linked with a move for Middlesbrough winger Marvin Johnson, while Nottingham Forest are said to be keen on Blues striker Martyn Waghorn.

According to the Daily Mail, Johnson, 27, who was signed from Oxford last August for £3 million, could depart the Riverside this summer either permanently or on loan with Town and the Tigers both interested. Birmingham, who are managed by his former Boro boss Garry Monk, have also been linked.

Boro are said to accept they will have to take a loss on the fee which was paid last summer.

Johnson made six Middlesbrough starts and 12 sub appearances during 2017/18, scoring one goal.

Prior to his time with Oxford, the Birmingham-born wideman played in non-league with Solihull Moors, Coleshill Town (loan), Romulus, Kidderminster Harriers and Hednesford Town (loan).

Town boss Paul Hurst has said he is looking to add wingers to a squad which he sees as unbalanced.

If the Blues are interested in Johnson, who has two years left on his contract, the Teesiders would have to be willing to take a very significant hit on the £3 million they paid for him, certainly to offload him on a permanent basis. A loan would appear a more likely option.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror claims Forest boss Aitor Karanka is showing interest in 16-goal Blues top scorer Martyn Waghorn among a number of other strikers, including ex-Town frontman Jack Marriott, who is currently with Peterborough.

Waghorn, 28, is contracted to the Blues until the summer of 2019 with the club having an option for a further season.

Karanka’s main striking target is Patrick Bamford, who he took to Boro during his time in charge on Teesside, while he is said to be looking to move on former Blues frontman Daryl Murphy, now 35.

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Fred to complete Manchester United signing “this week” as Red Devils secure work permit

Manchester United will announce the signing of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk this week, according to Sky Sports .

The midfielder – who is in the Brazil squad at the World Cup – has been waiting on a work permit to seal his deal after agreeing a switch in principle earlier this month.

But that permit has now been secured, and the club could confirm that a deal worth more than £52m has been agreed as early as Thursday.

The 25-year-old has been at Shakhtar for five seasons, and has eight caps for his country.

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He was an unused substitute in Brazil’s first match of the World Cup – a 1-1 draw against Switzerland on Sunday – after picking up an injury in a pre-tournament training camp.

But he is expected to be fit for Friday’s clash with Costa Rica.

Fred will become United’s second signing of the summer after the Porto youngster Diogo Dalot, who joined for £19m.

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West Brom reach deadlock over transfer for 28-year-old

West Brom and Burnley have failed to reach an agreement over a potential transfer for Albion forward Jay Rodriguez.

The 28-year old, who came through the ranks at Turf Moor, wants to move back to his former club and was the subject of a bid from the Premier League side.

The Lancashire club offered £25m for both Rodriguez and teammate Craig Dawson but that was turned down by West Brom, who are holding out for more money.

According to Sky Sports, they want around £18m for Rodriguez on his own but Burnley are not prepared to pay that for the player meaning talks have stalled.

However, it remains to be seen whether Rodriguez will try and force the issue as he looks to join up with the club close to his heart, which may see Albion accepting a lower bid.

Burnley are ready to embark on a Europa League campaign after a memorable season last time out, with Sean Dyche keen to bolster his squad for the extra games that they will face.

The Verdict

Even in today’s market £18m for Jay Rodriguez seems steep and you can understand why Burnley are reluctant to pay that, but Albion are well within their rights to demand big money.

Given the player’s desire to move it remains to be seen what Rodriguez does because that could influence what happens.

Either way, it seems this could drag on throughout the summer with the clubs unable to agree a fee at the moment.

Thoughts, West Brom fans? Let us know in the comments below.

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Transfer Rumours – June 20

The extracts on this page are taken from various newspapers and media outlets. They do not reflect the views of the Express and Star.

Wolves

Wolves (10/1) are third favourites to sign Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire after the England international announced he would be leaving the Gunner’s after rejecting a new deal.

West Ham (3/1) and Crystal Palace (6/1) are the favourites to sign the 26-year-old with Everton also rumoured to be interested.

Wolves are hoping to sign Fenerbahce’s Josef de Souza this summer, although they face competition from West Bromwich Albion and Watford for his signature.

The report also claims that Watford have already tabled a £7.9 million bid, but their opening offer is unlikely to be successful as the Turkish giants are holding out for £10.5 million.

West Brom

West Brom are chasing Besiktas winger Jeremain Lens.

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Lens joined Besiktas on loan in 2017 from Sunderland and his move to the Turkish club was made permanent only last week.

However, reports from Turkey suggests that he could be on his way out in a transfer similar to Benik Afobe’s move to Stoke City just eleven days after signing for Wolves.

Nahki Wells is reluctant to surrender his Premier League dream amid reports linking the Burnley striker with a move to West Bromwich Albion.

Wells swapped Huddersfield Town for Burnley in a £5 million deal during last summer’s transfer window, but only played 46 minutes of top flight football last term.

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A proven Championship goalscorer, it is no surprise to see the Baggies interested in the Bermudan.

Aston Villa

Parma have reportedly indicated that they are interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason.

The Iceland international – who is currently representing his nation at the World Cup – is considered to be a squad player by manager Steve Bruce, with just 11 starts and 14 substitute appearances coming in the Championship last season.

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Roma will allow Barcelona target to leave this summer

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Serie A giants Roma will reportedly allow Real Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona target Kostas Manolas to leave this summer.

Manolas has become one of the best defenders in the Serie A in recent times because of his impressive showings with Roma. He arrived at the club from Greek side Olympiakos in the summer of 2014 for a fee in the region of 15 million euros.

Corriere dello Sport report that Manolas will be allowed to leave Roma this summer, with Real Madrid, Chelsea and Barcelona interested in him.

The defender’s contract expires in the summer of 2022 and he has a release clause of 36 million euros.

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Reliable journalist issues update on Leeds United's transfer hunt for lethal star

Reputable journalist Alan Nixon has tweeted that Leeds United are still in the hunt for Derby County’s Matej Vydra as they hunt a Premier League spot under Marcelo Bielsa.

Nixon claims that although Leeds are in the hunt, the two clubs are still some way apart on their valuation of the player. Finance will play a part, it was suggested that Leeds couldn’t afford both Vydra and Abel Hernandez.

Vydra scored 21 times for Derby County last season as they finished in the top six, but couldn’t find the goals to defeat Fulham over a two-legged semi-final. In his two seasons prior to that he scored just eight league goals in total.

He has one year left to run of a four-year deal, signed after moving from Watford for around £8m. He scored 16 goals in their Championship winning season, highlighting his ability in the second tier.

The 26-year old Czech could be sold by Frank Lampard to fund his own rebuilding as he attempts to find a way up into the top flight also.

The Verdict

Hernandez or Vydra? Really? One scored 21 goals last season and made his team tick, the other has hit 12 in two seasons. If Vydra is within budget, Leeds should sign him. They need goals and they need confirmation that Bielsa’s arrival heralds a new era. Buying Vydra would do just that.

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Garry Monk reignites interest in former attacking midfield target

Garry Monk is looking to bolster his attacking frontline, as former target Kasey Palmer is now the latest man on the Blues boss’s list.

Blues were in the running to sign the Chelsea striker on loan in the January transfer window, but he opted for Derby instead.

The 21-year-old had a successful tenure at Huddersfield, helping them gain promotion. However, the youngster was unable to keep his starting place in a Gary Rowett Derby eleven.

According to the Daily Mirror, Monk is keen to bring Palmer to St Andrews, but he will face stiff competition as Newcastle, Sheffield United and Norwich are all eyeing the England U21 International.

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Will Liverpool Link Reignite Unwanted Potential Winger Interest

Aston Villa have today been linked with a loan move for Liverpool youngster Sheyi Ojo. With rumours suggesting Southampton, Middlesbrough and Bristol City are interested in at least two of our players, could this bring the future of others into doubt ahead of the new season.

Goal.com carry the report suggesting that manager Steve Bruce has targetted the youngster as a potential option ahead of the 2018/19 campaign.

One way of reading that is as a possible replacement for West Ham United’s Robert Snodgrass with a possible transfer fee of £10million being prohibitive due to our lack of financial planning and putting all our eggs in the promotion boat.

Ojo is highly rated and made quite an impression in 2017/18 from the stats where he spent the season with Fulham. He scored four times in 19 starts and four substitute appearances for our Play-Off nemesis and looking at his game record, I’m guessing injury curtailed more involvement. It’s said we have joined Stoke City, Birmingham City and Derby County in the chase for the player.

A more financially acceptable alternative to Snodgrass is one thing, but the question to be actually asked with this rumour is:

What would that mean for Andre Green and Albert Adomah?

I don’t know Ojo well but I believe he’s left-footed but predominantly used down the right flank so he can cut in. We had that mix with Snodgrass, but there’s Albert Adomah to consider. If Ojo comes in and does play, does that indicate earlier speculation about him moving to Middlesbrough or Bristol City is potentially more likely to happen?

The alternative is Ojo goes to the left wing, and then Green becomes the question with speculation suggesting Southampton want to raid us for him and possibly Keinan Davis.

With our financial position, I’m not sure if this is just sensible planning to cover all alternatives or whether Ojo would be a short-term tide over to allow someone out to help with the books.

There’s nothing solid in the speculation surrounding Green or Adomah, but it’s certainly not going away.

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Milan revive Callejon interest

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Report: Spurs-linked playmaker requests transfer, Pochettino must push to land dream signing

Mateo Kovacic is reportedly looking to leave Real Madrid.

According to a report from Cadena COPE in Spain, Real Madrid midfielder Mateo Kovacic has handed in a transfer request – but the club have rejected his attempts to leave.

Kovacic, 24, joined Real from Inter Milan in the summer of 2015, and whilst he has exceptional ability, he has found first-team football hard to come by.

The Croatian international has struggled to break into a midfield containing Casemiro, Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, restricting him to just 10 league starts last season.

Now, Cadena COPE report that Kovacic has asked to leave Real this summer, but the Spanish giants have refused his request for the moment, but the midfielder appears to be set on leaving.

Kovacic’s request comes after he was left on the bench for Croatia’s opening World Cup game against Nigeria on Saturday night, and he may now realise that sitting on the sidelines isn’t doing his career any good.

The news should be noteworthy for many clubs, but particularly Tottenham Hotspur, with The Telegraph recently reported that Spurs want to bring him in as a replacement for Mousa Dembele this summer.

Kovacic has the drive through midfield that Spurs are looking for in a successor to Dembele, whilst he also has huge potential to get even better under Pochettino.

Fans have often mentioned Kovacic as an ideal target, and he may well be the dream signing for Spurs in that central midfield role this summer – and now is the time to strike in a bid to tempt Real into granting Kovacic’s wish to move on.

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Real Madrid transfer news: Chelsea star Eden Hazard makes MASSIVE decision on his future

Real Madrid have been linked with Chelsea forward Hazard with interest dating back to his time in Ligue 1 with Lille.

Zinedine Zidane was understood to be hellbent on signing the Belgium international this summer but, in a big twist, the Frenchman quit the Bernabeu.

Real Madrid have since named former Spain boss Julen Lopetegui as their new manager as they aim to beat Barcelona to the La Liga crown next term.

And Spanish outlet Don Balon say Hazard is eager to quit Chelsea for the Bernabeu.

The player is currently at the World Cup with Belgium.

But, speaking recently, he flirted with a move away by admitting his Chelsea future was up in the air.

“If I stay then it would be because they are going to improve on last season,” he said.

“I am not going to remain if they are going to be worse.

“Real Madrid could be interesting for me as everyone knows. They know what they have to do if they want me.

“If it is going to Madrid just to go there then no. I need a project and at Chelsea I have one.

“If I have a good World Cup then it will all be a lot easier. I don’t want to speak about transfers at the moment because I have been asked a lot and in London I have won everything except for the Champions League. I am at this stage of my career thanks to Chelsea.”

Don Balon say, though, that Real have other ideas.

New boss Lopetegui does not have Hazard on his transfer list with Neymar instead their priority target.

But how Hazard’s transfer saga plays out remains to be seen.

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Man Utd transfer news: Real Madrid 'receive first Gareth Bale bid' with Paul Pogba as bait

Manchester United want Real Madrid star Bale to beef up their already formidable attack for next season.

Jose Mourinho’s interest in the Wales international looked over in January, when the Red Devils signed Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal.

But, with Bale hinting at a move away after the Champions League final, Manchester United are understood to be on red alert.

And Spanish website Don Balon claim the Red Devils have made their first bid.

United are supposedly willing to include Pogba in any potential operation.

The France international is the club’s most-expensive signing in history, having returned from Juventus for a huge £89million back in 2016.

But, having fallen out with Jose Mourinho, his long-term future at Old Trafford is up in the air.

Mourinho has reportedly told United to include Pogba in the Bale operation.

And Don Balon say they are also aware that a straight swap deal may not be enough to land the wing wizard.

United are also prepared to offer a large cash sum.

And Real may accept, particularly with Florentino Perez reportedly a Pogba admirer.

Meanwhile, despite Bale receiving heavy criticism in Spain, Pogba recently said he believes himself to be the world’s most-criticised player.

He said: “I am less entitled to make mistakes than others.

“I went from the biggest transfer in the world to the most criticised player in the world.”

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Liverpool eye Jiri Pavlenka, Yann Sommer and Corentin Tolisso, Everton, West Ham & Fulham bidding for £12m Domagoj Vida

Liverpool have been given a boost in their pursuit of number one goalkeeping target Alisson after Real Madrid sensationally pulled out of the race for his signature.

The Spanish giants were believed to have bid around £45 million for the Brazilian number one, but that offer was miles away from Roma’s £75 million valuation of their star man.

Now, Real have turned their attentions elsewhere and have snapped up Andriy Lunin from Zorya Luhansk.

That leaves Liverpool free to make a move for the 25-year-old and the Liverpool Echo claim the club have held talks with his representatives over the possibility of signing him.

However, the fee for Alisson may be beyond the reach of the Anfield club and HITC are reporting that German outlet Bild claim the Reds are now looking at Werder Bremen stopper Jiri Pavlenka.

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In fact, the report claims Liverpool could be set for a double raid on the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach’s Yann Sommer also on their wanted list.

Sommer, 29, is the more experienced out of the two, and has performed to an incredibly high standard since moving to Germany from Basel in the summer of 2014, chalking up 48 clean sheets for Monchengladbach during that time.

Pavlenka, meanwhile, is an equally impressive ‘keeper, but at 6ft 5in tall, he is arguably a more imposing figure between the sticks than Sommer.

The 26-year-old kept 10 clean sheets in 38 outings for Bremen last season, and he is still at an age where he will surely improve further still.

Corentin Tolisso is dreaming about playing for Liverpool, a source has told Calcioinsider.

Tolisso, 23, is being linked with a move to Anfield and recently impressed in France’s first World Cup clash against Australia.

The Bayern Munich midfielder could come in as a replacement for the departing Emre Can.

Can is expected to join Juventus when his contract expires at the end of the month.

Besiktas defender Domagoj Vida is being linked with a move to the Premier League with Everton, Fulham and West Ham United reportedly heading the interest.

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“Only player that deserved the shirt last season” – Swansea fans left devastated by latest transfer news

Swansea City fans were devastated to learn the news that Lukasz Fabianski has officially left the club.

The 6ft 3in goalkeeper has joined West Ham United for an undisclosed fee and penned a three-year deal with the Hammers, the club’s official website confirmed.

The Poland international – who is currently at the World Cup with his country – played 150 games in a four-year stay at The Liberty Stadium after joining on a free transfer from Arsenal.

During this time, he become a firm fans’ favourite and won the Player of the Season accolade last term despite the club’s relegation to the Championship.

The 33-year-old has now returned to the Premier League where he joins Adrian in West Ham’s goalkeeping ranks.

Swansea fans took to Twitter to thank Fabianski for his years of great service to the club and wished him nothing but success in the future.

Here are some of the best tweets following the sale of Fabianski to West Ham.

thank you fabs, only player that deserved the shirt last season, wish u nothing but success, YJB⚫️⚪️

— Galzy???? (@danjgall) June 20, 2018

The last team I wanted him to join but wish you all the best Fab. What a player????

— Arwyn (@arwyn_fitness) June 20, 2018

Goodbye and good luck Fabs, thank you for showing players what it meant to wear our shirt.
We understand you have to move to keep your place in the team.
Always a Jack ????

— ✨Nicky D✨ (@nickydee40) June 20, 2018

Biggest loss in a long time. Everything you can ask for in a goalkeeper, gutted.

— Jesus #BackToJack (@2Ayews1Club) June 20, 2018

Sad day for the swans losing Fabianski, one of the only players who actually played for the badge ⚪️⚫️❤️ you’ll be missed @LukaszFabianski!

— chloe✨ (@ChloeChantelle1) June 20, 2018

Good luck Fab, you’ve been magnificent and proved how much you cared last season. Totally deserve to be playing top flight! #yjb

— Ricky Williams (@rickyleewills) June 20, 2018

I am so so so gutted about this ????.

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Only ‘fringes’ of Newcastle transfer to negotiate, club ‘convinced’ of ‘yes’ from player

Earlier today, we carried a report from Mundo Deportivo who claimed Real Sociedad are in ‘very advanced’ negotiations with Newcastle United for Mikel Merino.

The 21-year-old is reportedly no longer required by Rafael Benitez at St James’ Park and the midfielder is attracting interest from several La Liga clubs. The report from Mundo Deportivo mentioned Athletic Club Bilbao have ended their interest in the player.

Apart from these two clubs, Real Betis were also interested in signing him. Sociedad were believed to be leading the race for Merino’s signature.

Another report from Spain, this time from AS claim the San Sebastián outfit have agreed a deal with the Tyneside club and are ‘convinced’ they’ll get a ‘yes’ from the player.

Asier Garitano’s side will pay €12m to Newcastle to secure Merino’s signature. It’s stated that only the ‘fringes’ of an agreement remain to be sealed, such as the ‘form of payment’ which likely means whether it will be in a lump sum or instalments.

The player wanted to have a relatively lower release clause and assurances over regular playing time at his new club.

The report claims that Merino has agreed a five-year deal and will have a €40m buyout clause. The Spaniard is currently in the United States and is set to accept Sociedad’s offer once he returns from his vacation. The deal is expected to be made official next week.

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Novakovich loaned to Dutch side Fortuna Sittard after signing new Reading contract

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Andrija Novakovich will be taking a step up after thriving in a loan spell with Telstar last season.

Reading announced on Wednesday that the U.S. Men’s National Team forward has been loaned to Eredivisie side Fortuna Sittard. The move comes as Novakovich also signs a new contract that will keep him under the Reading umbrella through 2020.

Fortuna is set to play in the Dutch top flight for the first time in 18 years after finishing second in the Eerste Divisie in 2017-18.

“There were several potential clubs, but my choice of Fortuna is a very conscious one,” Novakovich said. “They tried even harder than the rest to convince me. That made me trust them. I really believe in their plans for the future. Last season they have already shown where those plans can lead. 

“Fortuna is ambitious and I am too. They offer me a great stage to prove myself on a higher level.”

Novakovich scored 19 goals in 35 league appearances last season for Telstar in the Dutch second division. In addition, the 21-year-old striker has made two senior appearances for the U.S. Men’s National Team, most recently featuring in the 2-1 loss to the Republic of Ireland.

“I am delighted that Andrija has chosen us,” technical director Mustafa Aztopal tsaid. “He played an excellent season with Telstar, which meant several Eredivisie clubs were after his signature. We have done our best to get him to Sittard and with success. Andrija believes in the project we started and has confidence in the club. 

“With him we get a complete striker who has a good understanding of space, is pretty fast and who is not afraid to carry out his defensive tasks. He is an American international and just as ambitious as we are. I am therefore convinced that next season he will become one of the most important players in our team. Andrija already told me that he is happy to be part of Fortuna family now.”

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Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason attracting interest from Parma?

Parma have reportedly indicated that they are interested in signing Aston Villa midfielder Birkir Bjarnason.

The Iceland international – who is currently representing his nation at the World Cup – is considered to be a squad player by manager Steve Bruce, with just 11 starts and 14 substitute appearances coming in the Championship last season.

However, the club’s financial problems have left the future of the club’s first-team squad in doubt and it appears that Bjarnason is already attracting attention from elsewhere.

According to Tuttosport, Parma want to hand Bjarnason a return to Italy, with the 30-year-old having already spent time at Pescara and Sampdoria.

Bjarnason still has two years remaining on his contract, but Villa may take the chance to cash in on the player should they receive an acceptable offer in the coming weeks.

Parma have just secured a return to Serie A for the first time since 2015.

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Kovacic Wants out at Real Madrid—and Liverpool Should Be Interested

Liverpool’s summer transfer plans in a post-Nabil Fekir world look uncertain. We know the club still need a creative, versatile midfielder to replace the departed Philippe Coutinho, but with the number one choice now apparently not an option the question is who.

Names have been mentioned, but nothing particularly solid. And today, perhaps, there’s a new one to add to the list as Real Madrid’s Croatian midfielder Mateo Kovacic has asked to leave the club this summer. If true, Liverpool have to be amongst those interested.

Kovacic was linked with the club before moving to Spain, and he would be the perfect signing now to fill the hole in midfield. Plus, he arrived at Madrid before the latest round of transfer inflation as a relatively untested 21-year-old—and he’s got a low release clause.

Or at least a release clause that, by current market standards, is low, having last year been reported to stand at around just €50M. The bigger stumbling block for an interested club, then, wouldn’t be price. It would be answering why a player would want to leave Madrid.

At least if he saw a path to stardom. That, though, appears is something he may no longer see. If true, it could be a major boost to someone. And given Liverpool’s needs and improved standing, they seem as though they would be well placed to try to sign him.

Or, of course, it might simply be that Kovacic wants a new and better deal and to stay at Madrid. But if he is looking to move—and with Fekir looking to be off the table—Liverpool really should be very, very interested.

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Fans on Twitter beg for new West Ham signing to start at the World Cup

Poland lost 2-1 to Senegal at the World Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

Poland’s World Cup campaign kicked off with a defeat on Tuesday evening, as they lost 2-1 to Senegal in Moscow.

The two sides watched on as Japan beat Colombia 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon in a shock result, and knew that a win would be vital to kickstart their campaigns.

However, Adam Nawalka’s Poland side were dull and uninspiring for much of the game, and fell behind in the first half when Idrissa Gueye’s shot was deflected into his own net by Thiago Cionek.

Poland didn’t really improve after the break, and Senegal made it 2-0 in controversial fashion, with M’Baye Niang allowed back onto the pitch after injury, immediately capitalising on a stray pass from Grzegorz Krychowiak to score.

Krychowiak did pull one back for Poland, but their display was entirely undeserving of anything from the game, an they may well face an uphill battle to qualify for the last 16.

The second Senegal goal was a farce from a Poland point of view, with Krychowiak seemingly blindly knocking the ball back to goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, and he hared off his line only to be beaten to the ball by Niang.

The Juventus stopper didn’t enjoy his best day, and fans have now taken to Twitter to suggest that Poland must start new West Ham signing Lukasz Fabianski in goal instead.

Fabianski, 33, sat on the bench on Tuesday and joined West Ham today, with fans suggesting that picking Szczesny over him was destined to end poorly, and feel he must start Poland’s next World Cup clash after Szczesny’s horror show.

I’ll be really surprised if Nawalka puts szczesny back in the next game. Looks like Fabianski needs to be ready for some big games.

— christian (@ChristianTyszki) June 19, 2018

If you choose Szczesny over fabianski then you’re asking to get beat

— Tom (@Tom_lewis101) June 19, 2018

Choosing Szczesny over Fabianski was ill informed, misguided and destined not to end well #howler

— Graham Jones (@Gram2086)

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Eye catching Wolves transfer does not let Leeds off the hook, swap Whites best option

Leeds should not assume that Wolves won’t come back in for Bailey-Peacock Farrell.

Wolves took advantage of Sporting Lisbon’s troubles to sign Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio this week.

The move is quite a coup, with Wolves instantly upgrading the position and making a real statement of intent.

So does this let Leeds United off the hook, regarding Wolves’ reported interest in young stopper Bailey Peacock-Farrell?

Alan Nixon in The Sun on Sunday reported (June 10th, page 60) that Wolves were plotting a £4 million offer for the promising Leeds goalkeeper.

Peacock-Farrell broke through as number one last season under Paul Heckingbottom, but his status at Leeds next season remains unclear with new manager Marcelo Bielsa expected to bring in a new goalkeeper after sending Felix Wiedwald packing back to Germany.

Wolves’ intent over Peacock-Farrell will be determined by what they decide to do with John Ruddy.

Ruddy is unlucky to have been replaced by Rui Patricio and there will be a strong market for a goalkeeper who has now won promotion three times and is still just 31.

Wolves have an opportunity to cash in, but will also need a replacement, a back-up for Rui Patricio.

This is where their interest in Peacock-Farrell could re-emerge, and perhaps it is better to have a young up and coming goalkeeper as number two, instead of a veteran who still believes he should be number one.

Leeds would not let the youngster leave easily, although they should consider trying to take Ruddy as part of any move.

Peacock-Farrell’s best option to develop will be to play rather than being back-up. His intent will be influenced by Leeds’ plans for him next season.

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Arsenal transfer news: Jack Wilshere has ’20 clubs’ to pick from

That is the opinion of former England and Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.

Wilshere’s 17-year association with Arsenal will come to an end upon the expiry of his contract.

A number of clubs have already been linked with signing the 26-year-old on a free transfer.

West Ham, Crystal Palace, Southampton and Everton are reportedly keen on Wilshere, along with recently promoted Wolves.

Kirkland reckons Wolves would be a good option for the Arsenal man, but says he will not have a shortage of offers both in England and across Europe.

“I think he needs a fresh start, I think it would do him good,” Kirkland told Sky Sports.

“I think he will have more than enough options. He’s a very good player, he will have a lot of teams now on the phone now to his agent trying to snap him up.

“I think Wolves could be a good one.

“Just came up to the Premier League, I think they will be very interested.

“They’re spending big as well so I think that could be a good one.

“But he will have between 10-15, 20 clubs to pick from.”

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